First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Adventist Health Glendale received its 14th consecutive “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021 that recognizes the medical center’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and errors.
Adventist Health Glendale is one of only 10 California hospitals to earn this national distinction consistently since 2015 and is the only hospital in the Glendale-Burbank-Pasadena area to receive an A grade. Continue reading “Adventist Health Receives Top Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade”
First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
The spirits of the departed recently returned to their loved ones for Dia de los Muertos, some visiting Glendale Central Library on their journey to reconnect with the living.
With special offerings galore, the library’s community altar was filled last weekend with sentimental and decorative items brought in love to welcome those from the afterlife, some of which included photos, flowers, sage, a ball of yarn with knitting needles, sugar skulls and a pair of skeleton figures sitting back to back. Continue reading “Day of the Dead Embraces Souls of the Past”
Thirteen long months removed from any kind of high school postseason competition, the California Interscholastic Federation’s largest section, the Southern Section, announced last week that it will hold playoffs and championships for spring sports.
With less travel restrictions, coronavirus cases plummeting across Southern California — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic — and more residents being vaccinated, the Southern Section will move forward with playoffs for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, boys’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ dual meet wrestling.
“We have our eyes on the prize and what we want to try to do,” CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod said during a press conference last week. “So give us a chance to do it. I assure you and promise you we’re giving every effort we can give so that we can make this happen.”
Southern Section officials are also hopeful of having individual championships for swimming and diving, golf, tennis and track and field. They are working with various county health departments to secure approvals to hold the events and looking for venues. Continue reading “CIF Southern Section to Conduct Spring Playoffs”
Taylor’s Steak House had been a staple in Southland dining circles for decades before local resident Bruce Taylor decided to expand on the success of the family’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant and bring an eatery to his hometown in 1996. A quarter century later, Taylor’s La Cañada Flintridge location is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 22. If the local supper club has proven anything, it’s that a fine dining experience and affordable prices aren’t mutually exclusive. Perhaps food critic Merrill Shindler best summed up Taylor’s standing when he said, “This is an upscale steakhouse with prices half those of its competitors. Taylor’s doesn’t have competitors. It’s achieved the status of legend.” Continue reading “Taylor’s Steak House Celebrates 25th Anniversary”
Nearly nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County officials reported a record-shattering 7,593 new confirmed cases signaling the “worst day thus far,” and Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said early this week that she expected that number to climb. Continue reading “Pandemic Rages in County as New Cases Spike”
The COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Los Angeles County residents from enjoying many customs associated with Halloween, but the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce is doing its best to keep the spirit of the holiday alive.
Residents are encouraged to participate in two contests hosted by the Chamber, the first of which is a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. Each person can enter one pumpkin at the HouseAmerica Financial office at 1010 Foothill Blvd. from Tuesday, Oct. 27-Thursday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced on Halloween and have a donation made in their name to a charity of their choice. Participants are required to wear a mask when entering HouseAmerica and are asked to not include any candles or electrical devices in their pumpkins. Continue reading “Chamber’s Contests to Provide Halloween-Season Fun”
In an effort to provide La Cañada Flintridge residents with more voting locations for the Nov. 3 election, City Manager Mark Alexander assured the community on Tuesday that municipal staff members are working with the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder office to possibly open a voting center here. Continue reading “City Wants Local Polling Place for Nov. 3 Election”
The months-long discourse over a hybrid schedule for La Cañada High School and LCHS 7/8 students came to an end as the local school system’s governing board unanimously came to an agreement during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
Beginning Jan. 5, 2021, the La Cañada Unified School District will implement a schedule that would allow 50% of students in grades 7-12 to receive on-campus instruction two days a week. LCUSD would have to adhere to Los Angeles County’s reopening protocols for schools and reach an accord with labor unions. Continue reading “LCUSD Targets Date for Hybrid Schedule”
The numerous unexpected challenges, uncertainty and tension brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and wildfires have been difficult for many to handle, causing monumental shifts in people’s lives while limiting access to healthy coping mechanisms.
For example, it is more difficult for people to connect with their social networks, unwind at the spa or gym or even take a leisurely walk around the block.
For people who struggle with mental health issues, these are especially trying times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that the pandemic may worsen existing mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Suicide hotlines in Los Angeles County are reporting several thousand more calls than in previous months. Continue reading “USC-VHH Holds Suicide Prevention Conference”