818 Roundup: Student airlifted; GCC wants to award bachelor degrees; JPL open house

818 Roundup: Student airlifted; GCC wants to award bachelor degrees; JPL open house

Good morning, locals! Today is Thursday, October 2, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 99 degrees and a low of 64. Remember to keep hydrated out there!

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Weather: Your forecast for Thursday

Weather: Your forecast for Thursday

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

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.

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

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. 

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Vanes Martirosyan-Willie Nelson fighting to regain championship potential

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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District hopes to tap new resource of groundwater

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.

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

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.

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Cow and calf visit Horace Mann Elementary

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.

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

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.

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Intersections: Armenian wool's international tale weaves itself

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?"

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Surveillance photos released of motorcycle theft suspects

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.

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LCF resident eyes board seat

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.

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Photo series focuses on local 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.

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Valley View student airlifted to hospital after fall

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.

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Conservation issues take center stage

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.

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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.

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La Cañada History: Resident catches 201-pound black marlin

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.

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JPL welcomes visitors for weekend open house

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.

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John Cicuto: Leader of the Vaqs

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.

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Sports Roundup: Glendale High tennis notches Pacific League win

GIRLS’ TENNIS

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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.

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

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

BURBANK VS. CRESCENTA VALLEY

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Burbank High girls' volleyball outlasts Crescenta Valley in four

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Weather: Your forecast for Wednesday

Weather: Your forecast for Wednesday

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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.

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Nonprofit drops suit against city, IKEA

A nonprofit that sued Burbank and IKEA earlier this year, claiming the city had not prepared an adequate environmental impact report for the retailer's massive expansion project, has agreed to dismiss its suit.

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Five to vie for Glendale's open school board seat

Glendale school officials released the names of the five candidates looking to be appointed to the school board this week following school board member Mary Boger's resignation due to illness.

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City of Glendale up for Eddy award for business-friendly climate

Glendale was recently named as a finalist for an Eddy award, which recognizes cities in Los Angeles County that create a business-friendly climate through local programs.

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Drayman's payments lowered

Former Councilman John Drayman's monthly $1,000 restitution payments to the victims he embezzled from were reduced by more than half after financial evaluators showed he wasn't earning much income, though a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge told him this week that he should be looking for more work.

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Drug take-back event in Burbank yields 250 pounds

Authorities collected more than 250 pounds of medications and 17 pounds of syringes at a drug take-back event on Saturday, police said.

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Burbank on Parade goes West

Burbank is getting ready to roll back the clocks for next year's Burbank on Parade in April as the theme travels back to a bygone era of cow pokes, cattle rustlers and steam locomotives.

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Program to offer course on leadership

The Burbank Neighborhood Leadership program is seeking applicants for its latest five-month course, which teaches residents leadership skills and introduces them to city departments, local nonprofits and local businesses.

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Loved ones and friends of five young people killed in a fiery crash in Burbank last September hold a one-year anniversary memorial at the Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood on Sunday, September 28,  2014.

Family and friends gather for memorials to honor last year's car crash victims

Friends and family members gathered on Sunday to remember the five young people who lost their lives in a fiery car wreck in Burbank last September.

Serving on the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra Board of Governors are, from left, C. Fredrick Milkie, Jory Potts, conductor Norman Mamey, board president Sonny Sardo and Gary Awad.

Community: Maestro builds orchestra for the future

Glendale music lovers are banding together to create a new orchestra that will play at venues throughout Southern California and perform genres from rock to Rachmaninoff.

St. Francis quarterback Jeremiah Martin looks to pass the ball against Monrovia on Sept. 19. (Photo by Libby Cline)

Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club: St. Francis football continues to pile up big numbers

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 72nd year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the fourth meeting of the year.

Europa is a 2-year-old Calico up for adoption.

News-Press pet of the day: Europa

Wally, a Pet of the Day from last week, is still looking for a home.

Burb's Eye View: The pumpkin glut can only mean one thing

My local Trader Joe’s has once again transformed into a purveyor of all things pumpkin. It’s as if the Pumpkin Innards Fairy launched itself from its pumpkin patch, gathering the masses of discarded jack-o’-lantern glop to insert them into every baked good, coffee product and scented candle she can find.

Among the committee members who wrangled up at last week's Realtor Round Up were Marion Chase, from left, Lisa Matzner Eaton, Jodi Borelli, Shelley Valencia and Meegan Bevere.

On the Town: Supporters gather for Realtors' charitable auction

While the parking lot adjacent to the red-brick-walled building at 2006 W. Magnolia Blvd. is just about as inconspicuous as a parking lot can be, it took on a very different look as it was transformed into a western ranch as the Burbank Assn. of Realtors staged its annual Community Service Foundation auction this past Thursday evening.

Patsy is a 2-year-old West Highland white terrier mix up for adoption.

Leader pet of the day: Patsy

There's cute and then, there's super cute. Patsy is super cute. She is a 2-year-old West Highland white terrier mix with fun, perky ears and a lively coat.

A 46-year-old Arleta woman was arrested Monday night after police reportedly discovered methamphetamine in her car with her four children in the parking lot of the Logix Federal Credit Union in Burbank.

Woman arrested for possession of drugs with children in car

A 46-year-old Arleta woman was arrested Monday night after police reportedly discovered methamphetamine in her car with her four children, police said.

In Theory: Reflections on 'What's it all for?'

The British Humanist Assn. recently began a poster campaign in the London Underground offering a daily “Thought for the Commute,” not only to garner attention for the association, but also to get commuters to ponder the meaning of life.

Matt and Stephanie Weber, from left, Bob and Julie Turner, and Allison and Jeff Carmeck enjoy the festivities at the Wine and Food Tasting.

The Valley Line: Annual wine, food tasting event attracts hundreds

It was a spectacular autumn afternoon on Sunday, when more than 800 people came to Memorial Park to sip fine wines and sample gourmet foods at the 12th annual Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting and premium wine auction event. The gathering was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Le Petit Vendome, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Endowment Fund and the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce.

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