Crescenta Valley High's Lee Pope is the 2014 Girls' Golf Coach of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Golf Team

Keilee Bessho, Senior, La Cañada

Burbank High senior Irene Maemura is this year's All-Area Girls' Golfer of the year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Golfer of the Year: Burbank High's Maemura enjoys swinging success in senior season

Though Irene Maemura missed achieving her ultimate goal of competing in the state tournament for the first time in her career, she doesn’t harbor any regrets.

La Cañada High boys' basketball's lack of experience costs team late versus Keppel

LA CAÑADA – Experience proved to be the difference and the downfall of the La Cañada High boys’ basketball team in Saturday’s third-place game of the La Cañada Tournament.

Event, community directory is online

The Directory of Community Organizations and Special Events for 2014-15, prepared annually by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council, is now online at The directory provides an overview of the many organizations in the city that are members of the Coordinating Council.

News-Press Editorial: Careful wording could help to avoid a lawsuit

Having been under the threat of a lawsuit for the past year, the Glendale City Council this week agreed to ask voters in April if the city should switch from its long-standing at-large voting system to individual districts.

Leader Editorial: No matter the election, vote early and vote often

Voting is a habit. Getting started early is vitally important to increased civic engagement and, by extension, a better life for us all. So kudos to Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins, Woodbury Professor Paul Sabolic and Sabolic’s students for their efforts to get more young people to vote.

News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

Cartoonist Bert Ring on holiday traffic in Glendale.

Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Well, what a year, huh? Crazy stuff in politics, in sports, in entertainment. Really crazy in entertainment.

Julia Blythe, who has worked here as as server on-and-off for 8 years, Kim Snow, the bartender of 12 years, regular guest John Oliver, of Hollywood who has his own named plaque to mark his seat at the bar, and Eddie Driscoll, who has worked here as the karaoke DJ on-and-off for 14 years sing a Christmas song together at Dimples on West Olive Avenue in Burbank on Friday, December 19, 2014. Dimples, which opened in 1982, will be closing in mid-January for redevelopment of the property.

'America's first karaoke bar' Dimples to sing itself out

Sunshine Kriegsman came out to Dimples in Burbank Thursday night to bring her marriage “full circle.”

La Cañada High boys' basketball gets classic win over Ribet

La Canada High boys’ basketball got back to winning at its host tournament, defeating Ribet Academy, 64-43.

St. Francis High basketball sputters down stretch against Renaissance Academy

LA CAÑADA — A return trip to the championship game of the La Cañada Holiday Classic appeared inevitable for the St. Francis High basketball team Friday night.

Architectural renderings show the development project proposed for 550 N. Third St. in downtown Burbank. The project would build a 6-story mixed-use building that features apartments on the upper floors and retail space on the ground floor.

818 Roundup: Burbank council approves mixed-use project; Teenage smoking study

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 66 degrees and a low of 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Architectural renderings show the development project proposed for 550 N. Third St. in downtown Burbank. The project would build a 6-story mixed-use building that features apartments on the upper floors and retail space on the ground floor.

Mixed-use project gets approval in mixed vote

A residential-and-retail development proposed for downtown Burbank won the City Council’s approval on Tuesday to exceed density limits while providing less parking than city code requires.

Jennifer Estrada, front left, sings with the elementary choir as background and student named Alex as the snowman, front right, during the annual Holiday Show and Open House at Tobinworld in Glendale on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

School ushers in holiday cheer

Just minutes before dozens of middle and high school students of Glendale’s Tobinworld broke into their rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” on Friday, the son of the school’s founder startled his mother with an unexpected announcement.

Burbank Unified uses grant money to purchase 200-plus new computers

Burbank Unified school officials have made their first big dent in a $1.4-million grant the district was awarded earlier this year to create educational pathways for students to take from school into their careers.

Glendale homeless find shelter out of town

While there might not be a winter homeless shelter in Glendale this year, those in need of a roof over their head can still be picked up locally and taken to an 80-bed facility in Pacoima.

Students work to get out the vote

With hopes of boosting voter registration and turnout, Burbank is looking to local high school and college students for fresh ideas.

Study focuses on teen smoking, e-cigarettes

More teenagers in middle school and high school reported using electronic cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes within about 30 days of taking a government-sponsored survey recently published by Monitoring the Future, an organization conducting an ongoing study of the behavior of secondary students across the country.

Jan Britz, the superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District at the 2012 Burbank High School graduation. Britz announced this October she plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Burbank school board hires search firm for next superintendent

The Burbank school board agreed to hire Leadership Associates to search for its next superintendent, who will take the helm of Burbank’s 20 campuses by July.

The Moose Den at 156 S. Brand Blvd. is a new bar in downtown Glendale with 24 beer taps, dart boards and a shuffleboard table.

Downstairs bar taps Midwest sensibilities

The descending flight of stairs is reminiscent of the sitcom “Cheers,” but instead of leading to a bar in Boston in the 1980s, this new lounge is situated in modern-day downtown Glendale.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Students trade their front teeth for Mariah

Nearly 70 years ago, a music teacher filling in for his wife’s second-grade class asked the children what they wanted for Christmas.

A Word, Please: A mistake is not quite the same as an error

Not long ago in this space, I wrote about exceptions to a grammar rule. I added, “But none of those exceptions apply in modern publishing.”

Hera is a 5-year-old female white Siberian Husky available for adoption through the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

News-Press Pet of the Day: Hera

Hera is a 5-year-old, female, white Siberian husky who enjoys attention and going for walks. Because she is 5 years old, Hera qualifies for the Senior to Senior program, which waives the adoption fee for adopters age 60 and older. The mandatory microchip fee of $20 still applies.

Left to right: Emma Stone, director Woody Allen and Colin Firth in a scene from "Magic in the Moonlight."

DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

“Magic in the Moonlight” is somewhere between the 43rd and 45th movie Woody Allen has directed (depending on how you count “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “New York Stories”) — almost certainly the most of any major living filmmaker. His career has had dry spells; his work from the late ’90s to the late ’00s was less rewarding than it had been before and would be after.

Veteran blues guitarist Lightnin' Willie performs at Joe's Great American in Burbank on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Lightnin' strikes a chord

Pasadena-based bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has developed a particularly intriguing wrinkle on the genre, one that’s cool, airy, with a sinuous groove that infiltrates his audience’s consciousness and invariably gets them up on their feet.

Wild @ Canele chefs Matt and Ria Wilson create a dish on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Dining Review: Canele dishes up 'Wild' cuisine

From the moment you walk in and sense the old wood, the crimson walls, the fresh ranunculus, you know this is going to be something special. Bowls of persimmons and quince and boxes of wild greens look straight out of a still-life painting. Hard-working chefs flip sizzling saute pans in the open kitchen, pausing to exchange greetings with regulars. The music playlist is by somebody I’d like to follow on Spotify. When the menu arrives with fresh herbs attached to it and mouth-watering descriptions, you’re convinced you’re in for a good lunch.

Lucy Lawless in "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy British-style panto for the whole family at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Ross named director of district service area

Foothill Municipal Water District announced last week the appointment of Kathy Ross as director of Division 5 of its service area.

USC-Verdugo Hills workers join union

Two hundred employees at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital have voted to join a statewide union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, it was announced Tuesday.

La Cañada resident Emily Truong, 13, danced the role of the Guardian Angel in the 2013 California DanceArts production of "The Snow Queen." She will appear in "The Legend of Jack Frost" Dec. 20-21 at Glendale College Performing Arts Theatre.

Dancers add the frosting to ballet premiere

To hear Aerin Holt reveal details about her contemporary ballet this season, one feels like a child listening to a bedtime story. Her eyes dance while she reveals some of the mystical creatures and elements in the show — there's a frozen dragon, fairies who create frost and an icicle is used for transportation.