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By Mary O'Keefe | July 6, 2006
In the past few weeks the Valley Sun has reported two stories concerning sport safety and helmets, or lack thereof, that have played a role in the accidents' outcomes. In one incident, a cyclist wearing protective equipment was run over by a vehicle. The driver pulled into a parking lot without seeing the cyclist; the vehicle ended up on top of the cyclist and her bike. She was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians and released. The other story concerned a La Cañada boy who was skateboarding without a helmet or other protective gear.
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By Joe Puglia | June 25, 2009
It’s Black Monday. Penelope’s is closed, so there’ll be no refuge from the anger I feel regarding what I’m about to tell you. Even the soothing effects of a steamy chai latte will not bring solace. Take a quick read of my thoughts and maybe the transference will help. I usually ride shotgun, but for some reason the other day I jumped into the back seat of my friend April’s Suburban. We were heading to Sonja’s house with a bunch of girl scouts for afternoon tea. As we turned the corner of Foothill onto Beulah, a young teen boy catapulted from a wooden ramp on his skateboard and landed right in front of the Suburban.
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June 26, 2013
From time to time going up Oakwood and Lynnhaven, I encounter skateboarders zipping down the road. Many are without protection, not even a helmet, and some are on the wrong side of the turn where Princess Anne joins Lynnhaven. Parents, what are you thinking? If your skateboarding kid encounters a car on a blind curve, he or she is going to get hurt. I hope to never read an obituary for a teen boarder on these pages. Roger Bourke La Cañada Flintridge
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By Mary O'Keefe | January 4, 2007
On Tuesday Los Angeles County Fire engine 82, squad 19 and Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a skateboarding accident on Foothill Boulevard at Viro Road. According to a witness who asked to remain anonymous, four youths were skateboarding down Foothill Boulevard. Two were lying down on their skateboards as they barreled down the 'Michigan Hill' near St. Francis High School. They swung into the oncoming lane but then got control of their boards. One of the skateboarders took the hill while standing on his board.
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By Carol Cormaci | June 30, 2010
The two helmeted boys, one following the other, shot quick glances in my direction before launching off a curb near the former Wells Fargo building and onto Commonwealth a few yards in front of my car Tuesday evening. Because mine happened to be the only engine-powered vehicle in sight and was moving slowly, their actions weren't as perilous as they might have been. The kids had taken calculated risks, finished their jumps and moved to safety quickly enough. My thought process was more along the lines of "What fun they're having!"
SPORTS
August 18, 2005
Some 15 boys, representing Billys Boardshop in Montrose, competed in the "Battle of the Boards and Bands" skateboarding event on July 30 at Bonita Skate Park in Arcadia. About 100 youths competed in various categories as Billys Boardshop riders placed in each division, winning first place in two of them. Tim Shepard, Billys Boardshop manager, said he organized the team, made up mostly of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose residents, at the last moment and was pleasantly surprised by the team's performance.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
We live on the corner of Chula Senda Lane and Georgian Road in La Cañada. Coming south on Georgian, past the fire station, there is a completely blind curve - there are dense bushes right next to the curb, making it impossible to see more than three feet in front of you. Traveling east on Georgian there is a steep hill and you cannot see the street at the bottom of the hill for about 20 yards. The steepness of the hill makes it a big draw for skateboarders. For about a year now, we've had a growing faction of young boys getting together almost every day practicing their skateboarding skills on this corner.
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By Mary O'Keefe | June 29, 2006
Skateboarders are a fact of California life. They race down alleyways, leap over steps at churches and practice their extreme sports moves at school playgrounds. These young daredevils perform gravity-defying stunts they see on boarding videos. They are fearless and believe themselves to be immortal because they are, for the most part, teenagers. Then, for some unlucky ones, there is that one moment they are brought back to reality, the moment when they or one of their friends gets really hurt.
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By Seth Amitin | September 25, 2008
As they took turns jumping off the black box in the middle of Cornishon Skate Park on their bikes, last Wednesday was a good day for Josh Stroud and Jordan Lawrence. Stroud and Lawrence are the two boys who noticed the lack of BMX parks in the area, went to the city to ask for some time designated for BMX riding at a local skate park. After two months, they got their wish and now Cornishon will feature BMX-only hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays noon-1 p.m. And how does it feel to know their hard work has paid off?
NEWS
March 13, 2012
A woman whose son was caught stealing a skateboard at La Cañada High School chose public shame as punishment for the 17-year-old's misdeed. “My name is Justin. I am a thief,” read a homemade sign the mother forced the boy to hold on Tuesday at the northeast corner Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge. “It's my 15 minutes of shame,” said Justin, who held the sign - often in front of his face - from 4:45 to 5 p.m. as his mother looked on from the edge of the La Cañada Town Center shopping plaza.
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June 26, 2013
From time to time going up Oakwood and Lynnhaven, I encounter skateboarders zipping down the road. Many are without protection, not even a helmet, and some are on the wrong side of the turn where Princess Anne joins Lynnhaven. Parents, what are you thinking? If your skateboarding kid encounters a car on a blind curve, he or she is going to get hurt. I hope to never read an obituary for a teen boarder on these pages. Roger Bourke La Cañada Flintridge
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April 17, 2013
We live on the corner of Chula Senda Lane and Georgian Road in La Cañada. Coming south on Georgian, past the fire station, there is a completely blind curve - there are dense bushes right next to the curb, making it impossible to see more than three feet in front of you. Traveling east on Georgian there is a steep hill and you cannot see the street at the bottom of the hill for about 20 yards. The steepness of the hill makes it a big draw for skateboarders. For about a year now, we've had a growing faction of young boys getting together almost every day practicing their skateboarding skills on this corner.
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By Carol Cormaci | June 30, 2010
The two helmeted boys, one following the other, shot quick glances in my direction before launching off a curb near the former Wells Fargo building and onto Commonwealth a few yards in front of my car Tuesday evening. Because mine happened to be the only engine-powered vehicle in sight and was moving slowly, their actions weren't as perilous as they might have been. The kids had taken calculated risks, finished their jumps and moved to safety quickly enough. My thought process was more along the lines of "What fun they're having!"
NEWS
By Joe Puglia | June 25, 2009
It’s Black Monday. Penelope’s is closed, so there’ll be no refuge from the anger I feel regarding what I’m about to tell you. Even the soothing effects of a steamy chai latte will not bring solace. Take a quick read of my thoughts and maybe the transference will help. I usually ride shotgun, but for some reason the other day I jumped into the back seat of my friend April’s Suburban. We were heading to Sonja’s house with a bunch of girl scouts for afternoon tea. As we turned the corner of Foothill onto Beulah, a young teen boy catapulted from a wooden ramp on his skateboard and landed right in front of the Suburban.
NEWS
By Seth Amitin | September 25, 2008
As they took turns jumping off the black box in the middle of Cornishon Skate Park on their bikes, last Wednesday was a good day for Josh Stroud and Jordan Lawrence. Stroud and Lawrence are the two boys who noticed the lack of BMX parks in the area, went to the city to ask for some time designated for BMX riding at a local skate park. After two months, they got their wish and now Cornishon will feature BMX-only hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays noon-1 p.m. And how does it feel to know their hard work has paid off?
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | January 4, 2007
On Tuesday Los Angeles County Fire engine 82, squad 19 and Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to a skateboarding accident on Foothill Boulevard at Viro Road. According to a witness who asked to remain anonymous, four youths were skateboarding down Foothill Boulevard. Two were lying down on their skateboards as they barreled down the 'Michigan Hill' near St. Francis High School. They swung into the oncoming lane but then got control of their boards. One of the skateboarders took the hill while standing on his board.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | July 6, 2006
In the past few weeks the Valley Sun has reported two stories concerning sport safety and helmets, or lack thereof, that have played a role in the accidents' outcomes. In one incident, a cyclist wearing protective equipment was run over by a vehicle. The driver pulled into a parking lot without seeing the cyclist; the vehicle ended up on top of the cyclist and her bike. She was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians and released. The other story concerned a La Cañada boy who was skateboarding without a helmet or other protective gear.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | June 29, 2006
Skateboarders are a fact of California life. They race down alleyways, leap over steps at churches and practice their extreme sports moves at school playgrounds. These young daredevils perform gravity-defying stunts they see on boarding videos. They are fearless and believe themselves to be immortal because they are, for the most part, teenagers. Then, for some unlucky ones, there is that one moment they are brought back to reality, the moment when they or one of their friends gets really hurt.
SPORTS
August 18, 2005
Some 15 boys, representing Billys Boardshop in Montrose, competed in the "Battle of the Boards and Bands" skateboarding event on July 30 at Bonita Skate Park in Arcadia. About 100 youths competed in various categories as Billys Boardshop riders placed in each division, winning first place in two of them. Tim Shepard, Billys Boardshop manager, said he organized the team, made up mostly of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Montrose residents, at the last moment and was pleasantly surprised by the team's performance.
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