May 13, 2011
  • Attending the Masons Public Schools Recognition Night are, from left, Michael Strand, master of the Magnolia Park Lodge; Tyson Colt of Edison Elementary School ; Kay Cee Mills of Burbank High School ; Ted DeVirgilis of Muir Middle School ; and Al Moen, master of the Burbank Lodge. (Photo by Richard Juden)
Attending the Masons Public Schools Recognition Night…

The Masons of Burbank hosted a Public Schools Recognition Night recently at the Burbank Masonic Center.

The event was hosted by the two presiding officers of the local lodges Al Moen, master of Burbank #406, and Michael Strand, master of Magnolia Park #618. The master of ceremonies duties were shared by Erik Adams and Mike Campbell, senior deacons of their respective lodges.

Special recognition went to three of Burbank’s finest local teachers, who were recommended by their principals and selected for their devotion to their profession and dedication to their students. Those recognized were Kay Cee Mills, Burbank High School; Ted DeVirgilis, Muir Middle School; and Tyson Colt , Edison Elementary School.

Each teacher was presented with a framed Certificate of Appreciation, an engraved commemorative of the occasion and a small honorarium. Each of the musical presenters were given a small honorarium to go toward their respective school’s program.

The festivities were kicked off with a musical presentation by solo vocalist Talin Silva of Providencia Elementary School, followed by a performance by “Clef Hangers,” an all-boys choir from Jordan Middle School, conducted by Christine DeMore, with accompanist, Judie Stroh.


The evening concluded with music provided by the Burbank High School Jazz Band, conducted by Mike Stanley. A barbecue supper prepared by the lodge members followed.

Brothers win at Pokémon competition

After a full day of head-to-head Play! Pokémon Trading Card Game battles in Long Beach, Jason and Mark Martinez were crowned Regional Champions, while their little brother — Patrick Martinez — placed second. The Glendale brothers each earned a top regional ranking and a Regional Championships medal.

The State Championship tournaments are the third events in the Pokémon Championship Series, and Premier Rating Points awarded there go toward a potential invitation to the 2011 Pokémon World Championships held in San Diego in August.

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Burbank woman receives army’s top honor

Southern California Divisional Commanders, Lt. Cols. Victor and Rose-Marie Leslie, will be presenting the Salvation Army Lifetime Achievement Award to Elaine Paonessa for her many years of service as a life member of the Burbank Advisory Board.

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