Thursday Club Scholarship Awardees

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Awardees include (front row, from left) Scott Carney from St. Francis, attending Northeastern; Emily Carr from La Cañada High School, attending Cornell; Taleen Sarkissian from LCHS, attending UC Irvine; Jenny Wang from LCHS, attending UCLA; Jillian Pih from LCHS attending USC; and Morgan Bowman from LCHS, attending UC Davis. Back: Kendall Kikkawa from Flintridge Prep, attending UCSB; Grace Rickert from LCHS, attending Cornell; Noor Alanizi from CVHS, attending UC Berkeley; Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship recipient Holly Miller from LCHS, attending Scripps; Lilly Maxfield from Flintridge Prep; attending UCLA; and Tyler Borland from LCHS, attending UCSB. Not pictured: Sarah Montgomery from Flintridge Sacred Heart, attending Boston College.

The Thursday Club Scholarship Foundation recently presented 12 local seniors with scholarships and one student with the Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship. The speaker was state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who gave a welcoming speech encouraging the students to be the best that they can be, to remain involved at every level in life and to constantly give back. Becky Lankey presented the awards and mentioned that there were so many qualified applicants that it made the final decisions very difficult. Each student spoke of their high school experiences, sports, art, music and what motivated them to select their college.
After the presentation, the students, parents, mentors, counselors and friends socialized while enjoying traditional tea with sandwiches and desserts. Scholarship committee members include Sheri Morton, Becky Lankey, Sharon Coombs, Kathy Leonard and Patrice Fontes.

Stroke Awareness Month

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Attendees Maria Drummond and Mary Gant flank Dr. Matt Tenser, who led a seminar on stroke awareness. More than 75 people attended last week’s Stroke Awareness Seminar at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, where Tenser, a vascular neurologist and neurointerventionalist at Keck Medicine of USC, spoke about the risks, warning signs and treatment of stroke. Free carotid artery and blood pressure screenings also were administered to participants.

Glendale Memorial Hospital President to Retire

Jack Ivie

Health care leader Jack Ivie will conclude his 42-year career and retire from his position as president of Glendale Memorial Hospital, effective June 30.
Entering health care in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist, practicing at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Ivie’s lifelong service to Glendale Memorial Hospital is significant, stemming from a committed history with the hospital. Each of his four children was born at Glendale Memorial and this connection, as well as his service as hospital president and in various hospital administration roles, is clearly evident.
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Lanterman House Presents Lecture on Regional Center for Disabilities

The Lanterman House will host a lecture by Diane Anand, former director of the Lanterman Regional Center, on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Lanterman Visitor Center. The lecture will focus on the legacy of Frank Lanterman and the establishment of the regional center system for disabilities in California.
Anand was director of the Lanterman Regional Center for 37 years. She was hired in 1977 at what was formerly known as the Children’s Hospital Regional Center and remained in that position until June 2014. She was formerly a pediatric nurse and wanted the opportunity to work with children. She has a master’s degree in maternal and child health and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Her interest in maternal and child health made her interested in working at the regional center, which serves more than 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The regional center system was spearheaded by Frank Lanterman, a former state assemblyman and community leader who was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. In 1970, the decision was made to change the name of the flagship regional center in honor of Frank Lanterman, who helped pass landmark legislation for individuals with developmental disabilities in California.
The Lanterman Regional Center is a nonprofit that operates under contract with California’s Department of Developmental Services. It is one of 21 regional centers in California that together serve more than 275,000 individuals with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities and their families.
The lecture is free and there will be a reception afterward with refreshments. The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.
For more information, visit lantermanfoundation.org or call (818) 790-1421.

LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair

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Michael Smith, a La Cañada High School freshman, practices for at least an hour every day. It paid off when he finished first in his age group at the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.

Neither winner felt as though he or she played particularly well at all. The judges heard it differently.
At the recent Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, a keen-listening panel anointed Michael Smith (who lives on Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge) and Sabrina Tsoi (who attends Flintridge Prep, a few blocks down Crown) as the best players in their respective age groups at the seventh annual version of the prestigious contest, which was held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading “LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair”

CV Sheriff Seeks Help IDing Persons of Interest

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s investigators are seeking to identify two people of interest who might have witnessed a road rage incident on March 8 at the second turnout on Angeles Crest Highway, Det. Edmundo Perez said.
“We are not sure if it was a road rage incident or not,” Perez said. “The victim’s story is that the vehicle pulled up and was doing doughnuts, so [the victim] tried to stop them. He confronted the driver and was attacked by the passenger. He fought back and both the passenger and the driver teamed up on him and beat him up and then left the location.” Continue reading “CV Sheriff Seeks Help IDing Persons of Interest”