NCL Glendale Holds ‘From the Heart’ Blood Drive July 9

Members Xoshil, Shin and Xiomara Chen-Marquez at the 2016 blood drive.
Members Xoshil, Shin and Xiomara Chen-Marquez at the 2016 blood drive.

The Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Inc. will hold its 11th annual “From the Heart” American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, July 9, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The summer is a time when blood supplies are very low and donors are urgently needed.
Members of the community are encouraged to make an appointment to donate by emailing fromtheheart@nclglendale.org, or by signing up for this drive on the American Red Cross San Gabriel-Pomona Valley website. Donors are welcomed by the NCL Chapter’s mother and daughter members, and upon leaving, are thanked with a bag of homemade cookies and treats made by the Ticktockers (daughters).
“Our chapter’s blood drive is one of the most successful in the area and this year we hope once more to meet or exceed 120 blood donations, saving more than 300 lives,” said Christie Clarkson, chapter president.
Chairing the event are members Hilary Fausett, Ellen Portantino and Penny Rajewski. For more information on the campaign, or to learn more about NCL Inc, Glendale Chapter membership, visit nclglendale.org and complete the online interest form on the Get Involved page.

Crescenta Valley Radio Club Holds Field Day June 24-25

The Crescenta Valley Radio Club will participate in national Field Day activities June 24-25 in Verdugo Park (across from Glendale Community College). On Field Day, Amateur Radio Operators, called Hams, across the county take their equipment and expertise “to the field” to make as many contacts as possible over a 24-hour period.
Field Day provides Hams with the opportunity to hone skills and have fun while making contacts across the U.S. and Canada. The deeper purpose is disaster preparedness as Hams attempt to make contacts in circumstances that mimic the displacement of a disaster. In times of natural disasters such as earthquakes, it is likely no one will be able to use the phone system if it is knocked out or overloaded. Hams are poised to help in the aftermath.
Operators will be on duty beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday morning and continue for 24 hours. Residents are invited to visit, ask questions and see how this wonderful pastime can play a crucial role in providing communication to the outside world when disaster strikes. Visitors may even learn how to earn their own federally granted amateur radio license and join the effort to serve others in need.
The Crescenta Valley Radio Club meets every second Thursday of the month at Verdugo Hills Hospital at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Michael L. Lichtman (KF6KXG), club president, through the club website cvrc.club.

Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day

Set your alarm later next year if you’re a student at either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to start the school day at 8:30 a.m. for the 2017-18 school year, a departure from the current 7:45 a.m. first-period start time. The school day will end at 3:14 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 3:13 p.m. during Wednesday and Thursday block schedules. Continue reading “Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day”

A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days

Photos by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday's annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.
Photos by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday’s annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge partied this past weekend, but it also paused to reflect.
For the 44th consecutive year, thousands got together in LCF for the annual four-day fiesta that culminated Monday morning with a somber memorial service followed by a lively, patriotic parade.
The Memorial Service honored not only the 29 LCF residents whose names are engraved on plaques at Memorial Park for having given their lives in military service, but all American service members, former and current, who have made great sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. Continue reading “A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days”

LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes

Mayor Michael Davitt wasted no time quashing the proposed urgency ordinance that could have established a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for structures 50 years old or more in La Cañada Flintridge.
Before even hearing public comment, Davitt told a packed council chamber at Tuesday’s special meeting: “It’s not going to gather my support,” effectively denying the emergency ordinance outright. It needed approval from all four sitting City Council members to pass; none was in favor. Continue reading “LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes”

710 Freeway Tunnel Proposal Collapses; LCF Applauds

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Jan SooHoo, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who’s fought the prospect of the 710 Freeway extension since 2009, was among those rejoicing when the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move away from the project at its meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 25.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Jan SooHoo, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who’s fought the prospect of the 710 Freeway extension since 2009, was among those rejoicing when the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move away from the project at its meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 25.

Ding dong, the proposed 710 Freeway Tunnel is “effectively dead,” as La Cañada Flintridge’s Jan SooHoo described it in a celebratory email to fellow opponents of the proposed multi-billion-dollar project.
Despite a recommendation from the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff to approve a 4.9-mile, $3.2-billion single-bore tunnel, Metro’s Board of Directors on Thursday voted unanimously against it. Continue reading “710 Freeway Tunnel Proposal Collapses; LCF Applauds”

LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant

Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.
Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.

There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”

That Sinking Feeling on Hillard in LCF

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK A sinkhole caused some consternation on Memorial Day weekend for residents on Hillard Avenue.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
A sinkhole caused some consternation on Memorial Day weekend for residents on Hillard Avenue.

Christina Bond felt it was a little dramatic even suggesting it, but she was right: That dip in the asphalt and the sound of rushing water were indications that a sinkhole was opening up in front of her home in the 4700 block of Hillard Avenue.
The sinkhole — which expanded to about 10 feet by 5 feet — appeared Sunday, May 28, after residents noticed they felt a dip as they drove along their street. Continue reading “That Sinking Feeling on Hillard in LCF”

LCF’s Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day

Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.

Gold Star family Jaynie, Connell and Woody Studenmund
Gold Star family Jaynie, Connell and Woody Studenmund

The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading “LCF’s Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day”

LCHS Class of 2017 is College Bound

By Brent Kuszyk
La Cañada Unified
Governing Board Member

Brent Kuszyk
Brent Kuszyk

The future looks bright for our La Cañada High School class of 2017 graduates. With a graduating class of 334, the students are spreading their wings throughout California, across the United States and the world. Of the 315 graduates who reported matriculating to a college, 62% are staying in California while the remaining 38% are heading to 29 states as well as to France, England, Canada and South Korea. Twenty-two percent will be attending two-year colleges with Pasadena City College the highest attendance at 46 students. Continue reading “LCHS Class of 2017 is College Bound”