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On behalf of the staff of the Glendale News-Press, it has been our true pleasure to serve the community over the years, ...
04/18/2020

On behalf of the staff of the Glendale News-Press, it has been our true pleasure to serve the community over the years, through good times and bad. Stay well, everyone, and if you can find a way to support local journalism before it all disappears, please do. We have invited our much-loved cartoonist, Bert Ring, to have the last word today:

The Los Angeles Times plans to stop publishing three community newspapers: the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and L...
04/17/2020
A Note to Our Readers

The Los Angeles Times plans to stop publishing three community newspapers: the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun.

The Los Angeles Times will fold the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun

University of California President Janet Napolitano said in a statement, “The University’s flexibility at this crucial t...
04/16/2020
UC to ease admission requirements: No SAT, no letter grades due to coronavirus

University of California President Janet Napolitano said in a statement, “The University’s flexibility at this crucial time will ensure prospective students aiming for UC get a full and fair shot — no matter their current challenges.”

The coronavirus crisis prompts the University of California and California State University to temporarily suspend some admission requirements.

The 4-1 vote by City Council members on Tuesday brought the city in line with Riverside and San Bernadino counties, whic...
04/15/2020
Glendale residents now required to wear face masks whenever they leave home, exceeding L.A. County mandate

The 4-1 vote by City Council members on Tuesday brought the city in line with Riverside and San Bernadino counties, which already have the requirement in place. The Centers for Disease Control has recommended people cover their face in public areas where social distancing is hard to maintain.

Glendale residents are now required by law to wear protective face coverings whenever leaving home, exceeding Los Angeles County’s mandate to wear them in essential businesses. The intent is to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and potentially save lives, according to City Council members...

The delivery on Tuesday was the result of contributions from local Sunrise Rotary members, including their dues, said Al...
04/15/2020
Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club donates face shields to local hospital

The delivery on Tuesday was the result of contributions from local Sunrise Rotary members, including their dues, said Alex Parajon, the club’s president.

The delivery on Tuesday was the result of contributions from local Sunrise Rotary members, including their dues, said Alex Parajon, the club's president.

Agajanian, first elected to his council seat in 2017, is stepping up as mayor during a turbulent time, as officials and ...
04/14/2020
Vrej Agajanian selected as Glendale mayor amid coronavirus emergency

Agajanian, first elected to his council seat in 2017, is stepping up as mayor during a turbulent time, as officials and residents grapple with the health and economic impacts of the deadly novel coronavirus.

Vrej Agajanian is taking the reins as Glendale’s new mayor following a selection by his fellow council members on Monday. He is succeeding outgoing mayor Ara Najarian.

The local organizers of the annual Rose Parade are calling for entries into the Rosebud Parade, a new virtual procession...
04/14/2020
Rose Parade org seeking homemade float entries for virtual Rosebud Parade

The local organizers of the annual Rose Parade are calling for entries into the Rosebud Parade, a new virtual procession that will showcase miniature floats crafted by locals out of common household materials, objects and backyard items.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn. will curate a video parade of floats made from household materials and objects that will air on Facebook Live May 28.

On the Town: Glendale Arts, which manages the Alex Theatre, is struggling: “The cancellation of events has created a fin...
04/14/2020

On the Town: Glendale Arts, which manages the Alex Theatre, is struggling: “The cancellation of events has created a financial burden for Glendale Arts, with a projected loss of $450,000,” according to Nina Crowe, Glendale Arts’ managing director. https://lat.ms/2V5JDG1

“We’ve had issues at some of our parks,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said during a City Council meeting this past Tuesday,...
04/13/2020
Parks in Glendale to reopen after closure over Easter weekend

“We’ve had issues at some of our parks,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said during a City Council meeting this past Tuesday, singling out continued gatherings at Brand Park, where gates allowing cars to enter were closed by Wednesday.

Parks in Glendale were closed this past weekend because of the Easter holiday. City officials made the decision to close the parks during a time when people are advised to stay at home in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Seizing the reins during a global pandemic, when doors are shut and endowments stretched — as Corrie Siegel has done at ...
04/11/2020

Seizing the reins during a global pandemic, when doors are shut and endowments stretched — as Corrie Siegel has done at Glendale’s Museum of Neon Art, or MONA, this month — has required a complete rethinking of the function of a museum. https://lat.ms/2XrEEB9

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04/10/2020
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We hope you are getting along well with your roomies! Looks like we could be in for the long haul:

We've compiled a list of our local coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for our valued readers.
04/10/2020
The Glendale News-Press' coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

We've compiled a list of our local coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for our valued readers.

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It’s estimated the cars were reaching speeds exceeding 65 mph, according to Hauptmann. The posted speed limit on the str...
04/10/2020
Pair arrested after allegedly racing down Glendale street

It’s estimated the cars were reaching speeds exceeding 65 mph, according to Hauptmann. The posted speed limit on the street is 40 mph.

Police say the empty roads because of the coronavirus pandemic have tempted drivers into speeding.

Cashiers at Ralphs, Vons or other grocery stores “might be carriers and not even know it — and they’re standing 2 feet f...
04/10/2020
Grocery store workers, customers in Glendale now required to wear face masks

Cashiers at Ralphs, Vons or other grocery stores “might be carriers and not even know it — and they’re standing 2 feet from customers,” said Councilwoman Paula Devine, who proposed the requirement.

Those working in grocery-store checkout lines and stocking pharmacy shelves will have to start wearing protective face masks, following an emergency order made Tuesday by Glendale City Council members.

Now, as the coronavirus and COVID-19 force us out of our cars, what better time is there to sift through the boxes and f...
04/09/2020
Learning Matters: Past reflections during troubled times show similarities during new crisis

Now, as the coronavirus and COVID-19 force us out of our cars, what better time is there to sift through the boxes and files — those long-saved mementos of our time on this planet — before our children have to?

Joylene Wagner recently sorted through boxes and files in her house and stumbled upon two pieces she'd written that connect her memories to challenges faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a city with a population of 200,000, often said to be comprised of 60% renters, about 120,000 residents could be affe...
04/09/2020
After pleading for relief, Glendale tenants now have 12 months to pay back rent missed during pandemic

In a city with a population of 200,000, often said to be comprised of 60% renters, about 120,000 residents could be affected by the City Council’s order.

Glendale renters will now have 12 months, instead of six, to repay late or missed rent after the coronavirus emergency, as Glendale officials try to respond to residents’ fears about being able to keep a roof over their head during the crisis that has brought job loss and economic woes to many.

Police will be monitoring parks, hiking trails and other temporary off-limit areas via helicopter patrols, according to ...
04/09/2020
Glendale shutting down parks this Easter holiday weekend to prevent anticipated gatherings

Police will be monitoring parks, hiking trails and other temporary off-limit areas via helicopter patrols, according to Glendale Police Chief Carl Povilaitis.

With Easter and warm weather on the horizon, Glendale officials decided to close all parks in the city this Saturday and Sunday to deter gatherings that might lead to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Mayor Ara Najarian said local residents need to do a better job of following social-distancing rules, including wearing ...
04/07/2020
Glendale coronavirus cases hit 154, with mayor rating city 'C-minus' for social-distancing compliance

Mayor Ara Najarian said local residents need to do a better job of following social-distancing rules, including wearing face coverings in public and strictly limiting face-to-face interactions to only those living under the same roof.

Glendale now has 154 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, or about 76 cases per 100,000 people. While the rate of infection is average relative to other cities in L.A. County, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian said local residents still need to take social-distancing orders more seriously.

There is plenty more the YWCA staff is doing in response to the virus. Since the YWCA is classified as an essential busi...
04/07/2020
On the Town: YWCA postpones Legacy Luncheon, using digital outreach to contact supporters

There is plenty more the YWCA staff is doing in response to the virus. Since the YWCA is classified as an essential business under the Safe at Home order for the state and county, its domestic shelter remains open.

Due to the coronavirus, the Legacy Luncheon has been postponed until June 11. Even that date is “tentative,” according to Heather Masterton, the luncheon's event consultant and producer.

For patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated on the fourth floor of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital — where no visitors ...
04/06/2020
iPads connect isolated coronavirus patients to the 'outside world' at Glendale hospital

For patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated on the fourth floor of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital — where no visitors are admitted — video calls might serve as the sole connection with loved ones.

For patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, video calls might be the sole connection with loved ones.

Wanting to stay connected with her school community during the closure due to the coronavirus pandemic art teacher Robin...
04/05/2020
La Cañada Elementary art instructor drawing a crowd with online lessons

Wanting to stay connected with her school community during the closure due to the coronavirus pandemic art teacher Robin Torres set up a studio in her La Crescenta home and began video recording drawing lessons to post on her YouTube channel “Art with Mrs. Torres.” https://www.latimes.com/socal/la-canada-valley-sun/news/story/2020-04-03/la-canada-elementary-art-instructor-draws-a-crowd-with-online-lessons

One La Cañada Elementary art specialist inspires kids sheltered in place during the coronavirus pandemic through her YouTube channel, "Art with Mrs. Torres."

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to a hospital, where he underwent emerge...
04/04/2020
Pair of suspects arrested in fatal Glendale shooting

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and is currently in recovery.

Glendale police have not released any additional information on the individuals.

Scrounging for the much-needed protective gear has reached such urgency that health officials have started asking for th...
04/04/2020
Hospitals seek protective equipment donations to combat the coronavirus

Scrounging for the much-needed protective gear has reached such urgency that health officials have started asking for the community’s help in sourcing for face masks and gowns.

Glendale hospitals are among the healthcare providers nationwide asking for help in obtaining essential protective equipment to treat patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gasping for air with an unrelenting cough and fever were the telltale signs that one Glendale Community College student ...
04/04/2020
First known GCC student infected with the coronavirus isolating in quarantine at home

Gasping for air with an unrelenting cough and fever were the telltale signs that one Glendale Community College student was ready to go to the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital emergency room.

A Glendale Community College student self-reported she tested positive for the coronavirus last week. Now, she is under quarantine at home and finishing her last set of online classes before she transfers to a four-year university.

To date, 30 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital since t...
04/03/2020
USC hospital in Glendale reports coronavirus test results; other area hospitals are not following suit

To date, 30 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital since the pandemic arrived locally. Of the 161 people tested, 125 tested negative and six are awaiting their results.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale has started releasing the number of patients who have tested positive and negative for the novel coronavirus at the facility. To date, 30 have tested positive. Releasing that information is up to individual hospitals, and other local hospitals have not…

“The nursery was established by a Minnesota couple, Jack and Sara Craig, who discovered the valley while on a vacation. ...
04/03/2020
Verdugo Views: Carney's Nursery was familiar site, booming business at Honolulu and Cloud avenues

“The nursery was established by a Minnesota couple, Jack and Sara Craig, who discovered the valley while on a vacation. In 1932, they acquired nearly an acre of land, complete with a house and a small nursery, from Will L. Brown.” — Column by Katherine Yamada

The Carneys expanded the nursery, offering landscaping services and sprinkler systems and "everything in the nursery line," Ferrato said.

Editorial cartoon by Bert Ring.
04/03/2020

Editorial cartoon by Bert Ring.

“Never before has the use of technology been so vital than during this shutdown of America. Parents who used to shudder ...
04/03/2020
The Whiteboard Jungle: Teachers face new challenges as the coronavirus moves them into virtual classrooms

“Never before has the use of technology been so vital than during this shutdown of America. Parents who used to shudder at the number of hours their children spent on their devices now view those electronic menaces as lifelines, especially as they scramble how to do their jobs at home.” — Column by Brian Crosby

Columnist Brian Crosby writes about the challenges teachers face as they adjust to remote classrooms.

“Based on the recent statements issued by Governor [Gavin] Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Th...
04/03/2020
CIF Southern Section office cancels athletics for rest of spring season

“Based on the recent statements issued by Governor [Gavin] Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, regarding schools turning to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not see an avenue for the spring sports season to continue,” the statement read. “As such, in consultation today with the 10 Section commissioners, the decision has been made to cancel spring Section, Regional, and State Championship events.

Area players, coaches, administrators react after all high school sporting events shelved amid global pandemic coronavirus concerns.

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