Tribune Staff


First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

With the start of school, off-season work sessions of the San Marino High School Titanium Robotics team are now in full swing. Members and captains are meeting at the robotics room and have been training in their respective fields, ranging from electrical and mechanical engineering, programming, CAD (computer aided design), and business.
Additionally, new members have been “safety trained” by the safety captain, Gavin Morris, and accommodated themselves with the ins-and-outs of the robotics room. Furthermore, dedicated members have been hard at work on assembling evacuation signs for staff on campus, in which they completed for each class after a week of work sessions.

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Valentine Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders recently attended the annual Bike Safety Rodeo, where students spent a portion of the school day brushing up on their bike safety knowledge and skills. Students also practiced riding and signaling with Valentine’s physical education teacher Wes Gonzales and listened to an informative safety talk provided by San Marino police officers.
Brent Bilvado, a parent, organized the event and Principal Alana Faure and PTA President Erin Clougherty were present to cheer for the students.

The annual Stars for Tomorrow benefit, which will aid the after-school and mentoring programs offered by the nonprofit organization Stars, will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 17, at an Altadena estate.
The benefit will be a “hybrid” event; guests can attend in person or watch the ceremony online. The event will begin with a social hour reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner from Celebration Entertainment Catering and wine from Asuncion Ridge Winery, as well as an auction.

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Sports photographer Andrew Bernstein, a local resident who was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the featured speaker at the San Marino City Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
With more than 40 years of experience in his craft, Bernstein has photographed and collaborated with many icons of the sports world. He will share his behind-the-scenes stories as well as the “Mamba mentality” it takes to succeed in the competitive world of sports photography.
He will also discuss the process of building his content platform and weekly podcast, “Legends of Sport”.
Bernstein is the director of photography for Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography Inc. has been responsible for photography of all events at the L.A. Live complex since its inception in 1999. He is the key photographic contributor to NBA Entertainment’s global media platforms, which include, all league publications and NBA licensed products.

The 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election ends Tuesday, Sept. 14, but there is still time to vote. For vote-by-mail, voters can return their ballots in the mail using the prepaid postage as long as it is postmarked by Sept. 14. Ballots may also be dropped off at designated drop-off boxes now until 8 p.m. on Sept. 14.

In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines and language assistance to those who need it (address and hours are listed below).

For any additional information on the election or voting locations, please visit the link: California Gubernational Recall Election.

San Marino Vote Center

Valentine Elementary School

(Early Voting, Same Day Voter Registration & Ballot Drop-Off Location)

1650 Huntington Dr.

San Marino, CA 91108


Sept. 13: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sept. 14: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Pasadena Symphony announces its 94th season with a seven-concert schedule that will introduce seven conductors who will serve as “artistic partners” from Oct. 16 through April 30, 2022.
“The annual Composers Showcase for the 2021-22 season will feature works by both emerging and established contemporary composers at each concert, including one world premiere by Brett Banducci,” a spokesperson said.
Music Director David Lockington will be on a leave of absence for the season.
All concerts take place at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The season also includes the annually sold out Holiday Candlelight Concert on Saturday, Dec. 18 with the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances at All Saints Church.

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

Almost one in five teenagers has experienced thoughts of suicide, according to a recent youth survey noted by the Centers for Disease Control. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents following unintentional and accidental injuries.
International expert Dr. Jonathan B. Singer will help parents, students and educators to better understand and learn how to prevent these “youth tragedies” when he speaks during a virtual speaker series event hosted by the San Marino Unified School District’s Partnership for Awareness on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

December 18, 1937 – August 14, 2021

Patrick D. Conroy

We regretfully announce the passing of Patrick D. Conroy, 83, of Escondido, California. He passed away on August 14, 2021, ending his battle with congestive heart disease and respiratory failure.
Patrick was born on December 18th, 1937 to Mary Belle and Bernard Conroy in the bustling city of Detroit, Michigan. After Patrick and his family moved to Los Angeles County, Patrick graduated from Alhambra HS then earned his AA at Pasadena City College, his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his MA in Teaching Spanish from the University of New Mexico, where he was a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma Language Society.

June 8, 1935- August 7, 2021

John Lester Erickson (“Jack”)

John L. Erickson (“Jack”), age 86, of San Marino, California, passed away August 7, after three weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary, and multitudes of friends and family.
Jack was born in Pasadena, CA, on June 8, 1935. He was raised in San Marino and graduated from South Pasadena San Marino High School in 1953. He graduated from UC Berkeley in June 1957, where he was a proud Alpha Delt. Being an adventurous young man, he told his then sweetheart of two years, Mary, who had missed her own graduation from USC to attend his, and that he wanted to “date other people.” Without a blink, she agreed that she would as well.