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Verdugo Views: There used to be bowling alleys to spare

Verdugo Views: There used to be bowling alleys to spare

Bowling alleys have been around in Glendale for many years. Some, such as Jewel City Bowl and the Montrose Bowl, are still here; others, such as the alley in Jensen’s Palace Grand Shops on Brand Boulevard and the Glen Bowl on Colorado...

A Word, Please: P, Q mindfulness may effect fewer errors

A Word, Please: P, Q mindfulness may effect fewer errors

A user on Twitter asked me recently about the difference between “affect” and “effect.” Specifically, she wanted to know which to use in the phrase “the affect/effect of celebrity endorsements.”

Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

This year’s annual track competition among Glendale’s middle schools took place last Friday at Glendale’s Moyse Field. I’m so glad I happened upon the notice through the school district’s website. The Middle School Track...

Intersections: Examining the self-defense class issue

Intersections: Examining the self-defense class issue

Two popular self-defense classes for women hosted by Glendale’s Status on the Commission of Women in honor of Sexual...

Read On: People need to stop with the 'selfies'

Read On: People need to stop with the 'selfies'

This is probably going to sound odd coming from a guy who has a giant picture of himself running with his column, but I don’t really get the whole “selfies” thing. If I could convince my editor not to run the photo of me, I would....

A Word, Please: Some grammar skills are harder to come by

A Word, Please: Some grammar skills are harder to come by

We’ve all done it: You look at something you wrote then stop and think: “It just doesn’t look right.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to take action, not tape it

The Whiteboard Jungle: People need to take action, not tape it

A video went viral last week of Santa Monica High School teacher/coach Mark Black restraining a student in his classroom.

Verdugo Views: How former hotel became Flintridge Sacred Heart

Verdugo Views: How former hotel became Flintridge Sacred Heart

For a brief moment back in the late 1920s, Chevy Chase Drive connected the Biltmore resort hotel in Flintridge with the elegant Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The connection? A bus, a De Luxe Parlor Car Bus.

News-Press Cartoon: Dangerous waters

News-Press Cartoon: Dangerous waters

Despite the clear sailing ahead, cartoonist Bert Ring imagines the coming wave of lawsuits regarding the controversial utility transfer.

Start the Presses: Notes from an advisory board

Start the Presses: Notes from an advisory board

A week ago Thursday, about 20 people met with me at the open-but-not-quite-grand-open Canyon Grille at DeBell in Burbank.

A Word, Please: Long-standing 'over' rule is overruled

A Word, Please: Long-standing 'over' rule is overruled

It was the Tweet that launched 1,000 groans from copy editors: The Associated Press Stylebook's longtime snubbing of "over" is over.

Learning Matters: Taking a ride on life's elective wheel

Learning Matters: Taking a ride on life's elective wheel

As regular readers may have noticed, I’ve written a number of columns on school-to-career education. In another part-time job, I’ve also been assisting with an effort to extend and “articulate” career pathways to high-wage,...

Intersections: Feeling flush over a taboo topic

Intersections: Feeling flush over a taboo topic

I am sitting on a gray, velvet, diamond-tufted couch in a top-floor apartment that overlooks Los Angeles. The view is breathtaking. There are hookah pipes strewn around on tables outside and a Mariah Carey song is the background music of the day.

Read On: Buzz phrases have become quite the trend

Read On: Buzz phrases have become quite the trend

I want you all to know something right off the bat this week, ladies and gentlemen. It's this: While I may eventually leave the Leader and the News-Press, I will never consciously uncouple from you.

A Word, Please: Are initials in parentheses really necessary?

A Word, Please: Are initials in parentheses really necessary?

People sometimes tell me to tell other people what to do, linguistically that is. I’ll get an email saying something like, “It drives me nuts when people say ‘Fruit is a healthy snack’ instead of ‘Fruit is a healthful...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

The Whiteboard Jungle: Adjusting to Common Core will take time

A while ago, my fellow Friday columnist Joylene Wagner lamented that...

Verdugo Views: The word on St. Mark's history

Verdugo Views: The word on St. Mark's history

When Bruce Merritt, a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, volunteered to research the church’s history in preparation for its 125th anniversary, he didn’t realize that it would turn into a multiyear project.

Start the Presses: Looking back after five years

Start the Presses: Looking back after five years

One day in late March 2009 I sat with my wife at Club Tee Gee in Atwater Village, having a quiet drink. It was a Tuesday afternoon, my birthday, and the waning days of a fortunately brief spate of unemployment for the two of us.

A Word, Please: Just because you can doesn't mean you should

A Word, Please: Just because you can doesn't mean you should

Most of the questions people ask me are easy. Can you use "nauseous" as a synonym of "nauseated" to mean "sick feeling"? The answer is right in the dictionary under the listing for "nauseous," and that answer is yes.

Learning Matters: Preparing students for the real world

Learning Matters: Preparing students for the real world

Employers have been talking for years about their challenges finding young employees who are ready for the workplace. They complain of high school and college graduates who lack problem-solving skills, can't work independently or don't function...

Op-Ed: Glendale's City Charter is clear

In his March 19 letter to the editor, “Government should also obey the law,” Harry Zavos, retired law professor...

Glendale PTA: Hoover, Toll and Keppel to host block party

Hoover High School, Toll Middle School and Keppel Elementary will host their annual block party celebrating the arts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 5.

Intersections: A ride that changed a life

Intersections: A ride that changed a life

Lt. Lola Abrahamian never intended to become a police officer. She was already enjoying a fruitful and rewarding career she had had since graduating from college, but an interest in criminal law and a chance meeting with the Glendale Police...

Read On: A novel approach to the Bard

Read On: A novel approach to the Bard

What is William Shakespeare doing hanging out in modern-day Burbank?

 A Word, Please: Don't mistake grammar rules for logic

A Word, Please: Don't mistake grammar rules for logic

I've gotten a lot of emails recently about where to put periods and commas relative to quotation marks. The notes were prompted by a recent column in which I mentioned that, in American English, a period or comma always comes before a closing quote...

The Whiteboard Jungle: The SAT exam adapts to modern times

The Whiteboard Jungle: The SAT exam adapts to modern times

The high school experience includes several rites of passage for students: getting a driver’s license, going out on a first date, and taking the SAT. Now the SAT journey has just gotten a little smoother.

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

Start the Presses: Getting away with it

John Drayman, convicted liar and thief, got away with it one more time. The...

Verdugo Views: The circuitous route of the historic Tioga Wolf

Verdugo Views: The circuitous route of the historic Tioga Wolf

L.C. Brand’s custom-made Tioga Wolf has always intrigued vintage car buffs and local historians, including Arlene Vidor, president of Associates of Brand Library & Art Center. In preparation for the grand reopening of the library later this...

Start the Presses: Board feedback and the future

Start the Presses: Board feedback and the future

A bit less than a month ago, about two dozen people squeezed into a conference room at the Glendale YWCA, all there to share their feelings about the Glendale News-Press.

A Word, Please: She is the subject of a grammar quirk

A Word, Please: She is the subject of a grammar quirk

Many years ago, back when I used to answer my land-line telephone, I found myself in a conundrum. I realized that, when a caller asked, “May I speak to June, please?” I would answer “This is she.” But I couldn’t for...

Intersections: Women's club keeps up with the times

Intersections: Women's club keeps up with the times

Drive down La Crescenta Avenue fast enough and you'll miss it — a humble, stone-and-brick building hidden behind a utility pole and a few trees.

Read On: Local news is on storm watch once more

Read On: Local news is on storm watch once more

The water is coming! The water is coming! Spectacular amounts of it! Quick, round up two of every animal and meet us at the ark at dusk. This thing that’s bearing down on us is gargantuan! It’s monumental! It’s…it’s&...

Verdugo Views: Photo rouses memories of a poet laureate

Verdugo Views: Photo rouses memories of a poet laureate

The young children had just celebrated their first communion and had gathered on the lawn of the Tujunga home of John Steven McGroarty, California’s Poet Laureate, to have their picture taken.

Start the Presses: The paper in the community

Start the Presses: The paper in the community

On Thursday, I spent a pleasant morning and early afternoon hand-delivering copies of our new Montrose/La Crescenta edition. I’m pleased to say that everyone — literally everyone — I spoke to was pleased about our newest initiative,...

A Word, Please: Time to press flush on this grammar error

A Word, Please: Time to press flush on this grammar error

Regular readers of this column know that I spend a lot of time talking about grammar wrongs that aren’t — the countless mythical language no-nos that get passed down from generation to generation of people who never bother to look them...

Learning Matters: A student's comfort could be another's affliction

Learning Matters: A student's comfort could be another's affliction

I first heard the phrase, “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” in church. A pastor used it to describe the responsibilities of church pastors. I thought it a fitting description of pastoral duties.

Intersections: A clean Bill of sweeping chimneys

Intersections: A clean Bill of sweeping chimneys

In a blue Dickies jumpsuit and a black cap, Bill Saltzman greets me with a firm handshake.

A Word, Please: Misplaced punctuation could spell the end

A Word, Please: Misplaced punctuation could spell the end

A group of university researchers working with some Facebook folks have recently determined that I’m not a dinosaur. Not yet, at least.

Whiteboard Jungle: Parents need to be more involved in child's education

Whiteboard Jungle: Parents need to be more involved in child's education

Last week Hoover High had a Recruitment Night for the eighth-grade parents of Toll Middle School.

Verdugo Views: A bottle label leads to research

Verdugo Views: A bottle label leads to research

While browsing in an antique shop in Oregon last summer, a tiny, glass bottle filled with grains of rice caught my eye. I picked it up and read the label. “The daily ration for 750 children in 1 Near East [Armenian] Relief Orphanage is 40...

Start the Presses: Upcoming changes in the news

Start the Presses: Upcoming changes in the news

This coming week is a pretty big one for our publication. If you missed the editor's note last week, here's a recap in form of an editor's column:

A Word, Please: Superlative 'rule' isn't one of the better, er, best

A Word, Please: Superlative 'rule' isn't one of the better, er, best

If you have two children, and Sarah was born before Bobby, then Sarah is the older of the two. But is she also the oldest?

Learning Matters: The world of education is wide open

Learning Matters: The world of education is wide open

Parents have a lot to decide about their children’s education. From a child’s earliest years to adulthood, parents grapple with the choices they or their child must make in the pursuit of success and happiness.

Intersections: There's no place quite like Glendale

Intersections: There's no place quite like Glendale

Glendale has the distinction of being the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, the birthplace of Baskin Robbins, home of the historic Alex Theatre and where the first scheduled transcontinental passenger service was flown out by Charles...

Read On: A health crisis hits home

Read On: A health crisis hits home

I’m supposed to write a column right now, but as I type these words my brother Len is fighting for his life at home battling AIDS. It’s tough for me to think of a whole lot else. So please indulge me.

A Word, Please: While away the time with this lesson

A Word, Please: While away the time with this lesson

Making good grammar decisions usually requires very little grammar. If the sentence “Whom are you?” sounds wrong, it probably is. You don’t need to know why. You need never have heard the term “predicate nominative” or...

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