La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut

Nik Turley
Nik Turley

Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”

Beloved Volunteer Shines for Elizabeth House Shelter

Photo courtesy Elizabeth House Elizabeth House Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) was among those celebrating Kate Rhymer’s contribution to the organization at this year’s gala.
Photo courtesy Elizabeth House
Elizabeth House Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) was among those celebrating Kate Rhymer’s contribution to the organization at this year’s gala.

It’s not unusual for first-time visitors to miss the Elizabeth House because they’re expecting some type of facility or some place more clinical.
They’re not looking for a house that matches all the others in its central Pasadena neighborhood, the place where La Cañada Flintridge’s Kate Rhymer has always felt right at home among women who are receiving not only much-needed shelter, but equally important support and love.
Since 1994, the two-story residence has served as a safe spot for the region’s homeless women and their children. Rhymer — who was honored at the organization’s annual gala this spring — has been integral to its function. Continue reading “Beloved Volunteer Shines for Elizabeth House Shelter”

Flintridge Prep Seeks to Assuage Concerns Over Plan

Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.
Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux
Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

School campus improvements are proving a popular subject this summer.
As the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board prepares to decide whether to put to a public vote a bond measure to fund $101 million of facility improvements on its four campuses, Flintridge Prep is preparing its own $20 million upgrade — plans that have some of the private school’s neighbors concerned.
Residents living near the seven-acre campus at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue said they question whether updates and related construction could diminish property values, exacerbate an already sticky traffic situation, flood the neighborhood with unwanted light from athletic field upgrades and even trigger allergies. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Seeks to Assuage Concerns Over Plan”

LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site

City Council members on Tuesday approved the sale of La Cañada Flintridge’s current City Hall building to Glendale-based Knight Insurance Services for $3.3 million.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation with the buyer and the council and the city for quite some time,” Mayor Michael Davitt said Wednesday. “It came up right after we were committed to move ahead with the new acquisition.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site”

LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup

Photo courtesy Mastro Communications Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.
Photo courtesy Mastro Communications
Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.

Former La Cañada High School golfer Collin Morikawa helped the United States defeat Europe, 19 1/2-11 1/2, to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Morikawa contributed a few points to the U.S. squad by winning two of four matches.
“It’s just a big honor,” said Morikawa, who is one of the top collegiate golfers at Cal. “This is the first time Mr. Palmer couldn’t be there with us. It’s such a great honor to represent the country and Mr. Palmer. I feel like I didn’t have my best out there, but it was all about keeping the spirits high and keeping the legacy of Mr. Palmer living and representing the nation as best as we can. We were able to win and make history, and it was great to be a part of that.” Continue reading “LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup”

SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.

Dave Nydam wants to warn fellow La Cañada Flintridge residents who might also have their front yard encroached upon by upgraded Southern California Edison equipment: It could happen to you.
If it does, a SCE representative said, an impeded view is something of a symbol of improved electrical reliability in the neighborhood, which will be safer for it.
On Thursday, June 8, Nydam was surprised to find a crew at work in his front yard along Hillard Avenue, replacing a pole — 15 inches in diameter — that was planted in the public right-of-way two years ago, with one that measured 18 inches in diameter. Continue reading “SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF”

Man Drives Off Angeles Crest Hwy. to His Death

A man was killed after driving his pickup truck off the side of Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 27 and plunging approximately 700 feet. Witnesses called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities said.
A Montrose Search and Rescue team worked through the night to recover the man’s body: “Sadly, we can confirm one fatality from last night’s crash,” the organization posted on Twitter. Continue reading “Man Drives Off Angeles Crest Hwy. to His Death”

Merrill “Tom” Thomas Spalding

Feb. 22, 1945-June 12, 2017

Merrill Thomas Spalding
Merrill Thomas Spalding

Friends and family will gather Friday, June 23, to say farewell and to celebrate the life of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Tom Spalding. Tom was a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for the past 43 years and passed away at the age of 72 on June 12.
Tom was born on Feb. 22, 1945, in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1962, earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1966, and then attended Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master’s degree in Sino/Soviet relations. This choice stemmed from his beloved father’s career as a history professor at Stanford.
After completing his education, he began his career as an international banker with Bank of America in San Francisco. This is where he met his wife of 47 years, Karen Brisa. Soon after their marriage in 1970, Tom made a career change into the insurance industry, which became his occupation for the remainder of his life. This career change gave Tom and Karen the opportunity to move to the East Coast where they welcomed their first son, Arthur, in 1971. In 1974, four months after their second son, Jonathan, was born they returned to the West Coast, where they began their permanent residency in La Cañada Flintridge.
Tom will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his passion for traveling, his love of sports and his wealth of knowledge which spanned many areas — he was a history buff and a trivia expert.
After multiple vacations in Cabo San Lucas and Aruba when Tom turned 50, he made a change in his lifestyle, deciding he wanted to travel more. This included many cruises with Karen and friends to various locations, including the Panama Canal, Australia/New Zealand, Normandy, the Black Sea and Russia. He enjoyed attending sporting events with his children, with some of the most memorable being the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl, and the NCAA college basketball Final Four in New Orleans in 2003. Tom also was involved in coaching his children in various sports, including baseball and soccer.
One of Tom’s greatest pleasures in recent years was spending time with his four grandchildren. No matter what was on his plate, he was willing to spend as much time as he could with them. He attended as many activities as possible, including Little League games, basketball games, play performances, awards ceremonies and other special events. “Tom Tom” was a constant presence in his grandchildren’s lives.
Tom is survived by his wife, Karen, his son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Arin Spalding, and his son Jonathan Spalding. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren: Jackson, Oliver, Isabella and Sofia Spalding. He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill TenBroeck Spalding; his mother, Clara Smith Spalding; and his brother, Michael Spalding.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, with a reception immediately following.
Any kind acts of charity may be made to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, or to any organization of your choice:
In Memory of Tom Spalding for the ICU
1812 Verdugo Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91214

John Robert Ruder

John Robert Ruder
John Robert Ruder

On June 18, John Robert Ruder passed away at 21 years old. Jack was a loving son and brother, funny, incredibly driven and kind. A proud Mustang at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo class of 2018, Jack played intramural basketball for freshman and sophomore years as well as St. Francis High School varsity ball.
In his spare time, he put his entrepreneurial skills to good use: starting and monetizing a YouTube channel that grew to more than 600,000 subscribers, as well as pursuing other business start-up ventures.
We know he touched the lives of many while he was here with us, whether it be his friends, business partners, or his family who love him so much. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (also known as NARSAD: National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression).
He is survived by his mother, Shannon Drennan Ruder; his father, Tim Ruder; and two loving sisters, Claire and Claudia.
The funeral will be held this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Bede. There will also be a rosary today, June 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Bede.

Multiple Arrests Related to Burglaries

A burglary suspect was arrested early Monday outside of the Wingstop restaurant in the 1900 block of Verdugo Boulevard, authorities said.
According to Crescenta Valley Sheriff Sgt. Alan Chu, a deputy was driving past the location at about 1:55 a.m. when he spotted the suspect — a 19-year-old from Long Beach — peering into the restaurant’s window. When the deputy turned around to investigate the suspect, four other suspects fled on foot. They were wearing hoods and dark clothing that made them difficult to identify, Chu said. Continue reading “Multiple Arrests Related to Burglaries”