A Step Ahead of The Game of Basketball

first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Cover Story A Step Ahead of The Game of Basketball A Step Ahead Learning Center gives young kids the opportunity to learn basketball the proper way to give them the A Step Ahead” in Life. Through the HotShots Sports Leagues By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 4:42 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Basketball is a sport that requires teamwork and fundamentals. HotShots teaches these skills at a very young age. In the Hotshots league children learn sharing and the basic fundamentals of basketball. The skills are taught to kids as early as 18 months old.Some people ask if 18 months is too young, Jacques Bolton, founder of HotShot Sports, explains that our experience shows that these children are not too young to participate.HotShots is one of the first organizations in the nation to create a team sports league for children 18 month – 5 years. As parents came out to watch our 3-5 year old league, the younger children would accompany them. The younger children would begin to pick up the balls, run and pretend like they were dribbling. We noticed that they were very coordinated. So we successfully designed a creative program which gave these 18 months – 2 year old children an opportunity to enjoy fitness and the basics of basketball.Positive reinforcement is an important tool in the HotShots league. One week, we teach our kids a basketball fundamental. The following week, we reward them for their progress and then we encourage them to learn the next skill Bolton explains. Parents are also encouraged to applaud and cheer while their kids attempt to master a skill. This makes it fun for the children to learn the skill and it gives them confidence.Games are played every Saturday. The 18 month old [kids], start with fitness, drills and then they progress to playing games. The 3-5 year olds start learning the fundamentals of basketball and then play games. It is a fun experience for children and parents. Kids also learn how to share and participate with their team, building a team concept.”Getting these players to do drills, especially the 18 months to 2-year olds, may seem difficult, but Bolton tells us that these kids go through “drills that mimic their natural physical movements. Their natural walking, sitting and standing, and they don’t know they’re actually doing sit-ups, push-ups and other fitness techniques..Parental involvement and participation is extremely important to the success of the program. Fortunately, parents participate all the time and they really encourage and motivate the kids. Parental involvement is one of the reasons that we are one of the first organizations in the nation to run a successful team sports program for 18 months to 5 year old children. The coach to player ratio in the toddler league is 1:6, says Bolton, however because all parents are present it makes the adult child ratio 13:6 Which is enough to provide a safe playing environment. Each year we average 200 children in our programs. Starting your kids young at HotShots Basketball will teach them the basics of basketball, team concepts, fundamentals, and discipline. Skills that can be used in sports and life as well.A Step Ahead Learning Center is located at 789 Altadena Drive, Altadena. To find out more what sports programs the are offered, visit http://www.astepaheadweb.org or you can call (626) 786-0548 for more information. 80 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a commentlast_img read more

Ronde des Pains moves into Europe

first_imgFrench milling company Moul-bie has started rolling out its “Ronde des Pains” artisan bakery concept in Europe, following success in the UK.Commercial director of Moul-bie Europe Michel Nguyen said the first shops have been launched in Ger-many, Italy and Sweden over the last few weeks.More than 1,000 French craft bakers are part of its Ronde des Pains “artisan boulanger” concept, and over 60 craft bakers in the UK now use the brand, which was introduced in this country two years ago.Nguyen said: “We decided to go into the rest of Europe in January, and have now launched four shops in Stockholm in May, five in Germany and five in Italy.”In the next year, Moul-bie is to launch Ronde des Pains in Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland, he added.Moul-bie is using a variety of different business models in the different markets. It has set up management companies in Germany and Italy and partnerships in Switzerland, the Nordic countries and Poland.Bakers in the Ronde des Pains scheme display the concept’s logo and are supplied by Moul-bie with its range of added-value flours.Moul-bie is a division of Grands Moulins de Paris, France’s largest miller with 22 mills. Nguyen said: “We are looking to sign up the best bakers in the best locations to the scheme. We give them money in the beginning for merchandising and equipment, and they make an ongoing commitment to be exclusively supplied by us. There is no minimum term; they are free to stop at any time.”last_img read more

State auditor, treasurer reject payments in Branstad case

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of top state officials has approved payments of nearly $400,000 to continue a lawsuit defending former Gov. Terry Branstad. A jury found in July he discriminated against former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because he is gay and awarded him $1.5 million. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and Auditor Rob Sand refused to approve the payment. They say taxpayers shouldn’t continue paying. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of State Paul Pate and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig approved the bills, bringing total court costs to more than $8 million, which will climb since Reynolds is appealing the case.last_img

Brave Europe come up short in PING Junior Solheim Cup

first_img English international Annabell Fuller was one of the last day heroes as Europe came within two points of wrestling the PING Junior Solheim Cup from the United States at a sodden King’s course at Gleneagles.17-year-old Fuller, from Roehampton Golf Club, Surrey, beat American, Michaela Morand, as the home team came back from a 7½ – 4½ overnight deficit to win the singles 6½ – 5½. It was her second win of the match, having also teamed up with Scotland’s Hannah Darling to beat Lucy Li and Sadie Englemann 4&3 in the opening foursomes.The other European winners in the singles were Danish duo Amalie Nissen and Anne Normann, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik, Italy’s Benedetta Moresco and France’s Lucie Malchirand, while Darling halved with World No. 5 Li to take the final score to 13-11 in favour of the Americans.“It has been so much fun,” said Fuller. “The result is not what we wanted. I’m sure it’s something we will all remember for a long time to come.”“The whole team has bonded so well. It has enhanced the experience so much. In terms of team spirit, this is definitely one of the best I’ve ever been involved in. It’s also great to be here with all the Junior Solheim Cup players because that’s something we all want to achieve one day. That is definitely a goal of mine one day.”Fuller was one of three English players in this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup team. Fellow internationals Lily May Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland in Essex, and Mimi Rhodes, from Burnham & Berrow in Somerset, teamed up together to win their foursomes match 4 &3 against Amanda Sambach and Alexa Pano but then lost in the fourballs and the singles.“It has been really amazing,” said Humphreys. The support we’ve receive has been amazing. It’s been so nice. I have just been signing autographs for the local school kids and it isn’t every day I do that. It’s been fantastic. We’ve all really enjoyed the whole match.”American captain, Mary Bea Porter, and her European counterpart, Mickey Walker, were both struck by the fine margin between success and failure.“That was tough out there,” said Porter-King. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I told my team last night that just because we were ahead didn’t mean it was over.”“It was close all day long and we had to grind it out to beat a strong European team.”“I’m exhausted and I didn’t even hit a shot. It was very close and I’m proud of the way my team handled the pressure. These young ladies are so talented. And by that I mean both sides because there has been some incredible golf played by both the US team and the Europeans.”“It makes me feel good about the future of the women’s game,” she added.“We certainly put up a good fight but, on the day, we weren’t quite good enough,” admitted Walker.“It would be fair to say we lost the match yesterday in the four balls. But, whatever competition you play in, you can look back and find something you could have done better. There was a spell yesterday afternoon when some of the matches that were tight went their way because we made rudimentary mistakes. You can’t do that at this level. That’s in no way saying the girls weren’t doing what they should, because they were trying their hardest. But that’s golf and they will learn from their mistakes.“They are a young team and at least half of them will be eligible for the match in America in two years’ time,” she added. “They will have learned an enormous amount from this. You only learn by your mistakes. Hopefully that will help them we it comes to playing against the Americans again.”View the full table of scores here.Photo: Credit LET Tags: Annabell Fuller, Europe, Junior Solheim Cup, Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, USA 12 Sep 2019 Brave Europe come up short in PING Junior Solheim Cup last_img read more

Steelers win first, now face mighty Titans

first_imgDennis Dixon started off slow but as the game progressed he was given more freedom which led to more confidence as he put the ball in the air more for a very solid first game. He was 18 of 26 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He quietly outplayed his much more noted opponent Matt Ryan, who many believe is going to be an NFL star. Ryan was 27 of 44 for 252 yards but was not able to get the ball in the end zone.The defense showed why they were the best in the business in 2008, the Super Bowl year, as they bent but didn’t break, and held an outstanding offense to three field goals. As usual, they shut down the running game, holding Michael Turner to just 42 yards on 19 carries.With Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith missing 11 games each last season, the defense dropped to fifth, but still was number one against the run. However, both Smith and Polamalu are back, along with cornerback Bryant McFadden and all played major roles in the Steelers victory, with Polamalu picking up a key interception that led to the overtime. They also did something very rare in the NFL. They stopped a team from scoring in overtime which set up Rashard Mendenhall’s winning 50-yard touchdown run.The secondary was the Steelers weakness last season but with the exception of Roddy White’s 13 catches for 111 yards, they pretty much controlled the air attack.The challenge will be much greater against the Titans and Chris Johnson who led the league in rushing last season. He opened the season with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Titans slaughtered the Raiders. Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, extended his streak at 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best 14. This will be the ultimate test for the Steelers defense to stop or contain Johnson.But Johnson is not the Titans only offensive threat. Vince Young came off the bench last season to lift an 0-6 team into the playoffs. The young Dixon has been compared much to Young because of his ability to run the ball. Young doesn’t pass a lot but is very effective when he does. He was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.Former Steeler Nate Washington was his leading receiver with just three catches but picked up 88 yards and one touchdown. Expect Young to put the ball in the air far more against the Steelers because it’s not likely Johnson will be able to run as freely as he did against the Raiders. With no true outside threat the Titans must depend on the run for victory, which means the Steelers will gear their defense to stopping the run.Speaking of running, the Steelers looked good with Mendenhall picking up 120 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, the biggest being the 50-yard run in overtime to win the game.Isaac Redman gained 19 yards on six carries, but was most impressive on short yardage situations when the Steelers needed one or two yards for the first down.Hines Ward once again demonstrated why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game as he picked up the team in the second half with 108 yards on six catches. Heath Miller had four catches for 40 yards and Mike Wallace was held to just two catches for 62 yards.“It’s like Forrest Gump, I can’t explain it,” said Ward, who is from the Atlanta area and went to the University of Georgia. “I’m 34 years old, and every year regardless of what people say it’s my mindset that I have to go in and prove everybody wrong. That’s my motivation.”Look for a much more aggressive game in the air against the Titans, mostly because Tennessee has probably the third best defensive team in the league behind the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It will be much tougher to run against this team than the Falcons.Of the four games without Roethlisberger, this is the game most pick the Steelers to lose, including myself, but this is not written in stone. If the defense can contain Johnson they can beat the Titans which means they could go 4-0 instead of 3-1. The other two games are at Tampa Bay and at home against the Ravens.The only low point was the kick returns by Antwaan Randle El with just three yards on two returns. Also missing were the two outstanding rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Look for more of them in the next three games because Randle El really didn’t look that impressive as the third wide receiver. The Steelers, who survived their first game without Ben Roethlisberger 15-9 over the Atlanta Falcons, now must face their toughest foe of the four game suspension in the Tennessee Titans who ran all over the Oakland Raiders, 38-13. VICTORY CELEBRATION—James Harrison jumps on Rashard Mendenhall to celebrate Mendenhall’s 50 yard touchdown run in overtime that gave the Steelers a 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Heinz Field. last_img read more

Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in Argentina

first_imgArgentina’s female players, who will play in a November runoff game for the 2019 World Cup, have struggled financially when their payments were delayed. They also expressed discomfort when Adidas, the brand that sponsors a few members of the national teams of both genders, unveiled the new shirt for the Female America Cup this year with models rather than players.“The biggest lack is that they don’t have younger players. They start playing at age 16, 17 and by then they’ve missed out on a bunch of issues that have to do with understanding the game,” said Ricardo Pinela, president of the Football Association’s Women’s Football Commission.“The important thing is that every club in every corner of the country gives a girl the possibility of joining a female soccer team, to play with other girls, even if it’s just for fun, and from there generate the necessary structure that … sets them on equal standing as the male players”, he argued.After Candelaria’s case became widely publicized, her regional league committed to reviewing the rule in an assembly at the end of the year — leaving her case in limbo until then. CHABAS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of the capital, Buenos Aires. Printed on the back and on her red shorts is a number 4. She uses white boots and shin guards. Her long, copper colored hair tied in a ponytail distinguishes her from the rest of the players. Two months ago, the regional soccer authorities notified Huracan that the team could no longer include Candelaria. She could only play on a girls’ team — which does not exist where Candelaria lives.Noriega took to social media to speak out about her daughter’s case and was surprised to find that she was not the only one. Girls wrote to her saying they were facing the same problem in nearby towns and more distant provinces.Of the 230 regional leagues recognized by the Argentine Football Association, only 68 have women’s teams. This is just one of the many disparities with men’s soccer. The most notable is financial: The best-paid contract in men’s first division is around $3 million a year. In contrast, women who play in their top category receive a travel voucher of $44. “Cande,” as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children’s soccer league in the southern party of Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. Former Argentine coaches Marcelo Bielsa, Gerardo Martino and Jorge Sampaoli were also born there.But a regional regulation that prohibits mixed-gender teams in children’s categories threatens to take her off the field — a ruling that has helped dramatize the inequality in opportunities for men and women in this soccer-crazed county.“I had to sit down with her and tell her that there are some people who have to make rules in soccer and that these rules do not agree with what she wants,” said Rosana Noriega, Candelaria’s mother. “And, well, we both cried, and she said: ‘The people who make the laws are bad people.’”She was 3 years old when her parents gave her her first ball. They understood that it didn’t make sense to insist she play with dolls, even if there were “comments from other moms that they should not give her male toys because it would encourage her to be a lesbian,” Noriega recalled. In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera, third from right, sits with her teammates before a match against the Alumni soccer team, in Chabas, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo Candelaria Cabrera, center, plays with her soccer teammates against the Alumni Club, in Chabas, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, 7-year-old Candelaria Cabrera poses for a portrait holding a soccer ball in Chabas, Argentina.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabaz, Argentina. “Cande,” as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children’s soccer league in the southern part of Argentina’s Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera poses for a photo with her Huracan soccer club teammates in Chabaz, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) While she’s officially now banned, the team has let her keep playing — at least until an opponent objects.Candelaria’s most recent match ended with her team beating rival Alumni de Casilda 7-0.“No one should say that a girl can’t play soccer,” she said.last_img read more

AP source: 76ers name Elton Brand general manager

first_imgA person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the move had not been officially announced. Brand is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and also served as the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate.Brand was the No. 1 pick of the 1999 draft by the Chicago Bulls and played two stints with the Sixers.Sixers coach Brett Brown had served as Philadelphia’s interim GM and said earlier Tuesday he wasn’t interested in holding both jobs. Brown pledged the Sixers would name a general manager before the season started.“This is not something that interests me. I do not believe in the role that I have as a head coach that it’s tenable,” Brown said. “We will have, to the best of my knowledge, a general manager appointed, announced by the start of the season. And it’s not me. It was never going to be.”Hours later, the Sixers had their guy.Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.The person familiar with the decisions also said Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. They both interviewed for the GM job. Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations.The Sixers won 52 games last season and beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league.The Sixers were rocked when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts it investigated, and she admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues.Colangelo and his predecessor Sam Hinkie, who hired Brown, had the final say in player personnel decisions. Brown said he was looking “for a partner” in personnel moves with the new GM.“I do have a voice. I’ve always had a voice here,” Brown said. “I think as the head coach, it should be that, to a point. I get the role of the general manager.”Brown said losing Colangelo was a “game-changer” but said his absence or lack of a general manager had nothing to do with the Sixers striking out in their bid to land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, a lower-tier free agent — or anyone beyond a couple of modest pickups such as Wilson Chandler.“I think we would all be naive to think free agents choose a basketball program because of a general manager,” Brown said. “They come because of Joel and Ben. And I hope the coach has got a little bit to do with it.”He added: “The general manager situation had zero to do with us not being able to acquire one of those talents.”Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons, agreed in May to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-2022 season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand stands during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)last_img read more

Don’t Worry about Your Comcast Service During the Super Bowl

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by ComcastJenniver Wolever at the Comcast Everett XOCComcast has 1.1 million customers in Western Washington and Spokane County, so this could be relevant to some of the people who monitor you. We wanted to answer two questions before the Super Bowl.1. Is there still time to get video at home before the game?2. What’s Comcast doing special to ensure the network stays robust so everyone can watch the game?First, Is there still time to watch the game at home if I don’t have TV service now?Yes, there is still time to get what you need to watch the game at home. Our Xfinity service centers have extra equipment on hand. With a self-installation kit, you’ll be set to go. You can find the hours of the closest center here.Second, what’s Comcast doing to make extra sure the game is available to everyone?1. We’ve stopped doing any updates or maintenance that could affect service. Until the game is safely over, the only time Comcast will be touching a line is if it got damaged or cut.2. Our XOC in Everett will have extra staff on hand using cutting edge diagnostic tools, as well as a plethora of screens, to monitor the strength of the network and signals throughout Washington. The staff also expect to be cheering throughout the game as the Seahawks win.3. Starting noon Sunday, we’ll open a “bridge” phone call so anyone in the company can speak instantly to the entire Super Bowl monitoring team. So, for example, anyone in our call centers can report any high call volumes and any technicians can report any damage or issues. (high call volumes being a sign of an issue, of course.)4. Staff will monitor weather reports so if any weather hits an area particularly hard, we’ll be able to get crews there asap. It’s worth nothing that we can only perform fixes in an area after electrical crews have safely completed their repairs.5. We’ll be at @ComcastWA on Twitter with any updates, though hopefully all we’ll be doing is sharing any photos that vacationing employees will be sending us from the game.last_img read more

“It is better to be quiet”- Mary Kom advocates silence on Abhinav Bindra’s part…

first_imgAdvertisement 4zvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0w0nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2sev( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1qoWould you ever consider trying this?😱25tfxCan your students do this? 🌚h9Roller skating! Powered by Firework The issue between Nikhat Zareen and Mary Kom is getting complicated day by day. Nikhat Zareen openly wrote a letter to the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Kiren Rijju few days back. The Boxing Federation of India has decided to send Mary Kom in the Olympics qualifiers in Tokyo 2020.Advertisement The young boxer Nikhat Zareen wished to have a trial bout between her and Mary Kom in the 51 Kg category of Boxing. However, the Boxing Federation of India decided not to have a trial at this moment. Mary Kom won the Bronze medal in the Women World Boxing Championship in 51 Kg category few days ago. According to the Federation, she is the ideal woman to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.Advertisement The minister of Sports of Youth Development, Kiren Rijju also replied to the letter of Nikhat Zareen. According to him, it is the decision of Boxing Federation of India and the ministry should not be involved in it. Mary Kom also told the same and she asked the gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra to stay out of this matter. According to her, Abhinav Bindra might not know about the rules of Boxing and he would not also like to have trials before every tournament.India might send team to Pakistan for Davis Cup,will begin visa process soonAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

“One-of-a-Kind’ Mansion is Transformed for Designer Show House

first_imgIF YOU GO: The Fourth Edition of Stately Homes-By-The-Sea Designer Show HouseApril 30-June 910 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through SundaysThe Hartshorne Mansion, 80 Oakes Road, Little SilverTickets: $30 before April 30, $35 after April 30, $25 for seniors or groups of 15 or moreOffsite parking with free shuttleAdditional information: StatelyHomesByTheSea.com By Patti MartinFor Greg Strand, growing up on the grounds of the historic Hartshorne Mansion was a young boy’s dream come true.The Hartshorne Mansion at 80 Oakes Road, Little Silver, will be the setting from April 30 through June 9 for the fourth edition of Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House, a Visiting Nurse Association Health Group fundraiser.Perched on the banks of the Shrewsbury River in Little Silver, the then 28-acre property had it all: a pond, riverfront access, and acres and acres of lush grounds. “It was like a great big park,” Strand recalled. “It was the most beautiful place … you couldn’t ask for a better place to grow up.”Strand’s parents, John and Theodora, worked for Harold Hartshorne from the time his mansion was built in 1929 until he sold the property in 1957. For a number of years, the Strand family lived in the carriage house of the property, and it was there that Strand spent the carefree days of his youth, running and playing, skating and sailing. What Strand didn’t realize at the time was that he had access to a piece of history, a place that few people ever had the chance to see.But that’s all about to change.Built in 1929 by world champion figure skater Harold Hartshorne, the 11,000-square-foot Tudor was designed by noted architect Roger Harrington Bullard. Now as the setting for the fourth edition of Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House, the mansion’s doors will open to the public for the first time.Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the home’s magnificent historical elements enhanced by many of the area’s leading designers while supporting the vital mission of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group during the event, which runs April 30 through June 9.Born in 1891, Harold Hartshorne was a graduate of Princeton University and a veteran of World War I, serving as a second lieutenant in the Department of Criminal Investigation. Like his father and grandfather, Hartshorne was a stockbroker and a member of the New York Stock Exchange.Hartshorne, though, is probably best known as a pioneer in the history of U.S. ice dancing. The primary force in instituting a national dance title in 1936, Hartshorne went on to become – along with different partners – the five-time U.S. dance champion. Compet­­ing well into his 50s in the veterans dance section that he helped to institute as well as in other various exhibitions, Hart­shorne also became a revered national and international judge and mentor to numerous U.S. skaters.While traveling to serve as a judge in the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Hartshorne and his wife Louisa died in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of the entire U.S. Figure Skating Team. He was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1981.The Hartshorne Mansion as it appears in a vintage photo.Hartshorne’s ties to the area can be traced to the 1920s, when he acquired the land by an inlet in Little Silver, once known as Halcyon Bight. A Victorian home, which had belonged to a sea captain, existed on the site. Hart­shorne had the home moved to another area of the property (where it still stands today) to make room for the mansion he planned to build.Renowned architect Roger Harrington Bullard was hired to design the new home. It wasn’t surprising that Hart­shorne enlisted the services of Bullard, who had designed estates for a number of prominent families of the time, including J.P. Morgan. Al­though impressive in scale, the homes retained an airof rural domesticity. Among Bullard’s designs still stand­ing are Rynwood in Old Brookville, N.Y., now the home of Banfi Vintners, and the Maidstone Country Club in East Hampton, N.Y.In 1933, Bullard won a Gold Medal in the Better Homes in America competition for his design “America’s Little House.” The modest-size colonial, built at 39th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, reflected the changing needs in housing and became something of a phenomenon. Then-Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia broke the ground, and Eleanor Roose­velt laid the hearthstone. CBS Radio broadcast live from there several times a week and over 150,000 people toured the home until its eventual demolition about two years later.Many elements of Bullard’s signature style have been preserved in the Hartshorne Mansion. Bullard imported bricks from England for the Tudor-style façade accented by a pitched slate roof and tall chimneys – design elements that became his trademark. The mansion features 217 leaded-glass windows, also imported from Britain, many inset with stained-glass images depicting Swiss Canton coats of arms and historical or literary images. Sweeping views of the river can be seen from nearly every window.The formal living room boasts a cathedral ceiling with wood beams from Germany’s Black Forest and oversize fireplace, one of 10 fireplaces throughout the house. A sculpted plaster ceiling is found in the banquet-style dining room. Knobs that once controlled a hot and cold water system that would cool the slate roof in the summer and melt the ice in the winter can still be seen throughout the house.Not surprisingly, Hart­shorne added his own unique features to the mansion, echoing his world travels and stylish entertaining during the Prohibition Era. European hand-carved panels acquired during his voyages abroad decorate the vintage phone booth off of the baronial entry hall. Across from the phone booth, a concealed panel releases the entry to a hidden wine cellar. “Secret” passages that run underneath the length of the house can be entered from doorways incorporated into the living room’s paneling. Music could be heard throughout the home from the organ room whose ornate grill still graces a living room wall. A small window in the master bedroom looks out over the living room and mischievous younger guests were known to use that vantage point to fly paper airplanes down on the adults’ parties. The initials HH can still be seen on the drainpipes and the original bell used to call family members in for meals still hangs in the cupola on the roof.The McCarthy Family in front of The Hartshorne Mansionin 1959.Although Hartshorne could occasionally be seen skating on the river, he added a pond to the property to supply smooth ice for his practice and that of his guests, including figure skater and film star Sonja Henie, as well as the many young skaters he took under his wing over the years. Winters also would find members of the family ice boating on the Shrewsbury River. During the warmer months, the Little Silver fire department would make sure the pond was sufficiently filled to allow for rowing in a molded mahogany boat.“I really have Mr. Hart­shorne to thank for my love of boating,” said Strand, a lifelong resident of Little Silver who went on to become borough police chief, retiring in 1997. “If it wasn’t for his pond, access to the Shrewsbury River and his boats, I would not have gone on to racing power boats or ice boats. There’s a direct correlation between growing up at the Hartshorne Mansion property and my love of boating.”While Hartshorne spent most of his time in New York, Strand recalled Hartshorne spending many weekends at his Little Silver home – especially in the winter months. “There was no question that the pond was the center attraction (outside),” Strand recalled. “The Shrewsbury didn’t always freeze, so Mr. Hartshorne needed a place to skate – the pond was the perfect choice.”While Strand ice-skated, it was boating that drew more of the young boy’s attention. “He had boats on the property, and he was very generous in allowing our family to use them.”Hartshorne’s generosity also extended to the community, especially the borough fire department. “The fire department would come and fill the pond when the water dried up,” Strand said. “And Mr. Hartshorne always made a donation to show his appreciation.”For a young boy, the property with its woods, rolling lawns, horses, goats and rabbits was a dream come true. “You were never bored, and there was always something to do,” Strand said. When he was a preteen, Strand’s father allowed his son to accompany him to work on occasion. “It was so pretty, so different … it was a little bit of heaven.”The Hartshorne Mansion features 217 leaded-glass windows, many inset with stained-glass images depicting Swiss Canton coats of arms and historical or literary images.While Strand doesn’t really remember the guests dressed in white that would enjoy a leisurely summer afternoon in the shade of the gingko trees, he does remember the Hartshorne mansion. “When I put an addition on my own home, I used long wood beams on the ceiling and put in a fireplace – just like Mr. Hartshorne,” Strand said. “My house is nowhere the size of Mr. Hartshorne’s, but when I walk in the room, I always think of him fondly.”Over the years the surroundings have changed, and new families have come to live within the walls of the Hartshorne Mansion. For Strand, though, the memories live on. “And it’s really nice that the Hartshorne Mansion will be open for the show house,” he said. “It’s really a one-of-a-kind place that I was lucky to call home for a little while.”last_img read more