December 28, 2013
Although Christmas is now a sweet memory, the 2013 holiday season remains in high gear and we're just a few days away from ringing in the new year. Some bowl games and New Year's Eve parties are still ahead. Families and friends will be getting together and good times will be had by all. That's as it should be. What we do not want to see happen is another fatal accident involving young adults who are impaired by alcohol and/or illegal drugs, as was the case in the September crash in Burbank that took the lives of five . As we reported earlier this month, the official toxicology report confirmed what had been rumored: The driver of the car, a 23-year-old, had a blood-alcohol level exceeding twice the legal limit for those who are behind the wheel of a vehicle.
December 9, 2013
Burbank student Maria Cardenas, 26, has been without health insurance for the last four years, and it worries her. "I'm really healthy and don't generally get sick, but there are occasions when it happens," she said. "I want to be able to go to the doctor when I need to and not worry that I can't. " Cardenas works as a chemistry tutor and sometimes as an on-call nanny while she gathers enough credits at Pierce College to apply for medical school. She pieces jobs together to make ends meet, and though she wants health insurance, she can't afford it. "Even a plan with low coverage was pretty expensive," she said.
June 23, 2012
The Burbank Tennis Center has built a reputation for hosting community events that benefit a wide variety of individuals. When the Burbank Tennis Center was still in the planning stages, Steve Starleaf had a definite vision of what he hoped the facility would be. Along with hosting tournaments and serving as a place where area youngsters could learn the sport, the executive director also wanted the venue to be able to host fundraising and other...
May 8, 2012
Employees of Viacom celebrated a day of giving back to the community by adding their creative touches to Linden House, a transitional facility for young adults run by the Family Service Agency of Burbank. Viacommunity Day is an annual event that brings together employees from the companies under the Viacom umbrella, including Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank and Nickelodeon Games in Glendale, VH1 and Comedy Central, said Carson Smith, human resources manager at Nickelodeon in Burbank.
January 13, 2010
Emily Roeske is planting a fresh kick into the family tradition of competing in martial arts. In November, the 18-year-old Burbank resident won two black-belt grand championships during the Desert Storm Open Karate Championships in Tempe, Ariz. That qualified the Verdugo Academy graduate for the Arizona State Championships on Jan. 30. She started taking lessons at age 4 at Burbank Family Martial Arts, which is owned by her mother, Ellie Roeske. The family is originally from Wisconsin, where her mother also owned a studio, Emily Roeske said.
December 2, 2009
Carolyn Hennesy has a knack for being versatile. On the nighttime TV series “Cougar Town” she plays Barbara, a woman without scruples. She’s fun-lovin’ mob lawyer Diane Miller on the daytime drama “General Hospital.” And when not in front of the camera, the Burbank resident is writing books for young adults. Hennesy has three visits planned to Burbank public schools to talk about her “Pandora” series, which include the titles “Pandora Gets Lazy,” “Pandora Gets Jealous” and “Pandora Gets Vain.
November 21, 2009
Last week I mentioned that I would be going to a devotional gathering of one of the younger religions in the world. It turns out I?ll be going to a devotional gathering and and what is called a fireside at the service in a home in La Crescenta on Thursday evening. The fireside is designed to educate visitors on what this religion is about. I get the feeling this is an inviting, warm place to worship, and I look forward to attending. Also, a point of clarification is needed.
October 2, 2009
BURBANK — It’s been two years since Brittney Edwards was diagnosed with brain cancer at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Now, she’s giving back. The 20-year-old serves as a volunteer at the hospital, which this week announced a partnership with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group to treat young adults with cancer. “I think it will be very uplifting to be around other people the same age,” said Edwards, a student at Glendale Community College.
August 29, 2007
The JCPenney Afterschool Fund awarded the Burbank Community YMCA with an almost $11,000 grant, according to an announcement from the YMCA on Tuesday. The grant is to provide financial help to young people who don?t have enough money to participate in an after-school program or those who are already in an after-school program and may be forced to drop out because of lack of funds. The grant is part of 319 other donations to YMCA?s around the country from the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.