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By Joyce Rudolph | March 23, 2012
Helena David of Burbank has been picking fruit and donating it to the needy for more than a year. This week, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) picked her for a special state recognition. David was selected as the 43rd Assembly District's “Woman of the Year.” She will be honored with other state recipients at a daylong celebration in Sacramento on Monday. David started a campaign in January 2011 to pick fruit from private yards with her husband, Scott, and deliver it to local food pantries, schools and homeless shelters.
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By Lauren Hilgers | March 11, 2006
Leaning forward in their seats, the students in Crystal Witzlib's seventh-grade science class took care to look closely at their computer screens on Wednesday. The bulging red eyes of a fruit fly stared back. The John Muir Middle School students took a tally of traits: eyes or no eyes, red or yellow body, large or small wings. And with a click of the mouse, the fruit fly's fate was sealed. "You pick the flies, then they go in a jar and then they ? mate," said a giggling 12-year-old Cynthia Hartounian.
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By Liana Aghajanian | October 14, 2009
As cars whizzed by on a crisp, early Sunday morning on Buena Vista Street, Marie Boswell shuffled a ladder and boxes to the backyard of Burbank resident Allison Bluestein before sticking a sign on the front lawn that read “Fruit being picked by Food Forward. This all-volunteer grass-roots organization gleans fruit off trees on properties and donates 100% of the bounty to food pantries in an effort to fight urban hunger, said Boswell, one of the fruit picking coordinators.
THE818NOW
October 2, 2012
State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern California since the invasive flies turned up in Pasadena in 2010. Slightly larger than a housefly and marked by a black "T" on its yellow abdomen, the fly is typically found in Hawaii and Micronesia. It poses a threat to scores of fruits and vegetables here, including dates, avocados, tomatoes and peppers.
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By June Casagrande | June 13, 2007
I could care less about apricots. That's because of the apricot tree in my back yard. Contrary to popular belief, owning a fruit tree does not mean owning its fruit. No, at my house the apricots belong to the squirrels. For several weeks every year, my backyard is littered with rotting apricots or, I should say, rotting half-apricots. Apparently, the darling little rodents hold them in their front paws, eat half, and then chuck half of them on the ground rather than figure out how to eat around the pit. No worries.
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By Rachel Kane | March 24, 2007
Fast, healthy foods were on the menu at Bret Harte Elementary School Friday morning. "Apples and carrots," mother and PTA member Karen Wrobel shouted. "They're cold and yummy! Come on!" Crowds of children went sprinting toward the baskets of produce wearing their summer shorts and lunch break smiles. It was the end of Healthy Harte's Nutrition Week at the school and students as well as administrators from the state and district level were celebrating good eating and exercise habits on campus.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | July 5, 2008
If asked what your spiritual gift is, what would your answer be? Do you know instantly that your gift is hospitality and that you enjoy entertaining in your home? Do you have a passion for prayer and find yourself often thinking of and praying for others throughout your day? Have you been gifted to lead in different settings? Do you enjoy teaching others and find pleasure in their enthusiasm? Most of us know what we take pleasure in doing, and quite often that is what we are gifted in. When we are Christians, we are to use those gifts to build up others in the body of Christ.
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By Chris WiebeThe Leader | March 12, 2008
At William McKinley Elementary Wednesday, Stefania Batista, 7, and Janette Salcedo, 7, walked toward the school’s outdoor lunch tables with a little something special on their trays. “I wanted to get lemons, so I can make lemonade,” Janette said. “My favorite is peaches,” Stefania said. An enhanced assortment of fruit and vegetable choices was offered at Burbank’s 11 elementary schools this week during the “A to Z Salad Bar” program, held to recognize National Nutrition month, said Ralph Peschek, consulting director of food services for the Burbank Unified School District.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Lilit Vardanyan doesn't have to look far for inspiration. In fact, the Burbank High junior needs to look no further than her family when it comes to encouragement on the tennis court. Vardanyan's uncle is former tennis professional Sargis Sargsian, who won one singles and two doubles titles during his career on the ATP Tour. Sargsian participated in three Summer Olympic Games, in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and reached career-high rankings of No. 38 in singles and No. 33 in doubles in the world during 2004.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 7, 2012
As new federal laws mandate more fruits and vegetables in school lunches, cafeterias in Glendale and Burbank are making adjustments to their menus. The transition, they say, has been fairly smooth. Two years after the Healthy, Hunger-Free Eating Kids Act was passed, some school cafeterias nationwide haven't experienced the level of reform coming this fall in more than a decade. But school district officials in Burbank and Glendale say previous California laws banning fried foods and soda put them ahead of the curve in meeting new federal requirements.
THE818NOW
October 2, 2012
State agricultural officials have declared war on the Oriental fruit fly in the Santa Clarita Valley after five flies were trapped there over two days last month. The action is the first for the Santa Clarita area but is one of several in Southern California since the invasive flies turned up in Pasadena in 2010. Slightly larger than a housefly and marked by a black "T" on its yellow abdomen, the fly is typically found in Hawaii and Micronesia. It poses a threat to scores of fruits and vegetables here, including dates, avocados, tomatoes and peppers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | March 23, 2012
Helena David of Burbank has been picking fruit and donating it to the needy for more than a year. This week, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) picked her for a special state recognition. David was selected as the 43rd Assembly District's “Woman of the Year.” She will be honored with other state recipients at a daylong celebration in Sacramento on Monday. David started a campaign in January 2011 to pick fruit from private yards with her husband, Scott, and deliver it to local food pantries, schools and homeless shelters.
NEWS
January 3, 2012
Burbank resident Helena David is nearing her goal to pick 100,000 pieces of fruit by the end of January. Throughout the year, she has been coordinating a donation project in which she and her teams pick fruit from trees in the yards of people from Burbank, Glendale and throughout Los Angeles and then takes them to nonprofit organizations that assist the homeless and needy. Helena, along with her husband Scott and two neighbors, delivered 4,199 lemons, oranges and avocados to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry on Dec. 23. That brings her grand total for the year to 84,801, she said.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
This is the second in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools over the past school year. This installment is Burroughs High: Records were broken, long standing droughts were erased, state competition was realized and league championships were won. All in all, it was a banner 2010-11 campaign for a group of Indian teams and individuals. In fact, the school enjoyed one of its most fruitful school years in decades. Fine individual performances and deep playoff runs highlighted the year.
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By Liana Aghajanian | October 14, 2009
As cars whizzed by on a crisp, early Sunday morning on Buena Vista Street, Marie Boswell shuffled a ladder and boxes to the backyard of Burbank resident Allison Bluestein before sticking a sign on the front lawn that read “Fruit being picked by Food Forward. This all-volunteer grass-roots organization gleans fruit off trees on properties and donates 100% of the bounty to food pantries in an effort to fight urban hunger, said Boswell, one of the fruit picking coordinators.
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By Kimberlie Zakarian | July 11, 2009
How do we live our lives? Do we go through the motions and allow ourselves to be blown to and fro by the circumstances we encounter? Or do we strive to call upon God for assistance when life gets tough? Honestly, I have been on both sides of this fence. Since accepting Jesus as an adult, I thankfully have been able to seek his face and call upon him in many of my times of need. But truthfully, there have been times when life got so hectic and painful that I have been overcome by stress and just gone through the motions.
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By June Casagrande | July 1, 2009
In 2004, my husband-to-be and I bought a cute yellow house on a decent-sized lot with our very own apricot tree and then proudly declared ourselves homeowners. How naïve we were. Having lived most of my life in apartments, I suppose I can be forgiven my gullibility. Like the starry-eyed entrepreneur opening up a shop smack in the middle of Tony Soprano?s turf, I had no idea that we were putting ourselves at the mercy of thugs. Sure, our names are on the paperwork. But now we know that this little piece of land isn?
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