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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.
NEWS
August 26, 2002
In its latest ploy to rally public sympathy, the Glendale Humane Society stoops to an all-time low. At the expense of the animals and committed volunteers, the society orchestrates yet another tall tale of deception. According to an article published in the Aug. 15 edition of the News-Press, Paulette Ramsey Wood, the society's spokesperson, stated that the society had not been informed by PETCO that it was no longer welcome to participate in the store's pet adoption events, the most recent held on Aug. 11. In other words, the society claims it was unaware it had lost the support of PETCO.
NEWS
June 16, 2001
Alex Coolman SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- These are rocky times for the Glendale Humane Society, with a determined group of residents launching weekly criticisms of the organization at City Council meetings just as the council is attempting to decide on the society's budget for the next fiscal year. In response to the continually growing list of charges against the society, the city has launched a formal audit of its finances. Council members have also expressed interest in looking at the practices of other cities as a model for changing the way Glendale's society is run. But at the small Ivy Street facility, the society's staff said it stands by its financial practices, the way it conducts business, and the level of service it provides to residents.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
Joyce Rudolph The society pages, touting tea parties with photographs of women in hats and gloves, became a thing of the past in the mid-1940s at the Glendale News-Press. Publisher Carroll Parcher set the change in motion by hiring a young journalist named Betty Preston as associate women's editor in 1945. Former City Editor Avery Keener Econome said Preston transformed the traditional society pages into feature sections that appealed to men and women of all ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2005
The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers returns to the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery with "Take Two," a show of more than 60 new images, most taken on film sets during the last five years by 25 of their members. The society's previous exhibition, "Between Takes," was on display at the academy five years ago. "Take Two" runs from Jan. 7 to April 17. The photographers in this exhibition were all invited to join the society based upon their experience and talent, and most have covered numerous films over lengthy careers.
NEWS
September 7, 2000
In the Aug. 28 Community Forum, I read a letter and an opinion that greatly disturbed me. I would urge those who would so quickly want to specify rights for only those whom you are comfortable to rethink your stand against those in our modern society who you believe, perhaps, should be left out. If Michelle Mac Neal of La Crescenta really thinks that a very small sample of our society should be denied access to employment,...
NEWS
January 7, 2002
Glendale has become a very hostile city for those who work, play, live, drive, shop or walk in town. I fear people have forgotten the "social contract." It is an understanding that everyone needs to play by the rules to make our society civilized and livable. We have failed to teach our children to obey the laws and labor productively so we may live our lives with safety and stability, because we have become a society of outlaws. Our leaders have failed us by overbuilding housing and high-rise offices.
NEWS
June 18, 2001
In reading Will Roger's column June 5, I noted that Glendale Humane Society Executive Director Leslie Eppick recently told the City Council, among other things, that her agency has failed to file financial statements (or maybe they did), that such statements aren't required in any event because the society isn't "a government agency," and that neither she nor her CPA had a clue what it cost to run the agency or how much has been raised from the public.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
GLENDALE -- Suzanne McKay, one of Glendale's leading historic preservation advocates, has died. McKay died of cancer Dec. 10 at her Glendale home. She was 54. She was born in Portland, Ore., but spent her childhood and most of her adult life in Glendale. McKay began her professional life as a teacher in Australia. She returned to the United States in 1974, and worked in Sacramento as Gov. Jerry Brown's staff assistant. On her return to Glendale, she spent the remainder of her career at Transamerica Life Insurance.
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | May 24, 2008
The world of academia is somewhat of an anomaly. It wouldn?t be an exaggeration if I claimed that it is an independent sphere ? a realm separate but not necessarily equal to the rest of society. When I was in college, certain aspects of higher education baffled me. There seemed to be a disconnect between academicians and the rest of society. Politicians and businesspeople often discount the world of research and academics, claiming that it lacks ?real life? value. Perhaps, to a certain degree, this argument is valid.
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By Joyce Rudolph | April 15, 2014
News-Press columnist Ruth Sowby , of Glendale, and Richard Matheson Rands Jr., of La Crescenta, have announced their engagement and will be joined in matrimony during a spring wedding. They will honeymoon in Cedar City, Utah. Sowby is an English professor at Glendale Community College in addition to providing coverage of social events in her News-Press column. Rands is an electrical engineer at Datalogic in Pasadena. They met on a Mormon Internet dating service. They had been at the same church singles' party, but never met there.
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By Brian Crosby | January 31, 2014
When working with teenagers, I try to keep up with the latest trends so that I can name-drop a Kardashian or crack a joke about Instagram to let them know that this old-man teacher does have an awareness of youth culture. So not only do I know who Justin Bieber is, but I know how his arrest last week in Miami impacted his fans - my students. His name has now been added to the long list of celebrities gone astray. The only real surprise was how long it took the tween superstar to fall from grace.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
The Glendale Historical Society plans to host its last candlelight tour of the Doctor's House Museum this Saturday this season. Begun in 1994, the candlelight tours were created in order to let visitors experience what the holidays were like for people living in Glendale in the 1800s, said Sean Bersell, executive director of The Glendale Historical Society. The $5 tours are self-guided and include musical entertainment by the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. The Doctor's House in Brand Park is a restored Queen Anne-Eastlake style home built around 1888 in Central Glendale.
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By Kirk Silsbee | December 16, 2013
If it's a truism that art reflects the surroundings and the time that it's made, there's another accompanying truth equally durable: All artists have to navigate in the surroundings they work in. Da Vinci could schmooze wealthy patrons, and Michelangelo had no talent for it. Pollock's exposed-nerve personality kept him from the public eye, but Warhol - ever-present yet supremely aloof - attracted the glitterati and the curious like moths to a flame....
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 6, 2013
The Glendale Historical Society has bolstered its efforts to prevent the demolition of a commercial building on San Fernando Road with a report about its historic qualities , but a report commissioned by the property owner contests the society's findings. The society previously raised concerns about the demolition of the building at 3901 San Fernando Road, which would be torn down to make room for a new five-story apartment project called The Link. The project is currently undergoing the environmental review process with the city.
NEWS
By Joyce Rudolph | August 7, 2013
The balmy evening blended well with the mellow mood of those attending the Glendale Historical Society's annual meeting and summer social at Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Saturday. Following wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres in the picnic area, Greg Grammer, the society's president, led the group to the amphitheater next to the Le Mesnager Historic Barn and Vineyards where he presented three awards and installed the board of directors. The 2013 Preservation Award was bestowed upon the North Cumberland Heights Historic District.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 28, 2013
This story has been corrected, see below for details. The Glendale Historical Society is hoping that a mixed-use development that recently won preliminary city approval for a plan to build apartments and commercial space in south Glendale won't necessitate destruction of what it says is a historically significant building. Society members have requested that an environmental review of the project include a thorough analysis of the historical and architectural significance of a 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival-style building on the site at 3901 San Fernando Road.
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By Ruth Sowby | December 25, 2012
"Gifts of the Heart" was the theme of Glendale Soroptimists' Grant Presentation Luncheon. The Glendale Hilton in its holiday splendor was the setting for over 100 members and guests welcomed by President Gayle Craig on Thursday (Dec. 20). At each table setting was a small rounded plastic heart tied with a red bow. Service Grants Committee member Janet Hamilton said the hearts represent "how much we appreciate your [charity] organization and how much we want you to succeed. " Fourteen organizations succeeded in snagging cash awards to the tune of $16,775 in total grants given by the generous Soroptimist ladies.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | December 21, 2012
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists this week announced that it will honor Dan Evans - editor of four Times Community News Division titles, including the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader - for his leadership, under which two major public records battles were won. In announcing the distinguished journalist award, the organization cited Evans' leadership of the News-Press, Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun, while...
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By Ruth Sowby | December 18, 2012
What better way to celebrate some holiday cheer than at a speakeasy? How about one at the Roaring '20s-era Seeley's Furniture Company Building on South Brand? That's just what members and guests of the Glendale Historical Society did. On Sunday (Dec. 16), for one night only, “prohibition punch” flowed freely as some 200 guests also enjoyed Urban Palate-catered hors d'oeuvres and cool jazz. Like in the old days, visitors had to announce the code word “P-s-s-s-t” to the bouncer before they were allowed to enter the tiny first-floor space for reveling.
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