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Killer Santa was gunning for more victims

Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times A firefighter cleans up debris on Christmas Day at the gutted Covina home where a gunman killed nine people before taking his own life.   Bruce Jeffrey Pardo apparently had a hit list when he stormed the Covina home of his ex-in-laws on Christmas Eve dressed in a Santa costume. Police are saying now that Pardo, who gunned down nine people at the holiday party and then torched the home, had planned to take out his 72-year-old mother and his ex-wife’s attorney as well. Covina Police Lieutenant Pat Buchanan says... Read More →

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It’s Halloween Time!!!!

  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove – Burbank In and around Burbank, many residents have been gearing up for Halloween for weeks now. Some of the home decorations were up as early as mid-September. Some are pretty elaborate with colored lights, gravestones lining the walkways, huge blow-up pumpkins and creepy characters. My favorite Halloween duo; a couple of homespun scarecrows. More and more adults are joining the kids in dressing up and getting their ghoul-on. This year there’s an extra treat for those living in the Burbank and Glendale area. The Church... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery open today

FLLewis/ A Writer’s Groove A gravesite is adorned with flowers during a visitation this past summer at Grand View.  Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale will be open to visitors today by order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr. Judge Mohr issued the order after a hearing last month. The troubled cemetery has been entangled in management and legal problems since the fall of 2005, after an investigator discovered the remains of four thousand bodies that had been mishandled. This year, Grand View has been open for a... Read More →

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Another visitation at Grand View cemetery

  Visitors spent time at gravesites during the August 10 opening at Grand View. For the second time this month, Grand View Memorial Park cemetery will be open to the public today from noon until 4 p.m.  I dropped by during the Sunday, August 10 opening and was surprised by the small turnout and the bleak appearance of the Glendale cemetery. I have heard some relatives say it is too depressing, too sad a place to visit now. Some of the visitors I met at the August 10 visitation wished for better days.  “It was... Read More →

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Grand View gates to be open again

Photo by FLLewis Two visitors arrange flowers at a gravesite during the March visitation at Grand View.   By order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, Grand View Memorial Park will be open to the public, Sunday, August 10, from noon to 4 p.m. This is welcome news for those who want to spend some time remembering friends and relatives laid to rest at the Glendale cemetery.  Judge Mohr signed the order on July 29, approving public visitations at the troubled cemetery on August 24, September... Read More →

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A time to remember

A man pauses to reflect near a gravesite during the March 30 public visitation at struggling Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale. This visitor is one of the lucky ones. He managed to find the grave marker or at least the general area he was looking for despite the thick layers of wild grasses, weeds, and debris. I have been to two recent visitations at this 124-year-old neighborhood cemetery. Each time, I have spotted eager and diligent visitors cleaning the gravesites, markers, and headstones. A job that should be handled... Read More →

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Sign of confusion

  This hands free phone sign reminder for drivers may have caused some double takes. The sign near the border of Glendale and Burbank, on San Fernando Road at Spazier Avenue, had a misspelling in the first word the first time I spotted it. Check out the photo at the top taken the week of June 23. I took more snapshots of the same sign around July 8. It appears that later the second “h” in the first word had been changed to... Read More →

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A day to celebrate freedom of choice

American flags are flying all over the country including here in Glendale today. On America’s Independence Day, I celebrate freedom of choice. I went for a walk through the Burbank hillside area. I passed a home being demolished by a construction team. A number of gardening crews were out mowing lawns and blowing leaves around. The car wash at Glen Oaks Boulevard and Santa Ana Avenue was doing a brisk business. Many of the residential streets were lined with vehicles and the driveways filled — apparently a lot... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery to be open on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Visitors to the beleaguered Glendale cemetery on Sunday, May 25, 2008, line up at a table near the gate to get information and directions. They get assistance from volunteers including plaintiff’s attorney Paul Ayers and blogger Lisa Burks. The Grand View Memorial Park cemetery hours this Sunday are from noon to 4 p.m.. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr signed an order on Tuesday, June 24, granting the public visitation on June 29, as well as two more on July 13 and July 27. I got... Read More →

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