LCE Gets New Principal for a Day

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Sixth-grader Ryan Avakian was La Cañada Elementary School’s principal for a day. He met with Principal Emily Blaney to discuss his tasks for the day, including visiting the classrooms, filming the 1st- and 4th- graders and making a video of them for a teacher appreciation project. He also made up the agenda for a staff meeting.

Huntington Hospital a 5-Star Recipient for Stroke Treatment

Huntington Hospital has achieved five stars for its performance in stroke care from Healthgrades, a leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care. This achievement is part of the new findings and data released by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
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2017 Gold Award Recipients

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Gold awardees: Emma Aitelli (seated, from left), Megan Andrews, Hailey Belcher, Emily Clarkson, Caroline Daniels, Eleanor Fausett, Megan Galantai, Audrey George, Ardis Griffin, Caroline Higa, Ashleigh Kazak, Jacqueline Kim, Melissa Klein and Rebecca Klein. Back: Julianne Lauenstein, Brittany Lerian, Elena Melehani, Holly Miller, Lauren O’Brien, Julia Paccone, Allegra Rendina, Gabriella Rendina, Catherine Rickert, Sahar Shirbacheh, Katherine Smersfelt, Olivia Strauss and Holly Stoner.

Obituary – Richard Dix Wood

Richard Wood
Richard Wood

 October 14, 1939 – May 6, 2017

Richard Wood, a resident of San Marino for 21 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, due to complications of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. His loving family was by his side.
Dick was born on Oct. 14, 1939, in Denver, Colorado, to Frank and Margaret Wood, recently of Lake San Marcos. He was the beloved husband of Patra (nee Thompson), brother of the late Debra (Fred) Folbrecht of Lake San Marcos and Catherine (Wayne) Schultz of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
He is survived by his sons Ron (Anh) of San Marino and Michael of Phoenix, Arizona; stepchildren Tovah (Johnathan) Kolodisnki of Watsonville, California, and Aaron Badart of Hancock Park, California; grandchildren Rachel, Ryan, Nicole, Michael Jr. and Jared, and step-grandchildren Violet and Taytem.
He will be greatly missed by his nephew Eric (Jeanelle) Folbrecht and nieces Amy (Rich) Ward and Tamara Schultz.
Dick graduated from the Mechanical Engineering School of Kansas University. He achieved success as an innovator in the fields of optics and engineering. Being a tremendous leader and dedicated professional, he mentored many during his career. His work ethic, determination and generous nature have touched so many in all aspects of his life. His passions bicycling, boating, hiking and traveling took him all over the world. His enthusiasm for these endeavors was shared by all who knew him.
To those of you who were aware of his accident, and to those who may be learning just now, we thank you on behalf of the Wood family for all your thoughts and prayers. The family asks anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in his honor to please consider riverstone.org, bikeleague.org or City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91011 (attn: Amy Cook), or through the website https://secure.cityofhope.org/donate/main/cardsforhope.aspx and note the gift is in honor of Dick Wood.

Speeding Car Flips on Residential Street; Police Suspect DUI

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An overturned vehicle came to rest on a resident’s lawn early Sunday in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in the 5000 block of Princess Anne Drive, according to Lt. Mark Slater.
Judging by the speed and the effects of the collision, deputies suspect the 22-year-old driver was intoxicated, Slater said, though toxicology test results won’t be known for a couple of weeks.
The vehicle exited the roadway and overturned on the front lawn of a residence. Both occupants of the vehicle suffered injuries for which they were treated at local hospitals, Slater said.
“We’re just lucky that no one was hurt in the houses by that flying debris,” Slater said. “Car parts flew all over the place and damaged a couple of the houses. One car part ended up on the roof of a house.”
Slater also urged anyone who’s been drinking to avoid driving.
“At some point, the driver or passenger has to take responsibility and say, ‘We’ve been drinking,’ and order a ride share or a taxi,” Slater said.

LCPC Parent Education Caps Year Honoring Staff

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LCPC Parent Education Staff honorees: Anne Bierling (10 years), Jan Roberts (25 years) and Nanette Brown (20-plus years).

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program capped the end of its 38th year by honoring three long-serving staff members.
Jan Roberts was honored for her 25 years of dedicated service teaching parents of children ranging from elementary school age through college. She expanded the curriculum of the Parenting Elementary Kids classes, spearheaded the development and implementation of the Tween and Teen Classes, conducted Parent Ed Seasonal Crafts Workshops and created a Parenting College Kid’s Class, which she presently teaches through her in-home business that she has run since 2008. Roberts is well-loved throughout Parent Education and known in the community as the “Parent Coach,” writing a popular weekly column for the La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena Outlook publications. In 2012, she was named Parent Ed’s Shining Star.
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USC-VHH Foundation Holds Golf Tournament Benefit

Tyler Przybyla, a Paradise Canyon Elementary student, will be a special guest at the tournament benefit.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation will hold its 26th annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 22, at the Oakmont Country Club. The tournament will be a best-ball format, but perhaps the “best” part of the day will come when attendees hear first-hand from some of the hospital’s most grateful patients.
All proceeds from the day’s events will fund the highest priority needs in support of patient care at the hospital.
“As long as I walk this earth, I won’t forget the exceptional care that Dr. Tashman and the Emergency Department provided [my son] Tyler that night,” said Tammy Stradiatto.
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LCF Dentists Keep it All in the Family

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Brandon Ho and Ken Ho are popular dentists in La Cañada Flintridge; Chandler Ho is an orthodontist in Glendale.

La Cañada Flintridge has its Oscar-winning artists and its NASA scientists and, also, its family of five-star dentists.
“It’s like where science and art combine,” said Dr. Brandon Ho, of his family’s chosen field. “I dream about it. I love it.”
His father, Dr. Ken Ho, has been in the business — not the teeth business, but the people business, he’ll tell you — in LCF since 1980, when he purchased the La Cañada dental practice and established a local legacy that now spans generations. Continue reading “LCF Dentists Keep it All in the Family”