June 28, 2008
High schools to host an alumni picnic The eighth annual Burbank High School and John Burroughs High School alumni picnic is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Johnny Carson Park at 400 S. Bob Hope Drive in Burbank. The event will include an alumni classic car show and a giveaway of door prizes. Guests are invited to bring picnic chairs and blankets. A $2 donation will be collected. The proceeds will benefit the park. ? Club brings in children?s books The Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise raised more than 1,000 children?
November 3, 2005
An increase in the student population and tightening budgets are causing a kink in two remodeled high schools.BURBANK -- When the school board made the decision in 2001 to rebuild both Burbank and John Burroughs high schools without lockers, they envisioned schools where every classroom had its own set of text books, and every student able to keep their own copies at home. But as student population has swelled and budgets have tightened, providing enough books to fill this vision has become difficult.
April 14, 2007
"K ingdom Come," the 16th and last novel from the famous "Left Behind" series, was published last week, after 43 million copies in the series have sold. The series of modern-day stories, based on the Book of Revelation, have helped pave the way for similar books on faith to be sold in the mainstream. Have you read the books? What do you think? And even if not, do you think such books, and others such as Rick Warren's "A Purpose-Driven Life," promote faith in a positive way in the secular community?
April 27, 2002
Molly Shore HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- What's in a name? Volumes of family history, if you know where to look. At the Southern California Genealogical Society's research library, 30,000 books in the group's collection increase those odds. Member Doug Miller traced his mother's family back to 1608 in Quebec. His search was made easy, he explained, because Quebec was colonized by France, and was ordered to keep records of all baptisms, marriages and burials.
October 6, 2007
BURBANK — Not since 1946 has a book been banned in the United States. Each year, though, hundreds are challenged in school districts and libraries across the country, prompting the American Library Assn. to annually focus on the challenged books during Banned Books Week. During the weeklong commemoration, Burbank-area schools focused on intellectual freedom and books that have been challenged in a series of events that culminated in a discussion of a particularly controversial book, at John Burroughs High School.
August 31, 2002
Molly Shore When John T. Boal published his book, "Be a Global Force of One!," he said it got great reviews, but nobody bought it. Discouraged, he interviewed Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, co-creators of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books to find out how they became successful, selling 81 million copies of books in their series. "More than a year later, I got a call to be a participant on the [new] project," he said. Boal, one of six co-authors of the newest volume, "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul," said he was once confronted by a woman who told him she thought the books were too "schmaltzy."
August 7, 2002
Molly Shore Lorraine Bellis-Mark has mixed emotions about the Oct. 31 closure of Burbank Public Library's Buena Vista branch because of her history with the building. "I did reading programs here when I was little," Bellis-Mark said. "It's a grand old building." Her 8-year-old son Kevin participates in the summer reading program in the same children's room she used as a girl. Although Bellis-Mark waxes nostalgic about the old library, she is looking forward to the opening of the new facility across the street.
November 13, 2004
PASCOE Gabrielle Le Sage Middaugh of Los Angeles married James Pascoe of Los Angeles at the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood. The groom's father, James Pascoe Sr., mayor of Carnegie, Penn., was deputized by L.A. County to perform the ceremony in California. The matron of honor was Alexandra Middaugh Fairey, the bride's sister. The best man was Jason Pascoe, the groom's brother. The bearer of the rings was Weston Fairey, the bride's nephew and the son of Alexandra and William Fairey.
September 30, 2006
Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro took a break from his regular duties as a school district administrator to read to students at Providencia Elementary School on Friday. Shapiro was one of about 60 district officials, parents and community members who visited with children to read to them during the 14th Annual Community Read-In event at the school. "You were very good listeners and you really seemed to enjoy the story," Shapiro told a roomful of first-graders. He read the book, "Pancakes, Pancakes!"
March 11, 2006
"Curious George," the long-awaited film version of Hans A. and Margaret Rey's near-perfect books, is totally charming and refreshingly different from most animated movie offerings. There is no smart-alecky best friend, no jokes about flatulence, no double-entendres for the adults, no frenetic, bulgy-eyed action. But sadly, this is precisely why the film has a limited audience. Parents and their pre-kindergarten-aged children will adore it for reasons mentioned below. Teenagers might like it for the Jack Johnson music.