The inmates are running the asylum

January 28, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The move toward diversity and political correctness has made another giant leap into ridiculousness with the news that "activists" are encouraging a boycott of the Academy Awards because not enough “people of color” are being recognized for achievement in film.

This is an industry so liberal that they now celebrate communists who were blacklisted during the 1950s.

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Chamber Singers 'Make a Joyful Noise'

January 22, 2016

Students welcome eighth graders for performing arts camp

From Staff Reports

Over the last two weekends, the Granite Hills High School Chamber Singers welcomed more than 30 third through eighth grade students to campus for the annual Performing Arts Camp, “Make a Joyful Noise.” This year’s theme was “Music From Around the World” and featured musical numbers indigenous to various countries.

Town club encourages locals to swim 100 miles within year

January 22, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The challenge is on! This month, the Town of Apple Valley launched its new 100 Mile Swim Club program, giving High Desert residents the chance to swim 100 miles before the pool closes on Dec. 16.

For a fee, participants can complete their laps at town’s Aquatic Center, 14999 Dale Evans Parkway. Throughout the year, swimmers will be awarded prizes and certificates to mark their accomplishments on the way to their ultimate goal.

Oils best way to heal ailments, advocate says

January 22, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While there are all kinds of ways to heal our ailments, wellness advocate Marie Petry said she believes wholeheartedly that nothing that can beat the restorative power of essential oils.

Aiming to teach the public about their endless array of benefits, she will hold a free essential oil workshop at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, 16010 Apple Valley Road.

The class will feature products by doTERRA, one of the top manufacturers of therapeutic oils in the world.

Stick it to the employers – always

January 22, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

I routinely complain about how tough it is to do business in California without ever using many specific examples.

I have owned a business in California since 1980. The first was tiny (my wife and I and a few part-timers); the second one has grown into a 200-employee operation.

My biggest concern is for the smaller retailer and service companies who survive payroll to payroll and wait by the mailbox for customer payments to come in to see if they can pay the rent.

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Construction continues near Jess Ranch entrance

January 22, 2016

Parkway, Town Center drive to remain closed through January

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY — Residents in Jess Ranch concerned about the inaccessibility of the community’s main entrance must wait a while longer before Jess Ranch Parkway reopens to traffic.

That road and Town Center Drive were closed beginning in mid-October for storm drain and roadway improvements and were expected to reopen on Dec. 21, but that date has been pushed, tentatively, to Jan. 29, according to Steve Ford of Pulte Homes.

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra tribute show coming for next 'Evenings' concert

January 12, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Following a successful launch in November, the Town of Apple Valley’s Evenings on the Town concert series will resume at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Apple Valley Golf Course with “Dean & Frank: That’s Amore.”

The show, which pays tribute to the music and legacy of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, will feature performances by critically acclaimed Las Vegas entertainers Gary Anthony and Tom Stevens.

Help yourself with these 5 books

January 12, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Now that 2016 has arrived, it’s time to get busy working on those New Year’s resolutions. While some have to do with fulfilling lifelong dreams, most seem to be about bettering oneself, whether it be in areas of the body, mind or spirit.

Here are five popular, recently released self-help books that just might be the ticket to helping you embark on a new path toward enlightenment and personal achievement.

Unions on the run

January 12, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a California case where several teachers have sued the California Teachers Unions for the freedom not to be forced to pay fees to the unions for services and activities they do not agree with.

Already California teachers can “opt out” of paying a portion of their dues that is allocated to political activity, but that isn’t the whole story.

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