July 1, 2009
Fitting time for a Fourth of July “This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and prosper.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933 It is not going to be easy to forget the 233rd birthday of America in the year 2009! America is sick. She will only regain her health when all of us, together, decide she should, because this is not 1933.
September 24, 2010
At a time when teacher performance has come under greater scrutiny and unions have become entrenched in district budget battles, it may be easy to forget that in the midst of it all, there are educators who continue to perform admirably. Meet Melissa Ann Pamperin, a fifth-grade teacher at Miller Elementary School who was chosen this year as Burbank Unified's teacher of the year. It was her attention to the individual student that her peers say makes her stand out. Arriving on days off to have one-on-one meetings with students, leaving personal handwritten notes in desks with words of encouragement — or condolences when a family pet dies — these are the hallmarks of an educator who takes her role in these young lives seriously.
January 16, 2002
Senior can relate to dilemma Jonathan Rosales, 17, of Glendale is a senior at Hoover High School and writes for the Tornado Times, the school newspaper. As a senior going through the harrowing college applications process, I sympathized with the plight of Shaun Brumder (Colin Hanks) in "Orange County." I felt his pain when he discovered his counselor had sent the wrong transcript to Stanford, and I cheered him on in his quest to get accepted.
October 17, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Local legislators are doing what they can to recognize the contribution women make to the field of local business. "More and more women are entering business, and we wanted to encourage the entrepreneurship and ingenuity and hard work that women do in business," state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) said. So Scott, Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) and Assemblywoman Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) are hosting a luncheon Thursday at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club to honor the 21 local businesswomen selected.
May 14, 2013
There's really no surprise that revenues are down at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport. I am an infrequent flier, and have utilized the Burbank airport for nearly 45 years. I recall the days when you could fly to most every major city out of Burbank Airport, non-stop. Now you must pay the same short-term parking rate as at Los Angeles International Airport, $31 per day. No wonder parking revenues are down. And you can no longer fly to many U.S. cities non-stop from Burbank. In fact, there are very few places you can get to non-stop.
June 19, 2004
James Petrillo Reaffirming the transcendent possibilities of theater, the Colony Theatre Company's opening production of the 2004-05 season will take you on an amazing journey without ever leaving your chair. And chairs, by the way, are used to spectacular effect in Mark Brown's wonderfully realized adaptation of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." While film versions of the classic tale feature a hot-air balloon, this incarnation sticks closer to Verne's original story of boats, trains and human ingenuity.
October 8, 2003
Ryan Carter Growing up in an economically depressed part of Virginia, Gregg Davidson took jobs hanging drapes, painting fences and installing carpets to make ends meet. Eventually, his mechanical ingenuity and penchant for fixing things led to a job at Lockheed, a college education in construction management and a job as foreman. All the while, Davidson was a hobbyist who loved working with models and what he called "gizmos." Little did he know that a trip to Virginia, a reunion with a high school sweetheart and his interest in radio-controlled cars, trucks and airplanes would lead to Gizmo's, his Burbank-based business.
September 17, 2010
The lawsuit filed against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union highlights what most people already know: Public education is no free ride. Fees for band uniforms and sports tournaments have long been in place, but over the years, they have spread to more and more aspects of school life — lab materials, supplemental books, rentals, field trips and extracurricular activities. It's no coincidence that these fees have propagated to fill the void left behind by the receding waters of state education funding.
April 19, 2006
Proving yet again its expertise with classical theater pieces, the Glendale-based theater company's A Noise Within presents a lusciously appointed and expertly performed production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Theater company co-founder Geoff Elliott directs this mystical tale of a usurped-ruler-turned-sorcerer, his daughter, a shipwrecked group of royals and even monsters and spirits, with ingenuity and clarity. Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, dethroned by his brother Antonio, lives out his days perfecting his supernatural prowess.