July 4, 2009
Boy Scout Troop 204 is the only troop in the Verdugo Hills Council that performs the Historic Flag Ceremony at patriotic events in the community. Members display five designs of the American flag that mark historic times in our country’s past. Troop 204 is made up of boys who live in Burbank and Glendale and is part of the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America. The troop, which is sponsored by the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club, has conducted the ceremony for events like the Noon Kiwanis’ Pause for the Pledge, an event that pays tribute to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day, June 14. The Historic Flag Ceremony was created in 1971 by Burbank resident Sam Engel Sr., a member of the Boy Scouts for 67 years and former scoutmaster of Troop 204. A World War II veteran, Engel wrote the script for a ceremony to dedicate a new flag the troop purchased after two others were taken from an equipment room, one flag in 1969 and another in 1970, he said.
April 10, 2002
I would like to thank you for the coverage you have been giving the "Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance" program being sponsored (for the sixth successive year) by the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club. We are presently in the process of collecting the entries in the patriotic poster and photo contests being conducted in the public and parochial schools of Burbank. The deadline for entries is April 15. Judging will take place during April and May, with cash prizes awarded to the five finalists in each elementary, middle and secondary grade level during our formal program at the Burbank Tennis Center in McCambridge Park on Flag Day, Friday, June 14. SAM ENGEL SR. Chairman Burbank Kiwanis 'Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance Committee'
January 3, 2007
GLENDALE — Police are investigating a dramatic increase in graffiti in an area bordering Burbank near Franklin Elementary School, where they say rival gangs are having a tagging war. Graffiti battles between two rival gangs are becoming more frequent in the neighborhood, spurring a response from the Glendale Police gang unit, Officer John Balian said. "We are aware of the problem, and we are proactively targeting that area to prevent a rise in tagging," he said. Three suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of tagging on Dec. 19 in the 1600 block of Lake Street when officers said they observed three teenage boys, all of Glendale, tagging private property, Balian said.
February 13, 2013
About 75 Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Scout leaders and family members gathered at the Burbank First United Methodist Church to begin the fifth annual Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America Ten Commandments Hike on Jan. 26. Participants walked 2.2 miles stopping to hear presentations by clergy on the Ten Commandments. Churches included on the journey were Emmanuel Evangelical-Free Church, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, St. Jude's Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emet, which gave a presentation together; First Christian Church of Burbank, Calvary Baptist Church, Media City Church and the Salvation Army.
October 12, 2002
Karen S. Kim Burbank residents who say they're tired of putting up with a noisy neighbor in Glendale have ended up making quite a racket themselves. For more than a year, Glendale city staff has been dealing with complaints that a business, News Publishing Press at 215 Allen Ave., is exceeding allowable noise levels for the neighboring residential area. "It'll keep me up all night," Burbank resident Jeff Taylor said. "It's like something rattling or clunking all night long.
August 12, 2006
Longtime Burbank resident Lindsey Gary graduated with honors from Harvard University in June. While at Harvard, she studied the history of art and architecture, and she is now working in the art department for the third installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel at Disney Studios in Burbank with production designer Rick Heinrichs and art director John Dexter (also a Burbank resident). She spent the past two summers working in the art department on Pirates 2 — "Dead Man's Chest."
June 22, 2002
SAM AND MILLIE ENGEL Burbank residents Sam and Millie Engel celebrated their golden anniversary June 15 at the Glendale YWCA. The couple were united in marriage in Weirton, W.Va. on June 12, 1952. Sam graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia. He was the vice president of the Flamemaster Corp., a supplier of high temperature resistant materials and sealants for the aerospace industry. He is a past president of the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club and a 60-year veteran member of the Boy Scouts of America.
February 26, 2005
Karen Apostolina Aida Amirian is from Iran and speaks three languages, Armenian, Persian and English. But she really wanted to be able to read books written in English to her 4-year-old daughter. While looking around the Burbank Central Library one day, she spotted a flier advertising free tutoring for reading and writing. She called the number and four months later, mother and daughter are doing very well. "The goal of reading to her daughter was very important to her," said Robert Navarro, her tutor.
November 8, 2003
Jackson Bell You can't fault Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) for reading at an elementary-school level. He was doing it for a good cause. Frommer on Wednesday paid a visit to Bret Harte Elementary School, where he read Dr. Suess' "The Cat in the Hat" to classes of second- and fifth-graders as a way to promote reading. "Reading is really important because any job you do will require you to read and read well," he told a class of fifth-graders.
December 12, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Appointments of 13 citizens to the city's child- care committee were unanimously approved Nov. 27 by the Burbank City Council. The committee is charged with promoting "safe, high quality, accessible and affordable" child care, according to a city memo. Their goals include serving residents and commuters. Committee members are experts at working with children, having worked with the school district, the YMCA, children's centers and children's advocacy groups.