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By Nicholas Louie | July 3, 2008
Tadas Mikuckis, a 16-year old La Cañada High School student with short goldish brown hair, sits quietly across from a visitor. Al, his father, switches on a video of a past Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival in Toronto. Immediately, countless dancers in simple yet ornate costume circle, cross and intertwine to form an elaborate tapestry of shapes. “You need to actually commit to it in your mind to make it a part of your life. Being American doesn’t detract but rather adds a dimension to who we are. We are proud as Americans and proud of our culture,” said Vaida, Tadas’ mother, about the importance of preserving one’s unique ancestral heritage.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 5, 2011
How do you know whether your child's behavior is normal teenage rebellion or something more serious? And if it is something more, what resources are available to you? Those questions are the focus of a new series of parenting classes designed to assist families with special-needs children that kicked off this week at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. “It came about because we have offered a variety of parenting classes in the past for more normal kids, and then realized that there were parents that had additional challenges with raising kids with special needs,” said Ana-Marie Schaefer, fitness director at the YMCA.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District is in the process of examining the way it provides special education resources for more than 400 students, and wants to hear what parents have to say. In an open meeting held Thursday, April 24, the district invited parents of special education students to give their input on services provided and share their experiences navigating those services. The idea, said consultant Bob Farran, was to find out what could be improved upon and how. "Our goal here is to listen and to learn, to get some input and to help the district refine their approach," Farran addressed the small crowd of parents.
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January 19, 2006
"What's So Special About Special Ed?" is the title of the Fourth Special Education conference sponsored by the Foothill SELPA Community Advisory Committee. The Foothill SELPA is comprised of special education students and their families from Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Unified school districts. The meeting will provide information on many parental concerns including assistive technology, autism, behavior management, mental health, and parenting skills. A special focus of this year's conference will be the changes in special education due to the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
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By Erna Taylor-Stark | May 8, 2008
The theme of this year’s capital campaign, “Value Your Community — Value Your Hospital” was unveiled the evening of April 30 for supporters during the annual donor reception at Verdugo Hills Hospital. The hospital’s core services were showcased during the event, which drew about 70 guests. There were stations set up around the reception area to enlighten visitors about such programs as A Balanced Life; Fast-Track emergency care; BEGINNINGS Family Birth Center and the ultra breast cancer detection system — the GE Healthcare Senographe Essential Digital Mammography system.
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August 23, 2012
Re: “ Neighbors flunk school's plans ,” Aug. 15. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy willingly and knowingly exceeding the city's legal enrollment cap of 385 students is bad. What is worse is that the city of La Cañada Flintridge is both not enforcing its own laws, and actively considering the school's dramatic expansion. The city is acting like a policeman catching a driver doing 90 mph on the 210 Freeway, not giving the driver a speeding ticket and encouraging the driver to lobby for raising the legal speed limit.
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By Nancy Turney | October 7, 2010
Q. My mother's doctor recently said she has Alzheimer's and put her on a medication for it. He didn't do any kind of tests before coming up with this diagnosis. Is there any point in looking further?   There are several reasons for looking further. First there are reversible causes of memory loss and they need to be investigated. Among these are vitamin deficiencies, infections and depression. If these are ruled out, you should seek a referral to a neurologist. Another option is to go to a center that specializes in Alzheimer's such as UCLA, USC or the VA. At one of these centers you and your mom will receive full service care.
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October 12, 2011
The La Cañada Thursday Club is looking ahead to two special events this fall - its “Prosecco, Prosciutto, and Pasta” Casino Night on Oct. 28 and a community program, “What's New Under the Sun: Advances in Skin Care,” set for Thursday, Nov. 3. Both take place at the clubhouse, 4440 Woodleigh Lane. To commemorate the club's 100th anniversary in 2012, the patio area was enlarged and a Centennial Garden created. Funds raised during the “Prosecco, Prosciutto, and Pasta” night will benefit the new garden.
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December 21, 2011
Sun Valley's Village Christian Elementary school hosted its annual Grandparents' Day and Parent Teacher Fellowship Christmas breakfast this month. These special events celebrated the holiday spirit by bringing families together on campus. During Grandparents' Day, students performed songs on stage and did special projects with their grandparents, while at the Christmas breakfast, families were treated to a morning meal as well as a tree-lighting and “snow.”    
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
La Cañada Unified School District is in the process of examining the way it provides special education resources for more than 400 students, and wants to hear what parents have to say. In an open meeting held Thursday, April 24, the district invited parents of special education students to give their input on services provided and share their experiences navigating those services. The idea, said consultant Bob Farran, was to find out what could be improved upon and how. "Our goal here is to listen and to learn, to get some input and to help the district refine their approach," Farran addressed the small crowd of parents.
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By Lisa Dupuy | September 24, 2013
The first time you drive to Altaeats, you'll probably miss it. Situated between a salon and a cleaners on North Allen just south of New York Drive, the diminutive Altadena eatery has no sign, only a black awning. But find it you must. It's not often a restaurant with such meticulously prepared dishes opens in our drivable realm. A couple years back, head chef and co-owner Paul Ragan, formerly of Derek's Bistro in Pasadena, was walking his Altadena neighborhood, toying with the idea of buying a food truck when he came upon this vacant property.
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July 16, 2013
The La Cañada City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 22 following the cancellation of Monday night's scheduled meeting. Although the agenda was emailed to those on the city's mailing list on Friday afternoon, Monday's meeting was cancelled because an announcement was not posted on the city's website, officials said. “By state law we need to post notice of that meeting and that failed to happen,” Mayor Laura Olhasso told the audience in the council chambers on Monday.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Deodar cedars, California peppers and Chinese elms all currently appear on the city's list of protected trees, but officials are expected to ax them in a simplified ordinance next week. Protected trees under the proposed ordinance include the California sycamore and a variety of oaks that have a diameter of 12 inches or more at 54 inches above grade. Officials say the revised ordinance, expected to be given the green light by the City Council at its March 18 meeting, is less complicated than the previous version.
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September 13, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge resident Diane Fazzi has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the state's Advisory Commission on Special Education, the governor's office announced Thursday. Fazzi, 50, is a former special education teacher and administrator who is now the acting associate dean at California State University, Los Angeles, where she has served in various positions since 1992. She holds a doctorate in special education and educational psychology from a joint program of CSULA and UCLA.
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By Robert Lang | August 28, 2012
Now that I and many of my fellow baby boomers are turning 64, I say with love and hard, lessons-learned conviction to my 30-something California children (with all due credit to the Beatles): “I hope you'll still need me; I hope you'll still feed me.” But continue to make the same democratic governance mistakes your boomer parents have been making for the last 20 years and all of us will soon be eaten out of house and home by local, state and federal governments that increasingly pursue interests that have little to do with maintaining a balanced democracy.
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August 23, 2012
Re: “ Neighbors flunk school's plans ,” Aug. 15. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy willingly and knowingly exceeding the city's legal enrollment cap of 385 students is bad. What is worse is that the city of La Cañada Flintridge is both not enforcing its own laws, and actively considering the school's dramatic expansion. The city is acting like a policeman catching a driver doing 90 mph on the 210 Freeway, not giving the driver a speeding ticket and encouraging the driver to lobby for raising the legal speed limit.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 29, 2012
The first time Terry Walker volunteered in La Cañada Flintridge was three decades ago, when she pitched in for the annual Children's Horse Show benefiting Huntington Memorial Hospital. Since then, Walker has shepherded Boy Scouts on their local adventures, served for three years as president of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce, and kept an eye on school finances as a member La Cañada Unified School District's budget oversight committee. Soon Walker will be asked to do something she hasn't before: allow the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada to honor her as the 52nd La Cañadan of the Year.
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By Nancy Turney | December 21, 2011
Q. I'm concerned about how to involve my mom in the holiday festivities without overwhelming her. Do you have any suggestions? Try to include her in some holiday preparations. Give her something to do that is within her abilities and that will make her feel useful. For example, measure out the ingredients for cookies and have her add the ingredients one at a time. Or have her stir with a wooden spoon. Maybe she can help with decorating the tree. Occupying her time will help you get other things done, as well.
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December 21, 2011
Sun Valley's Village Christian Elementary school hosted its annual Grandparents' Day and Parent Teacher Fellowship Christmas breakfast this month. These special events celebrated the holiday spirit by bringing families together on campus. During Grandparents' Day, students performed songs on stage and did special projects with their grandparents, while at the Christmas breakfast, families were treated to a morning meal as well as a tree-lighting and “snow.”    
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