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Burbank Restaurants Invoke Vaccine Requirements



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Moderna Vaccine is prepared in a syringe that is ready to be dispensed recently to adults. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank restaurants independently tackle vaccination verification requirements as proof of vaccination has become obligated for dining options in the city of Los Angeles.


Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County, LA City restaurants enforce vaccination screening for all eligible individuals 12 years and older who dine indoors. This requirement, which falls under the City of Los Angeles’ SafePassLA program, has been in effect since Nov. 8 and applies to restaurants, bars and coffee shops, as well as several other recreational locations.

The iconic Burbank eatery prioritizes both employee and customer safety while remaining ready for any updates on LA County eating protocols (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Operations Manager of Bob’s Big Boy’s Burbank location, Darren Utley, says the restaurant does not currently require a vaccination check for their customers. More than 80% of their employees are currently vaccinated, a figure evidenced by voluntary employee communications. The iconic Burbank eatery prioritizes both employee and customer safety as they remain prepared for potential updates on LA County’s eating protocols.

“We have to be very careful,” Utley said. “We want to protect our employees, [and] we want to protect their well-being and confidentiality. We also want to protect our customers and provide them with a safe place too.”

As it has remained since the start of the pandemic, the status of health and safety requirements for food and beverage operations is constantly evolving from day to day. Utley says this uncertainty requires a great deal of adaptability from the entire Bob’s Big Boy team.

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“There are so many competitive challenges, and it’s moving,” Utley said. “It changes all the time.”

While the Bob’s Burbank location is currently in line with their pre-COVID sales figures, the company’s profitability levels have been disrupted due to supplier disruptions caused by the pandemic. Despite this, Utley and his colleagues are committed to continuing their dedicated service to the community.

“COVID has disrupted supply chains around the world and costs have risen,” Utley said. “When there are hitches in the supply chain, things get more expensive. So… we’re back in sales, but we’re still challenged to be in a place where we’re consistent with profitability and cash flow. But we keep pulling the plug.”

Conversely, Tony’s Darts Away follows LA City’s orders by requiring vaccination certificates from all vaccinated eligible customers and to dine inside. In addition, Tony’s Darts Away General Manager Andrew Phillipp says all of their employees adhered to vaccination instructions prior to this recent rule.

“Our entire staff has been fully vaccinated since long before mandates became common,” Phillipp said.

“Our entire staff has been fully vaccinated since long before mandates became common” (Photo by Lisa Paredes)

With sports making a comeback and many local businesses bringing workers back in person, Phillipp says things have improved in recent months. The pub is particularly popular with employees of local entertainment studios, and Phillipp said the entire team at Tony’s Darts Away were “excited to see familiar faces in [their] bar for lunch and drinks after work.”

While the early stages of the pandemic were “devastating” for the company, Phillipp described, they are moving up to recover financially from setbacks that occurred during this time. However, one obstacle Tony’s Darts Away still faces is advancing business while maintaining the mask mandate within the limited space of their bar.

Like other restaurant owners and employees who are in recovery mode, Phillipp and Tony’s Darts Away employees remain optimistic in their business endeavors. Loyal diners who have kept the food spots afloat during this trip are especially appreciated during this time, Phillipp says.

“We are fortunate to have a strong group of regulars who have supported us for the past year and a half,” said Phillipp. “Once we can accommodate guests and enjoy a beer along the way, hopefully we should see better sales.”


“Christmas Every Day – The Wonderful Life of Eddie Greene” now available on Youtube




“Christmas Every Day – The Wonderful Life of Eddie Greene” now available on Youtube
Eddie Green. [courtesy SeaGrace Visions Productions]

In June, an audience alone in the permanent space called for an encore at the preview screening of “Christmas Everyday – The Wonderful Life of Eddie Greene” at Dare County Arts Council.

That was followed by a screening of the final cut at The Pioneer Theater in Downtown Manteo in September with new interviews and changes based on audience response.

This story of a man who fell in love with the Outer Banks, and the community that loved him in return, is now available to watch in full on YouTube.

The documentary appeared on Small Business Saturday, a perfect date as Greene is perhaps best known to millions of visitors and Outer Banks residents for co-founding The Island Gallery and Christmas Shop in Manteo in 1967 with Richard Lacerre.

Greene retired after 48 “sparkling” years. But The Christmas Shop is alive today with new owners who continue to honor that legacy.

Whether dancing on a national Broadway Tour, serving in the Navy in World War II, or starting multiple companies, Edward Greene has always worked hard and worked with vision. And when he saw needs in his beloved Outer Banks, he stepped forward.

From the Outer Banks Community Foundation to the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, it’s hard to find a place where Edward hasn’t given back to the people who gave him a lot.

This feature film is directed by filmmaker Bryan Jones.

“The Outer Banks loves Eddie because he loved them too, with all his heart. The size of a Christmas tree,” Jones said.

“I made it because one day while I was working in the Christmas store, I realized that Edward was a New York Yankee, and a Jewish man with a Christmas store,” Jones said. “And locals and tourists alike loved him, not him, loved him. And so did I,” Jones said.

“And one of the things on his list of 90 things to do was ‘Make a documentary.’ And that’s what I do. And it became “Tuesday with Eddie,” Jones said.

The documentary moves from New Rochelle, New York to the Outer Banks of today. In addition to stops at the San Francisco School of Ballet, Broadway, The Lost Colony, The Outer Banks Community Foundation and of course the many businesses Edward started and the many, many people he helped along the way. Edward is a man who made a difference.

“I can’t imagine my life without the Outer Banks,” Greene said.

And it’s hard to imagine the Outer Banks without Eddie Greene.

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Best musicals to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NOW and more




Best musicals to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NOW and more

Musicals can provide that feel-good feeling we all crave from time to time, and watching them in the comfort of your own home can be an added bonus thanks to modern technology.

Just like TV series or movies, there is also a range of musicals offered through streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon or Prime Video for you to sink your teeth into.

If you’re not sure what to pick this winter, Manchester Evening News has put together a list of the best musicals on offer to help you decide.

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Burst into song or dance with some picks or get invested in a gripping storyline, this list has it all.


This 2010 musical is a chic affair that stars the legendary Cher (Tess) and Christina Aguilera (Ali) in a fight to make it big. Ali champions her conquest by working his way through the ranks under the mentorship of Tess, who plays a veteran performer. This musical can be seen on Netflix.


It cannot be a musical list without mentioning Grease. The teen classic features classic songs that have become known worldwide, including “You’re the One That I Want”. If you’re looking for a musically inspired trip down memory lane, this movie is perfect. This musical can be seen on Netflix.

Mary Poppins returns

The sequel to the classic is just as lighthearted as the original and features acting legends like Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical offers the chance to forget our worries and offers comfort. This musical can be seen on Netflix.


Created by the legendary Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, an Argentine actor who escaped poverty and eventually grew up to be the wife of President Juan Domingo Perón, played by Madonna. Watch this musical on Amazon Prime Video.

Muppets Christmas Carol

If you’re looking for a Christmas musical this year, the Muppets Christmas Carol is a surefire choice. The message of friendship, family and love transcends the musical itself. This musical can be seen on Disney Plus.


Another classic composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats is based on a collection of poems by TS Elliot. The most famous song from the musical is Memory as sung by Grizabella. It is the fourth longest-running Broadway show and is now available to watch on NOW TV.

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The weather in Perth: city ready for scorching weekend and balmy nights




The weather in Perth: city ready for scorching weekend and balmy nights

If you’ve been enjoying the sweltering hot weekend in Perth, we’ve got some good news for you – another one.

The metro area will reach a maximum of 35C on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you haven’t had the air conditioning repaired yet, now is the time!

Perth hit a scorching 37C last Saturday – the hottest day since March – before cooling slightly to 32C on Sunday.

Perth will see a bit of a respite from the heat at the start of the week, thanks to a weak front approaching from the south coast, before temperatures rise Friday.

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Joey Rawson, Senior Meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology in Perth, said the warm weather will persist into the night, making for balmy evenings.

A minimum temperature of 21 degrees is forecast for Sunday.

“A trough on the west coast — very common for this time of year — brings warm temperatures from the north and inland,” Bureau of Meteorology Duty Forecaster Jessica Lingard said on Friday.

“We can expect very pleasant weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday … summer starts in a week, so we’ll see it get warmer.”


Monday: 26C, clearing

Tuesday: 24C, mostly sunny

Wednesday: 25C, mostly sunny

Thursday: 29C, sunny

Friday: 32C, sunny

Saturday: 35C, sunny

Sunday: 35C, sunny


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