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The Falcons (26-5-1) enter their first final since 1986, while the West Ranch Wildcats (18-7) are in the program’s sec...
05/17/2019
Crescenta Valley softball faces tough task in CIF Division III title game

The Falcons (26-5-1) enter their first final since 1986, while the West Ranch Wildcats (18-7) are in the program’s second title game and first since 2015.

Falcons defense will square off against a high-octane offense in West Ranch in their first section final since 1986 in Irvine on Saturday.

Students in comic Richy Leis’ second stand-up comedy class in Glendale graduated on April 27 at the Ice House Comedy C...
05/16/2019
On the Town: Comedy graduation brings laughs, money for a worthy cause

Students in comic Richy Leis’ second stand-up comedy class in Glendale graduated on April 27 at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.

While many other graduates in caps and gowns make the slow march to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” all that the graduating comedy students needed was a stage, hot microphone and audience.

A portion of the proceeds from Richy Leis' “Class Clowns” Ice House shows goes to Glendale Arts, which manages the Alex Theatre.

“In order to give these new recruits time to build their strength and skill level, Hoover will field a Freshman/Sophom...
05/16/2019
Hoover High football will not field a varsity team for 2019 season

“In order to give these new recruits time to build their strength and skill level, Hoover will field a Freshman/Sophomore team this fall. Hoover plans to grow into Junior Varsity in fall 2020 and have a competitive Varsity program by fall 2021.”

Hoover High football to shut down program for at least one season, forcing Pacific League opponents to revamp their 2019 schedules.

“He could defend himself against the charges of public corruption and risk decades in prison, or he could plead guilty...
05/16/2019
Trump pardons Pat Nolan, former GOP lawmaker taken down in FBI’s ‘Shrimpscam’ probe

“He could defend himself against the charges of public corruption and risk decades in prison, or he could plead guilty and accept a 33-month sentence,” the statement read. “Determined to help his wife raise their three young children, Mr. Nolan chose to accept the plea.”

President Trump has pardoned a former Republican legislative leader who spent years in prison after being convicted in the “Shrimpscam” FBI sting in the 1990s.

The annual event gave residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with first responders and featured a live vehicle e...
05/16/2019
Glendale’s Fire Service Day draws in huge crowds

The annual event gave residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with first responders and featured a live vehicle extraction demonstration.

This past weekend saw the Glendale Fire Department host more than 2,000 at its headquarters on Oak Street for Fire Service Day.

“It’s a fresh look at the organization,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said after the April 30 meeting, where council ...
05/15/2019
Glendale City Council votes to reduce number of monthly meetings

“It’s a fresh look at the organization,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said after the April 30 meeting, where council members voted 4-1 to adopt the new schedule that was bundled with a roster of routine items on the agenda’s consent calendar.

Glendale City Council meetings will be held three times a month instead of the customary 4 beginning in July, following a recent vote to change the schedule.

Forty-five pieces of artwork — including sculptures, paintings, drawings, poetry, statements and mixed media — repre...
05/15/2019
Several Glendale schools, students participate in Pride art showcase

Forty-five pieces of artwork — including sculptures, paintings, drawings, poetry, statements and mixed media — represented student voices from several of the district’s elementary, middle and high schools.

Crescenta Valley High School hosted an a Pride art exhibit in which 45 students from throughout the district presented their works in various types of media.

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital kicked off the week by bringing in puppies to provide some comfort to the nurs...
05/14/2019
Glendale Memorial brings in puppies to celebrate National Nurses Week

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital kicked off the week by bringing in puppies to provide some comfort to the nurses who provide comfort and support to patients as part of their jobs.

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital kicked off National Nurses Wek by bringing in puppies to provide comfort to the facility's nurses.

The body was found by a hiker sometime before 6:25 a.m. this morning about a mile and a half up the Seven Trees Trail in...
05/14/2019
Body found on hiking trail in Glendale

The body was found by a hiker sometime before 6:25 a.m. this morning about a mile and a half up the Seven Trees Trail in Brand Park.

Glendale police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on a hiking trail in Brand Park early Tuesday morning.

I figured that, yes, commas are needed. After all, there’s a rule that says quotations are set off from the rest of a ...
05/14/2019
A Word, Please: Set off direct quotations with commas, but hold back on the rest

I figured that, yes, commas are needed. After all, there’s a rule that says quotations are set off from the rest of a sentence with commas.

But that rule doesn’t apply in every situation.

The conversation that sprang from her question consisted exclusively of copy editors talking about commas. No one who spoke up had an issue with the semicolon. Instead, the talk came down to the question of whether there should be a comma after the word “saying” and another after the word “toi...

We've updated this story with the letter we received through a public records request from school officials to Axelgard ...
05/14/2019
Teacher admits to secretly photographing female students for years, letter states

We've updated this story with the letter we received through a public records request from school officials to Axelgard in March.

In it, they say they found he took photos of female students from August 2016 to Nov. 2018.

Glendale Unified officials say Christian Axelgard admitted to secretly shooting inappropriate photos of female students at Clark Magnet High School.

Resistance to the project, called the Victory Hotel and spearheaded by developer Jayesh Kumar, was led by resident Phill...
05/14/2019
Appeal of proposed hotel in Glendale’s Rancho neighborhood denied

Resistance to the project, called the Victory Hotel and spearheaded by developer Jayesh Kumar, was led by resident Phillip Marks, who launched an opposition website and filed an appeal of the board’s decision that was heard — and rejected — during a City Council meeting last week.

City Council recently rejected an appeal of a proposed three-story, 64-room hotel in Glendale’s Rancho Riverside neighborhood ,

The latest cartoon from Bert Ring:
05/13/2019

The latest cartoon from Bert Ring:

“I’m ecstatic and extremely thankful to Gov. Newsom and policy director Anthony Williams for recognizing the overwhe...
05/13/2019
Newsom adds $5M to budget for Armenian American Museum

“I’m ecstatic and extremely thankful to Gov. Newsom and policy director Anthony Williams for recognizing the overwhelming merit and momentum behind this amazing museum,” state Sen. Anthony Portantino said in a statement.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has included an additional $5 million for the Armenian American Museum to be constructed in Glendale.

Given an opportunity to shine, Hoover High School senior Davit Antonyan wanted to prove an education at his beloved scho...
05/12/2019
Hoover, Crescenta Valley High students, home-schooler named National Merit Scholars

Given an opportunity to shine, Hoover High School senior Davit Antonyan wanted to prove an education at his beloved school was no different than anywhere else in the district.

The Armenia native may have gone a step beyond as he was one of three local students, joining Crescenta Valley High’s Justin S. Nakama and Glendale resident Nicolas Suter, who is home-schooled, to be named National Merit Scholars.

Hoover High's Davit Antonyan joins Crescenta Valley High's Justin S. Nakama and Glendale home-schooler Nicolas Suter in being named National Merit Scholars.

At the workshop at GCC, residents can provide input about safety improvements, design features and amenities that they w...
05/11/2019
Public workshop about new terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport to be held in Glendale

At the workshop at GCC, residents can provide input about safety improvements, design features and amenities that they would like to see in a new 14-gate replacement terminal that will be built at the airport.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport will hold a public workshop about a new terminal from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 29 in the student center at Glendale Community College.

Cynthia Foley, the district’s assistant superintendent in charge of human resources, said in the four-page letter that...
05/11/2019
Teacher admits to secretly photographing female students for years, letter states

Cynthia Foley, the district’s assistant superintendent in charge of human resources, said in the four-page letter that Christian Axelgard admitted to taking voyeuristic photos and videos of his physical-education students beginning in August 2016.

Glendale Unified officials say Christian Axelgard admitted to secretly shooting inappropriate photos of female students at Clark Magnet High School.

The same year that Glendale women working full time made 105% of what men made, women working full time across Californi...
05/10/2019
Where’d the gap go? Women in Glendale make more money than men, census data show

The same year that Glendale women working full time made 105% of what men made, women working full time across California made 84% of what men working full time made, according to the same report.

Working Glendale women in 2014 earned $1.05 for every $1 their male counterparts made. In other words — bucking county, state and national data, which shows, over and over again, that men make more money than their female cohorts — women in Glendale appeared to make more than men that year.

"Will a private company get to sell off Californians’ commonwealth of water and destroy the state’s desert environme...
05/10/2019
Letter to the Editor: Writer urges support of legislation providing greater scrutiny to Mohave groundwater project

"Will a private company get to sell off Californians’ commonwealth of water and destroy the state’s desert environment and tourist economy? This urgent question faces state lawmakers because Cadiz Inc. seeks to pump water from beneath the Morongo Basin and pipe it out to sell for its own profit." writes a reader.

Sierra Club VP lends support to California Senate Bill 307 that would require environmental scrutiny of Cadiz Inc.'s plan to pump Mojave Desert groundwater to sell to water agencies.

Set to go into effect in early June, the inclusionary zoning ordinance, or IZO, has gone through several iterations sinc...
05/10/2019
Many Glendale apartment developers now required to offer affordable units

Set to go into effect in early June, the inclusionary zoning ordinance, or IZO, has gone through several iterations since City Council members directed staff to draft it in November and voted unanimously during Tuesday’s council meeting to approve it.

Glendale City Council adopted an ordinance requiring new apartment projects greater than 7 units to earmark 15% apartments for low-income tenants or pay a fee.

The teams battled late and were tied five times in the fifth, but Windward came out victorious, handing Flintridge Prep ...
05/09/2019
Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball goes distance in semifinal playoff loss to Windward

The teams battled late and were tied five times in the fifth, but Windward came out victorious, handing Flintridge Prep a 24-26, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 18-16 loss at Windward.

Rebels win first two sets, but Wildcats force deciding game as Flintridge Prep falls, 24-26, 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 18-16, in CIF Southern Section Division IV match.

Some graduating seniors from La Cañada High, Flintridge Preparatory School and Crescenta Valley High — as well as one...
05/09/2019
7 area students named $2,500 National Merit Scholars

Some graduating seniors from La Cañada High, Flintridge Preparatory School and Crescenta Valley High — as well as one local home-schooled teen — are among the 2,500 students across the nation chosen for the award given by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Some graduating seniors from La Cañada High, Flintridge Preparatory School and Crescenta Valley High — as well as one local home-schooled teen — are among the 2,500 students across the nation chosen for the award given by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, both Burbank and Glendale will hold open houses at their respective fire headquarte...
05/09/2019
Residents will get to meet first responders during Fire Service Day on Saturday

Held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, both Burbank and Glendale will hold open houses at their respective fire headquarters — in Burbank, at 200 N. Third St. and, in Glendale, at 421 Oak St. The events are free and open to the public.

The Burbank and Glendale fire departments will open their doors to the public on Saturday for Fire Service Day allowing residents for both cities the chance to mingle with firefighters and learn about public safety.

“Say No to Graffiti” was the theme of the 26th annual “I Love My Neighborhood” poster contest. Several hundred p...
05/08/2019
On the Town: Event honors art contest winners drawing on what makes their neighborhoods special

“Say No to Graffiti” was the theme of the 26th annual “I Love My Neighborhood” poster contest. Several hundred proud parents, grandparents, teachers and students filled the seats in the Glendale Civic Auditorium recently for the event.

“Say No to Graffiti” was the theme of the 26th annual “I Love My Neighborhood” poster contest. Several hundred proud parents, grandparents, teachers and students filled the seats in the Glendale Civic Auditorium recently for the event.

From October 2015 to June 2018, authorities said Sean Edin Talaee would use his position as the controller of Printograp...
05/07/2019
Glendale man admits to embezzling $2.8-million and filing fake tax returns

From October 2015 to June 2018, authorities said Sean Edin Talaee would use his position as the controller of Printograph Inc., a commercial printing company, to steal money from the firm by falsifying checks to the Internal Revenue Service.

Sean Edin Talaee, a 62-year-old living in Glendale, pleaded guilty this week to embezzling $2.8-million from a Burbank business where he worked and for filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

News-Press staff writer Andrew Campa placed fifth in education reporting for a story about Glendale students analyzing s...
05/07/2019
Community newspapers nab honors at California Journalism Awards

News-Press staff writer Andrew Campa placed fifth in education reporting for a story about Glendale students analyzing soil samples from the ocean floor.

Reporter Andy Nguyen took fifth for coverage of local government with a piece about efforts to count the city’s homeless population.

Times Community News reporters took home seven awards from the California Journalism Awards Saturday.

Fiscal responsibility for students and parents during and after high school was the focus of a new financial literacy pr...
05/07/2019
Community offered financial literacy education in Glendale Unified’s first-ever fiscal event

Fiscal responsibility for students and parents during and after high school was the focus of a new financial literacy program offered by Glendale Unified at the Adult Recreation Center in Glendale late last month, with goals that range from saving for college to making future investments.

Glendale Unified district staff held the first-ever financial literacy fair at the Adult Recreation Center and brought together several businesses and entities with the goal of providing a little education for the community.

05/07/2019
On Campus at GCC: Good grief! Final weekend for ‘Charlie Brown’ musical

There are four performances remaining of the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, on the main stage in Glendale Community College’s auditorium.

There are four performances remaining of the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, on the main stage in Glendale Community College’s auditorium.

Thirty-five sports figures were included in the Hall of Fame, dating back to Normal C. Hayhurst and Richard Ryan, coach ...
05/06/2019
Verdugo Views: Launch of Glendale High’s Hall of Fame was prestigious occasion in 1969

Thirty-five sports figures were included in the Hall of Fame, dating back to Normal C. Hayhurst and Richard Ryan, coach and captain, respectively, of the 1924 Southern CIF championship football team. Twenty-four of the thirty-five honorees were there that night.

On a February night in 1969, some 1,600 people packed Glendale High’s gymnasium to inaugurate the school’s Hall of Fame and formally dedicate the new gym, part of a campus rebuild following an arson fire.

Do you ever read or see something about the past, then find yourself going down the rabbit hole researching more about i...
05/05/2019
The Whiteboard Jungle: Classic film with local ties still stokes death-row debate today

Do you ever read or see something about the past, then find yourself going down the rabbit hole researching more about it?

That happened to me recently when I watched the 1958 film “I Want to Live!,” starring Susan Hayward, who won an Oscar for portraying Barbara Graham, the third of only four women ever executed in California.

Do you ever read or see something about the past, then find yourself going down the rabbit hole researching more about it? That happened to me recently when I watched the 1958 film “I Want to Live!” starring Susan Hayward.

Those who attended the 18th annual Taste Walk Glendale on Wednesday not only got to enjoy samples from local restaurants...
05/04/2019
Taste Walk Glendale raises funds for Glendale Arts, youth programs

Those who attended the 18th annual Taste Walk Glendale on Wednesday not only got to enjoy samples from local restaurants and live entertainment along Brand Boulevard, they also helped support Glendale Arts, which manages the Alex Theatre, as well as raise funds for a pair of local youth arts initiatives.

Those who attended the 18th annual Taste Walk Glendale on Wednesday not only got to enjoy samples from local restaurants along Brand Boulevard, they also helped support Glendale Arts, which manages the Alex Theatre as well as raise funds for a pair of local youth arts programs.

Glendale posted a Pacific League win against Crescenta Valley in the regular season and looked to continue its recent ma...
05/03/2019
Glendale girls' lacrosse downs rival Crescenta Valley, marches to playoff semifinals

Glendale posted a Pacific League win against Crescenta Valley in the regular season and looked to continue its recent mastery of Crescenta Valley. Glendale turned to its standout player for more success.

Fourth-seeded Glendale received eight goals from Rachel Fong and had a strong defensive effort to record a 14-9 home win against No. 5 Crescenta Valley on Thursday at Moyse Field.

Fourth-seeded Nitros receive eight goals from Fong to register 14-9 home playoff win versus No. 5 Crescenta Valley.

During “Backstage With the Beatles,” a one-night-only show set for this Saturday at the Alex Theatre, Eubanks will b...
05/03/2019
Bob Eubanks bets he has Beatles stories fans haven’t heard in show coming to Glendale

During “Backstage With the Beatles,” a one-night-only show set for this Saturday at the Alex Theatre, Eubanks will be telling stories with “a little help from his friends.” Stories will lead up to Beatles songs performed live by tribute band Ticket to Ride.

During “Backstage With the Beatles” a one-night-only show set for this Saturday at the Alex Theatre, Bob Eubanks will be telling those stories about working with the Beatles as their concert producer in the mid-1960s.

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