Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 28, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 28, 2023 

to Shut Down 
110 Freeway 

Barger Gives $200K to Friends 
In Deed for Homeless Women

The 20-year anniversary of 
ArroyoFest is set for Sunday 
shutting down miles of the 
110 freeway ( Arroyo Seco 
Parkway) from 7 a.m. to 11 
a.m. for people to walk, jog, 
skate, bike and more

 The original “ArroyoFest” 
was held in 2003 and this will 
be only the second time the 
public can experience this 
national historic byway car 

 ArroyoFest will feature three 
distinct Activity Hubs with 
a diverse array of Arroyo-
active community groups, 
performing and visual artists, 
and family-friendly games 
and activities. Each hub will 
offer extended hours, too, 
offering you time to relax and 
recovery after exploring the 

 Opening Ceremony will be 
held in South Pasadena at 6:40 
a.m. at the corner of Mission 
Street and Orange Grove Ave.

 A 10K Run will Start: 7:00 

 There will be games and 
activities until 2 p.m.

 For more information 
and a list of all events visit:


 Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn 
Barger presented leaders 
from Friends In Deed a 
$200,000 check Wednesday 
to support their work that 
provides supportive services 
to unhoused and at-risk 
individuals in the greater 
Pasadena area.

 “I am a proud supporter 
of Friends In Deed,” stated 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 
“They have the expertise 
and determination it takes to 
reach and serve some of the 
most vulnerable individuals 
in the community, 
particularly women. Helping 
our homeless is no easy task. 
But the team at Friends In 
Deed is passionate about 
their work and it shows. I’m 
gladly contributing $200,000 
to their cause today. Our 
County can accelerate efforts 
that lift individuals off our 
streets through partnerships 
with effective and committed 
non-profits. Friends In Deed 
is a clear example of that.”

 Friends In Deed, a non-profit 
interfaith social services 
agency founded in Pasadena 
in 1894, focuses on reducing 
and preventing homelessness 
and alleviating the effects of 
poverty for the community’s 
most vulnerable citizens.

 “Our team has been 
working harder than 
ever to provide for those 
experiencing homelessness 
in the Pasadena area, as 
well as working to prevent 
more people from finding 
themselves unhoused,” said 
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, 
Friends In Deed’s Executive 
Director. “This generous 
funding from Supervisor 
Barger is especially useful 
now, as we are seeing the 
need across every program at 
all-time highs. This support 
enables us to stay flexible to 
support those who need our 
help most.” 

 Friends In Deed operates 
five core programs, including 
Food Pantry, The Women’s 
Room (a day shelter for 
homeless and at-risk 
women), Street Outreach 
and Housing, Bad Weather 
Shelter/Supplies, and 
Eviction Prevention and 
Rental Assistance. Friends 
In Deed is committed to 
providing compassion, 
connection, and dignity for 
all clients experiencing times 
in their lives when they need 
assistance most.

 More information about 
Friends In Deed is available 

Tournament Announces 2024 Rose Queen

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses named Arcadia High 
School student Naomi Stillitano 
as the 105th Rose Queen Friday 
at an Announcement and 
Coronation ceremony on the 
front steps of the Tournament 
house. Tournament President 
Alex Aghajanian made the 

 The Rose Queen and Court 
highlight the mosaic of 
backgrounds and cultures that 
define the Pasadena community 
and exemplify character, 
service and leadership modeled 
through their commitment to 
family, school and community 
Aghajanian said.

 Aghajanian presented Stillitano 
(pictured) with a Mikimoto 
crown featuring more than 600 
cultured pearls and six carats of 

 Stillitano is a senior at Arcadia 
High School, and lives in 
Arcadia. She is currently co-
president of the Italian Culture 
Club, a dancer and actress with 
the Arcadia Stage Theater Born 
and raised in Italy for seven years, 
Naomi speaks fluent Italian, and 
understands Spanish. With the 
goal to create her own fashion 
brand, Naomi is interested in 
studying fashion design. 

 The 2024 Rose Queen Naomi 
Stillitano and the 2024 Rose 
Court will attend numerous 
community and media functions, 
serving as ambassadors of 
the Tournament of Roses, the 
Pasadena community, and the 
greater Los Angeles area. Each 
Royal Court member will receive 
a $7,500 educational scholarship 
from the Tournament.

 For more information visit:

Giggles & 
Event today

The Pasadena Chorale Is 
Looking For New Students

Man Killed as 
Alerts Police

Pasadena police are asking 
for the public’s help finding 
a suspect responsible for the 
shooting death of a Pasadena 
man Monday night near the 
Robinson Park Recreation 

 According to police, at 
around 7:45 p.m. officers 
responded to the 00 block 
of West Hammond Street 
regarding a ShotSpotter 
gunshot detection alert. In 
addition, police dispatch 
received several “Shots Fired” 
calls from residents. Upon 
arrival, officers located an 
adult male down, identified 
as 26-year-old Cecilio 
Hernandez Ramirez Jr, a 
Pasadena resident, in the 
parking lot of a multi-unit 
apartment complex. Ramirez 
had sustained multiple 
gunshot wounds and was 
unresponsive. The male was 
transported to a local hospital 
in grave condition by the 
Pasadena Fire Department. 
The victim was pronounced 
deceased a short time later by 
hospital personnel.

 As officers were establishing 
a crime scene, a second victim 
from the shooting arrived at 
the same local hospital via 
private transportation. The 
second victim, a juvenile male, 
had sustained a non-life-
threatening gunshot wound.

 Detectives from the Pasadena 
Police Department’s Robbery 
/ Homicide Unit (RHU) 
responded to the crime scene 
to commence an immediate 
follow-up investigation. 

 No description of a possible 
suspect was given and the 
motive was unknown at the 

 Anyone with information 
about this case is encouraged 
to call the Pasadena Police 
at (626)-744-4241 or report 
information anonymously by 
contacting “Crime Stoppers” 
at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

 City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department (PRCS) 
is set for a howling good time 
during their annual event, 
Giggles & Screams today from 
3-6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson 
Community Center, 1020 N. 
Fair Oaks Ave. This event is 
free and open to the public.

 Roam through the haunted 
house, and prowl through 
the trunk-or-treat area! Enjoy 
games, performances by local 
youth group, Outspoken 
Dance Company, and FANG-
tastic song hits played by the 
DJ. Whether you’re looking 
for giggles or screams, there’s 
something for the whole 
family to enjoy.

 Enjoy trunk-or-treat goodies, 
“little goblins” play zone, and 
lights-on tours through the 
haunted house from 4-5 p.m. 
and costume contest hosted 
by the Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Queen and Court at 
4:30 p.m.

 Attendees will also enjoy 
arts and crafts with Armory 
Center for the Arts, a photo 
area, and more! Food will be 
available for purchase.

 Pasadena Public Health 
Department staff will be on 
site from 3-6 p.m. offering 
flu vaccines to everyone age 
6 months and older. Minors 
attending the vaccine clinic 
must be accompanied by 
a parent or legal guardian. 
Community partners include 
Councilmember Justin Jones, 
District 3, Armory Center for 
the Arts, Day One, Foothill 
Family, Pasadena Federal 
Credit Union, Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses, City 
of Pasadena Departments: 
Police, Public Health, 
Transportation, and Fire.

 For more information about 
this event, call (626) 744-7500 
or visit the PRCS website. 

South Pasadena to hold 
two Transit Assessment 
Community Meetings

 The Pasadena Chorale is proud 
to announce that it is looking 
for new students to enroll in its 
student-mentor composition 
program – Listening to the 
Future, now in its eighth year. 
The Chorale is looking to accept 
Pasadena area high school 
students from ninth through 
12th grade to enroll into its 
Listening to the Future program 
that will begin in November 
2023 and run through June 2024. 
The free composition program 
culminates with the Pasadena 
Chorale performing the student 
composers’ new work at the 
Chorale’s Listening to the Future 
concert on June 15, 2024. The 
online application is available on 
the Pasadena Chorale’s website at
to-the-future. A teacher 
recommendation is required to 
apply and applications are due by 
Nov. 6, 2023. 

 “Listening to the Future is an 
arts education program that is 
very special to me. Created and 
supported by Pasadena Chorale, 
Listening to the Future began in 
2016 to give young composers 
a chance to hear their music 
performed in concert. There 
wasn’t a program like it in 
Pasadena,” said Pasadena Chorale 
Founding Artistic & Executive 
Director Jeffrey Bernstein. “This 
year we’re thrilled to announce 
that Jen Wang will be our 
composer mentor for 2024. Jen 
is not only an extraordinary 
composer, but she also sings with 
the Chorale and understands our 

 The high school students 
chosen to participate in the 
Pasadena Chorale’s Listening 
to the Future program will be 
selected based on their music 
experience, level of readiness, 
and teacher recommendation. 
Students will meet with 
professional composer Jen Wang 
two evenings per month in 
Altadena. Ms. Wang will provide 
instruction in writing for choir, 
feedback on student work, and 
help with revisions. Students 
will compose two pieces for the 
Chorale: an arrangement of an 
existing melody, and an original 

 In March 2024, the student 
composers will attend a Chorale 
rehearsal and hear their music 
for the first time. The students’ 
compositions will be premiered 
at the Chorale’s June 15 concert. 
Students will receive video 
and audio recordings of their 
finished work that they can 
include in their portfolios and 
college applications.

 Space in the Listening to the 
Future program is limited; we’re 
looking for students with musical 
ability and commitment and for 
whom this would be a unique or 
significant new opportunity.

 In the eight years since the 
free educational program 
began, Listening to the Future 
has seen 6 composer mentors 
guide 24 student composers 
in the creation of 62 original 
compositions. Alumni of the 
program have gone on to study 
at Stanford, Columbia, Yale, 
Chapman University, University 
of Michigan and more.

 For information on the 
Pasadena Chorale’s Listening to 
the Future program, please visit


 Mobility Advancement 
Group, Evan Brooks 
Associates and the City 
of South Pasadena will be 
hosting two community 
meetings on Tuesday, 
November 14 at 10:00 a.m. 
and a second meeting at 6:00 
p.m. at the Senior Center 
(1102 Oxley Street). 

 The Transit Division is 
undergoing a division 
assessment to evaluate 
the current Dial-A-Ride 
program, staffing and 
operations, as well as 
assessing the possibility of 
additional transit services for 
the community. 

 The City of South Pasadena 
would like to hear from 
residents about its transit 
program, Dial-A-Ride, and 
future transit needs.

 To make a Dial-A-Ride 
reservation, please call the 
Transit Division at (626) 
403- 7368. For additional 
information, please contact 
Lucy Hakobian, Deputy 
Community Services 
Director at (626) 403-7392 or 

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