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October is National Pizza Month

Here’s an excuse or reason, depending on your perspective, to grab a slice of pizza as many times as you can this month. October is officially National Pizza Month in the U.S. The website pizza.com has some interesting facts about this pie.  The site claims 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. There are reportedly  more than 60,000 pizzerias in the country. The most popular  independent pizza joint  in the U.S. – Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria  in Anchorage ,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager Mark Scott at community meeting about the Talaria Mixed-Use Project at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank September 11, 2014

Talk of the Town: Burbank city manager makes huge blunder

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott is supposed have his finger on the pulse of the city and know how local government operates. Before coming to Burbank in August of 2013, Scott “worked in the city management profession for more than 35 years, including 24 years as a city manager in 5 cities” according to his bio on the Burbank city website.  So a lot of folks were shocked, amazed, and some even speechless last Friday, when Scott abruptly revoked the installation of one-hour temporary parking restrictions on... Read More →

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U.S. Postal Service introduces Celebrity Chefs Forever Stamps

Some of the top celebrity chefs are gracing a limited edition of the Forever Stamp. The U.S. Postal Service put the new stamps into circulation last Friday. The legendary chefs honored: Julia Child, James Beard, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Edward (Felipe) Rojas-Lombardi. These food connoisseurs showed us how to integrate ” international ingredients and recipes with American cooking techniques and influence” to spark up our meals and tantalize our palate. “These chefs invited us to feast on regional and international flavors and were early — and ardent — champions of trends... Read More →

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"Ladies Night Out" September 26, 2014 poster

Last “Ladies Night Out” of 2014 in Burbank tonight

  “Ladies Night Out” in Burbank’s Magnolia Park tonight and the theme is “Superhero September.” Come as your favorite super hero and enter the contest at the UME Credit Union at 3000 West Magnolia Boulevard. Also, they’re going to be honoring the charity superheroes — groups and organizations that help others and give back to the community. Many of the stores along this trendy boulevard of vintage shops, unique stores, and eateries have teamed up with their favorite charities. Here are some of them from a short... Read More →

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FLLewis / Media City G -- The Home Depot at 1200 Flower St, Burbank September 9, 2014

Consumer Alert: Home Depot fraud and Southland phone scam

The Home Depot hacker attack is turning into a really bad nightmare for the nation’s largest home improvement retailer and many of its customers. Reports are circulating on the Internet about thieves using credit card information stolen from Home Depot to “… buy prepaid cards, electronics and even groceries,” according to MoneyWatch. Also, some of the stolen cards reportedly have been used to drain “… crash from customers’ accounts.” Last Thursday, Home Depot announced it had purged the hacker malware from its payment system. However, the company has... Read More →

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Updated: Second day of fall — hot temps in Burbank

On this the second day of fall, the temperature shot up to 80 degrees before noon  in Burbank. The high today in the Media City expected to be near 90. For those having to work outside, like the Burbank city crews pruning giant Ficus trees on Magnolia Boulevard, it’s going to be a tough day. It probably feels more like triple digit temps to the tree trimmers who are wearing a ton of clothing and gear. For several weeks, crews have been pruning the city trees up... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Backstage Cafe 2520 West Olive Avenue Burbank July 5, 2014

Best deli sandwich in Burbank

A lot of eateries in Burbank have sandwiches on their menus.  Nevertheless, if you want a sandwich that’s filling, flavorful, and at a reasonable price, the Backstage Cafe is the place to go.  The little shop is anchored on the corner of the First Entertainment Credit Union and IATSE Local 80 building 2520 West Olive Avenue in the Media District. Backstage specializes in fresh, deli-style sandwiches, which are simply scrumptious. Owner Chris Applegate explained how he wants his sandwiches to be memorable for being “fresh and generous portions.”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cloudy skies at the intersection of West Palm Avenue and North Glenwood Place in Burbank September 20, 2014

Major change in weather, cloudy skies and mild temps today

What a difference a week makes. Overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s this morning in Burbank. The sun broke through this afternoon and the high could reach the upper 80s. Last Saturday, it was scorching hot — the kick-off to a mini-heat wave, which delivered triple digit temps for several days to the Media City another other parts of the Southland. Today’s thick cloud cover even suggested we might get some raindrops during the a.m..  However, that didn’t deter a lot of Burbankers from heading... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Production shoot at Tony's Bella Vista on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank March 6, 2014

Governor Brown signs historic film tax credit bill

A lot cheering going on in the state’s entertainment industry today, after Governor Brown signed into law that landmark tax film credit bill. The governor signed Assembly Bill 1839, yesterday in Hollywood surrounded by legislative representatives and dozens of film and television workers, according to a posting on the official ca.gov website.  The bill will  expand California’s existing $100 million tax credit to $330 million annually. . The Southland entertainment industry has lobbied hard for the measure seeing it as a way to keep... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Update on Joan Rivers’ death controversy

The web has been buzzing for days with wild reports about circumstances surrounding the shocking death of legendary comic, Joan Rivers, last month. Now some of the big media players have followed up on those reports, one of them is CNN.  Not only is CNN reporting that Rivers’ personal physician was there during the comedienne’s scheduled endoscopy for a throat ailment, but it has identified that doctor as Manhattan’s Dr. Gwen Korovin — considered the nose, ear, and throat doctor to the... Read More →

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New movie poster for Christmas release “Into the Woods”

Christmas is coming and so are those holiday movies. The poster for Disney’s “Into the Woods” is out. This is the first poster for the Stephen Sondheim musical, according to The Disney Blog. Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is pictured on the poster as “The Witch.” Also starring in the film, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. The musical intertwines some of the plots and characters from some famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales with an original story about a baker and his wife... Read More →

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PepsiCo's Doritos brand invites fans worldwide to create their own Doritos advertisements for a chance to win $1 million grand prize. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

The Doritos $1 million Crash the Super Bowl contest is open

The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is open and looking for submissions. The snack company wants fans to get creative and show their love for Doritos tortilla chips in homemade :30 commercials. The top two finalists will see their ads run during next year’s Super Bowl. That football spectacular reportedly attracts an audience of 100 million in the U.S. and millions more around the world. The Doritos ad that collects the most votes from consumers — wins a $1 million and a one year dream job for... Read More →

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Photo: Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers -- Clayton Kershaw pitched in Dodgers 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco September 14, 2014

Get ready for some Dodger baseball on local TV

In a surprise move, Time Warner Cable announced today it  has an agreement to for the last six games of the Dodgers’ regular season to be televised on Los Angeles station KDOC. For most of the season, Dodger fans have been hating on Time Warner Cable  for not allowing the team’s home games to be carried on a local station. Time Warner Cable has a deal with the Dodgers to air the games over its  SportsNet LA — however so far, none of the other... Read More →

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Another scorcher in Burbank today

     Another scorcher in Burbank today. More triple digit temperatures coming our way. Yesterday, the high reached 102 in the Media City. It could be that hot or even hotter today. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the San Fernando Valley until 7 p.m. tomorrow. Burbank isn’t the only place sizzling in the heat. Most of the  Southland is in the grips of a mini-heat wave. Even the beaches will remain warm — with 80 degree temps. Cooler weather expected by mid-week.

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Very hot Sunday in Burbank

It’s going to be seriously hot in the Media City today. The temperatures have been climbing for the past several days. The high yesterday reached 99 degrees. Today the temperature is expected to soar into the triple digits. At 9:30 this morning it was already in the mid-80s. An excessive heat warning is in effect today through 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 for the San Fernando Valley and other areas of the Southland. The advisory warns of “dangerously hot weather” for the next few... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Worker removed the fence surrounding the new parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets in Burbank September 13, 2014

Progress Report: New Magnolia Park parking lot ready for business

That long-awaited and much-needed new public parking lot in Magnolia Park is now ready for business. The lot is on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets. Media City Groove has been following the progress of this lot for months. A shortage of parking is one of the major challenges facing the growing Magnolia Park area. The lot was once slated to be finished by the beginning of this summer. Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, says equipment delays and additional requirements... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Memorial atJohn Burroughs High in Burbank Saturday, September 13, for three teenagers killed in a traffic accident yesterday morning.

Mourning in Burbank for three young accident victims

The crowds from the candlelight vigil last night were gone from the steps of John Burroughs High School on Clark Avenue in Burbank this morning. However, some of the candles were still burning for truck accident victims and Burroughs graduates, Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko, and April Townsend. Every now and then someone would stop at the memorial to read the notes or to grieve for the three young lives lost. Gnasso, Bulbenko, Towsend and two other Burroughs grads were riding in a pickup... Read More →

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Barbra Streisand new Album "Partners"

Web Buzz: Barbra Streisand, L.A. Daily News, and Fantasy 5 winner

For the first time in over 50 years, the legendary Barbra Streisand will appear on the “Tonight Show.” Streisand is scheduled to sit down with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, September 15. The day before the singer’s new album “Partners” drops. The album is a collection of duets with famous male vocalists like Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé , Blake Shelton, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer. A lot of chatter on the Internet about the... Read More →

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September 11, 2001 we still remember

President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle, joined with millions of Americans everywhere in the remembrance of the deadly September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. After observing a moment of silence at The White House, the first couple participated in the 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon memorial in Arlington,Virginia. Among those at the ceremony survivors and families of the victims of 9/11. In his speech, President Obama paid tribute to the victims and the heroes. The terrorists tried to break our... Read More →

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