Don’t Let Bears Be Bad News — Deny Them Food

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Signs displaying the simple message “Do not feed the animals” are prominent in zoos, aquariums and national parks, and for good reason. First and foremost, feeding wildlife is against the law, and second, following such directions can help keep animals away from urban areas.
With an uptick in bear sightings and encounters being reported in northern Glendale neighborhoods, California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Rebecca Barboza informed residents about the furry visitors and how to minimize the chances of interacting with them.
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Spice Shop Keeps Old World Traditions Alive

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press. By Ani Duzdabanyan

One day last week, Anna Abelian, co-owner of Novin Herbs & Spices in Glendale, took a moment to help one of her customers find the right pepper.
She located it in a row of colorful containers filled with bulk spices, arranged by the wall under the shelf that carries symbols of ancient culture — an antique grinder, wooden statues of Indian elephants, a hookah and an old coffee-making machine. Abelian’s husband, Aaron, noted that the store smells like “magic,” with sweet, piquant and piercing aromas wafting from every corner.
“Spices doing magic,” he reiterated. “There are unlimited ways to use spices in cooking and baking!”
The Abelians, modern-day spice merchants, opened their shop in 2017, completely transforming the peculiar corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Verdugo Road with bright orange cafe chairs and a promising journey to a faraway land. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1998 and for many years continued to import saffron from their native Iran.
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Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale’s unemployment last month appeared to be the lowest rate it has been this year, according to recently released data, after three consecutive months of minor upticks.
The local rate dropped to 10.2% in August from 10.9% in July, preliminary California Employment Development Department data shows, the biggest one-month decline reported for the city since February. The drop reflected a decrease in the estimated number of unemployed Glendale residents to 10,500 from 11,300 a month earlier. However, the labor force — representing residents who are employed or unemployed but searching for a job — fell by 1,600 people. The number of employed residents dropped by 800.
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Tech Week Taps Into Secrets of Success

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

For A.J. Abdallat, success in tech comes down to hiring the smartest people available, empowering them to do what they do best and developing a culture in which they’ll thrive.
Those steps, he contended, helped Beyond Limits rise from a Glendale startup to a successful artificial intelligence software developer. Abdallat, the firm’s founder and CEO, shared his recipe for achievement and insight into the industry to close out Glendale Tech Week on Wednesday, serving as the keynote speaker for the wrap-up party.

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Sage Glendale Senior Living Joins Chamber of Commerce

Dave Gumberg, Judee Kendall, Daniel Brotman, Elizabeth Whittington, Mayor Paula Devine, Patrick Dooley, Kathy Markarian

Sage Glendale Senior Living and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the opening of Sage Glendale.

“This is a long-awaited celebration for Sage as they had planned to open and celebrate near the beginning of the pandemic, which caused a delay for them,” said Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Judee Kendall. “This was an opportunity to welcome a beautiful new business to Glendale and share a social time with city council members, Glendale Chamber board members and ambassadors, the Sage team, and other community leaders.”

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Armenian Community Exults Over Planned Museum

In a moment that reflected pride in an ancestral homeland, the yet-to-heal wounds of a genocidal campaign and the successful integration of a diaspora into American culture, dozens grasped gold shovels in Central Park on Sunday, July 11, and tossed some fresh soil onto the grass.

Photo courtesy Armenian American Museum
The board of trustees and other officials behind the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center formally broke ground Sunday. The facility is set to be constructed atop Central Park by 2024.

As the dignitaries did so, dozens of white doves were released and flanked an audience of more than a thousand people who heartily cheered as ground was officially broken for what will become the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center. The future landmark will begin construction at the site after the park is formally closed at the end of this month.

In crediting all involved in the ambitious project that has been planned since 2014, Executive Director Shant Sahakian recalled the proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

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Bulldogs Sweep Glendale in Straight Sets

Burbank High School’s Matthew Ballash leaps for a kill attempt as teammates Alekhine Basco (10), Meena Ammari and Choy Jimenez (19) look on during the Bulldogs’ game at Glendale High School on Monday. Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Jonathan Coleman and Choy Jimenez combined for 23 kills to propel the Burbank High School boys’ volleyball team to a sweep of Glendale on Monday. Burbank settled into a rhythm on offense late in the match’s first set and never looked back, winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-16, 25-10.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 3-0; the Nitros dropped to 0-2 on the season. (The match was considered a nonleague game and thus does not count towards either team’s Pacific League record.)

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Bulldogs Continue To Roll With 5-2 Victory

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

Burbank High School’s baseball team has yet to be defeated in Pacific League play, but the Bulldogs are not alone atop the leaderboard and needed to keep it up against Glendale to stay in control of their destiny.

Against the visiting Nitros, Burbank came to life near the game’s midpoint to come away with a 5-2 victory Tuesday afternoon.

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Transportation Board Ponders New Approach

Margaret McAustin

A board made up of officials from Pasadena and nearby cities is crafting a new strategic plan, potentially expanding its role in coordinating transportation initiatives in the area.
Members of the governing board for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority expressed interest Aug. 6 in moving beyond traffic and infrastructure concerns to consider other types of transportation, such as light rail and bicycles, for local development, as well as environment-related projects.
The joint powers authority was formed in 2017 and includes officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and the Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin represents Pasadena on the board, but she announced during the meeting that this would be her last term on the authority’s panel, as she is not running for re-election to City Council.
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