More than a Facade

first_img Community News 30 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News More than a Facade Library Foundation and Friends raise 75K to restore library building By EDDIE RIVERA, Editor, Living Section Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 2:34 pmcenter_img Community News Joan Cathcart. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryLibrary Director Jan Sanders. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryMore than two hundred donors, supporters, and friends of the Pasadena Public Library gathered yesterday evening in the Great Hall of Central Library to celebrate the raising of more than $75,000 to restore the Walnut Street building’s South Facade.The façade restoration brought together the Pasadena Public Library Foundation, as well as The Friends of the Pasadena Library, for the latest building improvement project.“This event celebrates one of Pasadena’s most revered institutions—the Pasadena Public Library,” said Mayor Bill Bogaard, “and it’s wonderful relationship between the Library Foundation and the library for the care and the restoration of this fabulous architectural treasure.”“This has been a wonderful event,” said Foundation president Peter McAniff. ‘We are thrilled with the number of people who are here, as well as the eclecticism of the people who are here. We’ve already reached our goal of $75,000, and the City has pledged to match that amount. We think the project should be completed by next spring.”Peter McAniff. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryMcAniff continued, “It’s really a nice reflection of the people who appreciate the library and support it, and is a wonderful reflection of Pasadena. There are a lot of calls on the City’s resources and this is an opportunity for private investments to be directed in a way that supports everybody.”Both The Friends of the Library and the Foundation help to support the library’s work. The Friends help with programming, daily and monthly book sales, as well as the summer reading program, while the Foundation brings together investors to help with physical improvements or additions to the Library.Over the years the Foundation has helped bring new computers to the library, make improvements to the fourth floor including new facilities, as well as donate 75 computers to the library.The restoration of the South Façade is due to begin in a few months, said McAniff. Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Liberty coach George Lamptey: “Kotoko are cheap!”

first_imgLiberty Professionals coach George Lamptey was in buoyant mood after his side’s 3-1 thrashing of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.The coach believes his side’s victory was no fluke as his side had the antidote to Kotoko on the day. Lamptey was of the view that the game offered little by way of resistance.“This victory is a cheap one. I have watched Kumasi Asante Kotoko  play. In our first round match [against them], they were just lucky,” he told Joy Sports.“Just like I have been telling you, I have taken my three points here.”Lamptey went on to further declare his team as favorites for the league title stating his side were one of the best teams in the country currently.“I know my team, I know my players and their attitude on the pitch. In the corresponding game they played very well.” “We are one of the teams that is prepared to take this year’s league. If you look at my team [and] the way we play, I have been with my boys for three years now but this year we have played very well and are one of the best in the league.”The gaffer is one of the longest serving coaches in the league after spending more than three years with the Dansoman side.Meanwhile…Liberty’s third goal was scored by Alfred Nelson, who has attributed his side’s victory to discipline and hard work.He spoke to Joy Sports: “I believe tactically we were ahead of Kotoko and that is what gave us the victory. Hard work and discipline is the key for Liberty and I believe that is what is paying for us. “Playing against Kotoko alone is enough motivation for us and serves as a morale booster for Liberty who have young players and always look forward to such games.”–last_img read more

Thurston County: Tips For Choosing And Working With Your Contractor Through…

first_img About The AuthorJohn Erwin Remodeling, Inc is a recognized leader in the home remodeling industry. They have been remodeling homes in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater area for many years, winning numerous awards and designations for there work. They are so confident in their level of teamwork, quality and craftsmanship they offer a full two year warranty. They select quality materials that they feel confident to stand behind. They love what they do and it shows in their work. To see a few samples of their work, visit the portfolio section of their website. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: John Erwin of John Erwin RemodelingAt some point if you are a homeowner, you will need to hire a contractor to work on your home.  It certainly can be a scary endeavor especially if your only experience is watching HGTV or maybe watching “Get Jesse” on the 5 o’clock news reporting on the worst of the worst contractors out there.  It’s no wonder that many homeowners go into this process very guarded with all their defenses up.  The following are some good tips for you when choosing and more importantly, working with your contractor through the process.   The first step is to talk with two or three contractors, then do your homework and research on the contractors you are considering.  You may find yourself disqualifying one or two well before they even end up giving you a proposal. The most important tip I can give you is to hire a licensed bonded contractor.  Don’t take their word for it just because they hand you a business card and tell you they have been in business for years.  Be pro-active and go to the Labor and Industries web site and look it up for yourself (  You may just find out that sure they had been in business for years; however they may not have current liability insurance and without it, they legally cannot be working on your home.  That person should be automatically disqualified from your list of candidates.  If they have employees that will be working on your home, I recommend you  also look up and insure they are current with their workman’s compensation premiums on the same L&I website.  If they are not, it is a good indication that there are deeper problems with the company and most of all, if a worker gets injured on your property, they can go after you for compensation.When sitting down with the contractors direct your questions to the quality and trust factors.   How much experience does the contractor have in the type of project you are considering?  How long have they been in business?  Longevity, especially in these economic times can be a good indicator on what type of company they run.  What percentage of their work comes from repeat or referral?  A good reputable company will have about 50% of their work coming in as repeat and referrals.  Do they have industry accreditations and or certifications?  This will indicate the level of professionalism you can expect.     Ask them how they run their jobs from start to finish.  A good contractor will have a very clear process from the initial walk though, billing, and final punch list even one on warranty issues.   Ask for references not only from past clients but from current projects they are working on.Ask for a detailed proposal.  The proposal should clearly outline the work that will be done in layman’s terms along with all product specifications, model numbers, and owner’s responsibilities.  The down payment and payment process should also be clearly stated.Now you have done your homework and you have received two or three detailed proposals on your project and you are ready to choose who you are going to work with.  A lot of homeowner’s focus solely on price and certainly price is factor in the decision process; however price alone is not the best way to choose.  Simply choosing the low bid, although may work out well; it can also lead to headaches and problems.  Most contractors will price out very similar, but if you have one proposal that is more than 20% to 30% less than the other proposals, chances are the contractor missed something, is not including everything you wanted or in other words is not pricing out the same job.  If a contractor made a mistake it’s not like you won the “lottery”.  They will eventually find the mistake and do everything they can to make that up through change orders, taking short cuts or using inferior products.  Keep in mind you will be working with this contractor for an extended amount of time, before during and after the project begins.  Furthermore, the contractor will be working on your most personal asset, your home.  I have always recommended going with your gut feeling and instinct with who you feel most comfortable and confident in working with.You have now chosen your contractor, are comfortable, confident and ready to start the project.  Often there is a communication gap between homeowners and contractors.  Too often this starts because the homeowners are still suspicious of the contractor and worrying that they are about to be taken advantage of.  If you felt that way, you shouldn’t have hired the contractor to begin with.  Now is the time to be completely honest and upfront with your contractor and communicate daily.  I definitely feel communication is the first key to a successful remodel project.1.       Expect a mess and then work to minimize it.  Contractors are often left shaking their head when a homeowner asks “why is there so much dust”.  If they are working inside your home, even with the best of precautions, floor protection and dust barriers, dust will still manage to get though, it doesn’t know to stop at the doorway.  Talk with the contractor before they start and ask what he will do to minimize the mess along with what you can do to help.  For example:  If a wall is being taken down, removing everything from the room prior to them arriving, and covering up items in nearby rooms especially electronics and computers.  It certainly will help control the dust and mess and the contractor will appreciate the fact that you are helping out by doing your part.2.       Know what you want.  Most contractors go into the job with a schedule based on the projects scope of work and products selected.  Everything has lead time, so although it may seem like changing your mind or not meeting the contractors schedule for deciding on the type of flooring or countertops you want in your new kitchen, it can wreak havoc on a contractors schedule.  It may cause a delay in your project by days or weeks.  You cannot install the wood trim until the flooring is installed and if you don’t know what you’re doing on the countertop, you cannot schedule the plumber to install the sink or dishwasher.  Sure there is always a solution, but in the end, it just cost additional time and possibly money.  Do your part and make your selections early and on time.3.       Be prepared for delays.  If you have spent time watching HGTV you may have an unrealistic idea on how easy it may be or how long a project may take.  A major project cannot be done in one hour and in those shows, Keep in mind that behind the scenes there are many craftsmen and assistants working off camera.  If you are doing a bathroom remodel there may be days when it seems like not much work has been done.  Well sometimes that is true.  The contractor may hang the sheetrock in one day and put on the first coat of drywall mud.  The following 3 days they may only spend about two hours a day on your project due to drying time in between coats with nothing else to do until it is complete.  Working outside there may be weather related delays.  The siding may be all done on the new addition but it is simply too cold or raining to paint.  It’s always best to be patient and wait for the appropriate weather.  The end result will always be better and probably last longer.4.     Your job may cost more than you expect.  Make sure you talk to your contractor about your budget, we all have one right? If you communicate well with the contractor what your overall max budget is, they will work with you to help you meet that budget.   Expect your project to cost more and plan on about a 10% contingency fund.  If you were financing the project your bank will more than likely require you to have that anyway.  The contractor doesn’t have X-ray vision, so if they uncover rot damage it will need to be repaired and it will cost you more.  You may also expand your scope of work or may choose products that are more expensive than your allowances.  Sometimes the scope of work changes, sometimes the budget changes, and a good contractor will work very hard for you to blend the two the best they can.5.     Communicate, communicate, and communicate.  Many homeowners feel like they need to be home and hover, watching what the contractor is doing every hour of the day just in case the contractor or workers are not clear on what is to be done or have questions.  More than not, this actually has the opposite effect.  Remember you hired a professional and you need to give them their space.  No one likes someone looking over their shoulder all day long while they are working; it is very uncomfortable and actually can be a safety hazard.  I have found the best way to communicate is what I call “low-Tech” email.  This is simply a spiral note book that is left out in a common area in the home that both the homeowner and contactor write in every day throughout the project.  All the pages are left in the book and in the end of the project you will have a “journal” of the project.  You will also have backup and do not have to rely on memory two or three months after the fact trying to remember what was said or communicated.  Schedule a once a week one hour meeting with your contractor to review progress using the communication log as your agenda.  Do your best to schedule your meetings with your contractor during regular business hours, they will also appreciate that because they too have after work obligations with kids, dinner and well, the same thing everyone else has.6.     Be a good customer.  One of the best ways to get quality work from your contractor is to make all the construction crew members enjoy working for you.  That means being friendly and accommodating with the workers in your home.  Call them by their first name and give them compliments as they are deserved, they will eat it up.  Most importantly, pay the contractor on time according to the terms of the contract.  Contractors have a lot of obligations with suppliers, sub-contractors, and employees and if you hold up the pay just because you “didn’t have time” to go the bank; it will only cause stress and can have a detrimental effect on attitude.  Often times our clients will go the extra mile as they get to know the crew and make cookies or give the workers a cup of hot coffee on a cold day.  That is good as gold as far as I am concerned, they will bend over backwards for you and more than likely do everything they can to do a fantastic job.last_img read more