June 14, 2013
As a longtime Magnolia Park browser, I just wonder how accurately the “Best of Burbank” reflects the area's merchants. To me, it seems based on those who recruit the most votes and stores that are one-of-a-kind do not have to compete with another like-company to get that vote. Categories missing from the “Best of Burbank” ballot are “Best Printer” and “Best Musical Instrument Store.” Sadly, ABC Music went out of business. As much as I like filling out the ballot every year, I'm not sure if this contest is in the best interests of Burbank's merchants.
December 4, 2012
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or “Festivus” (Google it non-”Seinfeld” fans), this time of year is rife with holiday traditions. Two of Burbank's long-standing yuletide events added to their history as Mayor Dave Golonski and his wife, Barbara Sykes, and Joan “J.P.” O'Connor and her husband, Cotton Thompson, staged their respective annual holiday soirees this past week. Always a highlight of the season for representatives of the local studios and business community, along with elected and appointed city officials, staff members, family and friends, Mayor Golonski and his wife have opened their Magnolia Park home for a holiday party to benefit numerous charities for close to two decades.
November 16, 2012
If shoppers notice a different, more scaled down version of the annual Holiday in the Park event in Magnolia Park on Friday, chalk it up to making do with limited resources. Nearly 40 merchants in Magnolia Park have banded together to fund the event after a majority of the tenants in the district - primarily non-retail business owners - voted to disband a partnership last September, ending a property tax assessment that brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for promotions and popular public events.
October 31, 2012
Recently, the importance of local commerce became a focal point in the presidential campaign. Both sides highlighted the success of small businesses as a key to the recovery of our economy and then used that as a platform to promote their economic agendas. Regardless of the politics, small businesses are vital to the local economy and despite what the president may do to help, the real formula for success is that someone with vision and guts opens their doors and then we, the consumers, do our part by purchasing the services or goods offered.
March 20, 2012
Retirement was fun for a while, but it's definitely not something I want to do for the rest of my life. And so Burbank - I'm back! During my brief sabbatical, I did learn to smell the roses - and pick some out of my mother's garden. She has 200 bushes, so it was easy! But I also did some exploring around town. I found out Joslyn Adult Center has a beautiful computer lab where those 55 and older can take classes for a nominal fee and have free access to computers on Mondays and Fridays.
October 11, 2011
Sept. 15 saw the Magnolia Park Optimist Club celebrate the installation of its new officers and directors. This very festive event took place at the Joslyn Center, and the room was full to capacity as the membership turned out in full force to witness this annual event. They all had an opportunity to visit and enjoy each other's company while dinner was served. After dinner, longtime member and former President Jim Lloyd proceeded to officially de-install the outgoing board. The incoming officers and directors and their new 2011-12 President Terry Scott were then sworn in. The officers are 1st Vice President Gary Oseransky; 2nd Vice President Evie Magnante; Secretary Linda Oseransky; Treasurer Kent Warner; Youth Treasurer Ernine Larson; and Dinner Treasurer Pauline Deeter.
September 27, 2011
Members of the business district for Magnolia Park have voted to disband, ending a property tax assessment that brought hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for promotions and popular public events. The Magnolia Park Partnership, which organizes annual events like Holiday in the Park and Be-Boppin' in the Park, will dissolve at year's end, officials said, after the vote that non-retail tenants carried. The votes were weighted with the largest property owners getting the most influence.
April 5, 2011
More than 500 people pedaled through Magnolia Park Saturday afternoon, just as nearby commercial property owners are gearing up to extend a self-imposed fee that pays for events including the Magical Magnolia Bicycle Tour. The tour brought out cyclists for prizes, bike and helmet painting and other activities. Merchants say the event is just one of the benefits of the business improvement district that landlords launched in 2006, agreeing to raise $250,000 annually to pump up prospects near Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. With the business improvement district set to expire this year, members of the Magnolia Park Partnership are now preparing to vote in July on whether to extend it for another five years.