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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City Staff Peddles Ideas About Bike Lanes

As the city continues to improve alternative transportation methods in West Glendale, other large-scale projects are getting underway.

Glendale aims to collect public input on a pair of proposed protected bike lanes that would be installed along Glenoaks Boulevard, along with connecting paths on Western and Grandview avenues. Ideally, the city would like to complete the Glenoaks modification in conjunction with a dedicated bus rapid transit lane along the boulevard.

At present, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to use the Glenoaks lanes abutting the center grass median as a dedicated BRT route that will ultimately bridge a North Hollywood-Pasadena City College route.

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Mask Mandate Returns as Virus Cases Increase

By Oscar Areliz and Zane Hill

Though the increase pales in comparison to last year’s Fourth of July surge, Los Angeles County is experiencing a concerning spike in COVID-19 infections after recording more than 1,000 new cases for a seventh consecutive day on Thursday.

The rapid rise in daily cases, increasing number of cases involving the Delta variant and a slowing vaccination rate prompted the county to reinstate its mandate that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public spaces, just one month after the state celebrated its much-anticipated reopening. The new health order will be effective late Saturday evening.

“Wearing a mask when indoors with others reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus,” County Health Officer Muntu Davis, a physician, said in a virtual conference on Thursday. “Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so we can stop the trends and level of transmissions we are currently seeing.”

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Jewel City Beats Crescenta Valley for Title

By Nathan Cambridge

After this, there would be no more games to play in the Little League District 16 Major All-Star baseball tournament. Jewel City and then Crescenta Valley had previously beaten the other in this tournament, so this “if necessary” game became necessary to settle the district championship.

It was Glendale’s Jewel City Little League that took an early lead en route to a 13-2 victory over Crescenta Valley in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule Sunday at Montrose Park.

The game featured young athletes who are mostly either 11 or 12 years old, with their teams’ ultimate goal being to reach youth baseball’s holy grail – the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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Crescenta Valley Offense Explodes for Blowout Win

By Mano Baghjajian

Glendale News-Press

Hit after hit after hit. That was the story of the Little League All-Star baseball game between Vaquero-Burbank and Crescenta Valley, whose bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning, collecting an impressive 12 hits.

Crescenta Valley Little League’s Vincent Purcell pitched a scoreless second inning against Vaquero-Burbank on Thursday.

“We did what we came out here to do and that was to jump on fastballs,” said Crescenta Valley manager Mike Herman. “Attack and don’t put it in the umpire’s hands.”

The offensive barrage propelled the Crescenta Valley to a 19-1 victory over Vaquero-Burbank at Montrose Park on Thursday to advance to the District 16 Little League All-Stars final against Jewel City-Foothill All-Stars. The game was called after three innings due to the “run rule,” which states any team trailing by 15 or more runs after the third inning must concede.

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Personal Beekeeping Viewed as a Honey of an Idea

Glendale zoning officials are now working on an amendment to municipal codes that would allow personal beekeeping in most of the community’s residential zones, based on recommendations by the Sustainability Commission and the City Council.

Under the new code, homeowners with lots smaller than 10,000 square feet would be able to have up to two apiaries, while those with larger lots may be able to have up to five. Various other measures would deal with the placement of the hives in terms of distance from neighboring properties and ground clearance.

The decision saw unanimous approval by the council last week, nearly a year after the panel first considered the issue in response to a complaint filed against a resident.

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Goats Need No Goading to Reduce Wildfire Threat

Local residents recently got a chance to meet Glendale’s newest brush abatement employees — a herd of goats that are diligently eating away at excess dry foliage in Montrose and Verdugo parks.

They’re hungry and they’ve been put to work here in Glendale.

In Montrose Park, you’ll find about 80 goats dotting the landscape, foraging for food in what has become a mutually beneficial relationship with the city and its residents based on fire zone brush clearance.

The Glendale Fire Department is making use of the farm mammals in a pilot program, which also included Verdugo Park, to test their effectiveness in wildfire mitigation.

“Verdugo Park and Montrose Park are both really big open spaces,” explained GFD Battalion Chief Jeffrey Ragusa, who is also a fire marshal, “and there are a lot of houses close to the brush there.”

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Longtime Camaraderie Springs From Neighborhood Clean-Up

Photos by Natalie Miranda / Glendale News-Press
Marilyn Heidecker holds a trash bag open for her 4-year-old son, Charles, as he puts in a piece of garbage found during the Pride of Buckingham clean-up on Saturday.

By Natalie Miranda
Glendale News-Press

When Robin Rose and Paul McKernan moved into their Buckingham Road home in 1988, the couple took it upon themselves to keep their neighborhood clean. They started out by carrying plastic kitchen bags during their morning walks through the canyon to pick up and dispose of stray pieces of trash they would find along their path.

Their example led others to join the effort, as neighbors took to the street to keep Buckingham clean.

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Pride Month Helps Energize Glendale LGBTQIA Group

Passerby outside of the Glendale Galleria visit a pop-up tent for glendaleOUT in June. The LGBTQIA organization hopes to continue momentum from Pride Month advocacy and activism to be more of a year-round practice.

After observing Pride Month with enjoyment and putting aside the disappointment of last year’s pandemic-caused festival cancellation, glendaleOUT — the city’s grassroots LGBTQIA organization — is setting its sights on what happens the rest of the year.

The organization and its members had a busy June. They staged a number of “pop-ups” outside of the Glendale Galleria, where passersby could show support or inquire about the group and its cause. In conjunction with the city’s Library, Arts and Culture Department, it produced a number of presentations and videos in observance of the month. The organization, using its “fairy ambassadors,” made contact with a number of businesses and entities to build a network of support. And on the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Dave’s on Broadway hosted the group and an LGBTQIA audience for the first in what could become a series of weekly gatherings.

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