August 9, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- As the Democratic National Convention nears, Burbank law enforcement officials are engaging in drills and classes designed to prepare personnel for whatever may come their next week. Though the details of the preparations are being kept confidential, officials were quick to point out the unlikelihood of trouble in the city during the Aug. 14 through 17 convention. "We have to preserve the standard situation in Burbank," Emergency Services Coordinator Rich Baenen said.
August 23, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LOS ANGELES -- Democratic Party officials say they are ready to regain control of the House of Representatives from Republicans in November, and are confident state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is among those who will help them win the few seats they need to do so. Schiff has a good chance of taking the 27th Congressional District seat away from Rep. James Rogan (R-Burbank), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders told reporters during a news conference at Staples Center during the Democratic National Convention.
January 8, 2000
Irma Lemus RANCHO DISTRICT -- Natalie Ghapgharian held her pink skating tote bag in one hand and a camera in the other as she nervously waited for the chance to meet her figure skating idols. The Glendale 11-year-old was one of many anxious children at Burbank's Pickwick Ice Skating Center on Thursday, all of them eager to meet the internationally known skaters of the Target Stars On Ice Tour. In the end, the children were not disappointed. Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Ilia Kulik and Ekaterina Gordeeva made an appearance at the ice skating rink to promote a series of figure skating shows in the Los Angeles area next week.
May 6, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- For Planning Board member Greg Jackson, the million-dollar question about the Burbank Empire Center has been answered. Though it has been dogged by community concerns about environmental contamination at the planned location -- a longtime airport manufacturing assembly line for Lockheed Martin Corp. -- Jackson said the $200-million retail and hotel development poses no health risks. "I think the toxic issues were explained very well," Jackson said after hearing from numerous consultants during Monday's nearly six-hour Planning Board meeting.
September 4, 2002
Molly Shore The Burroughs High School basketball teams should be inspired to win all their home games when they play in their new gymnasium. The state-of-the-art facility, boasting a two-court system, closed-circuit TV in the lobby and a mezzanine large enough for volleyball games, has been dubbed a "mini Staples Center," said Ali Kiafar, the school district's chief facilities and development superintendent. The gym is part of the $25 million Phase I of the school's new buildings completed in 14 months.
September 25, 2002
Katherine Tolford Classical characters of fiction such as Alice, Jane Eyre, Peter Pan and Wendy will leave the pages of their storybook worlds as they are brought to life in a special California Artists Radio Theatre production Saturday at the Glendale Public Library. Well-known film, television and theater actors such as Samantha Eggar and William Windom will read excerpts from CART's radio productions of such beloved literary staples as "Treasure Island," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Peter and Wendy," "Jane Eyre," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and James Joyce's "The Dubliners."
March 2, 2002
I always enjoy reading Will Rogers' column. I may not always agree with him, but he never fails to bring my attention to some of the trivial if not important problems in Burbank. His latest one about school fund-raising and the "Mr. Weepul" scam really hit home for me. I'm not sure exactly what happened to our schools in the past 30 years, but they apparently are now scrounging for whatever scraps they can get to survive. I personally do not like the idea of kids going door to door selling things, all in the name of fund-raising.
January 6, 2007
Area artistic students given recognition Union Bank of California, N.A. recently announced that five students from John Marshall High School were selected as winners in its fifth annual Young Artist Contest sponsored by Staples. Two students were from the local area. Jon Rosario , 18, from Burbank, won first place in the 16-to-18 age group. Rosario will receive $1,000 as the prize. John Marshall High School will also receive $1,000 from Union Bank. Glendale resident Gabriel Yeganyan , 16, was selected as a second-place winner in the 16-to-18 age group and will receive $500 as the prize.
August 16, 2006
For Klaus Fritsch, veteran chef and co-founder of Arnie Morton's Steakhouse, the question "How did you make this?" is just part of the job. So to accommodate curious food lovers and would-be chefs, Fritsch compiled more than 100 recipes in "Morton's Steak Bible," which was unveiled at Morton's in Burbank on last week, as a part of his book-signing tour. "I'd given away so many recipes, but people would always want more," Fritsch said with a friendly grin. "So I might as well give them a damn book."
September 23, 2006
Copy paper is at the top of the school supply wish list for teachers. As a means of alleviating the high cost of buying paper, Burbank Priority in Education, a nonprofit foundation of parents, teachers and community members, is asking parents to lend a helping hand. During Back to School Night, parents are asked to donate a ream of paper to "Realize a Dream, Bring a Ream," the organization's annual paper drive. A $3 donation is also accepted in lieu of paper. "Our goal is to provide funding for the over $140,000 a year the district spends on copy paper," said Linda Walmsley, a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School.