National Merit Scholarship Winners Recognized

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, or NMSC, last week announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, which included a handful of Pasadena graduating seniors among its 2,500 total recipients.
Michael Deschenes and Katrina Manaloto, both Pasadena residents, earned scholarships this year. Deschenes, who will graduate from Polytechnic School in Pasadena, plans to study for a legal career, and Manaloto, who attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge, plans to study neuroscience. Additionally, Leah Soldner, a South Pasadena resident who will graduate from Westridge School in Pasadena, received a scholarship and plans to study aerospace engineering.
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Burbank Student Earns National Merit Scholarship

Anna Tong

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, who included a Burbank graduating senior among its 2,500 total recipients.
Anna Tong, who will graduate from Burbank High School, plans to study computer science with help from her scholarship, which is being funded by NMSC.
The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
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Mayor Addresses COVID-19 Pandemic

By Sharon Springer
City of Burbank Mayor

Mayor Sharon Springer

Hello Fellow Burbankers. L.A. County began reopening golf courses and trails along with some retail businesses that are offering curbside pickup. In Burbank, DeBell Golf Course is now open. Stough Canyon was closed this week for a few days of maintenance. Wildwood Canyon and its parking lot are open and will remain open.
While out on trails, please wear facemasks and follow all posted guidelines. Children older than age 2 are also required to wear facemasks at trailheads, in parking lots and destination points. We must continue to practice social distancing and regular hand washing. These are simple things we can do to ensure everyone’s safety and hopefully not have restrictions again in the future. Thank you for being kind. Many are stressed during this difficult time and a kind word or thank you can help.
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Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner – Obituary

Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner

Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner, 78, of Burbank, passed away on April 24, 2020, of natural causes at her home in Burbank.
Funeral services arrangements are by Forest Lawn Hollywood Hill. Memorial service arrangements are pending.
Carolyn was born in Burbank to Lee and Catherine Behymer on September 27, 1941. She attended school in Burbank and graduated from John Burroughs High School.
Carolyn married Peter H. Turner.
She was involved and volunteered with the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Tournament of Roses, Masonic Eastern Star, Red Hat Ladies and the Burbank Police Department.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Peter as well as her mother and father, Lee and Catherine Behymer. There are no current living relatives.

LCHS Choir Students Raise Voices During #QuaranSing

Kai, Sumo and Daylen Larsen

La Cañada High School students enrolled in Jeff Brookey’s choir classes have been singing from afar and submitting homemade videos featuring songs that inspire them — and others — to smile.
As part of the online curriculum this semester, Brookey began to give creatively-open assignments, such as to make art through any medium. Some students chose to paint, cook, sew and write poetry, while others sang in a “QuaranSing Challenge.”
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Mayor: How We Will Move Forward

By Mayor Michael Davitt
Special to Outlook Valley Sun

Mayor Michael Davitt

I hope that this letter finds everyone well during this most difficult time. As the community and L.A. County start to reopen certain businesses and recreational areas, I thought it would be helpful to share some information about the processes which are being followed.
The city of La Cañada Flintridge is one of 88 cities in Los Angeles County. Of those 88 cities, 86 cities, including La Cañada Flintridge, are under the control of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and rely on the expertise of the county health officials. This means that DPH is our city’s Public Health Agency.
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Les Tupper Award Winners Announced

The 52nd annual Les Tupper Award winners have been chosen by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council. Caroline Craven and Bill Pounders will be honored with individual Community Service Awards. Christie Crahan and the La Cañada Jr. Women’s Club will receive the Special Service Award and David Baker has been selected as the Student Service Award recipient.
These prestigious awards are named after Les Tupper, a longtime community volunteer who dedicated much of his life to service. The awards are given annually to individuals and groups in recognition of their service to the community.
Because of the strict mitigation requirements, a date has not yet been determined for the ceremony. Local residents will be invited to attend when a date is announced.

Fiesta Days Moving to Labor Day Weekend

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced yesterday that the annual Fiesta Days weekend celebration is being moved to Labor Day weekend from the traditional Memorial Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 47th annual event will be held Sept. 4-7 “pending clearance regarding COVID-19 restrictions,” Chamber President/CEO Pat Anderson said in a statement.
In past years, Fiesta Days has concluded on Memorial Day with a memorial service tribute to veterans, a parade down Foothill Boulevard, and a Music in the Park concert. Other events through the weekend include Casino Night at the Community Center, the Kiwanis A.M. Club’s breakfast and vintage car show, Farmers’ Market, LCF Tournament of Roses open house, a Family Movie Flick in Memorial Park, the Lanterman House’s Summer Whites Picnic, Sunday’s Family Dinner (featuring the LCHS Jazz Band) and Fireworks Show, and the YMCA’s Fiesta Days Run.
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Pasadena Senior Center Makes Changes During COVID-19 Crisis

The Pasadena Senior Center has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults, so its doors remain open six days a week during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this time are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Robert, 67, recently took multiple buses to the Pasadena Senior Center because his Section 8 recertification is due April 15. Social Security offices are closed due to the crisis, and the city of Monrovia office that provides programming and services to older adults in that community is closed as well for the same reason. All Robert needed was a document from the Social Security website showing proof of income, but he does not have computer literacy skills or experience.
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Huntington Hospital Offers Ideas to Assist Healthcare Workers

As we learn more about COVID-19 and how we can protect ourselves, people around the world are hunkered down in their homes as social distancing measures are practiced to slow the spread of this pandemic. But for many healthcare providers and caregivers, staying home and self-isolating simply isn’t an option.
Doctors, nurses, staff and other medical professionals are working around the clock to treat those impacted by COVID-19 and prevent more from getting sick. These individuals are on the front lines of this pandemic and we thank them for their spirit, dedication, sacrifice and, most of all, their commitment to keeping our patients and community safe.
Today, we ask everyone to express gratitude to our healthcare heroes. To find out what you can do to help support those in the healthcare field, visit