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The818now | By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 11, 2013
Marisa Sanders remembers when television icon Huell Howser wandered into Burbank's Tallyrand restaurant two years ago. She gushed when he sat in front of her in a swivel chair at the diner's counter. “I said, 'I just want you to know - I know who you are,'” she recalled. “'My husband is your No. 1 fan.'” [For the Record, Jan. 14, 2013: A previous version of this story mispelled Marisa Sanders' first name. ] By the end of Howser's meal, the 20-year Tallyrand waitress had shared the whole history of the family-owned diner, including that both owners had met their respective spouses at the restaurant, and that it's famous for its hot turkey sandwich.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
Burbank Unified's top leader received a 7.8% raise Thursday with three school board members supporting her salary hike and two voting against it. Earlier in the meeting, the school board approved a 3% retroactive salary increase for Burbank teachers, which is the first salary increase the district has issued since 2007. The board's unanimous approval ignited applause from the audience. Supt. Jan Britz originally brought a $15,000-raise proposal to the table in January , but pulled the item from the agenda because the district's classified union and teacher's union were still in salary negotiations.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Many of us who grew up in Burbank remember spending the summers swimming at the Pickwick pool. In an effort to preserve memories for their family's posterity, current owners Carole and Ed Stavert are on a quest to find photographs and information on Pickwick's past, prior to when their family purchased the facility in 1953. The family changed the name to Pickwick Gardens three or four years ago from Pickwick Recreation Center. When the Stavert family purchased it, it was called the Pickwick Swim Park.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 3, 2012
He was a scoring frenzy, a one-man tour de force who raised the level of those around him, ignited the sporting spirit of a campus long absent of much to get excited about and made literal and figurative waves by lifting a historically struggling program to CIF prominence while leaving his statistical signature upon state chronicle. A 6-foot, 185-pound muscled phenom with a lighting bolt for a right arm, he took a lightly regarded program and put it on the map. Along the way of four seasons of scoring parades and CIF triumph, Hoover High senior Hakop Kaplanyan provided record-breaking revelry, clutch histrionics and left a school and an area as a three-time All-Area Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year, as voted for the third consecutive time by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun. "We were happy to have him here all four years and he made everybody around him good," says Jack Van Patten, Hoover's athletic director.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 2, 2012
Burbank residents can pocket between $250 and $1,000 if they replace the grass on their front lawns with drought-tolerant and non-invasive plants as part of a Burbank Water and Power program approved this week that could save an estimated 750,000 gallons of water this fiscal year alone. “It's pretty exciting for us,” said Kapil Kulkarni, the utility's marketing associate. An eco-friendly front lawn, he added, could save single-family homes up to $15 on their monthly water bills.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
A Sylmar woman remains in critical condition after the driver of the car in which she was riding, who allegedly was intoxicated, rear-ended a parked truck. Analy Perez, 20, was in the passenger’s seat of a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Jesse Santiago at 4:45 a.m. when it crashed into a flat-bed tow truck parked at a curb on the 2900 block of North San Fernando Boulevard on Sunday morning. Burbank police arrested Santiago, a Glendale resident, at the scene for driving under the influence.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
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By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
Burbank High School’s 100th senior class went out in style Friday during a graduation ceremony that featured rousing musical performances at the Starlight Bowl. The school’s orchestra and award-winning choir performed sets that stirred excitement among graduates, including one that combined the sounds of “Somethin’s Comin’” from West Side Story and rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The musical exhibition showcased just part of the talent that Burbank High’s centennial class brought to the school, said Tessa Register, the senior speaker.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 7, 2008
Hilda Akopyan on Thursday night sat down to do her homework, when she came to a realization. “I’ll never have homework for Burbank High again,” she said. “I’m so used to everything being the same, and now I am about to embark on a big change.” Akopyan, who plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall, was one of 617 seniors who graduated on Friday night from Burbank High. Parents, grandparents as well as other family members and friends gathered at the Starlight Bowl to honor the graduates.
THE818NOW
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 29, 2012
Newly appointed Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz will earn a starting salary of $185,250, nearly $50,000 less than that of her predecessor, according to the terms of her contract released by the district this week. The Burbank Unified school board announced on May 25 that Britz, previously assistant superintendent of instructional services, would replace outgoing Stan Carrizosa. Carrizosa was hired by the district in 2010 with a starting salary of $235,000. At the time, the school board took heat for what some considered excessively high compensation, said President Debbie Kukta.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | August 30, 2013
Ward Dotson, the brilliantly understated guitarist whose atmospheric style was a critical component of early '80s Hollywood underground rock legends the Gun Club, is definitely an odd one. Widely recognized as one of the post-punk era's most engagingly progressive musicians, Dotson is a dry, droll cat with a mile-wide streak of ingenuous, self-deprecating humor and, for an artist with his singular, significant cachet, a refreshingly disarming lack...
THE818NOW
July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfi re during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV -- in which Garcia was a passenger -- on suspicion that drug activity was taking place.
THE818NOW
May 3, 2013
Dave Kemp, a 10-year Burbank Unified school board member, was chosen by his peers to be president Thursday at the annual reorganization meeting. Kemp Thursday said he looks forward to “the process of lessening the pain we have suffered” in recent years amid budget challenges and changes in education. “Such things as testing, changes in technology, changes as a result of Measure S, issues of employee morale, and continued expectations in student achievement are but some of challenges we face,” Kemp said.
FEATURES
By Christopher Cadelago | April 4, 2009
BURBANK — The sign says George Izay Park, but the sign man won’t have it. “It will always be Olive Park,” said Lon Melton, 62, a Burbank sign maker. “We made a lot of memories there.” Every year, Melton and his family claim their perch across the street from what is now George Izay Park to watch Burbank on Parade. The annual extravaganza of floats, marching bands and exhibits, which debuted in 1945, takes place this year April 25 and runs on Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.
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