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A family of six, including two young children, lowered themselves out of a second-floor apartment window to the waiting arms of a firefighter/paramedic and police officers after a fire on the apartment patio blocked their exit through the front door.

Firefighters responded at 6:41 p.m. Sunday, June 21 to the report of a fire at an apartment at 106 W. Pennsylvania Avenue with people trapped inside. A paramedic engine and police were the first to arrive and found the family escaping through a bedroom window as smoke billowed into the apartment.

Firefighters and paramedics from Redlands, Loma Linda, Mentone, Colton, Highland and Grand Terrace responded to a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Barton Road Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:31 p.m. Sunday, June 21, in a multi-unit building in the complex at 1601 Barton Road. When firefighters arrived two upper units were fully engulfed with flames visible coming from the roof.

All occupants were out of the building when firefighters arrived on scene. One civilian maintenance worker was transported to the hospital with difficulty breathing. No other injuries were reported.

Eight individuals and groups will be honored next week as part of the annual State of the City event at noon on Thursday, June 25, at the University of Redlands Orton Center, 1200 E. Colton Ave.

A new addition to the annual event, the City will pay tribute with two beautification awards, four local hero honors and recognition of two employee heroes.

Beautification Awards will be presented to the Rochford Foundation for Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Property for the Burrage Mansion; and to ChurchWest Insurance Services for Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Property for the former YWCA/Y-Alliance building on the corner of Cajon Street and Olive Avenue.

Community Hero Awards will be presented to Isabella Hoskings, Heidi Mayer, Maria Lopez and one surprise recipient.

Council members Pat Gilbreath and John James will meet with the public for the June Coffee with the Council beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A.

The monthly Coffee with the Council was begun in February 2011 as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs.

The informal meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, rotating among three local restaurants – Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave; Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.; and Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Council members have held the meetings for the past four years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The schedule for the remainder of this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this month featuring “Paddington” on Friday, June 19, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of 5th and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. and will include entertainment provided by the Sixth Street School of Music and the Frugal Frigate book store. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair. Stop by one of the many restaurants in Historic Downtown Redlands for a bite to eat before the movie.

Join the City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life departments in the month of July for cooking demonstrations with professional chefs that make use of fresh and delicious local ingredients followed by a trip to the local Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market.

The City of Redlands Economic Development Downtown Division was recently awarded a USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant aimed at funding its Growing the Redlands Farmers’ Market Project. Through this grant the City is working towards expanding the Farmers’ Markets through advertising and promotions, cooking demonstrations, community nutrition awareness and education activities, and the acceptance of SNAP/EBT/CalFresh at both City-sponsored farmers’ markets. The Recreation and Senior Services Division is assisting this effort by providing the venue and promoting the benefits of locally grown food to seniors.

Thanks to a generous grant from local computer mapping firm Esri, the Smiley Public Library will host its fourth annual Library Days Celebration Saturday, June 20. 

“This year’s event explores the themes of classic Americana,” noted library director Don McCue. “We encourage both our long-time patrons and new residents to come to Smiley Library, learn something new, have some food, and enjoy a variety of fine entertainment.”

Over the past several days Redlands Police have received five reports of a telephone scam known as the Jury Duty scam, in which a caller informs the intended victim that he or she failed to report for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller then asks for personal information including birth date, social security number and even a credit card number in order to clear up the problem.

Redlands Police wish to remind all residents never to provide personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call. With enough information, scammers can assume your identity and potentially drain your bank account or charge thousands of dollars of purchases to your credit cards.

A vegetation fire briefly threatened homes near the 1400 block of Kincaid Street in south Redlands Thursday afternoon before firefighters brought it under control.

The fire was reported at about 3:25 p.m. Thursday, June 11, near Carob and Kincaid streets, just off of Alessandro Street. The blaze burned an area of dry vegetation backing up to several homes. About four homes were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze.

The City of Redlands has partnered with O’Reilly Auto Parts to encourage residents to recycle used motor oil filters.

Do-it-yourself auto enthusiasts may bring up to three used oil filters for recycling and exchange for new filters. In addition, a limited supply of items, including a free bucket, oil drain pan and oil filter wrench are available for participating in the recycling program.

The free event, open to San Bernardino County residents only with valid ID or a utility bill for verification, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 515 Orange St. Filters and other gifts are available only at the Redlands store until 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

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