Three Falcons Earn All-CIF Honors

San Diego State-bound pitcher Dee Dee Hernandez earned a spot on the All-CIF Division 1 first team after helping the Falcons clinch a fourth consecutive Pacific League title.

The Crescenta Valley High School athletics department had successful campaigns in a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the CIF Southern Section took notice by including three of the school’s standout athletes in its annual All-CIF lists.

Dee Dee Hernandez, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in the area, capped her high school softball career with an All-CIF Division 1 first team selection after helping the Falcons claim a fourth consecutive Pacific League championship. The Falcons finished 16-5 on the season and shut out Simi Valley Royal, 5-0, in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Murrieta Mesa, 1-0.

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Local Fireworks Shows Will Enliven Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July about to arrive, Glendale officials are reminding residents that personal fireworks remain illegal and that there are three opportunities to view professional pyrotechnic shows in the area.

Local fire officials urge residents not to launch their own fireworks this weekend, even the “safe and sane” varieties. Besides posing a personal safety hazard, explosive devices also are a fire risk, especially in the heavily wooded foothills of Glendale. Statistics show that fireworks are among the most dangerous of all consumer products. Even handheld sparklers, which many consider safe, can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause serious burns and fires.

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Drama Over Alex Theatre Management Continues

Supporters of Glendale Arts demonstrate outside of City Hall on Tuesday, shortly before a special City Council meeting where the panel elected to negotiate with three bidders — include this organization — for the next long-term contract to manage the Alex Theatre.

In a split vote on Tuesday, the Glendale City Council opted to invite three candidates seeking to manage the Alex Theatre to negotiate, after entering the meeting aiming to meet with just two.

The council expects to meet in closed session soon to determine the parameters of the negotiations and potentially identify a council member who will attend and observe bargaining sessions but not actively participate. In the meantime, the city will continue to enact periodic extensions with Glendale Arts, which has managed the theater since 2008, to ensure there is no interruption in management as the landmark emerges from the restrictions of the coronavirus.

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Local Unemployment Numbers Dipped Last Month

a chart shows glendale unemployment decreasing from may 2020 to may 2021
Data: California Employment Development Department

As Los Angeles County moved into the state’s least restrictive tier of coronavirus restrictions, Glendale’s unemployment rate fell last month following a brief bump in April.

The local unemployment rate dipped from 11.1% in April to an estimated 10.4% in May, according to the California Employment Development Department, with the number of out-of-work residents falling from roughly 11,500 to 10,800. The lowest rate for the city since April 2020 was in November, when about 10,500 locals were unemployed — 10.3% of the labor force.

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Pandemic Fosters Useful Practice: Telehealth

Although medical centers are well into resuming typical operations and activities, the coronavirus pandemic seems to have opened a door that can’t be shut — telehealth.

A practice necessary to maintain the distancing necessitated by the coronavirus, telehealth — or telemedicine — was also lauded as the pandemic raged for its efficiency in getting patients to their doctor visits. Its remote nature means, provided there is a good internet or mobile data connection, that patients can communicate with doctors at appointment time, instead of hurrying up and waiting in the lobby for ages.

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City’s Dilemma: Who Should Manage Landmark?

The Glendale City Council seems poised to move in a different direction on Tuesday regarding the management of the Alex Theatre, unless it does an about-face on the sole agenda item for a special meeting that afternoon.

For now, the action recommended by the municipal staff is for the council to terminate exclusive negotiations with Glendale Arts, which has managed and operated the venue since 2008, and engage a different operator in a contract. Although the city and Glendale Arts have been in negotiations since April, the council itself earlier this month decided that talks had stalled, hence the possible change.

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Glendale Arts Elevates Two to Lead Organization

Two managing directors of Glendale Arts, the nonprofit organization that has managed the iconic Alex Theatre for years, were promoted to high-level executive roles this month and together will lead the group, starting Aug. 1.

Nina Crowe, who presently handles fundraising and special events, will be chief executive officer, while Maria Sahakian, who manages bookings, marketing and messaging for the theater, will be chief operating officer. The Glendale Arts Board of Directors unanimously approved the promotions.

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Diverse Galleries Feature Artists of Varied Backgrounds

Artist Michael Warren is showcasing a number of his photographs in the new Diverse Galleries at the Americana at Brand, where local resident Ren Hanami was selected to curate after she called out the lack of diversity in the development’s branding.

 

By Tiago Barreiro
Glendale News-Press

Photographer Michael Warren scoffs at the idea that he is a Renaissance man.

He said recently that his gifts came to him at odd times in his life, but the truth is that Warren has had an interesting, varied life befitting the Renaissance man title.

Before becoming an artist pursuing what he said is a newfound love, Warren was a basketball standout on UCLA national championship teams and an Emmy nominee as an actor in the classic police procedural “Hill Street Blues.” The inspiration for his photography, he said, comes from his faith.

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Clark Magnet Graduation Ceremony

Kevin Sarvarian, Romell Shabany, Vardan Mikayelyan, Manuel Vartanian and Meri Sarkisyan

Clark Magnet High School celebrated its graduating senior class of 2021 with an in-person ceremony on the campus field on Thursday, June 10. Nearly 270 students gathered in front of their families, with a limit of four persons per graduate, to receive their diplomas.
There were remarks from ASB President Ani Sahakyan and Clark Magnet Principal Lena Kortoshian. Assistant Principal Brian Landisi presented the candidates for Valedictorian and Salutorian, which were Anaida Haroutiunian, Elen Hovhannisyan, Arpi Keshishian, Cyrus Motallebi and Arno Tatos.

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Foothill Area Community Transition Services Spring Graduation

Demetrius Hernandez and Arina Farewell

Foothill Area Community Transition Services (FACTS) held its 2021 spring graduation on Friday, June 11, at the Glendale High School’s Moyse Field. “We are so proud of our graduates,” said Principal Tammy Taylor. “They have shown such persistence and resilience this year and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate their accomplishments.”
FACTS presented graduation certificates to 21 students during the ceremony, which included a welcome from Assistant Principal Evan Robb and opening remarks from Principal Taylor.

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