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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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April 16, 2014
Ten Years Ago The 40th annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, featuring a Georgian-style estate in Flintridge, opened its doors to the public. The 10,000-square-foot home had been built in the early days of Flintridge by architect Myron Hunt. About 50,000 visitors were expected to tour the property during the monthlong event. Twenty Years Ago Neal and Molly Brockmeyer were honored by the La Cañada Kiwanis Club as La Cañadans of the Year. Thirty Years Ago Prince Andrew of England's royal family paid a visit to La Cañada Flintridge, touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 19, 1984.
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By Jane Napier Neely | April 17, 2014
The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened last Sunday with much fanfare. Celebrating its 50th Showcase House of Design, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts members and designers invites guests to tour the English Arts & Crafts style house and grounds in Pasadena through May 11. Seventeen interior and eight exterior designers are displaying their exceptional and innovative imaginings for this historic home and its spacious grounds. PHOTOS: 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design In 1915, Robert Philip Flint and his wife Margaret, who were frequent British Isles and Continental travelers, chose Los Angeles architect Stiles O. Clements to design their home in the fashion of many homes they had seen on their adventures in England.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
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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 Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District officials examined their field trip supervision guidelines Tuesday night after learning that more than one student participating in La Cañada High School's annual trip to Yosemite National Park in February was caught in possession of marijuana. Discussion on the matter arose during a first reading item of the details of next year's trip, planned for February 2015, during which 46 students will explore parts of the park through the science education program Nature Bridge.
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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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By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun | April 20, 2011
Any La Cañada resident who may have missed Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail in his best Easter clothes will have ample opportunity to sneak a peek Saturday morning, April 23, when Dilbeck Estates Realty hosts the 16th Annual Easter in the Park at La Cañada Memorial Park. The fun gets underway at 10 a.m. This year’s festivities in the park will be followed by a city-wide scavenger hunt, “Hop Along the Boulevard,” sponsored for the second year by the La Cañada Flintridge Merchant Connection.
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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 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, 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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April 17, 2014
Don Yeomans, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Fellow, senior research scientist and manager of NASA's Near Earth Objects Program Office, will be the guest speaker on May 12 when the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council holds its annual Les Tupper Awards ceremony in von Karman Auditorium on the JPL campus. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the community. Yeomans' topic is "Near Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us. " Yeomans was the Radio Science team chief for NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission.
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April 16, 2014
This article is in response to the letter written about an Obama protest which took place in our La Cañada Post Office ( “Obama protest leaves a stamp of hate,” Mailbag, April 10 ). There is growing dissatisfaction with our federal government. Many have lost their health insurance because Obama administration regulations on grandfathering the existing plans were so stringent they did not comply. The result was a higher insurance premium for new plans. How much has yours gone up?
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
For the past year, Jamie Lewsadder has led La Cañada Unified School District's foray into a new technological era . As IT director, she's worked with a small team of employees to upgrade the district's infrastructure and prepare it for online Common Core field testing, currently in progress. But for all her talents, Lewsadder acknowledges she can only do so many things at once. So last year, when La Cañada High School sophomore Matt Lundy asked her if he could gather a team of tech-minded students to help her bring the campus and teachers up to speed, Lewsadder was on board.
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