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Parents upset with district’s handling of autistic child Michelle Mears-Gerst Special to the Valley News

Kindergartner Christopher Martinez’s Valentine’s Day party at Herk Bouris Elementary School was supposed to be a fun day with his classmates. The six-year-old went shopping with his mom, handpicked a box of Angry Birds cards to pass out to his friends, along with treats. However, on Feb. 12, the day before the party, Christopher received a school suspension for having an autism-related breakdown in class. The Martinez family is upset saying their child’s needs are not being met and their concerns are not being addressed properly by the Menifee Unified School District. His father, Clifford Martinez, reported that when he came to school at the end of the day to pick up his son he found him sitting in the office. The annual Rod Run event attracts more than 70,000 visitors to Old Town streets.

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Temecula sets pair of changes as city preps for its first Rod Run Tim O’Leary Staff Writer Temecula has rolled out a pair of big changes – a youth fun zone and a key parking restriction – for the first Rod Run to be operated by the city. Planning for the annual Rod Run, which will turn Old Town into a sea of chrome and color on March 7-8, is heading down the home stretch. City officials have jumped into the driver’s seat for the first time, but it remains uncertain whether the

The changes – as well as the trial run will be extended beyond uncertainty over the future – are this year. “Honestly, I have no idea as to unfolding as the popularity of the what that (future structure) is go- signature city event continues to mushroom. ing to be,” said “I think it’s getting more “I think it’s Dawn Adamiak, the city’s recrepopular. It’s just a great g e t t i n g m o r e popular,” Alice ation supervisor. family event.” Sullivan, TemecThat recommen– Alice Sullivan ula Valley Chamdation, she said, ber of Commerce will be in the hands of the same committee that president and chief executive, said last year pressed for the vintage car in a recent telephone interview. show to shift to city control for at “It’s just a great family event.” Sullivan said the appeal of anleast one time.

tique and vintage autos remains high, and that enthusiasm is on display at Temecula’s annual show as well as a similar annual event that is held in Murrieta on Father’s Day. The family-oriented appeal is expected to increase this year as the city, for the first time, has set aside a large area for air-filled jump houses, face painting, slot-car and pinewood derby races and other youth activities. Sullivan said the Rod Run


Officials encourage vaccination in wake of possible pertussis upswing Alex Groves Staff Writer Riverside County officials are urging parents to get their young children vaccinated for pertussis after this year’s first confirmed death from the illness. The death marks the first time since 2010 that there’s been a pertussis-related fatality in the State of California.

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3 Doors Down 95-year-old Navy veteran to headline Youth art exhibit introduces street painting and Pearl Harbor survivor Saturday at shares story with West to annual event Balloon & Coast Ammo audience Wine Festival Alex Groves Staff Writer

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People young and old arrived in groups to learn the various steps necessary to make an image come to life on an asphalt canvas.

Alex Groves Staff Writer Children’s art was celebrated during the Promenade Mall’s Annual Youth Art Exhibit, which was available to the public from Feb. 3-28 and which featured more than 500 works of art from various area schools. All throughout the mall visitors could see paintings, metal work, photographs and similar items. All of these were made by local students from schools in Temecula, Murrieta, and Menifee, according to Event Organizer Gregory Kimd. Kimd was one of many people who was at the Promenade Mall on Feb. 22, when the exhibit was paired with a special street painting festival which took place in the section of street located between

the front entrance of the Promenade Mall and the Edwards movie theater. This was the first year a street painting event was paired with the art exhibit but not the first year where active performance became part of the display, according to event organizer. He said that last year a student jazz band played in the area, providing visitors with the sound of music as they took in the sites of art. Kimd would know a lot about what’s been done with the event over the years. He’s been involved with it since early 2007, when he first arrived to the Temecula area and became part of the bourgeoning arts council there. The art council has since dissolved

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Yeoman Durrell Conner was wrapping presents for his sister’s children on what seemed to be an average, run-of-the-mill day when Japanese forces unexpectedly attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and torpedoed his ship, the U.S.S California, and others. The day would become what Conner has described as the longest in his life, and it was the events that occurred over the course of that day that he discussed with a group of nearly two dozen individuals who packed a backroom of West Coast Ammo in Temecula at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event was part of a series that occurs monthly and is put on

by The World War II Experience, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching audiences about the history of World War II by focusing on the stories of the people that were there. The organization was founded by Linda Dudik, PhD., a former Palomar College professor who felt compelled to share the stories of veterans and how those stories fit into a historical context. That’s exactly what she’s been doing since she started a partnership with West Coast Ammo, where speaker events are held. Dudik said that it’s particularly important to hear firsthand accounts of what occurred at Pearl Harbor because such stories shed light on

TEMECULA – 3 Doors Down, the alternative rock band that rose to international fame with their debut album and hit single “Kryptonite,” will headline the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 31 at Lake Skinner. “Kryptonite” was just one of many hits that evolved from their debut album “The Better Life.” The album sold six million copies and went platinum six times. 3 Doors Down furthered their success with the 2002 album “Away from the Sun,” which spawned the singles “When I’m Gone”, “The Road I’m On”, “Here Without You,” “Away from the Sun,” “Dangerous Game,” “Dead Love” and “Wasted Me.” 

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Hard News Judge orders Murrieta man to stand trial for murder of grandmother whose body remains missing

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Kyle Roger McLean, 22, is charged with the murder of his grandmother.

MURRIETA – On Friday, Feb. 21 a Riverside County judge found there is enough evidence for a Murrieta man to stand trial for the murder of his grandmother. Kyle Roger McLean, 22, of Murrieta, is charged with the July 2013 murder of his grandmother, Catherine Sutton, 71. If convicted as now charged, McLean faces up to 25 years to life in prison. After about two and half days of evidence and testimony at the preliminary hearing, Judge Angel Bermudez found there was enough evidence for McLean to stand trial as charged. McLean now has an information arraignment scheduled for March 7 at the Southwest Justice Center. Catherine Sutton has been missing since July 11, 2013. Her daughter reported her missing to Murrieta

police the evening of July 14, 2013. Based on the evidence in this case, including evidence collected at her Murrieta home on Graystone Lane, it is believed that Sutton was murdered. McLean lived at his grandmother’s home at the time of the murder. At this time, McLean’s body has not been located. In July 2013, a second man entered a guilty plea to the court to being an accessory to a felony in connection with the murder. Neil Michael Erickson, 18, of Wildomar, was sentenced on Sept. 6, 2013, to 270 days in custody and five years of formal probation. He is currently out of jail and on probation. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Garcia.

High school soccer coach pleads guilty to seeking sex with player MURRIETA – A former Murrieta Valley High School girls soccer coach who tried to coax a player into having sex with him pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 to attempted statutory rape. Daniel Ryan Kelly, 27, of Temecula could face probation and jail time when sentenced May 2 by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Albert Wojcik. During a pretrial hearing at the Southwest Justice Center, the defense and prosecution notified Wojcik that a plea deal had been reached in the case. In exchange for his plea to the attempted statutory rape count, the District Attorney’s Office will drop a felony charge of arranging to meet a minor for the purpose of sex and a misdemeanor charge of annoying a child. There was no indication of what sentence the judge might impose. Kelly remains free on $25,000 bail. The defendant was arrested on

Jan. 28, 2013, following an investigation into his interactions with a 16-year-old girl. The youth, identified only as Jane Doe, was a member of the Murrieta Valley High School girls’ junior varsity soccer team. Kelly was a walk-on coach, but did not teach at the school, according to police. Prosecutors alleged that Kelly took an interest in the teen and began communicating with her regularly via phone and text messaging. When the girl confided that she was feeling a lot of stress at home, the defendant told her that one way to alleviate her stress was to have sex, according to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Julie Baldwin. “Defendant told Jane Doe that if she wanted to talk about sex with use a ‘code word,’ either ‘Training’ or ‘Workout’ with a capital letter, and he would understand that to mean she was referring to

sex,” Baldwin wrote. Kelly gave the girl a ride to a soccer tournament in Anaheim and told her that when he was younger, he dealt with anxiety by engaging in sexual intercourse, according to the trial brief. When the defendant persisted in broaching the subject, the victim began to feel “uncomfortable” and told friends – including a parent – about what was happening, Baldwin said. She said the information was passed to Murrieta police detectives, who had the victim make a “pretext” phone call to see if Kelly would make any admissions that could be recorded. The conversation led to Kelly arranging to rendezvous with the girl outside a Temecula restaurant, with a plan to go from the eatery to an RV, where Kelly could start “Training” with the teenager, according to Baldwin.

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Shooting at Pechanga Resort hotel room leads to death; victim identified TEMECULA – A Los Angeles man who was shot inside a hotel room at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula and died was identified on Feb. 25 by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as Los Angeles resident Keith Rodman. Ro d m a n a n d t h e s u s p e c t , 32-year-old Wildomar resident Maria Vihanek, were in a dating relationship and had a six-monthold baby together, the sheriff’s department announced. The baby was in the hotel room where Rodman was shot on Friday, but was not injured. Vihanek will be arrested after being treated for a self-inflicted injury, authorities said. Rodman was shot an undisclosed

MURRIETA – A June 16 trial date was scheduled on Feb. 24 for a convicted felon accused of inflicting a near-fatal beating on a San Jacinto convenience store clerk who tried to stop him from stealing liquor. Robert Victor Gomez, 21, of Hemet could face more than 20 years behind bars if convicted of the Dec. 23, 2012, pre-dawn attack on an employee at a 7-Eleven in the 1400 block of South San Jacinto Avenue. Gomez is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, fraud and a sentence-enhancing allegation of causing great bodily injury resulting in a coma. During a status hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer tenta-

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tively set the defendant’s trial for the second week of June after the prosecution and defense agreed to clear their calendars for that time period. An intervening status conference is scheduled April 7 to confirm both sides are on track. Gomez remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. Sheriff’s investigators allege Gomez walked into the 7-Eleven, grabbed a 40-ounce beer bottle and proceeded to leave without paying for it. The clerk chased after the defendant, who allegedly swung around and smashed the bottle into the man’s head. The victim, identified only as John Doe in court documents, collapsed unconscious in the store parking lot, and Gomez initially ran away, but returned to pummel him, authorities allege. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Sargent, an outdoor video surveillance camera captured the entire episode. “The suspect...punched the victim repeatedly with his fists as the victim lay unconscious and then fled the scene on foot,” Sargent alleged. The clerk was hospitalized with major head trauma. He has since recovered. According to sheriff’s officials, a crime technician analyzed the tape and recognized Gomez from an unrelated incident that happened hours before the attack. The defendant’s identity was confirmed, and four days later, he was arrested outside a Hemet business on State Street. According to court records, Gomez has an August 2011 conviction for misdemeanor burglary and a February 2012 conviction for felony burglary. He pleaded guilty both times and was sentenced to probation for each crime. To comment on this story online, visit

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Murrieta hires Pat Thomas as Development Services Director with him a great deal of experience in the wide-ranging field of municipal management. Thomas will be responsible for overseeing planning, engineering, building and public works maintenance divisions. He will start work in

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handle him,” said Perez. Perez said she is not upset with the teacher. She knows that having 31 students in kindergarten is a lot and throwing in a child with autism just makes the situation harder. “The district will not comment on specific children, teachers, or what has been allegedly discussed. All teachers have classroom management and behavioral training. Specialists are available at every site who [have] knowledge about autism. Resources are available to all staff to support every child,” said Cadmus. Christopher’s family said they have tried to get him into the Chester W. Morrison Elementary School that has a program for autism children and it is closer to their home as well. “We can walk to Chester W. Morrison but we are told we have to do a district transfer even though it is two blocks from our home and the school said our son first has to qualify. I am almost ready to take him out of the school district,” said Perez. Priscilla Hoaglin, the aunt of Christopher who lives with the Martinez family, said the Valentine’s Day suspension was the last straw for her and that is why she reached out to the media to share her sister’s story. “I see her frustration when she comes back from school. I see her cry. This Valentine’s Day party my nephew missed out on was the icing on the cake,” said Hoaglin. “I feel like I am not being heard,” said Perez. “The school he is at now doesn’t have a program for autism and the school said they would try to get him into one but first they needed to get him enrolled.” “We have a full range and continuum of programs available. Placement is determined based on student individualized needs,” said Cadmus. After this month’s suspension, the school did decide to place

an aid in the classroom to work directly with Christopher. Perez said she is happy he will have an aid but not happy it took multiple outbursts and a suspension to prove he needed an aid. Children with autism are also known to escape or run from their safe surroundings, said Perez. Earlier this school year Christopher snuck out of his classroom. Perez said he went through two doors that were supposed to be locked and made it out as far as the sidewalk before school staff found him. “Once again no one from the school called me to let me know my child tried to run away,” said Perez, who was only told about the incident when she came to pick up her son. “Generally, if we have a child who elopes from class, we have a discussion about how best to support the student and a safety plan will be established,” said Cadmus. “To ensure environmental safety, strategies will be put in place such as having the student seated away from the exit door and to be placed closer to where the teacher is. In addition, the teacher or other staff members will stand between the child and exit door if they are attempting to leave the room.” Perez said she and her family have turned to the media for help because she has found there is a shortage of help in her Menifee community for children with autism and she wants other parents to know they are not alone. According to Cadmus, out of the 9,329 students in the Menifee School District, there are currently 1,085 students receiving special educational support services including support for children with autism. “You can’t see autism. He looks like a normal child and people don’t understand autism,” said Hoaglin. To comment on this story online, visit

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“We were told Christopher had a meltdown in class and stripped off all his clothes in front of the other students,” said Perez. “We were told he was suspended and couldn’t attend the party the next day.” “Our child should not have been suspended. It is common for a child with autism to react like our son did and strip off his clothes,” said Perez, who said she does not condone her child’s meltdowns but it is not the same as misbehaving from a normal child. Perez said she has tried to get school officials to understand her child’s autism needs are not being met. “The district will not comment based on specific students but we follow the education code,” said Betti Cadmus, public information officer for the Menifee Unified School District. “We respond to each individual situation in accordance to guidelines and procedures stated in education code. If necessary, we develop and implement individual student safety plans and if needed, we can revise the individualized education plans.” Christopher has had other autism-related outbursts since he started kindergarten according to Perez. In December, his class was practicing for a Christmas play when during practice he got upset with a teacher and lashed out. “I am worried about my son hurting another child. I don’t even know if other parents know my son has autism, that he isn’t just misbehaving,” said Perez, who says she sees the looks other parents give her when on campus or at least she feels she is getting “looks.” Educationally, Christopher’s parents said his grades are great but his special needs are not being met. “His teacher told me she doesn’t know how to calm my son down when he starts to get upset. She told us she doesn’t have enough help to

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“Here Without You” and “Away from the Sun” crossed over to Adult Contemporary charts as well as rock and alternative rock charts. “Here Without You” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s AC, Mainstream and Hot 100. “When I’m Gone,” from the same album hit No. 1 on the mainstream rock chart. Also appearing Saturday is the Gin Blossoms, the alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Always one of the top requested bands by festival fans, the Gin Blossoms will make their third appearance to the Festival fueled with their hits “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down,” “Found Out About You,” and “Till I Hear It From You.”  The band released three albums by the mid 1990s, took a break then released a fourth album “Major Lodge Victory” in 2006.  The Gin Blossoms released a live album, “Live In Concert” in 2009. This album contains live recordings of the band’s hits as well as newer singles such as “Learning the Hard Way” and “Long Time Gone,” and a live cover version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” The band’s fifth studio album,  “No Chocolate Cake,” was released in 2010. In 2012 they toured with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit and Marcy Playground on

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Local Frank ‘The Tank’ Golf Classic to be held March 1 TEMECULA – Franklin “Frank” Boschma is a 20-year-old young man who has won the love and support of his friends, associates, and church family with his inspiring spirit and optimism, despite the crippling disorder he lives with every minute of every day. Frank was born with X Linked SMA, Arthrogryposis or SMA type 2. This degenerative disease rendered him with almost no muscle movement throughout his body. He breathes through a ventilator and gets food and nutrition through a gastric tube. Still, he can smell, taste, laugh, feel, love, and enjoy. Each day is a challenge for Frank, because everything that brings joy brings a host of challenges for survival as well.

His love for life and his adventurous spirit are limited by the disease that keeps him trapped in a chair that blocks his path to experiencing the simple joys of life – exploring a hillside, bending to look closer into the face of a dog, or dipping a toe at the water’s edge. On Saturday, March 1 you can help Franklin “Frank” Laurence Boschma enjoy the small pleasures of life by participating in the Frank “The Tank” Golf Classic at Temecula Creek Inn presented by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 90. Jeff Kurtz, general manager of Promenade Temecula and a local resident, has known Frank and his family for 11 years. “Frank is an inspiration to me. It is my honor to help Troop 90 plan this golf tournament to raise funds

to get Frank an Action TrackChair that will allow him to move and explore on his own and experience the wonders of the world that before now have been unreachable for him,” said Kurtz. Kurtz added, “The specialized chair will give Frank greater freedom and independence. We just need to raise $14,000 to make this a reality for Frank.” For $100 per person, or $400 per foursome, you will enjoy a day of golf at the beautiful Temecula Creek Inn while helping an amazing young man experience the simple joys of life. Registration is at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shot gun start. Reserve your space early by calling Jeff Kurtz at (951) 294-8395 or email


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Believing in miracles

So many of us are facing adversity of one kind or another. Whatever it may be, consider yourself not alone. It’s important to look beyond the problem, step back and try to visualize a solution. Sometimes when we remove ourselves from the actual problem it can make it easier to think about. For those who believe in miracles actually see miracles happen before their eyes. It may be small, but nevertheless, it’s a miracle. The smallest blessings can make the biggest impact. If we stop and look around each day, you’ll see miracles all around you.  Many of us are hoping and praying for certain changes in our lives. Health issues, job loss, relationships that didn’t work out, or any number of things that have gone wrong. With faith and patience, we will see our miracles take place. Staying positive in a negative situation can make all the difference in the world. Open up your mind to receive only good things that will come your way. Don’t accept anything in your life that isn’t uplifting and good. After awhile, you’ll begin to notice the change that takes place. When you believe in yourself, you’ll see new doors of opportunity open up for you. Take the steps to enter through those welcoming doors. Just believe and have faith in the impossible, and the possibilities will be endless. You never know when a miracle will come your way. Cheers to miracles!   Brenda McBride Temecula Editor’s Note: Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the Valley News staff. We invite opinions on all sides of an issue. If you have an opinion, please send it as e-mail to editor@myvalleynews. com, or fax us at (760) 723-9606. Maximum word count 250. All letters must include the author’s name, address and phone number. The Valley News reserves the right to edit letters as necessary to fit the publication’s format.

VETERAN from page A-1 just how difficult it was to be under attack and they also remind people of the significance of the date that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would live in infamy. “One of my Pearl Harbor friends always understood that they’re known as Pearl Harbor survivors,” Dudik said. “But he liked to call himself and the other people that were there Pearl Harbor defenders because they were on the front line that day.” “We especially welcome children (to the event) because we’re hoping future generations will know December 7th,” she said. The audience present became enthralled in a presentation led by Dudik that discussed the life of the now 95-year-old Conner and how his environment and the era he grew up in impacted his decision to enlist in the armed services. Conner joined at a time when it was actually very difficult to become a part of the Navy because, in the midst of the depression, everyone wanted to have a job. The Navy’s promise of a monthly salary, food and a bed was something that drew in huge numbers of people to enlist and that number was so large, according to Dudik, that only one in ten people was actually accepted. But Conner was not like many of his peers; he had worked to finish a high school diploma, a thing that very few GIs had at that time. In fact only one in every four GIs had a grade school education, according to Dudik. After being accepted into the Navy and going through boot camp in San Diego, Conner was assigned to the U.S.S. California where he started as a wiper. He cleaned the long-range guns on the ship. Eventually Conner would hear of an opening on the admiral’s staff when he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. The position was to work in communications, which Conner was well-suited for since he had learned how to type during his high school years. He spent his days uncoding and recoding messages, many of which were top-secret. Conner was still a cryptographer when the U.S.S. California was

stationed in Pearl Harbor and had been getting the presents ready for his relatives at such an early date because of the way mail was processed. “Back then we didn’t have mail like we know it now,” Conner said. “We had clipper ship or clipper plane that came in once a month and so we were advised that we should wrap our Christmas presents and get them on the mail early otherwise they’d never get there in time.” “I was wrapping Christmas presents for my nephew and niece and that’s when I heard this commotion,” he said. “And that’s when I looked over the port and I saw an airplane, real low, coming at us and he dropped something and he has banked away that’s when I saw the red emblem of the rising sun on the plane so I knew what he had dropped.” The torpedo, one of at least two that hit the ship around 8:05 a.m., hit about 15 or 20 feet under where the cryptographer said he had been standing. Everybody went to their battle stations on the ship as it began to sink according to Conner. One of the torpedoes had gone through the ship and exploded, killing at least one hundred of the men. At some point during the ensu-

ing chaos, Conner said he did something that he hoped would raise morale among the men. The American flag, which had been dropped by the Marines in the ensuing attack, was lying on the ground. Conner picked it up and hoisted it onto the line on the ship for everybody to see. Today the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Sacramento claims to have the flag Conner raised, but he’s not sure it is the right flag. He’ll be going to Sacramento next week alongside Yeoman Durrell Conner shared his experiences Dudik to determine as a Pear Harbor survivor to an enthusiastic if it is. Alex Groves photo group on Feb. 22, 2014. “We know, because it’s documented, that it’s in West Coast Ammo is located at Sacramento somewhere,” he said. 41892 Enterprise Circle South, #B “Now whether or not it’s the flag in Temecula. They can be reached they’re going to show us, I don’t at (951) 719-3272. know; it might be in some store room somewhere, but I hope it is To comment on this story online, the right flag.” visit

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Local ROD from page A-1 measures up as one of the city’s most popular community events. It is hard to say, she said, whether it attracts more visitors than the city’s July 4th festivities or some other large-scale events. In some years, especially during sunny weekends, the Rod Run has attracted more than 70,000 visitors to Old Town streets. Sullivan said the city has extensive experience planning small and large community events, and this process has rendered a solid working group of Old Town merchants and vintage vehicle buffs. “I think it’s been positive,” Sullivan said. “I haven’t heard anything negative.” Since its loose-knit beginning more than 25 years ago, the annual car show has been sponsored by a coalition of business and community leaders as well as a nonprofit group formed mostly of vintage car and truck owners and enthusiasts. That nonprofit group fragmented after one of its leaders moved out of state. The city initially fielded proposals from four organizations, including a founder of the group

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that operated the Rod Run beginning in 1999. But a city committee shifted gears and recommended that Temecula, rather than any of the four applicants, run the event for one year or more. Some council members and staff cited other key city events – including popular parades and Old Town gatherings – as examples of Temecula’s ability to organize and produce major functions. They also noted that the city has played a key role in past Rod Runs by reviewing permit applications and ensuring that operating conditions were met. In July, the City Council voted to place the signature event in Temecula’s hands. Some council members said Temecula’s oversight would just be for this Rod Run, but they left the door open for possibly keeping it under the city’s control indefinitely. The event annually attracts baby boomers, families and vintage car enthusiasts from a swath of inland and coastal communities. Food booths and vendors add to the appeal as visitors and vehicles jam the closed roadways and sidewalks.

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The event, which for many years was also held every fall, is seen as an economic development jewel for the city and its historic business district. Temecula has typically paid the law enforcement costs of the event as well as the public works, fire protection and other municipal expenses. That cost is expected to total about $63,000 this year, according to a city staff report prepared in July. Adamiak said the city is on track to spend about that much this year. Past events have often generated surplus funds that are typically distributed to nonprofit groups as well as service clubs that assist with parking and other Rod Run tasks. City staff has estimated that a potential financial windfall of about $35,000 might be generated this year. Such a surplus would be diverted into an existing pool of city funds that are annually distributed to local nonprofit groups that undergo a detailed application and review process. In preparation for city operations, Temecula staff created an outline detailing the roles of the city, an Old Town merchants group and car club liaisons before and during the Rod Run. Most of the key tasks are being done by city staff, Adamiak said, but volunteers are issuing parking passes and performing other duties. Issuing parking passes for the city’s parking structure has been delegated to the Old Town merchants group, she said. That structure, which is connected to Temecula’s landmark Civic Center complex, has been used for past Rod Runs and numerous other Old Town events since it opened in December 2010. Temecula’s 95,500-square-foot Civic Center complex cost about $73 million in land, infrastructure

ART from page A-1 but Kimd said his interest in providing a forum to promote children’s art was never waning. “Many schools have lost funding for culture and arts,” he said. “I’ve always in my career supported youth-oriented activities, this being one of them.” The art-enthusiast worked to seek out an organization that would be willing to partner with the Promenade Mall to make the event a reality and found a match in Kiwanis Club, a service organization that has often reached out to communities to help facilitate projects beneficial to children. He said Kiwanis has been a big help in sponsoring the event. Kimd said that some of the biggest supporters of the event have been the parents and family members of the children who get to see their work on display. “To date, as of last Thursday, I’ve received over 140 e-mails and probably a couple dozen phone calls from parents, grandparents,

and construction costs. The facility at Mercedes and Main streets includes a parking garage, conference center, city offices, outdoor amphitheater and satellite police and tourism promotion offices. Adamiak said a consensus was reached this year to limit parking in the garage to Old Town residents and business owners and employees. She said that decision was reached, in part, because of the parking crunch that can grip Old Town when it is jammed by visitors from Southern California and beyond. “There weren’t a lot of (parking) options for them,” she said. As in the past, shuttles on Sat-


Temecula’s Rod Run, which for the first year will be operated by the city, will be held Friday (March 7) and Saturday (March 8). Past events have attracted as many as 70,000 people who look on as 700 or more antique or vintage cars and trucks are displayed or driven in Old Town Temecula. Vendors, food booths, a youth fun zone and other attractions will also be featured. Below is a synopsis of the free event and some suggestions. FRIDAY: An antique and vintage vehicle cruise will take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Vehicle access will be closed between the pair of metal Old Town arches. The city’s multi-story parking garage will be open along Mercedes Street. SATURDAY: An antique and vintage vehicle “Show and Shine” will jam Old Town streets and sidewalks from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vehicle access will be closed between the pair of metal Old Town arches. Due to the amount of pedestrian congestion, organizers discourage visitors from bringing dogs, scooters or skateboards. The city’s multistory parking garage will be closed to the public and available only to Old Town residents, merchants and workers. Shuttles will run between three free parking areas designated by the city. PARKING AREAS: • City park and ride area at Interstate 15 exit at Temecula Parkway. • Dirt lot at the intersection of Santiago and Ynez roads east of I-15. • The former city hall building at Business Park Drive and Rancho Way.

saying, ‘Terrific. Keep it up.’” Perhaps the big draw to the event on Feb. 22 though was the chalk painting. Children young and old arrived in groups to learn the various steps necessary to make an image come to life on an asphalt canvas. They learned how to sketch, grid, blend, and detail and were able to do so at the direction of people like Commissioned Street Painter Cecelia Linayao. Linayao, who has exhibited her artwork around the world, said she relishes the opportunity to teach children because she’s able to hone their creative energies. “Every child has an individual or unique trait,” Linayao said. “So with art, they can really utilize that.” “So if someone is kind of on the wild side and doesn’t draw within the lines, that’s OK,” she said. “And if someone’s a little more systematic, that’s OK too. And that’s the beauty of art is that it takes into account everybody’s uniqueness.” The professional artist said she



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John Occhi, Mike Mason Special to the Valley News Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, at the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS® (SRCAR) weekly marketing meeting, Gene Wunderlich, SRCAR Government Affairs Director (GAD), alerted REALTORS® to an alarming trend that is developing and spreading heartache across the State of California, soon to be here in the TemeculaMurrieta Valley. Without advocating for or against our president and his legendary Affordable Health Care Reform Act, commonly known as Obamacare, there are two issues that will affect real estate sales from this point forward. New capital gains tax on the rich The first issue is not going to have a direct effect on very many transactions – but those that it does will feel the consequences. There is

now a 3.8 percent tax on high income home sellers, earning in excess of $200,000 or $250,000 for married couples filed jointly. The income is for adjusted gross income (AGI). The new tax is on their capital gains in excess of $250,000 for the single seller or $500,000 for the married taxpayers. This is obviously a very quick snapshot of the new tax and if you want to know more, you really need to discuss the matter with your tax professional for advice that is pertinent to you. Your health insurance and your new mortgage When qualifying for a mortgage, the lender has always looked at your debt to income ratio, or DTI. Under the new rules of the Dodd-Frank Act, mortgages have to meet the new “qualified mortgage” (QM). The new QM has a ceiling of 43 percent DTI for most government-sponsored agencies (GSA) like VA, FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, USDA, etc. It was 45 percent DTI last year for those of you keeping score. Again, there is much to this discussion and certainly not enough room here to discuss in any detail. I just wanted to lay the foundation for the scenario Mr. Wunderlich shared

at the SRCAR weekly marketing meeting. Lenders have always looked at the borrower’s monthly bills and obligations in determining debt. This includes rent/mortgage payments, utilities, un-used gym memberships, child care and everything else the borrower spends their money on. This is revealed on the loan application and verified by reviewing three months (or more) of bank statements. Simply put, the law now requires everyone to be covered or pay a fine. It’s no longer an option as some lenders up north see it. Therefore, if you never had insurance in the past, you must have it today. If it’s something you must have, then it is one more debt that needs to be factored into your DTI. Even if you have had health insurance for years, chances are very good that you’ll be paying more for it, resulting in more debt each and every month. Check with a trust insurance agent to confirm. What should you do? I suppose that depends if you are in favor of the law or not. Either way, contact your local politicians and let them know how you feel. If you are planning on buying a home anytime soon, I’d look hard

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The Movie Review: “The Lego Movie” Robert T. Nickerson Special to the Valley News With the simple sound of a clip, two little bricks can become whatever the creator wants. I cannot imagine a world where a child does not know what a Lego is. I used to have a ton of sets. I remember getting plenty of city sets – I was the one in the Lego store begging my parents for the Star Wars Millennium Falcon set, and you can’t imagine how many years a Hogwarts castle set was on my Christmas list. I spent a gook chunk of my afternoons reading the instructions on which parts would lead me closer to the final image on the box. It’s been a while since I’ve had my hands on Legos (my sets were either handed down to my cousins or donated to Goodwill), but it’s good to see that children of today still like to play with these kind of toys. Legos have been around for a while and will continue to stay around because it accomplishes something that few inventions can – it’s simple, but allows for millions of possibilities. A cottage house can

suddenly become an army tank, a race car can turn into a cruise boat, and every Lego person can be anybody. It is your own God-like power to make an entire universe. And based on the universe created in The Lego Movie, all worlds are endless. In a massive Lego city, an ordinary construction worker named Emmet (played by Chris Pratt) lives life as it is, with the same job, same song on the radio (the really catchy “Everything is AWESOME!!”), and instructions on how to have a happy living. Closing time at the latest building construction has him finding a woman named Wyldstyle (played by Elizabeth Banks) searching for something. As Emmet tries to talk to her he falls down a hole where he finds the mysterious Piece of Resistance. Emmet wakes up to find the Piece of Resistance attached to him, in the custody of Bad Cop (played by Liam Neeson), who is the right hand of the world’s ruler, President Business (played by Will Ferrell). As Emmet learns of the plan to destroy the world with Kraggle (Krazy Glue), Wyldstyle helps

him escape into another territory in the Lego Old West world. It’s there he meets the blind wizard Vitruvius (played by Morgan Freeman) where it is told that Emmet is supposed to be the master builder and restore creative freedom to all the Lego worlds. As a guy who always follows instructions, that’s going to be tough to convince. I don’t care if The Lego Movie could have been a giant commercial for the toys, it is the smartest blockbuster a Lego film can be. I should bring up the animation. While over a million real Legos were used, it is mixed with computer animation to create a matching picture that looks like a traditional stop-motion film. The effect plays for a lot of advantage as everything is made out of of Legos – the streets, animals, mountains, and even the ocean water is made from Legos. Animation aside, this was clearly made as a comedy before anything, because this is also one of the best comedies I’ve seen in awhile. This is a laugh per minute movie as every scene had a joke that I burst out loud laughing. Not one joke failed.

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An extraordinary reaction to the passing of Black Beauty TEMECULA –Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary (VCES), one of the nation’s most recognizable and reputable equine sanctuaries, has recently lost one of their horses, Black Beauty. There is more to the story as just after her death an amazing outpouring of sadness was displayed by Black Beauty’s best friend, Duchess. Duchess had an extraordinary reaction to Black Beauty’s passing. Black Beauty was about 25-yearsold and had been at the Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary for the past two years. Duchess came to VCES not long after Black Beauty and they became fast friends; always together, sharing food, forming a bond beyond that of a normal horse friendship; they were inseparable. Their names just happen to coincide with the famous book “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell written in 1877, where Duchess is the doting mother of Black Beauty. Black Beauty was in good health and recently had a veterinary checkup. Unfortunately on the clear morning of January 22, she passed away from an unforeseen stroke. Black Beauty and Duchess shared a pasture and when she went down Duchess became alarmed and immediately went to her friend and

nudged her several times to get her to stand up. Black Beauty struggled to stay alive and with her friend, she got up once and then went down again. Monika Kerber, the founder of VCES, was there and comforted Black Beauty the best that she could. She could see the fear in Duchess’ eyes and the great sadness when she passed away. Duchess was still trying to get her up, and she never left her side. Then something extraordinary happened as she stood by Black Beauty – she started to cry. She had tears running down her face, something that has not been seen before. She had such a great love for her friend and is still very sad. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing; I have never seen a horse cry before. At Villa we cater to the geriatric crowd, so we lose some horses every year. Most of them have friends who are sad when they are gone, but we have never seen a reaction like this before,” said, Kerber. Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary focuses on providing a permanent home to slaughter-bound, elderly, neglected, and abused horses that are not able to be ridden or adopted. The sanctuary is considered their last chance for survival. Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year,

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KIDS AND TEENS February 28 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Boldly Go…Exploring Star Trek Science at the Temecula Children’s Museum, 42081 Main Street. Wear your uniform, set your phasers to “stun” and prepare to have lots of fun figuring out stuff that Spock, Kirk, Scotty and the rest of the crew have to deal with in their journey throughout the universe. Cost: $5 per person for ages 2 and over. Information: (951)308-6376. March 14 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. PI Day at Pennypickle’s Laboratory, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. PI is a special number that helps us understand circles and the concept of infinity! Come celebrate this neverending number that happens to fall on Einstein’s birthday! Plus PI (E) will be available to eat!! Information: (951) 308-6376. ENTERTAINMENT February 27, & 28 – 7 p.m. Jesus Christ Super Star will be performed at Chaparral High School Performing Arts Center, 27215 Nicolas Road, Temecula. Matinee performances are 2 p.m. on February 22 and March 1. General admission is $12; all students, military personnel, and seniors 55+ are admitted for $10. Tickets are available at the door and are on sale at the CHS Bookkeeping Office and from any cast member. Tickets and Information: (951) 695-4200. February 27 – 7:30 p.m. – Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Te m e c u l a . F e a t u r i n g : C a t h y Segal Garcia. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. February 28 & March 1 – 8 p.m. Body Traffic presented by Temecula Presents will be at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Body Traffic recruits great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance performances. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. March 1– 7 & 9p.m. – Country at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Presented by GaS Productions and The Ranch Rockers. Tickets: $15. AUDITIONS: Think you got what it takes to be a performer on the show? Join us between shows at 8:30 and give it your best shot! Audition with only your voice or bring a karaoke track or guitar. Those wishing to audition can also email or visit Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. March 2 – 3-5 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday they will feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. The performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. March 6 – 8 p.m. The Swing Dolls Musical tribute to the USO presented by West Coast Performing Arts and Crusin Oldies Concert at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. March 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Tickets

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COMMUNITY EVENTS February 13 –March 13-10 a.m.-4 p.m. MSJC Art Gallery will host the exhibition “Monumental” a series of paintings and drawings by artist Kevin Stewart-Magee, at 1499 North State Street, San Jacinto. A public reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. February 27 – 6:30-8 p.m. The Ins and Outs of Organic Food presented by the Temecula Public Library and Organic Roots at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. Information: (951) 693-8900. February 28-March 1 – Rock the Oaks a Benefit for Arts and Autism at The Bridge, 38801 Calistoga, Murrieta. Information: (951) 677-5599. March 1 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Paws for the Cure fundraiser at Murrieta Town Square Park, 1 Town Square. Paws for the Cure is an event where dedicated sponsors, pet owners, and canines come together to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Information: (951) 676-7465. March 1 – Diamond Valley Lake 5K and 1K Half Marathon where runners get a chance to run the Valley of the Mastodons at the annual mid-winter running of California’s Diamond Valley Lake. Information: March 1 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Run or Dye 5K Race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County at the Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore. Volunteers needed. Information: Beth (951) 6991526 ext. 107 or March 1 – 4-8 p.m. Relay for Life Menifee 2 nd Annual Team Pledge Bingo Night at Boston Billie’s, 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd., Sun City. PreSale tickets $20 per person (includes diner and bingo book for 15 games). Join Team Pledge in the fight against cancer! Information: Cathi (951) 202-7714. March 1 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy a FREE trolley ride on Brewen’s Old Town Temecula Trolley as it makes its way throughout Old Town Temecula. Brewen’s Trolley is supported by the City of Temecula and Old Town Temecula Association. Information: Amy at (951) 235-2938 or March 4 – 6-7:45 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church to host Mardi Gras pancake dinner at 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula. The evening includes live Jazz music featuring the Second Hand Brass Band, games, puppet presentation and activities leading to the season of Lent. Information: (951) 676-6262 or March 6 – 7:30-9 p.m. Opening

Night for Circus Vargas at the Promenade Mall, 40820 Winchester Road, Temecula. Get ready to have fun for all ages under the big top where imagination comes to life! March 7-8 – Temecula Rod Run with Friday Night Cruise and see hundreds of classic vehicles from all over the county cruisin’ Old Town Front Street. On Saturday you can get an up close look at the classic vehicles. This event is free and open to the public. Information: Dawn March 8 – 5-9 p.m. A Night to Help Save the Animals 6th Annual fundraising event to be held at Ponte Family Winery, 35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula for the Animal Rescue Kompany all proceeds will help A.R.K. continue their rescue and adoption efforts for animals who may otherwise have been euthanized at local shelters. Join host and DJ Richard Blade from KROQ and Sirius SM’s 1 st Wave for an evening of dining, music, silent auction and more. Cost: $79 per person. Tickets and Information: Sharon (909) 896-2852 or or March 8 – 10 a.m. Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Inland Empire at Swim Beach, 41218 Park Avenue, Big Bear Lake. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and anyone who wants to support people with intellectual disabilities by running (or pretending to jump) into the chilly waters at Big Bear Lake. A few hundred people are expected to weather the cold and plunge into 36 degree waters to support Special Olympics Inland Empire. Each participant who raises a minimum of $50 gets a long sleeve shirt, 2-for-1 lift tickets to Bear Mountain or Snow Summit, lunch, a goody bag, and can enjoy the festivities (either by taking the plunge or watching from the “Chicken Coop”). Raise more than $50, and you will have the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes. Your generous support helps fund all Special Olympics programs in our area. Every dollar raised through the Polar Plunge not

only provides free year-round sports training and competition for these athletes with intellectual disabilities, but gives them empowerment, joy and improved health. Information: Abbey (951) 703-6502 or March 8-9 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Electronic Waste Collection event hosted by Community Outreach Ministry. If you are willing to help children who have been left behind or caught in a cycle of incarceration they welcome your donation of obsolete electronics. These electronics get recycled and converted to pennies per pound, which multiplies into scholarships to send children to summer camp. Information: Mona (951) 698-7650 or www. March 9 – 1-4 p.m. Sons of Norway (Vinland lodge 6-159) to host Viking Beef Stew dinner in the Temecula Wine Country. Donations: Adults-$12 kids under 8-$5. Information: (909) 239-8399 or (951) 303-5450. SEMINARS AND AUDITIONS March 1 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts Council Menifee is looking for Menifee singers, jugglers, musicians, magicians etc for 2014’s Menifee’s Got Talent. Auditions will take place at Kay Ceniceros Center, To audition please email or Arts Council Menifee, P.O. Box 385 Menifee, CA 92586. Include name, address, email and phone number. Description of your skill or talent, song you want to perform etc. Information must be received by Monday, March 17. Information: Caren (951) 301-4780. March 1 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friends of the Lake Elsinore Library present: The Book Sale at the City of Lake Elsinore Library. 600 West Graham Avenue. Information: wwwllelibraryfriends. org or (951) 674-4517. March 1 – 10:30 a.m. Sons of Norway to host a cultural program “Invasion and Occupation of Norway WWII narrated by a Norwegian WWII Veteran at Hope Lutheran Church, 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula. Sons of Norway have members in the USA, Canada, and Norway. They

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Mike Rowan inducted into CBAADA Hall of Fame Former Chaparral AD among three so honored

Paul Bandong photos Athletic trainer John Rentar, Barbara Rowan, and Shelley Jackson joined Mike Rowan as he was inducted into the CBAADA Hall of Fame.

From left, Mike Rowan (Chaparral), Joe Vargas (Victor Valley) and Kevin Stipp (Rancho Verde) were inducted into the CBAADA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Feb.18, 2014.

Paul Bandong Staff Writer On February 18, the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association (CBAADA) inducted three members into their Hall of Fame: Mike Rowan of Chaparral High School, Kevin Stipp of Rancho Verde High School, and Joe Vargas of Victor Valley High School. The CBAADA, which represents athletic directors from public and private high schools throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, has inducted only 41 athletic directors into the Hall of Fame in its four-decade history. Keynote speaker Rob Wigod, Commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section, congratulated the CBAADA organization on its camaraderie, cooperation and common spirit. Wigod encouraged the attendees to continue to make the effort, maintain a tradition of excellence and to leave a legacy. He commended the three nominees on representing the organization and their profession with hard, work, dedication and professionalism. Darren Mott, Athletic Director at Murrieta Valley High School, introduced Rowan as an inductee. “When I first got the job, I turned to Mike Rowan for advice and di-

rection,” said Mott, “He has been a mentor, colleague, and friend over the many years. He taught me what it means to put kids first and how to deal with parents and coaches.” Rowan has been an educator for over 37 years and an athletic director for twenty years. He has coached football, basketball, tennis, soccer, and baseball. He was athletic director at Garden Grove High School for three years. He earned his BS in biology and P.E. from the University of Southern Utah and his Master’s in school administration from the University of LaVerne. He also has a Certificate of Athletic Administration from the state CIF and is a Certified NFHS/CIF Coaching Education instructor. Rowan started teaching at Pius X High School. He also taught at Garden Grove High School, Temecula Valley and Chaparral. Rowan was athletic director at Garden Grove for four years and has been AD at Chaparral since the school opened 17 years ago. During his tenure there, Chaparral’s success ranges from its first league championship in girls soccer the year the school opened to, more recently, a girls volleyball CIF championship, a state academic team champion, and a football CIF championship. Chaparral teams

have won over 50 league championships since the school opened. The school has also produced numerous individual CIF Champions as well as countless All-CIF, All-Valley, and All-League players. “My favorite part of being an athletic director was watching student-athletes grow and develop as they compete for their high school,” said Rowan, “ and then following them as they go on to compete at the next level.” Up until this year, Rowan was the only athletic director at Chaparral High since it opened seventeen years ago. “Opening a school and building a program from the ground up is an awesome experience!” exclaimed Rowan, “I got to be involved in the school’s facilities design, choosing a mascot and school colors, and being a witness to every Puma FIRST! It has been a special experience to contribute to CHS’ growth and development into one of the top high schools in the state both academically and athletically.” Rowan credited his wife of 36 years, Barbara; his “office wife” for ten years, athletics department secretary Shelley Jackson; his first hire, athletic trainer John Rentar, who has been with him twenty years; and Temecula Valley School District Superintendent Tim Rit-

MVHS Athletic Director Darren Mott introduced Mike Rowan as a 2014 inductee into the CBAADA Hall of Fame.

ter, who was Chaparral Principal in 2002. “There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over the years,” said Rowan, “One of the best decisions I ever made was to join the CBAADA on the recommendation of Stan Ford (Hall of Fame AD from Temecula Valley). The organization epitomizes what athletics is all about.” Rowan spent five years as Awards Chairman for the CBAADA, President in 2007, and league liaison since then. Rowan expressed his appreciation to the athletic directors in the Southwestern League. “The Southwestern League is one of the toughest in the state when it comes to competition,” said Rowan, “My legacy is that Chaparral comes to compete, regardless of the sport. Chaparral is on the map today because of competition.”

Kevin Stipp, Ranch Verde, spent 28 years as an educator and ten as an athletic director. As a basketball coach, he earned seven league titles and three Coach of the Year awards. In 2007, he received the Norm McKenzie Award from the California State Athletic Director Association. Joe Vargas, a 1972 alumnus of Victor Valley High School, returned there to coach and teach for 34 of his 35 years in education. He coached baseball for fifteen years and was named Baseball Coach of the year five times. He was Victor Valley’s AD for 14 years. “I am honored, proud, and privileged to be part of the CBAADA Hall of Fame,” said Rowan. To comment on this story online, visit

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce holds annual Awards Gala at Pechanga Casino

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On Saturday, Feb. 22, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Awards Gala at Pechanga Resort & Casino. This premier event was a memorable night of elegance and excitement, with over 550 attendees. The evening included dinner, an extravagant silent auction, live entertainment, and an outstanding awards presentation. This year’s award recipients are:

ous hours and resources assisting several non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts. Terry continues to give and has a neverending commitment to provide for those that are less fortunate. He is a positive role model and inspires others to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others as often as he can. He takes every opportunity he has to lift-up and encourage others to find their passion through helping others. Terry is an inspiration to many individuals and business owners. Often, people come to Terry for advice on how to grow their business, plan successful fund-raisers and events. He is always willing to give his insight and expertise to each and every person.

Citizen of the Year Terry Gilmore, Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac Terry Gilmore is the president/ owner of Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac. Behind every successful organization is a dedicated individual with much perseverance. Terry is that person behind many local non-profits providing his resources and time to help them fulfill their mission. Terry dedicates numer-

Lifetime Achievement Gerry & Rose Wilson These two individuals started their story in August of 1953 when

they walked down the wedding aisle. They adopted a child and then gave birth to three more children within the next two and a half years. One of them was a financial advisor, the other, a former TV cooking show host. Family and work placed at the top of the list of their priorities. Neither one was ready to risk all their savings when one of their grown children suggested launching a new family business. Today they own 90 acres and sell over 30,000 cases of wine each year. Each weekend the winery welcomes more than 1,000 visitors. Their winery hosts multiple charity events each year that bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce named them 2010 Gold Business of the Year. This family enterprise started with a dream before it grew into the successful commercial entity it has become since the tasting room doors opened in 2000. Platinum Business of the Year Pechanga Resort & Casino Pechanga Resort & Casino, rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2003, is a luxury hotel and casino resort in Southern California Wine Country featuring the largest casino in the Western United States, a spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, a newly renovated grand entry and 15 restaurants and outlets. The Pechanga Tribe has provided over $25 million to the City of Temecula and County of Riverside for

additional police and fire services, traffic relief, and has donated more than $15 million to local schools and hundreds of regional non-profit groups working to build a stronger community.

Gold Business of the Year WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital LLC WJ Bradley Mortgage Capital LLC. in Temecula is based on the principles our county was founded upon – visionary entrepreneurship in small business ownership. Showcasing exemplary customer service, WJB is one of the brightest trailblazers in the Mortgage Banking industry. WJB Temecula Home Loan Center has become a market leader in home financing. WJB Temecula in 2013 has funded over 550 home owners in excess of $145,000,000 loan volume. Bronze Business of the Year La Masters Jewelry La Masters Jewelry is “Where Diamonds and Dreams Come Together.” They are a third generation jewelry family business serving the Temecula Valley since 1988. The mission of La Masters Jewelry is to create and maintain satisfied, enthusiastic customers by marketing quality products and using our extraordinary customer service skills. They strive to be a leader in the community by demonstrating ethical business practices and giving back to the community in a responsible generous manner.

Sterling Business of the Year Esther N. Phahla, CPA, A Professional Corporation Esther N. Phahla, CPA, A Professional Corporation provides tax preparation and tax planning services to small businesses and individuals using close personal attention. They offer tax savings strategies to clients to help them keep more of what they earned. Service Charitable Organization of the Year NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Temecula Valley NAMI Temecula Valley is a nonprofit mental health organization managed by volunteers who advocate for those who have a diagnosis, are family members or are friends of those affected by serious mental illness. Free educational classes are offered to peers and family members and are facilitated by trained volunteers. Chairman’s Choice Award Robert Rosenstein, Law Offices of Rosenstein & Hitzeman, AAPLC Since 2011, Rosenstein has played a key supporting role to the board and staff, offering his expertise with legal assistance. He has been involved in numerous civic activities, supports many of the city’s charities and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Temecula Theater Foundation.

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TVHS downs Claremont 2-0 in playoff opener

Lady Golden Bears advance to face #5 team in state Bree Kanov Special to the Valley News The Temecula Valley High School Lady Golden Bears varsity soccer team (20-3-3) ran all over the Claremont High School Wolfpack in the first round of CIF playoffs. Temecula Valley senior striker Darla Guajardo scored the first goal in the first period. After an injury scare for TVHS that delayed the game, striker Nicole Robertson scored what would have been the second goal for Temecula Valley.

Unfortunately, the point was recalled because of a technicality. One minute later, freshman Christine Maurer scored, giving Temecula a 2-0 lead going into the half. Claremont reached the inside of the goal one time, but it, too, was recalled on a penalty. TVHS is now on to the sweet sixteen round of the CIF playoffs and traveled February 26 to Manhattan Beach to face the #5 team in the state, Mira Costa Mustangs (21-3-3), who shut out Royal 2-0 to advance.

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Boys basketball: Temecula Valley downs Simi Valley, 76-45

Golden Bears move on to second round of CIF playoffs Bree Kanov Special to the Valley News The Temecula Valley Golden Bears boys’ basketball team clawed their way into the second round of the Southern Section CIF playoffs Thursday night against the Simi Valley Pioneers. The Golden Bears started the first quarter strong and never looked back. Sophomore forward, and team point leader of the night, Riley Schaefer opened the first few minutes with a 3-pointer. The Pioneers looked to catch up and answered back with a 3-pointer of their own from guard, Brian Lowe. The attempt didn’t work too well with Temecula Valley dunks by point guard, Justin Simon and Riley Schaefer to close out the quarter with a lead of 24-6. TVHS sophomore guard Robert Phillips opened up the second quarter with a 3-pointer. Simi Valley, once again, attempted to play catch up with a 3-pointer sunk by guard, Joe Colliatie. The Golden Bears’ Justin Simon fired back with back-to-back dunks to close out the half. Temecula Valley ended the half on top of the Simi Valley Pioneers 44-13. Already ahead by quite a few points, TVHS’ guard Ryan Schaefer made his own 3-pointer to give the Bears even more of a lead. His brother Riley threw down a second dunk. A few

Temecula Valley’s Justin Simon (1) throws down a dunk on a breakaway in the 76-45 round one playoff win over Simi Valley.

minutes later, Ryan made another 3-point basket, followed by guard, Anthony Colero with 18 seconds left in the third. The Golden Bears were once again on top of Simi Valley 70-29 as they headed into the fourth and final quarter. The Golden Bears allowed just 16 points in the final quarter for a final score of 76-45. When asked about moving on and whom they are going to play, Riley Schaefer said, “It was a good team win and no matter whom we play we’re ready.” TVHS moves on to the second round of the Southern Section playoffs and travels to face guard Jacob Short (15.8 ppg) and #14 Capistrano Valley who beat Summit 70-58.

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TEMECULA – The Temecula United girls, 2013 Presidio League Champions, competed in the quarterfinals of the 2014 State Cup. Temecula United’s only loss during State Cup came at the hands of the Costa Mesa Epic in double overtime 2-1.   Temecula United earned the right to be in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 double overtime win in the round of 16 against the Fullerton Rangers. Temecula United girls play a 4-3-3 scheme. Allyssa, Jena, Ryan, and Paige play the high pressure forwards. Their imaginative play and ability to stretch the opposition helped

create a dynamic attack. Madison, Hailey and Sarah played well as the transition team both on offense and defense. Ciara, Hannah, Madison, Olivia and Amanda made up the flat back defense. They found success in shutting down the attack and maintaining a commanding presence in the defending-third throughout State Cup. Goalie Hailey had a spectacular tourney forcing four shut outs. Temecula United U13 girls were proud to represent their club and created many exciting moments in the tournament for their fans.

Golden Bears’ Riley Schafer dunks for two of his 16 points to lead TVHS over Simi Valley and advance to round two of CIF-SS Playoffs. Susanne O’Hara photos

Broncos crush Highland 6043 in CIF SS Division 1AA girls basketball playoff opener Vista Murrieta’s Jaeyln Brown scores 27 points to spark Bronco offense

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TEMECULA – February 5, 2014 marked the start of National Signing Day and on Feb. 13 Great Oak High School added 11 more names to list. Signing Day is the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent (NLI) with an NCAA school, committing in writing to attend that school in exchange for a commitment from the school to receive financial aid (scholarship). The initial signing date for many collegiate sports is the first Wednesday in February. Great Oak signees include: • Miranda Schulz, Soccer, University of Oregon

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Vista Murrieta used 27 points from Jaelyn Brown to beat Highland 70-50 and advance into round two of the CIF Division 1AA playoffs.

Charles McKee Sports Writer Vista Murrieta set the pace from the opening tip off and played their usual tough, aggressive, physical game of basketball all night long. Led by their two key sophomores Jaelyn Brown and Brittney Reed, the Broncos took control early and never looked back. Vista Murrieta got off to an early 20-11 lead over the Bulldogs and never let Highland get into their game. The Broncos had a 10 point lead by halftime and led

32-22 at the break. The Bulldogs could not break down the Bronco defense in the second half and Vista Murrieta would outscore Highland 28-21 in the final two frames. The 60-43 victory propels the Southwestern League Champions into round two of the CIF SS Division 1AA Girls Basketball Playoffs. Jaelyn Brown scored 27 points to lead the Bronco offensive effort. Brittney Reed who went down hard a couple of times and seemed to tweak her back and leg in the fourth quarter had 15 points.

On a team with taller teammates, senior captain Yuendi Guridi was the unlikely rebound leader for Vista Murrieta. She grabbed 11 boards, scored eight points and had seven assists. Senior Tatiana Navarro scored four points and Alexis Marshall, Alex Orozco and Victoria Chea each scored a basket in the contest. The Bulldogs’ senior point guard Ashley Kelsick scored 37 of Highland’s 43 points. Kelsick was the golden league’s leading scorer and averaged of 41 points per game this season.

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Sports Water polo: Nighthawks victorious in CIF SS Division 2 quarterfinals Murrieta Valley beats Agoura 11-7 and advances to semifinals Charles McKee Sports Writer   The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks played their final home game of the season  Saturday, Feb. 22  as they defeated the Agoura Chargers in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs 11-7.  As the Nighthawks move deeper into the CIF playoffs, the competition has intensified. Gone are the double digit blowouts that  Murrieta  Valley  has enjoyed on their way to the Southwestern League championship. Agoura proved to be a tough opponent as the Nighthawks focus on winning CIF. Murrieta Valley took an early 5-1 lead in the first period as Delayne Lynton and Paige Virgil scored twice apiece.

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Charles McKee Sports Writer The Wolfpack raced into  CoKayla Fedler also scored in that pivotal first frame. Virgil would rona and took care of business as score two more goals and Kelley they defeated the Panthers 18-8 Guerts once in the second period. easily in the opening round of the The Nighthawks led 8-3 at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. Great Oak will advance half. Maddie Sanchez and Fedler to play Montebello. Senior Angela Rice was named scored in the third period as the Nighthawks extended their lead the Player of the Game for the to 10-6. Allie Coleman scored the Wolfpack. Rice scored five goals final goal for  Murrieta  Valley  in and had four assists as she led Great the final period as the Nighthawks Oak to victory. Raegan Castillo clinched a berth to the semifinals scored six goals to lead the Wolfpack and had five steals. with the 11-7 victory. Tara Prentice scored five goals Lauren Rothermel, Danielle Stane and Aley Vichez each scored while Alison Bortcosh and Jill Wulf two goals apiece against the Night- both scored two apiece. Junior Sydhawks. Emily Spaeter also scores a ney Lawyer had 15 saves and held the Panthers to eight goals. goal for the Chargers. Chaparral landed in shark inAbbie Govia and Presley Svendsen were in goal for  Murrieta  fested waters at  Santiago  in their opening round CIF game. The Valley. Sharks scored 8 of their 13 goals in the first half to put the game away early. The Pumas never adjusted and the defending CIF SS Divi-

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sion 2 Champions looked like they could repeat this year. Santiago’s defense was dominant as they limited Chaparral to two goals. Senior Bailey Sprague and Kayla Nichols scored the two Puma goals. The Broncos were in Lake Forrest to take on the Chargers. Vista

Murrieta started strong and trailed 2-1 as the first period ended. El Toro exploded for 6 goals in the second period and the Broncos trailed 8-2 as the second half began. Murrieta scored twice in the third period and were frustrated by the Charger defense as the game ended 15-3.

Murrieta Valley defeats Victor Valley 79-61 in CIF Division 2AA boys CIF basketball: Great Oak girls basketball opener dominate Downey, 57-38 Tyler Bilton scores 28 points to lead Nighthawks Charles McKee Sports Writer   The Nighthawks traveled to Victor  Valley  to play the Jackrabbits  Friday  night, Feb. 21 in the opening round of the Division 2AA CIF SS Boys Basketball Tournament.  Murrieta Valley  played rock steady basketball and came out of the high desert with a 7961 win to advance to the next round. The Nighthawks scored 19 points in the first and second period to take a 38-30 lead as the first half came to an end. After a third period where both teams traded baskets,  Murrieta  Valley  finally took control

and out scored the Jackrabbits by 10 points in the final period to pull ahead and put the game away 79-61. Tyler Bilton led all scorers with a game high 28 points for the Nighthawks. Teammate Kevin Padlo scored 18 points against the Jackrabbits. Jordan Williams and Jacob Forte each scored nine points in the tournament opener. Mitch Lenhart had 9 assists. Victor Valley was led by Khalil James who scored 21 points against MVHS.  Demetrus Hall had 11points and  Diante Gibson dropped in 10 for VVHS. Murrieta  Valley  advances to round two of the tournament.

Wolfpack’s aggressive defense overwhelms Vikings Charles McKee Sports Writer Great Oak cruised to victory in their first round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA Tournament. Downey was shaken as they ventured into the “friendly” confines of the wolf’s den, AKA the “dungeon” by visiting teams. The home town crowd helped rattle the visiting Vikings as the Wolfpack’s tough, aggressive defense totally shut down the visiting offense in the first period. Great Oak would not allow a basket as they shut out Downey in the opening frame. The Vikings could not respond as the Wolfpack leapt out to a commanding 20-0 lead.

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in their previous appearance in 2005. Temecula Prep is ranked #2 in Division 7 behind Firebaugh the team that beat them in last year’s championship game at Dodger Stadium, 4-0.

Senior Kimberly Peraza scored 14 points as she guided the Viking attack against Great Oak. She scored nine points in the second period after the Vikings got rid of the visiting team jitters. Senior guard Nona Carter had nine points in the game. T h e Wo l f p a c k w i l l b e a t home Wednesday April 25 to host San Clemente HS. The South Coast League Champions are coming off an impressive 55-46 victory over a tough Edison team. Mark your calendars and come out and support the Wolfpack as they advance deeper into the 2014 CIF Southern Section Division 1AA Tournament. Game time is 7 p.m.

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INLAND EMPIRE – Five Valley teams made the 2014 Pre-Season CIF Southern Section Top Ten Coaches’ Poll. The Paloma Valley Girls Softball team went 20-8 overall and 12-3 in league last year, losing in quarterfinals to Santa Monica, 8-1. They are ranked #7 this year. Sunbelt Champion Heritage (20-9, 13-2) lost in Round 2 of CIF playoffs last year to Oak Hills, 6-5. They are ranked #10. The Temecula Valley Golden Bears baseball team lost only one senior from last year’s team that finished as Division 2 CIF-SS runner-up and are the top-ranked team in the division this year. They lost last year’s championship to Cypress 5-0 at Dodger Stadium; Cypress, coincidentally, is the team that beat TVHS for the title

Downey regained their composure in the second period and outscored Great Oak 14-12 but the damage had been done. The Vikings played tough basketball for the rest of the game but could not overcome that disastrous first period. Great Oak triumphed 57-38 and will advance to round two of the playoffs. Senior Abby Welch led the Wolfpack attack as she scored 20 points against  Downey. Senior Roya Rustamzada scored 11 points and junior Mikayla Williams nailed five of six free throws on her way to an 11 point performance for the Pack. Sophomore Cheldon Alcantara’s ball handling was instrumental in orchestrating the Wolfpack offense.

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Another popular sandwich is a Fatburger with bacon and eggs. It is described as having an entire farm on one bun. Any good, juicy burger has to have a side and at Fatburger you can choose from fresh onion rings, fat steak fries or skinny fries. The desire to use only the freshest ingredients to make quality food is what prompted Ray and Nargi Malik to bring Fatburger to Temecula.

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order but also the onion rings are made from real onions. Guests can order hand-scooped, real ice cream shakes or sit down to a warm bowl of tasty chili. The fries are cooked in 100 percent cholesterol-free oil served to you by friendly staff. Fatburger is not a fast food chain. Ray describes it as casual dining. “We customize your meal to order. You can request a burger to be made medium or well done,

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County officials and medical experts encourage vaccination in wake of possible pertussis upswing

Alex Groves Staff Writer Riverside County officials are urging parents to get their young children vaccinated for pertussis after this year’s first confirmed death from the illness. The death marks the first time since 2010 that there’s been a pertussis-related fatality in the State of California. The 2-month-old infant who fell ill had not been vaccinated and his mother had not received a booster while pregnant, according to county health officials. Pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, is an infec-

tious bacterial disease that causes individuals who contract it to cough uncontrollably. The disease is particularly dangerous for infants; 69 percent of children less than 1 year of age who contract the infection must be hospitalized. Barbara Cole, director of disease control at the Riverside County Department of Public Health, said that there were 10 confirmed cases of pertussis in the county as of Thursday, Feb. 13. That may not seem like much, but it could be an indication of a greater problem, according to officials at the California Department of Public Health. They say that monthly

reports indicate that pertussis cases are on the rise. Yearly cases of whooping cough have been on a downward trend since the epidemic of 2010, when there more than 9,000 reported cases and 10 deaths in the state. But the contagious infection is cyclical and it’s not unusual to see sudden peaks in the number of cases every 3-5 years, according to a report from The CDPH. That’s why individuals like Cole are encouraging parents to consult their pediatricians about vaccination schedules. “There’s a vaccine schedule for child immunization,” she said. “And usually, you’ll see children start their vaccine series at 2 months of age (before receiving additional vaccines every two months), so 2, 4, 6, so there’s a standard schedule for children.” Dr. Richard Rawson, D.O, a pediatrician for Temecula Medical Center said it may be hard for parents to determine whether their child has whooping cough because symptoms present themselves in a similar manner to the common cold. Rawson encouraged parents to look carefully at tell-tale signs and symptoms such as the duration of the cough a child is experiencing as well as the kinds of sounds a child makes after coughing. “Really the thing that distinguishes it (Pertussis) from your typical cold, your typical cough, your typical pneumonia is going to be that cough, cough, cough, cough, cough with that big whoop at the end,” Rawson said. “Sometimes in younger children, like infants, you won’t see that,” he said. “What they’ll do is they’ll either cough and gag or they will have what is called apnia, which is almost like a breath-holding spell and they’ll sometimes turn blue because they can’t catch that breath.” The pediatrician said another way to tell if a child has whooping cough is to determine whether they vomit after coughing for an extended period of time, as this could also be an indication that they are suffering

from the illness. However, Rawson said that whenever a child is sick, parents should always take that child to the doctor regardless of symptoms because doctors can make the best determinations for treatment and can most appropriately diagnose certain kinds of illnesses because of their training. The children’s specialist said that sometimes he meets parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children because they are afraid of a possible connection between vaccines and autism. His advice to those individuals is to vaccinate anyway because

there is no evidence that one causes the other and that vaccines are the best method for reducing a person’s chances of contracting whooping cough. “To this day I have yet to see anything corroborating a link between vaccines and autism,” he said. “There’s just no good evidence to support that link, and so to all my pediatric patients I recommend that they do get vaccinated.” To comment on this story online, go to

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Winners announced in DAR’s American History Essay Contest

Blake Abshire, a seventh grade student at Van Avery Prep School in Temecula, reads his winning essay during the American History Essay Contest on Feb. 20, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook. Essay topic was “Pretending you are a child during the American Revolution.”

Judy Song, a seventh grade student at Linfield Christian Middle School reads her winning essay during the American History Essay Contest sponsored by the DAR on Feb. 20.

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Assemblywoman Melendez recognizes locals for achievements activities and fundraisers. Wendy Woolever Menifee Wendy has been volunteering in the public school since 1994 teaching kids in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade how to draw basic shapes in a fun and entertaining way. She has also written and illustrated over 30 books with a golden rule moral. She has volunteered at many schools including Avaxat, E. Hale Curran, and Lisa J. Mails, in Murrieta and Ridgemoor Elementary in Menifee. She also offered drawing lessons for home-schooled children at Calvary Chapel, Murrieta. She has taught thousands of children in the Valley.      Juli Kukulka, Hemet Juli Kukulka became the pro-

INLAND EMPIRE – Every month Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez recognizes five people in the 67th Assembly District who have shown significant achievement or service to the community for her “Power to the People” awards. For the month of January, the following people were chosen. Debbie Delgado Menifee Middle School Debbie is a tireless volunteer who is actively involved in classrooms and the local PTSA. She helps out with the choir program and volunteers endless hours to help the students during concerts, activities, and fundraisers. She never expects anything in return and has a great attitude about it as well. Debbie also serves on the PTSA board and helps with their

gram coordinator for La Vista Residential Treatment center for women in 2010. Juli also began overseeing a second facility in 2011. “I know when I lay down to go to sleep at night that the team I work with is making a difference every single day that we suit up and show up for work,” Kukulka said. “We have a profession that is changing lives for the better. It is truly rewarding to see the light come back into a person’s eyes that had almost been put out permanently by the use of drugs and alcohol.”   Richard De La Cruz Menifee Richard is co-founder of Operation Silver Star (OSS), which is devoted to helping combat veterans in need. Richard and OSS recently assisted a Navy veteran who suf-

fers from PTSD in building a fence around his property in order to keep his service dog safe. Ivana Milana, Murrieta Nine-year old Ivanna Milana, concerned about victims of recent earthquakes and Typhoon Haiyan, made bracelets in order to raise money to send to the Philippines. Her fundraising efforts collected $1,630, some of which was donated to Habitat for Humanity, a medical supply organization, and some to a damaged school.    Those who would like to nominate a Power to the People award recipient can do so by going to Assemblywoman Melendez’s website at and sending an email using the “Contact Us” tab. 

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E. Hale Curran principal to retire MURRIETA – E. Hale Curran Elementary School Principal David Koltovich has announced that he will retire at the end of the current school year. Koltovich has spent 31 years as an educator. He came to the district in 1989 as an elementary teacher at Rail Ranch and went on to serve as Activities Director at Murrieta Valley High School, Assistant Principal at Avaxat and he has been Principal at E. Hale Curran for 16 years.

Superintendent Pat Kelley said, “We will miss Mr. Koltovich. His leadership and influence has touched the lives of countless children. I am excited for him as he takes on what is sure to be an active and fulfilling retirement.” Koltovich said, “It has been an honor and privilege to have been a part of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District for the past 25 years. The child-centered philosophy of our district has always mo-

tivated me to focus on the students and working with an outstanding school family over the years was an honor I will always cherish.” Parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to provide input on the selection of the new principal by going to www.murrieta.k12. and completing the Principal Selection Survey. A committee comprised of parents, faculty and staff will assist in the selection process.

APU to host informational meeting for people interested in becoming a teacher MURRIETA – So you finished your undergraduate degree and want to know what to do next? You may want to consider a purposeful and rewarding career in education. The Azusa Pacific University (APU) Murrieta Regional Center offers a combined teacher education credential and master’s degree so that you can teach elementary school, middle school, high school, or special education.

To learn more about this fulfilling career, Azusa Pacific University Murrieta Regional Center invites you to attend a free Graduate/ Credential Information Meeting on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Attendees will learn specific information about APU’s graduate and credential programs, admissions requirements, and application process. Attendees will hear about financial aid options that are avail-

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able, as well as scholarship and grant opportunities to fund their studies at APU. The meeting will take place at Azusa Pacific University’s new state-of-the-art regional center located at 40508 Murrieta Hot Spring Road (to the right of Sam’s Club) in Murrieta. A light dinner and refreshments will be served. APU’s teacher education programs are WASC and NCATE accredited, making APU one of only five private institutions in California with this distinction. In 2011, APU was ranked as the seventeenth largest provider of teacher preparation and certification in California. APU is also in the top 20 schools in the nation in terms of the number of masters of education degrees awarded in the last decade. To RSVP for the event, contact Rachel Jacobs, program representative, at (951) 304-3400 or To learn more about APU and these programs visit

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AWARDS, from page B-1 Ambassador’s Choice of the Year Valerie Harbottle, My Girl! Friday Services & Erné Orin, Send Out Cards Valerie Harbottle, owner of My Girl! Friday Services, joined the Ambassador team in 2012. Over this past year Valerie has attended countless ribbon cutting ceremonies and events. She promotes membership heavily and has volunteered invaluable amounts of her time assisting staff behind the scenes. Erné Orin with Send Out Cards has been an Ambassador since 2009. Since that time, she has volunteered wherever needed at numerous events and ribbon cuttings. She is always encouraging greater involvement of member businesses in Chamber programs. Valley Young Professional of the Year Kaelan Sutherland, Sutherland Networks Kaelan Sutherland has been with Sutherland Networks as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing since October of 2011. She promptly joined and began actively participating Temecula Valley Chamber

of Commerce and the Valley Young Professionals and accepted the position as 2013 VYP Chair. Kaelan participates in many of the Civic Committee opportunities that VYP offers; shopping for and decorating the annual Oak Grove room, Walk for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament. She and her husband have been one of the many volunteers at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. Additionally, being a member of Temecula New Generations Rotary Club, has provided her with multiple service opportunities, such as helping raise money for Our Nicholas Foundation, Michelle’s Place and multiple other charities. She actively pursues opportunities to better herself, her business, and the community-at-large. She and her husband of 10 years have lived in the Temecula Valley for nearly 14. Her husband started Sutherland Networks in 2003. Kaelan and her husband currently live in Temecula with their three children between them, ages 16, 18 and 20. As a family, they love to ride quads and camp with their 5th wheel toy hauler in the deserts of Ocotillo Wells and camping at KQ Ranch in Julian. They have 2 dogs, Parker and Max and 12 fish.

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Music recital and art show attracts over 100 WILDOMAR – Bonnie Grummett’s Christmas music recital and art show was held on Dec. 20, 2013 in Wildomar for the 25th year. Beautiful carols were played with piano, guitars, and drums. With about 120 people in attendance, the students performed admirably with enthusiasm and skill. The ages of students of Bonnie Grummett, Ann Marie Pipik, and Neal Alan ranged from 4-years-old to 85-years-old. Those participating included: Josh Tacorda Savion Waddell Edward Dixon Aaron Miller

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Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore celebrates 60 years in community completed in Lake Elsinore. Internationally, the club has earned matching grants totaling over $400,000 over last eight years for clean water, medical access, and educational projects. The highlights of the club’s international projects include an orphanage improvement project in Mexico, which was a joint effort with neighboring Rotary clubs, benefiting 14 orphans and adding 1500 square feet, a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and roof to the structure and the Odowuru Village international project, started in 2006 and recently completed, has improved sustainability and life for the people of the Ugandan Village. “The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore is known worldwide for being innovative, creative, forward thinkers, willing to push the boundaries and challenge the mindset of the past,” said Mary Brown, president of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore. The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore sends dozens of local high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards every year. Courtesy photo

LAKE ELSINORE – On the heels of a non-profit of the year award presented by the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Elsinore Rotary Club celebrated 60 years of giving and fellowship in the Lake Elsinore Community. This year marks the anniversary of the club’s charter in which the club adopted its mission making Lake Elsinore and the world a better place to live. The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore boasts of community service projects, vocational projects for students, youth service projects, and international projects that have changed thousands of lives here in the community, as well as, around the world. Some of the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore’s signature projects include a weekend meals in backpacks program which feeds 245 children a week at five schools in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, a neighborhood improvement project with Habitat for Humanity that rallied together 277 volunteers, $24,000 in donations and resulted in 25 homes improved and Military Care Box Program that sent 20 boxes with 600 pounds of goodies to our

military troops overseas. The Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore’s youth programs include an ongoing dictionary program that has provided dictionaries to every third grader in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District since 2005. The club’s annual music competition has showcased over 400 students and awarded $15,000 in scholarships and prizes. The club also supports the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

(RYLA) sending 150 high school students over the last 10 years to a weekend leadership camp experience. Understanding the importance of community gathering and engagement, the club donated $20,000 towards a community theater, now called Rotary Performing Arts Theater at Lakeside High School in 2005, as well as 300 hours to a Community Garden that was recently

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“We are not a club of check writers, but are very generous with our funds to support our projects and the Rotary Foundation. We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and work hard to make a difference.” The club held a celebration recently where the efforts were recognized by many government officials and the Rotary District 5330 Governor. The Lake Elsinore Rotary Club welcomes perspective members to attend one of the weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Lakeside High School’s Round Table Café, 32593 Riverside Dr., Lake Elsinore. An evening extension club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Lone Star Steakhouse in Lake Elsinore. For information about Rotary programs, visit

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KPBS gardening series to feature Valley Center farm for veterans Michael Crane Staff Writer When Karen and Colin Archipley first moved to Valley Center in 2005 they weren’t exactly what you would call farmers. Originally from Northern California, Karen made hats for a living and Colin was a U.S. Marine Sergeant with a passion for bikes and off-road photography. However, when Colin and his fellow marines were facing re-enlistment as the only viable way to support their families, the Archipley’s farm, dubbed Archi’s Acres, became far more than just a family farm. Since 2007, Archi’s Acres has been the home of the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program, an “intensive six-week agriculture entrepreneur incubator,” according to their website. The program, which is open to the public as well as veterans, has been so successful in providing veterans with a well-rounded agricultural foundation that it will be featured in an upcoming episode of “A Growing Passion,” a gardening television series on KPBS. “We created VSAT as a way that my husband could stay connected with the people he’d served with, but also that we could help people to transition out, to have a viable income because agriculture and organic farming is a very viable career,” said Karen Archipley. “Since then we’ve just learned so much.”

With 16 students in each sixweek class, Archi’s Acres already boasts around 240 graduates, many of whom have gone on to start their own farms, pursued agricultural degrees, or pioneered their own products. Aside from the practical experience the trainees develop, the program also serves as an emotional support during the often tumultuous period of acclimating to life after the military. “They’re people who thought their world was shaken out of them and we actually help them to reinvent themselves basically,” said Archipley. “We see the miracles every day.” Most of the VSAT graduates are active duty service members, including many Wounded Warriors. During the course of the program, they come to the farm five days a week to work with their hands and be versed on a variety of subjects by guest lecturers ranging from insurance agents to trademark attorneys. “In six weeks, we go from seed to market, and then we also go from the concept of the business plan to the presentation of the business plan, and it’s everything in between,” said Archipley. “We handle business, economics, niche marketing — all the things that go with having a successful farm.” Archi’s Acres has recently partnered with the California State University system and their six-week program is now equivalent to 17 credits, or one year of college. The USDA also considers the program

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as one-year farm ownership, which means graduates can immediately apply for farm service agency loans to build their own greenhouses. Nan Sterman, garden expert and host of “A Growing Passion,” knew about Archi’s Acres for several years and was excited to include it in the final episode of her second season, titled “Growing Dreams and Memories.” “Actually it was one of the reasons that I did this episode was that I wanted to feature their story,” said Sterman. “Archi’s Acres, these are people who have been through

really traumatic situations and are coming back and need to adjust to a civilian life and a completely different kind of life and lots of them don’t really know what to do. So this is an opportunity to get some new direction and refocus.” The half-hour episode airs Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS. Also featured in the episode will be Sunshine Assisted Living, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, and Rady Children’s Hospital, all of which use gardening to help people deal with different challenges across Southern California.

Archi’s Acres’ primary product is basil, but they also grow kale, chard, bok choy, and red bell peppers. They grow using sustainable, organic, hydroponic techniques and sell their produce to Whole Foods, Jimbo’s, Frazier Farms, Windmill Farms, and the Ocean Beach Coop, according to Archipley. For more information on the TV series, visit www.agrowingpassion. com. Visit to learn more about the farm. To comment on this story online, visit

Nine things to do to save time and money for the spring The lint trap should be cleaned out after every load. At least once per year, the dryer should be disassembled and the interior vacuumed with a long attachment. Also annually, the dryer’s entire venting system from the dryer to the outside must be cleaned out. A dryer vent brush will assist with this. 7. Schedule professional furnace and air conditioner duct cleaning. Clean furnace and air conditioner ducts help the air to flow more freely. Air duct cleaning every five

INLAND EMPIRE – There are nine money-saving tasks that homeowners can do during the winter that will prevent problems in the spring. These tips have been provided by®. 1. Perform pre-season maintenance of outdoor power equipment and garden tools. Inspect wear and damage on lawn mowers, pressure washers, string trimmers, edgers and other outdoor power and landscaping equipment. Review owner’s manuals, replace worn or damaged parts with new components and clean the equipment. Stock up on degreaser, filters, spark plugs and other essentials. 2. Dedicate a few hours per weekend to organizing closets, cabinets, basements, attics and other storage locations. The annual home chores dubbed “spring cleaning” doesn’t have to wait until spring. Avoid several organization projects in one weekend. Instead, tackle smaller organization projects over many weekends for greater efficiency. 3. Clean off refrigerator condenser coils.

“Dirty, dust-covered condenser coils require refrigerators to work harder to remove heat,” said Chris Hall, president and co-founder of “A long-handled bristle brush and a vacuum make it easy to clean off the coils.” 4. Stock up on water filters. “Refrigerator ice-maker and water dispenser filters should be replaced at least every six months, but depending on usage, homeowners may need to replace the filters more frequently,” said Hall. “Increased temperatures often bring more frequent use of ice makers and water dispensers.” 5. Check on emergency-prevention efforts. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and then test them. Check the expiration dates on first-aid kits and fire extinguishers and replace as needed. Review fire escape and other emergency plans. 6. Clean out dryer vents. “Lint may be building up to dangerous levels in your dryer’s venting system,” said Hall. “Dryer lint buildup restricts air flow and can result in a fire.”

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other performance changes.” 9. Prune trees and shrubs. “By mid to late winter, your trees and shrubs have been dormant for a significant period of time,” said Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic’s resident landscaping specialist. “They may also have winter-storm damage. Now is an ideal time for pruning to enable spring growth.”® is an online store featuring replacement parts for major household appliances, and outdoor equipment.


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Business directories have worked for those who are on a tight budget. Call today.

(951) 672-9051


John and Audrey

DRIVERS: NEED CLASS A CDL TRAINING? Start a CAREER in trucking today! Swift Academies offer PTDI certified courses and offer “Best-In-Class” training. • New Academy Classes Weekly • No Money Down or Credit Check • Certified Mentors Ready and Available • Paid (While Training With Mentor) • Regional and Dedicated Opportunities • Great Career Path • Excellent Benefits Package. Please Call: (520) 2264362 (Cal-SCAN)




Truck Drivers - Obtain Class A CDL in 2 ½ weeks. Company Sponsored Training. Also Hiring Recent Truck School Graduates, Experienced Drivers. Must be 21 or Older. Call: (866) 275-2349 (Cal-SCAN)


Business Directory (951) 526-7349

DRIVERS: Owner Operators DEDICATED HOME WEEKLY! Solos up to $175,000/ year, $2500 Sign-on Bonus! Teams up to $350,000 year, $5000 Sign-on Bonus! Forward Air 888-652-5611 (Cal-SCAN)


AT&T U-Verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-319-3280 (

Property Management with Personal Attention

JOB OPPORTUNITIES in our OWNER OPERATOR FLEET: Shuttle Fleet, drop & hook $3,000 sign-on bonus: $1.52 avg/all miles. Call 800-525-3029 or visit www.driveatlas. com/shuttle (Cal-SCAN)

3 convenient locations: Menifee ~ Hemet ~ Temecula

Will Price Match Any Doctor in

Temecula Valley!

$59 $79

All Renewals A

New Patients

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Scheduled Certified Pre-Owned Maintenance Plan

Vehicle History Report

Trade Value Guarantee

SiriusXM Trial Offer

Free Tire Rotations

2 Auto Warranties

Complimentary Lifetime Oil Changes

Express Tire Pressure Check and Fill

Door Ding Repair

10% Off All Tire Purchases

72-Hour Exchange Policy

OnStar Trial Offer

172-Point Vehicle Inspection Policy 3-Day/150 Mile Guarantee

Valid at Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac only. Purchase a new or used General Motors vehicle from us and you will receive lifetime oil changes at our dealership as long as you own the vehicle. The minimum mileage interval between oil changes is 30% oil life. CA State required waste disposal fee and taxes apply, which comes to a couple bucks. This offer is nontransferable; all work is done at Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac.

2013 Top 50 Certified GM Dealer in the Nation

0% APR for 36 Months on All Cadillac Certified Vehicles in Stock! *$27.77 per month per $1,000 financed and $0 down in lieu of rebates and bonus cash. ON APPROVED ABOVE AVERAGE CREDIT THRU ALLY FINANCIAL. Offer exp 3/31/14





Oversized Premium Wheels 20”+, Leather, Navigation, Heated/Cooled Seats, #P9842/147216

Premium Wheels, Leather, Bluetooth, Heated Seats #P9873/132487









ATS 2.0L LUXURY SEDAN Premium Wheels, Leather, Backup Camera, Bluetooth #P9833/154886, Prior Rental

Premium Wheels 19”+, Moon Roof, Leather, Navigation #P9871/101339










The Cadillac Certified Pre-owned Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty provides extensive coverage for defects in materials or workmanship of covered components for the full term of the warranty. The coverage includes parts and labor but excludes maintenance and wear and tear items. There is no deductible for covered repairs. Cadillac will provide for repairs to the vehicle during the warranty period in accordance with the following terms, conditions, and limitations.

1.9% APR for 36 Months on Select Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles in Stock! *$28.62 per month per $1,000 financed and $0 down in lieu of rebates and bonus cash. ON APPROVED ABOVE AVERAGE CREDIT THRU ALLY FINANCIAL. Only on the Cruze, Malibu, Regal, LaCrosse, Terrain, Traverse, Enclave, Acadia, Silverado & Sierra. Offer exp 3/2/14.





Premium Wheels, Bluetooth, OnStar, Heated Seats #P9824/106331, Prior Rental



Alloy Wheels, OnStar, Heated Seats, SiriusXM Satellite #C14429A/412862





Oversized Premium Wheels 20”+, Leather, Backup Camera, DVD System, #T3987A/203118


Premium Wheels 19"+, Leather, Sport Suspension, Parking Sensors #B14019B/213060




Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, OnStar, Prior Rental #P9810/209227







2012 GMC


Alloy Wheels, Backup $ Camera, SiriusXM, Bluetooth, #P9814/249236




Introducing Owner Care Exclusive 2-Year,30,000 mile standard maintenance includes oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections. 12-Month/ 12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Remainder of 5 Year/100,000 mile power train limited warranty. 24/7 road side assistance with courtesy transportation. Terms and conditions available, see dealer for details.





Alloy Wheels, CD (Single Disc), Power Windows/Locks #P9776A/312666



MP3 (Single Disc), Cruise Control, Power Windows/Locks #P9838B/659977



2006 JEEP

WRANGLER X SPORT CD (Single Disc), Power Steering, Cruise Control #T14077A/768685





2011 FORD

FUSION SPORT SEDAN Alloy Wheels, Backup Camera, Navigation System, Leather #T14415A/196977





951-699-2699 •

27360 Ynez Road, Temecula • In the Temecula Auto Mall All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 3/2/14.

Terry Gilmore, Dealer FOR The People

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