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News | 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.
NEWS
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.
THE626NOW
June 11, 2012
Olberz Park was the site of activity ranging from sleeping bag tests to yoga classes Saturday as Sport Chalet hosted its third annual Mountain and Outdoor Expo, just steps from the company's La Cañada Flintridge headquarters. About 400 people turned out to climb rock walls, practice pitching tents, play games, introduce themselves to Smokey Bear and sample the range of outdoor gear sold by the retailer with 52 stores and plans to open a downtown Los Angeles store next year. Spokeswoman Tonya Bray say the crowds and number of participating vendors have doubled in the three years Sport Chalet has hosted the event.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | October 5, 2012
“East Meets Fete” was the theme chosen for “Only at Descanso,” the recent fundraising gala held at Descanso Gardens. Heather Sturt Haaga, a Descanso trustee, seamlessly chaired the gala that raised $202,000 in support of the botanic garden's education programs for Los Angeles and surrounding area schoolchildren and special-needs students. “The nice part is that the evening is also a very fun event, truly a community party. Many thanks to all who gave to keep the legacy of Descanso safe for future generations,” Sturt Haaga said.
COMMUNITY
December 29, 2012
Following a tradition going back more than six decades, the La Cañada Thursday Club held its Bal Blanc de Noel on Saturday, presenting debutantes who have spent 16 months preparing for the occasion as part of the club's Les Fleurettes program. The young women have been immersed in social and community service activities, cultural education, personal development and etiquette instruction. The black-tie gala will be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The presenter for the evening will be Mayor Pro Tem Laura Olhasso.
NEWS
By Stephanie Ghiya | July 27, 2011
Recipe packets line Paradise Canyon Elementary's cafeteria counter and ingredients for almond cookies are prepped. Summer school students are coloring flags for display in Jamie Sennett's Cooking Around the World class. Students across campus wrapped up this fifth and final week of summer enrichment classes by rehearsing for performances and touching up art projects for exhibition today and tomorrow. The Assistance League of Flintridge, a philanthropic non-profit organization, has administered the summer school programs in La Cañada to students entering grades 1-8 since 1978, when voter approval of Proposition 13 left La Cañada Unified School District without funds for summer school.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 20, 2013
The deodar cedar is not native to La Cañada Flintridge, but the tree's deep roots in the city might save it. City Council members on Monday decided to hold off on approving a simplified tree ordinance, which would have removed deodar cedars, California peppers and Chinese elms from the city's protection. But after one resident argued that the deodar was historically significant to the city, especially in the Alta Canyada neighborhood, officials reconsidered their decision. Bob Craven said he wasn't aware that officials had voted to remove the deodar from the protected tree list until he read an article in the Valley Sun. “By removing that deodar from protection, the council will be taking an action that goes against the history and the visual beauty of our particular residential area,” he told council members.
NEWS
By Joe Puglia | April 1, 2010
Capt. Clark extended his hand. “Take a seat left-tenant,” he said. I did, opposite him on an 81-Mike-Mike ammo crate. He brought me up to speed on enemy movements, their strength, weaponry and combat readiness. We were operating 20 clicks from Phouc Tuy, and the intelligence would prove to be fortuitous. With devilish good looks, Clark was an image from a Kipling novel. He was an Aussie, SAS (Strategic Air Service). The Viet Cong called them ma rung , phantoms of the jungle.
NEWS
August 16, 2007
Red flag alert issued A red flag alert was issued by the National Weather Service on Monday afternoon and remained in effect through yesterday morning. The alert was issued due to high pressure aloft producing very warm and dry conditions for areas including the Angeles National Forest. Many of the affected locations suffered with single digit relative humidities and gusty winds, furthering concern. According to the service report, the combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures create “explosive” fire growth potential.
NEWS
February 9, 2006
Applications for Assistance League of Flintridge Summer School teachers and classroom aides will be available beginning tomorrow, Feb. 10, at all La Cañada Unified School District offices and at Assistance League of Flintridge. Teachers must have their California teaching credential and classroom aides must be at least 19 years old or have completed at least one year of college. Assistance League of Flintridge Summer School is scheduled for five weeks from June 26 through July 28, Monday through Friday except for the July 4 holiday.
FEATURES
June 22, 2006
Kirsten Fossan Newquist of La Cañada has been named to the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Newquist is vice-president of Copia Associates, a private investment firm based in San Ramon. She has also been vice-president of corporate development for Ancora Capital and Management Group, San Fernando. She received her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and her MBA from UCLA's Anderson School. She and her husband are the parents of four children.
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