Thank you, Crescenta Valley!

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce shipped out 186 Christmas stockings weighing over 600 lbs. to our troops in Afghanistan.

When we were asked if we could count on enough community participation, our answer was, “Yes!”

With only one month to complete this project, we received more than we hoped for, more than we had stockings for.

Along with all these donations, the troops will receive hand made cards from students at Wilson Middle School with comments such as, “Thank you for fighting and risking your lives for us,” “You have a lot of courage,” “Come home safely,” “Hopefully we will win,” “Do your best,” “GO USA” and several other encouraging notes along with hand made pillowcases and neck scarves.

La Crescenta Girl Scout Troop 391 raised money to contribute and deliver items.

Residents and students filled the stockings and packed them up for shipping. UPS and the La Crescenta post office went out of their way to help.

We wish we could list all those who helped, but the list is long. Many we knew, many we didn’t.

The items left over are going to organizations in need, such as the YWCA Women’s Domestic Violence, veterans in hospitals, the new Firehouse Teen Center and others.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club collects coupons from the newspapers, cuts them out and sends them to Afghanistan. You can help with this by bringing your coupons to the chamber office [3131 Foothill Blvd. ‘D’] and we will make sure they receive them.

We thank Nancy Riehl and the community of Long Beach and we thank our community; we never had a doubt that you would help.

Jean Maluccio, president

CV Chamber of Commerce

Bullying not left to the left

I agree with Jim Chase that the verbal political abuse that spews forth from radio and television is often offensive [My Thoughts, Exactly, Nov. 4]. Beyond a doubt it was even more vitriolic in the months prior to the midterm elections. However, Chase singled out only left wing “celeb bullies” like Bill Maher, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to make his case for flagrant language unfit for print. But, what about the elitist bully boys on the right who received no dishonorable mention? The tirades of Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage assault our sense of civility on a daily basis. And let’s not forget the simplistic political rhetoric woven into the maudlin sermons of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Could it be that Jim Chase’s selective process borders on “the sin of mission?”

Art Cobrey

Retired History teacher

Thankful for a fun Halloween

Dear Trick or Treaters and their families,

Thank you for a fun and safe Halloween. My wife and I passed out candy to over 130 kids this year.

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. We love to decorate our yard and pass out goody bags to the kids and see the big smiles on their faces. We are so pleased to see that entire families come by to enjoy all the hard work we put into decorating, and it’s great to see that families are out supervising their little ones. It was wonderful to see kids dressed as police officers, super heroes, Disney characters, and of course, spooky costumes. The costumes were much more age appropriate this year compared to some in the past, nice to see.

My wife and I are expecting our first child in February and we can’t wait to dress our baby in her first Halloween costume and keep the tradition alive.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you next Halloween and for many years to come.

Happy Holidays!

Jay, Jennifer and future Trick and Treater baby Makenna

La Crescenta

Dog gone good idea

First I must say how much I enjoy reading the Crescenta Valley Weekly.  Thank you.

I found the “cartoon” about the pacemaker for a dog interesting.  Recently my brother-in-law and friend died. My sister had asked me to make arrangements in advance, which I did. He worked with dogs all of his life. He and she wanted his pacemaker removed before his cremation to be given for dogs. I did not know that dogs could use human pacemakers. The mortuary delivered the pacemaker to my sister for her to donate.

I had never heard of this and I thought others may not have either. What a nice thing to do especially in view of the figure given in the cartoon of $6,000.  Perhaps others may want to make such a donation. Certainly it would be less traumatic for family than an organ donation (which I support wholeheartedly).  Another way to “recycle.”

I did read more about it at pets with pacemakers.org and thought it was just an idea.

Pearl Turpin