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By Joyce Rudolph | January 4, 2011
Many guests gave a double thumbs-up to the Burbank Tournament of Roses float entry “Centennial Celebration” when it was unveiled during New Year’s Eve under the Olive Avenue bridge. What wasn’t to love? There were icons in 3-D — City Hall, Bob’s Big Boy, the Bob Hope Airport terminal filled with people and luggage — pictures of Walt Disney and Johnny Carson and a soundtrack featuring themes like “Thanks for the Memories” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | December 29, 2010
For 35 years, the Spero family has been celebrating Christmas Eve serenading their neighbors. "It's one time a year that's really special," said Sandy Spero, a graduate of Burbank High School, along with her children and grandchildren who join in the annual caroling tradition. This year, even Toby, the family's terrier mix, came along. The first 20 years, they caroled north of Kenneth Road on Frederic, Naomi and Buena Vista streets, then they moved the party to Mike and Sandy Spero's house on Karen Street where they traveled along Richard and Kenneth streets.
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December 18, 2010
Despite the decades of selling Burbank households their Christmas trees, Gary Casella this year got a big lump of coal after thieves broke into his trailer and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment, uncashed checks and his pickup truck. Never mind that this all happened around the same time he was recovering from a blood clot in his leg. Taken together, it's not exactly a shining holiday memory Casella will be left with when he leaves Burbank to return to Washington. It's certainly time for one of those collective "We're sorry, this is embarrassing, Burbank's not really like that" moments, especially to someone who, over the years, has donated roughly $500,000 to Burbank High School alone — a lot by any standard, but especially for someone who doesn't live here.
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By Dan Evans | November 13, 2010
Pranks, apparently, aren't what they used to be. During the last 12 months, high school rivals in both Burbank and Glendale have attempted to mar each other's symbols — and failed. Or, to be generous, halfway succeeded. Last November, a group of Glendale High School supporters tried to change the "H" above Brand Boulevard to a "G. " Though even self-described Hoover High fans lauded the attempt, it is more accurate to call it a grand failure. Squinting, you might have been able to tell what the prank was trying to accomplish, but the "H" clearly survived the onslaught.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
Burbank and Burroughs high schools formally recognized their 2010 homecoming courts at the cross-town rivalry football game Thursday. Burbank High School's homecoming king and queen were Ulises Ochoa and Melanie Bartemian. The other homecoming court members were Chloe Hunter, Raul Ochoa, Elisse Maynez, Derian Blandon, Natalie Pentkowski, Daoud Mansour, Daniel Park, Sally Noh, Mackey Smith and Stephanie Campas. Burroughs High School's homecoming king and queen were Gary Ruiz and Rachel Real.
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By Christopher Cadelago, christopher.cadelago@latimes.com | June 28, 2010
At 21, Steven Ferguson has had his share of firsts: youngest commissioner in the city's 99-year history, youngest City Council candidate to garner 1,000 votes, and now, youngest chairman of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board. Still, the significance is not lost on Ferguson, the second-highest vote-getter in this month's best-of-seven race for the 43rd District Democratic Central Committee. "Technically, the chairmanship is ceremonial, but it also serves as an important symbol for the community of who is representing the park board, park issues to the community and park issues to the council," said Ferguson, whose involvement stretches back to elementary school.
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Isabel Adams | June 19, 2010
T he Foothill Civitan Club of Burbank's Philanthropy Fundraising Event on May 8 at the Castaway Restaurant was a great success. The fashion show, "Pretty as a Picture," with members of the club and families as the models was very well done and the clothes were marvelous. The Foothill Civitan Club is extremely proud to have previously underwritten the cost of three Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), assistance dogs, at a cost of $10,000 per dog. Proceeds from this year's event will enable them to continue to support projects like this, along with their other philanthropy projects including: scholarships at local high schools, continued support of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, contributions to the Salvation Army's various programs, sponsoring three families in the Burbank Coordinating Council's Holiday Basket, sponsorship of the Annual Girls Ponytail Jamboree, which includes a parade, hot dog lunch and trophies and continued support of the BCR "a place to grow" and Tierra Del Sol, as well as many other charities.
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By Max Zimbert | May 29, 2010
A ni Vertanous and Sabina Agazarian said they've been friends since middle school, but walking up the hill to the Starlight Bowl for their Burbank High School commencement Friday, they started yelling. They weren't going to be sitting next to one another for the ceremony, but they said that didn't take away from their sense of accomplishment, relief and joy. "It feels amazing," Vertanous said. "It's the end, and I accomplished everything." The two will be going to Pasadena City College next year, representing two stories among the almost 670 graduating seniors who became alumni Friday night.
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May 29, 2010
Emerita DelCarmen Abarca; George Abboud; Aroutin Tevan Abrami; Ejmin Abranosian; Candice Denise Abrignani; Ashley Abrigo; Katlen AbuAta; Hans Anthony Adame; Ibrahim Adwani; Andranik Andy Agadjanyan; Arthur Agadzhanyan; Stefanee Ann Agai; Sabina Sandy Agazarian; Arvin Aghakian; Nancy Agirian; Ricardo Oscar Aguayo; Briana Louise Ahern; Shannon Elizabeth Ainian; Nico Alba; Christopher Alcala; Joshua Edgar Carpentero Alegado; Michael Anthony Alfaro; Marie...
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By Christopher Cadelago | May 29, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A 20-year-old man charged in connection with the 2008 death of his father will not face jail time after pleading this week to lesser charges. Noah Loock, of Burbank, pleaded no contest Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court to one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with his father, Timothy Loock, an assistant football coach at Burbank High School. Noah Loock was sentenced to eight days in jail, but will not spend additional time behind bars based on credit for time served, prosecutors said.
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