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.”
Continue reading “Kaczmarek Brings ‘Our Town’ Home to Playhouse”

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”

Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation

Calvin Lo
Calvin Lo

To Calvin Lo, San Marino is a unique and premium city and should be treated and run as such.
This motivation has helped drive him on his quest for a City Council seat in the upcoming election, he said, a bid he sees as the next natural step for him in volunteering in San Marino.
“To me, this is another step for community service,” he said. “My campaign model is to uphold the core values of San Marino, which are the beautiful architecture, the rich heritage, the strong sense of community, the safety of the neighborhoods and the quality of life.” Continue reading “Candidate Lo Promises Public Safety, Preservation”

SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown

For the third straight year, San Marino Unified School District produced the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the state-administered CAASPP, the district announced this week.
With 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards in the English language arts tests and 86% doing so for the math tests, SMUSD’s average of 88% led all unified school districts in California this year. Immediately following were Piedmont Unified School District with an 85% average and La Cañada Unified School District, also with an 85% average. Continue reading “SMUSD Retains State Testing Crown”