Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Uncategorized Metro Gold Line Balances Track Repairs with Special Holiday Schedule Published on Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 12:26 pm Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Crews will continue repair work on the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena Thursday through Friday, and will be running enhanced service this Fourth of July, Saturday, to facilitate safe, easy travel to and from holiday events.That means on Thursday and Friday, trains will leave the Sierra Madre Villa station for Downtown Los Angeles at 9:03 a.m. and every 15 minutes thereafter, while Pasadena-bound trains will depart from Atlantic Station at approximately 8:40 a.m.From Union Station, trains bound for Pasadena will leave at 9:04 a.m.On Saturday, the Fourth of July, downtown LA-bound trains leave Sierra Madre Villa at about 4:36 a.m., and Pasadena-bound trains leave Atlantic at 4:21 a.m. Metro will be posting “enhanced service” details on its website as soon as available.On Sunday morning, July 5th, from open to 10:30 a.m., the Gold Line will again run every 20 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena, as crews continue with more tree-trimming.Metro says crews are continuing repair work on the Gold Line’s overhead power supply system, requiring trains to share one track between South Pasadena and Fillmore stations.Repairs on the damaged overhead wires started in April, after trip delays prompted a comprehensive inspection of the entire line’s power supply system. Crews found part of the tension cable prematurely frayed and determined this to be the root of the problem. Other segments of the Gold Line were noted to be at similar risk and needed to be replaced.Metro announced earlier that maintenance will continue on weekdays during off-peak hours, when it is easiest for trains to bypass works zones. The utility aims to have the work done by the end of July. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Total spend: About $100,000 The Marer family at the home at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, they have renovated. Picture supplied.ALEKS and Andrew Marer are not big cricket fans, but don’t tell their neighbours.When the couple moved in to the 90-year-old character home in Virginia eight years ago, they had no idea of its history.The quintessential Queenslander was the childhood home of the late cricket great Ken ‘Slasher’ Mackay, who played 37 tests for Australia and scored more than 1500 runs. “In the area, it’s quite well known for its history,” Mrs Marer said.“The neighbours, who have been here for a while, still remember it as the Mackay residence.” BEFORE: The front of the house at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.It all started in the backyard of the home, which Mackay shared with his five brothers and sisters.“When we were researching the house, the family told us that Ken was the eldest sibling and every Christmas there would always be cricket in the backyard, and that there was lots of cricket talent in the family,” Mrs Marer said.‘Slasher’ wasn’t the only sporting legend to grace the home. Greg Norman got his start at the Virginia Golf Course across the road. And the ‘Shark’ and fellow golfer Wayne Grady were frequent visitors to Wellington Street in those days. BEFORE: The kitchen at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.But for the past seven years, the Marers have made the home their own — lovingly restoring it and adding a modern touch — all while celebrating many milestones.“Andrew proposed to me here and we brought both of our children home from the hospital here, so it will be very sad to actually leave,” Mrs Marer said.“But we’ve just outgrown it.”The couple have lived in the house the entire time, even with the added challenges of Zadie, 10 months, and Lyla, 3. “It was definitely liveable. The kitchen and bathroom were dated, but they were still liveable, which is why we were able to do it in stages,” Mrs Marer said. “The kitchen and bathroom happened pretty quickly because we were having to go to my girlfriend’s house to shower all the time. “And we wanted to do it before Lyla was born because we needed a bath.” BEFORE: The main bathroom at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.It also helped that Mr Marer, the owner of eclat building co., was a Master Builders award winner. The kitchen and bathroom have been freshly renovated with high level finishes and quality fixtures and fittings. Natural timber joinery and marble have been used to complement the brass and copper tapware.The Marers made a financial decision not to raise the house, despite it not being legal height underneath.Instead, they worked with the existing height to turn the downstairs area into a second living/entertaining space. BEFORE: The kids’ bedroom at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The nursery after the renovation.They built in the area, installed wall linings, flooring, a plasterboard ceiling, and created room for a kitchenette, laundry, powder room and living room opening out to a resort-style pool.“We just wanted to make it more usable down there,” Mrs Marer said.They undertook a lot of landscaping to make the most of the yard space with the house being on a slightly smaller block size of 396 sqm. BEFORE: The backyard at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The backyard after the renovation.Upstairs, 3.3m high ceilings are flanked by VJ walls and an open plan living area opens out on to a new deck, taking full advantage of the home’s northern aspect.The configuration is mostly the same, apart from a few walls being knocked out to open up rooms and make the main bathroom larger.“We tried to keep it really open,” Mrs Marer said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoBEFORE: The living room at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The living room after the renovation.Every wall and window was repainted, mostly in white and neutral cream tones, which create a light and airy feel, and complement the light timber floors and minimalistic aesthetic.Mrs Marer admitted the style of furniture and trends had changed over the eight years since they had moved in, so staging the renovation allowed them to update some features along the way.“When we first moved in, the furniture and decor was very different to what it is now,” she said.“We sort of found our groove along the way.” BEFORE: The deck at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: The deck after the renovation.And what do they both think of the end result?“I guess it’s kind of a modern take on the Queenslander. Maybe more Scandi, Boho — a bit of an eclectic mix,” Mrs Marer said.“We have transformed the house to create a more modern and open living space, while keeping a lot of the charm which has filled the home since it was built in the 1930s,” Mr Marer said. BEFORE: One of the bedrooms at 45 Wellington St, Virginia, before the renovation. AFTER: One of the bedrooms after the renovation.The property is scheduled for auction on July 11 and is being marketed by Keith Mahon and Chrese Morley of Harcourts Clayfield. RENO FACT CHECK Time taken: 7 years
THIS WEEKEND:== FRIDAYAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 4A substate semifinal — Mason City High at Des Moines North — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Indiana — coverage joined in progress after MCHS == SATURDAYAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — NIACC vs. DMACC — women at 1:00, men at 3:00 CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake finished the game on an 11-2 run as the top-ranked Lions edged Algona 53-49 in a Class 3A boys basketball substate semifinal played in Clear Lake last night and heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Algona used 8-of-10 three-point shooting in the second half to take the lead, but the Lions battled back, being led by Tate Storbeck, who had 10 of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says his team stayed focused down the stretch.Clear Lake advances to the substate championship game against Charles City on Monday. The Lions easily handled the Comets 87-60 back on December 3rd, but Ainley expects Monday night’s game to be a challenge.Charles City beat Webster City 70-45 on Thursday in the other substate semifinal. For one of the two teams, it will break a long drought of making a state tournament appearance. For Clear Lake, it’s been 40 years since their last trip in 1979. For Charles City, they haven’t been to the boys state basketball tournament since 1956. You can hear the Clear Lake-Charles City game on Monday on KRIB starting with the pre-game at about 6:45, with tipoff scheduled for 7 o’clock from the Mason City High School gymnasium.=== 1A Substate 2 district championship games last nightDistrict 4 at New Hampton — Janesville 75, Rockford 45District 3 at Garner — Bishop Garrigan 71, St. Edmond 53–Substate championship game in Clear Lake on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Jordan Greenway added an empty-netter. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild, who earned their first victory since Feb. 9 at New Jersey. Despite their recent struggles, the Wild are still in the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. === 1A District 10 championship game last night in ParkersburgGrundy Center 79, West Fork 63 == SUNDAYAM-1300 KGLO — NCAA men’s basketball — Michigan State at Michigan — 2:30 ESTHERVILLE – The No. 7 NIACC men’s basketball team completed the season sweep of Iowa Lakes with a 107-94 victory Thursday night in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest.NIACC, which topped the Lakers 119-110 earlier this season, received 29 points, including six three-point goals, from freshman Deundra Roberson.Also for the Trojans, James Harris scored 23 points and Wendell Matthews scored 22 points.It was the first win for the NIACC men at Iowa Lakes since the 2005-06 season. The win by the Trojans snapped a 13-game losing streak at Iowa Lakes.It is also the first time since the 2001-02 season that the NIACC men have swept the regular season series against Iowa Lakes.NIACC, which has won 10 straight games, improved to 22-3 overall and 11-1 in the conference. The 22 wins is the most since 2006-07 when the Trojans were 23-9 under head coach Bryan Martin.The 10-game win streak is tied for the fifth longest in school history. Earlier this season, the Trojans won 11 straight contests.NIACC returns to action Saturday at home against DMACC. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. === 4A Substate 2 semifinals tonight7:00 — Mason City (8-13) at Des Moines North (17-4)7:00 — Des Moines Lincoln (11-11) at Ames (15-4) BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA — The 10th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women were knocked out of first place in the Big Ten race. Indiana rallied from 16 points down to stun the Hawkeyes 75-73, as you heard last night on KGLO.That’s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.The Hawkeyes fall to 21-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten. Megan Gustafson led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 34 minutes, scoring seven points and handing out four assists. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes try to bounce back from a loss to Maryland tonight when they host Indiana. The Hawks are 9-6 in the Big Ten after a 66-65 loss to the Terrapins, the third straight game that came down to the final possession.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who expects a tough test from a Hoosier squad that is 4-11 in the league race after a two point loss to Purdue.Iowa beat Indiana two weeks ago in Bloomington. McCaffery was not happy with sophomore center Luka Garza publicly accepting blame for the loss to Maryland. Garza finished with five points on one of seven shooting.Tipoff is scheduled for 8:15 tonight. You can hear the game on KGLO after coverage of the Mason City High-Des Moines North 4A substate boys basketball game. ESTHERVILLE – Freshman Mandy Willems scored 32 points to lead No. 2 NIACC to a 98-74 victory over Iowa Lakes Thursday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball contest.Willems connected on seven 3-point goals as the Lady Trojans won their ninth straight contest.Also for NIACC (21-5 overall), sophomore Tahya Campbell scored 23 points and freshman Jada Buford scored 16 points.NIACC (12-1 in the conference) returns to action Saturday at home against DMACC in an ICCAC contest. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in the NIACC gym, where the Lady Trojans are 10-0 this season.In other games in the conference on Thursday, Kirkwood beat DMACC 76-63; Southeastern beat Southwestern 89-84 and Iowa Central beat Little Priest Tribal College 73-59.
Submitted by The Hands On Children’s MuseumPhoto Credit: Aaron BarnaThe South Sound’s largest family festival, Sand in the City®, is stimulating children’s love and appreciation of art and science through more than 40 free, educator-organized activities in this two-day event.Families are invited to bring their children of all ages to Sand in the City on Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Hands On Children’s Museum on Olympia’s East Bay.The heart of the festival is a Masters’ Sand Sculpting Exhibition, which will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can view the masterpieces and vote for their favorite sculptures. The winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Sunday.The Masters’ Exhibition is part of the free Beach Party where children can play in giant sandboxes loaded with sand toys and sculpting tools, and participate in 40 interactive art and science activities in the museum spread around the East Bay Plaza and streets adjacent to the museum.Activities include a rock climbing wall, giant bubbles, a Tot Spot Early Learning Center and museum-led art activities. Make-and-take Polynesian crafts include eruptiblePhoto Credit: Aaron Barnamini volcanoes, Hawaiian leis, wax paper flowers and sand bands. Inside the museum, families can learn about the music of the Pacific Islands and make musical instruments and crafts. New this year is a life-sized, pin-hole camera you can walk inside.All-day entertainment on the stage includes martial arts, country music, African drummers, young fiddlers, Zumba and Irish dancers. Favorite local food vendors and food trucks will be on site.Sunday, Aug. 24, is Grandparents’ Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can enjoy all of the fun activities of Saturday’s Beach Party and participate in additional activities designed for children and grandparents to do together.During Sand in the City, all event activities and entertainment on the streets surrounding the museum and the East Bay Public Plaza are free. Donations are appreciated and support the museum’s Free Access Program at the Hands On Children’s Museum.Photo Credit: Aaron BarnaFestival-goers can also explore museum exhibits Aug. 22-24 with a discounted admission rate to the museum of just $5 per person. Families can play and learn in nine themed galleries and 150 hands-on exhibits, including MakeSpace in the Arts & Parts Studio, where kids can tinker, design and build using real tools and materials.For the price of admission, festival visitors can also explore the museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, including new exhibits opening on Sand in the City weekend such as the giant trike loop, stage and Children’s Garden in the Outdoor Discovery Center.For more information about Sand in the City®, visit www.hocm.org/sandinthecity. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Plans to reconstruct what the county calls two “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” bridges and culverts along one of Middletown’s oldest roadways are in the works, Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said earlier this week.The two bridges both cross McClees Creek in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown. MT-18, a 19-foot-long bridge along Whipporwill Valley Road, and MT-19, a 9-foot-long bridge over Chapel Hill Road, are both small stone arch culverts in need of repair, Arnone said.After taking inventory of county-owned bridges, Arnone said it made sense on the county’s end to go ahead and look to begin the design phase. On Aug. 10, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders granted a $269,121.38 contract to French & Parello Associates of Wall Township for design and engineering on the two reconstructions. French & Parello will provide interim reports quarterly to the freeholders. Once completed, the county will go out to bid for the construction phase of the project. The total cost of the project is not yet known.Arnone said the project is about a year to a year and a half away, but did provide a timeline on how construction will be laid out. In total, he said, the entire construction portion would span about 12 to 18 months, depending on assistance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection which will consider the impact to McClees Creek and its surrounding wetlands.The Whipporwill Valley Road bridge, MT-18, would be rebuilt first. That section could take between four to six months to complete, and the road would be closed from Chapel Hill Road to Bowne Road, except for local traffic.MT-19 is also anticipated to take about four to six months to complete. During construction, Chapel Hill Road would be closed from Sleepy Hollow Road to Kings Highway East, although local residents will have access at all times. A detour would send motorists down Sleepy Hollow Road to get around the construction area.Arnone said the two replacements would happen one after the other to lessen the impact on Middletown residents.“We all know that nobody likes this inconvenience, but the board has taken a real aggressive approach to upgrading our infrastructure,” he added.Locally, elected officials are welcoming the idea of infrastructure upgrades, especially in a dated section of town like Whipporwill Valley Road.“It’s very significant and is part of the charm of the area,” Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger said about the mile-and-a-half long unpaved road. “There’s a lot of people that like the novelty of having a road like that. It’s so historic.”These bridge and culvert replacements are just one of a few projects happening in Middletown now that are shoring up the township’s foundation.Last week, Monmouth County officials provided an update on the extensive Hubbard Avenue project, alongside Shadow Lake and River Plaza Elementary School.New Jersey Natural Gas Company is replacing an existing 6-inch steel gas distribution main with a new 8-inch plastic gas main, the release said. This replacement comes after American Water Company finished another project along the roadway.Scharfenberger said both Middletown and Monmouth County officials expect the Hubbard Avenue project to be completed by the time school begins next month. In addition to the utility work, a new crosswalk and roadway striping will be added near the elementary school. Hubbard Avenue will be completely repaved.“All of these things, I think, are necessary,” Scharfenberger said. “They’re a bit disruptive, but it’s really good to see this happening.”This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
While other neighborhoods battle to keep out unwanted stores, North Hills residents welcomed with open arms a new retail center containing a Starbucks, a clothing store, a drugstore and more than a dozen other businesses. The $20 million Paseo Sepulveda will cater to a clientele that is predominantly Latino in a community that got its last new retail development 12 years ago and has never had a centrally located multistore shopping center, officials said. “For myself, I’m very happy,” shopper Maria Herrera, 42, said in Spanish at the center’s opening Saturday. “If not (for the center), I’d have to go far to buy things for my kids. I found everything here.” Located at Nordhoff Street and Sepulveda Boulevard, the 73,000-square-foot center contains 17 shops, stores and restaurants, including a Walgreens, Panda Express and a Magic Johnson’s Starbucks Coffee. Depending on what residents and city officials want, Snyder said, funding can can come from a number of sources, including community redevelopment funds, like a shopping center deal Primestor signed with the city of Bell Gardens. The North Hills center was built without any city financial help, Snyder said. “There was a lot of interest (from retailers) to be in this community,” he said. Padilla said the shopping center is a sign of changes in North Hills, which for years was regarded as a location for gangs and drug deals. “This is the new North Hills,” Padilla said. “This is a renaissance.” Why has it taken so long to get retailers to commit to the area? “A lot of people have a perception on how Latinos are,” Snyder said. “I’m from Mexico. These are the people I identify with and feel comfortable with.” Primestor’s Gene Detchemendy said North Hills never drew major retailers because it started as an industrial area. “It’s the next step in an evolution, where people want to shop and feel good about their community,” Detchemendy said. Rick Coca, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The businesses will employ about 150 people, about 90 percent of them from the local community, officials said. With 61,000 residents living within a one-mile radius, North Hills is one of the San Fernando Valley’s densest neighborhoods, said Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, whose district includes the area. Developers believe that most Paseo Sepulveda customers will come from a one- or two-mile radius, with many walking to shop. “We deserve to have a store right in our community where we can go to buy clothing for our kids,” Padilla said. “It’s not complicated, but we’ve never had that here.” Primestor Development, the developer, specializes in building centers in urban areas overlooked by other developers, said Arturo Snyder, a partner in the company.