Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

“Evening of Dreams” prom
Photos courtesy Kyle Mickelson
Residents from all over the Greater Pasadena area attend Capernaum’s largest annual event of the year, the “Evening of Dreams” prom, including Rosella Rutt (front row, from left), Chloe Smith, Zachary West, Stephanie Lough and Erin Loo. Middle row: Amy Nielsen, Mary Fischer, Jonathan Klish, Carter Newman-Milic and Shirley Dostal. Back: Ben Sanders.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes. But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year. Continue reading “Young Folks With Disabilities Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

Liberty Utilities Takes Over LCF’s Mesa-Crest Water Co.

Liberty Utilities Park Water Corp. has bought La Cañada Flintridge-based Mesa-Crest Water Co., which serves about 500 connections, or approximately 700 residents, in LCF.
The purchase price was $2,984,000, and the new owner plans to spend $2.5 million in capital investment over five years, said Frank Heldman, Liberty director of operations, in an email. Continue reading “Liberty Utilities Takes Over LCF’s Mesa-Crest Water Co.”

PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money

The final PTA Council report for the 2018-19 school year indicates the network contributed nearly $860,000 and more than 157,000 volunteer hours to the San Marino Unified School District throughout the year.
The SMUSD Board of Education accepted the report at its meeting last week, during which outgoing PTA Council President Christina Pink highlighted the work of each school’s organization before yielding the floor for individual presentations by the schools’ outgoing presidents. Continue reading “PTAs Detail Big Donations on Volunteer Hours, Money”

Well Ahead of Deadline, City Adopts $33 Million Budget

With a unanimous vote last week, San Marino entered June with a fully adopted 2019-20 fiscal year budget, precisely a month ahead of schedule.
When the new fiscal year begins on July 1, the city aims to spend $33,057,856 on operational and capital costs, with an income of $31,681,165; to bridge revenue gaps, as with the Public Safety Parcel Tax for example, there are $10,626,050 of in-and-out transfers planned. The approved numbers reflect a series of last-minute cuts made at the meeting on Friday, May 31. Continue reading “Well Ahead of Deadline, City Adopts $33 Million Budget”

Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)

June 6, 1929-May 18, 2019

Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.
Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.

Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy. Continue reading “Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)”

PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope

Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott
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Pasadena City College Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Abram and Jack Scott, former PCC president, have successfully led the ambitious “Impact Campaign,” raising $16 million for four initiatives: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics. Scott has chaired the five-year campaign whose initial goal was $10 million.

With the Pasadena City College Foundation on the cusp of completing an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest community college is assured of continuing to impact lives and serve as graduates’ bridge to an evolving economy for many generations to come, foundation members said recently.
With an initial goal of $10 million when it kicked off in late 2014, PCC’s first-of-its-kind “Impact Campaign” has now raised about $16 million, which will be dedicated to four major initiatives to improve outcomes for its 29,000 students: scholarships, career and technical education, arts and athletics.
The campaign’s success will improve programs not supported by the college’s operational budget, like the resurfacing of the athletic field, engaging internship opportunities for continuing students or strengthening chances at employment for those graduating. Continue reading “PCC Foundation Expands Fundraising and College’s Scope”

‘Angst’ Documentary, Panel Discussion at LCHS Tackle Anxiety

Jim Cartnal, Melissa Johnson, Paul Royer and Rachel Zooi discuss anxiety as part of a small panel discussion
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Jim Cartnal, Melissa Johnson, Paul Royer and Rachel Zooi discuss anxiety as part of a small panel discussion after a recent screening of the film “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” at the La Cañada High School auditorium.

La Cañada High School senior Ashlyn Oh owns a laptop computer — but not a smartphone. Even so, she said, she experiences stress and escapism through technology just like other teenagers do.
Oh, who plans to double major in psychology and neuroscience at Williams College, is specifically interested in seeing how technology affects one’s mind and how that correlates with a rise in depression and anxiety. Continue reading “‘Angst’ Documentary, Panel Discussion at LCHS Tackle Anxiety”

Meeting to Discuss Sagebrush Transfer on June 5 Canceled; No New Date Set

La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said it is unclear when a meeting might take place between school district officials and the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to discuss the possible transfer of the Sagebrush territory into the LCUSD. A scheduled June 5 meeting has been canceled. Continue reading “Meeting to Discuss Sagebrush Transfer on June 5 Canceled; No New Date Set”