Brian Gadsby leads San Gabriel Valley All-Stars in opener

From Stengel Field to Redlands and now up to Modesto and seemingly everywhere in between, Brian Gadsby’s funky delivery and phenomenal stuff has plagued the opposition throughout 2014.

Varuzhan Mouradian hopes he can bring Western winemaking traditions to Armenia. Mouradian, a wine enthusiast,  left his job as an accountant in Glendale to move to Armenia nearly three years ago.

Former Glendale resident looks to revive Armenian winery tradition

Not far from Varuzhan Mouradian’s Armenian vineyard, volcanic stones from thousands of years ago dot the landscape of an ancient winery.

Bloomingdales at night, in Glendale, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

City of Glendale sees rise in sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue generated by Downtown Glendale's biggest shopping centers increased by nearly $1 million in the past five years, something city officials attribute to a series of openings by sought-after restaurants and stores.

Surrounded by Korean and Japanese media, former Japanese Imperial army sex slaves Il-Chul Kang, 85, left, and Ok-Seon Lee, 87, right, caress the Peace Monument dedicated to comfort women at Central Park in Glendale on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The two Korean women were used as sex slaves during World War II by the Japanese army.

Former 'comfort women' visit statue

Two former sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, commonly known as “comfort women,” visited a Glendale statue that honors their struggles on Thursday to commemorate the upcoming third anniversary of the city’s “Comfort Women Day” on July 30.

Man causes disturbance, severs computer wires at Church of Scientology

An unidentified man entered the Mission of the Foothills Church of Scientology on Tuesday and began yelling derogatory statements against Scientology and allegedly severed computer wires before being escorted out, according to police.

$50K in scholarships awarded to students

Twenty young people from ages 18 to 27 received scholarships totaling $50,000 during a ceremony at Glendale’s Camp Max Straus earlier this week — an event that celebrated how the recipients overcame adversity in their lives.

Weather extremes in Glendale and Burbank

Weather extremes in Glendale and Burbank

The remains of a home at 700 E. Garfield Ave. after a fire caused extensive damage.

Fire guts house in Glendale

Arson detectives are investigating what sparked a fire that significantly damaged a single-family home in the 700 block of East Garfield Avenue Wednesday night.

Families participate at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA's Y-Tribes Campfire Kick-off in October 2011.

YMCA of the Foothills to launch season of Tribes program

The YMCA of the Foothills is preparing to launch another season of its Tribes program for children in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and their fathers.

Glendale reviews water rates

As the City Council took the first step to hike water rates — albeit lower than proposed — some on the dais grilled their newest colleague for opposing increases altogether.

Campers run with the ball at The Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience Soccer camps during a scrimmage with Team Casillas, the youngest soccer campers at the Glendale Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. These camps, for soccer players from 7-17, are new and starting out in Southern California, the first of which at the Glendale Sports Complex.

Soccer royalty Real Madrid offers camp in Glendale

GLENDALE — It was a meeting of the elite and the eager at the Glendale Sports Complex this week.

Veronica Mullen, 8 of Los Feliz, front, and her brother Montgomery, 6, keep cool by swimming under water at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club swimming pool on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Temperatures, in the mid 90s on Wednesday, were expected to continue rising through the week.

La Cañada locals keep cool in water

On Wednesday afternoon, as outdoor thermometers throughout the city registered temperatures in the upper 90s, local kids — and some parents — took advantage of the cooling effects of the swimming pool at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto speaks at a press conference introducing Assembly Bill 47 and Assembly Bill 1532 which enforces broader and stiffer hit-and-run laws in California in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The bills, introduced by Gatto, represents joint interest and energy from the State level, City of Los Angeles level, and local level from Finish the Ride and The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The Amber Alert system could be used to track hit-and-run drivers if enough evidence is collected from the scene.

818 Roundup: Gatto gains support for hit-and-run bill; GCC student success rates released

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, July 24. The high is expected to reach 94 and a low of 69 in the Glendale region.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

A male California quail watches over his flock at Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  The California quail is the state bird.

Weather: Your Thursday forecast

Carlos Casanova of Glendale puts the ball during the third annual Glendale City Golf Championship at Scholl Canyon Golf Course in Glendale on Wednesday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Jake Ledbetter grabs lead in Glendale City Golf Championship

GLENDALE — For someone who has played golf for about two years, Jake Ledbetter caught the attention of the field Wednesday during the qualifying round of the third annual Glendale City Golf Championship.

Privately run summer schools debated

Members of the La Cañada Unified school community are reacting to a recent Los Angeles Times article that questioned the merit of public school districts benefiting from summer school programs operated privately by their educational foundations.

L.A. County Parks & Rec. equipment operator John Del Rio buiilds a new trail above the washed out part of the La Cañada Loop Trail north of Gould Debris Basin at Green Lane on Tuesday, July 21, 2014. Del Rio built the trail above the old one which ran through a small creek in this area and washed out often. There will be more clearing of rocks farther north near Angeles Crest Highway.

Area trails receiving an improved look

Crews from Los Angeles County’s Parks and Recreation Department set their sights this summer on making trail improvements in and around La Cañada, and are currently working in several sections of the city through July 31.

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto speaks at a press conference introducing Assembly Bill 47 and Assembly Bill 1532 which enforces broader and stiffer hit-and-run laws in California in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The bills, introduced by Gatto, represents joint interest and energy from the State level, City of Los Angeles level, and local level from Finish the Ride and The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The Amber Alert system could be used to track hit-and-run drivers if enough evidence is collected from the scene.

Gatto gains support for "Yellow Alert" hit-and-run bill

A proposed state bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would utilize digital signs along freeways typically used for displaying Amber Alerts in order to help identify hit-and-run suspects earned support from the Los Angeles City Council.

Glendale looks to less harmful rodenticide for city parks and wildlife areas

Glendale is set to swap a poison that parks maintenance workers use to kill mice and rats for one that’s less dangerous to other wildlife that may eat the rodents, following City Council review this week.

College educators examine success rates

At Glendale Community College, 54% of students who were tracked from 2007 through 2013 went on to earn a certificate, degree or transfer to a four-year school, according to data released this week showing the college’s student-success rates.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: Local grad earns full ride to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Montrose Food and Brewfest

Crescenta Valley High School graduate Max Burton, 18, received a full scholarship from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Intersections: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and only became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she would not be coming out. In some ways, we did, too.

Piece of Mind: Educational foundations provide valuable service

Education inequality — such as undeniably exists between schools in affluent communities and those in poor areas — is of concern to anyone who has compassion for others and who understands the value of good schooling to the future of our civilization. If all children, from the most tender age, could be guaranteed a solid education, our society would benefit in countless ways. Aristotle and Plato had that right.

John Kilpatrick and Gabrielle Wagner were two of the singers singing carols at the "Christmas in July" mixer. Behind them is the buffet set up for a complete holiday dinner, including turkey, stuffing and cranberries.

The Valley Line: Chamber's mixer celebrates 'Christmas in July'

My goodness we are speeding through summer. It's hard to believe we are almost done with July and on to August. In just weeks the local kids will be back to school.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Sharing the story of two travelers

Cecilia Del Valle Navarro is from the picturesque town of Alcazar de San Juan, located in the Castile-La Mancha region of Central Spain. The plains of La Mancha entice one into the world of Don Quixote de La Mancha created by Miguel de Cervantes. Alcazar de San Juan is a town of windmills, castles, churches and markets steeped in a land of culture, tradition, fable and literary significance. She is from a land of considerable depth, which has defined her European character.

Around Town: Continuing tales from the Proper

The summers are long in La Cañada Flintridge.

San Gabriel Valley's Justin Cage it tagged out at first base during Babe Ruth League SoCal Regional Championships action versus Long Beach Heartwell at Stengel Field. (Photo by Mike Mullen)

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars gear up for regional

After going the distance to win the three-game Babe Ruth 18-and-under Southern California Regional, the San Gabriel Valley All-Stars celebrated briefly before refocusing.

Glendale hires firm to market cell towers

Glendale is set to partner with a company that will actively market public buildings to telecommunications companies searching for locations to install cell towers.

Car enthusiasts flocked to San Fernando Boulevard in 2013 for the Downtown Burbank Car Classic.

Vintage cars on display at Downtown Burbank Car Classic this weekend

For an up close glimpse at roughly 200 cars featured on television shows and in movies, including Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine and cars seen in "Almost Famous," "Die Another Day" and HBO's "Entourage," head downtown Saturday for the third annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic.

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