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La Mirada Soldier Killed in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 19 October 2009 15:54

FORT CARSON, Colo.~The Department of Defense says four Fort Carson soldiers have died of injuries suffered in an attack in Afghanistan.

Military officials say the soldiers died Thursday in Kandahar province after their vehicle was struck with a bomb.

The Defense Department identified the soldiers as 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Glen H. Stivison Jr. of Blairsville, Pa.; 28-year-old Spc. Jesus O. Flores of La Mirada, Calif.; 33-year-old Spc. Daniel C. Lawson of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and 19-year-old Pfc. Brandon M. Styer of Lancaster, Pa.

All were assigned to the 569th Mobility Augmentation Company, 4th Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson in Colorado.

On Oct. 3, the post lost eight soldiers in a bloody attack in Afghanistan.

Red Ribbon Week- "Drug Free is the Key" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 19 October 2009 15:07

Whittier~“Drug Free Is the Key” is the theme for the 21st annual Red Ribbon Week.


Co-sponsored by the SKILLS Foundation and the City of Whittier, Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually by local schools and youth groups to support a drug-free community.


Kicking off the event will be the 21st Annual Pancake Breakfast and Community Rally, which will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24 at East Whittier Middle School, 14421 Whittier Boulevard.           


The $4 per person breakfast (children 3 years and younger are free) includes pancakes, sausage and beverages.


Along with breakfast, families will be entertained by local schools and organizations, and there will be informational booths and displays promoting a drug-free lifestyle.  There will also be chances to win prizes such as electronics, amusement park passes and restaurant gift cards.

Whittier Hosts 7th Annual "Celebrating Abilities" Expo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Monday, 19 October 2009 15:03

Whittier~“Celebrating Abilities,” the seventh annual Expo and Celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2008 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier.  All community members are invited to come to this free event to learn more about how Whittier is working to become accessible to all residents.


“The event is jointly sponsored by the City of Whittier Accessibility Committee, Community Services Department, Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA) Work Source and the Whittier Union High School District to celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month in October,” said Fran Shields, Director of Community Services.


More than 25 agencies will be represented at the Expo, featuring exhibits and displays on employment assistance information, advocacy, independent and assisted living, parent education, support programs, social services resources and emergency preparedness information, Shields said.

Suburban League Week 6 Review; Week 7 Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L. Ledesma   
Monday, 19 October 2009 14:48

Week 6 Review: WOW!!! Every game this weekend was a nail biter with the Norwalk vs. Glenn game coming down to the last possession. The streak is over as the Cerritos Dons have won their first game since 2007. This past weeks games where phenomenal. Anyone wanting to go see good football-and pay a reasonable price- go to a Suburban League Football game.

Week 6 Results:

La Mirada had a Bye.

Norwalk 42 John Glenn 35: The Eagles looked like every other team that has played the Lancers, they where down 28-7 at halftime behind a stellar performance from WB Adrian Gonzales. At that point, it looked like the Lancers where going to run away with yet another game. But in the second half, the Eagles made some adjustments on defense, and starting shutting down the Lancers vaunted double-wing attack. The Eagles struck first after halftime on an 80-yard TD pass from QB Jose Escobar to do-everything TB Dejon Bernard. Then, after a defensive stop, it was Bernard who threw a 40-yard TD pass to Escobar who was wide open on the play. Sandwiched in between were two TD's by TB Brandon Kelly who looked healthy for the first time in over a month. In the end, the Eagles came up just short. The Eagles were trying to tie the game as Escobar's fourth-and-two attempted completion, to a crossing Bernard, fell incomplete. A sigh of relief could be seen on the Norwalk coach's faces.

Cerritos 27 Artesia 21: The Dons walked on the field Friday night at Artesia High School and noticed it was homecoming. They decided to play the role of spoilers, as they pounded the Pioneers. They were led by TB Aaron Francis who does anything and everything that he is asked to do during the game. He took reps at QB in a Wildcat formation. He was a one-man wrecking crew as he bruised his way up and down the field. The Pioneers are just trying to stay healthy right now, as they are without the services of QB Anthony Johnson, who has a bruised thigh that is keeping him from playing. They are now led on offense by QB Montez Hunter who is trying to do his best to keep them in the game. The efforts of Earnest Randall who broke several big plays on reverses, kept Artesia close.

La Mirada Theatre for the Perorming Arts Adds Two New Series to its 2009-10 Season of Shows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 16:00

First Ever "ONSTAGE" Series puts the audience on stage with "Floyd Collins" & UPRIGHT CABARET comes to La Mirada with five intimate Cabaret Experiences! 

La Mirada~LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS  is thrilled to announce two very special new programs that will begin with their 2009 - 2010 season of shows it was announced October 7th by La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Producing Artistic Director Brian Kite.


ONSTAGE - "FLOYD COLLINS"-This season, in July 2010, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will take you onstage with their brand new "ONSTAGE" series which brings to La Mirada Theatre thrilling and more challenging plays and musicals in a new intimate theatre experience which has been created by placing 199 audience seats ON THE STAGE of the theatre. For the first Jobsshow of this new series, the stage will be filled with an incredible award-winning musical production AND the audience. With a large cast and live musicians, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is excited to present Floyd Collins, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) and book by Tina Landau and which will be directed by Richard Israel who directed its Los Angeles premiere.  Feel the adventure of Floyd Collins's dream of fame and fortune as he is trapped in a narrow cave 200 feet below the surface. See how his goal of creating a tourist attraction becomes a reality, with him as the main attraction. This haunting musical, which won a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie Award when it premiered in New York, tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer. Be a part of La Mirada history. Get up close and personal with the new ONSTAGE series at the La Mirada Theatre!   

Imperial Construction Project Comes to an End PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 16 October 2009 16:29

La Mirada/ LA County~Whew!

The long sewer construction project that wasn't even in La Mirada, but affected LM residents daily, is finally over.

Most of the work on the project, which started in January, affected motorists on Imperial Highway between Biola Avenue and Valley View. The original phase of the project consumed Imperial as far north as La Mirada Blvd.

The project caused lengthy delays-especially westbound on Imperial-with the road often reduced to one lane.

Commuters are certainly smiling as things are now back to normal on the highway

REVIEW: Magnolias Gets Thumbs Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carmen Aiello   
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 18:43

La Mirada~Wow!  From the moment I walked in to the theatre I knew I was in for a treat.   The set on stage was breathtakingly beautiful.   I felt like I was actually in a beauty salon, the only thing missing was the strong smell of hair solutions.

I can only be talking about the production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling and directed by Brian Kite.  Presented by La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Emtertainment in association with The Welks Resorts Theatre, it runs through October 18th.



       M'Lynn Eatenton........................................................................CATHY RIGBY

       Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie......................................................AMY SLOAN

       Truvy Jones................................................................................CHRISTA JACKSON

       Clairee Belcher..........................................................................ROSINA REYNOLDS

       Annelle Dupey-Desoto.............................................................EMMA FASSLER

       Ouiser Bordreaux......................................................................MICHAEL LEARNED


I tip my hat to the actresses for allowing me to feel the very emotions that they performed on stage.  Funny, sincere, and completely enjoyable.  The likeness these actresses portrayed in comparison to those of the movie were right on. 

I was able to picture in my mind the 6 different lives of these women. How they live, where they live, what their spouses were like. What lifestyles they each lived and what their spiritual choices were. I truly enjoyed getting to know them. The underlying strength and love, along with the respect that they shared for one another, was envious.

I strongly recommend that you grab your sister, your mother, your best friends, and your neighbor and head on over to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts to enjoy this high-flying performance.

Thank you to all those involved, you all did a great job.

Real Life Story about Hiroshima Presented by Phantom Projects Theatre Group PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 18:13



La Mirada~Phantom Projects Theatre Group will present the first production of the 2009/2010 Season of the THEATRE FOR A TEEN AUDIENCE series at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on October 22, 2009. The production, A THOUSAND CRANES, is directed by Kate Barrett and features a cast of 3 Asian-American actors who portray all of the characters in this true-story inspired production about the aftermath of the Hiroshima Bombing.

To win free tickets to the show, check out the La Mirada Blog on Facebook and enter by Monday, October 19th to win.


The show, which centers on the real-life story of Sadako Saski, details the little known after-effects of the radiation that lingered after attack.  Although only aged 2 at the time of the bombing, the young girl is diagnosed with “radiation sickness” at the age of 12.  During Sadako’s sickness, she learns of the power of the cranes: “If one folds 1,000, the Gods will grant their wish and make them healthy.”

Suburban League Football Week 5 Recap; Week 6 Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L. Ledesma   
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 11:32

Suburban League Week 5 

Week 5 Review: League is well under way and there were no surprises at all this past week. At this point, teams are starting to distance themselves from the rest of the pack and the league championship push has turned, in my opinion, into a three-horse race, with the Mayfair Monsoons out in front. The Matadores and the Lancers feel they have something to say about that.

Week 5 Results

Norwalk had a Bye.

Mayfair 46 John Glenn 24: The Eagles looked like they were going to end the Monsoons streak early, as they jumped out to a 10 point advantage. The Monsoons regrouped, and showed why they are the defending eight-time league champions. The Eagles bright spot was Niua Niumataevalu, the talented Junior TB/ MLB has been a punishing force on both sides of the ball. This was evident on one of his runs, as he broke several tackles and sprinted down the sideline and finally was run out of bounds after a 35 yard gain. Dominique Small for Mayfair was not to be out done as he shredded the Eagles defense for over 100 yards rushing. He leads a very talented crop of TB’s for Mayfair.

La Mirada 42 Cerritos 20: The Dons still have the losing streak going and again, they are really getting tired of the streak. And it is still lingering over their head. The Matadores came and pounded the Dons early and often. It was clear from the beginning, that this was an overmatched Cerritos team. However, the Dons have two ultra-talented under classmen on their roster. Sophomore QB Marquis Moss who is a threat to go to the house every time he touches the ball. Also, their TB Aaron Francis is a hard running junior who is the only other true threat that the Dons possess on offense; and he is a stud on defense as well. QB Daniel Poncedeleon couldn’t be outdone as he led an aerial assault against the Dons secondary; he threw for 135 yards and two TD’s and didn’t play much in the second half. He looks like the most lethally accurate QB in the Suburban League.


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