January 11, 2013
The Burbank Salvation Army Community Center would like to thank the many individuals, companies, studios, Holiday Inn, City Employees, and organizations that helped make the Angel Tree Program a success again this year. The food, toys, bicycles and gifts were distributed in a beautiful winter wonderland setting with falling snow. More than 2,200 individuals had a merrier Christmas because of our many caring volunteers and friends. The Red Kettle Program enables us to provide food and needed supplies to numerous families each week, conduct church services in English and Spanish on Sundays, and to plan more youth and senior programs for the new Community Center.
November 9, 2012
The LED snowfall lights downtown are installed much too early. Each fall I've been downtown - sometimes on 80 degree days - only to see the holiday season already launched by our city. Let's give our citizens some time to embrace autumn before we commence the craziness of Christmas. Doug Bell Burbank
December 25, 2010
This year, perhaps more so than in any other in recent memory, people can relate to the desperation of Mary and Joseph as they searched frantically for shelter on the eve of Jesus' birth. No assets, poor, and completely dependent on the generosity of others, they came to rest in a stable, beaten back by the harsh realities of even the small town of Bethlehem. As the economy continues to weigh heavily on households — lost jobs, cut hours, lost health insurance — and with little hope for improvement in the near term, more and more people have had to settle into their own stables and accept the humility and frustrations that come with it. It's the range of impact that makes it all so staggering.
July 24, 2010
Christmas arrived early this month at La Providencia Guild Thrift Shop, 3301 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. Lorelei Kelley , chairwoman for this event, was helped by her committee, Joanne Bailey, Fanny Belle Mound, Malena Tapan , and Chris Welker , who hosted the complimentary coffee bar for all of the patrons. In fact, all the members of the guild helped on this event. The thrift shop turned into a holiday atmosphere for early holiday shopping and to buy some of the homemade baked goods contributed by the guild's members.
December 28, 2012
Nearing Christmas, with a tragedy lingering over the country, the last thing I expected to find in the local paper was a letter to the editor from Steve Urbanovich, bashing immigrants (“ Where is the union on day laborers ,” Dec. 19). It's a time of community, of finding agreement and values we all share, not tearing down and attacking others. How can anyone be so bitter? I would suggest he enjoy the company of his family while he can, and think about all the wonderful things in the world.
December 23, 2000
Dear Santa, First, I wanted to thank you for traveling around the universe to all the kids, giving them a gift with wishes and a warm heart. Every day, new kids are born, and we should think about about them, too. I hope you are not tired -- after all -- because I have one more wish for myself. Can you please get me a PlayStation game called Crash Team Racing or Crash Bash? Fady Ellaham, 8, Washington Are you a real person? Do you play ice hockey?
December 16, 2011
Hoping for a gift in this season of giving, about 30 needy people, mostly women, waited patiently for the doors to open at the Salvation Army near downtown Burbank Thursday morning. Ana and Tony Tamayo of North Hollywood said they heard about the Salvation Army's program to provide food and other items for Christmas through friends, and this year, they needed the extra assistance. “We lost our apartment, we lost our jobs, we're unemployed,” Tony Tamayo said in Spanish. “This helps us give something to our children.” The giveaway has happened every year since the Salvation Army opened its doors in Burbank in 1957, said Lt. Kari Rudd.
December 24, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Lilith Garibyan loves getting presents at Christmas- time, but she also looks forward to hearing the religious story behind the holiday every year. Lilith, a fourth-grader at Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, was one of about 45 children from Burbank and Glendale who performed Saturday during a Christmas celebration at the Armenian Church Western Diocese in Burbank. More than 800 people, including Armenian American children from public and private schools in Burbank and Glendale and their families, attended the event.
July 20, 2011
The Assistance League of Glendale hosts a “Christmas in July” sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Assistance League Thrift Alley, 314 E. Harvard St., Glendale. There will be ornaments, books, jewelry, crafts, formal outfits, fabrics and more for sale. The thrift alley will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Proceeds support the organization's philanthropies, some of which provide clothing and school supplies for children and academic scholarships.
December 16, 2006
W ith the holidays upon us, do you find yourselves getting caught up in the frenzy over shopping and gifts and all the related hustle and bustle? How do you deal with it, and do you worry that the true messages of the season get lost? My wife and I are both pastors and we serve different churches. That brings an added burden during the Christmas season because there are two of everything. That's two churches to decorate, two choir concerts, and the community outreach and mission projects to attend to as well as the regular meetings and worship preparations, both weekly and the special services to handle.