Huge Party Spurs Deputies’ Response, Officials’ Regret

Gould Avenue mansion
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This home was the site of a controversial pool party held on Saturday, June 15. Authorities and a broker for the house said at a City Council meeting on Tuesday the owner, who has not moved in yet, was not aware the party was going on.

A massive pool party on Gould Avenue on Saturday that drew hundreds of negative comments on social media has prompted city officials to be vigilant regarding a gathering scheduled for early next month, though there are indications the bash is being relocated to Los Angeles. Continue reading “Huge Party Spurs Deputies’ Response, Officials’ Regret”

Spartans Pick Up Historic Semifinal Victory

LCHS varsity baseball team
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The LCHS varsity baseball team defeated Hesperia Oak Hills, 13-2, in a CIF-SS Division 3 semifinal on Tuesday. The Spartans, who advanced to their first CIF-SS championship game, include Connor Buchanan, Michael Callahan, Thomas Decker, Zach Feehan, Luke Fogarty, Ryan Graves, Joshua Gray, William Hartman, Ryan Kiessling, Riley Kozakar, Michael Lauenstein, Jason McCubbin, Kyle Osornia, Timothy Park, Brandon Shepherd, Ian Tinkham, Jakob Torres, Evan Umland, Tai Walton, coaches Carl Geschwender and Dave Olson and head coach Matt Whisenant.

There’s no stopping the La Cañada High School varsity baseball team. After two narrow playoff victories decided in extra innings, the Spartans made sure they wouldn’t need more than seven frames against host Hesperia Oak Hills. They scored five runs in the top of the third and added six more two frames later to build a big lead and defeat the Bulldogs, 13-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinal. Continue reading “Spartans Pick Up Historic Semifinal Victory”

Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings

Photo courtesy Mark Barr The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.
Photo courtesy Mark Barr
The San Marino High School varsity girls’ swimming team concluded the season by placing 14th in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships last weekend. The squad, which won the Rio Hondo League title, includes Emily Lee (front row, from left), Claire Chiu and Blake Pak. Back: Assistant coach Ashlee Bowen, Siouxsie Lennox, Ellie Chen, Dora Chang, Sabrina Wang, Kali Villaluna, Sophia Yao and head coach Mark Barr. Not pictured: Grace Emamaullee.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ swimming team shone in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex last Saturday, tying Murrieta Valley for sixth place with 145 points.
Rio Hondo League rival La Cañada took home the crown with 336 points.
Tristan Lin led the Titans by winning the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 48.72 seconds, qualifying him for state competition.
Lin was also part of the 200 medley relay team that placed sixth and qualified for state with a time of 1:35.82. The group also included Maxwell Lin, Justin Chan and Kurtis Tsai. The quartet also competed in the 400 freestyle relay and finished in 3:10.21 for eighth place. Continue reading “Lin Qualifies for State; Girls Place 14th in Standings”

Obituary: Mayris Meskill Wells

April 3, 1941-April 11, 2019

Mayris Meskill Wells
Mayris Meskill Wells

Mayris Meskill Wells, 78, passed away peacefully, and surrounded by her family, on April 11 due to complications from a stroke. She was born April 3, 1941, in Philadelphia, the only child of Irma Holton Meskill and James Meskill. She is survived by her husband, Frank, of 55 years; her children Andrew, Susan and Peter; son-in-law Daniel Frazee; grandchildren Ryan, Ella, Bryn and Dash Frazee; and cousin Lisa Grives.
Mayris attended Germantown High School and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a glorious summer, securing her love of the French language, art, history and travel. Continue reading “Obituary: Mayris Meskill Wells”

Pasadena Resident Named Envoy for Hostage Affairs

Photo courtesy U.S. State Department Pasadena resident Robert C. O’Brien (left) is sworn in as a special presidential envoy for hostage affairs by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Photo courtesy U.S. State Department
Pasadena resident Robert C. O’Brien (left) is sworn in as a special presidential envoy for hostage affairs by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pasadena resident Robert C. O’Brien was recently appointed special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, the U.S. State Department has announced.
O’Brien’s new responsibilities under President Donald Trump entail leading U.S. efforts to negotiate the return of citizens held by foreign governments.
He will also be tasked with maintaining a dialogue with the families of hostages in coordination with the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell. Continue reading “Pasadena Resident Named Envoy for Hostage Affairs”

Pasadena Arts League Awards Grants to Nonprofits

Photo courtesy Pasadena Arts League The Pasadena Arts League 2018 grant recipients include Teresa Daniels (front row, from left), Oakwood Brass; Katie Brandon, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Denise Seider, Hollywood Heart; Karen Keyana, Makoto Taiko; Helen Kim Spitzer, L.A. Children’s Chorus and Melissa Froehlich, Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Back: Thomas Simpson, Pasadena Arts Foundation; Brian Elerding, Lineage Performing Arts; Randy Lakeman, Armory Center for the Arts; and Thomas Coston, Light Bringer Project.
Photo courtesy Pasadena Arts League
The Pasadena Arts League 2018 grant recipients include Teresa Daniels (front row, from left), Oakwood Brass; Katie Brandon, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Denise Seider, Hollywood Heart; Karen Keyana, Makoto Taiko; Helen Kim Spitzer, L.A. Children’s Chorus and Melissa Froehlich, Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Back: Thomas Simpson, Pasadena Arts Foundation; Brian Elerding, Lineage Performing Arts; Randy Lakeman, Armory Center for the Arts; and Thomas Coston, Light Bringer Project.

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Thomson Elected Board President at Pasadena Museum of History

Photo courtesy Jim Staub William Thomson Jr.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
William Thomson Jr.

William Thomson Jr., a distinguished intellectual property litigation attorney with the firm Brooks Kushman P.C. and a former mayor of Pasadena, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History for 2018-19.
A staunch advocate of the museum, Thomson is dedicated to promoting it throughout Pasadena and the Los Angeles area. “Our museum offers a wide range of engaging programs and educational opportunities for people of all ages and interests. It is a well-kept secret, and we will work hard to overcome this and make sure that our mission and resources are recognized throughout Southern California and beyond.”
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LCF’s Erskine Has Book Signing April 24

Daditude

La Cañada Flintridge author and columnist Chris Erskine will take part in a reading and signing of his new book, “Daditude,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.
The book is a collection of Erskine’s favorite columns, which mine the rich worlds of fatherhood, marriage and suburbia. His columns are featured weekly in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and elsewhere nationwide. Erskine also is a staff editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as the author of two previous books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia.”
For more information, visit prospectparkbooks.com or vromansbookstore.com.