Highlights Aplenty for NFL Reporter From LCF

Erin Coscarelli

Every afternoon at 4 p.m., Bob and Linda Coscarelli pull up a chair, take their seats in front of the computer and log on to Twitter.
It’s the kind of appointment viewing they could not have anticipated in 2004, when their daughter graduated from La Cañada High School and enrolled in USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.
Even Erin Coscarelli couldn’t have fathomed it.
But, with the 2018 National Football League playoffs in full swing, it makes so much sense. Continue reading “Highlights Aplenty for NFL Reporter From LCF”

A Competitor Finds Success With the Minnesota Vikings

Photo courtesy Minnesota Vikings
At a game this season, George Paton keeps a close eye on the Minnesota Vikings team he helped construct.

If not for a guy from La Cañada Flintridge, the Minnesota Vikings wouldn’t be as competitive as they have been this season.
As the team’s assistant general manager, George Paton had a big hand in helping construct a roster sturdy enough to weather key injuries and finish the regular season 13-3, earning a place in the National Football League’s divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Part of Paton’s job is evaluating players, gauging their height and weight — and their nature.
“There’s nothing like seeing a player live on game day,” Paton said by phone this week. “Seeing when the lights come on, how they respond. You can see things on tape, but you can’t see how he is at the end of a big play. Is the player tired? How was he on the bench? Was he yelling at his teammates? Was he involved?”
Basically, is he a competitor?
Paton grew up competing in LCF. Continue reading “A Competitor Finds Success With the Minnesota Vikings”

Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions

Capt. Chris Blasnek

Stephanie Arnold said she’s gotten messages from eight people seeking advice about starting a Neighborhood Watch on their blocks since a pair of armed home invasions were reported last month in La Cañada Flintridge.
“Home invasion robberies are a next-level thing,” said Arnold, who’s captained her Neighborhood Watch group for the past year. “Something I really take a lot of pride in is that we are a safe town, and to see that bubble burst a little bit, I’m sad.”
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said he too has heard from many residents since masked men, allegedly armed with a handgun in both instances, were reported to have forced their way into a home in the 800 block of Inverness Drive on Dec. 12, and into another home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue on Dec. 31. The assailants allegedly tied up residents, ransacked their homes and made off with valuables.
“The main thing I want to tell the residents is: Trust in us,” said Blasnek on Monday, after returning from a day spent issuing evacuation orders in the Kagel Canyon area susceptible to mudslides. “We’re there for them all year long and we need them to be there for us now. We take it seriously and we’re going to do everything we can to catch these guys, and eventually, we will catch them.” Continue reading “Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions”

LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

A Los Angeles man in his early 20s was arrested for his role in a residential burglary after he walked into the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Saturday, Jan. 6, Sgt. Alan Chu said.
According to Chu, the man was the driver of a car involved with a burglary that occurred Nov. 28 in the 4900 block of Alta Canyada Road.
“Two males went into the location, one sat in the car and a neighbor took a picture of the car sitting in the driveway, so we followed up on that lead,” Chu said. Continue reading “LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In”

Habitat for Humanity Builds Bigger Goals, Broader Reach

Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s former Executive Director Sonja Yates handed off the reigns to new executive director Mark Van Lue in July. Van Lue is making a big push to dramatically increase SGVHH’s impact.
Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s former Executive Director Sonja Yates handed off the reigns to new executive director Mark Van Lue in July. Van Lue is making a big push to dramatically increase SGVHH’s impact.

When Katie Bradshaw gets the keys to her family’s newly built bungalow through the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity in June, she knows exactly what she wants their first move to be.
“I know it’s super cheesy, but I hope my husband carries me over the threshold like in the old movies,” said Bradshaw, who along with husband Mark and two young children, are counting the days until they move into the sparkling new home from their rental, a small third-floor walkup.
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Basketball League Starts at Pasadena Senior Center

Registration is open and all skill levels are invited for the next season of the Pasadena Senior Center 3×3 Basketball League for women ages 40 and older.
Games will be played Sundays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 25 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Braun Athletic Center at Caltech. The registration fee is $35 per player.
Time and location are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.
For more information and to register, contact Oma Soto at omaksoto@hotmail.com or call (323) 320-0948.

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra Perform at Caltech

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
Fronting an all-Cuban acoustic orchestra, Puente’s vocals are surrounded by guitar, piano, bass, trumpet and percussion. Puentes opens up the world of Cuban music to his audiences when they hear his rich voice, accompanied by the other players’ tight, multilayered arrangements.
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Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department

By Capt. Chris Blanek
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station

Capt. Chris Blasnek

As most of you are aware, there have been recent news articles concerning two home invasion robberies in La Cañada Flintridge. Although alarming and causing great concern, it is important to clarify some of the facts and what is being done.
It is the job of your Sheriff’s Department to keep residents safe and to do everything possible to identify the suspects and bring them to justice. I would also like to stress that during times of a serious crime, the Sheriff’s Department needs your support more than ever. Remember, we are here all year long for you, patrolling your streets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a dedicated staff of deputies and professional staff. Most of the residents know us and enjoy a great community relationship. Continue reading “Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department”

Flintridge Prep Holds Photo Event for Childhood Cancer Research

Photos courtesy Pablove Foundation
The Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show on Jan. 24 at Flintridge Prep will join
a list of those that have been held in locations, including Los Angeles,
New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

A photography gallery exhibit created by pediatric cancer patients, called the Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery event, will be held on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Flintridge Prep Miller Theater. Photographs by pediatric cancer patients will be available for sale, with proceeds directly benefiting childhood cancer research.
The event is to raise awareness on how creativity can affect the way one may deal or cope with a difficult life-changing event. The founders and staff of Pablove Foundation (pablove.org), young photographers, and other members of the pediatric oncology community will be present for an evening of art and conversation.
This event is open to the public and guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The exhibit is free of charge, although donations to the Pablove Foundation to help fight childhood cancer with love are greatly appreciated. It is hoped that the photographs taken by the young artists also will be purchased. The event is organized by Flintridge Prep student Sareen Armenian as part of a Flintridge Prep Community Impact Project.
The Flintridge Prep Miller Theater is located at 4543 Crown Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nature Photographer to Share Slides at Sierra Club

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group program will feature nature photographer/writer Bonnie Lavine at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Lavine will share her experience documenting the beauty of the public lands in America, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Nepal. She will discuss a project that started as a traveling exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and expanded into a program for educating the next generation of environmental defenders.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sierra Club chair Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

USC-VHH Women’s Council Bingo Fundraiser Feb. 2

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council will host a “Drag Queen Bingo” fundraiser on Friday evening, Feb. 2, at the La Cañada Thursday Club. The event, which will raise funds to benefit the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at USC-VHH, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission is $50 per person, which includes 10 rounds of bingo, heavy hors d’oeuvers and two drink tickets. Participants will be able to win $100 gift cards during each round.
There will be a silent auction for the shoppers and photo booth for dressing in style. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, contact Barbara.Jordan@vhh.usc.edu to RSVP.