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March 9, 2012
Two camphor trees adjacent to the newly reconstructed Memorial Field that were slated for removal have gotten a reprieve. The City Council this week postponed signing off on an agreement with the school district for their removal, meaning the trees will likely stay for the next year, city parks officials said. Earlier this year, Burbank Unified School District officials warned that berries from the trees would stain the stadium's artificial-turf surface and the track. Though the stains would not harm the structure, the discoloration would not be covered by any warranty, and district officials said there is little money to spend on extra maintenance.
NEWS
By Chris Wiebe | August 5, 2006
HILLSIDE DISTRICT ? Though the sky may not actually be falling onto Mansfield Drive, residents in the neighborhood have heard their share of loud crashes over the past two weeks. Two limbs from the liquid amber trees that line both sides of the street snapped off during the last weeks of July, the first one crashing down onto resident Jeffrey Daniel's car. "They've been falling like crazy," area resident Bruce Noll said. When the second limb fell on July 26, Maryon Parnes was out in her front yard talking with her son. "All of a sudden we heard this crash," Parnes said.
THE818NOW
December 2, 2011
Los Angeles city crews on Friday were working to clean up debris and some 400 downed trees in shuttered Griffith Park, many of which had fallen on Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course. They said the park would likely be open by sunrise Saturday. Officials said two other parks in Northeast L.A. -- Ernest E. Debs and Elysian Park -- also had damage including hundreds of downed trees but were not closed. Other parks across the city were mostly spared, they said. "If this kind of damage had occurred throughout every park in the city, we'd really be in trouble," said Kevin Regan of the parks department.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | October 21, 2006
The scraping sounds of shovels hitting the ground echoed across the playground at Washington Elementary School on Wednesday, as students dug through mounds of dirt to make room for new trees. About 550 students took part in Warner Bros. Studios sixth annual tree planting event. Studios staff plant trees at a different school site every year. And Warner Bros. Employee volunteers, geared with shovels and gloves, came to give the students a helping hand. "We've made a commitment to do this every year," said Shelley Billik, vice president of environmental initiatives at Warner Bros.
NEWS
April 1, 2000
Irma Lemus MAGNOLIA PARK -- Donating trees in memory of loved ones who have recently passed away, said Marge Allen, is a great way of honoring those loved ones while beautifying the city. The 57-year-old Burbank resident was part of a group of about 200 community members and organizations honored for their green gifts Thursday at the 45th Annual Plant-A-Tree Donor Awards ceremony at Verdugo Park. "I think it's a wonderful memorial for people who have touched my life," Allen said.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 12, 2008
BURBANK — Following the March removal of seven trees from a dirt path at Whitnall Highway Park, some residents are calling for a return of the Pink Trumpet trees they say provided protection from disruptive athletic groups. The Park, Recreation & Community Services Department removed seven of the nine trees near the running path along the park’s distinctive figure-eight dirt track less than a week after officials planted the trees on March 18, which limited space to play football, soccer and other games, parks director Chris Dasté said.
NEWS
April 23, 2005
Rosette Gonzales In an Earth Day celebration, Rachel Dawson stood in front of Magnolia Park School's new garden and quizzed students about why people need trees. "For oxygen," yelled a group of elementary students as Dawson, a representative from the TreePeople, an organization that plants trees in communities, asked some of them to help her plant an orange tree in the garden. But there was one more obvious reason people need trees, high school student Michael Valencia stated.
NEWS
December 3, 2003
EDWARD HEADINGTON Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, an education and treatment center for youth in the probation system, rings in the holiday season with its 51st annual Festival of Trees Monday at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, 2500 N. Hollywood Way. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $45. This includes lunch, a fashion show and the opportunity to win one of 50 decorated ...
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THE818NOW
February 28, 2014
As rain continued to drench the Southland Friday afternoon, a 40-foot parkway tree fell and crashed onto a Burbank home, puncturing a hole in the roof while the resident was inside, fire officials said. A woman in her 80s was in the home at 330 N. Beachwood Dr., just south of Magnolia Boulevard, when the tree fell, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. She was able to exit the building from the rear of the house without any injuries, he said. Authorities were called to the scene at 2 p.m. following initial reports of a person trapped inside the home.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
As rain drenched the Southland on Friday, authorities responded to storm-related incidents, including a warehouse roof collapse and a tree that crashed onto a Burbank home. The roof of a warehouse collapsed in the morning, rupturing a gas line and forcing an evacuation. Investigators believe the collapse was caused by a “basketball-sized” blockage in a roof drainage pipe, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. The warehouse, located at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, he said.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | December 31, 2013
Burbank resident Sylvia Kowal and her family continued their tradition of spending the day at the 38th annual Festival of Trees presented in early December by Assistance League of Glendale. Christmas trees and other specialty decorations, created by members and supporters, were on display around the ballroom of the Hilton in Glendale. Kowal's nieces Nicole and Pam Rudkin attended the event and Pam Rudkin took home the table decoration titled “Santa as the Decorator,” featuring Santa climbing a ladder to apply decorations to a Christmas tree.
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.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | December 5, 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.
THE818NOW
December 3, 2012
Gary Casella hovered over a 17-foot bundled Christmas tree one recent morning under a large white tent on the Burbank High School soccer field. “This one's going to the city of Burbank,” Casella, 74, said of the 19-year-old tree, one of the first he would deliver this season. Casella's 75-year-old Christmas tree business - founded in 1937 by his father, Paul Casella - has been operating in Burbank for nearly five decades. “I told my dad before he passed I'd get to 75 years,” Casella said of the business.
THE818NOW
September 5, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, September 5. Got the Back to School blues? Students enrolling for classes at Glendale Community College were disheartened to return to the campus Tuesday with few options . Many are on wait lists. Glendale News-Press A 19-year-old North Hollywood High School student will get $2.4 million from LAUSD after he allegedly broke his neck during a football tryout, reports the L.A. Times . He was apparently not provided a helmet during the practice.
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Two camphor trees adjacent to the newly reconstructed Memorial Field that were slated for removal have gotten a reprieve. The City Council this week postponed signing off on an agreement with the school district for their removal, meaning the trees will likely stay for the next year, city parks officials said. Earlier this year, Burbank Unified School District officials warned that berries from the trees would stain the stadium's artificial-turf surface and the track. Though the stains would not harm the structure, the discoloration would not be covered by any warranty, and district officials said there is little money to spend on extra maintenance.
THE818NOW
January 20, 2012
As a $12.2 million makeover of Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School nears completion, city leaders and school board members continue debating the possibility of replacing six camphor trees on one end of the field - a move that would cost the district about $21,000. Earlier this month, Burbank Unified School District officials warned that berries from the trees would stain the stadium's artificial-turf surface and the track. Though the stains would not harm the structure, the discoloration would not be covered by any warranty, and district officials said there is little money to spend on extra maintenance.
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