City Honors Local Woman After Tragedy

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Elvira Muñoz and Bob Geoghegan, with their daughter Jacqueline and dog Rocky, unveiled a memorial bench and eastern redbud tree at Brand Park this week, in memory of another daughter, Lauren, who was slain while traveling abroad in 2018.

Three years ago this week, longtime Glendale residents Bob Geoghegan and Elvira Muñoz were visiting their daughter, Lauren, and her boyfriend in Montenegro.
As he fondly recalled on Thursday, Geoghegan said they’d swam in the Adriatic Sea, just off the coast of the picturesque Balkan nation. Less fondly, he then explained that this would sadly be the last time they would see their daughter — the couple would be slain months later, while biking in Tajikistan, during an extremist attack that shocked the world at the time.
This week, the city memorialized the enterprising, curious young woman with a commemorative bench and accompanying eastern redbud tree at Brand Park, where a young Lauren Muñoz Geoghegan spent her formative years meeting her friends on the playgrounds, playing soccer in the fields and hiking the foothills crowning the city park.
“Particularly on weekends,” Bob Geoghegan explained, “we would all come here and have a great time. Lauren, with her wonderful spirit, made it a wonderful time.”

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CV Runner Ranks First in Nation

By Haley Sawyer
Glendale News-Press

Photo courtesy Pete Magill
Mia Barnett (in blue), a Crescenta Valley track and field standout, currently boasts the best high school times in the nation in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. The senior will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

When it comes to running the 800-meter race, Crescenta Valley High School’s Mia Barnett has a simple approach.
“I’ve just kind of gone out hard every time,” the senior said. “Try to run a :62, :63 first lap and let my fitness, let my strength carry the second lap. Strategy-wise, I always take it out from the front and take the lead from the start and hopefully no one catches me.”
No one caught her at the Meet of Champions on April 24, when she clocked 2:07.31 for first place and a new personal record in the 800. And earlier that month, at the Laguna Beach Distance Carnival, no one came even close to catching her, as she ran a scorching 9:52.23 in the 3200.

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Falcons Down Nitros to Pick Up Fourth Victory

Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

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Glendale High School’s Momo Guzman returns a serve during the Nitros’ match against Crescenta Valley on April 29.

The brief spring 2021 regular season for Crescenta Valley and Glendale girls’ high school tennis culminated on Thursday as CV spoiled the Nitros’ senior day by a final score of 13-5.
The Falcons’ No. 1 singles and doubles players went undefeated, as did their No. 3 duo. Glendale had plenty of bright spots as well, though, including No. 1 singles player Celine Khachiki.
The Falcons improved their record to 4-1; the Nitros fell to 3-2 on the season.
Despite playing in their second match in as many days due to a rainout on Tuesday, the Falcons pushed through fatigue with their stars leading the way. Teleya Blunt, CV’s No. 1 singles player, continued her dominant 2021 season with a clean sweep in her three sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 Chloe Kim won both of her sets as well, 6-2, 6-3.

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Genocide Recognition is Appreciated, Armenians Say

Last week’s declaration from President Joe Biden that the United States formally recognized the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during World War I, even though it was expected, was widely welcomed by Armenian Americans and human rights advocates nationwide.
Now, advocates say they will pivot their energy toward the logical next steps beyond this milestone, which includes seeking a more tangible acknowledgement of the atrocities that left upwards of 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered at the hands of Turkish nationalists in the waning empire. The erosion of Armenians’ sovereignty over their historic lands mostly continued in the aftermath, as the emergent republic was absorbed by the imperialist Soviet Union and, after regaining independence, twice warring with neighboring Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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City Nixes More La Crescenta Fireworks Funds; Sparks Venue Search

In lieu of further assisting the traditional Crescenta Valley Fireworks show, the City Council asked for city staff to explore partnering with another organization to try producing an Independence Day fireworks show that would be in or near downtown Glendale.
Whether the city can make it happen is another story, as a specific location remained undetermined, as did the ability for it to even locate a vendor who isn’t booked for the national holiday. Still, they will try to make it work, likely with help from the Downtown Glendale Association or another unnamed organization suggested by Councilman Ara Najarian.
“I would much rather see that to be done in an area where people from around the city can get there, maybe by walking or looking outside their window,” he said Tuesday. “As you know, the downtown area is very highly populated.”

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A Year Into Pandemic, Glendale’s Unemployment Still Elevated

Glendale’s unemployment rate last month was significantly higher than it was in March 2020, according to state data, though the gap continues to narrow.
The city’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% in February to 10.3% in March — tied with November for having the lowest rate since the beginning of the pandemic — according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department, reflecting a decrease in the number of unemployed workers from 10,900 to 10,600.
However, the city’s labor force — the number of residents either working or actively looking for work — fell by 700 people while its number of employed residents dropped by 400.

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Burbank Cruises Past Hoover, 25-4

By Nathan Cambridge
Glendale News-Press

Photo by Nathan Cambridge / Glendale News-Press
Hoover’s Eden Maldonado and Alexis Figueroa are two of the softball team’s top players. The Tornados will take on rival Glendale on Thursday, May 6.

There has been a litany of lopsided scores so far in this season of Pacific League softball, and when Hoover and Burbank High matched up for the first time it proved to be another one.
After the opening inning, the visiting Bulldogs poured it on the overmatched Tornados and cruised to a 25-4 win Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific League game that was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
“We are really excited to win,” Bulldog Lily Stell said. “We worked as a team and we have been working very hard in practice. I’m just really proud of all the girls.”

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Mary Joan Mulvihill Cunning | Obituary

Mary Joan Mulvihill Cunning

Mary Joan Mulvihill Cunning passed away peacefully in her home on Balboa Island on April 7, 2021. She was the third child of Ethel and Joseph Mulvihill. “Joan” was raised in Glendale, with older brothers William and Patrick, younger brothers John and Michael, and younger sister, Margaret (Peggy) Mulvihill Gudelman.
Joan attended Holy Family Elementary and Holy Family Girls High School, class of 1948, where she made many Lifelong Friendships! Then went on to become an active and enthusiastic student at Glendale Community College.
Next, she worked in business for over a decade at So. Calif. Gas Co. During this time, Joan met and married “Jack”; John Francis Cunning in 1953. Jack was a very popular History teacher at both Clark Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School. During summer breaks, he began working in Real Estate, selling properties, many of which were on Balboa Island. While working the market there, they purchased a rental property and thus started a side business.

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Julia Mingolla Costanzo | Obituary

Julia Mingolla Costanzo

Julia Mingolla Costanzo, 78, of Glendale, California, passed away March 29. 2021. Julia was born April 2, 1942, in Sava, Italy, to John Battista Mingolla and Teresa “Tina” (Franco) Mingolla.
Julia is survived by her sisters, Stella Mingolla and Valerie (Mingolla) Mancini, brother, Ennio Mingolla, and his wife, Susan Stearns.
She also leaves her 6 sons and their families, including her 12 grandchildren: Vito Costanzo, his wife Gabriela Costanzo, and their sons Michael Costanzo and Daniel Costanzo; Anthony Costanzo, his wife Theresa Costanzo, and their daughters Christina Costanzo and Pia Costanzo; Francis Costanzo, his wife Lilliam Paetzold, and their daughters Samantha Costanzo Carleton and Sophia Costanzo; John Costanzo, his wife Susi Campos, and their son Carlo Campos Costanzo and daughter Giovanna Campos Costanzo; Giulio Costanzo and his daughter, Valletta Costanzo; and Joseph Costanzo, his wife Andrea Campos, and their daughters Cynthia Campos Costanzo and Isabel Campos Costanzo, and son Marcus Campos Costanzo.

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YMCA’s Young Gym Is Part of $7 Million Campaign

Photo courtesy Young family
The Young family appeared in this 30-year-old photo that was published in the Valley Sun in 1991. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Vanessa Young Burnett and Charlie Young. Second row: Monica Young Skeehan, Vicki Young Aldridge and Doris Young Coates. Third row: Philip Young III, Liz Young, Karen Young and the late Robert Coates. Top row: Phil (Chip) Young Jr. and Scott Young.

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (CCY) just unveiled a freshly restored Young Family Gymnasium, the addition of three pickleball courts, spiffy new women’s and men’s locker rooms, and an updated membership lobby and multipurpose room.
The CCY, which is under the YMCA of the Foothills “umbrella,” has been operating at limited capacity since the end of June 2020 when it created a 4,000-square-foot covered outdoor “airnaysium,” where members could safely work out. The increased downtime and reduced traffic from the pandemic presented the opportunity for some overdue upgrades and additions.
Last week, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the locker rooms, which alone received $1.7-million worth of improvements, including two new Swedish dry saunas. That revamp is considered Phase 1 of the CCY’s “A Time to Build” campaign — a three-phase, $7-million expansion that aims to provide greater physical and financial accessibility to the community. The locker rooms also mark the location’s first major project since “Renew the Resource,” a $3.5-million capital development campaign that was launched in 1992.
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