Art Contest Offered to Commemorate Armenian Genocide

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman recently announced that the California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2021 commemoration of the Armenian genocide.
California high school students in 9th through 12th grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian genocide on its anniversary.
“Every year, the California Legislative Armenian Caucus holds our annual scholarship competition in order to provide an opportunity for students to learn about a dark but important part of history, while potentially winning money for college,” Friedman, a Democrat from Glendale, said in a statement. “The submissions we receive never cease to amaze and inspire me. As our community and nation continues to battle hatred and bigotry here at home, and as the people of Armenia continue to face oppression and violence in their homeland, this year’s contest couldn’t be more timely or valuable.”

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Local Taco Restaurant Owner Recovers Stolen Truck

Photo courtesy Pablito’s Tacos
The owner of Pablito’s Tacos said the restaurant’s truck and trailer were stolen but then quickly recovered.

The owner of a local taco restaurant said he’s “excited” after learning that a truck and trailer belonging to the eatery were recovered this week shortly after it was stolen.
A Pablito’s Tacos employee noticed that the truck and attached trailer, which were parked near North Kenwood Street and Burbank Boulevard, were missing on Wednesday morning, said restaurant owner Danny Rodriguez. The vehicles, which police believe were stolen sometime between Sunday and Tuesday, were found later that day in North Hollywood, Rodriguez said.
The truck is used for catering, Rodriguez explained, and the restaurant had outfitted the trailer with a custom wood fire oven in preparation for placing pizza on the menu. He estimates it would have taken about $35,000 to replace everything.
“We’re excited, because we were already looking at what the cost would be to replace all of that,” Rodriguez said.

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Equestrian Community Helps Cultivate Connections Through Hearthorse

Photos courtesy Tista Wicklow and Charlotte Chanler
Local equestrians Tista Wicklow and Charlotte Chanler are the founders and proprietors of Hearthorse, an online comity for horse lovers.

“My very heart leapt with the sound.”
That was how the 19th century novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne once described hearing the “brisk and melodious” neigh of a horse.
It is only with those who have experienced one of the greatest treasures this life has to offer – the love for a horse – that Hawthorne’s heart-leaping line truly resonates.
On this Valentine’s Day weekend, as we celebrate romantic affairs of the heart we associate with the Greek god Eros, the hearts of two local horsewomen, Tista Wicklow and Charlotte Chanler, will be leaping with another love – their love for one of God’s greatest creations – equus ferus caballus – the horse.

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Obituary | Lucy Anzalone

Lucy Anzalone

Lucy Anzalone, born in Velarde, New Mexico, on July 31, 1925, passed away on Feb. 18, 2017 in Burbank, California. She was the youngest of five children, and the only daughter born to Ruperta Miera and Pablo Martinez, descendants of early Spanish settlers. Lucy came to California to study nursing and graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Providence College in Oakland in 1949. At the outbreak of the Korean War, she enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. She met her first husband at this time, Thomas Hayward, who passed away soon after, a casualty of the war. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, as a widow.
After the war, she moved with her daughter to Los Angeles where she met her second husband, Leo Anzalone, a veteran of World War II who worked as a machinist in the aerospace industry. They settled in the city of Maywood, and over the years welcomed five more children into the fold, three daughters and two sons. Lucy also continued her career in nursing, working in many hospitals in the Southland, including Cedars Sinai and Little Company of Mary. When Leo passed away in 2007, Lucy, who was then retired, relocated to Burbank.
Lucy’s family wishes to remember her as a loving, strong, compassionate, and devoted mother and friend. She was a gifted and dedicated nurse, a marvelous gardener, a fearless ocean swimmer, a talented seamstress and quilter, a proud veteran with a deep love of country, a lifelong Catholic, and a truly giving soul. Her place of rest is the Garden of Commemoration at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

IN MEMORIAM – Lucy Anzalone

Lucy Anzalone

Lucy Anzalone, born in Velarde, New Mexico, on July 31, 1925, passed away on Feb. 18, 2017 in Burbank, California. She was the youngest of five children, and the only daughter born to Ruperta Miera and Pablo Martinez, descendants of early Spanish settlers. Lucy came to California to study nursing and graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Providence College in Oakland in 1949. At the outbreak of the Korean War, she enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. She met her first husband at this time, Thomas Hayward, who passed away soon after, a casualty of the war. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, as a widow.
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Jane S. Shanks – Obituary

Jane S. Shanks

Nancy Jane Stephens was born June 1, 1925, in Sierra Blanca, Texas. She spent her final days surrounded by her family at home in Burbank, California and passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on the morning of January 10, 2021.
At age 83, when asked to sum up her life in six words or less Jane responded, “Been There, Done That, Worth It.”
Jane grew up along the Rio Grande border between Texas and Mexico, 88 miles south of El Paso, in a small railroad town serving cattle ranchers, the daughter of Johnny Philomel Cox Stephens and Grover Cleveland Stephens and sister to Wyman, Grover, and James Stephens, all of whom predeceased her. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, at the University of Texas, Austin. While attending UT Austin, Jane met her future husband, Robert Ellsworth Shanks, who was stationed there for naval flight training. After her brother Wyman was killed in April 1945, aboard the USS Mobile in the South Pacific, and her previously arranged May wedding date was canceled, Jane boarded a train to travel alone across country to Boston where the couple married in the Harvard University Chapel on June 16, 1945. After the war, the couple returned briefly to Texas, before settling in California, where Robert, known as Bob to friends and family, finished his schooling at USC, earning master and doctorate degrees in Education.
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Joyce L.Ricciuti – Obituary

Joyce L. Ricciuti

Joyce L. Ricciuti, a longtime resident of Burbank, California and later moving to Reno, Nevada, passed away Dec. 13, 2020 after a short battle with colon cancer. She was born 3/28/1934 in Rhode Island, later married and then moved to Burbank in 1956. Joyce was a very energetic and caring mother and loved spending time with friends and family. She was a longtime parish member of St. Francis Xavier and was also employed there for 25 years. She was a tireless volunteer for the school’s activities and received numerous awards along the way.
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Denise Fredrickson – Obituary

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Denise Fredrickson, 93, a longtime resident of Burbank, CA. passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 26, 2021.
She was the oldest of three siblings in her family as both her parents and two sisters preceded her in death along with her husband.
She was a long time member of Calvary Bible Church and made many friends over the years.
Surviving is her four children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; she will be truly missed.
Denise is finally at Peace….

Burbank to Broadway and Back: Pandemic Hasn’t Stalled Dancer

Photos courtesy Kevin Zambrano
Kevin Zambrano took a selfie in front of a poster of himself promoting “West Side Story” at New York City’s Broadway Theatre.

On a sunny spring afternoon in the pre-pandemic days of February 2020, Burbank native Kevin Zambrano took a selfie in front of a poster of himself that promoted the revival of “West Side Story” at New York City’s Broadway Theatre.
Having been cast in the role of Shark gang member, Moose, Zambrano, a 2014 graduate of Burbank High School, moved to New York in September 2019, began preview performances in December, and experienced what he hopes will be his first opening night on Broadway on Saturday, Feb. 20.
“It was everything I imagined it would be — even more,” said Zambrano. “I would get so much energy from the audience. When we finished each show, I was completely filled with this amazing energy, and then I would walk out of the theater’s stage door with people who were waiting to see the cast and literally be on Broadway.”
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City of Burbank Creates Dining Parklets

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Two women dine outdoors in downtown Burbank, a practice that was reinstated recently after nearly two months of a statewide ban. City workers placed cement barricades around several parking spots on San Fernando Boulevard to allow space for the tables.

Outdoor dining is now reopened in the city of Burbank, with municipal workers placing cement K-rail barricades this week to create nine in-street dining parklets.
Various parking stalls on San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue were bound with the barricades on Tuesday. Until then restaurants in downtown Burbank could use outdoor dining in private parking lots and patios and on sidewalks with a permit. Two of the nine in-street dining parklets are communal dining areas that are open to the public for pickup orders or coffee-to-go. There is also a communal dining area on the AMC Walkway. The designated communal dining areas will be managed and maintained by the Downtown Burbank Business Improvement District.
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