Warm the Heart With a Cold Nose — Dog Days Are Here

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Starting out the new year, it’s time to run with the big dogs.
With a motto of “the bigger they are, the more love they give,” the Pasadena Humane Society is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society for the “Live Large — Adopt a Big Dog” campaign to rally residents to adopt or foster large dogs.
Adoption fees for dogs weighing more than 40 pounds will be waived during the campaign from Jan. 15-31. Typically, adoption fees for dogs six months and older cost $150, which includes spay or neuter services, vaccines and a micro-chip.
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Taking the Reins Steers Young Women on Right Path

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Nestled along the L.A. River and just minutes from Glendale and downtown Los Angeles, area-nonprofit organization Taking the Reins is charging ahead in the New Year to empower more girls and young women through equine-based education.
Heading into its 24th year, Taking the Reins was founded at the Paddock Riding Club in Atwater Village by two horsewomen, Judith Hopkins and Debra Avery. The two women recognized the potential power of a downtown equestrian facility and the ability to serve nearby and under-served, urban girls. With the mission of “advancing girl power through horsepower,” the nonprofit later expanded to open a 2-acre facility next door along the L.A. River.
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App Challenge Winner Hails From Glendale

First published in the Jan. 1 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff has announced winners of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge for their work in promoting sustainability, community service and mental health, and a Glendale middle school student placed third in the competition.
Nico Messerlian, a 7th-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School student, won for his app “Strell’s Playground,” designed to provide stress and anxiety relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a positive virtual world.
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GHS Alumna Prepares Float for New Year’s Morn

First published in the Jan. 1 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A cow jumped over the moon on a 2022 Rose Parade float, but Glendale native Annie Doody helped the cow fly.
A 2019 graduate of Glendale High School, Doody served as the electronics lead and animations operator of the California Polytechnic State University float, titled “Stargazers” — the only student-built entry slated for the New Year’s Day event. A third-year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Doody’s tasks were to oversee the moving parts of the float, including a jet pack-wearing bovine soaring over a crescent moon, and to ensure that the motions remained smooth during the parade.
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Carpet Jam Provides Platform for Armenian Musicians

First published in the Jan. 1 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Ani Duzdabanyan
Glendale News-Press

Under the dim lights surrounded by art works and antiquities dating back hundreds of years, Arpenik Hakobyan recently presented her new program — “In Love by Christmas” — at the Pasadena Antique Warehouse.
For the show, Hakobyan — an Armenian American musician well known for her work with Cirque Du Soleil — performed jazz versions of well-known Christmas songs. She and the band — composed of drums, piano, bass guitar and cello — performed via Carpet Jam, a music platform created by a Glendale-based contractor. This intersection of endeavors by Armenian Americans, which could have a global reach, might just shift the musical landscape — at least, that’s their goal.
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Pandemic’s Second Year Drafts the New Normal

First published in the Jan. 1 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Many activities returned in person in 2021. Few returned the same.
The coronavirus pandemic induced a wave of changes — some small, others major — across the United States, California and Glendale in 2021. COVID-19, which has killed more than 800,000 U.S. residents, still leered over the resumption of public events, in-person classes and crowd-thronged sports games. And with the rise of the virus’ Delta variant, as well as the more recent Omicron variant, officials announced additional restrictions and requirements, often influenced by the coronavirus vaccines.
But not only health orders reshaped daily life. Other movements, sometimes spurred by inequities and systemic gaps exposed during the pandemic, called for societal reforms both local and national. With an assault on the U.S. Capitol, there was continued outcry for racial justice, large-scale labor disputes and warnings from scientists about the effects of climate change. It became apparent the “new normal” wouldn’t simply mean seeing more masks.
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Remembering 7 Lives Lost to Homelessness

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

In life, Geoffrey Warwick was known for his love of Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
In death, Warwick was remembered for his happy moments, many of which were spent singing those bands’ songs in a car with Raymond Cole, his case manager with Ascencia. Cole and another colleague were tasked this week with eulogizing the seven men and women who died this year as Ascencia worked to extract them from homelessness.
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Montrose Shopping Park Flourishes During the Holidays

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

By Jonathan Williams
Glendale News-Press

For virtually all merchants in and near the Montrose Shopping Park, the year 2020 brought many challenges.
Some businesses closed for months; others struggled to keep their doors open. Now, as 2021 wraps up and vaccinations continue, the holidays have brought shoppers back to those small businesses. Supply chain issues continue to plague major retailers and as a result, more shoppers are flocking to Honolulu Avenue, according to some merchants.
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Christmas Comes Early for Cerritos Students

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

By Jonathan Williams
Glendale News-Press

On an early Friday morning in December, Santa decided to trade his sleigh for a fire truck and a police escort.
Joining Santa were volunteers from Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Unified School District officials, police officers, firefighters and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The festive group donated presents to nearly 500 students from Cerritos Elementary School last week.
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Mosaic Captures Essence of Wilderness’ Beauty

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

A wall that was once bare is now, when kissed with sunlight, a shimmering masterpiece crafted from precisely cut pieces of glass that portray a scene that unfolds from morning to night.
The recently unveiled mural at Deukmejian Wilderness Park is a story that is told in the form of a 26-foot-wide mosaic conceived by artist Hannah Maximova. Her labor of love, “The Breath of a Deukmejian Day,” is in many ways an ode to the city of Glendale and the nature that encompasses the community she has called home for 19 years.
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