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Mt. Gleason Middle School held BBQ for parents and students




BBQ and picnic for Sunland-Tujunga 5th graders was held at the Mount Gleason Middle School and about 75 people showed up for the fun and food. Organized by Middle School Principal Ms. Cheryl Minke, students and their parents

were given tours of their beautiful and safe campus, the classrooms, and a chance to meet the teachers & staff. New campus murals were shown and everyone had a chance to check out the remodeled library and learn about the campus clubs!

Offering hamburgers, chips and water, no one went away hungry. Students and parents brought blankets and lawn-chairs to relax and talk on the lush, grassy lawns while they experienced the unique Mount Gleason community of learners.

Man hunt On Foothill Foiled!

t about 3:40 pm on Friday brought in a Multi-Agency air and ground response to stop and knock down stopped forward progress of 2.7 acres of fire just south of the Hansen Dam Aquatic Center. There was one minor injury reported and no structures were threatened. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire started in the Hansen Dam area next to the “ponds” and about 100 yards from a

homeless encampment. Fire Stations FS 98 and 24 were first to respond. Battalion 12 was Incident Command. Dispatched LAFD Units: BC10 BC12 BP74 CW3A E24 E274 E290 E298 E7 E77 E90 E91 E98 EM15 H3 H5 H6 RA91 T74 T90 T98 WT77. The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. (LACoFD) and Angeles National Forest (ANF) also participated in the well-coordinated air and ground response.

Dexter park parade


The suspect’s car is boxed in by Glendale Police officers by Julia Kohut t about 10 AM on August 21, what started as a simple case of shoplifting turned into a full-blown manhunt after an unidentified man lead the Glendale police on a high speed chase through the streets of the La Crescenta-Montrose area. The suspect, after running away


from a Glendale police officer on foot from Vons located at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Foothill Blvd., fled in a white colored car and rammed three police cruisers before ditching his late model Mustang in the Everest fast food parking lot. He then escaped on foot into the neighboring residen-

tial area. One neighbor published a video of the suspect climbing a tree on Facebook. A perimeter was set up with about 15 police vehicles and a K-9 unit involved. The search lasted several hours blocking streets and re-routing drivers without finding the suspect. (Continued on Page 2)

he L.A. County Dexter Park in Kagel Canyon held a pet parade for local residents and neighbors last Saturday. Children and adults brought their “fur and feather friends” and even a fluffy bunny to mix and mingle with other pets. Organized by park director Leah Ferrassolli said “This is a great opportunity for people to bring your pets to introduce them to the other pets in the community. This is an opportunity

to showcase rescue pets that are up for adoption or need to be fostered. It is also a chance to promote pet services (grooming, make pet treats, pet sitting, dog walking, etc.) I’m looking forward to introducing our beloved pets to everyone.” As part of the fun, there was a pot luck ice cream treat day for everyone and Leah brought her scrumptious caramel topping sauce. If you like See’s Bordeaux .. then you’d love this sauce.

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(From Page 5) Prior to the theft, officers had been called to Vons on the report of a suspicious character inside the store. Upon arriving, the suspect was seen running out with several bottles of stolen liquor. The responding officer chased him on foot and spotted him inside a white Mustang, where the suspect had locked himself in and refused to exit the vehicle. A call for police backup was placed, but before the officer could detain him, the suspect started the car and rammed a police cruiser in his escape. He was chased to Foothill, where two other cruisers used a ramming technique to box him in. It didn’t work. The suspect sped off westbound on Foothill where he abandoned the Mustang in

the parking lot of Everest and escaped on foot. The nearby Chamlian Armenian School was shut down as a precaution. No evacuations were in place, said GPD Sargent Dave Suttles. A perimeter was set up around the surrounding area with officers both on the ground and in the air, leading to a massive search of the area. After five hours, the search was called off and the case was given to the detectives. After following several leads and responding to called-in tips, they now have a promising suspect. They are currently are working to locate an individual described as wearing a blue flannel shirt and black pants for questioning.

Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors a Fundraiser for Aid Africa The Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring its fourth annual Walk for Water to benefit the projects of Aid Africa. The event will be held at Montrose Community Park, 3529 Clifton Place, Glendale 91208 on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Registration starts at 9:00 and the walk begins at 9:30. We’ll be through by noon. Registration is $25 and includes a free T-shirt. Get your friends and family to sponsor you, too. Have fun and learn what it’s like to carry your own water. All of the donations will support Aid Africa’s projects in Uganda. We expect to have over 40 participants who will carry empty jerry cans from the park, through the Montrose Shopping Park to the Montrose Fire Station, 2465 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose, CA 91020. At the fire station, we’ll get to inspect all the fire equipment and then they will fill our jerry cans with five gallons of water, weighing about 40 pounds. Entrants will then retrace their path through Montrose back to the park. The purpose is to demonstrate to people what it’s like to get water when you don’t get it from your kitchen faucet. Can you carry 40 pounds for a mile? 80% of communicable diseases are water borne. According to the World Health Organization, contaminated water contributes to the pervasiveness of diarrheal diseases, such as

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cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery. Diarrhea is a leading cause of malnutrition in children under five years old. The people of Uganda are working hard to improve their situation, but they need your help. Women and young girls especially carry the burden of finding water and carrying it home. That means they have less time for education, farming and family. Wells dug with a diesel auger can cost $15,000 each. Aid Africa uses a

cable to dig wells up to 30 feet deep tool like we used in the US 150 years ago. These wells cost just onetenth the price of a diesel auger dug well. Aid Africa’s other projects include distributing efficient wood burning cooking stoves that use just a third of the fuel and reduce smoke by about 80%, planting trees for food and fuel, HIV testing and counseling, and distributing birthing kits to pregnant women. VOLUME 14 APRIL • NUMBER THE FOOTHILLS•PAPER • FRIDAY, 27, 201817 —– 3 3 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––



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The Man Of La Mancha Continues to Wow At A Noise Within! • VOLUME 13 • NUMBER 12

Julia Rodriguez-Elliot is the vision- ground on which to• explore the• epic and12 VOLUME 13 NUMBER ary director whose goal is to evoke intimate nature of these two plays. that magical, improvisational quality “La Mancha is about the power of we have as children but is often lost as imagination - and how important it is adults. The modern-day setting - a bleak, onstage and in our own lives. It’s a play destitute ‘holding tank’ for prisoners - is that truly represents the transformative intentional. Reminiscent of third-world power of the theatre” prisons and military detention centers, In Man of La Mancha, playwright and populated with empathetic charDale Wasserman takes a more meta-apacters, I want this La Mancha to feel proach to the source material, Miguel de personal to our audiences. The stakes are Cervantes’ Don Quixote, also originally real, and I want the transformation from published in the early 1600s. The fichardened criminals to true believers to tionalized author ‘Cervantes’ is the main be palatable to our audiences.” character of Man of La Mancha. While “This is a real-world fairy tale: despite in prison during the Spanish Inquisitions, the dire circumstances, through the he is forced to act out parts of Don Quixpower of art, these prisoners have the ote for the other inmates. ability to transform their claustrophobic This story-within-a-story of Don existence into the vastness of Cervantes Quixote’s musical misadventures - rife vision.” with love, chivalry, and of course, fourRodriguez-Elliott references a quote armed giants - unfurls into something by Pablo Picasso: “We artists are indemore transcendent: a beacon of hope in structible; even in a prison, or in a cona dire world. One of the most important centration camp, I would be almighty hits of Broadway’s golden age, audiencin my own world of art, even if I had to es have been dreaming “The Impossible paint my pictures with my wet tongue Dream” for the past half century with the on the dusty floor of my cell.” wandering hidalgo in this quintessential She points out that ANW’s state-oftale about the resilience of the human the-art theatrical space - 283-seat house spirit, and the power of storytelling when with a thrust stage - is the perfect playfaced with insurmountable odds.


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Working, Earning and Investing SS benefits Social Security Matters by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor Association of Mature American Citizens


ear Rusty: I am 63 ½ and working full time with a salary of $125,000/year. Given the early collection rules I believe it would not make any sense to start collecting Social Security now but tell me if I am wrong. Also, when I reach full retirement age (born in 1955) I plan/ hope to still be working full time. At that point I plan to start collecting Social Security because there is no earnings cap (correct?) and put that benefit money into investments. Would that be the best plan or are there other options? Signed: Planning Ahead Dear Planning: Your plan

is a reasonable one and your assumptions are correct. If you earn as you now are and have taken Social Security earlier than your full retirement age (66 years plus 2 months) youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be subject to Social Securityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual earnings limit. If you exceed the annual earnings limit ($17,040 for 2018) Social Security will withhold $1 in benefits for every $2 you are over the limit, so at your salary level youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need to give them back all the benefits you were entitled to anyway, essentially resulting in no net benefits. In the year you reach your full retirement age 8 â&#x20AC;˘ VOLUME 14 â&#x20AC;˘ NUMBER â&#x20AC;˘ VOLUME 14 â&#x20AC;˘ NUMBER 8

age to claim your benefits the earnings limit goes up (you actually earn DRCs and the withholding is less, at the rate of 2/3 of 1% per but your earnings would month of delay, or 8% per still cause the â&#x20AC;&#x153;penaltyâ&#x20AC;? to year). DRCs continue to largely eclipse the benefits be applied until you reach you are due. And you are the maximum at age 70, correct that once you reach at which point your Social your full retirement age the Security benefit when you earnings limit goes away claim it will be 30.7% more and you can earn as much than it would have been at as you wish without if afyour full retirement age. fecting your Social Security And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get that higher benefits. As for taking your benefit amount for the rest benefits at your full retireof your life. But whether ment age and investing to take that guaranteed 8% them, that is a reasonable annual increase in your strategy if you think you Social Security benefit can find a better investment amount, or to claim your return than the 8% youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll benefits at full retirement get annually in Social 70-6.&t/6.#&3tXXXUIFGPPUIJMMTQBQFSDPN age and invest them is an Security delayed retirement investment choice only you credits (DRCs) by waiting can make. beyond your full retirement

All Rite Rent A Car

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Haddad are looking forward to meeting you! What a delightful couple. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how local business should be. All Rite Rent A Car offers free mileage (limited), weekend, weekly and monthly specials, direct billing to shops and insurance companies. The staff is multilingual (Spanish and Armenian). You can rent compact, mid-size, full-size and mini-vans. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Saturday from 9:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:30 PM. They are closed on Sunday. What, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a ride? Call them at 818-353-6100. Steve will come pick you up.

Lentil Stew with Sausage

Panko-Portobello Mushroom Burger BY CHEF RANDY A few weeks ago Robin and I ate at the relatively new Ojai Harvest restaurant in downtown Ojai. I had their Grain Bowl and Robin ordered the Veggie Burger made with a breaded mushroom patty. She let me have a bite of her burger and when we got home I immediately began deconstructing it because it was that good. This is what I came up with. It may not be as tasty as the burger at Ojai Harvest, but I like it! I think you will too. Ingredients: â&#x20AC;˘ 4 Portobello mushrooms (cleaned and gills removed) â&#x20AC;˘ 1 cup all-purpose flour â&#x20AC;˘ 1 cup whole milk BY CHEF RANDY â&#x20AC;˘ 2 cups panko breadcrumbs â&#x20AC;˘ ½ teaspoon salt Lentils are low in calâ&#x20AC;˘ Âź teaspoon black pepper ories, highoil infor fiber, high â&#x20AC;˘ Grapeseed frying (or invegetable protein oil) and have zero â&#x20AC;˘ 4trans briochefats. bunsThis (slicedbain sichalf) lentil recipe is simple â&#x20AC;˘ 1 large and easyripe toavocado prepare. Just â&#x20AC;˘ 1 tablespoon fresh lime input all the ingredients tojuice a slow cooker and the â&#x20AC;˘ Âź teaspoon sauce chow downSriracha 4 hours latâ&#x20AC;˘ ½ cup Vegenaise (or mayer. The vegetarian sauonnaise) sage adds depth and texâ&#x20AC;˘ 4 thin slices red onion ture for a hearty stew. â&#x20AC;˘ 4 slices heirloom tomato Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially good on â&#x20AC;˘ ½ cup blue cheese (cruma cold bled) winter night. â&#x20AC;˘ 4 to 8 leaves iceberg lettuce


Directions: Using three shallow bowls, set up a breading station of flour, milk and panko crumbs. Season the flour bowl with salt and pepper. Dredge each mushroom first in the flour, 1½ cups lentils (black then the are milk,good and finally lentils but the panko crumbs.

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In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice and Sriracha. Set this avocado spread aside. Assembly: Spread a littleBetVegenaise on 1 tablespoon bothThan the topBouillon and the bottom ter of each bun. Spread a quarter (vegetable base) of the avocado spread on 4thecups vegetable broth bottoms. Place a slice of onion on top of the avocado Instructions: spread and then a slice of Plug on in top your slowCarecooktomato of that. er and setthe themushroom heat to high. fully place on top of the tomato. It will want Rinse the lentils and to slide but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it! cull outoffsmall stones Sprinkle cheese on top the and debris. Add theoflenmushroom, with tils and alllayer other in-lettuce, and place the tops on to comgredients to the crockplete the burgers.

pot. Cook for 4 hours. This makes all Carefully sliceainmeal half and by itself is of even better serve withbut a side French and nutritious when fries more or chips. accompanied by rice.

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Lentil Stew with Sausage News From The Kagel Canyon Dexter Park

There are so many activities going on at Dexter Park. Please take a moment to read as there is a great deal of pertinent information – events, police activity, memories, etc.

CREATING MEMORIES AT DEXTER PARK: One of the highlights of working here at Dexter Park is it is rich with personal memories and history. The pictures that were temporarily taken down to upgrade the building evoke a strong passion in the people of the community for what they represent. They represent the past and the memories made. You too can create new memories. Get involved! Come to the park activities. As always, Ideas and suggestions are welcomed and can always be presented to see if we can make it happen. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of you that have lived here for decades. When recanting the tales of the bygone years some of the fondest memories shared were what was going on in the park. Whether it was for you or your children; it was the movies in the park, the special events, the ability to just pop in and talk, or sit and do some crafts .. these were special memories shared. The next time there’s an opportunity to create a memory – head to the park and make it!


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in protein protein and and have have zezein ro trans trans fats. fats. This This babaro sic lentil lentil recipe recipe is is simple simple sic SUNDAY, and easy easy to to prepare. prepare. Just Just and SEPTEMBER 9 input all the ingredients put all the ingredients into aaKCCA slow Horseshoe cooker and and the the to slow cooker chow down 44–hours hours latTournament more latchow down details coming soon er. The The vegetarian vegetarian sausauer. sage adds depth and texsage adds depth and texture for for aa hearty hearty stew. stew. ture It’sEXCURSION: especially good good on on It’s especially coldPlease winter night. aa cold winter let night. me know if you’d be interested

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to a museum, casino, winery, outlet mall, or some other nifty place.

UPCOMING FITNESS CLASS: Starting on September 28th at 1:00 is Happy Feet a walking club. It will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm You can walk in a temperature controlled environment, select your personal choice of music, get your groove on, hula hoop, or even skip to start your own personal fitness program. The course is measured and charts are available for you to mark your progress. Best of all - It’s FREE! Water refills are available. This is for all ages and all fitness levels. Moms with young children are welcome to join in on the fun to walk and push a stroller too. There are mats available to do some warm-up / cool down stretches.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Volunteers and Kids Bake / Decoration Day for the upcoming Grandparent’s Day. Decoration materials are 1½ cupsby lentils (black 1 needed tablespoon Bet- hands. 1½ cups lentils (black Betsupplied the park so all that 1 is tablespoon are helping lentils arebake good but for ourter ter Than Bouillon Bouillon Let’s are all together Grandparent’s. We will lentils good but Than be making fudge, mini-cheesecakes, and butterscotch any lentils will do) (vegetable base) any lentils will do) (vegetable base) for the special day. Sign 4 upcups list for materials broth and package Lightvegetable 11candy package Light4 cups vegetable broth purchasing ingredients coming soon.


life Smart Smart SausagSausaglife es Italian Italian Style Style (cut (cut ininInstructions: es Instructions: Saturday, September 15 –cookto ½-inch ½-inch pieces) pieces) Plug in in your your slow slow to Plug cookGrandparent’s Day – This is SATURDAY, cups sweet sweet er and set the heat to high. 22 cups er and set the heat to to show appreciationhigh. SEPTEMBER 15 a timeRinse corn kernels the lentils and corn kernels for theRinse Grandparents’ in our the lentils and 3 stalks celery (thincull out small stones lives. The theme is “ Being 3 stalks celery (thincull out small stones a Grandparent is Sweet” All grandparent’s their ly sliced) and debris. debris.and Add the lenlenly sliced) and Add the families are welcome to attend. As a way to honor our carrots (cut (cutplease in- bring a sweet tils and and all otherwith in33grandparent’s carrots intils other intreatall to share to one-inch pieces) gredients to the crockto one-inch pieces) everyone. gredients to the crock1 medium onpot. Cook Cook for for 44 hours. hours. 1 medium onpot. Book Club – 10:00amion (chopped) (chopped) This makes makes aa meal meal all all ion This 1:00pm . The book selected WEDNESDAY, 15-ounce can can diced diced totoby itself itself but but is is even even better better 15-ounce by for the upcoming September SEPTEMBER 19 matoes (including liquid) and more nutritious when matoes (including liquid)meeting and more nutritious when is A Great Reckoning cloves garlic garlic (minced) (minced)by Louise accompanied by rice. Perry. This may 22 cloves accompanied by rice. be picked up at your local library. Please bring a snack

For additional recipes, see Chef website at to share. It would be coolRandy’s if it fit the Canadian theme. Does anyone know about traditional Canadian foods? I want to thank Valerie T. for being the lead coordinator for this club.

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(From Page 3) Councilmember Rodriguez is prominently featured in each of his two recent publications, we renew our request for Councilmember Rodriguez to publicly denounce these activities, to have her image and materials removed from the publication and to do everything in her power to cause his toxic activities to cease. And, because Arnie Abramyan is an officer with the the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, which represents local businesses under state authority as a 501(c)6 organization, and because a code of ethics applies to the Chamber and its officers, we call upon the Chamber to cease its advertising support of the publication, to denounce the damaging intent of the publication and to discipline him for his conduct as a Chamber Vice President. His actions against other communities have the potential to cause great economic hardship to

Chamber members and the Sunland-Tujunga economy and business community. Shadow Hills is an established and strong community of more than 2,000 households and 6,000 residents which provides leadership on major issues affecting the northeast San Fernando Valley, which includes Sunland-Tujunga, and which provides millions of dollars per year of economic benefit to businesses located in Sunland-Tujunga. Should these damaging activities continue, Shadow Hills may be forced to defend itself. We would hate to see the relationship with CD7, as well as the friendly neighbor relationship between Sunland-Tujunga and Shadow Hills, become complicated or adversarial because of this individual. Should on-line attacks continue or if a future edition of the CD7 Independent publication attack Shadow Hills, SHPOA, and SHPOA’s

board of directors, SHPOA will consider an appropriate response. Further, we are keeping all members of the regional, Valley-wide SAFE Coalition aware of what is happening here so that those “member” communities and the Coalition, itself, do not experience any adverse effect on their ability to fight the high speed train threat. Those other communities include: Sunland-Tujunga, La Tuna Canyon, Lake View Terrace, Kagel Canyon, Sylmar, Pacoima and Sun Valley. Communities throughout the northeast San Fernando Valley have been united for decades by shared values and commitment to protect the region’s quality of life. We will not stand for efforts

that seek to attack, divide or intimidate our communities. An attack by any individual, acting on his/her own behalf or representing any organization, is an attack on all of us. We again request our Councilmember and Chamber to be leaders in pulling communities together and protecting our quality of life. In conclusion, this is the third time we have brought these serious issues to the attention of Councilmember Monica Rodriguez and CD7 staff and called for their leadership and assistance. For the Chamber, we request action that eliminates its connection and complicity to these actions by Arnie Abramyan. We all have many more important

things to work on related to improving the quality of life in our communities and it’s important that we all are able to do that without these threats and attacks looming. Please let us know as soon as possible of your response to this letter/Resolution and your action on the serious issues described herein. Thank you. The SHPOA Board of Directors held a closed session board meeting on Monday, August 20, 2018, to review these issues, and has passed this letter as an official Board Resolution. Yours truly, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association Board of Directors (signees to the Board Resolution) Dave DePinto, Cindy Bloom, Gerri Summe, Jacqy Gamble, Carlos George, Terri Ortiz, Katherine Dayen, Lois Dayen, Anton Bosch, Andrea Gutman, James Gutman, Mike McCoy, Cynthia Urias, Elektra Kruger.


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