With the city of Pasadena topping the numbers of charities per capita, the nonprofit organizations striving to make a difference and mitigate disparities among the local population through service-oriented work are acutely aware of the ongoing need for hands-on volunteers from the community. Continue reading “Nonprofits’ Young Volunteers Enrich City’s Culture of Philanthropy”
For those who haven’t been touched lately by a PBS program, sound the “Masterpiece” trumpet: More free, quality content is coming with even more means to access it, whether it’s streamed from the local affiliate’s website, its app or through your cable provider.
Recent Pasadena transplant Andrew Russell, who serves as president/CEO of Public Media Group of Southern California, is making increased accessibility part of his greater mission in the ever-changing broadcast landscape, “for viewers like you,” as the tagline goes. Continue reading “Pasadena’s Russell Is Keeping PBS in the Public Eye”
With the holiday season quickly approaching, people far and wide have begun to gather energies, recipes and vacation days to unite with family, immediate or extended, or take part in a “Friendsgiving” celebration.
But for Annie and her wife, Gail, the holidays are especially poignant: Surrounded by their four young children brimming with energy, love and chatter, the mothers are reminded how they built their family in the nontraditional way, by fostering to adopt through Five Acres, a child- and family-services agency based in Altadena.
Annie reminisces about how each child came into the family fold. Some were easier to adopt than others, while some of the adoptions were filled with nausea and nerves and sleepless nights ahead of court battles.
“I compare the adoption process to me giving birth — as painful as it could be, as soon as it was over and they were ours I was ready to do it all over again,” said Annie, who requested that her last name be withheld to protect her children. Continue reading “Five Acres Sounds the Alarm: More Foster Families Needed”
There’s a new public school in town, and Pasadena Unified School District supporters want you to know about it. It’s the school around the corner — yes, the one that’s always been there. Continue reading “Realtors Sell Community on PUSD’s Rising Strength”
When Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald dropped in at McKinley School some years back to visit an informal 5th-grade math club, run by local parents Jason and Sandy Roberts as an extension of the math field day they had been recruited for, he stopped in his tracks. Continue reading “Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners”
In what has become Pasadena’s own New World royal tradition, the 2020 Tournament of Roses recently crowned the 102nd Rose Queen, city native and La Salle College Preparatory senior Camille Kennedy, amid pomp and circumstance at the packed Pasadena Playhouse. Continue reading “Rose Queen Camille Eager to Serve Community, Tradition”
Those who knew Citizens Business Bank CEO/President Chris Myers growing up here might remember him as the smart, strapping young All-CIF cornerback who helped guide La Cañada High School to a 1979 CIF football championship, the only Spartan team ever to earn that crowning achievement.
And although Myers, 57, has achieved a lot since then, including playing football for Harvard and thriving for more than 35 years in the banking industry — including more than 13 years as CEO and president of Citizens Business Bank, which Forbes named No. 1 in California in 2019 — he still recalls his senior season in high school football as one of his proudest times.
“I still consider that as one of my greatest accomplishments ever, being a part of that team,” said Myers, who frequently visits La Cañada Flintridge to see former classmates and lifelong friends, as well as check on some of the local businesses his bank has financed over the years. Continue reading “Local Football Champ Has Skillfully Tackled World of Banking”
Twenty-year-old culinary student Angel Hankins’ outlook has always been about living the best life she possibly could, despite hardships and heartaches she experienced while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The glowing, soft-spoken young woman loves to cook, she admits, and, even more, she loves to smile. She beams even as she says it. Continue reading “Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens”
The Pasadena Salvation Army gathered its troop of community volunteers and extended a warm welcome to the area’s homeless recently, offering up a large array of health and wellness services as well as a hearty meal and good company at its spacious Walnut Street campus.
The annual Homeless Connect Day event has become a resounding success over the past 11 years, now with 46 service providers offering personalized attention to some 130 homeless clients, providing food, haircuts, dental and vision screenings, flu shots and pet services, among other ministrations. The event was held this year in partnership with Grandview Foundation, Pacific Clinics, the city of Pasadena, Union Station Homeless Services, the local business community, service providers, local government and Azusa Pacific University student volunteers.
Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representatives also were on hand to help facilitate paperwork for the homeless who are trying to obtain identification, renew a license or sign up for other processes. Continue reading “Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart”
San Marino High School and nearby local campuses experienced a choppy start to the week because of a Monday lockdown caused by what police said was an attempted residential burglary in the 2700 block of Cumberland Road that led to three arrests. Continue reading “Alleged Burglary Attempt Leads to Monday Mayhem”