Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.

‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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Portantino Visits LCHS, Encourages Participation

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited the ASB class at La Cañada High School, encouraging students to attend school board meetings, to call their local representatives and to take on leadership roles themselves. “He answered lots of questions from the audience, which was spellbound and appreciated his accessibility, honesty and camaraderie,” said Marian Price in an email. The ASB director had her students write an essay about what they learned from the exchange.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, was formerly the city mayor and served as a state assemblyman before being elected in November to serve as senator for the California’s 25th District.

DAR Presents Good Citizen Awards

Photo courtesy DAR
DAR Good Citizen chair Barbara Rogers (third from right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. From left, member Lynn Thompson; Lilliana Avaniss-Aghajani, La Cañada High School; Nia Harris, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Chapter Regent Caroline Craven; Christian Yeghnazar, Flintridge Prep; Rogers; Sebouh Oshagan, Crescenta Valley High School; and Lina Petrossian, Clark Magnet High School.

The Don José Verdugo Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution honored five local high school students recently with the organization’s prestigious Good Citizens Award. Students were selected by their respective schools for their outstanding qualities of service, leadership, dependability and patriotism.
Good Citizens chair Barbara Rogers introduced the students at a luncheon held in their honor and presented them with a DAR award certificate, a Good Citizen lapel pin, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a monetary award.
During the presentation, students introduced their parents and a school representative in attendance and spoke about their future plans and where they hope to attend college.
To learn more, visit dar.org or contact the Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 249-5472.

LCPC to Host Author of ‘Grant’ on March 26

Ronald White

Bestselling author Ronald White will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for a presentation and book signing on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. White’s new presidential biography, “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published in October. The Flintridge Book Store will provide copies to purchase of American Ulysses, as well as the author’s “A. Lincoln: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln,” which White will sign.
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Obituary: Chris Valente

Chris Valente

Chris Valente, 75, passed away on March 3 in Dana Point, surrounded by family. His children, 11 grandchildren and his community were his passion. He loved working with people.
Chris was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA. He was a civics teacher at St. Francis High School for 25 years, starting in 1965. Chris met his wife, Nancy Baker Valente, in 1969 at Dr. Donald Kraus’ dental office on Foothill Boulevard, where she worked and he was a patient.
He was the first and only honorary mayor of La Cañada Flintridge and served on many community committees and organizations, including La Cañada Youth House Community Center for 25 years. He was also an LCF city councilman, Los Angeles County Youth commissioner, Les Tupper Award recipient, president of LCF Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. After retirement, he volunteered at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Chris is survived by his wife, Nancy Valente, his children Anne Marie Amigleo, Gina Wendt, Chris R. Valente, Teddy Valente and 11 grandchildren.
A service will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Once Upon A Room, www.onceuponaroom.org, 4926 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge or to Royal Family Kids (www.royalfamilykids.org).

Obituary: Ronald Carlos Price

Ronald Price

Ronald Carlos Price was born in Glendale on Jan. 2, 1945, and passed away from heart failure on Feb. 19. Ronald went to Clark Junior High School, then graduated from Glendale High School in 1962. He studied architecture at Glendale Community College and worked for the La Crescenta Post Office. He “fell in love at first sight” with Phyllis Hackney when they were just 19. They were married one year later. He was fun-loving, always jovial and fun to be around. Almost five years after their marriage, their daughter Ronda was born. Ronald advanced to postal supervisor just before their second daughter, Kellie, was born. After he bought his ’68 yellow Corvette, their family was complete.
Ronald loved racquetball, baseball, golf, poker, snow and water skiing, camping and fishing. After 38 years at the post office he enjoyed visiting tropical destinations. Ronald is survived by Ronda and Darren DeSantis, Kellie and Chad DeVries, four grandchildren, his wife, Phyllis, his sister Sandi, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A celebration of his life will be held at Kellie’s home on Sunday, March 19, from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (818) 395-9608.

City Appoints New PWP General Manager

Gurcharan Bawa

City Manager Steve Mermell recently announced the appointment of Gurcharan Bawa as the new general manager for the city’s Water and Power Department. Bawa has been with Pasadena Water and Power since 1992, when he joined as an associate engineer.
Bawa advanced steadily through the department with a variety of jobs, becoming assistant general manager for Power Supply in 2007 and as interim general manager since July 2016. He will oversee a department of about 440 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $272 million. PWP currently provides the power and water needs of the city’s residents and businesses, including about 65,000 electric accounts in Pasadena and 40,000 water accounts in Pasadena and portions of Altadena.
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Leadership Pasadena Discusses Fake News, Fake Science

Astrophysicist and Leadership Pasadena alumnus and past board president Gordon Squires opened the Leadership Pasadena science session at Caltech telling the class that 75% of women and 66% of Ph.D.s believe the news article they were handed at the workshop. And then he told them: None of that was true. He made it up. With that, the class began an in-depth discussion on what news is real and what is fake and what science is evidence-supported and what is fake science.

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

“I thought the percentages were extreme but, heck, it was Gordon. He’s brilliant and an LP alumnus so I believed him. Wow, I was dumb!” said Cindy Bengtson, member of the Leadership Class of 2017.
Squires and Trity Pourbahrami, director of communications for the engineering and applied sciences division at Caltech and a Leadership Pasadena alumna and past board member, provided concrete tools to help the class evaluate news and science articles. Case studies were also worked on requiring the participants to defend both sides of controversial scientific projects currently drawing public opposition.

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