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THE818NOW
August 19, 2013
The Burbank City Council recently decided to put the kibosh on the community toys left behind at Lincoln Park, saying the leave-behind items posed a potential safety risk. The move was a bit controversial, as some parents said not having to lug their tot's items to the park was a benefit. Bert Ring imagines the aftermath.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Thank you for alerting readers to the city's plan to remove the toys from Lincoln Park (“ City plans to remove riding toys ,” Aug. 14). Throughout Burbank, playgrounds include structures with openings and edges anywhere from 4 to 8 feet off the ground. Logically, a fall from this height creates a far greater danger (and liability) than a tumble off a 10-inch-tall plastic toy or a poke with a plastic shovel. The ride and push toys create excellent outlets for exercise and all toys offer invaluable practice in sharing.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com and By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 24, 2013
The riding toys at Burbank's Lincoln Park aren't going anywhere just yet. The City Council on Tuesday asked officials to hold off on plans to remove the growing collection of used toys - which were scheduled for removal Wednesday - from the park after local parents put up a fight, arguing that the toys are made for kids and are often monitored by park-goers. Park officials had asked parents earlier this month, via a sign posted on the playground gate, to remove all park toys before Wednesday.
NEWS
December 19, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- It's not too late to buy a toy and put it in the bed of the Burbank Fire Department toy wagon in the front lobby of the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. The wagon, salvaged by firefighters and built into a miniature fire truck, will collect donated toys throughout the holidays, and department staff will take the toys to local agencies, which will distribute the items to children in need. The lobby is open from 8 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but toys can be taken to any of the six fire stations around town.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | December 24, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Police officers scooped up about 500 toys Monday and placed the items in the back of a sport utility vehicle that was headed off to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s Santa Room. The Burbank Police Department and Holiday Inn donated the toys, which the hotel collected, to give to low-income families that receive aid services from the center. The toys, along with other donations, will be given to about 250 to 300 low-income or homeless families this holiday season, center Executive Director Barbara Howell said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 13, 2013
City officials this month announced plans to remove a growing collection of used riding toys from the playground at Lincoln Park in Burbank, frustrating parents who say the toys are a draw for them and their children. Over the years, the playground has accumulated dozens of kid cars - including dump trucks, colorful rolling animals and fire trucks - which, according to local parents, were left behind for communal use. City officials believe the toys create a "safety hazard to park visitors" and on Aug. 21, will remove and donate all toys left at the park, according to a notice posted on the playground gate Aug. 10. They will be donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Goodwill and La Providencia, which is a local guild that support Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
NEWS
August 27, 2003
THEATER REVIEW It isn't often that the star of a show is not an actor, but in the Colony Theatre Company's presentation of "Toys in the Attic," the buzz was all about the incredible set and props designed by Tom Buderwitz, Chuck Olsen and crew. Lillian Hellman's semi-autobiographical tale sprawls across a homey-looking front porch, and a living room, complete with piano. It's as if a small New Orleans house had fallen smack in the middle of the stage.
NEWS
August 19, 2013
They're colorful, they're enticing and they're extremely convenient for parents who don't want to tote their children's own bulky playthings to Lincoln Park for an hour or two of recreation. But we agree with the city's decision that the dozens of previously owned toys that have been left behind by others for communal use must go . Lincoln Park has attractive permanent playground equipment that provides ample opportunity for children to exercise and have fun. Having installed it, the city has a duty to keep the equipment and the rest of the play area well maintained for the safety of all who use it. While we are sympathetic with adults who enjoy the fact their children and grandchildren can take advantage of the toys that have been discarded in the park by others over the years, we think it is unreasonable to expect the city staff to inspect dozens of used toys on a regular enough basis to guarantee their safety.
NEWS
By By Lauren Hilgers | December 21, 2005
The Colony Theater's Showcamp theater group for youth is putting on its final holiday performances today and Thursday.Waiting in the wings of the Colony Theater on Monday, 13-year-old Lily Miloccaro peered out from inside a bulbous costume. She is the 7-ball in a cast of misfit toys. "It's like a messed-up 8-ball that gives bad advice," she explained. Lily is performing this week in the latest production from "Showcamp", a theater company that hones the talents of Burbank's youngest stars.
FEATURES
December 26, 2009
On Dec. 20, Victory Tabernacle hosted a Toys for Tots service at 10:30 a.m. for the second time. The purpose of this event was to give toys to the underprivileged during Christmastime. This year, the church was blessed to have been able to give out 200 toys during the service and another 200 toys on the Monday after the service. The local church family also provided a free dinner for all of the families with food graciously donated by the local Ralphs. One of the best parts about the service was the presence of three Marines.
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NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 6, 2013
Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday - rain or shine - for the mayor's annual tree-lighting ceremony, along with a host of other kid-friendly activities in downtown Burbank.  At the event, the Burbank Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and sporting goods for local needy children. The toys will be distributed through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Family Service Agency. “Everything we collect in town stays in town,” said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson, adding that officials will be collecting toys through Christmas Eve. The tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall, located at 275 E. Olive Ave. Afterward, a number of activities will be offered, including performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater and Circus Vargas at the Rink, the temporary ice-skating rink that has taken over the parking lot behind City Hall, city officials said.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 2, 2013
Actor Paul Walker was the heart and soul of Burbank-based charity Reach Out Worldwide, representatives said Monday, two days after the “Fast and Furious” star was killed in a single-car crash in Valencia. “Paul was an honorable, hard-working, dedicated, respectful man with a humble spirit who shared his blessings with those who needed it most,” said JD Dorfman, operations manager for the nonprofit, in a statement. After the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Walker, a Glendale native, assembled a team of first responders and reported to the hardest hit areas of the country to deliver supplies and medical aid. “He took a team there, out of his own pocket,” Dorfman said in a phone interview Monday.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 18, 2013
A local club raised more than $1,200 for needy mothers at a garage sale Saturday that boasted thousands of children's items at bargain prices. More than 90 members of the Moms Club of Burbank donated 7,500 items of clothing - each of which was on sale for $1 - and roughly 75 strollers, cribs, high chairs and rocking horses to the garage sale. The event drew dozens of mothers - some expecting, others with their kids in tow. “When you're an at-home mom, you gave up your salary - the idea is to help cover expenses,” said club member Karen Bowlin, a stay-at-home mother of two who hosted the event.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com and By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 24, 2013
The riding toys at Burbank's Lincoln Park aren't going anywhere just yet. The City Council on Tuesday asked officials to hold off on plans to remove the growing collection of used toys - which were scheduled for removal Wednesday - from the park after local parents put up a fight, arguing that the toys are made for kids and are often monitored by park-goers. Park officials had asked parents earlier this month, via a sign posted on the playground gate, to remove all park toys before Wednesday.
NEWS
August 19, 2013
They're colorful, they're enticing and they're extremely convenient for parents who don't want to tote their children's own bulky playthings to Lincoln Park for an hour or two of recreation. But we agree with the city's decision that the dozens of previously owned toys that have been left behind by others for communal use must go . Lincoln Park has attractive permanent playground equipment that provides ample opportunity for children to exercise and have fun. Having installed it, the city has a duty to keep the equipment and the rest of the play area well maintained for the safety of all who use it. While we are sympathetic with adults who enjoy the fact their children and grandchildren can take advantage of the toys that have been discarded in the park by others over the years, we think it is unreasonable to expect the city staff to inspect dozens of used toys on a regular enough basis to guarantee their safety.
THE818NOW
August 19, 2013
The Burbank City Council recently decided to put the kibosh on the community toys left behind at Lincoln Park, saying the leave-behind items posed a potential safety risk. The move was a bit controversial, as some parents said not having to lug their tot's items to the park was a benefit. Bert Ring imagines the aftermath.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
August 16, 2013
I'd like to protest the removal of the riding toys that are left at Lincoln Park. We take our grandchildren there quite often and they love the toys. We also will bring one home if it needs fixing and then return it. If one is in bad shape, it is put in the trash. A lot of people do this. Please don't punish the children. The actual playgrounds at the parks are much more of a hazard than these toys. Bret and Linda Ulrich Burbank, CA 91506
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Thank you for alerting readers to the city's plan to remove the toys from Lincoln Park (“ City plans to remove riding toys ,” Aug. 14). Throughout Burbank, playgrounds include structures with openings and edges anywhere from 4 to 8 feet off the ground. Logically, a fall from this height creates a far greater danger (and liability) than a tumble off a 10-inch-tall plastic toy or a poke with a plastic shovel. The ride and push toys create excellent outlets for exercise and all toys offer invaluable practice in sharing.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 13, 2013
City officials this month announced plans to remove a growing collection of used riding toys from the playground at Lincoln Park in Burbank, frustrating parents who say the toys are a draw for them and their children. Over the years, the playground has accumulated dozens of kid cars - including dump trucks, colorful rolling animals and fire trucks - which, according to local parents, were left behind for communal use. City officials believe the toys create a "safety hazard to park visitors" and on Aug. 21, will remove and donate all toys left at the park, according to a notice posted on the playground gate Aug. 10. They will be donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Goodwill and La Providencia, which is a local guild that support Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | December 25, 2012
Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis is the host of the annual Mayors Cup Charity Golf Tournament each spring. All proceeds from this golf tournament are donated back to the community. One of the recipients is the Family Service Agency, and recently Executive Director Laurie Bleick received a check that was part of a five-year pledge made by the service club to the agency that provides counseling services to public school children, individuals and families. Other community charities that receive donations from the Sunrise Kiwanis Club are Burbank Boys & Girls Club, Children's Hospital Los Angeles Foundation (Children's Miracle Network)
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