FSHA, St. Francis Cross-Country Teams Are Running Again

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The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity girls’ cross-country team opened the fall sports season at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Feb. 13. Izzy Mozillo won the three-mile race with a time of 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High School cross-country teams participated in Mission League dual meets last Saturday, marking the official beginning to the much-delayed fall season.
Other schools will certainly follow suit after Los Angeles County gave the green light for schools to host inter-team competitions for cross-country, swimming, tennis, and track and field as long as students and coaches adhere to health and safety guidelines.
The Tologs traveled to Sherman Oaks to face Notre Dame High School and fell to the Knights, 24-31. Izzy Mozillo of FSHA led all runners in the three-mile course with a time of 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds. Teammate Annie Ramirez finished fifth with a time of 23:49.9 and Emily Wong wasn’t far behind to place sixth with a time of 24:47.1. Eva Lopez finished in 25:13.2 to place ninth, Morgan Birkett was 10th with a time of 25:23.3, Bridget Byrne crossed the finish line in 26:50.6 to place 11th, Josie Perkins was 12th with a time of 27:38.4, Abigail Blea finished in 27:44.1 for 13th place and Campbell Buffington placed 16th with a time of 29:36.8.
d off [during the winter surge of COVID-19 cases]. There’s always that nervousness in the first race, but once the girls ran, they just had a good time. It was really nice to see them run.”
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LCF Educational Foundation Pajama Gala March 20-27

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation will hold its first Pajama Gala, with the silent auction kicking off on Saturday, March 20, at 5 p.m. and concluding Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m.
Participants will have an entire week of bidding on silent auction items while sipping wine and indulging on cheese/charcuterie and/or sweets delivered to their doorstep, according to an LCFEF spokesperson.
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City Council Gets Preview of NASA’s JPL Mission to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory new mission to Mars took center stage at the La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week ahead of its scheduled Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing on the red planet on Thursday.
JPL Director Michael Watkins and Mars Helicopter Project Manager Mimi Aung gave a thrilling presentation before the council as to how Perseverance and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will touch down, with the help from two robotic devices from orbit.
“This is one of those times we’re super proud to work at JPL and also live in La Cañada Flintridge; the eyes of the world are upon us here,” Watkins told council members.
The much-anticipated landing is expected at about 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, with a signal of confirmation expected to be received 11 minutes and 22 seconds later, the time of the distance the signal has to travel from Mars to earth.
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LCUSD Prepares Wider Campus Return Amid Cautious Rollout

‘They’re So Tall!’ 3rd Grade Welcomed Back

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Energized students are dismissed from La Cañada Elementary School on Wednesday, the first day of an optional return to in-person instruction for 3rd graders. LCUSD is one of the few districts in Southern California to offer on-campus instruction.

The sight of 3rd-graders having their temperature checked before entering campus might not be a normal one for La Cañada Elementary Principal Emily Blaney, but it certainly is a welcome one. Her school, along with Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest, provided in-person instruction to children in 3rd grade for the first time in 11 months on Tuesday.
“We haven’t seen them in a whole year,” Blaney said of the 3rd-graders. “They’re so tall. We just noticed how much they grew.”
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Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Hobbs Leaving for Torrance Memorial

Keith Hobbs

After joining his hometown hospital five years ago to engineer a financial and performance turnaround, Keith Hobbs will depart USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in March after accepting the top job at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Hobbs announced his decision to hospital staff last week, and named current Chief Medical Officer Dr. Armand Dorian as the interim CEO. In an interview this week, Hobbs — who grew up in La Crescenta and graduated from Crescenta Valley High School — agreed the transition was bittersweet in many ways, not least of which because he wasn’t actively looking to leave this job.
“It was a very difficult decision to ultimately decide to leave. It was sort of a perfect opportunity that I wasn’t looking for,” he said. “Ultimately I took an interview and it ended up being the perfect opportunity. That’s what it took for me to be willing to leave something I’m so passionate about and love.”
Hobbs was brought in as the leader of USC-VHH in January 2016, nearly three years after USC acquired the 158-bed institution. Prior to the purchase, the hospital had fallen into a period of financial and operational issues and had had trouble investing in updated facilities. Hobbs brought with him nearly two dozen years of background in administration at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he was in charge of ancillary services, support services and the supply chain for the preceding 14 years.
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Miss LCF and 2021 Court

Katharine Franklin (center) was crowned Miss La Cañada Flintridge during a unique drive-thru ceremony at LCHS on Saturday afternoon. She is pictured with princesses (from left) Kyra Aitelli, Nadia Chung, Clara Henriod and Jenna Milbrodt. All five court members are juniors at La Cañada High School.

Robert Alan Elftman Sr. – 1953-2021 – Obituary

Robert Alan Elftman Sr.

Bob Elftman was born on July 29, 1953 in Pasadena, California. He lived with his parents, George William (Bill) and Elizabeth Elftman, and his brother William Leigh (Bill) in San Marino. He shared memories of many memorable trips with his family. As he grew up, Bob also enjoyed Boy Scouting, camping and working at Summer Camp O’Ongo, in Running Springs, California. Bob graduated from San Marino High School in 1971 and then continued his studies at Pasadena City College. He enjoyed PCC very much, graduating in 1973. After receiving his Associates of Arts degree, he went to USC where he joined the Chi Phi Fraternity. He graduated in 1975 with a BA in history.
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Arthur Edward Stack Jr. – Obituary

Arthur Edward Stack

On Monday Feb. 1, 2021 Arthur Edward Stack Jr. passed away at the age of 86.
Arthur was born on Aug. 12, 1934 in Washington, D.C., son of Arthur and Margaret (Wilson) Stack. He was raised in Silver Springs, Maryland and summered at Stack’s Landing on Lake Winnipesaukee, near Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. After graduating high school, Arthur enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as Machinist Mate on the USS Benner from 1953 to 1955. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Maryland. After college, he worked for Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. Then, in 1968, he moved out to California to live in La Cañada Flintridge.
Art was happily self-employed as the proud owner of the Furniture Doctor, restoration of antiques and fine furniture. It was a business he founded as a restorer of furniture in which he took great pride and satisfaction. He was also actively involved in Boy Scouts for several years.

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Pasadena Community Foundation Adds Five Board Members

The Pasadena Community Foundation announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors. Representing the medical profession, investment and banking, and real estate, the new board members also bring years of dedicated community leadership and a broad range of diversity.
The new board members are Koko Archibong, Dr. Greta Johnson Mandell, Scott Nesbit, Uma Shrivastava and Dr. Armineh Tavitian.
In joining PCF’s 20-member board, they will help guide PCF’s continued COVID-19 response, oversee new Racial Equity and Animal Welfare initiatives, and guide PCF’s broad grantmaking throughout the Pasadena area.
“Our goal is to recruit board members who reflect the community we serve, both in skills and expertise, as well as interests and passions,” Jennifer DeVoll, PCF’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “As the Foundation grows in size and complexity, it is important to have sophisticated, experienced board members who bring different perspectives to our leadership. These five new members complement our seated directors, and we look forward to their myriad experiences and unique vision to inform our response to the community’s changing needs.”
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Janet Nott Edwards – Obituary

June 13, 1926 – Jan. 17, 2021

Janet Knott Edwards

Janet, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully due to complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 17, 2021 in her senior living facility in Bradbury, California. Janet was 94 years old and lived a beautiful, blessed life.
Janet was born on June 13, 1926 in Pontiac, Michigan to Irma (nee Orschel) and Russell Alger Nott. Janet was born moments ahead of her twin sister, Janis, joining older sister, Jean, in the family. In school, Janet and Janis sat next to each other every day and dressed in identical outfits. Janet’s mother, Irma, contracted tuberculosis when Janet was young. In 1937, in an effort to improve her mother’s health, the family moved to the hot and dry climate of Phoenix, Arizona. There, Janet attended Osborn School and graduated in the North High class of 1944. Following high school, she waitressed to put herself through college at Michigan State. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1950. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a proud, life-long Michigan State Spartans fan.
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