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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?
NEWS
May 12, 2012
Andy Beattie is a member of the La Cañada Flintridge Public Safety Commission, and when not working at his apparel company or on local safety issues, he can be found in close proximity to the president of the United States. He answered questions from the La Cañada Valley Sun via email. Sun: Why do you volunteer for the Public Safety Commission and what is the most important work the commission does? Beattie: I enjoy public service and believe that each of us should contribute to the community where we can. Public safety is a particular interest for me. The commission's function is to evaluate the public safety needs of the community and make recommendations to the City Council for programs and services.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 10, 2013
The crowd erupts in cheers as a Trojan warrior parades a white horse down Foothill Boulevard. “It's Traveler!” shouts a woman, who dashes into the street for a photo with the University of Southern California mascot. GRAPHIC: La Canada's Trojan logo inspired by USC Sounds of excitement ripple like a wave down the boulevard during the city's annual Fiesta Days celebration in May, a showing of community pride in which the horse and its rider are the biggest stars.
NEWS
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.
COMMUNITY
March 5, 2014
Ten Years Ago Falling just short of receiving the two-thirds vote required, La Cañada Unified School District's Measure P for a three-year, $400 parcel tax, failed at the polls. Andy Beattie, then president of the school board, said the loss was a "huge disappointment" and that district personnel would have to be laid off as a result. Twenty Years Ago On being advised that La Cañada school board member Carole Siegler planned to move out of the area, her colleagues on the board decided not to hold a $25,000 election but to seek a replacement who would be willing to serve out the remainder of her term.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
A shuttle that transports residents from the foothill communities to Santa Monica every summer resumes service next week. Beach-goers who live in La Cañada Flintridge,  Montrose and La Crescenta can hop on board the Los Angeles County line on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 18 to Sept. 2. It departs at 9:45 a.m. from La Cañada Flintridge for the Santa Monica Pier, returning to Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard around 4:55 p.m. There are other pick-up and drop-off locations in the Crescenta Valley, including Two Strike Park, the La Crescenta Public Library and  the southeast corner of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.  The bus will be in service through Labor Day. Round trip fare is $3 for children and adults and $1.50 for seniors and disabled passengers.
NEWS
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 Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 27, 2012
After staring at the teeth of 20,000 children for nearly three decades, Dr. Keith Serxner is hanging up his white coat. Serxner, 57, who started his practice in La Cañada in 1985, said that he and his wife, pediatrician Laura Mabie, both have elderly parents whom they want to help care for, but that retirement is also a chance for the two to bike, hike and travel. “You get to be close to your 60s, and you see that friends of yours don't get to do what they've planned because life is not always predictable,” he said.
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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.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
Last week, I wrote about the need to support our young families in their quest to lower class sizes in the La Cañada public elementary schools, and the need to encourage all parents to participate in the decision-making process. Because of my focus on the plight of the Sagebrush families, I unintentionally mixed apples and oranges when I discussed permit students. I pointed out that the permit kids, including many from the Sagebrush area (which is in our city but falls within the Glendale Unified School District)
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 Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 8, 2014
Courtney Brockmeyer wants to make a difference, one backpack and one child at a time. The former Nestle executive quit her six-figure job on May 31 to start a company named Sydney Paige Inc. that, not unlike Toms Shoes or Patagonia, gives back to its customers. The idea is simple. Buy a Sydney Paige backpack for $40 to $60 and Brockmeyer's company will donate a similar backpack filled with school supplies to a needy child. The business model hasn't made all that much money since the La Cañada Flintridge mother of two began her company in December.
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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