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By Carol Cormaci | December 19, 2012
Members of both the La Cañada High School Pep Squad and La Cañada Junior Women's Club worked together to create more than 500 handmade personalized cards recently to be donated to the armed forces as part of the “Holiday Cards for Heroes,” an American Red Cross program. “It's a great way for our community to say thanks to the men and women in uniform, as well as those who have already served their country,” stated Nancy Rappard, a member of the Juniors who approached the pep squad with the idea.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 30, 2012
On a sunny Monday, hundreds of La Cañada Flintridge residents braved 80-degree heat to take in the colorful Fiesta Days parade after honoring La Cañada's fallen members of the military at a somber Memorial Day service. Residents turned out to line Foothill Boulevard for the parade, which turned the city's main thoroughfare from Cornishon to Gould avenues into a colorful procession of classic cars, fire trucks and proud marchers. Parade dignitaries included elected officials and, as grand marshals, the current and past chairs of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Fiesta Days and is celebrating its 100th year.
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March 2, 2006
Faces of Freedom: Exhibit Faces of Freedom will open Sunday, March 19 with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bolton Hall Museum. The new exhibit is devoted to the men and women of Sunland/Tujunga who have served this country from the Civil War to the present. Veterans are asked to bring in photographs, documents, and artifacts for the exhibit. A veteran registry will be created for the Sunland/Tujunga community. Local veterans may register for themselves, or families may register veterans no longer here.
FEATURES
May 29, 2008
Benefit for veterans’ mental health La Cañada Flintridge residents Nelson and Sharon Rising were in attendance when the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center saluted America’s veterans and raised awareness of the need to improve access to mental health services at its annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Recognizing that after surviving war, veterans are about twice a likely to take their lives as non-veterans, the annual event raises funds for Didi Hirsch’s mental health and substance abuse services, including the ongoing operation of the agency’s toll-free 24-hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line (877- 7CRISIS)
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May 4, 2006
Veterans who served during World War II are being sought for recognition during the upcoming Memorial Day/Fiesta Days weekend, according to Pat Anderson, executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Associaton. The Fiesta Days celebration takes place May 27 to 29. Anderson made her plea for help in finding local vets during the public comment portion of Monday night's meeting of the City Council. She said all who have served in the armed forces are welcome to participate in the parade as grand marshals.
NEWS
May 21, 2009
Letters to the Editor Water plans apply to the Realtors, too How ironic it was to read in Mary O’Keefe’s article on water conservation [“Water plans are pending”] in last week’s (5/14) Valley Sun that, “Use of water for any purpose that results in excessive runoff onto any paved or landscaped areas will not be allowed ” and then to see the first home advertised for sale on the facing page featuring a glistening driveway.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | May 21, 2009
Four days from now, we will gather in Memorial Park in La Cañada. We will watch the Boy and Girl scouts raise the flag. We will listen to the high school band. We will hear speeches, lots of speeches. We will hear the names of the fallen. For some of us, the service seems too short. Not so for others. Before the service is over, people will begin their exit toward the parade. At one point, our veterans will ascend the gazebo, state their names and describe their service, a practice begun in the last decade by the original organizer, Don Hingst.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 30, 2006
MONTROSE — Preparations are being made for the 30th Annual Montrose Christmas Parade, which is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along Honolulu Avenue. This year not only will the parade feature legendary screen star Mickey Rooney as grand marshal, but a strong supporting cast — singer, performer and wife Jan Rooney — will share the honors with her husband. "Jan and I are very honored to be grand marshals," Rooney said in a telephone interview with the Valley Sun Wednesday morning.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
Applauding both community and country, thousands gathered in La Cañada Flintridge over Memorial Day weekend to paint the town red, white and blue during its 38th annual Fiesta Days celebration. Four days of family-friendly events organized by La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce under the theme “LCF: The American Dream” — a first-annual city bridge tournament on Friday, a vintage car show on Saturday and a spectacular Sunday night fireworks display — were capped off Monday by a solemn service to honor fallen veterans and the traditionally exuberant Fiesta Days Parade along Foothill Boulevard between Cornishon and Gould avenues.
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By Joe Puglia | August 7, 2008
It was just another mission, not much different from the others. The young corporal, a seasoned veteran, commanded the first squad and had been in country long enough to suppress any nervous energy that might overwhelm his confident, professional exterior. The soldier walks a tightrope that teeters between insanity and insanity. One survives by walking the razor’s edge. The Marines of first squad stared at the corporal’s eyes; they would find their strength and confidence by what they saw there.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
A 14-year coaching career that included more than 200 victories and eight league titles concluded Friday afternoon when La Cañada High girls' basketball coach Tamar Hill announced to her team that she is stepping away from a program she built into an area power. “It's emotional because you have to look into the eyes of your team and tell them you're not coming back,” Hill said. “But, honestly, I just need a break. “This was a great season to end my career as far as accomplishments go. There's really a great nucleus of girls coming back.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Over the course of 28 years, La Cañada High boys' basketball Coach Tom Hofman has certainly enjoyed his share of success. Perhaps it was fitting then that on an evening in which the Spartans' leader had an opportunity to lock down his 600th career victory, his team would pass effectively, shoot wisely and defend tenaciously, all tenets of a Tom Hofman team throughout the decades, in a 73-62 victory over visiting La Salle in the nonleague...
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By Joe Puglia | November 7, 2013
I was sitting in Starbucks writing poetry into Seamus O'Grady's character, making him worthy of Ophelia Hawkins' love. Brooklyn had just brewed a cup of tea; she knows I prefer a ceramic cup. My friend Vic was there. “Dr. Joe, Veterans Day is coming; have a happy one,” he remarked. “I don't see how that's possible considering what it took to become a veteran,” I said. “Although, there was the time a pilot of a 707 moved me from coach to first class for wearing the uniform.
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By Anita S. Brenner | October 30, 2013
Because La Cañada doesn't have a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11, my husband, Len, and I have joined the four-city Pasadena Veterans Day 2013 Committee. It's a four-city committee because its members come from Pasadena, La Cañada, South Pasadena and San Marino, what our son, Andrew, used to call “the bubble.” The bubble is a magic place where kids grow up as part of an interlocking circle of schools, public and private; the parents know each other from Indian Guides, Gollatz Cotillion or AYSO, and the police occasionally stop a kid asking to take a look at the original engine in a vintage Cougar.
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By Anita S. Brenner | October 3, 2013
This year's annual Veterans Day celebration has moved to a new location. The ceremony will be held in front of Pasadena City Hall, at Centennial Plaza, on Monday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:11 a.m. My husband Len and I are on the committee, along with Navy vet John Watkins, PCC Vets Coordinator Patricia D'Orange Martin, and former Pasadena mayors Bill Paparian and Bill Thomson. Last month, we met on the campus of Pasadena Community College. If you haven't had a chance to visit PCC lately, a visit now will show you that the school has really changed.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is quick to point out that City Council members drive decision-making and he's quick to give his staff the credit for jobs well-done. But legacies - even quiet ones - aren't built to be ignored. In June the San Dimas native became the longest-serving city manager in La Cañada's history - the first to hold the city's top post for a solid decade, and that on top of 15 additional years working for the city. Alexander took his first administrative staff position here in 1988, when he was 23 years old, and worked his way up through a variety of posts under three previous city managers.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
LA CAÑADA - It never gets old for Tom Hofman to teach the young. For the past 28 summers, Hofman, a successful boys' basketball coach at La Cañada High, has made the most of reeling in participants to the annual Spartan Basketball Camp to teach the finer points of the game. It's left him young at heart, knowing he can provide instruction in areas ranging from passing to shooting to defending. “It's always great to teach the younger people some different areas in the game,” said Hofman, a former All-Area Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year who has guided La Cañada to 21 Rio Hondo League championships and a pair of CIF Southern Section crowns since taking over the program in 1986.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Newton R. Russell, a veteran state senator known as an expert on California's complex public pension system and a stickler for upholding legislative rules, died Saturday of lung cancer at his La Cañada Flintridge home, his family said. He was 85. A conservative Republican, Russell served 32 years in the Legislature, including 10 years in the Assembly and 22 years in the Senate, where he represented the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and part of Pasadena.
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By Carol Cormaci | December 19, 2012
Members of both the La Cañada High School Pep Squad and La Cañada Junior Women's Club worked together to create more than 500 handmade personalized cards recently to be donated to the armed forces as part of the “Holiday Cards for Heroes,” an American Red Cross program. “It's a great way for our community to say thanks to the men and women in uniform, as well as those who have already served their country,” stated Nancy Rappard, a member of the Juniors who approached the pep squad with the idea.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 9, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge resident Andrew Torres was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2002, which was preparing for a military career when the 9/11 terror strikes occurred. Many of his classmates went on to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Torres ended up fighting his battle at home. During that school year, Torres was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. He died in April 2004 at age 23. Torres' courageous effort to complete his studies and carry on is now chronicled in a book capturing the wide range of experiences of the Naval Academy Class of 2002, “In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice and Service from America's Longest War.” The chapter was written by his mother, Valley Sun columnist Anita Brenner, with the help of his sister, Rachel Torres.
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