Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year

Betty Porto, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is presented a certificate from Congressman Adam Schiff during the annual Women of the Year luncheon Saturday in Echo Park.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Betty Porto was among the honorees at this year’s Women of the Year luncheon Saturday, April 22. Congressman Adam Schiff recognized inspiring women from the 28th District for their service to their communities.
Schiff celebrated the Porto family at the event in Echo Park, near where they opened their first bakery in the United States.
The Portos came from humble beginnings in Manzanillo, Cuba. After Fidel Castro’s violent revolution in the 1950s, Continue reading “Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year”

Crime Uptick Has Unnerved Residents Looking for Answers

In addition to Neighborhood Watch groups, local sheriff’s personnel recommend residents take other steps to dissuade criminals, including responding to an alarm when it’s been triggered.

A trio of Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies got an earful Monday morning from a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was offended they stopped him after receiving a tip about suspected mail theft.
“I matched the description of someone who’d been going through mailboxes — maroon T-shirt, black pants, about 55 years old,” said Gary Kwasniewski, who actually is 60 and who makes it a habit to walk from his home to the post office a few blocks away because he likes the exercise.
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Film Festival Fun for Young Directors

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As a part of the School-X Young Directors program, participants made movie posters (left) to promote their films. A short film about the movie-making class preceded the student films Sunday at Lanterman Auditorium.

The movies that premiered at Sunday’s film festival at Lanterman Auditorium touched on serious subject matter that ranged from refugees to animal adoption and bullying. Naturally, the heavy emphasis was on fun: pizza, pre-show games of tag and popcorn lofted skyward and caught (often) in the mouths of the young directors.
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7/8 Students of the Month Recognized

Photo courtesy Christi Matarese
March Students of the Month from La Cañada High School 7/8 are (in alphabetical order) Eric Ahn, Maggie Bates, Ella Bogen, Leilani Burke, Declan Crehan, Sofia Eleftheriou, Jonah Garland, Ethan Godby, Emily Klapmust, Jordan Lay, Charlie Park, Artis Phillips, Ty Reynolds, Peter Terry, Ionnais Tsotras and Sydney Wang. The students were nominated by their teachers.

La Cañada Closing In On League Championship

Photo courtesy Leigh Harris
La Cañada’s Meghan Henry (4) is greeted by her teammates as she steps on home plate after blasting a solo home run during a 15-0 victory over San Marino on Tuesday. The Spartans improved to 8-0 in Rio Hondo League play.

La Cañada High School varsity softball coach Chuck Gunter is always challenging his team, and it was no different against a struggling San Marino squad on Tuesday.
“We working different things for different games,” Gunter said. “Yesterday, we spent a lot of time working on something that I wanted the girls to do well. Continue reading “La Cañada Closing In On League Championship”

Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture, Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row

Carol Roleder

Producing seamless events and making people happy in the process is what it’s all about for Craig and Carol Roleder, owners of Craig’s Crew Inc.
For more than 30 years, Craig’s Crew has been celebrating all of life’s occasions with clients all over Southern California. From large-scale festivals to the most intimate of gatherings, Craig’s Crew has been there to welcome a new family member, celebrate life’s milestones and say goodbye to special people.
More than just a staffing agency, and definitely not your typical event planning company, Craig’s Crew brings a peace and a presence that can be explained in one word: family. So for your next event, consider becoming part of the Craig’s Crew family. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information, visit or call Carol Roleder at (626) 398-0559.

Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture Designs Homes for Legacy Neighborhoods

One of Tim Barber’s projects

The recent trend of building the largest possible home on a residential lot is being halted by outcry from homeowners in the long-established areas of Pasadena, San Marino and La Cañada-Flintridge. Neighborhood associations, city councils and local building codes are becoming more stringent to protect neighborhoods from being “super-sized” with new homes and additions. Strict water-conservation standards have also helped to slow this trend, and have encouraged the use of graywater systems, cisterns and rain gardens. This new appreciation for conserving our resources and preserving our neighborhoods asks the question: Where are the architects capable of adapting our existing buildings?
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Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2017

Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. This year, through May 21, approximately 30,000 guests will visit the English Tudor estate. Now in its 53rd year, Showcase uses proceeds to help fund community music and art enrichment programs.

English Tudor is the 53rd Showcase Property

The house was designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt. It was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $25,000 for lawyer-turned-actor Samuel Hinds and his wife.
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LCFEF Hosts Major Donor Reception

Carrie Martin, Joseph Langton, Karen Clark, Stephanie Weber, Gina Ricci, Matt Weber, John Clark, Kevin Martin, and Jill and Eric Weinlein

The Board of Directors and Executive Director Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation  hosted a reception for its major donors recently at Malbec in Pasadena. The donors were thanked for their generous contributions for the 2016-17 gifts given to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Their dedicated support ensures that the children of La Cañada Unified School District will continue to achieve excellence in one of the finest educational systems in California. They were thanked by LCFEF President Josh Epstein, who spoke at the dinner, for their commitment to maintaining the community’s high quality of education.

Charles and Jannifer Tran, Nancy and Josh Que, Marcotte Anderson and Kaiser Yang

Taix Workout Studio Celebrates 15 Years in Business

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), Taix Workout Studio owner Linda Taix, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and City Council member Jonathan Curtis celebrate 15 years in business.

Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, with its owner Linda Taix, recently celebrated 15 years in business at its Foothill Boulevard studio location.
The morning reception was attended by residents, business community members, and local and state government officials. In addition to running a successful business, Taix is active in the community and has held positions with the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Community Support Group. State Sen. Anthony Portantino delivered words of praise and a state proclamation congratulating Taix on helping to “Build a Better America. One body at a time.”