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Six-Hour Standoff Ends on Borda Road PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

La Mirada~A woman was taken into custody early this morning in La Mirada after barricading herself inside the garage of her home for six hours in the 15200 block of Borda Road, as first reported by this website.

The woman reportedly was armed with a gun and threatened her husband, who left the property.

The incident was first reported on the La Mirada Blog Twitter feed at 9:55 p.m. and real-time updates continued into the night and early morning.

Residents were evacuated from nearby homes.

The Norwalk Sheriff’s, the SWAT team and a K-9 unit responded to the scene.

After several attempts failed to get the woman to come out, tear gas was deployed and the suspect was taken into custody without incident around 3:45 a.m.

Lewis & Lewis is a Full Service Law Firm PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 19 June 2015 18:40

La Mirada~We are pleased to announce The Law Offices of Lewis & Lewis, APC of La Mirada are the latest advertisers to join the La Mirada Blog network.

The experienced Law Office of Lewis & Lewis is a full-service law firm based in La Mirada dedicated to serving each client. They are a professional firm concentrating on real estate, business law, personal injury, and general litigation.

John Lewis, Esq. (La Mirada) and Kevin Lewis, Esq. have earned a reputation for distinguished service by offering clients what they value--exceptional legal skills, quick response and practical solutions with the highest level of professional integrity.

The Law Office, led by attorney John J. Lewis, provides personal service, state of the art legal services, access to highly respected consulting attorneys and offers services comparable to the resources of larger firms.

Their practice offers careful, personalized legal services for cases ranging from the small, but important, to more complicated lawsuits.

Their areas of practice include but are not limited to:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Appellate Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Law
  • Defamation/Libel/Slander
  • Much more
  • If you need an experienced lawyer, the Law Office of Lewis & Lewis can help you reach a resolution quickly. They are ready to go the distance with you, and they keep your best interests in mind at all times.

    They are located at 14241 E. Firestone Blvd. Suite 400 (at the 5 freeway) in La Mirada. They can be reached at (562) 293-4073 or (714) 600-7878. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information visit now.

    The La Mirada Blog promotes the support of La Mirada based businesses and we appreciate our advertisers consideration and highly recommend them.

    Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Graduations Celebrate Academic Excellence PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by News Services   
    Sunday, 21 June 2015 13:06

    Norwalk/La Mirada~Nearly 1,500 graduates from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Class of 2015 received diplomas as family members cheered their academic achievements during six commencement ceremonies held throughout the District this week.

    Each ceremony featured student speakers who recounted the joys and struggles that constituted their scholastic journeys, and expressed appreciation to the friends, family and instructors who kept them focused on their studies and on the path to success. 

    Southeast Military Academy and Law Enforcement High held the first of the six commencement ceremonies on June 15, followed by John Glenn High that evening with 320 grads. On June 16, El Camino Continuation High celebrated its 91 grads and La Mirada High held a ceremony for its 510 grads. On June 17, Norwalk-La Mirada Adult School held commencement exercises for 54 grads followed by Norwalk High with 460 grads.

    Healthy Mama Diaries: Freezing Foods Can Save Time and Money PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Amanda Denker   
    Friday, 12 June 2015 18:25

    Amanda Denker and Baby Jet

    Editors Note: This is the premiere edition of the new monthly column for the La Mirada Blog, "Healthy Mama Diaries" by Amanda Denker that will feature healthy cooking, fitness and lifestyle tips for busy Moms. You can follow Amanda on Instagram @healthymamadiaries and on Twitter @healthymamablog.

    Hi La Mirada, welcome to my column, Healthy Mama Diaries. I’m a La Mirada native, wife, first time mama, traveler, social media enthusiast, essential oil wellness advocate, and I have God to thank for all of it; that’s me in a nutshell.

    I am over-the-moon excited for the opportunity to write this column for you.  I would like to invite you to join me on my journey of living a healthy balanced lifestyle as I share my life and experiences with you.  I hope that after reading this column you feel empowered, encouraged, and inspired to make healthier choices for yourself and for your family.  So, let’s get started!

    Fun Foods to Freeze

    On any given day I can open up the freezer at my parent’s house and find a misplaced food item or two.  A chocolate pudding cup, a bag of Skittles, and a whole apple are just a few items that my dad has frozen out of curiosity, just to see if the frozen version is desirable or not.  The man loves to freeze things.  Unlike my dad and his curiosity, it was efficiency, and preparedness that spiked my love for freezing foods.  I learned that certain foods when frozen could save me time, money, and waste.

    Here is a list of 25 foods that you may also enjoy freezing:

    1)    Garlic-Having garlic on hand is a must, but chopping it every time you need it can be time consuming.  Freezing garlic is a huge time saver.  Finely chop or mince multiple cloves of garlic and add it to BPA Free ice-cube trays with a little bit of olive or grape seed oil and freeze.  When the garlic is frozen, pop the cubes out and store them in the appropriate size freezer bags.  Tip: I suggest mincing 4-5 heads of garlic at a time using a food processor. When doing this you can drizzle the oil directly into the food processor with the garlic and then add the mixture straight into the ice-cube trays.

    2)    Fresh Herbs-Whether you buy them or grow them, once cut fresh herbs do not stay fresh for long.  Freezing them will allow you to preserve them longer.  Wash your herbs, allow them to dry, chop them, add them to BPA Free ice-cube trays with a little oil or water, and freeze them. Once they have frozen, pop them out of the trays and add them to the appropriate size freezer bags.

    3)    Coffee-Pour your leftover coffee into ice-cube trays and freeze.  Use the frozen coffee cubes instead of regular ice in your iced-coffee.  Coffee cubes will not water down your iced-coffee.

    4)    Avocados-Avocados can be expensive and they tend to overripe rapidly.  When you know your avocados are ready to eat but you are not ready to eat them, freeze them.  Frozen avocados can be used to make ice-cream, pudding, smoothies, and guacamole.  To freeze avocados cut them in half, take the pit out, and take the avocado out of the skin using a large spoon.  Freeze in an airtight freezer bag.  Tip: Save money by buying a bunch when they are on sale and freeze them for later.

    5)    Butter-Buy butter on sale and freeze until you are ready to use it.

    FROM THE EDITOR: New Healthy Lifetsyle Column Coming to the La Mirada Blog PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:25

    We are pleased to announce a new column is coming to the La Mirada Blog-Healthy Mama Diaries by Amanda Denker.

    Amanda's column will feature healthy cooking, fitness and lifestyle tips for busy mamas who want the best for their family. Amanda says, "Life is good, it's better when you are healthy!"

    Amanda is also a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and will offer information on essential oils from doTERRA.

    She is a La Mirada native and still lives in La Mirada with professional baseball player Travis Denker. Needless to say because of hubby's profession they do a lot of moving around. La Mirada is home-base for the fam, but I have a feeling Amanda will be providing some Mama Road Tips.

    She is a first-time mom to 18-month old son, Jet. She is also a part-time counselor at a residential treatment center, helping clients overcome eating disorders.

    She enjoys spending all the rest of her time being a mom and lives and loves a healthy balanced lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise (I should take some hints from her).

    For a sneak preview, check out her Instagram feed @healthymamadiaries.

    Look for her first column to debut soon. Welcome to the team Amanda!

    Tennis Pro Michael Chang Opens Pieology Pizzeria in La Mirada PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:50

    La Mirada~Pielogy Pizza, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is now open in La Mirada.

    This is the second franchised location opened by tennis professional and brother of Pieology founder, Michael Chang along with his wife, Amber. Their first restaurant opened in late-2014 in Irvine.

    Pieology La Mirada is located at 12259 La Mirada Blvd., in the Crossroads Shopping Center at La Mirada and Imperial. A proven favorite with pizza fans, Pieology currently has 29 locations across Southern California, with plans to open 6 more by summer.

    “My wife and I are proud to be members of the Pieology family during this very exciting time of growth and innovation, and we’re looking forward to bringing the customized dining experience to our new guests in La Mirada,” said Chang.  “I’ve been a believer in my brother’s vision for Pieology since day one and I’m thrilled to see that the concept is exceeding expectations in all areas, from sales to guest satisfaction. These first two locations are only the beginning of my franchise plans with Pieology!”

    Michael Chang at the 2014 US Open of Tennis

    The Pieology experience starts with fresh house-made dough that is pressed into 11.5-inch thin pizza crusts.  Guests first select from eight signature sauces, moving down the line to choose from more than 30 fresh and flavorful meats, cheeses, vegetables, herbs and spices. The customized pizzas are then stone oven fired to perfection in less than three minutes. To finish, guests have the option to add after-bake “Flavor Blast” sauces, including fiery buffalo, pesto and BBQ.

    Most custom pizzas with unlimited toppings are $8.00 or less.  Pieology offers gluten-free crust, whole wheat crust and a selection of seven signature pizzas, which can be modified upon request. The La Mirada location also offers Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese.

    Energy Resource Center to Receive First LEED Recognition in State PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:30

    Downey~Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) award-winning Energy Resource Center (ERC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary by becoming the first building in California to receive LEED “green building” recognition and one of only two buildings in the state to be awarded Platinum Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The Energy Resource Center will be hosting a celebratory event on Wednesday June 10th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will feature a time capsule, speakers, demonstrations and displays. Tours begin at 1:00 p.m.

    The 44,572 square-foot building was designed in part by recycling its former 1957 building and adding cutting-edge materials and technologies.

    The ERC uses 40.7 percent less water than other commercial buildings its size (outdoors) and uses 38.3 percent less water (indoors). It also uses 51.39 percent less energy than the national average and 60 percent of its employees use energy-efficient transportation, including bikes, low-emission vehicles and carpooling.

    Menchie's La Mirada Grand Opening Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Friday, 05 June 2015 14:56

    La Mirada~The new Menchie’s La Mirada is now open and celebration is planned for the new shop open at 12261 La Mirada Blvd. in the Crossroads center.

    Guests are invited to come by for a ribbon cutting and free yogurt on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to kick off the week-long festivities.

    Saturday 11am – 1pm:

    Ribbon cutting with Menchie, free t-shirts for the first 25 guests, free frozen yogurt for all guests, balloon artist (entertainment).

    Sunday 1pm:

    Free plushie doll giveaway (qty 25), Color-in t-shirts (while supplies last), Face painting

    Monday 5 – 6pm:

    $1 for $1 hour – Fill up your cup

    Tuesday 2 – 4pm:

    Kids eat free, Arts & crafts

    Wednesday 11am – 1pm:

    50% off lunchtime yum

    Thursday 3pm:

    Free dodge ball giveaway (qty 25)

    Friday 8pm – close:

    Buy one cup of frozen yogurt get one free.

    REVIEW: The Wonderfully Magnificent Mary Poppins at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Sandra Green   
    Wednesday, 03 June 2015 18:47

    Brandi Burkhardt stars as Mary Poppins (center) and Leigh Brian Wakeford (on knee) stars as Bert with the company in the LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/McCOY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT production of MARY POPPINS, directed by Glenn Casale and now playing at LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

    Editor’s note: We would like to introduce Sandra Green to the La Mirada Blog team as a theatre reviewer. Welcome aboard Sandra!

    La Mirada~As the last showcase of the McCoy Rigby Entertainment series for the 2014-2015 season, the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts welcomes the wonderfully magnificent Broadway musical Mary Poppins, now showing through June 21st.

    Not just for kids, theatre goers of all ages and tastes will enjoy this production directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by the late Dan Mojica.  In no way do you need to be familiar with the Disney movie or original book by PL Travers-- Mary Poppins brings to life the fun and magical antics of a British nanny trying to tame the mischievous Banks children.

    For those who are familiar with the Disney film Mary Poppins (also celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year), you will enjoy the beloved score featuring “Chim-Chim Chiree”, “Step in Time”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and many more.

    Brandi Burkhardt (Mary) and Leigh Wakeford (Bert) lead the strong vocals in this show as well as engage the crowd with their show-stopping performances both “above” stage and crowd (choreographed by Paul Rubin).


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