Central Park South Reopens, Beautification Complete

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now CorrespondentPhoto: Deborah Brancic

Photo: Deborah Brancic
Photo: Deborah Brancic

Photo: Deborah Brancic

City officials and representatives from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and the Tournament of Roses gathered in Central Park early Tuesday afternoon to officially reopen the southern end of the park, with its newest landscaping and beautification projects completed.

Mayor Bill Bogaard held a pair of scissors up to a large yellow ribbon, as he, Councilmember Steve Madison, City Manager Michael Beck, Tournament of Roses CEO William Flynn, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Vice President of Sales John McCarthy posed for pictures. Continue reading

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Art Center’s Car Classic 2013 Puts Future Designers in Touch With the Past

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The twelfth year of the Car Classic at the Art Center College of Design saw a record number of people show up for the event on Sunday. Close to 1800 people passed through the sculpture garden on the college campus throughout the day to view the large collection of classic and modern vehicles that had been “Inspired by Nature,” according to Jay Sanders, executive director of the undergraduate transportation design department. Twenty-four trophies were awarded to motor vehicles on display at the event, in categories such as student’s choice, people’s choice, kid’s choice, classic beauty, motorsport innovation, designer’s choice, and inspired by nature, amongst others. Continue reading

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Lincoln Village Festival Sees Its Tenth Year

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Children and adults gathered on the grounds of the John Muir High School Saturday afternoon to celebrate the tenth year of the Lincoln Village Festival, organized each year by the Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA). The annual event was designed to bring the community together, with many vendors setting up booths and contributing to the festivities. Continue reading

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Police Dogs Demonstrate Crime-Fighting Skills at Police Foundation Breakfast

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Officer Matt Widger with K-9 "Nico" at the Pasadena Police Foundation's Breakfast called "Take A Bite Out of Crime" at Brookside Golf Course on October 10, 2013. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Officer Matt Widger with K-9 “Nico” at the Pasadena Police Foundation’s Breakfast called “Take A Bite Out of Crime” at Brookside Golf Course on October 10, 2013.
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A crime-fighting dog located several boxes of “narcotics” in the Brookside Country Club early Thursday morning, as part of a skills demonstration.

Officer Steve Arcand led his four-legged partner, Figo, in a search of the room as a crowd in the banquet hall watched in amusement. Continue reading

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Wicked Lit 2013 Brings Classic Horror Theatre to a Real Cemetery

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Pictured is the cast of Sleepy Hollow and producer/writers of Wicked Lit. In front: Eric DeLoretta (Ichabod Crane). In back from left: Shawn Savage (Brom Bones), Jonathan Josephson (producer/writer), Ilona Anna Kulinska (Katrina Von Tassel), Jeff G. Rack (producer/writer), Michael Prichard (Baltrus Van Tassel), David Reynolds (ensemble). Photo: Deborah Brancic

Pictured is the cast of Sleepy Hollow and producer/writers of Wicked Lit. In front: Eric DeLoretta (Ichabod Crane). In back from left: Shawn Savage (Brom Bones), Jonathan Josephson (producer/writer), Ilona Anna Kulinska (Katrina Von Tassel), Jeff G. Rack (producer/writer), Michael Prichard (Baltrus Van Tassel), David Reynolds (ensemble).
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Classic horror theater in a real cemetery? Nothing could be more perfect for Halloween.

Unbound Productions, a nonprofit theater company based in Los Angeles, has begun its fifth annual production of Wicked Lit, a series of plays adapting classic horror literature into an interactive experience for theater attendees. Continue reading

ASID Home and Kitchen Tour Draws a Large Crowd for a Self-Guided Tour

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Visitors view the master bedroom in a house in La Canada, designed by Sara Ingrassia. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Visitors view the master bedroom in a house in La Canada, designed by Sara Ingrassia.
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San Gabriel Valley residents were in for a treat Sunday morning as they drove to four different homes to view the winning entries for the 27th Annual Home and Kitchen Tour. Over six hundred tickets were sold for the Tour, which promised to be very beneficial for the Union Station Homeless Services, which will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales this year. Continue reading

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Students Share Fears of Substance Abuse and Bullying at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event

By Deborah Brancic, Pasadena Now Correspondent

Students share their concerns with attendees at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event. Photo: Deborah Brancic
Students share their concerns with attendees at the 4th Annual State of the Kids Event.
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Cheryl Greer Jarmin, professor of human development at Pacific Oaks College, was the keynote speaker for the event. Photo: Deborah Brancic

Cheryl Greer Jarmin, professor of human development at Pacific Oaks College, was the keynote speaker for the event.
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The 4th annual State of the Kids Event at the Rose Bowl Pavilion brought a record number of students in touch with town officials Wednesday evening. The night included a breakout session in which the youth were paired with their elders to discuss several issues including school problems, fears, hopes, and any suggestions the children believed would make them feel safer. The pairing was meant to educate those in charge about what their young constituents believed was lacking.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Assemble Outside Huntington Hospital

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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.
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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.
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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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