Armenian Community Exults Over Planned Museum

In a moment that reflected pride in an ancestral homeland, the yet-to-heal wounds of a genocidal campaign and the successful integration of a diaspora into American culture, dozens grasped gold shovels in Central Park on Sunday, July 11, and tossed some fresh soil onto the grass.

Photo courtesy Armenian American Museum
The board of trustees and other officials behind the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center formally broke ground Sunday. The facility is set to be constructed atop Central Park by 2024.

As the dignitaries did so, dozens of white doves were released and flanked an audience of more than a thousand people who heartily cheered as ground was officially broken for what will become the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center. The future landmark will begin construction at the site after the park is formally closed at the end of this month.

In crediting all involved in the ambitious project that has been planned since 2014, Executive Director Shant Sahakian recalled the proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

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Bulldogs Sweep Glendale in Straight Sets

Burbank High School’s Matthew Ballash leaps for a kill attempt as teammates Alekhine Basco (10), Meena Ammari and Choy Jimenez (19) look on during the Bulldogs’ game at Glendale High School on Monday. Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Jonathan Coleman and Choy Jimenez combined for 23 kills to propel the Burbank High School boys’ volleyball team to a sweep of Glendale on Monday. Burbank settled into a rhythm on offense late in the match’s first set and never looked back, winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-16, 25-10.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 3-0; the Nitros dropped to 0-2 on the season. (The match was considered a nonleague game and thus does not count towards either team’s Pacific League record.)

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Bulldogs Continue To Roll With 5-2 Victory

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

Burbank High School’s baseball team has yet to be defeated in Pacific League play, but the Bulldogs are not alone atop the leaderboard and needed to keep it up against Glendale to stay in control of their destiny.

Against the visiting Nitros, Burbank came to life near the game’s midpoint to come away with a 5-2 victory Tuesday afternoon.

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Transportation Board Ponders New Approach

Margaret McAustin

A board made up of officials from Pasadena and nearby cities is crafting a new strategic plan, potentially expanding its role in coordinating transportation initiatives in the area.
Members of the governing board for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority expressed interest Aug. 6 in moving beyond traffic and infrastructure concerns to consider other types of transportation, such as light rail and bicycles, for local development, as well as environment-related projects.
The joint powers authority was formed in 2017 and includes officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and the Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin represents Pasadena on the board, but she announced during the meeting that this would be her last term on the authority’s panel, as she is not running for re-election to City Council.
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