San Marino police responded to a disturbing incident on the morning of March 8. A man who had gone to check on a supposedly vacant Avondale Road residence on behalf of the homeowner was accosted by a squatter living in the master bedroom. Police, who found that a rear door had been forced open, arrested the 22-year-old transient on suspicion of residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Continue reading “Ordinance to Track Vacant Homes in City”
The Common Core State Standards have been in place for three years now in California education, and it’s clear San Marino’s public school students have begun to master them.
In state assessment test results released Wednesday, 90% of San Marino Unified School District students met or exceeded state standards in English language arts/literacy and 87% hit that mark in math. Continue reading “San Marino Gets Top Marks in State Testing”
The dolls had come to life, but not sufficiently, apparently.
“The dolls need more expression!” Director Christina Conte called from the front row of the theater. “Like a funhouse, instead of spaced out.”
And the scene was replayed. Continue reading “Students Step in Time to HMS’ ‘Mary Poppins’”
The city must tidy up its accounting procedures. The auditor who conducted an annual review of San Marino’s books issued that unmistakable message at last week’s City Council meeting. Continue reading “Council Strains to Make Sense of City’s Books”
Valentine’s Day is traditionally a fun-loving favorite for children. Red will rule the day as they head off to school Friday with specially chosen valentines, heart-shaped cookies for the class party and perhaps secret thoughts of a special someone they’ve had their eye on.
This celebration can extend into a weekend celebration for families. Jump at the chance to pause and put some fun into your ordinarily crammed schedule. Take time on this Valentine’s Day weekend to share special love in your family.
In his insightful book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” author Gary Chapman describes the variety of ways children experience the giving and receiving of love. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day is for Families, Too”
An 18-year-old man walked onto the campus of San Marino High School last week flashing a fake police badge, wearing a replica handgun on his hip and confronting students, according to the San Marino Police Department.
Although he left without causing further alarm, Police Chief John Incontro cringes at the thought of what might have been. Continue reading “Man Arrested for Impersonating Cop”
Permitting for some building functions in San Marino just moved into the 21st century. And tradespeople are sure to be the beneficiaries of a process that has been streamlined, expedited … and moved almost entirely into the realm of cyberspace. Continue reading “Part of City’s Permit Process Goes Online”
The footing is constantly shifting in the fluid world of social media, and schoolkids are pretty adept at staying two or three strides ahead of their parents. Continue reading “Helping Parents Navigate Minefield of Social Media”
San Marino Congregational Church has emerged as a new option for the relocation of a cell tower on the grounds of San Marino High School, according to city Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes.
American Tower, which manages the tower for carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, had originally sought to relocate it to the grounds of Tony’s Pizza at the corner of Huntington Drive and Winston Avenue. But that has proven to be problematic. Continue reading “Congregational Church Seen as Option for SMHS Tower”
Residents of San Marino will be less likely to have monstrous building projects sneak up on them in their neighborhoods, following action last week by the City Council. Continue reading “Spreading the Word on Building Projects”