March 28, 2009
Producers have taken Bible verses and created 11-minute shorts inspired by the theme “Family Business” in the seventh annual 168 Film Festival. Whether it’s joy over a birth or sorrow over a prodigal son, it’s all family business, said John David Ware, founder and director of the festival. “We’ve chosen a wide theme to encompass all the films we expect to get,” Ware said. “Films are about the family’s happy times and how they handle the problems.
April 8, 2009
Two filmmakers are feeling euphoric that their teams not only met the challenge to create movies in seven days, but brought home the most awards Saturday night from the 168 Film Festival at the Alex Theatre. “Up in the Air” earned six awards including Best Film while “Unscripted” received four awards, including Best International Film. Films are based on randomly assigned Bible verses and completed in 168 hours, or seven days. This year’s overall theme was “Family Business.
June 1, 2013
Richard Raad was running on the treadmill when he heard the news, and for a split second, he thought it was a bad joke. When he realized the call was no joke, Raad raced to his car and drove down to the carpet and flooring business he's had for decades . He found it engulfed in flames. Decades worth of contacts, lost. Thousands of floor plans, gone. A brand new showroom, destroyed. Just one of six office computers was salvageable. PHOTOS: Beauty-Kiss Floor & Window Coverings recovers from fire with home business The fire that tore through Beauty-Kiss Floor and Window Coverings in Burbank on Memorial Day would ultimately cause an estimated $1 million in damage.
January 30, 2002
Karen S. Kim MAGNOLIA PARK -- Burbank resident Gary Keck, 65, received his first Lionel toy train set as a gift from his parents shortly after World War II. He put the set away when he turned 16 and didn't really pick the hobby up again until his son Brian was a toddler. "He liked to see it run, but I'm the one who got interested in it again," Keck said. To offset the cost of his hobby, Keck started selling train products at train shows.
March 10, 2004
Jackson Bell Alwin and Todd Lewis first started thinking about becoming doctors when they were teenagers hanging around their father's medical practice. "My sons' interest grew when they worked for me part time in the summer," recalled Dr. Arthur Lewis of Burbank, a retired dermatologist. More than a decade later, the brothers have come full circle, following in their father's footsteps by continuing the Lewis name in local medical circles.
October 12, 2009
For more polls, visit The 818 Now. Poll results: Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died. He was 77. Huber was among the last remaining holdouts from a era where family-run businesses were the norm. Do you think family-run are important for Burbank? (1) Yes. I do my best to support mom-and-pop shops. (91 votes, 93%) (2) No. convenience and prices are more important. (7 votes, 7%)
August 6, 2003
Jackson Bell When he was 12, Mark Thomas would clean the kitchen at Tallyrand restaurant on Sunday mornings. At 16 he started busing tables, and by 18 was working as a cook. Now 47, Thomas and his sister, Karen Ross, are running the family business their father founded 44 years ago. "This is what I've done all my life," he said. "This is what I know and this is who I am." Thomas represents what Burbank Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Bowers says is a high proportion of family-owned businesses in Burbank.
March 19, 2005
Mark R. Madler Friends say Sunday Henig was a ray of sunshine. In the week since she was found fatally shot in her home on South Parish Place, her friend Denise Bankuti has received many phone calls from old friends who broke down in tears as they spoke. "She never wore a frown," Bankuti said. "I never saw her without a smile on her face. She wore a flower in the side of her hair. She dressed in pastel flower colors. She was a flower child. She was incredible."
August 8, 2009
In the vast spectrum of historical fiction, a reader is hard-pressed to find much written about the 11th century. Aside from the trilogy “Rashi’s Daughters,” written by Glendale resident Maggie Anton, there are few novels featuring this era, and most focus on Charlemagne, the Crusades and Christianity-based story lines dealing with religious persecution. Throughout the three books, Salomon ben Isaac, a great Jewish scholar, instructs his three daughters in the teachings of the Talmud, which is the doctrine used in Judaism to explain the Torah.