Chamber Tips Cap to City’s First Responders

Cpl. Kenric Wu (left) and Firefighter/Paramedic Russell Wilcox were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce at a special event.
Cpl. Kenric Wu (left) and Firefighter/Paramedic Russell Wilcox were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce at a special event.

For 10 years, the San Marino Chamber of Commerce has made a point to honor the city’s distinguished first responders, and the city’s police and fire departments have had no issue supplying it with candidates.
This year, Cpl. Kenric Wu from the San Marino Police Department and firefighter/paramedic Russell Wilcox from the San Marino Fire Department were recognized by the Chamber at its annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon. Representatives from local legislators’ offices also were on hand to recognize the first responders. Continue reading “Chamber Tips Cap to City’s First Responders”

Kaczmarek Brings ‘Our Town’ Home to Playhouse

Photo courtesy Daniel Rader Jane Kaczmarek
Photo courtesy Daniel Rader
Jane Kaczmarek

For Jane Kaczmarek, settling back into theater roles has been a lot like coming home.
Following a warp-speed career spanning some 40 years, more than 40 television roles and multiple Broadway plays, the seven-time Emmy-nominated actress has nested recently at the Pasadena Playhouse to headline the play “Our Town,” which runs through Oct. 22.
“I fell in love with theater long before I knew what it was to fall in love with another person,” said Kaczmarek, a one-time San Marino resident who now lives in Pasadena, just a few miles from the theater. “There’s a T.S. Eliot quote that I love … ‘the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ That’s how theater feels to me.”
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Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation

Gretchen Shepherd Romey
Gretchen Shepherd Romey

When she moved here two decades ago to raise her family, Gretchen Shepherd Romey said she dedicated a lot of her life to being involved in the various groups and nonprofits that help turn San Marino’s gears.
Now an empty nester, Shepherd Romey said she’s redirected the energy from raising a family to her continuing volunteer and civic work, which includes a run for a City Council seat. Continue reading “Shepherd Romey: A Heart for Preservation”

SMUSD Lauds Its Education Scores

With the formal release of the state’s CAASPP scores, San Marino Unified School District brought its four principals out for a press conference extolling the success of their students.
Superintendent Alex Cherniss, in introducing the principals, credited the district’s students for taking advantage of being in what is routinely one of the best ranked unified school districts in the state. He characterized SMUSD as the four principals being head coaches to his general manager, each with their own sports team. Continue reading “SMUSD Lauds Its Education Scores”

New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16

Marcella Marlowe
Marcella Marlowe

By a 3-1 vote, the contract to hire Marcella Marlowe as San Marino’s new city manager was approved at the City Council’s morning meeting last Friday.
Marlowe, who was assistant city manager for nearby San Gabriel, officially begins work on Oct. 16.
“We’ll start a transition process that will last over the next month,” said interim City Manager Cindy Collins in an interview this week. “I’ll be available as she needs me once she arrives.” Continue reading “New City Manager Hired, Starts Oct. 16”