Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF

The mama bear and cub matching the description of those who’ve been spotted recently in La Cañada Flintridge made the TV news over the weekend when a homeowner’s surveillance camera caught the bears facing off with a coyote over the contents of a trash can on his property.
According to the station, the black bear and cub could be seen investigating a trash can in Chris McDonald’s yard when a coyote appeared on the scene, attracted either by the trash or the cub. Continue reading “Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF”

LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure

On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”

LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach

Jason Sarceda
Jason Sarceda

Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”

After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write

Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.
Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.

As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”

LCHS Assistant Principal Hired at Agoura HS

Mary Hazlett
Mary Hazlett

La Cañada High School Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett resigned on Wednesday to accept an assistant principal position at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills next school year, according to a news release from La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
At LCHS, Hazlett served as assistant principal of discipline, athletics and activities for two years. In that time, she made several improvements in practices related to student service, Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCHS Assistant Principal Hired at Agoura HS”

Fusion Academy’s Flexible Summer Classes

Fusion Pasadena science teacher Marc Missirlian and student Kameline Keshavarzi finish an experiment in the science lab.
Fusion Pasadena science teacher Marc Missirlian and student Kameline Keshavarzi finish an experiment in the science lab.

For students who need to make up a class this summer but have other obligations, Fusion Academy Pasadena offers them the flexibility to do it all. WASC accredited and UC approved courses are taught one-to-one at our friendly and comfortable campus. Students will learn the material like never before.
For more information on Fusion Academy Pasadena, call (323) 258-2012 or go to fusionpasadena.com.

LCF Orthopaedic Guild Honors Volunteers

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure
La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure

Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild were recently recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Danielle Barrios, assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliaries, which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild. Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965.
Barrios announced, “Volunteers are the backbone of OIC,” and that was the theme for the day. Students of Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School volunteer at OIC on a regular basis. Danielle was pleased to report that members of the five Guilds volunteered 16,200 hours to OIC during 2016.
Special guest speaker was Dr. Rachel Thompson, who hails from Chicago and attended George Washington University and Northwestern University. She is associate director for the OIC and UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy. She stressed that working in this field “the problems are many but the rewards are even greater.” Her goal is to see that “all patients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Attending the event from LCFOG were Joan Cleven, Caryl Pettit, Ginney Pruitt, Judi McClure, Arlene Massimino, Jeanne Long, Marie Baker, Carolyn Geer and Easy Delaney. Two LCFOG members were singled out for their lifetime hours to date: Marie Baker with 200 volunteer hours and Caryl Pettit, who can be found working in the It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop two days a week, with 3,000 hours.
Members of LCFOG were also in attendance at the recent CCG 106th annual meeting held at OIC’s downtown campus.
Joan Cleven, president of LCFOG, spoke at the CCG meeting outlining LCFOG’s fundraisers, which benefit OIC. The annual Book and Author Luncheon, held in October has been the primary fundraiser for many years. Dinner at Mijares Restaurant in April is a fun and tasty way to raise funds, along with monthly Bunco games. To date, LCFOG, organized in 1957, has donated $707,337 to OIC.
For more information, call Marie Gilhooly at (818) 249-5262.

Local Surgeon Receives Prestigious Honors

Dr. Henri Ford (right), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, is congratulated by Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Dr. Henri Ford (right), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, is congratulated by Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In a storied medical career filled with accolades and achievements, La Cañada Flintridge resident Dr. Henri Ford has been recognized for two extraordinary honors. Ford, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, was recently elected as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and he achieved one of the rarest and most prestigious international milestones for a surgeon — an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the organization’s highest award.
“I was truly humbled and appreciative of the honor and it allowed me to pause and reflect on my journey and how blessed I have been to be guided by my mentors and role models,” said Ford, CHLA’s first honorary fellow to be admitted by the Royal College.
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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.