Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection

Michael Nogueira
Michael Nogueira

When you’re celebrating a wedding or family milestone, commemorating a loved one, hosting a commercial event or raising money for a cause, the last thing you want to be worrying about on that day is linens and cutlery. Fortunately, you can leave the details to Michael Nogueira, founder and proprietor of Sir Michael’s, a full-service limousine and event rental company that has been coming to hosts’ rescue for more than 30 years. Continue reading “Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection”

Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and  Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.
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Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.

For real estate agents in Pasadena, most mornings can include everything from open houses to client meetings to market research. Reading Dr. Seuss books is not generally deemed a common practice along the path toward achieving success in the industry. But that didn’t stop more than 80 local Realtors from flipping through such titles as “The Lorax” at various Pasadena Unified School District campuses earlier this month during the first annual Read Across PASadena initiative. Continue reading “Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students”

Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.
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Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.

For high school seniors, prom is a significant rite of passage — a night to dress up, let loose and revel in the culmination of the past four years. It’s also a significant financial undertaking: prom-goers can spend upward of $150 on a ticket alone, not to mention the cost of attire, flowers, food and transportation. For girls in particular, the pressure to have immaculate hair and makeup is topped only by the anxiety of finding the perfect prom dress — and, like most things teenage girls pine after, they don’t come cheap. Continue reading “Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army”

Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police

Photo courtesy PAL Board The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.
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The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.

Roxanne Haines was 12 years old when she was approached by two police officers while playing softball in a local park. The northwest Pasadena resident had had mixed experiences with cops in the past — her mother worked as an unsworn employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, but she’d also been stopped by police officers while walking home at night. Continue reading “Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police”

Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater

Photo by Nick Ostiller / Outlook At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers,  executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
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At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers, executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

These are the poignant words of Jackie Robinson, one of the most significant pioneers in the history of a country founded by them. Before he became the first African-American to play major-league baseball, persevering through prejudice to pave the way for countless others in every walk of life, Robinson grew up right here on these Pasadena streets. Continue reading “Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater”

After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future

Photo courtesy Foothill Family Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
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Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

It all started with a hat. In 1926, a community volunteer named Josephine Marsh passed a hat among her friends to collect money for a Pasadena family in need. From that $100 and the actions of three local ladies, a 90-year legacy of family services was born. While its name and leadership have changed more than a few times over the decades and its services have evolved with the times, the agency now known as Foothill Family remains true to its original mission to empower children and families in their lives through comprehensive counseling and mental health treatment. Continue reading “After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future”

St. Francis Alumnus Dies in Iraq Accident

Joseph Stifter
Joseph Stifter

Joseph Stifter, a U.S. Army soldier who graduated from St. Francis High School, died Jan. 28 in Anbar province in Iraq from injuries he suffered when the armored Humvee he was in was involved in a rollover accident.
Educators and friends recently joined members of the community in gathering at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church for a memorial service, which Stifter’s father, Fred Stifter, described in an email as “emotional and dignified.”
Joseph Stifter, 30, was a Glendale resident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, which is part of the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in May 2011 and deployed in October to Iraq, where he was a field artillery cannon crew member. Continue reading “St. Francis Alumnus Dies in Iraq Accident”

Auctioneer Fast-Talks His Way Into Success at Fundraisers

Photo by Melissa Kobe/ OUTLOOK Sean Endicott leads the live auction at the recent Kidspace Circle of Friends benefit. After 12 years working events for Pasadena schools and organizations, the auctioneer has become a stalwart of the local nonprofit community.
Photo by Melissa Kobe/ OUTLOOK
Sean Endicott leads the live auction at the recent Kidspace Circle of Friends benefit. After 12 years working events for Pasadena schools and organizations, the auctioneer has become a stalwart of the local nonprofit community.

If you’ve been to a live charity auction in the Pasadena area lately, there’s a good chance that the man behind the microphone was Sean Endicott. Over the past 12 years, the fast-talking, upbeat auctioneer has cemented himself as the go-to guy for many local schools and nonprofits’ major fundraising events, gaining as much praise for his charismatic personality as his ability to move high-end auction items at top dollar. Continue reading “Auctioneer Fast-Talks His Way Into Success at Fundraisers”

Tom Sawyer Camp Celebrates 90th Year

Photo courtesy Tom Sawyer Camps Sally and Mike Horner bought Tom Sawyer Camp in 1973 and have remained owners ever since.
Photo courtesy Tom Sawyer Camps
Sally and Mike Horner bought Tom Sawyer Camp in 1973 and have remained owners ever since.

Nestled between the San Gabriel Mountains and San Rafael Hills in northwest Pasadena, Hahamongna Watershed Park represents one of the area’s last natural landscapes to remain unaltered by urbanization. The protected basin has not only fostered the development of several diverse ecologies, it also serves as home to the popular Tom Sawyer Camp, which this year is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Continue reading “Tom Sawyer Camp Celebrates 90th Year”

Valentine’s Day is for Families, Too

Dear Parents,
Valentine’s Day is traditionally a fun-loving favorite for children. Red will rule the day as they head off to school Friday with specially chosen valentines, heart-shaped cookies for the class party and perhaps secret thoughts of a special someone they’ve had their eye on.
This celebration can extend into a weekend celebration for families. Jump at the chance to pause and put some fun into your ordinarily crammed schedule. Take time on this Valentine’s Day weekend to share special love in your family.
In his insightful book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” author Gary Chapman describes the variety of ways children experience the giving and receiving of love. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day is for Families, Too”