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”

Brewyard Beer, Paperback Brewing Win Gold

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

Glendale’s two craft breweries brought home a pair of gold medals from the California Craft Brewers Cup in August.
Brewyard Beer won first place among amber hybrids with its signature Jewel City lager, while Paperback Brewing earned top honors for American-style India Pale Ales with Tucked In By Strangers. The competition, held in Sacramento, featured 60 total categories.
This latest award represents the fifth accolade for Jewel City, a California Common lager that blends caramel maltiness and earthy hop flavors and with a deeper amber color that sets it apart from other lagers. The beer ultimately pushed Brewyard to create a full lineup of California Common-based beers, which use lager yeast but are brewed at ale fermentation temperatures and were pioneered during the Gold Rush. Continue reading “Brewyard Beer, Paperback Brewing Win Gold”

Armenian-American Museum Garners More State Funding

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

State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced this week that $1.8 million for the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center was approved by lawmakers in Sacramento, fulfilling his latest budgetary request to the legislature.
The much-ballyhooed project, which broke ground in July on the former Central Park site, has now garnered nearly $10 million in state funding. It has additionally garnered millions more from local government, corporate and individual donations.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge Democrat who represents Glendale, had previously worked to secure state funding for the project. Continue reading “Armenian-American Museum Garners More State Funding”

Glendale Sweeps Hoover in Rivalry Match

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

Volleyballs slamming into the slick, wooden floor could be heard from outside Glendale High School’s gymnasium as fans entered to watch the girls’ intracity rivalry matchup between the Nitros and visiting Hoover on Thursday afternoon.
Glendale’s players walked off the court happy as they defeated the Tornados in sweeping fashion by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-14.
“The girls are really happy, and if they’re happy, I’m happy,” said Marji Keyfauver, Glendale’s head coach. “They worked hard, they didn’t let up at any point in the match, and for that, I was very, very impressed with their effort today.” Continue reading “Glendale Sweeps Hoover in Rivalry Match”

A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens

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

The Artsakh Gardens Farmers Market debuted this week in downtown Glendale, bringing the heart of cultural craftsmanship and artistry to the Jewel City with a first-of-its-kind market that carries the true spirit of Armenia.
The result of the deep-rooted love held by local Armenians for their homeland, the market has been a collaboration with 30 vendors, who will offer a percentage of their earnings to directly benefit Armenia through its nonprofit partners — Aid Beyond Borders and Eternal Nation.
Co-founder Lilit Barsegyan said that in her effort to buy from Armenian small businesses in aid of the Artsakh War — a conflict with Azerbaijan over the highly contested territory — she was frequently en route from one vendor to another across town, some operating out of their homes. Continue reading “A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens”

Crescenta Valley Defeats Burroughs, 12-6

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

Teleya Blunt, Crescenta Valley’s No. 1 singles player, swept her Burbank Burroughs opponents to help the Falcons to a 12-6 tennis victory.

It’s a unique setup this season in Pacific League girls’ tennis. The teams all play one another once. Then, in the second half of the season, the top four will play each other while the bottom four will match up among themselves.
On Tuesday afternoon in Pacific League action, Burroughs High hosted Crescenta Valley. The Falcons, fueled by their singles play, carved out a 12-6 win over the Bears to help build their case for a spot in the upper echelon.
“Overall, I think they fought hard and did well today,” CV assistant coach Alex Jang, who was in charge with head coach Doil Kim overseeing the junior varsity elsewhere, said of his team. Continue reading “Crescenta Valley Defeats Burroughs, 12-6”

City Limits Eateries’ Distribution of Plastic Cutlery

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

The City Council this week agreed to bar food and drink vendors from automatically throwing plastic cutlery, straws or other such accessories into to-go orders unless the customer requests them.
In doing so, the council and other city officials aim to curb the local contribution of single-use plastics to landfills and stymie the litter that makes its way to oceans. Activists have urged the reduced use of these plastics, which do not degrade and harm a variety of wildlife that incidentally ingest them.
David Jones, the city’s sustainability officer, said in 2016 that Americans used 561 billion pieces of disposable food ware. Continue reading “City Limits Eateries’ Distribution of Plastic Cutlery”

Hoover, CVHS Are Victorious; Glendale Falls

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

Hoover continued its winning streak by defeating host Roybal of Los Angeles, 30-6, in a nonleague contest last Friday. With the victory, the Tornados (4-0 record) have their most wins in a season since 2016 and more than the past four seasons combined. On the year, Hoover has outscored its opponents 147-42.
Sophomore quarterback Ethan Davis completed five passes for 95 yards while carrying five times for 55 yards.
Meanwhile, junior Andrew Torres had a team-high 13 carries for 28 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Joseph Dizon had four receptions for 46 yards, while junior Daniel Rangel and sophomore Isaac Perez each had one reception for 46 and five yards, respectively. Continue reading “Hoover, CVHS Are Victorious; Glendale Falls”

GUSD Teacher of the Year ‘Model for Excellence’

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

For the second time, kindergarten teacher Roxanne O’Rourke has been recognized as teacher of the year for the Glendale Unified School District and will now represent the city in the contest at the county level.
O’Rourke, who teaches at Horace Mann Elementary School, was awarded as teacher of the year in the spring but was formally recognized by the GUSD Board of Education this week as the Los Angeles County Office of Education prepares to designate the county’s teacher of the year. O’Rourke earned the accolade for her leadership in the early spring, when her school received a waiver to open doors for students to re-enter classrooms and kick off hybrid instruction. Continue reading “GUSD Teacher of the Year ‘Model for Excellence’”