Rialto Record

Rialto implements new water schedule, drought compliance measures

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Turf removal at city offices began last week in efforts to comply with mandated water reductions.The City of Rialto has imposed more stringent water restrictions — city parks and facility landscape areas are now on a three-day per week water schedule. Irrigation of all landscape areas at city parks, facilities, street medians and parkways are allowed only between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The City…CONTINUE READING

Rialto City Administrator honored as ‘Man of Distinction’

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Mike Story, Rialto city administrator, was named one of 2015’s ‘Men of Distinction’ by Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown.He’s hardworking. He’s strong-willed. He’s humble. He is Mike Story. The Rialto City Administrator received the 2015 Man of Distinction Award by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown of the 47th Assembly District. A reception Tuesday, June 30 at the Rialto Community Center was held for Story, and friends, family and colleagues…CONTINUE READING

The heat is on! Rialto opens Cooling Centers

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The Rialto Senior Center is one of two designated Cooling Centers available for residents to help escape the summer heat.With summer in full swing, the City of Rialto has opened two Cooling Centers to help residents beat the heat. The Rialto Senior Center at 1411 S. Riverside Drive and the Rialto Branch Library at 251 W. First Street, have been designated as facilities where residents, especially the elderly, can…CONTINUE READING

Foster youth learn sports, life lessons from pros at annual sports fair

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Foster youth from San Bernardino County were treated to a sports fair led by professional and local athletes.Nearly 400 San Bernardino County foster and kinship youth ages 11-18 recently participated in the 9th annual Foster and Kinship Youth Sports Faire. The June 13 fair, sponsored by The Children’s Fund and In-N-Out Burger, was held at Carter High School in Rialto to provide youth an opportunity to learn…CONTINUE READING

22nd annual Run Whatcha Brung Car Show cruises through Rialto

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Hot rods and classics cruised down Foothill Blvd during the 22nd annual Run Whatcha Brung Car Show in Rialto.Crowds turned out last weekend in Downtown Rialto for Rotary’s 22nd annual Run Whatcha Brung Car Show. Hot rods and classics cruised down historic Route 66 as car enthusiasts of all ages reveled in the sights and enjoyed a weekend of music and community. This year’s event included a youth…CONTINUE READING

Rialto fire, police train for active shooter emergencies

shooter_command-copyIn one scenario, a call was sent out that shots had been fired at Eisenhower High School. In another, it was shots and improvised explosive devices and reports that several were critically injured. During both, time was of the essence for Rialto police and fire to respond to the incident…CONTINUE READING

Rialto celebrates Class of 2015

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<p>Class of 2015June 7 marked a long-awaited day for anxious seniors from Rialto Unified School District. More than 1,700 seniors turned their tassels to the left in a celebration of achievement during back-to-back graduation ceremonies held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Speeches from the school’s valedictorians and salutatorians focused…CONTINUE READING

Lions Club to host free vision screening clinic in Rialto

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Free vision screenings will be offered June 20 at the Rialto Community Center. The event is sponsored by the Rialto Breakfast Lions Club and is open to the public.The Rialto Breakfast Lions Club, in partnership with the California Lions Friends in Sight, will host a free vision screening clinic in Rialto June 20. The event is open to the public and is set from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rialto Community Center, 214 N. Palm Avenue.…CONTINUE READING

Rialto school board recognizes 2015 Key to the District recipients

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Rialto school board president Edgar Montes with 2015 Key to the District recipient Cindi Stone.Rialto school board recognizes 2015 Key to the District recipients Two Rialto Unified School District employees recently received highest honor from school board members. Cindi Stone and Kem Morris were awarded RUSD’s 2015 Key to the District May 20. Stone, the district’s director of Nutrition Services, was recognized by school…CONTINUE READING

Pacific Electric Trail links Rialto to communities, creates path for fitness

trail_run-copyRialto residents now have a new pathway to fitness. A 1 ¼-mile multi-use trail opened May 28, completing the final section of the Pacific Electric Trail, a 21-mile path from Claremont to Rialto that follows the path of the historic Pacific Electric Railway. Dozens of walkers, cyclists and runners celebrated…CONTINUE READING

Rialto community gathers to meet, greet new district superintendent

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Incoming RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila meets community members.With a quick clasp of a pin, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila was officially welcomed as Rialto Unified School District’s incoming superintendent recently. About 200 educators, parents, students and community members packed into the Palm Avenue Bistro of the Cesar Chavez Dolores Huerta Center for Education for the May 20 meet-and-greet. During…CONTINUE READING

Officers help Rialto students find inner superhero to stop bullying

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Cpl. Cameron Nelson of the Rialto Police Department walks with superhero students from Curtis Elementary May 22 during an anti-bullying campaign.When the theme music to “Superman” blasts on campus at Curtis Elementary first thing in the morning, students have only one option — be a superhero, of course. “Don’t wait for a hero, be one.” That was the message shared by some of the area’s own heroes —officers from Rialto…CONTINUE READING

Nutritional program helps build healthy Rialto families

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Healthy Rialto Kids taste healthy food options available at Café & Deli El Rancho as part of the Healthy Yummy for My Tummy food program.Rialto families are learning how to fill their brains and bellies with well-balanced options thanks to a nutritional program dedicated to creating a healthy community. The Healthy Yummy for My Tummy Food program, part of the city’s Healthy Rialto initiative, teaches families with children under the age of 5 about…CONTINUE READING

RUSD plans Meet and Greet for new superintendent

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A Meet & Greet with RUSD’s incoming superintendent Quautémoc Avila is planned May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Center for Education.The Rialto unified school board is planning a meet-and-greet with the district’s incoming superintendent, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila. The community meeting will be held May 20 at the Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Center for Education Palm Avenue Bistro, 324 N. Palm Ave, starting at 4 p.m. Avila, assistant superintendent for educational services…CONTINUE READING

Rialto Middle School students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

njhs_prin-copyTwenty-seven middle school students earned prestigious recognition for their commitment to learning as they were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society recently. The students, which were all seventh and eighth graders from Rialto Middle School, were awarded their official card into the honor society April 13. And it was…CONTINUE READING

Water safety program makes waves with Rialto first graders

stewie_kids-copyDozens of Rialto first graders are now ready to dive into summer after soaking up a very important message—you can’t swim with the big ducks until you “know all the rules.” The hands-on lesson—a read-and-sing-along of the book, Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim—was presented at Fitzgerald Elementary April 27…CONTINUE READING

 Rialto coalition aims at teaching social media responsibility in teens

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Rialto teens gathered May 2 for a Positive Images Kick back, presented by Rialto Community Coalition.With the abundance of social media platforms at the fingertips of teenagers, selfies and status updates of the latest trends including alcohol and drug use are on the rise, and a local community group has taken action to teach youth the importance of ‘responsible online representation.’ The Rialto Community Coalition,…CONTINUE READING

 

 Rialto High students witness consequences of impaired driving

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Alexander Martinez, a senior at Rialto High School, takes on the role of a defendant being sentenced for drunk driving during a DUI Court in School Project aimed at shedding light on the consequences of drinking and driving.Students at Rialto High School were presented with the harsh realities of drunk driving after hearing a 911 call last week. It was about a driver that sped through a red light at an intersection at a nearby high school, broadsiding a car with four teen passengers. Two of the…CONTINUE READING

 

 

Rialto school board names new superintendent

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Cuautémoc Avila was named Rialto Unified School District’s new superintendent April 22. Avila officially joins the district July 1 at the start of the new fiscal year.The Rialto Unified school board has named a Los Angeles-area educator as the district’s new superintendent. Cuauhtémoc Avila, Los Angeles County Office of Education’s assistant superintendent for educational services, was appointed by unanimous vote April 22 by the school board during its regularly scheduled meeting. Following a round of applause,…CONTINUE READING

 Music producers hit chords to inspire Eisenhower Jazz Band

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Bobby Ross Avila jams out with Eisenhower Jazz Band members April 21.Eisenhower High School’s jazz band practice came with an unexpected note Tuesday—the addition of two musical powerhouses, Bobby Ross and Iz Avila. The Grammy Award-winning producers, otherwise known as the Avila Brothers, have toured the world with Usher, played for presidents and created beats for the likes of Chaka Kahn.…CONTINUE READING

Pastor treks through Rialto for cross-country prayer walk

walk_Day227_16ForRialto-copyAfter trekking more than 3,000 miles and passing through 14 states, Pastor Walter “Chick” McGill is reaching the end of his year-long journey— a historic national prayer walk. The 69-year-old veteran from Tennessee is on a mission to be the first to carry the American Flag from ‘sea to shining…CONTINUE READING

Mixed-use development is ‘Bloomington’s flagship of opportunity’

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CEO Greg Devereaux, Sup. Josie Gonzales, Chairman James Ramos, and Related California CEO Bill Witte breakground on Bloomington’s mixed-use development April 8.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
The project will house a county library and a three-story residential building with 106 affordable housing units.Dirt was turned last week in Bloomington marking the official start of construction for the county’s first multi-use affordable housing development. The April 8 ceremony in a lot along Valley Boulevard in the unincorporated area will be transformed into a five-acre site that will include a new public library and…CONTINUE READING

 

 

Woman’s Club of Rialto helps fund education through fashion

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Syeda Jafri models fashions by Dress Barn during the annual Woman’s Club Fashion Show.It was hard to make out the models from the members last week during the Woman’s Club of Rialto’s annual fashion show. Dressed for the occasion, more than 100 guests filled the senior center to scope out the latest in spring and summer fashions by Dress Barn in Redlands. Wearing…CONTINUE READING

 

 

Drowning prevention is focus of Water Safety Day Saturday in Rialto

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A community safety day focused on drowning prevention and water safety is planned April 11 at the Tom Sawyer Swimming Pool in Rialto.As spring moves forward and temperatures rise, many will find ways to keep cool in the coming months. But before taking a dip in the pool, the Kiwanis Club of East Rialto is making sure the community is well-educated on safety. The club, in partnership with the…CONTINUE READING

District employees honored for excellence

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Rialto Unified School District officials celebrated the 2015 Classified School Employee of the Year, Ricardo Carlos (center).In the seven years Ricardo Carlos has worked at Rialto Unified School District, he says the one constant he can always rely on is that anything can happen. “Always be prepared to expect the unexpected,” Carlos said. From the good, the bad and times even the ugly,…CONTINUE READING

Local baker looks to ‘Take the Cake’

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<p>Sofia Ortiz-Aguayo of Rialto is a competitor at this year’s Take the Cake 2 Bake-Off and she’s hoping her unique designs are just the right taste for judges and first place.Sofia Ortiz-Aguayo believes that with the right ingredients, anything in life is possible. In fact, with a sprinkle of confidence, a dash of hope and few turns of an oven knob the Rialto baker created her master recipe— Sofia’s Sweet Escape. On Saturday, she hopes that mix…CONTINUE READING

Athletes for Life Foundation offers youth football training, mentoring camps

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<p>A four-day football training camp is beinging offered in July through the Athletes for Life Foundation. Registration is still available.A free, four-day youth football camp along with a series of other mentoring programs for boys and girls will be offered beginning July 12 at Cal State San Bernardino through the Athletes for Life Foundation and only a few dozen spots are left. Now in its 10th…CONTINUE READING

Trapp Elementary sends time capsule message to 2040

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<p>Trapp Elementary students were overjoyed to send a time capsule underground March 13. </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Inside the metal cylinder includes student writings from first, third and fourth graders describing what their life will be like in 25 years, photos of students and staff, the day’s newspaper along with other items.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
A granite slab donated by Green Acres Memorial Park marks the location of the capsule and calls for an opening date of March 2040.Moments in time were tucked underground at Trapp Elementary School March 13 as the campus community gathered to watch staff take turns shoveling dirt to bury the school’s first time capsule. Inside the metal cylinder includes student writings from first, third and fourth graders describing what their…CONTINUE READING

Garcia Elementary aims to build life-long readers

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<p>Reading Buddies, a new literacy program involving community volunteers launched March 11 at Garcia Elementary.The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools in partnership with the Women’s Club of Rialto and Rialto Unified School District have unveiled a new reading initiative —Reading Buddies. Members of the groups along with Rialto civic leaders gathered March 11 at Garcia Elementary to launch the program,…CONTINUE READING

Trapp Elementary turns 50

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<p>Family members of William “Bill” Joseph Christian Trapp, Trapp Elementary’s namesake, take a moment to view Trapp’s legacy during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration March 4.W.J.C. Trapp Elementary School reached a milestone last week. Alumni, staff, students, former administrators and family members of the school’s namesake—William “Bill” Joseph Christian Trapp— gathered March 4 for the school’s golden anniversary, marking 50 years of dedication to education in Rialto. Former educators and principals shared…CONTINUE READING

Students steal talent show, hearts at RUSD’s Puttin’ on the Ritz

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<p>Isaac Espinoza, 7, takes audiences on a ‘Cruisin For a Bruisin’ during RUSD’s annual Puttin’ on the Ritz fundraising gala.They recited poems, sang acappella and cruised into the hearts of an audience Saturday night. Talented boys, girls and young men stole the show at this year’s, Puttin’ on the Ritz, a fundraising gala supporting the arts throughout Rialto Unified School District. Hundreds gathered at Carter High…CONTINUE READING

Rialto school board honors ‘Classified Employees of the Year’

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<p>Edith Jimenez, (center) Secretary III for EL Programs, was among the six awarded as “Classified Employees of the Year” on Feb. 25.With more than 1,200 classified employees in the Rialto Unified School District, choosing a handful to recognize for their outstanding work ethic and years of dedication to the district doesn’t come easy. But after careful review, six were selected and presented with awards of excellence—Classified Employees of…CONTINUE READING

Sisters fundraise for trip to Australia, chance at cultural experience

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<p>Sisters Fernanda and Jovana Calderon are planning several fundraisers to help pay for their trip to Australia as part of a student ambassador program.While most girls are busy planning sleepovers with their best friends, sisters Fernanda and Jovana Calderon of Rialto, are busy planning fundraisers. At only 12, Fernanda dreams of one day being an Olympic swimmer. But first, she hopes to see the North Sydney Olympic Pool, get up-close…CONTINUE READING

Rialto awarded 1.4 million grant for gang reduction and intervention project

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<p>The Board of State and Community Corrections awarded Rialto a $1.4 million grant toward the city’s e3p3 gang reduction and intervention program.A county-wide push to making Rialto a safer and healthy environment for its youth is moving forward after the city received the necessary funding to start a gang prevention and intervention program. A $1.4 million grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections was awarded Feb.…CONTINUE READING

 

Rialto police honored at department’s first awards ceremony

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<p>Rialto police volunteer Ray Marrero and technician Noretta Barker revel in their recognitions during the department’s first awards program Feb. 20.Some tracked down wanted and violent suspects, while others led relentless investigation efforts. Some kept the ball rolling during a blackout at the heart of the department, the dispatch center, while others selflessly volunteered endless hours to making sure youth stay on the right path. One officer,…CONTINUE READING

Seniors step in the name of love at Sweethearts Dance

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<p>Dozens of seniors take to the dance floor Feb. 12 celebrating love and friendship during Rialto Senior Center’s annual Sweetheart Dance.Couples, friends and old flames paired-up and stepped in the name of love last week celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Rialto Senior Center’s annual Sweethearts Dance . Dozens of senior citizens, all dressed in their finest garb, took to the dance floor—some even cheek-to-cheek and embraced— for…CONTINUE READING

Student acts selected for RUSD’s 11th annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

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<p>Werner Elementary second grader Aiden Low will offer up a poetic performance at RUSD’s 11th annual Puttin’ on the Ritz.With 29 schools in the Rialto Unified School District student talent shouldn’t be hard to find. And recent auditions held for the district’s upcoming March 7 fundraising gala—Puttin’ on the Ritz—proved there’s definitely undiscovered talent in dozens of Rialto students. This year’s tryouts brought out nearly 40…CONTINUE READING