January 10, 2012
A year after breaking ground on a $12-million overhaul of Memorial Field, Burbank Unified is preparing to dedicate the athletic facility. District officials have issued an open invitation for the Feb. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Burroughs High School, while also continuing to solicit donations for the ongoing maintenance of the field. Community members who wish to have their name inscribed on one of five donor walls at the site in time for the event must contribute at least $500 by Jan. 30, officials said.
August 29, 2009
On behalf of my stellar city of Burbank/BUSD Fields Renovation Committee, and our “Celebrate Gratitude” Campaign, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Walt Disney Co. for their generous contribution of $50,000 to fund a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard for the soon-to-be rebuilt John Burroughs High School Memorial Field Stadium. Joan McCarthy, their dynamic and very involved director of community relations, presented the check to the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education Aug. 20. Following her remarks, the school board was quick to recognize the continued efforts and support of the Walt Disney Co. in our community, and how grateful we all are for their constant involvement on all levels in our schools.
November 29, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum When Michael Hastings called the Hope family in New York late one night this week, he was not concerned about waking them. Sure, it was late, even later back East, and the Hopes had a busy week ahead -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would honor their father, Bob, the late entertainer from Toluca Lake. But they wanted to know. Was it official? Was Burbank- Glendale-Pasadena Airport now known as Bob Hope Airport? "They didn't care what hour, they wanted to know," said Hastings, the former Burbank mayor who represents the Hope family.
January 26, 2005
Mark R. Madler The NBC Studios were never in "beautiful downtown Burbank," but that never stopped Tonight Show host Johnny Carson's good-natured ribbing of the city from where he broadcast. Carson died Sunday at his home in Malibu. He was 79. When Carson stepped down as the king of late-night talk shows in 1992, the city did its part to recognize how he brought Burbank to the world by renaming a park next to the studios in his honor. "That's why we name things for people," said Michael Hastings, who was mayor at the time of the park dedication in April 1992.
July 9, 2008
The Burbank-bred band BlueLight takes seriously the saying, “The band that plays together, stays together.” Two of the core members of the rock band, Michael Hastings and Dennis O’Donnell, are coming together for a fourth time to perform O’Donnell’s original songs on July 20 at the Starlight Bowl. They will open for California Transit Authority. BlueLight adds a hometown feeling to the Starlight Bowl season, said Garth Nelson, former deputy director of Recreation Services for Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services, who left the post Tuesday.
November 18, 2009
The Catholic Community of St. Finbar Church presented its 2009 Harvester of Faith Awards to Los Angeles Police Department Chaplain the Rev. Michael McCullough Michael McCullough and Burbank Mayor Gary Bric at the seventh annual Harvest Ball on Friday. Staged at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, this yearly event raises funds for the St. Finbar Parish School that opened in 1945 under the administration of the Sisters of Providence. A highlight of the Harvest Ball is the recognition of Harvesters of Faith ?
January 11, 2011
More than a decade of planning and fundraising came to a head Monday as elected officials and community leaders crowded John Burroughs High School Memorial Field to break ground on a long-awaited $12-million renovation of the site. "It is a wonderful feeling, especially for the school district and the community who have worked on this for such a long time," said Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa. The renovation of Memorial Field is the third in an $18.5-million, three-phase capital improvement project designed to modernize decrepit athletic facilities at Jordan Middle School, and Burbank and Burroughs high schools.
January 12, 2008
BURROUGHS HIGH — Jay Gudzin remembers when Burroughs High’s Memorial Field was a showplace for athletics. As a football player for the Indians, Gudzin was proud to play in a facility that not only had a rich history, but was an impressive venue. “When I left Burroughs in 1973, Memorial Field was still in great shape,” Gudzin said. “It had nice paint and nothing was falling apart. It was still a very nice stadium. “But nothing has been done to the place since the 1950s.