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By Ruth Longoria | March 5, 2009
Very few La Cañadans turned out at City Hall Tuesday night as tallies of La Cañada Flintridge precincts came in from the City Council election. However, voters of this city made a not-too-bad showing at the polls, with 22% of residents casting their votes. That’s opposed to the only about 15% of voters who cast their ballots in nearby Los Angeles, according to L.A.’s City Clerk’s office. Up for grabs in La Cañada were two of the five seats on the council. Those seats were retained in a decisive victory for incumbents: Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Councilman Dave Spence.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 16, 2009
This week’s Valley Sun All- Star is known as an “all around good guy.” La Cañada High School senior Sean Denney was nominated as an All-Star because he’s outstanding in the areas of sports, personality and integrity. Denney, 18, recently received a commendation from La Cañada High — a Spartan Star — for returning a wallet filled with money, credit and debit cards, which he and a friend, John Cha found on the school campus. Denney said he didn’t even consider keeping the wallet.
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By Ruth Longoria | December 25, 2008
He may have “stumbled into” cross country, but La Cañada High School junior Aayush Shah is making a name for himself running in that sport. Shah, 16, is this week’s Valley Sun All-Star. He was nominated by Valley Sun sports editor Seth Amitin. “Aayush is a really good athlete, a great runner,” Amitin said. Shah’s coaches at the high school agree. “I wish I had 12 kids just like him,” said Mike Thatcher, assistant cross-country coach at La Cañada High, adding that he appreciates Shah’s maturity and dedication to his sport.
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By Ruth Longoria | September 4, 2008
When Boy Scout Patrick Moore approached the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge about earning his Eagle Scout award through a project at the center, it took a while to decide the optimum project for him, said Megan Nordvedt, executive director of the center. That’s in part because the youth is part of a large Boy Scout troop — Troop No. 4 in Pasadena — and his troop members are very busy doing good works around the area, she said, adding that the decision also took longer because Moore is such a capable young man, and Nordvedt wanted to make sure the project selected best took advantage of his aptitude and abilities.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 21, 2008
An athlete, scholar and all around good kid, that’s how folks who know this week’s Valley Sun All-Star describe the 15-year-old La Cañada High School sophomore. Erick Lankey was nominated to be an All-Star by family friend, Anne Tryba of La Cañada. “Erick is a terrific kid,” Tryba said. “He’s talented, smart and a really nice kid.” He is the son of Jeff and Becky Lankey of La Cañada. He has a younger sister, Kara, 13, and a 4-year-old cat named Buttons.
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By ruth longoria valley sun | March 27, 2008
It’s a bit like watching a scene from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Only instead of young and old fans paying homage to the charming wise guy teen portrayed by Matthew Broderick, kids and adults who know this multi-faceted charmer can’t say enough about La Cañada High School sophomore Alex Rosen. “He’s the most multi-talented person I know,” said Miles Crosman, a senior at La Cañada High School. “I’ve only known him this year, but he’s so funny and awesome.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 23, 2009
He may have trouble finding the right words at times, but he never has trouble finding a smile. This week’s La Cañada Valley Sun All-Star is Peter Conforti, a student at La Cañada High School. Peter has autism and despite the difficulties associated with his disorder, is a capable young man who enjoys playing with friends at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Adventure Camp, playing video games and riding horses, and also spending time with his family. He also enjoys smiling and does it on a regular basis.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon | January 15, 2009
Dietrich Riley is a busy young man these days. He just recently returned from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas, where he competed in a combine before the high school football all-star showcase. Having already received scholarship offers from USC and UCLA during the summer, the St. Francis High junior is receiving notice from the top schools across the nation. Meanwhile, he’s juggling it all while starting for the Golden Knights basketball team. Then, of course, there’s the junior football season he just left behind, one in which he became the first Golden Knights rusher since 2004 to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier, as he started at running back, outside linebacker and returned kicks for St. Francis.
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By Ruth Longoria | May 15, 2008
There’s a sense of optimism about this 14-year-old St. Francis High School freshman that’s evident from the moment you meet him. His eyes sparkle and his smile is a genuine flash of brilliance. “I’m a glass is half-full kind of guy,” explains Kyle Palazzalo, a recent Random Acts of Kindness award winner. “I’m very optimistic and I have this outlook that there’s definitely always something good in life.” Palazzalo received the award because his peers at the school’s Life Team felt his joyful attitude, humility and anonymous good deeds were worthy of a little recognition, said Denise Gunter, who works in the school’s activities office.
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By Ruth Longoria | June 26, 2008
He’s described by staff and other adults at St. Francis High School as a self-motivated, great student. Ryan Tixier is an honor student at the school, a tutor for other youths and a dedicated athlete. Tixier, a junior at St. Francis, was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star for his positive attitude and impressive ability to complete every task he sets before himself. “Ryan is a terrific student,” said St. Francis High School Principal and freshman English teacher Tom Moran.
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SPORTS
By Charles Rich | April 29, 2010
Richie Maloof’s demeanor can change in an instant. It’s part of his makeup while playing multiple sports at St. Francis High. On the football field, he’s intense while playing a rough-and-tumble sport in front of a large audience. On the golf course, he’s more reserved while focusing on a tee shot or a putt. Maloof acknowledges that the sports pose distinct challenges. “They are very different,” said Maloof, a junior defensive back and one of the top golfers on the Golden Knights.
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By Seth Amitin | March 11, 2010
Here he is, the new coach, wearing a “Club West Volleyball” T-shirt, snap pants and some shiny Nikes, a clipboard from the varsity game in hand, sitting front row to watch the La Cañada boys’ junior varsity volleyball team get off to a hot start against Burroughs, 8-2, in the first frame of their first match on March 1. Only minutes earlier, his varsity team didn’t fare so well, receiving a beat down by Burroughs’ varsity...
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon | September 10, 2009
When Dietrich Riley began his days playing Pop Warner football, he was far removed from the pomp and circumstance that would eventually color his high school days. “The funny part of it is, I was just another guy out there,” he recalls. “I was never the most athletic. ...I was just another guy out there.” Just another offensive and defensive lineman, in fact. But when St. Francis High football Coach Jim Bonds saw the freshman version of the would-be NCAA Division I prospect, he had no doubts that Riley’s skills would take him to new heights.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 23, 2009
He may have trouble finding the right words at times, but he never has trouble finding a smile. This week’s La Cañada Valley Sun All-Star is Peter Conforti, a student at La Cañada High School. Peter has autism and despite the difficulties associated with his disorder, is a capable young man who enjoys playing with friends at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Adventure Camp, playing video games and riding horses, and also spending time with his family. He also enjoys smiling and does it on a regular basis.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 16, 2009
This week’s Valley Sun All- Star is known as an “all around good guy.” La Cañada High School senior Sean Denney was nominated as an All-Star because he’s outstanding in the areas of sports, personality and integrity. Denney, 18, recently received a commendation from La Cañada High — a Spartan Star — for returning a wallet filled with money, credit and debit cards, which he and a friend, John Cha found on the school campus. Denney said he didn’t even consider keeping the wallet.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 2, 2009
He describes himself as “loud and rambunctious,” but this week’s Valley Sun All-Star is hardly a disturbance to those who respect the young man referred to by others as “sensitive,” “mature,” and an “all around great kid.” That all around great kid — this week’s Valley Sun All Star — is James Christensen, a senior at La Cañada High School. The 17-year-old is involved in sports, he’s a musician, enjoys hiking, is an avid fisherman, and he’s an expert sailor, his dad, Jay Christensen said, adding that his son also is a great person.
SPORTS
By Seth Amitin | March 26, 2009
Though the players and the coach alike are cautiously optimistic about their chances this season, and might even do better than last year’s team, no one was going to say it. “No one thought we’d be this good,” said senior Gavin Thompson. “We’re more of a raw team. We’re playing the plays through, we’re doing long rallies. Last year was more of a brute power team. We had a lot of offense, we just didn’t use it right [at times]
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By Ruth Longoria | March 26, 2009
A love of the outdoors, nature, animals and baseball combined with a naturally great personality is what makes this week’s Valley Sun All-Star outstanding in his community. Those who know Paradise Canyon Elementary School fourth grader Aidan Phillips say the youth has abilities, aptitude and an excellent attitude. “He’s a wonderful kid, with great manners and a wide variety of interests,” said Cub Scout co-den leader Joan Raney. Raney said Aidan is an active participant in scout meetings, always asking questions or providing a good story or joke.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | March 5, 2009
Very few La Cañadans turned out at City Hall Tuesday night as tallies of La Cañada Flintridge precincts came in from the City Council election. However, voters of this city made a not-too-bad showing at the polls, with 22% of residents casting their votes. That’s opposed to the only about 15% of voters who cast their ballots in nearby Los Angeles, according to L.A.’s City Clerk’s office. Up for grabs in La Cañada were two of the five seats on the council. Those seats were retained in a decisive victory for incumbents: Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Councilman Dave Spence.
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