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City Commission Will Honor Three for Their Humanitarian Commitment

The City’s Human Relations Commission will honor three with humanitarian awards for their exceptional work and dedication to creating a better Pasadena at a special ceremony Thursday. The annual awards ceremony will present Pasadena Police Lt. Tracey Ibarra with the Models of Unity Award, local non-profit Steam:Coders founder Ray Ealy with the Dr. Raymond Pitts ...


Pasadena Lawyer Appointed Superior Court Judge

A Pasadena lawyer who has served as Commissioner of the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2014 has been appointed as Superior Court Judge. Nancy A. Ramirez, 52, is among a batch of new judges for Los Angeles and Orange counties that Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Monday. Ramirez is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law ...


Pasadena’s Fallen Heroes to be Remembered at Police and Fire Memorial Service

The City of Pasadena will host the 2017 Pasadena Police and Fire Memorial in front of Pasadena City Hall Thursday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. to honor and remember Pasadena’s first responders who died in the line of duty. The public is invited to attend. This will be the sixth year that City officials, police ...


Union Station Homeless Services Welcomes 10 New Board Members

Union Station Homeless Services is proud to announce 10 additions to their board of directors. Each new member brings valuable expertise and insight to Union Station, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. The new arrivals come on the heels of several departures from Union Station’s ...


Small-Molecule Talk with Caltech’s New Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alison Ondrus

New assistant professor of chemistry Alison Ondrus says she’s excited to apply the tools of traditional chemistry to the study of biological problems and thinks Caltech, with its small, interdisciplinary environment, is the perfect place to do it. Ondrus received her PhD in organic chemistry in 2009 from MIT, where she learned to synthesize structurally ...


Wilson Middle School’s Jason Taylor Named Pasadena Unified Teacher of the Year

Jason Taylor, who teaches math and robotics at Wilson Middle School, has been selected as the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) nominee for the annual 2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, an honors competition that spotlights excellence in public education. If selected as L.A. County Teacher of the Year, Mr. Taylor will be ...


Pacific Oaks Appoints New Executive Director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the appointment of Robert Boyman as Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School. With a specific focus on anti-bias and emergent curriculum, the Children’s School has been a pioneer in progressive early childhood education for over 70 years. Prior to his official appointment, Boyman had previously served ...


USC Pacific Asia Museum Honors Chinese Art Collectors, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, and Fashion Designer Tadashi Shoji at Annual Gala

  The USC Pacific Asia Museum (USC PAM) will host its annual gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the historic Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, in honor of Legacy Award recipients, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen & Dr. Oi-Lin Chen of the Chen Art Gallery and Visionary Artist Award recipient, Tadashi Shoji, Creative Director of his ...


Council Pays Tribute to Fred Valentine, 1919-2017

More than two dozen close friends and family members visited City Council chambers Monday evening to pay tribute to the life of James Woods Mortuary partner-owner Fred W. Valentine, a longtime leader in the Pasadena African-American community. Vice-Mayor John Kennedy recalled the impact that Valentine had on his friends and neighbors, and said that the ...


After a Career as a Business Litigator, Attorney Decides to Enroll in Pasadena Art School

Antoinette Adams is the first to admit she’s not your typical art student. Just before her 50th birthday, she made a life-changing decision to go back to school as soon as her youngest child was old enough to drive. The bold choice to enroll at ArtCenter College of Design seemed an impossible dream after a ...


Pinot Pigs Wine Bar Hosts Loring Winery Tasting at Alma Rosa in Pasadena

  Founders of Pinot Pigs Wine Bar is coming to Pasadena in early 2018 is hosting a private wine tasting event with Brian Loring of Loring Winery at Alma Rosa in Pasadena on May 27, 2017. Brian will serve several wines including his favorite, Cottonwood Canyon with raffle proceeds benefiting AbilityFirst, a nonprofit serving people ...


Dr. Susana Smith Bautista Appointed Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Dr. Susana Smith Bautista has been appointed Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) and will assume the role on May 23, the Museum’s Board announced Thursday. Born and raised in Pasadena, Bautista is an expert on museums, digital technology, the arts, and strategic communication. She replaces Interim Executive Director Jay Belloli. ...


Brian DeHaan Leaving Maranatha High School After 11 Successful Years; Athletic Director Credited with Changing Culture

There seemed to be a collective bittersweet type of feeling among the coaches on campus at Maranatha High School. They learned their athletics director, Brian DeHaan, is leaving Maranatha for Providence Christian College in Pasadena. While they all are incredibly grateful for a decade’s worth of mentorship, guidance, integrity and a changing of the culture ...


Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena Wine Auction Raised $75,000 To Keep Summer Programs Vibrant, Going Strong

The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena successfully raised $75,000 at its first annual wine auction event last Saturday which not only gave generous locals the opportunity to sample great food and drink and purchase rare and unique wines from around the world, but it also ensured the City’s youth will have a variety of ...


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