Senior Girls Delight, Twirl at Prom Dress Giveaway

OUTLOOK photo Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
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Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.

A fairy godmother waved her wand recently over 60 teenage girls preparing for their spring prom at Pasadena Salvation
Army’s eighth annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
Clad in cut-off jean shorts, sneakers and ponytails, the young women filed in early, the birds still chirping, giggling excitedly among their friends, moms and guardians. Continue reading “Senior Girls Delight, Twirl at Prom Dress Giveaway”

Pasadena Woman to Be Honored at Cancer Support Gala

CaptureLiz Rusnak Arizmendi
CaptureLiz Rusnak Arizmendi

Liz Rusnak Arizmendi is a lot of things to a lot of people.
She is Rusnak Auto Group’s vice president of public relations, philanthropist, athlete, mother extraordinaire, wife and partner to a high school sweetheart, loyal daughter, sister and friend.
Now, she is also a cancer warrior.
It’s not a title the former competitive water skier ever expected to hang from her hat, but one Rusnak Arizmendi embraces like almost everything: Full speed ahead. Continue reading “Pasadena Woman to Be Honored at Cancer Support Gala”

Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes

OUTLOOK photo The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.
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The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.

It’s hard to imagine the city of Pasadena without its rustic brick facades, historic alleyways and tree-lined streets of tucked-in craftsman bungalows, but those details might well have been paved over if it weren’t for Pasadena Heritage fighting passionately to preserve the past for 40 years. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes”

Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers

Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.
Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.

It all began with a reading of the “Communist Manifesto.”
The Polytechnic School students were sophomores two years ago, studying the 1848 political diatribe in their western civilization class and discussing the exploitation of workers. Continue reading “Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers”

Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy

The first time Ann Longyear ever wrote her name, it was to sign her new library card from the Pasadena Public Library when she was just 4 years old.

Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Pasadena Public Library Foundation Board members include (from left) Charlie Woo, Ann Longyear, Connie White, Steve Onderdonk, former library Director Jan Sanders and Peter McAniff. (Not pictured: Tempe Brooks and Father Paul Sustayta.)

Now a spry 90 years of age, Longyear has been a lifelong library patron and fierce fundraising champion for the city’s treasured landmark, helping to spearhead the Pasadena Public Library Foundation board back in 1983. In the coming year, the foundation will have granted more than $3 million to the historic building’s refurbishment and maintenance since its inception.
“It’s such a magnificent building, and the inside of the library Continue reading “Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy”

Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community

John Watkins has seen a thing or two in his 91 years, but standing on the Rose Bowl stadium’s field on game day in front of 95,000 fans — with another 20 million watching on TV — gave the World War II Navy veteran reason to pause.

Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Pasadena resident John Watkins (center) is joined by his son Stephen Watkins, daughter-in-law Carol, daughter Katherine and granddaughter Madeline at the Rose Bowl game, where he was honored on Jan. 2.

“I told them I didn’t sink anybody or do anything heroic to stand behind that goal line,” Watkins said. “But I felt the weight of the U.S. Navy on me; I felt I was representing them, so I just did the best I could.”
That sentiment has helped the lifelong Pasadena resident lead a long and rich life, trying his best always to do right by others. But when he was called up by the Rose Bowl production team, which wanted to honor WWII vets, he hesitated. Continue reading “Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community”

Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally

As the shockwaves of Donald Trump’s presidential upset win continue to reverberate in California, Pasadena residents this past week expressed the full gambit of emotion, from bitter disappointment and fear to joyous elation.
Of the total 40,466 ballots cast in the city of Pasadena, 18.7% of the votes were for Trump, while 72.9% were for Hillary Clinton. Support for Trump was wider across the state with 33.2% of the votes, versus the 61.5% for Clinton.
Despite political leanings, residents came together to support the troops and those who served the country at the city’s Veterans Day tribute at City Hall last Friday. Continue reading “Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally”