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News | By Ruth Longoria | July 24, 2008
Dancing is her passion. Kelly Phelan has been taking dance instruction classes ? from ballet and tap to jazz, Broadway and lyrical ? for just about half of her 8-year-old life. The youth said there?s nothing she?d rather do than tap her toes and move her feet. But, there?s more to this week?s Valley Sun All-Star than rhythm, tempo and talent. The Palm Crest Elementary School third-grader also has a passion for people and making life a little brighter for those less fortunate. Kelly?
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | February 1, 2012
A dozen years after La Cañada residents Harold “Skip” Tillman and his wife, Joni, were found buried in remote graves, investigators say they have new developments regarding the murders, but are staying tight-lipped about any details. “There are some things that we're working on, but it's not anything I can divulge right now,” said Det. Ryan Ford of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Cold Case Homicide Division. “It's definitely a case that we have open and we're actively seeking out additional leads and information.” Skip Tillman, an accountant, and Joni, a homemaker, were last seen dining at J.J. Steakhouse in Pasadena on Feb. 6, 2000.
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By Anita S. Brenner | June 6, 2013
In July of 1936, a red-haired La Cañada barber went on trial for the murder of his wife. The best part of the trial was when a rattlesnake got loose in the courtroom. The barber's real name was Major R. Lisenba. He was a World War I veteran who had served under the name Davies. By the time he went to trial, he was known as Robert “Rattlesnake” James. Reporters from our mothership, the Los Angeles Times, described the scene: “The last possible thrill was squeezed out of the Robert James murder trial yesterday.
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July 19, 2007
A Funeral Mass has been set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at St. Bede the Venerable Church for Thomas Joseph Jeffers, Jr., who died July 5, 2007 of cardiac arrest. Born Dec. 8, 1929, Tom was baptized at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose and was reared in La Cañada. Tom's grandparents, the Meyers family, came to Montrose in the very early 1900s and his mother and father settled in the area in 1923. The Meyers family as well as the Jeffers helped develop Montrose. Tom Jr. continued his interest in Montrose and with four other businessmen, Hugo Ebmeyer, Bob Cooke, Cliff Banks and Don Carpenter, Montrose grew.
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March 10, 2005
He is 27 years old, stands fit and trim at 6'2'' and will return for a second tour of military duty in Iraq sometime this month. His name is Cpl. Michael T. Morton and he is a U.S. Marine. For me, the war in Iraq now has a face. I met Morton and members of his family last Saturday night during a surprise birthday party for his father, Marty Morton, who is director of Maintenance, Facilities and Operations for La Cañada Unified School District. The party in La Crescenta celebrated a dual purpose, as it was also a farewell send-off for Mike.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
The La Cañada Unified School District remains the second-highest achieving public unified school district in California, according to rankings released Thursday by the state Department of Education. LCUSD retained the No. 2 spot behind San Marino Unified despite a five-point drop in the local district's overall Academic Performance Index score, based largely on the results of state tests taken by students in the spring. LCUSD scored 947 out of a possible 1,000 - an “outstanding” number that shows continued strong performance throughout the district in every subject area, said Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD's chief director of assessment and research.
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By Kathleen Fischman | December 22, 2005
More than 60 years since his military service during World War II, First Lt. Frank Colella was finally given the awards he was due.  In a ceremony held on Tuesday at his home in La Cañada, Colella was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals -- honors he should have been given in 1944. According to Colonel Scott Grundahl, who conducted the ceremony, the Distinguished Flying Cross is one of the highest honors an aviator can receive. The medal was authorized by the Air Corps Act in 1926 and recognizes heroism and extraordinary achievement in an aerial fight.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Brian Sullivan started his career at Descanso Gardens with no experience. But after 18 years at the La Cañada Flintridge facility, he is moving on to a larger garden in New York City. Sullivan will leave his role as Descanso's director of horticulture on Friday. On April 1, he will become vice president for landscape, gardens and outdoor collections at the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre site in the Bronx that was founded in 1891. After living in California for more than 20 years ago, Sullivan said he never expected to leave.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2004
Dining With Duvall By Lynn Duvall Last month I enjoyed a meal in the Hoover High School cafeteria, catered by Acapulco. My table mates were strangers, though, like me, they were graduates of the high school. We'd gathered with nearly 100 other grads to work on plans for the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration on May 15. One gentleman talked effusively about the jazz ensemble at the school. His enthusiasm ran very high. Finally, when he stopped for a breath, I asked, "How do you know so much about them?"
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By Joe Piasecki, The Valley Sun | October 27, 2010
Hang out with Evanne Friedmann and it's hard to keep from laughing and smiling, because she's doing just that all the time. The 17-year-old La Cañada High School senior and aspiring filmmaker has plenty to be happy about: Evanne will be crowned the Tournament of Roses' 93rd Rose Queen during a ceremony today at the Pasadena Convention Center. But with her mother, sister and big scruffy dog in the living room of her cozy La Cañada Flintridge home, it was also easy to see Monday that Queen Evanne's good humor and bubbly enthusiasm for conversation, learning and new experiences came long before her crown.
FEATURES
December 27, 2007
T he La Cañada Thursday Club has a proud 56-year tradition of sponsoring young women from our community in the “Bal Blanc de Noel” presentation of Les Fleurettes Debutantes. This year, the Thursday Club will present 12 young women to society on Saturday evening at a black-tie gala to be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Bal Blanc de Noel is the culminating event which celebrates their completion of a 16-month program of social and community service, as well as cultural education, personal development training and etiquette instruction.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | December 2, 2010
It's not Christmas in La Cañada until the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA parking lot is covered in pine needles. The local Y has been selling Christmas trees during the holiday season since 1965, with this year marking the tradition's 45th year. "We always look forward to it," said Kim Beattie, the director of communications and public relations at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. "It's a family event and a lot people come out with their entire families to pick out a tree. " The local Y, located at 1930 Foothill Blvd.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club on Friday will tee off a new attempt to draw members into golfing with the official ribbon-cutting on a new practice facility. Combining a fully-enclosed five-station tee area and practice green, the facility is unique in Los Angeles, with a price tag of more than $400,000 according to club General Manager Rick Adams. Adams, who came to La Cañada after working as head golf pro at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe, said that the practice facility is a smart investment at a time when golf's popularity among young people is waning, especially compared to rapidly growing extreme sports.
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