Hollywood on Location: Pasadena, Altadena

The following was written by John Gregory, Special to The Outlook.

When motion picture pioneer Thomas Edison dispatched a cameraman and assistant from their New Jersey studio to Southern California to find more light for his six-to-eight-minute documentaries, one of the first stops was the 1898 Rose Parade. The result, “Horticultural Parade,” cost less than $200 per minute in finished product, including cross-country train fares, editing and producing multiple copies for hand-cranked video scopes into which Edison’s customers plunked in their nickels. Continue reading “Hollywood on Location: Pasadena, Altadena”

PCDA Consolidates Care for Children and Families

An idea began to swirl in the mind of developmental pediatrician Dr. Diane Cullinane during the mid-1990s, after she had spent the early part of her career working in what she describes as “big bureaucracies.” Her experience at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center offered important insight into the care of children with disabilities, but she always felt that there were limitations. Continue reading “PCDA Consolidates Care for Children and Families”

Flintridge Prep Student Develops App for AP Biology Test

Hey, pssst. If you’re going to be taking the AP biology test, Ankur Jain will be totally OK with you looking at his work. He won’t even charge you to do it.
No, nobody is cheating here. Jain, a 16-year-old rising senior at Flintridge Prep, has created an app to help students study for the AP bio test. It’s called BioPrep. It’s free. It’s for your iPhone. And it’s catching on in a hurry. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Student Develops App for AP Biology Test”

Green’s Helping Hand Reaches for CSCP

Ben Green believes the worst words that anyone can hear are “You’ve got cancer.” A doctor once relayed that sobering diagnosis to Green before leaving him alone in the sterile room to process the life-altering news. It was a frightening, lonely experience, one that Green will never forget. Although he eventually beat the affliction, Green’s father did not. Nor did his brother. Some of Green’s best friends lost their battles as well. Continue reading “Green’s Helping Hand Reaches for CSCP”

Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in mid-July and a group of teenagers are sauntering across the dance floor at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. They practice new routines in pairs, moving from one side of the room to the other as pop music blares, occasionally observing their form in the mirror. Each strut elicits smiles and high-fives from their peers. Although some of these teens have Down syndrome and others do not, there is a natural sense of camaraderie in the shared experience. Continue reading “Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections”

Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care

The following was written by Sydney Chun, special to the Outlook

Holly Green’s dog, Willy, is blind in both eyes and had a painful glaucoma in one eye, so she took him to get the eye removed. However, she didn’t have the $1,000 to pay for surgery, anesthesia and bloodwork, so she reached out to Ryan Boyd at Free Animal Doctor for assistance. Continue reading “Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care”

Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls

For as long as she can remember, Pasadena resident Laura Mosqueda has enjoyed the company of older adults. A close-knit relationship with her grandparents while growing up in Southern California played a large role in this reality, as did the inspiration she gleaned from her own parents, both of whom were physicians. This combination of an affinity for the elderly and a desire to help others paved a clear career path for Mosqueda, who has stridden passionately along it for more than 20 years as an innovator and advocate. Continue reading “Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls”

Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser

One of the first weddings that Peggy Dark catered did not begin on a promising note. It was a hot, September afternoon in the early 1980s, and the bright sun wilted her decorative vegetable arrangement. Dark scrambled to cover the table with a nearby umbrella, but a hired musician admonished her for removing shade for the band’s instruments. Continue reading “Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser”