On the Town: Foundation has a changing of the guard

In spite of a fire raging outside of Glendale, just announced by his walky-talky, Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins gamely went ahead with the installation of officers for the Glendale College Foundation during a dinner meeting on campus on July 27.

The intrepid Scoggins installed Ellyn Semler as president, Mike Haney as vice president, Nicholas Hacopian as treasurer and Carole Jouroyan as recording secretary.

Scoggins has a history with Glendale Community College. He graduated with his associate's degree in 1994 and is associated with the Verdugo Fire Academy on campus. His remarks before the installation also let his audience of board members and their guests know that the Glendale Fire Department has a Class One rating. The department is one of 62 with a Class One out of 33,000 fire departments in the United States.

Cadets Eleanor Gifford and Sergio Hwang, students at the Verdugo Fire Academy, demonstrated how to get into full fire safety gear in only two minutes. Academy Battalion Chief Cadet David Graham supervised. After audience applause, the brief meeting continued with remarks by the college's Supt./President Dawn Lindsay.

Giving his farewell speech, immediate past president Harry Hull reminded his audience that he will still be around, having signed up for another three-year term on the board. The climax of Hull's presentation was giving the President's Award to retired attorney and board member Olive Warner.

Guests of board members invited for the installation and dinner, prepared and served by culinary arts students, included former Glendale Mayor Carl Raggio and his beautiful wife Lynne Raggio. Community activist Linda Sheffield was also a welcome addition. Ann Ransford represented the college's Board of Trustees.

Postscript: The fire was put out with the help of Scoggins' able firefighters.


Summer Night on the Plaza delivered all that it promised on Thursday. City Hall Perkins Plaza & Atrium was the setting for hundreds of Glendale residents and those from the surrounding communities. For $20, attendees mingled, enjoyed live entertainment by the band Trinidadeo, a large silent auction and food tasting for the most particular of foodies.

Local restaurants providing the bites included Damon's, Clancy's Crab Broiler, Outback Steakhouse, BJ's, Billy's and Olive Garden. Those with a sweet tooth appreciated chocolates from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, washed down by Starbucks Coffee.

A favorite exhibit was "My Home Town," a display of photographs of Glendale sites by local, non-professional photographers. The photos were entered into a photo contest with camera buffs voting on their favorite photos.

Glendalians present included Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian, photo exhibit coordinator Julie Shermer, Sandra Rodriguez and a contingent of Assistance League women, including Loys Bonner, Alma Tycer and Jane Rosell. Glendale Fire Department dispatcher Christina Kazazian was there with her new baby, Joshua Wilson, Jr.

A favorite of the silent auction was a home-cooked dinner for six at Shermer's home. It went for a generous $125.

All proceeds will support community improvement programs in Glendale. The sponsoring event was the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale headed by Jim Reichgelt. Members did themselves proud.


There was a healthy Glendale contingent at the Bead and Design Show at the Pasadena Hilton. On Thursday, beaders of every age and gender showed up to see the latest in beads, jewelry, enamel, art clothing, textiles, collectibles, gold and silver showed by 300 artists and merchants from around the world.

Glendale residents keeping their eyes out for bargains included Cecelia Walker, Gregory Simms, Joseph Dammann and Dick LaMont.

La Crescenta resident Eleanor Spaziano tried out one of the dozens of workshops available. Spaziano, the facilitator of a local chapter of Project Renewment, chose a workshop called "Etruscan Ring Bling!" The idea was to make rings out of adjustable copper and silver that looked like jewelry of the early Romans in the Tuscany area of Italy. Spaziano was more than up for the task, showing off several of her creations. Teacher Kat Clark, of Kat Designs, was impressed.

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