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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | December 19, 2007
As a masochist, I?ve had a wide range of careers to choose from ? everything from customer complaint specialist for Microsoft Vista to sound mixer on ?Paris Hilton Sings the Blues.? But middle-of-the-road suffering wasn?t good enough for me. I wasn?t willing to settle for anything less than big-time torment, which explains something that happened to me on a recent work day. I was editing a lighthearted feature article when my eyes paused on ?any time, anyplace.? A professional copy editor and grammar book author pulling down five figures a year should know right off the bat whether ?
By Zain Shauk | May 5, 2009
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Embattled Glendale Community College President/Supt. Audre Levy will resign at the end of June, ending a tense relationship with faculty leaders that has come to the forefront since a report criticizing her leadership style became public earlier this year. Board of Trustees President Vahe Peroomian announced Levy’s resignation Monday. Levy has served as president/superintendent for three years, during which she took on the “herculean task” of replacing John Davitt, who filled the post for 21 years, Peroomian said.
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | August 1, 2007
It sure seemed like a reasonable question, but little did she know there was no hope of a reasonable answer. "Is it Agnes' or Agnes's?" a user on the message board wanted to know. In the world of grammar, punctuation and style, people ask questions like this all the time. Is there a comma before the "and" in a list? Does punctuation go inside or outside the quotation marks? Is it true you can't use "nauseous" to describe feeling ill? And the questioners all have the same problem: They all assume that out there, somewhere, is a clear answer.
By Tania Chatila | October 20, 2006
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Only half of the residents who hoped the city's Design Review Board would ax plans for a home and a remodel in two Glendale neighborhoods got their wish on Thursday. The five-member Design Review Board No. 1 unanimously denied plans for a proposed 3,700-square-foot home on Valane Drive, and asked that developers wanting to remodel a home on Hermosita Drive revisit their plans to reduce the project's massing. "I think this is pretty much a classic mansionization," said Valane Drive resident Paulette Herbert, one of several residents who attended Thursday's board meeting in opposition to the proposed two-story hillside home on Valane Drive.
June 15, 2007
The conditional use permit for a project to build five condominiums at 2126 Glenada is still waiting for comments from two county departments, according to the regional planning commission. The project calls for demolition of an old Craftsman home, and replacement with five condominiums in compatible architectural style. Neighbors have expressed concern about the project not fitting in the neighborhood, and historical preservationists believe the home is significant in local history.
By By Fred Ortega | October 15, 2005
MONTROSE -- When it comes to street lights, Andrea Humberger prefers the traditional type. So the Sycamore Avenue resident was annoyed when she received a letter from the city's Public Works Department stating improvements planned for the stretch of her street between La Crescenta and Rosemont avenues would include 25-foot-tall steel light poles with "cobra head" lighting. These industrial-style light poles, with curved overhangs culminating in a downward-facing light fixture reminiscent of the famed snake's striking posture, are markedly different from the 12-foot, ornamental light poles recently installed at the Montrose Shopping Park just a few blocks away.
May 16, 2005
Rima Shah Think outside the sushi box. That's what Tony Chang, the owner of a new Japanese restaurant, Takeshi Ramen, on Brand Boulevard, wants to tell the city. His restaurant, which offers Ramen or noodle bowls, provides a different kind of Japanese cuisine that goes beyond California rolls. The restaurant offers a variety of noodle bowls with different flavoring and soup bases. "In Japan, most people don't eat sushi or sashimi everyday," Chang said.
October 12, 2000
In reply to a reader's response submitted Sept. 14, I had a few thoughts. To Edwina Hughes and others who may share her view about "see all the little clones marching off to school." Let's see ... "their hair must be cut and worn in a similar style; freedom of expression not allowed; all must be identical, comforming to a dress code." These and other thoughts expressed were considered to be a form of socialism. Socialism? It seems to me that certain institutions that are already accepted by our society and that have great appeal and respect have practices which seemingly smack of socialism?
By Laura Tate | March 5, 2014
Dance lovers will be treated to multifaceted styles of the art March 8 at the Glendale Alex Theatre as "Celebrate Dance," in its ninth year, brings together dance companies from throughout California to perform for one night only. And for the first time, tap and live music will be included. Eight dance companies will perform dance styles from urban tap and contemporary jazz, to new wave and ultra modern dance. As "Celebrate Dance" Executive Producer Jamie Nichols does each year, several new companies will be introduced with this year's performance, to join returning dance companies - SoleVita Dance Company and Mizerany Dance.
By Jonny Whiteside | December 9, 2013
Guitarist Jim "Kimo" West divides his time between two dramatically different musical worlds. His mainstay job is as lead guitarist from the famed, freewheeling musical satirist Weird Al Yankovic, but West's heart and soul are completely invested in the lush exotic Hawaiian slack-key acoustic guitar style. "I've been playing guitar since I was 12, started in with rock bands at 16, and I've been playing lead guitar for Weird Al Yankovic for a long time," West said. "But a while back, I was invited to go to Hawaii and ended up staying with a family who had a lot of slack-key records.
By Lynne Heffley | November 22, 2013
Charles Phoenix, humorist, author, food-crafter and gleeful guide to pop culture at its kitschiest and most off-beat, will serve up his one-of-a-kind look at mid-20th century building design in “Charles Phoenix: Architecture in LA!” on Sunday at Art Center College of Design's Ahmanson Auditorium in Pasadena. The show, presented in Phoenix's signature, “histo-tainment,” retro slide-show style, is part of an architecture-themed lecture series hosted by Friends of the Gamble House, the support organization for the 1908 Arts and Crafts-style Gamble House in Pasadena, designed by Charles and Henry Greene.
By Ruth Sowby | October 22, 2013
Oktoberfest came to the Glendale Elks Lodge for the 34th year in a row on Saturday. Representing the fun were napkins picturing beer steins and pretzels. Perennial hosts Kathearina Berger and husband of almost 56 years, Karl, welcomed the overflow crowd of 170 Elks and their guests. Karl Berger doubled as Oktoberfest manager. German-born, he wore lederhosen and suspenders, looking as if he had just stepped out of a post card. Kathearina Berger dressed like the Bavarian beauty she is. She took over the microphone and announced which table of guests were welcomed at the steaming buffet table with German foods served by lodge lovelies.
By Lisa Dupuy | September 13, 2013
Sometimes it's nice to go back to the classics, to return to the tastes of one's childhood. You don't have to be Polish to taste the homespun comfort of the stews, sausages, dumplings and roasts at Polka Polish Cuisine. You just have to be willing to travel to a quirky little eatery on the outskirts of Glendale. Polka is a haven for old-world Polish dishes and the old world Poles who enjoy them. There are peirogi (dumplings), golabki (stuffed cabbage), klopsy (ground steak in gravy)
By Daniel Siegal, | March 1, 2013
A member of the family that created Zankou Chicken is staking his name - actually his brother's - on his ability to replicate the success of the rotisserie chicken chain with a new Mexican restaurant called Ara's Tacos. Steve Iskenderian, 34, is hoping that customers will line up for Mexican-flavored, spit-roasted chicken and beef the way they do for Zankou's chicken tarna and beef shawerma when his new restaurant opens next week. It shares a building with a Zankou restaurant, which Iskenderian co-owns, at 901 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
By Gabriel Rizk, | November 17, 2012
IRVINE - Pasadena Poly and Glendale High's clash for the CIF Southern Section Division V championship Saturday at the William J. Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine was a classic contrast of styles, one which the Panthers ultimately won, 12-10. But it wasn't until the final stretch of the back-and-forth match that Poly's streaking up-tempo style emerged as the victor over the Nitros' halfcourt forte. Glendale thrived this season, en route to the tournament's No. 1 seed, on a precision inside-out offense based on feeding hulking hole/set Arman Momdzhyan and relying on a supporting cast of sharpshooters when the primary option was denied.
By June Casagrande | November 9, 2012
Whenever I hear people talk about the conniving, scheming nature of the media, it just makes me laugh. I spent enough time working at news organizations to know the closest thing true journalists have to an agenda is the desperate desire to meet brutal deadlines in understaffed newsrooms while figuring out how they'll pay their rent once talking heads and TMZ finally run real news-gathering organizations out of business. Manipulating the masses doesn't exactly figure prominently on the average reporter's list of priorities.
By Jonny Whiteside | September 28, 2012
Carmine Sardo leads a double life much akin to that of a comic book superhero. By day, he's a mild-mannered merchant, tending to his La Crescenta auto and boat upholstery business. After dark, Sardo is transmogrified into a musical crusader, a player of audacious proficiency whose blend of California country music sensibility and hot, groove-oozing blues combine into a style that's as singular as it is arresting. The 68-year-old guitarist, who has been a resident of the Tujunga-Sunland-La Crescenta delta for over five decades, serves as anchor for the equally capable local combo the Shuffle Brothers and whenever the quartet sets up, whether it's Sundays at Glendale's Big Fish or Wednesdays at North Hollywoods' Michael's Pub, it's guaranteed they'll supply a drastically satisfying earful.
By Patrick Caneday | May 25, 2012
The day was perfect. A late-July afternoon in mid-May. Happy children playing happily with friends on the block, defining what Saturdays are all about. The sun descending behind shade trees, but promising to keep daylight around a few more hours. So I sent out the call to the neighbors: “DOTL” Feel free to guess what it means. On our block it's the Batman light in the night sky - a call to action. Minutes later I'm at Monte Carlo Deli, the closest Burbank has to Mario's Deli in Glendale.
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