Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tom Holst's Get Together

So wonderful to reunite with friends! Here are a couple pics from a recent gathering when Tom was in town sent in by Cathy Nicholls Coyle - ya'll look FABULOUS!

We all had a ball with Tom at the DeBell Clubhouse! It was so much fun that when the Clubhouse closed down we continued the party at Starbucks; until they closed down for the night!!

l-r: Jim Grasse, Donna Luce Neitman, Neal Hershenson, Vivian Blum Gillette, Tom Holst, Carol Brown Baker, Scott Nave, Cathy Nicholls Coyle, Tom Iverson, Don Melton, John Rocke and John Coyle.

BHS Class '66 Reunion August 28, 2011

For more into, please contact Linda Schuster Mazur

Link to Ceralbus Senior Photos

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Kayaker and the Shark

3/29/10 UPDATE

Daughter Linda, the Kayak Queen, on local fishing show this morning:

And this is her youngest, 2 yr old Lauren. Her dad made her that rod a few days ago and she's already caught a few fish - lol!


My daughter, the fisherwoman, being interviewed on Good Morning America today!

Cathy Palmer
BHS '67

Friends are Friends Forever

John Coyle ('65), Tom Holst ('67) and Annette Dinolfo Bennett ('68)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Maureen Shapiro Thompson (BHS '66) Passed Away Yesterday

May 6, 2012 UPDATE
A May Day to Remember by Phil Young


It is with a heavy heart we offer our deepest condolences to Maureen's family and loved ones - our prayers and thoughts are with you during this painful time of loss.

Email today from Bob Carter (BHS '66):

The worst of events has occurred. We have lost our dear Maureen.

Keep her in your hearts. See below!

Robert E. Carter

Dearest Family & Friends,

Some of you know that Maureen has been having breathing problems for some time. The Paramedics arrived on March 3rd. and after 5 hours in the ER we made it to the ICU where treatment continued for 2 weeks until we were admitted to Kindred Hospital San Diego, a pulmonary rehab, but after a week with positive responses to anti-fungal drugs, her heart gave out at 7:30 pm.
March 24th

In accordance with Maureen's wishes, there will be no Funeral or Memorial, we will be having a Celebration of her life in the near future. Thank you all for the support you have given me during the past 3 weeks, I know you are there for me.

On Monday, Kevin's birthday, he and I are leaving for Bellingham to be with Adrienne. I expect to be gone for 2 weeks, I will answer all the e mails when I return.



Here is Maureen's Obituary and recent photo

Maureen Helene Thompson

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Issue 13, Volume 15.

Maureen Helene Thompson, age 62, a 40 year Fallbrook resident, prematurely left us the evening of Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in San Diego, suffering cardiac arrest while in intensive care battling a brief respiratory illness.

Maureen was born Oct. 22, 1948 in North Hollywood, Calif. to Maurice Shapiro and Beatrice (Lovelace) Shapiro. A 1966 graduate of Burbank High School, Maureen attended Stanislaus State University in Turlock, Calif.

In 1970, while travelling in Europe, Maureen met the love of her life, Peter Richard Thompson. They were married Nov. 3, 1970 in the parish church of Wickham Bishops, England. The young couple moved to Fallbrook in 1971 and began raising a family, living in England during the mid 1980s only to return to their home in Fallbrook. A loving, devoted and dynamic mother and wife, Maureen graduated from San Marcos State University in 1990 and began a teaching career at Live Oak Elementary School, retiring in 2005.

Fondly cherished and remembered as a nurturing wife, mother, sister and friend, Maureen was an avid gardener and accomplished sailor, passionate reader and Scrabble opponent, an inspiring teacher and joyful musician. We are diminished by the sudden, untimely loss of her effervescent spark, sharp wit and infectious laughter, insatiable curiosity and compassion, her steadfast love and appreciation for all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small and her belief in the essential equality of all people.

Maureen is survived by her husband Peter, son Kevin, daughter Adrienne, sisters Eileen and Francine, nephews Cory, Brady and Andy, and nieces Abigail and Alyssa. A celebration of life event for friends and family will be held at a later date. In honor of Maureen’s life membership in the Fallbrook Arts Center, and support of the Village Association, Fallbrook Land Conservancy and Cesar Chavez book fair, the family encourages any person interested to support these causes and local arts and agriculture in general.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Emmanuel Church Story by Pete Peterson

Big thanks to Wes Clark (BHS '74) for posting this on his website!

3/24/11 - Posted The Emmanuel Church Story by Pete Peterson to the History page. Mr. Peterson was my high school American history teacher at Burbank High in 1972/1973. A jolly and always engaging teacher, I was fortunate to have had both his American History and Civil War History classes; he enlivened things considerably by bringing in his slides of the battlefield sites he had visited in the East. His enthusiam for the subject was contagious, and it wasn't long before I, too, became an avid Civil War buff, reading every book on the subject I could find in the library. When I finished college I had to decide where to live, and I found a job in Maryland - right in the heart of Civil War country! After three years I moved to Northern Virginia and have remained here ever since, taking part in Civil War reenacting activities on the major battlefields that I had seen in Pete's slides so many years prior. (So, you see, I am not presently a Burbanker like my pal Mike - but it's a Burbanker's fault!) Thanks, Mr. Peterson, for this wonderful gift of a lifetime interest and hobby! I hope the inclusion of your 1991 church history on this site pleases you. God bless! - Wes Clark


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Burbank Water, Lockheed and Disney

Scroll down for updates including in comments.

Just learned that there is/was a class action suit against Lockheed for contaminating the city of Burbank's drinking water and that folks have died of cancer because of it. And more recently, Disney is being sued as well. I knew nothing about this , so am now on the hunt to get more details.

If you have something to add, please comment below or send me an email:

LANDSAT Map / SITE Former site of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's Plant B-1


LISTEN/DOWNLOAD [MP3] VOICES Craig Paup (BHS 67) and Maria Hall

SB CUE Where I-5 and CA-170 diverge
NB CUE Olive Ave.

Adjacent to the I-5, bordered by Victory Place to the east, Empire Avenue to the north, Buena Vista Street to the west and railroad tracks to the south.

Trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE), volatile organic compound contamination (VOCs), and hexavalent chromium groundwater contamination.

Lockheed opened a plant in Burbank in the 1930s, and during WWII employed over 80,000 people in producing aircraft there. In 1943 Burbank became home to Lockheed's secret aerospace development facility, formerly codenamed the Skunk Works, which was located at Plant B-1, 2300 Empire Avenue, and covered over 100 acres adjacent to the Bob Hope/Burbank Airport. Lockheed-Martin moved out of Burbank in the early 1990s, but left behind a toxic legacy of its activities, including a plume of contaminated groundwater. The many chemicals improperly disposed of on site over the Skunk Works sixty-year Burbank tenure included solvents TCE and PCE, and hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen.

The former Lockheed facility is considered a major polluter of the designated San Fernando Valley Superfund Site (Area 1), which defines a four-mile zone of contaminated groundwater. Groundwater monitoring from 1981 to 1987 revealed that approximately fifty percent of the water supply wells in over 5254 acres of the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley were contaminated. In 1984 TCE and PCE groundwater contamination was discovered in water supply wells in Burbank. The area is part of the San Fernando Valley groundwater basin, an aquifer that had provided drinking water to over 800,000 local residents. Contamination sources at Lockheed included underground storage tanks, sumps, degreasers, and pipes. Exposure to groundwater contaminants can occur through ingesting drinking water, washing or bathing, and through inhalation of VOCs in vapors during showering.

In 1996, thousands of Burbank residents sued Lockheed after learning the company had paid out $66 million in secret settlements to 1,357 residents, and $30 million to workers for illness and loss of property value. In 2002, Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle all outstanding claims by residents who contend that they were sickened by decades of chemical contamination at the site. Besides civil lawsuits, Lockheed has had to pay more than $265 million since the late 1980s to clean up underground drinking water supplies, and they could spend as much as $100 million more in the next two decades.

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Schiff pushing for answers on chromium 6
September 02, 2000

Buck Wargo and Paul Clinton

BURBANK -- State Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) wants to talk about chromium in the ground water. Schiff, who is pushing state lawmakers to fast track a study on the effects of chromium 6 in the drinking water of Burbank and neighboring communities, said Thursday he plans to hold a public hearing on the issue in Burbank in October.

On Friday, a bill introduced by Schiff two days earlier passed the Legislature that would compel the State Department of Public Health to complete a study by January 2002 to determine whether levels of chromium in drinking water taken from the San Fernando Basin aquifer should be reduced. The bill would also require public water systems to determine levels of hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6.

After passing the Legislature Friday, Schiff's bill is headed to Gov. Gray Davis' desk. The governor has until Sept. 30 to sign it. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich also annouced Friday that he would urge his colleagues to order countywide testing of drinking water at their Sept. 5 meeting.

Despite the presence of the known carcinogen in ground water, officials have insisted that Burbank's water supply -- which is blended with water from the Metropolitan Water District and treated locally -- is safe.

In 1998, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment proposed reducing accepted levels of chromium to 2.5 parts per billion in drinking water. The state now permits 50 parts per billion, half the national standard of 100 parts per billion.

State Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), who heads the senate's Health and Human Services committee, has agreed to join Schiff at the hearing. State health officials have said it could take up to five more years to implement the 1998 proposal. The risks of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, in drinking water are still being studied. Chromium 6 accounts for a portion of the total chromium. Cities currently test for levels of total chromium.

"I am concerned about the high levels of chromium 6 in the water supply," Schiff said. "They are evidently higher than anticipated, and we ought to have an accelerated study on whether this poses a health risk. Five years is totally unacceptable."

Lea Brooks, a spokesman for the Department of Health Services, said her office has not taken a position on the bill. The department is drafting regulations to monitor the toxin, she said.

"It is a very lengthy process," Brooks said. "A lot of steps need to be taken. ... We don't know how big a problem it is yet. That is the first step in the whole process."

The state Regional Water Quality Control Board announced last week it was launching an investigation to identify companies responsible for chromium contamination. Burbank Public Service Department employees test for total chromium and hexavalent chromium in ground water wells. The toxin has been detected as high as 29 parts per billion for chromium 6 and 50 parts per billion for total chromium. One well registered a 110 parts-per-billion reading three years ago.

Public Service Director Ron Davis said he supported Schiff's efforts and urged state health officials to offer more research from medical experts to back up their 2.5-parts-per-billion recommendation.

"It's a well intentioned response, but it doesn't have a lot of data," Davis said. "It's a thin study."

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Former residents limited by settlement
January 17, 2001

Jenna Bordelon

BURBANK -- Two former Burbank residents have lost the fight to continue their battle against Lockheed Martin Corp., officials said Friday. A Burbank Superior Court judge ruled in December that Lynnell Murray-Madrid and her sister, Erin Baker of Florida, were restrained by a settlement approved Dec. 8 by their attorney, Thomas G. Foley Jr. The women wanted to continue fighting Lockheed by filing their own lawsuit, but Judge Carl J. West ruled they could not pursue the matter after their attorney had already agreed to a good-faith settlement. Neither Murray-Madrid nor Foley could be reached for comment.

Nearly 400 current and former residents voted to accept the $5-million offer in October for illnesses they allege were contracted from Lockheed chemical byproducts. It has been reported that the plaintiffs accepted the money because the statute of limitations on their claim was running out.

About 3,000 additional residents sued Lockheed in 1996 after Lockheed agreed to pay 1,350 residents a $60-million settlement earlier that year. West dismissed many of those claims in September. A meeting between representatives for Lockheed and the plaintiffs will be held Jan. 19 to hash out who will be included in the settlement, Lockheed spokeswoman Gail Rymer said. She said that both sides have drawn on cash reserves since the claims were filed in 1996.

"We've spent several million dollars in defense," she said. "We will issue a $5-million check to Mr. Foley, and he will determine how it will be distributed."

Rymer said Lockheed, which manufactured aircraft for the military in Burbank from 1928 to 1991, was pleased with the ruling. "Judge West has shown great compassion for all involved in this case," Rymer said. "We understand Mrs. Madrid's concerns, but feel that the judge has made the appropriate ruling in including her in this settlement."

She added that Lockheed has spent about $250 million to clean up contaminants -- including hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6 -- from the soil and ground water.

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Illnesses come to light in claims

Residents cite cancer, diseases in animals as proof of chromium 6 contamination.

June 17, 2009|By Christopher Cadelago

BURBANK — As their attorneys shuffle between four similar lawsuits that allege the Walt Disney Co. has for decades contaminated groundwater with cancer-causing chromium 6 and other toxic chemicals, stories of ill health from the plaintiffs are beginning to emerge.

In the latest lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by the Sacramento-based firm Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP on behalf of 16 people with strong ties to the Rancho District, the plaintiffs claim Disney dumped wastewater contaminated with hexavalent chromium from its on-site cooling systems down the centerline of Parkside Avenue, toward Parish Place and across Riverside Drive into the so-called Polliwog, an 11-acre parcel near the studio’s Imagineering facilities.

“The water, without warning, would rush down like a flood,” said resident Bob Bell, who in 1945 paid $25,000 for his home at the corner of Parkside Avenue. “Water hopped the curb and flooded the streets for hours on end.”

While Bell is not part of the lawsuit, plaintiffs first became aware of the alleged toxic contaminants, including chromium 6, trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene, in February, after a representative of Environmental World Watch revealed results of an ongoing soil investigation. Plaintiff Sue Panuska said she has long suspected contamination.

“We live in one of the most beautiful areas of Los Angeles in a neighborhood that has come to be known as the city’s best-kept secret,” said Panuska, one of 16 residents who joined the June 9 lawsuit. “But contamination of the Polliwog has been the neighborhood’s dirty little secret. We’re hoping that because Disney created this carnage, that they will come forward and clean it up.”

Panuska is one of a handful of residents who fiercely opposed a planned sewer project by the city of Los Angeles. At the time, she spearheaded a neighborhood effort to raise $5,000 to test for toxic chemicals as part of a challenge to the draft environmental impact report.

Standing at the intersection of Parkside Avenue and Parish Place, Panuska gestured down several neighboring streets, pointing out the homes whose residents she said were diagnosed with various cancers, and listing off dozens of cases where horses, dogs and cats came down with various maladies.

Disney officials have denied all of the charges in the lawsuits, and last week pointed to an October 2006 soil investigation by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control that found chromium levels in the area “below levels of concern” and well within state and EPA regulations.

“In light of this, we believe these lawsuits are grossly inaccurate and meritless,” spokesman Jonathan Friedland said.

On Beachwood Drive, plaintiff Dennis Weisenbaugh reflected on the life of his office manager, Gene Montoya, who two years ago died of liver failure after eight years of working eight-hour days from his home office.

Three of Weisenbaugh’s horses were diagnosed with diseases similar to laminitis, a painful inflammation of the foot, and had to be put down. At the Polliwog this weekend, large groups of children played tag and several more rode bicycles. The undeveloped site — hemmed in by West Riverside Drive, South Reese Place, South Beachwood Drive and the Ventura (134) Freeway — regularly sees horses and riders, and high school athletes train for cross-country meets at the facility, Weisenbaugh said.

“There are other places to play,” he said. “Keep them out of there until we know it’s safe.”

Plaintiffs William and Robin McCall, whose house looks out onto Parish Place, organized a May 14 neighborhood meeting to discuss the issue.

“We’re afraid of the consequences of living in this house,” said Robin McCall, whose husband began to develop “huge open sores that itched and oozed” three years ago. “Ultimately, I care more about the bodies than I do property. I want the Polliwog and homes that are contaminated to be cleaned up.”

Plaintiffs in the June 9 suit are seeking damages for restitution, “disgorgement of profits” and compensation for any damage to surrounding property values. Testing of the Polliwog parcel, which is owned by the city of Los Angeles, discovered “significant quantities” of chromium 6, according to the June 3 lawsuit filed by resident Dennis Jackson and Environmental World Watch, a Delaware corporation with offices in North Hollywood.

The lawsuit alleges that Disney has contaminated wastewater with chromium 6 from its on-site cooling systems since 1988. The organization also claims that recent tests show dirt dust and micro-fine hexavalent particles migrated off the Polliwog property, attaching to clothing, shoes, hair and horse hooves to such an extent that anyone walking on the parcel would be exposed to the toxic chemicals and carry residue with them, according to the lawsuit.

C. Brooks Cutter, attorney for the plaintiffs, would not comment on the lawsuits.

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APTwater wins $5M Burbank contract

O&M deal also calls for company to clean groundwater contaminated by Lockheed

Dec 2010

BURBANK, CA: APTwater, the Long Beach-based water services and technology company, has won its most significant contract to date to operate and maintain the Burbank Department of Water and Power groundwater treatment facility and address contamination issues.

The contract, valued in excess of $5 million, is a one-year deal with four optional one-year extensions. The water plant treats about 13 MGD and runs 24 hours a day.

“We just provided a good team and good solutions and a fair price,” APTwater CEO David Stanton said of the awarding of the contract, which had previously run by his former company SouthWest Water.

APTwater offers additional technology services for clients such as Burbank, which has specific water contamination issues. Burbank is working to clean water under the city that had been contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethylene, by Lockheed and has been declared an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site. In 2001, Lockheed settled with the EPA over violations involving the groundwater treatment system at its Burbank Operable Unit. Lockheed is paying for the APTwater contract.

APTwater plans to compete for more contracts that combine its ability to operate a water system with specific technologies it offers, Stanton said.

“We would like to provide water services and use our technology to enhance our service,” Stanton said. “We want to show that we can use our new technology over time, run it well and add value. We are looking for the clients that are not the generic O&Ms.”

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Airport, Lockheed Reach Settlement Over Contaminated Groundwater

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will pay $2 million to Lockheed Martin in connection with a lawsuit over responsibility for contaminated groundwater in the area of Bob Hope Airport. In exchange, the aerospace company will defend the authority against having to contribute to a $108 million fund to clean the contaminated aquifer.

The U.S. Environment Protection Agency in July added the authority and other property owners, including Home Depot Inc. and Public Storage, to a list of those who should help pay clean chemicals in the groundwater.

The authority has been in extended litigation with Lockheed Martin, from which it purchased the property for the airport in 1978. The authority has long contended that in selling off the land, Lockheed had agreed to defend and indemnify the authority against any claims stemming from the years that Lockheed operated there. The settlement was a pure business decision, said Airport Authority President Frank Quintero.

“When we considered legal costs of resisting the EPA action, potential actual costs of participating in the EPA cleanup program, and the burden of continuing the dispute with Lockheed, it was clear this settlement was the most advantageous option for the authority and for airport travelers, who ultimately have to pay the tab,” Quintero said.

For more than 20 years the EPA has operated extraction wells to draw out water from the aquifer contaminated by aircraft manufacturing from the decades when Lockheed Martin owned the land straddling Burbank and North Hollywood.

Mark R. Madler

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$3 Million For More Water: Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood Included in Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Site

By Mars Melnicoff, Wed., Mar. 9 2011 @ 3:49PM
​The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces two settlements -- for a total of over $3 million -- with companies believed to be responsible for "industrial" chemicals in the soil and groundwater in areas including parts of Glendale, North Hollywood and Burbank.

Not to worry though, this is actually a good thing. It doesn't mean that you showered last night with Bath and Body Works Lavender Breeze shower gel -- and a surprise handful of trichloroethylene.

It DOES mean:

There will be more clean water tap-able and also more protection against chance of future contamination.

The affected area as a whole is known the San Fernando Valley Superfund Site.

What is a Superfund? Superfunds are areas designated by the EPA that need some super cleaning.

"We will investigate contamination in groundwater and soil in order to identify more sites," Rusty Harris-Bishop, communications coordinator for the EPA division in charge at this site tells L.A. Weekly. "We need to find out the extent of where there is chromium contamination in ground water ... We know where it isn't, but we want to find out where it is so we can prevent the chance of contamination from migrating."

Treatment plants filter industrial chemicals out of the water before we drink it -- this project will make sure more and more water that has been contaminated becomes useful again.

The money will go toward two main things:

1) Increasing the capacity of water treatment plants, so that there is more drinkable water available, and

2) More research into the extent of the problem.

"This is a big problem," Harris-Bishop tells the Weekly. "It is a long project [started here in 1986] and the site is large. If we encounter new work, we have to go find more funds."

Which is what they did. $2.2 million of the settlements will go toward expanding the treatment system and the rest toward finding more contaminated areas to tap into and clean in the future -- and to prevent spreading.

Looking red-handed -- and being held accountable by footing the bill and chipping in on the work are: Goodrich Corporation, ITT Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation and PRC DeSoto International, Inc.

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UPDATE JUNE 20, 2018

EPA orders Lockheed Martin, Honeywell to clean contaminated Valley water
By Brenda Gazzar | | Daily News
PUBLISHED: June 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two aerospace companies to complete more than $21 million in cleanup work at a Superfund site near Hollywood Burbank Airport, the agency announced Wednesday. Following two intense years of negotiation, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. have agreed to expand groundwater treatment and do more groundwater contamination studies at the San Fernando Valley Area 1 Superfund site – a 20-square-mile area of contaminated groundwater located mostly in North Hollywood and Burbank, federal officials said. Superfund sites are those that have been significantly contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup. This Valley Superfund site was once used to build airplanes and other devices. Chemicals were dumped into the ground here before experts understood that it would pollute the massive reservoir of water that lies under the San Fernando Valley.

Since 1989, roughly $250 million has been spent in the building and operating of Superfund remedies by a number of responsible parties, said Caleb Shaffer, the EPA’s section chief for Superfund Region 9. The remedies have resulted in the removal of more than 6,000 pounds of harmful volatile organic compounds at the site as well as the treatment of over 10 billion gallons of groundwater.
“The bunching of these three orders really represent a significant upgrade and expansion in terms of the amount of contamination that would be captured. It really represents a monumental success,” Shaffer said. “It will not only continue to capture the contamination that we’ve been capturing since 1989, but because of these improvements it will accelerate that and will capture more quickly, more efficiently.” Because the pollution reached the groundwater and was defused over the years within a large area, the remedy is going to have to operate for “decades and decades,” Shaffer said.

Lockheed and Honeywell make up two of the larger parties that the EPA has worked with that are responsible for the contamination. Shaffer said they have both stepped up in good faith to address the issue, he said. The federal agency has looked at 800 parties at 400 different facilities and found that “a large number of them were responsible.” The site is divided into the “Burbank Operable Unit” that’s located mainly in the city of Burbank and south of the Burbank airport as well as the “North Hollywood Operable Unit,” which is west of the Burbank site. Honeywell must build four wells to extract contaminated groundwater on the western end of the North Hollywood site and build a treatment system for harmful volatile organic compounds to prevent further groundwater contamination, according to the EPA. That project, which will be completed in 2019, is estimated to cost $10 million.

In addition, Lockheed Martin Corp. must design, build and operate wells to extract contaminated groundwater for the eastern portion of the North Hollywood site, according to the EPA. Federal officials say the system, which will cost about $10 million and will be completed around 2020, will prevent the further spread of groundwater contamination. The EPA also modified its 2009 decision to clean up groundwater contamination at the North Hollywood site. Among the changes are increased groundwater extraction and expanded treatment plant capacity to treat extracted water. Finally, Lockheed has to conduct a feasibility study at the Burbank area site, where groundwater conditions and the spread of contamination has changed due to fluctuating water levels. Data from that study, which will cost up to $1 million dollars, will be used to develop any necessary steps to prevent further contamination. Laura Toole, a spokeswoman for Lockheed Martin, said in an email that the company is already working to implement the actions outlined by the EPA and “will continue working cooperatively with EPA and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Burbank Water and Power, to meet all of its cleanup commitments.”

A spokeswoman for Honeywell said in a written statement that the company is “committed to continuing our work under the direction of EPA to fulfill our obligations.” The EPA will continue to work with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power along with the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board to implement a full cleanup, according to federal officials. LADWP has seven well fields near or within the San Fernando Valley Area 1 Superfund site. Over the last decade, groundwater from the agency’s well fields has contributed to about 12 percent of the city’s water supply, according to the EPA. In the San Fernando Valley, there are also Superfund sites in Glendale and just south of Glendale, Shaffer said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Basking Shark Video Makes the News

Just got off the phone with my daughter who is getting lots of calls/emails from local/foreign news stations, marine biologists, etc asking permission to use video/pics that she took of the huge but harmless basking shark with her friend, Josh, in his 14 ft kayak on March 17, 2011, at the Panama City Beach pier.

This link is of a morning show today:

The following are photos she posted on a few fishing forums March 18, 2011:

“This was in Panama City Beach yesterday off our county pier, thought I'd share! Ryan took this first pic of Josh with a basking shark” - Captain Linda Cavitt

This post was modified at March 18, 2011 - 9:53am (EST) by Linda


Here’s the youtube video (same as above) which has about 100K hits!

Cathy Palmer
BHS '67

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Facebook Fun with Friends

Here are a few great photos from Cathy Nicholls Coyle's Facebook!

Tom Holst, Betty White and Cathy on the set of Hot in Cleveland where John works security - wow!

St Patrick's Day Party with the Nicholls clan... where's the green beer??

John and Cathy Coyle, Tom Holst and Madelaine Zelenay Whiteman on Balboa Island yesterday

Reunions - Burbank Leader,0,7012712.story

March 18, 2011 3:44 p.m.

BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL: Burbank High School Class of 1971 is having its 40th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Sheraton Universal. Other classes are welcome to attend. For reservations, e-mail Valerie Scott at



Hoover High School Class of 1991will have its 20th reunion on Oct. 8 at the Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Reservations: (800) 655-7971.


Hoover High School Class of 1961 will have its 50th reunion on Oct. 22 at Annandale Golf Club, 1 N. San Rafael Ave. in Pasadena. Reservations: (818) 500-8823 or (818) 846-7226.



Crescenta Valley High School Class of 1991 will have its 20th reunion on July 23 at Angeles National Golf Course, 9401 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando Valley CA 91040. The early-bird cost is $65 per person until April 1. For more information contact Sosi at (818) 621-1980 after 5 p.m. or e-mail the website The class is also on Facebook @ CV Falcons – Class of 1991.



Glendale High School Class of 1981 will have its 30th reunion on July 23 at the Hilton Hotel, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Reservations: (800) 655-7971.



The next Senior Bulldog Luncheon will be at 11 a.m. April 4 at the Burbank Elks, 2232 N. Hollywood Way. Lunch is $12.



The Anson Williams Charity Golf Tournament is being organized by the Burbank and Burroughs high school classes of 1960 to 1980 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at DeBell Golf Course, 1500 E. Walnut Ave., Burbank. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Angel Trust, whose purpose is to fund Alumni Associations and Individuals in making a positive difference in the lives of graduates. The fund enables its trustees to offer resources (financial and other) to families in need. Entry fee $145 a player. For information, e-mail; golf questions—; auction— Hors d'oeuvres served with no host bar at awards ceremony. Food is included in the player price and volunteers eat for free. Facebook

Friday, March 18, 2011

Party for Tom Holst (BHS 67)... and You're Invited!

Hey CP: We are planning a get together for Tom Holst on March 23rd at 6 pm at the DeBell Clubhouse in Burbank. Hope anyone who is in the area can come and see him!

Cathy Nicholls Coyle (BHS 67)