Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Mayor Steve Talt, who finished  8th grade at Huntington Middle School in 1972, shared his memories at the school during its Centennial Breakfast last week commemorating the school’s 100th year. For additional photos, see page 22.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Mayor Steve Talt, who finished
8th grade at Huntington Middle School in 1972, shared his memories at the school during its Centennial Breakfast last week commemorating the school’s 100th year. For additional photos, see page 22.

Decades’ worth of Huntington Middle School alumni, current and former faculty, and parents filled the school’s cafeteria last Wednesday morning to celebrate its centennial. Continue reading “Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial”

San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.

Local families and community leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Crowell Public Library. A fun-filled day of activities was sponsored by the library’s board of trustees, Friends of the Library and the San Marino Public Library Foundation.
Early visitors were welcomed with a tour of the library, which was completed in 2008 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of which was donated by private citizens. Continue reading “San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10”

Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary

Mayor Steve Talt
Mayor Steve Talt

In one of his first major addresses as mayor, Steve Talt outlined to the Rotary Club of San Marino the City Council’s plan to identify and target financial investments with the goal of altering the city’s future.
In his State of the City presentation to the club last week, Talt focused on two areas: where the city stands and what decisions will have to be made in the coming months. He has a City Council with three new members and a largely new administration in City Hall to help. Continue reading “Mayor Shares State of the City Report With Rotary”

Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24

Larry Wong
Larry Wong

In a discussion at Crowell Public Library, the group Partnership for Awareness hopes Larry Wong can assist parents — especially immigrants — learn how to help their children balance the adoption of American culture alongside that of their native country.
Wong, a marriage and family therapist who practices in Pasadena, said he will use the book “Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories” as the foundation for his discussion at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24. Continue reading “Learning to Assimilate Into U.S. Culture: A Talk at Crowell Library Jan. 24”

No Yawns With Jann of Sweden

Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.
Jann Eldnor, wearing his recognizable outfit, has operated his barbershop Jann of Sweden in San Marino for decades and isn’t short on stories to tell.

As a barber, cowboy, storyteller, Santa Claus and parade rider, Jann Eldnor certainly qualifies as one of the most interesting men in San Marino.
He is not normally called by his surname, but rather Jann of Sweden. It’s how he answers the telephone at his barbershop on Huntington Drive, which essentially doubles as a museum of his adventures, displaying the various knickknacks of Americana he’s collected since he immigrated here 47 years ago. Continue reading “No Yawns With Jann of Sweden”

The Return of the Giant Candles to Lorain Road

Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, of San Marino are keeping a 50-year-old tradition alive:  5-foot-high “candles” in every neighbor’s front yard.
Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, of San Marino are keeping a 50-year-old tradition alive: 5-foot-high “candles” in every neighbor’s front yard.

It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit when you stroll down part of Lorain Road in San Marino, thanks to the work of two boys for the last few years.
In nearly every yard on their block of Lorain Road, there stands a holiday candle, perhaps 5 feet high and crafted from metal tubing and a tiki torch. Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, have taken it upon themselves to make them, with the hope of bringing back what once was a tradition on their block.
About 50 years ago, a Lorain Road resident who owned a metal tubing company had gotten the idea. Continue reading “The Return of the Giant Candles to Lorain Road”

San Marino Girl Experiments at NASA GeneLab

It’s not often that a clear path to a future career opens up for a high school student, but Sequoyah High School junior Louise Siskel made the most of that chance when it presented itself to her earlier this year.
The 17-year-old Siskel, who has lived in San Marino the past five years, now gets to conduct a scientific experiment at a NASA facility based on a research proposal she and another high school student concocted during NASA’s GeneLab for High School program. A family friend had first made Siskel aware of the opportunity. Continue reading “San Marino Girl Experiments at NASA GeneLab”

San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Jacob Leftwich (player with the ball) recovers a fumble and gives the offense good field position during the Titans’ 41-12 victory over visiting Viewpoint of Calabasas.

San Marino High School varsity football coach Mike Hobbie wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance despite building a five-point lead at the half against visiting Calabasas Viewpoint last Friday, and gathered his players in the locker room to ask a simple question.
“He came in very calm, which we weren’t expecting,” said senior quarterback Blake Cabot. “He asked, ‘Do you want to win?’ We said yes, and he told us that if we wanted to win, we need to [execute the game plan] or else we’d lose. I think that motivated all of us. We’re not losing this game, and we got our act together.”
The motivated Titans responded with a dominant second half, running away with a 41-12 victory over the Patriots in a nonleague contest. Continue reading “San Marino Downs Viewpoint, Extends Win Streak”