The Truth about AP’s Part II


Nearly four years ago, I wrote “The Truth about AP’s,” which sparked quite a bit of conversation about the emphasis placed on those exams. Some readers were concerned about my lack of experience in taking those courses and tests because I was a freshman. Now that I am a senior at Arcadia High School and an incoming freshman at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, I am revisiting that article and observing how it has applied to my high school … [Read more...]

Vanishing institutions


This year has started out with news of the loss of several significant pieces of Arcadia: the Arcadia Welfare & Thrift Store on First Avenue closed after more than 82 years of operation the The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys headquarters on Second Avenue got pushed out of Arcadia to a new base in Monrovia to make room for more housing on Second Avenue the City bought and closed the 101-to-1 … [Read more...]

Sho Tay: Know your neighbor


Planting fruit trees is one of my hobbies; it is rewarding to see my hard work turned into the fruits of labor; I also enjoy gardening in my leisure time. A few years ago while visiting a good friend I was amazed by the many different kinds of fruit trees in his back yard; when I saw orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit growing from the same citrus tree, I was impressed. I also saw several different types of pears hanging on the same … [Read more...]

Arcadia officials’ China field trip

Scott Hettrick

Updated Feb. 17, 2015: Arcadia city officials will spend nearly two weeks observing, absorbing, and learning about Chinese and Taiwanese culture and even authentic, original night markets first-hand when they travel to Taiwan, mainland China, and Hong Kong from March 18 - April 1. This isn't just elected City Council Members -- three of the five of them are going -- but also City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, Fire Chief Kurt Norwood, Public Works … [Read more...]

One Three Dog-gone good Night


Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton noted to the audience at Arcadia Performing Arts Center Saturday that in the mid-1960s he and co-founder Cory Wells began their rock band career by playing at high schools. And here they were, nearly half-a-century later, back at a high school campus again on Jan. 10, 2015. The L.A.-based band was playing to an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 1,000 mostly baby boomers, many of whom … [Read more...]

Fund AHS Alum’s Art School Dreams

Emily Zheng

Arcadia High School alumni Michelle Kim decided at the beginning of this year to stop attending University of Southern California to pursue what she loves: art. She hopes to one day share her passion with the world by working in film and television programs, but in order to take the next step in becoming a professional artist, Michelle must expand her skills by attending the Art Center College of Design this spring. However, unfortunate events … [Read more...]

Shuttle diplomacy in Arcadia


There's a lot of pride in showing off your town to visitors and having them express genuine interest and gratitude. Some of us had that opportunity this last weekend when a handful of us representing the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce (Vicki Knight, Bill Hacket, Lisa Ferrick and myself) and Arcadia Historical Society (Bev Street and myself) decided to ride back and forth for several hours on the City of Arcadia's shuttle buses from Downtown … [Read more...]

East creates Arcadia Wild West?

Scott Hettrick

"In a conspiracy like this, you build from the outer edges and go step by step. If you shoot too high and miss, everybody feels more secure. You've put the investigation back months." - Deep Throat to Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men." Bloomberg Business Week, the same magazine that in 2008 and 2009 named Arcadia the Best City in California to Raise Kids, published a lengthy article on Oct. 15, 2014, describing Arcadia as a haven … [Read more...]