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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 19, 2013 



A friend to people of 
all ages, BERNIE, the 
beloved Great Pyrenees 
certified therapy dog has 
passed away. 


A familiar sight walking 
around town with 
his owner, Lois Longo, 
Bernie was seven years 
old when he passed on 
January 6th.

Certified as a puppy, 
at just 9 months old, 
Bernie brought his special 
brand of joy to the 
young and old. He was 
often found entertaining 
children at the Arcadia 
Library;s Bark For 
Books Program (left) 
and was a regular visitor 
to outdoor events, 
especially Sierra Madre’s 
Concerts In The Park. 
This year, Bernie even 
participated in the city’s 
Fourth of July Parade as 
part of the St. Rita’s delegation. 
He was a real inspiration to those dealing with health challenges, especially at Children’s 
Hospital and as a ‘therapist’ working with Vitas Hospice. 
A big guy (135lbs before he became ill), with a big heart, he will be missed. Lois intends, however to 
continue her Ministry and will look for another dog to carry on Bernie’s legacy.

During the month of December, Wedding Bells rang for at least four 
happy couples in Sierra Madre. All well known local celebrities! 
Where’s TMZ when y ou need them?

Have you noticed big, beaming 
smiles on some of the faces around 
town? Take our Director of Human 
Resources and Public Information 
Officer, the former Elisa Weaver. 
On December 8th at St. Rita’s 
Church she was united in Holy Matrimony 
to her long time beau, Brian 
Cox. (Pictured below). The couple’s 
reception was held at the Altadena 
Town and Country Club immediately 
following the ceremony. Congratulations 
to Mr. and Mrs. Cox!

Sierra Madre’s Mayor, Josh Moran 
also tied the knot last month. He 
and fiancee Danielle were also wed 
in December. Now we have a Mr. 
and Mrs. Mayor.

But wait, there’s more.....City Councilman 
John Harabedian and fiancee 
Young-Gi Kim were actually wed in 
November, but word didn’t hit the 
airwaves until during the holidays. 
The couple has dated for five years 
before their wedding in Pasadena..

And, just to be on the safe side, 
Mountain Views News Contributor 
Christopher Nyerges and fiancee Liz 
decided that just in case the world 
did end on December 21st as some predicted, they would leave this world as husband and wife. The 
couple is elated that the predictions were wrong and are enjoying life as Mr. and Mrs. Liz is a familiar 
face to many in the area, especially if you have been to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center where she 

What a great way to start off a new year, lots of happiness and love in the air!

Bernie and Lois at Arcadia Library’s Bark For Books Program

Photo courtesy Arcadia Public Library


On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm the City of Sierra Madre will host its 3rd Annual 
State of the City Address at the Community Recreation Center in the Sierra Madre Room at 611 East 
Sierra Madre Boulevard. 

This year’s theme is “Finding the Right Balance” and this event will highlight programs and services 
the City has provided over the past year and give residents insight to the City’s goals for the next 
fiscal year.


Founded in 1953, the Friends of the Sierra 
Madre Library is celebrating its 60th birthday 
this year. Established to promote awareness of, 
support for, and utilization of the high quality 
programs, services, and facilities of the Sierra 
Madre Library as a lifelong center of learning, the 
organization’s membership had grown to over 
300 Friends who provide countless volunteer 
hours supporting the library staff and raising 
money to augment that which is provided to 
the Library in the City’s budget. Funds raised 
by the Friends help provide resources as diverse 
as audio books, databases, computers and 
accessories, a defibrillator, reference and display 
materials, and newspaper subscriptions. The 
summer reading programs, the preschool story 
hour, classes at the library, staff training, and 
adult and teen programs are all paid for in part 
with money raised by the Friends.

Our fundraisers are the Best Used Book Sales 
held the first sequential Friday and Saturday 
every other month starting in February, the 
Wine Tasting being held this year on Sunday, 
February 19th, and the Art Fair which will be 
May 4th and 5th. For more information about 
any of these events, visit our website at www. If you would 
like to become a member of the Friends or if 
you’d like to volunteer at any of our fundraisers, 
you may contact Dave Hart, Membership, at 
446-8209, Martha Troedson at 355-0650 or Alan 
Leahy at 355-9783 for Book Sales, Sue Levoe at 
355-3236 for the Wine Tasting, and Janet Emery 
at 355-6499 or Susan Gallagher at 355-7200 for 
the Art Fair.

Remember that Henry Ward Beecher said, “A 
library is not a luxury but one of the necessities 
of life”. And the Beatles said that, “We get by 
with a little help from our Friends”.

Sierra Madrean Ken Anhalt, Bernie and Lois at Memorial Park in 2011. 

Photo by S. Henderson, MVNews

Sierra Madre Police Blotter

For the Period January 6-13, 2013

Thursday January 10, 2013

At 8pm, at resident in the 00 block of East Carter Avenue returned home. As she turned into her 
driveway she noticed a black 4-door sedan with heavy window tinting parked at the curb in front 
of her residence. She entered the house via the garage and immediately observed that the residence 
front door was open. Moments later she detected running movement and heard noises coming 
from a second story bedroom. The resident retreated to the garage, locked herself in her car and 
called police. When police units arrived less than a minute after she called, the black sedan was 
gone. A subsequent search off the residence failed to locate the intruders. The investigation revealed 
that unknown suspects entered the residence by removing a rear window screen and pried open 
the locked window. Once inside, the suspects, ransacked several rooms. Although currency was 
reported missing, several other items of value were untouched. 

Friday January 11, 2013

Residents in the 600 block of West Fairview Avenue returned to their home after being away for a 
week and discovered that their home had been burglarized. The police investigation revealed that 
unknown suspects attempted to enter via a rear window by prying open a window. These attempts 
failed and the suspects then smashed the window using a heavy flower pot. The suspects seemed to 
restrict their activity to two rooms and took money from a desk drawer. Neighbors did not report any 
unusual activity in the area and it is unknown when the crime actually took place. 

Saturday January 12, 2013

Late in the afternoon, a residential burglary occurred in the 2200 block of Santa Anita Avenue. 
Unknown suspects smashed the louver window panes on a rear door and unlocked the door from the 
inside. Jewelry and two laptop computers were removed from the residence. 

Sunday January 13, 2013

At 9:30 am a resident reported suspicious activity taking place in the vacant business structure at 245 
W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. She observed a female climb the fence that surrounds the property and 
get into a vehicle. The resident obtained a vehicle license number and gave this information to police. 
When officers inspected the property they determined that installed copper pipe and wiring had been 
removed from the interior walls and fixtures. 

Following up on the vehicle license plate, officers went to an address in Glendora where they found 
the described vehicle. A surveillance was initiated and the suspects were arrested hours later when 
they returned to the vehicle. The stolen property was recovered and two individuals (male 22 years 
of age and female 29 years of age) were booked for burglary.