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News | By Jane Napier Neely | December 8, 2005
Members of the community were saddened to learn of the death of longtime La Cañadan Cardon "Card" Walker who led The Walt Disney Company for 15 years after the death of Walt Disney and that of his brother and co-founder Roy O. Disney. Walker died peacefully in his sleep at his La Canada Flintridge home on Nov. 29 at the age of 89 of congestive heart failure. Not only did Walker leave his signature throughout the world as a Disney leader but also in the foothill area with his involvement as one of the founding board members of Verdugo Hills Hospital.
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June 12, 2008
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By Ruth Longoria | August 6, 2009
It is with mixed emotions that YMCA of the Foothills CEO Larry Hall will move his family to the Seattle area in the next few weeks, he said in an interview shortly after announcing his retirement last Thursday. ?There are a lot of giving people in these communities. Working with so many great leaders in the community has been a great experience I won?t forget,? Hall said. Hall was honored at a retirement luncheon last week and gathered again Monday afternoon with a group of friends, co-workers and family members at the Crescenta-Cañada Y for a less formal retirement party.
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January 13, 2005
Annie Burton has become the first student at La Cañada High School in memory to gain admission to the University of Oxford as a full undergraduate. The LCHS senior will begin her studies in modern history and politics at the British institution in October. Burton's successful application culminates a rigorous 12-week process which began last September. The process involved two application forms, multiple writing samples, a six-part essay test and an oral examination with an Oxford professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
It wasn’t the latest iPad or the promise of front-row concert tickets but a chance to enroll their children in the La Cañada Unified School District that led more than 50 people to spend Monday night sleeping on the sidewalk. LCUSD’s annual inter-district enrollment process allows some parents who live outside the district the chance to enroll their children here on a first-come, first-served basis. And although the district only started accepting applications Tuesday morning, dozens of people showed up as early as the weekend to snag a place near the front of the line.
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By Anita S. Brenner | June 2, 2012
The parade is over. The nights are short and the days are long. La Cañada, home to book worms and book groups, is the inspiration for the following books. Thanks to the wonders of self-publication, some of us may be named in Arthur Johnson's “The Norman Rockwell Years” (CreateSpace, 2011), which recounts “an idyllic youth” in the La Cañada of the 1950s and early '60s, complete with references to the Youth House (now the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge), St. Bede's, Flintridge Prep and Skunk Hollow.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Former La Cañada Mayor Steve Del Guercio, retired teacher and Boy Scout leader Harriet Hammons and Kyla Bradley, a high school student dedicated to making the area's homeless feel loved, are among this year's winners of the Les Tupper Community Service Award. Five individuals and two organizations were selected to receive the prestigious volunteer award and will attend a May 12 awards ceremony to be held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Also being honored this year are: business owner Tony Angelica, former La Cañada Unified School Board member Susan Boyd, the Community Scholarship Foundation, and the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library along with its manager, Mark Totten.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is quick to point out that City Council members drive decision-making and he's quick to give his staff the credit for jobs well-done. But legacies - even quiet ones - aren't built to be ignored. In June the San Dimas native became the longest-serving city manager in La Cañada's history - the first to hold the city's top post for a solid decade, and that on top of 15 additional years working for the city. Alexander took his first administrative staff position here in 1988, when he was 23 years old, and worked his way up through a variety of posts under three previous city managers.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
A new commercial development at Foothill Boulevard and Chevy Chase Drive that will house the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee House is expected to open for business shortly after the holidays, owners Peter and Lenora Wannier said this week. The La Cañada Flintridge City Council tentatively agreed Monday to absorb about 30% of costs, or roughly $30,000, of off-site improvements for the project, including landscaping elements and street lighting. "This project is really a masterful project for the city, in my opinion," Councilman Dave Spence said to Peter Wannier.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
A landowner who has tangled with city officials for five years over an access route to a home he plans to build on a vacant lot will have to construct — and pay for — a new public street, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members decided Tuesday. Dr. Philip Merritt wants to use Windermere Place, a street off Inverness Drive that exists in name only, to access his hillside property abutting Hampstead Road. City officials had sought to deny use of Windermere Place, which would extend 200 feet from Inverness between two of Merritt’s neighbors, but in a subsequent court battle Merritt won the right to pave that street.
COMMUNITY
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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By Jane Napier Neely | March 26, 2014
The first weekend of spring just whizzed by. With the heavy early morning cloud cover, the weather people commented that we were experiencing either June gloom or May gray. Absolutely nobody mentioned April showers. Our parched earth would have welcomed that forecast. Yes, water conservation is ever present in my mind. I have reluctantly given up my long hot showers - I'm singing short songs these days. --- The spring social season is in full swing and love is also in the air. The Valley Sun got a note from Debbie Bacino saying that she will be married in April.
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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.
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.
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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.
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