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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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Altadena NAACP ACT-SO Strikes Gold and Brings Home Three National Medals

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Altadena ACT-So medal winners

From Left to right: Jamael Dean, Chelsea Johnson, Dominique Wright, Lilian Paris, Gabriella Bridgmon, Erin Reeves and Alana Jackson. (Not shown:  Omar Wiseman.)

On July 20, 2014, the Altadena Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics of the Mind) Competition won three national medals in Las Vegas, Nevada at the 36th annual competition.

ACT-SO, a National Youth Initiative of the NAACP is a year long enrichment program sponsored by branches of the NAACP in various communities throughout the nation. ACT-SO is designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and artistic achievement, and cultural awareness in 9th through 12th grade high school students.

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A Warrior Woman

By Barbara Perkins, Sisters At The Well, Inc. Founder and President

Brenda MarAfrican American news from Pasadena - Community - Brenda Marsh-Mitchell to first recipient of Queen Mother awardsh-Mitchell's one woman's journey to repair the bridge of love and empowerment for black women, their families and community, will never be forgotten. She was the epitome of a modern day renaissance woman. She was an architect for positive change here in Los Angeles and beyond.

There was no battle that Brenda was not ready to fight on behalf of those unable to fight for themselves. She approached every plight that they may find themselves in fearlessly, with determination and passion. She could gather a coalition which she would call together in record time.

Brenda would hear the issue, make a quick decision to take action then take out her black book and bring the right people together to design the right solution. She was a no nonsense leader, who spoke softly and packed a mighty punch when needed. Brenda made things happen.

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