With a simple little sweep of the second hand, 2008 slipped into the ages this past week. As the clock struck 12, we closed out a roller-coaster year that took us from the depths of a devastating financial plunge to the heights of hopes embodied by a vibrant new president.
For Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, his wife, Barbara Sykes, and their son, Russell Tamillo, the year ended with Burbank’s first family being bestowed with new titles — grandpa, grandma and uncle. The mayor’s newborn grandson, Grant Russell Lowery, arrived home just in time for the celebration of the new year. Latest reports say that Grant’s parents, Randi and Nathan Lowery, have kicked off 2009 with lots of love and very little sleep.
While the current mayor was enjoying his new title, a former mayor was living up to the one she has earned over the past two decades as New Year’s Eve party hostess extraordinaire. Mary Lou Howard, the first woman to serve as the city’s mayor, continued her tradition of welcoming in the new year at her festively decorated hillside home.