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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.