May 1, 2014
After winning its first Liberty League championship in 13 years a year ago, the Pioneers lost two key players, namely All-CIF Southern Section standout Phil Harvey, who graduated. After the team's next-best offensive weapon transferred, even Pioneers Coach Josh Eggleston thought the prospect of his team repeating as league champion was slim at best. But his players kept telling the coach that winning league was something they could do, even if the coach brushed it off. Having to retool the offense and bring up a crop of players from the junior varsity program, Eggleston helped guide the Pioneers in the right direction.
April 8, 2014
Burbank identical twins Erin and Jamie Schonauer have completed a project to collect and organize almost 200 historical photographs into a paperback book that will be released on April 14. “Early Burbank” was published by Arcadia Publishing, a company that works with individuals, historians and historical societies to publish books that preserve the history of local communities through its Images of America series. The authors will give a talk about Burbank's history and sell and sign their book from 2 to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Buena Vista Library.
April 30, 2013
“Harry and Mary Jane Strickland have been a great gift to Burbank,” said Emily Gabel-Luddy, the woman who, barring any unforeseen surprise, will by this afternoon have joined the ranks of 58 other men and women who over the past century have served as the city's mayor. “They have made sure our proud history is a part of our present and, more importantly, our future,” she added. An assemblage of more than 130 people joined Gabel-Ludy in showing their appreciation for the Stricklands' work in establishing the Burbank Historical Society at the Gordon R. Howard Museum this past Saturday evening.
March 26, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday began the process of considering two controversial cases involving whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry: Proposition 8, California's 2008 ban on gay marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which since 1996 has defined marriage for federal purposes as a union between a man and a woman. Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were catapulted onto the national stage when the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would rule on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 , which the pair sued to overturn, along with a lesbian couple.
January 24, 2013
A 78-year-old woman with a history of dementia and paranoia has been reported missing since Jan. 13, Burbank police said. The woman, Mary Yacoubian, was last seen leaving the Burbank Extended Stay Apartments -- located at 2611 W. Olive Ave. -- on the afternoon of Jan. 13, pulling a small rolling suitcase, said Burbank Police Lt. Matthew Ferguson. Yacoubian is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, 120 pounds and has shoulder length, salt-and-pepper colored hair and brown eyes, police said. Yacoubian does not have a cell phone and usually travels via public transportation, according to police.
December 3, 2012
Gary Casella hovered over a 17-foot bundled Christmas tree one recent morning under a large white tent on the Burbank High School soccer field. “This one's going to the city of Burbank,” Casella, 74, said of the 19-year-old tree, one of the first he would deliver this season. Casella's 75-year-old Christmas tree business - founded in 1937 by his father, Paul Casella - has been operating in Burbank for nearly five decades. “I told my dad before he passed I'd get to 75 years,” Casella said of the business.
November 16, 2012
Football coaches Corey Enman and Dan Moore have spent hours breaking down film on opponents this season. In addition, the coaches extensively scout every opponent in detail, spend an exhausting amount of time preparing their players for games and have developed elaborate offensive and defensive schemes. “We have probably watched over 100 hours of film so far this season,” Enman said. “We just try and do what we can to have the kids as prepared for games as possible.” Enman and Moore don't coach at the college level, or even among the high school ranks.
July 3, 2012
A historical bond has developed between the Burbank Historical Society and Story Tavern, a new restaurant opening Tuesday on San Fernando Boulevard. Story Tavern now occupies the historic building at 150 S. San Fernando Blvd., which once housed Story Hardware, owned by Burbank's first mayor Thomas Story, at the time of the city's incorporation in 1911. The Burbank Historical Society has provided 80 historic photographs to decorate the restaurant, said society President Sue Baldaseroni.
June 26, 2012
Native American heritage - especially that of the Verdugo Mountains and the Los Angeles area - was celebrated Sunday at an event in Burbank. The Tongva Nation Dancers from the Gabrielino/Tongva Tribal Council performed. And the Stough Canyon Woodcarvers Show, featuring the Smoky Hollow Woodcarvers, was also part of the event, which was organized by the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. -- Maria Hsin, Times Community News Twitter: @mariahsin
May 12, 2012
The summer heat permeates a New York hotel room, circa 1972. A slim and sexy blond, clad only in a lacy white slip, lifts a languid hand to fan herself as she needles and nags the room's other occupant: playwright Tennessee Williams. In Joe Besecker's poignant and steamy drama, “Tennessee in Summer,” at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” answers the young woman's gibes in kind as he sits at his typewriter, struggling to finish a new play.