Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees

Akila Gibbs
Akila Gibbs, Pasadena Senior Center Executive Director

When Juliette Wheal, 83, first considered giving up her lifelong home in London to join her son and his family in Altadena, the idea of moving countries and leaving behind all she’d ever known was, in short, daunting.
But she wasn’t getting any younger, and her only son had made sunny California his permanent home for nearly 30 years already. She longed to be closer to him and her beautiful grandchildren. Although she ultimately jumped the pond, she was determined upon arrival to keep a sense of independence.
“I didn’t want to be a burden,” she recalled.
Shortly after arriving, she read about the Pasadena Senior Center and its events in one of the free local newspapers, and decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees”

Parents Keep Up Quest for 50-Meter Pool at LCHS

A parent group is attempting to raise money to build a 50-meter pool at La Cañada High School, despite the local school district board’s approval of a smaller, 40-meter one in April.
LCHS swimming team supporter Margaret O’Grady said in an email the group consists of about 25 parents and is growing.
“Our understanding is that a 50-meter pool for the LCHS campus is still a possibility if the right financials are in place,” O’Grady said. “This seems to be a financial issue more than a design/space issue.” Continue reading “Parents Keep Up Quest for 50-Meter Pool at LCHS”

Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

Capernaum prom
Photo courtesy Liv Amend Steingart
Capernaum prom participant Tyler Penniall, with volunteers Stephanie Lough and Carter Newman-Milic, celebrated in style at the dinner and dance held recently at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes.
But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year.
That’s why, for some 11 years, Greater Pasadena Young Life Capernaum has held a glittering prom called “Evening of Dreams” for young people with such disabilities, giving them the same opportunity to gather with peers and bask memorably in a true prom experience in a safe and loving environment. Continue reading “Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame

Sam Farmer and Andrew Luck
Photo courtesy Tim Casey
Longtime Los Angeles Times writer Sam Farmer (right), who graduated from La Cañada High School in 1984 and is pictured above with quarterback Andrew Luck, will receive the prestigious Dick McCann Award for his coverage of the NFL.

Sam Farmer has interviewed plenty of Hall of Famers throughout his 25-year career covering the National Football League, and now the longtime Los Angeles Times writer will be honored by those distinguished coaches and players as the recipient of the 2019 Dick McCann Award.
The Professional Football Writers Association selected the La Cañada High School alumnus as the 51st McCann Award honoree. The award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to professional football through coverage. Continue reading “Local Sports Columnist Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame”

Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?

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Chris Maling
Chris Maling

By Chris Maling
Special to The Outlook

“Imagine the end at the beginning” has been a quote that directs my focus and attention with all my activities regarding family, career and fundraising for charities. As the outgoing president of the San Marino Schools Foundation, I imagined at the beginning that our community of San Marino, through the efforts of the foundation, would reach or exceed our $2 million goal of fundraising at the end of June 2019. Our campaign, “Everyone Gives,” was a call to every resident, parent, business owner and community member to support our schools and have what is referred to as “skin in the game.” Continue reading “Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?”

Huntington Library Books a Float in the Rose Parade

Huntington Library float
Photo courtesy Huntington Library
The 1969 Rose Parade was the last time the Huntington Library was represented in the annual event, when the city of San Marino produced a float based on the institution.

The Huntington Library will end its half-century absence from the Pasadena Rose Parade, planning to run a float in the 2020 parade as part of the institution’s centennial celebration being kicked off later this year.
Officials with the Huntington Library tout the development as a way of presenting a piece of the institution’s many trademarks to the worldwide audience that tunes in for the Rose Parade. Those trademarks include the range of historical and literary artifacts, vast botanical gardens and the ever-growing collection of artworks, as stated by Huntington President Karen Lawrence. Continue reading “Huntington Library Books a Float in the Rose Parade”

Military Academy Appointee Saluted at Rotary Club Event

Patrick McDonald
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Patrick McDonald, a recent San Marino High School graduate, receives a certificate from Congresswoman Judy Chu, who selected him as an appointee for the U.S. Naval Academy.

At Rotary Club of San Marino’s Salute to Service Academy Appointees luncheon last week, Congresswoman Judy Chu assured her appointees that they will continue to reflect the San Gabriel Valley’s track record of military academy students.
Although congressional representatives are minimally allotted one appointment per academy, Chu touted her nine total appointees this year as the norm for her district. Those appointees joined those made by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Congressman Adam Schiff at last week’s event, the club’s 15th such luncheon, which coincidentally shared the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, which began to turn the tide in World War II. Continue reading “Military Academy Appointee Saluted at Rotary Club Event”

Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors

Ryan Graves
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Ryan Graves, who was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, made the All-CIF Division 3 first team.

Baseball, softball and boys’ volleyball players from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy were recognized by the CIF Southern Section as it released the All-League lists last Friday.
Two members of the LCHS varsity baseball team were among those listed by CIF. Senior ace Ryan Graves, who will be playing at San Jose State in the fall, and standout Connor Buchanan, who committed to USC, made the All-CIF-SS Division 3 first-team.
Graves, the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, finished the season with an 8-3 record and an earned run average of 1.89. He struck out 64 hitters in 70 1/3 innings of work and was just as good in the batter’s box, hitting .424 and driving in 16 runs.
Buchanan was a leader on the mound and on offense. He posted an ERA of 0.76 and fanned 60 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He won three games and recorded five saves for the Spartans. Buchanan also hit .299, scored a team-high 33 runs, 24 RBI and belted eight home runs. Continue reading “Local Athletes Earn All-CIF Honors”

Former San Marino Great Walks Away From Wrestling Mat

Zander Wick
Photo courtesy UW Athletics
Former San Marino High School standout Zander Wick announced his collegiate wrestling career has come to an end. He finished 31-13 in three years at Wisconsin.

San Marino High School alumnus Zander Wick announced the end of his collegiate wrestling career last Friday after suffering multiple injuries.
“It’s been a bit since my last surgery and feel like I should let everyone know that my collegiate wrestling career is over,” Wick wrote on Twitter. “It was a hard decision to make, but I feel like it was the right one. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way.”
Wick posted a record of 31-13 with the Badgers since 2016. His last two seasons were cut short because of injuries. The former Titan had surgery to repair a microfracture and the hip labrum on his right side in April.
Wick, along with his twin brother Evan, was one of San Marino’s most decorated athletes. The 2016 graduate was a seven-time All-American and CIF State champion, claimed three CIF Southern Section Masters Meet titles, and won four CIF-SS individual crowns and four Rio Hondo League championships.