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Archive | June, 2012

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Garden Guru:Watering flowers and plants in hot weather

Occasionally, when the temps hit the high ones, my customers will ask why I am watering at Armstrong nursery when it is kind of hot and during the middle of the day. They quote various stories/articles about NOT to water at that time of day. Well, here’s the deal. In a retail nursery the smaller containers(6-pack color, 4-inch pots and 1-gallon containers dry out quicker than plants that are in home gardens. For those at home gardens, I suggest our best selling items are a premium potting soil (for containers) and a... Read More →

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City of Burbank hires new Public Information Officer

Burbank’s new public information officer, Drew Sugars, officially takes the reins on Monday July 9.  In a news release, put out yesterday, city officials raved about Sugars’ skills and local experience. “Sugars arrives with 17-years of broadcasting experience as an Emmy winning television news reporter, main anchor, and newsroom manager. The California native spent the past four years working for the largest law enforcement agency in Santa Barbara County where he successfully merged the Public Information Office and Media Resources Unit.” As a result of that merger, Sugars became the... Read More →

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Temperature rising and so is the Mega Millions jackpot

The temperature is rising in Burbank — right along with the Mega Millions lottery jackpot. The high today in the Media City — somewhere between the mid-80s to low 90s. Meanwhile that growing Mega Millions jackpot rose to $75 million today. No one picked all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. Here are those lucky digits: 3, 16, 23, 35, 36, and the Mega 20. The next draw is Friday, June 29, after the allotted time for ticket purchases closes at 7:45 p.m.

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The search is on for the ultimate fan of “The Young and the Restless”

The popular daytime soap, “The Young and the Restless,” is searching for the ultimate fan to hand over a trip of a lifetime to the Southland for the the taping for the monumental 10,000th episode of the series and celebration on August 22, according to a PR Newswire release. The grand prize includes, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and spending cash! There prizes for the four finalists, too. What do you gotta do? Create a 60-second video explaining why you’re the biggest Y&R fan ever. More details on... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The feel of summer

By chance, have you ever dipped your feet in a small creek in the mountains? Korea, where I grew up, has a lot of small mountains all over its land. During hot summer days, people frequently go up to the mountains and counter the heat by dipping their feet in the creeks. Not just the clear and cold water of the creek, but also the sound of stream makes them forget the sweltering heat. By the way, a stream makes a more pleasant and fresh sound if it flows in... Read More →

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Compost event in Burbank today with freebies and giveaways

Today you can learn the right moves for recycling waste materials into rich environmentally-friendly compost at the Burbank Recycle Center at 500 South Flower Street. It starts at 8 a.m. runs until noon,  with a compost workshop set to get underway at 10 a.m. The event will feature giveaways, including free compost bins for eligible Media City residents. For more information: (818) 238-3900.

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Jean Youn: the Korean War and pop singer Insoony

A certain day or month reminds us of something special. Of course, everybody may have different things in mind. In June, what comes first to your mind? In June, most of the Korean people, maybe except the very young generation, think about “the Korean War,” which has another name, “the Forgotten War.” The war broke out on June 25, 1950. A pop singer was born out of the historic event. To be sure, she may not be familiar to you and you may have never heard her name. But in Korea... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- SEIU-UHW picketers demonstrated in front of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank June 19, 2012

Labor trouble at Burbank hospital

A noisy picket line on West Alameda Avenue in front of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank yesterday drew stares from many and horn blasts of support from some motorists. The demonstrators marched, blew whistles, and waved picket signs for several hours. Paul Matakiewicz, chief negotiator for SEIU-UHW, says 80 members took part in the demonstration, which he characterized as an informational picket line. Matakiewicz says these employees are service and tech professionals and they have been working without a contract for nine months.  He says the two sides... Read More →

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Garden Guru: Freaky weather and your vegetable garden

Lately, I’ve noticed as I walk my dogs and listen to customer’s comments and questions that this vegetable season has been a roller-coaster ride for people’s gardens. From the start of “warm” season vegetables(February), we had warm days, cool nights with just a bit of rain. Warm season veggies are(but not limited too) mostly peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, melons etc. Cool season veggies like leaf lettuce, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc are on there way out so I would recommend trying them only from seeds this late. Problem is from the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Price of regular gas under $4 at Shell station at Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street in Burbank June 14, 2012

Regular gas under $4 a gallon in Burbank!

Some relief for consumers at the pump. Over the past few weeks, gasoline prices have been steadily declining and have now dipped below the $4 a gallon for regular mark in the Media City.  In some places here regular gas is now selling for between $3.90 to $3.99 a gallon. Today the average price for that grade of gas in the Los Angeles area and statewide is $4 a gallon, according to the  AAA Fuel Gauge Report.  The national average for regular is a lot lower — $3.52... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Manager Jose Lopez (center) helped out behind the counter during the pre-opening at Frank's Restaurant in Burbank June 14, 2012

Landmark Burbank restaurant re-opens

A Burbank landmark, Frank’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, 916 West Olive Avenue, is back in business, after falling on hard times and having to close its doors several weeks ago. Today during the pre-opening,  manager and former owner, Jose Lopez, and his staff were serving customers just like old times at Frank’s. One customer, chowing down on a hot turkey sandwich, told me the food was even” better than before!” Frank’s first opened its doors back in the 1950s. It quickly gained a reputation as a friendly neighborhood eatery with... Read More →

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Disney launches The Art of “Frankenweenie” Exhibition

Walt Disney Studios has launched a special exhibit to promote director Tim Burton’s upcoming stop-motion animated feature film, “Frankenweenie.” The Art of “Frankenweenie” Exhibition is set to premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, and in the U.S. at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, California, July 11-15, according to a PRNewswire release. During the tour, the exhibition will be making stops in seven countries. This rare visual experience will give audiences “… an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton.  From original sketches drawn... Read More →

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Lottery dreams: Southland winner plans to share good fortune

Lottery dreams are coming true for one Southland Mega Millions winner. A couple of days ago, Kenneth Bowyer cashed in his lucky double-M ticket for $177, 891. That ticket had all of the winning numbers from last Friday’s draw, except the mega ball. The winning numbers: 9, 4, 34, 48, 40, and the Mega 25.  The lucky ticket was bought at Canyon Liquor,  16507 Soledad Canyon Road #H, Canyon Country. Bowyer has a very bright 19-year-old son who is already a senior in college. Bowyer told... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Why breathing is the best exercise

What kind of exercise do you do? Rather, what kind of exercise do you enjoy doing? It may be different depending on your age and inclination. For some, just to stroll about through the neighborhood is regarded as an exercise. Some people offer “breathing exercise” for an answer jokingly. As a matter of a fact, the most important one among the exercises is really breathing exercise. If we stop breathing exercise, simply we cannot do any other exercise. The reason why breathing is not called an exercise... Read More →

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Photo: Frank Micelotta/Pictures Group -- Actress Shirley MacLaine received the AFI Life Achievement Award at Sony Pictures in Culver City June 7, 2012

AFI Life Achievement Award 2012 goes to actress Shirley MacLaine

Hollywood superstar, Shirley MacLaine, is the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement award for 2012, according to a PR Newswire release.  Maclaine has won more than 40 awards including best actress for “Terms of Endearment” (1983). She has appeared in numerous films and  is best known for her acting in “The Apartment” (1960), “Sweet Charity” (1961), “The Turning Point” (1977), and “Steel Magnolias” (1989). I remember her delightful portrayal of a hooker/nun in “Two Mules for Sister Sara” (1970). Maclaine remains active, she is set to appear in “The Boom... Read More →

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Garden Guru: Summer watering tips

The easiest way to make the switch to less frequent lawn watering is to set the sprinklers to every two to three days for about three weeks. You’ll be amazed that after a month or so on that schedule your lawn will tolerate twice a week watering! My Bermuda grass lawn, which was getting watered every other day,  now gets watered once a week!  It’s all about training those roots. Adjusting your flower bed watering can be an easy task, too. You can begin by putting your flower and rose... Read More →

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President Obama fundraising in the Southland

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a third fundraiser in the Southland today. President Obama arrived at LAX late yesterday and was the main attraction at two campaign events in Beverly Hills last night — attended by Hollywood players, celebs, as well as activists in the LGBT community and their supporters. Gay rights appeared to be a key element of this campaign swing, which included a stop in San Francisco earlier in the day for the president. At a $50,000 a couple dinner affair at the home of... Read More →

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Does daydreaming make you smarter?

You might think daydreaming is a waste of time, but according to some new research it can be one of the best ways to pump up your brain power. On The New Yorker website, in an article “The Virtues of Daydreaming,” Jonah Lehrer argues mind-wandering allows those creative and problem solving juices to flow freely. And that’s a good thing. Read about it here.

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Photo: NASA/SDO, AIA -- The transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5, 2012

NASA: The transit of Venus 2012

NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory got some fantastic images of that once-in-a-lifetime solar happening — the transit of Venus across the face of the sun June 5-6, 2012. NASA says this celestial wonder occurs “…  in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.” More incredible photos of this heavenly event here.

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Dodger great Tommy Lasorda recovering from heart attack

Hall of Fame manager and Dodger great Tommy Lasorda has had a health scare. Lasorda reportedly suffered what is being called a “mild heart” attack yesterday in New York City and underwent a medical procedure to unblock an artery in his heart. Here’s the statement released today by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 STATEMENT FROM LOS ANGELES DODGERS ON HALL OF FAME MANAGER TOMMY LASORDA: Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack Monday while in New York for the Major... Read More →

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