First November proposition scam alert

July 29, 2014

BY PAT ORR
FOR THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Here is your early warning about Prop. 45. While no catchy name has emerged from the State Attorney General’s Office for this proposed constitutional amendment, rest assured it will have some name like, “Stop Insurance Premium Increases Now” to convince the totally uniformed voter that it’s a good thing.
It isn’t.

The law would give State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones the right to veto premium increases for health insurers doing business in California and further dictate benefits, co-pays and share-of-cost provisions.

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Historic building nearly ready to come to life

July 23, 2014

Fat Jack's Bar and Grill to open in former Drapers' location in August

By L.J. Gambone
For the Apple Valley Review

Early next month, High Desert residents will have a new dining option at Fat Jack’s Bar and Grill, located at 19123 Highway 18 in Apple Valley. The historical building it is housed in was once home to the popular Drapers’ Sports Bar & Grill, which closed several years ago.

'Big Fat' performance coming to Sunset Concert Series

July 23, 2014

Music, food, dancing to fill Apple Valley Civic Center Park Thursday

From Staff Reports

Concert goers can expect more than just music this week when the Big Fat Steve Band takes the stage at Thursday night’s Sunset Concert Series. The Apple Valley-based band also brings a lot of laughs sure to entertain the whole family.

The band, which classifies itself as a swing, rockabilly, jump blues and oldies group, is a five-man ensemble that hails from right here in Apple Valley. Lead guitarist Steve Orsinelli has traveled and multitasked his way to success.

Eagle Scout completes badge

July 23, 2014

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary

With the help of the Mojave Samoan Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 18-year-old Phil Timoteo made and donated 30 blankets to St. Joseph Health, St. Mary to complete his Eagle Scout badge. The blankets were given to the hospital's Community Health Department and will be used to give to new mothers and patients to keep them warm. Timoteo, who will be heading to UCLA in the fall, is pictured below with his mother and sister.

'Cash for Grass' program reaches milestone

July 23, 2014

Agency reports removal of 6.5 million square feet of turf in High Desert

From Staff Reports

High Desert residents continue to embrace water conservation as a way of life. The Mojave Water Agency and the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation have announced that a total of 6.5 million square feet of turf has been removed since 2008 thanks to the Cash for Grass Program. This has resulted in a cumulative savings of 4,855 acre-feet of water that has helped drought-proof the High Desert region.

New low-radiation x-ray machine arrives

July 15, 2014

AV hospital home to only machine of its kind in California

From Staff Reports

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is now home to the only digital tomosynthesis machine in California, the hospital announced last week. Costing roughly $1 million, the new machine is nearly as good as MRI for detecting signs of rheumatoid arthritis and bone erosion, and outperforms standard conventional radiology, officials say.

'Pop Gun Rerun' to take the Sunset Concert stage Thursday

July 15, 2014

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Don’t let the zany 1980s costumes and wild onstage antics fool you — the High Desert-based retro band Pop Gun Rerun is as serious as can be when it comes to playing music, according to its co-founder Sean Hemstedt.

Hemstedt says the get-ups and high-energy showmanship are meant to create excitement as the group delivers spot-on renditions of the Top 40 hits of the decade.

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