Youth Alliance celebrates summer success

More than 500 people crowded into Anoush Restaurant on Aug. 18 to celebrate the end of summer for the Glendale Youth Alliance, which found summer employment for 350 people age 14 to 24 this year.

Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian spoke, as did three of the young people who took advantage of the program, Leo Abnoos, Daniel Friemark and Juan Garcia.

"I came to Glendale Youth Alliance when I was down on my luck," Garcia said. "I was making wrong choices which led me to incarceration. Working with the Glendale Youth Alliance gave me a new sense of hope."

Michael Kamian of the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, the agency running the effort, said the federally funded program was launched in 1993, and the jobs range from retail positions with local merchants to work clearing brush alongside local firefighters. Often the summer posts lead to long-term employment, he said.

Man graduates from basic military training

Air Force Airman Gabriel A. Yoon graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

He is the son of Chul Yoon and Won Ok Soon of La Crescenta.

Yoon is a 2005 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School.

Tree planted in honor of centenarian

Genevieve Sultenfuss was recognized on her 100th birthday with a ceremonial tree planting celebrated with friends and family recently at the Adult Recreation Center in Glendale. Sultenfuss was presented with a Glendale history book by David Ahern, Glendale Community Parks, and treated to a private tour of the newly completed Adult Recreation Center.

Gladys Wymore, Glendale Beautiful's chairwoman, donated a tree in honor of Sultenfuss' birthday as did the Days of the Verdugo Heritage Assn. last spring at Glendale's Annual Arbor Day Ceremony. A Jacaranda tree was selected, and it is the official tree of Glendale, so it seemed appropriate because Sultenfuss has done so much for the city where she has lived since 1940.

Her mother, Alma Cowden, turned 100 in May 1988, and a tree was planted in her honor at the entrance of the Joe Bridges Clubhouse located in Glenoaks Park.

A retired Realtor, Sultenfuss has served as president and sat on boards of numerous community organizations over the past 50 years.

Sultenfuss was born on Aug. 12, 1910, when William Taft was president of the United States.

Woman receives her doctor of medicine

Rick and Millie Bodwell of Glendale announce that their daughter, Julie Bodwell Taylor, has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Michigan State University. Taylor, a native of Glendale, attended Salem Lutheran Elementary School, Wilson Junior High and Glendale High. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her master's degree in international public health from Loma Linda University.

During her graduate studies she completed an internship with the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on sexual trafficking and women with HIV/AIDS. She also studied and compared the health delivery systems among the poor in Brazil and Paraguay. Taylor was married to Drew Taylor in 2007. They recently returned from a vacation in New Zealand where they celebrated her graduation and their third wedding anniversary.

Julie Taylor has begun her residency in pediatrics at Kaiser Hospital, Los Angeles. Her husband is a corporate lawyer in downtown Los Angeles. They are looking forward to the birth of their first child in October. Julie Taylor is the sister of Dan Bodwell, also a Glendale High graduate, who lives in Pasadena with his wife and two sons.