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Rebuilding a State championship team was tough … Scholarship opportunities are created … Top area players are wearing Lady Eagles’ colors … Thomas, Brown surfaced at historic Cal Baptist.

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Those 18-wheelers on the road spinning through Banning-Beaumont en route from Phoenix International Raceway to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for this week’s NASCAR race was, as always, quite a show.

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View From Above: Redlands event always seeking volunteers … Banning, Beaumont has growing contingent of marshals, participants … Cycling event moved to March 13-17.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Southern Section’s approach works … There are some system blemishes … Beaumont cashed in with fourth place finish … War of the Wheel rivalry seemed like a perfect blend of Div. 11 and 12 teams.

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My recollections of Christmas run the gamut from the secular to the religious, from my time in the Army to office parties in the roaring ‘60s and ‘70s to the couple of times we attended midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two of our close friends, John and Mildred.

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While scanning the TV program schedule the other night, looking for a movie worth watching, one caught my eye. It was titled “Horrible Bosses.” The only problem was that it was on one of the stations such as TBS or TNT (I forget which) that interrupts a movie every five minutes with another …

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Volleyball Senior Night are first-class events … Polo training was local effort … CBL call coming for Beaumont? … Steinberg saw tough league schedule ahead.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Midwestern college game had everyone’s attention ... Iowa beats Nebraska while airport patrons watch ... It’s the same twists and turns that take place at Banning and Beaumont.

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A few months ago, I learned of the death of the last of my remaining cousins. The news prompted the usual mixture of sadness and nostalgia, remembrances of the days when families lived closer together as opposed to the changing times after WWII when we became a more mobile society, borne of …

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Some of my readers may remember the columns in which I wrote about the extra-terrestrial palates and genetically enhanced taste buds of elitist wine critics who, for example, could discern “aromas of peach, lime oil, and wet stones” in a glass of pinot noir. Stand aside, wine connoisseurs, y…

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One of my previous columns was a nostalgic reminiscence of my “soda jerk” years in my Uncle’s Brooklyn candy store, or more accurately, stationery store, as candy was just a few of the many items sold.

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We were hoping Derron Smith would make the Cleveland Browns’ roster in 2018. Smith, who made the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster the past three seasons, was cut by the new Browns’ regime last weekend.

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Sarah Rike, who’s bounced around playing and coaching volleyball between Beaumont, Redlands and Banning, knows her baby’s due in November. If everything aligns just perfectly, the Lady Broncos could make a serious playoff run.

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I hesitate to generalize, but I can believe I can safely say that most Sun Lakers are blessed with a great and sometimes self-deprecating sense of humor. Often, our humor is based upon exaggeration, taking a real or imagined incident or practice and embellishing it.

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Names have always intrigued me. Perhaps this minor obsession stems from the fact that I never liked my name when I was growing up. Marvin wasn’t “macho” enough I thought (although when I was a kid I didn’t know what “macho” meant). I wanted a tougher name like Tom or Buck the names of my fav…

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Apartment buildings were, and still are the dominant domicile in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, while private homes dominate the landscapes of the other two boroughs, Queens and Staten Island.

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There was a time when Westerns dominated the screen, the radio, and television. Occasionally, a “shoot ‘em up”, as we used to call the Westerns when I was a kid many moons ago, will crop up on the motion picture circuit bringing back memories of the earlier films which inspired the game we p…

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In New York City summer began not on June 21 but on June 30. Our school year began on the day after Labor Day and ended on June 30.

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People have often asked me about the celebrities I have known when they learn about my background in advertising and publicity.

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A curious story about an area prep track & field team. Won’t say if it’s boys or girls – well, it’s girls – but we won’t divulge the school.

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...And also “goneth” are all the other “men” whose daily or weekly visits were a part of our lives in the cities. There was the laundryman, the milkman, the Fuller Brush man, the Insurance man, and, best of all the Good Humor man.

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The earliest memories I have of my paternal grandfather are somewhat hazy, dimmed by the mind clouding, but happy effects produced by alcohol.

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When my television screen went blank the other night due to technical problems, out of sheer habit I kept staring at the screen.

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Now that Jeff Oliver’s gone as Cal State San Bernardino’s men’s basketball coach, I take issue. We’re betting he didn’t really want to go.

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HOOP SCOOP: Big 2 became the Big 3 in MSJC’s JUCO championship … Brown tourney MVP, Thomas all-tournament, Gower ignored in final tabulation … Mt. SAC’s successful coach funnels buy-in recipe … Mozga gets coveted title.

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Almost every day, a segment on a news program, or an article in a magazine will tout a potential medical or nutritional “breakthrough” that reverses long held theories and advice. The treatment and prevention of diseases and illnesses is an evolving and ever-changing science prompted by adva…

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I have often written about the outdoor games I played as a kid growing up in the concrete and asphalt jungles of New York City. I were surprised to hear from readers who grew up in similar urban areas such as Philadelphia and Chicago who told me they played the same or similar games evoking …

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A handful, or so, years back I was assigned to interview a duo of State-bound wrestlers from Riverside King High School. They were headed for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, which is the ultimate goal for any kid that hits the mat.

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If you’re looking for a new head football coach, we might be able to provide an idea, or two, about the process of weening out candidates and ushering in any highly experienced and dedicated on-field educators.

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Seconds before Super Bowl XXXV concluded with Baltimore set to knock out the New York Giants, 34-7, Ravens’ coach Brian Billick called the team’s water boy over and told him to empty all the water containers.

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A few years ago wrote about the oft repeated salutation “have a good day” and some of the things, some meaningful, some trivial, that add up to a good day for me. Since that long ago column I have received dozens of well meaning “good day” wishes from friends, store clerks, bank tellers, etc…

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Will Martin will be erased as Beaumont High’s football coach. There’s nothing anyone can do about it. Figure that magic moment to come around by, say, March.

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Here’s to all the Baseball Dads, plus a few Moms, out there in anticipation for an upcoming season, either in Banning Little League or Beaumont PONY. My question is this: Why aren’t more kids turning to switch-hitting? If you’re going to do it, the earlier the better.

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It has been a week now since the shopping frenzy and phenomenon known as Black Friday dominated the news with stories of mayhem and near riots by bargain hunting consumers, increased incidents of shoplifting, and generally impolite and violent behavior by normally polite and gentle folks par…

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Transferring athletes from Banning probably hurt the Broncos’ playoff hopes in 2017. Those same transfers probably killed Beaumont High School.

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In my previous columns I wrote, nostalgically, about some of my experiences as a soda jerk in my uncle’s corner candy store.

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