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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 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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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 6, 2012
At least two horse racing devotees will not be rooting for I'll Have Another to win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, and both live in La Cañada Flintridge. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be cheering for Paynter, a three-year-old colt who is Baffert's entry in the race. Also rooting for Paynter is Dave Paynter, the La Cañada contractor for whom the horse is named. Baffert, who moved to La Cañada in 2011, said he was so impressed by the job Paynter's construction company did on his house that he decided to bestow upon him a unique honor.
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
By Jane Napier Neely | March 26, 2014
The first weekend of spring just whizzed by. With the heavy early morning cloud cover, the weather people commented that we were experiencing either June gloom or May gray. Absolutely nobody mentioned April showers. Our parched earth would have welcomed that forecast. Yes, water conservation is ever present in my mind. I have reluctantly given up my long hot showers - I'm singing short songs these days. --- The spring social season is in full swing and love is also in the air. The Valley Sun got a note from Debbie Bacino saying that she will be married in April.
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.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
BURBANK - With a tremendous amount of depth throughout the La Cañada High boys' golf team's lineup, it's no coincidence the Spartans have been on quite a streak lately. It showed again Wednesday, when La Cañada, along with four other area schools, were among 21 squads to flock to De Bell Golf Club to participate in the 50th rendition of the Burbank Invitational. La Cañada's depth proved to be the prevailing factor again, as it shot a 290 to capture the event by 14 strokes over Mira Costa.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
It wasn’t the latest iPad or the promise of front-row concert tickets but a chance to enroll their children in the La Cañada Unified School District that led more than 50 people to spend Monday night sleeping on the sidewalk. LCUSD’s annual inter-district enrollment process allows some parents who live outside the district the chance to enroll their children here on a first-come, first-served basis. And although the district only started accepting applications Tuesday morning, dozens of people showed up as early as the weekend to snag a place near the front of the line.
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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 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.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com and Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 3, 2013
A former assemblyman and a Pasadena councilwoman have announced plans to run for a state Senate seat in the 25th district currently held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge). The seat will open up in 2016 when Liu must leave office due to term limits. The district, established during last year's redistricting, includes La Cañada Flintridge, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. Anthony Portantino, a Democrat, said Friday that he is getting back into politics because people in his district want him to keep pushing for transparency in government and funding for education.
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
April 24, 2013
Tickets are on sale now for the annual La Cañada Spring Home Tour, which this year takes place on Friday, May 3 and features local properties in a variety of architectural styles. “We have four terrific homes lined up for our guests to tour this year,” stated Pati Patao, chairman of this year's event. “Each of the homes has its own unique style and character with beautiful décor and architectural details. Everyone who attends will enjoy seeing the vision and workmanship of many talented architects, designers, and homeowners.
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