Hawthorne Raises more than $4,000 to fight cancer

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.


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ONT officials testing emergency response with disaster simulation

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.

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OMSD holds first Poetry Day

Ontario-Montclair School District held its first Poetry Day on March 30, at Linda Vista. Students were able to showcase their creative work on the stage, led by former OMSD student Brian Oliva as Master of Ceremonies.

Oliva currently teaches poetry at Azusa Pacific University, also brought his Poetry Team that supported the students and shared their poetry with district families.

More than 100 families attended to celebrate the students. There were also more than 1,000 student poems entered which were posted in the multi-purpose room at Linda Vista.

Molina Healthcare provided student prize bags for the poetry contest winners that included a $10 gift card to Barnes and Nobles. Barnes and Nobles also donated books for each of the 51 winners. Administrators  Sam Sager and Misha Plummer helped organized the project

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Ontario launches Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign

Press release from Ontario Police Department:

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Ontario police will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings.

The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000  convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!” Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk.

In recent years,  hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011.

As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Ontario Police Department are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements

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Ontario Rotary to honor Students of the month

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

The eighth grade students were selected by educators at the eight middle schools of the Ontario-Montclair School District are: Julie Brito, DeAnza Middle School; Victor Martinez Llamas, Oaks Middle School; Gloria Nguyen, Serrano Middle School; Dalen Duguay, Vernon Middle School; Nicholas Malon, Vina Danks Middle School; Karyna Trinidad, Wiltsey Middle School; Esmeralda Adame, Central Language Academy; and Doreen Martinez from Vineyard STEM Magnet School.

Accompanying the students will be Ms Arlene Rodriguez, Elementary Administrator, Central Language Academy.

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

Rotary Club meetings are open to guest.

The cost of the lunch is $20

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Ontario Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada offers event information

You can count on Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada to provide you with the latest happening in the city.
At the March 5 council meeting, Dorst-Porada took the opportunity during council comments, to talk about a variety of things residents should know.
First she started out by congratulating the Chaffey High Academic Decathlon team which won the San Bernardino County competition in February. This marks the fourth win in five years for the school, she said.
“I’m so excited for these kids to be able to pull it off another time, they worked so hard,” she said.
Wish them luck because they are now competing in the state competition this weekend in Sacramento.
Dorst-Porada said she, Barbara Hartley and Sheila Mautz recent attended an event recognizing the Police Explorers.
“Another great group of kids. Without those kids we just don’t know what we would do without them,” she said about their involvement in various community events.
Save the dates: the Emporia Arts District will hold an artwalk on Saturday in the evening. Meanwhile, Ontario Heritage is planning a downtown walking tour on March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.
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2013 State of the City provides insight on the City’s Focus on Jobs, Service and the Future

The 2013 State of the City’s theme “Focused” March 20 will demonstrate how the Ontario mayor and City Council are focused on jobs, service, and the future.
Featured speakers will discuss the value city leadership puts on creating jobs, how service is key to the success of Ontario and why returning LA/Ontario International Airport to local control will benefit the region.
The event begins with a registration and pre-event networking at 5 p.m.; the State of the City Program, 6 p.m.; a networking forum at 7 p.m.
Registration is open and sponsorships opportunities are still available. For more information and to register, visitwww.OntarioSOC2013.com.
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Women, documentaries and discussion

During March, National Women’s History Month, the Ovitt Family Community Library will be screening documentaries about women who have made a mark on history.
Selected films examine a variety of themes from different perspectives: women soldiers in combat, the challenges faced by Muslim women, Hispanic mothers as activists, and female Asian labor organizers. Each documentary will be followed by a facilitated discussion.
All films are scheduled to be shown at 6 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays through March 27.
These screenings are free and open to the public age 16 and older. The library is at 215 E. C St., in Ontario. For more information, call 909-395 – 2252.
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Inland Empire United Way recognizes OMSD

Inland Empire United Way has named Ontario-Montclair School District as the 2013 February Agency of the Month for its recent efforts to assist the community.
Over the past several years, Inland Empire United Way has partnered with Ontario-Montclair School District to help disadvantaged children and families in the district to receive much needed resources.
For several years, OMSD employees have supported IEUW through the annual employee giving campaign. This year, OMSD re-launched the campaign to benefit not only IEUW, but also the newly formed OMSD Foundation and the Promise Scholars program.
OMSD employees from the 33 school sites, administrative offices and other service departments raised more than $28,000, representing an increase of $15,000 from the previous year’s campaign.
OMSD serves the cities of Ontario, Montclair, portions of Upland, and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. The District is the third largest elementary district in the State.
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