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June 5, 2002
Death is a sad thing, especially when a young person with their whole life ahead of them dies. Your coverage of the death of La Crescenta resident James Jenkins in Saturday's News-Press was quite extensive. I'm wondering though, had James been a member of the chess club or the drama department in school, and not been the quote-unquote sports "star" that he's been labeled, would the News-Press have given him the front page and another full-page story? Probably not. Why does our society elevate a person who plays with a ball to a heroic platform?
NEWS
August 30, 2002
Karen S. Kim The City Council's decision to fund certain arts organizations at the expense of others has sparked some grumblings of discontent. The council Tuesday doled out $57,100 to nine community organizations and individuals who put in requests for funding. Last-minute allocations of $5,000 each to the city's chess club and Glendale Junior Chamber of Commerce for the Days of Verdugo Parade left some members of other publicly funded arts organizations feeling a little shortchanged.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 16, 2006
Michael McLaughlin carefully studied a chess board at Fremont Elementary School before he made his next move and called out "checkmate" to his opponent. Winning was no big deal, in this case, for the seasoned 10-year-old. His opponent was a beginner. That's what Michael was four years ago. Since then, he has come to know the game and its history pretty well. "Chess is an old-fashioned game played in the 1700s," Michael said. "My dad started to teach me, then he put me in the chess club in kindergarten," Michael said.
NEWS
May 15, 2004
Armen Samuelian, 11, of Glendale was named the State Elementary Chess Champion after scoring 4 1/2- 1/2 in the open section of the Southern California State Elementary Championship on March 6 in Santa Clarita. A total of 120 students in grades kindergarten through sixth participated. Samuelian held the state elementary fourth- and fifth-grade first-place champion title in 2001 and 2002. On March 13, he won the K-12 section with a perfect score of 5.0 in the Kern County Scholastic Chess Championships in Bakersfield.
NEWS
February 18, 2008
Ananda Ashrama is topic of talk The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley presents ?The History of the Ananda Ashrama? at 7 p.m. Monday at La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. In 1923, Ananda Ashrama was a religious retreat in the foothills of the Crescenta Valley. It has been a source of inspiration and mystery to the residents of La Crescenta for 85 years. The leader of the church, Susan Schrader, a longtime resident of the Crescenta Valley, will give an overview of its history.
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By Mary O'Keefe | January 12, 2007
Early Saturday morning, gamers throughout the greater Crescenta Valley and beyond gathered at The Ark on La Crescenta Avenue and spent a day of intense playing. What would bring all these gamers together in one place? Halo 2, the extremely popular game, and Prom Plus, an organization dedicated to giving Crescenta Valley High School students a safe haven for after prom activities. The contest pitted gamers against gamers, their skills ranging from, "That guy is incredible," to "That guy must be in the chess club."
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By Bhavana Gupta | May 16, 2008
Valley View is special in many ways. Valley View?s PTA is really helpful. It organizes the Book Fair where we get the most interesting books. The fall and end of the school [year] carnivals where everyone enjoys and gets great prizes, support the school to get new and updated textbooks, gets teachers to the Coldstone fundraiser. Almost everything we have or do PTA is there to support us. The Foundation increases our school spirit by selling Valley View T-shirts, make banners to make it interesting to find major school news in a fun way. They help us to learn about artists and be like them, they organize special musical assemblies for us, pay money for the instruments, and provides special assemblies for fifth grade.
NEWS
July 26, 2005
Deborah Meron Many residents balked at the more than $500,000 price tag for a Chess Park. Many asked whether the park's simple design merited the fee. The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects seems to think so. The institute hand-picked the park, the only one in the region to have a chess theme, for its annual Public Open Space Award, given to an original or noteworthy outdoor project....
NEWS
July 9, 2007
Fireworks show was a blazing success As the inaugural president of the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn., I am elated at the outcome from our Fourth of July event ("It's a day for celebrations," Thursday). A tall task was given to the committee and we acted prudently and efficiently. Once the ball got rolling with this group, it was not going to be stopped. The fireworks show was amazing, thanks to our first-class pyrotechnics. Everyone was very safe, thanks to our outstanding members of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Department, Sheriff volunteers, the California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Fire Department.
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By Bhavana Gupta | May 16, 2008
Valley View is special in many ways. Valley View?s PTA is really helpful. It organizes the Book Fair where we get the most interesting books. The fall and end of the school [year] carnivals where everyone enjoys and gets great prizes, support the school to get new and updated textbooks, gets teachers to the Coldstone fundraiser. Almost everything we have or do PTA is there to support us. The Foundation increases our school spirit by selling Valley View T-shirts, make banners to make it interesting to find major school news in a fun way. They help us to learn about artists and be like them, they organize special musical assemblies for us, pay money for the instruments, and provides special assemblies for fifth grade.
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NEWS
February 18, 2008
Ananda Ashrama is topic of talk The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley presents ?The History of the Ananda Ashrama? at 7 p.m. Monday at La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. In 1923, Ananda Ashrama was a religious retreat in the foothills of the Crescenta Valley. It has been a source of inspiration and mystery to the residents of La Crescenta for 85 years. The leader of the church, Susan Schrader, a longtime resident of the Crescenta Valley, will give an overview of its history.
NEWS
July 9, 2007
Fireworks show was a blazing success As the inaugural president of the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn., I am elated at the outcome from our Fourth of July event ("It's a day for celebrations," Thursday). A tall task was given to the committee and we acted prudently and efficiently. Once the ball got rolling with this group, it was not going to be stopped. The fireworks show was amazing, thanks to our first-class pyrotechnics. Everyone was very safe, thanks to our outstanding members of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Department, Sheriff volunteers, the California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Fire Department.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | January 12, 2007
Early Saturday morning, gamers throughout the greater Crescenta Valley and beyond gathered at The Ark on La Crescenta Avenue and spent a day of intense playing. What would bring all these gamers together in one place? Halo 2, the extremely popular game, and Prom Plus, an organization dedicated to giving Crescenta Valley High School students a safe haven for after prom activities. The contest pitted gamers against gamers, their skills ranging from, "That guy is incredible," to "That guy must be in the chess club."
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | May 16, 2006
Michael McLaughlin carefully studied a chess board at Fremont Elementary School before he made his next move and called out "checkmate" to his opponent. Winning was no big deal, in this case, for the seasoned 10-year-old. His opponent was a beginner. That's what Michael was four years ago. Since then, he has come to know the game and its history pretty well. "Chess is an old-fashioned game played in the 1700s," Michael said. "My dad started to teach me, then he put me in the chess club in kindergarten," Michael said.
NEWS
July 26, 2005
Deborah Meron Many residents balked at the more than $500,000 price tag for a Chess Park. Many asked whether the park's simple design merited the fee. The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects seems to think so. The institute hand-picked the park, the only one in the region to have a chess theme, for its annual Public Open Space Award, given to an original or noteworthy outdoor project....
NEWS
August 30, 2004
Council's $500K gift should be remembered next year Regarding the Chess Park, it was dedicated in July amid a photo-op showing people playing chess there and the predictable fawning words of praise by the Chess Club. The truth is that chess players don't play there. The photo of the unused park published in the Aug. 13 News-Press bears out this truth, and the truth I've observed two to three times a week when I see it en route to Kinko's next door.
NEWS
May 15, 2004
Armen Samuelian, 11, of Glendale was named the State Elementary Chess Champion after scoring 4 1/2- 1/2 in the open section of the Southern California State Elementary Championship on March 6 in Santa Clarita. A total of 120 students in grades kindergarten through sixth participated. Samuelian held the state elementary fourth- and fifth-grade first-place champion title in 2001 and 2002. On March 13, he won the K-12 section with a perfect score of 5.0 in the Kern County Scholastic Chess Championships in Bakersfield.
NEWS
August 30, 2002
Karen S. Kim The City Council's decision to fund certain arts organizations at the expense of others has sparked some grumblings of discontent. The council Tuesday doled out $57,100 to nine community organizations and individuals who put in requests for funding. Last-minute allocations of $5,000 each to the city's chess club and Glendale Junior Chamber of Commerce for the Days of Verdugo Parade left some members of other publicly funded arts organizations feeling a little shortchanged.
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