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Brian Gomez roasts coffee beans at his home business in San Dimas, CA. After being paralyzed in an accident, Gomez became one of the first patients in the world to undergo an experimental spinal-stimulation surgery in an effort to restore partial function in his hands.
You can apply a lot of different labels to Brian Gomez, now 28, but maybe the most apropos appellation is fierce competitor. When he played linebacker at Damien High School for four years, he was always in the thick of the scrum. He applied the same warrior mindset to his studies. After completing Damien, he […]
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Bill Neill traveled the world, filming its many treasures, but La Verne was always his home and his favorite subject to the end. The gifted filmmaker died on Saturday Nov. 12 of pancreatic cancer. He was 82. Trained as a teacher at what was then La Verne College, he was naturally curious, with few things […]
Galen and Doris Beery, who were killed in an automobile accident on Oct. 11, were eulogized at a Saturday memorial service at La Verne’s Church of the Brethren on Oct. 29. Doris’ daughter Tonya Tyler shared how Galen had covered the couple’s bedroom ceiling with a depiction of the Milky Way galaxy as a tribute […]
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The call came from Camera Ready Choirs on a Tuesday afternoon. “Can you sing back-up for Kris Allen on “American Idol” on Thursday?” Within the hour, La Verne’s Michelle Croce was emailed the song, “Vision of Love,” which Allen would be performing, and told to be at a North Hollywood rehearsal site the next morning […]
Manny Hernandez III, a Roynon Elementary student who always lit up the room and brightened the lives of everyone who knew him, passed away last Friday, Dec. 2. For much of his life, he bravely battled to overcome childhood infections due a condition called hypothyroidism. He was 11 years old. Manny is survived by his […]
To those iconic creators like Steve Jobs and (Bill) Hewlett and (David) Packard who started wildly successful businesses out of their garages, add La Verne, Calif.-based interior designer, Joann Lammens. Now more than a quarter-century ago, she started assembling floral arrangements in her garage or on her living room floor. With her toddler daughter, Gina, […]
Writer and friend Ricardo Tomboc pays tribute to Pearl Harbor hero.
Talk about sticker shock! When Glendora Realtor Marty Rodriguez and her neighbor inquired about replacing their 30-year-old septic tanks and connecting their ranch-style homes to the city sewer system, they got an estimate for $150,000, or $75,000 apiece. Despite the exorbitant estimate, they decided to green-light the project. “It would cost even more to repair […]