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Janice Vargas, who spent four years at Jefferson just received her pink slip, spoke at a news conference Saturday while Jack O’Connell listens. - Photo by Terry Miller

Laments Record Number of Teacher and Staff Layoff Notices •By Terry Miller•

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell joined local education officials Saturday in Pasadena at a news conference to highlight the record number of teacher and school staff layoff notices being issued this year as a result of the state budget crisis. March 15 was the statutory

deadline to issue “pink slips” or potential layoff notices to teachers before the upcoming school year. Also joining O’Connell at the event was Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Edwin Diaz and Pasadena Unified PTA Council President Audrey Durden. Friday, March 13, the

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The city of Pasadena recently garnered a lot of grief over the removal of trees along Colorado Boulevard in the Theatre District. The trees were taken down in the middle of the night and a veritable public outcry couldn’t stop the destruction of the trees. The reason, albeit thinly veiled, was litigation over unsafe sidewalks. Sadly it had become the thing to do, slip and fall down, sue a city! Fall over a slightly cracked pavement, sue the city. Creative financing or, perhaps a unique stimulus package, if you will. Several years ago, residents in the city of Sierra Madre were in a collective uproar over a number of trees being “removed” from the business district in Sierra Madre. Accusations flew, and many in the city wondered why the dept. of Public Works would destroy perfectly healthy and beautiful trees that not only provide much needed shade but also oxygen. The reason is often potential litigation and/ or dangerous sidewalks due

to the roots destroying the pavement above and below ground. It was during Wistaria Festival, ironically a festival based on living, carbon dioxide eating, oxygen giving

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plant, when we noticed 3 trees have been slated for “removal” by public works just off N. Baldwin. On each tree there is a notice advising those with questions to call Suzi McConnell of the Tree Commission.

Evidently the city Tree Commission has followed all the rules and regulations and posted the appropriate notices. Though it seemed no one paid any attention to this latest round of tree exterminations and certainly no one filed an appeal. An order to remove the trees was issued. We’re not pointing fingers. Maybe we’re pointing out that more trees have to die as a result of a more litigious society in which we live. I like trees; I grew up in them. In fact, I had my senior portrait taken in a majestic old Oak Tree in New York…way back circa the 1970’s. Trees give us inspiration and hope, not to mention shade and much needed oxygen. To add insult to injury, Sierra Madre has the distinct honor of being a Tree City, whatever that means. These three trees’ fate unfortunately is now set and awaits the bids from contractors to offer to city council for the work of removing these glorious trees.

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Wistaria Festival Goers Obamamania Adds Cigars to Growing List Saturate Sierra Madre of Products Showing Up Around Town •By Terry Miller•

the vine was the amount of time people spent taking snapshots and talking with docents about the vine’s history. As Bach was being played by a solo guitarist, one could hear various anecdotes of forefathers visiting the vine a hundred plus years ago and urban folk tales of how the house nearly collapsed under the excessive weight of the thick vines. Nell Solt, owner of the home on Hermosa on which the festival is based takes everything in her stride and doesn’t seem to mind that

A s t he newly elect ed U.S. President Barack Obama tries to kick an old cigarette smoking habit, and cities worldwide are enacting tough, anti-smoking laws, along comes a Nicaraguan company that has produced the latest in a sea of merchandise trying to cash in on his popularity with “Obama - Series 44” cigars. Granada Cigars, a small outfit based in Nicaragua’s tobacco-growing north, is using local and Cuban leaves to hand-roll cigars wrapped with a gold band that says “Obama 44,” commemorating the 44th U.S. president. The name of the cigar company pays homage to the oldest city in Central America, Granada which was founded in 1524. Before the Cuban embargo, the world’s highest quality cigar tobacco came from the Vuelta Abajo district in Cuba. Master cigar producers finally found a goldmine

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Larger than average crowds hit the streets on Sierra Madre on Sunday for the Annual Wistaria Festival - Photos by Terry Miller

Record Crowds Hit Sierra Madre Despite Cooler Weather This Year’s Wistaria Festival saw longer lines than ever for the buses as they headed up Baldwin to the World Famous vine. The average wait, 1 - 2 hours according to those with whom we spoke, was more than worth it according to Kim Salinas who came from Northern California’s Big Sir to see the annual blooming. Kim along with countless numbers of Red Hat society members descended upon the Vine first thing Sunday morning hoping to beat the crowds. One reason there was a delay in getting people up to

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Calling All Artisans and Patrons: Renaissance Returning To Sierra Madre Memorial Park in Sierra Madre will yet again be transformed into an artistic carnival of creative…um, creativity. Yes, on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will turn Sierra Madre into an irresistible feast for all the senses. We will see, we will hear, and we will taste! 100 artists will be displaying the fruits of their passion, efforts and labor. What’s more they’ll give us a peek at how they create their masterpieces. The rest of us, as patrons of the arts, will have the opportunity of adding these treasures to our private collections. Imagine transforming your living room into a gallery that will make the Norton Simon’s and Getty’s of this world chartreuse with envy. Add entertaining live music, craft projects for the youngin’s, and a wide range of tantalizing food to this festival of epic proportions, and you have the event of the season: The 47th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair. Artists: Sales are high as our Fair is well known for its superior quality emphasizing fine arts and skilled craftsmanship. The number of entries in each category is limited so now is the time apply. Apply at Or contact Sharon Murphy at (626) 355-3977. To the Rest Of Us: Be sure to mark Saturday, May 16, 2009, 9:30 – 6:00pm, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, 9:30 – 5:00pm on our calendars as a Must See Event Weekend. Memorial Park is located in Sierra Madre at 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd. 1 long (and I mean long) block west of Baldwin Avenue.

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Nicaraguan Tobacco Growers Hope to Cash in on ObamaÊs Popularity From left: Anto Kamavan, owner of Cigars by Chivas, Tanya Davis, Stafford Barker and Thomas Turner -Photo by Terry Miller

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will have a Bargain Book Table Sale inside the Library, Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21, during the Library’s public open hours. Fiction, Children’s books, and Specialties, all in good condition, will be sold at the bargain price of $1.00 each. These every-other-month book sales provide funding

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Today, as I put pen to paper, I approach the conclusion of a week filled with love and laughter. That’s as good as it gets. Lord knows what will have transpired by the time this goes to press. Whatever. For the moment I”ll rejoice in the love and laughter. I have never heard or read what I would consider to be a good definition of love. That, in my opinion, is because love is not something to be defined. It is something to be felt. As for laughter, the definition itself makes me laugh. Webster says laughter is “a movement of the muscles of the face, esp. of the lips, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and attended by explosive sounds from the throat.” The way my mind works, I can imagine laughter providing the likelihood for explosive sounds from more than the throat, depending on the kind of laugh. You can titter, giggle, chuckle or chortle. You can cackle or crow, snicker, snigger or snort. You can haw-haw, hee-hee, tee-hee or guffaw. You can enjoy a horselaugh, a hearty laugh or a good old belly laugh. Some are safer than others, but all are worth the risk. As someone once said, laughter is the cheapest luxury that man has. It stirs up the blood, expands the chest, electrifies the nerves, clears away the cobwebs from the brain, and gives the whole system cleansing rehabilitation. It is also said that if you can laugh at it, you can live with it. As a writer, I try to remember that when my writing is “typeset” by others and typos are made. Like, when I wrote love and they wrote lover. Or, when I wrote about a huge fort and they typed an a instead of an o! I’m not the only victim. Here are a few other typos that made a difference when they hit print. I hope the writers were able to laugh. •The all-girl orchestra was rather weak in the bras section. •Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Sloane request the pleasure of your presents at the marriage of their daughter. •Telegram to wife: HAVING WONDERFUL TIME, DARLING. WISH YOU WERE HER. (Signed) Johnny •The bride and her mother were in the deceiving line. •They were married and lived happily even after. Typos or no, I wish us all, a new “weak” filled with love and laughter.




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GOLD LINE DRAMA •By Scott Ochoa• Monrovia City Manager

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his appointees on the Board were not anxious to appear so vindictive as to deny the opportunity for federal funding to an entire region; ultimately, they softened their position. They supported the prioritization of the Gold Line, albeit with a number of caveats. Supervisor Yaroslavsky, on the other hand, remained intractable. And to this end, I think the answer to the question, “Why were certain Boardmembers so opposed to the Gold Line’s prioritization for federal money?” is: both politics and priority. It would seem that opponents to the Gold Line now feel that the Valley’s opposition to Measure R (regardless of however principled the opposition was) gives them all the justification they need to whack the project. Folks like Supervisor Yaroslavsky have consistently disliked the Gold Line (and, in fairness, most light rail projects in general). Now, perhaps he feels he has a free hand to hammer away at the project. Add into the mix a fear that, “If the Gold Line is a priority for federal money, is it not a priority for local taxpayer money?” and you have a blueprint for a strategy predicated on the notion that a loss anywhere is a loss everywhere. Thus, it would seem that this victory at the MTA Board is certainly noteworthy, but it portends a harsh response from Gold Line opponents. The key person in this

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Last Thursday, at the MTA’s Board meeting, the Gold Line project won an interesting victory. I say interesting because, at this point, it is difficult to discern whether it is a major or minor victory. At this point, I suppose any victory where the MTA and the Gold Line are concerned is a major victory. Essentially, the Board was engaged in a debate concerning which transit projects were “shovel ready” and would therefore be most suitable to be submitted for federal stimulus funding consideration. Understanding that what was at stake was the potential for federal funding – as opposed to local monies, which the MTA has historically denied the Gold Line – the Board was torn over whether to ask the feds for money for the Gold Line. This is absurd, but hardly shocking as the MTA has historically shortchanged any project that does not directly benefit LA. But several Board members who are sympathetic to the San Gabriel Valley called out the hostility toward the Gold Line project. Considering the context of the debate, the hostility seemed irrational. Was it due to a covetous, zero-sum financial plan wherein every dollar used for the Gold Line is one less dollar for other Boardmembers’ favored projects? To be sure, LA and the Westside have always demonstrated a bias against all things Gold Line – apparently, every gasp of air for the Gold Line is one less breath for EXPO Phase II and the Subway to the Sea. However, keeping in mind that the key criteria for the proposed federal dollars was “shovel-ready,” neither of these projects – while indeed worthwhile – are anywhere near ready to build…we’re talking years…a number of them. Or was the hostility based on, as Supervisor Molina characterized it, political payback for the San Gabriel Valley leadership’s opposition to Measure R? This notion seemed to strike a chord with other Boardmembers, including LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Valley had opposed Measure R (the ½ cent sales tax hike approved in the November election) in part because the MTA Board would not assent to the Gold Line’s prioritization (based on its project readiness). And based on the MTA’s posture since the election, it seems as though this objection was justified. In the end, Mayor Villaraigosa and


MARCH 19 - MARCH 25, 2009

Art of Living

It’s Spring, and Time for a “Picnic” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse •BY FRAN SYVERSON•

It’s springtime! Are you getting into the mood for a picnic? Then why not drop in at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, where Picnic is in full swing weekends through April 11? And it’s a truly old-fashioned picnic, set as it is in the early ‘50s. In this small Kansas town, the Labor Day picnic is summer’s last fling, so to speak. It’s the social event of the season, one that the townsfolk hold “as an excuse to let something thrilling happen in our lives,” according to Helen Potts, a longtime widow played by Sandra Hackman. Mrs. Potts’s backyard adjoins the Owens yard—no barrier walls in that time and place. Thus the neighbors know pretty much everything that goes on in each other’s lives, and surmise what they don’t know for sure. So it’s not long before everyone in town is speculating about the handsome stranger who is carrying out the trash for Mrs. Potts in exchange for his hearty breakfast. A train whistle announced Hal Carter’s arrival. Hal is an affable fellow, but seems to be penniless and hungry. He soon makes his acquaintance with teenagers Millie and Madge Owens (Elise Gould and Amanda Arbues, respectively) as they sit on the wooden steps or the porch rocker. And with their skeptical mother Flo (Fran McCreary) and also with the family’s roomer, Rosemary Sydney, strongly portrayed by Nancy Lantis.

It quickly evolves that Hal is not a stranger to everyone in town. When Alan Seymour (Jon Snow) comes to remind Madge of their date for the picnic, he immediately recognizes Hal from college days. Days, that is, when their sophomoric stunts were the life of many parties. Somehow, Alan is still in school, while Hal’s academic days

were decidedly numbered. Now Hal tries to capitalize on their buddyhood to get a job with Alan’s father. The Owens girls are defined by all as “Millie is the smart one, Madge is the pretty one,” and both try to escape their roles. As a rambunctious tomboy destined to head for college, Millie is totally unsure of how to

find any femininity within herself. “Bomber,” the paper boy (S. Taylor), exacerbates her pain by taunting her as “Goon Girl.” Madge, femininity personified, wants more than to be told continually how “pretty” she is. It doesn’t help that her mother constantly reminds her to make the most of her looks while she can, because pretty soon she’ll be “19, then 20, then 40.” What Flo has in mind—or should we say “who” Flo has in mind?—is Alan, who has been courting Madge all summer. He could lift Madge away from her dime-store clerking job into a country-club life after he graduates. He’ll soon leave for his senior year, and Flo is over-eager about having her pretty daughter assure Alan of her affection before he goes. But Madge isn’t all that sure how she feels about Alan. And less sure, once she glimpses bare-waisted, muscular Hal (Allen Cutler) across the yard. She’s not the only one who notices the drifter; all the ladies seem enchanted by him. Mrs. Potts finds that having a man around the house makes her feel like a woman again. Rosemary’s friends Irma (Melody McCormick) and Christine (Donna Ieraci) give Hal a couple of surreptitious girlish giggles. Only mother-hen Flo is wary of him, projecting cynicism from her own past with men. Even tight-laced Rosemary casts an eye in Hal’s direction. Not that she’s personally interested; she is, af-


ter all, the old-maid schoolteacher in town and destined to remain so. Oh, she dates 40-ish Howard Evans (Jack Chansler) but that relationship hasn’t gone anywhere in years. Until now. Hal’s arrival has indeed upset the romantic applecart. Long latent feelings begin to stir. Playwright William Inge has a fine touch in showing the undershadows of each character’s psyche. Defiant Millie…insecure teenager. Prettiest girl in town…yearning to be thought of as more than just pretty. Brazen schoolmarm…achingly lonely lady. Hard-working tradesman…reluctant bachelor. Even Hal, for all his male bravado, finally acknowledges his vulnerabilities. The first act of this Pulitzer Prizewinning drama lays the groundwork for the seemingly innocuous upcoming Picnic. With the second act, all the relationships disentangle from their facades into their more basic instincts. As the chemistry grows between Madge and Hal, the dissonance grows between them and Alan. As Rosemary’s angst over her endless days ahead, her urgency to marry resistant Howard reaches a heartbreaking pitch. “Please!” she cries. It’s the age-old tale of choices between the heart and the head, remembered by many of us from the movie starring William Holden and Kim Novak. It’s retold here by a superb cast directed by Bob Hakman, assisted by Michael Dessin. Ward Calaway is producer. The backyard with its wicker coffee table and side chair, rustic wooden swing, picket fence and gate, and tool shed are designed by Eric White. Leisel “Q” Quamie brings the fifties to life with her retro costuming, right down to Rosemary’s black-seamed stockings. Melodie McCormack is stage manager. Ruth Thompson is in charge of properties. Laura Holbrook is the choreographer. Master Carpenter Richard Thompson’s construction crew comprises Don Bergmann, Juan Guzman, Larry Taylor, Jon Snow and Calaway. Steve Shaw is the sound designer and operator. Lighting designer is Kim Smith, and with Maureen Davis serves as light operator. Brad Gantt designed the poster art. John Johnson is production photographer and, with Calaway, is responsible for program design and layout. Philip Sokoloff is publicist. Orlando Mendoza is house manager. We’ll be enjoying Picnic on the Sierra Madre Playhouse stage weekends through April 11. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Admission is $20 general, $17 for seniors (65+) and students (12-18), and $12 for children under 12. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Free parking is available in city lots. Restaurants on Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard offer pre-theater dining for every taste. For reservations or more information, phone (626) 256-3809, or visit the website,, for information or for online ticketing. Note that the online ticket charge has been removed.

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Pasadena Symphony: An Attempt to Tie Spring to Rebirth of the Orchestra •By Bill Peters•

The Pasadena Symphony presented its March concert as the Pasadena Symphony strives to regain its financial balance. Under the title, “Rebirth”, formerly The Orchestras of Pasadena, has now reverted to The Pasadena Symphony Association, a name the group has held since sometime in the 1950’s, used the coming season, spring, to announce its intention to be reborn into a successful symphony orchestra. But will it simply be a renewal and not a complete makeover? Music cannot answer that question, but the concert held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium last Saturday, orchestra musicians and the program, tells a lot. The concert consisted of two top-ten standards, Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring” from “The Four Seasons” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” plus one lesser well-known number, also considered standard concert fare: Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, known as “Spring”. As a crowd pleaser, the program was a winner. In the opening piece, the Vivaldi, orchestra concertmistress Aimee Kreston played the lead violin with no conductor. As she always does, Kreston played with authority and beautiful tone. The ensemble of orchestra members followed her lead admirably with solid playing. In the second, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”, Mester conducted an extraordinary

Jorge Mester, conductor of the Pasadena Symphony, led the orchestra in a concert of music to announce the spring season as a call for renewal. The Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, having faltered financially, looks to a rebirth.

version that was truly re-born: a fresh offering; a rare new feeling. The orchestra followed Mester’s command for a modern sound and nuance. Mester often looks for and gets a modern feel. This performance confirms that the Co-

pland ballet suite has changed from its introduction in 1944 from the original chamber arrangement and the full orchestra score of the piece he wrote a few years later. As with all too many American compositions, Leonard Bernstein, for all his brilliance, took command of the music and pretty much had his interpretive way with it without challenge. It is nice to say Mester challenged that in his lively, even jazzy interpretation. Mester brought out the timing eccentricities and syncopation that resulted in an updated version that should be emulated. In a curious turn during the ‘rebirth’ of the orchestra, the orchestra did not match the persuasive interpretation. Surprisingly, there were several missed cues and some portions that seemed less than pristine even with Mester’s accomplished handling. Any small infractions that may have occurred in the Copland work was firmly put aside when, following intermission, the orchestra launched into Schumann’s “Spring” symphony with distinction. The Scherzo movement actually promised a good spring. At the end, the audience reacted with sustained applause that allowed three curtain calls

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lead the parade)?; or does he employ a strategy of “divide and conquer” to preclude such a coalition?; or does he just hunker down for a couple of years until he needs to broaden his appeal beyond LA’s city limits (when he decides to run for governor)? Or maybe he just does the right thing and supports the project, puts good policy and planning ahead of politics, and puts thousands of people back to work. We shall see…

last business day before the legal deadline, was dubbed “Pink Friday,” and educators and education supporters across the state wore pink to show their support for teachers and school staff. The recently enacted state budget included $11.6 billion in cuts to education over the next year and a half, forcing districts to issue

for Mester If a rebirth of this orchestra is to be, CEO of the Association, Paul Jan Zdunek has a ways to go, as he said in opening remarks from the stage of the Civic Auditorium. He said “Rebirth” will be the theme. Zdunek was blunt in telling the audience that their financial support is critical to the continued success of the orchestra saying that the organization is now living “paycheck to paycheck”. But then, on an upbeat note, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association came to the stage to present a check for $90,000 to the orchestra’s conductor, Jorge Mester. Their funds had been raised during December’s “Holiday Look-in” event. Zdunek has set a goal to raise between $2.5 million and $3 million by Sept. 30. The restoration of this concert and other orchestra activities is a part of the ambitious program undertaken by Zdunek, a crisis management expert.

an annual budget of $3,500 with most funding coming from the City of Pasadena. In 1936 Dr. Richard Lert took the helm and brought distinction to the community orchestra and soon added professional musicians that included orchestra principal flutist, Louise DiTullio’s, father, Joseph DiTullio, as principal cellist. Others in the 1940’s included bassist Stuart Sankey and local well-known violin teachers Roberta Nowlin, who served as concertmaster, and Frieda Stoehr Keck who is remember fondly by many. Daniel Lewis became Music Director in 1972. Although he brought professionalism and distinction to the orchestra, his programming of modern music did not generate a high level of support and by 1983 the Association was facing bankruptcy. With direction from such music stalwarts as Dr. John D. F. Tarr, Anthony Phillips (one of the co-sponsors of the March 14 concert) and Robert Ziegler and many others some of whom remain on

While a renewal of the orchestra would be less dramatic than a rebirth, Zdunek has spotted the need for full-scale change within the organization and intends to accomplish it. The crisis has already produced a new name—dropping the misleading “Orchestras of Pasadena” (or Oops!) nomenclature for the combo Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops and reclaimed the old, better known and highly respected name Pasadena Symphony Association. The history of the Pasadena Symphony Association spans sometime in the 1950’s. Prior to that period, the organization was known as the Pasadena Civic Music Association. The orchestra itself was founded in 1928 with

the Symphony Board, the orchestra had a genuine rebirth. On opening night in his first year in 1984, Jorge Mester, newly named as conductor, cut a decorated cake to celebrate both the orchestra’s renewal and rebirth in a ceremony that took place in front of the auditorium. That financial sturdiness lasted until last year when the crisis in the markets took away leading corporate sponsorship and other financial problems beset the 81 year-old symphony orchestra. As in the past, the Board and the new management team at the Pasadena Symphony Association anticipate a springtime rebirth something the Association has done before and will certainly accomplish again.

Mars Mission Status Report: Odyssey Spacecraft Reboots Successfully NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter properly followed commands today to shut down and restart, a strategy by its engineers to clear any memory flaws accumulated in more than five years since Odyssey’s last reboot. The procedure also restored Odyssey’s onboard set of backup systems, called the spacecraft’s “B side,” allowing its use in the future when necessary. “For nearly two years, we have not known for certain whether the backup systems would be usable, so this successful reboot has allowed us to ascertain their health and availability for future use,” said Odyssey Project Manager Philip Varghese of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Odyssey has been orbiting Mars since 2001 and has never switched from its primary set of components, the “A side,” to the backup set, which includes an identical computer processor, navigation sensors, relay radio and other components. In March 2006, the B-side spare of a component for managing the distribution of power became inoperable. Analysis by engi-

neers identified a possibility that rebooting Odyssey might restore that component, which proved to be a side benefit of today’s procedure to refresh onboard memory. The Odyssey team began a series of steps after the reboot to carefully return the spacecraft to full functioning over the next few days. Following that path, the science instruments will be back to studying Mars by next week. An unexpected rise in temperature of the star camera in Odyssey’s navigation system on March 9 had prompted a postponement of the rebooting originally scheduled for the next day. Engineers identified the cause as a heater circuit that was temporarily stuck “on.” The circuit was turned off before today’s reboot. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages Mars Odyssey for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. Additional information about Odyssey is at http:// odyssey .


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more than 26,000 layoff notices to public school teachers statewide. One of t he immediate victims of the pink slip handout was Janice Vargas, a four-year veteran of Jefferson School in Pasadena. An emotion filled speech held Jack O’Connell’s undivided attention as Vargas described her life now without any income as her husband is going to seminary and currently unemployed. “Before the current cuts

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All Hands on Deck! Sierra Madre drummer PETER BURKE plays with so many different bands at the BUCCANEER LOUNGE that it’s been suggested he should have a “Murphy” drum set that pulls down from the wall, so he doesn’t have to set up each time! And now that they’ve replaced that huge box TV with a flat screeen, he can also set up his hand drums and play percussion along with whoever else is drumming. It’s the simple things like that that keep him happy! Pete and southpaw blues guitarist JOB STRILES, pictured here, will be rockin’ the house at the BUCCANEER LOUNGE this Saturday night, March 21st. More info. below... THURS. 3/19 The WE FIVE Folk-Rock Revival @ AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, 2pm. $10 admission for non-students. Opening act is JEREMY & JESSICA (son & daughter of Jerry Burgan, one of the founding members of WE FIVE.) The production and promotion of the concert is part of a semesterlong project for marketing and communications classes. It will take place in the Upper Turner Center, which is the main part of the lower campus. 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. “You Were On My Mind” was their big hit in the 60’s. THURS. 3/19 DAVID SERBY @ THE PIKE BAR IN LONG BEACH, 9pm. 1836 E. 4th St., one block west of Cherry. 562437-4453. Full bar and dinner ‘til late. Americana/Country. FRI. 3/20 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. 3/20 “THE SUBS” (Better Than Blue’s acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 8pm - Midnight. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic Rock, Soul & Blues. Under new ownership - Happy Hour specials from 10 to 12. FRI. 3/20 THE DRIVE @ GALLI’S PIANO BAR IN ALTA LOMA, 8pm - Midnight. 6620 Carnelian St. 909-941-1100. Full bar, Dancing. Keith Neal on Guitar & vocals, Javany Martinez on Bass & vocals, Buggs Manocchi on Drums & vocals. Classic Rock Music. FRI. 3/20 MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:30 - Midnight. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar & great Italian food, no cover, DANCING. R&B, Disco, Rock, Soul, Motown, etc. FRI. 3/20 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. http://www.myspace. com/lightninwillie SAT. 3/21 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. SAT. 3/21 SCIVALLY QUARTET @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA

MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar & great Italian food. No cover. This JAZZ quartet consists of David Sills (sax and flute), Riner Scivally (guitar), Zac Matthews (bass) and Dean Koba (drums). SAT. 3/21 CHICO’S BAIL BONDS @ THE DOCKSIDE BAR & GRILL, 9pm - 1am. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-9153474. No cover, full bar & kitchen. Semi-acoustic BLUES. SAT. 3/21 JOB STRILES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. BLUES. Sierra Madre’s own Peter Burke on drums. (see this week’s photo) SAT. 3/21 MARTINI DIARIES featuring JEFF STETSON & friends @ COLOMBO’S ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE IN EAGLE ROCK, 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-2549138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be Jazz & then evolve into “Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!” 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. SUN. 3/22 BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. SUN. 3/22 GRANT PARK SOFTBALL - ALL ARE WELCOME! NOT A LEAGUE - JUST FOR FUN & THE LOVE OF THE GAME! CORNER OF CORDOVA & MICHIGAN IN PASADENA, 3 BLOCKS WEST OF PCC. BATTING PRACTICE 12:30, GAME TIME ASAP. BRING YOUR GLOVE, BAT, CHAIR, ICE CHEST, GUITAR, UKULELE, ETC. SUN. 3/22 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. 3/22 MICHAEL ZUBIA @ MARY’S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON, 10am - Noon. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD! Classical Guitar. You may have seen him performing at the Wistaria Vine last Sunday. SUN. 3/22 “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! 3/24 “TAPAS TUESDAY” @ MARY’S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with GLENN OLIVEIRA on guitar, 6 - 7pm and RAY HILL on keyboards, 7 - 9pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD! “TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA” @ CAFE 322 with QUIZ MASTER MIDGE, 8pm. $2 to play. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. WED. 3/25 aka MAX BUDA @ THE OLD TOWNE PUB IN PASADENA, 9pm. Corner of Fair Oaks & Union, behind the big, ugly Container Store that invaded the parking lot and cast a permanent shadow on the Pub’s patio several years ago. Enter thru alley off of Holly Ave. No cover, beer & wine. Eclectic Jazzy Blues Rock from Chester, Jerry, Tedroy, Bruce, Pete, and Nick on noise-makers. I’m not 100% sure about this one. Call ahead to confirm... 626-577-6583. “WEDNESDAY NIGHT PLATTER PARTY” @ THE BUCCANEER, 10pm. Bring your favorite vinyl records and Dan Besocke will play entire sides on his turntable, commercial free! 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. FRI. 3/27 “SWING DANCE PARTY” with FLAT TOP TOM @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. FRI. 3/27 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

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In-home Exercise for Senior Citizens Please obtain a physicianÊs approval before attempting any exercises detailed in this article In a study compiled in 2002 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, it was found that the number of people over the age of 75 admitted by the hospital E.R. as a result of a fall, increased by 73 % (between 1991 and 2002). These are alarming results considering the elderly population is due to double in numbers by 2030 (from 1991 according to the Census Bureau), adding to already overwhelmed E.R. service. Falls can happen at any age, but are more frequent with the elderly population due to loss of balance, co-ordination, muscle strength, motor skills, circulation (causing numbness) and eyesight. Falls are particularly disastrous as lack of reflex (catching oneself) and loss of bone density can result in debilitating injuries and long recoveries. Simple exercises can help replenish bone density and muscle strength, increase circulation and sharpen motor skills and balance. When the muscles of the legs and hips become weak, balance and mobility is greatly affected as the hip, knee and ankle joints rely heavily on the muscles being able to stabilize and support them. Getting to the gym can be quite a chore, so I designed these basic and weightless exercises to be performed in the home: Supine (lying on your back): Hip Raises: Lie on back with knees bent and arms at sides. Slowly lift hips up from floor or bed (keeping arms, shoulders and head down), hold for one second and slowly lower. Repeat for a count of 10 working up to three sets of 10. Straight Leg Raises: Lie on back with one knee bent, foot flat, and the other leg lying flat. Tighten stomach muscles (without holding

your breath) and slowly raise the straight leg until that leg and hip are at 90 degrees. Slowly lower back down. Repeat for 10 and then switch legs, working up to three sets of 10 on each leg. Seated: Leg Extension: Sitting with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, slowly raise lower leg until straight out in front. Hold for one second and then lower. Repeat for 10 and switch legs. Work up to three sets of 10 on each leg. Prayer stretch (for upper arms and upper back): Sit with palms together and elbows out (like prayer position). Keeping palms together, slowly raise hands up above head. Without holding your breath, try to draw in abdominal muscles when arms are fully extended above head and hold for 2 counts. Slowly lower hands back into starting position. Repeat 10 times. These simple exercises are designed to work and stretch the major muscles that control movement, balance and strength, and better results can be obtained from a customized work out plan. Also, as fitness level increases, adding weight will also improve strength and bone density. Please stop exercising if pain is felt or shortness of breath or dizziness. Lynda Linforth owns Train Inc., a personal training studio in Arcadia that offers fitness programs for all needs and abilities. Specializing in post rehab, all trainers are nationally certified through either ACE or NASM and Lynda is a Licensed Nutritionist. Please ask about our Self Defense and Bride and Bikini Boot Camp classes at 626 447 1049 or at


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Last Week’s Solution

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MARCH 19 - MARCH 25, 2009

Music News from 7 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. 3/27 RICK SHEA @ THE FULLERTON MUSEUM, 7pm. 301 N. Pomona Ave. 714-738-6545. “Fullerton Unplugged Spring Concert Series” acoustic show. $12 general admission/$10 members. Beer & wine available for purchase. Americana/Country. FRI. 3/27 CHICO’S BAIL BONDS @ THE DOCKSIDE BAR & GRILL, 9pm - 1am. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-9153474. No cover, full bar & kitchen. Semi-acoustic BLUES. This is tentative - call ahead! SAT. 3/27 HELLO FROM RENO @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table. Power Pop originals, and no - they’re not from Reno! http://www. SAT. 3/28 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. SAT. 3/28 7pm AND SUN. 3/29 - 2pm - ST. RITA’S DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “MACBETH”, starring my 12-year old nephew MAX BEHRENS in the title role! 322 N. Baldwin Ave. - in O’Malley Hall, downstairs from the Church. $3 admission, or FREE if you’re wearing a kilt (no kidding!) Bob Matheson is a likely candidate for that! SAT. 3/28 THE SUPERSTITIONS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:30 - 11:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Blues, R&B, Zydeco. SAT. 3/28 OLD CALIFORNIO @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No cover, full bar, cheap drinks. I can’t

wait to see this show! I’ve been listening to their soon-to-bereleased CD, “Westering Again” for the past several days (thank you Kim!) and loving it. Great original songs with true California heart and soul, “that combine the very best in folk and rock and country.” SAT. 3/28 WRECK ‘N’ SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH, 9pm - 1am. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-437-4453. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies & snazzy overalls! The Dupuy brothers, etc. SUN. 3/29 BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. SUN. 3/29 GRANT PARK SOFTBALL - ALL ARE WELCOME! NOT A LEAGUE - JUST FOR FUN & THE LOVE OF THE GAME! CORNER OF CORDOVA & MICHIGAN IN PASADENA, 3 BLOCKS WEST OF PCC. BATTING PRACTICE 12:30, GAME TIME ASAP. BRING YOUR GLOVE, BAT, CHAIR, ICE CHEST, GUITAR, UKULELE, ETC. SUN. 3/29 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 standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure! SUN. 3/29 “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! Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all... Hope to see you out & about, SierraMadreSue P.S. A Big Thank You To Mario At Cafe 322 For Putting Together All The Great Music At The Wistaria Festival, And To Steve Vargas & Greg Jorgenson For Doing The Sound At The Memorial Park Stage. I Was Remiss For Not Mentioning That In My Announcements On Sunday. Plus - An Even Bigger Thank You To All The Musicians And Volunteers That Made It One Of The Best Festivals Ever!

This Week in History 2003: U.S.-Led Forces Invade Iraq In 2003, U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq without the backing of the United Nations. The invasion was based on intelligence which supposedly indicated that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. This intelligence was later found to be inaccurate and no such weapons were ever found. Tens of thousands of Iraqis died during the invasion and subsequent occupation. In 2004 the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, declared the invasion illegal.

NOHO ARTS DIST RICT The historic El Portal Theatre was built in 1926 and is now showing “Falling Upward” by Ray Bradbury.

In one day I went from a garden full of Hollywood stars, to a pub in the middle of Ireland, to a delicious Indian restaurant. I spent the day in North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District. Known as the place “where the arts are made,” this one-square By Greg Aragon mile community is busting at the sidewalks with an eclectic array of theatres, art galleries, restaurants and dance studios. If you love cultural arts, you will love NoHo. The highlight of my getaway was catching a great version of Ray Bradbury’s play “Falling Upward” at the historic 1926 El Portal Theatre. Set in an Irish pub called “Heeber Finns” in County Kildare, the play revolves around regulars who spend their days and nights singing and pondering life. The story was written by Bradbury after he spent a year in Ireland working on the screenplay for “Moby Dick.” “[Falling Upward] is my life in Ireland and my life with Irish playwrights,” said Bradbury. In the course of the 110-minute comedy, the lads at the pub help victims of a bicycle crash and overcome their prejudices for foreign travelers when they discover that they have more in common with the strangers than they previously thought. In one of the show’s most memorable scenes, the men save numerous bottles of good, drinkable wine from being poured over a friend’s grave during his funeral. They come up with a better idea. They figure as long as the wine ends up in the grave it doesn’t necessarily matter how it gets there or who drinks it first! Directed by Tim Byron Owen, the play features some rousing Irish sing-alongs, and an impressive cast, with memorable performances by Pat Harrington (Garrity), Walter Berry (Father Leery), Mik Scriba (Heeber Fin), and Duff Dugan (Hanrahan). Before watching the “Falling Upward” matinee, I began my NoHo visit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, an organization dedicated to the advancement of creativity in telecommunications, and home of the Emmy Award. Located in an office complex, the Academy invites the public to tour its giant Hall of Fame Plaza where statues of Hollywood greats are immortalized in bronze. Highlights include Johnny Carson standing ready to tell a joke; Lucille Ball posing for a picture, and Jack Benny holding a violin. The centerpiece of the Plaza is 27-foot, 1,750-pound replica of the Emmy Award, resting atop a water fountain. After the play, I strolled down Lankershim Blvd and discovered Gallery 800 (, which was celebrating a new exhibit entitled “Woman! Images and Interpretations.” The display features hundreds of women in realistic and abstract pictures and paintings. I concluded my NoHo visit with dinner at Salomi Indian & Bangladesh Restaurant (www., where I enjoyed juicy Tandoori chicken wings, salad, and a succulent lamb tikka kabab. For more info on visiting NoHo Arts district, visit “Falling Upward” runs through April 5 at El Portal Theatre, located at 5269 Lankerhim Blvd, North Hollywood. 91601. Hours: Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 3pm. Tickets: $30/$40. For more info, visit www.

Re: GregÊs Getaway/Poppies are Coming I enjoyed the article about the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and have some information to add. The acreage was once owned by my motherÊs first cousin, Forrest Godde who is now 92 years old and still lives in Lancaster. His main crop was alfalfa, grown a few miles east, where his two sons now grow grapes. The land that the Poppy Reserve occupies, was where his cattle used to graze. Forrest donated the 1800 acre parcel to the County of Los Angeles with the agreement that it would remain open space. There are many trailposts and vista points with the Godde name on them, like this one pictured here, that looks over the hill towards Tehachapi. I visited the Reserve last spring and enjoyed the fabulous display of gold all around me. Knowing that this beautiful spread used to belong to one of my family members is almost as cool as having a 115 year old Wistaria Vine in your backyard! -SierraMadreSue Behrens


MARCH 19 - MARCH 25, 2009

Home & Garden

Top 1% of Prudential Realtors Nationwide Reni Rose (626) 355-8400 110 Coburn, Sierra Madre Offered at $1,448,000.

A Perfect 10 -- Stunning is the only way to describe it - Built in 2004, this magnificent 3500+ sf home is one of a kind. There are 3 large master suites (one downstairs) including an impressive secluded master with sumptuous bath and tranquil view of the mountains/valley, plus the Jack & Jill bedrooms and 5 baths. Other features include soaring ceilings, expansive windows, large family room, gourmet kitchen & breakfast area with window seating, wood flooring, plantation shutters & more. Call today for more details and for a private showing of the PERFECT 10!

838 Wick Lane, Glendora Offered at $1,295,000.

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.

2075 Santa Anita Avenue Offered at $1,195,000.

Special Financing creates an awesome opportunity to own this prestigious home in North Sierra Madre and an added bonus of ARCADIA SCHOOLS. Even Julia Childs would love the remodeled kitchen and new appliances. With over 3,000 sf of luxury on a 15,000 sf lot you can enjoy the sounds of the backyard waterfall or simply relax in the spa. Your family and guests will arrive on the circular driveway and enter to enjoy the many amenities including 2 family rooms, wood flooring, plus 5 spacious bedrooms and 3 updated baths. Call for details on the special financing being offered.


1946 Alta Oaks, Arcadia Offered at $1,150,000.

Offering Arcadia Schools, this home is located is the highly desirable “Highlands” community of North Arcadia. It has been lovingly maintained for the past 44 years and was updated in 1997. The rooms are spacious and light filled. The 12,781 sf lot offers a spacious back yard with sparkling pool, mountain view, lanai and patio. The home is 2,217 sf with a family room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces and CA & heat. This one won’t last!

321 E. Grandview, Sierra Madre Offered at 1,075,000.

Alexandra Poer Sheridan

Extraordinary in Detail – This house has a rich blend of history and craftsmanship. It was built in the 1890’s and its design reflects discriminating taste and art. The master suite is enhanced with a spectacular view from the balcony and steam sauna. You can entertain handsomely in the large country kitchen or around the saltwater pool and spa. Additional features include: family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,621 sf home, 12,297 sf lot, tranquil mountain view and detached music room. If character, privacy and warmth are in your plans, this home is just right for you! Call to preview before it is too late.

-Photos By Terry Miller

2025 Carolwood, Arcadia, Ca

Cooking up a Storm at The Arboretum

Offered at $1,048,000.

Situated in Highland Oaks with awarding winning Arcadia Schools, this home offers: : 2,985 sq.ft. (which includes the 664 sq.ft. of basement) with a 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.

•By Meg Galli•

ed the prepping and cooking techniques to an elegant and fresh menu. The room was packed and buzzed with excitement. Those that weren’t right up front were able to see all they needed through a mirror that was set up in order to see what was cooking. As the session began I noticed one of their resident peacocks come in for a landing on the wall outside. Perhaps it was to get out of the storm but I like

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1912 S. 7th Place, Arcadia LI NE ST W IN G

thinking that he was there for the food as well. As Alexandra started prepping the Hangar Steaks with Salsa Verde she answered some of our questions with ease and confidence. As a chef I wanted to jump in and start cooking but I must say it was nice to get to relax, watch and eat. Tastes of t he Stea k were pa s sed around as we move d ont o the next course. The Steak was nice and juicy and the Salsa Verde added a great freshness layer as well as a nice saltiness. A s t he c hef moved on to the Chickpeas with Chermoula & Flatbread she explained the advantages of using dried chickpeas as opposed to the can variety. To prove her theory she had us taste each kind. The dried version was clearly the winner as they tasted nuttier and were able to absorb the flavors better. The Harissa Eggplant was appealing to the eyes and tasted fabulous, especially when

Offered at: $848,000

Close your eyes -- and picture your special home. This lovely updated home is really something special. Located in the much sought after Arcadia School District, this open and airy home features 3 fireplaces, a master suite with walk-in closet and luxurious new bath, Jack & Jill bedrooms, an oversized garage with tons of storage and a sparkling pool. Offers: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,355 sf home, a 7,196 sf lot, updated with copper plumbing, electrical, a new roof and is ready for you to just move in! To see this special home call 626-355-8400.

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.

1745 La Cresta, Pasadena N PR EW IC E

signed up for the “Fresh: Celebrating The Table” session with great anticipation. The day finally came and I headed out to the Arboretum in the middle of one of our rainstorms. Alexandra Poer Sheridan was the chef that demonstrat-

Offered at $848,000.

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, 2250 sq.ft.lot

50 W. Dayton, Pasadena Offered at $798,000 or lease $3,200/mo. Old Town Pasadena – truly urban living at its finest! This dramatic loft-style, single level condo located on the top floor is just steps from fine dining, shops, theaters and the Gold Line. The complex epitomizes today’s trend of a live/ work lifestyle – ideal for the sophisticated buyer looking for an ultra modern living environment complete with industrial design elements. Features: soaring 14-foot ceilings, fireplace, stainless steel accents, GE Monogram stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, separate laundry room, 1379 Sq. Ft., 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Balconies, 2 parking spaces.

180 Santa Anita Court, Sierra Madre LI NE ST W IN G

The Los Angeles Arboretum is one of my favorite places. The Gardens are beautiful and artfully manicured, Lucky Baldwin’s Coach Barn makes one imagine the carriage horses that spent time there and the gift shop is the perfect place to find something for your own garden or a great gift. I became a member the first day that I visited. For about $60 you can get a family membership that gets you free admission (for 2 adults and 1 child) to The Arboretum as well as various botanical gardens throughout the country. You also get discounted prices on events, early access to the park to get in your morning walk and discounts at participating garden centers. In addition to events, The Arboretum also offers up a variety of classes. They have everything from Horticulture & Gardening classes to Fitness in the Garden to Art in the Garden. The Cooking in the Garden Series showcases some of the areas great chefs and fresh ingredients. I had

Offered at $608,000

This cottage has loads of curb appeal and is located just a short walk to the quaint village of Sierra Madre & Sierra Vista Park. The inviting and open floor plan will inspire you to entertain or simply have a quiet evening at home. This 1165 sq. ft. home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The lot is 6,318 sq. ft. There is a 400 sq.ft. attic which will be great for storage. The yard has been professionally landscaped and has auto sprinklers.

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12 MARCH 19 - MARCH 25, 2009

Books from 1 for Library resources and programs. The Sierra Madre Public Library, located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, is open Monday through Wednesday from Noon to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.. to 6 p.m. (626) 355-7186,


City to Host Community Workshop on Housing Element Update

The upcoming Housing Element Update will set forth the City of Sierra Madre’s housing strategy for the 2008-2014 period to address existing and future housing needs. The Community Workshop will provide an overview of the Housing Element and provide you an opportunity to give your valuable input on the housing needs faced by Sierra Madre’s residents. This event is a chance to come and share your thoughts and ideas on the following: •What are the greatest strengths of Sierra Madre’s housing and neighborhoods? •What are Sierra Madre’s most important housing needs? •What options should the City pursue to address its housing needs within the Housing Element? •What sites are appropriate for future housing growth? The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Sierra Madre Room of the Community Recreation Center, located at 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd.




Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m., Stephanie Vitale will present Editing—What Every Writer Needs to Know, at the Sierra Madre Public Library Drawing on 35 years of experience as an author, editor, and scriptwriter, Ms. Vitale will provide editing tips and discuss why knowing how to edit yourself is a vital skill every writer needs to develop. Learn how to give your manuscript that “extra edge,” and what editors and publishers will look for when deciding whether to accept or reject a submission. This event is free to the public. For more information, please contact the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, (626) 355-7186, or visit the Library’s website,

One person was critically injured and two others suffered injuries in a natural gas explosion which occurred outside a diaper service at California Boulevard and Raymond Avenue on Monday afternoon at approximately 4:15pm. Initially it appeared that natural gas tanks had exploded in a Diaper/Linen delivery vehicle , one was sent flying 200 feet in the air and landed on the pavement at Fair Oaks. The fire dept. says the workers were possibly filling a storage tank with compressed natural gas when the explosion occurred. The three men, all employees of the company, were transported to nearby Huntington Memorial Hospital. Two of the men suffered severe burns and injuries; one is in critical condition, the other is in serious condition. A third man suffered what firefighters describe as “blast syndrome” which includes symptoms such as disorientation,

-Photos By Terry MIller

dizziness as well as severe ringing in the ears. One to three tanks reportedly exploded. One tank shot hundreds of feet into the air and land-

ed about 100 yards away on Fair Oaks outside a newly completed building. Miraculously no one was hurt on the street from the falling cylinder.

U.S. EPA JOINS PASADENA FOR NASA JPL SUPERFUND SITE WATER TREATMENT PLANT GROUNDBREAKING The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the City of Pasadena, Calif. and NASA today to celebrate the groundbreaking for a facility that will remove perchlorate and other chemicals from the groundwater near the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Superfund site. “The EPA is pleased to support the Monk Hill water treatment plant, which will bring clean water to the people of Pasadena and prevent further migration of perchlorate in the groundwater basin.” said Keith Takata, the U.S. EPA’s Superfund Director for the Pacific Southwest Region. Approximately 7,000 gallons per minute of perchlorate and volatile organic compounds will be removed; this treated water will later be chloraminated and serve as drinking water for area residents. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a 176-acre site in Pasadena, placed on the EPA’s National

Priorities List—also known as Superfund list— in 1992. Approximately 120,840 people live within four miles of the site, and an estimated 68,000 people obtain drinking water from municipal wells within that area. Surrounding Pasadena water wells have been shut down due to perchlorate and volatile organic compounds contamination. Perchlorate is a component of solid rocket fuel and certain types of fertilizers, and can affect the thyroid gland. Volatile organic compounds are used decades as industrial cleaning solvents, and can cause nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, and liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage. The City of Pasadena will own and operate the plant. NASA is funding construction and operating costs. Completion is anticipated in 2010. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex un-

controlled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country posing the greatest long-term threat to public health and the environment. For more information on the EPA’s Superfund program, please npl/current.htm

MARCH 19 - MARCH 25 , 2009



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-Photos By Terry Miller

thousands of visitors trample through her yard every year in spring to see this Guinness Book of Records holder. “I love to share this natural wonder with the community,” she said.

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One of the highlights aside from the purple haze, was that of the music provided by numerous bands throughout the day – of particular note was the blues band The Superstitions and the always incredible Mercy Powell who appeared at the Jailhouse Inn Stage.


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The last two sentences of the Municipal Code are of particular interest and I would strongly recommend that those who agree with me on this matter, do exactly that next time trees are in jeopardy. We will as the local weekly newspaper, file an appeal in the future. So take a moment and get involved and perhaps next time we can save some trees instead of this all-too-common situation in Los Angeles County. Section 12.20.045 Tree planting, removal, trimming on public streets--Permission required--Standards--Appeals... On second thought, here are some better words about trees...

These ficus trees have been in the city longer than most people can remember, in fact; we tried to find out how old the trees are without success. It bears notice that when the next Tree Commission meets, we should all take a deep breath and attend one of these meetings and voice our dismay over the ever-growing movement to de forest our cities. We’ve included this part of the municipal code in Sierra Madre. Perhaps we could all make a difference. If we participated in the government process and filed appeals on behalf of the trees that cannot speak for themselves, then, and only then would we have a greener Sierra Madre with less pollution and more

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By: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)


I THINK that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earthÊs sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. “Trees” was originally published in Trees and Other Poems. Joyce Kilmer. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1914.

Contact Terry at tmiller@ or 626.301.1010

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Bonsai Show at the Huntington From its ancient origins in China and Japan, the art of creating miniature bonsai trees has grown in popularity to become an international hobby. Today, bonsai reflects the nationalities, philosophies, and regional plants of enthusiasts worldwide. The word bonsai literally means a tree planted in a pot. The chosen specimen can be reclaimed from nature—a gnarled and half-dead stump coaxed i n t o b e a r i n g ne w life. Trees can a lso be

grown from seeds or cuttings. Japanese black pine, maple, a nd ju n iper a re popular choices, but nontraditional plants also are used. Over a period of years or decades, the trees are painstakingly pruned to stimulate growth and trained with wire to shape branches and trunks. The goal is to achieve nat-

uralistic or stylized beauty on a small scale. Given proper care, bonsai can live for hundreds of years. Known as penjing in China, miniature trees can be found in Chinese scroll

art, poetry, and even mythology dating as far back as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25221 A.D.), and tomb paintings from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) portray attendants carrying potted trees as offerings for the dead. Buddhist monks from China introduced miniature trees to Japan sometime around the 13th century. There the art form became highly formalized, reaching its peak in the 17th and 18th centuries. Bonsai gained worldwide exposure—and fashionable acclaim—at the Paris World Exposition in 1900. Today, bonsai is enjoyed by devotees around the world who lend their own cultural interpretations, as well as their native trees, to the

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1250 Canedo Place. This wonderful family home with 3bdrm 2bth is located in the San Rafael Hill Area. This home offers privacy & seclusion. Charming updated interior, warm, sunny, extra large windows and French doors, lush green views, remodeled gourmet kitchen, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, hardwood floors, formal dining room, patio w/BBQ, direct access garage and so much more. Must See!!! (C1250)



3 bedrooms, 1 ¾ baths, fireplace, 1540 sq.ft., new roof, separate formal dining room & eat in kitchen, master suite with bath. 6808 sf.ft. lot (M3542)

Stunning Tuscan masterpiece on estate sized lot. Cathedral ceilings, foyer w/ custom iron front door, grand master suite with retreat, formal dining room with coffered ceilings. Excellent Arcadia schools. (B2002)

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Home Buyers can Receive $18,000 in Tax Credits •BY BILL PETERS•

A combination of California tax credit and the expanded federal tax credit has been passed by Congress and the state legislature so that qualified buyers of new homes can receive up to $18,000 in tax credits. Both programs differ as to eligibility and those thinking of purchasing a new home should check websites to see the offers. Congress expanded the federal first-time home buyer

tax credit when it adopted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. California’s legislature recently allocated $100 million in tax credits for purchasers of new homes. Developers, anxious to promote these programs, are touting these benefits in sales brochures as part of project disclosures. Information on these two benefit programs are available on the internet. The National Association

Cooking from 13 year’s LA Garden Show is A accompanied by the yogurt and tahini sauce. At this point the volunteers started passing out glasses of wine and Alexandra moved on to dessert… Pistachio Macaroons…yum! As I left the Arboretum I noticed that the Peacock was still there, waiting for leftovers I presumed. As I ran to my car in between the raindrops I was already looking forward to visiting soon and learning more. The Great Tomato Sale & Talk on March 25th is presented by Steve Goto and is a must for anyone growing Tomatoes this year (this event is free to the public). The theme of this

Festival of Flavors (May 1-3, 2009). They will be showcasing edible plants and have a great panel of facilitators for their Garden Chats. Alexandra Poer Sheridan is a self-taught chef who owns her on Altadena based catering company. For more information please contact her at The Arboretum is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (admission closes at 4:30 pm). They are located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia. For more information on classes please contact Jill Berry at 626.821.4624 or online at

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enrichment of the art form. The California Bonsai Society will present its 52nd annual show on Saturday and Sunday, March 28–29, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. More than 100 beautiful specimens will be on display, skillfully created by bonsai masters. In conjunction with this year’s show, an exhibit of Chinesestyle “scholar’s rocks” in African malachite will also be on view. Hours for both events are from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall. Admission is free. For additional information call (626) 405-2100 or go to

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Monrovia’s First Historic District Dedicated non-contributors are also under the Commission’s purview; however do not currently receive tax

benefits under the Code. They do receive a reduction in the cost of planning permits.

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Most of them were designed by the Tifal brothers, Gustav, Charles and William, and were built in the early part of the 20th century. The City Council designated the street as an Historic District in February of 2008, but the signs were not completed until recently. Six of the homes in the new district will be open to the public for tours on Mother’s Day during the Monrovia Historical Preservation Group’s annual tour along with the Historical Museum. Nine of the homes on Wildrose have received individual Historic Designation status which qualified the street for the Historic District designation. This gives the homes special protections, and puts them under the supervision

of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. In return the properties receive certain tax savings according to the staff report prepared by Craig Jimenez of the city’s planning division. According to that report “If a district is established, all properties located within the boundaries of the district, whether they are considered historic or not, are under the purview of the Historic Preservation Commission when exterior changes are proposed.” Unfortunately homes that are not eligible for individual Historic Designation are treated as are those which do qualify, but do not yet receive special consideration. Exterior changes to

Monrovia City Council Candidate addresses concerns about a “chronic speeders” on Monrovia Streets. Eat, drink, mingle and discuss Monrovia’s future with Residents, Local Merchants and Community & Civic Leaders. Gather your thoughts, comments and suggestions on how

we can all work together to help make Monrovia. Event to be held at Paint ‘N Play 418 S. Myrtle Ave. on Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact: Citizens to Elect Clarence Shaw for Monrovia City Council at (626) 6225060 or

Famous Dollmaker Signs Dolls at, where else, Dollmakers’ Kattywompus

•By Susan Motander•

On St. Patrick’s Day, the city of Monrovia unveiled the signs designating its first Historic District on 300 block of Wildrose Avenue between Canyon and California. Appropriately as the new district was being celebrated, the chimes at St. Luke’s church began to play -- what else -- “My Wild Irish Rose.” There are 18 dwellings in the district which includes three on Canyon and one on California. The vast majority of the homes are in the Craftman Bungalow style.

-Photos By Terry Miller

Dollmakers’ Kattywompus in Monrovia held a special artist’s reception on Saturday afternoon. The famed dollmaker Alen Haljavec was on hand to sign some of his unique Juku Couture, Jacks Pacific, limited edition dolls.

Scores of eager customers lined up at 2pm for the event. Dollmakers’ was the first store to carry the limited edition line of dolls, prior to the more mass merchandised dolls which will soon be available at Target.


MARCH 19 - MARCH 25, 2009

TheGoodLife By Wally Hage


Calling all Proud Parents of Local Soon to be Graduates!

booth. The sign as you enter the corridor read, “Walk down the path and discover”! This was so very intriguing because I had never seen that reference, anywhere. It had always been a charming little story about my wife as a little girl. So how could you not saunter down the corridor to that cozy little corner store? As delightful as the name of the quaint shop was, so equally delightful was an unusually big assortment of unique cards and gifts, and certainly I could not overlook the delightful and most cordial owner, Deb Doumitt. In spite of the down turn in our American economy, there are still many friendly, gracious, affable and interesting, entrepreneurial shop owners wanting to know you, not just sell you! It is such fun to slow your life down once in awhile and see the patch quilt beauty that exists all around us! Oh, yes, Deb’s daughter also had trouble annunciating names as a youngster and therefore called her older sister Isabella … Yes, that was the origin of that cute store name. What a wonderful day we had in ... in Sierra Madre...why don’t you try it ... you too will experience an exhilarating day! This charming store is located at 24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Suite B in Sierra Madre. E-mail comments to wallythegoodlife@ at&

Now is the time to show your new graduate just how proud of them you are! A congratulatory advertisement in your local community newspaper is the perfect way to highlight the accomplishments of your graduate as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives. Published in our special Graduation Recognition section on the week of their big day, this exciting keepsake will keep the memories alive for years to come.


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Now that is a title to titillate your imagination! First ... what is the word? Perhaps at first glance ... it just might be the way that you describe this weekly column! Bla, Bla, Bla. But of course “Blah” is spelled with an H at the end of the word! So it would then be Blah, Blah, Blah. Oh yes, and how many times have you heard some one with a mouth full of words carry on an inane conversation using that term Blah, Blah, Blah, over and over? is not a French word, nor is it part of the musical scale, do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, do. Now, your guess could be that it means ... Be LA, since that is the “Big City” Los Angeles, and that it might refer to someone who is in tune with all that is going on in L.A. Well the title of this column really is ... sounded out phonically ... Bee.Law, this was the very endearing term that my darling wife, as a two year old little girl called her big brother Billy. Now, here is the very cute story. While strolling down the avenue one day, in the city of Sierra Madre, with nothing else to do but to enjoy the beautiful, February sunshine and all of the quaint shops as we passed them by. Hidden down one of the many old fashioned corridors was a tiny little card and gift shop no bigger than an oversize telephone



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Californians, who change their own oil, purchase more than 20 million oil filters annually. However, less than 10% are recycled. Statewide approximately 1.2 million gallons of used motor oil is being landfilled, trapped in an oil filter instead of being recycled. When you complete your oil change - finish the job, take your used oil and filters to a Certified Collection Center for recycling.


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Social Whirl

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Cecilia Rasmussen Draws Sold-Out Audience I had read her fascinating fact-filled column, “L.A. Then & Now,” in the Los Angeles Times for years. But that did not prepare me for this witty animated speaker who revealed scandalous facts about infamous and not so infamous women of the past. Rasmussen kept her audience laughing and sometimes shocked, but hanging on every word. For my women readers, a little known bit of trivia she passed on. Vibrators were the fifth small appliance electrified (even before the vacuum) in the U.S. I’ll leave you with that!

Monrovia League members (l-r) Florine Alexander, Ann Von der Ahe (president), and Beryl Burridge at the recent annual luncheon held at Santa Anita Golf Course clubhouse. Monrovia Police officer Valenzuela was guest speaker. (R) Cecilia Rasmussen, former L.A. Times writer, shows her book “LA Unconventional” to Debbie Anderson (president) and Lauragene Swenson (benefit chair) at Panhellenic “Dollars for Scholars” luncheon.

South Pacific in Concert A reminder - this Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m., at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. This will be a knock-out performance with the music you love, brought to you by San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre. For tickets, call (626) 282-1440. An enchanted evening.

The star of the afternoon, Hazel Williams (center), with daughter Li Gayle Coughlin, and granddaughter, Sharon Wiborg, at her 95th birthday luncheon and program honoring Hazel. The honoree has a lifetime of volunteering. The past 11 years, she has been the guiding force behind the Shoe box Grandmas of the Presbyterian Church in Arcadia.

Wizardry was Flying High on Way to Oz It was the Shakespeare League’s best production since 1992. That is the year I became a devoted fan. However, it was their 63rd benefit production. Witches were flying high with mystical fire shooting out of brooms; monkeys were swooping; soldiers (in handsome costumes) were marching, and the Wizard scared everybody speaking through technical magic, while Dorothy and her three friends, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow, captivated the audience on their mythological odyssey to Oz. The costumes were outstanding (courtesy of Fullerton Civic Light Opera). The pyrotechnic effects (J.S. Marsh and Scott Ward) deserve kudos. The dramatic effect they added was tremendous. The major credit goes to the amazing organizational efforts of League members, Lani Ridley (Pedrini), drama chair/producer, and her committee and the talented cast. We say applause, applause. Special curtain calls to the wonderful professionals - the director, Bill Shaw; Richard Allen, music director, and Rikki Lugo, choreographer. A new talent entered this group - David Miller who led and organized the new Shakespeare League All-Star Community Orchestra, comprised of high school and college musicians from the San Gabriel Valley. They were great. The March 6th opening night was at the beautiful Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

Alissa Anderegg, star of the Shakespeare League of Pasadena 2009 musical The Wizard of Oz. (As Dorothy) Alissa is the granddaughter of former longtime Arcadians Mary Fran and Bart Anderegg of Ramona Road.

Adorable Munchkins post after The Wizard of Oz opening night at the Ambassador Auditorium on March 6th.

Spring has Sprung at Sierra Madre Woman’s Club The club invites you to salute spring at their luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, March 28, 11:30 a.m., in “Essick House,” their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Magnolia of Arcadia, with owner Karen Crisci commentating, will present the fashions. Members of the club will model the clothing and accessories from the popular boutique. A backdrop of spring decorations by Lillias Eubanks brighten the occasion. Tickets are $25, and are available by calling benefit chair Mary Alice Cervera, (626) 294-9016.

(L-r) Arcadia Historical Museum curator, Dana Dun, with Martha and Walter McNall at his opening art exhibit.

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(L-r) Munchkin Therese Hawes with Lani Ridley (Pedrini) producer, at V.I.P. preshow reception. Shown here with the original costumes of the Cowardly Lion and the good witch of the north from 20th Century Fox Studios.

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5:47 PM – Arrest, Driving Under the Influence, Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist showed symptoms of intoxication. The motorist failed the field sobriety tests and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The motorist was transported to Pasadena police jail facility for further testing, booking and housing. 6:31 PM – Arrest, Court Order Violation, 300 block of Grove Street. Officers were summoned to a call of a disturbance. Further investigation revealed the neighbor causing the disturbance violated the conditions of a restraining order. The neighbor was arrested for the court order violation and transported to Pasadena police jail facility for booking and housing.

Monday, March 2nd: 3:41 PM – Arrest, Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License, 100 block of N. Mountain Trail Ave. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist was driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license. The motorist was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and was later released, on a written promise to appear.

Tuesday, March 3rd: 12:56 PM – Theft of Identity, Van Nuys, CA. The victim discovered that someone fraudulently used the information on his ATM/ Credit Card and purchased a computer at a Radio Shack store in Van Nuys. The reported loss was $1,285.17. 4:35 PM – Grand Theft Auto, 1900 block of Vista Ave. The victims reported their silver, 2003, Honda, Accord, was stolen from their driveway. The theft occurred between Monday, 3/2/09, at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, 3/3/09, at 4:00 p.m. 6:48 PM – Arrest, Unlicensed Driver, Baldwin Ave. south of Orange Grove Ave. The motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation, revealed the driver was unlicensed to drive. The motorist was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and was later released, on a written promise to appear.

Wednesday, March 4th:

Friday, March 6th: 1:49 PM – Auto Burglary, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. The victim parked her car in the parking lot at about 12:30 p.m. The victim returned to her car at 1:45 p.m. and found that someone smashed the front passenger door window. The suspect(s) took a bag, which contained personal belongings from the interior of the car and fled. The loss was valued at approximately $25.00.

Saturday, March 7th: 4:42 AM – Arrest, Outstanding Criminal Warrant, 100 block Esperanza Ave. Officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle. Further investigation revealed that one of the people involved with the suspicious car had an outstanding warrant from San Bernardino. The man was arrested and transported to Sierra Madre Police Department for booking. 12:14 PM – Arrest, Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License, Sunnyside Ave. and Montecito Ave. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist was driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license. The motorist was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and was later released, on a written promise to appear.


Sunday, March 1: Shortly before 1:00 p.m., an anonymous caller advised that there was a possible drunk driver at the In-N-Out drive thru, and he was also seen drinking a bottle of beer. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 00 block of East Newman. A 31-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted and officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and person. It was determined that he was operating the vehicle while under the influence and a 12-pack of beer was also found in the backseat. The man was arrested for DUI, unlicensed driver, and five outstanding misdemeanor warrants. A victim came to the station around 5:47 p.m. to file an identity theft report. On February 21, the victim checked her bank account history and discovered unauthorized money transfers totaling almost $4,350.

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Thursday, March 5th:

Around 3:30 p.m. a victim came to the station to report a fraud incident. The victim’s unlocked vehicle was burglarized in late February and he thought that only a duffle bag was stolen and did not report the incident. On March 2, he went online to check his bank information and discovered that his account was overdrawn. He then realized that the suspect had taken his checkbook from the glove compartment, forged his signature on a check, and cashed it for $575.

7:25 AM – Arrest, Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License, Sierra Madre Blvd. and Lima St. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed the motorist was driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license. The motorist was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and was later released, on a written promise to appear.

Loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained an 18-year-old male Hispanic and a 17-year-old female Hispanic for theft. The suspects concealed merchandise in a shopping bag and left the store without making payment. Private persons’ arrests were made, and the suspects were taken into custody for commercial burglary and con-

6:43 PM – Arrest, Unlicensed Driver, Baldwin Ave. and Orange Grove Ave. The motorist was stopped for an equipment violation. Further investigation, revealed the motorist’s driver’s license was expired. The motorist was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and was later released, on a written promise to appear.

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Tuesday, March 3: A victim came to the station to report that a grand theft occurred at the Santa Anita Golf Course between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered the unlocked vehicle and removed the victim’s purse from the rear floorboard. The total reported loss was about $1,170. Around 11:45 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 800 block of Arcadia. A resident claimed that he saw a male Hispanic juvenile suspect in the living room area, and another resident later discovered cash missing. The suspect may have entered the residence through an unsecured window.

Wednesday, March 4: Units responded to the Westfield mall parking lot around 4:42 p.m. regarding an attempted robbery that just occurred. A female victim advised that she was walking to her car when she saw a male subject riding a bicycle, and he was watching her intently. Shortly thereafter, a female suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and tried to pull it from her grasp. The victim was able to maintain her hold and wrenched it away from the suspect. A 16-year-old female Hispanic suspect was later apprehended and arrested. She was subsequently transported to Eastlake Juvenile Hall. Her 15-year-old male Caucasian boyfriend, who acted as a lookout, was later apprehended by Monrovia Police. Three auto burglaries occurred on South First between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Two burglaries occurred in the 1400 block and the other in the 500 block. In all the burglaries, unknown suspect(s) broke the vehicles’ windows and removed property.

Thursday, March 5: Around 8:50 a.m., a victim came to the station to report a grand theft that occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 24-Hr. Fitness, 125 North First. Unknown suspect(s) gained entry into the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole her wallet, passport, camera, and gift cards. Her wallet and passport was later recovered by Westfield mall security at the Peacock parking structure; however, her credit card had already been used to make unauthorized purchases. 10. Between 12:39 p.m. and 12:45 p.m., a commercial burglary occurred at One Stop Dollar Store, 1225 South Baldwin. A male African-American suspect entered the store, proceeded to the rear office, and then opened the back door so another male African-American suspect could enter. The suspects stole cash from the business and then fled from the scene.

Friday, March 6: Around 9:14 a.m., a victim came to the station to file a grand theft report. The victim had ordered light fixtures and was waiting for them to be delivered. She later discovered that UPS had dropped off three packages on her front porch on January 15 and were later stolen. The total loss was about $1,000. 12. Units responded to Wells Fargo Bank, 211 East Foothill, around 5:47 p.m. regarding

a female suspect attempting to cash a forged check. Investigation revealed that the 21-yearold female Hispanic had stolen the check from the victim, made the check out to herself, forged the victim’s signature, and then attempted to cash it. She was arrested at the scene without incident.

Saturday, March 7: A strong-arm robbery occurred at the Westfield mall parking lot around 1:00 a.m. A female victim was walking to her car when a male Hispanic suspect, 25 years of age, 5’6”, approached and pulled her purse from her grasp. He then ran to a waiting green Honda Civic and fled the scene. Around 10:10 p.m., another strong-arm robbery occurred in the 1100 block of Arcadia. A male victim was walking down the street when two male Hispanic suspects pushed him against a tree. One suspect held him against the tree while the other took the victim’s cell phone. The victim was punched on the side of the head and then the suspects fled in a dark four-door sedan. An area search was conducted, but the suspects were not located.

MONROVIA Vehicle Burglary. On March 5 at 4:29 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported she parked her vehicle in a parking lot at 9:20 a.m. When she returned to her vehicle at 4:19 p.m., she found the front passenger side window broken. She checked her vehicle and found a small amount of cash was missing from inside the center console. Investigation continuing.

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Grand Theft Auto Recovery. On March 6 at 8:28 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 1300 block of South Magnolia when he discovered a possible stolen vehicle. A computer check of the license plate confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen to El Monte Police Department on March 2, 2009. The vehicle is a 1989 Honda Civic and the interior was partially stripped. Residential Burglary. On March 6 at 3:58 p.m., officers went to the 300 block of Bradoaks regarding a burglary. The victim reported someone stole jewelry from the residence and that the crime possibly occurred on March 5. There were no signs of forced entry and no damage or ransacking was apparent. Investigation continuing.

Search Warrant / Ex-felon With a Firearm / Weapons Violations / Subjects Arrested. On March 6 at

3:36 p.m., Monrovia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and patrol officers went to a residence in the 1100 block of South Alta Vista to serve a search warrant. During the search, they found one subject in possession of a sawed-off shotgun. He was arrested for the charge of ex-felon with a firearm. A second subject was in possession of automatic switch-

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Grand Theft. On March 7 at 12:07 p.m., police received a call from a business in the 500 block of South Myrtle and calls from several citizens reporting a grab and run from a jewelry store. Officers responded to the area and several subjects matching the description of the suspect were stopped, but the suspect was not located. Investigation continuing.

Hit and Run Collision. On March 8 at 1:49 a.m., a silver Ford F150 truck was seen leaving a bar in the 300

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Blanche from 17 Blanche Risk celebrated her birthday last week with her family. That may not usually be a newsworthy event, but Miss Risk is rather good at celebrating her birthday. She has done it more often than most. She celebrated her 104th birthday. She attributes her longevity to a few things. “The man upstairs is not ready for me yet,” she said. She also credits the library with keeping her mind in good shape and the spa with doing the same for her body. While she never marr ied, she sa id t hat a s a first grade teacher she had “hundreds and hundreds of children, all first graders.” She made certain that all of her students learned to read and to square dance.

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LOST & FOUND LOST Lebanese passportname: Sarkis Kechichian lost since 02/18/09 please contact Sarkis at (626) 524-9624 Thanks You Part of that time teaching was spent in Fairbanks, Alaska before it became Alaska became a state. She recently wrote about the experience for Alaska’s 50th anniversar y celebration. The following is from what she wrote for the state’s Educator’s Historical Society: “I am a retiree from the Fairbanks School and the oldest ‘retired’ STILL getting a pension from Juneau. I’m sure they are saying ‘Is that old broad still living.’” “I was in Alaska before it became a state, Fairbanks was a small town. Only one main street, as many bars as churches, only one school, kg. through High School, few teachers on shift teaching, all friends. Celebrating birthdays, trying to adjust to ‘God’s frozen County.’”



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