Bok Tower to Celebrate its 84th Anniversary
By Phil Attinger
“We’re very excited that Roberto Díaz will be here performing and that we’re continuing to work together in celebration of Bok’s vision for both organizations,” said David Price, president of Bok Tower Gardens. “It’s going to be a wonderful evening.”
Price said it is only fitting to have Curtis Institute musicians perform at the Gardens, since Edward W. Bok’s wife, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, started the Institute in 1924 in Philadelphia.
The music school is funded 100 percent for only 160 students at a time — based entirely on talent — from all ages and economic backgrounds. It also boasts such renown alumni as Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon and Lang Lang.
Bok Tower’s Founder’s Day Festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 with a special moonlight carillon concert performed by Geert D’hollander. Admission is $5 per person and free for members.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will be allowed to enter the wrought iron gates at the Tower and cross the moat to see the Tower and brass door up close.
Tours around the exterior will be included with the usual general admission price during the anniversary weekend.
New paint job for historic viaduct
by Marc Johnson
One of Britain’s oldest railway bridges has been repainted as part of a £10 million renovation project. Pyeroy has completed a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment of the Ouseburn Railway Viaduct in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The viaduct, which towers 108 ft above the River Ouseburn, was built in 1839 using laminated timber before being replaced in 1869 with a nine-span structure featuring five central wrought iron arches.
Pyeroy worked alongside Carillion, who is the main contractor for the £10 million Network Rail project to strengthen and repair the Grade II viaduct, which carries the East Coast railway line over the Ouseburn Valley.
Repainting the viaduct required workers to grit blast all the ironwork on the 918 ft-long structure before final surface preparation and painting.
Brendan Fitzsimons, director of Pyeroy’s infrastructure services division, said: “This is another prestigious project demonstrating how we deliver cost effective solutions with unparalleled experience in bridge refurbishment.”
Hospitals super-sizing equipment for obese patients
Health-care facilities are making accommodations to take care of their heaviest patients.
Hospitals are getting super-sized. Waiting room chairs are being built with wrought iron for heavy patients. Wheelchairs and beds are made to sustain extra weight. And toilets are being mounted to the floor, not the wall.
In response to America’s obesity epidemic, health-care facilities nationwide are making accommodations to make sure they can take care of their heaviest patients.
The trend started about a decade ago when bariatric surgery took off in popularity and the American public began ballooning in weight. By the mid-2000s, hospitals had started to update with these patients in mind. That can mean anything from wider doorways to bigger commodes.
“It really runs the gamut,” said Cathy Denning, a vice president at Novation LLC, an Irving, Texas-based health-care supply chain company that produces an annual report on the cost of bariatric care.
And they’re finding that those products have uses for other patients. Vein viewers can locate veins in patients whose fat obscures their vascular access; they’re also useful in patients with difficult-to-find veins. Scanners need wide enough holes and strong enough tables to accommodate larger patients; patients with claustrophobia may also appreciate them.
Some doctors are developing reputations for treating larger patients. They use longer needles to deliver injections into thicker arms or special surgical equipment that let the surgeon reach deeper inside a patient’s abdominal cavity.
to be continued
Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival benefits UCSC re-entry students
By Cathy Kelly
More than 800 people turned out for the 6th annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival at the Cocoanut Grove Sunday, turning a love of everything chocolate into scholarships for re-entry students at UC Santa Cruz.
A representative of the UCSC Women’s Club, which organizes the event, said they hoped the event would raise about $15,000 for scholarships.
The festival offered six samples of chocolate for $15 and crowds milled about Sunday trying chocolate toffee, truffles and things such as chocolate-covered coconut curry cashew candies.
Other creations included a balsamic chocolate ganache and brie atop poached pear crostini by Lifestyle Culinary Arts of Santa Cruz and a Seattle-based company called Theo that claims to be the only one in the nation creating chocolate “from bean to bar” with organic, fair trade cocoa.
Lead organizer Ann Berry-Kline said the festival added wine tasting for the first time this year and that about half of the 38 vendors were new. They included several area chocolatiers, as well as ice cream makers and others.
“It’s been amazing; it’s going really well,” said Berry-Kline, a realtor with Bailey Properties. “We’ve got lots of great stuff.”
A new confectioner, Boulder Creek Candy, made their debut at the festival, selling mostly chocolate-covered caramels.
Jackie Young of Boulder Creek had a box of their chocolates under her arm, saying she wanted to support the new business. She also had something from the silent auction — a red, wrought-iron chair used as a planter with “hen and chicks” succulents growing from the seat.
“We’re really here to support the UCSC re-entry program,” Young said. “This is a great gathering of local talent. It was very enjoyable.”
The event also included naming of the Chocoholic of the Year — festival founder Lorraine Margon of Santa Cruz.
Margon’s husband, Bruce, is vice chancellor of research at UCSC. The couple moved to Santa Cruz from Maryland not long before she agreed to organize a new fundraiser, Margon said. She said she had her doubts about whether she could pull it off, especially since she was new in town.
But Joe Marini of Marini’s Candies was the first to agree to participate, giving her a verbal promise he made good on, and others followed, she said.
It has become a great fundraiser that has also brought the Women’s Club closer together, Margon said.
“I’m happy to see it going strong,” she said. “I didn’t realize how open Santa Cruz would be to a new festival. And it’s a great cause. A lot of students fall through the cracks and need help with summer tuition or childcare or a new laptop.”
Larry Mosely of Scotts Valley attended with his wife, Becca, and some friends.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. I tasted a lot of chocolate and decorated a cupcake.”
And ate it, his wife chimed in. Mosely smiled and gave a nod.
Traditionally-built with a countryside outlook
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There is a large garage with planning permission for further development which will include two double garages and an apartment above.
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