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Archive | December, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Firefighters knocked down a blaze in the 300 block of South Griffith Park Drive in Burbank December 29, 2014

Burbank police officer who rescued fire victim identified

The Burbank police officer, who probably saved the life of an elderly man in that dramatic fire rescue yesterday, has been identified. Officer Brent Fekety arrived on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. with several other members of the Burbank PD. The home at 326 South Griffith Park Drive was on fire. Next door neighbor, Bob Rosen, saw Fekety go into action “… police officer kicked in the front door and dragged a person out.” The victim was the homeowner, whom Rosen had known for more than 40... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Emily Gabel- Luddy campaign sign shares space with holiday decorations on West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank December 29, 2014

Election Buzz: Campaign signs and those holiday decorations

Campaign signs of the candidates, in the 2015 Burbank Municipal Elections, playing by the standard political rules are appearing around town now. A cluster of campaign signs supporting the re-election of council member Emily Gabel-Luddy are in several yards along West Verdugo  Avenue between Catalina  and Keystone streets. The signs popped up after Christmas — in accordance with an old school political rule of the city. You might remember, first time city council candidate, Chris Rizzotti, ignored that rule.  Rizzotti’s campaign signs have blanketed B-town for the past... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank firefighters mopped up after a house fire at 326 South Griffith Park Drive December 29, 2014

Burbank police officer rescues victim from burning house

An elderly Burbank resident is recovering in the hospital today after being pulled from his burning home at 326 South Griffith Park Drive. The fire was called into the Burbank Fire Department at around 9:10 a.m. Neighbor, Linda Rosen, was one of those who called 9-1-1. Her husband, Bob Rosen, went next door and saw”… the smoke pouring out of the roof.” Also, Rosen says the fire was so hot it broke out windows. The first to arrive on the scene were several Burbank Police Department units. Rosen says one... Read More →

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End of the year Mega Millions jackpot at least $172 million

The Mega Millions lottery game is ending the year with a huge jackpot!  That money pot is stuffed with at least $170 million after no one had the winning numbers in yesterday’s day after Christmas draw. Those lucky numbers: 2,5,10,20,38 and the Mega Ball 14. The last time someone scored the big win in this game was back on November 4, when a single ticket bought in New York won a $326 million jackpot. The last chance to win a Mega Millions jackpot in 2014 is... Read More →

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Updated: Burbank City Council candidate Sharon Springer talks issues and concerns

Resident Sharon Springer is making a run for the Burbank City Council. Two council seats will appear on the upcoming February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary Municipal Election ballot. Springer is past chair and current  vice-chair of the Sustainable Burbank Commission. Springer has a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Science in geography. Springer has a background as a commercial real estate appraiser, bank v.p., and business owner. Currently, she holds a position in nonprofit administration. I am asking a series of short questions of all the... Read More →

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“Someday At Christmas”

“Someday At Christmas”   Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys Playing with bombs like kids play with toys One warm December our hearts will see A world where men are free Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars When we have learned what Christmas is for When we have found what life’s really worth There’ll be peace on earth Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmastime Someday at... Read More →

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Temporary election workers wanted in Burbank

Burbank is gearing up for its primary and general elections in the first half of the new year. As part of the preparation, a news release was sent out expressing a need for temporary election workers. Also, a notice about this is on the city website. There are three types of positions:Election Worker, Ballot Drop-off Center Worker; and a Canvassing Board Member. The pay range is from $17.14 an hour to $100 a day. There  are minimum requirements such as you must be at least 18... Read More →

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Remembering Joe Cocker: May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker had some strange moves when he sang on stage, but that was okay. It’s his gritty voice and passionate singing that will be remembered most. The pop and blues singer passed away yesterday reportedly after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Cocker shot to fame during the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. During his performance at that festival, Cocker put  his own spin on the  Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” and turned it into one of his signature songs.

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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, 31,... 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 Avenue. Also,... 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 of... 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, we... 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 of... 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. Meanwhile,... 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) BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH... 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 informed voter. Take... 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 serving free... Read More →

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