Fungo, McDermott Earn Rose Harrington Honors

Rose Harrington Award recipient Lisa Fungo is flanked by Wendy Sinnette, La Cañada Unified School District superintendent, and Chad Heath, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Endowment trustee.

Lisa Fungo and Brian McDermott recently were named the 2017-18 Rose Harrington Educators of the Year, an honor that was established in 2002 by a bequest to the LCFEF Endowment Fund from the estate of Rose Harrington, local resident and teacher.
Fungo is a 6th-grade teacher at La Cañada Elementary and McDermott is a math teacher at La Cañada High School.
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Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.

When 33-year-old Jennifer O’Mahony was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a year ago, it wasn’t so much a life interrupted. It was a life under siege.
Four years married and in the upswing of a hard-fought career in fashion design, the Oklahoma native and her husband, Ryan, had moved from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood to settle down in Pasadena. They planned to have a family soon, and a dog, maybe sooner. They were prudent, renting first, before plunging into the crazy real estate market. They priced homes in Altadena. Continue reading “Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community”

Cancer Support Community to Host Poker Bowl on June 22

The eighth annual Poker Bowl Tournament will be held on Friday, June 22, at the Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community Pasadena. More than 150 guests are expected to attend the event and will play Texas hold ’em, blackjack and craps surrounded by a private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner will be provided by Son of a Bun and San Marino Seafood. Continue reading “Cancer Support Community to Host Poker Bowl on June 22”

LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette addresses the newly formed community task force at its first meeting last week on Thursday, May 24. The task force was created to help the La Cañada Unified School District improve its safety, security and student wellness policies.

The especially sobering thing about discussing safety, security and student well-being is how deep those conversations go, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week during the first meeting of the district’s task force to address those topics.
“Everything’s connected,” she said. “And as soon as you talk about one thing, it makes you think of another. The work will never be done, but it’s really empowering to have such wonderful people here committed to doing the work.”
Twenty-three members of the community — including parents, students, administrators, teachers and staff members — joined district administrators and Governing Board members in the district’s meeting room on Thursday, May 24. They signed up for subcommittees and got an overview of what they’re expected to accomplish in the next year. Continue reading “LCUSD Task Force Tackles Student Safety, Traffic, Wellness”

Aspiring Lt. Gov. Harris Stumps for Economic Development

Cole Harris
Cole Harris

A couple of weeks out from the upcoming primary election, San Marino’s Cole Harris said he felt comfortable enough to step back from the stumping and take a look at what works and doesn’t work with his campaign.
The Republican lieutenant governor aspirant, having announced his candidacy in March, said he felt his strategically directed TV spots and other forms of campaign outreach have served well to give his name enough recognition with voters, particularly those frequent voters who don’t declare party affiliation.
“We’ve got our foot on the gas pedal,” Harris said in a phone interview last week. Continue reading “Aspiring Lt. Gov. Harris Stumps for Economic Development”

City Council Budget $28 Million: Now, How to Spend It?

In preparing the city’s budget for the next fiscal year, department heads have been asked to either trim expenses or to maintain expenses and improve efficiency — but the City Council avoided phrasing any reduction or improvement as a specific order.
City Manager Marcella Marlowe said she plans to present a fairly maintained General Fund budget — one that doesn’t substantially add or reduce from the current year — as she continues to iron out the wrinkles of prior bureaucratic mismanagement in City Hall. Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne outlined a plan to develop his department’s “assembly line” that will allow the city to aggressively address deferred infrastructure maintenance. Continue reading “City Council Budget $28 Million: Now, How to Spend It?”

District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework

As the current school year came to an end, it was clear the topic of homework will soldier on through the summer months for the San Marino Unified School District’s administrators, teachers and parents.
A town hall-style meeting last week reflected as much, although the needle did seem to move closer to some sort of consensus between the argument of reducing homework loads and the idea of making homework more meaningful to the students. Continue reading “District Looking at New Time Allocations for Homework”

E-Waste, Documents Shredded June 16

Residents can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the city’s popular free e-waste event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 16. The event will be held in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I. Look for signs for the event. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.
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Obiturary – Dr. Joseph Holt Rose

Dr. J. Holt Rose, a pioneer of modern radiation therapy in the San Gabriel Valley who cared for and cured thousands of cancer patients, died March 5, 2018. He served as chief of radiation medicine at Huntington Hospital for three decades. His incisive intellect, talent for asking the right questions, diagnostic and problem-solving skills, and wry sense of humor were praised by colleagues. Rather than retire, Dr. Rose (Emeritus) continued applying his expertise, consulting and performing Locum Tenens.
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Obituary: Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz

Jan. 8, 1964-May 30, 2018

Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz

Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz was born in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 8, 1964, and she died on May 30, 2018, in Clovis, California, with her family by her side. Ellen grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and was a graduate of La Cañada High School and Chico State University in 1986 with a degree in geography.

Ellen married William Schwarz on June 24, 1989, in La Cañada Flintridge.  They welcomed their first daughter Breanna in 1994 and their second daughter Allison was born in 1999. Ellen and her family moved to Coalinga in 2002 where Ellen was a beloved teacher at Faith Christian Academy for 13 years.

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LCF Horse Trainer Seeks Triple Crown on Saturday

La Cañada Flintridge resident Bob Baffert (in sunglasses) celebrated in 2015 after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. If Justify (right) wins the Belmont this Saturday, he will become the 13th race horse to claim the Triple Crown.

La Cañada Flintridge, with its proud history as a horse town, also can justifiably boast about a resident who is among horse racing’s most iconic figures.
If Justify wins at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will only enhance his spectacular legacy; he will have guided two horses in four years to thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.
American Pharoah (famously misspelled), whom he also trained, completed the difficult trifecta in 2015.
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