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Re-foresting on a grassroots level

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A portion of the proceeds generated by the Station fire charm bracelet will go toward re-planting efforts. (Photo/Raul Roa)

A contigent of La Cañada Flintridge residents are spearheading a grassroots effort to generate money and volunteers to assist in the re-forestation of Angeles National Forest.

The Foothill Communities Re-forestation Committee is trying to mobilize residents from all the Station fire-impacted communities to participate in an already existing volunteer program run by the U.S. Forest Service. The program trains individuals to plant seedlings and prune unwanted weeds.

In addition, La Cañada merchant Sue Stranger designed a Station fire bracelet, which is currently for sale in her store, Adobe Designs. The charm bracelets are $48, and $10 of the proceeds will go toward purchasing Big Cone Douglas Fir seedlings that will be used in the replanting.

“It doesn’t matter who started the fire, it matters who is going to get it done,” committee member Sheri Morton said. “Many hands make light work. We are always complaining about the government wanting out money, well now we are going to give them our hands.”


Written by Megan O'Neil

December 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

Toy and Food Drive saved by last-second donation push

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A last-minute donation push Friday allowed the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station staff and volunteers to assist more than 160 families in need over the weekend as the station’s annual holiday Toy and Food Drive came to a close.

Dep. Jorge Valdivia said they received 2,000 toys — enough so that every child could be given more than one. Each family was also provided with a $20 gift card plus up to four bags of groceries.

“Friday was a big push, it was a Christmas miracle,” Valdivia said. “We had a great success this year The station volunteers did a lot of work this week.”

Written by Seth Amitin

December 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

CV High 44th best high school in California

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Crescenta Valley High School (photo via Glendale Unified School District)


Nice work, Crescenta Valley.  

U.S. News and World Report placed Crescenta Valley High in the top 3% of schools in the country. The rankings rely on Advanced Placement scores and demographic information.  

Its ranking as 44th best in California puts it within the top 6% of schools in the state, which includes public, private, charter and competitive admission campuses.  

Even though California is close to being a failed state — especially when it comes to education funding — the state finished third (behind Massachusetts and Connecticut) in terms of the percent of schools that ranked highest in the magazine’s College Readiness Index.  

California and Massachusetts are considered to lead the nation in academic standards.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Rain drenches foothill communities

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(Raul Roa/News-Press)

(Raul Roa/News-Press)

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch today due to a third and powerful storm, which is expected to dump up to three inches in the foothills tonight.

The watch, which starts at 3 p.m., indicates that a downpour will go on tonight until Sunday morning.

County officials are bracing themselves for the third storm and have been making their rounds of the foothills.

While county officials have not ordered foothill residents to evacuate, they did issue an advisory today, said Bob Spencer, Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman.

The advisory alerted residents to be prepared to evacuate if county officials determine that tonight’s storm is posing a serious risk to them, he said.

“It is purely an advisory,” Spencer said.

Heavy rains are expected to start at 4 p.m. and last until 4 a.m. Sunday, he said.

Foothill debris basins showed little signs of weakening Saturday afternoon.

“The system is working,” Spencer said. “So far so good.”

Rain didn’t stop a group of La Crescenta community members who gathered at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta for three hours on Saturday to fill up sandbags for homeowners.

They filled up about 200 sandbags, which remained at the park for residents who needed them, said Kim Mattersteig, who was recently elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council.

Rain has been falling steadily on the foothills today. But tonight’s rain storm will present the biggest challenge for residents.

“It’s raining a lot,” Mattersteig said. “It’s been raining consistently and heavily for hours and hours.”

Written by Veronica Rocha

December 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Assaults up in Crescenta Valley in November

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Aggravated assaults were up in the foothills during the month of November, with five reported in La Cañada and La Crescenta, more than the total number of victims in all of 2009, according to a Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station crime analyst.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had that many aggravated assaults,” said analyst Barbara Hazard, “but the stats count numbers of victims.”

Hazard said there were three incidents involving five victims in November, the most of any month in 2009. There were single counts of aggravated assault reported in February, March, August and September.

Hazard also noted the aggravated assault charges are, for the most part, not related to domestic abuse.

For more of this story, read here.

Written by Seth Amitin

December 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Local foreclosures drop 19%, but relief may be temporary

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Local foreclosure rates slid in November to match a statewide trend of steady declines in recent months, but the lower frequency of trouble for homeowners may only be temporary, experts said.

The amount of foreclosure filings in Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge fell a combined 19% in November, compared with the month prior, according to a report prepared for the Glendale News-Press by real estate tracking firm RealtyTrac.

Those drops translated into declines in the rate of foreclosure filings in each community.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Zain Shauk

December 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Students raise $24,000 in jog-a-thon

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Mountain Avenue students celebrate their performance. (Photo via Skip McNevin)


Mountain Avenue Elementary School jog-a-thon by the numbers: 

-150 students 

-$24,500 raised for the school 

-10,345 laps 

Not bad. 

Funds will go to improving the computer laboratory and library, providing grade-level grants and upgrading technology and playgrounds. 

Students who raised $100 or more were invited to a special reception where 125 prizes were raffled off. 

Up for grabs: a Lakers backpack complete with an autographed photo of Kobe Bryant.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm