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A series of hearts with notes and cards of remembrance as part of a tribute placed outside Mayflower Kindergarten teacher Maggie Clark’s classroom Monday. The veteran teacher died in a car accident over the weekend. - Photo by Terry Miller Maggie Clark, 44, a was traveling by car to a teaching a kindergarten her students academic, soteacher at Mayflower El- conference in the Inland class. Counseling is be- cial and emotional needs.”  ementary School in Mon- Empire with fellow teacher ing made available for her Collins further described rovia was killed over the Janet Dunbar Just outside students along with any her as “one of the ‘anchors weekend in a traffic acci- of Hemet a large  truck others at the school  all teachers’ of young children who help  prepare dent while on her way to a jumped the center divider week. school conference.  Monro- and plowed into their car. Debbie Collins, the them for their educational via Unified School District Clark was killed; Dun- Associate Superintendent careers.” A s a n ex a mple of representatives said their bar is at home recovering of the Monrovia Schools first priority was to ensure from a broken leg and is in charge of Human Re- Clark’s dedication, Colt hat proper counseling expected to make a full sources, described Clark lins cited the fact that the was immediately available recovery.  as a very private person veteran teacher was on her for her students and othClark had taught at “who was dedicated to way to one in a  seminars ers at the highly honored Mayflower school for over each of her classes every she on her own time. “Even school. twenty years, starting in year.  She did everything Continued on Page 13 On Saturday, Clark 1988, and was currently she could to take care of

Boys and Girls Club Aids Pro Active Tutoring Program The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills has come to the aid of the Pro Active Tutoring program of the Monrovia School District. The Club has made a donation to the PAT program which will make matching funds available to provide tutoring at Monrovia High School as well as both Clifton and Santa Fe Middle Schools. Duke Freyermuth who

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Back to Business for Sierra Madre Council Sierra Madre’s Council Chambers was standing room only on Tuesday evening as the first official meeting of the newly elected council members got underway. A water conservation slide show and side show were the first order of business. The Water District has created a new water education and conservation program in partnership with its member cities and participating youth

groups. The program features H2OWL, a new mascot that will visit schools, parks, and community and business events to increase awareness and participation in water conservation activities. The Owl was warmly greeted when he approached the front of the council chambers. The next order of business was the replacement of the city’s street

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Monrovia Day Activities to Center on Fire Department Centennial By Susan Motander This Saturday is Monrovia Day, the annual celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Monrovia. This year the festivities will center around the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Monrovia Fire Department. This year the festivities will begin early at 7:00 a.m. when the Chili Cook Off between various local fire departments. The judging for this cook off will culmi-

nate in the judging at 12:30 p.m. The cookoff will be held on East Lemon starting at Myrtle Avenue. While the chili is being prepared the annual Monrovia Day Parade which will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. The parade will step off from the corner of Olive and Myrtle and proceed north on Myrtle Avenue to Palm Avenue. Includied in this year’s parade will be several vintage

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Portantino Congratulates AHS Constitution Team, Coaches on National Championship Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) went to Kevin Fox’s Gov. Class at Arcadia High School on Friday morning to present the Arcadia High School Constitution team with Certificates of Recognition for their national title. Team member Madyson Cassidy, pictured at the right, told Portantino she was going to be the first woman President of the

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Anthony Portantino congratulates Madyson Cassidy of Constitution Team after her team won the National title. - Photo by Terry Miller


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Last week I promised that if you would be kind to a n a nima l, I would come back this week with a chuckle. I’m going to assume you were and share these thoughts that came to my e-mail. See if you agree: 1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your comuter history if you die. 2. Not hing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong. 2. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. 5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? 6. Was learning cursive really necessary? 7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out

of my neighborhood. 8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. 9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired. 10. Bad decisions make good stories. 11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection...again. 13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to. 14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means “do not buy this”. 15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring, but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice-

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SOS ... This is a distress signal. The Information Age has attacked every aspect of our lives. Everyone is collecting Data on our personal lives. The “Fraud Freaks” and Data Collecting Creeps are invading our privacy continuously. Shop on line for a product and soon you are bombarded with e-mails wanting to sell more of what you just purchased. The Cable Company knows what you watch, grocery stores know what and how much you purchase. Pay a bill on line and within days some Fraud Freak acting as though it was your bank wants more information on your bank account or credit card activity. Fraudulent E-mail with official looking logos telling you if you do not update your personal account with AOL or other frequently used services, that your account will be closed. They are in hopes that you will send info that can be used in their attempt at Identity Theft. Even the simple act of putting a letter in your mailbox with the flag up for pickup can breach our privacy and compromise bank accounts. Not long ago I put a utility bill with a check out for pickup. Within the hour the Mail Delivery Person wrote me a note stating that the box flag was up but there was no letter to pick up. Later conversations regarding the incident revealed that stolen mail both outgoing and incoming is now a common practice. With all of the WiFi, Bluetooth, Wireless and invasive listening devices and technologies available, it is possible to intercept your personal data. I recently received an E-mail from a family member telling me of a new data web site that outlined the names and telephone numbers of most all of our family members. The following information is not an attack on the “Spokeo Web site”, mentioned above in the title of this column, but it is intended as a warning to those who safeguard their

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May 13 - May 19, 2010

Smith-Asbury to Host May Mixer at Pinney House T he S ier r a m a d re Chamber of Commerce will host its May meeting on Thursday, May 20th at the Pinney House, N. Lima, Sierra Madre from 5:30 to 7p.m. Cost to attend is $10 for members of the Chamber and $15 for non-members. Since 1987, Smith-Asbury has served companies providing brand development and strategic marketing plans. Does “doing it the way you’ve always done it” still work? Find out at the Chamber’s May mixer.

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Did you know that the Santa Anita Racetrack was used as a Japanese-American relocation facility and army ordnance training camp during World War II? TV host and reporter Carolyn Conley will discuss these, and other fascinating facts in “The Lost Years: The History of Santa Anita Racetrack During WW II,” on Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Ms. Conley began her racing career as a groom and went on to exercise horses for a number of the

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ica for HRTV. This program is free and open to the public. 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.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on all major holidays. For information on all our Library activities and services, please call (626) 355-7186, or visit our website at www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.

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(l-r) Joe Santoro, former Monrovia Chief of Police, Detective Doney and Judge Bruce Mars having some fun at Doney’s retirement party last week. - Photo by Terry Miller Chief Joe Santoro who By Susan Motander attended the retirement After 29 years with to say, “For months I wonthe Monrovia Police De- dered who that person partment, Detective Rich was who showed up only Doney has ret ired and on paydays.” T he eveni ng wa s is preparing to move to Idaho for a more peaceful filled with jokes and stoexistence. The milestone ries at Doney’s expense, was marked with a retire- most of which cannot be ment dinner, that in his published in a newspaper own style Doney hosted of general circulation. However, there was himself paying for all the a serious side to the defood and refreshments. Doney was a rather tective. In recent years an enigma with MPD with he returned to complete ma ny people not even his career in the Monknowing that he worked rovia Detective Bureau. with them. For 19 of his There is developed two 29 years with the depart- of the more interesting ment he worked not at recent cases. His were MPD, but on assignment the Duarte Dirty Drug to the special drug en- Doctor Dilemma and the forcement team known Monrovia Mini Madoff as L.A. Impact. There he Madness. I n t y pica l Doney was assigned principally to helicopter surveillance style, he spent the evening serving as both a pilot and recognizing the efforts of others present, especially an observer. H i s prolonged ab - those who had had an imsence prompted retired pact on his career.

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Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz was on hand Tuesday for marion Melon’s 101st birthday party. - Photo by Terry Miller You’d never k now it upon meet i ng Ma r ion Melon, but this was a major milestone of a birthday. Marion Melon, a member of New Hor izons Senior Club, was treated to a special birt hday t reat Tuesday at the community center celebrat i ng 101 yea r s. Originally from Akron, Ohio Marion settled here to be close to her long time friend Betty Stiles,

also member of the club. On hand for the fun and getting a little help blowing out the candles was Monrovia Mayor Mar y A n n Lut z a nd C ousi n Pau l Stone a long w it h scores of f r iends f rom the club . We a s k e d M a r i o n what kept her looking so young. “Just good clean living I guess”, she said with an enchanting smile.

PUSD Plans Over 200 Layoffs Measure CC's Failure Blamed for Cuts The Pasadena Unified school board agreed to cut 158 teachers and 74 support staff Tuesday eveninganother drastic measure to curb the projected multimillion dollar deficit. State cuts and a failed parcel tax effort forced officials into this situation according to Superintendent Diaz. Board members as-

sured teachers and parents at Tuesday night’s meeting that layoffs did not point toward the governing body’s obligation to education, but rather the state’s brea kdow n i n f u nd i ng education. The school board and supporters of Measure CC warned of the possible fiscal crisis if the parcel tax was not passed.

Church of Ascension to Celebrate 125 Years Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre was established in 1885, making it the oldest church in Sierra Madre. On May 16, the church will honor its 125year anniversary with a special thanksgiving Evensong at 5 p.m., with special music. The event is free to the public. Clergy leaders from the Diocese, along with public officials, will be invited. Following the program, a potluck will be held in the parish hall, featuring a

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Pasadena Violinist to Coach Kids, then Perform with Symphony By Bill Peters Much has been made over the last five years or so that an alumna of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra has gone on to a burgeoning concert career as a solo violinist. Jennifer Frautschi, now a recognized violinist, returns this week to perform with the Pasadena Symphony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday night and to be in the spotlight as the featured guest at a special Master class at The Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena on Thursday night. The Crawford Family Forum is a town hall concept connected to Southern California Public Radio and KPCC. The Master class will showcase Frautschi in a session that will allow the public to get an inside view of her training and concert experiences. At the class she will hear brief excerpts and solos played by local young violinists after which she will offer coaching tips and instruction. The Master class will be held 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 13 at The Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Frautschi will appear with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The program that night is dedicated to the music of Beethoven and she will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D-major. Other music on the program will be the “Coriolan” Overture and the famed Symphony No. 5 in C-minor. Jennifer Frautschi has taken a clever route on her way to becoming one of America’s finest violinists. She left the confines of our valley to

Jennifer Frautschi, a Pasadena native, performs with Pasadena Symphony May 15. head east for her education at Harvard, New England Conser vator y of Music and at Julliard. Locally, she studied at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and also at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Her career began with performances of well-known concert pieces, but she expanded her repertoire to include not only rare pieces, but relatively contemporary music which has garnered for her both a fine concert-hall reputation and recording opportunities. She has released three solo albums and appears with ensembles on four others. This is believed to be her third solo appearance with the Pasadena Symphony under conductor Jorge Mester. In January, 2005, she performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Con-

certo which t his paper described as full of “zeal, allowing for a warm and ingratiating interpretation.” The slim, beautiful young woman returned in 2007 with a sparkling version of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. The Master class on Thursday, May 13 is being presented in partnership with 89.3 KPCC and the Pasadena Symphony and POPS at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission to this event is free, although seating is limited. The Pasadena Symphony presents “Bravo Beethoven”, the final concert in its Classics Series, at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $30 to $80. For information call (626) 793-7172.

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Anita and the Yanks: A Novel Experience in Irish Rock By Terry Miller When I sauntered into Novel Café on Friday last, I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than some good (hopefully) traditional Irish rock music a friend had recently recommended. “You have just got to hear them,” my friend Dave Peterson exclaimed somewhat passionately while chatting at one our favorite speakeasies, Brits Pub on Colorado Blvd. “Anita and the Yanks… I think they are going to be big!” he said. Anita and the Yanks is an Irish rock band that has been performing in and around Los Angeles since 2008. They recently garnered cast-iron attention in Pasadena when they performed at newly popular - The Novel Café on Colorado as well as other locations in and around greater Los Angeles. Now, being from that part of that world myself, I was intrigued. I always love to hear fellow musicians from across the pond do well here. And when the music is a amalgamation of traditional and modern, well then I’m hooked. Throw in a pint of Guinness or good English ale and I’m there - probably for a while! When I entered the new comfortable cafe, the band was doing a cover of the Cranberries’ “Do you have to Let in Linger”, a song I’ve always loved. Perhaps I was just transfixed by the energy of the band crammed into Novel’s relatively tiny space, but I think Anita sang it considerably better that Dolores, just don’t tell her I said that. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the Cranberries sound incorporated indie, indie pop, rock, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements much like Anita and the Yanks. The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? I’m Thinking Anita and the Yanks could possibly do it too!

Musicians Anita and the Yanks perform twice a month at Novel Café in Pasadena. - Photo by Terry Miller Apparently influenced by that Irish rock band originally hailing from Limerick, England in1989 under the name “The Cranberry Saw Us”, Anita and the Yanks also go in numerous other directions with clever lyrics and innovative musicianship. The Novel audience, an eclectic group of individuals, was highly attentive and entertained by the music. That sort of enjoyment on the part of an audience is something I don’t see enough of locally. All too frequently the laughter and chatter, clanging of beer glasses and loud conversation overtake the nuances of a band. Not so here at Novel. Each guest seemed attentive and deferential of the talent and hard work that goes into creating music and such a performance. While the vocals and harmonies are very stout and appealing, they could be a bit louder in the mix, methinks. Again, though, it probably is the positioning of the band near the door that interfered with the sound system a bit.

With their unique blend of contemporary and traditional Irish influenced melodies, the music transcends those boundaries and reaches even the casual observer. The striking, red-headed Mansfield immediately grabs you with her gentle confidence and formidable playing – albeit with beautiful Martin six string. Mansfield’s music effortlessly melted into the collective consciousness of the crowd at Novel Café and transported at least one listener to another, perhaps simpler time. Bryan Dobbs’s rare mandolin countermelodies support the rhythm section and create a unique sound really worth listening to in this sea of mundane musical mediocrity elsewhere. Ryan Dean and Jimmy Murphy, drums and bass respectively, provide a gentle but enormously solid foundation for Bryan Dobbs and Anita Mansfield to go into some improvisational middle eighths, all the while performing flawlessly together. Sold yet? Thought so. Here are some

details on how to catch up with the Yanks. Catch Anita Thurs May 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Novel Cafe located at 3760 Wilshire Blvd. Friday May 14 they’ll be at The Irish Times at 3267 Motor Ave in Los Angeles. May 20 they’ll be playing at at Novel on Wilshire again. The next date at Novel in Pasadena is May 21 at 6:30 p.m. While not always playing as a full band, you’ll be delighted with the sound of Anita and one Yank! Unfortunately, on the night I visited, the violin player Rachel Grace, was not playing. She is, by all accounts, a terrific addition to Anita’s already stellar line-up. Novel Café also serves a terrific selection of gourmet meals from breakfast omelets to garden fresh salads such as the very popular Warm Goat Cheese Salad. Novel is located at 1713 East Colorado Blvd., in Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3309 for information. Oh, and by the way, this is one of the few places you can see great live music without a cover charge.

Thousands Expected Again for Yearly St. Rita Pilgrimage in Sierra Madre Continuing their yearly tradition of honoring the Christian feast day of St. Rita of Cascia, St. Rita Parish in Sierra Madre is preparing to host the yearly pilgrimage of thousands honoring this patron saint and advocate for seemingly impossible causes. Particularly beloved by the Pacific Islander and Armenian faith communities, St. Rita of Cascia, Italy was the mother of twins, and lived during a time of great rivalry and turmoil between two political factions, losing her own husband to the political wars and then her sons, due to natural causes a short

time later. Entering the Augustinian religious order at 36, she devoted her life to service, prayer and fervent work toward local peace, amid great pain late in life, including a “stigmata” on her forehead. Though confined to bed for many years, she became an inspiration to her visitors leading to requests for intercession. The anniversary of her death in May, 1457 is now celebrated with pilgrimages and visits at St. Rita shrines all over the world. Roses became the symbol of these visits and pilgrimages, as a lone rose was brought to her by a devotee

from Cascia in the bloomless time of January. Today, roses are traditionally delivered to St. Rita shrines by those seeking intercession or in thanksgiving, especially for family and marital troubles plus infertility visit shrines such as St. Rita in Sierra Madre, year round. Visitors are encouraged to “leave a rose, and take a rose” from the flowers left behind by other pilgrims. This year, several events surround the St. Rita Feast Day observance. Sunday, May 16 at the Noon Mass, the Pacific Islander Community Celebration will include a special procession by this group.

Saturday, May 22, the 8 a.m. Mass will include a dedication of the new St. Rita Meadow on the campus of the parish and blessing with a relic of St. Rita throughout the day. Sunday, May 23, the parish will welcome visitors, some of whom travel great distances for the yearly observance. Additional school and religious education observances will take place, as well St. Rita Church is located at N. Baldwin and Grandview in Sierra Madre. For more information about St. Rita Parish or the St. Rita feast day observances, visit the parish website: www.St-Rita.org or call 626-355-1292.


May 13 - May 19, 2010

Griffith Observatory Celebrates 75th Birthday in Style

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By Greg Aragon Since 1935 the Griffith Observatory has sat in the hills above Los Angeles, offering views to the planets and stars. And now, in honor of its 75th birthday this month, the landmark facility will celebrate in style, with a weekend full of festivities. The celebration kicks off this Friday, May 14 at 11:30 am, with a birthday balloon display from the telescope domes, the unveiling of the 75th birthday banner, and an astronomical presentation of cupcakes. The party then looks skyward for a special noon event with Observatory Director E. C. Krupp. But the most exciting part of Friday will be at night, when light from the star Gemma is captured to light 75 “candles” on an architectural model of the observatory. The light left Gemma in 1935, the year the Observatory opened on May 14. The excitement continues the next night, Saturday, May 15, from 5:30 - 10:00 pm, with “Cosmic Conjunction 2010: Diamond Nights / Northern Lights,” a celebration to raise funds for Observatory education programs. Those attending the benefit will be the first to see “Light of the Valkyries,” the new, live planetarium show set to the dramatic music of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

25 E. Laurel Ave. Sierra Madre (626) 355-1133 A fter t he exclusive show prem ieres i n t he Samuel Oschin Planetarium, visitors will descend for dinner as shimmering northern lights bathe the Observatory’s grand staircase. Besides the birthday festivities, the observatory still offers exciting exhibits and attractions such as the proscenium archst yled Leona rd Nimoy Event Horizon, a 200-seat presentation theater, where i nteract ive shows t a ke place; a 50-ft.-long tunnel called the “Wormhole,” a 385-pound, 50,000-yearold iron meteorite, and the Gunther Depths of Space, a 32,000-sq.-ft. multi-level exhibit gallery buried beneath the observatory’s front lawn. Teeming with giant hanging globes and colorful displays, Depths of Space is highlighted by a 20-ft. x 150-ft. photographic mural of space. Known as the “Big Picture,” the wall cost $1million and features a baked-on, highresolution photographic image of the distant night sky magnified hundreds of times. The picture took one year to complete and consists of more than 100 4-ft.by-8-ft. porcelain panels.

Then there is the Gott lieb Tra nsit Cor r idor, a 150 -ft-long, 10 -ft-wide glass-walled passageway, which immerses visitors in the motions of the Sun, Moon, and stars across the sky and demonstrates how these motions are linked with time and the calendar. The corridor’s form echoes similar instruments from ancient temples and medieval churches but updates the concept for the 21st century. “Light of the Valkyries” premieres for the public in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium on Tuesday, May 18, airing nightly at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The show is Griffith Observatory’s contribution to Ring Festival LA, in which more than 100 Los Angeles cultural and educational institutions have joined together in a civic celebration of LA Opera’s staging of the Ring Cycle. Friday’s birthday activities are free and open to the public. The Observatory will be closed all day Saturday, May 15, to prepare and host Cosmic Conjunction 2010: Diamond Nights / Northern Lights. For more info and tickets call (213) 473-0807, or visit: www.FriendsOfTheObservatory.com.


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tribute to the lives lost to the disease and raise money to help fight cancer. Major sponsors and teams for the Duarte Relay for Life include City of Hope, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Joe’s Place, SCE Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Rite Aid, Papa John’s, Allegiance Medical Transportation, Man-EFoundation, Duarte Public Safety, City of Duarte, Miyachi Unitec, Elks Club, Grace Fellowship, and Kiwanis. Funds raised by Relay For Life have played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in the last 25 years, leading to groundbreaking discoveries into cancer’s causes and cures. Relay has also contributed substantially to the American Cancer Society’s funding of crucial prevention and early detection services; numerous, life-enhancing patient support programs; and advocacy initiatives that encourage lawmakers to do their part to defeat cancer, while rallying communities to join the fight. To join a team, sponsor a team or donate to the cause, contact Lisa Magno at (626) 437-7993 or visit www.relayforlife. org/duarteca.

Playhouse Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection Pasadena Playhouse announced Monday night that it had filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Los Angeles. The Playhouse is represented by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. “After a thorough and careful review of Pasadena Playhouse’s financial state

and with advice of legal counsel, we have elected to file chapter 11. This is a necessary step in our strategy to reorganize the Playhouse for the benefit of our creditors and the Pasadena Community at large,” said Pasadena Playhouse Executive Director Stephen Eich. “We are optimistic that the Playhouse will emerge

from chapter 11 and are thankful to our Board, staff, volunteers, Friends and Alumni of the Pasadena Playhouse, our corporate sponsors, and many of our subscribers for their continued support. We are moving forward in our goal to resume our role in producing exciting theatre

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Central Park Café... Not So Old Pasadena By Peter Dills I have referred to Central  Park Café in Pasadena’s as a rising star in the competitive Pasadena restaurant scene. Central Park specializes in mouthwatering steaks, fresh fish, handcrafted pastas and gourmet pizzas. I have dined here at least once a month since its opening over two years ago; hence, it’s not the newest fire on the block but it remains one of Pasadena’s best kept secrets. When I go here, I find myself irresistible drawn to the same dishes over and over again, as I order the Ahi Sandwich ($10.95) with its exceptional partnering of a delicious side salad of Broccoli. If and when I get more adventurous, and break free from the spell that Central Park has placed me under, the eggplant sandwich on foccacia bread has all the makings of a new favorite ($9.50). When I am hungry and have a big appetite, usually at dinner, I dive into the braised short ribs ($18.95). I love breakfast here. So, on t hose mornings when t he su n beckons with an irrepressible invitation, I invite my friends, Kind Ken Fuller and his wife Becky to meet me for breakfast. I get a sly indicator that they, like me, know that something special is on its way. It is displayed in the little smile that forms as they sit at the table and survey the menu. Ken religiously orders the eggs benedict. Breakfast is notable here and it makes sense, since the owners a lso ow n Wild T hy me and the Diner on Main St. Both places are known for a good breakfast. Now, I wouldn’t call Central Park upscale; however it would be wrong to translate the experience visually and flavorfully of those two restaurants to Central Park. To make your experi-

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Central Park Cafe occupies a one hundred year old flower warehouse off Fair oaks Ave. in Pasadena. The dining room still has the same exposed brick walls, which call to mind the decor of a 1950s Chicago-style Restaurant. ence more enticing, Central ated in-house, and are very nation into believing that Park add another allure to affordable in the ($6) range. you have entered a Fifties their award winning and My recommendation is the Chicago style Restaurant. If hand selected wine list, they Carrot Cake, an expressive you are a Pop Culture buff, added a full Bar. It is quaint, ending to a great dining ex- the walls yield in homage as more the appearance of a perience. a testament to that nostalgic service bar than a full one, Central Park occupies era. There are black and but if you are in the mood the One Hundred year old white photos of celebrities for a Martini, you can use flower warehouse. You might from Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio your best James Bond to remember it as Soda Jerk’s at to the cigar taping, comeimpress the ladies. It never one point. It still has the same dian, Grouch Marx. With works for me though! All beautifully exposed brick the exposed brick, and the the Desserts here are cre- walls, which tease the imagi- high vaunted ceilings and

elegant decor, Central Park will transport you back in time. Central Park has their own off street parking, which gives you enough time to really enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, without worrying if there are enough coins in the meter. I place Central Park Café in a similar category with Parkway Grill, Hustons and Smitty’s. The difference being that Central Park is a little less expensive than these other three. Check out their web page at www.centralparkcafe.com for hours and exact prices. I am a fan of Central Park Café and I am sure with a single visit, you will be too.

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Sierra Madre City Council Gets Back to Business Continued from the First Page

signs. Sierra Madre’s aging signs will soon be replaced, and for a mere $78.00 residents can own “a piece of history”. The new street signs will have the city logo and be highly reflective, similar to those installed in Arcadia a few years ago. Residents wishing to purchase an old street sign will be helped on a first come, first served basis and should contact the city’s public works department for details. Next up was the continuing saga of noise complaints from residents living near the Alverno private girls’ school. This issue seemed to be the reason the

chambers were filled to capacity as many showed interest in this matter. The Temporary Use Permit was approved and Alverno can now continue with its private fundraising events that have been the source of complaints from neighbors. Public works director Bruce Inman discussed the possibility of a 16% water rate increase for city residents. The Council agreed to a public hearing in July. The new council members seemed relatively at ease in their new seats and ready to tackle the business of Sierra Madre.

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Beloved Mayflower Teacher Killed in Car Accident Continued from the First Page after teaching for 22 years she was interested in professional development and was attending the series of workshops to improve her classroom ability,” Collins said. Clark attended USC and earned her B.A. degree in just three years, g raduat ing cum laude.  She majored in International Relations with a minor in Spanish.  According to Collins she was an fluent Spanish speaker who had begun her career in Monrovia Schools as an instructional aid at Mayflower School while doing her student teaching.” Kirk McGinnis, principal at Mayflower said, “The Mayf lower school community is greatly impacted by the horrific loss of beloved Kindergarten Teacher, Maggie Clark.  She made a positive impact on the staff and students at

- Maggie Clark Mayflower. She was a dedicated teacher, loved her students and was well-liked and respected by her colleagues. Mayflower staff members are all extremely saddened by this loss.” McGinnis said that

school counselors, trained in children’s need to grieve, would be available all day for both the students and the staff.  An announcement was made in each classroom this morning about Clark’s death and teachers shared information about the death and talked with the students about their feelings. Lynn Gray, Mayflower school counselor, encouraged parents to talk to their children about their feelings about Mrs. Clark. She commented, “Discussing thoughts and feelings about death is important to help children work through his or her grief.” Clark is survived by her hu sba nd E dua rdo Diaz, a brother and her father.   She is also survived by all those children whose lives she touched in her years of teaching.

Wistaria Thrift Shop Chrisy Alcarez, who was crowned Miss Azusa, spends part of her time tutoring students at Plymouth Elementary School in Monrovia. Pictured with Alcaraz are Faith Hawthorne and George Ortiz working on their reading skills in Mr. Fuentes’ 3rd Grade class. Alcaraz is a federal work study student from Citrus College who will be attending Pepperdine University in Malibu next Fall. She will also represent Azusa in the Miss California contest. - Photos by Terry Miller coordinates the tutors for the program said that Citrus College had federal funds available for the tutoring program, but that 25% of the funds had to come from the communit y receiving t he support. Since there were no funds available through the school district, the Boys and Girls club provided the matching funds necessary to free up $25,000 in tutor salaries from the Citrus College Federal Work Study Program. According to Freyermuth, this will translate into an additional 2.777 tutorial hours helping students in Monrovia Schools. Wilson presented the check to the Monrovia School District which administers the PAT program. According to both Wilson and Freyermuth, plans are being formulated for a summer tutoring program at the Boys and Girls Club as a joint project with PAT. This will be in addition to the three full-time tutors the club already

funds at the Village after school programs at Santa Fe and Clifton. As a result of the additional funding, funds originally earmarked for the middle schools, can now be reallocated to the elementary schools. Freyermuth said “We are now able to hire additional tutors for our elementary program.” One of the new hires is Chrisy Alcarez, a Theater Arts major at Citrus College, who will be tutoring through June when she graduates. She is also Miss Azusa who says she began tutoring at the Azusa Homework House as a volunteer. Next year, Alcarez says she plans to attend Pepperdine University and major in Telecommunications with an eye toward broadcast journalism. In the meantime, Alcarez is working with elementary school students at Plymouth school. She works one and one with a few students during the school day and then again after school

in the Village Program. Her tutoring schedule spans three days each week for a total of 20 hours per week. “I am working with a third grader in Mr. Fuentes’ class,” Alcarez said. “We are working on both his math and reading.” She explained that she enjoyed both the individual tutoring as well as the group sessions. She also expressed her gratitude to the PAT program for giving her the opportunity to work with the young people. T he PAT prog r a m wa s st a r ted a s pa r t of Mon rov ia Rea d s f rom which it still gets a great deal of its funding. The Monrovia Librar y also provides support through its ELLI g rant. Other supporters are the Monrovia Schools Foundation and the Monrovia Rotary Clubs. Donat ions and grant funds from these sources enabled the program to provide 92 tutors with more than 22,000 tutorial hours in the last school year alone.

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Located in the guard gated estate area of Whispering Pines is this incredible Tuscan Villa Estate which is better than new. This exquisitely detailed 6,525 sf home has 5 bedrooms (5 suites) & 6 bathrooms. Situated on over an acre lot, it offers incredible views of the mountains, valley and city lights. The highest quality workmanship & materials were used to construct this “one of a kind” estate home which includes a gourmet kitchen, elevator, wine cellar, his and hers offices, 4 car garage, infinity saltwater pool & spa, waterfalls & lush gardens. Visit www.367Monterey.com and www.367Montereypines.com for more photos and information.

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69 E. Grandview, Arcadia, CA Offered at $1,248,000

This delightful Highland Oaks home has been wellmaintained and is located in the award winning Arcadia school district. There is an updated kitchen, Brazilian cherry wood flooring in the living room/dining room areas with lovely views of the back yard/pool area. There is a private master suiting, family room, office, laundry room and an oversized 2-car garage. The home is 2,818 sq. ft. situated on a 12,746 sq. ft. lot. It has 4 bedroom with 3.5 bathrooms and was built in 1951. This is the perfect home for entertaining.

Mario Del Grosso, a Habitat home buyer, spoke eloquently to the attendees. 3735 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA Offered at $725,000

Situated in Upper Hastings Ranch, this home is conveniently located to shopping, freeways and schools. This 1951 well-maintained home offers an open and spacious floor plan. Additional features include: formal entry, large living room with fireplace, sliding doors open to a tiled patio, grand family room with high ceilings & recessed lighting, adjacent to an updated kitchen, updated bathrooms, central air and heat, newer windows and roof. There is a mountain view from the back yard. For more information go to www.3735SierraMadre.com

333 Genoa Street, #D, Monrovia, CA Offered at $550,000

Situated in the hills of Sierra Madre (Marlborough Terrace), this delightful home is surrounded by mature Oak trees and beautiful views of the valley below and the hills above. This home offers 1465 square feet and 3 bedrooms. The main floor offers an open and spacious floor plan with unobstructed views and a cozy fireplace. The updated kitchen features newer appliances, garden window, a pantry and ample cabinetry. All 3 bathrooms have been updated. Large glass windows throughout the house provide a bright and airy feeling. Newly painted inside and out, this home is move-in ready. Built in 1965 it also offers central air and heat, 2-car attached garage, plans for a rooftop deck and much more. For more information and pictures go to www.715Skyland.com.

156 Carlton, Pasadena, CA Offered at $449,000

Built the same year as the first Rose Parade, this lovely 1890 Victorian homes exudes charm. Many of the original features include: 10’ ceilings, decorative moldings, California basement, clauwfoot tub. Updated with new HVAC, refinished wood flooring, automatic sprinklers in front and rear yards. 2nd home could be built on this lot. 1220 sq. ft. home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 11,164 sq. ft. lot. More information at www.156Carlton. com. Own a piece of Historic Pasadena!

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This meticulous home was built in 2007 and was featured as the model unit offering custom amenities. There is fireplace in the living room, granite counters in the kitchen, pantry, stainless steel appliances, backyard and patio off the dining room, custom window treatments, master suite with his & hers closets and spa tub, four bedrooms, two and a half baths and a two-car attached garage with direct access. It is conveniently located just one mile from downtown Monrovia and within minutes of the 210 Freeway. A lovely home! For more information go to www.333Genoa.com

715 Skyland Drive, Sierra Madre, CA Offered at $649,000

725 Woodland Drive, Sierra Madre, CA Offered at $415,000

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and close to the quaint village of downtown Sierra Madre, this home offers a country living lifestyle. The unique location allows you to forget the hustle and bustle of the big city, while just a short commute to downtown Los Angeles. Just minutes from your front door are hiking trails and Mary’s Market and Cafe! This cozy 1 bedroom 1 bath home is 837 sq. ft. on a 3,973 sq. ft. lot. There is a relaxing front porch, stone fireplace in the living room, walk-in closet in the large bedroom, and parking for 4 cars (a real commodity in the canyon). This is the perfect canyon hide-away! For more information and pictures go to www.725Woodland.com.

1505 El Mirador, Pasadena, CA Offered at $6,750 per month

Located a short distance to the Rose Bowl and sited at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this spacious Linda Vista home boasts traditional design and is perfect for a large family and for entertaining. There are 27,918 square feet of lush grounds offering: privacy a black-bottom pool with built-in hillside slide and a spa. With 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, 6,838 sq feet, a family room with large wet bar, skylights, 2 offices, gym, elevator and huge garage, this is a home you truly won’t want to miss

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Over 200 attended a first time Habitat for Humanity fundraising event on May 1st at Santa Anita Racetrack. Event chair, Juanita St. John, fondly remembered social events in decades past revolving around the running of the Kentucky Derby, and initiated this event. The open air event enjoyed the breathtaking backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Anita track and jumbo screen of the Derby run below. San Gabriel Valley chapter executive director, Sonja Yates, was pleased to announce today that over $14,500 was raised in this effort. “We’ve been swamped with finishing the eleven condominium home development at Kenwood Street in Glendale for a June 5 dedication, and are so grateful that Juanita took on this fun and profitable

BettySandford, Juanita St. John and Habitat Director, Sonja Yates afternoon attended by so the neighborhood “fammany Habitat supporters. ily” the four families built Every little bit helps us together with their four move closer to our goals for homes during that year long new projects on the boards process in Monrovia. in our valley.” Dozens of silent and Mario Del Grosso, a live auction items from lohome buyer, from the re- cal restaurants and services cently completed Monrovia were quickly snapped up, build on Sherman Avenue but one of the most unusual spoke eloquently on the rig- items offered to lively bidorous selection process, the ding was a tour of old town strenuous build process and Monrovia, with shopping and dining stops, coordiby Betty Sandford, $135,000 nated the Honorary Patron for the event. Sanford received a standing ovation for her lifelong support of worthy community causes including San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity. Completion of the Kenwood homes will bring this organization to the significant 54 home production 416 Jeffries Ave. #43, Monrovia benchmark. Coming next is the affiliate’s first “green” Senior mobile home in upscale "Over 50" park w/3 BR, 2 full BA, huge kitchen w/ eating area, center island & many cupboards. LR w/fireplace, FDR & utility room. A build. For more information very clean, very nice senior park built in 2006. A must see! on how you can make a difference at the San Gabriel Carolyn Papp Coldwell Banker Valley Habitat for HumanArcadia Regional Office ity, visit www.SGVHabitat. 626-353-7443 org or call 626-387-6899. www.californiamoves.com/Caroyln.Papp


May 13 - May 19, 2010

36th Annual Huntington Spring Plant Sale Vegetables and Herbs for Home Gardens will be Event Highlights More and more families are “going green,” planting vegetable gardens at home. Along with a bountiful harvest of seasonal produce, home gardeners are reaping other benefits, as well. “Growing our own vegetables, fruits, and herbs not only stretches the food budget but it makes gardening more gratifying,” says landscape architect Shirley Kerins. “It reconnects us with nature. And it helps support the trend towards a more sustainable lifestyle by bringing the idea of locallygrown produce right into our own backyards.” Kerins is the manager of the Annual Spring Plant Sale at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens—a popular event now in its 36th year. This year’s sale takes place on Sunday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Members of The Huntington can shop early at a preview sale on Saturday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Admission to the sale is free. One of the hallmarks of the Huntington sale is the broad selection of unusual

varieties that are hard to find at local nurseries. Look for heirloom tomato seedlings such as Black Krim, Purple Cherokee, and Green Zebra; sweet cherry tomatoes in assorted colors; antique varieties of tomatillo for homemade salsa; flavorful burgundy string beans; soybeans; China choy; Italian fennel; and much more. “Remember the flavor of a sun-warmed ripe tomato?” asks Kerins. “Or picking your own strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries? Nothing compares to the freshness of home-grown. In Southern California’s mild climate you can grow edible plants almost year round.” No home garden would be complete without herbs— some of which, like thyme, make beautiful landscape plantings in addition to being useful in the kitchen. Lemon grass or lemon verbena leaves are delicious for making cold beverages or hot teas, as is the hard to find Hibiscus sabdarifa or Roselle. Herbs grown for their medicinal benefits or for use cosmetics will also be available. There will be plenty of

ornamental plants, too, says Kerins, including many uncommon varieties of roses, camellias, orchids, cacti, succulents, bromeliads, palms, and more. Some of the unusual choices include Lotus maculatus or “Parrot’s Beak,” a sprawling groundcover with gray/green foliage and sprays of yellow and orange flowers tipped with red; Salvia vanhouttei, a hardy perennial with distinctive burgundy flower spikes that will bloom all summer long; and Falkia repens, a new groundcover that bears masses of fragrant white blooms. All these, plus hundreds of other great finds, will be offered at this year’s sale. Shoppers can also pick up gardening tips and expert advice from the volunteers and staff members who will be on hand at the sale. In order to present the widest possible variety, quantities of each plant are limited so popular items may sell out quickly. Kerins’ perennial advice: “Arrive early for the best selection, and bring a wagon or cart to carry your purchases.”

Monrovia Day Activities to Center on Fire Department Centennial Continued from the First Page

fire engines and trucks (engines having pumping capability) here to help this city’s department celebrate its birthday. A zone for Junior Firefighter will be set up at Station 101 at 114 E. Palm Zone. This area will begin were the cook off area ends and extend out to Ivy. It will feature events games and activities while will test the skills of the children related to fire fighting activities. Members of the Monrovia Firefighters Association will be on hand to assist the kids with these activities. At 11:30 a.m. the Centennial Celebra-

tion will begin at the corner of Myrtle and Lemon on the Centernnial Stage. The vintage and new apparatus will be on display on Myrte Avnue from that time through the judging. The vintage appartatus will be judged at 1:00 p.m. After the parade, the vintage and new equipment will be on display on Myrtle Avenue from Palm south to Ivy. The awards ceremony for both the chili cook off and and equipment competitions will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Stage. The events will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

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Benefit Held for Altadena Library at Former Home of Author Zane Grey

Front Row (l-r) Cheryl Dent as Dolly Grey, Richard Horvitz as Young Zane, Producer Holly Witham, Angela Schnaible as Jane Withersteen, J. Todd Howell as Lassiter. Back Row (l-r) Ken Baker as Muddy Miser, Kristina Hughes as Dorothy, Adam Dorshik as R.C. Grey, Harry Herman as Zane Grey, Director Nicholas Hosking, Christine Kludjian as Death, Trevor Bryant as Buffalo Jones. On Saturday May 1, 2010 the Altadena Library Foundation, Friends of the Altadena Library and The Moveable Theatre Company held a reception and the world premiere staged reading of the winning entry from the Zane Grey Playwriting Contest, Mary Casey’s Surprise Valley. The event took place at

the former home of famed Western author Zane Grey in Altadena. A question and answer session with the playwright, cast and director followed the performance. Catering was provided by The Press Restaurant. The event raised over $4,500 for the renovation and expansion of the Altadena Library.

OBITUARY Bartolotta Josephine “Babe” Bartolotta, 84, was a longtime resident of Monrovia. “Babe” passed away last month, April 9, after a long illness. She and her husband Frank owned and operated Frank’s Market on W. Colorado for many years and she continued to run the store even after his death in 1995. She was born in Detroit on Feb 4,1926 and moved with her husband to CA in the early 1960’s. Many generations of Monrovia schoolchildren will remember her gifts of candy as they walked home from school. She is survived by her good friend, Debra Martinez of Toledo, OH (formerly of Monrovia), nieces and nephews esp Carolyn Morgan of Texas and Michael Colletta of MI, and a host of friends. There will be a memorial service Fri, May 14 at 2:00 pm at Live Oak Cemetery in Monrovia. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Immaculate Conception Church, 740 South Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016.

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At the “Salute to Public Schools 44th Annual Luncheon,” sponsored by Arcadia Masonic Lodge and High Twelve, (l-r) Kenneth Nagel, Grand Master of Masons in California (speaker); Sho Tay, Master of Arcadia Masonic Lodge; Robert Leri, Assistant Superintendent of A.U.S.D., and Dr. Joel Shawn, Superintendent of A.U.S.D., at podium. (r-l) School board members J a n e t C h e w, J o a n n e Steinmeier, and James Hogan, Vice President Arcadia High Twelve, cosponsors of the annual event, and Wuo’s; Cung Nguyen (now shown), president of A.U.S.D. board of directors, gave the benediction. The walls were covered with art from K-12 students from the district.


May 13 - May 19, 2010

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T hose of you who k now L a n i R id ley Pe drini know t he lady is small of frame but huge in talent. L a st yea r she pro duced and directed the fantast ic product ion of The Wizard of Oz at the A mba ssador Aud it or ium. This year, on April 2 4t h, she wowed t he audience with a toe-tapping, singing and dancing musical of the former MGM style, popular in t he 3 0 s a nd 4 0 s. T he story line showcased the work of composer Harry Warren, who wrote the music for 115 films during that period. It was Harry Who? This orig inal stage musical revue had dancing chorus girls, ballroom c ouple s – l a t e r d a nc ers, comedy relief ( Jack Wa lsh), a nd a smoot h emcee, Michael Shaugh-

Dancers in the musical Harry Who? From Sambala Samba School. nessy. Pam Kay (choreographer) expanded her tap chicks to 16 Rocket te style tapping chorus line. David Miller, conductor, had the all-star community orchestra sounding like the big bands of the er a . T he si nger s were

outstanding. The cast of 160 all deserve a credit line. I enjoyed the chorus f rom beg inning to t he final curtain. It wa s sensat iona l. Cong ratulat ions to t he a l l - st a r ca st . Ta ke a n other curtain call.

Lani Ridley Pedrini, producer, director, performer, with Charlel Offenhauser, technical director of the story of composer Harry Warren. – Photo by Marlene Gordon Pfeifer

Sierra Madre Woman’s Club Honors Student Volunteers Sierra Madre Woman’s Club paid special recognition to 12 students, ages 11-13, from Sierra Madre Middle School, at a tea held in Essick House, the club’s historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. This past year, these girls have been volunteering their help at special club events and in The Wistaria Thrift Shop, which the club runs at the rear of the clubhouse.

Rosemary Morabito, ways and means vice president, introduced each student and presented certificates of appreciation to Emma Andres, Madison Carmenate, Becca Fraser, Emily Holland, Skyler Hull, Hanna Latham, Reilly Milton, Bryanna Nava, Natalie Olivades, Cheyenne Smith, Amadea Tanner, and Madison Vlcek. The club also made a financial donation to the

school, which will be earmarked for special school programs. Attending from the school were Gayle Blumel, school principal; Garrett Newsom, vice principal; Soozee Van Dyke-Wood, community service coordinator, and several parents. Delicious tea refreshments were enjoyed following presentations.

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Partial cast of 160 for the hit musical Harry Who? At Ambassador April 24th. – Photo by Marlene Gordon Pfeifer


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Sometimes Words Just Aren’t Enough! To describe the brilliant production of Miss Saigon, presented May 1st at the 2 and 8 p.m. soldout performances held at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, one needs a list of superlatives. K udos go t o S a l ly Ba ldw i n , pre s ident of the San Gabriel Valley Music T heat re; Bobby Hu nd ley, producer/a r tistic director; Ray Rochel le, d i rector/executive producer; R ichard Allen, musical director; R i k k i L u g o, c hor e og r apher, a nd t he st a r s , Fr a nc - A nt on H a r w a r t as t he eng ineer, Jennifer Hubilla as Kim, and James Mullican as Chris and the cast of 35, all of whom gave over the top performances. The emotional story line of Miss Saigon espe-

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The Beat Goes On: Arcadia’s Backyard Bands of the Sixties, Part Two President-elect of the Arcadia Historical Societ y, Gene Glasco, w ill present part two of Arcadia’s Backyard Bands of the Sixties during the a Brown Bag Lunch Talk on May 20. E a rl A lber t , or g a nizer and friend to many of A rcadia’s backya rd band groups in the sixt ies , w i l l be spea k i ng a t A rc a d i a H i s t or ic a l S o c i e t y’s B r o w n B a g Lunch Talk on Thursday, May 20, at the Ruth and C h a rles Gi lb A rc a d i a Historical Museum. Brown Bag Host a nd for mer ba nd a nd folk group member himself, Glasco said, “A few month ago, the Arcadia H istor ica l Societ y wa s t rea t ed t o a present a tion about the backyard ba nds of A rcad ia by Pat Robinson, a former A r c a d i a r e s ide nt a nd veteran of such a band.” Later, Robinson went on to a successful career in mu sic product ion a nd

(L-r) Arcadia Woman’s Club welcomed new members Meredith Brucker, Gail Wong and Beverly Street, with member Gail Marshall (former mayor) at the April 5th luncheon meeting.

1968 photo of “The Folkers,” a group formed from Arcadia High School. (L-r) Earl Albert, Gene Glasco and John Crammer, all long-time Arcadians. Glasco will be presenting “Arcadia Backyard Bands of the Sixties, part two,” at the historical museum May 20th at noon. management. f u l a s Robi nson’s, but Albert, who attend- no less fun, and at times, ed Arcadia High School exciting. and graduated in 1963, T he present at ion w i l l be present i ng a n- will begin at noon and ot her side of t he loca l l a s t u nt i l 1 p.m. C a l l band scene of the 60s, museum for information, one not quite to success- (626) 574 -5440.

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Pat Reep and speaker Joyce Davidson, president of Ahead With Horses, at recent meeting of the Monrovian League. The Monrovian League speaker at a recent meeting introduced her therapeutic horse organization. Joyce Davidson is president of “Ahead with Horses.” AHEAD is an acronym for Accelerated Habilitation Education and Development. The nonprofit organization (818-249-6015) in Glendale offers exercise lessons atop equines for severely handicapped (autistic, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc.) children. Participants learn to walk, balance, improve use of hands and feet, and control severe behavior problems.

Who can explain it? None of us, but we can prove that it works. Davidson brought pictures, and the amazement and joy on the riders’ faces leaps out at you like a bungee jumper from a bridge. Supporting their dozen horses is no small expense, and there is a large backlog of children waiting to get Ahead with Horses. The advantages make the wait worthwhile. If you have questions or wish to donate, you can contact them at jagglendale@sbcglobal.net.

(Right) President Floretta Lauber welcomes speaker Kim Plater, a 30-year veteran police woman and co-founder of Domestic Fiolence Action Coalition, and Corey Calaycay, 59th Assembly District candidate. Poster lists names of women murdered from domestic violence in the last two years.


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POLICE BLOTTERS Monrovia PD During the last fourteen day period, the Police Department handled 1099 service events, resulting in 273 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events: Armed Robbery On April 23 at 12:07 p.m., an older handicapped man was walking along the alley between Olive and Colorado in the 100 block of West Colorado. A male subject approached him and brandished a knife. He demanded the victim give him his money. The victim complied and gave him $26 he had in his pocket. The suspect demanded his wallet, but the victim did not have one on him. The suspect then fled on foot. Officers responded to the area and conducted a search, but were not able to locate the suspect. The victim was not harmed. Investigation continuing. Driving Under the Influence On April 24 at 2:09 a.m., an officer on patrol was heading north on Myrtle and noticed a vehicle traveling relatively slow. The driver of the vehicle came to a stop at a green light. The driver was stopped and during the investigation, it was discovered the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested. Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision On April 24 at 2:43 a.m., police responded on the report of a vehicle colliding into a parked car. An officer arrived and discovered the driver had been at a party and left in his vehicle and collided into a parked car. During the investigation, officers determined the driver

was under the influence. The driver was arrested and brought to the station for booking. Burglary On April 24 at 5:05 p.m., two female juveniles entered a department store in the 600 block of West Huntington with the intent to steal merchandise. They put clothing merchandise on under their clothes, walked out of the store without paying and were detained by loss prevention. Both girls admitted they entered the store to take merchandise and they had no means to pay for the items. Driving Under the Influence On April 25 at 2:45 a.m., police received a call from a resident in the 600 block of East Lemon who was awakened by the sound of a loud crash. She looked outside her residence and noticed a vehicle had collided with two parked vehicles. The driver was trying to flee as officers arrived. The officers stopped the driver and determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested. Gang Injunction Violation Arrest / Curfew Violation On April 25 at 12:42 p.m., an officer saw two bike riders in the 2500 block of South Peck violating several vehicle code violations. He attempted to stop them, but one of the subjects who is a known gang member ignored his commands and emergency lighting. He then threw something onto the ground. Officers recovered the items he threw, which were a baggie of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and some matches. The gang member was arrested for violating two counts of the gang injunction

court order, possession of under one ounce of marijuana, resisting arrest, riding without proper lighting at night, and no stop at a stop sign. He was held due to the likelihood of reoccurrence. Grand Theft Auto On April 26 at 7:34 a.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of West Duarte regarding a stolen vehicle report. The victim reported his 1993 Honda Accord was stolen from its assigned parking stall sometime during the night. There was no broken glass on the ground where it had been parked. Investigation continuing Grand Theft Auto On April 26 at 12:22 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 3300 block of South Peck Road on the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim reported that he had gone to the business to look for car parts. He parked his vehicle, a grey and silver Nissan Altima, and went into the location. He returned to where he had parked his car and found it was missing. There was no broken glass on the ground where it had been parked. Investigation continuing. Petty Theft / Parole Hold On April 27 at 9:50 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 700 block of East Huntington regarding a petty theft that just occurred. Officers located the suspect at Shamrock and Huntington and detained him. Witnesses positively identified the subject as the suspect and he was arrested. He was later found to be on parole and a parole hold was obtained. Vandalism On April 27 at 9:58 a.m., a citizen came to the Police Station to report graffiti at a park in the 300 block of East

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at the location and the residence was surrounded. Azusa officers responded to the residence and persuaded the suspect to exit the residence. He was arrested without further incident. Residential Burglary On April 29 at 4:38 p.m., officers went to a residence in the 100 block of Wildrose regarding a residential burglary. The suspect smashed a window and made entry into the residence. Investigation continuing. Vehicle Burglaries On May 1 at 6:52 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Parkrose and the 700 block of Wildrose regarding three vehicle burglaries that occurred during the night. All three vehicles had a window smashed and various items taken, including a laptop and IPods. Investigation continuing. Suspicious Circumstances On May 1 at approximately 8:20 a.m., officers were dispatched regarding a suspicious subject. A female subject was jogging in the area of Fifth and Hillcrest when an adult male subject in a vehicle drove by her and displayed a pornographic picture outside his vehicle as she passed him. The suspect drove off eastbound on Hillcrest out of sight in an older, dark gray or blue Toyota Corolla. An area check was conducted, but the suspect was not located. Investigation continuing. Grand Theft Auto Recovery On May 1 at 11:26 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 100 block of West Huntington located an unoccupied stolen vehicle parked in the area. The vehicle was a 2007 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was recovered and stored.

Investigation continuing. Assault with a Deadly Weapon On May 2 at 1:40 a.m., an officer was driving by a night club in the 300 block of South Myrtle and saw numerous subjects fighting. Assisting officers arrived and detained several individuals. During the investigation, it was discovered that the victim was exiting the night club when he was confronted by four male gang members. The suspects challenged the victim and then struck him in the face. The victim fell to the ground and two of the suspects began to kick him. The victim was pulled away by friends and the suspects began fighting other subjects. When the suspects noticed the officers, they fled to the rear of the club, where several individuals were detained. A field show up was conducted and two of the suspects were identified as the individuals who struck and kicked the victim. The suspects were arrested and the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision On May 2 at 3:46 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Foothill and Madison regarding a crashing sound. When they arrived, they determined that the suspect had been driving west on Foothill and made the turn onto Madison at a high rate of speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle struck the curb, causing the rear wheel to come off the vehicle. The officers determined the driver to be under the influence. The driver was arrested

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 100015285 Title Order No. 10-8-066250 APN No. 8505-014-022 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/28/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by LORENZO RODRIGUEZ, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE & SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 08/28/2007 and recorded 08/31/07, as Instrument No. 20072037154, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/03/2010 at 1:00PM, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Los Angeles, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 601-603 NORTH LIME, MONROVIA, CA, 91016. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $574,499.28. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to

satisfy the indebted-ness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 05/06/2010 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-0194 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.96459 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2010 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 10-0013364 Title Order No. 10-8060973 APN No. 8505-004-016 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/18/2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by TOM BLANK, AN UNMARRIED MAN, AND CINDY CRAWFORD, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, ALL AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 01/18/2008 and recorded 01/30/08, as Instrument No. 20080180047, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/03/2010 at 1:00PM, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Los Angeles, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 416 S ALTA VISTA AVE, MONROVIA, CA, 910162704. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is

$641,908.96. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebted-ness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 05/04/2010 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-0194 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.96424 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2010 NOTICE OF AMENDED PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF TORAO NISHIYAMA Case No. GP015052 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of TORAO NISHIYAMA AN AMENDED PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Yeong Hye Nishiyama and Monita Yep in the Superior Court of Cali-fornia, County of LOS ANGELES. THE AMENDED PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Yeong Hye Nishiyama and Monita Yep be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE AMENDED PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representa-tive will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows

good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the amended petition will be held on June 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. A located at 300 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101. IF YOU OBJECT to the grant-ing of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hear-ing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Re-quest for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: E JAMES HIGUCHI ESQ SBN 93951 HIGUCHI & HIGUCHI 3435 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 2700 LOS ANGELES CA 90010-2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Gerald T. Bensene, aka Gerald Thomas Bensene Case Number GP014964: To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of Gerald T. Bensene, aka Gerald Thomas Bensene. A petition for probate has been filed by Christine A. Lehner in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The petition for probate requests that Christine A. Lehner be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.)

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Legals Continued from the Previous Page A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 21, 2010 at 8:30 A.M. in Dept A located at 300 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (Form DE-154) of the filing of the inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Jonathan D. Primuth, Law Office of Jonathan D. Primuth, 790 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 790, Pasadena, CA 91101. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20100015000710 Title Order No.: 100094190 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/12/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/16/2005 as Instrument No. 05 3098796 of

official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: LINDA LEE FISHER, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 06/02/2010 TIME OF SALE: 1:00 PM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO THE POMONA SUPERIOR COURTS BUILDING, 350 WEST MISSION BLVD., POMONA, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2605 S MYRTLE AVE, MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA 91016 APN#: 8510-020-007 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $291,729.35. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: FORECLOSURE EXPEDITORS/ INITIATORS, LLC 505 NORTH TUSTIN AVENUE, SUITE 212 SANTA ANA, CA 92705 714-277-4845 www.usaforeclosure.com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT.

ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee /Dated: 05/11/2010 FEI # 1039.01729 5/13, 5/20, 5/27/2010 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7662.20618 Title Order No. 4064478 MIN No. APN 5383-024-001 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 04/01/04. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): Binh Si Banh Recorded: 04/07/04, as Instrument No. 04-0827317, of Official Records of Los Angeles County, California. Date of Sale: 06/03/10 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA The purported property address is: 1801 S BALDWIN AVE, ARCADIA, CA 91007 Assessors Parcel No. 5383-024-001 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $358,087.60. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration

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City OF Arcadia Notices NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE ARCADIA PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA TO CONSIDER A PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO AMEND ARTICLE IX (DIVISION AND USE OF LAND) OF THE ARCADIA MUNICIPAL CODE TO DEFINE AND ADDRESS REGULATIONS FOR PERSONAL SERVICE BUSINESS USES AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS FOR SUCH USES. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing will be held before the Planning Commission of the City of Arcadia (“Planning Commission”) on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at Arcadia City Hall in the City Council Chambers, located at 240 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California 91007. At the public hearing, the Planning Commission will consider whether to recommend to the Arcadia City Council the approval, conditional approval, or denial of a proposed Ordinance to amend Article IX (Division and Use of Land) of the Arcadia Municipal Code to define and address regulations for personal service business uses and the requirements for Conditional Use Permits for such uses. All those interested and the public in general are invited to appear and provide testimony at said time and place and will be afforded an opportunity to be heard. In addition, all persons are invited to provide written and other evidence at or prior to the public hearing. All persons are hereby advised that should any person desire to legally challenge any action taken by the Planning Commission with respect to the above matter and this public hearing, such persons may be limited to raising only those issues and objections raised by such person or other persons at or prior to the time of the public hearing. For further information regarding the proposed Ordinance, or to submit comments, please contact Planning Services at Arcadia City Hall, 240 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007, or call (626) 574-5423, or by fax to (626) 447-9173, or by email to ‘jkasama@ci.arcadia.ca.us.’ In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in a City meeting, contact Planning Services at (626) 574-5423 at least three (3) working days before the meeting or time when such special services are needed. This notification will help City staff in making reasonable arrangements to provide you with access to the meeting. Arcadia City Hall is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on alternate Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Arcadia City Hall will be closed Friday, May 21st. Jim Kasama, Community Development Administrator DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT Publish: Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Continued from Page 20 and brought to the station for booking. Vandalism On May 3 at 9:05 a.m., a business in the 300 block of West Foothill called to report vandalism to their building. The victim reported that several windows had been damaged. Investigation continuing. Weapons Offense On May 4 at 12:26 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the high school regarding a student with a knife. An 18-year-old female student had been taken to the nurse’s office because she was acting strange. She was determined to be okay, but while there, a search of her purse revealed she was in possession of a four inch, lockable folding knife. She was arrested and booked. Commercial Burglary / Conspiracy / Petty Theft with a Prior On May 4 at 1:00 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding two female adults in custody for shoplifting. The officer determined the females had shared a bag in which they both concealed clothing. Both females were arrested and brought to the station for booking. One of the women had a prior conviction for petty theft. Burglary On May 4 at 1:14 p.m., an officer went to a business in the 100 block of South Myrtle on the report of a burglary. The reporting party told the officer that five pieces of furniture were taken from the location sometime between Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. Investigation continuing. Burglary / Vandalism On May 4 at 4:09 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of Sombrero regarding a burglary report. The victim told the officer he showed up at the property for the first time and found the front door missing, appliances missing, and vandalism to the inside of the building. The victim does not know when this took place. Investigation continuing.

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Wednesday, May 5th: 3:02 PM – Armed Robbery, 300 block Grove Street. Two male Hispanic men walked up to the victim, who was gardening at a residence.  One suspect pointed a handgun at the victim as they stole the lawn mower he was using in the front yard. The suspects, who were described as 5’10”, medium build, wearing white t-shirts, put the lawnmower in the rear cargo area of a mid- 1990’s, gray or silver Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee was driven by a third male Hispanic, who sped off southbound on Grove Street and west on Grandview Ave. The crime occurred at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, 5/5/2010. The loss was estimated at $1,200.00 Saturday, May 8th: 8:20 AM – Attempted Residential Burglary, 200 block West Carter Ave. Unknown suspect(s) damaged the door lock, smashed a windowpane and pried a rear door to try to gain entry into a home tented for fumigation. The crime occurred between 12:00 noon, Friday, 5/7/2010 and 7:30 AM, Saturday 5/8/2010. The damages were estimated at $50.00.

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For the period of Sunday, May 2, through Saturday, May 8, the Police Department responded to 868 calls for service of which 142 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period. Sunday, May 2: 1. Suspects entered a locked and fenced property in the 2000 block of Sixth Avenue overnight and stole professional contractor tools from the unsecured home that is being remodeled. Tools valued at $2,500. 2. Just before 2:00 p.m. a woman was shopping at Old Navy at the Westfield Shopping Town. She stopped to feed her baby and while she was distracted, someone stole the wallet from her purse which had been stored under the baby stroller. Monday, May 3: 3. Two vehicles parked in the 100 block of California Street were broken into overnight. Suspects smashed the passenger side front window of each vehicle and took miscellaneous property including a cellular phone, a Sirius radio, and a GPS unit. 4. An officer made a traf-

fic stop on a vehicle near Second Avenue and Huntington Drive around 6:30 p.m. The driver displayed symptoms of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI. A breathalyzer was administered and the 63-year-old Arcadia man had a blood/ alcohol level twice the legal limit. Tuesday, May 4: 5. Around 1:00 a.m. officers responded to the report of suspicious persons in the area. Police contacted and arrested an 18-year-old Covina man who was in possession of burglary tools. Investigation also led officers to a cold-plated stolen vehicle in the area. During interrogation the man admitted to driving the stolen car to the area to commit burglaries. 6. Shortly before 2:00 p.m. two windows in the Chamber of Commerce building, located in the 300 block of Huntington Drive, were shattered. Investigation revealed a BB gun was used to commit the vandalism. No one was injured and no suspects were seen. Wednesday, May 5:

7. Two DUI arrests were made. A 26-year-old Pasadena man was arrested at about 1:45 a.m. at Baldwin Avenue and Camino Real; and a 23-year-old La Puente man was arrested shortly before 11:00 p.m. near Ninth Avenue and Live Oak Avenue. Both arrestees had blood/alcohol levels above the legal limit. 8. About 2:00 p.m. officers responded to the area of Colorado Place and San Juan Drive on the report of a man in traffic. Officers located a 21-year-old Pasadena man who was suicidal. The man was taken into protective custody and transported to a psychiatric facility for evaluation and treatment. Thursday, May 6: 9. About 9:30 a.m. two High School students were arrested on campus for possession of marijuana. Both students were issued citations and released to their parents. 10. An 18-year-old Arcadia man was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a dangerous weapon. The man was in a vehicle at around 8:30 p.m.

in an alley in the 700 block of Southview Road when a patrol officer made contact with him and a companion. An investigation led to the arrest. Friday, May 7: 11. An 18-year-old El Monte woman was detained for a theft investigation at a store in the Westfield Shopping Town. Police discovered a dagger with a 5” blade in her purse. She was subsequently arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon. 12. Shortly before 9:00 p.m. a 56-year-old West Covina woman was arrested for drunk in public in the 00 block of east Huntington Drive. Saturday, May 8: 13. A 1994 Acura Integra was stolen from the alley in the 00 block of east Duarte Road. The theft occurred overnight and no suspects were seen. 14. Around noon an 18 -year-old Los Angeles woman was arrested for steal clothing items from American Apparel, located in the Westfield Shopping Town.


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