New Exhibit: Fallen, Not Forgotten

After a poignant exhibit honoring the fallen soldiers from California debuted earlier this year at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the foundation bearing the 40th president’s name posted a video online featuring imagery from the event interspersed with speeches delivered by Reagan. As the video nears its conclusion, Reagan is on a tarmac to welcome an American soldier’s casket home and quotes John Stuart Mill in his address. Continue reading “New Exhibit: Fallen, Not Forgotten”

A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band

Mark de la Vega was 2 years old the first time Ben Ubovich lifted a baton above an ensemble of musicians at San Marino High School.
Ubovich retired this past spring after 27 years as director of instrumental music at SMHS, and de la Vega, whose background is predominantly in percussion, appears to be setting a brisk new beat as he succeeds him. Continue reading “A Positive First Impression by the Leader of the Band”

SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff

The San Marino Unified School District doesn’t exactly have to beat the bushes when it has an opening among its teaching ranks. The district’s reputation for academic excellence precedes it, apparently.
“I think we have competitive class sizes — low compared to neighboring districts — which is attractive,” said SMUSD’s superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss. “I think we have a great reputation: Our kids are high achieving. Teachers want to work with kids who are engaged, and our kids are exactly that.” Continue reading “SMUSD Welcomes New Teachers, Staff”

Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows

San Marino’s water consumption has slowed to a trickle over the last several weeks, according to figures provided by California American Water, the company that supplies water to all but a fraction of the community.
Cal Am Director of Operations Garry Hofer emailed water-use tables to city officials last week showing that San Marino used 32% less water in June and July than it had over the same months in 2014. In May, the city did even better, dropping its use by a whopping 48%. Continue reading “Spigots Turned Down Locally, New Data Shows”

Paying it Forward With Fresh Fruit

On a recent warm Saturday morning, several dozen people assembled outside the entrance to the Huntington Library. The gates wouldn’t open for another hour and a half, but these early birds weren’t there to see the art galleries, the library or the botanical gardens. What they were after was fruit — specifically, the seven acres of Valencia oranges adjacent to the Huntington’s north entry road. Continue reading “Paying it Forward With Fresh Fruit”