Sean Leer, vice president of Ontario-based Gold Star Foods, was recently awarded the prestigious National Industry Member of the Year Award by the nonprofit, School Nutrition Association. He is the 11th recipient.
Based in Ontario, Gold Star Foods is considered one of the leading school nutrition food distributors in the United States. Gold Star Foods provides millions of school meals every day to area schools including Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the country.
Leer, who has been in the industry for 19 years, has been integral in making sure students are provides with the most freshest and nutritious foods.
According to officials with Gold Star Foods, through his efforts, about 72 percent of the produce the company delivers to schools is grown within 200 miles of Gold Star’s home base.
Unidos Por La Musica, the Ontario nonprofit, just wrapped up its second year having accomplished some impressive feats : donating more than 2,000 hours impacting the lives of 66,000 people.
According to its annual report, Unidos Por La Musica received a total of $48,000 in funds which the nonprofit used to help families in the communities. The group helps oversee Bags of Hope, a weekly food donation program.
“Our top priority is to keep providing vital resources that will contribute to the betterment of many underserved individuals who are desperately in need of assistance and may have lost hope,” Oscar Ayon, president and chief executive officer stated in the nonprofits annual report.
Here’s more figures from the report:
People served by Unidos Por La Musica:
• 90 percent of served population were families of
Ontario – Montclair School District
• Average Income $16,755
• Anyone facing hardships
• 20 percent of served population were single
• 15 percent of served population were students
• 15 percent served population were unemployed
• 85 percent of served population were facing
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned that there were two Ontario teens competing in “La Voz Kids,”? Here’s an update on Brian Torres and Edgar Chavez.
In my last entry about the show I had informed you that Edgar Chavez was eliminated and linked to an initial story about him. Here’s the full story published into today’s Daily Bulletin. Despite the loss, Edgar recently shared with me: ”I’m just going to keep on going with my dream of becoming a professional singer.”
But Brian Torres, who currently attends Chaffey High School, had advanced. He performed last night and received praise from the judges for singing a song he did not know.
But he can’t advance without your help. Here’s a link to vote online. The polls close at 10:30 p.m. tonight. You can also vote by phone via 855-698-6918 and enter kk.
Here’s a tweet from La Voz Kids when Brian first advanced.
Two teens from Ontario competed in last night’s “La Voz Kids,” which is a kids version of the popular singing competition “The Voice.”
Unfortunately both boys, Edgar Chavez and Brian Torres, were on the same team and only one advanced last night. Brian Torres, who is nickname is “El Grillito de Ontario,” advanced. Continue reading
In today’s paper I have a story about Ontario naming Euclid Avenue as a Local Historic
(Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer)
A jogger runs past the Chaffey High School campus on Euclid Avenue Friday, June 7, 2013, in Ontario. The city council just added Euclid Avenue as a historic district, making it the seventh historic district in the city.
Recognizing its importance to Ontario’s history, the city recently designated Euclid between the 10 Freeway on the north end, down to G Street on the south, as a Local Historic District.
The avenue, a state highway, was developed by the city’s founders George and William Chaffey as the centerpiece of their new housing colony. The brothers built the median and avenue to serve as the main roadway in the city and to this day – an example of its historic significance to the city – homes spanning from its inception in the late 1800s to 1960s line Euclid. Continue reading
GLENDORA – This year, more than 2,700 students in the Ontario-Montclair School District will have visited a college campus, for many of them this is their first time stepping foot on the school grounds.
During the college tours the fifth graders visited science labs, art galleries, dorms, lecture halls, and athletic fields to get a sense of college life.
It is all being made possible through a new program known as Promise Scholars.
“They can begin to see themselves at college,” said Leslie Sorensen, resource development administrator at Ontario-Montclair School District. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love sushi? Well, here’s your chance to talk to Master Sushi Chef, Andy Matsuda, who will visit the Ovitt Family Community Library on June 5 to talk about the relationship between food and health.
Matsuda’s talk and sushi preparation demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the City Library.
This program is free and open to the public ages 16 and older. It has been made possible by the Friends of the Ontario City Library. Space is limited and registration is required. For information or to register call (909) 355 – 2252. The library is located at 215 East C Street.
Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) has named Safelite Auto Glass as their May 2013 Company of the Month. In the past year, the auto glass provider stepped-up local support in key areas such as workplace giving, corporate gifts, in-kind donations and volunteer engagement.
In 2012, employees at the Ontario Distribution Center achieved 100 percent participation for their Workplace Giving Campaign, as well as launching the Kids Pack drive. The drive helped to feed disadvantaged kids living in the Inland Empire.
Employees also teamed-up with more than 300 volunteers to help revitalize Lugonia Elementary School of Redlands Unified School District. The project kicked-off on April 27, as part of National Volunteer Week, a nationwide effort to promote volunteerism in our communities. Safelite Auto Glass volunteers helped paint a decorative mural.
For more information on Inland Empire United Way and getting your company involved, contact Jamie Lamb at 909-980-2857, ext. 214 or visit www.IEUW.org.
The Hawthorne Elementary school community participated in a program called Pennies for Patients, a campaign to collect spare change to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school goal was to collect $1,000 during the three-week fundraiser.
Students brought home small boxes and searched for spare change around their home, as well as asking family members and friends to donate to the cause. Every day, Hawthorne students would add their donations to their classroom collection box, and the school’s grand total would steadily increase. It wasn’t long before a healthy competition emerged between classrooms, as the top three classrooms were announced each week.
Through the commitment of Hawthorne students and families, the school raised a total of $4,217.28, quadrupling the original school goal. The Leukemia and Lymphoma society was thrilled with the effort the students put forward, and presented Hawthorne with a special banner which reads, “Champions of Change” to display proudly on campus.
Don’t be alarmed if you see some police activity at LA/Ontario International Airport. There is full-scale, simulated aircraft disaster drill currently underway designed to test ONT’s Emergency Response Plan.
Los Angeles World Airprots is required to test the effectiveness of the management plan once every three years.
The simulation is being held in Terminal 1 with more 200 participants from more than 20 organizations. The drill will be over by noon.
This two-hour drill included participation from: LA/ONT Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Airport Operations, Airport Police, Airport Maintenance, Public and Community Relations and Emergency Management; Ontario Fire Department; Federal Aviation Administration; National Transportation Safety Board; Transportation Security Administration; American Red Cross, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs & Border Protection; and the Ontario City Emergency Management Department.