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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 Sara Cardine | January 16, 2014
Rebekah Sosland remembers the first time she saw the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touch down on the Martian surface 10 years ago . She was 14, in the eighth grade in Fredericksburg, Texas, and watching the momentous event unfold on television as classmates around her chatted and passed notes. "I saw this big bouncing popcorn thing on this red surface, and a voice said we now had two rovers on Mars," Sosland recalls. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have a rover on another planet?
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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.
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By Carl Herman | November 30, 2011
Carol Cormaci (“Teachers, we want you to tell us your stories. Please,” Nov. 24), is correct in stating that there is a “culture of silence” within La Cañada Unified School District; I appreciate her initiative to upgrade it through the power of communication. I was hired in 2007 primarily to teach advanced placement government/economics at LCHS, and was not rehired after my second year because I worked to evolve that silence into the highest professional standards for academic communication.
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October 10, 2013
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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.
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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 Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
Frank Pace was the frenzy in a pair of slacks and dress shoes. Kathy Desmond was the quiet one in a hoodie, shorts and sneakers. Together, they were architects of the most successful girls' soccer program in area chronicle. Desmond and Pace didn't begin their time at Flintridge Sacred Heart together, nor did they end it that way. But on Saturday, once again together, they will be enshrined as the first coaches in the school's athletic hall of fame. “They're of utmost deserving,” says Stephanie Contreras, the FSHA athletic director.
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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.
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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 Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
The La Cañada Unified School District remains the second-highest achieving public unified school district in California, according to rankings released Thursday by the state Department of Education. LCUSD retained the No. 2 spot behind San Marino Unified despite a five-point drop in the local district's overall Academic Performance Index score, based largely on the results of state tests taken by students in the spring. LCUSD scored 947 out of a possible 1,000 - an “outstanding” number that shows continued strong performance throughout the district in every subject area, said Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD's chief director of assessment and research.
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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 Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Every high school team has high hopes before the season - some realistic, some maybe not so much. Every high school player has those hopes as well. La Cañada High junior soccer player Megan Decker was no different and neither were her Spartans. But Decker and her teammates had no prognostications of making school history. “All of us definitely wanted to win league,” Decker recalls. “From the beginning of the season, we knew we were a good team, but I don't know if we thought we were get-to-CIF good.” But for the first time in program history, the La Cañada High girls' soccer team was that good.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 24, 2012
Verdugo Hills Hospital, for the last 40 years an independent hospital, has entered into merger talks with USC's Keck Medical Center, officials said Tuesday. Members of the Verdugo Hills board of directors voted at a June meeting to partner with USC, according to hospital spokeswoman Celine Petrossian. Verdugo Hills, on the border of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, hopes to complete the merger by the end of year. Keck spokeswoman Alison Trinidad confirmed that merger talks are in progress.
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