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August 19th - 25th, 2013 (Ter’t #335)


“He who knows best knows how little he knows.” -Thomas Jefferson

The City By The Bay Is Calling

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- San Francisco is often called “Everybody’s Favorite City,” a title earned by its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Measuring 49 square miles, this very walk-able city is dotted with landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United States. A stroll of the City’s streets can lead to Union Square, the Italian-flavored North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Castro, Japantown and the Mission District, with intriguing neighborhoods to explore at every turn. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay are often laced with fog, creating a romantic mood in this most European of American cities. The City has a colorful past, growing from a small village to a major city nearly overnight as a result of the 1849 Gold Rush. The writers of the “beat” generation, the hippies of the Summer of Love in the late 1960’s and the large gay/lesbian population have all contributed to making San Francisco the fascinating place it is today. The City is home to world-class theatre, opera, symphony and ballet companies and often boasts premieres of Broadway-bound plays and culture-changing performing arts. San Francisco is one of America’s greatest dining cities. The diverse cultural influences, proximity of the freshest ingredients and competitive creativity of the chefs result in unforgettable dining experiences throughout the City. San Francisco has well over 32,000 hotel rooms on offer, from first-class hotels and ultra-chic boutique hotels to familiar names in lodging and budget friendly inns. For information on hotel packages and reservations, events, activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit For lodging reservations by phone, call (888) 782-9673 toll free within North America or (415) 283-0155 elsewhere. Visitor guides are available at the Visitor Information Center at 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. To receive a copy by mail, call (415) 391-2000, write to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market Street, Lower Level, Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102-2804 or send an email to

Van Nuys Most Wanted Alfredo Jimenez Cermeno

The suspect rented a garage to the rear of the victim’s residence and forced his way into the bedroom. The suspect pushed the victim down on the floor and touched her bare buttocks. The victim bit the suspect and fought him off. The suspect moved out of the location a few hours later. The suspect works at construction and daylabor jobs in the Van Nuys and West Valley area. He rides a white bicycle and usually wears a white cowboy hat. Suspect: Cermeno, Alfredo Jimenez Sex: M Descent: Hispanic Height: 5’10 Weight: 150 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Date of Birth: Apr 27, 1966 Age: 32 DR#: 98-0934659 WANTED FOR: Felony Sexual Battery Contact Info -- Do you have information on this person? Van Nuys Detectives (818) 374-0040



VOL #7 ISSUE #28

Congressman Cardenas Introduces Computer Education Legislation

U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) recently introduced legislation that would help prepare children in the Valley, and throughout the United States, for a future working with computers and networks. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) recently introduced legislation that would help prepare children in the Valley, and throughout the United States, for a future working with computers and networks. Cárdenas’ bill, the Computer Science in STEM Act, will prepare children for the computing jobs of today and tomorrow by adding Computer Science as one of the core “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (STEM) classes. “We have a duty to educate our children, so that each of them has the opportunity to find a well-paying job that will allow them create prosperity, raise a family and contribute to our economy,” said Cárdenas. “The tech industry is quickly expanding and adding middle class jobs to the U.S. economy. We need to ensure that we have a trained workforce to fill these jobs so we can keep them here at home. I wrote this legislation is to make sure this happens so we can rebuild the middle class.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018 more than 1,500,000 high-wage computing jobs will be created in the United States economy, making computing one of the fastest growing occupational fields. According to the National Science Foundation, 2 percent of STEM students are computer science majors, while 60 percent of STEM jobs are computing jobs. For every American student receiving an engineering degree, about eight students receive engineering degrees in China and about five students earn equivalent degrees in India. Along with including computer science in STEM definitions, the legislation creates grants to develop comprehensive plans at the state level to strengthen computer science education in grades K through 12 by ensuring quality and grade-appropriate computer science education giving teachers the appropriate skills and access to resources to teach computer science; and including universities and colleges in the process of creating this plan. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder). “High quality computer science and computing education exposes students to careers in exciting fields and prepares them to fill the jobs of the future,” Rep. Polis said. “However, current policies do not support computer science as a critical part of our education system. The Computer Science in STEM Act would support computer science programs across our K-12 and higher education systems, increasing access to the skills needed to compete in a global economy.” The legislation is also supported by “Computing in the Core,” a conglomerate of advocates for the inclusion of computer science in K-12 education. In a letter to Cárdenas, they noted, “Your legislation would clarify that existing and currently funded federal programs could support the teaching and learning of computer science and encourages local and state education leaders to put computer science curriculum and teachers in schools.”

Obama Working to Implement the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In this week’s address, President Obama said we are on the way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping millions of Americans. Unfortunately, a group of Republicans in Congress are working to confuse people and are even suggesting they will shut down the government if they cannot shut down the health care law. Health insurance isn’t something to play politics with, and the President will keep working to make sure the law works as it’s supposed to, and he encourages everyone to visit to find out more about the law and how to sign up. “Hi, everybody. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been visiting with Americans across the country to talk about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class. We need to rebuild an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility; (See page 4)

The weather this week is going to be the same as last week.

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It will not rain, it will not snow, and there will be light wind. .

--Weather Corner --

What Is A Lenticular Cloud?

A cloud species which has elements resembling smooth lenses or almonds and more or less isolated. These clouds are caused by a wave wind pattern created by the mountains. They are also indicative of down-stream turbulence on the leeward side of a barrier.

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opinions & Editorial

CIR Means Jobs

Comprehensive Immigration Reform, or CIR, will change our country for the better. It won’t just bring 11 million hardworking men and women out of the shadows, keep families together and create a pathway to achieving the American Dream, it will also supercharge our economy. We know our immigration system is broken. It is important to remember that the entire system is broken and we have to fix the entire thing at once. That is what the “comprehensive” part of CIR entails, and it is what will help improve our economy. Right now, our farms do not have a stable workforce. Our borders are not adequately protected. Far too many high tech companies are short the workers they need to continue to innovate. Our schools attract the best and brightest from around the world, but we can’t keep that talent here. We know what needs to be fixed and why. So, what happens once we fix the problems? Successful implementation of Comprehensive Immigration Reform will cut the deficit, create manufacturing and job opportunities nationwide and create more than 100,000 AMERICAN JOBS every year for ten years. We will see $832 billion being pumped into our economy over the first 10 years. As producers and consumers, undocumented immigrants grow the economic pie by at least $36 billion a year. Legalization would triple that number, with various studies pointing to a $1 trillion impact on GDP in ten years. With these economic impacts in mind, Rep. Cárdenas has written several op/eds about the economic impact. He also brought together more than a dozen of his freshman colleagues to speak about this issue on the House floor. He also hosted the first bipartisan briefing in the House of Representatives, illustrating a critical report showing the state by state benefits of immigration reform, with Rep. Jeff Denham, a California Republican. In fact, letters representing hundreds of corporations and dozens of Republican donors have been sent to the President and Congressional leadership, urging them to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Quite simply, this is an American issue, not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s like James Carville said 20 years ago when President Clinton was running for office: It’s the economy, stupid. In 2012, voters sent new Congresspeople to Washington to solve problems like our broken immigration system and that’s what Rep. Cárdenas wants to do. It’s time to make immigration reform a reality, and it’s absolutely time to let people know what that reality will mean for their pocketbooks.

Monday, August 19th - Sunday, August 25th, 2013

-- Word Of The Week --

quacksalver (Pronounced “kwak-sal-ver) -- noun

1. a charlatan. 2. a quack doctor. And there was that quacksalver Mellowes again, with his pernicious theory that consumption was caused by an excess of oxygen. -- Patrick O’Brian, Desolation Island, 1978 Anon, we grow persuaded that he traded both eyes for hooks and beneath the roof of his friend, Prince of Hesse Cassel, this Quacksalver expired to the winding from a strange horn one overcast night at Sleswig — and doubt not that at the bar he lifted up both hands to please innocent!

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1 Tennessee man born in 1786 who killed black bears with "Old Betsy" and had a lackluster political career (2 wds.) 4 Location where the Transcontinental Railroad was connected (2 wds.) 7 Fast mail service that ran from St. Joseph to San Francisco until almost 1861 (2 wds.) 9 Leather britches or wrap-around leggings 10 He and his brother Frank were notorious bank and train robbers (2 wds.) 12 Religious leader who lead a large group of pioneers to settle the Salt Lake Valley (2 wds.) 13 Famous lawman involved in the shootout at the O.K. Corral (2 wds.) 14 Young outlaw who rustled cattle and killed at least 4 men including Sheriff William Brady (3 wds.)

2 Member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she was an excellent markswoman (2 wds.) 3 Famous bank and train robber who worked with The Sundance Kid (2 wds.) 5 Fort in San Antonio where Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and about 150 other tried to defend Texas from Santa Anna in 1836 (2 wds.) 6 Famour frontiersman, scout and showman who ran the Wild West Show (3 wds.) 8 Famous Indian who joined the Wild West Show (2 wds.) 11 Author whose real name was Samuel Clemens (2 wds.)

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entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Two Reviews

On Saturday, August 10 I had the delightful pleasure of seeing “Babes In Arms” at the West Valley Playhouse and on Sunday, I also had delightful pleasure of enjoying the arias of one of my favorite operas, “Aida” performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Babes In Arms

“Babes In Arms,” at the West Valley Playhouse, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by Rodgers and Hart, was first produced on Broadway in 1937. The story is about a young man and woman who put on a show with their friends to avoid having them sent to a “work farm,” since their parents were out-of-work vaudevillians. Two years later, a modified version became a popular movie that starred Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. It was the first in a series of several films with Rooney and Garland that featured basically a similar theme - young kids break into the big time -- which showcased the multi-talented couple. In 1959 George Oppenheimer created a “sanitized, de-politicized

rewrite” which one now sees on the stage. It’s this new version, in which you find young people trying to save a local summer stock theatre from being demolished, that is being produced at the West Valley Playhouse. Jon Berry of the West Valley Playhouse has brought together a cast of young (and old) performers for entertaining songs and dances. Though the original Broadway production only ran for two months, so many of the songs have become standards: “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “Where or When,” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Johnny One Note”. I was impressed with Ronna Jones’ (Bunny) belting of “Johnny One Note”; Joseph Ahern (Gus) and Ariel Jean Brooker (Terry) and their wistful duet, “I Wish I Were in Love Again”; the very lovely (my personal favorite R & H tune), “Where or When” sung by Noel Britton (Jennifer) and DJ Brady (Val), and “My Funny Valentine” sung by Branda Lock (Susie). Michael Jay Aronovitz (Pops), the old time songand-dance man, deserved the large round of applause for his terpsichore as he took his bow in his curtain call. Adding to the merriment of the evening were Keith

Lewis (Press Agent), Mary Alice Brady (Libby), Carrie Daniel (Ann), Pam Bassett (Nancy), Amy Mandel (Betty), Daniel Krause (Lee Calhoun), Jim Follett (Seymour Fleming), Esther Rosen (Phillis Owen) and Alan Waserman (Steve Edwards). A bouquet must be awarded to Dr. Patricia Hannifan and Mike Deutsch for the musical background. And, special posey to Noel Britton for her choreography on the small stage. Simply great dancing and such exuberance! The Clyde Porter West Valley Playhouse is located on 7242 Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park (just north of Sherman Way). For Box Office information please call (818) 884-1907 or go to

Celeste (Heavenly) Aida

On Sunday, August 11 I had the good fortune to be sitting in a box when the Los Angeles Philharmonic Musical Director Gustavo Dudamel, having strode onto the stage earlier to lead the audience in a spirited national anthem, took up his baton and the familiar notes of the overture to the famous Giuseppe Verdi opera. Sunday’s night cast featured Liudmyla Monastyrska

(Aida), Jorge de Léon (Radamés), Michelle DeYoung (Amneris), Eric Owens (Amonasro), Stefan Kocan, (Ramfis), Jordan Bisch (King), Janai Brugger (High Priestess), Benjamin Bliss (Messenger) and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director. Gifted with a magnificent voice, tenor Mr. de Léon’s Celeste Aida seemed, to me, become filled with more love and passion as the aria progressed. In Act 3, I felt that Leon (Radamés) was far more relaxed in the role than in the first act and was able to convey the feelings of a man in love. Liudmyla as Aida, to me, registered anger throughout, even during the aria “O patria mia!” when I expected to hear soft sentimentality when reminiscing about the homeland that she missed so much. Michelle De Young was exciting in her role as Amneris, the king’s daughter who also loved Radamés. Ms. DeYoung more than acquitted herself in Act IV, Scene 1 where she is desiring to save Radamés, in the aria L’aborrita rivale a me stuggia. I, for one, will look forward to seeing her with the Los Angeles

Opera. And, the final trio where Amneris weeps and prays to the goddess Isis and Aida and Radamés die in the sealed tomb was well done by the three performers along with chorus in the final aria (Immenso Ftha!). I found all three very persuasive in holding the audience’s attention. Eric Owens, Aida’s father Amonasro, especially in Act 3 with Aida, was very convincing in his aria where he is urging Aida to betray her lover. Acts 1 and 2 were combined before the intermission with Acts 3 and 4. The performers held the attention of the audience as very, very few left their seats before the singers and Dudamel took their well-earned bows. Was I surprised to read in the Los Angeles Times that this was the first time Gustavo Dudamel had conducted this opera! I felt that in the way he led the Los Angeles Philharmonic that he had conducted “Aida” many times before. It didn’t help that several aircraft kept criss-crossing near the Bowl during the early part of the evening. Those searchlights certainly help keep the air traffic away.

The Big Picture

Coming up at the Hollywood Bowl is “The Big Picture: A Night At The Oscars®.” On Sunday, September 2 at 7:30 pm, the Bowl will be witness to the cinematic and musical legacy of Academy Award®-Winning films. The audience will hear music from “Casablanca” to “King Kong” and “Jaws” to “Up,” with music composed by Max Steiner, John Williams, Michael Giacchino, George and Ira Gershwin, among many others. On the Hollywood Bowl’s four brand-new LED HD screens located throughout the venue, “The Big Picture” will feature clips while the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by David Newman, performs live from the films’ magnificent scores. Mr. Newman is part of a film music composer dynasty that includes his late father, nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred, his cousin Randy Newman, his uncles Emil and Lionel Newman, and his siblings Thomas and Maria Newman. Tickets are available for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season at or via phone at (323) 850-2000 or (800) 745-3000.

Go ahead and let the kids sleep in late. This is “us time”. When the two of you can be one again. A little before the Room & Car package turns into “where are we going next Daddy?”


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police news & Information

Wanted By The FBI

Los Angeles Serial Sexual Attacker

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information about the identity of a man wanted for at least 35 sexual assaults in the Los Angeles, California area. The unidentified man is linked to a series of attacks through DNA analysis. The attacks have taken place from 1996 through 2012. He has been called the Teardrop Rapist because witnesses say he has one or two teardrop tattoos underneath one of his eyes. “If somebody has information, it’s crucially important for them to report it to avoid him attacking even one more person,” said Special Agent Olivier Farache. (

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politics & government (Continued from page 1) -- an economy built firmly on the cornerstones of middle-class life. Good jobs. A good education. A home of your own. A secure retirement. And quality, affordable health care that’s there when you need it. Right now, we’re well on our way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. And in the next few months, we’ll reach a couple milestones with real meaning for millions of Americans. If you’re one of the 85% of Americans who already have insurance, you’ve already got new benefits and protections under this law that you didn’t before. Free checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care. Discounted prescription medicine on Medicare. The fact you can stay on your parents’ plan until you turn 26. And much, much more. And it’s okay if you’re not a fan of the Affordable Care Act – you can take advantage of these things anyway. If you don’t have insurance, beginning on October 1st, private plans will actually compete for your business. You can comparison shop in an online marketplace, just like you would for cell phone plans or plane tickets. You may be eligible for new tax credits to help you afford the plan that’s right for you. And if you’re in the up to half of all Americans who’ve been sick or have a preexisting condition, this law means that beginning January 1st, insurance companies have to cover you – and they can’t use your medical history to charge you more than anybody else. You can find out more about the law, and how to sign up to buy your own coverage right now at Tell your friends and neighbors without insurance about it, too. And tell your kids that there’s a new, easy way to buy affordable plans specifically tailored to young people. Many Members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections, and affordable plans. But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government. Think about that. They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process. And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country. A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you. Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help. Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service. And it’s not what you deserve. Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with. Our economy isn’t something to play politics with. This isn’t a game. This is about the economic security of millions of families. See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable. So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way. Thanks. And have a great weekend.”

Monday, August 19th - Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Community News & Events -- Photograph Of The Week --

Pictured above: President Barack Obama leaving Van Nuys Airport on Marine One after spending two days in the Valley earlier this month. Photograph courtesy of VNY Public and Community Relations.


page 5 In Playa Del Rey Supports Mental Health

For people of all ages, the fast, flat, paved and scenic course along the coast offers wonderful views and easy spectator viewing. Runners will enjoy Vista del Mar. Bikers will enjoy the coastal bike path all the way past Redondo Beach and back or at Highland Ave in Manhattan Beach and back. The Jet to the Jetty is sponsored by the Airport Marina Counseling Service. This company is a non-profit, community-based mental health clinic that serves the greater LAX, South Bay, Westside and South areas of Los Angeles. AMCS provides an array of effective mental health services for people of all ages and services are provided on a sliding scale. Win a dream trip to Maui, donated by the William H. Hannon Foundation. * Round Trip Airfare for Two from LAX * 8 days, 7 nights at Maui Resort * $500 credit at selected restaurants. Tickets are $5 each. 12 for $50. (

Congressman Sherman Hosts Town Hall

SHERMAN OAKS, CA -- Congressman Brad Sherman is hosting a Town Hall on Sunday, August 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at El Camino High School, 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. in

Woodland Hills. The event will be an opportunity for the Congressman to hear what’s on the mind of Valley residents and respond to questions. Congressman Sherman’s constituent

service staff will also be available to help attendees with any problems they might be having with any federal agency. The event, refreshments, and parking are free.

Mayor’s Crisis Response Team Accepting Applications For Fall 2013 Class

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are you compassionate and looking to help your neighbors? Are you willing to provide support and resources during times of crisis? Can you commit to volunteering for at least one year? Join the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team of volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multicasualty incidents. The volunteer program is conducted on Monday and Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm from Monday, September 9 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at LAPD Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles. Bilingual volunteers encouraged to apply. Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog. To learn more or request an application, email:



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Travel tips of the week

A New European River Cruise Company

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor Those of you who are planning a European river cruise might want to know about Emerald Waterways, division of Australia-based Scenic tours, the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years. Launching April 15, 2014 European river cruise passengers will find fares beginning at $2,230 (pp/dlb occ) for eight-to-15 day, well-designed itineraries. Emerald Star and Emerald Sky -- the first two new ships -- will each carry 182 guests in 20 staterooms (only two staterooms are built for solo passengers) and 72 suites. You will find an onboard heated swimming pool with retractable roof, which in the evening, transforms into a movie theatre; two restaurants -- Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace for breakfast and lunch; and a new type of cabin design with an indoor balcony complete with decked area and an ingenious open-air stateroom. The system will allow guests to push a button and the upper half of the floorto-ceiling panoramic window drops down to allow an open air experience; top suites separate the balcony from the cabin with sliding doors. Guests will also find an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room and even a fitness area. Emerald Waterways states that their cruise passengers will find the staterooms and suites are larger than most other companies (162 -210 square feet). The Owner’s One-bedroom suites (315 square feet) seem impressive, boasting a separate bedroom and lounge; walkin wardrobe, complimentary mini-bar re-stocked daily with wine, beer and soft drinks; Nespresso machine; and even an iPad to use throughout the cruise. Grand Balcony and

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Owner Suite guests can also order a continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and even after-dinner sweet treats to enjoy in their suite, all of which is included in the price of the holiday. Your fare will also include all transfers to and form the ships; all onboard (and most on shore) meals; a choice of two dining venues; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; WiFi onboard the ship, at least one included shore excursion almost every cruise day and visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Furthermore, all gratuities as well as port charges are also included in your fare. In addition to the usual tourist attractions that one will find on an Emerald Waterway European river cruise are glass-blowing demonstrations, a glass-top canal cruise in Amsterdam, the Winzer Express mini-train, and a night of dancing and entertainment at a local Czech tavern. Daily itineraries have been designed to allow a greater amount of flexibility. Your cruise director and crew will be happy to offer you expert advice and plan your independent time. The included dining on board the two ships, The Emerald Star and The Emerald Sky, promises to be special. The ships’ main restaurant, Reflections, will offer a buffet breakfast or the resident egg chef’s special selection of freshly prepared morning meals; a variety of hot and cold choices for lunch; and a four-course dining event in the evening, with fresh season ingredients. The Terrace, which offers outside dining, offers wonderful fresh foods with a light breakfast or a choice of café-style foods for lunch, be it pastas, pizzas, soups and sandwiches, even fish and chips. Four itineraries are being offer by Emerald Waterways in 2014. - Eight-Day “Danube Delights” from Nuremberg to Budapest, priced from $2,230 to $4,330 pp/dbl occ; - 11-Day “Classic Prague and Danube Delights” which adds three days in beautiful Prague to the eight-day Nuremberg-Budapest sailing. (Fare still to be priced) - 12-Day ”Magical Rhine and Moselle” travels between Basel (Switzerland) and the canal city of Amsterdam. Price range from $3,483 to $6,548 pp/dbl occ. - 15-Day “Splendors of Europe” guests exploring the sights between Amsterdam and Budapest and is priced from $3,760 to $8,965. For more information please go to or call (855) 222-3214. Brochures will be available on line on or before September 1, 2013. Next week: A detailed Emerald Waterway cruise daily itinerary -- the 12-Day Magical Rhine and Moselle between Basel and Amersterdam.

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Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Central Maui Is A Bridge Of Many Cultures

MAUI, HAWAII -- The broad green plain between the magnificently sculpted Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) and the massive slopes of Haleakala gave Maui its nickname, “The Valley Isle.” The Hawaiians called the isthmus Kulaokamaomao, “The Land of Mirages.” Two of Maui’s principal towns, Kahului and Wailuku, lie three miles from each other but are eons apart in ambience. Wailuku, Maui’s County seat, is the older of the sister cities – sleepy, picturesque and full of local charm. In ancient times it was guarded by two temples, Pihanakalani and Halekii, that still afford spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside. Both are on the National Register of Historic Places, as are many buildings in the center of town. Wailuku is the birthplace of some of Maui’s most famous citizens, from Keopuolani, the favored, sacred wife of Kamehameha the Great, to Jesse Kuhaulua, the sumo champion known as Takamiyama. The Bailey House Museum, an 1833 missionary home, has a wonderful collection of landscape paintings done by Edward Bailey from 1866 through 1896. In a setting of gracious gardens and fine missionary architecture, the museum offers cultural and arts programs to complement its Hawaiian and missionary artifacts. It’s Hawaii-themed gift shop brims with items of authenticity and discriminating taste. Neighboring Kahului, much younger and unencumbered by history, was built in the 1950s by the plantation company Alexander and Baldwin. It was hailed as a “Dream City” to provide affordable housing for plantation workers. Its tidy streets fan out on the plain. With subdivisions and shopping malls, it has become Maui’s major population center and boasts the island’s only deep-water port for shipping, as well as Maui’s principal airport. As the jets descend to a landing at Kahului Airport, passengers are greeted with their first vision of Maui. They see clouds billowing on dramatic mountain tops and fields of green sugarcane stretching to the distant hills. The scene is repeated from new and breathtaking angles as they leave the terminal. Behind the sister cities, the land narrows and curls into the mountains, forming the most magnificent valley on the island, Iao, Maui’s Valley of the Kings. Few places in Hawaii are more sacred. Mark Twain, in a euphoric moment, called Iao “The Yosemite of the Pacific.” The chiseled peaks of the valley are visible from most parts of Kahului, even from shopping mall parking lots, and serve as a reminder of the sheer visual power of the West Maui Mountains. Most visitors drive past the plantation houses in the valley, view Kukaemoku, Maui’s famous Iao Needle – what looks like a 2,250-foot green monolith but is actually the razor edge of a narrow ridge – and then leave. Those who do are missing the real splendor of the valley, carved over the course of 10,000 lifetimes by the forces of wind and water and the flow of Iao’s waters. Moonstones sparkle in the streambed and wild orchids cheer the banks. Hiking trails

lead through stands of giant tree fern, ti and ohia. At the head of the valley is a natural amphitheater, the caldera of the original volcano that formed Maui. At the head of the valley, 10 miles long, four streams collectively known as Na Wai Eha merge into Iao Stream. Two hundred years ago, while still a Big Island chief, Kamehameha fought one of the most famous battles in Hawaiian history in this valley. By conquering the forces of the Maui chief, Kalanikupule, Kamehameha added Maui to his expanding Hawaiian nation. Kepaniwai Gardens, named for the battle, are actually a collection of peaceful ethnic gardens and pavilions representing the various groups that have settled on Maui over the centuries. Included are Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, American and Korean gardens. At the Maui Tropical Plantation, near Wailuku, visitors are introduced to Maui’s commercial crops, including coffee, sugarcane, macadamia nuts, guava, bananas and more. There are tram rides, a coffee roasting room, lei hut, demonstrations, restaurant and a well-stocked gift shop.

-- Facts Of The Week --

~ Maui has been voted “Best Island in the World” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for ten consecutive years and “World’s Best Island” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for five years. ~ Maui has more miles of swimmable beach than any other Hawaiian island. ~ Maui has the largest dormant volcano in the world, Haleakala. ~ Maui has the second highest waterfall in the United States. ~ Maui had the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Hawaiian Islands, 11 degrees in 1961, atop Haleakala.

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health & fitness Product Review: The Citrus Zinger With our hot summer days -- and the need to stay hydrated -- stretching on and on, it’s easy to get bored with drinking plain water. Don’t reach for sugary sodas, artificially flavored or chemical-riddled diet drinks; instead, try adding some citrus to your H2O. The Citrus Zinger is a specialist product in the ZingAnything line of environmentally friendly water bottles designed to promote an all-natural, nutrient-enriched, healthy diet. Its design integrates a removable citrus juicer that makes it easy to add lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange and other citrus juices into your water. The infused water benefits from the fresh flavors of the fruit, as well as the valuable nutrients present in its juice. “We, at Zing Anything, want to make a positive contribution toward improving daily diets, both in the food we eat and the beverages we drink,” said Zing Anything CEO Joshua Lefkovitz. “We hope our products can become a driving force in helping consumers divert from unhealthy beverage choices, leading them to an overall healthier lifestyle.” The Citrus Zinger is very

easy to use: just unscrew the bottom cup; press and twist half a citrus fruit onto the juicer, letting the juice drip directly into the bottle while keeping out the pulp and rind; then replace the bottom cup. You can leave the fruit half in place for added infusion as you enjoy your drink, or remove it if you prefer. Each product comes with a recipe guide that includes information for adding non-citrus fruits, such as strawberries and pineapple, and other ingredients like cucumber and fresh mint, for more complex flavors. The Citrus Zinger holds 28 ounces of liquid, is

dishwasher safe and BPAfree, and is available in three colors -- green, orange and pink. The Zing Anything line also includes the Aqua Zinger, with a grinding mechanism for infusing various fruits and vegetables into your water; the Vodka Zinger for custom cocktails; and the Salad Zinger, a cruetshaped vessel with a spout for creating homemade dressings. Zing Anything participates in fruit donation programs and is charitable to hungerrelief causes. The proucts are available at Brookstone stores and online at

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business & commerce

California Women Business Owners Hosts Speaker Jackie Lapin

WOODLAND HILLS, CA -- California Women Business Owners invites members of the public to attend their program meeting on Monday, September 9, when the speaker will be Jackie Lapin, Media Relations Consultant. Jackie Lapin will speak about, “Generate More Business by Increasing Consumer Recognition of your Company.” The meeting will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Maggiano’s Restaurant,

in the Promenade Mall located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills. The cost if dinner is $30. For reservations, email For more information about the program or CWBO, please call Gwyn Petrick at (818) 592-0089. About CWBO: California Women Business Owners

meets on the second Monday of the month to enjoy dinner, networking, and a speaker on topics of interest to women entrepreneurs. The group shares referrals, leads and the benefits of business ownership, and members support each other in professional endeavors. CWBO comprises women business owners in a women’s group dedicated to supporting business colleagues in meeting personal and professional objectives.

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family & food Harding Park A True Golf Classic

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Named after U.S. President Warren G. Harding, Harding Park Golf Course was opened on July 18, 1925 along the shores of Lake Merced, in San Francisco’s southwest corner. The initial 18-hole, 163-acre course was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, who also designed the nearby Olympic Club Lake Course. Harding Park began hosting major amateur tournaments soon after opening– most notably, the USGA National Public Links Championship, and the San Francisco City Championship, the oldest consecutively played competition in the world. In 1944, the course began hosting PGA TOUR tournaments with the Victory Open. Shortly after, the course established itself as one of the top golf courses on the West Coast; where it became a regular stop for PGA TOUR events up until the end of the decade, when budgetary cuts caused the course to fall into poor conditions. The course further deteriorated, reaching its lowest point in 1998, when it was used as a parking lot during the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. At the turn of the century was thus born the roller coaster known as the renovation of Harding Park. In an effort to restore Harding Park to its former glory, Frank “Sandy” Tatum, a respective lawyer, accomplished golfer, and former USGA President, rallied together local businesses and political leaders, the USGA, the San Francisco Recreation and Park, and the PGA TOUR’s Tim Finchem. Tatum played his game right, thoughtfully utilizing his resources and strategically holding a tournament there to quickly pump some serious cash into the local economy. Finchem enjoyed the idea of re-establishing a presence in the Bay Area market, and also entertained the idea of playing high-profile tournament at a truly public course. Negotiation ensued to gain approval from mayor Willie Brown, allowing Arnold Palmer Golf Management to renovate and operate the park. Further disputes opposed, in fear that Palmer’s involvement would represent privatization of a municipally-owned golf course, later causing Palmer to back out. Finally, convincing the board that the renovations would generate revenue for the city by attracting the PGA TOUR to host professional golf events, Proposition 12—passing in 2000 to fund parks across California—would alleviate debates over funding. Combined efforts resulted in a $16 million restoration in 2002-2003 featuring a complete re-design to the course. The result was a highly acclaimed championship course that maintains the character and integrity of the original layout, but incorporates design elements and infrastructure to accommodate today’s players. The 15-month project to expand the course from 6,743 yards to nearly 7,200 yards in length, enhancing the driving range, clubhouse and restaurant, upgrading the nine-hole layout of Fleming, and

later establishing the First Tee of San Francisco in 2004, a unique youth development program that uses golf to teach students life skills and values. Harding Park Golf Course officially reopened August 22, 2003. Since its recent renovations, TPC Harding Park is championship-worthy once again, hosting several PGA TOUR events such as, the WGCAmerican Express Championship, the President’s Cup, and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010 and 2011. Through it all, Harding Park culminated its remarkable rebound by recently being added to the PGA TOUR’s prestigious TPC Network of clubs in November of 2010. TPC Harding Park became the 32nd club in the TPC Network of courses. Entering a partnership between the PGA TOUR and the City of San Francisco, TPC Harding Park is operating under no management fees; thus, allowing both the city and the TOUR to give back to local communities through charitable donations. (

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Lao Tzu quotations: ~ “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ~ “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~ “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ~ “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”

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Magical sunsets and sunrises without the glare or heat, Maui on the horizon, gentle nighttime rains to lull you to sleep (and make the rainbows) and a quiet and peacefulness so hard to find - this is the magic of Hale ‘Io.

Van Nuys News Press Issue 335  

Van Nuys News Press Issue 335

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