You are currently browsing the posts tagged: magazine

Berkeley home moves across town, slice of history saved – Berkeleyside

The second story of the Cheney Cottage makes its way along Sacramento Street on Sunday February 20. Photo: Tracey Taylor.

Last Sunday, a house went on a journey across Berkeley. To be precise, it was half a house, the top half, and eagle-eyed Berkeleyans may have spotted it making its way, slowly, at walking pace, from Albany Village into Berkeley on 8th Street, then down Gilman, down 6th onto University and then along Sacramento until it reached its new home on 62nd Street.

The house belongs to Tom White and Dmitri Belser who bought it for $16.00 from UC Berkeley in 2009 after it was advertised on Craigslist and Ebay.

Known as the Cheney Cottage, it is the smaller of two properties originally located at 2241 and 2243 College Avenue on the Cal campus and built by journalist and real-estate agent Lemuel Warren Cheney. The larger of the two homes, the Cheney House, was demolished in March 2010 after the university failed to find a buyer for it. Built in 1885, the Cheney House was believed to be the second oldest surviving structure in the Berkeley Property Tract. (Read the full history on the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association website.)

Dmitri Belser (middle) and Tom White (right) with 62nd Street neighbor. Photo: Diane Dew.

The landmarked Cheney Cottage was built in 1902 as a rental property for Cheney and his wife May. It appears to have been inspired by Bernard Maybeck’s Boke House on Panoramic Way

White and Belser, who have a history of renovating period homes, both in San Francisco and Berkeley, say they are making it their business to “restore old Berkeley”. “We’re just two individuals with a love of Berkeley history,” says White. “It’s a hobby,” he adds, “we both have full-time jobs.” White is the publisher of Home Energy Magazine and Belser is the president of the recently opened Ed Robert Campus.

On their 62nd St blog, the couple have documented their latest, ambitious restoration project. The blog’s sub-title — “How a gay blind jew and his lover of 30 years managed to move two 100 year old houses and restore them — and lived to tell the tale” — speaks volumes.

The couple has fought a long battle to move the house. White says the bureaucratic hoops they have been required to jump through by the City of Berkeley have been legion and time-consuming. The Cheney Cottage was sliced in half in April 2010, and they were all set to move the two halves last summer, but problems with permits put four months on the project.

“The property was almost destroyed by the weather during that time — it degraded its value and we will have to do more restoration work than we’d planned,” says White. “It’s sad that the city does not do more to encourage the restoration of its historic architecture,” he says.

And the pair are are not quite done yet. The first floor of the Cheney Cottage is due to be moved on Sunday March 6. Then both sections will be reunited – — which involves, says White, hoisting the top half high up into the air before placing it carefully on its counterpart.

Half of the Cheney Cottage in front of the Delaney Cottage.

The Cheney Cottage will be sited next to the existing property that the pair own on 62nd Street — a Frontier Italianate style cottage which the couple have moved to the back of the lot to make room for its new neighbor. They are also in the process of restoring it.

“It’s one of the oldest homes in South Berkeley,” says White, who refers to it as the Delaney Cottage and dates it to at least the 1880s, perhaps even the 1870s. The couple’s research, including conversations with neighbors, reveals that the home was likely to have been surrounded by corrals originally, and probably belonged to a farmhand. Cattle drives were common on the street back then.

Diane Dew documented the first part of the Cheney Cottage’s move in a series of photographs. Another friend and neighbor, Pete Alvarez, shot a six-minute video of the move, which, according to White, went relatively smoothly. He says he police had to go ahead to stop traffic at one point and a couple of trees had to be trimmed for clearance. But, as he points out, “One more move to go and we’ll be old hands at this.”

Continue reading here: Berkeley home moves across town, slice of history saved – Berkeleyside

Incoming search terms:

Celtics get Thunder’s Jeff Green – ESPN

Celts Get Jeff Green
Thunder trade Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic to Celtics for Kendrick Perkins, Nate RobinsonTags: NBA, Fantasy NBA, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Jeff Green, SportsCenter, Chad Ford, Nenad Krstic, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Celts

Celts Get Jeff Green


Just before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Boston Celtics agreed to ship center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and big man Nenad Krstic in a deal the NBA approved about five hours later.

The Celtics also received cash and a 2012 first-round pick that was previously owned by the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the deal.

Neither team was done, though.

The Celtics also traded rookie center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2013 second-round draft pick. The Cavaliers waived veteran forward Leon Powe to make roster room after also trading away Mo Williams and Jamario Moon for the Clippers’ Baron Davis in a separate move.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted the jury is initially out on the trades, but felt like they will pay dividends for Boston down the road.

“The bottom line is: We’ll see,” Rivers said Thursday before Boston’s game at Denver. “We think we did pretty well today. … Whoever is the single best player in the trade, that’s who you try to get. Whether that’s Jeff Green or Perk, we don’t know that. Krstic is a good piece for us as well. He spreads the floor, which I think is great for [Rajon] Rondo. Jeff Green spreads the floor, too.”

“We needed to get that [small forward or power forward] swing guy,” Rivers added. “One of the things I was just saying is that this gives us the ability — like the year we won it — at times we can go small with Green at the 4 and Kevin [Garnett] at the 5, with Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen] spreading the floor. We’ve been trying to get that lineup ever since [James] Posey left. You forget how many times we did that in the playoffs, which was every fourth quarter. We haven’t been able to duplicate that and, in some ways, it’s hurt Rondo.”

While the Celtics were unloading big men, the Thunder acquired another one, sending Morris Peterson and D.J. White to Charlotte for center Nazr Mohammed, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Perkins is out at least a week after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He missed 43 games this season recovering from right knee surgery.

Robinson tweeted reaction to the deal: “All I can say is wowzers — Will miss all my Boston fans I love y’all, u guys showed me love.”

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Green. He was selected by the Celtics in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2007 draft. But he was traded with Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to the then Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.

The Celtics’ pursuit of a slashing-type player intensified when it became apparent that Marquis Daniels might miss the rest of the season with a spinal injury. Daniels himself will be rehabbing in Sacramento. The Celtics traded him and cash considerations to the Kings on Thursday for a protected second-round pick in the 2017 draft, Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced.

Daniels appeared in 49 games for the Celtics this season. He is averaging 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds. He has been out since bruising his spinal cord on Feb. 6 against Orlando.

Green is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds this season as the third option for the Thunder behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In his three-year career, he has averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

More From

One minute the Celtics were preparing for the Nuggets. The next minute the roster was turned upside down, writes Chris Forsberg. Blog

The Celtics are rolling the dice and guessing who they’ll face in the playoffs with this trade, John Hollinger writes. Story Insider

With the addition of big man Kendrick Perkins, the Oklahoma City Thunder have become a legitimate contender in the West, Sarah Spain writes. Blog

• Check out the Celtics blog

On his Twitter account, Durant said: “Tough day for me and my teammates … good luck to jeff green, nenad krstic.”

The deal gives the Thunder the big man that they’ve been looking for all season. Perkins has played in just 12 games this season, but the Thunder have felt for a while that they need a veteran big man to truly compete with the Spurs, Mavs and Lakers in the West.

The deal also gives the Thunder something for Green, who becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Green had rejected a contract extension offer from the Thunder earlier this season.

For the Celtics, they take a big risk that their big men — who are now Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Krstic — can lead them. But with Jermaine O’Neal out until April after knee surgery and Shaquille O’Neal currently out with an Achilles injury, these are interesting trades for a Celtics team trying to win a championship. Krstic is an offensive talent down low, but isn’t known as a rebounder or a tough defender. He is averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Rivers indicated that once Shaquille O’Neal is healthy enough to return to action, he will be the team’s starting center and his play with the starting unit this season was a big reason Boston was able to make this deal.

“Shaq’s a key component of this,” said Rivers. “We need to get Shaq healthy and Shaq will be healthy. If Shaq plays great, this deal was actually really good for us. That’s on Shaq. We have to get Shaq in great shape, get him ready, get him healthy. He’s really going to be important for us in the playoffs.”

To shore up their front line in the meantime, the Celtics signed center Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract Thursday. Johnson was averaging 16.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 32.7 minutes per game for the D-League’s Dakota Wizards and also played briefly with the Trail Blazers earlier this season.

Green is a young talent who can play both the 3 and the 4 and could be part of a longer rebuilding strategy.

Erden and Harangody are both rookies and were moved, in part, for the
Celtics to open roster spots. The Celtics may be making room to sign potential free agents who may be bought out of their contracts, league sources told’s Brian Windhorst.

Erden is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 37 games and has been bothered by several injuries. He is planning to have shoulder surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in the offseason. Harangody has averaged 2.3 points and 2 rebounds in 28 games.

The draft pick going to Boston is the Timberwolves’ 2013 second-round pick that the Cavs acquired last summer as a part of a trade for Ramon Sessions and Ryan Hollins.

Robinson is averaging 7.1 points in 17.9 minutes per game this season.

Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for Chad Ford is the ESPN NBA Insider. Information from’s Brian Windhorst and’s Chris Forsberg was used in this report.

Continue reading here: Celtics get Thunder’s Jeff Green – ESPN

Lisa Rinna: I Was in Talks for Beverly Hills Housewives

Denise Richards isn’t the only famous face clamoring for a spot on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Lisa Rinna confirmed to that she was considering joining the Bravo crew before she and actor hubby Harry Hamlin, 59, landed their TV Land reality series, Harry Loves Lisa.

PHOTOS: Lisa, Harry and other uber-romantic married stars

“We were in discussions originally,” the actress, 47, told Us of the Bravo hit at the Nomad Two Worlds Opening Gala Tuesday. “I was up for it, and at the time I did my show instead of Beverly Hills. It was part of the process, but then my show came along so I ended up doing our show.”

VIDEO: Kim Richards defends her state of mind at the Housewives reunion

It’s a choice Rinna doesn’t seem to regret. When asked if she would want to be on an upcoming season, she laughed, “I’m good.”

And though her show with Hamlin is over as well, their relationship is still red hot. 

PHOTOS: See how these celebs show their affection

“It’s chemistry,” she told Us of their successful romance. “You either have it or you don’t. You have to get away. You’ve gotta go to a hotel, and you’ve got to get away. It’s the secret, you have to.”

Continue reading here: Lisa Rinna: I Was in Talks for Beverly Hills Housewives

Olivia Munn Has Had Secret Famous Boyfriends!

Olivia Munn Has Had Secret Famous Boyfriends!

Thursday February 24, 2011

Olivia MunnOLIVIA Munn has secretly romanced a string of famous boyfriends.

The 30-year-old actress — who has recently been romantically linked with Glee star Matthew Morrison – insists she is able to keep her private life under the radar because she would rather go on dates to unpopular places, rather than frequent establishments known to be visited by celebrities.

“Over the last year, I’ve dated guys that, if people knew, would be on the cover of magazines,” she said. “But they don’t find out because I say, ‘Hey, would you like to go to Valencia?’

“Some people go to restaurants that are so popular. They say it’s really good food. You’re like, ‘What food is worth that?’ The lobster ceviche will be just as good in a to-go box.”

Olivia insists she will always be open and honest with people when they ask her questions, but she admits the reason she does so is in order to maintain her privacy in other areas.

“I feel like I’ve been given a lot and I try to say thank you. The only thing I ask of myself is to try to keep my personal life personal,” she said.

“I will take as many pictures as you want, I will try to answer every single question under the sun, and the reason I’m doing that is so you’ll realize that I just have to keep something for myself.”

Tags: olivia munn

Continue reading here: Olivia Munn Has Had Secret Famous Boyfriends!