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Glendale City Council Approves Artsakh Ave. Renaming

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Glendale CA – On Tuesday, June 12 Glendale City Council passed a resolution renaming the two blocks of Maryland Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Harvard Street to Artsakh Avenue. Mayor Sinanyan, Councilmembers Najarian, Gharpetian and Agajanian voted for, while Councilmember Devine abstained. The Council also passed a resolution authorizing limited reimbursements of specified costs associated with the street name change, and appropriated $131,000 to address the fiscal impact. The Armenian National Committee of America Glendale Chapter (ANCA Glendale) expressed strong support of the resolution and urged city staff to assist the business community with the financial impact of the street name change. While speaking in front of the Council on Tuesday evening Community Outreach Director Margarita Baghdasaryan stated that, “The name Artsakh has a historical…

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ANCA GLENDALE GRANTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO TWO LOCAL STUDENTS

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On Tuesday, June 4th the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale (ANCA Glendale) awarded two local high school students the ANCA Glendale “Tsolag Hovsepian” Upstander Scholarship. Founded in partnership with the Glendale Unified School District, with this scholarship ANCA Glendale aims to recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated a strong sense of social responsibility, commitment to justice, and taken the initiative to stand up for an individual or group of people who are being disadvantaged. Herbert Hoover High School senior Amira Chowdhury who is a founding member of Peerlift, a student run non-profit organization working to increase access to college related opportunities for low income students was one of the two students awarded the five hundred dollar scholarship. Crescenta Valley High School Senior Collett…

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HUNDREDS GATHER TO HONOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS AT 2ND ANNUAL ANCA GLENDALE AWARD AND APPRECIATION DINNER

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On May 3rd, 2018 hundreds of community members including elected officials and representatives from multiple local organizations gathered to celebrate and honor the work and achievements of the Armenian National Committee of America Glendale Chapter’s 2018 Awardees at the 2nd Annual ANCA Glendale Award and Appreciation Dinner held at the beautiful Renaissance Banquet Hall. Attending the event were state and local elected officials including, Congressman Adam Schiff, Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Glendale City Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, along with Councilmembers Vartan Gharpetian, Ara Najarian, Paula Devine and Vrej Agajanian, as well as City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian. Representatives from the offices of LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and LA County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. Glendale Community College Superintendent and President Dr. David Viar, President of the…

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ANCA GLENDALES HOSTS WELCOME RECEPTION FOR CITY MANAGER YASMIN BEERS

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Glendale CA – On May 12, 2018 representatives from various cultural, philanthropic, educational and youth oriented Armenian-American organizations, elected officials and Glendale City staff, welcomed the newly appointed Glendale City Manager, Yasmin Beers at a special welcome reception hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale. Notable attendees included Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, and a representative from the office of Congressman Adam Schiff; Glendale City Mayor Zareh Sinanyan as well as Councilmembers Vartan Gharpetian, Ara Najarian and Paula Devine, City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian, President of Crescenta Valley Town Council Harry Leon, Reverend Father Movses Shanakian, as well as representatives from the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees, Glendale Unified School District Board of Education along with several commissioners, City of Glendale…

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ANCA GLENDALE HOSTS RECRUITMENT EVENT WITH GLENDALE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS

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Glendale CA – On Saturday March 31st, 2018 dozens of high school and college students gathered at the Glendale Youth Center for a recruitment and information session with the Glendale Fire and Police Departments. Glendale Unified School District Board of Education member Mr. Shant Sahakian, GPD Interim Chief of Police Carl Povilaitis and Victoria Dochoghlian representing the office of Assemblymember Laura Friedman were also in attendance. Firefighter Paramedic Ara Zakarian introduced the attendees to the Glendale Fire Department. He explained what the requirements and necessary qualifications are to pursue a career in fire service, and how these qualifications can be met. Officers Christine Kepenekian and Tino Saloomen introduced the Glendale Police Department, discussed the hiring process, as well as the programs available for high school…

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ANCA GLENDALE CONGRATULATES NEWLY SELECTED GLENDALE CITY MAYOR ZAREH SINANYAN

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Glendale, CA – On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 Glendale City Council member Zareh Sinanyan was selected Glendale City Mayor, replacing now former Mayor Vartan Gharpetian. This is Mr. Sinanyan’s second term as Mayor. The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter would like to congratulate Mayor Sinanyan on this remarkable achievement. “Mr. Sinanyan has an established record of leadership and an incomprobale commitment to public service. We look forward to working closely with him throughout the next year on issues that concern the Armenian American community and the City of Glendale residents at-large,” stated ANCA Glendale Chair Artin Manoukian. “ANCA Glendale would also like to thank and acknowledge former City Mayor Vartan Gharpetian for his excellent year serving our City. There were many challenges…

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ANCA Glendale Supports Renaming a Downtown Street to Artsakh Street

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Glendale, CA – On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 the Glendale City Council unanimously voted to initiate the process of renaming a public right of way in honor of the Republic of Artsakh. Among the several alternatives provided by the city staff, was the option to rename the stretch of Maryland Avenue between Harvard and Wilson Street. The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale (ANCA Glendale) expressed strong support for the option to rename Maryland Avenue to Artsakh Street. Referring to the option of renaming Maryland Avenue, ANCA Glendale, Community Outreach Director Margarita Baghdasaryan stated that, “the area, which is situated in the Glendale Arts and Entertainment district sees significant foot traffic, attracts thousands of shoppers every day, and is home to several local Armenian…

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Glendale Fire and Police Departments to Host Open Recruitment

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Glendale CA – The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale (ANCA Glendale) in partnership with the Glendale Fire Department and Glendale Police Department will host an open recruitment and information session for students and young professionals who are interested in a career as a police officer or firefighter, on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM at the Glendale Youth Center, Main Hall (211 W. Chestnut St. Main Hall, Glendale, CA 91204). The recruitment will be held in collaboration with the Glendale Community College Armenian Student Association, Armenian Youth Federation Glendale “Roupen” Chapter, ANCA Professional Network and Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter. The recruitment and information session will serve as an opportunity to learn about these career options, network with professionals working in the field, and discover the necessary resources to start your…

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YASMIN K. BEERS APPOINTED GLENDALE CITY MANAGER

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Glendale CA – On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, Yasmin K. Beers was appointed Glendale City Manager by Glendale City Council. Mrs. Beers moved to the United States from Iran when she was eight years old. She began her career in Glendale in 1987 working in the Library Department while she attended Hoover High School. She later went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the California State University, Northridge, followed by a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. Mrs. Beers has been serving the City of Glendale in different capacities for the past 31 years. In November 2017 she was appointed Interim City Manager, prior to which she was appointed to serve as Assistant City Manager in 2010…

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