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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. Make a comment 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,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Tournament of Roses Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 | 12:52 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website The Tournament of Roses® Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 grant assistance program. In 2016, the total amount awarded to local charities will remain at $200,000. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $2.7 million in more than 180 Pasadena-area organizations. Grants typically range from $1,000 up to $10,000 per organization. The grant award maximum is $10,000. The grant awards in 2015 totaled $200,000, and the average grant was approximately $4,700.Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) status, as of the 2016 submission deadline, that are based in and serving one or more of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Cafiada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City. Grants will be given in the categories of performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. Forty-two organizations received grants last year including these ten first-time recipients: About Productions, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, Jericho Road Pasadena, Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth, Inc., Mark Keppel High School Drama Boosters, Marshall Music Boosters Inc., Monrovia Wildcats Band Booster Club, Pasadena Girls Softball Association, Pasadena High School Instrumental Music Club, and The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program.To apply, eligible organizations should visit www.ctkodm.com/ptrf/. New applicants will need to enter “apply” for both the “username” and “password.” Returning applicants will use their previously approved username and password. Returning applicants should contact the Foundation directly for questions on their approved username and/or password. The website will then direct users to a welcome page with instructions on how to begin the application process. Applicants can find the official grant guidelines, the grant application timeline, a list of special stipulations and requirements, a detailed list of frequently asked questions about the grants program and a list of common submission errors and omissions on the Foundation’s website at www.tournamentofroses.com/foundation/grant.Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2015 through January 28, 2016 by 5 p.m. All applicants will receive a status update the week of February 29, 2016. The 2016 finalists will be notified the week of February 29, 2016 and then must submit the required additional background materials by March 14, 2016. The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in May 2016.The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1983 to receive and manage charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters and the general public.About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.For more information, please contact April Hood, (626) 449-4100 or [email protected]amentofroses.org. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
If your wish list this season includes a chipper or shredder to remove limbs and leaves from your landscape, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension before making a hasty purchase. A shredder is used primarily for leaves and very small twigs while a chipper chops wood or stalks into small pieces. Many units contain both chipper and shredder capabilities and are referred to as chipper/shredders. Engine sizes vary from small electric powered units with a horsepower of 1 horsepower or less to larger, 4- to 10- horsepower, gasoline-powered units. Some are available with an electric starter, which can be a useful with larger engines. Units that are even larger and attach to a tractor’s power-take-off (PTO) drive are also available. Some shredders have a chute for receiving leaves near the ground so leaves can be easily raked into the unit, or they may have the capability to be used as a vacuum to pull leaves into the unit. Others have wheels to allow operation over the lawn and landscape, much like a lawn mower. Chippers usually operate with knives fixed to a rotary disk. They chop wood that is fed through a chute into small pieces. Some chippers have knives that can be turned over when one side becomes dull. The ease of removing, replacing and/or sharpening the knives is an important feature to consider. Chipping green wood is usually easier and less damaging to the blades than chipping drier wood. The size of the branches that can be chopped is limited by the capacity of the machine. Some larger chippers can handle branches greater than 2 inches in diameter. Most gardeners seem to prefer the combination chipper/shredder, but put your individual needs first when making a selection. Always buy the largest machine you can afford, since underpowered or under capacity machines wear out sooner, require more maintenance and result in lower performance. Pay close attention to all safety warnings that accompany the machine and do not remove or dismantle any safety shields or guards. Ensure all chutes and hoppers are clean before use and no tools or other materials have fallen inside. Carefully check the materials you are shredding to ensure they contain no rocks, metal or similar materials that may damage the machine. (This is especially true of leaves in areas where a baseball, dog bone or similar damaging item can easily be raked up in the leaves.) Most chipper/shredders come with a “tamper” designed to feed materials into the hopper. Keep your face and hands away from the hopper so that a “kickback” of material will not injure you. Always wear tight fitting clothing, gloves and ear and eye protection. If the machine clogs, shut it down and allow all blades to completely stop before attempting to clean it.
Growth remains elusive, costs are proving hard to contain and ROE remains stubbornly low. Regulation is impacting business models and economics. Technology is rapidly morphing from an expensive challenge into a potent enabler of both customer experience and effective operations. Non-traditional players are challenging the established order, leading with customer-centric innovation. New service providers are emerging. Customers are demanding ever higher levels of service and value. Trust in financial institutions hovers near historic lows.Such is the backdrop with which PwC uses to frame its world-class report, “Retail Banking 2020: Evolution or Revolution?” addressing the financial industry’s future head on.As dire as the current situation facing financial services firms may sound, PwC actually believes traditional institutions a bright future. And despite all the gesticulating, undulating and bloviating from pundits about the “imminent death” of banks and credit unions, PwC doesn’t see “outside disruptors” driving a dagger through the heart of the banking industry — the fundamental concept of a trusted institution acting as a facilitator of transactions and credit resource is not about to change. However, the landscape will change significantly, as customer expectations, regulatory requirements, technology, demographics, new competitors and the fundamental economics underpinning the banking industry all shift and evolve.PwC says existing banking providers must accept that the status quo is not an option. But does all this change signal a revolution, or an evolution? PwC says it’s both. The industry has historically changed slowly — evolutionary, incremental change. While the changes PwC envisions are less about imagining some unknown future, and more about implementing and integrating all the things we already know today, the pace of change is intensifying rapidly. Financial institutions that fail to shift gears risk being left in the dust. Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry. Customer expectations, technological capabilities, regulatory requirements, demographics and economics are creating an imperative to change. Banks and credit unions need to get ahead of these challenges and retool if they are to find success in the upcoming decade. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr