Diamond Bar City Council meetings have returned to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Auditorium at 21865 Copley Drive.
City Council meetings are again being streamed live on the city website diamondbarca.gov and broadcast live via Time Warner Channel 3 and Verizon FiOS Channel 47.
Meetings had been temporarily relocated to Diamond Bar City Hall, while the auditorium underwent audio-visual upgrades.
City council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month starting at 6:30 p.m. Re-broadcasts of the meetings are aired on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Channel 3 and Verizon FiOS Channel 47.
Meetings are also archived and available for viewing online diamondbarca.gov/dbtv.
The Miss Diamond Bar Pageant is accepting applications from young ladies ages 16-27 for the 50th annual pageant on March 23 at Diamond Bar High.
Contestants should be interested in becoming involved in the community and serving as a role model to the youth of Diamond Bar.
Contestants will be interviewed individually by the judges before the show. The young women will also be judged on personalities and poise, while showcasing swimsuits and formal gowns of their choices.
Judges from various professions will provide a fair and diverse viewpoint. The pageant will accept applications until Feb. 1. The entry fee is $195.
For more information, see their Web side at www.missdiamondbarpageant.org.
The City of Diamond Bar is set to kick off its year-long schedule of events commemorating Diamond Bar’s 25 years of cityhood with its popular Winter Snow Fest event.
This family-friendly event takes place on January 18 at Pantera Park, 738 Pantera Drive, from 10am to 4pm. It features a large play area, four sledding hills, winter-themed games and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment by community groups.
Admission and access to the snow play areas is free, however sledding, game and craft areas are subject to a minimal fee – $5.00 for unlimited sledding and $1 to participate in four games/crafts.
Free shuttle service to and from Pantera Park and the surrounding neighborhood will be available regularly throughout event hours. Sleds will be provided; waterproof gloves and closed-toed shoes are encouraged.
Winter Snow Fest is the first event of many scheduled throughout the year to commemorate Diamond Bar’s silver anniversary as an incorporated city. For more information, call the City’s Recreation Services Division at 909.839.7070.
Four Diamond Bar residents each recently got $500 for reporting suspicious activity that helped the Diamond Bar-Walnut Sheriff’s Station apprehend three
The financial rewards were approved by a committee comprising Sheriff’s personnel and City staff under the Report for Reward program which went into effect November 15, 2013.
Report for Reward aims to help combat residential and vehicular crimes within city limits by providing members of the public with a monetary incentive of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest of individuals who damage or destroy property while attempting or executing a residential or vehicular burglary.
The program is open to everyone; City and Sheriff’s employees, however, are not eligible for a reward.
To encourage wider participation in the Report for
Reward program, City staff and Sheriff’s deputies in late November 2013 met with Diamond Bar employees of the United States Postal Service and the City’s contract street sweeping company to inform them of the program and guide them on how to detect suspicious behavior while out in the field.
Additional meetings are planned with other City vendors and area service providers in the coming weeks. Community groups who would like a presentation on the Report for Reward program may contact City Hall at 909.839.7000.
Residents are reminded that the key to combating burglary crimes in their
respective neighborhoods is to remain vigilant, look out for their neighbors,
trust their instincts, and immediately call the Sheriff’s Station if something does not look or feel right.
A phone call to the Sheriff’s Station at 909.595.2264 (9-1-1 if the burglary incident is in progress) is currently the only way to report suspicious activity as part of the Report for Reward program.
More information about the program, including answers to frequently-asked questions, is available on the City website diamondbarca.gov/RFR.
The first question that Rowland Unified received through Rowland Responds was whether Nogales High School will be receiving a new performing arts center like the one planned to be built at Rowland High School. The following is a response from the Educational Services Division:
Nogales High School will not have a performing arts center; however, it will have access to the new center at Rowland High School like the rest of the community. The new design of Nogales High School will include the development of a multipurpose room with a performance-level stage that will include lighting systems and sound board. In addition, the design at Nogales High School incorporates a dual stage system that can host indoor/outdoor performances. The design takes into consideration the open area on the campus for outdoor performances.
At Nogales High School, it is also anticipated that the existing “Little Theater” will be completely renovated as part of the second stage of construction at the campus. Part of the proposal for Nogales High School would also include a new pool and band room. The complete retrofit of the Little Theater would include improved seating, sound, lighting and stagework.
Information updates about the revitalization projects at both Nogales and Rowland High Schools will be updated regularly on the Measure R Bond section of the District website at www.RowlandSchools.org
Partners in Education Award winners Paula Tsukada and Howard Rescoe join Principal Jeff Jordan, Coach Mike O’Shields and Helen Hall.
Walnut Valley Unified Board of Trustees honored Walnut High volunteers Paula Tsukada and Howard Rescoe with the Partner in Education Award.
“As you know about four years ago, our co-curricular programs took a huge hit financially. We had many conversations about how we would be able to continue to provide opportunities for our Walnut High kids. These two parents are an example of the many volunteers throughout the district who have been willing to step up and assist. They have been supportive of Walnut High School and our football program,” said Jordan.
Paula continues supporting our athletes and coaches even after her son has graduated. She is instrumental with organizing and fundraising thousands of dollars so the football program can continue to compete and support our student-athletes.
Howard is an excellent asset to assist the coaching staff. He videos every game as well as practices for the coaches. He uploads the film for the coaches and players so they can review it on Huddle, an online viewing system. Howard also has made a website to advertise the football program.
“Both of these parents are very much appreciated for their support and commitment to WHS Football,” said Jordan.
The Rowland Unified School District is currently in the design process to build a new performing arts center that will be utilized by the community and housed on the Rowland High School campus.
The performing arts center is part of the more than 120,000 square feet of new buildings planned for the Rowland High School revitalization project, including a new two-story classroom building, library and administration building and Multipurpose “Hideout” Room.
The performing arts facility will serve both as a performance space and as an instructional facility. A community meeting was held on Oct. 22 to provide design input.
A Performing Arts advisory meeting was formed with five representatives selected by the Principals from both Nogales and Rowland High School that includes teachers, students, parents and administration.
The representatives met on Dec. 3 with the architect to review and discuss further design features of the theater, including classroom, equipment, and storage space needs for band, choral and drama departments.
The Advisory Committee along with an expanded group of PTA, community and Board of Education members will meet in January to review final proposed plans.
Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, right down Manzanita Way!
Yes, it’s time for Here Comes Santa visits to our local county parks. Big Red will visit Manzanita Park in Hacienda Heights from 4 to 6 p.m., then slide on over to Rowland Heights Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
Park officials hope to have snow for the kids to play in, but they’re worried about the coming rain. But rain or shine, Santa will show up to talk to the kids.
Usually, each child receives a toy, but toy donations are way down according to officials, who want to have at least 300 to hand out. Please call the county parks if you want to help out with a toy donation this year.