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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 10, 2013
Times have quickly changed from one season to another and from three weeks ago until now for the St. Francis High football team. Last season at this time, the Golden Knights, having won four games, were happy just to be in the playoffs. Leading into the 2013 CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, there was some talk that the Golden Knights would get one of the bracket's top four seeds. However, after winning their first eight games of the year, the Golden Knights dropped consecutive contests to Mission League and division heavyweights Gardena Serra and Chaminade.
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June 3, 2004
The Surfrider Foundation will kickoff a summer-long celebration of its 20th anniversary with a gala and surfboard auction on Thursday, June 17 at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City. The auction, which will be conducted by Sotheby's, will feature one-of-a-kind surfboards hand-shaped by such surfing icons as Dale Velzy, George Downing and Gerry Lopez. Jack Johnson will also be honored by the foundation with its first Keeper of the Coast Award. Entertainment will be provided by surfer Tom Curren.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ruth Longoria | February 26, 2009
If you like classic rock with an acoustic sound to accompany your Saturday night socializing, the New Moon Restaurant in Montrose has a sound to stimulate your senses and send your appetite into overdrive. PCH — a group of Los Angeles area musicians that includes lead singer David Blassucci of La Cañada — is the entertainment every Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 2138 Verdugo Blvd. in Montrose. Blasucci enjoys singing with the band because, “It’s a great group of guys and I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had,” he said, adding, “The musicianship is outstanding and we all get along so well.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 23, 2014
As a sophomore, Dylan Crawford wasn't afraid to showcase his talents against opponents a year or two older than him. The St. Francis High football player seemed to fit in comfortably with the Golden Knights, who instantly made the wide receiver one of their primary targets each week. In helping St. Francis go 10-3, 3-2 in the ultra-competitive Mission League this season, Crawford caught 54 passes for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns to play a vital role in the Golden Knights advancing to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals.
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June 30, 2005
July 13, 1920-June 23, 2005 Asbury "Ab" Francis Dickins died June 23 in Pasadena. Ab was born in Hartford, Conn. on July 13, 1920 to the late Asbury M. and Wilhelmina Dickens. He and his family moved to Glendale in 1923. Ab is a graduate of Hoover High School and Glendale College. He worked many years in the aerospace industry before retiring from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After retirement, he became a real estate investor in Glendale and Orange County. Ab married Jeannette Eames on May 30, 1942 at Incarnation Church in Glendale.
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March 31, 2005
La Cañada Flintridge resident and retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Y. Kakita, known for his calming courtroom manner, passed away last Wednesday. He was 64. Held at an internment camp throughout World War II, Kakita would go on to help found the Japanese American Bar Association and later become a prominent mentor for fledgling Asian-American attorneys. Kakita, who for several years had been undergoing treatment for cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital, was a Fast Track judge and presided over hundreds of civil trials and settlement conferences on issues ranging from personal injury and employment - two types of people-oriented cases which he enjoyed - to insurance and real estate disputes.
COMMUNITY
May 30, 2013
Ten Years Ago With then-City Manager Jerry Fulwood poised to start a new job in Culver City, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council appointed Mark Alexander, who had served as assistant city manager, to step into Fulwood's post on an interim basis. Alexander said at the time we was giving serious consideration to applying for City Hall's top job on a permanent basis. Twenty Years Ago Officials at La Cañada High School received official notice from the U.S. Department of Education that it had been named a National Blue Ribbon School.
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July 24, 2013
Ten Years Ago Mark Alexander, who had served as an assistant to La Cañada Flintridge city managers since 1991, was given the top job in City Hall by the city council. Then 38, Alexander replaced Jerry Fulwood, who had accepted a post in Culver City. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada High School varsity basketball team outscored rival Muir High during the four-game Fairfax Tournament in the summer of 1993, allowing the local team to go on to win the consolation title.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erna Taylor-Stark | October 25, 2007
For many, jazz is an acquired taste; rather like black olives. For local 16-year-old Mike Gurrola, jazz seems to be in his blood. Gurrola began his musical adventure at the tender age of 6 while taking violin lessons. At Rosemont Middle School, Gurrola joined the school orchestra as a violin player. One day, his music teacher, Rod Yonkers, said he needed a bass player and Gurrola volunteered. “I was about 12 or 13 years old — I can’t remember,” Gurrola said.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, Andrew Shortall and Andrew J. Campa | December 24, 2013
Redemption, rebirth and renewal were some of the storylines that dominated a successful sports year for the teams and students-athletes from La Cañada Flintridge in 2013. Among some of the accolades earned were Olympic berths, CIF Southern Section championships and several bounce-back seasons from the city's programs. Here are the La Cañada Valley Sun's top 10 sports stories of 2013. 1. La Cañada High alumna Kate Hansen reaches Olympics . Having fallen short on a trip to the winter games in 2010, the 21-year-old Hansen was not denied this time.Hansen needed two world top-nine finishes through the first five Viessman Luge World Cup competitions this fall and winter and didn't waste any time.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 23, 2014
As a sophomore, Dylan Crawford wasn't afraid to showcase his talents against opponents a year or two older than him. The St. Francis High football player seemed to fit in comfortably with the Golden Knights, who instantly made the wide receiver one of their primary targets each week. In helping St. Francis go 10-3, 3-2 in the ultra-competitive Mission League this season, Crawford caught 54 passes for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns to play a vital role in the Golden Knights advancing to the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals.
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By Charles Rich, Andrew Shortall and Andrew J. Campa | December 24, 2013
Redemption, rebirth and renewal were some of the storylines that dominated a successful sports year for the teams and students-athletes from La Cañada Flintridge in 2013. Among some of the accolades earned were Olympic berths, CIF Southern Section championships and several bounce-back seasons from the city's programs. Here are the La Cañada Valley Sun's top 10 sports stories of 2013. 1. La Cañada High alumna Kate Hansen reaches Olympics . Having fallen short on a trip to the winter games in 2010, the 21-year-old Hansen was not denied this time.Hansen needed two world top-nine finishes through the first five Viessman Luge World Cup competitions this fall and winter and didn't waste any time.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 10, 2013
Times have quickly changed from one season to another and from three weeks ago until now for the St. Francis High football team. Last season at this time, the Golden Knights, having won four games, were happy just to be in the playoffs. Leading into the 2013 CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, there was some talk that the Golden Knights would get one of the bracket's top four seeds. However, after winning their first eight games of the year, the Golden Knights dropped consecutive contests to Mission League and division heavyweights Gardena Serra and Chaminade.
COMMUNITY
July 24, 2013
Ten Years Ago Mark Alexander, who had served as an assistant to La Cañada Flintridge city managers since 1991, was given the top job in City Hall by the city council. Then 38, Alexander replaced Jerry Fulwood, who had accepted a post in Culver City. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada High School varsity basketball team outscored rival Muir High during the four-game Fairfax Tournament in the summer of 1993, allowing the local team to go on to win the consolation title.
COMMUNITY
May 30, 2013
Ten Years Ago With then-City Manager Jerry Fulwood poised to start a new job in Culver City, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council appointed Mark Alexander, who had served as assistant city manager, to step into Fulwood's post on an interim basis. Alexander said at the time we was giving serious consideration to applying for City Hall's top job on a permanent basis. Twenty Years Ago Officials at La Cañada High School received official notice from the U.S. Department of Education that it had been named a National Blue Ribbon School.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ruth Longoria | February 26, 2009
If you like classic rock with an acoustic sound to accompany your Saturday night socializing, the New Moon Restaurant in Montrose has a sound to stimulate your senses and send your appetite into overdrive. PCH — a group of Los Angeles area musicians that includes lead singer David Blassucci of La Cañada — is the entertainment every Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 2138 Verdugo Blvd. in Montrose. Blasucci enjoys singing with the band because, “It’s a great group of guys and I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had,” he said, adding, “The musicianship is outstanding and we all get along so well.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erna Taylor-Stark | October 25, 2007
For many, jazz is an acquired taste; rather like black olives. For local 16-year-old Mike Gurrola, jazz seems to be in his blood. Gurrola began his musical adventure at the tender age of 6 while taking violin lessons. At Rosemont Middle School, Gurrola joined the school orchestra as a violin player. One day, his music teacher, Rod Yonkers, said he needed a bass player and Gurrola volunteered. “I was about 12 or 13 years old — I can’t remember,” Gurrola said.
SPORTS
By Gordie Morris | November 23, 2006
Football coaches will tell you the way to stop a fast, quick-strike football team is to control the ball and keep the other team's offense off the field. St. Francis did just that last Friday night in a first round CIF Southern Section Western Division playoff game against host Culver City.....for a while. Taking the opening kickoff, the Golden Knights controlled the ball for the entire 12-minute first quarter, unrolling a 20-play drive that included four fourth-down conversions and ended with Neil Favor's 17-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
NEWS
June 30, 2005
July 13, 1920-June 23, 2005 Asbury "Ab" Francis Dickins died June 23 in Pasadena. Ab was born in Hartford, Conn. on July 13, 1920 to the late Asbury M. and Wilhelmina Dickens. He and his family moved to Glendale in 1923. Ab is a graduate of Hoover High School and Glendale College. He worked many years in the aerospace industry before retiring from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After retirement, he became a real estate investor in Glendale and Orange County. Ab married Jeannette Eames on May 30, 1942 at Incarnation Church in Glendale.
NEWS
March 31, 2005
La Cañada Flintridge resident and retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Y. Kakita, known for his calming courtroom manner, passed away last Wednesday. He was 64. Held at an internment camp throughout World War II, Kakita would go on to help found the Japanese American Bar Association and later become a prominent mentor for fledgling Asian-American attorneys. Kakita, who for several years had been undergoing treatment for cancer at Huntington Memorial Hospital, was a Fast Track judge and presided over hundreds of civil trials and settlement conferences on issues ranging from personal injury and employment - two types of people-oriented cases which he enjoyed - to insurance and real estate disputes.
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