LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review

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Quemars Ahmed is the first Muslim law student at UCLA to earn the position as editor-in-chief at the UCLA Law Review.

“It is certainly an interesting time for lawyers,” Quemars Ahmed said. “Although maybe all times are interesting for lawyers?”
Ahmed, a 2009 La Cañada High School graduate, is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, the nation’s 5th-ranked scholarly law journal. Known for being hard-working and cool-headed, the ever intellectually curious Ahmed is the first Muslim to lead the law school’s flagship journal since it began publishing in 1953.
“It means something to me only in the sense that it is representative of a larger phenomenon,” Ahmed said. “It’s a personal achievement, too, but … it does provide evidence of the fact that discrimination isn’t taking place [at UCLA] and it normalizes the relationships of other demographics in the law; I take that as a good thing.” Continue reading “LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review”

LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold

Mesa Crest Water Co. customers in La Cañada Flintridge received word last month that they’re going to have a new water provider.
According to a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, Mesa Crest Water Co., which was incorporated in LCF in 1956 and serves about 700 local residents, is being sold to Liberty Park Water, which provides service to about 29,000 customers in southeastern L.A. County.
“They’re being acquired by a large company that serves lots of communities in L.A. County and is a big national company, so we expect service to be better,” said Rich Atwater, president of the Foothill Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors. “It’s a much more sophisticated operation. Working with them will improve water service and conservation.” Continue reading “LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold”

Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals

A pair of La Canada High School students qualified for national semifinals in mutiple events this past weekend at USA Diving’s Zone F qualifier at Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena.
In the 3-meter board, Ray Wipfli, 14, and Tatsuya Machida, 15, finished in first and second place in their age group Thursday; in the 1-meter board contest Friday, Wipfli was second and Machida placed third; and in the platform event Sunday, Machida was the winner and Wipfli finished second — despite having suffered a sprained hand during warmups. Continue reading “Local Divers Qualify for National Semifinals”

Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments

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Builders Club members celebrate the group’s volunteer work, including Gloria Gong, Connor Hall, Jayden Husfeld, Joshua Fung, faculty adviser Sam Picture and Kiwanis President Dr. Mike Leininger.

The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club.
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Obituary: Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
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Obituary: Roger Herrling 1928-2017

Roger Herrling

Roger Herrling passed away on June 8 of natural causes at the age of 88.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Duluth, Minnesota, and came to California when he was 19 with his father and brother. He met Toni Bonifield when he was 21. The couple married two years later and were together for the next 67 years. They had five children, Dana, Cindy, Grant, Randy and Brad. The family often spent time together on wonderful summer vacations to Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii.
Roger attended UC Berkeley and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. While at Cal he was a member of the crew team where he rowed under legendary coach Caroll M. “KY” Ebright. His college career was cut short by the Korean War. At that time, Roger was accepted into the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. The war ended just as he was ready to deploy.
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‘Pivotal Players’ at St. Bede Opens July 19

Bishop Robert Barron’s latest “Word on Fire” program, “The Pivotal Players,” opens on Wednesday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. in St. Bede’s John 23rd Room.
The Pivotal Players are the men and women who influenced or changed certain doctrines of the Catholic Christian faith and who were often out of step with the culture of their time. Part 1 of the program includes: St. Francis of Assisi, the Reformer; St. Thomas Aquinas, the Theologian; St. Catherine of Sienna, the Mystic; Blessed John Henry Newman, the Convert; G.K. Chesterton, the Evangelist; and Michelangelo, the Artist.
Each session includes viewing a DVD followed by small group discussions for expanding and deepening the understanding of that particular pivotal player. The program is free.
For more information or to register, call St. Bede’s Parish Office at (818) 949-4300.

St. Bede Awards Essay Contest Winners

Janssen Van De Yacht is pictured with Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti of St. Bede and Archdiocesan director of the Italian Catholic Federation.

Two St. Bede Elementary School graduates recently were awarded the Father Lawrence Signey Essay Contest awards for writing excellence. The first-place winner, Alyssa Valdivia, was awarded $250 for her essay on the value of Catholic education, her heritage and good derived from church and community service. Janssen Van De Yacht received a second-place award for $100 for his essay covering the same criteria. Alyssa will attend Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in the fall, and Janssen will attend St. Francis High School.
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Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Pasadena

Eggs from the Aedes albopictus mosquito that can infect humans with viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya have been found recently for the first time in monitoring traps in Pasadena, according to a statement from the Pasadena Public Health Department on Monday.
Health officials emphasized there are no reported cases of locally transmitted Zika or the other two viruses.
“It is important for the public to be aware of the presence of this mosquito, which is different than the local variety of the insect, and to take steps now to help protect yourself and your family against these mosquitoes,” PPHD Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said.
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Two Hospitals Join LANES to Streamline Information Exchange

Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center are partnering with Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services to deliver better, more efficient health care to the communities they serve. Through the collaboration, the hospitals executed a contract with LANES to support secure information exchange between hospitals, community-based clinics and health plans in Los Angeles to support better care coordination — with special emphasis on underserved populations.
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