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Community Calendar:
Local City Meetings

Pasadena – Altadena:
Altadena Police Blotter
Pet of the Week

South Pasadena / San Marino:

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

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter

Education & Youth:

Best Friends and More:
Happy Tails
The Joy of Yoga
The Missing Page
Katnip News!
SGV Humane Society

Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two

The Good Life:
… This and That
Senior Happenings

The World Around Us:
Looking Up
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor

F. Y. I. :

Section B:

Arts and More:
Jeff's Book Pics
All Things
Family Matters

Opinion … Left/Right:
Will Durst
John L. Micek
Michael Reagan
The Funnies

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F. Y. I. :

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Bob Eklund
Marc Garlett
Katie Hopkins
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Keely Totten

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VOLUME 11 NO. 18


Roy Boulghourjian 
Elected President of PUSD

 At its annual organizational 
meeting Monday, the Pasadena 
Unified School District (PUSD) 
Board of Education elected 
Roy Boulghourjian (pictured 
Middle right) as its president. 
Larry Torres was elected 
vice president and Patrick 
Cahalan was elected clerk. 
Newly elected board member 
Michelle Richardson Bailey 
and reelected board members 
Kimberly Kenne, Elizabeth 
Pomeroy, and Scott Phelps were 
sworn into office.

 “It is my honor to serve 
the children, families and 
community of our schools 
as president of the board,” 
said Boulghourjian. “I look 
forward to teaming with Board 
Members and Superintendent 
Brian McDonald in leading the 
district to continue delivering 
strong educational choices for 
all families who value academic 
excellence, innovation, and 
diversity in both programs and 

 Boulghourjian was elected 
to the Board of Education in 
2015 and represents District 
2.He has previously served as
Board vice president and clerk. 
A 30-year resident of Pasadena, 
he is a professor and Dean of 
Academic Operations at Mt. 
Sierra College in Monrovia, 
California. He has served as a 
Board member on the Pasadena 
Educational Foundation and 
the Measure TT Citizens’ Bond 
Oversight Committee.

 Torres, who was named vice 
president of the Board, was 
also elected to the Board in 
2015 and represents District 
6.A National Board Certified
Teacher, Torres has served on 
school site councils at Sierra 
Madre Elementary School, 
Sierra Madre Middle School 
and Pasadena High School 
since 1999. He lives in Sierra 

Cahalan, named Board 
Clerk, was elected to the 
Board in 2015 and represents 
District 4. He is Manager 
of Technical Operations 
for the Computational and 
Mathematical Sciences (CMS) 
Department at Caltech. He also 
served on the PUSD District 
Advisory Council and the 
Longfellow Elementary school 
site council.

 Newly elected and re-elected 
board members took the oath 
of office and were sworn in by 
Judge Dorothy Nelson. 

 Bailey, who was elected to 
represent District 3 in March 
was sworn in and is the 
Board’s newest member. “I 
welcome new board member 
Michelle Richardson Bailey 
and new Board President 
Roy Boulghourjian and look 
forward to working together as 
a team of eight to truly make 
a difference in the educational 
outcomes of the children we 
serve,” said Superintendent 
Brian McDonald.

 Los Angeles sheriff’s 
announced this week a 
$10,000 reward in exchange 
for any information leading 
to the apprehension and/
or conviction of the person 
or persons whose willful 
misconduct led to the 
concealment or kidnapping 
of 5-year-old Aramazd 
Andressian Jr..

 According to police on the 
morning, April 22, five year 
old Aramazd Andressian 
Jr. was reported missing by 
his mother to San Marino 
Police Department after 
Aramazd Jr.’s father failed 
to show up for their child 
custody exchange. At the 
time of the report, San 
Marino Police discovered 
that prior to the time of the 
exchange, the father had 
been found unconscious 
next to his vehicle at Arroyo 
Park in South Pasadena. 
South Pasadena Police 
transported Aramazd Sr. to 
a local hospital for medical 
treatment. At the time of 
this discovery, the missing 
child, Aramazd Jr., was not 
with his father.

 Detectives are seeking 
information about any 
person who may be 
concealing the child or who 
may have information about 
the child’s disappearance or 
his whereabouts. Aramazd 
Jr. is a male, 5 year-old, 55 
pounds, short brown hair, 
brown eyes with a full 
round face.

 Anyone with information 
should call LASD/Homicide 
Bureau Lieutenant Joe 
Mendoza at (323) 890-5564 
or the Los Angeles Regional 
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 
(800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Officials Caution of High Fire Danger

By Dean Lee

 In the backyard of a Pasadena 
home Wednesday, overlooking 
Eaton Canyon, fire officials 
urged residents to comply with 
the city’s brush and vegetation 
clearance rules including 100 
feet of defensible space around 
a home. 

 “As all of have seen in the recent 
years, we have had devastating 
wildfires across the state… 
many of those cost people their 
homes and even lives, so the 
importance of this topic can’t be 
over emphasized,” said Pasadena 
Fire Marshal Bryan Frieders. 

 Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral 
Washington said the department 
recently sent a letter and 
brochure from Frieders outlining 
mandated requirements.

 Along with 100 feet of 
defensible space, clearing 
brush, moving furniture and 
stock piles of wood away from 
homes, cleaning out rain gutters 
of pine needles and debris, “get 
combustible materials away 
from homes,” Frieders said. 

 In Pasadena there are over 
17,000 residents in high or very 
high hazard wild land brush 
zones, “4,000 of those residents 
are in the very high hazard 
zone,” he said. 

 Washington also urged 
residents to use caution when 
using power equipment when 
clearing brush.

 “It can be very easy to have a 
spark, or it can be very easy to 
injure yourself if not careful and 
focusing on what you are doing,” 
he said.

 Frieders reminded that there is 
no such thing as “fire season.”

 “We see wildfires in areas 
in January, we’ve seen them 
in March and obviously we 
see them in summer months. 
So having good vegetation 
management is not something 
you do exclusively in the 
summer but a year round 
process,” he said.

 Frieders also talked about 
the importance of evacuation 
during fire and emergencies. 

 “By you not evacuating, it 
creates a bigger problem for us,” 
he said. “The fire department is 
trying to save your life, things 
can be replaced, people can’t.” 

Sale May 13

and Pops 
Music Under 
The Stars

 Stars of stage and screen will 
illuminate the night sky when 
the Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS presents its annual free 
Music Under the Stars concert 
on Saturday, June 3 at Pasadena 
City Hall’s Centennial 
Square. Presented with 
sponsorship support 
from the Bank of America 
Charitable Foundation, 
the 2017 Music Under 
the Stars concert will 
celebrate iconic music 
from the legendary 
George Gershwin with 
Porgy and Bess, I Got 
Rhythm, Someone 
to Watch Over Me, 
Embraceable You, and 
so many treasured songs 
penned by the iconic 
American composer. 

 Under the baton 
of Tony Award-
nominated, Resident 
POPS Conductor Larry 
Blank, the orchestra will 
welcome three guest 
vocalists and the JPL 
Chorus to the stage. Best 
known today as a popular 
solo singer and ensemble 
vocalist, Kiki Ebsen brings 
her dynamic voice to the 
program after backing 
up such legendary artists 
such as Al Jarreau, Boz 
Scaggs, Tracy Chapman, 
and Christopher Cross. 
Valerie Perri, who made 
a successful career of 
performing the role of 
the charismatic Eva Peron 
from “Evita,” will sweep 
you away with her dulcet 
tones. And, returning this 
year is Christina Saffran, a 
true triple threat, who will 
dazzle and amaze with her 
powerful yet sultry voice.

 The family fun begins 
at 6:00pm with pre-
concert activities, family-
style picnicking and 
gourmet food trucks. Families 
can discover the wonder of 
creating their own music with 
the instruments of the orchestra 
at the instrument “petting zoo,” 
where kids of all ages can toot 
flutes, blow trumpets, bow 
strings and bang on percussion 
instruments. Families can bring 
their own picnic along to enjoy 
at the site, or purchase a variety 
of offerings from a collection of 
gourmet food trucks.

 This family-friendly event is 
presented with the support of 
Bank of America’s arts program, 
which supports nonprofit arts 
and culture presenters at the 
local level and with leading 
world-class arts entities. Other 
programs include the Museums 
on Us program, which offers 
Bank of America customers free 
access to 150 of America’s finest 
cultural institutions, and the Art 
in our Communities program 
through which the company 
shares its corporate collection 
with museums throughout the 

 Gates open at 6:00pm and 
the concert begins at 8:00pm. 
Admission to this event is free, 
and guests are encouraged to 
bring a picnic, blanket and 
low-back chairs. Rental chairs 
will also be available for $3. 
For more information, visit or 
call 626.793.7172.

Parking: Plaza Las Fuentes 
Structure (Union Ave & Los 
Robles); School House Parking 
Facility (Green St. & Raymond 
Ave); Pasadena Center/Sheraton 
Parking Structure (Marengo 
& Cordova); Paseo Colorado 
Subterranean Garage; Paseo 
Colorado Marengo Avenue 
Parking Structure; Paseo 
Colorado Los Robles Parking 
Structure; Arroyo Seco Park 
Parking (Raymond Ave or 
Arroyo Blvd), and Marriott 
Courtyard Hotel Parking (enter 
on Raymond).


 The Altadena Historical 
Society will sell a wide variety 
of de-accessioned items from 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 
May 13, in the courtyard 
outside the Full Circle Thrift 

 The thrift store is in the historic 
red brick Pacific Electric Co. 
powerhouse at 2245 N. Lake 
Ave., Altadena. Occupied by 
private businesses and not 
open to the public for several 
decades, the building with its 
soaring interior will be open 
for viewing and shopping.

 Included in the sale will 
be many books, pictures, 
pamphlets and picture 
frames--even a cannonball of 
unknown date and origin.

 Historical Society members 
will receive a 20 percent 
discount off their purchases.

 “Every item in the sale has 
been scrupulously examined 
to determine whether it 
meets our mission, which 
is to preserve and promote 
the history of Altadena,” said 
Jane Brackman, Ph.D., society 

 The society’s archives and 
museum are located in the 
Altadena Community Center, 
730 E. Altadena Drive, and 
are open from 9 a.m. to 1 
p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and 
Fridays, and by appointment.

 The AHS website is at Altadena; its blog 
is at altadenahistoricalsociety.; and the society 
has a regularly updated 
Facebook page.


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