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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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April 16, 2014
Ten Years Ago The 40th annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, featuring a Georgian-style estate in Flintridge, opened its doors to the public. The 10,000-square-foot home had been built in the early days of Flintridge by architect Myron Hunt. About 50,000 visitors were expected to tour the property during the monthlong event. Twenty Years Ago Neal and Molly Brockmeyer were honored by the La Cañada Kiwanis Club as La Cañadans of the Year. Thirty Years Ago Prince Andrew of England's royal family paid a visit to La Cañada Flintridge, touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 19, 1984.
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By Jane Napier Neely | April 17, 2014
The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened last Sunday with much fanfare. Celebrating its 50th Showcase House of Design, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts members and designers invites guests to tour the English Arts & Crafts style house and grounds in Pasadena through May 11. Seventeen interior and eight exterior designers are displaying their exceptional and innovative imaginings for this historic home and its spacious grounds. PHOTOS: 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design In 1915, Robert Philip Flint and his wife Margaret, who were frequent British Isles and Continental travelers, chose Los Angeles architect Stiles O. Clements to design their home in the fashion of many homes they had seen on their adventures in England.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
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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.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District officials examined their field trip supervision guidelines Tuesday night after learning that more than one student participating in La Cañada High School's annual trip to Yosemite National Park in February was caught in possession of marijuana. Discussion on the matter arose during a first reading item of the details of next year's trip, planned for February 2015, during which 46 students will explore parts of the park through the science education program Nature Bridge.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
Hundreds of local shoppers lined up along La Cañada's Foothill Boulevard last Thursday morning to celebrate the opening of a new Gelson's Market and enjoy several free samples and treats celebrating the grocery chain's 18th location. The turnout - an estimated 350 to 500 people flooded Plaza de La Cañada in the first hour alone - was higher than anticipated, as shoppers waited in segmented groups to enter, like a crowd lining up for a roller coaster. “We thought we would may have 100 or 150 people here this morning,” said marketing director Yvonne Manganaro.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
On Tuesday morning, while their fellow schoolmates played outside during recess, a class of Palm Crest Elementary School first-graders was engaged in a different sort of play. They were playing with iPads - frolicking through desktop apps that allowed them to squash bugs, recycle cans and solve mazes with the simple tap and swipe of a fingertip - in the school's newly opened iPad Learning Lab. That lab is one of three built at La Cañada Unified's elementary schools with funding from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
Regardless of whether the La Cañada High girls' basketball team played at home or on the road this past season, the Spartans' jerseys had a certain uniformity of cardinal, gold and white. While Spartans senior guard Courtney Chen wore the same colors as her teammates, the 5-foot-4 sparkplug also accessorized. Chen could been seen throughout the year with purple bruises, blackened knees and reddened elbows earned by a give-all, play-hard mentality that helped lead her squad to several wins and Chen to individual awards accompanied by bumps, lacerations and even a concussion.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 12, 2013
Nine years ago, Nalini Lasiewicz and her family moved to the westernmost part of La Cañada Flintridge, commonly known as the Sagebrush area. She soon discovered that her area was isolated because students there do not attend La Cañada schools . “Our little neighborhood was not represented,” she said. Students who live in the Sagebrush area have attended Glendale schools since before the Glendale Unified School District was formed in 1936. But residents of the area have fought hard in recent decades to be included within La Cañada Unified's boundaries.
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By Sara Cardine and Kelly Corrigan | October 16, 2013
Members of the La Cañada school board on Tuesday expressed hopes that a territory transfer of homes near the city's western border from the Glendale Unified School District into the LCUSD could be on the horizon. And they read a resolution placing a $450 seven-year parcel tax on a March 4 ballot. While that meeting was taking place, their counterparts on the Glendale Unified School District board considered allowing parents in the affected neighborhoods, long known as the Sagebrush area, to choose whether to send their children to Glendale or La Cañada public schools.
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April 14, 2014
March was a busy month for the Montrose Search & Rescue Team, which responded to a total of 14 calls for assistance in local mountains, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.  The team responded to or assisted in nine search calls, largely for hikers gone missing or who were overdue. Members also performed five rescue missions, including saving an injured mountain biker, a cliffhanger and a horseback rider who'd gone off the side of the road.  Two rescue calls involved vehicles that had careened off parts of the Angeles Crest Highway and Little Tujunga Canyon and required extrication.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 23, 2014
As a sophomore, Dylan Crawford wasn't afraid to showcase his talents against opponents a year or two older than him. The St. Francis High football player seemed to fit in comfortably with the Golden Knights, who instantly made the wide receiver one of their primary targets each week. In helping St. Francis go 10-3, 3-2 in the ultra-competitive Mission League this season, Crawford caught 54 passes for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns to play a vital role in the Golden Knights advancing to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
After months of planning and preparation , Gelson's Markets will open its new La Cañada store Thursday, March 27 with a 9 a.m. grand opening event. The new store, located at 635 Foothill Blvd. in the Plaza de La Cañada, is the 18th for the Los Angeles-area supermarket chain, which operated a site in Pasadena's Paseo Colorado mall for 13 years before closing last June. The opening will allow Gelson's to retain its Foothills customer base while allowing the business to expand into neighboring cities like Glendale, marketing director Yvonne Manganaro said in an earlier interview . The first 200 visitors to turn out for the grand opening event will receive special prizes, including a commemorative keepsake box of Gelson's chocolates, vouchers for free goods and a bag filled with items valued at $60, according to Manganaro.
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