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The818now | 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.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | October 9, 2013
For 60 years, the Family Service Agency of Burbank has forged, cultivated and celebrated relationships with the community as well as with those who have been in need of its vital services. Dedicated to its mission of offering quality counseling, care, education and advocacy at low or no cost, the agency has dramatically changed and saved the lives of local individuals, couples, families and active and veteran members of the armed forces. Providing housing, crisis intervention, legal guidance, safety in the face of domestic violence and hope for those in the grips of mental illness and substance addiction, the agency has been embraced and supported by Burbank's governmental, corporate, business, residential and faith-based community.
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.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | December 3, 2013
Burbank High football had a football player garner one of the Pacific League's top awards despite playing limited minutes. Burroughs had a player earn one of the league's top awards after playing the entire campaign with a major injury. With Bulldog James Williams and Indian Hawkins Mann leading the way, the two local teams had their share of athletes earn All-Pacific League honors, as 28 Burbank and Burroughs players were selected on this year's list. Burbank, which tied for second in league and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals, had 13 players earn accolades, while Burroughs, which also tied for second, landed 15 players on the list.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | December 18, 2010
Gary Casella has sold Christmas trees in Burbank since 1937. He supplies Burbank's official holiday tree in front of City Hall. For Casella, it's all about Christmas. But this year, his holiday cheer's been hard to keep up. Just days before the Christmas trees arrived at Casella's tree lot in the 400 block of North Front Street on Dec. 1, he suffered a blood clot in his leg, putting him in the hospital for 11 days. And on the evening of Nov. 27, thieves broke into the lot, ransacked the supply trailers and escaped with thousands of dollars worth of equipment and uncashed checks in Casella's truck.
THE818NOW
July 10, 2013
This is the third installment in a three-part series. Last Thanksgiving, while most of us were at home preparing our turkey and mashed potatoes, newly minted restaurateur Matt Peek was teaching himself how to cook. In that one day, he crafted recipes for the fledgling menu at Not A Burger Stand, a Riverside Drive hangout in the rancho district. Fortunately for the burger-loving public, the name is ironic. For just $5.75 Peek offers a nicely cooked patty with mild onions, some simple French's mustard and two melted creamy slices of Swiss cheese.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Laurell | October 12, 2010
While once it was de rigueur for charitable organizations to simply lease a ballroom at a local hotel or restaurant and request supporters to don either black tie or business attire, today’s anemic economy has seen many fundraising groups scale back and stage more casual and creative affairs. That was certainly the case as the Family Service Agency of Burbank passed on the usual formalities of its annual “Imagine a City” fundraiser and presented a touch football game at Johnny Carson Park followed by a homecoming dance in the gymnasium of Providence High School this past Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Appleford, steve.appleford@latimes.com | November 13, 2012
Alison Sudol finds comfort in the woods. The singer-songwriter and leader of the band A Fine Frenzy grew up mostly in Los Angeles and Burbank, and even there she's often found herself gravitating toward a convenient corner of nature. On a recent afternoon, it was a picnic table along the pathways of Griffith Park, where she noticed something moving under a tree. “What is that? Is that a squirrel?” Sudol, 27, said affectionately, peering into the shadows. “That is the biggest squirrel tail I have ever seen.” Nature and nurturing is a recurrent theme in her music, going back to her 2007 debut, “One Cell in the Sea,” which mixed stories of romantic disappointment with wildlife as a metaphor.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | October 22, 2013
It was evident in June that the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program was in trouble. With new Coach Lance Fauria on the job for just one month and the team suffering from a low turnout, Bell-Jeff didn't participate in spring practices. At the time, Fauria, also the school's athletic director, was already concerned about the Guards' low numbers and prospects for the 2013 season. It was then that the Bell-Jeff administration and its coach should have resigned themselves to the fact that being able to safely field a competitive team was not going to be possible this season.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 10, 2013
Burbank police will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location, authorities said. From 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, police will be screening motorists at a Burbank intersection looking for signs of intoxication. The effort is funded by a $32,400 grant awarded to the department by the California Office of Traffic Safety in October in an effort to prevent deaths and injuries on city roadways, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn in a statement. Year-to-date in Burbank, there have been 522 DUI arrests, up from 386 arrests during the same period last year, said Burbank Police Lt. Jay Hawver.
NEWS
By Joyce Rudolph | July 29, 2011
I really didn't want to go on the job interview, but my journalism counselor told me it would give me a boost to my career. I had only worked at the Valley College library for two weeks when professor Leo Garapedian called me into his office down the hall from the Valley Star college newsroom and told me that a copy girl position was available at the Burbank Daily Review - my hometown newspaper. I sat in the long hallway of the dark, dusty office of the Review, 228 E. Orange Grove Ave., waiting for then-managing editor Denny Duke.
THE818NOW
December 3, 2012
Gary Casella hovered over a 17-foot bundled Christmas tree one recent morning under a large white tent on the Burbank High School soccer field. “This one's going to the city of Burbank,” Casella, 74, said of the 19-year-old tree, one of the first he would deliver this season. Casella's 75-year-old Christmas tree business - founded in 1937 by his father, Paul Casella - has been operating in Burbank for nearly five decades. “I told my dad before he passed I'd get to 75 years,” Casella said of the business.
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 Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 24, 2013
Lemonade, a popular cafeteria-style restaurant with 13 locations in Southern California, is slated to open in Burbank's media district after the Planning Board approved its proposal Tuesday despite some concerns about inadequate parking from some local residents. The restaurant will take over part of a building located at 4400 Riverside Drive, currently occupied by beauty-supply store Cinema Secrets.  Property owner Jeff Fischer billed the project as a way to revive the struggling existing store, which likely wouldn't have been able to afford a rent increase that would have come with continuing to occupy the whole property on its own.  The project was approved in a 3-1 vote, with board member Christopher Rizzotti being the sole dissenter.
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