St. Francis Edges Mira Costa, 23-21

SFHS quarterback Jack Clougherty threw two touchdowns in his debut.
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SFHS quarterback Jack Clougherty threw two touchdowns in his debut.

By Alexander Payne
The Outlook


The St. Francis varsity football team opened its season by winning a nail biter, 23-21, over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last Friday.
In his first start with the Golden Knights, junior quarterback Jack Clougherty, completed 20 of 32 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Kevin Armstead rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries and one score. Junior receiver Bryson Reeves finished with 10 receptions for 128 yards and one key interception. Sophomore Max Garrison also made his presence known through big hits, hard runs and a couple of big-time catches. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges Mira Costa, 23-21”

Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.
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Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.

Every child has a story to tell, a dream to follow, a leader within, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena wants to help each of the 2,000 kids it reaches annually to fulfill that potential.
The programs and activities the nonprofit organization has helped craft are more than after-school care — they provide a trajectory to put local children on the path to success, to become productive, caring, healthy and responsible citizens. The kind of kids who will take what they learn back to their neighborhoods and families.
“We change lives here, we really do,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier during a bustling summer day. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates”

Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites

Three local private high schools have again tipped the grade scales among Los Angeles County’s best private schools, according to the neighborhood research website Niche.com, which uses parent and student reviews, public test scores and college data to compile its annual rankings.
According to Niche’s compilation of the “2020 Best Private High Schools” in the county, Flintridge Prep ranked No. 2, Polytechnic School No. 3 and Westridge No. 5, reclaiming the same spots they had in last year’s ratings. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites”

Alliance for SoCal Innovation Strives for Tech Titan Region

Alliance for Southern California Innovation Executive Director Andy Wilson
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Alliance for Southern California Innovation Executive Director Andy Wilson, a Pasadena city councilman, explains the nonprofit’s mission to help optimize conditions for SoCal innovators.

Calling all venture capitalists and entrepreneurs: A matchmaking service wants to connect you to that perfect, forever partner in the kind of lasting love that will lead all the way down the aisle — to an IPO, that is.
The Alliance for Southern California Innovation nonprofit organization has hit the ground running, seeking to develop and fortify the region’s technology and startup prowess into a bastion similar to (dare they say it?) Silicon Valley, Northern California’s Holy Grail of high-tech startups. And with the NorCal folk pushing housing prices and the cost of living seemingly to the brink, the Alliance thinks the market saturation there can bring billions in untapped potential to the sunny south, a geographical footprint that extends from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Southern California, in its entirety, is widely recognized as a territory of some 10,000 square miles, 20 million people and a $1.3 trillion economy, the 15th largest in the world. Continue reading “Alliance for SoCal Innovation Strives for Tech Titan Region”

Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success

Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.
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Stars nonprofit organization seeks to curb high school dropout rates and help students thrive by supporting local, low-income youth with a multitude of supportive services and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

They say a child can never be loved too much, and the Stars nonprofit organization is out to prove it.
Using the “it takes a village” mantra, Stars has created a community of caring adults to support vulnerable youth and their families in Pasadena, providing tangible tools to help them thrive academically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. Continue reading “Stars Guides At-Risk Youth to Shining Success”

Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years

Kidspace Children’s Museum
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Anima Murade, 6, experienced firsthand Kidspace Children’s Museum’s recent bubble week, part of the “40 Days of Fun!” program held to celebrate the non-profit’s 40th anniversary.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


When Anne McCurdy first took her children to Kidspace about 35 years ago, the Pasadena children’s museum was located in the McKinley School gym. It was a fun experience — McCurdy recalled that her youngsters’ curiosity was piqued by an ant farm — but the museum’s power to fascinate was somewhat affected by its size, a mere 13,500 square feet.
This summer, Anne and daughter Kelly McCurdy returned to Kidspace at an eventful time for the institution that strives to entertain while it educates. Just as Kelly has grown up — she watched her own daughters spend a recent morning in the museum courtyard, chasing bubbles — so, too, has the museum. Continue reading “Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years”

Local Athlete Sprints to 3rd Place in Pan American Games

Cravon Gillespie
Cravon Gillespie

Pasadena native Cravon Gillespie accomplished just about everything he could at the University of Oregon, earning him the George Scharpf Outstanding Athlete Award that is given to a male track and field athlete with outstanding athletic achievement.
The local sprinter added another accolade as a 23-year-old professional at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, last Friday. Gillespie won a bronze medal by helping Team USA post a time of 38.79 seconds in the 4×100-meter relay along with Jaret Eaton, Bryce Robinson and Michael Rodgers.
“He’s been doing what he needs to do,” said Gillespie’s father Tommy. “He’s been working so hard in all the races he’s been in. I think he’ll get better after he rests in the fall and comes back in 2020.” Continue reading “Local Athlete Sprints to 3rd Place in Pan American Games”

PCDA Helps Nurture Children Who Have Feeding Challenges

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Tellis King
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Though Tellis King’s Down syndrome and dysphagia have resulted in his having trouble drinking thin liquids, he enjoys mixing applesauce and pureed berries to create a more agreeable concoction.

Tellis King, 5, wanted Julie Miller to sing.
She’d already crooned the familiar tune a few minutes earlier, but Miller didn’t protest. Tellis watched as Miller swirled her plastic spoon in the concoction they’d prepared together — pureed strawberries and blueberries with applesauce — and whispered the simple melody:
“Stirring, stirring, stirring the applesauce. Round and round and round and round, now it’s time to eat.”
Miller, of Professional Child Development Associates, lifted her spoon to her mouth, watching Tellis to see if he would emulate her movements. After sticking out his tongue and stirring the mixture some more, he did. Applesauce is a favorite food of his — he asked about it while he and Miller were pureeing the fruits.
And finding the right consistency of such nourishment is a matter of no small impact for a child like Tellis. The little boy, who has Down syndrome, has trouble swallowing liquids, especially thin liquids. Continue reading “PCDA Helps Nurture Children Who Have Feeding Challenges”

Knights’ Tale: Bonds Marks 2 Decades as Head Coach

Jim Bonds
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After winning a CIF title with Newhall Hart, Jim Bonds went on to play quarterback at UCLA.

Much has changed in the area since 2000, with local football programs having their ups and downs and coaches on the move. The sport of football and its players have certainly evolved in the past two decades, but there remains one constant in St. Francis High School football.
The Golden Knights are a consistent power in the football world, with 18 CIF Southern Section playoff appearances in the last 19 years — a remarkable feat for Jim Bonds, who is entering his 20th season as St. Francis’ head coach.
“A few people had asked me about how many years, and I had to go back and do the math,” he said. “I saw that it’s going to be 20. I can’t believe it.”
That kind of loyalty to one school is rare nowadays, and Principal Tom Moran is glad Bonds chose St. Francis in 2000.
“It’s remarkable,” Moran said. “I’m sure he has had opportunities and will continue to have them. We’re very blessed he’s decided to make St. Francis his home.” Continue reading “Knights’ Tale: Bonds Marks 2 Decades as Head Coach”

Shepherd’s Door Opens a Path to Breaking Domestic Violence’s Grip

Shepherd’s Door
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Shepherd’s Door has helped thousands of individuals and families affected by domestic violence over the years, with the help of volunteers such as Brenda Sharp, President Tunisia Offray and Executive Director Linda Offray.

She came from a loving and supportive family, but Tunisia Offray was like a lot of teenagers at 16 — shy, some low self-esteem, longing to fit in at high school.
So when Offray became enamored with a popular, charismatic young man, she didn’t recognize when the sweet relationship changed into one of control and manipulation, a form of teenage dating violence that took her nearly four years to escape and left trauma in its wake. Continue reading “Shepherd’s Door Opens a Path to Breaking Domestic Violence’s Grip”