Make a Beautiful Landscape Design an Excellent Selling Feature for Your Property

first_img In this “hot” Pasadena real estate market, beautiful landscape design can be an excellent selling feature for your property. It adds value, functionality, curb appeal and makes a great first impression on potential buyers. Make your home stand out with these ideas from an important member of Cynthia’s team, Matthew McKelligon.Matthew is an excellent landscape designer who graduated summa cum laude from the School of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent a significant amount of time living and studying in Japan, Switzerland and Germany to develop his aesthetics and philosophy.“I really appreciate landscaping with a strong design statement,” he says. “One of my primary considerations in designing a backyard is its connection the home and environment. Many times we don’t adequately make use of our yards because there is a disconnect between the home and yard. With that in mind, some of my landscape projects have evolved through design and turned into partial interior remodels to better make that connection.“Functionality is key to my designs. I like to find a use for all the outdoor space as it relates to the home. Highly useful spaces should be located closer to the house and as you proceed farther back, you make use of lower-occupancy, more intimate spaces: fire pits, hammocks, vegetable gardens and other features.”Here are some photos of some recent projects:[smooth=id:155;]Contact Matthew McKelligon: (310) 409-7435Email: [email protected] Real Estate Corner Make a Beautiful Landscape Design an Excellent Selling Feature for Your Property By CYNTHIA TILLEMAN Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 1:58 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Cynthia Tilleman, Realtor897 Granite Drive, Pasadena CA 91001(626) 825-0161 / (626) 639-1676Twitter.com/cynthiaskornerwww.pasadenahomesbycynthia.com Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe More Cool Stuff Business News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment 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. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family ask governor to appoint new special prosecutor

first_imgBreonna Taylor FamilyBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Saying their fight for justice is not over, attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family asked the governor of Kentucky to appoint a new special prosecutor to reopen the case and slammed state Attorney General Daniel Cameron for “intentionally” not presenting homicide charges against three white officers who fatally shot the 26-year-old Black woman in her own apartment.The request was made in an open letter to Gov. Andy Beshear, and came a day after the public release of 15 hours of recordings of a three-day grand jury hearing which resulted in one officer being indicted on wanton endangerment charges, but not for Taylor’s death.“Unfortunately, Cameron did not serve as an unbiased prosecutor in this case and intentionally did not present charges to the grand jury that would have pursued justice for Ms. Taylor,” reads the letter addressed to Beshear and posted online by attorneys for Taylor’s family.One of the attorneys, Benjamin Crump, posted a message on Twitter accompanying a link to the letter, saying, “This fight is NOT OVER! We DEMAND a new special prosecutor reopen #Breonna Taylor’s case?”In the letter, the family asks for 10,000 signatures in support of the request, and as of Sunday afternoon, more than 7,800 people had signed.“It is past time for Louisville’s and Kentucky’s leaders to honor the value of her life by holding those responsible for her death accountable,” reads the letter.Beshear, who appointed Cameron to be the special prosecutor in the case, has yet to respond to the letter.On Sept. 23, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in a shooting that killed Breonna Taylor, but neither he nor the other two officers involved in the fatal encounter were charged in her death. The charges against Hankison were connected to bullets he fired that penetrated a wall of Taylor’s apartment and went into the residence of a white family next door.Louisville Metro Police Department officers Myles Cosgrove, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Hankison unleashed a barrage of 32 shots into Taylor’s apartment while serving a warrant around 1 a.m. on March 13.Cameron said Cosgrove, who fired 16 times into Taylor’s apartment, and Mattingly, who fired six times, were found justified in their use of deadly force because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at them first when they forced open the apartment door, hitting Mattingly in the upper thigh.At a news conference following the grand jury’s announcement, Cameron said, “This justification bars us from pursuing chargers in Breonna Taylor’s death.”Cameron said last week that the only charge prosecutors recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment against Hankison, who was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June for violating department policies during the shooting.Hankison pleaded not guilty to the chargers during his arraignment on Sept. 28. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered Cameron’s office to release the recordings of the grand jury hearing as part of discovery in Hankison’s case.On Friday, Cameron’s office released 15 hours of more than 20 hours of recordings of what prosecutors presented to the grand jury.Cameron said he was “confident” that the recordings would show that his office presented a thorough case.“I’m confident that once the public listens to the recordings, they will see that our team presented a thorough case to the Jefferson County Grand Jury,” Cameron said in a statement. “Our presentation followed the facts and the evidence, and the Grand Jury was given a complete picture of the events surrounding Ms. Taylor’s death on March 13th.”Much of the controversy in the high-profile case has centered on whether police officers knocked on Taylor’s door and identified themselves as police before using a battering ram to force open Taylor’s door.Walker claimed the officer neither knocked nor announced themselves before barging into the apartment. In a civil suit against the city and police department, Walker claimed he fired a warning shot with his licensed 9mm handgun because he thought the police officers were intruders.But Cameron said statements by the officers that they knocked and announced themselves were corroborated by one independent witness who was near Taylor’s apartment when the warrant was being executed.Lawyers for Taylor’s family say there are at least 11 other witnesses who never heard police knock on Taylor’s door and make their presence known before entering the apartment.A judge approved a “no-knock” warrant based on a sworn affidavit from a detective that an ex-boyfriend of Taylor’s was sending packages of drugs to her apartment through the U.S. Postal Service.No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment and lawyers for Taylor’s family allege the warrant was secured with an affidavit that contained lies.During the grand jury hearing, detectives testified that although they obtained a “no-knock warrant,” officers were told to knock and announce themselves because they were informed in a pre-raid briefing that Taylor’s goddaughter might be in the apartment.The detectives also conceded that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, the target of the raid, was already in custody by the time officers arrived at Taylor’s apartment.Hankison, Mattingly, Cosgrove and other officers involved in serving the search warrant all testified that they knocked on the door several times and announced they were police before entering the apartment.During his testimony before the grand jury, Mattingly said that when he entered the apartment he saw a man and a woman at the end of a hall and that the man was in a shooting stance. He testified that he heard a “boom” and “I can feel the heat in my leg.” At that, he said, he returned fire.The grand jury also heard a recording of an interview police conducted with Cosgrove.In the interview, Cosgrove said he was standing in the threshold of Taylor’s front door and was “immediately overwhelmed with bright flashes and darkness” and saw Mattingly fall to the ground. He said he opened fire upon noticing a “larger than normal human shadow” in the darkened apartment.Cameron said Taylor was hit six times by bullets fired by Mattingly and Cosgrove, and that an FBI ballistics analysis showed that the fatal shot that hit Taylor came from Cosgrove’s gun.Prior to the grand jury’s decision, the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor’s family $12 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Taylor’s mother. The settlement also requires the city to institute a series of reforms in the police department in an attempt to ensure that a similar tragedy does not occur, including an overhaul of how officers obtain search warrants.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ocean City High School Student-Athletes of the Week

first_imgOcean City High School Below are the two Ocean City High School Student-Athletes of the Week. Both Billy Kroeger and Maggie Wallace received awards from Destination Athlete in the fall, and both are excelling in their sports today.Please enjoy this new feature from the OCSD Athletic Department and congratulate both Billy and Maggie when you see them next!Download (PDF, 411KB)Download (PDF, 459KB)last_img

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Press release: Government introduces bill to tackle Palace of Westminster fire risk

first_imgThe Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House of Commons, said: Interim measures, including 24/7 fire safety patrols, are already in place to protect the historic Palace and ensures it remains compliant with existing fire safety laws. The risks, however, are very great, of a catastrophic failure within the building, and so progress to carrying out the urgent mechanical and engineering work is vital.At the same time, preparatory work has been undertaken by the shadow Sponsor Board, established in June 2018, including the development of plans for temporary chambers for use during the period of the works.The bill will require the Sponsor Body to secure parliamentary approval for the design, cost and timing of the works. MPs and Peers will move out of the Palace in the mid-2020s.Notes to editors This bill is an important step in the restoration and renewal of the Palace. It will establish a Sponsor Board, independent of Parliament, with the expertise to prepare the detailed business case for R&R and create the Delivery Authority to carry out the works. Both bodies will be subject to financial accountability and Parliamentary oversight. It is imperative that we make progress and protect the Palace of Westminster for future generations. The Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, Leader of the House of Lords, said: Efforts to protect the Palace of Westminster from a catastrophic event like the recent Notre Dame fire reach a major milestone today with the introduction of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill.The bill means the governance structure, approved by MPs and peers in 2018, will draw on the best practice of the 2012 London Olympics by establishing: an Estimates Commission, with cross-party involvement, will be established to scrutinise the Sponsor Body’s spending plans the Estimates Commission will be required to consult the Treasury and take into account any advice it gives the National Audit Office will undertake regular audits and value-for-money reviewscenter_img A number of financial safeguards are written into the bill, given it is imperative that Parliament keeps total costs down. a Sponsor Body – made up of parliamentary and external members, which acts as the client on behalf of Parliament and will oversee the delivery of the works a Delivery Authority – equipped with the expertise to keep costs down and manage a project of this complexity Events like the terrible fire at Notre Dame bring home to us sharply the importance of preserving our historic buildings. The Palace of Westminster, recognised the world over as a symbol of democracy, must be restored for future generations. This bill ensures the vital work needed to protect its future will happen in the most efficient way – with the expertise we need, proper structures in place, and making sure we deliver the best possible value for taxpayers’ money. I have always championed the need for Parliament to get on with this vital work, and am proud to introduce this bill. The Commons passed a motion backing action to safeguard the Palace of Westminster on 31 January 2018. An identical motion was passed by the Lords on 6 February 2018. A shadow Sponsor Body was established in June 2018 to undertake preparatory works. The government published a draft version of the present bill on 18 October 2018. A Joint Committee of MPs and Peers scrutinised the draft bill and completed its final report on 21 March 2019. The government response to the Joint Committee’s report was published on 7 May 2018. At the same time Parliament has been preparing its Northern Estate Programme, the essential first step that will enable the broader Restoration and Renewal Programme by providing space for MPs’ offices – and a temporary chamber for the House of Commons. For media queries relating to the Restoration and Renewal Programme or the Northern Estate Programme, please contact the R&R Programme press office on 02072198716. For media queries relating to the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill, please contact Alex Stevenson on 07712410865 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Divers Recover WWII Bouncing Bombs in Scotland

first_imgA specialised piece of underwater scanning equipment has been used to locate and identify WWII ‘bouncing bombs’ in a Scottish loch.GSE Rentals, part of Unique System UK provided the scanning equipment and engineering support to produce sonar images of the seabed at the dive site currently being explored by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).The scuba divers have completed a mission to raise two historic, ‘Highball’ bouncing bombs like those used by the Dambusters squadron on the successful raid of the Eder Dam.The Highball bombs were recovered in by divers.Mike Osterberger, Unique Group’s senior engineer said, “We are pleased that the quality of the images allowed us to identify not only a debris field with a number of Highballs but additional debris that we believe to be side charges from the X Craft type submarine.”The scanner was pulled by a workboat from fellow Scottish company Aspect Surveys. Sub Sea Tooling Services based near Aberdeen also provided an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to assist with filming the searches.Around 200 Highballs have lain at the bottom of Loch Striven in Argyll, for almost 75 years since they were tested by the Royal Navy for use against enemy ships and for the Eder Dam raid in the WWII.The bombs, which are inactive, were secured by the divers ready for lifting by the Royal Navy and then winched to the surface before being packed, ready for transport in wet tanks containing a special salt-water solution to prevent them from corroding.Now the aim is to donate the Highballs to two museums so they can be put on display to the public, in time for the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, in 2018, GSE Rentals said.last_img read more

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City gov’t proposes P2.7B 2020 budget

first_imgFor 2020, the proposed budget for themayor’s office is P73.7 million for personnel services and P590,400, 957 forMaintenance and Other Operating Expenses./PN Of the P2.7 billion proposal, 57.21percent (P1,546,449,500) will come from local taxes while the remaining fromthe city’s Internal Revenue Allotment. Iloilo City Hall. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN But here’s one good news to citygovernment employees. “We have adjusted sangsweldo sang aton mga empleyado kag may saka man nga 10 percent across theboard per department para ka-functionsila properly,” said Treñas. Treñas said no city hall departmentwould get zero budget. It hurdled the SangguniangPanlungsod’s appropriations committee and is now set for deliberation by thelegislative body. His uncle, Mayor Jerry Treñas, previouslywarned that department heads absent in meetings he called won’t be gettingbudgets. ILOILO City – The city government’sproposed budget for 2020 is P2.7 billion. “It’s a conservative budget,” said CouncilorJay Treñas, chairperson of the appropriations committee, “kay indi kita segurado sang mga actual naton nga income.” The proposed budget, however, isaround P400-million higher than this year’s. Matters not covered by the proposed2020 budget may be funded via budget supplements, said Treñas.last_img read more

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Donegal singer making waves with a ‘wee Donegal song’

first_imgA Donegal singer is making waves online with his cover of  ‘Home to Donegal’ that he posted on his Facebook page. Darren Boot released a new video on Thursday and has already served up some serious traction with nearly 2000 people viewing it online.Writing online, Boot said: “With St Patrick’s Day around the corner I thought I would cover a wee Donegal Song. “This is dedicated to all friends and family in Ireland and those scattered across the world.”Check it out below…Donegal singer making waves with a ‘wee Donegal song’ was last modified: March 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL musicMUSIClast_img read more

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Another Simpsons movie on the cards

first_imgLondon: Another film in The Simpsons franchise will soon be announced, creator Matt Groening has confirmed. The film, which will be the second to be made at Disney after The Simpsons Movie in 2007, is likely to see the light of day due to its box office potential. “No doubt there will be another Simpsons movie one of these days. I think Disney wants something for its money,” Groening said. He was speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 event, reported The Independent. Groening also revealed the reason behind the follow-up taking over a decade to materialise. The writer said despite the financial success, the first film “almost killed us”. “We didn’t have a B-team waiting to do ‘The Simpsons Movie’, so the same people who wrote, animated, voiced and did the music for ‘The Simpsons’ TV show also did the movie. That was in 2007,” he said.last_img read more

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 226 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $22.6 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 1 will grow to approximately $31 million.last_img

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