Daniel Asher Smith Fausett died Friday, Aug. 30, in Vang Vieng, Laos, from complications following a hiking accident. He was 20 years old. Asher was a junior at the University of Chicago studying economics, with an interest in South Asian history. He graduated in 2017 from La Cañada High School, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team and was president of the Engineering Club. Continue reading “Obituary: Daniel Asher Smith Fausett”
As Friends In Deed celebrates its 125th anniversary this month, the nonprofit will honor a true power couple who’ve helped instrument prolific change across the city and worked their hardest to ensure that change is positive for all area residents.
Bill and Claire Bogaard will be recognized with lifetime achievement awards at the event, an honor that the 50-year Pasadena residents say they feel privileged and humbled to accept. Apart from having served as the longest-running mayor, with four terms totaling 16 years, Bill Bogaard has served on multiple nonprofit boards, as has Claire, who also served on the city’s Planning Commission.
“It is wonderful and gracious of them to think of us and we appreciate it very, very much,” Bill Bogaard said, recognizing the nonprofit without missing a beat. Continue reading “Bogaards’ Lifetime Legacy: 50 Years of Embracing Causes”
Jules Hirst is on a mission to show that social and dining etiquette need never go out of style — and shouldn’t.
An etiquette expert who has appeared on “NBC Nightly News” and “Good Morning America” among other shows, Hirst hosted a free class titled “Adult 101 for Teens: Etiquette” recently at the La Cañada Flintridge Library that attracted about 10 attendees. The point of it all, she said, is to help people of any age present themselves confidently, even in situations that might make them uncomfortable. Continue reading “Etiquette Expert Shares All Manner of Pointers”
The La Cañada Unified School District has moved closer to hiring an equity and inclusion officer, a process that began months after some students were investigated for allegedly using offensive and discriminatory language at basketball games during the season. Continue reading “Candidates for LCUSD Equity and Inclusion Post Are Interviewed”
La Cañada Flintridge’s three public elementary schools were ranked in the top 25 among the hundreds of such schools in Los Angeles County in the most recent survey from neighborhood review website Niche.com, though that status represents a decline compared with last year’s listings. Continue reading “Public Elementary Schools Get High Grades but Fall in Rankings”
Academic intervention emerged as a key theme in each of the reports from San Marino’s four school principals recently as they gave their traditional opening-of-school-year presentations to the board of education.
The reports also signaled a theme of dialing back the celebration of the San Marino Unified School District’s academic successes in favor of making sure the students working toward such accomplishments are, at the end of the day, healthy and responsible. Continue reading “Principals’ Goal: Early Detection of Students’ Academic Problems”
San Marino High School students might be a step closer to dual-enrollment opportunities at Pasadena City College, depending on whether the local school board and PCC can procure a memorandum of understanding.
The San Marino Unified School District Board of Education took in a presentation on dual enrollment at its meeting last week, hearing from Javier Carbajal-Ramos, assistant director of educational partnerships and programs at PCC. SMHS has had students enroll concurrently at the college, meaning they take PCC classes on campus with PCC faculty. In dual enrollment, however, students would take PCC-approved coursework in the high school’s classrooms with PCC-approved SMHS teachers.
“These classes are really working with the school, working with the faculty at the sites, working with the administrators to ensure that we have the classes that the community is interested in,” Carbajal-Ramos said. “It doesn’t require your student to have to leave your high school and then enroll in something different; it’s part of their day.” Continue reading “School Board Considers Increasing Ties to PCC”
The dream that Henry and Arabella Huntington began to fulfill 100 years ago with the stroke of a pen has endured and adapted to the ebbs and flows of society, nature’s wrath and the passage of time.
Now the embodiment of that dream, the Huntington Library, bears a new formal name — the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, with “Museum” taking the place of “Collections.” The change, unveiled last Thursday during the kickoff of the institution’s centennial celebration, is meant to reflect the Huntington’s evolving attitude as it sails into the future. Continue reading “At 100, Huntington Library Embraces the Next Age”
The La Cañada High School varsity football team continued its winning ways and picked up a second consecutive victory by defeating visiting Glendale, 33-3, last Saturday.
The Spartans are 2-0 for the first time since 2014, the same year they last clinched a CIF Southern Section playoff berth. Continue reading “La Cañada Wins 2nd Game, Defeats Glendale”
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team placed third in the Burbank Tournament last Saturday.
The Spartans (10-4 overall record) played seven matches and finished with a 5-2 record. La Cañada defeated Culver City in two sets to bring home the third-place trophy. The squad also recorded victories over Sherman Oaks Buckley, Burbank, Mission Hills Alemany and Los Angeles Immaculate Heart. LC suffered setbacks against Huntington Beach twice in the tourney.
La Cañada will travel to Los Angeles today to take on Immaculate Heart in a nonleague match at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans will play their home opener against Glendora on Monday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament”
Who’s up for supporting Pasadena’s first responders?
You know, those men and women who risk their lives to save yours and protect your health against fires, medical emergencies and hazards, 24-7.
Well, Daniel Arias, board chair for the Pasadena Fire Foundation, is betting a lot of people will in fact want to support the Pasadena Fire Department and the community outreach it hopes to achieve.
“We really want the foundation to be able to do something really special for the community,” Arias said. “I’d love for it to really be an avenue to engage with the community, to build a bridge between the foundation, the department and the community to work together and raise funds that can be used to support the many programs at the Fire Department that may not be covered in the city’s budget.” Continue reading “Local Fire Foundation Rises From Ashes to Support PFD”
By Alexander Payne
The St. Francis varsity football team opened its season by winning a nail biter, 23-21, over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last Friday.
In his first start with the Golden Knights, junior quarterback Jack Clougherty, completed 20 of 32 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Kevin Armstead rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries and one score. Junior receiver Bryson Reeves finished with 10 receptions for 128 yards and one key interception. Sophomore Max Garrison also made his presence known through big hits, hard runs and a couple of big-time catches. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges Mira Costa, 23-21”
San Marino High School announced the hiring of its new varsity baseball coach last week. Adam Millan will take over the program and succeeds Mike Hobbie, who finished with a 22-19-1 record the past two seasons prior to retiring from teaching and coaching.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Millan, who will also be an on-call substitute teacher at SMHS. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this job. San Marino baseball has a great history and has been known for its coaches. I look at this as a challenge, and I want to raise the bar and contribute to the legacy.” Continue reading “SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach”
The San Marino High School varsity football team suffered a second consecutive loss last Friday as the Titans fell to host Covina Northview, 42-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The last time San Marino opened the season with two defeats was in 2016. The Titans managed to overcome the tough start and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa remains optimistic about his group despite being outscored 84-10 the past two weeks.
“I think we have been improving,” he said. “We’re improving on a weekly basis. Obviously, some of the results aren’t what we wanted and some of the performances aren’t what we wanted. We got of a lot of young guys that are playing varsity for the first time. Continue reading “San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview”