November 12, 2008
In his Nov. 5 Community Commentary about the Chandler Bikeway (“Bike speed limit not required”), John Gaskill makes a number of assertions, most of which are wrong. Instead of a long fact-versus-fiction list, I’ll say this: The Chandler Bikeway is a dangerous place. Its very design and creation guaranteed that. There are two primary reasons: One, it invites and encourages a diverse and concentrated group of users, some of whom are traveling much faster than the others, and this creates an inevitable intermixing and colliding of the groups.
April 17, 2013
In a gadgeted world in which folks garner the majority of their information and entertainment digitally, Liz Donatelli prefers to spend her time of learning and leisure cradling printed and bound paper. "I'm a book-lover," says Donatelli, the founder and host of Book'd in Burbank, a bookish social gathering that treats lovers of books to evenings of author readings and literary-themed entertainment. "This is a real passion for me. I've hosted a book club for the past three years, I love authors, and I've always wanted to do something like this for the literary community in Burbank and the valley.
November 27, 2004
Jacqui Brown A local eldercare company, along with area retailers and eldercare agencies, is hoping to bring joy into the lives of area seniors with a visit from Santa this holiday season. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, one of the nation's largest providers of non-medical home care and companionship for the elderly, has teamed with In Care Foundation, Burbank Healthcare, Alameda Care Center, Verdugo Valley Convalescent Hospital, Burbank Unified School District, Kmart and Sav-On Drugs to provide presents to seniors who might otherwise be overlooked.
May 11, 2002
Maya Kukes RANCHO DISTRICT -- By the time Diedra Williams' son Walker was a year old, she knew something was wrong. After a series of fruitless doctor visits, Walker was diagnosed as being autistic. Williams connected with the United Autism Alliance and now, at 4, Walker is speaking, smiling and shows affection for his parents. "It's been a hard fight," Williams said. Autism is a lifelong neurological disability, usually diagnosed before children enter elementary school.
January 2, 2002
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- The school board recently got a crash course in its own special education program as leaders spelled out current tactics designed to meet the needs of Burbank children with learning disabilities. A meeting that lasted more than three hours just scratched the surface of special education, educators said. The district's program serves 1,619 students with 270 employees and a budget of more than $14 million in federal, state and district funds.
February 12, 2013
Whether generated by poets, politicians, priests or plebeians, through the course of history few things have moved the human soul and spirit like the written word - an acknowledgment made by author Edward Bulwer-Lytton via his character Cardinal Richelieu, who said: "The pen is mightier than the sword. " One of the bazillion bits of evidence that stands as a testament to the power of the written word comes from the first line of the English poet Jenny Joseph's "Warning," in which she writes: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. " Inspired by Joseph's poem, Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, encouraged by a handful of friends, established the Red Hat Society in the late-1990s.
September 17, 2003
Editor's note: The following is a sampling of letters submitted to the Leader by students at John Burroughs High School in response to a Sept. 10 story about the school's cell phone policy. Students are presently prohibited from using cell phones during school hours, but Tim Brehm, a Burroughs photography instructor, has asked the Board of Education to change the policy to allow students to use their phones during nutrition and lunch breaks. Students less defiant with a new phone policy This is a ridiculous policy.
October 2, 2009
The 2009-10 theater season at Glendale Community College includes one-act plays, a Tennessee Williams drama, a musical in the spring and a play translated from Spanish. The season opens with “The Durang Menagerie,” an evening of one-acts by Christopher Durang and directed by Larry Biederman. The four one-acts are “Mrs. Sorken,” “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” “The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Desire, Desire, Desire.” Two of the one-acts, “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “Desire, Desire, Desire,” are parodies of Tennessee Williams’ plays.