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Re-foresting on a grassroots level

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A portion of the proceeds generated by the Station fire charm bracelet will go toward re-planting efforts. (Photo/Raul Roa)

A contigent of La Cañada Flintridge residents are spearheading a grassroots effort to generate money and volunteers to assist in the re-forestation of Angeles National Forest.

The Foothill Communities Re-forestation Committee is trying to mobilize residents from all the Station fire-impacted communities to participate in an already existing volunteer program run by the U.S. Forest Service. The program trains individuals to plant seedlings and prune unwanted weeds.

In addition, La Cañada merchant Sue Stranger designed a Station fire bracelet, which is currently for sale in her store, Adobe Designs. The charm bracelets are $48, and $10 of the proceeds will go toward purchasing Big Cone Douglas Fir seedlings that will be used in the replanting.

“It doesn’t matter who started the fire, it matters who is going to get it done,” committee member Sheri Morton said. “Many hands make light work. We are always complaining about the government wanting out money, well now we are going to give them our hands.”


Written by Megan O'Neil

December 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

The Early Xmas Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Helping families in need

For many, Christmas is a time of celebration and gift giving, but for families struggling to make ends meet, the time of Santa and presents under the tree can be daunting.

Fees not raising much

When the City Council in 2007 imposed development impact fees on new projects in Glendale, they were heralded as a way to bring in tens of millions of dollars to combat the city’s lack of park space and aging library facilities, but a protracted recession has kept that revenue to a trickle, officials said.

Checkpoints to eye DUIs

Drivers who take to the road after sipping a couple of alcoholic drinks at a holiday party stand a greater chance of landing in jail this weekend.

Water district targets independence

Foothill Municipal Water District officials have settled on a $63-million plan — to be presented to the public next month — for projects that a voter-approved bond would help fund.

Rewriting the record book and Hoover history

Unprecedented may be the best word to describe the 2009 season turned in by the Hoover High boys’ water polo team and its best player, Hakop Kaplanyan.


A list of student-athletes taking home big honors.

Education Matters: Christmas tidings from the hospital

I find it easier to focus on meaningful things at this time of year. Easier also to center my attention away from the vast and the noisy and the troublesome and more on the quiet, the unobtrusive, the inconspicuous, the vital.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

Mapping the past

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(Photo via Flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL)


A new mapping and database site tracks historical maps through Google Earth. Old maps are scanned in then laid over with current street names and landmarks. 

Basically, you get to see what’s changed and what’s stayed. 

The San Fernando map dates back to 1880 when a state engineer surveyed water routes. The topographer drew in city land divisions, mountains, rivers, railroads and roads.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

CV High 44th best high school in California

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Crescenta Valley High School (photo via Glendale Unified School District)


Nice work, Crescenta Valley.  

U.S. News and World Report placed Crescenta Valley High in the top 3% of schools in the country. The rankings rely on Advanced Placement scores and demographic information.  

Its ranking as 44th best in California puts it within the top 6% of schools in the state, which includes public, private, charter and competitive admission campuses.  

Even though California is close to being a failed state — especially when it comes to education funding — the state finished third (behind Massachusetts and Connecticut) in terms of the percent of schools that ranked highest in the magazine’s College Readiness Index.  

California and Massachusetts are considered to lead the nation in academic standards.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Rain drenches foothill communities

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(Raul Roa/News-Press)

(Raul Roa/News-Press)

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch today due to a third and powerful storm, which is expected to dump up to three inches in the foothills tonight.

The watch, which starts at 3 p.m., indicates that a downpour will go on tonight until Sunday morning.

County officials are bracing themselves for the third storm and have been making their rounds of the foothills.

While county officials have not ordered foothill residents to evacuate, they did issue an advisory today, said Bob Spencer, Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman.

The advisory alerted residents to be prepared to evacuate if county officials determine that tonight’s storm is posing a serious risk to them, he said.

“It is purely an advisory,” Spencer said.

Heavy rains are expected to start at 4 p.m. and last until 4 a.m. Sunday, he said.

Foothill debris basins showed little signs of weakening Saturday afternoon.

“The system is working,” Spencer said. “So far so good.”

Rain didn’t stop a group of La Crescenta community members who gathered at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta for three hours on Saturday to fill up sandbags for homeowners.

They filled up about 200 sandbags, which remained at the park for residents who needed them, said Kim Mattersteig, who was recently elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council.

Rain has been falling steadily on the foothills today. But tonight’s rain storm will present the biggest challenge for residents.

“It’s raining a lot,” Mattersteig said. “It’s been raining consistently and heavily for hours and hours.”

Written by Veronica Rocha

December 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Hanukkah begins at sundown

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DOWNTOWN — Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights celebrated by Israelis and Jews around the world, begins at sundown.

Families across the region will gather to light one candle of the menorah and recite blessings to God to commemorate an improbable victory over invaders who debased the temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah this year begins and ends on the Jewish Sabbath, requiring minor liturgical changes. Still, the holiday traditions of candles, gifts and jelly doughnuts will remain constants.

The following celebrations are planned across Burbank, Glendale and the Foothills:

Chabad Burbank Jewish Center: Hanukkah celebrations at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Center and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Burbank Town Center. For more information, visit

Burbank Temple Emanu El: Hanukkah Shabbat evening service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Hanukkah Shabbat morning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and a Havdalah and potluck at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Visit for more information.

Temple Beth Emet: Shabbat services begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday followed by the annual Hanukkah celebration at noon Saturday. E-mail the office at or call (818) 843-4787 for more information.

Temple Sinai of Glendale: Shabbat Service followed by Oneg Shabbat at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Tot Shabbat, a special service for pre-schoolers and their parents or grandparents, at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Chanukah Dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Social Hall. Visit for more information.

Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities: Hanukkah festival at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Glendale Galleria outside Crown Books. The event includes the lighting of a 9-foot menorah. Visit for more information.

The Americana at Brand: The public is invited from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the tradition of Hanukkah. The afternoon will feature a musical performance by children’s group Parachute Express; an appearance by storyteller Rebecca Martin and arts and crafts sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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Assaults up in Crescenta Valley in November

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Aggravated assaults were up in the foothills during the month of November, with five reported in La Cañada and La Crescenta, more than the total number of victims in all of 2009, according to a Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station crime analyst.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had that many aggravated assaults,” said analyst Barbara Hazard, “but the stats count numbers of victims.”

Hazard said there were three incidents involving five victims in November, the most of any month in 2009. There were single counts of aggravated assault reported in February, March, August and September.

Hazard also noted the aggravated assault charges are, for the most part, not related to domestic abuse.

For more of this story, read here.

Written by Seth Amitin

December 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm