Every Tuesday night at the Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale, 84-year-old Dominic Cangelosi ascends to the small stage where his name glows with yellow lights and rapturously begins playing his vintage Hammond B3 organ to the delight of the crowd. As the patrons spin across the glossy Maplewood floor, Cangelosi gloriously belts out fox trots and waltzes — bouncy tunes that harkens back to a bygone era. Back in the ’30s and ’40s, organ music reigned supreme in skating rinks across the country. But today, the rinks hire deejays who digitally play rock and roll tunes for a...Read More
Author: Shirley Hawkins
Joe Palesano, a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield who now serves as a volunteer and board member with Glendale-based Wellness Works, a nonprofit organization that offers support services to vets and their families, was stunned to learn that approximately 22 veterans across the country commit suicide every day. “It hit so close to home for us that we decided we needed to raise awareness,” said Palesano, who added that the startling statistics were released by the Veteran’s Administration. “We wanted to find a way to bring the community and vets together.” Three years ago, Palesano, a...Read More
Soft-spoken 58-year-old ex-prisoner Gary Tyler is finally at peace. The social activist has adopted the pastoral city of Pasadena as his home — a far cry from the grim, gray walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, infamously known as Angola, the worst and bloodiest prison in the nation. When Tyler was first incarcerated there 41-and-a-half years ago for a crime that he maintains he did not commit, he was the youngest person on death row. “I feel free here,” declares Tyler, who resides in a small, picturesque guesthouse where he frequently invites local doctors, lawyers and other activists —...Read More
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