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Patrons Club Members Raise Funds for Scholarships

The Patrons Club paid tribute to Glendale Community College students with its theme “Future Stars of America” for the annual fashion show presented earlier this month at the Castaway Starlight Room.

The Patrons Club raises funds for the GCC Foundation, Inc., and money goes to scholarships and grants-in-aid presented each year to students who fulfill award requirements. Last year’s luncheon raised about $23,000. Funds raised help students complete their educational goals whether they plan to transfer to a four-year university or join the workforce.

Paul Schlossman, left, dean of student affairs at Glendale Community College, with Patrons Club President Karen Wharton during the "Future Stars of America" fashion show at the Castaway. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Paul Schlossman, left, dean of student affairs at Glendale Community College, with Patrons Club President Karen Wharton during the “Future Stars of America” fashion show at the Castaway. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

President Karen Wharton welcomed the more than 200 guests attending. College administrators thanked the Patrons Club for their ongoing support including Superintendent/President David Viar, Paul Schlossman, dean of student affairs; Lisa H. Brooks, GCC Foundation; and Marianne Jennings, event chair.

The Glendale Community College Patrons Club is on target, Viar said.

“Patrons are people supporting, championing or protecting — in reality that’s what Patrons Club members are about. They [Patrons] are supporting students seeking to achieve their educational goals; championing an outstanding community college that serves its community and region with distinction; and protecting the mission and values of a community college education.”

 Model Jane Viar, right, is escorted by her husband, David Viar, superintendent/president of Glendale Community College.

Model Jane Viar, right, is escorted by her husband, David Viar, superintendent/president of Glendale Community College.

Brooks summed up her appreciation in six words.

“Patrons Club members you are awesome!” she said.

The highlight of the day was the fashion show featuring day to evening wear from Holiday Hats and Gowns. Providing commentary was Teresa Cortey. Members and friends modeling were Arpi Amirian, Heather Glenn, Zaruhi Grigorian, Tamara Hughes, Erin Kurasz, Christine Ovasapyan, Samir Abou-Rass, Austin Kemie, Isaac Pedraza, Michael Ritterbrown and college President David Viar who escorted his wife, Jane Viar.

 Erin Kurasz models a ruby evening gown from Holiday Hats and Gowns at the Patrons Club's fashion show. She was escorted by  Austin Kemie (in background). (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Erin Kurasz models a ruby evening gown from Holiday Hats and Gowns at the Patrons Club’s fashion show. She was escorted by Austin Kemie (in background). (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

Longtime member Margaret Hammond made quite a fashion statement herself, donning a straw hat embellished with white silk rose that matched perfectly with a white crocheted sweater over a black blouse. She was in charge of the $1,000 cash drawing won by Marian Getts.

Others winning great prizes were Patty Flanagan, guest of financial secretary Judy Gorham, who took home a Curves membership; and Nancy Sumner and Cathy Arkfeld shared the Color

Me Mine, Doctors House Museum membership and History of Glendale Book opportunity prizes.

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club was well represented at a table led by President Carol Huntwork. Ellie Pipes was sitting with her sorority sister, Norma Johnson-Stodder, of Encino.

Special honored guest attending was Gael Davitt, widow of John Davitt, former college president/superintendent.

Mary Rose Grim, left, and Margaret Hammond welcome guests to the Glendale Community College Patrons Club's annual fashion show luncheon

Mary Rose Grim, left, and Margaret Hammond welcome guests to the Glendale Community College Patrons Club’s annual fashion show luncheon

Channel 4 Names Todd Mokhtari as Vice President of News

NBC4 Southern California today announced that Todd Mokhtari has been named vice president of news for the station. Mokhtari, who brings more than 20 years of broadcast television experience to the role, will report directly to Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4 Southern California. Mokhtari begins his new post on June 11, 2012.

Todd Mokhtari

Mokhtari comes to NBC4 Southern California from KIRO-TV in Seattle. Since 2007, he served as news director and web manager, directing all news gathering operations, digital and social media strategies for the station. During his time there, he invigorated the social media team and deployed Facebook and Twitter tactics to increase followers, bringing the station to number one in social media engagement in the market. Under Mokhtari’s leadership, the station has enjoyed an upward trend in its ratings during the evening and mid-day newscasts.

In 2006, Mokhtari served as managing editor at NBC4 Southern California. In this role, he managed the day-to-day coverage and editorial direction of the news department.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Todd to the NBC4 team,” said Carlston. “Todd’s knowledge of the Southern California market, combined with his experience in producing high-quality content for broad audiences, will greatly contribute to our newscasts.”

“Returning to NBC4 Southern California at this time is a tremendous opportunity,” said Mokhtari. “The station is moving aggressively to differentiate itself through high-quality enterprise stories, and I am humbled to join NBC4’s highly respected news team in this role.”

From 2002 to 2006, he served as the assistant news director for the NBC owned and operated station, KNTV-San Jose. From 1997 to 2002, Mokhtari was the news director for the FOX affiliate in Seattle, KCPQ-TV. Known for his ability to navigate and motivate staff during transitions, he successfully led the KCPQ-TV news team to become more competitive in the marketplace.

Mokhtari began his career at NBC’s affiliate, KCRA-TV in Sacramento, CA. Starting as an intern, he quickly moved into a writer and producer position for the station’s morning newscast. Later, he produced the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, which were consistently top-rated and considered the most respected in the region.

Mokhtari is a graduate of University of California, Davis. He holds degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric and Communications. An avid golfer and local traveler, he is married and has a five-year-old son

Garage Fire Does $50,000 in Damage

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Fire responded to a garage fire on Alameda Avenue just east of Glenoaks.  Upon their arrival they discovered a garage to the rear of a single story house with fire showing. The next engine company in was Glendale’s Engine 27 and they supplied Burbank’s Engine 11 with a water supply as a truck company went to the roof to ventilate.  The fire threatened an exposure to the west but with quick action the garage fire was knocked down and held in place. The fire department used a Unified Response involving companies from Glendale Fire and Burbank Fire  and it worked seamlessly. The cause is still under investigation with the damage listed at $40.000 to the structure and the contents $10,000. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The six engines and trucks of firefighters that responded were under the Direction of Battalion Chief Dave Schmitt.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Talks: Walmart – Good or Bad for Burbank?

With Walmart announcing that they are coming to Burbank in the near future, we traveled to Larry’s Chile Dog in the heart of Burbank to talk to local residents and small business owners about the impact they believe the super store will have in Burbank. Hosted By BurbankNBeyond’s Deborah Dodge.

Burbank Talks: Walmart – Good or Bad for Burbank?

With Walmart announcing that they are coming to Burbank in the near future, we traveled to Larry’s Chile Dog in the heart of Burbank to talk to local residents and small business owners about the impact they believe the super store will have in Burbank. Hosted By BurbankNBeyond’s Deborah Dodge.