September 30, 2009
Elvis Khachatryan said he usually considers Los Angeles to Texas to be a short trip. Pilots are prone to thinking the country is much smaller than it is, he said, which is one reason he and two colleagues will depart this morning and bike nearly 3,200 miles in a two-month trek to St. Augustine, Fla., near Jacksonville. The trio will have to bike about 60 miles a day to reach Texas in a month, facing temperatures ranging from 90 degrees in the desert to nighttime lows of 50. Each will bring only three pairs of underwear.
April 10, 2004
Gavin -- Barbaro Meredith Gavin and Rocco Barbaro were married at La Canada Presbyterian Church. Pastor Chuck Osburn officiated. Elena Gavin, the bride's sister, was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Erin Gavinski and Leighanne Karanfilian. Steve Barbaro, the groom's brother, was the best man. The groomsmen were Phil Barbaro, Daniel Steiner and Rob Wilkins. A reception followed at the Oakmont Country Club. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.
April 6, 2007
Opera Pacific, led by artistic director John DeMain, presents Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" at Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The production will be conducted by John DeMain and directed by A. Scott Parry. Scenery and costumes by Isabella Bywater, with lighting design by Jeff Harris. The scenery and costumes belong to New York City Opera. The production, a re-imagination by Jonathan Miller, is set in a west Texas diner in the 1950s. Miller is a British physician, theater and opera director, author, and television presenter.
August 13, 2001
Jeff Smith LONG BEACH -- Out of the nine teams that participated in the 15th annual Area Code Baseball Games, only two fielded players from the local area. And on Sunday afternoon, those two teams squared off in the final contest of the seven day series of games, which are designed to showcase worthy high school players in front of college and professional scouts. Crescenta Valley High pitcher Kris Krise's Area Code Team took care of business against La Canada outfielder William Penniall's West Texas Rangers team in impressive fashion.
April 21, 2001
Heather Hinckley of Glendale and Justin Umpierre of Burbank recently were named to the dean's list at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Students who qualified for the dean's list had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn at least a 3.4 grade point average during the semester. Hinckley is a sophomore majoring in public relations. Umpierre is a freshman majoring in television/radio/film. Rocco C. Barbaro of La Crescenta earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from West Texas A&M University.
August 11, 2001
Charles Rich LONG BEACH -- Kris Krise wasn't gun-shy. Oblivious to the black radar guns, held firmly behind home plate by nearly a dozen major league and collegiate scouts clocking the speed of his pitches, the Crescenta Valley High baseball pitcher chose a simpler delivery approach. It worked for Krise, a member of the Southern California Area Code baseball team, as he tossed two scoreless innings in a 4-1 loss to the Pacific Northwest Mariners in the 15th annual Area Code Baseball Games at Blair Field in Long Beach on Friday.
May 17, 2002
Charles Rich LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- A teammate offered an ingenious observation. It took La Canada High baseball player Matt Wickersham nearly a minute to credibly analyze the confidence factor in teammate Will Penniall's hitting approach. Wickersham sounded more like a major league scout prepared to submit a detailed report. "He's got a threatening stance," said Wickersham, a senior leftfielder. "His arms are up high and he's got full concentration.
July 6, 2001
Chuck Benedict Editor's Note: News-Press columnist Chuck Benedict is the director of Heisman Trophy voting for the total of 154 electors in the 12 Far Western states, including 50 who reside in California. Each year, Benedict's office in Glendale faces new challenges to maintain smooth voting operations, from North Dakota to Hawaii. The Heisman Trophy is recognized as the best known annual individual amateur award in sports. Each year, more than 900 electors should be named the best football player in our national community of colleges and universities.
December 31, 2001
Erik Boal GLENDALE -- o7 It was summer filled with irreplaceable memories and journeys that spanned the entire country. The events of June, July and August were no different than past years, as Little League baseball and softball were again the center of attention. But unlike past summers, the results achieved by many local individuals and their teams were at a level of success that hadn't been seen, in some cases, in more than a decade. By the time August arrived, the Glendale Senior Softball All-Stars became the show-stealers, captivating audiences both locally and in Kentucky, en route to a World Series title.