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By Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog.com | August 23, 2011
Residents of the Chaney Trail neighborhood report increased bear activity around garbage day, and it's recommended to keep your garbage inside and bring it out the morning of trash collection.  (There was some discussion as to a good deterrant -- a perimeter of predator urine, available online, might keep them away, and so might a "fence" of omnivore -- i.e. human -- urine. How you draw the perimeter is up to you, but small boys might find this chore fun  ...) And reader Lee Johnson spotted a bear a few feet from the picture window at the 200 block of Taos Road on Aug. 15: "Easily scared away but too close for comfort, especially with open windows.
NEWS
September 9, 2012
The bear that wandered over the 210 Freeway and into Montrose early Sunday morning has been tranquilized and is being taken back into the Angeles National Forest. The bear was sedated around 10:30 a.m. after it had been seen in the area of Florencita Lane and Montrose Drive. It had already been loaded into the back of a truck by 11 a.m. Officials were unsure if it was male or female. It did not harm any humans or damage any property. The animal was first sighted around 7:30 a.m., according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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June 9, 2004
Gary Moskowitz Damon Bruner, a chef at Glendale's Cinnabar, doesn't normally prepare a meal that contains 15 pounds of raw fruit and vegetables and nothing else. Then again, Bruner doesn't usually serve breakfast to two American black bears. Bruner and eight other chefs from area restaurants catered a meal for two black bears Tuesday at the Los Angeles Zoo. The feeding was a preview event for the zoo's June 19 Beastly Ball fundraiser. The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 24, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — Summer heat and charred hillsides have prompted the tell-tale signs of wildlife coming down into urban neighborhoods for respite and food. Bears, bobcats, deer and coyotes have been spotted recently in backyards and on neighborhood streets as much of their habitat recovers from the massive Station fire and subsequent mud flows. Black bears have been spotted roaming the Briggs Terrace neighborhood, said Los Angeles County Sherriff's Lt. Angela Shepard. The bears have been wreaking havoc on gardens, and leaving piles of dung behind.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 24, 2013
EAGLE ROCK - Though still three weeks away from the start of the seven-game season, there's already plenty of reason for optimism surrounding the Glendale Bears Youth Football and Cheerleading organization. Practices appear to be crisp and various fundamentals are being learned in anticipation of the upcoming campaign beginning Sept. 21. It's left first-year president Cynthia Perez energized for a program that was formed in 1969. “We are going to have about 125-150 players, plus 60 cheerleaders this year,” said Perez, who served as the organization's interim president last season.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 5, 2012
Colorado officials say the popular Glendale bear known as “Meatball” - trapped and taken to a temporary rescue facility in San Diego County - will not be permitted residency at a sanctuary in the Rocky Mountain state. “This bear can't come to Colorado,” said Randy Hamilton, spokesman for Colorado Parks & Wildlife, pointing to state regulations that prevent sanctuaries from accepting wild animals. There's been a tug-of-war over the 400-pound bear since he was caught last week in La Cañada Flintridge.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 15, 2011
A 300-pound California black bear seen rummaging through garbage Friday in a La Crescenta neighborhood has prompted officials to remind residents that leaving trash bins unsecured is like an open dinner invitation for wildlife. Glenwood Oaks resident John McLeod's son first spotted the bear digging through their trash bin about 1 a.m. Thursday from his car's rearview mirror after pulling into their home driveway. They spotted the bear the next day at about the same time, he said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 23, 2013
Just as the memory of "Meatball," Glendale's favorite bear, may be fading, it appears a new bruin has taken to the city. And this black bear - described as 3 to 4 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds - has a fondness for hummingbird sugar water and a taste for honey. This dietary insight is based on its snacking habits during multiple visits over the course of at least six months to the Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood. In some cases, the bear has knocked down hummingbird feeders hanging up to 8 feet off the ground.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 5, 2012
“Meatball,” the Glendale bear that was to be shipped off to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary after being trapped last week by a fish and game warden, has now found himself in caged limbo. The 400-pound black bear that returned to the La Crescenta-Montrose area despite twice being relocated deep inside the Angeles National Forest remains in a 15-by-20-foot cage at the Lions, Tigers and Bears sanctuary in Alpine in San Diego County while officials decide his fate. At issue is whether a Colorado law allows wild animals to be housed at sanctuaries in the Rocky Mountain state.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Rima Shah Girl Scouts are sending tsunami victims some much-needed bear hugs. Los Angeles-area Girl Scouts visited the Build-a-Bear Workshop at the Glendale Galleria Thursday to get a head start on a "Stuffed with Hugs: Project Bearlift" event Saturday. The first 300 guests at each store Saturday are invited to make a bear to be shipped to children in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives or Myanmar who survived the Dec. 26 tsunami. More than 40,000 bears are expected to be sent through the program, said Dayna Delfoss, assistant workshop manager at the store.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 2, 2014
The Glendale bear affectionately called “Meatball” by fans has a new children's book and a new name. The San Diego sanctuary that took in the roughly 500-pound black bear - who got his name after eating frozen meatballs from a garage refrigerator in a Glendale home in 2012 - is currently selling books called “The Story of Meatball 210.” The owner of the sanctuary, called Lions, Tigers & Bears, said the book title has nothing to do with...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
A black bear was spotted again Thursday night, but this time, not even an air horn could stop it from rummaging through residents' trash. Resident Sillas Duarte Jr. heard a noise in his backyard in the 3100 block of Dragonfly Street and went to investigate - only to find the bruin, which is known by Fish & Wildlife officials as the Chevy Chase bear. The bear had knocked down trash bins belonging to Duarte and a neighbor. Duarte used an air horn to try to scare the bear, but that didn't work.
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March 15, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers. In the Glendale area today, the high will be 84 and low near 56, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the top headlines in your region this morning: A bear visited a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood twice this week and destroyed an orange tree at a hillside home.   La Cañada Unified School District's Measure LC parcel tax has officially passed , garnering 68.12% of the vote, according to certified results released Friday by the office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
A bear visited a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood twice this week and destroyed an orange tree at a hillside home. The bear's first visit was Wednesday in the 3100 block of Dragonfly Street, where it snapped the orange tree, dug through a trash bin and left its tracks in mud, residents said. The next night, residents spotted the bear about 9:43 p.m. Thursday in a hillside near their home in the 1000 block of Thornwood Street, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. Officials said it's likely a 300-pound black bruin known to Department of Fish and Wildlife as the Chevy Chase bear.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | March 7, 2014
Nominated for this year's Animation Oscar, the excellent “Ernest & Celestine” was, sad to say, not the winner. It was a tough field - hey, there was a Miyazaki film in there too - and I have no unkind words for “Frozen,” the winner, either. We've all heard the frankly hollow line about there not being any losers. But, in this particular case, there is some justification. On the eve of the expansion of its U.S. release, the lovely French/Belgian co-production will benefit from its brief mention in last week's world-televised awards show - one of the dullest ever, by the way. In outline, the setup is not wholly unlike many of the animated features coming out of Hollywood: lovable anthropomorphized animals play out humanoid conflicts and realize that we all have to learn to live together.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
Lilit Mkrtchian's favorite part of watching the Tournament of Roses Parade every year is spotting the Glendale float and pointing out the parts she helped decorate. Come this New Year's Day, she will be able to boast about the uva grass, a cream-colored tropical plant, and other materials she glued on the star of this year's float: Meatball the bear. PHOTOS: Glendale Rose Parade float volunteers in full swing The 35-foot-long craft's design, which features animals living in Glendale's hillsides, was inspired by Meatball, the famous black bear that was caught in foothill neighborhoods three times last year before being captured by state wildlife officials and transported to an animal sanctuary in San Diego County.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 25, 2013
The struggles and triumphs of the Glendale Bears Youth Football and Cheerleading organization read like the pages of a Hollywood script. The group fell victim twice to embezzlers, leaving the organization broke. Then, the young players had a defeating season last year with no touchdowns. Their luck, however, turned around this year and they nearly won a conference title. During the last seven years, the nonprofit has worked hard to overcome major financial woes stemming from a breach of trust.
SPORTS
By Emin Avakian, Special to the Glendale News-Press | November 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The La Cañada Gladiators gremlins football team used a potent rushing attack to claim the San Gabriel Valley Junior All-American Football Conference championship over the Glendale Bears Saturday at Occidental College's Jack Kemp Stadium. Daylon Beasley led the Gladiators with 258 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries to pace La Cañada in its 45-13 victory. La Cañada's relentless defense was able to complement the offense, as it held Glendale to 132 total yards of offense and forced three turnovers.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
The shell of Glendale's 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float, featuring an animatronic version of the famed Glendale bear Meatball , has been constructed and painted. All that's left on the checklist to complete the $150,000 float is the addition of dry decorating materials, which will be added on at the beginning of December, and the placement of fresh flowers, which is set to begin a few days before the Pasadena parade on Jan. 1. “It became very whimsical,” said Brian Dancel, spokesman for Phoenix Decorating Company, which decorated the 35-foot-long float.
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November 4, 2013
Glendale residents spotted a 300-pound black bear roaming their canyon neighborhoods on Friday, police said. The bear hasn't been spotted since Friday, Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. A resident on the 1600 block of Sheridan Road saw the bear at 10:29 p.m. near her home's front porch, police said. Shortly after, another neighbor reported seeing the bear in the 1700 block of Golf Club Drive, which is roughly a block away from the Chevy Chase Country Club. As officers arrived at the neighborhood, they spotted the bear running east on Golf Club Drive from Sheridan.
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