AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The city has received a $1.4 million federal grant for seismic retrofits of aging municipal buildings and infrastructure. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go toward strengthening five Burbank government buildings – the Field Services Administration building, the Police Pistol Range, the Water Reclamation Plant, the Starlight Amphitheater and the Public Works Refuse Locker Room. As part of the grant, the city will contribute about $480,000 to the projects. “I am very pleased by this news,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, said in a statement. “The federal government has an important responsibility to help local municipalities safeguard their critical infrastructure before disaster strikes. These funds will ensure that vital federal resources are available to protect our communities.” Burbank is one of three California cities and one county getting a total of $8.7 million. The others are Santa Clara County, San Francisco and San Diego.
Demonstrators marred the unveiling of the statue of Olympian Louis Spiridon – Greek Olympian and winner of the first modern Olympic marathon in 1896 – in Melbourne last Friday. The Berwick residents opposed the statue being erected because, according to them, the Olympian had nothing to do with the council area, nor had any connection to Australia. The Council of Casey rejected their petitions and went ahead with the statue. Approximately twenty demonstrators went along to the unveiling of the statue holding placards such as ‘Residents say NO to Spiridon statue in this park’, only 11 votes for and 1000 against’, and ‘Spiridon who?’ The statue, funded by both the State Government and the Australian Hellenic Society, was placed alongside that of fellow marathon runner and Berwick local Edwin Flack, on Berwick’s High Street. The two athletes competed against one another in the 1896 Athens Games, with Flack leading the race to then be overtaken by Louis who went on to win the marathon. The statue of Louis is being erected in commemoration of the close friendship between the two gold medallists. “The statue celebrates the proud Olympic heritage that Australia and Greece share,” said City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon during the unveiling ceremony. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram