Treasure Little Children Brings Joy to Huntington Hospital Patients

Photo courtesy Philip A. Coombes
Treasure Little Children’s board of directors includes (front row, from left) founder Jules Marcogliese, Lupe Barraza, Ginger Mort and Mary Kay Hunefeld. Back: Mark Henzel, Steve McNall, board President Vance Weisbruch, John Cervenka and Jeffrey Moscaret.

By Nina Aghadjanian
The Outlook

Amid a dim holiday season, Treasure Little Children brought joy to Huntington Hospital’s pediatric patients by donating a bounty of gifts through the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Section’s 15th annual Christmas toy drive, Operation Polar Wind.
Founded by Jules Marcogliese in 1998, TLC is a nonprofit organization that works with local social service agencies and churches to enrich the lives of low-income children in the San Gabriel Valley. For 20 years, it has played a huge role in lifting children’s spirits through its holiday celebration, in which nearly 300 kids and their families typically enjoy a lunch, music, games and gifts. The event has been a welcome respite for some young residents of Los Angeles County, where 24% of children live below the poverty line.
Due to COVID-19, TLC was forced to cancel the 2020 celebration, but its dedication to making local children feel special proved to be unwavering. In early December, TLC dropped off presents at the Pasadena police heliport, where Operation Polar Wind commences each year. Members of the Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team distributed the gifts to Huntington Hospital and Peace Over Violence, a domestic abuse prevention center.
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PFAR Installs New President in Virtual Ceremony

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors recently hosted its 114th annual Inaugural and Awards Virtual Ceremony. The celebratory event, themed “Leading Change,” honored the “local Realtor community in their public service and fight to protect homeownership, while installing the 2021 officers and directors,” according to a PFAR statement.
The event included a message from Congressman Adam Schiff and newly installed Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo.
During the virtual ceremony, PFAR honored 2021 President Barry Storch, who emphasized the importance of planting seeds in order to thrive, a value learned as a former beekeeper. In a time of such uncertainty, Storch fortified his mission to — as the event’s them suggests — lead change in education, training, support services and community.

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Dodgers Historian’s Eventful Spring Training Alongside Lasorda

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Tommy Lasorda (right), who passed away last week at age 93, is pictured at 1988 spring training with newly acquired Kirk Gibson, who would provide the most iconic home run in Dodgers history seven months later. Lasorda’s career included two World Series championships, an Olympic gold medal victory, and more celebrity speaking engagements and free meals than could be counted.

By Mark Langill
Special to The Outlook

My Master’s Class at Tommy Lasorda University began in spring training 2007 with one day’s notice and a late-night phone call that sounded like the opening of an action movie. The unlikely supporting actor was a somewhat mild-mannered team historian who wasn’t scheduled to appear at the team’s Vero Beach training facility until a few weeks later for his publicity department assignments.
“Can you be in Florida tomorrow morning?” asked a Dodgers executive. “Tommy’s assistant has taken a leave of absence and you’re the only one who can do his job.”
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FSHA Breaks Barriers With Streamed Virtual Fall Play

Cast members (in alphabetical order) include Ava Baluyut Barraza, Maria Boutros, Ziling “Coco” Chen, Kayla Copping, Simone Crowder, Audrey de Groot, Ava DeFranco, Renee Deramerian, Brenna Derbish, Isabella Durand, Lauren Gmelich, Natalia Gonzalez, Corinne Gray, Sara Green, Sara Gutierrez, Abbie Hardy, Charlie Hardy, Jordyn Hart, Caitlin Hubbs, Cassie Huston, Maddie Jerman, Ava King, Ava Kitt, Carissa Klaus, Becket Knight, Jalen Lee, Macey Lillard, Farrah Mackenzie, Samantha Milat, Anya Millard, Emily Meadow Mota, Caitlin Norton, Olivia Ocon, Kana Park, Angelina Reddy, Samantha Savage, Sofia Sierra, Jin Yi “Linda” Sun, Claire Thomas, Graciela Tiu, Katie Wilson and Sophia Wilson.

Although every industry has been affected by this pandemic, one thing will always ring true: the human need to connect through art. Though in-person performances are not possible, creative minds have come together to find opportunities to tell stories that bring us purpose and hope, regardless of the circumstances.
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Pasadena Students Celebrated for Research Project

Parents, teachers and superintendents came together recently for an award ceremony honoring local high school students who were part of Youth Research Vox. The new Pasadena-based nonprofit gives students the tools to complete academic research projects.
The group’s Closing the Gap Project was born during the pandemic, when educators Joyce Coffey and Meg Spaulding wanted to reach students from their homes. Students were faced with uncertainty and isolation, and yet many of them were doing more than ever to help their communities.
One Youth Research Vox member, Westridge School sophomore Maya Lurvey, led a free virtual summer camp for Pasadena youth. While many volunteered their time, all of the students began thinking about education in a new way. Closing the Gap gave them the opportunity to conduct high-level research usually only attainable at the post-secondary level. The students rose to the occasion, creating detailed and nuanced studies about the American education system.
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PCF’s Yes, Virginia Grants Benefit 11 Local Nonprofits

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Elizabeth House Executive Director Debora Unruh gave virtual hugs as well as donations — including one to a young student (photo at right) — that were made possible by Pasadena Community Foundation’s Yes, Virginia grants.

Despite a year of hardship, Pasadena Community Foundation was able for the 26th consecutive year to bring the magic of Christmas to a number of area charitable organizations, thanks to grants from its Yes, Virginia Fund.
In 1897, New York Sun editor Frank Church responded to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote to the newspaper to ask, “Is there a Santa Claus?” More than a century later, the reply remains the most reprinted editorial ever to run in any newspaper in the United States. In 1994, the story inspired PCF supporters to establish the Yes, Virginia Fund to provide annual grants to local nonprofit agencies so that Pasadena-area children in need could receive toys, books, gifts and special experiences for the holidays.

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Bertha Amelia Hernandez

Bertha Amelia Hernandez

Bertha Amelia Barboa Hernandez, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died Saturday evening, December 12, of cancer at her home in San Marino. Bertha was born June 17, 1932, in Tucson, Arizona, the youngest of four sisters, to Amalia Lujan Barboa and Federico Barboa. Upon her father’s death while in military service during World War II, Bertha moved with her family to be near relatives in Los Angeles. Bertha attended Roosevelt High School, where, at age 15, she met the love of her life, Enrique “Hank” Hernandez, a schoolmate.

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Food Bank Struggles to Fill Shelves as Hunger Spreads

By Nina Aghadjanian
Glendale News-Press

Photo courtesy Lisette Reyes
Lisette Reyes (right), a case manager at Loaves & Fishes Glendale food pantry, said her agency relies on the L.A. Regional Food Bank to feed its many clients and families.

After nine months of COVID-19 and a third wave underway, the need for food assistance has reached unprecedented levels, sending Los Angeles County into the throes of the one of the worst food crises in modern history.
Today, nearly 3 million Angelenos don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is working to meet the heightened demand, having distributed 143 million pounds of food, or 118 million meals, since March — a 145% increase compared to the pre-pandemic period.
“You can just see the worry on people’s faces when they come by; they’re concerned and understandably so,” said Michael Flood, the food bank’s chief executive.
“Given all the uncertainty, they don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week or next month. So it’s been really rewarding to see the appreciation people have for our service.”
A report from the Urban Institute shows that food insecurity was the most commonly reported hardship in the early weeks of the pandemic. The situation has only worsened. To put things into perspective, Flood’s organization provided food to 300,000 people monthly before the pandemic. That number has since tripled.

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Four Join Cancer Support Community Pasadena Board

Cancer Support Community Pasadena has announced the appointment of four new members to the organization’s board of directors: Ellen Knell, Vicki Laidig, George Mack and Natalie Smalley.
“We’re thrilled that these stellar individuals have decided to join us in our efforts to help those confronting cancer,” says Kal Antoun, president of CSCP’s board. “All four have a deep understanding of the impact of cancer, some personally and some professionally, which gives them special insight into the challenges people face when dealing with this terrible disease. There’s no doubt that their combined knowledge will enhance CSCP initiatives.”
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Bachmann Collaboration Building Completed at Flintridge Prep

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Flintridge Preparatory School’s Bachmann Collaboration Building is three stories and 18,000 square feet.

The new Bachmann Collaboration Building at Flintridge Preparatory School was recently completed by C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder serving California since 1919.
Serving grades 7-12, the new 18,000-square-foot, three-story building — named for former headmaster Peter Bachmann, who guided the school for four decades — includes laboratories, art studios, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices where students and faculty will come together to learn and grow.
The structure, which replaced an existing building at the northern end of the campus, is part of the school’s multi-phased campus improvement project intended to promote interactive work and interdisciplinary studies that will better prepare students for college and the workplace. Encompassing leadership, science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics as well as global studies programs, the new building will ensure the school’s regional and national competitiveness, Prep leaders believe.

Peter Bachmann

The board decided to name the new addition in honor of recently retired Bachmann. During his 40-year career at Prep, he developed an environment in which students were encouraged to dream big and collaborate often.
“The citizen of the future is going to need to work and learn in different ways than they have in the past,” said Bachmann. “This new space will facilitate a new kind of teaching and learning, providing students with the ability to collaborate, be creative and learn across departments.”
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