Former LCHS Star Named State’s Top Female Scholar-Athlete

By Alex Leon
Special to Outlook Valley Sun

Tess Oakley-Stilson

Tess Oakley-Stilson remembers the exact day, hour and minute her life changed forever.
It was 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2018, and she was either going to make the computer keystroke to commit to UC San Diego or take another path after graduating from La Cañada High School. Her basketball career would be over, months after earning Rio Hondo League MVP honors, if she moved on to San Diego or she could take a gap year to figure out her options.
But Glendale Community College head women’s basketball coach Joel Weiss kept calling with a reminder that playing at the community college level was an option. After visiting the college shortly after, she decided to become a Lady Vaquero and her life would never be the same.
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ALF Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals Provides Meals to USC-VHH

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CAP member Astrid Soegaard receives lunches from a Penelope’s employee for front-line workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital.

The Assistance League of Flintridge’s auxiliary, Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals (CAP), have provided meals to frontline workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on four occasions this year.
After having provided meals to USC-VHH in the spring of 2020, CAP member Astrid Soegaard suggested a second round of meals be provided. CAP membership unanimously supported this proposal.
The project was coordinated through the website Meal Train Plus, which was established to support COVID-19 front-line workers at USC-VHH.
Local businesses Penelope’s, Gelsinger’s and Stella’s were enthusiastic participants in the philanthropic project, providing lunches and dinners.
CAP members participate in five philanthropic programs: Scholarships, Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, and CAP Care PACs, and work with Assistance League of Flintridge in Operation School Bell. CAP philanthropies are supported by sales in the Bargain Box thrift shop, which includes toy sales.
To learn more about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, CAP philanthropic programs, social activities and membership, visit or call (818) 790-1328.

Local Habitat for Humanity Welcomes New Executive Director

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This San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity family — Jocabed, Kathryn, Caleb, Harold, Idalia, Paula and Miriam — owns one of the homes in the Manzanita project in Pasadena.

The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is experiencing an entire month of transformative events.
With a new executive director, the opening of pre-applications for its highly-anticipated affordable homeownership program and a month-long donation match, April is set to become a transformative month for the nonprofit and affordable homeownership in San Gabriel Valley.
Bryan Wong, the chapter’s newest executive director, takes the helm after significant capacity growth over the last three years under Mark Van Lue’s leadership.
“During my time at Habitat, we have grown from serving an average of five families per year to a new average of 27 families per year! This is indeed something to celebrate — and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have built with our donors, elected officials, corporate partners and supporters,” said former executive director, Mark Van Lue.
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Pasadena Food Hug Delivers 500 Meals to Huntington Hospital ‘Healthcare Heroes’

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Trisha Muse (left), founder of the Pasadena Food Hug program, delivered more than 500 meals to Huntington Hospital’s Stacy Miller to help feed the hospital’s “Healthcare Heroes.” The program, which received a recently $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club, is presented by the Latino Restaurant Association.

The Latino Restaurant Association’s (LRA) Pasadena Food Hug Program recently delivered meals to more than 500 healthcare heroes from Huntington Hospital. The meals were made possible thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club to the program. Since its launch last August, the program has raised nearly $80,000 and delivered more than 5,300 meals to essential workers across Pasadena in more than 30 industries, including healthcare, first responders, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes, and nonprofits.
“Pasadena Host Lions Club is honored to serve the community by providing the Latino Restaurant Association this grant in support of its Pasadena Food Hug Program,” said Donna Pomerantz, president of the Pasadena Host Lions Club. “Our motto is, ‘Together We Serve.’ What an exceptional way to make our corner of the world a better place by recognizing our frontline heroes while supporting small business simultaneously.”
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YWCA Glendale Merging With Pasadena Location

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Tara Peterson, CEO of YWCA Glendale, and Angeline Chen, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley board president, embrace at an event in 2020. The two organizations announced this week they are joining forces, under the name YWCA Glendale and Pasadena.

YWCA Glendale and YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley are officially joining forces.
According to an announcement this week, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will become a subsidiary of YWCA Glendale, and as the parent organization, YWCA Glendale has changed its name to YWCA Glendale and Pasadena. The two organizations will have fully integrated leadership, operations, and programming under Chief Executive Officer Tara Peterson.
“I am excited to lead this next chapter in YWCA Glendale and YWCA Pasadena’s history,” Peterson said in a statement. “This past year has posed many challenges and widening inequities in our communities — but it has equally presented many opportunities for creative and strategic collaboration to meet the needs of women and children. I look forward to working with community and government leaders in Pasadena to ensure the YWCA has a seat at the table in moving gender and racial equity work forward.”

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PTA Founders’ Day Recipients Recognized

Lindsay Staley, Jamie and Tobias Lewsadder

PTA Founders’ Day honorees for La Cañada Unified School District campuses were recognized with a special drive-thru ceremony where they received a commemorative pin and congratulatory certificates from the California PTA and state Sen. Anthony Portantino.
The Founders Day celebration was created in 1910 by Mrs. David O. Mears to honor the founders of the PTA – Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst – who established the organization in Washington, D.C., in 1897.
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Spartans Open Track Season By Defeating Burbank

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The La Cañada High School track and field teams won their season opener against visiting Burbank last week. Arielle McKenzie (from left), Katelyn Matarese, Ellaney Matarese and Kaitlyn Creighton set a new school record in the 4×800 girls’ relay with a winning time of 10 minutes, 20.77 seconds.

The La Cañada High School track and field varsity boys and girls made a triumphant return to Spartan Stadium and defeated Burbank in a nonleague meet last Thursday.
Battling cold weather and gusty winds, the LCHS boys defeated Burbank 69-62, while the girls avenged last year’s defeat with an 85-46 victory.
“Burbank is a large Division 1 school that has won its league the past several years and is the favorite again this year,” said Spartan girls’ head coach Chris Matarese. “Beating a large team like Burbank for a small school like La Cañada is a real accomplishment.”
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Spartans’ Offense Unstoppable in 54-42 Win

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LCHS senior quarterback Ivan Ostry rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns and propelled La Cañada to a 54-42 victory over Santa Paula last Saturday. He also threw touchdown passes to Abraham Jhee and Dezin Delgatty.

By Nathan Cambridge
Outlook Valley Sun

La Cañada High’s second football game of the season almost didn’t happen.
In this era of the COVID pandemic, the originally scheduled opponent – Temple City – didn’t have enough time to prepare. The second choice, St. Monica High of Santa Monica, pulled out mid-week due to injuries. Santa Paula then came into the picture, with the final arrangements solidified barely 24 hours before kickoff.
The Spartans were sure glad everything worked out. La Cañada pulled ahead in the second quarter and maintained the advantage for a 54-42 nonleague victory over the visiting Cardinals in Saturday afternoon at LCHS.
“We enjoyed every moment of it,” said La Cañada coach Jason Sarceda, whose team evened its record at 1-1. “The anticipation of not playing, possibly playing, then being able to play, then not being able to play, and coming back to play the game is amazing.”
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Falcons Fall To Muir in Rose Bowl

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

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Crescenta Valley quarterback Brendon Pehar (12) rolls out to pass as lineman Grant Carl (56) helps block for him during Falcons’ 32-14 loss to Pasadena’s Muir High School at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

In its first full-blown competitive football game since the fall of 2019, Crescenta Valley High School hung with Pasadena’s Muir High School through three quarters at the iconic Rose Bowl but ultimately could not overcome six turnovers the Falcons committed, as Muir pulled away late to win 32-14.
The Mustangs beat the Falcons on Thursday for the first time since 2013 to move to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in Pacific League play. CV, which has not played in 16 months, has an 0-1 record.

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Marta Bertero O’Rourke | Obituary

Marta Bertero O’Rourke

Marta Bertero O’Rourke, 69, passed away at her home on March 19, 2021. Born August 7, 1951, the last of four daughters to Jules F. Bertero, MD, and Mary L. Bertero of Santa Maria, California, Marta grew up amidst the strawberry fields of the Central Valley. She attended St. Joseph’s High School before attending Lone Mountain College (now part of USF) in San Francisco.

During her junior year, she spent a fateful year abroad in Italy where she studied at Loyola University of Chicago, Rome Center. It was here that she met Pat O’Rourke, a Chicago native. This led to a long-distance romance when they returned to the states to complete college.

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