October 2, 2009
Sidewalk Studio Theatre’s production of “The Crossing” exemplifies why “black box” theater can offer the best of live drama, starting with a funny, precise performance by author-actress Rachel Ogilvy. She is so nuanced, so pitch-perfect, you can believe the voices of all the different characters she plays while quietly discovering the inner integrity and suffocating sadness of Rose, our narrator. Add to it an Equity-waiver venue that is so intimate, you can see an actor’s pupils dilate in orchestration with the action’s intensity.
March 7, 2009
BURBANK — Candidates for City Council are fast discovering that the biggest bank account doesn’t necessarily guarantee a top-three finish. Incumbents Dave Golonski and David Gordon, along with newcomer Jess Talamantes, garnered the most votes in the Feb. 24 primary. But their campaign funds did not reflect their standing among voters. Mayor Golonski, who led all candidates with 4,895 votes, had the lowest cash-ending balance of the six remaining contenders — $507 as of Feb 18. Garen Yegparian, who finished sixth with 2,010 votes, had the most in his coffers with $23,235.
September 23, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- For Burbank High School substitute teacher Brenda Smith it's a question of fairness. Her 11-year-old daughter, Aria, just wants to be with her friends. Frustrated at not being able to enroll her children in Burbank schools, Smith is calling attention to a district policy that she says discriminates against part-time teachers. The 48-year-old special education instructor and single mother can't enroll her two children, Aria and Christopher Britt, 16, in Burbank schools because she is not a permanent employee or city resident.
December 11, 1999
Joyce Rudolph Volunteers are needed to help deliver holiday baskets filled with gift certificates, canned goods and toys to families through the Burbank Coordinating Council's Holiday Basket Program planned for Saturday, Dec. 18. More than 1,000 families will receive baskets this year, said Pat Gunn, holiday basket chairwoman. Local families are selected through the Burbank Unified School District. The baskets are predesignated and designed to meet the specific needs of the families, taking into account the ages of the children.
March 31, 2004
Jackson Bell When Mario Oscal was in Yvette Wright's economics class last semester, he never would have guessed his eccentric teacher would be arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine. Mario, 17, a senior at John Burroughs High School, said he and his classmates liked Wright because of her "crazy, wild" behavior and entertaining personality. "Sometimes, she would randomly laugh in class or talk about one subject and go right into another [with no transition]
January 11, 2003
Jeff Tully David Goosen, a first-year coach for the Burbank High boys' basketball team, has been suspended from coaching duties effective Friday, district officials said. "David Goosen has been put on administrative leave from coaching duties because of allegations from an incident at the Las Vegas tournament Dec. 26 to 30," said Alexis Sheehey, Burbank Unified School District assistant superintendent for instructional services. "We were hoping to talk to [Goosen on Friday,]
June 18, 2003
Molly Shore Bernard Gantz is going fishing. Sylvia Nielsen-Ioka has dozens of rosebushes to tend. Jean Thornton is taking a cruise. "I'm going fishing near Mt. Whitney as soon as school is out and again in September," said Gantz, a John Burroughs High School auto shop teacher who is calling it quits after 35 years. "It's been my dream for years." Gantz, Nielsen and Thornton are among 13 teachers who are retiring next week after more than 30 years with the Burbank Unified School District.
April 11, 2009
CITY HALL — Two years removed from an election plagued by underhanded tactics and allegations of negative campaigning, the prelude to Tuesday’s six-person race for three seats on the City Council appears to have reestablished a sense of normalcy. The general election, which pits two incumbents against four fresh faces, remains relatively calm heading into the final three days of voting, with just a few public sparks flying between Mayor Dave Golonski and Councilman David Gordon.