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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.
FEATURES
By Christopher Cadelago | April 4, 2009
BURBANK — The sign says George Izay Park, but the sign man won’t have it. “It will always be Olive Park,” said Lon Melton, 62, a Burbank sign maker. “We made a lot of memories there.” Every year, Melton and his family claim their perch across the street from what is now George Izay Park to watch Burbank on Parade. The annual extravaganza of floats, marching bands and exhibits, which debuted in 1945, takes place this year April 25 and runs on Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 21, 2012
Soap star and acting coach Gene Bua - who helped train the likes of Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore and Katey Sagal at his Burbank school - died Saturday after a 13-year battle with Parkinson's disease. The Glendale resident was 72. Bua is survived by his wife and creative partner, Toni Bull Bua, and his son, granddaughter and brother. He and Bull Bua met nearly 50 years ago on the set of CBS's long-running soap opera, “Love of Life,” where they fell in love on and off screen. “He taught me everything - he taught me how to sing, he taught me how to play baseball, he taught me how to marathon run, he taught me Shakespeare, he taught me how to feel,” Bull Bua said Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 23, 2012
Mid-20th century Los Angeles country music performers were such a wildly colorful community that they made their competitors in Nashville seem more like undertakers than entertainers. One of the most dazzling acts were the Collins Kids, who will make their first Los Angeles-area appearance in 19 years on Dec. 3 at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. The duo, consisting of siblings Larry and Lorrie Collins, broke into local prominence on the popular KTTV television show “Town Hall Party” at ages 10 and 12, respectively, trading in some of the hottest, flat-out explosive rockabilly and boogie of the era. Within a few short years, they were a nationally known force, traveling to New York for guest shots on NBC's “The Steve Allen Show” and playing at Madison Square Garden.
FEATURES
June 9, 2007
Narine Abgaryan, Sosi Abrahamian, Celestino Chora Acosta, Natalie Adjimikrian, Lianna Lili Adzhemyan, Cameron Thomas Agai, Alfredo Aguilar, Cindy Aguillon, Alisha Kristine Albright, Ani Aleksandryan, Dominique Yvette Allen, Eduard Altunov, Christian J. Alvarez, Edgar Alvarez, John Anthony Alvarez, Garren Edwin Amirian, Katherine Amanda, Lober Andrusco, James Antaplyan, Jairo V. Araiza, Zaruhi Arakelyan, Enessa Aramyan, Addison Emilo Arce, Pedro Armendariz,...
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
A Sylmar woman remains in critical condition after the driver of the car in which she was riding, who allegedly was intoxicated, rear-ended a parked truck. Analy Perez, 20, was in the passenger’s seat of a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Jesse Santiago at 4:45 a.m. when it crashed into a flat-bed tow truck parked at a curb on the 2900 block of North San Fernando Boulevard on Sunday morning. Burbank police arrested Santiago, a Glendale resident, at the scene for driving under the influence.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
A little more than two years ago, residents flooded City Hall to protest a 24-hour Taco Bell proposed in their neighborhood along Burbank Boulevard , concerned that traffic congestion and trash would disrupt their quality of life. Many of those same residents returned to those same chambers Monday, but this time, for a different purpose: to support a cafe proposed in that same location, the vacant building where Conroy's flower shop used to sit. That struck a chord with the Burbank Planning Board, which on Monday unanimously approved bringing “California Eatery,” along with a two-story office building and another one-story medical office building, to the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | May 20, 2006
Giuse Yen Viet Mai, owner of numerous furniture stores in Los Angeles county, including Urban Habitat Furniture in Burbank, died on May 15. He was 72. Mai was born on Oct. 10, 1933, in Vietnam. He was an officer in the Vietnamese army and a music conductor for the military band. After migrating with his family from Vietnam to the United States in 1975, Mai settled in Burbank and ventured into the furniture business. Mai started his furniture business in 1982 and opened his first store on Sunset Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | August 30, 2013
Ward Dotson, the brilliantly understated guitarist whose atmospheric style was a critical component of early '80s Hollywood underground rock legends the Gun Club, is definitely an odd one. Widely recognized as one of the post-punk era's most engagingly progressive musicians, Dotson is a dry, droll cat with a mile-wide streak of ingenuous, self-deprecating humor and, for an artist with his singular, significant cachet, a refreshingly disarming lack...
NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Burbank city officials approved a 113,760-square-foot office addition to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios lot on Olive Avenue this week, a move company representatives said would help streamline its operations and bring about 450 additional employees to the Media City. Planning Board members voted 4-0 Monday to give developers Accord/BRO Members, LLC the go-ahead to build on a lot next to Nickelodeon's offices, which currently house 300 employees in 120,000 square feet on a 1.5-acre lot. The animation network will then lease all of the units in the new building.
NEWS
February 1, 2003
Jeff Tully Burroughs High has a fine reputation of churning out successful college football players. However, along with success on the field, the Indian program also has an impressive track record of preparing players for the future, as well as helping them make their way to prestigious universities. The latest in the line of successful student-athletes is senior Alan West. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman has committed to play at University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy-League powerhouse.
NEWS
December 12, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Standing onstage in a cream-colored gown under bright spotlights in front of more than 500 people, Lindsay Muriedas dropped her jaw and gasped as she was crowned Miss Burbank 2002. "I feel so honored, and that feels great," said a flushed Muriedas, 17, a senior at Burbank High School. "This group was so supportive and not competitive. We all immediately clicked." Miss Teen Burbank, Mallory Sorkness, was equally humble after being crowned at Sunday's event, which took place in the Burbank Airport Hilton's Convention Center.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
Location is everything. Unfortunately for the McCormick & Schmick's seafood restaurant in Burbank, its location appears to have led to its closure. The restaurant, tucked in an office/commercial corridor along Olive Avenue near Warner Bros. and NBC studios, had already stopped opening on weekends prior to its closure last week, said Burbank Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes. Forbes, who spoke with the restaurant's assistant manager on its last day of operation on Jan. 3, said the business had been relying on lunchtime crowds and happy-hour patrons who might stay for dinner.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | July 16, 2013
Anyone who remembers Troy Walker from his incendiary 1960s stint on the Sunset Strip club circuit or his infamous 1970s run at North Hollywood's World Famous Palomino is likely beyond surprised to learn that not only did the ultra-flamboyant singer survive, but is now preparing to celebrate his 75th birthday. A strutting, bafflingly androgynous firebrand whose diminutive frame houses a surprisingly huge voice, Walker, who appears at Burbank's Viva Cantina on Wed., July 17,  ruled Los Angeles' lounges and honky tonks between 1958-78 with his patented mix of dazzling vocal acrobatics and blisteringly blue between-song banter.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2013
With a fire extinguisher strapped to his back, Jeff Ponton gripped a pull-up bar one recent morning and lifted his 146-pound body while his classmates cheered him on. “Up!” yelled Burbank Fire Capt. Tray White, 13 times. “C'mon Pon, 13!” He finished the set, and hopped off. “Next guy, let's go!” White bellowed. Ponton is one of nine people training for a job as a firefighter with the Burbank Fire Department. PHOTOS: Burbank Fire Academy trains new recruits Short-staffed by about 10 firefighters because of back-to-back retirements the last two years, the department is eager to integrate the new class, said Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan.
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