Scholar’s Work is a World Apart From Her SMHS Days

Photo courtesy Nicole Grajewski Nicole Grajewski, a 2011 San Marino High School graduate, stands in front of Kyrgyz mythical hero Manas in Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she is studying Russian as part of her doctoral studies with the University of Oxford. She is there as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship recipient.
Photo courtesy Nicole Grajewski
Nicole Grajewski, a 2011 San Marino High School graduate, stands in front of Kyrgyz mythical hero Manas in Ala-Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she is studying Russian as part of her doctoral studies with the University of Oxford. She is there as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship recipient.

Curiosity about her family’s lineage is what opened the door to diplomacy for Nicole Grajewski.
The San Marino High School class of 2011 alumna is currently in Bishkek, the capital of mountainous Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, studying for her doctorate in international relations from the England’s University of Oxford. She is doing so as Rotary Club of San Marino’s fourth Global Grant scholar and the first to apply the funding toward a doctorate. Continue reading “Scholar’s Work is a World Apart From Her SMHS Days”

Council Near Final Budget, But Hang-Ups Remain

The budget is close to completion, but the city’s administration and City Council aren’t playing horseshoes.
They will be forced to make an 11th-hour vote on the final budget later this month to ensure the city has a formal spending plan by the beginning of September, a deadline that is already past the July 1 start of the fiscal year. The City Council, in its meeting last week, remained hung up on the Parks and Public Works Department, as well as the Recreation Department, but narrowly issued tentative approval for the other municipal departments. Continue reading “Council Near Final Budget, But Hang-Ups Remain”

Target Store’s Staffing Aim: to Hire 100 Workers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Target expects to hire about 100 employees at its new La Cañada Flintridge store, which is expected to open in the fall.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Target expects to hire about 100 employees at its new La Cañada Flintridge store, which is expected to open in the fall.

Target is stocking up on employees.
Ahead of its scheduled fall opening, Target Corp. is seeking to fill approximately 100 jobs in its La Cañada Flintridge location, according to company spokeswoman Jacqueline DeBuse. Continue reading “Target Store’s Staffing Aim: to Hire 100 Workers”

VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.

When Verdugo Hills Hospital added USC to its name five years ago, Keck Medicine of USC made some ambitious promises about its plans for the facility, long considered something of a local treasure. Continue reading “VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered”

SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging

Photo courtesy Flintridge Center Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.
Photo courtesy Flintridge Center
Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life
lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.

Though summer school often implies relentless hours of absorbing an entire academic year of information in just a few weeks, a collaboration of Pasadena nonprofits has devised an effective mix of credit recovery, fun and life lessons to keep local kids focused and coming back for more. Continue reading “SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging”

Campers With Challenges Get Skills to Handle Them

Photo by Sahale Greenwood / OUTLOOK Juliana Frias, head of the creative art department, and camper Mili happily make slime.
Photo by Sahale Greenwood / OUTLOOK
Juliana Frias, head of the creative art department, and camper Mili happily make slime.

For children deemed on the autism spectrum, with learning disabilities, developmental and behavioral difficulties or other vexing challenges, traditional summer camps may often not be an option.
But Professional Child Development Associates’ summer camp provides a fun and supportive environment for these children by ensuring that they have professional supervision and surroundings in which they can start building relationships and personal coping habits for some of the hurdles they face. PCDA, a nonprofit organization based in Pasadena, is a comprehensive group of child development specialists providing year-round services for children and families. Continue reading “Campers With Challenges Get Skills to Handle Them”

Obit: Thomas Jason Cataldi

Thomas Jason Cataldi
Thomas Jason Cataldi

It is with heavy hearts that his family announces the passing of this talented young man. Thomas passed away suddenly at his home in Montrose at the young age of 59.
Born in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Tom spent his early years growing up with his brother and many cousins. Raised by his father, Rudy, and grandmother, Nona, Tom enjoyed going on camping trips, exploring the neighborhood and raising a little hell here and there. Continue reading “Obit: Thomas Jason Cataldi”

In Dying, Nicholas Offered Healing Touch

Photo courtesy RCS/Oggi magazine, Italy  The seven Italians who received Nicholas’ organs and corneas plus the five Green family members, taken two years after the transplants. By permission of RCS/Oggi magazine, Italy.
Photo courtesy RCS/Oggi magazine, Italy
The seven Italians who received Nicholas’ organs and corneas plus the five Green family members, taken two years after the transplants. By permission of RCS/Oggi magazine, Italy.

Early each morning, when Reg Green hikes in the hills above La Cañada Flintridge, he stops at the bench that bears a small plaque that reads: “Nicholas Green, Organ Donor, 1987-1994.” Continue reading “In Dying, Nicholas Offered Healing Touch”