Award-Winning Float Comes to Memorial Park

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Mary Emily Myers
Outlook Valley Sun

Residents recently enjoyed viewing the La Cañada Flintridge float from the Rose Parade at Memorial Park.
This annual tradition of bringing the float to the park on the Saturday after the parade is one that is beloved by the community.
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Redistricting Reshapes Glendale’s Political Representation

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A recently finalized political map splits Glendale in half, a change that has angered some members of the Armenian community concerned that the shift will weaken its political voice.
South Glendale has been absorbed into a different state Assembly district than north Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta-Montrose, while the entirety of Glendale was redistricted away from Burbank in the state Senate, though it remains connected with La Crescenta-Montrose and La Cañada Flintridge. Because of the new representation maps, which an independent California commission draws following each U.S. Census, this year’s elections will bring south Glendale a new state assemblymember.
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Former Golden Knight Dulcich Declares for NFL Draft

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Another chapter was recently written in the seemingly unreal football career of UCLA tight end Greg Dulcich when the 2018 graduate of La Cañada Flintridge’s St. Francis High School announced last week that he was declaring for the 2022 NFL draft.
The 6’4,” 245-pound Dulcich graduated in December with a degree in political science but still had NCAA eligibility remaining. He will likely be drafted when the National Football League hold its annual talent jamboree for three days in Las Vegas in late April.
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Lutheran Church Takes New Steps Amid COVID Surge

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

While the Lutheran Church in the Foothills continues to have in-person services on Sundays at 10 a.m., the church encourages the community to watch its services online instead due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Additionally, the after-service Bible school, choir and fellowship time are paused.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy Seeks Students

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is opening enrollment for its next 18-week Explorer Academy, starting in late February.
Young adults between 14 and 20 years old are encouraged to join the program held every Saturday once started at the STARS Center in Whittier, California.
Requirements for participants include a 2.0 or higher GPA, no serious criminal/probation record, passing a drug screening and submitting to a background check.
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County Issues Stricter COVID Rules for Schools

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised its health order for schools last weekend in an effort to combat a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across Southern California since Christmas.
All school employees are now required to wear medical grade masks — such as surgical or KN95 masks — while working and the county suggests that students also wear them.
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Lutheran Church Offers Online Services

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Lutheran Church in the Foothills continues to have in-person services on Sundays at 10 a.m., however, for everyone’s safety, the community is encouraged to participate in the services online instead. The services, led by interim Pastor Chuck Bunnell, will be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel then available for viewing later in the week on YouTube and on the church’s website. Attendees at the in-person service should be aware that masks are required.
Visit lcifoothills.org for event details, including small group gatherings and opportunities to serve. For more information or to request/offer help, email office@lcifoothills.org, or call (818) 790-1951. The church is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd in La Cañada Flintridge. Office Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Princesses Ready to Proudly Represent City

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2022 Royal Court, Princesses Jaeda Walden and McKenzie Street have enjoyed a whirlwind few months that has included attending more than 100 public engagement events and meeting people of all ages and walks of life.
A La Cañada Flintridge resident and La Cañada High School senior, Walden said she has especially enjoyed visiting hospitals and retirement homes, making patients and residents smile over the holiday season and bringing something new to their day. It’s even helped her solidify what she wants to study in college — psychology.
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Queen Nadia Holds New Year Traditions Dear

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Although Rose Queen Nadia Chung has never physically attended the Tournament of Roses Parade, it is a tradition closely held to her heart.
As a young girl growing up in La Cañada Flintridge, she would watch the parade on the television with her family every single New Year’s Day — a pastime that she fondly remembers melding her Korean roots with being American.
The longstanding tradition originated from her grandparents, who emigrated from Korea and found a sense of belonging through the parade.
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It Was a Year of Living Hesitantly

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The year 2021 is coming to a close much like it did in 2020: with a rise in COVID-19 cases due to families throughout the nation gathering for the holidays amid the discovery of a more transmissible Omicron variant — which has supplanted Delta as the dominant strain.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported nearly 12,000 new coronavirus cases on Christmas, a stern reminder that the pandemic is still very much present and will likely remain in our lives in 2022. The disease has claimed more than 815,000 lives in the United States alone and continues to affect municipalities, businesses and everyday life across the world.
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