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Critics Rave Over "Moonlight and Magnolias" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 12 November 2009 18:04

at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts until Nov. 22!

There are still great seats left! Get your tickets today!

This wildly funny and engaging tale illuminates the behind-the-scenes business of movie-making during the golden age of Hollywood. Three weeks into filming on Gone With The Wind, producer David O. Selznick halts production and hires playwright Ben Hecht to rewrite the script in a record 5 days. There's just one problem. Hecht's never read the novel! So, Selznick pulls famed director Victor Fleming off The Wizard of Oz and forces the three of them into a room until a new script is finished. Subsisting on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men spend 5 days crafting a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful films of all time.

"Everybody knows the film," director Andrew Barnicle said. "This is the story of how it got written. It's the story of what happens when you put three mad geniuses in a room together to create something."

Don't miss the rip-roaring farce
at La Mirada Theatre until NOV. 22!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE or call (562) 944-9801

Hurry...get your tickets before they are gone with the wind!

Cerritos College Community Education Offers Motorcycle Classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aya Abalon   
Saturday, 14 November 2009 17:05

Norwalk~Are you interested in learning to ride a motorcycle? Cerritos College Community Education offers the Basic Motorcycle course on the weekends, all year long.

The 15-hour course consists of three classes over two weekends, which includes one day of classroom learning and two days on the bikes practicing skills. Bikes and helmets will be provided.  A current driver's license or permit is required to sign up for the class. The classes start every week so one can begin any time at one's convenience.

The cost is $250 for those over 21 and $150 for those under 21. Upon successful completion of the course the students will receive a waiver from the driving portion of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) riding test.

Cerritos College Community Education also offers other motorcycle classes such as the Experienced Rider Course for those who have a motorcycle license but would enjoy a safety review. For more information on the motorcycle courses and hundreds of other classes in a variety of areas of interest and information, visit or call 562-467-5050.  


Win a Voucher Two-Pack to "Moonlight and Magnolias" PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts
Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:51

La Mirada~You can win two tickets to "Moonlight and Magnolias" now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Go to the La Mirada Blog on Facebook and simply tell us why you want to attend this production which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of  the great American film, "Gone With the Wind." Share your faorite GWTW story with us.

The winner will receive two tickets to the Friday, November 20th performance beginning at 7 p.m.

Winner will be announced on the November 16th edition of the "Tony Aielo Show" on

The La Mirada Blog on Facebook now has over 1,400 fans-people who simply love La Mirada. Click on the badge below to your right and get started.

Thank you to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts for their generous donation of a great prize.

Sick Ducks Delay Fishing Derby PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:00

La Mirada~The annual Knabe Fishing Derby, a mainstay in La Mirada for many, many years, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21st, 2009-but do you know why?

This very popular event is hosted by County Supervisor Don Knabe and is in its thirteenth year.

Originally scheduled for August the event was postponed because many of the ducks became ill at Regional Park, and some even died. The cause has been determined to be a wildlife bird disease called Avian botulism.

According to the Wildlife Disease Information Node website, Avian botulism is a paralytic, often fatal, disease of birds caused by ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is widespread in soil and requires warm temperatures, a protein source and an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment in order to become active and produce toxin. Decomposing vegetation and invertebrates combined with warm temperatures can provide ideal conditions for the botulism bacteria to activate and produce toxin. There are several types of toxin produced by strains of this bacteria; birds are most commonly affected by type C and to a lesser extent type.

Wildcats Exhibition Schedule Ends; Mark Your Calendars Now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:19

La Mirada's Derrick Williams Rings in the New Year in His Return to So. Cal

Tuscon, AZ~La Mirada High School Superstar Derrick Williams will be returning to Southern California when his Arizona Wildcats play USC and UCLA this New Year's weekend.

Williams, who led La Mirada to a CIF Southern Section quarterfinal berth last season, will play the team he intended to play for, USC, at the Galen Center on New Year's Eve at 4 p.m.

Williams left USC this past spring, after the Tim Floyd meltdown.

Then, on January 2nd, Williams and the Wildcats will play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in a nationally televised morning contest beginning at 10 a.m., broadcast on CBS.

Last night, Arizona wrapped up its exhibition schedule with a 96-55 romp over Div. II Western New Mexico. Williams scored 12 points, going 6 of 7 from the field in 14 minutes.

On November 4th, against Augustana College, Williams scored 14 points in 13 minutes including; 5 of 6 from the field and 4 of 7 from the stripe. He also had four rebounds.

This season the Wildcats are playing with seven true freshmen on the team and a rookie head coach, Sean Miller. Their season opener is November 15th vs. Northern Arizona at 3 p.m.

Check out the Universities website for the basketball program available at This site is really nice. Everything you need to know about the Wildcats basketball program. They have box scores, photo galleries, webcasts, and an abundance of information at your fingertips to follow Derrick all season long.

In the sites recent write-up about the game with Western New Mexico, check out the YouTube insert in the article. You can see Derrick back-peddling after a layup in the very short video spot.




News from El Camino High PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 16:55
La Mirada~ Here is some of the latest news coming out of El Camino High School in La Mirada.

-State Model Continuation High School-El Camino High School has qualified for a state visit in an effort
to extend the Model School designation for another five years.

-144 graduates in the Class of 2009 at El Camino High School. This is a new school record.

- El Camino High School has an 80 point API increase over last year for a total of 594 points.

- The senior students of El Camino High School had a campus tour at Cerritos College yesterday. It was a "hands on" event and was very successful. The tour is to expose those "at risk" students to the college and get them interested in attending college after high school. Another campus tour will be scheduled in the spring. This is a yearly event. However, beginning this year, it will take place 2 times-once in the fall and once in the spring.

- NHRA Career Day At the Races - Student Field Trip  On November 13, 2009, El Camino High School students will take a student Field trip to the Pomona Raceway. Students spend time visiting Career and educational focused partners. All students also attend a 30-minute panel discussion on careers and educational opportunities. They also receive a free ticket to the NHRA finals and the Open Pit Policy of the NHRA also allows students to network with race teams and manufactures. This event takes place once a year and is a very popular field trip with our students.

Suburban League Week 9 Review; Week 10 Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L. Ledesma   
Monday, 09 November 2009 16:13

JobsWeek 9 Review

The league this week had a few scares with the Dons of Cerritos almost pulling out a victory against the John Glenn Eagles. Then on Friday, the Pioneers of Artesia jumped out to an early lead against the Norwalk Lancers, but in the end, the game was far from close. The Buccaneers of Bellflower where manhandled by the Matadores. This has been one of the most balanced leagues in a while where every week each team has a shot at a win and the playoff seeding has come down to the final week.

Week 9 Results

Mayfair had a Bye.

Norwalk 61 Artesia 33: Early on, the Pioneers looked liked they just might upset the Norwalk Lancers. They hit big on their first play from scrimmage as WR Travon Payne toasted CB Adrian Gonzales for an 80 yard TD. The Lancers would respond with a big run from do-everything back Elihjaa Penny. The Pioneers QB Montez Hunter was causing fits for the Lancer defense in the first half as he ran all over them at will. In the second half, the Lancers defense stepped up and became stouter, as their ground game got going and they ran all over the Pioneers. Elihjaa Penny and Davion Edwards combined for over 400 yards of offense as they cleared the way for QB Dominique Diaz to use play action to hit big on a few passes for TD's.

John Glenn 35 Cerritos 29: The Eagles-in a do or die situation-came through as they walked out of Hanford Rants Stadium with a victory; and are now a step closer to the playoffs. This was a night of the running back, as senior RB Brandon Kelly from John Glenn was not to be out shined by senior running back Derek Jones of Cerritos. It was as if they kept trying to one up each other in this game. When the dust had settled, it was Kelly who was victorious on the field and on the stat sheet. His final stat line: 20 carries, 183 yards, and 4 TD's. Derek Jones finished with 22 carries and 146 yards and 2 TD's. Cerritos was aided by special teams when they blocked an extra point, and they received a 98-yard kick-off return from Junior Aaron Francis for a TD. This game came down to the last drive of the game, with the Eagles getting a TD from Brandon Kelly on the ground with 23 seconds left.

Unsyncables Win US Masters Synchronized Swimming Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 06 November 2009 16:17

La Mirada~The Unsyncables of La Mirada took the Overall High Point Award at the U.S. Masters Synchronized Swimming Championships held over the weekend of October 23-25 in Coral Springs, Fla.

The Unsyncables received 144.5 total points through a variety of competitions to earn its third consecutive High Point Title, and eighth in the past 12 years.  Thirty-three teams competed in the event. 

The La Mirada Unsyncables is a non-for-profit organization whose membership is open to adults 20 years of age and older.  The team works out weekly at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, creating routines for competitions and water shows, and working together to promote the sport of synchronized swimming.  Current swimmers range from 20-89 years of age.

Suburban League Week 8 Review; Week 9 Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L. Ledesma   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 13:09

Week 8 Review

Well, this was a terrific week of football in the Suburban League. We saw the not-so-mighty Lancers from Norwalk lose. There were two games that came down to the wire; the Mayfair vs. Artesia game went into overtime; and the Norwalk vs. La Mirada game came down to the wire. I feel that all of the teams this week played well and played as hard as they could.

Week 8 Results

John Glenn had a Bye.

Mayfair 35 Artesia 28 (OT): This one became a barn-burner, as the host Pioneers of Artesia would not be denied, giving the visiting Monsoons all that they could handle for four quarters and then came up a little bit short in overtime. The Artesia defense, which is led by MLB TJ Taimutuia, and OLB Adam Leutele, both turned in tremendous efforts. The Pioneers on offense, where led by WR Travon Payne who had seven catches for 87 yards. Unfortunately, he just couldn't find the end zone. Mayfair was able to let go a sigh of relief after the final whistle blew- because they were victorious- and the game was a just a slugfest.Jobs

Bellflower 41 Cerritos 17: The Buccaneers only needed three quarters to put this one out of reach, as they just pounded the visiting Dons. Their offense ran the ball right down the throat of the Dons defense. It seemed as if the Dons were helpless to stop them. Their offense didn't help them at all, as they fumbled the ball, and just couldn't convert on third and fourth downs when they needed to. Bellflower LB Marquis Patton returned an interception for a touchdown. QB Jeremy Allen tossed two TD passes in the win.


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