January 8, 2003
Laura Sturza Residents are probably heaving sighs of relief this morning as calmer winds take the place of the overwhelming ones that topped 65 mph earlier this week. The wreckage of downed trees and power lines left many in the city navigating the streets with caution. "[The roads] are pretty hectic," local document and film deliveryman Salvador Garcia said Monday. "Some streets were closed off, and you've got to watch out for falling debris." Santa Ana winds arrived Sunday night on the heels of a hot spell that had Burbank's temperature reaching 85 that day. Winds were expected to subside by this morning, with temperatures returning to the seasonal norm of 60 to 70 degrees by Thursday, forecasters said.
March 14, 2001
Karen S. Kim MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- This month is Plant-a-Tree Month, and Burbank residents are asked to pitch in their dollars to "green" a city park. Sponsored by the Burbank Civic Pride Committee, the event will raise funds toward purchasing new trees for Robert E. Lundigan Park at 2701 Thornton Ave. Residents are asked to make donations of at least $10 to the committee's effort. Donors who make their contributions before March 21 will be awarded certificates at a culmination ceremony on March 29. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. March 29 at Lundigan Park.
December 15, 2004
Jacqui Brown When a local eldercare company owner decided to bring a little holiday cheer to some area seniors needed, he never expected such an outpouring of support from the community. "I couldn't believe how it took off, it just kind of exploded," said Gary Reid, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, who spearheaded the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project. During the Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas trees were placed at Sav-on Drugs and Kmart in Burbank.
January 22, 2000
Joyce Rudolph Frank Sakata of the Burbank Y's Men's Club is bursting with pride over the success of the 1999 Christmas Tree Project which raised funds for scholarships and special projects at the Burbank Family YMCA. The group sold 3,000 trees by Dec. 20. During the past five years, the Y's Men's Club has sold more than 15,000 Christmas trees and netted more than $222,000 for the Burbank Y. The Noble fir was the most popular species this year with 1,200 sold.
September 20, 2000
GAINS WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN It was a frightening few hours for 10-year-old Csaba Juhasz and a rough several days for his family's gray kitty, but in the end both boy and cat ended their ordeal with their feet firmly on the ground. Distressed by the fact that the family pet had been stuck in the high branches of a tree on Country Club drive for several days, Csaba took it upon himself to try to rescue the feline. The fire department was called about the problem but -- unlike in the movies -- they don't make house calls to remove cats from trees.
January 7, 2006
organs The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter recognized the Disney VoluntEARS as its 2005 Volunteer Group of the Year. The VoluntEARS have offered support at the annual MS Walk for over a decade. Each year a large group arrives at 6 a.m. and assists from registration to serving lunch to cheerleading and awarding medals at the finish line. This summer, the Disney VoluntEARS put the icing on the cake by again showing up in large numbers to assist at the Southern California Chapter's Fourth of July Extravaganza at the Hollywood Bowl.
August 17, 2005
Rescue business gave the runaround I tried to adopt a Chihuahua from the Chihuahua Rescue in Burbank for over a year without success. I went to the Chihuahua Rescue in Burbank half a dozen times and filled out several applications to adopt starting over a year ago, nothing happened. Apparently, it was just about impossible to get a dog from Chihuahua Rescue. I filled the applications and never heard from them. I went back and again only to hear that my application was "lost."
June 12, 2010
CITY HALL — The large tree limb came crashing down in August, about 10 minutes after Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home. Manukian, who last year spent months trying to recoup more than $3,500 in damage, claimed that the tree was unhealthy, but municipal laws barred her from taking a saw or trimmer to the city-owned tree. That's expected to change next month, after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance permitting residents, in consultation with forestry services and a trained arborist, to remove portions of trees in public areas and right-of-ways.
October 9, 2009
BURBANK — Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home just 10 minutes before a large tree limb came crashing down. “I heard a big bang and then saw that a parkway tree limb had fallen onto the roof, trunk and smashed the window,” Manukian said of the Aug. 4 incident. “If it happened just a few minutes earlier I could have been badly hurt, or killed.” Falling limbs, pine cones and fruit have become a common side effect of an urban canopy in an semi-arid urban environment that’s home to some 30,000 city-owned trees of varying species.
December 18, 2010
Despite the decades of selling Burbank households their Christmas trees, Gary Casella this year got a big lump of coal after thieves broke into his trailer and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment, uncashed checks and his pickup truck. Never mind that this all happened around the same time he was recovering from a blood clot in his leg. Taken together, it's not exactly a shining holiday memory Casella will be left with when he leaves Burbank to return to Washington. It's certainly time for one of those collective "We're sorry, this is embarrassing, Burbank's not really like that" moments, especially to someone who, over the years, has donated roughly $500,000 to Burbank High School alone — a lot by any standard, but especially for someone who doesn't live here.