May 22, 2013
It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Newton Russell announces the passing of our adored and greatly loved husband, father, and grandfather (Pop Pop). He fought a difficult and courageous battle against lung cancer. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 18. His family was with him in his home during the last difficult days and final hours. He was a fifth generation Californian, a Naval Veteran and USC alumnus. He served on the California State Legislature for 28 years and retired from the Senate in 1996 with the honorable title of “the conscience of the senate.” He maintained a full and active schedule serving on numerous boards and committees, traveling and enjoying to the fullest his wonderful family and extensive circle of friends.
January 7, 2013
Constance Ann Wren died peacefully on the morning of January 3, 2013 after a long and heroic battle with lung cancer. She was 76 years of age and died in San Gabriel, California. She was born in Berkley, California, June 18, 1936. She was the daughter of Marian Burgess Holcomb LaFranchi and Dr. Edward Henry LaFranchi. She is survived by her brothers Charles LaFranchi, Stephen LaFranchi and a sister Caroline Meredith Gracis. Longtime friends include Marge Zaun and Lynn Rossi. She was married to Edward Wren for over 20 years.
November 6, 2012
Glendale Police Capt. Carl Povilaitis received the most online votes, garnering him the Man in Pink title in Glendale Adventist's Army of Pink campaign, a biennial event created to call attention to breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection. He participated in the campaign, he said, because he has friends who have had breast cancer and other friends who had long battles with lung cancer and did not survive. “You can't go through life without running into those issues, and you see how it impacts people and families,” he said.
December 22, 2010
"It is not flesh and blood, but the heart that makes us fathers and sons. " - Johann Schiller Though you would have a difficult time finding one, there is a little known album by Nat King Cole entitled "Goodnight, Little Leaguer. " If you ever catch a glimpse, my Dad's the Little Leaguer on the right with the thin smile and the red cap. He grew up to be the man who took me on my first fishing trip, the man I had my first catch with, the man who told me how proud he was after my first karate tournament, the man who taught me how to get in front of a groundball during Little League and the man who was one of my two biggest fans when I put on a pair of shoulder pads.
August 4, 2010
Heart disease is leading Glendale killer Coronary heart disease was the leading cause of death among Glendale residents in 2007, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report released on Tuesday that detailed mortality rates and top causes for premature death. In Glendale, 594 people died from heart disease; coronary heart disease was also the leading cause of death countywide in 2007, according to the report. In Glendale, the second leading cause of death was emphysema and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, with 125 deaths, followed by stroke with 124, then pneumonia and influenza with 117 and lung cancer with 112. When age was factored in, the second cause of premature death for people younger than 75 was suicide, followed by motor vehicle crashes, lung cancer and then drug overdose, according to the report.
October 21, 2009
Last year, I ran into a man who was my very first mentor, 25 years after we first met at a backyard barbecue. It is such a small world. He was a great teacher, he had daughters about my age and he had a great influence on my career. At the barbecue, I met his wife and oldest daughter; it was so nice to catch up after so long. On Saturday, I went to funeral services for his oldest daughter, Diana. I thought I should pay my respects. She was 51 years old, just a bit older than me. I am sure she loved her daughter, 19, just like I love my own children.
January 10, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A government study showing that a partial smoking ban had a dramatic effect on reducing heart attacks in a Colorado town may have implications for Glendale and Burbank, where similar ordinances have been passed in recent years, experts said. The study, published Dec. 30 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was the first conducted over a period as long as three years and showed a sustained decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks, said Christine Nevin-Woods, the lead researcher on the study and the director of the Pueblo City-County Health Department in Pueblo, Colo.
October 1, 2008
Smokers should quit for them, us Regarding “Smoking ban goes back to council,” Tuesday: I have a neighbor who smokes. He cares for his family, he smokes outside. Every morning I wake to cigarette smoke in our bedroom. The air carries it into our house. Every evening it wafts into our living room. I close the windows, close the doors. We live in the suburbs in nice houses that are spaced apart. Yet I’m a prisoner while he smokes. My mom and dad both died of cigarette-induced lung cancer and heart diseases.
September 13, 2008
Friends and family gathered on Friday to dedicate the Glendale Community College Nursing Resource Lab to a former nursing instructor, who died of lung cancer in January. Sally Black, 53, dedicated her life to teaching nursing students about the profession she loved, said Cynthia Dorroh, associate dean of the nursing program at the college. “She put her heart in this,” said Black’s husband, Patrick. “She was dedicated to helping her students.” To honor Black’s work at the nursing department, the college named the nursing resource lab after her. A plaque saying “Sally C. Black, GCC alumni and faculty member — What a woman,” was placed outside the lab’s door.