Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.

When 33-year-old Jennifer O’Mahony was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a year ago, it wasn’t so much a life interrupted. It was a life under siege.
Four years married and in the upswing of a hard-fought career in fashion design, the Oklahoma native and her husband, Ryan, had moved from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood to settle down in Pasadena. They planned to have a family soon, and a dog, maybe sooner. They were prudent, renting first, before plunging into the crazy real estate market. They priced homes in Altadena. Continue reading “Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community”

Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.
Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club
A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.

After 80 years of delivering tried-and-true programs to local youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has recently hit another home run program for its members, one that is particularly hard to resist: helping shelter dogs.
The collaboration with the K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit is “kids helping dogs helping kids,” a program to connect teens with furry friends from Los Angeles Animal Services. They establish a working, loving relationship with shelter dogs through an intense, three-week vocational training program. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs”

Blinn House Foundation to Honor Owners of Historic Blacker House

Photos courtesy Greene & Greene Archives, the Gamble House, USC The Robert Roe Blacker House was built in 1907 by Greene & Greene.
Photos courtesy Greene & Greene Archives, the Gamble House, USC
The Robert Roe Blacker House was built in 1907 by Greene & Greene.

An advertisement to promote the development of Pasadena’s Oak Knoll neighborhood back in the early 1900s may still best describe one of the city’s most historical housing treks:
“If you can afford to live here, you cannot afford to live anywhere else,” the tagline quipped. Continue reading “Blinn House Foundation to Honor Owners of Historic Blacker House”

Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success

OUTLOOK photo Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.
OUTLOOK photo
Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley has strengthened support services for his students with the help of dedicated, highly trained staff, including teacher Kathleen Saxton.

“We do things differently here.”
That’s not a statement heard often from a public school principal, but then again, Rose City High School Principal Brian Stanley is not a typical school head, nor is Rose City a typical public school. Continue reading “Rose City High Paves New Pathways for Success”

College Access Plan Inspires Higher Learning

The CAP staff team includes (front row, from left) Jane Leong and Innesa Ranchpar. Back: Joanne Do, Natasha Mahone, Lina Calderón-Morin, Mo Hyman, Elena Arellan, Becky Souza and Marcel Bonafe.
The CAP staff team includes (front row, from left) Jane Leong and Innesa Ranchpar. Back: Joanne Do, Natasha Mahone, Lina Calderón-Morin, Mo Hyman, Elena Arellan, Becky Souza and Marcel Bonafe.

As a senior at Pasadena High School, Michael Ocon never would have applied to Stanford if it hadn’t been for College Access Plan, the college preparation nonprofit helping local students prepare for a higher education.
With a $90 application fee, Ocon felt he just couldn’t take the chance of losing the money and not getting in.
“I really couldn’t afford it, and I didn’t think I could ever get in,” said Ocon, who finally submitted the application just 45 minutes before the deadline, and only at the insistence of one of the CAP advisors. Continue reading “College Access Plan Inspires Higher Learning”

Pacific Clinics Expands Services to Most Vulnerable, Low-Income Children

Photo courtesy Kathryn Roberts Teacher Sonia Ebrahimi reads with a child at Pacific Clinics’ Nesbitt Early Head Start center in Altadena.
Photo courtesy Kathryn Roberts
Teacher Sonia Ebrahimi reads with a child at Pacific Clinics’ Nesbitt Early Head Start center in Altadena.

It may be one of the largest community mental health agencies in Los Angeles County, but Pasadena-based Pacific Clinics keeps its care personal, always looking to improve services to some of the most vulnerable in the community and help those struggling with mental illness to live their best lives, one person at a time.
Although the nonprofit serves more than 22,500 clients annually throughout 60 locations spanning the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, and has an operating budget of about $98 million, Pacific Clinics President/CEO James Balla said he just keeps his eye on that one patient at a time.
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Clairbourn Headmaster to Step Down, But Never Away

Robert Nafie, Clairbourn School Headmaster
Robert Nafie, Clairbourn School Headmaster

Following nearly four decades as headmaster at Clairbourn School, Robert Nafie has seen a lot of changes in education and the way students dress, talk and even absorb information, but the children themselves have remained largely the same.
Along with their innate sense of wonder, imagination, joyfulness and innocence, he said, the children still all really want to succeed.
“Over the years, the kids from the ’70s and ’80s were vastly different than the kids today, the Pokémon era and all, but they all have those same elements. They all want to feel success,” said Nafie, whose life’s work has been to inspire and lead the children at Clairbourn School. Continue reading “Clairbourn Headmaster to Step Down, But Never Away”

Local Private Schools Urge Bipartisan Gun Reform in Letter

Several Pasadena private schools weighed in on a national debate surrounding gun control reform this month, joining more than 200 schools throughout California that signed an open letter that ran in the Los Angeles Times, imploring regional and national leaders to work together on a bipartisan effort to pass safeguards related to guns and help keep students safe. Continue reading “Local Private Schools Urge Bipartisan Gun Reform in Letter”

Huntington Hospital’s New CEO Puts Patients Ahead of Business

Huntington Hospital President and CEO Dr. Lori J. Morgan
Huntington Hospital President and CEO Dr. Lori J. Morgan

Before Dr. Lori J. Morgan makes any big decision as Huntington Hospital president and CEO, there’s a method she likes to use first, where she imagines the patient is in the middle of the room.
“There is a business side to operating a facility that is as large as Huntington, but when it comes to decision-making, I always put the patient in the center of the room and try to make the right decision for that patient at that moment,” she said. “For me, in the long-term that always ends up being a good business decision, although it’s not always the case in the short-term.” Continue reading “Huntington Hospital’s New CEO Puts Patients Ahead of Business”

Supercoders Camp Inspires Young Girls

Photos courtesy Brandon Jermain Coding volunteers include Justine Tashiro, Norma Coombs Elementary School Principal Jennifer Jackson Smith, Louisa Tsai, speaker Keila Banks, Katie Powell, instructor Leslie Covarrubias and Krisserin Canary.
Photos courtesy Brandon Jermain
Coding volunteers include Justine Tashiro, Norma Coombs Elementary School Principal Jennifer Jackson Smith, Louisa Tsai, speaker Keila Banks, Katie Powell, instructor Leslie Covarrubias and Krisserin Canary.

Two Pasadena-based organizations, codeSpark Academy, the computer science platform for young kids and STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit organization that teaches underrepresented and underserved kids the basics of STEAM, are celebrating Women’s History Month by hosting Supercoders Camp, a series of girls-coding and game-making workshops each Saturday through March in Pasadena. Continue reading “Supercoders Camp Inspires Young Girls”