May 8, 2000
Three minutes is enough It was with some amusement that I read the article, "Council three-minute plan decried" (April 29). It seems that some of my neighbors think that they cannot communicate their concern on an agenda item in three minutes, as though five minutes is a sacred period. Let's put aside, for the moment, my own complaint that the public comments period has intruded upon my right to watch the city council meetings on TV because I need to get up early and go to work.
January 14, 2009
An exhibition of historical coins, bronze and marble sculptures and paintings has just opened at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. The unifying element of these American and European artists’ works is that this eclectic mix is part of the Forest Lawn permanent collection, said Joan Adan, exhibit designer and curator. “It’s showcasing Forest Lawn’s fine art in its paintings, sculpture, and ancient and world coins,” she said. James Eaton, father of Forest Lawn founder Hubert Eaton, collected the items, Adan said.
October 31, 2009
When Wayne Peter Liebman set out to write “Better Angels,” he intended to show the soulful side of Abraham Lincoln, otherwise now known as the “man on the penny.” With brilliant narration, an engaging story and a standing ovation to boot, the West Coast premiere of “Better Angels” at the Colony Theatre managed to do just that, by humanizing and bringing depth to the iconic stovepipe-hat-wearing Abe. Directed by Dan Bonnell and starring James Read as Lincoln, David Dean Bottrell as Lincoln’s secretary, John Hay, and McKerrin Kelly as the feisty Mrs. Harvey, “Better Angels” tells the story of the visits in 1863 between Lincoln and Harvey as she persuades him to establish a hospital in Wisconsin to benefit wounded soldiers who are otherwise dying in the midst of the Civil War. Based on historic records and found text, “Better Angels” tells the tale of Harvey, a strong woman with fiery red hair who is quite persistent and butts heads with the tall, scruffy and easily amused Lincoln.
February 7, 2004
Jackie Conley Abraham Lincoln's face stepped off the penny and into full color for students at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School on Friday. Wearing a bow tie, top hat and sporting a real beard, impersonator John Kendall presented a history lesson dressed as the nation's 16th president. "I knew if I didn't grow a real beard, it would be the one thing they would remember is a phony one," Kendall said. More than 300 children attended the school's first Lincoln Assembly, during which Kendall spouted out facts about Lincoln.
September 14, 2002
Molly Shore The school year had barely begun when Burbank students and educators assembled in their schools throughout the district to pay tribute to the people who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Three poignant words, "God Bless America," appeared on the Memorial Field scoreboard Wednesday at John Burroughs High School while the American flag flew at half-staff. Students filed onto the field and took their seats in the bleachers. Senior Manny Silva said that even though the occasion was a sad one, it was important to be there to honor the people who lost their lives.
February 17, 2007
A man in a white, colonial wig stood in the hallway at Bret Harte Elementary School with his hands clasped behind him. He stood in white stockings and a frilly collar as a small, blond girl came toward him asked who he was. "I'm George Washington," he said, his words echoing off the walls. "I was the first president of the United States. I was born in 1732." In another classroom, Thomas Jefferson talked to children about his life and the work he did on the Declaration of Independence.
May 26, 2011
While Memorial Day is meant to honor the nation's fallen military heroes, Burbank's ceremony Monday will also recognize local sons and daughters who have made it home safely from their time in the service. Four Burbank residents completed their tours of duty in the last year and will be recognized: Air Force Master Sgt. David Bigbee; Marine Cpl. Lindsey Davenport, Navy Fireman Steven Moss and Navy Chief Petty Officer Timothy Williams. The ceremony, which takes place at 11 a.m. at the McCambridge Park War Memorial, includes familiar features.
May 29, 2004
Ira Joe Davis Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by thanking the leadership of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for allowing me to participate in your Memorial Day ceremonies. Memorial Day has a special significance to me, and I am truly honored to be with you today. When I accepted your invitation to speak, I was presented with a dilemma. You see, I received several "canned" speeches to choose from for today's message.
May 16, 2009
President Obama decided to end the National Day of Prayer event at the White House, which for years was a staple for President George W. Bush, disappointing evangelicals and other religious groups who saw it as an important endorsement of the role of religion in guiding a nation. What message do you think rescinding the event sends? And what role, then, should the president and other government leaders play in promoting faith-based messages? In the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln “highly” resolved that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.