After Closing Doors, Noor Offers Free Soup to Seniors

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Noor staff prepares the distribution of its free, community soup recently. The premier events site is giving away vegetarian, hearty soups every Friday from 3-5 p.m. until it can reopen.

There’s nothing quite like soup for the soul, and during time of quarantine and social isolation, that rings true more than ever, Noor owner Robert Shahnazarian and his wife, Maggie, discovered recently.
The owners of the Pasadena-based premier event and wedding venue were recently faced with the painful task of cancelling all planned celebrations at its site and shutting down operations amid the “Safer at Home” order put in place throughout L.A. County and city of Pasadena. Like many small businesses, Noor had to furlough or lay off some employees until further notice, and that act cut deep.
They still had a large order of food perishables for an upcoming, event-filled weekend — before having to shutter its doors — and Shahnazarian eyed the remainder of his dejected staff, standing idly by. He had heard that seniors in the community, already challenged by isolation, were suffering further from food insecurity and social distancing measures, and not able to find what they needed at the grocers due to the massive hoarding seen the first few weeks of COVID-19 fears.
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PCF Jumps to Relieve Nonprofits Serving Most Vulnerable Amid Coronavirus

In times of crisis, the Pasadena Community Foundation is ready to move.
PCF, which is dedicated to managing charitable assets and earmarking money to nonprofit organizations of all kinds, didn’t expect a deadly pandemic like coronavirus to become the crisis in question, but the Foundation was at the ready recently to distribute emergency grant funds. It has focused on relieving organizations serving seniors and distributing food and supplies to low-income individuals and families which will help fight the growing food insecurity amid economic and social distancing fallout from COVID-19.
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Joel A. Thvedt – Obituary

Joel A. Thvedt

Joel A. Thvedt, age 57, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Altadena after a five-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare progressive neurological disease. He was born on May 14, 1962, in Newcastle, Wyoming, the son of Pastor James and Gloria Thvedt.

Joel grew up in Sisseton, South Dakota, and attended the University of Chicago, receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 1984. He then headed west for law school and graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and a board member of El Centro Legal, a network of student-run legal aid clinics. While at UCLA, Joel met his wife, Patricia Libby, who was a fellow student, and they married on Aug. 9, 1986.

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Vernon Charles Sanders – Obituary

Vernon Charles Sanders

With great sadness, the family of Vernon Charles Sanders announces his passing on Jan. 10 at age 89.
Born on March 21, 1930, in Ventura, Vernon was adopted by Gertrude and the Rev. Charles Sanders, a Baptist minister. Along with sister Betty, they settled in Venice, California.
A smart, precocious child and teen, Vern tells the tale of riding his motorcycle through the halls of Venice High School, only to escape to the beach to play volleyball with his buddies.
He attended Santa Monica City College and USC, and enlisted in the Navy in 1949, serving aboard the USS Springfield and USS Gen. H.W. Butner until his honorable discharge in 1952.
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Older Adulthood Should Be Embraced, Celebrated

By Sandy Greenstein
Special to The Outlook

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Sandy Greenstein, president of the Pasadena Senior Center board, is pictured with the organization’s executive director, Akila Gibbs.

Myths, assumptions and stereotypes about older adults abound, even two decades into the 21st century: Most are disconnected from the mainstream, stuck in the past, a crotchety and feeble bunch, no longer bring value to the workplace … and the list goes on. The fact is that older Americans today in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are leading longer, healthier lives than their parents and grandparents ever could have hoped for.
Even the terminology has changed: Terms such as “elderly” and “senior citizens” now bear the stigma of dependence and being pushed aside. These terms have been largely replaced by “older adults,” which translates to independence, experience and wisdom. Language matters.
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PCC Foundation Ready to Assist Students During Crisis

By Bill Hawkins, President, PCC Foundation

The Pasadena City College Foundation’s highest priority is ensuring that students’ needs are met so that they can persist toward their academic goals. The Pasadena City College campus is closed to students and the public until April 20. Classes, counseling and other student services will be offered online. Full-time employees, hourly workers and personnel determined by the campus leadership will continue day-to-day operations whether on-campus or remotely.
Students’ lives are changing daily. Depending on their individual circumstances, some students have had work hours from their part-time jobs essentially eliminated; others are having to scramble for child-care support while others are left to care for their elderly relatives. All of these situations threaten their academic progress by putting increased pressure on their households.
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Poly, Flintridge Prep, Maranatha, La Salle Athletes Earn All-CIF

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Stanford-bound Talie Wilmans made the All-CIF Division 4 first team after helping the Panthers reach the quarterfinals.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF soccer and girls’ water polo lists last week and they included athletes from Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Maranatha High School and La Salle College Preparatory.
Two members of the Poly boys’ soccer team were recognized after a memorable season. Aaron Tyler and Josh Calichman helped the Panthers (13-4-3 overall record) reach the Division 6 semifinals and made the All-CIF team. Poly recorded playoff victories over Temple City, Santa Monica Crossroads and Palmdale Aerospace Academy.
Girls’ water polo standout Talie Wilmans of Poly also earned All-CIF honors in Division 4. The Stanford-bound senior led the Panthers to a CIF-SS quarterfinals appearance.
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Pasadena Humane Society Aids Pets During Crisis

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A Pasadena Humane Society volunteer recently distributes food as part of its Helping Paws program, a pet food bank offering free food and supplies to animal owners in need. The nonprofit expects more people to struggle with feeding and keeping their pets amid the coronavirus fallout.

With the effects of the coronavirus trickling into every crevice of modern-day sustainability, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is gearing up to help those it knows are most impacted in times of crisis: unemployed people and their pets.
Even those people who had been doing relatively well economically are expected to struggle financially because of the closures that were enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, especially if they are part of the retail, restaurant, hotel or service industries. In times of hardship, people often need to abandon their rented homes and apartments with their beloved animals.
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Step Up to Support Pasadena Businesses

By Paul Little, Special to The Outlook

Paul Little
President and CEO, Pasadena
Chamber of Commerce

We are in an unprecedented health crisis here in the United States and in the Pasadena area. Everyone — individuals, businesses, nonprofits and health-care providers — is being strained by the epidemic. While absolutely necessary to ensure the health of our residents, closure orders for restaurants, entertainment venues, meeting spaces, fitness studios and more are having a drastic and negative impact on our business community and its employees.
This is an especially difficult time for our retail, restaurant and service businesses. Most remain open and providing service, though in dramatically altered ways. Restaurants are offering takeout service, delivery and curb-side/valet pickup.
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