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By Joe Puglia | March 6, 2008
I keep asking myself, why me? Surely it’s to atone for my past transgressions. But if forgiveness is divine, then why must I suffer this fate? Should I have listened to my buddy Raffi Alexander? “Whatever you do,” he said, “don’t get a dog.” Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve reminds me of what my mom used to say: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.” I’ve nowhere to turn. It’s black Monday; Penelope’s is closed and they’ll be no answer from a steamy chai latte, and in this dog-lovin’ town I’m on my own. Sabine and Simone have always wanted a dog. Ever since they learned how to craft a sentence, it’s been the same doggone mantra.
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By Brian Metcalf and Michelle Metcalf | August 10, 2006
Maximus the Dogimus embarked on his Roman adventure during the summer of 2006. Packed in his doggy backpack were his city guides, liver treats, doggy water, and his blue poop scoop bags (even in Italy, Maximus knows that cleanliness is next to Roman godliness). Maximus is on a mission ? a doggy mission. He's now 5 years old and all grown into his sturdy ? albeit small ? Shih-Tzu frame. Max's mission is to stand in the centuries-old arena where gladiatorial combats were staged during the glory days of ancient Rome and where his namesake battled to victory on the silver screen.
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By Ruth Longoria | January 1, 2009
Academics and athleticism combine to make this week?s Valley Sun All-Star an amazing example of the achievements of the youth of this community. Harrison Thai, 13, a student at Rosemont Middle School, is this week?s All Star. He was nominated by Kim Beattie and other staff at La Cañada?s YMCA of the Foothills. ?This young man [Thai] is an outstanding swimmer and wonderful teammate,? Beattie said. Thai is the son of Charlene and Jack Thai of La Cañada. He has a sister, Emily, 16, a junior at Crescenta Valley High School.
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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.
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By Joe Puglia | March 6, 2008
I keep asking myself, why me? Surely it’s to atone for my past transgressions. But if forgiveness is divine, then why must I suffer this fate? Should I have listened to my buddy Raffi Alexander? “Whatever you do,” he said, “don’t get a dog.” Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve reminds me of what my mom used to say: “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.” I’ve nowhere to turn. It’s black Monday; Penelope’s is closed and they’ll be no answer from a steamy chai latte, and in this dog-lovin’ town I’m on my own. Sabine and Simone have always wanted a dog. Ever since they learned how to craft a sentence, it’s been the same doggone mantra.
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