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Freelance Photographer Featured on Discovery Channel Program to Guest at LM Arts Colony Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 19:13

La Mirada~The Arts Colony of La Mirada will hold their October meeting on Monday the 6th at 6:30 PM at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13700 La Mirada Blvd in the Civic Center.

The guest demonstrator will be Pamela Fall, a freelance photographer and artist based in Southern California.  She combines her love for art and photography and has chosen to take a number of her images to a new level.

Her works are in collections around the world and were featured on a Discovery Channel program.

The art appreciating public is welcome to join us.  For information check the Arts Colony website, or call 562-941-4116.

Senate Candidate Mario Guerra to Speak at Chamber Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:07

La Mirada~State Senate candidate Mario Guerra will be a guest speaker at the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce monthly Tuesday Breakfast at the Holiday Inn, 14299 Firestone Boulevard.

Guerra, 55, a Republican and a member of the Downey City Council will go up against Democrat Tony Mendoza for the 32nd state Senate District seat in the November 4th statewide general election.

Included in the district are the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier along with unincorporated areas of Hacienda Heights, Los Nietos and South Whittier

Guerra came from Cuba at the age of six and was raised locally. After majoring in economics he co-founded Scanlon-Guerra-Burke Insurance Brokers and has been serving as president. His firm was recently named one of the Top 10 largest brokerage firms in Southern California by the Los Angeles Business Journal..

The breakfast is open to the public and the cost is $15. For more information contact the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce at (562) 902-1970, visit the chamber website at or email the chamber at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Splash! La Mirada Buccaneer Bay Water Park Open Every Saturday in October PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2014 04:24

La Mirada~With temperatures unseasonably warm this month, Splash! La Mirada Buccaneer Bay Water park officials have announced they will be open every Saturday in October from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The pirate themed family-friendly water park offers fun for all ages, from soaring two story water slides for the adventurous type to a relaxing flowing lazy river and an abundance of shady lounge areas for others. Smaller pirate slides and interactive water features offer just the right amount of aquatic fun for pint sized pirates.

Splash! offers free parking, use of life jackets and tubes. Special offers for admission and birthday parties can be found on their Facebook page.

Splash! also offers year-round recreational swimming in the heated 25-yard pool on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.  Swim lessons; drop in water exercise classes, swim teams, aqua Zumba, synchronized swimming and more aquatic activities are also offered year-round.

Splash! is located at 13806 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada California 90638. For more information visit or call (562) 902-3191.

La Mirada NJB Registration Now Open PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 October 2014 04:30

La Mirada~ Registration is now open for winter league play for the La Mirada chapter of National Junior Basketball is a non-profit youth sports organization for boys and girls.

The program offers league play for grades 3-8.  Teams will be formed and practices begin by late October and games are played starting in mid-November through February.

The program offers the opportunity for kids of all skill levels to play and enjoy the game of basketball.

Teams usually hold two to three practices per week during November, and no more than two practices per week beginning in December through the end of the season.

Practices are typically held at La Mirada High School, La Mirada Community Gym, or Los Coyotes Middle School. Most games are played at either La Mirada High School or the La Mirada Community Gym on Sundays.

Priority will be given to La Mirada residents registering with their La Mirada Address.  La Mirada NJB must be made up of 75% La Mirada residents and 25% non-residents.  This is done on a first-come first-serve basis. Players registering first will be guaranteed placement on a team. Once the league fills up all others will be placed on a waiting list.

For more information and registration, please visit the La Mirada NJB website at or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fire Erupts at Santa Fe Springs Warehouse Filling La Mirada Skies With Smoke PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 October 2014 18:19

Smoke fills La Mirada skies at 5:09 p.m. an hour after a Santa Fe Springs fire began as seen in this photo sent in by LM Blog fan @behindthelens5

Santa Fe Springs~A huge fire broke out earlier this afternoon at a small warehouse, apparently storing paint, located at 12927 Sunshine Avenue in Santa Fe Springs filling La Mirada skies with thick smoke for several hours.

Santa Fe Springs fire officials say dispatch received the call shortly after 4:00 p.m. The department was joined by other neighboring fire agencies as the blaze eventually became a 4-alarm call.

As the fire roared, many small explosions were reported being heard near the scene including by the editor of this website on our Twitter feed.

La Mirada Blog fan @ClarissaAlcala1 reported the fire at 4:17 p.m. followed by fan @Usc_MahBoy at 4:18 p.m.

We reported the incident at 4:30 p.m. and you can read the posts as the event unfolded at

No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

Many streets were closed in the adjacent Sunshine Acres neighborhood of South Whittier.

Female Pedestrian Killed While Crossing Rosecrans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 17:52

La Mirada~An 86 year-old La Mirada woman was killed this morning while attempting to cross Rosecrans Avenue.

Amparo Garcia was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 40-year-old male traveling eastbound.

She was attempting to walk north across the street from Jacana Drive, according to Sgt. Anthony Fernandez of the Norwalk Sheriff's Station.

The incident occurred around 7 a.m. and the driver stayed at the scene. He was not detained and has been cooperating with authorities while an investigation continues.

We received numerous reports from our Twitter followers with the first coming at 7:12 a.m. from @iqmet and 12 minutes later @mandibeezkneez reported the accident.

Catch up with people are saying about the unfortunate incident on our Facebook feed here.

Friends of the La Mirada Library Semi-Annual Book Sale Saturday October 11th PDF Print E-mail
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The Friends of the La Mirada Library will have their Fall Book Sale on Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the La Mirada Activity Center behind the fire station.

There will be a pre-sale for members only on Friday, October 10 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. and the $10 annual membership can be paid at that time.

Come and join the Friends to purchase your supply of books at astoundingly low prices.  All types of books are available with subjects from Children to History.

For more information contact the FOL at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or look on Facebook for Friends of the La Mirada Library.

La Mirada Symphony Tea This Saturday at Neff Barn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:50

Note: The La Mirada Symphony is in need of teen/young adult volunteers to act as servers for the "Tea And Symphony" event on Saturday. This a great way to serve the community and/or fulfill your community service requirements for school/other.

La Mirada~It’s high tea, a ladies fashion show, live entertainment, opportunity drawings and more as The La Mirada Symphony Association will hold the "Tea and Symphony Fashion Show" event on September 27th to kick-off their 2014-15 concert season.

The fundraising event will take place at the Neff Barn from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The community orchestra is celebrating its 52nd year of providing free community concerts, as well as concerts for the youth, instrumental ensemble visits to schools and the opportunity for young honor band musicians to perform on stage with the orchestra.

The tea is almost all sold out! Contact Rose Bourassa at for information on purchasing any remaining seats-cost is $45 per person.

The Neff Barn is located on the grounds of the Neff Estate located at 14300 San Cristobal Drive in La Mirada.

Buena Park to Shut Down La Mirada Boulevard for Three-Day Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:57

Buena Park~City Council members here recently voted to allow La Mirada Boulevard to be closed for three days for the 31st OC Korean Arirang Festival and La Mirada officials say it is impractical and may have a negative impact on surrounding neighborhoods.

The Korean cultural celebration, which will feature a wide variety of shows and food, is taking place September 26th through the 28th on La Mirada Boulevard. The roadway would be closed to traffic between Beach Blvd. and Alondra Blvd. from 10 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 26, to 6 a.m. on Monday Sept. 29, with westbound lanes not expected to be open until 10 a.m. on Monday.

The closure is entirely within Buena Park, but it is right at La Mirada’s southern boundary.

La Mirada city officials say serious traffic issues are expected to result from the Buena Park decision and major traffic impacts are expected to result from the closure throughout the weekend according to a statement released to the La Mirada Blog.

La Mirada city officials have repeatedly expressed concerns to Buena Park that a closure for such an extended period of time will create an extreme hardship for the traveling public and result in parking and noise issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.

They urged Buena Park to consider a more suitable location for the event that wouldn’t have such potential negative impacts on motorists and local residents.  These concerns went mostly ignored, the statement read.

“La Mirada city staff spoke against the closure at Buena Park’s City Council meeting when this item was discussed,” says La Mirada City Manager Jeff Boynton.

“Additionally, we sent correspondence to Buena Park officials reinforcing our concerns and requesting Buena Park consider an alternate location for the event.”

The Buena Park City Council voted to approve the event’s La Mirada Blvd. location anyway, on a 3-1 vote, with Councilwoman Elizabeth Swift voting against the closure.

Kelly Oh, Arirang Festival Foundation of Orange County representative told us, “We are trying to comply with the city’s (La Mirada) concerns. We will be providing quality programs and shows and we hope La Mirada residents will enjoy it as well.”

This past October, the 30th annual event took place in Buena Park within the confines of the McComber Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Beach Blvd. and Malvern Avenue.


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