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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 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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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 Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 27, 2012
After staring at the teeth of 20,000 children for nearly three decades, Dr. Keith Serxner is hanging up his white coat. Serxner, 57, who started his practice in La Cañada in 1985, said that he and his wife, pediatrician Laura Mabie, both have elderly parents whom they want to help care for, but that retirement is also a chance for the two to bike, hike and travel. “You get to be close to your 60s, and you see that friends of yours don't get to do what they've planned because life is not always predictable,” he said.
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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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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 Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 22, 2012
Ian McFeat started racking up passport stamps early. The new La Cañada High School principal was born in England and lived in South Korea before settling in Washington state with his family at the age of 8. His father worked for the military in a civilian capacity, and his mother taught at U.S. Department of Defense schools. Degrees at Pacific Lutheran University led to stints teaching social studies in middle and high schools. McFeat then shifted into administration, most recently serving as vice principal of Kentlake High School, southeast of Seattle.
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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 Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Deodar cedars, California peppers and Chinese elms all currently appear on the city's list of protected trees, but officials are expected to ax them in a simplified ordinance next week. Protected trees under the proposed ordinance include the California sycamore and a variety of oaks that have a diameter of 12 inches or more at 54 inches above grade. Officials say the revised ordinance, expected to be given the green light by the City Council at its March 18 meeting, is less complicated than the previous version.
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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December 26, 2013
Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson, Laura Jane Emmons, Brenna Katherine Gay, Adelle Anne Higley, Haley Nicole Johnson, Madison Rose Johnson, Alessandra Theresa Koeppen, Charlotte Ann Robertson Leddie, Madelyn Louise Merchant, Margaret Ann Morton, Annette Marie Persson, Shannon Cleo Ritter, Lauren Drew Skarupa, and Grace Marie Vallen.
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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 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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