Keston Ott-Dahl holds her daughter, 16-month-old Delaney, who has Down syndrome. The Ott-Dahl family was in Burbank Wednesday, Nov. 25, to deliver books filled with the names and comments of 75,000 people who signed an online petition asking Disney to create characters that represent children with disabilities.

Petition to Disney aims to represent children with Down syndrome in animated films

Six-year-old Jules and her 16-month-old sister Delaney, asleep in the stroller, were dressed as Disney princesses — Jules as Elsa, her favorite character from Disney’s animated film “Frozen,” and Delaney as Cinderella.

Montrose Jewelers in Montrose on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The store's owners, the Abadjian brothers, are giving up ownership after 15 years.

Montrose Jewelers owner eyes his golden years

Large windows allow passersby to peer into Montrose Jewelers on Honolulu Avenue. Wooden cases contain hundreds of rings, bracelets and necklaces, some that sparkle and others that hold treasured jewels like sapphires and black diamonds. And paired with those jewels, during the last 15 years, have been the store’s owners, brothers Jack and Henry Abadjian.

Nutcracker statues on the four corners of Brand Blvd. at California Avenue in Glendale on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The statues are on the corners of intersections along Brand Blvd.

Nutcracker soldiers call attention

The 32 oversized nutcracker soldiers along Brand Boulevard in honor of the holiday season received a personalized touch thanks to a group of local students.

Burroughs High's Andrew Barrondo, left, was his team's No. 5 runner at the CIF-SS boys' Division I cross-country finals at Mt. SAC on Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Burroughs High boys, Burbank High's Candela Fernandez make way to state

For most of the cross-country season, the local narrative circled around the Burroughs High boys’ cross-country team, Burbank High junior Candela Fernandez and then everyone else.

People wait in line for the shelter to open at Ascencia in Glendale for the Glendale Winter Shelter Program on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Shelter finds no room for the homeless

With no luck in finding a new space for housing the homeless overnight, Glendale will go without a winter shelter this year.

Crescenta Valley High's Boston Lakin (left) has the ball just out of reach in versus Harvard-Westlake at Glendale High on Nov. 14. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Crescenta Valley High football faces La Serna with championship berth on line

When the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division pairings were announced, it was only natural that many a local eye looked toward a fortuitous semifinal showdown between fourth-seeded Crescenta Valley High and top-seeded St. Francis.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station detectives are seeking information on a woman who stole a wallet from a shopper at a La Canada Ralphs Nov. 21 and used the victim's identity to make a $2,000 cash advance in Montrose.

Woman sought in La Cañada grand theft

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of grand theft after stealing a wallet from a shopper at the La Canada Flintridge Ralphs grocery store on Nov. 21.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Madeline Dulcich (left) figures to have a bigger role with the Tologs this season. (File Photo)

Girls' Water Polo Preview: La Cañada High eyeing Rio Hondo League title

In the mind of La Cañada High girls’ water polo Coach Davey Brown, he can’t help but be excited about the prospects of the upcoming season.

Dressed as turkey triplets for the 2004 Thanksgiving Run for the Hungry at Memorial Park were, from left, Becky Muhs, Becky Childs and Amiee Crouse. It was the 11th annual event sponsored by the Community Center and it drew more than 1,100 participants.

La Cañada History: Runners, walkers take part in annual Run for the Hungry

Ten Years Ago

Ghapama  is a traditional Armenian delicacy which consists of a pumpkin stuffed with raisins, apricots, walnuts, cinnamon, honey and rice.

Intersections: Sitting down to tradition and reflection

Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday — on the one hand, I dream all year long about the food I will come to eat on the last Thursday of November, even as a vegetarian. On the other hand, the fact that it simplifies and paints over the pain, genocide and conquest that Native Americans endured by colonists makes me nervous and uncomfortable.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: NatureBridge program provides learning opportunity

I have various medals, most of which I’ve earned from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They signify a young man’s bravado and the misplaced intentions of the nation’s preoccupation with an ism it didn’t understand.

Flintridge Prep's Diego Delgado winds up for a shot against Pasadena Poly in a Prep League water polo match at Flintridge Prep on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Flintridge Prep's Delgado tabbed All-Prep League Most Valuable Player

Diego Delgado wanted to make his senior season a memorable one with the Flintridge Prep boys’ water polo team.

Around Town: 'The talk' can serve as an effective tool

La Cañada teens are fairly sheltered. Our town has a low crime rate. Yes, there are drugs, but no nightlife. Yes, there’s booze, but except for hurried drivers, the streets are fairly safe. If you run out of sugar, you can safely jog to the grocery store, coyotes and bears notwithstanding.

Breeana Koemans of the Northeastern University women's soccer team.

College Update: Koemans, Northeastern conclude historic season

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

La Canada's Lawrence Ku dribbles the ball around Glendale's Benito Fausto during a game at Moyse Field on Friday, December 13, 2013.

Boys' Soccer Preview: La Cañada's depth might be key to winning Rio Hondo League title

In a concentrated effort to return to the top of the Rio Hondo League and go far in the postseason, the La Cañada High boys’ soccer team will look to carry more depth and versatility.

Flintridge Prep's Jack Van Scoter, #401, runs in the CIF SS Boys Div. 5 cross country finals at Mt. SAC in Walnut on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart have sights set high at state

While only two local schools remain, prospects for success are still relatively high for the Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy cross-country programs heading into Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park.

Last year's La Cañada Flintridge float "Dog Gone!" won the Bob Hope Humor award for most comical and amusing entry at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Rose Parade judges named

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced Tuesday the float judges for the upcoming 126th Rose Parade.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council is considering a city ordinance allowing drive-thrus, after the owner of this Shell station requested a permit for a coffee drive-thru on his property, shown on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Drive-thru rules get a yellow light

A business owner wishing to build a drive-thru in La Cañada may have to provide a study detailing how it would affect congestion, the Public Works and Traffic Commission recommended last week.

Fifth graders Audrey Banks, left, and Emily Baker, right, enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch at the annual 5th Grade Feast at La Cañada Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

Elementary students put on Thanksgiving feast with a dollop of learning

La Cañada Elementary School fifth-graders continued a long-standing tradition Friday, joining parents and teachers in a costumed feast to commemorate America’s first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago.

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A 43-year-old Burbank man was arrested Tuesday, November 25, 2014 after allegedly attempting to stab a man walking by his home, police said.

Burbank man arrested for alleged stabbing attempt

A 43-year-old Burbank man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly attempting to stab a man walking by his home, police said.

Students cross the parking bridge to the elevators to campus at Glendale Community College on the first day of classes for the 2014 Fall semester on Monday, August 25, 2014.

GCC aims for pilot bachelor's degree program

Glendale Community College is one of 36 two-year colleges in the state that have applied to create bachelor’s degree programs under a temporary pilot project.

Resting on a platform at the airport hangar where the Burbank-Glendale police departments house their fleet helicopters is a brand new MD520N helicopter in Sunland on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The new helicopter, which costs over $2 million, was recently flown to the facility from Mesa, AZ and has fewer than 20 hours of fight time. It is being equipped, and FAA approvals before it is ready for use by the police departments.

818 Roundup: Burbank, Glendale police get upgraded helicopter; New businesses at Glendale Marketplace

Good morning, 818! It's Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 88 degrees and a low of 56 degrees.

2014 Midget Champs. La Cañada Gladiators. (Courtesy of Kevin Lacey)

Youth Roundup: La Cañada Gladiators win two conference titles

For the first time in the 48-year history of the La Canada Gladiators, two teams brought home conference championships.

Flintridge Prep girls, boys lead way to Fresno

Flintridge Prep girls, boys lead way to Fresno

Perhaps it’s an already all-too familiar narrative, but history is on the line once again for the city of La Cañada Flintridge’s three surviving cross-country schools at Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park.

Resting on a platform at the airport hangar where the Burbank-Glendale police departments house their fleet helicopters is a brand new MD520N helicopter in Sunland on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The new helicopter, which costs over $2 million, was recently flown to the facility from Mesa, AZ and has fewer than 20 hours of fight time. It is being equipped, and FAA approvals before it is ready for use by the police departments.

Upgraded helicopter has Burbank, Glendale police flying high

Arriving from Arizona, Glendale and Burbank police last week flew in their new shared helicopter, which is equipped with updated features for more efficient and effective police work, officials said.

New ad campaign takes flight at Burbank Bob Hope Airport

Burbank Bob Hope Airport officials are following a marketing playbook that they hope will help raise awareness of the airport by targeting college sports fans throughout the country with bowl season around the corner.

Buffalo Wild Wings, L.A. Fitness eye Glendale Marketplace

L.A. Fitness and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will be setting up shop in the Glendale Marketplace, which has seen several businesses close. However, their grand openings likely won’t happen until the end of next year.

Burroughs High gets new principal

Deborah Madrigal will take the helm of John Burroughs High School in December, Burbank educators announced this past Thursday during a meeting of the Burbank Unified school board.

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