Why hoarding documents is risky and how to avoid it

B■ Metro Service oxes of old documents, stacks of old hard drives and computers, and containers of confidential information all find themselves in storage. While you may think this will allow you to access them easily, you probably end up forgetting about them and continue to stockpile even more. This kind of storage poses health, safety and security risks. By hoarding a lifetime’s worth of documents, you risk exposure to mold and bacteria, along with the added stress and tension of having to deal with so much piling up in the house. In addition, you risk your safety by having so many items (mostly paper) in one place, which often poses (more…)

Why more Americans should be talking about retirement

<strong>Why more Americans should be talking about retirement</strong>
Photo: (c) Monkey Business/stock.adobe.comMany Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have not properly saved for retirement. ■ Chronicle News Service (StatePoint) More than half of Gen Xers and 40 percent of Baby Boomers have never given advice to their children about planning for retirement, according to a new study from North American Company for Life and Health Insurance. One retirement industry leader says that this lack of discussion about money matters can have a big impact on the future of savings. “Even when Americans are talking about retirement with their children, it’s clear from this study that their advice is vague,” said Ann Hughes, chief distribution officer. “The first step in helping (more…)

Prosperity Scorecard – ‘D’ stands for “dismal”

<strong>Prosperity Scorecard – ‘D’ stands for “dismal”</strong>
Homeownership just a dream for many households in the state and region American Community SurveyThis graph depicts the percentage of home owners, by race. ■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor Most families’ primary source of wealth is their home, so homeownership is vital to achieving prosperity and passing it on to future generations, especially for minority and low-income households. It’s all part of the American Dream. According to the 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard, conditions have stabilized for current homeowners, but stagnant homeownership rates demonstrate that states have failed to open pathways for potential new owners. And the fact that median incomes are not rising in proportion to the increases in home (more…)

Desert Hills Memory Care Center offers families the right fit

<strong>Desert Hills Memory Care Center offers families the right fit</strong>
Putting families and their loved ones first Photo by Melissa Diaz HernandezThrough the doors is a welcoming staff ready to assist families. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Desert Hills Memory Care Center (DHMCC) in Hemet specializes in dementia care. The center promotes education for families looking to place their loved one in a care center. Staff works with families to determine whether the center is the right fit for their family member. Jane Farmer, community relations director, joined the staff of DHMCC almost eight years ago, after her mother, who resided at the facility, passed away. Farmer and her daughter, Shannon Eaton, give community seminars together to help educate families (more…)
Business, Real Estate

Local Realtor celebrates open house

<strong>Local Realtor celebrates open house</strong>
Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley ChronicleTiffany Smith of So Cal Realtors and Associates finally had her own ribbon-cutting ceremony. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Tiffany Smith of So Cal Realtors and Associates celebrated her ribbon-cutting with an open house on July 13 Realtors often show many open houses throughout their careers, but there are not many that are willing to open their own house to the public. However, on Thursday July 13th, one local realtor did just that! She even had tacos and beer on hand for her guests! Tiffany Smith of So Cal Realtors and Associates has been in the real estate business since 2015. In July (more…)

Les Schwab Tires opens its doors in Hemet

<strong>Les Schwab Tires opens its doors in Hemet</strong>
Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleLes Schwab is now open for business in Hemet, California, as the newest addition to the expanding company. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter Hemet’s newest tire store – Les Schwab Tires on 3841 W. Florida Ave. – finally opened its doors and the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 13. Founded in 1952 in Prineville, Oregon, Les Schwab has been servicing the West Coast for 65 years, now with more than 470 locations which offer what store manager Robert Evans calls “world-class customer service.” Bringing Les Schwab to Hemet seemed to be the perfect move, he said. “Hemet’s (more…)

2017 Ignite: 90 Days to Business Mastery

Program helps women business owners succeed ■ Chronicle / News Service RIVERSIDE – The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center announced an innovative program for women business owners who are ready to take their business to the next level with the 2017 Ignite: 90 Days to Business Mastery program. Through the Ignite program, business owners can learn how to fast-track their business in just 90 days to see significant traction and increased results. The IEWBC is accepting applications now through Aug. 23. Whether you have been in business for three years or 30 years, Ignite will help you a) learn how to design and implement a proven, powerful strategic action plan that (more…)

Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber welcomes new board members

<strong>Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber welcomes new board members</strong>
Chamber also awards trophies to outstanding businesses in the valley Photo by Mary Ann Morris/The Valley ChronicleCapt. Leonard Purvis, Hemet Sheriff Station, was selected as a board member for the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce for the 2017-18 term. ■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce held its 16th annual Awards Gala, which honored their picks for outstanding businesses in the valley and honored outgoing board of directors, as well as welcomed the new directors on its board. •The following businesses received mirrored trophies from Anady’s Trophies. •Nonprofit of the Year – Assistance League of Hemacinto •Beautiful Business Award – Hemet Valley Mall •Customer (more…)

Family-owned franchise gives national corporation family touch

<strong>Family-owned franchise gives national corporation family touch</strong>
Servepro joins the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Melissa Diaz Hernandez / The Valley ChronicleFranchise owners Elena and Daniel Radu with Hemet Mayor Pro Tem Michael Perciful (center). ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Members of the Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce gathered July 21 to welcome the Hemet office of Servpro to the Chamber. A ribbon cutting ceremony followed a warm welcome from the franchise owners, Elena and Daniel Radu. One of the top 10 restoration companies in the country, Servpro offers 24/7 emergency residential and commercial cleaning and restoration services. Sales representative Dana Horton told attendees that the staff is highly trained. “It is no longer a matter of (more…)

Riverside County named one of nation’s Top 10 digital counties

Riverside County officials were pleased for the recognition of the county’s work to create a smart community ■ Chronicle / News Service Riverside County has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 digital counties by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The annual survey recognizes the best practices of counties using technology to improve and streamline services. In part, Riverside County was recognized for its RIVCOconnect broadband project, which has a goal to bring gigabit internet services to all Riverside County residents and businesses. The $2 billion to $4 billion project will spur the regional economy because businesses continue to need high-speed fiber connections (more…)