Armed Robbers Hit Local Bank in Daylight

Two bank robbers made short work of the OneWest Bank in San Marino on July 28, brandishing a gun, rifling some cash drawers and making their escape even before a 911 call could be placed.
“It was a pretty quick in-and-out,” Police Chief John Incontro said Monday.
The armed robbery occurred just before 2 p.m., according to the SMPD, when two African American men walked through the front door of the bank at 900 Huntington Drive. There were no customers in the branch at the time, Incontro said. Continue reading “Armed Robbers Hit Local Bank in Daylight”

SMUSD Tweaks Instruction for 2016-17

As the San Marino Unified School District prepares for the start of school in 11 days, it has refined the scope of its instruction — from Twitter to Twain.
The 2016-17 school year, which begins Aug. 15, will reflect further expansion of computer science offerings and the adoption of a new English language arts curriculum. The district will also broaden mindfulness training at the high school, and will unveil an improved mobile app to give parents better access to information about their children’s education. Continue reading “SMUSD Tweaks Instruction for 2016-17”

Old Mill is Horticultural Gem, Thanks to the Diggers

The following was written by Saira Singh, special to the Outlook.
The recent sweltering summer mornings have not deterred the Diggers, a garden club whose devoted members make certain the grounds of San Marino’s Old Mill are well tended throughout the year.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1924, the club includes approximately 30 active women members who oversee maintenance of the historic building’s landscape. Continue reading “Old Mill is Horticultural Gem, Thanks to the Diggers”

National Climate Leaves SMPD a Little More Wary

It’s happening with police officers all across the country, and it’s no different for those who wear the uniform of the San Marino Police Department. They look over their shoulder more frequently. Survey their surroundings more carefully when driving in the field. Approach a potentially violent situation with a heightened degree of caution. Continue reading “National Climate Leaves SMPD a Little More Wary”

Treasure Hunts Are a Magical Staple of Childhood

Dear Parents,
The recent game app craze Pokemon Go has universally captured the imagination of growing crowds of players, perhaps providing a temporary and carefree distraction from other more disturbing events happening around the world and in our country recently. Unfortunately, the obsessive nature of the game is distracting players to the point that attacks and injuries are occurring in unsafe areas or late at night, some resulting in car accidents. Continue reading “Treasure Hunts Are a Magical Staple of Childhood”

Summer is the Time to Instill a Passion for Reading

Dear Parent Coach,
I read voraciously as a child, and I’d like to instill that same passion for books in my own children. During the relaxed days of summer, I’d like to encourage my elementary-age children to read more than they are able to during the busy school year. Any ideas of how I can make reading more fun for them?
Signed,
Bookworm Mom Continue reading “Summer is the Time to Instill a Passion for Reading”