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Time to ‘Spring Forward’
This Sunday marks the beginning of daylight saving time. It officially starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. This is also a good time to change batteries in home smoke alarms.

Calling All Future Vineyardists!
Stone Barn Vineyard Conservancy members announced that it is time to prune the vineyard again at Deukmejian Wilderness Park at the top of New York Avenue in La Crescenta. Volunteers should bring pruning scissors, gloves, bucket, personal water and a hat.

Pruning is this Saturday morning, March 7 at 9 a.m. A few hours of time to help the Stone Barn Vineyard Conservancy maintain the vineyard would be greatly appreciated.

Deukmejian Wilderness Park is located at 3429 Markridge Road.

Smart-A-Thon Postponed
The Smart-A-Thon benefitting the CV Chamber of Commerce/Mary Pinola Education Fund has been rescheduled to May 20. For more information, call the chamber office at (818) 248-4957.

Free Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at GAMC
Assemblyman Mike Gatto, with representatives from the Contractors State License Board and the Live Well Senior Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, will provide a free senior scam stopper seminar today, Thursday, March 5 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the hospital. Keynote speaker is Kerri Kasem.

Participants will learn how to protect themselves from fraud, financial abuse, identity theft and much more.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Main Auditorium, is located at 1509 Wilson Terrace in Glendale.

County to Review Red Light Rail Violations
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board unanimously approved a motion by Los Angeles County Mayor and MTA Director Michael D. Antonovich and fellow MTA directors and county supervisors Hilda Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe to seek an independent review into the chronic red light rail violations plaguing the rail system.

Forty-six of the 72 violations have occurred on the Blue Line, which runs mostly on the same corridor next to freight traffic between Los Angeles and Long Beach. During the past three years, 15 violations occurred on the Gold Line while seven occurred on the Expo Line.

The motion also calls for the MTA inspector general to research and present a zero-tolerance policy for red light violations to the MTA board in March. The board will also send letters to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeking their partnership in helping MTA examine its management practices and eliminate red light violations on the rail system.

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