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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?