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Who Has The Best Decorations? Is It You? Or Your Neighbor? 

Submit your entries for our 2nd annual Holiday Decorating Contest! Enter the address of homes we should consider for our 
2nd annual contest. We’ll drive and evaluate the entries in our service area from Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, 
Monrovia and Duarte on Monday and/or Tuesday, December 13-14 between 5-9 p.m. So…. If you’re entered, make sure your 
lights are on for us to take photos and make the awards! Send your submission addresses with street address, cross street and 
town name to 



In The Spirit Of The Season -

Three Young Ladies ‘Pay It Forward’ 

 Photos & Story by Lina Johnson


 On Monday December 6, 2010, about 8:00 a.m. an alert resident called 
the Sierra Madre Police Department to report a burglary in progress 
in the 1900 – 2000 block of Vista St. Officers responding to the call 
stopped and detained two suspects as they were leaving the area in 
a silver Honda CRV. David Wells, age 20, and Jason Mora, age 21, 
both of Pasadena, were taken into custody without incident. Officers 
recovered what they believed to be stolen property from the suspects’ 
vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the two suspects may be 
responsible for several daytime residential burglaries in Sierra Madre 
and the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. Sierra Madre and Pasadena 
detectives are working together in this on-going investigation. Wells and 
Mora are each being held on $50,000.00 bail. Anyone with additional 
information in this case should contact Sergeant Joe Ortiz at (626) 355-

“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do 

While some third graders are writing out their 
Christmas wish list these third graders are deciding 
how to raise money for charitable causes.

Three third grade girls from Sierra Madre Elementary 
School decided to learn how to make jewelry this past 
summer.They made so much jewelry they decided to 
have a sale to help their school.Initially,they raised 
seventy two dollars selling to family .Annalie ,one of 
the third graders told me that it worried her that they 
want to close the school library and that although they 
are supposed to have music class

there is an uncertainty that they will have music next 
year.”Right now we have a lady that teaches us music 
and she is not getting paid.” The girls are raising 
money because they want to help the school and they 
don’t want to see programs get eliminated from their 

 Annalie Longhurst,Maggie Newhart and Malia Teran 
planned a jewlery sale with the help of their mothers 
at Annalie’s home on Sunday ,December 5 from 3 to 5 
pm.They invited about thirty friends and family to the 
event and successfully raised about $237.00.They are 
donating $200.00 to Sierra Madre Elementary School 
and will keep the remainder to purchase more supplies 
and continue their charitable endeavors.They still have 
some jewelry available and plan to have a Facebook 
page to display their creations and continue their 
charitable work.They plan to raise money for other 
causes, as well. This is just the beginning of these girl’s 
charitable activities and this holiday season the girls, 
who have named themselves “The Giving Girls” are 
learning that in life it is better to give than to receive.

Turkeys, Hams and Toys - Foothill 
Unity Center Short on Children’s Gifts 
and Meats for Holiday Event

 Just ten days away from its biggest Holiday Distribution ever, volunteers and 
staff at Foothill Unity Center are wondering if they’ll have a gift for every child 
who attends. The annual event for pre-registered client families will be held on 
Sunday, December 19, in Ayres Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

The Center has been collecting new children’s toys and clothing since well before 
its Thanksgiving event. Some items are donated directly, while others come 
through the organization’s Holiday Angels program. In this program, people 
are invited to adopt one or more hand-decorated paper angels with a child’s 
name and interests, purchase a gift, and return the gifts to the Center to be 
given to the child. 

To fulfill as many angel wishes as possible, the deadline for dropping off gifts 
has been extended. The Center is now emailing angels to those wishing to adopt 
them. To request angels, email

Turkeys and hams are also in short supply. Donations may be dropped off any 
weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at either Center location: 415 W. Chestnut 
Ave. in Monrovia or 191 N. Oak Ave. in Pasadena.

Because of the economic downturn, the Center has seen a huge increase in local 
people turning to the organization for help. Many new clients are seeking assistance 
for the first time. “We’re currently serving more than twice the number 
of families we were just two years ago,” says Center Executive Director Joan 
Whitenack. “We’re expecting over 3,000 children, and we’d love to have a new 
toy and a new set of clothing for each one.”

For those short on shopping time, donated funds help the Center fill in the gaps 
for this large event. Supporters can contribute securely online by clicking the 
Donate Now button on either the Center’s website, www.foothillunitycenter.
org, or its Facebook page. Checks may be mailed to Foothill Unity Center, 415 
West Chestnut Avenue, Monrovia CA, 91016.

About Foothill Unity Center 

 Now in its thirtieth year, Foothill Unity Center provides a range of services unparalleled 
not only in the San Gabriel Valley, but across Los Angeles County. Operating with a small 
staff and a corps of dedicated volunteers, the nonprofit, nondenominational organization 
distributed over four million pounds of food to 3,974 unduplicated very low-income families 
last year. It also provides some health services, limited motel vouchers, and referrals to 
the homeless and people in crisis. Clients meet stringent income guidelines and are recertified 
annually. Over 93% of every dollar goes to programs. For more information, call the 
Center at (626) 358-3486. 

Annalie Longhurst,Maggie Newhart and Malia Teran

Sierra Madre School Principal Gayle Blumel accepts 
the generous donation from Annalie, Maggie and 

Good Friends, Good Food, Great Fun

The Sierra Madre Senior Commission sponsored the A Commission 
Chair Ann Luke,below, standing , received a round of applause from 
the appreciative audience. City Council Woman Nancy Walsh, (bottom 
picture), fthe ormer chair of the Senior Commission was also in 

 The event was held at the Hart Park House, aka the Senior Center, 
which has pending plans for renovation - hopefully in 2011.

Sierra Madre’s 


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Joanna and Matthew Krantz 
of Bean Town Coffee House and 
Bakery announced this week that 
the eatery is an official drop off 
point forU.S. Marine Corps Reserve 
Toys for Tots Program 

 In an effort to help children and 
families facing difficulties this 
holiday season, Bean Town has 
agreed to become a collection point 
for the well known Toys for Tots 
Program. The toys donated will 
be distributed as Christmas gifts to 
needy children.

 Bean Town supports the program 
because Toys For Tot’s primary goal 
is to deliver a message of hope to 
needy youngsters that will motivate 
them to grow into responsible, 
productive, patriotic citizens and 
community leaders.

 Once the toys are collected, the local 
Marine Corps Reserve Unit will 
pick them up and distribute them. 
Cash donations are also accepted, 
so make certain you stop by Bean 
Town, located at 45 N. Baldwin, 
Sierra Madre - 626-355-1596. 


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