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By Christopher Cadelago | July 25, 2009
BURBANK — Jack Cross leans over a sucrose-clogged counter and casually reveals his business philosophy — soda, candy and fun. Just three weeks after successfully landing Rocket Fizz Burbank at 2112 W. Magnolia Blvd., many are singing his praises, perhaps to the tune of Paul Anka’s “Diana,” which played on loop inside the converted liquor store. Cross, who opened the shop with Luke Jacobellis, said the temple to high-fructose corn syrup — a veritable storeroom filled with hundreds of bottled sodas and recollection-inducing treats — is as much an ode to 1950s and ’60s pop culture.
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October 31, 2012
Public safety officials have issued a slew of warnings for parents as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween night. Chief among them: beware of drunk drivers, marijuana-laced candy, and dark streets and alleys. Halloween is the third busiest night of the year in terms of car and pedestrian accidents and trips to the emergency room, officials reported, adding that 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the streets tonight nationwide. Police asked that trick-or-treaters travel in pairs or groups, carry a flashlight, wear costumes that don't obstruct their vision, watch for cars, and don't enter the homes of strangers.  At a joint news conference with Los Angeles police Wednesday, Burbank Capt.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | December 8, 2007
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As I unwrap the Christmas decorations every year, I reflect upon these words and admire all the ornaments, especially those shaped like candy canes. Candy canes are such a delicious treat, one we enjoyed every year as children while trimming the tree. Although I grew up in a Christian home, I never knew the meaning behind the candy cane until I was an adult. I am sure many of you know this tale, but it’s always nice to remind ourselves of the candy cane legend and reflect upon why we celebrate Christmas as Christians and remember why Christ was born into this world in the first place — to die for our sins.
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By Rachel Kane | May 9, 2007
After this year's districtwide ban on candy sale fundraisers, John Burroughs High School Associated Student Body members have taken a special interest in their student store. "Now that we can't do candy sales, we're trying to find an alternative to raise money," ASB member Lauren Lombari, 17, said as she sat in the small and festive student store. "In theory, it's good, but they didn't provide us with an alternative." So they made their own. New attention paid to the student store has come as a result of the district's decision to ban candy-sale fundraisers from Burbank schools starting this year, which amounted to about 30% to 40% of ASB's funds, ASB President Troy Fleiner, 18, said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | December 19, 2007
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Maralee Welch’s love for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is evident for all to see. The part-time nurse and mother of two created a 100-pound candy house covered in up to 40 pounds of candy and 30 cans of frosting modeled after the hospital’s various bridges, gardens and towers for the holiday season. “It’s good for morale and something people look forward to every year,” said Welch, 53. The 29-year veteran of the hospital was inspired to create the model hospital after the medical center finished its bridge connecting the main lobby to the south tower, she said.
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By Zain Shauk | October 28, 2009
Frank Pita will pay you to eat less candy on Halloween. rank Pita will pay you to eat less candy on Halloween. In fact, the Burbank-based orthodontist is holding a “Halloween candy buyback weigh-in” Nov. 2, when he’ll buy uneaten candy with the hope of saving his patients’ teeth. Pita treats patients ranging in age from 6 to 70 from around the area, including Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta. He has practiced orthodontics for 18 years and held his candy buyback for the last five years.
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October 31, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- If you're not feeling completely sure that your child's candy is safe to eat, you can run the candy through an X-ray machine to put your mind at ease. Charlene Thorburn of Burbank will open her chiropractic clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday for local ghouls and goblins who want to check their candy for metallic objects. Thorburn's clinic is located at 1612 W. Burbank Blvd. in Burbank. An X-ray machine can reveal metallic objects inside of the candy, but it cannot detect chemical changes or nonmetallic objects in candy.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2007
Yahoo names VP for marketplace quality Yahoo Inc. announced Thursday that Reggie Davis had been appointed vice president of marketplace quality. From his office at Yahoo Search Marketing in Burbank, Davis will be responsible for developing and executing the delivery of news regarding product and service advances for Yahoo. Davis has worked for the company since 2000 and most recently worked as an associate general counsel, managing litigation for Yahoo. He received the company's highest recognition, a Yahoo Superstar award, for founding and chairing Yahoo's Information Security Committee.
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October 27, 2004
Jacqui Brown HILLSIDE DISTRICT --Ashley Almanza, 13, had a pretty good check up on Monday at the orthodontist. But her trips to the dentist aren't always so sweet. She remembers having to make a couple of emergency visits after breaking brackets on her braces in the year or so she's had them on. "I've broken brackets a couple of times chewing ice and stuff," Ashley said. "You have to be careful of what you eat." That's especially true this time of year, according to Frank Pita, Ashley's orthodontist.
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November 1, 2003
DAVID SILVA "Stay together, don't cross the tracks, don't knock on any strange doors and don't eat any candy until I've looked at it first. And be home by 8:30!" "OK, Mom!" It was the first time our mother was allowing my brother and me to go trick-or-treating on our own. We would have readily agreed to wearing pink bows in our hair in order to get out of the house before she changed her mind. This was it -- the night for which we had been preparing ourselves for weeks.
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October 31, 2012
Public safety officials have issued a slew of warnings for parents as they prepare to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween night. Chief among them: beware of drunk drivers, marijuana-laced candy, and dark streets and alleys. Halloween is the third busiest night of the year in terms of car and pedestrian accidents and trips to the emergency room, officials reported, adding that 41 million trick-or-treaters are expected to hit the streets tonight nationwide. Police asked that trick-or-treaters travel in pairs or groups, carry a flashlight, wear costumes that don't obstruct their vision, watch for cars, and don't enter the homes of strangers.  At a joint news conference with Los Angeles police Wednesday, Burbank Capt.
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By Zain Shauk | October 28, 2009
Frank Pita will pay you to eat less candy on Halloween. rank Pita will pay you to eat less candy on Halloween. In fact, the Burbank-based orthodontist is holding a “Halloween candy buyback weigh-in” Nov. 2, when he’ll buy uneaten candy with the hope of saving his patients’ teeth. Pita treats patients ranging in age from 6 to 70 from around the area, including Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta. He has practiced orthodontics for 18 years and held his candy buyback for the last five years.
FEATURES
By Christopher Cadelago | July 25, 2009
BURBANK — Jack Cross leans over a sucrose-clogged counter and casually reveals his business philosophy — soda, candy and fun. Just three weeks after successfully landing Rocket Fizz Burbank at 2112 W. Magnolia Blvd., many are singing his praises, perhaps to the tune of Paul Anka’s “Diana,” which played on loop inside the converted liquor store. Cross, who opened the shop with Luke Jacobellis, said the temple to high-fructose corn syrup — a veritable storeroom filled with hundreds of bottled sodas and recollection-inducing treats — is as much an ode to 1950s and ’60s pop culture.
BUSINESS
By Chris Cadelago | March 5, 2009
Pauline Marasek never cared much for brittle. “In fact, I hated it,” said Marasek, standing beside large sacks of her famous hard candy. “Most brittle — not mine — is hard, sticks to your teeth and is made from peanuts.” Ten years ago, she received a special family recipe from her mother: butter, sugar, a dash of corn syrup and nuts. Marasek uses pecans. She made the brittle by hand, and mostly for friends, until one woman offered to pay her for a batch.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2008
BURBANK ? With Halloween just three days away, many residents are preparing for the holiday by buying costumes, decorations and bags of candy. And others are thinking about being safe on Halloween. Burbank resident Nick Palfer will be taking his 6-year-old daughter, Alexis, and 4-year-old son, William, to trick-or-treat on Halloween before it gets dark. Palfer and his children are dressing up as vampires for Halloween. ?I keep them real close,? he said. ?I take them right before it gets dark.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | December 19, 2007
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Maralee Welch’s love for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is evident for all to see. The part-time nurse and mother of two created a 100-pound candy house covered in up to 40 pounds of candy and 30 cans of frosting modeled after the hospital’s various bridges, gardens and towers for the holiday season. “It’s good for morale and something people look forward to every year,” said Welch, 53. The 29-year veteran of the hospital was inspired to create the model hospital after the medical center finished its bridge connecting the main lobby to the south tower, she said.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | December 8, 2007
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As I unwrap the Christmas decorations every year, I reflect upon these words and admire all the ornaments, especially those shaped like candy canes. Candy canes are such a delicious treat, one we enjoyed every year as children while trimming the tree. Although I grew up in a Christian home, I never knew the meaning behind the candy cane until I was an adult. I am sure many of you know this tale, but it’s always nice to remind ourselves of the candy cane legend and reflect upon why we celebrate Christmas as Christians and remember why Christ was born into this world in the first place — to die for our sins.
BUSINESS
By Rachel Kane | May 9, 2007
After this year's districtwide ban on candy sale fundraisers, John Burroughs High School Associated Student Body members have taken a special interest in their student store. "Now that we can't do candy sales, we're trying to find an alternative to raise money," ASB member Lauren Lombari, 17, said as she sat in the small and festive student store. "In theory, it's good, but they didn't provide us with an alternative." So they made their own. New attention paid to the student store has come as a result of the district's decision to ban candy-sale fundraisers from Burbank schools starting this year, which amounted to about 30% to 40% of ASB's funds, ASB President Troy Fleiner, 18, said.
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By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN | April 14, 2007
It was late in the evening on Easter Sunday and our family was winding down from a long day. I saw my 3-year-old laying on the couch, quietly playing. All of a sudden, he exclaimed, "Hey! Mommy! I found another egg!" Sure enough, he had a shiny, green, candy-filled plastic egg in his hand. He had reached down under a couch cushion and located it — overlooked in the early morning Easter egg hunt. Since we had eaten a big dinner, and the children had not eaten much of their Easter candy, I did not tell him he could not have it. However, I did not tell him he could, either.
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