Blame Fezziwig. In Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” he provided the blueprint for the proper Christmas party, clearing away the office furniture for music, dancing, games, food and “plenty of beer,” as the author wrote in 1843.
The festive spirit continues to soar at holiday gatherings everywhere, and it’s not unusual for the alcohol consumption to get away from someone. The danger occurs when that impaired person decides to drive home, and officials are issuing stern warnings about the necessity of being sensible amid the merriment. Continue reading “Holiday Revelers Urged Not to Mix Drinking, Driving”
San Marino resident Steve Silk was one of two honorees at the recent Stanley Black and Bob Barth Sports LA event, an annual gala that aims to raise money for worthy causes throughout the city. This year’s beneficiary was Union Rescue Mission, a 124-year-old organization dedicated to providing comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services that help people unshackle themselves from the grip of homelessness in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Sports LA Raises $4.4M for Union Rescue Mission”
The 2015 San Marino High School varsity football team established itself as one of the best teams in school history by breaking just about every offensive record imaginable, winning the Rio Hondo League title and finishing the regular season unbeaten, but that wasn’t enough. The Titans wanted to cement their legacy not just at San Marino but in CIF-Southern Section history. Continue reading “Perfect! San Marino Wins CIF Championship”
Thomas Vandenburg, a 5th-grader at Valentine Elementary School, is rarely stumped for words, a trait that served him well in the Principios Invitational II, a speech and debate tournament held recently in Arleta. Continue reading “5th Grader’s Success in Debate Speaks Volumes”
Huntington Middle School’s passion for musical performance will be fully on display next week, as free holiday concerts featuring the band, choirs and orchestra will be held on consecutive evenings. Continue reading “A Feast of Holiday Music Coming to HMS”
Ask any parent: One size does not fit all when raising and educating children. All the more so when dealing with boys vs. girls.
“It’s surprising. You think, ‘I’ve been through this with my daughter,’ but it’s entirely different [with a boy],” said Christina Pink, a Partnership for Awareness board member who has a daughter and a son. “With the same upbringing, the same parents, the same house, the same school district and sometimes identical teachers, I can tell you that the way they learn and the way they’re motivated is vastly different.” Continue reading “How Boys Tick: PfA Topic Dec. 9”
In the wake of the success of hiring a big-city policeman, John Incontro, to be its police chief, the city of San Marino has dipped into the command ranks of the Los Angeles Fire Department to fill the position of fire chief in the tri-city command. Continue reading “LAFD Veteran Named Fire Chief of 3 Cities”
Putting on clean underwear in the morning probably seems like a simple, obvious expression of personal hygiene. Until it isn’t an option.
“You’re out there and you have the same pair on for weeks, or months,” said Ben Conditt, a formerly homeless man who is now a resident at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. “You try to wash your underwear in buckets. But as soon as you change it, it’s going to get old when you’re living outdoors. Even if you have a clean pair of socks, you’re putting on dirty old shoes. Continue reading “New Venture Restores Dignity on L.A.’s Skid Row”
The new and improved Circle Drive Bridge was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Saturday morning, officially marking the successful completion of a large public works endeavor that finished on schedule and on budget. Continue reading “Rebuilt Circle Drive Bridge is Sturdier, Wider”
Fundraising efforts are currently underway for a new hybrid surgery suite that will revolutionize pediatric cardiac care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. A recent dinner hosted by Stephen and Chantal Bennett of San Marino honored Dr. Vincent Starnes, co-director of CHLA’s Heart Institute, and raised $50,000. The project now needs an additional $1.7 million in funding to meet its $5-million projected budget. Continue reading “CHLA Strives for Hybrid Surgery Suite”