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Thursday, January 8 - January 14, 2009 Volume 14, No. 2


A Publication of Beacon Media, Inc: Arcadia Weekly, Monrovia Weekly, Pasadena Independent, & Sierra Madre Weekly

FOR A HOORAY FOR BOLLYWOOD HAMBURGER TODAY... Controller Chiang Warns State Agencies to Prepare for Possible IOUs

State Controller John Chiang today sent the following letter to State agencies alerting them that without budget solutions from the Governor and Legislature, his office will have no choice but to pursue payment deferrals or the issuance of registered warrants - also known as IOUs – as early as February 1. To ensure the State can meet its obligations to schools and repay external loans, IOUs may have to be issued in lieu of salaries and per diem payments to 1,700 legislators, state elected officers, judges, and their appointed staff, as well as tax refunds owed to individuals and businesses. The letter notifies agencies of processing requirements for IOUs, including the removal of some payees from the Direct Deposit system. Chiang on 15

Photos by Terry Miller

Veenita Singh , dressed in traditional Indian wedding robes for the duration of the 5 ½ mile Rose Parade Route.

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Builds Yet Another Winner of a Float By Terry Miller Photos By Terry Miller

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association along with float designer Charles Meier and a whole host of volunteers are celebrating this week upon winning their fourth award in as many years. On New Year’s Eve,

Most of the time, newspapers tell about what has already happened. But starting this week, Beacon Media is officially in the business of predicting the future in our new horoscopes section. Here goes: You will escape for a romantic getaway with Bernie Madoff to a tropical island where extradition policies are equally as prohibited as are pants.


CASH IS KING By John Stephens

By Susan Motander

Future Tense


Indymac Sold to Hedge Fund Managers, Equity Investors

New Businesses Come to Monrovia There is a great deal of activity in the business community can be seen around Monrovia. In recent weeks activity has been frenzied around the former Lucky’s market in the Rosedale center at Huntington and Mayflower. Residents have watched for months as a building labeled VegeUSA has been going up at the corner of Myrtle and the 210 Freeway. And Mervyn’s has closed in the Huntington Oaks shopping center leaving a large empty space. The new supermarket coming to the southern part of town is Henry’s Farmers Market. It will replace the long gone Lucky’s market. The company hopes for an opening as early as April, pending completion of major refurbishment. Henry’s has been a long established market in the San Diego and Orange Counties where it has received many awards for its health food and Monrovia on 16


A Real Gamble

the SMRFA was awarded the Lathrop K. Leishman Award for Most Beautiful NonCommercial Float. The Leishman Award is named after the 1939 President of the TOR,

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EverythingÊs gone Greene in Pasadena: Ruth Morse takes a look at one of the areaÊs most treasured architectural landmarks. ThereÊs plenty to see and do as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Gamble House.


Last week the increasingly debt-burdened shoulders of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation received a slight reprieve as a team of private equity investors took control of the Pasadena-based thrift, promising to restore it to financial health with cash from their own deep pockets. On July 11th of last year, the FDIC seized control of the bank after loose lending in a runaway real estate market left their balance sheets far less than balanced. What followed was, at the time, the fourth largest bank failure in U.S. history. Only a few months later, however, with the failure of retail banking giant Washington Mutual, did Indymac's failure slip to fifth place among historic failures. The new entity, dubbed Indymac Federal, has been under government control since last July until now, when the new investment team struck a deal to purchase the 33 branch outfit for $13.9 billion. “The current economic climate is challenging for selling assets, but this agreement achieves the goals that were set out by the Chairman and Board when the FDIC was named conservator of IndyMac in July,” said FDIC Deputy Director James Wigand, the lead negotiator for the transaction. “Unfortunately, as expected, IndyMac’s liability structure, combined with aggressive real estate lending in California, had a significant impact on losses.” Prior to the IndyMac failure on July 11, 2008, the bank relied heavily on higher cost, less stable, brokered deposits, as well as secured bor-

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WEDNESDAYS ROLL AROUND If you want to ensure that Wednesday will always roll around in real rapid fashion, write a weekly column. If you don't like to write, I guess anything with a deadline would do. Sometimes when I sit down to write, the old mind is pretty blank. Other times it is so full that I don't know where to begin. Today is somewhere in between. I often speak, or write, humorously about living forever. Events recently have made me more aware that I'm not going to. There are certain things I want to accomplish before I confirm that fact, so I need to get hoppin'. Now that idea of get hoppin' is kind of an oxymoron isn't it--me hop? I tried it not too long ago. I saw this little kid skipping blithely down the street. It brought back such memories and looked such fun that I decided to join him. I was laid up for days. I don't consider myself a Pollyanna, but I am terminally optimistic. I don't see everything in this increasingly exasperating world as being positive. I frequently face a negative, but gererally come away from the confrontation with the firm expectation of matching it with

a positive. Makes life more fun. Speaking of fun--I'm tired which is a negative, but I'm going to a special event tonight. I want to. There will be people there that I enjoy. That's a real positive. I turned down a similar invitation from a different group for next weekend. That's a positive, too. A young friend of mine, who desn't want to go either, asked me, “What reason (translateexcuse) did you give them for not going?” I answered, “None. I simply said I wouldn't be coming.” Her incredulous response was, “Huh?” J. B. Priestly said, “One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.” Think about that. I find it to be one of the positives in the oft times negative process of aging, and I admit I have achieved enough age to grasp that delight. I've also achieved enough age to grasp the reality that if I stop too long, the act of Going may no longer be an option. I must get movin' while I still can. I shall expound further next week ‘cause I'm sure Wednesday will roll around in rapid fashion.


Talent Search I remember the Early Radio Days of the 1930’s and 40’s when family entertainment was gathering around the old time radio and listening to evening radio shows. In those days, the choices were few. Fibber McGee & Molly, Eddie Canter, Lux Radio Theater and the scary Inner Sanctum Mysteries were the popular shows of that era. One of my favorites was a talent show, the Sunday evening Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour, where contestants would perform and compete to be selected to continue performing on future programs. This radio show was extremely popular. Listeners’ taste, for radio programming in those days, was simple. People enjoyed listening to the contestants as they would sing, tap dance or play a musical instrument. The Amateur Hour debuted on NBC in 1935, and it im-

mediately became an enormous success. There is no doubt that it was the forerunner to today’s television talent show phenomenon “American Idol”. The Amateur Hour talent search was conducted coast-to-coast discovering many people who went on to have great performing arts careers. It also provided an opportunity for those not so gifted to enjoy the great satisfaction of expressing their own individual talent accomplishments, which ultimately brought meaning and joy to their lives. Each of us carries many of the genes of our parents, grandparents and from our ancestral linage. Hidden within our genes and DNA are many unique gifts. Some artistic talents surface readily during childhood, while other latent talents may

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Over the past week Americans have been reminded that our tax dollars and our military unconditionally support of the Israeli government, an apartheid regime who's treatment of Palestinians rivals and eerily resembles colonial settler's treatment of the Native Americans. Why then, do we do it? The reason is simple: One well-paid, full time lobbyist trumps ten thousand appalled Americans who take no action. This fundamental law of politics is usually most evident with regard to tariffs. Tariffs are taxes on imported goods that hurt consumers but raise profits for domestic producers. For example, the United States imposes a heavy tariff on sugar imported into the United States. This is clearly against the interest of the American consumer, and ignores the principals of free trade. However, this tariff exists and will never be repealed because even the informed American consumer does not find it in his best interest to take the time to write his congressman and demand a fair price for sugar. Meanwhile, the political action committee for American sugar producers donates a total of $3,249,000 to various candidates in the 2008 election cycle, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. This is the reason America supports Israel. Pro-Israel political groups contributed over $9,750,000 to Congressional candidates last year, and this figure grossly underestimates the weight of the Israeli lobbying arm. Americans with ties to Israel vote for and donate to candidates who pander to them, just as fundamentalist Christians vote for politicians that earn the endorsement of the Christian Coalition. Who stands up against Israeli lobbying



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groups? No one. Like the American consumer who notes the high cost of sugar, shrugs his shoulders, and moves on, the Americans that do find fault with US policy do not lobby to withdraw military funding and support to Israel. Concerned Americans refuse to speak out about the issue, often for fear of being labeled an anti-Semite. Therefore, a politician can only lose votes by opposing Israel. One political entity that fiercely supports Israel's military aggression is the U.S. weapons industry. Much of the foreign aid sent to Israel is used to purchase American weapons. Though unconditional support of Israel may help shareholders of F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin, it is not in the best interest of the people of the United States. Israel is not a democracy, as a democracy that upholds apartheid is a farce, and a dangerous one at that. Israel's unlawful violence fuels anti-American sentiment across the globe. Israel has murdered over 120 children the past two weeks. This collective punishment is strictly forbidden by the United Nations and the Geneva Convention. This article is a cry to all Americans who have taken the time to research and digest the history of the crisis in Gaza, but who remain silent. It is up to you to educate your family, friends and coworkers. You must put the Hamas airstrikes into context for them. Most Americans are completely unaware of the suffering Israel has inflicted on the people of Gaza over the past 18 months years. If America continues to let a minority of her population lobby for injustice in her name, then every American can expect retribution. I assure you, when Israel's enemies strike the United States, the immorality of collective punishment will become important to you.


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rowings to fund its operations and focused on stated income and other aggressively underwritten loans in areas with rapidly escalating home prices, particularly in California and Florida. Since the FDIC has operated the institution, it has restructured funding to focus on more stable core deposits and on improving the value of the loans. Despite the challenges of selling assets in today’s current economic climate, the FDIC received considerable initial interest from potential bidders. It was determined that the bid from IMB Management Holdings, LP was the least costly to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) among all competing bids. The new owners of the bank, collectively bargaining under the name IMB Management Holdings LP, are to be led by Steven T. Mnuchin, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of private investment firm Dune Capital Management LP and a former 17-year veteran of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Additionally, hedge fund operators John Paulson and George Soros, whom the Washington Post reports “made billions betting on the very collapse of the mortgage market that killed IndyMac” will take a stake in the new bank, along with cash from an investment firm that manages funds for billionaire computer mogul Michael Dell. Rounding out the troop is a man named Christopher Flowers, director of Enstar Group Limited, a company that acquires and manages insurance and reinsurance outfits across the globe and Terry Mclaughlin, who will serve as the bank’s president and CEO. Together, the group promises to inject sufficient cash into the fledgling bank, presumably allowing it to resume its business of lending money, though it’s approach is widely expected to be much less aggressive than in years past. Once the bank is officially handed over to its new owners, it will then fall under the supervision of the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). According to a statement from the OTS, the business model for the new institution will focus on home mortgage lending and mortgage loan servicing. “The proposed business strategy of this new entity is a good fit for the thrift industry,” said OTS Director John Reich. “Despite the current crisis facing financial institutions and the entire global economy, today’s announcement affirms the continued value of the federal thrift charter.” Also according to the statement, the OTS followed a process of “pre-clearance” for qualifying an applicant that does not own an existing thrift institution to participate in the FDIC bid process for failed institutions. The OTS conducts a preliminary review of the character, integrity, financial and managerial resources, and general business plan of the applicant seeking to invest in, or acquire, a thrift institution. This pre-clearance process can assist the FDIC by expanding the list of potential bidders. Final OTS action on the successful bidders’ formal application is expected later this month. The agreement with IMB Management Holdings, LP is not the first time private equity firms have participated in acquiring failed institutions. In the early 1990s, the FDIC tapped private equity when it sold New Bank of New England and CrossLand Federal Savings Bank. Still, the purchase represents yet another

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Art of Healthy Living

I Survived Extreme Bootcamp! (and you can, too!)


By John Bates

am dripping sweat into the lovely green predawn grass. My shoulders and legs are on fi re. I am huffi ng like a freight train as I gaze in awe at the enormous oaks of Descanso Gardens al l around me. My body is working harder than it has worked it in years and it is still well before 7 AM. Why am I doing this? Well, I have realized that, incredibly to me, I am 44 years old and along the way I let fitness drop out of my picture. To make

matters worse, I have an immanent date with a surfboard and the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Western Australia, and the waves promise to be big and powerful. So, the future that is waiting out there for me will work out a lot better if I am in extremely good shape. Hence, I find myself shouting, “ONE, T WO, T H R E E , F O U R , F I V E . . .” as I do

squats while lifting barbells out in front of me. You get the picture. I have registered for a six week session of Extreme Boot Camp. I know you've been thinking, maybe for years - like I did, that it's time to get serious about getting back into shape again. Well, this is the best thing I have ever found for that. Of course, I tried to do it myself. Set the alarm clock, promised myself treats and rewards, I even tried berating myself for my lack of willpower. Nothing worked. Until now, that is. The combination of a firm date in the future which needs an in-shape me and registering into six weeks of Extreme Bootcamp has worked for me. The Instructors are just the right mix of intimidating and loving, the group I am a part of every morning notices that I am there. And, they would notice if I slept in and didn't show up! When the alarm goes off at 5:20 in the morning now there are other people for whom I get out of bed. Some are overweight grandmas, some are old men who can hardly run, some are young, some are fit, but they're all there to have fun and get in better shape. It makes all the difference. Another aspect of Extreme Bootcamp that makes a huge difference is the daily meal log. My handbook has great suggestions for how to eat, what to eat, what not to eat, and so on. The Instructors look over my entries and coax me to eat better. When I started I could only do 37 push-ups in 2 minutes, now I can do 51. My body fat % was 21.3, now it's 19.2 only six weeks later and I have gone from a jellylike 184lbs. to a firm 178lbs. The other thing I am taking away from Extreme Bootcamp is my realization of how easily I had been giving up. I have learned to push through the initial resistance and actually keep going. Of course, there are still times when I stop early, or take a rest, but I have made tremendous progress in keeping with it. And, I am no longer terrified of surfing West Australia, now I am just scared silly.

Ready for 2009? 2009 is finally here and with it comes a whole lot of New Year’s resolutions. It seems to be that becoming a healthier, slimmer, and more active YOU are resolutions on everyone’s lists. However, the problem with most New Year’s resolutions is that we set our goals too high, we don’t monitor our progress, there’s usually no time frame, and we give up before we even develop the “better habit.” The key to reaching a goal, especially a health goal is to keep it simple, have support, set measurable time frames, and strive for something you really want to accomplish….in other words, a SMART goal! Goal Setting for 2009 SMART stands for: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If your goal is to eat healthier this year, think of examples of how you can eat more nutritious foods instead of going on a no fat, no salt, no sugar, basically no fun diet. Make a personal wish list of 3 healthy foods you can include on a daily or weekly basis and work up from there. Prioritize your list from easiest to hardest food to consume and make a plan on how you will monitor your progress. Also, set your goal in a positive tone to avoid feeling like you’re punishing yourself. Restricting yourself from food will only increase your risk for temptation, especially since the past few weeks you’ve probably surrendered to all those cravings. Lastly, make sure you write your goal down and in detail! Many people just say they want to do this or that, but when you write it down, it becomes a greater reality. Don’t be afraid to change your goal. Reflect and adjust as needed so you don’t give up or get bored. Telling people your goal will also give you that extra support to keep you on track. If your coworkers know you are trying to eat fruit at lunch everyday, they can remind you to do so which can help keep you on track. Some Extra Help If you are clueless of where to begin to eat healthier this year, below are some cooking tips and meal add-ons to trim the fat and eat more nutritious from any angel. Choose the healthy fats: Salon and tuna contain a lot of the good fats so be sure to include these weekly in your diet. Add sliced avocados and olives to sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes, and veggie platters to pack some omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Toss it up: Make your own healthy salad dressings by using a variety of oils, herbs, juices, and even yogurt. Flavorful veggies: Sauté vegetables with olive oil and fresh garlic. You can also add lowsodium broth, lemon juice, or white wine for additional flavor. Pizza at home or restaurant: Make homemade pizza with low-fat mozzarella cheese and brush the crust with olive oil to give it better flavor. If you’re eating out, choose thin crust or ask for half the cheese on your pizza. 2009 on 5



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This Year’s Queen Skittles in a self portrait

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Organizers say this Year Should be the Largest Ever‌. By Terry Miller

Okay Folks. We can, once again, drive safely (not to mention park somewhere remotely close to our intended destination) in the city of Pasadena now that TOR parade extravaganza is over and done with. The RV’s are gone. The hundreds of porta-potties that lined every street corner are also history. The streets are somewhat clean again and those poor Penn State fans have gone home with their collective tails between their legs. The smell of pungent, wilting flora is all but gone, leaving nothing but bitter sweet memories in the digital archives of the Internet and my own personal hard drive. There were perhaps more photographers than parade participants this year. Everyone had a camera, many had video clipping capabilities too. Even the famous White Coats and the 2009 Rose Queen, Courtney Lee, were seen sporting a digital point and shoot (which she used on herself as she turned on to Orange Grove Blvd.) Surely Kodak must be kicking itself for losing all this business to the digital photo future. There was a fortune to be made in film developing alone that day (had we been using film, that is). In fact, I only saw one film camera among the million plus people I passed on my annual trek to the hallowed TV corner.

However, I digress. We must now prepare for yet another, somewhat less formal, but equally well attended parade featuring a cast of thousands and hilarity by the metric ton. We speak, naturally, of none other than that fabulously famous Pasadena right of passage, the annual, Occasional Doo Dah Parade. We’re not sure if Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks will be doing their usual live “play by play� descriptions of the floats as they do with the Rose Parade, though that could prove to be an amusing sideshow on its own, as conventional ‘wisdom’ meets unconventional and eccentric Pasadena artists at their best. I think they’d be speechless for once, don’t you? But again, I digress. This Parade also has a Grand Marshal, Charles Phoenix, a Queen Skittles, and comes complete with floats and bands galore. A participatory feast for all the senses, indeed. It’s a bit like Mardis Gras if it were run by Hollywood hellraiser types just having a blast on Sunday Morning. The Doo Dah Parade is always on a Sunday, unlike the other ‘parade’ in town which has a “Never on Sunday� policy. Sunday, Jan 18 is the date you’ll surely want to pencil in to

2009 from 4 Nutty for flavor: Nuts, seeds, and flaxseed meal can be added to cereals, yogurt, salads, and any other foods as a good source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Don’t skip the comfort foods: for recipes such as casseroles, quiches, and creamed soups replace the cream with evaporated skim milk or soy milk. Soup anyone? Thicken soups with pureed potatoes, white beans, or corn starch to make it creamier. Delicious breads: When making baked goods replace margarine or butter with canola oil and applesauce or prune puree.

your Blackjack or Blueberry. While working as a fashion designer in Los Angeles, Charles Phoenix stumbled upon a shoebox full of someone’s old Kodachrome travel slides in a Pasadena thrift shop. The box was marked “Trip Across the United States 1957.� He knew he’d found a treasure, but he had no idea that these slides would change the course of his life. Soon, collecting orphaned slides became an addiction that inspired his first Retro Slide Show performance, which he called “The Retro Vacation Tour of the USA.� Charles transformed the classic living room slide show into a high-octane celebration of mid-

century American culture. So if you find parades to be as boring as slide shows, Charles just may be your guy. Get there early and reserve a spot along the route (keep an eye on your chairs, I hear that the PD may confiscate ‘em if you have too many, too early -- it happened this year along the Rose Parade route. Doo Dah has been around for a while and is perhaps the most fun you can have at any parade, anywhere, since literally anything goes. The key here is not formality but creativity in both dress (and various states of undress), disposition and just plain and simple enjoyment. This year’s Queen is Skittles, a freelance photographer and self proclaimed eclectic artist. A perfect fit for the 2009 Doo Dah Parade. The 32nd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will fea-

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Weekly Horoscope By Deborah Fenlon-Browning Aries Your relationships are especially affectionate and friendly at this time, and you may benefit socially or materially through an opportunity offered to you by a friend. This is a good time for parties, social gatherings, and other pleasurable activities.

Gemini You have an abundance of physical energy and self-confidence right now and can take on new projects and challenges with ease. You feel bolder and less dependent on others' affirmation and approval.

Leo Duties and obligations seem burdensome or at least emotionally restricting to you, and you may feel self-pity or temporarily down in the dumps. You are not in a sociable, gregarious mood no matter what surroundings you find yourself in.


ever is unnecessary and outworn in your life from clutter and disorder in your environment to an unhealthy relationship or even a longheld attitude or belief which keeps you from going after what you really want in life.

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Aquarius You are serious and disinclined to frivolous or inconsequential activity. It's a time best spent working alone, structuring and organizing your life in some way, and focusing on whatever tasks (however distasteful or tedious) that you really need to do. You feel like withdrawing from people and find social situations unfulfilling or wasteful. Your vitality and your spirits are somewhat dampened.

Taurus This is a good time to spread your wings perhaps travel, vacation, or get involved in something new. This is a wonderful time to socialize and meet new people. Unless other astrological influences at this time indicate differently, you will be in a relaxed, tranquil mood during this time.


Libra Today you feel less competitive and ambitious about practical and mundane matters. The world of imagination, fantasy, art, music, or mysticism is very appealing to you now, and if you have talent in any of these areas, this can be a creative and fruitful time for you. However, the negative possibilities for you now are being undisciplined, slack, indefinite, or wasting time and energy.


You have strange desires, impulses, and feelings which are difficult to describe or understand. Your usual daily pursuits seem drab, meaningless, or curiously unsatisfying, so that it may be difficult to motivate yourself and focus on your work. On the other hand, you can get very fired up about something out of the ordinary, an ideal or dream, or fantasy that you usually consider too impractical to actually do anything about. Your imagination is very active. Artistic, creative work which expresses a visionary, whimsical, or fantastic

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JANUARY 8 - JANUARY 14, 2009


Music News

Look 10 Years Younger...

In Memory Of…


By SierraMadreSue Behrens

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with great sadness that I write this week's Music News and search thru my photos for the perfect picture of GREG PINEDA, lead singer and guitarist of ALUMINUM M A R SH M A L LOW, who passed away early Saturday morning, January 3rd at the age of 54. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few short months ago, and shared the sad tidings with his friends and band mates the night this photo was taken - at the Colorado Street Bridge Party in July. The news hit hard and traveled fast. Prayers and fundraising efforts began immediately, and a very well attended benefit concert and auction were held to help Greg and family deal with the medical bills and treatments not covered by their insurance. (Don’t even get me started on that!) TV personalities and professional musicians

who Greg has worked with, donated their talents to the show and expressed their love and gratitude to this man who was obviously so special to so many people. Members of the groups Chicago, Ambrosia, REO Speedwagon, Three Dog Night and Emerson, Lake & Palmer all participated in the “Gig 4 Greg”, not to mention their young friends, The Sheds and Aluminum Marshmallow too. Best friends since 5th grade, Greg and my brother Tom originally founded the group back in 1967 while attending St. Rita’s Elementary School, and reunited several years ago. Since then, they have become a favorite here in Sierra Madre, performing annually at the Wistaria Festival, 3rd of July Celebration, Summer Concerts in the Park, St. Rita’s Harvest Festival, and the Buccaneer Lounge. Their last show was at Cafe 322 on Thanksgiving Eve where Greg was sporting his “new haircut” (courtesy of the chemotherapy) in typical, good-humored fashion. Greg Pineda: an extremely talented musician; tireless workaholic; dedicated, loving husband/father/brother/son and great friend to so many. We will miss him dearly. I hope he’s jamming with John Lennon & George Harrison


right now!


FRI. 1/9 - The MELLOW D’z (DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN) @ THE M AYA N BA R (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. “Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!” Deanna’s Birthday show. http://www.myspace. com/ themellowdeees

SAT. 1/10 - THE B.O. TRIO PLUS ONE, featuring JEFF STETSON, play “A MIX ED BAG A ND SOME BLUES” @ ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra Madre Blvd. 626793-7330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, etc.

FRI. 1/9 - “THE SUBS” (Better Than Blue’s acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. In the bar area, but you can order food also. All ages ok. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474. FYI: no more live music on Saturday nights. FRI. 1/9 - the BLACK WATCH (featuring members of Velouria) and THE BLACK WIDOWS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626355-9045. Full bar, no cover, 21 & over. Alternative Rock. SAT. 1/10 - BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. The Mission St. Gold Line station is just a short walk away, and makes for a nice outing. http://www.bigbbrenner.


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Coffee, Sweets & Such La Petite France Bakery Not just cakes and desserts but a plethora of choices even not on the menu! Just ask for Chef Daniel and he will immediately come up with catering ideas from breakfast, lunch to a sumptuous cavalcade of home-cooked Mediterranean cuisine. 411 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia, (626) 445-0392. Patticakes: The dessert Company Located in Altadena and featuring such heavenly and huge dessert delights as: Truffle dark chocolate flourless cake with dark chocolate truffle cream. finished with chocolate curls. Or if that’s not quite your cup of tea, try their old fashion :four layers of Devil’s Food chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse center. Glazed with dark chocolate ganache. 1900 North Allen, Altadena (626) 794-1128

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JANUARY 8 - JANUARY 14, 2009

Music News from 7 SUN. 1/11 - Have Lunch with NEW ASTROTURF @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy setting. Bring the family! Acoustic Folk/Rock, Classic Country. SUN. 1/11 - “OPERA TO BROADWAY” VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack ‘em in! JANUARY 13th - HANKIE BIRTHDAY SNOTTY SCOTTY! TUES. 1/13 - WRECK ‘N’ SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH, 8pm - Midnight. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-437-4453. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies & snazzy overalls! The Dupuy brothers, etc. http://www.wrecknsow. com/index.htm

WED. 1/14 - DAVID SERBY & THE SIDEWINDERS @ VIVA CANTINA IN BURBANK, 10pm, with THE RUNNING KIND at 8:30. 900 Riverside Dr., next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. 818-845-2425. Full bar & great Mexican food. No cover, all ages. Americana/Country. www.davidserby. com THURS. 1/15 - DAVID SERBY @ THE PIKE BAR IN LONG BEACH , 9pm. 1836 E. 4th St., one block west of Cherry. 562-437-4453. Full bar and dinner ‘til late. Americana/Country. FRI. 1/16 - The MELLOW D’z (DAVE OSTI AND DEANNA COGAN) @ THE MAYAN BAR (inside the Aztec Hotel) in MONROVIA, 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. “Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!” http://www.myspace. com/themellowdeees FRI. 1/16 - “THE SUBS” (Better Than Blue’s acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 7:30 - 11:30pm. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. In the bar area, but you can order food also. All ages ok. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic rock, soul & blues. 626-915-3474. FYI: no more live music on Saturday nights. FRI. 1/16 - DIRTY DAVE OSTI (and band) @ GEM CITY GRILL IN MONROVIA, 9:00pm. 115 E. Olive, off of Myrtle. 626358-0342. Full bar, no cover, dance floor, pool tables. Featuring new songs from Dave’s 2009 CD “Electric Blue Soul Fire.” Rock, Blues. FRI. 1/16 - INSECT SURFERS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, cheap drinks! Alternative Surf Music. S AT. 1/17 - BA R RY “ BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. The

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SAT. 1/17 - THE STAN WEST BAND (with Paul Dorn of Vin Fiz Flyer and New Astroturf fame on bass) @ THE GELENCSER HOUSE CONCERTS IN CLAREMONT, 7:30pm. A benefit for the Pasadena Maple Leafs Hockey team. $15 admission. Check website for more info. Looks like a pretty cool venue. Blues. SAT. 1/17 - THE FORTUNATE FEW @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, friendly service! Blues. SAT. 1/17 - LIGHTNIN’ WILLIE & THE POORBOYS @ GEM CITY GRILL IN MONROVIA, 9:30pm. 115 E. Olive, off of Myrtle. 626-358-0342. Full bar, no cover, dance floor, pool tables. Lightnin’ fast BLUES. SUN. 1/18 - the 32nd OCCASIONAL DOO DAH PARADE IN PASADENA , 11:30am start time @ the corner of Raymond & Holly in Old Towne. Pre-parade all-you-caneat pancake & egg breakfast right there at the Pasadena Senior Center is a great way to start the day, for a mere $6. Then find yourself a piece of curb on Raymond or Colorado Blvd., (west to Pasadena Ave.) for the City’s most wacky & wild event of the year! Bands, floats, drill teams, and the most colorful array of individuals gathered together anywhere, are sure to make you laugh and cheer until the very last tortilla flies! http:// ***OFFICIAL DOO DAH PARADE POST-PARTY*** hosted by the Light Bringer Foundation, featuring live music from SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES and HORSES ON ASTROTURF, immediately following at the AMERICAN LEGION HALL in East Pasadena. 179 N. Vinedo Ave. $5 admission, 21 & over. CHEAP food & drinks, raffles, and even more Doo Dah fun! SUN. 1/18 - THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd . 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin’ some Holiday tunes & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure! Knowing Mercy - even if she’s in the Doo Dah Parade this morning, she’ll still do this gig as well, but call ahead just in case.

322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar, great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Unique jazzy rock stuff from Chester & the boys. FYI - they’ll be back to the SECOND Wed. of the month in Feb.


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AMC Santa Anita 16 Westfield Shoppingtown 400 Baldwin Ave., Arcadia ((626) 321-4270 CC = Closed Captions DVS = Descriptive Video Service DLP = Digital Projection Check with theater for pass restrictions Bedtime Stories (PG, 99) Fri-Sat 12:30 3:15 5:55 8:35 10:35 Sun (11:30) 2:10 4:55 7:30 10:05 Mon-Thu 2:10 4:40 7:05 9:40 Bolt in Disney Digital 3D (PG, 96) Fri, Sun (11:15) 1:50 4:25 7:00 Sat, Mon-Wed 1:50 4:25 7:00 Thu 1:00 3:15 5:35 Bride Wars (PG, 90) Fri-Sat (10:15) 12:50 3:25 6:00 8:35 11:05 Sun (10:15) 2:10 4:40 7:10 9:45 Mon-Thu 2:30 4:55 7:30 9:55 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13, 167) Fri-Sat (11:10) 3:00 6:45 9:30 10:30 SunWed 1:00 4:40 8:30 9:30 Thu 1:05 4:45 8:20 The Day the Earth Stood Still: The IMAX Experience (PG-13, 104) Fri-Sun 12:25 3:00 5:35 8:10 10:40 Mon-Thu 2:20 5:00 7:35 10:00 Doubt (PG-13, 104) Fri-Sun 12:05 2:40 5:15 7:55 Mon-Thu 1:45 4:15 6:50 9:35 Four Christmases (PG-13, 88) Fri-Sun 9:50 Mon-Thu 9:15 Gran Torino (R, 117) Fri-Sun (10:45) 1:45 4:45 7:45 10:45 Mon-Thu 1:35 4:25 7:20 10:10 Marley & Me (PG, 116) Fri-Sun (10:20) 1:20 4:15 7:10 10:10 Mon-Thu 1:20 4:15 7:15 10:05 Not Easily Broken (PG-13, 99) Fri-Sat 12:20 2:55 5:30 8:15 11:00 Sun 12:20 2:55 5:30 8:15 10:55 Mon-Thu 2:35 5:05 7:40 10:10 Seven Pounds (PG-13, 124) Fri-Sat (10:15) 1:10 4:10 7:25 10:30 Sun (10:15) 1:10 4:10 7:25 10:25 Mon-Thu 1:10 4:10 7:10 10:00 Slumdog Millionaire (R, 118) Fri-Sat (10:30) 1:40 4:35 7:35 10:40 Sun (10:30) 1:40 4:35 7:35 10:30 Mon-Thu 1:40 4:35 7:25 10:15 The Spirit (PG-13, 102) Fri-Sun (11:25) 5:10 Mon-Thu 4:00 The Dale of Despereaux (G, 94) Fri-Sun (11:50) 2:15 4:50 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:05 4:30 6:55 Twilight (PG-13, 121) Fri-Sat 2:05 7:50 10:55 Sun 2:05 7:50 10:50 Mon-Thu 1:15 5:35 9:25 The Unborn (PG-13, 88) Fri-Sat (10:55) 1:20 3:45 6:15 8:50 11:20 Sun (10:15) 12:50 3:25 5:55 8:25 10:55 Mon-Thu 1:00 3:15 5:35 8:00 10:15Valkyrie (PG-13, 120) Fri-Sun (10:35) 1:25 4:20 7:15 10:20 Mon-Thu 1:25 4:20 7:00 9:45 Yes Man (PG-13, 104) Fri-Sat (11:35) 2:25 5:05 8:00 10:50 Sun (11:35) 2:25 5:05 8:00 10:45 Mon-Thu 1:30 4:05 6:45 9:20

MONROVIA Monrovia Cinema 12 410 S. Myrtle Ave. (626) 305-7469 Krikorian Theatre M = Monday Morning Mommy Movie Bedtime Stories (PG, 95) Fri-Thu (11:25 2:10 4:40) 7:10 9:50 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG13, 168) Fri-Sat (11:30 3:15) 7:00 10:30 SunThu (11:30 3:15) 7:00 Marley & Me (PG, 120) Fri-Thu (10:50 1:45 4:35) 7:20 10:10 Valkyrie (PG-13, 120) Fri-Sat (11:05 1:50 4:55) 7:45 10:45 Sun-Thu (11:05 1:50 4:55) 7:45 Gran Torino (R, 116) Fri-Sat (10:55 11:40 1:40 2:20 4:20 5:00) 6:20 7:05 8:00 9:05 9:45 10:45 Sun-Thu (10:55 11:40 1:40 2:20 4:20 5:00) 6:20 7:05 8:00 9:05 9:45 Seven Pounds (PG-13, 118) Fri-Sat (11:30 2:20 5:05) 7:50 10:40 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu (11:30 2:20 5:05 7:50 Tue (11:30 2:20) The Tale of Despereaux (G, 87) Fri-Thu (11:00 1:30 4:00) Yes Man (PG-13, 104) Fri-Thu (11:15 1:45 4:15) 6:55 9:30


Slumdog Millionaire (R, 120) Fri-Thu (11:20 2:05 4:50) 7:35 10:25

PASADENA Regency Academy 6 Cinema 1003 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 229-9400 Matinees $2.00 (shows before 6 p.m.), after 6 p.m. $3.00 Check with theater for pass restrictions Times followed by (*) = Fri-Sun only showing; (**) = Fri-Sat only showing Rachel Getting Married (R, 123) Fri-Thu 12:45(*) 4:00 7:10 9:45(**) Wendy and Lucy (R, 90) Fri-Thu 12:50(*) 3:00 5:15 7:30 9:35(**) Role Models (R, 110) Fri-Thu 12:20(*) 2:40 5:00 7:40 10:00(**) Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (PG, 100) Fri-Thu 12:15(*) 2:20 4:00 7:00 9:10(**) Bolt (PG, 110) Fri-Thu Noon(*) 2:30 4:45 7:20 9:40(**) Twilight (PG-13, 133) Fri-Thu 1:00(*) 3:45 6:45 9:30(**)

PLAYHOUSE 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 844-6500 Laemmle Theatre Milk (R, 143) Fri-Thu 12:40 4:00 7:10 10:10 Revolutionary Road (R, 134) Fri-Thu Noon 1:30 2:45 4:30 5:40 7:30 8:30 10:15 The Wrestler (R, 124) Fri-Thu 1:30 4:20 7:20 10:00 The Reader (R, 138) Fri-Thu 12:50 3:50 7:00 9:55 Slumdog Millionaire (R, 136) Fri-Thu 12:30 3:40 7:00 9:55 Doubt (PG-13, 119) Fri-Thu Noon 2:30 5:00 7:40 10:10

PACIFIC PASEO STADIUM 14 280 E. Colorado Blvd. Colorado & Los Robles (626) 568-8888 Bedtime Stories (PG, 99) Fri-Sun, Wed-Thu 2:00 4:40 7:25 9:55 Mon 11:30 2:00 4:40 7:25 9:55 Bride Wars (PG, 90) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 12:15 2:35 5:10 7:40 10:10 Mon 11:00 1:15 3:30 5:45 8:00 10:10 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG13, 167) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu Noon 3:30 7:00 8:15 10:20 Mon 11:45 3:30 7:00 8:15 10:20 The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13, 104) Fri-Thu 9:50 Frost/Nixon (R, 122) Fri-Sun Tue-Thu 1:35 4:25 7:35 10:25 Mon 11:00 1:55 4:35 7:35 10:25 Gran Torino (R, 117) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 12:10 2;45 4:15 5:20 7:15 8:00 10:35 Mon 12:10 1:50 2:45 4:25 5:20 7:15 8:05 10:35 Last Chance Harvey (PG-13, 92) Fri-Thu 12:05 2:30 5:05 7:45 10:05 Marley & Me (PG, 116) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 1:20 4:10 7:10 9:45 Mon 11:10 1:40 4:10 7:10 9:45 Not Easily Broken (PG-13, 99) Fri-Sun, TueThu 1:05 4:05 7:05 9:40 Mon 11:25 1:45 4:05 7:05 9:40 Seven Pounds (PG-13, 124) Fri-Thu 1:30 4:20 7:25 10:05 The Spirit (PG-13, 102) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 1:15 Mon 11:25 The Tale of Despereaux (G, 94) Fri-Thu 12:25 2:40 5:15 The Unborn (PG-13, 88) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu Noon 2:50 5:35 8:15 10:15 Mon Noon 2:50 5:35 8:15 10:45 Valkyrie (PG-13, 120) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 2:20 5:25 8:05 10:35 Mon 11:20 2:20 5:25 8:10 10:50 Yes Man (PG-13, 104) Fri-Sun, Tue-Thu 1:40 4:30 7:30 10:30 Mon 11:15 1:55 4:30 7:30 10:30


Balboa Island

love a good walk. But after 90 minutes of plodding along the coast in search of a quick way across the water, back to the spit of land where we came from, my legs started to weaken and I began to realize that we must have made a wrong turn somewhere after leaving town and this meant a long, grueling walk back to the ferry that brought us to Balboa Island. But then I thought about Dave Kunst and suddenly the return trip didn’t seem so bad. Kunst, who lives on the island, has the incredible distinction of being the first person to walk across the entire land mass of the world. “If Dave can walk 14,450 miles in four years, then we can do eight in a day,” I said to my weary team. So with Dave’s inspiration filling our sails we turned around and headed back to the ferry boat and the charming town of Balboa. Along the way, we meandered past million-dollar homes, yacht clubs and beautiful ocean vistas. To keep my mind off the walk I thought about the interesting history behind the island. Located a few hundred yards off the coast of Newport Beach, the island is a man-made paradise. It was created in 1909 by William Collins, a real estate promoter from Pasadena who used a dredge to cut a channel in Newport Bay and then pile sand and silt high enough on a mud flat to call it an island. Collins envisioned Balboa Island as a summer playground for the well-to-do and

began selling home lots for between $350 and $750, which was a lot of money at the time. Within a couple years his dream was realized as the island was built out with running water and power, and roads and bridges. Before long Balboa and its two tiny sister islands, Little Balboa and Lido Island, would become a preferred destination for the likes of Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Betty Davis, Shirley Temple, and John Wayne. Today a new group of celebrities share the community’s 1,450 expensive homes with other lucky residents, including Dave the Earthwalker. Besides exclusive ocean-front residences, Balboa is also known for Marine Avenue, the island’s main drag, where visitors can explore scores of unique gift shops, art galleries, boutique clothes stores, ice cream parlors and restaurants – all in a Cape Cod-type atmosphere. On our journey through town we discovered Wilma’s Patio Restaurant, a family-owned local favorite. Here we enjoyed a fi lling and friendly lunch of chicken sandwiches, fries, salad and beer. After lunch we fi nished the two-mile walk around the island’s perimeter, passing the historic 1927 Balboa Fire Department and then the boat-lined Grand Canal, a narrow waterway dividing Balboa and Little Balboa. We then caught a five-minute ferry ride across Newport Bay, toward a giant Ferris wheel and our car.

For more information on visiting Balboa Island, visit Ferry rides cost $1 for adults; 50 cents for children; and $2 for cars.

Horoscopes from 6 quality is very fulfilling to you at this time.

Virgo Social influence, power, and prestige are critical issues at this time. You try to expand your business pursuits, gain greater recognition and influence at work, and make significant advancement towards your career goals. If you have a personal business, you may decide to increase advertising and expand into new markets. You are optimistic and willing to gamble a little more than you usually would, but there are obvious risks.

Scorpio This is an excellent time to eliminate whatever is unnecessary and outworn in your life from clutter and disorder in your environment to an unhealthy relationship or even a long-held attitude or belief which keeps you from going after what you really want in life.

Capricorn Light and pleasant interactions characterize this time period. You gain what you want through diplomacy or charm and by enlisting the support of your friends, rather than by being forthright and bold. You are willing to make concessions in order to maintain harmony in your environment.

Pisces Your desire for love, companionship, and affection predominates at this time. A new friendship or romance could begin, or an established relationship can be revitalized and enhanced. If there is someone you have wanted to reach out to, doing so now is likely to create warm feelings between you and may be the start of something beautiful. You also need to be surrounded by beauty and harmony and your artistic inclinations are stimulated now.

Deborah Fenlon-Browning is the astrologist for These reports were created through a “major collaboration” of efforts with other well known astrologers such as Bridgett Walther (AstroAbby), Gina Ronco, Art Poppe, and others.

Cash from 3 departure from normalcy for Indymac and the banking industry at large. Before its failure, Indymac, like most major banks, was owned publicly by stockholders. The concern among many critics of the deal is that hedge fund and

private equity investors will take larger risks with depositor dollars and federal subsidies than would the management of another bank, the traditionally preferred buyer in these situations. The transaction is expected to close in late January or early February, at which time full details of the agreement will be provided. It is estimated that the cost to the FDIC for resolving IndyMac Bank will be between $8.5 billion and $9.4 billion, in line with previous loss estimates. Costs include prepayment fees of $341.4 million to the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, on the payoff of $6.3 billion in FHLB advances. “It is unfortunate that many of the banks that have failed last year had a heavy reliance on Federal Home Loan Bank advances,” Bovenzi said. “These secured borrowings and the associated prepayment penalties have the effect of increasing the costs to the FDIC and to uninsured depositors.” Before it seizure by the FDIC, Indymac held over $18 billion in deposits. That number has shrunk to around $6.5 billion over the past few months.

Bollywood from 1 and is considered one of the most prestigious awards. The float, which depicted a traditional Indian wedding, was the group’s largest and most ambitious to date. In homage to the Indian Film Industry, the float was dubbed “Bollywood Dreams”, The bride was carried by sixteen Sierra Madre Firefighters along the 5 ½ mile Rose Parade Route, while the groom rode atop a giant floral elephant. Truly a team effort and with hundreds of volunteers, the SMRFA always seems to manage to bring things to completion at the 11th hour, despite the frustrations and tensions sure to accompany such a gargantuan task. As the float turned the corner of Orange Grove on to Colorado Blvd. New Year’s morning, the crowd went wild with applause. And not every float gets this kind of attention. The design of the float incorporated both Muslim and Hindu influences in recognition of India’s cultural diversity. In this exotic entry, Sierra Madre recreates a classic Bollywood wedding scene. The bride rode in a “dholi”

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City News Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Chamber New Foundation Members Bring Honors Angel Throop as Finance, Computer Expertise Citizen of the Year By Bill Coburn Photo by Terry Miller

Angel Throop, owner of Angels Every- stepped out of a local coffee house right into wear and the driving force behind the Sierra his path, and the presentation was made right Madre Wine and Jazz Walk, has been named there in Kersting Court, a little early. UnforCitizen of the Year by the Sierra Madre Cham- tunately, this meant several people missed the ber of Commerce. The Wine and Jazz Walk, presentation, among them husband Jeff and in its third year, brought more than a thousand his parents. people into Sierra Madre businesses one eveWhile the Citizen of the Year honors an ning in October, and raised $55,000 for City individual for their contributions during the of Hope. The first Wine and Jazz Walk raised last year, Angel has a long history of fundrais$20,000 and the second $40,000. This year’s ing, going back to the early 90s in her native event featured a dozen bands performing in Jacksonville, FL, where she was involved with downtown Sierra Madre, more than three a March of Dimes fundraiser that featured dozen participating merchants serving food Martha Stewart. Since her move to Sierra from local restaurants Madre, she has helped and catering compawith numerous aucnies, and wines from tions and other charithe award-winning San table events, including Antonio Winery. In having chaired or coaddition to the benefit chaired the Crystal Ball to local merchants of fundraiser for LaSalle all the traffic in their High School, the Mardi stores, the local merGras Night fundraiser chants’ participation in for the Arcadia Meththe event and the yearodist Hospital Foundalong preparation for the tion, and the Juniors of event fostered a sense Social Service Candleof community and phillight Ball. anthropic spirit among Several years back, the business owners. Throop’s father-in-law Throop was nominated George Throop (Sierra for her role in the event Madre’s Older Ameriby several members of can of the Year in 2006) the community, and the was diagnosed with Board selected her from lymphoma, and Angel’s among several nominaneighbor recommended The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce surprised Angel tions they received. that he be treated at City Throop Tuesday with the announcement that they had Angel is married picked her for the coveted Citizen of the Year distinction. of Hope. According to An overwhelmed Angel is pictured with her father in law, to Jeff Throop, and the George Throop. Angel Throop was selected for her many Throop, this was her contributions but primarily for the recent Food, Jazz and two have a combined civic first exposure to City Wine festival which benefited the City of Hope. “Brady Bunch” style of Hope, and she was family of five children, two of his and three very impressed with the hospital as the elder of hers. Angel’s daughter Ashley is expecting Throop went through his treatment, first chethe Throop’s first grandchild. motherapy, and then a stem cell transplant. Ms. Throop, who opened Angels Every- Today, George Throop says he is “the oldest pawear in 2003, downplayed her contributions tient in remission” at City of Hope. It was this to the community as Chamber President Ron experience that led her to select City of Hope Brandley, in one of his final acts as President, as the beneficiary of the Wine and Jazz Walk. presented her with a bouquet of flowers do- “I just knew I wanted to give back to them in nated by Leonora Moss, and told her she had some way, because I thought…the people are been named Citizen of the Year. “Thank you, so wonderful, and just the whole experience, thank you, thank you” Throop said. “It’s not and obviously a good outcome for him.” just me, it’s Karen, it’s Donna, it’s Sindee, it’s Throop will be honored at a dinner to be everybody… You all should be getting this” held in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita she said to several friends (and Wine and Jazz Park on January 30th. The dinner is also the Walk Committee Members) that had arrived to annual induction of the Chamber’s new Board show their support. The announcement had of Directors. Tickets are $50, to reserve yours been scheduled for 4pm at Throop’s store, but contact the Chamber of Commerce at (626) as Brandley was making his way there, Throop 355-5111.

Two Sierra Madre residents, one part of a five-generation local family and one an arrival in 2003, have joined Sierra Madre Community Foundation Board. Both Gretchen Lee and Alan Tierney will be members of the Finance Committee. Gretchen, originally from Tustin (CA) came to Sierra Madre with her husband, Gavin, five years ago. They now have two children, ages 4 and 21 months. Gretchen is a graduate of Scripps College (Claremont) and is the Chief Compliance Officer for Gamble Jones Investment Counsel, Pasaadena. Gretchen began her career in the Financial Services Industry with Dean Witter in Glendale. Throughout her life (since age 8) Gretchen has played softball and is a member of the Sierra Madre Adult Slow Pitch Softball League (the team's name is “2 Tired 2 Play”). She now plays second base because it's “way too slow to play catcher as I formerly did.” The new Foundation member is formerly a long-time volunteer for the Wellness Community - Foothills. She is also treasurer of the Sierra Madre Fire Safe Council. Gretchen said, “I am honored to have been selected to join Sierra Madre Community Foundation. This gives me an opportunity to meet members of my community and give back to the community that serves me and my family well.”

Alan Tierney, the second new Foundation member, has two sons who are the fifth generation of the Frederick/Tierney clan that began with the Bigelows, Jeannie Frederick's parents, in the 1940s. Alan's mother, Joan, is Jeannie's daughter. Then there are Alan's two sons, Nicholas and Jaxson (6 years and 3 years, respectively). They are the great-great grandchildren of the original Sierra Madreans dating back to a house they lived in on Auburn in the 1940s. Alan grew up in Sierra Madre and participated in Pony/Colt and Little League. He was a Boy Scout and attended Sierra Madre School. Alan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1989, and later from Humboldt State University. The long-time Sierra Madrean joined NestleUSA in 2000, working in their computer department. He is also a partner with Ben Smith in Village Domain, a computer company in Sierra Madre. Alan's wife, the former Michelle Keith, is now Bradbury city manager, having been City Community Services Director in Sierra Madre for a number of years. Michelle is also from an original Sierra Madre family. Alan said he is following in the footsteps of generations of Sierra Madre volunteers. “The Sierra Madre Foundation membership is my first-time volunteer experience. I'm eager to make the most of it and see what we can do,” Tierney concluded.

Garden Club Program -Our Neighbors, The Bats Halloween included, bats generally get some bad press. Yet they play an important role in our environment. Attend Sierra M,adre Garden Club dinner meeting on January 12, 6:00 p.m., at Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. and learn the true story of these cave creatures. Al Kisner, a retired teacher and gardeb club member is a wildlife biologist who specializes in

bats with a primary focus on research and conservation will present a program highlighting our local bats and the important role they play in our ecosystem and economy. Everyone is welcome to attend. The catered dinner is $9.00 with reservations needed to be made by calling 355-0606. If you wish to skip dinner and just attend the program, there will be no charge and no reservation needed - arrive by 6:45.

Bollywood at the Library Come to the Sierra Madre Public Library on Saturday, January 17, from 2:00-4:30 p.m., and celebrate the enchantment of Bollywood—the movie phenomenon from India that has swept the country in recent years. A film montage and discussion with David Chute, the LA Weekly and Village Voice Bollywood correspondent, will take place from 2:003:00 p.m., followed by a performance of traditional and fusion Indian dance by the Aashiyaana Dance

Co. Mendhi, a henna “tattooing” beauty ritual, will be provided for children and adults by professional artists. Spiced chai and other customary Indian treats will be available throughout the afternoon. This free event is sponsored by The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library. The Library is located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre. For more information call 626-355-7186 or visit the Library’s website,


JANUARY 8 - JANUARY 14, 2009

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Country living just 30 miles from Los Angeles! Build your dream home on this wonderfully private and secluded property which is zoned for horses and consists of about 8 acres with approximately 2.2 of them being on a gentle slope. There is a possible development opportunity to build 2 to 3 homes. Buyer to verify with the City of Glendora.

The Future of a Gamble on Greene and Greene

2025 Carolwood, Arcadia, Ca Offered at $1,048,000.

By Ruth Morse

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1745 La Cresta, Pasadena Offered at $875,000.

Owner remembers the architect as being a Frank Lloyd Wright understudy. This home offers wonderful tranquil views of the mountains and Brookside Golf course. For those who love to golf, this property is conveniently located just one mile from the Brookside Country Club. The floor plan is open and spacious and offers pleasant views from almost every room of the home. There are modern touches, walls of windows, new carpeting and new interior paint. 2,238 sq.ft. home, 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 22,500 sq.ft.lot.

324 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre Offered at $848,000.



Situated on a large 11,134 sf lot, this property is for those who love to entertain. Spacious living room w/vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Large kitchen opens to Family Room. Kitchen has wood flooring, Sub-Zero refrigerator,water purifier, self-cleaning double ovens, built-in desk. Sliding doors from Family Room to deck w/large lattice covered patio and private rear yard. Master Suite w/his & hers closets. Home is 2,222 sf, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Updated Baths, 3-Car Garage w/storage & work bench.

512 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre Offered at $649,000.

This lovely home has been meticulously updated. It features wood flooring, crown molding, charming fireplace in living room, French doors opening to a large deck and rear yard. The kitchen is totally remodeled and offers: granite counters, cherry-wood cabinets, Thermador gas range, wine cooler, Travertine flooring, under-cabinet lighting and large pantry. 1,117 Sq. Ft. Home, 3 Bd 1 Ba, 8,100 Sq.Ft. Lot.




390 W. Highland , Sierra Madre Offered at $600,000.

Sierra Madre Farmhouse with great location – just a few blocks from the quaint village of downtown Sierra Madre. There is a fireplace in the living room, wood flooring, central air and heat, kitchen with natural wood cabinetry, new counters and a breakfast nook complete with table and benches. One bedroom is located upstairs and offers attic access. The 8,132 sq foot lot offers a large backyard. The house is 1,725 sf: there are 3 bedrooms and 1 updated bath. Short Sale.

1325 Greenhaven, San Dimas Offered at $425,000

This lovely 4 bedroom home has been upgraded throughout: There is a ceramic tile entry, stone fireplace in the living room, Milgard windows in the front of the home, Bentley carpeting, newer appliances, all new lighting fixtures, neutral colors, and a Noritsu tankless water heater. There is a large covered patio, automatic sprinklers, a finished garage with built-in cabinetry, a roll-up garage door and parking of an RV or boat! This is a short sale and all terms are subject to lender approval.


169 Circle Drive, Bradbury Offered at $4,995 per month.

Located just minutes from the Santa Anita Race Track in the prestigious guard-gated community of Bradbury estates and situated on an acre of manicured park-like grounds, this beautiful Monterey Colonial home offers an East Coast/Hamptons feel. 5049 Sq. Ft. Home, 41,000 Sq. Ft. Lot. 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms. Lease Term Negotiable.



1536 E. Del Mar, Pasadena Offered at $2,750 per month

This charming Mediterranean home is in great condition and offers spacious rooms; coved ceiling in living room and in formal dining room. The living room offers a fireplace, there is beautiful wood flooring throughout, French doors/windows; an updated kitchen with granite counter, stove & tile flooring. There is also a charming breakfast room with built-in hutch. Both bathrooms have been updated, CA & heat & 2-car detached garage. 1,781 sf, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, $4,125 security deposit.

470 Auburn, Sierra Madre AS E

Pasadena in the 1890s. At that time Pasadena was a new Southern California community with a population of about 10,000 people. In 1893, the brothers arrived in Pasadena after attending MIT and serving apprenticeships in Boston architecture firms. They opened up an architecture firm and built many homes and some other buildings. In 1907, they started work on the Gamble House and it was completed in 1909. Gamble stayed in Pasadena during the winter months until his death in 1923. His wife lived there until her death in 1929, and then her sister lived there until her death in 1943. The house remained in the Gamble family until 1966, and then was deeded to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the USC School of Architecture. Currently, two USC architecture students reside in the house—different students each year. Luckily, the family realized the house’s artistic importance—the Greenes not only built the house but oversaw coordinated furnishings and lighting. The Gamble House was much better preserved than another Greene & Greene house in Pasadena—the Blacker House at 1177 Hillcrest Ave. While the house is still there, and currently a private residence, the home was subdivided and furniture was sold at a yard sale after Mrs. Blacker’s death in 1948. Needless to say, Pasadena Heritage was outraged. The current owners are working hard to restore it to its original glory. The exhibit at the Huntington includes representative objects from 30 of the brothers’ commissions, including some 140 objects, some privately lent. Many of these items have never before been seen by the public. While the Huntington Library normally charges admission, there is a monthly “free day”. While this is normally the first Thursday of the month and one needs to call ahead for the tickets, the “free day” in January will be observed on Thursday, January 8th because of New Year’s Day falling on the first Thursday. Also, if one attends on a “free day”, one can purchase an annual pass (good for two admissions on each visit—the cardholder



hat are the Pasadena links to Ivory Soap and the movie “Back to the Future”? They are both intimately tied to an amazing house on Westmoreland Place built 100 years ago by brothers Greene & Greene, architects of the Arts and Crafts movement and longtime Pasadena residents. From 1907-1909, David Gamble (of Ivory’s makers Procter and Gamble) commissioned the Greene brothers, Charles and Henry, to build a house on Westmoreland Place. That house, the Gamble House, is celebrating its centennial. There is a fascinating exhibit about Greene & Greene at the Huntington Library. The curators of the Gamble House, now owned by USC, collaborated with the Huntington to present “A ‘New and Native’ Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene”. This exhibition will be available to view in San Marino until January 26, 2009—after which time it will travel to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. (March 13-June 7, 2009) and then on to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (July 14-October 18, 2009). It is housed in the Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery at the Huntington. The Gamble House is located at 4 Westmoreland Place in Pasadena. It has an amazing and interesting history and is currently a National Historic Landmark that is open for public tours Thursday to Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. It is the only surviving “fully coordinated” house of Greene & Greene in the Pasadena area, and displays a unique partnership between David Gamble, Charles Greene and his brother and partner Henry Greene. David Gamble was the son of one of the two founders of Procter and Gamble. William Procter, a candle maker, and James Gamble, a soap maker married sisters and became partners in 1837. David and his wife lived in the Midwest, but wanted a “winter residence” in Pasadena. The Greenes and the Gambles had roots in Cincinnati—all had been born there. The Greenes had moved out west to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Their parents had settled in

Situated in Highland Oaks with awarding winning Arcadia Schools, this home offers: 2,321 sf home, 22,440 sf lot, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, family room, 2 fireplaces, 2-car attached garage & a 664 sf finished basement currently being used as a media room and 5th bedroom.

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and a guest) for $20 off the $120 normal price if purchased on “free day”. While the Gamble House is well-known because of its public tours, there are many other Greene & Greene houses in Pasadena, and several other Greene & Greene related exhibitions celebrating in this centennial year. The book Greene & Greene: Masterworks lists extant Greene & Greene houses with addresses. Of note are the Greene House (Charles Sumner Greene, 368 Arroyo Terrace, Pasadena), the Garfield House (President Garfield’s widow’s house, 1001 Buena Vista Street, South Pasa-

HOME & GARDEN dena), the Blacker House (1177 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena), and Henry W. Longfellow Elementary School (1065 E. Washington Street, Pasadena—with alterations). There are related exhibitions. At the Huntington Library in the Dorothy Collins Brown Wing of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art is a permanent installation of the Greene’s artistic genius. “Living Beautifully: Greene & Greene in Pasadena” is at the Pasadena Museum of History through January 4, 2009, and “Seeing Greene & Greene: Architecture in Photographs” is at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through

January 4, 2009. Finally, two pieces of trivia. Procter and Gamble originally funded “soap operas”— hence the soap reference and the Gamble House figured prominently in the movie “Back to the Future”. Official word is that the movie “Zathura” was not actually filmed there, although the set designs have a similar feel to the Gamble House. Enjoy an amazing historical journey by visiting some of these exhibitions and locations that preserve and inform about Pasadena’s rich Craftsman architecture.

Arbor Day Foundation Gives Five Free Crapemyrtle Trees to New Members California residents will receive five free crapemyrtle trees for becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation in January 2009. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign. “Crapemyrtles were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form, making them an attractive addition to the home landscape in California,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These small flowering trees boast perfect, six-petaled flowers of pink and red, with leaves that change from summer green to autumn red, orange, and yellow.” The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between February 1 and April 30 with enclosed planting instructions. The six to twelve inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to FIVE CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2009.




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Arcadia High School presents its new production of “Rabbit Hole” - David Lindsay- Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning play which opens Jan 13 and continues through Jan 17. Steven Volpe, Director, Arcadia High School Theatre has done a splendid job once again as has the small cast. Shae Palic pictured is

one of the 5 cast members in this production. For tickets please call 821-8370 x 1129 $5 Pre sale and $7 at the door. We’re not kidding when we say this play is really hot. The lights on stage during rehearsals set off the new high tech fire alarm system when the Arcadia Weekly paid the production a visit.

Doo Dah from 5 ture over 1,500 participants in an annual spoof of its more traditional counterpart. The event, once named as the nation’s best parade ever by Reader’s Digest is expected to draw an estimated 45,000 onlookers from all over Southern California and parts unknown. if everyone including Snotty Scotty is in place. The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade takes place in the Old Pasadena historic retail and entertainment district on Sunday, January 18 at 11:30 a.m. Convenient parking is located in structures on every block adjacent to the route, and the Gold Line stops nearby at both Del Mar and Memorial Park stations. For More Information or how to sign up to be in this year’s Parade call (626) 205-4029 or visit our

event website at And don’t forget this Saturday, Jan. 10, H.R.H. Prince Andrew’s Pre Doo Dah Party, 8:30 p.m. at the Old Towne Pub (66 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena) Bring $2 to be donated to Tree People, and call (626) 577-6583 if you need more info. The party will feature performances by Andrew’s BadStuff, Old But Not Dead and the Pasadena Scots, as well as appearances by former Doo Dah Queens Naughty Mickie, Mercy, Tequila Mockingbird and Kavita Sharma, plus a trivia contest. Ages 21 and over. Us? We’re still anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2009 Thorny Rose Recipient. Rumor has it that it’s down to three individuals: Ann Lau, Sue Mossman or Aaron Proctor. But until the votes are counted, it’s anyone’s guess. Truly, all are equally deserving of this prestigious award.

Krikorian Premiere Theatres (KPT) says it’s ready to bring to customers the future of movie-going. KPT has joined Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corporation to broadcast the 2009 BCS National Championship Game live in digital 3-D on Thursday, January 8, 2009. The live digital 3-D presentation is the first ever of its kind. Only 82 select locations throughout the U.S. will partake in this historical event and the Monrovia Cinema 12

will be one of only three Los Angeles market area locations. “The movie-going experience of the future has arrived,” said George Krikorian, president and owner of Krikorian Premiere Theatres. “We believe that the future moviegoing experiences will far exceed our greatest expectations. These 3-D presentations represent a pivotal transitional moment in fi lm exhibition history. Live 3-D broadcast of prominent sporting events will be more compelling and appealing to the public than live attendance at those events. We are proud and excited to participate in this historic presentation.” Tickets for the special event will be sold for only $20.00 and the game will be presented in KPT’s exclusive Digital 3DX technology. Tickets have been on sale since Wednesday, December 31, 2008 and are available online at and on location at the Monrovia Cinema 12.

Monrovia from 1 produce departments. The market specializes in very fresh produce including organic products. In addition to a fully stocked produce section, for which the market is best know, each store also features a natural remedies. Liz Jones, a San Diego resident said that Henry’s was one of her favorite markets. “It is not just for the gourmet cook, but also for everyday cooking,” she said. “I do a great deal of my shopping there. Her shopping includes feeding a meat and potatoes husband and a vegetarian son. “They have a great meat and cheese department as well as the produce department they are best known for,” she said. “I also like their homeopathic medicine section where there is always someone knowledgeable to help you.” Henry’s prides itself on having a well informed staff, and not just in what the company calls its healthy living section. If the person stocking the shelves can’t answer a customer’s question, the person’s manager can. The store has fully stocked meat, produce and gourmet cheese and deli departments, as well as bulk food items including grains, pasta and chocolately treats. Jones’ older son, Justin, said the best thing about Henry’s is “it doesn’t reek of yuppie.” The entire Rosedale’s shopping center is undergoing a sort of face lift. Two small shops including the Winchell’s Donut shop, were demolished. The other existing shops are being extensively

remodeled and updated according to Steve McDonald, the agent for the owner of the center. In addition to the 30,000 sq. ft. Henry’s Market, there will also be a standalone Walgreen’s of 12 - 15,000 sq. ft. to be built behind the existing McDiner. The new building at the corner of Myrtle and the 210 Freeway will house the company headquarters for VegeUSA, which specializes in vegetarian products. According to a company spokesman they plan to open as early as next month. The facility will also house its warehouse, a retail shop and demonstration kitchen. The company imports and sells products it finds to promote a healthier lifestyle. The company imports from all over the world. Most of the distribution is on the West Coast and their products are available locally at Whole Foods Markets as well and Loma Linda Uni-Photo By Terry Miller versity and several small health food stores. These products include frozen gourmet vegetarian entrees, vegetarian meat substitutes, dry groceries, teas, and beverages. Kohl’s department stores purchased the Mervyn’s facility out of its bankruptcy, according to Kristin Cunningham of Kohl’s public relations department. At the moment there is not a timeline for any activity at the Monrovia location. Cunningham said the Kohl’s had purchased 31 former Mervyn’s and that at lease 50 new Kohl’s stores would be opening in the next few years, but that no specific plans had yet been made for the Monrovia site.


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Corrine E. (Betsy) Bacon passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 18 at the ‘Leven Oaks where she had lied for the last two years. The long time local resident was born on Nov. 24, 1921 to Bill and Jacqueline Bacon. Her family lived on what her nephew, the Reverend Gregory Ikahara-Martin, described as an “Orange ranch.” Betsy attended Monrovia schools and graduated from Monrovia High School in 1939. She was also a graduate of Occidental College (Io Triumphe) and earned her master's degree from New York’s Columbia University. According to Greg, who officiated at his aunt’s funeral, Betsy loved New York, especially the Broadway shows and opera at the Met, both of which she attended on standby, student tickets. Her wonder lust did not end there. After the end of WWII she began worked for the Department of the Army as a civilian teacher. Greg recounted that, because of her love of opera she hoped to be assigned to Germany. Of course, she was sent to Japan and began a lifelong love of the orient. She toured the area thoroughly especially stationed in Japan. She continued her teaching in Saudi Arabia and England teaching the children of Army personnel. And she continued to travel. Eventually Betsy returned to her roots and Monrovia and began teaching in Duarte schools including

Maxwell and Andres Duarte Elementary School. She retired after teaching at Northview Junior High. She was not inactive in her retirement continuing her membership in the Monrovia Tennis Club. She was also involved with the Monrovia Garden Club, Santa Anita Woodcarvers, and Van Baake Ski Club. Two of these interests can be seen at the annual Garden Club Plant Sale in the hand carved sign which is carefully arranged each year (usually at Betsy’s direction). Perhaps one of the most important of her commitments was to Monrovia First Presbyterian Church where her funeral was held last Saturday. She was a lifelong member of the church and sang in its choir for many years. She had strong opinions and was not afraid to voice them. Her nephew said that on some occasions, “Bets would look at me and say, ‘Gregory, I didn’t like that sermon.’” Having received a few of those criticisms myself, I will admit that she always did it with love, and she had the habit of usually being right. Betsy has a wonderful life and she enjoyed it all. She will be missed by her sister, Jacqueline Martin, her niece and nephew in law, Dana and Michael Mamary of Monrovia, and her nephew Greg and his wife Laura, along with their children, Rachel, Andrew and TImothy all of Vancouver, WA.

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The Shakespeare League of Pasadena is well on its way to The Emerald City. Its major 2009 musical production, “The Wizard of Oz,” has more to offer the San Gabriel community than the yellow brick road has. The new location is the elegant Ambassador Auditorium, costumes from 20th Century Fox, a raffle for several lucky winners to fly just like Dorothy and the wicked witch across the stage at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and a VIP reception with an original Munchkin on show night, March 6 and 7, 2009. Add one very talented dog (who’s been in several Oz productions) to play Toto and the League’s biggest surprise…the premiere of The Shakespeare League All Star Community Orchestra…an orchestra made up of the best and brightest student musicians from both public and private high schools and colleges. Don’t miss out on this exciting production. To get your tickets, call (626) 359-3990 or online at “Benefit Concert Jan. 10 Given by Pasadena Symphony”

The Pasadena Symphony, conducted by Maestro Jorge Mester, presents a benefit concert for The Orchestras of Pasadena, with an allBeethoven program: Piano Concerto No. 5 (The Emperor Concerto), featuring pianist Howard Shelley, and Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) with the Pasadena Master Chorale and its music director Jeffrey Bernstein, Shana Blake Hill, soprano; Tracy Van Fleet, mezzo soprano; Scott Ramsay, tenor, and Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone. All musicians, guest artists and Mester are waiving their performance fees for this benefit concert as a donation to The Orchestras of Pasadena, Saturday, January 10, 7:30 p.m., Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. To obtain tickets, call (626) 584-8833. Tickets range from $20-$60, children, $10. For more information, call (626) 793-7172, or visit “Is It Time for Some New Moves?”

Put on your dancing shoes. It’s now 2009 and time to try some new dance moves. The Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department is currently taking registration for a

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Arcadia Mayor, Robert Harbicht, sits between his wife, Patsy (right), and former First Lady Barbara Kovacic, opening day, December 26, in the Director’s Room at Santa Anita Park.

“Sierra Madre Garden Club Presents ‘Our Neighbors, the Bats’”

Halloween included, bats generally get a bad press. Yet, they play an important role in our environment. Attend Sierra Madre Garden Club’s dinner meeting on January 12, 6 p.m., at Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., and learn the true story of these cave creatures. Al Kisner, a retired teacher and Garden Club member, is a wildlife biologist who specializes in bats with a primary focus on research and conservation. He will present a program highlighting the local bats and the important role they play in the ecosystem and economy. Everyone is welcome to attend. The catered dinner is $9 with reservations needed by calling (626) 355-0606. If you wish to skip dinner and just attend the program, no charge, no reservation needed, but arrive by 6:45 p.m.

(L-r) Arcadia City Manager, Don Penman, with Casey and Kelly and their father, Councilman Gary Kovacic, opening day at Santa Anita, where 33,000+ enjoyed a gloriously clear and sunny day of Thoroughbred racing.

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His grandson, Kevin Coombs remembered Dick as a low key, relaxed man with a “quiet dignity” who could find humor in everything. He also spoke of the depth of the love of his grandparents. “I hope I am as good a husband to my wife as he appeared to be to you,” he said addressing his grandmother. Dick was a member of the Monrovia Senior Clubs, the Mariners of the First Presbyterian Church, the Monrovia High School Alumni Association, and a very proud member of the Monrovia Flower and Garden Club (a group which, when they threw something in a pot, used chips and not mulch). The celebration of his life was attended by members of all these groups and many long time friends. Fittingly, at the conclusion of the service, the trumpeter, Cohen, played Amazing Grace. Dick is survived by his wife, Lillias (Doony), son, Richard H. Coombs, Jr. of Laguna Beach, and daughter, Dana Young of Monrovia. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Christine Young, Kevin (Amy) Young, Corinne (Brian) Burton, Michael Young, Deanne (Ramon) Mendoza, Richard H. Coombs III, and Meredith Coombs. There are also ten great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Monrovia High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 652, Monrovia, CA 91017 or the charity of your choice.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22: 11:17 a.m. – Arrest, Auburn and Carter Ave. A sergeant stopped a suspicious car and found that the driver, a Crestline resident, had a suspended or revoked driver’s license. The driver was issued a citation for the violations and released on a written promise to appear.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24: 7:17 p.m. – Commercial burglary, 25 East Laurel Ave, Ascension Church. A bag containing five Trader Joe gift cards and five tins of Trader Joe Peppermint candy was taken from the church office. The crime occurred on Wednesday between 4:55 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The loss was valued at $175.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25: 12:17 p.m. – Auto burglary, 93 North Baldwin Ave, Bethany Church parking lot. The front and rear windows of a parked Toyota 4-Runner were smashed. A CUTCO knife set and a face plate from a SONY car stereo were stolen. The crime occurred between Thursday, 12/18 and Wednesday, 12/24. The loss was estimated at $1100.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27: 2:44 p.m. – DUI arrest, 500 block W. Highland Ave. A motorist involved in a traffic collision with a parked truck stopped to exchange information with the owner. During the investigation the driver was found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested, taken to Pasadena PD for remand.



Units responded to the 11900 block of Goldring around 6:47 a.m. in reference to an auto burglary that just occurred. Two victims advised that they had parked their cars next to one another around midnight and went to work. When they returned to their cars around 6:30 a.m., they saw a male Hispanic standing in between their cars and then he fled the scene in a vehicle. They checked their cars and found the car windows were broken and the contents of their glove boxes were scattered

on the front seats. The victims then saw the suspect vehicle strike a curb in the 5500 block of Peck, the car came to a stop, and the suspect fled on foot. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle the suspect was driving was a stolen vehicle. Between 5 p.m. and 11:20 p.m., mailboxes were vandalized in the 1600 block of Perkins. Unknown suspect(s) knocked or pushed six mailboxes onto the ground.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22: A residential burglary occurred in the 600 block of South Santa Anita between 11 a.m. on December 21 and 12:10 a.m. on December 22. Unknown suspect(s) entered the house through an open window and stole two televisions. The reported loss was almost $2,000. Around 6:53 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was pushing a baby stroller with a Nordstrom shopping bag hanging from it. She selected merchandise, went into fitting rooms on two separate occasions, and concealed the items in the shopping bag. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 58-year-old Asian was taken into custody for commercial burglary.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23: Shortly before 6 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. The victim discovered that her credit card was missing and contacted the credit card company. She discovered that an unknown suspect had made about $10,000 in fraudulent charges to her account. Loss prevention personnel from Ralphs, located at 1101 West Huntington, advised that they had detained a man for theft around 10:56 p.m. The suspect was seen concealing two bottles of wine in his waistband and left the store without making payment. When he was confronted outside the store, he physically resisted and struck an agent in the ribs with a closed fist. The 34-year-old Asian was taken into custody for robbery.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24: A robbery occurred at East West Bank, 1300 South Golden West, around 10:04 a.m. A male Asian, in his 30’s, presented a demand note to a teller and the note indicated that he had a gun. The teller removed cash from her drawer, placed it in a bag, and the suspect fled the scene on foot. Around 5:42 p.m., loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained a male juvenile for theft. Two male suspects were seen taking merchandise and concealing them in a shopping bag. They

were both confronted outside the store and were asked to return to the store. Once inside the store, one suspect dropped the bag with the stolen goods and fled on foot while the other suspect remained with agents. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 17-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for petty theft. He was later cited and released to his mother.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25: Between 9 p.m. on December 24 and 4:16 p.m. on December 25, a dark green 1996 Honda Accord was stolen from the 900 block of Arcadia Avenue. An auto burglary occurred between 4 p.m. on December 24 and 4:30 p.m. on December 25. Unknown suspect(s) shattered a car window and stole clothing items from the backseat.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26: At 1:15 a.m., units were dispatched to the 1020 Lounge located at 1020 South Baldwin regarding a fight in progress. Investigation revealed that a male suspect was involved in a physical altercation with a security officer and the victim tried to help. The victim was struck in the head with a glass candleholder by the suspect, and he sustained a two-inch laceration to his head. A 37-year-old Asian was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Between 9:30 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., a residential robbery occurred in the 700 block of West Lemon. Two male Hispanics made forced entry into the victims’ home by first knocking on the door and then pushing their way in when one of the victims opened the door. One suspect displayed a handgun and four victims were forced into a bedroom. A suspect watched over them as they were ordered to lie facedown on the floor, while the other suspect ransacked rooms and took property. The suspects then fled in a newer model truck.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27: A grand theft from a vehicle occurred between 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1580 East Clark. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and discovered that a laptop computer, iPod, and purse were stolen. The total reported loss was about $2,000. A victim came to the station around 9:16 p.m. to report a domestic dispute incident. She advised that during an argument, her husband pushed her onto a couch and grabbed her by the throat. At that time the children intervened and the suspect left the scene. An emergency protection order was requested and granted.



11:06 a.m. - Death report 1000 block Contented Lane 1:37 p.m. - Stalking report 1000 block S. Alta Vista Ave. 5:29 p.m. - Drug activity 300 block W. Chestnut Ave. 6:00 p.m. Residential burglary 700 block Mountain View Ave. 10:00 p.m. - Vehicle burglary 700 block Monterey Ave.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23: 6:49 a.m. - Shots heard 700 block Montana Ave. 11:27 a.m. - Business dispute 700 block W. Huntington Dr. 2:03 p.m. - Grand theft auto 500 block E. Lemon Ave. 4:51 p.m. - Soliciting on E. Lime Ave. 5:43 p.m. - Tobacco problem 700 block Monterey Ave.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24: 7:47 a.m. - Soliciting 100 block W. Foothill Blvd. 8:30 a.m. - Neighborhood dispute 300 block Genoa St. 12:15 p.m. - Vehicle burglary 900 block W. Huntington Dr. 5:18 p.m. - Petty theft 900 block W. Duarte Rd. 9:06 p.m. - Domestic violence 800 block W. Olive Ave.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25: 12:50 a.m. - Peace disturbance 700 block Monterey Ave. 8:03 a.m. - Medical assist 300 block N. Mayflower Ave. 1:30 p.m. - Bicycle theft 700 block S. Alta Vista Ave. 4:19 p.m. Violation of court order 100 block E. Lime Ave. 8:52 p.m. - Public assist 1000 block Sesmas St.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26: 12:16 p.m. - Miscellaneous theft 2000 block S. Mayflower Ave. 4:48 p.m. - Grand theft 300 block W. Walnut Ave. 5:24 p.m. Attempted burglary 2000 block S. Mayflower Ave. 6:14 p.m. - Battery report 300 block E. Central Ave. 8:50 p.m. - Personal robbery on S. Magnolia Ave.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27: 3:39 a.m. - Prowling in progress 800 block Oakdale Ave. 10:52 a.m. - Threatening 700 block W. Foothill Blvd. 4:30 p.m. - Grand theft auto 900 block W. Olive Ave. 5:08 p.m. - Fight in progress on W. Foothill Blvd. 8:35 p.m. Weapons offense on S. Myrtle Ave.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28: 12:15 a.m. - Assault with deadly weapon 1000 block S. Sherman Ave. 12:40 a.m. - Shots heard 1000 block S. Sherman Ave. 8:30 a.m. - Drug activity 200 block S. Madison Ave. 9:10 a.m. - Petty theft 500 block S. Lincoln Pl. 5:54 p.m. - Grand theft auto 200 block W. Lemon Ave.

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