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NEWS
March 23, 2013
As voters go to the polls, they should remember two qualities that are equally important as they decide who will be sitting on the Burbank Unified school board the next four years - experience and passion. We endorse Larry Applebaum and Steve Ferguson. Incumbent Applebaum has been on the board since 2005. He brings a great deal of institutional memory to the position. Since no one can know whether the board's other incumbents will run for reelection in two years, his knowledge of the district could provide invaluable.
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COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | January 23, 2013
Nickelodeon recently donated more than 60 “gently used” computers and 40 monitors to the Burbank Unified School District Arts For All program. A number of the machines donated by the Burbank animation studio were used in the production of computer-generated shows, said Carson Smith, Nickelodeon Human Resources manager. The company made the donation for two reasons. “We at Nickelodeon think it is extremely important to partner with the community, and since our motto has always been 'Kids First,' we thought it was fitting that the machines would benefit children in the area,” Smith said.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
Approximately eight years ago Burbank residents approved a $112-million school bond measure. The money was used to build a new Burbank High School and remodel and build new class rooms at Burroughs High School. I supported this bond measure because it was obvious these structures were in poor condition. The Burbank Unified School District is now asking voters to approve another bond measure in the amount of $110 million. The district claims the money is needed to repair roofs, air conditioning and plumbing.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | December 18, 2012
Someone once told me the best thing about being a journalist was that I got a first-row seat to history. What I didn't know then - and what I'm only beginning to understand now - is how one defines “history.” For example, last February I watched Burbank High School graduate Sevada Armen compete in the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. He brought every culinary skill he could muster to a time-limited, pressure-filled cook-off between top students from up and down the West Coast.
THE818NOW
December 3, 2012
Gary Casella hovered over a 17-foot bundled Christmas tree one recent morning under a large white tent on the Burbank High School soccer field. “This one's going to the city of Burbank,” Casella, 74, said of the 19-year-old tree, one of the first he would deliver this season. Casella's 75-year-old Christmas tree business - founded in 1937 by his father, Paul Casella - has been operating in Burbank for nearly five decades. “I told my dad before he passed I'd get to 75 years,” Casella said of the business.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | August 1, 2012
Rotary International's coveted Silver Bell award was presented to Burbank Sunrise Rotary for being the best small club in its 33-club district for the past year. The presentation was made at the Rotary District 5260 Conference in North Hollywood in June. District Governor Tom Hardy presented the award to club President Rod Gregson in recognition of outstanding achievement for the club's hard work in numerous areas of Rotary endeavors. In addition, Gregson was presented with the Changemaker Award for the club.
COMMUNITY
By Isabel Adams | July 2, 2012
Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis The 15 th Annual Mayors' Cup Golf Tournament hosted by the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis was held on April 27 and it went very well.  Former and current city of Burbank Mayors and all their golf playing friends, as well as our high school players, participate every year in this great fundraising event. Among the Mayors present were current (at the time of the tournament) Mayor Jess Talamantes , as well as former Mayors Todd Campbell , Mary Lou Howard , Dave Golonski , Marsha Ramos , Gary Bric , and Vince Stefano . The first place winners in “A Flight” were:  Michael Cusumano , Bret Mersola , Mike Rigo and Steve Dickson .  First place winners “for B Flight”:  Gary Bric , Ken Spencer , John Bryan and Ron Jancula . The first place High School winners were:  Andy Chung and Bryan Dunayer of Burbank High School, partnered with Kelsy Danzeisen and Sivakorn Losakul of John Burroughs High School.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 19, 2012
Seven years ago, Burbank resident Shannon Fernando traveled to the Philippines, working in a slum for six weeks with women trafficked as sex slaves. It wasn't the first international foray for the then-UCLA biology undergraduate. The child of a United Nations official, Fernando was born in Sri Lanka and spent the first 10 years of her life in far-flung regions of the world, including the Cook Islands, before settling in Burbank. But that visit to the Philippines was one that really stuck, inspiring her to take additional service trips to places like Nairobi, Kenya in 2007 and rural Haiti in 2011.
THE818NOW
June 8, 2012
Burbank officials plan to host a meeting on Monday to update the community on progress in refurbishing the long-closed Verdugo Pool. The meeting at the Verdugo Recreation Center will catch the public up on plans for new pools and locker rooms at the site, which are slated to be completed by April 2013. In the meantime, aquatics programs will continue at McCambridge Park and Burbank High School. The City Council recently expressed concern about the delays with the pool project and decided to hold a meeting to inform residents of the construction work and answer any questions.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | April 10, 2012
Few cities on the planet rely as heavily on the arts to fuel their economic engine as the city of Burbank. From the major studios to myriad businesses that provide ancillary support for the creative process, Burbank has rightfully earned its place as one of the world's most important and influential creative municipalities. With the arts playing such an important role in the makeup of Burbank, it is comforting to know that the up-and-coming generation is rife with talent that is already proving to be a creative force to be reckoned with.
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