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November 18, 2011
It was a new take on Santa Thursday night at the Americana at Brand's fourth annual tree lighting ceremony, with aerialist and acrobatic performances putting a modern stamp on classic characters like the Nutcracker and toy soldiers. The “Cirque du Santa” event featured fireworks, music and the big man himself, Santa Claus, as the mega-outdoor mall heralded the holiday shopping season. The 100-foot-tall white fir was covered in 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments for the occasion.
NEWS
By Ray Richmond | December 21, 2013
In a world where cutting back on our energy consumption is a matter of honor - where reducing one's ecological footprint has become a vital measure of humans' responsibility to the planet and its dwindling resources - one couple defiantly bucks the green trend. Longtime Burbank residents Dick and Pam Norton don't just have an elaborate Christmas display on their front lawn at 513 N. Florence St. They have a veritable city of lights: About 20,000 of them, drawing about 90 amps of power to operate for three hours each night (6 to 9 p.m.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2006
When most of us open our stockings on Christmas morning, we pull out a variety of gifts ? some candy, some trinkets, perhaps a pen or paperback or a CD or DVD... In much the same way, Olivia Tsui, music director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra (GSO), has packed this year's "Sounds of Christmas" concert on Friday evening, Dec. 1 with an eclectic medley of musical treats and gifts. "The concert is a great way to start the holiday season," says Tsui. "Better yet, we've planned this Christmas kick off celebration with the whole family in mind.
NEWS
December 25, 2001
Amber Willard TOOELE, UTAH -- While most people gather around Christmas trees at home today, some Glendale-based soldiers will be patrolling the snowy mountains of Utah. These 100 soldiers have traded their civilian jobs as teachers, mechanics, police officers and the like for the lives of military men in the state's Army National Guard 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized.) The men -- as a combat unit, there are no women allowed -- were federalized weeks after the Sept.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Re: “ A different perspective on the word Christmas ,” Learning Matters column, Jan. 10. Kudos to Joylene Wagner, a longtime resident and former school board member, for taking a position in favor of cultural inclusiveness and separation of church and state in our schools and throughout our diverse city. Wagner clearly and simply explained the current school district policy: “Nowhere does the policy forbid the word 'Christmas'. What it does encourage is balance and an understanding that schools should not be seen as favoring one faith tradition over another.” Christmas is a religious holiday - ask a religious Christian what he/she thinks of the commercialization of Christmas - not “an ideal we buy into no matter our ethnic or religious background,” as stated by Brian Crosby in his December column.
NEWS
December 25, 2002
Tim Willert As morning turned to afternoon Tuesday and time started to run out on last-minute Christmas shoppers, Glendale residents and members of the religious community took time to explain the true meaning of Christmas. "It's a time to share with friends and loved ones," said Laura Camarena, 35, during a visit to Glendale Fashion Center. "Unfortunately, it's become about objects and not the birth of Jesus." Camarena's son, 7-year-old Adam Rodriguez, offered this explanation: "It's about being kind and sharing and giving stuff to people."
NEWS
December 20, 2004
With a week to spare before Christmas, several Glendale organizations gave toys to needy families Saturday, making sure disadvantaged children wake up to gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. At the New Horizons Family Center, about 3,000 families received toys collected by New Horizons, the California Highway Patrol and Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer's office. A similar giveaway took place at the Salvation Army's Windsor Road campus, where 382 families received food for a Christmas dinner as well as gifts.
NEWS
December 22, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Lilith Garibyan loves getting presents at Christmastime, but she also looks forward to hearing the religious story behind the holiday every year. Lilith, a fourth-grader at Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, was one of about 45 children from Burbank and Glendale who performed Saturday during a Christmas celebration at the Armenian Church Western Diocese in Burbank. More than 800 people, including Armenian American children from public and private schools in Burbank and Glendale and their families, attended the event.
NEWS
December 1, 2000
Judy Seckler LA CRESCENTA -- Whether shopping for that one last gift or looking for the perfect holiday table cloth, St. Luke's Episcopal Church wants the public to know it has organized a group of holiday activities to combat the stress. "This should be a time of delight and reflection as people concentrate on what's really important -- 'seasoning' our Christmas traditions with a true celebration of Christ's birth," said the Rev. Ron Jackson of St. Luke's.
NEWS
March 24, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When others were writing Christmas wish lists for toys and clothes, 12-year-old Monica Sogamoso just wanted her family to live happily ever after in a home of their own. Monica, her sister Jasmine, 9, and their mother Maria Leon, a victim of domestic violence, had been living in shelters for two years. "I just want for my mom to be happy, and my sister to be happy, and one day we can have a house of our own," Monica told the News-Press in December.
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January 17, 2014
Re: “ A different perspective on the word Christmas,” Learning Matters column, Jan. 10 . Merry Christmas means wishing one peace, joy and good will. What's the matter with that? It's neither a cuss word nor establishing, favoring or forcing a religion on anyone; and its meaning certainly shouldn't offend anyone. It is endearing and traditional. Why has it come to the point where there has to be a law (as in Texas) allowing teachers to say Merry Christmas? While Ms. Wagner believes it is secular, it has been a greeting since this country was established.
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NEWS
January 14, 2014
Re: “ A different perspective on the word Christmas ,” Learning Matters column, Jan. 10. Kudos to Joylene Wagner, a longtime resident and former school board member, for taking a position in favor of cultural inclusiveness and separation of church and state in our schools and throughout our diverse city. Wagner clearly and simply explained the current school district policy: “Nowhere does the policy forbid the word 'Christmas'. What it does encourage is balance and an understanding that schools should not be seen as favoring one faith tradition over another.” Christmas is a religious holiday - ask a religious Christian what he/she thinks of the commercialization of Christmas - not “an ideal we buy into no matter our ethnic or religious background,” as stated by Brian Crosby in his December column.
NEWS
By Joylene Wagner and By Joylene Wagner | January 10, 2014
When Glendale News-Press Editor Dan Evans introduced us new columnists to his staff and each other last August, he expressed a wish for some lively exchanges of perspective between Hoover High School teacher Brian Crosby and me. Today I'll grant my editor's wish. I do indeed have a different perspective than Crosby expressed in his Dec. 20 column, “Christmas, by name, should be cherished .” I'd call it a “Yes, but” response to his wish that school staff could feel freer to say “Merry Christmas” and could more openly refer to decorated firs as Christmas trees rather than holiday trees.
NEWS
January 7, 2014
When is the traditional Christmas tree incorrectly called a “holiday tree”? The city of Glendale did it this Christmas at its annual tree-lighting event on Dec. 4. I would like to ask the city why it is afraid to acknowledge the word “Christmas” since it has always been the correct and proper definition of such a tree at Christmastime? The city seems to think that if the tree's title is changed, then no one will be offended. Hey, you forgot about your Christian residents, large in number.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center hosted a water blessing ceremony to celebrate Christmas days before the Jan. 6 date that marks the Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirosian, who was accompanied by fellow religious leaders, said the members of the Armenian Apostolic Church traditionally celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6. “At this most joyous time of the year, once again we thank God for another year, and for the greatest gift of all - the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.” Mardirosian led a ceremony in which he blessed water in a bowl, symbolizing Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Pandora Young | December 30, 2013
It can get a lot worse than a lump of coal in your stocking. According to Germanic folklore, old St. Nick has a demonic sidekick named Krampus whose job is to punish all the children who were naughty this year. When he's not spanking children, he's kidnapping them, drowning them or just eating the kids for dinner. Krampus is a popular figure in the holiday celebrations of Germany, Austria and other Alpine countries, as adults don elaborate and beastly Krampus costumes, then roam the streets menacing children.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
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NEWS
By Ari Bloomekatz | December 25, 2013
Christmas just might bring record high temperatures to the Southland, the Los Angeles Times reports . It's so warm and dry that forecasters have issued a red flag fire warning through Thursday evening for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The record high for Christmas Day in downtown L.A. was 85 degrees, reached in 1980. Meteorologist Carol Smith with the National Weather Service in Oxnard said the temperature is forecast to meet that mark on Wednesday . The low in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning was 46 degrees, meaning the temperature might jump roughly 40 degrees through the day. In Long Beach, where the Christmas record was set at 81 degrees in 1972, the high Wednesday is expected to reach 83. Burbank hit 85 degrees on this date in 1980 and Smith said Wednesday is also forecast to be 85 degrees.
NEWS
December 24, 2013
Re: “ Christmas by name, should be cherished ,” Brian Crosby's The Whiteboard Jungle, Dec. 20. This article reflects the misguided view of the dominant Christian culture in America that “part of that American education is the way we all celebrate Christmas, from putting light displays on houses, to visiting Santa etc., etc.” I am an American, my family is American, all educated in America, and we do not celebrate Christmas. Millions of Americans do not celebrate Christmas at all or in the way the author describes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Pandora Young | December 24, 2013
It can get a lot worse than a lump of coal in your stocking. According to Germanic folklore, old St. Nick has a demonic sidekick named Krampus whose job is to punish all the children who were naughty this year. When he's not spanking children, he's kidnapping them, drowning them or just eating the kids for dinner. Krampus is a popular figure in the holiday celebrations of Germany, Austria and other Alpine countries, as adults don elaborate and beastly Krampus costumes, then roam the streets menacing children.
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