New owners of Yorkshire Village host grand re-opening

<strong>New owners of Yorkshire Village host grand re-opening</strong>
Joel Halpern and Avi Hegman step in the shoes of previous owners and founders, Kathleen and Colin Taylor Photo by Robin UnderwoodThe Yorkshire Village reopens with new owners carrying on its legacy of quality assisted living care. ■ By Robin Underwood / Reporter Joel Halpern and Avi Hegman, the newfound owners of Yorkshire Village, took on the vision of founders and long-time Hemet residents, Kathleen and Colin Taylor with a grand re-opening on June 25. Both new owners continue to build a place of dignity, care, and happiness for all residents. Previous owner Kathleen Taylor, a nurse originally from England, had become so increasingly frustrated with the current memory care and (more…)

Soboba Casino Resort reaches new milestone in construction

<strong>Soboba Casino Resort reaches new milestone in construction</strong>
Walls and halls have been constructed and fixtures are arriving, interior is well underway Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansWindows are being installed at the resort, which will enable interior work to get underway. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Casino Resort is underway to create a replacement facility with plenty of upgrades and architectural improvements. Scaffolding is starting to come down as each section of the hotel’s exterior gets a final coat of paint and the interior work is well under way. “We are putting up drywall, painting and putting down flooring in some areas,” said Tom Groenendal, Senior Superintendent for C.W. Driver, the general contractors (more…)

Riverside County kicks off animal-friendly camp

<strong>Riverside County kicks off animal-friendly camp</strong>
Two St. Bernards bring smiles and education to ‘Critter Kiddz’ Photo by Jackie Schart, County of Riverside Animal ServicesCritter Kiddz Camp participants learned about the St. Bernard’s heroics at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley on Monday. ■ Riverside County Department Animal Services Two St. Bernard dogs visited the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Critter Kiddz Camp on July 9. Campers also participated in other animal-related activities the rest of the week. The two week-long summer camp is part of an education program at Riverside County’s Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. The camp is coordinated by the Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation, a nonprofit (more…)

LDS church dishes up 4th of July breakfast

<strong>LDS church dishes up 4th of July breakfast</strong>
Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleFruitvale Ward Bishop Colbey Phipps addressed the crowd before breakfast was served. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an Independence Day breakfast for the public on July 4. Their Fruitvale and Diamond Valley Ward members were up at dawn, setting up tables and chairs preparing breakfast for a crowd of around 200 people. By 8 a. m, everything was ready for the crowd that showed up to the annual event at their church building on Kirby St. in Hemet. The wards’ leadership, as well as donations by members, produced over 50 lbs. of pancake mix, (more…)
School Life

Scholarship program at The Village awards over $36,000

<strong>Scholarship program at The Village awards over $36,000</strong>
16 award winners receive scholarships and grants at retirement community Photo by Michele Ryneal, Public Relations ManagerThe 10 members of The Village Scholarship Board Program are all smiles as they pose with the award recipients. ■ Michele Ryneal / Contributed The Annual Scholarship Awards were presented at The Village Retirement Community on Tuesday, June 26. The award recognizes those committed to strengthening future leaders in the community and supporting the pursuit of higher education amongst The Village employees. The Village Scholarship Program, an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is made up of 10 Village Residents who meet monthly for the sole purpose of promoting and scheduling activities that support the scholarship (more…)
School Life

Hemet Unified holds first district-wide student essay contest

<strong>Hemet Unified holds first  district-wide student essay contest</strong>
Metro ServiceStudents, kindergarten through grade 12, were asked to submit an essay following the prompt: “A Day in the Life of an HUSD Student.” ■ Hemet Unified School District Hemet Unified School District created its first district-wide student essay contest. However, this contest was unique because although it was created to recognize students, it expanded to mutually benefit staff by gaining a better understanding of the students they serve. Educators are continually asking “what is best for students?” Based on staff’s experience and interactions with students, new programs and initiatives are implemented to best support the students they serve. This year, the staff was able to gain a better understanding of (more…)

July 4 San Jacinto Hometown Parade Memories

<strong>July 4 San Jacinto Hometown Parade Memories</strong>
Below is a collection of photos taken by The Valley Chronicle volunteer photographers during and after the recent July 4 parade and the street party that followed. City officials estimated that some 5,000 people turned out to see about 475 participants traveling over the parade route that was 0.8 miles. The parade grand marshall was Sonia Ramos of Boxing for Christ. Photos by Dennis Fletcher, Gina Estrin, and CF Chick Members of the Old Times Car Club of Hemet, Riverside, and Santa Ana, from left, are: Amado Trejo, with his ‘37 DeSoto with hydraulics and airbags; Isaac Perez, a stock ‘59 Chevy Impala; and David Huizar with his stock ‘37 Chevy (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: How do we know if Christianity is true?

<strong>Clergy Corner: How do we know if Christianity is true?</strong>
Its belief system provides us a foundation for understanding the meaning of life Courtesy of Dennis RasmussenDennis Rasmussen. ■ Dennis Rasmussen / Contributed Out of all the religions in the world, how do we know that Christianity is true? One way is to examine the system of truth, or worldview, present in Christianity to see if it corresponds to the real world. If we see that it does, we can have confidence that Christianity is objectively true. And if this is the case, we will have found something of great value, a justifiable foundation for all of life and thought. For example, what is the nature of final reality? The current (more…)
Arts & Culture

Shrek visits the Ramona Bowl

<strong>Shrek visits the Ramona Bowl</strong>
Summer Youth Theatre presented Shrek the Musical, Jr. last Monday and Tuesday Photos by Corey EvanOgres have layers, huh? So do parfaits! ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter With the help of local student actors and their parents, the Ramona Bowl Summer Youth Theatre program reenacted the events of Shrek’s whirlwind adventure in “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” at the Ramona Bowl last Monday, July 2, and again on Tuesday, July 3. The eponymous ogre was played by 18-year-old Jacob Ramirez with Princess Fiona played by fellow thespian Elizabeth Allerton, who co-starred with Ramirez at West Valley High School in their production of “Anything Goes.” 10-year-old student Trinity Taylor brushed up on (more…)

Answers to Sue Savage’s questions

Dear Editor, I am a voting resident of Hemet District 1. My neighbors and I have been discussing the blatant personal animosity between an individual named Sue Savage and the Hemet city council, city employees, and other elected officials. Frankly, we are appalled by what we are reading in the local paper and hearing at council meetings. The questions below posed by Sue Savage are answered italicized: Question 1. Resolution R-4588 Item H requires Hemet’s investment policy be reviewed annually to ensure compliance with new laws. The Investment Policy is dated July 8, 2014. Four years without an update. Is there a legal liability here? I looked at the City of (more…)