Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Pasadena, CA. November 20, 2018: The Arroyo 
Singers presents “What Sweeter Music”. Start the 
Holidays off Right! Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon 
of your Favorite Carols, Chanukah songs and a 
Sing-Along or two. 

 The group is now under the Music Direction of 
Dr. Alan Wellman who has taken up the reins of 
retiring Music Director Dr. James Reitzell who led 
the Group for 24 years. 

 Dr. Wellman, obtained his Ph.D. from Graduate 
Theological Foundation (Mishawaka, IN) Master 
of music in choral conducting at California State 
University - L.A., Bachelor of Music- vocal/choral 
emphasis from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL). 
Dr. Wellman is also currently the Artistic Director 
of the Claremont Chorale and is on the faculty of 
Polytechnic School in Pasadena. 

 Nonna Ayrapetova, accompanist was born and 
educated in Russia where she performed frequently 
as a pianist. After immigrating to the United States 
she completed her Master Degree in Music at Cal 
State University and currently teaches, performs 
and works as a professional accompanist for 
several schools and organizations in addition to 
The Arroyo Singers. 

Sunday December 9, 2018 at 3:00P.M. 

Oneonta Congregational Church 

1515 Garfield Avenue 

So Pasadena, CA. 91030 

Tickets: Adults ~ $15 Children Under 10 ~ Free 

Visit our website:

Or on Facebook www.thearroyosingers 

 The Arroyo Singers is a Women’s Choral group 
and was formed in 1961 by a group of Cal Tech 
wives. The groups’ membership is now open to 
all who love to sing and we hail from all around 
the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley’s. We 
welcome new members at the beginning of January 
and September. 

 The Arroyo Singers is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit 

 For Information, email: ArroyoSingers@gmail.
com or Call (626) 351-1862. 

By Joan Schmidt

 First of all I would like to thank all the First Responders 
throughout the state who are working nonstop to put 
out the fires, assist with evacuations, search for victims, 
and so much more. In our area, both L.A. County Fire 
and Monrovia and Arcadia Fire Departments have been 
sending crews out. One of my students returned after 
four days in Malibu and it was heart wrenching to him. 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department covers 
crime in the county areas, and the California Highway 
Patrol, traffic. Both have been on tactical alert. 

 The last Town Council Meeting was at Annunciation 
Church, Arcadia, and it was quite interesting. Some 
issues came up; we learned how unique our area is.

 Debby Mendelsohn, Senior Field Deputy 
for Supervisor Barger reported that Greystone 
Homeowners’ Association, located on the south side 
of Longden Ave., across from Annunciation Church 
had noise complaints against Arco which is technically 
in the City of Irwindale. The difficulty is we are in 
Supervisor Barger’s Fifth District, and Irwindale is in 
Supervisor Solis’ First District. So Mendelsohn needs 
to contact the First District’s Office. Mendelsohn shared 
that the County Museums are always free for military 
veterans and their families; on the first Tuesdays for all 
County residents. She also reminded us that a Veteran 
representative is at their office on Tuesdays and available 
to assist Veterans on any questions or concerns. (Please 
call 909-394-2264 for further info.) It should be noted 
from Supervisor Barger’s Office, usually Mendelsohn, 
who answers ALL questions/concerns. She knows what 
county agencies to contact for you.

 Deputy April Nelson was not in attendance. (This 
is the FIRST time this has happened) Deputy Nelson 
comes to EVERY meeting and gives an update on crime 
trends, suggests safety tips, and answers all questions. 
She is very conscientious and hardworking; the Town 
Council is very grateful to have her. Deputy Nelson had 
a family emergency and Temple Station was on alert.

 Officers Tony Chen and Alfonso Campos, Baldwin 
Park Highway Patrol came. They were in a different 
uniform because they also are on tactical alert. (See 
photo-thanks to my daughter Karen)) Officers Chen, 
Campos and Garcia are members of our Community 
Enforcement. They have been doing an outstanding 
job pertaining to traffic issues in the Plymouth School 
area; there has been much positive feedback about the 
CHP’s presence. Officer Chen told us the “County” 
portion of Mayflower Ave. had a 25mph speed limit, 
whereas the City of Arcadia portion had a 35mph 
speed. It is confusing to many people. Officer Chen 
contacted the City of Arcadia regarding their speed 
discrepancy but was told the City had done a traffic 
study and the 35mph speed was deemed appropriate. 
He also mentioned trees hiding the speed limit signs. 
Are the trees on county or residents’ property? Chen 
contacted Public Works and they painted the speed 
limits on the asphalt. Chen reminded everyone 
to drive safely-the Holidays are approaching. He 
mentioned long trips and the importance of having 
enough medication with you and an emergency card 
specifying if you take special meds.

 It was a most informative meeting. The Town Council 
is volunteer and holding a yard sale on December 
1, 2018 at 2647 Loganrita Avenue (off Longden) in 
Arcadia beginning at 8:00am. Please come by for some 
early Christmas shopping.

SUE COOKREALTOR®, PSA626.253.1323 Represented By:
Your neighborhood realtor 
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Wishing you & your family


By Joan Schmidt

 Three hundred Thanksgiving dinners were recently 
served at Pamela Park. The Gymnasium was decorated, 
and everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner with music; then 
the fun began! There were dancing/games and 2 raffles; 
each basket featured a holiday turkey and goodies. Fellow 
Town Council Member Linda Sells and I attended the 
festivities. An interesting aside was a woman and daughter 
(about 8 years old) had traveled all the way from Hacienda 
Heights! They did not come for the turkey dinner, but 
rather basketball practice. From Mondays- Thursdays, 
the Pamela Park gymnasium offers basketball practice. 
Besides Hacienda Heights, people come from Chapman 
Woods, South Pasadena and even Fontana! Wow, that is 
unbelievable. No one could have imagined such a thing 
some 25-30 years ago when Pamela Park was a war zone. 
It took a lot of work from various LASD teams, assistance 
from other agencies and the support of retired Supervisor 
Mike Antonovich and even LA County Parks and 
Recreation Department providing great staff and programs 
for this colossal change. My heart was filled with so much 
gratitude for a great evening- Esmeralda Fuentes, Steve, and 
all the great workers, volunteers and sponsors who made 
the event so special. And a never-ending gratitude for all 
who worked so hard to keep Pamela Park open, changed 
it into a family-friendly park and retired Supervisor Mike 
Antonovich for the gymnasium. (The Hacienda mother 
told me the Pamela Park Gymnasium was the best!) May 
you and all readers have a truly blessed Thanksgiving Day 
with family and friends.




Join us on November 28, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse 
Courtyard, 324 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, CA 91776. 

 The event will feature a delicious holiday lunch prepared by Autunno, holiday music performance, 
Holiday Boutique Vendors and ever popular Christmas Tree Raffles. Plus an extra special merchant 
sponsored raffle for $20 – valued at over $600.00! 

 To RSVP and purchase tickets call Miles at 714-381-7274. $25 per person, limited seats - RSVP 
early. Makes checks payable to San Gabriel Rotary Foundation, a 501(3)c. 

 Proceeds to benefit: Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley.

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