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Discover the International School of Los Angeles at West Valley

Considering a bilingual program for your child? Ever wondered how preschoolers can learn two languages at the same time? Wonder no more!

Come and meet the International School of Los Angeles community and find out what a French-English bilingual curriculum looks like.

The Discover the International School of Los Angeles event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am-11:30am offers families an opportunity to meet the Campus Director, teachers, students, and parents, and to learn more about the School’s unique programs and nurturing community.

For free registration, please visit https://wv-discover-lila.eventbrite.com/.

Mayor Gabel-Luddy Honors Andre’s Martial Arts

On Saturday, December 15, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy honored Grandmaster Vincent J. Rodricks with a certificate of appreciation during a Christmas celebration at Andre’s Martial Arts, located inside the Burbank Town Center.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

During the Taekwondo studio’s annual Christmas party and belt ceremony, Mayor Gabel-Luddy presented the certificate, praising the masters’ for the positive impact they’ve had on the community. Following demonstrations, students and their parents watched as Grandmaster Rodricks was honored.

“You are all a real-life example of what happens when you maintain discipline, focus, humility, and practice. I want to congratulate all of you in your next steps,” said Mayor Gabel-Luddy.

“The people who have the greatest humility are the most powerful. It doesn’t make sense but when you think about it it makes all the sense in the world. Thank you for your dedication to our community.”

Burbank Police Department Captain Denis J. Cremins was also in attendance and has returned for several years in a row.

Taylor Martinez (10) earned an orange belt with a green stripe. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

“I’ve known Grandmaster Rodrick for 7 years. I’ve seen the way he’s interacted with the kids and the families. He has a great deal of respect, and it builds a lot of character in the kids. The character building is the most important thing. He’s changed their lives in so many different ways,” said Captain Cremins.

After receiving the certificate, Grandmaster Rodricks presented a plaque, a representation of his appreciation to the Mayor, thanking her for the City’s support.

Earlier in the day’s session, students as young as 3-years-old broke wooden boards in half with a single kick, earning higher ranked belts for their hard work. Masters also demonstrated their skills by breaking cinderblocks in half.

Andre’s Martial Arts have a reputation of inclusivity, encouraging families with autistic children to become involved. One of the parents who helped organize the Christmas party’s potluck, Lori Nishida, has a teenage son with autism who has thrived under Grandmaster Rodricks’ instruction.

“Whenever kids come in, whether a child is little or has special needs, Vince would assign a kid to mentor that child, to show them the proper techniques for kicks,” said Nishida. “It’s been great, because then kids learn from a young age how to help each other, no matter what their abilities are.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)


As the masters volunteer their time and do not get paid, parents thought it would be a good opportunity to come together and buy a seasonal gift to show their appreciation. Each master was given a gift card to Starbucks.

Andre’s Martial Arts is located on the first floor of the Burbank Town Center at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Ste. 140.

Yard Sale and Donation Drive

Worshipwalk Church community is having a Yard Sale and Donation Drive! Clean out your closets, bring your donations and shop for new items. We have 4 local vendors selling their items along with the Church within our courtyard which gives people a variety of items. All donations will be taken to a company who will take the items to third world countries. All proceeds will go towards creating kids and youth events for the community. Receipts are available upon request. Contact Sarah for more information at info@worshipwalk.com

Burbank Campers Spend a Day at Bob Hope Airport

Bob Hope Crash rig displays it powerful nozzles with over 1500 gallons a minute. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This years Burbank Summer Daze Camp located at Robert Gross Park recently took a trip over to The Bob Hope Airport, to see how the Airport runs and get a show from the different agencies that make up the airport’s operations.

The campers heard from Police Officers, Firefighters, Southwest ticket operators, and the members of the TSA and were able to see the equipment the different people and agencies use.

Many of the campers commented that this is the best field trip they had ever been on. The best part for some where getting wet from the spray of Crash 2, or looking into the inside of a Jet, while a couple enjoyed looking into the Burbank Police Helicopter.  Of course at the end, all of them enjoyed the pizza lunch that was served before heading back to the park.

Campers even got to see one of their counselors handcuffed, and an Airport Authority Police officer use his taser on a demo board.

The program was hosted by Lucy Burghdorf the Airports Manager, Public Relations & Government Affairs.


Burbank Police Sgt. Bob Quesada guides Officer Jason Embleton driving a tug with a Notar Helicopter to it's parking spot. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kids get to ask Burbank Police Officer Jason Embleton questions about Burbank's Helicopter. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Getting drenched in the 100 degree heat was the best part of the day. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Summer Daze campers find out what the role of the Airport's Fire Department. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bob Hope Police Officer Steve Bock shows the kids one of the ways they get around the airport on this T-3 transporter. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Lock up time as a camper uses a pair of handcuffs to lock up her counselor. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After boarding this private jet the Summer Daze camp poses for a group photo. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Warn Residents About Leaving Children Or Pets In Unattended Vehicles In Heat

The Burbank Police Department wants to warn citizens about the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle.  Not only is it dangerous, it’s against the law and is considered a form of Child Abuse.  Running into the store to get milk, dropping off a letter, returning a video rental, grabbing the dry cleaning, or not wanting to disturb a sleeping child are never valid reasons to leave children unattended.  Each year, hundreds of children are involved in potentially fatal accidents when left unattended.

Whether it’s from gear-shifted crashes, sweltering temperatures, locking parents out of a car, trunk entrapments, or playing with windows and getting limbs (or even necks) caught, horrific accidents can and do happen in a blink of an eye.

Waking a sleeping child or getting a toddler out of a child seat in freezing cold or less-than-ideal weather is sometimes such a hassle, when the errand can be done single-handedly within a minute or two. But, while the actions can be explained, the consequences could never ever be undone if the unthinkable does occur.

In the event that you see any activity where you believe a child may be in danger, please contact the Burbank Police Department directly at (818) 238-3000.

A quick note about sweltering temperatures:

  • Temperature inside of a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees within 10 minutes, even with the windows rolled down.  Prolonged heat exposure can cause the child severe medical problems, such as but not limited to; dehydration, burns, and even brain damage.

Kids Community Dental Clinic Takes Care Of McKinley Students During February

Yuka Aoki, a Dental Hygienist in training, spends time helping Emily Quintana (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Every Tuesday morning in February 2011, over 400 McKinley Elementary School children will receive free dental services including oral hygiene education, flossing practice, brushing instruction, nutrition discussions, free dental screenings, free fluoride treatments, and certificates to return with parents for sealants to protect teeth.  McKinley Elementary School, a Title I school, will send students next door to the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, for “a walking field trip” to learn how to have a clean mouth and a healthy smile as part of national Give Kids A Smile® day during National Children’s Dental Health Month.  On February 1, Mayor Anja Reinke proclaimed February 2011 as National Children’s Dental Health Month encouraging citizens of Burbank to take their children to the dentist on a regular basis to prevent dental disease.

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