Morningside gift-wrappingResidents of Morningside, the continuing care retirement community in Fullerton, wrapped more than 200 Christmas presents yesterday for the children served by Crittenton Services for Children and Families in Fullerton as part of Crittenton’s Angel Tree gift drive. This was the fourth year residents and staff from Morningside and Park Vista, the adjacent health center, participated in the holiday event.

The residents and staff, along with volunteers from Crittenton, wrapped dolls, sports equipment and toys, as well as gift cards and other items for older kids and teens. Residents and staff selected a young person’s “wish” from the Crittenton Angel Tree, purchased the gifts and spent the afternoon wrapping them in Morningside’s Lakeview Hall. The gifts were delivered to Crittenton where they will be distributed to the kids at the group’s holiday party.

Crittenton Services is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential.

“The Angel Tree program offers our residents and staff the opportunity to tap into the very heart of the holidays by bringing joy to needy children in our community,” said Melody McFadden, director of accounting for Morningside and organizer of the annual event. “For some kids, the Angel Tree gift is the only one they will receive this year. We want the Crittenton kids to know people in the community do care and we are here for them.”

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California State University, Fullerton, host of the Lead Center for the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OC/IE SBDC) Network names Marquise Jackson as its new Regional Director. Jackson’s duties will also include technology transfer activities for Cal State Fullerton.

The OC/IE SBDC Network stimulates economic growth in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Jackson is currently associate director of the San Diego and Imperial SBDC and will streamline the OC/IE SBDC Network’s vision of success starting on Dec. 22. Since joining the SBDC four years ago, Jackson has been actively involved in increasing economic impact and advancing entrepreneurship. Jackson will succeed Priscilla Lopez who resigned as regional director in August.

“I’m thrilled to be joining this network as the regional director and I look forward to working closely with such a strong, dedicated and accomplished team. With support from leadership at CSUF, our partners at SBA and all of our strategic partners, I look forward to continuing to build the SBDC program and becoming the best SBDC Network in the nation,” Jackson said.

“The SBDC program is a part of the SBA family and we’re certain Marquise will strengthen our partnership so that together, we can better serve the Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Adalberto Quijada, district director for the Small Business Administration Santa Ana office.

As regional director, he will spearhead the OC/IE SBDC Network’s economic development, manage programmatic and fiscal affairs, facilitate technological development and support entrepreneurial and technology transfer activities at the CSUF Campus.

“We are excited about Marquise joining our team of economic development specialists. With his background and experience I know that he will be successful in leading the SBDC as well as the technology transfer initiative for the university,” said Anil Puri, Ph.D., dean of the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Jackson holds a Masters of Business Administration from CSU San Bernardino and a Bachelor’s of Science from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. The OC/IE SBDC Network looks to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across Southern California and is confident that it will meet targets under Jackson’s leadership as regional director.

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OCTA Free New Year’s Eve Bus Rides

December 17, 2014

To encourage people to travel safely, Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) will continue its tradition of free bus rides on New Year’s Eve throughout Orange County. This year, OCTA will also offer special extended bus service to First Night in Fullerton so travelers can attend this annual New Year’s event without worrying about traffic and […]

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City Signs Historic MOU with Korean Investors, Traders Association

December 17, 2014

A delegation of eight VIPs including the Presidents of Hyundai Corporation, USA and LG International (America) were in Fullerton for the signing of a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Fullerton and the Korean Investors and Traders Association (KITA) on Dec. 16, at the Fullerton Museum Center, 301 North Pomona Ave., in Fullerton. KITA […]

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“Spark of Love” Toy Drive for Needy Children

December 17, 2014

“Toy donations are way down this year, the lowest I’ve seen in several years,” commented City of Fullerton Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshall Julie Kunzein. “Currently the warehouse doesn’t have enough toys to fill the requests for needy children.” Every year during the month of December, the Orange County Toy Collaborative and the firefighters from […]

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Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

December 17, 2014

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Dec. 16, signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown. The legislation funds most government agencies through Sept. 2015. The Department of Homeland Security will be treated differently, getting a funding extension only through Feb. 27, by […]

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California Drought Needs 17 Million Olympic-Sized Pools

December 17, 2014

California would need enough water to fill 16.7 million Olympic-sized swimming pools to recover from its historic drought, NASA scientists using satellite data estimate. Water storage in the state’s Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was about 11 trillion gallons below seasonal levels during the peak of the three-year drought, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration […]

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CSUF Commercial Real Estate Forum

December 16, 2014

Cal State Fullerton’s Real Estate and Land Use Institute presents “Commercial Real Estate Outlook 2015: Clear Sailing or Pending Volatility” on the trends and issues coming up for the year. The forum will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., in Costa Mesa. Panelists […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Order Your 2015 Employment Poster!

December 16, 2014

Federal employment laws require companies with one or more employees to post employment notices in an area frequented by all employees and job applicants. To help you remain in compliance, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce will once again have all-in-one California and Federal Employment Notices posters available for member purchase. Don’t overpay for your posters, call […]

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Arco of Fullerton/ AM PM Customer Appreciation Night

December 16, 2014

Arco of Fullerton/AM PM is hosting a customer appreciation night on Friday, Dec. 19, from 8 to 10 p.m., at 519 S. Harbor Blvd., in Fullerton. Stop by, fill up on holiday cheer! Customers purchasing $25 or more food and gas will receive a complimentary hot food item. Guests must be 21 or older.

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