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Community | By David Laurell | February 18, 2014
An actress who first broke into national prominence in the 1960s, Toni Bua starred on the CBS daytime drama "Love of Life" as Tess Krakauer opposite her real-life love and husband, Gene Bua . As the years went by, Toni and Gene left New York and came to Burbank, where they made their mark by teaching and showcasing new talent through their Acting for Life Theater. They also worked with at-risk youth - work for which they were recognized by elected officials on federal, county and local levels.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
Amber Willard Frank Inn might not have lived in Burbank, but he certainly helped put the city on the map when he rescued a scruffy puppy from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The mutt went on to star as Benji in several films. Inn died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar. He was 86. Inn did not take in Higgins, who later became Benji, with the thought of making him a star. The poodle-terrier- cocker spaniel mix was the last of a litter dropped off at the shelter in 1960 and would have been put to sleep if Inn had not taken him in. A few years before, Inn started his own animal training business and a filmmaker visiting Inn's ranch saw Higgins and knew he had found the right dog for the job. "Higgins was an all-Amer- ican cross between Burbank and Hollywood," Inn said in an interview a year ago with the Leader.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.
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By Jonny Whiteside | June 16, 2012
When rock 'n' roll singer Jimmy Angel hits the stage at the Smoke House restaurant on Saturday, it will be just another stop along a decidedly tumultuous five-decade career path. Angel, who specializes in a mixture of retro-1950s big beat and fiery Memphis soul, has performed from the Tokyo Dome to Las Vegas showrooms to Manhattan's famed Copacabana - where he appeared no less than 39 times. Angel, now 77 but as clear-eyed and energetic as a man half that age, had a unique ace-in-the-hole throughout his early career: He was a close protege of Mafia don Joe Colombo, a Profaci family enforcer who rose from the ranks to become head of that crime organization in 1962.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Many of us who grew up in Burbank remember spending the summers swimming at the Pickwick pool. In an effort to preserve memories for their family's posterity, current owners Carole and Ed Stavert are on a quest to find photographs and information on Pickwick's past, prior to when their family purchased the facility in 1953. The family changed the name to Pickwick Gardens three or four years ago from Pickwick Recreation Center. When the Stavert family purchased it, it was called the Pickwick Swim Park.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 14, 2011
Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the Ventura (134) Freeway, horse riders emerge to see an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is deep into building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath an open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near the intersection with Zoo Drive.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
A trend toward stores opening at the stroke of Black Friday is taking hold this year in Burbank and Glendale retail centers. Several national retail chains, including Macy's and Target, with stores in the Glendale Galleria, will open at midnight on Black Friday, hoping to lure shoppers with bargains as early as possible on the busiest shopping day of the year. Nineteen other stores and eateries in the mega-mall, including Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and the Disney Store, are also scheduled to open at midnight.
THE818NOW
November 16, 2012
If shoppers notice a different, more scaled down version of the annual Holiday in the Park event in Magnolia Park on Friday, chalk it up to making do with limited resources. Nearly 40 merchants in Magnolia Park have banded together to fund the event after a majority of the tenants in the district - primarily non-retail business owners - voted to disband a partnership last September, ending a property tax assessment that brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for promotions and popular public events.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 26, 2013
Black Friday hit Burbank early this year, with shoppers pitching tents in front of the local Best Buy as early as Saturday to claim first dibs on discounted electronics.  As of Monday afternoon, seven tents were lined up outside of the Empire Center store. Fourth in line was Glendale Community College student Jessica Real, 19, whose family is camping out for Black Friday for the first time.  “That's how we bond,” she said, adding that her mother wants to buy a plasma television.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
This post was updated to include more information. Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council this week to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The 470,000-square-foot megastore - which will be nearly double the size of its current location - is scheduled to open in August 2016.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
Burbank High School’s 100th senior class went out in style Friday during a graduation ceremony that featured rousing musical performances at the Starlight Bowl. The school’s orchestra and award-winning choir performed sets that stirred excitement among graduates, including one that combined the sounds of “Somethin’s Comin’” from West Side Story and rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The musical exhibition showcased just part of the talent that Burbank High’s centennial class brought to the school, said Tessa Register, the senior speaker.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 7, 2008
Hilda Akopyan on Thursday night sat down to do her homework, when she came to a realization. “I’ll never have homework for Burbank High again,” she said. “I’m so used to everything being the same, and now I am about to embark on a big change.” Akopyan, who plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall, was one of 617 seniors who graduated on Friday night from Burbank High. Parents, grandparents as well as other family members and friends gathered at the Starlight Bowl to honor the graduates.
THE818NOW
July 26, 2013
Dogs trained to sniff out drugs and alcohol will make 60 surprise visits to school campuses in Burbank over the next academic year under a new contract approved by district officials. The $11,100 agreement approved during last week's school board meeting with Interquest Detection Canines marks nearly a decade since the district first hired an agency to have trained dogs perform random checks for controlled substances on Burbank Unified campuses. Across Los Angeles County, Interquest Detection Canines sends Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers or border collies to about 160 schools, including Burbank's Providence High and to Glendale public schools where they sniff students' cars, backpacks, purses and lockers.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
Winter lovers, rejoice. The Burbank City Council signed off on plans to bring a temporary ice-skating rink to downtown Burbank through the holiday season, hailing the project as a “fresh idea” that will draw consumers to local businesses. For six weeks, from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5, the parking lot behind City Hall will be transformed into a skating rink, which will be fully funded - to the tune of $170,000 - by the downtown Burbank property-based Business Improvement District.
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