Archive for January, 2012

Greater Hope Foundation Unveils New Logo and Colors to go with Fantastic Array of New Services for Children

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Greater Hope Foundation has a track record of being an incredibly successful Foster Family Agency operating in the high-need area of Barstow, California. Greater Hope Foundation puts children with loving families and gives those children a better chance for a more successful, happy life.

But recently, they’ve been growing. A lot.Greater Hope Foundation, Inc.

Greater Hope Foundation has unveiled its plans for Greater Hope Prep school, an innovative environment for young children to learn, explore, and be positively influenced. Also, last year Greater Hope Foundation launched a subsidiary business, All Clear Livescan, to assist and supplement their other businesses. All Clear Livescan is a service that fingerprints and uploads fingerprints for individuals requiring an “all clear”, whether it is to gain access to documents or to be allowed to be a foster parent.

These two services are in addition to the Foster Parent College, a training program for prospective foster parents, that Greater Hope Foundation has been working with for many years.

Most recently, Greater Hope Foundation announced it has the ability to support Supervised Visitations of non-custodial parents with their children.

After a call from a Greater Hope Foundation employee announcing that indeed Greater Hope Foundation would be able to expand its Foster Agency services into Riverside this year, GHF’s principle Helena Smith said, “I just keep getting good news” with a broad, bright smile indicative of all of the hard work that has gone into making all of this success possible.

To go along with all of the growth, the not-for-profit needed a facelift as its old monicker, Greater Hope Foundation for Children, was no longer reflective of all of the services the Foundation is engaged in. Thus, it is now Greater Hope Foundation, it has a new logo which WSmad designed and implemented on the site (which we originally designed and built), and we all decided it would be best to soften the blue of the site, which is now close to a “robin’s egg” blue.

The re-done site looks great and continues to perform extraordinarily well.

Congratulations from all of us at Web Site Maintenance And Design to everyone working their tails off at Greater Hope Foundation. We’re extremely pleased and very proud to be a small part of all that success.

Cook’s Doors & Windows Makes History: First to Get Vinyl Windows Approved in Palos Verdes Estates

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As residents of Palos Verdes Estates know, making what even small changes in a home remodel is incredibly difficult. PVE’s Art Jury must approve every tiny modification you consider, and most of the time, they’ll say no. You want to upgrade your roof from red-tile shingles to a more modern style? NO. You want to change the color of your home to be like Mr. Pine? NO. You want to improve your Cook's Gets Vinyl Windows Approved in Palos Verdes Estates, CAwindows insulation performance, lifetime, and keep your house’s historical look? NO…well… That is, until recently.

Jim Cook of Cook’s Windows & Doors, a South Bay company that has been fitting windows and doors in new homes and remodels for almost 90 years, has finally been able to make an upgrade during a remodel. Jim knew what it was going to take going in as he and his family have been residents on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for over 55 years. But since that’s what his customer wanted, Jim lowered his shoulder, gritted his teeth, and worked hard with the art jury and all of the architects and contractors involved, and put in late hours to make sure that’s what his customer got. Nobody else in his business has ever been able to do it. Or, they simply weren’t willing to work hard enough for it.

But Cook’s is. They do whatever it takes to make their customers happy.

There are some things the Palos Verdes Estates Art Jury simply won’t tolerate. But thanks to Cook’s, there’s one less item on the list. It’s an impressive feat, and Cook’s Doors and Windows were the first to do it.

Congrats Jim, Bob, and the whole Cook’s team! We celebrate your triumph of collaboration to help make Palos Verdes Estates home owners happier!

WANNA PLAY? Southern California Basketball Summer Pro League Taking Applications

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If you can guard Kobe but you’ve never had a chance to prove it, Summer Pro League is for you.

If you can knock down threes with a big sweaty hand in your face and the shot clock at 2, Summer Pro League is for you.Southern California Summer Pro League - July 2012 @ Roybal Center in Los Angeles

If you can drive the lane through three seven-footers and get the brick through the hoop, Summer Pro League is for you.

The Southern California Basketball Summer Pro League is back, and it’s taking applications for players, agents, and sponsors.

Tryouts are happening July 12th and 13th at the Roybal Center near Downtown LA – about a mile from the iconic Staples Center where both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers throw down. League play commences at the Roybal Center on July 15th and concludes on July 29th.

Applications for basketball players who wish to demonstrate their talents on the NBA Level in front of Talent Scouts, Agents, Pro Teams and NBA Players should be sent in immediately. Applications completed and paid before May 20th, 2012 are $150. Direct applications, for players with pro-level résumés, are $185. After May 20th, the price goes up. For agents or other organizations wishing to enter teams, the price is under $2500.

Players, here is your Pros versus Joes moment. You want your one game to prove what you got? $150 and you have your chance to play against the best. Test yourself. See if you really can play in the Pros.

SiteCon Concrete Construction is Helping to Bring the City of Anaheim into the 21st Century

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Sitecon Concrete has been awarded the concrete portion of the new Water Recycling Demonstration Facility at Anaheim City Hall.Sitecon Concrete Construction providing concrete contracting for City of Anaheim Water Recycling Plant

Michael Nolen of Sitecon Inc, is excited about the project. “Sitecon is performing all of the concrete scope of work for this project”, Mike told us, with a certain confident excitement in his words.

The miniature water recycling plant is the first of its kind in Southern California. It will treat 100,000 gallons of wastewater per day, saving 35 million gallons throughout a year’s use. That’s enough water for 220 houses, and it will save the City of Anaheim $70,000 annually.

Construction has already begun and the site is fully operational by March 2012.

Great work, Mike and Sitecon! Saving us all some taxpayer money and one of our world’s most precious resources – water – that’s something we can all get excited about!

For more information, contact:

Project Overview Video

City of Anaheim

Los Angeles Master Artist Jim Morphesis Interviewed about Upcoming Exhibit Works at GARBOUSHIAN

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

LA Art Stream has interviewed Los Angeles Master Artist Jim Morphesis about his exhibition, Time and Desire to be shown at the GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY in Beverly Hills starting January 28th.
Morphesis interviewed about upcoming exhibit at GARBOUSHIAN
The candid interview with one of Los Angeles’ best known Master artists was recorded and placed on YouTube. Morphesis has been seen by almost every Los Angelino has seen his face on the 110 freeway. In 1984, Morphesis’ portrait was painted under an overpass and is undergoing restoration.

The interviewer is well-known throughout the art work as a curator of exceptional taste – Shana Nys Dambrot’s credentials in the art world are extremely stout. Nys Dambrot speaks about the details of Morphesis latest creations – stunning and powerful images of roses, about their character, their depth, and his inspiration to create them. It’s a wonderful look into stunning pieces by a master artist.

The exhibition will be at GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY – one of the most exciting Los Angeles art galleries. Exhibits have included Masters like Seery and Altoon, and up-and-comers like Katrin Kampmann and Yvette Gellis.