San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004

Photo courtesy SMHS Athletics The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.
Photo courtesy SMHS Athletics
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is on a mission to end its 14-year drought and win the Rio League title this season. The squad includes Aaron Im (front row, from left), Adrian Chiu, Alec Cabalinan, Ryan Ko, Taylor Suetsugu, Leo Ke and Jia Hu. Back: Head coach Matt Jiggins, Elvin Syiau, Thomas Agajanian, Dawson Yang, Andrew Cronk, Tony Chen and Alex Chuang.

The Rio Hondo League has been dominated by one program for more than a decade and the San Marino High School varsity boys’ golf team is determined to put an end to that.
The Titans have shown potential during the preseason with a mixture of young talent and seasoned golfers.
“It’s actually a really young team, which is exciting,” said SMHS head coach Matt Jiggins. “We have three freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors making up our top six.” Continue reading “San Marino Looks to Win 1st League Title Since 2004”

Crowell Library Lends a Vital Presence to Community’s Life

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK City Librarian Irene McDermott, who has worked at San Marino libraries for 21 years, said the community’s generosity is a key factor in Crowell Public Library’s exceptional offerings to patrons.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
City Librarian Irene McDermott, who has worked at San Marino libraries for 21 years, said the community’s generosity is a key factor in Crowell Public Library’s exceptional offerings to patrons.

Crowell Public Library, now 11 years old, represents a steadfastly popular $17 million investment for San Marino’s residents.
The library earned its name for the $4 million put up by longtime resident Suzy Crowell, but after another $5 million came from the city’s coffers, the rest of the bill was made up by donations from a litany of others. Furthermore, the library is able to invest in system and technology upgrades thanks to continuing donations from the community and through nonprofit groups.
“That’s why we can have nice things,” City Librarian Irene McDermott said wryly, explaining what exactly makes the San Marino library, well, a San Marino library. Continue reading “Crowell Library Lends a Vital Presence to Community’s Life”

Titans Edged by Temple City in League, 4-2

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson Grant Spitzer hit a double and drove in a run in the Titans’ 4-2 loss against Temple City last Friday. San Marino fell to 1-6 on the season.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Grant Spitzer hit a double and drove in a run in the Titans’ 4-2 loss against Temple City last Friday. San Marino fell to 1-6 on the season.

The San Marino High School varsity baseball team squandered a two-run lead and fell to visiting Temple City last Friday, 4-2, in a Rio Hondo League contest.
The Titans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and held on to that advantage for two more innings. The Rams broke out in the top of the fourth with three runs and added an insurance run in the final frame. Continue reading “Titans Edged by Temple City in League, 4-2”

San Marino Picks Up 1st Rio Hondo League Win

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson Kate Brunner belted a walk-off, two-run home run in the Titans’ 5-4 victory over the Rams last Friday.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Kate Brunner belted a walk-off, two-run home run in the Titans’ 5-4 victory over the Rams last Friday.
Erin Hill helped the Titans defeat Temple City, Rancho Dominguez and King/Drew last week. San Marino improved to 5-3-1 on the season.
Erin Hill helped the Titans defeat Temple City, Rancho Dominguez and King/Drew last week. San Marino improved to 5-3-1 on the season.

Kate Brunner powered the San Marino High School varsity softball team to a 5-4 victory over visiting Temple City in a Rio Hondo League game last Friday.
Brunner belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Titans (5-3-1 overall record, 1-1 in league) their first league win of the season. She finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in. The Rams struck first in the top of the second, but two runs in the bottom of the third inning and another in the sixth frame erased the deficit. Temple City scored the equalizer in the seventh and took the lead in the following inning, setting up Brunner’s big play. Continue reading “San Marino Picks Up 1st Rio Hondo League Win”

Couple Will Keep Beloved Toy and Book Shoppe in Play

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Local residents Andy and Kelley Carpiac are the new owners of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, which Betty Takeuchi ran for decades before retiring. “It’s very exciting,” Kelley Carpiac said.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Local residents Andy and Kelley Carpiac are the new owners of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, which Betty Takeuchi ran for decades before retiring. “It’s very exciting,” Kelley Carpiac said.

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe is sticking around, thanks to its purchase by a young and enterprising local couple.
Under the new ownership of Andy and Kelley Carpiac, the storied business that began 44 years ago will reopen in April after it is remodeled and restocked. The two purchased the business from founder Betty Takeuchi in February after she announced she was retiring and closing the store.
Kelley Carpiac spoke to The Outlook recently as she prepared for next week’s ToyFest in Las Vegas, where she planned to hunt for contemporary offerings that would share shelf space with tried-and-true classics at the San Marino shop. That its shelves were empty testified to the loyalty of customers responding to its closeout sale. Continue reading “Couple Will Keep Beloved Toy and Book Shoppe in Play”

Town Hall Focuses on Traffic Solutions

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne explains at a town hall meeting this week how he hopes to address select traffic issues in San Marino and solicits ideas from residents.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne explains at a town hall meeting this week how he hopes to address select traffic issues in San
Marino and solicits ideas from residents.

Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne is working to refine proposals on how San Marino can use up to $32 million in no-strings-attached Metropolitan Transportation Authority money to try to alleviate roadway congestion and stray traffic on residential streets.
In doing so, Throne is hoping to target five areas identified by Metro as problem areas, but in a way that caters more to residents’ preferences than what the agency initially proposed as alternatives to its now-dead 710 Freeway tunnel. Emphasizing the point, Throne told a standing-room-only crowd at the city’s monthly town hall meeting in Crowell Public Library’s Barth Room that Metro’s alternative proposals were “not going to work for a second in San Marino.” Continue reading “Town Hall Focuses on Traffic Solutions”

School Parcel Tax Renewed, Saving Some Teachers’ Jobs

The San Marino Unified School District got its parcel tax renewal last week, as 1,805 of 2,612 ballots submitted by voters supported the tax that has been collected by the district since 1991.
The tax — $366.40 per year per parcel — will continue to fund the salaries and benefits of 14 teachers and support staff members for the next six years. It is expected to generate about $1.6 million annually for that purpose. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewed, Saving Some Teachers’ Jobs”

Alleged Threat Leads to SMHS Lockdown, Youth’s Arrest

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Police Chief John Incontro (right), shown with SMHS Principal Issaic Gates at a Monday news conference, applauded “the efforts of the school district and the teamwork we had” during a precautionary lockdown at the high school.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Police Chief John Incontro (right), shown with SMHS Principal Issaic Gates at a Monday news conference, applauded “the efforts of the school district and the teamwork we had” during a precautionary lockdown at the high school.

San Marino High School was placed on lockdown for several hours Monday and local authorities arrested a teenage boy for allegedly texting a threat that was viewed by FBI investigators, who relayed the information to city police — setting off the tense response on campus.
Authorities said the suspect was arrested at his home around 9 a.m. on suspicion of criminal threats and destruction of evidence after San Marino officers interviewed him as well as the SMHS student who apparently was targeted by the alleged threat. The teen was released to his family Monday afternoon, and awaits a court appearance with location and date to be determined by the L.A. County district attorney’s office’s juvenile division.
Police Chief John Incontro said he planned to seek a search warrant for the suspect’s cellphone and its contents. Continue reading “Alleged Threat Leads to SMHS Lockdown, Youth’s Arrest”

Titans Shut Out in Rio Hondo League Opener

Sean Richardson singled and stole a base for San Marino in the Titans’ 5-0 loss against La Cañada last Friday.
Sean Richardson singled and stole a base for San Marino in the Titans’ 5-0 loss against La Cañada last Friday.

The San Marino High School varsity baseball team dropped its first Rio Hondo League game of the season last Friday, falling to visiting La Cañada, 5-0.
The Spartans got on the board in the fifth inning and added three more runs in the top of the seventh to build a five-run advantage.
The Titans (1-5 overall record, 0-1 in league) were held to only two hits in the contest. Sean Richardson and Grant Spitzer each singled for SMHS and stole a base. Continue reading “Titans Shut Out in Rio Hondo League Opener”