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Two winning SuperLotto tickets in Arcadia, one worth $24 million

Lottery luck struck twice at the same retailer in Arcadia over the weekend. Two winning SuperLotto Plus tickets for last Saturday’s draw were purchased at the Golden Donut Place 104 East Foothill Boulevard  in Arcadia. One ticket hit the jackpot and is worth $24 million. The second ticket, got all but the Mega Ball correct, and will pay out $10, 866. Three other tickets, bought in California,  in that SuperLotto draw got five of the numbers right, but missed the Mega Ball. Here are those winning digits: 5, 7, 21,... Read More →

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Burbank Rose Float: Poinsettias and volunteers needed

  Those gorgeous red poinsettias brighten the holiday season and they are in much demand by the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association. If you have some to spare and would like to donate them to the 2015 Burbank Rose Float — you are asked to drop the plants off at the building site before December 28. The float construction barn is at the Burbank Water and Power yard at 123 W. Olive Avenue, under the Olive bridge, near the intersection of Flower street and Olive... Read More →

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City council candidate Chris Rizzotti speaks out on Burbank issues

Many of the candidates in the 2015 Burbank election are remaining true to tradition. Realtor/Burbank Planning Board vice-chair, Chris Rizzotti, is taking a different approach. Rizzotti’s campaign has been breaking all the rules since it started. Rizzotti announced his candidacy last March, months before any other council candidate. Along with that announcement, Rizzotti hit the Internet quickly with an extensive and well designed political website. There’s a list of impressive endorsements on the site. Recently, his campaign stirred up a controversy when its... Read More →

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In the wake of hacker threats, Sony cancels “The Interview”

  The hackers appear to be winning in the face-off with Sony Pictures. Today Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of the action comedy, “The Interview, ” after several major chains pulled the film from its theaters. “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety... Read More →

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Rain on the rooftop in Burbank

Raindrops falling and pounding on the rooftop this morning in Burbank. The heavy rain rolled in around 12:15 a,m. The stormy weather is expected to linger through much of Wednesday morning. It’s a cold rain, so bundle up and take along that umbrella. The national weather service is forecasting a high in the low 60’s for B-town, but another chilly night is expected — with lows in the 40s. Skies will remain cloudy for a few days — as temps gradually warm up. By early next week,... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna / Freelancer/ Media City G -- High- speed rail community meeting at Buena Vista Library in Burbank December 8, 2014

Photo Gallery: High-speed rail open house in Burbank

Close to a hundred concerned citizens visited an open house on the proposed California High-Speed Rail Project held at the Buena Vista Library on Monday, December 8. California High-Speed Rail Authority staffers were on hand with maps and graphics to show options being consideration for the Palmdale to Burbank Project section. The authority is responsible for overseeing the first high-speed rail system in the country. The plan is for a bullet train to run from Sacramento to San Diego, 800 miles, with stops in major regions and cities. There will be... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Holiday Basket Program organizer Janet Diel and Burbank School Board candidate Dr. Armond Aghakhanian at Washington Elementary School in Burbank December 13, 2014

Election Buzz: Holiday baskets, endorsements, and ballot order

A number of candidates running for office in 2015 Burbank elections, were among the hundreds of volunteers who pitched in to help with that enormous effort to deliver some holiday joy to some of the less fortunate in our community. Among the candidates spotted at George Washington Elementary, 2322 North Lincoln Street, were Burbank School Board contender Dr. Armond Aghakhanian… …  and Burbank City Council hopefuls, Juan Guillen and Will Rogers. More than 500 holiday basket got delivered to needy families. Details on that story here. Meanwhile, several candidates... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Volunteers lined up to get information on holiday basket deliveries at Washington Elementary in Burbank December 13, 2014

Volunteers in Burbank deliver more than 500 holiday baskets

Hundreds of Burbank area families are enjoying a little extra holiday cheer thanks to the efforts of the annual Holiday Basket Program. It’s a huge effort that targets families with children in Burbank schools. For more than 60 years, the Burbank Coordinating Council  has partnered with local churches, organizations, city employees, community groups and individuals to make the holidays a little merrier for the less fortunate. This year’s program began several months ago, with applications from the families and culminated on Saturday, December 13 with the delivery... Read More →

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Mega Millions ticket sold in Southland worth nearly a million bucks!

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a money roll just in time to make some lucky ticket holder’s holiday really special. No one ticket held all of the winning numbers from Last Friday’s draw. Those digits: 2, 31, 46, 58, 65, and the Mega Ball 7. However, a ticket bought in the Southland has all but the Mega number and it’s worth $928,084. Not a million bucks, but enough to rock the world of most folks. The ticket was sold at  the 7-ELeven 3975 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Heavy rain fell this morning in front of Samuel's Florist 921 West Olive Avenue in Burbank December 12, 2014

Burbank pounded by powerful rainstorm

Burbank, like the rest of the Southland, is getting pounded by a major storm, which moved into our area last night packing strong winds and very heavy rain at times. This morning around 11 a.m., you could barely see through a heavy downpour along West Olive Avenue in front of Samuel’s Florist. Driving in the heavy rain is treacherous, but plenty of brave motorists were out on the roads and streets in Burbank. A tremendous amount of rain followed into the street gutters along West Olive Avenue in Burbank during... Read More →

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21st Annual SAG Awards nominees announced today

A lot of chatter around the entertainment community today about the newly released nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The nominees were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood by actress/director/producer and recipient, Eva Longoria,and Actor, Ansel Elgort,( “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014) and  “Divergent” (2014) ). Here are the nominees for the top film categories: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)... Read More →

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Election News: 2015 candidates’ statements on Burbank city website

While some are captivated by the events, sounds, and images of the holiday season, others are looking forward to 2015 and the upcoming Burbank city elections. The League of Women Voters Candidates Forum is set for January 20, 2015 — about six weeks away. The following week, the local mail in ballots for the February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary Nominating Election will start going out. By the way, statements from the candidates are up on the Burbank  city website. Be an... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Crowds gathered at the Pink's tent for free hotdogs at Toluca Lake Open House December 5, 2014

Pink’s hands out free hot dogs during Toluca Lake holiday event

A lot of holiday cheer and great food at the festive Toluca Lake Holiday Open House , “Let There Be Light,” last night. Pink’s free hot dogs was one of the major attractions. Hundreds lined up for the famous dogs. Pink’s main location is at La Brea and Melrose Avenues in Hollywood, where they have been selling their prized hot dogs since 1939. Lately, the family run company has branched out to other locations as well as into the catering business. The Pink’s tent began... Read More →

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Election Buzz: Several candidates qualify for Burbank 2015 ballot

Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, sent out a notice today with the names of the candidates who have qualified for the City of Burbank’s Primary Nominating Election to be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. It’s a mail in ballot only election. Here are the names: City Council Candidates (2 open seats) Emily Gabel-Luddy David Nos Will Rogers Elise Stearns-Niesen Juan J. Guillen Christopher John Rizzotti Sharon Springer Board of Education (3 Seats) Armond Aghakhanian Roberta Grande Reynolds Greg Sousa Steve Ferguson Vahe Hovanessian Jesse Tangkhpanya Each candidate... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Coordinating Council accepts donations of gifts and check for $3,249 from Bob Hope Airport Holiday Charity Committee in Burbank December 1, 2014 . (l-r) Janet Diel, president Burbank Coordinating Council, Sherri Himelstein, Lucy Burghdorf, Rachael Warecki

Burbank Holiday Baskets Program gets major donation

Preparations are in full swing for the annual Holiday Baskets program, which provides gifts for low-income families with children in Burbank schools. The program got a huge boost from the Bob Hope Airport Holiday Charity Committee at the Burbank Coordinating Council December first meeting last Monday. Several members of the committee, Sherri Himelstein, Lucy Burghdorf,  and Rachael Warecki, showed up to donate gifts and a check for $3, 249. Burbank Coordinating Council is continuing a tradition that has been going strong for 60 years. The council  partners with organizations, churches, and... Read More →

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An electrical outage at Bob Hope Airport blamed on storm

A TSA checkpoint at the Bob Hope Airport is back up and running today, after being knocked out by yesterday’s stormy weather. It happened around 5 p.m. Victor Gill, spokesman for the airport, says storm water caused an electrical outage.  Here’s the tweet that the airport sent out late yesterday.   Terminal A checkpoint currently closed due to electrical outage. Passengers being screened at Term B and bused back to Term A. — Bob Hope Airport BUR (@fly_BUR) December 3, 2014 Gill... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A pedestrian caught in a downpour during first big storm of the season in Burbank December 2, 2014

Stormy weather expected through Wednesday in Burbank

More stormy weather today so keep those umbrellas at the ready. Yesterday, the much anticipated storm rolled into Burbank and the rest of the Southland with periods of heavy rain and chilly temperatures. The chance of rain today is 90 percent. It will warm up a bit — expect the temperatures to be mostly in the mid-60s — maybe topping out in low 70s.  Weather watchers are forecasting the heaviest rainfall during the afternoon and through Wednesday night. The storm should be clearing out by Thursday, but scattered showers are... Read More →

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City of Burbank offering free sandbags

A major storm is set to dump a lot of rain on the Southland today and tomorrow. The chance of rain in Burbank is 100 percent on Tuesday. The weather watchers say we could get 1 to 2 inches of rain. That kind of heavy rainfall could produce flash flooding. So the City of Burbank is offering free sandbags to residents and local businesses. The Public Works Department is providing the sandbags. Initially, residents can get up to 25 sandbags — but can request... Read More →

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FBI confirms Sony Pictures hacked

 Sony Pctures has been hacked! The cyber attack on the entertainment studio reportedly began “… about a week ago when a group called Guardians of Peace, or #GOP for short, gained access to the studio’s system and arranged for a bizarre image and poorly worded text to appear on the computer screens of employee,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sony has been forced to shut down its “email and other systems.” However, it may be too late to protect some Sony movie releases,  which might have been leaked to... Read More →

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Video interview with Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson

Communications consultant and community activist, Steve Ferguson, is among several candidates making a run for three open seats on the Burbank School Board in the February 24, 2015 Burbank Municipal Primary Election. Earlier this month, Ferguson, sat down with me for a one-on-one video interview. The ground rules, no questions in advance and no subject was off-limits. In the interview, Ferguson talks about the solutions for the problems facing the school district as well as the views, values, and ideals that define his candidacy. Here’s... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --- Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson interviewed in Glendale November 15, 2014

A one-on-one with Burbank School Board candidate Steve Ferguson

Recently, I sat down with Burbank School Board candidate, Steve Ferguson. He announced his candidacy last month. No questions in advance. No subject was off-limits. In the one-on-one interview, Ferguson answers some tough questions about his candidacy, the state of Burbank schools, and what he sees as solutions to some of the district’s problems. That interview will be posted on Media City Groove tomorrow.

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