Sierra Madre Edition
SIERRA MADRE EDITION SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017 VOLUME 11 NO. 4 FORMER CITY TREASURER GEORGE ENYEDI PASSES AWAY CITY COUNCIL SEALS THE DEAL Sierra Madre has lost another treasure. Smart, charming, energetic, handsome and strong….just a few adjectives that described Sierra Madre’s former City Treasurer, George Enyedi. He was a wealth of knowledge on finances, volunteerism, loving life, and living well. He never met a challenge that he couldn’t handle. What made him so amazing is that until he was well into his 80’s, it was hard to keep up with him! George passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday at the age of 91. He was truly an amazing man that will be missed. Volunteerism and working to improve the quality of life in Sierra Madre were always a big part of Enyedi’s life. He was an active member of the Sierra Madre Cemetery Association, The Sierra Madre Playhouse, The Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy, SMEAC, and the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, just to name a few. Recipient of numerous civic honors, George was the Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year, and was bestowed with the city's George Maurer Lifetime Achievement Award to name a few. By profession, George was a Certified Public Accountant and senior partner in the firm of Enyedi, Marshall and Montanez in downtown Los Angeles. It was this experience that made him the choice of Sierra Madreans when he ran for Treasurer in 2011. It was also his financial experience that kept both the Sierra Madre Cemetery and the Sierra Madre Playhouse from closing several years ago. Enyedi and his wife, Gerda came to the United States in 1952 from Cluj, Transylvania, a province of Romania, settling in Pasadena, California. They moved to Sierra Madre in 1961. George was looking for a house “on top of a hill” and found the perfect place in Sierra Madre. His home has magnificent views of the San Gabriel Valley and is a stone’s throw away from the natural habitat of bears, deer, coyotes and mountain lions. The Enyedi’s reared 3 sons, Klaus, Hans and Kurt in Sierra Madre and the family has expanded to include 3 daughters-in-law. In a conversation with him several years ago, he had 6 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters, all living in Southern California. Gerda, his beloved wife of 60 years, passed away in April of 2006 something he really never recovered from. George Enyedi, through all the ups and downs that life brought his way, epitomized strength, conviction and compassion. When one speaks of the glue that holds this town together, his name is right there at the top of the list. George Enyedi truly was a first class gentleman with the heart of a lion. S. Henderson/MVNews Gabriel "Gabe" Engeland Will Become City Manager on March 13th On Tuesday, the Sierra Madre City Council confirmed the hiring of Sierra Madre's next City Manager, approving a five year contract which was reported in the Mountain Views News last week. (http:// mtnviewsnews.com/v11/htm/n03/ p01.htm ). A press release issued by the city on Monday stated, " Mr. Engeland (“Gabe”) is an experienced City Manager with outstanding qualifications and references from all past employers. Gabe has been on a City Manager “track” in his professional career for the past six years, and most recently has been serving the City of Trinidad, Colorado as its City Manager since 2015, where he oversaw a staff of 178 employees and a budget of $38.9 million dollars." Trinidad is a full service city, including police, fire/paramedic, electric utility, water utility, waste water, gas, library, golf course an landfill, in addition to the general fund services of public works, human resources, finance and budget, development and economic services; Trinidad has a population of 10,000 and a service area of approximately 15,000." The release goes on to quote Engeland as saying, "Gabe intends to fully engage with the community and make Sierra Made home with his wife and new baby daughter. “I am excited to be part of team Sierra Madre and my wife and I are looking forward to our move to this wonderful community.” The position in Sierra Madre will yield a substantial increase in salary for Engeland. According to the City of Trinidad's 2016 Budget, the new city manager will receive approximately $79,000 more a year. In Trinidad where Engeland was City Manager for just about two years, he was paid $103,000 a year. In Sierra Madre his contract calls for a base salary of $182,000. Engeland, pictured above, will be missed by the town of Trinidad according to an article in their local paper, The Chronicle-News, Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico lauded Engeland and his contributions to the city during his tenure here. Rico credited Engeland for turning around Trinidad’s finances and balancing the budget for the first time in years. Photo credit The Chronicle-News NANO CAFÉ: THE NEW RESTAURANT IN TOWN SIERRA MADRE SEARCH AND RESCUE, CAL TECH AND CAL STATE MENTORS FOR ALVERNO HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVED THREE OF SIX ROTARY HUMANITARIAN STAR AWARDS PRESENTED BY THE SIERRA MADRE ROTARY CLUB Nano Café is proud to announce that they are the owners of 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. and have been since October. Due to the fact that the building is 65 years old the past several months has been a soft opening so that the restaurant could be restored and is now young and new again. Even the water system now produces 100% percent purified water. Traditionally local musicians and singers have entertained there and still do. Wednesday thru Saturday evenings. You can call Nano 626-325-3334 for schedules, times and reservation’s or just ask when you are there. It’s truly a great place for your party, business meeting, family gathering or date and can accommodate up to one hundred people. Nano has always been an ‘A’ restaurant. Customers are made to feel special and the food is so good that they keep coming back. Breakfast starts at 6am and is served all at until 5. Lunch is available as well until five o’clock. Dinner is from 5-9pm. Cocktails are served daily and evenings. Of course from 3-6 is happy hour. If you are a sports fan you may enjoy watching the games in the cocktail lounge while you eat and drink. The restaurant is open daily and holidays. Everyone is always welcome and the staff looks forward to serving you in doors and out on the new patio. The Mountain Views News is delighted to welcome Nano Café to Sierra Madre. Image result for sierra madre search and rescue Rotary of Sierra Madre is raising public awareness of scientific advances and their positive impacts on humanity. The individuals and groups honored have created impactful advancements in science and technology, which improves human health and well being around the globe. The four major categories of humanitarian benefit are Environmental Improvement, Health and Medical, Disaster Relief and Recovery, and Improved Sharing of Knowledge This was truly the Academy Awards Event of Humanitarians. Marie Csete, PhD, created a beautiful ceremony presentation for each of the nominees. Ms. Csete served as well on the board of advisors with Pamela R. Aschbacher, PhD, Joel W. Burdick, PhD, Richard L. & Dorothy M Hayman, PhDs, John F. Raffensperger, PhD, Michael Ryschkewitsch, PhD, Philip R. Troyk, PhD, and Brett Wingeie, PhD. Go to RHStar.org to see credits of board of advisors. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, President, Arnold Gaffery is recognized for 2016 RHSTAR Trophy Recipient for Disaster Relief and Recovery Nominated for the development of search and rescue MapSar technology (continued on page 6) YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO ENTER THE SIERRA MADRE ROSE FLOAT ASSOCIATION 2018 FLOAT DESIGN CONTEST: This year’s design contest will be held until Friday, February 3rd 2017. The 2018 Theme, "Making A Difference" was chosen as a way to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others.” shared Tibbet. “It’s about the human acts of kindness that enrich the lives of others and are the source of inspiration, hope, joy and optimism for all of us.” Please see the description of the parade theme at www.smrosefloat.org/get-involved/design-a-float. Submit your designs by 5pm on February 3rd.
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