College Access Plan Pushes for Equity, One Student at a Time

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College Access Plan founder and Executive Director Mo Hyman has fought passionately for students in Pasadena to have fair access to a four-year college education — and all that it represents.

After more than a year of living under a pandemic cloud, College Access Plan founder and Executive Director Mo Hyman has found a way to celebrate silver linings.
And with reason, since CAP — a nonprofit advocate for four-year degree college access and attainment for underserved, underrepresented students — has achieved a lot recently to celebrate in 2021, its 15-year anniversary.
For one, CAP helped defeat the use in California of the SAT/ACT, that formidable and much-dreaded test that has long determined a college-bound student’s fate. CAP was one of six organizations that joined in bringing civil rights action against the University of California and its use of standardized exams in admissions decisions. The plaintiffs won a preliminary injunction, later upheld by a California First District Court of Appeals, barring the UCs from using the scores to determine acceptance.
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Class of 2021 Ticktockers Presented by Local NCL Chapter

Twenty-three young women from La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Glendale, Altadena, and the surrounding area will be honored by the Glendale Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. at the 70th annual Senior Presentation Ball on May 21. The event will be held at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.
The Senior Presentation Ball is a tradition for the chapter, highlighting and thanking the Class of 2021 for their 8,722 hours of philanthropic service. The young women, or Ticktockers as they are known, began their NCL journey in 7th-grade, working with their mothers, called Patronesses, to support the chapter’s philanthropic partners. Over the years, the class has volunteered at Ascencia, Union Station Homeless Services, Door of Hope, YWCA of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Operation Gratitude, American Red Cross, Hathaway-Sycamores, Twelve Oaks Senior Living, the chapter’s annual rummage sale and more.

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Food Pantry Feeds More Than the Hungry

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With the pandemic limiting their volunteer options, Tony and Jacque Collier (above) spearheaded a neighborhood food pantry outside of their home in Altadena, which has fed thousands during the crises.

At the outset of the pandemic, Jacque Collier found herself feeling like a lot of people — directionless and bereft of motivation. But when she began having trouble getting out of bed, she decided, something had to give.
Collier, who in normal times dedicates her retirement to volunteering countless hours, was clinically depressed. And that just couldn’t stand.
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Huntington Hospital Announces New and Returning Board Members


Huntington Hospital has announced that community leader Mei-Lee Ney and physician Dr. Peter Rosenberg have been elected new board members, and Sharon Arthofer and R. Scott Jenkins have been elected as returning board members.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Mei-Lee, Dr. Rosenberg, Sharon and Scott to the board of directors,” said Dr. Lori J. Morgan, president and CEO at Huntington Hospital. “Each of these individuals bring deep knowledge and perspective to our board. I’m grateful for their commitment to advancing compassionate, excellent health care in our community, particularly in these unprecedented times.”
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Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup

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Timber Rattlers players congregate around an infield hit.

Blue Jays 15, Orioles 8 – The Blue Jays pecked away at the Orioles’ pitching staff, collecting 14 hits with Nathan “Momo” Cai, Lars Dietrick, Zach Attanasio, Mark Hiddleson and Mason Slater racking up two hits apiece. The Jays played strong defense, with DeAngelo “DLo” Bridge robbing Aidan Epstein of an extra-base hit with a nice catch in center field. Although the Orioles tried to mount a late-game rally, Jays ace pitcher Cai clipped their wings in the final inning, retiring the side to end the game.

Dodgers 8, Nationals 6 – In an exciting game with several lead changes, the teams entered the fourth inning tied 3-3 when the Nationals’ Lucy Schmoke belted a two-run double. In the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers pulled even with an RBI triple from Becket Halpin and an RBI single from Connor McKinney. The Dodgers took the lead for good in the same inning on a thundering RBI double down the line off the bat of Luke Phillips.

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Against All Odds, This Pasadena Gym Survived the Pandemic

By Nina Aghadjanian
The Outlook

Coach Mike Ainis

After a year that forced countless gyms to shutter and many fitness industry workers to change careers, Pasadena’s Ultimate Fitness Breakthrough (UFB), a no-frills, boot camp-style gym owned by Michael Ainis, is still standing.
Ainis, commonly known as “Coach Mike,” has been running UFB since the gym’s founder — his sister Victoria, who battled mental health issues — tragically took her own life in 2015.
Little could he have predicted that this family tragedy, along with his experience as a former trainer for the obstacle-course event Spartan Race, would prepare him for another obstacle: surviving COVID-19.
Today, Ainis said he is $100,000 in debt. Despite having received a small financial loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), UFB’s line of credit is maxed out and income is down 35% compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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CIF Southern Section to Conduct Spring Playoffs

Thirteen long months removed from any kind of high school postseason competition, the California Interscholastic Federation’s largest section, the Southern Section, announced last week that it will hold playoffs and championships for spring sports.
With less travel restrictions, coronavirus cases plummeting across Southern California — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic — and more residents being vaccinated, the Southern Section will move forward with playoffs for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, boys’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ dual meet wrestling.
“We have our eyes on the prize and what we want to try to do,” CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod said during a press conference last week. “So give us a chance to do it. I assure you and promise you we’re giving every effort we can give so that we can make this happen.”
Southern Section officials are also hopeful of having individual championships for swimming and diving, golf, tennis and track and field. They are working with various county health departments to secure approvals to hold the events and looking for venues.
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Mayfield Track Athletes Shine at Simi Valley Invitational

The Mayfield Senior track and field team recently had a strong showing in the Simi Valley Invitational, one of the biggest track and field events so far this season.
Stanford-bound Audrey Suarez competed in the top flight 1,600-meter race and placed first with a time of 4 minutes, 55.43 seconds, edging La Cañada High School standout Ellaney Matarese. The winning time was a new meet record. Cecelia Kvochak ran in the same race and finished in 5:37.51 for 13th place.
In the 100-meter finals, Sade Falese led the Cubs with a time of 13.40 seconds, which was good for 20th. Alyssa Gallardo was 63rd in the race with a time of 14.39, Nikkie Hensley finished in 14.86 for 71st, Zoe Griffin wasn’t far behind to take 76th with a time of 15.03 and Sophia Barriga posted a time of 17.88, which was good for 88th.
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La Salle Falls to Harvard-Westlake at Rose Bowl

By Austin Green
The Outlook

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The La Salle College Preparatory football team was on the losing end of a shootout at the Rose Bowl, falling to Harvard-Westlake of Studio City 58-40 on April 9. Sophomore quarterback Richard Munoz (pictured above) led the Lancers’ offense, completing 22 of 32 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. La Salle rebounded from the defeat and ended the shortened season with a 31-7 win over Long Beach St. Anthony the following week.

It was an offensive explosion to behold: 14 points were scored in the game’s first 28 seconds; the two offenses combined for over 700 total yards.
However, the La Salle College Prep football team had its Rose Bowl debut spoiled by Studio City Harvard-Westlake as the Lancers’ comeback against their Del Rey League rival fell short in 58-40 shootout on April 9.
Harvard-Westlake (5-0 overall, 3-0 in league) virtually assures itself at least a share of the league title with the win. La Salle dropped to 2-2 overall (2-1 in league) with the loss.
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PHS Star Receives Rose Bowl Institute Award

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Ahmad Jolley (center) received the Rose Bowl Institute’s Sportsmanship Award following the Bulldogs’ victory over John Muir in the Turkey Tussle. Pictured are (from left) Pasadena City Councilman Gene Masuda, Rose Bowl Institute’s Brian Brantley, Mayor Victor Gordo, City Councilman Tyron Hampton, Rose Bowl Institute President Charlie Firestone and Advisory Board member Jen Welter.

Pasadena High School running back Ahmad Jolley was selected as the recipient of the Rose Bowl Institute’s inaugural Sportsmanship Award following the Bulldogs’ 33-6 victory over rival John Muir in the annual Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl last Friday evening.
Jolley “showcased continuous acts of sportsmanship throughout the game,” according to a spokesperson.
“For 73 years, we recognize that student athletes from John Muir and Pasadena high schools have left it all on the field – physically and emotionally – at the annual Turkey Tussle here at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo. “Thank you to the Rose Bowl Institute for starting a new tradition and recognizing the importance of sportsmanship to the game.”
According to an RBI statement, the sportsmanship values recognized and encouraged include appreciation for the game, commitment to the team, respect for others (particularly opponents and referees), playing by the rules, and personal integrity.
The committee members who selected the award recipient included Mayor Gordo, Rose Bowl Institute President Charlie Firestone, Pasadena City Councilmen Tyron Hampton and Gene Masuda, and Rose Bowl Institute representatives Brian Brantley and Jen Welter, who was the NFL’s first female football coach.
“This was a great opportunity for the Rose Bowl Institute to apply our Sportsmanship Award to an important local sporting event at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” Firestone said.
Darryl Dunn, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl Stadium, added: “We are very proud of the Rose Bowl Institute and presenting the inaugural sportsmanship award and are thrilled to be part of one Pasadena’s greatest traditions — the Turkey Tussle.”
Pasadena High head coach DeJuan Shamburger heaped praise on Jolley after he received the award. “Man, that’s my guy,” Shamburger said. “We stay on him, his grades are good, he doesn’t complain about anything, he does his job. That’s why he got the Sportsmanship Award.”