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By Max Zimbert | June 19, 2010
State education officials this week announced that four sites in Burbank and one in Glendale will participate in government programs to feed lower-income schoolchildren through the summer. The two federally funded programs extend school lunch programs into summer, said Carol Mercado, a supervisor in the Burbank parks and recreation department, providing an important source of nutrition during the months-long school break. "It provides a meal for many kids who would not get a decent meal during the day," she said.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 16, 2011
Nearly one third of the 89 teens suspended so far this year at Crescenta Valley High School were caught breaking district rules, or worse, the law, during the lunch break, when the entire student body is allowed to leave campus for roughly one hour, officials reported Tuesday. Six of the students suspended this school year were caught smoking cigarettes and marijuana in a private backyard during the open lunch. The report comes as Glendale Unified officials mull ending Crescenta Valley High's open lunch policy after noticing a spike in absences and tardies during fifth period, which immediately follows the midday break.
NEWS
July 13, 2007
Members of Dilbeck Realtors GMAC's prestigious President's Council gathered recently with the firm's president, Mark Dilbeck, and members of Dilbeck's management team for lunch at the Panzanella Ristorante in Sherman Oaks. Lynn Beckenhauer , senior executive V.P. and manager of Dilbeck's La Cañada office and Beverly Gingrich of the La Crescenta office who is a member of this year's prestigious President's Council. The President's Council is a group that is comprised of the top 2% of the company's sales associates, plus the Top Team.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | June 11, 2013
Favorite Place restaurant is a kind of wonderful enigma. Is it an elegant tea room or is it a quaint lunch place? Is it a spot for finger food or hearty sandwiches? The answer is, it is both. Plus, it is completely unique. Favorite Place, nestled among little storefronts down a side street off Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale, has been a not-so-secret secret to customers for years. Signs in the window boast multiple Best of Glendale awards, mainly for Most Romantic Restaurant.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
Jackson Bell When David Francke walked into Milano's Italian Kitchen on Thursday for a business lunch, he was startled to see the place teeming with Glendale police officers. "I was wondering if I walked into a crime scene," said Francke, a Napa resident in town for business. But after looking around, he realized that the officers were there only to protect and serve lunch. The city's finest took orders, carried drinks and dishes, and mingled with patrons during the fourth annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser benefiting the Special Olympics of the Southern California Tri-Valley area.
LOCAL
By Jennifer Berry | October 8, 2004
The excitement in the overcrowded room was palpable as Crescenta Valley High School students gathered together, munching on pizza and talking loudly during their lunch hour Tuesday afternoon. They weren't there to discuss after-school plans or upcoming events. They were there to debate politics. "Everyone should get involved with politics at a young age," said sophomore Heather Williams, vice president of the school's Republican Club, which formed last year and is hosting two bipartisan political debates before the Nov. 2 national election.
NEWS
October 20, 2003
JEFF KEATING I'm a trained observer, supposedly, but I clearly wasn't in full journalism mode when I approached Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams early Friday afternoon, just before the News-Press Top 103 lunch was about to begin. "I hope I can impose upon you to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance today," I said as I shook the chief's hand. "My pleasure," he said, then quickly scanned the room. "It might help if you had a flag, though." That's why he makes the big money: No detail escapes his attention.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | September 7, 2010
GLENDALE— Kathy Allen and Lupe Bourden picked up their pasta and salad and left in a flash. The Glendale police dispatchers had to return to the phones and were unable to linger around police and firefighters who were treated to a catered lunch by the Olive Garden in Glendale on Labor Day. “We’ve got to get back to dispatch,” Allen said. The Italian restaurant chain donated and catered lunches to local fire and police offices throughout the nation Monday. It’s one way the company can thank public servants, service assistant Deborah Sanford said.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu | February 16, 2010
For most students, being allowed to leave campus during a snack or lunch period is the pinnacle of freedom. But at Hoover High School, no such open-campus lunch exists. So, with Principal Kevin Walsh in attendance, students in teacher Dan Kimber’s Debate Club gathered last week to plead their case for an open-campus lunch. The meeting mostly revolved around two points. First, student freedom. Most students felt they deserved and were mature enough to handle a half-hour of freedom off campus.
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By Lisa Dupuy | June 11, 2013
Favorite Place restaurant is a kind of wonderful enigma. Is it an elegant tea room or is it a quaint lunch place? Is it a spot for finger food or hearty sandwiches? The answer is, it is both. Plus, it is completely unique. Favorite Place, nestled among little storefronts down a side street off Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale, has been a not-so-secret secret to customers for years. Signs in the window boast multiple Best of Glendale awards, mainly for Most Romantic Restaurant.
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By Andy Klein | April 17, 2013
In the mid-80s, David Cronenberg went from low-budget indie horror director to acceptance in Hollywood with "The Dead Zone," "The Fly" and "Dead Ringers. " Rather than using his new access to steer yet more Hollywood, he made "Naked Lunch" - drawn loosely from William S. Burroughs' notorious novel, as well as other works and his eventful life - a film sure to alienate, enrage and even nauseate a large portion of the public. Peter Weller plays the "hero," Burroughs surrogate Bill Lee, a writer/junkie drifting - for real or in his head?
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 21, 2012
One semester after Glendale Unified revised the open lunch policy at Crescenta Valley High School, there were fewer suspensions and incidents stemming from student off-campus lunchtime jaunts than in the previous semester, district officials reported this week. In all, there were 11 fewer suspensions in spring 2012 than the semester before. The school board revised the lunch policy in January to require parental permission in order for students to leave the campus for lunch. Before the change, 18 Crescenta Valley students were suspended and officials recorded 14 incidents involving students fighting or misbehaving during the open lunch.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
Glendale Unified is partnering with several local civic organizations to provide free lunches to children who may not know where their midday meals will come from during the summer months. Keeping children fed is important in making sure students remain healthy throughout the summer so they are prepared for the next school year, organizers said. “The lack of nutrition during the summer months could lead to a more challenging school year the next year,” said Jennifer Chin, director of food service with Glendale Unified.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 8, 2012
Discussion about further curtailing the Crescenta Valley High School open lunch policy has been placed on hold while officials work to implement preliminary changes announced last month. Officials at the La Crescenta campus are still collecting and processing parental permission forms from students who wish to go off campus midday, Glendale Unified Deputy Supt. John Garcia said Tuesday. By early March, a sticker will be added to those students' identification cards, which they will have to show to school and law enforcement officials upon request.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 18, 2012
Crescenta Valley High School students who wish to leave campus during lunch will be required to submit written permission from a parent while also demonstrating appropriate conduct both on and off school grounds. The new terms, outlined during a Glendale Unified school board meeting Tuesday and effective starting Jan. 30, essentially flips the existing practice at the La Crescenta school. Previously, parents have signed a form if they did not want their child to go off campus during lunch.
NEWS
December 9, 2011
Community members continued to weigh in on a possible change to the open lunch policy at Crescenta Valley High School during a forum Thursday - the latest in an ongoing dialogue about whether allowing students off campus during the school day fosters dangerous and illegal behavior. Glendale Unified Deputy Supt. John Garcia announced in September that district officials were reviewing the policy after an analysis indicated high rates of drug-related expulsions and other issues related to having the open campus during lunch.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 16, 2011
Nearly one third of the 89 teens suspended so far this year at Crescenta Valley High School were caught breaking district rules, or worse, the law, during the lunch break, when the entire student body is allowed to leave campus for roughly one hour, officials reported Tuesday. Six of the students suspended this school year were caught smoking cigarettes and marijuana in a private backyard during the open lunch. The report comes as Glendale Unified officials mull ending Crescenta Valley High's open lunch policy after noticing a spike in absences and tardies during fifth period, which immediately follows the midday break.
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By Megan O‘Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 24, 2011
Community members appear divided about the possible elimination of Crescenta Valley High School's open lunch, with some characterizing any change as an unnecessary punishment and others ripping district officials for not moving quickly enough to stem the student-related problems identified in a recent report. Glendale Unified officials announced last week that they were reviewing the open-lunch policy after drawing a connection between it and ongoing disciplinary problems, absences and student tardiness.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
I taught at Hoover High School from 1988 until 2010. In 1988, students could still leave campus at snack time as well as lunch. Tardies to period 3 and 5 were high and the traffic around the campus awful. Neighbors complained of students having “picnics” on their lawns and porches (on rainy days) and leaving their food wrappers behind for the homeowners to pick up. Before the campus was closed for snack time and lunch, students were asked what they would prefer to eat. As a result of student suggestions, institutional cafeteria food was changed to include a fresh salad bar. Food carts around campus offer pizza slices from Pizza Hut and Chinese take-out food, among other foods.
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