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”

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”

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’”

Tech Week Returns, Aiming to Entice Entrepreneurs

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus, Glendale Tech Week is returning this month for a mostly virtual event in its fifth iteration of the occasion marked to highlight the city’s local tech prowess and potential.
Attendees and viewers will be able to tune into a handful of events for free, from the comfort of their virtual screens, from Sunday, Sept. 20, through Tuesday, Sept. 22. Later Tuesday, a live virtual audience can tune in for the in-person Pitchfest that occurs alongside the in-person closing awards party. Continue reading “Tech Week Returns, Aiming to Entice Entrepreneurs”

Breaking Barriers: Baseball Is Her Chosen Field

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

Hoover High School senior Natasha Cohen attended classes like most students when the COVID-19 pandemic altered the previous school year: walking back and forth between her bed and computer.
A diligent student, Cohen takes college-level prep courses and works hard. But her effort wouldn’t end when she shut her laptop — that’s just when she’d head out the door and meet her teammates on the baseball field. Continue reading “Breaking Barriers: Baseball Is Her Chosen Field”

‘Woman of the Year’ Praises Front-Line Colleagues

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

This is the fifth and last in a series of profiles on Glendale-area women who recently were honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as his district’s women of the year. To read the other profiles, visit glendalenewspress.com.

When Rebecca Berberian was recognized by the local congressman for her work during the coronavirus pandemic — and when she agreed to be interviewed for a profile story — she admitted to feeling “embarrassed” about the moment.
What she reflected, rather, was the proud humility of a hospital administrator and infection prevention expert who is acutely aware that there are teams of people who, in her eyes, have contributed just as much to Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital’s efforts to fight the pandemic. Berberian insisted that attention be paid to the rest of the hardworking staff at the medical center off Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles. Continue reading “‘Woman of the Year’ Praises Front-Line Colleagues”

For Aiding Moms in Labor, Nurse Reaps Honors

This is the fourth in a series of profiles on Glendale-area women who recently were honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as his district’s women of the year.

As a labor nurse at Glendale Memorial Hospital, Daisy De La Torre is routinely tasked with assisting patients giving birth — perhaps the most important delivery.
And then, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she sometimes had to perform what surely was one of the most difficult acts — taking a newborn away from a mother who had the disease. Such was the reality of the pandemic’s initial stages, when little was known about the disease other than it easily killed the most vulnerable and spread chaotically.
“We weren’t sure if moms were going to transmit to their baby,” De La Torre explained in a recent interview. “That was the standard everywhere at the beginning of the pandemic, because COVID wasn’t very well understood. Thankfully, now, they aren’t, because we know more about COVID, but that was definitely scary for moms.” Continue reading “For Aiding Moms in Labor, Nurse Reaps Honors”

Local Infection Prevention Doctor Named Woman of Year

Dr. Wint Hun

About 17 months ago, when Dr. Wint Hun started reading news reports about a coronavirus spreading out of China, and eventually throughout the entire world, she knew she’d be called up to bat at work soon.
At USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, the young doctor and La Cañada Flintridge resident works as an infectious disease specialist; since March 2020, she has been a member of the hospital’s infection prevention team to help isolate the coronavirus only to the patients who arrive with it and protect the institution’s health-care workers and other patients. Hun also utilized her expertise at Adventist Health Glendale as well as Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, where she has served as a consult and on-call physician.

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Tested by Crisis, Local Nurse Named Woman of the Year

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital nurse Susan Sung Hee Lee was recently recognized as one of the women of the year in Congressman Adam Schiff’s district. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the longtime nurse has stitched together scrub caps for her colleagues as part of their coronavirus safety gear. (Photo courtesy Susan Lee)

This article was originally published in the Glendale News-Press on Aug. 14

A sewing machine and a pair of scissors, along with some key leadership skills, helped Susan Sung Hee Lee navigate some of the worst days of the coronavirus pandemic.
The relief charge nurse at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital had a team to lead when the first wave of the pandemic came crashing down — in the intensive care unit, no less. She continued through the similarly large second surge, then through the nearly catastrophic third outbreak and now faces a fourth rise in COVID-19 caseloads as the school year dawns.
Early on was chaotic, with a barrage of new information and policy changes from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the hospital’s own administration.
Through it all, and whatever the future might bring, the most important thing to Lee is that she’s not alone.

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Art Tells a Nature Story at Wilderness Park

One of Glendale artist Hannah Maximova’s stained-glass mosaics that will be displayed at Deukmejian Wilderness Park. (Photo courtesy Hannah Maximova)

This article was originally published in the Glendale News-Press on Aug. 14

When the Stone Barn Nature Center finally opens at Deukmejian Wilderness Park this year, patrons are likely to be captivated by a stained-glass mosaic that captures the flora, fauna and feel of the vast public space.
The glinting, 26-foot-long mural titled “The Breath of a Deukmejian Day” will be displayed at the site’s amphitheater and is meant to capture the breadth of what the nature park offers — kit foxes, mountain lions, hummingbirds and manzanita trees. It offers viewers a slice of what spending the day at the park might be like, artist Hannah Maximova said.

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