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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Woman Injured in Eaton Canyon Rescued by USAR Teams Last Evening

Woman Injured in Eaton Canyon Rescued by USAR Teams Last Evening

Pasadena Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams rescued a woman who fell in Eaton Canyon and suffered lacerations to her knee and leg Saturday evening about 5:29 p.m.

Authorities said the injured woman was reported to be in the area south of the bridge at the canyon’s northern end.

Arriving units established an Incident Center at Pinecrest Drive.

A rescue team from USAR 32 entered the canyon at the trailhead at Pinecrest and hiked south as additional fire department personnel hiked north from the McCurdy Nature Center in the canyon’s southern end.

Thee rescue teams contact with the victim, provided care, and assisted the victim to the Pinecrest Drive trailhead. The victim was suffering a laceration which was treated by paramedics.

The victim transported herself to the hospital for further treatment.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bellisimo!  Altadena Guild’s Home and Garden Tour Set for May 3

Bellisimo! Altadena Guild’s Home and Garden Tour Set for May 3

Enjoy a little taste of Italy and sip a cappuccino, listen to the music of a strolling accordionist and take in the beauty of magnificent homes and gardens within the original Sphinx Ranch area of northeastern Altadena during the Altadena Guild’s 64th Annual Home Tour on Sunday, May 3.

Home Tour 2015 Co-chairs Judy Bolenbaugh, Marie Darr, Julie Manning, Bobbie Miller say these homes and gardens are “nestled around the Midlothian and Glenview Terrace intersection” and “will delight you with their beauty and versatility.”

The event offers more than simply tours. Also in the lineup:

• Classic hot rod car show

• Fresh, homemade items for sale at the Bakery

• Refreshments, both food and beverage, at the renowned Altadini Bar

•  “One Wonderful Thing” venue with quality, gently-used items for sale

• An Opportunity Drawing to win a beautiful tour-inspired quilt

•  Plein Air Market with outside vendors to tantalize you with their wares

•  Art Gallery showing original art by Linda Salinas,

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Car Fleeing CHP Crashes on El Molino Just South of Altadena, Suspect Disappears Into the Night

Car Fleeing CHP Crashes on El Molino Just South of Altadena, Suspect Disappears Into the Night

 

The high-speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle on the Foothill 210 Freeway careened onto Pasadena city streets and up Lake Avenue to Altadena’s border Saturday night before ending with a crash — this time, with far less serious consequences than Friday night’s horrific Colorado Street bridge collision.

Pasadena Police Sergeant Carrillo said tonight’s pursuit took to Pasadena city streets at the 210’s Lake Avenue offramp about 8:30 p.m. where the suspect driving the stolen vehicle headed north at such a high rate of speed that pursuing CHP units lost the car and called off their pursuit in the area of North Lake Avenue at Washington Boulevard.

The stolen car continued to flee north towards Altadena.

“Based on what witnesses were able to tell us, the driver lost control and it looks like he may have hit the curb and flipped and come to a resting point overturned on the front lawn of [a] residence,” Carrillo said.

The residence is located in the 1400 block of North El Molino Avenue.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Neighborhood Church to Sponsor Walk Marking Six Month Anniversary of Christopher Walker’s Murder at Fair Oaks Burger

Neighborhood Church to Sponsor Walk Marking Six Month Anniversary of Christopher Walker’s Murder at Fair Oaks Burger

The day before Halloween in 2014, Altadena-bred Christopher Walker, 26, was shot as he sat on the patio at Fair Oaks Burgers about 4:30 in the afternoon by a person who got out of a car, fired multiple times at him, then climbed back into the car and sped off on East Calaveras Street.

Walker was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he died.

As Walker’s family and friends prepare to mark the six month anniversary of his death (Altadena’s first homicide since 2012), his story is attracting attention as a revealing tale of the lure of gangs in our neighborhoods.

Annenberg Radio News released a program last week that focused on Walker, and on April 30, the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena will host a memorial march which will be joined by community leaders and anti-gang experts.

For the details, we turn to Neighborhood Church’s Reverend Hannah Petrie:

“This past week has been a whirlwind of activity in preparation to get the word out about a meaningful,

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

VIDA Program Youngsters, Sheriff’s Deputies and Altadena Mountain Rescue Hike to Echo Mountain Today

VIDA Program Youngsters, Sheriff’s Deputies and Altadena Mountain Rescue Hike to Echo Mountain Today

Story and Photography Courtesy Deputy Paige

Altadena station VIDA program youths and deputies, with help from the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, led 22 kids into the Angeles National Forest today. The group hiked almost 6 miles from Altadena to Echo Mountain.

The students saw some amazing scenery this morning, and learned about hiking safey and basic first aid.

Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) is a structured 16-week program for non-violent, at-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 17½. Through collaboration between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, community-based organizations, volunteers, schools and families, the program teaches youth the value of effective decision-making and taking responsibility for their futures.

If you want more information visit: http://www.vida.la

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to Altadena Now!

Welcome to Altadena Now!

 

Welcome to Altadena Now!  We launch our new publication with sincere congratulations to Timothy Rutt for his outstanding work covering the news in Altadena these past 7-1/2 years, and with our plans to provide continuing coverage for all those who live, work and play in Altadena.

Who are “we”? The ownership and staff of 11-year-old Pasadena Now, which currently attracts 94,000 monthly readers and engages with 22,000+ social media fans daily.

Our publisher, James Macpherson, was born at St. Luke Hospital and grew up in Altadena. His sister resides in the family’s home on Midwick Drive, built by their parents in 1952.

Our approach is that of a servant of the community. We solicit your input on the layout, functionality, and editorial sections of this website. We are launching with a very simple foundational presence which we expect will evolve significantly over the next 45 days — and hope to hear your ideas on how to improve it.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Altadena Chapter of the NAACP Has a Lot Going on This Saturday

The Altadena Chapter of the NAACP Has a Lot Going on This Saturday

Easter might be over, but the Altadena Chapter of the NAACP still has a lot going on!

This Saturday, April 11, Chapter President, Nicole Ford will be honored at the Pasadena Journal’s annual Women of Achievement Breakfast, at the Brookside Clubhouse at 9 a.m.

Ford will be honored for her outstanding work as founder and program director of Stepping in the Right Direction-Ivy leadership League Mentor Program — two very special programs in one that help impact the lives of high school students.

The 8-year-old Ivy League Program helps to enhance the lives of high school girls through professional and social female mentorships that aid with achieving their highest potential to become confident, caring women through committed sisterhood and standards of excellence.

After introducing the girls to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program, (HBCU), Ford founded Stepping in the Right Direction one year later. The informative collegiate year round program exposes hundreds of students to HBCUs, and stresses the importance of pursuing higher education.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Aveson featured in new book on personalized learning

Aveson featured in new book on personalized learning

Aveson Charter Schools has garnered national attention for its personalized learning approach through a new book titled, Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom.The book, co-authored by educational consultants Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis and Diane Ullman, features Aveson as one of the only schools implementing personalized learning, a way of teaching and learning that is catching on in public education across the country.

 Aveson’s contributions to Learning Personalized came after Denver education leaders visited the school last year and witnessed what they called, “one of the most authentic” personalized learning models in the country. Upon hearing this, Zmuda visited Aveson for a firsthand look at the school and to explore including their work in Learning Personalized.

“There is a significant interest in personalized learning around the nation,” says Zmuda. “But Aveson is remarkable both in their design and their commitment to create this learning environment with their students and families every day.”

The book,

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet grand re-opening April 30

Eliot Arts Magnet grand re-opening April 30

Eliot Arts Magnet received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform Charles W. Eliot Middle School into a premier arts magnet. In the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built lasting partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts. Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium has also undergone extensive modernization which will be completed this month.

Eliot Arts Magnet is ready to reveal these exciting changes to the community during its Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 P.M. This event will celebrate the school’s transformation in becoming an arts magnet with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly-refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium and the naming of the student art gallery after renowned local artist Charles White.

The Grand Re-opening celebration on Thursday, April 30 will include an address from Dr. Brian McDonald, Superintendent of PUSD, and Lori Touloumian, Interim Principal of Eliot Arts Magnet. There will also be recognition of local artist honoree,

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Library starts “Book-to-Action” series in May

Library starts “Book-to-Action” series in May

Get into the Act!

The community is invited to the Altadena Library’s Book-to-Action series of events, featuringGrandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery, to be held during Older Americans Month in May at the Altadena Main Library and the Altadena Senior Center.

Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Join the Altadena Library in celebrating the older Americans in our own local community by reading Grandma Gatewood’s Walk and engaging in community service work.

The Book-to-Action program is a variation on the traditional library book group—it offers participants not only the opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book and meet a book author, but also to put their newfound knowledge into action by engaging in a community service project or activity related to the book’s topic.

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