Vanni wins prestigious award


Arcadian Gregory R. Vanni of the Pasadena firm Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell was one of several lawyers named Consumer Attorney of the Year Saturday for their work to improve the safety of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. The case that drew national attention ended with a settlement in May 2014 after six years that resulted in new safety standards. The announcement was made Saturday night at the awards dinner as part of … [Read more...]

AHS alum surprise wedding dance


Update July 10: Unbelievable: now at 17 million-plus! Update June 28: An incredible 3 million-plus views of the combined two videos below after clips shown on every major entertainment TV show from The Today Show and Good Morning America to Access Hollywood, TMZ, and dozens of others, as well as pick-ups by and even a shout-out by the Backstreet Boys. Not to be outdone by the lip-dub music video of 2,000 Arcadia High School … [Read more...]

Stewart wins lifetime achievement nod

Pictured with Larry Stewart, center, are, from left, Strathmore High alums and friends Gene Yunt and his sister Rosemary Yunt Spruce, Norma Stewart and Linda Palmer Solway.

Larry Stewart, a longtime Arcadia resident and a regular blogger for, recently won a lifetime achievement award from his high school in the San Joaquin Valley. “It was a total surprise,” Stewart said. “The amazing thing was my wife Norma knew about it for two months and never let on.” Stewart, a sportswriter, editor and columnist in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years, is a 1964 graduate of Strathmore High, located in Tulare … [Read more...]

Kurt Norwood new Fire Chief

Arcadia Fire Chief

Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto appointed Kurt Norwood to the position of Arcadia Fire Chief, effective May 1, 2014. Norwood has been with AFD for 27 years. The appointment of Norwood follows last month's retirement of Fire Chief Tony Trabbie. Norwood has been Acting Fire Chief. Accepting the appointment, Mr. Norwood said: “I am truly grateful for the opportunity provided me by the City Council and City Manager to serve the … [Read more...]

AHS student aces ACT

Kevin Chou

An Arcadia High School junior achieved the highest possible score on the ACT test recently. Earning the top score on the ACT College Admission and Placement Exam is achieved by less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the test. Arcadia High School junior Kevin Chou was one of the few to achieve this rare feat. “We have some of the best and brightest students in the country in Arcadia working with exceptional teachers, … [Read more...]

AHS alumna’s “Cosmos” docu

Eli Loghavi

The highest-profile network TV show on TV Sunday night (March 9, 2014) was "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey," which debuted simultaneously on 10 Fox-owned networks. Arcadia High School alumna Eli Loghavi, who is now Executive Producer and Co-owner of Bagg Street Productions, had what she calls "the incredible opportunity" to work with the series creators to produce a one-hour documentary about the making of the new 13-episode series update of … [Read more...]

Arcadian awarded by NASA

Edward Wong with rover

Arcadian Edward Wong recently received high honors from NASA and Space Flight Mechanics for his critical work on the guidance system that guided the Mars rover Curiosity to its highly successful renedvous with the Red Planet. His awards were presented during the 24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico in late January. Work by Wong and his team was recognized as NASA Software of the Year for 2013 for NTR no. … [Read more...]

Betty Harris farewell

Betty Harris (L) receives the national AAUW’s certificate for fifty years of membership from  Alice Halberstadt, also a fifty-year member.

Betty Harris, husband Dick, and son Rich are relocating to Billings, Montana, to live closer to son Jim and his family. A farewell celebration for Betty will take place on Monday evening, March 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., in Jordan Hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 W. Duarte Rd., (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.), Arcadia. Light refreshments will be served. This special evening offers an opportunity for friends and families to … [Read more...]