Four Outstanding Educators Spotlighted at San Marino Day

The MVPs for each of San Marino Unified School District’s four schools were honored before the attendees of San Marino Day at the Huntington Library last week.
Each received an award as an “Outstanding Educator” from the district and the city, and will be rewarded with $1,250 each to go toward a project or program at their school. Continue reading “Four Outstanding Educators Spotlighted at San Marino Day”

Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”

LCHS PTA Celebrates 31st Annual Spring Home Tour

The La Canada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tour is celebrating its 31st year by featuring four exquisite and well-appointed homes and grounds and an evening reception with a mini tour of another beautiful residence on Friday, April 28. In addition, one of the tour homes will be the site of boutique shopping, with eight vendors selling apparel, accessories and home décor items.

The homes will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The separately ticketed evening reception is from 6-8 p.m. and will offer enticing opportunity baskets and venues for festive parties hosted by PTA members. Tickets are available online at lacandahometour.com and can be purchased at pre-sale prices online or at Printefex, Flintridge Bookstore and the Apple Cart until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. The Apple Cart is the site for same-day ticket sales, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Proceeds from this event will benefit the LCHS 7/8 PTA and the LCHS 9-12 PTSA programs, technology, library and campus support. Contact hometour@lchs78.org with questions.

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La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.

Sophomore pitcher Connor Buchanan turned in his best performance of the season against South Pasadena last Friday and led the La Cañada High School varsity baseball team to a 7-0 victory. Continue reading “La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play”

LC Secures League Crown

History repeats for the La Cañada High School varsity boys’ golf team as it defeated Temple City, 199-215, at Eaton Canyon Golf Course to claim a share of the Rio Hondo League crown on Tuesday.
First-year head coach Derrick Williams has guided the Spartans to a perfect 8-0 record (6-0 in league) so far with two more regular season contests remaining. La Cañada, which has won 13 consecutive Rio Hondo League championships, has defeated every league opponent, as well as Valencia and St. Francis.
The squad includes Matt Choi, Dylan Choi, Jason Del Fierro, John Hickman, Christian Kim, Maxwell Kinsel, Andrew Koerber, Brendon Paek, Nicolas Perez, Andrew Ricci, Jay Singh, Clyde Toland and Eduardo Torres.
The Spartans will host Monrovia in a league match on Tuesday, April 25, at 3 p.m.

Spartans, Rebels Softball Win Big

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The La Cañada varsity softball team shut out visiting South Pasadena, 10-0, last Friday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The La Cañada varsity softball team shut out visiting South Pasadena, 10-0, last Friday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.

The La Cañada High School varsity softball team blanked visiting rival South Pasadena, 10-0, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
The Spartans, guided by second-year head coach Chuck Gunter, improved to 10-3 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 record in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada, which has won 15 consecutive Rio Hondo League games dating back to last year, will travel to Temple City this Friday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans, Rebels Softball Win Big”

Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.

Numerous athletes from local high school boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will participate in the 14th installment of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading “Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game”

LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.

A simulation of a gruesome crash was staged in front of La Cañada High School on Thursday, April 13, as part of “Every 15 Minutes,” a nationwide program meant to increase awareness among teenagers about the high-stake dangers of drinking and driving.
“It’s about having our students — and adults — pause and question their own behavior,” Principal Ian McFeat said. Continue reading “LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers”

LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek, with not even a month of the new job under his belt, admitted he was in the hot seat at the City Council meeting this week.
A handful of La Cañada Flintridge residents pleaded with city officials to take action against residential burglaries and other crimes. One resident even called for the formation of LCF’s own police department.
“One burglary is too many for the city,” said Blasnek, sympathizing with residents. “Even though you can’t prevent them all and can’t be perfect.” Continue reading “LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries”

Sports Marketer Headlines Rose Bowl Speaker Series

Photo courtesy Justin Pugh Jeremy Barnett (from left), Josh Booty, Warren Moon and Dr. Hasan Badday comprised a panel that discussed the latest advances in sports technology, marketing and medicine at the Rose Bowl Speaker Series last week.
Photo courtesy Justin Pugh
Jeremy Barnett (from left), Josh Booty, Warren Moon and Dr. Hasan Badday comprised a panel that discussed the latest advances in sports technology, marketing and medicine at the Rose Bowl Speaker Series last week.

Being in the locker room of the storied Rose Bowl last week was not just a professional obligation for David Meltzer, but the personal embodiment of the point he was trying to make as he spoke. Continue reading “Sports Marketer Headlines Rose Bowl Speaker Series”

Descanso Gardens Offers Earth Day Fun

Photo courtesy Descanso Gardens In addition to a host of Earth Day-inspired activities, Descanso Gardens this weekend will feature a native wildflower display that will include California poppies.
Photo courtesy Descanso Gardens
In addition to a host of Earth Day-inspired activities, Descanso Gardens this weekend will feature a native wildflower display that will include California poppies.

The Earth has its day every April 22, when people all over the planet gather for rallies, conferences, service projects, and this year at Descanso Gardens, a Botanic Bling.
The Botanic Bling Trunk Sale — recycled and upcycled gifts are among the items that will be for sale — is one of several of Descanso’s Earth Day-themed activities scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Offers Earth Day Fun”

Marx Figley Willoughby

Marx Figley Willoughby
Marx Figley Willoughby

July 13, 1920 – March 19, 2017

Marx Willoughby, long-time local resident, passed away peacefully on March 19.
She grew up in her beloved Canton, Ohio, where she could trace back family ancestors for generations. After graduating, with honors, from William and Mary College, she married Jack Willoughby and they made their way to California, riding in the rumble seat of a Model T Ford.
Within a few years, Marx began her first and most favorite job, that of mother to daughters Robin and Jo. The family moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1950. When her daughters began school, Marx had time to focus her keen mind and energy on community volunteer work. She was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, the Thursday Club, the Republican Party and Community Chest, to name a few. She generously served in leadership positions and was regularly honored for her efforts. Marx had a wickedly funny sense of humor and a great sense of fun. She generously shared this personality trait in all aspects of her life.
Marx combined her creativity, flair for the dramatic and love of art and antiques to venture into the entertainment business. Marx was a gifted writer and wrote a book of children’s poems, numerous screenplays, narration for commercials and documentaries. Because Jack was a cinematographer, they were able to work as a productive team and collaborated on film projects such as the documentary, “American Masterpieces,” which explored the historical antiques in the State Department. Marx traveled throughout the U.S. on the lecture circuit, presenting more than 100 programs about antiques of America and China. She traveled widely, often alone, in order to photograph and gather information for her lectures. Marx also spent a year living in Lausanne, Switzerland with her daughters and spent nine months in Madrid, Spain, while Jack filmed “The Battle of the Bulge.”
When most people retire and begin to slow down in their mid-60s, Marx took a nine-year long paying job as a staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Carlos Morehead. She continued working for Republican elected officials until retiring at 77.
Marx is survived by her husband of 73 years, Jack; daughters Robin Williams and Jo Butcher (Chris); grandchildren Blake Williams, Gavin Williams (Lori), Brandon Butcher (Sarah) and Bryce Altounian (Nick); and great-grandchildren Keegan and Quinn Williams, and Jack Butcher.
Marx loved having her family nearby and was able to enjoy frequent visits, family gatherings and celebrations throughout her life. Her loud and encouraging whistle could always be heard at her grandchildren’s school plays, sporting competitions, art shows, etc.
Although her family is grateful that she was part of their lives for such a long time, she is greatly missed. A family gravesite funeral was held at Forest Lawn and was followed by a reception on March 23.

LCHS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship

Jennifer Yoon

A La Cañada High School senior is among the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
La Cañada High School’s Jennifer Yoon was named among about 1,000 high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards, financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.
Yoon garnered a scholarship from the National Distillers Distributors Foundation. She’s identified medicine as her probable career field.
Winners were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit competition and met criteria of the scholarship corporate sponsors, who provide scholarships to children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or scholars who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Most of these awards are renewable for as many as four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Others provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.
Pasadena Westridge School for Girls’ Samantha Khalsa Mendenhall, who lives in LCF, also was a winner. She is eyeing a career in international law, and was the recipient of the National Merit Rockwell Automation Scholarship.
Separately, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce a $2,500 Scholarship on May 10, and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarships awards will be June 7 and July 17.

Healthy Eating for Cancer Patients

A presentation on healthy eating for cancer patients will be given at the Cancer Support Community Pasadena on Monday, May 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation is free.
Pam Braun, former chef and restaurant owner, will share her healthy eating plan for cancer patients and survivors. She will explain what to put into the shopping cart and how to cook it.
The Cancer Support Community is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.