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Supervisor Ovitt Honors Team 3 Fight Academy in Ontario as the 2011 Fourth District Small Business of the Year

County Services Spotlight – Income Tax Preparation Assistance Program

Fun Fact – Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson

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February 2012

You’re Invited to Breakfast with Supervisor Ovitt

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 8:00am

Chaffey College Chino Community Center
5890 College Park Ave.
Chino, CA 91710

Cost: $10.00 per person (cash only)

Seating is Limited

Please RSVP by March 12th to Jeanna Williams
(909) 465-1895 or jwilliams@sbcounty.gov

Supervisor Ovitt Honors Team 3 Fight Academy in Ontario as the 2011 Fourth District Small Business of the Year

Picture of Team 3 Fight Academy and Supervisor Ovitt
On January 24, 2012 at the County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Gary Ovitt honored Team 3 Fight Academy in Ontario as the 2011 Fourth District Small Business of the Year.

Sergio Machado and Team 3 Fight Academy has been an active and supportive member of community causes since 2009. It is a full service training facility located at 2502 S. Euclid Ave, Suite C in Ontario. Machado, co-owner of Team 3 Fight Academy was honored for his contributions to the community. Machado, a Bronze Star decorated Army veteran, was badly injured in Iraq. During a helicopter crash 10 members of his unit were killed. He was assigned to 2-35 INF Recon Scout platoon (Team 3). Upon leaving the Army, he started a clothing company called Recon Fight Gear to honor those with whom he served and those who still serve. Machado uses his military experience to draw from when instructing and fighting. He strives to honor those who gave their lives in the defense of this great country of ours.

This past year’s honorees represent small businesses that are successfully working to improve our local economy and are making a difference in the community:

January - Montclair Florist
February - Owen’s Bistro (Chino)
March - Logan’s Candies (Ontario)
April - Giovanni’s Salon Day Spa (Chino Hills)
May - Cunning Dental Group (Montclair)
June - Tom King Aerial Enterprises (Chino)
July - Vince’s Spaghetti (Ontario)
August - Chick-fil-A (Chino Hills)
September - Action Awards (Montclair)
October - Deli V Café (Upland)
November - Team 3 Fight Academy (Ontario)
December - Town Square Florist (Chino)

The Small Business of the Month recognition program is continuing in 2012. Nominated businesses need to be located within the Cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario, and the portion of Upland south of Foothill Blvd. Small businesses can be nominated by emailing: SupervisorOvitt@sbcounty.gov or call my district office at (909) 465-1895. Please include the name of the business, business owner’s name, address, and the reason why you are nominating that small business.

County Services Spotlight – Income Tax Preparation Assistance Program

Earned Income Tax Credit is for people who earned less than $49,078 in 2011. The credit can be from $2 up to $5,751. If you qualify, the only way to claim your credit is by filing a tax return.

Why pay hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees?

  • Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) offers fast, accurate, and confidential tax preparation by trained preparers.
  • We e-file, so refunds may be received in as few as 7 days.
  • We prepare both Federal and State returns for free.
Services begin January 17, 2012. Walk-ins are welcome. Late appointments (past 4:30) and Saturday hours are available—please call the office for more information.

IRS-trained and certified volunteers from Human Services, Transitional Assistance Department are available to provide free tax preparation for filers whose households earned less than $49,078 in 2011.

This service aims to increase taxpayers' access to the Earned Income Tax Credit which provides a financial boost to families and to the local economy. Several preparation sites are available throughout the County and all sites are authorized IRS e-file providers.

Residents living in the West Valley portion of San Bernardino County can call (909) 252-4903 to schedule an appointment at the following locations.

  • Department of Public Health (Feb. 24 & 27) Ontario
  • Department of Child Support Services (Feb. 22) Ontario
  • Preschool Services Department (Feb. 21) Ontario
  • West Valley Detention Center (Feb. 28)
Click here for locations and appointment-line phone numbers
Click here for more dates & locations - English.
Click here para mas fechas y lugares - Spanish.

Fun Fact – Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson

Last month’s fun fact discussed the Mexican-American War’s first battle: the Battle of Chino. Benjamin “Don Benito” Wilson had been captured as a prisoner of war after the battle and was released when the war ended. He went on to live an exciting life through Southern California. Wilson had been asked by local ranchers to pursue marauders that had been stealing horses. He followed them high into the San Bernardino Mountains and camped near a lake that was teeming with black and grizzly bears. He named the lake Big Bear Lake. That named was also applied to the reservoir what become present-day Big Bear Lake.

His travels, in search of wood to make wine vats, brought him to one of the highest peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains. He did not find suitable wood there, but that peak, is now knows as Mountain Wilson in his honor. Many local radio and television stations have broadcasting equipment there now along with an observatory that industrialist Andrew Carnegie funded in 1904.

Benjamin Wilson would also be elected as the second Mayor of Los Angeles in 1851 when California became a state. He would also be elected a County Supervisor and State Senator. One of his grandsons would become an American hero – General George S. Patton.

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