Breast Cancer Survivors Assemble Outside Huntington Hospital

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Lolita Lopez, reporter for NBC4, is a breast cancer survivor. Lopez was still sore from her recent mastectomy as she pressed her palms on the hospital wall to leave a pink handprint. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Lolita Lopez, reporter for NBC4, is a breast cancer survivor. Lopez was still sore from her recent mastectomy as she pressed her palms on the hospital wall to leave a pink handprint.
Photo: Deborah Brancic

It was a pink sunrise Saturday morning in front of the Huntington Hospital, as over 200 volunteers gathered outside a 4,000-sq-ft exterior wall to paint. Hospital staff, patients, family members and members of the community donned pink T-shirts as they dipped brushes and rollers into trays filled with pink paint to coat the wall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Continue reading

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Pasadena Congresswoman Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Congresswoman Judy Chu speaks at a press conference on Monday, to kick-off a domestic violence campaign. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Congresswoman Judy Chu speaks at a press conference on Monday, to kick-off a domestic violence campaign.
Photo: Deborah Brancic

The figures for domestic violence in the U.S. can be staggering when examined in aggregate.

According to Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, which is based in New York City, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Further, women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men, and women between the ages of 20 and 24 are at the greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence. Continue reading

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Pasadena Unified Approves $3.6 Million Common Core Rollout

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

The Pasadena Unified Board of Education passed several items at the board meeting Thursday night, including the spending plan for allocation of Common Core Standards Initiative Rollout. There was a brief discussion on the specifics of the fund allocation, with a final result being the passage of the plan with no changes.

PUSD Chief Academic Officer Brian McDonald presented the proposed allocation of approximately $3.6 million, a one-time Prop 98 grant apportioned by the state. The spending plan called for roughly $1.6 million to be spent on professional development, about $2M to be spent on technology, and $30,000 to be spent on instructional materials. Continue reading

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“Student Recovery Day” Draws Dozens of Volunteers in a Community Effort

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Rudy Ramirez, Principal of San Rafael Elementary School, and Kelsey Garcia, counseling intern at Pasadena High School and Eliot Middle School, leaving papers notifying a resident about the campaign and providing a list of support services to help get kids back on track. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Rudy Ramirez, Principal of San Rafael Elementary School, and Kelsey Garcia, counseling intern at Pasadena High School and Eliot Middle School, leaving papers notifying a resident about the campaign and providing a list of support services to help get kids back on track.
Photo: Deborah Brancic

Over four dozen volunteers arrived at the Pasadena High School (PHS) early Wednesday morning to kick off Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Student Recovery Day, dubbed the “I’m In” campaign. Each group of volunteers received names and addresses for students who were previously enrolled in PUSD schools, in an effort to track down non-attending students and determine the cause. Continue reading

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