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January 18, 2007
With news of an increased troop presence overseas, the Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills YMCAs reminds members of the military that they provide full financial assistance to active military service families. As difficult as it is to be separated by wartime deployments, the Y wishes to do its part to make military family members' lives healthier and happier. "It is truly a great sacrifice to serve your country and fellow citizens as a member of the military during these dangerous and difficult times.
By Mary O'Keefe | December 21, 2006
At about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the foothills fell silent in honor of fallen soldier Nick Steinbacher. From Crippen Mortuary on Honolulu Avenue to St. James The Less Catholic Church on Dunsmore Avenue, crowds of people of all ages and from all walks of life lined the streets holding flags and standing in a solemn tribute to one of this area's own. They were there to witness the hearse carrying the young soldier to the church, where a funeral mass...
By Mary O'Keefe | December 14, 2006
On Sunday a Crescenta Valley family received the news that their son, Nick Steinbacher, serving in Iraq, had been killed during a night patrol on Dec. 10. He had just celebrated his 22nd birthday on Dec. 8. "We've changed the doorbell since then," the soldier's brother, Dan Steinbacher, said Tuesday. He explained that his mother didn't want to hear the sound of the bell again as it only reminded her of the arrival of the horrible news. Nick Steinbacher, a 2003 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, entered the United States Army First Calvary Infantry division on Dec. 24, 2004.
By Mary O'Keefe | November 9, 2006
Paying tribute to those who have served in the military, the Crescenta Valley High School JROTC sponsored a pre-Veterans' Day assembly at the school last Friday where traditions were shared and taught. The JROTC program is the only one in the greater Crescenta Valley area, which includes La Cañada Flintridge. Lt. Col. David Worley is the mentor for the program at the school. There are about 75 students who are part of the school's JROTC program. Last week's assembly began with the presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.
By Mary O'Keefe | August 3, 2006
Raad Ommar, 56, a longtime La Crescenta resident, was a victim of kidnapping in Baghdad on July 31, according to published reports. Ommar is the chief executive officer of Iraqi American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He moved back to Iraq in 2003 after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime. According to reports, gunmen wearing military uniforms and traveling in sport utility vehicles entered a Baghdad business in the afternoon. The initial target was thought to be a cell phone company.
February 9, 2006
CNN's chief International correspondent Christiane Amanpour, will be making a rare public speaking appearance in Pasadena as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. She will be at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Wed., Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Individual tickets to Amanpour are not available. However, Amanpour and the remaining speakers are still available in a subscription package of four speakers for $198. Amanpour has reported live from the most troubled areas around the globe, cementing her reputation as the preeminent international correspondent in war-torn or conflicted regions.
March 31, 2005
Valley View by Fereva The title above is the name which locals Cliff Jones and Bob Tanabe have designated representing their efforts to do the same. Specifically, they hope to raise material donations in support of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 stationed in Iraq. Some weeks ago, I wrote of U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael T. Morton, 27, an embarkation chief for this unit. I met him during an interview at his send-off party for return to active duty. Friends e-mailed me after that story.
March 10, 2005
He is 27 years old, stands fit and trim at 6'2'' and will return for a second tour of military duty in Iraq sometime this month. His name is Cpl. Michael T. Morton and he is a U.S. Marine. For me, the war in Iraq now has a face. I met Morton and members of his family last Saturday night during a surprise birthday party for his father, Marty Morton, who is director of Maintenance, Facilities and Operations for La Cañada Unified School District. The party in La Crescenta celebrated a dual purpose, as it was also a farewell send-off for Mike.
November 10, 2004
Now that, as a nation, we have dodged our "doom", I still have a few things to get off my chest. I agree with the editor that most of us can now "resume our lives" which, in reality, if one thinks about it, were never disrupted. Yes, the electoral process has become a "buzz saw" of propaganda machines spewing rhetoric aimed at destroying the opposition and it is wonderful to be free of that. But we are at war and there is nothing normal about that. Especially a war that I and, incidentally, a majority of the world thought should have never been started and, unfortunately, it is not going to end well.
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