July 8, 2011
What's that saying about lipstick on a pig? Or a new dress on an old… Well, you get the idea. Not exactly the phrase I'm looking for; neither makeup nor evening wear, pigs nor prostitutes are on my mind. But in hopes of adding to our lexicon, this is: You can put a fresh coat of paint on an old barbershop and it will still be an old barbershop. Thankfully. I pass through the intersection of Chevy Chase and Glenoaks in Glendale often. I went to elementary school just up the road; played Asteroids, Pac Man and other seminal video games at what is now a chiropractic office on the corner; bought candy bars for a quarter at Cañon Liquor while waiting for my mother to pick me up, too lazy to ride my bike home.
June 27, 2008
Ten Years Ago June 1998 was grand opening month for Sparky’s Apple Market at 2931 Honolulu Ave. Specials and prizes were part of the celebration, which marked Sparky’s becoming a member Certified Grocers. The store also underwent renovation inside and out to bring it up-to-date. Twenty Years Ago A country ranch-style home on a corner lot in La Crescenta was on the market for $305,000. The property featured three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, swimming pool, spa and RV parking.
April 9, 2008
Glendale resident Quin Gustason knew he had a talent for singing when he was 9 years old. Gustason, now 81, started singing in a boys’ choir and continued to sing in high school and college. He took clarinet lessons in the fifth grade, taught himself to play the harmonica and studied the piano. When he attended George Williams College in Illinois, Gustason joined a barbershop quartet on campus. He sang in his church choir and even conducted the hand-bell choir at the church.
June 25, 2007
When Steve Porretta reopens Johnny's Barber Shop in La Crescenta on July 11, he'll be making up for a mistake, he said. Johnny's, named after Porretta's late father, John Porretta, was a popular family barbershop in La Cañada Flintridge for more than 40 years. John Porretta had run the shop for several decades when, in 1994, Steve Porretta left a career in sales to work there. Steve Porretta continued to run the business for nearly a decade after his father died in 1996, but sold the shop in 2005 and left the state, "chasing a gal," he said.
January 20, 2006
The Masters of Harmony will open the 38th season of the San Marino Celebrity Series on Sun., Jan. 22 at The Chapel of Lake Avenue Church.The Masters of Harmony will open the 38th season of the San Marino Celebrity Series on Sunday, Jan. 22. The 100-man chorus with barbershop quartets has won six international gold medal championships, and has come to be recognized as the premier a cappella group in America. Led by Director Mark Hale, an accomplished quartet singer, the Masters is composed of men of all ages from all walks of life.
September 8, 2005
After cutting hair for nearly 40 years, Lowell Meyer decided to put his skills to use for a good cause. The 66-year-old Montrose resident offers free haircuts to physically disabled or senior citizens, who are unable to leave their homes to go to a hair salon or barbershop. "I was thinking, when I was cutting my relatives' hair, I thought, 'I'd bet there are a lot of people who can't get to a barbershop, because they are home-bound or disabled,'" Meyer said.
January 19, 2005
Rima Shah Rudy Vasquez was known for his hard punch and heart of gold. The former boxer and owner of the Rudy's of Glendale barbershop died on Jan. 9. He was 78. Vasquez was a Glendale native who lived here all his life. "Back when Glendale was smaller, he'd walk down the street and everybody would know him," his son Vaughn Vasquez said. "His mother was here before Glendale was even Glendale." He was known by all as a gentle and understanding person, his son said.
August 27, 2004
Glendale Community College Foundation employee Barbara Jordan and husband Dan stage concert in memory of Jessica Motzkus accidentally killed earlier this summer. Michael J. Arvizu Jessica Motzkus was only 4 months old when doctors discovered a heart defect that would require open heart surgery. And like any family in their situation, Roger and Jennifer Motzkus turned to their faith to carry them through the ordeal and their music to carry Jessica through the battle her body was fighting in order to survive.
December 4, 2002
Barbershop singers give holiday concert HOLLYWOOD HILLS -- The Crescenta Valley Highlander Chorus will present its 11th annual holiday concert titled "The Secret of Christmas" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hall of Liberty of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Other groups joining them are the Sentimental Harmony and 60-Something, the Verdugo Hills Women's Chorus directed by Sharon Schlarb, Alchemy Handbell Ensemble directed by Baude Moore, The Sunshine Chorus of Walter Reed Middle School, directed by Janice Kuepperf and The Salvation Army Brass Band.
July 13, 2002
Gary Moskowitz Larry Brown, a popular local performer, business owner and Glendale resident for 13 years, died Thursday at Glendale Memorial Hospital due to kidney failure and heart complications. He was 61. "Too young to die," said wife Patricia Brown. "He was so upset he was going to die with unfinished projects like cleaning the garage, painting floors and working on the upstairs bathroom." Patricia Brown added, "He was such a generous man, and if he had a dollar in his pocket he would give it to you."