Humane Society ‘Heroes’

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Nancy and Al Plamann, event hosts Sherry and David Kirchheimer and Gillan Abercrombie were among the La Cañada Flintridge residents who enjoyed the Pasadena Humane Society “Heroes Circle” reception recently. Guests were celebrated for their dedication of service and financial support to the Pasadena Humane Society, according to President/CEO Julie Blank.

An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80

Dave Spence

La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
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CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Facebook Page

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In an example of a recent post on the CV Sheriff’s Station Facebook page, Lt. Mark Slater shared information about a citizen’s role in a DUI arrest.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station stepped up local patrols — and its social media presence.
Visitors to the station’s Facebook page — @CrescentaValleySheriffsStation — will find news about a DUI arrest on Monday night, a car that overturned early Sunday and wound up on somebody’s lawn, as well as information about street closures related to Saturday’s Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race.
“Society being so social media-minded, we want to make sure we engage with the community on the same level they’re communicating on a daily basis,” Lt. Mark Slater said. Continue reading “CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Facebook Page”

Former Sport Chalet Reaching New Tenant Deal, But Not With Hooters

No, the former Sport Chalet space will not be occupied by a Hooters Restaurant, despite what you might have read on social media.
It also won’t house a skating rink, said Robert Fuelling, senior vice president of IDS Real Estate Group, which owns the Town Center.
IDS is, in fact, closing in on a deal with a tenant for the 45,000-square foot retail space, Fuelling said, adding only that the negotiations are with a national retailer and that an announcement could come within a month. Continue reading “Former Sport Chalet Reaching New Tenant Deal, But Not With Hooters”

LCE Gets New Principal for a Day

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Sixth-grader Ryan Avakian was La Cañada Elementary School’s principal for a day. He met with Principal Emily Blaney to discuss his tasks for the day, including visiting the classrooms, filming the 1st- and 4th- graders and making a video of them for a teacher appreciation project. He also made up the agenda for a staff meeting.

2017 Gold Award Recipients

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Gold awardees: Emma Aitelli (seated, from left), Megan Andrews, Hailey Belcher, Emily Clarkson, Caroline Daniels, Eleanor Fausett, Megan Galantai, Audrey George, Ardis Griffin, Caroline Higa, Ashleigh Kazak, Jacqueline Kim, Melissa Klein and Rebecca Klein. Back: Julianne Lauenstein, Brittany Lerian, Elena Melehani, Holly Miller, Lauren O’Brien, Julia Paccone, Allegra Rendina, Gabriella Rendina, Catherine Rickert, Sahar Shirbacheh, Katherine Smersfelt, Olivia Strauss and Holly Stoner.

Speeding Car Flips on Residential Street; Police Suspect DUI

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An overturned vehicle came to rest on a resident’s lawn early Sunday in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive, according to Lt. Mark Slater.
Judging by the speed and the effects of the collision, deputies suspect the 22-year-old driver was intoxicated, Slater said, though toxicology test results won’t be known for a couple of weeks.
The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned on the front lawn of a residence. Both occupants of the vehicle suffered injuries for which they were treated at local hospitals, Slater said.
“We’re just lucky that no one was hurt in the houses by that flying debris,” Slater said. “Car parts flew all over the place and damaged a couple of the houses. One car part ended up on the roof of a house.”
Slater also urged anyone who’s been drinking to avoid driving.
“At some point, the driver or passenger has to take responsibility and say, ‘We’ve been drinking,’ and order a ride share or a taxi,” Slater said.

LCPC Parent Education Caps Year Honoring Staff

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LCPC Parent Education Staff honorees: Anne Bierling (10 years), Jan Roberts (25 years) and Nanette Brown (20-plus years).

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program capped the end of its 38th year by honoring three long-serving staff members.
Jan Roberts was honored for her 25 years of dedicated service teaching parents of children ranging from elementary school age through college. She expanded the curriculum of the Parenting Elementary Kids classes, spearheaded the development and implementation of the Tween and Teen Classes, conducted Parent Ed Seasonal Crafts Workshops and created a Parenting College Kid’s Class, which she presently teaches through her in-home business that she has run since 2008. Roberts is well-loved throughout Parent Education and known in the community as the “Parent Coach,” writing a popular weekly column for the La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena Outlook publications. In 2012, she was named Parent Ed’s Shining Star.
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