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Chamber Celebrates Rod and Joan Spears, Citizens of the Year 2016 – Photo Gallery

Citizens of the Year Rod and Joan Spears, Chamber Board members Susan Henderson and Carol Canterbury, Mayor Gene Goss

Posted 2/3/17 – The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and approximately  friends and family turned out to Nano Cafe to celebrate the recognition of Rod and Joan Spears as Citizens of the Year for 2016.  A buffet dinner and entertainment by JJ Jukebox kept the crowd happy as the Spears’ were lauded for their contributions to the City in 2016, as well as since their arrival here in 1999.

Currently, Rod sits on the Library Board of Trustees and Joan is a member of the Senior Community Commission. Rod served for many years as a member of the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department, and was instrumental in setting up the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In addition to these efforts within the City, Rod was recognized by President Lyndon Johnson for his work in the Civil Rights effort, and was a member of the team that responded to the bombing in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh.

Joan has served and/or is serving as a member of the Sierra Madre Police Department Volunteers, the Sierra Madre Civic Club, the Sierra Madre Garden Club, Foothill Creative Arts Group and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society.

Rod and Joan received commendations from the City of Sierra Madre,  the LA County Board of Supervisors, the California State Assembly, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Citizen of the Year award is granted to an outstanding Sierra Madre resident(s) who best demonstrates the town’s spirit of volunteerism during the year.  Enjoy the photo gallery, best as you can, since the quality is disappointingly poor.  My apologies to Rod and Joan.  Eventually I’ll probably get around to editing and posting video, as well.

Thursday February 02 2017

One Book, One City Starts With a Journey Through Science and Art

One Book, One City Starts With a Journey Through Science and Art

Press Release posted 2/2/17 – JPL: Powered by STEAM!, a program by Dr. Steve Cornford, started February’s One Book, One City events with a tour of the universe and its splendor at the Sierra Madre Public Library on February 1. Dr. Cornford, shared gorgeous images of planets, stars, and solar systems that are the “Art” [...]

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Thursday February 02 2017

SMPD Makes Weapons Violation Arrest

SMPD Makes Weapons Violation Arrest

Press Release posted 2/2/17 – On January 31, 2017 a Sierra Madre resident in the 2000 block of Liliano Dr., contacted the Sierra Madre Police Department regarding a suspicious occupied vehicle. The resident stated she was inside her home when she heard a sound coming from her “Ring Home Security” doorbell. When viewing the live [...]

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Thursday February 02 2017

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, Jan. 8 – Jan. 29, 2017

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, Jan. 8 - Jan. 29, 2017

Posted 2/2/17   Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report   January 8 to January 15, 2017 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 215 day and night time calls for service. Wednesday, January 11 A resident in the 00 block of E. Sierra Madre Bl. came to the station’s lobby [...]

Tuesday January 24 2017

Sierra Madre Announces New City Manager, Gabriel Engeland

Press Release posted 1/24/17- After an extensive recruitment and interviewing many candidates, the City of Sierra Madre has selected its top candidate—Gabriel (“Gabe”) Engeland–to serve the community as its new City Manager. Mr. Engeland’s appointment and employment agreement are scheduled for approval at the regular City Council meeting of January 24, 2017. The City Council [...]

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Tuesday January 24 2017

Alverno Heights Senior Cassidy Castillo To Receive LA Archdiocese Christian Service Medal

Press Release posted 1/24/17 – Alverno Heights Academy senior Cassidy Castillo has been selected as Alverno’s recipient of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Medal for 2017. Cassidy will receive her award on Tuesday, March 14 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Cassidy, a [...]

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Wednesday January 11 2017

Senator Portantino Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Press Release posted 1/11/17  - (1/10/17) This morning, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), Chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, issued the following statement: “I was pleased to see that the Governor’s proposed budget reflects our State’s continued commitment to K–12 and Higher Education. The Governor’s 2017–2018 [...]

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Tuesday January 10 2017

SMPD Blotter 1/1/17 to 1/8/17

Posted 1/10/17 Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report January 1, to January 8, 2017 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 214 day and night time calls for service. Tuesday, January 3 A report of a stolen vehicle from the driveway of a home in the 400 block of [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Benches to Memorialize Former SMEAC President Laurie Cooper at Bailey Canyon

Benches to Memorialize Former SMEAC President Laurie Cooper at Bailey Canyon

Press Release posted 1/7/17 - The Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council mourned the loss of their beloved member, Laurie Cooper in 2016.  Laurie’s long involvement with SMEAC began just after the formation of the organization in 1971.  She managed Southern California’s first community recycling center, located in Sierra Vista Park.  She also spear-headed SMEAC’s stewardship of [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

SMPD Volunteers Sought

Press Release posted 1/7/17 - The Sierra Madre Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve the community of Sierra Madre. If you would like to volunteer your time, please come to an information meeting  in  City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  For further information, please contact Captain Donna Cayson with the Sierra Madre [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

Press Release posted 1/7/17 – Athens Services will once again collect Christmas trees after the holidays for recycling. Trees will be collected until the end of the second week in January. Please remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel.  Place trees next to your regular trash containers.  Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.  [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Work Begins on 2018 SMRFA Rose Parade Entry, You Could Be The Designer

Posted 1/7/16 – Congratulations again to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association for winning its 11th award in the last twelve years with “The Cat’s Away”.  But already SMRFA is gearing up for the 2018 parade, and the first step is to design the float.  If you have an idea for a float design, submit [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

SMPD Police Blotter 12/26/2016 – 1/1/17

SMPD Police Blotter 12/26/2016 - 1/1/17

Press release posted 1/7/17 Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report December 26, to January 1, 2017 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 204 day and night time calls for service. Monday, December 26 At about 10:58 a.m. a report of vandalism was investigated in the 300 block of [...]

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Thursday January 05 2017

SMPD Police Blotter, 12/18 – 12/2516

Press Release posted 1/5/17 Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report December 18 to December 25, 2016 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 247 day and night time calls for service. Monday, December 19 8:30 a.m. A resident reported that he parked his vehicle on the street at about [...]

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Wednesday January 04 2017

Rose Float at Kersting Court Until This Afternoon – Photo Gallery

Rose Float at Kersting Court Until This Afternoon - Photo Gallery

Posted 1/4/17 – Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s “The Cat’s Away”. winner of the Mayor’s Trophy in the Tournament of Roses Roses Parade, is currently in Kerting Court until this afternoon.  What time this afternoon is still up in the air, since the float has water sensitive equipment on it, and the forecast calls for [...]

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Wednesday January 04 2017

SMPOA #PinkPatchProject Contributes to Fight Against Cancer

SMPOA #PinkPatchProject Contributes to Fight Against Cancer

Press Release posted 1/4/17 - The Sierra Madre Police Department would like to recognize the efforts of the Sierra Madre Police Officers Association for participating in the #PINKPATCHPROJECT. The SMPOA advanced the funds to purchase the SMPD’s pink shoulder patches and Pink Patch T-shirts that were sold at various venues and events throughout the City. Due to [...]

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