September 8, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Linda Blair has now gone from Academy Award-nominated star of a classic horror film to author. The Burbank resident just finished her first book, "Going Vegan!," a chronicle of how Blair -- inspired by what she saw as cruelty to animals -- went from a meat eater to a strict vegan who digests no animal products. "I just realized that maybe I had a pretty good amount of knowledge in this area, and that maybe I could help other people," Blair said.
June 11, 2008
While Kobe Bryant and company did nothing to give locals a reason to celebrate, this past week saw many Burbankers look beyond the point-challenged Los Angeles Lakers to find other reasons to stage celebrations. To kick things off, friends, patients and staff members gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate Burbank’s Dr. Stephen McNeese being named one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America. The event, which served as a fundraiser for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, also gave attendees the opportunity to meet McNeese’s new partner, Dr. Karo Isagholian.
September 23, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LOS ANGELES -- The doctor is in -- but not for much longer. Charles J. Sedgwick, known to most as "Doc," is retiring from his position as chief veterinarian of the Los Angeles Zoo later this month. The 68-year-old Burbank resident has held the post since 1995, but his history with the zoo began in 1964, when he came on for a five-year stint as a veterinarian at the facility's former home in Griffith Park. Sedgwick will retire on Sept.
October 2, 2002
Jackson Bell When Derrick Phillips and Diana Lazalde opened Pet Haven eight months ago, they knew it would have to be different to compete with larger chain pet stores. So their strategy was to make the customers and feel as comfortable as possible. "We wanted to give it a homey feeling for our customers, a different atmosphere than regular pet stores," Phillips said. "And we take care of the animals here like we do our own." Phillips and Lazalde, a couple of five years, left their jobs in a supermarket and insurance office, respectively, to open Pet Haven in January.
May 16, 2001
Robert Rush says he is disgusted by seeing the Indian mascot name on the front of Burroughs High and what a terrible wrong it is to the Native Americans in his May 5 letter. And, just as did Leader editors, he gives no specifics as to why Native Americans should feel bad about such mascots. Instead, Mr. Rush mentions, three times, a PBS documentary film "In Whose Honor?" that somehow persuaded him to apologize to Native Americans while never bothering to give us any particulars about what the film says.
February 2, 2005
Mark R. Madler The patient cowered on all fours as Martin Small approached the examination table with a small plastic syringe. Tipping up the head of Penny, a golden retriever mix, Small inserted the syringe into her nose and depressed the plunger to give a vaccination against kennel cough. "It works best when given intranasally," said Small, a retired veterinarian and Burbank resident, who now volunteers as a medical care provider at the Burbank Animal Shelter.
May 24, 2003
Reader finds glaring omission in Top 50 I think your list of the Top 50 most influential people in Burbank is excellent, though I feel very strongly that one of the most important has been left out of the list of the acknowledged. There is a woman who is, what I believe to be, what every schoolteacher should aspire to be. She not only prepares our younger generations to be the next Top 50, but ensures that the community stays involved and in partnership with our school district.
September 26, 2001
As a longtime Burbank resident and fan of the public access show "Adopt-A-Pet," which tries to match animals at our city-run shelter with good homes, I feel compelled to share my feelings. The show is in desperate need of a little pizazz. We're in the shadow of Hollywood, after all, but no one would never know it to watch this weekly program. I'm not talking about flash over substance, and I'm not saying the city should spend more on the production, but I believe so much more could be done to showcase the animals and enhance their chances of being adopted.
June 11, 2005
RETIRED VETERINARIAN HONORED The City Council presented a certificate of recognition to Martin Small, a retired veterinarian who has been volunteering as the medical director at the city's animal shelter. WHAT IT MEANS Since January, Small has been volunteering his time giving care to the animals at the city-run shelter. His duties include treating sick animals, vaccinations, testing for parasites, and testing for leukemia in cats. Small had a veterinarian practice in Burbank for nearly 40 years.
August 20, 2005
Mark R. Madler The operator of a controversial dog shelter intends to move out of the city earlier than a court-imposed October deadline. Chihuahua Rescue could be closed by the end of September if not earlier as operator Kimi Peck will move the animals to a 100-acre ranch in another part of the state, where she will have a sanctuary for the dogs and continue her rescue efforts. Peck backed off from stated plans to retire from her rescue efforts following what she said was an outpouring of support of people who have adopted the dogs from her. "A lot of people have been so upset, they have called and begged me to continue because of the good I do," Peck said Thursday.