About Liset Marquez

If something is happening in Ontario (California, not Canada) then I'll do my best to get it covered. If not, let me know what I'm missing.

California and Nevada Credit Union League wins international award

Kudos to the Ontario-based California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Communication and Marketing department for receiving a Gold Award for its logo design for the Leagues’ new PowerComment program.

PowerComment is a communication platform which offers extensive regulatory resources and information to credit unions. It also help explain information pertaining to impending rules, as well as created discussion boards for league staff and industry members to communicate.

The department was recognized by the MarCom Awards, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an international organization.

It is gratifying to have our efforts—that support the Leagues and its member credit unions—be recognized and honored by an international association such as the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals,” said Carol Payne, Leagues’ vice president of communications and marketing in a statement.

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Ontario Rotary club to honor students of the month

The Ontario Rotary Club will be honoring the Students of the Month at the Club’s weekly lunch meeting on Thursday, noon at the Ontario Double Tree Hotel.

The eighth grade students selected by the educators at the nine middle schools of the Ontario-Montclair School District are: Giovanni Moscosa from DeAnza Middle School, Gennifer A. Barajas-Medina from Oaks Middle School, Jaqueline Herrera from Serrano Middle School, Estefania Garcia from Vernon Middle School, Cassandra Cruz-Ramos from Vina Danks Middle School, Mallory McGuire from Wiltsey Middle School, Adilene Torres from Central Language Academy, Camryn Torri Schott from Vineyard STEM Magnet School and Charles Bui from Edison GATE Academy.

Sarah Niemann, principal at Vernon Middle School will also be in attendance.

Rotary Club meetings are open to guest. Lunch is $20.

For additional information please call Don Driftmier at 951-206-5731.

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Christmas on Euclid launches website

Here’s our story in today’s paper about Christmas on Euclid festival this weekend.

This year, however, Christmas on Euclid organizers have ramp up their online presence, creating a website for the annual event.

Elvia Rivas said she needed a way for prospective vendors to get their questions answered while she was at work.

With the help of Victor Sanchez, the website www.ChristmasonEuclid.com was launched about two months ago.

“The website is more vendor friendly and accessible. Before we only had email and a phone number but now I work full-time and I couldn’t be answering the calls all day,” she said.

On the the site, the public can not only find out the basic information about the event but prospective vendors could download application forms.

“It’s in its infancy stage but we want to build it up a little more. It served its purpose in getting vendors to a site where they can get information,” Rivas said.

And it has paid off. Rivas said even though there are 100 vendors, typical for this event, there are a lot more new vendors this year.

But she hopes to expand the site in the months to come so that in the future public can draw use for the site.

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Divas Half marathon coming to Ontario

The Divas Half Marathon and 5K – dubbed “the most fun and glam women’s running series in the nation” – is coming to Ontario on Sunday.

More than 3,200 women (and their “Diva-lovers” of the male persuasion) have registered for run which will begin at the Ontario Convention Center and head out to the Ontario Mills Mall before returning back to the convention center.

The half marathon and 5k event is expected to generate an economic impact of about $3 million to the region in direct and indirect spending, including hotel stays, dining, shopping and support services, Diva organizers said.

The event includes a two-day health and fitness boutique, a Diva Lounge, Post Race Party and more.

Ali Vincent, host of “Live Big with Ali Vincent” and first female winner of “The Biggest Loser,” is expected to be in attendance.
Runners in the half marathon will start at the Ontario Convention Center and head up into the Divas entertainment section with stations every half mile toward Ontario Mills then back to the convention center, where feather boas, tiaras and champagne will make crossing the finish line a festive affair.

For information, visit bit.ly/188B4xj

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Holiday travel season at ONT

The holiday season is now upon us which also means travelers need to remember to make extra accommodations when flying out of LA/Ontario International.

Officials at ONT have issued an advisory reminding the public to arrive at least 90 minutes early. They warn travelers to give themselves enough time, especially at Terminal 4 which has the airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.

“Because of ONT’s convenience factor, travelers assume they can arrive at the airport 15 to 20 minutes before their flight departs, which is a big mistake,” said Jess Romo, Airport Manager in a statement.

So want to know when are the busiest times at ONT?  Between 4:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., according to officials.

The holiday season also means travelers will be taking their gift with them. Visit the TSA website to see what you can take in your luggage or carry onboard at www.tsa.gov.

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Spark of Love Toy Drive coming to Ontario

The Ontario Fire Department, in partnership with ABC 7, will host the 21st annual Spark of Love Toy Drive/Stuff the Bus on Friday. The event aims to collects toys for children in need and will be held at the Ontario Mathis Brothers, 4105 Inland Empire Boulevard.

This year’s event will feature K-FROG and “The Frogmen in the Morning,” who will do live broadcast from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. in Ontario.

The public is asked to bring items valued at $10.

During the Spark of Love Toy Drive/Stuff the Bus participants will enjoy:

  • Train rides will be offered in parking lot area with Ontario Firefighters from 10 a.m – 5 p.m.
  • Farmer Boys will give a free burger with toy donation from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Company 77 Fire Engine Pizza will give a free slice with toy donation from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • My Delight CupCakery will give a free gourmet cupcake with toy donation from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Jamba Juice will give a free smoothie with toy donation from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cowboy West Productions will offer free BBQ with toy donation from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Ontario Fire Department representatives: Marty Perez 760-285-5441, Victor Lopez 909-732-7934 or John Sitar 909-229-9077.

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Ontario city manager contract approval sparks spirited discussion

Last week the city council awarded incoming City Manager Al Boling a $250,000 annual contract when he assumes the position on Dec. 29. The item was unanimously approved by the council but it drew fire from one councilman, claiming he hadn’t had the opportunity to obtain a copy of the document.

Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, only after the contract had been approved, mentioned during council comments he had previously asked to get a copy of the agreement and Boling’s resume to no avail.

“I will not stop. I want to have that contract and ensure I’m doing the job I’m elected to do,” Avila said. Continue reading

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‘Meet the winemaker’ at San Antonio Winery-Ontario

Wine lovers are going to want to head over to San Antonio Winery in Ontario this Saturday for their first “Meet the winemaker” event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will get to meet Anthony Riboli, the first member of the fourth generation to join the family business.

He is the first family member to receive a formal degree in winemaking and grape growing from the prestigious UC Davis where he received his M.S. in Viticulture. Upon leaving Davis, Riboli worked with renowned winemaker Michael Weis at world famous Groth Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley, said Kevin Franke, spokesman with San Antonio Winery.

Since returning home to San Antonio Winery, Riboli has worked in the vineyards, which has resulted in constant improvement with each vintage. Under Anthony’s leadership and guidance the San Antonio, Maddalena , San Simeon, Opaque and Napa Valley’s Riboli Family Wines have improved every year, Franke said.

“Anthony will discuss this year’s just picked harvest, which looks to be very promising as well as sign purchased bottles from our premium labels,” he said.

For more information,  call 909-947-3995.

San Antonio Winery-Ontario,  2802 S Milliken Ave.

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