Obituary- Thomas Saliamonas

Thomas Saliamonas

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.
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LCHS Graduates Debut Children’s Book

The Thing King author Kat Chew
Kat Chew
The Thing King author Taylor Roszkos
Taylor Roszkos

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”

LCHS Graduate Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Coronavirus

Mary Virgallito

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.”
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Assistance League Extends Deadline for Hillgren Scholarship Applications

Photo courtesy Hillgren family
Mary Ellen Hillgreen, the namesake of the scholarship presented by Assistance League of Flintridge, is pictured with husband Warren, who served multiple terms as La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor.

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

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Virtual La Cañada Spring Home Tour

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 for tickets and sponsorships.

Security Adviser Tells LCHS Students to Run, Hide From Active Shooter

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Peter Crabbe, representing the security training and consulting services company Chameleon Associates, moderated a student security briefing for 8th-graders on Feb. 20 at the La Cañada High School auditorium.

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”

Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

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”

Biggest Athletic Moment in LCHS History?

La Cañada High School’s 1979 football team finished with a 12-0-2 record and captured the only CIF Southern Section football championship in the school’s 57-year history. The team included Eric Avril (front row, from left), Tom Guthner, Chris MacMillan, Dan Gonzales, Maury DeBont, Greg Scilley, Terry Bortnick, Jeff Scott, Pat Tenney, Ron Lobo, Jim Curry and Mike Canales. Second row: David Charles, Mark Archer, Doug Ratliff, Dave Weinman, Scott Jones, Tom Taylor, Ward Christensen, Eric Hestenes, Rod Kubly, Frank Mendicina, Bob Wren, Mike Caps, Rob Hause, David Frazier, Jeff Wren and Kevin Lafferty. Third row: John Coate, Kent Rankin, Mike Tierney, Mike Dansby, Mhaer Alahydoian, Steve Boss, Marty Smith, Chris Myers, Bob Sparks, Chris Day, Doug Werner, Sean Callahan, Frank Tucker, Ned Menninger, Steve Leavins and Jon Ventress. Back row: Brad Baxter, Eric Neuenschwander, John Paton, Ken Green, Dan Feehan, Andy Kejmar, Eric Muehle, Barry Clarkson, Brad Herrling, Brian Hauenstein, John Rogers, Bill Farr, Charlie Benton, Craig Falkenstein and Scott Loomis. Head coach: Marty McWhinney. Assistants: Nic Larez, Don Schaafsma, Jim Samaduroff and John Chavez. Not pictured: Greg Amescua, Chris Chandless, Greg Eller, Tim Hicks, Mark Kuh, Mike Looney, Frank Paton, Jeff Partridge, Dave Poletti, Andy Roy, Dan Saatzer, Frank Sandelman, Kevin Sutton and Jedd Zaun.

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?”