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Photographer Henk Friezer met Robert, a homeless man who lives in the Arts District, in the 1980s.
Henk Friezer June 5, 2013 at 09:53 am
Though I am humbled by the story, I am doing no more that lots of other people. I would also like toRead More clarify that I was not the city council photographer, but worked as a freelancer for various council people and the mayors office (the city has a full time photographer). Though water is fine, any liquid (except containing alcohol and glass bottled drinks) will be welcomed by the street people (sodas, juices, etc) In the story donor mentioned included Trader Joe's, unfortunately that is no longer the case. They used to provide salads and sandwiches but unfortunately that stopped. Von's donates various baked goods and bread and the SPHS cafeteria is my main source of nutritious food, but that will cease during the summer school hiatus.
Donna Evans (Editor) June 5, 2013 at 09:55 am
Thanks, Henk. I'll clarify that distinction. I just gave a printout of the story to Robert :-)
Patrick Lee June 5, 2013 at 09:25 pm
Very nice story! And thanks, Henk, for aiding one of our public radio fans!
H.M. May 24, 2012 at 01:11 pm
I wasnt aware SPPD had a helicopter
Kristen Lepore (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 02:36 pm
@H.M.: According to SPEF, South Pasadena Police Department is using Foothill Air Support Team forRead More its helicopter ride donation.
H.M. May 25, 2012 at 02:49 am
Ok cool! Thanks, Kristen. :)
Henk Friezer December 22, 2011 at 03:34 pm
It is a drop in the bucket, but if we all contribute a drop (like Kristen and her drive did) weRead More might eventually fill that bucket. Nice job, Kristen!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) December 22, 2011 at 07:10 pm
Thanks! It came together well thanks to everyone in South Pas who donated!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) December 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm
P.S. A big thank you to all the local businesses who helped us collect donations: Mix n' Munch,Read More Charlie's Coffee, Grassroots, Mamma's Pizza and Eleven8.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) May 7, 2012 at 04:37 pm
Lorraine from Burke Triolo studio just uploaded some awesome photos. Check them out!
Henk Friezer May 7, 2012 at 05:04 pm
In my years of working in South Pas I have covered numerous big events. This one will certainly rankRead More among the top. My special congratulations to Scott Feldmann, he really excelled on this one. I think it went way above everyone's expectations. During my coverage of the festival I heard nothing but raves and kudos. Everyone ,young and old, had a great time, and it was all free! I don't know how Scott will top this one, but I am sure he will try. Thumbs up to you Scott, on a job well done!
Scott Feldmann May 8, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Thank you, Henk. Teamwork!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) November 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Thanks to those of you who have already dropped off food! We don't have a bin at Mix n' Munch yet,Read More but I'll drop it off before Monday. Meanwhile, visit any of the other locations to make a donation. And thank you again!
TS December 8, 2011 at 03:41 pm
When is the deadline to drop off food? Thanks!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) December 8, 2011 at 05:12 pm
@Trudy: The last day to drop off food is Dec. 19. Thanks for asking!
Aileen Zanteson April 30, 2012 at 01:16 am
I was born in my parents' house in SoPas 66 yrs. ago. I am a 10 yr. cancer survivor. I have gone toRead More all of the relays in SoPas as well as others in the area. I have lost 3 aunts, an uncle, my father and husband to cancer. My brother, sister, cousin, and I are all still alive from the battle. I have lost my mentor, one person I was mentoring, and am currently mentoring somebody going through it all. At age 18, I lost a boyfriend in SoPas to Hodgkins Disease. There was no help then. There was a stigma about talking about cancer back then. It was not out in the open like it is now. People lost their lives and usually rapidly. I was diagnosed on 9-11-yes THAT one, with a poor prognosis, but I am still here fighting with no recurrence. Thank you for all the help, love, and support!
Kristen Lepore (Editor) April 24, 2012 at 03:56 pm
Who will be at Relay for Life this year? Look for our Patch photog Henk Friezer; he'll be coveringRead More the event. ... I went last year. It was fun and very inspirational!
henk friezer April 26, 2012 at 05:46 pm
We have all had someone that we know affected by this disease. David and his legion of volunteersRead More have all worked hard to make this a successful event, we should all support it. I would like also to urge people to bring some donuts or other snacks for the participants,it will be a long 24 hours, any snack will be appreciated, all food and snacks served will be free. Any sweet rolls or like snacks will go along way to assist those participating.
David Melford April 29, 2012 at 04:20 am
going on now: http://relayforlife.org/southpasadenaca
Kim Hughes April 13, 2012 at 09:00 pm
Dear Kay & Gretchen: Your are both stellar examples of women of inspiration. You are trueRead More "hometown" heroes!!! How nice that Representative Schiff saw your inspiration and great works!!!
John Vandercook April 14, 2012 at 01:55 pm
Congratulations Gretchen and Kay. Thanks for all you do and you generosity.
janet April 14, 2012 at 08:47 pm
Dear Gretchen and Kay, My hat is off to you both! You are truly our community treasures.
KATIE DEMPSTER April 14, 2012 at 02:53 pm
Why is our Rotary Club sending money to a LA Unified District School??? Why not our Middle School orRead More one of the Elementary schools?
Roderick Spilman September 12, 2012 at 08:56 pm
That IS an interesting question.