Norris P. Gregory Jr., 85, the first black council member in the of San Bernardino, died April 21, 2011. (This is a reporter photograph of a photograph.) (04/28/2011, None / The Press-Enterprise)
(San Bernardino, Calif.). There is a nomination for naming the 2.5 acre multi-use park on E Street between 9th and 10th streets, Norris P. Gregory Park.
The park will be maintained by the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. It will have sitting areas, an outdoor fitness exercise area, playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball court, skateboard area, multi-use field, walkways and splash pad.
It is being built with a $5 million grant and will be ready for use at the beginning of 2017. Below is a bullet list of accomplishments for Mr. Gregory who died in 2002.
Norris Paige Gregory, Jr.
• He was a resident of San Bernardino from 1958 to his death at the age of 85 in 2011
• Elected and served as San Bernardino City’s first African American councilman also making him the first African American elected official in San Bernardino County.
• Served the 6th Ward for 2 terms starting in 1967 to 1975
• He was a member of the NAACP, the Urban League, the Mexican Chamber of Commerce as well as the VFW and American Legion
• The San Bernardino and California Teachers Associations and an Honorary Mason.
• He owned a business up until his death on the Westside.
• He served with the Redevelopment Agency
• He was an assistant district administrator for the office of Congressman George E. Brown, Jr.
• He was a teacher and administrator for San Bernardino City Unified School district
• He was an activist working for improving the underserved and minorities in San Bernardino
“I am trying to collect 100 signatures from San Bernardino residents’” said Vera Campbell . “I have an application to fill out and then I turn it in for City Council to approve. I don’t think there is much competition but getting those 100 signatures is proving difficult. I started something that I will see to the end. My phone number is 909-804-1021 if you have suggestions.”
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Salvation Army appreciates the financial support its donors can provide. The San Bernardino Corps will recognize many of these donors on Friday, May 16 with a luncheon.
Supporters who have donated $100 or more to the San Bernardino Corps within the last 12 months prior to the luncheon or will donate at the event is invited.
“This will be a wonderful event to learn about all the exciting things our Corps is doing,” said Tom Brickley, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. “We will give a full report of what we have done this year and we will have testimonials from some of the people whose lives have been impacted.”
This luncheon takes place, for the last time, at the Corps Headquarters Building at 746 W. Fifth Street.
“The Salvation Army has been using this building for more than 50 years, but we will be moving to a beautiful new building in October,” Brickley said.
The luncheon coincides with a fund-raising effort the Salvation Army used to refer to as the Fall Fundraiser, which was last held more than 18 months ago. The Salvation Army’s goal for this usually annual fundraiser is to generate at least $50,000 in donations.
The fundraiser typically was held in October. Since the current Corps Officers, Major Daniel and Captain Anya Henderson, were newly arrived in San Bernardino last October the advisory board decided to postpone the fundraiser until spring.
While supporters who donated $100 or more are invited to attend the luncheon, the fundraising effort has resulted in some exceptional and greatly appreciated donations of $5,000 or more. These donors will be given special recognition as members of the international Salvation Army’s William Booth Society.
Locally, the honorary chairman of the William Booth Society is Bill Leman, a partner in the San Bernardino law firm Fullerton Leman Schaeffer & Dominic, Leman, for several years, has spearheaded the fundraising efforts, with help of the Advisory Board and other volunteers.
Breaking Ground on the new Pacific Street Corps: left to right: Salvation Army Advisory Boardmember Kristine Scott, Field Representative for San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, John Futch, Bill Leman, San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris, Salvation Army Advisory Boardmember Brian Cronin, Lt. Kathleen Griffins, new Corps Officer Capt. Anaya Henderson, new Corps Officer Major Dan Henderson, Division Commander Major Lee Lescano, San Bernardino Valley Community College District Trustee Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Henry, Salvation Army Advisory Boardmember Jack Katzman, California State Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, Salvation Army Advisory Boardmember, Tom Brickley.
“I would urge everyone, business owners and individuals to give during this year’s fund raiser,” Brickley said. “The Salvation Army in San Bernardino does great things which impact the lives of those less fortunate than we are. The Salvation Army has been in San Bernardino since 1887, and has always impacted the lives of those less fortunate. Today, it is doing so more than ever.”
Brickley also noted the Salvation Army delivers about 85 percent of its revenue to programs rather than administration, which is a much higher percentage than most charities.
This fund raiser, although it did not take place in 2013, is typically the one in which the San Bernardino Corps takes in the most revenue for day to day operational costs. Its other large fundraiser, the holiday Red Kettle Campaign, helps more with the many extra services the Salvation Army provides at the end of the year.
Year-round, the San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army operates a homeless shelter for women and families, which provides both emergency shelter and longer-term help transitioning to independent living. It also has a separate transitional living program for men, feeds hundreds of people dinner six nights a week, operates a vast array of youth programs, and provides other resources for those in need.
“Last year 52,504free, hot, nutritious meals were served to the hungry from The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter and Sunday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. at the Corp Office on 746 West 5th Street in San Bernardino,” said Major Henderson.
Volunteers help serve 52,504 free, hot, nutritious meals were served to the hungry from The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, and Sunday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. at the Corps Office on 746 West 5th Street in San Bernardino.
“Homeless families received16,500nights of shelter last year. Many supportive services are provided with each night of shelter including: meals, laundry, hot showers, tutoring and case management,” said Anne Metu, MILR, CADC-II director of the Transitional Housing Center.
For more information or to make a donation, call the San Bernardino Corps headquarters at (909) 888-1336. You may drop off your donations at the headquarters building, located at 746 W. Fifth Street, San Bernardino.
About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY or (909) 888-1336.
The Magnolia At 9th Street Senior Apartments Ready For New Residents
“Ten of the senior apartments are two-bedroom units of 777 square feet; the remaining 109 one-bedroom apartments are 542 square feet. The Magnolia at 9th Street offers apartments that are very spacious and complete with upscale appointments.”(San Bernardino, CA) After four years of planning and one year of extensive rehabilitative work, the City of San Bernardino, Meta Housing Corp. and property manager – Western Seniors Housing announces that the Magnolia at 9th is now accepting applications for residency.
Offering a truly different level of comfort and quality living for seniors, The Magnolia at 9th is located in San Bernardino near the corner of 9th and Lugo Street. Having turned what was once a blighted apartment complex into 119 upscale, spacious, affordable apartments for adults’ age 62 and older, the community opened for occupancy in January 2014.
Following the great success of The Magnolia at Highland, The Magnolia at 9th is the second luxury affordable senior housing complex provided to San Bernardino residents by Meta Housing and Western Seniors Housing.
“The beautiful 119-unit complex includes 11 one- and two-story buildings on a 3.2-acre lot located at 181 East 9th Street,” said Meta Housing Corp. Vice President, Aaron Mandel. “The Magnolia at 9th offers apartments that are very spacious and complete with upscale appointments.”
“The beautiful 119-unit complex includes 11 one- and two-story buildings on a 3.2-acre lot located at 181 East 9th Street,” said Meta Meta Housing Corp. Vice President, Aaron Mandel.
As a leader in the senior housing industry, Western Seniors Housing, Inc., which manages Magnolia at 9th, is committed to raising the level of quality senior housing in the industry through thoughtful management programs geared toward maintaining a high level of satisfaction for the owners, operators and residents of senior apartment communities.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer beautiful, accessible, affordable luxury housing designed for senior citizens, with many amenities,” said Anthony Sandoval, President of Western Seniors Housing, about what the comforts and tranquil living conditions that the community has to offer seniors.
The Magnolia at 9th senior complex boasts a brand new 2,500 square foot community room where residents may enjoy relaxation and companionship amongst themselves or their guests.
The $21 million project also comes with exceptional programs for seniors, and a sustainable design using “green building” principles designed to exceed existing energy efficiency by more than one-third. The City of San Bernardino is a partner in the project contributing $7 million in housing funds.
Some of the improvements made to the complex include all-new energy-efficient windows, metal entrance doors to each unit including weather stripping, reroofing of all buildings, painting of all interior and exterior surfaces, installation of new cabinets and appliances, window treatments, new countertops, water heaters, updated air conditioning and heating units, updated, carports, cable TV and building wiring.
Security features include new nine foot wrought iron perimeter fencing, gated access to the property, security gates at each building, extensive building and site lighting, and video cameras throughout the property.
The senior apartments are also close to medical centers, parks, shopping and dining and many of the services that seniors regularly need and enjoy.
The new wrought iron perimeter fencing and block walls with lush landscaping, including Magnolia trees, make The Magnolia 9th Street an attractive and appealing oasis of well-being and comfort. The elevator will provide residents greater accessibility and mobility throughout the complex. The entrance will be locked at all times, with access restricted to tenants with keys.
The manager’s unit will face the entrance, allowing the manager to conveniently observe the building’s entrance/exit.
“This senior housing community represents several years of dedication and hard work,” said San Bernardino City Councilmember Virginia Marquez. “The City of San Bernardino remains committed to the revitalization of the City Center for our residents, particularly seniors.”
For outdoor lovers, there is an outdoor patio area with shade trees, tranquil fountains in a park-like setting and barbecue grills.
In addition to the age requirement, those interested in becoming a resident must meet the maximum allowable income, which for a single person household means no more than $25,685 a year. A two person household can earn up to $29,370 a year, with a family of three earning as much as $33,055 a year.
The completion of this project also helps the City of San Bernardino deliver more quality affordable senior housing units. San Bernardino is approximately 1,000 units short and these 119 units help meet that state requirement.
The $21 million project also comes with exceptional programs for seniors and a sustainable design using “green building” principles designed to exceed existing energy efficiency by more than one-third. The City of San Bernardino is a partner in the project contributing $7 million in housing funds.
Ten units are reserved for seniors and veterans who may be high-utilizers of health services, and seniors in danger of losing their homes are also eligible for special placements depending on income and availability.
Enjoy the new swimming pool, including new bathrooms and showers, a spa, cabana and sauna, and multiple areas for relaxed seating; all which enhance the exterior of the community.
For outdoor lovers, there is an outdoor patio area with shade trees, tranquil fountains in a park-like setting, barbecue grills, swimming pool, including new bathrooms and showers, a spa, cabana and sauna, and multiple areas for relaxed seating; all which enhance the exterior of the community.
For residents who prefer to participate in activities indoors, there is a computer center, fitness center and also a clubhouse offering resident programs through EngAGE, a nonprofit organization that helps turn affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity by redefining and transforming the perception and process of aging.
“By partnering with an organization like EngAGE, we are supplying seniors with activities that help them maintain a healthier and happier lifestyle. Providing them with opportunities to stay connected and active is essential,” said Mandel.
New exercise room.
For example, in the computer lab, seniors who have never used a computer before can learn how to keep in-touch and interact with their children and grandkids.
“We are thrilled to be able to deliver this beautiful senior housing project to San Bernardino,” said Mandel. “We are accepting now applications for occupancy and rents range from $381 to $796 a month depending on income and availability.”
Seniors are moving in now.
Mandel added that Meta Housing Corp. is also very excited and hopeful about the possibility to develop other similar projects in the city and thus provide even more seniors with affordable luxurious accommodations.
As such, Meta Housing Corp. formalized commitments with the City of San Bernardino and its lenders to remain affordable for the next 55 years, thus ensuring that that today’s and future seniors will be very well taken care of.
“Overall, above and beyond the technology, amenities and structure itself, seniors will find a restful place they can come to call home and their families can rest assured that their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are enjoying their senior years in comfort and good company,” said Mandel.
“We are very excited to bring another great senior apartment complex to San Bernardino and the region,” said Mandel. “We look forward to delivering more quality, affordable multi-family housing projects in partnerships with the county and cities in the next few years.”
Offering a truly different level of comfort and quality living for seniors, The Magnolia at 9th is located in San Bernardino near the corner of 9th and Lugo Street. Having turned what was once a blighted apartment complex into 119 upscale, spacious, affordable apartments for adults’ age 62 and older, the community is ready to move in!
The developer for this project is Meta Housing Corporation. The general contractor is Optimus Construction and the architect is Ken Stockton. Western Seniors Housing provides property management and Engage delivers senior citizen fun and programs.
For more information or to reserve a spot call the Magnolia at 9th Street Senior Apartments at 909-726-0322.
Enjoy a slide show of the Magnolia at 9th Street
WSR-PR-301.4 Magnolia at 9th
For more information call
Carl M. Dameron @ 909-534-9500