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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?
By Andrew Shortall, | November 3, 2012
Chase Borisoff of the La Cañada High boys' water polo team has always had an uncanny ability to make the perfect pass that sets up a teammate with a clear shot at goal. "The thing I love about Chase is he's probably the least selfish person on the team," La Cañada senior driver Johnny Louk said. "He has different connections with everyone on the team. He has such a great passing ability that he will set me up with an easy shot with some amazing pass and make me look good when it was really all him. " Borisoff credits that ability - a byproduct of his superior pool vision - to time he spent out of the pool, not in it. It's a talent that's come from nearly a decade's worth of time watching his two brothers, Devon and Spencer, play in the same pool he now spends a large chunk of his time in at La Cañada High.
By Reg Green | December 25, 2013
Six-year old Noah Michael Davis of Shawnee, Kan., wanted to be a policeman so he could make sure “everyone was safe.” He didn't make it. Instead, he drowned in the family swimming pool and was declared brain dead. Although he couldn't help everyone, his family did donate his kidneys that gave two very sick people back their lives. On what would have been his seventh birthday, he was sworn in as an honorary police officer. Noah's story will have a special place in this year's Rose Parade Jan. 1, which will be seen by nearly a million spectators and 20 million television viewers around the world.
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.
By Scott Tracy | February 20, 2013
For nearly a decade, I have taken the opportunity to highlight many of the impressive college choices made available to the graduates of La Cañada High School. The Class of 2012 was no exception. Of the 323 LCHS 2012 graduates, 98% have enrolled at colleges throughout the country and abroad, of whom more than three-fourths selected four-year colleges. Last year, LCHS graduates were offered admission at highly selective colleges including 21 of US News & World Report's 25 top-ranked “national universities” and the vast majority of its top-ranked “national liberal arts colleges.” La Cañada also continued its long-standing tradition as a top UC and USC-feeder school.
By Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki | May 4, 2011
Airport security tightened in Burbank and long-held emotions were cut loose in Glendale as news surfaced Sunday that U.S. Navy Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. “It was the first time I cried in a long time, since we buried my brother,” said Brandon Valvo of Glendale, whose brother Carlton Valvo II, a graduate of the St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Valvo, who also attended Flintridge Prep before graduating from St. Francis in 1981, was killed while at work on the 105th floor of the north tower.
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.
December 26, 2013
Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson, Laura Jane Emmons, Brenna Katherine Gay, Adelle Anne Higley, Haley Nicole Johnson, Madison Rose Johnson, Alessandra Theresa Koeppen, Charlotte Ann Robertson Leddie, Madelyn Louise Merchant, Margaret Ann Morton, Annette Marie Persson, Shannon Cleo Ritter, Lauren Drew Skarupa, and Grace Marie Vallen.
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.
By Tiffany Kelly, | October 17, 2013
Music in the Park veterans are probably already familiar with David Sagal, who has played in a jazz quintet over the past several years at the city's annual outdoor concert series. He is an executive and attorney at Warner Bros. with three children - two of them attend La Cañada High School. Sagal, 58, sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada home to discuss music, tax rates and the impending challenges the school district will face. How is music a part of your family? I have a background in music.
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?"
By Daniel Siegal, | March 20, 2013
With USC's acquisition of Verdugo Hills Hospital finalized last week, doctors on staff at Verdugo Hills are saying the merger's impact likely will be a mixed bag. Dr. Ben Pradhan, an orthopedic surgeon, said USC's acquisition of the hospital will have upsides and downsides for healthcare in the foothills area. “It's win-lose if they improve the facilities, but they'll also send patients down [to Keck Medical Center] and do the cases at USC, as opposed to at a local hospital,” he said.
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.
By Andrew Shortall, | April 26, 2011
Four beautiful homes, each inspired by a different theme, will be featured in this year’s La Cañada Spring Home Tour May 6. The home tour is presented each year by La Cañada High School’s 7/8 PTA and has become a community tradition. When this year’s tour comes around on May 6, the event will celebrate its 25th birthday. Caren Colburn, this year’s LCHS 7/8 PTA president, said it’s not surprising the fundraiser has existed this long in La Cañada. “It’s one of those feel-good events that goes to the heart of what being a La Cañada resident is all about,” said Colburn, adding that a fair number of residents from outside of La Cañada attend the home tour every year.
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