Glendora offers tennis lessons

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following age groups are available: Future Stars (ages 5-13), Rising Stars (ages 7-18) and Big Kids (ages 18 and up). For information call (626) 914-8228. Glendora Community Services has scheduled tennis lessons at Dawson Park, 241 W. Dawson Ave. A session is slated for March 5-30, followed by classes on April 2-27, April 30-May 25 and May 29-June 22. last_img read more

High-flying aircraft put on display

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A record-setting unmanned flying wing tested at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Part of a program that set altitude records for propeller aircraft, the solar-powered Pathfinder-Plus is now on display at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia. The aircraft was flown at NASA Dryden in the 1990s. “It’s certainly a valuable artifact,” museum spokesman Peter Golkin said. “The Pathfinder-Plus represents great progress in solar power and in the ability to do research in high altitudes.” Built by Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the aircraft originally was used for a classified government program in the early 1980s that was aimed at developing a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft for surveillance purposes. It originally was powered by batteries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After that program was canceled, the aircraft was stored for 10 years before being brought back briefly in the early 1990s for use in developing a long-duration aircraft as part of a ballistic missile defense system. In the mid-1990s, the aircraft became part of a NASA Dryden-led effort to develop high-altitude, long-duration research aircraft. In September 1995, Pathfinder set an altitude record of 50,500 feet for solar-powered aircraft in a flight near Edwards and then set another record by flying to 71,500 feet in 1997 in a flight over the Hawaiian Islands. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743last_img read more

Kevin Modesti: Credibility is everything to Lasorda

first_imgPut that in your dirty book, Babydol. “Respect, that’s a good word (for it),” Lasorda said one morning this week in describing his quest of the past decade. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Now let’s talk about what Tom Lasorda is really looking for. Appreciation. Credibility. Respect. Amazing how good a proud man can feel when he works with people who talk and listen to him. It wasn’t always this way as Lasorda went from manager to general manager to vice president to his current position – third on the front-office roster below Frank and Jamie McCourt – as “special advisor to the chairman;” as the ownership changed hands from Peter O’Malley to the Fox Group to the McCourts; as the general manager’s office spun from Kevin Malone to Dan Evans to Paul DePodesta to Ned Colletti. He drove, talked and told the rare Lasorda story that lacks a punch line. “When I retired (in 1996),” Lasorda said, “Peter O’Malley told everybody, `He’s going to be able to help each of you, in all departments. But I don’t want you to overload him.’ That was the thing; they were going to utilize my expertise. Then a new regime came in, and they never wanted to utilize my expertise. They never asked me about players or anything like that. I always felt that’s not my problem, that’s their problem. I’m here to help, and if they don’t (want it), fine. “Then McCourt came in. When he was in the process of getting the club, he said he wanted to see me. I flew to Boston, and I’ll never forget it … I froze my ass off. He said, `If I get the club, I want you.’ I said, `Frank, you got me.’ Well, he brought this feeling back to me. He talked to me and he listened to me. “Bob Daly was here five years (running the Dodgers for Fox), and never once did he ask me about a ballplayer. And listen to this: Prior to that I must have had lunch with him 20 times, and he asked me about every ballplayer you can think of. So when he came in (as owner), I thought, `This guy’s going to lean on me.’ (The GMs) were nice to me, but they didn’t take me as I wanted to be. “I don’t want to be hanging around here just because of who I am. I want to be here because I can help and I know the game and I work at it and I go see the minor leaguers. It means an awful lot to me.” Lasorda thanks the McCourts, Colletti, assistant GM for scouting Logan White and manager Grady Little for making him feel welcome again. He recounted a conversation with Colletti during the Dodgers’ winter promotional caravan. “Ned called me aside and said, `I went you in the meetings, I want your advice,’ ” Lasorda said. “I went home and said, `Jo (his wife), he made me feel great today.’ ” Indeed, he said he’s happy in his work again. “When I left (managing), this was the way it was supposed to be,” Lasorda said. “I don’t know what word I can use. (Frank McCourt) gave me my credibility back.” heymodesti@aol.com (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Lasorda spoke while steering a golf cart among practice diamonds and gathering spots of Dodgertown. I’d hopped aboard to find out how the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame ex-manager and eternal icon is doing since last week, when he was forced to deny the nasty innuendo in a kiss (and more)-and-tell memoir by self-described Hollywood Super Madam Jody “Babydol” Gibson. The answer is a mix of the obvious, inevitable and – for Lasorda’s many fans – gratifying. The much-gossiped-about sex allegation, in the book chapter with his purported response when Gibson asks “what you’re looking for,” weighs heavily on a grandfather worried about his family’s feelings even as he suppresses a fight-back instinct in the hope the story will eventually die. His legs hurt, from a nerve in his back and maybe because of his weight, which is why the one-time Brooklyn pitcher who will turn 80 on Sept. 22 called a spring-training-long pause in his perpetual speaker’s tour. But at his emotional home, in the world of baseball and the Dodgertown complex he’s been coming to since 1949, he seems to feel as fulfilled as he’s been in the 10-plus years since he managed. last_img

Similar but different

first_imgWhen it comes to dropouts, what divides the mayor and the school board has never really been a matter of what to do, but a commitment to actually do it. At issue is not competing plans, but how willing either side is to making its plan a reality. The board’s record in this regard is unimpressive. It all but ignored the dropout issue until Villaraigosa’s takeover campaign forced it to take notice. And even now, its implementation has been less than aggressive, targeting limited resources at a few campuses, rather than taking a more comprehensive approach. District officials complain they lack the money to do more, but that hasn’t stopped them from lavishing a massive pay raise on their union. SO Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has his sights set on taking over the Los Angeles Unified School District, finally delivers his plan for reducing the high school dropout rate – and it’s largely the same one LAUSD officials adopted a year ago. What does this tell us? Not a lot, actually. Defenders of the status quo can try to make the case that the mayor’s reforms aren’t necessary because they’re already under way, but that’s a stretch. It’s only natural that two serious plans dealing with the same problem would be similar. After all, there’s no great mystery here. Experts have long agreed that reducing the dropout rate requires a mix of better student-tracking, intervention efforts and more personalized education options. It was Villaraigosa, on the other hand, who drew the dropout issue to the public’s attention and has staked his legacy on fixing it. Whether he would put the same passion into running the district as he has into taking it over remains to be seen. But for now, although his and the board’s plans may look similar, their sense of urgency couldn’t be more different.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Driver to stand trial in 2 deaths

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – A 19-year-old Santa Clarita woman was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in a drunk-driving crash that killed two people who were changing a tire alongside Interstate 5 near Magic Mountain. Chelsea Elise Arcos, who graduated in 2005 from Saugus High and was enrolled at College of the Canyons, remains free on $250,000 bail, with her arraignment set for May 1. She is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. The crash occurred about 1:45 a.m. Aug. 7 on the southbound Golden State Freeway. Authorities said Arcos was drunk when she struck Thoung Pok, 35, of Fresno, and John Tun, 27, of Long Beach, as they changed a flat tire on their 1999 Honda Accord. Denise Cueva, the passenger in Arcos’ truck said she fell asleep as the two left Frazier Park and was awakened by “an impact of some sort.” Prosecutor Lou Holtz Jr. told the court that Arcos thought only about herself. “Arcos could have gone back to care for the victims but she only cared about one person – herself – and avoiding punishment,” he said Tuesday afternoon. After the hearing, defense attorney Richard A. Hutton said Arcos was in shock after the crash. “She was totally unaware until she was told by the officers after she was arrested that she hit someone,” he said. “This is tragic from every perspective.” The petite Arcos, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, was dressed in a black pantsuit. Her family members sat two rows behind Ok in the small courtroom. Chelsea’s father, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Robert Arcos, pulled out a white handkerchief to wipe away tears as the testimony unfolded. “It’s very emotional for us still,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s awful for everybody involved. We’re devastated.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tun’s wife, Rumchoul Ok, and four children, were in the sedan at the time and were unharmed. “I heard the driver scream … when I looked up, the car window shattered,” Ok testified tearfully during Arcos’ preliminary hearing. “I felt the impact when the body scraped against the car. I saw (Pok) drop to the ground with her eyes open.” Donald Gollahon, who works on scenery for CBS in Los Angeles, testified that he was headed to work when he saw Arcos’ truck changed lanes in front of him, then veer onto the shoulder of the interstate. Gollahon said he saw something fly up in the air and as he drove by he recognized it as a body. He followed Arcos to the off-ramp where she’d stopped. “I said `Girl, you need to go back, you hit that guy,”‘ Gollahon said. He recalled Arcos saying she had to “clean up” first. last_img

Meetings 4/30

first_imgWinnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 8, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 9 in Room 1B at the Braude Building, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 994-3919. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 9, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. May 10, Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. today, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 201-202 at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Call (818) 718-9498 or see www.prnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3585. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Balboa Studios, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 10 in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 10, Tulsa Street Elementary School, 10900 Hayvenhurst Ave., Granada Hills. Call (818) 321-6259 or see www.ghsnc.org. North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 14 in the auditorium at Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 16 in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 21, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. May 23, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of June 22

first_imgBeatton Community 4-H “Fun Shoot”Beatton Community 4-H “Fun Shoot” Non-competitive courses (2-10 animal target courses), concession, BBQ supper (included with registration fee), separate peewee shoot, no arrow speed/ arrow height restrictions, wagon rides by the Northern Horse Mule and Harness Association. Pre-registration: $40 Registration on shoot day: $50 (starts @ 9am only on site) Peew […]Fort St. John North Peace Museum Yard SaleSaturday June 22 from 9 am to 3 pm Fort St. John North Peace Museum 9323 – 100th Street Come support your local museum and find great treasures. For more information call 250-787-0430. Donations are welcome. We will not be accepting large electronics or appliances. Please take them to electronic recycling. Please ensure your donations meet Health Canada’s Co […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. Dates: June 22 & 23 […]4th Annual Taylor Hill ClimbThe infamous hill is back……….. Where: Taylor Elementary School Time: June 22 from 4pm – 6pm The climb will start at 4:15pm at the base of the hill. Three stations mark the way up to the hill and you can win a prize at everyone. But there is more: This year’s climb will be a wacky climb! That’s right. Bring a costume, some funny glasses, a stuffed animal or j […]6th Annual Summer Solstice Chili Bowl BashThe Chili Bowl Bash is the major annual fund raiser for the guild. Funds raised go to help maintain the community studio for members, adult and young people’s classes and for special events. Cost / Ticket Info : $30.00. Available at the Hair Bin Allowed Ages : Adults. Children welcome at the regular ticket price. For more information contact: 250.785 55 […]Come Dance!Come Dance! June 22, 2013 starting at 8:30pm-12:30pm Sponsored by the Derrick Dance Club, music by Night Sounds Tickets: $12 Club Members $15 Non Members For more information contact Chris 250-785-1021 or Glen 250-262-1693 […]Drag Racing at Northern Lights RacewayCome see the loudest and fastest show in the Peace Region this weekend. Racers of all ages driving vehicles of all kind down the 1/4 mile strip at speeds up to 200mph! Admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Racing begins around 11am. […] – Advertisement –last_img read more

Leisure pool and water slides remain closed for another day

first_imgHowever, the lap pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room are all open for public use.The city expects to release more information later in the day, at which point we’ll update you on the status of repairs.For all other inquires, including schedule information, contact the North Peace Leisure Pool at 250 787 8178.- Advertisement –last_img

Zimmer’s motion against UN Firearms Regime debated in House of Commons

first_imgPrince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer was in the House of Commons yesterday debating his Private Members’ Motion on the UN Firearms Regime. The motion is aimed at discouraging the government from adopting a United Nations resolution on firearms.According to a media release from Zimmer the UN resolution contains a clause asking State Parties to have imported firearms marked with an identifying code of the country of origin. Zimmer’s opposition to the resolution stems from the costs that would be created, and the potential of adding another form to the firearm registry.In a release Zimmer said, “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and I firmly believe that Canada already has measures in place to protect public safety that are far superior to this model offered by the United Nations. Our government kept its 17-year-old promise by scrapping the long-gun registry. My intention in tabling this motion is to ensure that any door that could re-open the long-gun registry remains firmly closed.”- Advertisement -He added the UN resolution is designed to “needlessly target” gun owners in Canada who follow the law, and as such he put forward his motion against it.last_img read more

Rotary Mega Lottery’s final draw fast approaching

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Finally, winners of the remaining prizes from the Rotary Club will be picked soon.The final draws for the 50/50 prize and the mega prize will be on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, at the Totem Mall. The 50/50 prize will be drawn at 3:15 p.m. and the mega prize will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket for this draw, they are still for sale at the Totem Mall from now up until 3 p.m. on the day of.- Advertisement –last_img