ON LOCATION: San Marino Always Ready for Its Close-Up

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

Imagine owning a huge yard with landscape and construction specialists who can create a bridge on which lovers dance and sing, an oak forest for vehicles to crash into, space for a huge Easter egg roll, a couple hundred children painting and sketching, and enough room to roam for ostriches, a zebra, a giraffe and baby elephants. Continue reading “ON LOCATION: San Marino Always Ready for Its Close-Up”

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”

Valentine 5th Grader Proves to Be a Real Bookworm

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

William Velayos, a 5th-grader at Valentine Elementary read 110 books over the course of the past school year, breaking the previous school record of 102. Fifth-grade students at Valentine Elementary can earn a certificate for reading 20 books, or a trophy for reading 30. Velayos went above and beyond, especially considering that students who read more than 50 books receive the same reward as those who read exactly 50. Continue reading “Valentine 5th Grader Proves to Be a Real Bookworm”

Tight Grip Maintained on SM’s Water Spigots

Although the Sierra Nevada snowpack received a promising dump this past winter, and the reservoirs in the northern reaches of California were topped up nicely, the El Niño effect that was expected to give Southern California a historic drenching missed its mark and strayed far to the north. The ramifications for San Marino residents are that watering restrictions enacted by the city last year remain fully in force. Continue reading “Tight Grip Maintained on SM’s Water Spigots”