The Focused Student: Learning to manage the study platform

A key component in helping students to focus is creating a structure at home that places an emphasis on studies, yet allows enough time for extracurricular activities. Back in the days when I was growing up, there were no club sports other than Little League and that was played during the summer. Music lessons were on the weekends and other activities were generally subject to the “did you get your homework done first?” rule.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Graduation -- when firsts become lasts

Brother Timothy Joseph, the dean of discipline, hadn’t forgotten about the shots fired over his head on the corner of Murdock and Nereid avenues in the Bronx. He was convinced that the boys who pulled the trigger were sitting in the last assembly of the 1965 graduating class of Mount Saint Michael High School. I swear, I had nothing to do with it. But it was awesome seeing him lying face down in the middle of the street.

<p>Anita Brenner</p>

Around Town: Kudos to a fellow columnist

Are you shy? Do you recoil at the thought of your name in print?

<p>Rockhaven Sanitarium, at 2713 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.</p>

818 Roundup: CVWD to pump water underneath former sanitarium; Lambert departs LCHS for Santa Monica High

Good morning, 818! Today is Thursday, May 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 78 degrees and a low of 58 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Police investigate attempted kidnapping

Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping that occurred in Glendale Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

<p>Famed L.A. author Lisa See will make an appearance at the La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge Library&nbsp;this Saturday at 6 p.m., where she will discuss and sign copies of her latest book "China Dolls."</p>

Author Lisa See to visit La Cañada library to discuss novel 'China Dolls'

For the past year, Los Angeles author Lisa See has traveled the country to share with readers the release of her latest critically acclaimed novel, “China Dolls.”

<p>Crescenta Valley High's Albert Chtchyan (right) and teammate Jason Chang will look to make a deep run at the CIF-SS Individual Tennis tournament, which begins Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Crescenta Valley High boys' doubles team, Juan, Yacoubian gear up for next stage

Following successful runs throughout the season and in tournaments, a group of area boys’ tennis players have channeled their focus to the CIF Individual Tournament.

<p>Cal State Fullerton's David Olmedo-Barrera was recently named the Big West co-Player of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Matt Brown)</p>

College Update: Olmedo-Barrera named Big West co-Player of the Year

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

<p>The Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station will hold its 17th annual rummage sale and volunteers, from left to right,&nbsp;Sheila Richman, Paul Graettinger, Sue Ellen Hussung, Ginger Honeycutt, Lynn Ferrara, Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales, Lisa Dutton and George Mohr are sorting out the items at a local storage area in La Crescenta on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The sale will take place on Saturday May 30th.</p>

Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station rummage sale to support local volunteers

The annual Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station rummage sale will be held on Saturday at the station, and proceeds will go toward benefiting the nearly 100 volunteers there who help out.

Crescenta Valley Water District to tap and treat water beneath former Rockhaven Sanitarium

A pipe measuring more than 1,000 feet designed to pump water from underneath the grounds of the former Rockhaven Sanitarium and eventually reach the taps of Crescenta Valley residents is about to begin construction.

<p>FSHA's Olivia Fitzpatrick hits a double in the first inning against Silverado in a CIF-SS Division V second round playoff softball game at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on Wednesday. The Tologs won, 5-2. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball tops Silverado to reach CIF quarterfinals

LA CAÑADA — After Hannah Zika escaped a gigantic jam in the circle in the sixth inning, she had an inkling her teammates would string together some quality at-bats and put her in position to prolong the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team’s postseason run.

Alleged blowtorch robber ordered to face court

A 41-year-old man accused of robbing convenience stores in Glendale, Long Beach and Carson using a blowtorch and Taser was ordered to stand trial, officials said.

City Briefs: Brand Library presents free piano performance; Montrose-Verdugo Chamber mixer scheduled

Duo pianists Rose Chen and Izumi Kashiwagi will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brand Library and Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

Hager leaving school district

The La Cañada Unified School District recently announced the departure of Patty Hager, associate superintendent of Human Resources, along with news of her replacement, a Conejo Valley director of secondary education.

<p>La Ca&ntilde;ada High first-year head football coach Ramsey Lambert stepped down on Tuesday to become the new head coach at Santa Monica.</p>

After one season, Lambert leaves La Cañada High football for Santa Monica

A year-one stint that included improved success for the La Cañada High football team also included one final setback on Tuesday afternoon.

St. Francis honors its 2015 graduates

St. Francis honors its 2015 graduates

St. Francis High School, where several teens from the foothills attend, held its 66th commencement exercises on campus Saturday, when 160 young men were awarded their diplomas.

Interfaith event honors graduates

Interfaith event honors graduates

Area teens who are poised to graduate from high school this week gathered Tuesday night in St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church for the ninth annual Interfaith Baccalaureate service sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Ecumenical Ministerial Assn.

Celebration and solemnity at Fiesta Days events

Celebration and solemnity at Fiesta Days events

Smiles trumped persistent low clouds as locals celebrated the 42nd annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days with song and dance, a parade and paying tribute to the American servicemen and women whose sacrifices made it all possible.

Pair arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to minor

A Burbank man and woman were arrested Tuesday after police reportedly caught them selling marijuana to a 16-year-old boy in Burbank, police said.

<p>More than 1,200 runners turned out for the 1985 Fiesta Days Run in&nbsp;La Ca&ntilde;ada, cosponsored by the Crescenta-Canada Family YMCA, Verdugo Hills Hospital and Sierra Leasing.</p>

La Cañada History: Fiesta Days Run draws 1,200-plus runners

Ten Years Ago

<p>Sr. Celeste Marie Botello, OP, left and Sr. Carolyn McCormack, OP, far right, greet Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Gala chairs Carolyn Gmelich, Juli Roginson and Alicia Lund at the recent Run for the Roses gala party held at Santa Anita Park.</p>

The Valley Line: Guests jockey for prizes at FSHA fundraiser

America marked its first “Red Nose Day” for children living in poverty May 21, and very successfully, I might add. There was a three-hour money-raising telethon broadcast on NBC with more than 100 celebrities making cameo appearances. Midway through the program it was announced that more than $10 million had been raised, with the figures still coming in.

INFOGRAPHIC: How much income goes to pay the rent?

INFOGRAPHIC: How much income goes to pay the rent?

INFOGRAPHIC: How much income goes to pay the rent?

INFOGRAPHIC: How much income goes to pay the rent?

Police seek public's help in IDing suspects in Descanso Drive burglary

Police seek public's help in IDing suspects in Descanso Drive burglary

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects who burglarized a home on the 1300 block of Descanco Drive in La Cañada Flintridge last month.

Intersections: The whole world tunes in to Eurovision

Intersections: The whole world tunes in to Eurovision

Having once brought the likes of Celine Dion, ABBA and even the Grammy-nominated club hit “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” into the international periphery, the Eurovision Song Contest is an explosion of really bad lyrics, even worse outfits and stage performances that will make any fan of kitsch cringe.

Surveillance photos released of Starlight Crest residential burglary suspects

Surveillance photos released of Starlight Crest residential burglary suspects

Sheriff’s officials have released surveillance footage of four suspects involved in a residential burglary that took place earlier this month on the 400 block of Starlight Crest Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.

Burb's Eye View: The Media City is perfect for a staycation

Burb's Eye View: The Media City is perfect for a staycation

I had scrubbed the oven wall so hard that the grease eventually filled and stained each tiny groove in my fingertips. Not exactly how I planned to spend the day off.

<p>Winner of the John Davitt Award for Outstanding Management/Confidential Service 2015 is GCC Dean of Student Affairs Paul Schlossman, right. Presenting the award are college Superintendent/President David Viar and Davitt's widow Gael Davitt.</p>

On the Town: GCC honors its longtime employees at luncheon

There are those who say that a job at Glendale Community College is seldom left. Sure, retirement is an option. But short of retirement, many members of the faculty and administration stay working for decades.

<p>Nicole Winters, foreground, and, from left, Ally Behunin and Paige Gallagher perform with the advanced mixed choir In Sync at last week's 2015 season finale.</p>

On the Town: Burbank High's VMA wraps up 2015 season

Burbank High School’s Vocal Music Assn. presented a program called “Keep The Faith!” as its final Pop Show production of the 2015 season during three performances in the school’s auditorium this past weekend.

Burbank softball stunned in second round by Bishop Amat

Burbank softball stunned in second round by Bishop Amat

LA PUENTE — After it was upset in the second round of last year's softball playoffs, third-seeded Burbank High was back in the second round and one strike away from a victory against host Bishop Amat with a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals on the line.