‘Pivotal Players’ at St. Bede Opens July 19

Bishop Robert Barron’s latest “Word on Fire” program, “The Pivotal Players,” opens on Wednesday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. in St. Bede’s John 23rd Room.
The Pivotal Players are the men and women who influenced or changed certain doctrines of the Catholic Christian faith and who were often out of step with the culture of their time. Part 1 of the program includes: St. Francis of Assisi, the Reformer; St. Thomas Aquinas, the Theologian; St. Catherine of Sienna, the Mystic; Blessed John Henry Newman, the Convert; G.K. Chesterton, the Evangelist; and Michelangelo, the Artist.
Each session includes viewing a DVD followed by small group discussions for expanding and deepening the understanding of that particular pivotal player. The program is free.
For more information or to register, call St. Bede’s Parish Office at (818) 949-4300.

St. Bede Awards Essay Contest Winners

Janssen Van De Yacht is pictured with Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti of St. Bede and Archdiocesan director of the Italian Catholic Federation.

Two St. Bede Elementary School graduates recently were awarded the Father Lawrence Signey Essay Contest awards for writing excellence. The first-place winner, Alyssa Valdivia, was awarded $250 for her essay on the value of Catholic education, her heritage and good derived from church and community service. Janssen Van De Yacht received a second-place award for $100 for his essay covering the same criteria. Alyssa will attend Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in the fall, and Janssen will attend St. Francis High School.
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Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Pasadena

Eggs from the Aedes albopictus mosquito that can infect humans with viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya have been found recently for the first time in monitoring traps in Pasadena, according to a statement from the Pasadena Public Health Department on Monday.
Health officials emphasized there are no reported cases of locally transmitted Zika or the other two viruses.
“It is important for the public to be aware of the presence of this mosquito, which is different than the local variety of the insect, and to take steps now to help protect yourself and your family against these mosquitoes,” PPHD Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said.
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Two Hospitals Join LANES to Streamline Information Exchange

Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center are partnering with Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services to deliver better, more efficient health care to the communities they serve. Through the collaboration, the hospitals executed a contract with LANES to support secure information exchange between hospitals, community-based clinics and health plans in Los Angeles to support better care coordination — with special emphasis on underserved populations.
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Descanso’s Bird Observation Station Getting New Look

Starting this week, the Bird Observation Station at Descanso Gardens is getting upgraded. The bird-watching structure, located in the botanical gardens’ Oak Woodland, is expected to reopen in October, according to a news release. A new waterfall feature will debut in November. Descanso Gardens is working in partnership with Pacific Outdoor Living on the project.
For information, visit descansogardens.org.

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.”
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LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County

With some minor updates requested by L.A. County, the La Cañada Unified School District finished its required Local Control Accountability Plan on Friday before the state’s July 1 deadline.
The LCAP is a three-year plan identifying specific actions the district’s educators are taking to achieve goals and measures by which progress will be identified. The 257-page LCAP document — which is developed with input from teachers, staff members, administrators, parents and pupils — has to include goals according to eight state priorities and additional local priorities.
The LCUSD Governing Board reviewed the plan at its June 6 meeting and adopted it at its June 20 meeting, after which the Los Angeles County Office of Education requested minor modifications and the inclusion of required state metrics in adjusted goal areas. Continue reading “LCUSD Files Updated LCAP Document With County”