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Sports | September 27, 2007
The La Cañada Gladiator teams faced off against the Temple City Rams last weekend in several displays of skill and teamwork. The Midget team played the Claremont Wolfpack in an equally impressive performance on the field. ? JR. GREMLIN CARDINAL The La Cañada Gladiator Cardinal team arrived in Temple City ready to play the Rams last Sunday morning. The offense drove the ball effectively behind quarterbacks Noah Kim and Andrew VanGinkel . The offensive line of Julian Martinez, Connor McGoldrick, Ian Goodstein , Kyle Ramirez, Jake George, Henry Alvarez, Miles Haxton , and Collin Saydah had a near perfect game, keeping the Rams well behind the line of scrimmage and opening up large holes for running backs Will McConnell , Bobby Gazmarian, Kudzai Kachingwe and Myles Webb . Both Gazmarian and Webb had impressive touchdown runs.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | March 13, 2008
Tal Shoemake was surrounded by hot dog stands as a youth growing up in Sherman Oaks. Many folks from the East Coast had moved to the San Fernando Valley, desiring the same choices they previously had from sidewalk hot dog vendors, Shoemake said. That’s why businesses such as the Wiener Factory and other popular fast food restaurants sprouted up offering steaming hot brats, chili-dogs, kraut-dogs, New York-style dogs, and a variety of other wiener choices. But, that’s what was missing when Shoemake decided to make La Cañada home, he said.
SPORTS
August 12, 2004
Peter Wells, a 1992 graduate of La Cañada High, is one of 18 members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team who have finished the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team Processing at the American College of Greece and are awaiting the start of the 2004 Olympic Games tomorrow (Friday) in Athens. The Games will continue through Aug. 29. Some members of the team have been in Athens for several months, but others like Wells, a former La Cañada Flintridge resident who now lives in Newport Beach, have only been in the ancient Mediterranean city a few weeks.
NEWS
June 10, 2004
A group of 158 young men were graduated on June 5 on the campus of St. Francis High School in La Cañada. 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 55th commencement ceremony of the local Catholic, college-preparatory institution.
NEWS
By Jake Armstrong | February 10, 2005
With Election Day a month away, more than 60 residents were given an opportunity Tuesday to ask questions to the three men vying for two seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council. At the candidate forum at Flintridge Preparatory School, moderated by Headmaster Peter Bachmann, incumbents David Spence and Steve Del Guercio and challenger Bob Burlison spelled out their positions on city issues through a series of questions posed by residents. In opening statements, Burlison, an attorney mounting his second drive for a council seat, described his fondness of discussion.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2009
ACTIVITIES Folk Dance Club: Winter Festival — Jan. 18, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. International folk dancing will be the focus of the Winter Festival, which takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Pasadena. Attendees are welcome to either participate or observe. The annual event is open to all age groups. The Winter Festival, Scottish Rite Temple, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena (corner of Walnut and Madison). A $5 donation requested. For information e-mail sstach236@earthlink.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
Thoughts from Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was staring at a blank screen on my computer sitting at a table between Zeli's and Rite-Aid. I knew the symptom, brain freeze. I've been there before?it was writer's block and the more I starred at that screen, the more I wanted to head for the hills. My inspiration, Kaitzer, was off somewhere with Sabine and Simone. Since it was the weekend, I was unable to call in the 'heavy guns,' Carol Cormaci, my editor.
NEWS
July 21, 2005
Big Band-era trumpet player Joe Dolny, a former La Cañadan who lived here in the 1980s, died on July 13 of colon cancer. He had turned 81 in March. Dolny went into Wadsworth Veterans' Hospital in March to undergo surgery. He was transferred to the Chandler Convalescent Hospital and St. Ann's Hospice in North Hollywood where he died in his sleep last week. A native of Cleveland, he had performed for 40 years with some of the famous name bands of the 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s, a period known for the popular music of the Big Bands nationally.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | August 13, 2009
In addition to engaging in scholarly, sports and normal teen activities, this week?s Valley Sun All Star is intent on saving the planet and is known for her contagious smile, her teacher said. Sierra Katow, who this fall will be a sophomore at La Cañada High School, is involved in a host of activities at the school and a member of the city of La Cañada Flintridge?s Youth Council. But, one of her proudest accomplishments, to date, is a Web page she created called Ecotopians.com.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | April 17, 2008
Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada will be the venue April 19 when Lineage Dance performs ?Dancing Through the Ages? as a benefit for the Desi Geestman Foundation. Curtain time is 8 p.m. The foundation was formed in 1999 in memory of the Desi Geestman, a 12-year-old La Crescenta girl who died of neuroblastoma. The foundation has helped cancer patients and their families with support both financially and emotionally. ?We work with so many charities throughout the year,?
NEWS
July 22, 2004
by Ralph Saenz Dave Banis, who served as the La Cañada Unified School District's superintendent of business services for nearly two-and-a-half years, has resigned his position. Banis, who was absent from Tuesday's meeting of the LCUSD Governing Board, which was held at the temporary meeting site at Foothills School, had been scheduled to present several business-related items to the board that were on the evening's agenda. Although he wasn't at the meeting, one of the items on the consent section of the agenda pertained to him. The board, with no comment, approved a contract to rehire John Kramar as the assistant superintendent of business services for a period of six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2006
On Dec. 5, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) ? an award-winning ensemble of middle school-age musicians from throughout Southern California sponsored by The Pasadena Symphony ? will present a free evening of music. Music Director Jack Taylor has included in the program a work that has long thrilled audiences of all ages: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." "We're so excited because the composer and pianist Alan Steinberger has agreed to provide cannon fire for us," says orchestra manager Jean Severson.
NEWS
By Chris Sutton | March 10, 2005
Fifteen future computer scientists were busy conducting a final check of their robots and synchronizing them to their computer programs last Wednesday, as they prepared to present their creations to the other student teams, as part of their final robotics session at La Cañada Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind after school program for third through sixth graders. The five, three member student teams were given a Legos Mindstorm kit to build and then program it via a computer to perform a function or maneuver a specific course.
NEWS
By Robin Goldsworthy and Mary O'Keefe | April 2, 2009
A car carrier heading southbound on Angeles Crest Highway shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday may have lost its brakes, causing a multiple vehicle accident that resulted in two fatalities and 12 injuries, three of them critical. Marcos Costa, 43, of Massachusetts is being held on $200,000 bail for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station after the semi-truck car carrier he was driving crashed into several vehicles, running over a red sedan killing its two occupants before ending up in the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse building on Foothill.
FEATURES
March 19, 2009
La Cañada Presbyterian The church presents the La Cañada Presbyterian Concert Choir and the Jack Lantz Big Band directed by Tony Chunn at 4 p.m. on March 22 in the sanctuary. The Concert Choir and the Jack Lantz Big Band come together to perform Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concert.” Other artists performing include tap dancer Channing Cook Holmes and sloists Lori Stinson and Susan Kay Wyatt. Ellington’s inspiration for sacred music concerts began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
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