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By Joe Puglia | May 15, 2008
I sit in Penelope’s and stare at a blank computer screen searching for the humanity that might mitigate the anger I feel toward whoever desecrated the war memorial plaques in Memorial Park. The steamy aroma of a chai latte does not sooth my embitterment. I’m not even going to tell you what I am thinking, because it ain’t good. On the home stretch after early morning walks I often visit the war memorial plaques to say hello to the soldiers whose names are eternally etched in gardens of stone and in shallow crevasses our nation’s conscience.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 21, 2010
Thieves have stolen seven bronze plaques, some worth thousands of dollars, from two La Cañada Unified schools during the last three weeks, according to Los Angeles County sheriffs. Four plaques were stolen from La Cañada High School during the weekend of July 9 to 12, said Det. Brian Tibbett, including one dedicated to former history teacher and football coach Bud Heavner and another dedicated to former softball coach Tom Parker. The total loss was valued at $5,400. "All the bolts that were attaching these plaques were broken, and the plaques were pried from secure locations," Tibbett said.
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June 12, 2008
As soon as I read about him, I called my friend Denise Hovland, from the Thursday Club. ?Denise,? I said, ?did you know that a guy from La Cañada went down with the USS Scorpion?? The USS Scorpion was a fast attack nuclear submarine which was ?declared lost? in June 1968. Aboard the ship were 99 crewmen. Among them was Navy Lt. John Charles Sweet, a 1964 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the son of two Lockheed employees. John Charles Sweet was from La Cañada.
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By Carol Cormaci | June 3, 2010
C lear skies and warm days made for solid turnouts at the weekend's Fiesta Days events. A few people who were in the parade this year commented to me that they'd never seen so many people lined up on both sides of the boulevard for the main event — and I believe it. On our little stretch of the sidewalk we gave away many gallons of lemonade and countless cups of coffee, to onlookers as well as thirsty parade participants who had finished the...
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By Elaine La Marr | May 24, 2007
Once again at this year's Memorial Day Service, to be held at the Memorial Park bandstand at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, citizens of La Cañada Flintridge will be called to honor another one of their own, fallen in time of war, as the name of Spc. Carla J. Stewart, US Army is dedicated and placed on a plaque that honors those who have lost their lives in Iraq. Her name will join those of 1st Lt. Todd J. Bryant, US Army and 2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith, USMC. Participants will also honor those who have lost their lives in battle in service of their country during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as those who have served and survived.
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By Joe Puglia | May 15, 2008
I sit in Penelope’s and stare at a blank computer screen searching for the humanity that might mitigate the anger I feel toward whoever desecrated the war memorial plaques in Memorial Park. The steamy aroma of a chai latte does not sooth my embitterment. I’m not even going to tell you what I am thinking, because it ain’t good. On the home stretch after early morning walks I often visit the war memorial plaques to say hello to the soldiers whose names are eternally etched in gardens of stone and in shallow crevasses our nation’s conscience.
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