Jerry’s Journeys

by Jerry Jambazian

After a four month hiatus it is good writing for the Mid again. As you might know I fractured my hip on December 10, 2012. We were out judging holiday decorations in the city. I mis-steped coming out of the van we were in and lay on the ground waiting for the good firemen from Station 47 to make their assessment. They took a look and said, “I think you have a dislocated hip”. I felt pretty good about that. At least I did not hit my head or break any bones. After the ambulance delivered me to Arcadia Methodist Hospital it was discovered in the ER that I had broken my hip. This is where I disagree; I say that I broke my leg. My hip was not replaced; I have a titanium rod going from my hip to my knee. Everything was okay until the ER doctor told my wife the morbidity rate for the injury I sustained. I am getting stronger every day with physical therapy and hope to be walking on my own soon. Just in time for the Summer Concert Series.

VolunteersVolunteers: Temple City only has two parks and both of them were put to good use last Saturday. Temple City Park was the venue for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The Departments of Community Development, Administrative Services, Management Services, and Parks and Recreation thanked 130 volunteers with a wonderful outdoor lunch with entertainment and gifts. City volunteers contributed more than 10,000 hours during 2012!

No one knows the importance of volunteers more than City Manager Jose Pulido who thanked the assembled volunteers. Mayor Cynthia Sternquist, Mayor Pro Tem Carl Blum, Councilmembers Tom Chavez and Fernando Vizcarra recognized the volunteers. Mayor Sternquist said, “Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds. They have many different life experiences and yet all have at least one thing in common, the willingness to give their time to help others.”

Food_TruckswebWith councilmembers in the back 9 volunteers were recognized for 5,057 hours

Food Truck Festival: Live Oak Park was the site of the 1st Annual Food Truck Festival. Hundreds of foodie’s kept all eleven Food Trucks busy along with two boutique trucks. Family fun was available all afternoon in the Kid Zone with 3 huge inflatable bounce houses. Free games and prizes, face painting, and fun activities for all. This was truly a fun event for all and a great opportunity to show off our award-wining park. Many thanks to Director Cathy Burroughs, Debbie Ingram, and Frances Manzo-Pimentel for planning this fun event.

Temple City Tweets: The Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement Project is well underway. It is a streetscape redesign effort by the City of Temple City, dedicated to improving traffic safety, reenergizing one of the city’s main commercial corridors and creating a vibrant community destination.

Through physical improvements and beautification elements like new sidewalks, added canopy trees and public art; as well as incoming amenities like outdoor dining and bike lanes, this Project is set to transform the two-mile stretch of Rosemead Boulevard within Temple City from an auto-oriented pass-through thoroughfare, into an attractive place for community life.

I am sure there are many inconveniences to residents and businesses but the beautification project will be worth the effort when completed.

I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at www.templecityphotos.com to see recent photo and video events.

See you soon…

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