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    Moura Starr International and Baltus are pleased to announce two exciting developments. On April 1, Moura Starr Los Angeles debuted at its stunning new showroom on Beverly Boulevard in the Avenues of Art & Design district. In addition, Moura Starr and Baltus are announcing a dynamic industry partnership, with Moura Starr representing the Baltus line in both their new L.A. location and Moura Starr’s existing flagship in New York City.

    Moura Starr and Baltus cater to some of the most prominent names in the world of design (including notables such as David Phoenix, Campion Platt, Jue & Booth, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Jennifer Post), and their collaboration is born from the natural synergy between these two prominent brands that, together, represent the very essence of modern livable luxury.

    Having enjoyed huge success in the rapidly advancing technology industry, current Moura Star owners Don and Daniela Brooks first discovered the brand six years ago. “We never would have dreamed that we would become furniture company owners, but Moura Starr has been a love in our lives, and we are committed to its success,” says Daniela Brooks. With Don as CEO and Daniela running the showroom channel both are actively involved in the success of Moura Starr.

    Solely designed by company founder, Javier Martin Muriel, the Baltus Collection is grounded in beauty, originality and purity of form. Well-known and respected throughout Europe, Baltus has showrooms in Cannes, France; Murcia, Spain; St. Petersburg, Russia; and most recently, Antwerp, Belgium. In addition to Baltus’ new home with Moura Starr in L.A. and NYC, the Baltus flagship showroom can be found in Miami’s vibrant design district. Inspired by the quintessential beauty of the Mediterranean, the artisan crafted Baltus collection is characterized by clean, modern, sophisticated lines, custom details and innovative, luxe finishes.

    Both Moura Starr and Baltus can also be found at the beautiful Allan Knight showroom in Dallas.

    As Moura Starr will now be representing Baltus in Los Angeles it’s natural for Moura Starr to move into the beautiful storefront Baltus currently occupies at 9000 Beverly Boulevard. Here, Moura Starr will continue to offer the sumptuous contemporary upholstery and sleek, timeless proprietary case goods that have defined Moura Starr as a go-to resource for incredible design, unashamed luxury and modern, authentic style.

    Apart from Moura Starr and Baltus, the new location will continue Moura Starr’s representation of several influential European furniture and lighting lines. Having captivated designers and architects in search of unique and original designs for the home, CasaDésus, i4Mariani, Windfall and Serip will continue their long and successful relationship with Moura Starr.

    As of April 1st all these beautiful lines will be available at the Beverly Boulevard location under the esteemed Moura Starr moniker. The combination of these extraordinary brands in one location will provide hundreds of impeccably tailored, iconic collections of case goods, upholstery, accessories, rugs and lighting to create a truly undeniable, relevant resource for those seeking the best in contemporary luxury.


  • On Monday night, I caught myself, while waiting at a crosswalk, squinting at the oncoming traffic and studying the difference intensities of light coming off of car headlights. I was trying to figure out which headlights were LEDs and which ones were incandescents. I missed my signal to cross and had to wait for the next light change because of my musings.

    My musings were inspired by a 90-minute walk through a hilly region of the city led by Robin Marks. Robin, a biochemist, science journalist and former science tinkerer at the Exploratorium, started Discovery Street Tours this past July.

    The website describes the tours as “more than just a walking tour. It’s an urban investigation of the science under your feet, in your food, and in your life. You’ll demo the science for yourself with hands-on activities, eat some tasty treats, and meet other folks like yourself—curious, active, and a little beyond the ordinary.”

    Science got festive on the night of Sunday, December 11th as 18 of us, bundled against the cold and misting fog headed up 20th Street for the The Science of (Holiday) Light preview tour. Through the up-and-down mile and half route, we took frequent stops to admire holiday handiwork, discuss the history of holiday lights, view the different types and understand how our brains were taking in light signals.

    My favorite part of the tour was when we stopped at a corner house strung with both LED and incandescent holiday lights. We were encouraged to look closely and notice the difference in both the quality and brightness of light. While incandescent bulbs use a filament to produce light and heat, LEDs (light emitting diodes) are lower energy semi-conducters.

    LEDs shoot out light in a straight line. After learning this, I was able to identify the LED string of lights not only by the light but the crystal cut bulbs around the light that enabled the straight line of light to be refracted — making the iconic twinkling glow associated with holiday lights.

    As a nerd herder and being generally inquisitive about science, this was a very satisfying tour. I was able to ramble through the city taking in wonderful panoramic scenes in one instance and then turn around and look closer at the mundane with awe at how I was seeing it with new insight and understanding.

    My fellow tour-goers raised other questions about light and color, as our curiosity was further sparked by what we were seeing and learning. One conversation that got started involved pollinators; which insects and birds are attracted to the red over white flowers, and the effects the visible spectrum they see have on how they pollinate species of flowers.

    As this was a preview, the inquisitive can still put science in their step. Robin will be leading The Science of (Holiday) Light tour several more times in December, including Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas Day. Tours start at 6:30pm and all the dates, more details and booking information can be found online.

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  • Franklin Elementary School principal Dr. Rhonda Dunham has many memories in the building facing Louisiana Street. She was a student there years before she became the school’s leader.

    “I will be very sad to see it torn down,” she said. “It’s not only my history, but the community’s history.”

    From the outside, Dunham said, Franklin is very beautiful. But on the inside, she admits, students and teachers have many needs the old building just can’t meet.

    Work on the new two-story, 50,000-square-foot Franklin is ahead of schedule, according to Neil Glass, the district’s director of administrative services. The building is being constructed just west of the current school, which will be torn down after school gets out in May. The $10 million project is the most costly in a long list of construction and improvement projects throughout the Cape Girardeau School District, funded through a $40 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2010.

    Ribbon-cuttings to celebrate expansion and improvement projects were recently held at Alma Schrader, Clippard and Jefferson elementaries. Work is underway on a 22-classroom addition and 1,000-seat performing arts center at Central High School and a new 8,300-square-foot library at the junior high.

    Glass said good weather this fall has allowed projects in progress to be slightly ahead of or right on schedule.

    The overall budget for the projects is also on track, Glass said. As of last week, the amounts bid out for completed and ongoing projects and bids that are scheduled to be awarded Nov. 21 for a new breezeway to connect the main building at the middle school to the gym are about 1 percent under budget at about $31.2 million. Work on the middle school breezeway will begin after Thanksgiving, he said.

    Glass said the budget will be re-evaluated after the first of the year to determine if there is funding available for alternate projects. At the high school, the district is adding 22 classrooms instead of the originally planned 16 because bids for the addition came in low enough. The junior high cafeteria and kitchen will also be remodeled and receive upgraded equipment. Other projects the district could take on if there is room in the budget are upgrades to the middle school’s boiler system and improved bus lanes and parking at Clippard Elementary School.

    However, before determining any alternate projects, the district wants to bid out the demolition of the old Franklin school, he said.

    According to the district’s 2009 master plan covering programs, facilities and finances that addressed long-terms needs of the district, the classrooms and school buildings have had to change dramatically as modern teaching methods and equipment have come into use and as nutritional requirements have been updated.

    Utility, security and maintenance costs also place demands on the district, the plan said. In 2009, a facilities steering committee was formed to assess the district’s needs. The committee found a need for increased security throughout the district, additional facilities for preschool, more classroom space, libraries, an auditorium and a high school stadium. The committee also found need for energy-efficient lighting and fixes to many buildings suffering from neglect and age.

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  • Port Dover’s own John Axford will forever be in the record books as the winning pitcher in a game that sent the Brewers to the National League Championship Series in 2011.

    All things considered, Axford would rather have had the save.

    After Axford had blown just his third save of the year in the ninth inning to allow the Arizona Diamondbacks to tie the game at 2-2, his teammates rallied in the 10th to make him a winner and send the Brewers to the NLCS for the first time since divisional play was instituted

    Summoned into a game the Brewers led 2-1 into the ninth, Axford, who has been lights out for Milwaukee all year long, saving 47 games, gave up a game-tying run. But that only prolonged the agony for the Diamondbacks, who missed a variety of chances to blow the game open in the late innings.

    Axford came back out and pitched a clean 10th and in the bottom of the inning, Nyjer Morgan singled into centre field to score Carlos Gomez with the walk-off run.

    The Brewers may have slugged their way into the playoffs but Friday evening, Axford’s hiccup aside, they pitched their way In a battle of staff aces, Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo and Arizona’s Ian Kennedy, went toe-to-toe with little to choose between them through six innings.

    Both bullpens threw up zeros the rest of the way to the ninth but it was Milwaukee set-up man Francisco Rodriguez who bowed his neck and got out of a potential game-blowing jam in the eighth. The D-Backs wrapped a walk to Aaron Hill, a single by Miguel Montero and another walk to Chris Young around a pair of strikeouts, setting up a winner-take-all at-bat between Rodriguez and Ryan Roberts.

    Rodriguez, who was wild low through the entire inning, got the groundball he needed against Roberts to get out of the inning. It was the third time in the game that Roberts had made an out with a runner in scoring position.

    Over the first three innings, the only tangible difference between Gallardo and Kennedy, aside from that one Upton swing, was that Kennedy had been far more economical with his ammunition. Kennedy needed only 35 pitches to get through his first nine outs while Gallardo was at 66 pitches at the same point, a disparity that promised to haunt Gallardo as he reached the middle innings.

    Instead, though, it was Kennedy who almost came unglued first. In the bottom of the fourth, he gave up just his second hit, a leadoff double by Morgan. A walk to Ryan Braun compounded the problem. One out later, Kennedy nailed Rickie Weeks with a pitch to load the bases.

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