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”
The Common Core State Standards have been in place for three years now in California education, and it’s clear San Marino’s public school students have begun to master them.
In state assessment test results released Wednesday, 90% of San Marino Unified School District students met or exceeded state standards in English language arts/literacy and 87% hit that mark in math. Continue reading “San Marino Gets Top Marks in State Testing”
The dolls had come to life, but not sufficiently, apparently.
“The dolls need more expression!” Director Christina Conte called from the front row of the theater. “Like a funhouse, instead of spaced out.”
And the scene was replayed. Continue reading “Students Step in Time to HMS’ ‘Mary Poppins’”
The city must tidy up its accounting procedures. The auditor who conducted an annual review of San Marino’s books issued that unmistakable message at last week’s City Council meeting. Continue reading “Council Strains to Make Sense of City’s Books”
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”
One month after hosting its most important event of the year, the Rose Bowl is a much quieter stadium on an afternoon in February. There are no cheering fans in the seats and the football yard lines on the grass have begun to fade.
Rose Bowl General Manager and CEO Darryl Dunn finds serenity in this atmosphere, as it offers him time to reflect on his immense responsibility to the iconic venue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Has Blossomed Under the Upbeat Dunn”
Mike Simms is no stranger to the elements. Between volunteering with the Forest Service, curating the Echo Mountain ruins and running Friends of Echo Mountain, a local preservationist group, Simms spends each of his days hiking the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena. Continue reading “Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless”
An 18-year-old man walked onto the campus of San Marino High School last week flashing a fake police badge, wearing a replica handgun on his hip and confronting students, according to the San Marino Police Department.
Although he left without causing further alarm, Police Chief John Incontro cringes at the thought of what might have been. Continue reading “Man Arrested for Impersonating Cop”
Permitting for some building functions in San Marino just moved into the 21st century. And tradespeople are sure to be the beneficiaries of a process that has been streamlined, expedited … and moved almost entirely into the realm of cyberspace. Continue reading “Part of City’s Permit Process Goes Online”
The footing is constantly shifting in the fluid world of social media, and schoolkids are pretty adept at staying two or three strides ahead of their parents. Continue reading “Helping Parents Navigate Minefield of Social Media”