August 12, 2000
Erin Park HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Furthering her involvement in the field of special education, Burbank resident Wendy Weichel was appointed by Supervisor Mike Antonovich to the Los Angeles County Developmental Disabilities Board. An assistant professor at Cal State Northridge and Miss Burbank 1996-1997, Weichel will serve on the board for a three-year term. The 17-member board works to eliminate discrimination against people with developmental disabilities and increase public awareness of their rights.
December 20, 2011
A young child in a gold-adorned white robe stood stage right bathed in a spotlight's glaring luminance. “And soon, the wise men came to the manger,” the haloed-tyke proclaimed. Pretty standard Christmas pageant stuff - until the angelic adolescent threw in a kicker: “…along with other assorted characters.” And assorted they were - from the traditional Gospel gathering of Mary, Joseph and a heavenly host of angels, to a Felliniesque flock that included Lady Gaga, Elton John, Abraham Lincoln, Las Vegas show girls, cheerleaders, cowpokes, hula dancers, Cap'n Crunch, Santa Claus, Bing Crosby, Charlie Brown and a “Star Wars” stormtrooper.
September 2, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Let the games begin. After years in which the city's 1,700 players were shouldered out of park space reserved for more traditional American sports, Burbank youth soccer has finally found a permanent nighttime home. Soccer leaders joined city officials Thursday evening during a kickoff ceremony for the city's first lighted field. Unlike other lighted fields, the new field at Providencia Elementary School won't also be used for baseball or football.
June 16, 2007
Mothers get all the hype. Sure, they bear us, nurture us and patch up our skinned knees. But it is often the fathers who are the support systems that make all that possible. They take care of our mothers while they carry us. They provide support and caring. They get stuck with the unpleasant job of pulling out the splinters before Mom can kiss the mark left behind. Every family is different. But mothers seem to, rightfully, get touted all the time, while fathers get an occasional pat on the back.
March 5, 2008
STATE BUDGET REBUKE The board is slated to consider a resolution rebuking the 2008-09 state budget proposal, which addresses a shortfall of $14.5 billion, in part, with spending cuts in kindergarten through 12th-grade public education. The proposed budget is slated to either reduce or suspend Proposition 98 funds for schools, which could mean statewide teacher layoffs and increases in class size. In that last several years, the Burbank Unified School District has already incurred cuts of more than $7 million, which officials say obstruct their efforts to ensure up-to-date textbooks, ongoing teacher training and small class sizes.
September 30, 2006
If you like films about football and underdogs, run a quick slant to the theater and see "Invincible." Cheerleaders and band members should skip this sports flick and stay home and practice. In 1976, Vince Papale went to an open tryout for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and, against all odds, he made the team. Mark Wahlberg stars as Papale. "Invincible" is based on Papale's real-life inspirational story from bartender to professional football player. Papale's life is well documented and he is a legend in South Philadelphia.
September 12, 2001
There's nothing quite like the glitz and glamour that is high school football in the local area. The fields filled with potholes and occasional patches of grass surrounded by dirt. The stands packed with a few hundred -- except in some settings, where that number drops to double digits, if that -- avid and enthusiastic supporters. The cheerleaders yelling the same two or three cheers, over and over and over again -- yet doing it with passion, even when their team is on offense and they're chanting "DE-FENSE."
September 24, 2005
Shell casings carpet the ground in "Lord of War." Stacks of U.S. dollars fill suitcases. Bodies are left behind. Fired in a frenzy normally reserved for Xbox afternoons, bullets are but one item in the lethal inventory of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage): the dollars are the profit and bodies the loss. "Lord of War" is an episodic journey through 20 years of Yuri's life as a mega-successful, and highly illegal, international arms dealer. The story opens in New York where Yuri is one of many Russian immigrants dreaming of vast American riches.
November 20, 1999
HOMETOWN Burbank is a city, but it feels like a town Saying hello to people is going around Not much crime or gangs in the streets People helping neighbors stand on their feet The Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA Open after school so our kids can play A lot more to this than meets the eye Hardworking people to make it all fly The City Council is taking our calls While business is booming at...
April 12, 2000
Amy Dominguez GLENDALE -- Glendale Community College's "Grease" is fun for the whole family. The music is great, the costumes are festive and the tale is a classic boy-meets-girl love story. The setting is 1959 at Rydell High School. The production is much the same as the classic John Travolta-Olivia Newton John movie. You have the Pink Ladies, the guys in black leather jackets (they're called the Burger Palace Boys), the cheerleaders and The DJ's.