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Archive | October, 2011

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Halloween, customs, and traditions

Tomorrow is the last day of October and it is also Halloween! Do you celebrate Halloween? Some people do and others don’t, and that’s ok. People hold different kinds of customs and traditions based on their culture and beliefs. Families like mine that consist of first and second generation immigrants often find it necessary to mix the customs and cultures of both their native land and of the United States. Sometimes we clash with our children due to different customs and values. This reminds me of the film, “Fiddler on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Kobe, the pet tortoise at the Burbank Community Day School October 29, 2011

Volunteers plant a community garden in Burbank

Volunteers used people power and creativity to get a new community garden planted in Burbank yesterday.  The garden is the love project of Principal Chris Krohn and her students at Burbank Community Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue. The students, grades 7 – 12, are at risk kids looking for a second chance. Krohn says it all started last year with a small garden she described as “an eyesore.”  The students came up with five plans to turn the tiny garden and the surrounding weeds into a productive community garden. They got help refining... Read More →

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More runaway production: “Iron Man 3” to film out of state

Another major movie production is saying “adios” to Southern California. Marvel Studios reportedly has agreed to shoot “Iron Man 3” in North Carolina due,mainly to the state’s 25 percent  production tax credit, according to The first two installments of the Iron Man franchise made over a billion dollars worldwide. Both were shot in Los Angeles. The “Iron Man 3”  production will be heading to Wilmington after the first of the year — taking with it hundreds of valuable  jobs.  A serious bummer for tons of  job hungry  movie production workers... Read More →

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Drug take-back event in Burbank

Got some expired or unwanted prescription drugs you want to toss out? Don’t dump them in the trash. Not good for the environment. You can take them to the Burbank Police Department, 200 North Third Street, tomorrow October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burbank Police are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct a drug take- back on Saturday, in the rear parking lot “… free of charge, no questions asked.”  Officials are hoping the drug round-up will prevent the abuse and theft of dangerous prescription drugs. More... Read More →

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Top creepy crawler careers

Around this time of the year, a lot of us are thinking about the creepy-crawlers. It’s all part of the fun of  Halloween. On the serious side, there are careers where creepy creatures are part of daily operations. Recently,, a job search and career website, identified the nation’s creepiest careers.  “Forensic Entomologist, who studies insects that invade a person’s dead body and decipher insect life cycles to determine the time and manner of death, is the creepiest career on our list,” according to Tony Lee, publisher, “These little... Read More →

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Another big Mega Millions jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a roll again. No one scored all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw, so the jackpot took a tumble to $67 million! It was not all bad news for players in yesterday’s lottery game. Three tickets bought in California got all of the winning numbers right, except the Mega ball. Each ticket is worth $138, 142. Here are those big money numbers: 13, 33, 40, 44, 46 and the Mega ball 8. The next Mega Millions draw is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Stop Walmart in Burbank protesters out front of the site of a planned Walmart at 1301 North victory Place in Burbank October 19, 2011

Walmart event stirs up more controversy

“This is far from over”  — that’s the new battle cry from the Stop Walmart in Burbank group, following last Monday’s controversial community open house by Walmart. Instead of the public forum most folks were anticipating, Walmart offered up a promotional event stocked with tables, charts, PR materials, and smiling Walmart executives. The focus –the new Burbank Walmart and how Walmart REALLY is a good neighbor. The Walmart crew swarmed a ground floor section of the old Great Indoors building delivering the company line to residents, the media, and anyone else who dropped... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Passion for life

Have you ever heard of a species of bird called the goldcrest? It is a very tiny bird about the size of your thumb. Goldcrests are birds that can withstand very harsh winter climates. Animals have different methods of winter survival. Bears hibernate and migratory birds fly south for the winter. Goldcrests also have their own special way of withstanding the cold. First of all, they build their nests in a way that helps keep out cold air. At night, they huddle together to make collective body heat. During the... Read More →

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President Obama ends the war in Iraq

“So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.  After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home.  The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that... Read More →

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Garden Guru: Growing your own pumpkins for Halloween

Oh geez! How many customers have I talked out of pumpkin seeds this week? Mark your calendars for next year around June if you want to plant a pumpkin patch for the kids or yourself. Pumpkins are a warm season crop that likes the heat and ripens about this time in the fall. If you can find the starters about August, you might have some luck in time for some “smallish” pumpkins to come up for the kids. But don’t expect some jack -o-lantern size ones if... Read More →

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Actress lands another book deal

  Actress Jenny McCarthy isn’t above showing off her body or book smarts. The former Playboy model is the author of a number of bestsellers including, “Life Laughs”, “Baby Laughs,” Belly Laughs,” and “Love, Lust & Faking It.” Also, McCarthy has written serious books about autism including,  “Louder than Words: A mother’s journey in healing autism. ” Now McCarthy, is going back to her comedic roots with a new book, “Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic.” The book industry site, Galleycat, has a post today about the new deal... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The former site of The Great Indoors at 1301 North Victory Place in the Empire Center Burbank

Walmart community meeting today

The long anticipated community meeting with the Walmart is today at 5 p.m. The big retailer is hosting what it calls a “community open house”  at the former site of The Great Indoors, where it intends to open a new Walmart. So what are the plans for this one-stop shopping store?  The Walmart honchos are supposed to reveal those plans at the meeting this evening and answer residents’ questions about the impact their new store will have on the Empire Center and the general area. Recently, Walmart has been circulating a PR... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama and the First Family viewed the MLK National Memorial before the official dedication in Washington DC October 16, 2011

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial dedicated in DC

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has been open since last August, but the official dedication was delayed until today by the fury of Hurricane Irene during the summer. A crowd estimated to be around 30,000 gathered on the National Mall to witness the historic event. Remarks by President Obama at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication The National Mall Washington, D.C. For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall.  In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who... Read More →

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Jean Youn: A good time to focus on the positive

A Korean proverb says that people from long ago are never wrong. This is to say that the things they have said had come from experience after experience and they’ve had a lot of time to think about what they say. The Korean word for autumn is Gah-Eul. Gah-Eul means to cut off. The origin comes from how fruits from the summer were cut off from their plants and reaped. I was better off a long time ago. I was prettier a long time ago. I was smarter a long... Read More →

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Weekend weather: fog, sunshine, warm temps

Fog and low clouds this Saturday morning, however, that’s supposed to burn off in a while. Sunshine and warm temperatures are on tap for today and through Monday. A dramatic change from that quickie heat wave of a few days ago. The high expected to be in the upper 70s to mid-80s today in the Media City. At night the temperature will get a bit chilly, dipping down into the 50s. Overall, some snappy good weather for the weekend.

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Talk of the Town: The Walmart war

This pro-Walmart flyer was e-mailed to me last night.  It’s a slick piece of promotion from the nation’s largest retailer.  As expected, Walmart is  trying to rally support for its upcoming “community open house” at the old location of the Great Indoors, in the Empire Center, Monday, October 17, at 5 p.m. This location is the designated site of a new Walmart. Meanwhile, the “No Walmart in Burbank “group is holding a fundraiser this evening at the Flappers ComedyClub in Downtown Burbank starting at 8 p.m. An evening of comedy... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Crime scene tape in Burbank

Burbank Police report: Thieves snatch panties, electronics, and a BMW

Over the last couple of weeks or so, brazen thieves reportedly went shopping again in Burbank. The latest Burbank Police report released yesterday, provided a long list of thefts. Among them, $525 worth of bras, panties, and clothing ripped off from the Victoria’s Secret in the Burbank Town Center over on East Magnolia Boulevard. This happened when the store was apparently open for business. In residential burglaries, jewelry, cameras, office equipment, purses, and a couple of hand guns were reported missing.  Also, several vehicles were broken into: in one case a 2004... Read More →

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Photo: Esquire/People -- Pop singer Rihanna named 2011 sexiest woman alive

Rihanna named 2011 Sexiest Woman Alive!

Pop singer and fashion risk-taker, Rihanna, displayed her special kind of heat on the cover of Esquire’s November issue. The magazine named the 23-year-old Barbados native, 2011 Sexiest Woman Alive! On the Internet today, there is some debate about whether the entertainer really deserves the title. People magazine has more on Rihanna’s new title. Also, to ah, see more of Rihanna and check out the runners-up … click over to the Esquire website.

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Jean Youn: Helen Keller & appreciating the season

The sky is wonderfully blue. The weather is neither hot nor cold with just the right amount of sunlight. The breeze is cool and refreshing. The leaves turn beautifully red and yellow. These are the images that remind us that it is now fall. When we’re too busy and have this and that to worry about, we often miss the things that are beautiful about the season. This is a quote from Helen Keller: “Now and then I have tested my seeing friends to discover what they see. Recently I... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Author Sue Ann Jaffarian reacts with a smile to while chatting with writers after a workshop at the Buena Vista libarary in Burbank September 17, 2011

A Look back: A writer’s workshop on how to get an agent

Multi-talented author and Media City Groove guest blogger, Sue Ann Jaffarian, conducted a very informative writer’s workshop called, “Turning Agent Woes Into Agent Wows,” at the Buena Vista library here in Burbank last month. Forty-to-fifty writers showed up for the September 17 workshop. Many spent most of the time scribbling notes as Sue Ann covered the agent search from manuscript preparation to how to write the kind of e-mail query that will catch an agent’s attention. Also, Sue Ann shared some tips on where to find agents on the Internet and what to ask... Read More →

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