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Bartolais Honored As Citizens of the Year, Photo Gallery

Presentation of the Silver Bowl

Posted 2/5/16 – “As I look out over this audience, I don’t think I see one person that hasn’t volunteered in some way…this is the complete group of volunteers and I really commend all of you…” said Clem Bartolai, in typical fashion deflecting the compliment aimed at him onto others.  Clem and his wife Nina were being honored by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce as the 2015 Citizens of the Year Saturday night.  Clem continued “…because it is looking at that long list of names in the program of prior recipients of the Citizen of the Year award that makes me really humble thinking that we are just one of those after so many that came before us and did so much for the community, I just, I’m really at a loss for words, somewhat, to be able to say exactly how much we appreciate the fact that you recognized us and gave us this lofty award, because I will consider it for the rest of my life to be one of the highlights of my time here on good earth.  Thank you.”  Clem was followed by Nina, who was emotional in saying how proud they are of her family, and pleased to have friends on hand that go back to kindergarten.  She reminisced about her home growing up in the Canyon, and girl scouts and softball,  and “these wonderful seasons that we’ve had, and the honor of just doing things for the City, and when you do volunteer everybody appreciates it, I mean you get thanks, you enjoy doing something for Sierra Madre, it’s such a family, family village and I love it…so thank you very, very much for the love…you touched our hearts, thank you so much.”

Following a cocktail hour, emcee Michael Powers opened up the evening by introducing Chamber president Ed Chen who welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming, and shortly thereafter dinner of pasta in an alfredo sauce with chicken, salad, and rolls was served.  After dinner, Powers returned and introduced Chamber Board member Susan Henderson who gave a brief presentation giving a little background on the Bartolais and why they were being presented with the award: a lifetime of community service. In the 1960s as President of Lions Club, Clem helped organize the first Fourth of July Parade in Sierra Madre, and then in the ’70s he served on the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as Planning Commission. He had three terms on the City Council and was Mayor three times, once for each term, in the ’80s and ’90s.  Clem was one of those who helped develop the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and filled a term on the Board of Directors. He served on the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Board of Directors for a number of years, also. He has been a member of Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club since 1985.

Nina served as Brownie and Girl Scout leader as well as assisting with assorted grade school activities while the two Bartolai girls were growing up.  She was an integral part of the Rose Float Association, the local Historical Society, and has served as a docent for the Wistaria Festival. Nina has worked on the Friends of the Library Board and is a member of the College Women’s Group in Pasadena. She also served as both a member and Chair of the Senior Commission.

Also speaking following Ms. Henderson was Doug Delahooke, who, while serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce back in 1966 was instrumental in the creation of the Citizen of the Year award and returned to honor his good friends in the 50th anniversary of the award. Mayor John Capoccia presented the Bartolais with commendation certificates from the City, the State Assembly, the State Senate, and the House of Representatives.  It was then that Clem and Nina had the opportunity to say a few words of thanks.

Emcee Powers then invited folks in the audience to say a few words and several folks rose to commend the couple, with a common them of how well deserved the award was, and how much appreciated they are and what a great, giving couple they are.  One gentleman who has known Clem for 64 years called him “the finest gentleman I’ve ever met,” adding “I can’t say enough about him.” Former City Manager Sean Joyce who served during Clem’s tenure on City Council told several stories about that time and how much he learned from that experience, noting that Clem and Nina deserved every accolade they were receiving. Judy Webb-Martin spoke of her respect for the couple, and of Clem’s fairness and integrity.  Catherine Adde thanked Nina for her service with both the Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library.  Another man rose to talk about Clem’s tenure on Council and as Mayor, and spoke of how impressed he was with Clem’s ability to always remain a gentleman, no matter how difficult the situation.

Congratulations to Clem and Nina, on a well deserved honor!

I’ll be posting video from the event soon.

Thursday January 21 2016

SMPD Seeks APD Assistance to Ensure No Lapse in 24/7 Patrol – Council to Consider Temporary Contract

Press Release posted 1/21/16 – At the Tuesday, January 26, 2016, City Council meeting, the City Council will review an agreement for the City of Arcadia to temporarily provide police patrol services, seven days a week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:00 am beginning Sunday, February 7, 2016. Staffing levels within the Sierra [...]

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Wednesday January 13 2016

Alverno Jaguars Varsity Soccer Defeats Sacred Heart Comets 3-0

Alverno Jaguars Varsity Soccer Defeats Sacred Heart Comets 3-0

Press Release posted 1/13/16 – The Alverno High School Jaguars (1-1) traveled to face the Sacred Heart of Jesus Comets (1-3) for the first Horizon League game of the season on Wednesday, January 6. The pouring rain did not damper the Jaguars’ game plan as thunder-and-lightning teamwork propelled them to victory. After several offensive attacks [...]

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Tuesday January 12 2016

Bartolais Named Citizens of the Year

Bartolais Named Citizens of the Year

By Jan Reed and Bill Coburn, Posted 1/12/16 – The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2015 Citizens of the Year will be Clem and Nina Bartolai, who were also honored as the Grand Marshals of the 2015 4th of July Parade. This ultra civic Sierra Madre couple have continued to donate time [...]

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Saturday January 09 2016

YOU Could Design SMRFA’s 2017 Rose Float

Press Release posted 1/9/16 - It is time for you to design next years float. This year’s design contest will be held until Friday, February 5th 2016. While incoming Tournament of Roses President Brad Ratliff has not officially announced his 2017 Parade Theme, we do know that the theme is a take on his father’s theme [...]

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Saturday January 09 2016

Christmas Tree Recycling Information

Press Release posted 1/9/16 – It’s not too late to recycle your Christmas tree. Athens Services will continue to collect holiday trees on normal pickup days through the second week of January. Tips to ensure collection of your Christmas tree: Remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel. Place Christmas trees next to your regular trash containers. [...]

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Saturday January 09 2016

City Hall to Close for MLK Day

Press Release posted 1/9/16 – City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The Library will also be closed.  City offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19.

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Saturday January 09 2016

Free Parent/Child Workshops Slated for February

Press Release posted 1/9/16 – Sign-ups are underway for Sierra Madre Public Library’s popular five-week Parent/Child Workshop, “1-2-3 Play With Me,” designed for families with children ages three and younger. Each workshop session will highlight a different aspect of parenting, including early literacy, speech, child development, nutrition, music, play, and health. Sessions allow parents to [...]

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Tuesday January 05 2016

Sandbag Materials Available At City Yard

Press Release posted 1/5/16 – To assist with rain preparations, the City is providing residents with free sand and sandbags. Supplies are available at the City Yard and can be found outside the front gate. The City’s Public Works staff will be closely monitoring supplies and replenishing inventory as needed. Due to the high demand [...]

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Monday January 04 2016

Rose Float on View at the Barn Today, Buy Flowers and Donate for 2017

Posted 1/4/16 - Due to rain in the forecast, the SMRFA award-winning Tournament of Roses Float “Rollin’ On The River” will not appear in Kersting Court this year, and will go straight to the barn.  While it’s true that the flowers could withstand the rain, imagine the weight that would be added to the structure of [...]

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Friday January 01 2016

Rollin’ On The River takes Animation Trophy, 10th Award in 11 Years!

Rollin' On The River takes Animation Trophy, 10th Award in 11 Years!

Posted 1/1/16 – “Rollin’ On The River”, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s 2016 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the town’s 84th entry, going back to 1917. And for the tenth time in eleven years, SMRFA’s entry has won an award, The Animation Trophy, described by the Tournament as “Best Animation and Motionl.” [...]

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Thursday December 31 2015

Rollin’ On To Kersting Court

Rollin' On To Kersting Court

Posted 12/31/15 – As always, the Rose Float stopped in Kersting Court for a short while on its way to the Parade Route. We shot some pictures and video. The pictures are below the video. Click a pic to enlarge it.

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Thursday December 31 2015

SMRFA’s “Rollin’ On The River” 2016 Float Final Judging, Photo Gallery, Video

SMRFA's

Posted 12/31/15 – The final judging of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s entry in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade took place earlier today just before noon.  Click on a photo below to view it larger.  Photo Gallery is below the video.  For those wondering when they should head downtown to see the Float [...]

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Tuesday December 29 2015

SMRFA Needs Volunteers, Particularly at Night Plus Photo Gallery of Float Progress

SMRFA Needs Volunteers, Particularly at Night Plus Photo Gallery of Float Progress

Posted 12/29/15 - Deco Week for the 2016 Sierra Madre Rose Float, “Rollin’ on the River”, started on December 26th and is well under way. We need your help! Please click on the link below to look for the shift(s) that will be right for you:  https://smrfa.ivolunteer.com. In particular, volunteers are needed on Wednesday, Dec. 30th from [...]

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Tuesday December 29 2015

Harabedian, Capoccia Pull Papers to Run for Re-Election

Press Release posted 12/29/15 – Former Mayor and current Councilmember John Harabedian has announced that he plans to seek reelection to the Sierra Madre City Council in the upcoming April 12, 2016 election. Harabedian, along with Mayor Capoccia, was elected to a four-year term on the City Council in April 2012, and desires to return [...]

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Sunday December 27 2015

In Memory Of Nan Carlton…

In Memory Of Nan Carlton...

Obituary Posted 12/27/15 – Nan Hathaway Carlton passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Dec. 21st. Nan Hathaway was born in Chicago, Illinois to Alice Johnstone Hathaway and Elnathan Maurice Hathaway.  Nan moved to Sierra Madre with her mother when she was five years old in 1938.  Nan was a lifelong resident of Sierra [...]