Bacari GDL Brings Italian ‘Cicchetti’ to the Americana at Brand

Robert and Danny Kronfli and executive chef/owner Lior Hillel have opened their third outpost of the Venetian tavern concept, Bacari GDL, joining Bacaro L.A. in Los Angeles and Bacari PDR in Playa Del Rey. Located at the Americana at Brand, Caruso’s shopping, dining and lifestyle destination in Glendale, the Italian-inspired restaurant focuses on fire-roasted dishes made in a wood-burning stone oven, and it incorporates Mediterranean influences from executive chef Lior Hillel’s Israeli heritage.

Photo courtesy of Bacari GDL
Robert (left) and Daniel Kronfli (right) recently opened Bacari GDL with executive chef and owner Lior Hillel.

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Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold free eye screenings for amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” at local preschools this April.
About 3% of children have some form of this condition. It is not an eye disease and is fully curable if detected early. Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye does not develop properly. Standard eye tests for 3- and 4-year-olds do not test for this condition, which is one reason these eye screenings are so important. The good news is that amblyopia is curable until approximately age 6. After that age, the child’s brain learns to ignore the blurry image from the weaker eye and amblyopia becomes almost impossible to reverse.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club members include (from back, left) co-chair Stephanie Ryan, Christy Ferguson, Gayle Hagegard, Georgina Mueller, Karen King, Libby Shiner, Maria Strong, Laura Ploude and co-chair Kyle Grimes. In front are Lincoln Rowan and Derek Grimes.

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LCUSD to Accept New Parcel Tax Committee Members

La Cañada Unified School District is updating membership on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee to monitor the parcel tax which was approved in the March 2014 election.
The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the special tax funds are spent for their authorized purpose and to report annually to the Governing Board and the public regarding expenditures of such funds. The committee meets twice each year and reports to the Governing Board in the spring.
The committee consists of seven community members. A member of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board will serve as liaison to the committee. Members of the committee will be representative of the following categories: parents or guardians of current students, a representative of the business community, a senior citizen and a member at large. The term of a committee member will be up to five years.
Applications are available at the district office at 4490 Cornishon Ave., or may be requested via email at The application deadline is Friday, April 14. For more information, contact Kim Bergner in the superintendent’s office at (818) 952-8381.

Obituary: Patricia Fulham McKellar

Aug. 29, 1926-Feb. 17, 2017

Patricia Fulham McKellar passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 17 in Claremont. She was born in 1926 in San Francisco to Harvey and Lelia Parr. Her childhood was spent mainly in Glendale after a short stay in Long Beach. Her sister Susan was born in 1932.
Patricia graduated from Hoover High School and entered her beloved USC in 1944. She was an active member of Delta Gamma sorority and remained close with a group of cherished college friends known as the “Bridge Club.” During her high school-college years, she worked three summers at Curry Village in Yosemite, which was a lifelong happy memory.
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Alverno Heights Hosts Susan Finley, Pioneer at JPL

Susan G. Finley

Students at Alverno Heights Academy recently hosted Susan G. Finley, the longest-serving woman in NASA who has been employed at JPL since 1958.
At 21, Finley left Scripps College to become an engineer with a thermodynamics group at Convair in Pomona. Like most women of her generation, Finley took time off at the beginning of her career to raise a family. Then, in 1958, she took a position at JPL.
Her job required trajectory computations for rocket launches. In 1962, it was Finley’s calculation that showed that Ranger 3 missed the moon by 22,000 miles. Through her career, Finley contributed to JPL’s missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in the Ranger, Mariner, Pioneer, Viking and Voyager programs.
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Blair Students Get Up-Close Look at Brain Development

Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes, talks to Blair Middle School students on Brain Awareness Day.

Blair Health Career Academy high school students worked with Huntington Medical Research Institutes neuroscientists and other top experts to create presentations on topics such as brain development and migraines, and together presented their reports to Blair Middle School students. The presentations were part of the HMRI’s Brain Awareness Day on March 8.
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K-1 French Dual Immersion to Open in PUSD

Altadena Elementary School Principal Ana Maria Apodaca will welcome students in the French Dual Language Immersion program in 2017-18.A new French-English dual immersion language program for kindergarten-1st-grade students will open in the 2017-18 academic year at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Altadena Elementary School. Applications for enrollment are accepted through Friday, April 7. The program will expand to upper grades each year and feed into the district’s International Baccalaureate programs.
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No Boundaries Art Exhibit Displays Student Work

Pasadena Unified’s No Boundaries exhibit features 2-D, 3-D and video art.

The art of Pasadena Unified students was on display at the recent 12th annual No Boundaries art exhibit at Pasadena’s Shops on Lake. The exhibit featured more than 500 art pieces from students in every school in the district.
Selected pieces will be included in two installments at the “Bridging Boundaries” exhibition in Pasadena City Hall.

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PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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McKinley School Hosts Parent Summit April 8

Charles Heaton, principal of McKinley School, invites parents and community members to the school’s Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8.

McKinley School invites parents to attend its Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event includes workshops on adolescent development, navigating high school, strategies for college planning and parenting styles. In the Writers’ Workshop session, parents will get insight into the way that PUSD elementary school students are learning to hone their writing skills with methods used by professional writers.
“The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents and families to come together to prepare children for the future, whether for the next academic year or for college and careers,” said McKinley School Principal Charles Heaton.
The event is free and open to all parents and families. To register, visit McKinley School is located at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave.