It all came up roses for seven lucky young women, four of them Pasadena residents, when the Tournament of Roses announced the members of its 2020 Royal Court on Monday. Continue reading “Tournament Names Royal Court”
When Jerry Kohl was growing up in Pasadena, nothing made him feel more complete than playing his guitar when he found himself on his own. His parents worked long hours, and Kohl spent hours toiling away at the instrument until he was good enough to start his own band in middle school.
His love for music was matched early on by his high school sweetheart and future wife, Terri, and together they have embarked on a mission to ensure that music — and guitars — are readily available to Pasadena schoolchildren. Through the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, the Kohls have provided vital financial support that has brought music curriculum and more than 2,000 guitars to elementary-age children across the city. Continue reading “Philanthropists Band With PUSD on Music Education”
Parking bumpers recently installed near Paradise Canyon Elementary School have a group of homeowners upset with the La Cañada Flintridge Public Works Department. At a Joint Use Committee meeting last week, some residents complained about the 36 parking bumpers installed in mid-September in the center median of Gould Avenue at Knight Way.
“Where I live, an emergency vehicle would have a great deal of difficulty getting to us,” said resident Don Manning, who said he lives in the 5000 block of Gould, a private drive that has four homes located on the north side of the school. “I’m very aware we’re making it safer for the kids, but I’ve gone out there and watched kids jaywalk across the street and parents trying to call their kids and that has not changed with this — it’s worse. It’s a just a matter of having a lot more cars [backing up on Gould] than there were before. Safety hasn’t improved and it has made our life very difficult.” Continue reading “Homeowners Upset Over Bumpers Installed in Center Median”
Homegrown in La Cañada Flintridge, Emilie Risha bloomed before elated locals this week as she was named to the Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court, earning distinction as one of seven young women who will serve as ambassadors of the storied organization.
A senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Risha credited growing up in LCF as an important step in her journey to being chosen for the Rose Court honor.
The 17-year-old LCF resident went to the local public elementary and middle school before attending FSHA as a high schooler.
“I think being in La Cañada and the Sacred Heart community has really helped uplift me, and the faculty members are so devoted to students at both schools — in La Cañada and Sacred Heart — that I just feel so supported and loved and raised up in my respective communities,” Risha said. Continue reading “FSHA Teen Wins Coveted Place on Rose Court”
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council has adopted a resolution establishing emergency authority to correct street drainage on Foothill Boulevard between El Camino Corto and Cypress Drive because of possible flooding from future rainstorms. Continue reading “Wary of Storm Runoff, City Moves to Fix Foothill Blvd.”
After nearly two hours of discussion on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 6-3 to transfer the Sagebrush area from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Panel Approves Sagebrush Transfer, Public Vote Could Follow”
She may be new, but she’s gearing up to usher Pasadena City College into its centennial and beyond.
Erika Endrijonas, the new superintendent and president of PCC, spent much of her introduction to the Rotary Club of San Marino recently outlining her, well, outline for developing the next decade’s institutional master plan and revisiting the facilities master plan, all in preparation of the school’s 100th anniversary in 2024.
“We are focused on our very rich traditions and our history within the community, but it’s also time to think about what we want to be as we enter our second century,” she said. “The story of PCC is basically the story of excellence.” Continue reading “PCC President Endrijonas Speaks at Rotary Club”
The San Marino Chamber of Commerce recognized Frank Calistro and Russell Wilcox as its police officer and firefighter of the year, respectively, last week at the organization’s annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon. Continue reading “Chamber Honors Firefighter, Police Officer of Year”
Although its two elementary schools have had relatively stable enrollment in recent years, the San Marino Unified School District appears to be losing enrollment most significantly starting at the middle school level, according to the district’s most recent figures. Continue reading “Solutions Mulled as Public School Attendance Declines”
The City Council voted unanimously to take the next step with regards to two traffic project ideas that, if realized, would be funded by L.A. Metro and would be expected to improve motorist travel along Huntington Drive at select locations. Continue reading “Modifications to Huntington Drive Top City Council Agenda”
The La Cañada High School varsity football team picked up a big victory last Friday by defeating visiting Whittier Pioneer, 43-21, in a nonleague game last Friday. Continue reading “La Cañada Back to Winning Ways, Defeats Pioneer”
The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team didn’t get off to the best start at San Marino High School on Monday.
The Rebels committed errors on serves and gave up the first game against the Titans in a nonleague match but battled back and came away with a four-set victory, 19-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.
“I call it a Monday wake-up call,” said Prep head coach Sean Beattie. “San Marino is a good team, and we strolled in thinking we were a better team, maybe? We got smacked in the face and woke up. They served very well in the first game and we did not.”
Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall record, 4-3 in league) trailed in the third game, 5-2, and responded with a 17-2 run, the biggest of the match. The Rebels cruised to a nonleague victory following the run.
“We served better as the match went on and passed better,” Beattie said. “Once we pass better, we’re able to use our middles, and once we use them, it opens up the outside.” Continue reading “Rebels Down San Marino; La Salle Defeats FSHA in Tourney Final”
The San Marino High School varsity football team couldn’t keep up with host Newport Harbor of Newport Beach, falling to the Sailors, 48-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
Newport Harbor, No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 9, scored 48 unanswered points and brought the Titans down to 1-5 on the season.
San Marino was the first team to get on the board early when Niko Mavridis connected with Trond Grizzell for a 71-yard touchdown pass with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
That’s as good as it got for the Titans’ offense as junior quarterback Cole Lavin threw five touchdown passes for the Sailors, who improved to 5-0 on the season. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 222 yards. Continue reading “Titans Can’t Slow Down Newport Harbor in 48-7 Defeat”
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team showed flashes of its potential against visiting Flintridge Prep but wasn’t consistent enough as the Rebels came away with a four-set victory, 25-19, 21-25, 10-25, 14-25, in a nonleague match on Monday.
“Well, I have to take into consideration that we’re a young team in terms of leadership,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “We’re growing still, and hiccups are still going to happen. It’s one of those years where we have to iron out the wrinkles and roll with the punches.
“We didn’t lose a lot of pieces but we lost pieces of leadership. As far as I’m concerned about this year, we’re just looking for the next leader.”
The Titans (6-10 overall record) served well and took advantage of the Rebels’ mistakes in the first game but couldn’t make it two in a row as Flintridge Prep battled for a 25-21 win in Game 2.
San Marino seemed determined to take the third set by scoring five of the first seven points. However, that lead was short-lived as Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall) went on a 17-2 run to build a big lead.
The visiting squad won the third game and carried its momentum into the fourth to take the match.
Erin Hill led San Marino with 14 kills, Leela Anvekar recorded five blocks, Kira Glasse had two aces and Caitlin Nguyen finished with 16 digs.
The Titans went on to host La Cañada in a Rio Hondo League match on Tuesday and will host rival South Pasadena today at 6:30 p.m.
Rios feels confident his young group can bounce back and make a run for one of the league’s postseason berths.
“I feel pretty good about it,” said Rios, who guided last year’s team to its first Rio Hondo League championship in decades. “Last year, our best time was during the second half of league. Now that we know our opponents, we should be able to play better. Also, we played on the road most of the time, so that should give us an edge.”