• July 4th Parade

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  • We’re in For a Hot Time In S-T

    by David DeMullé In the past month, we’ve had four major brush fires, and the fire season has just started in Southern California. I had just gotten over the smoke and soot of the Calabasas fire

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  • Times Are Tough — But The Fight Club Makes You Tougher

    by Karen Perdue The Sunland Fighting Club has been a wonderful addition to our community. Do you wonder what is within the walls of the Club? This is the building with the beautiful, powerful

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Jim Laris

Trivial Pursuits

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

A wacky Wednesday with Ken and Alex by Jim Laris While you guys were working on a Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I was, well, not working, so I went to see the “Jeopardy” king Ken Jennings at the Altadena Library. It was kind of cool. There were 79 other nonworking lowlifes like

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The No-Sip List

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

All I want is a cup of coffee without your poorly parked car in the way by Jim Laris Being retired has enabled me to get into a number of things I didn’t have time for when I was a real person. I’ve been able to sit on the couch for very long periods of

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Enter The Dragon

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

There are some smells that even a dog that sniffs just about anything can’t stand by Jim Laris I got up the other morning the way I get up every morning. I’m lying on my right side and I have somehow dislodged my attractive CPap machine mask and matching designer tubing, and my head is

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The Handyman Can

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

By Jim Laris Even with a bit of a hangover, you just couldn’t beat this guy’s price Is it just me or do things like this happen to you, and I don’t know if things like this don’t happen to you because you don’t have a column, or is it that these things may happen

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Kinky Winky

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

Simple, fun ways to spice up your sex life — literally by Jim Laris OK, admit it. Your marriage could use a little juice. A little tap on the accelerator of love. How do I know this? Because I have my ear to the ground and my nose to the wind and my mouth to

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Crime Sats


Crime Stats

Assault 05/20/16 08:00 PM 7800 BLOCK OF APPERSON ST Robbery 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10300 BLOCK OF WILSEY AV Robbery 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10300 BLOCK OF WILSEY AV Burglary 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10700 BLOCK OF

News From Your Clinic

Dr. Sam

Treat a Burn Be It From Fireworks or Brushfire

by Sam Samalin, PA-C Patients have asked what they should do if they or their children get burned. Every situation is different but they all have one thing in common: Someone got injured. Below,

View From The Rock


July Kept The Neighborhood Council Occupied

This has been quite a month here in our little vortex. The new neighborhood council board has taken over and are finding that it isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. I’m looking forward to

Movie Reviews


Things Are Getting Worse…

Dear Editor, Thank you for all the information you’ve been putting out in your paper. I’ve lived here for over 30 years and seen the rock change from great to bad to getting better. We never had this much traffic though. Mostly horses and motorcycles. How come we don’t have the LAPD drop-in station that

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More of Ed’s Sad Story

Dear Editor, Your article and photo of Ed Rock and our councilman, you know the one with the greasy smile, missed the point. Ed, a WWII and Korean War fighter pilot now in his 90s, ended up in the hospital due in part because the STNC was kicked out of the city office by Fuentes.

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Community Invited to Connect

DMH worker gives out information packet

Dear Editor and Community Stakeholders, On Thursday, June 16, I wish to extend to you and to the entire S/T Community an invitation to attend the Homeless Connect Day at North Valley City Hall, organized by LA Council Member Felipe Fuentes, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., east of the Library,. (Entry for this event

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Help For The Homeless

Volunteers and homeless people at a past Homeless Connect Day

Dear Friends, Recently, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released its 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Sadly, homelessness in the Valley jumped 35%. While the City Council tries to figure out how to better spend resources in various communities, I spent the past year coming up with strategies and solutions towards addressing homelessness

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Setting the record straight


Dear Editor, I was informed today that Dr. Edward Trimis is being banned from attending any school events at Verdugo Hills High School. I sent the following letter to the Superintendent (Michelle.King@LAUSD.net) of the LAUSD on April 27: Dear Ms. King, My name is Brandon J. Hanes. I have two daughters enrolled at Verdugo Hills

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Jeanette “Jan” McLish


Sweetheart Jan was born June 6, 1933 and the angels took her home on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Shortly after waking up, she collapsed in her husband’s arms and was rushed to Holy Cross Cardiac Trauma Center where she passed after a few minutes with cardiac arrest. Jan had a long time

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Claudia Holloway


Nana to all, Mom to me. Claudia Holloway passed away Sunday April 24, 2016. “I know she’s going to heaven because she already did her time in Tujunga!

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Louis Lata


Aug. 2, 1918–Feb. 15, 2016 Born in Ludlow, MA, he was the oldest of six children. His parents, John and Josephine Lata moved the family to Erie, PA where he grew up. He worked at many jobs while a youth. At one of those jobs, he met his future wife, Rose Rawa. They married on

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Craig Chereek


With the dawning of a new CD, the sun set one last time for local Foothills folk songwriter and Vietnam Vet, Craig Chereek. Friends from around the globe adored Craig, not only for his extraordinary musical talent, but for his cheerful demeaner, intellectual astuteness, and commitment to environmental protection and basic human rights. He had

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Emma Gagnon

(2-11-25 to 3-10-16 Emma Gagnon passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her husband of more than two decades, Cam Gagnon, and her two daughters, Pam Gardner and Cindy Gardner-Hathaway and two grandchildren. She was married at the Tujunga United Methodist Church. She retired from a long clerical career

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Putting The Brakes on Pet Car Sickness

Much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their


Asiago Baked Potato Halves


by Chef Randy Looking for a simple, fun and delicious side for your next dinner party? Look no further. This combination of tasty Asiago cheese and creamy, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes is hard to beat. Comfort food for sure. This recipe easily doubles. It’s a great appetizer or side dish for any large gathering of

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Randy’s Bread Pudding


by Chef Randy The origin of bread pudding is uncertain. Cooks from many countries and cultures, not wanting to waste stale bread, invented many uses for it including pudding. Today’s bread pudding shares these humble roots and adds a few twists depending upon the cook. Some cooks make it with day-old donuts but I prefer

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Chipotle HoneyVinaigrette Caprese Salad


by Chef Randy Here’s a fun and different recipe for those end-of-theseason fresh tomatoes in your garden. It is a spicy takeoff of the classic Italian Caprese Salad. It includes fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Then I substitute avocado slices for the basil leaves and add a spicy vinaigrette with chipotle adobo sauce and a touch

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Hearty Kale and Sausage Turnovers


by Chef Randy The term ‘turnover’ has different meanings depending on its use. It means one thing to accountants, another to human resource managers, and still another to financial advisors. To foodies, a turnover is a small pastry made by covering one half of a piece of dough with a filling, folding the other half

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Date-Nut-Fig Tart


by Chef Randy I f you’ve got a sweet tooth, this recipe is a way to fulfill your craving for something sweet. It features dates, which are naturally sweet, low in sodium, rich in potassium and contain a fair amount of selenium. (Selenium can help lower the risk heart disease as well as help keep

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