La Mirada Relay for Life Raises Over $83,000 E-mail
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Written by Brian Hews   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 17:39

"One Day, One Night, One Community, One Fight."

La Mirada~The annual La Mirada Relay for Life was a huge success with more than 900 participants raising over $83,000 to fight cancer and contribute money to research.

Original goals set by event leaders was 400 participants and $60,000, "We exceeded our most wildest estimates", said Randy Hebron, who was also the top fundraiser earning over $2,300.

More than 1,500 additional people showed up for the event, clogging lines around the twelve food trucks that showed up to help feed the participants.

The staff at Home Depot constructed and donated a sign that was on the hill overlooking the Relay. It was four 4′x8′ light boxes with opaque cups spelling the word HOPE that was lit up during the tear-filled luminaria ceremony.

In Memory of the Bob's raised over $11,000 top fundraisers were Nancy Whitney $703.75 , Jeanette Jenkins $930.00 , Kate Abad $280.00, Megan Abad $169.00, Vicki Brogan $275.00, Ronny Dawson $110.00, and Larry Dietz $100.00.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for Life's raised over $10,500, at time of publications individual fundraising totals were not available.

Team Big O was third raising over $7,000. Top earners were Joseph Manai $200.00 Norma Arvayo $25.00 Rosario Bernal $925.00 Anabel Cabrera $240.00, Judith Cabrera $285.00, and Oscar Cabrera $700.00.

Photo: Members of the La Mirada High School Key Club take time out from their duties at the La Mirada Relay For Life event held this past Saturday at Splash! Aquatic Center.



Fundraiser To Assist Families Experiencing Childhood Cancer E-mail
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Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:30

Whittier~Have your dinner at the From Maddi's Closet-KFC Fundraiser, which will be held Tuesday, April 24th between 4 and 9 p.m. at KFC, 16161 Leffingwell Road in Whittier (Leffingwell & First Ave).

From Maddi's Closet will receive 20% of all Pre-Tax Sales when presented with a flyer to a store salesperson. Please come and help From Maddi's Closet raise money to spread love, hope and joy to families fighting childhood cancer.

The flyer can be downloaded online at or at For additional information contact Lori Bliss at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Richard Hopkins KFC Whittier at (562) 943-1818 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

From Maddi's Closet is a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity for the benefit of children with cancer at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and beyond; bringing love, hope, and joy into their lives and their families through special projects, providing funds for hospital staff for children with special needs not being met by other assistance programs, raising public awareness, and supporting pediatric cancer research.

Another "Original" Resident Bolts La Mirada for Wisconsin E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 00:00
La Mirada~Neighbors and family gathered this past Sunday to say goodbye to long-time La Mirada resident Audrey Floud, 91, who is moving away after living in her La Mirada home for over 55 years.

She and her husband Bill, who died in 1997, are the original owners of her home on Los Fuentes Road.

Dozens of friends stopped by the home of Jack and Nancy Jenkins, their next door neighbors, who hosted the gathering. They have lived next door since 1956-moving in shortly after the Floud's. Many years ago, they had a gate constructed that connects their adjacent homes through the back yard wall, which they still utilize today.

In 1953, Andrew McNally's famous olive-producing La Mirada land was sold to subdivision developers for 5.2 million dollars, one of the largest real estate transactions in California at the time. From 1953-1960 La Mirada had grown from a mere 100 homes to over 8,000. By 1960, the city was incorporated.

Today, there are still nearly a dozen original owners or "settlers" on Los Fuentes, many who stopped by for the party. Many of them have been the only occupants in their La Mirada homes since they were built in 1955-and most are still here.

Now, there is one less.

The Floud home will go up for sale, as Audrey is moving to Wisconsin to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Mark Johnson, and their family, where they run a RV Campground Resort.

We asked the high-spirited 91-year old how she and her husband ended up in La Mirada.

"Back then, my husband and I both worked at the LA County Hospital on State Street in Los Angeles."

She was a nurse and he was an ambulance driver.

La Mirada Garage Band Rockers From the 70's Still Making Noise; Musician From La Mirada Opens For His Favorite Band E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:38

Profile of one of the Many Musicians from the La Mirada Garage Bands of the 1970's

La Mirada~The culture shock and tumulus times of the 1960's and 70's in our Nation, brought with it the rise and influence of rock and roll music in our society. Back then, garage bands were seemingly everywhere in La Mirada. Many of these performers, once kids growing up in La Mirada, now perform today as adults, mostly for the love of it. This is the story of one of those people:

When someone fulfills one of their lifelong dreams, it can't help but a put a smile on your face.

That's exactly what musician Don Brennan did this past February 24th, when he opened for his all-time favorite band America at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

"It was a dream come true, a huge thrill," said Brennan, in a recent phone interview with the La Mirada Blog.

Don Brennan was born and raised in La Mirada with his siblings Billy, Tom, Don, Edward and Jane.  His parents, watched the progress of their home being built on Rio Blanco Drive in 1955, and they still live there today.

Brennan reflected on being raised in La Mirada, "As a kid, I didn't know any different at the time, but looking back, growing up in La Mirada was just great.  Back then it was a new suburban community, but still had rural areas and wide-open spaces. It was the perfect balance of family homes, parks, family run businesses, and open fields to play in."

"The La Mirada Mall was great and is where I met my wife of almost 29 years now. I have so many good memories of La Mirada, like going on Saturdays to see the latest beach movie at the "Walk-In" as we called the theater back then. Also, we loved riding bikes to the La Mirada Bowling Alley, passing the construction site and anxiously awaiting for that new Love's Restaurant to open, the smell of the "Karmel Korn", watching Marlo Thomas light The Angel Tree, Engineer Bill at the Market Basket, and playing in Regional Park before it was a park," he recalls.

He attended St. Paul of the Cross Catholic School for first through eighth grades, and, in 1970 attended Neff High School, graduating in 1974, "Going to Neff from St. Paul was definitely a culture shock," he said.

He was saddened when Neff was shuttered in 1981 and ultimately demolished, "I rode my moped over and grabbed a brick of what was the left of the administration office. I still have it around here somewhere," he said from his home.

Today, Don lives in Chino with his wife Pam-they met at the old Woolco department store in La Mirada.

Continous Book Sale at La Mirada Library E-mail
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Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:35

La Mirada~The Friends of La Mirada Library is dedicated to help the local La Mirada Library in its funding.

Besides its two annual full day book sales, there is a continuing sales location just inside the entrance to the Library. There you will find books and magazines at very low prices. Stop by and see what’s available on a continuing basis.


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