Girl Scouts Robotics Team Goes to Championships

Photo courtesy Renee Heinrichs The area Girl Scouts team headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships includes (in alphabetical order) Kemi Ashing-Giwa, Katelyn Biesiadecki, Maddie Braun, Breanna Chan, Britney Gallego, Desiree Gunnoe, Bella Heinrichs, Renee Heinrichs and Elizabeth Wu.
Photo courtesy Renee Heinrichs
The area Girl Scouts team headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships includes (in alphabetical order) Kemi Ashing-Giwa, Katelyn Biesiadecki, Maddie Braun, Breanna Chan, Britney Gallego, Desiree Gunnoe, Bella Heinrichs, Renee Heinrichs and Elizabeth Wu.

A trio of La Cañada High School students are members of a Girl Scouts robotics team that’s headed to the FIRST Tech Challenge world championships in Houston from April 19-22. Continue reading “Girl Scouts Robotics Team Goes to Championships”

LCF City Council Bids Adieu to Mayor Curtis, Welcomes Mayor Davitt

Michael Davitt will serve as LCF’s mayor for the second time.
Michael Davitt will serve as LCF’s mayor for the second time.

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members played musical chairs, bestowed gifts and celebrated their city at Tuesday’s meeting.
After Michael Davitt and Dave Spence were sworn in for their seventh and second terms, respectively, outgoing mayor Jonathan Curtis handed over the gavel to Davitt, who was elected by fellow council members to serve as the city’s mayor for the second time. Terry Walker was tabbed by her colleagues as the city’s mayor pro-tem. Continue reading “LCF City Council Bids Adieu to Mayor Curtis, Welcomes Mayor Davitt”

Blasnek is CV’s New Sherriff in Town

Capt. Chris Blasnek
Capt. Chris Blasnek

Capt. Chris Blasnek took his first tour of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Monday, and had only positive impressions to report: “There are a lot of nice people here,” he said. “Capt. Song left me a very nice gem.”
Bill Song, who served as the CV Station’s captain for nearly four years, was promoted to commander last month and transferred, over the weekend, to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Technology and Support Division. Continue reading “Blasnek is CV’s New Sherriff in Town”

Local Family Says Racial Profiling Targets Son

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Donna Ford’s son, Alex, says he’s been stopped seven times in his La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood by sheriff’s personnel since he was 13 years old.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Donna Ford’s son, Alex, says he’s been stopped seven times in his La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood by sheriff’s personnel since he was 13 years old.

Alex Ford said he was 13 the first time he was stopped by a member of the sheriff’s department.
“I was going to get some doughnuts before church,” said Ford, who is black. “I had a nice new button-down shirt, some new pants and new shoes. In the time of exiting my gate and walking past the second house, a cop pulled me over and said, ‘What are you doing here? Do you belong here?’
“And I said, ‘Yeah, I live three doors down, at that house.’ Then he said, ‘Show me.’ I had to walk the cop back to my house.
“At that point, I wasn’t in the mood for doughnuts.” Continue reading “Local Family Says Racial Profiling Targets Son”

Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit

Christine Castillo
Christine Castillo

Christine Castillo, the former La Cañada Elementary School principal, has amended her lawsuit against La Cañada Unified School District to include wrongful termination, her attorney Ben Meiselas said Wednesday.
Late last year, Castillo filed suit against the district, alleging that officials discriminated against her by subjecting her to unfair treatment that included demotion and reassignment when she told them she was pregnant shortly after being hired in 2012. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit”

Clarkson, Morton, Schwartz are Les Tupper Honorees

The 53rd annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at von Karman Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Christie Clarkson, Sheri Morton and Victoria Schwartz will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Kara Bradley and Shayna Goldstein are set to receive Student Service Awards; Janice SooHoo will be recognized with the Special Service Award and the Assistance League of Flintridge will receive the Organization Award.

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A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

She is an interested, inspired learner. She’s really bright. Special.
That’s been evident for years and was made clear again when
R Cohen, a 17-year-old La Cañada Flintridge resident, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam in February.

Acing the test appears it will present new opportunities. It’s already led to a surge in correspondence from premier colleges and has attracted the attention of local press. But Cohen, proving she’s wise beyond her years, knows this: It’s just a score on a test.
“This is low-key hypocritical coming from me, but so much of us place our self-worth in these standardized tests that are really not a good indicator of how intelligent you are,” she said. “I’ve seen people get lower scores than they wanted and they’re totally devastated, like, ‘I’m not a smart person!’ But these tests are how well you know what the test-makers are going to do.” Continue reading “A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude”