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September 11 tribute in Burbank on Sunday

Tribute to the victims and heroes of the September 11 attacks is set to take place at 6:45 a.m., tomorrow morning, on the steps of the headquarters of the Burbank Police and Fire Departments, 200 North 3rd Street. Meanwhile, USA Today has interesting article on “Ten things you may have forgotten  about 9/11” including the ties the hijackers had to Saudi Arabia.  Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- The back view of a new colorful recycle bin in the parking lot of the Verdugo Park Recreation Center in Burbank September 7, 2016

New recycle containers help cut down litter in Burbank

Lately, some colorful recycle bins have been popping up around Burbank. It’s another campaign designed to encourage people to recycle and gives them some new places to dispose of bottles and cans. The campaign was launched this summer, in late July. “It was paid for with funds we had accrued through the State bottles and can program,” according to Amy Hammes over at the Burbank Recycle Center. Hammes says there are now 16 new recycle bins “… they are placed at City parks and other sites.”  Oh, and Hayes & CO Printing... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A couple and two four-legged friends take a stroll through the Rancho District in Burbank on Labor Day morning September 5, 2016

Labor Day stroll through a Burbank neighborhood

Clouds, sunshine, and mild temperatures on this Labor Day.  Not the rocking, sunny, sizzling hot Labor Day we have come to expect in Burbank and the rest of the Southland. Not really beach weather, but great for kicking back at home or taking a casual stroll through a Burbank neighborhood. The high today only in the mid-to-upper 70s. The patchy clouds and early morning fog expected to hang around for at least one more day.  Daytime temperatures expected to rise into the 80s and possibly the 90s during the rest... Read More →

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Burbank PD arrest two suspects in ATM crime spree

Burbank Police announced the arrest today of two suspects who have been charged in an ATM skimming scheme. The suspects were taken into custody in connection with ATM thief at the U.S. Bank, 1750 West Olive Avenue, in Burbank. They are accused of using a small skimmer device to capture and store victims’ information. Earlier this month, on three separate days, thieves reportedly installed and removed a skimmer device on the ATM at that branch. “The suspects used the stolen account information and created ‘cloned’ ATM cards, ” according to a... Read More →

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Another hot day in Burbank

Summer is back in full swing. Another hot day in Burbank. The temperature rose quickly this morning. Before 10 a.m. it was into the 80s. Some weather predictions are saying mid-to-upper 90s for the high in the Media City on this Monday. However, it feels like we’re headed for triple digits — so take precautions to stay cool.

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National Night Out returns to Chandler Bikeway in Burbank

National Night Out returns to the popular Chandler Walk/Bike Path in Burbank tonight. The annual nationwide celebration promotes neighborhood camaraderie and strives to strengthen the ties between law enforcement and the community. In the past, National Night Out has drawn crowds to the Chandler Bike Path. However in 2014, the event was moved to the parking lot of the Burbank Police headquarters. Many, including some City Hall officials, felt National Night Out needed to be back at the bike path — a favorite community gathering site.... Read More →

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Photo: Courtesy City of Burbank -- (l-r) Peter Musurlian TBC Station Manager, Drew Sugars Burbank Public Information Officer, Bob Frutos City Council Member, and Walter Lutz, Sr. Video Production Associate at 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards in North Hollywood July 23, 2016

The Burbank Channel wins local Emmy

The Burbank Channel was honored at the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards bash over the weekend. The channel is owned by the City f Burbank. Last Saturday, it was recognized with an Emmy in the information category for a video called, “Drawing Power of Burbank.”  The ceremony was held at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. The State of the City video from 2015, focused on a number of topics including economic development, tourism, downtown businesses, and the impact of the Warner Bros. Studios on the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Smoke from the huge Sand Fire created drama in the sky over Burbank late yesterday Burbank July 23, 2016

Sand Fire smoke and ash drift to Burbank

  The Sand Fire, burning miles away in the Santa Clarita area, spewed smoke into the air and some drifted over Burbank on Saturday. These photos were taken after 3 p.m. yesterday near the Pavilions market in the Rancho Marketplace Center Shopping Center parking lot on West Alameda Avenue. Also, ash from the wildfire fell from the sky in B-town. Along with the triple digit heat and muggy air, many Burbankers wisely chose to spend as little time outside as possible.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Johnny Carson Park 400 South Bob Hope Drive in Burbank reopens after redesign plan completed July 1, 2016

Johnny Carson Park grand reopening celebration today

A major bash planned this evening at Johnny Carson Park. The grand re-opening celebration is set for the 5-8 p.m. with free food, giveaways, face painting, music, and even a kids zone for the little ones. Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Department is spearheading the event. The park at 400 South Bob Hope Drive, across from the Burbank Studios, reopened quietly earlier this month. The 17.6 acre facility underwent an extensive redesign and renovation, which took over a year. Now it’s available as a wonderful green space for locals... Read More →

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Celebrities react to death of Garry Marshall

A lot of folks are going on social media today to react to the death of Hollywood giant, Garry Marshall. The writer, director, producer, and actor passed away late yesterday at a hospital in Burbank. Marshall was 81. He’s being remembered today for his huge body of work; from television series like “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley,” to movie hits “Pretty Woman” (1990)  and “The Princess Diaries”(2001). More on Marshall’s career on Variety and CNN. Some of the reaction to Marshall’s death on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City of Burbank's Debell Golf Course 1500 East Walnut Avenue Burbank April 6, 2014

Bear alert in Burbank

Bear alert in Burbank hillside area. It went out today after a black bear was spotted on the 18-hole Debell Golf Course, 1500 East Walnut Avenue. The wild animal was seen near hole 11 around noon, according to a Burbank Police news release. The bear wandered around for a while, before disappearing back up in the hills. Warning signs about the bear have been posted in the area. Obviously, a bear encounter should be avoided. However, if it happens the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has some advice for dealing... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $454 million on July 5, 2016

Mega Millions jackpot soars to at least $454 million

Mega Millions jackpot soars to at least $454 million. The enormous jackpot is sparking an uptick in ticket buying — pumping even more dough into the money pot. Last Friday, no one got lucky enough to pick all of the winning numbers: 20, 41, 42, 45, 49, and the Mega 14. So the jackpot jumped to $449 million. Over the long holiday weekend, lottery fever kicked in. By this morning, the jackpot had climbed to $454 million. The jackpot has been rolling since it was hit back in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Johnny Carson Park 400 South Bob Hope Drive in Burbank reopens after redesign plan completed July 1, 2016

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank just in time for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. The construction fencing is down. I saw a few visitors wandering through the lush green park grounds yesterday morning and more today as the word got out. The multi-million revitalization plan began at the 17.6 acre site back in April of 2015. Originally called Buena Vista Park, it was renamed for the late talk-show icon, Johnny Carson, in 1992. The change coincided with Carson’s retirement from “The Tonight Show.”The popular late... Read More →

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Burbank plumbing company charged with illegal dumping

Burbank plumbing company charged with illegal dumping by the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.  Multiple criminal charges have been filed against “the owner of Mighty Mike Plumbing in Burbank and two employees for allegedly illegally dumping materials in Sun Valley,” according to a statement posted on the L.A. City Attorney’s website. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office says  on … “November 24, 2015, surveillance cameras located at 9128 Tujunga Avenue in Sun Valley captured defendants( Antonio) Vasquez and (Jesus) Maldonado allegedly using shovels to dump large amounts of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Walmart Supercenter at the Empire Center finished and ready for the big opening tomorrow. June 21, 2016

Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow

The Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and some presentations.  The festivities get underway at 7:30 a.m., followed by “presentations of $12,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including $5,000 for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and $2,500 each for the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank & Greater East Valley, the Burbank Police Foundation and the Burbank Community YMCA,” according to a news release. The Supercenter is at 1301 North Victory Place. It took months to convert approximately 143,000 square feet... Read More →

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Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in

Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in. Yesterday,  was for a huge record breaker. The temperature blasted through the record of 106 set on that date, back in 2008, before noon. Like the rest of the Southland, the Media City continued to sizzle in the first major heat wave of the year. The Burbank temperature would peak at over 110 degrees on the first day of summer.   The high temperature at Burbank was 111. This broke old record of 106 in 2008, and tied the max... Read More →

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Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer

Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer. The temperature has been rising since sunrise in Burbank. Before 9 .a.m. it was in the 90s. An hour or so later, the Media City smashed another record with a temperature of 107, according to the National Weather Service. Yes, it will probably get even hotter before the sun sets! BUR reached 107F at 1019 am. Record was 106F set 2008. Temp still rising. Hydrate, find a cool spot, check on neighbors/pets. #LAheat#cawx — NWS Los... Read More →

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Burbank breaks 43 year-old heat record during heat wave

Burbank breaks 43 year-old heat record during heat wave. Yesterday, the thermometer kept rising in the Media City. When it hit 106 we thought that was going to be it. However, the temperature continue to climb until it hit a record 109, according to the National Weather Service. That breaks a record of 104 set on that day back in 1973. Records were broken in other Southland cities as well. Don’t turn off the A/C, the heat is not about to let up yet. Today is supposed to be... Read More →

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Stay cool on Father’s Day

  It’s not going to be easy to stay cool on Father’s Day. The Southland is going to sizzle today. The thermometer hit 80 before 9 a.m. in Burbank this morning. A good indicator it’s going to be scorcher. Weather watchers say the Media City will be one of many  SoCal places, which will fry in triple digits before the sun goes down. The heat wave will continue through Tuesday. Some relief predicted on Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Monday at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ron Davis selected as permanent city manager. Announcement made at Burbank City Council meeting June 14, 2016

Ron Davis selected permanent Burbank city manager

Ron Davis selected permanent city manager. Burbank  Mayor, Jess Talamantes, made the announcement about the elevation of Davis at last night’s council meeting. Talamantes says the action was taken earlier in the day during a closed session: “The city council unanimously selected Mr. Davis to be our permanent city manager. The council will consider an employment agreement for Mr. Davis during next Tuesday’s council meeting.” The council gave the new city manager a round of applause. Many in the audience joined in. During his tenure as  general manager of Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- First Street entrance to Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Burbank May 23, 2016

Burbank Wood Ranch restaurant opens today

Burbank Wood Ranch restaurant opens today. They’re firing up the grill at this much-anticipated eatery in Downtown Burbank for dinner. It’s located at 110 North 1st Street — the old Elephant Bar site. “As a Burbank native, I am excited to return home and bring our award-winning dining experience to this community,”said General Manager Michael Gallagher in a news release. “We look forward to meeting our neighbors and being a part of many summer barbeques to come.” Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill is known for its high-quality smoked and grilled dishes.... Read More →

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Southern California quake felt in Burbank

A Southern California quake felt in Burbank and many other places in the Southland. So far, there have been more than 300 aftershocks, some measuring more than 3.0. The early morning shaker jolted many from their sleep at 1:04 a.m. The 5.2 magnitude quake struck about 27 miles south of Palm Springs in Riverside County and around 12 miles North of Borrego Springs in San Diego County. There are reports of minor damage “inside homes” in Palm Springs and nearby La Qunita areas. Luckily, no reports... Read More →

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