Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1

When my three daughters were young, we occasionally reviewed the “Family Fire Escape Plan.” The girls each had easy-to-open windows in their bedrooms, which were on the ground floor. The simple plan consisted of “Open your window, jump out and we’ll meet on the backyard grass.” Earthquakes were similar: Gather on the stairs under the steel beam (the one the engineer/architect said was “strong enough to hold up a parking structure”). Continue reading “Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1”

Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle

Beth Greco stood atop the Colorado mountain, digging her skis into the snow. The brisk November chill blasted her face as she peered down the steep incline. With next to no experience traversing black-diamond slopes, Greco knew the idea was dangerously reckless, the type of descent that carried significant risk of injury, or worse. But after a downward spiral with drug addiction had led her to this latest plunge, Greco was very much hoping for the worst. Continue reading “Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle”

Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke

Flip open the sports page of the Los Angeles Times and Bill Plaschke is usually there to greet readers with thought-provoking commentary about a local team or player. He’s lived in that space for the past 20 years as a columnist, constructing opinionated narratives that speak to the city’s fan bases with poignancy. Earlier this month, the Altadena resident took first place in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest for column writing in newspapers with circulations of more than 175,000. It was Plaschke’s sixth time receiving the national honor. Continue reading “Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke”

Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path

Deon Brown and Kimberly Sanchez exude confidence as they sit inside a small room at the Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle on a recent Friday afternoon. At this time of the week, the facility is home to the Pasadena Police Activities League, an enrichment program that not only provides a safe haven for local students after school and during the summer, but also helps police officers build positive relationships with youth in the communities they serve. Both 17 years old, Brown and Sanchez realize that their life trajectories could have gone in very different directions if it weren’t for PAL. Continue reading “Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path”

Annual Young & Healthy Campaign Makes a Difference

There are certain circumstances in life when numbers speak louder than words, when explaining a dire situation through a quantitative lens can illuminate the plight. It is estimated that about 33% of all children in Pasadena are members of what the government designates as low-income families. This statistic represents a segment of the population, but it also signifies the tremendous challenge that many area parents face when it comes to providing their children with access to high-quality healthcare. For the third year in a row, Young & Healthy is attempting to reverse the stigma attached to that number with its 33 for 33 campaign, a fundraising effort focused on advancing the nonprofit’s mission of offering medical assistance to those who need it most. Continue reading “Annual Young & Healthy Campaign Makes a Difference”

Local Bakery Makes Sweet Connection With Pasadena Nonprofits

The concept materialized in Ingrid Kuo’s mind not long after she attended a friend’s birthday party in Pasadena about six years ago. It was at that gathering that the daughter of a successful Nebraska restaurateur literally got her first taste of Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery franchise that specializes in — you guessed it — Bundt cakes. Continue reading “Local Bakery Makes Sweet Connection With Pasadena Nonprofits”

Friends in Deed Seeks to Feed

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the scene at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue is a familiar one for those passing by during the midday hours. Scores of people filter in and out of a brown building on the south side of the street, sometimes forming lines just to get inside, and never leaving empty-handed. This intersection is home to Friends in Deed, an interfaith nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of Pasadena’s most vulnerable through a variety of programs. Continue reading “Friends in Deed Seeks to Feed”

Poly’s Troop 5 Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting

A century ago, two men named Tallman Trask and Charles Miller decided to cobble together a Boy Scouts of America troop based out of Polytechnic Elementary School in Pasadena. Their vision to further the momentum of a burgeoning national movement resulted in a collection of local youth known as Troop 5. During the next several decades, generations of Troop 5 Boy Scouts have upheld the group’s values by developing character and
self-reliance through participation in outdoor activities, educational programs and community service. Continue reading “Poly’s Troop 5 Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting”

Annual Music Festival at Rose Bowl Approved By Pasadena City Council

For nearly two decades, the music festival capital of Southern California has been Indio, a city located 130 miles east of Pasadena. Each April, weekend-long extravaganzas known as Coachella and Stagecoach attract thousands from all over the country with live performances by popular artists and rising talent alike. But starting next year, local music aficionados may no longer have to make the two-hour trek into the desert to hear their favorite bands. Continue reading “Annual Music Festival at Rose Bowl Approved By Pasadena City Council”