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February 24, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Practically everyone in the small group of Latino Hoover High students shook their head in unison. No, they had never had a lot of strong, positive Latino role models when they were younger. That's why most of them were eager to work with a group of Latino eighth-graders at Toll Middle School -- to encourage them to attend college and pursue the career of their dreams. "I wish I had this when I was their age," said Hoover senior Eric Pagan.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
State legislators honored six local women during a luncheon Friday for contributing to the business community and serving as role models. “Women make up a key part in the success of our economics and our recovery,” said keynote speaker Lisa Stevens of Wells Fargo Bank, adding that “women get better with age” because they are better at realizing perspective and learning from past experiences. Sen. Carol Liu and Assembly members Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
NEWS
August 9, 2005
JEFF TULLY Where have all the role models gone? They're still around, if you can look past their steroid use, drug abuse, convictions for drunken driving, domestic abuse and admitted marital infidelities. If the young people of today are looking for men and women to emulate, they surely aren't going to find them in the sporting world, or the entertainment industry, or -- heaven help us -- the political arena. The incident last week involving baseball player Rafael Palmeiro reinforces the idea that those in the public eye should not be relied on to serve as role models -- for anyone.
NEWS
August 24, 2002
Six local students are set to graduate Tuesday from a Glendale Police-sponsored program that aims to teach leadership, responsibility and respect to youths. The teens are part of STAR -- Students Training as Role Models -- which is designed to deter kids from gang and other problem behavior and give them positive exposure to police. Activities include field trips and a curriculum that includes prejudice and discrimination. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Catholic Charities, 4322 San Fernando Road.
NEWS
December 15, 2007
The ugly truth of the effects of doping hit home this week with a big reminder that the quest for an edge can end up in a vicious cycle of ruined bodies, tainted reputations and lost hopes. When former Sen. George Mitchell’s report that 86 current and former major leaguers were linked to performance-enhancing drugs was released Thursday, we learned that Crescenta Valley High School graduate Jim Parque and St. Francis graduate Gregg Zaun were on the list of alleged users. As disappointing and shocking as the news was, it was a high-profile example of how the importance of role models can never be underestimated, and that their responsibility in our society is apparent in communities, including Glendale, whether they like it or not. Locally, the reaction was one of shock that local athletes could be involved in such a scandal.
NEWS
August 30, 2000
Amber Willard TROPICO -- While most students were getting ready to go back to school Tuesday, others were graduating. Six students graduated Tuesday night from a program sponsored by the Glendale Police Department that takes referrals from the Glendale Unified School District for youths who are doing well in classes and can become good role models. "I learned to make choices that will be better for my life in the future," said Diana Rivera, who spent a year in the STAR program and was recently elected as its first class president.
NEWS
September 26, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- New Horizons Family Center raised more than $50,000 at its annual gala to help fund after-school activities for area students, officials said Monday. "It was the best year that we've had," center Director Maria Rochart said. "It completes the budget for this year." Nearly 500 people turned out for the 6th annual gala, which was held in Los Angeles on Saturday. The black-tie event featured everything from violinists to salsa dancers, Rochart said.
NEWS
December 12, 2001
Last week, our community lost a good friend, Karl Kniseley, retired and longtime pastor of First Lutheran Church of Glendale. During times when we talk about the need for mentors and role models, we don't have to look much further than Karl. With a strong voice and confident demeanor that I'll never forget, he influenced and set an example not only for a congregation, but for his community. Our family was but one that held him with great respect and admiration over the years, and as he moves on I can only imagine how many lives Karl touched and made a difference in. In our family alone, he performed more than 43 ceremonies over the years, including my own baptism, confirmation and marriage.
NEWS
January 23, 2001
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Linda Engholm works at about 20 local schools, but is probably among the least known Glendale Unified School District employees. The adapted physical education specialist goes from campus to campus designing and leading activities for students with special needs, including wheelchair-bound children and those who are autistic. "The itinerant teacher doesn't really have a home school," said Tim Walker, director of special education for the district.
NEWS
September 6, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LA CRESCENTA -- Myrna Grijalva has had to prove herself over the years. There once were those who would come into Joselito's Mexican Restaurant -- which she and her husband, Jose, opened in Montrose 20 years ago -- and look to do business with the man in charge. "A lot of people would try to bypass me and go to my husband," Grijalva said. "I think they've learned to respect me for who I am." "I can handle just about anything that comes my way."
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SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 16, 2012
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE - It's not like Tony Passarella to stop brainstorming for ideas. With a creative mind and a sunny disposition, the longtime Glendale resident constantly searches for ways to improve his annual basketball camp by adding a new wrinkle. Passarella's latest plan found him combining physical fitness with life lessons and applying it squarely to basketball, a sport he once played while at L.A. Marshall High, during the ninth annual Kid's Summer Basketball, Training and Fitness Camp at Pacific Park Community Center on Thursday afternoon.
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NEWS
By Patrick Caneday | May 4, 2012
There were times when I couldn't wait for them to get older. To be able to hold up their own heads. To crawl or walk. To eat with their own hands. To clean up after and dress themselves. Though they still haven't mastered the last one, they are quite proficient at the others. Heck, I still have trouble dressing myself. Spring, with all its rebirth, renewal and awakening, is upon us. It's right up there with winter, summer and fall as one of my favorite seasons.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
State legislators honored six local women during a luncheon Friday for contributing to the business community and serving as role models. “Women make up a key part in the success of our economics and our recovery,” said keynote speaker Lisa Stevens of Wells Fargo Bank, adding that “women get better with age” because they are better at realizing perspective and learning from past experiences. Sen. Carol Liu and Assembly members Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
NEWS
By Brian Crosby | April 21, 2011
Just last week, I took seven students to a national journalism convention in Anaheim. Even though these young people are highly responsible, and even though one of the students’ father was picking most of them up, I had to remain at the convention until every single student was accounted for and safely returned. Otherwise, my job would be on the line, not to mention possible lawsuits filed by litigious parents. Therefore, it is incredulous to me whenever I read about an incident like the one at Burroughs High School where an assistant coach allegedly gave beer to 11 members of the varsity baseball team while in Arizona.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu | August 4, 2009
It was Valentine’s Day at the Glendale YMCA on Monday. Glitter, glue, construction paper, pipe cleaner ties and other materials covered a portion of the youth lobby floor at the YMCA, as children participated in another week of summer day camp. This week’s theme is “Holidays Around the Year.” On Monday, the campers celebrated Valentine’s Day by decorating paper hearts. Christmas will be celebrated today by watching a G- or PG-rated movie and taking a dip in the pool.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | October 11, 2008
GLENDALE — If anyone’s a fit for inspiring teens, a former street-sweeper-turned-mayor isn’t a bad choice. Rick Reyes, former Glendale mayor, city councilman, police officer and even street sweeper, has volunteered to fill a guidance position vacated because of budget cuts. He now roams the halls of Roosevelt Middle School, smiling, joking and telling stories to students in his role as school resource officer. “They know so many people that are negative,” Reyes said as students chattered around him in a hallway.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | July 2, 2008
GLENDALE — Arson and explosives investigators demonstrated to schoolchildren the dangers of using fireworks on Tuesday by detonating fruit filled with fireworks. Police Det. Miguel Porras lit an apple stuffed with fireworks, which was placed in the right hand of a dummy, to show how a person can be injured when holding fireworks. Flames escaped the apple and burned the dummy’s jacket. “If you don’t know and can’t figure out if it’s fireworks, you need to get away from it,” Porras told the children at the Fire Department training facility on Chevy Chase Drive.
NEWS
December 15, 2007
The ugly truth of the effects of doping hit home this week with a big reminder that the quest for an edge can end up in a vicious cycle of ruined bodies, tainted reputations and lost hopes. When former Sen. George Mitchell’s report that 86 current and former major leaguers were linked to performance-enhancing drugs was released Thursday, we learned that Crescenta Valley High School graduate Jim Parque and St. Francis graduate Gregg Zaun were on the list of alleged users. As disappointing and shocking as the news was, it was a high-profile example of how the importance of role models can never be underestimated, and that their responsibility in our society is apparent in communities, including Glendale, whether they like it or not. Locally, the reaction was one of shock that local athletes could be involved in such a scandal.
NEWS
By CARL W. RAGGIO | November 6, 2007
There’s something to be said about old friends and the ever-increasing importance they play as we age. For me, October was a month for reminiscing. At the beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to reflect on the early days of the space age with students, faculty and industrialists in Switzerland, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sputnik. Two weeks ago, our annual get-together with high school and college friends, all now retired, took place in San Francisco.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Matt Bellner | October 13, 2007
Interested in seeing an extremely funny R-rated adult comedy? If you answered ?Yes,? then immediately change your plans and head to the theater to see ?The Heartbreak Kid.? It?s a nasty little treat for grown-ups who love to laugh at everything and anything. Ben Stiller stars as a 40-year-old San Francisco businessman named Eddie Cantrow. Eddie has never been married, and everyone in his circle of influence is giving him a hard time about his situation. As fate would have it, Eddie meets a wonderful young woman named Lila (Malin Akerman)
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