Azinge Fulfills Dream by Becoming a Hoya

San Marino High School graduate Chuma Azinge
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San Marino High School graduate Chuma Azinge recently signed to play
basketball at Georgetown. He will join the team as a walk-on freshman.

Former San Marino High School basketball standout Chuma Azinge was once referred to as a “late bloomer” by head coach Mihail Papadopulos, who was always eager to watch the guard play through the years.
“I think he was just scratching the surface at San Marino,” Papadopulos said. “If you saw him now, he’s really put together and looks great after years of training.”
The hard work and decision to attend Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut as a postgraduate paid off for the former Titan, as he is now training as a member of the Georgetown men’s basketball team.
“It is surreal,” Azinge said. “It’s been a school I thought of since elementary school. For this to be happening is just crazy.” Continue reading “Azinge Fulfills Dream by Becoming a Hoya”

Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire

Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger
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Los Angeles County Supervisor and San Marino resident Kathryn Barger (left) helped kick off the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium this past week with Aon Global Executive Vice President Lisa Stevens.

Facing fears, confronting naysayers and seizing opportunities, as well as harboring doubts and insecurities about self-worth and appearance, were just a few of the enlightening and intimate experiences that nearly 40 top women industry leaders shared this past week with about 100 young female students at the Rose Bowl Women’s Empowerment Symposium. Continue reading “Local Women Leaders Take Rose Bowl Stage to Share, Inspire”

Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support

Greg Johansing
Greg Johansing

As Rotary Club of San Marino’s president for the next year, Greg Johansing said he hoped to find ways for the club to raise funds and contribute to causes without dipping too heavily into its coffers.
Such projects or fundraisers, he said, would help the club in some of its present functions. As an example, the club doled out about $17,000 in mini-grants for local teachers this year, though requests totaled around $45,000.
“I think we could close that gap if we do a couple of these projects,” Johansing said. Continue reading “Leader Suggests Rotary Offer Both Fiscal, Physical Support”

Council Dismisses Most of Metro’s Ideas on Traffic Flow

The San Marino City Council voted piecemeal recently to toss out proposals to synchronize traffic signals and most of the county transportation authority’s other suggestions involving Huntington Drive intersections, but chose to move forward with refining options that would target school sites.
The council remains gridlocked on how to handle the Atlantic Boulevard-Huntington intersection, and failed to consider proposals regarding Sierra Madre Boulevard altogether. Both topics will be taken up at the Friday morning meeting on July 26. Continue reading “Council Dismisses Most of Metro’s Ideas on Traffic Flow”

Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues

Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson, who served in the Arcadia school district for more than a decade, has come aboard as San Marino’s school superintendent.

In Arcadia, Jeff Wilson had a more modern office, owing to the newness of the building he worked in.
Now moved into his space at the San Marino Unified School District’ main building, with generous square footage and a vaulted ceiling, the district’s recently hired superintendent said he appreciates the aesthetic change.
“This is such a classic room over here,” Wilson said, during an interview on the eve of his official first day. “It’s a beautiful office. I love the windows. It’s got kind of an ornate feel to it.”
The gregarious Wilson will probably be walking in and out of that office frequently throughout the coming months as he acclimates to his new role in running SMUSD, where he began on July 1. Continue reading “Though New to SMUSD, Superintendent Knows the Issues”

Scholar Will Head to Oxford, With Rotary’s Help

Jacqueline Chen
San Marino High School alumna Jacqueline Chen, a recent Harvard graduate, will study global health
science and epidemiology.

Economics and chemistry might seem an odd marriage for fields of study in college, but they made sense for what San Marino High School class of 2015 alumna Jacqueline Chen wanted out of Harvard.
Now that she has earned that bachelor’s degree, complete with an undergraduate thesis that wed the two academic areas, Chen will start graduate school at England’s Oxford University this fall as the latest recipient of Rotary International’s Global Grant Scholarship.
“I’ve spent a lot of time studying the U.S. health-care system, and I’m really excited to fly across the pond to see how the health-care systems work in other countries,” Chen said, speaking by phone from Boston. “I think we have a lot to do to make our health-care system better, and it would be really interesting to see how we can adopt other countries’ policies to fit our health-care system and make it more efficient and affordable.” Continue reading “Scholar Will Head to Oxford, With Rotary’s Help”

Teens Charged After July 4 Crash That Killed Teacher

Gabriel Crispo
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Gabriel Crispo, who taught English as a second language at Pasadena City College, was killed when he was struck by a car as he jogged on a Huntington Drive median. His dog also died.

Two 17-year-old boys were charged at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a pedestrian who was struck on Huntington Drive in what authorities said was a race between the pair of young drivers on Independence Day.
The teens, who have been released to their families and await their next court date, were arrested shortly after the crash on Thursday, July 4, that killed a San Gabriel man and his dog while they were jogging at about 10:35 a.m. in the parkway median dividing Huntington, police said. The drivers allegedly were racing on westbound Huntington when they collided, with one vehicle careening onto the median and striking Gabriel Crispo, 49, a teacher at Pasadena City College. Continue reading “Teens Charged After July 4 Crash That Killed Teacher”