Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Planetfest first-hand + video

There's nothing quite so amazing as watching photos from another world upload onto a giant screen.  I have had the privilege of being at two such events: the landing of the Mars Rover Spirit in 2004, and the landing of the Mars Science Lab Curiosity on Sunday.

You can read all about it on Altadenablog, right here: http://bit.ly/Planetfest

There are photos and a video that I took, too.

Meanwhile, here's a picture of a picture of a picture to whet your appetite.
Curiosity's first two images from Mars

Friday, July 13, 2012

Walmart Neighborhood Market Community Meeting

Musson, Angulo, Shackleford
I covered the community meeting set up by Altadena Town Council members Tecumseh Shackleford and Brent Musson of Census Tract 4610 on Thursday night.  I got some exclusive quotes, and pinned Walmart rep Javier Angulo down on how soon they will apply for a liquor license.

Altadenans on the west side of town have been concerned for years about the number of free-standing liquor stores and check-cashing places in the area.  The site where the Walmart Neighborhood Market will be on Lincoln Ave. is already licensed for a grocery, but not liquor. 

Read the article on Altadenablog: Packed house as Walmart spokesman answers questions

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Pasadena links

Carlos Illingworth from Vons, Mayor Bill Bogaard and Phyllis Currie of Pasadena Water and Power prepare to cut the centerpiece cake at Pasadena’s 126th birthday party.
As promised--links to my articles about the 126th birthday celebration for the City of Pasadena!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pasadena Celebrates 126th Birthday

And of course, there was cake.  The six sheet cakes served as confectionary photo albums, with pictures from the collection of host Pasadena Museum of History decorating the tops.  The focus was on sports, the arts, transportation, technology, neighborhoods, and water.  There were also activities for the kids and a "passport raffle". 

The cake at left was the seventh of the ceremonial cakes, a crowning achievement for the Crown City.  A dozen plain cakes were sliced up for partygoers to enjoy, and believe me, it was delicious.

Over the next few days, I'll be posting articles in my Tournament of Roses column about the party, the cake, and the people who were there.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

41st Assembly candidates face off in forum

From left: Michael Cacciotti, Edward Colton, Chris Holden, Donna Lowe, Victoria Rusnak
If you live in the (new) 41st Assembly District, you'll want to check out the five candidates who are running: Michael Cacciotti, mayor of South Pasadena; Edward Colton, an attorney in Pasadena; Chris Holden, Pasadena city councilman; Donna Lowe, Claremont Tea Party activist; and Victoria Rusnak, Pasadena businesswoman.   

This is California's first open primary, meaning that all candidates are on all the ballots, regardless of party affiliation.  Take a look at the article I wrote for Patch, and see what you think!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Jane Goodall is the 2013 Rose Parade Grand Marshal

Jane Goodall with the ubiquitous Mr. H
One of the neat things about covering the Tournament of Roses for Examiner.com is going to all the exciting events.  This announcement of Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire, primatologist, environmentalist, activitst, was especially enjoyable

Even seasoned photographers and reporters clamored to get their picture taken with her. President of the TOR Sally M. Bixby made the announcement earlier than usual. She told me, “We’ve known for about a year-and-a-half.  It seemed we ought to release it earlier in the year.”

She also said that it was important to her and her husband Harlan "to have someone who had really done something with her life.” 

I wrote three articles on the event, with the third one focusing on Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute's conservation program for children, grades K-12.  Here are the links:

Roots & Shoots kids celebrate Jane Goodall as Rose Parade Grand Marshal

Monday, April 23, 2012

If anyone asks...

Elliott with his dad, April 21, 2012

I am not the kind of grandmother to whip out pictures whenever I bump into an acquaintance.  Modesty is an old-fashioned quality that suits someone of my age and experience.  That's why I have exercised restraint and not yet posted pictures of my first grandchild, born three weeks ago, until today.

Elliott Christopher Monteros was born on March 27, 2012 at 4:01 a.m.  He is just a little more than 100 years younger than my father, and he already has more hair.  He is the son of my youngest child.  He is beautiful.

I won't brag.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Elliott on his first Easter

One hour old, March 27, 2012