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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‘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/.

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.

District Narrows Contact Tracing to Keep Kids in Class

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

After starting out the school year quarantining entire classrooms after a potential COVID-19 exposure, the Glendale Unified School District has recently begun implementing new guidelines to keep more students in the classroom.
The policy change, approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, comes after about two months of the district requiring entire classrooms at a time to stay home for up to a 10-day quarantine period. Continue reading “District Narrows Contact Tracing to Keep Kids in Class”

Viar, Praised for College Stewardship, to Retire

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

After spending nearly a decade helping to right the ship at Glendale Community College, David Viar is retiring as president of the institution after the current academic year ends in June.
GCC announced the decision this week, with the college’s Board of Trustees committing to hiring an executive search firm at its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting to assist in identifying Viar’s successor. The board anticipates selecting his replacement on May 17.
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Horseback Rider Rescued From L.A. River Wash

Photo courtesy Glendale Fire Department

First responders with the Glendale Fire Department successfully rescued a horseback rider this week who had been thrown off a horse into the Los Angeles River wash while riding near Western Avenue and Rancho Avenue. After receiving the emergency call at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, firefighters used a Lyfe Pulley system to extract the rider, who’d fallen approximately 20 feet onto the concrete wash. The rider was hospitalized with injuries from the fall.

Glendale Memorial Hospital Honored With Community Award

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center is being honored with a Community Service Award from the city of Glendale and the Glendale Police Department for providing COVID-19 vaccines to essential city workers, including police, fire and city personnel.
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SAS on Course to Take Over Alex Theatre

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Alex Theatre appeared poised for a leadership change after the Glendale City Council voted narrowly this week to give SAS Entertainment exclusive negotiation rights for the venue’s management.
Assuming the forthcoming negotiations are successful, SAS would dislodge Glendale Arts from a role it has held since 2008, when the nonprofit was tasked with bringing the historic theater into contemporary use. The decision Tuesday afternoon moves the city past a conversation that became contentious in June when some officials made it clear they may want to move on from partnership with Glendale Arts.
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Leaders Praise Funding Boost for Hiking, Biking Paths

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A snowy egret practically joined a news conference this week at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, as if to underscore the picturesque sights that await the pedestrians and cyclists who will eventually use the Garden River Bridge project that elected officials were discussing.
The project received a major boost this week, as Assemblywoman Laura Friedman announced that she’d helped secure an additional $10 million in state funding for the bridge, on top of the $20 million allocation she’d previously helped arrange. Additionally, Sacramento has committed an extra $5 million for the Colorado Street undercrossing.
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