December 13, 2003
The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. has done it again. It is turning out another cloying, cutesy-poo float with (ugh!) canned music, and putting our city's name on it. I do wish the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Assn. would ban canned music on ALL floats. It makes it sound just like the Macy's Parade, and detracts from the magnificent live bands that have a hard enough time being heard over the babble of the television commentators. But that's another issue.
November 10, 2009
Kira, a 1-year-old, spayed Australian cattle dog, is medium-sized with black and tan markings. She was a stray. The Australian cattle dog is known for its high energy, intelligence and herding capabilities, and Kira is no exception. She is very sweet and easy to walk but does need some basic training. She will require an owner who can spend much time exercising and playing with her. Kira does not appear to get along with most other dogs, so she should be her owner’s only pet. If you are interested in meeting her, contact the Burbank Animal Shelter and inquire about ID No. A029941.
December 6, 2008
?Australia? was marketed for weeks before its opening as an epic, and if large portions are any measure of that, ?Australia? is truly an epic film production. But large portions don?t necessarily make for great filmmaking, and in this case, much of the impact of the story is overwhelmed by the saccharine nature of its telling, and the film becomes a weepy, treacly tear-jerker. Producer/co-writer and director Baz Luhrmann has created a long, rambling motion picture that is part Western, part war movie and part romance, and the story is nursed along via narrative from a biracial boy named Nullah (Brandon Walters)
February 12, 2000
Debutantes, families honored at gala Two local residents were among 32 debutantes honored at the 65th annual Las Madrinas Ball at the Beverly Hilton in recognition of their and their families' commitment to the community and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Families recognized were Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alan Scott and their daughter, Melinda, of Glendale and Dr. John Anthony Osterkamp and Dr. Terre Legreid Osterkamp and their daughter, Anneke Marie, from La Canada Flintridge.
September 9, 2000
Lisa Marie Palermo, the daughter of Ross and Donna Lowande of Burbank, made the dean's list for the spring semester at the University of San Diego. Palermo earned Second Honors with a grade point average between 3.33 and 3.64 for the semester. She is a graduate of John Burroughs High School. The National Speakers Association (N.S.A.) honored the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center with its 1999/2000 President's Award for Distinguished Service.
November 2, 2012
Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future. Although we're unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use and our meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 United Nations report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18% of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50%. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses.
March 9, 2013
Bruce Forman, widely recognized as one of the top jazz guitarists in the world, has gotten off the straight-ahead path in recent years to follow what seems at first a highly unlikely alternate route: Western swing. Essentially a musical curiosity or historical footnote, the style was proposed and popularized by hot Texas fiddle-band leaders Milton Brown and Bob Wills in the early 1930s but was virtually extinct within three decades. Yet Forman - who was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band and has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson and Barney Kessel - is an in-demand staple at international festivals and jazz clubs.
July 3, 2004
Mark R. Madler With a 13-hour flight to Australia ahead of her this Friday, Michelle Shirtcliff admits to feeling nervous. "I've never gone on an international flight by myself," said Michelle, who starts sixth grade at John Muir Middle School in the fall. Michelle, 11, will spend two- and-a-half weeks traveling Down Under as a representative of the United States with People to People, a nonprofit group promoting world peace through international trips by elemen- tary and high school students.