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LCF Float looking rosy

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A volunteer works on the La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float on Tuesday. The float, titled "Scizzored Wizard," is the city's 32nd entry in the Rose Parade. (photo/Megan O'Neil)

While young volunteers applied the finishing touches to the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Float, more than 100 people gathered Tuesday for the Under the Bridge Major Donor Party.

The event honors donors who contributed $125 or more to the association, and serves as an annual reunion for all La Cañada float participants.

Don Ziehl, the first association president and a former La Cañada Unified School District superintendent, said assembling the inaugural float in 1978 was a whirlwind. 

“It was a real scramble to get that float down the parade route that first year,” he said. “It turns out it is a bit of a scramble every year.”

The best part about being involved with the association is the joy of seeing people work together on a project that at some points seems impossible, he added.

“I don’t know anything else that was going on during the 25 years I was here that brought three generations together like building this float does,” Ziehl said. “That alone [makes] it very worthwhile.”


Written by Megan O'Neil

December 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Entertainment, Events, la cañada, Photo

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Late actress was Burbank resident, student

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Brittany Murphy is photographed by The Times in 2001, the year she appeared in the Michael Douglas thriller "Don't Say a Word." (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Brittany Murphy, who died Sunday at the age of 32, moved to Burbank from Atlanta with her mother when she was 13, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times where, according to IMDB, she landed her first television role on the show 1990s television series “Blossom,” starring opposite Joey Lawrence and Melissa Manchester.

The actress died in the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack.

The actress also attended John Burroughs High School, where she briefly attended but did not graduate, according to IMBD, and San Fernando Valley Professional School, according to the school’s alumni page.

The cause of death is under investigation, The Times reported Sunday, and an autopsy is planned for Tuesday, a coroner’s official said. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Written by Michael J. Arvizu

December 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Mapping the past

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(Photo via Flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL)


A new mapping and database site tracks historical maps through Google Earth. Old maps are scanned in then laid over with current street names and landmarks. 

Basically, you get to see what’s changed and what’s stayed. 

The San Fernando map dates back to 1880 when a state engineer surveyed water routes. The topographer drew in city land divisions, mountains, rivers, railroads and roads.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Best Christmas lights in SoCal

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Credit: Creative Commons

From Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena to the DWP Holiday Light Festival at Griffith Park, there are some spectacular viewing options for those who love Christmas decorations.

To find the most festive neighborhoods in Southern California, or to suggest one or two of your own, check out this post on L.A. Now.

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Jingle Jam What What

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Party on, Marshall Elementary School. 

The 11th annual Jingle Jam Winter Holiday Concert is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Teachers and staff will play and sing-a-long to seasonal favorites from multiple cultures and in several languages. 

The concert is open to the public for $3 per person. 

Parents listen up! 

Friday morning will feature all grade levels performing songs they’ve rehearsed for weeks. It is among the most memorable events of the year, organizers say. 

Be there… I just might make it myself.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Prime-time shows get the last laugh on Leno

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When NBC dedicated an hour of its nightly prime-time lineup to “The Jay Leno Show,” filmed in a Burbank studio, it made a gamble that its move would pay off by replacing expensive scripted dramas with a lower-cost ratings grabber.

But prime-time shows may have got the last laugh, Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara writes.

There they sit with “The Jay Leno Show,” TV’s equivalent of that famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline, having called time of death on scripted drama and indeed traditional network television while all around them great new shows are popping up like the plague victim in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” “I’m not dead,” says ABC with its new comedy lineup; “I’m getting better,” says CBS with “The Good Wife” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” “I think I’ll go for a walk,” adds Fox with the runaway buzz generator “Glee.”

Meanwhile, NBC is hanging on with critical-maybe “Community” and on-the-bubble “Mercy”; the network was forced to “cancel” “Trauma,” even though it’s not really canceled per se, because there is literally nothing to replace it.

This is what happens when you panic — you leave your combat buddy for dead only to find he wasn’t, and then he comes back for revenge. Network TV — it’s aaalllliiiivvvee.

Read the rest of the story here.

Written by Zain Shauk

December 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

Debby Ryan on her character

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Teen actor Debby Ryan, from Glendale, strikes a pose at the Americana at Brand on Friday, Nov. 20 Ryan, 16, plays Bailey Pickett on Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Teen actress Debby Ryan was all poise and enthusiasm when I interviewed her this week for an upcoming edition. I asked her about her character Bailey Pickett and she was candid about how she portrays her.

Ryan said working for Disney, she is allowed to have a lot of fun in her portrayal, but the character still has dimension and is someone the audience can relate to, she said.

It was difficult finding all of Bailey’s levels because Ryan didn’t have a lot of background to go on, she said. Basically, they told her that the character was a farm girl from Kettlecorn, Kan.

“Bailey’s dreams were too big for the town she was from,” she said. “She spent time in the library. She’s intellectual. Being from a small town, she’s used to smaller things and she knows how to be in relationships, but she’s still growing and learning about herself.”

It’s a lot like the fish who goes from a small tank to a pond, she added.

“They grow as big as they can dream,” she said.

Now Bailey is in a pond and growing to her surroundings and there’s no end in sight to how far she will go, she said.

“She’s got a world to conquer,” Ryan said.

Written by Joyce Rudolph

November 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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