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ANCA Glendale Announces Endorsements for Glendale City Council

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Following a comprehensive review process, the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter (ANCA Glendale) has announced its endorsements for the Glendale City Council for the upcoming municipal elections, endorsing incumbents Vartan Gharpetian and Paula Devine, as well as candidates Ardashes Kassakhian and Leonard Manoukian.  “We believe that Vartan, Paula, Ardy, and Leonard all have proven track records of service and commitment to our core values. Although there are only three open seats, we are confident that Glendale voters will choose the best combination to serve on the upcoming City Council,” said ANCA Glendale Chairperson Lucy Petrosian.  ANCA Glendale announced the endorsement of incumbents Vartan Gharpetian and Paula Devine, noting that both have upheld their commitment to bringing positive change to the quality of…

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Eight City Council Candidates Present Their Vision For Glendale To A Capacity Audience At Glendale Youth Center

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On January 15th, the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter (ANCA Glendale) held their Community Candidate Forum, a moderated public town hall where all eight Glendale City Council candidates participated. With over 200 residents of Glendale in attendance, each candidate provided their insight on issues that residents are concerned about.  Participants included incumbents Paula Devine and Vartan Gharpetian as well as candidates Greg Astorian, Dan Brotman, Ardy Kassakhian and Leonard Manoukian. Candidates Susan Wolfson and William Keshishyan were also invited to participate, although they did not take part in the ANCA Glendale endorsement interview process.      Each candidate was able to introduce themselves and showcase their campaign’s key objectives. All participants had an opportunity to present their views on pressing issues from…

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ANCA Glendale Announces Endorsements For GUSD School Board

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The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter (ANCA Glendale) proudly announces the endorsement of Glendale Unified School District Board of Education incumbent candidates Jennifer Freemon and Nayiri Nahabedian.  “Freemon and Nahabedian have demonstrated devotion to the betterment of all GUSD students as well as the ability to manage the district and foster a high-caliber learning environment,” said ANCA Glendale Chairperson Lucy Petrosian. Freemon is running for re-election in Trustee Area A, where she will be representing over eight schools in the Northern Glendale area. Serving as current GUSD School Board President, Freemon has shown dedication to prioritizing a district budget that will favor educational initiatives that benefit students and raise awareness for mental health wellness that youth may struggle with. ANCA Glendale’s endorsement…

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ANCA Glendale To Host Community Candidate Forum Leading Up to City Council Race

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The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter will be hosting “Community Candidate Forum: Get To Know Your Candidates,” which will serve as the concluding phase of its endorsement process for the upcoming Glendale Municipal Elections. The moderated public town hall, which will be held on Wednesday, January 15, will give an opportunity for candidates to lay out their vision to Glendale residents. “The forum aims to give community members insight on City Council candidates and their policy positions,” said ANCA – Glendale Chairperson Lucy Petrosian. “We are looking forward to creating a space where a much-needed dialogue between the people and candidates will take place.” Participating candidates include: Greg Astorian, Dan Brotman, Paula Devine, Vartan Gharpetian, Ardy Kassakhian, and Leonard Manoukian. The forum…

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Graffiti on the wall of the Armenian American Council on Aging building

Asbarez: Armenian Council on Aging Building Vandalized with Racist Graffiti

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Incident Being Treated as a Hate Crime Members of the Armenian American Council of Aging on Thursday discovered anti-Armenian graffiti sprayed on the organization’s building on 407 E Colorado Street in Glendale. The incident apparently took place overnight. “Death to Armenians. Trump say [sic] leave now,” read the graffiti on the building wall. Glendale Police Department told Asbarez that it is classifying the incident as a hate crime. “When we have something that is so blatant we usually classify it as a hate crime,” said Sergeant Dan Suttles, a public information officer at Glendale Police Department. “We are looking into multiple graffiti markings in the area, with similar writing,” explained Suttles. “There have been derogatory writings about every race, sex and religion [in the vicinity]….

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Statement in response to the recent incident involving the Mayor and a Glendale City Councilmember at a Royal Canyon Property Owners Association event

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GLENDALE, CA (September 16, 2019) – The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter (ANCA-Glendale) is gravely concerned about an incident that occurred at a Royal Canyon Property Owners Association (RCPOA) event on September 8, 2019 where City of Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and City Councilmember Vartan Gharpetian were asked to leave RCPOA’s Summer Social event citing it was a “non-political” and “members-only” event. The overall poor treatment of two councilmembers of Armenian descent appears to be disrespectful at best and perhaps discriminatory at its worst. This type of treatment of any Glendale resident, much less elected representatives of our city, should be a matter of concern to all residents of our city. Implicit or explicit acts of discrimination are unacceptable and must always…

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ANCA Glendale to Honor Archpriest Vazken Atmajian

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GLENDALE— The ANCA Glendale annual Award and Appreciation Gala will take place on Sunday, August 25 at Renaissance Banquet Hall in Glendale. Born in 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon, Archpriest Vazken Atmajian was dedicated to serving the Armenian community. First as a scholar of Antelias Seminary, then as a member of the Lebanon Homenetmen family, and an altar boy in his hometown’s St. Sarkis Church, Archpriest Atmajian knew he was destined to serve his people. In 1984, he migrated to the United States with his family, where he settled in Los Angeles and attended Glendale Community College. Soon, he began to attend special courses of the priesthood program offered by the Western Prelacy. He married Anahid Jabourian in 1988 and was blessed with two children, Tamar…

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Blood Drive in Commemoration of 1.5 Million Armenians that Lost Their Lives during the Armenian Genocide in 1915

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Glendale – ANCA-Glendale hosted a community Blood Drive on Sunday, March 31. The Blood Drive took place at Glendale Youth Center and was dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians that lost their lives during the Armenian Genocide. Every year, The ANCA-Glendale in partnership with the American Red Cross and several affiliated community-based organizations organize an annual blood drive to give blood to those in need and to commemorate the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. According to the American Red Cross, less than 2 to 3 percent of the eligible donors in Southern California donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives and about every two second someone needs a blood transfusion. “Your drive was fabulous! We…

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ANCA Glendale, St. Mary’s Church Host First Responders Appreciation Evening

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February 27, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: ANCA Glendale office Tel.: (818) 243-3444 Email: admin@ancaglendale.org GLENDALE, CA — The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale Chapter held an appreciation evening for the city’s first responders at Phoenicia Restaurant on February 20. The event was hosted by ANCA Glendale and St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church to recognize and honor the first responders of the Glendale Police and Fire departments and Emergency Medical Services. “It was a successful night as we showed our appreciation jointly with our local Armenian organizations to our first responders, for keeping Glendale one of the safest cities in the country,” said ANCA Glendale Co-Chair Ronnie Gharibian. “During the past several years, the ANCA Glendale, in collaboration with the city’s police and fire departments, has…

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