Q & a with Paul Starks: Music Man

January 10, 2012

Born in Los Angeles in 1937, Paul Starks grew up listening to church hymns played on piano by his mother, and his brothers were self-taught piano players. Later Starks heard jazz swing, then classical music where he found a home until the jazz bebop era blossomed.

He played baseball in high school and later became an umpire. He did not attend college except to take self-enrichment classes.

“I have a long history of listening to jazz and classical music,” he said. “I taught the history of jazz music at VVC for two years as a member of its Community Teachers Program.”


Five-way tie in Q&A contest

January 10, 2012

Five avid readers of the Apple Valley Review had perfect scores and tied for first place in the 2011 Q&A quiz.

The five winners are:

• Riley Ballinger
• Susan Bean
• Cathryn Heberling
• Robyn Morgan
• Chuck Utgard

The Q&A quiz appeared in the Dec. 27 edition and challenged readers to pair photos of past Q&A subjects with brief descriptions. The winners will each receive a $25 gift card and have the opportunity to be profiled in an upcoming Q&A.

Concert series planned in February

January 10, 2012


A series of concerts is planned for every Saturday in February and will feature a range of American music.

The “Rhythms of Love” concert series will be held at 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Center for Spiritual Living, 18575 Corwin Road, just east of St. Mary Medical Center. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 11 a.m. The series will also feature Paul Starks’ collection of historic jazz memorabilia. The schedule:

Feb. 4, Jazz
Feb. 11, Classical
Feb. 18, Gospel
Feb. 25, Latin & Dance

Arrest Logs

January 10, 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.

Jan. 4
Kimberly Arnold was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Connecting rural Apple Valley to the world

January 3, 2012

A.V. resident owns, runs local high-speed internet connection service

By Rene De La Cruz and Kris Reilly
The screeching sound of dial-up modems can still be heard in some remote areas of Apple Valley, as frustrated computer users attempt to connect to the Internet.

“Do you know how long it takes to download a document or photo?” asked Dan Duffy, who lives in the eastern part of town. “We have to go to Starbucks just to get on Facebook. What a joke.”

New enrichment programs may be on the way to Granite Hills

January 3, 2012

BY Gretchen Losi

APPLE VALLEY • Granite Hills High School is working on an after school grant that will help enhance programs for students and extend their day.

Landing the $290,000 a year grant will be a welcome bonus for the school amid the statewide budget crunch, said teacher Marty Ellingsen.

“We've been wanting after school programs for so long. There are no funds and we are not able to reach a lot of kids,” said Ellingsen.

Quilt of Valor

January 3, 2012

Photo courtesy of Brooke Compton

HANDMADE: Jim Compton, of Apple Valley, a paraplegic who was wounded in the Vietnam war, was one of 125 veterans chosen to receive a homemade quilt in December at the Veterans Holiday Tribute sponsored by Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation. The quilts were assembled and quilted by volunteers of the Quilts of Valor program, as a small token of thanks to the veterans. Visit the foundation website at www.don-frse.com or call (760) 951-8003.


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