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City council bans new smoke shops

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer The La Verne City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will prohibit new tobacco businesses from opening in the city until January 2016. The ordinance also restricts existing smoke shops, vapor lounges or hookah lounges from expanding, remodeling or relocating within the city. “This came about due to a lot of concerns we had from residents and businesses who express... 

Quinceañera Expo showcases party options

Erienne Rojas Staff Writer The Quinceañera Expo, held Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, was one of the biggest expos of its kind in California featuring more than 100 vendors all under one roof. A quinceañera is a Hispanic and Catholic coming of age celebration, when a girl symbolically becomes a woman at the age of 15. It consists of a church ceremony where the girl makes a commitment to her faith,... 

Group shares blooming passion for camellias

Don and Marilee Gray attend the 68th annual Camellia Show on Saturday at the La Verne Community Center as competitors. The Grays are very involved with the Pomona Valley Camellia Society. Unfortunately, the Grays did not win this year. / photo by Alexandra Arkley Erum Jaffrey Arts Editor Varieties of camellia flowers were proudly on display at Pomona Valley Camellia Society’s 68th annual camellia... 

Bouncy run entices thrill seekers

The Insane Inflatable 5K race Saturday at the Fairplex featured several inflatable obstacle courses. Participants started the course climbing inflatable stairs and then sliding down to begin the 3-mile race. Other inflatables included “wrecking balls.” Funds raised through runners’ donations benefit the Special Olympics Southern California. / photo by Sara Flores Melissa Gasia Assistant Editor Runners... 

Pet lovers address animal welfare

Laura Scully adjusts Tootsie’s hat in preparation for the wiener dog fashion show during the SoCal Pet Spectacular at the Fairplex Saturday. Tootsie, a 3-and-a-half-year-old miniature dachshund, represented the country of South Africa in the fashion show. The dog had a role in the movie “Wiener Dog Internationals” and has competed in wiener dog races since she was 6 months old./ photo by Celine... 

Bird admirers flock to celebration

Bob Everett, a volunteer from the Wild Wings of California, engages his audience by playing with a Red-Tailed Hawk at the 10th annual Family Bird Festival at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Everett teased the hawk to encourage it to display its wings and red tail feathers. The festival featured a variety of stations with volunteers offering information and special activities./ photo by Celene... 

Miniature trains capture history

Three-year-old Adam Archuleta from Azusa chases the model trains around the perimeter of the Garden Railway at the Fairplex Sunday. This is the 91st year of the Garden Railway. Volunteers organize events and maintain the model throughout the year. The Garden Railway’s most active time is during the Los Angeles County Fair, when the club has about 40 trains running./ photo by Celine Dehban Melissa... 

Orange groves continue harvesting tradition

Sylvia T. Sandoval was born and raised in Azusa and moved to La Verne in the early 1960s. Sandoval has been a volunteer at Heritage Park for seven years. Sandoval said she loves every part of the grounds, and that she feels serene when she is at the park, where she said, “Everyone becomes family.” / photo by Jerri White Emily Lau Metro Editor Visitors grabbed their picking poles and filled their... 

Library lives the ‘Wilder’ life

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer Families were laughing and smiling during the celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday at the 49th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable Saturday at the Pomona Public Library. The free celebration of the “Little House on the Prairie” author featured activities for all ages, from arts and crafts to a pioneer sing along and rope show with entertainer... 

Pizzeria thrives without advertising

Pizzeria thrives without advertising
Located near the corner of D Street and Bonita Avenue, Warehouse Pizza opened its doors in 1972. Owner Kenny Schonfeld avoids advertisement for his pizzeria but relies on word of mouth to bring in customers. After 42 years, Warehouse Pizza continues to serve a packed house every weekend. Schonfeld hopes the business’ customer base will continue to grow. / photo by Michael Saakyan Russell R. Silva ... 
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