GHS Pool Nearly Ready to Make a Splash

A project that was first conceived nearly a decade ago, the swimming pool being added to Glendale High School’s campus is just about ready to launch.
Pending approval from health inspectors, the pool is expected to be filled with water soon, after which the necessary sanitizing chemicals will be mixed and added to prepare it for use. The Glendale Unified School District anticipates that GHS’ swimming and water polo teams will be able to use it for workouts this spring.
“We’re getting close to wrapping it up,” said Hagop Kassabian, the GUSD administrator for planning, development and facilities. “All in all, I think we’re looking pretty good to have water in the pool by late February or early March.”

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Glendale Hospitals Being Stressed by Raging Coronavirus Surge

Hospital officials in Glendale are urging residents to commit to behavior that will significantly reduce their potential exposure to the coronavirus, as the explosive surge in COVID-19 cases that began in late November continues to push medical facilities to the brink.
Southern California has been at 0% availability for intensive care unit beds since late December, according to county Department of Public Health officials. The raging surge in daily new coronavirus cases continues to set records nearly every day as medical centers scramble to add personnel as they’ve reportedly turned away ambulances and others seeking emergency care.

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Mann School Gears Up for a Portion of Students to Return

The Glendale Unified School District is prepared to bring select students back for in-person instruction at Horace Mann Elementary School starting on Monday.
A portion of transitional kindergarten and regular kindergarten students will return to class at the elementary school, split into small groups so as to allow for proper social distancing and hygiene protocols. District officials plan to evaluate the return process and adapt to allow 1st- and 2nd-grade students to tentatively join them in the coming weeks.
The school will be making use of technology to allow students who remain at home under distance learning protocol to receive their instruction simultaneous to the
in-person teaching that will now happen.

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Medical Officer Named at Adventist Health Glendale

Dr. Kingman Ho

Dr. Kingman Ho has joined Adventist Health Glendale as medical officer. He brings deep experience as both a physician and operational leader that has led to marked improvements in physician engagement and alignment, significant care redesign, physician and payor contracting, and the development of hospital partnerships that drive innovation and additional service access for patients.
Ho came from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, a 357-bed acute care hospital and Level II trauma center and advanced stroke center in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he has served as chief medical officer since 2016 and, additionally, Care Innovation Officer and senior vice president of Professional Services since 2018.

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CommonSpirit Health Names New President of SoCal DiviJsionJ

Julie Sprengel

Julie Sprengel has been appointed president of CommonSpirit Health’s newly expanded Southern California Division. In this role, Sprengel will continue to oversee Dignity Health hospitals in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and Clark County, Nevada. Joining the newly formed division will be the Dignity Health hospitals from Central Coast and Central California — a total of 21 facilities. This new division will be the largest in CommonSpirit Health, with $6 billion in revenue.
Sprengel began her career more than 20 years ago as an emergency room nurse and has spent the majority of her career working in faith-based, nonprofit health-care systems. She honed her clinical and administrative expertise through a series of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in her position as a hospital CEO. In 2016, Sprengel was recruited as the senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Southern California, and in 2019 was named president of the Southwest Division for CommonSpirit Health.

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Obituary | Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Our family circle was broken with the death of our beloved patriarch. Duke was born in Globe, Arizona to parents who emigrated from Montenegro in the 1920s. He excelled in sports at a very young age, but rheumatic fever at 11 changed the course of his life. After graduating in accounting from Arizona State University, he came to Los Angeles and began work at Haskins and Sells. He then was employed by Cyprus Mines Corporation for 25 years, finishing his employment as Director of Taxes. When Cyprus Mines moved out of state, Duke chose to stay in Los Angeles and was hired as International Director of Taxes at U.S. Borax, where he remained for 13 years, until his retirement.
Duke married Nancy Field in 1955, and they moved to Glendale. They became active in Glendale Presbyterian Church, where Duke later served as deacon, elder and adult Sunday class president. During those many years, Duke continued his lifelong interest in sports. Having overcome rheumatic fever’s effects, he enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. He played tennis into his 80s.
Duke’s retirement years were happily spent in Carlsbad, where he and Nancy made cherished friends at Carlsbad Community Church. Being part of the Maranatha class and a small group Bible study were rewarding for him in his senior years.
Duke leaves Nancy, his wife of 65 years; his three daughters, Dyana Vukovich, Jana Vukovich Byeman (Andy) and Marta Vukovich; grandson Joshua Dushan Byeman (Karen) and great-granddaughters, Ava and Alice; granddaughter Julianne Byeman Folin (Steve) and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Abram; sister Nada Pitt; sister-in-law Ida Vukovich; grand godson Ari Abramovitz; and 14 nieces, nephews and cousins. His sister Desanka (Dee) and brother Lazo (Louis) predeceased him.
The values of integrity, responsibility, fidelity, generosity and empathy defined the life Duke lived. We thank God for the blessing he was to our family and many others during his 91 years.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Free Wheelchair Mission in Duke’s name, using the following link: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2461512.

Obituary | Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod, 91, of Glendale, CA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2020. She was a granddaughter of Glendale early pioneer settlers, Mary and Joseph Maier, and daughter of Marie Maier McLeod of Glendale and Fred McLeod of Boston, MA. Dorothy lived her early childhood in Glendale and in western states along Route 66 where her father was employed by TWA. Later Dorothy attended schools in Kansas City, MO and The Kansas City Art Institute. Her career began at City Hall, Kansas City, MO and continued in Glendale, CA in 1955 at City Hall, The City of Los Angeles, until her retirement in 1985 after 30 years of service. She was a former member of The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, CA. She continued living in Glendale until 2014 when she moved to Thousand Oaks, CA to be closer to family. Her lifelong interests were art, music, traveling and her family. She is dearly loved, honored and remembered by her sister, Grace Byard of Thousand Oaks, niece Beverly Adelman and her husband Eric Adelman of Moorpark, great-niece Ashley Adelman and her husband Ryan Murry, great-niece Haley Adelman, Suzanne Barger, Joan Byard and Robert Byard. Private services were held at Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Obituary | Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott passed away peacefully on Dec. 21 surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Washington to Doreen M. Hanlin (deceased) and Forrest Scott (deceased). Allan was raised in the Kings County area by his mother and stepfather Clifford R. Welborn.
He served in the USAF. Graduated from Glendale College. Allan retired as a manager for the City of Glendale Public Service Dept. after over 35 years. He spent over 15 years as an American Legion Post #127 commander to serve veterans. Allan’s passions included backyard basketball games, dirt bike riding, playing tennis with his brothers, swimming, boogie boarding, collecting rocks, movies, reading and his classic rock albums. Of all the people he touched, none was greater than his daughters Tamara and René … known as “his girls.” Others who meant a great deal to Allan were his grandson Grayden Baker; sons-in-law Matt Baker and Bill Tuck; brothers Ron Bowman (Shelley), Tim Bowman, Mark Bowman, Bob Bowman (deceased); and sister Teresa Sweet (John). He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, Dodgers fan, “Scotty,” proud patriot and U.S. Air Force veteran.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to DAV.org.

A Time of Pandemic, Protest, Change

Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press
A large crowd marches down Central Avenue en route to Artsakh Avenue in support of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic in their conflict with Azerbaijan. The local Armenian diaspora’s efforts have included activism and donation drives.

For many, Friday, Jan. 1, represented a long-overdue turn of the page from a year that lived up to no one’s expectations.
From the beginning of 2020, news trickled into American airwaves and newsprint that a mysterious virus had secretly wreaked havoc throughout much of China and had begun spreading at uncontrolled levels through South Korea, Iran, Italy and Spain. Reports of overwhelmed hospitals, mass graves and widespread lockdowns also spread.
And then the accounts started coming out of New York City. And Seattle. And a well-known pork processing plant in South Dakota.
By March 11, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was declared to be a global pandemic. Locally, by March 13 — auspicious, indeed, as a Friday the 13th — school districts were closing, cities were declaring states of emergency and officials were openly discussing what would become the Safer at Home orders. Restaurants were limited to takeout or delivery. Personal care services, entertainment venues and bars closed. Nonessential retailers had to close. The NBA suspended its season.

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Habitat for Humanity to Build More Families’ Dreams

Photo courtesy SGVHH
Glendale residents Kevin Garcia and Magaly Duarte Garcia pose with their three sons at the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony last year. The family is celebrating one year of living in their own home.

It’s been nearly one year since San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity helped Magaly Duarte Garcia and her family move into their forever home in Glendale, but the mother of three boys can still hardly believe their good fortune.
“I wake up every day, just so grateful to be able to call it my home and knowing we have security for my family. It’s taken so much stress away,” Duarte Garcia said. “This pandemic has been very stressful, but owning our own home and having space for the boys to study and have their own rooms, it has been a blessing.”
Before Duarte Garcia and her husband, Kevin Garcia, were chosen as homeowners to partner with SGVHH, they and the boys shared a two-bedroom apartment with her mother and sister. The family was constantly trying to stay quiet and out of the landlord’s sight for fear of eviction for overcrowding; at night, the two parents would anxiously shush the busy boys to not jump or run or disturb the neighbors. One of her sons, who is autistic, had a hard time being confined in such a small space and would try to run away.

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