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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 27th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 27th

Sunday, May 21st

1:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2600 block of Glenrose Avenue. Stolen: turquoise sunglasses.
10:05 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2500 block of Glenrose Avenue. Vehicle described as a yellow 2005 Ford F150 pick-up. Vehicle was recovered by Pasadena Police Department.
10:20 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Palm St. Suspect(s) entered the residence by prying the door frame. Stolen: brown jewelry box and jewelry.
5:10 PM – Juan Gutierrez, 48 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 900 block of Athens Street for domestic violence.

Monday, May 22nd

12:00 AM – A theft of vehicle parts occurred in the 400 block of Mountain View Street. Stolen: 1999 Honda Accord catalytic converter.
12:42 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the area of Marengo Avenue and Sacramento Street. Stolen: vehicle keys and alarm.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pasadena Unified Announces the Selection of Altadena Elementary Principal

Pasadena Unified Announces the Selection of Altadena Elementary Principal

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Benita Scheckel as Principal of Altadena Elementary School. Ms. Scheckel was promoted after a competitive process that included input provided by Altadena Elementary stakeholders, students, employees, and parents that informed the development of the new principal profile.

“Ms. Scheckel’s accomplishments as an educator and her extensive arts background will be assets to the Altadena Elementary School community,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “I am pleased to promote Ms. Scheckel to Principal of Altadena Elementary.”

Ms. Scheckel was named the 2017 Most Promising New Administrator by the Association of California School Administrators Region VX. Since 2015, she has served as Assistant Principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, where she led the Academy for Creative Industries, the college and career pathway program. She was previously the K-8 curriculum resource teacher at McKinley School. From 2011-2015, Ms. Scheckel was coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Blair School and served on the team that brought the dual language immersion program to Blair.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Thefts From Unlock Vehicles in Altadena

Thefts From Unlock Vehicles in Altadena

You want to make your car less appealing to the thief, even hiding valuable items under a towel or jacket does not prevent someone from wanting to go inside your vehicle. By far it is best to lock items in your trunk or remove them entirely.

Don’t have the time to wait for a deputy to show up to your house and take a report?

MAKE AN ONLINE POLICE REPORT
The following incidents can be reported online:

-Lost or stolen cell phone valued $950 or less
-Lost or stolen property valued $950 or less
-Theft from an unlocked vehicle valued $950 or less
-Theft from an open or unsecured area valued $950 or less
To make a report:

http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx

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Friday, May 26, 2017

North Pasadena Vons May Close

North Pasadena Vons May Close

A spokeswoman for Albertsons, Inc. said Friday that the Vons Market at 1390 Allen Avenue just north of Washington Boulevard may close “in the near future.”

“While we are currently having discussions with the landlord to continue leasing our Vons store on N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena, there is a possibility we will be forced to leave the store,” Jenna Watkinson, Director, Public Affairs for Albertsons Southern California Division said.

The store has operated in that location for 41 years.

“We are disappointed by this situation and sincerely hope we can come to an amicable agreement so we may continue to proudly serve the Pasadena community in this location as we have since 1976,” Watkins said.

Should the Vons close, a vast swatch of Altadena and North Pasadena will have to travel a significantly increased distance to grocery shop.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 20th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 20th

Sunday, May 14th

10:33 AM – Tywon Johnson, 28 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Raymond Avenue for criminal threats.
12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of N. Olive Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the portable window air conditioner. Loss: unknown.
3:30 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 400 block of W. Marigold Street. Stolen: black wallet, credit cards and currency.

Monday, May 15th

8:10 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1100 block of Meadowbrook Road. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Loss: medication.

Tuesday, May 16th

11:20 AM – A grand theft occurred in the 2100 block of New York Drive. Stolen: red Honda lawnmower, blue weed whacker, red tree trimmer and red chainsaw.
3:00 PM – A residential fire occurred in the 20 block of La Venezia Court. No injuries reported.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrate Spring at Eaton Canyon Festival

Celebrate Spring at Eaton Canyon Festival

Come to the Annual Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival on May 20-21, 2017 at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. The Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival features: Native American Dancers, drummers, musicians, singers, story tellers, with artisans including basket weavers, pottery makers, wood carvers, wildlife exhibitors and nature groups. If you’re looking for Pow Wows in California or other Native American events in the Southern California area, the Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival is the place to be in May.

Many native people celebrate the change of seasons with music and dance. In keeping with these traditions, the Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival hosts tribal drummers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Native artists and crafters will also join in to offer their wares for purchase, and other items will be raffled.

The Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival will also celebrate the beauty that is found in Eaton canyon. Presenters from local wildlife organizations will introduce attendees to some of the indigenous birds,

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Altadena Elementary School Campus Renovation Buoys Hopes for Boosted Student Enrollment

Altadena Elementary School Campus Renovation Buoys Hopes for Boosted Student Enrollment

“We all know that the cause for our celebrations on a regular basis are not these walls, but it’s what happens inside of our buildings. Tonight we celebrate what happens inside of our school and our students who come to this building everyday full of feelings, full of dreams and full of hope,” said Altadena Elementary School Principal Ria Apodaca.

Altadena Elementary School currently serves 275 pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students and will be home to the Pasadena Unified School District’s new French Dual Language Immersion program starting Fall 2017.

The just finished $8.1 million makeover included modernization of three school buildings, construction of a new entrance, and painting.

“Altadena is going up. We’re going up in enrollment, we’re going up in diversity through our French Dual Immersion Language Program, we’re going up in student engagement by building capacity and strengthening their artistic skillsets and, finally, through the hard work of our dedicated staff that’s committed to the success of these programs,

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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Relay Wedding to Raise HOPE for Those with Cancer

A Relay Wedding to Raise HOPE for Those with Cancer

Thirteen years ago, Heather C. Morrow lost her husband to cancer. As part of the grieving process, she discovered that by giving to services that helped those with cancer she could heal her heartbreak. Eight years ago when a Relay For Life event was planned for the Altadena community, Heather was invited to participate.

Heather notes, “That first year, I think I stopped by for only 20 minutes; however, I had raise close to $1000 to help in the fight. Needless to say, I was invited to return the following year.”

Unlike traditional distance fundraising events, Relay is built around community based teams. The idea is that one person from the team is on the track at all times during the event, making it a shared responsibility. As it is an event, there are a variety activities throughout the day and into the evening to celebrate survivors, remember those who we have lost and to fight back against cancer. There is an event theme and each team has a booth and is encouraged to host some sort of fundraising activity.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 6th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, May 6th

Sunday, April 30th

11:15 AM – A grand theft by false pretenses occurred in the 2300 block of New York Drive. Stolen: gift cards.
10:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 1400 block of Valencia Avenue. Damage: scratches on doors.

Monday, May 1st

1:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 1700 block of N. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by punching the door lock. Stolen: credit cards and currency.
3:00 PM – A vandalism occurred in the 2600 block of Glenrose Avenue. Damage: wall spray painted.
7:45 PM – An attempted theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 400 block of W. Palm Street. Suspect described as a male, 18 to 20 years old, 6 feet and 180 pounds.
10:00 PM – A vandalism occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Damage: windows, phones, and light fixtures.

Tuesday, May 2nd

9:00 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 300 block of Buena Loma Drive.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Check Your Mailbox for Letter Carriers Food Drive Information, And Consider Helping

Check Your Mailbox for Letter Carriers Food Drive Information, And Consider Helping

The Altadena branch of the U.S. Post office delivered bags to every house in Altadena to be filled with non-expired non-perishable food items. The bags will be picked up by your letter carrier this Saturday May 13.

Every post office in the United States is taking part in this program.

As letter carriers are keenly aware, too many of our customers live in challenging situations, uncertain of where their next meal will come.

“We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week,” Rolando said, “and because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”

Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends. The food is then distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.

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