Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 28, 2018 



Health and Wellness tips for high school and college students at Summer’s End

Dan Golden, PhD College, 

Career and Wellness Consultant

 With August soon upon us, students of all ages 
are already or are about to dive into a pool of germs 
and viruses that thrive in schools, whether their 
local high schools or distant college settings. Many 
Fall-season student athletes and club leaders will be 
in place on their campuses within two weeks! It’s 
time for a candid risk assessment about some key 
health and wellness issues.

 As a former college Dean and high school college 
advisor, I’ve witnessed plenty of students develop 
health problems that can be intercepted with smart 
preparation and prevention. To keep their studies 
and professional growth advancing, students 
should consider the following health and wellness 
advice from the experts:

Vaccinate! The Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention has the best overall Immunization 
Schedule for students:

 Wherever students gather in groups and engage 
in common but risky behaviors like drinking from 
the same containers, grabbing a bite of a friend’s 
burrito, or sharing a smoke, they are vulnerable 
to more than just common colds and flus. The big 
killer is Meningitis, and there are effective vaccines 
for teens and serogroup B vaccine for college-age 

 If you’re in college, your student health service 
often can provide free or very low cost Meningitis 
B vaccine, as well as the all-important Flu shot this 

 One more vaccination that young women 
AND men need is protection from HPV, human 
papilloma virus. This series of shots can prevent 
93% of young women who get inoculated from 
getting cervical and other related cancers, and can 
be administered to ages 11-26. For girls and boys, 
straight or gay, the risks of other sexually-related 
cancers is getting higher every year, so getting the 
HPV series makes a lot of sense.

 Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest! Even a new backpack 
treated, as some are, with anti-bacterial coatings, 
quickly becomes a convenient petri dish for 
germs and viruses, and once you sling it over 
your shoulder, all those aerosolized bad boys are 
in convenient breathing distance! Doorknobs, 
common keyboards in computer labs, shared 
restrooms--you touch things, unconsciously bring 
your hands up to rub your eyes, bite your nails, 
you’re sick. Sanitizing wipes, bottles of Purell and 
hand-washing with hot water and soap can help. 
Practice good “hand-itation”.

Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol. College students 
especially need to confront the three most 
dangerous threats to their health--alcohol, alcohol 
and alcohol. That’s the response researchers from 
the Binge Drinking Study at the Harvard School 
of Public Health received from 100 University and 
College Presidents when they asked about the three 
most pressing issues on campus these days.

 Alcohol misuse kills and injures. Every year, about 
40 college students die of alcohol poisoning or from 
accidents while drunk. Alcohol is implicated in 
vandalism, lethal hazings, hate crimes and campus-
based sexual predations, violative enough, but if 
uninhibited (or unconscious) sexual encounters 
occur, they’re often unprotected--and that links 
those lemon Absolut Jello shots to HPV, HIV 
and AIDS. Buddy up, drink only something you 
yourself have poured or opened (date-rape drug 
avoidance) and consider sobriety. Recalibrate the 
alcohol issues for middle and high schoolers and 
you discover a similar array of dangers surfacing 
in these younger populations at increasingly earlier 

 Whew! A pretty daunting starter set of 
recommendations? Yes, and we’ve not even covered 
3 key foundational items of wellness habits--good 
sleep hygiene, wise nutritional choices and regular 
aerobic exercise. I’ll come back with more tips on 
health and life success soon. Right now, I’m off to 
wash my hands!

 Dr. Dan Golden was the founding director of Life 
Planning at the Vistamar School in El Segundo. 
He was a professor, program director and Dean 
for Work & Service-Learning at Wheaton College 
(MA), and now consults with individuals, schools 
and educational districts on college access, post-
graduate study and career planning issues. He can be 
reached at

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





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….July Birthdays

Nina Bartolai, Mary Lou Caldwell, Louise Neiby, Betty Hansen, Christine 
Durfort, Shahrzad Azrani, Jeanne Borgedahl, Janet Cox, Dorothy Montgomery, 
Bess Pancoska, Janet Swanson, Linda Thunes, Barbara Watson, Pat Alcorn, 
Karma Bell, Alice Clark, Dorothy Jerneycic, and Betty Dos Remedios

 * 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,

What options can you recommend for finding a good 
executor for my will? At one time I thought one of 
my two kids could do it, but they are both financially 
inept and would probably make a mess of things.

Looking for Options

Dear Looking,

 Choosing an executor – the person or institution 
you put in charge of administering your estate and 
carrying out your final wishes – is one of the most 
important decisions in preparing a will.

 A good executor can help ensure the prompt, 
accurate distribution of your possessions with 
minimal problems. Some of the duties required 
include: filing court papers to start the probate 
process; managing your estate’s assets; using your 
estate’s funds to pay debts, taxes and bills; handling 
details like terminating credit cards, and notifying 
banks and government agencies like Social Security 
and the post office of the death; preparing and filing 
final income tax returns; and distributing assets to 
the beneficiaries named in the will. 

 Given all the responsibility, the ideal candidate 
should be someone who is honest, dependable, 
well organized, good with paperwork and vigilant 
about meeting deadlines.

Who to Choose 

 Most people think first of naming a family 
member, especially a spouse or child, as executor. If, 
however, you don’t have an obvious family member 
to choose, you may want to ask a trusted friend, 
but be sure to choose someone in good health or 
younger than you who will likely be around after 
you’re gone. 

 Also, if your executor of choice happens to live in 
another state, you’ll need to check your state’s law 
to see if it imposes any special requirements. Some 
states require an out-of-state executor to be a family 
member or a beneficiary, some require a bond to 
protect your heirs in case of mismanagement, and 
some require the appointment of an in-state agent.

 Also keep in mind that if the person you choose 
needs help settling your estate they can always call 
on an expert like an attorney or tax account to 
guide them through the process, with your estate 
picking up the cost.

 If, however, you don’t have a friend or relative 
you feel comfortable with, you could name a 
third party executor like a bank, trust company 
or a professional who has experience dealing with 
estates. If you need help locating a pro, the National 
Association of Estate Planners and Councils 
( and the National Academy of Elder 
Law Attorneys ( are great resources 
that provide directories on their websites to help 
you find someone.

Executor Fees 

 Most family members and close friends, 
especially if they’re beneficiaries, serve for free 
because inherited money isn’t taxable. But if you 
opt for a third party executor it will cost your estate. 
Each state has laws that govern how an executor is 
paid – either based on a percentage of the estate, a 
flat fee or an hourly rate.

Get Approval

 Whoever you choose to serve as your executor, 
be sure you get their OK first before naming him 
or her in your will. And once you’ve made your 
choice, go over your financial details in your will 
with that person, and let him or her know where 
you keep all your important documents and 
financial information. This will make it easier on 
them after you’re gone.

 For more information on the duties of an executor, 
get a copy of the book “The Executor’s Guide: Settling 
A Loved One’s Estate or Trust” for $28 at NOLO.

 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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