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By Ruth Longoria | August 28, 2008
Men stood ready with hoses to spray down the dust early Tuesday morning as a mighty dozer broke through the walls and roof of the small glass, brick and steel former flower shop near the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard. The crunch of metal, crackle of breaking glass and hum of the bulldozer made an eerie combination as general contractor Dale Thomas watched his crew of workers demolish decades of La Cañada history in preparation for a new facility set to educate and empower new generations of La Cañadans.
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By Steven E. Browne | August 2, 2007
A local landmark has been cited by Network Of The Historical International Nation's Group. NOTHING has picked a local building for its inaugural monument. This abandoned flower shop/gas station on the corner of Foothill and Chevy Chase will be adorned with a really old and ugly placard that will blend in with its weathered exterior. "This is the perfect example of upscale urban blight," explained extremely old founder Rip V. Winkle. "I woke up one morning and saw this building in a dream.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 13, 2013
A long-running flower shop in the city is looking to move back to Foothill Boulevard, where the business first opened in 1959. Edward Eiji Tomita and Hannah Tomita ran Eiji's Florist for many years on Foothill in a strip mall where the Flintridge Proper restaurant stands today. After a fire caused damage to the property in the 1980s, the Tomitas moved to their current location on 4534 Rinetti Lane. Their daughter, Lisa, now runs the shop. PHOTOS: Eiji's moving sale in La Cañada In an effort to increase foot traffic, the shop will move by June 30 to a more prominent location in the downtown area, said Jorell Esteban, a manager at Eiji's.
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By Megan O’Neil | November 12, 2009
In October 1959, Edward Eiji Tomita and his wife, Hannah, opened Eiji's Flowers on Foothill Boulevard directly across from where McDonald's is today in La Cañada Flintridge. Eiji, who as a child had cultivated flowers with his father, functioned as the buyer and traveled to the Los Angeles Flower Market multiple times a week. Hannah, who had no florist experience, taught herself floral design and also managed sales. Together, they built one of the longest-running businesses in the city, providing flowers for thousands of weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and funerals.
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By Steven E. Browne | January 4, 2007
Designer Wakkie Woo has unveiled his new power line concept for the transmission lines that dissect La Cañada. After several intense months of experimentation, meditation and some other big words ending in ion, the new tower design was unveiled just east of Descanso Drive and Verdugo Boulevard. The unique design is a combination of camouflage and utility. Woo wowed a small but willing audience as he explained that the towers needed to blend into the surrounding foliage better.
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By Steven E. Browne | October 19, 2006
A mysterious protest sign has appeared in the center of La Cañada. Several alert people in our town, extremely sensitive about unauthorized billboards, signs and posters, especially around our picturesque flower shop, have not noticed the sign on the north side of Foothill Boulevard. City officials were quick to comment, off the record of course. "I was not told of this sign," said one individual covering his name tag, "but it will be investigated, appropriate authorities will be notified, the matter will be discussed, addressed, duly notated, it will be put on our agenda and after a great deal of action and motions votes will be taken and recorded."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2006
A chance to take the family to see a favorite Broadway musical with adult performers for only $20 a ticket is being offered on the first and second weekends of February at La Cañada's own Lanterman Auditorium at 4490 Cornishon Ave., La Canada, on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Cornishon across from See's Candy. Performances are Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4., 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5 matinee at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 matinee at 2 p.m. and also an evening performance at 8 p.m. Opportunity prizes, including one from the popular Pampered Chef collection will be offered from "Eliza's Flower Shop" in the Lanterman Auditorium lobby.
NEWS
March 27, 2008
Local skate park to re-open Monday The city of La Cañada Flintridge will host a grand re-opening of its skate park next week. The park has been closed for the past few months for a $183,550 renovation, which includes concrete surfacing, fencing, and heavy duty ramps. The park originally opened in July 2001. The public is invited for a ribbon-cutting and for refreshments at the park at 4 p.m. on Monday at 4490 Cornishon Ave., across from Lanterman Auditorium. Skaters are reminded to wear required safety equipment, including knee and elbow pads, and a helmet.
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By Steven E. Browne | February 15, 2007
Thanks to a late night photographer, evidence of alien landings in Memorial Park have been confirmed by federal investigator Cone Headd. "It's not that they aren't welcome," explained Headd, "But the park closes at 10. The aliens use it after hours. That is wrong." An interview with the alien father, Spacd N. Vad, a married father of three, was enlightening. "The kids like the park. Especially the tire swing. We don't have anything like it at home. Because our ship is quick and shaped like your gazebo, it seemed a natural for us. I also make sure we don't leave any radioactive trash."
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By Charles Cooper | May 24, 2007
The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission Tuesday voted to continue to July 10 a request for a parking reduction on a commercial lot at 1010 Foothill Blvd., at the corner of Chevy Chase. The lot houses a former flower shop, which is proposed to be replaced with a new single-story retail building of 6,615 square feet. The applicant requested a variance to provide 28 parking places instead of the required 33. The staff report found that the building would need to be reduced in size by 1,000 square feet to meet parking, setback and lot coverage requirements.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 13, 2013
A long-running flower shop in the city is looking to move back to Foothill Boulevard, where the business first opened in 1959. Edward Eiji Tomita and Hannah Tomita ran Eiji's Florist for many years on Foothill in a strip mall where the Flintridge Proper restaurant stands today. After a fire caused damage to the property in the 1980s, the Tomitas moved to their current location on 4534 Rinetti Lane. Their daughter, Lisa, now runs the shop. PHOTOS: Eiji's moving sale in La Cañada In an effort to increase foot traffic, the shop will move by June 30 to a more prominent location in the downtown area, said Jorell Esteban, a manager at Eiji's.
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By Megan O’Neil | November 12, 2009
In October 1959, Edward Eiji Tomita and his wife, Hannah, opened Eiji's Flowers on Foothill Boulevard directly across from where McDonald's is today in La Cañada Flintridge. Eiji, who as a child had cultivated flowers with his father, functioned as the buyer and traveled to the Los Angeles Flower Market multiple times a week. Hannah, who had no florist experience, taught herself floral design and also managed sales. Together, they built one of the longest-running businesses in the city, providing flowers for thousands of weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and funerals.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 28, 2008
Men stood ready with hoses to spray down the dust early Tuesday morning as a mighty dozer broke through the walls and roof of the small glass, brick and steel former flower shop near the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard. The crunch of metal, crackle of breaking glass and hum of the bulldozer made an eerie combination as general contractor Dale Thomas watched his crew of workers demolish decades of La Cañada history in preparation for a new facility set to educate and empower new generations of La Cañadans.
NEWS
By Steven E. Browne | August 2, 2007
A local landmark has been cited by Network Of The Historical International Nation's Group. NOTHING has picked a local building for its inaugural monument. This abandoned flower shop/gas station on the corner of Foothill and Chevy Chase will be adorned with a really old and ugly placard that will blend in with its weathered exterior. "This is the perfect example of upscale urban blight," explained extremely old founder Rip V. Winkle. "I woke up one morning and saw this building in a dream.
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