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Fundraiser for Longtime Firefighter Chris Morrison This Weekend – Give Till It Hurts

Capt. Morrison and his family, click to enlarge

Posted 7/30/15 – Beginning this evening in Kersting Court, members of the Sierra Madre Fire Department will be in Kersting Court participating in an age old firefighting tradition, the “Fill The Boot” Fundraiser.  They will be in Kersting Court several times throughout the weekend, raising money for one of their own, SMFD Capt. Chris Morrison (Ret.).  Chris has been battling cancer for a couple years, and had been told he had beaten it, only to then be diagnosed with an aggressive Stage IV lung cancer which doctors say will likely leave Chris with just a few weeks to live.

Capt. Morrison has lived in Sierra Madre for nearly forty years, moving here in 1976 at the age of 13, and for more than twenty of those years, he served as a volunteer on the Sierra Madre Fire Department.  He began serving on the Fire Dept. in 1992, graduated from the Foothill Fire Academy in 1993, and became a captain in 2003.  His first structure fire was a single family residence near Mary’s Market, and his last was the “infamous turtle fire” (at Mayor Josh Moran’s home).  He served on strike teams in Laguna Beach, Malibu, Yosemite and San Diego.  He also was involved on numerous medical calls ranging from bloody noses to heart attacks, and says the delivery of a baby by his crew on one call was the highlight of his career.

He is married to Lori, and has a daughter, Claire, and made his living in the construction industry.

Chris has given to this community for decades, and now it’s time for his community to give back to him.  In addition to the Fill the Boot fundraising in Kersting Court, the Buccaneer issued a challenge to Lucky Baldwin’s and Peppertree Grill to see who can raise more money for the fund.  There will be boots in all three locations, so be generous at your favorite Sierra Madre watering hole this weekend.  In addition, boots will be available for your donations at the following local businesses: Sierra Briganti, Mary’s Market, the Bottleshop, The Only Place in Town, G3 Academy, Poppy Cake Baking Company and Crossfit Madre.

The Boot Schedule is:

Thursday, 4pm to 6pm Kersting Court

Friday, 4pm to 6pm Kersting Court

Saturday, 8am to 11am Kersting Court

Sunday, 6pm to 8pm Memorial Park during the Elvis Concert

A Go Fund Me account has also been set up to help Chris and his family.  As of this writing, nearly $20,000 dollars has been raised in about two days.  You can make your online donation there by going to http://www.FriendsofChrisMorrison.com.   You can also get there by going to http://www.gofundme.com/chrismorrison.  Please use the power of social media to help spread awareness by sharing that link on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.

A special shout out to The Kensington, which has offered to help house members of Chris’s family while they are away from their Arizona home.

A heartfelt thank you to Capt. Morrison and his family for all the time together they have given up over the years as he served his community.  Know that you are receiving the countless prayers and the well wishes of an entire community in this difficult time.

And to you Sierra Madre – thanks for giving, and please – keep on giving!

Tuesday July 28 2015

Attempted Suicide, Fire at Bailey Park – Interview with Chief Giannone

Attempted Suicide, Fire at Bailey Park - Interview with Chief Giannone

Press Release posted 7/28/15 – Update at 12:50pm – SMPD reports that Bailey Canyon has been reopened. At 09:16 hrs. Sierra Madre Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of a possible brush fire at Bailey Canyon Park in the 400 Blk of West Carter Avenue. Police and Fire Personnel responded to the location and located [...]

Monday July 27 2015

Update on Attempted Armed Robbery/Carjacking

Update on Attempted Armed Robbery/Carjacking

Press Release posted 7/27/15 – On Friday July 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM a Pasadena resident was traveling to a friend’s home in Sierra Madre when he was confronted by armed suspects. The victim was traveling eastbound on Sierra Madre Blvd. from Michillinda when he noticed a dark colored sedan tailgating him. As the victim [...]

Sunday July 26 2015

Attempted Armed Robbery/Carjacking Friday Evening, 7/24

SMPD Block Captain Report – Posted 7/26/15 SPECIAL BULLETIN SIERRA MADRE POLICE DEPARTMENT 242 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA. 91024 (626) 355-1414, FAX (626) 355-5468 Larry Giannone ~ Director of Public Safety – Chief of Police Attempted Armed Robbery / Attempted Car Jacking Case Number: 15-0547 Date and Time: Friday, July 24, 2015, [...]

Monday July 13 2015

Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade 2015, Picture Page 3

Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade 2015, Picture Page 3

Posted 7/12/15 – Click a photo to enlarge

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Sunday July 12 2015

Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade 2015, Picture Page 2

Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade 2015, Picture Page 2

Posted 7/12/15 – Click a photo to enlarge

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Sunday July 12 2015

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2015, Picture Page 1

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2015, Picture Page 1

Posted 7/12/15 – Click a photo to enlarge

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Sunday July 12 2015

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2015

Posted 7/12/15 Official Sierra Madre 4th of July page Main News Net 4th of July page 2015 4th of July Parade Lineup Pre-Parade Concert in the Park Featuring Groovy Lemon Pie – Photos and Video Spero Foundation Annual 4th of July Firecracker 5K Fun Run – Photos and Video Sierra Madre Woman’s Club Open House [...]

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Sunday July 12 2015

Woman’s Club 4th of July Open House, Pre-Parade Photo Gallery

Woman's Club 4th of July Open House, Pre-Parade Photo Gallery

Posted 7/12/15 – As always, the Woman’s Club opened their doors prior to the Parade, offering continental breakfast to the communities.  The gallery below includes photos from that, as well as photos taken along the parade route prior to the start of the parade.  Enjoy.

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Sunday July 12 2015

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run 2015, Photos and Video

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run 2015, Photos and Video

Posted 7/12/15 – The Spero Foundation held its Annual July 4th Firecracker 5K Fun Run on the morning of the fourth, with medals for the first 300 participants.  Below the video is a photo gallery, enjoy.

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Sunday July 12 2015

Pre 4th of July Concert in the Park, Featuring Groovy Lemon Pie

Pre 4th of July Concert in the Park, Featuring Groovy Lemon Pie

Posted 7/12/15 – The 4th of July Pre-Concert in the Park featured Groovy Lemon Pie performing, a kid section full of bouncy houses, local non-profit booths, food trucks, several food trucks, and the always popular beer garden.  Below the concert videos, you’ll find a photo gallery.  Click to enlarge. Tom Petty’s “You Get Me High” [...]

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Friday July 03 2015

2015 Sierra Madre 4th of July Community Events Schedule

2015 Sierra Madre 4th of July Community Events Schedule

Press Release posted 6/28/15, reposted 7/3/15 – Sierra Madre Fourth of July Festivities – www.sierramadre4thofjuly.com Pre-Parade Party & Picnic: The fun begins on July 3rd from 5:30pm-10:30pm in Memorial Park. Grab a drink at the Friends of Sierra Madre Little League beer garden, dance to music from the band Groovy Lemon Pie and let your kids have [...]

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Friday July 03 2015

2015 4th of July Parade Lineup

2015 4th of July Parade Lineup

Posted 7/3/15 – Parade Sponsor: The Kensington

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Thursday June 04 2015

Best Used Book Sale To Benefit Library Friday and Saturday, 6/5 and 6/6

Press Release posted 6/4/15 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce plans for the June Best Used Book Sale on Friday, June 5 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, June 6 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  The Sale will be held in the basement and the parking lot behind the library at 440 West Sierra [...]

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Tuesday June 02 2015

Fun, Food and Entertainment for the Whole Family at the British Home June Faire

Fun, Food and Entertainment for the Whole Family at the British Home June Faire

Press Release posted 5/20/15 – The British Home will be holding its 2015 June Faire on Saturday, June 6th, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.   This family-friendly event celebrating “All Things British “ is held annually on the first Saturday in June at Sierra Madre’s graceful non-profit independent and assisted living facility for seniors.  [...]

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Sunday May 31 2015

Alverno Softball Makes Final Four with 4-1 Win Over St. Anthony’s

Alverno Softball Makes Final Four with 4-1 Win Over St. Anthony's

Posted 5/31/15 – The Alverno High School Jaguars varsity softball team advanced to the final four of the 2015 CIF Southern Section Softball Playoff Brackets – Division 6 on Thursday, with a 4-1 over St. Anthony’s of Long Beach, led by Player of the Game Katie Taix who pitched six hit ball, including 12 strikeouts and [...]