A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Artsakh Gardens Farmers Market debuted this week in downtown Glendale, bringing the heart of cultural craftsmanship and artistry to the Jewel City with a first-of-its-kind market that carries the true spirit of Armenia.
The result of the deep-rooted love held by local Armenians for their homeland, the market has been a collaboration with 30 vendors, who will offer a percentage of their earnings to directly benefit Armenia through its nonprofit partners — Aid Beyond Borders and Eternal Nation.
Co-founder Lilit Barsegyan said that in her effort to buy from Armenian small businesses in aid of the Artsakh War — a conflict with Azerbaijan over the highly contested territory — she was frequently en route from one vendor to another across town, some operating out of their homes. Continue reading “A New Jewel: Artsakh Farmers Market Opens”

Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Recall election results showed this week a large majority of California voters said they wanted to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in office, a stance that appears to be shared by a significant portion of Burbank.
The outcome came swiftly, propelled in large part by mail ballots cast by recall opponents ahead of Tuesday’s election. Statewide results showed more than 60% of residents voted against the recall, according to the California Secretary of State website. Continue reading “Burbank Rejects Gubernatorial Recall”

Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It’s a unique setup this season in Pacific League girls’ tennis. The teams all play one another once. Then, in the second half of the season, the top four will play each other while the bottom four will match up among themselves.
On Tuesday afternoon in Pacific League action, Burroughs High hosted Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta. The visiting Falcons, fueled by their singles play, carved out a 12-6 win over the Bears to help build their case for a spot in the upper echelon.
“Overall, I think they fought hard and did well today,” CV coach Alex Jang said of his team. Continue reading “Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6”

Pasadena Symphony’s Moonlight Sonata Gala Is Sept. 25

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Pasadena Symphony Association will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala in-person at Pasadena City Hall on Saturday evening, Sept. 25.
The festivities will kick off with a courtyard reception, followed by dinner, auction and a music-filled program with dancing under a starry sky in Centennial Square.
Music from the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras will usher guests in with a warm welcome as guests prepare to dine with meals from Parkway Grill.
To top off the event, talented songstress Melissa Manchester will perform an intimate set of standards in an exclusive performance befitting this enchanted night of music and community. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony’s Moonlight Sonata Gala Is Sept. 25”

Anti-Speeding Advocates Call for Safety Measures

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

As the woman walked down the street where her 19-year-old daughter had died, people watched.
She was accompanied on Tuesday by roughly 60 other demonstrators: family members, friends and sympathetic Burbank residents who knew or had heard of the three people killed last month in a car crash on Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive. Speeding on Glenoaks — on which the procession marched before turning to city hall — has long been an issue the local community has experienced for years, some said, and something needed to be done to prevent further deaths. Continue reading “Anti-Speeding Advocates Call for Safety Measures”

Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The John Burroughs High School’s varsity football team bounced back from a season-opening loss to dominate visiting Westchester of Los Angeles, 21-6, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
The host Bears controlled the game early, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second en route to their first win of the young season.
“After last week, we were disappointed about how we came out, so it felt good to … perform better than we did last week,” said Jesse Craven, Burroughs’ head coach. Continue reading “Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6”

Spartans ‘Scorch’ FSHA in Nonleague Matchup

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

It was guaranteed that the La Cañada High School girls’ tennis season would get off to a hot start hosting Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, because it was, literally, very hot outside.
“We almost had two opponents today: the heat and Sacred Heart,” La Cañada coach Will Moravec said.
On the court, it was the Spartans who put together, figuratively, a scorching performance, overwhelming intracity rival Flintridge Sacred Heart, 17-1, in nonleague action at LCHS. Continue reading “Spartans ‘Scorch’ FSHA in Nonleague Matchup”

Crescenta Valley Defeats Burroughs, 12-6

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Teleya Blunt, Crescenta Valley’s No. 1 singles player, swept her Burbank Burroughs opponents to help the Falcons to a 12-6 tennis victory.

It’s a unique setup this season in Pacific League girls’ tennis. The teams all play one another once. Then, in the second half of the season, the top four will play each other while the bottom four will match up among themselves.
On Tuesday afternoon in Pacific League action, Burroughs High hosted Crescenta Valley. The Falcons, fueled by their singles play, carved out a 12-6 win over the Bears to help build their case for a spot in the upper echelon.
“Overall, I think they fought hard and did well today,” CV assistant coach Alex Jang, who was in charge with head coach Doil Kim overseeing the junior varsity elsewhere, said of his team. Continue reading “Crescenta Valley Defeats Burroughs, 12-6”

Spartans, FSHA, Flintridge Prep Are Victorious

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ volleyball team had a stellar tournament performance at the Whittier Cardinal Classic, sweeping their competition without ever losing a set on Sept. 9-10.
The Spartans won the tournament by ultimately defeating Palm Desert by scores of 25-14 and 25-21 in the final match.
“This weekend was a blast,” said Laura Browder, La Cañada’s head coach. “My girls executed on a high level and bonded together throughout the tournament. We were missing a couple key players, so it was encouraging for me to see my team adapt to changes and handle adversity so well. Excited to use the momentum from this weekend into league play.” Continue reading “Spartans, FSHA, Flintridge Prep Are Victorious”

City Limits Eateries’ Distribution of Plastic Cutlery

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The City Council this week agreed to bar food and drink vendors from automatically throwing plastic cutlery, straws or other such accessories into to-go orders unless the customer requests them.
In doing so, the council and other city officials aim to curb the local contribution of single-use plastics to landfills and stymie the litter that makes its way to oceans. Activists have urged the reduced use of these plastics, which do not degrade and harm a variety of wildlife that incidentally ingest them.
David Jones, the city’s sustainability officer, said in 2016 that Americans used 561 billion pieces of disposable food ware. Continue reading “City Limits Eateries’ Distribution of Plastic Cutlery”