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PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | South Pasadena Community Services Director, Sheila Pautsch, at her retirement party.

Happy Trails to Retiring Community Services Director, Sheila Pautsch

A hall full of supporters and well-wishers showed up to pay tribute to retiring South Pasadena Community Services Director, Sheila Pautsch, at the city's War Memorial building. Those attending included co-workers, community leaders and...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Peacocks continue to be spotted in South Pasadena.

Peacocks Continue to be Spotted in South Pasadena

Despite best efforts of local communities to relocate peacocks that proliferated streets and residential yards, some have managed to elude capture or find a way to return to local habitats. Recently a South Pasadena...

SPMS 8th Grade Promotion 2024 | South Pasadena Middle School 2024

Nearly 400 South Pasadena Middle School graduates, 388 to be precise, participated in the traditional pomp and circumstance ceremonies on the school's athletic field Tuesday. Though students and family referred to the middle school...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPPD participates in the 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run.

SPPD Participates in 2024 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Escorted by fellow officers in patrol vehicles, runners representing the South Pasadena Police Department made their way along city streets Thursday morning carrying the Olympic torch. The annual Law Enforcement Torch run event which...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Students compete at the All-City Track Meet at South Pasadena High School.

South Pasadena Hosts All-City Track Meet

Student athletes from all schools in the South Pasadena school district were invited to participate in the annual All City Track Meet sponsored by the district's PTSA organizations with support from the SPUSD. Youngsters...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Players getting into the action at the 2024 SPHS PowerPuff game that pits juniors against seniors.

SPHS PowerPuff 2024 at Roosevelt Field – Who Prevailed?

With hundreds of classmates and family members cheering them on in the stands, female members of the junior and senior class at SPHS battled it out for football supremacy in the annual PowerPuff Classic. The...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | A pothole on Monterey and Marengo in South Pasadena.

Recent Rains Worsen City Potholes

Recent rainstorms have  become a nightmare for motorists traversing local streets as potholes have increasingly opened up on many roadways. City crews can't keep up with filling the numerous deep gashes in the asphalt...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.

South Pasadena Lore | Little Known Fact About Debs Park

Not many people are aware that nearby Ernest E. Debs Regional Park is also a landmark location of the bustling city's growth. It marks the original Northeast boundary of the founding pueblo (known as...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | The Kohler family Super Bowl party.

Super Bowl Parties resume in South Pasadena

Like millions of football devotees throughout the world, Marcel and Jason Kohler of South Pasadena hosted their tradional Super Bowl party. After a covid related hiatus, the Kohlers resumed an annual tradition when friends,...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Post storm clouds over the South Pasadena region.

Departure of a Record Storm

Cloud formations from the recent storm that saturated the Southland for the past week displayed a fabulous sight for residents along with a dusting of snow on the local mountain peaks. Photos show pedestrians...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | The gutted interior of the former Vons location in South Pasadena.

Renovations Underway in the Former VONS Store Site

We recently stopped in to check out the progress at the former VONS space on Fair Oaks and photos show a completely gutted structure inside the former grocery outlet. For now, there has been...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Tigers vs. Titans January 2024

Titans Topple Tigers | Girls Soccer

In a crucial match for the South Pasadena Lady Tigers versus league leading San Marino, the Tigers were outplayed in a 3-0 shutout loss. Coach Jeremy Gonzalez's squad goes into the second round sporting...
New Mayor of South Pasadena: Evelyn Zneimer PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Outgoing mayor Jon Primuth welcomes new mayor, Evelyn Zniemer for the city of South Pasadena.

New Mayor of South Pasadena: Evelyn Zneimer

Evelyn Zneimer was installed as mayor of South Pasadena as she succeeded outgoing mayor Jonathan Primuth. Zneimer assumes leadership of the city council at its governmental business meetings for the coming year. She will...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Ed Donnelly with Sam Hernandez at the 2023 Crunch Time Party.

CRUNCH TIME PARTY 2023 Held for South Pasadena Rose Float

The annual "Crunch Time Party", an event that raises funds for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses, was held Friday at the historic War Memorial Building. One of the biggest yearly events in the...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPHS Boys Basketball plays at the So Cal Christmas Classic.

SPHS Basketball Holiday Tournament

After routing undefeated arch rival San Marino, South Pasadena's basketball team entered their So Cal Christmas Classic holiday tournament with high hopes, but coach Ernest Baskerville's team suffered two losses in the tournament that...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Local streets lit up for the holidays

Locals Light Up the Holidays

In South Pasadenan style, local residents have decidedly put the holiday spirit in the forefront. Numerous elaborate decorations have lit up South Pasadena streets and homes as people prepare for the upcoming holidays. Diamond...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Television producer Norman Lear pictured with Helen Hernandez (Founder of the Imagen Foundation and his personal secretary) and Raquel Welch.

Norman Lear | Passing of a TV Icon

I just heard that legendary TV producer Norman Lear passed away. I don't know anyone who was not impacted by his wonderful and funny TV shows, most notably "All in the Family". I had...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPPD make arrest of car theft suspect.

SPPD Apprehends Car Theft Suspect

Patrol units of the SPPD apprehended a pair of car thieves on Monterey Road Thursday afternoon. The vehicle, which was stolen in another jurisdiction, was stopped near Fremont where officers cautiously made the arrests...
PHOTO: provided by SPHS Cross Country | The South Pasadenan | SPHS runners Keeran Murray, Abby Errington, and Saidbh Byrne at the CIF Finals

SPHS Cross Country CIF Finals and State

Two top South Pasadena harriers were among top southland runners to advance to this weekend's state championship meet to be held in Clovis. Abby Errington will be a runner to be reckoned with at...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Community Services Director, Sheila Pautsch, answers questions at the City's Open House on transit held at the Senior Center November, 14, 2023

Open House on Transit in South Pasadena Held at Senior Center

Sheila Pautsch, city of South Pasadena's community services director, answered a resident's concerns during the city's open house at the senior center. The event was a way for the senior services department to connect...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | The Ray Solari Stadium at South Pasadena High School

Ray Solari Honored at SPHS Homecoming 2023

With many former players and alumni in attendance, South Pasadena High School held its traditional homecoming game with a lot of fanfare. Prior to the game's kickoff, legendary coach Ray Solari (for whom the...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Royal Tiger and Homecoming Court presented at South Pasadena High School Homecoming 2023.

Royal Tiger Crowned at SPHS Homecoming 2023

An elaborate  ceremony, during which the Royal Homecoming court for South Pasadena High School and the 2023 Most Royal Tiger was announced, was held at halftime of the football game versus La Canada at...

Friday Night Lights | SPHS Homecoming Friday October 20

Anyone looking for an enjoyable, fun-filled Friday night, should consider going to South Pasadena High School's annual Homecoming game and festivities, complete with a fireworks show. The team's seniors will be recognized, along with legendary...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Crowley Cup - San Marino vs South Pasadena, September 29, 2023

San Marino Gets Past South Pasadena to Win Crowley Cup

In what turned into a defensive battle marred by inopportune penalties, South Pasadena battled archrival San Marino for the coveted Crowley Trophy last Friday night. The trophy is named for former mayor and late...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPHS Cross Country at Rio Hondo League meet held at San Marino's Lacy Park.

SPHS Cross Country Comes Out Strong

Proving once again they are the teams to be reckoned with, both the girls and boys varsity Cross Country teams from South Pasadena High School led the way at the Rio Hondo League meet...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Future cheerleaders take to the field with SPHS cheerleaders

Future Cheerleaders Take to the Field at SPHS

Youngsters from local elementary schools and the middle school were invited to experience the exhileration of the big leagues by joining the high school cheerleaders in leading fans at the SPHS vs. Alhambra football...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | Mayor Jon Primuth serving up hot popcorn at the SPHS football game Friday evening.

Serving The Crowd | Mayor Jon Primuth in Service to SPHS Football Fans

A familiar face at the SPHS snack bar during football games is none other than Mayor Jonathan Primuth. He joins numerous parents and volunteers to serve refreshments and food at the stadium snack bar....
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | SPHS vs Alhambra, September 16, 2023.

TIGER FOOTBALL | Bring on San Marino

Ending their  non-conference season on a high note, South Pasadena High School varsity football routed neighboring Alhambra 46-7. It was the final tuneup before meeting arch-rival San Marino in the league opener in 2...
PHOTO: Henk Friezer | The South Pasadenan | James Down plays for South Pasadena High School 2023-24 season

James Dowd Continues Family Football Legacy

One of the keys for South Pasadena's varsity football team success this year is one of their biggest returning players, James Dowd. Not only is he a two-way star, playing both offensively and defensively,...

SPHS Football | Tigers Dominate Against Maywood

It wasn't even close, from the opening whistle to the final gun, as South Pasadena High's football team throttled visiting Maywood CES 68-6 Thursday night. The Tigers surged to a 38-6 halftime lead, dominating on...
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