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2003 Press Releases
(4/25/03) 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal Sought by May 26 Hank Landsberg, chairman of the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee, announced this week that the committee is seeking nominations for the 2003 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal. The deadline for nominations is May 26. The Grand Marshal should be popular, and should have done much volunteer work for the community. Nominations should be sent to the Fourth of July Committee, P.O. Box 1073, Sierra Madre 91025.
(4/25/03)Fourth of July Parade Applications Available
Fourth of July parade applications are now available by calling 355-3589. Parade Applications are also available at the Park and Recreation office, and online here at the News Net. 4th of July, 2003 Parade Participant Application So far, 118 entries have registered to be in the Sierra Madre Parade. The Surfaris, who played here in 1998 and ‘99, will entertain at the July 3 dance this year, according to Hank Landsberg, chairman of the Fourth of July Committee. Returning also this year are the Night Blooming Jazzmen who will play Dixieland jazz after the parade on July 4.
2002 Press Releases
POOR SUPPORT MAY CURTAIL 2003 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION
Sierra Madre 4th of July
Committee sincerely hopes everyone had a
great time at this years Independence
Day celebration in Sierra Madre.
Unfortunately, area residents did not support the event monetarily as they have in past years. Committee Chairman Hank Landsberg remarked “Our sales of 4th of July T-shirts was about 20% below last years sales, and cash donations are down a whopping 50% from 2001 levels. If the folks who enjoy the 4th of July don’t ‘step up to the plate’ with their pocketbooks, we’ll have to reduce the scope of next year’s celebration.”
event usually cost the 4th of
July Committee about $12,000.
Some residents still think
the celebration is paid for by “The
City” or by the Chamber of Commerce.
Neither is true!
Virtually ALL expenses are paid
by the Sierra Madre 4th of
July Committee, a volunteer group that
has organized, produced, and PAID FOR
our hometown celebration since 1987.
of July T-shirts, a major fundraiser for
the Committee, are still available in
most adult and child sizes.
The cost is $15 each.
Shirts can be purchased by
calling Hank Landsberg at 355-3656.
residents are urged to send donations to
the Sierra Madre 4th of July
Committee at PO Box 1073, Sierra Madre,
This year, the 4th of July celebration is a 3-day event in Sierra Madre!
Here’s what’s happening…
Wednesday evening, July 3
Pre-Parade Party, feature two NEW BANDS: The Lampreys, an instrumental “surf guitar” band, plays from 6-7pm. Then Papa Doo Run Run plays the best hits of the Beach Boys from 7-10pm. Beer garden open, 5-10pm, with other food for sale by local civic organizations.
Thursday, July 4:
Open House at Women’s Club, 8am.
4th of July Parade, 10am.
Community Picnic, 12 noon – 5pm, Memorial Park
Lawn Games, hosed by Civic Club, 12 noon.
Live Dixieland music by Night Blooming Jazzmen, noon-4pm.
Movie: “Monsters Inc” shown in bandshell at 9pm.
Saturday, July 6:
Band Organ rally, Memorial Park, 9am-4pm.
The complete parade lineup (over 100 entries) will be mailed to all Sierra Madre residents later this week. Look for it in your mailbox this Saturday!
The decorative 4th of July T-shirts are still for sale at Pantorium, The Bottle Shop and K’s Deli in Sierra Madre. They come in all adult and children’s sizes, and cost $15 each. The 4th of July T-shirt is a major fundraiser for the 4th of July Committee, which pays for our town’s Independence Day celebration.
The Official Parade Program will be sent to all Sierra Madre addresses and should be received by June 29.
“Monsters Inc.,” a popular animated family film, will be shown in the band shell at Memorial Park on the night of July 4, beginning at 9 p.m. The film features the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal, and received great reviews.
Those who wish to view the film should bring chairs or blankets to sit on, and make sure to bring a Walkman or portable FM radio so you can hear the sound track of the movie.
The movie is free.
last event of 4th of July,
2002, will be the Band Organ display all
day on July 6 in Memorial Park. This
year they are adding a display of
antique music boxes inside the senior
It’s not everyone who has a 1939 Dodge military staff car to run around in but Wayne Moreira of Temple City is perfectly willing to share. And share he will in the Fourth of July Parade in Sierra Madre this year. He’s driving the car as a Veterans of Foreign Wars entry and it will immediately follow the Color Guard in the Sierra Madre parade. Wayne’s family maintains the car as original owners. It is one of 13 made and it consists of Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler parts. “And it’s hard to get parts for it,” Wayne laughed recently.
His father purchased the car in 1955 at a surplus auction in Hawaii where five generations of the Moreira family were born. Usually, such “finds” were sold to the military. This car is the only one of the 13 to survive.
Wayne’s dad paid $500 for it in ‘55. In 1974, he asked Wayne if he’d like to buy the car, and Wayne acquiesced and took over ownership. Wayne had moved to the Mainland in 1960 so the car was shipped across the Pacific to Temple City, CA, and Wayne has maintained it since.
During WWII, the Moreiras (Wayne’s father and uncles) were employed as maintenance contractors, servicing carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers that were brought into Pearl Harbor from active duty. Their business was on Ford Island which is in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Another branch of the family became fliers, transporting Navy airplanes from Oahu, Hawaii to Washington State, Oakland and Long Beach, California.
From the time the family owned the military staff car until now it has graced various parades. “Unfortunately, my dad painted the dark green car black but you can still see the bullet holes.” Bullet holes? What bullet holes? Wayne explained, “There are 10 Japanese 7 mm bullet holes on one side of the car. And a lot of that black paint has sloughed off so you can see the original dark green color.”
On Dec. 7, 1941, Wayne’s mother was at home even though her husband and his brothers were three miles away at Pearl Harbor. She watched the bombing and strafing from their home, not aware of whether or not her husband had survived. Four days later the men came home “in such disarray,” according to Wayne. The men continued working at Pearl Harbor during the war.
“We feel fortunate to have this great old car and want to share it. It’s a part of history. We take no credit for what it stands for.” He added, “It’s in pretty good shape. There’s a little rust here and there but the interior is original.” Wayne stated that a Chrysler representative came out to look it over and, ultimately, verified it for the Walter P. Chrysler Club. Forrest Pasaki (of Sierra Madre) brought over an authority on all brands of military vehicles, also Wayne concluded, “It’s perfect for this parade.” Wayne is a retired mechanical engineer.
Two Bands Highlighted
For Evening of July 3
as a garage band in Cupertino, near Santa Cruz, and such
group as Van Halen and the Doobie
Brothers were opening acts for them, when these bands were
still in their garage band era.
4th of July information
is now available via phone:
Sierra Madre 4th of
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