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By Jane Napier Neely | April 8, 2012
Residents of our valley joined their hearts and hands for a fundraising dining-out adventure called “Dinners from the Heart” in support of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. More than 400 community members, neighbors and friends dined at one of the 30-plus participating restaurants to help fund Hathaway-Sycamores' comprehensive continuum of therapeutic and other support service for children and families. This year's “Dinner from the Heart” raised more than $55,000.
March 31, 2012
The YMCA of the Foothills is reaching across the world to boost the organization's message of fellowship and community. The local Y, which has facilities in La Cañada Flintridge and Tujunga, recently provided $20,000 in locally raised funds for a YMCA in Spitak, Armenia. YMCA of the Foothills President Tyler Wright went to Spitak to consult with YMCA leaders there. “The local Armenian population is one of the fastest growing groups in the communities we serve locally,” Wright said in a statement.
January 18, 2012
Locals are encouraged to dress as their favorite rock star and attend “Rockin' for the Homeless II,” held in support of Union Station Homeless Services on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the La Cañada Thursday Club, 4440 Woodleigh Lane. Food will be provided by El Cholo Cafe and live entertainment by the bands That's What She Said and The Untouchables. The suggested donation is $45. Reservations can be made by calling Sherlin at (213)
By Daniel Siegal, | December 21, 2011
It's about to get just a little quieter for residents near the 210 Freeway, thanks to an infusion of state funds. After years of discussion and planning, La Cañada Flintridge finally will get freeway sound walls. With $10.7 million of Measure R transportation funds coming to the city from Sacramento, the City Council voted Monday to put those funds toward the first phase of a long-awaited plan to shield residents from traffic noise. The first $4.588 million will be issued immediately.
By Daniel Siegal, | December 14, 2011
A program that helps teens learn about the inner workings of democracy will benefit from the proceeds of the annual Christmas tree sale currently underway at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. When families arrive at the Y's parking lot to select a freshly-cut fir tree for their living room, they're also supporting the local youth, as proceeds from the annual sale can raise up to $60,000 for the Y's Youth and Government program. Rick Dennis, the Y's executive director, community, said that it costs the 128 members of the Crescenta Cañada delegation $1,100 each to participate in the program, and that the sale is a way for the participants to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses.
November 23, 2011
Hahamongna Watershed Park was the site of MACH1's annual Ride-A-Thon on a Sunday in late October. Proceeds from the event, plus generous contributions throughout the year to MACH 1 (Move a Child Higher), provide riders with disabilities with a safe, friendly, fun and effective program. There were more than 30 riders and support groups participating, including the El Monte Police Dept., Pasadena Police Mounted Unit, various schools, Flintridge Riding Club, MACH 1, Rose Bowl Riders and Tom Sawyer Camp.
By Stephanie Ghiya | August 17, 2011
Thanks to an improved funding picture, the La Cañada Unified School District recently hired 30 temporary teachers, Supt. Wendy Sinnette reported at Tuesday's school board meeting. The improved funding outlook is due to three things, she reported. The first is that enrollment registration numbers are up for the coming school year. The second involves a gift of $1.1 million from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. And a third involves an additional $900,000 in parent contributions earmarked for class-size reduction.
By Daniel Siegal and Carolyn Neuhausen | August 10, 2011
A memorial scholarship fund and the athletic department at St. Francis High School are on the receiving end of a unique fundraiser held Sunday at a La Cañada salon. The Bruce K. Smith Salon on Foothill Boulevard hosted a Buzz-a-Thon, offering buzz cuts for $20. Proceeds were split evenly between the Katherine Elizabeth Evans Scholarship Fund and the St. Francis Athletic Department. Katherine Evans, 14, who attended Holy Family School in South Pasadena, died after emerging from a swimming pool at a graduation party on June 12. She would have been a freshman at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy this fall.
By Daniel Siegal, | August 5, 2011
Bruce Smith, owner of La Cañada's Bruce K. Smith Salon will be giving buzz-cuts for good causes at his shop on Sunday, Aug. 7. During the 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Buzz-a-thon,” Smith and his stylists will be offering buzz cuts for $20 with the proceeds going to support the Katherine Elizabeth Evans Scholarship Fund and St. Francis Athletic Department. Named for the 14-year-old San Marino resident who collapsed and later died at an 8th grade graduation party on June 12th, the Katherine Evans Scholarship Fund will help support a student from Katherine's alma mater, Holy Family.
By Joe Piasecki | July 27, 2011
A former NASA investigator who had worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge has pleaded guilty to filing a fraudulent federal tax return that failed to report nearly $300,000 he stole from a Lancaster church. Alvin Danielle Allen, 42, was a special agent with NASA's Office of Inspector General, which conducts audits of agency operations and investigates allegations of fraud, waste and misconduct. NASA Office of Inspector General spokeswoman Renee Juhans said Allen worked out of an Inspector General satellite office at JPL for nearly 10 years.
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