South Pasadena Rose Float | Fundraisers are Key to City Float’s Success
South Pasadena News
by Bill Glazier
22h ago
In a matter of months, with an uptick in construction activity set to begin after the Fourth of July, South Pasadena’s float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade will begin to turn from “The beast” into a colorful beauty,” describes Ed Donnelly, the man at the helm of the local organization responsible for its completion. Donnelly, the president of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, will be among those riding atop the float’s chassis, or underbelly minus the flowers and decorations, during the Festival of Balloons Parade on Independence Day, calling attention to just how muc ..read more
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South Pasadena Rose Float | Top Winners in Annual SPTOR Golf Tournament
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by Staff | The South Pasadenan News
22h ago
MEDIA RELEASE SOUTH PASADENA, CA (June 18, 2024) — Nearly 120 golfers participated in the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 15. Sponsored by Shaw, Moses, Mendenhall & Associates, the event was held, as is the tradition, at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course in the city. PHOTO: Sally Kilby | The South Pasadenan | Diane Fillingham (left) and Carrie Russell were among volunteers who helped organize the annual SPTOR golf tournament. The iconic event is one of numerous fundraisers hosted throughout the year to finance the South Pasadena volunteer-built float ..read more
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Peacocks Continue to be Spotted in South Pasadena
South Pasadena News
by Henk Friezer
22h ago
Despite best efforts of local communities to relocate peacocks that proliferated streets and residential yards, some have managed to elude capture or find a way to return to local habitats. Recently a South Pasadena couple spotted a pair of them as they entered Pavilions while another was seen on top of a resident’s car. PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Peacocks continue to be spotted in South Pasadena.PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Peacocks continue to be spotted in South Pasadena.PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Peacocks continue to be spotted in South Pas ..read more
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SPHS Student Heads to Turkey on Scholarship
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by Staff | The South Pasadenan News
2d ago
Dylan Liu, set to begin his senior year at South Pasadena High, will study Turkish this summer in Turkey on a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI‑Y) scholarship. NSLI‑Y, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), promotes the study of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish. Dylan was one of 540 students selected from thousands of high school applicants across the United States to receive a NSLI‑Y scholarship. While in Ankara, Turkey, Dylan will live with a host family, immerse in ..read more
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SPPD Participates in 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
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by Henk Friezer
2d ago
Escorted by fellow officers in patrol vehicles, runners representing the South Pasadena Police Department made their way along city streets Thursday morning carrying the Olympic torch. The annual Law Enforcement Torch run event which raises funds for the Special Olympics is run through various jurisdictions around the country. PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPPD participates in the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run. The run, which started in Wichita, Kansas in 1981 and is the largest grassroots fundraising movement for the Special Olympics. SPPD has participated in the event almost ..read more
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SPMS 8th Grade Promotion 2024
South Pasadena News
by Henk Friezer
2d ago
Nearly 400 South Pasadena Middle School graduates, 388 to be precise, participated in the traditional pomp and circumstance ceremonies on the school’s athletic field Tuesday. Though students and family referred to the middle school ceremony as graduation, the official title is “promotion”. PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | South Pasadena Middle School promotion 2024 As the 2024 class culminated their years at SPMS with hundreds of family members, school district representatives and school board members in attendance to witness the formalities, a variety of student speakers made spee ..read more
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Rose Parade Float South Pasadena | 2025 Design Announced
South Pasadena News
by Bill Glazier
3d ago
Ed Donnelly volunteered to become president of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee because of a deep personal interest in maintaining the organization’s long-standing tradition, coupled with a desire to sustain the city’s participation in the Rose Parade for another 100 years. But after his first year in the role, Donnelly says he learned something more important, noting, “I am not just dedicating my time to a float. I am standing side by side with an amazing bunch of volunteers who I am proud to call friends.” PHOTO: Bill Glazier | The South Pasadenan | Ed  Donnelly, chair ..read more
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You’re Invited | SPPF Annual Meeting June 27 At Historic ‘Swiss Chalet’ Style Bungalow
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by Staff | The South Pasadenan News
6d ago
SPPF Annual Meeting | The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation It’s time for the SPPF Annual Meeting, to be held at the historic Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Avenue, Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Members and non-members alike are invited. A special presentation on Craftsman bungalow homes, the annual activities report, and election of new board members are on the agenda. Food will be offered. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted gratefully. Members will vote on a slate of candidates for open SPPF board positions, which will be circulated in June ..read more
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Rethinking Recycling: How Ridwell is Tackling Household Waste
South Pasadena News
by Op-Ed | The South Pasadenan News
6d ago
Plastic waste is a massive environmental issue, and the statistics are staggering: of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ever produced, only 9% has been recycled. That means a whopping 79% of plastic on this planet still sits in landfills or the natural environment; 12% was incinerated. If current trends continue, there could be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills by 2050. PHOTO: provided by Ridwell | The South Pasadenan | A worker at the Ridwell warehouse. South Pasadenans and Greater LA have taken steps to reduce household waste, but we generate so much more than we realize ..read more
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CalTrans Home Sales South Pasadena | Confusion & Poor Communication Over Status of Caltrans Properties
South Pasadena News
by Ben Tansey
6d ago
Confusion about the status of historic Caltrans homes blew up this week when the city’s contracted realtor published a press release suggesting they were ready for sale to the public. But the five unoccupied historic homes that the city of South Pasadena is purchasing from Caltrans are currently in escrow to the City of South Pasadena for resale to the public, according to a Caltrans spokesperson. That the City’s purchase escrow won’t close until the sales are approved by the California Transportation Commission, which likely won’t act until later this summer. There is no formal date for the ..read more
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