Drug rehab house for sale
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The house at 437 Grinnell Drive that was
marketed in early 2002 as a sober living home is on the market.
Dilbeck Realtor Ugo Iacobellis said the house has been for sale
for about a month, and that there was no unusual conversion done on
the home. It is being marketed for residential use, Iacobellis said.
Residents voiced concern about the facility lowering property
values and about having a business in their residential neighborhood.
“You’re in a neighborhood where the profit is being made off of
the demise of our neighborhood,” said Mark Parsons, who lives on the
However, Parsons’ wife, Patricia, said clients never moved into
The home’s owner, Bob Ridenour, said last year it would cost
$7,500 per month for a stay at what was planned as a six-bed
residential rehab home named Pride and Serenity.
"[Recovering addicts] could spend the same amount and have privacy
and be in a secluded neighborhood,” Parsons said. “The publicity it
got scared them off.”
Ridenour did not return calls for comment.
Diabetes forum offered
MAGNOLIA PARK -- People 55 and older are invited to attend a free
diabetes wellness program today.
The event will cover the disease’s history, who is more likely to
develop it, symptoms, diagnosis and ways to control symptoms.
Registered Nurse and diabetic educator Sue Bermond will lead the
The free event is at 12:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Adult Center, 1301
W. Olive Ave. For information call 238-5353.
Disney honors June Pratte
MAGNOLIA PARK -- June Pratte is the recipient of the Walt Disney
Elementary School PTA Honorary Service Award for 2003. Pratte
received her award at a ceremony Monday evening at the school after
she received several nominations from teachers.
For the past 10 years, Pratte has volunteered her time each week
by reading to students and teaching the younger children the
alphabet. Pratte also performs clerical tasks at the school.
She originally began her volunteer work with district schools as a
member of the city’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.
String of thefts at Warner Bros.
MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Security officials at Warner Bros. recently
reported a string of thefts on the lot to Burbank Police.
At least four thefts occurred on studio grounds during the course
of a week, studio officials told police Thursday. Among the stolen
items were two DVD players, a laptop computer, video game consoles
and a watch, police said.
The thefts all appeared to be crimes of opportunity, in which
someone notices an item left unattended and takes it, police said.
The items were stolen from several locations, including offices and
conference rooms, police said.
Crimes are very rare on the lot, and police said the same person
might have been responsible for all of the incidents. As of late
Tuesday, no arrests had been made in the case.
Masons honor teachers of the year
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Members of Burbank Masonic Lodge No. 406 and
Magnolia Park Lodge No. 618 will honor the district’s three teachers
of the year -- Dennis Danielson of McKinley Elementary School, Vicki
Thalheimer of Luther Burbank Middle School and Mary Rago of Burroughs
High School -- at their 84th annual Public School Observance on
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Burbank Masonic Center, 406
E. Irving Drive.
In addition to honoring the teachers, the fourth- and fifth-grade
chorus at Jefferson Elementary School will perform musical
selections, followed by performances by the Luther Middle School
Madrigal Choir and the Burbank High School Impressions vocal group.
The free event is open to the public.
Environmental lawsuit settled
BURBANK -- The City of Burbank reached a settlement in a federal
Clean Air Act lawsuit filed last year.
The city agreed to spend $10,000 to improve air quality in the
city in a manner that has not been determined, said Scott Kuhn, legal
director for Communities for a Better Environment.
The group filed the lawsuit with Our Children’s Earth Foundation.
The groups claimed the city and eight other defendants did not
meet standards for reducing pollution set by the Air Quality
Management District and approved by the Federal Clean Air Act.
The city also agreed to take other pollution reducing measures to
resolve the lawsuit, Kuhn said.
Frank Lloyd Wright play comes to town
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Playwright and actor John Crowther brings his
one-man show, “F.LL.W.: The Tragedies and Triumphs of Frank Lloyd
Wright,” to Woodbury University on Sunday.
The evening begins with cocktails and a buffet reception at 6
p.m., followed by the play at 6:45 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be
served following the performance.
The play examines Wright’s life, from personal adversities and
professional setbacks to design innovations and architectural
Cost is $50 per person for the entire evening, or $25 for the
presentation and dessert. Proceeds benefit the university’s Library
For tickets, call 767-0888, ext. 230. Tickets will also be
available at the door.
Woodbury University is at 7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Donations collected for fire victim
MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Parks, Recreation and Community Services
employees based at McCambridge Park are collecting donations for a
co-worker who lost most of her possessions in a recent fire.
Carolyn “Punkey” Stevens’ home suffered an estimated $250,000 in
damage during the April 1 blaze, fire officials said. Investigators
believe the fire began when a refrigerator in a garage malfunctioned.
People are asked to donate clothes, jackets, gift certificates and
cash. Items are being accepted at the McCambridge Recreation Center,
1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. For more information, call the center at