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By Joyce Rudolph | January 8, 2013
The St. Francis Stage Company is challenging its creative abilities in acting and set design with Alfred Hitchcock's thriller “The 39 Steps,” opening at 8 p.m. Friday and continuing for two weekends in the social hall of St. Francis Xavier Church. Co-Director Jesse J. Adams saw the award-winning production on Broadway and thought it would be a perfect fit for the sixth annual production that raises funds for the church and school, he said. What makes this play fun is the producers are encouraged to use their imagination to interpret the script any way they want.
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December 4, 2002
Service Clubs Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis had its fourth annual Veteran's Salute last month at Veteran's Memorial Hall in Burbank. The salute went out to veterans that exemplified themselves in the service of their country or community. "This is just one of the many ways we honor the men and women of the armed forces," Event Chairman Paul McKenna said. "We're really proud of them." Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at The Castaway restaurant, 1250 Harvard Road.
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June 17, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- Although mailers and television ads continue to draw out distinctions between the area's two congressional candidates, their efforts to bring attention to veterans memorials are drawing them a bit closer. While state Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is working on creating an Internet-accesible registry of memorials for California, U.S. Rep. James Rogan (R-Burbank) is trying to do the same on a national level. Schiff, who introduced his bill in February, suggested Monday that Rogan was following his example, given that the congressman presented his legislation last week.
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By By Kevin P. McKenna | November 12, 2005
What sort of future waits for the thousands of wounded American veterans returning home from the current crusade in the Middle East? Fifteen years after the end of the Gulf War there are still tens of thousands of American veterans infected with the chronic and debilitating "Gulf War Illness." And what's even more outrageous and scandalous, is that there are reportedly about 300,000 American veterans who are homeless and living on the streets on any given night. Moreover, it is estimated that 500,000 vets will be without a roof over their head at some time this year.
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By Tracey Laity | June 9, 2006
MONTROSE — The Memorial Day service in front of the Vietnam War Memorial will go ahead as planned on Monday, but with some significant last-minute changes to the traditional program, organizers said.   Art Napiwocki, state budget chairman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will not be officiating at the ceremony as he has done for the past 12 years. Instead he will be attending a service in La Cañada Flintridge.   Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, including himself, may still attend the Montrose service, Napiwocki said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously signed off on plans to acquire an 11-unit residential complex to provide affordable transitional housing to homeless veterans. The cost to acquire and rehabilitate the property, and relocate its current tenants, is $2.7 million, the majority of which will be funded by federal affordable housing funds and the Burbank Housing Corp., according to city officials. The property includes four buildings and a courtyard located at 1101 W. Verdugo Ave. and 1108 W. Angeleno Ave. Each one-bedroom unit is roughly 580 square feet.
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By Chris Wiebe | February 20, 2008
When 12-year-old Taylor Menadue dressed up for Halloween as Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier in World War II, it threw people off. “They all thought I was saying ‘Eddie Murphy,’” said Taylor, a Jordan Middle School student. Taylor’s extraordinary interest in World War II history caught the attention of local veterans last month, and he was awarded an honorary membership in the Southern California Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
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June 1, 2005
Mark R. Madler When Mike Schirm was serving with the U.S. Army in Europe in the years immediately following World War II, Memorial Day was not observed there. "Memorial Day is an American tradition," Schirm said. "It's wonderful, really and truly, for our citizens -- the old, the young and very young -- to come to the remembrance day every year." Man's history has always been filled with war, Schirm said, but he remains hopeful that there will come a day when the fighting stops.
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August 2, 2003
ELMER G. BOEHM Elmer G. Boehm, 80, died July 28, 2003, in Burbank. He was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Chicago, and lived in Burbank for 40 years. Mr. Boehm owned Boehm Insurance Agency for 25 years. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the CBI Veteran's Assn., Elks Lodge 1497, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and many golf clubs. Mr. Boehm is survived by his wife, Jeanette; son, Gary; daughter, Sherry Keef; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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June 9, 2001
I'd like to thank everyone responsible for the Memorial Day program at McCambridge Park. A little bit of history came to life that day in a dignified and patriotic ceremony as Burbank honored its own. "Unsung heroes" is an understated epithet for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I watched the eyes of strong, proud veterans tear up as a list of names of those lost in war was read aloud. I was touched as one man wearing a Veterans of Foreign Wars cap leaned over to a comrade, pointed to two names on the list and softly said, "That's my brother, and that's my son."
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 1, 2014
Veterans hunting for jobs can print out their resumes and head to McCambridge Recreation Center Thursday for the Veterans Job Fair. About 50 employers have registered to attend, and will be holding on-the-spot interviews and collecting resumes from job seekers, city officials said. Participating employers include Warner Bros., Charter Communications, Lowe's Home Improvement, Stock Building Supply, Bank of America, the Social Security Administration, the Beverly Hilton and Andrews International.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 31, 2013
The city's Retired Senior Volunteer Program is conducting a coat collection project with donations going to military veterans and their families. Last year, the program collected 650 coats. Coats should be new or gently worn and clean. They can be brought from Jan. 13 to 17 to one of the collections sites - the lobby of the Joslyn Adult Center, 1301 W. Olive Ave.; the lobby of Burbank City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave.; the lobby of the Burbank Police/Fire Headquarters, 200 N. 3rd St.; or the first floor of the Community Services Building, 150 N. Third St. -- JOYCE RUDOLPH can be contacted at rudolphjoyce10@gmail.com .
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 13, 2013
Hundreds of Burbank residents flocked to the McCambridge Park War Memorial on Monday to honor U.S. military veterans for generations of service to the nation. Sponsored by the city and the Burbank Veterans Committee, the event began with a flyover by the Condor Squadron. PHOTOS: Burbank Veterans Day ceremony “Let us not forget those who died in service to our country, those veterans that are hospitalized and cannot be with us, all those veterans that are homeless, and the veterans that are still dealing with the stress of the wartime experience,” said Mickey DePalo, chair of the Burbank Veterans Committee, in his opening remarks.
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By Bryan Mahoney | November 6, 2013
The blue banners that line Burbank's streets contain few words, but say volumes about the city's military history. In stark white letters they thank active-duty military personnel, a simple message for those who serve. Take the one honoring Michelle "Mitzi" (Koch) Hawk, a 1988 Burroughs High graduate. On Monday, it will go home with its rightful owner, and its heartfelt "Thank you" barely can begin to tell the story of a life spent in defense of her country. Hawk entered the Air Force on her 19th birthday.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously signed off on plans to acquire an 11-unit residential complex to provide affordable transitional housing to homeless veterans. The cost to acquire and rehabilitate the property, and relocate its current tenants, is $2.7 million, the majority of which will be funded by federal affordable housing funds and the Burbank Housing Corp., according to city officials. The property includes four buildings and a courtyard located at 1101 W. Verdugo Ave. and 1108 W. Angeleno Ave. Each one-bedroom unit is roughly 580 square feet.
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By Kirk Silsbee and By Kirk Silsbee | August 14, 2013
When jazz singer Julie Kelly takes a stage, she does so with authority. A local veteran, she has the ease of control in her presentation. Indeed, for the jazz-listening public, it's hard to imagine the tall, imposing Kelly doing anything else in her life. It's not a studied pose. "At this point," she states, "I don't do a lot of formulating. " That ability to trust her instinct is the result of a career that has bred her artistic convictions. Kelly will bring that sure-footed quality to Mambo's in Glendale on Tuesday.
THE818NOW
July 31, 2013
Eileen Brennan, a veteran actress best known for an Oscar-nominated turn in the 1980 comedy "Private Benjamin," one of her many tough-talking, soft-hearted roles, has died. She was 80. Brennan died of bladder cancer Sunday at her home in Burbank, according to her manager, Jessica Moresco. The actress was the epitome of the "gruff but lovable" type, often bringing comedic sparkle to workaday frustrations while playing figures worn weary by their lives but still able to laugh off the worst.
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By David Laurell | July 9, 2013
Every city in the United States has carved out a tradition for celebrating the nation's birth. While some stage parades, hot-dog-eating contests or community barbecues, Burbank's tradition has been centered at the Starlight Bowl, where the country's independence is celebrated with an evening of picnicking, entertainment and fireworks. With one tradition so firmly entrenched, some may think it would be difficult to attempt to introduce a new one. That thought clearly never crossed the minds of Jim O'Neil , executive vice president of Crown Realty and Development who manages the Burbank Town Center, and Linda Maxwell , who handles the mall's marketing and public relations.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 28, 2013
BURBANK - Jared Papazian's road back to the Ultimate Fighting Championship took a significant detour. Thus, the fighter out of Burbank Gracie Barra has decided to take another path. Following a first-round submission loss to the undefeated Brandon Bender in Woodland Hills on May 11, Papazian came to the decision that he would put off his next mixed martial arts bout in order to become a better all-around MMA fighter. "I don't want to compete in MMA until my ground game is legit," said Papazian, who fights out of Burbank Gracie Barra.
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January 24, 2013
Burbank on Thursday named a 25-year department veteran to the top post, replacing Ray Krakowski, who retired last month. Tom Lenahan, a former fire marshal who's been serving as the city's interim fire chief in recent months, was named to the permanent position Thursday in an announcement released by the city. In a statement, Lenahan said the city and fire department have "provided everything to me and my family and I look forward to giving back. "  In his 25 years with the department, Lenahan has served as a firefighter and paramedic, engineer, captain, battalion chief and fire marshal.
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