first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I like those (tasks) best because they are detailed,” Boyd said as she carefully brushed lettuce seed onto the wheel of the mock Mars Science Laboratory aboard the JPL float. “I can just focus on one little patch and zone everything else out,” she said. On Thursday, the barn – one of two buildings housing the Phoenix Decorating Company’s 19 floats – was buzzing with noise and activity. Blenders ran nonstop to produce a shimmering powder of dried strawflower petals in red, pink, white and yellow. Volunteers chatted, and the crew chiefs overseeing each float called out suggestions and advice, keeping an eye on quality control. “A lot is cheerleading,” said Mike Thompson, a crew chief of 20 years, as he watched volunteers swarm over the bright hot-air balloons on his float. PASADENA – In a large barn across the street from the Rose Bowl, a year’s worth of work is coming to an end as volunteers apply the famous details to the Rose Parade floats. On top of the floats’ steel skeletons, their chicken wire features and their fabric skin, thousands of volunteers are applying the seeds, leaves and flowers that bring the floats to life. “It’s fun, it’s interesting – it’s hard to really appreciate the floats until you see them up close,” said Vicki Boyd, a 63-year-old resident of St. Louis, Mo. Each year, Boyd and her friends travel from Missouri, Michigan and Maine to join teams of volunteers working seven- and eight-hour shifts to apply the elaborate decorations, sometimes one lentil at a time. A light rain of purple flower petals drifted down from above as a crew member, perched on the balloons’ steel exoskeleton of scaffolding, brushed them onto the float’s broad side with a sponge. “It’s nerve-wracking,” said Jerian Yap about decorating the floats from high above. The 17-year-old, a senior at Eagle Rock High, stood atop the city of St. Louis float as it wobbled gently beneath her. But despite the heights, “it’s really fun, and it’s really rewarding,” Yap said. Seeing it later on television, she said, will allow her to say, “I worked on that float, I helped create it.” During the first days of decorating, which start on weekends in December and get going in earnest the day after Christmas, crews focus on applying the dried, sturdiest details of the floats. At one distribution station, an employee filled volunteers’ buckets from boxes and garbage bins overflowing with straw flowers, cabbage seed, lentils, split peas and a rainbow of beans: red, kidney, brown, white, black, lima and mung. All the work must be completed before Monday, when the judges arrive to pore over the rainbow-colored results. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Liverpool’s sizzling start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City. The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season. Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos told the Daily Mail. “They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again. “I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.” That glowing testimony underlines the size of the task facing City as they try to stop Liverpool winning their first English crown since 1990. City may have won the last two Premier League titles in scintillating fashion, but Liverpool look better than ever this term and Newcastle are unlikely to halt their progress at Anfield this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Edward C. Hanlon, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden and Winthrop, passed away on May 18, 2019.Edward was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Brennan) Hanlon, devoted father of Leslie Coye & her husband Kenneth of Malden, Dana Doyle & her husband James of Wilmington and Edward “Ned” Hanlon of Winthrop, loving “Grandpa” of Kristen Reidy & her husband Michael, Kathleen Christensen & her husband Ryan, Erin Doyle and Ryan Hanlon & his wife Elizabeth, Great-grandfather of Sean Reidy, Jack, Eleanor and Maeve Hanlon, cherished son of the late William and Mary Sarah (Schwartz) Hanlon, dear brother of Paul Hanlon of CA, Arthur Hanlon of NH, Dorothy Turner of CA, the late William, Rita, Albert, Robert and Hubert Hanlon. Edward is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 22nd from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Edward’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Edward C. Hanlon(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_imgA Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sign is pictured outside its restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey.ReutersKFC is all set to debut a new sandwich – The Zinger – and has spent nearly $80 million to ideate and create the sandwich. The Zinger is said to be the first fried chicken sandwich made by hand, every day, in KFC’s kitchen.The sandwich was first introduced in Trinidad and Tobago and has been a hit with KFC patrons ever since. The chicken in the sandwich is marinated in a cayenne pepper sauce, breaded in different herbs and spices, and fried.Sounds pretty simple right? So you must be wondering what KFC spent $80 million on. “We have been actually working on this for two years, we spent $80 million dollars upgrading our back house equipment and we spent the last six months re-training all of our staff on how to make a fried chicken sandwich fast, because ultimately at lunch, we have to win on speed,” Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC US told FOX Business.Hochman also explained that the chicken used in the sandwich is 100 percent “real” without any antibiotics and will also be free of hormones, food dyes, as well as steroids.When Business Insider asked Hochman how the Zinger was different from what McDonald’s and Burger King have on their menus, he said that the key was frying the chicken in-store, something neither of its competitors do.”The one thing they all have in common is they’re all made in a central factory, they’re frozen, and then they’re refried at stores,” Hochman noted.”You can come to KFC and get a hand-breaded Zinger and a $5 fill up — that is just unbelievable value and a vastly superior sandwich,” he added. “Compared to a factory breaded sandwich, it will always be crunchier, more flavorful, more juicy.”KFC will also reveal a colonel that will represent the Zinger and plans to come up with fun and innovative marketing strategies to make sure the sandwich is a success.The brand new Zinger sandwich goes on sale across the United States on April 24.Meanwhile, KFC seems to be going all out to rival other brands such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King, to name a few. In early February, the brand launched Chizza, which technically is a pizza on a fried chicken base. The Chizza was touted as “all chicken and no crust” and KFC even released a video on how it was made. Take a look.last_img read more

first_imgOctober 21, 2009 2 min read This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Wireless internet access, for all its charms, remains a fickle friend. Not everyone can afford a 3G mobile broadband-equipped laptop, and Wi-Fi hotspots are neither ubiquitous nor always reliable. (When Wi-Fi access runs slow at the coffeehouse, count the accusing stares that shoot back and forth over the lattes as everyone tries to figure out who is watching Hulu.)Like so many things, wireless internet would be better if you could have it to yourself. You may be able to with the MiFi 2200 Wi-Fi device being offered by Verizon Wireless and Sprint. The MiFi is a pocket-sized router/modem made by Novatel Wireless that converts a 3G signal to Wi-Fi. That allows Wi-Fi devices within 30 square feet to link to the internet, provided it has the MiFi’s network access code.Michael Ross, director of business distribution for Verizon Wireless, says the MiFi could be valuable when a business needs a temporary office. “For example, if a small-business construction customer needs to be on the job site, a MiFi set up in an administrative trailer could mean the administrative assistant is accessing company e-mail, the project manager is using a laptop to get to the internet for information, and the operations manager is reviewing behind the firewall inventory shipment schedules,” he says. (Presumably, no one here is watching Hulu.)The MiFi costs $100 from Verizon Wireless and Sprint, and the monthly service plan is similar to what you would get from a 3G plan: 250 MB for about $40 (some 3G plans offer only 50 MB for that price), or 5 GB for about $60. It offers about five hours of full internet use, and 40 hours on standby before needing a recharge.Capable of supporting as many as five connections, the MiFi can be a bridge for all those with multiple Wi-Fi accounts, mobile broadband accounts and devices to be connected to the internet at the same time. You could even share the signal with someone you don’t know at all, if that’s how you roll. –D.O. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more