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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Cal State Los Angeles Chemistry Professor, Local Resident Recognized as Minority Access National Role Model
Cal State LA Chemistry Professor Krishna Foster is set to be honored as a Minority Access National Role Model in recognition of her exemplary achievements in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Foster will be acknowledged during the Minority Access Inc.’s 17th Annual National Role Models Conference, which is scheduled to be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
“I am truly humbled and honored by this award, which acknowledges the effort I have invested in realizing inclusive excellence in STEM for Cal State LA students,” said Foster, who resides in Altadena.
The National Role Model Awards identify leaders in various disciplines who can inspire others to succeed and increase the pool of scholars and professionals who will find cures for illnesses, solve technological problems, or address social disparities in society.
Foster’s work to ensure student excellence in chemistry serves as an example for other professors. She has a distinguished record as a scholar with numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national conferences.Read More »
Monday, August 29, 2016
The community is invited to attend the upcoming neighborhood disaster training on Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Altadena Town & Country Club (2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena) hosted by Altadena MYN Committee. Emergency personnel nationwide are encouraging all citizens to evaluate their disaster supplies and level of preparedness now! They have rolled out a local training called MYN – Map Your Neighborhood. The training is informative and will provide locally relevant information and basic disaster planning goals beneficial to everyone!
A Disaster (opposed to an emergency) is a situation in which 911 is overwhelmed and unable to answer or respond to calls for help. In such a situation, individuals and neighborhoods need to be prepared and able to help themselves and each other medically and mentally for a length of time – possibly two weeks. Do you have enough water, food and medical supplies for your family and pets? Do you know the resources (skills and inventory) in your neighborhood?Read More »
Monday, August 29, 2016
Over Two Dozen Rescuers Retrieve Injured Hiker Who Fell “Over the Edge” Off Shortcut into Poison Ivy
A 51-year-woman required a helicopter rescue after a hiking accident Sunday night in the Inspiration Point area of the Los Angeles National Forest. There has been a significant rise in rescues like this one over the past few years.
The woman, who had fallen in poison oak leaves after taking an off-trail shortcut, was heard crying for help by another hiker who contacted authorities around 8:20 p.m., according to Dan Paige, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy who is a part of Altadena’s Mountain Rescue Team, a volunteer group that helps save hikers in danger.
“We lowered a paramedic down within 30 minutes of the call to who we thought was the victim. We found someone yelling and waving at us with a flashlight, but ended up actually being the informant,” Paige said. “We could still hear the victim screaming out there, but didn’t know where she was. After about an hour and a half, we spotted her. She was in a very precarious spot, about 100 feet over the side of the trail.”
A paramedic then hoisted her out via a helicopter and they started treating her for various injuries.Read More »
Friday, August 26, 2016
Monday, August 15th
12:00 AM – A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2600 block of Lake Avenue. Stolen: black Tom Tom, brown Michael Kors sunglass case and brown Michael Kors sunglasses.
5:02 AM – Pedro Orozco, 22 years old of Altadena was arrested in the area of Figueroa Drive and Olive Avenue for robbery. Suspect Orozco was armed with a knife.
12:47 PM – A battery occurred in the 2200 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Suspect described as a black female, 25 – 30 years old, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 5 inches. The suspect was last seen entering a grey Jeep Cherokee being drive by a black male.
Tuesday, August 16th
5:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3400 block of Chaney Trail. Suspect(s) entered the location via the garage door by using bodily force. Stolen: weed wacker, grinding machine and a welding torch.
Wednesday, August 17th
4:01 PM – Tina Picinisco,Read More »
Friday, August 26, 2016
L.A. County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau investigators made a public plea Thursday in front of the house on the 300 block of West Figueroa Dr. in Altadena where Salvador Esperanza III was killed, asking for help in locating the suspects who fatally shot and killed the 4 year old boy in the front yard. A $20,000 reward has been offered in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect responsible.
“We don’t have much of a description right now. That night, there were quite a few people on the street so we were told that a few people saw what happened, just no one has come forward to help identify that individual,” explained L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Homicide Detective Lt. John Corina.
Four year old Salvador Esperanza III of Monrovia was with his parents on July 5 visiting a friend’s home on the corner of Olive and Figueroa in Altadena when and unknown suspect fired numerous rounds in the direction of the house killing Esparza and injuring a 27 year old black male,Read More »
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
With the resignation of Trustee Meredith McKenzie, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees is accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to serve on the board for her unexpired 2016/2017 term. Those applying must be at least 18, a resident of and registered to vote in Altadena. The board will interview potential candidates at the next board meeting at 5 pm on September 26. The applicant selected must agree to be willing to run in the 2017 election for the 4-year term for this seat which expires in 2021.
Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire (on library’s website) to the Library Director by 5 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016.
The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa Street in Altadena. For more information about the library, please visit the library’s website at www.altadenalibrary.org.Read More »
Monday, August 22, 2016
By VINCE BRYANT, Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development Program Coordinator
The McDonalds group is a group of men that meet every morning at McDonald’s on Lincoln Ave. and Woodbury Rd. in Altadena. Their meetings usually consist of current events and other popular community topics. These topics were all just to invoke thought and conversation until the topic of scholarship money for the young men in our community came up. After their discussion, realizing that our young men needed immediate help, the group decided to take action. So, five years ago they decided to start the McDonalds Men’s Group Scholarship Award. This award has served many young men over this period and continues to do so.
This year, five young men were selected from John Muir High School. These students include DaShon Pulley, D’Mario Lundy, John Pointer, Michael Hawkins and Isaiah Irby which were all very deserving of the award and highly appreciative of the assistance to go on and do great things in their lives.Read More »
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Fire along with search and rescue crews spent early Saturday morning rescuing four inebriated teenagers — one who was so incapacitated a helicopter was required to hoist and carry her from the mountain.
The rescue was launched shortly after 2 a.m. when authorities received a report of two unconscious persons seen above the water tank across Echo Mountain, above Altadena.
The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team along with Los Angeles County Fire Department began searching the mountains for the hikers.
Altadena rescue team members hiked into the the fire break area of the mountain and soon made voice contact with several of the hikers, who said they were disoriented on the steep hillside in the darkness.
It was apparent the hikers were under the influence, authorities said, and the hikers “soon admitted to drinking alcohol.”
One of the hikers, a female juvenile was too inebriated to hike out, even with rescuers assistance.
A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter was used to help search for the hikers and also to hoist the female hiker.Read More »
Thursday, August 18, 2016
A Beatles tribute band, The Nowhere Men is performing a free concert at Farnsworth Park Saturday August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Farnsworth Park located at the top of Lake Avenue at 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.
The Nowhere Men was formed in 2014 by guitarists Bill Wallius and Mike Manning. Their goal, as big fans of The Beatles, was to deliver an authentic experience with all the trademark Beatle sounds. Great harmonies, defining guitar riffs, and a sense of excitement that denotes the British Invasion of the mid 1960’s. Mike’s brother Sean, who with Mike has performed their Irish music act for 10 years at Farnsworth Park, joined the band in late 2015. Mike, Bill, and Sean are all local Altadena residents, and have played at the Rancho Bar, Altadena Ale House, and St. Elizabeth Church. Most of the music performed by the Nowhere Men was performed live by the Beatles in many of their concerts throughout the mid 1960’s.Read More »
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Sunday, August 7th
2:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2000 block of Beverly Drive. Suspect(s) entered the location via the open garage door. Stolen: white and black Cannondale Hybrid bicycle.
Monday, August 8th
10:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Pinecrest Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: red wallet containing credit cards and currency.
11:15 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 1900 of E. Loma Alta Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle via unknown means. Stolen: iPad, sunglasses, clothing and a backpack.
Tuesday, August 9th
4:52 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 70 block of Mountain View Street. Vehicle described as a gold 1991 Acura Integra.
Wednesday, August 10th
2:40 AM – Hiram Cormier, 39 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the area of Washington Boulevard and Lake Avenue for being under the influence of a controlled substance.Read More »