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News | By Andrew Shortall | May 4, 2011
Shira Ulmer, a sixth-grade math and history teacher at Crestview Preparatory Elementary School in La Cañada, hadn’t seen her class since November when she began undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her class received regular updates about Ulmer’s condition and there were hopes that she’d be in good enough condition to attend their graduation this year. Then, on the evening of April 23, Crestview Prep parents received an email from the school saying that Ulmer had died earlier that day at the age of 31, leaving behind her husband and 2-year old daughter.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 6, 2012
At least two horse racing devotees will not be rooting for I'll Have Another to win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, and both live in La Cañada Flintridge. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be cheering for Paynter, a three-year-old colt who is Baffert's entry in the race. Also rooting for Paynter is Dave Paynter, the La Cañada contractor for whom the horse is named. Baffert, who moved to La Cañada in 2011, said he was so impressed by the job Paynter's construction company did on his house that he decided to bestow upon him a unique honor.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Music in the Park veterans are probably already familiar with David Sagal, who has played in a jazz quintet over the past several years at the city's annual outdoor concert series. He is an executive and attorney at Warner Bros. with three children - two of them attend La Cañada High School. Sagal, 58, sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada home to discuss music, tax rates and the impending challenges the school district will face. How is music a part of your family? I have a background in music.
NEWS
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.
COMMUNITY
May 1, 2013
Residents of La Cañada Flintridge who have bulky items they want to discard are invited to take advantage of Spring Clean-up Week, which this year is scheduled for May 20-24. During that week items such as furniture, appliances, electronic equipment and vehicle tires can be left curbside on regular trash pick-up day to be collected by the local trash-hauling firms at no charge. It is recommended that usable items be donated to a thrift store or charity to preserve landfill space. Hazardous waste will not be accepted during this event; visit http://www.888cleanla.com to learn how to dispose of those materials.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | December 24, 2009
Fallout surrounding firefighting tactics used during the Station fire intensified this week as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) joined Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich in calling for a federal investigation. “I think there have been sufficient questions raised about whether the early stages of the fire could have been handled differently that may have resulted in a much better outcome, and that a federal investigation is warranted,” Schiff said Tuesday. Inquiries center around whether the U.S. Forest Service was sufficiently aggressive in its tactics during the first 48 hours of the fire — specifically, whether a targeted aerial attack might have subdued the blaze before it grew out of control.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | June 25, 2009
Wave the flag and raise the tea bags. Some area residents are getting ready for a patriotic celebration of our nation?s independence with just a bit of revolution thrown in for good measure. Two public gatherings are planned in coming weeks at the Jeffers? estate, 1823 Foothill Blvd., in La Cañada, in honor of Independence Day. Both events need reservations, and include music, speeches and activities for kids and adults, as well as catered meals, with hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the other trimmings of a traditional small town picnic.
NEWS
By Julianna Malogolowkin | June 9, 2005
Pomp and Circumstance played as 145 Golden Knights, clad in brown robes and caps, walked to Senior Lawn for the 56th annual commencement exercises held at Saint Francis High School last Saturday morning for the class of 2005. Fr. Antonio Marti, O.F.M.Cap., the Provincial of the Western American Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, represented his Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles at the graduation. Fr. Matthew Elshoff, O.F.M.Cap., the school president, and Thomas Moran, the school principal, also officiated at the 56th commencement ceremony of the local Catholic, college-preparatory institution.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | March 5, 2009
The most important issue to the majority in the large audience at Tuesday night?s school board meeting was not whether or not the board would go forward with a parcel tax (that decision is reported on page 1) but instead the fate of the special education Foothills School. Parents and staff from the school spoke to the board during public communications on the importance of keeping the school at its present 4490 Cornishon Ave. location. The district was made aware last week of the possibility that the Foothills School would be closed and the students moved to a larger Burbank facility, Magnolia Park School.
SPORTS
By Seth Amitin | April 23, 2009
Genetics is one thing. Being the daughter of a German gymnast, as Berit Kaesler is, may give an athlete a head start, but Kaesler might have been born to play water polo. “I used to be a swimmer and I used to play soccer,” the La Cañada High senior said, “but I was never that great at soccer, and swimming got really boring. Water polo seemed to be the perfect fit for me. Being able to swim and outswim other girls, all the strength required. “And then there’s the thinking involved and you have to be able to see what’s going on around the pool.
SPORTS
By Ralph Saenz | September 9, 2004
When asked how he thought the Flintridge Prep Rebels were going to follow up their CIF Division XIII championship season this year, Head Coach Marty Konrad made one statement that pretty much sums up the team's situation for 2004. "We needs lots of help from the guy upstairs," the coach said and he wasn't referring to Prep's headmaster. Trying to field a team that will have just one returning starter on offense and three returning players on defense will mostly likely require divine intervention and a lot of luck.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | October 26, 2006
An vehicle accident early Sunday morning at the Ocean View Boulevard offramp of the 210 Freeway resulted in death of the driver and his passenger. According to California Highway Patrol, around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Daniel Paul Morales, 23, of La Crescenta was traveling westbound on the freeway in a 2001 Ford SUV when the vehicle exited at Ocean View. For an unknown reason the car made an extreme right turn, struck the north guardrail and became airborne, landing approximately 60 feet below on a residential street, according to a CHP spokesperson.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria Valley Sun | February 26, 2009
Concern for others, creative endeavors and plans for a career in communications consume much of the schedule of this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. The girl with the big heart and dreams is Elaine Park, a junior at Flintridge Preparatory School. Park is the daughter of Austin and Cecilia Park of La Cañada. She has a brother, William, 15, a student at La Cañada High School. She was born in Glendale, lived in Montrose, and attended Learning Castle in La Cañada and then first grade at Monte Vista Elementary School, before moving to La Cañada in time for second grade at Palm Crest Elementary School.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2005
After Emily Bernstein recorded the clarinet solo for the score of the motion picture "The Terminal," director Steven Spielberg - a former clarinetist himself - insisted that Bernstein's name appear in the film's end credits, although traditionally individual musicians performing in studio orchestras remain anonymous. Bernstein considered this experience, which took place in March 2004 between chemotherapy treatments, not only a great honor but an even greater source of comfort.
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