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San Fernando Valley Burbank Students: Warner Bros. Studios announced the winners of its annual REACH scholarships. Two high school seniors from Burbank receive $10,000 and four consecutive paid summer internships at the studio in the area of their interest. A third student receives a $2,500 scholarship and two consecutive paid summer internships. Paige Andrews will attend California State University, Northridge to study communications. She is a graduate of John Burroughs High School. Grace Babbes will attend Chapman University where she will study film production. She is a graduate of Providence High School. Thomas DeMasters will study technical theater at a local community college. He is a graduate of Burroughs High School. “The REACH Program offers me a true shot at the career of my dreams,” DeMasters said. Warner Bros. has awarded the scholarships to seniors attending Burbank schools since 2005 to provide students on-the-job opportunities to explore the myriad career options within the company. Calabasas Programs: Best election coverage and performing art programming were among the categories won by the City of Calabasas government access channel at the annual conference for the States of California and Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. The awards recognize excellence in government programming from cities in California and Nevada. CTV the Calabasas Channel won first place for best performing arts program and best economic development program for City Spotlight; first place for its 2008 and 2009 election coverage; second place for overall excellence, best program promo for City Spotlight, and best environmental program for City Spotlight coverage of the 2008 Bio Blitz event. Northridge Bike: JBL Inc. has become a sponsor of the Trek World Racing Team. JBL and parent company Harman International Industries Inc. will supply audio equipment to support the team during the 2009 mountain trail season. From the JBL-mobile-audio-equipped team trailer that transports the team’s gear to each race to the JBL professional speakers used in the Trek pit area, the JBL brand is bringing the latest in audio technology to these athletes. The JBL brand has supported the Trek racing team for 11 years. “Cyclists leverage music to help them do their personal best, and the JBL partnership with Trek shows the brand’s passion for elite mountain biking,” said Michael Browne, Mountain Bike Brand Manager, Trek Worldwide. Woodland Hills Payments: Music Reports Inc. is providing services to collect royalties on music made available through interactive streams and conditional downloads. Music Reports issued more than 5 million compulsory licenses to music publishers and negotiated thousands of voluntary licenses to provide accounting to more than 12,000 music publishing administrators. “Our compulsory licensing program has enabled digital music services to get to market quickly with the lowest possible transaction costs,” said Douglas J. Brainin, President and CEO of Music Reports, Inc. “With the launch of our new Web-enabled royalty accounting system, we are establishing a new level of transparency and efficiency in royalty accounting.” Collecting on mechanical rights of music distributed by downloads and streams was reached between the NMPA, RIAA, and DiMA, before the Copyright Royalty Board. Sherman Oaks Search: Scour.com received a 2009 Webware 100 award in recognition for its innovative search capabilities. Scour was chosen from among thousands of entries to Webware, a CNET site. The winners were selected through an inline voting poll in which more than 630,000 votes were cast. The award is further proof of the popularity of Scour, a social search engine bridging the gap between algorithmic and human powered search, said Daniel Yomtobian, president and CEO of Scour. “We are thrilled that both search users and the Webware community so strongly agree and have recognized Scour as the next generation in search,” Yomtobian said. Food: Sisley Italian Kitchen is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The four-restaurant chain was founded by Jamie and Francine Alba, former actors turned restaurateurs who infuse their colorful personalities and boundless energy into the daily running of the Sisley restaurants. To celebrate their anniversary, the Albas are featuring a special promotional menu celebrating their milestone year. Sisley also announced a new line of vegetarian dishes. Locations are in Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Valencia and West L.A. Canoga Park Busway: Stantec Consulting Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide construction management support services for the extension of the Orange Line busway. The $215.6 million extension, officially called the Transportation Corridor project, goes from the existing Canoga Park station four miles north to the Chatsworth Metrolink train station to provide transit service into the northern San Fernando Valley. The full seven-year contract with Stantec includes other projects, including widening the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass and a new Metro Union Division Bus Maintenance and Operations Facility in Los Angeles. Glendale Cars: The Americana at Brand hosted the second annual Concours d’Elegance on May 31. The show featured 25 cars from the Petersen Automotive Museum collection many of which were either owned by Hollywood celebrities or appeared in major motion pictures. Car enthusiasts, families and shoppers got a rare look at classic cars once owned by Elton John, Steve McQueen, David Lee Roth, Katherine Hepburn and others. Universal City Eating: The Daily Grill opened a new casual version of its popular restaurant, the Daily Grill Express at Universal City Walk. The menu features burgers, salads and sandwiches along with steaks and seafood with more accessible prices for tourists and locals alike. A full bar features happy hour daily 4-7pm with specially priced happy hour appetizers. For kids 11 and under, Daily Grill Express offers an all inclusive kid’s menu: Entree, soft drink and dessert to-go. Conejo Valley Thousand Oaks Biotech: Thousand Oaks Economic Development Manager Gary Wartik attended the International Biotechnology Conference in Atlanta from May 18 to 21. More than 1,700 companies representing 30 states and 40 countries participated. The conference drew an attendance of 15,000 people. Wartik represented the city as part of Team California, a group made up of cities, counties and economic development corporations to bring new business to the state. Even if a company doesn’t locate to Thousand Oaks and chooses instead Sherman Oaks or Santa Barbara, that is still a good thing, Wartik said. “It still brings good paying jobs and we benefit from each other’s success,” Wartik said. Green: A new $8.5 million social and behavioral science building broke ground June 4 on the California Lutheran University campus. The Swenson Center for Academic Excellence will be the Thousand Oaks-based school’s first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. The lobby will be cooled using natural ventilation rather than air-conditioning. The building was designed to take advantage of natural airflow, with dampers opening automatically in the morning to bring in cool air and close when sensors detect the outside air is too warm. Natural light will provide most of the illumination in corridors and offices. The Swenson Center is slated for completion by August 2010 as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration. Telescope: Space shuttle astronauts installed two instruments made by a Teledyne Technologies Inc. subsidiary on last month’s mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The two instruments from Teledyne Scientifice & Imaging provide the Hubbell with a significantly improved capability for wide field imaging, with many discoveries expected to follow. An infrared imaging sensor placed in the wide field camera will enable the telescope to see further into space. A new electronic chip developed by Teledyne helped repair the advanced camera for survey. Westlake Village Veterans: Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park seeks volunteers to support a visit of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall over Labor Day weekend. A meeting takes place June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the memorial park to give more information to any individual or groups who want to volunteer. The three-quarter scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall in the nation’s capital has not been to the Conejo Valley in 10 years. Its appearance Sept. 4 to 7 is expected to attract more than 100,000 people. Pierce Brothers is located at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Santa Clarita Valley Santa Clarita Group: Business owners Yoti Telio and Jen O’Sullivan have formed a new professionals networking group. Event Pros International is made up of selected wedding and event planning specialists who are also avid community supporters with a dedicated belief in giving back through various charitable organizations each year. Telio is owner of Santa Clarita Photographic Studio while O’Sullivan operates Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography. “It is a tremendous blessing to be able to do what I love for a living and it is important to help others who are less fortunate,” O’Sullivan said. “Yoti and I firmly believe in supporting our hometown of Santa Clarita and as part of our efforts to give back we have decided to commit 10 percent of each member’s fees to LETMESAIL, a local organization for people with disabilities, offering social, recreational, and educational programs.”

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