LCF WWII Veteran Honored

La Cañada Flintridge’s Robert Akers Martin, a 91-year-old World War II veteran, was among those honored last weekend by Honor Flight Southland, a nonprofit volunteer organization that arranged a trip to Washington, D.C., for him and 34 other military veterans from the Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
For three months at the age of 19, Martin was a Marine machine gunner during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He published a book about the experience, “Remembering Okinawa,” which he dedicated to “my buddies who never came back.” The memoir, published in 2015, is based on a small booklet in which he recorded coded notes during the campaign. Continue reading “LCF WWII Veteran Honored”

Radabaugh Vows to Preserve, Advance ‘La Cañada Difference’

Joe Radabaugh
Joe Radabaugh

With a father in the military, Joe Radabaugh moved around a lot as a kid. Now, he said he wants nothing more than for his own children, a 4th-grader and 6th-graders at Paradise Canyon Elementary, to grow up in one city — and in a single school district.
Radabaugh is in the midst of his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, one of five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election. Those elected will serve four-year terms. Continue reading “Radabaugh Vows to Preserve, Advance ‘La Cañada Difference’”

JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering

Thirty-five imaginative La Cañada High School students used a variety of contraptions, from bungee cords to hand cranks, to launch a variety of projectiles such as tennis balls, sponges and shoeboxes, skyward on Friday in the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
For the fifth year, LCHS students participated in the JPL Space Academy, an extracurricular program held in the fall that offers participants a real-world experience requiring them to work on their engineering skills — as well as business, communication and collaboration abilities. Continue reading “JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering”

Local City of Hope Provost Focuses on Cancer Future

Dr. Steven Rosen
Dr. Steven Rosen

Dr. Steven Rosen, hired three years ago as the provost and chief scientific officer for City of Hope, gives former colleagues in Chicago honest feedback about his current role.
“I tell my friends at Northwestern that I’m working longer hours than I ever worked,” he said. “But I just enjoy every moment of it. I have absolutely no regrets and I find it to be the most stimulating portion of my career.”
A longtime director of Northwestern’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rosen moved to La Cañada Flintridge when he accepted the position at City of Hope, where he also is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute. Continue reading “Local City of Hope Provost Focuses on Cancer Future”

Local Water Officials Cheer California WaterFix Vote

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve its initial share of funding for the California WaterFix, or about 26% of the $16.7 billion investment plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The project is intended to upgrade the state’s existing water delivery system by constructing a pair of water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta that would divert water into the State Water Project.
Foothill Municipal Water District — which serves the communities of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Altadena — receives imported water from MWD, including supplies that travel through the Bay Delta. Each community varies in its reliance on imported water, but overall imported supplies constitute about 60% of all water use within the service area, according to FMWD officials. Continue reading “Local Water Officials Cheer California WaterFix Vote”

LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday

Alma Barba
Alma Barba

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Alma Barba celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by friends, family and neighbors on Oct. 1 at a private club in Pasadena.
Barba was born in 1917, in Lexington, Massachusetts. A resident of LCF since May 1956, she remains active and involved locally.
She was a member and past president of the La Cañada Flintridge Women’s Club, a member of Thursday Club, of Children’s’ Home Society and currently is active with Ahead With Horses, a nonprofit that provides therapy, education and recreation through horses to children who are disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk or who have special needs. Barba also volunteers with the La Cañada Assistance League. Continue reading “LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday”

LCF Resident Leads Armenia Fund Contingent Abroad

Known for her civic and community involvement here in Southern California as a business and community leader, La Cañada Flintridge resident Maria Mehranian also is making a difference internationally in Armenia.
Mehranian, the managing partner and chief financial officer for Cordoba Corp. recently returned from a weeklong trip to Armenia representing the Armenia Fund.
The Armenia Fund is the largest Armenian-American grassroots, nonmembership charity in the United States. It has raised more than $120 million for humanitarian and infrastructure development in Armenia. Continue reading “LCF Resident Leads Armenia Fund Contingent Abroad”

SMHS Principal Settles Into Fast Lane

Issaic Gates greets students at San Marino High School during lunch last week. Gates is settling into his role as principal of the school after being hired this year.
Issaic Gates greets students at San Marino High School during lunch last week. Gates is settling into his role as principal of the school after being hired this year.

At eight weeks into the school year, Issaic Gates looks — and said he feels — more relaxed as the new principal of San Marino High School.
“It’s a different feeling than ‘Before Week 1,’” he said, mentally revisiting his first ‘first day’ at SMHS. “Before Week 1, you get the job and you’re just excited. I imagine it’s the mature version of ‘getting the car,’ but you’re getting your mom or dad’s car. Not a Yaris or a Corolla. A Mercedes or something. And the one thing you don’t want to do is wreck it. Then you start driving it and you get comfortable. You’ve touched the leather before.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal Settles Into Fast Lane”

Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez, La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association
Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez,
La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”

Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children

Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.
Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center
Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.

Like most big families, Families Forward Learning Center members almost always end up gathering in the same spot: the kitchen, of course.
It’s the heart of the home, where breakfasts and lunches are shared and the conversation flows. For young parents living far from any family and struggling financially, it’s where a cup of coffee also offers a reprieve from the pressures of raising young children.
“This is just where everyone comes through, between classes or before or after,” said Berit Anderson, development associate of Families Forward Learning Center, giving a recent tour of the center’s gleaming kitchen and colorful facility. “It really is the heart of our center. I’m sure you can tell today is fish stick day!” Continue reading “Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children”