La Cañada Council Picks Davitt as Mayor; Inducts Eich, Gunter

Michael Davitt

Amid a notable lack of fanfare due to social distancing, Michael Davitt was chosen unanimously as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge at a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, which also featured the installation of new members Keith Eich, Rick Gunter and incumbent Terry Walker.

The meeting, which typically would have celebrated the council re-organization after an election, with special recognition to new members and those leaving office — which this term includes Gregory Brown and Leonard Pieroni — was held quickly and from the privacy of separate locations.

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La Cañada Presbyterian Celebrates Easter and Holy Week Online

In the midst of change, La Cañada Presbyterian Church will be celebrating online the unchanging good news of Easter and Christ’s resurrection. Senior Pastor Jeff Hoffmeyer affirms, “Holy Week is holy because of what God did then, and because of what God is doing now. The coronavirus has stopped us from being together in the church building, but it cannot stop us from journeying with Christ this week, or from celebrating resurrection on Sunday!”

On Easter Sunday, a new series will start at LCPC: #SignsOfHope.

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After Closing Doors, Noor Offers Free Soup to Seniors

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Noor staff prepares the distribution of its free, community soup recently. The premier events site is giving away vegetarian, hearty soups every Friday from 3-5 p.m. until it can reopen.

There’s nothing quite like soup for the soul, and during time of quarantine and social isolation, that rings true more than ever, Noor owner Robert Shahnazarian and his wife, Maggie, discovered recently.
The owners of the Pasadena-based premier event and wedding venue were recently faced with the painful task of cancelling all planned celebrations at its site and shutting down operations amid the “Safer at Home” order put in place throughout L.A. County and city of Pasadena. Like many small businesses, Noor had to furlough or lay off some employees until further notice, and that act cut deep.
They still had a large order of food perishables for an upcoming, event-filled weekend — before having to shutter its doors — and Shahnazarian eyed the remainder of his dejected staff, standing idly by. He had heard that seniors in the community, already challenged by isolation, were suffering further from food insecurity and social distancing measures, and not able to find what they needed at the grocers due to the massive hoarding seen the first few weeks of COVID-19 fears.
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LCHS Junior Launches 3-D Effort for Healthcare Workers

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La Cañada High School junior J.T. Salcido is spearheading the “LCHS Cares” effort to print 3-D face shields to help hospital workers.

La Cañada High School junior J.T. Salcido has kept busy so far during his school’s hiatus on coronavirus social distancing, and now, spring break is set to get even busier.

Salcido has launched the “LCHS Cares” project, an effort to print 3-D face shields to help hospital workers protect themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea came up when Salcido, 17, said his father, Craig, who works at an Orange County hospital, began seeing patients with respirator masks. The doctor had heard 3-D digital masks might be possible for health care workers, and asked his tech-savvy son if he might lend a hand.

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Red Cross Urgently Seeks More Blood Donations

Amid reports that hundreds of blood drives have been canceled recently as fears about coronavirus risks have increased, the American Red Cross has restated its commitment to the safety of donors, patients, volunteers and staff members.
A Red Cross leader made a plea for blood donations and spoke about safety measures the organization has taken.
“We recognize that this health crisis may create some questions about donating blood at this time,” said American Red Cross Biomedical Services President Chris Hrouda.
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Portantino, First District PTA Partner to Hold Family Health Session

State Sen. Anthony Portantino and First District PTA are again partnering for an important public heath discussion.
On Saturday, Portantino and the PTA will be joined by four family therapists for a virtual Family Health Forum. The forum will provide strategies for families abiding by social distancing recommendations to better cope with the effects of COVID-19.
“I always approach my job from the perspective of being a dad. Families are coping with this unprecedented situation remarkably well. But, we have also seen a rise in tensions, calls to hotlines and struggles to maintain appropriate academic and social balances and health. It’s my hope that by having experts on the line answering your questions we can all work together to get through this crisis,” Portantino said in a statement.
Every family faces both unique and common challenges that necessitate a calm, strong and effective response to allow children to continue to thrive in their home life and education, the senator added.
The event will include Portantino, the First District PTA, local non-profits and marriage and family therapists answering questions and discussing how best to respond to this crisis.
“It’s consistent with our PTA mission to look out for the welfare of our entire school family community. We hope many parents, teachers, students and administrator can tune in,” added Diane Hyland, First District PTA president.
Portantino and First District have partnered on a series of Mental Health First Aide workshops. The Family Health Forum is a continuation of their collaboration. Participants are encouraged to submit questions to the panel prior to the forum.

PCF Jumps to Relieve Nonprofits Serving Most Vulnerable Amid Coronavirus

In times of crisis, the Pasadena Community Foundation is ready to move.
PCF, which is dedicated to managing charitable assets and earmarking money to nonprofit organizations of all kinds, didn’t expect a deadly pandemic like coronavirus to become the crisis in question, but the Foundation was at the ready recently to distribute emergency grant funds. It has focused on relieving organizations serving seniors and distributing food and supplies to low-income individuals and families which will help fight the growing food insecurity amid economic and social distancing fallout from COVID-19.
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Virtual La Cañada Spring Home Tour

Soon, you’ll probably be done with your Netflix shows and seen all HGTV has to offer. How about tuning in to this year’s reinvented Virtual La Cañada Spring Home Tour? This annual fundraiser for La Cañada High School is going digital on May 1 — with tours of four beautiful local homes to enjoy, from the comfort of yours. Despite social distancing, we can still come together as a community for some spring fun and a welcome distraction. The funds raised are crucial to LCHS 7-12 in 2020-21. Visit lacanadahometour.com for tickets and sponsorships.

Joy Wilson – Obituary

Aug. 3, 1933 – March 30, 2020

Joy Wilson

Joy Wilson, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Monday, March 30, at the age of 86.

Joy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 1933. She was the eldest of four children born to Fred and Eva Pfiester. She grew up in Cincinnati and attended Withrow High School before entering the University of Cincinnati. She was an active member of many organizations while at the university and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She served as vice president of her senior class and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

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Joel A. Thvedt – Obituary

Joel A. Thvedt

Joel A. Thvedt, age 57, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Altadena after a five-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare progressive neurological disease. He was born on May 14, 1962, in Newcastle, Wyoming, the son of Pastor James and Gloria Thvedt.

Joel grew up in Sisseton, South Dakota, and attended the University of Chicago, receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 1984. He then headed west for law school and graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and a board member of El Centro Legal, a network of student-run legal aid clinics. While at UCLA, Joel met his wife, Patricia Libby, who was a fellow student, and they married on Aug. 9, 1986.

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