Donation to Help Fund School STEM Devices

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Unified School District was awarded another grant from the Chuck Lorre Foundation, receiving $156,277 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education for 11 secondary schools
Each school will receive $14,207 that will pay for iPads, carts to charge and safely store the tablets, cases for each device, 3D printers and Osmo kits, which are gaming accessories for iPads that educate children through physical-digital interactions. Approximately 6,000 students will have access to the devices during the school year.
“Thank you to the Chuck Lorre Foundation. They’ve been great partners and great supporters of our district, and we are very grateful to them,” Steve Frintner, Board of Education president, said during a meeting on Oct. 7.
The funds came through the foundation’s Young Sheldon STEM Initiative, which was established in 2018 to support STEM education in public schools throughout the nation.
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Bears Fall to CV, 14-7

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Crescenta Valley High School has had Burroughs’ number in football recently, but so far this season the Falcons have struggled. So, when the Bears hosted Crescenta Valley, the time seemed ripe for a change in fortune. However, the Falcons did not cooperate.
In a tight game, Crescenta Valley scored early and then held off the host Bears for the 14-7 victory last Friday night at Memorial Field in Pacific League action. It was the fifth straight win in the series for the Falcons.
“Burroughs is always just a hard-nosed, tough football team. They grind it out,” CV coach Hudson Gossard said. “We battled them and we were able to come out with a win.”
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Proposal Aimed at Reining In Mylar Balloons

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank City Council advanced a potential ordinance this week that would severely restrict the sale of metallic balloons, a policy that the local utility believes would reduce power outages.
The potential ordinance, which the council unanimously approved on Tuesday, would ban the local sale of balloons made of “electrically conductive materials” — commonly called by the brand name Mylar — unless the balloon is filled with air and attached to a post or other decorative structure.
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Burroughs on Broadway: Up Close and in Person Again

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

When an artist is performing in front of a live audience, Jennifer Strattan explained, something tangible arises — an interactivity and energy that are absent during a recorded or online-only show.
The same is true, the Burroughs on Broadway director added, when working with her students. After months of virtual classes, virtual practices and virtual performances, Strattan and her John Burroughs High School choir members returned this year to in-person interaction. She didn’t expect to be so emotional when she reunited with them, she said in an interview, but seeing and feeling their energy as they rehearsed was far more impactful than the myriad Zoom meetings.
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League-Leading Bulldogs Sink Previously Unbeaten Glendale

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School traveled to Glendale for a battle of the last two squads undefeated in Pacific League boys’ water polo play, so the stakes were high and the players amped up.
In a competitive contest, the visiting Bulldogs hung the first league defeat on the Nitros, 16-11, Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Aquatics Center with the league championships on the horizon. It was the Bulldogs’ 12th straight win.
“It was intense. Both teams were going at it. There was back and forth in the water. There were big goal runs, then cutting the lead down,” Burbank coach David Arakelyan said. “I’d say it was one of our toughest games in our league [play].”
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Council Approves Vaccine Mandate for City Employees

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Despite concerns that employees could quit over the policy, the Burbank City Council approved vaccination mandates for municipal workers and some contract laborers.
The mandate that the council approved by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday will eventually require city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination. A separate policy for contractors, which passed with unanimous support, will require businesses to prove that their employees who come onto city property or interact with the public are vaccinated.
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City Settles Discrimination Case With Former BWP Worker

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The city of Burbank has settled a lawsuit in which a former Burbank Water and Power employee alleged he was unlawfully fired after his managers refused to accommodate his disability.
Plaintiff Evan Ayers filed the settlement notice with the Burbank Courthouse on Oct. 6; he had filed the complaint against the city last Dec. 15. In court documents, Ayers claimed his superiors at city-owned BWP fired him after pressuring him to perform jobs that required him to climb or work at “dangerously high heights” despite his severe anxiety, fear of heights and vertigo.
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Gary ‘Butch’ Allen Bandy | Obituary

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy, 80, from Los Angeles, California, passed away on October 5th. He had a unique ability to defy stereotypes and conventions; Gary was a businessman and an artist, a developer and a farmer, an avid reader and accomplished fisherman.
Gary was born March 8th, 1941, to Gerald and Emilia Bandy at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles County, and he grew up in the San Fernando Valley. A life-long outdoorsman, Gary was so proud to be the youngest member, at that time, to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
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Burbank Coordinating Council Gala Is Nov. 6

The Burbank Coordinating Council will host its annual gala on Nov. 6, from 7-10 p.m. at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.
The gala is sponsored by UMe Credit Union.
All proceeds will assist BCC with providing holiday baskets full of food and gift items to families in need. The BCC is receiving an increase in applications for Holiday Baskets due to the pandemic. The group said it is expecting this year’s program to have more applicants than ever before.
Food, drinks and fundraising will accompany the comedy of Grey Griffin and Stacy Dymalski. Both entertainers have impressive resumes not only in standup but also with voiceover acting, writing and TV.
A special guest will be honored with the organization’s first annual Spirit of Burbank Coordinating Council Award. The group will also recognize another special guest for their years of service to BCC.
New Board President Mary Anne Been will share the changes coming to BCC in the 2021-22 year.
To RSVP and purchase a gala ticket, visit

Burroughs Falls to Crescenta Valley

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Both the John Burroughs and Crescenta Valley High School girls’ tennis teams earned a spot in the top tier of the first half of this season’s newly imagined Pacific League schedule, which puts the best against the best and the rest against the rest for the second half of the schedule.
This equaled a rematch on the same courts where they matched up three weeks ago.
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