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Problem in School System Begins with Teachers: Ganta City DEO

first_imgThe newly assigned District Education Officer of Ganta, Mr. Lynol Mantor has disclosed that many of the problems in our school system today were due to laissez-faire(lax) attitudes  of school administrations and their teachersMaking the disclosure to reporters recently, Mr. Mantor said based on his observation on school campuses he had visited in his district; school administrations and teachers are not committed to their duties by being punctual.He added that he is going to be very tough on teacher’s attendance records and make sure that they are fully intact in all public schools under his control.“I am going to start with the teachers first. If they are supposed to be in class at certain time and don’t show up, what do you expect the students to do?” he asked rhetorically.“I am going to go from school to school to see the attendance roster of teachers; their time in and time out,” he added.Mr. Mantor said, “If the student is in uniform doing different things in the street during school hours, the principal should be able to answer the question, why?”In the Ganta School System, parents prefer sending their children to private schools rather than public ones because on many occasions, students attending public school are seen roaming the campuses during school hours when they are supposed to be in classes learning.One of the reasons for students roaming their campuses during school hours is government paid teachers who are teaching in more than two schools daily. This situation makes it hard for them to be to their various classes on time.“I will make sure schools that are lacking teachers are being staffed adequately; and schools that are overstaffed be staffed evenly,” he asserted.“If any school doesn’t meet up with the criteria for a high school by bringing qualified staff, I am going to cut the school down to Jr. High level,” he added.“I have observed that some schools have only one BSc Degree holder and they are running a high school. Can one BSc Degree holder alone teach a high school?” he queried.Mr. Mantor also called on money lenders in Ganta to cooperate with his office to ensure effective teaching; because some teachers are in the habit of taking loans. Upon receiving such money, they abandon their duties and do something else.“Many teachers who get cash from these money lenders sometimes take 10 months’ salary advance and go to their villages and abandon classes”, he explained.“Before they give loans any of my teachers, my office should be notified,” he asserted.In Ganta, there are two money lenders, Pheree Dekpah and Sam Brown. Their businesses are patronized equally to banks in Ganta.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

July 10th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe City of FSJ Community Services Dept. held its first Play in the Park event at Matthews Park. Play in the Park will run all summer on Tuesdays at Centennial Park, Thursdays at Kin Park and Saturdays at Matthews Park from 12pm-2pm.                          Picture: Amber Davy Fort St. John Drag Racing Association’s Fountain Tire Bracket Nationals Race is being held this weekend at the Northern Lights Raceway.                                              Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – With the sun shining and the warm weather, the Farmers Market was very busy with local shoppers.                                                                                             Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Lakers notes: Walton, Brown are close

first_img“It’s the best it’s (felt), but I still don’t have my timing down,” Walton said. “All I’ve been doing is running so hopefully the next couple days will help me get back. … I felt like a fat, unathletic kid out there. “I want to play with the pain, as long as the strength is there. All game long, you’re stepping on people’s feet, but your ankle is strong enough to handle it. I don’t want to step on someone’s foot and roll over it.” Brown, out since Dec. 31 with a sprained ankle, seems to be experiencing a bit more pain. “I don’t want to be running up and down the court with pain,” Brown said. “Everybody deals with some pain. If it’s a sharp pain that goes away right away, that’s fine, but I don’t want to be running with pain.” Since timing and stamina are issues for both players, it is in both players’ interest not to return against Phoenix, a team that loves to push the tempo. In Brown’s case, it might mean delaying his return. EL SEGUNDO – After several weeks of strife and frustration, smiles and optimism abounded Tuesday afternoon as the suddenly hot Lakers watched Kwame Brown and Luke Walton run the practice court. Winners of three in a row, including an impressive road victory over Utah on Monday, the Lakers spoke about turning a corner and should have Walton back Friday against Sacramento. “I don’t want to go back into the Indy 500 right away,” Brown joked. Under the weather: Kobe Bryant, who dealt with a sore throat and a hyperextended elbow in Utah, did not practice but didn’t seem particularly concerned about any of his ailments. “I’m feeling a lot better,” Bryant said. “I have three days here to rest and recuperate a little.” Andrew Bynum did not attend practice because of flu-like symptoms, a team spokesman said. Welcome back: After fourweeks of searching, the Lakers finally found the Lamar Odom of old. Odom, who has been inconsistent after missing six weeks with a knee injury, had 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists against the Jazz in his most complete effort since the injury. “Statistically, I did well,” Odom said. “When you replay the game there are always things you could have done better. I feel a lot better, especially playing back-to-back games. My wind is coming back.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The news wasn’t as good for Brown, who probably will sit out Friday’s game, as well as Sunday’s game at Phoenix but expects to return for Tuesday’s game at Minnesota. Walton, out since Jan. 26 with a moderate ankle sprain, showed good mobility at the end of practice but struggled a bit with his shot and said he still had some work to do in order to get in game shape. last_img read more

‘Dangerous’ school reform?

first_imgACCORDING to officials at the LAUSD, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s school-takeover plan isn’t just misbegotten or ill-considered, it’s “dangerous.” That’s how Kevin Reed, general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District, described AB 1381 before a state appellate court panel last week. Should the bill go into effect, he warned, it will “open the door for really any entity that the Legislature decides is – like the mayor, a decent guy with a lot of charisma and a lot of passion for what he wants to do – to put that individual in charge of schools.” Horrors! Imagine that: If the state’s elected leaders could put someone with passion for education reform in charge of the schools. Why, we could get – shudders – education reform. Most Angelenos, we suspect, wouldn’t be horrified about this prospect. Indeed, it would be a big improvement. Because if there’s one thing that the LAUSD most clearly now lacks, it’s passion for reform. A case in point is the district’s plan for breaking up its way-too-large campuses, which, like its plan to reduce dropouts, is, on paper, a lot like the mayor’s. But that’s where the similarities end. Whereas the mayor has gambled his political career on fixing things at the LAUSD, the district’s plans for small learning centers and reducing dropout rates are rather late, lackluster efforts. Having ignored the need for reform for 25 years, officials – facing Villaraigosa’s challenge – now say they want to make big changes, but the pace of their efforts strongly suggests otherwise. It’s not “dangerous” to push for rapid change of a failed enterprise. What’s dangerous is the LAUSD’s lack of a sense of urgency, and its willingness to fiddle with long-standing problems rather than fix them. 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

Valley cities

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Looking for a place to call home? Here’s a list of area communities to help you choose. ARLETA Arleta is a predominantly Latino neighborhood in the northeastern San Fernando Valley, just west of Pacoima. Many of the homes in Arleta were built after World War II. The community boasts a library, senior center and the Branford Recreation Center. Another asset is its close proximity to Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Arleta is 19 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. BURBANK Known as the “Media Capital of the World,” Burbank is an entertainment-oriented city that prides itself on its quality of life, combining 21st-century technology with a small-town feel. Companies such as Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Co. and NBC call Burbank home. The city has also become a major retail and entertainment destination, with the emergence of the Media Center along the Golden State Freeway in the early 1990s. Burbank’s early growth was tied to both aviation and entertainment. Aviation was still in its infancy when Lockheed Aircraft Co. purchased a piece of Burbank farmland in the mid-1920s. The motion-picture business also moved to Burbank in the ’20s. On Oct. 23, 1927, motion-picture history was made when Warner Bros. released the first “talkie,” “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson. GLENDALE At the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, Glendale is the third-most-populous city in Los Angeles County and spans more than 30 square miles. Community spirit is strong in Glendale. Neighborhoods are clean, business districts are built smartly and social amenities are abundant — a result attributed to the city’s focus on safety, neighborhoods, education and community involvement. The Glendale Unified School District has a reputation as a leader in educational quality. There are three hospitals and one county health center. Scattered strategically through the city are more than 30 parks and six libraries. The city’s economy is dominated by retail and service industries, with wholesale and manufacturing playing a secondary role. Glendale has a successful redevelopment program that has revitalized its downtown. The Central Glendale Redevelopment Project Area now includes about 5 million square feet of office space. The Glendale Galleria is one of Southern California’s largest and most profitable malls. SAN FERNANDO San Fernando became the San Fernando Valley’s first organized community in 1874, which earns it the title First City of the Valley. What was once a land of farms and ranches adjoining the old mission of San Fernando Rey is now a vibrant center of manufacturing and commerce. A coalition of city officials, business leaders and residents is working to transform the historic, two-square-mile city into a cultural, commercial and residential hub. Officials also want to reshape downtown into a mission-style row of stores, town homes and affordable apartments, and to transform the San Fernando Middle School auditorium into a performing arts center. CANOGA PARK Canoga Park has rebounded after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and was named an All American City in 2005. Savvy shoppers know Canoga Park for its Antique Row along Sherman Way, where a number of shops sell everything from vintage jewelry to classic furniture. At the west end of the San Fernando Valley, the suburb is peppered with middle- and upper-middle-class homes, along with some low-income units. Considered a bedroom community, Canoga Park has many 50-year-old homes. The neighborhood changes within a few blocks, making generalizations difficult. A block with run-down real estate might be just a block away from a $450,000 property. Schools rank from middle- to high-achieving, based on state averages. There are 10 parks, two shopping malls, two recreation centers and a horticultural park. Canoga Park is 26 miles from downtown Los Angeles. CHATSWORTH In the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley, Chatsworth’s terrain is distinctive and has long been known as boulder and horse country. Many old films, including about 2,000 Westerns, were filmed here. Bordered by the Ronald Reagan Freeway to the north, Nordhoff Street on the south and Corbin Avenue on the east, Chatsworth is home to horse ranches, large homes and middle-class and upscale subdivisions. The community also has a strong business-industry base, most of which is located in an industrial area along Plummer Avenue. Craggy Stoney Point, alongside Topanga Canyon Boulevard, and other parts of Chatsworth recall its Wild West past. Cinema notables Laurel and Hardy and Hopalong Cassidy plied their trade in Chatsworth, and such popular TV shows as “Gunsmoke” and “The Lone Ranger” were also shot here. Many consider this ruggedly beautiful area God’s country, including the Hollywood producers who chose the site for the filming of part of the Academy Award-winning epic “Ben Hur.” ENCINO In the southern portion of the San Fernando Valley — along the base of the Santa Monica Mountains — is Encino — residence of many notable entertainment stars and film-media professionals. Singer-movie star Al Jolson was one of the first honorary mayors of Encino. Encino, which means “evergreen oak,” has been home to the rich and famous throughout its history. Among the high-profile entertainers who lived there are John Wayne, Clark Gable, W.C. Fields, Harry Houdini, Shirley MacLaine, Cher and Michael Jackson. Encino has six golf courses, a bike-racing facility and six parks, including the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area, which attracts in-line skaters and dog walkers, tennis enthusiasts and soccer players. The community is known for its fashionable shopping centers and the Encino farmers market. The business district along Ventura Boulevard has restaurants, shops, bookstores and office buildings. Encino is 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles. GRANADA HILLS The area now known as Granada Hills was acquired in 1881 by George K. Porter, a pioneer in the north San Fernando Valley and one of the founders of the city of San Fernando. The land was used principally for farming — beans and wheat were the crops. Today, Granada Hills is filled with middle-class tract homes and has two golf courses — Knollwood Country Club and Porter Valley Country Club. It also has O’Melveny Park, the second-largest park in the city of Los Angeles, offering nature and bike-riding trails. Granada Hills is about 21 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and is within 10 miles to 15 miles of the busy movie and television centers of Burbank and Hollywood. HIDDEN HILLS Hidden Hills is a gated community nestled in the western foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County and along the Ventura County line. Its nearly 2,000 residents enjoy a quiet neighborhood that has preserved a country way of life that has nearly vanished from surrounding communities. Hidden Hills maintains an authentic rural atmosphere with its absence of sidewalks and streetlights. The city has natural, rustic equestrian trails, three-rail wooden fences, corrals, barns and one school. LAKE BALBOA A two-square-mile community — formerly part of Van Nuys — spans eight city blocks north of the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area and southwest of Van Nuys Airport. It encompasses roughly 3,000 households. The effort to create Lake Balboa was sparked by homeowners banding together to fight noise from Van Nuys Airport. The Lake Balboa Neighborhood Association was unsuccessful in lobbying former Councilwoman Laura Chick to its cause, but the Lake Balboa Homeowners Association persuaded Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine to take up the issue. More than 70 percent of area homeowners signed a petition to launch the effort. LAKE VIEW TERRACE The hillside community of Lake View Terrace, which still has its share of horse ranches, overlooks Pacoima and Arleta. It is home to the Wildlife Waystation, in the nearby Angeles National Forest, a refuge that cares for more than 3,000 animals annually. Fishing, hiking, biking, golfing and swimming are also popular at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, on the south border of the community. Lake View Terrace is about 19 miles from downtown Los Angeles. MISSION HILLS Mission Hills is in a triangle formed by the Golden State Freeway and the San Diego Freeway to the north, and Lassen Street to the south. The northeast San Fernando Valley neighborhood is home to the San Fernando Mission, which was established in 1797 and rebuilt several times. Much of the housing was built in the 1950s. The neighborhood features two parks, several private schools and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. NORTH HILLS Formerly known as Sepulveda, the residential neighborhood was renamed North Hills in 1993. North Hills is bordered by Northridge to the west and Van Nuys to the south. This community is home to the University of La Verne College of Law and to Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealership in the United States. North Hills also is the site of the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center, which occupies 160 acres and can house 885 patients. NORTH HOLLYWOOD Back in 1871, Isaac Lankershim and Isaac Newton Van Nuys bought the entire southern half of the Valley — 60,000 acres — including what is now North Hollywood and Universal City, for $115,000. Located just over the Hollywood Hills, the region — now dubbed NoHo — is very much a part of the film-entertainment culture, and is home to the Valley’s bustling arts community. The NoHo Arts District includes the spectacular Academy of Television Arts and Sciences complex with its Hall of Fame Plaza at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue. An annual NoHo Arts Festival includes free performances at area theaters, music, dancing, an international food court, and an arts and crafts fair. More than 50,000 small businesses call North Hollywood home, many of them innovators in emerging industries such as multimedia, biotechnology and communications. North Hollywood also boasts the outermost station of the heralded Metro Red Line — the subway connecting North Hollywood with Universal City, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. North Hollywood is 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. NORTHRIDGE Northridge is bordered by the Santa Susana Mountains and has a history that can be traced back to the 1700s, when the region’s Indians and later the Spanish used it as a water source. Later, it was also the only Valley station on the Southern Pacific Railroad line. In the mid-1960s, the emergence and growth of the Porter Ranch Estates spurred business activity. Northridge Fashion Center, the largest shopping mall in the Valley, opened in 1971. California State University, Northridge, originally established in the late 1950s, is now one of the Valley’s largest employers. Northridge is 24 miles from downtown Los Angeles. PACOIMA Pacoima is one of the San Fernando Valley’s most historic communities and sits on land that also was part of the Charles Maclay empire. For many years, Pacoima’s soil produced abundant crops of olives, peaches, apricots, oranges and lemons. In fact, the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce was originally called the Pacoima Chamber of Farmers. That was in 1916, a couple of years after the community had briefly changed its name to Mulholland. The Pacoima area today is known as a low- to middle-income community in the Northeast Valley in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. However, the residential area is now enjoying a renaissance, thanks in part to its designation by the state as an Enterprise Zone. It is bordered by the city of San Fernando to the north and the Golden State Freeway to the west. PANORAMA CITY One of the youngest communities in the Valley, Panorama City was the Valley’s first planned community. Recognizing the strategic value of the location at the geographic center of the Valley, Fritz B. Burns & Associates purchased an area of 1,000 acres from the Panorama Dairy and Sheep Ranch in 1947. On Valentine’s Day 1948, Burns also received permission to begin commercial development in the community, and Panorama City’s business development began to transform the local scene. Today, major department stores constitute the nucleus of the Panorama Mall, which opened in 1955. Panorama City is another Valley community now undergoing rebirth. The mall was chosen by Wal-Mart as the locale for its first two-level store in the nation and its initial location within Los Angeles. The Wal-Mart outlet co-anchors the nearly 700,000-square-foot mall with La Curacao, another highly successful store. Panorama City is about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. PORTER RANCH The Porter Ranch Estates was developed in the 1960s as a luxurious and quiet escape from the hustle of central Los Angeles. In the northwest San Fernando Valley at the foot of the Santa Susana Mountains, the area has become well-known as a haven for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Numerous personalities from stage, screen and radio built homes and ranches in the area. It is also known locally as the “Horse Capital of the World.” To this day, there are numerous horse-boarding and -training centers there. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Porter Ranch area was leased by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, and the movie “Billy The Kid” was filmed in the community. Today, several major businesses are in the region. High-tech companies have found a home here and have brought the distinction of a major development area for both hardware and software. Porter Ranch is home to the exclusive Porter Valley Country Club, the Porter Ranch Town Center, the YMCA and a new public library. Porter Ranch is minutes from hiking trails, restaurants and major freeways, and a half-hour from downtown Los Angeles. RESEDA Reseda was originally part of land owned by the historic San Fernando Mission. Its main east-west artery, Sherman Way, was modeled after Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma. Los Angeles’ nostalgic Red Car line — built at a cost of $1,000 — ran down the center of Sherman Way. Residents could commute through the Cahuenga Pass to downtown Los Angeles. More important, prospective subdivision developers used the train to travel to and from the West Valley. Until the 1940s, Reseda was strictly an agricultural community, known as one of the largest lettuce producers in the nation. Today Reseda is one of the Valley’s busiest business districts and is filled with middle-class homes and apartments. Reseda is 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles. SHERMAN OAKS Sherman Oaks, close to two major freeways, serves as a gateway to the San Fernando Valley. The community is perhaps best known as the home of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which was recently transformed from a fashion mall into an open-air shopping area combined with office space. The community is considered by many as the undisputed residence of the Valley Girl, a cultural label popularized by the song and 1983 movie of the same name. Two large shopping malls are in the area and numerous smaller boutiques and plazas line Ventura Boulevard, providing residents and visitors with endless window-shopping opportunities. Sherman Oaks is 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. STUDIO CITY Studio City began its development in the 1920s. Mack Sennett had outgrown his studio facilities in what would later become Silver Lake, so the man behind the wacky Keystone Kops movies built a facility near Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards. He started calling the community Studio City, and the name stuck. Over the years, the studio has changed both hands and names and was linked with some of the biggest stars in the business. Among them: Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bette Davis, Tony Curtis, Jennifer Jones and Joan Fontaine. Today the site is known as the CBS Studio Center. Studio City is 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. SUNLAND-TUJUNGA Back in 1913, William Ellsworth Smythe, founder of a social movement known as “Little Landers,” established the area as Los Terrenitos, as Tujunga was then known. His disciples immediately began constructing Bolton Hall, which became the center for all community activities. Bolton Hall is now a museum that preserves the history it was so much a part of. The McGroarty Art Center is also in Tujunga. It was built in 1923 by poet laureate and former Rep. John Steven McGroarty. The statesman named his home “Rancho Chupa Rose,” and upon his death in 1944 it became the property of his niece, Margaret McHale. Sunland-Tujunga is about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. SUN VALLEY Sun Valley was owned in the 1870s by Sen. Charles Maclay, who, with holdings of 56,000 acres that extended west from Sunland Boulevard to the Chatsworth Hills, owned most of the northern Valley. Maclay Street is named for him. Residents don’t have to travel far to do their shopping because the Canyon Plaza shopping center is close by. As for recreation, there is plenty to do in Sun Valley, such as spending lazy, sunny summer days at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area and Golf Course, the Stonehurst and Sunland recreation centers or Angeles National Forest, which covers a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains. Sun Valley is 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. SYLMAR Sylmar is a former olive-growing center whose name means “Sea of Trees.” It is home of the San Sylmar Museum, which houses the Nethercutt Collection, a spectacular display of antique cars. In the foothills at the north end of the San Fernando Valley, west of the Golden State Freeway and north of the city of San Fernando, Sylmar has a mix of low- and middle-income residents. It is also home to Mission College, which serves thousands of students in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Sylmar is 23 miles from downtown Los Angeles. TARZANA Tarzana was named after favorite son Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous jungle hero. Burroughs owned a 550-acre ranch in the days when the rural area was known for its berry farms and chicken ranches. A community covering 8 square miles, Tarzana has a population of 28,500. Many residents have their own swimming pools, following a storied tradition: Tarzana was the site of the Valley’s first swimming pool. Today, members of the exclusive Braemar Country Club can use that facility’s two swimming pools, when not out on one of the 20 tennis courts or testing their skills on one of two top-rated golf courses. Tarzana is 23 miles from downtown. TOLUCA LAKE Early in 1923, the present Toluca Lake area was a flourishing ranch, famous for its lush crops of peaches, apples and walnuts and known as the Forman Toluca Ranch. Its groves have long since given way to beautiful streets of fine homes and estates. The community was established through efforts of a syndicate of Hollywood financiers and developers who named the development Toluca Lake Park. The area also is the setting for two picturesque lakes, the original one on the North Hollywood side and the other in Burbank. The area also was the home of the first International House of Pancakes, which opened in 1958. The original boundaries of Toluca Lake were Cahuenga Boulevard, Clybourn Avenue, Camarillo Street and the Los Angeles River. Old-timers zealously stick to these boundaries and, in 1939, they were so listed in the incorporation papers of the Toluca Lake Civic Association. Since then, other adjacent streets and areas have been included and are now associated with the Toluca Lake area. TOPANGA CANYON Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, surrounded by nearly 11,000 acres of state parkland, lies the community of Topanga Canyon. The region is known for its country lifestyle, fresh air and a neighborly spirit not thought possible in the Los Angeles area. With a history filled with Chumash Indians, pioneers, eccentrics and hippies, Topanga Canyon has become a peaceful haven for its 12,000 residents. The region has occasionally been hit by flooding and wildfires, but residents here take it all in stride. Topanga has a bustling business community, located primarily along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. One can find everything from antiques and vintage clothing to rocks and crystals, dance and fitness classes, markets, restaurants, a beauty salon, a bookstore and even a French coffee house. The region is also of much interest to wildlife enthusiasts, as it is home to several sensitive species of amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plant life. UNIVERSAL CITY Carl Laemmle chose a former chicken ranch as the home of his Universal Studios when he was producing silent films in 1915. Today with 9,000 employees, Universal Studios is Universal City. Laemmle himself began the first tours, providing his patrons with a box lunch and charging them a quarter to watch the movie-making process.The tour now does a monster business, attracting more visitors than any other Los Angeles County venue. Universal CityWalk, which is part of the huge Universal complex, features more than three dozen colorful shops and restaurants. Visitors who come to catch a concert at the 6,200-seat Universal Amphitheatre can have dinner before the show at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Gladstone’s, Camacho’s or Tony Roma’s or a drink afterward at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Restaurant. Universal City is nine miles from downtown Los Angeles. VALLEY GLEN Valley Glen is bordered roughly by Burbank Boulevard to the south, Vanowen Street to the north, and Hazeltine and Whitsett avenues to the west and east. The residential community bordering Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and North Hollywood is known for its efforts to promote neighborhood safety and beautification. A strong sense of community pride permeates the area. The community also is home to Los Angeles Valley College, one of three local campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District. Valley Glen is located about 14 miles from downtown. VALLEY VILLAGE Valley Village is a small residential neighborhood tucked into the southwest corner of North Hollywood. The 2.6-square-mile community has a population of 27,360 and contains about 12,000 households, with a median house value of $318,000. VAN NUYS The community was named for early settler Isaac Van Nuys, who, with Isaac Lankershim, founded the San Fernando Farm Homestead Association in 1869, four years before the railroad was built. City Hall was erected in 1933, and today it remains the center of Valley government, with federal, state, county and city offices sharing the premises with a public library, police station and municipal court buildings. Van Nuys has its own airport, which has hosted the largest air show in Los Angeles with more than 350,000 spectators attending, and a number of other landmarks. Van Nuys High School, which Marilyn Monroe and Robert Redford attended, was showcased in the films “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Rock and Roll High School,” and the city and its streets have served as locations for countless movies and episodic TV series. Perhaps one of the most famous film scenes filmed there is the final one in “Casablanca,” which was shot at Van Nuys Airport. Van Nuys is 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles. WEST HILLS Founded in 1988, the community of West Hills, situated in the West Valley, is a 14-square-mile community bordered by Woodland Hills, Canoga Park and Chatsworth. The area formerly was part of Canoga Park, until residents of western neighborhoods voted to change the name to give their area a new identity. West Hills real-estate values immediately jumped. After seeing that, other areas of the Valley voted to change the names of their communities in the hope of similar increases in real estate prices. West Hills is about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. WINNETKA Winnetka, east of Canoga Park, was founded by Charles Weeks, who wanted to build a “garden community” there after World War I. His “Weeks Colony” was intended as a collection of single-acre poultry farms owned by citizens of “high moral character and purpose.” The promoter began selling tracts in 1922, and though it never became the utopian paradise Weeks envisioned, Winnetka did become, and remains, a comfortable place to live. Winnetka is 24 miles from downtown Los Angeles. WOODLAND HILLS Woodland Hills gets its name from an early developer who planted more than 100,000 pine, pepper, eucalyptus and sycamore trees to woo prospective home buyers. Today the area is home to upper-middle-class and well-to-do residents. In the west San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills is a thriving community. Woodland Hills straddles Ventura Boulevard, which has restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores, theaters and office buildings. Much of the region’s business and retail stores are in Warner Center — the former ranch of movie mogul Harry Warner. Woodland Hills is 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.last_img read more

Quartz Hill really packs a punch

first_img “They’re a great inside-out combo,” Highland coach Jeff Smith said. “There’s good players scattered throughout the Antelope Valley, but no one comes close to them.” Quartz Hill needs to find a reliable outside shooter to make a run in the Div. I-AA playoffs. Sean Fontenot has done a decent job, hitting 20 3-pointers, and Ryan Kelly is second on the team with 16. “There’s only so much Troy and Alex can do,” Nichter said. “Someone else is going to have to alleviate the pressure on them.” Crucial stretch: After splitting two road games last week, Highland, ranked No. 19 by the Daily News, returns home for key league games Wednesday against Knight and Friday against Littlerock. “We should do well. Really, we need to go 2-0,” Smith said. “If we don’t, making the playoffs is going to be a struggle.” The Bulldogs (8-8, 1-1) rely on Deno Anderson (14 point-per-game average), Ron Holden (13) and Donovan Phillips (11). Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com GOLDEN LEAGUE’S BEST TOP 10 SCORERS Minimum 14 games Team, PPG Troy Ross Quartz Hill 17.7 Alex Dantzler Quartz Hill 15.6 Robert Arnold Lancaster 15.1 Raymond Cody Antelope Valley 14.4 Ron Holden Highland 13.4 Steve Delatorre Knight 12.9 Robert Brown Knight 12.1 Javaughn Espiritt Lancaster 12.1 Donovan Phillips Highland 11.9 Sean Fontenot Quartz Hill 9.2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Ross provides an imposing presence in the paint. The senior center averages 17.7 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He’s had some monster efforts. Ross scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the opener against Burroughs of Burbank and followed it up with 26 points and 24 rebounds two days later against Arlington of Riverside. Ross nearly had a triple-double against Alemany of Mission Hills in early December, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a 58-55 victory. He’s recorded double-doubles in 12 of 17 games. Dantzler is the playmaker. The 5-11 junior guard is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, and he is disruptive defensively, averaging 4.6 steals per outing. He has struggled from 3-point range, making just 15 percent (8 of 53), and at the free-throw line, converting 48 percent (45 of 94). One-two punches don’t get much better than Troy Ross and Alex Dantzler. The tandem is largely responsible for the quick start the Quartz Hill High boys’ basketball team (9-8 overall, 2-0 Golden League) has enjoyed this season, and their play will go far in determining if the Rebels can defend their league title and make a run in the Southern Section playoffs. “We know what we have in them,” Quartz Hill coach Bernard Nichter said. “Without them, we’re a different team. We would struggle.” Quartz Hill resumes league play Wednesday at Palmdale and plays Friday at Lancaster (10-7, 2-0), which also has a share of first place. last_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K

first_imgResults from Sunday morning’s race. A big thank you to all the athletes that turned out to take part. Delighted with the turnout given the short notice and a credit to all who were involved. Thanks to the stewards who marshalled and without whom races like this would never take place. Thanks also to those who provided spot prizes and made refreshments and thanks to Mary Foley yet again who never fails to turn out to help at our road races.Well done all and hope to see you all back again soon. PlaceNameClubGenderBib NoChip TimeTotal Pace1Robert GallagherM2418:18.93:40/K2John DalyLetterkenny ACM11518:33.13:43/K3Alan McGinleyLifford ACM16618:48.43:46/K4Gary GallagherLifford ACM6819:08.53:50/K5Charlie McElwaineLifford ACM14519:09.23:50/K6Paul CoyleM5119:21.33:52/K7Joseph ClarkeM419:43.73:57/K8Fionntan MooreLifford ACM15720:54.64:11/K9Karen GallagherLifford ACF16221:13.04:15/K10Kevin McMenaminLifford ACM15321:28.54:18/K11Shannon CraigLifford ACF15621:41.04:20/K12Rhona DuaneDonore HarriersF6621:42.14:20/K13Pat McCreaLifford ACM11821:46.84:21/K14Paul DuddyStrabaneM12422:02.04:24/K15Ronan GallenLifford ACM5022:10.34:26/K16Shaun O’DonnellLifford ACM11922:17.74:27/K17Liam MaguireLifford ACM11322:22.24:28/K18Amanda MonaghanLifford ACF10322:22.24:28/K19Conor FoleyM15022:42.04:32/K20Paddy TourishLifford ACM7822:45.14:33/K21Aidan CoyleM16422:45.34:33/K22Sharon CarlinLifford ACF15223:01.74:36/K23Ursula CoyleLifford ACF7223:09.44:38/K24Wilson CraigLifford ACM15423:12.24:38/K25Joe McNultyLifford ACM14823:14.14:39/K26John McElwaineLifford ACM13723:27.04:41/K27Joe GallenLifford ACM4523:29.14:42/K28Paddy GallagherLifford ACM16123:29.64:42/K29Damian MooreLifford ACM15823:37.44:43/K30Karl DohertyLifford ACM8323:48.34:46/K31Liam ClearyLifford ACM15923:51.14:46/K32Jacqui TimoneyLifford ACF16924:05.24:49/K33Martin BrowneM524:19.04:52/K34Liam DalyLifford ACM16324:19.64:52/K35Danny BurnsLifford ACM8624:30.64:54/K36Michael RoulstoneLifford ACM11724:30.64:54/K37Declan McCallionLifford ACM6024:39.74:56/K38Darren ReidLifford ACM3624:55.14:59/K39Fintan CarlinLifford ACM15125:22.05:04/K40Noel McNultyM17125:38.05:08/K41Cormac O’DonnellLifford ACM16826:28.05:18/K42Mary MullenLifford ACF14626:39.65:20/K43Andrea McGaviganLifford ACF5226:40.65:20/K44Carmel HoynesLifford ACF926:41.05:20/K45Deborah ConroyLifford ACF726:41.35:20/K46Kevin HeffernanLifford ACM16027:28.25:30/K47Caroline ConnollyLifford ACF16527:29.75:30/K48Christine McNultyLifford ACF14727:30.85:30/K49Carmel BrindleLifford ACF3427:41.65:32/K50Karen CarlinLifford ACF13327:55.25:35/K51Kathleen CraigLifford ACF15528:49.25:46/K52Audra DiverLifford ACF6529:21.55:52/K53Diane ArbickleLifford ACF6129:21.75:52/K54Cormac CarlinLifford ACM14930:55.36:11/K55Rosemary BoggsLifford ACF3231:47.76:21/K56Grainne RiceLifford ACF631:49.06:22/K57Eva McCloskeyF1032:04.86:25/K58Shannian CoyleF1232:18.66:28/K59Caroline CrawfordLifford ACF13534:13.36:51/K60Joan McHughLifford ACF16740:15.88:03/K    ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS NEWS: RESULTS FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5Klast_img read more

THE NEW SIGN FOR ANNAGRY POST OFFICE IS …..IN THE POST!

first_imgIt would appear that even An Post gets the names of certain addresses wrong – even on its own branches.The organisation has spelled the name of Annagry post office incorrectly on its new signage much to the bemusement of locals. The previous post office in the village, which closed in September, had the name of the West Donegal village spelled correctly.The new signage was made and erected by the company and not by the current operators.We take it that a new sign is in the post!    THE NEW SIGN FOR ANNAGRY POST OFFICE IS …..IN THE POST! was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostANNAGRY POST OFFICElast_img read more

Yahoo! Pasadena crew to move to Burbank

first_imgBURBANK – Up to 700 Yahoo! employees are expected to move Monday from offices in Pasadena to a new building in Burbank, officials said Wednesday. The workers are arriving in two phases. This first group will be followed by another 700 employees next spring, officials said. The company said it has outgrown its 117,000-square-foot facility in Pasadena, and is taking advantage of 300,000 square feet of new office space in Burbank’s Media Studios North business park off Empire Avenue. “People are very excited about the move,” said Yahoo! spokeswoman Gaude Paez. “We’ve outgrown our space here and we’re looking for a facility that can accommodate our growth over time.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The move will be of employees who work for a division of Yahoo! called Yahoo! Search Marketing, which is one of the online advertising units of the company. The first phase of the move is expected to be complete in three weeks. Paez said Yahoo! searched for office space across Los Angeles County, finally settling on Burbank, which offered more space with a campus-like setting, nearby shops and restaurants, and public transportation. Burbank officials say Yahoo! will bolster the work force in a bustling business district. Mayor Jef VanderBorght said Burbank created a new bus line that will help ferry workers between the Metro Red Line’s North Hollywood station to the doors of their offices at Media Studios North. “I’m certainly excited,” said VanderBorght. “It will reinforce the area as another important district in Burbank. They’re an excellent business. We’re happy to have them.” Founded in 1994, Yahoo! Inc., is headquartered in Sunnyvale. It was the first online navigational guide to the Web. Yahoo! has offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 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

Softball Travels To Wildcat Invitational Hosted By No. 10 Arizona

first_img Arizona Live Stats Live Video (Arizona x2, Ball State, Abilene Christian) The Bulldogs face a strong Arizona team who is coming off a five-win opening weekend including a 4-0 win over then No. 21 Baylor. Senior third baseman Katiyana Mauga was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting four home runs in four games with eight RBIs and a 1.357 slugging percentage. The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-1 performance at the UNI Dome-Classic which featured two victories over South Dakota State as well as Omaha and Montana. Wisconsin handed Drake its sole loss of the season with a 4-1 victory in eight innings. Drake was led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who earned MVC Pitcher of the Week honors after compiling a 2-1 record with a 0.39 ERA and one save in four appearances, including a five-inning no-hitter in the first win over South Dakota State. Newman recorded 35 strikeouts in 18.0 innings for the Bulldogs in their opening weekend. Ball State Live Stats TUSCON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team looks to continue its strong start as the teams travel to the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona, Feb. 16-19. Drake opens the invitational against No. 10 Arizona on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST before taking on Ball State and North Dakota State Friday at 2 and 8 p.m., respectively. The Bulldogs will once again take on Arizona Saturday at 6 p.m. before facing Boston College at 8 p.m. Drake closes the tournament with a game against Abilene Christian Sunday at 12 p.m. The two games against Arizona, Ball State and Abilene Christian will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Boston College Live Stats Drake also welcomed the addition of freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) who batted .357 (5-14) in her first five career games. Maddox opened her career with an inside the park grand slam as well as another solo homerun in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 victory over South Dakota State in the season-opener. North Dakota State Live Stats Abilene Christian Live Stats Story Links Tournament Central Page Ball State and North Dakota State are both coming off 1-4 performances last weekend dropping multiple games by close margins. Three of the Cardinals loses were by three runs or less while North Dakota State lost their four games by a combined seven runs. Boston College went 3-1 last weekend including victories over the Houston and Wright State. The Bulldogs will close the weekend against Abilene Christian who returns to the field after a 3-3 outing last weekend including a victory over Iowa. Following the Wildcat Invitational, Drake travels to Lafayette, La. for the Mardi Gras Classic hosted by Louisiana where they will play six games in three days, Feb. 23-25. The Bulldogs open the three-day tournament against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more