December 10, 2008
With more and more stories of chaos and incivility arising daily concerning the Chandler Bikeway (“We can’t undo evolution of bike lane,” Community Commentary, Nov. 12), I think it is time for the government to step in and put a stop to this madness. It’s obvious that the concerned parties cannot “play nicely” together, so it’s high time to shove a little tough love down their throats. Luckily, through the great wisdom of President Bush and his total-world-domination ambitions, a solution is at hand.
August 10, 2002
Ryan Carter Days at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center are quieter than they were two years ago, when the center was in the throws of a volunteer revolt, resignations, four leadership changes and a subsequent legal battle following criticism that an executive director alienated clients. All that came while still trying to serve thousands of needy clients a year with food, shelter and transportation vouchers. Out of the chaos, the center's board of directors hired Patricia Smola, a Kiwanis member who came to their attention through her volunteer work and successful fundraising for the center.
February 12, 2005
It's troublesome that school administrators in the Burbank Unified School District have to think up incentives to get students to go to class. Learning combined with parent interest and creative teachers should be enough for students -- but the reality is, that's just not always the case. That's why it was heartening to learn this week that student attendance in the Burbank Unified School District increased 0.75% in the first four months of the 2004-05 school year compared with the same period in 2003-04.
September 2, 2009
Woodbury University student Joseph James has his eye on the sky, and he won’t settle for less. James is one of 100 people out of 2,000 who passed an audition to appear on the “Hellbent for Hollywood” reality show, currently in production. The show will combine the excitement of “American Idol” with the competitive challenges of “Survivor,” said Jen Markewych, casting director and producer along with John Mitchell. The competition won’t be exclusively on acting skills, she said.
July 6, 2002
For four years, 59 wins, four Rio Hondo League titles, and three All-CIF Southern Section Division IV selections, one voice molded La Canada High's Kelly Kalish into one of the most dominating, intimidating and overwhelming high school softball pitchers in the region. O-Great One, as he's known in the Kalish household. Recognized by his employees at RJ Construction as Rick Kalish, her tough-love father was instrumental in shaping Kelly into the unanimous choice for the Burbnk Leader All-Area Softball Player of the Year, as voted on by the writers and editors of the Leader and News-Press.
February 14, 2007
Bryan Camacho was warned about what difficulties he might encounter with this year's Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' basketball team. Camacho, a Bell-Jeff graduate and former hoop standout, built the Guards' program into a divisional powerhouse before departing for a college position in 2004. Although he returned to coach at the school in May, the program was in much worse shape than he had left it. In the 2005-06 season, Bell-Jeff went just 4-12 and the team had won just nine nonleague and three league games in two seasons.
June 25, 2003
INSIDE/OUT One of my happiest childhood memories is of the day my father hit the exacta at Hollywood Park. It was just so long in coming for him -- not hitting it big at the track, but just winning a bet at all. I should say that of all my dad's vices, gambling was the one that concerned my mother the least. Our neighborhood abounded with stories of compulsive gamblers -- husbands or wives or teenagers who would periodically lose everything they owned at cards or at the track.
May 15, 2010
It's the 21st century. Gone are the days of teachers wielding rulers and wooden paddles in order to discipline misbehaving students. Or are they? A man in Dallas is pushing the local school district to bring back corporal punishment. A former tutor in the Dallas Independent School District, Gilbert Leal argues that the threat of corporal punishment — along with better classroom management and training teachers how to defuse situations — have "helped decrease disciplinary problems," according to a story published by Dallas' WFAA-TV.