We shall never forget — 9/11/01

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Pasadena – Altadena:
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Monrovia – Duarte:
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Education & Youth:
Hall Pass

Nature & the Environment:
Christopher Nyerges

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Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two

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Business Today
As I See It
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Howard W. Hays
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Earthquakes and tsunamis in 
Japan, hurricanes in the south 
and east, wildfires in California, 
Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, 
flooding along the Mississippi and 
the eastern seaboard, earthquakes 
in California, New York, Virginia 
and the nation’s capital and 
tornadoes in the midwest and 
the south are all a reminder to us 
in Sierra Madre that we need to 
prepare for natural disasters. 

 Since September is National 
Preparedness Month, we are 
highlighting the efforts of a local 
group that is solely dedicated to 
helping the residents of Sierra 
Madre and its neighboring 

 The Sierra Madre Community 
Emergency Response Team 
(CERT) is an intregral part 
of assisting the community 
to prepare for and initiate 
family plans in the event of an 


 Local government prepares for 
everyday emergencies. However, 
during a disaster, the number 
and scope of incidents can 
overwhelm emergency services. 
The Community Emergency 
Response Team (CERT) program 
is an all-risk, all-hazard training. 
This valuable course is designed 
to help you protect yourself, your 
family, your (cont. on pg. 3)



Long time resident and community 
leader Eph Konigsberg passed away 
last Friday after a lengthy illness. A 
resident of Sierra Madre for decades, 
Eph’s community service exemplified 
the spirit of volunteerism and community 
service in Sierra Madre. Konigsberg, 
who was a member and supporter 
of several Sierra Madre Civic 
organizations was recognized for his 
many years of community involvement 
as one of the first recipients of 
the “Treasures of Sierra Madre” Award 
earlier this year. (cont. pg. 3)


Remembering 9/11/2001

Sierra Madre Remembers

 In recognition of the date, SMFD 
and SMPD are expanding the 
ceremony, adding to the service 
the laying of a memorial wreath 
by the stations monument in 
honor of the 9/11 fallen, as well as 
the ringing of the bells in honor 
of the fallen, a firefighter tradition 
that goes back more than 150 

 The public is invited to attend the 
ceremony, which will take place 
at 7am, Sunday, September 11th. 
Bean Town Coffee House will be 
providing continental breakfast 
and Leonora Moss is donating the 
wreath to be laid at the Firefighter’s 
9/11 memorial.

Arcadia Remembers

The Arcadia Firefighters’ Association 
will mark the tenth anniversary of 
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by 
conducting a memorial service at 6:45 
a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at the flag poles 
of Arcadia Fire Station 106 on the corner 
of Huntington Drive and Baldwin 

A traditional bell ceremony, musical 
tributes, wreath laying, and additional 
activities will serve to commemorate 
the 343 New York firefighters killed 
during rescue operations following 
the attacks, and the strength, resilience 
and unity of the American people.


Monrovia Remembers

 Last week, a fatal collision between a motorcycle 
and a car took the life of Jonathon “Jon” Paul 
Nyerges, 29, a familiar face in Sierra Madre. Jon, 
who lived in Temple City, worked as the manager 
of Mail Box and Postal on Sierra Madre Blvd. 
for several years. He left the job in February to 
start his own video production company.

 The accident, which occurred on September 1st, 
happened just a block from his home. He was on 
the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the 
scene. The driver of the car, 75 year old Arcadia 
resident, Richard Oster, died of his injuries a few 
hours later.

 Jon is survived by his parents, Ricard Alan and 
Barbara Kathleen, brothers Michael Alan & Jeffrey 
David Nyerges, his nephew Chase and many 
other aunts, uncles and cousins. Mountain 
Views News contributor Christopher Nyerges is 
one of his uncles. Services will be held on Sunday, 
September 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Cabot & 
Sons, 27 Chestnut St., Pasadena. 

The 10th anniversary of the attack on 
the World Trade Center in New York 
will be commemorated in a rememberance 
ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, 
September 11, in front of Monrovia Fire 
Station 101 on Lemon Avenue, between 
Myrtle and Ivy Avenues. That block of 
Lemon will be closed to traffic for the 
event. The public is invited to attend and 

Pasadena Holds Two Events

New York Drive to serve as memorial to World Trade 
Center victims

 The ceremony will include special 
guests such as Rep. Adam Schiff 
(D-Pasadena) , an MCAS 4 F-18 
fly-over, Pasadena City College – 
Tournament of Roses band, and 
begin at 11 a.m. at 3100 New York 
Drive. Seats and free parking will 
be available.

 All fire fighters, police, EMTs, 
military in uniform, schools, civic 
clubs and individuals are welcome 
to attend. 




To pay tribute to the firefighters, 
police officers, emergency 
personnel and thousands of other 
innocent victims who died on September 
11, 2001 and to salute our 
armed forces around the world 
fighting the war on terror, the 
county has officially declared September 
11 as “Patriot’s Day” and 
Mayor Michael D. Antonovich has 
ordered that all flags be lowered to 
half-staff on all county buildings 
September 11. 

"9/11 at 7" 

The City of Pasadena is also sponsoring a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 11, that 
will feature MUSE/IQUE with the Pasadena Master Chorale performing music 
from Bach, Tchaikovsky, Paul Simon and Gershwin. A selection of prose and poetry 
will be included. A presentation of the colors--to salute our city and country 
through the carrying of our flags--will be conducted by Pasadena’s police and fire 

All are welcome to attend the outdoor performance from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Seating 
will be on a first-come basis. 

The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green Street. For more information 
call 626-795-9311 or go to www.visitpasadena.com or MUSE/IQUE at 




Developer unveils 
plans to 
community at 
public forum

A public meeting 
to receive 
public input for a 
proposed senior 
assisted living facility 
was held on 
Wednesday, September 
7, 2011 at 
the Sierra Madre 
Recreation Center. 
More than 50 
residents were in 
attendance at what 
most described as 
a very informative 
meeting. Representatives 
the developers of 
the project discussed 
the preliminary 
for the 1.84 acre 
property located 225-245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., at the corner of Sierra Madre 
Boulevard and Hermosa Avenue (across the street from City Hall). The new facility 
will include a 58,000 square foot, two-story building that can accommodate up 
to 96 residents.

 Several residents were curious as to whether or not the plans would be in compliance 
with the city’s Measure V Ordinance which prohibits buildings from exceeding 
2 stories, 30 feet in height and 13 units per acres. In addition to the assurances 
from the developers and city staff that the project did meet those standards, 
City Manager, Elaine Aguilar stated in a follow up telephone interview that, “At 
this point, what is proposed is completely in compliance with Measure V, as of 


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Developer Billy Shields discusses the project with 
resident Gary Hood. Photo by Chris Bertrand

New York, NY, USA - August 3, 2011: Union workers direct traffic on 
Church Street in Downtown Manhattan outside the World Trade Center 
Ground Zero construction sight so that concrete can be delivered to 
the site. The cranes in the foreground are in the area of the National 
September 11 Memorial Plaza. In the center is One World Trade Center 
with two cranes on top. Seven World Trade Center, to the right, 
has been completed. The construction site is surrounded by a security 
fence which is decorated with depictions of the completed buildings and 
Plaza. Photo courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial

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