Archive | December, 2012
The year 2012 is coming to an end and the year 2013 is about to begin. Within any cultures, there are certain customs that are kept on certain days or periods. Some of them may be similar and some may be totally different, and even strange, according to other countries or ethnic groups. Today, I want to introduce a custom, which used to be kept on December 31 in Korea. The reason why I said “used to” is because it is hardly kept nowadays, as customs... Read More →
The rain is falling in Burbank this morning and is expected to continue through much of the day. This is a cold system with temperatures only in the 50s. Mostly cloudy skies tonight, but still a chance of rain. By Sunday, the stormy weather should be history and the skies should be fair with some sunshine through Tuesday, New Year’s Day.
The scramble is on to get those spectacular floats ready for the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1, 2013. The theme this year is from the famous Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” The City of Burbank’s official entry is called, “Deep Sea Adventures.” The idea/concept is from Richard Burrow of Mission Viejo and it won first place in the Burbank float 2013 design contest. More on the Burbank float here.
In the spirit of the holidays, the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is joining forces with the Burbank Animal Shelter for a special plea/ and gift donation. Yes, it’s a busy time of year, but if you can spare the time — blood donation is a valuable gift of life that is priceless and keeps on giving. There is always a need for blood, but especially during the holiday season when donations drop off. St. Joe is asking for blood donations and to sweeten the plea... Read More →
A cold snap in the Southland has produced some bone-chilling temperatures in Burbank this week. The cold weather is expected to continue through the weekend with rain likely, beginning tomorrow. The low this morning dipped into the 30s and the high should reach around 66 on this first day of winter. That’s a few degrees warmer than yesterday’s high of only 63. So bundle up and keep shopping if you’re still on the gift hunt — Christmas is less than a week away.
The classic romantic comedy film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) is among the reported cinematic treasures selected for the National Film Registry. The Library of Congress today announced the 25 films picked for the registry in 2012. “Established by Congress in 1989, the National Film Registry spotlights the importance of preserving America’s unparalleled film heritage,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a news release. “These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to... Read More →
An amazing walk through Christmas tree is a major attraction on the AMC walkway near Palm and San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank. The 36-foot tree is adorned with gorgeous decorations including supersized snowflakes.
Sam’s piano in the movie classic “Casablanca” sold for $602, 500 last Friday according to Reuters. The 58-key upright hit the auction block for between $800, 000 and $1.2 million. The selling price fell short of Sotheby’s estimate, but still a huge gain over the previous purchase, which was $154, 000 back in 1988. The reason: this piano has been touched by Hollywood movie making magic. In the Academy Award winning romance drama, Dooley Williams (Sam) plays “As Time Goes By” on an upright... Read More →
It’s beginning to look a lot like and feel like a Southland Christmas season. Another storm is headed our way with rain possible tonight and over the weekend. And it’s cold outside. We may get some sun today, but expect mostly cloudy skies. The high today in Burbank in the upper 50s. Temperatures will warm up a bit over the weekend, but not much. So keep the coat, gloves, and umbrella handy.
Burbank School Board candidate, Steve Ferguson, has picked up a major endorsement. His campaign sent out a news release today announcing the endorsement of the Burbank Teachers Association. In the release, BTA President ,Lori Adams, is quoted as saying: “Steve has been very involved in many areas of city government in Burbank and will bring new ideas and energy to the board. Steve will listen to all members of the community and ultimately will do what is right for our students.” The BTA represents... Read More →
The Holiday Basket Program is kicking into high gear with deliveries planned for this Saturday. The program provides Christmas gifts and cheer for hundreds of Burbank families who would otherwise have a very grim or sparse holiday. Last year, over 500 families, including 1400 children, received a Holiday Basket filled with gifts and food. This past weekend, a citywide food drive was conducted for the program. There is a critical need for money and volunteers. On Monday, December 10, I did an email Q&A with Janet Diel, long time Burbank... Read More →
The Los Angeles Times and its Times Community Newspapers, which include The Burbank Leader, are facing an uncertain future as 2012 wraps up. There’s a report out that the owners of the newspapers’ parent company, the Tribune Company, are quietly seeking advice from bankers about launching a fire sale after December 31, when the company is expected to emerge from bankruptcy. The Tribune has been in bankruptcy for four years. Last month, the Tribune cleared the last major hurdle with the Federal... Read More →
Share the spirit of giving by donating to the Holiday Basket Program food drive this weekend. The food drive will be going on citywide. For more than 60 years, the Burbank Coordinating Council has been heading up the Holiday Basket Program, which provides gift baskets and food to more than 500 families whose children are on the free or reduced cost lunch programs in Burbank schools. The need is great, so help out if you can. Volunteers with lists of needed items will be on site... Read More →
Oscar maker to axe a lot of workers It’s not going to be a ho, ho, jolly holiday season for some employees of the company that makes Oscar. The Wrap is reporting today that R.S. Owens, a Chicago-based company, will be laying off almost 100 workers by December 17. That’s more than a third of the staff. R.S. Owens is the supplier of awards for the Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards, and “American Idol” as well. More details here. Writers Guild nominations... Read More →
It is December now. Soon we will exchange greetings with the words, “Are you ready for Christmas?” Of course, some people may not celebrate Christmas. However, around this time every year, most people exchange Christmas cards or greeting cards or presents, I think. It is like an exchange of love and gratitude with neighbors, friends, and family members who we have cared about for the past year. This year, for whom, and what presents, are you preparing to give? The... Read More →
A lot of chatter on the Internet about the huge Toluca Lake estate of Bob and Dolores Hope going up for sale. The legendary entertainer and his singer/philanthropist wife reportedly built their home at the corner of Moorpark Street and Ledge Avenue in 1939. The estate has an English-style mansion, guest house, private golf course and gardens. It sits on more than an acre. Several potential buyers have made offers on the property, according to The Tolucan Times. No word on whether or not the property is... Read More →
The seasons do change in Burbank. All over B-town trees are shedding their colorful leaves right now. It’s the first week of December, summer is a memory, fall is in full swing, and winter is coming. Change is in the air.
Netflix, the popular online movie service, has scored a huge deal with the Walt Disney Company. In a news release today, Disney announced a “… new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.” The deal begins with 2013 direct-to-video releases and 2016 big screen feature films. “Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal will bring to our subscribers, in the first pay... Read More →
Time to get serious about that holiday shopping and gift buying. Cloudy skies and showers are in the forecast for this weekend — with a 50 percent chance of rain today in B-town and 30 percent tomorrow. So be prepared. Take along an umbrella for possible raindrops. Also, you might need a coat or thick sweater. The temperatures expected to be in the upper 50s and 60s. Oh, and pace yourself. The holiday shopping season is just beginning.