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The Proprietor
Altadena, California
Memoirs of an ex-journalist, ex-minister stay-at-home dad with two special needs kids
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I hung out at the periphery of the polyamorous in Los Angeles in the early 90's. Nobody had what you could call a professional job. Most were trios that involved one zaftig woman, a fat man, and a skinny soft man. If there were children involved (usually from the woman's previous too-young marriage), they were messed up. Their lives were totally chaotic -- did bad things keep happening to them, or did they keep bringing it on with poor choices, I'll leave to the reader. They were all unhealthy from either eating junk food or eating what birds eat. Nobody exercised. No one was ever on time. A fabulous lifestyle.
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Our new website is up live, and this one will no longer be updated. Go here to access our new website. Send all correspondence to editor@altadenapoint.com Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at altadenablog
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from the Pasadena Village The Pasadena Village, a non-profit organization serving older adults in the San Gabriel Valley, invites people of all ages to “Stay Independent, Stay Active, and Stay Connected with the Pasadena Village” at a special community meeting at the Hastings Branch Library on Wednesday, January 22 from 3:30- 4:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to ask community members what they envision their lives being like as they grow older. Taking a careful look at expectations for the future is the first step toward realizing a person’s goals, and the Pasadena Village is helping individuals along... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at altadenablog
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El Patron Mexican Restaurant will host a fundraiser on Wed., Jan. 22, for St. Mark's Church and School Haiti Partnership. 15% of all food sales will go to help support the lunch program at Ste. Marguerite's School in La Tournelle, Haiti - where for many students it is the only solid meal of the day. The fundraiser will be from 2-9 PM. El Patron Mexican Restaurant is at 2555 N. Lake Avenue. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at altadenablog
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Community correspondent Chris Considine shares these pictures of Monday morning's burglary containment at around Mar Vista and Meadowbrooke. Photos © 2014 Chris Considine. by Timothy Rutt That helicopter you eastsiders hear (11:20 AM ) is the sheriff setting up a containment on a suspected burglary, according to the Altadena Sheriff Station. Scanner says they're looking around New York Drive, but the sheriff station will not give the exact address currently. UPDATE: 11:27 AM, well, that didn't take long: per the scanner, they're breaking up the scene already. UPDATE: Community correspondent Chris Considine says that the action -- helicopter and several... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at altadenablog
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Tony Willis, a well-known volunteer and instructor in the Community Emergency Response Team community, died unexpectedly Jan. 13. There will be a memorial get together on January 26 from 1-4 PM at Emergency Concepts, 20701 Plummer Street, Chatsworth. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at altadenablog
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"Martin Luther King ; the Power of Words." from gloriana casey In Martin Luther King's writings, find heart line to his soul. A speaker's fame---words do inspire to make the nation whole. His speaking---it was powerful in use of metaphor. Those images he gave to us--- we'd never heard before. A simple quote inspires the mind, while thoughts will ponder long. Words simple---yet so perfectly build visions true and strong. A Day Of Service ----is today and if you have no plan, then ruminate on what he said for words describe the man! This first:"THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at altadenablog
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by Timothy Rutt Dear Readers, Our new identity. One of the best things we did last year was repaint the exterior of our home. We were refinancing, and advised that it would make a big difference if we spruced up the exterior. Well, it ended up being more involved than just a new coat o’ paint (we had to rebuild the deck, too), but in the end, it looks like a different house and it makes us smile to look at it still. Everything needs some work done once in awhile. It’s time to refurbish Altadenablog, too. We started this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at altadenablog
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At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presents “Spot,” a 3-month old Shih Tzu Mix one of many pets available for adoption now. For more information about adopting a pet, please call the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control at 562-728-4610. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at altadenablog
from the Sierra Club They swim in backyard pools, enjoy a snack, and climb trees in communities along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) are captured throughout the summer in photos and video roaming through neighborhoods and down trash lined streets and are often the lead story on the nightly news. The Sierra Club Forest Committee presents “The Urban Black Bear,” a program by Kim Bosell on bears that are second and third generation, born and raised within city limits. These opportunistic creatures are mastering the technique of living with humans. Kim Bosell is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at altadenablog
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St. Elizabeth Parish School will have two open houses on Sunday, Jan. 26, and Thurs., Jan. 30. Sunday’s open house will be from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, with a parent information session starting at 12 PM. Thursday’s will be from 9-11 AM, with parent information session starting at 10:30. St. Elizabeth’s Parish School is located at 1840 N. Lake Avenue. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at altadenablog
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Relay Kick-Off: The Altadena Relay for Life Kick-off is tonight at the Davies Building in Farnsworth Park, from 7-9 PM. Cancer Survivor Jonie Tsuji will be sharing her journey, and there will be appetizers and cake. Anyone who is participating or wants to learn about Relay is welcome. Giftedness: Gifted expert Dr. James R. Delisle will speak about how to best meet gifted children’s intellectual and emotional needs at a free event in South Pasadena.The author of more than 250 articles and 19 books, Dr. Delisle’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at altadenablog
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by Timothy Rutt The Altadena Sheriff's Station has been involved in finding two suspects following a brief pursuit this afternoon. Scanner said (4:40 PM) that they're breaking down the scene, so we'll looking to get details when things calm down a bit. UPDATE, 5:15 PM: Lt. Brian Fitch of the Altadena Sheriff Station said that the incident "started off as a reckless drunk driver" and became a pursuit. One person ran out of the car and the driver was taken into custody on the 1900 block of Mentone in Pasadena. Based on the ID of the car, the running suspect... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at altadenablog
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On Tuesday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 29, MonteCedro, a planned Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Altadena, will host Roger Landry, MD, MPH, to share his insights from his new book Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging. In his presentation, Dr. Landy will discuss how to control the Mayo Clinic’s 12 risk factors of aging. Seating for this event is limited. To register, please visit www.montecedro.com/info or call 877-305-6013. WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: MonteCedro Presentation Gallery, 153 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at altadenablog
Michele Zack (who keeps getting thrown off -- don't know why!) writes: I can't say how many times I seen or directly experienced out of control dog behavior — then wait for the owner to say "OH!! he/she has never done that before!" David said they've never run off before in his initial post, but then mentions that this is the second time the Blog has helped him find them. One dog is only 8 months old, so it HAS happened before, and sounds like not that long ago if it is same dog. Leashes and microchips, please, and while I'm at it, please clean up after your dog. At certain time of year, the Sam Merrill really stinks at certain points, I guess they like to all go at the same spots. I never understand why some dog owners think the rules devised for everyone's benefit, as well as our environment, simply don't apply to them.
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A robbery/assault at Super King, and another theft at 24 hour Fitness (inside this time, instead of the parking lot). Crime blotter provided by the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Sunday, January 5 Between 4:00 PM and 1:00 PM (Monday) – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 3000 block of Marengo Avenue. Monday, January 6 12:35 AM – Shawynna Gill, 51 yrs, of Pasadena was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM – A grand theft occurred inside 24Hr. Fitness, 2180 Lincoln Avenue. Loss: black tri-fold wallet, currency. Tuesday, January 7 8:56 PM – Pedro Mraz, 24... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at altadenablog
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Just received from the Office of Emergency Management about shelters, animal shelters, evacuations, school closures, and wild animals. Separately, we've received a message that the Pomona Fairplex will be able to shelter horses.: At 5:52 a.m. PST a brush fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest. The fire moved into the Los Angeles County area of Glendora. The Colby Fire has burned approximately 1,700 acres and 0 percent containment at this time. The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) is now activated to Level 3. The following is information about mandatory evacuations, school closures, shelter locations, and road... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at altadenablog
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Two reports of lost dogs in the past few hours: Derek Pasadena, California - Hastings Ranch area: Lost greyhound, nearly 2 year old white and black male named Derek. Last seen on 1-14-14 near the Baja Fresh restaurant at 3615 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena. If you see him please call numbers below. PLEASE DO NOT CHASE Please call 626-354-8476 or 818-298-1872. And two more, near JPL: Last night I went for a walk at JPL and both my dogs took off running. They never do that. One (Daisy) is an all white Huskey, one eye grey and one green. My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at altadenablog
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As the smoke from the Colby fire near Glendora scatters the sunlight, a firefighting superscooper flies to the location. Photos © Chris Considine 2014 by Timothy Rutt As we write, the Colby fire above Glendora has consumed 125 acres, and authorities are evacuating homes in the forest areas. The scanner is very active with firefighting traffic, and we'll keep monitoring to see if it will affect Altadena or adjoining areas. Community correspondent Chris "The Skywatcher" Considine has shared some pictures of the superscooper airplanes that have been deployed to fight the fire this morning. The 'scoopers, from Canada, are under... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at altadenablog
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by Timothy Rutt Business of the year the Altadena Farmers' Market is open today, and teases us with a couple of items; The Pig & Pastry Pie Co. will return, with beef shepherd's pies, vegan cauliflower curry pies, steak and ale pies, and chicken pot pies. And fried apple pies? Wow! Also: Blaise and Delacroix will be back, making music for your shopping pleasure. The Altadena Farmers' Market is at Loma Alta Park (Lincon Avenue & Palm Street), from 3-7 PM. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at altadenablog
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from the Altadena Sheriff's Station Auto Burglary, like all crime prevention involves limiting the criminal’s ability and opportunity to commit the crime. With very little time and effort, you can make a huge difference in your vulnerability to vehicle burglary. The thieves walking or driving around your neighborhoods are looking for vehicles with unlocked doors and unsecured windows. They are looking for vehicles that have valuables in plain sight. It is fast and easy to smash open a window and take valuable items lying in plain sight within a vehicle. It is even easier if that vehicle is left unlocked.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at altadenablog
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from LACMA Jessica Youn of LACMA welcomes visitors to the Art+Film Lab at Charles White Park in September, 2013. Photo by Laura Monteros. Late last year the Altadena Art+Film Lab spent five weeks at the Charles White Park offering free art and film programming to local residents. To celebrate the community and the time spent in Altadena, LACMA is pleased to offer free museum admission to Altadena-area residents on Sunday, January 19: http://www.lacma.org/event/community-day-1 Not only will residents have an opportunity to explore the museum and participate in family-friendly art activities, but they will also be able to watch a special... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at altadenablog
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The Altadena Crest Trail Restoration Working Group (ACTRWG) meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm Tuesday evening, Jan. 14 at the Altadena Community Center (730 E. Altadena Drive across from Rite Aid and next to the Altadena Sheriffs Station). Please pass this information on to neighborhood listserves and those who might be interested, since the ACTRWG listserve remains down due to technical difficulties. We are only able to reach some of you through old e-mail CCs, sign-up sheet info. or through the Chaney Trail Neighborhood listserve. There are several important trail-related topics we will be discussing, including: -- Dept. of Public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at altadenablog
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from the Pasadena Educational Foundation Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is hosting a TUGG benefit screening of GO PUBLIC on Wednesday, January 22. This screening is raising funds for PEF’s signature Teacher Grants program. Funding for the program was previously underwritten by banking institutions that no longer exist. All donations will be used to fund individual teacher grants for classroom projects and supplies. Click here to purchase your ticket and make a donation to the PEF Teacher Grants Program. The deadline to reserve tickets is January 15. GO PUBLIC Benefit Screening Wednesday, January 22, 7:30-9:00 PM Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at altadenablog