Obituary: Joan Rebecca Pinto Whalen

Joan Rebecca Pinto Whalen, 62, former resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at her home in Glendale. Already a 20-year cancer survivor, she passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by friends and family.
Joan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to her late parents, Charles W. Pinto and Eloise M. Pinto. She is survived by her brother, John Pinto, and her sister, Jule Pinto.
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CSF Scholarship Applications Open Now

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge is now accepting 2018 scholarship applications. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling local students to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Full-time students who attend a public or private school located within the city of La Cañada Flintridge, as well as Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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LCE Educator is Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Mandy Redfern

State Sen. Anthony Portantino welcomed La Cañada Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mandy Redfern to Sacramento to congratulate her on being a finalist for 2018 California Teacher of the Year. Redfern and other outstanding teachers were recognized at a reception in the Capitol on Monday night. Portantino, who is also from LCF, said his children attended La Cañada Elementary School.
“Mandy is just an awesome teacher and it was such an honor to see her in Sacramento receiving this recognition. Her hard work and dedication to our district as well as her patience and dedication with helping educate my two daughters, Sofia and Bella, makes this recognition even more special,” commented Portantino.
The teacher of the year recognition is sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty and the California Teachers of the Year Foundation.

LCF Educational Foundation Spring Gala is March 3

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La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Spring Gala committee members preparing for the March 3 annual fundraiser include Sunyoung Fahimi, Erik Landswick, Gina Ricci, Jaime Hefner, Caroline Anderson, Julie Bae, Holly Biondo, Joanna Banks, Claudia Dietrich-Joe, Laura Abramian and Karen Thurston.

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation will hold its 27th annual Spring Gala on Saturday evening, March 3, at the Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles (adjacent to Staples Center). More than 700 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, which is widely regarded as LCF’s highest-profile social event of the entire year.
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Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11

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Ron Pearson will star in a benefit comedy show promoted by his daughter, Reagan Meyers.

It’s not every night that a good laugh goes to benefit a good cause, and it might never happen again for someone 16 or 17 years old — at least until that person is old enough to vote and get into comedy clubs.
On Sunday, Feb. 11 only, the Ice House comedy club in Pasadena will lower its age requirement to 16, meaning high school juniors and seniors can come enjoy renowned comedians Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Anthony Griffith and La Cañada Flintridge resident Ron Pearson as they perform in a show called, “Jokes for Joy.” The event will raise money for Once Upon a Room, which decorates children’s hospital rooms to make the space more comfortable.
The entirety of the night’s proceeds will go to the nonprofit, said event organizer Reagan Meyers, a La Cañada High School senior whose father will be among the comedians performing and whose devotion to Once Upon a Room stems from her personal experience as a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11”

Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars

Neighborhood Watch signs indicate residents on that block have agreed to look out for one another, including watching out for suspicious activity.

Twice last week and four times this week, Deputy Eric Matejka was scheduled to initiate a group of neighbors into the Neighborhood Watch program — of which there are now 35 active groups in La Cañada Flintridge.
Neighborhood Watch is program intended to educate and unite residents in an effort to prevent crime. Continue reading “Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars”

LCHS Freshman Sings Big With UK Hit Song

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After her single, “Waiting,” reached No. 5 on the club charts in the United Kingdom, La Cañada High School freshman Peyton Shayler will begin a three-week U.K. tour in March.

India Dupre immediately recognized a spark when she started giving vocal lessons to Peyton Shayler. The two wrote songs together in Peyton’s family guest house using a lucky pen and material from the girl’s life.
“Even when she was just little, 11 years old, I thought she could be the next Britney Spears, because there’s just something about her,” said Dupre, a well-regarded voice instructor in La Cañada Flintridge. “And it looks like that’s where it’s headed.”
At the time, Shayler really was focused on acting and wasn’t sure what to make of such a prediction, but her mom, Kelly, said Dupre’s encouragement made a difference. Continue reading “LCHS Freshman Sings Big With UK Hit Song”

City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek encourages residents to be observant and to call the local sheriff’s station whenever they spot something that looks suspicious.

City officials and local law enforcement personnel hear you, La Cañada Flintridge, and they’re on the case. That was the message at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, much of which was dedicated to sharing various tactics being used to combat a recent uptick in crime.
Echoing the concerns of many in the community, Amy Bernhard told council members that after living in LCF for 17 years, recent crimes — including a pair of home invasions in December — have made her feel unsafe in the city for the first time. She said she found herself setting the alarm during the day when she was home. Continue reading “City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics”

‘Significant’ Arrests Could Be Tied to Local Break-Ins

Temple Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested four males who authorities believe could be responsible for several residential burglaries along the 210 Freeway corridor and within the San Gabriel Valley and Foothill areas, according to a news release from the Major Crimes Bureau-Metro Detail.
“A significant arrest was made the other night of a residential burglary crew,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said in an email. “It’s unknown if they’re the same ones who have been hitting [La Cañada Flintridge], but I’m hoping it puts a serious dent in any future crimes.” Continue reading “‘Significant’ Arrests Could Be Tied to Local Break-Ins”

LCF Produces 3 Presidential Scholar Nominees

Three La Cañada Flintridge residents are among the nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. La Cañada High School’s Arjun Aron and Harrison Min were nominated, as was Justin Hogan, who attends Pasadena Polytechnic School.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.