School Mourns Teacher Who Died After Contracting COVID-19

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

The Toll Middle School family is mourning the loss of Isaac Tashjian, a longtime math teacher at the Glendale campus who died Thursday from COVID-19-related complications.
After being hospitalized with COVID-related pneumonia on Aug. 21, Tashjian succumbed to the disease late Thursday, his family announced. His family made the announcement in a statement made to a GoFundMe account established by a friend to raise money for the educator’s medical expenses. Continue reading “School Mourns Teacher Who Died After Contracting COVID-19”

Nitros Edged in First League Match

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

Glendale High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team walked onto its home courts on Thursday seeking its second consecutive victory but was dealt a narrow tiebreaking loss. The Nitros and Burbank Burroughs tied in sets won, 9-9, but Burroughs was declared the winner by virtue of a tiebreaker of total games won, 74-64.
“We’ve been working on a lot of staying in the game, not allowing us to beat ourselves, but being competitive, forcing the ball over the net hoping that the opponent will make a mistake,” said Jim Jenks, Glendale’s head coach. “We’ve been really working a lot on our volleys, so it’s been nice to see them play and improving on that skill.” Continue reading “Nitros Edged in First League Match”

Nitros Blanked by San Gabriel in Third Road Game

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

The Glendale High School football team had the unenviable task of playing its third consecutive road game of the season and it wasn’t the result that the Nitros had hoped for.
Host San Gabriel controlled the ball with the ground game, keeping Glendale at bay, for a 37-0 victory over the Nitros in nonleague action in a rare Thursday afternoon contest. Continue reading “Nitros Blanked by San Gabriel in Third Road Game”

Falcons Shut Out by Newbury Park in Opener

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

Crescenta Valley High School was seemingly overmatched against visiting Newbury Park as the Falcons were shut out, 42-0, in their season-opening matchup at Glendale High School’s Moyse Field on Aug. 28.
The first quarter was challenging as Newbury Park jumped out to a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Things got tougher for CV (0-1 overall record) when quarterback Carson Center threw an interception, which resulted in Newbury Park’s fifth touchdown, and was injured on the play. Center was removed from the game with 11:32 in the second quarter and was unable to return. Continue reading “Falcons Shut Out by Newbury Park in Opener”

Detectives Probe Stabbing Death

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

Detectives continue to investigate a homicide that apparently resulted from a fight outside a restaurant last month, the Glendale Police Department said.
A 37-year-old Glendale man was killed in that Aug. 13 altercation, which also sent two others to a hospital with stab wounds. A GPD spokesman said this week that officers had not yet made any arrests and continue to seek information about the fight. Continue reading “Detectives Probe Stabbing Death”

Undefeated Tornados Off to Best Start Since 2016

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

The undefeated Hoover High School’s varsity football team continued its early season roll by defeating visiting Lynwood High, 20-13, on Aug. 27 in a nonleague matchup.
With the victory, the Tornados (2-0 record) are off to their best start to a season since 2016, when they won their first three games. The current roll is especially sweet for Hoover players, coaches and supporters because the school was unable to field a varsity squad last season. Continue reading “Undefeated Tornados Off to Best Start Since 2016”

GUSD to Require COVID Vaccinations for Employees

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

Joining a growing number of educational institutions throughout California, the Glendale Unified School District this week approved a mandate that its employees all be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The GUSD Board of Education unanimously voted to require that all district staff prove that they have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single Johnson & Johnson inoculation by Nov. 1. Previously, the district had required that nonvaccinated faculty and staff members undergo weekly coronavirus testing. Continue reading “GUSD to Require COVID Vaccinations for Employees”

Armed Woman Wounded by Police

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

A woman remained hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by at least one California Highway Patrol officer in Glendale while carrying multiple firearms on a freeway interchange, authorities said.
The CHP has disclosed little other information on the shooting, which occurred a week ago and remains under investigation by the agency. Continue reading “Armed Woman Wounded by Police”

City Set to Create Panel on Tenant, Landlord Issues

The city appears poised to assemble a landlord/tenant ad hoc committee after the City Council and the Housing Authority outlined its framework and approved the model this week.
The committee, once formed, will have seven members — three tenants of rental housing, three rental property landlords and one ostensibly neutral party, such as a homeowner’s association representative — whose appointments will be vetted and recommended by the city. They’ll be scheduled to meet monthly for 12 months, with a $50 stipend per person per meeting. Early into the process, the city said it expects to deploy a facilitator to bridge the parties that, at times, can be adversarial.
The group will principally be tasked with assessing the efficacy of the city’s Rental Rights Program and recommending any potential changes to it or other housing policies in the Jewel City. Continue reading “City Set to Create Panel on Tenant, Landlord Issues”

Hiring of Residents Increases Slightly

Data: California Employment Development Department

Glendale’s unemployment rate saw a marginal decrease from June to July, according to state data, with Los Angeles County’s and California’s rates similarly obstinate.
The local rate fell from a revised 10.7% in June to 10.5% in July, the California Employment Development Department reported in a preliminary estimate. The dip represented a decrease in the number of the city’s unemployed residents from about 11,100 to 10,900, whereas the estimate for employed residents increased from 92,300 to 93,000. Glendale’s labor force also rose from 103,400 to 103,900. Continue reading “Hiring of Residents Increases Slightly”