Pasadena’s Russell Is Keeping PBS in the Public Eye

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

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”

Five Acres Sounds the Alarm: More Foster Families Needed

Jillian and Scott Shriner adopted their younger son through the child- and family-services nonprofit Five Acres, which advocates for foster children to find a permanent home.
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Jillian and Scott Shriner adopted their younger son through the child- and family-services nonprofit Five Acres, which advocates for foster children to find a permanent home.

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”

Tigers Edge Rowland, Capture First CIF Crown Since 1981

Head coach Gene You guided Westridge to its first CIF tennis title in 38 years.
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Head coach Gene You guided Westridge to its first CIF tennis title in 38 years.

As a sixth-grader, Caroline Lopez entered Westridge School’s gym and hoped to one day see a banner with her name on it. It took five years but she accomplished that mission last Friday as she helped the Tigers defeat Rowland, 11-7, in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship match at the Claremont Club. Continue reading “Tigers Edge Rowland, Capture First CIF Crown Since 1981”

Realtors Sell Community on PUSD’s Rising Strength

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Supporters who have worked hard to change the “perception gap” concerning the Pasadena Unified School District include Pasadena Educational Foundation Executive Director Patrick Conyers, PEF board member and local Realtor Del Lile, Altadena Arts Magnet Principal Benita Scheckel and PEF marketing director Monica Lopez.

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”

Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners

Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.
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Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.

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”

Rose Queen Camille Eager to Serve Community, Tradition

The 2020 Tournament of Roses crowned Queen Camille Kennedy (center) and presented the Royal Court at the Pasadena Playhouse, including (from left) Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins and Cole Fox.
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The 2020 Tournament of Roses crowned Queen Camille Kennedy (center) and presented the Royal Court at the Pasadena Playhouse, including (from left) Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins and Cole Fox.

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”

Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens

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Culinary student Angel Hankins, 20, worked with Hugo Bolanos, executive chef at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air restaurant, to fulfill her wish to provide a fine-dining experience for foster girls from Pasadena’s Victor Treatment Center. Hankins is in hospice care for stage 4 metastatic carcinoma.

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”

Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart

A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.
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A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.

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”

Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless

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Union Station Homeless Services’ Community Allies program matches neighbors with companions who were formerly homeless, many of whom become dear friends, like Dr. Monique Margetis (left) and Verlinda Bee.

Like a lot of concerned Pasadenans, longtime resident Dr. Monique Margetis was alarmed by what seemed to be the growing number of homeless men and women she saw on the streets, under overpasses, crowding the parks.
As a pediatric pulmonary specialist, she also was familiar with children living in unhealthful conditions — in garages, for example — when their parents couldn’t afford more. Continue reading “Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless”

FSHA Defeats Mayfield Senior; Poly Wins League Crown

Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated host Mayfield Senior in a Dig for the Cure match that raised money for cancer research on Monday. The two teams include Abby Kim (front row, from left), Emma Willingham, Zoe Grace, Caitlin Du, Maddie Kaufman, Hayley Eaves, Ashlynn Hurley, Amelia Velasquez, Grace Brewer and Alex Lewis. Back: Ferryn Drake, Peyton Dejardin, Ivana Alejo, Ellie Lund, Katherine Collins, Tatum Anderson, Nikki Garriola, Emmie Barnard, Mariana Trujillo, Sarah Tupy, Sarah Smith, Evy Favretto, Kate Grinnell, Jessica Maalouf and Annelise Rising.
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Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated host Mayfield Senior in a Dig for the Cure match that raised money for cancer research on Monday. The two teams include Abby Kim (front row, from left), Emma Willingham, Zoe Grace, Caitlin Du, Maddie Kaufman, Hayley Eaves, Ashlynn Hurley, Amelia Velasquez, Grace Brewer and Alex Lewis. Back: Ferryn Drake, Peyton Dejardin, Ivana Alejo, Ellie Lund, Katherine Collins, Tatum Anderson, Nikki Garriola, Emmie Barnard, Mariana Trujillo, Sarah Tupy, Sarah Smith, Evy Favretto, Kate Grinnell, Jessica Maalouf and Annelise Rising.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak by sweeping host Mayfield Senior, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18, in a nonleague contest on Monday. Continue reading “FSHA Defeats Mayfield Senior; Poly Wins League Crown”