Sports Roundup: Flintridge Prep boys' soccer rolls past Rio Hondo Prep

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La Cañada High girls' water polo rallies past Monrovia

MONROVIA — Looking to avoid being swept in a pair of head-to-head matchups, the La Cañada High girls’ water polo team turned to Heather Connolly for a spark.

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Holy Family basketball rolls to another Horizon League victory

PASADENA — It wasn’t a typical venue to compete in a basketball game. Surrounded by brick walls, wooden beams, dim lights and played on a vinyl floor, the members of the Holy Family basketball team made the best of the odd conditions.

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Candidates file paperwork for upcoming elections

Candidates file paperwork for upcoming elections

A total of 13 candidates have filed paperwork seeking an elected seat in Glendale on April 7.

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Ideas floated for 2016 parade

Ideas floated for 2016 parade

Less than a month after Glendale went without a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade — the first time in a century — a group of local residents is working toward ensuring a Jewel City entry into the New Year’s Day event in 2016.

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Flintridge Sacred Heart water polo out of sync in league loss to Louisville

Flintridge Sacred Heart water polo out of sync in league loss to Louisville

LA CAÑADA — Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls’ water polo Coach Carlos Ponce could tell that his team was not at its best even before it took to the pool Thursday against Louisville.

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City gearing up for this year's Special Olympics

Glendale will be home to 100 athletes during the Special Olympics World Summer Games this summer and to get things started, city officials held a kickoff fundraising event on Wednesday at the Alex Theatre.

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Video shows fitness model was clipped from behind by train in deadly accident

Video shows fitness model was clipped from behind by train in deadly accident

Video footage that captured the moments before Greg Plitt’s death shows the fitness model running southbound in between two sets of train tracks in Burbank before getting clipped from behind by an oncoming train, police said.

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Suspected arsonist accused of starting more than two dozen fires pleads not guilty

Suspected arsonist accused of starting more than two dozen fires pleads not guilty

A suspected arsonist accused of setting more than two dozen fires in Glendale since last January using abandoned furniture or trash — including one that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage — was arrested this week, police said.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A look at the Burbank Police Department

INFOGRAPHIC: A look at the Burbank Police Department

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INFOGRAPHIC: A look at the Glendale Police Department

INFOGRAPHIC: A look at the Glendale Police Department

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College Update: Crescenta Valley's Ali wins doubles championship for Fordham tennis

College Update: Crescenta Valley's Ali wins doubles championship for Fordham tennis

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

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Burbank police report rash of car burglaries

Burbank police report rash of car burglaries

Burbank police are warning residents to lock their cars and keep valuables hidden after a rash of car burglaries was reported in two residential neighborhoods over the last week in Burbank.

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Times Community staff, area football coaches, players have Seattle repeating in Super Bowl

Times Community staff, area football coaches, players have Seattle repeating in Super Bowl

Plenty of attention will be focused on Glendale for the 49th rendition of the prestigious Super Bowl.

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 Students shift over to keyboards in preparation for Common Core exams

Students shift over to keyboards in preparation for Common Core exams

With little more than two months to go before the state's rollout of online-only Common Core testing, La Cañada school officials are scrambling to make sure students have mastered a foundational, but largely forgotten, skill — typing.

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State searches home of Michael Peevey, former PUC president

State searches home of Michael Peevey, former PUC president

State law enforcement officials reportedly searched the La Cañada Flintridge home of former Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey this week and seized computer equipment and smartphones.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tiles show common ground

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Big rig, trailer collision temporarily shuts down Golden State (5) Freeway

A big rig that hit a trailer on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Scott Road early this morning caused temporary freeway closures.

Glendale Transportation and Parking Commissioner Maro Yacobian demonstrates how to use the pedestrian caution flags provided by the city as a pilot program at E. Colorado St and Jackson St. in Glendale on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

City installs walking flags

City officials have installed walking flags at two unmarked crosswalks in Glendale as part of a new pedestrian-safety initiative designed to give drivers better visibility of people crossing the street.

Metro bus passing through at the station inside the Bob Hope Airport's Regional Intermodal Transit Center, RITC, in Burbank on Monday, January 26, 2015. The station puts passengers at the new rental car facility where there are 10 companies offering over 1,000 cars. Passengers also have access to trains, which are across the street, and a covered, moving pathway back to the airport terminals.

Wheels turning on bus service

Bob Hope Airport officials are moving forward with efforts to implement “high priority” projects to improve ground transportation serving the airfield, including proposed new bus service connecting the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

Emergency personnel stand in front of the wreckage of a Metrolink train after it derailed on Wednesday, January 26, 2005,  south of Chevy Chase.

818 Roundup: Lessons learned from 2005 Metrolink crash; Burbank council, school board endorsements

Good morning, 818! It's Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 74 degrees and a low of 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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