Archive for ‘August, 2010’


Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Americans like their zoos. In fact, they like them more than their NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball Games, combined. More than 175 million Americans flock to zoos and aquariums every year, for a close-up look at Sumatran tigers, South African elephants, and chimpanzees. But are zoos adequately equipped to care for these animals and […]

Mansion Adena

Mansion Adena

Walk north from Orange Grove Blvd. along Garfield Avenue and for the first few blocks you won’t be impressed. Let me rephrase that. You might be impressed, but your impression will be of an area not so much downtrodden as disinterested. Nothing awful, nothing particularly fine. A few small houses, an apartment building of no […]

Episcopal Homes present a pared-down MonteCedro

Episcopal Homes present a pared-down MonteCedro

The MonteCedro retirement community is still alive, say representatives from the Episcopal Home Communities, altho’ it will be smaller, less costly, and will be built in phases. At last night's Altadena Town Council meeting, Episcopal Homes Communities president Marty Tamburrano said they within 30 days they will begin marketing the development, which is to go […]

Il Teatro

Il Teatro

An easily overlooked Old Town boutique next to a cigar store, Il Teatro pleases the price-conscious shopper who want to tap into trends without paying a lot. You’ll find a wide array of jewelry, including (as the name suggests) some theatrical pieces! There’s something for every age here, thanks to the range of accessories and […]

Beyond the Olive

Beyond the Olive

Looking for all the world like a wine bar, this place turns out to be not about drinking at all. Beyond the Olive (tagline: Celebrating Food and Living Well) is an olive oil and balsamic vinegar store that also stocks some other foods (olives, dips, tapenades, crackers) and gift items, such as bowls (for olive […]

Sunset Paparazzi

Sunset Paparazzi

I often stop for the sunset along Arroyo Drive. This time, a film shoot forced me to stop. A production company was setting up one of those shots where a camera is mounted on the front of a car to film a character driving. I didn’t mind the delay, though. It was a great excuse […]

Happy voting!

Happy voting!

Ninety years ago today, women throughout the USA won the right to vote.  Rock on! Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

The China Factory Mall Reawakening

The China Factory Mall Reawakening

Not much information is found if you Google “china factory mall,” which makes me wonder about the history of this nondescript historic warehouse structure, which has sat quietly near the southern edge of Central Park since the local favorite bar, Crown City Brewery, closed down a couple of years ago. The owner of the property, […]

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

Celebrities… we love them, we love to hate them, and we love scrolling through endless paparazzi photos of them walking their dog, eating a burger, doing things – just like us! But what do we really know about what’s going on in their lives, especially when we see pictures of certain celebs stumbling out of […]

Pasadena Schools Show Encouraging STAR Testing results… Five-Year Rate of Improvement Continues

Pasadena Schools Show Encouraging STAR Testing results… Five-Year Rate of Improvement Continues

By Terry Miller California’s top executive educator, California State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell, visited Cleveland Elementary School in northwest Pasadena Monday to observe that school’s improvements in English and mathematics scores as well as pronounce statewide gains in those particular subjects. O’Connell said the state has made strides in English and math scores at […]

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