Obituary | Diane Sage-Heiner

Diane Sage-Heiner

On October 22, we bid farewell to our cousin and friend Diane, an elegant, creative and joyful lady. Diane was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Nelson, BC, Canada and grew up in Grand Forks and on the west coast. Diane loved art and fashion and opened her own store in Vancouver. She later moved to Toronto to pursue a career as a model and pattern designer for Simplicity.
In the late ’70s, California called and Diane moved to L.A., working as a designer for Creative Circle. Here, she met her husband and artist, Bob Heiner. They lived happily in Marina del Rey until Bob’s passing. Diane then moved to Glendale, where she enjoyed entertaining, creative projects, gardening and especially her dogs Disney, Jack and Oreo. You are always loved and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Obituary | Eva Clara Higgins

Eva Clara Higgins

It’s been a year gone by since I lost the love of my life, Eva Clara Higgins, to breast cancer 1953-2019.
She was an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, which at the time was Communist-controlled.
The Fabok family fled to Austria for two years, applying to the U.S with help of existing family members who were here who would sponsor them. The family settled in Montrose in 1967, where Eva attended Rosemont Jr. High, and graduated from Crescenta Valley High.
It was in 1969, when I met Eva. I was hitchhiking with a couple of friends, when on a dare, this car pulls over with three lovely girls — the rest is history. I was smitten with Eva from that moment on. Later, I learned she has the same identical birthday as mine. To top it off, so does the driver of the car whose name is also Eva.

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Crews Quickly Halt Brush Fire Near Brand Park

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Firefighting aircraft makes a pass over the brush fire that ignited near Brand Park this week. Crews contained the 16.7-acre blaze, which damaged no structures and injured none.

Quick and precise work by firefighting crews from Glendale and surrounding partners helped to cap a brush blaze that erupted behind Brand Park on Tuesday, bringing relief to the city in the wake of the state’s struggles with wildfires this year.
Forward progression of the fire was halted at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Glendale Fire Department, not quite two hours after it was first reported at 2:15 p.m. The fire was fully contained by 7:15 p.m.
In spite of its proximity to residential streets and the Brand Park and Library, miraculously no structures were damaged and there were no injuries.

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GUSD Puts Schools’ COVID-19 Data Online

The Glendale Unified School District unveiled a new dashboard this week to illustrate the level of coronavirus infection among students and staff members involved in the district’s learning pods and athletic conditioning programs.
The dashboard, which is slated for regular updates and can be found online, will include current and cumulative confirmed cases as well as positivity and transmission rates at GUSD school sites. Names and other personal information will not be included, to protect privacy.
“As we continue the careful and deliberate return of our highest-need students for on-campus child care and instruction, we are counting on our students, families, and employees to help us by taking responsible measures to protect our entire Glendale Unified community.” said Superintendent Vivian Ekchian in a prepared statement.
For now, the cumulative and current cases are effectively the same in most situations, given the limited number of students and staff in given areas since the start of the school year.

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City Shows Support of Artsakh With Formal Recognition

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A local man waves the flag of the Republic of Artsakh, which Armenians consider part of their ancestral homeland. Artsakh is fighting for independence from Azerbaijan.

The city joined other American municipalities this week in formally recognizing the Republic of Artsakh’s independence, a symbolic move meant to bolster awareness of the breakaway nation’s effort to separate from Azerbaijan, which has resulted in military hostilities.
The move comes as federal officials — including Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents Glendale — have called for American recognition of Artsakh, a predominantly Armenian-populated region considered part of Azerbaijan by all other nations. In the years since Artsakh voted by referendum to declare independence in 1991, it has attained recognition only from other unrecognized nations and, more recently, 10 American states, including California.

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New York Design Firm to Head Verdugo Wash Project

Work will soon begin on the researching, outreach and design phase of the bike path and linear park envisioned to line the Verdugo Wash all the way to the Los Angeles River.
The project is likely to come in phases, officials said, and would ideally be funded in large part by outside grants aimed at promoting the sustainability, active transportation and habitat restoration that the project would achieve. The City Council voted 4-0 to approve a $440,000 contract with New York City-based design firm !melk this week to take the reins. (Councilman Ara Najarian abstained because his wife owns property abutting the Verdugo Wash.)
“I’m tremendously excited about this, and I want us to move forward,” Councilman Dan Brotman said Tuesday.

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Eva Clara Higgins

Eva Clara Higgins

It’s been a year gone by since I lost the love of my life, Eva Clara Higgins, to breast cancer 1953-2019.
She was an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, which at the time was Communist-controlled.
The Fabok family fled to Austria for two years, applying to the U.S with help of existing family members who were here who would sponsor them. The family settled in Montrose in 1967, where Eva attended Rosemont Jr. High, and graduated from Crescenta Valley High.
It was in 1969, when I met Eva. I was hitchhiking with a couple of friends, when on a dare, this car pulls over with three lovely girls — the rest is history. I was smitten with Eva from that moment on. Later, I learned she has the same identical birthday as mine. To top it off, so does the driver of the car whose name is also Eva.
We married in 1972, just babe’s lots of bets on it lasting. Our daughter Jennifer was born in 1973, a beautiful addition to our family. We remained in the Crescenta Valley where Eva took on part-time work at J.C. Penney’s in Montrose and then Shreiner’s German Deli. She became an American citizen in 1981; because of the new immigration law on marrying an American there was a wait (She was a proud American and a great one!). She eventually found professional employment as an insurance broker with two firms, Marsh Mclennan and Willis Towers. Eva volunteered help to our older friends because giving back was always an important part of her character. Fight tooth and nail for cause and belief; “this too shall pass” was her model.
Prior to retirement and after, we enjoyed traveling the U.S. as well as Europe and Hawaii. Eva loved to plan trips with our grandchildren, Kylie and Brodie, to New York, Chicago, Florida, New Orleans. Of course, no matter where Eva would go, you can assure there was walking involved — lots of walking. She enjoyed live theater and mountain hikes, bicycle rides along the coast, walks on the shoreline. With stage 4 cancer, our last hikes were Fern Lake, Parker Lake, and Walker Lake, finishing each one with a smile of confidence.
Eva always had a smile; her smile was so full of life it brought life to life and a laughter to match. I thank God for the blessing of knowing and having her in my life for 47.8 years of marriage to a woman whom I am so proud of, in love with, the mother of our daughter and grandmother to our grandchildren and friend to friend. E’des szi’vem szertlek! — Your Husband
Parents predeceased: George F. Fabok and Ilona Fabok. Survived by Terrance Higgins (husband), Jennifer VanderGeugten (daughter), Mark VanderGeugten (son-in-law), Kylie Rea VanderGeugten (granddaughter), Brodie Lee VanderGeugten (grandson), Klara Ruza (sister), Judith Solimar (sister) and Sarika Haklar (aunt).

Esteemed Coach Takes on New Challenge: Cancer Diagnosis

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Rose Bowl swimming coach and Glendale redsident Jeff Julian, kneeling, has received support from his swimmers after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. Julian guided a Rose Bowl team that included Ronald Dalmacio (from left), Rafael Gu, Danny Syrkin, Chris O’Grady, Braden Beagle and Keane Alejandro.

For years, Jeff Julian has been one of the best swimming coaches in Southern California. The head swimming coach at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center has devoted his life to the sport, guiding and mentoring countless athletes and coaching Olympian Jason Lezak prior to his remarkable, multiple-medal-winning performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Julian, 45, has become even more influential after surviving a bout with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015. He became a motivational speaker and has served as a beacon of hope and optimism for athletes and families who know him. His sister, Jaimi Julian Thompson, said he seems to be more of a teacher than a coach, providing “lessons that help people be successful in life.”

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City Council Aligns Rent Repayment Plan With State’s

In anticipation of future state legislation and hopes of mitigating growing confusion among renters, landlords and their legal advisers, the City Council elected this week to abdicate its own rent repayment schedule and align with the state’s own plan.
Mayor Vrej Agajanian and Councilmen Dan Brotman and Ardy Kassakhian supported the measure on Tuesday, with Councilwoman Paula Devine voting against it and Councilman Ara Najarian choosing to abstain after its passage was assured. The decision ends the city’s previously adopted 12-month quarterly rent repayment plan that was scheduled for first installment at the end of November.

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Suspect Under Arrest in Alleged Kidnapping, Chase

A Santa Clarita man remained in custody this week after the Glendale Police Department said he kidnapped a woman, led officers on a high-speed chase around downtown and ultimately crashed into other vehicles on Wednesday.
The GPD said it expects the 28-year-old suspect to be charged with kidnapping, felony assault, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and violating the terms of his parole. He was in custody awaiting arraignment, according to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann.
Police received three calls at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, the first presumably from the alleged victim — all the dispatcher heard was “an active struggle” between a man and a woman before the call ended, a department news release said. The second call came from another person reporting that a man was attacking a woman outdoors near the intersection of Harvard Street and Chevy Chase Drive.

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