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(4 Gains, 3 losses - art options w/SHINING, HANCE and DUPREE)



Kudos to all who took park in the Burbank Civic Pride Committee’s 17th


annual Holiday Decorating Contest. The results were, and remain, a sight

to behold.

Special congratulations go to Gayle and Allan Cottriel and Trevor

Rush, the sweepstakes winners in the residential and youth categories



The Cottriel’s home at 2931 Olney Place is Christmas eye candy at its

best. With what appear to be thousands of colored and white lights, a

convention of snowmen on the lawn and frolicking reindeer to boot, the

Cottriel’s home is a veritable beacon of holiday cheer.

Fourteen-year-old Trevor took top honors in the youth category with an

eclectic display at his house at 824 Bethany Road. Trevor’s creation

includes a colorfully-illuminated sleigh resting on the roof and an


entire Christmas village scene in front. For good measure, he added a

brightly lit ‘2000" across the center of his lawn.

In all, more than 50 residents took part in the holiday decorating

contest this year. Most of those should remain in full splendor into



Just about the only thing missing was the Village People as more than

400 supporters turned out at the Burbank Airport Hilton to help the


Burbank YMCA celebrate 75 years in the city.

The dinner, which served as a fund-raiser for the YMCA, noted the

history of the agency and of Burbank as well. Founded in a one-room

building in 1924, the YMCA now serves 28,000 people yearly in Burbank.

Guests at the dinner viewed a video documenting noteworthy events of the

20th Century at home and abroad and received a program chronicling the

history of the club in Burbank.

“Our YMCA has been such an integral part of this community,”

Councilman David Laurell said. ‘There is no other organization that

reaches out like the Y does on a regular basis.”


David Starr Jordan Middle School teacher Linnea Hance was named an

Educator of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools.

Hance, who has been teaching seventh- and- eighth-grade English at

Jordan for five years, received the award despite her relatively short

career. Nine other honorees all had at least 25 years of teaching


Jordan principal Margaret Kljunak said she nominated Hance for the

honor because of her strong leadership skills.

“Linnea is one of those people who will step in when there is a need.

It doesn’t matter how full her plate is, she will do the job and do it

well,” Kljunak said.


In another bit of good news for Burbank Unified, the district’s Parent

and Literacy Seminars program was awarded a Golden Bell by the California

School Board Association. The Golden Bell awards spotlight positive

trends in public education by focusing on success stories in local


The Burbank program consists of a five-week seminar in which parents

are encouraged to get involved in the children’s reading and literacy

assignments. They work with a literary resource teacher who offers

pointers on how they can be assist their kids with their schoolwork.

“It’s very beneficial for parents,” said Andrea Canady, the director

of elementary education for Burbank Unified. “They feel they have a much

better understanding of literacy and reading assignments.”



Responding to the first such incidents this school year, Burbank High

School officials have been acting to alleviate ill will between different

groups of students that led to pushing, shoving and groups of kids

roaming the campus in an aggressive posture.

Although school officials have remained silent on the ethnic makeup of

the groups involved, students confirm that the problems were mostly

between Armenians and other white students. The problems continued even

after a school-wide meeting was held in an attempt to alleviate ethnic

tensions, school officials acknowledged.

As a result of the disturbances, Principal John Hutak wasted little

time in cracking the proverbial whip. Two students were suspended and

administrators introduced new rules barring large groups of students from

gathering outside of class. Students who violate the rules will be

videotaped and disciplined.

It’s unfortunate to see the district reduced to restricting the rights

of all students to keep tabs on the few who are acting up. However, it

would be even worse though if the district were to ignore the obvious

tensions that exist on its campuses.


Lois Dupree had been retired from Burbank Unified for some time when

she died last week at the age of 84. But Dupree was anything but

forgotten in the district where she worked for 33 years as an elementary

school teacher.

In addition to her teaching career, the longtime Burbank resident was

actively involved in local events through her membership in a long list

of community service clubs and charitable organizations. A partial roster

of her affiliations includes the Woman’s Club of Burbank, Daughters of

the American Revolution and the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Foundation. She was also a skillful bridge player and enjoyed growing


“Her philosophy was do what you think, don’t worry about what other

people think, do what you think is important,” said her daughter,

Kathleen Dupree. “She was always a teacher.”


Two days after being closed down by inspectors from the Los Angles

County Health Department for a rat infestation, the owners of Bobby

McGee’s restaurant announced they were shutting the joint for good. Based

on what the inspectors had to say, that might not be such a bad thing.

“Not only was a live rat found on the premises... but numerous

droppings were found in the food, equipment and on the floors, said Mike

Spear, county health department director.

At its best, Bobby McGee’s was a fun night out, with a festive

atmosphere and the wait staff dressed in theatrical costumes. Too often

though - as has been documented in this newspaper - the restaurant was

the site of drunken fights, underage drinking and generally obnoxious


Apparently, it wasn’t too clean either.