January 25, 2003
Ryan Carter Children are the city's most prolific fire starters, according to arson statistics and local officials, and their acts led to a 130% increase in intentional fires last year. Firefighters responded to 23 arson cases in 2002, compared to 10 in 2001. Many of them were prompted by domestic conflicts in which revenge resulted in intentionally set car fires, officials said. But the main reason for the jump was an increase in fires set by children, police said.
October 2, 2009
This week students all over town are returning (or were supposed to be returning) to school. What advice can you give to students as they walk back into the classroom for another year? The first weeks of school can be academically and socially overwhelming. But God will help you overcome one challenge at a time, one day at a time. Claim the promise of Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Thy loving kindness, O Lord, is everlasting.
July 21, 2001
Mary Mallory, Weekend BURBANK -- Colorful and playful, Justin Tanner's "Big Bear" dives headfirst into the politics of relationships -- romantic, office and otherwise. Characters use and abuse each other in their search for ever-better partners, jobs or office locations. An entertaining, witty look at the petty machinations of office politics, "Big Bear" resolves its story lines too neatly around obvious character types. The arrogant, brown-nosing villain is swiftly punished, while romance blossoms almost instantaneously between the youngest characters.
October 1, 2008
Library patrons had a rare opportunity to meet famous author Jack London on Monday evening. True, the author of “The Call of the Wild,” has been dead for more than 90 years; but actor Michael Oakes passionately embodied the writer. And 15 years of research on London, a wardrobe true to the time period and a befitting vocabulary allowed the audience of about 50, who sat around a faux-campfire setting during the Buena Vista Branch Library’s “The Big Read,” to believe Oakes’ act. “The proper function is to live, not exist,” Oakes said in character.
August 25, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH "The Glorious Uncertainty," a comedy by Brinsley McNamara, will receive its U.S. premiere at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank. Preview performances are Sept. 2, 3, 8 and 9 with the opening set for Sept. 10. It is directed by Timothy Ford Hannon. In Cunneen's Bar, the local folk struggle to fix a horse race in a small Irish town. The theater center is at 3326 W. Victory Blvd. For tickets, call 841-5421. "Colorforms," a group exhibit by The Artist Co-op 7, will open Sept.
April 3, 2002
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Operatic literature is rife with emotion and theatrical splendor, full of big-voiced heroines and some of the richest, most dramatic choral moments in all of music. In other words, opera represents an over-the-top gold mine for camp -- with a capital C. The middle concert of the current season by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is titled "Divas' Revenge -- Opera Our Way II," and if you were to judge it merely from its title, one could expect a plethora of campy moments.
November 27, 2012
In Burbank, many fifth-graders live for Outdoor Science School - the handful of days when they venture to the mountains or ocean to hike trails with naturalists, sing songs by the campfire and sleep in bunks. The tradition has lasted more than 20 years at some schools, but recent economic hardship - coupled with a 2010 ACLU lawsuit that put pressure on schools to raise donations rather than charge parents fees - has many concerned about the cost. Director of Elementary Education Tom Kissinger said principals have increasingly expressed stress over the challenges involved in raising the $200 to $350 it costs to send one student away.
September 4, 2009
I remember as a child watching the smoke draw closer and closer, then finally seeing the flames lick the wind on a hot summer day in the hills of Glendale as a small brush fire stalked down the hill toward our home. To a young boy, the fear in such a sight is dismissed by the excitement and adventure it brings. The firefighters quickly put down the flames, but never the memory. And it was nothing like what we’ve been witnessing this last week in our collective back yard. No excitement.
February 23, 2008
With so many Mediterranean restaurants now open in Burbank, it is hard to believe that shish kebabs are not a new trend in dining. Some stories say that the kebab was invented by medieval Turkic soldiers who used their swords like skewers to grill meat over an open campfire. In fact, the word, “kebab” means “skewered grilled meat” in Turkish. However, small chunks of marinated meat and fish threaded on a skewer and grilled over an open flame have been around since ancient times.