Obituary: Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen
Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen, a devoted daughter, wife, mother and beloved member of the Saint Mark’s School community, passed away at age 45 on Tuesday, Sept. 6, after a long battle with cancer.
Shen was born in 1971 in Quezon City, Philippines, and immigrated to the United States at age 13. She started working at Saint Mark’s in July 1999 as head of admissions. Her husband, Franklyn, has been the school’s business manager for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Joscelle Shen”

Rec Commission Suggests $2.3M for Stoneman

Should the city spend $2.28 million to upgrade crumbling Stoneman School, creating accommodation for the disabled and ensuring that children in recreation programs don’t swelter in summer and shiver in winter?
The Recreation Commission strongly feels that it should, and voted unanimously Monday night to recommend that the City Council appropriate the money and send the project out to bid. Continue reading “Rec Commission Suggests $2.3M for Stoneman”

Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum

Passersby along Los Robles Avenue between Union Street and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena may not notice anything too different about the façade of the USC Pacific Asia Museum located on that busy city block. From the outside, the historical mansion built in the style of a Chinese palace stands out much as it has for the past 92 years since its construction. But stroll through its arched entryway guarded by stone dragons and it quickly becomes clear that the facility is an active construction site. Continue reading “Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum”

Curtail Morning Madness With Organization

Dear Parent Coach,
Since school started a couple of weeks ago, I thought we’d be in some sort of a routine by now — but the mornings are crazy. I have children at three different schools and we barely make it out the door in time. Everyone is in a bad mood once we finally get into the car. I don’t like to start the day this way. Any practical suggestions?
Signed, Going Crazy Continue reading “Curtail Morning Madness With Organization”

Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author

For most visitors to the Huntington Library, the lush grounds and stately buildings probably bespeak elegance and tranquillity.
Gay Toltl Kinman, an author of mystery novels and short stories, has an entirely different perception. She looks at the sprawling former estate of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington and sees hiding places, treasures ripe for theft, envy and murderous intent, and get-away routes. Continue reading “Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author”

Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?

In wrestling with zoning discrepancies along Huntington Drive, the City Council over the past few months has considered several courses of action. Six properties are zoned residential but have been operating as commercial enterprises for decades. Should the council rezone them commercial … amend the city’s General Plan to designate them residential … create an overlay zone? Continue reading “Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?”

Launching and Letting Go of Your College-Bound Student

Dear Parents,
Hopefully this summer has been full of good memory-making moments for your family. As you may have anticipated, your life is about ready to change. Sending a child off to college is a major transition that affects the entire family.
If this is your first offspring heading off to college, the launching and letting go phenomenon is all new and you may be understandably apprehensive about how it will affect the balance of the family mobile, as everything will begin to shift and change. Continue reading “Launching and Letting Go of Your College-Bound Student”

Psychologist Recognized for Pediatric Efforts

When Mona Delahooke was 13 years old, a bad case of pneumonia sent her to Huntington Hospital for what eventually became a two-week stay. As she lay in bed during a time before smartphones and computers, Delahooke passed the hours by reading books brought to her room on a rolling cart that an employee pushed through the halls each day. She soon immersed herself in a 1964 paperback called “Dibs in Search of Self,” which chronicles a series of therapy sessions with an emotionally challenged young boy. Continue reading “Psychologist Recognized for Pediatric Efforts”