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

FLASHBACK

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.

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Annual Independence Celebration at Regional Park PDF Print E-mail
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Living

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.

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La Mirada High Students Honored at SkillsUSA Championships for Skilled Workforce PDF Print E-mail
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Schools
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.

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Six-Hour Standoff Ends on Borda Road PDF Print E-mail
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News
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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Business
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
  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Appellate Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Law
  • Defamation/Libel/Slander
  • Much more
  • 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 lewislaw.info 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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    Schools
    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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    Living
    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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    FROM THE EDITOR: New Healthy Lifetsyle Column Coming to the La Mirada Blog PDF Print E-mail
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    Living
    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:25

    We are pleased to announce a new column is coming to the La Mirada Blog-Healthy Mama Diaries by Amanda Denker.

    Amanda's column will feature healthy cooking, fitness and lifestyle tips for busy mamas who want the best for their family. Amanda says, "Life is good, it's better when you are healthy!"

    Amanda is also a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and will offer information on essential oils from doTERRA.

    She is a La Mirada native and still lives in La Mirada with professional baseball player Travis Denker. Needless to say because of hubby's profession they do a lot of moving around. La Mirada is home-base for the fam, but I have a feeling Amanda will be providing some Mama Road Tips.

    She is a first-time mom to 18-month old son, Jet. She is also a part-time counselor at a residential treatment center, helping clients overcome eating disorders.

    She enjoys spending all the rest of her time being a mom and lives and loves a healthy balanced lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise (I should take some hints from her).

    For a sneak preview, check out her Instagram feed @healthymamadiaries.

    Look for her first column to debut soon. Welcome to the team Amanda!



     
    Tennis Pro Michael Chang Opens Pieology Pizzeria in La Mirada PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Tony Aiello   
    Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:50

    La Mirada~Pielogy Pizza, where pizza lovers go to create custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is now open in La Mirada.

    This is the second franchised location opened by tennis professional and brother of Pieology founder, Michael Chang along with his wife, Amber. Their first restaurant opened in late-2014 in Irvine.

    Pieology La Mirada is located at 12259 La Mirada Blvd., in the Crossroads Shopping Center at La Mirada and Imperial. A proven favorite with pizza fans, Pieology currently has 29 locations across Southern California, with plans to open 6 more by summer.

    “My wife and I are proud to be members of the Pieology family during this very exciting time of growth and innovation, and we’re looking forward to bringing the customized dining experience to our new guests in La Mirada,” said Chang.  “I’ve been a believer in my brother’s vision for Pieology since day one and I’m thrilled to see that the concept is exceeding expectations in all areas, from sales to guest satisfaction. These first two locations are only the beginning of my franchise plans with Pieology!”


    Michael Chang at the 2014 US Open of Tennis

    The Pieology experience starts with fresh house-made dough that is pressed into 11.5-inch thin pizza crusts.  Guests first select from eight signature sauces, moving down the line to choose from more than 30 fresh and flavorful meats, cheeses, vegetables, herbs and spices. The customized pizzas are then stone oven fired to perfection in less than three minutes. To finish, guests have the option to add after-bake “Flavor Blast” sauces, including fiery buffalo, pesto and BBQ.

    Most custom pizzas with unlimited toppings are $8.00 or less.  Pieology offers gluten-free crust, whole wheat crust and a selection of seven signature pizzas, which can be modified upon request. The La Mirada location also offers Daiya vegan mozzarella cheese.

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