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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

The Early Edition: Burbank Leader

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Burroughs High senior Emily Tubert is the 2009 All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year.

Season of giving
It takes only a few minutes being around Emily Tubert to realize that she is a special individual and a well-rounded young lady.

FBI report: Violent crimes up
DOWNTOWN — The violent crime rate in Burbank edged up in the first half of 2009, according to preliminary FBI figures released today.

District team a man down
CITY HALL — Burbank Unified will make do with one fewer senior official for the remainder of the school year as school board members plan to assess staffing after midyear state budget reductions are announced.

City to help bus homeless
BURBANK — One year after playing host to the regional homeless winter shelter in what was a problematic stint, Burbank pledged $20,000 to help cover the cost of busing its homeless population to the Glendale shelter every day.

Providence out of sync
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Following a dismal first quarter where it was held scoreless by Flintridge Prep, the Providence High girls’ basketball team appeared to be digging itself out of its hole in the second quarter.

Won the CIF title at the Individual Final and Women’s Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament.

A Word, Please: You’d better lie down for this one
Every holiday, news outlets struggle with the same issue. In journalists’ minds, the single most important bit of news to report is “Today is a holiday!” But their readers already know it’s a holiday. And the newsmen and newswomen know that their readers already know it.

Written by Times Community News

December 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

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The Early Edition: The Glendale News-Press

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A voluntary drug testing program will be introduced at Crescenta Valley High School next semester to address drug-related behavior among students.

Another way to say no
GLENDALE — A voluntary drug testing program will be introduced at Crescenta Valley High School next semester to address drug-related behavior among students.

Search still on for GCC supt.
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Searching for a new superintendent of Glendale Community College is expected to heat up in the first few months of 2010, according to a report to the board of trustees Monday.

City to help bus homeless
BURBANK — One year after playing host to the regional homeless winter shelter in what was a problematic stint, Burbank pledged $20,000 to help cover the cost of busing its homeless population to the Glendale shelter every day.

Regional tip line nets arrests
GLENDALE — Reporting crimes anonymously can be as easy as sending an e-mail, text message or dialing a call center.

Tologs have troubles
BURBANK — A rough first quarter on Tuesday night took something out of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy basketball team that the Tologs seemingly were never able to get back.

Gaels iced in fourth period
BURBANK — Although Ramona Convent held a double-digit lead for much of the third quarter of Tuesday’s consolation bracket semifinal game of the 13th annual Providence Pioneer Shootout, the Holy Family basketball team was still a couple of runs away from getting back in the game heading into the fourth quarter.

Tropico Perspective: Names don’t need to be named
I am a fan of open government. It’s ours, after all, and we should have access to pretty much any information we think we need to make sure it serves the public good. In fact, I would like to have a terminal in every public building that lets just about anybody dig around to their heart’s content for whatever dirt they can find.

Written by Times Community News

December 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

Posted in glendale, News Roundups

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Ray St. Julian, left, Terry Engle, center, and Bill Hoffmann hold candles Monday at the Glendale Armory during a candlelight vigil in honor of the homeless people who've died this year.

‘We become a family’
Steven Elliott credits the friends he meets for making life on the streets and in homeless shelters bearable.

Count shows bike trends
CITY HALL — More than half of those riding bicycles during the week in Glendale don’t use a helmet, and about a third ride on the sidewalk, according to a recent citywide survey of cyclists and pedestrians.

Violent-crime rates down
GLENDALE — The violent-crime rate in Glendale dropped in the first half of 2009, according to preliminary FBI figures released Tuesday.

Deadline set for earning CLAD
GLENDALE — Teachers will lose their jobs if they do not obtain a language and cultural diversity credential by June 2012, according to a new policy unanimously approved by the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education.

Defense paves way for Gaels
BURBANK — Winning the 13th annual Pioneer Shootout isn’t a possibility for the Holy Family basketball team. Attempting to capture the tournament’s consolation championship remains an option.

Knights leave their mark
GLENDALE — In a season in which the St. Francis High football program bounced back into the upper echelon of the Mission League and the CIF Southern Section Western Division, a stream of postseason accolades were no doubt to follow.

Written by Times Community News

December 22, 2009 at 9:16 am

Posted in glendale, News Roundups

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Local children pick out two toys each at the New Horizons Family Center in Glendale on Saturday. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Toy story ends happily
In a holiday season marked by sharp reductions in toy donations as the number of families seeking assistance rose, the largest toy giveaway in the Glendale-Burbank area didn’t disappoint.

Area urged to be ready for storms
MONTROSE — Members of the Korean community, who like all foothill residents face some likely large and damaging debris flows over the next five years, heard from authorities and geographic experts Saturday.

Galleria posts temporary ads
DOWNTOWN — Holiday shoppers at the Glendale Galleria this weekend were greeted outside by a large set of temporary billboards intended to boost sales by drawing attention to specific retailers.

A stamp of disapproval
GLENDALE — Sitting side by side at the Five-Star Saturday Glendale Stamp Show, the pair who call themselves the “muscle” and the “motivator” epitomize the future and past of the stamp-dealing business.

Martirosyan wins two belts
GLENDALE —Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan has scored impressive knockouts and dominated opponents with regularity over the last four-plus years, but what the Glendale-based welterweight did to Willie Lee on Saturday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio came with an extra reward — two of them, to be exact.

CV stays balanced in win
BURBANK — One night removed from its first loss of the season, the Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball team got back to winning in a big way on Saturday night, controlling Granada Hills from beginning to end in a 52-34 victory in the third-place game of the 28th annual Magnolia Park Optimist Club Tournament at Burroughs High.

Written by Times Community News

December 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

Posted in glendale, News Roundups

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Kindergarten parents Michael and Crystal Rieger, left, cross a symbolic wall and enter classroom where German Kindergarten and first grade students wait for parents at Franklin Elementary School in Glendale on Thursday. The students are learning about the history of the Berlin Wall. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Students tear down that wall
After hearing President Ronald Reagan’s notable phrase, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” Franklin Elementary School students tore through a replica of the Berlin Wall, a symbolic move that demonstrated freedom between East and West Germany.

Toy drive gets derailed
GLENDALE — Local firefighters say they’re struggling to fill orders for toy donations in the wake of Metrolink’s decision to cancel a main collection drive last week.

Teaming up against youth drug use
GLENDALE — A coalition of parents, educators, law enforcement officials and other community stakeholders have decided to meet monthly in an effort to combat illicit drug use among Crescenta Valley students.

Burbank names interim chief
DOWNTOWN — Scott LaChasse, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who went on to serve as vice president of security and emergency services at Paramount Pictures Corp., has been named interim police chief for Burbank.

Falcons heat up the holidays
GLENDALE — While the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team wouldn’t have exactly experienced a white Christmas by spending the entirety of December in the mild climate of Southern California, the Falcons are pretty much guaranteed to have a warm winter break now that they have jetted off to Hawaii for a run in the five-day 2009 Maui Winter Classic.

Titles within Martirosyan’s reach
GLENDALE — In the buildup to his title fight against Willie Lee on Saturday, undefeated Glendale welterweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan been a visible presence around Youngstown, Ohio, appearing at promotional and press events and even conducting a media workout on Tuesday at the gym of Youngstown favorite son and middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.

Education Matters: With apologies, rhymes of the ailing teacher
You might gather from what follows here that I’ve had a little too much time on my hands lately, and that would be correct.

Written by Times Community News

December 18, 2009 at 9:11 am

Posted in glendale, News Roundups

The Early Edition: La Cañada Valley Sun

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From left, Maggie, Eleanor and Reg Green work on portrait of their son/brother Nicholas Green which will be installed in the 2010 Donate Life Rose Parade Float "New Life Rises" at Phoenix Floats in Pasadena on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The Greens live in La Canada. Nicholas was killed by robbers when the family was traveling in Italy 15 years ago this year. (Raul Roa/Valley Sun)

A labor of love
Maggie Green meticulously glued ground flower petals over a photographic outline of her late son’s eyes.

La Cañada home prices dip
Average home prices in La Cañada Flintridge dipped in November for the third consecutive month, according to a real estate report released this week.

La Cañada starts Classic with victory
La Cañada boys’ basketball followed up a third place finish at the Arroyo Tournament last week with a strong victory over Lincoln, 69-40, in the first game of the La Cañada Classic on Tuesday.

Knights spring leak
Despite the fact it was a consolation-bracket semifinal, Saturday night’s Ralph Brandt Tournament contest between St. Francis High and El Camino Real — a matchup of reigning CIF Southern California Regional champions — was a marquee matchup on paper.

Piece of Mind: Mucking around in a heavy issue
It will come as no surprise to those familiar with my regular pleas not to serve alcohol to teens that I’m upset by Saturday night’s death of South Pas student leader Aydin Salek and disgusted by the adults whose Altadena home was the site of the bash where Salek reportedly imbibed.

Written by Times Community News

December 17, 2009 at 9:14 am