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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.
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
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Brian Sullivan started his career at Descanso Gardens with no experience. But after 18 years at the La Cañada Flintridge facility, he is moving on to a larger garden in New York City. Sullivan will leave his role as Descanso's director of horticulture on Friday. On April 1, he will become vice president for landscape, gardens and outdoor collections at the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre site in the Bronx that was founded in 1891. After living in California for more than 20 years ago, Sullivan said he never expected to leave.
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.
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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.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | 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.
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 Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | December 2, 2010
It's not Christmas in La Cañada until the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA parking lot is covered in pine needles. The local Y has been selling Christmas trees during the holiday season since 1965, with this year marking the tradition's 45th year. "We always look forward to it," said Kim Beattie, the director of communications and public relations at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. "It's a family event and a lot people come out with their entire families to pick out a tree. " The local Y, located at 1930 Foothill Blvd.
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.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
Author and syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager is one of the better conversationalists you'd ever meet, but he pulls no punches for political correctness' sake. "Ask me anything," he invites during an afternoon meal at Ichiban Japanese Restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge — a favorite dining spot of his since moving here in 2007— handling chopsticks almost as deftly as he articulates deeply conservative politics and confident moral beliefs, relishing food and idea alike.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
Relatively unknown, Kyle Leufroy showed up on the doorstep of the St. Francis High gymnasium seeking an opportunity. Leufroy transferred to St. Francis in 2012 from La Salle High in Pasadena with an eye on earning a spot on the up-and-coming St. Francis basketball team that had made some lengthy strides and appeared on the brink of being a player for a CIF Southern Section postseason berth. With just a year of junior varsity experience to Leufroy's credit, he knew he needed to reinvent himself in order to compete on the varsity stage.
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