Winner of the Write Like Chandler Contest Chosen

Sierra Madre, CA - February 23, 2015 - Sierra Madre resident Richard Bellikoff is the winner of the Sierra Madre Library’s “Write Like Chandler” contest. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, was Sierra Madre Public Library’s 2015 One Book, One City pick. The contest was one of the exciting events celebrating author Raymond Chandler and the LA Noir genre.

Bellikoff’s entry, “Strangers on a Trail”, written in Chandler’s narrative-first-person style, was selected by members of the One Book Once City committee, on the evening of Friday, February 13. Bellikoff received dinner for two at a local restaurant. Read his winning entry below.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout 2015

Sierra Madre, CA. – February 17, 2015 – The annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout will be here before you know it: Friday, March 27, 2015 – Sunday, March 29, 2015. The weekend long event is held at the Sierra Madre settling basins next to Dapper Field and behind the Public Works Yard. The event is sponsored by the City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department with significant support from Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters Association, Issei Foundation, Johnny’s Sport Shop, Sierra Madre Civic Club, Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, Sierra Madre Rotary Club, The Kensington, Berkshire Hathaway, Osti Tree Service, Izorline International Inc., Buccaneer Lounge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3208, and Irvine Lake.

Camp Out
The Campout is held Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28 and includes a campfire, s’mores roasting, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 110 wilderness demonstrations, Eaton Canyon Nature Center wilderness demonstrations, and star gazing. Participants must sign up in advance for campsites which are available on a first come, first serve basis. Campsites can accommodate six persons; the registration fee is $57.00 and includes fishing derby entry for up to 4 youths and re-entry to Saturday Family Fishing. Camping registration begins February 23rd and must be done in person at City Hall, located at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024, open Monday through Thursday 7:30am – 5:30pm.

Fishing Derby – Saturday, March 28
The fishing derby is open to youth ages 3-15 years. The event runs from 7:00am – 11:30am and costs $11 per youth. Registration is accepted the morning of the event only, and the entrance is located next to Dapper Field in Sierra Vista Park. All skill levels are welcome and experienced Fishing Guides will be on site to assist participants. The Pasadena Casting Club will also be demonstrating great fly fishing techniques. Awards in four age categories are announced at 12:00pm along with the participant raffle. The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will provide food available for purchase. The Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighter Association is again making a large contribution to the 2015 Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout. Due to their generous support we would like to encourage participants to attend the SMVFA Pancake Breakfast on May 2, 2015 from 7AM-11AM at Memorial Park. Tickets for the pancake breakfast will be sold at the fishing derby on March 28th. Tickets are $5 and they can also be purchased at The Only Place in Town or at the Fire Station.

Family Fishing – March 28 and March 29
Family Fishing is from 12:30-4:00pm on Saturday, March 28 and from 7:00am-4:00pm on Sunday, March 29. Admission is $21 for a family of four or $11 per individual; no fishing license is required. Entrance is located next to Dapper Field in Sierra Vista Park.

For more information please contact the Community Services Department at 626.355.7135.

Huck Finn Campout         Huck Finn Girl with Fish

Best-selling Authors Highlight Discussion of Classic LA Noir Novel

Sierra Madre, CA. – February 3, 2015 – Popular, noted local authors will entertain with a lively panel discussion on “Raymond Chandler, Noir, and Los Angeles in the 1940s” on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The event at the Sierra Madre Public Library is part of Sierra Madre’s 2015 One Book One City program throughout the month of February. This year’s book is Raymond Chandler’s L.A. Noir classic The Long Goodbye, published in 1953, featuring famous detective, Philip Marlow.

Planning Commission Meeting to Consider R-1 Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Sierra Madre, CA. – February 2, 2015 - The Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider amendments to the R-1 Single Family Residential Zoning Ordinance regarding revisions to the maximum allowable floor area based on lot size, changes to the conditional use permit (CUP) square footage threshold, elimination of the existing minimum floor area requirement, and a new requirement for a conditional use permit to allow any 2nd story addition or new construction proposing a second story, and limiting any second story to no greater than 75% of the first floor, including the garage.

Historical Fire Horn Restored and to be Blown Daily

Sierra Madre, CA. – January 30, 2015 Starting on Monday, February 2nd, the 75 year-old Fire Horn will once again be heard throughout the community on a daily basis. The Horn, which is located on North Baldwin Avenue within the East Montecito Public Parking Lot, will be blown every day at 5:00pm. During emergencies, the horn will go off in a series of three blasts. When residents hear the three blasts, they should take a moment to become aware of their surroundings, and tune in to the City’s Emergency Radio Station AM 1630 for information.