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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 Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 17, 2010
The blows came one after another. First doctors told Sonia Desormeaux that her son, Jacob, had serious kidney problems. Then they determined he was profoundly deaf and had a severe balance disorder that delayed his ability to walk. There were frequent bumps and falls — Jacob was always black and blue with bruises. His parents constructed a helmet in order to protect his head. "When he was a baby I would literally walk around with both arms around him, shielding him from everything," Sonia said.
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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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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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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 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.
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?"
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 Anita S. Brenner | December 11, 2013
Last week, Tiffany Kelly reported on community concerns about a proposed five-year-long project to remove debris and mud above Devil's Gate Dam . Kelly reported that neighbors have said that the project “could be environmentally destructive and affect the health of a neighborhood that includes several schools.” The real concern is not the traffic, not the dirt and not some imaginary worry about “the environment.” The elephant in...
COMMUNITY
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 22, 2013
Residents will take to the streets to celebrate the community's heritage and local businesses this weekend in the 40th annual Fiesta Days. The event, which honors La Canada Flintridge's Spanish roots, began in 1973 and has grown into a community-wide celebration that falls on Memorial Day weekend. This year's theme is "Neighbor to Neighbor" and the parade, which usually draws large crowds, will be led by Grand Marshal Allen Lund. The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn., which hosts the event, doesn't change Fiesta Days' main lineup much from year to year . The top attractions include a Saturday morning community breakfast with French toast and strawberries, a vintage car show, a fireworks show at Memorial Park and the Memorial Day parade.
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By Charles Cooper | August 18, 2005
La Cañada resident Lucy Jones is looking forward to a new term on the state Seismic Safety Commission, after her reappointment by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jones, probably the most easily recognizable expert on California seismology, directs the United States Geological Survey office in Pasadena, located adjacent to the Caltech Seismology Lab. Jones has served on the commission since 2002, and was recently given a new four-year term. She chaired the study group the past year.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erna Taylor-Stark | January 24, 2008
On a brisk, bright, very early (6:30 a.m. to be precise) Saturday morning, the sun glints off more than 100 hot rods, vintage cars and sunglasses as members of the Early Rodders make their weekly trek to the parking lot of the United Artists movie theatres on Verdugo Road. Even though this particular weekend happens to be a holiday weekend, this group is not too depleted. Pulling into the parking lot, men and women can be seen clustered in groups, talking, peering into car windows, under hoods and checking paint jobs.
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By Michael Bruer | February 13, 2014
A local sous chef who competed on the Food Network's weekly competition, "Chopped," participated in a question-and-answer session Sunday night after patrons of his workplace, the Flintridge Proper , watched the program on a TV there. Though he placed second in the competition, Eli Irland said he gained some valuable knowledge and a fellow food expert in his kitchen, along the way. Originally hailing from Wayne, Maine, Irland learned his cooking skills initially at Paragon, an elite culinary school in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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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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