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News | March 3, 2005
Hampstead Road is a quiet, residential street in an affluent section of La Cañada Flintridge. Just off busy Chevy Chase Drive, it is home to large, gated estates. As such, it's one of the city's less-traveled roads. Last Thursday, the calm serenity of the street was disrupted when law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served a North Carolina search warrant on a house in the 4000 block of Hampstead Road, according to the Charlotte, North Carolina, District Attorney's office, which issued the warrant after federal grand jury indicted eight North Carolina men and one La Cañada Flintridge man. "It's a very quiet, residential street.
NEWS
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.
COMMUNITY
January 16, 2013
Ten Years Ago State and county hazardous materials teams spent several hours in La Cañada Flintridge on a January day in 2003, collecting the dumped remains of a methamphetamine lab found in a front yard on Vista Place. Narcotics experts estimated that between 75 and 100 pounds of “product” could have been made from the chemicals dumped that day.     Twenty Years Ago A series of storms between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, 1993 dropped almost 9 inches of rain on La Canada Flintridge, but no flooding issues or other damages were reported.
NEWS
January 18, 2007
Arnold Ruskin, a professional engineer, manager, consultant and educator for more than 40 years, who served as professor of engineering at Harvey Mudd College from 1963 to 1973, passed away on Dec. 28. Arnie was one of the early pioneers who was instrumental in developing HMC into what it is today. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 in the Green Room at Harvey Mudd College, 310 Platt Blvd., Claremont. He graduated from the University of Michigan with BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in materials engineering.
NEWS
June 10, 2004
ADAM O'TOOLE Adam was born on Dec. 18, 1986 and has lived in many places, including Texas, before settling in California. He is now finishing his junior year at St. Francis High School. He achieves excellent grades, is currently enrolled in four AP classes and one honors, and is on the Scholar Roll and a member of Mu Alpha Theta. O'Toole passionately is involved in varsity football and dedicates much of his time to it. He rises at 5 a.m. on school days and lifts weights at 6 a.m. He also competed in track and swimming as well.
NEWS
July 13, 2006
Since May 2005, the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA has offered Live Scan service. It is a quick and convenient way for individuals and organizations to perform fingerprint background checks. "I believe that this project has been a true coming together of community resources and community needs," Chief Executive Officer Larry Hall said. "We are pleased to have partnered with the Glendale Community Foundation and the Paul A. Hughes Family Foundation in this endeavor." Until the purchase of the Live Scan machine, the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA relied on manual fingerprinting for its employees and volunteer staff.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 21, 2006
For more than 20 years Michael Huber had been an example of high Christian morals and devotion to community and children. He was sentenced last week in a Pasadena courtroom to four years and eight months in prison for child pornography. Before being arrested, the La Crescenta resident spoke to church groups and PTA audiences, impressing them with his compassion and his understanding of today's youth. He spoke and everyone listened. That was not the case Monday, when he sat and listened to former friends ask him why he had taken their trust and victimized their children.
SPORTS
May 11, 2006
La Canada Junior Baseball/Softball Scores Babe Ruth Division Yankees (Woe) - 13 Orioles (Hanson) - 3 The Yankees’ Ace Taylor Brink and Closer Joseph Cadiff faced off against Orioles’ pitchers including Sam Baldwin Chris Longo in a game in which the Yankees came out on top. Kevin Dalrymple (a triple and a single). Will Peterman (a double), Brink (two singles) and Mark Saatzer, Jamie Krasner, Harry Kightlinger, John Love and Cadiff, all of whom had singles, led the team The highlight for the Orioles’ offense was Josh Hanson’s prodigious home run to the right field wall and a double by Longo.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2010
The world-renowned Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will perform at La Cañada Presbyterian Church in La Cañada at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The concert is presented as part of the ensemble’s 2010 California tour. The concert program, titled “Flower of Beauty,” will feature works from the ensemble’s recently released recording of the same name, including James Erb’s arrangement of “Shenandoah,” Dominick Argento’s “So I’ll Sing with My Voice” and John Clements’ “Flower of Beauty.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | July 9, 2009
He’s already in St. Francis High School’s academic Hall of Fame, but this week’s La Cañada Valley Sun All-Star, Roylance “Lance” Bird, is making strides in a variety of extracurricular activities as well. Bird, a sophomore at St. Francis, earned a varsity letter in cross country, was a class officer on the school’s student council, a member of the school’s state and national award-winning Academic Decathlon, and is the founder of St. Francis’ Mountain Bike Club.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
Good news, bad news, we print it As I mentioned in a previous column, our Valley Sun intern, Leticia Cheng, set up a display of her work when the La Cañada High School Institutes for the 21st Century held its showcase on a Thursday afternoon late last month. I couldn't have been more proud as this high school junior welcomed visitors to her display and told them about her internship experience. She was poised as she easily engaged in conversations with people of all ages, answering their questions and offering them copies of the paper and our goofy little souvenir Valley Sun antenna balls to take with them.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 20, 2006
For more than 20 years Michael Huber had been an example of high Christian morals and devotion to community and children. He was sentenced last week in a Pasadena courtroom to four years and eight months in prison for child pornography. Before being arrested, the La Crescenta resident spoke to church groups and PTA audiences, impressing them with his compassion and his understanding of today's youth. He spoke and everyone listened. That was not the case Monday, when he sat and listened to former friends ask him why he had taken their trust and victimized their children.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | June 11, 2009
She was one of tens of thousands of women who turned out for the five-city auditions and one of hundreds who stood in the lines during a humid and rainy day in Hollywood for the October “cattle call.” At the end of seven hours of auditions and interviews, she was selected as one of 20 women to go on to the five weeks of filming. That’s when a La Cañada mom, Theresa Kalnins, headed out to New York City for some life changing moments. Kalnins, 47, had earned a chance to compete in the reality television show, “She’s Got the Look,” which premieres at 9 tonight (Thursday, June 11)
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club on Friday will tee off a new attempt to draw members into golfing with the official ribbon-cutting on a new practice facility. Combining a fully-enclosed five-station tee area and practice green, the facility is unique in Los Angeles, with a price tag of more than $400,000 according to club General Manager Rick Adams. Adams, who came to La Cañada after working as head golf pro at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe, said that the practice facility is a smart investment at a time when golf's popularity among young people is waning, especially compared to rapidly growing extreme sports.
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