Elizabeth House Gala Set for April 1

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Bill and Noli Caswell, Susan and Bruce Dodge, and Kristen and Dave Mickelson were among the La Cañada Flintridge residents who attended a prior gala for Elizabeth House, which provides shelter and services for homeless pregnant women. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 1.

Elizabeth House is hosting its annual gala on Saturday evening, April 1, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program are at 7 p.m.
“This year’s gala will be a lot of fun,” said Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh. “It is a celebration of the organization’s foundation of the past 23 years. It is giving us the ability to expand and take us to a new level.”
Some of the auction items include a fishing vacation to British Columbia, a one-week stay in Newport Beach, vacations to Mammoth and Palm Desert, and tickets to theater and sporting events. John Cervenka is the auctioneer.
Tickets are $175. For event information, call (626) 577-4434 or visit elizabethhouse.net.

DAR Presents Good Citizen Awards

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DAR Good Citizen chair Barbara Rogers (third from right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. From left, member Lynn Thompson; Lilliana Avaniss-Aghajani, La Cañada High School; Nia Harris, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Chapter Regent Caroline Craven; Christian Yeghnazar, Flintridge Prep; Rogers; Sebouh Oshagan, Crescenta Valley High School; and Lina Petrossian, Clark Magnet High School.

The Don José Verdugo Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution honored five local high school students recently with the organization’s prestigious Good Citizens Award. Students were selected by their respective schools for their outstanding qualities of service, leadership, dependability and patriotism.
Good Citizens chair Barbara Rogers introduced the students at a luncheon held in their honor and presented them with a DAR award certificate, a Good Citizen lapel pin, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a monetary award.
During the presentation, students introduced their parents and a school representative in attendance and spoke about their future plans and where they hope to attend college.
To learn more, visit dar.org or contact the Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 249-5472.

LCPC to Host Author of ‘Grant’ on March 26

Ronald White

Bestselling author Ronald White will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for a presentation and book signing on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. White’s new presidential biography, “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published in October. The Flintridge Book Store will provide copies to purchase of American Ulysses, as well as the author’s “A. Lincoln: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln,” which White will sign.
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Obituary: Chris Valente

Chris Valente

Chris Valente, 75, passed away on March 3 in Dana Point, surrounded by family. His children, 11 grandchildren and his community were his passion. He loved working with people.
Chris was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA. He was a civics teacher at St. Francis High School for 25 years, starting in 1965. Chris met his wife, Nancy Baker Valente, in 1969 at Dr. Donald Kraus’ dental office on Foothill Boulevard, where she worked and he was a patient.
He was the first and only honorary mayor of La Cañada Flintridge and served on many community committees and organizations, including La Cañada Youth House Community Center for 25 years. He was also an LCF city councilman, Los Angeles County Youth commissioner, Les Tupper Award recipient, president of LCF Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. After retirement, he volunteered at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Chris is survived by his wife, Nancy Valente, his children Anne Marie Amigleo, Gina Wendt, Chris R. Valente, Teddy Valente and 11 grandchildren.
A service will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Once Upon A Room, www.onceuponaroom.org, 4926 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge or to Royal Family Kids (www.royalfamilykids.org).

Obituary: Ronald Carlos Price

Ronald Price

Ronald Carlos Price was born in Glendale on Jan. 2, 1945, and passed away from heart failure on Feb. 19. Ronald went to Clark Junior High School, then graduated from Glendale High School in 1962. He studied architecture at Glendale Community College and worked for the La Crescenta Post Office. He “fell in love at first sight” with Phyllis Hackney when they were just 19. They were married one year later. He was fun-loving, always jovial and fun to be around. Almost five years after their marriage, their daughter Ronda was born. Ronald advanced to postal supervisor just before their second daughter, Kellie, was born. After he bought his ’68 yellow Corvette, their family was complete.
Ronald loved racquetball, baseball, golf, poker, snow and water skiing, camping and fishing. After 38 years at the post office he enjoyed visiting tropical destinations. Ronald is survived by Ronda and Darren DeSantis, Kellie and Chad DeVries, four grandchildren, his wife, Phyllis, his sister Sandi, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A celebration of his life will be held at Kellie’s home on Sunday, March 19, from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (818) 395-9608.

City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess

The city is seeking residents with financial backgrounds to serve as advisers to an ad hoc committee tasked with developing a long-term financial plan for the city’s pension obligations and infrastructure needs.
The committee, composed of Mayor Dr. Richard Sun and Councilman Dr. Steven Huang, is set to be advised by interim City Manager Cindy Collins, City Treasurer Marina Wang, contracted Finance Director Misty Cheng and the community members. The resolution approved at the March 8 meeting calls for two community members to be appointed, although it was noted the committee will make the ultimate decision on the number. Continue reading “City Seeks Residents With Financial Prowess”

St. Francis POSH

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St. Francis High School President Father Tony Marti, Board President Mark Heydorff and Principal Tom Moran were among those who attended the high school’s POSH Gala on Saturday at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington Hotel. The biannual event, which includes a dinner and auction, is regularly one of the top fundraisers for St. Francis.

City Appoints New PWP General Manager

Gurcharan Bawa

City Manager Steve Mermell recently announced the appointment of Gurcharan Bawa as the new general manager for the city’s Water and Power Department. Bawa has been with Pasadena Water and Power since 1992, when he joined as an associate engineer.
Bawa advanced steadily through the department with a variety of jobs, becoming assistant general manager for Power Supply in 2007 and as interim general manager since July 2016. He will oversee a department of about 440 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $272 million. PWP currently provides the power and water needs of the city’s residents and businesses, including about 65,000 electric accounts in Pasadena and 40,000 water accounts in Pasadena and portions of Altadena.
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