November 25, 2000
Lolita Harper MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Last year they spent the holidays in a 10-by-12-foot concrete room with a sink at one end and a mattress in the middle of the floor. No, Richard and Michael Malone were not in prison. The little boys were home with their family -- on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Sears, in a partnership with the Fred Jordan Missions, is determined to help more than 15,000 families like the Malones. The retail giant kicked off the "Christmas is for Kids" donation drive Tuesday at the Media City Center Mall.
December 3, 2013
Jack Volpei first heard about the YMCA's summer camp in 1963. He was told it would be good for his son, who was then 7 years old. And it was free. “I thought there was a catch,” Volpei said. That year, Volpei got involved with the Burbank YMCA. Every year since, he's helped the Y send more kids to camp through its sale of Christmas trees, the largest annual fundraiser for the Burbank YMCA Service Club. About 1,600 trees were sold last year. On Monday night, Volpei and his fellow volunteers prepared the lot, located at Victory and Burbank boulevards, by cleaning the lot and giving the trees a good watering.
December 21, 2010
There are only three more shopping days left until Christmas, and there are many who are undoubtedly in panic mode about finding the right gift. That's where I come in. I am ready to put on my red suit, fasten my fake white beard and get my ho-ho-ho going, all in the name of helping you poor last-minute shoppers. Although I sympathize with you guys out there, my advice is strictly for the ladies. I have the perfect gift ideas that will make the man in your life happier than a TSA agent with a line of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
January 6, 2001
--Irma Lemus BURBANK -- The Burbank Recycle Center will offer residents several ways have their Christmas trees recycled. In addition to curbside or alley collection, Christmas trees can be dropped off at Brace Canyon Park and Verdugo Park. Cut-up trees also can be placed in green waste containers with other yard trimmings for regular trash pickup. This year's Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs through Friday. Park drop-off points are the Brace Canyon Park parking lot, 2850 Haven Way, and the south side of Verdugo Park, 3201 W. Verdugo Ave. To prepare trees for recycling, the center suggests removing tinsel, ornaments and any other plastic or metal attached to the tree.
December 29, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- As residents start putting holiday decorations back into their boxes, their Christmas trees can go out to the curb for recycling. "It's good for the environment and for the safety of the home," Burbank Fire Marshal Dave Starr said. As trees dry out, they can become a hazard if left in the house, Starr said. "When the tree is dried out, [residents] should not use the lights any longer and should take it out of the house," Starr said.
November 28, 2007
While many shoppers marked the start of the holiday season last Friday, Burbank commemorated the countdown to Christmas as an 18-foot pine tree was delivered to City Hall on Tuesday morning. “This kicks off our holiday season in anticipation of the tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday,” said Kris Smith, recreation and services manager with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Mayor Marsha Ramos is scheduled to light the tree Saturday evening in an annual ceremony at City Hall.
December 18, 2010
Gary Casella has sold Christmas trees in Burbank since 1937. He supplies Burbank's official holiday tree in front of City Hall. For Casella, it's all about Christmas. But this year, his holiday cheer's been hard to keep up. Just days before the Christmas trees arrived at Casella's tree lot in the 400 block of North Front Street on Dec. 1, he suffered a blood clot in his leg, putting him in the hospital for 11 days. And on the evening of Nov. 27, thieves broke into the lot, ransacked the supply trailers and escaped with thousands of dollars worth of equipment and uncashed checks in Casella's truck.
January 8, 2003
Laura Sturza As the holidays wind down, residents can put their Christmas trees to work by recycling them -- offering a seasonal gift to the environment and protection from a potential fire hazard. "If you bought a tree a week before Christmas, it's too dry to be near your house, and if you've stored it near your garage, fence or car, that is just a pile of fuel looking for ignition," Fire Capt. Ron Bell said. In addition, the trees should not be burned in a fireplace.