Film showcases a year in Apple Valley Optimist Club

By Amy Zillner
Apple Valley Review

The Apple Valley Optimist Club does a lot for the local community each year and now they have a film that shows it.

The club will premiere their movie, “A Year in the Life of the Apple Valley Optimist Club,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at the Apple Valley Town Hall.

A club member for 35 years, Ben Cuttino, and his wife and honorary member, Sandy, decided to do a full video over the course of a year after their son, Philip, filmed the club’s installation banquet in 2011, according to Ben Cuttino.

Smokey back rooms got ’er done

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

I have a friend who is incensed that Republicans aren’t smart enough to sit together and choose one single candidate in each race to support. She is not happy that there are now four GOP’ers trying to win Tim Donnelly’s 33rd Assembly seat.

“They will just split the vote and allow some liberal to sneak in the top two and make it through to the general election in November,” she says.

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Splish splash

Sarah Alvarado, Apple Valley Review

Granite Hills' Gennesee Garcia, right, is defended by Eisenhower's Ariana Valencia during an opening-round match of the eight-team Granite Hills Girls' Water Polo Tournament on Thursday at the Apple Valley Aquatics Center.

Sheriff's stations to host citizens academy

Apple Valley, Hesperia stations team up

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer

Two local San Bernardino County Sheriff’s stations will join forces to host the Winter 2014 Citizens Academy at the Town of Apple Valley Conference Center.

The Apple Valley and Hesperia stations will offer the academy early next month to provide information that will assist residents in making their communities a safer place to live and work.

Club to roast Donnelly, toast Hill

Annual awards dinner scheduled for March 8

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Optimist Club is gearing up for a March 8 awards dinner to toast Trish Hill, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley Station — followed by a roast of Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

The awards dinner is the club’s primary source of funding for all Optimist events, according to Optimist Vicki Murray, while all funds the club raises go to help local youth.

Festival open for creative works submissions

Students can enter artwork until March 6

From Staff Reports

Students ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit their original works of art for participation in this year’s Teen Art Festival, an annual program of the Town of Apple Valley’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The event is free to enter and has seven categories: drawing (black and white); drawing (color); painting; sculpture; photography (landscape and still life); photography (people and animals); and digital art.

Unpaid internships open to teen town residents

Students will work in clerk’s office

From Staff Reports

The town clerk’s office is seeking qualified high school junior and senior students in the Apple Valley Unified School District to intern this spring.

Interns will be required to work in an office environment two afternoons a week beginning March 2 through May 30.

The unpaid internship will allow students to provide office support activities for the Town Clerk’s department and gain work experience in local government.

Have the time to help stop crime?

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Winter Citizens Academy will be presented by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley and Hesperia stations at our Town Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. There is no charge.

While you won’t come out as a SWAT Team member, the evening will give the average citizens the “tools” to be the neighborhood eyes and ears of local law enforcement. Participants will cover a range of topics from how to recognize and report crimes or suspicious activity to a primer on gang graffiti.

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AV mom receives heavenly gift

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer

When a local mom read her daughter’s name in a Christmas Day news story, she believes it was a gift sent from heaven.

“When I read the Daily Press article about Melissa Fairchild and her wonderful cross country accomplishments, I saw my daughter’s name and I knew it was a Christmas present from my daughter,” said Sandy Sydner, whose daughter, Nicole Robbins, died while attending Hesperia High School.

Officials: Pedestrian safety a top priority

Sheriff’s Department offers safety reminders to pedestrians, motorists

From Staff Reports

Just a few weeks into 2014, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley station says its making roadway safety — especially as it relates to pedestrians — a top priority.

During 2013, Apple Valley station deputies responded to 14 traffic collisions, according to a sheriff’s news release. Five of those collisions resulted in the deaths of the pedestrians involved.

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