Town approves local preference policy

October 16, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

The Town of Apple Valley rolled out the red carpet to area businesses after the council approved a local preference policy during Tuesday night’s brief meeting that lasted nearly one hour.

After a three-month process, the town created an easy-to-understand policy that defines the perimeters for local preference, as businesses respond to request for proposals from the town.

Highlights of the policy include a local preference map, credits for local contractors, and a guide to help businesses as they work with the town.

Learn about crime prevention for free

October 16, 2012

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley station will offer a free crime prevention seminar to residents and business owners from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The department will train participants on burglary suppression, property identification, home alarm systems, the WeTip process and how to request extra patrols in their area. The department will also give information on current crime trends.

Participants will receive educational materials and officers will be available for questions and answers once the formal presentation has concluded.

Semi-annual clean-up day planned for Saturday

October 16, 2012

Town residents, community service groups, schools, churches and clubs are invited to participate in the Apple Valley’s semi-annual Community Clean Up event from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Teams will be provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. Participants will receive event T-shirts and lunch in return. Volunteers must sign up in advance to get supplies and assignments, and will need to fill out a liability waiver.

War birds, stunt pilots roar into Apple Valley

October 9, 2012

Apple Valley Airshow set for Saturday


Some of World War II’s most famous aircraft as well as helicopters and stunt planes will soar over the desert floor during Saturday’s Apple Valley Airshow.

Static displays will include the largest biplane in the world, the big yellow AN2, vintage and experimental airplanes. Visitors can meet the pilots, get autographs and get up close to the airplanes.

Council to discuss Yucca Loma Bridge, animal shelter

October 9, 2012


The Yucca Loma Bridge will be one step closer to construction, after the Town Council discusses a contract which will award the construction management services for the project during tonight’s meeting.

The contract for the Yucca Loma Bridge and Yates Road projects is set to be awarded to Parsons Transportation Group Inc., in an amount not to exceed $3,900,507 for work that will generally consists of pre-bid contract reviews, documentation and record keeping, and several other management related items.

Firefighters raise funds in October

October 9, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

October will be a busy month for the Apple Valley Fire Protection District, as the organization works to raise funds for a variety of causes with the help of the AV Professional Firefighters Association.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, firefighters will sell “proud supporter” pink T-shirts for $20, and will wear special duty shirts with a hint of pink during the month, as they support the national campaign for the first time.

My Turn: Steady aboard the Mighty Morgenthau

October 9, 2012

By Sandi Stroming

Not very often in life does such an opportunity come along: I was invited to participate in a “Tiger Cruise” on Sept. 17 and 18 with my son, Steven Stockman and the crew of the USCGC Morgenthau.

We were underway from San Diego on Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. and made our way toward Alameda. The plan was to arrive the next evening. We were briefed aboard the ship on safety and also had an “abandon ship” drill.

Soroptimist seek to honor outstanding young women

October 9, 2012


Soroptimist International of Apple Valley, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, is seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place.

The Violet Richardson Award honors young women, between the ages of 14 and 17, for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are especially valued.

Holiday craft fair to take place over two days

October 9, 2012

The annual Apple Valley Holiday Craft Fair has been expanded to two days this year, planned between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 in the conference center at Apple Valley Town Hall.

Shoppers will see a variety of items including blankets, scarves, Christmas wreaths, jewelry, baby items and more. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids along to create a free holiday craft provided by the Teen Zone.

Santa Claus will also be on hand for pictures with attendees. The cost ranges from $7 for a 5-by-7 print to $25 for three 8 1/2-by-11 glossy sheets.


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