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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
April 5, 2012
It will be a good weekend to be a child in La Cañada Flintridge, where free Easter events will cater mostly to youngsters. On Friday the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA hosts an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter bunny. The event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Y, 1930 Foothill Blvd. Adults can participate in their own Easter egg hunt and win prizes, including guest passes to the Y, massages and a one-month trial membership. For more information, call (818) 790-0123.
NEWS
November 13, 2013
I want to congratulate Dan Jefferies, Kaitzer Puglia and David Sagal on their election to the LCUSD Governing Board. Our community is fortunate to have had the opportunity to choose from a number of outstanding candidates. Through the election, I was fortunate to have gotten to know all the candidates better. I can say with confidence that the talent, dedication, professionalism, and experience of Dan, Kaitzer and David will positively impact the capabilities of the board and the district.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
It's a decade this month since La Crescenta resident Frank Hoogenhuizen discovered the bodies of Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, of La Crescenta, and Christopher McCulloch, 13, of La Cañada Flintridge, but time has done nothing to ease the memory. Hoogenhuizen and his wife, Grace, spent July 23, 2000, inside, avoiding the sweltering summer heat. At 8 p.m. he ventured into the yard, glanced over his back wall and saw two neighborhood boys lying on the playground blacktop at Valley View Elementary School, which abuts his property.
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
The city of La Cañada Flintridge's deeply rooted lush lawn traditions are tied to a romance with the English or cottage garden. Today, there is essentially one way most residents envision landscapes for their homes: a green lawn accompanied by various shrubs or flowers with a tree or two which have become iconic of the city. Modeling our landscapes after those of rain-soaked England requires intensive watering and is environmentally unsustainable. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown presented data that concluded calendar year 2013 ended as the driest year on record for the state of California.
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.
NEWS
January 6, 2014
A 55-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon on Angeles Crest Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The motorcyclist was identified as Manuel Lumbattis Morales of Los Angeles, according to CHP Officer Thomas Miller. Morales was riding a 2005 Honda when he collided with a 2012 Lexus CT 200 near mile marker 45 along the highway at about 1:30 p.m., said Sgt. Becky Lynch with the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station. An autopsy was pending, said Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
NEWS
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
By Sara Cardine | January 16, 2014
Rebekah Sosland remembers the first time she saw the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touch down on the Martian surface 10 years ago . She was 14, in the eighth grade in Fredericksburg, Texas, and watching the momentous event unfold on television as classmates around her chatted and passed notes. "I saw this big bouncing popcorn thing on this red surface, and a voice said we now had two rovers on Mars," Sosland recalls. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have a rover on another planet?
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?"
NEWS
By Scott Tracy | December 2, 2010
Of the 375 La Cañada High School June 2010 graduates, 99% are currently enrolled at colleges throughout the country (plus several abroad) with approximately 80% attending four-year colleges. Top USC and UC Feeder School USC offered admission to 51 La Cañada seniors (nearly 14% of the class) from 99 applications. With 24 Spartans (6% of the class) enrolling at USC in the fall, La Cañada jumps to the third most represented school (public or private) among USC's fall 2010 entering freshman class.
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.
NEWS
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.
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