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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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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PCC Receives 2 Statewide Awards

Erika Endrijonas
PCC Superintendent/President

Information technology administrators at Pasadena City College have been recognized with two awards for their outstanding achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic, a statewide trade group announced recently.
The Chief Information Systems Officers Association of the California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office named PCC the recipient of the “Technology Focus Team Award” for the college’s system that provides apps to students studying at home.
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Hillsides’ Retiring CEO to Preside Over ‘Raising Hope’ Gala

Joe Costa

Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and mental health charity, has named Joseph M. Costa, its retiring President and CEO, as honorary chair of its first Virtual Gala “Raising Hope,” to be held online on Feb. 27.
Costa, the emeritus of Hillsides who has served for more than 11 years, will lead the gala format, which is being presented virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am very excited to show our supporters what our gala committee has in store for this incredibly special and unique event,” said Costa, who will retire from Hillsides in June, in a news release. “Although we would love nothing more than to come together with our incredible supporters at our usual in-person gathering at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, the pandemic had other plans for us. However, we’ve decided to use this setback as an opportunity to create an entirely new event that will contain many of the elements that our supporters look forward to and new elements that will make this a virtual event to remember. Most importantly, this online format allows us to showcase this noteworthy event to a whole new audience who will be able to attend for free and experience our impactful program and entertainment lineup.”
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City, Tournament of Roses Spar Over Pending Trademark Litigation

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The Tournament of Roses Association filed a lawsuit last week against the city of Pasadena, asking a federal court to determine ownership of the “Rose Bowl” and “Rose Bowl Game” trademarks.

Following the Tournament of Roses Association’s decision last week to sue the city of Pasadena over ownership rights of the “Rose Bowl” and “Rose Bowl Game” trademarks, the city on Tuesday rebuked the legal action and admonished its longtime partner, saying it was done with “egregiousness and contentiousness.”
In its lawsuit, the TOR Association contends it has full ownership of the name, while the city claims it shares naming rights. The association has asked a Los Angeles federal court to determine ownership of the trademarks, according to the complaint.
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Chad Augustin Is Named Pasadena Fire Chief

Chad Augustin

Chad Augustin, a deputy fire chief in Sacramento, will become the Pasadena Fire Department’s leader effective Feb. 22.
The appointment of Augustin, who will oversee 190 full-time employees and an annual department budget of $55.5 million as Pasadena fire chief, was announced recently by the city.
Augustin began his career with the Sacramento Fire Department as a firefighter paramedic and has risen through the ranks over the last 20 years, serving in a wide range of areas. They include training, fire prevention, administration, human resources, professional standards, operations and emergency medical services.

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Pasadena City College Foundation Names New Board Members

The Pasadena City College Foundation has announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. The new members join other Pasadena area leaders to support PCC students and the college by working to fulfill the mission of the foundation.
The foundation has elected Hoyt Hilsman, Cynthia Kurtz, Gloria de Olarte, Gilda Pettit, Justin Tsui, Robert Floe and Craig Washington. These new members come in under the presidency of Gloria Pitzer and they bring their invaluable expertise to the board.
Those continuing to serve on the foundation’s board of directors include: Geoffrey Baum, Scott Bell, Glenn Bowie, Sheldon Bull, Vivian Chan, Dana Dattola, Charmayne Mills Ealy, Erika Endrijonas, Ralph Frammolino, Carmella Grahn, Mark Harmsen, Bill Hawkins, William Krantz, Nancy Lan, Robert Miller, Michael Mitchell, Ryan Newman, Clara Potes-Fellow, Gloria Pitzer, Jim Sarni, R.C. Schrader, Don Schweitzer, Jack Scott, Chuck Stanislawski, Gregory Sun and Wade Winter.

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The Rev. George Regas Is Honored by Legislature

Rev. George Regas

The California Legislature last week honored the memory of Pasadena civil rights advocate Rev. George F. Regas, led by a motion to adjourn in Regas’ name by Assemblyman Chris Holden.
Regas, who was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena from 1967 to 1995, died on Jan. 3. He was 90 years old.
“Like many of those who knew him, I was saddened by the loss of Rev. George F. Regas, but his legacy continues with the contributions he made to social change and the inspiration he provided to all us,” Holden said. “His bold leadership to advance civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race laid a foundation for his successors to build upon.”
Regas was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Greek immigrant parents. He planned to become a medical doctor, but an epiphany led him to a life of spiritual ministry. He completed his theological studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before being ordained a deacon in 1956 and a priest in 1957.
At age 36, Regas received the call to Pasadena to succeed All Saints rector John Burt. At the time, All Saints was starting its growing impact as the largest Episcopal congregation in the western United States.
Over the years, his advocacy for social justice and strengthening a diverse church community helped spark local organizations and nonprofits aimed at improving lives.
“The impact of Rev. George Regas’ deep faith to advocate for practical social action continues to be felt today,” said Holden. “Every year, my office has received packets of letters originating from All Saints’ Peace and Justice Ministry, and signed by parishioners urging support for many bills relevant to social justice causes.”