Bonus Workday at
Deukmejian Park

This month only, there will be a “Bonus Wilderness Workday” at Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Saturday, July 30. From 8 a.m. to noon, volunteers are asked to come out to weed in an effort to eradicate invasive exotics. Volunteers should wear work gloves and sturdy closed toe shoes and bring small pruning shears if they have them. RSVP to John Pearson at or call (818) 548-3735.

Armenian Church Tour on Saturday

The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and The Glendale Historical Society are hosting a tour of local Armenian churches. The self-driving guided tour will include presentations on the distinctive architectural style and some history of the Armenian church and culture.
Participants will meet at the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church at 6252 Honolulu Ave. at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 to begin, then continue on to St. Gregory in Glendale and St. Leon in Burbank.
Maps will be provided. The tour is expected to last approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Glendale Social Security Office Announces Shortened Hours

Effective August 15, the Glendale Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.
The reduction is in response to a shortfall of nearly $1 billion in funding from Congress.
Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. For example, anyone wishing to apply for benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter or inform of a change of address or telephone number may do so at or by dialing the toll-free number, (800) 772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number, (800) 325-0778.
The Glendale Social Security office is located at 710 S. Central Ave.

GWP Receives Grant to Continue Work on
Chromium 6

Glendale Water & Power (GWP) received a grant of $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation for its continuing work at Glendale’s new Chromium 6 Water Treatment and Testing Facilities. The funds will be used to evaluate two treatment technologies to remove Chromium 6 from local groundwater sources.
Four projects nationwide were awarded a total of $2.09 million to accelerate the adoption and use of innovative advanced water treatment technologies that increase usable water supplies. The grants were awarded by the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART Program to work towards a sustainable water future that allows water utilities to pilot and demonstrate new water treatment technologies and determine their viability for full-scale implementation.
Support from the office of Congressman Adam Schiff and the Metropolitan Water District helped GWP secure this grant.
The testing performed at GWP’s water treatment facilities is part of an ongoing research project that will benefit the State of California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in determining water quality standards for Chromium 6 in drinking water supplies.
Additionally, it will help other water utilities throughout the United States with cost and technical feasibility information that are also dealing with the removal of Chromium 6 in their water supplies.  The total cost of this research effort is over $7 million, with funds primarily from the state. It has been underway for about eight years and completion is expected by mid-2012.