A child, dressed as a pirate, walks down Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, the site of the Montrose Shopping Assn. annual Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Kids have a spirited time in Montrose

Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters were expected to descend on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose Halloween night for the annual Halloween Spooktacular.

Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team grabs share of Prep League crown

PASADENA —During the last several seasons, the Flintridge Prep boys’ water polo team spent plenty of time learning from mainstay rival Pasadena Poly.

Burbank Mayor David Gordon addresses Providence High School graduates on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Forest Lawn in the Hall of Liberty in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Gordon delivered his State of the City address during an event hosted by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

Mayor praises city's recent fiscal health

Burbank Mayor David Gordon touted the city’s recent economic health during the annual State of the City address Wednesday, before unveiling a plan that he hopes will lay a foundation for the city’s continued fiscal health.

Planners recommend against cellphone tower

Glendale planning staff is recommending denial of a proposed 50-foot-tall cellphone tower in the parking lot of a Kenneth Village business.

Luther Burbank Middle School 7th grader Ruby Gara shows the ice cream bars they have on hand to sell at the ASB student store in Burbank on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The ASB is allowed to sell snacks that do not compete with snacks sold at the cafeteria.

Food rules are tough to swallow

Under growing pressure from state and federal officials, Burbank Unified school district officials are heavily enforcing a rule that prohibits students from fundraising during school hours by selling items available in the cafeteria.

Outsourcing street-sweeping proposal nixed

Burbank residents and city workers spoke out at a City Council meeting on Tuesday against a staff proposal to outsource a single commercial-area street-sweeping route.

Planners recommend zoning change for mixed-use project

The city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend a zone change for height, density and other requirements for a proposed four-story mixed-use project at 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd.

Veterans Village applications will be available

Housing applications for Veterans Village, a new affordable housing project expected to open in June, will be available from Tuesday through Nov. 26.

Sixteen year-old Grace Rickert shows some of the designs she has created, at her home in La Cañada Flintridge on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Rickert recently participated in the Lifetime TV show Project Runway: Threads.

La Cañada teen wins Project Runway competition

Locals who watched La CaƱada teen Grace Rickert win “Project Runway: Threads,” a competition show for young fashion designers that aired Thursday on Lifetime TV, can congratulate her in person during her upcoming appearance at Pasadena’s Sewing Studio.

Study finds 80 potentially historic signs in Burbank

A proposed ordinance intended to help preserve historic signs around the city inched closer to reality Tuesday night when the Burbank City Council reviewed the findings of a study about the historic assets.

The Glendale float "Let's be neighbors," and featuring Meatball the bear, won the Governor's award for Best depiction of life in California at the Rose Parade in Pasadena on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Glendale will not take part in 2015 Rose Parade

A list of the 39 float entries for the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade was released this week, but it was missing one century-long participant — the city of Glendale.

A Word, Please: Lay and lie can even trip up the dictionary

Not so long ago, the only people who had to worry about typos were named Gutenberg. Today, typos dog everyone with a keyboard, and that horrible feeling of realizing too late that a resume, important email or blog post contained an error is practically universal.

Interactive Infographic: Glendale Real Estate

A look at recent single-family home sales in Glendale and La Crescenta. Also includes a comparison to last month.

Rufus is a 5-year-old gray tabby cat available for adoption through the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA.

News-Press Pet of the Day: Rufus

Rufus is a 5-year-old, gray tabby cat. He is easy to handle and enjoys being petted. Very friendly.

Interactive Infographic: Local Stocks

A look at the performance of publicly-traded companies based in Glendale and Burbank. Also includes companies that have large operations in those cities.

Star Baby is 8 years old and is available for adoption through the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Leader Pet of the Day: Star Baby

Revealing a one-of-a-kind cat, Star Baby is a rare beauty with luscious gray-and-white fur complemented by exquisite facial markings.

Crime Report: Former classmate and alleged stalker makes threatening phone calls

A woman received a phone call at 7:48 a.m. and recognized the name and number on the caller ID as a former college classmate she met in 1982 who used to stalk her when she was a cheerleader.

Glendale police to host poker fundraiser

The Glendale Police Officers’ Assn. on Saturday is hosting a poker tournament to raise money for Cops for Kids, a program that benefits local children who are disadvantaged or have special needs, officials said.

A panoramic photograph of artwork done by artist Miriam Balcazar on the soundwall at Curran St. and Indiana Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The artwork is a 90-ft. long tile mosaic with various scenes.

Soundwall completion celebrates form and function

City officials, dignitaries and community members convened on a tiny street off Foothill Boulevard Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the completion of three Foothill (210) Freeway sound walls and unveil a new mural installed on one of them.

Rachel Stich of L.A. Waterkeeper and La Cañada High School alumna came up with the Go Dirty for the Drought 60-day pledge, with her unwashed car at a friend's home in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Group asks drivers to 'Go Dirty for the Drought'

If you want to reach out to Southern Californians with an important message, post it where it counts — their cars.

Glendale College football player #33 Chris Riley celebrates a TD after an interception in game vs. Antelope Valley College at home in Glendale on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Glendale Community College football expects defense to be put to test

For much of the season, the defensive unit of the Glendale Community College football team has met each of its challenges.

A ghoul peers from behind a barrier at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Haunted Jail at the  Sheriff's Station on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. A spooky maze that snakes through the station and around the jail has a prominent zombie theme based in the year 2025 after a drought nearly destroys Los Angeles.

After decade-long hiatus, Haunted Jail returns for a ghoulish time behind bars

The Haunted Jail held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Crescenta Valley station ends tonight, a last chance for adults and children to get their scares for Halloween.

Burbank High girls' volleyball tunes up for postseason with win over Glendale

BURBANK — With their opponent fighting for its playoff life, the Burbank High girls' volleyball team received a quality postseason tune-up in the form of visiting Glendale in Thursday afternoon's Pacific League match.

Burbank High football bounces Arcadia in preparation for showdown with Burroughs

BURBANK — Scoring on eight of 11 total drives, the Burbank High football team set in motion its path toward a collision course with archrival Burroughs by obliterating visiting Arcadia, 56-14, in Thursday evening's Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

Sports roundup: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis finishes league unbeaten


Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball notches another sweep against rival

STUDIO CITY — Winning matches at Harvard-Westlake hasn’t occurred very often lately for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team.

Muir High proves just too formidable for Hoover football

PASADENA — The storyline was evident from the start.

Crescenta Valley High's Jonathan Jun carries the ball into the heart of the Pasadena defense and gets through for long yardage in a Pacific League football game at Glendale High on Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Crescenta Valley High football earns its share of Pacific League title with win over Pasadena

GLENDALE — In the grand scheme of the Pacific League schedule, most would deem that Crescenta Valley High’s victory a week prior against Muir was the deciding factor in the Falcons’ ascent to a league title.

"The Dark Place," directed by Jody Wheeler, is among the films celebrated at the upcoming Bent-Con in Burbank, where wide cross-sections that LGBTQ and fanboy culture will meet.

Fanboys of all stripes celebrate geekdom at Bent-Con

”Sure, I’ve been a geek and a nerd since I was a little kid,” admits Jody Wheeler, vice-president of Bent-Con, the upcoming convention celebrating the wide cross-sections where LGBTQ and fanboy culture meet. “I had all the Star Wars figures,” he explains, “and Princess Leia was inevitably the first casualty of every battle…because she stood in the way of Luke Skywalker’s and Han Solo’s undying love for each other. I’d put her in the hospital, so the two of them could be together.”

La Cañada High School on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

818 Roundup: LCUSD discusses drug-sniffing dogs; Artists paint Montrose utility boxes

Good morning, 818! Happy Halloween! Today is Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 72 degrees and a low of 56 degrees with a 90% chance of showers. So if you're going trick-or-treating tonight, stay safe and keep warm.