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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Art on Palm Returns for 11th Year Today

Art on Palm Returns for 11th Year Today

The Spring 2015 Art on Palm art show will be held today from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Head over to bucolic Wildwood Park for another magical event.

Art on Palm, a biannual art event, began in 2004 with 7 classmates, in the charming backyard garden of co-presenter Mary Jane Elgin. Conceived by and for artists, Art on Palm now accommodates more than 40 artists with musicians and refreshments in an equally lovely, but considerably larger canyon garden, Wildwood Park. This setting, with its canopy of ancient oaks, pathways winding around homes renovated and designed by Henry Greene, harken back to Southern California of the 1920’s. Though Art on Palm has grown and moved, it has retained a commitment to present work that is refined, diverse and locally handcrafted.

Art on Palm artists share the wealth by donating a portion of their sales to the Creative Arts Group in neighboring Sierra Madre. Creative Arts Group (CAG) was founded in 1960 by six couples to provide quality art experiences and instruction to augment the dwindling arts programs in public schools.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Gretchen Seager Will Not Run for Re-Election to the Altadena Town Council

Gretchen Seager Will Not Run for Re-Election to the Altadena Town Council

Gretchen Seager has announced that she will not run for re-election to the Altadena Town Council in her census tract #4601, Pat Sutherlen, Altadena Town Council Election Committee Vice Chair said in an email Friday night.

Town Council elections will be held on June 6.  Applications may be picked up at the Altadena Library 600 E. Mariposa Ave or downloaded at www.altadenatowncouncil.org.  Deadline to turn in applications is 4:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Library.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Has Issued a Missing Person Alert: Have You Seen Britney Jackson?

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Has Issued a Missing Person Alert: Have You Seen Britney Jackson?

The Altadena Sheriff’s station issued a missing person alert Friday afternoon for Britney Jackson, 27 years old, who is possibly driving a white Mercedes with license plate number 7BTH609.

 

Please call the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at (626) 798-1131 if you have seen Britney or her vehicle.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Brainfuse! New Help for Homework for Students from the Altadena Library

Brainfuse! New Help for Homework for Students from the Altadena Library

The Altadena Library District offers many useful online research and educational tools for our patrons, including Brainfuse for students.

This database provides one-on-one homework help from live, online tutors for students in grades K-12. Subject areas include math, science, social studies and English/language arts.

Writing lab specialists help students produce better term papers and reports. Tutors are available Monday-Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in English and Spanish.

Login at www.altadenalibrary.org and click on Online Databases and scroll down to Homework Help. All you need is your Altadena Library card number to access Brainfuse.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Call us at (626) 798-0833. Online at www.altadenalibrary.org

 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Crime Blotter for the Week of April 26, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Crime Blotter for the Week of April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26th

8:30 PM – Vandalism to a vehicle occurred in the 100 block of East Las Flores Dr.  Suspect(s) damaged passenger door and quarter panel with unknown object.

10:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 700 block of Ventura St.  Suspect(s) entered through the kitchen door.  Location was under construction and vacant at the time of incident.  Loss: Mig welding machine.

 

Monday, April 27th

11:01 PM – A 1992 Honda Accord was stolen from the 1900 block of Washington Bl.

 

Tuesday, April 28st

12:10 PM – A grand theft occurred near Mar Vista Av and Woodbury Rd.  Suspect(s) stole a Honda lawn mower, TMC Hedge trimmer and 15 ft. of cable.

7:01 PM – Edwin Barahonanuez was arrested for possession of a controlled substance near Summit Av and Montana St.

 

Wednesday, April 29th

7:50 AM – A gray 2008 Ford Fusion was stolen from the 2100 block of Lincoln Av.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Three School Board Members Take Office; Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy Elected President

Three School Board Members Take Office; Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy Elected President

Roy Boulghourjian, Patrick Cahalan and Larry Torres were sworn into office Monday as new members of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education at the board’s annual organizational meeting Monday. All three board members were elected to office March 10, 2015. Also at the meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Pomeroy was unanimously elected president of the PUSD Board of Education by a vote of 6-0.

“I am truly honored to be in this role as board president and will give it my very best,” said Board President Pomeroy. “I plan on following the words of former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard to ‘first listen’ and I hope to carry on in that same vein.” Dr. Pomeroy was originally elected to the board in 2009 and currently represents District 5.

Following the election of Dr. Pomeroy as board president, Kim Kenne was re-elected as board vice president and Roy Boulghourjian was elected board clerk.

Roy Boulghourjian has been a resident of Pasadena for over 30 years.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lori Touloumian Named Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School

Lori Touloumian Named Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. has named Lori Touloumian as the principal of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School, pending board approval. She has served as the school’s interim principal since January. The announcement was made during the school’s grand re-opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly-refurbished auditorium and the naming of the student art gallery after local artist Charles White.

“With her experience in secondary schools and her commitment to providing program choices for students and families, Lori Touloumian is the ideal person to lead Eliot’s transformation into a world-class arts magnet school,” said Superintendent McDonald.

Prior to her position as interim principal of Eliot, Touloumian served as the magnet program coordinator for PUSD since 2013 where she led the management of a $7.9 million federal grant to create magnet schools at Eliot Arts Magnet, Washington STEAM Magnet Academy, Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet and Washington Elementary STEM Magnet.

As the magnet program coordinator, Touloumian oversaw the implementation of all facets of the magnet program including student recruitment,

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction

Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction

The owner of Woodbury House, a storied landmark important to the history of Altadena, said today the May 14 foreclosure auction of the property has been postponed by the foreclosure trustee.

Peter Leissos said that although the auction of the property at 2606 Madison Avenue still appears on the auction.com website he was told in a May 4 telephone conversation that its foreclosure sale will be postponed in order for the mortgage servicer, Nation Star, to complete a review of the property’s files.

Neighborhood concern spread in late April when passersby say they noticed and photographed a foreclosure notice posted on the front door of the National Historic Register-listed property.

That notice indicated the six bedroom, five bathroom, 6,159 square foot residence would be sold at a live auction for a minimum bid of $863,097.03 on May 14 in Norwalk.

In response, the Altadena Historical Society and Altadena Heritage announced cooperation and established a “joint watch” of the property,

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

LASD Arson/Explosives Detail Investigates Altadena Residential Fire

LASD Arson/Explosives Detail Investigates Altadena Residential Fire

Deputies from the Altadena Sheriff’s Station responding to a residential fire in the 200 block of East Pentagon Street about 2:42 p.m. today discovered live ammunition in the back yard of the residence after Los Angeles County Fire Department extinguished the blaze.

As a precautionary public safety measure, deputies evacuated the neighboring residences and notified LASD Arson/Explosives Detail.

Upon further examination, it was determined that the ammunition posed no additional hazard, was legally possessed and was not the cause of the fire.

The evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly after.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the LA County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson/Explosives Detail.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station at (626) 798-1131.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637),

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation to Hold Lamp Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation to Hold Lamp Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) announced that they will hold their annual LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon, on Sunday, May 31st, at the Altadena Town and Country Club.  Actor, Producer and Director Wren Brown, will be the host for this celebration.

California Assemblymember and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, District 41, will be the Keynote Speaker for the event.  In addition, Richard Allen Williams, MD, will be honored for outstanding leadership.

The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation will also recognize high school seniors graduating from the GZBF LAMP Mentor Program.  The GZBF values academic achievement and is committed to ensuring that students have the resources necessary to further their educational pursuits.

About Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation

Founded in 1998, the GZBF is the social action vehicle of the Gamma Zeta Boulé. The GZBF partners with professionals, practitioners and educational institutions, in support of high school students who are committed to both attending and graduating from the college or university of their choice.

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