Around Town: The grown-up Christmas list

December 24, 2012

Unless you are deaf, over the past few weeks you have heard the song asking for world peace, warm puppies and everything wonderful in a song about a “grown up Christmas list.” Apparently whoever wrote that song mistakes Santa for a combination of Superman, Henry Kissinger and Jesus. So I just had to peek in as some rather well known folks got on the fat man’s jolly old lap and made their own requests this year.

• Any female named Kardashian asked, “Please bring me a definable talent this year, and what’s this crud about naughty and nice?”


Arrest logs for Dec. 25, 2012

December 24, 2012

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Dec. 19
Wayne Stewart was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Vicente Noriega was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Julian Fautner was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Wendy Peden was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Davon Allen was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Frankie Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of driving offenses.

Lewis Center breaks ground on long-awaited gym

December 18, 2012

By Cheryl Thompson

Students, staff and guests were bundled with coats and blankets, but the cold couldn't chill the excited hearts as the Lewis Center for Educational Research broke ground Wednesday on a gymnasium for the Academy for Academic Excellence.

For the past 15 years students have been wishing for a gym to exercise, play sports, and meet inside, out of inclement weather, said founder and President/CEO Rick Piercy.

Congressman to open office at Town Hall

December 18, 2012

Cook appointed to federal committees

By Rene De La Cruz

Congressman-Elect Paul Cook will call Apple Valley Town Hall his base of operation after the council approved the former Marine’s request to lease office space.

“In my district, Apple Valley is the center of the universe,” said Cook, during the Dec. 11 meeting. “This is the hub for our huge district, so it’s an ideal place.”

Amid tragedy, family feels spirit of Christmas

December 18, 2012


For some 80 local children, it was what Christmastime is all about: Kindness, the spirit of giving and love.

But for the Galindo family, the Dec. 8 Rotary Christmas shopping spree held special meaning.

“My wife just passed away on the 8th of last month,” said Eric Galindo as Rotary Club members took children on their very own individual shopping sprees at the Apple Valley Super Target store.

Animal shelter partners with county

December 18, 2012


The Town of Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter will provide services to residents and pets of unincorporated areas of the Victor Valley beginning Jan. 1.

The 10-year agreement, which was approved by both the Town of Apple Valley and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last month, will provide services, animal medical care and space in the town's animal shelter for as many as 3,350 animals per year.

Q & A with Scott Nassif: Success through the journey

December 18, 2012

Scott Nassif’s parents fell in love with the desert and in 1959 his father moved the family to Apple Valley to open his optometry practice.

Soon after moving to Apple Valley, Nassif’s two brothers, Brad and Kurt, and sister Tami, joined the family — it must have been the desert air, recalled Nassif, owner of local NAPA stores and a member of the Town Council.

Growing up, Nassif attended local schools, but doesn’t ever remember being bored even with only three TV channels and no iPads.



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