Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup

Photos by Austin Green / Outlook

Majors Division
Nationals 7, Orioles 5 – The Nationals scored all seven of their runs in a decisive fourth inning. Nico Wilson and Will Thorell led the Nationals with two hits apiece. Demond Cassidy threw two strong innings for the Nationals, allowing two runs and striking out three. Matthew Caceres earned the save in the final inning. Ben Sandman led the Orioles with two scoreless innings on the mound with one strikeout. Landon Baylon recorded an RBI with a first inning double for the O’s.
Dodgers 5, Blue Jays 2 – It was a real pitching duel through two scoreless innings with the Blue Jays’ Nathan “Momo” Cai and the Dodgers’ Connor McKinney both holding their opponents in check. Finally, in the third inning, the Dodgers Luke Phillips drove in two runs. Connor McKinney and Matthew Favella added back-to-back triples to make the score 5-0. The Blue Jays got onto the board with the help of back-to-back doubles from Cai and Cayden Doan but in the end, it was not enough to complete the comeback. Continue reading “Pasadena Southwest Little League Roundup”

Pasadena Southwest Little League Season Opens To Smiles, Relief

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Pasadena Southwest Little League president George Hasbun, who also serves as the Triple-A Cubs manager, talks to his team before their Opening Day game against the Giants at Allendale Park.

By Austin Green
The Outlook

Opening Day at Pasadena Southwest Little League could not have taken place on a more beautiful spring Saturday. Birds chirped along to the sound of a light breeze through the trees at Allendale Park, the sun was out, the air was clear and the temperature read 75 degrees on the dot.
Stan Gray Field was once again filled with the usual voices of children and adults in the midst of a full day’s slate of youth baseball games. Kids ran around to get their final warmups in before their respective games, or made a beeline to the nearby playground after. Coaches yelled instruction and encouragement. Parents settled into the stands and chatted to each other.
All around the diamond, the sights and sounds were brilliantly normal. Which, in the age of COVID-19, is exactly what made them so extraordinary.
“It’s as close as we’ve felt to normal in a year, so it’s been great,” said Chris Murphy, a PSWLL parent.
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William James Haines | Obituary

(November 6, 1941- April 4, 2021)

No one wants to write an obituary. Trust me on that! This obituary, or something like it, was started years ago after Dad and I watched an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where Raymond writes his dad’s obituary while he is still alive. Dad thought that was a great idea, I thought it was weird. I started putting a few thoughts together and asked him what he would want his obituary to say. Being the modest guy he was, he said he really didn’t know but to let him think about it. Although he never told us what he wanted we knew our dad wouldn’t want anything sad, he wouldn’t want anything traditional. He would want something that let everyone know he was ok. That WE were ok. With very heavy hearts, our family has lost a loving husband (wife Susan) an amazing father, daughter Wendi (husband Bill Hammond), son Darren (wife Nancy), son Brad and a wonderful “Papa” (grandchildren Weston and Carli Hammond, Zachary and Tucker Haines).
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Huntington Hospital Sues on Conditions Imposed on Affiliation

A lawsuit filed by Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the California Department of Justice and the office of the attorney general will challenge the “unprecedented conditions” imposed on them as a result of their proposed affiliation.
The conditions imposed by the attorney general would jeopardize Huntington’s and Cedars-Sinai’s ability to meet the community’s need for access to coordinated, specialized healthcare; lower costs; and provide resources needed for Huntington Hospital to continue critical clinical programs and services for its patients, the two entities said in a joint statement.
The proposed affiliation was announced in March 2020.
“We are shocked at the unprecedented over-reach of the conditions being imposed,” said Huntington Hospital President/CEO Dr. Lori Morgan. “Rather than benefitting our community, the conditions primarily benefit health insurance companies.”
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Partnership for At-Risk Youth Seen as Symbiotic

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Two nonprofit organizations, led by Give-Mentor-Love Foundation founder Donna Pierson (left) and Learning Works Charter School founder/CEO Mikala Rahn, have forged a partnership this year that is seen strengthening educational support for at-risk youth after high school.

Amid the unprecedented hardships and tragedies due to the peripheral pandemic fallout this past year, Pasadena’s nonprofit organizations have been seen rallying in creative and unusual ways to help fill the gap and heightened need.
While some organizations have worked around the clock to provide food, shelter or healthcare, others have pivoted to offer different services to meet their clients’ changing needs.
Others, meanwhile — such as Give-Mentor-Love Foundation and Learning Works Charter School — have dug deep to forge a new partnership to improve their core mission: serving Los Angeles County at-risk youths and young adults who are in crises, help them achieve high school diplomas and set them on a path to success.
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Maranatha Kicks Off Season With Win

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Miles Romero helped the Maranatha High School boys’ soccer team defeat host Ontario Christian, 3-1, in their season opener last week. Maranatha will travel to take on St. Francis this Friday at 5 p.m.

The Maranatha High School boys’ varsity soccer team came out on top in its season opener last week with a 3-1 victory over host Ontario Christian.
The Minutemen did not disappoint the small but faithful fan base who cheered wildly as Maranatha struck first in the opening minutes of play. Senior Matthew Morales beat a pair of defenders and crossed the ball to junior Chris Abramian at the back post, who collected the ball and neatly played it past the Knights goalkeeper into the net.
Ontario responded later in the first half and found the equalizer minutes before the break, but the Minutemen regrouped and came out firing in the second half.
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Cathay Bank Stands Against Anti-Asian Hate, Discrimination

Cathay Bank has announced a $1 million donation to the Cathay Bank Foundation to support organizations that work to promote diverse communities and combat anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobia.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has witnessed the struggle of Asian American and Pacific Islanders against increased violence and harassment fueled by prejudice, hatred and xenophobia. Recent attacks throughout the country reflect a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
“Racism and xenophobia are antithetical to our values and an affront to what we stand for,” said Chang M. Liu, Cathay Bank president and CEO. “We believe in the equality of all people, treating them with fairness, empathy and acceptance. We condemn this violence against Asian Americans as well as against other ethnic groups and will continue to work and support efforts for greater equality in our business, community and society.”
Dunson Cheng, executive chairman of the board, echoed Liu’s statement and call to action.
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Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Angel Gala Is May 15

Join Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) on a trip “Around the World” on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. for the organization’s virtual Angel Gala.
“This year’s gala will be even more engaging, fast-paced, delightful and surprising than last year’s first-ever virtual event,” said Kim Ferreira, CSCP’s director of events. “The community’s participation in our virtual Angel Gala will allow CSCP to continue to be ‘a community of support’ for our members so that no one faces cancer alone.”
Thanks to generous community support, the organization has continued to act as a beacon of hope during this pandemic, with participation in virtual support groups exceeding in-person participation in prior years. Since 1990, CSCP has provided hope to over 22,000 women, men and children facing cancer in the greater San Gabriel Valley.
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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Annette Ermshar

By Annette Ermshar
Special to The Outlook

Phrases like girl power and women empowerment are particularly pertinent and celebrated this month, as March is Women’s History Month. As we honor women this month, I selected a few favorites … and although there are many more past and current names not listed, here are six fun facts that celebrate “female firsts.”
1. Naomi Parker Fraley was the inspiration behind Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of World War II. Representing women who worked in factories during the war while men served in the military, her iconic strength highlighted women’s abilities to spearhead new jobs and industries. From the remarkable efforts of Rosie and other women during this era came the famous phrase,“We Can Do It!”
2. Aretha Franklin is a timeless singer and musician who is coined the “Queen of Soul.” She was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She brightened our musical world with her voice and presence.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Hires New President

Jimmy Francis

Following a comprehensive national search of 100 qualified candidates, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (RBAC) Board of Directors and Executive Search Committee have announced the appointment of Jimmy Francis as its next president and executive director.
Francis is a talented team-builder and non-profit recreational facility leader, who comes to the RBAC with an extensive knowledge of operations, risk management and aquatics safety. He has held numerous leadership roles at both the California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the Ohio State University, where he oversaw premier facilities and programs serving large and diverse populations. Francis brings a passion for exceptional facility administration, organizational design, service excellence, and community inclusion.
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