Two San Marino Seniors Earn All-CIF Accolades

The San Marino High School football team turned in another memorable season under the guidance of Mike Hobbie with a Rio Hondo League championship and a CIF Southern Section quarterfinals appearance last fall.
Two key members of the squad were recognized for helping the Titans finish with an overall record of 9-3-1. Seniors Beau Hobbie and Chris Wicke were named to the All-CIF Division 9 first team, the Southern Section announced on Monday. Continue reading “Two San Marino Seniors Earn All-CIF Accolades”

Obituary: John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall
John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall, longtime California resident, passed away on Jan. 5 in Laguna Hills. He had moved there from Corona del Mar after the September death of Barbara, his beloved wife of 71 years. They had previously lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 60 years.
John was born in 1922 in Spokane, Washington, to Albion and Mary Irene Horrall. In the late 1920s, the family moved to San Jose. John graduated from San Jose High School before attending Stanford University (class of 1943). He was a journalism major, member of SAE and editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper. Continue reading “Obituary: John Day Horrall”

Health Seminar Prescribes More Than Ounce of Prevention

Dr. Paul Gilbert, medical director of orthopedic surgical services at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, is not a fan of the “no pain, no gain” style of exercise, but he also doesn’t believe people should just give up.
The La Cañada Flintridge resident spoke at a free men’s health seminar on Tuesday night at USC-VHH in Glendale about “Health of Your Joints” to a crowd of about 85 people, including a number of women. Attendees were able to listen to seven presentations on different aspects of men’s health that included a question-and-answer period afterward. Continue reading “Health Seminar Prescribes More Than Ounce of Prevention”

Big Dig Prompts LCHS Summer P.E. Class to Relocate

The Big Dig’s impact on the La Cañada Unified School District just got bigger.
La Cañada High School summer school students taking physical education will have to decamp for part of their term to the Foothill Intermediate School campus at Cornishon Avenue because of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, officials said recently. Continue reading “Big Dig Prompts LCHS Summer P.E. Class to Relocate”

Muse/ique Mission Grows Along With Audience

Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs Muse/ique founder, Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby (front) presents the a cappella group Ember Vocals to children at Hillsides Education Center as part of the nonprofit’s community outreach programs.
Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs
Muse/ique founder, Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby (front) presents the a cappella group Ember Vocals to children at Hillsides Education Center as part of the nonprofit’s community outreach programs.

Although youthful chatter typically fills the halls at Hillsides Education Center, a different sound recently emanated from the foster care facility’s lush grounds — a golden harmony that enraptured some 30 elementary school students, who leaned in, chins in hands, to listen.
An alto’s clear voice rang out, setting the tone for “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and ever so gently, in came the soprano, the tenor, bass and, yep, percussion in the form of a beatboxer. Echoing the song’s title, the a cappella group Ember Vocals deftly transported the kids on a musical journey, the performers surprising them with their unique twist on the original tune’s instruments, made only with their voices. The kids swayed and hummed, tapping the floor to the beat, some displaying their awe of the bass beatboxer who projected percussion so deeply that the vibration bounced off the small library’s walls. Continue reading “Muse/ique Mission Grows Along With Audience”

East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding

Photo courtesy Annie Brassard Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard, Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.
Photo courtesy Annie Brassard
Board members for the San Marino-based East Meets West Parent Education Club include Helen Gunnoe (front
row, from left), Queenie Ng, Annie Brassard, Flora Wang, Sandra Chen and Julie Scott. Back: June Song, Christine Tung, Isaac Hung, Molly Woodford, Sophia Chan, Marilyn Fritz, Susan Jakubowski, Matt Scott, Rick Politte, Paul Brassard,
Ron Gunnoe and Ambrose Chan.

Moving to a new community is challenging for anyone, but moving from one country to another is in a category all its own.
This struggle, experienced by many residents in San Marino — a community built largely by Taiwanese and Chinese expatriates — prompted some of them to coalesce into a group spanning the East-West divide. Appropriately, they called themselves East Meets West Parent Education Club. Continue reading “East Meets West Club Builds Bridge to Cultural Understanding”

Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire

Mike Hobbie
Mike Hobbie

San Marino High School football coach and physical education teacher Mike Hobbie has announced he will retire at the end of the school year and step down from his coaching duties.
Hobbie, who took over the varsity baseball program last year, said Monday he will continue to coach the baseball team in the spring before resigning from the position. Continue reading “Hobbie, Who Made SMHS Football a Local Power, to Retire”

City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew

Lacy Park’s beloved Rose Arbor not only will return to its spot adorning the western entrance to the San Marino haven, but it will even have the same design as the structure torn down in 2016.
The question to be answered — tentatively in March — will be how to pay for it.
“The general consensus of the City Council seems pretty clearly to rebuild,” City Manager Marcella Marlowe said during Friday’s council meeting. “The first question is, do you want to put city funds forward to do it, or do we want to rely on donations?” Continue reading “City Wants Lacy Park Rose Arbor to Rise Anew”

Baldocchi Leads Titans to 74-35 Rout Over Blair

 

Photo courtesy Mihail Papadopulos San Marino seniors Eric Fu (from left), Chris Wicke, Michael Baldocchi, Cristian Mata and Jason Wee were honored prior to the Titans’ 74-35 victory over Pasadena Blair last Saturday.
Photo courtesy Mihail Papadopulos
San Marino seniors Eric Fu (from left), Chris Wicke, Michael Baldocchi, Cristian Mata and Jason Wee were honored prior to the Titans’ 74-35 victory over Pasadena Blair last Saturday.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 74-35 victory over visiting Pasadena Blair in a Rio Hondo League game last Saturday.
The five seniors on the team were honored prior to the game, and one of them finished as the top scorer for the Titans. Michael Baldocchi turned in a stellar performance, draining five 3-pointers in the third quarter and exploding for 20 points along with four rebounds, four steals and a block. Continue reading “Baldocchi Leads Titans to 74-35 Rout Over Blair”