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Readers, Welcome to our November/December edition of 909 Magazine! With the Holidays right around the corner 909 has you covered from how to survive the busiest shopping day of the year to Holiday traditions around the world. 909 was lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Auli’i Cravalho, the young voice of Disney’s newest princess. If interviewing a princess wasn’t enough 909 also sat down with music legend Peter Case to hear about his legacy. As always 909’s main focus is to bring local stories such as the tour de’ foothills Marc Grossman, Executive Publisher and Mrs. Evangeline Grossman. Photo by Sam Grossman
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YOUNG GYMNAST SHANIA TRINER SHINES BRIGHT
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Challenge Written by Matt Komoto
The Tour de Foothills on November 12 will offer four fun and challenging courses for different riding levels. In particular, the full Tour de Foothills Century course will be just over 100 miles with 5,000 ft. of grueling climbing to challenge the experienced rider but still offer beautiful scenery along the Foothill corridor. The race starts in Downtown Upland and progresses through Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Monro10
via, Pasadena and then back through Covina Hills before finishing in Downtown Upland. It will be a tough but rewarding ride. The Tour de Foothills, put on by the Upland Chamber of Commerce since 2004, has increased the century course difficulty over the years as demanded by participants. “It’s a tough ride,” said Board of Director Richard Mayo. “It’s going to challenge people and that was the whole
idea with ‘Century people’; they want to be challenged. We’ve had times where we changed the route and they keep clamoring for more climbing, more mountains. So we try to put in as much as we can without going up either Baldy or Glendora Mountain Road” that would require permits. The Tour de Foothills started when the Upland Chamber of Commerce was looking
for a new Chamber fundraiser to replace their Monte Carlo Night event. Richard Mayo and former Chamber President Greg Armstrong were both bike riders and they pitched the idea of a cycling event to the board of directors. The race received the green light and the event has grown ever since. Back in 2004 the only other cycling event in the Inland Empire was the Redlands Classic. The first Tour de Foothills event in 2004 only had 260 riders. This year over 1,200 riders are expected to participate. “This was our chance to bring people out to the Foothill community area and show them that we’ve got a beautiful area here as well. It has been very successful. A few other rides have begun because of the success of the Tour de Foothills, but the reality is that we’re kind of the grandfather of this area as far as bike rides are concerned,” said Mayo. There will be five rest stops for the century riders which will be fully stocked with various recovery food and drinks. Incycle will provide a free lunch for century riders at their Pasadena location. There will also be lunch provided for half metric century and metric century riders from Pappas Artisanal in La Verne and Nuno’s Bistro in Upland. The latest accessories, clothing and more will be on sale at the Vendor Village. There is even an optional Tour de Brews beer garden that is supported by five breweries. Purchases will help go towards charities and the Upland Chamber of Commerce. The other rides include a 12 mile, 34 mile, and 65 mile courses. This event is considered as comprehensive as any cycling event around. More information on the event can be found at www.tourdefoothills.com. The TDF should make for an epic Saturday.
Calendar Events Of
Complimentary Yoga Lululemon Complimentary class. Time: 9:30 Cost: Free Where: 7369 Day Creek Blvd - #F-102 | Rancho Cucamonga
11/5/16 Pride & Prejudice
The classic love story or ELizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Time: 7:30pm Cost:$20 Where: 12505 Cultural Center Drive | Rancho Cucamonga
Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: Memorial Park - Atwood Kitchen | Upland
Kick-off the holiday season with Inland Pacific Ballet’s spectacular holiday production of The Nutcracker. Time: 2:00pm Cost: $47 Where: 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga
Celebrate Veteran’s Day With Your Upland Neighbors
“All Gave Some, Some Gave All”Time: 11:00am Cost: Free Where: 217 “A” Street | Upland
11/11/16 Pilgrim Place Festival
Annual tradition held at Pilgrim Place just north/ west of the Claremont Village.Time: 10:00am Cost: Free Where: The Claremont Village, 205 Yale Ave. | Claremont
Christmas Trees Are Back at Heritage Park Bring the family to Heritage Park to experience Christmas on a farm.Time: 9:00am Cost: Varies Where: Heritage Park | Upland
2016 Home for The Holidays Home Decorating Contest. The Upland recreation division is sponsoring their annual contest. All entries must be received no later than 11/15/16. The decorating categories include Neighborhood, Humorous, Lights Extravaganza and Originality
9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run COME OUT AND EXERCISE BEFORE THE BIG MEAL! Time: 8:00am Cost: $30 Where: 24th St. & Mountain Ave. | Upland
Spark Of Love Car Show & Toy Drive Kick-Off
Give to a cause as you gaze at some nice rides. Time: 9:00am Cost: $10 & $10 unwrapped toy
The classic cinderella story come alive. Time: 7:00pm Cost: $12 Where: Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium, 1245 N. Euclid Ave. | Ontario
Blast off and geek out during our end of the year celebration! Bring a friend. FREE ages 12-18 years. Time: 2:30pm Cost: Free Where: Colony High Branch Library, 3850 East Riverside Dr. |Ontario
Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends. Time: 4:00pm Cost: $90-$125Where: NOS Events Center, 689 S “E” St.| Los Angeles
Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Village Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting
Sci-Fi Holiday Party
Holiday Party for Little Ones
Annual tradition held at the Claremont Depot and in the Village. Time: 5:00pm Cost: Free Where: The Claremont Village, 205 Yale Ave. | Claremont
Enjoy a holiday party that includes crafts, stories and a visit from a very special guest! FREE Ages 2 - 5 Years.Time: 10:30am Cost: Free Where: Ovitt Family Community Library, 215 East C St. | Ontario
The Grits & Glamour Tour Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan bring the Grits & Glamour Tour to the Playhouse stage. Time: 8:00pm Cost: $60 Where: Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive | Rancho Cucamonga
Grand Park New Year’s Eve LA Flanked by the Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this three-block greenspace will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3-D projections and a countdown. Time: 8:00pm Cost: Free Where: Grand Park, 210 W Temple St.| Los Angeles
Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along Get ready for the season by reliving the magic of Disney’s animated hit Frozen.Time: 11:00am Cost: $15Where: Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive | Rancho Cucamonga
Winter Wonderland In La Verne Children can enjoy two snow runs, two snow play lands (with real snow!), arts and crafts, a cup of hot cocoa and a doughnut at “Mrs. Claus’ Cozy Kitchen”, and of course visit Santa at the gazebo! 9:00am at Heritage Park, 5001 Via De Mansion | La Verne
Aaron Neville – A Christmas Celebration Join in for a special one-night only performance as Mr. Neville showcases his remarkable voice with holiday favorites. Time: 8:00pm Cost: $60 Where: Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive | Rancho Cucamonga
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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A CONSERVATORSHIP
Attorney David M. Grossman E S TAT E P L A N N I N G & ELDER LAW SPECIALIST
WHEN DO YOU NEED A PROBATE CONSERVATORSHIP
When a person is no longer able to handle his or her own affairs, personal and/or financial, a court can appoint an individual, called the Conservator, to act on behalf of the impaired individual, called the Conservatee. This takes the power to act away from the Conservatee and places it in the Conservator. There can be a Conservatorship established for personal affairs of the Conservatee or established for the financial affairs of the Conservatee. The Conservator for each of these areas, personal affairs and financial affairs can be the same or two differ-
A Conservatorship offers more protection against abuse of the Conservatee than other devices because the court supervises the Conservator. The Conservator must file with the court a detailed accounting of all the acts of the Conservator as to the Conservatee’s finances and also keep the court appraised of the decisions made as to the Conservatee’s personal affairs. A Conservatorship can be very helpful as the mechanism for managing an incapacitated person’s affairs when no other mechanism is in place. The major disadvantage of a Conservatorship is the same as the major advantage. The court is heavily involved in the conservatorship process and while this provides protection for the Conservatee it can also result in substantial costs in attorney’s fees, filing fees, and court investigator’s fees. The Conservator must continually return to court for approval of many transactions, which require hearings and additional fees as well as create delays in completing transactions.
LPS Conservatorships are entirely different than Probate Conservatorships. LPS conservatorships are established under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and are gov-
erned by the California Welfare and Institutions Code, not the Probate Code. In this kind of Conservatorship, a Conservator is appointed to represent a person who is “gravely disabled.” LPS Conservatorships are designed for persons with serious mental disorders, or who are impaired by chronic alcoholism. Consult with an attorney as to which, if any, Conservatorship is right for your specific situation.
DUTIES AND RIGHTS OF CONSERVATOR AND CONSERVATEE
It is the duty of the Conservator upon being appointed by the Court to obtain a bond as required by the Court, manage the assets of the Conservatee prudently, do all thing required by the Court, and keep complete and accurate records of the Conservatee’s estate. If the Conservator is appointed as Conservator of the person he or she must also: assess the Conservatee’s needs, decide where the Conservatee is to live, choosing the “least restrictive” appropriate living situation that allows the Conservatee as much independence as possible. The Conservatee always has the right to: seek a change to the Conservatorship; vote, unless the judge says the Conservatee is unable to do so; marry; be treated with understanding and respect; have his or her wishes considered; and be well cared for.
BLACK FRIDAY Survival
Guide Written By John Calderwood As an ex-retail employee and a shopping junkie, I feel I can say that there’s hardly a better feeling than getting a great deal, and there’s no better time than the holiday season to find the greatest deals. While the safest and most useful advice I could give you for surviving Black Friday would be to stay home and do all your shopping the following Cyber Monday week, we’ve got a guide to get you through.
TIP #1: SKIP THANKSGIVING
With most major stores, such as Walmart, Target and Kohls opening as early as 6 pm on Thursday, I’ve started seeing smaller families opt out of Thanksgiving celebrations altogether to be first in line. It might just be a good idea to pack a turkey sandwich and some cranberry sauce to go, as each year the queue seems to move more and more towards the beginning of the week. You should plan around the holiday if you intend on meeting with family and friends for a turkey dinner. I prefer to meet up the Saturday before, or after Thanksgiving, as that gives everyone the chance to get their shopping done.
TIP #2: GO ONLINE
You could do your shopping online on Cyber Monday. With internet access becoming a household regular, it’s clear to see why the retail stores have to fight back against the online presence with earlier, and 1 6 better | 9 0sales; 9 M Abut G A IZdon’t I N E mean shop
online, just find the deals online. With websites such as BlackFriday.com specifically dedicated to finding and comparing all the deals that will be available in all the big stores, it’s easy to find the lowest prices available. While you’re online, check the stores price match and return policies. Often there will be a special Black Friday list of exceptions for these policies.
TIP #3: PRICE MATCH
While you’re collecting and checking all the best deals, remember that most big retail stores will price match or beat their competitor’s prices and more often than not, they’ll even do it on Black Friday. Make sure to have a copy of the store’s holiday policy changes on hand. Due to the demand and volume of the holiday customers, a lot of retail stores will hire seasonal employees who are not familiar with every letter of their policy and you’ll more than likely end up having to speak with a supervisor. However, paying the lowest price for all your itemsN O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6
TIP #5: KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE
There’s a ton of fun and excitement to be had while shopping for deals. It can be a very exhilarating feeling to spend 20% of what you expected on twice as much as you were planning on buying. Always remember that the people you’re out shopping with are people too. The person who bought the last item you wanted, more than likely just wanted to give the best gift they could to somebody that they love. Also, the people working behind the counter and on the sales floor are all there for you instead of being at home with their friends and family, so please be kind to them. It is possible to keep the holiday spirit alive and get the best deal possible. Keeping that spirit alive will leave you and the community with a better, warmer feeling at the end of the day.
TIP #6: BONUS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
Small businesses are the engines of our economy. From the pop-up shops in our town squares to the family-owned restaurants that bring our neighborhoods to life, they are what keep America going. Mark your calendar, now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday (November 26) is a day where every shopper can play a part to support their local economy and the small business owners in one location can be a huge net gain in time and you don’t have who provide the to risk the items you’re looking for being sold out somewhere else. majority of our economic growth.
TIP #4: KNOW THE PRODUCT
Deals that sound too good to be true usually are. Some big retail stores will specifically stock outdated low priced products that are cheaper by nature.. A product from an unheard of company with faulty parts might not even be worth the “incredibly low price” that you’re spending on it. It’s staggering how many items end up being returned within the first few days after the sale. Do a little research on the brand and quality of the product you plan on getting, and you might come to find that it’s worth the extra money to buy one of the other items on sale, especially if it’s the difference of lasting years instead of days. 909 MAGAZINE
Before They’re Famous BALDY VIEW’S
SHANIA TRINER If many of you were watching the Rio Olympics you might have noticed our impressive gymnastic teams. Young men and women train for years to be able to represent their country in the prestigious event. 909 recently sat down with Shania Triner, from Baldy View Gymnastics, to get a young gymnast’s view on what she thinks it takes to be one of the greats. Most gymnasts start young, Shania is no exception “when I was very little I started.” She took some classes at the local community center before committing to the sport and beginning at Baldy View only when she was 7 years old. Baldy View helped Shania train in many different events. With the help of her coaches who she says teach her“ determination and how to work hard” she is already a level four gymnast. There are 10 different levels of gymnastics. Levels 2-5 are called “compulsory levels,” that means that the gymnasts all compete with the same routine and are judged mainly on execution. Levels 6-10 are “optional,” which means each gymnast can make their own routine. Baldy View gymnasts are tested each month to determine their appropriate skill level and whether they are ready to compete at the next level. Shania has previously been awarded ‘gymnast of the year’ and competes in 8 meets a year. She is currently in the middle of her competition season and placed 1st on bar and floor exercises. The bars are her favorite routine “I like jumping to the high bar.” I had a chance to watch Shania perform her bar routine and some of the skill work looks pretty scary. When I asked her whether she gets scared, this brave little girl smiled and simply said “ No, I don’t get scared. I know where my body is.” The dedication and hard work Shania and all the kids at Baldy View Gymnastics show is inspiring. Shania practices for 2 ½ hours 4 days a week “Sometimes, pretty early on Saturdays too!” She trains very hard on all events, as her long term goal is to be a professional gymnast. She is challenged at times by some of the events. Right now it’s the vault “It’s hard to get my body in a straight line.” Considering that the vault is bigger than she is, that’s understandable, and certainly she will conquer it soon. Even, though training is tough Shania enjoys it and for inspiration she looks up to other gymnasts like “Coach Alison and Simone Biles.” One day people will be looking up at Shania for inspiration and when asked what she would tell others interested in gymnastics she would encourage them to just start “it’s really fun. It’s hard at first but gets easier. I think everyone should try it!”
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foothills surrounding the area. It is said the Star was a gift back to Upland, in exchange for the beautiful twinkling lights of the city below. Built of wood and wrapped in Christmas lights, it was a simple and kind gesture that became a family tradition. During the early years when energy conservation was necessary the Hostetler’s would even sacrifice turning on their heating systems to keep the Star shinning down on their fellow citizens. Over many years and after plenty of improvements to the Star, it was eventually time for the Hostetler family to move on. After the Hostetler home ended up in foreclosure, Ken Petschow and the San Antonio Heights Association did everything they could to keep the tradition alive. Eventually Ken inherited the Star after he bought the property in 1996. Despite a few setbacks nothing can stop the “Star Community” from lighting the North with the towering symbol of community and good will. When the original Star burned to the ground in October 2003, a new Star was erected and lit for the same holiday season. More recently thieves in the night looking to steal copper wire, vandalized the Star. Nonetheless the faith and dedication of the community was reinforced when the Star was brought back bigger, brighter, and more secure the next year. When you find yourself on the west side of the 909 this year, whether or not you call it home or are just passing by, look to the north and know that the glowing Star is a treasured tradition, that offers us all a symbol of hope for the coming year.
he holiday season has come back around again in the 909. Once again we’ll all gather with family and friends to honor our traditions and beliefs. Some things come and go, but a constant tradition that we look forward to is the lighting of the San Antonio Star. You might have missed it for the past 50+ years, but all it takes is to pass Upland on any major freeway; land in Ontario Airport; or stand on Euclid Avenue anytime from Thanksgiving day through the beginning of the next year and you’ll see it lighting the North, like the proverbial star the wise men followed. Constructed in the mid 50’s by Mr. and Mrs. Hostelter, the Star started off dimly lit so that it was only visible down the road and at the 20
Festive Foodie THE
Written By Ashley Perry
Last year my friends and I decided to have a ‘Friendsgiving.” For those of you not sure, Friendsgiving is when you celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. My mother is an excellent cook and all our holiday meals were delicious, but she wasn’t going to be at my Friendsgiving dinner. I will admit at 25 I hadn’t yet mastered the skills to cook a big Thanksgiving meal. Ok a little honesty here, yes I am that girl who can barely boil water and who makes muffins that smell like meat, but taste like chocolate (long story). Yet for some reason I got it into my head that I was going to be the one to cook an amazing Friendsgiving dinner. Stubborn as I am, I pulled off an amazing meal for my friends. There were a few road bumps and a mountain of mashed potatoes, but here are some recipes so simple even I was able to create something great
Cranberry Cheer INGREDIENTS
Crispy Hasselback Potatoes with Rosemary, Sage and Garlic INGREDIENTS
Olive Oil, for greasing Eight 6- to 8-ounce russet potatoes 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary needles, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 lemon, zested Flake sea salt, such as Maldon Freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup freshly grated aged Parmesan Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . Grease Pan. Cut a 1/4-inch thick slice from the bottom of each potato to create a flat surface. With a potato resting on the flat surface, make crosswise cuts 1/4-inch wide along the length of the potato without cutting all the way through. You are aiming for an accordion effect. Gently rinse the potato under cold water and then submerge in a large bowl of ice water while you prepare the remaining potatoes. In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, rosemary, sage, garlic and lemon zest. Completely dry the potatoes. Using a pastry brush, baste each potato all over with the herb-lemon butter. Place the potatoes in the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy, basting every 10 minutes with the herb-lemon butter, 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with any remaining herb butter. To serve, season with salt and pepper and top with cheese.
1 c. sugar 2 stick cinnamon 2 whole star anise 3 green cardamom pods 1 c. fresh cranberries 6 oz. rye whiskey (such as McKenzie) 2 oz. fresh lime juice Seltzer Lime slices In a small pot over medium heat, stir sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved to create simple syrup; reserve 1/4 cup. Place spices on an 8-inch square of cheesecloth and secure with twine to create a sachet; crush spices lightly. Add sachet and cranberries to simple syrup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and discard sachet. In a shaker, mix 4 teaspoons cranberry mixture, whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Pour into 4 glasses with ice. Top each with a splash of seltzer; garnish with lime.
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Meeting Auliʻi Cravalho THE VOICE OF DISNEY’S NEW HEROINE MOANA by John Calderwood
Auliʻi Cravalho would tell you that she’s just a “normal girl.” I wouldn’t agree. As far as anyone goes, she was the most well spoken and positively vibrant person that I might have met with. When we started our conversation, she was putting away her Trigonometry homework to make time to speak with me. Nothing about her mannerisms or speech particularly screamed Hollywood, but it was immediately easy to see why this captivating and charming young woman was chosen to play the lead role in the new Disney feature animated film Moana. So you’re going to be in the Disney feature film, Moana! Can you tell me a little bit about the movie and what that’s going to be like? Sure! Moana is about “Moana” the ocean as that is translated; and it’s also about Moana, a teenager, who is a wonderful, strong and beautiful young girl, who is KINDA trying to figure out who she’s going to be. She lives on a wonderful island called Motunui and is the daughter of the chief played by Temuera Morrison, he’s Tui. It’s an interesting relationship between them. Her father of course he loves her, and she loves him but he wants her to stay on the island and stay safe. While Moana is so incredibly drawn
to the ocean and she wants to go and explore, which is something that her ancestors may have done, but they don’t do anymore. So as it turns out, she is kind of forced to go on this journey across HUNDREDS of miles of ocean, and she loves it! She discovers, and meets actually, the demigod Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson, Hey-hey-hey! And together, they basically save the world, from kinda this darkness that’s looming over them.
cally all my life. Not even basically, since I’ve popped out of the womb. She’s really great! She’s my rock in all this. When everything around me is kind of, not even kind of, is REALLY different. Food is different, the clothes that I’m wearing is not even what I’m used to, and the air I’m breathing is, ya know cold and all that. It’s really good to still have
It’s a wonderful film, that YES, talks about the physical journey across hundreds of miles of ocean, but also the emotional journey Moana goes through as a sixteen year old trying to figure out who she is, while others tell her who she should be. I really love it. That sounds really good, like a good strong female role model. I heard that they decided against a love interest in the movie. Disney is always moving forward on creating strong female leads and good role models. Who would you say has been your role model in life? Yeah definitely! My mom! My mom is one of the most biggest role models in my life. I love her! She has taken care of me for, ya know, basi-
909 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mom there. There’s nothing that can beat having your mom with you. So things have been changing a lot? Well, there’s been a lot of new experiences I’d say. They’re wonderful of course, but everything can be overwhelming. Especially as like this is happening to me, it’s a WONDERFUL whirlwind, but a whirlwind none the less. Yeah, definitely! So what where you doing before? Did you expect to find yourself in the next Disney feature film? Um, well I mean, it wasn’t exactly something that I necessarily planed out in my life, but I’m glad that it happened. I was a freshman in high school when the main auditions for Moana was happening, and I didn’t initially try out for it, because I was in my freshman year of high school. That should be like enough of a description of that, because high school is confusing. So I was focusing on high school, but, as it turns out, my friends and I decided to put together a group audition to become the entertainment of a non-profit event. We were hoping to raise some funds and anything that would have come out of it was going into that non-profit. We had this awesome harmony in there, and we were having this ‘a cappella’ audition and we had beat boxing... and we didn’t get in; BUT the woman who was going through our auditions, was also the casting director for Disney on the island of Oahu. So she saw my audition with my friends and contacted me and asked if I wanted to become Moana, or rather asked if I wanted to try out for Moana, which thank God, thank the Lord Almighty I said yes! Could you imagine if I 24
said no? AH! It worked out real well, and yeah, a few auditions later they told me that I would be playing the role of Moana. Before this though I was just a normal girl I guess. I wasn’t represented by anyone, I didn’t take act-
ing or singing lessons or anything like that. I was just pretty much me, if anything I was kind of hoping to go into law, specifically microbiology. Like, there was... it was SO different! I had seen an interview with John Musker and Ron Clements, and they had said you sing like an angel. Is this going to be a musical? Do we get to hear you sing? Heh-heh-heh, Yes you will! I do singing in the film, as well as speaking. Our music team made up of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i is such an amazing team. They worked together to blend this wonderful, kind of Polynesian influences, yet very distinctly and wonderfully “Disney” and I had thought that could never happen. I’m so glad that it did. Being the first Polynesian Disney Princess, how do you feel they’ve captured the culture and the scenery? That was a thing that came from a personal place. I was even a little scared before I had even thought of trying out for the role of Moana. As soon as you hear about somebody making a film inspired by your culture, you want it to be right. You want it to feel right, and I can honestly say that I’m very proud to be working on Moana, and the fact that they’ve had this movie in the works for five years. They’ve taken recent trips, and they still ask for, ya’ know, advice and knowledge from cultural advisers. It’s really amazing. They’ve done such a wonderful job. So YES I’m very proud of this film and I think they’ve done it well. I’ve been a huge fan of John Musker, and Ron Clements since I was a kid. Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, they’re iconic. How was it working with them? Have you ever NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016
909 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW been directed before? Well, I’ve been in backyard plays, and I have put on some amazing performances in my living room. Aside from that, no, nothing like this. So to be directed by, first of all, such legendary directors it was really amazing. I’d kind of describe them as two bodies, sharing one mind. If you meet them, and I really hope you do, they talk over each other a lot. It’s so funny because they both know EXACTLY what they’re going to say but they use different synonyms and they look at each other and just debate on what exactly the idea is they’re trying to come up with, then they come up with this terrific finished product. Being in the recording booth and having them on the other side of the glass is a really fun and funny experience, because they’re just amazing. They know exactly what they want, but they have this wonderful and rich way of describing everything. It’s so interesting. So in the recording studio, did you get to work with everyone directly? Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk? Or were your parts recorded separately? I WISH we worked directly with each other. I was actually not aware that it’s quite common for voice actors to work separately. I mean, you of course, as a fan of Disney Films, and Ron and John’s, when animated characters talk to one another it really does carry the emotion back and forth. That was so surprising to me. I recorded entirely separate from all of my co-stars, and yet when I hear it, or see it on screen the characters seem to be conversing so naturally which I think is just amazing. So what can we look forward to now that this film is wrapping up? Where are we going to see Auliʻi? I’m not sure just yet. There are a few things cooking I will say, BUT I’m really really happy with everything that is happening right now. I wouldn’t have ever guessed this would happen to me. It’s just a big blessing and I understand how difficult it is to get into this industry NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016
and now that I’m in it I really don’t want to get out. My passion is acting and singing but I never thought I’d get to do it, and it’s just a big blessing. So then what advice would you give to the other young girls trying to be the next Disney star? Hmm… Well I would give advice to everyone! Boy, girl, young old. It’s kind of related to Moana I think, which is interesting to me. Moana is 16, and going on this Journey and so am I. So taking this time to figure out who you are is really important. Before you go on a big journey like this, or make this big decision to like, become an actress, or whatever it is. What you become is going to stay with, and you want to make sure your roots are deeply planted. This is something I’ve learned, and my roots are deeply connected to my culture, which is what I hope to carry along with me no matter where I go or what role I might take. I am very “me” so to anyone who wants to get into this, make sure you’re YOU, not anyone else. I had heard they kind of tricked you a bit when they told you that you got the role. Is that true? What happened? Yes! Okay that is entirely true. So, how the audition process worked was that I submitted my first audition specifically for Moana. I was in summer school and I couldn’t figure out a time when I could actually, you know, do a Skype session with them and do a live kind of audition. So I couldn’t figure out a time, and as it turns out, they flew me out to California and I did my live audition there. It took up a weekend but it worked out really well. Then when I came back, they told me that I would need some more ad libs and they just needed me to come in and do some other stuff. I’m not sure what they needed me to do because at that time that’s when they told me I would be playing Moana! They didn’t need me for ad libs, they just wanted me to be on camera when they told me. Wow, that sounds really exciting. Yeah! Well my mom was at work, and
I had to call her and she was freaking out, because she was expecting me to do some little stuff and... she was like “I wouldn’t have gone to work if I knew this was happening!” and yeah, it just worked out really well. It became a kind of funny yet heart warming video that still brings tears and laughter to our eyes even today. It’s funny to see. We’ll have to get that video out for everyone to see. Oh… Nuh-uh, no you don’t have to. I heard that they actually designed Moana before they ever went out to cast her. A lot of people say she looks a lot like you, do you compare yourself to Moana? Was it strange stepping into her role? Hmm. Well, you’re right! Moana was finished before I even stepped into the role. It’s kind of a joke that I look a lot like the character, but it’s not really a joke. It just feels meant to be that I played this character you know? I paddle, and I go out on out-rigger canoes and I technically sail as part of my actual life, not just in the movie, that’s just my life here on Hawaii. So it’s interesting, I don’t feel like I had to step into a role. Moana grows up on an island, I grew up on an island, we’re both really culturally connected and I think we both just love our people. We’re alike in so many ways, so I didn’t necessarily have to prepare for the role I was just really lucky with that. Well thank you so much for taking some time to speak with us. I’m sorry for taking you away from your homework to speak with us; Trigonometry right? It’s been a real pleasure, and I really truly had a great time speaking with you. No! Don’t even apologize! Thank you so much for calling me today! I needed a break, thank you. Goodbye! So be sure to catch Disney’s Moana, in theatre Nov. 23rd Starring Auliʻi Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson, directed by John Musker and Ron Clements with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i.
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Holidays & the Flu – A Perfect Storm No one wants to spend the holidays sick in bed with a cold or the flu, but the fact of the matter is that this time of year can affect more than just your waistline—it can also take a toll on your immune system. From Halloween through the New Year, our immune system can take a hit from a number of different factors, including stress and diet. Most people are overloaded during the holidays--shopping, wrapping, decorating, and parties, not to mention regular daily duties, all crammed into a condensed period of time. And while our bodies are crying out for proper nutrition to keep running at full speed, our holiday diets tend to put us in the slow lane. Social activities are notorious for a plethora of foods high in carbohydrates and sugar. Any doctor will tell you that when you take in a high level of carbohydrates, they turn into sugar, and sugar by definition, is pro-inflammatory, which also depresses the immune system. Couple all of this with the fact that the holidays also coincide with cold and flu season, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect storm. Follow these guidelines to help boost your immune system, ward off illness, and enjoy a healthy holiday season: 26
Get your flu shot! Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is still the single best way to reduce your chances of contracting seasonal flu and spreading it to others. The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of six months old, especially those over 65-years of age and those with compromised immune systems.
Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It’s especially important to wash up before preparing food, eating, touching your face, after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, or being around someone who is ill.
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Share a laugh. Believe it or not, laughter is the best medicine. Laughing has short term effects such as an improved mood, and long-term benefits such as an improved immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thoughts also help to release neuropeptides, which help prevent stress and more serious illness.
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Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, can reduce or remove scars, age spots, blemishes and facial wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. It is an exciting technology that quickly and easily enhances the skin in so many ways. Laser skin resurfacing is often done with facial fat transfer and face and neck lift for more optimal cosmetic results. Using the latest laser technologies, Dr. Heidari can be extremely precise, especially in delicate areas.
Wrinkled or sun-damaged skin on the face, brown spots or blotchy skin coloring, fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids and crow’s feet, acne or other facial scars, certain benign skin growths and vertical (smoker) wrinkles around the mouth.
Dr. Heidari uses an Erbium (YAG) Laser to send short, concentrated beams of light at damaged or discolored skin. The laser will remove the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, and heat the underlying skin to promote new collagen growth. The procedure is relatively quick, and ranges in length anywhere from a few minutes to two hours depending on the area being covered. It can be performed under general or local anesthetic. Dr. Heidari recommends patients undergo skin treatments to prepare the skin prior to laser resurfacing and after the procedure to help heal the skin and
maintain positive results. These may include glycolic acid peels or bleaching agents. This regimen provides you with a better and more even healing and with less chance of hyper-pigmentation. Dr. Heidari often treats the full face. However, certain areas can be treated in conjunction with other procedures like a face-lift or eyelid surgery. Erbium (YAG) Laser resurfacing has been shown to produce less bleeding, bruising or post-procedure discomfort than other resurfacing methods.
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Clearer, younger looking skin is now possible with minimal downtime. BBL (broadband light) is an innovative technology that sets new standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyles and sun damage. Dr. Heidari uses BBL to treat age and sunspots, small facial veins and many other skin conditions. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. The light energy delivered by BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted damaged areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new epidermis along with stimulating new collagen for tighter pores. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, more vibrant and younger looking. In addition, BBL can help eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions. Any area of your body can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight such as the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.
Frequently Asked Questions What skin conditions can be treated by BBL? Rosacea Acne Broken Capillaries Large Pores Dark Under Eye Circles Age Spots Wrinkles Sun Damage & Freckles on the Face, Hands, Chest, Shoulders Undesirable Skin Texture
hours. For some pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off within seven to 10 days. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. Dr. Heidari will provide you with complete information about post-treatment care and results.
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For the most severe and stubborn acne, Dr. Heidari uses photo-dynamic therapy (PDT)—the newest breakthrough in treating acne. Dr. Heidari will apply Levulonic acid, which is a clear painless solution, to your skin and let it settle for about 60 minutes. It is then activated with a specific wavelength of light, either Blue Light or the more aggressive BBL. This second phase takes about 16-20 minutes. Often two to four treatments four weeks apart can eradicate 70-90% of acne lesions for up to one year. The Levulonic acid is absorbed by active cells, like acne sebaceous glands, making the targeted acne cells more sensitive to the light. This combined interaction of the solution and the light is what gives rise to the term “photodynamic therapy.” Levulonic acid will also target sebaceous hyperplasia (small benign bumps under your skin) and the papules of acne rosacea.
The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. It may depend on the severity of sun damage or other skin condition. Dr. Heidari will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire. He may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures, such as cosmetic fillers or neurotoxins (BOTOX®, Dysport®), to further personalize your treatment and improve your results. Dr. Heidari recommends that patients follow up their initial BBL package with a yearly touch-up.
What will happen during the procedure? Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes up to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. You may be given some skin care products after the procedure and instructions on how to use them.
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Will it be uncomfortable?
The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic; however, Dr. Heidari may choose to use it on more sensitive areas
What should I expect after the treatment?
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Robotic - Assisted Partial Knee Replacements Can a Robot Help Cure My Arthritis and Send Me Home the Same Day? By Luis A. Corrales, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist Director of Joint Replacement Surgery at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare Hate to ruin surprises, but the answer is a resounding YES. As a kid, I believed one day I would be zipping around in a flying car and have a robot at home like The Jetsons. Well, my car doesn’t fly, but I do have a robot helping me perform surgery and that’s pretty cool.
affected by OA, but 30% of people only have one compartment affected. This is where things get interesting. If you have OA involving 2 or 3 compartments, a TKR makes sense. What about the 30%? Does it make sense to replace your entire knee when only one part is worn out?
You might ask yourself, why is this doc excited about a robot? It’s because this technology is changing the way we treat knee osteoarthritis (OA), and the results are amazing.
Common sense says no. It makes sense to replace only what is worn out, but due to the technical challenges and lack of experience in performing a partial knee replacement (PKR), most orthopedic surgeons recommend a TKR.
That is why this doc is so excited! Plus when incorporated into our total joints pathway, patients walk immediately with minimal pain, and most go home the same day in a flying car. OK, no flying car. We only have the robot, but a doc can dream.
Osteoarthritis is a common cause of disability and over 600,000 total knee replacements (TKRs) are performed annually as a result. This means a lot of people need new knees. Let’s review knee anatomy and OA. The knee is divided into 3 compartments and coated with cartilage to protect it during walking. When the cartilage wears out, it causes damage and OA, which leads to pain. For some, all 3 compartments are
A PKR, performed in appropriate patients and done well, gives results equal to or better than a TKR. Not to mention it’s less invasive and offers a faster recovery. This is where robotics plays a key role. This technology allows us to plan your surgery beforehand, and tailor it exactly to your anatomy. This plan is then executed in surgery, using the robot precisely with less than 1 mm
This precision and accuracy far outperforms any surgeon. One of the main causes of failure after PKRs is surgical error. This is eliminated using robotic technology, and the benefits go to the patient.
Dr. Corrales specializes in the management and surgical treatment of degenerative and arthritic conditions of the shoulder, hip and knee. He received his medical education at Harvard Medical School and residency training at UC San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call Garey Orthopedics at 909/5937437.
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CARDEN ARBOR VIEW SCHOOL LAUNCHES PUBLIC PHASE OF CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Carden Arbor View School’s Board of Trustees and Mrs. Cathy Edwards, Head of School, unveiled the public phase of the school’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 35 year history on September 16, 2016. The STEAM Center Campaign aims to raise $1 million by the end of 2018. This announcement was made at the annual FALL GALA event, “Past, Present and Future” celebrating the school’s 35th anniversary for parents, alumni, students, friends and staff. “This campaign allows our current families to do what others before us have done for our children. Investing in the future of our school by continuing to build upon the solid foundation created by those who came before us is indeed the STEAM behind the momentum to our children’s future,” stated Mr. Michael Sego, Parent and Board of Trustees member of Carden Arbor View School. “The STEAM Center represents a journey of many years to create the most enriching space available for our students,” stated Mrs. Cathy Edwards, Head of School. “After extensive studies and interviews conducted with faculty, Board, and community a master plan was developed that exhibits the school’s top priority – to enhance and expand our commitment to providing educational excellence.” The STEAM ( Science, Technology, En-
gineering, Arts and Math) Center will provide the best in technology and tradition. Over 2,100 square-feet of expanded computer and science lab space, new computers, and technology, and a new classroom for the arts. A modern place where students can explore their world and prepare for the future. The STEAM Center is an exciting addition to an already amazing place to learn and grow. A beautiful all-school student musical performance began the festivities as families enjoyed dinner catered by Spaggi’s under the bistro lights. The songs performed were written specifically for the launch by the school’s music teacher, Ms. Pettus, “ Train is a Comin”, “We’re a Family and We’re a Tree” and “We’ve Got Friends.” A video message highlighting the Past, Present, and Future of the school unveiled the STEAM Campaign. Present at the unveiling were all 11 Board of Trustees members who have already raised over $200,000 through the quiet phase which began in January 2015 for the STEAM
Center Campaign. Also present was the founder of Carden Arbor View School, Mrs. Claudia Humphries, who opened the school in September, 1981 with forty-five students and a faculty of five. Together they took the first steps of the journey that began as one woman’s dream and have become the history of Carden Arbor View. The school has been a testament and a legacy to those early individuals and families who shared her vision and passion. “We are grateful to our donors’ support during the quiet phase of the campaign and know the public phase will deliver impressive results,” stated Terri DiMarco, Director of Advancement. “We are so grateful for the support and thank all the donors for their generosity and investment in Carden Arbor View’s future.” In support of the public phase, the school’s Board of Trustees and Advancement Office will be announcing the STEAM Center Campaign at many events planned over the 35th anniversary year and inviting families and friends of the community to participate in the many naming opportunities and various levels of participation to help us reach the goal of building the STEAM Center. For more information about supporting the STEAM Center Campaign, please contact Ms. DiMarco in the Advancement Office at Carden Arbor View School, 1530 N. San Antonio Avenue, Upland, CA 91786, 909-9829919. www.cardenarborview.org
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Peter Case, Songwriter, Storyteller, Rock Star, “Itinerant Bluesman” In a busy downtown coffee shop, in our local college town Claremont, sits Peter Case, songwriter, storyteller, rock star and “itinerant bluesman.” As he sips a cup of black coffee, waiting to perform an intimate concert at the Claremont Folk Music Center, 909 Magazine had the opportunity to talk with this music legend. Peter Case needs little introduction. If you own a radio, you have heard and probably sung along with a Peter Case song. If you were part of the 70s and 80s Inland Empire music scene, even better, you were there. Peter co-founded the mid 70s punk band The Nerves. The Nerves recorded a four-song EP in 1976. Frequently opening for notable acts such as Eddie Money, their aggressive, high-energy music and performances resonated with audiences. The Nerves popularity led to a national tour with the Ramones and to shows with Devo, Mink DeVille, Peter Ubu, and many other rising bands. In addition, The Nerves entertained United States troops as part of the United Services Organization’s “USO” tours. In 1978, Blondie re-recorded The Nerves song “Hanging on the Telephone.” The song went on to become a huge hit for Blondie, reaching No. 5 on the UK charts. Nerves disbanded, N O V E MAfter B E RThe /DE CEMB E R 2 0 1 6Peter
founded the iconic power pop band the Plimsouls. Peter reflects, “The Plimsouls started in an El Monte nightclub playing five sets a night for a $100.00 apiece and all the Pabst we could drink.” Leading the Plimsouls, Peter went on to write critically acclaimed hits such as “Zero Hour,” “Oldest Story in the World” and “A Million Miles Away. The 1983 movie “Valley Girl,” starring Nicolas Cage, used numerous Plimsouls tracks in the movie soundtrack. Peter Case has since kept busy writing, recording, performing and producing music. Case has a dozen albums to his credit, including critically acclaimed Americana and Blues albums. Peter’s latest projects include his “Hwy 62” album and the 30th anniversary re-issue of his self-titled album, “Peter Case”. The 30th-anniversary re-issue of Peter Case re-masters the original 12-track album which earned Peter his first Grammy nomination for” the song “Old Blue Car.” The album also topped New York Times’ “best albums of the year” list and helped launch the “songwriter movement” which is now recognized as “Americana.” Produced by J. Henry (T Bone) Burnett and Mitchell Froom, the album contained eleven original tracks and a cover of the Pogues’ song “Pair of Brown Eyes” which,
“according to Elvis Costello,” was actually recorded before the release of the Pougues’ version. The 30th anniversary re-issue features a renowned cast of musicians including Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney). Also on the album are backing vocals of John Hiatt and Victoria Williams, string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks and appearances by music legends Jim Keltner (drums), Jerry Moratta (drums), and Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley’s bassist). The 30th-anniversary re-issue also contains seven bonus tracks selected from a 1986 promo EP and from recordings previously unreleased by Peter Case. The package includes a new essay from Case about the album and includes unseen photos from the time period. Peter Case’s 2015 album “Hwy 62” has earned him the title “troubadour” from his critics. With a solo career spanning over three decades and a dozen albums, Peter is a veteran of the road. His sunglasses, long hair and graying beard frame the image of a traveling storyteller who uses his music to paint pictures of the lives of blue collar America. Fittingly included in Hwy 62 is a heartfelt version of “Long Time Gone,” written by fellow troubadour Bob Dylan. “Long Time Gone,” is the only cover on this telegraphic album. Case’s punk and electric roots add a unique edge to the tracks, while his relaxed vocals evoke a classic, earthy, honest quality. Contributions by singer-songwriter Ben Harper, D.J. Bonebrake (X’s drummer) and stand-up bassist David Carpenter complete the cast, giving the album its unique quality and character reminiscent of its title. Hwy 62 is music from the road, the heart and the experiences of the songwriter, storyteller, rock star and “itinerant bluesman” Peter Case. These days, Peter Case is on the road 100 days a year doing 80 to 100 shows across the nation. Additionally, Peter produces one to two albums a year and teaches songwriting to fellow artists seeking to take their craft to the next level. Peter’s advice for artists and bands trying to make it today is concentrate on writing songs. Write, write and overwrite. “Strive for quality; you don’t want to waste people’s time. Find the door into the magic, when you do, people get a kick out of it.” Peter put on a wonderful show at that night in Claremont. I found myself singing along, transported “a million miles away” from my ordinary life for the evening. When I shared this with Peter after the show, he quietly said “thanks, that’s why I do it.” Thanks for 9 0Peter 9 M Case. AGAZINE | 35 the music and your time
Unique & Strange
Holiday Traditions WORLD AROUND THE
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The Krampus Thanks to American horror movies and other pop culture references, you might have heard of this Austrian folk character already. Think of him as the Anti-Santa, traveling around the world in search of naughty boys and girls that he can kidnap in his little bag. Definitely not the one you want to have coming down your chimney.
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Christmas Fried Chicken
Although Japan doesn’t really have a strong connection
Mari Lwyd the Grey Mare
to Christmas, there is a strong adoration of American
From December to January if you live in Wales, you
culture. Due to a very successful ad campaign in the
might find yourself visited by Mari Lwyd, the Grey
mid 70’s KFC convinced most of Japan that America
Mare. Or more accurately the skull of a horse on
loves fried Chicken on December 25th, and every year
a stick, wrapped in a sheet and accompanied by
the lines at Japanese KFC’s are out and around the
holiday carolers. It’s considered good luck to invite
the Mari Lwyd into your home or business.
Flores de Noche Buena Meaning “Flowers of the Holy Night” these flowers are better known as Poinsettias. A Mexican folk story suggests that two young boys offered a meager Christmas gift of an old branch. The boys were mocked but, the following morning, the branch grew beautiful vibrant red star shaped flowers. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a U.S. envoy to Mexico in the 19th century, later would bring some of the flowers to America, where they would later be renamed the Poinsettia.
Yule Lads Children leave their shoes out on the windowsill for the from December 12th to the 23rd for the Magical Yule Lads who make their way down the mountains and fill them the shoes with gifts for all the good children, and for the naughty kids they only leave a potato. Still better than a lump of coal!
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La Quema del Diablo Translated to “The Burning of the Devil” this holiday tradition is celebrated on December 7th. Families gather up all their garbage from in and around their homes and make heaps in the streets, then place an adorable little paper mache Devil on top. Burning the refuse heaps near sun down is said to rid your home of evil spirits.
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Tió de Nadal Translated into simply “Christmas Log” this traditional folk character is an in-
teresting one to say the least. Spanish children are given a log with a cartoon
face and two front legs to keep its face higher than the other end. It’s their job
Less strange, and more touching;
to keep the log fed, and covered with a blanket from Dec. 8th through Christ-
started in the 1920’s with candles
mas Eve. On Christmas Eve night, the
on veterans graves, Finland started
children’s parents will lift the back end
a more somber tradition of mourn-
of the blanket and stuff presents into
ing the dead on Christmas Eve. Ex-
the hollow back end of the log, creating
panded now to all lost loved ones,
the illusion that their hard work and
cemeteries in Finland are very busy
feedings have led their Tió to “pass” an
every year with people grieving
assortment of Christmas presents.
those they’ve lost the world over. 909 MAGAZINE
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Representative Pete Aguilar Since I was a kid, standing up for what I believe in and advocating for my community has been a key part of who I am. I was almost ten years old during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which ravaged the environment and wildlife in Alaska and throughout the region. I remember being upset with the lack of accountability and reaction from those responsible for this catastrophe. How could they have allowed this to happen? Why did they not seem to understand or care about how this would affect the people and animals that called these communities home? This was the first time I felt the real world come in and affect my life, and it inspired me to take action for those who needed a voice. I went door-to-door, asking for signatures for my petition that called on Exxon to take responsibility. I didn’t know it then, but this would only be the beginning for me as a community advocate and a life in public service. For over ten years now, I’ve had the opportunity to work with neighborhood leaders, small business owners, moms and dads, and thousands of residents to help make the Inland Empire a better place to live and raise a family.
Serving first as a Redlands City Council Member, later as the Mayor of Redlands, and now as our region’s congressman, I take my role as a leader in our community very seriously. We have a number of issues to solve in San Bernardino County: from getting our economy back on track, to helping veterans when they return home, to making sure our kids have access to a quality education, to ensuring seniors can rely on the programs they need to retire with dignity. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to collaborate with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to push forward meaningful policies that address these concerns. In my first term of office, I’ve written five bills to help put Americans back to work, introduced legislation to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable to our veterans, and authored a bill to make paying back student loans more affordable. Another critical issue I’ve worked on is assisting our local law enforcement in getting funding for their heroic response to the Inland Regional Center terror attack on December 2, 2015. With the support of fellow Inland Empire Representative Ken Calvert, we’ve been able to
recoup $1 million this year to help offset the costs. But our work is far from over. While I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, more lies ahead to make sure our first responders and our community have the resources they need to keep us safe. Inland Empire families have endured a lot over the past few years. From fighting to get back on their feet after the Great Recession, to finding ways to rebuild in the aftermath of the events last December – our region has not been dealt an easy hand. However, what we have seen time and time again is the resiliency of our people, and I believe it is that spirit that will get us
through this difficult time. It is that same determination that drives me to get up and fight every day for working families here in San Bernardino County. They give me the hope and remind me of the fearlessness of the little boy who went door-to-door to stand up for what he believed in and fought to make things right. I’m grateful to residents of California’s 31st Congressional District for their support and faith in my leadership, and I will continue to work my hardest and give them a voice in Congress each and every day so Inland Empire families always have a seat at the table.
Ride for a Cause
909 Magazine cares about it’s community and the people in it. We know that we are all connected and can all do our part to help our community. On October 1st The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic Bike Tour concluded. The California Coast Classic benefits the Arthritis Foundation by raising vital funds needed to find a cure for arthritis. Money raised provides educational resources for adults and children, scholarships for the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference, kids’ camps, and much more. The California Coast Classic Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride that takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast on Highway 1. The Tour starts in the heart of San Francisco and ends in the iconic Pacific Palisades of Los Angeles. The “CCC”, as it is affectionately known, is a full-service ride which provides the framework for one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime. In the top five fundraising teams our little hometown hero group is the current number one team. With over $78,000 raised is TeamCarter4aCure led by Captain Jerry Davis is an inspiration. Jerry Davis is originally from Upland but recently transplanted to South Pasadena. Many of the Team Carter riders reside within the Inland Empire and we feature Team Carter on our Facebook page. Here are some facts about them and the money they raised for this great organizations: • •
Jerry Davis has personally raised nearly $11,000 for the 2016 campaign. His new bride who he met on the 2015 tour and married two weeks ago, Sabrina Davis, has personally raised $7,500. They are the ultimate fundraising cycling power couple! • Danny Scanlan of Ride Yourself Fit is a first-year Team Carter teammate who has raised over $4,000 and is from Riverside, CA. • Danny was recruited by veteran rider Robert Pendley who has raised over $5,000 to date and resides in Redlands, California. • Jamie Caldwell is a vet CCC rider but joined Team Carter this year and has raised over $4,000. Jamie’s wife Lynnell Caldwell was a volunteer the last two years and they’re also owners of local craft brewery, Alosta Brewery, in Glendora, CA. Alosta was a tour sponsor. • Team Carter reaches beyond the Inland Empire with an international rider, Gavin Hough, who raised over $6,000 and traveled from Manchester, England to ride the tour for a second year in a row! Registration is already open for those interested in joining the ride in 2017! You can do so at: www.ccc17.kintera.org.
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Matt McDonagh Written By Ashley Perry
One of the great things about the land we live in is the diversity that makes America one of a kind. 909 recently got a chance to sit down with an Irishman, Matt McDonagh or as his friends call him Matteo. So how did an Irishman become known as Matteo? In 1960, with dreams of a sunny 42
place implanted by a neighbor, Matt McDonagh headed to LA with the help and sponsorship of his cousin, who had the same family name and served on the LAPD. Within 10 days the spirited and wide eyed Irishman’s famed Irish luck continued as he landed a job with the teamsters. Matt happily
recalls one of his first experiences on the dock and his first cultural awakening into his Americanization. “On that evening I was on the freight dock a 57 year old 6’7 black gentleman, named Henry Lax, and I mean gentleman, greeted yours truly and exclaimed: ‘Tell me IrishKid, have you ever met a black man NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016
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before?’ ‘No sir I haven’t’ says I, he then asked : ‘Well kid, what do you think?’ My response: ‘Sir, you look all right to me.’ Another middle aged gentleman with a mustache named Rudolpho Cena arrived heard the conversation and asked me jokingly ‘Irishman, have you ever met a Mexican before and how old are you?’ My response was the same ‘No sir, but you look alright to me and I’m eighteen.’I’m thinking to myself-‘so this is America’. These two memorable and charming fellows, may they Rest in peace, were my introduction to the new world.” Matt continued to live the life of a true American, even serving in the Marine Corps and upon completion of his Military duties, returned to his employer until retirement in 1997. Most would think that in itself was eventful enough, but that was only a part of Matt’s journey. His biggest passion and legacy is the Celtic Soccer Club, formed in 1979. The Celtic Culture can be proudly shown in the team uniform of white and green. Thousands of boys and girl have competed for and against the Celtic through the years. They all leave with important life lessons that Matt instills in them from what he has learned in his 75 years, lessons that can be taken and used long after their field playing days are done. Rafael Gamboa form the Celtic ’76 team fondly reached out to
Matt in a heartfelt email and stated “I never told you how much I appreciate you picking me up for practice and games because my parents were working. I was fortunate to have you to keep me from getting into trouble and teaching me so many valuable lessons. I have no doubt that I would not have the success that I have without your presence. I still use one of your famous lines with my kids and students to this day. Whenever they get hurt, I walk up to them and check them out and say ‘Well lad, it could be worse, it could be me.’ That usually frustrates them (which it used to do to me) but then they smile and move on.” It was evident that Matt has made just as big an impact on so many lives as America made an
impact on him and how his perspective changed that day on the docks so many years ago. “When you change your perspective, you change your life.” He fondly stated. Matt had many stories. I wish I could write a book on the interesting life he has lived. A man who came in as an outsider, but found his heart and soul in a common sport and a father figure to kids of all nationalities. A true gentleman. He lives with his gorgeous wife Mary in Upland and can still be found on the fields every Saturday and Sunday. For more of Matt’s interesting life and a deeper look into the Celtic Soccer Club visit our website at www.909magazine.com for the extended article or go to www.celtic.cc .
Holiday Spirit Coming To
Claremont has a wonderful annual tradition of initiating the holidays with festivities at the beginning of December. This event is known as The Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. This free event has brought early holiday spirit for the past 12 years on December’s first Friday. On December 2, there will be three hours of festivities from 5- 8 p.m. The Claremont Village, the area’s ultimate shopping destination, will transform into a holiday wonderland where the young and young at heart can enjoy the fes-
tivities. Other areas of Claremont will also have activities. The Claremont Depot will have live entertainment including local bands and there will be holiday carolers throughout the Village streets. The Village businesses will transform into Holiday Cheer Stops and provide delicious holiday treats. There will be two great opportunities available for those who want holiday photos for family and friends. Santa Claus will be available at City Hall from 5-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. There will also
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be a live reindeer and a sleigh at Shelton Park. Entertainment, face painting and costume characters like Frosty the Snowman and a Winter Penguin will also be part of the festivities. At 6 p.m. don’t miss the big event with the tree lighting ceremony at the Depot. A permanent tree in front of the Depot will be decorated as a Christmas tree. Some people will begin their holiday shopping in November and will already be in high spirits. For those who aren’t in the spirit yet, this event will definitely be a
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great transition into the holidays for the month of December. The Village Holiday Promenade is a great way to begin the season of giving. The Promenade has evolved over the years and has previously included ice skating rink. Its core events have stayed the same though and it will be an evening filled with live music, festive storefronts, a magnificent tree lighting ceremony, and more. The Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is co-sponsored by the City of Claremont, Claremont Lincoln University, the Claremont Village Marketing Group and the Double Tree Hilton Claremont. For more information about the City of Claremont’s Holiday Promenade, log onto the city Web site at www.ci.claremont.ca.us or call (909) 399-5358.
SAM PEDROZA Mayor, Claremont Celebrate the Holiday Season in Claremont Kick off your holiday season in the Claremont Village - the area’s ultimate shopping destination! On Friday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m., the City of Claremont invites everyone to an evening filled with live music, festive storefronts, a magnificent tree lighting ceremony and great local shopping! The Claremont Village will transform into a holiday wonderland where the young and young at heart can enjoy the festivities. The Holiday Promenade will include live entertainment, including local bands and holiday carolers throughout the village streets. Village businesses will also be participating as “Holiday Cheer Stops” and will be providing delicious holiday treats! The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on stage at the Depot. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera to take a photo of their little ones with Santa Claus at City Hall from 5-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. The City of Claremont would like to remind everyone to shop locally this holiday season! Local shopping is crucial as sales tax funds our community and provides vital services such as police and fire protection, street repairs and trash collection. The Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is co-sponsored by the City of Claremont, Claremont Lincoln University, Claremont Village Marketing Group, and the Double Tree Hilton Claremont. For more information about the City of Claremont’s Holiday Promenade, please call the Human Services Department at (909) 399-5358 or visit the City website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata H O L I D AY B A R G A I N S by The Car Family If you are looking for a holiday gift that should please everyone the Mazda 6 and Hyundai’s Sonata Eco are ideal considerations. They both have ample space to carry Santa’s surprises, good performance, and are realistically priced starting in the low $20,000 range. Not bad considering the average new car price is over $33,000. These cars have room for five and average over 32 mpg in daily use. With holiday travel and safety in mind, The Car Family took a long look at these two sedans and found that they were not only bargains, but loaded with features. Overlooked, the Mazda 6 is not only a good buy, but an exceptional family fun sedan with a frisky disposition and a responsive engine. If you opt for its 46
I-Eloop system you can get over 30 miles per gallon and you don’t sacrifice quickness. The Mazda 6 is energetic, maneuverable, and nimble. The steering is excellent as are the brakes. This is just a fun daily driver with a distinctive look and a let’s go attitude that would make the ride to grandma’s house more hospitable on the jammed freeway drive. Mom’s view: Jolly fun sedans, these two are outcasts considering that the competition is ripe with agreeable rides from Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Kia. However, none were as fun to drive as the Mazda 6 or as agreeable to those on a budget as the Sonata Eco. The Mazda Grand Touring was loaded with safety items. Anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat and side
curtain airbags active front head restraints, rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, frontal collision mitigation system, and a forward collision warning system. The trunk is ample with a fairly low lift-over and the doors open wide enough to make entry wearing a shorter dress worry free. Plenty of storage areas and comfortable seats. Overall, the Mazda 6 would make any holiday entertaining. The Sonata Eco is one of the most unobtrusive vehicles on the market. The interior and exterior don’t ruffle any feathers so keep that proximity key handy because the Eco’s exterior blends in with the other sedans in parking lots. The interior has an abunNOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016
dance of storage areas, an easy-to-use communication/stereo system with a seven-inch touch monitor. Visibility is excellent in all directions. The trunk is large with a low lift-over height. The 60/40-split-folding rear seat adds to the Eco’s usefulness. An optional automatic trunk opener is highly unusual. If you stand behind the Eco for more than three seconds the trunk opens automatically. This alone is worth a trip to the dealer. Safety wise the Sonata has antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, fulllength side curtain airbags and a driver knee bag and other features. Overall, a competent, useful and compelling family vehicle at a bargain price. Dad’s view: The Mazda is a front wheel drive sedan powered by a 2.5-liter engine that makes 184 horsepower and can even be ordered with a manual transmission if the six-speed automatic transmission isn’t to your liking. The Mazda 6 feels light on its feet with a sporty feel and is eager to please. Quiet, efficient, and easy to love, the Mazda 6 is athletic and appareling to those who want a practical car that lives up to Mazda’s zoom-zoom message.
Hyundai’s Eco is no slouch in the fun to drive category. The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is responsive and the sedan has a fairly tight turning radius taking the worry out of tight parking situations. Overall, a pleasant vehicle with a plethora of standard features and excellent safety and reliability scores. Driving respectfully, whatever that means, a Las Vegas holiday trip can be made without refueling. Young working woman’s view: Mazda’s Grand Touring has some impressive option packages, but the best value is the 5 years/60,000 miles warranty with 10 years/100,000 miles on the drivetrain. Very reassuring to those who may want to stray from the usual marques. I liked how comfortable it was to drive and its unique look. I won’t mind this as a holiday gift, but I found the Sonata Eco more appealing to my practical side. A lot of people have underestimated this Hyundai as the exterior styling is very generic. However, it is easy to drive, makes fast work of passing, and has a large trunk with a warranty similar to the Mazda. I found it comfortable and reassuring. Young sort of working male’s view: Back to school and working part-time
makes one appreciate the advantages of being rich. Until that day arrives I must scuttle my dreams of a new Lexus and remind myself of the benefits of such cars as the Mazda 6 that can offer us non-lottery winners affordability, dependability and not be a total bore to drive. The rear seat is actually usable and the trunk can hold nearly 15 cubic feet of Amazon Prime bargains. The base version is listed just over $20,000, but options can push the price over $30,000. Hyundai offers Bluetooth, satellite and HD radio, a USB port, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto and a rearview camera. The Blue Link system allows you to lock and unlock your car using your smartphone. The Sonata’s entertainment and information system is called Android Auto that integrates your Android based cell phone with the vehicle. Hyundai’s emergency telematics system can track young drivers’ speed among other things. (Sorry guys.) The Apple CarPlay can calm the,“Are we there yet?” passengers. Family conference: Two great sedans that are often overlooked, the featured laden Sonata Eco and Mazda 6 are tempting bargains.
The Birth of Bad Faith Litigation in the Heart of 909 By Clarissa Toll
William M. Shernoff
e live in a world where the unexpected happens. Because of this, we buy insurance from companies who promise to help us when the unimaginable takes place in our lives. But, what if those insurance companies drop us from their “good hands” and leave us out in the cold when we need them the most? According to the American Association of Justice, insurance companies commonly and consistently deny and delay insurance claims for their monetary benefit. “All of these insurance companies are driven by profit motive”,said William Shernoff, attorney and founding 48
father of Bad Faith Litigation.“In a drive to increase their profits, in many cases they tighten up their claims handling and they deny claims that should be paid in order to increase their profits.” For Shernoff and his team at Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP in Montclair, policy holders and their rights have always been important. Bad Faith Litigation(BKL) was first recognized as a means for legal procedure in 1979. Prior to this time many policy holders were left with little to no means to rectify the wrongs done to them by the giant insurance companies. The tables started to change in 1974, in the heart of the 909, when
Shernoff defended a Pomona man after his insurance company, Mutual of Omaha, tried to avoid paying a disability claim by reclassifying his disabling injury as a sickness. The case later went before the California Supreme Court in 1979, where the court ruled the insurance company had acted inadequately by avoiding to investigate their client’s policy claim thoroughly. The court’s decision laid out a land mark verdict, which made it possible for policy holders to go after insurance companies in court. Although insurance giants know they can and will be held accountable in the courts of law thanks to the hard work of Shernoff, many continue to avoid their duties and commitments to their policy holders. According to Shernoff, medical and home insurance claims are some of the most reported BFL cases. “In the last couple years, we’ve seen more cases in what might be called medical insurance, where people aren’t able to see their doctor anymore or being denied approval for surgeries because the insurance companies says that the procedure isn’t medically necessary, even though the treating doctor is recommending it,” said Shernoff. “A close second would be homeowners insurance, where people are having a little flood in their home because of a busted pipe and the insurance companies are not handling the insurance claim properly,” added Shernoff. BFL gives policy holders the ability and backing to receive justice and compensation for their insurance needs. “Insurance companies know that if a lawsuit gets filed they could not only be responsible for paying the claim, but be responsible for paying damages for mental or emotional stress or other damages, said Shernoff. “That really gets their attention.” Shernoff encourages those who believe they have a BFL case to contact the firm. Individuals as well as businesses can file a BFL claim with a statute of limitations of two years. “It’s a wonderful tool that insurance consumers have to level the playing field,” said Shernoff. “The insurance companies are very powerful and they hire the best lawyers, but these cases when they go to a jury trial the jurors are made up of average people who have similar problems, so the policy holder is successful 95% of the time,” added Shernoff.
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Tree Watering Tips
Street Trees add beauty & value to our community. The drought is serious & so is tree health, here are a few tips to smart tree watering. 1) To reduce water loss to evaporation, water early in the morning. MART IN THOUVENELL Interim City Manager, Upland We often hear that government should operate as businesses do – an over-simplification that nonetheless merits consideration as the City of Upland tries to reverse years of financial struggles. So let’s take a closer look – as a business would – at what realistically can be done: Revenues. The city’s recent Fiscal Task Force considered a number of revenue options – from a half-cent sales tax to capitalizing the city-owned water and sewer assets. Options adopted by other cities include a utility users tax, service-fee increases and taxes on specific industry clusters. Upland’s greatest upside would appear to lie in our own sales tax revenues, which now total about $12 million a year, roughly one-fourth of our general fund. A half-cent sales tax increase would increase revenues by $4 million to $5 million a year, providing us the revenue cushion we need to provide the services our community has come to expect while helping us meet our budget reserve goal of 12.5 percent. Expenses. Much has been made of Upland’s pension liability, and make no mistake, it is a challenge. Wishing it away, however, is not a sound business strategy, as San Bernardino discovered when it tried to do the same. Not only are there legal and contractual obligations, but eliminating pensions moving forward, as some have suggested, would make it virtually impossible to retain or hire qualified police officers and other key staff. We have to remain competitive. Another option on the expense side is to look at outsourcing some city services. Upland did that with our library, our trash collection is handled by a private vendor, and, as we look ahead, we would be remiss if we didn’t at least study the possibility of contracting out some of our public safety operations. How that ends up, we don’t know, but we are going to look at it. These are challenging times for cities such as ours. Just as businesses must confront tough choices in meeting their growing challenges, so do those of us responsible for maintaining the public trust. The bottom line is the bottom line. Martin Thouvenell is Interim City Manager for Upland.
2) Wet the soil beneath the trees canopy & beyond. Direct water away from the trunk.
3) Water young trees at least twice per week.
4) Water mature trees every 1 to 4 weeks during dry season. 5) Deep, infrequent watering encourages deep root growth for drought resistance. 6) Build a circular berm & fill with water.
7) Drip lines around trees are excellent trees water methods. t Keeping trees healthy involves watering the entire root zone, deep enough so the roots have adequate moisture.
Thank you for helping Upland keep their trees beautiful & healthy.
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