Quick and Smart Thinking by Two Ladera Ranch Boys Undoubtedly Saved Their Lives
Courtney Aoki (far right), 20, and the subsequent suicide of suspect, Ali Syed, also 20, theSheriff's Department issued an update in which it said a suicide note was found on Ali Syed's computer, indicating that the events of the tragedy were planned in advance. It's also been reported that the victim was pregnant at the time of her murder. More...>
Seeking Help to Raise Funds for Prosthetic Arm for Ladera's 6-Month-Old Blake McGraw
by Jim May
Our little 6-month-old Ladera neighbor Blake McGraw needs our help to reach a goal of $20,000 for his much-needed prosthetic arm (see page 10 of the November 2012 Ladera Times). Everyone can help by spreading the appeal to their friends, neighbors, and business contacts. We have a simple fund raising package that is perfect for social groups, clubs, or friends and neighbors. We'd like to distribute it through volunteers in order to network the announcement to all those who may be interested and wish to help. Let's do this as a community! Rob and Janet Campbell have made a significant pledge from their Blackstone Realty Group to contribute 50% of their commission from the next home listing or sale. We plan to have a drawing for an original oil painting of Town Green by me. Each $50 donation earns one complimentary entry in the drawing for the oil painting (i.e., $100 = 2 entries). We plan to have Blake, shown above with his family (l-r): sister Brooklyn, father Milo, sister Kendall, and mother Krystal, pull the winner with his new hand when he is able. Please contact me anytime day or night for any further specifics and/or delivery of the information. I can email, mail, or hand-deliver it. To contact me: Jim May, 26 Drackert Lane, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694, email: email@example.com, tel:949-388-0274 Cell:949-981-0776. In addition the Village Presbyterian Church has offered to become. Be sure to watch the video, entitled "Meet Blake" at www.halosforblake.com.
Ladera Thunder AYSO Girls Win Area Playoffs
The Ladera Ranch AYSO Girls-U14 team l won its Area Playoffs in which the team equalized the game 1-1 in the final minute of play and went on to win the ensuing penalty shootout 3-2 in what any of the spectators would testify was an extremely dramatic game of soccer. In the photo above are the Ladera Thunder, AYSO Fall 2012 team, back row, l-r: Petra Beal, Coach Dennis Baker, Leia O'Brian, Lauren Kesic, Kendall Anderson, Gillian Lado, Coach Mike Delaby, Kelly Baker, Lauryn Song, Coach Brent Song, and Julia Pacific.
Front row, l-r are Stephanie Magnelli, Shayah LaCour, Sarah Delaby-Gonzalez, Monica Aguirre, Nicole Garrido, Devyn Nguyen, and Julia Brecker.
18-Y-O Connor Traut Is Youngest Candidate
Elected to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council
by Jett McCormick
The Ladera Ranch Civic Council (LRCC) held its elections online from September 12 to the 19. There were four seats up for election and seven candidates. The four elected are Connor Traut, Jeff Hamilton, Jett McCormick, and Mike Mazza. Jett McCormick and Jeff Hamilton are incumbents. Last year, Connor Traut (right) was ruled ineligible to run as he was not 18, but committed to run again this year. His persistence paid off and he is now the youngest Board Member ever of the LRCC. Mike Mazza is a long time resident and community volunteer. Mike and Connor’s fresh perspective are a welcomed addition to the LRCC Board.
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