Thursday Club Scholarship Awardees

Photo courtesy Thursday Club
Awardees include (front row, from left) Scott Carney from St. Francis, attending Northeastern; Emily Carr from La Cañada High School, attending Cornell; Taleen Sarkissian from LCHS, attending UC Irvine; Jenny Wang from LCHS, attending UCLA; Jillian Pih from LCHS attending USC; and Morgan Bowman from LCHS, attending UC Davis. Back: Kendall Kikkawa from Flintridge Prep, attending UCSB; Grace Rickert from LCHS, attending Cornell; Noor Alanizi from CVHS, attending UC Berkeley; Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship recipient Holly Miller from LCHS, attending Scripps; Lilly Maxfield from Flintridge Prep; attending UCLA; and Tyler Borland from LCHS, attending UCSB. Not pictured: Sarah Montgomery from Flintridge Sacred Heart, attending Boston College.

The Thursday Club Scholarship Foundation recently presented 12 local seniors with scholarships and one student with the Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship. The speaker was state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who gave a welcoming speech encouraging the students to be the best that they can be, to remain involved at every level in life and to constantly give back. Becky Lankey presented the awards and mentioned that there were so many qualified applicants that it made the final decisions very difficult. Each student spoke of their high school experiences, sports, art, music and what motivated them to select their college.
After the presentation, the students, parents, mentors, counselors and friends socialized while enjoying traditional tea with sandwiches and desserts. Scholarship committee members include Sheri Morton, Becky Lankey, Sharon Coombs, Kathy Leonard and Patrice Fontes.

Stroke Awareness Month

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Attendees Maria Drummond and Mary Gant flank Dr. Matt Tenser, who led a seminar on stroke awareness. More than 75 people attended last week’s Stroke Awareness Seminar at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, where Tenser, a vascular neurologist and neurointerventionalist at Keck Medicine of USC, spoke about the risks, warning signs and treatment of stroke. Free carotid artery and blood pressure screenings also were administered to participants.

Glendale Memorial Hospital President to Retire

Jack Ivie

Health care leader Jack Ivie will conclude his 42-year career and retire from his position as president of Glendale Memorial Hospital, effective June 30.
Entering health care in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist, practicing at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Ivie’s lifelong service to Glendale Memorial Hospital is significant, stemming from a committed history with the hospital. Each of his four children was born at Glendale Memorial and this connection, as well as his service as hospital president and in various hospital administration roles, is clearly evident.
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Lanterman House Presents Lecture on Regional Center for Disabilities

The Lanterman House will host a lecture by Diane Anand, former director of the Lanterman Regional Center, on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Lanterman Visitor Center. The lecture will focus on the legacy of Frank Lanterman and the establishment of the regional center system for disabilities in California.
Anand was director of the Lanterman Regional Center for 37 years. She was hired in 1977 at what was formerly known as the Children’s Hospital Regional Center and remained in that position until June 2014. She was formerly a pediatric nurse and wanted the opportunity to work with children. She has a master’s degree in maternal and child health and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Her interest in maternal and child health made her interested in working at the regional center, which serves more than 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The regional center system was spearheaded by Frank Lanterman, a former state assemblyman and community leader who was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. In 1970, the decision was made to change the name of the flagship regional center in honor of Frank Lanterman, who helped pass landmark legislation for individuals with developmental disabilities in California.
The Lanterman Regional Center is a nonprofit that operates under contract with California’s Department of Developmental Services. It is one of 21 regional centers in California that together serve more than 275,000 individuals with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities and their families.
The lecture is free and there will be a reception afterward with refreshments. The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.
For more information, visit or call (818) 790-1421.

LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair

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Michael Smith, a La Cañada High School freshman, practices for at least an hour every day. It paid off when he finished first in his age group at the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.

Neither winner felt as though he or she played particularly well at all. The judges heard it differently.
At the recent Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, a keen-listening panel anointed Michael Smith (who lives on Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge) and Sabrina Tsoi (who attends Flintridge Prep, a few blocks down Crown) as the best players in their respective age groups at the seventh annual version of the prestigious contest, which was held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading “LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair”

CV Sheriff Seeks Help IDing Persons of Interest

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s investigators are seeking to identify two people of interest who might have witnessed a road rage incident on March 8 at the second turnout on Angeles Crest Highway, Det. Edmundo Perez said.
“We are not sure if it was a road rage incident or not,” Perez said. “The victim’s story is that the vehicle pulled up and was doing doughnuts, so [the victim] tried to stop them. He confronted the driver and was attacked by the passenger. He fought back and both the passenger and the driver teamed up on him and beat him up and then left the location.” Continue reading “CV Sheriff Seeks Help IDing Persons of Interest”

Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.

It wasn’t pretty, but for proponents of the Sagebrush territory transfer, it was sweet.
After complicated, confused deliberation, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 8-1 on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the transfer of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified School District.
“We’re delighted at this outcome,” said Tom Smith, one of the chief petitioners behind the request to transfer the 385 acres of LCF, where he lived when this latest attempt to redistrict the territory was initiated four years ago. Continue reading “Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval”

LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report

And now, for some good, if not unexpected news: In its annual report ranking American high schools, U.S. News & World Report identified La Cañada High School among the top in its class.
Out of more than 22,000 high schools evaluated nationwide, LCHS came in 147th. In California, LCHS ranked 18th overall and fifth-best among public schools, its best result since at least 2012, according to the publication. Continue reading “LCHS Among State’s Best: U.S. News & World Report”

St. Bede the Venerable Choir Holds Spring Concert May 19

St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge Music Ministry is proud to announce its annual spring concert, featuring the works of Franz Schubert Mass in G and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives,” on May 19 at 8 p.m.
The concert, which costs a donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable, located at 215 Foothill Blvd.
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was composed in 1815 in less than a week, the year after his first Mass had been successfully performed in Shubert’s home parish. The second Mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, which is characteristic for Schubert; he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression, compared to those, for example, that Beethoven would use in his Masses.
“Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives” (Christus am Olberge Op. 85), is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional and dramatic humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion, which includes the popularity of the finale chorus “Hallelujah,” frequently performed by church, high school and college choirs.
For more information, call (818) 949-4300 or (818) 321-5503.

Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017

Maryann Moran Ukropina
Maryann Moran Ukropina

Beloved wife of John R. Ukropina and devoted mother of Marsha Aguirre (Edward) of San Gabriel, Jan Devens (Michael) of San Diego, Rob Ukropina (Joyce) of Newport Coast, and Bill Ukropina (Linan) of Pasadena. Loving grandmother of Scott Reynolds (Ali), Katie Nafius (Ted), Tara MacMillan (Paul), Dwight Devens, Dr. Molly Hall, (Dr. Mark), Jack Ukropina, Jillian Sabaugh (Jason), Max Ukropina, Nicolas Ukropina, Grant Ukropina and Conrad Ukropina. Continue reading “Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017”