• He Nearly Made It

    by David DeMullé Everyone knows that if you’re running from the law, “head for the wash!” A man wanted for an alleged bank robbery in Glendale was taken into custody last Thursday morning after

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  • Brush Fire Out of Control in Big-T

    by David DeMullé On Thursday, September 15 at about 6:30 a.m., a small fire on the side of the Big Tujunga Canyon Road became out of control, and the attending LAFD units called in mutual

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  • House Fire in Sunland

    by David DeMullé A structure fire in the 8200 block of Jayseel Street in Sunland Sunday was made worse by the “excessive storage conditions” found inside the house and the two sheds in the back

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  • World Mission Church’s Community Clean-up

    On Sunday, September 18, the World Mission Society Church of God in Sunland held a volunteer clean-up in the Sunland community. The focus of the clean-up was to assist elderly homeowners who have

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Local News


Verdugo Dons JROTC Cadets Get Top Honors From LAUSD

by First Sergeant Hardy Murray Jr Two members of the Verdugo Hills High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) were among the best at this year’s Los Angeles Unified School

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 09/11/16 02:30 PM 6300 BLOCK OF FOOTHILL BL Theft 09/11/16 08:00 PM 10600 BLOCK OF LANGMUIR AV Burglary 09/12/16 07:30 AM 7000 BLOCK OF ESTEPA DR Theft 09/12/16 09:30 PM 00 BLOCK OF HAINES

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


Latest Community Events

Everything is calming down and it looks like we will have some interesting things to talk about for the next weeks. The STNC had the new Verdugo Hills High School principal, Arturo Barcenas, talk

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: “Sully”

by Bob Garver “Sully” tells the story of eponymous pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who on January 15, 2009, after a dual engine failure in midair, landed a large passenger aircraft in the


Too Broke To Be A Driver

by Michelle F. Sullermin I’ve only been a pedestrian four of my 40-plus years as a commuter. I now understand why I always drove my car instead of waiting at bus stops. It’s hard when you have to go to the bathroom and you’re afraid to miss the bus; or there’s no bus bench and

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Fuentes’ Final Farewell To The People of Sunland-Tujunga!


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The Bullet That Could

Dear Editor, “DON’T RAILROAD US!” said the little hand-painted wood sign by the street. It stares stubbornly at me, as my car rounds a corner of my Shadow Hills neighborhood. There used to be a lot more of these signs shouting out in loose chorus lines along the suburban streets. But now, there’s something about

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WOW JAM Burns It Up

Dear Editor, A panoply of good and evil, street theatre sponsored by 20 local churches…by the people, of the people and for the people. Dawn broke with a big black bad-ass semi-truck gliding like the Devil incarnate onto the football field in Sunland Park. Police cadets stood at vigilant attention. Stealth panels open to reveal

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Angels Arrive to Fix Bikes


Dear Editor, It’s WOW JAM time again! I just saw a kid walk down the street clutching handlebars and bike wheels in hand. A candidate for an Angel Bike given out free at the festival! Everything’s free at the festival at Sunland Park on Sunday, August 6 from 1-5 pm. That’s why it’s a WOW

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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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Grilled Avocados on Crusty Rosemary-Olive Bread


On one of our son’s visits home, he turned us on to this wonderfully easy and tasty side dish. Grilling softens the avocados. It also brings out the natural oils that make this fruit tasty and satisfying. When you spread the softened avocado on thick slices of grilled rosemary-olive bread, and add a couple of

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Sausage-Stuffed Poblano Peppers


This is a tasty and colorful appetizer that doubles as a complementary side dish for almost any entrée. It’s that good. Nuff said. Ingredients: 5 Poblano peppers 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ white onion (chopped fine) 1 small jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped fine) 2 Lightlife Meatless Chorizo sausages (chopped into ¼-inch pieces)

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Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Apple Chutney


by Chef Randy You are tired of cooking and want a break from the kitchen but your family and/ or holiday guests expect even more from you in the kitchen. What do you do? Do what I do. Tell them that they are getting cold cereal for breakfast and that you are making reservations for

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Chana Masala


by Chef Randy This vegan and glutenfree dish is a favorite of my friend Brandy. It is a savory dish of cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas), onion, garlic, bay leaves and various Indian spices. It gets its heat from small red chilies and although I only use one chili in this recipe, you can add more

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Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato Frittata


by Chef Randy There is something about the combination of asparagus, tomatoes and Fontina cheese that makes this recipe unique. I’ve made this same frittata with a number of different cheeses and always come back to Fontina. Fontina is a versatile cheese often used in egg dishes because it melts easily and compliments, without overpowering,

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