LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers

Photo courtesy Faith Florez Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.
Photo courtesy Faith Florez
Members of the Calor app team visited the Central Valley, including (from left) Shobhit Agarwal, Juan Andrade, Marko Djuliarso, Faith Florez, Basir Navab, Viraj Sahai and Vahagen Sinanian. After developing a system to send heat warnings to farmworkers, they’re raising funds at startsomegood.com/calorapp to convert a web-based platform into an app for the Apple watch.

Perhaps, in a few years, it will be unimaginable that farmworkers would labor in the fields without carrying or wearing a device capable of alerting them to heat warnings.
And when workers are regularly receiving those notifications, maybe it will be unimaginable that the life-saving (and productivity-enhancing) technology sprang from the mind of a high school student in La Cañada Flintridge.
A descendant of generations of farmworkers, Faith Florez appreciates what it takes for fruits and vegetables you enjoy to reach your plate. That’s why she and a team of USC software programming graduate students developed Calor (meaning heat, in Spanish), an app designed to improve farmworkers’ safety by changing the thinking from “work or health” to “work and health.” Continue reading “LCHS Senior Develops App to Alert Farmworkers”

Bobcats Make Themselves at Home on Jarvis

A resident in the 5000 block of Jarvis Avenue reported spotting a pair of bobcats recently in his backyard. Glenn Houser believes they are a mother and a cub, and that they’ve begun visiting his yard more since his golden retriever died a few weeks ago.
“We’re used to wildlife; we see them a lot,” Houser said. “We get rabbits here a lot and [the bobcats] probably have been keeping the rabbits and the squirrels under control. Continue reading “Bobcats Make Themselves at Home on Jarvis”

Flintridge Guild Hosts Annual Luncheon

Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital members include Savonia Angelica (front row, from left), Kim Kessler, Soo Kim Choi, Debbie Post, Kathy Kovalcik, Patti Kriste and Mary Anne De Briyn. Back: Teresa Salvo, Cathi Beauclair, Karen Hopper, Maureen Railsback, Sandy Ahn, Randy Stanislawski, Linda Fults, Melinda Gillman, Donna Nickoloff and Joellen Yundt.

With autumn upon us, The Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital recently enjoyed its annual luncheon and tour of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. While there, members toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Literally Healing Library and learned about the activities in the Teenage Lounge.
Prior to lunch, Dr. Curt VandenBerg, director of Sports Medicine at Children’s Hospital, gave a presentation. He spoke of the dangers of pediatric obesity and the lack of exercise affecting the health of children. The strongest predictor of an active adult life over the age of 70 is sports activity in the growing years.
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Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk

Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.
Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.

Maranatha High School students took a walk of faith last week to Pasadena City Hall, the start of what might become an annual tradition.
Amid the chirping of morning birds and freshly dewed streets on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19, about 350 students, freshmen to seniors, divvied up into small groups with school staff chaperones and took separate walking tours from the school’s campus to Garfield Avenue.
As they walked, they discussed ways they might volunteer for the city during their student service projects in November. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk”

LCFEF Awards District $2 Million

It’s become a tradition, and for that, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said she and her colleagues are most grateful.
For the seventh consecutive year, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation raised $2 million for the district, money that will be used to help fund smaller class size, to recruit and retain talented teachers and staff, and to fund programs in visual and performing arts as well as provide an array of math and science courses. Continue reading “LCFEF Awards District $2 Million”

LCUSD Board Candidates Forum on Oct. 2

The five candidates running for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board election are expected to participate in a public forum at the La Cañada High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.
The forum is being hosted by the La Cañada Council PTA and the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area.
The public is invited to attend the event, at which audience members will hear prepared statements from the candidates and have the opportunity to submit written questions.
The League of Women Voters is dedicated to making democracy work by offering services to communities with the purpose of informing and encouraging voters to take advantage of their right to vote.
As a non-partisan organization, the La Cañada Council PTA neither supports nor opposes candidates. It does, however, aim to help disseminate as much factual, objective information as possible during election campaigns so voters can make informed choices on issues that affect the community’s children.
For more information, contact Melissa Mazin, La Cañada Council PTA President, at president@lacanadapta.org.

Get Healthy for Good at Pasadena Heart Walk Sept. 23

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk returns to Pasadena this fall with an important message for all to get Healthy for Good.
The annual event — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Rose Bowl -— kicks off with a health and wellness festival featuring fun heart-pumping activities at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K walk at 9 a.m. and post-walk party at 9:30 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and take steps together to live healthier and fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to join, but participants are encouraged to help raise funds for the mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement, which aims to rally people to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change and unite the community around the simple idea that making a small change today will create a difference for generations to come.
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Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson St. Francis junior quarterback Darius Perrantes threw for 322 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in his debut last week, leading St. Francis to a 48-21 win over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.

By Charlie Foy

During the second half, the St. Francis High School student section loudly sang “Sweet Caroline,” A fitting song because Golden Knights football never seemed so good as the varsity team cruised to a 48-21 victory over visiting Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last week.
In the first half, new quarterback Darius Perrantes, a junior transfer from Encino Crespi, initially started off slow but everything started to click after his first touchdown. Near the end of the first quarter, senior Greg Dulcich broke away from the Mira Costa corner, and Perrantes completed a 38-yard touchdown pass, and there was no looking back for the St. Francis offense.
The Mustangs (0-1 overall) quickly responded with a touchdown pass of their own, and it seemed as if both teams were evenly matched.
On the ensuing drive, Perrantes completed another touchdown pass to Dulcich and later connected with Isaac Cordova for a 64-yard touchdown.
The Mustangs didn’t give up and kept the game within reach after a touchdown midway through the second quarter, cutting St. Francis lead to 21-14 at the half. Continue reading “Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener”

San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Blake Cabot completed 15 of 24 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions in a 42-28 loss at Los Altos of Hacienda Heights last Friday. The senior quarterback also led the Titans on the ground with 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The San Marino High School varsity football team showed what it is capable of at Hacienda Heights Los Altos last Friday with two scores in the first quarter. However, the Titans also displayed their inexperience with key mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Conquerors to come away with a 42-28 victory in the teams’ season opener.
“A few mistakes,” said SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie. “That’s it. A few mistakes turned into a lot of mistakes. They gave us a hard time. We’re very inexperienced, especially on the offensive line. Once they stopped doing what we practiced and started doing something else, we fell apart. That killed us. It killed our running game.”
San Marino will look to bounce back in a nonleague game against Dominguez High School at Compton College this Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener”

Parkway Grill’s Urban Organic Garden Grows on Fine Diners

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.
Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK
Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.

Nothing tastes quite like it does when it’s fresh from the garden.
Parkway Grill and its Gourmet Organic Garden have proven that mantra for nearly three decades, clinching down a loyal Pasadena fan base who count on the seasonal garden delectables to add the robust flair to the restaurant powerhouse’s California cuisine.
A hidden trove of more than 25 kinds of fruit, vegetables and herbs grow adjacent to the restaurant, as manicured rows of cabbages, peppers, chards, kale and tomatoes practically glow under the trestles of the plump passion fruit. The Parkway Grill’s garden was recently a recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s Commercial Design Awards, in conjunction with the Arroyo Chop House, for adding to the enhancement of Pasadena.
“It’s hard to believe, but this was all just an abandoned lot of weeds,” said Parkway Grill co-owner Gregg Smith recently, pausing in front of fragrant peppers. “Now we harvest a ‘backyard to table’ concept; it drives how we cook, using a seasonal, market-driven approach.”
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