Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 13, 2017

MVNews this week:  Page A:3

GRAND MARSHAL (cont. from page 1)

He has given selflessly of his time to improve 
youth sports in our community for children of all 
ages and abilities. In fact, he organized and now 
heads up the Challenger Division for SMLL, a 
Little League division designed for special needs 
children. In addition, he currently serves on the 
Board of Directors for the league. Derek also 
serves as a mentor to even more youth athletes 
through his coaching efforts at Maranatha High 
School and other High School baseball programs 
throughout our region. His motivation for 
serving his community stems from the pleasure 
he takes in meeting and getting to know new 
people and their interests. In addition to being 
a dedicated husband, father and friend to many, 
Derek is a kind, generous, and whole-heartedly 
devoted contributor to our town, and a shining 
example of the sort of person who makes Sierra 
Madre such a magical place to live.


Mountain View News Saturday, May 13, 2017 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“God could not be everywhere and therefore, He 
made mothers.”

Rudyard Kipling

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of 
compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet 
as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of 
love.” Stevie Wonder

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day! You still have time to 
get your mom or your wife (who is the mother of 
your children) a card, some flowers, something 
to let these amazing women know you appreciate 
them. You’ll be glad you did. Trader Joe’s has nifty, 
very affordable orchid plants, bouquets, too... just 

 It rained on the Art Fair! Has that ever happened 
before? Usually it’s blisteringly hot but I don’t think 
rain dampened the enthusiasm of all the folks who 
flocked into town to take a look and, hopefully, buy 
a whole lot of lovely things. And we were delighted 
to see more rain. 

 Speaking of art, a while back, I talked about 
Alexia and Ariana Saigh, graduates of our own 
Gooden School, who are amazing young women 
and spectacular artists. Got a note from their mom 
updating me on their latest achievements and just 
had to share. Alexia is now a freshman and Ariana 
a junior at Mayfield Senior High School.

 Alexia wants to be an Imagineer, you know, like 
Walt Disney Imagineering, those folks who are 
the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and 
Resorts that dream up, design and build all the 
Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise 
ships and so forth. “Imagineering” combines 
imagination with engineering. Imagineers bring 
art and science together to turn fantasy into reality. 
Pretty cool, huh! And as Alexia is a whiz at math 
and, obviously, an exceptional artist, this seems like 
a path tailor-made for her talents.

 Ariana has branched out into photography 
and wants to enroll in film school. The sisters 
have won several awards in various contests again 
this year recognizing their artistic achievement 
in photography and are winners in the 2017 
Scholastic Art and Achievement Contest, the 
37th (2017) Photographer’s Forum High School 
Photography Contest, America’s Kids Photography 
Contest, and the National Geographic Kids 
Photography Contest.

 The girls also entered the Scholastic Art and 
Writing Contest, the nation’s first and most 
prestigious educational contest concentrating 
on literary and visual arts, dating back almost a 
century to 1923. Out of over 320,000 entries this 
year, only a small fraction received awards from the 
blind jury. For photography, Alexia received five 
Honorable Mentions, and Ariana won four Gold 
Keys, five Silver Keys, and one Honorable Mention. 
Notable past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia 
Plath, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham, so they’re in 
pretty good company, I’d say!

 Petunia’s on Baldwin is carrying a line of the 
girls’ greeting cards and you can also see Alexia’s 
National Geographic winning photograph, 
“Archway to Cesky Krumlov,” matted and framed 
for sale, which she is holding in this picture. 

 It’s thrilling to me to encounter exceptional 
young people such as Alexia and Ariana. Gives 
me hope! Stop in and take a look at their greeting 
cards, they are exquisite and you’ll be delighted to 
send them to friends and family all over the place. 
Petunia’s has nifty earrings, too, which we gave 
our daughters, Patti and Leah, to thank them for 
organizing our 50th anniversary party.

 An interesting thing to think about doing on 
June 11th, A Sunday Afternoon Concert in the 
Dome at the Mt. Wilson Observatory! Who knew! 
Tickets are $50 with proceeds supporting the Mt. 
Wilson Institute. For information: www.mtwilson.
edu/ Acoustics are amazing and there’s 
a post-concert reception with the artists. Go for the 
music and the view! 

 Was sad to see that Sierra Madre’s own most 
favorite jockey and Triple Crown winner, Victor 
Espinoza’s, mount, Gormley, finished sixth in the 
Kentucky Derby. 

 The chili cook-off is tonight with Peter Dills 
judging! Happy Mother’s Day, all you moms out 

My book page: Deanne Davis


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During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 256 day and 
night time calls for service. 

Wednesday, May 3 

At about 2:25 p.m., a vehicle stop was made for a 
vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes 
at Santa Anita and Sierra Madre Blvd. During the 
investigation officers discovered that the driver was 
driving on a suspended license. Further investigation 
revealed narcotics and drug paraphernalia inside the 
vehicle. The driver was arrested and transported 
to Pasadena Jail, the vehicle was impounded. Case 
referred to DA’s office for filing. 

Thursday, May 4 

Officers were dispatched at about 6:00 p.m. to the 
700 block of Brookside Lane regarding the theft 
of a bronze statue. An unknown suspect(s) stole a 
bronze statue from the residence sometime between 
4/20/2017 and 5/4/2017. The total loss was estimated 
at $2,000.00. Case to Detectives

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