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Inside this Week:

SM Calendar of Events

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Christopher Nyerges
What's Going On

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Monrovia Police Blotter

Education & Youth:
The Reel Deal

Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
In the Kitchen
Sean's Shameless Reviews

Health & More:
Happy Tails
Dr. Tina Paul
The Joy of Yoga
Pet of the Week
SGV Humane Society

The Good Life:
… This and That
Senior Happenings

Opinion … Left/Right:
Out to Pastor
Stuart Tolchin On …
As I See It
Greg Welborn

Legal Notices (1):

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Legal Notices (8):
The Funnies

F. Y. I. :

Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Howard Hays
Katie Hopkins
Sean Kayden
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Tina Paul
Joan Schmidt
Ben Show
Rev. James Snyder
Stuart Tolchin
Keely Totten
Greg Welborn

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Welcome visitors to the San Gabriel Valley for the BCS 
Championship Game. 


We invite you to spend a little time in the wonderful foothill village of 
Sierra Madre where you will enjoy fine dining, great shopping and much 


Sierra Madre Rose Float Association captures its’ 8th Tournament of Roses Award In 

Coffee Houses:


Beantown Coffee House & 
Bakery 45 N. Baldwin


Fine Dining:

Wistaria Grill 

44 N. Baldwin

Corfu Mediterranean Dining

48 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


The Peppertree Grill

322 W. Sierra Madre Bl.


74 W. Sierra Madre Bl.

Sierra Bistro 

120 W. Sierra Madre Bl.

Four Seasons Tea Room

75 N. Baldwin

Taco Fiesta

345 W. Sierra Madre Bl.

Great Shopping:

Brown’s Classic Interiors

64 W. Sierra Madre Blvd

Belle’s Nest

55 N. Baldwin

Les Champs de Elysee

26 N. Baldwin

Leonora Moss

9 Kersting Court

Savor The Flavor

11 Kersting Court

Baldwin Jewelers

15 Kersting Court

Wine Tasting

The Bottle Shop

58 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


Lizzie’s Trail Inn

The Richardson House

167 E Mira Monte Ave, 

(626) 355-3905

Places To Worship

Church of the Ascension

25 E. Laurel

Sierra Madre United Methodist

695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Bethany Christian

93 N. Baldwin

St. Rita Catholic Church

38 N. Baldwin 

Sierra Madre Congregational

170 West Sierra Madre Bl. 

The Winners Circle appears to be the 
home of the Sierra Madre Rose Float 
Association. For the 8th time in the 
last 9 years, the Association has put together 
an award winning float. 

 The 2014 entry, “Catching The Big 
One” was selected as the winner of the 
Mayor’s Trophy - “The Most Outstanding 
City Entry National or International”. 
The float, which was designed by 
Award Winning creator Charles Meier, 
was derived from the Tournament of 
Roses parade’s overall theme, “The 
Sky’s The Limit” depicts a small fishing 
boat looking for the big catch. The 
line was cast by the SMRFA Princesses 
Hannah Latham, who is a sophomore 
at Maranatha High School, Madison 
Vleck, who is a sophomore at PHS, and 
Tessa Brandstater, who is a senior at 

The float was approximately 42 ft long 
and 25 ft high.

 Float designer, Charles Meier, who has 
been with the SMRFA for most of the 
last 9 years, is the Creative Director for 
his own company, Paradiso Designs. 
According to his website, “He first fell 
in love with the Tournament of Roses® 
at age 9 after seeing the parade from 
the grandstands for the first time. That 
day he went home and began sketching 
floats. Four years later, Charles set 
the record as the youngest designer in 
Tournament history, creating his first 
float at age 13. Over the last two decades, 
Charles earned awards for 90% 
of his designs—the highest prize-winning 
rate in the industry.” This year, in 
addition to the Sierra Madre float, his 
creations also won the Extraordinaire 
Trophy for the Singpoli Group and the 
Grand Marshal’s Trophy for the Public 
Storage Float.

 Congratulations are also in order for 
all of the hard working volunteers who 
spent countless hours painstakingly 
painting, gluing and placing millions 
of seeds and flowers on the float. Also 
included in the thanks are Bob Young, 
President of the SMRFA and all of the 
hard working volunteers, including 
Dick and Kaye Sappington, Donna 
Sutcliffe, Barbie Bevington, Gwen Robertson, 
David and Bonnie Colcher, just 
to name a few. 

 So what’s next for this award winning 
organization? Breaking down the big 
fish and begin working on the 2015 entry. 
S. Henderson/MVNews

Photo courtesy TOR


2006 - “The Wonder of Reading” 
The Founders Banner Trophy

2007 - “Our Wonderful Wistaria”

 Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy

2008 - “Valentine’s Day”

 Princesses Trophy

2009 - “Bollywood Dreams” 

 Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy

2010 “California Girls”

 Governor’s Trophy

2011 “Suenos de California”

 Governor’s Trophy

2013 “The Sky’s The Limit”

 Isabella Coleman Trophy

2014 “Catching The Big One”

 The Mayor’s Trophy


 In a surprise announcement just 
before press time, former Sierra 
Madre Mayor and current City 
Council member Josh Moran notified 
the Mountain Views News 
that he would not be seeking a 
second term on the city council.

 The announcement comes just 
a day after the City Clerk Nancy 
Shollenberger released the names 
of the five candidates that have 
“pulled papers” as of January 2nd 
for seats on the City Council. 

 Moran, who grew up in Sierra 
Madre and was first elected to 
the council in 2010. He served as 
Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem during his tenure on the council. 
He cited personal reasons for his decision not to run again. 
Says Moran, 

 “As election time rolls around again, I would like to let you 
know that I will not be seeking reelection for a second term. 
Though it has been an honor and a privilege to represent the 
citizens of this town for the past three and a half years, the 
birth of my son last June has obviously changed my priorities, 
and I do not want to miss out on the joys and trials of raising 
a child. 

 Being on council and working full time was already like spinning 
plates; I don’t need to tell you what happens when you 
throw a child onto that stage. And so, as I turn my attention 
from the public good to the good of my family, I want to wish 
those who are running the best of luck, and urge them to continue 
to strive for what is best for the entire 
community, and for our City’s future.”

 Moran’s decision comes almost two weeks 
before incumbents are required to file for re-
election. Current Councilman Chris Koerber 
has already announced his intent to run. 
He will be seeking the full four year term, as 
he currently sits in the unexpired term for 
former Mayor Joe Mosca who resigned when 
his family moved to London. Koerber ran 
for the remaining two years of Mosca’s term 
and won.

 No word on when current Mayor Nancy 
Walsh will be filing her re-election papers. 

S. Henderson/MVNews

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