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”

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”

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”

Nitros Get Swept in Loss to Burbank

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

The Glendale High School girls’ volleyball team was swept at Burbank by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-16 on Tuesday afternoon.
“Serving and passing, that’s always going to be a big thing for us is making sure we have the ball control,” said Patrick Tyler, Burbank’s head coach. “I think we were firing on all cylinders for the first time since the tournament.”
The Bulldogs maintained a controlling lead for the entirety of the first set, which resulted in a 25-15 victory for Burbank. Continue reading “Nitros Get Swept in Loss to Burbank”

Hoover, Crescenta Valley Shut Out Opponents

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

The Hoover High School varsity football program’s impressive start to its first season in three years continued last week with a 33-0 non-league victory over visiting Beverly Hills on Sept. 3.
Junior running back Andrew Torres rushed for 115 yards and four touchdowns to help the Tornados improve to 3-0. Continue reading “Hoover, Crescenta Valley Shut Out Opponents”

Falcons Dealt First League Loss by Burroughs

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

John Burroughs High School’s varsity girls’ volleyball team carried brooms off the court as it swept visiting Crescenta Valley High, 3-0, on Tuesday by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-22.
The victory kept the host Bears (3-0 league record, 7-4 overall) tied with Arcadia atop the Pacific League standings. The Falcons are 2-1 in league (8-8 overall). Continue reading “Falcons Dealt First League Loss by Burroughs”