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VOL. 1, NO. 23


Ground Broken for $65 Million Valley View Rail Grade Project

LMGSA 8U Places Second in Temecula Shoot Out Tournament

By Randy Economy With trains lumbering in the background, officials from La Mirada and Santa Fe Springs officially broke ground on a new $65 Million street and rail improvement project that will forever eliminate traffic at the heavily travelled intersection of Valley View Avenue and the BNSF main line track. The area is directly on the border of both cities and on Tuesday [June 19], city council members, state transportation officials and representatives from federal and state elected officials took ceremonial gold shovels and broke ground on the project that has been at least 10 years to develop. “The grade separation project will finally end traffic gridlock,” said Santa

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(l-r) La Mirada Councilmen Lawrence Mowles, Steve Jones, Mayor Gabe Garcia Sante Fe Councilman Joe Serrano, Santa Fe Councilwoman Juanita A. Trujillo and a representative from Senator Ron Calderon's office display proclamations given to them at the ground breaking ceremony of the Valley View Rail Grade Project. The project is expected to be completed by 2014 and cost over $65 million dollars. Photo courtesy of the city of La Mirada.

LM Kiwanis Club Award Scholarships to La Mirada High Seniors By Tony Aiello The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada presented their scholarship awards to nine La Mirada high school seniors who are interested in continuing their education. The students were presented with their gifts at a ceremony this past Tuesday at the school. Students were judged on their merit, grades, school activity; along with their community involvement and accomplishments. This year’s winners received scholarship amounts totalling $11,000, with 14 students overall, receiving gifts. Scholarship amounts are awarded in the amounts of $500 and $1000. La Mirada High School students who received $1000 were Teresa Co, Phyong-Lien Ngheim, Megan Hoyarek, Ramon Visaiz and Christy Pflanzer. $500 recipients included Melissa Aceves, Eric Matheny, Nicholas Sanchez-McCormick and Nicholas Popoy. For over 30 years, the service club has offered the scholarships. To qualify,

Winning scholarship recipients stand with Kiwanis club members after the scholarships were awarded. La Mirada High School students who received $1000 were Teresa Co, Megan Hoyarek, Ramon Visaiz, Phyong-Lien Ngheim, and Christy Pflanzer. $500 re-

cipients included Eric Matheny, Nicholas Sanchez-McCormick, Nicholas Popoy, and Melissa Aceves. students must reside in La Mirada, but can be attending any high school. The Kiwanis meet every Wednesday at 7:15 am at Holiday Inn Select 14299 Firestone Blvd., La Mirada, and the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at

the Volunteer Center 11900 La Mirada Blvd. Suite 5, La Mirada. For information contact Mark Royston 714-5235612 or email info@lamiradakiwanis. org. Their website can be found at

LMGSA’s 8U silver team spent Father’s Day weekend showing off their muscles at the Temecula Shoot Out Tournament. Their dedication and hard work paid off earning the girls 2nd place overall in the ASA 8U Silver Division. The 8U silver team began the tournament by playing Imperial Valley on Friday evening. The girls showed their power by starting the game off with 4 runs scored by Hannah Hernandez, Grace Archuleta, Kara Sands, Allison Conrad, and a power homerun by Salem Flores. Alexa Sams followed Flores’ lead and hit a homerun in the 2nd inning followed by additional runs scored by Alyssa Liskey, and Marissa Leon. Hitters Archuleta, Sands, and Conrad continued the hitting streak with scoring three additional runs. 8U silver held Imperial Valley at zero resulting in a shut out score of 11-0. Saturday the LM 8U team powered through two shut out games against San Marcos: final score 5-0 and Valley Center: final score 6-0. Liskey started the game off against San Marcos with her strong pitching holding the opponent to no runs. Sands came in and continued to hold San Marcos at no runs with some help from her defense. Hernandez made an awesome throw from third to first in the 4th inning. LMGSA 8U Silver moved on to play Valley Center and carry on their shut out streak. The scored was at 0-0 until Sams scored in the 2nd inning putting LM on the board. Archuleta, Conrad, Flores, Sams, and Avrie Padilla added runs to LM’s score in the 3rd inning. During the game 8U Silver team showed their defensive skills with Liskey assisting in 4 outs and Natalie Craig making 2 awesome plays at 2nd base.

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Megan Hoyarek, Ramon Visaiz, Phyong-Lien Ngheim, and Christy Pflanzer. $500 re- cipients included Eric Matheny, Nicholas Sanchez-McCormick,...


Megan Hoyarek, Ramon Visaiz, Phyong-Lien Ngheim, and Christy Pflanzer. $500 re- cipients included Eric Matheny, Nicholas Sanchez-McCormick,...