In a faux home-theater room at Directed Electronics, Jim Minarik fiddles with the remote control to call up an Eagles concert on a flat-screen television.
The chief executive of Directed - a Vista, Calif., company whose roots are in car alarms - Minarik points to two speakers in the ceiling, two thin tower speakers next to the TV and a cube-shaped woofer underneath. As the band breaks into "Hotel California," he cranks up the volume so each bass note seems to vibrate the sofa.
The demonstration highlights Directed Electronics' aim to make noise in the home theater market.
Founded in 1982 by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Directed spent more than a decade primarily as a car alarm maker. But over the past five years, the company has diversified into in-car video, car audio, satellite radios and home audio.
There was a time in the 1940s when a Georgia mother could put her child unescorted on a train to visit relatives in Ohio. And, through the kindness of strangers, that child would be met and chaperoned at every stop along the way.
Those strangers were the staff and volunteers of Travelers Aid International serving the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. "We were very big in train stations back in the '20s through till after World War II," commented Raymond M. Flynt, president of the organization. "But the nature of travel has changed, and now airlines have replaced them as the principal mode. So we have offices at quite a few airport locations."
Bergen Community College recently named Alan Clements, of Fair Lawn, the new head coach of the womenâ€™s volleyball team, the Bergen Bulldogs. Clements brings over nine years experience coaching high school volleyball. Bergen is Clementsâ€™ first assignment coaching college athletics. â€œCoaching at the collegiate level has always been one of my dreams; so itâ€™s nice to see that goal fulfilled,â€ Clements said.
Maria Echaveste, one of the highest-ranking Latinas to have served in a presidential administration, will discuss immigration issues at Bergen Community College on Monday, October 23, at 1:40 p.m., in the Ciccone Theatre, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus as part of Latino Heritage Week, which celebrates Latinosâ€™ contributions to American history, culture, and the arts. Latino Heritage Week is co-sponsored by the Collegeâ€™s Office of Student Life and the Center for the Study of Intercultural Understanding. All events from 10/23-10/27 are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Office of Student Life at 201-447-7215.
The renowned Pro Arte Chorale will perform choral classics on Sunday, October 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors (65+), and are available by phoning 201-447-7428. Seating is reserved and advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Mayor Tedesco, Tax Assessor James Anzevino along with Chris Stellatos and Rose Whitehead from his office presented an introduction to the new Paramus home improvement loans for Senior home owners and Tenants to the Pioneer Club at the Senior Center. The Mayor stressed that this is not coming from the taxpayerâ€™s pocket, but is funded by assessments on new building from developers and used for affordable housing or home improvements.
The Ballet Fiesta Mexicana production, Caminos De Mexico--â€œCrossroadsâ€--a musical journey through Mexicoâ€™s rich history and culture--will be performed at Bergen Community College on Friday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and senior citizens (65+). Seating is reserved and advanced ticket purchaseâ€”available at 201-447-7428â€”is recommended.
Is Friday the 13th an unlucky day for you? Do you step over cracks? Do you believe garlic protects you from evil spirits and vampires?
From chain letters to salt, most of us are superstitious about something. But why?
"Superstitions are learned through conditioning," said Robert Devies, a psychologist with Psychological and Family Consultants in Jackson Township, Ohio. "Once you get something into a kid's head, it stays there."
One way superstitions evolve, he said, is by things happening that are paired in time, such as walking under a ladder and getting splattered with paint; ergo, walking under a ladder is bad luck.