USC-VHH Holds Suicide Prevention Conference

State Sen. Anthony Portantino

The numerous unexpected challenges, uncertainty and tension brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and wildfires have been difficult for many to handle, causing monumental shifts in people’s lives while limiting access to healthy coping mechanisms.
For example, it is more difficult for people to connect with their social networks, unwind at the spa or gym or even take a leisurely walk around the block.
For people who struggle with mental health issues, these are especially trying times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that the pandemic may worsen existing mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Suicide hotlines in Los Angeles County are reporting several thousand more calls than in previous months.

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Kiwanis Club’s Incredible Duck Splash Going Virtual

By Cathy Keen
Special to the News-Press

Photo courtesy Glendale Kiwanis
Glendale Kiwanis past Presidents (from left) Stacey Nishi, Patricia Larrigan and Cathy Keen, Vice President Kim Guard, and incoming President Monica Sierra attended a previous year’s Kiwanis Duck Splash. This year’s virtual fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.

If you have lived in Glendale any length of time, you are probably familiar with the family event held each fall at Verdugo Park, the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash.
Sponsored banners promoting the fundraiser will line the streets of Glendale and Montrose for 30 days before the splashdown of about 20,000 rubber ducks. Along with the ducks, racing the Kiwanians provides fun, games and food for the hundreds of people who attend. It’s been happening for 15 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds have been directed to stocking food pantries, serving meals to the clients at Ascencia, Glendale Arts, the Glendale Police Foundation, Bringing Up Grades program in elementary schools, scholarships to graduating seniors, CV’s Prom Plus, Book Boxes around the city, the YWCA domestic violence shelters, the YWCA’s Camp Rosie, Glendale Parks and Recreation, and more.

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League of Women Voters Announces Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank will host a pair of candidate forums next month regarding legislative races of significance to local voters.
The forums in advance of the Nov. 3 election will be presented live on Spectrum Cable Channel 6 or AT&T Channel 99.
On Monday, Oct. 5, a California State Assembly District 43 forum will take place from 2-3 p.m. Candidates are Democratic incumbent Laura Friedman and Republican Mike Graves.
From 3:30-4:30 p.m. is the Congressional District 28 forum. Candidates are Adam Schiff, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican Eric Early.
Questions to the candidates can be submitted to lwvglendaleburbankca@gmail.com. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates, not all questions will be asked.
Questions should be on the issues and applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted.

Local Student Honored by Chick-fil-A

Melissa Minassian

Melissa Minassian, who graduated from Crescenta Valley High School three months ago, was recently honored by Chick-fil-A of Pasadena with the restaurant’s Community Student Award.
Minassian, who is currently attending Glendale Community College, was awarded $250 for books and supplies during her freshman year of college as well as a catered Chick-fil-A meal for 10 people.
“Melissa has not only displayed outstanding academic achievements, but she also embodies the aptitude of a servant heart,” said Adaobi Gwacham, owner of the Chick-fil-A Pasadena location. “I believe she will be an exemplary leader of the future and it is a privilege to honor her.”

City Council, Treasurer Candidates Give Statements

There will be eight Burbank residents running for two open City Council seats in November, with three people looking to nab the position of city treasurer. Local voters will cast their ballots on Nov. 3, with the newly elected council members holding their seats for four years and the treasurer holding his or her seat for two years to finish the unexpired term of former City Treasurer Debbie Kukta. Each candidate submitted a statement to The Leader for publication, explaining why he or she should be elected to a city position.

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Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo – Obituary

Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo

Elena Frances (Bonaro) Baldo, a San Marino resident since 1972, passed away at her home on September 3, 2020 surrounded by family. Elena’s passion in life was as an Educator having received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh followed by a Master of Science Degree from the School of Education at the University of Southern California. Elena was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Alhambra for many years. She enjoyed keeping up with current events and relished great debates among friends and family on political and world events. She was a huge fan of all sports and loved cheering on the football teams and especially her beloved Trojans. Elena was passionate about her large Italian family and is survived by her five adult children Cami, Bob, Christine, Cynthia and David. She was thrilled to be Nana to eight grandchildren and even one great grandchild! She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Baldo, whom she married in 1958. Elena lived a long and wonderful life creating many beautiful memories for all who loved her. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Letters to the Editor

Opinion About Advocates
It appears that those advocating the diversity plan in our schools are more interested in teaching kids what to think rather than how to think.

Trent Sanders
La Cañada Flintridge


DEI Consultant Thanks Community for Its Support
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the many members of the greater La Cañada Unified School District community who have extended their support over the past several weeks — support for me, but more importantly, for the critical work of cultivating equitable spaces for learning where every student is seen, supported and feels a sense of belonging. Through the letters to the editor, comments during school board meetings and direct emails, students, parents, staff, alumni and community members have raised their voices in support of a humanizing approach to education, Continue reading “Letters to the Editor”

Sharon Frances Musitelle – Obituary

Sharon Musitelle

Sharon Frances Musitelle, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, born June 12, 1943, graduated Mayfield H.S. Class of ’61. Journalism major, U.S.C. Married John “Terry” Musitelle (deceased). Sharon passed away peacefully Sept 1, 2020, and is survived by her loving children Frank Musitelle and Shelley Musitelle Bishop, and her grandchildren, Danielle, John Terris , Kiersten and Brady!

No Large-Scale School Reopenings Before November

No campus in Los Angeles County will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November, although schools can begin to offer small in-person classes for children with special needs at no more than 10% of campus capacity at one time, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
Students, parents and educators had been hoping that progress against the coronavirus might allow campuses to reopen on a faster track. The small in-person classes for children who need special services, announced last week, could allow at least 200,000 students back to campus across the county.

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