Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.
Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.
Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit harambeeministries.org.

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Patriots or Falcons gear and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years.
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School Board Defers Vote on Athletic Complex Loan to Feb. 14

The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education again delayed voting on a funding mechanism for its forthcoming athletic complex and will now tentatively take up the decision for a third time on Feb. 14.
After discussing the decision at its meeting Jan. 24, its members unanimously decided to wait until they had a better grasp of the agreement and provide as much information as it could to the community. Continue reading “School Board Defers Vote on Athletic Complex Loan to Feb. 14”

School Lockdown Over Teen With Gun Gets an ‘A’

If the San Marino Unified School District was being graded on its system-wide lockdown last Tuesday, it may very well have received an “A”.

Alex Cherniss
Alex Cherniss

Superintendent Alex Cherniss praised how effectively his administrators and teachers reacted to shuffling students into their buildings and keeping order during the precautionary lockdown, which was enacted during a multijurisdictional police search for a teenager who was suspected of being in possession of guns. Continue reading “School Lockdown Over Teen With Gun Gets an ‘A’”

Lunar New Year Festivities Friday at Carver and Valentine

To celebrate the Year of the Rooster, Carver Elementary School will host its annual Lunar New Year Celebration with lots of festivities on Friday, Jan. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Photos courtesy Carver and Valentine Elementary Schools Carver parent volunteers helping with this year’s festivities inlcude (front row, from left) Linda Zou, Sara Lee, Kathy Wu, Jocelyn Young, Kathleen Brown, Elaine Lu, Yen Huynh. Back: Hedy Pan, Bin Zhu, Jack Shi, David Dun and Cindy Fu.

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Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5

The San Marino Griffins Lions Club and the San Marino High School Leo Club will sponsor a student speaker contest on Feb. 5, from 1-4 p.m. at Crowell Public Library. Students from all local public and private high schools are encouraged to participate. Each year a different subject is selected by the Lion Multiple District Four Student Speaker Committee. This year’s participants will address the topic: “Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to Our National Security?” Continue reading “Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5”

HMS ‘Boogie Bowling Bash’ on Feb. 11

Photo courtesy Huntington Middle School
HMS Parent Party committee members met recently to discuss the upcoming plans, including (front row, from left) co-chair Linda Gutierrez, Leslee Talt, Kathleen Duncan, Amanda Horton, Kim Spindler, Jackie Liao, Debi Cribbs and co-chair Laurie Modean. Back: Sandra Chen, Araceli Ventura, Denise Sun, Claudia Boles and Anne Gill.