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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 17, 2013
This article has been corrected. See details below. Shortly after sunset last Friday, local Muslims laid down colorful prayer rugs underneath a basketball hoop at the back patio of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge and huddled together for the evening prayer. Inside the adjacent room, religious leaders from multiple faiths stood and watched. PHOTOS: Islamic Congregation of La Cañada Flintridge celebrates Ramadan It was a quiet moment in a jubilant Ramadan celebration that attracted about 150 people.
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NEWS
July 12, 2013
Rita's, a Pennsylvania-based chain that serves Italian ice and other frozen treats, is opening a location in La Cañada Flintridge. The store is expected to open at the end of July on 468 Foothill Blvd. A grand opening celebration with free samples of Italian ice is planned for early August, according to Linda Duke, spokeswoman for the company. The new store will hire around 10 employee and will operate Monday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m. La Cañada residents John and Christopher Rodgers will manage the location for the franchise company.  The store will sell its signature Italian ice, along with frozen custard, gelati and other specialty desserts.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 19, 2013
After they renovated sections of a trail in La Cañada Flintridge, two local Eagle Scouts were recognized last year with personal plaques displayed near their completed projects. But trail advocates weren't pleased with the location of the monuments: on the edge of the trail, where residents run and ride bicycles or horses. Randy Strapazon, a former member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, told city council members earlier this month that she believes personal recognition signs or plaques should not be allowed on natural open spaces.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 12, 2013
On a walk through the upper Alta Canyada neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge, people and large estates appear dwarfed by rows of deodar cedars. The towering trees, which are more than 100 feet tall in some areas, have become an icon of the neighborhood and residents don't want them harmed. When the City Council prepared to approve a tree ordinance in March that would protect the California sycamore and a variety of oaks but omit the deodar cedar, residents protested. Council members have proposed a compromise: a historic deodar district that would protect the tree where it defines the character of the neighborhood.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 22, 2013
Residents will take to the streets to celebrate the community's heritage and local businesses this weekend in the 40th annual Fiesta Days. The event, which honors La Canada Flintridge's Spanish roots, began in 1973 and has grown into a community-wide celebration that falls on Memorial Day weekend. This year's theme is "Neighbor to Neighbor" and the parade, which usually draws large crowds, will be led by Grand Marshal Allen Lund. The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn., which hosts the event, doesn't change Fiesta Days' main lineup much from year to year . The top attractions include a Saturday morning community breakfast with French toast and strawberries, a vintage car show, a fireworks show at Memorial Park and the Memorial Day parade.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Newton R. Russell, a veteran state senator known as an expert on California's complex public pension system and a stickler for upholding legislative rules, died Saturday of lung cancer at his La Cañada Flintridge home, his family said. He was 85. A conservative Republican, Russell served 32 years in the Legislature, including 10 years in the Assembly and 22 years in the Senate, where he represented the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and part of Pasadena.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 13, 2013
Though separated by two divisions in the CIF Southern Section, the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep baseball teams have run through similar seasons in 2013. Both began 2013 with teams coming off seasons in which they failed to make the playoffs and both were looking to regroup under first-year coaches. And now, both have rattled off surprising runs to respective league titles, as the Spartans won the Rio Hondo League crown and the Rebels claimed a share of the Prep League championships.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 8, 2013
Both the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep boys' swimming teams are looking to improve in their respective CIF Southern Section divisions. There isn't much room for the Spartans, who finished sixth last year, to move up the Division I leader board, as they eye a top-five finish among some of the top teams in the state. The meet kicks off prelims Thursday at 9 a.m. and begins finals Saturday at 5 p.m. On the other hand, the Rebels have hopes of moving from a team that didn't have a swimmer in a championship or consolation final race in Division II to a championship contender in Division III, which begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. and concludes with a finals meet Thursday with a 5 p.m. start time.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | May 4, 2013
Two of the city of La Cañada's three high school boys' volleyball teams earned a berth into next week's CIF Southern Section playoffs as was evident at the release of the divisional postseason pairings Saturday morning. Rio Hondo League runner-up La Cañada High and reigning Prep League champion Flintridge Prep will represent the city when the CIF Southern Section divisional playoffs begin Tuesday evening. The Spartans (15-10) will be visitors in the first round of the Division III playoffs as they travel to Golden West League champion Santa Ana Segerstrom (16-5)
COMMUNITY
May 1, 2013
Faculty and staff members of La Cañada public and private schools are being offered free servings of coffee the week of May 6-May 10 at the town's new restaurant, Flintridge Proper, 464 Foothill Blvd. The offer is being made in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week and educators are welcome to visit the restaurant more than once during the week to take advantage of it. "Our community has some of the finest schools in the country and some of the finest faculty anywhere," said co-owner Mary Caverly.
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