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The June 6th edition of this paper will be dedicated to the Class of 2020! In order to be included, please send your grads senior picture, their full name, age and school. These grads 
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VOLUME 14 NO. 22

 SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 

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The Sierra Madre Community Foundation (SMCF) recently awarded 
grants totaling $5,500 that will provide residents, local businesses and 
families with much-needed support during stay-at-home COVID-19 

Specifically, the Foundation provided a $4,500 grant to fund three weeks 
of the City of Sierra Madre’s Senior Meal Program. The City has partnered 
with the Mater Dolorosa facility during the COVID-19 pandemic to 
provide five meals per week for Sierra Madre seniors. Thanks in part to 
the Foundation’s grant, the City will now feed up to 50 seniors each week. 

The Foundation also awarded Sierra Madre Thrives a $1,000 grant to 
support its efforts to assist families and local restaurants. Sierra Madre 
Thrives supports businesses, provides a weekly free meal to those in need 
and organizes volunteers for meal delivery, grocery pick up and general 
daily services. The $1,000 grant will support five weeks of activities, with 
$200 provided per week. 

“During these unprecedented and difficult times, we are thrilled to 
support local efforts to assist our Sierra Madre seniors, local restaurants 
and families in need,” said Edward Garcia, the Community Foundation’s 
president. “Through the generous giving of local residents, combined 
with the oversight by our local volunteer board, the Sierra Madre 
Community Foundation is proud to help our unique community 
through this difficult period.”

The SMCF regularly supports local Sierra Madre programs and activities, 
including the Public Library, the Playhouse, local schools, as well as other 
civic and community organizations. 

Sierra Madre Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 
organization singularly devoted to Sierra Madre. The SMCF 
solicits donations to enable it to support and enhance the Sierra 
Madre community by making direct grants, both large and small, to 
civic and local organizations that might otherwise be overlooked. 
In addition, the SMCF assists other Sierra Madre community 
groups in the collection and distribution of their funds that enables 
ongoing program support and continued operations.

To contribute to Sierra Madre Community Foundation and its 
support for Sierra Madre activities and programs, please visit or send your tax-deductible donation 
to: Sierra Madre Community Foundation - P.O. Box 716, Sierra 
Madre, CA 91025. 


The volunteers of the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee are 
pleased and excited to announce that the 2020 Fourth of July Parade 
Grand Marshal will be Sierra Madre’s Mike and Natasha Comer 
and Tom and Dawn Denison. 

These two families are the driving force behind the SMThrives 
movement – helping local community members in need and helping 
support our local businesses and restaurant community. Activities 
for kids, ways for businesses to reach out, ways for healthy volunteers 
to help others in their neighborhood and the very popular 
Quarantine Canteen. Learn more at 

But SMThrives isn’t the first time these folks have stepped up in 
the Sierra Madre Community. Both Mike Comer, a local business 
owner himself and Tom Denison served on the Sierra Madre Volunteer 
Fire Department and the Sierra Madre Community Foundation. 
Denison is still a member of the Sierra Madre Planning Commission. 
Natasha Comer has been a long-time teacher and staff 
member at Sierra Madre Elementary and a PTA member. Dawn 
Denison has served on the Board and Volunteers with Kidspace, Sierra 
Madre Library and also at the Sierra Madre Elementary School 

These families enlisted the help of friends and community leaders 
during a time of crisis to do good and help where they saw needs…
showing just what a special community Sierra Madre really is! 

For more information on all of the 4th of July Festivities, please visit 


Restaurants are now allowed to bypass temporary use permits/fees and 
extend use of parking lots, parking stalls and sidewalks for Al Fresco dining, 
as a result of the Sierra Madre Cares Initiative. 

 City Council adopted resolution 20-33 during their regular meeting on 
May 26. This resolution suspends the enforcement of certain temporary use 
permits until the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted. 

 City staff identified locations on West Sierra Madre Boulevard and North 
Baldwin Avenue that could be transformed to provide expanded outdoor 
seating and dining that can accommodate social distancing, while increasing 
restaurant capacity, allowing customers to dine, according to the Sierra 
Madre website. 

 Establishments would have to follow safety protocols for extending seating 
outdoors and will still have to abide by rules set by the ABC for alcohol 
consumption. Some businesses in the Kersting Court area will be allowed 
to have outdoor seating as well and some parking stalls will be temporarily 
assigned for curb-side pick-up. 

4th of July in Sierra Madre Updates 

As we reach the end of the school year and begin to make those summer plans 
with our new requirements, we know many of you have been wondering what 
will the 4th of July in Sierra Madre look like. We want you all to know that the 
Committee has been working on several variations of plans that will comply with 
State, County and local health orders. As these orders tend to change day to day, 
and are evolving with new information, we currently aren’t ready to share exactly 
what we are able to do, but we are hopeful that we can tell you soon how our local 
community will be able to celebrate together while maintaining social distancing. 
We are working with new partners and new ideas and we are being super creative. 

As soon as we have a firm plan in place and approved by the County, we will let 
you all know. As always, we appreciate your patience and support of this cherished 
family tradition.

Meanwhile, please continue to support our local businesses as well as those that 
have supported the Sierra Madre 4th of July traditions: 

Casa del Rey – Open for curbside pick-up of Mexican food in town. 

Leonora Moss -- Because everyone needs items that spark joy and celebration – 
have you seen their patriotic décor items?

The Buccaneer Lounge – currently closed but opening soon – you can lend 
support here.

Sierra Madre Animal Hospital – Cause Fido and Fluffy are always needing care. 

Local Relators – Berkshire-Hathaway Services and Judy Webb-Martin of the 
Webb-Martin Group at Deasy Penner Podley 

Story by Kevin McGuire/MVNews/ Photo by Dirk Bolle



COVID UPDATES.........................................PAGE 7


MORE SIERRA MADRE NEWS......................Pgs 3,4

PASADENA NEWS ......................................Page 5

AROUND SAN GABRIEL VALLEY.................Page 7

EDUCATION & YOUTH.................................Page 8

SENIOR.COMMUNICATIONS........................Page 9

OPINION......................................................Page 10

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