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REVIEW: In The Heights at Chance Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Analicia Avila   
Monday, 04 August 2014 03:59

Anaheim Hills~A big round of applause is in order for the Chance Theater’s epically successful production of “In the Heights”. Captivated audience members laughed, cried, and danced in their seats as the talented cast welcomed everyone to Washington Heights, New York. Directing this unprecedented production could not have been an easy task, however director Oanh Nguyen captured the spirited, fiery essence of “In the Heights’” with much finesse.

Raising questions on racial and personal identity, “In the Heights” explores the social and political lives of a vibrant latin community living in Washington Heights. Whether seeking to escape life in the barrio or desiring to thrive within its boundaries, community members aim to discover the meaning of home. Transcending a merely physical nature, they ultimately come to find that home is a self-defined concept that can consists of a variety of personal attachments such as family, friendship, and love.

Alondra Bridge Set to Open in Mid-September PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 16:32

Work continues on the Alondra overpass at the 5 freeway. Photo courtesy CHP Santa Fe Springs

La Mirada~The California Highway Patrol office in Santa Fe Springs is reporting on their Twitter feed that the Alondra bridge at Interstate 5 will be open to the public in mid-September.

Also, the intersection of Marquardt Avenue, Alondra and Firestone Boulevard will be closed for approximately one month effective August 4th.

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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:09

New hours for the La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station

The La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station will now be open one hour earlier on the weekends. The Station weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Station is located at 13716 La Mirada Blvd. To report a crime call (562) 902-2960.

Convicted felon, gang associate arrested in La Mirada

 A male suspect was arrested on July 11 by Sheriff's Deputies from the La Mirada Special Assignment Officer (SAO) Team.

The incident occurred on the 12600 block of Edderton Ave. when the suspect was approached by SAO Deputies for questioning during a special patrol operation. The ensuing investigation led to a search of the suspect's vehicle, where Deputies discovered narcotics and dozens of stolen valuables.

The stolen items recovered included laptops and computer equipment, iPods, sunglasses, numerous phone charger cables, cd cases, and bundles of jewelry.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect had and a prior felony conviction and is believed to have local gang ties.

The suspect was charged for multiple offenses including possession of burglary tools, stolen property, ammunition by a felon, narcotics and paraphernalia, and possession of a taser by a felon.

La Mirada’s De Leo drafted by NHL’s Winnipeg Jets

Chase De Leo of La Mirada was chosen in the fourth round (99th overall) of last month’s NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.

The move comes one year after De Leo’s childhood friend Eric Comrie was selected in the second round (59th overall) by the Jets in the 2013 draft.

Hundreds attend La Mirada summer concert opener

Summer entertainment at La Mirada Regional Park got off to a great start last Thursday evening as the annual Concerts Under the Stars series held its first performance of the season.

Roughly 1,200 La Mirada residents gathered at Regional Park with lawn chairs and picnic blankets to see Beatles tribute band Sgt. Peppers play an energizing set featuring many of the legendary British band’s most famous songs.

FEATURE: Fundraising Gala to Honor Phantom Projects Founder PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Christina Bryson   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:15

After 17 years, La Mirada High’s Cisneros and his theater troop continue to produce work aimed at teen audiences

La Mirada~A special Fundraising Gala, “From 17 to 17” will be held on August 9th at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts to commemorate the 17th Anniversary of Phantom Projects Theatre Group and honor its founder, Steve Cisneros, for his years of dedication to the arts.

Cisneros had the idea for Phantom Projects on the campus of La Mirada High School when his teacher Bruce Gevirtzman had written a play titled No Way to Treat a Lady that had a message about teen pregnancy. The show’s success is what led Cisneros to take the play beyond La Mirada High School.

“I noticed that people were really impacted through theater, with a message that may not have been appealing if it was shown any other way, Cisneros said. “I approached Bruce and he gave me his script and I invited educators to come to a reading of the play and then we booked a five month tour.”

The troupe that Cisneros assembled began rehearsing in his parent’s garage and they began getting requests for their performance from other schools. The unique thing about Phantom Projects is that the group actually uses teenage performers to play the roles, according to Cisneros.

After years of Cisernos personally funding Phantom Projects, the group now has a partnership with the City of La Mirada and they utilize a 5,000 sq ft practice facility.

Latest La Mirada Crime Report; July 7th-20th 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 14:57

The following is the La Mirada crime report for the period July 7-20th 2014

Robbery-A robbery was reported at the riverbed near Mansa Dr. and Norbeck St. A bicycle and other items were stolen from the victim. The incident is under investigation. A robbery was reported on the 14800 block of Telegraph Rd. Cash was taken in the incident, no injuries were reported.

Aggravated Assault-An assault was reported on the 12700 block of Valley View Ave. A driver fled the location after striking the victim with their vehicle. The incident remains under investigation. An assault stemming from a domestic argument occurred on the 14400 block of Greenworth Dr. A suspect was taken into custody by responding Deputies. A fight between two individuals occurred on the 15800 block of Imperial Hwy. One of the victims was transported to UCI medical center.

Other Structure Burglary-A burglary to Los Coyotes Middle School was reported on the 14600 block of Mercado Ave. Various snacks and drinks were taken from the location.

Vehicle Burglary-A vehicle burglary was reported on the 14400 block of Firestone Blvd. The seats from the vehicle and other miscellaneous items were stolen in the incident. A third row seat was reported stolen in a vehicle burglary on the 15700 block of Willowood St.

Voters Will be Asked to Fund New School Bond Proposed by NLMUSD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:17

Norwalk~Voters in La Mirada and Norwalk will have a chance on November 4th to decide the fate of a $375 million bond that will upgrade all district schools, after the Norwalk-La Mirada board approved  the issue by a 6-0 vote this past Monday.

Member Ana Valencia was absent reportedly due to illness.

The measure, which would need a 55 percent voter approval rate, calls for the repair of “classrooms, leaky roofs, school security upgrading, fencing, fire safety, science, math and computer lab technology, and physical education and athletic facilities and also calls for the removal of asbestos and the repair of educational facilities to improve education at every school.”

In addition, the ballot measure, which – if passed by voters – will go toward building a “new performing arts center, infrastructure to support technology, performing various renovations and modernizations to all district sites and providing electronic devices for all classrooms.”

Proposals for new football stadiums at Norwalk and Glenn High ($44 million each) are included, along with $9 million earmarked for Goodman Stadium improvements at La Mirada High.

“The District has been diligent in asking for and receiving input regarding this prospective bond measure, and what our stakeholders expect from it,” said NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ruth Pérez.

“All funds are earmarked for classroom and school improvements as we continue with our mission to ensure Norwalk-La Mirada students are accomplished 21st century learners and are successful in college and their prospective careers.”

La Mirada High's Brooks Will Not Return as Coach PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:22

Norwalk~Kim Brooks, the embattled head coach of La Mirada High baseball will not return as coach or athletic director, the La Mirada Blog has learned.

Brooks was recorded by a person, believed to be a student but never confirmed, on April 26th as he conducted a profanity-laced tirade at his team.

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District released a statement this morning indicating the investigation of the incident was complete and appropriate personnel action would be taken.

The district's statement fell short however of what that action would be, citing California privacy laws.

The La Mirada Blog learned a short time later that Brooks will not return.

It is unclear at this time if Brooks will continue as a teacher at the school.

NLMUSD Board to Vote on Facilities Bond for November Ballot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:03

Norwalk~The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to vote on whether to place a bond measure on the November ballot that, if passed, will provide $375 million for classroom repairs and improved instructional facilities.

The District says it surveyed more than 500 likely voters in the NLMUSD area and found that 64 percent would support a bond measure in the November 2014 election.  A bond measure would need 55 percent approval to pass. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

072314 13:12 UPDATE: The NLMUSD Board of Education on Monday voted 6-0 to place the bond issue on the Nov. 4 election. Board member Ana Valencia was absent.


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