January 2, 2010
SINGERS ENTERTAIN OVER THE HOLIDAYS The Van Bloem Singers kept busy entertaining organizations in Burbank and Glendale over the holidays. They performed at the Holiday Inn, Media Center, during the city of Burbank?s 12 Days of Christmas. The singers entertained at nine other venues during December, including the Burbank Coordinating Council, the Joslyn Adult Center, the Burbank Retired City Employees, The Franciscans of St. Francis Xavier and other venues. These performers are completing their 14th season and have performed more than 350 shows for service clubs, retiree groups, volunteer organizations, charitable organizations and senior residences.
October 23, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The number of people who killed themselves in Burbank this year has more than doubled compared with last year, leaving experts to speculate whether the economic slowdown has played a role. Thirteen people committed suicide since January, compared with six in 2008, according to records released by the Burbank Police Department. Calls for help from victims, family and friends have also increased, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. The calls for help come as a new federal government study showed more than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year.
October 20, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The number of people who claimed their own lives in Burbank this year has more than doubled compared to last year, leaving experts to speculate if the economic slowdown has played a role. Thirteen people committed suicide since January, compared with six in 2008, according to records released by the Burbank Police Department. Anecdotally, calls for help from victims, family and friends have also increased , Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. The calls for help come as a new federal government study showed more than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year.
September 2, 2009
Woodbury University student Joseph James has his eye on the sky, and he won’t settle for less. James is one of 100 people out of 2,000 who passed an audition to appear on the “Hellbent for Hollywood” reality show, currently in production. The show will combine the excitement of “American Idol” with the competitive challenges of “Survivor,” said Jen Markewych, casting director and producer along with John Mitchell. The competition won’t be exclusively on acting skills, she said.
August 17, 2009
On the eve of her retirement, Sue Georgino strolled a hallway of the Community Services Building, pointing to photographs of volunteers, smiling families and newly minted residential and business developments. In one, city officials unveil a housing project. In another, children play. “I have said over and over again how lucky we are that our mission statement is two words and it’s the name of our department: Community Development,” she said. “That has given us the opportunity to create such value for this community and this city.
July 29, 2009
TODAY Kiwanis International, the Burbank Noon Club , meets every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the YMCA in Burbank. For more information, call (818) 954-9294. ? The Toluca Lake Leads Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Toluca Lake Tennis Club, 6711 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call Jon Molin at (818) 763-5162, Ext. 134. ? TUESDAY The Burbank Noon Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Burbank YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
June 24, 2009
Car Plays makes its Burbank debut The Car Plays will make its Burbank debuts Thursday through Sunday at Woodbury University. Car Plays strives to capture Los Angeles? car culture by showing performances in actual cars. The work is the brainchild of Paul Nicolai Stein. The audience views a series of plays while seated in vehicles with the actors. At the conclusion of each 10-minute skit, carhops open the doors, and the audience is led from one car play to the next.
June 24, 2009
CITY HALL — Parks officials on Tuesday presented four options for replacing swimming pools at Verdugo and McCambridge parks totaling some $16 million as the City Council explores an expanded aquatics season. Options for Verdugo range from $7.33 million to $6.1 million, with an additional $3.7-million option to permanently or temporarily enclose a portion of the facility. Option A calls for a 50-meter swimming pool, 2,800-square-foot activity pool and complete remodel of the existing bathhouse building.