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By Joe Puglia | December 5, 2013
I like to find the origin of circumstance. Going back to the roots of such and then looking from the bottom up gives an understanding of cause and effect. I've always enjoyed writing and attribute this proclivity to my high school English teacher, Brother Felix. He was a relentless taskmaster and stole a witticism of Mark Twain, insisting, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Brother introduced me to George Orwell's essay, “Politics and the English Language.” It's my guide to writing.
FEATURES
March 25, 2010
FSHA essayists honored by Times Six members of the journalism class at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy won awards in a “healthy lifestyle” essay contest sponsored this year by the Los Angeles Times in concert with the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthem Blue Cross. The winners attended a congratulatory luncheon on Tuesday at the Times building in downtown Los Angeles where each received a cash award, a bag full of Laker goodies, two tickets to a Lakers game and a plaque with her framed essay.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
If there’s one thing La Cañada Flintridge screenwriter and public schools booster Craig Mazin would like fellow Palm Crest Elementary School parents to know, it’s that for him life definitely doesn’t imitate art. That’s because Mazin — a PTA volunteer and member of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Fundraising Task Force — is one of three writers behind “The Hangover Part 2,” widely anticipated to be...
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 6, 2012
Friends and La Cañada Flintridge neighbors turned out at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on Monday to bid farewell to resident Don Rhymer, a noted television and movie writer who chronicled his bout with cancer on his own humorous and insightful blog, “Let's Radiate Don.” Rhymer, 51, died of cancer on Nov. 29 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, according to friends. Rhymer wrote for several television shows, including the comedies “Valerie” and “Hearts Afire,” before moving onto movies and having success with the “Big Momma's House” series of comedies, “The Santa Clause,” “Rio” and several other films.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2005
This winter, focus on your writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Studio, four days of intensive writing workshops held Feb. 9-12 in Los Angeles. The Writers Studio brings together a community of aspiring creative writers and screenwriters to work with accomplished instructors. Participants choose one of 10 workshops in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to no more than 20 students. The 2006 Writers Studio workshops are: SCREENWRITING Tools of the Trade: Creating a 120-Page Screenplay out of a One-Sentence Story Idea, Janna Gelfand (Academy Award-nominated producer, author of A Practical Guide to Flawless Screenplay Form)
SPORTS
By Valley Sun Sports Staff | February 2, 2013
Though those in the NFL with local ties have long ago wrapped up their respective seasons, much like the rest of the world, the impending Super Bowl is still drawing plenty of interest in Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and beyond. Within the coming week of build-up, myriad story lines will receive even more press as kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII between the favored San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in New Orleans approaches. Rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with his strong arm and fleet feet, has captured headlines and victories after becoming the 49ers' starter down the stretch.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
Don Rhymer, 51, a prolific writer for television and movies, whose credits include the animated hits "Rio" and "Surf's Up," died Wednesday of cancer at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, said longtime friend Dave Gallagher. Born in Union, S.C., on Feb. 23, 1961, Rhymer began working in television in the early 1980s, after graduating from Virginia's James Madison University, where he majored in English and communications. One of his first credits was writing an episode of the ABC family sitcom "Valerie.
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February 22, 2007
Three popular mystery writers, including Jerrilyn Farmer of La Cañada, Naomi Hirahara , and Dianne Emley will discuss their books and the writing process in a panel discussion led by Desiree Zamorano , at the library at 600 E. Mariposa St. on Monday March 19, at 7 p.m. La Canada's Jerrilyn Farmer, the author of the acclaimed Madeline Bean mystery series, is a TV writer who has written for game shows such as Jeopardy!...
SPORTS
April 27, 2006
Instead of writing about the seventh annual Greater Los Angeles All American Soap Box Derby that will be run in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, May 27th, Los Angeles Times sports reporters and local residents Bill Plaschke and Sam Farmer will participate in it as featured celebrity racers. "The opportunity to race down the famed Michigan Hill at nearly 35 miles an hour in a soap box derby car was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Farmer. "They have assured me that there is a brake.
NEWS
By Walter Campbell | July 3, 2008
What would you do if you were a successful film editor who had worked on all the theatrical commercials for Walt Disney, Touchstone, and Hollywood studios for 16 years and written a number of how-to books on video editing, getting jobs in Hollywood, and even what questions to ask in the event of a car accident? And, if one of those video editing books you wrote became a major video editing textbook at Columbia University and Southern Methodist University and remained popular with college professors for 14 years?
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By Joe Puglia | December 5, 2013
I like to find the origin of circumstance. Going back to the roots of such and then looking from the bottom up gives an understanding of cause and effect. I've always enjoyed writing and attribute this proclivity to my high school English teacher, Brother Felix. He was a relentless taskmaster and stole a witticism of Mark Twain, insisting, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Brother introduced me to George Orwell's essay, “Politics and the English Language.” It's my guide to writing.
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By Valley Sun Sports Staff | February 2, 2013
Though those in the NFL with local ties have long ago wrapped up their respective seasons, much like the rest of the world, the impending Super Bowl is still drawing plenty of interest in Glendale, La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and beyond. Within the coming week of build-up, myriad story lines will receive even more press as kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII between the favored San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in New Orleans approaches. Rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick, with his strong arm and fleet feet, has captured headlines and victories after becoming the 49ers' starter down the stretch.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 6, 2012
Friends and La Cañada Flintridge neighbors turned out at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on Monday to bid farewell to resident Don Rhymer, a noted television and movie writer who chronicled his bout with cancer on his own humorous and insightful blog, “Let's Radiate Don.” Rhymer, 51, died of cancer on Nov. 29 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, according to friends. Rhymer wrote for several television shows, including the comedies “Valerie” and “Hearts Afire,” before moving onto movies and having success with the “Big Momma's House” series of comedies, “The Santa Clause,” “Rio” and several other films.
NEWS
December 1, 2012
Don Rhymer, 51, a prolific writer for television and movies, whose credits include the animated hits "Rio" and "Surf's Up," died Wednesday of cancer at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, said longtime friend Dave Gallagher. Born in Union, S.C., on Feb. 23, 1961, Rhymer began working in television in the early 1980s, after graduating from Virginia's James Madison University, where he majored in English and communications. One of his first credits was writing an episode of the ABC family sitcom "Valerie.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 28, 2011
For the eighth straight year, La Cañada Flintridge is becoming one big book club, as One City One Book returns in October with Zoë Ferraris' critically acclaimed Middle East murder mystery, “Finding Nouf.” Set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, the novel, released in 2009, is based on Ferraris' own experiences living in the country for a year. The book showcases Saudi Arabia's culture and strict gender roles while also spinning a page-turning tale of a missing 16-year-old bride-to-be.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
If there’s one thing La Cañada Flintridge screenwriter and public schools booster Craig Mazin would like fellow Palm Crest Elementary School parents to know, it’s that for him life definitely doesn’t imitate art. That’s because Mazin — a PTA volunteer and member of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Fundraising Task Force — is one of three writers behind “The Hangover Part 2,” widely anticipated to be...
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By Hripsime Moskovian, Special to the Valley Sun | October 21, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge One City One Book committee held its 7th annual author event on Sunday, the rainy weather not being enough to deter readers and fans of this year's selected book: Alan Brennert's "Honolulu. " The event took place at the La Cañada Unified School District board room where Mark Salzman, whose book, "The Soloist, " was the committee's featured work last year, sat down with Brennert for an interview. The pair then took turns taking questions from the audience.
FEATURES
March 25, 2010
FSHA essayists honored by Times Six members of the journalism class at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy won awards in a “healthy lifestyle” essay contest sponsored this year by the Los Angeles Times in concert with the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthem Blue Cross. The winners attended a congratulatory luncheon on Tuesday at the Times building in downtown Los Angeles where each received a cash award, a bag full of Laker goodies, two tickets to a Lakers game and a plaque with her framed essay.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Megan O’Neil | March 25, 2010
When acclaimed television producer Vince Gilligan handed writer and La Cañada resident George Mastras the script for a pilot called “Breaking Bad,” Mastras knew immediately he liked it. He was less sure, however, that it would ever make its way onto the silver screen. The pilot introduced the story of a 50-something high school chemistry teacher named Walter White who is struggling with the banalities of middle class American life. Diagnosed with terminal cancer and fearful of leaving his family unprovided for, he puts his chemistry skills to use and starts dealing crystal meth — not exactly the stuff of prime time network television.
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By Cary Ordway, Californiaweekend.com | January 1, 2009
Another year, another busy schedule of trying out a variety of California getaways — and now it’s time to revisit our favorites for our annual look back at the best trips of the year. Yes, it’s time again for the Cary Awards. Our 2008 awards cover a broad range of getaways with something for everyone. From canoe rides to historic theme parks, from beach getaways to weekends in the Big City, we found lots of new places to explore right here in the Golden State.
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