July 3, 2009
In the Walt Disney classic “Dumbo,” storks deliver the babies. Outside the maternity ward at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, across the street from Disney headquarters, a duck delivers the ducks. Last year, Momma Duck gave birth to 12 ducklings that were promptly removed by animal control. She came back in May, dropping nine eggs into a third-floor terrace planter and returning to the balcony overlooking the labor and delivery waiting room with the whole clan.
July 30, 2005
Robert Chacon The Glendale Kiwanis Club is hoping to make a big splash with its newest fundraiser. The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash is coming to town Sept. 10, but those who wish to participate have to first adopt one or more of the thousands of faux-feathered aquatic fowl that will be featured in the event. "Adoption papers" for the rubber duckies, which will be raced around "Lake Glendale," are available at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Central Library and Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce.
April 10, 2002
Molly Shore HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Burbank resident Gene Cripe and his friend, Jim Whiteley, are getting their ducks in a row. Hundreds of them. The two woodcarvers are preparing for the First Christian Church's Spring Faire on Saturday. At the fair, they will hand out free basswood ducks and birds to children, and will provide them with sandpaper to finish the carvings. "The idea is to have the sawdust fly," said Whiteley, who lives in Sierra Madre.
July 11, 2009
Van Nuys getting on board with Burbank The Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council this week voted 11 to 4 on a resolution urging Burbank and Los Angeles to work together on noise issues at their airports. Bob Hope Airport has submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Administration for a curfew to curb all flights between 10 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. The FAA is expected to decide by November. The decision Tuesday appears to signal a thaw in the relationship between Burbank and Van Nuys officials.
September 6, 2006
Duck season starts on Friday — but don't dust off that shotgun. On Friday the Kiwanis Club of Glendale is hosting its second annual Incredible Duck Splash fundraiser, where entrants adopt rubber ducks to participate in a race on Oct. 21. This year, the club hopes to raise $200,000 from the event. The official opening of the "2006 Duck Season" will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the fountain of the Glendale City Center Plaza on Brand Boulevard. At the event, people can adopt ducks, listen to presentations and participate in the raffle.
May 10, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- What went around during the primary is coming around for the general election in the Rogan-Schiff congressional race. It was state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) who accused U.S. Rep. James Rogan (R-Burbank) of ducking debates before the March 7 primary. Now, the Rogan camp claims Schiff is doing the same thing. A press release sent out by the Rogan Campaign Committee Thursday claims Schiff has declined two local invitations to debate the congressman because he is scared to face his opponent.
May 1, 2002
Jose Ruiz, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- A Noise Within, Glendale's classical theater company, continues its record of excellence with Henrik Ibsen's classic masterpiece, "The Wild Duck." It is elegantly staged, eloquently acted and imaginatively directed. This literate study of character, morality and dignity, rifewith comedic inferences, shows a society and a time when honor and respect had a different meaning and when the line between the well-to-do and the average populace was very definitely etched and almost never crossed.
August 2, 2013
Motherhood. It can be draining even for the most prepared. But for one mallard duck, it almost took her life. Fortunately, her unlucky turn occurred at a hospital - Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, to be exact. For the past five years, ducks have used the koi pond at the hospital as a creche, but in March, this mallard - dubbed "Emilie" for Emilie Gamelin, founder of the Sisters of Providence - was left behind when her 13 ducklings took flight. The mother duck was left so weakened from her arduous term of motherhood that she molted her wing feathers, leaving her flightless - her condition exacerbated by an unhealthy diet of bread products provided by well-meaning visitors.
March 15, 2003
INSIDE/OUT Back when I was engaged to my future ex-wife, she asked me one evening if I would serve as a juror in a mock trial at her law school. The mock trial was part of Melinda's finals, she explained, and 12 students were chosen at random to bring a loved one to serve on the jury. Her performance in the trial would count for a third of her grade. "What kind of case is it?" I asked. "A murder trial!" she said happily. "A death-penalty case!
August 12, 2006
Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra will pay tribute to 50 years of Warner Bros. film scores Sunday at the Starlight Bowl. Scores will include early films like “My Fair Lady” to the more recent ones such as “Superman” and “Harry Potter,” said maestro Steven Kerstein of La Cañada Flintridge. At the top of the list is the bold and sensuous “Bolero,” written by Maurice Ravel as a ballet but used in the movie “10,” starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.