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Jean Youn: Goose Dads

It seems that some of my customers really like geese. I noticed that some of them like goose designs on their shirts or pants. Today I would like to share with you a story about geese. In Korea, there is a title called ‘goose dad.’ This isn’t talking about the leader in a flock of geese flying in V formation. It’s a title given to dads who send their children and wives to the United States or Canada so the children can learn English. The goose dads stays back in... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Labor Day weekend

It is now September and it is Labor Day weekend. It’s just about the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Labor Day was meant for people who work. It is a way for people to be grateful for and find joy in their work by having a well deserved break from work. You hear about a lot of people who are without and can’t find work these days. You also hear about self-employed people and/or small business owners like myself who get little to no business for periods... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The weather, life, and happy days

There’s a proverb that says that having clear and sunny days all the time creates deserts. Of course everybody wishes to have bright and happy days all the time, but if every single day was like that, we could forget what happiness is. It is natural for there to be rain, snow, wind, thunder, and lightning on some days and for other days to be clear and sunny. It is the human condition to be happy sometimes and sad other times. There are times we laugh and there also times... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: New vs. old

Do you like the word ‘new’? Usually, when something is new, it is good. Whether it’s a new item or new thought, it often makes people feel good to have new things. A lot of areas in the United States have the word ‘new’ attached to them, like New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New Orleans. The first settlers of those territories identified those lands as new and good. However, it isn’t just new things that are good. There are old things that are good too. For... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The benefits of a few good laughs

When I turn on the news on television, it seems like there’s a lot more bad news than good news. Whether we’re talking about the debt problem we’re having in the US or the riots in England and other problems in Europe, Asia, and Africa, it seems like there’s a lot more bad things going on than there is good. Even if it’s not big news that makes the headlines, it also seems like in our regular ever day lives, that bad things that happen seem more significant than the... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Watermelon and hot summer days

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn It’s now the end of July and the beginning of August. The hot summer weather causes people to sweat a lot. Sometimes, excessive heat can make people feel weak. In cases like this, it is good to eat a lot of healthy foods. Some of the best foods to eat during the hot summer are fruits. Among these fruits are watermelons. Watermelons have a nutrient called lycopene. It is said that lycopene can help prevent... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The tomato debate

Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? This was a question that was on a test I took in elementary school. Regardless of its correct label, everyone knows that tomatoes are good for you. Times magazine listed tomatoes as one of the 10 foods that prevent cancer. There are many different ways to prepare tomatoes to eat. I however, simply enjoy cutting up slices of tomatoes to eat raw while dipping them in sugar. I have two different tomato stories to tell you. Tomatoes were first... Read More →

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It’s going to be a hot one in Burbank!

Hot temperatures and tons of sunshine in Burbank today. Bring it on!  No rain this weekend just plenty of gorgeous this-is-why-we-live in Southern California weather. At around 9 a.m. this morning, it was already 73 degrees in B-town. The high is expected to reach into the 90s. The weather forecast includes the possibility of some winds, 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.  Tomorrow, the temps should drop down into the 80s. Over all, a terrific SoCal get-out-and-do-it weekend.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Sprinklers spray a lush green yard on Sunset Canyon Boulevard in Burbank March 2011

Catching up:The governor officially declares the drought over!

Last Wednesday, March 30, Governor Jerry Brown declared the state drought over, done, finished — a total wrap. After nearly three years of being in drought mode, Governor signed a proclamation ending it. Brown’s announcement followed the fourth snow survey of the season, conducted by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), which found that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 165 percent of the April 1 full season average… according to the Governor’s website. Despite the good news, Brown urged residents to continue to conserve: ““While this season’s... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Workmen survey the damage to an apartment balcony caused by a toppled tree on Bethany Road in Burbank March 20, 2011

City Buzz

Tree talk in B-town Burbank is one of only two communities in the state designated as a Tree City USA recipient by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The other is Sacramento. It’s the 34th consecutive year Burbank has received the honor. “This national recognition acknowledges Burbank’s commitment to its community forest,” according to a news release sent out last week by City Hall. The city has proclaimed March as Arbor Month. Last Wednesday, at the Arbor Day ceremony in Miller School park a symbolic tree was planted “.. as a living testimonial of everyone’s commitment... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Construction crew demolished damaged section of an apartment balcony damaged by a fallen tree on Bethany Road March 22, 2011

A giant tree knocked down by the stormy weather causes havoc in a Burbank neighborhood

The first in yet another series of storms is rolling through Burbank this evening, increasing the concerns that more trees will topple. Several trees were knocked down by last weekend’s treacherous storm, one of the casualties, a graceful giant at Third Street and Bethany Road. The building manager, Ben Cantu, says the huge stone pine took the fall at about 4:45 p.m., last Sunday, March 20. Cantu believes the storm was only partly to blame: “… one of the most beautiful trees in Burbank fell victim to high winds and top heavy... Read More →

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Sunny and cool on President’s Day

A lot of sunshine in Burbank on this President’s Day, although, the temperature is warming up slooowly. The hillside area was awash in sunshine this morning, but my walk was still quite chilly. The temperature didn’t seem to bother some. I saw folks diligently cleaning up storm debris and one ambitious neighbor was out painting her house! Despite some lingering clouds– no rain in the forecast — at least until the end of the week. The high in B-town today in the upper 50s to the low 60s. A nice day to continue to dry... Read More →

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Valentine’s Day: Time to show garden rose bushes some love

“Think about me on Valentine’s Day. That’s when you need to fertilize,” recommended gardening expert, Emilio Telles, during the rose care class at Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, on Saturday, January 15, 2011.   Telles used another holiday, Halloween, as a stopping point for fertilizing rose bushes. Telles’ January class focused mostly on the pruning of rose bushes. I took Armstrong’s “Rose care for beginners,” last May and wrote about it in this blog.  So for this winter class, I was taking detailed notes on pruning because I was ready, for the first time, to cut... Read More →

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Burbank heats up in December

  Winter is less than two weeks away and yet the Media City is basking in warm, summer like temperatures.  Weather watchers are predicting the high could reach the mid-80s tomorrow — and December is supposed to be the coldest month of the year for Burbank. Go figure. I was out walking this evening in the hillside area and it truly felt like a summer evening. However, the holiday lights and decorations in the neighborhood were a strong reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. Enjoy this burst of summer... Read More →

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Stormy weather in the Southland

Stormy skies over the weekend for Burbank and the rest of the Southland, according to the weather watchers. The rain rolled in late last night. This morning, the major freeways were littered with wrecks, toppled vehicles, and pockets of backed-up traffic.  The forecast is for steady rain, heavy at times, throughout the day and much of the evening. There’s a flash flood watch for the local burn areas and a wind advisory for the mountains, where gusts could reach 60-to-70 mph. Here... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank City Hall 275 East Olive Avenue

Burbank survey — a high grade for city services

City Hall officials are fiercely working to spruce-up and polish Burbank’s image ahead of those all important local election coming up in a few months. First, that highly touted, but rather bland monthly newsletter, Burbank USA, popped up around town and in utility bills. Recently, a lengthy article on the effort to quote “refresh the city’s image” appeared in the Burbank Leader. Now comes the results of the Burbank Citizen Survey 2010. In September, Godbe researchers conducted phone interviews with a “cross section”  of 400 Burbank residents. A summary of the survey and the results are posted on... Read More →

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Two candidates jump into the Burbank City Council race As of  last Friday morning, two eager candidates, both with experience in city government, are off and running for two seats on the Burbank City Council. The first to sign up on the candidate’s list on Monday, November first, the first official day of the nomination period , Planning Board Vice-Chair,  Emily Gabel-Luddy.  Burbank Police Commission Chair, Bob Frutos, signed up on the same day right behind Gabel-Luddy. Both Frutos and Gabel-Luddy took home nomination papers, which require the signatures of 50 registered... Read More →

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A wet start to the Halloween weekend

We got some rain early this morning in Burbank and could get more before the day is done. So keep that umbrella nearby. The weather forecast is for cool temperatures in the 60s and overcast skies with some occasional sunshine.   The rain should be gone by tomorrow. The weather watchers are predicting sunny and dry conditions on Halloween in the Media City and the rest of the Southland.

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UPDATED: A sunny and fabulous three-day weekend

UPDATED: 5:30 p.m.  The high today reached 90. It could be even hotter tomorrow!   Ditch that umbrella and get out the sunglasses. A sunny and warm three- day holiday weekend kicks off today with a predicted high in the upper 80s in Burbank.  On Sunday, more of the same gorgeous Southland weather with temperatures continuing to hover near 90 through Monday, Columbus Day. We needed the rain, but this is the kind of fall weather the Southland is known for and many of us long-time residents relish... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --Molly Adkins carefully hands over a yogurt treat to a customer at Pinkerry in Burbank, September 6, 2010

UPDATED: Hot temperatures and cool yogurt treats in Burbank

 UPDATED: 3:40 p.m.  At 1 p.m., it was 106 in the Media City. At 3:30 p.m. 109!!  This afternoon the city of Burbank announced the designation of three cooling centers for today and tomorrow: Joslyn Adult Center, Buena Vista and Central Libraries. Joslyn Adult Center at 1301 West Olive Avenue, will be opened 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Burbankers over 55 are encouraged to visit the center for some relief from the heat. The hours for the  Buena Vista Library at 300 North Buena Vista are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For the... Read More →

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Los Angeles a hot city for singles looking for love

It’s been a really hot summer for Los Angeles and I’m not referring to the weather. The largest online dating site, Match.com, reports its figures show more singles than ever used its dating services to find love this summer, according to a PR Newswire press release. A pioneer in online dating, Match.com launched in 1995 and now has dating sites in 25 countries. Match.com says the number of its clients actively involved, from June -August,  in the dating scene was up 33.5% over 2009. Also, the company released its top 10  hottest... Read More →

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