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Community news: YMCA looking to expand Junior Lakers League; Kiwanis collects toys, L'Aureole has giving spirit, Status of Women seeks nominations

January 02, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Winners of the Glendale YMCA Junior Lakers All-Star Game are, from left, Alex Patatanyan, Jordan Fuller (MVP), David Vardanyan and Edvin Abramian.
Winners of the Glendale YMCA Junior Lakers All-Star Game… (Photo by Mineh Petrosian )

The sound of thundering basketballs echoes throughout the Glendale YMCA's large gym every Saturday morning. Some 150 youngsters, ages 5 to 13, are members of the Junior Lakers League, a sports program that the YMCA is looking to expand.

The YMCA hosted an all-star game and pizza party on Dec. 15 to reach out to the community and bring attention to the camaraderie and sports training it offers to the youth of Glendale, said Mineh Petrosian, assistant sports director of the league.

For $5, the public was invited to enjoy pizza, soda, snow cones, games and music. Domino's provided dozens of pizza pies. Donations collected will go toward replenishing the stock of basketballs, laying the groundwork to develop a high-school-level league and enlisting the services of experienced coaches to provide one-on-one time with players to bolster their skills.

The winners of the All-Star Game were Sylvia Vartazarian, Alex Patatanyan, Jordan Fuller, David Vardanyan, Edvin Abramian, Steven Blugrind, Roland Saad and Guillermo Corrales. Jordan Fuller was named Most Valuable Player.

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The opposing team members were Alex Figueroa, Tony Petrossian, Michael Ekimyan, Kamou Abedian, Jewel Holman, David Shamiryan, Dylan Haratoonian and Damien Oballe.

The coaches won the coaches vs. referees game.

A raffle for four Lakers tickets was won by Jose Gonzalez and Robb Hamblin.


Kiwanis collect toys for needy

The Jewel City Kiwanis Club of Glendale is well known for its barbecue cooking efforts for schools and civic groups. But members decided to collect toys at their recent Christmas party in lieu of a gift exchange. In addition, the club voted to buy even more toys to supplement what they had already collected. President Alice Hamrajbaian, Ray Hallo and Rich Jessup filled their cars to the brim and delivered the toys to Glendale Fire Station #29 in Montrose.

The toy drive continued until Dec. 18 when the toys were turned over to a group of churches to distribute to families in need.


Commission seeks city jewels

The city of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women seeks nominations of outstanding women and students to be honored at the ninth annual Jewels of Glendale Awards Luncheon on May 9 at the Oakmont Country Club. The deadline to submit applications for both the Jewels of Glendale: Women of Courage and the Gem of Glendale Awards is at 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

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