PCC Named Finalist for Prestigious Aspen Prize

For millions of Americans, community colleges represent a vital pathway toward better opportunities such as continued higher education and well-paying jobs. Pasadena City College was recently heralded as a national leader among these institutions, receiving designation as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Widely recognized as the country’s premier honor for high achievement in community colleges, the Aspen Prize will award $1 million next March to the winning college and up to four other finalists. Continue reading “PCC Named Finalist for Prestigious Aspen Prize”

Tree Mishap Effects Change in Policies

A case of mistaken identity and the near loss of a heritage oak tree prompted the city of San Marino to revise its policy for the trimming and removal of city-owned trees.
Previously, the Planning and Building Department had that responsibility. Following action by the City Council last week, it will now be taken on by the Park and Public Works Department, which will also abide by a new set of policies and procedures governing the trees. Continue reading “Tree Mishap Effects Change in Policies”

Council Stands Pat on Business Zoning Issue

A tussle over zoning on Huntington Drive divided the community last week — and, ultimately, the City Council, too. Faced with a discrepancy between the zoning classification and the actual function of six properties along the boulevard, the council voted 3-2 to leave matters as they are, a victory for residents who burst into applause at the decision. Continue reading “Council Stands Pat on Business Zoning Issue”

Keeping Pace With Iron Mom

With two miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, 26 miles of running and just 17 hours to complete the gauntlet, an Ironman triathlon is considered to be one of the most difficult sporting events in the world. But don’t bother telling Nancy Ko, who is currently training for her first Ironman this November. The San Marino resident has never let daunting challenges faze her. Continue reading “Keeping Pace With Iron Mom”

Emmy for LCF’s Vance

La Cañada Flintridge resident Courtney B. Vance exalted in his Emmy victory Sunday evening. Hoisting his statuette, he issued the most heartfelt of thanks to fellow actors and nominees, crew members and directors, his agent and assistant, his mother and children, and finally, his wife, Angela Bassett: “To the woman who rocks my chain, Angela Evelyn Bassett, this one is for you, girl!” Continue reading “Emmy for LCF’s Vance”

Obituary: Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen
Joscelle Shen

Joscelle Shen, a devoted daughter, wife, mother and beloved member of the Saint Mark’s School community, passed away at age 45 on Tuesday, Sept. 6, after a long battle with cancer.
Shen was born in 1971 in Quezon City, Philippines, and immigrated to the United States at age 13. She started working at Saint Mark’s in July 1999 as head of admissions. Her husband, Franklyn, has been the school’s business manager for more than 20 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Joscelle Shen”