Daniel Remy, Former Mayor, Dies at 86

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Friends and family of Daniel Remy, a former mayor of Burbank who died this week, described him as an avid golfer who was deeply invested in the welfare of his local community.

Daniel Remy, who twice led the city of Burbank as its mayor and helped launch an annual fundraising golf event, died this week, according to his son.
Remy was a Burbank City Council member from 1977 to 1985, and served as the city’s mayor from 1970 to 1980 and 1984 to 1985. He was a strong advocate of local development and, according to his friends, was an avid golfer, running tournaments for the local Kiwanis Club, for which he was a past president and established a scholarships program.
Remy died on Monday, according to his son Daniel Remy Jr. He was 86.
The younger Remy described him as a great father, explaining he coached his sons’ baseball team when they lived in Burbank. He had three children — Kevin, Kathleen and Daniel Remy Jr. — and eight grandchildren.
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Burbank Holds On to Defeat Shalhevet

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

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Burbank team captains Christina Ohanians and Kimberly Pimentel helped the Bulldogs girls’ basketball team to a 59-54 win over Fairfax Shalhevet on Wednesday.

Days after blowing a late double-digit lead to La Canada Flintridge Prep in their season opener, the Burbank High School girls’ basketball team survived a scare of déjà vu and hung on to beat Fairfax Shalhevet on Wednesday, 59-54.
Burbank dominated the first three quarters thanks to some stifling defense. The Bulldogs took an early lead after five quick Shalhevet turnovers and some early buckets from Burbank guards and team captains Kimberly Pimentel and Christina Ohanians.
On the other side of the court, the Firehawks made just eight of 28 field goal attempts in the first half. Head coach Jett Del Mundo opted for a smaller starting lineup and was pleased with the result on the defensive end early on.
“I went with five guards that wanted to play that were gonna come out and talk the entire time and it was working very well,” Del Mundo said. “There was just a point there where I think they got a little tired and one of them came over to me and said, ‘Coach, can we get a post player in the game?’ and I decided to go with that.”
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City Honors Local Woman After Tragedy

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Elvira Muñoz and Bob Geoghegan, with their daughter Jacqueline and dog Rocky, unveiled a memorial bench and eastern redbud tree at Brand Park this week, in memory of another daughter, Lauren, who was slain while traveling abroad in 2018.

Three years ago this week, longtime Glendale residents Bob Geoghegan and Elvira Muñoz were visiting their daughter, Lauren, and her boyfriend in Montenegro.
As he fondly recalled on Thursday, Geoghegan said they’d swam in the Adriatic Sea, just off the coast of the picturesque Balkan nation. Less fondly, he then explained that this would sadly be the last time they would see their daughter — the couple would be slain months later, while biking in Tajikistan, during an extremist attack that shocked the world at the time.
This week, the city memorialized the enterprising, curious young woman with a commemorative bench and accompanying eastern redbud tree at Brand Park, where a young Lauren Muñoz Geoghegan spent her formative years meeting her friends on the playgrounds, playing soccer in the fields and hiking the foothills crowning the city park.
“Particularly on weekends,” Bob Geoghegan explained, “we would all come here and have a great time. Lauren, with her wonderful spirit, made it a wonderful time.”

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Banerjee Lifts Bulldogs with Game-Winning Layup

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Burbank basketball players Elmer Reyes, Kelton Shea and Vartan Avetisyan

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Forward Sattwick Banerjee scored seven points in the fourth quarter and had the game-winning putback layup as time expired, giving Burbank High School a 70-68 victory over Fairfax Shalhevet High in the Bulldogs’ first game of the 2021 season — and their first in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the game tied and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, Banerjee perfectly read a contested three-point heave from teammate Elmer Reyes, streaking down the baseline to grab the rebound and, in one motion, toss up a reverse layup for the win.
“I saw the key clear out and was like, ‘Oh, shoot, what would happen if he airballs?’ So I [went in for the rebound] just in case,” Banerjee said. “It came right into my hands and I laid it up.”
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Bulldogs Cruise Past Hoover

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Elizabeth Zamora and Lily Stell led Burbank to a 25-4 victory over Hoover on Tuesday. The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in Pacific League play.

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

There has been a litany of lopsided scores so far in this season of Pacific League softball, and when Hoover and Burbank High matched up for the first time, it proved to be another one.
After the opening inning, the visiting Bulldogs poured it on the overmatched Tornados and cruised to a 25-4 win Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific League game that was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
“We are really excited to win,” Bulldog Lily Stell said. “We worked as a team and we have been working very hard in practice. I’m just really proud of all the girls.”
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Burroughs Offense Stymied by Top Team

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Burroughs junior Stephanie Wilson goes for a layup during the Bears’ 46-32 loss against visiting Torrance Bishop Montgomery on Thursday.

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

The nonleague schedule for Burroughs High girls’ basketball is peppered with powerhouses to give the Bears valuable experience playing elite teams in preparation for the postseason’s arrival. Next on the list of potent foes was Torrance Bishop Montgomery.
“In a short season like this where we haven’t had any summer games, we need to able to play against [talented] people to get better,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I think playing against these teams is the best way to prepare for the playoffs.”
Against the Knights, the Bears were in control early but saw the game slip away against a withering defense from visiting Bishop Montgomery, which captured a 46-32 victory Thursday evening.
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BUSD to Host DEI Discussion

The Burbank Unified School District will host a panel discussion to inform the community about its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
In an effort to be more transparent with stakeholders, members of the DEI Committee will gather virtually to share their thoughts, the work the district has done so far and what DEI means for students, staff and families.
“We have a diverse group of students, parents and employees working on DEI over this past year, so we want to set up a panel so people can share their experiences and perspectives on DEI,” said Superintendent Matt Hill.
Board of Education members Armond Aghakhanian, who helped launch the committee in 2019, and Emily Weisberg will be part of the event, as well as state teacher of the year finalist Ericca Dent, Luther Middle School Principal Oscar Macias, school intervention specialist Juan Avila, Burbank High School student Emily Hasunuma, Walt Disney Elementary technology specialist Rosemary Morrison and BUSD parent Africa Turner.
“The main focus is to start to create these spaces and conversations throughout the district,” Hill said. “This panel will give everyone a different perspective.”
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CV Runner Ranks First in Nation

By Haley Sawyer
Glendale News-Press

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Mia Barnett (in blue), a Crescenta Valley track and field standout, currently boasts the best high school times in the nation in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. The senior will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

When it comes to running the 800-meter race, Crescenta Valley High School’s Mia Barnett has a simple approach.
“I’ve just kind of gone out hard every time,” the senior said. “Try to run a :62, :63 first lap and let my fitness, let my strength carry the second lap. Strategy-wise, I always take it out from the front and take the lead from the start and hopefully no one catches me.”
No one caught her at the Meet of Champions on April 24, when she clocked 2:07.31 for first place and a new personal record in the 800. And earlier that month, at the Laguna Beach Distance Carnival, no one came even close to catching her, as she ran a scorching 9:52.23 in the 3200.

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Portantino Visits Luther Burbank Middle School

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Sen. Anthony Portantino (right) recently visited Luther Burbank Middle School with Principal Oscar Macias to tour the campus and learn more about how the district will manage in-person instruction and COVID-19 safety measures.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited three schools across the 25th District to learn more about how in-person instruction is operating and the COVID-19 safety measures that schools are implementing.
“It was exciting to see our schools welcoming students onto campus once again,” Portantino said in a statement. “Bringing students back to the classroom in the safest way possible has been a priority for all of us. We have to continue to support our school districts and educators and provide them the resources necessary to implement appropriate safety precautions as we navigate our way out of this pandemic. I’m grateful to the dedicated administrators and staff in school districts across the 25th Senate District for their hard work on creating safe learning environments for our students.”
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Road Kings Show Appreciation For Police, Fire Departments

Over hot dogs loaded with whatever one’s palette desired, it was a day to see and catch up with friends, many for the first time in over a year. It was a day to share memories, provide updates, and express hope that the near future will bring more such gatherings. But, most importantly, it was a day for the Road Kings of Burbank to show their thanks and appreciation to the men and women of the city’s police and fire departments.
With a caravan of close to 100 vintage vehicles, the local car enthusiasts staged a caravan that weaved its way through the city as a rolling drive-by car show, stopping by Burbank fire stations from the hillside down to the city’s western border last Saturday.
“Because we weren’t able to do our annual car show fundraiser at Johnny Carson Park, we wanted to do something, and we felt it was appropriate to do an event that would let our safety service personnel know how we feel — how appreciative we are that they are always there for us,” said longtime Road Kings member Don Baldaseroni. “We wanted to do something to honor them, and it made us feel great to see them outside of their stations, waving, giving us the thumbs up sign and a salute with their sirens as we drove by.”
Road Kings President Bruce Borst said he was thrilled to be able to put on an event like this during his watch.

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