La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

LA CAÑADA — Ryan Zerbel could not be certain that the first play he called as head coach of the La Cañada High football team would result in a touchdown, but he had watched enough film to feel confident that something good would come out of it.

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Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

Glendale senior linebacker Abraham Martinez has been selected team captain for the upcoming year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

As he took the reins of the Glendale High football program in May, new coach George Maiale was looking for a player to build his team around.

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Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

MONROVIA – Behind a bruising ground game and a relentless defense, the Burbank High football team made quite a statement in its season opener Friday evening.

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Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Fresh off a victorious title defense in Brazil earlier in August that headlined a pay-per-view that reportedly did north of 900,000 buys, Ronda Rousey is set to headline another card outside of the United States with some lofty expectations.

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Hoover football stumped by Hollywood in opener

HOLLYWOOD — Hoover High’s football team might have suffered from a case of first-game jitters Friday in its season opener on the road at Hollywood.

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La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

When a USC graduate program in public administration put out a call for projects students could address, the city of La Cañada Flintridge answered. The result was a series of parks-related suggestions that will be implemented in coming months, particularly at heavily used Memorial Park.

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Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Two weeks after school let out last June, parents and students learned their principal at Glenoaks Elementary, Kristine Siegal, would be reassigned to Mark Keppel Visual & Performing Arts Elementary.

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Park land, recycled water among topics discussed at Burbank council meeting

The Burbank City Council directed city staff to look into the steps required to put a ballot initiative before voters to decide whether or not the city should give away or transfer city-owned park land to a non-city entity or to require a four-fifths vote of the council for such a transfer or sale.

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Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

About two dozen supporters of a right-to-die bill that would let doctors in California prescribe lethal doses of medications to terminally ill patients rallied outside of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) office Friday afternoon to try to win his support.

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Glendale police union head questions commission appointment

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday appointed Albert Abkarian to the Civil Service Commission, despite opposition by the police union president, who questioned the man’s ability to objectively serve on a board that oversees employee discipline after he filed a complaint against a Glendale police detective.

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Burbank medical ward named after record-setting donor

A record-setting $15-million donation to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center this week will help enhance the hospital’s emergency department, which will be named in honor of the donor, a longtime supporter.

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Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.

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Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

In only its second year, it's hardly an oldie, but Burbank’s Rock-a-Hula event at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility on Thursday afternoon was a goody, many participants said.

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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 Column in the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press Day.

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Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Like the rest of us, the local wildlife population is becoming increasingly stressed by the multiyear drought. The predatory animals who are our neighbors, including mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes are becoming more frequent visitors to our gardens due to hunger and thirst, sometimes with tragic results. Certain avian residents — hawks, eagles and owls — are also given to snatching whatever they can find here, including small mammals. And, although black bears are best known for consuming grasses and berries and the occasional meatball, they are opportunistic creatures who not only visit us to take swims in our pools or spas, but to forage through our garbage cans and even feast on carrion left behind by others.

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Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

Crescenta Valley's Laura Perez is expected to be one of the Falcons top performers this season. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

There’s been plenty of success achieved by the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team under Grant Clark.

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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 not to use that.”

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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 online petition called “Save Our GUSD Schools” for parents to sign who want to push it back closer to Labor Day. Currently, the petition has surpassed 2,000 signatures, nearing the goal of 2,500.

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It's about more than just winning for Glendale

Glendale's new head football coach George Maiale is trying to instill a winning attitude at Glendale. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

As he spoke about his goals and expectations for the 2015 season, new Glendale High football coach George Maiale mentioned winning ... right after a culture change, support, accountability and effort.

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School foundation asks for donations

School foundation asks for donations

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation board members are out in force at Back-to-School nights asking all school families to make tax-deductible donations in support of La Cañada public schools.

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Nonprofit council prepares directory

Nonprofit council prepares directory

The La Cañada Coordinating Council, a nonprofit group that has been serving the community since 1965 as the coordinating body for the many local volunteer and service clubs, is preparing its annual Directory of Community Organizations.

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Boys' Cross-Country Preview: Burroughs tries to follow up magical year

Boys' Cross-Country Preview: Burroughs tries to follow up magical year

With the season fast approaching, the goals and expectations for the city's four boys' cross-country squads are starting to round into form.

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#818Spotlight: Small car performs big in Glendale

#818Spotlight: Small car performs big in Glendale

Andre Sef, of Glendale, and Harry Bagdikian, of Burbank, practice their driving skills on a Traxxis T-Maxx Nitro remote-control car at Pacific Park in Glendale on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The car can reach a top speed of about 40 miles per hour. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Mojo

News-Press Pet of the Day: Mojo

Mojo is a 3-year-old, spayed, female, brindle pit bull/terrier mix.

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San Gabriel Valley agency backs up from 710 Freeway project

San Gabriel Valley agency backs up from 710 Freeway project

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments recently removed the 710 Freeway tunnel from a list of projects first in line for funding should a new transportation sales tax should be passed by L.A. County voters in 2016.

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818 Roundup: Glendale ponders adding council seats; Five iPads stolen from elementary school recovered

818 Roundup: Glendale ponders adding council seats; Five iPads stolen from elementary school recovered

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, August 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 99 and a low of 71, according to the National Weather Service.

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Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Flintridge Prep offensive/defensive linemen Arthur Chang and Warren Hosseinion figure to play a large role in the Rebels' success this year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at about 205 pounds, Flintridge Prep senior quarterback Andrew Tsangeos is hard to miss.

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Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

Flintridge Prep C/DT senior Arthur Chang, right, goes for a tackle during a summer practice on the school's field on Aug. 15. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

There’s a certain undeniable feeling at Flintridge Prep this summer.

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Girls' Tennis Preview: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy aiming for back-to-back league titles

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis doubes player Margaux Blain returns this season for the Sunshine League champions. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Tennis Preview: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy aiming for back-to-back league titles

No longer concerned with having to end a league championship drought, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis team are now focused on looking to stay atop the Sunshine League.

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Depth will be key to Glendale Community College men's soccer success

Glendale Community College men's soccer players Luis Haro, left, and Dearin Robateau, right, battle for the ball during practice at the school's field in Glendale on Aug. 18. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Depth will be key to Glendale Community College men's soccer success

From a series of dribbling drills to a machine rifling shots from various angles at a handful of goalkeepers, there turned out to be plenty of action going on at Sartoris Field while the members of the Glendale Community College men’s soccer team conducted a recent practice.

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Glendale Cruise Night organizers rev up for makeup run

Glendale Cruise Night organizers rev up for makeup run

Concerns about lightning put the brakes on Glendale’s annual Cruise Night last month, but the starting flag has been waved for the rescheduled car show to take place on Saturday.

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La Cañada Unified superintendent defends start date

La Cañada Unified superintendent defends start date

La Cañada Unified Supt. Wendy Sinnette on Tuesday defended schools starting in mid-August in the wake of a recent wave of social media fervor, including an online petition, suggesting the district push back the start date.

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Glendale ponders having larger council

Almost four months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a move to split the community into voting districts, city officials are looking into expanding the City Council to seven at-large members and moving municipal elections to November.

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Glendale youth event centers on interactions with police

A workshop geared toward teaching Glendale’s youth their rights when approached by police drew a handful of teenagers to the Pacific Community Center on Wednesday.

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Robert Garcin, former Glendale mayor and city councilman, dies at 86

Former Glendale City Councilman, two-time mayor and retired lawyer Robert Garcin, who served when the Glendale Galleria first opened its doors, has died. He was 86.

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La Cañada residents prompt city review of power poles

When Philippe Hartley got a notice from Southern California Edison in June that his Flanders Road home would go dark while a nearby power pole was replaced, he figured there was nothing he could do.

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Crime Report: Safe pried open, jewelry stolen from home; Homeowner attacked during robbery

La Cañada Flintridge

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INFOGRAPHICS: Paying the rent in the 818

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La Cañada History: Ralphs supermarket opens; local firefighters help after Hurricane Katrina

Ten Years Ago

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Business Briefs: Organic yogurt bar opens; Tory Burch coming to Americana at Brand

Organic yogurt shop opens

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<p>La Ca&ntilde;ada High's Andrew Sarceda and his teammates open the season Friday at home versus Verbum Dei. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)</p>

Weekly Football Previews: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep ready to kick off season

Even though every area football team has at least nine games on its schedule this season, maybe no contest is given the same amount of significance as does the season opener.

<p>Hoover High's James Cumbucon (center) and his teammates will open the season Friday at Hollywood. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Weekly Football Previews: Hoover, Flintridge Prep look to start 2015 strong

While the Hoover High football team has had its share of difficulties, the squad will rely on its recent history when it opens the season.

<p>Hoover High junior Quentin Smith is attempting to make the transition from running back to quarterback. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Hoover football's Quinton Smith ready to elevate signal-calling chores

On the cusp of playing in a varsity game for the first time, Quinton Smith can’t wait to begin handling the signal-calling responsibilities for the Hoover High football team.

<p>Hoover High football head coach Matt Andersen runs offensive line drills at football practice in August. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Hoover Football Preview: Tornadoes aiming to build winning attitude

Two things will remain the same for the Hoover High football team when it lines up for Friday’s season-opening contest.

<p>Burbank police investigate the scene of a homicide in the 1900 block of Richard Street on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. A 35-year-old woman was found dead, and her boyfriend was arrested early Tuesday morning.</p>

Man charged with murder in woman's stabbing death inside Burbank home

The 35-year-old woman killed in Burbank on Sunday evening died of a stab wound to the neck, coroner’s officials said Thursday.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Misadventures and beyond

I had just lost five bucks in one of those dispensers in baggage claim at Midway Airport in Chicago. You know what I'm talking about. The ones that spit out those tiny, feeble metal baggage carts with the broken wheels.

Historic Alex Theatre flashes a glimmer of restored tower lighting

Historic Alex Theatre flashes a glimmer of restored tower lighting

Onlookers on Wednesday evening got a sneak peek at the restored beacon of downtown Glendale — the highly visible tower with a spire atop at the Alex Theatre as it was briefly relit about a week ahead of the historic venue’s 90th birthday.

Around Town: Resident to head a Marine battalion

Around Town: Resident to head a Marine battalion

For the first time in its history, the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, also known as “2/23,” headquartered in Pasadena, will be headed by a La Cañadan.

<p>Authorities are looking into the theft of 39 iPad tablets, estimated at $19,500, on July 21 from Palm Crest Elementary School in&nbsp;La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge.</p>

Five iPads stolen from Palm Crest Elementary recovered in Long Beach

La Cañada Unified officials announced Tuesday five of 39 iPads stolen from Palm Crest Elementary School last month have been recovered by sheriff’s deputies, who’ve made one arrest in what could be part of a larger theft ring.

<p>Work has begun to turn the vacant building formerly occupied by the Great Indoors at the Empire Center in Burbank into a Walmart Supercenter.</p>

818 Roundup: Walmart Supercenter coming to Burbank; Deputies investigate home-invasion robbery

Good morning, 818! Today is Thursday, August 27, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 99 and a low of 72, according to the National Weather Service.

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