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February 5, 2009
Ten Years Ago La Cañada Flintridge resident Chung Hong, 52, was mortally wounded and her son was injured during an armed robbery at the grocery store the family operated in South Central Los Angeles. Twenty Years Ago The Foothill Auxiliary of the Children’s Home Society was preparing for its annual benefit luncheon and Chinese auction, which would be emceed by radio personality Roger Barkley. Thirty Years Ago A special committee advised the school board to hold onto and lease out the La Cañada Unified School District’s Oak Grove and Palm Crest elementary school campuses, which were slated to be closed due to declining enrollment.
By Ruth Longoria | January 29, 2009
Her former English teacher and softball coach, Justin Valassidis, predicts this week’s Valley Sun All-Star will be a politician or lawyer. However, her “brilliant mind and articulate speaking” could lend itself to whatever this youth chooses, he added. La Cañada High School senior Joanna Burlison also has the ability, dedication and strong work ethic to go far, Valassidis said. “She’s got the core values of what every educator wants to have in a student,” he said, adding, “She’s more interested in learning than in grades.
By Ruth Longoria | December 18, 2008
She’s the center of attention as a saber soloist and captain of the high school’s color guard, but off the platform, she’s all about helping others. This week’s Valley Sun All-Star is La Cañada High School senior Rebecca Grosch. Grosch was nominated for the honor by Emily Toffelmire, a counselor at La Cañada High School. Toffelmire said she admires Grosch for her abilities to work with a diverse group of students, with support and patience. Grosch is the daughter of Ann and Tom Grosch of La Cañada.
By Mary O'Keefe | October 31, 2008
     A Palm Crest Elementary School third-grade boy sustained minor injuries this morning (Oct. 31) when he exited a car during drop-off time and collided with another vehicle, a sheriff’s deputy said.      According to Deputy Milburn Robinson, the vehicle the student was a passenger in was traveling eastbound on Fairmount Avenue toward the campus shortly after 8 a.m. today when he opened the car door and jumped out.      A driver headed eastbound on Fairmount swerved to avoid being struck by the car door the youth had swung open.
By Ruth Longoria | October 30, 2008
Growing up in La Cañada, she never dreamed of being a beauty queen. In fact, when a friend told her about the upcoming Miss Taiwan World pageant auditions, Christine Dai said she thought, “No way, those girls are so gorgeous and talented, they’d never choose me.” However, after filling out her paperwork and competing in the three categories — introduction, talent and question and answer — Dai, a 2004 graduate of...
By Ruth Longoria | October 2, 2008
Meeting the challenges of life are an everyday occurrence for this week’s Valley Sun All- Star. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Miller not only meeting the challenges of her disabilities — born pre-mature and with a cleft palate, which has created some learning challenges — but finding ways to make life better and easier for others who also meet head on the difficulties of life. “We all have problems — we are all disabled in one way or another,” Miller said.
By Ruth Longoria | September 25, 2008
One million spectators are expected to line the streets of Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day 2009 to watch as spectacular floats, marching bands, equestrian units and other vehicles glide along in the Tournament of Roses’ 120th annual Rose Parade. Millions more people will likely view the festivities on television. About 1,000 local young women lined up Saturday morning and Monday afternoon outside of the Tournament House in Pasadena hoping to become participants rather than spectators on the Tournament’s Rose Queen and Royal Court float.
By Anita Susan Brenner | July 31, 2008
Todd Bryant arrived at Palm Crest Elementary School in the late 1980s. He came equipped with one golf club, with which he convinced his friends, boys who did not own their own set, to join him in the game of golf. The course, of course, was Verdugo Hills. A foursome of 10-year-old kids shared that one golf club, I think it was a putter, to compete and complete the nine-hole course. There’s new book about Todd Bryant. Or mostly about Todd. The book is “In a Time of War” by Bill Murphy, Jr. It will be published in September, just in time for new school year.
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