Pasadena Tournament Of Roses President to be Celebrated by Community Groups Thursday

first_img Community News Uncategorized Pasadena Tournament Of Roses President to be Celebrated by Community Groups Thursday A wide range of community organizations to salute Gerald Freeny, first African-American president to be named to head the historic organization By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 6:29 pm Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald FreenyWith the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors’ naming of Gerald Freeny as president for the 2018-2019 Tournament of Roses year, the organization has reached new heights of diversity, say local civil rights activists and community leaders.Freeny was selected in January as the first African-American to hold the position and will preside over the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.In celebration, an open house and party to honor Freeny will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses headquarters.“This is a historic event in the history of the 128 year history of the Tournament of Roses,” said Martin Gordon, chair of the Pasadena Committee Coalition, on Tuesday.“There are a number of important things here. Number one is what’s happened with the actual hiring of an African Americans there, and the diversity of the entire Tournament of Roses, which has been dominantly white over the last 130 years,” Gordon said. “We appreciate diversity at every level, and we’re for better involvement with our diverse community in terms of volunteerism, job, vendors, and the funding of programs.”Freeny himself told Pasadena Now that he is “very humbled and very honored to have received this, being the first African American president, and I’m truly blessed by all the outreach, and all the support that I’m getting from the community.”Acknowledging the significance of his selection, Freeny added, “We at the Tournament of Roses are committed to being diversified and we are making changes, but like any organization, we can always do better and we’re striving to do better. This opportunity that has occurred for me has shown that the Tournament of Roses had made great strides to diversify and represent the community at large.”But, says Freeny, who has worked for the Tournament of Roses for more than thirty years, “I try to be humble. My family keeps me humble. My wife and my family, they keep me down to size.”Freeny continues his own share of community work.“I do also love the community and I speak to the kids,” he said. “I go to John Muir High, I’ve gone to other schools and I’ve been able to read to some of the other young minority children, and let them know to set goals for themselves.”“‘Have visions,’ I tell them. ‘Know that you can reach that, and, maybe one day you’ll be president of the Tournament of Roses, or you’ll be the president of a big company, or who says that you might not be president of the United States.’”To hammer home the theme of diversity in Feeny’s selection, Thursday’s celebration will be presented by a group of community organizations, all of whom share the goal of diversity—The Pasadena Community Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Pasadena Armenian Coalition and Organization for Chinese Americans, Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA).Rick Eng, program director for OCA-GLA), said Tuesday, “The Tournament of Roses is such an international brand, recognized around the globe. The viewership of the parade is in the billions and of course, everyone looks forward to which teams play in the tournament of roses, the Rose Bowl. I think (Freeny’s selection) is very significant, at such a time where our climate around the country is very contentious. There’s discord and obviously that manifests into sometimes racial, attacks and, and bigotry. So it’s encouraging sometimes to see things like the recognition of Mr. Freeny still go on, and still remind us that our society is very multiracial, and multicultural.”Ramon Miramontes, president of the Pasadena chapter of the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), also emphasized the need for community organizations to stand together in victories like these.“We wanted to impress the importance onto the Pasadena Board of Directors from the Tournament, that this is a milestone where we should all as a community celebrate, no matter how long the journey has taken, and that it benefits everyone to understand that we’ve reached it,” Miramontes observed. “And because the Tournament has such a global reach, it has more than just an immediate community positive effect, it’s global. It’s global and at a time where there may be some negative messages about our country, this is more of a true testament about the values of our country, and it goes beyond just the boundaries of America.”Freeny has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1988. In addition to his many years of service in the Tournament of Roses, his community involvement has included; president of the San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban League Board of Governors, United Way Fundraising Committee, Toast Masters and the Pasadena NAACP. Freeny has been on the Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation since 2016, and is also a member of Legacy’s Museum Committee.He attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School in Pasadena, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from California State University, Los Angeles. Freeny is a member of both the Kappa Alpha Psi and Gamma Zeta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.Gerald resides in Altadena with his wife, Trina, and their daughter, Erica.The Community Open House and Celebration will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.Tournament of Roses is located at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena.Reservations are required.For more information, contact Martin A. Gordon, Chair Pasadena Community Coalition at (626) 786-5204 or email [email protected] Make a commentlast_img read more

Ward tops XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at I-35

first_imgMASON CITY, Iowa (May 26) – A driver from Arizona who won a state championship in Nebraska found success in Iowa Monday night. Tim Ward led most of the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at I-35 Speedway. He’d gotten the front spot back from J.J. Wise before rain forced the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature to be called after 16 of the scheduled 25 laps. “The car was really good. We were really fast,” said Ward, racing out of Laurens and teammate of 2010 series champion Mike Jergens this season. “I got a good starting spot but I think I could have started further back and still had a chance to get to the front.” Two cautions interrupted the series-opening night contest. Ward slipped under Wise following the second restart to regain the lead. The victory paid $1,000. Ward was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, having won the Allstar Performance Nebraska State crown last season. Wise, Jesse Sobbing, Ryan Ruter and Jergens rounded out the top five. Ruter and Jergens both qualified from “B” features. Ward returned to the Midwest in March. His Memorial Day win at Mason City was his first of the season; he’d finished sixth and second in a pair of weekly starts, then broke while running fifth late in Sunday’s Skip Rose Memorial at I-35.Forty IMCA Modifieds saw action Monday. Feature results – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 2. J.J. Wise, Garner; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 5. Mike Jergens, Plover; 6. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 7. Levi Nielsen, Mason City; 8. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; 9. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 11. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 14. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo.; 15. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 16. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland; 17. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 18. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 20. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 21. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 22. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 23. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman; 24. Rob Rose, West Des Moines. 1st heat – 1. Wise; 2. Sobbing; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Carter; 5. Ruter; 6. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, Minn.; 7. Waterman; 8. Logan Brown, Clear Lake.2nd heat – 1. Rose; 2. Joldersma; 3. Christensen; 4. Jergens; 5. Less; 6. Wray; 7. Coty Albers, Wellsburg; 8. Ed Thomas, Waterloo. 3rd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Mills; 3. Elliott; 4. Van Genderen; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 7. Dustin Brown, Thornton; 8. Murray.4th heat – 1. Hanson; 2. Heetland; 3. Nielsen; 4. Marriott; 5. Casey Greubel, Lacona; 6. Kurt Moeding, Mason City; 7. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 8. Scott Olson, Blairsburg.5th heat – 1. Cordes; 2. Ward; 3. Ryan Watnem, Humboldt; 4. David Brown, Kellogg; 5. Jamie Anderson, Mason City; 6. Kyle Krampe, Baxter; 7. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 8. Josh Ruby, Lakota. 1st “B” feature – 1. Nielsen; 2. Jergens; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Roberts; 6. Murray; 7. Ignaszewski; 8. Moeding; 9. Albers; 10. David Brown. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Ruter; 2. Christensen; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Wray; 5. Watnem; 6. Greubel; 7. Krampe; 8. Logan Brown; 9. Dustin Brown; 10. Olson. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Elliott; 2. Carter; 3. Less; 4. Marriott; 5. Waterman; 6. Ruby; 7. Rust; 8. Anderson; 9. Rogotzke; 10. Thomas.last_img read more

Haiti’s President condemns Oxfam sex scandal

first_imgHaiti President Jovenel Moise has condemned the British charity, Oxfam, over the allegations that some of its staff members were engaged in paid sex while on a mission to help people affected by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.Violation of human dignity“There is nothing more undignified and dishonest than a sexual predator who uses his position as part of the humanitarian response to a natural disaster to exploit needy people in moments of great vulnerability,” Moise said in a Twitter message late Monday. “What happened with Oxfam in Haiti is an extremely serious violation of human dignity,” he added.Oxfam deputy chief executive officer, Penny Lawrence, has since resigned noting that “concerns were raised about the behavior of staff in Chad, as well as Haiti, that we failed to adequately act upon.”Totally unacceptableLast Friday, Oxfam described as “totally unacceptable” the behavior of the workers noting that such allegations risked undermining public trust in charities.“The public expects charities to be safe and trusted environments that safeguard those who come into contact with them,” it said, noting that the “behavior of some members of Oxfam staff uncovered in Haiti in 2011 was totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high standards we expect of our staff.”Oxfam said that “as soon as we became aware of the allegations we immediately launched an internal investigation.”.The earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people and left millions homeless in the country.Maximum transparency expectedThe European Commission has said it expects full clarity and maximum transparency from Oxfam, warning it is ready to “cease funding any partner not living up to high ethical standards.” The charity’s program in Haiti received Euro1.7 million in 2011 from the EU and Britain’s International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Oxfam had apologized for its “appalling” behavior and that the government had not been told at the time the allegations involved sexual misconduct or beneficiaries.last_img read more

Titans at Steelers: Keys to Victory

first_imgIt’s here. The 2013 season is upon us and it opens up on Sunday afternoon when the Steelers host the Titans. The black and gold is a team in transition and their true potential is unknown. They have the luxury of opening up against an weaker opponent at home and ideally getting the season off on the right foot.Here are the keys to a Steeler Victory:1. They must stop Chris Johnson and the Titan ground attack. They need to put the ball in Jake Locker’s hands and force him to beat them.2. The Steelers will need to avoid the costly mistakes that cost them games in 2012. They can’t’ have stupid penalties, a plethora of turnovers or any missed routes or assignments.3. The black and gold must establish an offensive rhythm. They can’t have multiple 3 and out situations. They will need to find a happy balance between running the football and throwing it as well as a happy balance between short, medium and long passes. They need to avoid the pitfall of relying on one particular set of plays.4. The team will not want to allow the Titans to hang around and keep confidence. When you’re better than a team, the last thing you need to do is allow them to stay in the game. The Steelers must step on the Titans throat early and eliminate any confidence they have. The black and gold need to be the bully.Here are a few things to watch for this week:1. Jarvis Jones-The Steelers first round pick looked good all summer long. How will he look when the real games start? I expect greatness out of this kid.2. Markus Wheaton-Here’s another rookie who could make a big impact. He’s not a starter, yet, but he can be a game changer and it could show this week.3. Isaac Redman-He once again is the starting running back. Will he seize the opportunity or let it slip away?4. Big Ben-He’s been doing this for 10 years now and most of the guys on this team are younger than him by several years. Will he continue to grow as a leader and help bring this team together? Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)last_img read more

Red Bank GOP Ready To Take The Reins

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK– What Borough Councilmen-elect Michael Whelan and Mark Taylor lack in experience in their young political careers, they say they make up in energy and enthusiasm.Red Bank Councilman-elect Mike Whelan“We’re going to be like a sponge, absorbing everything,” said Taylor, about his and Whalen’s plans for learning the ropes as the two Republicans prepare to take their seats on the new borough council. The Republicans will have the majority for the first time in more than two decades.“We’re still in kind of a limbo,” Whelan pointed out. As members-elect they haven’t formally taken their place on the six-member council but are already being approached by residents asking about things and what to expect. “People are looking at us to make changes,” Taylor said.The two will be sworn in on Jan. 2 during the borough re-organization meeting which will be held at the municipal complex at noon.As for what to expect, “I think we want to continue the progress that has been made,” in the last couple of years, Taylor offered, referring to the work of their GOP predecessors Cindy Burnham and Linda Schwabenbauer. Burnham was elected two years ago, and Schwabenbauer was elected last year.“We’re not going to upset the applecart,” Taylor assured, “but we’d like to continue the progress.”Red Bank Councilman-elect Mark TaylorTaylor, 34, a lawyer, and Whelan, 25, who works in the insurance industry, are two political newcomers who won what turned out to be a protracted and close campaign that eventually was determined by a formal vote recount last month. Whelan’s victory was particularly narrow, winning by a mere three votes over nine-year-incumbent Democrat Michael DuPont. Their victory, with previous wins in the last two years by Burnham and Schwabenbauer, set the stage for the GOP to take the majority control of the council for the first time since 1989.Whelan said this amounted to a mandate from the electorate. “People want change,” he said.The changing of the political guard generally ensures there will be some changes in political appointments for the new year. And that could possibly mean a different attorney, engineering and auditing firms, among others, positions that traditionally serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council.Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, said last week he hasn’t been informed about the future appointments as of yet. Taylor, in response, said it was premature to discuss that and no final decisions have been determined at this time.“Yes, we’re the majority,” he noted, “but we’re not the only ones on the council.”But the two, presumably with the support of their fellow Republicans have issues they would like to tackle in the coming year. Taylor sees it as time for the governing body to once again address the longstanding, and sometimes thorny, issue of parking. “We have an opportunity to dive deep into this,” said Taylor.Certainly, one of the considerations could be further discussions about a parking garage. Taylor said that could be one remedy “if done smartly,” and something that should be raised. “If it doesn’t cost the taxpayers money.”For Whelan, “The one thing I’m really concerned with is the businesses.”Whelan maintained, “When I hear horror stories of mom and pops (businesses) waiting for months to get a variance,” so they can proceed in opening, he finds that troubling.Making the borough more business-friendly and improving the parking situation, “These issues dovetail into each other,” Taylor believed.And the goal is “to get people to Red Bank,” Whelan stressed.Getting people here as visitors—competing with the recently redeveloped Asbury Park as an attraction, especially for younger people—and getting them to move here, to live and to raise their families, should be a priority, they believe.Another area needing attention is the borough’s infrastructure. Taylor called it “ancient” and “actually dangerous,” given its age and condition. Up to this point Whelan describes remedies as, “It’s been a lot of Band-Aids.” Both men acknowledged this could mean spending considerable money but it has to be addressed.“These are not new ideas but we need to move them forward,” Taylor said.Whelan said he would love to serve as the borough council’s liaison to Red Bank RiverCenter, the commercial district’s business alliance.Taylor, who has been active with the Parks and Recreation Committee for a number of years, and would like to continue working with the department if possible.In closing, Whelan offered, “I think the people of Red Bank deserve a break,” and they hope to “dig deep” into the budget to help ease the tax burden.“The vision we have is something we’re going to work on,” he said.last_img read more

Nelson Fight Night #2 treats crowd to evening of great amateur boxing

first_imgLewis said he was very antsy before the bout but was able to overcome nerves to persevere over Gowanlock.“I think the fight went really good . . . I think there is lots that I can work on,” Lewis said after the bout.“Being my first fight it felt nerve-wracking for sure . . . I was a bit scared going in. Overall I was able to end up with the decision so in the end it was good.”Lewis, who comes from a family of boxing enthusiasts, felt he needed to get away from the brawling aspect of fighting.“Boxing is way more of a sport than people realize,” he said. “There’s some brawling in the sport but during a fight you’re always trying to get ahead by working the chest and jabbing your opponent.”In the end, Lewis pounced on Gowanlock, who had the bout stopped a few times for a standing count by the referee, to be checked by the ring doctor and to deal with a bloody face.Other matches had Riel Martinez of Nelson fighting Dylan Muhlig in a 38 kg Initiation bout; Krishan Lysenko of Nelson meeting up with Danica Dreyer of Thistletown in girls Elite Exhibition match; and Cranbrook boxers Alexica Hansen and Sierra Pearson facing off in a 32 kg Initiation match.Joe Armstrong of Thistletown knocked out the final Nelson Boxer, Bohdi Cartland, in the 91kg Elite Novice bout.The KO came in the first round, after Cartland knocked Armstrong’s headpiece off Armstrong off earlier in the round.Parsa Bisheh of Griffins Boxing defeated Brandon Emerick of Thistletown by a TKO in 60 kg Junior C Novice.Other matches  had Conner Null of Revelstoke facing Clive Fagan of Thistletown in 69 kg Elite Exhibition and Dom Barbosa of Salmon Arm meeting Kaden Swanson of Cranbrook in 64 kg Junior C Exhibition.The Nelson Boxing Club is located at 685 Baker Street in Nelson in the basement that houses Pharmasave. Check out the club’s Facebook page. Fight Night #2 Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club mirrored May’s inaugural event in a lot of ways — a full house with lots of local talent from the Nelson Boxing Club on display.However, the action and intensity inside the ring was turned up just a little more than Fight Night #1 which gave the Nelson Boxing Club coaching staff plenty to build on as the organization moves forward.“I was super happy with all our athletes tonight,” said Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club.“Everyone gave it everything and showed a lot of skills. . .. I’ve very proud of them all.”Fight Night # 2 saw a handful of local fighters take center stage at the Rod and Gun Club.Nelson boxers Elias Martinez and Jeff Emmett brought the hometown crowd to their feet with after earning unanimous decisions over Aaron Madriaga and Geoff Hewlett in the later fights on the card — the latter bout the Nelson Brewing Company main event.Madriaga is from Thistletown Boxing Club while Hewlett is from North Vancouver.Earlier bouts saw Ryan Lewis, competing in his first ever bout, score a TKO decision over John Gowanlock of Revelstoke.last_img read more