• PASADENA (CNS) – In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Kaiser Permanente
    Southern California today awarded grants totaling $357,557 to 35 nonprofit
    organizations to fund a variety of services for people living with HIV and
    AIDS, including dental care, youth education and screening programs.
    Since 2000, Kaiser Permanente Southern California has awarded more than
    $3 million in community benefit HIV/AIDS grants.

     

    by Gary Lee

    Missed tackles and injured players contributed to Maranatha
    Minutemen loss to the San Dimas Saints last week. Darien McGee took the opening kickoff into
    the Saints territory. With great field
    position to start the game, it seemed inevitable the Minutemen would soon
    score. But fate had other plans and it
    was 3 and out for Maranatha’s first drive.
    The Saints wasted no time and answered quickly, scoring on their first
    possession. In fact, the Saints scored 4
    touchdowns in the first quarter. The
    Saints’ defense was able to stifle the Minutemen, forcing them to punt after 3
    plays and leaving them without a first down in the first quarter.

    The second quarter was no different than the first, w/ the
    Saints scoring at will. The Minutemen
    had no answers offensively or defensively.
    The Saints went into the locker room at halftime with a lead of 42 to
    0.

    The start of the third quarter saw the Saints punter for the
    first time. The Minutemen stopped the
    Saints on their first drive. Andrew
    Elffers directed the Minutemen’s first score w/ a pass to RJ Straker. Could this be the drive to kick-start the
    Minutemen? The ensuing onside kick was
    successful; Maranatha marched down the field into scoring position. But fate intervened and the Saints
    intercepted the ball at the 2-yard line.
    The very next play, the Saints ran up the middle for a 98 yard
    score. The door of opportunity was
    slammed closed and the Saints’ players, coaches and fans could begin to
    celebrate.

    The Minutemen closed the game w/ a touchdown on the final
    play from Elffers to Straker. The final
    score, 56 to 20. The Minutemen should be
    commended for their success in their first season in the Olympic League and The
    Mid-Valley (XI) Division. Last season,
    the Minutemen played in the East-Valley (XII) Division. They were the Alpha League Champions and made
    it to the second round of the playoffs.
    Congratulations Minutemen! The
    Saints move on face Monrovia at home next Friday.

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    PASADENA (CNS) – Record temperatures could fall in Pasadena and other areas tonight. The record low for the date in Pasadena is 35 degrees, and forecasters predicted an overnight low of 34 degrees, Bonnie Bartling of the NWS said.

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    By Mitch Lehman
    TRIBUNE SPORTS EDITOR

    There is a good chance that San Marino High School girls’
    varsity tennis Coach Ron Machuca’s best days on the court are behind him,
    though it appears as if he could match backhands with the likes of Federer and
    Nadal to this very day.

    It was
    surprising, then, that Machuca looked as nails-to-the nubs nervous as he did
    Tuesday afternoon as his Lady Titans took on Murietta
    Valley in the CIF Division II
    quarterfinals at San Marino
    High School.

    For the complete story, read the San Marino Tribune print
    edition.

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    With
    twinkle lights glowing, Santa cozied up in his house, and holiday tunes filling
    the air, Grace Center of Five Acres kicked off the holiday season at The
    Americana at Brand on Sunday, November 14 with a festive fashion show. More
    than 200 supporters gathered to cheer on their fellow board members and their
    children as they walked the catwalk. Hosted by Lauren Sanchez of Extra TV,
    Bella Winter netted more than $65,000 for the life-changing services Grace
    Center provides to women and children affected by domestic violence.

    Guests were
    ushered into a winter wonderland complete with festive cocktails compliments of
    PAMA and IZZE and mouthwatering treats. Martha Macker of Macker Entertainment
    wowed the audience with Dancing through the Ages, bringing together dancers and
    models telling a whimsical winter fashion story. The show began with a ballet
    interpretation and concluded with a sizzling salsa, featuring more than 20 Five
    Acres supporters and their children modeling the season’s hottest styles.
    Children in the audience lit up when Santa made a surprise appearance in the
    middle of the show singing Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.

    Host and
    Key Sponsor of Bella Winter was The Americana at Brand, and Pasadena Magazine
    was the media sponsor. Generous sponsors and donors of Bella Winter include
    Marilyn and John Wells Family Foundation, Wendy and Barry Meyer, Creative
    Artists Agency and Stephen and Susan Chandler. Bravo Spa and Salon transformed
    all of the models’ hair while The Factory and Vow of Makeup worked their makeup
    magic. Co-chairs of Bella Winter were Michele Hall of Altadena and Pamela Scott
    of La Canada.

    Local
    families who walked the catwalk include Michael and Christine Antonovich’s
    children (Glendale), Stephen and Chantal Bennett and their children (San
    Marino), Vivian Chan and her children (San Marino), Ryan and Maggie Dietz’s
    children (Pasadena), John and Jill Fosselman and their son Will (Pasadena), Tom
    and Page Haralambos along with their children and family friends (San Marino),
    and the son and his friend of John and Marilyn Wells (Los Angeles).

    For more
    information in how you can become involved with Grace Center,
    contact Margaret Morici at mmorici@5acres.org or 626.798.6793 ext.2244.

    Established
    as an independent non-profit in 1996, Grace Center
    has been a Five Acres program since 2004. Grace Center’s
    mission is to empower women to break the cycle of domestic violence in their
    lives and in their children’s lives so that they can live in a safe environment
    and regain their dignity and self-esteem. Its Family Violence Program provides support
    services throughout the San Gabriel
    Valley at three different
    locations. All of the services that Grace Center
    provides are either low cost or no cost, how-ever no one is turned away for the
    inability to pay. Last year Grace Center
    volunteers collectively donated over 3,500 hours of service.

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    by Winston Chua

    SAN MARINO – The children at Valentine Elementary School
    continue to show a maturity and compassion far beyond their years.

    Students
    there are now wrapping up what has been an eventful and successful Healthy
    Snack Drive, one of three major events they take part in as a way of helping
    underprivileged youth who live in a life-threatening area of Los Angeles. These
    from San Marino gather healthy food for students there who have little healthy
    food to eat.

    The
    students who live in the dangerous part of L.A. are from 112th
    Street Elementary School, a school that Valentine adopted three years ago.

    Student
    Council Advisor Andrea Fox, PTA President Cynthia Ary and Heidi Johnson
    (liaison between Valentine and its adopted school) all have students in the San
    Marino Unified School District and know firsthand how fortunate San Marino
    children are to have the opportunity to live in and study in such a great city.
    Together they help to bridge the gap between the schools.

    Children
    in San Marino are blessed in various ways As a result, school leaders, parents
    and students work hard to make a difference in the lives of underserved
    children at the Watts school.

    “The
    point of this is to teach our children and plant seeds of compassion, so they
    learn what gratitude is,” said Johnson, a mother to a 4th grader at
    Valentine.

    Johnson
    said that it is the students who own the project, and Fox who encourages its
    development. The students now feel empowered to make a difference, with signs
    and decorated boxes and heartfelt sacrifice.

    Last
    year the school loaded up three Suburban loads of school supplies and
    nutritious foods and made the trip to South Los Angeles. Johnson called the
    area adjacent to the school, Nickerson Gardens, “the most dangerous place west
    of the Mississippi.” Nickerson Gardens is home to the Bounty Hunter Bloods.

    Johnson
    said that even police officers there shy away from the area. But for Valentine
    students, compassion is not completely driven out by fear.

    Urban
    Compass, a non-profit after-school program for a select group of students, and
    Verbum Dei, a Jesuit high school that also serves to care for its neighboring
    students, surround 112th Street Elementary School.

    Roughly
    99 percent of students at Verbum Dei graduate and attend college.

    The
    two other programs the Valentine students are involved with are called Change
    for Change (where young ones sacrificially contribute money from their savings)
    and collecting school supplies, like backpacks. 112th Street Elementary
    School, the beneficiary of those offerings, surprised the kids at Valentine with
    cake and gifts during their most recent visit.

    Recently,
    Valentine students raised money by selling Jamba Juice (they recently sold 400
    smoothies in a 30 minute span). Through the Change for Change program, the
    school was able to purchase playground equipment, swings, jump ropes and more,
    for Urban Compass.

    Valentine
    has certainly come a long way from its days when fundraising efforts consisted
    mainly of canned-food drives.

    Its
    students, several of whom will make a trip to the adopted school, will help
    drop off school supplies in the next two weeks or so.

    Photos from the Chinese Club of San Marino’s Mid-Autumn Festival

    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A Chicago man pleaded not guilty today to charges that
    he kidnapped and tried to kill a San Gabriel woman, who was left for dead after
    her father agreed to pay for her return.

    La Puente V. Maranatha – Photos

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