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 to [...]
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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, in [...]
To find out what’s currently ailing the economy of the United States of America, look no farther than Gainey Ceramics’ struggle to survive. The proud 62-year-old manufacturing company of exquisite tiles, planters and other hand-crafted clay marvels is a company at the crossroads. More accurately, it’s a company in the crosshairs of regulators and economic [...]
At this year’s July 4 Pancake Breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Troop 411 in La Verne, you can bet that out of the 3,000 sausage links served, there won’t be one sausage missing. That’s because Andy Mutschler, owner of Income Tax & Business Services in La Verne and a CPA since 1980, has headed up the [...]
Could history repeat itself? New York Times Best-Selling Author Clive Cussler, writer of such action adventures as Valhalla Rising, Sahara and Raise the Titanic! grew up in Alhambra and attended Pasadena City College. Meanwhile, Kathryn Le Veque, a La Verne-based writer of historical romances, grew up in nearby Pasadena and also attended Pasadena City College. While she [...]
Whether you aspire to reach Carnegie Hall in New York City, as the old jokes goes, or NBC studios in Burbank, Calif., the directions are the same: “Practice, practice, practice.” Weathercaster Elita Loresca, who lives in La Verne and now can be seen Monday through Friday mornings on NBC4’s “Today in LA” and the “Midday Report,” [...]
Killer Kirby! How could such a bright-eyed teenager be so deadly? Forget the ‘27 Yankees. She constitutes her own murders’ row. Just two days ago, she had 17 kills against Diamond Bar. In another match, she had 32 kills. Some of the balls she strikes with the palm of her lethal right hand exceed the California [...]
Wisconsin may boast the Cheeseheads, but California has the Cheese Girls, two La Verne, Calif. sisters, Lydia and Marnie Clarke, who opened the Cheese Cave this past June in the heart of the Claremont village. Lydia, 33, and Marnie, 26, are actually part of dairy royalty. Their grandfather was one of the founders of the Altadena [...]
Walk into the superintendent’s office at the Bonita Unified School District, and count on getting an education. On Dr. Gary Rapkin’s desk are books, lots of them: “Lincoln on Leadership,” by Donald Phillips; “The Inner Game of Tennis,” by W. Timothy Gallwey; “The Leadership Challenge,” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner; “The Six Secrets of Change,” [...]
The operatic stage and the battlefield. One stage represents the highest form of artistic expression, the other a theater where man’s basest and most primitive instincts are vented. Duncan MacLeod is that rare human being who has played on both.