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Written by Times Community News

October 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Bell-Jeff football team faces toughest test of the year in league opener

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Bellarmine-Jefferson High's Galen Quintero makes a tackle (Libbu Cline/The Leader).



WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

RECORDS: The Guards are 4-2; the Valiants are 6-0.

LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Silver Valley, 36-24; St. Genevieve defeated Frazier Mountain, 50-39. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeff Tully

October 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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Sandbags available in Burbank

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Credit: Creative Commons

Credit: Creative Commons

The city, anticipating heavy rains across the region, has allocated 25 sandbags per resident. The sandbags can be picked up weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 124 S. Lake St.

Residents need to bring proof of business or residency in Burbank, such as a utility bill or driver’s license.

If the office is closed and there is an active rainstorm, sandbags may be left at the front gates. Hours may be extended in emergency situations.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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Jim Smiley, 12, unloads sandbags as the rain comes down at his home on Maurice Drive south of Manzanita Street in La Crescenta on Tuesday. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Jim Smiley, 12, unloads sandbags as the rain comes down at his home on Maurice Drive south of Manzanita Street in La Crescenta on Tuesday. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Burn area braces itself for debris
LA CRESCENTA — Foothill residents raced to fill sandbags and construct mud deflectors Tuesday evening as rain poured steadily against hillsides blackened by the Station fire.

Saving water little by little
DOWNTOWN — Before embarking on an Alaskan cruise, Fred Baldino took the early-morning rains to mean that his lawn could go the week without water. So the 87-year-old did what city officials for years have been instructing: He shut off his water.

Explosive material leads to arrest
BURBANK — A 30-year-old resident is being held in Burbank jail after a routine traffic stop Friday in which officers allegedly found materials that could be used to make explosive devices, police said.

Man sentenced to 65 years to life for attack
A 30-year-old Burbank man was sentenced last Wednesday to serve 65 years to life for attempting to shoot a Glendale man he thought he belonged to a rival gang.

Burbank wins OT thriller
MEMORIAL FIELD — When his Burbank High football team scored a touchdown in the second overtime to pull to within one point of defending Pacific League champion Muir, Bulldogs’ Coach Hector Valencia decided his team had had enough.

Their place of honor
From a coach, to athletes to a city official and alumna who has helped support the school’s stadium renovation project, the honorees ran the gambit Thursday as the latest class was inducted into the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame.

EVERYONE’S BUSINESS: Excited about energy
On Saturday I went to Burbank Water and Power’s Energy Fair in front of their Magnolia Boulevard plant. After I finally got there, I was impressed with much of what I saw.

Written by Times Community News

October 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

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A day at Otto’s: Circa 1990

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Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

While researching his legacy for Wednesday’s edition of the Leader, Huber’s family sent me a local newspaper article by correspondent James Danelli. The April 25, 1990, story from the Burbank Leader is attached below:

Otto’s Delicatessen

Pickle or polka, you’ll find it here

By James Danelli,  Correspondent

Accepting an assignment to write about guy named Otto, owner and operator of Otto’s Import and Delicatessen, this reporter for one was a little skeptical.

After all, who would have thought that being inside his store s like taking a trip to Hungary, of that Otto himself would whip it some polkas on his computerized accordion, or that his beautiful wife, Irma, would make me an “Otto Special” – a sandwich where the meat is piled as high as the hospitality?

Otto bought the property, located at the corner of Clark and Brighton in Burbank, some 20 years ago. At the time it was just a regular corner grocery store. That was before his Hungarian friends asked him to carry different specialty foods and meats that are important to many Hungarian dishes.

There’s antique cookware and Hungarian books and records stacked along the crowded aisles a decorum not at all keeping with the “Play the California Lottery” banner nearby.

In the midst of it all sits a display case filled with beautiful Hungarian porcelain figurines. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Injured dog discovered in dumpster; man found nude

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Officers on Tuesday morning were called to 615 Whitnall Highway where they found a severely wounded dog lying in a dumpster.

The wounds were likely from dog bites, according to animal control.

The dog was transported to the Burbank Animal Shelter where it was euthanized. The case is currently being investigated.

In an unrelated story, officers this morning were called to the CVS at 511 N. Hollywood Way after receiving reports that a man was naked and bleeding.

The 21-year-old North Hollywood man, who had cut himself by breaking a glass window, was transported to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Bulldogs, Indians look to stay undefeated in league

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Casey Barbello carries the ball for Burroughs High (Roger Wilson/The Leader).

Casey Barbello carries the ball for Burroughs High (Roger Wilson/The Leader).



WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

RECORDS: The Indians are 3-2, 2-0 in the Pacific League; the Bulldogs are 3-2, 2-0.

LAST WEEK: Burroughs defeated Hoover, 45-7; Pasadena defeated Arcadia, 19-14.

OUTLOOK: Heading into the game, the Indians trail just Pasadena, 73-80, for fewest points allowed by Pacific League teams this season. The Bulldogs might be a tough team to figure out. Although Pasadena barely beat a weak Hoover team, 21-13, it also defeated Long Beach Jordan, 19-13, and lost to a good program in Saugus, 17-7. The two teams, along with Burbank, are the only undefeated squads left in league.

SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Indians didn’t crack the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division poll this week, but the team is listed as “others.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeff Tully

October 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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