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December 12, 2011
The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. should hang their heads in shame for the sad excuse for a Christmas tree at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue. This so-called tree was viewed by all who attended the parade on Saturday and thousands of TV viewers. It resembled a dunce cap with stars. I would call it a wizard cap, but no wizard would claim it. Hopefully, next year, they will able to provide a tree that resembles a Christmas tree rather than a dunce cap with stars!
NEWS
December 23, 2011
In response to the letter from Mary Martin (“Montrose Christmas tree is shameful,” Dec. 12), I also don't especially like this tree, but not knowing where it came from, who chose this tree or how much it cost, I am happy to put up with it. Our great little town of Montrose has the Christmas parade, trolley rides, Christmas bands and, of course, Santa Claus. Perhaps after budgeting for all of these wonderful things, that was the only affordable tree. In these tough economic times, we should be happy we even have a Christmas tree!
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | December 5, 2008
It?s time once again to select that special piece of forestry to augment the holiday atmosphere in your home. The YMCA?s annual Christmas tree lot opens today with a wide selection of greenery to herald the magic of the holidays and also help area youth finance a learning adventure. The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA works together with the Verdugo Hills YMCA on the annual fund-raiser. Each year, about 130 YMCA kids involved in Youth in Government and Model United Nations help to sell trees at the lot to finance the teens?
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
December 16, 1999
Robert Shaffer GLENDALE -- Just in time for Y2K is the great Christmas tree famine of 1999. "After this weekend, they'll be hard to find," said Michael Russo, a summer camp counselor who was selling his last shipment of trees Tuesday for the YMCA on a lot on South Brand Boulevard. Home Depot received its final shipment of 600 Christmas trees Wednesday morning, and had sold 100 by Wednesday afternoon. "Get one as soon as you possibly can," advised Enrique Garcia, a manager at the store.
NEWS
December 27, 2001
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- As much of a holiday tradition as buying a Christmas tree is disposing of it once the packages are unwrapped and the lights are boxed up. City workers will once again recycle Christmas trees through Jan. 15 by collecting them from residential and business curbsides. All those who live in single-family residences have to do is place their trees next to their trash cans on their regular pickup day. But businesses and multifamily residences, such as apartments, should call the Integrated Waste Management section at 548-3916 for curbside collection times and days, and have their trees by the curb by 7 a.m. the day of pickup.
NEWS
December 12, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENDALE -- Serious Christmas tree aficionados relaxed and took in the pine-scented air with relish. "It smells great in here," shopper Melanie Escher, 41, said of the YMCA's Harvey Drive and Ventura (134) Freeway location. With her two sons, Evan Spires, 6, and Liam Spires, 4, the day was a big adventure. Escher had her eye on an affordable Christmas tree under $40 that looked good. Glendale YMCA Director of Financial Development Craig Yaussi said the YMCA has been selling trees for almost 45 years.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | January 4, 2008
GLENDALE — Christmas trees dragged to curbs for trash pickup are attracting arsonists, fire officials said. On Gardena Avenue in southwest Glendale on Monday, a 34-year-old man stepped out of his front door to find his discarded Christmas tree in flames, according to a police report. Police arrived shortly after the man put the fire out with a garden hose and found no evidence of who was responsible for igniting the tree. The homeowner did not see any people or vehicles fleeing, police said.
NEWS
November 1, 2011
The 65-foot Sierra white fir destined for the White House as the nation's official Christmas tree will first make a stop at the Autry National Center near Griffith Park, organizers announced this week. The stop will be one of many for the white fir -- scheduled to be cut down Saturday in the remote Stanislaus National Forest in Central California -- on its trek to the White House. Before the tree heads east, organizers will take it on a 20-day tour of 12 cities in California. It is just the fourth time the state has provided the "The People's Tree" since the tradition was started in 1964, according to the announcement from U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Maria Benech.
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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.
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By Brian Crosby | December 20, 2013
Each December, there is an increasing amount of attention spent on the word “Christmas” and how its use has to be carefully monitored, especially in schools. A decorated tree is permissible if you call it a holiday tree, and students performing music in December is OK as long as the songs focus on sleigh rides and snowmen. And for goodness' sake, school is closed for winter recess, not Christmas vacation. So we ignore the whole reason why we aren't teaching kids at the end of the calendar year.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 5, 2013
For the first time in three years, the city of Glendale hosted a Christmas tree-lighting event in Parcher Plaza at City Hall. While the city still erected a tree and decorated it in the past, tight budgeting prompted officials to nix the roughly $2,000 lighting ceremony beginning in 2010. PHOTOS: Christmas tree lighting at Glendale City Hall This year's event held on Wednesday included students caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. The 28-foot tree from Oregon has 7,500 lights and 500 ornaments.
COMMUNITY
By Ruth Sowby | November 28, 2012
Many are familiar with the good works of the Cabrini Literary Guild, especially directed to Catholic charities. But what may be less known are the departments that allow a more personalized experience of philanthropy and socializing. There's the Book Reading Club, the Bridge Department, the Busy Fingers' Department, the Mannequin Department and the Philosophy Department. On Nov. 20, only two days before Thanksgiving, six intrepid souls gathered in the Burbank apartment of Philosophy Department Coordinator Sister Regina Palamara.
NEWS
November 19, 2012
It's officially Christmas time at the Americana at Brand, where on Sunday night the switch was flipped on thousands of lights covering the giant white fir towering over the outdoor shopping mall. The spectacle -- accompanied by dancing snowmen, fireworks, “flying” reindeer -- wowed a crowd that at one point apparently reached capacity, with some people reporting on Twitter that they had been turned away after the fire marshal cut the inflow of people. The more than 100-foot-tall white fir Christmas tree, which rolled into the Americana prior to Halloween, was covered with thousands of lights and ornaments for the “Cirque du Santa” lighting ceremony, with acrobatics provided by  Zen Arts.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
It's that time of year again, and no, we're not talking about Halloween. A more than 100-foot-tall white fir Christmas tree rolled into the Americana at Brand early Tuesday morning -- crane at the ready to hoist it into place a day before even Halloween has had its moment on the calendar. The tree, which hails from Mt. Shasta, will be decorated in the coming weeks with 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments, according to Caruso Affiliated, which owns the Americana. The company's other big L.A. mall, The Grove, got its similarly-sized Christmas tree last week.
NEWS
By Katherine Yamada | May 3, 2012
The Verdugo Hills Sunshine Society was formed in the early 1930s with the goal of operating a home-like boarding home for elderly people of culture and refinement. Charter members James and Effie Fifield helped form the society with the specific intention of donating their home, named Twelve Oaks Lodge, to the group. The Fifields, from Minneapolis, wintered in what was then called Verdugo City for many years. When James Fifield died in 1933, Effie Fifield took over his publishing business.
THE818NOW
January 5, 2012
A blaze that erupted in home Wednesday night on Screenland Drive after a dry Christmas tree caught fire caused $125,000 in damage, but no injuries were reported. The fire destroyed the home's living room before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze shortly after 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Screenland Drive. Burbank animal control officers were called in to care for two dogs that were found hiding in a nearby room. The homeowners were apparently away at the time the fire started.
NEWS
December 25, 2011
When the freak windstorm was knocking down power lines and toppling giant trees on roofs and cars, Scotty Sorensen was pounding 42-inch stakes into the ground with a sledgehammer to keep the 95-mph gusts from blowing away the tents at his Christmas tree lot in Pasadena. It was an exercise in futility as the raging winds bent the aluminum poles holding up the tents. It was the same at his lot in South Pasadena where the giant tent - Big Red - was in danger of blowing away and damaging someone else's property.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 24, 2011
It's been a disaster since the Lawrence family moved to Glendale almost three months ago. First a hospital visit brought a hefty medical bill, then sentimental Christmas decorations were destroyed, and two weeks ago someone stole the $800 car the family bought with the last of their savings. It had two car seats in the back. “Right now is the worst possible time,” said Shannon Lawrence, who moved with her husband and two daughters from Charlottesville, Va., at the end of October.
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