Bob Baffert has done it again.
The world-renowned horse trainer claimed his fifth Kentucky Derby victory Saturday when Justify raced to a convincing 2½-length triumph on a rain-soaked track in Louisville.
The victory was Baffert’s fifth at the Kentucky Derby and moved the La Cañada Flintridge resident into second place all time, just one win behind Ben Jones, who set the record in the 1940s. Continue reading “LCF’s Baffert Delivers a 5th Kentucky Derby Win”
After hearing that students at La Cañada High School are getting more sleep this school year, Governing Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the school bring back its “late start” bell schedule next fall.
For 2017-18, La Cañada Unified School District became one of the first districts in the state to start the school day at its high school at 8:30 a.m. (later than the previous 7:45 a.m. start). The initiative was inspired by the Challenge Success program, which is focused on improving students’ overall well-being.
A series of surveys were conducted and an oversight committee composed of students, parents, faculty and administrators met four times to evaluate the later start, said Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services. Continue reading “School Board Likes Late Start in 2018-19”
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to repeated reports of a bear in La Cañada Flintridge over the weekend, tranquilizing the 225-pound male Sunday afternoon and returning it to the wild, according to Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Wildlife spokesman.
There have been additional sightings reported since on social media, but the animal LCF resident Anjum Khan spotted in front of a house near the corner of Starlight Crest Drive and Burning Tree Drive as she was driving home Friday was relocated. At first, she said, the bear was digging through the trash, but then he seemed to just sit down and relax, she said.
“At one point, half of him was inside the trash can, and his other [rear] side was hanging out,” said Khan, who stopped to take some photos. “Then he was just sitting down, enjoying his lunch.” Continue reading “Bear Makes Himself at Home in LCF, Eventually is Evicted”
Until very recently, whenever little Jude DeMatteis needed to have blood drawn, or to undergo a procedure or testing, he’d recoil in terror the moment he saw a hospital or doctor’s office, said his mom, Jasmine DeMatteis.
Now nearing 5 years old, Jude has been primarily living off a feeding tube since he was just 4 months. He suffers from Crohn’s disease, and was diagnosed more than a year ago with medical post-traumatic stress disorder.
For the past few weeks, however, Jude’s anxiety has seemed to decrease. What’s more, the side effects that result from having to take chemotherapy medications such as Imuran seem less intense.
The difference has been a dog. Continue reading “Honda Helps Boy Find Service Dog”
Paradise Canyon Elementary School will have to share Debra Cradduck with the rest of La Cañada Unified School District after the school year ends.
The current PCY principal was appointed Tuesday to serve as the district’s executive director of personnel services, following the Governing Board’s unanimous approval.
“It’s pretty amazing, I’ve been here for eight years, so I’m definitely ready for a new challenge,” said Cradduck, a La Cañada High School graduate. “But I’m going to miss PCY.”
Cradduck’s new duties will include recruitment; coordinating assignments, promotions, leaves, transfers and retirements; managing evaluation programs; serving on the district’s negotiating team and much more. She’s scheduled to step into the new role at the close of the current school year, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “PCY Principal Promoted to District Role”
The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams had a historic day at Polytechnic last Saturday, taking home both Prep League championships.
Despite not winning any individual crowns, the Flintridge Prep girls posted 12 top-three finishes to record 315 points and win their first league crown in 15 years. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Boys, Girls Claim League Titles”
Former La Cañada Flintridge resident Judith Ellen Fogle has passed away at the age of 84 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Judith, originally from Cohoes, New York, was a stage, film, television and radio actress in the ’50s and ’60s and a main player in the 1952/1953 New York stage production of “Time Out For Ginger,” starring Melvyn Douglas. After marrying, she moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting career for a time, before retiring to raise her daughter, Mary.
She found her true passion in a second career as a longtime teacher of students at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Many of her students were immigrating to the United States from Central and South America. Judith guided many of those students in their college applications and acceptance. Judith is survived by her only daughter, Mary Fogle Mazur, and her son-in-law, John C. Mazur, both former residents of La Cañada Flintridge and now of Phoenix, her adult grandchildren from Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, Matthew Mazur (Amanda) and Maggie Mazur, and her many Mazur grand nieces and nephews from Southern California and Boston, all of whom she dearly cherished and adored. Continue reading “Obituary: Judith Ellen Fogle”
Arthur Frederick Niemann Jr., 80, passed away on May 4 in Glendale. Arthur, known as Fred, was born in Washington, Indiana on April 29, 1938, to father Arthur F. Niemann and mother Anna (Ann) P. Smith Niemann. Fred was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Rosalie of La Cañada Flintridge and son Douglas and wife Tawny of Eastvale and son Daniel and wife Sarah of Glendale. Fred is also survived by his sisters and spouses, Julie and Don Babrick of La Quinta, Nancy and William (Bill) Current of Eagle, Colorado, and his sister-in-law, Celia McGee of Henderson, Nevada. Fred enjoyed his seven grandchildren: Abigail, Joshua, Savannah, Logan, Evan, Madison and Charlotte. He also leaves his nieces and nephews and families. Continue reading “Obituary: Arthur Frederick (Fred) Niemann Jr.”
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the neighborhood Saturday, touring Jet Propulsion Laboratory before heading to a series of stops elsewhere in Southern California.
After his visit to the NASA campus, Pence tweeted: “Inspiring visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Thanks to the team at @NASAJPL for your leadership in unmanned space exploration since 1957! Under @POTUS Trump. America is leading in space again!” Continue reading “JPL Hosts ‘Inspiring Visit’ by VP Pence”
Representatives for Stifel Financial Corp. have been spending time recently in La Cañada Flintridge — where 71% of voters supported La Cañada Unified School District’s Measure LCF general obligation bond on the ballot last November — informing community members that the bond offering is expected to be available in the first half of May.
Their message to local constituents has been: “Basically, as voters, you approved this measure, the first part of which is coming onto the market, so we wanted to reach out and make sure to keep you in the loop,” said Hovick Babajanian, an associate vice president for Stifel Nicolaus & Co.
Babajanian grew up nearby in La Crescenta and spoke of frequent visits to See’s Candies and Sport Chalet. Continue reading “Local Investors Can Consider LCUSD Bonds”