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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).

La Mirada Resident Alexander "A.J." Hernandez Graduates From Boston College PDF Print E-mail
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CHESTNUT HILL, MA~Alexander "AJ" Hernandez, son of Michael & Leticia Hernandez of La Mirada, was awarded his Undergraduate Degree in Communication and a minor in Environmental Studies from the Morrissey School of Arts & Sciences, at the 139th Commencement of Boston College recently on Monday, May 18, 2015.

AJ Hernandez is a graduate of Servite High School. At Boston College, AJ was a Thea Bowman Scholar, a member of co-Ed a Capella group BC Dynamics, and is a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. He is employed with Ogilvy Public Relations in Cambridge, MA.

Congratulations A.J. from the La Mirada Blog!

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FROM THE EDITOR: La Mirada Blog Expanding Its Horizons PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:24

Look for the new La Mirada Blog website to debut in 2015, a long way from our first post  in 2004 (pictured).

These are exciting times for your La Mirada Blog.

In late 2003, with the La Mirada community craving for a local print newspaper, I decided to jot/type down a few news items (I was already covering local news) on something called a web-log or blog, on the still relatively-new Internet.

You long-timers might remember we were on a site called and you still had to type in the www. The first official post was on January 30, 2004 (see insert) and the La Mirada Blog was born, ushering in the hyper-local news movement.

Of course, when we started there was no such thing as Facebook our Twitter or social media. Now, the LM Blog is approaching 3,000 followers on Twitter and 8,000 on Facebook-a total of almost 11,000 fans, a fifth of the La Mirada population. We are also on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.

I am thrilled to announce 2015 has and will be an exciting year for the La Mirada Blog.

Barricade Causes School Lock Downs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 14:35

La Mirada~A suspect barricaded himself inside a home early Wednesday afternoon resulting in the temporary lock down of both Eastwood Elementary and Los Coyote Middle Schools.

The incident began around 11:30 A.M. and is still on-going with suspect reportedly still inside home on near the intersection of Ashworth Drive and Mercado Avenue in La Mirada.

All roadways in the surrounding area of the incident have been adversely affected.

It is unknown to us at this time what the suspect is wanted for; earlier unconfirmed Twitter reports suggested the suspect had weapons.

Follow the La Mirada Blog on Twitter for the latest and check back here for more updates.

UPDATE: 19:25 052715: Suspect taken into custody,

Memorial Day Service at Olive Lawn PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:19

HONORING FALLEN VETERANS -- Rotary Club of La Mirada members present a wreath during Memorial Day ceremonies at Olive Lawn Memorial Park in La Mirada.  Pictured are (l to r) Mayor Pro Tem Steve De Ruse, Chris Robinson, John Lewis and Zurich Lewis. Speakers at the event included Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Mayor Pauline Deal and former Mayor and Councilmember Wayne Rew.

OBITUARY: La Mirada Loses a Valuable Community Member PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 25 May 2015 16:32

It is with a heavy heart we report to the La Mirada community that Dr. Stephen Peter Sokol, “La Mirada’s Eye Doctor,” passed on May 15th at the age of 78. His funeral was held on May 18th.

Dr. Sokol was a true part of the La Mirada community, woven into its fabric, proven by the countless comments we have received from fans about Dr. Sokol over the years on the La Mirada Blog Facebook page.

Dr. Sokol is one of many people that we as a community and city will always be thankful for; because of people like him it is why La Mirada is such a great place to live in today and we are so happy he opened his practice here!

Around 1940, Dr. Sokol’s Dad, Louis was a medical doctor in the army and got stationed in Paris, Texas and moved his family there; they stayed there until the end of WWII.

They moved from Texas to Beverly Hills and our Dr. Sokol attended Beverly Hills High School and graduated with honors in 1954. He then went on to college at USC and majored in psychology.

Dr. Sokol was president of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and graduated in 1958.

After finishing USC, Dr. Sokol took a few years off and traveled and after that he applied and entered Los Angeles College of Optometry (LACO) and graduated in 1965.

Dr. Sokol’s father had a very large medical practice in Beverly Hills.  Myra Phyllis Weiner worked as a nurse at this practice.  In 1962, Dr. Sokol came to see his father at the office and met Myra.

The elder Sokol had a big Christmas party in Palm Springs that year and Dr. Sokol and Myra danced and got to know each other.  Later, they started dating after that and married on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 1965.

In 1969, Dr. Sokol decided to open his own optical practice in La Mirada, so he moved his family here.

In 1971 Dr. Sokol and Myra bought a house three miles from Stephen’s practice at Valley View and Imperial and they still own that house today.

Scouts Rise Early to Decorate Olive Lawn Memorial Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 25 May 2015 09:00
Members of Boy Scout Troop 438 (Whittier/La Mirada) and Cub Scout Pack 919 (La Mirada) placed flags at Olive Lawn in preparation of the annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony honoring our fallen military servicemen and women. See additional photo on Instagram @lamiradablog.


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