May 9, 2009
The scope of goals rattled off by City Council members on Thursday calls for a fairly long measuring stick, and we sincerely hope they don’t disappoint. It’s a paradox. On one hand, we want our elected leaders to be ambitious and have a vision. On the other hand, they only set themselves up for disappointment and shaking heads when they fail to meet their self-prescribed goals. The list of accomplishments the council hopes to achieve this coming fiscal year — from reprised pools at Verdugo and McCambridge parks, to a new zero-waste facility and improved traffic flow — would certainly pencil out to lasting political achievements in any environment, but during a recession of the decades, the significance would be amplified even more.
October 4, 2003
COMMITTEE ON ASSIGNMENTS WHAT HAPPENED The board unanimously approved the district's plan for Committee on Assignments, and authorized the director of personnel services to submit the plan to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. WHAT IT MEANS Committee on Assignments is formed to review and determine special skills or related experience for teachers who are assigned to elective classes that are either not authorized by the teacher's credential or there is no credential authorization.
May 11, 2002
It is interesting that we speak of "dynasty" in sports, especially as regards youth sports. Yet, part of the term "dynasty" implies a sense of family, a passing of the torch from one generation to the next. The players themselves should make an effort to pass their talent on to younger players, not just relying on the coaches and/or adults involved to do so. Organized sports should not be just about learning the mechanics of the sport for the individual player.
June 8, 2005
Rosette Gonzales People recall what role they had in their elementary school play for years to come, Providencia Elementary School second-grade teachers Kelly Ohrt and Kris Heinsberg said. That's why they try to make each end-of-the-year musical a lesson worth remembering. The second grade does its final performance of the "Little Red Hen" musical today at 9 a.m., a fable where farm animals learn how teamwork pays off. Teamwork is also something students learned in the production process, Ohrt said.
September 13, 2000
More than 3 million children across the world have the chance to do something Burbank children miss out on every year, playing Little League baseball. Burbank has more than 6,000 children Little League age that miss out on a chance of a lifetime. Where I grew up, our population was 15,000 and we had two full, 10-team Little Leagues. Our community is much larger than that, but still no Little League! If you scanned your cable channels in August, you had to stop on ESPN or ESPN2's coverage of the regional and world series Little League games.
April 10, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- Instead of tithing 10%, congregants of Lighthouse Church of the Valley were given $100 on Saturday -- but there is a catch. In an effort to help raise money for their own building, fund-raising chairman Charles Valdez is bringing the New Testament "parable of the talents" to life. The tale explores the different ways three servants use money given to them by their master. The moral of the story is what Valdez hopes to communicate to his congregants.
April 16, 2005
Department adds five firefighters The Burbank Fire Department welcomed its five newest firefighters Friday morning in a graduation ceremony at the department's training facility. The five were among 2,000 applicants to the department and the first graduating class in several years. David Johnson, Eric Rowley, Steven Rushing, Jonathan Schuman and Clark Wilmoth will be probationary firefighters for the next year and will begin a rotation among the department's four stations.
February 12, 2000
For any Burbank resident who just might be prepping for an appearance on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" there are nine local students you may want to consider using as a lifeline. They're smart, they're confident and they know something about performing under pressure. With a third-place finish in the L.A. County Academic Decathlon last week, the team from Burbank High School earned a spot in the state finals, to be held next month in Los Angeles. The Burbank squad, which punctuated its strong performance in the Super Quiz portion of the event by wearing black suits and ties and yellow construction hats, scored 45,011 points overall to secure wild card entry in the statewide competition.
March 12, 2005
Rosette Gonzales They sacrificed their weekends, opting for tutoring instead of play. They built up endurance practicing math and logic problems. And they worked as a team to finish the race. Now they have two trophies to show for it. Students at St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School made history among their peers when they placed first in the Deanery for the Los Angeles Archdiocese's 2005 Academic Junior High Decathlon March 5 at Loyola Marymount University.
November 1, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- It may have been a Halloween project to build scarecrows, but in the process, St. Francis Xavier School students learned some valuable lessons. On Monday morning, about 35 life-sized scarecrows, created out of "trash" and recyclable items, were displayed at the school. The scarecrows, which were built by students and their families, were placed around the school Sunday evening to surprise students Monday morning. The idea came to first-grade teacher Nan Lazzaretto as she visited the city of Caen on the Normandy coast of France last year.