• Neighbors Serve Neighbors for Thanksgiving Dinner

    by David DeMullé Last week, more than 200 local residents, homeless people and just plain good folks were feted with an incredible array of Thanksgiving foods. The foods were prepared and served

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  • Singular Protest Turned Into Community Support

    Local businesswoman Cindy Cleghorn once again complained about the Armenian presence in Tujunga and called for a protest on Facebook hoping to rally people against the mural painted on the Hi-Tek

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  • Sunland-Tujunga Christmas Tree Welcomes Travelers

    This weekend, we were given a tree to set up for the “Welcome Wall” at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Fenwick in the natural habitat zone tended by Roger Klemm. The Welcome Wall was

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Jim Laris

Not Just Another Shaggy Dog Story

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

by Jim Laris Well, I knew it was going to happen. Yes, I shot a few Democrats just to watch ’em die. No, that was Johnny Cash in “Folsom Prison Blues.” I always liked Johnny. No, no, I didn’t shoot anybody. What I did was get another dog. Yup, my life was just getting too

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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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Crime Sats


Crime Stats

Theft 11/21/16 10:30 PM 00 BLOCK OF ROSE AV AND HAMILTON DR Theft 11/23/16 07:00 PM 7600 BLOCK OF WYNGATE ST Theft 11/22/16 10:00 PM 7800 BLOCK OF FORSYTHE ST Burglary 11/23/16 08:00 PM 8200

News From Your Clinic

Dr. Sam

Itchy Insulation

by Sam Samalin, PA-C Today we have a letter from a concerned reader and possible patient, and owing to patient-doctor confidentiality, I have left out the person’s name. Dear Doctor Sam, I’m

View From The Rock


The Community Is Changing For The Better

The Good, The Bad and the Pug Ugly is one way to describe the events of this past year. And to be honest with you, none of them were foretold. The good is that we got rid of our councilmember

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by Bob Garver “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” should have been a book first. Yes, I know it was — sort of. A fake “Harry Potter”-themed textbook about magical creatures came out in




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Trump’s War on Women

Dear This is a call for intelligent women to give new meaning to the term “war on women.” Regarding the presidential election, unfortunately, too many hapless women joined the “good ol’ boys” to plunk for “The Donald.” What have they promoted? They have supported a poor male role model for young people. First, he has

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Dangerous Traffic Signals

Dear Editor, There are two Two Dangerous intersections in Tujunga. One is the intersection of Tujunga Canyon Blvd and Elmhurst Avenue: it’s an ongoing off and on situation. When a vehicle going downhill on Elmhurst Ave. and runs over the underground trip-loops, the signals for Tujunga Canyon Boulevard turn yellow and then red for two

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LADOT Partly Responsible?

Dear Editor, Thank you, Bridgette, for being there for Mr. Knopp. I and others have been expecting this to happen ever since the city approved bike lanes on Foothill in S-T. There are two no-bike lanes areas that we were concerned about. One is between Wentworth and Fenwick in Sunland. Twice at the STNC meetings

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You’re Welcome

Dear Editor, I enjoyed your piece on Clinton / Trump. Thank you! And I must admit that it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in having a negative attitude for this presidential election. My hat’s off to you for telling the truth, something that appears to be a scary concept for both candidates. Jason

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Memorial for Brad Elze


Another tragic traffic accident on Foothill Blvd. RIP Brad Elze.   DISCLAIMER: Some people misread my comments about past Rotary presidents Ellis Roberts and Michael Lucas. Ellis did not lie about the comments; Ellis doesn’t lie!

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Timothy Rakisits

July 24, 1954 – June 11, 2016 Timothy Rakisits passed away at Verdugo Hills Hospital on June 11, 2016 after a short illness. Tim was born in Glendale on July 24, 1954 to Julius and Irene Rakisits. Tim grew up in the Montrose-La Crescenta area and attended local schools. After high school, he learned the

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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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Hasselback Potatoes


by Chef Randy What are Hasselback Potatoes? Some say they are a work of art. I say they are one of the best ways to pair a photo with the expression “You eat with your eyes.” They will certainly grab your culinary attention. Your friends and family will stand and applaud you as you bring

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Burrata Lasagna


by Chef Randy What is Burrata? Burrata a semisoft white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual texture. It is to die for. What is lasagna? I say it is the ultimate one-pot meal. In its most

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Open-Face Artichoke Melt


tichoke festival they have in Tuscany, Italy about this time of year. The article featured a sandwich made with focaccia bread, black olives and fresh baby artichokes seasoned with lemon juice. I thought, Man, I wish I were in Tuscany right now. Because traveling to Italy was not an option I sat down at the

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Chayote Slaw


Chayote is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash. It is defined by its unique pear-like shape, its pale lime green coloring and the deep indentations that run vertically along the fruit’s skin. Chayote is lacking in flavor but that’s OK. It soaks up whatever herbs and/or

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Quinoa and Poblano Peppers


This is an easy and relatively quick dish to make. If the photo looks at all good to you, you’re going to love this combination of slightly-hot Poblano peppers, zesty tomato sauce and the quinoa filling. Very fresh taste. In addition to taste, this gluten-free dish looks amazing when plated and/or brought to the table

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