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ARMC Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in Motor Vehicles

COLTON, CA – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) is conducting a Purple Ribbon Campaign during August to help raise awareness about the dangers of leaving children  unattended in cars. The campaign features purple ribbons, fliers, signs and posters that will be  displayed inside and outside of the Medical Center. Purple Ribbon Month is held each year in  memory of children who have lost their lives because of vehicular heatstroke.

“I was a nursing student and had just left class when a mother in distress approached me and  urged me to break her car window to get her infant, who had accidentally been locked in the car,”  said ARMC Trauma Coordinator, Richard Vara. “We got her child out in time. I reacted as a  concerned parent, and I hope that other people would do the same when they see children who are left in cars.”

As of July 2014, at least 19 U.S. children have died because of vehicular heatstroke, according to  Kids And Cars, a nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to  children in or around motor vehicles. Last year, 44 children died of vehicular heatstroke in the  U.S.

“Heatstroke-related injuries and deaths are preventable,” said Vara. “It is important to be vigilant  about checking inside your vehicle before locking up and walking away.”

A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. Leaving the car  windows partially down does not significantly slow the heating process in the vehicle. Reduce the  number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT:

  • Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car.
  • Keep your car locked when you are not in it so children do not get in the car on their own.
  • Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Sources: Kids And Cars; Safercar.gov; Safe Kids Worldwide
California state law makes it illegal to leave a child 6 years of age or younger unattended inside a  motor vehicle without the supervision of someone who is at least 12 years old.

For more information about ARMC visit www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

Interview with I.E.’s Got Talent Winner, Michael Bennett

IEs Got Talent group photo

IEs Got Talent group photo

By Mitchell Young

Hello world , today I got to get footage of the IE’s Got talent winner Michael Bennett and his female singer Crystal doing what they do best at the Art-institute of Technology high tech recording studio. As a reward for winning the competition, Michael got the chance to record a 5 song EP while the instructors and the head engineer, Romeo, made his studio time into valuable learning time for the A.I. students to understand how to work the boards and record.
Crystal is 18-years-old and currently attends Mount Sack Junior college to get her A.A. She will then transfer to a four-year college. In her free time she pushes her self vocally through choir and gig’in with bump town band.
Micheal is a 17-year-old singer who dreams to inspire others through beautiful music and winning Chords IE’s got talent helped bring his dream to reality. His main goal in mind is to be financially stable and positioned  to open a charity to help others in need, while also promoting a positive movement with his music. Micheal currently attends Ayala high school but plans to attend California Baptist University (CBU)  to study more about music and enhance his vocals as a singer. His passion for music started in January 2012  at a garage party when he got put in the spot light to sing karaoke, and from there untapped talent emerged. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, going to church, and playing trombone with his band. His motto is, “Each no is closer to a yes, so continue to push your self”!

Redlands Police Department Teams with Micah House and others for Back2School Jam

REDLANDS, CA- The Redlands Police Department and Micah House, with help from local businesses, churches, community groups and City and County agencies, will give away bicycles and backpacks during a Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair at Sylvan Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. There will be free snacks and music provided for the community.

The giveaway is held in conjunction with the Community Clean Up day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at a number of neighborhood locations, including Post Street and Brockton Avenue, Cook Street and Cero Court, the Micah House (Oxford Avenue and Brockton), and Second Baptist Church, 420 E. Stuart St. Each participating child or teen giving one hour or more of community service will receive a free backpack and school supplies.

Organizers hope to match last year’s donation of more than 1,200 backpacks and school supplies to children and youth. Donations were funded by various groups including the Redlands Police Officers Association, Trinity Church, Walgreens Stores, Tom McGrath School Supplies, Fox Banquets and Events Inc., Kiwanis Club of Redlands Morning and grants from the Redlands Police Department.  Toyota of Redlands assisted in raising supplies by offering 10 percent discounts on services in exchange for donated school supplies. Sponsors from Music Changing Lives also donated backpacks and school supplies.