San Gabriel/ Rosemead
by Joe Castillo
Oh the Places You’ll Go…. San Gabriel ended its 41 year absence from the Rose Parade with a well designed, colorful and extremely artistic entry in the 124th celebration of the New Year. The City of San Gabriel Centennial entry ‘Celebrating Our Journey’ designed by Paradiso Parade Float proudly drove down Colorado Boulevard in front of thousands of spectators watching along the street and millions more on television. Designed by Charles Meier, the entry depicted a scene from the historic wine festivals of the Mission era. Colorful bright flowers provided a beautiful background to a wine cart carrying its abundant load of grapes. Kevin Sawkins, Mayor of San Gabriel, rode proudly atop the float as dancing Folklorico dancers paraded alongside. The float was so well-designed that it received the Director’s Trophy for outstanding artistic merit in design and floral presentation. It was a fitting conclusion for San Gabriel’s first entry since 1972, and the award for Paradiso Parade Floats and especially Charles Meier, puts him on the path to success. Oh, the places you’ll go Charles, especially when the first Rose Parade float you build is a winner !…. Comedy Consensus ….. Grizzled Chuck, the improv comedy show performed by college students, was a huge success with a full house in attendance at the Padillo Room at the San Gabriel Playhouse. The laughs kept coming for the 50 people in attendance and add in a general admission cost of zero dollars it was an evening to laugh and enjoy. Watch for their next appearance and you’ll end up with a big smile on your face… Savannah Sprinklers…. Historic Savannah Cemetery received an injection of much needed maintenance with the repair and replacement of sprinkler heads and water valves throughout the cemetery grounds. Over 100 devices were replaced and new water sensors installed to provide the cemetery with water efficient controls. The repairs are expected to reduce Savannah’s water expense by at least 25% and still ensure well-watered cemetery grounds…… Lunar New Year …. The City of Rosemead will hold its annual New Lunar Year Family Festival on January 26 from 10AM to 8PM. The festival will be held at 8001 Garvey Avenue, the former site of the Auto Auction. The festival will feature will live entertainment, great food, vendor booths and family activities. Come on out and enjoy the New Year!….. Volunteer Needed ….. The City of Rosemead is seeking a few good volunteers. Unpaid administrative Intern positions are available in the Human Resources, Public Safety and Public Works department s. The positions are unpaid but you could earn college credits. You will work 15 – 20 hours per week performing a wide variety of tasks. You do have to complete an application and if selected you will need to take an exam and successfully pass a background check. Stay busy and help the city! Contact Rosemead City Hall for more information….