Months of Work Culminate in Winter Concert

The San Marino High School Festival Travel Choir, made up of chamber and concert choir members, includes (front row, from left) conductor Tammi Alderman, Charmaine Qiu, Selina Ho, Allison Ye, Danielle Uyemura, Michelle Uyemura, Heein Kim, Mansi Gokani, Ellie Kanda and Kayla Chen. Second row: Nicole Lin, Rachel Mochizuki, Jan Raphaela Estandarte, Alexa Wong, Stephanie Lee, Christy Li and Inez Leon. Third row: Sarah Zweighaft, Alice Li, Katerina Clavijo, Katie Williams and Sylvia Ding. Fourth row: Jonathan Sheen, Michael DuMont, Jiaxi Xu, Charles Gutcho, Raye Cheng, Xavier Beck and S. Myles Keys. Fifth row: Colin Guan, Jaren Huang, Dexter Wong, Allen Liu, Kenneth Lin and Lincoln Nelson. Back: Yusuf Malek, Johnathan Truong, Kyle McCall and Richard Li. See story and photos on page 18.
The San Marino High School Festival Travel Choir, made up of chamber and concert choir members, includes (front row, from left) conductor Tammi Alderman, Charmaine Qiu, Selina Ho, Allison Ye, Danielle Uyemura, Michelle Uyemura, Heein Kim, Mansi Gokani, Ellie Kanda and Kayla Chen. Second row: Nicole Lin, Rachel Mochizuki, Jan Raphaela Estandarte, Alexa Wong, Stephanie Lee, Christy Li and Inez Leon. Third row: Sarah Zweighaft, Alice Li, Katerina Clavijo, Katie Williams and Sylvia Ding. Fourth row: Jonathan Sheen, Michael DuMont, Jiaxi Xu, Charles Gutcho, Raye Cheng, Xavier Beck and S. Myles Keys. Fifth row: Colin Guan, Jaren Huang, Dexter Wong, Allen Liu, Kenneth Lin and Lincoln Nelson. Back: Yusuf Malek, Johnathan Truong, Kyle McCall and Richard Li. See story and photos on page 18.

It was mere hours before their annual winter concert, but there seemed to be few, if any, jitters among San Marino High School’s three choir groups.
After months and months of preparation and practice, that was hardly a surprise.
“I believe we have a good group this year,” said Jacob Leftwich, a 15-year-old sophomore bass singer, on the night of the concert. “We have a very diverse group of personalities, which helps bring us together. We’re all very serious with what we do.” Continue reading “Months of Work Culminate in Winter Concert”

Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten

Cornelia Ann
Cornelia Ann

Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten, a nearly lifelong resident of San Marino, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26 with her four children at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Catherine Eggleston, and her husband, Charles Willis Hatten. She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Hatten and Karen Hatten D’Asero (Marcelo); her two sons, William Hatten, Charles Hatten Jr. (Elizabeth); her sister Catherine E. Cairns of Maitland, Fla.; her niece Susan Luczak of Winter Park, Fla.; and her nephew John Cairns of Apopka, Fla. as well as cousins, grand-nephews and nieces. Continue reading “Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten”

New Street Lights Among City Projects

With the city’s street light replacement project well underway, San Marino’s Public Works Director Dan Wall expects a variety of other projects to take off in the coming months.
City workers have gradually been replacing the bulbs in street lights as Southern California Edison has installed utility meters into the poles. Previously, San Marino’s street lights were unmetered and the city paid a flat fee for them. Now, the lights will use more energy-efficient bulbs that will be metered. Continue reading “New Street Lights Among City Projects”

Bad Weather Shelter Ready to Help Homeless

With the winter season almost upon the San Gabriel Valley, the less fortunate in the community now have a place to escape the colder elements and stay safe.

Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Friends In Deed, based in Pasadena, sponsors the Bad Weather Shelter as well as a food pantry (above).

Thanks to the Pasadena-based charitable organization Friends In Deed, when the weather drops below 40 degrees or when there is at least a 40% chance of rain, the group opens its Bad Weather Shelter. Continue reading “Bad Weather Shelter Ready to Help Homeless”

Fire Department Adds to Arsenal

Photo courtesy San Marino Fire Department Firefighters practice using one of their new salvage covers at the San Marino Fire Station. The vinyl sheet protects objects from smoke and water damage.
Photo courtesy San Marino Fire Department
Firefighters practice using one of their new salvage covers at the San Marino Fire Station. The vinyl sheet protects objects from smoke and water damage.

It is no secret to firefighters that smoke is borderline impossible to navigate on its own.
Even the artificial smoke generated from machines during training obscures nearly all useful vision, and that’s nothing compared to the black carpets of smoke that come with any type of structure fire and only adds to the chaos.
Starting last week, San Marino Fire Department’s ambulances and firetrucks now carry the latest in heat detection and navigation technology to assist. The small neon thermal imagers replace the clunkier ones of the past at a significant price premium. Continue reading “Fire Department Adds to Arsenal”

Police Chief to Implement Ordinance for Vacant Houses

With an ordinance approved last month and readings slated for the next two City Council meetings, San Marino Police Chief John Incontro said he feels the groundwork for handling the city’s growing number of vacant homes is set.
Barring any future changes to the ordinance’s language, Incontro’s police department will now shoulder the task of identifying vacant homes (by the ordinance’s definition, those unoccupied for 60 or more days in a year) and registering them as such. The hope is that the information involved will help officers in responses to crimes proliferated by the existence of unoccupied homes in neighborhoods. Continue reading “Police Chief to Implement Ordinance for Vacant Houses”

Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light

Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK The "Enchanted: Forest of Light!" show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.
Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
The “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.

It’s Descanso Gardens, illuminated as you’ve never seen it.
The most familiar of haunts at the beloved botanic gardens have been transformed by the “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” display open to the public until Jan 8. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light”

Pasadena Students Learn From Caltech Tutors

Photo courtesy Caltech Caltech students are tutoring 8th-12th-graders from Pasadena Unified schools in a unique program through the Caltech Y.
Photo courtesy Caltech
Caltech students are tutoring 8th-12th-graders from Pasadena Unified schools in a unique program through the Caltech Y.

For most high school students, math and science are the most difficult subjects there are to tackle. Fortunately, some students in Pasadena and surrounding communities are getting help in passing those classes.
Around 75 students who have a C grade or below in math or science have enrolled in the Rise Tutoring Program through the Caltech Y. The program matches students from grades 8-12 with Caltech students for low-cost tutoring to improve their grades in those classes. Continue reading “Pasadena Students Learn From Caltech Tutors”