Burbank gets float award, Glendale comes up short

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Burbank won the Animation Trophy today for their float “Barnyard Aces” at this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. 

The float featured a scale Stearman PT-17, which reached heights of more than 30 feet and performed barrel rolls. 

 
The City of Burbank Float won the Animation Award for Best Anination and Motion at the 121st. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Friday, January 1, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

The City of Burbank Float won the Animation Award for Best Anination and Motion at the 121st. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Friday, January 1, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Glendale’s float “America’s Pride,” which displayed a soaring bald eagle, didn’t win an award. 

But as the parade’s last float, it got a military flyover and a standing ovation from the audience. 

The City of Glendale Float at the 121st. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Friday, January 1, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

The City of Glendale Float at the 121st. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Friday, January 1, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

 

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Written by Veronica Rocha

January 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Blue Moon to end 2009

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There is a Blue moon tonight, Dec. 31, 2009.  This full moon is called a blue moon because it is the second full moon this month.

December 31, 2009, brought a Blue Moon to Southern California. Link for story is from the L.A. Times.com website. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Written by Raul Roa

December 31, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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LCF Rose Parade float spreads its wings

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The La Canada Flintridge float entry in the 2010 Rose Parade readies for its trip to Pasadena Thursday evening. (Courtesy Laurie Welch)

The monstruous 35 feet tall green origami dragon stretched its wings in the mid-afternoon sunlight, finally free from hiding underneath the Interstate 210 highway on Hampton Road in La Cañada.

The 2010 La Cañada Flintridge Rose Parade float made its first public appearance since its completion at 2 p.m. on Thursday as the crews and workers moved it from out underneath its construction spot, in the Flintridge Prep parking lot, in preparation for the march to Pasadena. A crowd gathered to take pictures and video record the event while the workers put on the finishing touches and tinkered with the motion mechanisms.

“It’s a lot of fun to see it built and then the finished product,” said float construction worker Mike O’Connor, as he raced to screw in a row of three feet tall flowers onto the side of the float. “We’ve been working at this site all week.  It’ll be fun to see it [in the parade].”

O’Connor has worked on floats for 20 years and on the La Cañada float for the past 11.  He first started working on the float in the spring.

The float will leave La Cañada at 8 p.m. to get to its spot in the back of the Rose Parade on Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena.  Worker and former La Cañada Flintridge Rose Parade Association President Sharlyn French said it’ll get there shortly before midnight, traveling at speeds up to 5 miles per hour.  A small convoy of 25-40 people, featuring designated float workers and Sheriff’s Dept. deputies, will escort the float.

Titled “Scissored Wizard,” the float features a purple-robed wizard waving his wand and bringing to life a green origami dragon.

Written by Seth Amitin

December 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Pappas eclipses 1,500 points in career

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Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball player Cassie Pappas has done plenty throughout  her first three-plus seasons.

The senior guard has earned her share of All-Area, All-Pacific League and All-CIF accolades.

She accomplished one more significant feat Thursday afternoon in helping Crescenta Valley beat St. Paul, 58-32, in the 11th-place game of the Beverly Hills/Harvard-Westlake Tournament at Beverly Hills High.

In the contest, Pappas eclipsed the 1,500-point barrier for her career by scoring 26 points.

Pappas scored 128 points in five tournament games, or 25.6 per game, and earned a spot on the all-tournament squad.

She has 1,501 career points entering next Tuesday’s Pacific League opener against host Burroughs.

Written by Charles Rich

December 31, 2009 at 6:21 pm

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Live tweeting from the Rose Parade

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The La Cañada Valley Sun will be tweeting live, for the first time, from the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

Log on anytime after 5:30 a.m. for the live feed of the events going on as they happen on the parade route.

Log on to the Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/valleysun to follow us.

Written by Michael J. Arvizu

December 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm

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McCarthy one of several in Rangers’ mix

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Former Glendale resident Brandon McCarthy is one of several options to be slotted into the back end of the Texas Rangers’ starting pitching rotation for 2010, according to a report on Yahoo! Sports on Thursday.

With the top of the rotation fairly set with new acquisition Rich Harden and returners Scott Feldman and Tommy Hunter, McCarthy, who went 7-4 with a 4.62 earned-run average in 17 starts last season for Texas, is reported to be under consideration for one of the remaining two spots along with Neftali Feliz, Erik Hurley, Derek Holland and C.J. Wilson.

A recent report in the Boston Globe also linked the Rangers to free-agent starting pitcher Jon Garland.

Written by Gabriel Rizk

December 31, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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Area teams getting set for Pacific League competition

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With a grueling month’s worth of basketball tournaments now complete, six area high school basketball teams are gearing up for the beginning of Pacific League action.

League play will tip off at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In boys’ competition, Crescenta Valley will host Burroughs, Hoover will be at Arcadia and Glendale will take on visiting Pasadena.

In girls’ competition, Crescenta Valley will travel to Burroughs, while Hoover will be home for Arcadia and Glendale will be at Pasadena.

Written by Charles Rich

December 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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