At long last, the Barth Athletic Complex has broken ground at Huntington Middle School.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, HMS and city residents will have their new gym and multipurpose athletic facility by August 2019. The facility is named for the generous $3.5 million donation from locals Andy and Avery Barth, who later added another $2 million dedicated to debt service payments. Continue reading “HMS Breaks Ground on New Athletic Complex”
Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”
It’s not unusual for first-time visitors to miss the Elizabeth House because they’re expecting some type of facility or some place more clinical.
They’re not looking for a house that matches all the others in its central Pasadena neighborhood, the place where La Cañada Flintridge’s Kate Rhymer has always felt right at home among women who are receiving not only much-needed shelter, but equally important support and love.
Since 1994, the two-story residence has served as a safe spot for the region’s homeless women and their children. Rhymer — who was honored at the organization’s annual gala this spring — has been integral to its function. Continue reading “Beloved Volunteer Shines for Elizabeth House Shelter”
Surveillance footage of a car with unique details from a May 3 break-in at a Virginia Road home helped to produce the crime bulletin that resulted in the June 7 arrest of a man allegedly in possession of stolen property, drugs and other criminal items.
Even though detectives have, as of Monday, yet to directly link Thomas Dandurand, a 37-year-old Riverside man, to the Virginia Road burglary, Cmdr. Aaron Blondé said the footage was “instrumental” apprehending this suspect, whether he is the perpetrator or not.
Ancillary evidence in investigations, when combined with good police work, oftentimes is the reason arrests can be made. In recent months, SMPD officers and detectives have made a multitude of arrests thanks to help from watchful residents and their effective use of technology, and the arrest of Dandurand highlights this synergy. Continue reading “SM Police Nabbing Suspects With Tips, Surveillance”
School campus improvements are proving a popular subject this summer.
As the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board prepares to decide whether to put to a public vote a bond measure to fund $101 million of facility improvements on its four campuses, Flintridge Prep is preparing its own $20 million upgrade — plans that have some of the private school’s neighbors concerned.
Residents living near the seven-acre campus at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue said they question whether updates and related construction could diminish property values, exacerbate an already sticky traffic situation, flood the neighborhood with unwanted light from athletic field upgrades and even trigger allergies. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Seeks to Assuage Concerns Over Plan”
City Council members on Tuesday approved the sale of La Cañada Flintridge’s current City Hall building to Glendale-based Knight Insurance Services for $3.3 million.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation with the buyer and the council and the city for quite some time,” Mayor Michael Davitt said Wednesday. “It came up right after we were committed to move ahead with the new acquisition.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site”
A body was discovered and reported by U.S. Forest Service employees at 12:15 p.m. on Monday in Angeles National Forest on Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 20.
Forest Service personnel initially reported a car over the side of the road, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that there was no car, but they did find a body, reportedly badly decomposed.
“So we cordoned off the area and called our homicide bureau,” Slater said. “Due to the position of the body and the presentation of the scene, I can’t even tell you if it was male or anything right now. It was obviously deceased, but I couldn’t tell you more.” Continue reading “Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest”
Former La Cañada High School golfer Collin Morikawa helped the United States defeat Europe, 19 1/2-11 1/2, to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Morikawa contributed a few points to the U.S. squad by winning two of four matches.
“It’s just a big honor,” said Morikawa, who is one of the top collegiate golfers at Cal. “This is the first time Mr. Palmer couldn’t be there with us. It’s such a great honor to represent the country and Mr. Palmer. I feel like I didn’t have my best out there, but it was all about keeping the spirits high and keeping the legacy of Mr. Palmer living and representing the nation as best as we can. We were able to win and make history, and it was great to be a part of that.” Continue reading “LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup”
Dave Nydam wants to warn fellow La Cañada Flintridge residents who might also have their front yard encroached upon by upgraded Southern California Edison equipment: It could happen to you.
If it does, a SCE representative said, an impeded view is something of a symbol of improved electrical reliability in the neighborhood, which will be safer for it.
On Thursday, June 8, Nydam was surprised to find a crew at work in his front yard along Hillard Avenue, replacing a pole — 15 inches in diameter — that was planted in the public right-of-way two years ago, with one that measured 18 inches in diameter. Continue reading “SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF”
A man was killed after driving his pickup truck off the side of Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 27 and plunging approximately 700 feet. Witnesses called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities said.
A Montrose Search and Rescue team worked through the night to recover the man’s body: “Sadly, we can confirm one fatality from last night’s crash,” the organization posted on Twitter. Continue reading “Man Drives Off Angeles Crest Hwy. to His Death”
Multiple wild animal sightings had people in the Foothill communities on the lookout, for bears and, maybe, an ape.
Over the past week, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies have responded to multiple reports that two bears — a mom and her cub — were in La Cañada Flintridge neighborhoods, including Monday in the 4900 block of Terracita Lane. Continue reading “Wild Animals Spotted in Them Thar Foothills”
The mama bear and cub matching the description of those who’ve been spotted recently in La Cañada Flintridge made the TV news over the weekend when a homeowner’s surveillance camera caught the bears facing off with a coyote over the contents of a trash can on his property.
According to the station, the black bear and cub could be seen investigating a trash can in Chris McDonald’s yard when a coyote appeared on the scene, attracted either by the trash or the cub. Continue reading “Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF”
On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”
Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”
He’s been preparing for the better part of the last two years, but jeweler Steve Gilmore said this Saturday’s big take off from his home to Rye Brook, New York, has arrived surprisingly quickly.
“Now it’s days away,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “Not that I don’t think I can’t do it, but it’s pretty scary now that it’s here.” Continue reading “SM Jeweler Riding East for Cure”
As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”
A career businessman, San Marino resident Ken Ude said he will strive to adapt that mindset to the city if elected to the City Council this November.
Ude, a resident since 1986, said he felt more and more compelled to run as he attended City Council meetings and saw how decisions were made for the city. He publicly spoke of potentially running for a seat several months ago.
“The more you go look and see the decisions being made, the questions being asked, it makes you want to,” he said. “The city of San Marino is a $29 million business that needs to be run like one.” Continue reading “Ude Entering SM City Council Race”
Life after retirement may seem a distant future filled with leisurely walks, sunsets and golf rounds, but the realization of the golden years also can be a rocky path of uncertain economic stability and feelings of futility, say those who have forged the path previously.
What should be years of joy and tranquility — oftentimes for married couples, in particular — also can morph into depression that comes with loss of purpose, changing roles and fear of change.
Those fears are what brought financial planner Mitchell Kauffman and his wife and partner, Joanne Moran, a clinical psychologist, to work together, creating workshops to help others manage the financial and emotional challenges for a successful retirement. Continue reading “Pasadena Duo Teaches Retirement Challenges, Joys”
When Capt. Jinsuk Yum chose to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1999 as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school, he wasn’t sure where the decision would take him.
Nearly two decades later, the journey has included earning a bachelor’s degree in Mandarin Chinese from West Point, two overseas deployments and, currently, commanding the Los Angeles U.S. Army Recruiting Co.
“It’s been the best ride of my life so far,” he said last week, speaking at the annual Rotary Club of San Marino Salute to the Appointees to U.S. Service Academies program. Continue reading “SM Rotary Sends Off Academy Appointees With Praise, Advice”
Hillsides has partnerships with various schools in the Pasadena area, most notably Polytechnic. The union between the foster care organization and Poly began nearly 40 years ago and remains strong to this day.
Hillsides Tutor Coordinator Ian Lee praised Poly students for taking the time to tutor their clients, but working with an agency “dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy,” he felt more could be done.
“I’m pretty sure I was the first one brave enough to ask, ‘Would you be open to hosting athletic clinics?’” Lee said. “We never really made a strong connection with an athletic student body group.” Continue reading “Polytechnic Football Scores Big With Hillsides”
La Cañada High School Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett resigned on Wednesday to accept an assistant principal position at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills next school year, according to a news release from La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
At LCHS, Hazlett served as assistant principal of discipline, athletics and activities for two years. In that time, she made several improvements in practices related to student service, Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCHS Assistant Principal Hired at Agoura HS”
Days after the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education had unanimously voted to hire Issaic Gates as the new principal for San Marino High School it hadn’t yet sunk in, he said.
“I’m still pinching myself,” he said. “I really, really am. San Marino is really a dream job. It’s such an opportunity.”
Gates, who holds a doctorate in education from USC, officially takes the helm on July 1 and will leave behind Los Alamitos High School, where he has served as an assistant principal for the last five years. He and his family live in Duarte.
“When you get the opportunity to work 15 minutes from home, it’s like finding a shortcut to work,” he said. Continue reading “Administrator Hired for ‘Dream Job’ at SMHS”
Christina Bond felt it was a little dramatic even suggesting it, but she was right: That dip in the asphalt and the sound of rushing water were indications that a sinkhole was opening up in front of her home in the 4700 block of Hillard Avenue.
The sinkhole — which expanded to about 10 feet by 5 feet — appeared Sunday, May 28, after residents noticed they felt a dip as they drove along their street. Continue reading “That Sinking Feeling on Hillard in LCF”
Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.
The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading “LCF’s Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day”
Who doesn’t love their crossing guard?
“I think all crossing guards are personable,” said Evelyn Harris, who is a member of the fluorescent tribe that offer safe passage to students and accompanying pedestrians. “They’re not in it to get rich; they’re in it because they enjoy the socialization and doing something good for kids.”
In its second look at what will ultimately become San Marino’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units, the Planning Commission has asked for the ordinance to include several specific restrictions and requirements, if possible.
These proposed restrictions are, for the most part, reliant on what is considered a vague and contradictory state statute that is intended to limit cities’ ability to excessively restrict those housing units, commonly called ADUs. Continue reading “Specific ADU Wishes Identified by SM Commissioners”
Less than a month away from its groundbreaking, the Barth Athletic Complex is still receiving additional donations to help the San Marino Unified School District see the project to completion.
Three parties recently donated a total of $210,000 toward the project, as announced at the May 23 SMUSD Board of Education meeting. Calvin Lo and wife Wendy Hsu provided $100,000 of that and an additional $100,000 came from 1984 San Marino High School graduate Paul Su and his wife, Alice. Continue reading “Additional Donations Made for SM Athletic Complex”
Work started last week to convert two former jail cells at San Marino Police Department into storage and expand space for the detectives’ bureau, and should take just about 2½ months to complete.
The work will remove the cells from the building and also expand the current detectives’ bureau by knocking out the wall to where the jails are located, giving them a total of 560 square feet of new space. SMPD employs three detectives and one sergeant who use that bureau. Continue reading “SM Police Department Expanding Bureau Space”
Armed with the experience of a campaign two years ago, business owner Scott Kwong has returned for another try at one of the City Council seats up for grabs in November.
In the 2015 election, Kwong finished last out of a pool of five candidates, but he said he had gained enthusiasm and perspective from the ability to have connected with more residents in the city he calls home and wants to fight for their concerns even more now. Continue reading “Kwong to Give SM City Council a Second Go”
Friends and family will gather Friday, June 23, to say farewell and to celebrate the life of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Tom Spalding. Tom was a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for the past 43 years and passed away at the age of 72 on June 12.
Tom was born on Feb. 22, 1945, in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1962, earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1966, and then attended Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master’s degree in Sino/Soviet relations. This choice stemmed from his beloved father’s career as a history professor at Stanford.
After completing his education, he began his career as an international banker with Bank of America in San Francisco. This is where he met his wife of 47 years, Karen Brisa. Soon after their marriage in 1970, Tom made a career change into the insurance industry, which became his occupation for the remainder of his life. This career change gave Tom and Karen the opportunity to move to the East Coast where they welcomed their first son, Arthur, in 1971. In 1974, four months after their second son, Jonathan, was born they returned to the West Coast, where they began their permanent residency in La Cañada Flintridge.
Tom will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his passion for traveling, his love of sports and his wealth of knowledge which spanned many areas — he was a history buff and a trivia expert.
After multiple vacations in Cabo San Lucas and Aruba when Tom turned 50, he made a change in his lifestyle, deciding he wanted to travel more. This included many cruises with Karen and friends to various locations, including the Panama Canal, Australia/New Zealand, Normandy, the Black Sea and Russia. He enjoyed attending sporting events with his children, with some of the most memorable being the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl, and the NCAA college basketball Final Four in New Orleans in 2003. Tom also was involved in coaching his children in various sports, including baseball and soccer.
One of Tom’s greatest pleasures in recent years was spending time with his four grandchildren. No matter what was on his plate, he was willing to spend as much time as he could with them. He attended as many activities as possible, including Little League games, basketball games, play performances, awards ceremonies and other special events. “Tom Tom” was a constant presence in his grandchildren’s lives.
Tom is survived by his wife, Karen, his son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Arin Spalding, and his son Jonathan Spalding. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren: Jackson, Oliver, Isabella and Sofia Spalding. He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill TenBroeck Spalding; his mother, Clara Smith Spalding; and his brother, Michael Spalding.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, with a reception immediately following.
Any kind acts of charity may be made to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, or to any organization of your choice:
In Memory of Tom Spalding for the ICU
1812 Verdugo Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91214
On June 18, John Robert Ruder passed away at 21 years old. Jack was a loving son and brother, funny, incredibly driven and kind. A proud Mustang at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo class of 2018, Jack played intramural basketball for freshman and sophomore years as well as St. Francis High School varsity ball.
In his spare time, he put his entrepreneurial skills to good use: starting and monetizing a YouTube channel that grew to more than 600,000 subscribers, as well as pursuing other business start-up ventures.
We know he touched the lives of many while he was here with us, whether it be his friends, business partners, or his family who love him so much. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (also known as NARSAD: National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression).
He is survived by his mother, Shannon Drennan Ruder; his father, Tim Ruder; and two loving sisters, Claire and Claudia.
The funeral will be held this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Bede. There will also be a rosary today, June 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Bede.
Pasadena residents Mike and Mandy DiMarcangelo, who have donated hundreds of hours helping Pasadena Unified School District students during the past several years, received the Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award, it was announced this past week.
“Mike and Mandy have gone above and beyond as volunteers in the STARS After-School Program and group mentoring,” said Beth Winton, LACF’s volunteer program manager. Continue reading “Lake Avenue Community Foundation Honors Local Couple”
The Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded grants totaling $200,000 to 45 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. Thirteen of the 45 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. The Tournament of Roses Foundation has awarded grants totaling $200,000 to 45 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. Thirteen of the 45 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. Since its inception in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation has funded more than $3 million in charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Association. The Foundation assists charities in the Greater Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. These grants will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Foundation Awards Grants to 45 Nonprofits”