The818now | | March 12, 2013
With a fire extinguisher strapped to his back, Jeff Ponton gripped a pull-up bar one recent morning and lifted his 146-pound body while his classmates cheered him on. “Up!” yelled Burbank Fire Capt. Tray White, 13 times. “C'mon Pon, 13!” He finished the set, and hopped off. “Next guy, let's go!” White bellowed. Ponton is one of nine people training for a job as a firefighter with the Burbank Fire Department. PHOTOS: Burbank Fire Academy trains new recruits Short-staffed by about 10 firefighters because of back-to-back retirements the last two years, the department is eager to integrate the new class, said Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan.
June 4, 2012
The dry-cleaning business at Alameda and Pass avenues has been known as Milt & Edie's since 1995 although Milt and Edie Chortkoff have been in business there since 1989. Now, there's more to catch the eye than mere hot pink trim and window shades. The gregarious Milt Chortkoff last week chatted and shook hands with customers, city officials and the artists that made his latest project a reality - a mural on a back wall depicting the evolution of laundry and dry cleaning.
March 21, 2013
A female rider in the Cavalia Odysseo show suffered minor injuries after being dragged by her horse during the Wednesday night's performance, Burbank Fire Department officials said. Deputy Fire Marshal Jorge Martinez said a performer fell off her horse mid-show. While attempting to climb back on, her foot caught in the stirrup, and the horse dragged her on the ground for a short distance. The performer suffered a concussion and minor head injuries, said Martinez, and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. -- Daniel Siegal, Times Community News Follow Daniel Siegal on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal .
December 25, 2004
Mark R. Madler Four men are scheduled to appear in court Monday in connection with a stabbing of a Glendale man. Officers responding to a fight in a convenience store parking lot late Tuesday night at Glenoaks Boulevard and Naomi Street found a blood trail at the scene leading them to believe someone had been injured, said Burbank Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Jette. A 25-year-old Glendale man was taken to an area hospital with three stab wounds that were described as non-life threatening, Jette said, adding that the man has been interviewed by detectives.
November 11, 2011
Burbank Unified officials have outlined plans to increase the minimum age for incoming kindergarten students while simultaneously launching a new program to serve those who don't make the modified cut-off date. The move will bring the district into compliance with new state legislation designed to eliminate younger children from the classroom who experts say sometimes can be unprepared. The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, requires that all students entering kindergarten in 2014 must turn 5 by Sept.
March 27, 2013
A Scout's Eagle project could save a life. Gordon Greer, of Burbank Boy Scout Troop 209, received the rank of Eagle Scout during his Eagle Court of Honor in February. This is the highest rank a member can receive in Scouting. In addition to earning all the required merit badges, Gordon had to complete an Eagle project. This includes planning, developing and giving leadership to others in a project that benefits one's community. With the help of his fellow Boy Scouts, he constructed mileage and altitude markers, planting them every half-mile from the base of Stough Canyon Nature Center to the first radio tower.
February 27, 2013
“As an advocate of homeless animals, it is great for all of us with the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) to see so many people be extremely generous and willing to help us do what we do,” said Alexis Cole who serves as the organization's director of development. Along with being generous and willing to help the VBAS achieve their goals - to provide medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and to eliminate animal homelessness in Burbank - the people referred to by Cole were also interested in enjoying an evening of comedy, cocktails and culinary delights as the VBAS staged their “Third Annual Laugh Your Tail Off” fundraiser at Flapper's Comedy Club last Thursday.
April 26, 2013
Sociologist Max Weber first advanced the idea of a Protestant work ethic in 1914. A recent study suggests that not only does this ethic exist, it can make the effects of unemployment worse for Protestants than for non-Protestants. The Dutch survey, which used data from 150,000 people in 82 countries traditionally identified as Protestant - including the U.S., U.K., South Africa, Germany and others - found that while unemployment has a negative effect on everyone, it affects Protestants more, up to 40% more in some cases.
May 29, 2010
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February 15, 2013
Marcus LoVett Jr., one of the most highly touted sophomore boys' basketball players in the country , has left Providence High, head of school Joe Sciuto said Friday in a statement. Earlier this month, LoVett, the reigning All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year and Burbank Leader Male Athlete of the Year, left the team and didn't compete for the Pioneers in Wednesday's 72-66 loss to Lancaster Desert Christian in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs.
August 30, 2011
Papoo's Hot Dog Show in Burbank closed its doors Sunday after 62 years of serving countless hot dogs, hamburgers and mugs of cold beer. Its most recent owner, Leona Gardner, said she'll remember fondly the staff and customers who made the hole-in-the-wall restaurant such a vibrant and unique place. What are some of the favorite memories you have at Papoo's Hot Dog Show? “We had a 70th birthday party here for Tim Hawkins, who we call the mayor of Toluca Lake. It was just wonderful.
December 14, 2002
BURROUGHS HIGH -- Coach Linda Murphy has been a girls' volleyball institution at Burroughs High for 18 years. However, the former Olympic player and respected coach will not be back for her 19th season as the Indians' mentor, as the school has decided to replace Murphy. Murphy said she was shocked when she was informed she would no longer be running the Burroughs program. Preferring not to talk about the situation and reluctant to address the decision by the school's administration, Murphy instead relayed her feelings in a fax on Friday.
March 30, 2010
UNIVERSAL CITY - A 30-year-old man wanted on attempted murder charges in Indiana led police on a multi-county pursuit that ended shortly after Burbank police officers opened fire in a busy intersection, shattering the driver's side window, later striking the man and sending him to a local hospital, authorities said. Beginning near the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, Steven S. Satterly led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase on the westbound Foothill (210)
May 3, 2013
Gorgen Zargarian looks out the window as a young woman in a vintage yellow Volkswagen “Thing” pulls into his auto shop. “Hey baby, how is your car run?” he asks while clutching a mechanic's tool. “Do you have trouble with your transmission?” The 62-year-old self-described “young old man” then busts into song and dance amid three young women in cut-off denim shorts. So starts the web commercial for Arlen's Transmission, a Burbank auto shop in business for 22 years, produced by the comedy and directing duo Rhett and Link.
May 15, 2013
Iron Man is already part of an elite crew of superheroes, but now he is set to join a rarefied group at the box office. "Iron Man 3," the third film in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. , will pass the $1-billion milestone, possibly by Wednesday night. As of Tuesday morning, Walt Disney Studios said the Shane Black-directed movie had collected $962.2 million worldwide and was still selling tickets in territories worldwide. The well-reviewed picture will become only the 16th film to gross over $1 billion globally, and the first in Marvel Studios' Tony Stark trilogy to cross the impressive milestone.