On Friday, June 12, 2020, Thomas Saliamonas (known by all who loved him as Tommy) passed away at the young age of 18.
Tommy was born on March 16, 2002, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, to Stephanie Lynn Wiley and Vitautas John Saliamonas.
Tommy was a kind, compassionate, “always rooting for the underdog” person. He had an undeniable sense of adventure and enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding, hiking, biking and spending time with friends. He had a true gift of making people feel important, loved and included. He would do anything to make people smile and was quick to strike up a conversation.
Family was so important to Tommy; he was especially close to his four grandparents and would spend hours listening to their childhood stories, helping them out around the house, and most importantly spending quality time together. Continue reading “Obituary- Thomas Saliamonas”
Kat Chew and Taylor Roszkos, both of whom graduated from La Cañada High School in 2009, recently debuted their first children’s book, “The Thing King.”
“The picture book follows a neighborly bird as he undertakes the challenge of cheering up a king who, despite having nearly every gizmo and gadget imaginable, finds himself unhappy,” according to a promotional statement. “With a Dr. Seuss-like rhythm and engaging illustrations that make children – and parents – laugh out loud, ‘The Thing King’ reminds readers that having everything doesn’t always lead to happiness.” Continue reading “LCHS Graduates Debut Children’s Book”
Mary Virgallito’s fingerprints are all over USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Her title as infection preventionist means this isn’t a literal statement — she’ll sooner sanitize and wipe down a window than smudge a handprint on it — but rather metaphorical. Whether it’s food prep, janitorial service or surgery, if it happens at USC-VHH, it’s because Virgallito — a La Cañada Flintridge native who went off, became a nurse and returned home — gave it the thumbs-up.
“This involves every single aspect of what we do, even on the finance side,” she explained in a phone interview. “It’s something that I never really expected but you get a flavor for every aspect of how a hospital functions. You have to have a snapshot understanding of all of the disciplines. It’s really comprehensive. Many times people will ask me what I do and it’s hard to answer them in one sentence.” Continue reading “LCHS Graduate Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Coronavirus”
Due to the disruption in usual routines caused by COVID-19, Assistance League of Flintridge has extended the deadline for submission of applications for the Mary Ellen Hillgren Scholarship to Friday, May 15. Two scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded annually to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four year college or university in the fall.
In addition to the application, students are asked to submit a 300-word essay describing how their activities outside of school have helped build their character. Also, an unofficial transcript is requested. Applications are available at ALFlintridge.org.
Soon, you’ll probably be done with your Netflix shows and seen all HGTV has to offer. How about tuning in to this year’s reinvented Virtual La Cañada Spring Home Tour? This annual fundraiser for La Cañada High School is going digital on May 1 — with tours of four beautiful local homes to enjoy, from the comfort of yours. Despite social distancing, we can still come together as a community for some spring fun and a welcome distraction. The funds raised are crucial to LCHS 7-12 in 2020-21. Visit lacanadahometour.com for tickets and sponsorships.
About 95% of active-shooter events last a total of five minutes or less, including the Saugus High School shooting last November in Santa Clarita, a senior consultant and trainer of security training and consultant services company Chameleon Associates told La Cañada High School students recently. Peter Crabbe, representing the Woodland Hills-based company, explained to a group of about 300 8th-graders at the LCHS auditorium this week what steps they could take in such a short time frame if an active-shooter event happens. Continue reading “Security Adviser Tells LCHS Students to Run, Hide From Active Shooter”
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”
In its 57-year history, the La Cañada High School athletic department has claimed a total of 29 CIF Southern Section team championships, including memorable playoff runs from legendary coaches such as Tom Hofman, Larry Naeve and Brock Turner. Continue reading “Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?”