• The 4th of July Parade is Soon!

    The 4th of July is coming up and we need everybody to participate in the parade. It’s the one major event that the entire community can enjoy, and it’s just weeks away. Support your local Rotary

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  • American Legion Installs New Auxillary Officers

    by David DeMullé What an amazing meeting was had at the Legion Auxiliary. It was the largest turnout ever, with two members vying for president and several new members nominated for multiple

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  • Why Vote for Patty Lopez

    by Bonnie Corwin Patty Lopez insures your voice is heard in Sacramento. In 2015, she introduced 13 legislative bills signed into law four of which were: • AB 1207, Training for Childcare

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  • Nature Preserve Remains Neglected

    by David DeMullé The Tujunga Nature Preserve has fallen into disrepair and abuse, but this natural haven can be brought back to its former glory. The Tujunga Ponds Nature Preserve has miles of

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Local News

The FTDNC tent in 2015

Equine and Pleasure Fair to be May 21

by Dianalee Lake View Terrace, CA: Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council (FTDNC) to Host Equine Health & Pleasure Fair May 21. The Fair will be held on the grass at the Orcas

Jim Laris

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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It’s Ironic, Isn’t it?

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

by Jim Laris Do you know what the word “irony” means? Oh, sure, you think you know what it means. Hey, I thought I knew what it meant. But try saying just exactly what irony means in one short sentence so that even someone like me who has a two-digit I.Q. can understand. OK, I’m

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The Headless Columnist

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

An anniversary trip across the border may not be the brightest idea right now by Jim Laris AnywayHey, what have you guys been up to? I’ve been sitting on Mr. Right Buttock and Mr. Left Buttock trying to remember what the symptoms are for shingles and rickets. I don’t think I have either of those

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Crime Sats


Crime Stats

Theft 04/27/16 03:00 PM 3200 BLOCK OF STONEYVALE RD Theft 04/27/16 08:30 AM 10400 BLOCK OF SHERMAN GROVE AV Theft 04/27/16 03:00 PM 3200 BLOCK OF STONEYVALE RD Burglary 04/29/16 10:00 AM 10400

News From Your Clinic

Dr. Sam


by Sam Samalin, PA-C If you cough and feel short of breath, you may have asthma. Stop by the clinic to see if you need an inhaler such as Proair, or if you are using your inhaler too often, more

View From The Rock

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: Keanu

by Bob Garver For weeks, I was dying to see “Keanu.” I’m a big fan of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and their sketch show “Key & Peele.” My family loves those sketches where they play


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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Is Park Full of Hot Air?

Dear Editor, Well yeah I guess you’re right. Wack-os. I take offense sir! First, I’m not bored. I’m actually kinda busy, fighting HSR among other things. So it only had a nazi youth camp for awhile? And only a FEW nazi rallies? And its main purpose is to honor a WWI German war hero? You

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An Open Letter to Rotary

Dear Rotary President, I resigned from the Sunland-Tujunga / Shadow Hills (STSH) Rotary Club in November, 2015. And included a request that my name be removed from everything Rotary. You have not removed my name. My resignation was notarized because I want to be held harmless should the STSH Rotary Club continue to have financial

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The Opioid Epidemic

Dear Editor, Peacefully tuning in to National Public Radio (NPR) this week; the message was jarring. The head of The Center for Disease Control (CDC), in Georgia, was informing me that our country is suffering an epidemic of Opioids — pills prescribed for pain legally by our medical doctors. Five to six million people in

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Paint It Black


Dear Editor, Has anyone noticed the signs painted-over in black at the Slater Realty building (next to the old Denny’s)? After 40 years in business, I was also turned in by Cindy Cleghorn for my signs. I can think of more than 15-25 or more businesses that were turned in over the years that were

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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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Justin Thompson: A Life Cut Short


’m always gonna keep you in my heart. The years went by and so many while we were in the dark. Those days were filled with struggle but still there was a reason. Those dark days made the brighter ones even more special. I remember that when times were at their worst, you made things

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Tribute To A Loyal Dog

by Evelyn M. Ceasaresco Shortly before Christmas, a man named Angelo Testoni arrived at Milan from Brescia accompanied by a fox terrier. He took a room where he and his dog began a humble life in


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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Lemongrass Tofu


by Chef Randy Lemongrass is grown on a commercial scale in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China and may be found at your local market. Ask your grocer if you don’t see it. A typical piece of lemongrass would be about 8 inches long with a slight bulge towards the end. Its color is pale green

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