Falcons’ Stifling Defense Helps Beat Tornados, 8-5

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

With the Pacific League boys’ high school water polo regular season winding down, Crescenta Valley and Hoover matched up, both looking for some momentum to finish strong.
“Our league is super tight. There is a tremendous amount of parity,” CV coach Jan Sakonju said. “This year it’s very, very close, so every game is a must-win.”
Crescenta Valley kept Hoover’s offense suppressed, allowing the Falcons to rise up for an 8-5 victory at the Glendale Aquatics Center on Thursday.
The Falcons held the Tornados scoreless in both the first and third periods to key the win.
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Tornados’ Football Program Storms Back Into the Picture

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High’s varsity football team may have fallen one victory shy of tying the school record of six wins in a row achieved in 1953, but their 5-2 start this season certainly merited attention.
Especially when one considers that the team played its first game in nearly three years on Aug. 20.
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Don’t Let Bears Be Bad News — Deny Them Food

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Signs displaying the simple message “Do not feed the animals” are prominent in zoos, aquariums and national parks, and for good reason. First and foremost, feeding wildlife is against the law, and second, following such directions can help keep animals away from urban areas.
With an uptick in bear sightings and encounters being reported in northern Glendale neighborhoods, California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Rebecca Barboza informed residents about the furry visitors and how to minimize the chances of interacting with them.
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City Offers Reward as It Seeks Hit-Run Driver

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The city of Glendale has offered a $25,000 reward for help in identifying the motorist whose vehicle struck a local man this month, leaving him with devastating injuries in the street before speeding off.
Krikor Kassabian, 44, was hit at 12:09 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, as he crossed East Chevy Chase Drive near Glenoaks Boulevard. Kassabian remains hospitalized after undergoing three surgeries, and his family said there is no timeline for his release.
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Donna Geldmacher | Obituary

Donna Geldmacher, 82, passed away on September 29, 2021, at her home in Glendale. She was born May 13, 1939, in Ohio and spent most of her life in California.
Donna enjoyed crafting and loved her family dearly. She is survived by her daughter Deborah, her son Mike, and grandchildren Kristen, Jessica, and Ryan.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family.

‘Sellabration’ Proceeds Benefit Community Organizations

The National Charity League’s Glendale Chapter, which includes a large contingent of La Cañada Flintridge residents, recently held its annual “Sellebration” rummage sale at the Pacific Community Center.
Before the doors opened, people lined up with bags in-hand, eager to be among the first ones to enter. A constant stream of people flowed in and out all day. Some people made several trips back to the location. Housewares, toys, books, bikes and clothing were some of the top sellers.
On the way out, many stopped at the bake sale to buy some homemade treats.
The proceeds of Sellebration will be granted to the philanthropies the NCL serves, including Twelve Oaks Senior Living, YWCA Glendale, Door of Hope, Union Station Homeless Services and Ascencia.
ABC7 News and KTLA News interviewed local NCL President Monica Ordubegian and Sellebration team leaders Liz Schwalbach, Joy Asbury and Monica Rubalcava.
For more information on the National Charity League Glendale Chapter, visit nationalcharityleague.org/chapter/glendale/.

Hoover Falls From Ranks of Unbeaten

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By winning their first five football games of the season, the Hoover Tornados were off to their best start since 1953.
However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
In game number six, the Tornados hosted Castaic High and proved no match for the Coyotes, who posted a 48-6 nonleague victory last Friday evening on campus at Herbert Hoover High.
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Nitros Dropped by Azusa High, 32-22

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale High School’s varsity football team fell to 1-6 overall with its recent loss against visiting Azusa High, 32-22, in a nonleague game last Friday.
Senior quarterback Dennis Perez completed six for 12 passes for 91 yards. He also had 23 carries for 70 yards, both team-highs.
Glendale senior Keirson Florita also had a nice offensive game with seven carries for 38 yards and two receptions for 49 yards. Florita’s 91-yard punt return scored one of Glendale’s three total touchdowns.
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Falcons Pound Burroughs, 14-4

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Both the Crescenta Valley High School and Burbank Burroughs girls’ tennis teams earned a spot in the top tier of the first half of this season’s newly imagined Pacific League schedule, which puts the best against the best and the rest against the rest for the second half of the schedule.
This equaled a rematch on the same courts where they matched up three weeks ago.
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Health Care Internship Gains 16 GHS Students

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale Memorial Hospital picked 16 students from Glendale High School to serve as interns for the institution’s health care professions internship program for the 2021-22 academic year. The selected students are, in alphabetical order, Elan Ankri, Lia Artoon Levaskanni, Krislyn Ayala, Anastasia Babusenko, Lilian Barseghyan, Amy Bravo, Caitlin Jane Calica, Bianca Hinojosa, Sebuh Kivijian, Angela Krikorian, Sheeva Manesh, Angela Markarian, Jordan Martinez, Edrick Massihi, Yara Shoora and Nicole Lyn Vergara. This program offers interns a broad overview and exposure to health care fields and health care professions. During this yearlong program, students will be on-site at the hospital one day a week for a three-hour block of time. Glendale Memorial initially planned to take on 10 interns, but ultimately took 16 based on the strength of their applications. Narineh Makijan, coordinator of GUSD’s college and career division, developed the program with Glendale Memorial. Additional information and programs can be found at gusd.net/CollegeCareer.