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La Mirada School Named California Distinguished School for 2012

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Eastwood, along with Morrison, win top honors.

By Tony Aiello

By Randy Economy Two schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District have lots of new bragging rights after being named “California Distinguished Schools” for 2012 this past week. Audrey, left with daughter Michele Johnson.


La Mirada High School Student Dies From Gunshot Wound By Randy Economy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Sergio Martinez shooting death of a male Hispanic juvenile, which occurred this past Sunday night on the 13200 block of Duffield Avenue, La Mirada. Sergio Martinez, a 16 year student from La Mirada High School has been identified as the victim of the crime, the La Mirada Lamplighter has learned. Detectives said that Martinez was standing in the driveway of his residence when several unknown suspects approached him on foot, and fired sev-

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Father Edges Son as La Mirada Snaps Three-Game Skid By Tom Connolly Tuesday’s Suburban League baseball game not only pitted rivals La Mirada and John Glenn, it also paired father versus son. Veteran Matadores head coach Kim Brooks went head to head against Eagles first-year head coach, Jack Brooks – his son. And when the dust settled La Mirada recorded a 5-1 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. “You clothe them, feed them and educate them and when they grow up they want to beat you; where’s the justice in that,” Kim Brooks said jokingly after the game. “It’s great to compete against my son. I’m proud that he’s in the same profession as me and that he’s a high school baseball coach. I guess it proves I’m getting older because I’m coaching against my son.” Jack Brooks said coaching against his dad is a bit nerve racking. “It tough to coach against my dad,” said Jack Brooks. “We’re both extremely competitive. I have lots of respect for him and the program he’s

built. I root for him all of the time except when he’s playing against us.” Austin Rojo pitched six strong innings, gave up one run, four hits and improved his record to 2-1 as La Mirada (7-8-1, 3-2) remained in second place in league behind Mayfair. “My fastball was working but my curve wasn’t in rhythm,” said Rojo, who struck out two and did not walk a batter. “We needed to relax and get our confidence back. We felt like we needed to win this game after losing twice to Norwalk last week.” John Lemos pitched the entire game for Glenn (4-10, 2-3). He allowed only two hits over the final three innings but took the loss. Kim Brooks said it was encouraging to see his team break out of a hitting slump. “We’ve struggled hitting for the first month of the season,” said Brooks. “We’re not out of it though. We just got to get this train back on track.” The Matadores pushed across two runs in the second inning to take an early lead. Jeff Murray led off with a

Neighbors and family gathered this past Sunday to say goodbye to longtime La Mirada resident Audrey Floud, 91, who is moving away after living in her La Mirada home for over 55 years. She and her husband Bill, who died in 1997, are the original owners of her home on Los Fuentes Road. Dozens of friends stopped by the home of Jack and Nancy Jenkins, their next door neighbors, who hosted the gathering. They have lived next door since 1956-moving in shortly after the Floud’s. Many years ago, they had a gate constructed that connects their adjacent homes through the back yard wall, which they still utilize today. In 1953, Andrew McNally’s famous olive-producing La Mirada land was

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College to Host Veterans Military Ball The Associated Students of Cerritos College in partnership with the Cerritos College Veterans Resource Center and the Cerritos College Student Veterans Club will host the first ever annual Cerritos College Veterans Ball on April 13 at 5:30 PM in the Student Activities Center on the campus. The Veterans Ball is an event honoring the traditions of all branches of the Armed Forces. With this event, the Associated Students and the campus community of the Cerritos College recognize the student veterans' service and sacrifice. It is also an opportunity

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