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Riverside County students ready to walk ‘n’ roll on International Walk to School Day

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Students participating in International Walk to School Day 2013

Thousands of Riverside County students from more than 70 schools will be walking and rolling to school Wednesday, October 8 to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

This one-day event is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to get out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school. International Walk to School Day kicks off a year-long effort to create sustainable walking and biking programs to help improve fitness, air quality, and traffic flow around schools.

As in past years, thousands of students and hundreds of parents and community-based volunteers will form “walking school buses” in which groups of children, adults and volunteers walk to school together. Many sites have planned exciting activities, such as visits from local elected officials, community leaders, police officers, firefighters, and safety mascots like IEHP’s “Rad Rider” and Riverside Police Department’s “Buckle Bear.”

McAuliffe Elementary school in Riverside is one of the schools that will be participating in the special occasion. It has made Walk to School Day a weekly event. Their Fit Friday activities include music, spinner signs and fun prizes for the students who walk to school.

“Every time we walk, we get prizes,” said a Damian Armstrong a student at McAuliffe Elementary in Riverside, “but I would still walk if I didn’t get prizes, because it’s fun!”

The event is coordinated by the County of Riverside Department of Public Health and is sponsored by a combination of public agencies, police departments, city governments and community organizations. A complete list of participating schools and school districts is attached.  More information on the Riverside County Safe Routes to School program is available online at www.rivcoips.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RivCoSafeRoutesToSchool.


Cricket Wireless Launches Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs Contest for Small Business Owners who gives back to their Community

CRICKET COMMUNITY STARSAlpharetta, GA-–Cricket Wireless announces the launch of its Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs contest to recognize men and women who serve as one-person enterprises and still make it a priority to help their community.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of most communities,” said Winston Warrior, Director of Marketing and Customer Acquisition, Cricket Wireless. “As a community brand, we’re always looking for ways to support these business owners – including our dealers and sole proprietors, thus, positively impact our customers where they live and work.”

Entry forms are being accepted online now through Oct. 19, 2014, via the Events page of cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/cricketstars. Entrants must provide details on their sole proprietorship business, community involvement and social media presence. All entries will be reviewed and evaluated by Cricket, then narrowed down to three finalists who will be named 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-place winners by a panel of judges, and receive prizes as follows:

  • 1st Place: $5,000, Free Mobile Device with 1 year of Cricket service
  • 2nd Place: $2,500, Free Mobile Device with six months of Cricket service
  • 3rd Place: $1,000, Free Mobile Device with three months of Cricket service

Finalists will be announced late-November and must participate in a Cricket-sponsored video recording which will be housed on Cricket’s YouTube channel for finalists’ social media engagement via their respective social media channels. Finalists will be recognized during in-store celebrations on Small Business Saturday which takes place on November 29, 2014. A panel of judges will review the finalists’ videos and rate the finalists based on their community involvement/improvement, clarity and creativity in sharing their business story, social media engagement, and expressed passion to be named the grand prize winner. The panel will determine the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners who will be announced mid-December. To learn more about Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs or to enter, please visit cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/cricketstars and join the conversation via social media using #CricketNation. The contest is open to residents of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

In addition to Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs, Cricket offers affordable pricing, group and loyalty plans on a reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network. For instance, the monthly savings in the Group Save plan are perfect for solopreneurs in need of separate lines for business and personal use.

About Cricket Wireless

Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract.  The power of Cricket is our fast, reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network; easy and affordable unlimited plans with taxes and fees included; annual loyalty rewards; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About.  Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc.

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Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Vote

Photo Credit: skidmore.edu

Photo Credit: skidmore.edu

By Rev. Bronica Martindale-Taylor

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Now is the time to VOTE. We need your participation in order to bring our city back into fiscal alignment.  There are groups whom are not residents of San Bernardino spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours putting up signs all over town urging San Bernardino voters to reject Measure Q, a repeal of San Bernardino Charter section 186 which sets public safety pay. Measure R is another measure that needs your YES VOTE. Come and learn why it is vital that you VOTE YES on both measures. We need you to be informed on what your vote means to our city.

Come join us on Saturday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, October 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Inghram Community Center located at 2050 N. Mount Vernon Street in San Bernardino (92411). For more information, please call (909) 649-6900.