Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18

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Picturesque scenes such as the archway leading into the Rose Garden at Descanso Gardens help tell a story about the region’s past, which has been documented in a film that will air at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.

Descanso Gardens is not just a pretty place.
Certainly, its natural beauty is refreshing, but Executive Director David Brown has long believed there’s much more to it. He pitched that notion to KCET-TV in mid-March — right when the station’s personnel were planning programming for their “Summer of the Environment” initiative.
The result: “Lost LA: Descanso Gardens,” an hourlong documentary that dives deep into the botanical gardens’ beauty as well as its social, political and cultural significance. It will premiere at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.
From its origins as an oak woodland to its current status as a living museum, Descanso Gardens has a compelling history to share, said Matthew Crotty, the director of production. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18”

Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title

Benjamin (left) and Jonathan Ahn (right) recently won the National Kendo Championship in the boys’ junior division. The twins, who graduated from Palm Crest Elementary, train at La Cañada Kumdo Academy under the guidance of headmaster Byung Chan Ahn (center).

Two local students from the La Cañada Kumdo Academy recently placed first in the boys’ junior division of the National Kendo Championship in San Jose.
Benjamin and Jonathan Ahn, currently attending St. Francis and graduates of Palm Crest Elementary, won the prestigious tournament hosted by the All United Kendo Federation. The competition is held every three years and comparable to the National Olympic of Kendo. Continue reading “Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title”

16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat

No one can say La Cañada Flintridge residents aren’t civically engaged: Sixteen applicants have emerged to fill the City Council’s unscheduled vacancy.
The large field of applicants all hope to fill the seat that became vacant in May following the death of Dave Spence, a longtime councilman and six-time mayor.
It is the second time a member of the LCF City Council has died while in office. Jack Hastings’ death in 1997 led to a special election in 1998 in which Deborah Orlik was elected to fill the vacancy for the remaining 10 months on that term, beating out Anthony Portantino by two votes.
The applicants are: Gregory Brown, Peter Chung, Keith Eich, Rod Essen, Charles Gelhaar, Rick Gunter, Brett Johnston, John Hicks, Charlie Kamar, Lara Kayayan, Nalini Lasiewicz, Lainie Miller, Joe Radabaugh, Candice Rosen, Jack Schaedel and Wesley Walton. Continue reading “16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat”

Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest

A body was discovered and reported by U.S. Forest Service employees at 12:15 p.m. on Monday in Angeles National Forest on Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 20.
Forest Service personnel initially reported a car over the side of the road, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that there was no car, but they did find a body, reportedly badly decomposed.
“So we cordoned off the area and called our homicide bureau,” Slater said. “Due to the position of the body and the presentation of the scene, I can’t even tell you if it was male or anything right now. It was obviously deceased, but I couldn’t tell you more.” Continue reading “Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest”

LCF Orthopaedic Guild Honors Volunteers

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure
La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure

Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild were recently recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Danielle Barrios, assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliaries, which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild. Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965.
Barrios announced, “Volunteers are the backbone of OIC,” and that was the theme for the day. Students of Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School volunteer at OIC on a regular basis. Danielle was pleased to report that members of the five Guilds volunteered 16,200 hours to OIC during 2016.
Special guest speaker was Dr. Rachel Thompson, who hails from Chicago and attended George Washington University and Northwestern University. She is associate director for the OIC and UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy. She stressed that working in this field “the problems are many but the rewards are even greater.” Her goal is to see that “all patients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Attending the event from LCFOG were Joan Cleven, Caryl Pettit, Ginney Pruitt, Judi McClure, Arlene Massimino, Jeanne Long, Marie Baker, Carolyn Geer and Easy Delaney. Two LCFOG members were singled out for their lifetime hours to date: Marie Baker with 200 volunteer hours and Caryl Pettit, who can be found working in the It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop two days a week, with 3,000 hours.
Members of LCFOG were also in attendance at the recent CCG 106th annual meeting held at OIC’s downtown campus.
Joan Cleven, president of LCFOG, spoke at the CCG meeting outlining LCFOG’s fundraisers, which benefit OIC. The annual Book and Author Luncheon, held in October has been the primary fundraiser for many years. Dinner at Mijares Restaurant in April is a fun and tasty way to raise funds, along with monthly Bunco games. To date, LCFOG, organized in 1957, has donated $707,337 to OIC.
For more information, call Marie Gilhooly at (818) 249-5262.

PCR Students Yield to Crossing Guard’s Personality

Who doesn’t love their crossing guard?
“I think all crossing guards are personable,” said Evelyn Harris, who is a member of the fluorescent tribe that offer safe passage to students and accompanying pedestrians. “They’re not in it to get rich; they’re in it because they enjoy the socialization and doing something good for kids.”

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Evelyn Harris makes crossing the street a special experience for about 70 Palm Crest Elementary students; she even had a small end-of-the-school-year gift ready for each of them this week.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Evelyn Harris makes crossing the street a special experience for about 70 Palm Crest Elementary students; she even had a small end-of-the-school-year gift ready for each of them this week.

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Outlook Wins 10 Journalism Awards in Statewide Contest

La Cañada Flintridge Outlook newspaper claimed four awards and the Outlook Newspaper group won a total of 10 in the statewide journalism contest conducted by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced last weekend in Santa Monica.

Outlook Newspapers awards list

Senior staff writer Mirjam Swanson’s story on Sam Farmer, the L.A. Times’ renowned NFL beat writer (Feb. 4), took first place in the Sports Feature category.

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Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Dr. Alexandria Darras, Dr. Margaret Zdarzyl, Dr. Joe Perez, Dr. Steven Hartford, Dr. Armand Dorian, Dr. Happy Khanna, Dr. Sameer Patel and Dr. Chandish Ahluwali all will be able to access the new NICU at USC-VHH when it opens in September.

Doctors and administrators took a break from their busy schedules Tuesday to don plastic pink, blue and yellow hard hats and celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $3 million neonatal intensive care unit at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
The six-bed, six-bedroom space will be unique to the area, according to Cecilia Pyzow, the hospital’s director of business development. Continue reading “Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH”

Enduring Heroes Statue Dedication Includes LCF Gold Star Families

On Memorial Day, Pasadena will unveil a statue that will serve as an enduring, everyday reminder of the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.
“So few carry a burden for so many,” said Jaynie Studenmund, a resident of LCF whose son, Scott, a Green Beret, was killed in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2014. Continue reading “Enduring Heroes Statue Dedication Includes LCF Gold Star Families”