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First Humanitarian Classical Soul Duo Ron Blakely and Nicholas Haklitch Jimenez

Blakely and Haklitch JimenezRe-Written By Naomi K. Bonman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The blending of musical genres is what makes music unique. Nicholas Haklitch (CSUSB Alumni ’12) and singer Ron Blakely (University of Redlands Alumni ’13 have joined forces in bringing a combination of classical, soul to the masses. The duo came together 3 months ago, and since then they have been productive for the past six weeks in playing at over 28 shows and recording, producing and publishing their first EP entitled ‘Tired’, which ranked in the 86 spot on iTunes Top 100. They sold over 200 copies within the first week of the EP’s release and were able to gain a dedicated fan base.

In addition to increasing their audience, the two college alumni musicians have been approached by several band managers and independent record labels, and have received a countless number of emails from other musicians and fans stating how the EP has “changed”, “inspired”, “helped”, and “influenced” them.

‘Tired’ takes two genres of music, classical and soul, to create a heartache album that takes listeners through the journey of Blakeley’s personal failed romantic relationship in a way that is able to connect the listener in an intimate and relatable approach. Ron encourages fans to reminisce on their lost times and loves.

The primary objective of BHJMusic is to write and publish good, humble, honest and compassionate music that can enhance the listener’s life. With every single sale that the duo makes, they have agreed to donate one-third of their earnings to local non-profits, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in the Inland Empire.

“Music is the tool that will allow us to achieve our ultimate dream, giving everyone we encounter a financial break so that they can breathe a little easier, sleep a little easier, and feel like there are two people in this world that care”, Blakely states.

For more information, please visit www.bhjmusic.com. For those that would like to see the duo perform they play every Monday at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, and every Tuesday they play two shows, one at Augie’s Coffee and the second at Back to the Grind in Riverside.

San Bernardino Community College District Trustee Joseph Williams Issues Statement on the Middle College High School

MiddleHighSchoolPhoto 2SAN BERNARDINO, CA- SBCCD Trustee Joseph R. Williams (D-Rialto) issued the following statement on Middle College High School:

“I was honored to join board members of the San Bernardino City Unified School District and my fellow Trustees of the San Bernardino College District at the Middle College High School Graduation held at San Bernardino Valley College. I believe it is extremely important to call out and highlight young people who are engaged in positive activities. I’d like to thank the administrators of the Middle College High School for provide such a great opportunity for young people to move from adolescence to adulthood. Middle College is a great program that I’d like to see as many students take advantage of as possible.”

Middle College is designed for high school students seeking to get a head start on college. The SBVC Middle College High School Program offers high school students who are not currently meeting their full potential with an opportunity to achieve their academic and career goals through a program providing high school classes combined with college classes in a challenging, supportive, and motivating college setting.

“Congratulations to all of the families and students of the class of 2014. I’d like to specifically send a shout out to class Salutatorian Stephanie Lizette Mora Garcia, Valedictorian Karla Beralia Gutierrez-Alfaro and Valedictorian Flor Azul Lorenzo.  Keep striving, serving, learning and pushing for you are our future and you are making things look bright.”

Friday, June 6: Swim Safety and Healthy Beverage Selection is Top Priority for Youth in San Bernardino This Summer


SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The SUMMER SWIMFEST: OPERATION SPLASH KICKOFF event is scheduled for Friday, June 6 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Jerry Lewis Family Swim Center in Perris Hill Park, 831 E. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino. The event will host two free swim sessions (children 7 years of age or younger each must be accompanied by an adult) from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a first come, first serve basis with games, activities, and a resource fair in partnership with First 5 San Bernardino and Safe Kids Inland Empire. The Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Program in San Bernardino County will provide healthy hydration tips for the summer as part of the Rethink Your Drink campaign. Swim apparel is required for pool admittance. Water safety is a key message to the event. To register as a vendor, contact LuCretia Dowdy at (909) 386-7706 for more information.

“Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under 5 in California,” said Karen Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino.

“Children will be attracted to recreational water activities or collections of water when we aren’t looking. We want families to actively supervise their children, install barriers around pools or collections of water, and encourage them to take classes in swimming and CPR to be prepared.”

The Swim Center will also be offering “learn-to-swim” lessons for youth ages three to 17 years old. These lessons will begin June 2, but registration is encouraged now at the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCSD) Main Office located at 201 North E Street, Suite 301, 3rd Floor (corner of 2nd & E). Open recreational swim is also provided at the Hernandez, Mill, and Nunez Pools beginning June 2, with open swim afternoon sessions Mondays through Saturdays. Low-income residents are encouraged to attend free learn-to-swim classes and apply for free family swim passes at the Hernandez and Mill Pools. Scholarship applications (made possible through the Kaiser Permanente Southern California grant donation) are available at these locations or through the PRCSD Main Office.