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May 08, 2010

Man given police escort in car rally

Alexander McCormack, 21, who is battling muscular dystrophy, was granted his wish to see and hear exotics cars all in one place at one time.

A Ferrari car club met April 24 and made a ceremonial trip escorting McCormack and his family, who is visiting from Canada, from Burbank to Calabasas and then on to Santa Barbara, where they had events planned for the day. A total of 37 cars, made up of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches, joined in the event.

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The Burbank Police Department teamed up with the Ferrari club to help make the day special for the family. Motorcycle Officers Dan Turpin and Randy Lloyd escorted a small group of cars from the Pickwick Bowl to the Safari Inn where they picked up the family and escorted them back to the Pickwick.

From the Pickwick, Turpin and Lloyd escorted the cars from the Pickwick Bowling Center, via Riverside Drive to the Ventura (134) Freeway westbound where the cars were turned loose en route to Calabasas.

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All-class reunion for Burbank, Burroughs

Graduates of Burbank and Burroughs high schools came together during an all-school reunion April 24 on the patio of the Castaway.

A large contingent from Burbank High was huddled in a corner including Deyla Najar, Class of 1990; Denise Cruze, 1990; Paul Vlachos, 1989; Amy Monroe, 1989; Joe Miconi, 1989; Mike Blake; Bonnie Galloway, 1980; Michael Montante, 1980; and Dionne Bennett Williams, 1990.

The group keeps in touch through Facebook and gets together about once or twice a month at the Burbank Bar and Grill or the Blue Room, they said.

They were reminiscing about the teacher’s strike, the Burbank Burroughs football game and the blue paint splattered on the Indian emblem at Burroughs and red paint defacing the Pride sign at Burbank High.

On the other side of the patio was a group from Burroughs Julie MacDonald, Class of 1982; Patrick Farrell, 1982; Darlene Prichard Kroah, 1982; and Philipo Arancibia, who went to both schools but graduated from Burbank High in 1981.

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Leadership Burbank restores ‘B’

In recognition of the city of Burbank’s Centennial in 2011, the 2010 Class of Leadership Burbank restored the mountainside “B” on April 24 and 25 that has adorned the city since the 1920s.

The site was prepped and cleared with the help of volunteers so that two tons of materials, including white vinyl panels, reinforcing bar, weed cloth and stakes, could be airlifted to the site.

For more information, visit www.leadershipburbank.org.

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