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La Mirada Shaquatics Participate in Charity Scrimmage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 22:10

Brea~The La Mirada Shaquatics participated in a charity scrimmage this past Tuesday night at Brea Olinda High School to benefit Homes for our Troops-a nonprofit organization helping with adapted mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group raised $540 and had high attendance and generous donations from Shaquatic parents.

La Mirada Shaquatics is a year-round water polo club for kids 9-15 based at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.

To get more information about the club visit www.

Annual St. Paul of the Cross Carnival Kicks Off PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 20:10

La Mirada~The annual Parish Festival at St. Paul of the Cross kicked-off tonight and will continue through Sunday.

The traditional event features live entertainment, rides, food, vendors, a swap meet and a beer garden.

Hours are Friday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 12--9 p.m.

La Mirada's first church established in 1956 is located at 14020 Foster Road. For more information call (562) 921-2914 .

What's Happened to Our Beloved Drive-In/La Mirada Woman Stabbed to Death in Dispute Over Parking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 19:14

Santa Fe Springs~The former La Mirada Drive-In, once a community treasure filled with countless memories for La Mirada residents, now bears the Santa Fe Springs name and is for the most part a swap meet-and has been since the early 70's.

The complex was built in a orange grove adjacent to the brand-new, budding Interstate 5 freeway in the early 1950's and was originally called the La Mirada Drive-In because it was the closest named-area or town.

Movies are no longer shown and many would argue the swap-meet, once a teenagers dream for that first job, has become somewhat unstable since it instilled its Friday night version of the flea market.

The latest incident occurred this past Friday.

Elizabeth Yanez, 43, was stabbed in front of her adult children in a dispute over a parking space at the historic venue as reported by Brian Day of the Whittier Daily News here.

We normally don't refer our readers to other media outlets or the competition but we believe in some instances it is appropriate for the community to be informed.

Los Coyotes Eighth Grader Wins Track Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Friday, 24 October 2014 04:23

La Mirada~Ryan ‘The Rhino” Vargas took first place in the championship race and won the track championship this past Saturday at the Irwindale Event Center.

Vargas is an eighth-grader at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada and began racing cars three years ago.

He races in the U.S. Legend Cars INEX Division and drives a Bandolero, a turnkey, spec-series 750 race car which can reach top speeds of approximately 90 mph.  He holds track records at Kern County Raceway Park, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Orange Show Speedway.

He is a straight-A honor student and very involved in his school. Mom Dawn says he must maintain straight A’s in order to race.

He has been first in California the past three years in his division; last year he was sixth in the nation.

This year, he set a goal of becoming one of the top five racers in the nation.  He not only met his goal but also far surpassed it. He has a chance to be number one in the country.

He also captured two track championships this year, one at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino and the other at Irwindale Event Center in Irwindale.

Follow his racing page “Rhino Motorsports” on Facebook here.

Grade Separation Project Completed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:09

Santa Fe Springs~Stage Road is now open for traffic as the the Valley View Grade Separation Project is now complete after a little over two years of construction.

Partners in the project, the City of La Mirada, the City of Santa Fe Springs, BNSF Railway and Caltrans participated in a brief ceremony at the site this morning along with Santa Fe springs Mayor Jaunita Trujillo and La Mirada Mayor Larry Mowles.

Construction on the $65 million endeavor began in the summer of 2010.

THE CARRIAGE: Decision Could Come in November for Fate of Cultural Diner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 04:25

La Mirada~The La Mirada Planning Commission may be deciding the fate of the Carriage Coffee Shop at its regular meeting next month.

City Planner Gabriel Bautista told the La Mirada Blog the process is taking longer than he prefers, but hopes it will be on the agenda for the November 21st meeting.

Residents who consider the diner a cultural icon stormed city hall in this past March to protest a decision by the owners of the property, Rich Development, to replace the 49-year-old diner with a McDonald’s.

Because of the traffic concerns expressed by residents at that meeting, the commission suggested a traffic study be executed to address these potential issues.

The final draft of the study has been completed and has been sent to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Traffic Division for final approval, Bautista told us.

The commission will then decide whether or not to grant McDonald’s a conditional use permit to construct a drive-thru at the new restaurant; paving the way for the apparent demolition of The Carriage.

Lewis Supporters Gather for Meet-and-Greet Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:59


La Mirada~Friends and family gathered at the home of Hal and Barbara Malkin this past Thursday in support of La Mirada resident Zurich Lewis who is running for a seat

Hal Malkin and Zurich Lewis

as Governing Board Member/Trustee for the Cerritos College Community District-Area Seven.

A beautiful array of food and refreshments was offered by the host Mrs. Malkin as guests mingled and discussed current news and events.

Lewis, a lifetime La Mirada resident is a Biola University student and sits as a Community Services Commissioner for the city.

Area seven for the district includes portions of the cities of La Mirada, Cerritos, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, and North Whittier.

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La Mirada Symphony Opens the 2014-15 Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:27

52nd Season Features Another Offering of Free Concerts

La Mirada~The 2014-15 season of the La Mirada Symphony opens with the Masters of Inspiration concert Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with works by Bernstein, Mozart, and Beethoven featured under the direction of new conductor, Alan Mautner.

Playing Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet will be soloist Helen Goode-Castro, a popular performer with many Southern California orchestras.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Doors open at 2:30 pm, no reservations are required. The performance will take place at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. For more information visit or call (562)-941-5779 or (714)-521-0774.

Dames Says Collaboration Can Bring Bigger and Better Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:57

La Mirada~Pete Dames conducted his first meeting as President of the La Mirada Kiwanis Club for the 2014-1015 year on October 1st at the Holiday Inn Select in La Mirada.  His major focus this coming year will be on collaboration with the City of La Mirada and with other service organizations in the area.

Dames retired from City Council in 2011 after over 17 years of service.

Regarding the La Mirada Kiwanis Club, Dames stated, “There is a wealth of talent and energy within the numerous organizations in our community including: our service clubs and faith, education and business communities.  Collaboration with each other and the City of La Mirada can bring bigger and better service to the ‘needs’ of our community in ways that make a real impact in the lives of others, particularly children.”

The Kiwanis Club consists of a weekly morning breakfast meeting on each Wednesday of the month at 7:15 a.m. at the La Mirada Holiday Inn Select at 14299 Firestone Blvd.

In addition, an evening group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Volunteer Center at 11900 La Mirada Blvd. Both sessions collaborate on all projects and provide opportunities for adults of all ages to be a part of the Kiwanis mission in the community.


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