High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.

A bunch of jolly young elves were hard at work unloading 835 Christmas trees from the back of a semi-trailer truck in the Crescenta Cañada YMCA’s parking lot Sunday afternoon.
One of them was Colin Jacobs, a St. Francis senior sporting dozens of pine needles and grin that would not quit.
“I love this!” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off so it feels good.”
All that effort, by Jacobs and the other 70-plus teens involved in the YMCA’s Youth in Business Club, was a contribution in a longstanding local holiday tradition associated with the YMCA of the Foothills Christmas Tree Lot. The lot has come to provide teenagers an opportunity for real-life work experience while raising funds for kids who need help covering the cost of YMCA programs ranging from swim lessons to camping excursions. Continue reading “High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale”

LCUSD Reaches for the Stars

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education department, welcomes visitors to the JPL Dome during last week’s Family STEAM Night at Palm Crest Elementary School.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education department, welcomes visitors to the JPL Dome during last week’s Family STEAM Night at Palm Crest Elementary School.

Billed, appropriately, as a star-studded event, the district’s Family STEAM Night last week at Palm Crest Elementary school wowed 150 attendees, including 4th-grade science fan Aaron Kang, who came to build on his already flourishing astronomical expertise.
“Yeah, this is cool,” he said. “Stars are really cool.”
He and his brother, 1st-grader Elias Kang, spent the evening at school because they wanted to check out telescopes, an iPad stargazing app and, definitely, the JPL Dome stationed inside the school’s multi-purpose room.
Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the JPL education department, led the galactic tour inside the dome — a blown-up tent inside which a projection of space offered 30 stargazers at a time a far-out ride. Continue reading “LCUSD Reaches for the Stars”

LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers

Photo courtesy Faith Florez Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.
Photo courtesy Faith Florez
Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.

Perhaps, in a few years, it will be unimaginable that farmworkers would labor in the fields without carrying or wearing a device capable of alerting them to heat warnings. Continue reading “LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers”

Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats

Voters on Tuesday elected Joe Radabaugh and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia to sit on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board for the upcoming four-year term.
Jeffries, the current board president and a longtime prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney’s office, was the leading vote-getter with 2,104 votes as of Wednesday morning, according to preliminary results posted by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder. Continue reading “Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats”

Measure LCF Passes With 71% Approval

With overwhelming support, Measure LCF passed Tuesday. According to preliminary figures, the $149 million general obligation bond garnered approval from 71.33% of voters; it needed at least 55% to pass.
“We’re honestly blown away by the support,” said Josh Epstein, co-chair of the Yes on LCF campaign, adding that turnout in La Cañada Flintridge eclipsed totals reported elsewhere in L.A. County. Continue reading “Measure LCF Passes With 71% Approval”

Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout

La Cañada Flintridge’s Ring.com Residential Video Doorbell Rebate Program — which allowed residents to purchase the home security device for $100 less than its regular $200 price — was so popular with residents that it was less than a week before the city exhausted the available subsidies.
The program opened on Oct. 24 and within four days, the program was full.
“We are very pleased with the response we received from the community regarding the program,” Mayor Michael Davitt said in an email. “It is a very cost-effective tool to help with our continuing efforts to increase public safety and public awareness.” Continue reading “Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout”

Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board got another lesson on the California School Dashboard at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD’s chief director of assessment, reminded her audience that Dashboard is replacing the former Academic Performance Index in the state, and she introduced the new local indicators, which are intended to offer districts a way to measure their progress in a variety of self-selected topics. Continue reading “Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings”

LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary

Derek Chin

Derek Chin hopes you’ll tune in. And that you won’t look away.
He’s part of the team that is bringing “The Volunteers,” a documentary about people voluntarily risking their lives in the fight against ISIS, to the AT&T Audience Network on DirecTV. The film will air in two parts, at 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12.
For Chin, a film editor whose prior credits mostly include reality TV shows such as “The Profit,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Top Chef,” his contribution to the documentary represents the most difficult, meaningful work of his career.
“When I first saw the footage, I realized this is not a television show, it’s a mission,” said Chin, who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge with his family since 2007. Continue reading “LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary”

Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor

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Dr. Alex Weber works with athletic trainer Tina Vasquez as they tend to a La Cañada High School football player who suffered a knee injury during the game against Monrovia on Friday, Oct. 13. Weber, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic Surgery for Keck School of Medicine at USC, works closely with both Spartan athletes and those who play for USC.

Dr. Alex Weber excused himself before heading out toward the 40-yard line, in the direction of the injured Monrovia football player prone on the La Cañada High School field turf.
Weber stood by, allowing the Monrovia training staff to treat the player, who’d sustained a separated shoulder. After a few minutes, the young man was able to stand and walk to the sideline for treatment (as suggested, gently and reasonably, by Weber) while the game resumed. Continue reading “Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor”