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Sandbags available in Burbank

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The city, anticipating heavy rains across the region, has allocated 25 sandbags per resident. The sandbags can be picked up weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 124 S. Lake St.

Residents need to bring proof of business or residency in Burbank, such as a utility bill or driver’s license.

If the office is closed and there is an active rainstorm, sandbags may be left at the front gates. Hours may be extended in emergency situations.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

A day at Otto’s: Circa 1990

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Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

While researching his legacy for Wednesday’s edition of the Leader, Huber’s family sent me a local newspaper article by correspondent James Danelli. The April 25, 1990, story from the Burbank Leader is attached below:

Otto’s Delicatessen

Pickle or polka, you’ll find it here

By James Danelli,  Correspondent

Accepting an assignment to write about guy named Otto, owner and operator of Otto’s Import and Delicatessen, this reporter for one was a little skeptical.

After all, who would have thought that being inside his store s like taking a trip to Hungary, of that Otto himself would whip it some polkas on his computerized accordion, or that his beautiful wife, Irma, would make me an “Otto Special” – a sandwich where the meat is piled as high as the hospitality?

Otto bought the property, located at the corner of Clark and Brighton in Burbank, some 20 years ago. At the time it was just a regular corner grocery store. That was before his Hungarian friends asked him to carry different specialty foods and meats that are important to many Hungarian dishes.

There’s antique cookware and Hungarian books and records stacked along the crowded aisles a decorum not at all keeping with the “Play the California Lottery” banner nearby.

In the midst of it all sits a display case filled with beautiful Hungarian porcelain figurines. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

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News secret No. 23: Animal stories

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Here’s a newsroom secret for you: Throw a cute pooch on the front page and you’re bound to get readers’ attention (Check out, Working like a police dog, an event put on by the Police Department’s K9).

Editors know it. And so do the folks at the library.

As part of its series of hosted events, the Buena Vista Library at 7 p.m. Thursday will offer “How to be a Better Pet Parent.”

Attendees can meet adoptable pets, learn tips on choosing the appropriate pet for their home, obedience training and socialization, proper nutrition, medical care and exercise, and how to prepare for the unexpected.

Now run along. I think hear your dog pulling the stuffing out of the couch.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Aerial photos of new Armenian cathedral

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Source: Western Diocese of the Armenian Church

Source: Western Diocese of the Armenian Church

The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church has released a number of aerial photos showing the construction progress on its new cathedral.

The cathedral, when finished, will be on the grounds of the diocesan headquarters, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank. To see more photos, visit the diocesan website.

Written by Times Community News

September 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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Burbank class teaches legal pot growing

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While Glendale looks to introduce a 45-day moratorium on pot dispensaries, Burbank teaches classes in Cannabis.

From ABC 7 News
It’s a fast-growing market in California: medical marijuana. Wednesday career-minded people got together to learn everything about pot dispensaries, from legal issues to making brownies.

Welcome to the Cannabis Career Institute. Wednesday night’s class: the Medical Marijuana Business 101. Forty eager students learn from a top advocate the ins and outs of starting up in this “budding” industry.

Click here to see the video.

Written by Times Community News

September 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

Leadership Burbank class of 2009-10

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The Leadership Burbank Board of Directors recently announced 27 participants for the program’s class of 2009-10.

Leadership Burbank, a nonprofit organization that trains residents and individuals who work in the community, puts participants through a  nine-month program where they tackle issues facing the city.

Sue Georgino, a newly minted adjunct instructor for the department of organizational leadership, joins Don St. Clair, vice president of Woodbury University, Dr. Phyllis Cremer, associate vice president and adjunct instructor, and adjunct instructors Emma Misner and Mary Alvord.

The class of 2009-10:

Jacqueline Amaya-Garcia, Language Line Services

Judith Arandes, Burbank Housing Corporation

Cathleen Bambas, Providence High School

Ellen Burditt, Our Community-Families of Deafness Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

BTAC: ‘Immediate help is needed’

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Burbank Temporary Aid Center officials reporting unprecedented demand from residents continuing to outstrip the organization’s food bank supply. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Burbank Temporary Aid Center officials are reporting that unprecedented demand from residents continues to outpace the organization’s food bank supply. (Alex Collins/The Leader)

Just a few weeks ago Burbank Temporary Aid Center officials reported that unprecedented demand had stripped the organization’s food bank supply.

With no end in sight to the debilitating recession, “immediate help” is still needed, Executive Director Barbara Howell wrote in an e-mail.

“We’ve never had to put out a call for help at this time of year, and this is our second in several weeks,” Howell said. “We typically have a small fundraising event in the early summer, then give the community a rest until we try to be everywhere you look as we prepare for traditional increased demand through the holidays.

“But this year, with unemployment hitting record levels, and those with jobs seeing their regular hours and overtime slashed, there are more Burbank families having to ask for help with the most basic of needs: Groceries.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 14, 2009 at 11:31 pm