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December 5, 2009
BURBANK RESIDENTS CELEBRATE 90 YEARS Burbank residents Joe and Louise Roberts celebrated their 90th birthdays at Victorio?s Ristorante in North Hollywood on Oct. 27. They were both born in 1919 ? Joe on Sept. 24, and Louise two months later on Nov. 22. Childhood sweethearts, the couple married in 1943 and have lived in Burbank for 59 years. Joe has owned Joe Roberts Optical in Burbank for 30 years. Louise has given her time to volunteer with the PTA, and as a youth director and Sunday school teacher at Magnolia Park Methodist Church.
By David Laurell | August 25, 2009
The Burbank Kiwanis for Fun’s Aktion Club staged a fashion show fundraiser Saturday at the Masonic Temple. Presented under the theme “Lights, Camera, Aktion in Fashion!” the event honored Burbank Councilman Dave Golonski for his service to the community and raised funds for BCR — A Place to Grow, a local organization that has provided activities, programs and events for children and adults with developmental disabilities for the past 47 years. Welcomed by “Lucy,” aka Diane Vincent , guests had the chance to purchase opportunity tickets and mingle prior to lunch and the afternoon’s program that was hosted by Isabel Adams and emceed by Tom Burke . Special guests in attendance included Mayor Gary Bric , Councilwoman Anja Reinke and Golonski family members including the councilman’s wife, Barbara Sykes , mother-in-law, JoAnn Sykes , daughter, Randi , 8-month old grandson, Grant , and son-in-law, Nathan Lowery . Among the Golonski family friends on hand were Tom and Linda Jamentz, Ellie Ellrott, Brett Loutensock, Melinda Brown, Linda Walmsley, and former Burbank Councilman Tim Murphy.
By Christopher Cadelago | May 20, 2009
It’s 11:41 p.m. Sunday, and Mayor Gary Bric has reading to do. There’s the phone book-thick draft city budget, and the usual City Council agenda packet. But he’s not at a desk ; he’s standing behind the bar at his restaurant, Gary Bric’s Ramp, serving drinks to a cluster of loyal customers. For more than two years the restaurateur, bartender and avid golfer has juggled city business, work and home life, careful not to let one passion bleed too far into the other.
May 6, 2009
That’s what signs are supposed to do I noticed the electronic pricing sign at the gas station on Hollywood Way (“Sign sparks debate,” April 29). It keeps reminding me not to go there since it generally has the highest gas prices around. The lighting does draw one’s attention, but then aren’t all signs supposed to do that? In the same business block of Magnolia Park, I noted a bright yellow sidewalk sign pointing to pianos inside, a storefront brightly painted with jelly beans spotted all over it, and an optometrist office with a big political banner draped across the front.
By Christopher Cadelago | May 2, 2009
CITY HALL — Gary Bric ascended to mayor of Burbank on Friday, with Councilwoman Anja Reinke taking his previously held seat as vice mayor. In a reorganization ceremony full of hearty welcomes to newly elected Councilman Jess Talamantes and tender farewells to outgoing Councilwoman Marsha Ramos, Bric, a restaurateur entering his third year in office, assumed the center seat on the dais before thanking a host of family, friends and business associates in the audience. “I do have a few comments, but I’ll try to keep them short.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 25, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council is nearing its annual transfer of power, as Mayor Dave Golonski and Vice Mayor Gary Bric enter their final week in the posts. Bric, a restaurateur in his second year in office, is widely expected to assume the center seat on the dais when the council rotates titles and responsibilities at its reorganization meeting Friday. While procedural, the city’s nominating process is unique in that it seldom includes prolonged discussion, leaving the chamber doors wide open for rampant speculation.
By ISABEL ADAMS | March 21, 2009
The Burbank Civitan Club’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Brunch was Sunday at The Castaway Restaurant, and it was a resounding success! It was a lovely, sunny Sunday morning that greeted the group that enjoyed a great brunch and had fun with the door prizes and silent auction. Great entertainment was provided by the amazing and popular young Irish dancers from the O’Connor School of Irish Dance and the song stylings of Sentimental Journey. Among the guests were Burbank Vice-Mayor Gary Bric and his lovely wife, Sharon Cohen, from the Burbank Library; Anita Benjamin, Ruth Cordon, Jeffrey D. Klein , associate vice president of annual programs at Providence St. Joseph Foundation; Jean Stroud and Shirley Pratt . The brunch was organized by current President Elaine Paonessa, Barry Kessler and Richard Bertain who co-chaired the event.
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