USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar

Dr. Nerses Sanossian

May is American Stroke Awareness Month, an occasion that USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will use to educate the public about how to treat strokes — and more importantly, how to prevent them.
“People don’t realize that 80% of strokes are preventable,” Dr. Nerses Sanossian said by phone. “And the way to prevent them is by educating and empowering people to make lifestyle changes before a stroke occurs.
“No matter how good we are at treating strokes, a stroke averted is the best way to treat a stroke.” Continue reading “USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar”

Kiwanis to Honor Leininger

Mike Leininger

The local Kiwanis Club has named Mike Leininger as the 2017 La Cañadan of the Year. Leininger will be honored on Wednesday, April 25, at a luncheon held at Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens.
Leininger has been an active La Cañada Flintridge community volunteer since moving here 30 years ago. When he was hired by the La Cañada Unified School District, he realized that getting involved as a volunteer in this small town would be key to building relationships and making connections. This was an easy path to pursue as his wife and daughters became immersed in LCF, too. Continue reading “Kiwanis to Honor Leininger”

USC-VHH CEO Honored

Keith Hobbs (right) of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, who was honored as CEO of the Year at the annual Glendale Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon, is congratulated by Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian.

Keith Hobbs, the CEO at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, was honored as CEO of the Year at the recent Glendale Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon.
Hobbs, who also serves as a member of the Health System Board at USC, “provides leadership for inpatient, ancillary and allied health facilities by promoting teamwork, fostering efficiency, enhancing communication and establishing clearly defined goals and measurements,” according to an event spokesperson. “In just over a year at the helm at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Keith and his administrative team have had great success in growing the hospital’s clinical infrastructure, patient volume and reputation in the community.”
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LCHS Home Tour April 27

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
La Cañada High School Home Tour committee members include Mindy DiPaolo (7/8 PTA president), Gillan Abercrombie Frame (co-chair), Suzanne Jensen (co-chair) and Lisa Dick
(9-12 PTA president).

Suzanne Jensen and Gillan Abercrombie Frame are co-chairing this year’s La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9-12 PTA Home Tour. This committee has been planning for months five ways to participate and enjoy the biggest fundraiser for the schools.
Besides touring four unique homes from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, ticketholders can enjoy lunch at event sponsor Los Gringos Locos and other local favorites, including Honeybird, Penelope’s and Sakura. Continue reading “LCHS Home Tour April 27”

Obituary: D. Allen Lund

D. Allen Lund
D. Allen Lund

D. Allen Lund, a community pillar and noted philanthropist, has died following a brief battle with cancer. He was 77.
Allen died Saturday morning at his home in Pasadena with his large family at his bedside and a small choir of Carmelite Sisters singing around him.
In the hours before his death, he was asked by a grandchild how he was. His response, “Wonderful.” Allen’s tremendous life and peaceful death were exactly that, wonderful by any measure. His was a life rich in family, faith and successes.
He leaves behind his adored wife of 57 years, Kathleen “Kathie” Lund. The couple had six children: David Lund, Kenneth Lund, Edward Lund, Natalie (Lund) Peterson, Anna (Lund) Clapp, and Christina (Lund) Doerfler and their spouses.
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New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting new Mayor Terry Walker (right) told outgoing Mayor Michael Davitt that she has “big shoes to fill” in the coming year, using footwear as props to illustrate that point.

Terry Walker has substantial goals that she’d like to accomplish — and big shoes to fill, she said — in the next year, her first as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge.
She demonstrated Tuesday by holding aloft a loafer belonging to Michael Davitt, LCF’s outgoing mayor, and then inserting one of her high-heeled shoes within it: “This your shoe, and this is my shoe,” she said, as Davitt sat beside her, chuckling. “I will try to live up to your shoe size.”
After Walker’s first meeting as mayor adjourned, show-and-tell continued at the “changeover” reception as community members filled the hallways and lobby of the former Sport Chalet corporate office building that soon will contain City Hall. Continue reading “New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall”

LCF Seeing More Mountain Lions

Screenshot courtesy Dennis Flower
A mountain lion was caught on camera in Dennis Flower’s backyard on two nights last week; he said he’s concerned about the animal’s presence with children walking to Paradise Canyon Elementary School near his Crown Avenue home.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Dennis Flower said he feels less relaxed in his own backyard since a mountain lion made a cameo a couple of times on his home security video footage last week.
“I have adjusted my seating position so I can see the extent of the yard,” said Flower, who had never before seen evidence of mountain lions on his property in the 30 years he’s lived in La Cañada Flintridge.
He also didn’t have a surveillance camera set up until six months ago, he said, so it’s difficult to know whether he’s previously been visited by cats like the one recorded slinking around his property in the 5000 block of Crown Avenue at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26, and then again at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Continue reading “LCF Seeing More Mountain Lions”

Special Blessing at Dignity Health

In commemoration of Good Friday, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, led a special service and blessing for the patients, staff and community members at Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital. He also visited the NICU and blessed newborn baby, Sawyer, and mother Laura Wright.

Flintridge Bookstore Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day April 28

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with activities for all ages. The event includes a reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month and author appearances in conjunction with Earth Day, plus other author signings and special story times with visits from therapy and rescue dogs. The store is also having a book drive for La Cañada Flintridge elementary school libraries. There will be lots of giveaways and a drawing to win a tote bag full of books.
Independent Bookstore Day is a nationwide event created in 2015 to show support for local booksellers and a special time for them to reach out to their communities. Approximately 500 bookstores throughout the country have events planned for this celebration.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd.

LCHS Sports Medicine Shines at Regional Competition

Photo courtesy Kim Crosby
The La Cañada High School Sports Medicine team that finished third at the AACI Regional Sports Medicine Competition at Cal State Northridge includes (front row, from left) Emily Truong, Rajvi Kumar, Melody Wu and James Yim. Middle row: Samuel Seo, Robbie Louk, Eleni Kamar, Solenn Matuska, Erica Oh, Matthew Bromley, Lea Patao, Paris Papac, Lily Bagheri and Sonia Vaze. Back: Nathan Boulanger, Brandon Buck, Trevor Lee, Sophia Barber, Allison Mueller, Maddie Torres, Noah Hirshon, Alyssa Busta, Alyssa DeLuccia and Salma Hamza.

Twenty-four La Cañada High School Sports Medicine students put their spring break on hold to compete in the 17th annual AACI Regional Sports Medicine Competition at Cal State Northridge on March 24.
The students, led by teacher Kim Crosby, emerged with a third-place team trophy in the Large School Division, after competing against more than 600 students from high schools in California, Washington, Kansas and Texas.
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