Westridge School Dean Dies After Battle with COVID-19

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Subscribe People Westridge School Dean Dies After Battle with COVID-19 Carol van Zalingen impacted students’ lives STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 12:17 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Community News 46 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img A popular staff member at the Westridge School for Girls died after a battle with Coronavirus according to an email by school officials.“I write today with the unthinkable news of the loss of Carol van Zalingen, a dearly beloved member of our school community. Carol, our Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support, died today just after 4 a.m. in Huntington Hospital from complications related to COVID–19,” wrote Elizabeth J. McGregor, head of the Westridge School for Girls.To aid mourning students, school was canceled on Tuesday and online support groups were provided.Officials at the school are in the process of developing an online memorial for Zalingen.An online celebration of her life will be held at a later date.Zalingen joined Westridge in 2008 as an eighth grade English teacher. In 2015 she transitioned to her current role of Dean of Lower and Middle School student support.The latter role combined her exquisite talent as an educator and her seemingly bottomless capacity for empathy and caring, according to the email.In the classroom she was known to connect in a very special way with each of her students. Her colleagues describe her as “a safe space for students and adults.”“She was known as gentle and wise, always reaching out to help others in a supportive and non-judgmental manner,” McGregor wrote. “She never wanted a light shined in her direction, but her ability to listen, be present, and hold time and space for students and friends was uncanny.”Zalingen was instrumental in helping students progress along a path to being independent learners and finding and following a positive personal narrative. Many Upper School students consistently cited her as one of the faculty members who made a significant impact on their lives. She indeed changed lives and made a mark on our hearts.“Please keep Carol and her family close to your hearts. She would not want the attention, but she certainly deserves every ounce of love in the universe – she was a special person who touched so many lives.” Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Mine reclamation needs in Western U.S. of major concern as coal industry weakens ‒ report

first_imgMine reclamation needs in Western U.S. of major concern as coal industry weakens ‒ report FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):More than one-third of all land mined for coal in the western U.S. remains unreclaimed after nearly 50 years of mining, according to a new report from a regional network of western conservation organizations.There are about 150,000 unreclaimed acres, or 234 square miles, in the West, according to a report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils, or WORC. That land is either still being mined or is classified as long-term reclamation and mining facilities, such as haul roads and other areas that coal producers deem necessary until the end of the mine life.The report noted the coal industry’s decline and projections of its continuing demise as demand for the fuel wanes. Federal and state governments need to be more active to ensure producers clean up their mines rather than sticking taxpayers with the bill, which may involve policy changes, according to the report.Among its recommendations, the report said policymakers should require companies to provide detailed mine closure plans that include the expected timing and resources the producer has available to put toward the costs of shutting down the operation. The council also suggested that policymakers require companies to create sinking funds to help pay for reclamation obligations and eliminate self-bonding at state and federal levels.Part of the problem is that much of the coal mine is left unreclaimed up until the operation shuts down, requiring the producers to spend a significant amount of money restoring the land just as its revenue stream dries up, according to WORC.“At some point, reclamation costs will overwhelm cash generated from dwindling coal sales. With rising costs and declining revenues, coal companies will likely again file for bankruptcy sometime during this process,” the report said.[Ellie Potter]More ($): More than a third of western US coal mine land left unreclaimed, report sayslast_img read more