La Cañada High School alumnus and jazz singer Nora Sagal sings with the David Sagal Jazz Quintet at the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation 23rd Annual Spring Gala at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The young singer performed at the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

LCF resident sings at George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin's wedding

Former member of the Miss La Cañada Flintridge royal court and 2014 La Cañada High School graduate Nora Sagal showcased her vocal talents for a very special crowd Saturday during a performance at the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy.

Julie Martin, member of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce, wears special glasses at the annual Oktoberfest festival in Montrose on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: Handmade tiles; Town Council elections; Montrose Oktoberfest

Handmade tiles are still available for purchase that will be placed in the future Crescenta Commons in La Crescenta. 

Boxer Vanes Martirosyan, left, looks to get back on track Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Vanes Martirosyan-Willie Nelson fighting to regain championship potential

In the road to boxing stardom that has been Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan’s career, there has been a multitude of pivotal bouts set to launch the Glendale pugilist to the next level.

Eight Glendale employees to be laid off

Eight city employees will be laid off by the end of this month as part of reorganization and streamlining measures within City Hall.

Some student rush to and from buildings as others wait in line on the first day of Fall classes at Glendale Community College on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

GCC could be among 15 colleges in the state to begin awarding BAs

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation earlier this week allowing some community colleges to begin awarding bachelor's degrees in fields not offered on the UC and Cal State campuses.

Growth powers utility fixes

Part of a 1930s-era substation that powers homes and businesses in the San Fernando Road corridor will be rebuilt as part of a $13-million reconstruction project to accommodate anticipated growth in the neighborhood following City Council approval on Tuesday.

Members of the Crescenta Valley High School cross country tea run over a bridge that crosses the Verdugo Wash at the site of a solar-powered monitoring station at Crescenta Valley Park in La Crescenta on Monday, September 29, 2014. The station is being used to gather data about whether Crescenta Valley Park would be suitable for storm water to be placed in the ground.

District hopes to tap new resource of groundwater

The Foothills area could gain a new way to combat the recurring drought as a study aims to see if an area of the Crescenta Valley can transform into a viable resource of usable groundwater.

Between 1997-99, Jim Bonds (pictured) and Casey Clausen enjoyed plenty of success at Alemany. Bonds and Clausen are now the head coaches at St. Francis and Calabasas, respectively, and the two will reunite on the field on Friday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Weekly Previews: Jim Bonds leads St. Francis football against former pupil

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

One-month old, 100-pound bull calf Chip licks the finger of handler Laura LaFayetteat of the Dairy Council of California's Mobile Dairy Classroom at Horace Mann Elementary Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Chip's adopted mother cow Buttercup was there too, and the two were on display to help teach the students about cows, where milk comes from, and to eat a healthy diet. (

Cow and calf visit Horace Mann Elementary

The Dairy Council of California brought its mobile classroom to Horace Mann Elementary School on Wednesday with a 1,500-pound cow named Buttercup and a 100-pound bull calf named Chip.

Crescenta Valley's Chase Walker, center, and his Falcons will look to get by league contender Burbank on Friday in a Pacific League showdown. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Game of the Week: Crescenta Valley High, Burbank brace for collision course

The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.

Liana Aghajanian purchased this sheep's wool in Armenia. It was then combed in England and spun in Los Angeles.

Intersections: Armenian wool's international tale weaves itself

When you tell people that you've got a bag of sheep's wool in your possession, the first thing you get asked is, "Can I touch it?"

Surveillance photo of one of two men suspected of stealing a motorcycle from a Glendale parking garage.

Surveillance photos released of motorcycle theft suspects

Police on Wednesday released surveillance photos of two men suspected of stealing a motorcycle from a Glendale parking garage last month, police said.

Sandy Russell, one of five 2014 school board candidates.

LCF resident eyes board seat

A resident of the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge is one of five candidates looking to be appointed to the Glendale school board this week following school board member Mary Boger’s resignation due to illness.

Kerry Krull, owner of Romancing the Bean, cuts lettuce in this portrait featured in Jen Serena's upcoming Homegrown photography exhibit. The exhibit, slated for Oct. 11, highlights small businesses in Burbank's Magnolia Park area with portraits and conceptual images representing their businesses.

Photo series focuses on local businesses

Some subjects in Jen Serena's latest photography project took some extra convincing. The Burbank small business owners just couldn't believe they were being offered free photography. Others said "yes" perhaps a little too quickly.

A student from La Crescenta Elementary was airlifted to the hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 1 after a fall, according to authorities.

Valley View student airlifted to hospital after fall

A student was airlifted from Valley View Elementary School in La Crescenta on Wednesday after a fall, authorities said.

The water below Devil's Gate Dam in the Hahamogna Watershed is long gone, leaving behind cracked earth and hearty plants that are wilting in the sun in La Cañada Flintridge on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. A meeting was recently held to discuss the drought and what La Cañadans can do today to reduce their carbon footprint.

Conservation issues take center stage

A potential California mega-drought, global warming and what La Cañadans can do today to reduce their carbon footprint were up for discussion in a Tuesday evening speaking engagement sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.

Motorcycle passenger who died in crash is identified

Coroner's officials have identified the motorcycle passenger who, along with the motorcyclist, died in a crash on the Ventura (134) Freeway Monday night while they were being pursued by the California Highway Patrol.

Burt C. Monesmith, right, a Lockheed executive who lived on Princess Anne Road in La Canada, posed in 1954 with a 201-pound black marlin he caught off the Kona Coast of Hawaii while on vacation. With him is the skipper of the charter boat, George S. Parker Jr.

La Cañada History: Resident catches 201-pound black marlin

Burt C. Monesmith of Princess Anne Road in La Cañada landed a 201-pound black marlin while deep sea fishing off Hawaii's Kona Coast.

Visitors learn about Cassini, NASA's mission to explore Saturn and its moons, at a past Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 2014 Open House will take place Oct. 11 and 12.

JPL welcomes visitors for weekend open house

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located in La Cañada Flintridge, will open its doors to the public next weekend for an up-close look at the work the space agency does at the local facility.

Head Coach John Cicuto congratulates the Vaqueros and says goodbye to one of his winningest teams in memory after they won the Western States Bowl at Glendale College Saturday.

John Cicuto: Leader of the Vaqs

At 69, he's still got quite a sharp memory. He can recall the majority of football players he's coached and the games that took place while he stood on the sidelines wearing a headset.

Sports Roundup: Glendale High tennis notches Pacific League win


Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo sinks La Serna in overtime

PASADENA — Grasping a precarious one-goal lead with 29 seconds to play, Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ water polo team simply could not hold on to victory thanks to a dramatic steal and score by La Serna with but five seconds left in regulation.

Football previews: Burbank vs. Crescenta Valley; Burroughs vs. Muir


Burbank High's Sara Treadway hits the ball to keep it in play against Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League girls' volleyball match at Crescenta Valley High on Tuesday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Crescenta Valley High girls' volleyball can't complete comeback versus Burbank

LA CRESCENTA — Another sample of what should be a very exciting and competitive race for a Pacific League girls’ volleyball postseason spot played out Tuesday afternoon between two of the league’s stronger competitors.

La Cañada High girls' tennis still can't get by San Marino

SAN MARINO — Both the La Cañada High girls’ tennis coach and his counterpart at San Marino shuffled their lineup for their first Rio Hondo League meeting of the season Tuesday.

Crescenta Valley High girls' golf places fourth in league match

ALHAMBRA — Through the first four Pacific League matches, the Crescenta Valley High girls’ golf team finished no worse than third place.

Portrait of  Young Cho,  left, 16, of Glendale and Christopher  Chung, right,16, also of Glendale in front of their school Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, CA on September 12, 2013.

818 Roundup: Social media bill signed into law; IKEA lawsuit dropped

Good morning, locals! Today is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 89 degrees and a low of 65.

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

Heather Thomsen, 30 of Glendale, takes time to relax and write some poetry at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on Friday, April 25, 2014. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Weather: Your forecast for Wednesday

Portrait of  Young Cho,  left, 16, of Glendale and Christopher  Chung, right,16, also of Glendale in front of their school Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, CA on September 12, 2013.

Social-media bill dealing with student activity signed into law

Students' public posts on social media collected by school officials must be discarded within a year after a student leaves the district and parents must be notified that school officials are analyzing social-media posts under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday.