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“Elyse Sharp’s Two True Passions: Running and Art”

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Elyse SharpElyse Leilani Sharp has two passions as a 14 year old in high school these days, and she excels at both. One is running. This year she made her debut in track earning MVP for her school as well as Soph-Frosh MVP of her League. She placed first in the 4x100, 4x400, 100 and 200 meter finals, earning four gold medals.

Elyse is equally passionate about her abilities as an artist. Working in oils, watercolor, and acrylics, she placed Best in Show at the Art@Pal Exhibit in 2009 with her "Sand Crab", at the early age of nine years old. Pasadena Police Chief, Phillip Sanchez, selected her piece in 2011 to adorn his city office. She was further honored to receive an audition for the California High School of Visual and Performing Arts at Cal State University at Los Angeles in 2013.

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Superintendent-President Mark Rocha to Retire

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Mark Rocha retiresThe Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District has announced today that Dr. Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of the District and Pasadena City College will retire from his position effective August 31, 2014.

Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, President of the PACCD Board of Trustees, said "I speak for the Board in saying that we accept Dr. Rocha's decision to retire with profound gratitude for his leadership over the past four years. Dr. Rocha brought the college safely through one of the worst budget cuts in California history. We well understand and fully respect his decision to turn the reins over to the great administrative team he has assembled."

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Julian Fisher Park

Submitted by Ralph Walker

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Julian Fisher ParkOn Saturday (August 2), I attended the ribbon cutting event at the new Julian Fisher Park. Even though the weather was extremely hot, and speeches were yet to be made explaining about who Julian Fisher was and how the funds were collected, the children anxiously waited for the ceremony to end so they could get to the playground and tryout all the new equipment.

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