Daily Archives: March 24, 2012

Burbank’s Boy Scout Troop 201 to Honor 50 Years of Alumni

Burbank’s storied Boy Scouts of America Troop 201, a wellspring of community service, strong moral, ethical, and spiritual values, and high adventure to more than 1,000 boys in its half-century of existence, is proud to announce its First Annual Alumni Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction.

The event will be held Sunday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. at Troop 201’s home base, the Magnolia Park Methodist Church at 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd.   The event is open to the public, with past and present members of Troop 201 particularly encouraged to attend the celebration. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.   Tickets will be available at the door.

Offering a meal fully catered by legendary Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, with desserts provided by Porto’s, Burbank’s favorite Cuban bakery, with table service and hospitality provided by Troop 201’s very own, the event is an opportunity for several generations of Burbank Scouts to connect, share stories, photographs, memorabilia, and warm memories of their years in uniform.

The evening will also include an intimate and moving slide show gathering photographic memories of Troop 201’s decades of good fun and philanthropy, along with live music and comedic skits presented by the boys themselves.

A Silent Auction featuring an $800 gift package to the world-famous Magic Castle, celebrity-autographed goodies from Guns & Roses, and more, as well as gift cards and merchandise from Burbank businesses and vendors like Warner Bros, Pickwick Bowling, Flappers Comedy Club, Red Chair Performing Arts School, and California Pizza Kitchen will cap the evening in high style.

Proceeds will enable the boys of Troop 201 to attend this year’s Summer Boy Scouts Camp excursion to Emerald Bay, CA.  It’s an opportunity for the troop to connect with Boy Scouts from across the nation, building relationships, earning merit badges, and practicing the Scout’s Law:  A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Troop 201 is the oldest Burbank troop in California’s Iron Eyes Cody District, with 32 active Boy Scouts at present. In 2012, three troop members will ascend to the esteemed Eagle Scout ranking, which requires a community service project of significant breadth, depth, and involvement.   On Mother’s Day Weekend, Troop 201 will again participate in Relay for Life, a life-changing service event to raise funds and awareness toward the prevention of cancer. The troop’s participation is dedicated to the memory of a troop mother who succumbed to cancer in December 2010. Troop 201 recently participated in Burbank READS at Burbank Public Libraries and led the flag ceremony for Mayor Jess Talamantes at a Burbank City Council Meeting.

For more information, or to make a donation to Troop 201, please contact Joy Spencer or Giselle Vivado at Troop201Fundraising@gmail.com.

Burbank Boy Scout Troop 201

Burbank Police Officer Involved In Accident Responding To Call

A Burbank Police Car sits against the building where it came to rest following a accident at Magnolia & Victory Friday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Police officer responding to a call escaped serious injury when his patrol car was struck by another car on Victory Blvd. near Magnolia Blvd. late Friday night.

The  officer was heading northbound on Victory Blvd., rolling to a report of a woman being assaulted in the 1700 block of N. Lincoln St. at 11:45 p.m.   He was not using his red lights and siren, and had a green light at Magnolia.   He had just passed through the intersection with Magnolia Blvd., when a Dodge Neon heading southbound on Victory attempted to make a left turn into the Shell gas station.  The collision occurred in the number 2 lane about 75 feet north of the intersection.

A Burbank Police Officer marked the tire of where one of the cars involved came to a rest. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Although the accident is still under investigation, it appears that the Dodge may have struck the side of the police car.  The impact sent the police car partially up onto the sidewalk, where it took out two small parkway trees and one street sign.  As it skidded along the curb, the police car apparently stuck a utility pole, causing the car to spin 180 degree.  It ended up perpendicular to the street, resting against the fire sprinkler system pipes for the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop at 500 N. Victory Blvd.

Burbank Police investigate this accident involving a Burbank Police Car (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Dodge Neon had extensive front end damage.  The two young men in the car, the driver and his passenger, are from Arizona.  The Burbank Fire Department responded with Engine 15 and RA 15, but left after it was determined that neither the driver, his passenger, or the officer needed medical attention.   The unidentified officer was later driven in a police car to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to be checked out by a doctor, as standard procedure in such cases.

More than an hour after the accident, Victory Blvd. remained closed to traffic as police continued to investigate the collision.   According to investigators at the scene, it appears that alcohol was not involved.

Lycee International de Los Angeles Makes Presentation to Rancho Residents

Residences of the Rancho area along with officials from Lycee Internation de Los Angeles gathered at Buena Vista Library Thursday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Residents, along with officials from a proposed Lycee International de Los Angeles that wants to move into the old G.M. site and make a school for K-12 grade, met Thursday evening at The Buena Vista Library.

The gathering wanted to find out what the proposed Lycee International de Los Angeles School and residents could work out so both parties are happy.

Residents concerns were traffic, and noise, along with the other elements that schools bring. There were about 75 people in attendance and toward the end there was a show of hands that the residents would be willing to let the school proceed.

Residences of the Rancho area along with officials from Lycee Internation de Los Angeles gathered at Buena Vista Library Thursday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are plenty of items that will need to be worked out but this was a fact finding mission, and not an official city meeting.