October 2, 2009
From the time our parents celebrate our first year on the planet on through our liberating 21st year, birthdays are important milestones to be looked forward to and celebrated. From then on, our birthdays sort of come and go without much mention of age until, if we’re lucky, we get to a point in our lives when we once again start proudly announcing the year we are celebrating. On Saturday legendary Burbank resident Mary Alice O’Connor Mary Alice O’Connor proudly celebrated her 93rd birthday with an afternoon tea for family and friends.
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.
August 9, 2000
Erin Park MEDIA CITY CENTER -- "No hands, dear. Just your eyeball." So goes the genial but firm direction from Mike Kendall, who promises a view of what astronauts see one hour before they land on the moon -- as long as you don't touch the telescope and tip it out of focus. As a Sidewalk Astronomer of five years, Kendall has been bringing his telescope to bustling corners around Los Angeles to give passersby a glimpse into our solar system. Kendall, who has lived in Burbank for 25 years, said he does it because wants to educate children and introduce them to the wonders of the universe.
January 16, 2002
Laura Sturza HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Performing as Abraham Lincoln for more than 11 years hasn't slowed John Kendall's enthusiasm for bringing the former president to life for children. Kendall will portray Lincoln Thursday at the Central Library, as he did two years ago. "He did a good job of explaining history in an exciting way, and he bears an uncanny resemblance to Abraham Lincoln," Children's Librarian Ericka Carr said. During the show, the actor stresses the way Lincoln overcame opposition and worked with diverse people to preserve the Union, Kendall said.
February 14, 2004
Gary Moskowitz As John Kendall portrayed Abraham Lincoln for about 1,000 students from area schools Thursday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, he had one goal in mind -- to show students that Lincoln is more than just "a somber face" on the penny. Kendall was one of three actors to participate in "A Visit with Great Presidents" in the Liberty Hall auditorium at Forest Lawn. Grant Owens portrayed George Washington and Debbie McIntosh played Betsy Ross during the event.
June 16, 2001
Burbank Leader publisher Judee Kendall and editor John Francis have left the paper as part of a round of early retirements and layoffs throughout the Leader's parent company, Tribune Co. Kendall, publisher of the Leader and its sister papers, the Glendale News-Press and the Foothill Leader, accepted an early retirement package offered by the company. She had been publisher since 1990. Her last day was Friday. Kendall said she was leaving the company with "mixed feelings.
October 25, 2011
Kendall Walbrecht of La Cañada Flintridge and a member of Girl Scout Troop 5921 established a weeklong volleyball clinic for the children of the Burbank Boys and Girls Club as part of her Gold Award project. Walbrecht raised funds by receiving donations from friends and La Cañada Flintridge Girl Scout troops, and holding a fundraiser at New Moon restaurant in Montrose. With the $1,400 she raised, Walbrecht purchased two outdoor tables for the Boys and Girls Club, donated sports equipment and taught children the importance of eating healthy and keeping active.
February 9, 2000
BURBANK -- Burbank Leader Editor Timothy Hughes has accepted a job on the city desk at the Ventura County Edition of The Los Angeles Times. His last day at the Leader will be Feb. 18. In his place, the Leader has promoted Managing Editor John Francis to editor. Times Community News Senior Editor Michael Hart will work out of the Glendale News-Press office in an oversight role for Times Community News' North Los Angeles County region, which includes the Glendale News-Press, the Burbank Leader, the Foothill Leader, the Pasadena Weekly and the San Gabriel Weekly.
January 14, 2004
Cirillo could have been on team with Sanchez If a proposed trade would have gone through, two players from Burbank-area high schools might have been playing for the same major league baseball team. The Pittsburgh Pirates were trying to complete a trade that would have sent catcher Jason Kendall to the Padres for third baseman Jeff Cirillo and catcher Ramon Hernandez. Cirillo -- a third baseman and 10-year veteran -- was a star at Providence High in the 1980s before moving on to a successful collegiate career as a pitcher at USC. However, the proposed trade looks to have fallen through.