April 13, 2002
Laura Sturza SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Orthodontist Farnaz Zand helps people have broader smiles, but her patients get more than straighter teeth at their appointments. "Especially with the young people, it seems that they are so worried about their look, so I try to give them overall self-esteem," Zand said. "You don't want to correct the teeth only. You want to help the person." The orthodontist and inventor initially had a passion for the visual arts, but has channeledher creativity into sculpting teeth and developing new tools for her trade.
October 20, 2007
M any young people think Christianity is too judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay, according to new findings by Christian-based research firm The Barna Group. The group reportedly found that church attitudes about people are creating a negative image of the faith among people 16- to 29-year-olds, and thus driving them away. Are you seeing this within your own faith community? And even if it’s not Christian, how do you convey traditional religious messages to youth to keep them interested in the faith?
December 13, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Monterey High School student Gary D'Hue wanted other teenagers to be aware of the effects of smoking. So the 17-year-old student sketched a man walking to an open grave as he smoked a cigarette. The art not only attracted attention, it took first place in a districtwide antitobacco poster contest. Gary's drawing, chosen from among 110 submitted by Burbank, John Burroughs and Monterey high school students, earned him a $100 prize presented at the Dec. 21 Board of Education meeting.
January 26, 2008
BURBANK — For Burbank Unified School District board President Debbie Kukta, being named one of the top 100 communities for young people in the country validated what she already thought about the city. Burbank received the designation Thursday, and was the only city in Los Angeles County to do so. “I grew up here, and I always knew they were always great for youth,” Kukta said. “Burbank is one of those communities that’s a little town in a big city that is evidenced by the investment the community has made in its youth.
May 9, 2007
One of the most popular destinations in the world, Disney's flagship theme park Disneyland, began in 1953 as just an intricately drawn sketch by an artist named Herbert Ryman. During his time at Disney, Ryman worked as a Disney Imagineer and served as art director for classic Disney films such as "Dumbo"and "Fantasia." Ryman continued to work on ideas for Disney movies and theme parks until his passing in 1989 and his legacy continues through his art and through Ryman Arts, a foundation named in his honor that is dedicated to teaching classical drawing and painting techniques to young people with promising artistic abilities.
November 23, 2012
Mid-20th century Los Angeles country music performers were such a wildly colorful community that they made their competitors in Nashville seem more like undertakers than entertainers. One of the most dazzling acts were the Collins Kids, who will make their first Los Angeles-area appearance in 19 years on Dec. 3 at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. The duo, consisting of siblings Larry and Lorrie Collins, broke into local prominence on the popular KTTV television show “Town Hall Party” at ages 10 and 12, respectively, trading in some of the hottest, flat-out explosive rockabilly and boogie of the era. Within a few short years, they were a nationally known force, traveling to New York for guest shots on NBC's “The Steve Allen Show” and playing at Madison Square Garden.
March 22, 2013
If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city. While he says he didn't set out to make his sexuality a cornerstone of his campaign, Ferguson also hasn't shied away from it. “It's important to be transparent and honest. This is who I am,” he said. Among the field of current candidates, Ferguson is also the only one without children.
February 2, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Helping teenagers make better decisions about sex was the goal of a town hall meeting at the Black Entertainment Television Burbank studios. Saturday morning's live taping of BET's "Teen Summit/Rap City: Da Bassment" was sponsored by the cable television network and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The town hall meeting focused on teens' attitude toward sex, as well as communication between young people and their parents.
December 22, 2004
My name is Maj. Bill Williams. I am an American soldier serving in Iraq and I have a request. I would like you to publish my thanks to the students of Burbank High School in your fine community for sending the soldiers in my battalion packages of holiday gifts. It is pretty tough being so far from home during the holidays, away from our families, and under pretty difficult circumstances. I wanted your young people to know that our soldiers really appreciate their thoughts.
June 10, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK -- Young people from Burbank and throughout the state can spend a year fighting fires or restoring the environment with the California Conservation Corps. The corps offers job training in a variety of fields, from firefighting to habitat restoration, for state residents between the ages of 18 and 25. There are openings at more than 10 locations, ranging from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. Workers receive minimum wage, minus costs for boarding and meals if they are in the residential program.