La Cañada History: Memorial plaque unveiled in Glenola Park for big-rig crash victims

Yanette Posca, seated watches as family members sprinkle blessed water on a plaque for her husband Angel Posca and her youngest daughter Angelina, during a memorial service April 1, 2010.
Yanette Posca, seated, watches as family members sprinkle blessed water on a plaque for her late husband Angel Posca and her youngest daughter Angelina, during a service in Glenola Park on April 1, 2010, one year after a big-rig struck their car on Angeles Crest Highway, killing them and injuring 10 others.
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Ten Years Ago

On the one-year anniversary of the April 1, 2009, deaths of Angel Jorge Posca and his 12-year-old daughter, Angelina, victims of a horrific big-rig crash on Angeles Crest Highway at Foothill Boulevard, a memorial service was held in Glenola Park. Led by Amy Pringle, rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, La Cañada city officials dedicated a memorial plaque and portion of the park’s rose garden in honor of the Poscas and 10 surviving crash victims.

Twenty Years Ago

Pasadena Humane Society animal control officers made four trips to La Cañada yards to retrieve and relocate rattlesnakes during the first week of April 2000, signaling the annual return to rattlesnake season. “They’re coming out real early this year,” noted a PHS spokesperson.

Thirty Years Ago

Nearly 25 years after serving the Foothills as a county Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy on the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, Michael I. Quinn was promoted from lieutenant to captain and became commander of both the Crescenta Valley and Altadena sheriff’s stations.

Forty Years Ago

Incumbents George Parrish and Michael Mount were returned to their seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council in the April 1980 election that drew 27.2% voter participation. Parrish was the city’s first mayor when it incorporated in December 1976.

Fifty Years Ago

The La Cañada school board was scheduled to hear a recommendation from the principal of Foothill Intermediate School, Tom Henn, who proposed the start of the school day be changed to 8:30 a.m. from 7:45 a.m. and that the final school bell ring at 2:45 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m.

Sixty Years Ago

The gym at La Cañada Junior High School (which later became Foothill Intermediate School) hosted 1,300 La Cañada residents for a town hall meeting in April 1960 to hear a presentation on the possible unification of the local public schools under one district. Pasadena, which then had jurisdiction over La Cañada’s high school and junior high programs, made a pitch to keep the status quo while Glendale Unified officials also presented a case for La Cañada students to attend campuses in that city.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives.

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