Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt said this week that he will retire in November after 27 years in law enforcement.Hunt, 60, first joined the department in 1991. Then the owner of a restaurant in Covina, Hunt said it took being burglarized a few times, and robbed once, for him to make a career change. He said when he called police in those incidents, he didn’t always get the level of service he expected.“I had both good and bad experiences with the service I...
SIERRA MADRE >> Sierra Madre’s library doesn’t function the way it should and dozens of residents offered up their suggestions during a forum this week.“This is a first good step,“ Councilman Gene Goss said. “There were some really good ideas.”The Wednesday forum was the first of several public forums to engage the community in addressing the library issue, City Manager Gabe Engeland said.The library, built in 1955, is in...
ROSEMEAD>> Dozens of faithful flocked to Lu Mountain Buddhist Temple this Labor Day weekend to be in the presence of relics associated with the founder of the ancient religion.The Buddhist temple welcomed the public to view the 10,000 Relics Collection from Friday through Monday.The collection, donated to the temple in 2013, features thousands of items that mysteriously appeared in the ashes of enlightened sages after they were cremated. Some look like crystals or gems,...
Books and literature
GLENDORA >> Like many of his other writings, Bruce Olav Solheim turned to history and personal experiences for his first fiction book, “Ali’s Bees.”The Citrus College history professor wrote the screenplay-turned-novel for middle-schoolers. It touches on such subjects bullying, immigration, the effects of war on families, youth and nature.The titular Ali is a young refugee who lives with his beekeeper...
The Monrovia Post Office will offer a special postmark to commemorate the rare event when the date, 9-10-17, will match the community’s ZIP code 91017.The special “Date Meets ZIP” stamp cancellation will be offered for 30 days starting Sept. 11 at the post office, 225 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia.Residents and businesses are invited to bring their postcards, letters or to purchase items from the post office, and have it stamped with the commemorative postmark.
Altadena resident Stuart Brawley was ready to tie himself to a tree last week to save it.Brawley, like many residents, was surprised and upset to learn of a plan to heavily trim several 100-year-plus deodar trees along and near Allen Avenue, some on private property.As part of a major project to upgrade Southern California Edison’s infrastructure in several parts of the unincorporated area, contracted tree trimmers showed up on Brawley’s property to begin the...
PASADENA >> More than 100 youth and families received free mattresses Wednesday as part of a giveaway promoting better sleep and wellness.Leesa, an online direct-to-consumer luxury mattress company, donated 111 new mattresses to Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program families. The nonprofit serves youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The giveaway also benefited families...
You’ve heard of “hidden Mickeys” — the silhouette of the famous mouse hidden in plain sight all over Disneyland? The two Cal Polys have co-opted a similar scheme for the only student-designed float in the 2018 Rose Parade.This year’s float from students at the state’s two Polytechnic universities, Pomona and San Luis Obispo,...
SAN MARINO >> At first glance, there still is much vibrancy to “Blue Boy.”But take a closer look and one can see he’s starting to show his age. After all, he’s 247 years old.As part of a two-year conservation project for the famed 18th century work by British painter Thomas Gainsborough, the piece was removed from...
Arcadia is going with a new company to operate its transit system, a move that follows two years of struggles as both seniors and students vied for a seat on the shuttle buses.Just last year, the city added three fixed routes to address the needs of students who were clogging up Arcadia Transit dial-a-ride’s service. Dial-a-ride is now reserved for people 62 years old and...