November 23, 2011
J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who was badly disfigured in a land mine explosion, danced away with the championship trophy on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday. Martinez will be the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2. The name "J.R. Martinez" was unknown to most Americans and stuck out when ABC announced the roster of celebrities competing in this season of the hit show. But that didn't last long. Continue reading > > ALSO : Iraq war vet and 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant named Roses grand marshal Glendale takes over Rose Parade float process -- Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times Photo: Dancing With the Stars winner and Iraq war veteran, J.R. Martinez, was named the grand marshal for Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
October 5, 2010
Do we really need another book on gratitude and why someone is thankful for things, memories, self-discovery or happiness? Todd Aaron Jensen says we do, and I’m actually inclined to agree with him. Jensen, who grew up and still lives in Burbank, is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide. “On Gratitude,” which just hit stores Sept. 21, is his first full-length book. Well, its actual title is “On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They’re Most Thankful For,” but my editor only allows me so many words.
June 29, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - With his team clinging to a one-run lead and three outs away from victory, Crescenta Valley All-Star Major Softball Coach Dave Fox figured it would be tough to protect the advantage. He figured right. Crescenta Valley saw its bid to repeat as champions take a hit after it surrendered four runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to an 8-5 loss against Tujunga on Friday night at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields. "It was a well played game by both teams," Fox said.
October 12, 2005
The Desi Geestman Foundation, Helping the children with Cancer at City of Hope, presents its third annual "Evening with the Stars" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Club Ivar, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Daytime soap-opera fans are in for a treat as the cocktail party offers a chance to mingle and get autographs from their favorite daytime drama stars and bid on silent auction items. Last year's red carpet event included celebrities from "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless" and many are attending again and bringing more of their cast mates.
April 1, 2003
Janine Marnien They are just stars made of construction paper, but somehow they provide a sense of consolation for staff and students at Crescenta Valley High School. All in all, more than 100 have been hung on Crescenta Valley High's Wall of Stars. Each bears the name of a former graduate, relative or friend of a staff member serving in the military. Some are marked with gold stars, signifying the person whose name it bears is stationed in the Persian Gulf.
October 19, 2005
cancer galaGlitzy fundraiser supports children with cancer through Desi Geestman Foundation.The Desi Geestman Foundation is $30,000 closer to its goal of helping young cancer patients and their families following a gala where guests mingled with their favorite TV soap stars Sunday at The Ivar. The foundation is named for Desiree Cristine Geestman of La Crescenta, who died Jan. 10, 1999, after a two-year battle with cancer. Her mother, Ileana Geestman, founded the organization to provide emotional and economic support for young cancer patients and their families.
April 20, 2007
A young star among the stars was the case for Jordan Miller-Slaren, a student from Monte Vista Elementary School in La Crescenta, who got the chance to become a host at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. When the Nickelodeon network announced the call-in contest to become one of four hosts for the Kids Choice Awards, the 12-year-old was determined to win. "He wrote to himself on a piece of paper the phone number he had to dial," said Jordan's mother, Gail Miller.
June 7, 2007
VAN NUYS — In no time, Kathryn Poet and Jade Terry found themselves on the diamond surrounded by stars. Make that a cast of all-stars that included the duo. Poet and Terry each played a role Wednesday afternoon in helping the East Team notch a 7-3 victory against the West Team in the San Fernando Valley Classic All-Star Game at Birmingham High. Poet, who graduated Sunday from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning and played left field for three innings in game geared for top seniors from the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Antelope and Conejo valleys.
February 13, 2010
On any given night, youths at the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, can look up and see the moon and stars, but that’s as close as most will ever come to understanding the universe and its scientific wonders. Many of them have never been to school, let alone learned about the planets or space exploration. So when Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited the orphanage in January, he took the universe to them. Younse set off Dec. 30 on a three-week African excursion, which included a climb to the frigid peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a four-day safari in the Serengeti and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar.
June 18, 2001
Hamlet Nalbandyan LOS ANGELES -- The Stars -- composed mainly of former high school baseball players -- had everything under control in Sunday's Los Angeles Municipal B-11 Major Division game at Griffith Park's Crystal Springs Pote Field. The problem was that they started believing that. After building a seven-run lead after 4 1/2 innings, Mike Egelin's squad grew careless and watched its lead slowly slip away until time finally ran out on the game.