December 4, 2008
BURBANK — Det. Brent Dyrness served water and iced tea and picked up tips from diners Thursday at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood restaurant in an effort to get the diners to donate money to the Tri-Valley Special Olympics chapter. Dyrness’ task was a change from his regular detective work at the Burbank Police Department. But he didn’t mind because he said he knew his efforts would help raise money for the nonprofit sports organization. The fundraiser also got him out of the office and into server mode.
March 1, 2011
Roughly $12,000 was raised on Sunday to help support an annual relay and to possibly reignite the Burbank Police Citizens Academy Program. The Burbank Police Officers Assn. and the Burbank Police Department Baker to Vegas Committee raised the money during its first Cool Blue Bocce Ball Tournament on Sunday at Lakeside Country Club. Burbank Police run the annual Baker to Vegas relay race in April in memory of Burbank Police officers Matthew Pavelka, who was killed in the line of duty, and Danny Crawford.
April 26, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Some 700 athletes will hit the fields of Glendale High School today to compete in the Special Olympics Southern California Tri Valley regional games. "We're going nuts, if you want to know the truth," said Jan Maseda, the Tri Valley's regional director. About 700 athletes ranging in age from 8 to 80 will compete in basketball, tennis, bocce ball, aquatics and track and field-type events. One hundred more children, 6 months to 7 1/2 years, will compete in the event's mini-meet.
June 12, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Only retirement could keep Burbank Police Det. Carl Costanzo from carrying the torch for the Special Olympics next year. Costanzo has participated since his department got involved with the Special Olympics 15 years ago. After running through the city Wednesday to hand the torch to Glendale Police officers at Alameda Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard, he paused for a few moments before he began to run back to the Burbank Police station and thought about this weekend's competition.
June 14, 2009
BURBANK— Boy Scout Mark Thomas wouldn’t have wanted to spend his Saturday morning any other way than beautifying one of the city’s most cherished facilities Armed with hand shovels and gardening gloves, Mark, 17, and 25 other Boy Scouts and volunteers, dug holes for blossoming bougainvillea and laid wood chips in a planting bed along the Salvation Army’s building exterior wall on Angeleno Avenue. “I wanted something that was going to be there for them and easy to maintain afterward,” the Burbank resident said.
May 21, 2005
Rima Shah The superhero buried within Shayan Rahimimanesh is ready to come out today. But rather than swinging from building to building as the die-hard Spiderman fan may like, he will be shooting winning hoops at the Tri-Valley Special Olympics. The 16-year-old 11th-grader from Glendale High School and Burbank resident Jon Howard, 41, will play for the local basketball team after months of practice. But win or lose, the superheroes have already made a difference in the lives of their family and friends.
September 13, 2008
NOON LION RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOR Burbank Noon Lions Club member Robb Roberts was presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest honor bestowed by Lions Club International, over the summer. He has been a member of the Burbank Noon Lions for more than 25 years. During this time, he has been actively involved in supporting the eyeglass program for low-income residents, collecting eyeglasses for recycling and chairing the sponsorship of Burbank Middle School Teen Dances.
March 18, 2014
The bocce tournament was well underway when retired LAPD detective Michael Pavelka turned toward the hill to orient himself. Standing next to the clubhouse at Lakeside Golf Club, he looked out past the clubhouse gate and past Warner Bros. He craned his neck toward Forest Lawn Cemetery, which he visits on holidays and on his son's birthday. He never really connects with his son there. “I feel Matthew nearby, every day, at home,” Michael Pavelka said. On Nov. 15, 2003, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka was gunned down while on patrol.