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Summertime Safety Series Offered by La Mirada P.A.R.K. Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by News Services   
Sunday, 12 July 2015 18:07

The La Mirada Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids (P.A.R.K.) program is hosting a Summer Safety series for youth. The series will include special presentations from first responders and other safety professionals emphasizing safe behavior. The activities are held from 2:15 to 3 p.m. every Thursday, from July 9 through August 27, at the following sites:

July 9th, Gardenhill Park – Animal Safety; July 16th, Frontier Park – First Aid; July 23rd, Windermere Park – Insect Awareness; July 30th Gardenhill Park – Fire Safety; August 6th, Frontier Park – Personal Safety; August 13th, Windermere Park – Pedestrian Safety; August 20th Gardenhill Park – Bicycle Safety; August 27th Frontier Park – Electrical Safety.

“We encourage all kids to attend the Summer Safety series,” says Safety Education Officer Mary Cipres. “Through presentations and activities, children will learn valuable tips to stay safe and avoid trouble.”

The P.A.R.K. program is a free recreation program that offers a variety of activities such as reading club, homework club, science workshops, sports tournaments, crafts, and cooking classes. During the summer months, the program is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The P.A.R.K. program is offered at Frontier, Gardenhill and Windermere Parks in La Mirada and is available to ages 5 to 17.

For more information on the P.A.R.K program or the Summer Safety series, visit Windermere, Frontier or Gardenhill Park or call (562) 943-7277.

Home on Stamy Road Charred by Fire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:53

Fire damaged a home on Stamy Road in the early morning hours July 4th, 2015. Photo (c) B. Rodriguez

La Mirada~A house fire broke out early this morning in the 12000 block of Stamy Road near Loretta Street.

La Mirada Blog fan on Twitter, @Sophonnlb first reported the blaze at 1:50 a.m.

That was followed by fann @QueenKarly714 at 2:03 a.m. saying, “huge fire by creek park!! Someone yelled ammo then bang bang! So many fire trucks someone said people and dogs inside!”

The cause of the fire is unknown and it is also unknown at this time if there were any injuries.

A 3rd of July I Will Never Forget; Dog is Killed as Fireworks Explode PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 26 July 2009 16:16


The following is a re-post from a story I wrote in 2009 after witnessing a dog get killed on July 3rd of that year at La Mirada Blvd and Foster Road after the very young dog ran frightened from the fireworks show at Regional Park after the family had brought the dog to the event earlier in the day.

The La Mirada Blog is recommending dogs not to be taken to the annual celebration at Regional Park.

We all know parks and dogs go hand in hand, but this is one exception. The crowd is to large and dogs simply don't like fireworks.

Please do NOT take your dogs to Regional Park for the 3rd of July celebration, there are simply to many things that can wrong.

If you are worried about your dog staying home alone, you simply can't go the event.

Read this story I wrote six years ago, and I hope it makes you and others aware of the increased possibility of mishap.

Story originally written July 26th, 2009

Frustration, Joy, Despair; All in One Day

La Mirada~A friend, we'll call him MP, recently told me, "Tony, you have to write a La Mirada book someday."

Well, add another chapter.

An opinion piece, me? I don't do these any more, but I absolutely feel compelled in this instance.

Finally after over two weeks, I am able to write this story. As I said, over two weeks has passed now, and this year's 3rd of July event is now fading into distant memory for most.

Not so fast.

I worked the Kiwanis of La Mirada booth during the middle of the day; helping the club barbeque and prepare tri-tip sandwiches to be sold to the crowd. It was the most pleasant part of my day. What a line we had around 6 p.m. What a blast!

I had some interesting thoughts and observations throughout the day, but one that kept bothering me was the fact that many people had brought their dogs to this event.

People, I know dogs love parks, but this is simply an event you cannot bring your dogs to. During the day maybe, but still, there were way too many people to have your dog there, even during the day. And I had to wonder how many of those people were going to bring their dogs home for the evening. This worried me.

As a general rule dogs don't like fireworks. This is common knowledge. Sure, there are some exceptions, but for the most part they dislike fireworks and loud noises. In fact special precautions must be taken for your dog during the 4th of July, even at your own home. Guess what? You can't have both. You can't own a dog and go see the fireworks show. Someone needs to monitor the dog at home. It's a simple as that.

This bothered me all day after seeing dog after dog nervously looking around at the overwhelming crowd.

After finishing up at the booth I wandered over to the family's blanket to relax and watch the fireworks show. Fireworks really don't do much for me, but it's that family, quality factor thing.

At 9:07 p.m. the lights went out in the park and the show was about to begun. Just as the first projectile exploded, a little black dog went frantically racing by our blanket; leash still attached. You could barely see him because of his color and because of the darkness of the night.

I heard people laughing and it sickened me. This dog was obviously traumatized and bolted from its owners grasp. How did this happen? Who would be so irresponsible to let this happen? My worst fear was coming true.

Our blanket was located behind one of the softball diamonds, with our backs to the parking lot and Foster Road. The dog ran towards the lot and Foster Road. It was running so fast in the dark, and I immediately gave chase. I ran as fast as I could. I just wanted to get to the dog and let him/her know, it was OK.

Annual Independence Celebration at Regional Park PDF Print E-mail
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La Mirada~The city’s annual Independence Celebration will be held July 3 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at La Mirada Regional Park.

The celebration will include live music by 80's band "Neon Nation", and motown band "Stone Soul". A variety of tasty food will be on sale by La Mirada’s local service and athletic groups. The celebration will conclude with a patriotic program and exciting fireworks spectacular.

Be sure to keep the following guidelines in mind on the day of the event:

Parking: In addition to parking at La Mirada Regional Park, overflow parking is available at the La Mirada High School stadium lot, BIOLA University (entrance off of La Mirada Blvd.), and Civic Center Plaza. All red curb restrictions are being enforced. Patrons parking in red zones will be issued citations. Parking along Foster Road is allowed only after "No Parking" signs have been covered the day of the event by the City.

La Mirada High Students Honored at SkillsUSA Championships for Skilled Workforce PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 04:31

Louisville, Ky~ Students from technical education programs in area high schools and colleges won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference here last week.

Industry leaders representing more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for demonstrating excellence in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All competitions are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high-school and college-level students who are members of the 360,000-member SkillsUSA organization.

For La Mirada, Team MF (Vanessa Lechuga, Dalia Nute, Alyssa Perez), was awarded the High School Gold medal in Career Pathways - Human Services.

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
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  • 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.


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