Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017

Maryann Moran Ukropina
Maryann Moran Ukropina

Beloved wife of John R. Ukropina and devoted mother of Marsha Aguirre (Edward) of San Gabriel, Jan Devens (Michael) of San Diego, Rob Ukropina (Joyce) of Newport Coast, and Bill Ukropina (Linan) of Pasadena. Loving grandmother of Scott Reynolds (Ali), Katie Nafius (Ted), Tara MacMillan (Paul), Dwight Devens, Dr. Molly Hall, (Dr. Mark), Jack Ukropina, Jillian Sabaugh (Jason), Max Ukropina, Nicolas Ukropina, Grant Ukropina and Conrad Ukropina. Continue reading “Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017”

Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day May 21

The Noon Rotary Club of Glendale will host its fifth annual Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day at the Glendale YMCA Sunday, May 21.
The family-oriented community festival will begin at 7 a.m. with three separate bicycle rides that will depart from the Glendale YMCA: the Jewel City Ride/Tour de YMCA, a 30- to 40-mile circuit around the Verdugo Mountains that will include La Tuna Canyon Road, Chevy Chase Drive and a lap around the Rose Bowl Stadium Recreation Loop; the East Tour de YMCA, a 15-minute bike ride that will pass by Brand Park and the Burbank Community YMCA; and the 30-mile Verdugo Gravel Adventure that will travel over climbing mixed terrain into the Verdugo Mountains via the Stough Canyon Nature Center, the Tree of Life and Cherry Canyon (CX or mountain bikes are recommended for the mixed terrain ride). The $35 registration fee for each of the bike rides will include a special souvenir, raffle ticket and lunch.
The free Family Fun Ride for bicyclists ages 7 and older will depart from the Glendale YMCA at 9 a.m. with a police escort through downtown Glendale. The free Glendale Family Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glendale YMCA will include games and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle as well as live music, rock climbing wall, free yoga and Zumba, health and fitness demonstrations and more. Food will be available for purchase at the Family Fest.
Event proceeds will benefit Glendale YMCA, Homenetmen Glendale and Glendale Adventist Medical Missions.
The Glendale YMCA is located at 140 N. Louise St. For more information, or to register for fee-based bike rides, visit or call Sevada Hemelians, the event coordinator, at (818) 335-6585.

Dilbeck Agents Help Build Nine New Habitat for Humanity Homes

Those on hand to help build nine Desiderio Bungalow Homes include (in wheel barrow) Tanner Arden, along with (middle row, from left) Pam Heiberg, Julie Ann Martin, Kali Lamarine, Diana Kronfli, Andrea Kaufman and Kathleen Boss. Back: Greg Cowell, Jeff Arnott and Mark Dilbeck, president of Dilbeck Real Estate.

Dilbeck Real Estate and the Dilbeck and Associates Charitable Foundation teamed with Habitat for Humanity to help build nine new, affordable homes in Pasadena on April 20.
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Descanso Appoints New Executive Director

Juliann Rooke

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees. Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
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Obituary: Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Aug. 3, 1932-March 29, 2017

Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Engineer, architect, artist, beloved husband and father and proud American.
Guglielmo D. Dadomo, known fondly as “Bill,” was born and grew up in Santa Stefano, Italy.
After serving in the Italian military, he immigrated to the United States. He served in the United States Army and proudly became a United States citizen in 1961. Living in Chicago, Bill worked for a large architectural design and engineering firm. He designed the International Business Building on the Notre Dame Campus and part of the Sears Tower.
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Project Scientist Founder Wins Women of Influence Award

Sandy Marshall

Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall is the 2017 winner of the Orange County Women of Influence President’s Award sponsored by the Connected Women of Influence. The President’s Award recognizes a woman CEO, president or owner who has demonstrated success, growth and achievement in her business enterprise.
Marshall was chosen from nine finalists who were acknowledged at the awards luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The finalists received a certificate of recognition by state Sen. John M. W. Moorlach.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Marshall. “Our mission at Project Scientist is to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math. We hope to dispel the stereotypes around girls in STEM and winning this award gives us another platform to inspire girls to become women of influence in fields that are predominantly male dominated.”
While funding national STEM initiatives through the NASCAR Foundation (that Marshall also founded), she learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Marshall remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country.
Project Scientist is now on four university campuses serving more than 1,000 girls annually. For more information about upcoming Project Scientist Summer Academy, visit

Colburn School Gala Honors Williamson

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Alyce Williamson (left), who received the prestigious Richard D. Colburn Award recently, is pictured with Colburn School Gala co-chair Bea Bennett.

Alyce Williamson was honored at Colburn School’s annual gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She, along with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, each received the Richard D. Colburn Award.
“Ms. Williamson is a steadfast champion of cultural organizations up and down Grand Avenue and throughout Los Angeles,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “She is a consummate role model for leaders and philanthropists, and a tireless ambassador for the performing arts and arts education. It is with honor that we dedicate this gala to her and her legacy.”
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Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

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Paulette and Terry Chapman were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed by ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor Ellen Leyva. Pacific Clinics’ signature fundraiser will help them provide mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is May 4

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.
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Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.

The 44th annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday morning, May 4, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Doors open just before 7 a.m.; the program begins promptly at 7:30.
Proceeds will benefit Friends In Deed, which helps serve the homeless and at-risk population in Greater Pasadena.
The breakfast’s keynote speaker will be John Kobara, who serves as executive director and chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation.
Individual tickets are $35; a “Friends Table” of 10 is $400. Event sponsorships range from $500 to $1,500.
For sponsorship information, call (626) 797-2402 or visit