Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success

Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.
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Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

They say a child can never be loved too much, and the Stars nonprofit organization is out to prove it.
Using the “it takes a village” mantra, Stars has created a community of caring adults to support vulnerable youth and their families in Pasadena, providing tangible tools to help them thrive academically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. Continue reading “Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success”

Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years

Kidspace Children’s Museum
Photos by Christian Leonard / OUTLOOK
Anima Murade, 6, experienced firsthand Kidspace Children’s Museum’s recent bubble week, part of the “40 Days of Fun!” program held to celebrate the non-profit’s 40th anniversary.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


When Anne McCurdy first took her children to Kidspace about 35 years ago, the Pasadena children’s museum was located in the McKinley School gym. It was a fun experience — McCurdy recalled that her youngsters’ curiosity was piqued by an ant farm — but the museum’s power to fascinate was somewhat affected by its size, a mere 13,500 square feet.
This summer, Anne and daughter Kelly McCurdy returned to Kidspace at an eventful time for the institution that strives to entertain while it educates. Just as Kelly has grown up — she watched her own daughters spend a recent morning in the museum courtyard, chasing bubbles — so, too, has the museum. Continue reading “Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years”

New Principal to Greet Every Palm Crest Student

Cory Pak
Cory Pak

Members of the Palm Crest Elementary School community can expect to see a lot of Principal Cory Pak today, his first school day at the campus.
Pak, who was approved by the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board as principal on July 17, plans to meet every student and greet each of them.
“You won’t see me in here,” he said in a recent interview in his spacious office on campus, which at the time was mostly empty except for a desk, table and some signs left behind by previous Principal Karen Hurley, who has moved to a district-level post. “I won’t be in the office. I’ll be where the kids are almost every day. But certainly on the first day.” Continue reading “New Principal to Greet Every Palm Crest Student”

Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover

Mark Evans
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Mark Evans, La Cañada Unified School District’s chief business and operations officer, discusses parking options for a Palm Crest Elementary School modernization project at a Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday agreed on a general layout for Palm Crest Elementary School, which is set for a major modernization, but asked the district’s staff for a more detailed plan for the endeavor, due for a groundbreaking in 2021.
The board unanimously voted for more information on an option that includes two two-story buildings forming a V shape, with open space in between, and outdoor corridors. Continue reading “Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover”

LCHS Opens Wellness Center, an Oasis Amid Stress

Wellness Center
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Wellness Center at La Cañada High School will feature a “bubble wall,” a pod — which is still in the construction process — in which students can relax, and a mural.

After a summer respite, La Cañada High School students will return today to resume their studies in a setting known for high achievement and expectations — conditions that can compound stress, as do social complications young people often experience.
No wonder, then, that student Riley Trowbridge sees the Wellness Center as a real need at LCHS. Continue reading “LCHS Opens Wellness Center, an Oasis Amid Stress”

Barth Athletics Complex Opens Amid Praise for Team

Avery and Andy Barth (center), preparing to cut the ribbon Saturday at the Barth Athletics Complex
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Avery and Andy Barth (center), preparing to cut the ribbon Saturday at the Barth Athletics Complex, are pictured with school board member C. Joseph Chang, the Barths’ daughter Avery, Emile Bayle, the Barths’ son Andrew, school district Superintendent Jeff Wilson and school board members Chris Norgaard, Lisa Link, Shelley Ryan and Corey Barberie. The Barth family kick-started the two-year endeavor with a $3.5 million donation.

Fulfilling a promise made two years ago when they kicked golden shovels into the ground at Huntington Middle School, donors and school officials returned Saturday to cut the red ribbon at an eagerly awaited sports facility.
The Barth Athletics Complex is here, completed and open in time for the start of the school year, which began Wednesday. The facility — which includes a full-size CIF-regulation gym, two media classrooms, a fitness room, boys’ and girls’ team rooms and a multipurpose room — is reported to have rung in at $15.94 million. That puts it more than $1 million under budget, according to figures announced earlier this year by the San Marino Unified School District. Continue reading “Barth Athletics Complex Opens Amid Praise for Team”

Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board

John Barger
John Barger

The U.S. Senate recently approved San Marino resident John Barger’s appointment to the United States Postal Service Governing Board, giving the panel its first operating quorum in half a decade after years of blocked nominations.
Barger, a brother of District 5 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, was approved on Aug. 1, alongside two others; the three join two other board members to form the first quorum of the nine-member panel since 2014, the lack of which has hamstrung the storied institution while it has relied on an emergency committee to continue operations. Continue reading “Local Man Tabbed to USPS Board”

Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer

Ben Grable
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Ben Grable competed in numerous tournaments and showcases this summer, becoming one of the top baseball recruits in the area.

Flintridge Prep ace Ben Grable had a memorable junior season with an earned run average of 2.30 and 45 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.
The Rebel pitcher was just as good in the batter’s box with an average of .475, 35 runs batted in, seven doubles and six home runs, earning him a spot on Cal-Hi Sports small schools first team infield in its All-State list. Continue reading “Local Standout Pitcher Has a Memorable Summer”

Local Athlete Sprints to 3rd Place in Pan American Games

Cravon Gillespie
Cravon Gillespie

Pasadena native Cravon Gillespie accomplished just about everything he could at the University of Oregon, earning him the George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award that is given to a male track and field athlete with outstanding athletic achievement.
The local sprinter added another accolade as a 23-year-old professional at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, last Friday. Gillespie won a bronze medal by helping Team USA post a time of 38.79 seconds in the 4×100-meter relay along with Jaret Eaton, Bryce Robinson and Michael Rodgers.
“He’s been doing what he needs to do,” said Gillespie’s father Tommy. “He’s been working so hard in all the races he’s been in. I think he’ll get better after he rests in the fall and comes back in 2020.” Continue reading “Local Athlete Sprints to 3rd Place in Pan American Games”

San Marino Remains Confident Following Historic Season

⬛  High School Girls’ Volleyball

Caitlin Nguyen
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Caitlin Nguyen is one of the defensive specialists returning this season. She solidified the backline during San Marino’s historic campaign.

The CIF Southern Section has not released its preseason polls yet but it did list the teams to watch in each division on Monday.
San Marino, the reigning Rio Hondo League champion, is one of the programs listed in Division 4 along with rival South Pasadena, which drew a mixed reaction from head coach Joseph Rios. Continue reading “San Marino Remains Confident Following Historic Season”