Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 26, 2018 



La Salle High School has named Marc Hernandez, M.Ed., 
CAA its next Director of Athletics. He will transition into 
his role, currently occupied by Anthony Harris, on June 
1, 2018. Hernandez was formerly an Athletic Director at 
Saint Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, and currently 
teaches English at La Salle.

 “We are very excited to have Marc as our new athletic 
director. He brings a wealth of experience that not only 
includes coaching and athletic administration, but also 
classroom teaching and experience from the business 
world. We know he is the right person to lead La Salle 
athletics into the future,” said Principal Courtney 

 Under his direction as Athletic Director at Saint Paul 
High School, the Swordsmen earned 14 league titles, a 
CIF Champions of Character Award, a CIF finals berth in 
baseball and a CIF Championship in football. Hernandez 
was also Dean of Students and an Assistant Admissions 
Director. Hernandez was a coach at Woodrow Wilson 
High School, and a teacher and coach at Salesian High 
School and Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. 
Hernandez won the CIF 3A Football title at Woodrow 

 “Today marks a new era in La Salle’s Athletics program, 
and I am proud that our School will be continuing our 
strong student-athlete programs and will be led by our 
new forward-thinking director,” said Dr. Richard Gray, La 
Salle’s President. “I could not be more enthusiastic about 
Marc’s appointment as he brings extensive experience, 
leadership and vision to the position.

 A native of Los Angeles, and an outstanding football 
player at Saint Paul High School, Hernandez was an 
All-League offensive and defensive player. Hernandez 
continued his playing career at Central College in Iowa 
where he played for legendary coach Ron “Skip” Schipper. 
Hernandez was a four-year letterman and the Dutch were 
nationally ranked and went 44-4 during his college career. 
Hernandez was a member of the 1996 All-American 
Bowl team.

 Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
English at Central College, in Iowa and a Master of 
Arts, Education - Curriculum and Instruction from the 
University of Phoenix. 

 “To be chosen as the Director of Athletics of a 
prestigious, academic institution like La Salle is truly an 
honor. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the 
growth of La Salle’s athletic program and setting forth a 
new direction,” said Hernandez.

Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon



Members of the Class of 2018 Display Their Future Plans

Sierra Madre, CA (May 23, 2018) – This month 
members of Alverno Heights Academy’s Class of 2018 
joined in the celebrations for National College Decision 
Day by sporting their college sweatshirts. As in years 
past, Alverno Heights Academy is excited and proud 
that 100 percent of our graduates were accepted to 
college! To date, these young women have received over 
$3.5 million in scholarships and grants with awards still 
rolling in. 

 Alverno graduates will be attending the University 
of California campuses in Berkeley, San Diego, Santa 
Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Private, out of state, and 
international universities being attended by members 
of the Class of 2018 include American Musical and 
Dramatic Academy, Art Center College of Design, 
Azusa Pacific University, Boston College, Cal Lutheran 
University, Caltech, Chapman University, Georgia Tech, 
Holy Names University, Ithaca College, Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, Mount St. Mary’s University, 
Otis College of Design, Pace University, Sarah Lawrence 
College, University of Portland, University of San Diego. 
Additionally, members of the class of 2018 have chosen 
the California State Universities in Channel Islands, 
Fresno, Pomona, San Diego, San Francisco, and 
Sonoma as their home for the next four years. Finally, 
Alverno will have graduates at Citrus College, Glendale 
Community College, Pasadena City College, and Santa 
Monica College. 

 Alverno Heights Academy’s Baccalaureate will be 
held on Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Rita’s Church 
at 318 North Baldwin in Sierra Madre. Alverno’s 
Commencement will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 5:30 
p.m. on the Alverno terrace. Tickets are required for 

 “Over the course of four years, these young women 
have worked incredibly hard to get to this exciting 
moment,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “We are 
extremely proud of their accomplishments and although 
they will be missed, we wish them well on this next big 
adventure in their lives. They are joining more than 
3,800 Alverno alumnae who have all gone on and made 
a lasting impact in this world and we cannot wait to see 
what contributions these graduates make.” 

About Alverno Heights Academy 

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, 
progressive Catholic, college preparatory school 
dedicated to its mission of empowering each young 
woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. 
Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in 
Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy 
was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who 
sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel 
Valley where young women could become informed 
and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno 
High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart 
Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, 
aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by 
the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights 
Academy once again, the school remains committed 
to its mission by encouraging each of their young 
women to be who they imagine. For more information 
about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit www. 





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …May Birthdays*

Joann Serrato-Chi, Harriett Lyle, Jean Coleman, Birgitta Gerlinger, Donna 
Mathieson, Luciana Rosenzweig, Linda Wochnik, Marian Woodford, Debbie 
Sheridan, Joanne Anthony, Carole Axline, Kika Downey, Shirley Hall, Annie 
Scalzo, Janet Ten Eyck, Jane Thomas, Ray Burley.

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 
626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required

ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre



Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the 
art of Hula. 

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome to 
join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 

Brain Games: Join us on Thursday, April 19th at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for Scattergories, a creative 
thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that 
keeps you stacking and balancing your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. What 
a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends. Games facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, April 18th from 10:30am to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is 
available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Please 
call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394. 

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include 
Yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!

* A voluntary donation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required.

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free 
birthday cake provided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club! 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This 
energetic class utilizes light weights, low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class 
equipment is provided. 

Tax Assistance: Every Wednesday beginning on February 7th through April 11th from 1:00p.m. 
to 2:00p.m ...Don Brunner is available for income tax consultation... 
**Appointments are required by calling the Hart Park House Office 626-355-7394**

 ** Call Community Services Department for details about the “Ear to Ear Program” returning in 
2018** 626 - 355 - 5278

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good 
estate sale company who can sell all the leftover 
items in my mother’s house? 

Inquiring Daughter

Dear Inquiring,

 The estate sale business has become a huge 
industry over the past decade. There are roughly 
22,000 estate sale companies that currently operate 
in the U.S., up nearly 60 percent from just 10 years 
ago. But not all estate sale companies are alike. 

 Unlike appraisal, auction and real estate 
companies, estate sale operators are largely 
unregulated, with no licensing or standard 
educational requirements. That leaves the door 
open for inexperienced, unethical or even illegal 
operators. Therefore, it’s up to you to decipher a 
good reputable company from a bad one. Here are 
some tips to help you choose.

 Make a list: Start by asking friends, your real 
estate agent or attorney for recommendations. You 
can also search online. Websites like EstateSales.
net and let you find estate sale 
companies in your area. 

 Check their reviews: After you find a few 
companies, check them out on the Better Business 
Bureau (, Angie’s List (, 
Yelp ( and other online review sites to 
eliminate ones with legitimately negative reviews. 

 Call some companies: Once you identify some 
estate sale companies, select a few to interview 
over the phone. Ask them how long they’ve been 
in business and how many estate sales they conduct 
each month. Also find out about their staff, the 
services they provide, if they are insured and 
bonded and if they charge a flat fee or commission. 
The national average commission for an estate sale 
is around 35 percent, but commissions vary by city 
and region.

 You may also want to ask them about visiting 
their next sale to get a better feel for how they 
operate. And be sure to get a list of references of 
their past clients and call them.

Schedule appointments: Set up two or three face-
to-face interviews with the companies you felt 
provided you with satisfactory answers during the 
phone interviews. 

 During their visit, show the estate liquidator 
through the property. Point out any items that 
will not be included in the sale, and if you have 
any items where price is a concern, discuss it with 
them at that time. Many estate companies will give 
you a quote, after a quick walk through the home.

 You also need to ask about their pricing (how do 
they research prices and is every item priced), how 
they track what items sell for, what credit cards do 
they accept, and how and where will they promote 
and market your sale. is a leading 
site used to advertise sales, so check advertising 
approaches there. 

 Additionally, ask how many days will it take 
them to set up for the sale, how long will the sale 
last, and will they take care of getting any necessary 
permits to have the sale. 

 You also need to find out how and when you will 
be paid, and what types of services they provide 
when the sale is over. Will they clean up the house 
and dispose of the unsold items, and is there’s an 
extra charge for that? Also, make sure you get a 
copy of their contract and review it carefully before 
you sign it.

 For more information on choosing an estate sale 
company, see National Estate Sales Association 
online guide at, and click on 
“Consumer Education” then on “Find the Right 

 Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 
Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.
org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today 
show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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