In December, Dr. Scott Beeve of the Beeve Vision Center accepted a donation from the La Crescenta Woman’s Club of used eyeglasses, sunglasses and frames. Woman’s Club member Eloise Nichol presented the donation. Doctors Scott and Jerold Beeve make an annual trek to Fiji to serve its native population, giving the gift of sight to the underprivileged from 100 populated islands that comprise the country of Fiji.
Two representatives from the La Crescenta Trader Joe’s stores recently spoke to the La Crescenta Woman’s Club about the company.
“Captain” Jim Blanck and “First Mate” Robert Fernandez told of the company’s beginnings as a green grocery in Pasadena in the 1950s. Later a German company bought the store and named it Trader Joe’s as a tribute to the original owner, Joe Coulombe. The company is a privately held corporation and still owns and guides the chain of stores.
The second store to open was in La Crescenta. Under the company’s expansion plan, 15 to 20 new stores are opening each year. Presently all are in the west, but soon it is expected that there will be stores on the east coast also.