Pasadena Women Lead Push for Permanent Eddie Van Halen Memorial in Rock Star’s Former Hometown

first_img Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Eddie Van Halen Photo courtesy Randa Schmalfeld and Julie KimuraTwo Pasadena women have embarked on an effort to commemorate the life of “Pasadena’s own guitar hero” Eddie Van Halen by having a street or alley named for the late rock star in the town where he grew up and formed his world-famous band.Eddie Van Halen and his namesake band have deep roots in Pasadena, where the Van Halen family moved from the Netherlands while the musician was a child. He and his brother Alex, found drummer of the band, attended Pasadena High School. The Van Halen brothers also went on to attend Pasadena City College before rocketing to world fame.Since his death from cancer on Oct. 6 at age 65, mourners have created imroptu tributes of flowers, artwork and even a guitar at the childhood home of the Van Halens, as well as at a sidewalk where the name “Van Halen” was scrawled in wet cement, which is widely storied to have been etched by the Van Halen brothers.But Randa Schmalfeld said she and friend, Julie Kimura, would love to see a permanent memorial to Eddie Van Halen, in the form of a street or an alley bearing his name.To that end, they’ve organized a fundraising campaign on to try and collect the $3,000 in fees needed to circulate a petition and get it before the City Council.“I feel like we should have dedicated space to honor Eddie Van Halen and his band,” Schmalfeld said.“He’s really Pasadena’s own guitar hero, and the original guitar hero,” she said.“I know of people who saw them play in backyard shows,” Schmalfeld said. “I’ve always loved their music.”“[Eddie Van Halen] exuded pure joy when he was playing,” she added. “That smile touches so many people in an emotional way.”The band has never received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Schmalfeld said, making the tribute all the more appropriate.“I think his legacy is going to be lasting,” she said. “We should honor our hometown band.”If the needed $3,000 for the petition is exceeded, Shmalfled said the surplus will be donated to music programs at Pasadena High School.In addition to circulating a petition, Schmalfeld said she also encouraged residents to email the City Council and voice support for permanently honoring Eddie Van Halen, including their street addresses in the messages.The fundraiser, which can be accessed at, had garnered just under $500 in donations as of Friday afternoon.Schmalfeld and Kimura have also set up a Facebook page to support the effort, which can be found at Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena Women Lead Push for Permanent Eddie Van Halen Memorial in Rock Star’s Former Hometown By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, October 16, 2020 | 1:32 pmlast_img read more

China: Military flights warn against interference in Taiwan

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China says its military drills near Taiwan serve as a stern warning against foreign interference and independence moves in the self-governing island off its east coast. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian made the remarks Wednesday in China’s first official comment on its flying of a dozen or more warplanes near Taiwan on two occasions last weekend. The U.S. responded to the first round of flights with a statement urging China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan.” The Chinese government regards Taiwan as a renegade province that should be united with mainland China.last_img read more

Officials: Two People Struck by Lightning on Florida Beach

first_imgThe second person is still being examined at by medics on scene.This is a developing story. According to Clearwater Police, the incident happened on Clearwater Beach.One person was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Two people are in the hospital after getting struck by lightning in the Tampa Bay area Sunday, authorities say.last_img

Prevention First Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

first_imgPrevention First will hold its annual Excellence in Prevention Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.This year’s event celebrates the agency’s 45th year of service.“Reaching the 45th anniversary milestone is not an easy task for any nonprofit charity. Just as our world has continued to change, we have needed to adjust how we care for ourselves and how to prepare for a more complex and uncertain future,” said Executive Director and CEO Mary Pat Angelini. “From our 1967 beginning as the Alcoholism Council of Monmouth County, our mission and focus have expanded and staff has grown from one dedicated employee to a dynamic team of 26 highly-trained, award-winning professionals.”Prevention First provides research-based alcohol and drug abuse and violence/bullying prevention programs to students ranging from preschool to high school, as well as to parents and guardians. During the last 45 years, more than 180,000 children and families have benefited from the comprehensive range of programs and services the agency offers.Prevention saves. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administra­tion estimates the savings in future “societal costs” to be $18 for every dollar spent on prevention. The savings in quality of life and life itself is immeasurable and invaluable, and Prevention First takes pride in celebrating it!Tickets to the Excellence in Prevention Luncheon are $45 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling Michelle Cicalese at 917-608-4247.last_img read more

Two River Gardeners Help Decorate Drumthwacket

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – What began  as a “three-ring circus” for Judy McMaster ended  more than six hours later as a graceful, elegant showplace filled with holiday décor.The Garden Club of Fair Haven’s Judy McMaster was the coordinator of holiday decorating at the governor’s official residence.McMaster of Rumson was this year’s coordinator of holiday decorating at Drum­thwacket, the New Jersey governor’s official residence. As a member of the Garden Club of Fair Haven and a board member of the Garden Clubs of New Jersey, McMaster recruited garden club members from across the state to fill the mansion at 354 Stockton St. (Route 206) in Princeton with gorgeous greenery and sparkling trees.She even suggested this year’s theme: “Drum­thwacket Sings the Songs of the Season.”Each of the six first-floor public rooms in the white Greek Revival mansion was dressed to the nines in holiday finery in accordance with popular holiday songs and Christmas carols. The front porch was decorated with the idea of There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. The entry foyer, stairway and landing took on the musical and decorative notes of Deck the Halls. The music room took its cue from The Nutcracker Suite and the library, Winter Wonderland. The parlor was the embodiment of The Holly and the Ivy. Jingle Bells was the song used for the governor’s study and the dining room took on the look of Silver Bells because it is the place where the formal silver service from the battleship the USS New Jersey is displayed year-round.The volunteer job was a joy for McMaster who has loved to decorate since she was a child. As a Fair Haven garden club member, she has been part of the crew several times which has volunteered to decorate the mansion.Each year the workers arrive at 9 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving – this year it was Nov. 26. They spend about 45 minutes unloading their materials – dried, fresh and faux – and then each team goes to work on the room they have been assigned and designed to celebrate the holidays.The decorating of the mansion had a little something special this year, occurring only four weeks after Super Storm Sandy. Among the garden club members who agreed to decorate were members of the Garden Club of Keyport. “They were decimated but they didn’t back out,” McMaster said. They designed and installed the décor in the parlor. The club from Toms River, “also decimated, did the entry foyer.”  The other clubs that participated were from Shrews­bury, Warren, Basking Ridge, and Mountain Lakes.The materials used were all donated by the clubs and an event planner who decorated the front porch. Some of the money for the decorations each year comes from the clubs’ treasuries and sometimes from the designers’ pockets. “It’s getting to be expensive,” McMaster said.Because of the duration the decorations are on display, the garden clubs have been using some faux materials along with the greenery and fresh flowers. Among the items used this year were magnolia branches “which dry well,” orchids in pots, birch and white-painted branches along with holly, ivy and evergreens plus pinecones, ribbons and ornaments.The decorating of the governor’s mansion is a longtime service project for the Garden Clubs of New Jersey.  As this year’s coordinator, McMaster invited various clubs to volunteer their talents, made sure they understood the perimeters of the job and then organized the decorating day. She also will supervise the dismantling of the decorations on Jan. 2.“The house is used throughout the season for events – political and social events,” McMaster said. “Last year, the Christies used the house pretty much from the time the kids got out of school until they went back. They hosted family and friends and I think that’s the plan again this year.”The dining room of Drumthwacket.McMaster’s favorite Drum­­­thwacket room is the dining room. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m guessing that table seats 24.“I like the whole house,” she said. “I think it’s a gracious home, not overdone. I think it’s a comfortable home.”McMaster was very pleased with the results of this year’s decorating. “I think this was, if not the best, than one of the best ever,” she said. “Every room was really elegant and tastefully done.“I just like doing this,” she said. “I like the planning stages, the concept, in my mind’s eye of what it needs … It’s a lot of fun.“It’s great for all the garden clubs to get together and do something cooperatively,” McMaster said.Construction of Drum­thwacket began in 1835. The estate’s name means “wooded hill” in Scottish Gaelic. The property was purchased by the state in 1966 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the New Jersey Historical Society raised the funds to begin converting the property for use as the governor’s mansion.last_img read more

Bombers coast to Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers proved to be in a class of their own, out scoring the opposition 12-0 en route to clinching back-to-back Kootenay High School AA Soccer Championships last week in Creston.The Bombers clipped the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 5-0 in the final en route to a berth in the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Tournament next month in Burnaby. LVR, gaining a bye into the semi final round of the six-team tourney as the top seeded team, defeated David Thompson of Invermere 7-0 in one semi final.The Hawks upset two-ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston to advance into the final.Bomber coach Jamie Spendlove said LVR dominated both semi final and final, owning at least 90 percent of the play.LVR now travels to the Lower Mainland to participate in the AA Championships, November 18-20 at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.last_img read more

Redwoods men’s basketball holds off American River, improves to 4-1

first_imgLast time Redwoods started a losing streak it took 29 tries to end it.But 2019-20 is a new season, and on Thursday Redwoods, following a close loss to College of Marin on Wednesday, got back to its winning ways in a hurry with a 78-76 win over American River at American River College.Redwoods led the contest 39-19 at half and by a 60-40 margin with just over 12 minutes to play in the second-half.American River got close but never tied the ball game as Thomas Nelson and Zac Claus each chipped …last_img read more

Technology helps to motivate pupils, say top teachers

first_imgTeachers across South Africa are turning away from the traditional blackboard and are plugging into technology in their attempts to become better educators. Along the way, they have found that learning is more fun, and that children are keener to get to grips with their education. Top teachers use technology in classrooms to enhance learning. (Image:• Teachers are ‘our nation’s pride’• South Africa turns on digital classrooms • Wits to offer free online courses for Africans • SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital • Join the 2015 South African Competitiveness Forum Melissa JavanAlthough she struggled to use her own cellphone, a Limpopo teacher said, she still used iPads to teach her class rather than the traditional blackboard.Malale Reshoketswe Leshilo, a teacher at Selale Primary School, was speaking at the 15th annual National Teaching Awards (NTA), hosted by the Department of Basic Education and held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 7 March.Leshilo was nominated for the NTAs. Speaking to news agency eNCA on the sidelines of the awards, she said that she was one of those teachers who valued technology when it came to motivating her Grade 3 pupils. Enrolment at her school had skyrocketed since it had started to use iPads in the classroom.“You can look at me now. I’m 43 this year. I still struggle in using a mere cellphone,” she said. “Yet I’m teaching learners through technology. It will make their learning even faster. They are also having fun! And they start to get these technological skills at a very young age.”Morne Smit, a teacher at Hoër Volkskool in North West, won the award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (further education and training). He also uses technology to get his message across to his pupils, who were particularly keen on videos. “When they go online, use their username and password, they have a timeline of mathematical content.”PrizesWinners at this event recieved gifts like Blackberry cellphones, Samsung tablets and Chevrolet Spark cars. Some hot cars to be awarded tonight. National Teaching Awards #nta15— Chuma Kave (@chumakave) March 7, 2015CategoriesThere are NTAs in 17 categories, including Excellence in Primary School Teaching, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award. In handing out the awards, the department says it “wishes to salute all schools and teachers who have entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. It acknowledges their extraordinary efforts, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions and in service to our children, many of whom come from poor communities.”The Prof Kader Asmal Excellence Award seeks to recognise teachers who demonstrate the key values that were a hallmark of Asmal’s leadership; like its namesake, the winner must be a demanding educational activist who leads by example. It was won by Thembisile Mavis Mdlalose of Thembimfundo Special School in KwaZulu-Natal.Ganasen Reddy of Glenhaven Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal received the Lifetime Achievement Award, with Albert Dill of Transorania School for the Deaf in Gauteng second placed, followed by Leepile Ishmael Mompati of Albert Morkoka Secondary School in Free State.Keynote SpeakerIn his keynote address at the awards ceremony, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the winning teachers were shining examples of teaching excellence, which all teachers should strive to emulate.Without incredible teachers, he added, he would not be the man he was today. We would not have had the calibre of great people that we have had, such as Nelson Mandela, and we would not have developed as a country like we had over the last 20 years if it was not for the hard work and dedication of our teachers.RecognitionThe UN marks World Teacher Day on October 5; it is one of many ways teachers and their profession are honoured. South Africa hosts a number of events to acknowledge and encourage dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each pupil. The NTAs are just one of those ways. Their objectives are to:Focus public attention on the positive aspects of education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession;Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance;Honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools;Encourage best practice in schools; and,Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly say thank you to outstanding teams or individual teachers in schools.MotivationBuzzfeed, the social interaction and news portal, recently asked teachers to list on Instagram what makes their day. They listed:That “oooooh” look on a student’s face when they finally get a concept.The knowledge that I’m playing a little part in shaping a (hopefully) better future.Seeing a child blossom right before your eyes.When the worst student in class finally has a break and behaves well for the whole day.All the ridiculous things my kids say.The priceless stories I get to share with my friends.When a student identifies your class as a place they feel safe. That might mean it’s a place where they can escape tumultuous home lives or is place where they aren’t afraid to take risks, but either way it is a great feeling.Seeing the kids helping one another, both academically and socially, is so gratifying.Seeing a kid smile because you made them feel special.That moment when a wonderful idea comes to your mind and you expand on a topic with great discussions and they can’t wait to learn more.The NTA categories are:Excellence in Primary School TeachingExcellence in Secondary School TeachingExcellence in Primary School LeadershipExcellence in Secondary School LeadershipExcellence in Grade R TeachingExcellence in Special Needs and Inclusive TeachingExcellence in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and LearningExcellence in Teaching Mathematics (FET)Excellence in Teaching Physical Science (FET)Prof Kader Asmal Excellence AwardLifetime Achievement AwardKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Volunteer CoordinatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer EducatorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer SupervisorKha Ri Gude Inclusive Education Volunteer Coordinatorlast_img read more

Newspapers Trumpeted ‘Solar Homes’ in the 1940s

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. What’s a “solar house”? The phrase has been used since the 1940s to refer to a house with lots of south-facing glazing — a type of house later called a “passive solar house.” The phrase is also used to refer to homes that include an active solar thermal system (one with collectors on the roof, along with pumps or fans). Finally, the phrase has recently been applied to homes with a photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof.Anyone interested in a thorough history of this subject should buy The Solar House by Anthony Denzer. (Denzer is also the author of a guest blog on GBA, “Historic Solar House Has Been Bulldozed.” Denzer’s blog recounts the sad fate of a solar house designed by George Löf, a researcher whose work is an essential part of the history of solar homes.)Denzer’s history is academic and thorough. I thought it would be fun to take a different retrospective approach to this slice of architectural history: I decided to look back at how a leading newspaper, the New York Times, has used the term “solar house” over the last 60 years. 1945: “Houses Warmed by the Sun” One of the first articles I found was published on April 15, 1945. The article, “Houses Warmed by the Sun,” was written by Mary Roche, who apparently depended heavily on press releases and promotional information issued by Libbey-Owens-Ford, an Ohio glass manufacturer. Libbey-Owens-Ford developed the insulated glazing unit (IGU), which it sold under the Thermopane brand name, and funded a significant advertising campaign promoting the so-called solar house. (In April 1986, Libbey-Owens-Ford sold its glass business to the Pilkington Group.)Roche’s article refers to several Glenview, Illinois, homes designed by architect George… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more