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Pasadena Village Welcomes New Executive Director

The Pasadena Village, a non-profit organization supporting older adults who wish to age in place, is pleased to announce the selection of Peggy Buchanan as its new Executive Director. Buchanan will take over the role from Sue Kujawa, who steps down July 1. Buchanan brings significant non-profit experience and business acumen to the Village, serving ...


Voices for Five Acres Gala Brings Color and Class to Westin Pasadena

More than 225 guests raised over $220,000 at the Voices for Five Acres gala held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the main ballroom, at Westin in Pasadena. The colorful fete honored various “voices” of Five Acres including clients, staff, donors and celebrity supporters. Guests were treated to a classy and colorful evening with sexy ...


Guttman Receives Early-Career Award for Cancer Research

Mitchell Guttman, an assistant professor of biology, has been named as one of five Pew-Stewart scholars. The scholarship is awarded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, and provides four years of funding to “pursue innovative work aimed at advancing progress toward a cure for cancer.” Guttman’s research aims to ...


Descanso Kicks Off Summer Jazz with New West Guitar Group Concert

Descanso Gardens kicked off its summer concert season with a special performance by the New West Guitar Group on Thursday evening, June 11. The jazz preview concert is a summer tradition for the Center Circle Associates, Descanso’s highest membership level. About 80 people gathered in the Rose Garden on a warm summer evening to enjoy ...


Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie Earns National Award

Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie is this year’s recipient of the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award granted by the American Public Power Association (APPA) as its way of recognizing her “exceptional leadership and dedication to public power.” The award, named after APPA’s former executive director who served from 1951 up to 1986, ...


Council Adjourns in Memory of John Kendall, Extraordinary Police Volunteer Who Donated 8,000 Hours

The Pasadena City Council adjourned Monday night in memory of John Kendall, a citizen volunteer at the Pasadena Police Department who donated over 8,000 hours of his time and is remembered as the Department’s jovial Santa Claus during its annual holiday gift basket giveaway to needy families. Kendall died June 5 in Pasadena at 87 ...


Rosemary Children’s Services ‘Stars Chefs’ Event 2015- Celebrating 95 Years of Service to At-risk Foster Youth

Rosemary Children’s Services will host its 52nd Annual ‘An Evening with Star Chefs’’ on Saturday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m. This years’ event will take place at the Historic Ambassador Gardens and Mansion, Pasadena. Top Chefs from around Los Angeles will come together to support Rosemary Children’s Services annual benefit. Founded by Julia Childs in ...


An Extraordinary Night For A Special Cause

Christopher Haydel and Ricky Biel of Haydel Biel & Associates, along with their hard working staff, pulled off a special evening for the benefit of the Academy of Special Dreams. For the assembled guests, it was a night of mixing, mingling, nibbles and sips with the opportunity to donate to the cause by way of ...


Caltech Professor Wins Prestigious Medal

Hiroo Kanamori, Caltech’s John E. and Hazel S. Smits Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, was awarded the Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal by the American Geosciences Institute at the 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exposition. The medal recognizes “scientific achievements and service to the Earth sciences having lasting, historic value.” Kanamori is ...


Kidspace Welcomes Andre Cronthall to Board of Directors

This June, Kidspace Children’s Museum officially welcomed Andre J. Cronthall as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Cronthall is a Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, a law firm founded in Los Angeles in 1927, but which now has fifteen offices throughout the United ...


The Frostig Center Elects New Board Officers, Welcomes New Trustees

The Frostig Center Board of Trustees elected new officers to guide the non-profit organization in 2015-16 and also welcomed five new members. Nancy Hogg, a retired public school administrator with the Walnut Valley Unified School District, will take over as board chair on July 1. She will be assisted by Vice-Chair Deborah Baroi, also a ...


Famed Manson Prosecutor, Longtime Pasadenan Vincent Bugliosi Dead at 80

Long-time Pasadena resident Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and his followers for the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders and authored numerous books on a variety of subjects, has died at age 80 in a Los Angeles hospital, according to his son Vincent and wife of 59 years, Gail. Bugliosi is best known for his trial ...


Four Exceptional PUSD Students Honored at The Shakespeare Club’s 61st Annual Scholarship Luncheon

On May 19th the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena held their 61st Annual Scholarship Luncheon to honor four exceptional graduating seniors from high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. The four deserving graduates were presented with scholarships in the amount of $2000.00 to help with their continued education next year. The afternoon started with a ...


Venture Capital Firm Invests in Tech Company Owned by Young Pasadena City College Grad

On June 5th , Marquett Burton and the SmartyPants App team will be leaving Pasadena for a lakeside summer in Michigan with free housing, free co-working space, a $50,000 investment and $200,000 in services and perks courtesy of Coolhouse Labs, a Michigan based accelerator and venture capital firm. Having both revenue and a partnership with ...