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Guest Blogger: Boston Bombings, Confucius, and hero cops

Last week I felt heavy-hearted and saddened by the horrific Boston bombings. First of all, I share the sorrow of those who were injured and the families who lost loved ones. Especially, I would like to express gratitude and pay respect to the fallen police officer, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, and other police officers who risked their lives in catching the suspects and maintaining the public safety and order. While I was contemplating about why on Earth this kind of incident happens, one story which I learned a long... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Wonder/Hostess thrift shop and bakery at 6325 San Fernando Road Glendale November 2012

Twinkies are coming back!

There was an uproar when Hostess filed for bankruptcy last November, ending the production of some our favorite sweets likeTwinkies. Now there’s a good chance those golden sponge cakes with the cream filling, will be back on store shelves in Burbank and elsewhere in a few months. The reason: the successful bid of $410 million offered by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., according to CNN Money. Hostess reportedly accepted the bid on Monday, March 11. The purchase involves the... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Being grateful for every day

I don’t know what all of you who are reading this post do for a living. I don’t know whether you do new and exciting work or repeat the same work every day. I am repeating basically the same work every day. In fact, that’s a distinctive characteristic of the cleaning business. Today, I would like to share with you one person’s story. She has repeated the same work over and over again every day for a long time, like me. She is Sue Jin Kang who is a Korean... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Damaged Dodge Stratus on a flatbed tow truck near the Starbucks at 1703 West Glenoaks Boulevard Glendale February 15, 2013

Deja vu! Another car crashes into the same local Starbucks

The Starbucks coffee outlet at Western Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale shut down unexpectedly this afternoon, after a car crashed through the storefront, despite the safety bollards installed to prevent such mishaps. It happened shortly after 1 p.m. There were no customers in the Starbucks at the time and the driver, an 86-year-old woman, was apparently not hurt. Glendale Information Officer, Sergeant Thomas Lorenz, says the driver, who does not want to be identified, refused treatment from paramedics. A tow truck operator was able to drive the battered Dodge... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The secret to a long life

It is probably everybody’s wish to live a healthy long life without getting sick. So there are a variety of stories and secrets of health and longevity across the ages and in all the countries in the world. One of them is a story about Okinawa, Japan, where most of its residents live long. Especially, people in the village of Okimi within Okinawa are known to have the longest lives. At the entrance of the village, there is a stone monument on which the following words are inscribed: If you... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- President Obama delivered his acceptance speech to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012

President Obama scores in new poll, ratings, and social media: Convention watch party in Glendale

The numbers are coming in for President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last night. Earlier, President Obama praised the first lady’s speech at the DNC on Tuesday as a home run. On Thursday, it appears the president wrapped up the 2012 DNC with a grand slam. In the TV ratings, more than 35.7 million viewers tuned in to hear the president accept the nomination of his party to run for a second term. That’s the biggest convention audience all year and ranked as the top political... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Last minute Mega Millions ticket buyers waited in a line at the 7-11 at 2055 Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale March 30, 2012

Mega millions record jackpot produces long lines at some locations

The 7-Eleven at 2055 West Glenoaks Boulevard ,on the border between Burbank and Glendale, was flooded with lottery ticket buyers today. In fact, the staff set up two lines — one strictly for lottery ticket purchases. As the clock ticked down to draw time at 7:54 p.m, Mega Million ticket sales were restricted to only quick picks here. I asked a staffer if the store had ever sold a lottery winner. Not a jackpot ticket, but one for $300,000 a while back I was told. Here are the winning  numbers... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Mediia City G --"Barrel Cactus with Cactus wren" by Alice Asmar at a special artist reception inside the Geo Gallery Glendale March 11, 2012

Photo Gallery: Alice Asmar reception draws a crowd

Recently, the Geo Gallery in Glendale was the site of a special reception for accomplished Burbank artist Alice Asmar. Former Burbank Mayor/Councilwoman Marsha Ramos hosted the event on Sunday, March 11. Civic leaders, activists, and art lovers mingled, chatted, munched on great eats, and viewed a collection of works by Asmar. Frequently, her work has Southwestern themes and is often inspired by her love of native American culture and nature. Considered a child prodigy, Asmar showed talent and high intelligence at an early age. She received awards and recognition before... Read More →

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Vivid Colors: Reception for local artist Alice Asmar

Meet local artist Alice Asmar and view some of her extraordinary works at a special reception Sunday, March 11, 2-5 p.m. at the Geo Gallery 1545 Victory Blvd., Glendale 91201. The event is hosted by former Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos. “I’ve selected some personal favorites of her pieces that capture the culture of the American Southwest and are reflective of nature’s beauty,” Ramos said in an e-mail announcement. Ramos describes Alice Asmar as “…  an accomplished visual artist, her works of art have been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums... Read More →

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Photo: -- Folks from the audience stepped to the microphone to ask questions of a guest panel of experts at the So Cal Smart Meter Public Forum in Glendale November 10, 2011

Smart meter controversy returns to the Burbank City Council

Coming off a successful public forum in Glendale, local smart meter opponents are turning their attention to tonight’s Burbank City Council meeting. Last Thursday, the Southern California Smart Meter Public Forum at the Glendale Moose Lodge drew 175-200 people, according to one of the organizers and Burbank resident, Kiku Lani Iwata. Also, Iwata is a member of  Burbank Action,  a group that has been very vocal in its opposition to the smart meters. Burbank Leader column, Ron Kaye, emceed the event which included a panel of guest speakers: health expert... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Smart meter in Burbank

Smart Meter Public Forum coming up

Some Burbank residents are stepping up their battle against the controversial smart meters, which are designed to relay usage data to a utility center.  They call themselves “Burbank Action.” There is growing concern about charges the smart meters invade the privacy of residents, cause illnesses, and result in higher utility rates. The California Public Utilities Commission is looking into the issue. Burbank Action is one of several groups sponsoring the forum for Southland residents at the Glendale Moose Lodge 357 Arden Avenue Glendale 91203 next Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m.  The... Read More →

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Jean Youn’s Tips and Insight: Giving thanks

 Tomorrow is a big holiday in Korea. It is called Chu-Seok , and it is the Korean equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving. In Korea, it is a five day long celebration. During Chu-Seok, the first harvests of grains and fruits are prepared and it is day where Koreans give thanks to their ancestors. The seasons in Korea are similar to how it is in the Northeastern United States. So in terms of the weather and seasons, it’s a little hard to prepare the first harvests. Why do they do it so early?... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Molemax, mole and gopher repellent

Garden Guru: Invasion of moles and gophers in Burbank and Glendale

There was a time in the garden business that I couldn’t give away mole ( gopher) repellents.  As of the last two years, I can’t keep it in stock! My theory is because of the limited rainfall, we have been inundated with moles and gophers. They are coming down from the hills. Here’s the deal. With gophers, you will have the holes open and exposed in your lawn and garden beds. With moles you will notice mounds of “fine”-powdery soil covering the holes. There is this product called “Molemax” that will... 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: Garden Guru on summer care of citrus trees part two

As I walk my Golden Retriever through my neighborhood here in Sun Valley, I’ve noticed a rash of mold and mildew on citrus.  Here’s the deal. With the sudden heat and the colder nights and mornings, mildew spots are appearing on your  citrus. How do you solve the problem? First, do not water the foliage in the evenings and also use an organic spray to get to those aphids — ants will literally farm the aphids to make that “poop” that the ants love and promotes that white and black... 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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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --- Emilio "Elmo" Telles, Garden Guru at Media City Groove

Guest Blogger: Garden Guru Emilio “Elmo” Telles

Welcome a new guest blogger.  Emilio “Elmo” Telles, the Garden Guru.  He has a vast knowledge of gardening and a passion for growing things like plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs. Elmo works at the Armstrong Garden Center in Glendale, where he frequently teaches free classes.  I’ve covered some of Elmo’s great gardening classes on this blog. Last Saturday, July 9, Elmo conducted a class on “Citrus and Tropical Fruits.”  In his first guest post, Elmo  shares some of the advice he gives about caring for citrus trees. Summer citrus care... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Tips and insight from Jean Youn

It’s Father’s Day. Someone once said that the impression that children have of their fathers seems to change as they grow older. According to them, the image of a father changes over time as follows: 4 years old — Dad can do anything. 7 years old —Dad really knows about lots of things. 8 years old — Who is higher, my dad or my teacher? 12 years old — Dad is ignorant of a lot of things. 14 years old — My father? There is a... Read More →

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Something New: Tips and insight from Jean Youn

Welcome guest blogger/local business owner, Jean Youn, who has an interesting perspective of the world and daily living.    A couple was celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary at a very nice restaurant. They ordered a roast chicken. As soon as the chicken was served, the husband broke off a wing and gave it to his wife. At one glance at the chicken wing her husband was holding out to her, the wife became upset and yelled at her husband. “How could you know me so little... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A couple approaches the open gate at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery at 1341 Glenwood Road in Glendale on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

Grand View open today and every Sunday

After a smashing re-opening over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, the newly restored Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery will be open today from noon until 4 p.m. In fact, visitors can walk, bike, jog, drive or whatever to Grand View every Sunday from now on.  It’s been a long road for Grand view. The 100-year-old-plus cemetery fell on hard times after a state investigator discovered mishandled human remains on the grounds. Legal problems and financial struggles forced the closure of the cemetery in 2006. A class action lawsuit was settled in the winter... Read More →

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Photo: tula/Flickr -- Fans adorned the Hollywood star of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor with pictures, cards, flowers, and mementos March 24, 2011

A look back: Paying homage to a movie star

 Elizabeth Taylor, the Hollywood superstar with the incredible violet eyes, died of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital, last Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The two time Academy Award winner for best actress was 79. The next day in a small private funeral, Taylor was buried at Forest Lawn Glendale. The screen legend was laid to rest in the Memorial Terrace of the Great Mausoleum, nearby her good friend Michael Jackson in the Holly Terrace section. Many of the Hollywood famous are in this cemetery including Clark Gable, Walt Disney, and Nat... Read More →

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