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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GHS Student Chosen to Advise School Board

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

Glendale High School senior Brandon Doronila credited everyone involved in his academic career when he was sworn in as the student representative on the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education last week.
Doronila had to overcome emotion as he accepted his role, which is to represent all 25,000 of GUSD’s students during school board meetings and to keep officials up to date on student issues and responses to policy. Now the Associated Student Body president at GHS, Doronila previously enjoyed roles in student government at John Muir Elementary School and Wilson Middle School.
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Spice Shop Keeps Old World Traditions Alive

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

One day last week, Anna Abelian, co-owner of Novin Herbs & Spices in Glendale, took a moment to help one of her customers find the right pepper.
She located it in a row of colorful containers filled with bulk spices, arranged by the wall under the shelf that carries symbols of ancient culture — an antique grinder, wooden statues of Indian elephants, a hookah and an old coffee-making machine. Abelian’s husband, Aaron, noted that the store smells like “magic,” with sweet, piquant and piercing aromas wafting from every corner.
“Spices doing magic,” he reiterated. “There are unlimited ways to use spices in cooking and baking!”
The Abelians, modern-day spice merchants, opened their shop in 2017, completely transforming the peculiar corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Verdugo Road with bright orange cafe chairs and a promising journey to a faraway land. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1998 and for many years continued to import saffron from their native Iran.
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Hoover, Glendale Are Victorious

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High School’s varsity football team extended its winning streak to five games — its best since 1953 — with a nonleague victory over host Los Angeles Maya Angelou Community, 14-0, last Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Ethan Davis had another fine performance with nine completions for 195 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also had five carries for 12 yards, earning a team-high 207 total yards. Sophomore backup quarterback Giovanni Vartanyan completed four passes for 16 yards.
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Brewyard Beer, Paperback Brewing Win Gold

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale’s two craft breweries brought home a pair of gold medals from the California Craft Brewers Cup in August.
Brewyard Beer won first place among amber hybrids with its signature Jewel City lager, while Paperback Brewing earned top honors for American-style India Pale Ales with Tucked In By Strangers. The competition, held in Sacramento, featured 60 total categories.
This latest award represents the fifth accolade for Jewel City, a California Common lager that blends caramel maltiness and earthy hop flavors and with a deeper amber color that sets it apart from other lagers. The beer ultimately pushed Brewyard to create a full lineup of California Common-based beers, which use lager yeast but are brewed at ale fermentation temperatures and were pioneered during the Gold Rush. Continue reading “Brewyard Beer, Paperback Brewing Win Gold”

A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Artsakh Gardens Farmers Market debuted this week in downtown Glendale, bringing the heart of cultural craftsmanship and artistry to the Jewel City with a first-of-its-kind market that carries the true spirit of Armenia. The weekly event will return Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 222 E. Harvard St.
The result of the deep-rooted love held by local Armenians for their homeland, the market has been a collaboration with 30 vendors, who will offer a percentage of their earnings to directly benefit Armenia through its nonprofit partners — Aid Beyond Borders and Eternal Nation.
Co-founder Lilit Barsegyan said that in her effort to buy from Armenian small businesses in aid of the Artsakh War — a conflict with Azerbaijan over the highly contested territory — she was frequently en route from one vendor to another across town, some operating out of their homes. Continue reading “A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens”

GUSD Teacher of the Year ‘Model for Excellence’

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

For the second time, kindergarten teacher Roxanne O’Rourke has been recognized as teacher of the year for the Glendale Unified School District and will now represent the city in the contest at the county level.
O’Rourke, who teaches at Horace Mann Elementary School, was awarded as teacher of the year in the spring but was formally recognized by the GUSD Board of Education this week as the Los Angeles County Office of Education prepares to designate the county’s teacher of the year. O’Rourke earned the accolade for her leadership in the early spring, when her school received a waiver to open doors for students to re-enter classrooms and kick off hybrid instruction. Continue reading “GUSD Teacher of the Year ‘Model for Excellence’”

Tech Week Returns, Aiming to Entice Entrepreneurs

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus, Glendale Tech Week is returning this month for a mostly virtual event in its fifth iteration of the occasion marked to highlight the city’s local tech prowess and potential.
Attendees and viewers will be able to tune into a handful of events for free, from the comfort of their virtual screens, from Sunday, Sept. 20, through Tuesday, Sept. 22. Later Tuesday, a live virtual audience can tune in for the in-person Pitchfest that occurs alongside the in-person closing awards party. Continue reading “Tech Week Returns, Aiming to Entice Entrepreneurs”

Breaking Barriers: Baseball Is Her Chosen Field

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

Hoover High School senior Natasha Cohen attended classes like most students when the COVID-19 pandemic altered the previous school year: walking back and forth between her bed and computer.
A diligent student, Cohen takes college-level prep courses and works hard. But her effort wouldn’t end when she shut her laptop — that’s just when she’d head out the door and meet her teammates on the baseball field. Continue reading “Breaking Barriers: Baseball Is Her Chosen Field”

‘Woman of the Year’ Praises Front-Line Colleagues

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

This is the fifth and last in a series of profiles on Glendale-area women who recently were honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as his district’s women of the year. To read the other profiles, visit glendalenewspress.com.

When Rebecca Berberian was recognized by the local congressman for her work during the coronavirus pandemic — and when she agreed to be interviewed for a profile story — she admitted to feeling “embarrassed” about the moment.
What she reflected, rather, was the proud humility of a hospital administrator and infection prevention expert who is acutely aware that there are teams of people who, in her eyes, have contributed just as much to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital’s efforts to fight the pandemic. Berberian insisted that attention be paid to the rest of the hardworking staff at the medical center off Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles. Continue reading “‘Woman of the Year’ Praises Front-Line Colleagues”