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La Mirada Community Members Remember Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alondra Urizar   
Monday, 30 May 2016 13:16

La Mirada community members line up for the Presentation of Colors Monday at Olive Lawn Memorial Park as Reverend Richard Bergquist addresses the crowd. The park has been hosting the ceremony since 1961. Photo Alondra Urizar

Approximately 200 community members attended the annual observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m held at Olive Lawn Memorial Park. The park has hosted the event each of the last 55 years-since 1961.

To commemorate the event, American flags were placed on gravestone markers of fallen service men and women by members of the Veteran Foreign Wars, the Boy Scout troops 438 and 919, and Cub Scout pack 919. The VFW post 9148 has served La Mirada and veterans for 57 years.

Cathy Moreno has led troop 919 as Scout Master for two years and previously led Cub Scout Pack 919 for four years. She has attended the event for nine years.

“This weekend is really special to us because it’s a lot of service. We provide to the veterans and the fallen veterans and families and so it’s kind of a work week for us but our boys don’t mind it and they get up early and do what they have to do,” Moreno said.

The Boy Scouts troops 438 and 919 and Cub Scout pack 919 gather at 7 a.m. to place flags on the gravestone markers. Flags are placed on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to allow others to observe and respect the veterans. The troops and cub pack also placed 3,000 flags at Rose Hills Memorial Park at 5 p.m. the day prior.

Post chaplain of Gold and Blue Star Families and Reverend Richard Bergquist welcomed and introduced speakers before the posting of colors, flag raising and pledge of allegiance was given.

Chaplain major Kenneth S. Valardi of the United States Air Force Reserve gave a passionate Memorial Day address, reminding members of the La Mirada community why veterans should be remembered.

Memorial wreaths were placed by La Mirada City Council and Mayor Steve DeRuse, the Ebell Club, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Olive Lawn Memorial Park, Rotary of La Mirada, VFW Post 9148, VFW Auxiliary and past commander and president club.

La Mirada Mayor Steve De Ruse spoke at the event as well, having attended the event for a total of ten years while he was on council each year and as a member of Rotary of La Mirada.

“The event went very well. VFW does an excellent job as does the cemetery with putting this together every year and bringing the community together,” Mayor De Ruse said. “It’s always an event we look forward to.”

Hutchinson Middle School Student to Appear on National TV Cooking Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 13 May 2016 16:38

La Mirada~When a young child prefers to watch cooking shows on TV rather than cartoons, it has to be a sign of things to come.

La Mirada resident Bella Coonis will be appearing and competing on the Food Network's television program, Chopped Junior this Tuesday May 17th at 8:00 p.m. PT, after being chosen to appear on the show.

Bella went through an interview and tryout process to be considered and got the call late last year that she made the cut. She flew to New York City this past February to film her episode, but there is a hush-hush about the outcome of the show so you will have to tune in to find out what happens.

The 13-year old creator of fare is the oldest child of La Mirada natives Nick and KC Coonis, who have three other children. Bella is a big fan of the Food Network.

Her Mom KC told me, Bella has been in the kitchen since she was around two and didn’t think anything of her TV viewing habits at first. However, she knew something was up in later years when Bella would ask for kitchen appliances, such as torches and mixers, at Christmas time instead of toys.

She said her daughter “has a passion for what she does and it shines through.”

I asked Bella what one of first memories is of cooking or baking and she said making sugar cookies with her mom, “She inspired me. I loved watching her and I wanted to help her in the kitchen.”

She produced YouTube videos showing how to make such dishes as tuna casseroles when she was five years old. She was around “seven or eight” when she first began preparing complete dinners for the family.

Talking with Bella I sensed she gets a special joy out of pleasing people with her food, such as when she made spaghetti & meatballs for her Uncle Johnny, who apparently hadn’t had it prepared a certain way in a long time.

Bella attends Hutchinson Middle School and is an honor roll student. Her principal Sara Siemens said it has been low-key on campus because of the sensitivity of the outcome of the show but offered, “We are extremely excited for her and it is quite an accomplishment. It is especially enjoyable when our students take their passions and expand on them.”

As for her future, Bella said she would like to attend the Culinary Institute of America and get a business degree in hospitality. After that, she would like to open her own cafe.

See Bella’s casting video from last year here.

Recently, Bella entered a cooking competition at the Anaheim Citrus Festival. Her dish was her own original recipe called Indulgent Citrus Cake with Mascarpone Cream, and she won against an all-adult panel.

Everyone is invited to join family and friends for a viewing party of her episode "Go Fish!" this Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00 p.m. at Chili's, 1600 West Imperial Highway in La Habra.

UPDATE: Bella beat the other three contestants and was named a Chopped Junior Champion! Although she had a challenge in the desert round, she rose to the occasion to make La Mirada proud!

Safely Dispose of Hazardous Waste for Free This Saturday at Regional PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:55

La Mirada~There will be a free Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Recycling Roundup for La Mirada area residents on Saturday, May 21, at La Mirada Regional Park, in the Tennis Court Parking Lot on Adelfa Drive, in La Mirada from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste, e-waste, and more. It's a free and easy way to safely dispose of items that are too toxic to trash.

For more information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or

Oxman's to Unveil New Purple Parking Space on Armed Forces Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:38

Santa Fe Springs~Oxman's Surplus, an Army/Navy Retail Surplus Store, will be hosting a celebration Saturday, May 21st, Armed Forces Day, to unveil their new “purple parking space” to be used exclusively by combat wounded, injured military personnel, and all veterans.

There will be free hot dogs and soda to the first 200 visitors. Hot dogs, will be served at 12:00 noon and at 1:00 p.m. there will be short comments by the Oxman family, Joe Enriquez of Point Man Ministries, and short impromptu comments by some of the Veterans in attendance. The purple parking space will then be unveiled.

Oxman's Surplus, founded by Jerome and Miriam Oxman in 1961 has been in the same location for 55 years.  Jerome Oxman (1915-2013) was a WWII veteran and dedicated his life to buying, selling, collecting military memorabilia, and creating a store that is also a museum.  Mr. Oxman wanted every customer to find what they wanted and learn a little bit about our military history and understand that "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE"

Oxman's is still under the watchful eye of Miriam Oxman as two of her sons, Murray and Jason, have taken the reins and are going strong.

On Saturday, Oxman's will be offering a 10% discount on all items in the store and a 20% discount on cold weather gear.

The Oxman family would like to thank Point Man Ministries for the generous food donations.

Oxman's Surplus is located at 14128 Rosecrans Avenue at Valley View Avenue along the border of Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada.

Please feel free to Contact Murray, Jason, or Miriam during the business hours of Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 562.921.1106.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Relay for Life Information PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 13 May 2016 18:04

La Mirada~The entire community is invited to come out to this year’s La Mirada Relay for Life event Saturday, May 14 at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15.

Visit for the entertainment schedule, theme lap log and other information.

Cancer survivors are encouraged to show up by 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning to participate in the Survivor Parade.

No food trucks this year. Only La Mirada Restaurants will be represented and they are donating part of their proceeds. They include: Green Chile, Sizzler, Pizza Hut, Jersey Mikes, Tom's Tailgate and BFF Itailan Ice.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday evening. Fun activities will be held throughout the event including riding down the Buccaneer Bay waterslides on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission to Relay for Life is free and open to the public. For more information contact Relay for Life specialist Silvia Constanza at (213) 700-7485.

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Relay for Life La Mirada May 14th at Splash! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services/Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 17:52

In cooperation with the American Cancer Society, this year’s La Mirada Relay for Life event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15. All residents are invited to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds for cancer research.

There is still time for families, work groups and companies to form teams and participate in the event to help fight cancer.

Cancer survivors are invited to help open the event by walking the Survivor Lap on Saturday at 9 a.m. Note: Survivors are not required  to join a team or donate any money, just show up.

The Luminaria Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. that evening. Fun activities will be held throughout the event including riding down the Buccaneer Bay waterslides on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission to Relay for Life is open to the public. For more information or to join the event, here or contact Relay for Life Specialist Silvia Constanza at (213) 700-7485. 

Porch Ceiling at Post Office Partially Collapses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:49

La Mirada~About a 30 foot long portion of stucco and other material fell from the ceiling at the entrance to the post office last night.

We first reported on our Twitter feed at 9:52 p.m. when a motorist using the drive-thru mail drop, noticed the debris.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

The facility is currently offering limited services and is expected to open completely by 1:00 p.m. today.

The building was dedicated in 1970.

Free Paper Shredding Event, E-Waste Collection, and Mulch Distribution for La Mirada Residents May 7th PDF Print E-mail
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Protect the security of your confidential information by shredding your personal documents. The City and EDCO Disposal are sponsoring a free shredding event for La Mirada residents on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Gymnasium.

Certified shredding trucks will be shredding all items onsite. Quantities are limited to three bankers boxes (10”x12”x15”) per household.

TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, and other unwanted electronics will also be collected. No household hazardous waste material will be accepted.

Free mulch will also be available while supplies last. This is a self-serve, self-loading service, so bring your own cans/bags, and shovel. A limit of 3 cans/bags per vehicle will be enforced. If you plan to haul your mulch in an open truck or trailer, remember to bring a tarp to cover the material.

The Community Gymnasium is located at 15105 Alicante Road. Residents are asked to enter off of Alicante Road. This event is for La Mirada residents only and proof of residency (i.e. Driver’s License or utility bill) is required.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at (562) 902-2385.


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