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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 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 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.
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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 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 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 Anita S. Brenner | April 2, 2014
Last week's E-ticket was the Gelson's La Cañada grand opening in Plaza de La Cañada . By 9 a.m. there was a line around the store. The crowds continued throughout the day, with shopper parking as far as one block away. You could almost feel the spirit of Bernie Gelson. In an 2005 interview with the Daily News, Jack Brown, then chair of the Stater Brothers groceries, explained that Bernie Gelson was a people person. “Bernie saw the customers as guests in his home. It was his way of life.” In that spirit, the La Cañada store was well-staffed for the opening day crowds.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 2, 2014
After decades of contention over whether Glendale or La Cañada Unified School District should have stewardship of children living in La Cañada's westernmost territory , known as “Sagebrush,” school officials are closer than ever to negotiating a deal. Superintendents from both districts answered residents' questions in a March 25 town hall forum about a proposed territory transfer to La Cañada Unified and the impact it would have on families and school sites. “There are a lot of deep roots, and I want to say that's at the core of what we're doing working together,” La Cañada Unified Supt.
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By Joe Puglia | April 9, 2014
On a recent evening I attended the Patriot Tour at the Pasadena Civic Center. It featured Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and lone survivor of the ill-fated “Operation Red Wing.” Special forces warriors Billy Wagasy, Pete Scobell and Chad Fleming were also present along with Tyra Kyle, wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The theme of the evening was patriotism. However, I saw a deeper message in their words. Patriotism is an ideal difficult to intellectualize. It's not a feeling, an idea, or a mandate.
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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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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
A day after returning from spring break Monday, La Cañada Unified will embark on a month-long period of Common Core field testing when La Cañada Elementary School students sit in computer labs for the first-ever in a series of completely online standardized tests. The tests they take - aligned with new state standards that demand ingenuity, problem solving and critical thinking skills - will not be graded, nor will schools or administrators learn how students performed. Instead, the California Department of Education and the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
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By Michael Bruer | April 10, 2014
Nearly 530 teens considering a career tending to injured athletes turned out Saturday when Saint Francis High School hosted its 13th annual Sports Medicine Competition. Over the years the event has grown from just four schools participating to 39 schools, making it the largest high school sports medicine competition in the nation. Local schools like Arcadia, Pasadena and La Cañada highs were represented, along with long-distance travelers, such as Enumclaw High School, hailing from Enumclaw, Wash.
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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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