Fungo, McDermott Earn Rose Harrington Honors

Rose Harrington Award recipient Lisa Fungo is flanked by Wendy Sinnette, La Cañada Unified School District superintendent, and Chad Heath, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Endowment trustee.

Lisa Fungo and Brian McDermott recently were named the 2017-18 Rose Harrington Educators of the Year, an honor that was established in 2002 by a bequest to the LCFEF Endowment Fund from the estate of Rose Harrington, local resident and teacher.
Fungo is a 6th-grade teacher at La Cañada Elementary and McDermott is a math teacher at La Cañada High School.
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Obituary: Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz

Jan. 8, 1964-May 30, 2018

Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz

Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz was born in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 8, 1964, and she died on May 30, 2018, in Clovis, California, with her family by her side. Ellen grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and was a graduate of La Cañada High School and Chico State University in 1986 with a degree in geography.

Ellen married William Schwarz on June 24, 1989, in La Cañada Flintridge.  They welcomed their first daughter Breanna in 1994 and their second daughter Allison was born in 1999. Ellen and her family moved to Coalinga in 2002 where Ellen was a beloved teacher at Faith Christian Academy for 13 years.

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Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard

Photo courtesy Lisa Eich
A 3-year-old female black bear navigated a short wall in a yard on Daleridge Road last week before he was tranquilized and returned to Angeles National Forest.

Summer vacation got off to a wild start last week for Randall Bradley, who returned from his last-day-of-11th-grade celebration to find a crowd of people — including local law enforcement — on his family’s street.
They mentioned that a black bear had been spotted in the neighborhood of Daleridge Road and Burgoyne Lane, so Bradley went to go check for it in his family’s backyard.
“He came back and said the bear was there,” his mother, Trisha Stites, wrote in an email. “I really did not believe him at first. I thought he was joking with me.”
She went to see for herself and, yes, there was the bear, just “poking around” in the yard. Continue reading “Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard”

City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process

At the direction of the City Council, Director of Community Development Susan Koleda will modify city planning and permitting procedures as they relate to setbacks in an effort to encourage projects that adhere to code.
Koleda said she aims to rewrite part of the code to allow her office the discretion to approve setback modifications without the need to go through the entire evaluation process, which typically takes up time and incurs permitting fees. The effect, she said, is hopefully that homeowners will keep projects to code as strictly as possible, particularly as it relates to setback modifications. Continue reading “City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process”

Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales

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Joe Giocomarra (center), a World War II veteran of the Merchant Marine who turned 100 on Monday, rode in this year’s Fiesta Days parade after introducing himself at the Memorial Ceremony in the park beforehand.

For the past couple decades, over glasses of wine or the occasional margarita, Joe Giocomarra has regaled his pal Tom Caulfield with tales of his fascinating, improbable life.
Giocomarra, one of only about 558,000 World War II veterans still living, turned 100 on Memorial Day.
“I have the privilege of reaching 100,” Giocomarra said. “That’s a privilege a lot of people don’t [have]. And, I don’t know, I really shouldn’t be here.”
Giocomarra retains vivid memories of the war, when he served with the U.S. Merchant Marine, a collection of ships populated by civilian volunteers transporting materials, supplies, equipment and troops to help fight and win World War II. Continue reading “Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales”

LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute

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Boy Scouts from Troops 502 and 507 raise the flag during the annual Memorial Ceremony in the park.

As has long been a cherished staple of life in La Cañada Flintridge, residents came together to celebrate their community with a multi-day party this past weekend for the 45th edition of Fiesta Days.
Together, neighbors enjoyed a host of activities, including fireworks, food, music and, on Memorial Day, thousands showed up to watch or participate in the colorful, patriotic parade.
But before that, as has been tradition since 1976, a couple hundred people took a pause from the festivities to pay tribute to sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel in the line of duty, including the 29 with LCF roots who died in combat and whose names adorn plaques in Memorial Park. Continue reading “LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute”

Portantino’s Push Helps Procure Sound Wall Funds

This May, the California Transportation Commission voted to appropriate
$5 million to the city of La Cañada Flintridge to fund the construction of a sound wall along the 210 Freeway. The vote matched a $5 million award from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, creating an awarded total of $10 million for additional sound wall construction in LCF.
“Today, I am thrilled we were able to obtain more funding for sound wall construction in La Cañada,” said state Sen. Anthony Portantino, a LCF resident, who included the city’s sound needs in SB 1. “I want to thank everyone who worked collaboratively to ensure this project was funded. The city of La Cañada Flintridge has been pushing for sound walls ever since the 210 Freeway was constructed and this is another significant step toward completing the project.”
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Local Doctor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Michael Silka

Dr. Michael Silka, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and interim co-director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society at the organization’s annual conference in Boston earlier this week.
He is the sixth recipient of the award, which is in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children. PACES is a nonprofit organization made up of physicians and allied professionals dedicated to improving care for children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. It’s the largest society of pediatric heart rhythm specialists in the world.
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Obituary: Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 2, 1930, and died at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on May 4, 2018. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Jeanne moved with her family in 1933 from Asheville to Anderson County, Tennessee, where her father supervised the building of the waterworks for the town of Norris, which housed the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Jeanne grew up with her beloved younger brother and sister, Jerry and Judy, in that little town, which had a population of about 1,500. Following her graduation from Norris High School, she enrolled in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, later transferring to East Tennessee State College.
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