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Library to give away comics, A-4

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April 25 – May 1, 2014



Volume 14, Issue 17

Grandmother encounters phone scam, warns public Alex Groves Staff Writer

This year’s Temecula Valley International Film Festival will take place on September 18-21, 2014 and will feature four days of screening contemporary feature length films, short films, student films, and documentaries.

Officials prepare for upcoming Temecula Valley International Film Festival

Alex Groves Staff Writer

The Temecula Valley International Film Festival is still a few months out from its return after a brief hiatus, but event organizers are already opening up competitions and working on details of the event to make sure they make it enjoyable for the thousands of people who will come and watch various film exhibitions and musical pieces. Temecula’s film festival, like many things across the Valley, has seen rapid growth and development. What was once a small town event of a couple hundred people has since evolved into a full-blown

cinematic experience with inde- Jo Moulton. “I was tired,” Moulton said. “I’ve pendent productions, student films, youth-planned films and musical done it for 17 years and it was a combination of personal reasons.” pieces from all over the country. Moulton said that her work Tens of thousands of people have as a film festipoured through val organizer the Temecula “It’s a lot of fun now extended past Tower Plaza C i n e m a s ’ knowing that technology has Temecula. She doors to see the advanced to the point where could remember various films it’s easier for kids to make a time when she was working to and film projfilm.” – Jeff Waddleton organize three ects, and often film festivals. times it’s not She worked on the Temecula and unusual to see a famous actor or two among the crowd. But in spite Anaheim festivals back to back in of the festival’s successes, it was 2010 and had to be ready to start temporarily shuttered for a few working on the Palm Springs fesreasons, according to its President tival at the start of 2011.

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But then the amount of work associated with planning and executing the festivals wasn’t the only consideration when Moulton decided it was time for a break. The economic outlook for the region wasn’t great and a number of people that Moulton had typically depended on had moved out of the area and so the entire process of facilitating a festival would have been too difficult, she said. But, she said, she decided to start preparing for the festival again last year and now it will be back in full force with some new components. One of those components will be

see FESTIVAL, page A-6

Mercedes-Benz of Temecula now open for business

Area resident Joan Mallory got news that most grandparents would consider the worst kind; her granddaughter told her she was in trouble. Only, the woman that called wasn’t actually Joan’s granddaughter, but a scammer. Joan said she received a call in the middle of the week of April 6 from a woman claiming to be her granddaughter. “I received a call at about 10 a.m. in the morning and a woman on the other side of the phone said, ‘Hi, Grandma’,” Mallory said. “And I was immediately excited because my granddaughter was away at college and I was thrilled that she might be calling me.” Though Mallory said she has more than one granddaughter, the person on the other end of the phone sounded like the one that was away at college. So rather than ask the girl her name, Mallory said she called her by the name of that granddaughter right away. The conversation started off pleasantly enough, the grandmother said, but it became clear that something was off. The girl was

see SCAM, page A-3


Heroin use on the rise among teens and adolescents No parent wants to imagine his or her child engaging in recreational drug use, but suburban areas are experiencing a noticeable uptick in heroin usage among teenagers. Once deemed a “city drug,” heroin is now infiltrating suburban hamlets, where more and more children are experimenting with this potentially deadly drug.

see page B-5

Pechanga Resort, IE511 reduce pollution through ridesharing program Alex Groves Staff Writer

Garth Blumenthal, GM of Fletcher Jones Motorcars Group, welcomes the public to the new Mercedes-Benz of Temecula dealership. Shane Gibson photo

Paul Bandong Staff Writer

Discovery Isle preschool student Skylar Bohannon looks at a handful of ladybugs she releases into the environment for Earth Day, April 15, 2014. Shane Gibson photo

see more photos on page A-6

“The toughest challenge was waiting out the economic downturn,” said Garth Blumenthal, general manager of Fletcher Jones Motorcars Group, the #1 volume Mercedes-Benz dealership in the nation. “We have been waiting a long time to open up here in Temecula.” Indeed, the investment group was formed in 2006, the building plans were approved in 2008, but building the new dealership did not start until 2013. The dealership is located west of the Harveston community on Ynez Rd. beyond the northwest corner of the Winchester Rd/Hwy 15 intersection. According to Ron Hutsell, project superintendent for Kunzik & Sara Construction, everything went smoothly and close to schedule over the past year; there were no

major glitches. They are still waiting for some parking lot lights, but he is at the final “punch list” stage. The dealership opened for business on Friday, April 19. Without the fanfare of a grand opening and despite last-minute construction detail work still ongoing, they had sold three new cars before midafternoon. “This is a really good market that appreciates top-quality products and an outstanding level of customer service,” said Blumenthal. “The demographics are good – familyoriented, high education level, lower house payments, high FICO scores, and a good understanding of keeping sales tax dollars local.” Blumenthal expects to have an inventory of 600 new and preowned automobiles with sales of about 300 per month by the end of 2015.

see MERCEDES, page A-7

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Hard News One of two suspects who allegedly snatched toys of Murrieta woman’s late son released on bail MURRIETA – One of two suspects who allegedly snatched a Temecula woman’s purse containing the belongings of her late son was released on April 19 on $5,000 bail. Romulo Castaneda, 49, of Chino Hills is suspected, along with 30-year-old Amanda Nicole Sander of Diamond Bar, in a theft at an LA Fitness gym in the 40900 block of California Oaks Road in Murrieta. Castaneda was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. He posted bond and was released from the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. According to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad, Castaneda and Sander allegedly forced open a locker in the women’s changing room at LA Fitness on March 31 and grabbed a

purse belonging to a woman whose toddler son, Timothy, had recently died. The cause of death was not disclosed. The victim had held onto the child’s toys, which held “sentimental value,” keeping them in her purse, along with her identification, cash and credit cards, all of which were taken, Conrad said. According to Conrad, investigators visited retail outlets where the stolen cards were used to make purchases. Surveillance photographs were obtained and circulated publicly, culminating in the identification of Castaneda and Sander as the suspects. Sander was found on Monday, April 14 in a Los Angeles County jail, where she is being held without

bail on an unrelated felony charge, according to Conrad Sander “refused to cooperate” with detectives, in spite of which they were able to locate the victim’s purse at the home of one of Sander’s acquaintances, who was cleared of any wrongdoing, Conrad said. The toys were not in the handbag. Castaneda was taken into custody without incident at a home in the 15400 block of Fairfield Ranch Rd. in Chino Hills, Conrad said. “Mr. Castaneda gave a statement (but) he was unable to give detectives the location of the toys,” Conrad said. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Jeremy Durant at (951) 461-6354.

Police arrest seven men for solicitation of prostitution TEMECULA – Officers assigned to the City of Temecula arrested seven men for solicitation of prostitution in various locations throughout the city during an undercover “John” sting that took place from 5 until 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 a sheriff’s official reported. “‘John’ programs concentrate on the men who solicit women for prostitution-related activities,” Sgt.

Chris Gaskins said in a Riverside County Sheriff’s Report. The following men were arrested for solicitation and booked at the Southwest Detention Center, according to Gaskins. * Adolfo Vega of Moreno Valley * Wayne Hawkins of Lake Elsinore * Nathaniel Gilman of Temecula * Robert Mills of Murrieta * Brett Moorhead of Murrieta

* John Garlick of McKinney, Texas * Juan Gabriel Hernandez of Murrieta According to the report, the solicitation sting is one of many planned operations in Temecula in order to maintain the quality of life there. Those who have questions about the program are encouraged to contact Sgt. Gaskins at (951) 696-3128.

Trial begins for man accused in teen’s murder MURRIETA – Jury selection got underway on April 21 for the trial of a man accused of instigating and taking part in a drive-by shooting that left a 14-year-old Hemet boy dead. Fernando Becerra, 26, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted in the May 31, 2010, slaying of Ruben Alfaro. Becerra is charged with firstdegree murder, plus special circumstance allegations of firing a gun from a moving vehicle and committing a murder for the benefit of a street gang. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Albert Wojcik summoned several panels of prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for screening as to their availability and qualifications. According to the District Attorney’s Office, a dispute between the defendant and a group of youths and young adults gathered at the Depot Deli on Alessandro Street precipitated the violence that cul-

minated in Ruben being shot to death. Becerra, a member of the Trece street gang, allegedly traded insults with members of the group, several of whom belonged to a rival gang. One of the rivals – not Ruben – took a swing at Becerra, who left to enlist the support of his older sibling, then-24-year-old Michael Wayne Delacruz, said Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky. Delacruz, Becerra and four others piled into a Ford Explorer and drove to a residence at 130 Alessandro St., where they suspected the rivals were gathered, according to Strunsky. He alleged that Delacruz armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun and took a position in the rear of the Explorer. When they reached the house around 1 a.m., Ruben and several of his friends were socializing outside, according to testimony from Delacruz’s trial. His girlfriend, Maria Lemus,

stopped the vehicle, and Delacruz flung open the door and fired the shotgun, striking Ruben in the abdomen. Strunsky said scatter shot went through the youth, killing him on the spot. One of Ruben’s associates was also armed with a shotgun and fired into the Explorer, striking Delacruz underneath his right arm as the vehicle sped away. Based on witnesses’ statements and other evidence collected at the scene, Delacruz was arrested by Hemet police less than a week later. He was convicted of murder in February 2013 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Lemus pleaded guilty last year to voluntary manslaughter and using a gun during a felony. She is expected to be sentenced in June to 15 years in prison. Becerra is being held without bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

23-year-old man arrested for stabbing girlfriend in Riverside RIVERSIDE – A woman clutched her 2-year-old child and her leg dangled out of her boyfriend’s car as she was stabbed in an attack witnessed by police, officers said on April 18. Two police officers came upon the assault at University Avenue and Mulberry Street Friday morning and rushed to the woman and child’s aid, Riverside police announced.

They saw a scuffle inside a sedan, and a woman’s leg dangled from the passenger window as she tried to escape the domestic violence attack. She was left with cuts to her body and bruises to her head, and she was treated and released form a nearby hospital, Riverside police Lt. Russ Shubert said. The child escaped injury, Shubert said. Carlos Anthony Ebro, 23, was

subdued and arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and a host of other crimes tied to the alleged attack. Ebro was also arrested on warrants for misdemeanor spousal abuse and a misdemeanor burglary count from Orange County, records showed. Ebro remains in custody in lieu of $90,000 bail.

Three men arrested in connection with residential burglary TEMECULA – Officers from the Temecula Police Department arrested three men Thursday, April 17 in connection with two burglaries in a residential area of the city, according to a sheriff’s official. The men, 20-year-old Dondre Porter of Hemet, 23-year-old Paul Keller of San Jacinto and 19-yearold Demaggio Wright of Perris were arrested for residential burglary, criminal conspiracy and resisting arrest. A resident in the 42000 block of Agena Street saw a black adult male, who was unfamiliar to the neighborhood, leave the front door of his neighbor’s residence with a television set. The man put the television set inside a vehicle that had been waiting in the driveway and drove away; the neighbor subsequently called police

when he saw this happen, according to Sgt. Steve Fredericks. Residents saw the same vehicle at a home in the 41000 block of nearby Asteroid Way and this information was relayed to officers arriving on scene, Fredericks said. Officers responding to the Asteroid Way home saw two black males flee and jump over fences. They subsequently set up a perimeter and utilized a police helicopter to find the men. Porter was found hiding under a bush and arrested, Keller was arrested after a brief struggle with police after he was caught trying to jump a fence, and Wright was brought down by a police K-9, according to Fredericks. All items were returned to the victims and the suspects were booked at Southwest Detention Center.

Man dies after being beaten in Lake Elsinore home LAKE ELSINORE – A Lake Elsinore man died three days after being beaten at a house on the northern edge of Lake Elsinore, and a probationer with a history of violent acts now faces likely murder charges, deputies said on April 19. Joseph Madrigal, 59, died on April 17 of head injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office reported. Madrigal was found severely beaten at a home in the 28000 block of Red Gum Drive on Monday afternoon, April 14. Deputies responding to an assault report found the mortallyinjured man and a suspect, Andy Dean Abegg, 32, who was waiting

for the law officers, according to an arrest report. Abegg was booked for suspicion of attempted murder, according to Riverside County sheriff’s deputies. No motive for the fatal attack was disclosed. Abegg pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on one count of attempted murder last week. He remains in custody in lieu of more than a $1 million bail, jail records showed. In February 2013, Abegg was sentenced to three years probation for violating a domestic violencerelated restraining order. He also has other misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a peace officer and battery, court records read.

Man with socks fetish suspected of harassing students re-arrested MURRIETA – A 31-year-old man previously arrested for allegedly harassing girls outside schools in Murrieta was back in custody on April 18 on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. Alexis Edmundo Garcia, of Murrieta, who police say has a sexual obsession with girls’ socks, had been released from jail Saturday, April 12 after posting $5,000 bail. He was originally arrested April 11 on charges of annoying a minor and possession of child pornography. But since his release, detectives learned of 12 additional victims and submitted their findings to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad. “It was determined that...probable cause existed to re-arrest Mr. Garcia for attempt kidnap,” Conrad said. On Thursday afternoon, investigators served an arrest warrant on the suspect at his residence near Avaxat Elementary School. Conrad said Garcia was detained without incident on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, possession of child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sexual offense. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

According to Conrad, Garcia was first arrested after a detective in an unmarked car spotted him speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County at 40500 California Oaks Road. Conrad said Garcia has been identified as a suspect in encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary School, Murrieta Mesa High School, Rail Ranch Elementary School and Shivela Middle School. “Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11- and 17-years-old and engages them in conversation,” Conrad said. “The conversation centers around the victims’ socks. The investigation has led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn by the minors... (and) the obsession is sexual in nature.” Investigators believe there may be other girls who have been accosted by the suspect but have not reported it. “The police department is asking parents to discuss the child annoyance incidents with their daughters to determine if there are additional victims,” Conrad said. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Phil Gomez at (951) 461-6356.

Four arrested during day-long warrant sweep SAN JACINTO – Four people were arrested on warrants for drunken driving during a day-long sweep in San Jacinto, a sergeant said on April 20. Sheriff’s deputies began their operations at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19 and ended it at 4 p.m. Those who were arrested had either failed to

show up for a court date or violated the terms of their probation in an active drunken driving case, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Himmelberg said. Those arrested could face additional jail time for not appearing in court or for violating their probation, Himmelberg said.

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SCAM from page A-1 not revealing many details about herself and was instead opting to talk about how she had gotten into some sort of trouble. She told Mallory she had been arrested after spending the night out drinking and that she was in a lot of trouble because she had hit another car while driving. Now, she said, she didn’t know what to do because she lacked the necessary money to be bailed out. Joan, a woman nearly in her 70s, used her wits to realize that the woman on the other end of the phone was not actually her granddaughter and was able to keep her on the line to see if she might be able to gather more details about what happened. She said that her concern for her granddaughter who was in trouble turned to suspicion when the girl refused to reveal information about where she might be. “I asked her again where she was, and she kind of glossed over that,” Mallory said. “She just said

she was arrested and would have to pay $1,800 before she could be released.” In spite of Mallory’s repeated attempts to get more information, the girl refused to give any information about her whereabouts or any other information that could indeed identify her as being the granddaughter who was away elsewhere. The conversation took an even stranger turn of events, Mallory said, when the woman said that she would have to communicate with a public defender named “Mr. Gold” in order to post bail. By this point she said she knew the woman was lying because none of the pieces of the puzzle were adding up. It wasn’t clear where the girl was away or whether she was in college at all and it was especially troublesome that the girl refused to answer direct and simple questions. Mallory agreed to help the girl and speak with the mysterious Mr. Gold because at this point she wanted to collect as much information as she could for the police.

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“He called ten minutes later and he had a heavy New York accent,” she said. “And he told me I could send him $1,800 dollars and I stopped him right there. I said ‘do not call me again.’” Mr. Gold tried to dissuade her from ending the possibly fraudulent agreement, she said, but she knew better. “I said, ‘I know exactly what this is,’” she said. Since that time information has been relayed to the police about what occurred but Mallory encouraged people to use common sense when speaking with someone who could be a possible scammer. She said it’s a good idea not to give them any information they could use and said she wishes she hadn’t blurted out her granddaughter’s name. But, she said, cool-headedness is a logical approach that tends to prevail in a tricky situation. “Trust your instincts,” she said. To comment on this story online, visit 951.327.1000

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Temecula Library will hold a free legal clinic in celebration of National Law Day on Thursday, May 1, followed by a Free Comic Book Day on May 3. During the legal clinic, volunteer attorneys will be on hand for 15 minute consultations. “We had a clinic a couple of weeks ago and 16 people signed up, we had four volunteers and people were able to get their questions answered,” said Efren Nava an assistant at the law library. “We already have 50 people signed up for the upcoming event.” Nava said with such a high turnout expected registration is required and there is a need for attorneys in all areas of the law. “We’re working towards finding attorneys who can get those questions answered,” Nava said. “We are looking for anyone out there who is willing to volunteer their time. There are a lot of people out there who lack the financial resources to consult with a lawyer, so this really provides a much needed service for our local community. It’s a great opportunity for them to get their questions answered for free.” To volunteer or register for the event, call the Temecula Law Resource Center at (951) 693-8902 or send an email to Registrants should include contact information and the specific area of law assistance is required in. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two days later, on Saturday, May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Temecula Library will hold a Free Comic

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Children enjoy egg huntin’ fun at Harveston Community Park

Treats and eggs lay in the grass ready to be picked up by children during the Easter egg hunt at Harveston Community Park in Temecula on Sat. April 19, 2014. Shane Gibson photos

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Kim Harris Special to the Valley News The city of Temecula, along with CR&R Waste and Recycling Services, will hold a city-wide cleanup day this Saturday, April 26. The event is for Temecula residents only and will be held at Chaparral High School. The goal of the program according to event organizers is to help residents dispose of household waste and large miscellaneous debris that can’t be placed in trash bins. The event, held twice a year once in the spring and again in the fall, usually has a high turnout according to Dolores Badillo, community relations compliance specialist with CR&R. “CR&R is anticipating a good turn-out for the Temecula’s citywide clean-up on Saturday, April 26,” said Badillo. “The location at Chaparral High School on Nicolas Rd. is once again the site for this collection event which is held every spring and fall.” Not just anyone in the Temecula Valley can participate in the citywide clean-up; it is only open to residents of the city of Temecula. Proof of residency such as a California driver’s license or state identification card, recent utility bill, or property tax statement will be required when dropping off items for recycling. According to Badillo, a wide range of items will be accepted during the event. “E-waste items such as computers and televisions are accepted, as is used motor oil, batteries and miscellaneous debris.” Other items such as antifreeze, bulky items that will not fit in trash bins, green waste and small empty gas operated equipment will also be accepted at the event that runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Auto batteries will have a limit of two per resident per visit. Items that will not be accepted during the city-wide clean-up include household batteries, chemicals, solvents, gasoline, empty drums, fluorescent light tubes, paint, pesticides, thermostats, tires, sharps and other hazardous waste. Chaparral High School is located at 27215 Nicholas Rd. in Temecula. For more information contact CR&R at (800)755-8112 or Dale West with the city of Temecula at (951) 694-6400. For those who can’t make the spring clean-up a second event will be held on Oct. 5.

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FESTIVAL from page A-1 the marketplace, which will be located alongside the film festival. Moulton said the marketplace will provide visitors to the festival the opportunity to purchase items associated with the films they viewed as well as TVIFF souvenirs. But that’s just one component the event organizer said she’s excited about. In addition to the new things the festival has to offer, old favorites will return. Since the festival’s earliest days in the late ‘90s, there’s been a student film competition where high school-aged students can submit a

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two to four minute short film that they’ve created. This year’s theme for the student competition will be “The Future,” according to Jeff Waddleton. Waddleton, who heads this year’s rendition of the competition, has a long history with the film festival. He got involved with it as a volunteer in 1997 through the radio station he worked at. Back then he shared an office with Jo, who also worked there, and the radio station was sponsoring the event. He was recently asked to return to head the competition by Jo and was glad to be able to get involved

in a leadership capacity, he said. “I haven’t been a part of this in a long time,” Waddleton said. “But just coincidentally Jo and I made our way to each other and she asked me if I would like to be a part of this and I was pretty excited to get back into it.” The competition picks 20 films from all submissions and the students get to attend a red carpet event and get to see their work exhibited during the course of the festival. A panel of judges than picks the top films and the winner of first place earns a $500 award, according to Waddleton.

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The competition coordinator said he’s most excited to see student submissions because he remembers when he was a student in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s when he enjoyed making short films with his older brother. Since then the technology has changed; cameras have gotten better, special effects technology has gotten more accessible and adolescents are capable of accomplishing more with filming technology than they ever could a decade ago. Waddleton said he’s excited by that. “It’s a lot of fun now knowing that technology has advanced to

the point where it’s easier for kids to make film,” he said. “And they get to express their creativity in a way that they don’t necessarily get to as part of a school curriculum.” This year’s festival will take place on September 18-21 and will feature four days of screening contemporary feature length films, short films, student films, and documentaries. For more information on this year’s upcoming Temecula Valley International Film Festival, visit To comment on this story online, visit

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The custom-made 35-foot tall obelisk with Mercedes-Benz logo can be seen for miles in either direction from the I-15 freeway.

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date three cars at a time. The Parts Boutique is centrally located at the back of the showroom floor. The Customers’ Lounge features Peet’s Coffee in the full service coffee bar and fresh organic food items sourced locally from E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) in Old Town Temecula. There is a separate children’s play area with games and monitors. The upstairs Employee Lounge features open space and the flexibility of glass nano walls to change the space. It can accommodate gatherings of up to 80 people. A large lit abstract artwork piece on the north wall depicts the Temecula Valley

and surrounding mountains. The beautiful front stairway is made of stainless steel and glass with wood inlays. “People enjoy being pampered and appreciate good service,” said Blumenthal. “We pride ourselves on delivering that experience and judge ourselves based on our customer satisfaction scores.” The dealership will have extended service hours to accommodate working professionals as well as complimentary shuttle services to the Promenade Mall and airport shuttle service to Ontario. Mercedes-Benz of Temecula also

plans to be an integral part of the community, participating in supporting children’s charities and schools. The dealership is opening with 40-50 staff, including General Manager Antony Chandler who has been with Fletcher Jones for 18 years and moved to Temecula nine months ago. “I am very impressed with Murrieta and Temecula and the people here,” said Chandler. “There couldn’t be a better place to open up a dealership!” To comment on this story online, visit

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come equipped with the BlueTec diesel engines. Many owners “upfit” the vans with optional equipment and variations. The dealership has three large service bays dedicated solely to the Sprinters. The main structure was dropped in size from 80,000 square feet in the original plan to 50,000 square feet, but is still much larger than most of the dealerships in the area. Its prominent location overlooking the 15/215 freeways at the northern limits of the city is further enhanced by the 35-foot obelisk displaying the Mercedes logo that is visible for miles in both directions. The architect for the project was Gensler, who designed the Fletcher Jones dealerships in Newport Beach, Ontario and Chicago. A dual waterfall-fountain cascades smoothly down the curved walls of the center roundabout at the front entrance giving a resort-like feel. Customer parking is abundant with 40 spaces in the roundabout. Inside the grand showroom (that can hold eight cars on the main floor and three on a mezzanine level outfitted with unique steel stairs that can be driven on), is a clean modern European styling with imported lights and blue-tinted skylights that block out 70 percent of UV light. The abundance of glass partitions enhances the open floor plan and visibility. The Delivery Center adjacent to the Owners’ Lounge can accommo-


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“We will have lots of sales and service specials to launch our new dealership, especially for our ‘black card’ holders. People enjoy being pampered and appreciate good service,” said Blumenthal. “We pride ourselves on delivering that experience and judge ourselves based on our customer satisfaction scores.” The 30 service bays are housed in a fully-air conditioned area with large windows on both ends and viewing windows from the customer lounge. State-of-the-art equipment is used at every station. They can service 75-100 cars per day. “We had over 800 applications for jobs at the dealership,” said Blumenthal. “We found more qualified people than at any other location. We found that so many people live here in this community and have been commuting to other dealerships for years. All our hired techs are Mercedes Benz Star-certified. Three of our 12 techs are from the Newport Beach location with three more waiting to come over.” The separate 5,000 square foot detail and dry vacuum area can service eight cars at once. There is a separate car wash area. “We will wash any Mercedes car for free,” said Blumenthal. The dealership is one of a select few that will also be selling and servicing Sprinters – the MercedesBenz brand of large commercial vans that start around $40,000 and


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The last decade has seen the relationship between real estate industry and consumers flourish. The public today can simply go online, or even open a mobile app on their phones, to research almost every aspect of real estate from property characteristics, sales history, zoning, and even research REALTORS®. Most of what the general public has access to is free, which makes it that much more appealing. The issue though is that all those “free” internet tools are only free to the user. In 2013, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, internet advertising surpassed all of television advertising for the first time, clocking in with a 17 percent increase over 2012 online advertising with a whopping $40.1 billion in advertising revenue. Follow the money Unlike television advertising where ads are sold on a market share, internet advertising is purchased with a very specific goal – how many times it will appear, how many times it is viewed, or how many times it is clicked on – all dynamics that are easily trackable by each platform and the advertisers paying the bill.

For sale by owner A common issue found with large real estate portals is homeowners testing the market by listing their home for sale, without using a REALTOR®. Often times, they want to see what kind of interest there is in their neighborhood and their home in particular. Once, I heard a homeowner created a series of false email addresses registering as several of his neighbors just to be able to list their homes for sale by owner on different portals. Then he would jack up the prices on these phantom listings, just so he could appear to be the best deal in his neighborhood. Pre-marketing We’ve called on homes that clients have identified from the web

that don’t appear in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), only to be told by the agent that she is premarketing the home, that it is not ready to be shown yet. This means that the agent is doing everything they can to build an interest list before it is listed in the MLS. Pre-marketing is a disservice to the seller; although it may sound appealing, the agent is working so hard before the house is even ready but in reality the agent is doing nothing more than everything they can to “double end” the deal, trying to get both the buyer’s commission along with the listing commission. The disservice to the seller is that the house never had the opportunity to hit the market allowing all viable buyers to preview the home and make fair offers. Bank-owned homes are notorious for pre-marketing. REO agents are first assigned a new listing two weeks or more before it goes live, while the bank determines the price and what repairs, if any, will be made. This gives the REO agent more than ample opportunity to reach out to their own list of preferred buyers and investors, double ending these transactions. It’s not at all uncommon to check the MLS and see a new listing come on and off the market within 24 hours with the listing agent double ending the transaction. Off the market Many times a home will remain listed for sale on a real estate portal long after it has closed escrow and transferred ownership to the new homeowner. This of course, is just another attempt by an unscrupulous agent to continue to build a list of prospective buyers with an attractive home. The agent will apologize and offer to provide information on similar homes, placing the home shopper on a drip campaign intended to keep their brand in front of the buyer by flooding their email inbox. The solution Successful real estate transactions always come down to an honest and ethical REALTOR® representing your needs. While

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test, so to withdraw more than that you’ll have to go the line-of-credit route, at least for the first year; after that, you can tap the remaining balance if you wish. Under previous rules, almost anyone with sizeable home equity could take out a reverse mortgage. Now, potential borrowers must undergo a detailed financial assessment to ensure they’ll be able to meet future tax and insurance obligations. Lenders are required to review the borrower’s credit history. They also must analyze all income from earnings, pensions, IRAs, 401(k) plans or Social Security, and weigh it against the borrower’s likely living expenses, including other outstanding debts. Those who come up short (i.e., are more likely to default) may be required to set aside money from their reverse mortgage to cover future obligations – thereby lowering the amount of equity they’d be able to tap. The new regulations also reduce the maximum amount of home equity that can be borrowed against – 10 to 15 percent less than before, on average. Generally, the older you are, the more equity you have and the lower the interest rate, the more you’ll be able to borrow. Note: The age component of this calculation is based on the youngest party listed on the loan. Because reverse mortgages are so complicated, potential borrowers are required to consult an HUDapproved counselor before being allowed to apply. Do preliminary research at helpful sites sponsored by HUD (, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( and AARP ( Also check with an accountant, financial planner or lawyer specializing in elder law to make sure a reverse mortgage is right for you. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs.

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Gibbs shares City of Murrieta outlook with realtors association Paul Bandong Staff Writer Councilman Rick Gibbs from the City of Murrieta addressed the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS® April 8 at their weekly marketing meeting presenting an overview of the city. Overall, Gibbs was optimistic about economic recovery. He cited the Truax building in Temecula as an indicator, bringing Class A office space to the region. “Murrieta has excellent demographics,” said Gibbs. “The average family income is $102,000, up $2000 from the previous year. Unemployment is at 5.9 percent. The city is ranked #8 among the top ten safest cities based on all eight FBI metrics. It is a young family community (average age of 32) with 37% of adults with a college education.” Gibbs stated that the biggest challenge facing Murrieta is that the city is a bedroom community, a commuter suburb to San Diego ad Orange County. “We lose a talented workforce every day that commutes out of our community – 66 percent have good jobs elsewhere.” “Murrieta has a comprehensive economic development strategy to encourage higher end jobs and become a technology business hub for the region,” said Gibbs. The focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM (Sci-

ence, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing)–related businesses in order to build and attract smaller to medium-size businesses that can grow and thrive in the area. The city is encouraging development of technology parks on 1-15/South Murrieta and I-215/North Murrieta. The city has converted the former City Hall into the Murrieta Innovation Center, allowing young start-ups the opportunity to grow. They have also established relationships with Tech Coast Angels (private investors), Valley Innovators, and InSoCal CONNECT. Gibbs stressed the importance of encouraging education, citing the importance of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District partnership: Tech Expo, UCR School of Medicine connection, and the formation of a Technology Committee. He noted the expansion of Azusa Pacific University, but stressed the ongoing need for higher education opportunities, especially in STEM, which will create the jobs of the future. “Eighty five percent of our students go on to two- or four-year colleges, contributing to an educated work force, but how do we educate first graders to handle the jobs that do not yet exist?” Healthcare services have been enhanced in the area with the building of the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) and Kaiser Permanente; further expansion includes Rancho Springs and the addition of Rady Children’s NICU.

The planning department’s “fasttrack” process was utilized with LLUMC, BMW of Murrieta, the conversion of furniture row, and currently with the Kaiser project. “We are not as concerned with multi-family housing,” said Gibbs as he focused on current and future development projects:Vineyards (west of Murrieta Creek), 1000 homes; Garden Cities (east of I-2215, north of Loma Linda), 550 homes; Hunters’ Ridge (top of the hill where mobile homes are), 450 homes; Bear Creek, 100 homes; Borel (near Moose Lodge), 100-

200 homes; Creekside (near Murrieta Hot Springs and Whitewood), 90 homes. Future developments include Cascade del Sol (near Jefferson and Kalmia) and Murrieta Hills (west to Greer Ranch and I-215). The latter was originally slated for 1500 homes by Del Webb; it will require annexation by the city. Gibbs then addressed traffic projects. The Clinton Keith/I-15 overpass was completed with $16.5 million from the Riverside County Traffic Commission. The Ynez to Jackson bridge is completed and open. The French Valley off-ramp

from I-15 is ready to be opened by CalTrans. In response to a question of the overpass portion of the project, “The Date Street/I-15 to Murrieta Hot Springs is a long-term project that never had funding,” said Gibbs. Overall Councilman Gibbs’ outlook for the City of Murrieta was extremely positive with considerable growth planned in the near future. To comment on this story online, visit

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Entertainment The Movie Review: “Transcendence” Robert T. Nickerson Special to the Valley News

ogy to live? After all, we have only lived with this stuff for a couple of decades while mankind has survived thousands of years without it. When you think about it, people are tagged with their phones and computers because we want to be the quickest to understand. More specifically, to understand how the world works and how each of us can be the first to know. But at different ages comes different priorities. Kids want to watch and play while adults want to connect and learn. The answer to our reliance on machines depends on how you use it. Most kids are smart enough to know that we still need to listen

The early quarter of the 2000’s has brought us into a new era where computer technology has advanced beyond the box systems at our desk. We now carry them in our pockets, with quick access to weather, social media accounts, and even our work. If a child is bored while waiting at a restaurant, we can give them our phones to let them watch cartoons. If we find ourselves with nothing to do, we’ll play a game. Given that teenagers love to text more than talk and how much we watch on our computers, have we become way too reliant on technol-




ligent, yet it is neither. Transcendence feels like a movie from the 90s when computer technology was new and more unpredictable. Just like Lawnmower Man, the scientists here never really consider the consequence of a digitized human before they upload them into a computer. As soon as Will asks to be put online, my first thought was, “Did nobody consider this as a bad omen?” This is also a movie where your own questions are more entertaining than the story. Why would R.I.F.T. oppose all computer technology when they themselves use it to attack labs all over? Why would the FBI send two agents to stop a worldwide threat? If Evelyn is really a successful scientist, then how could she not see that letting a human onto every computer would

be a bad idea? Transcendence has so many holes that I’m surprised that nobody, including executive producer Christopher Nolan, thought to consider that an audience can’t get behind a mad scientist experiment where nothing justifies their actions. At least with something like Frankenstein, the scientist was trying to create life on earth. I’ll give this one and a half system failure screens out of five. Transcendence fails to be entertaining, thought provoking or even smart. I could watch Al Gore give an insurance presentation for a week straight and still get more out of it than I would from this movie. Robert T. Nickerson is a film critic. His work can be seen at

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TEMECULA – “This year’s Spring Fashion Show event is the biggest and best yet!” exclaimed IVBCF (Inland Valley Business and Community Foundation) founder Marie Waite. Valley News has joined IVBCF in sponsoring the 2nd Annual Community Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, April 26 in the ballroom at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. IVBCF is a non-profit organization that brings business and the community together. This elegant and highly-attended event highlights local companies in the fashion industry as well as many local business professionals and community talent to provide much-needed support for local charitable organizations.

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Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Project T.O.U.C.H. (providing services for homeless) and S.A.F.E. Alternatives for Everyone (fighting child abuse and domestic violence). Seating is limited to 300 attendees; tickets for one of the best social events of the season are still available at A limited number of student tickets at a discounted price are available online until 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 or until sold out. The IVBCF Spring Fashion Show is known for high-caliber entertainment and this year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint: acclaimed singers, dance groups and, of course, exciting and elegant fashions modeled not only by professional models, but also by local business and community leaders. In addition to professional models Kelly Lenahan, Chris York, and Angela Wyatt; and local pageant winners Rita Garabet (Miss Inland Empire 2014), Denise Johnson (Miss Menifee 2013), Annie Galloway (Miss Menifee 2014); local business leaders participating in-

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MURRIETA – Dan Damon Music Productions will be presenting a special tribute to “Broadway Musicals & the Movie Screen.” The live “Music and Dance” stage show will be coming Sunday, May 4 to the Murrieta Community Center (41810 Juniper St.) and will benefit the senior center as well. The show will feature Broadway musical star Natalie Nucci in music and dance and Southern California’s popular and award winning vocalist Victoria Goodson. The show is directed by Dan Damon, who will also be performing “Orchestra in Keys.”

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Selections from “Cabaret,” “Cats,” “Chorus Line,” “Evitas,” “Mamma Mia,” “New York New York,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “South Pacific” and more will be performed. The luncheon begins at 1 p.m. and the show is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. For ticket information, call (951) 492-9814. Tickets can also be picked up each Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Murrieta Senior Center. Optional luncheon reservations can be made by calling before May 1.

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April 25 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fire Fighting Heroes Night! Firefighters will be on hand to share the science of extinguishing fires. Kids are encouraged to dress up and be heroes too. Firefighter moms and dads get in free and they’d love to see you in uniform. Information: (951) 308-6376. May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848. ENTERTAINMENT April 24 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Eric Reed Quartet. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information and Tickets: (866) 653-8696. April 24-27 – 7:30 p.m. MSJC department of Theatre presents: Anon(ymous) at the Menifee Valley campus Lab Theatre, Room 207, 28237 La Piedra Road. Tickets: $10 general or $9 for ASB. Reservations recommended. Tickets and Information: (951) 6395790. April 24-27 – 7:30 p.m. MSJC department of Dance presents: Episodes Dance Concert in the campus theatre, 1499 North State Street, San Jacinto. The concert will feature faculty and student works within Modern, Tap, Jazz, Post-Modern, Salsa and Contemporary. 4/27 performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: (951) 487-3790. April 25 - 8 p.m. The Highway Man: Tony Suraci will pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Wayne Jennings and Chris Kristofferson with his singing and eight piece all star band featuring Holly Palmer. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 26 – 7:30 p.m. Sock hops and Soda Shoppes starring the Wonderelles: A classic girl group of the 50’s and 60’s. Enjoy an evening of the 50’s and 60’s musical revue that features all the top girl hits and will also highlight some great male hits complete with stylish choreography, period costumes and harmonies at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 27 – 2 p.m. 4th Annual Jazz Festival at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Featuring; James Nation Quartet, Yve Evans, Keith Droste Trio, and Smith and Jones Band. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 27 – 2 p.m. Cabaret at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. The Merc is excited to present an evening of songs from the Sherman Brothers who wrote classics like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, It’s a Small World, I Wanna Be Like You, A Spoonful of Sugar and many more. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 27 – 2-3 p.m. MSJC announces JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Concerts. The members of MSJC’s Menifee Jazz ensemble and director Jeremy Brown and his jazz quartet will perform two concerts at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road, Temecula. This event is free and open to the public. Information: Jeremy (951) 639-5665 or jebrown@msjc. edu or Matilda (951) 693-8950. April 27 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 30 and May 1 – 7:30 p.m. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. May 3 – 11 a.m-8 p.m. 10th Annual Temecula Wine and Music Festival to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Counties at Vail Lake, 38000 Highway 79 South, Temecula. Enjoy a day of music from jazz to R&B. Admis-

sion: $45. Tickets and Information: ( 951) 696-0184. May 3– 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 TheMerc@ or visit www. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. COMMUNITY EVENTS

April 25 – 3-5 p.m. Diana Wehbe, KGGI 99.1 Radio Host joined by Purpose Project crew will speak at MSJC, 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee in room 927. The Purpose Project is an organization that seeks effective, dynamic individuals with a driving sense of purpose who, against all odds, are making positive changes in their corner of the world. Once these individuals have been located, the organization helps them to achieve a dream and share their stories with a wider audience. April 25 - 3-5 p.m. Zumbathon at Kay Ceniceros Center, 29995 Evans Road, Menifee. Fun filled afternoon at the center. Cost: $10 includes goodie bag. Information: (951) 672-9673. April 25-26 – 2-7 p.m. Art from the Heart presented by Elsinore Woman’s Club annual event will be held in the historical EWC building, 710 West Graham, Lake Elsinore. The art show is for local artists to showcase their work. There will be a cocktail party to honor the artists from 5-7 p.m. on the 25th with live music, hor d’oevres. Showing will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. For artists that wish to participate, drop off all work will be on Thursday, April 24 from 2-9 p.m. Information: (951) 294-7982. April 26 – 6:30-10:30 p.m. Recycled Art and Fashion Show at Monte De Oro Winery & Vineyards, 35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Partial proceeds from this event will go towards MSJC’s Art department. Tickets and Information: (951) 440-3574. April 26 – Taste of Temecula Valley in Old Town Temecula at Town Square park enjoy live entertainment and sample and taste local restaurant menu items, wines and craft beers. Admission $10 for ages 13+ and children 12 and under are FREE! Come join the fun Temecula has to offer. This event is sponsored by Temecula Valley Foundation for Excellence in Education (TVFEE) with proceeds supporting Grades K-12 in the Temecula Valley Unified School District schools. April 26 – 5-9 p.m. Cajun Festival sponsored by the Sun City Civic Association at North Town Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd., Sun City. Evening includes dinner, music, dancing. Guests are asked to wear their most festive mask and costume for a chance to win a prize. Cost: $18. Tickets and Information: Alesia (951) 679-2311. April 26 – 8-11 a.m. Help Stop Identity Theft! The City of Murrieta Clerk department is hosting a free document on-site shredding event. Residents with proof of residency may bring up to five banker sized boxes per trip to Murrieta City Hall, 1 Town Square in the parking lot. No businesses please. Information: (951) 461-6031. April 25-26 – Lucas Oil Regional Races at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, 31919 Cereal Street, Lake Elsinore. Information: April 26 – 4-9 p.m. Gallery Night X at the Dial, 41679 Date Street, Murrieta. Cost: $5 all ages. This evening will feature local artists and interactive activities! Information: (951) 239-9026 www. April 26 – 2-4 p.m. Wine Barrel Racing at the Promenade Temecula, 40820 Winchester Road. This is Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival’s pre-event for their festival that will be held on May 30-June 1. If you are interested in racing you can download forms at or visit the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival office at 41755 Rider Way, Temecula. Information: (951) 676-6713. April 26 – 6-10 p.m. IVBCF (Inland Valley Business and Community Foundation) Spring Fashion Show 2014 will be held at Pechanga Resort and Casino Grand Ballroom, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Show will feature bridal gown, sports cloth-

ing, summer dresses, formals and evening gowns, suits, professional clothing and the latest trends all modeled by professional models as well as local business owners and community leaders. Beneficiaries will be Project T.O.U.C.H. (providing services for homeless) and S.A.F.E. (Safe Alternatives for Everyone). Tickets: www. April 26 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m. MSJC Menifee Theatre Arts and Dance Departments present Earth Dance. This is a family friendly Earth celebration celebrating Earth Day and National Dance Week sponsored in cooperation with Dance Theatre Collective of So California and Arts Council Menifee. Earth Dance is a free communal experience celebrating Earth, community and family through a mandala of dance. Event will be held at 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee on the campus Soccer field. April 26 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 3 rd Annual Shred and E-Waste Day hosted by The Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS at 26529 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta. Event will benefit the SRCAR Scholarship Foundation. Information: (951) 894-2571 or email April 27 – 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walk for Life 2014 sponsored by Birth Choice of Temecula at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula. Day of fun, entertainment, food, music, booths and more. Registration: bcwalkforlife2014. Information: (951) 699-9808 ext. 103 or 105. May 1- 7-8 p.m. National Day of Prayer Event – Celebrating the 63 rd Year of Observance in the United States at the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, 132 West Graham Avenue, Lake Elsinore. This event is free and everyone is welcome. The event will take place in the Chamber parking lot. Information: Michelle (951) 245-8848. May 3 – 5:30 p.m. Casino Night Fundraiser for Menifee Relay for Life at Golden Era Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road, Gilman Hot Springs. Cost: $30 per person includes; dinner, drawings, $1000 casino cash, fun and more. Information: (951) 300-1220 or May 3 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation to host its 11th Annual Garden Tour and Garden Party. This self guided tour will feature five estate gardens bordering the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Tickets and Information: (800) 369-4620. May 3 – 4th Annual Heart Walk Temecula will take place at Lake Skinner, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester. The American Heart Association invites you to form a team and join the Temecula Valley Heart Walk in this annual 5K to raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Day includes; vendors, Health and Wellness expo, kids zone, interactive games, and more. May 3 – 11 a.m. Sons of Norway, Vinland Lodge 6-159 meet-

ing with celebration of Norway’s 200 year old Constitution will be at Hope Lutheran Church, 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula. Everyone that is interested in Scandinavian culture, heritage and traditions are welcome. This is a free event open to the public. Caronne (909) 239-8399 May 4 – 1-4 p.m. Attention all Cupcake lovers! Join in on the 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Culinary Cupcake Challenge at Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. Professional and Amateur bakers will compete for cash prizes, category awards, and Temecula’s People’s Choice Award hosted by Rancho Damacitas Children’s Home and Thessalonika Family Services. Tickets and Information: (951) 302-7597 or May 9 – 10 a.m. 2014 Special Olympics School Games at Lakeside High School, 32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore. Lake Elsinore School district has teamed up with Special Olympics Southern California to host 400 student athletes for a day of Olympic style competition and personal triumph. Come out and celebrate the athletes! Information: (951) 245-8848. May 10 – 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Scandinavian Heritage Day celebration at the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road. Bring Mom for a pre-Mother’s day outing. There will be Scandinavian vendors, national costumes, art facts, Viking jewelry, knitting demos, Rosemaling, movies, music, traditional food and more. Presented by Vinland Lodge 6-159, Sons of Norway. This is a free event open to the public. Information: Al (951) 303-5450, or Caronne, (909) 239-8399 threevannyhuis@ May 14 – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bowling for Scholarships the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS and their affiliated members will host a Masquerade Bowl event to raise money for local high schools both public and private in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore at Brunswick Bowl, 40440 California Oaks Road, Murrieta. Cost: Adult $25 and children 12 and under $15 includes 2 hours of play, shoes, ball and snacks. Information: Diane Stumpp (951) 894-2571 or SEMINARS / CLASSES April 24-28 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. MSJC offers new class in Accent Reduction at the Menifee campus, 28237 La Piedra Road. MSJC’s continuing education program has launched a new not-for-credit class for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) for students to help them with their pronunciation. Cost: $125 includes all materials for a 12 hour workshop. Information: (951) 487-3707. April 21 – MSJC to offer Comprehensive Summer Schedule for more than 200 classes at both San Jacinto and Menifee campuses and the Temecula Education complex.

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They had been practicing for four weeks for this one night of competition, but the Great Oak “Baewatch” junior boys PowderBuff volleyball team was no match for the thousands of hours that the Great Oak girls varsity volleyball team had put in over the past two years. The boys lost 30-8 to an elite girls team that had gone undefeated in league play, 27-2 overall, and was finally stopped in CIF semifinals by Mater Dei, 3-2. That girls team features a number of players going on to play volleyball on scholarships at the D1 and D2 levels. The gym was packed full of students and parents for this once a year event. Local restaurants provided food for the students out on the adjacent outdoor basketball courts. A DJ blasted tunes from a raised platform with the bass notes vibrating the wooden benches of the stands. Students dressed in bright neon colors, spandex and other creative garb could be seen everywhere. Senior Quinn Balder burst through a “Prom?” banner with flowers and approached cheerleader Annalisa Stiltner in the stands. She said “yes” to resounding cheers. With that, the scene was set for this unique volleyball match-up between the junior and senior boys; an event affectionately dubbed PowderBuff volleyball. Two junior boys teams faced off against one another with the “Baewatch” team prevailing. Then the two senior boys teams battled for the opportunity to face the champion junior boys team. The winner of that match would get to face the varsity girls. The “Average Joe” senior team dominated the match early 5-1 against fellow seniors “Kiss My Ace.” “Kiss My Ace” mounted a

GOHS boys go head-to-head in the 2014 PowderBuff Volleyball match on April 18.

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Josh Constant of “Kiss My Ace” dunks the ball over blockers from “Baewatch” in the PowderBuff Volleyball match between the GOHS seniors and juniors.

GOHS senior varsity volleyball player, Jessica Gaffney, spikes a shot during the final game against the boys during the PowderBuff match on Fri. April 18, 2014.

5-0 comeback to retake the lead that they held to the end, qualifying for the semifinals match-up against “Baewatch.” Following that game, senior Ryan Charleson, was also a winner when Sydney Carper said “yes” to his invitation to prom. The seniors vs. juniors game was a hard-fought battle with ten ties during the match. “Baewatch”

finally scored two points in a row to beat “Kiss My Ace” 26-24. In the finals match-up against the girls, “Baewatch” took an early 4-1 lead, but the experienced girls team rallied and then shut them down with a barrage of spikes and a 10-0 run at the end. The game was followed by one of the best dances of the year - “MORP” or “Prom” backwards.

After the PowderBuff match, Ryan Charleson asked Sydney Carper to prom. She said “yes.”

Girls lacrosse: Three Southwestern League teams compete in America’s oldest sport Great Oak to host lacrosse tournament this Saturday

Charles McKee Sports Writer The Southwestern League sports three girls varsity lacrosse teams. All three teams come from the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Chaparral has the youngest program in the Valley. It is their first year as a varsity team and started from scratch without any experienced players late in January. They have only two games under their belt and are 1-1. Temecula Valley is in the fourth year of its varsity program. They have an 8-6 record and recently beat Santa Maragita 8-7. The Golden Bears are 54th in state

and were last year’s Southwestern League champions. Molly Sovacool took over this year as head coach. Temecula Valley’s battle cry is “Temeeku Hun Wit” a local Native American translation for Temecula Golden Bears. Great Oak is in the sixth year of their varsity program. The girls were 2-11 last season but have improved to 7-5 this year. The winning record and new aggressive style of play has been attributed to new head coach Jenni Smith. The Wolfpack recently won the 2014 Birmingham Lacrosse Tournament in Van Nuys earlier this year. Lacrosse was originally played by the native peoples of North

America and has spread around the globe. It is played with a small rubber ball and long-shafted sticks called a crosse or a lacrosse stick. Depending on the tribe, the game is known by many different names. In the Inca language it is called “bagataway” translated as “the little brother of war.” In Mohawk it is called “tewaarathon.” The CIF has recognized lacrosse as a varsity sport since 2005. In the CIF Southern Section there are 54 varsity teams competing. To be sanctioned with an Official CIF title, 20 percent, or 113 of the 575 schools in the CIF

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TVHS is ranked 54th in state and were last year’s Southwestern League champions.

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HS softball: Murrieta Valley survives a scare at Great Oak, wins 9-8 Charles McKee Sports Writer Murrieta Valley was coasting an easy victory Thursday with a commanding 9-3 lead as they headed into the last inning of the game. The Wolfpack finally woke up and rallied for five runs in the final inning. Nighthawk Coach Sean Parks called on reliever Olivia Sanchez to get Murrieta Valley of the inning. She worked the count full to Berta Nejo before striking her out, ending the game and getting the save. Senior Lacey Alderman picked up the win for MVHS. The Nighthawks scored once in the first, gave up a run to the Wolpack in the third and then seemed to put it away in David Canales photo

the fifth with four more. The Wolfpack, never giving in, answered with two in the sixth to put the game within reach at 5-3. Murrieta Valley looked like they put the game on ice in their half of the final frame with four big runs. Undaunted, Great Oak rallied in the seventh only to come up a run short. “We kept battling,” said Great Oak coach David Mercado. “I guess that’s about all you can say. The second and third time through the lineup, we did a good job. I think it helped that we saw so many pitches and also that we faced her the other day.” The Wolfpack had a two-run

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Kayla Green connects for a two-run homerun in the sixth inning for Great Oak.

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Temecula United plays host to largest soccer tournament in California

HS baseball: Murrieta Valley moves into first in Southwestern League Great Oak, Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta on the hunt Charles McKee Sports Writer

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Temecula United U17 boys before taking the pitch for the President’s State Cup at Patricia Birdsall Park on April 12, 2014.

TEMECULA – Temecula United Soccer Club recently hosted over 100 games for the largest soccer tournament in California. Over the weekends of April 4-5 and April 11-12, Cal South brought the President’s State Cup to town to play at the widely acclaimed Patricia Birdsall soccer fields in Temecula. Teams that participated ranged from Ventura County to San Diego County to local Temecula United

teams. The President’s State Cup was wildly successful and officials from Cal South indicated there was a very good chance for future tournaments in Temecula. Because teams played games on both Saturday and Sunday, Temecula hotels, restaurants, and other businesses all benefited from the influx of people. Temecula United parents and

players volunteered both weekends to ensure a well-run tournament. Temecula United volunteers assisted Cal South officials in helping check teams in, sell apparel and doing whatever it took to run a smooth operation. Temecula United’s Mark Anselmo and Tracy Nielsen organized the event and Temecula United volunteers expressed professionalism and efficiency while working the tournament.

Murrieta Valley took control of first place in the Southwestern League with a 2-game sweep of top ranked Great Oak last week. The Nighthawks won the first game at Great Oak 6-3. They then toppled the CIF SS Division 2’s second ranked team in a dramatic 5-4 come from behind victory Thursday. The Nighthawks are now 5-2 while the Wolfpack is 4-3 in league play. Vista Murrieta is back in contention as the Broncos bounced backed from a 3-game league losing streak to win four in a row. Temecula Valley was their latest victim as Bronco pitching silenced the Golden Bears’ big bats twice last week. The Broncos took both games 2-0 as stunned Golden Bears fans looked on. Temecula Valley had been ranked the number one team in CIF SS Division 2 polls since the beginning

of the season. Vista Murrieta and Temecula Valley are both 4-3 and in a three way tie for second place. Murrieta Mesa and Chaparral did not have league games scheduled last week. The Rams had a non league contest and lost to Paloma Valley 11-3 Thursday. Chaparral played in the San Diego Lions Tournament and won two out of four. The Pumas beat Palisades and Rancho Buena Vista and lost to Torrey Pines and Eastlake. This week will see Chaparral facing Temecula Valley, Great Oak knocking heads with Vista Murrieta and Murrieta Valley battling Murrieta Mesa. All games are at 3:30 p.m. Southwestern League Standings Murrieta Valley 5-2 13-6 Great Oak 4-3 14-5 Temecula Valley 4-3 13-4 Vista Murrieta 4-3 14-4 Murrieta Mesa 2-5 7-11 Chaparral 2-5 9-9

HS track: Vista Murrieta dominates Murrieta Valley in league meet Nighthawks are no match for reigning Southwestern League champs Charles McKee Sports Writer

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Great Oak’s girls lacrosse team was 2-11 last season but have improved to 7-5 this year.

LACROSSE, from page B-1 Southern Section are required to field a team. The sport is increasing in popularity and people are lobbying other schools to take on the sport. Great Oak will be hosting a Lacrosse tournament this Saturday. The Schedule is outlined below.

Varsity in stadium: 10 a.m. GOHS vs. Grossmont 11:15 a.m. Chaparral vs. University 12:30 p.m. Middle School Girls lax match 1:45 p.m. Grossmont vs. Chaparral 3 p.m. GOHS vs. University 4:45 p.m. TBD

JV in field #1: 10 a.m. GOHS vs. Chaparral 11:15 a.m. University vs. TVHS 12:30 p.m. Middle School girls lax match 1:45 p.m. TVHS vs. Grossmont 3 p.m. Grossmont vs. University 4:45 p.m. GOHS vs. Grossmont


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The Broncos dominated Wednesday’s Southwestern League matchup between Vista Murrieta and cross town rival Murrieta Valley. The Bronco varsity girls team won 11 of 16 events and outscored the Nighthawks 104 points to 32. The girls JV team cruised to a 123 to 13 victory. The Murrieta Valley boys varsity team faired no better only winning four of the 16 events. The Nighthawks were outscored 97.33 to 34.66. The junior varsity scored 11.5 points to Vista Murrieta’s 124.5. Murrieta Valley will face Chaparral this Wednesday. The Broncos will take on Murrieta Mesa. The Southwestern League finals will be held at Vista Murrieta on Wednesday, May 7.

Women - Varsity - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored 1) Vista Murrieta 104 2) Murrieta Valley 32 Women - Junior Varsity - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored 1) Vista Murrieta 123 2) Murrieta Valley 13 Men - Varsity - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored 1) Vista Murrieta 97.33 2) Murrieta Valley 34.66 Men - Junior Varsity - Team Rankings - 16 Events Scored 1) Vista Murrieta 124.50 2) Murrieta Valley 11.50 For individual statistics, visit

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season and was promptly moved to third by a Corey Adamson sacrifice bunt. Martinez would score on Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly to give the Storm a 1-0 lead after one. Diego Goris homered in the following inning, his first long ball since hitting a walk-off home run on Sunday, April 13, and Goris would score again in the fourth thanks to Stephen Carmon’s first double of 2014. Bolstered by the lead, Rea turned in his best outing of the season. The Cascade (IA) native tossed six scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high nine. With the win the Storm have triumphed in seven of their last eight and are 7-3 in their last 10 games after starting the season 4-7. Renfroe has driven in a run in six of his last seven starts after his sacrifice fly in the first, finishing off the best week of his young California League career. The former Mississippi State Bulldog tallied nine hits, three home runs and 13 RBIs in that span.

Call to arms: Storm shutout Ports The Storm continued their winning ways Monday night in Stockton, sinking the Ports 5-0 behind an impressive outing from Colin Rea and the bullpen en route to the team’s second shutout victory of the season. Alberth Martinez led off the game with his fifth double of the

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Storm sweep Quakes Duanel Jones drives in four to extend winning streak. A lateinning surge from the Storm solidified what was a closely contested game with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Wednesday, and the Storm extended their winning streak to four with a 9-5 victory. For the fourth straight game the Storm scored first. Gabriel Quintana and Diego Goris reached base with a pair of hits before Duanel Jones scored his countrymen with a single to give the Storm a 2-0 lead in the 2nd. Despite the lopsided score, the Quakes proved that no lead is safe in the California League. Rancho Cucamonga scored two in the third, one in the fifth and another pair in the seventh to cut the Storm lead to one, and threatened for more in the later innings. A three-run Storm ninth put the game out of reach, and Chris Nunn got the final three outs to secure the victory. Ruben Mejia earned his first career Cal League win after scattering seven hits and three runs over six innings. The Storm (7-7) have matched their second-longest winning streak since early June of 2013 and secured a three-game sweep of the Quakes (5-9).

Storm to victory for a second consecutive night, blasting a three-run home run off the right field video board to provide all the runs the Storm would need in a 3-1 win over the Modesto Nuts last Saturday night. Before Renfroe’s long ball, Storm starter Zach Eflin  tossed a pair of scoreless innings to begin his first home start of the season. The 19 year old pitched out of a two on, no out situation in the first and allowed just one earned run while giving up eight hits through five and two-thirds innings of work. Five subsequent pitchers would combine to hold the Nuts scoreless for the rest of the game. Trevor Gott recorded his fifth save of the season, a four-out effort that sealed the series victory and pushed the Storm over .500 for the first time in 2014. Renfroe finished the week with nine hits, three home runs and 12 RBIs in seven games to lead the storm to a 6-1 record in that span.



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Temecula Valley is 5-6 this season. The game is scheduled at 7pm on Friday night. The Wolfpack is ranked 23ed in the state and are poised and ready for the playoffs. The Southern California High School Lacrosse Southern Section Boys Lacrosse Championships Begin in May. The Warriors are 3-10 so far this year.

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Great Oak dominated their match against Fallbrook from the beginning draw. The Wolfpack would score five goals in the opening quarter and cruised to a 14-0 victory over the Warriors. It turned out to be a great way for the Wolfpack to celebrate senior night, honoring 14 of their teammates who will

graduate at the end of the season. Great Oak is unbeatable at home with a 9-0 record at Wolfpack Stadium. The victory improves the Wolfpack to 14-2 overall as they wind down their season and head into the playoffs. Only one league game remains to be played as Great Oak will travel to Temecula Valley to face their Southwestern League rivals, the Golden Bears.

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Junior right hander Gavin Johns picked up the win for the Pumas in last week’s San Diego Lions Tournament game against the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns

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INLAND EMPIRE – No parent wants to imagine his or her child engaging in recreational drug use, but suburban areas are experiencing a noticeable uptick in heroin usage among teenagers. Once deemed a “city drug,” heroin is now infiltrating suburban hamlets, where more and more children are experimenting with this potentially deadly drug. Teenagers often aspire to emulate their favorite stars, and recently Hollywood stars have done much to fuel public curiosity about heroin. In 2013, “Glee” star Cory Monteith died of a heroin overdose, and acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman succumbed to his own heroin addiction in early 2014. Over the years, actors River Phoenix and Robert Downey, Jr. as well as musician Kurt Cobain were known to dabble in heroin, and drugs played a role in Cobain and Phoenix’s deaths. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, initiations to heroin have increased 80 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds since 2002. What’s more, young people are dying from heroin in greater numbers than in years past. In 1999, 198 Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 died from a heroin overdose. By 2009, that figure had risen to 510.

Parents may wonder why teens are turning to heroin. Officials suspect the cost of the drug and its addictive properties are behind the increase. Some feel that prescription drug abuse has fueled the rise in heroin addiction, as adolescents who first experimented with prescription pain pills to get high are now switching to heroin, which is cheaper and more accessible. Crackdowns on prescriptions for oxycodone and other similar opioid-driven pain pills have driven up the street price of these drugs. Prescription pain pills can cost anywhere from $20 to $60 each or $1 per milligram, figures that quickly add up among addicts who need more and more of the drug to achieve the same high. By contrast, one gram of heroin can cost around $50. Some heroin can cost between $3 and $10 per bag. Addicts can buy heroin for roughly 10 percent of the cost of prescription drugs while experiencing a similar or even more intense high. In scores of interviews with former heroin addicts, NBC News reported that nearly all reported getting addicted in the same way. They started with prescription drugs they purchased from friends, and when they became too addicted to afford the number of pills they needed to

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trawberries are currently in their prime season in the Valley. The large, vibrantly red berries can be found in all the local markets and in use by local restaurants in a variety of ways. While strawberries are likely to be the healthiest when eaten plain, this popular fruit begs to be included in dishes for additional bursts of flavor and color. Many restaurants in the area offer salads adorned with fresh strawberries, and they are always popular used in dessert concoctions. While the taste is enough to get one hooked on them, many may not realize they are low in calories, fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free, and the health benefits of strawberries don’t stop there. Boost to the immune system Reported to be an excellent source of vitamin C, one-half cup of strawberries (one serving) contains approximately 51.5 mg of the vitamin, which is about

half of the recommended daily requirement. Since humans do not have the ability to produce vitamin C naturally, one must be sure to include it in a healthy diet. Adequate vitamin C is critical to a strong and healthy immune system. Strawberries also possess a strong anti-oxidant quality and are a good source of manganese and potassium.

A natural cancer-fighter Foods that carry the antioxidant factor can help prevent cancer since it promotes immune system health. Antioxidants neutralize free-radicals so they don’t damage cells as easily. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which has been shown to suppress cancer cell growth.

Helpful to eye health The natural antioxidant qualities in fresh strawberries are thought to help prevent cataracts, which can cause sight problems as they worsen. The vitamin C in strawberries not only helps protect

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other’s Day is right around the corner, and this special holiday serves to honor all those women who devote so much time and effort to their families. While gifts and other trinkets are certainly part of the celebration, a vast majority of children opt to treat Mom to a night out on the town come Mother’s Day. Not only does this give mom a night off from cooking, but also it presents an opportunity to get dressed up and spend time together as a family. A vast number of families travel to their favorite restaurants for Mother’s Day meals. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year for restaurants. The National Retail Federation says 54.8 percent of Americans treat their mothers to a special meal out on Mother’s Day. Billions of dollars are generated by people eating out with their mothers. With large crowds to be expected, diners can follow a few tips when treating Mom to a meal. Book early...very early. To guarantee a reservation

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at the restaurant. Other families may be lingering at their tables, as no one wants to rush Mom out of the door. Plan accordingly for a potentially long wait time. This means having a snack before you

leave. Don’t arrive famished, as no one wants the dining party to be hungry and cranky, which is not a good way to celebrate Mom. Have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand for young children, as well as activities to keep them entertained. Consider dining out a day before or after. Restaurants are generally packed on Mother’s Day, and as a result kitchen and wait staffs might be overtaxed. What’s more, diners might be relegated to a special or abbreviated menu. If you want a more relaxed setting and the ability to order whatever you desire, it may be a better idea to celebrate Mother’s Day in advance. Then have Mom enjoy a relaxing day at home on her special day. Take-out is an option. Families can treat Mom to a dinner out, without really having to go out. Many restaurants offer takeout service, so you will not be limited to pizza or Chinese. Even chain restaurants have curbside service, so if Mom

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Murrieta Valley High students place in national business championships from all over the world, so not only did they have to solve the case, but also had to learn to communicate with students who did not have great command of the English language. The students had two hours to prepare a presentation with their team and present to a panel of judges. The top 6 out of 30 teams made the finals and presented one more time. Students from Murrieta Valley who participated were Courtney Pease, McKenna Niell, Alec Sellars, Alona Prutch, Brennan Ricker, Anthony Cabral, and Maegan Leitch. Pease’s team came in 3rd place while Prutch’s team and Sellars’s team made it to the finals.

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MSJC biology instructor earns distinguished honor SAN JACINTO – A Mt. San Jacinto College biology instructor was one of 30 across the globe to be awarded with the 2014 Distinguished Advisor Award, presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Nick Reeves, biology instructor on the Menifee Valley Campus and a Phi Theta Kappa advisor, will receive the award during NerdNation 2014, the annual convention in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26. Recipients will receive commemorative medallions and be honored during the Association of Chapter Advisors Luncheon and the Hallmark Awards Gala. The Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and/or international level of the organization. Advisors were nominated by their chapters through the Hallmark Awards application process. They were selected by a panel of judges from over 75 nominees worldwide. “Over the last five years I have had the pleasure to serve as an advisor for the Beta Delta Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Mt. San Jacinto College. During that time I have mentored several student officers that have successfully Courtesy photo completed a number of service Nick Reeves, preparing a slide during a biology class at Mt. San Jacinto College, is a 2014 Distinguished Advisor learning projects focused on the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of Award recipient. Scholarship, Service, Fellowship, several organizations to continue as a faculty member at Mt. San and Leadership. theirMA educational The xJacinto College. I am honored to Instr MO VN journey. T 5.933 7.pdf “Several of the officers have experience of seeing these student receive the Distinguished Chapter received recognition from Phi officers transform into strong Advisor Award from Phi Theta Theta Kappa for their outstand- leaders and outstanding scholars Kappa for this work,” Dr. Reeves ing efforts and scholarships from has been a highlight of my time said.

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Lake Elsinore city officials and chamber members unveil final mural Kim Cousins Special to the Valley News The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce (LEVCC) Board of Directors was pleased to unveil on Thursday, April 17 the third and final historic mural installed on one of the oldest buildings in Lake Elsinore. The mural was placed on the east-facing wall of the historic Downtown Santa Fe Train Station that was built in 1896. The mural was painted by Robin Golden of Golden Murals and depicts four of the town’s pioneers in front of a gazebo on the east side of the train station. The pioneers depicted in the mural are Donald Graham, William Collier, Margaret Collier Graham and Captain Leonard Buckingham Peck. The City of Wildomar name derives from William, Donald and Margaret. The gazebo has long since been removed but the building sits in outstanding condition with very few modifications made over the past 118 years. The original scale is now in what the LEVCC uses as its business lobby

L-R Front: Pietro Canestrelli, Donna Niehouse – Chairwoman of the Board, Tony LoPiccolo, Mayor Natasha Johnson, Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Manos, Gloria Musser, Michele Munoz, Tony Kelley, Grant Yates – City Manager, and Rick Morsch – Planning Commissioner. Back: Rich Lippi, Jack Ferguson, Grant Taylor, Chris Kelley, Greg Morrison, and Police Chief Leonard Hollingsworth.

for the chamber and the City of Lake Elsinore Visitors’ Bureau. The unveiling and ribbon cutting was attended by Mayor Natasha Johnson, Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Manos, City Manager Grant Yates, Police Chief Leonard Hollingsworth, Planning Commissioner Rick Morsch, LEVCC Chairwoman of the Board Donna Niehouse

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Why was your credit card transaction denied? Jason Alderman Special to the Valley News We’ve all had these moments: You’re at a romantic restaurant and the evening went great. But just as you and your date are readying to leave, an embarrassed waiter appears and whispers, “I’m afraid your card has been denied.” So much for romance. The same thing can happen at the grocery store, when shopping online or worst of all, when you’re traveling and don’t have a back-up means of payment. Why do credit card transactions get denied and what can you do to prevent it? Banks and other credit card issuers have developed complex algorithms that track credit card behavior and highlight unusual usage patterns commonly associated with card theft or fraud. “Unusual activities” that jump out to card issuers include: When you ordinarily use your card only rarely, but suddenly make several charges in one day. Making multiple purchases at the same store (or website) within a few minutes of each other. An unusually large purchase –

say for a major appliance, furniture or jewelry. Alert your card issuer before making large purchases. One small purchase quickly followed by larger ones. Thieves will test the waters to see if a small purchase is denied; if it’s not, they’ll quickly run up major charges. Exceeding daily spending limits. Some cards limit how much you can charge per day, even if you have sufficient remaining credit. Making large purchases outside your geographic area. Multiple out-of-town purchases in short succession. (Always tell your card issuer when you’ll be traveling.)

see CARD, page B-11


Third annual pet walk to take place May 10 LAKE ELSINORE – The City of Lake Elsinore will host its third annual pet walk on Saturday, May 10. Families are encouraged to bring their leashed pet and walk along the beautiful River-

walk for a chance to earn raffle prizes. Visit with pet service vendors for free samples and information. Play pet trivia for prizes. The staging area will be held at Heald Ave &

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Riley St. with the walk taking place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with pet check in beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, visit or call (951) 245-0442.

Hi, my name is Luke. I am a 5-month-old, male Shepherd/mix. My sister and I were saved from the street. We both get along with other dogs and love everyone. We are spayed, neutered and microchipped.

Second annual derby and charity event unites animal rescues, April 26 TEMECULA – The second annual Kentucky Derby Day & Casino Charity Event partners two dedicated animal rescues – Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary and ARK, the Animal Rescue Kompany – to raise awareness to the plight of abandoned animals in need. Proceeds from the event are a main source of funding for the rescues. Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary focuses on rescuing and providing a permanent home to horses, goats, donkeys, dogs and cats. ARK has a successful dog and cat adoption program and effectively partners with Pet Smart for their adoption program. Since their inceptions, the rescues have helped more than 5,000 homeless animals in Southern California. The fundraiser themed Kentucky Derby promises to be a great day of fun for the whole family. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with mini Mint Juleps at the door followed by all you can eat tacos, watching the Kentucky Derby, post time is 3:24

p.m., and casino style gambling for charity. Craft beer and award winning wines from local Temecula vineyards will also be available. The event will be held at the Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary at 42200 Calle Barbona in Wine Country. The fundraising event is open to the public and also includes a ladies “Best Kentucky Derby Hat” contest and visiting the horses and animals at the Villa Chardonnay Sanctuary. Two direct descendants of Triple Crown Winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat will be greeting visitors at the door, as Duchess and Nitro Active have permanent homes at Villa Chardonnay. Live and silent auctions will showcase original artwork, a selection of wines, vacations, entertainment packages, local services, sports memorabilia, electronics, theatre tickets and more. Children and adults may visit and feed all the rescued horses, mini-ponies, goats, dogs, cats and a personable

turkey named Erik. ARK will host an Adoption Day during the event for the adoption of dogs. “The day promises to be among the Temecula Valley’s most entertaining events, all proceeds will go to the care of the animals of ARK and Villa Chardonnay. Villa Chardonnay celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and we are proud to band together with ARK. With two dedicated rescues uniting for this event we hope to be stronger than ever,” said Monika Kerber, president of Villa Chardonnay. Ticket prices are $25 and children under 5 are free. Ticket prices include all you can eat delicious gourmet tacos, beverages, waters and other snacks. Tickets may be purchased from Villa Chardonnay or ARK. For more information visit www. or The rescues continue to seek auction items for this event. For more information, contact Villa Chardonnay at (951) 526-6600.

For more information on Luke, call (951) 679-6444 or visit www. SCK-9 Adoptions is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 26510 Murrieta Rd. in Sun City.

Hi, my name is Peaches. I am a 12-year-old, female Domestic Medium Hair. I am a very pretty flame-point girl. I am sweet, friendly and love to be held, but I would probably do best in a home without small children. I am already spayed and ready to go. Intake number: 190670

Hi, my name is Loni. I am a 5-year-old, female Beagle. I am a real sweet girl. I would make a wonderful family pet. I am already spayed and ready to go. Won’t you please come meet me? Intake number: 220495 Courtesy photos

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For more information, visit or call (951) 674-0618. The shelter is located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. Cat adoptions are $5 through the month of April (plus the cost of spay/neuter, if applicable).

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Terrier mix & Corgi mix pups ! Please come visit us & meet the wonderful animals that are up for adoption at one of the following locations: Temecula: PetSmart located at 32413 Temecula Pkwy. Sats & Suns 11:00 to 4 :00

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