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La Pluma Hosting Scholastic Book Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 19:34

La Mirada~La Pluma Elementary School is hosting a scholastic book fair Monday, September Sept 21st  through Friday Sept 25th, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the school library.

The popular event will also be open during the school's Back-to-School-Night event Thursday, September 24th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

La Pluma Elementary is located at 14420 La Pluma Drive; cross streets are Rosecrans Ave.and La Fonda Dr.

Featured will be a pre sale of the next, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for only $6.99!!  This book will be released on October 12th, 2009 and shipped directly to La Pluma for distribution. All proceeds will go towards building the school's classroom libraries.

For more information contact Jennifer Dean, President La Pluma PTA @ 714-470-4830 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Suburban League Football Week 1 Recap; Week 2 Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L. Ledesma   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 19:11

Suburban League Week 2:


Week 1 Review: Well, I was right on picking five of the seven winners from this past weekend’s games. I thought the Matadors would put up a terrific fight and pound the Highlanders. Oops. Well someone got pounded, and it wasn’t the Highlanders. On the other hand, everyone else got hammered in league. Bellflower is still scoreless two weeks in and no points. The Norwalk Lancers are proving to be a force as they have amassed 121 points in two games. I look for a lot of teams to get back on track this week and continue their winning ways.


Week 1 Results:

Norwalk 58 Los Amigos 6: Norwalk got its double-wing attack rolling by steam-rolling the Lobos up and down the field. They have a three headed monster on offense led by senior wingback Adrian Gonzales, junior wingback Billy Moore, and senior fullback, two-way stud, Adrian Cortez.


La Habra 54 La Mirada 13: La Mirada really never got itself on a roll and instead tried to hang on for dear life. Any ideas of them becoming an area power again, right this minute, where halted by a stingy Highlanders defense. QB Daniel Poncedeleon played as well as he could, and diminutive running back Matt Haltom ran hard; but it still was not enough. They look to rebound this week against California High School of Whittier.


Glenn 38 Pioneer 3: The Eagles ground game got rolling as TB Brandon Kelly ran through, around, and over any Titan in his way. When the dust had settled, he had 25 carries for 257 yards. They also have a versatile athlete in Junior D.J. Bernard; he scored 4 different ways. He started things off by hauling in a 60-yard TD catch, and then he picked up a blocked field goal and raced 89 yards to the house, untouched. Then he jumped a route and returned it from 38 yards out. Finally he took a handoff and scored from 28 yards out and put a move on a Titan defender that would make any Madden gamer jealous.

Free Business Seminar: What Other Retailers are Doing to Survive the Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 18:34

Whittier~As part of its local business stimulus plan, the City of Whittier is hosting a series of FREE business seminars to help businesses thrive in a struggling economy. The first of these seminars will take place this Thursday, September 17 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at the Whittier City Hall Council Chambers.

Presented by The Retail Smart Guys, learn which marketing efforts are working, which ones aren't, and why, during the current economic climate. How can a retailer expand their reach into the community? How can a retailer make it 'safe to shop' again? Which expenses do you cut, when and how? How can you partner and leverage your existing business relationships? What is the secret to cash flow in a down economy?

Space is limited so call (562) 464-3380 to RSVP.

Seniors: Come Improve Your Health, For Free! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 11 September 2009 15:42

La Mirada~The City of La Mirada will be hosting a senior health fair on Wednesday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Various organizations will be providing information on topics such as healthy living, health screenings, and more.  This event is free to the public. 

For more information please call the La Mirada Activity Center at (562) 902-3160 or visit



Auditions Set for "Bye-Bye Birdie" at Whittier Junior Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 11 September 2009 15:19

Whittier~Whittier Junior Theatre will hold auditions on Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12, for the musical "Bye-Bye Birdie". In this exuberant 1960's musical, rock and roll star Conrad Birdie travels to Sweet Apple, Ohio to give one last kiss to Fan Club President Kim MacAfee on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before being drafted into the army. 

Pre-Auditions will be held at Whittier Community Center Gym, 7630 Washington Avenue, on Friday, September 11, with the following age schedules:  5 to 8 years, 6 to 7p.m.; 9 to12 years, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; and 13 years through adult, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Auditions will be held at the Whittier Center Theatre, Saturday, September12, with the following age schedule:  5 to 8 years, 10 to 11a.m.; 9 to12 years, 11:15 a.m. to12:15 p.m.; and13 years through adult, 12:30 to1:30 p.m. 

Performance dates will be October 16 through 25 at the Center Theatre. 

For information audition and ticket information, call the City of Whittier Community Services Department at (562) 464-3430.


Public Invited to Attend Free Art Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 11 September 2009 07:13

La Mirada~Adrienne Medrano, graphic designer for La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, will discuss a new art program titled Young Rembrandts at the La Mirada Arts Colony meeting on Monday, Sept. 14th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd.

Young Rembrandts employs local artists to teach drawing skills to children (ages 3-12) in La Mirada and surrounding communities. Medrano will discuss the program and give a free art demonstration.

The public is invited, and artists may submit resumes for teaching positions. For more information, contact Madeline Thomas at (562) 941-4116. 

New ID Policy at La Mirada High Begins Today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 13:16

New ID policy has some concerned

La Mirada~Students attending La Mirada High School beginning this year, will be required to wear an ID around their neck at all times, while on campus.

The lanyards, with a plastic badge holder attached at the end, hang around the students neck to display their ID.

Incoming La Mirada freshmen Julian Hernandez and A.J. Aiello show off their new ID lanyards.

Michelle Millan, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of the School District told us, " This is a school-based decision.  La Mirada is the only high school out of the four, to implement such a policy at this time".

Ron Carroll, Assistant Principal/Discipline at La Mirada, sat down with us recently, "The ID must be appropriately displayed at all times. This will help us with daily operations. The purpose in having students display their ID is to assist in providing our students with a more safe and secure environment."

When asked what the student's response has been, Carroll replied, "Very positive".

Seniors seem to be having the biggest issue with it, since they have went three years without having to wear something around their neck, and now they have to. A lot of students are expressing dismay, but that is usually the case when there is change.

"This is actually nothing new. We have always had an ID policy in place. Students have always been required to carry their ID's on them", said Carroll.

Some wonder if this is an impossible policy to enforce, fearing the school administration will be spending much of their time dealing with lost and forgotten ID's.

"I have heard those concerns", said Carroll, "but we are confident after a period of time, everyone will settle in. There is a demerit process-that has always been in place-for violators".

Most parents we talked to seemed to be in favor, "Anything that makes my son safer, or give the perception he is safer, is ok by me", said parent Maria Perez.

According to the student handbook, the policy will allow school personnel to easily identify those who should be on campus and those who are unauthorized.

I asked Carroll if there was an issue of not having enough security to handle the huge student population, and this was just a way to make securities job easier. "Absolutely not, the security personnel at La Mirada have always had complete control. This just gives them another tool"

At this time the school is "requesting" that teachers wear the lanyards. The school is looking into union/legal complications of requiring the teachers to wear them.

Carroll did not indicate whether the ID's would be required at after-school events.

Fund-Raiser for La Mirada Teen Today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 12:35

La Mirada~A fund-raiser will be held all day today at the Elephant Bar Restaurant for La Mirada teen Blake Browning, who was injured in a football field accident in 2007.

Print out the flyer on this web-site, bring it in, and the restaurant will donate 15% of your bill to the Blake Browning fund.

Through fundraisers, gracious donations and loving support, Blake has been able to remain in extensive physical therapy so that someday, he can regain full use of his hands and ultimately walk again.

Visit for more about Blake's story.

Restaurant is located at 14303 Fiorestone Blvd., La Mirada.


The Third Annual Blake Browning Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, October 9, 2009 at West Ridge Golf Course in La Habra.  100% of the proceeds raised will go towards Blake's medical expenses.

For more information visit or for golf information contact Jorge Ruvalcaba at (714) 401-3689, or Ken Taylor for silent auction donations at (562) 896-1589.

Please make check payable to: Be Perfect c/o Blake 10 Recovery Fund #501 C 3 26 1485814

Suburban League Week 0 Recap; Week 1 Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Raymond L Ledesma   
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 18:10

Suburban League Week 1: 

Week 0 Review: Well I was right on picking five of the seven winners from this past weekend games. There was no shortage of close games. It started with La Mirada vs. St Paul on Friday night, and it came down to the final few minutes with the visiting Matadores prevailing. Then, to round out the first week of games, Glenn held off a furious comeback by the host Santa Ana Valley Falcons at the Santa Ana Bowl on Saturday afternoon. 

Week 0 Results: 

Norwalk 63 South El Monte 3: Norwalk got its double-wing attack rolling as they rolled passed South El Monte.

La Mirada 15 St. Paul 7: La Mirada suffered a few injuries, but they look to continue their charge toward another league title. Backup Shane Blood stepped in and helped lead the Mats to a huge victory; the school's first against St. Paul.

Glenn 28 Valley 26: The Eagles showed grit and determination as they fought themselves to a victory. They were led by QB Jose Escobar who looked very comfortable in the pocket, threw for 3 TDs, and added another rushing.

Montebello 14 Bellflower 0: The host Buccaneers never got themselves on track as they fell to the visiting Oilers from Montebello

Chino Hills 30 Mayfair 6: The Host Huskies could have made the lead larger if not for a few miscues during the game.

Beckman 31 Cerritos 13: Cerritos is still searching for their first win in over 12 games. They looked over-matched in this game.

Edison 36 Artesia 0: The pioneers speedy offense was neutralized by the attacking defense of the host Chargers.

Week 1 Preview:


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