12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Make a comment Subscribe L-R: Abel Ramirez, Teena Hostovich and Darrell G. Brooke. Photo by Pasadena PlayhouseThe Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran Executive Director) announced today that three new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. Abel R. Ramirez, CEO of Ramirez-Bianchi Corporation; Teena Hostovich, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member for Lockton Insurance; and Darrell G.Brooke.We are thrilled to welcome three terrific new members to our Board,â€ added Sheila Grether-Marion, Chair of the Board for The Pasadena Playhouse. â€œAbel Ramirez, a long-time supporter and friend of The Pasadena Playhouse, rejoins us after a brief hiatus. His elegant catering helps make our events successful and his great nearby restaurant, El Portal, makes evenings out to our theatre complete. Teena Hostovich comes to us as a long-time supporter of our Diversity Project. A senior executive at Lockton Insurance, she brings a wealth of business experience and a broad background in philanthropic work. Darrell Brooke, a prominent estate planning attorney and philanthropist, assists clients who wish to create a legacy by designating the Pasadena Playhouse as a beneficiary of their estates. We are pleased and excited to have these multi-talented, generous donors join our ranks and support our mission to bring diverse and high quality performing arts entertainment to the greater San Gabriel Valley.â€Abel R. Ramirez was born in Yucatan, Mexico and came to Pasadena as a young adult. He started his long career in Food Service at The Huntington Hotel (currently The Langham) and The Athenaeum at CalTech. He has been the CEO of Ramirez-Bianchi Corp., which includes El Portal Restaurant, Yahaira’s CafÃ© and Vanessa’s Coffee House for over 18 years. He has been involved with and served on the Boards for Hillsides Home for Children, Playhouse District Association, Foothill Vocational Services, Latino Heritage and L.A. Food Bank. He was also just recently the President of the Board at Pasadena Senior Center. Abel has been married to Rosalia for over 40 years and has three sons and six grandchildren. Abel returns to the Board of The Pasadena Playhouse after a two-and-a half-year absence willing to continue his service to the organization and to the community.Teena Hostovich is Executive Vice President/Executive Committee member for Lockton Insurance. Recognized as a leading global authority on professional liability and complex risk. Teena was named one of 50 “Women to Watch” in 2007 by Business Insurance and was an honoree for â€œWoman Making a Differenceâ€ by Los Angeles Business Journal. Named Power Broker/Responsibility Leader in 2011, she also has been recognized by the California State Legislature as “Outstanding Corporate Woman” for her contributions to the community. Recently, she was named one of the Fifty Fabulous Women of Pasadena by Pasadena Magazine (May 2012) and Women of Influence of Pasadena in (April 2012). Her positive leadership, intellectual creativity, integrity and strong work ethic serve as an inspiration to young women she mentors. Actively involved in politics, Teena is Presidential Partner/Advisor to President Obama, a member of the Democratic National Finance Committee, and a member of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee. Deeply committed to organizations that make a difference in the world, her list includes: Board of Trustees – William J. Clinton Foundation; Huntington Hospital Strategic Planning Committee; St. Anne’s Board of Directors; Los Angeles Philharmonic Board of Overseers; Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Committee; Pasadena Arts Council Board; Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Committee; Opportunity International Board of Governors, Levitt Pavilions National Board and Flintridge Prep Board of Trustees. She is a CAP Mentor/Advisor, teaching career planning and development to USC Marshall School of Business students. She is honored to be named to The Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors.Darrell G. Brooke, a partner in the Pasadena and Monrovia offices of an established law firm with over 80 years of tradition, is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Probate and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Darrellâ€™s ties to The Pasadena Playhouse began with the creation of a scholarship fund by one of his clients for The Pasadena Playhouse Alumni and Associates over 20 years ago. Voted as a Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine, Darrell has dedicated his practice to estate planning for high net worth individuals and to serve the Pasadena probate court as a probate volunteer panel attorney in disputed elder law matters. Prior to joining The Pasadena Playhouse, Darrell served as President of the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena for 4 consecutive years, President of the Pasadena Quarterbacks for 2 years (including serving as host of the first Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony) and President of the Estate Planning Council of the San Gabriel Valley. He is a licensed Zumba instructor, teaching classes in Zumba Gold throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Darrell is the very proud father of Grayson Brooke, a nationally acclaimed television producer for the Bravo and HGTV networks.The Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors, as of March 26, 2013 include:â€¢ Sheila Grether-Marion, Chair of the Boardâ€¢ David DiCristofaro, Vice-Chair of the Boardâ€¢ C. Anthony Phillips, Treasurerâ€¢ Linda Boyd Griffey, Secretaryâ€¢ Brad King, Long-Range Planning Committee Chairâ€¢ Lenore Almanzarâ€¢ Valerie Amidonâ€¢ Sheri Ballâ€¢ Darrell G. Brookeâ€¢ Elizabeth Doranâ€¢ Peggy Ebrightâ€¢ Michele Dedeaux Engemannâ€¢ Sheldon Eppsâ€¢ George A. Henningâ€¢ Teena Hostovichâ€¢ Darrell Millerâ€¢ Abel Ramirezâ€¢ Bingo Roncelliâ€¢ Lilah Stangelandâ€¢ Corky Hale Stollerâ€¢ Mike Stollerâ€¢ Martha WilliamsonFor more information on The Pasadena Playhouse, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. 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A study has found that footfall has fallen -1.7% in July, but has increased by 1.7% in out-of-town locations.The research, carried out by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), revealed that footfall in July was 0.6% lower overall than a year ago, but up on the 0.7% fall in June.Despite the disappointing numbers for the high street, the national town centre vacancy rate in the UK was 10.1%, a decrease from April’s rate of 10.6%.Helen Dickinson, BRC director general, said: “These results are a mixed bag, with footfall easing downwards in July, but with the shop vacancy rate recording its best performance since our records began in July 2011.“Footfall dipped 0.6% in July compared to the same period last year, albeit less pronounced than in June. Out-of-town destinations performed well, off the back of strong sales of furniture, home accessories and outdoor and garden items, while high streets and shopping malls dipped, reflecting weaker sales of goods such as beauty products.“The reduction in the shop vacancy rate for the third successive quarter is heartening, with the vacancy rate at its lowest level since our records began in July 2011. However it is still the case that every tenth shop remains unoccupied. This reinforces the need for a fundamental overhaul of commercial property taxes, which would increase retailers’ confidence about investing in new or existing retail premises and thus help rejuvenate our high streets.”Three regions in England reported footfall above the UK average: the South West (0.2%), North & Yorkshire (-0.1%) and the East Midlands (-0.3%).Northern Ireland reported the largest decline in its footfall rate, down 5.2% in July, and Scotland reported the highest level of regional footfall, up 4.4%.Wales experienced a decline in footfall of 1.2% on the previous year.
Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Robson backs Arteta to get the best out of Pepe (Picture: Getty Images)‘They’ve tried him on the right wing where he spent most of his time in France. Then they tried to play him upfront for a couple of games.‘Yet he’s got pace, he can do lots of things. At the moment they haven’t got the best out of him, he doesn’t look a confident player.‘So he’s a flop at the moment but I think he can get better next year under [Mikel] Arteta.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite his inconsistency, Pepe has been backed by former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin to become one of the ‘biggest stars’ in the English top-flight.He said: ‘Pepe is a very talented player. He is very quick and a good finisher.‘Already he has done well in part. Maybe not as much as he could but I see the potential and he will become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League. He will be huge.’MORE: Mesut Ozil ready to take bigger pay cut than his team-mates once Arsenal give further assurancesMORE: Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart Robson Comment Pepe has struggled for form in his first season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has suggested the Gunners’ record signing Nicolas Pepe isn’t being utilised correctly and has been a ‘flop’ this season.The 24-year-old has struggled for consistency since making the £72million switch from Lille last summer, scoring just six goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.Pepe often started wide but would drift into the No.9 position in Ligue 1 last season, where he scored 22 league goals, and ex-Gunners midfielder Robson thinks a change of role could benefit the Ivory Coast international in the Premier League.He told ESPN FC: ‘Slightly too early [to call him a flop]. He hasn’t been a great success this season so far.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s had one or two good games, couple of good free-kicks. I’m not sure they’ve found the right position for him.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live