A U.S. soldier killed by a improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has been identified as Spc. William Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, according to the Department of Defense.
Three other soldiers were also killed in the blast, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Baker, 29, of Hesperia, Spc. Mitchell Daehling, 24, of Mass., and one who is yet to be identified, Major Joe Buccino said.
Gilbert enlisted in August 2010 and was on his first combat tour. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, from Fort Bliss, Texas. He was deployed in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Read more in GILBERT.
Cancer survivors take the first lap at the Relay For Life at Steinmetz Park in Hacienda Heights.
The Hacienda Heights Relay For Life this weekend was a big success at Steinmetz Park.
Survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.
A Luminaria Ceremony Saturday night honored people we have lost to cancer.
The Fight Back Ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer.
The Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Schabarum Regional Park on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival celebrates the blossoming of the park’s cherry and ume trees. Dr. Ron and Jan Gu donated the original cherry trees.
The festival features live music, food and informational booths. Community groups will perform many multicultural performances. These will include Japanese and Korean drumming, as well as Taiwanese, Mexican and Dragon dancing.
The festival is sponsored by the park’s support foundation to support recreational programs. The event is free, but there is a $6 vehicle entrance fee.
The park is at 17250 E. Colima Road in Rowland Heights. For information, call 626-854-5560 or visit the website at www.schabarumparkfoundation.org..
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed action on a stormwater- cleanup fee after an overwhelming majority of speakers representing cities, school districts, businesses and property owners expressed opposition to the measure and the way it was presented.
The supervisors voted 3-2 to redraft the measure to include a sunset clause, a list of projects and the possibility of placing it on a general ballot before the entire electorate, instead of only sending property owners a mail-in ballot.
Taxpayers can continue commenting on the proposed measure for another 60 days. The next hearing before the supervisors is tentatively slated for March 12. So far, the county has received 96,349 written protests, about 4.3 percent. It needed 50 percent or more to stop the process.
Several Rowland and Hacienda Heights residents attended the meeting. Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story RUNOFF.
In Jay Chen’s 2011 Year-In-Review, he mentioned various milestones from 2011 for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. These included a failed recall attempt against him, a HLPUSD board member, and his free college application seminars.
But what he did not mention may be more important:
The changing of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. School will start three weeks earlier and end three weeks earlier. The change was controversial and may be trend-setting.
Here’s a section from our story which ran in December:
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board voted 4-1 Thursday night to start the next school year on Aug. 7, three weeks earlier than usual. It is the first local school district to adopt an early start calendar for the entire PreK-12 population.
School will let out May 21, 2013, instead of in late June. A similar calendar was adopted for the 2013-14 school year.
Some may call that decision of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest school district one that affects the most people — parents and children. It affect thousands of families in La Puente and Hacienda Heights, who will have to adjust summer vacations. It could also lead to other districts doing the same thing.
Quite a milestone.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies will host a National Night Out event in conjunction with the Puente Hills Concerts in the Park. It will begin at 6 p.m. at Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 Colima Road.
The special event will feature food, music. Deputies will display bicycle and motorcycle units, as well as the Walnut Sheriff’s Station Mobile Command Post.