Archive for ‘August, 2009’


Heritage Square: Past, Present, Future

Heritage Square: Past, Present, Future

I wish I could tell you the name of the photographer who took this shot. The photo is courtesy of Heritage Square Museum. Pictured are the Castle and the Salt Box, the two historical structures from Bunker Hill that were saved from demolition only to be burned by vandals in the early days of Heritage […]

Mark Colasuonno, Monrovia Mini Madoff, Close to a Plea Bargain

Mark Colasuonno, Monrovia Mini Madoff, Close to a Plea Bargain

By Susan Motander On Thursday morning, August 27, the two criminal cases of Mark Colasuonno almost reached a plea bargain.  In these cases he was charged with embezzlement, fraud, fiduciary abuse of an elder and theft. It appeared that Colasuonno would withdraw his not guilty plea and accept a sentence of four … FULL STORY: […]

Going Postal with the Yetis

Going Postal with the Yetis

Amongst my many failings, er, flaws, is my inability to get things into the mail. Just ask my family and friends who are still waiting for 2008 Christmas cards ( True story: addressed, stamped, no photos, never sent.) or wedding gifts ( Don’t I have a year?) or birthday greetings ( Anytime in the month […]

Pasadena Issues Another Health Warning due to Smoke Filled Skies

Pasadena Issues Another Health Warning due to Smoke Filled Skies

The Morris Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa has grown to 1,850 acres and is currently 45 percent contained.  To the west, a fire north of La Cañada Flintridge currently stands at 80 acres burned and 0 percent containment. With temperatures anticipated at 100 degrees plus for the … FULL STORY: http://pasadenaindependent.com/latest_news/pasadena-issues-another-health-warning-due-to-smoke-filled-skies/

Pacific Asia Museum’s New Exhibition: Calligraffiti

Pacific Asia Museum’s New Exhibition: Calligraffiti

Pacific Asia Museum presents a multi-cultural exhibition that explores the idea of art as a strategy for breaking down concepts of painting/writing, legibility/illegibility, insider/outsider and Asian Art/Western Art. Curated by Collette Chattopadhyay, Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art will be on view from September 17, 2009 through January 17, … FULL STORY: http://pasadenaindependent.com/arts/pacific-asia-museum%E2%80%99s-new-exhibition-calligraffiti/

Project: Altadena Open House next Sat.

Project: Altadena Open House next Sat.

Molly Tierney at Photography by Walt tells us she's very excited about the photos that will appear in "Project: Altadena" — a month (or so!) long project of local photographers from all walks of life, armed with a disposable camera of 27 pictures, recording life in our town. In celebration, the Altadena Arts Coalition is […]

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

Smoke from the fires in nearby Angeles National Forest mixed with hot, August winds to create a toxic haze all over the San Gabriel Valley. Lucky for my family, we could hole up indoors. Which makes me appreciate workers like this even more. (Though I don’t think he appreciated me snapping this picture!) Go to […]

Taking the day off

Taking the day off

Dr. Mrs. Altadenablog will be going into surgery today, so we're taking the day off.  (Some stuff we've previously programmed in will be published today, but we're not going to keep up with ongoing events, such as the fires).  Hope to see you soon — keep us in your thoughts & prayers today. Go to […]

Heritage Square: Not Square

Heritage Square: Not Square

Even in 1893 an octagonal house was unusual. This was Gilbert Longfellow’s second octagon house, originally located on San Pasqual Street in Pasadena near where Caltech stands now. The Longfellow-Hastings Octagon House has been part of Heritage Square Museum since 1986. The house has been partially renovated and is currently used to display photos and […]

Tomorrow will be smokin'

Tomorrow will be smokin'

… 'cause of the fire in the Angeles National Forest above La Canada-Flintridge. Red flag warnings in the mountains for the foreseeable future, triple digit temps predicted for tomorrow, a nasty day all around. And if you're planning on hitting the links, don't go to Brookside.  Pasadena's Public Information Officer and righteous babe Ann Erdman […]

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