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.

222 East Concert Series Kicked Off Oct. 2

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

This year’s 222 East Concert Series will bring five outdoor concerts to the Artsakh Paseo on Saturdays starting today, Oct. 2, through Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.
Admission is free. The concerts will feature music groups from Southern California. Seating is not provided; visitors are welcome to bring a chair to the venue at 127 N. Artsakh Ave.
Performances will run for approximately 60 minutes without intermission. The concerts are sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program, with support from Glendale Library, Arts and Culture.
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Falcons, Nitros Attempt to Rebound

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

Glendale High School’s football team lost to visiting Arroyo High of El Monte, 49-0, in a nonleague game on Friday, Sept. 24.
The Nitros (1-6 overall record) played Azusa High on Friday, Oct. 1, losing 32-22. Glendale will host Hueneme of Oxnard this coming Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

CRESCENTA VALLEY

Crescenta Valley High School lost to host Pasadena, 46-0, in the Falcons’ Pacific League opener on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Falcons (1-4 overall record, 0-1 in league) will visit Burroughs of Burbank this coming Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL

Hoover had a bye last week. The Tornados (5-1 overall record) played Castaic last night, and lost, 48-6. Hoover will host Maywood CES in a nonleague game on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

National Merit Names 9 GUSD Semifinalists

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

Nine students from the Glendale Unified School District were recently selected as National Merit Semifinalists and will now compete to be finalists for the annual scholarships.
GUSD’s semifinalists include Miriam Awan, Ellena Kim, Nathan Kim, David Yoon Kim and Seon-Jae Yoon from Crescenta Valley High School; Abdullah Ahmed and Matthew Keshishian from Clark Magnet High School; Lilly Armstrong from Glendale High School; and Sarine Maridirosian from Hoover High School. They join approximately 16,000 qualifying students nationwide and represent fewer than 1% of U.S. high school seniors competing for about 7,500 scholarships. Semifinalists qualify by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and earning scores that are among the highest in the state.
Finalists are expected to be announced in the spring.

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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Nitros Narrowly Eclipse Burroughs, 12-11

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

Tigran Megroyan scored a game-high four goals and goaltender Hayk Mkrtchyan made two crucial saves in the fourth quarter to lift Glendale High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team to a 12-11 victory over visiting Burroughs High of Burbank in a league match on Thursday.
The Nitros, who improved their Pacific League record to 2-0 (10-8 overall), extended their season-best win streak to three games. Meanwhile, the Bears fell to 0-2 in league (8-10 overall).
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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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