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Lisa Burks
Burbank, CA
Writer at Large
Interests: Old Hollywood & Cemeteries & Hollywood Types Buried in Cemeteries...and animals, all kinds. ♥
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It's been a while since I've written a post here because I've been focusing on researching and writing the history of Grand View Memorial Park here in nearby Glendale, Calif. Another of my cemetery-related interests in collecting vintage photographs of... Continue reading
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A quick administrative note: Grand View Memorial Park's attorney and spokesperson David Baum has a new phone number effective immediately: (310) 914-0188 His email remains the same: [email protected] I've updated this number on priority pages but the old number may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Summer is coming to a close and Grand View Volunteers would like to thank all the people who have come out to visit the cemetery since Memorial Day! We hope your time there was productive. For those planning to visit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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While no official word on the sale of Grand View Memorial Park to a new operator has been made to date in 2013, volunteers have continued assisting at regular weekly public visitation hours each Sunday. An announcement was made this... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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The curtain has rung down on "Show Time" in Los Angeles, with the passing this week of this city's most beloved Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the multi-champion Lakers and all-around top notch business and showman. Photo Courtesy ESPN Dr.... Continue reading
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Late last month changes were made to the process of how families who own pre-need property rights obtain permission to bury their loved ones and those wishing to pursue a disinterment at Grand View Memorial Park that will save them... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Greetings Readers! Just a quick note to let everyone know that Sunday Visitations continue this summer at Grand View Memorial Park and will continue until the cemetery is sold to a new operator. I've not been giving any new information... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Planning to visit Grand View Memorial Park on Memorial Day weekend? This just in... Grand View representatives have confirmed that volunteers will be opening the gates on both Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 for this special holiday. Hours... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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In January family and friends of Velia "Val" James gathered at Grand View Memorial Park from near and far during the cemetery's once a week visitation afternoon to mark what would have been her 69th birthday. Instead of simply leaving... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Volunteer-facilitated Sunday visitation days at Grand View Memorial Park continued on April 8 for the 45th consecutive week since ground renovations were completed there last year. Family and friends of loved ones buried there, including local residents and some vacationing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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NBC New York was on scene at Fairview Cemetery yesteday and shot this b-roll of Whitney Houston's grave site, one day after she was buried there. The news station also reported that fans began arriving to pay respects first thing... Continue reading
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Whitney Houston will be buried tomorrow on the other side of the country, so this post takes my topic of grave hunting a bit off the beaten path. Instead, I'm interested in examining why people like myself care, past basic... Continue reading
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Santa Ana winds ripped through Southern California on Wednesday night, gusting upwards of 60 mph or more in some parts of the San Fernando Valley and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage throughout Glendale. While officials report that about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Visitors to Grand View Memorial Park ask a lot of questions each week. Here's a few that I can report answers on at this time: Will Grand View be open during the holidays? Yes! Grand View Volunteers are prepared to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Volunteers will be on hand again tomorrow to facilitate the regular Sunday opening at Grand View Memorial Park, August 28th, from 12 noon - 4pm. Gates close to incoming traffic at 3:45pm. Please and thank you for planning your arrival... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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We discovered these two lovely roses on the gates this morning when we arrived to open for visitation. There was no note attached so we didn't know who they were meant for. Whoever left them, please know we put them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Over the years Grand View Memorial Park had several flag poles. The first one was installed in 1906. Today there is one left -- a 40' pole in Section M near the North Mausoleum that is inoperable because the rope... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Back in 2006, Paul Ayers generously helped out Grand View Memorial Park volunteers who were working to locate, clean and photograph grave markers by providing large copies of sectional maps of the grounds. From what I've been able to determine,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Hey, what are those strange markings spotted on the curbs of Grand View today? All new Lot & Tier Number Guides! (You know, like normal cemeteries have.) Volunteers extraordinaire LaRae and Charmaine (with an assist from SVH) worked five full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bridge a little Cairn Terrier is surely wagging her tail with delight over a gorgeous and heartfelt cenotaph being created in her honor; one that will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at Hollywood Forever Cemetery... Continue reading
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It was a beautiful day at Grand View today, the first regular Sunday opening after the Memorial Day weekend. A crew of 13 volunteers greeted visitors, did site lookups in the information office, trimmed grass off markers and fulfilled Findagrave.com... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
IN THE NEWS: Veterans remembered at Grand View by Kelly Corrigan (Glendale News-Press; May 31, 2011) Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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A physically revitalized Grand View Memorial Park opened its gates for the first time in six months this Memorial Day weekend and over the course of two days more than 500 carloads of visitors came to visit loved ones buried... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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When Grand View Memorial Park opens to visitors today and tomorrow (Sunday, May 29th and Monday, May 30th from 12-4pm both days) they'll be greeted by over 400 American flags which were placed on the graves of service men and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info
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Memorial Day weekend is here! Volunteers will be doing some last minute beautification work today and tomorrow (look for coverage here) and then as previously announced... Grand View will finally be open to the public again on Sunday, May 29th... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info