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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 J. Arvizu | May 6, 2010
Arizona's new immigration law, signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer, has sparked furor and protest all over the country. The law makes it a state crime to lack immigration papers and requires police to determine whether people they stop are in the country illegally. Some say the law goes too far in protecting the country from illegal immigrants. Defenders of the law — angry over the charges of racism permeating the debate — say it is needed because the federal government has failed to enforce border security with Mexico.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 26, 2011
A diverse field of four candidates - including a 20-year-old Princeton University student and a La Cañada Unified matriarch - has made the 2011 school board election the most exciting in recent memory. The campaign has been fueled by hot-button items including the integration of four non-student professional development days into the 2011-12 school year, the use of teacher evaluations and the analysis of standardized testing data. A candidates' forum on Oct. 17 drew 250 community members, more than twice the crowd at a similar event two years earlier.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 2, 2012
Thomas Blanton knows from experience that the first days are the worst days for a family after a child dies suddenly, but that responsibility to survivors provides the drive to keep going. Blanton's 2-year-old daughter Kimberly drowned after falling into the backyard pool at his family's La Cañada Flintridge home in April 2001. This week, he reflected on his experience in the wake of the drowning of Emily Fu, 6, at her La Cañada home on Memorial Day. “The first couple years were real rough, and as time goes by, time does heal wounds somewhat,” Blanton said.
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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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April 24, 2013
Tickets are on sale now for the annual La Cañada Spring Home Tour, which this year takes place on Friday, May 3 and features local properties in a variety of architectural styles. “We have four terrific homes lined up for our guests to tour this year,” stated Pati Patao, chairman of this year's event. “Each of the homes has its own unique style and character with beautiful décor and architectural details. Everyone who attends will enjoy seeing the vision and workmanship of many talented architects, designers, and homeowners.
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By Sara Cardine | July 17, 2013
Anyone who's tried to get a job right out of high school or college has likely encountered a frustrating Catch 22 - no one will hire you without work experience, but you can't get work experience until someone hires you. And so grads head to the Verizon store or the mall, hoping a few months as a cashier or manager will propel them into the serious world of work. La Cañada High School senior Marne Fairhurst and junior Ben Blanco will likely be spared that cruel fate. They are two of six students spending the summer working at area businesses, thanks to a six-week internship program run through the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2010
For nearly 60 years, The La Cañada Thursday Club has sponsored young women from our community in the "Bal Blanc de Noel" presentation of Les Fleurettes debutantes. This year, the Thursday Club will present 11 young women to society at a black-tie gala to be held Thursday night 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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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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November 13, 2013
I want to congratulate Dan Jefferies, Kaitzer Puglia and David Sagal on their election to the LCUSD Governing Board. Our community is fortunate to have had the opportunity to choose from a number of outstanding candidates. Through the election, I was fortunate to have gotten to know all the candidates better. I can say with confidence that the talent, dedication, professionalism, and experience of Dan, Kaitzer and David will positively impact the capabilities of the board and the district.
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