Falcons Fall to Golden Valley, 55-21

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

The Crescenta Valley High School football team had one last game to tune up for Pacific League play when it hosted Golden Valley High from Santa Clarita on Thursday evening. However, instead of gearing up, the Falcons stalled out.
Crescenta Valley was overmatched from the start by the visiting Grizzlies, who mauled the Falcons 55-21 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field in nonleague action.
“What it came down to was lack of execution. We had a tough time moving the ball offensively,” CV coach Hudson Gossard said. “We put too much strain on our defense.”
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Newsom Names Glendale Judge to Superior Court

Abraham Meltzer

Glendale resident Abraham Meltzer is one of six new judges recently appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The governor also announced 22 Superior Court judges across the state.
Meltzer, 55, has been a deputy chief since 2018 at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where he began working as an assistant U.S. attorney in 2004. His previous posts have included serving as counsel at the California State University’s Office of General Counsel from 2000 to 2004, an associate at from 1997 to 2000 and a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from 1995 to 1997.

Glendale Library Wins Award for Community Impact

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

The 2021 Unique Library Awards are honoring libraries for their exceptional community impact by recognizing 18 winners in the West Region, including the Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department.
Unique Management Services, a leading library material recovery and patron communication services company, created three awards to celebrate high-impact libraries for providing vital services, protecting public assets and keeping patrons in good standing, the company said in a statement.
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GUSD, Teachers in Accord on Virus Precautions

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

The Glendale Unified School District and the union representing its teachers agreed this week to a series of policies and protocols codifying COVID-19-related safety measures that will last for the remainder of the school year.
Meanwhile, the district and the Glendale Teachers Association continued to discuss what is expected to be an agreement addressing the effects that quarantining has on classroom instruction.
The understanding reached this week, in short, has the district aligning with applicable guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It does not address other related issues, such as instructional policy in the event of student quarantines, nor does it impose any new vaccination mandates. Continue reading “GUSD, Teachers in Accord on Virus Precautions”

City Amps Up Tree Planting

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

Glendale’s public works department expects to ramp up tree-planting to help achieve the goal of 25% green canopy coverage across the city.
At the direction of the City Council this week, the Department of Public Works will seek out potential funding opportunities to fill in the gaps necessary to achieve the planting goal. The department expects that an additional $760,622 is needed annually to cover all of the additional planting, watering and pruning for the trees. Measure S funds currently pay for much of the tree-planting and maintenance activity throughout the Jewel City.
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Nitros’ Doubles Teams Help Defeat Tornados, 12-6

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

The Glendale High School girls’ varsity tennis team emerged victorious in a league match over visiting Hoover, 12-6, on Thursday, Sept. 23, primarily due to the Nitros’ nearly perfect doubles teams’ performance.
“We’ve been working hard with the doubles teams in practice, and we’re trying to be more aggressive on our volleys,” said Jim Jenks, Glendale’s head coach. “Good things happened today.”
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Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported

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

Glendale’s unemployment last month appeared to be the lowest rate it has been this year, according to recently released data, after three consecutive months of minor upticks.
The local rate dropped to 10.2% in August from 10.9% in July, preliminary California Employment Development Department data shows, the biggest one-month decline reported for the city since February. The drop reflected a decrease in the estimated number of unemployed Glendale residents to 10,500 from 11,300 a month earlier. However, the labor force — representing residents who are employed or unemployed but searching for a job — fell by 1,600 people. The number of employed residents dropped by 800.
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Tech Week Taps Into Secrets of Success

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

For A.J. Abdallat, success in tech comes down to hiring the smartest people available, empowering them to do what they do best and developing a culture in which they’ll thrive.
Those steps, he contended, helped Beyond Limits rise from a Glendale startup to a successful artificial intelligence software developer. Abdallat, the firm’s founder and CEO, shared his recipe for achievement and insight into the industry to close out Glendale Tech Week on Wednesday, serving as the keynote speaker for the wrap-up party.

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American Heart Association Walk Is Oct. 9

The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, will host its Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates heart disease and stroke survivors, raising lifesaving funds and encouraging physical activity.
This year’s theme, “Heart Walk Here,” invites participants to start their walk from various pop-up start lines, including in Glendale, or create a path of their own. From neighborhood streets to park and parkways to tucked away trails, participants are encouraged to Heart Walk at any location that inspires their heart health. Details about the pop-up start lines are at SouthlandHeartWalk.org. Continue reading “American Heart Association Walk Is Oct. 9”

Nitros Fall to La Cañada, 18-11, in Nonleague Matchup

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

It was a tough loss for the Glendale High School boys’ varsity water polo team, as visiting La Cañada snapped the Nitros’ two-game winning streak, 18-11, last Friday in a nonleague contest.
Glendale kept the game tight and competitive until LCHS used a big third quarter to take control en route to the victory.
“We were actually missing three of our starters because of quarantines and stuff like that,” said Narek Vardanian, Glendale’s head coach. “It changes the rotation every single game. We haven’t had a full squad, I think, except for one game. People stepped up, and they kept it close for the majority of the game. We just kind of lost it in the end.” Continue reading “Nitros Fall to La Cañada, 18-11, in Nonleague Matchup”