Ontario Heritage to host annual cemetery tour at Bellevue Memorial

Ontario Heritage will host its 4th annual Historic Cemetery Tour at Bellevue Memorial Park. Participants will take a leisure stroll through Bellevue Memorial Park and learn about the history makers of the city, “Ontario’s Dreamers and Dwellers,” on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

Costumed actors will bring these characters to life.

Tickets are $10 for non-members, $5 for Ontario Heritage and Upland Heritage members and can be purchased starting at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.OntarioHeritage.org.

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No Kobe, no IE fans

In today’s paper I examine the reason for the low turnout for the Los Angeles Lakers game in Ontario on Saturday.

One analyst believes the reason for the unusually low turnout at this weekend’s game in Ontario was the absence of the team’s star, Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe is this team and this brand. When you know Kobe is not going to play, it is going to have a significant effect on attendance,” says Jeff C. Fellenzer, who teaches the course Sports, Business, Media at USC Annenberg.

Here’s the rest of my story.

Lakers play one more game in the Inland Empire tonight but judging the response from this reader, I don’t think things will be different tonight.



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Walmart opening up temporary hiring center for Ontario store

Walmart has opened a temporary hiring center at 1520 E. North Mountain Avenue to be able to handle the influx of applications it will be receiving for the 300 job opening for its newest Inland location.

Walmart will open its new store this fall near the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Fifth Street in Ontario.

Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.

In addition, Walmart has a Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program which offers jobs to qualified veteran swho has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.

For more information, visit: http://walmartcareerswithamission.com.

More details to come.

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Ontario hosting citywide yard sale this weekend

Get ready to do some treasure hunting. Ontario will be hosting its next citywide yard (garage) sale weekend this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The final yard sale weekend of the year will be November 1, 2, and 3, 2013.

Approved yard sale dates are the first full weekend in the months of February, May, August, and November. The rules for signs (one 6 square foot sign on the owner’s property) and rules for merchandise sold (seller’s personal property only, no new or re-sold goods) will remain unchanged.

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Save the date: Ontario to host National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Every year the City Council and Police Department come together to hold National Night Out- an event aimed at drug and crime prevention awareness. This year’s event will be held on Aug. 6.

According to the city,  last year more than 16,000 Ontario residents from more than 200 neighborhoods participated in the event. That helped the city earn 4th place in the nation for cities its size.

If you are interested in attending a party, contact your existing neighborhood watch block captains.

Residents may also contact the Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 395-2093 or chuggins@ontariopolice.org

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Ontario church to hold immigration status consultations

Members of the public are invited to attend a free consultation with immigration attorneys held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Immigration attorneys will be available to answer questions and evaluate immigration cases. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. attorneys will also be able to review cases and inform individuals how their criminal cases will affect their immigration status.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Inland Empire Sponsoring Committee

If you will attend, RSVP by sending your name, phone number, and type of case to inmigracionguadalupe@gmail.com.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 710 S. Sultana Ave, Ontario, CA 91761

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Long lines at ONT?

Ever encounter issues or long wait times while going through the checkpoint at LA/Ontario International Airport?

(I’ve been meaning to get to this item since last week but it’s been a little busy.)

Jim Bowman, at last week’s Ontario International Airport Authority, brought up an issue he recently noticed while traveling through the airport – a long line that had formed to go through the first checkpoint.

“I noticed a rather extraordinary long line of what should have been manned by someone, instead there was an abandoned TSA station,” he said.

Bowman said there was nobody there to process travelers.

This might be something that the new Federal Security director at ONT, Martin Elam, may handle or want to address in the future.

But that’s not all. Bowman, a longtime Ontario Councilman, said he was disappointed in the airport’s appearance.

“Service is everything, appearance is everything and the outside of the airport looks atrocious,” he said.

According to Bowman the grass near Terminal 4 has grown a nearly a foot tall.

“These are situations that a good partner doesn’t make with an asset of such value,” he said. “This exudes the reasons that L.A. is so far away and just doesn’t care about Ontario.”

ONT is managed by Los Angeles World Airports.

Have you ever encountered similar issues? Let me know.

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ONT May traffic figures down

May passenger traffic figures for LA/Ontario International Airport declined 9 .3 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since October 2011.

Back in 2011 ONT experienced a 10.2 percent decline in passenger traffic compared from the same month in 2010.

Figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Wednesday show ONT recorded 339,082 travelers this past May as opposed to the 373,975 that utilized the twin terminals in May 2012.

Overall, there was a nearly 8 percent decline in the amount of travelers coming in and out of ONT for the first four months of the year compared to the same time frame in 2012.

To date, 1.6 million passengers have utilized the airport.

In air cargo, there was a nearly 3 percent decline in May compared to the same time frame in May 2012.  For the year, the amount of air cargo tonnage moved through the Inland Empire facility was up 1.2 compared to the firs four months in 2012.

In a report to the Ontario International Airport Authority earlier this month. Nick Johnson, aviation consultant told the board there could be a 10.7 percent decline in seats scheduled at ONT this past May.

But Johnson told the authority ONT is on track to handle fewer than 4 million passengers , 25 percent of its capability, this year.

Although there is still a downward trend in passenger traffic at ONT, it is not as severe as the days when it was  experiencing double-digit declines — some as high as 30 percent —  on a monthly basis.



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Whispering Lakes Golf Course in Ontario to reopen on Saturday

Following a $1 million renovation to the city’s golf course, Whispering Lakes, a grand opening is planned on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to showcase the improvements.  Whispering Lakes will be hosting chipping and putting events as well as vendor displays, food, merchandise, and giveaways and is open to the public.

Whispering Lakes, originally opened in 1960, and is considered the best value in the Inland Empire for an 18 hole golf course.

The improvements include a new clubhouse, golf carts, renovated landscape and new equipment.  The new Clubhouse offers indoor and outdoor seating for up to 60 guests and an adjoining lawn to host tournament dinners.

food, merchandise, and giveaways. For more information, please contact Brenda Hickman, Whispering Lakes General Manager, at 909-923-3673.

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Los Angeles mayoral candidates discuss ONT

The Los Angeles Times recently conducted a thorough interview of all the mayoral candidates asking them a range of topics including LA/Ontario International Airport. Yup, that’s right. The competing newspaper asking the candidates what they thought about local control and if they’ed be in favor of selling the medium-hub airport.

Several of the candidates (I’m sure to the delight of Ontario officials) have expressed their favor of local ownership but didn’t really seem to favor selling the airport.

To read the responses for yourself, click here

Once you are on the page click the transportation link on the left side. Then, scroll down to question 12.

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