Former Hoover High School water polo player Hakop Kaplanyan photographed in 2009.

Former UCLA water polo player from Glendale sentenced to 180 days in jail

A former UCLA water polo player from Glendale who was accused of rape last year pleaded no contest on Thursday to one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats.

Students abuzz over Science Bowl contest

La Cañada High School is prepared to compete in a regional science competition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory this Saturday, following months of preparation in hopes they'll compete in the National Science Bowl.

The Focused Student: Helping teens learn, grow and succeed

After years of teaching, I've come to the conclusion that — even here in La Cañada — most teenagers drive their parents a little crazy. I'm highly qualified to make this diagnosis, as I'm the father of two teens as well as the executive director of the Hillside School and Learning Center. This is key to remember: They won't do it forever.

Actor Michael Gross talks about a short film called Our Father, in La Cañada Flintridge on Thursday, January 15, 2015. The movie, which deals with a father's late stage dementia, will be shown in next month's Pasadena International Film Festival.

Actor Michael Gross' connection to story brings a short film to life

When La Cañada actor Michael Gross read the script for the short film "Our Father," he was hooked.

Guest Column: A man who saw possibility in all things real

People say, “Once you knew Howard, you couldn't forget him.” Howard Schultz, a former resident of La Cañada, passed away unexpectedly last month while celebrating his 28th wedding anniversary on family vacation in Hawaii. He was 61. He recently moved to Boulder, Colo., where he and his wife Tana lived on their Lighthearted Ranch.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Exploring the deeper meaning of patriotism

When I was a kid, the criticism of older people would tick me off. I'd wonder what right the old geezers had to criticize me. Of course, now that I'm an old geezer, I understand the importance of an adult in being an adult. My beef is found within the context of a great story.

Price of single-family homes in Burbank rise

Price of single-family homes in Burbank rise

The median price for a single-family home in Burbank rose 11% last month compared to the same time in 2013, and sales also grew during the period, according to the latest real estate report.

Around Town: The benefits of being multilingual

Years ago, on a trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador, a friend complimented me on my Spanish fluency. She said, “Es un adorno para saber un otro idioma,” which literally means that a fluency in a second language is an ornament.

Some of the 200 tiles sold that are ready for glaze and firing and will be placed at Crescenta Commons, in La Crescenta on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Tiles show common ground

There’s a patch of land in La Crescenta that many people will have a stake in — at least a small stake.

A pipe slowly gurgles water that creates a muddy area at the Tom Sawyer Camps in La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

818 Roundup: LCF residents' water use drops in December; Walking flags at Glendale crosswalks

Good morning, 818! It's Thursday, January 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 75 degrees and a low of 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Bell-Jeff boys' basketball defeated La Salle on Wednesday night.

Bell-Jeff basketball picks up pace in second half to down La Salle

PASADENA – The pace was a bit slow during the first half of Wednesday’s Camino Real League game between Bellarmine-Jefferson High and La Salle.

La Cañada High boys' basketball rolls past Temple City and into first place

LA CAÑADA - Backed by what might have been their best first half of the season, the members of the La Cañada High boys’ basketball team find themselves with a share of the lead in the Rio Hondo League at the halfway point.

Sample ballots, pamphlets cause confusion

The Burbank City Clerk’s office mailed ballots and sample pamphlet books for the city’s upcoming primary election this week.

Inventory rises in housing market

After a lengthy string of increases, the median sale price for a single-family home in Glendale dropped slightly last month from the same time last year, and the number of homes sold climbed, according to the latest real estate report.

Flintridge Prep's Riley Jones battles Pasadena Poly's Dylan Hanel for the ball in a Prep League boys soccer game at Pasadena Polytechnic School on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Flintridge Prep gets defensive in win against No. 2 Pasadena Poly

PASADENA — Late in the second half of its Prep League boys’ soccer match Wednesday, the Flintridge Prep defense had kept the potent Pasadena Poly offense in check.

La Cañada High girls' soccer gets last-minute goal to best Temple City

TEMPLE CITY — With time running down in the game, Chloe Kouyoumdian found herself unmarked about three yards from the goal line.

Online classes at GCC set to expand

As of this week, more than 100 Glendale Community College professors have enrolled in a program to earn certification so they can teach online courses, also known as “distance education,” according to a report presented during a trustee meeting on Tuesday.

Students walk to class at Glendale Community College Monday June 22, 2009.

GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

Glendale Community College officials were presented with several drafts Tuesday night for various proposed voting districts as the college moves ahead with switching from its current at-large system.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: CV Alliance presents parenting discussion; Vegan cooking demonstration for Valentine's Day

The CV Alliance will present “Parent or Friend? Finding the Balance” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in the library at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.

A pipe slowly gurgles water that creates a muddy area at the Tom Sawyer Camps in La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Residents' water use lessens in December

Local water usage among customers decreased by 33% last month compared to December 2013, according to Foothill Municipal Water District officials. The reduction is the largest in the district and is thought to be attributable to wetter weather conditions inspiring residents to turn off their irrigation systems.

Jordan Lay spells her winning word at the district-wide spelling bee on Thursday.

Sixth-grader's pacing and practice help spell success

At the La Cañada Unified spelling bee last week, some competitors spelled words in bunches of three letters at a time. Others plodded through the word's beginning, then rushed through the last several letters in relief.

Andrew Blumenfeld, right, pictured with Ret. assemblymember Anthony Portantino, left, and attorney David Sagal, center, at La Cañada High School's first Be The Change Day on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Blumenfeld has announced plans to run for California's 43rd Assembly District in 2016.

La Cañada school board head eyes Gatto seat

Andrew Blumenfeld, president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, has announced his plans to run for California's 43rd Assembly District in 2016.

Lexie Dreyfuss (center) and mother Kellie (left) hand off Chloe to Giselle Hartman.

Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Lexie Dreyfuss took Chloe, a black Labrador retriever, everywhere for 18 months. The 17-year-old junior had the dog lay by her side in class at La Cañada High School, walk through the aisles at Ralphs and resist other furry friends while volunteering at Petco.

Father arrested after allegedly leaving crying toddler in car while intoxicated

A 37-year-old man was arrested after his 1-year-old daughter was found crying in his parked car alone for what witnesses reported was at least half an hour, police said.

La Cañada Girl Scouts and Brownies in late January 1955 were preparing for their annual door-to-door campaign selling cookies. Posing for a publicity shot in advance of the three-week sale were, from left, Jill McFadden, Sue Bright, Diane Roberts and Paula Moran. It was announced the troop selling the most cookies that year would win an all-day trip to camp.

La Cañada History: Girl Scouts, Brownies sell cookies to raise camping funds

Ten Years Ago

Jan Ledgard, far right, talks with designers Cynthia Lambakis and Samantha Williams  at the Empty House Party.  Ledgard is designing the kitchen; Lambakis and Williams are creating the butler's pantry and laundry room.

The Valley Line: PSHA presents annual 'Empty House Party'

Once again Southern California was big news weather-wise this past weekend. While the East Coast was bracing for a blizzard we were basking in 80-degree warmth. Our two stunningly beautiful days inspired me to spruce up the backyard, with al fresco dining in mind.

Captain Henry M. Mingay, a Civil War veteran, was honored in Burbank in 1946 when a new elementary school was named for him. Three oak trees, symbolizing Mingay's strength and stamina, were planted during the ceremony. In return, Mingay presented his collection of Civil War and other historical souvenirs to the school, now the Burbank Adult School.

Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

These days, stories about 90-plus-year-olds living an active lifestyle are quite common. But this 90-plus-year-old was active back in the 1920s, when life expectancy wasn’t as great as nowadays.

A 37-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on Monday morning after wielding a knife and chasing a city employee, who had told him he shouldn't be urinating in public, police said.

Police: Homeless man caught urinating at park arrested after wielding knife, chasing city employee

A 37-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on Monday morning after wielding a knife and chasing a city employee, who had told him he shouldn't be urinating in public, police said.

GCC's Dylan Bahr at Stengel field for a Glendale College baseball preseason baseball practice on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Glendale Community College baseball looks to rediscover winning ways

With success that has included consecutive Western State Conference championships, regional and super regional appearances along with a state run, the Glendale Community College baseball team turned in a different, if not rarer 2014 campaign.

Coltrane Powdrill of California Lutheran University men's basketball team.

College Update: Powdrill, Cal Lutheran prevail in OT thriller

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