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By Mary O'Keefe | September 14, 2006
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., before the regular La Cañada City Council meeting, a study session will be held concerning construction of a new Roger Barkley Community Center. "We want to do a complete rebuild," said Aaron Solomon, executive director of Roger Barkley. The Roger Barkley Community Center has been offering innovative classes to children since 1948, when it was called the La Cañada Youth Center. From that point on the center has offered classes from ceramics to sports.
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By Ruth Longoria | February 19, 2009
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council during a study session Tuesday night gave a cautious nod to the Community Center construction committee?s moving forward with plans for a new facility. This despite a few members of the council expressing the need for a more defined mission statement, schematic design and financing plan before fundraising could begin and, ultimately, a bond be taken to the voters. ?The parts are probably there, it just has to be on paper,? Councilman Don Voss said, after Bob Wallace, a Community Center board member who presented the plan to the council Tuesday night, asked if the council expected the committee to take the presented plan back to the drawing board.
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By Ruth Longoria | March 19, 2009
Diners will have to wait another month to sample the tantalizing tastes of Sakura steak, seafood and sushi house. The 7,800-square-foot Town Center restaurant is now planned to open in mid-April. Although originally set to open this month, Sakura ? which takes up what appears from the outside street-facing side of the structure to be three Town Center buildings ? recently put up its outside signage and is undergoing a major met amorphous inside, as crews from Virginia create the African hand-rubbed mahogany, slate and split-face travertine interior that?
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By Ruth Longoria | July 24, 2008
With Sport Chalet looking to open its new facility next month across the street at the new Town Center, La Cañada Properties owners this week posted a “For Lease” sign on the current Sport Chalet building on the south side of Foothill Boulevard. This only days after Town Center developer Darren Mattix, of Mattix Development Partners, LLC, answered community questions about the facility during a Kiwanis Club luncheon meeting at Descanso Gardens. At that time, City Manager Mark Alexander posed a question about the Sport Chalet structure, to which Mattix left the option open for a previously speculated upon possibility of a high end grocery mart — such as such as Whole Foods, Bristol Farms or Gelson’s Market — moving to the facility.
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September 2, 2004
A disrespect for artists and their work was evident in the recent paint-out of students murals at La Cañada High by the principal. Apparently, neither art students or their teachers were consulted on the "custard-yellow" road to "uniformity." So the angry letter poured in, outraged that creativity has not only been belittled but obliterated. La Cañada cares. Perhaps a new mural center will arise from the ashes of this debacle and those who nurture the creative muse will be encouraged to express it again for public viewing.
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By Ruth Longoria | September 20, 2007
Open ditch warning signs, orange cones, construction trucks and men in hard hats have become regular sights in recent weeks along La Cañada’s Foothill Boulevard. This as work continues to add necessary street improvements in preparation for the new Town Center at Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. The La Cañada Town Center public street improvements began Sept. 4 and will continue until about Christmas, said Edward Hitti, La Cañada Flintridge’s director of public works.
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By Charles Cooper | June 14, 2007
Town Center developer Darrin Mattix said this week that he could neither confirm nor deny that two potential book stores have passed on locating in the new shopping center. Mattix said last year that two book retailers had expressed interest in the new center. This week, he said he could not comment further on the matter, but hoped to be able to start confirming clients in a short time. At the time the center was up for approval by the City Council, there were persistent reports that Borders Books was a strong candidate to locate in Building B. Mattix never confirmed this, though some of the design changes for the building appeared to accommodate a retailer like Borders.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 6, 2009
It is with mixed emotions that YMCA of the Foothills CEO Larry Hall will move his family to the Seattle area in the next few weeks, he said in an interview shortly after announcing his retirement last Thursday. ?There are a lot of giving people in these communities. Working with so many great leaders in the community has been a great experience I won?t forget,? Hall said. Hall was honored at a retirement luncheon last week and gathered again Monday afternoon with a group of friends, co-workers and family members at the Crescenta-Cañada Y for a less formal retirement party.
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 31, 2006
La Canada's farmers market will be moving from Beulah Drive to a new location on Sept. 9. It will be held at the overpass parking lot at 1300 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park. This move is due to future demolition and construction of the new Town Center. "We are hoping this move will increase business," said Melissa Farwell of Raw Inspiration, the company that represents the market's venders. Farwell said the space is a little larger, more contained and has ample parking.
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By Ruth Longoria | March 19, 2009
Diners will have to wait another month to sample the tantalizing tastes of Sakura steak, seafood and sushi house. The 7,800-square-foot Town Center restaurant is now planned to open in mid-April. Although originally set to open this month, Sakura ? which takes up what appears from the outside street-facing side of the structure to be three Town Center buildings ? recently put up its outside signage and is undergoing a major met amorphous inside, as crews from Virginia create the African hand-rubbed mahogany, slate and split-face travertine interior that?
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By Ruth Longoria | February 19, 2009
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council during a study session Tuesday night gave a cautious nod to the Community Center construction committee?s moving forward with plans for a new facility. This despite a few members of the council expressing the need for a more defined mission statement, schematic design and financing plan before fundraising could begin and, ultimately, a bond be taken to the voters. ?The parts are probably there, it just has to be on paper,? Councilman Don Voss said, after Bob Wallace, a Community Center board member who presented the plan to the council Tuesday night, asked if the council expected the committee to take the presented plan back to the drawing board.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 24, 2008
With Sport Chalet looking to open its new facility next month across the street at the new Town Center, La Cañada Properties owners this week posted a “For Lease” sign on the current Sport Chalet building on the south side of Foothill Boulevard. This only days after Town Center developer Darren Mattix, of Mattix Development Partners, LLC, answered community questions about the facility during a Kiwanis Club luncheon meeting at Descanso Gardens. At that time, City Manager Mark Alexander posed a question about the Sport Chalet structure, to which Mattix left the option open for a previously speculated upon possibility of a high end grocery mart — such as such as Whole Foods, Bristol Farms or Gelson’s Market — moving to the facility.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | September 14, 2006
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., before the regular La Cañada City Council meeting, a study session will be held concerning construction of a new Roger Barkley Community Center. "We want to do a complete rebuild," said Aaron Solomon, executive director of Roger Barkley. The Roger Barkley Community Center has been offering innovative classes to children since 1948, when it was called the La Cañada Youth Center. From that point on the center has offered classes from ceramics to sports.
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