Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo – Obituary

Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo

Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo, a San Marino resident since 1972, passed away at her home on September 3, 2020 surrounded by family. Elena’s passion in life was as an Educator having received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh followed by a Master of Science Degree from the School of Education at the University of Southern California. Elena was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Alhambra for many years. She enjoyed keeping up with current events and relished great debates among friends and family on political and world events. She was a huge fan of all sports and loved cheering on the football teams and especially her beloved Trojans. Elena was passionate about her large Italian family and is survived by her five adult children Cami, Bob, Christine, Cynthia and David. She was thrilled to be Nana to eight grandchildren and even one great grandchild! She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Baldo, whom she married in 1958. Elena lived a long and wonderful life creating many beautiful memories for all who loved her. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

LCPC Resumes In-Person Church Services…Outdoors

Photo by Mary Emily Myers

La Cañada Presbyterian Church hosted its first live church service since March this past Sunday. The 6 p.m. gathering was held outdoors in the church parking lot, as nearly 150 people were in attendance, wearing masks and sitting in pre-marked circles for physical distancing.
The worship band played familiar songs and hymns while the masked congregants sang and hummed along. LCPC Senior Pastor Jeff Hoffmeyer preached his first sermon of a two-part series titled, “Benedictions: Blessed Beyond Measure.”
“Wow, after more than five months, it was so wonderful to worship together,” Hoffmeyer said. “It clearly meant so much to those who gathered for worship to be together, sing together, and pray together.”
Said Jack Lantz, LCPC’s director of music, worship and arts: “It was almost like a homecoming atmosphere. People were moved to gather together. Everyone had missed seeing their friends.
“Everyone arrived wearing a mask and, perhaps surprisingly, practiced social distancing and the appropriate safety protocols. Although we could not see them, it seemed as though there were many smiles behind the masks. [Pastor] Jeff stated that it was so much more rewarding preaching to a live group of people, rather than to a camera.”
A second outdoor worship experience is scheduled for Sunday evening, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Online registration is required.

County Creates Rent Relief Program Amid Pandemic

In an effort to assist renters of limited means who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in CARES Act funds to create the COVID-19 Rent Relief program.
The program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority, is set to launch on Monday, Aug. 17, and will remain open until Aug. 31. The goal is to assist 8,000 to 9,000-plus households.
The emergency rental assistance is intended to meet the needs of low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and/or are behind on paying rent due to the economic impact of the pandemic. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance.
The program is available to all county residents who qualify, with the exception of residents living in the city of Los Angeles, which received its own allocation of CARES Act funds. A W-9 and participation agreement are needed from property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement. Citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party ― renter or property owner).
For information, visit 211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief. A list of frequently asked questions with more program details is available at rentrelief.lacda.org.

New Leaders Chosen for Airport Authority Commission

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, owner and operator of Hollywood Burbank Airport, has elected new officers to head the Authority Commission through June 2021.
Pasadena Commissioner Ross Selvidge was elected president, Commissioner Paula Devine of Glendale was anointed as vice president, and Burbank Commissioner Don Brown was chosen secretary. The commission elects its officers each July.
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PCF Fund Helps Armory Center for the Arts

Online drawing class with local teens, produced in collaboration with Day One and the library.

“Art has a way of keeping our souls full,” said Leslie Ito, executive director of the Armory Center for the Arts, one of the five art organizations that recently received a Rowe & Gayle Giesen Trust grant, a Pasadena Community Foundation fund that supports visual arts experiences for children and youth.
During a typical summer, the Armory coordinates with local partners to offer free community art programs complete with free art supplies. This summer, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, the Armory has teamed with select partners –the Pasadena Public Library, Adelante Youth Alliance, Stars Tutoring Group and more – to continue inspiring young people in the world of art.
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For Those Who Can’t Shop, These Youths Deliver

Photos courtesy Shannon Petersen
Ryan Purdy, an LCF resident and senior at St. Francis, was inspired by neighboring youth leaders and helped start the Six Feet Supplies
La Cañada branch.

As coronavirus cases increased throughout the nation in March, officials took widespread action to close schools, and students here and elsewhere missed out on important, enjoyable life events.
Carly Petersen was ready to go to snowshoeing in Idaho with her classmates, but Westridge School in Pasadena canceled the trip due to the pandemic.
“At the time, I was mostly just upset because I was supposed to go on a school trip,” said Petersen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who will be a junior at La Cañada High School after transferring from Westridge. “I was so focused on what I was missing out on instead of what was to come.”
Her friend Ryan Purdy also went through a rough period as a member of the St. Francis High School varsity boys’ basketball team. The Golden Knights punched their ticket to Sacramento to play in the CIF State Division II championship but never got the opportunity to compete. The biggest game in the history of the program was canceled by the state’s governing board for high school athletics.
“We were all packed up and ready to leave at lunchtime,” he said. “CIF made the announcement at 9:30 a.m. We were shocked, and it was a very sad thing for us.”
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U.S. Security Adviser O’Brien Tests Positive for COVID-19

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National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a former LCF resident, has tested positive for COVID-19 but is experiencing only mild symptoms, according to President Trump’s administration.

Former La Cañada Flintridge resident Robert C. O’Brien, who is serving as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House confirmed in a statement this week.
O’Brien appears to be doing well, however, as the White House stated: “He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site.”
O’Brien joins the 4.34 million Americans who’ve been confirmed as having the disease, which has killed more than 148,866.
The statement emphasized that there has been “no risk of exposure to the president or vice president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.”
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Local Attorney Publishes First Book at 88

By Judge Gregory O’Brien


Although new author Tom Gilfoy has lived much of his life in La Cañada Flintridge, his first book is about his early life in nearby Sunland. Titled “Growing Up in Sunland and Other Short Stories,” the hardcover book includes many historical pictures of the area, stories about Lake View Terrace and memoirs of Gilfoy’s early years working in the woods and logging camps of Northern California.
When asked why he waited so long to publish his first book, Gilfoy said it was out of deference to his friends and relatives. “This way they don’t have to worry about me living long enough to write another book and making them read it, too,” he explained.
The Little Landers Historical Society in Tujunga has been given exclusive rights to sell this first edition of the book, and it is to them that all income from sales is being donated.
Advance praise of the book includes this review by the Hon. Gregory O’Brien, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (ret.) and former president of the California Judges Association:
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PUSD to Start School Year With Distance Learning

By Brian McDonald
Special to The Outlook

Brian McDonald

On July 16, the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education authorized the start of the new school year. PUSD will begin the new school year on Aug. 17 in a distance learning environment.
On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out new statewide mandates for schools that affirm the decisions and direction that PUSD is taking to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. PUSD will adhere to state and county mandates. The state mandate addresses safe in-person school based on local health data, requirements of masks/face covering, physical distancing, testing, rigorous distance learning, and the criteria for schools to close when a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19.

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Obituary | Hortense Banwer

One year ago on June 28, 2019, Hortense Banwer, 94, of Palm Springs, California, died peacefully in Palm Desert, California. She was born to Francisco and Josefa Ramirez in Parral, Mexico, October 28, 1924. After the death of her parents she moved to the United States with her sisters Alicia, Dora, and Luz. She was married to Daniel (David) Banwer for over thirty years until his death in 1984. Together they raised eight children in Los Angeles and South Pasadena. She is survived by all eight children: Luis, Dana (Brian Hurd), Hortense Packer “Fo” (James), Sonia “Sunny” (Rob Rosenthal), Abner (Brooke), Michael, Melisse “Mitzi” and Jeffrey. She also leaves twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Loving and loyal to her family, she was a spirited people person and every stranger was a new friend. We love you, we miss you, and we raise a glass (white wine, of course) to you, Mom.
Hortense was interred at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California, in a private ceremony, and a celebration of her life was held several months later in October of 2019, when she would have celebrated her 95th birthday.