LCE Gets New Principal for a Day

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Sixth-grader Ryan Avakian was La Cañada Elementary School’s principal for a day. He met with Principal Emily Blaney to discuss his tasks for the day, including visiting the classrooms, filming the 1st- and 4th- graders and making a video of them for a teacher appreciation project. He also made up the agenda for a staff meeting.

2017 Gold Award Recipients

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Gold awardees: Emma Aitelli (seated, from left), Megan Andrews, Hailey Belcher, Emily Clarkson, Caroline Daniels, Eleanor Fausett, Megan Galantai, Audrey George, Ardis Griffin, Caroline Higa, Ashleigh Kazak, Jacqueline Kim, Melissa Klein and Rebecca Klein. Back: Julianne Lauenstein, Brittany Lerian, Elena Melehani, Holly Miller, Lauren O’Brien, Julia Paccone, Allegra Rendina, Gabriella Rendina, Catherine Rickert, Sahar Shirbacheh, Katherine Smersfelt, Olivia Strauss and Holly Stoner.

Speeding Car Flips on Residential Street; Police Suspect DUI

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An overturned vehicle came to rest on a resident’s lawn early Sunday in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive, according to Lt. Mark Slater.
Judging by the speed and the effects of the collision, deputies suspect the 22-year-old driver was intoxicated, Slater said, though toxicology test results won’t be known for a couple of weeks.
The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned on the front lawn of a residence. Both occupants of the vehicle suffered injuries for which they were treated at local hospitals, Slater said.
“We’re just lucky that no one was hurt in the houses by that flying debris,” Slater said. “Car parts flew all over the place and damaged a couple of the houses. One car part ended up on the roof of a house.”
Slater also urged anyone who’s been drinking to avoid driving.
“At some point, the driver or passenger has to take responsibility and say, ‘We’ve been drinking,’ and order a ride share or a taxi,” Slater said.

LCPC Parent Education Caps Year Honoring Staff

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LCPC Parent Education Staff honorees: Anne Bierling (10 years), Jan Roberts (25 years) and Nanette Brown (20-plus years).

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program capped the end of its 38th year by honoring three long-serving staff members.
Jan Roberts was honored for her 25 years of dedicated service teaching parents of children ranging from elementary school age through college. She expanded the curriculum of the Parenting Elementary Kids classes, spearheaded the development and implementation of the Tween and Teen Classes, conducted Parent Ed Seasonal Crafts Workshops and created a Parenting College Kid’s Class, which she presently teaches through her in-home business that she has run since 2008. Roberts is well-loved throughout Parent Education and known in the community as the “Parent Coach,” writing a popular weekly column for the La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena Outlook publications. In 2012, she was named Parent Ed’s Shining Star.
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USC-VHH Foundation Holds Golf Tournament Benefit

Tyler Przybyla, a Paradise Canyon Elementary student, will be a special guest at the tournament benefit.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation will hold its 26th annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 22, at the Oakmont Country Club. The tournament will be a best-ball format, but perhaps the “best” part of the day will come when attendees hear first-hand from some of the hospital’s most grateful patients.
All proceeds from the day’s events will fund the highest priority needs in support of patient care at the hospital.
“As long as I walk this earth, I won’t forget the exceptional care that Dr. Tashman and the Emergency Department provided [my son] Tyler that night,” said Tammy Stradiatto.
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LCF Dentists Keep it All in the Family

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Brandon Ho and Ken Ho are popular dentists in La Cañada Flintridge; Chandler Ho is an orthodontist in Glendale.

La Cañada Flintridge has its Oscar-winning artists and its NASA scientists and, also, its family of five-star dentists.
“It’s like where science and art combine,” said Dr. Brandon Ho, of his family’s chosen field. “I dream about it. I love it.”
His father, Dr. Ken Ho, has been in the business — not the teeth business, but the people business, he’ll tell you — in LCF since 1980, when he purchased the La Cañada dental practice and established a local legacy that now spans generations. Continue reading “LCF Dentists Keep it All in the Family”

LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options

Over the course of this school year, administrators at La Cañada High School made it a point to keep misbehaved students on campus whenever possible, said Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett, who is in charge of discipline.
There were fewer suspensions in 2016-17, she told La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members Tuesday. She said there have been 13 “out-of-school” suspensions for a total of 41 days, and 13 “in-school” suspensions, totalling 26 days. (A year ago, there were 34 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 86 days.) Continue reading “LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options”

GAMC Honored With Award for Stroke Treatment

Glendale Adventist Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines: Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with five of eight measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Glendale Adventist Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. GAMC has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Marion Watson, Neuroscience director. “GAMC continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize GAMC for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the guidelines.”

Les Fleurettes Host Fashion Show

Springin’ in the Rain models include Sydney Lew (from left), Grace Marchosky, Lauren Gilmour, Megan Gmelich and Regan Meyers. Not pictured: Elena Melehani.

The La Cañada Thursday Club Les Fleurettes Provisionals held its annual Fashion Show at the clubhouse and was attended by many family, friends, club members and future debutantes. Models were Lauren Gilmour (La Cañada High School), Megan Gmelich (Flintridge Sacred Heart), Sydney Lew (LCHS), Grace Marchosky (Westridge School), Elena Melehani (Flintridge Sacred Heart) and Reagan Meyers (LCHS).
Emcees were 2016 debutantes Maggie Rouleau and Lauren O’Brien. The trendy day clothing and evening gowns were provided by Bloomingdales.
The models also had a personal choice outfit in which they wore their school sport team uniforms or cheerleading outfits.
Kim Ortiz was debutante program chair, Yvonne Marchosly was provisional chair, program committee was Jody Platisa and Jeanie Kay, personal development chair was Carolyn Gmelich and runway/modeling instructor was Jane Owen. Tea was served after the event.

Children’s Favorites at LCPC Pops Concert

How do our children see the world? How do they see us? What can we learn from looking through our children’s eyes? This year, La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Pops show, “Thru Children’s Eyes,” will feature the great songs of the 20th and 21st centuries that connect us with our children. The LCPC Chancel Choir, along with the Jack Lantz Little Big Band and Pops Summer Dancers, are presenting a fun-filled evening of familiar and popular music on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Songs come from a wide range of movies and Broadway shows and include excerpts from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek,” “Hercules,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Into the Woods” and many others. The show will be multimedia using movie and theater excerpts to introduce and accompany many of the songs, as well as some enlightening comedic moments and some clips of kids.
Soloists include Diane Wallace, Matthew Thomas, Gregory Geiger, Tom Malcolm, Rebecca Sjöwall, Joanne Horne, Ellen Kirstein, Tina Carey, Bill Lundeen, Lynn Keller, Tyler Wright and many others. The Pops Dancers will perform a dance as chimney sweeps.
Tickets are $20 for reserved seats in the front rows and $15 for general admission. Children are free. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member, at the door, or from the church office.
For more information, call (818) 790-6758, ext. 251.