As of late Friday, no arrests had been made, but police said
because the vandalism was classified as a hate crime, officers were
giving additional attention to the investigation. The victims have
only lived in the neighborhood for a few months, and police said
there have been no similar incidents in the area.
Faulty refrigerator caused house fire
NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A two-alarm fire this week caused an
estimated $250,000 damage to a Burbank home.
The fire at 1058 Lamer St. broke out about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, fire
officials said. Six Burbank Fire companies arrived and reported heavy
smoke and fire from a carport and the back of the house, prompting
more companies from Burbank and Glendale to be dispatched at 5:27
Fire crews reported a knockdown of the fire at 5:38 p.m., but
firefighters remained at the home for more than an hour to complete
an extensive overhaul of the densely packed garage where the fire
began, fire officials said. The fire started when a refrigerator in
the garage malfunctioned, investigators said.
Shakespeare performed at library
MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Shakespeare at Play will stage "A Midsummer
Night's Dream," at 2 p.m. today at the Buena Vista Branch Library,
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Eight actors and one percussionist will perform in Comedia D'El
Arte style, a type of slapstick comedy.
Following the play, members of the acting troupe will be available
to talk to community members about beginning acting and swordfighting
classes that the group teaches to adults and children.
The play is free. For more information, call 238-5620.
Earthquake safety valves available
BURBANK -- Eligible single-family homeowners can request free
earthquake safety valves, which automatically shut off the gas when a
substantial earthquake occurs.
To qualify, one's yearly income must not exceed $30,850 per
individual or $35,250 per couple. Homes with above-ground meters
within two feet of the house, garage or an outside wall are eligible.
The city of Burbank will pay for the installation, but a $20
application fee is required. For more information, call the Home
Secure Program at 762-5892.
School transfer enrollment opens
BURBANK -- Open enrollment applications for intra-district pupil
transfers between Burbank High School and John Burroughs High School
are being accepted through May 14 by the school district's pupil
services office. The procedure is in compliance with California
Interscholastic Federation regulations.
A random lottery process, assuring all applicants an equal chance
of having their application drawn, will be conducted during the week
of May 19. A waiting list will be established, if necessary.
Parents or guardians will be notified, in writing by May 28, of
the student's transfer or placement on a waiting list.
Applicants should be dropped off at the district office, 1900 W.
For more information, call the pupil services office at 729-4467.