Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack

Photo courtesy Nancy Ko
Photo courtesy Nancy Ko

They didn’t have a den number, but that didn’t stop the newest members of Pasadena Cub Scout Pack 4 from recording a first at the recent Golden Nugget weekend campout at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island last month.
Theirs was the first girls’ den to attend the campout, sending seven of its 16 Valentine Elementary School girls to the three-day event. Just weeks earlier, they had joined the formerly boys-only pack, which is now coed after Boy Scouts of America decided last year to admit girls. Continue reading “Cub Scout Girls Ready to Run With the Pack”

Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations

The San Marino Police Department invites residents interested in learning more about law enforcement to sign up for its new Community Police Academy that begins in November.
The academy, also called the CPA, is a six-week program of classes designed to give insight into SMPD operations and background in general law enforcement, in a relatively casual environment. Classes will cover broad topics such as investigative procedures and address contemporary issues such as police officers’ use of force while responding to incidents. Continue reading “Classes to Teach Residents About Police Operations”

School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety

An updated security assess-ment presented recently to th suggested ways of funneling campus visitors into a single controlled entry point to mitigate potential threats to students and faculty.
The board did not make any decisions regarding the recommendations, but it will include its updated information in an overall facilities needs assessment. Hal Sibley, vice president of the consulting firm gkkworks, made the presentation to the board at its Sept. 25 meeting. Continue reading “School Board Considers New Ideas on Campus Safety”

School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work

Shelley Ryan
Shelley Ryan

She’s capping her first term on the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education by serving as its president, but Shelley Ryan hopes to bring her perspective as an educator to the table for another term in this year’s election.
Ryan said she wants to continue improving the district’s offerings to students, using the momentum from the past several years of accomplishments, not least the continuation of SMUSD’s No. 1 ranking in the state’s annual academic evaluations of school districts. Course innovation — such as collaborative efforts with the Huntington Library and Caltech — are key developments, Ryan said. Continue reading “School Board President Seeks to Continue Her Work”

First Responders Singled Out for Community Outreach

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Sgt. Naved Qureshi (left) and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were honored as police officer and firefighter of the year by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Sgt. Naved Qureshi (left) and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were honored as police officer and firefighter of the year by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.

For going the extra mile in reaching out to their community, Sgt. Naved Qureshi and firefighter-paramedic Sam Benites were recognized by the San Marino Chamber of Commerce as the police officer and firefighter of the year.
The two were honored at the chamber’s 11th annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon last week at the San Marino Center. Other local elected officials also were there to dole out their own recognition of the two men. Continue reading “First Responders Singled Out for Community Outreach”

City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project

The City Council has tasked Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne to meet with representatives from a host of other San Gabriel Valley cities collaborating on a Rio Honda River storm water drainage project to discuss San Marino’s expected fiscal contribution to the endeavor.
Throne is expected to report on the results of those meetings to the City Council at its November meeting. Information the City Council seeks includes a specific breakdown on the funding formula for the collaboration, an explanation of costs and whether the other cities are open to adjusting apportionments. Continue reading “City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project”

SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations

The news is pleasing but probably not surprising: San Marino Unified School District has retained its position atop the state Department of Education’s annual academic evaluations, making it the No. 1 public school district in California for nearly two decades.
The evaluations, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, were publicly released this week. In a separate statement, SMUSD officials noted that this was the fourth year the district had the top overall CAASPP scores and that for 15 years prior to CAASPP, it also placed first in whatever evaluations the state had used. Continue reading “SMUSD Aces Test Again: No. 1 in State Evaluations”

Titans Remain Perfect in League, Off to Best Start in 12 Years

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Hanna Wang has been a standout setter for San Marino this season.

The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit and edged defending Rio Hondo League champion La Cañada in five sets, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-7, at the LCHS Hotchkin Family Gymnasium last Thursday.
With the win, the Titans (15-5 overall record) took sole possession of first place with a perfect 4-0 record in the Rio Hondo League standings.
“I would attribute it to their work ethic,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “As far as attendance goes, this is the best attendance I’ve had at practice. These girls are showing up and doing the work. Also, I think it’s just chemistry. Things are a lot better with the girls and they’re a lot friendlier. They stay positive.”
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San Marino Scores Big Win Over League Rival

Photo courtesy San Marino High School
The Titans defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada last week and won the First Serve Tennis Tournament on Saturday. The winning squad includes head coach Melwin Pereira (front row, from left) Camdyn Wu, Rakel Ang, Katie Kirkendall and Kayla Chen. Middle: Anna Moller, Alyssa Luff and Elaine Wu. Back: Caitlin Mguyen and Grace Carter.

With only one player who consistently plays tournaments and is ranked in her age group, San Marino varsity girls’ tennis coach Melwin Pereira was unsure if his team could compete with the Rio Hondo League this season.
“Just look at La Cañada,” Pereira said. “They have two freshmen who are four stars. You can’t compare this season. I don’t have those players. My freshmen don’t play in tournaments and are unranked.”
The team’s chemistry and resiliency made up for its lack of experience last Thursday as San Marino defeated Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada on the road, 11-7.
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