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Friday, July 21, 2017

Altadena Residents Hear Discussion on Two Water Projects

Altadena Residents Hear Discussion on Two Water Projects

Altadena residents gathered Thursday evening at the Altadena Community Center for a panel discussion on two Los Angeles County Public Works projects — the contested plan to remove sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, and a projected plan to move collected ground water from the Arroyo Seco to Eaton Canyon.

The event was staged by Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Library and Neighbors Building a Better Altadena. Among the speakers were Chris Stone, assistant deputy director for L.A. County Public Works, Brad Bowman from Pasadena Public Works and Tim Brick, president of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s lawyer, Mitchell Tsai, who led the foundation’s recent victory over the County, which was forced to halt the proposed sediment removal project in March.

The pipeline project, which is currently only in the conceptual phase, is designed to maximize water conservation by capturing and conveying stormwater from Devil’s Gate Dam to nearby water conservation from Devil’s Gate Dam to nearby water conservation facilities before the flows are lost to the ocean.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 18, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 18, 2017

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 20, 2017 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1. Pledge of Allegiance ___________________________ Council Member
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve July 18, 2017 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1. Approve June 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND RECOGNITIONS

3.1. Swearing In Ceremony _________________________ Supervisor Kathryn Barger
3.2. Recognitions:
3.2.1. Supervisor Kathryn Barger / Sussy Nemer
3.2.2. Congresswoman Judy Chu / Becky Cheng
3.2.3.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 8th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 8th

Sunday, July 2nd

10:00 AM – A petty theft occurred in the 800 block of E. New York Drive. Stolen: blue aluminum walker.

Monday, July 3rd

12:45 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1000 block of E. Woodbury Road. Suspect(s) entered the residence via the unsecured rear door. Stolen: white Xbox 360, white Xbox 1s, black Dell laptop, and black Samsung desktop.
9:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of Windsor Avenue. Stolen: cigar and identification.
11:52 AM – An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of Rubio Canyon Road. Suspect(s) attempted to enter the residence by shattering the kitchen window. No entry was made.
7:47 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2700 block of Olive Avenue. Suspect was arrested.

Tuesday, July 4th

1:15 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of W. Woodbury Road.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Hen Press’ 23rd Benefit Champagne Luncheon

Red Hen Press’ 23rd Benefit Champagne Luncheon

 

Red Hen Press will celebrate its 23rd anniversary at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena on November 12th with an annual benefit champagne luncheon. The afternoon festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition of excellence in the literary community with performances from local students, excellent cuisine, a silent auction, and readings by acclaimed authors Camille Dungy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and A. E. Stallings.

Other notable guests includes Afaa Weaver, Amy Gerstler, Brendan Constantine, Eloise Klein Healy, Ishmael Reed, Jonathan Gold, Judy Grahn, Laurel Ann Bogen, Luis Rodriguez, Patt Morrison, and Ron Carlson.

Funds raised through the Benefit Luncheon will support Red Hen Press and its three flagship programs: publishing, Writing in the Schools, and literary events.

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

About Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press was founded in 1994,

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Los Angeles County Raises Dog Limit from 3 to 4 Per Household

Los Angeles County Raises Dog Limit from 3 to 4 Per Household

On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the existing municipal code to allow up to four dogs per household in unincorporated areas.

“By increasing the number of dogs allowed per household from 3 to 4, we are hoping to encourage responsible pet owners to consider adopting an additional dog from one of our county shelters,” said Supervisor Barger.

Other counties in the state also provide a similar four-dog ordinance including San Diego and San Bernardino. In order to have more than four dogs, one must be licensed as an animal facility, most commonly used for groomers, kennels or pet shops.

 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Featured at Free July 24 Historical Society Program

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Featured at Free July 24 Historical Society Program

Dramatic rescues of lost and injured hikers in the San Gabriel Mountains by Altadena’s renowned Mountain Rescue Team will be featured in a 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 program sponsored by the Altadena Historical Society.

The program, presented by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dep. Dan Paige and AHS member William Dawson, will be free and open to the public at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive.

Founded in 1951, the rescue team is comprised of citizen volunteers and is based at the Altadena Sheriff’s station, one of eight such Sheriff’s Department rescue teams in the county.

“Bill Dawson and Dep. Dan Paige have searched the archives and files of the Sheriff’s Department and the Historical Society to produce this fascinating, illustrated program,” said Historical Society President Kathy Hoskins.

“Bill gives an overview of the historical uses of the mountains above Altadena, first by natives, then explorers, then tourists and now residents and day-hikers,” Hoskins said, “and Deputy Paige describes and illustrates some of the dangerous and dramatic rescues of lost and injured hikers that the team performs almost every weekend.”

The talk will be illustrated with both still photos and video,

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 1st

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 1st

Sunday, June 25th

4:25 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 400 block of W. Mariposa Street. No arrest has been made.
4:00 PM – A domestic battery occurred in the 300 block of Ventura Street. No arrest has been made.

Monday, June 26th

1:50 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2600 block of Boulder Road. No arrest has been made.
1:40 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Santa Rosa Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering a window. Stolen: unknown.
3:30 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Crest Road. Suspects entered the residence via the rear garage doors. Loss: unknown.

Tuesday, June 27th

11:29 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 3200 block of Tonia Avenue. Suspect was arrested.

Wednesday, June 28th

7:15 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 100 block of W.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Pasadena non-profit Light Bringer Project is about to launches the fifth issue of its online literary journal created by local authors as a resource for engaging and inspiring underserved public school students with relatable stories that are often missing in textbooks.

“Literature For Life” provides greater Los Angeles area young people with tailor-­made lesson plans designed to help teachers introduce locally-produced writing and artwork into their classrooms, so that students may see themselves and their communities better represented in their curriculum.

The free resource is published in two issues a year and contains a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and artwork from both award-winning authors and emerging young writers.

“The idea is to introduce current contemporary literature in the main from Los Angeles emerging writers into the classrooms of underserved public schools,” explained Tom Coston, president of Light Bringer Project.

“Ultimately, the bottom-line is to cultivate a love of reading and writing again by making stories that are relatable and current for students that have to do with their lives that are things that they can easily identify with.”

“Literature For Life” was created in 2011 by Altadena author Jervey Tervalon who spent five years as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District being dissatisfied with the textbooks that he was forced to use with his lesson plans.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Free Concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th with Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic Playing

Free Concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th with Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic Playing

Free concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the amphitheater. The Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena presents the 21st Annual Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park, located at 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline, Michigan, astounds audiences every time the group takes the stage. The musicians, all high school students, present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. Spirited vocals and Appalachian step dancing combine with the instrumentals to create an unforgettable live performance.

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic began in 1994 with a simple idea: introduce an alternative style of music education to public school students to maintain and expand their interest in music performance. Since then, the group has definitely set the standard for extracurricular music programs in the United States. It has grown into a model of instruction and motivation that is being emulated across the nation.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Altadena Library Announces Partnership with the Princeton Review to Provide PSAT and SAT Prep Courses

The Altadena Library Announces Partnership with the Princeton Review to Provide PSAT and SAT Prep Courses

PSAT & SAT Prep for Teens – Starting October 28th, 2017

The Altadena Library is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Princeton Review to provide PSAT and SAT prep courses!

This series begins on October 28th with a practice PSAT test. Over the following months, participants will be given the opportunity to review their results and attend three more sessions covering curated drawn from the results of the practice test.

“Over the past several months, several parents and teens have expressed an interest in free SAT prep classes. This series is designed to meet that need,” says Kate Shumaker, teen librarian. These classes will be offered free of charge during the 2017-2018 school year. This is a great opportunity to start getting ready for your SATs by practicing for the PSAT. The PSAT is slightly more accessible to younger students allowing preparation to begin as early as ninth grade.

If you have any questions or would like to register yourself or your child,

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