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By Mary O’Keefe | April 9, 2009
The resilience of the owners and employees of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse can be seen simply by walking behind the front of their destroyed building, to the back office. There customers will find owners, Peter and Lenora Wannier and their employees taking orders, selling books and digging through piles of literary rubble. “We sold a book seven minutes after the accident,” Peter Wannier said. On April 1, there were a few customers in the bookstore when a big rig apparently lost its brakes after traveling over Angeles Crest Highway and slammed into several vehicles, then through the store.
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January 21, 2005
We in La Cañada love our town and the way it looks. We regulate signage, confront ugly buildings and try to keep our town as attractive as possible. With all these efforts, why is there a pile of rubble and an ugly fenced in building on the corner of Foothill and Chevy Chase? What an eyesore! And it has not been there a brief time. What is going on with this incredibly unattractive abandoned building at the entrance of our town? Perhaps someone in the town government could deal with this ridiculous storefront.
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February 23, 2011
Two local firefighters who specialize in disaster response are part of an international team deploying to New Zealand, which was hit Tuesday with a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Capt. Chris Swartz and Firefighter Specialist Anthony Ramirez, both of L.A. County Fire Station 82 in La Cañada Flintridge, are headed to Christchurch, the island nation’s second-largest city. Swartz and Ramirez are part of California Task Force 2, a self-sufficient 74-member urban search-and-rescue team that carries 55,000 pounds of equipment and can operate around the clock in split shifts, said L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief Ron Larriva.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
A local Americorps volunteer working with the Red Cross returned recently from aiding victims of April’s devastating tornados in Alabama, following a career path inspired while she was a student at La Cañada High School. Jennifer Lazo, 24, helped coordinate emergency outreach and relief efforts throughout northeastern Alabama for two weeks following the April 27 storms, which that leveled neighborhoods and claimed more than 200 lives. She worked to provide ready-to-eat meals and services referrals at various relief centers and also canvassed neighborhoods to identify victims’ needs.
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by Joe Piasecki | March 26, 2011
Los Angeles County Firefighter Specialist Anthony Ramirez — better known by his middle name, Pete — returned to work Saturday at Fire Station 82 in La Cañada Flintridge after taking part last week in search-and-rescue missions along the tsunami-devastated coastline of Japan. Ramirez is a member of the elite California Task Force 2, one of only two wholly self-sufficient international disaster response teams in the country. The 74-member team of firefighters, doctors, paramedics, engineers, logisticians, hazmat technicians and other specialists carries tens of thousands of pounds of rescue and survival gear.
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By Joe Puglia | August 21, 2008
Like many of us, I have been riveted to the Olympics. The melodramatic cliché of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat the human drama of athletic competition,” is intoxicating. One of my favorite movies is “Chariots of Fire,” a fascinating story of two completely different British runners who compete for the gold at the 1924 Olympics. If you haven’t seen it, see it! As a kid, I dreamed of being an Olympic athlete but my dreams were quickly shattered by a guy from the projects who knocked me out in the quarter finals of the Golden Gloves.
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By Bea Abbey | January 5, 2006
The 'Jewel of Missions' By the time you read this edition of the La Cañada Valley Sun, you will know who won he USC-Texas Rose Bowl game. (Hope it was USC, and I happen to be a UCLA fan for many reasons). Anyhow, Happy New Year to all! A few days ago, an article in the Pasadena Star News told of the action going on at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. It seems termites had been working away for years, chewing, scratching, eating, etc. I checked with the office there, and the mission is now neat and clean, ready for you and the swallows that will migrate there any time now. Mission San Juan Capistrano is known as the "jewel of missions" and probably the most visited one. There are several campground in the vicinity where you can enjoy watching the ocean waves going "crazy" sometimes.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 21, 2010
La Cañada businesses, churches and residents are joining an international effort to bring relief to millions of Haitians affected by a massive earthquake that struck last week near Port-au-Prince. While figures continue to fluctuate, United Nations officials now estimate that as many as 200,000 people were killed, and another 250,000 were injured in the 7.0 magnitude quake that struck Jan. 12. Early rescue and relief efforts were hampered by a lack of existing infrastructure in Haiti, as well as the severity of the damage.
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By Mary O’Keefe | April 9, 2009
The resilience of the owners and employees of the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse can be seen simply by walking behind the front of their destroyed building, to the back office. There customers will find owners, Peter and Lenora Wannier and their employees taking orders, selling books and digging through piles of literary rubble. “We sold a book seven minutes after the accident,” Peter Wannier said. On April 1, there were a few customers in the bookstore when a big rig apparently lost its brakes after traveling over Angeles Crest Highway and slammed into several vehicles, then through the store.
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