Times Community News Columnist Bryan Mahoney

Bryan Mahoney
Burb's Eye View: Columns about Burbank culture, Burbank society, Burbank politics, and, well, all things Burbank

 Burb's Eye View: Muir students rock with music legends

Burb's Eye View: Muir students rock with music legends

We just had our faces melted off by the shrieking guitar riffs and arena-blasting, Prog-Rock stylings of Styx. Then Foreigner took the Greek Theatre stage, wailing on classic ballads 30 years past their Billboard heyday, but no less powerful.

Burb's Eye View: Bicyclists join forces for 'Walk Bike Burbank'

Burb's Eye View: Bicyclists join forces for 'Walk Bike Burbank'

Last weekend, a group of bicyclists gathered around a coffee-shop table and solidified a new era for Burbank’s bike and pedestrian paths.

Burb's Eye View: Rolling the dice on a new Burbank pastime

Burb's Eye View: Rolling the dice on a new Burbank pastime

A board-game designer and a beer brewer walk into a bar. These might seem like two unrelated professions, but there's an entrepreneurial spirit that bubbles in both.

Burb's Eye View: The city, the ball and the wardrobe

Burb's Eye View: The city, the ball and the wardrobe

The man’s name was Jimmy Old-son and he was a journalist from the later 1800s looking for adventure.

Burb's Eye View: The sometimes strange business of memorials

Burb's Eye View: The sometimes strange business of memorials

A few weeks ago I “met” a patron of the Colony Theatre whose ashes are contained within a sarcophagus in the lobby.

Burb's Eye View: DIY show unites a variety of performers

Burb's Eye View: DIY show unites a variety of performers

The groundwork was already there for Jed Reynolds to pursue acting. His parents own a professional theater in South Pasadena, and his father has one of the longest recurring roles in daytime television.

Burb's Eye View: Don't shortchange the value of coin collecting

Burb's Eye View: Don't shortchange the value of coin collecting

John Kozlowsky sat across from the appraiser with a bag of dimes in his left hand, a list of handwritten questions in his right.

Burb's Eye View: Scout paints B project as Eagle worthy

Burb's Eye View: Scout paints B project as Eagle worthy

The giant B overlooking downtown Burbank from the Verdugo foothills is older than most of the people who see it every day.

Burb's Eye View: Colony Theatre makes way for new memories

Burb's Eye View: Colony Theatre makes way for new memories

It's five minutes to showtime and the house lights are still up at the Colony Theatre. They'd have to be, if they ever expect to sell anything.

Burb's Eye View: Looking for that perfect pizza

Burb's Eye View: Looking for that perfect pizza

Two years ago I scoured Burbank’s sub shops for the perfect sandwich. Last year, I tested my arteries’ strength and loaded up on burgers, trying 24 different varieties throughout the city.

Burb's Eye View: Reflection and inspiration on Memorial Day

Burb's Eye View: Reflection and inspiration on Memorial Day

If you’ve never been to a Memorial Day observance in Burbank, it is a poignant and solemn ceremony that provides many reasons for you to attend and honor those who have fought for their country.

Burb's Eye View: Picnic-goers witness Nerf carnage at the park

Burb's Eye View: Picnic-goers witness Nerf carnage at the park

The Ryan family enjoyed a Mother’s Day lunch under a tree at the old L.A. Zoo. Even Grandma flew in from Florida to enjoy the lovely afternoon in a quiet corner of Griffith Park.

Burb's Eye View: Those who were lost are still out there

Burb's Eye View: Those who were lost are still out there

Just because we look up into the night and can't see the stars doesn't mean they're not there.

Burb's Eye View: Lessons in prevention at the YMCA

Burb's Eye View: Lessons in prevention at the YMCA

The girl opened her mouth wide, eyes wider and plunged backward into the unknown.

Burb's Eye View: Phone-booth project calls out domestic abuse

Burb's Eye View: Phone-booth project calls out domestic abuse

The four phone booths inside the Burbank Town Center Mall may have looked at home there 20 or 30 years ago. Not Monday.

Burb's Eye View: Catching the Youth Art Expo's opening

Burb's Eye View: Catching the Youth Art Expo's opening

At the gala opening of her show at the Creative Arts Center Gallery, artist Thora Moeller stops a moment to allow her public...

Burb's Eye View: Road signs warn of a traffic nightmare

Burb's Eye View: Road signs warn of a traffic nightmare

When San Fernando Boulevard underneath the Golden State (5) Freeway overpass closes next month, it will be closed forever, forcing Burbank neighborhoods to cope with an undeniable increase in traffic for at least two years.

Burb's Eye View: Monster mavens meet at the Marriott

Burb's Eye View: Monster mavens meet at the Marriott

Judging by his oozing head wound, the gray, plastic Hazmat suit Ken Mclaughlin was wearing didn’t help stave off the zombie attack.

Burb's Eye View: The Kiwanis answer the call to Aktion

Burb's Eye View: The Kiwanis answer the call to Aktion

If I’ve learned anything over the last three years writing in Burbank, it’s that there is never a shortage of ways people can help their community.

Burb's Eye View: Raising funds in memory of a fallen officer

Burb's Eye View: Raising funds in memory of a fallen officer

The bocce tournament was well underway when retired LAPD detective Michael Pavelka turned toward the hill to orient himself.

Burb's Eye View: Swimming with yard-sale sharks

Burb's Eye View: Swimming with yard-sale sharks

The sharks were circling. I spread the chum as neat and symmetrical as I could.

Burb's Eye View: A writer's TV work remains relevant

Burb's Eye View: A writer's TV work remains relevant

Irma Kalish had not seen her friend in years, yet here she was, thousands of miles from where they first met, telling Kalish all about the surgery that removed a cancerous tumor from her breast.

Burb's Eye View: Decades of helping the homeless

Burb's Eye View: Decades of helping the homeless

When Barbara Howell interviewed for the job of directing Burbank’s aid center and food bank, the building looked lived-in and run down.

Burb's Eye View: A tale of unexpected friendship

Burb's Eye View: A tale of unexpected friendship

Norman Sewelson was out of his car for… 20 minutes? Maybe 30? He doesn’t remember — it was a long time to be sitting by the heavy traffic on Pico Boulevard, waiting for the dirty little dog to trust him.

Burb's Eye View: Copter noise propels a call for relief

Burb's Eye View: Copter noise propels a call for relief

If you want to know how bad the helicopter noise gets in Burbank, ask a horse.

Burb's Eye View: 3D printing represents a wave of the future

Burb's Eye View: 3D printing represents a wave of the future

How do I know we live in the future? Because on Saturday I watched a couple of school kids enter a virtual world where they built a toy robot and were ready to manufacture it in a few hours.

Burb's Eye View: Appreciating the job of sewer workers

Burb's Eye View: Appreciating the job of sewer workers

If you were to ask me where the worst place is to start your career as a sewer worker, I might have said behind a chili restaurant. That’s where mine started.

Burb's Eye View: Garden club to host bee presentation

Burb's Eye View: Garden club to host bee presentation

Bees are life-giving little insects that make our food possible, and they even make some of it on their own. They’re fuzzy, colorful and cute in a six-legged freaky sort of way.

Burb's Eye View: Conquering fear as a matter of speaking

Burb's Eye View: Conquering fear as a matter of speaking

If public speaking is as great a fear as they say, I just met the bravest people in Burbank.

Burb's Eye View: Head cold puts damper on weekend

Burb's Eye View: Head cold puts damper on weekend

I had plans. Big, juicy ones. I had the kinds of plans that enable men to conquer mountains (or at least the hills above downtown Burbank).

Burb's Eye View: Building city's Rose entry takes team effort

Burb's Eye View: Building city's Rose entry takes team effort

Walking around the warehouse home of Burbank’s Rose Parade float is a bit like a movie set — you’ve got...

Burb's Eye View: Not getting derailed by the Christmas rush

Burb's Eye View: Not getting derailed by the Christmas rush

On my parents’ Christmas tree hangs a wooden train ornament. It is a simple, quaint expression of the youthful joys of the holidays — not the flashy hi-techitude of the laser-cut teddy bear that hangs nearby.

Burb's Eye View: A happy accident worthy of competition

Burb's Eye View: A happy accident worthy of competition

Ireland's hills roll forever, folding over and underneath each other. They are a sea within a sea, this island of grassy hillocks pocked with farms and fences.

Burb's Eye View: Longtime resident celebrates 100 years

Burb's Eye View: Longtime resident celebrates 100 years

There’s a very real spiritual center at Burbank First United Methodist Church. It’s heard in the voices of the world-class choir, and it’s felt in the neighborly brunch that follows the Sunday service.

Burb's Eye View: Hoping to see neighbors' faces light up

Burb's Eye View: Hoping to see neighbors' faces light up

The Christmas roller coaster at Nick and Carrie Nolan’s house was built with a lot of screws and a lot of headaches.

Burb's Eye View: A winter pastime pays for summer camp

Burb's Eye View: A winter pastime pays for summer camp

Jack Volpei first heard about the YMCA's summer camp in 1963. He was told it would be good for his son, who was then 7 years old. And it was free.

 Burb's Eye View: Putting some Black Friday options on the table

Burb's Eye View: Putting some Black Friday options on the table

There was a tradition in the Mahoney household that involved a lot of sleep after the Thanksgiving meal.

Burb's Eye View: Electronic City is turning off its lights

Burb's Eye View: Electronic City is turning off its lights

Electronic City is hidden in plain sight on Burbank Boulevard. People drive by it a lot, never thinking to go in, until one day that one unique light bulb blows on the flashlight and nobody carries a replacement.

Burb's Eye View: Preparing for the long winter, SoCal style

Burb's Eye View: Preparing for the long winter, SoCal style

The outside air did that cute thing when it drops 15 degrees just a few seconds after the sun sinks. My wife and I prepared for the worst on our stroll through Toluca Lake — should we wear hats? Maybe fingerless gloves?

Burb's Eye View: Standing up to future in stand-up comedy

Burb's Eye View: Standing up to future in stand-up comedy

The influences in young Andrew Duvall's life carried many names, each more powerful than the last.

 Burb's Eye View: Gallery attracts artists to Magnolia Park

Burb's Eye View: Gallery attracts artists to Magnolia Park

The arts scene in Magnolia Park lives well beyond the vintage couture designs of its throwback shops and barista bars, beyond the art galleries and theaters that pepper its storefronts.

Burb's Eye View: She's busy being part of the solution

Burb's Eye View: She's busy being part of the solution

Most of the 20 raffle tickets that once stuffed the envelope were gone. Janet Diel scanned the tables for one last basket to try to win — there were dozens filled with toys, games, gift cards, food and wine.

 Burb's Eye View: The richness of the local library experience

Burb's Eye View: The richness of the local library experience

A few curious observers huddled around Mike McDaniel to better hear the story of the origin of the Burbank city library. As the tale unfolded, Helen von Seggern nodded, quietly confirming the details as she remembered them.

Burb's Eye View: A Pilates studio with a mission of health

Burb's Eye View: A Pilates studio with a mission of health

The reformer exercise machines at Janice Cronkhite's Toluca Lake Pilates studio sometimes serve a higher purpose.

Burb's Eye View: Lessons taught by Joxer the Mighty

Burb's Eye View: Lessons taught by Joxer the Mighty

When I first met Joxer the Mighty, we were in love with the same girl: A leggy redhead with a penchant for the same nerdy things I liked and a gift for choosing good people as her friends.

 Burb's Eye View: A wedding is hitched to a high school reunion

Burb's Eye View: A wedding is hitched to a high school reunion

Saturday's nostalgia-fueled romp across the decades proved you may get older, but some people — and hairstyles — never change.

Burb's Eye View: Planting inspiration's seed

Burb's Eye View: Planting inspiration's seed

The plumeria tree outside Linda Garcia's house gave and gave again. Its soft, five-point blossoms pulsed color from its boughs, shining out to the sidewalk and the dog walkers who passed the house on their daily rounds.

Burb's Eye View: The rights and the wrongs of plastic bags

Burb's Eye View: The rights and the wrongs of plastic bags

I get the default reaction to Burbank's soon-to-be-proposed ban on plastic shopping bags. I understand the warnings of "nanny state" and "Big Brother." This is the right reaction in a democracy where government should fear the people and not the...

 Burb's Eye View: Teacher looks forward as she returns home

Burb's Eye View: Teacher looks forward as she returns home

Christine Rog's first back-to-school ritual took place in her kitchen, where the construction of a ham sandwich heralded the start of a new year and new challenges ahead.

Burb's Eye View: Learning the power of people

Burb's Eye View: Learning the power of people

For the first time since he bought it, T.J. Hawthorne shut off his phone. He shut the door. He closed out the world. But from his computer, he reached out to it.

Burb's Eye View: Enjoying local summer evening activities

Burb's Eye View: Enjoying local summer evening activities

With Mother Nature dimming the house lights, we settled in for our evening's entertainment juggling the plates and glasses of our laptop picnic.

 Burb's Eye View: A safety brush-up for the cellphone generation

Burb's Eye View: A safety brush-up for the cellphone generation

With the last bag of laundry successfully removed from my parents' car, we took one more trip up the steps to my new dorm.

Burb's Eye View: Sowing the seeds of a public garden for Burbank

Burb's Eye View: Sowing the seeds of a public garden for Burbank

Anything would be better than the chemical-laden dust bowl next door.

 Burb's Eye View: Curator gathers artists to pay homage to Del Toro

Burb's Eye View: Curator gathers artists to pay homage to Del Toro

While Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" wreaks havoc across Burbank's movie screens, a few blocks away his more subdued works are being reimagined in a macabre mash-up of pop and fine art.

Burb's Eye View: Northwest Branch Library gets ready to turn the page

Burb's Eye View: Northwest Branch Library gets ready to turn the page

Burbank’s Northwest Branch Library on Victory Boulevard is a place where everybody knows your name.

Burb's Eye View: And, finally, the best cheeseburgers in town

Burb's Eye View: And, finally, the best cheeseburgers in town

This is the third installment in a three-part series.

Burb's Eye View: The burger quest for the best continues

Burb's Eye View: The burger quest for the best continues

This is the second installment in a three-part series.

Burb's Eye View: In search of Burbank's best burger

Burb's Eye View: In search of Burbank's best burger

I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef.

Burb's Eye View: Parents find way to help school

Theseus without his Minotaur is like Superman without his Lex Luthor. Otherwise, the hero just gets the girl and lives happily ever after.

Burb's Eye View: Nature center paints over graffiti with nature-matching colors.

Burb's Eye View: Nature center paints over graffiti with nature-matching colors.

The graffiti was applied with some talent, but talent alone could not save the artist's work from erasure.

Burb's Eye View: Merging love of theater and video games

Burb's Eye View: Merging love of theater and video games

Next month, Comic-Con International takes over the city of San Diego to bring together the geek world in a potent smashup of adrenaline, dreams, TNT and marketing hype, then lights the fuse over three days for what has become Hollywood's Woodstock.

Burb's Eye View: Finding sweet sparks of humanity

Burb's Eye View: Finding sweet sparks of humanity

There’s a wonderful line about the pride of misery, and it comes from the fictional mayor of New York in the movie, “Ghostbusters 2.”

Burb's Eye View: Adventures with the old and reckless

Burb's Eye View: Adventures with the old and reckless

The white '91 Mustang was wasted. Dead. A heap of scrap worth barely more than the gas Bob Thomas spent to go and see it.

Burb's Eye View: 'I'll write a book. How hard could it be?'

Burb's Eye View: 'I'll write a book. How hard could it be?'

She's been called a mother, a lawyer and the "Queen of Erotic Romance."

Burb's Eye View: Laps in a life worth living

Burb's Eye View: Laps in a life worth living

Sometimes the brightest paths only reveal themselves in the dark.

Burb's Eye View: Checking in with Zonta's good works

Burb's Eye View: Checking in with Zonta's good works

Below the din and electric stress of last week's Burbank Literacy Spelling Bee, a little blue card floated my way.

Burb's Eye View: Hypnotic response to bad habits

Burb's Eye View: Hypnotic response to bad habits

The academic rigors of second-grade math were proving too difficult for a young Ronald Bonk.

Burb's Eye View: Reading, writing and the literary spirit

Burb's Eye View: Reading, writing and the literary spirit

Helen Lopez could get the words out. However, when it came time to deliver a speech, the president of Burbank Kiwanis’ Aktion Club had trouble lifting them off the page.

Burb's Eye View: Learning how to live green

Burb's Eye View: Learning how to live green

The white, discarded barrels at the food-processing plant may have looked like junk. To Justin Okin, they were a means to harvest the sky.

Burb's Eye View: Steampunk and cutthroat card games

Burb's Eye View: Steampunk and cutthroat card games

On Saturday, I was asked to check out a time-traveling phone booth that landed in Burbank. It was one of those invitations you don’t refuse.

Burb's Eye View: Burbank on Parade rolls on

If an alien – I don’t mean the acid-drooling, cockroachey, slobbering kind, but instead, the soft, furry kind that would hold a borderline obsessive interest in our housecats – if this alien were to drop from the sky on April 6...

Burb's Eye View: Dimensions of Rose Parade float design

There's a tense time after one submits a design idea for Burbank's Rose Parade float, when the minutes and days tick by as the city's parade committee makes its decision.

Burb's Eye View: The truth about park docents

What I knew about wilderness docents: They can win a staring contest with a bobcat, they can make a spicy stew from pine cones and rattlesnake venom, they can smell deer from half a mile away, and they only tell time by judging the position of the...

Burb's Eye View: For now, the fire hall is where they play

As a rule, they don't make fire halls to host children's programming.

Burb's Eye View: Help us rate the best burger in town

In the battle of man vs. food, man must always win. Otherwise, it's just sad to say it was bologna that did you in.

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