Subscribe 16 recommended0 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. County health officials announced 22 new deaths and 978 new cases of the Coronavirus on Monday.To date, 55,968 positive cases of the virus have been identified in LA County, leading to 2,384 deaths.“This is a very difficult time in our communities, and there are many people who are experiencing the profound sorrow of loved ones who have passed away from COVID-19. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know we think of you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health.Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,200 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health) 41 percent of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 28 percent among White residents, 17 percent among Asian residents, 12 percent among African American residents, 1 percent among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1 percent among residents identifying with other races.Upon further investigation, six cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 6,528 people who tested positive for the virus (12 percent of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,357 people who are currently hospitalized, 28 percent of these people are in the ICU and 18 percent are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 612,000 individuals and 8 percent of people testing positive. Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News Herbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 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 Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Los Angeles County Announces 22 New COVID-19 Deaths 978 new cases confirmed on Monday CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Monday, June 1, 2020 | 1:54 pm
Story and photos by John BurtonRED BANK – When Alberto Larotonda first saw a persistent water spot in front of his Spring Street home he really didn’t think much of it. And when a borough Public Works Utility employee came by and inspected the site, saying there is a continuous leak somewhere under the roadway leading up to the water connection to his home, Larotonda suspected it was a problem. But when he was told whose problem and financial responsibility it was, he was stunned and became angry.“I thought it was absurd, you’re asking a taxpayer to pay for work on public property,” was Larotonda’s response to the determination.The actual extent of the damage is unknown until the work commences, Larotonda was told, but borough officials are requiring a $2,960 deposit from the homeowner to commence the work.That work, requiring the excavation of a portion of the street, but with the scope of it still unknown, has to be done by one contractor who submitted the competitive bid and was approved by the Borough Council, say borough officials.Should the roadway need to be closed in part and traffic directed, that would also require having a police officer on site, the cost of which – $80 an hour – the homeowner would have to shoulder, according to a letter Clifford M. Keen, the borough’s director of Public Utilities, sent to Larotonda.“I assumed the water company was responsible for the connection of the water main under the street to the shutoff valve to the curb,” Larotonda said, finding out that wasn’t the case.“When did I ever agree that I owned plumbing on public property?” he said.Larotonda, who has owned his home for more than 20 years, and the rest of borough property owners, may not have agreed to it, but this has been the case for more than 20 years, according to borough administrator Stanley Sickels and Keen.The officials pointed to a longstanding ordinance that lays out the responsibility for such repair work. “The owner of any house, tenement, building or lot shall be liable for the payment of the price, rent or service charge as heretofore or hereafter fixed by ordinance or ordinances of the Borough, for the use of water facilities…”The property owners’ responsibility can extend beyond the property line, from the connection to the borough’s water main to the shutoff valve (which is below grade), which may or may not be on the property or in the public area, according to Keen, and, obviously, running into the structure.The reason for having one borough-selected contractor is because “contractors” hired by property owners “would break our main,” said Sickels. The designated contractor, Mark Woszczak Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Manasquan, was selected through the competitive bidding process, as required by state law, with Woszczak providing the lowest, competent bid, according to Sickels. “We bid the work to get the best guy,” Sickels said.“If you were to ask, I would suspect that more than 90 percent of homeowners weren’t aware that they are responsible for this,” Larotonda said.Keen has been with the borough as Public Works director for approximately a year. “Since I’ve been here there’s been a steady stream of requests to replace the water line from the street to the curb,” he said.“A lot of it is because of low pressure complaints,” from homeowners, Keen said. Other instances were because of ruptures and leaks. Some of those can be attributed to an aging infrastructure, he explained.Simon Goldenberg had a more immediate concern this week. Water was spewing up from what he suspected was his water valve connection at the curb in front of his McLaren Street home. It began on Sunday, but Goldenberg couldn’t get in touch with Public Works and police advised him to call a plumber. The plumber couldn’t respond until Monday, Goldenberg said, with water bubbling up from just in front of his sidewalk area. Goldenberg found out that only the borough Public Works can shut off or turn off the water in the public main.Red Bank resident Alberto Larotonda discusses his leaking water situation at his home with Red Bank Borough Council President Cindy Burnham and borough administrator Stanley Sickels.Goldenberg said he and his plumber were surprised to find out the property owner was financially responsible for the costs. “Speaking to a few other plumbers, this is something they never heard before,” Goldenberg said. In those plumbers’ experience, the municipality under takes repairs from the valve connection to the water main on a public roadway, he said.In the case of Goldenberg’s home, the problem stemmed from tuberculation, or corrosion caused by mixing a galvanized steel connection to a brass one wearing away the connection at the water valve, Keen explained.“The thing with water leaks is you don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into until you start the work,” Keen said.Larotonda had reached out to elected officials to discuss the situation. Borough Council President Cindy Burnham responded to his concerns and came to Goldenberg’s home to see the extent of that leak.“This is a lot of wasted water and a big expense to residents,” Burnham said. “How many residents can afford to spend $3,000 just like that?”Burnham, who is concluding her term in office, recommended, “We better start bettering our infrastructure.”Some communities such as Madison and Sayreville offer insurance protection for these situations for a relatively small fee to property owners. Keen pointed out that homeowners can get similar private insurance from such groups as AARP, costing maybe $60-$70 annually. “If anyone asked me I would recommend getting it,” he said.The current contractor’s term ends in May 2017 and officials are discussing adding a few other contractors to the list for property owners to select from, Sickels said.Larotonda at this point hasn’t agreed to allow the work to be done yet, seeking additional documentation before agreeing to anything, he said. The leak is far enough away from his water meter, so he’s not being charged for it, he said.What bothers him, too is, “There’s an arrogance here,” he maintained. “The town is basically asking me to give them a blank check. That’s what it is. This could be seen as an additional tax.”Sickels explained that if the water connection at a property reaches a point that it needs immediate emergency work, under the ordinance officials can have the contractor do the work and if necessary have a lien levied against the property owner. The borough hasn’t ever done it but it is an option, Sickels said.Goldenberg has lived in his McLaren Street home for four years. He complained that water pressure has never really been satisfactory and the water bill is high. Now he was on the hook for this added expense for something that was done incorrectly prior to his owning his home.“I think the town has a lot of improvements to do on the water front,” he said.
All the swimmers achieved personal best times in several events with swimmers competing in finals each day of the Provincial swim meet. TRAX Swim Club swimmers competed in the Swim BC AAA Short Course Provincial Championship Swim Meet held in Surrey from March 5-7.TRAX Swim Club swimmers once again displayed their talent against the very best swimmers in the Province at the Swim BC AAA Provincial Championship in Surrey. Each swimmer had to achieve demanding swim standard qualifying times to have the opportunity to compete at this high level event. TRAX Swim Club has various levels of training with AAA swimmers conducting swim practice and dryland 15 – 20 hours a week. Anyone interested in joining the TRAX Swim Club can email: [email protected] The TRAX Swim Club took four swimmers; Aby Elwood, Ian Markus, Sharman Thomas and Jackson Konkin to represent our area.
Fulham are reportedly looking to use Liverpool’s interest in Clint Dempsey to help them sign Andy Carroll from the Anfield club.The Daily Mirror say Whites boss Martin Jol will try to pip to West Ham to the signing of Carroll by telling Liverpool they can capture Dempsey if the £35m striker moves to Craven Cottage on loan.The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, suggest Fulham are looking to buy Carroll outright as part of an exchange deal.The Telegraph also report that West Ham sources believe the newly promoted club have little more than a 10% chance of getting Carroll on loan.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that QPR are set to beat Newcastle to the signing of Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett and are also monitoring Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said Juventus’ ability to take their chances proved to be the difference in Turin.The Blues’ 3-0 defeat leaves them facing the prospect of becoming the first holders to fail to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.They must now beat beat Nordsjaelland in their final Group E game and hope Juve lose to group leaders Shakhtar Donetsk.Cech told ITV: “The first half was very difficult but we did pretty well and created some chances. In such an important game, if you create a chance you have to take it.“Deflections went their way but they put in a very good performance and did really well.“It’s a sad moment. Last year winning the Champions League was a dream. This is a huge disappointment.”More reaction to follow later. See also:Defeat in Turin leaves Blues on the 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka >> Baseball, complex in so many ways, is simple at its core.Field the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball.Typically, the teams that do the most basic of fundamentals the best, wins championships.Case in point, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, who are out to a 6-0 record in the Little 4 after sweeping Ferndale in a doubleheader on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Academy. In the opener, St. Bernard’s (9-7 overall, 6-0 Little 4) got a solid outing by starting pitcher Caleb Ruiz, who …
Arsenal hero Podolski mocks Spurs with Gnabry nominationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Lukas Podolski enjoyed a dig at Tottenham by claiming Serge Gnabry should be the Gunners’ player of the month.Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry bagged four as he returned to north London to take on his former side’s biggest rivals, Spurs.The four goals of strikes helped complete an staggering 7-2 victory for Bayern Munich at White Hart Lane.On Thursday evening, Arsenal tweeted a pole for their player of the month for September – and Podolski came back with a cheeky response, reports the Mirror.Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers and Emiliano MartInez were listed by Arsenal as the nominees.But Podolski had other ideas – and replied to the tweet with a GIF video of Gnabry waving. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
WASHINGTON- Decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army.White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday confirmed reports that the US has suspended nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition in northern Syria.Washington’s decision follows an attack last week by the Islamic Front, a radical Islamist group, on the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The facilities in question are now reportedly in the hands of the Islamic Front. “As a result of this situation, as you pointed out, the United States has suspended all further deliveries of nonlethal assistance into northern Syria,” said Earnest.He added that the US is investigating the current whereabouts of its nonlethal aid.“We’re still gathering facts and consulting with General Idris and the Supreme Military Council staff to inventory the status of U.S. equipment and supplies that have been provided to the SMC,” he said.Still, he emphasized that the US would continue to provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid.The United Kingdom has also halted its deliveries of nonlethal aid following the raid.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team took over the No. 1 ranking in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches’ and Associated Press Top 25 polls, released this afternoon. Now the Buckeyes (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten) just hope their reign lasts longer than the OSU football team’s did. Off to their best start since beginning the 1961-62 campaign 22-0, the Buckeyes play seven of their next 10 games against ranked opponents. OSU earned 28 of 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 49 of 65 top votes in the AP. The OSU football team held the nation’s No. 1 ranking for one week in mid-October before losing at Wisconsin, 31-18, and falling in the polls. Also today, point guard Aaron Craft earned the nod as Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week. Craft scored a career-high 19 points in the Buckeyes’ 69-66 win over Penn State on Saturday. OSU has swept the award through the first 10 weeks of the season, with forward Jared Sullinger winning eight times and forward Deshaun Thomas once. Sullinger is a National Player of the Year candidate, averaging 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, both team highs.
Frequent trips to the trio of recreational facilities on campus with Jesse Owens in the title might have led students to forget the significance behind the man who not only left a legacy at Ohio State, but across the United States and the world. This weekend, the OSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, an event that holds a special meaning to the Buckeyes. “This is one of the biggest meets for us,” said senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh. “It’s something that we all look forward to because it is the Jesse Owens Classic, and to be able to run at the meet dedicated to the greatest athlete of all-time, it’s always a big deal for us.” Owens gained international fame when he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Jesse Owens Award was named after him to honor his career, and is the highest accolade in U.S. track and field, awarded to the year’s best track and field athlete. But before Owens was an Olympic hero and international track and field icon, he was an OSU student. Owens enrolled at OSU in October of 1933 at the age of 20. In addition to track and classes, he worked part-time as a freight elevator operator at the State House to help pay his tuition. OSU did not offer Owens a scholarship. During the 1930’s, the U.S. was in a state of racial tension, and the OSU community was no exception. Owens was not permitted to live on campus with the white students because of his race; he instead resided off campus with several other African-American students. No restaurant along High Street would serve African-Americans, and when Owens traveled with the team, he often had to eat in separate restaurants. Despite facing segregation and setbacks, Owens proved to be one of the greatest athletes in the history of OSU and the world. On May 25, 1935, during the Big Ten Finals in Ann Arbor, Mich., in what some call the greatest single-day performance in athletic history, Owens accomplished in 45 minutes what some athletes never achieve their entire career: three world records and a tie for a fourth. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea said the Buckeyes strive to exemplify the university Owens once competed for and think the meet named in his honor is important for his team. “I think this weekend … should remind us of how significant Jesse Owens was and his performances were to track and field, to Ohio State and to the country,” Beathea said. “I think you always feel like you want to go out there and make sure you’re prepared to run your best, and that your efforts are everything that you have, so that you’re a good representation of the place where Jesse Owens ran.” Owens’ life off the track consisted of several business and personal ventures, including travels to India, Philippines, Malaysia and The Ivory Coast, where he lead running clinics and promoted economic and political freedoms of the U.S. Owens was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974, and two years later President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government according to OSU archives. Owens died March 31, 1980, at the age of 66. In April 2011, OSU unveiled a statue of Owens at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in honor of achievements. Women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said Owen’s life can send a message not only to athletes, but to all who are inspired by Owen’s story. “I think that he represents the epitome of greatness in track and field; as a human being, his humanity, his unselfishness and as well as his major accomplishments in his track and field. So we are all inspired by Jesse Owens. For our young people to run in the Jesse Owens relays, I think it gives them an opportunity to remember the challenges that he had, as well as how great he became despite challenges,” Dennis said. “I think that’s what we really have to do in athletics is that we have to continue to do our best, no matter what the challenge is that each of us individually face.” The Jesse Owens Classic will kick off competition Friday in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. with the women’s javelin and men’s discus. The meet will continue Saturday with events starting at 10:30 a.m. Men’s coach Robert Gary has left the university according to an OSU spokesperson. Beathea will coach the team in his place.