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WEEKEND READ: Office Manager of LM Meals on Wheels Marks 30 Years With Group E-mail
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Saturday, 30 November 2013 05:01

La Mirada~Family, friends, and colleagues gathered this past Saturday, on a beautiful La Mirada fall late afternoon, at the home of Gary & Diane Smith to celebrate Robin Miller’s 30 years of service as the office manager for La Mirada Meals on Wheels.

Guests were greeted by light entertainment, food & drinks, and picture-perfect weather.

After some volunteering for the City of La Mirada and the La Mirada Volunteer Center (then at Kling Center), it was 1983 when Miller was asked by then Meals on Wheels office manager Pat Blanford if she was interested in the job.

She became the office manager for the program in December of that year-and has been there ever since. She has been with Meals on Wheels for 30 of its 38 years


Marcy Mannan and Robin Miller are the office team for La Mirada Meals on Wheels which has been serving the community since 1975. Miller recently celebrated 30 years with the organization. Photo Tony Aiello

of existence.

The Board of Directors presented her with a gift certificate to a RV resort and an engraved necklace as a show of appreciation.

The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program debuted in La Mirada on April 1, 1975 established and modeled after a similar program in Whittier. The program offers a daily hot meal delivery service to the elderly, disabled and temporary and chronically ill residents, along with maintaining a year-round relationship with them.

This assists in allowing them to remain self-sufficient in their own homes. Meals on Wheels also helps family members of clients have peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are being looked after each day.

The meals were originally prepared at the old La Mirada Community Hospital. When the hospital closed, Whittier Hospital offered to prepare the meals. Then in 2009, Miller and others negotiated with Portofino Ristorante Italiano of La Habra to take over the preparation, offering a respite from “hospital food.” Special diet meals are also prepared.

The meals are driven to their destinations by a volunteer work force that uses their own vehicles and fuel. As part of her office duties, Miller organizes the volunteers and their routes.

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La Mirada Bobby Sox Offering Early Registration Discount This Weekend E-mail
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 22:26

La Mirada~A brand new Board of Directors is anxious to kick off the season as La Mirada Bobby Sox is offering early registration the next two Saturday’s November 16th and 23rd.

Bobby Sox Softball is a fast pitch girls softball league for girls ages 4-18 of all skill levels.

The early signups will be Stater Bros. and Albertsons in La Mirada from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on both days.

The discounted price for residents is $100 The  non-resident cost is $110, with a chance to earn back all registration fees offered.

If returning players bring a new player to register, both get $5.00 their fees.

The early registration period ends January 1st and after that all registrants pay $110.00.

February 1st is the last day for registering and there will be a registration table at the Neff Barn (14300 San Cristobal Dr), during first team meetings. After that registration is considered late and will increase to $125.00. LMBS accepts cash, money order, personal checks, and credit card (25.00 fee for returned checks)

La Mirada Bobby Sox can be found at www.lamiradabobbysox.wix.com/lamiradabobbysox and on Twitter @L_M_B_S and Facebook at www.facebook.com/La Mirada Bobby-Sox


 
New La Mirada History Book Claims Number One Spot of New Releases E-mail
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La Mirada~The first history book published about the history of La Mirada since 1970, compiled by two former childhood residents and a La Mirada native, has recently claimed the number one spot for best sellers of new releases on its publishers website.

Available from Xlibris Publishing, the book, “Reflections from McNally’s Mirror,” at 9 x 6 x 2 inches features over 170 pages of early La Mirada history up until the 1980’s, over 130 personal memoirs and stories sent in from current and former La Mirada residents, and a pictorial section that includes 292 rare pictures and photos.

Glen Cantrell, who along with Raymond Fernandez and Tony Aiello, inspired and led the team of three that brought the book to fruition.

Cantrell, author of The Resume and Untypical, grew up in La Mirada and graduated from La Mirada High School in 1976.

"Named for the man who founded it and written by those who lived it," Reflections from McNally's Mirror is now available at Xlibris.com

The concept originated from Fernandez, who also grew up in La Mirada and graduated from La Mirada High in 1993.

Aiello, a La Mirada native who still resides in the city, graduated from John Glenn High School in 1981 and is the founder and editor of this website.

Among the many features included in the book, is the entire history of the La Mirada City Council races-from incorporation to today-and includes the winners and all the candidates of every race.

The first and last history book written about La Mirada is the iconic “La Mirada: From Rancho to City” by C.W. Bob Camp published in 1970.

“Reflections from McNally’s Mirror” has been dedicated to the late Jerome Oxman, community activist and founder of Oxman’s Surplus who passed away in February of this year at 97.

The book is now available for purchase at http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0123173050/Reflections-from-McNallys-Mirror.aspx

 
Road Closure Scheduled for Valley View Avenue 10/25-10/28 E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 21:28

La Mirada~Valley View Avenue will be closed between Rosecrans Avenue and Gannet Street from 7:00 PM on October 25th to 5:00 AM on October 28th.

Businesses within the closure will be open and accessible during this period.

The Valley View Grade Separation Project, a shared effort by the Cities of La Mirada and Santa Fe Springs, Caltrans, and BNSF Railway, has made significant progress over the summer months and construction crews have successfully completed excavation work and construction of the new BNSF Railway bridge, which will separate railroad activity from pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic.

The project is ready for another major milestone as crews work to move the railroad tracks onto the new bridge this weekend.

The track relocation is scheduled to take place over this weekend and will require Valley View Avenue to be fully closed during that time.

Motorists traveling southbound on Valley View can get around the closure by turning westbound on Rosecrans, left on Marquardt, left on Borate, right on Anson, continue on to Gannet and back to Valley View.

Motorists traveling northbound can turn left on Gannet, continue on to Anson, left on Borate, right on Marquardt, right on Rosecrans and back to Valley View.

Follow detour signs and drive safely as motorists attempting to get to the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will also be in the mix.

For questions you may call (562) 926-6334 or you can visit www.vvgs.org for more information about this project.

 
Book Dedication Event for New La Mirada History Book E-mail
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The compilers of "Reflections of McNally's Mirror," Glen Cantrell, Tony Aiello and Raymond Fernandez seen here at the Neff Barn, will be attending a Book Dedication at Oxman's Surplus.

A new history book about La Mirada, by those who lived it

La Mirada~The first history book published about the history of La Mirada since 1970, compiled by two former childhood residents and a La Mirada native, is now complete and available for purchase.

The book, “Reflections from McNally’s Mirror,” at 9 x 6 x 2 inches features 172 pages of early La Mirada history up until the 1980’s, 138 personal stories sent in from La Mirada residents, and 292 rare pictures and photos.

Also included in the book is the entire history of the La Mirada City Council races from incorporation to today and includes the winners and all candidates.

The last history book written about La Mirada was the iconic “La Mirada: From Rancho to City” by C.W. Bob Camp published in 1970.

“Reflections from McNally’s Mirror” has been dedicated to the late Jerome Oxman, community activist and founder of Oxman’s Surplus who passed away in February of this year at 97.

There will be a special Book Dedication Event at Oxman’s this Saturday, October 26th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be an opportunity to purchase the book and meet the three authors-Glen Cantrell, Raymond Fernandez and Tony Aiello.

Oxmxan’s Surplus and Museum is located at 14128 Rosecrans Avenue, just east of Valley View Avenue.

The book is also available for purchase from Xlibris Publishing at www.lamiradabook.com.

 
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