Curtail Morning Madness With Organization

Dear Parent Coach,
Since school started a couple of weeks ago, I thought we’d be in some sort of a routine by now — but the mornings are crazy. I have children at three different schools and we barely make it out the door in time. Everyone is in a bad mood once we finally get into the car. I don’t like to start the day this way. Any practical suggestions?
Signed, Going Crazy Continue reading “Curtail Morning Madness With Organization”

Local Students ‘Shop With a Cop’

Customers at Target on Colorado Boulevard may have noticed several Pasadena Police officers strolling the aisles during a recent Friday afternoon. The concentrated presence of local law enforcement did not inspire panic inside the popular retail chain, but rather smiles. Accompanying each officer was a Pasadena Unified School District student as part of the “Shop With a Cop” event, which provided area youth with money to spend on back-to-school clothes and supplies as well as an opportunity to befriend the police. Continue reading “Local Students ‘Shop With a Cop’”

Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author

For most visitors to the Huntington Library, the lush grounds and stately buildings probably bespeak elegance and tranquillity.
Gay Toltl Kinman, an author of mystery novels and short stories, has an entirely different perception. She looks at the sprawling former estate of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington and sees hiding places, treasures ripe for theft, envy and murderous intent, and get-away routes. Continue reading “Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author”

Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?

In wrestling with zoning discrepancies along Huntington Drive, the City Council over the past few months has considered several courses of action. Six properties are zoned residential but have been operating as commercial enterprises for decades. Should the council rezone them commercial … amend the city’s General Plan to designate them residential … create an overlay zone? Continue reading “Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?”

Local Bookstore Helps in Backpack Drive

It’s a Sunday morning in August and the Robinson Park Recreation Center on North Fair Oaks Avenue is bustling with activity. Inside the facility’s gymnasium and community room, which have been temporarily outfitted with barber chairs, hundreds of young children start their final day of summer by receiving free haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies. Known as the Michael Bryant Free Haircut and Back-to-School Event, the program seeks to prepare underserved Pasadena Unified School District students — both academically and physically — for a new year of classes. Continue reading “Local Bookstore Helps in Backpack Drive”