• By Mitch Lehman


    After almost five hours, thousands of pitches, hundreds of
    hits and dozens of hamburgers, J.P. Paciorek, Hunter Kral and Caitlyn Callahan
    finished 1-2-3 in the inaugural San Marino Home Run Derby, held last Sunday
    afternoon on a Wrigley-like McNamee Field at San Marino High School.
    Colleen Evans won the women’s championship.

    Robert Kral, 2010 San Marino National Little League
    President and Titan baseball Coach Mack Paciorek staged the event to benefit
    both organizations.

    Among the day’s many highlights was the dedication of a new
    flagpole at the ballpark that arrived courtesy of an anonymous donor. United
    States Marine and Viet Nam
    veteran Lee Haslam performed the honor of raising the flag.

    For the complete story, read the San Marino Tribune print

    Hathaway-Sycamores recently gathered its current and past
    board members for an evening of wine and cheese tastings. About 50 people gathered
    at The Cheese Store of Pasadena and enjoyed a variety of Inception Wines that
    were paired with complementary cheese selections. Louis and Natalia Pastis,
    owners of The Cheese Store in Pasadena,
    said “This event gives us a chance to give back to our local community,
    and in the end of the day, that’s what is most important. We are passionate
    about organizations that work with children and we’re unique in that we can
    provide a pleasurable and enjoyable experience for these special events. We thank
    Hathaway-Sycamores for the opportunity to host this event.” George Pitsironis
    of Inception Wines served guests his handcrafted pinot noirs and chardonnay
    wines from the Santa Barbara and Central Coast regions. “Our wines are food friendly,
    fruit forward and well-balanced for everyday drinking, and we are proud to
    support Hathaway-Sycamores at this event.”


    Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) will host its fourth
    annual Fête . . . with a Twist, Sunday, May 1 (5 – 8 p.m.), at Point08 in Pasadena to raise funds for affordable mental health
    services in the greater Pasadena

    Join PMHC supporters at redwhite+bluezz’s newly revamped
    jazz club Point08 in Old Pasadena for a swanky new spin on the annual Fete.
    Take part in the traditional wine and food tasting experience or allow one of
    the talented mixologists at Point08 to handcraft you an exquisite cocktail
    while enjoying live jazz by the Jacques Lesure Trio.

    For tickets, at $75 per person, contact Jasmine Abghari at
    (626) 798-6793 ext. 2244 or jabghari@5acres.org. Enjoy dinner in the grill
    after the event, and 20% of the proceeds will benefit PMHC. PMHC, an affiliate
    of Five Acres’ child and family services center, has provided quality mental
    health services to low-income people without access to affordable care since
    1965. It serves more than 500 families and individuals annually. “The emotional
    support and guidance we offer are a lifeline for those who often have nowhere
    else to turn for help when life overwhelms them,” said Chanel Boutakidis, executive
    director of PMHC.

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    SOUTH PASADENA (CNS) – One of South Pasadena’s main drags will get a
    center turning lane, starting a week from today.

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    PASADENA (CNS) – A Pasadena man pleaded not guilty today to charges
    stemming from the beating death of a neighbor’s 16-month-old German shepherd.

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    ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A man was sentenced today to 33 years to life in state
    prison for fatally stabbing an Alhambra woman in 1983 and taking jewelry that
    belonged to her before fleeing to Asia.

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    ARCADIA (CNS) – Five people accused of operating an illegal marijuana
    growing operation in Burbank were behind bars today.
    The arrests occurred Wednesday while police investigating the criminal
    cultivation based out of a warehouse served search warrants in Burbank,

    and Glendale, said Sgt. Robert Quesada of the Burbank Police Department.
    “As a result of these searches, three marijuana cultivation operations
    were discovered,’ Quesada said. “A significant number of marijuana plants,
    several pounds of harvested marijuana and four guns were also seized.’
    Levon Ayrapetov, 31, of
    ARCADIA, Akop Petrosyan, 30, of Glendale, Victor
    Yepiskoposyan, 29, of Glendale, Jane Israyelyan, 21, of Los Angeles, and
    Bianca Bauza, 24, of North Hollywood were booked at the Glendale City Jail for
    transportation of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana.
    All five suspects were being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

    Pasadena (CNS) – The Los Angeles County District
    Attorney’s office filed
    murder charges today against a 55-year-old Duarte man for allegedly killing
    his brother, whose body was found in a parking lot at the Rose Bowl.
    Clifton Cass was arrested March 15 in connection with the death of his
    56-year-old brother Victor Cass, said Lt. Tracy Ibarra of the Pasadena Police
    Dwayne Sims, 55, of Duarte was also arrested and charged with being an
    accessory to murder and a felon in possession of a firearm, Ibarra said.
    A city employee discovered Victor Cass’ body just before 5 a.m. Feb. 28
    in Parking Lot I of the Rose Bowl, Ibarra said.
    The case was initially challenging due to a lack of witnesses or a
    motive for the crime, Ibarra said.
    “I am exceptionally proud of the work of lead detective Keith Gomez and
    the other homicide investigators who worked on this case,’ Pasadena Police
    Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
    “The results of this investigation are symbolic of the Pasadena Police
    Department’s commitment to excellence and to our pursuit of justice for the
    Clifton Cass is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. Bail was set at
    $175,000 for Sims. Both men are expected to be arraigned Friday.

    By Winston Chua

    Devoted Huntington Middle School teacher Denise Wadsworth
    and the HMS Rotary Interact Club will be hosting an All-City Talent Show on
    Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Middle School Auditorium from 7 p.m.
    to 9:30 p.m. “All” meaning, you do not have to be a San Marino resident to

    Half of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer
    Society’s Relay for Life campaign. It is the second year that the middle school
    has given to the cause.

    “We are supporting the ACS, who support us through
    education, patient support and research,” said Wadsworth, who lost her mother
    to cancer. “And we want to do it in a way to celebrate in the community
    showcasing the wealth and talents of kids and adults.”

    The other half of the proceeds will go to the middle
    school’s Interact Club to further their ability to serve the community.

    The show is G-rated, meaning it’s good for people of all
    ages, from four to 90. Performances are limited to four minutes or less.

    Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday
    April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at the HMS Auditorium. YouTube videos can also
    be sent to Wadsworth at dwadsworth@smusd.us
    for audition consideration.

    Huntington’s foxes not performing will have the opportunity
    to introduce the acts as emcees. San Marino City Manager Matt Ballantyne will
    be one of several judges; Police Chief John Schaeffer will be another.

    Students from Clairborne, St. Felicitus and San Marino High
    School are slated to participate in the event, which will also include a San
    Marino YouTube sensation. Other acts include various musicians and at least one

    The Interact Club is awarding $250 to the first-place
    winner. A total of $150 and $100 will go to the second and third place persons,

    Tickets for the performances are $25 for VIP seating and $10
    for general admission.

    Contact Ms. Wadsworth at (626) 434-6646 for more info.

    Wadsworth encourages high school students to volunteer for
    the May event, saying that students can earn up to 20 hours of community
    service through their talent show participation at a time when colleges are
    encouraging students to think outside of themselves. Wadsworth says that higher
    education institutions encourage students to “think about the bigger part of
    life” and not simply perfect the five paragraph essay or solve a complicated
    math problem.

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Dodgers today will play the first of
    this season’s six midweek day games at Dodger Stadium, with food and soft
    drinks sold for half price.

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