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By Brian McGackin | October 5, 2010
Do we really need another book on gratitude and why someone is thankful for things, memories, self-discovery or happiness? Todd Aaron Jensen says we do, and I’m actually inclined to agree with him. Jensen, who grew up and still lives in Burbank, is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide. “On Gratitude,” which just hit stores Sept. 21, is his first full-length book. Well, its actual title is “On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B.B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They’re Most Thankful For,” but my editor only allows me so many words.
November 23, 2011
J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who was badly disfigured in a land mine explosion, danced away with the championship trophy on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday. Martinez will be the grand marshal for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2. The name "J.R. Martinez" was unknown to most Americans and stuck out when ABC announced the roster of celebrities competing in this season of the hit show. But that didn't last long. Continue reading > > ALSO : Iraq war vet and 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant named Roses grand marshal Glendale takes over Rose Parade float process -- Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times Photo: Dancing With the Stars winner and Iraq war veteran, J.R. Martinez, was named the grand marshal for Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
By Charles Rich, | June 29, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - With his team clinging to a one-run lead and three outs away from victory, Crescenta Valley All-Star Major Softball Coach Dave Fox figured it would be tough to protect the advantage. He figured right. Crescenta Valley saw its bid to repeat as champions take a hit after it surrendered four runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to an 8-5 loss against Tujunga on Friday night at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields. "It was a well played game by both teams," Fox said.
October 12, 2005
The Desi Geestman Foundation, Helping the children with Cancer at City of Hope, presents its third annual "Evening with the Stars" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Club Ivar, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Daytime soap-opera fans are in for a treat as the cocktail party offers a chance to mingle and get autographs from their favorite daytime drama stars and bid on silent auction items. Last year's red carpet event included celebrities from "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless" and many are attending again and bringing more of their cast mates.
April 1, 2003
Janine Marnien They are just stars made of construction paper, but somehow they provide a sense of consolation for staff and students at Crescenta Valley High School. All in all, more than 100 have been hung on Crescenta Valley High's Wall of Stars. Each bears the name of a former graduate, relative or friend of a staff member serving in the military. Some are marked with gold stars, signifying the person whose name it bears is stationed in the Persian Gulf.
By By Joyce Rudolph | October 19, 2005
cancer galaGlitzy fundraiser supports children with cancer through Desi Geestman Foundation.The Desi Geestman Foundation is $30,000 closer to its goal of helping young cancer patients and their families following a gala where guests mingled with their favorite TV soap stars Sunday at The Ivar. The foundation is named for Desiree Cristine Geestman of La Crescenta, who died Jan. 10, 1999, after a two-year battle with cancer. Her mother, Ileana Geestman, founded the organization to provide emotional and economic support for young cancer patients and their families.
By Bianca P. Gallegos | April 20, 2007
A young star among the stars was the case for Jordan Miller-Slaren, a student from Monte Vista Elementary School in La Crescenta, who got the chance to become a host at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. When the Nickelodeon network announced the call-in contest to become one of four hosts for the Kids Choice Awards, the 12-year-old was determined to win. "He wrote to himself on a piece of paper the phone number he had to dial," said Jordan's mother, Gail Miller.
By Charles Rich | June 7, 2007
VAN NUYS — In no time, Kathryn Poet and Jade Terry found themselves on the diamond surrounded by stars. Make that a cast of all-stars that included the duo. Poet and Terry each played a role Wednesday afternoon in helping the East Team notch a 7-3 victory against the West Team in the San Fernando Valley Classic All-Star Game at Birmingham High. Poet, who graduated Sunday from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning and played left field for three innings in game geared for top seniors from the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Antelope and Conejo valleys.
By Sara Cardine | February 13, 2010
On any given night, youths at the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, can look up and see the moon and stars, but that’s as close as most will ever come to understanding the universe and its scientific wonders. Many of them have never been to school, let alone learned about the planets or space exploration. So when Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visited the orphanage in January, he took the universe to them. Younse set off Dec. 30 on a three-week African excursion, which included a climb to the frigid peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a four-day safari in the Serengeti and swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar.
June 18, 2001
Hamlet Nalbandyan LOS ANGELES -- The Stars -- composed mainly of former high school baseball players -- had everything under control in Sunday's Los Angeles Municipal B-11 Major Division game at Griffith Park's Crystal Springs Pote Field. The problem was that they started believing that. After building a seven-run lead after 4 1/2 innings, Mike Egelin's squad grew careless and watched its lead slowly slip away until time finally ran out on the game.
By Charles Rich, | March 27, 2014
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Elliot Surrey (Crescenta Valley High, 2012) UC Irvine pitcher sophomore: Surrey proved he could dominate on the mound at the high school level, earning All-Pacific League and All-CIF accolades multiple times. Now, Surrey is looking to elevate his talent with an Irvine squad that's gotten off to a strong start. Surrey's last appearance proved to be his best thus far. The left-hander tossed his first complete game of the season Saturday, striking out six and scattering four hits to help propel host Irvine to a 4-0 nonconference win against Grand Canyon University.
By Brittany Levine, | March 13, 2014
For Charlene Tilton, best known for her long career on “Dallas,” the popular series from the 1970s and 1980s, life has been a series of struggles. But God and acting have been her safe havens, she said Thursday morning at the 51st Annual Glendale Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. Each has helped her in a different way. God became her support system and acting allowed her to forget the tribulations of growing up poor with a sick, single mother. God first became her lifeline when her mother had a nervous breakdown on a train ride from Los Angeles, where they lived at the time, to visit family in Nebraska, she told a room of about 170 people at the Civic Auditorium.
By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 11, 2014
During coach Steve Bergen's current tenure, now entering its fifth season, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy swimming team has made quantum leaps of improvement from year to year, placing 34th in CIF Southern Section Division 1 three years ago, 14th the next and vaulting all the way to seventh last season. Perhaps just as impressive has been the Tologs' return to sustained preeminence in the elite Mission League, where they are coming off back-to-back championships. With both youth and experience on its side, the renaissance is primed to roll on, as Sacred Heart would appear to have enough depth and star power on its roster to not only sustain its current footing, but perhaps push its way back into the running for its first Division 1 title since 2007 over the next couple of seasons.
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 7, 2014
GLENDALE - Throughout its first half-decade of play, the Stars Shooting For Hope charity basketball game, featuring a squad of celebrities versus a team of teachers representing the Glendale Unified School District, has featured close contests while raising money for the Desi Geestman Foundation. The sixth installment, played Friday night on the court at Hoover High School, yielded more of the same. “It's just great to come out here for a good cause,” Hoover football Coach Matt Andersen said.
By Laura Tate | February 21, 2014
Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare . Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous, eponymous American film musicals. Gene Kelly's choreography, dancing and singing are indelible in the American musical landscape - particularly in the films “An American in Paris” and “Singing in the Rain.” However, what many may not know is the breadth of Kelly's work beyond his singing and dancing, as well as the iconic dancer's talents and interests that lived outside the limelight of his film and theater career.
By Mark Kellam, | January 25, 2014
A time machine is at the heart of a commercial starring and co-written by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins that is a finalist in the annual “Doritos Crash the Super Bowl” contest. His 30-second spot is competing against four other finalists for a $1 million prize and a chance to have his Doritos ad run during the Super Bowl, set to start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2. In the commercial, a neighborhood boy asks Wilkins to step into a time machine he's made, a plot that involves, of course, Doritos.
By Lisa Dupuy | December 23, 2013
It's ironic that at Frame 128, a restaurant dedicated to luxury, the shining star is the humblest of foods: soup. With the Soup King in charge, how could it be otherwise? Chef Kareem Shaw was dubbed Soup King by none other than the governor of Michigan. His restaurant in Marquette won local soup contests year after year, not just for one soup but for all six, thus the moniker. People came for miles to taste his legendary tomato basil bisque. Barack Obama even stopped in. Shaw recently moved back to Pasadena to be with family and now we're lucky to have him in Glendale.
December 3, 2013
Star Ford Lincoln is getting ready to break ground on a new 50,000-square-foot showroom and service department along Brand Boulevard in Glendale. Two buildings on the 100,000-square-foot lot at 1101 S. Brand, are expected to be demolished in the next two weeks to make room for the new structure, according to Alex Tamez, general manager of the dealership, which is owned by Glendale resident Steve Bussjaeger. The Bussjaeger family has owned the dealership for more than 40 years. The third building, located on the northeast corner of the lot, will be torn down after the new showroom and service department are constructed, Tamez said.
By Los Angeles Times staff | December 2, 2013
The grieving father of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker, who died Saturday when the Porsche  he was riding in slammed into a  tree and concrete lamp post , said he was proud of his son "every day of his life," the Los Angeles Times reported . Standing outside his home in Sunland on Sunday, a visibly shaken Paul Walker Sr. told CBS-Los Angeles that the family was relying on the strength and support of friends as...
By Brittany Levine, | September 12, 2013
A life-size cutout of Clint Eastwood in cowboy garb won't be the only likeness of a western star to become city property. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the City Council approved accepting the donation of five western-inspired art pieces, including the one of Eastwood, from a Los Angeles artist who had originally placed some of the cutouts secretly along the hills above Glendale. “This is the kind of organic art that I really respond to,” said Councilwoman Laura Friedman.
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