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June 5, 2008
La Cañada Valley Sun sports editor Seth Amitin created a blog as an open forum for La Cañadans to have discussions on topics about the Dodgers. If you’d like to comment or voice your opinion, visit the blog: dingers.wordpress.com Brad Penny’s struggles a problem? Publish date: May 30, 2008 So far, a number of Dodgers have struggled: Penny, Lowe, Loney, Kent and Jones. Jones has been the obvious winner of the slumpstakes, but he’s on the DL, so we’ll save that for when he comes back.
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By Ruth Longoria | May 22, 2008
When St. Francis High School held a recent raffle at a basketball game, a friend passed on the winning ticket to senior Ramiro Carreon. The large pool of money the youth won was immediately turned back in so the funds could be given to the school’s fund-raising for last weekend’s Relay for Life event to raise money to fight cancer. Carreon said he and his friend, Justin Sciarra, didn’t even consider keeping the money for themselves. “Cancer patients need [the money]
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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 Carol Cormaci | May 2, 2008
There is a plain, brown, squarish car parked every night in our driveway that has become an unlikely hero to me. It’s 28 years old and of the make that, to most Americans, is the Rodney Dangerfield of the automotive universe, the low-brow Fiat. Do not even consider uttering “Fix it again, Tony” in the presence of my husband, who practically worships at the Agnelli family altar. If do you say something so rude, Gil will just stare at you before turning his back, deeply hurt by your words and disappointed by your ignorance.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 24, 2008
There’s a fine line between making class time fun and distracting other students, and this jovial freshman understands the difference, St. Francis High School faculty say of 15-year-old athlete and academic high achiever Andrew Quintero. Quintero was nominated as a Valley Sun All-Star by staff at the school. He’s also a recipient of the school’s Random Act of Kindness award, for his academic excellence, enthusiasm and compassion for others. “Andrew is a fantastic young man,” said Gino Altobelli, Quintero’s algebra teacher at the school.
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By Grant Gordon | April 24, 2008
Shortly after the Renaissance Academy Wildcats had lost in their first-ever bid for a CIF title, freshman Justin Cook sat silently behind a folding table, surrounded by senior teammate Leif Williams and Coach Sid Cooke. As the press conference carried on, Cook’s somber expression never altered and his silence rarely ended. Three seasons have passed since then, and not much has changed for the talented Wildcats guard. Cook is still as soft spoken as ever, he’s earned All-LA84 (formerly All-CIF)
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By Ruth Longoria | April 3, 2008
Facing challenges on the football field is nothing for this week’s Valley Sun All- Star, who has overcome some incredible challenges during his 17 years. Justin Sciarra, a junior at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, was nominated by staff at the school for his upbeat attitude, scholastic aptitude and concern for others. Sciarra was a recipient of the school’s Random Acts of Kindness award last month. “Justin is a great kid,” said Eric Gleason, the director of campus ministries at St. Francis High School.
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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 | January 10, 2008
It was a rainy day in January 2005 when David Stegner showed up to take on the job as the city of La Cañada Flintridge’s public safety coordinator. It had been raining for 10 days straight, Stegner recalls. “But, my first day was peaceful,” he said. “It was the second day when water came rushing down the streets.” Stegner had to deal with mudslides and slope failures immediately after beginning his first day on the job, said Mark Alexander, city manager.
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