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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Public Works crew were out making repairs on Olive Avenue near Lomita Street in Burbank April 24, 2014

Getting ready for Burbank on Parade

The Media City is sprucing up and getting ready for Burbank on Parade this Saturday, April 26. Public Works crews were out this morning patching spots of Olive Avenue, between Keystone and Lomita Streets, the main parade route. This is the 33rd edition of the hometown event. The Grand Marshal of this year’s Burbank On Parade is the 2012 National Teacher of the Year and Luther Burbank Middle School English teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. with marching bands, floats, dignitaries, vintage cars, equestrian units... Read More →

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Lupita Nyong'o People Magazine's Most Beautiful 2014

Lupita Nyong’o is red hot in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o is red-hot in Hollywood right now. Nyong’o stunned on the red carpet during awards season. In March, she scooped up the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” Sometimes the heat from an Oscar win cools quickly, but not for Nyong’o. Earlier this month, Nyong’o grabbed headlines for her new contract with the cosmetic giant, Lancôme.  Nyong’o joins other Academy Award winning actresses like Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet, who have become ambassadors for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former OSH site at 641 North Victory Boulevard in Burbank new home of a Hobby Lobby store

Controversial Hobby Lobby is opening a Burbank store

Controversial Hobby Lobby is opening a Burbank store in a few weeks. The giant retailer is renovating the site of the recently closed Orchard Supply Hardware at 641 North Victory Boulevard. The family owner company has more than 500 stores nationwide and claims to offer more than 60-thousand crafting and  home decor products. Also, Hobby Lobby admits to mingling the religious beliefs of the co-founders, David and Barbara Green, with its business practices A decision that has resulted in the company bringing a case before the U.S.... Read More →

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Netflix price hike is coming soon

  Get ready. Netflix price hike is coming soon. The on-demand video streaming company plans to increase monthly rates as much as two dollars “later this quarter for new members only.” Current subscribers’ rates will remain the same for a” generous time period,” but they will be going up. The announcement was made  in a letter to shareholders released today. In the U.S., Netflix has nearly 36 million subscribes who pay around $7.99 a month. Worldwide, the streaming company has 48 million users in more than 40 countries according... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank

City Buzz: Issues in Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters

There are growing concerns about some simmering issues in the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. This time around they do not involve the police mess — which still hangs over the BPD.  Instead, one of the issues deals with the building itself and the other, tension between the two city departments which share the building: police and fire. Roaches in the building: First, the trouble-plagued headquarters. It was supposed to be a $30 million state-of-the-art facility when it opened in 1998. However, it soon became... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Two youngsters inspect their eggs after a Easter hunt at McCambridge Park in Burbank April 19, 2014

Spring Egg-Stravaganza “a fun Burbank event”

The Spring Egg-Stravaganza “a fun Burbank event.” That is how Judie Wilke, Park, Recreation and Community Services director, summed up the festivities in McCambridge Park yesterday. As for the new rules, Wilke says they “controlled things” better and that “no one was turned away.” She says a complete analysis would have to be done later to determine if the event ran better with or without the rules. This year, parents were required to register their children for the Easter egg hunts — the reason most come... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Spring Egg-Stravaganza at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glendoaks Boulevard Burbank April 19, 2014

Easter egg hunts in Burbank

A lot folks were out at the Easter egg hunts in Burbank.  The hunts were the big draw at the Spring Egg-Stravaganza this morning. The event was held in McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. Overall, the crowds did not appear to be as large as they were at the Spring Egg-Stravaganza last year. This may be due to the new rules or the many activities on this Easter weekend. Here are some highlights of the four egg hunts at the  Egg-Stravaganza 2014 in the Media City.  ... Read More →

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ARTS Festival in Downtown Burbank this weekend

A  variety of talent will be showcased at the spring ARTS Festival in Downtown Burbank this weekend. The main section of the festival will stretch along San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Art lovers will see the works of painters– canvas and street, sculptors, photographers and there’s more. For the first time, festival organizers will present an “… entire block devoted to animation and visual EFX artists from feature films, video games and television series, along with associated schools and studios,” according to the... Read More →

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Confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014

 There’s confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014. The long time tradition is scheduled to get underway tomorrow, April 19, 9.a.m-noon at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. No publicity blitz for this event. City staffers have depended mostly on announcements at city council meetings and promotion on the city website. Originally, the city site had only a link to a fast-talking You Tube video for the Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Earlier this month, I emailed Drew Sugars, Burbank public information officer, about that  situation. A short time... Read More →

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Good Friday

  Good Friday. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV  

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Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s shady past comes to light

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s shady past comes to light in the media. We now have a better understanding of why the Dodgers Cuban-born shining star has refused to talk about his arrival in the U.S. It’s pretty scary stuff, according to a Los Angeles Magazine investigative piece last Sunday, (picked up by other media)  and now a similar exposé on ESPN today. Puig did not simply book a flight out of Cuba. The talented ballplayer reportedly escaped from the island with the help... Read More →

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Burbank Police “Tip A Cop” event at Claim Jumper

Burbank Police “Tip A Cop” event at Claim Jumper in the Media City on Thursday. Burbank police personnel will be on hand at the restaurant to act as celebrity waiters and their tips will go to the Special Olympics. “Tip-A-Cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics,” according to the organization’s website. Also, the tips will support sports training and competition... Read More →

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Quote of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Quote of the Day: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson Baseball Legend January 31, 1919 – October 24,1972   Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947, when he put on the number 42 uniform and played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in a game against the Boston Braves. Dodgers won 5-4. On this day, that milestone and Robinson’s legacy are... Read More →

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Second Burbank Water and Power town hall is tomorrow

The second Burbank Water and Power town hall is tomorrow. This is a chance for Burbank residents to go on the record and let the utility officials know how they feel about plans to raise the rates again. Other issues to be discussed include: future energy sources and whether those who do not have solar systems must subsidized those who do. Burbank Water and Power is community owned, therefore, its first priority should be the needs and concerns of its customers. The town hall will... Read More →

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A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight

A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight. In a rare celestial show, the sun, Earth, and moon will line up. Also,  the Earth’s shadow falls over the moon its color will change — creating what is known as a “Blood Moon.” Depending on the weather, the moon may appear more brown than red or rose. This astronomical event is expected to play out in our sky beginning at 11 p.m. and lasting three hours or so. The most recent full moon eclipse occurred back in December of 2011. Tonight’s... Read More →

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Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller

Disney has a mega hit with the award-winning animated film, “Frozen.” Since its release last November, “Frozen,” has made over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo. A few weeks ago, the film won the Oscar for best animated feature and best original song for “Let It Go.” Now, the studio has hit the jackpot again —  Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller. Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen of Arendelle, dazzles in a sparkly... Read More →

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Tax crunch: April 15 deadline fast approaching

The mad scramble is on to complete those tax forms and get them sent off to the IRS by the April 15 deadline. The Internal Revenue Service says it has received almost 100 million tax returns as of last Thursday. The government agency expects 35 million more returns to come in by the tax deadline. Time is running out. If know you’ll not finish your 2013 tax return by the deadline, the IRS has an option to save you some headaches and penalties. The... Read More →

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Sofia Vergara's new Beverly Hills home courtesy Trulia website

Around the Southland: Actress pays nearly $11 million for estate

“Modern Family” actress, Sofia Vergara, has some new digs in the Southland.  Vergara reportedly has shelled out nearly $11 million for an Italian-style villa in the heart of Beverly Hills. The ornate mansion has 7 bedroom and 11 baths and sits on a 11,400 square foot estate. The special features include a master suit with his and her bathrooms, Chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, movie theater, and extensive outside entertainment area, according to the Read More →

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