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Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

You should know that this is a very special day, ladies and gentlemen. More special than you will ever know. I’m taking the opportunity right here and right now to announce that today is the first annual National Read Ray Richmond’s...

A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

“I have been told by some of my more educated friends that using the word “that” (see, I did it again) is many times unnecessary,” Randy wrote. “I was hoping you would weigh in on the technical side of when and when...

The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

Earlier this month, I wrote about the early start of school in Glendale and now there is an...

Verdugo Views: How the 'Alexander' roared to life in the '20s

Verdugo Views: How the 'Alexander' roared to life in the '20s

When the Alexander Theatre opened in 1925, Glendale was a growing, thriving town in the midst of the Roaring ‘20s. Memories of the Great War had faded and prosperity was back. Just about everyone had electricity and telephones; plus, autos were...

Start the Presses: Eatery rising from the paperwork

Start the Presses: Eatery rising from the paperwork

The vacant shell of a failed Conroy's Flowers sits — as it has for years — at the corner of Buena Vista Street and Burbank Boulevard.

Learning Matters: Glendale Unified is not new to calendar changes

Learning Matters: Glendale Unified is not new to calendar changes

The Crescenta Valley Town Council is discussing the possibility of...

A Word, Please: 'Rules' are sometimes just a matter of style

A Word, Please: 'Rules' are sometimes just a matter of style

If you feel like one of the unfortunate few who missed out on a good grammar education, welcome to the club. Almost everyone I’ve ever talked to about the subject feels the same way — as if they were out sick the day that everyone else in...

Intersections: Searching for faith in a 'Godless' place

Intersections: Searching for faith in a 'Godless' place

Two years ago, I visited a little German village just 25 miles from Leipzig with a pastor, a missionary who was a descendant of Germans but raised in South Africa. He had come back to Germany and now worked within asylum houses in East Germany,...

Read On: Imagining 'Downton' cast with Trump

Read On: Imagining 'Downton' cast with Trump

There’s an older lady I know and care very much about who has suffered some health setbacks of late. We got to talking one night recently when she admitted there were really only a couple of things inspiring her to want to stick around before...

A Word, Please: A suffix makes a word, however pompously

A Word, Please: A suffix makes a word, however pompously

Here’s a bit of free grammar advice I once found online, offered up by a self-appointed expert who thought he could help all us poor, misguided grammar ignoramuses: “‘Firstly’ isn’t a word.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: Bigger classes mean more demanding workload

The Whiteboard Jungle: Bigger classes mean more demanding workload

My head is throbbing, my throat’s on fire, and my limbs are numb.

Verdugo Views: Woman born in 1920 still lives on her childhood street

Verdugo Views: Woman born in 1920 still lives on her childhood street

Ruth Paugh Moore has lived on the same street in the Verdugo Woodlands nearly all of her life.

A Word, Please: Clarity is a bigger asset than business speak

A Word, Please: Clarity is a bigger asset than business speak

Great news! I just received an action item — a request from a colleague to utilize core competencies. Here’s an excerpt from the email he sent me.

Start the Presses: Last call for the community board

Start the Presses: Last call for the community board

The countdown has begun, and no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump's inevitable implosion on national television. Instead, if you're interested in being part of the Glendale News-Press' community advisory board, now is the time to raise your hand.

Learning Matters: New principalships set to sail next week

Learning Matters: New principalships set to sail next week

School starts in three days, ready or not. Apprehension and excitement are rising, mixed with lingering regrets that summer vacation is ending. It’s a time of heightened emotions, with students wondering if their friends will be in their class,...

Intersections: Family ties can take a lifetime to untangle

Intersections: Family ties can take a lifetime to untangle

It’s hard to be a new immigrant in this country. It’s hard to be a new immigrant in any country, but the United States is a unique place, with its own set of cultural, political and economic cues and issues, a place that’s hard to...

A Word, Please: A more complete story about sentence fragments

A Word, Please: A more complete story about sentence fragments

When I was a kid, the “Do as I say, not as I do” school of parenting reigned supreme. Those adults lecturing children on the dangers of smoking? Smokers, one and all.

The Whiteboard Jungle: School year should not start so early

The Whiteboard Jungle: School year should not start so early

One of the most asked questions I get as a teacher is why does school start so early in August instead of September.

Verdugo Views: Library patron made a lasting group of Friends

Verdugo Views: Library patron made a lasting group of Friends

When Christine Vasquez moved to town and wanted to join a library support group, she not only discovered there was no such group, but was promptly asked to organize one.

A Word, Please: One more reason to distrust the news media

A Word, Please: One more reason to distrust the news media

Robert Siegel of National Public Radio, Jason Stallman of the New York Times and every other journalist who uses “fewer” with confidence, please take a seat. You’re about to get a lesson in language you didn’t think you...

Intersections: Rockhaven's history has relevance today

Intersections: Rockhaven's history has relevance today

I drove by Rockhaven Sanitarium for years, always wondering what lay behind its ornate metal gates. When I finally visited the property last November, I couldn’t stop going back. It appeared in my daydreams, crept up in conversations I had with...

Read On: Time for a midsummer Q&A

Read On: Time for a midsummer Q&A

Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s mid-July and I have yet to enter a swimming pool this summer. Maybe it’s just that life leaves me filled with confusion.

A Word, Please: The confounding black sheep of punctuation

A Word, Please: The confounding black sheep of punctuation

Here’s a fun thing you can do with your writing: Take any two simple, clear sentences and use a semicolon to mush them into one. For example, imagine you have a paragraph with just two sentences.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Lee's 'Watchman' was never meant to be seen

The Whiteboard Jungle: Lee's 'Watchman' was never meant to be seen

Imagine you wish to write a book. And you do.

Verdugo Views: Eatery faced adversity and won over customers

Verdugo Views: Eatery faced adversity and won over customers

In 1949, Jack Whitten broke his leg playing baseball and lost his job at a delicatessen in Hollywood. He heard that a woman named Billie needed help at a tiny sandwich shop on West Wilson Avenue in Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Parishioners rallied to build a new St. Mark's

Verdugo Views: Parishioners rallied to build a new St. Mark's

Clarance Parlour’s first service as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church drew more than 300 parishioners.

Learning Matters: Suggestions on finding Glendale district's next superintendent

Learning Matters: Suggestions on finding Glendale district's next superintendent

As followers of local education news probably know, the school board is looking for a new superintendent...

Read On: Hoping for the two Americas to come together

Read On: Hoping for the two Americas to come together

So we’ve arrived at America’s birthday, the day she gained her independence. And while in nation terms, she’s still relatively young, the United States is looking every one of its 239 years about now.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Mandating civics courses would benefit students

The Whiteboard Jungle: Mandating civics courses would benefit students

The other day, my son was practicing his guitar playing with a new music book and came upon Samuel Francis Smith’s “America (My Country, ’Tis of Thee),” you know, the 1832 patriotic song that is not “America the...

A Word, Please: There can be trouble with whomever and I

A Word, Please: There can be trouble with whomever and I

“Since I gave up hope, I feel much better.” The slacker attitude of this once-popular bumper sticker has gone the way of Lehman Brothers and pension plans. But if we apply the same idea to grammar, the message is timeless: Since I gave up...

Start the Presses: Facts and figures behind city salaries

Start the Presses: Facts and figures behind city salaries

In the last few weeks, we've seen a lot of stories and a lot of online sputtering regarding the salaries of local officials.

Learning Matters: Dealing with change can be a stressful experience

Learning Matters: Dealing with change can be a stressful experience

For involved parents and school district personnel, a change in superintendent or principal is like getting a new choir director for a singer: emotionally unsettling and personal.

Intersections: How a church became a beacon of acceptance

Intersections: How a church became a beacon of acceptance

Around 30 years ago in the middle of a Bible study class at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale, something close to a miracle took place.

Read On: Man seeks to share his new beginning

Read On: Man seeks to share his new beginning

Peter Vanlaw thought that having a heart attack at the age of 51 might be the end of his life.

A Word, Please: English users can write a wrong word

A Word, Please: English users can write a wrong word

The hardest thing about English grammar isn’t grammar. Not in the strictest sense of the word, anyway. Narrowly speaking, grammar has to do with the way we order and inflect words to make sentences.

The Whiteboard Jungle: The contributions of fathers should be appreciated

The Whiteboard Jungle: The contributions of fathers should be appreciated

Sunday will mark my 17th Father’s Day, a special accomplishment for me considering that I have been a dad longer than my father was for me.

Verdugo Views: Glendale High alum's father helped sculpt L.A.

Verdugo Views: Glendale High alum's father helped sculpt L.A.

Tennis great Gene Mako, who began his career on the courts of Glendale High, brought home many awards and trophies.

A Word, Please: There exists more than one form of there

A Word, Please: There exists more than one form of there

“A man is walking down the street.” “There is a man walking down the street.”

Learning Matters: Exploring history of a local barber shop

Learning Matters: Exploring history of a local barber shop

What can we learn in a barber shop? What light might a barber shed on a young person thinking about careers? Those are the questions I’ve been mulling since the day I found myself face to face, shopping cart to shopping cart, with my Los...

Intersections: Finding universality in the hills of La Crescenta

Intersections: Finding universality in the hills of La Crescenta

Up in the hills of La Crescenta, there’s a space that seems even farther away from urban life than this city that forms the balcony of Southern California.

Glendale PTA: GUSD, city to provide free lunches for children

Classes in the Glendale Unified School District are dismissed for the summer, with lessons resuming on Aug. 10. During this time, summer fun is the focus for most students, with summer school classes scheduled in for others.

Read On: The marketing of Caitlyn Jenner

Read On: The marketing of Caitlyn Jenner

OK, I really didn’t want to do it. But I simply have to.

A Word, Please: A wide array of influences drive 'through'

A Word, Please: A wide array of influences drive 'through'

Now showing at a news site near you: the spelling “drive-thru.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: The arrival of June means a time of goodbyes

The Whiteboard Jungle: The arrival of June means a time of goodbyes

Each June, I struggle finding the right departing remarks to say to my students as the class runs its course (pun intended).

Verdugo Views: Show biz dads originated Fathers' Follies

Verdugo Views: Show biz dads originated Fathers' Follies

Memories of Verdugo Woodlands’ Fathers’ Follies are strong for Jill Colegrove Benone.

Start the Presses: Debating doctor-assisted death

Start the Presses: Debating doctor-assisted death

About two weeks ago, I received a letter from a La CaƱada high school student, Olivia Garland, who wrote to me as part of a class project on persuasive writing.

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