It’s a Parade Do-Over for Cancer Survivor, Thanks to Nonprofit

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Foundation for Living Beauty members Anita Mendez and Gayle Michel, with Lt. Carolyn Gordon, helped organize a private parade for six-time cancer survivor Stacy Kimmel (top), who was slated to ride on the City of Hope float in the 2020 Rose Parade, but had to cancel due to illness.

The decorations and flowers from last week’s 131st Rose Parade had disappeared, but Stacy Kimmel could still feel the bands’ echoing drums and cheers from thousands accompanying her as she was led down Colorado Boulevard in her own procession on Monday, perched atop a shiny blue convertible and sporting a sash and crown fit for the Rose Queen. Continue reading “It’s a Parade Do-Over for Cancer Survivor, Thanks to Nonprofit”

Palm Crest Earns ‘California Distinguished School’ Title Again

Palm Crest Elementary School was recently named a California Distinguished School but Principal Cory Pak said the distinction is not necessarily his focus.
Pak was the principal of West Creek Academy in Saugus Union School District in 2017 before he came to La Cañada Flintridge. West Creek Academy also received the state distinction. Continue reading “Palm Crest Earns ‘California Distinguished School’ Title Again”

LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade

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LCF resident and Tournament of Roses Royal Court member Emilie Risha enjoys the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge again gained national attention during the Dodoas a local float won a special award and a student from LCF was prominently featured as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member.
The LCF Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School,” which drolly depicted playful, colorful birds, received the Bob Hope Humor Award. Meanwhile, city resident Emilie Risha could be seen at the televised parade with her fellow Rose Princesses and the Rose Queen.
Television coverage host Leeza Gibbons had kind words about “Dodo Bird Flight School” as it made its way on the 5.5-mile journey on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The bright yellow and red float featured a number of avian characters, including one on a separate auxiliary float. The float proceeded along the route as Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” boomed in the background. Continue reading “LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade”

Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues

Keith Eich
Keith Eich

The question La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Keith Eich is asked the most is “Why are you running for public office?” The answer ties into his philosophy of giving back.
Eich, 40, is one of four candidates seeking three seats on the council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3. The others are incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter.
“I’ve been volunteering civically and in different things through nonprofits for a very long time,” Eich said. “I’m passionate about that. Giving back to the community, giving back to the organizations I’m part of. So I want to give back to our city. I think we have something special and I want to help keep it special.” Continue reading “Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues”

Parcel Tax Renewal Crucial, Says LCUSD Board Leader

Joe Radabaugh
Joe Radabaugh

Joe Radabaugh, who has been a La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member since December 2017, was recently selected by his peers as the panel’s president after serving most recently as vice president.
Radabaugh, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge since 2007, has lots of experience working in the community.
He is the president of the La Cañada Baseball Softball Association, was a member of the LCUSD parcel tax renewal advocacy team and belongs to Kiwanis. Radabaugh is a past director of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation and a past member of the Measure LCF bond committee team. Continue reading “Parcel Tax Renewal Crucial, Says LCUSD Board Leader”

Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float

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“Cultivating Curiosity,” Huntington Library’s first float in 50 years, won the Golden State Award for the “most outstanding depiction of life in California.”

The Huntington Library struck gold in Pasadena last week.
The centenarian institution joined forces with a fellow California hallmark — the Rose Parade — on New Year’s Day, making its first appearance in float form in the last half-century. Its return was well received: the library earned the Golden State Award from the Tournament of Roses, bestowed on the float for “most outstanding depiction of life in California.” Continue reading “Huntington Library Rolls Out Award-Winning Rose Parade Float”

Mayor’s 2020 Priorities: Traffic, Properties, Trees

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Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey addresses local residents during her State of the City presentation at the Town Hall meeting at Crowell Public Library this week.

At this week’s Town Hall meeting, Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey highlighted three bottom-line goals that represented her vision for this year, in addition to showcasing individual departmental goals for her tenure.
If she has her druthers, Shepherd Romey, in her first crack at the City Council’s mayoral post, would like to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through the city’s neighborhoods, better manage vacant residential and commercial properties and strengthen tree preservation and maintenance through educational outreach programming. Continue reading “Mayor’s 2020 Priorities: Traffic, Properties, Trees”

Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”

Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Rams Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.
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Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.

Coleman Shelton had visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum numerous times throughout his life, most notably as a member of the Washington Huskies football team. The Pasadena native mostly set foot on the stadium’s real grass as a rival taking on USC, but that changed last September. Continue reading “Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams”

Obituary: Michael M. Wong

Michael M. Wong
Michael M. Wong

Michael M. Wong, aka Mike Wong, passed away in Shinjuku, Japan, on Nov. 28, at the age of 52 while traveling with his family. He leaves his wife and two sons.
There is a lot more to Mike’s legacy, the circumstances and cause of death that we have yet to learn. In the absence of any known funeral services, we are building a “virtual tribute” with multiple online resources to honor and remember Mike. Continue reading “Obituary: Michael M. Wong”

Obituary: Steve Keh

Steve Keh
Steve Keh

Steve Keh, 64, passed away from natural causes on Thursday, Dec. 26, at his home in Burbank. He was born on Sept. 5, 1955, in Santa Monica to Edward and Martha Keh. He graduated from University High School in 1973 and received his B.S. in chemistry from UCLA in 1977. Steve went on to a successful career in commercial real estate before joining his parents in the family business, Healthcare Management Services, a pioneering developer of retirement and post-acute care centers. Headquartered in Glendale, Healthcare Management Services continues to provide necessary support to a truly underserved market. For the last 30 years, Steve was pivotal in helping the family business grow to nine facilities throughout California. Both in business and in his personal life, Steve was always loyal, hard-working, generous and dedicated to giving his best at everything he did. Continue reading “Obituary: Steve Keh”

Obituary: John Lawrence (Larry) Stone

John Lawrence (Larry) Stone
John Lawrence (Larry) Stone

Larry passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, on New Year’s Day 2020.
Larry was born April 2, 1932, in Bakersfield to loving parents Bruce and Louise Stone. He graduated from Flintridge Prep in 1950 and then attended USC, graduating in 1954. There he met his wife and the love of his life, Nancy Humason. Larry was very proud to have been a yell-leader for the USC Trojans and was a lifelong fan of his alma mater. He was a member through his college years — and an active adviser for decades — of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity at USC. Continue reading “Obituary: John Lawrence (Larry) Stone”

Obituary: Margaret Reeves Jones

Peggy and Art Jones
Peggy and Art Jones

Margaret (Peggy) Reeves Jones passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Monday, Dec. 16. Peggy was a wonderful and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother who was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Peggy was born on June 24, 1931, in Glendale, where she spent most of her life. She attended R. D. White Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Glendale High School in 1949. Peggy next attended the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and earned a Bachelor of Arts in education. Continue reading “Obituary: Margaret Reeves Jones”

Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal

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The equine therapy nonprofit, Move A Child Higher, known as MACH 1, has given children like Chance, 12, the opportunity to ride horses as an invigorating form of physical therapy. Chance rides Will-o with the help of side-walker volunteers Amilia Kung and Tineke Crossland.

For anyone who must use a wheelchair or has limited physical mobility, the feeling of riding a horse might be akin to the experience of flying: Breathtaking, really, is how it’s described, those powerful strides suddenly moving your body by means of a warm and supple force that almost feels your own.
Joy Rittenhouse knew that the moment she felt it, some 40 years ago, she would never let it go. So Rittenhouse, who overcame polio, has dedicated her life’s work ever since to ensuring other children and adults with physical disabilities can catch a bit of that euphoria, too. And the adrenaline rush of riding a steed is just the icing: More and more research shows that horse riding — or equine therapy — is an effective form of physical strengthening of core muscles and balance.
For 24 years, Rittenhouse has provided that opportunity locally through the nonprofit organization she founded, Move A Child Higher, or MACH 1, so that anyone with disabilities can experience the joy of therapeutic horsemanship and a horseback riding program that offers equine-assisted activities. Continue reading “Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal”

Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League

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The Pasadena Poly varsity football team will be competing in the Rio Hondo League in the 2020 season. Panthers head coach Chris Schmoke (above) is 3-2 against RHL squads since taking over in 2013.

The 2020 high school football season is already looking interesting with the Rio Hondo League adding Pasadena Poly. Continue reading “Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League”