Health & Fitness

The connection between eating and energy

<strong>The connection between eating and energy</strong>
Metro ServiceThe right snacks can provide an energy boost that lasts until meal time comes around again. ■ Metro Service The connection between energy and eating is significant. A healthy diet and approach to eating can vastly improve energy levels, while a poorly planned diet that lacks nutrition can contribute to feelings of fatigue and increase a person’s risk for various ailments. The Harvard Medical School notes that different kinds of foods are converted to energy at different rates. That’s why some foods, such as candy, provide quick boosts of energy and other foods like whole grains tend to supply the body with energy reserves that it can draw on throughout (more…)
Health & Fitness

Improve GERD symptoms with natural remedies

<strong>Improve GERD symptoms with natural remedies</strong>
Metro ServiceLosing weight may help reduce symptoms of GERD. ■ Metro Service Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a painful condition in which stomach acid flows up the esophagus and into the mouth. Sometimes called dyspepsia, acid reflux or heartburn, GERD can generate a fiery sensation in the chest and throat that can range from mild to severe. What is GERD? GERD can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. In the United States, approximately 20 percent of the population has GERD, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Five million Canadians experience heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week, states (more…)
Health & Fitness

Items to consider when outfitting a home gym

<strong>Items to consider when outfitting a home gym</strong>
Metro ServiceWhen constructing their home gyms, homeowners should make sure they have everything they need so they can enjoy as complete a workout as possible. ■ Metro Service Home gyms can make working out more efficient by saving time driving to a fitness facility and enabling people to stick to a workout regimen during inclement weather. Having a gym at home may also motivate people to work out more frequently and effectively, as they can exercise at any time of day they choose and won’t need to share equipment with fellow fitness enthusiasts. While workouts will vary from individual to individual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults should (more…)

Hemet balances budget without tapping Measure U funds

<strong>Hemet balances budget without tapping Measure U funds</strong>
In split vote, city council rejects two budget proposals based on Measure U ‘surplus’ Chart by Taj Shorter/The Valley ChronicleBudget B option plan. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter Hemet City Council finally adopted a budget plan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year – and it doesn’t involve using Measure U money. During the Tuesday night meeting, June 26, council members voted to pass a budget option that would resolve a $3.4 million deficit in the City of Hemet’s general fund. Leading up to the final decision was plenty of debate and review by city council members along with the public. The pressure to decide how to balance the city’s budget resulted (more…)

Riverside County hires new coordinator to battle homelessness

<strong>Riverside County  hires new  coordinator to battle homelessness</strong>
High hopes for future executive officer Natalie Komuro to help across the county Photo courtesy of County of Riverside, Ray SmithNatalie Komuro has been chosen to be Deputy County Executive Officer of Homelessness Solutions. ■ By County of Riverside / Contributed Riverside County has chosen the head of an award-winning homeless services agency to coordinate homelessness programs operated by the county and an affiliated network of community partners. Natalie Komuro has served for 11 years as executive director of Ascencia, managing programs in the cities of Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood and northeast Los Angeles that provide street outreach, emergency housing, and other services to help move people from homelessness into housing. (more…)

Scaly stowaway is welcomed home

<strong>Scaly stowaway is welcomed home</strong>
Couple who originally found bearded dragon decides to adopt it as a pet Photo courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesFalkor gets a treat in his cozy sanctuary. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter A Hemet couple who discovered a bearded dragon in their online order package have decided to adopt the scaly creature as their own pet. Photo courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesThe Brummetts pose with their new pet. Al and Chris Brummett had ordered a bicycle from for one of their grandchildren. When the couple received the package at their home in Eastern Hemet, Mr. Brummett discovered a large lizard stowed away in the box the bike was (more…)

Hemet volunteer group tackles homelessness

<strong>Hemet volunteer group tackles homelessness</strong>
Photo courtesy of Cindy BoeingPictured is the East Side Team of the “Know Where It Goes” homeless outreach campaign. ■ By Karlee Meyer / Contributed The Homeless Outreach Teams’ Five Year Action Plan was endorsed by the city in efforts to solve the homeless situation in Hemet. The HOT group has been working hard for over a year collaborating with local agencies, citizens, and local government to find solutions for this complex issue. Teams are organized across Hemet to engage with the entire city. The Homeless Outreach Team’s priorities are maximizing the impact of service organizations and providing local businesses with solutions for panhandling. The HOT team gives referrals to agencies (more…)

Come out for the July 4 Parade!

<strong>Come out for the July 4 Parade!</strong>
Image courtesy of City of San JacintoJoin the festivities this Independence Day! ■ Chronicle News Staff The City of San Jacinto will be celebrating its 2018 Independence Day Hometown Parade and Festival on July 4. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a fun-filled street festival including live entertainment, vendors and food for purchase from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Jordan and San Jacinto Avenue. Citizens of the valley and members of the public are encouraged to join the parade and festivities for the Independence Day holiday. This year’s parade route will be going down Main Street between Ramona Expressway and Jordan Avenue. Road closure will (more…)

Energy options could save city ‘mucho dinero’

<strong>Energy options could save city ‘mucho dinero’</strong>
Could the city really say goodbye to SoCal Edison? Image courtesy of Community Choice Aggregation ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter The City of Hemet may be looking into changing the city’s energy solutions. The proposal could save residents nearly $2 million. In a city council meeting on June 12, program manager Tyler Masters gave a presentation on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) as an alternative to Southern California Edison as the city’s energy provider. “CCA gives local governments, groups, or an aggregate of local governments to come together to purchase energy on behalf of its residents,” says Masters, “to provide local residents a choice.” According to Masters’ presentation, CCA allows local (more…)
Arts & Culture

Lip sync contest entertains and enlightens

<strong>Lip sync contest entertains and enlightens</strong>
The eleventh annual event benefits 11 local nonprofits Photos Courtesy of Rodrigo Pena PhotographyRepresentatives for Up, Down N’ Dirty 4 A Cure Mud Run/American Cancer Society took first place for their performance at Friday’s 11th annual Lip Sync Contest, presented by Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The sold-out audience at AC’s Lounge at the Soboba Casino on Friday night, June 22, was treated to quite a show as performers took to the stage to compete in the 11th annual Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino Lip Sync Contest. With a total of $10,000 awarded to local nonprofits, the acts were well-rehearsed and gave it their all. (more…)