December 8, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Four more schools in the district will start getting face lifts this year. Joaquin Miller, Robert Louis Stevenson and Walt Disney elementary schools and John Muir Middle School are slated for a $22-million modernization and expansion project, some of which should be completed as early as fall 2002. Ali Kiafar, chief facilities and development superintendent, said the project will include the replacement of all utility lines, installation of air conditioning, addition of new windows, ceilings, office and library remodeling, new lights, flooring, media cabinets and new public announcement and fire alarm systems.
September 15, 2007
A 17-year-old New Jersey high school student, Matthew LaClair, was honored recently with the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s “Ethical Humanist Award” for blowing the whistle on a public school history teacher who reportedly claimed that dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark and that people who did not believe Jesus suffered and died for their sins would go to hell. Going public about what the teacher said was an extraordinary act of moral courage, the chairwoman of the nonprofit organization said.
December 14, 2002
As a member of the Bond Oversight Committee, it is my pleasure to spotlight the modernization that was done at Bret Harte Elementary School. I chose to write about Harte, a school that is near and dear to my heart (no pun intended), because both my sons attended this school and I served as PTA president there for two years. For those of you unfamiliar with Harte, the school boasts an attendance of more than 700. Even prior to modernization, it was a school that always had a lot going on, with academic and extracurricular activities abounding.
February 3, 2010
With “Avatar” now the highest-grossing film of all time, and with a best picture Oscar nomination added to its list of accolades Tuesday, the film stands to be one of the most successful franchises so far this year. At the center of it all is Burbank-based Modern VideoFilm Inc., which also has offices in Glendale. “Avatar” is considered one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the company, as it was Modern VideoFilm that acted as the central hub through which all of the visual effects and live-action shots were gathered.
February 4, 2009
Brand Library’s Dance Series is all about modern dance education. The series introduces a new audience to this abstract form of movement and gives modern-dance lovers a look at what’s new, program coordinator Hilary Thomas said. It also provides an opportunity for dialogue with the choreographers, she added. “It really helps the audience, especially those not familiar with modern dance, to have a more complete understanding of what they are watching,” Thomas said.
February 9, 2002
Sandra Kraisirideja, Weekend GLENDALE -- Choreographer Donna Sternberg knows modern dance is hard to understand. "Most people know nothing about modern dance, how it evolves from inspiration to a finished piece," she said. "I want to demystify the choreography process." By explaining how modern dance is created, Sternberg, who lives in Santa Monica, said she hopes people will want to see more. She will perform with her company of dancers in the 2002 Dance Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Brand Library Galleries.
September 16, 2012
If you've ever been put off by a job interview that was intimidating, demeaning or just plain strange, be thankful you weren't among the candidates for a job at Burnham & Burnham, the fictional Fortune 500 company in “The Grönholm Method,” Catalan playwright Jordi Galcerán Ferrar's expectation-defying comedy at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. An American premiere, with translation by playwrights Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St. Germain, this fierce satire of today's brand of corporate whip-cracking begins with a simple premise: In the tastefully monochromatic conference room of Burnham & Burnham's Wall Street headquarters, three men and one woman are awaiting their fourth interview for a high-level executive job. Or are they?
March 22, 2008
The Vatican has reportedly updated its traditional seven deadly sins. New sins include those that the church says are becoming more prevalent in an era of “unstoppable globalization.” Drug pushers, the obscenely wealthy and “manipulative” scientists are reportedly among those included who are at risk of damnation. New mortal sins also include abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice. In updating the list of mortal sins, Pope Benedict said that people are losing a “notion of sin,” and without confessing them, we risk losing our “spiritual rhythm.
July 14, 2001
Paul Andersen, Weekend BURBANK -- When the members of Hiroshima take the stage Sunday night at Burbank's Starlight Bowl, they will be pushing one of their own gingerly into the spotlight. Instead of focusing on their most recent CD, the new music played during the concert will come from the group's kotoist, June Kuramoto, who will release her first solo CD, "Spirit and Soul," later this year. "We're trying to get her to go out with her own band," said Dan Kuramoto, Hiroshima's leader, who plays multiple instruments.