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Gregg Fresonke, whose column is adjacent, has been visiting his father on his birthday up north. He sent the chief of the Shoreline Fire Department in King County, Washington, near Seattle information about his dad’s 90th birthday coming up, and they were rewarded with a FD driveby with engi…

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There’s been a lot of water under the dam since this column was written in October 1967, and reprinted in 2008. The American Dream has not changed, it has just expanded. That water is still muddy, as current events are showing. Welfare is still an issue but a scary pandemic is changing the i…

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My social calendar has been open for almost four months now, so when I was invited to a drive by graduation celebration a while back I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. Friends Aldo and Sylvia’s son just graduated high school; a wonderful young man, but I probably won’t be invited back.  A…

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You’ve probably noticed some changes in your print newspapers lately. Because of the coronavirus sweeping the country (and world), the pages are down because advertising is down and so is reporting. But there is a bigger virus at work—an economic blight which puts bottom lines ahead of tradi…

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Parents of Chino Valley students in need of a computer and internet access must fill out a form on the school district’s website at chino.k12.ca.us by 10 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Damaged or lost equipment will cost $300, school district officials said. The school year will begin with online lea…

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The Rolltop Roundup has taken the day off while the writer studies some major developments in the newspaper business.

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Many may consider Chino to have been a dairy town, but Chino also has quite a history in the farming industry. The soil in Chino was very fertile, hence the city's slogan, "where everything grows."  Potatoes were one such crop that Chino grew an abundance of. Potato farming was big business …

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To increase business activity and city revenues, Chino has waived its $37 commercial fee for promotional banners and extended the amount of display time from 90 days to six months.   

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For awhile it looked like Gov. Gavin Newsom had taken a Toastmaster’s Club course and gotten rid of the “ahs” that were messing up his lengthy speeches on the coronavirus, but they seemed to have crept back in.

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During the early 1920s, greater Los Angeles underwent one of its many growth booms and it is no accident that the first subdivisions in what became Chino Hills took place during this period.  The first was Sleepy Hollow in 1923 which was followed by Mountain View Park in 1924.  Also at this …

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History is taking a beating, probably because of the frustrations brought on by the coronavirus, the pending national election, and specifically the action of a rogue cop in Minneapolis and others like him. Probably all three, and if not them then something else waiting to upset our apple ca…

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. According to the Census Bureau, there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776, slightly m…

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The Fourth of July is a good time to focus on a topic important to our country’s functioning which has become obscured by our attention to the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter.

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On June 23 President Trump stated: We test better than anybody in the world. Our tests are the best in the world, and we have the most of them. By having more tests, we find more cases.

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An online panel discussion June 20 featuring black leaders in Chino Valley hosted by a new group called Welcome 2 The Conversation was “Zoom bombed” with pornographic video clips and a song with racist lyrics when retired local basketball coach Mel Sims was speaking. The host apologized to t…

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(Editor’s note—This was written by the author before nail salons opened this week for pedicures, when the author joined the commentary editor, who can’t even reach his toes because of senior problems, in the agony of wondering where to get his toenails trimmed.)   

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From the widespread nature and intensity of public demonstrations focused on racism, police brutality and need for social changes these subjects have gained enough momentum to keep pressure on reform of long-standing inequitable public policies.  I am optimistic  long overdue changes will be…

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Fifty years ago our nation experienced a huge demonstration that had a lasting effect, and peacefully. It’s often left out of the lists of uprisings carried by the media in relation to the current demonstrations that have left some people and property battered and the cops in the frying pan.…

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Juneteenth was a popular celebration in Chino Valley for almost a decade. Chino Hills Parks and Rec commissioner Jennifer Holtkamp suggested Wednesday night that the city sponsor a Juneteenth celebration next year. She also asked residents to support local black-owned businesses in commemora…

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What happened to George Floyd was a racist act. Murder may not have been on former officer Chauvin’s mind but that was the result. The world saw a man’s life being pushed out of him. Like most people I am outraged, disheartened, angry, sad, distressed all while understanding these are feelin…

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Does your daughter go to school with the knees of her jeans torn out? Is your son sporting visible tattoos to his wrists? Does their teacher wear a shirt with a slogan or advertisement  on it? Time to run a Roundup that first ran in May 1967 and was reprinted 12 years ago in 2008, just to le…

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The new normal is more like the new abnormal.  For example, the state of California is hiring 20,000 Contact Tracers.   This army of Corona Virus detectives will be on the quest to identify and isolate anyone exposed to COVID-19.

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County officials announced this week that schools, gyms, bars, museums, family entertainment centers, campgrounds, hotels and satellite wagering facilities could reopen Friday, June 12 after meeting state-mandated coronavirus thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness. Busin…

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Last month’s article featured the first subdivision created in Chino Hills, Sleepy Hollow, which was launched in 1923. As mentioned, that year was the peak in a regional real estate boom and it wasn’t long before another subdivision, just to the east, was founded.

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Last Sunday one of the country’s most interesting actor-directors joined the fairly exclusive club of nonagenarians, of which I am a member. In fact, I beat him by almost 10 months.

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Local restaurants began opening up this past week. Casa Sanchez on Mountain Avenue below Philadelphia did it the hard way when an auto crashed into its front a week ago Friday.

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Chino American Legion Post 299 officials said the Legion Hall lost all of its wedding and party rentals this spring because of the coronavirus outbreak. They said the Legion desperately needs donations to re-open, and are asking the public to send donations of any size to Chino American Legi…

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Last week I had so much fun cleaning out my pent up Rolltop Roundup files that I thought I would keep going. Here are some more:

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Anyone else get an uneasy feeling when the man responsible for the mess is also the one trying to offer the fix? Newsom's open border, sanctuary city, bad business decisions  has no doubt played a big role in the 54B deficit California is in. And yet we are to look to him to fix it?

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World War II-era planes will fly in formation on Memorial Day Monday around Southern California to honor frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The 90-minute flight will conclude at 1:07 p.m. at Chino Airport after starting in Loma Linda. 

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Trips to the supermarket are getting edgy. The disgusting looks of people approaching me make me feel like a real loser. Unbeknownst to me I was going the wrong direction down the bread aisle. 

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“History explains why things are the way they are today.”

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Opening restaurants and expecting them to be able to adhere to and enforce social distancing is a very bad idea. Presently, willing restaurants are succeeding with curbside pickup and to-go ordering. Customers are all dining at the same safe place, their homes.

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Re: “Make room on road for bikers, motorcyclists.”  I belong to a cycling club and ride my bike about 2,000 miles each year.  One problem that we see is people running in the bike lane.  Per CA Vehicle Code 21966 “No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an adj…

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In 1963, a new supermarket came to Chino, which anchored a brand new shopping center on the northwest corner of Central and Walnut avenues. Alpha Beta was part of a large chain of stores and featured a bakery, meat department and brand name products such as Van de Kamp. S & H Green Stamp…