James Schulz rides through sprinklers at Brand Park on Friday, April 11, 2008.

GWP adopts pilot program aimed at conservation

Glendale Water & Power recently launched a pilot program that will give thousands of customers more thorough information on how many gallons of water they consume, while providing tips for cutting back, in a move to spur greater conservation among residents.

The Whiteboard Jungle: Teaching 'Mockingbird' to today's students

One of the charges of the high school English teacher is to help teenagers see the relevancy of literature to their lives. I'm always on the lookout on how to win over the students to read, in their minds, very old books from long, long ago.

Crash leaves nearly 800 homes without power

A silver SUV crashed into a power pole and a fire hydrant in the 2800 block of Verdugo Road on Thursday afternoon, leaving 796 homes in the area without electricity, said City Spokesman Tom Lorenz.

"Brock," a short film about a teenager who tells his life story to a childhood robot he's fixing, was created by St. Francis High School graduates Frederick Balian and Casey Shatraw. The film was one of two the pair entered into the Montrose Film Festival's student filmmaking contest, earning them $300.

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

A silent film set to the music of composer of George Gershwin that details a teenager's attempts to win the heart of his dream girl and another film that follows an introverted teenager as he recounts his life to the toy robot he's repairing recently won honors at a local film festival.

Committee lines up 'Suspect' author

The La Cañada Flintridge One City One Book Committee has announced its pick for the community read this fall. Local residents are invited to dive into “Suspect,” by Robert Crais, then participate in an October event with its author.

Welcoming planned for newcomers

La Cañada Flintridge residents who are new to the area are invited to join Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley, according to Terry Akins, a spokesperson for the organization.

Cars line up at a DUI checkpoint on Los Feliz Boulevard in January 2009.

DUI checkpoint scheduled for Labor Day weekend

Glendale police will conduct a DUI checkpoint this weekend as well as aggressively patrolling for drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend.

Tamar Hill, the former girls basketball coach at La Canada High School and new owner of a Kona Ice shave ice truck, talks with friends at the Paradise Canyon Elementary back to school night in La Cañada Flintridge on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Coach takes on a cooler role

When La Cañada High School teacher, athletic director and girls basketball coach Tamar Hill stepped down from her athletic positions in March, she was looking for a change of pace from the hectic schedules and stresses that had come to dominate her life.

La Cañada school district sets goals

Despite the belief that even the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, La Cañada Unified Supt. Wendy Sinnette still believes in the power of a school district powered by principals and steered by well-planned goals.

Around Town: Chihauhuas and pit bulls can fly

We were at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes open house in Pasadena when one of the board members mentioned her support for a special project at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Reverence for the flag and its hymn

Each morning at 7 o'clock, John Giacchio and I would unfurl the colors, then attach the clips of the rope to the eyelets embroidered into the blue field of stars. While humming “To the Colors,” we'd raise the flag and salute. At 5 p.m. we'd lower the flag, hum “Retreat,” then fold Old Glory and return her to the principal's office at Saint Frances of Rome elementary school.

Flintridge Prep quarterback Andrew Tsangeos throws a pass during practice on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Tsangeos takes to new role(s) for Flintridge Prep football

With a roster that consists of 22 players, the Flintridge Prep football team was pleased to announce two new additions during practice recently as the Rebels tuned up for their season-opener Friday versus Blair.

The Flintridge Prep football team does drills during practice on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Flintridge Prep football looks to rally around experience

With a returning quarterback and coaching staff, a veteran offensive line and a defense not short on experience, it would stand to reason that the upcoming 2014 season would be one of stability and consistency for the Flintridge Prep football team.

Sheldon Baker, center, and Iron Eyes Cody, right, were both members of the Order of the Arrow and both were active in the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America. The woman on the left is not identified.

Verdugo Views: The true story of Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody, who lived most of his life as an Indian, was very active in the Scouting program here in Glendale and often shared his knowledge of Indian lore with local groups. So, it was a surprise to many when a 1996 newspaper article said that Cody was not a Native American.

Parents filled in on Sagebrush transfer

Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan is making the rounds to three elementary schools that could be affected if the Sagebrush area of La Cañada is transferred to that city's school district.

People cross the street at Harvard St. and Brand Blvd. in Glendale on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Task force compiles ideas for pedestrian safety

A group of volunteers recently finished compiling a series of recommendations aimed at boosting pedestrian safety within the city, and they're expected to go before the Glendale City Council in October.

The La Cañada High football team is preparing for its season-opener Friday at Los Angeles Southwest College. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

La Cañada High football looks to build staying power

From a numbers perspective, the La Cañada High football team might be the smallest in school history.

Two offensive lineman stop a defensive lineman during a drill at a football practice at Hoover High on Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Competitiveness is job No. 1 for Hoover High football

Simplicity appears to be the name of the game at Hoover High.

Police: Federal agent threatened man with gun in downtown Burbank

A 27-year-old federal officer was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly, while drunk, approached a man in downtown Burbank while brandishing a handgun, police said.

Crescenta Valley High tennis coach Sam Hyun is hoping for a strong season from his Falcons. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Tennis Preview: Lineup stability to be a key for Crescenta Valley girls' tennis team

At least for now, things seem to be in order throughout the lineup for the Crescenta Valley High girls’ tennis team.

Glendale Community College soccer player Ceci Nicolas, left, battles for the ball versus teammate Lilia Asserrian during practice at the school's field in Glendale. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

New wrinkle added for Glendale Community College women's soccer team

In recent seasons, the Glendale Community College women’s soccer team began competition during the final week of August. Things will be slightly different this upcoming season for the Vaqueros.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: Quarterback Club kickoff, Crescenta Commons cleanup, Prom Plus picnic

The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club will host a football season kickoff party from 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday. The event will be held at Straw Hat Pizza, 3463 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

A film crew, who said they were filming preliminary ideas for a new, yet to be proposed, television show with the working title "Beef" with Christopher Meloni film on location in the Kenneth Village area of Glendale on Thursday, February 6, 2013.

Compromise reached to extend, raise funding for film and television tax credit program

A compromise was reached Wednesday between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers on a bill that would extend and more than triple funding for a program designed to keep film and television jobs in California, clearing the way for state Senate consideration of the measure. 

Members of the Boys & Girls Club celebrate the end of summer and beginning of a new school year during the annual decathlon event.

Community: Boys and girls compete in decathlon

Children enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley commemorated the beginning of the new school year by competing in the organization’s annual decathlon, where they were quizzed on what they’ve learned during the summer. Children in the group for 11-year-olds and older were declared the winners.

La Cañada High School senior Alice Zhai with JPL science researcher Jonathan Jiang.

Student recognized for whirlwind achievement

La Cañada High School senior Alice Zhai received special recognition Tuesday from the La Cañada Unified Governing Board for a science project on hurricanes that was published in an international journal and earned her a $50,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute.

LCUSD seeks transfer talks on Sagebrush

Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan is making the rounds to three elementary schools that could be affected by the potential transfer of the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge into La Cañada Unified School District.

Pasadena resident and singer Petrella Pollefeyt has her copy of "Inside The Godfather" signed by author Daryl Brown at the Foothill Bookstore on Monday, August 25, 2014. Brown is the son on singer James Brown.

Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, visits La Cañada to talk father's biography

Through words and recollections, the spirit of James Brown was resurrected Monday evening as local fans came to Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse to learn more about a new biography penned by the famed singer's son.

Glendale Adventist settlement fee totals $700K

Glendale Adventist Medical Center has agreed to pay a $700,000 settlement in response to a complaint alleging the hospital was illegally dumping homeless and mentally ill patients in Los Angeles’ skid-row neighborhood.

Aubrey Logan, singer, songwriter and trombonist. captivates audience at the last concert of Music on the Main summer jazz series at Descanso Gardens.

The Valley Line: Music on the Main summer series concludes

On several occasions in recent days I had to pinch myself to remind me that it was August because we have been experiencing "June gloom" in the morning.

Firefighters knock down a brush fire that broke out on upper Palm Drive in late August 2004.

La Cañada History: Firefighters knock down brush fire

Ten Years Ago