Make It a Dog Day Afternoon for Large Breeds

First published in the Jan. 20 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Starting out the new year, it’s time to run with the big dogs.
With a motto of “the bigger they are, the more love they give,” the Pasadena Humane Society is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for the “Live Large — Adopt a Big Dog” campaign to rally residents to adopt or foster large dogs.
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Warm the Heart With a Cold Nose — Dog Days Are Here

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Starting out the new year, it’s time to run with the big dogs.
With a motto of “the bigger they are, the more love they give,” the Pasadena Humane Society is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for the “Live Large — Adopt a Big Dog” campaign to rally residents to adopt or foster large dogs.
Adoption fees for dogs weighing more than 40 pounds will be waived during the campaign from Jan. 15-31. Typically, adoption fees for dogs six months and older cost $150, which includes spay or neuter services, vaccines and a micro-chip.
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Float’s Smooth Skating Wins the Day

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Two turbulent pandemic years came to fruition last week for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association as it won the Crown City Innovator Award for its 43rd float entry in the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, called “Who Says We Can’t?”
Since its formation in 1978, the LCFTRA has now won 32 awards: 10 of them for humor, six for animation and eight Founder’s Trophies. This year is the first time it has won the Innovator Award, having the “most outstanding” use of imagination, innovation and technology.
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Princesses Ready to Proudly Represent City

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court, Princesses Jaeda Walden and McKenzie Street have enjoyed a whirlwind few months that has included attending more than 100 public engagement events and meeting people of all ages and walks of life.
A La Cañada Flintridge resident and La Cañada High School senior, Walden said she has especially enjoyed visiting hospitals and retirement homes, making patients and residents smile over the holiday season and bringing something new to their day. It’s even helped her solidify what she wants to study in college — psychology.
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LCFTRA Float Decorating Is Back in Action

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

At long last, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association is gearing up to host more than 1,000 local volunteers to decorate its “Who Says We Can’t” float for the Jan. 1, 133rd Rose Parade.
After the iconic parade was canceled last year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the LCFTRA rolled over their design concept to match that of the Tournament’s theme “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” Having now completed construction of the float’s structure, the local team of volunteers moved it earlier this week under the bridge at the Flintridge Preparatory School’s parking lot.
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Accident Killing Pedestrian Under Investigation; GoFundMe Created

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

An accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Union Street and Foothill Boulevard on Dec. 7 is still under investigation, according to Crescenta Valley Sherriff’s Station officials.
Officials said the driver of the vehicle, a 70-year-old woman and Sunland/Tujunga resident, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. As of last week, there had not been a citation or arrest made. It has not yet been determined if speed or unsafe driving was a factor.
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WWII Veteran Recalls Pearl Harbor 80 Years On

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As the United States marked 80 years since the Japanese attacked the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Tuesday, La Cañada Flintridge resident Roy Dill took to social media to remember the “knock-out blow” that forever changed his life.
“I doubt if there are many, if any, of you folks that remember this day 80 years ago as vividly as I do,” the World War II veteran wrote on Nextdoor. “It was a Sunday and my family was having [breakfast] around the dining room table. The radio was on and we were listening to President Franklin D. Roosevelt announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was only in junior high school and the seriousness of the announcement didn’t register. But it did on Dad. He was a WWI U.S. Army veteran and could see WWII was about to happen.”
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Local City of Hope Doctor Named ‘Giant’ of Cancer Care

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

If there were a rock star hall of fame for cancer researchers, City of Hope Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Provost and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Steven Rosen would now be gracing its walls.
As a leader in the world of hematologic research, the La Cañada Flintridge resident was recently inducted into the Giants of Cancer Care 2021 class, a program that celebrates oncology legends for groundbreaking achievements in oncology research and clinical practice. Rosen was nominated for his research and care in lymphoma, and was just one of 14 oncologists chosen for the recognition.
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Chanukah Lights Up the Foothills

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Chabad of the Crescenta Valley, a Jewish organization based in La Cañada Flintridge, held its first public Chanukah Festival in Memorial Park, where Rabbi Mendy Grossbaum discussed the Festival of Lights and the meaning behind lighting the menorah.
About 200 people from LCF and neighboring cities gathered at the park to help celebrate the week of Chanukah, which began Nov. 28 and ends Dec. 6.
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It Takes a Village: Nonprofit Supports Neighborhood School

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

James Madison Elementary School had always piqued the interest of Pat and Kate Amsbry, who lived just two blocks away and often passed the pretty white stucco building.
The couple had always felt passionate about education, and with some extra time on their hands now that their own children had graduated, they reached out to forge a connection with their neighborhood school. As luck would have it, Principal Noemi Orduña was brand-new on the job and also eager to learn more about the surrounding community.
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