Author: Kevin Uhrich

Pasadena celebrates 131 years with exhibitions on railroad-inspired artistry and the annual Pasadena Chalk Festival

One day a few weeks back, my son, Ted, daughter-in-law, Dorene, and two-year-old grandson Kedt treated me to an afternoon at Travel Town in Griffith Park. The free museum of trains of all sorts — from old-timey engines and stripped down coach cars to a miniature choo-choo for kids of all ages — reminds us of a time when our very lives were dependent on trains and trolleys. Having grown up in a small steel producing city in Pennsylvania, for me the quiet, tree shrouded reliquary conjured memories of how my brothers and friends and I would hop on...

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City settles suit for $300,000 over a case in which two women say cops — one officer the brother of a plaintiff — violated their civil rights

Roughly a year from the time that a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by two local women against the city, the police chief and several officers alleging false arrest and abuse of power, Pasadena officials decided to settle the controversial case out of court for $300,000. “When you get a six-figure settlement for an arrest that resulted in no injuries, six-figures sends the right message,” said attorney Bill Paparian, one of two Pasadena lawyers representing Michelle Rodgers and Selah Chavét in the suit against the department and its officers, among them Rodgers’ brother, veteran Sgt. Michael Bugh. As...

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City Police/Fire Memorial Set for May 25

City officials will take time out this morning, May 25, to remember the seven police officers and nine firefighters who have lost their lives while serving Pasadena. The last officer to lose his life was 30-year-old Kyle Ballard, who died of a heart attack while exercising at the Rose Bowl with other officers in 2006. The last firefighter to lose their life was Kevin Moore, a 32-year veteran, who in 2011 also died of a heart attack. A commemorative ceremony will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena....

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Mother of missing 5-year-old boy pleads for help in finding son

The mother of a missing 5-year-old boy on Thursday announced plans for another weekend gathering of volunteers to help distribute fliers containing information about her son and ways to contact authorities if he is seen. “I want my son’s information out there so as many people as possible will see it and maybe someone will come forward,” said Ana Estevez, mother of Aramazd Andressian Jr., in a call to the Pasadena Weekly. Estevez reported her son missing on April 22 after his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., failed to return the boy to her following a visit. The couple is...

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THIS WEEK’S COVER

Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Mon
7:00 pm Total Eclipse of the Sun Discuss... @ Crowell Public Library
Total Eclipse of the Sun Discuss... @ Crowell Public Library
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm
At 7 p.m., Bill Owen of the JPL discusses the total eclipse of the sun that will occur on Aug. 21, the first one visible in the continental United States in almost 40 years. The[...]
Jun
27
Tue
4:00 pm Santa Catalina Anime Club @ Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch
Santa Catalina Anime Club @ Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm
The Santa Catalina Anime Club invites teens to view the latest anime at 4 p.m.
4:30 pm Tween Book Club at Hastings Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch
Tween Book Club at Hastings Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch
Jun 27 @ 4:30 pm
The Tween Book Club for kids age 9 to 12 meets to read great books and make new friends at 4:30 p.m. Call to sign up.
6:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm
David Sedaris discusses and signs “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977—2002) at 6 p.m.
6:30 pm Regular Exercise for Breast Canc... @ Cancer Support Community
Regular Exercise for Breast Canc... @ Cancer Support Community
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Dawn Hills presents an interactive discussion program on ways regular exercise can boost the immune system for breast cancer survivors and help reduce the risk of recurrence, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but[...]

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