Adventist Health Glendale Boosts New Name, Logo

After serving the community for more than 112 years and growing to more than 2,500 employees, Glendale Adventist Medical Center will soon be known as Adventist Health Glendale. Although Glendale Adventist Medical Center has always been a part of a 20-hospital system known as Adventist Health, this year marks the beginning of a new era for the hospital.
“We are excited to announce the next chapter in the Adventist Health story,” said Kevin Roberts, president and CEO of GAMC. “In the coming weeks and months, we will transition from Glendale Adventist Medical Center to a new name: Adventist Health Glendale, which will allow us to embrace a stronger collective identity as a system. It is important to know that our faith-driven mission and commitment to world class quality and service remains as vibrant as ever.”
In addition to the name change, Adventist Health has launched a new mission, vision, values and logo. “Together Inspired” illustrates the collective vision of the system’s 20 hospitals in communities across California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. As a system, Adventist Health is moving from being a hospital company to a health organization serving and transforming the health experience and outcomes of all its communities.

Las Candelas Concludes 2017; Installs New Officers

The final 2016-17 meeting for Las Candelas was held in the Garden Room at Oakmont Country Club recently, with President Ellyn Semler (left) presiding. After all year-end financial and project reports were presented, Las Candelas member Cathy Keen performed the installation of next year’s officers. After the meeting, a brief reception was held to thank Semler for serving as president of Las Candelas from 2015-17 and to congratulate incoming President Nancy Stone (right).

Armenian Club Recognized for Its Efforts in 2016-17

For the first time, La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club was recognized as the “Club of the Year.” The organization experienced increased membership and enthusiasm this year.
Forty-eight students attended the first meeting in longtime faculty adviser Justin Valassidis’ classroom. Over the course of the school year, the group had 10 lunchtime meetings — at which members enjoyed food provided by supportive parents — and heard from a range of speakers, including Arick Gevorkian, LCHS dad and career consultant, who spoke about Armenian cultural and social history, and Tahlene Gourdikian of the Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation, who explained its wide range of service opportunities. Gourdikian’s presentation motivated club members to set aside a Saturday in March to collect medical equipment and daily necessities for underprivileged families and then transport them to the Lighthouse Foundation warehouse in Long Beach.
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Climb Aboard the Beach Bus This Summer

The La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge Summer Beach Bus service to Santa Monica Beach started Tuesday, June 13.
“The Beach Bus service runs through Labor Day, providing our residents an opportunity to travel to the beach without having to drive through traffic, find a parking space or feed a parking meter,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.
Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The stop locations are at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave.; the County Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.; the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard; and Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard, west of La Cañada Boulevard.
The LCF stop is scheduled for pickup at 9:45 a.m., returning at approximately 4:55 p.m., depending on traffic.
Reservations are available and strongly recommended to ensure a seat.
To reserve a trip, visit The fare is $3 per person round-trip for children and adults. For senior citizens (age 60 and older) and people with disabilities, the fare is $1.50 per round-trip. A fare-paying parent or guardian must accompany children under 12.
For more information, call toll-free at (888) 769-1122 or visit

City Council Applications Due June 30

Residents interested in applying for appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on June 30 to file with the city clerk’s office. The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilmember and seven-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by July 13, according to the city website,
Additional written information after June 30 will not be accepted, unless requested by the City Council.
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LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure

On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”

LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach

Jason Sarceda
Jason Sarceda

Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”

After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write

Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.
Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.

As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”