Annual Young & Healthy Campaign Makes a Difference

There are certain circumstances in life when numbers speak louder than words, when explaining a dire situation through a quantitative lens can illuminate the plight. It is estimated that about 33% of all children in Pasadena are members of what the government designates as low-income families. This statistic represents a segment of the population, but it also signifies the tremendous challenge that many area parents face when it comes to providing their children with access to high-quality healthcare. For the third year in a row, Young & Healthy is attempting to reverse the stigma attached to that number with its 33 for 33 campaign, a fundraising effort focused on advancing the nonprofit’s mission of offering medical assistance to those who need it most. Continue reading “Annual Young & Healthy Campaign Makes a Difference”

Local Bakery Makes Sweet Connection With Pasadena Nonprofits

The concept materialized in Ingrid Kuo’s mind not long after she attended a friend’s birthday party in Pasadena about six years ago. It was at that gathering that the daughter of a successful Nebraska restaurateur literally got her first taste of Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery franchise that specializes in — you guessed it — Bundt cakes. Continue reading “Local Bakery Makes Sweet Connection With Pasadena Nonprofits”

Friends in Deed Seeks to Feed

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the scene at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue is a familiar one for those passing by during the midday hours. Scores of people filter in and out of a brown building on the south side of the street, sometimes forming lines just to get inside, and never leaving empty-handed. This intersection is home to Friends in Deed, an interfaith nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of Pasadena’s most vulnerable through a variety of programs. Continue reading “Friends in Deed Seeks to Feed”

SMHS Student Dies in Crash; Police Cite Speed

A San Marino High School student died in a solo car crash near the Rose Bowl early Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle while driving at an extraordinary rate of speed, Pasadena police said.
Brendan Leon, 17, who was nearing the end of his junior year at SMHS, died at the scene after the 2002 BMW 330 he was driving wrapped around a light pole, according to police. Continue reading “SMHS Student Dies in Crash; Police Cite Speed”

On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked

The small army of La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, clad in their matching blue T-shirts and toting black balloons, signaled that no accord had been reached between the teachers’ association and the district.
The two sides, which are wrestling over teacher compensation, met for the 10th time Monday. Continue reading “On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked”

A Virtual High School Experience of High Repute

The power rankings featured all the usual suspects, including Harvard-Westlake, Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Polytechnic, which checked in high among the private schools sorted by factors such as academics and college readiness.
Meanwhile, another California institution that has started to make itself at home high in such rankings is not quite like the others. Continue reading “A Virtual High School Experience of High Repute”

Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board opted to delay adoption of new math textbooks for at least a week and maybe longer.
Reacting to concerns from several parents in attendance, and at least 93 others who signed an online petition, the district will delay adoption of Everyday Mathematics for kindergartners through 5th-graders until parents can learn more about the materials. Continue reading “Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed”