Westmoreland Meets Its Students’ Learning Challenges

Westmoreland Academy Education Director Nicholas Pinto and Shawn Prokopec, managing director of the nonprofit Institute for the Redesign of Learning, are helping to bring cutting-edge technology and a research-based, specialized curriculum to students with autism spectrum disorders.

Scott and Maggie Jurgensen can recall the exact moment they realized that their daughter, Isabella, was in love with her new school, Pasadena’s Westmoreland Academy, owned by the Institute for the Redesign of Learning nonprofit organization. Continue reading “Westmoreland Meets Its Students’ Learning Challenges”

Navigating Wildfire Risk Amid Insurance Uncertainty

Photo courtesy Anita Nardine
Flames loom ominously behind a ridge along Ocean View Boulevard during the destructive Station Fire in 2009.

Shirley Chung has lived in the Angeles Crest region of La Cañada Flintridge for more than 20 years and never had a problem obtaining homeowner insurance, until she was suddenly dropped from her plan last year amid the perceived fire risk in the area. Continue reading “Navigating Wildfire Risk Amid Insurance Uncertainty”

Heart Health Movement Is Aimed at Women

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
La Cañada Flintridge residents Gillan Frame, Shawn Sheffield and Jenn Worley are taking part in the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Donna Franklin was surprised when she sustained a heart attack last year, because she was not found to have cardiac health issues during two pre-surgical screenings. Continue reading “Heart Health Movement Is Aimed at Women”

City OKs Purchase of Cameras That Read License Plates

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted to approve funding for 37 Flock Safety cameras — including 10 on Foothill Boulevard — with the source of the money to be identified during the midyear budget process next month. The cameras, which can read vehicles’ license plates, have been viewed recently as a possible public safety enhancement amid a spate of local residential burglaries. Continue reading “City OKs Purchase of Cameras That Read License Plates”

Obituary: Loretta Tyska Levy

Loretta Tyska Levy
Loretta Tyska Levy

Loretta Tyska Levy, a La Cañada Flintridge resident for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Loretta moved to California in 1968 with her husband, Roy, and daughter, Laurie.
Loretta was an active member of the LCF community and beyond. She served in the local and national PTA, Assistance League of Flintridge, National Assistance League, St. Bede Bereavement Ministry and several other charitable organizations.
Loretta loved to travel, cook, do needlepoint and play bridge, but her greatest joy was being a grandparent to her twin grandsons.
Loretta was predeceased by her husband, Roy, and is survived by her daughter, Laurie Smith; son-in-law, Jeff Smith; and grandsons, Marshall and Owen.

Villa Esperanza Works to Find Jobs for Special-Needs Adults

Villa Esperanza Services program supervisor Perla Moran (left) has helped Danny Chan find new purpose and confidence through his job at the Huntington Library’s noodle house, with support and advocacy from Villa staff and CEO Kelly White.

Before coming to Villa Esperanza Services, Danny Chan didn’t think he could ever work, feel smart or appreciated, or make good friends.
But Chan, 40, has learned this past year that anyone, at any age, can begin a new chapter. Continue reading “Villa Esperanza Works to Find Jobs for Special-Needs Adults”

King, Who Galvanized Playhouse, to Be Honored at March Gala

Brad and Pam KingBy all accounts, Pasadena Playhouse board member Brad King has been an invigorating force for the centenarian institution as it moves forward following a period of financial difficulty.
Between leading the search that ultimately landed Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman and putting up the initial donation that spurred a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, King has distinguished himself as a monumental part of the theater’s resurgence, Playhouse officials say. So it seems appropriate that those officials selected him to receive the inaugural Gilmor Brown Award — named for the Playhouse’s founding director — at the theater’s gala in March. Continue reading “King, Who Galvanized Playhouse, to Be Honored at March Gala”