Menifee celebrates arrival of Town Center Oak Tree
The Menifee community planted roots, literally, this week when a majestic 80-year-old California Live Oak tree was lifted by crane and guided into a large hole in the middle of what will become the Menifee Town Center.
The landmark Menifee Oak Tree was delivered to its new home on an over-sized flatbed truck. It was then hoisted by crane and planted in this huge 12 foot by 12 foot hole. The tree will eventually be the focal point of a round-about in the middle of the road going through Menifee Town Center.
The oak tree is a Menifee icon. It's included in the city seal, it's the basis for the city logo and now it's a landmar in the Town Center, a community meeting place under construction. Elected officials, developers and city staff attended a small Menifee Oak Tree planting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of this new landmark at the Menifee Town Center construction site located at Newport and Haun roads."The oak tree signifies strength, hardiness and endurance for our new city," Mayor Scott Mann mentioned in his remarks at the event.
Menifee Town Center is a 172 acre planned mixed-use development being built by Regent Properties. The Town Center will feature retail, dining and entertainment establishments, and possibly a movie theater, as well as housing. It also is the future home of Menifee City Hall, making this a central gathering place for the Menifee community.Work on Menifee Town Center is underway. The Santa Rosa Academy opened at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, and utilities are in place for the rest of the development. Construction is set to begin on the main road this winter and the Town Center development is expected to be completed in spring 2014.
Lawyers have a tendency to overcomplicate certain situations. Whether it’s because lawyers try to think of every possible outcome or that society (and law for that matter) has become more complicated is open for debate. In the spirit of the holidays I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a version of the “Night before Christmas” that has been floating around and was clearly written by a lawyer with too much time on their hands. I take no credit for the below version (and the author is unknown) but have been known to send it to another lawyer when they begin to take themselves too seriously. I hope you enjoy and I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
Twas the night before Christmas – Legally Speaking Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real propert (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse.
A variety of foot apparel, e.g. stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St. Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter "Claus") would arrive at sometime thereafter.
The minor residents, i.e. the children, of the aforementioned House, were located in their individual beds and were engaged in nocturnal hallucinations, i.e. dreams, wherein vision of confectionery treats, including, but not limited to, candies, nuts and/or sugar plums, did dance, cavort and otherwise appear in said dreams.
Whereupon the party of the first part (sometimes hereinafter referred to as "I"), being the joint-owner in fee simple of the House with the parts of the second part (hereinafter "Mamma"), and said Mamma had retired for a sustained period of sleep. (At such time, the parties were clad in various forms of headgear, e.g. kerchief and cap.)
Suddenly, and without prior notice or warning, there did occur upon the unimproved real property adjacent and appurtent to said House, i.e. the lawn, a certain disruption of unknown nature, cause and/or circumstance. The party of the first part did immediately rush to a window in the House to investigate the cause of such disturbance.
At that time, the party of the first part did observe, with some degree of wonder and/or disbelief, a miniature sleigh (hereinafter the "Vehicle") being pulled and/or drawn very rapidly through the air by approximately eight (8) reindeer. The driver of the Vehicle appeared to be and in fact was, the previously referenced Claus.
Said Claus was providing specific direction, instruction and guidance to the approximately eight (8) reindeer and specifically identified the animal co-conspirators by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen (hereinafter the "Deer"). (Upon information and belief, it is further asserted that an additional co-conspirator named Rudolph may have been involved.)
The party of the first part witnessed Claus, the Vehicle and the Deer intentionally and willfully trespass upon the roofs of several residences located adjacent to and in the vicinity of the House, and noted that the Vehicle was heavily laden with packages, toys and other items of unknown origin or nature. Suddenly, without prior invitation or permission, either express or implied, the Vehicle arrived at the House, and Claus entered said House via the chimney.
Said Claus was clad in a red fur suit, which was partially covered with residue from the chimney, and he carried a large sack containing a portion of the aforementioned packages, toys, and other unknown items. He was smoking what appeared to be tobacco in a small pipe in blatant violation of local ordinances and health regulations.
Claus did not speak, but immediately began to fill the stocking of the minor children, which hung adjacent to the chimney, with toys and other small gifts. (Said items did not, however, constitute "gifts" to said minor pursuant to the applicable provisions of the U.S. Tax Code.) Upon completion of such task, Claus touched the side of his nose and flew, rose and/or ascended up the chimney of the House to the roof where the Vehicle and Deer waited and/or served as "lookouts." Claus immediately departed for an unknown destination.
However, prior to the departure of the Vehicle, Deer and Claus from said House, the party of the first part did hear Claus state and/or exclaim: "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" Or words to that effect.
Raxter Law, Jeremiah Raxter, Esq.
27851 Bradley Rd, Suite 145
Menifee, Ca 92586
The mere thought of cooking something slowly in the oven all day gets me excited!
This is my favorite type of cooking. I’m talking about cooking that is slow and that completely transforms food into something even more flavorful and delicious. This is comfort food kind of cooking. You need to love flavor and cooking for this — and you need to have a considerable amount of available time. This is what I love do — it’s cooking on the weekends!
Brisket is a tough cut of meat that needs hours to become tender. Once it does, brisket is incredibly delicious and it will melt-in-your-mouth.
My mom has been making brisket for as long as I can remember, and she always wings it. And she wings it perfectly! After years of interrogating her about her method (well, her method of winging it), I have come up with this scrumptious recipe.
While this Braised Brisket Stew is a brilliant addition to a Hanukkah or another holiday dinner, it’s also perfect for a super cozy, casual dinner party. Serve it over rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, or — my favorite way — with a thick, crusty, slice of roasted garlic bread.
Braised Brisket Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Active Work Time: 20 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 4 to 6
· 1 (2-1/2-pound) brisket
· 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
· Olive oil for the pan
· 1 cup peeled Pearl onions
· 1 cup Peewee potatoes, washed, dried and cut in half
· 2 large carrots, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
· 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
· 1 cup beef stock
· 1/2 cup red wine
· Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F,and coat a large oven safe skillet (cast iron is perfect) -- or use a Dutch oven with olive oil.
Rub the brisket with the Worcestershire sauce, coating it evenly, and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Place the brisket, fat side up in the oil coated pan, and cover it with a fitted lid or heavy-duty foil. Place the brisket in the preheated oven for 6 hours.
Remove the brisket from the oven, and place it on a large plate. (Leave any juices in the pan.) Let the brisket cool slightly, and then use the back of a knife or a spoon to gently scrape off the fat and discard it.
Place the meat on a cutting board and cut it into thin (about 1/2-inch) slices -- against the grain! Set aside.
Turn the oven up to 300 degrees F.
Place the pan with the brisket juices on the stove over medium-high heat and add the onions. Once they're beginning to brown, add the potatoes and carrots. Cook the vegetables until they are all nicely browned, about 7 minutes.
Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan and use a large, flat-bottomed spatula to return the sliced brisket to the center of the pan.
Pour the stock and wine over the meat and vegetables and cover the pan. Place in the preheated oven and cook until the meat is extremely tender and the vegetables are soft, about 1 hour. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste.
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Dore & Ken Wilhoite residents of the Heritage Lake Community in Menifee are the kind of people you want living next door to you, as they are always making sure their community and neighborhood is safe. Dore is a Neighborhood Captain for their Neighborhood Watch committee and she is the first one to step in and help a neighbor and their children out if needed. You also might find her rescuing animals, as she is totally an animal lover, and this past year she helped place 6dogs with loving families. She and Ken have two Maltese beautiful puppies of their own.
Dore loves Gordon Lightfoot, the world renowned singer and songwriter you will most often find Dore and Ken at one of his concerts when he plays in the western United States.
After they left their jobs fifteen years ago they started creating beautiful Kaleidoscopes. They make them from scratch; Ken creates the cylinder for the beautiful scope and cuts all the beautiful shapes of the glass and Dore then uses her magic to design wonderful designs that when you look into the Kaleidoscope the beauty of what she has designed amazes you.
Dore and Ken create designs with love and no two are alike. They make beautiful and special gifts that you might want to consider for a Holiday gift.
Dore also designs beautiful Glass jewelry. Again they are put together with love and no two designs are alike. She is one of those creative individuals, and it is obvious that she loves what she does and the people who buy the Jewelry and the Kaleidoscopes are thrilled as they too can feel the love that went into the creation. .
Ken, who used to be a CFO at the corporation where they worked, is also a QuickBooks advisor. From Showing Up and being a member of the Chamber at Mixers and events people met him and many were in dire need of his expertise. It is truly one of his passions to help small business owners have their financial house in order.
This past year Dore had to undergo some surgeries and once she was recuperated she felt that she now had the time to become a Menifee Chamber Ambassador, so volunteered her service. You can see this ball of fire showing up early for every mixer with her husband Ken doing whatever is needed. Both of these unique individuals are totally team players and the people you want on your team.
We read and hear the news and its always negative but there is nothing negative about this wonderful couple, they are the most positive individuals I have ever met, and I am honored that I showed up also at a Chamber Mixer many years ago so I could meet them.
If you want to know more about QuickBooks for your small business, or if you want to discuss a financial or accounting issue with your company, call Ken at (951) 301-4489.
Menifee's very own "One stop mobile Skateboard Shop", Living Life Inc. Skateboards held it's first annual free Thanksgiving Skateboard Clinic on Sun November 24th at the Perris Skatepark.
Participants showed off their skills in best trick contests, skate demos & the game of SKATE for a chance to win various prizes. Tons of give aways were raffled off including a Living Life Inc. Skateboard deck. Living Life Inc. Skateboards, a local, family owned, operated and oriented company was able to dontae first hand 21 turkeys to less fortunate families in our local community this Thanksgiving. Giving back is an important factor to the Living Life Inc. Skateboard family.
Living Life Inc. Skateboards believes in delivering a quality product at a affordable price. They offer delivery on everything from skateboard decks to bearings at competitive prices. Living Life Inc. will be hosting a 'Grand Opening Skate Clinic' at the new Menifee Skatepark upon opening.
Please visit the Living Life Inc. Skateboards Family via the following for updates, promos, purchasing & info on upcoming events including the first annual Toys for Tots drive:
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The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2013-2014 Student of the Month program in September 2013. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.
November’s students and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.
Perris High School Student of the Month is Lourdes Galindo. According to her AP English teacher, Ms. Brusca, Lourdes is an amazing person and brings so much to her classroom. She continuously competes with herself and goes above and beyond what’s required.
Lourdes shared that she feels her biggest life lesson is that no one is ever really alone. The people around her have impacted her and she in turn is able to impact others. Lourdes is choosing between Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and plans to become a neurologist.
Heritage High School’s, Alondra Martinez, is described by Principal, Julie Zierold, as someone who embodies Heritages legacy. She is very humble, bright, and is service oriented. Alondra’s AVID teacher, Ms. Perry, shared that she has a very inquisitive nature and her energy is contagious. She is rivaled by her need to do more, which explains why she is involved in so many activities. Alondra shared that she is happy to help serve others. She plans on attending Boston University, UC Davis, or UCLA, and major in political science.
Cadet Captain Brian Landeros is California Military Institute’s Student of the Month. Principal, Richard Wallis describes Cadet Cpt. Landeros as someone who gets things done and is an energetic leader. According to his American Government teacher, Mr. Sweet, Brian is fearless and doesn’t know it has to be hard to get the grades he obtains. Brian shared that what he has learned is that perseverance is the key to obtaining his goals. Brian is looking to attend UC San Diego, UC Irvine or UCLA and will major in biology to enter the medical field.
Paloma Valley High School’s Student of the Month is Autumn Schmitz. Autumn currently holds a 4.053 and according to her AP US History teacher, Mr. Raymond, she finished as the top student in his class. He also shared that she is one of the kindest persons he has ever met. She is a giver to her school, community, and family. Autumn shared that she has had to overcome medical issues and an unstable home life before living with her father and stepmother, and working towards her goals. She is looking forward to attending culinary school to become pastry chef as well as earning her business degree.
All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder, Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.
Our beautiful city of Menifee is growing rapidly and every day new businesses and new developments are wanting to be part of our growth. I am sure as you drive down Newport Road towards Canyon Lake you have seen the wonderful development of beautiful homes by a variety of developers.
Brookfield Homes, Woodside Homes and Richmond American Homes are building magnificent homes on this large parcel of land where at one time Audie Murphy bred quarter horses. His horses ran and won at the Del Mar Racetrack.
This master-planned community on the western edge of town is now called Audie Murphy Ranch, which was named after this war hero. The community will ultimately feature nearly 2,200 homes, 17 miles of trails, several ball fields and courts, a skate park and swimming pools.
It came to my mind that many may not even remember or know who this person was so I thought that I would give you a little history about Audie Murphy - war hero, movie star, writer, father and husband. Audie Leon Murphy was born June 20, 1925 in Texas and died May 28, 1971 in a plane crash in Virginia. He became the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War II.
Though he was only 21 years old at the end of the war, he had killed 240 German soldiers, had been wounded three times, and had earned 33 awards and medals. Here is a list of the medals he was presented:
· Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star (2)
· Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2) (1 "V"), Purple Heart (3)
· Good Conduct , Presidential Unit Citation (2), American Campaign
· EAM, WWII Victory, Army of Occupation w/Germany clasp,
· French Legion of Honor, French Croix de Guerre (3),
· Belgian Croix de Guerre, Combat Infantryman Badge
· Marksman Badge with Rifle Component Bar Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
· Expert Badge with Bayonet Component Bar , Outstanding Civilian Se vice Medal
His film career started in 1945 after actor and producer James Cagney saw the July 16th issue of Life Magazine cover depicting him as the most decorated soldier. In 1949, Murphy published his autobiography, To Hell and Back. The book quickly became a national bestseller, and in 1955, after much inner debate, he decided to portray himself in the film version of his book. The movie was a hit and held Universal Studio's record as its highest-grossing motion picture until 1975. Murphy would go on to make 44 feature films in all.
He loved horses; his favorite was Joe Queen, Joe was one of the fastest horses in Hollywood.
There is much information about Audie Murphy on the internet and today a heavily supported petition is being circulated among fans, veterans, voters, decorated heroes, Hollywood movie stars, and elected leaders. The petition requests that the United States President award Audie Murphy the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The basis for the award is Murphy's outspoken and pioneering efforts to get the Federal Government to recognize and improve treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for all military veterans. Something he suffered all his life after his military service. Stop by the Audie Murphy memorial website and sign the guestbook, http://www.audiemurphy.com/ there you will also find many photos and lots of great information.
How lucky we are to live in this wonderful city of Menifee, CA and as this Audie Murphy Ranch continues to develop and the Park is launched we can all now know a little about how the name came to be…Also the developers of this great master planned community are also all members of our Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and totally support so many projects in the City of Menifee, so if you know of someone looking for a home direct them to this beautiful development with all its open space and history.
We just learned that Brookfield Homes is now called Brookfield Residential and the Park they are building will be called Audie Murphy Memorial Park. They are collaborating with the City of Menifee to host a community wide event in the Spring of 2014.
Are you one of the many people afraid of public speaking? Does your current level of communication hold you back from a better job? Do you want to improve your current skills to gain self-confidence? If so, another Toastmasters Club is coming to Menifee and they are looking for new members so they can Charter in January.
Toastmasters is known for being a ‘public speaking’ club but it offers so much more than being able to stand in front of people. You will gain self-esteem and learn how to listen better to other people along with having lots of fun. “The stories and information shared is so interesting while you learn about lots of topics” says Georgetta Gans who has been a member for over a year (in another club).
Currently, there are two clubs meeting in Menifee; Menifee Toastmasters and The Leadership Connection, both meeting every Thursday at 12:05pm and 6:30pm, respectively. The new club will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month at 7:45am for all you early risers. Nothing starts your day like speaking and coffee!
The location is the same for all clubs: The Rilynn Professional Building located at 27070 Sun City Blvd, Menifee 92586, near the corner of Sun City Blvd and Cherry Hills Blvd between Provident Bank and Stater Bros.