LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook

Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.
Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation
Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.

La Cañada High School senior Finn Sagal is starting to get used to the sound of it: 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador.
His new title certainly has a ring to it.
“This is such an amazing opportunity,” said Sagal, who was named the top singer at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy this summer at the Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana.
This week, he signed a contract for three high-profile performances with Michael Feinstein, the Songbook Foundation founder, in addition to a date singing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game — all part of his duties as ambassador. There also will be a handful of other yet-to-be-determined events around the nation, perhaps including stops at important venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Continue reading “LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook”

Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook

Flintridge Prep junior and aspiring journalist Valentina Martinez, 16, attended the 66th annual California Scholastic Press Association’s High School Journalism workshop, held at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The workshop, held from July 9-21, hosted 24 students to teach them real-world experience in the field of journalism. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism”

Peafowl Come to Roost

Photo courtesy Gene Chuang A peacock perches on the chimney at San Marino resident Gene Chuang’s home on Gainsborough Drive.
Photo courtesy Gene Chuang
A peacock perches on the chimney at San Marino resident Gene Chuang’s home on Gainsborough Drive.

They’re colorful, both in appearance and language, and they’re considered either a beautiful part of the scenery or an outright nuisance, depending on whom you ask.
“At first, they’re a great sight to see,” said Gene Chuang, who lives on Gainsborough Drive. “Then, you hear about neighbors that start feeding them, so they stick around the area.” Continue reading “Peafowl Come to Roost”

Rotarian Shares Perspective on Trip to Cuba

While in Cuba, local resident James Nash noticed a distinct similarity to an organization near and dear to him.
The longtime Rotary Club of San Marino member and retired Emmy-winning news director for CBS-TV recently accompanied a group of legal and medical professionals to the Caribbean nation, which continues to be known for its stubborn dedication to its Communist government and maintaining frosty relations with the U.S. even three decades after the Cold War melted. Continue reading “Rotarian Shares Perspective on Trip to Cuba”

National Night Out Fosters Community Fun, Security

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK San Marino Police Officer William Liev prepares a family to try dunking Police Chief John Incontro in the dunk tank last week during National Night Out in Lacy Park.
Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK
San Marino Police Officer William Liev prepares a family to try dunking Police Chief John Incontro in the dunk tank last week during National Night Out in Lacy Park.

San Marino was spared from a nearby thunderstorm as the city hosted its first National Night Out recently in Lacy Park.
National Night Out is an annual event hosted by law enforcement agencies nationwide to help build a stronger relationship with their communities and raise awareness about crime and safety. San Marino Police Chief John Incontro, who spearheaded the event here as one of the responses to increased residential and commercial burglaries in town, said the inaugural outing was a success, with room to grow. Continue reading “National Night Out Fosters Community Fun, Security”

Students Urged to Arrive Early for School’s First Week

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Dan Jeffries issued a public service reminder at last week’s meeting: Schools will start at 8:30 a.m. this year and run until 3:15 p.m., a decision the board reached late last school year after reviewing evidence that later school start times are better for the mental health of students. Continue reading “Students Urged to Arrive Early for School’s First Week”

Fred Claire Golf Tournament to Benefit City of Hope on Aug. 14

Photo courtesy Fred Claire
Fred Claire (right), whose golf tournament on Aug. 14 will benefit City of Hope, is pictured with former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Nancy Reagan and President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series championship trophy.

Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew has been selected as the recipient of the Celebration of Life Award in conjunction with the inaugural Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic that benefits City of Hope. The tournament and dinner will be held Monday, Aug. 14, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.
“We are honored that Rod will be with us at our tournament dinner to accept this award and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Claire, the former longtime executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Lanterman House Director Says Goodbye to Mothering the Local Landmark

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
In her 25 years as executive director at the Lanterman House, Melissa Patton will retire having helped establish the local museum as an integral part of the La Cañada Flintridge community.

When Melissa Patton hugs the Lanterman House goodbye for the last time on Aug. 31, she’ll know she transformed the historic home into a space that is used, as Lloyd Lanterman hoped, for the public good.
Since it opened as a public museum in 1993, the house has become a place for schoolchildren to learn about local history, for researchers to mine area archives and for community members to admire the beauty of the old bungalow-style home.
Patton, who was responsible for making sure all of that came to be, is retiring after 25 years as the only executive director in the museum’s history so far.
“I love this house,” she said. “It’s very much a big character in my life. I do this funny thing when I close up at night, I pat it and say, ‘I’ll see you in a couple of days, girl.’
“It will take some getting used to, not to have that responsibility, not to be concerned all the time about the welfare of a nonliving thing.”
Designed in 1915 by noted architect Arthur Haley for Dr. Roy Lanterman and his family, the Lanterman House is one of few pre-1920 residences left in LCF.
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Vincent Takes Over Maranatha Volleyball Programs

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook.

Maranatha High School recently filled two voids with the hiring of Nina Vincent, an experienced coach who isn’t afraid to take over the varsity girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs this year.

Nina Vincent
Nina Vincent

Volleyball has been a major part of Vincent’s life. She grew up in upstate New York playing the sport in the backyard with family. Her older siblings became role models, and she imitated their every move. They played right-handed, and despite being a lefty, Vincent taught herself to play like her older siblings.
Vincent quickly became a star on her high school team and was noticed by Manhattan College, which gave her a full scholarship.
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Former Spartan Enters Amateur Tourney as No.1-Ranked SoCal Golfer

The following was written by Damian Secore, special to the Outlook.

Photo courtesy Cal Athletics
Collin Morikawa

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and Bryson DeChambeau are Californians who have won the U.S. Amateur and leveraged the ultimate amateur experience as a springboard onto fruitful and famous PGA Tour careers. This is the path La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa hopes to emulate.
Morikawa, 20, is the No. 1-ranked amateur from Southern California in the 312-player field of the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club from Aug. 14-20.
“Collin is among a great group of outstanding youngsters in the field of 312,” said Michael R. Yamaki, corporate office of The Riviera Country Club. “It’s going to be an incredible week of golf for the players and the fans as the U.S. Amateur champion is crowned.”
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Kiwanis-AM Club Speakers Recall the 1992 L.A. Riots

Kiwanis of La Cañada La Crescenta-AM Club recently hosted guest speakers Don Manning (left), a retired L.A. City Fire Chief and La Cañada Flintridge resident, and California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Strobel to talk about the 1992 L.A. riots.

Twenty-five years after the Los Angeles Riots engulfed Los Angeles, the Kiwanis of La Cañada La Crescenta-AM Club hosted guest speakers Don Manning, a retired L.A. City Fire Chief and La Cañada Flintridge resident, and California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Strobel.
Manning shared his experience of April 29, 1992, the start of three days of rioting. He spoke of the unrest that broke out in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four police officers involved in the Rodney King beating, when members of public safety departments worked bravely to respond to the violence. One of them was Strobel.
By 7 p.m. that night in 1992, there was a rapid escalation in incidents involving fire, paramedic and police services. The LAFD, in conjunction with the L.A. Police Department, opened a command center at 54th Street and Arlington Avenue.
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ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians

Participants in a past ALF Strings program. Sign-ups for this fall are open now.

When Assistance League of Flintridge opened registration for its Instrumental Music program this week, it celebrated the 32nd year of this popular program.
Since 1985, the beginning of the school year has brought the annual call to “Choose your instrument!” as the League offers students in grades 4-6 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and perform in an orchestra or band. Continue reading “ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians”

Three Troop 398 Scouts Earn Eagle Honor

Theodore Chamberlain, a recent graduate of La Cañada High School, joined Boy Scout Troop 398 in 2013. He has benefitted in developing his leadership skills and deepened his value of community service through the Scouting program. His favorite times were overnight camping and Boy Scout camps. His Eagle Scout Project entailed rebuilding and restoring the softball field backstops at La Cañada High School.
The field is used by the high school teams and many other youth programs in the community on a year-round basis. The project was a team effort, thanks to all the support of friends and family, and particularly the amazing leadership of Boy Scout Troop 398.
Chamberlain enjoys sports and will continue playing his favorite game of football at Claremont McKenna College this fall.

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