Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
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Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”

LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek, with not even a month of the new job under his belt, admitted he was in the hot seat at the City Council meeting this week.
A handful of La Cañada Flintridge residents pleaded with city officials to take action against residential burglaries and other crimes. One resident even called for the formation of LCF’s own police department.
“One burglary is too many for the city,” said Blasnek, sympathizing with residents. “Even though you can’t prevent them all and can’t be perfect.” Continue reading “LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries”

LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Students witnessed the consequences of a simulated crash — not an unavoidable “accident,” Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett said. Some said it will make them think twice before drinking and driving.

A simulation of a gruesome crash was staged in front of La Cañada High School on Thursday, April 13, as part of “Every 15 Minutes,” a nationwide program meant to increase awareness among teenagers about the high-stake dangers of drinking and driving.
“It’s about having our students — and adults — pause and question their own behavior,” Principal Ian McFeat said. Continue reading “LCHS Confronts Drinking and Driving Dangers”

Descanso Gardens Offers Earth Day Fun

Photo courtesy Descanso Gardens In addition to a host of Earth Day-inspired activities, Descanso Gardens this weekend will feature a native wildflower display that will include California poppies.
Photo courtesy Descanso Gardens
In addition to a host of Earth Day-inspired activities, Descanso Gardens this weekend will feature a native wildflower display that will include California poppies.

The Earth has its day every April 22, when people all over the planet gather for rallies, conferences, service projects, and this year at Descanso Gardens, a Botanic Bling.
The Botanic Bling Trunk Sale — recycled and upcycled gifts are among the items that will be for sale — is one of several of Descanso’s Earth Day-themed activities scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Offers Earth Day Fun”

Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day

Name another high school that can pool an Oscar winner, head of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, state Senator, former Major League Baseball player, NASA engineer, deputy district attorney, pilot and philharmonic oboist and have them all on the same campus, on the same morning.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.
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Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.

Continue reading “Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day”

LCHS Students to Simulate Drunk Driving Risks

OUTLOOK photo As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program two years ago, students watched as their peers performed in a graphic simulated drunk driving crash in front of La Cañada High School.
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As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program two years ago, students watched as their peers performed in a graphic simulated drunk driving crash in front of La Cañada High School.

Before he was an attorney prosecuting DUIs, La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Dan Jeffries worked on an ambulance crew while he was in college and law school. He witnessed, first hand, often tragic results of drunk driving. Continue reading “LCHS Students to Simulate Drunk Driving Risks”

LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.
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The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.

This past Sunday — Palm Sunday — La Cañada Presbyterian Church welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer, who emerged from a field of more than 200 candidates to lead La Cañada Flintridge’s largest congregation. Continue reading “LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search”

LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama

Charlie DePew was walking across the playground at La Cañada Elementary School, back to class, when his life changed.

Photo courtesy Alison DePew Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.
Photo courtesy Alison DePew
Charlie DePew stars in “Famous in Love,” from the makers of the hit teen drama “Pretty Little Liars.” It premieres April 18 on Freeform.

He’d just clowned his way through a tryout for a part in the 6th-grade production of “Charlie Brown,” and it was bothering him, this sense that he might be squandering an opportunity.
“So I ran back to the cafeteria and I was like, ‘I want to really try!’” said DePew, whose second take got him the part, and whose performance earned applause that triggered another notion: “‘I’m going to do this!’”
Good grief, Charlie DePew, you weren’t joking. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Hits Big on TV Drama”