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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?
NEWS
February 23, 2011
Q. The pro-democracy uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have resonated around the world, with even the Wall Street Journal going so far as to headline one column, “The Arab World's 1989?” Hosni Mubarak's resignation from his position as president of Egypt has resulted in the installation of a military government there that is promising reform and free elections, but is dogged by further protests, which are now spreading to other Middle Eastern countries. But can democracy take root in an Islamic society?
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
It's a decade this month since La Crescenta resident Frank Hoogenhuizen discovered the bodies of Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, of La Crescenta, and Christopher McCulloch, 13, of La Cañada Flintridge, but time has done nothing to ease the memory. Hoogenhuizen and his wife, Grace, spent July 23, 2000, inside, avoiding the sweltering summer heat. At 8 p.m. he ventured into the yard, glanced over his back wall and saw two neighborhood boys lying on the playground blacktop at Valley View Elementary School, which abuts his property.
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.
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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
October 24, 2013
Department of Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard will speak at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in La Crescenta on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. about the dangers of the Internet. Ballard is also an author and a graduate of La Cañada High School. The church is located at 4550 Raymond Ave. Admission is free. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly . ALSO: La Cañada mother wins story contest and spa getaway Donations cover cost of stolen LCF Rose float items Riel would emphasize services for students
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 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.
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?"
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 12, 2013
On a walk through the upper Alta Canyada neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge, people and large estates appear dwarfed by rows of deodar cedars. The towering trees, which are more than 100 feet tall in some areas, have become an icon of the neighborhood and residents don't want them harmed. When the City Council prepared to approve a tree ordinance in March that would protect the California sycamore and a variety of oaks but omit the deodar cedar, residents protested. Council members have proposed a compromise: a historic deodar district that would protect the tree where it defines the character of the neighborhood.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | December 25, 2013
A La Cañada Flintridge couple has put their 12,000-square-foot home on the market for $13.3 million, setting a local record price. The property is expansive, offering clear views of the San Gabriel Mountains and a woodsy backyard with several bridges and an open space for entertaining. The driveway leading up to the house is filled with hand-cut Australian cobblestone, one of many touches that the owners have added. But Robin Dorman said the property has become too large for her and her husband, Rod Dorman, since they purchased it 14 years ago. The couple's two sons have grown up and moved into their own homes.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
A vinyl-sticker depiction of President Obama has appeared on a wall in Montrose in the style as the world-renowned, yet secretive, graffiti street artist Banksy. The vinyl-sticker — on a concrete wall on Ocean View Boulevard near Foothill Boulevard and the 210 Freeway — depicts the president at a podium giving a speech with the words “That’s right, ladies…” A photo of the poster has been making the rounds through the blogosphere ever since Perez Hilton, included it on his website Wednesday night.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 29, 2013
One of two employees injured in an explosion at the La Cañada Flintridge Sport Chalet on March 1 is suing the company. Lauren Polzin, a 27-year-old who led the store's scuba department, was severely burned when she was asked to shut off a gas valve after someone reported smelling gas. The incident, described by authorities as a "flash fire," occurred in a utility closet near the store's pool. Polzin and her husband, Neil Polzin, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, May 23. The couple is also suing, among others, those who manufactured and serviced the swimming pool's heating system, claiming it was dangerous.
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.
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