Burbank On Parade Float Chairman Wayne Poirier readies the lead off float - the Burbank Letters. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
This years Burbank On Parade is only a week away and Float Chairman Wayne Poirier was busy putting the final touches on just one of the entries planned for this years parade, those Big letters that spell out BURBANK.
He wanted to keep it a secret what the final project will look like, but say’s he’s sure it will be a delight to those all in attendance.
This years parade theme ‘The World of Aviation and It’s Hero’s will have plenty of eye opening and spectacular things taking place, including the roar of helicopters overhead, and the joy of getting wet from the Bob Hope Airport’s newest piece of Firefighting equipment.
Bob Hope Airports Newest Fire Equipment Compresses Air Foam Equipped Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Vehicle will be in the parade Saturday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The Grand Marshals are Aviation hero’s Robert Gilliland, who flew the original SR-71 Blackbird and Clay Lacy, who has logged over 50,000 flight hours and has accumulated more flying turbine aircraft than any other pilot and has appeared in more TV shows as real pilot.
The Alumni Band has been clearing out their instruments, and the Alumni Drill Team members have gotten their pom-poms ready and bought plenty of Bengay for the Sunday following.
The parade kicks off at Keystone and Olive at 11:00 and goes east to Lomita.
- Burbank Police respond to a disturbance call that turned into shots fired near Del Taco on Hollywood Way & Screenland Drive. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Police responded to a disturbance call late Friday night near the Del Taco located on Verdugo Ave. just west of Hollywood Way at Screenland Dr. While they were enroute they received several 911 calls regarding shots being fired in the same vicinity.
When officers arrived they detained two men in the Del Taco parking lot. While investigating the incident they found several spent .40 caliber shell casings in the street across from the Del Taco. Burbank Police also detained a man with a firearm during their investigation. After canvasing the parking lot they found that no one had been struck by the bullets. Burbank Police continued their investigation for a prolonged period of time, getting statements from several shoppers and witnesses in the area.
Two people were taken in for questioning and released. There was one arrest made, but it was unrelated to the shots fired. Detectives are currently investigating the incident.
Burbank Police protect several .40 caliber shell casings on Screenland Drive. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Someone might want to tell Burbank’s Andrew Hernandez that Friday the 13th is next week. Hernandez’s brilliant but bizarre outing against Glendale, April 6, had all the elements of something reserved for the infamous superstitious date.
Hernandez scattered five hits and four hit batsmen while striking out just one in a complete game 1-0 victory over the Nitros. He threw a total of just 73 pitches thanks to a solid defensive effort from Burbank at Glendale.
Burbank is now 2-1 in the Pacific League after a win on April 6.
The Bulldogs were out hit five-to-four but they had the one big break in the fifth inning when Dylan Mersola hit a ground ball in the 5-6 hole in the fifth and reached safely to first when the first baseman could not handle the throw on what was already a bang-bang play at first.
Ricky Perez, who had singled and stolen second, scored on the play to break a scoreless tie.
Mersola singled and reached twice on errors, stealing three bases. The Bulldogs had seven steals in the contests but never managed the big hit that would have made things easier on Hernandez.
Jason Marquez took the tough loss for Glendale. Going seven innings as well, surrendering the unearned run and striking out seven.
“He was outstanding,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said. “The truth is I think they (Glendale) out played us.”
Burbank held on for the much needed win and is now 5-6 overall and more importantly 2-1 in Pacific League play.