Local Fire Foundation Rises From Ashes to Support PFD

Pasadena Fire Foundation Gala chair Carla Buigues, Fire Chief Bertral Washington and PFF board chair Daniel Arias celebrated the nonprofit’s revitalization at its inaugural fundraiser last year.
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Pasadena Fire Foundation Gala chair Carla Buigues, Fire Chief Bertral Washington and PFF board chair Daniel Arias celebrated the nonprofit’s revitalization at its inaugural fundraiser last year.

Who’s up for supporting Pasadena’s first responders?
You know, those men and women who risk their lives to save yours and protect your health against fires, medical emergencies and hazards, 24-7.
Well, Daniel Arias, board chair for the Pasadena Fire Foundation, is betting a lot of people will in fact want to support the Pasadena Fire Department and the community outreach it hopes to achieve.
“We really want the foundation to be able to do something really special for the community,” Arias said. “I’d love for it to really be an avenue to engage with the community, to build a bridge between the foundation, the department and the community to work together and raise funds that can be used to support the many programs at the Fire Department that may not be covered in the city’s budget.” Continue reading “Local Fire Foundation Rises From Ashes to Support PFD”

St. Francis Edges Mira Costa, 23-21

SFHS quarterback Jack Clougherty threw two touchdowns in his debut.
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SFHS quarterback Jack Clougherty threw two touchdowns in his debut.

By Alexander Payne
The Outlook


The St. Francis varsity football team opened its season by winning a nail biter, 23-21, over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last Friday.
In his first start with the Golden Knights, junior quarterback Jack Clougherty, completed 20 of 32 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Kevin Armstead rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries and one score. Junior receiver Bryson Reeves finished with 10 receptions for 128 yards and one key interception. Sophomore Max Garrison also made his presence known through big hits, hard runs and a couple of big-time catches. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges Mira Costa, 23-21”

SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach

Adam Millan
Adam Millan

San Marino High School announced the hiring of its new varsity baseball coach last week. Adam Millan will take over the program and succeeds Mike Hobbie, who finished with a 22-19-1 record the past two seasons prior to retiring from teaching and coaching.
“I’m excited for the opportunity,” said Millan, who will also be an on-call substitute teacher at SMHS. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this job. San Marino baseball has a great history and has been known for its coaches. I look at this as a challenge, and I want to raise the bar and contribute to the legacy.” Continue reading “SMHS Hires Millan as New Baseball Coach”

San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview

Connor Short
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Coach Justin Mesa said Connor Short improved in the Titans’ 42-7 at Northview.
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Kourosh Hassibi brings down Covina Northview quarterback James Jimenez.

The San Marino High School varsity football team suffered a second consecutive loss last Friday as the Titans fell to host Covina Northview, 42-7, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The last time San Marino opened the season with two defeats was in 2016. The Titans managed to overcome the tough start and qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa remains optimistic about his group despite being outscored 84-10 the past two weeks.
“I think we have been improving,” he said. “We’re improving on a weekly basis. Obviously, some of the results aren’t what we wanted and some of the performances aren’t what we wanted. We got of a lot of young guys that are playing varsity for the first time. Continue reading “San Marino Shows Improvement in Loss at Northview”

Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28

The city will launch a pilot pickleball program on Saturday, Sept. 28. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong.
On opening day, there will be pickleball enthusiasts on hand from 8-9 a.m. to provide brief introductions and lessons on the sport. In addition, paddles and balls for visitors will be provided. Continue reading “Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28”

Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates

Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.
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Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier shows off the club’s garden at the North Fair Oaks facility with members Paulina Margoosian and Audrey Ponavich.

Every child has a story to tell, a dream to follow, a leader within, and the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena wants to help each of the 2,000 kids it reaches annually to fulfill that potential.
The programs and activities the nonprofit organization has helped craft are more than after-school care — they provide a trajectory to put local children on the path to success, to become productive, caring, healthy and responsible citizens. The kind of kids who will take what they learn back to their neighborhoods and families.
“We change lives here, we really do,” said Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena CEO Lisa Cavelier during a bustling summer day. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club: Turning Local Youth Into Leaders, Advocates”

Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites

Three local private high schools have again tipped the grade scales among Los Angeles County’s best private schools, according to the neighborhood research website Niche.com, which uses parent and student reviews, public test scores and college data to compile its annual rankings.
According to Niche’s compilation of the “2020 Best Private High Schools” in the county, Flintridge Prep ranked No. 2, Polytechnic School No. 3 and Westridge No. 5, reclaiming the same spots they had in last year’s ratings. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep, Poly, Westridge Remain Niche Ranking Favorites”

Brookey Keeps LCHS Choral Music Program Humming

La Cañada High School choral director Jeff Brookey leads the audition vocal ensemble for grades 9-12 as it performs warmups for the voice.
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La Cañada High School choral director Jeff Brookey leads the audition vocal ensemble for grades 9-12 as it performs warmups for the voice.

La Cañada High School students are so eager to raise their voices in song that their choral music director, Jeff Brookey, decided to create another audition choir this year because of the popularity of the program that now has more than 330 students. Continue reading “Brookey Keeps LCHS Choral Music Program Humming”

Rattlesnake Bite Injures Dog at Hahamongna Entry, Raising Concerns

Amateur herpetologist Chris DeGroof found and relocated this Southern Pacific rattlesnake, believed to be the one that bit a dog at the entrance of Hahamongna Watershed Park last weekend, just yards away from the parking lot and picnic tables.
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Amateur herpetologist Chris DeGroof found and relocated this Southern Pacific rattlesnake, believed to be the one that bit a dog at the entrance of Hahamongna Watershed Park last weekend, just yards away from the parking lot and picnic tables.

A tranquil jaunt with her two dogs among the shady trees at Hahamongna Watershed Park, just across the street from La Cañada High School, turned into a nightmare on Saturday for local resident Bobbi-Lynn Caparella when her rescue husky was bitten by a venomous snake, just 15 yards from the parking lot. Continue reading “Rattlesnake Bite Injures Dog at Hahamongna Entry, Raising Concerns”

Survey Supports Parcel Tax Extension, LCUSD Board Is Told

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board received resounding support this week to forge ahead with a parcel tax measure renewal vote on the March 2020 ballot. The possible measure, which would be in effect until voters terminated it, would extend the tax that was passed in 2014 and is set to expire in June 2021. Continue reading “Survey Supports Parcel Tax Extension, LCUSD Board Is Told”