Hale Bob

22 Feb 19
Joining Jesus

Gathering with Al Roxburgh and Tim Hodapp, ECCT’s coaches spent Friday praying, discerning, listening, and sharing ahead of the Joining Jesus parish exploration tomorrow, with 80+ folks from across ECCT expected. MeridenFEB 22, 2019 From left: Al Roxburgh, Jane Hale, Gail Lebert, Dan Cox, Tim Hodapp, and Bob Lyons.

22 Feb 19
My So Secret Blog

OSCARs are the most wanted awards of the year. Every actor wants to get one in their lifetime but not many make this dream come true. Here are the nominees for this year’s OSCARs. Best Actor In A Leading Role CHRISTIAN BALE (Vice) BRADLEY COOPER (A Star Is Born) WILLEM DAFOE (At Eternity’s Gate) RAMI […]

22 Feb 19
Gemma Reviews

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has come under a lot of fire surrounding the 2019 ceremony. From their announcement of a Best Popular Film category, to controversy surrounding a host and the Academy’s decision to move four categories off of the live broadcast, one of the things that continually haunts the Academy Awards […]

22 Feb 19
Happy Bookshelves

Growing up, I always loved watching the Oscars. As a child, I had no idea what any of the movies were or who the actors/actresses were, but I loved getting to stay up late on a school night to watch. As I grew up and stopped going to the movies, I cared about these award […]

22 Feb 19
Daniel's Derekh

Context…. Context As a nation formed predominantly of immigrants in the last 70 years (Palestine’s Jewish population under the British Mandate in 1948 was approximately 600,000 and now Israel’s is greater than 10 times that number), and immigrants who primarily did not speak the language (which was reinvented almost from scratch about 140 years ago), […]

22 Feb 19
The Mercury News
Guy Arrostuto will never forget the gig he did with Bobby Simmons some 25 years ago at the long-defunct Redwood Inn. The place was packed and the tip jar had to have more than $100 by the second break, Arrostuto remembers. But when the two returned to perform, there was a $1 bill and a five. The tips were stolen. “When we got off stage, Bob was upset,” Arrostuto said. “He remembered that for a year.” It was, says Arrostuto, the only time Simmons was ever angry. [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] “He never got mad at anybody else and I never saw anybody mad at him,” Arrostuto said. Simmons, who recorded an original song “Georgia Street on My Mind” to profess his love of Vallejo, died Wednesday afternoon following a fall at home. He was 74. Suffering from diabetes and virtually blind, Simmons never recovered after falling into a coma at a local hospital, Arrostuto said. Word of Simmons’ passing spread quickly throughout the community. “A lot of musicians are devastated and upset,” said Arrostuto. “He was probably one of the nicest people I ever met,” said keyboardist Jimmy Smith, a former Vallejoan now living near Palm Springs. Simmons, added Smith, “was a great musician who always dressed to the nines.” “Bob could sing anything, was a very funky guitarist, and had the biggest heart,” said bass player Don Bassey. “He volunteered often and shared his music everywhere. I’ll miss hearing that low, mellow voice on the phone, as well as live in a club, jammin’ with his band.” Vallejo music promoter Jeff Trager and former local music promoter Rhonda Hicks said Simmons was as professional as they come. “He was a sweet and giving man with a joyful and ready smile for all,” Hicks said from her Athens, Ga., home. “I admired Bob’s commitment to music. It was part of his DNA to share his music. We have lost a man with a big heart and lots of love for Vallejo.” Trager said he booked Simmons “as much as I could.” “The guy was easy to work with and you knew what you were getting. It’s as simple as that,” Trager said. “He would always show up on time and give you a great show. You didn’t have to worry about anything with Bobby. Working with him was stress free.” Of African-American, Filipino and Hawaiian heritage, Simmons had the rare ability of playing almost any genre, Arrostuto said. “He had this great voice. He was such a universal cat,” praised Arrostuto. “He was so smooth.” Arrostuto said it was he who brought Simmons to Vallejo, convincing him to leave the Russian River area and relocate here. “I sat him down and said, ‘You need to come down here.’ He did and he fit right in. He was a godsend,” Arrostuto said, cherishing nearly 40 years of friendship with Simmons. Tracey Hale became familiar with Simmons and his music when she worked at Merrill Gardens in Vallejo. “He was such a nice, kind guy and brought such happiness to the seniors,” Hale said, adding that Simmons was “kind to everybody.” Arrostuto reiterated that Simmons was a guy who was always upbeat even after his eyes began to fail around 20 years. “He never never complained,” Arrostuto said. “He was never negative. The cup was always half full and never half empty.” Through it all, Simmons maintained a steady schedule of performing for seniors. “He could talk to so many people and he was really good with the microphone,” Arrostuto said. “He’d walk around the room at senior homes and play their favorite music. He was so well-respected as a performer.” Tom Lilenthal posted on Facebook that he befriended Simmons in 1977 when the two met at Sun Valley, Idaho. “I certainly count on him as one of my favorite friends. Bob was one of those naturally kind, modest and loving folks that we all strive to have as friends,” wrote Lilenthal. “He was loved by so many.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5887596,5882900″]Arrostuto recalled hanging out with Simmons after a gig one night “and Bobby says, ‘I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve never been to a place like Vallejo. This is the missing link.’ I never forgot when he told me that. He landed squarely where he needed to be.” Simmons’ wife, former Solano County Supervisor Lee Simmons, died in October, 2017. “Losing Lee was hard on him,” Hale said. “He was like family,” Arrostuto said. “It’s a sad day.” A memorial service is pending, likely in about five or six weeks, said Arrostuto.
22 Feb 19
East Bay Times
Guy Arrostuto will never forget the gig he did with Bobby Simmons some 25 years ago at the long-defunct Redwood Inn. The place was packed and the tip jar had to have more than $100 by the second break, Arrostuto remembers. But when the two returned to perform, there was a $1 bill and a five. The tips were stolen. “When we got off stage, Bob was upset,” Arrostuto said. “He remembered that for a year.” It was, says Arrostuto, the only time Simmons was ever angry. [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=morning-report” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] “He never got mad at anybody else and I never saw anybody mad at him,” Arrostuto said. Simmons, who recorded an original song “Georgia Street on My Mind” to profess his love of Vallejo, died Wednesday afternoon following a fall at home. He was 74. Suffering from diabetes and virtually blind, Simmons never recovered after falling into a coma at a local hospital, Arrostuto said. Word of Simmons’ passing spread quickly throughout the community. “A lot of musicians are devastated and upset,” said Arrostuto. “He was probably one of the nicest people I ever met,” said keyboardist Jimmy Smith, a former Vallejoan now living near Palm Springs. Simmons, added Smith, “was a great musician who always dressed to the nines.” “Bob could sing anything, was a very funky guitarist, and had the biggest heart,” said bass player Don Bassey. “He volunteered often and shared his music everywhere. I’ll miss hearing that low, mellow voice on the phone, as well as live in a club, jammin’ with his band.” Vallejo music promoter Jeff Trager and former local music promoter Rhonda Hicks said Simmons was as professional as they come. “He was a sweet and giving man with a joyful and ready smile for all,” Hicks said from her Athens, Ga., home. “I admired Bob’s commitment to music. It was part of his DNA to share his music. We have lost a man with a big heart and lots of love for Vallejo.” Trager said he booked Simmons “as much as I could.” “The guy was easy to work with and you knew what you were getting. It’s as simple as that,” Trager said. “He would always show up on time and give you a great show. You didn’t have to worry about anything with Bobby. Working with him was stress free.” Of African-American, Filipino and Hawaiian heritage, Simmons had the rare ability of playing almost any genre, Arrostuto said. “He had this great voice. He was such a universal cat,” praised Arrostuto. “He was so smooth.” Arrostuto said it was he who brought Simmons to Vallejo, convincing him to leave the Russian River area and relocate here. “I sat him down and said, ‘You need to come down here.’ He did and he fit right in. He was a godsend,” Arrostuto said, cherishing nearly 40 years of friendship with Simmons. Tracey Hale became familiar with Simmons and his music when she worked at Merrill Gardens in Vallejo. “He was such a nice, kind guy and brought such happiness to the seniors,” Hale said, adding that Simmons was “kind to everybody.” Arrostuto reiterated that Simmons was a guy who was always upbeat even after his eyes began to fail around 20 years. “He never never complained,” Arrostuto said. “He was never negative. The cup was always half full and never half empty.” Through it all, Simmons maintained a steady schedule of performing for seniors. “He could talk to so many people and he was really good with the microphone,” Arrostuto said. “He’d walk around the room at senior homes and play their favorite music. He was so well-respected as a performer.” Tom Lilenthal posted on Facebook that he befriended Simmons in 1977 when the two met at Sun Valley, Idaho. “I certainly count on him as one of my favorite friends. Bob was one of those naturally kind, modest and loving folks that we all strive to have as friends,” wrote Lilenthal. “He was loved by so many.” [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5887596,5882900″]Arrostuto recalled hanging out with Simmons after a gig one night “and Bobby says, ‘I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve never been to a place like Vallejo. This is the missing link.’ I never forgot when he told me that. He landed squarely where he needed to be.” Simmons’ wife, former Solano County Supervisor Lee Simmons, died in October, 2017. “Losing Lee was hard on him,” Hale said. “He was like family,” Arrostuto said. “It’s a sad day.” A memorial service is pending, likely in about five or six weeks, said Arrostuto.
22 Feb 19
Desde la 4ª Pared

Ya están aquí, ya llegaron Los Oscar 2019. No sabemos cuál se alzará con el mayor galardón de la noche, ni cuál será la que más estatuillas se lleve, pero aquí dejamos nuestra apuesta. MEJOR PELÍCULA Black Panther Green Book Roma Ha nacido una estrella El vicio del poder La favorita Bohemian Rhapsody Infiltrado en […]

22 Feb 19

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Independent music company Mecca Music continues its legacy of creating a collaborative environment for upcoming local musicians by relaunching its brand. “I believe the music industry is at an inflection point,” Champ Liu Pio, Mecca Music founder, says. “The music landscape has totally shifted in favor of the artist. As it should […]

22 Feb 19
Era of Good Feeling

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a look at how lucky we are this year to have so many “firsts” among the nominations:

22 Feb 19
RANDOM THOUGHTS

Best Picture: Black Panther BlacKkKlansman Bohemian Rhapsody lfonso Cuarón, Roma\nAdamThe Favourite Green Book Roma A Star Is Born Vice Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, Vice Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Viggo Mortensen, Green Book Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, The Wife […]

21 Feb 19
The Warren Word

Before Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month, the award show sparked controversy over who would host the show. 39-year-old comedian, Kevin Hart was set to host the show, however, the announcement was faced with backlash when old homophobic tweets resurfaced. “I’ve yet to go back to that version of that immature comedian I once […]

21 Feb 19
Times-Herald
Guy Arrostuto will never forget the gig he did with Bobby Simmons some 25 years ago at the long-defunct Redwood Inn. The place was packed and the tip jar had to have more than $100 by the second break, Arrostuto remembers. But when the two returned to perform, there was a $1 bill and a five. The tips were stolen. “When we got off stage, Bob was upset,” Arrostuto said. “He remembered that for a year.” It was, says Arrostuto, the only time Simmons was ever angry. “He never got mad at anybody else and I never saw anybody mad at him,” Arrostuto said. Simmons, who recorded an original song “Georgia Street on My Mind” to profess his love of Vallejo, died Wednesday afternoon following a fall at home. He was 74. Suffering from diabetes and virtually blind, Simmons never recovered after falling into a coma at a local hospital, Arrostuto said. Word of Simmons’ passing spread quickly throughout the community. “A lot of musicians are devastated and upset,” said Arrostuto. “He was probably one of the nicest people I ever met,” said keyboardist Jimmy Smith, a former Vallejoan now living near Palm Springs. Simmons, added Smith, “was a great musician who always dressed to the nines.” “Bob could sing anything, was a very funky guitarist, and had the biggest heart,” said bass player Don Bassey. “He volunteered often and shared his music everywhere. I’ll miss hearing that low, mellow voice on the phone, as well as live in a club, jammin’ with his band.” Vallejo music promoter Jeff Trager and former local music promoter Rhonda Hicks said Simmons was as professional as they come. “He was a sweet and giving man with a joyful and ready smile for all,” Hicks said from her Athens, Ga., home. “I admired Bob’s commitment to music. It was part of his DNA to share his music. We have lost a man with a big heart and lots of love for Vallejo.” Trager said he booked Simmons “as much as I could.” “The guy was easy to work with and you knew what you were getting. It’s as simple as that,” Trager said. “He would always show up on time and give you a great show. You didn’t have to worry about anything with Bobby. Working with him was stress free.” Of African-American, Filipino and Hawaiian heritage, Simmons had the rare ability of playing almost any genre, Arrostuto said. “He had this great voice. He was such a universal cat,” praised Arrostuto. “He was so smooth.” Arrostuto said it was he who brought Simmons to Vallejo, convincing him to leave the Russian River area and relocate here. “I sat him down and said, ‘You need to come down here.’ He did and he fit right in. He was a godsend,” Arrostuto said, cherishing nearly 40 years of friendship with Simmons. Tracey Hale became familiar with Simmons and his music when she worked at Merrill Gardens in Vallejo. “He was such a nice, kind guy and brought such happiness to the seniors,” Hale said, adding that Simmons was “kind to everybody.” Arrostuto reiterated that Simmons was a guy who was always upbeat even after his eyes began to fail around 20 years. “He never never complained,” Arrostuto said. “He was never negative. The cup was always half full and never half empty.” Through it all, Simmons maintained a steady schedule of performing for seniors. “He could talk to so many people and he was really good with the microphone,” Arrostuto said. “He’d walk around the room at senior homes and play their favorite music. He was so well-respected as a performer.” Tom Lilenthal posted on Facebook that he befriended Simmons in 1977 when the two met at Sun Valley, Idaho. “I certainly count on him as one of my favorite friends. Bob was one of those naturally kind, modest and loving folks that we all strive to have as friends,” wrote Lilenthal. “He was loved by so many.” Arrostuto recalled hanging out with Simmons after a gig one night “and Bobby says, ‘I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve never been to a place like Vallejo. This is the missing link.’ I never forgot when he told me that. He landed squarely where he needed to be.” Simmons’ wife, former Solano County Supervisor Lee Simmons, died in October, 2017. “Losing Lee was hard on him,” Hale said. “He was like family,” Arrostuto said. “It’s a sad day.” A memorial service is pending, likely in about five or six weeks, said Arrostuto.                      
21 Feb 19
GeekandGear.com

Share this: Last year I dedicated a series of posts for a “Dwayne McDuffie Week” honoring the late/great writer. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I wasn’t able to devote time to do properly write up a week’s worth of pieces, but I’d be incredibly remiss if I didn’t in some way pay tribute today on […]

21 Feb 19
Dating, Breaking News, Celeb Gossip & Everything College | CC

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21 Feb 19
Orlando Scoop

The steady mortgage-rate decline is making purchasing a home more affordable just as the spring buying season heats up. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dipped to 4.35 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the […]