Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ren's Wayback 1883

"Palace Market (R.L. Pfaffenbach and San Antonio Meat Co.) 250 W. 2nd St. in Oxarart Building. The new Oxarart Building on 2nd St., near Thomas, will be finished by July 15. Henry Hanson has the contract for the work, which will be commenced during the next week. Cohn Bros. will have in the building the largest and most attractive clothing store in this locality-April 13, 1888. Gift of J.A. Fitch April 1937."

Note: Just to let you know just where this is, at the end of the building, the Bunny Gunner Art Gallery ( far right ) is there now. Then next to them is Ink'd Chronicles, right where that telephone pole is at. The entrance to the Hotel is next, Space Gallery, and the Glass House Record Shop. Then the bar Acerogami with that strange looking thing in front.

Ren's Wayback First Bank in Pomona

Third St. 1883? Looking west and north from Main St. N.W. corner, Main & 3rd, Pomona c.'85. Pomona Valley Bank-1st in Pomona, under 3rd window. Founded by Dr. Thos. Coates and Capt. Smith. 

Way Down on Rio Rancho


Things are moving fast at the New Rio Rancho Towne Center, Porky and I thought we better get down here, before it gets any hotter. Wow to late, OK we are out of here back to the house in the AC, keep cool and stay safe everyone.


Cul - de - sac anyone...


Porky and I went over to check out the New Cul -de sack at Orange Grove Ave. and Monroe St. Looks very nice and I'm sure the neighborhood likes it also, they did good job with the trees and all. All it needs now is a "Pocket Park".........B^) 

Goddess of Pomona says..........

"Stay Cool" it's going to be another Hot One today.


Jul 08, 2013

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Fairplex Job Fair

Location: Fairplex, Expo Hall 6

Find your dream job here at Fairplex. Many different departments will be hiring. More than 1,000 positions are open!
Click here to see a list of available jobs!
Parking at Gate 1


Jul 03, 2013

04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Prolong Twilight Cruise

Location: Fairplex

All '72 and earlier rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars are invited to join us in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum parking lot at Fairplex from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring celebrity selectors and great raffle prizes, the Prolong Twilight Cruise is an event car-lovers won't want to miss. Vehicles selected by our celebrities win the opportunity to parade down the Pomona Drag Strip on Sunday morning during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in November.
Twilight Cruise admission is FREE and free admission to the NHRA museum after 3 p.m. Food and beverages are available. It's a fun evening and a great chance to see some of the coolest cars in Southern California, so please join us.
All proceeds generated by the raffle go to support the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Prolong Twilight Cruise is run by the Cal-Rods Car Club. PROLONG Super Lubricants is the proud sponsor of the NHRA Twilight Cruise.
Parking is at Gate 2


Jun14, 2013 - Jul 04, 2013

KABOOM! Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets on Sale Now
July 4th at Fairplex.
It's the 27th annual fireworks spectacular at Fairplex. Monster trucks and Moto X extreme get the crowd cheering and the stupendous fireworks are the grand finale. The nighttime programming has been a crowd pleaser since its inception in 2002. It puts the boom in KABOOM! Monster Truck and Big Air Freestyle Motocross.
Buy your tickets before they sell out. Click here to buy now.

Pinocchio - a musical ~ good any night ~ 7/19 to 8/3
Friday, Jul 19 8:15p
Perris Hill Park San Bernardino, CA
Junior University Musical Theatre Presents Pinocchioare you looking for “no strings attached” entertainment for the whole family? Then join Junior University for a musical theater experience under the stars at Roosevelt Bowl in Perris Hill Park, San Bernardino. This William R. Dixon musical adaptation follows Pinocchio in his quest to become a real boy. As with all of Mr. Dixon’s shows, this one is filled with the music and laughter that have become a family tradition. Adult - General Admission (13 years and over) - $10.00 Child - General Admission (12 years and under) - $5.00 Family - General Admission (2 adults and all children under 18) - $20.00

Most popular bike at Street Fair

Brio Electric Bikes has been displaying at the Street Fair for several Fridays now.  The most talked about bike is the eZIP Tri-Ride.  This electric 3 wheeler has a huge cargo basket to fit whatever you are shopping for.  The 500 watt motor makes sure you get back up the hill home.  The motor is limited to 12 mph, so its safe and appropriate for all (must be 16 and wear a helmet to ride an electric bike in CA).  Come test ride the Tri-Ride or any other model at Brio, 113 E. Olive.

Pasadena Police Show Off Helicopters at Open House

The Pasadena Police Department’s Air Operations Section hosted its annual open house at the Benedict Heliport in Altadena on Saturday. 

As part of the Foothill Air Support Team, otherwise known as FAST, the section also serves other communities in the San Gabriel Valley, including Alhambra, Arcadia, Covina, Monrovia, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Pomona.
Officers were on hand to show off some of the department's six helicopters, and there were also demonstrations from SWAT, K9 and motorcycle units. See the attached video for some highlights from the event.

Here are some interesting facts about FAST according to the Pasadena Police Department's website:

  • Air Operations personnel respond to approximately 6,000 calls per year.
  • The average response time to a call for the helicopter is 72 seconds. The air crews were the first officers on scene approximately 35% of the time. Approximately 4,000 calls are handled each year by the air crew allowing ground officers to respond to other calls for service. 
  • The Air Operations Section participates in approximately 200 arrests each year.
  • In order to participate in the FAST program, each agency has agreed to provide a qualified and motivated police officer to perform the role of Tactical Flight Officer (TFO). Following a rigorous training schedule, this new TFO works alongside a Pasadena Pilot to serve the FAST cities.
The Benedict Heliport is located at 2175 Yucca Lane in Altadena just off the 210 Freeway at the Arroyo/Windsor Exit.

Pomona Man Killed After He Was Impaled is Identified

A man who died when he fell onto a fence in Pomona, impaling himself, was identified today, authorities said.
The man was identified as Concepcion Benitez Arciniega, who died of a chest injury where it happened, in the 2400 block of Angela Street, according to the coroner's office.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the man was identified originally only as a homeless man who was living on the roof of the garage. The newspaper reported the man fell off a garage roof and onto a fence post that pierced his chest, authorities said.
The circumstances of the fall remained under investigation.
-- City News Service

Claremont, La Verne Temps Hit 100 Plus

A heat wave washing over Southern California drove temperatures in Claremont and La Verne to 100 on Saturday and will continue to drive up the mercury today and Monday, raising fears of heat-related illnesses and wildfires amid record and near-record temperatures.
Excessive heat warnings already issued by the National Weather Service for the San Gabriel mountains and the Antelope Valley go into effect at 10 a.m. today for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys.
The warnings were intended to expire at 9 p.m. Sunday, but, with a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure parked over the region, they could be extended into early next week, NWS forecasters said.
Claremont and La Verne could hit 101 on Monday and 100 on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.
Areas of low clouds and fog at Los Angeles County beaches this morning were expected to give way to sunny skies, with high temperatures ranging from the low to mid-80s along the coast to 100 inland, according to the NWS.
Afternoon temperatures could top out at 114 in the Antelope Valley, 108 in the mountains, and 106 in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, according to the NWS. Forecasters said the humidity would make daytime temperatures seem even higher and that overnight temperatures will dip only to the high 70s or low 80s.
Death Valley was listed as the hottest spot in the country. It hit 127 degrees and could top its hottest June temperature on record of 128 degrees set June 30, 1994, according to the AccuWeather website.
The heat wave raises serious health concerns, according to NWS forecasters.
"Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion, cramps or in extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions," warned an NWS advisory.
"In addition, with very dry vegetation, fire danger will also be on the rise. Be extra cautious with outdoor activities that may result in fire ignitions."
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, issued a heat alert beginning Friday for the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, continuing through Monday.
"Everyone should remember to take special care of themselves, children, the elderly and their pets," Fielding said. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly."
Air quality on Friday was designated unhealthful for sensitive groups in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
People who work or play outdoors during the heat wave should schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas, according to the NWS.
"Heat stroke is an emergency -- call 911," it urged.
Those seeking relief by visiting area beaches were being warned of above- normal surf and dangerous rip currents resulting from a long-period southerly swell.
An NWS advisory also reminded motorists to never leave children, the elderly or pets in closed vehicles, even briefly or with windows cracked open.
The NWS forecast calls for highs today of 84 in Avalon; 82 in Newport Beach; 85 at LAX; 94 in Long Beach; 94 on Mt. Wilson; 95 in downtown L.A.; 101 in San Gabriel and Burbank; 101 in Anaheim; 102 in Pasadena; 106 in Woodland Hills; 107 in Saugus; 109 in Palmdale; and 110 in Lancaster. Slightly higher temperatures are forecast for Sunday.
NWS Meteorologist Curt Kaplan said temperatures will begin dropping slightly on Monday into the middle of next week. The trend will continue through the end of the week, "but it will still be very warm for this time of year," he said.
"We will see very little relief," Kaplan said.
-- City News Service

Walnut Dial-A-Cab Rates Go Into Effect Monday

Fees for using the city of Walnut's Dial-A Cab program will increase Monday.

Earlier this month, the Walnut City Council voted 5-0 to bump up the rates, citing cost overruns to the program in recent years. The vote also ended the portion of the program for the general public, restricting it to senior and disabled residents only.

One-way rates within the city limits remain $1.  Trips five miles outside of the city  and to an approved medical facilities will be $3.  A ride to the Ontario Airport is now $5.

For more information, call Lisa at 909-595-7543, ext. 308.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


"Pomona Night Out" is to Night,


So come on down and enjoy our many great places to Dine with family, or with that special person in your life. Or what ever the case might be, and we have live music, also our Gallery's will be open. And we will fill your pallet with the Best Art in S. California and beyond. And many of our Artiest are local, so you will be able to pick their minds, about their art work. So I'll see you there...Take Care


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Eagle Rock Brewery Wants to Open Tasting Room in Monrovia

Monrovia may continue to make progress on its quest to become the microbrew capitol of the San Gabriel Valley if a proposal to bring another brewer into town is approved next week.
The successor to the Monrovia Redevelopment Agency will consider a plan at its July 2 meeting to lease space in town to Eagle Rock Brewery. The brewery has expressed interest in renting space owned by the city on West Pomona Avenue and hopes to open a tasting room, barrel room and storage facilities on the property, city spokeswoman Jennifer McLain said.

If the brewery succeeds in its pursuits, it could become the second microbrewery to open in Monrovia this year. Pacific Plate Brewing Co. expects to open its tasting room on Myrtle Avenue this summer.

Though a host of procedural hurdles remain, the city is hopeful that it will be able to accommodate the brewery ahead of the completion of the Gold Line Foothill Extension.

"With the Gold Line extension on the horizon, staff believes that microbreweries and barrel rooms could serve as an economic stimulus to the City by capturing consumers of this expanding microbrewery market, creating jobs, and fostering growth for this emerging manufacturing cluster," McLain wrote in a staff report.
The land the brewery wants is owned by the successor agency to the MRA, and the city is must get approval from an oversight board and the California Department of Finance to sell it.

The city is currently working on a long-range management plan (LRMP) that will specify how the land it owns is handled moving forward. The sale of the Pomona Avenue property to Eagle Rock Brewery will be included in the plan if the City Council signs off on the lease proposal next week.

"We haven't yet heard from our council whether this is something they're even open to," McLain said.

Under the proposal, Eagle Rock Brewery would lease the 3,300 square foot property at 124-126 W. Pomona Ave. for six months while the city prepares a lease-to-purchase agreement. That agreement would be included in the LRMP that would go before a 7-member oversight board and then the state Department of Finance.

Eagle Rock Brewery has been "a leader in the local craft beer industry" and it's products are served at more than 700 locations in Southern California, according to the staff report.

"We're very excited that they're considering Monrovia," McLain said.

POLICE: Watch Out for Traffic on the Fourth of July

La Verne Police Department is reminding residents and neighbors that there will be several road closures, heavy vehicle traffic and pedestrian congestion due to the Fourth of July’s festivities.
Road closures for the parade are scheduled to begin at roughly 9:25 a.m. and last throughout the morning.
Officials said they plan to post which roads will be affected next.
Residents are also reminded that fireworks are prohibited in the City of La Verne.
Below is the list of the day’s activities as released by the city.
6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.  -- Pancake Breakfast
Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 411. Come support the Scouts in the Methodist Church parking lot on D Street across from Bonita High School. Presale tickets will be available at the Farmers Market on June 27th.
9:40 a.m. -- Pre-parade “La Verne 4th of July Patriotic Motorcycle Salute”
200 shiny motorcycles ride through the parade route carrying flags representing the United States, all 50 states, historical flags, and flags representing all branches of the military. To register, please contact Diane Davis at or 909-969-1576.
10 a.m. -- Parade
This is a traditional hometown parade on a 2.25 mile route through La Verne’s Oldtown. The Community Grand Marshals of the 2013 parade are Elias Castro Jefferson Hill, and Joe Martinez, representing the Veterans Memorial Committee. Click here for the 4th of July Parade Application 2013.
11 a.m. -- Country Fair at Roynon Elementary School
Entertainment, rides for all ages, crafts, food, contests, and much more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for the 4th of July Booth Application 2013.
11 a.m. -- Free Watermelon hosted by La Verne Rotary
Located at the Country Fair at Roynon School
Noon -- FREE Swim at the Aquatics Center until 4 p.m.
5 p.m. -- Deep Pit BBQ
This event is in its 49th year hosted by the Methodist Church. The meal includes BBQ beef or turkey, coleslaw, corn, and a roll. Children’s’ meals and take out service are also available.
6 p.m. -- Fireworks Show
5 p.m. Ticket Booths Open
6 p.m. Gates Open
7 p.m. Show Starts
9 p.m. Fireworks
Purchase pre-sale tickets for a $1 discount at City Hall, 3660 D Street, La Verne, and the Chamber of Commerce, 2078 Bonita Ave.

Work to Repair Sink Hole Begins

Have you seen the sink hole along the stretch of College Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets?

City Manager Tony Ramos spoke about the sink hole during a recent council meeting. It was discovered along southbound College.

We've included a few images here of the work being done by crews as we speak.

Find Fourth of July Fireworks Events Near Pomona


Though the city of Diamond Bar won't be hosting a local event this year, Walnut will hold their annual July 4 celebration at Suzanne Park.  But that's not your only option nearby.
Address: Suzanne Park 625 Suzanne Rd. Walnut, CA 91789
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: The event will also feature food trucks, games, pie eating contest and patriotic face painting, according to city officials. "Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, canopies and picnic baskets and enjoy the festivities with us," the city announced. To register for the pie-eating contest or for more information, call 909-598-5605.

Address: Pomona College - Strehle Track
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Claremont's 65th 4th of July Celebration & Festival will host their fireworks display at Pomoma College. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 6:45 p.m.; Fireworks Sky Show begins at 9 p.m.. The show is scheduled to last at least 20 minutes, and is fully synchronized to music and electronically fired. The event costs $8 presale, or $10 at the gate.

Address: Bonita High School 3102 D St, La Verne, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Show description: Ticket booths open at 5 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m., entertainment is at 7 p.m. and fireworks are at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults, and $6 for children. Purchase pre-sale tickets for a $1 discount at City Hall, 3660 D Street, La Verne, and the Chamber of Commerce, 2078 Bonita Ave., La Verne.

Address: Furgeson Elementary School 22215 Elaine Avenue Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Date: 6/29/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.

Address: 25 Lakewood Center Mall Lakewood, CA
Date: 6/29/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.

Address: Santa Monica CollegeDate: 06/29/2013
Times: 5pm
Location: Santa Monica College, Corsair Stadium 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Date: 6/29/2013
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Show description: Santa Monica College's Independence Day Celebration is among the biggest on the Westside.

Address: Eagle Rock Recreation Center 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90041
Date: 06/30/2013
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Show description: This is Eagle Rock's "4th Annual Concerts in The Park & Fireworks Show," an event attended that about 7,000 people attended in 2012—roughly the same number if not more are expected this year from across Northeast L.A. and beyond.

Address: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90008
Date: 6/30/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Free concert and food followed by spectacular fireworks display on outdoor promenade of the mall.

Address: Furgeson Elementary School 22215 Elaine Avenue Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Date: 6/29/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.

Address: 25 Lakewood Center Mall Lakewood, CA
Date: 6/29/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.

Address: Santa Monica CollegeDate: 06/29/2013
Date: 7/2/2013
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Show description: "Fireworks and Food Trucks": A summer fundraiser hosted by the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, the community gathers to watch fireworks hosted by the Altadena Town & Country Club and gets to try different gourmet food trucks like The Greasy Wiener, Slammin’ Sliders, Cousins Maine Lobster, as well as Sweet Arleen’s Cupcakes and A Rockin’ Ice and more.

Address: Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
Date: 7/3/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Attendees will be able to enjoy live entertainment on two stages, food and attractions beginning at 3:45 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (children 4 and younger will be admitted for free). Note the Moorpark Independence Day celebration takes place July 3.

Address: South Pasadena High School football field. 1401 Fremont Ave South Pasadena, CA 91030
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Address: Rose Bowl 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Festival with food and games for kids starts at 2 p.m. Live TNT motorcycle stunts and a special performance by Mariachi Divas & Kenny G starts at 7 p.m.

Address: Main Channel of Marina Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: From the visitor's bureau: "Celebrate in the marina with a twenty-minute pyrotechinic fireworks display presented by the famed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. At 9 p.m. explosives are shot from a barge across the marina's main channel, mirrored by the harbor below. Spectators may watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM, also playing over loud-speaker throughout Burton Chace Park." NOTE: Parking lots usually fill up by 6 p.m. so arrive early for the best chance at a parking spot.

Address: King Harbor, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.

Address: South Gate Park, 4900 Southern Ave, South Gate, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Dazzling Fireworks Display on Ball Diamond 1.  The Parks and Recreation Department recommends that visitors arrive at least 3 hours ahead of time to find parking.

Address: Lynwood City Park, 11301 Bullis Rd, Lynwood, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Show description: In addition to fireworks, the free event will feature live music, face painting, food vendors and kids' activities. (310) 603-0220 for more info.  Organizers told Patch that there is not set time for the fireworks show. However, they promised that. "as soon as it gets completely dark, they will get a spectacular fireworks show."

Address: Library Park, 321 S Myrtle Ave
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: Free show in Old Town Monrovia. Band “Stone Soul” playing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 beforehand.
Address: La Crescenta Elementary School playground, 4343 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta CA 91214
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 4 p.m.
Show description: Live music, carnival rides and food trucks; fireworks begin at dark. Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, age 7 and under free. For more information,

Address: Lacy Park, San Marino, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Show description: Games, food, and the firework display but need proof of San Marino residency to gain admittance.

Address: The display will be held at Calabasas High School - 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: The gates open at 5 p.m. All entertainment included in ticket price: live performances by Platinum Groove plus a Family Fun Zone with DJ, inflatables, balloon artists, games, crafts, & more!

Address: Palisades High School, Pacific Palisades, CA
Date: 07/04/2013
Date: 07/04/2013
Start Time: 1:50 p.m.
Show description: Parade with skydivers in the afternoon on Sunset Blvd, between Via de la Paz and Drummond starts at 1:50 p.m., Parade at 2 p.m. Daytime parade. Nighttime fireworks and rock show At night.... Thursday, July 4, 2013 Gates Open 6:00pm Entertainment 6:30pm Fireworks 9:00pm

Address: Porter Ranch, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: Gates open 4:30 p.m.
Show description:  60,000 attended last year. Shepherd of the Hills Church is proud to present our Annual 15th Fourth of July Spectacular at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. "At this free, family-friendly event we welcome the entire community to celebrate our great nation. Enjoy the day and be sure not to miss the 21-minute fireworks finale just after sundown. With over 60,000 people in attendance last year, we are hoping for 2013 to be our best year yet! We hope to see you there as we celebrate our nation's freedom together."

Address: CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, 91604
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 4:30p.m.
Show description: The largest fireworks show in the San Fernando Valley can be seen from inside the CBS Studios Radford lot or on the streets around it.
Address: Colfax Meadows Block Party and Parade Aqua Vista and Colfax Avenue in Studio City, 91604
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 1 p.m.
Show description (optional): A street party and parade in the neighborhood.

Address: 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Date: 07/04/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: There is no sponsored fireworks show by the city of Malibu. Instead, a few private groups sponsor barges which show off an incredible display off the coast. Fireworks displays will be launched from barges off the coast of Malibu on Thursday, July 4, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. in the vicinity of -- Malibu Colony Road -- 22700 block of PCH -- 21500 block of PCH -- 27900 block of PCH

Address: City of Artesia 12000 Block of South Street Artesia Park in Artesia, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: The fireworks show for the city of Artesia has been canceled for several years now, but this year they did a fundraiser dinner specifically to raise funds for this city tradition.

Address: Cerritos High School 12500 E 183rd Street Cerritos, CA 90703
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: The city of Cerritos has a long-standing tradition of having spectacular fireworks show every year. Residents from surrounding towns take part in the city's daylong festivities which end with a huge fireworks show.

Address: 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: The annual Conejo Recreation and Park District fireworks spectacular will take place at 9 p.m. The fireworks are launched from the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, but best viewing is in The Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace parking lots.

Address: 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: 9:20 p.m.
Show description: The City of Simi Valley and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District presents food, crafts, live music and a kdis fun zone at its annual fireworks extravaganza. Gates open at 2 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park. Admission is free.

Address: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: 7/4/2013
Start Time: Noon
Show description: Independence Day aboard the Queen Mary is a singular event. This year has a theme of 1920s nostalgia. Explore the ship, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and live music, watch a movie under the stars and get front and center to our giant fireworks extravaganza. Experience America through the ages from the 1920's through today with music and activities befitting of each era. FREE for active duty military/military in uniform! Fireworks at 9pm.

Address: Granada and Ocean Boulevard parking lot, Long Beach Ca 90803
Date: 07/04/2013
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Show description: July 4th Kids Bicycle Parade: More than 500 entrants, from kids to adults and dogs, most of them on decorated bikes and costumes, ride the bike path en masse East to Bay Shore Drive, and up to 2nd Street and back to the boat launch. Watermelon spitting and costume contests, best bike decor, and other donated prizes are part of the fun. Expect a lot of TV coverage.

Address: Chumash Park, located at 5550 Medea Valley Drive in Agoura Hills off Kanan Road.
Date: 7/7/2013
Start Time: 9 p.m.
Show description: “Knight Fever” will be the featured artists performing on Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by the traditional fireworks show at 9 p.m.

If these locations are not enough for you, then check out a couple more options:

Weeked Closures Planned for 10 Freeway

Portions of Interstate 10 will be closed this weekend as part of the California Department of Transportation's $165 million High Occupancy Vehicle lane construction project.

A 55-hour extended closure is taking place through Monday that includes the Valley Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound Interstate 605, the northbound I-605 connector to the westbound I-10, the  southbound I-605 connector to the eastbound I-10, and the eastbound I-10 connector to the northbound I-605, according to a news release.
Other closures are listed below and are subject to change.

Friday, June 28
Westbound I-10
• 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Up to 4 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Frazier Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.
• 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.

Eastbound I-10
• 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.
• 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Frazier Street off-ramp.
• 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
• 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp State of California

Saturday, June 29
Westbound I-10
• 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 3 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Frazier Street and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps. • 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue on-ramp.
• 8 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.

Eastbound I-10
• 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. – Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.
• 3 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
• 11:59 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp Sunday, June 30
Westbound I-10
• 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Connector to I-605.
• 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Frazier Street and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps. • 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp. Eastbound I-10
• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. – Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.
• 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Frazier Street off-ramp.
• 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp.

Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2
• 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connector to eastbound I-10.
• 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Northbound I-605 connectors to I-10.
• 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Northbound I-605 Valley Boulevard on-ramps.
Westbound I-10
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Frazier Street. Baldwin Park Boulevard and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.
• 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.
• 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Connector to I-605.
• 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Frazier Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, and Francisquito Avenue on- 2and off-ramps.
• 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.

Eastbound I-10

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. - Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.
• 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Connector to northbound I-605.
• 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.
• 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Frazier Street off-ramp.
• 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp.

Detour signs will be posted. Caltrans advises motorists to "Slow for the Cone Zone."

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ren's Music Corner

Farmers Boys sets Monday blood drive

CHINO -- A LifeStream community blood drive will be held Monday at Farmer Boys, 13675 Central Ave.
The drive will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Donors receive a $10 gas card, a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a coupon for a free cheeseburger, courtesy of Farmer Boys.All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Information: 800-TRY GIVING.

Thrift Shop holds pre-Fourth clothing sale

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- The Thrift Shop of the Assistance League of the Foothill Communities is having a pre-Fourth of July Clothing Sale.
Customers who buy one red, white, or blue garment can purchase a second garment of equal or lesser value for half price. This special sale is on clothing and is not applicable to other items in the store.The shop is at 8555 Archibald Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 909-484-7853. The organization is a nonprofit philanthropic membership organization dedicated to children in need in Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.

Ontario Legion to host barbecue after parade

ONTARIO -- American Legion Post 112, along with Sons of the American Legion Squadron 112, and Women's Auxiliary Unit 112, will have a float in this year's July 4 Ontario parade, followed by a barbecue at Ontario American Legion, 310 W. Emporia St.
The float will feature a paper mache Liberty Bell and cannon, along with members & children riding on the float proudly waving American flags.The cookout hosted by The Sons of The American Legion Squadron 112, will feature barbecue ribs or chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, and potato salad from noon to 2 p.m. Suggested donation for lunch is $10. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 112 will be hosting an ice cream stand, with floats and other warm-weather items. The post will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Information: 909-984-3811, or

Elks Lodge to hold July 4 barbecue

ONTARIO -- The Ontario Elks Lodge No. 1419 will hold a barbecue on July 4.
The price is $6 for a hamburger or hot dog with side dishes.The barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lodge is at 1150 W. 4th St. Information: 909-984-7222.

July 4th fireworks events for 2013

APPLE VALLEY: The city's Firecracker Run, 5K walk and 5K and 10K runs begin at 7:30 a.m. at Lenny Brewster Sports Center, 21024 Otoe Road. Information: 760-240-7880. The Freedom Festival will run from 2 to 10 p.m. at the sports center. There will be live music, games, shopping and food all day. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. and will be simulcast on the Route 103. Parking and admission are free. Information: 760-240-7000, ext. 7071.

  BIG BEAR LAKE: Big Bear's annual July 4th celebration will again feature a fireworks show put on by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake and underwritten by the city of Big Bear Lake. The event is around 9 p.m. Beforehand there will be plenty of games and activities for kids enjoy. Another feature this year is also a ticket which includes a reserved viewing area and meal. This ticket is $50 per person. For $75 the special VIP ticket provides premium reserved seating on the Marina Resort's deck overlooking the lake with table service provided by the Rotary Interact Club. Information: 909-866-5000

CHINO: Chino Girls Fastpitch and the city have partnered for the fireworks spectacular: "A Salute to Our Armed Forces." on Saturday.
The program is from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Ayala Park, 14225 Central Ave. City officials will recognize Chino's servicemen and women at a patriotic performance at 7 p.m. by the band, "The Answer," and at 9 p.m. a spectacular fireworks show. Food vendors will be open for business along with a variety of vendors. There will also be carnival rides. Information: 909-334-3258.

CHINO HILLS: The city's 21st annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park, 16333 Fairfield Ranch Road. A parade of decorated bikes, trikes and wagons will kick off at 10:30 a.m. The free event will include food-eating contests, a BMX stunt show, face painting, crafts, a bungee trampoline, water slides and rock-climbing wall. Information: 909-364-2700.
CLAREMONT: The 2013 Claremont Village Freedom 5000 on Thursday will begin in Memorial Park at 7:30 a.m. with the 1K Kids Run, and 8 a.m., the 5K Run/Jog/Walk & Competitive Race Walk. Claremont Kiwanis Club members will serve a Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Park from 7 to 10 a.m. Organization information booths open at 9 a.m. and nonprofit food booths at 10 a.m. The T. Willard Hunter Speakers Corner will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4th of July Parade begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Indian Hill Blvd. & 10th St., goes south to Harrison then west to Larkin Park. Fireworks will offered at Pomona's College's Strehle Track. Gates open 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 6:45 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at gate

  CRESTLINE/LAKE GREGORY: "75 Years of Fun on the Lake," Jamboree Days 2013 begins Thursday with the Crestline Community Family Picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grass fields of the San Moritz Lodge. On Friday, a Musical Extravaganza takes place at the Chamber Building on Lake Drive. Saturday is the Jamboree Days Parade, with staging at 8 a.m. and step-off at 10 a.m. Merchants/vendors, activities and events will line Lake Drive. At 4 p.m., look for the Art and Wine in the Pines on Lake Drive. Spectacular fireworks start at 9 p.m. Saturday over Lake Gregory.Information: 909-338-2706.

LA VERNE: Boy Scout Troop 411 starts Thursday with a $5 pancake-and-sausage breakfast served from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at La Verne United Methodist Church. Tim Morrison leads the Harley-Davidson patriotic pre-parade procession of 150-plus motorcyclists, starting at 9:40 a.m. and are followed by the 10 a.m. parade stepping off from 10th and D streets near Bonita High School. Additional activities include the La Verne Rotary Club free watermelon-slice feed following the conclusion of the parade; the country fair at Roynon Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free swimming at La Verne Aquatic Center in Las Flores Park from noon to 4 p.m.. and La Verne United Methodist Church's 50th annual deep-pit barbecue dinner sales from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Gates open for the fireworks show at Bonita High's Glenn Davis Stadium. at 6 p.m. for the 7 to 9:30 p.m. "Red, White and Boom" show. Information: 909-596-8700.
ONTARIO: The annual Independence Day Parade will run Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Euclid Avenue starting at 4th Street and moving south to Holt Boulevard. Afterward will be the "Blast at the Bandstand" concert at Euclid and C Street and the All-States Picnic along Euclid, both beginning at 10:30 a.m. At Westwind Park, 2455 E. Riverside Drive, from 5 to 9 p.m. will be family activities including live entertainment. The free fireworks program will begin at 9 p.m. Free parking and shuttles available at the Ontario Police Station, 2500 S. Archibald Ave. POMONA: Kaboom, the annual fireworks, motocross and monster truck event, will be held at Fairplex on Thursday. Held in the Fairplex grandstand, the monster truck and Big Air freestyle motocross program begins at 8 a.m. with the fireworks show under way at 9:20 p.m. General admission is $15, trackside bleachers $18.50, reserved boxes $21, kids 2 and under free. Parking at $10 is through Gate 17.

   RANCHO CUCAMONGA: The annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will be held Thursday at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter, 8408 Rochester Ave. Parking opens at 5:30 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. On-field activites and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the date of the event.

  REDLANDS: The day kicks off at 9 a.m. in Sylvan Park as 48 local businesses, restaurants and service groups open their booths. There will be fashion displays, bounce houses, rock climbing walls and legions of food booths as local bands play nearby. Redlands' 4th of July Band will take the Sylvan Park stage with its 80 volunteer musicians being led by Curtiss Allen.At 10:30 a.m. the annual parade will march its way around the park with colorful floats and patriotic music. At about 3 p.m.,, the park events will wind down as people make their way to the University of Redlands Ted Runner Stadium for an evening of music, fireworks and flyovers. Gates open at 6 p.m. The show will start at 7 p.m., first with a flag ceremony then flyovers and finally parachuters floating from the sky onto the stadium's track. As the sun sets, music from Pacific Avenue and the Redlands' 4th of July Band will fill the air. The day's big show will be a 9 p.m. fireworks show. Fireworks tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Kids under 3 are free

RIALTO: The city's Celebration in the Park will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Rialto City Park, 130 E San Bernardino Ave. There will be family picnic games, a hotdog, pizza and watermelon eating contest, trackless train rides, petting zoo, kids fun zone and live music as well as safe and sane fireworks demonstration. Admission is free. SAN BERNARDINO: The Inland Empire 66ers will celebrate America's birthday with an Independence Day Fireworks Celebration following the match-up against the Lancaster Jethawks on Thursday. The fun starts at 7:05 p.m. and the San Manuel Stadium, home of the 66ers, 280 S. E St. Tickets are $6 to $12.
Information: 909-888-9922,

   TWENTYNINE PALMS: The community 4th of July celebration and fireworks will be on Thursday at Luckie Park beginning at 4 p.m. Live music begins with the Marine Sandpiper, with "Salute to Freedom's Beat" at 5 p.m. and "Southern Comfort," a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, taking the stage at 7 p.m. leading up to the fireworks display at 9 p.m. Food, entertainment and kids games are also part of the event, Information: 760-367-3445.

UPLAND: The 27th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Celebration at Upland High School stadium, 565 W. 11th St., on Thursday costs $8 in advance and $10 at the gate, with those 2 and under free. The ticket booth and admission gates at the stadium will open at 5:30 p.m., with The Dogs performance beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Upland Recreation and Community Services, 651 W. 15th St., Upland Public Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave. and Ford of Upland, 555 W. Foothill Blvd.

 VICTORVILLE: "Red, White and Boom" fireworks show, with free admission and parking, will be held Thursday at 9 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The site opens at 2 p.m. with MMA fights all day, police and fire rodeo from 4 to 6 p.m., live music, bounce houses and water slides, vendors and food. Information: 760-245-5551
YUCCA VALLEY: The Brehm Youth Park folks at the Basinwide Foundation, along with the Tri-Valley Little League, and other have stepped up to help the local Rotary continue a longtime fireworks tradition at the town's new youth park, at the corner of Palm Avenue, and Little League Drive, across the street from the Boys & Girls Club facility. Spectators will be able to sit on the new grass fields with their blankets and chairs and still have access to the entertainment, vendor booths, as well as food and refreshments within the compound. There will be glow items, face-painting, and fun things for the family. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks show will begin shortly after 9 p.m. There will be a military equipment display and a vendor fair. Information: 760-365-1988.
YUCAIPA: Yucaipa High School. 33000 Yucaipa Blvd., will be home to the city's annual Fourth of July Carnival, which runs from Thursday through Sunday. The event will feature carnival rides and live music from a different band on each day, as well as a fireworks show on the 4th. On Thursday will be an old-fashioned barbecue and a view of fireworks from Yucaipa High School. The event will serve as a fundraising effort for the non-profit, Yucaipa Animal Placement Society. Tickets are $20 per person, and space is limited. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring along blankets or a fold-up chair to relax while chowing down and watching the fireworks display, organizers said. YAPS is at 11937 13th St. Information: 909-790-1440,
A giant car show is planned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are required for carnival rides and are a $1 apiece, but can be purchased at a reduced price for $20 a sheet at Best Properties, 33075 Yucaipa Blvd.; White Rabbit, 35256 Yucaipa Blvd; Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce, 35139 Yucaipa Blvd; or at Simpler Life, 35107 Yucaipa Blvd.

Edison Project to Close Second Street for Three Weeks

A Southern California Edison project will temporarily close Second Street in Claremont.
Edison will start work July 8 on replacing its existing vault on the north side of Second Street, just east of the Claremont Library driveway, according to the city's website.
The construction will require Second Street to be closed for up to three weeks between Harvard and College, officials said.
The project will require a 12-hour power outage between midnight and noon on July 7.
"So. Cal. Edison has notified all affected businesses and residents of the closure and power outage," wrote City Manager Tony Ramos in his weekly report.  "Staff will follow up with additional notification as well."
Preliminary work on Second Street to get the project prepped will take place Monday and Tuesday.  The street will remain open while this work is done, officials said.

Metro Leaves Out Gold Line Route to Claremont in Measure R Amendment

While the Gold Line from the Azusa/Glendora border to Claremont still lacks funds, Metro refused to include the remaining route in its latest expenditure plan.
The Gold Line Foothill Extension project was dealt a blow when the Metro Board decided Thursday not to include cost information for the remaining route from the Azusa/Glendora border to Claremont in its Measure R Expenditure Plan Amendment, despite pressure from local governments and federal and state delegations.
The board voted down a motion by the Metro Executive Management Committee, according to Habib Balian, CEO of the Gold Line Construction Authority. Instead, the board agreed to hear a report on the issue in September.
While the extension route from Pasadena to Azusa is funded under Measure R, there is a funding gap for the remaining route from the Azusa/Glendora border to Claremont. The total estimated cost for the project is $1.714 billion, according to the Gold Line Construction Authority.
Local representatives, including County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Congresswoman Judy Chu and the Council of Governments, as well as the cities of Glendora, Claremont, San Dimas and Pomona, urged Metro to include the entire project in the amendment.
“Unfortunately, we were not successful today,” Balian wrote in an e-mail statement Thursday.

Three Arrested and 25 Cited During Motorcycle Sting in Diamond Bar

A crackdown on motorcyclists in Diamond Bar Wednesday led to three arrests and 25 citations issued, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies from the Risk Management Bureau's Traffic Services detail conducted the Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation. The deputies stopped 35 riders, issued 25 citations for various violations, arrested two unlicensed drivers, arrested one with a suspended license, impounded two motorcycles for 30 days, and stored another for one day, according to authorities.
The purpose for the operation was to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in traffic collisions, authorities said.

"Extra deputies were on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur," officials said in a news release. "Deputies were looking for drivers and riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists, as well as other vehicle drivers, that could lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries, and fatalities."

Motorcycle fatalities statewide increased 175 percent from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 in 2008, but the trend has changed, officials said. In 2009, there were 394 fatalities and 352 in 2010, a 37 percent decrease since the 2008 peak.
In the area the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrolled, 47 motorcyclists were injured in 1998 and 184 in 2011, a 390 percent increase, according to data the department provided.

Two were killed in 1998 compared to six in 2011.

Collision data for the state show that the main causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.

The decrease in riders killed statewide can be linked to fewer improperly licensed riders, officials said.

“The terrible trend of rising motorcyclist fatalities has been reversed, though there is more that everyone can do to save more lives. Riders and drivers need to respect each other and share the road,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director, Christopher J. Murphy.

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers training to riders.  Information and training locations are available at or 1-877-RIDE-411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Operations like the one in Diamond Bar were funded with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Motorcyclist in Critical Condition After Collision with Vehicle in Monrovia

A motorcyclist remains in critical condition after he rear-ended a vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed on Peck Road early Thursday morning, police said.

The motorcycle collided with the rear of a car near Peck Road and Live Oak Avenue at about 12:30 a.m., Monrovia Police Lt. Michael Lee said.

The injuries to the motorcyclist appeared very severe, Lee said.

"We were under the impression it was going to be a fatality but right now he's in critical condition," Lee said.

Police have identified the man and are in the process of trying to find family members to contact, Lee said.

Thieves Using Alarm Company Name to Break Into Claremont Homes

Community group Keeping the Good in our Neighborhood is issuing a second warning to Claremont residents to beware about potential thieves posing as repairman.
The group reported on its Facebook page Tuesday that a person described as a young, white maile approached a home of an elderly woman claiming he was from an alarm company, and needed to make upgrades to the alarm system. Once inside, the man was able to remove items from the home.
According to multiple resident reports, the male is driving an unmarked white van, and claiming to be servicing ADT alarms, changing keypads at the request of Honeywell. Although the reports have been strictly mentioning ADT, he could be using other alarm companies as well.
Police remind residents that if they believe they are being targeted by a thief, to call Claremont Police at (909) 399-5411, or dial 911.
Authorities also remind residents that contractors should only be allowed into your home to make repairs at your request. Do not allow uninvited contractors into your home.