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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 Michael Bruer | February 13, 2014
A local sous chef who competed on the Food Network's weekly competition, "Chopped," participated in a question-and-answer session Sunday night after patrons of his workplace, the Flintridge Proper , watched the program on a TV there. Though he placed second in the competition, Eli Irland said he gained some valuable knowledge and a fellow food expert in his kitchen, along the way. Originally hailing from Wayne, Maine, Irland learned his cooking skills initially at Paragon, an elite culinary school in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun | June 22, 2011
La Cañada resident Katherine Beattie knows firsthand how hard it is to build a successful career in the film and TV industry. As a script coordinator for the Showtime hit “Californication,” the 26-year-old writer has had many jobs that require long days on the set, make grueling demands and require a lot of running back and forth. But the fact that Beattie lives with cerebral palsy, a condition affecting balance and motor skills, means she’s had to work twice as hard as most people to get where she is today.
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By Anita S. Brenner | December 11, 2013
Last week, Tiffany Kelly reported on community concerns about a proposed five-year-long project to remove debris and mud above Devil's Gate Dam . Kelly reported that neighbors have said that the project “could be environmentally destructive and affect the health of a neighborhood that includes several schools.” The real concern is not the traffic, not the dirt and not some imaginary worry about “the environment.” The elephant in...
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June 10, 2013
A shuttle that transports residents from the foothill communities to Santa Monica every summer resumes service next week. Beach-goers who live in La Cañada Flintridge,  Montrose and La Crescenta can hop on board the Los Angeles County line on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 18 to Sept. 2. It departs at 9:45 a.m. from La Cañada Flintridge for the Santa Monica Pier, returning to Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard around 4:55 p.m. There are other pick-up and drop-off locations in the Crescenta Valley, including Two Strike Park, the La Crescenta Public Library and  the southeast corner of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.  The bus will be in service through Labor Day. Round trip fare is $3 for children and adults and $1.50 for seniors and disabled passengers.
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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 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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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 Sara Cardine | September 19, 2013
When students first set foot on the brand-new La Cañada High School campus back in September 1963, they had no idea they were creating a legacy. The city's new unified school district had just formed two years prior, separating itself administratively from the Pasadena school system. As a result, La Cañada was opening Foothill Intermediate School on the former La Cañada Junior High site and starting classes at the high school for freshman, sophomores and juniors only. La Cañada teens who were entering their senior year in the fall of 1963 remained at John Muir High School to complete their high school careers in the Pasadena school system.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 20, 2013
A NASA-funded treatment plant in Pasadena has removed hundreds of pounds of toxic residue left over from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's early rocket-building days. The $8.5 million Monk Hill water treatment facility has removed 674 pounds of perchlorate from 7,773 acre-feet of water since it opened in 2011, said Steve Slaten, a NASA remediation project manager. Twenty-three pounds of trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent, have also been removed from the water supply. The space agency agreed to pay for cleanup after perchlorates from rocket fuel was detected in several area wells.
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By Peter Day | February 27, 2013
Out-of-district families hoping to get their students into La Cañada public schools can leave their sleeping bags, ear warmers and jugs of hot cocoa at home. The La Cañada Unified School District on Monday announced the introduction of a lottery system that will mean certain categories of permit students will no longer be given priority. As a result, families will not be camping out for a weekend in front of the district office to get to the top of the list, as has been the practice in recent years.
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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.
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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 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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