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& Van Nuys News Press

September 19th - 25th, 2011 (Ter’t #235)

Serving Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Encino, N. Hollywood & Glendale

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Survey Shows Many Unprepared For Disaster

By Barbara Lewis, Special to the Van Nuys News Press A recent emergency preparedness survey shows that many in the Van Nuys area are unprepared for an emergency. The survey was conducted on August 2nd at the National Night Out event held by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Division in the Plaza near the station. The results demonstrate the lack of knowledge that individuals have when it comes to disaster preparedness. Nearly two-thirds of all respondents did not have special items, such as prescription medicines, glasses or contact lenses, packed in an emergency bag. In addition, one-third did not have a basic first aid kit. When putting together an emergency bag, it should hold a change of clothes, up-to-date prescription medicines, a spare set of glasses and/or contact lenses. A basic first aid kit should also be included in the bag, containing assorted bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors and alcohol wipes or another cleansing agent. Sunscreen, a thermometer and antibiotic ointment are also good additions. Over-the-counter medications, including aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers; anti-diarrheal medicine, and antacids, should be on hand as well. Although 60% of those surveyed said that they had a plan in place in the event of a disaster, half of all respondents did not have an out-of-state contact for all family members to check-in with in case of an emergency. Although phone systems for local calls may be overloaded, long-distance phone lines may be available prompting experts to recommend an out-of-state contact for family members to call regarding their whereabouts and condition. Nearly half of all respondents also did not have a set of heavy gloves to remove dangerous items that may impede their escape route or a battery-operated AM/FM radio to learn about official notices and monitor area status. Respondents also commonly overlooked a seven-day water and food supply of non-perishable items, the new recommendation, which has replaced a three-day supply. One-third of respondents also lacked basic CPR training, which, in an emergency, can mean the difference between life and death. Nearly one-third of those surveyed did not know how to turn of the main gas, electricity and water lines if necessary. In case of an earthquake or fire, turning off these systems can prevent further destruction. Valuable items to protect are important documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, passports, etc. These items should be kept within water- and fire-repellant containers. Over half the respondents did not have these items in protective cases. Although no one likes to think about a disaster, our location near fault lines cautions us to be prepared. By learning what areas and items are commonly overlooked, individuals can better plan and prepare themselves for a disaster. For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, go to (Barbara Lewis is a member of the Community Police Advisory Board where she heads the Emergency Preparedness Committee. She can be reached at

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-- Photograph Of The Week --

Pictured Above: Mount Shasta last Saturday on the road back from Oregon. One of the best places to stay up there is the Mt. Shasta Resort, for more information on the resort, check out or just go visit and stay there.

Barricaded Suspect Surrenders To Police In Van Nuys, CA

VAN NUYS, CA -- LAPD Mission Area officers arrest an assault/ kidnap suspect after a daylong standoff in Van Nuys. On September 18, 2011, around 9 a.m., LAPD Mission Area police officers responded to a follow up investigation of an assault/ kidnap suspect who barricaded himself in his apartment in the 14600 block of Saticoy Street. The suspect refused to exit the apartment and LAPD Metropolitan SWAT officers responded. The surrounding apartments were evacuated and the street was closed off. Detectives say that the suspect, who has been identified as 32-year-old Wember Ernesto Servellon, kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint and forced her to his apartment. Once inside, Servellon tied the victim up and assaulted her. Later, he took the victim to eat breakfast. During that time the victim escaped and called the police. Servellon went back to his apartment and barricaded himself inside. Mission Area officers quickly responded to the suspect’s apartment where the Servellon was ultimately arrested by members of the SWAT team around 3:30 p.m. The Suspect was transported and booked at van Nuys Jail for kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault and was held in lieu of $1 million bail. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Van Nuys Division Detective Woods at 818-374-1926. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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opinions & Editorial

Monday, september 19th - Sunday, september 25th, 2011

-- From the Sidelines --

By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist In case you haven’t heard, there is a new app for ‘smart phones’ called “CLOO”. When you register on “CLOO” you are willing to rent out your bathroom for a few minutes to strangers for a couple of dollars. What I don’t know is whether or not this is for real. If it is, what are people thinking? I don’t know if this would work in other parts of the world, but I’m fairly certain that it won’t catch on here. We have elderly people here who live alone and, there are other single women and men living alone. Also, there are families that are quite vulnerable. I don’t think most of them would want to allow a stranger into their homes. In addition, what if you get a call from a drunk at 2 in the morning? Are you going to open your door for a stranger at that hour? There are already people out there trying to trick you into opening your door so that they can rob you blind. They not only rob the occupant, but sometimes they also beat, tie up, and kill the occupant. Even with connections that are provided to twitter and face book, there is a large risk involved. People can and do lie on those sites. They can make up ‘friends’ and comments that make them out to be heroes and you have no way of proving them right or wrong. The only way that I would answer the door to a stranger in the middle of the night is if I had a shotgun pointing at him/her. In an interesting twist, there is a TV network that is about crime that is also called CLOO. The network has programs devoted to crime such as, Law and Order SUV, In Plain Sight, and Blood Diamond. Guess what is advertised on the CLOO TV network’s web site? eHarmony. Interesting! You can find both CLOOs on Google. Hmm. Is there a connection between the two CLOOs? Agree? Disagree? Email:

An Op-Ed on Japan’s Claim to Tokdo Island

By Dr. Hong Beom Rhee For peace, all humans including Korean, Japanese, Asian, and American, who love truth above distortion of history, justice above injustice, and peace above war, must cooperate and unite against the Japanese claim to Tokdo Island. Japanese government papers, published in August, state that Tokdo belongs to Japan. But according to Korean and Japanese historical sources, the island has belonged to Korea for more than 1,500 years, except for 40 years under Japanese colonial rule. One of the reasons cited in the government papers is the Japan-Korea agreement of 1905 which was made under duress and is therefore invalid. The other reason cited is in the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951. In it, the United States did not explicitly state that Tokdo Island was Korea’s. However, a main principle of the Treaty by the Allied Powers, was for Japan to surrender her occupied territories and islands acquired by illegal means. On January 29, 1946, General Headquarters Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers sent Supreme Command Allied Powers Instruction Article 3, No. 677 to the Japanese government. In the article, Tokdo Island was determined to belong to Korea. On August 15, 1946, the Japanese government itself stated that the Tokdo Island belonged to Korea. This is not simply a local dispute. It relates to the peace of East Asia and the national security of the United States. The history of Japanese militarism may repeat itself if we maintain silence against their expansionist ambition. Japan’s attacks on Korea, Asia, Russia, Britain, and America started with her occupation of Tokdo Island in 1905. In order to understand the Japanese mindset regarding Tokdo, we have to understand the Japanese “Conquering Korea Argument.” It was advocated by Japanese imperial expansionists from pre-war modern Japan and argues that conquering Korea is conquering Asia, conquering Asia is conquering Russia and conquering Russia is conquering America. Following this argument, Japan fought China in the Sino-Japanese War (1894-5), and Russia in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5). Finally, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. (Continued on page 8...)

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Sis•y•phe•an -- adjective (pronounced “sis-uh-fee-uhn”)

1. of or pertaining to Sisyphus*. 2. endless and unavailing, as labor or a task. * Sisyphus was the King of Corinth, famed as “the craftiest of men,” he was condemned in the afterlife to roll uphill a stone which perpetually rolls down. Source: Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

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1 Jeff who is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour 2 Jeff who starred as Detective Zach Nichols on " Law & Order: Criminal Intent" 3 The child actor Jeff Cohen appeared as the character Chunk in this movie 4 Jeff who was the Dude in "The Big Lebowski" 5 Jeff who starred alongside Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber" 6 Geoffrey the Giraffe represents this toy store 8 Serial killer Jeffrey Lionel 9 14th century Geoffrey who gave us "The Canterbury Tales" 12 Jeff Bezos is the founder of this giant bookselling website

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Monday, september 19th - Sunday, september 25th, 2011

entertainment tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor A NIGHT AT THE BOWL It’s difficult to believe but the Hollywood Bowl 2011 Summer Season has ended for me. And, it concluded with a great concert -- Bramwell Tovey conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an evening of Tchaikovsky. And, what a glorious evening it was. Bramwell Tovey provided the sold-out audience with a witty commentary about the music we were about to hear. The evening began with music from Romeo and Juliet. Christian Poltera then followed with a performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra. After intermission Bramwell led the Philharmonic in music from Swan Lake, Act IV and the evening concluded with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (along with fireworks and booming cannon), Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band performed along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Unfortunately the canyon filled with low clouds just before the fireworks began and the slight breeze caused the smoke to waft over the Bowl audience. But, no one moved from their seats nor refrain from enthusiastically responding to what we were seeing and hearing. The 1812 Overture continues to be one of the most popular concerts and with Conductor Tovey leading our Los Angeles Philharmonic I sincerely hope that he will be at the helm next year. If so, I

strongly recommend that when the 2012 Summer Season brochure arrives in your mail box you order your tickets promptly and don’t miss this outstanding program. Don’t forget that the ever popular annual Sound of Music Sing-A-Long takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Melissa Peterman will host the annual pre-show parade which begins at 6:00 p.m. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will provide the music that accompanies the film. So, warm up your vocal cords for this not-to-be-missed event. For ticket information call (323) 850-2000. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue. Park at the Ventura Park and Ride Lot just east of Vineland. Or park at the Universal Station and take the subway to Hollywood and Highland where shuttles will take you to the Bowl. JOLSON SINGS AT THE WINTER GARDEN Last week I provided a very brief review of the new musical “Jolson Sings at the Winter Garden” which is appearing at the historic El Portal Theatre. This week I’d like relate more of what I saw and heard. The show stars Mike Burstyn as The Mammy Singer, supported by an ensemble cast which included Jacqueline Bayne, Laura Hodosand and Wayne LeGette providing vocal back-up. A six-piece orchestra led by Musical Director, Christopher McGovern accompanied Burstyn in those

songs made famous by the famed Broadway star of the 1920s and 1930s. Mike Burstyn has long been fascinated with Jolson, from the time when he heard a Jolson record when he was a young boy. As he grew into being a professional performer, he realized how much he sounded like Al Jolson. In fact, Burstyn has stated, “The first time I heard Al Jolson sing (on a recording, of course), I was captivated by his voice. I was 11 years old and have been a fan of his ever since. I had most of his record albums and would sing along with every one of his wonderful songs. I knew them all by heart.” While performing those songs Jolson made popular like “Swanee,” “My Mammy,” “For Me and My Gal,” “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee,” “You Made Me Love You” and others, I would deliberately close my eyes and I could not differentiate between what I was hearing and what I recalled I had heard Jolson sing in the two movies, “The Jolson Story” and “Jolson Sings Again” or on his radio shows. Included in his evening’s performance (no intermission), Mike led the audience in a sing-a-long “Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in Carolina” and when he sang the “Anniversary Song” he plucked Mrs. Leah Adler (Stephen Spielberg’s mother) from the audience and did a waltz step or two. Though Burstyn did not do the dance gyrations for which Jolson

was noted, all-in-all I found it to be a very entertaining evening and don’t hesitate to recommend it to one and all. Cantor Nathan Lam of Stephen S. Wise Temple was in the audience. When I asked him to comment on the show, he said, “It was superb.” My guest was Lane Sherman (fellow Government Center Gazette & Van Nuys News Press contributing columnist) who thought it was “Terrific.” “Jolson Sings at the Winter Garden” was written by Mike Burstyn and Bill Castellino; produced and directed by Dan Israely Productions and Kit Productions; Producers are Dan Israely and Zahava Atzmon. Performance Schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays until Sunday, September 25, 2011. Tickets: $35, $50 and $60. For tickets and further information call (877) 733-7529 or go to You can see a clip from the show by going to watch?v=zNbwTYq81k. POOR BEHAVIOR A drunken late night argument about morality, history and ethics careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake. Over the course of two demented days in a country house, this dark adult comedy asks the questions: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it? “Poor Behavior” is now appearing at the Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum. The cast includes Johanna Day, Sharon Lawrence, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch and is directed by Doug Hughes. The play will run through October

16th. For more information go to www.CenterTheatreGroup/ Mark Taper Forum. Valley Artists Studio Tour Once again the San Fernando Valley Arts Council host their annual Valley Artists Studio Tour on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2011. During this two-day event 24 Valley artists will open their studios to the public. Among them are Valley Village artist Evans Webb, whose vibrant portraits of the world are described by mathematics, or reflected in telescopes and microscopes; Sherman Oaks artist Susan Manders -- U.S.Olympic artist with narrative expressionist paintings, limited editions, jewelry and ceramics; and Valley Glen’s Charles Knecht whose impressionistic paintings expresses the essence of romanticism in landscapes. An elegant reception featuring food, wine and live music will be held Saturday evening, October 1, from 7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m. During the evening, Kathleen Sterling, publisher of the Woodland Hills-based Valley News Group publications The Warner Center News, Valley Vantage and Los Virgenes Enterprise, will be honored as the first recipient of the Sterling Award in recognition of her years of dedication and support to the Arts and Culture of the San Fernando Valley. Each artist has graciously submitted a selection of their work to be sold, with 30 percent of the proceeds donated to art education programs and scholarships for San Fernando Valley art students. Reception attendees will choose the Peoples Choice Award. Tickets: $20 each purchased in advance, Groups of 5 or more $15 each and Children


12 and under are free. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 each. To purchase tickets go to THE GARDEN BEFORE ‘The Gardens’ “The Garden Before ‘the Gardens’” is a new festival that will be held at the Descanso Gardens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The festival, inspired by “Yamino-Kwiti,” a children’s book written by Donna Preble in 1940, will include “story-telling stations,” where children can listen to stories, an adventure walk, and demonstrations of Native American basket weaving. “Yamino Kwiti” tells the story of a young Tongva boy living in the “garden” that was the Los Angeles Basin before the arrival of the Spaniards. The story paints a picture of what it would have been like to live amid the oaks and rivers in the place where Descanso Gardens would one day bloom. The festival will include: the Yamino-Kwiti Adventure Trail, a self-guided story walk through the Gardens that will immerse you in the world of people who lived here hundreds of years before us; Passport to the Wild, during which children listen to a story and receive a passport stamp at “story-telling stations”; a Basket Weaving Demonstration: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Oak Grove, presented with demonstrations by the California Indian basket Weavers Association; and Native Plant Uses: at 10 a.m. in Maple and the California Garden. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit for more information.

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Monday, september 19th - Sunday, september 25th, 2011

police news & Information

North Hollywood Man Missing Since June

Los Angeles, CA -- LAPD Missing Persons Unit detectives are hoping for public assistance in their search for 55-year-old Razmik Madatyan, a North Hollywood resident who has been missing for over two months. Madatyan was last seen at his residence in the 6900 block of Greeley Street and hasn’t been heard from or seen since June 22. His family is very concerned for his welfare. He is described as Middle Eastern with gray hair, brown eyes and a height of 5 feet 6 inches. He weighs about 190 pounds and was wearing blue jeans, a beige shirt and black shoes when last seen. Anyone with information about Madatyan, especially his location, is urged to call Missing Persons Unit Detective Carlton at 213-9961800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-RI-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline. org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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This is a very nice 3 bedroom 2 bath townhouse with air conditioning. Very private lanai. Remodeled kitchen with granite counters. Ceiling fans throughout. Flat screen TV and DVD 3 queen size beds Washer and dryer in condo -- 7 night minimum during end of the year holidays and Ironman. (Check out or email: makereservations@ for more information.) Aloha and welcome to the Island of Hawai’i; the newest of the Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island, our nickname, is indeed big enough to fit all seven of the other islands in it. And not only is the island big, it’s still growing, thanks to the active volcanoes. The Big Island offers eleven different climate zones and an array of landscapes to please and accommodate every visitor. We have lush rainforest, deserts, black sand beaches and amazing waterfalls. We even have snowcapped mountains! The world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, is here. The lava flow has added hundreds of acres to the island. A visit to Hawai’i Volcano National Park allows you to experience this awesome force of nature and should not be missed. The Big Island of Hawai’i has played a major role in the history of the state. King Kamehameha the Great, credited with uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom, hails from the Big Island. You can visit the statue commemorating his birth on the beautiful Kohala Coast. Then take a trip to Parker Ranch to learn about the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). Make a visit to Kealakekua Bay where the memorial has been placed for Captain James Cook at the place where he died after his incredible discovery. There are countless ways to explore the Big Island; stargaze atop Mauna Kea (when it is snow covered). Visit one of the beautiful white sand beaches, or an incredible black sand beach. Tour one of Kona’s fabulous coffee plantations, the island’s cash crop. Swim and snorkel with gentle manta rays, giant sea turtles and amazing sea life. Visit the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s largest hula celebration. Visit Ka Lae, the southernmost tip of the United States, or just watch a beautiful waterfall and relax. The discovery and adventure available on the Big Island is endless. Tee off at an award winning golf course, go horseback riding, explore the beautiful valleys on an ATV, go deep sea fishing, snorkeling and so much more. Maybe just sit on your lanai and watch the dolphins and whales play right in front of you. (

Monday, september 19th - Sunday, september 25th, 2011

Community News & Events Benefit Concert For The Center For Living And Learning In The Planning Stage Raymond Allen Burlew III is Co-producing the Benefit

Van Nuys, CA -- In 1963, Raymond Allen Burlew III, at the age of 13, promoted the record “Hot Pastrami” by the Darrtell’s. Mr. Burlew made the rounds of different radio stations, showing up with a hot pastrami and soda in one hand and a record in the other. The program directors loved the idea and the song became a hit. Next Mr. Burlew toured with The Seeds, The Grass Roots, Buddy Miles and Dorsey Burnett as road manager. Mr. Burlew has been known as the “go to” man who has been called into situations to turn things around. For example, when the Troubadour’s doors were closed for two weeks because no one wanted to play there, Mr. Burlew booked David Carradine to perform at the venue and today the Troubadour is still open. Mr. Burlew produced such shows as David Clayton Thomas, Chaka Khan, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler and James Taylor just to name a few. Raymond Allen Burlew III has also been featured in videos with Snoop Dogg, Young the Giant, the Doobie Brothers and Lenny Kravitz. Today Mr. Burlew is assisting The Center for Living and Learning by planning their first ever benefit concert. The organization serves disadvantaged job-seekers throughout Los Angeles. Mr. Burlew, a graduate of the Job Search Preparation Program who credits the organization with helping him to renew his drive to pursue his dreams, explains, “Giving back to an organization that has assisted me in my career like no other since Doug Weston is very important.” Center for Living and Learning sets itself apart from other organizations by specializing in the most difficult to place and by having all staff who are graduates of the Apprenticeship Program, including the Executive Director. Maria Alexander, Executive Director, who came to the center in 2002 while in the final phases of residential drug treatment. She had been homeless and lost everything including her children, and yet could not stop using heroin. Ms. Alexandra states, “Residential drug treatment saved me from my addiction, but when it came to find a job and re-enter society I was lost. Center for Living and Learning helped me to build a whole new life, which included not only a job and computer training, but legal assistance to get my children back and help getting housing. Today I am the Executive Director and completely dedicated to helping others like me succeed.” The staff who oversees the program can help those with a history of drug abuse, incarceration, domestic violence and various other problems to succeed because they have been through the same problems themselves. Any assistance with talent, promotion, donations or volunteers should be directed to Rhonda Caughey at 818-781-1073 or For more information on the Center for Living and Learning or its services, visit or

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Travel tips of the week

Monday, september 19th - Sunday, september 25th, 2011 KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM: Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs

Interesting Museums Across America

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor Are you a museum-goer? My latest edition of “Group Tour” magazine mentions quite a few that I thought I could share with you. Here’s a brief picture of several museums that you might want to consider visiting:

Photo by Sean Busher, courtesy of NASCAR Hall of Fame


Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 to celebrated the history and heritage of stock car racing. The 150,000-square-foot attraction is designed to educate and entertain you. One of several interactive exhibitions lets visitors find out just how difficult it is to change a tire during a pit stop. You will also find the “Glory Road,” (pictured above) a banked ramp simulating various racetracks and which showcases historic cars. The Glory Road mimics various levels of banking from zero to 33 degrees so visitors can experience what it’s like to walk on a banked track. For more information and detail go to PGA MUSEUM OF GOLF: Golfers will certainly like this one, the PGA Museum of Golf in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Formerly known as the PGA Historical CENTER, it was renamed the PGA Museum of Golf in conjunction with the PGA of America’s 95th anniversary. You’ll see displays that honor some of the great names in PGA of America history and other displays that tell the stories of some of the greatest events in golf, such as the PGA Championship Display and the Jock Hutchison Display. There’s also a multimedia area to watch highlights of the many championships conducted by The PGA of America, including the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Senior PGA Championship. For details go to


This 32,000-square-foot museum celebrates the past, present and future of women’s basketball. At the Hall of Fame’s north end is the world’s largest basketball, weighing 10 tons and sitting atop a glass resembling a basketball net. Inside the museum (or Hall) you’ll find basketball artifacts, all with great stories behind them. You’ll see one of the original rule books from 1901, Theresa Edwards’ collection of medals, the bucket that the nuns beat on to make noise during Immaculata’s championship run in the 1970s and much more. In the State Farm Tip-Off theater, you will see Hoopful of Hope, a 17-minute video production covering the history of women’s basketball. The production features some of the all-time greats from the sport including players, coaches, and teams from AAU, collegiate, and professional organizations. Your visit will end in the “Hall of Honor,” where you’ll see the individuals who have been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. For more details go to

in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby Museum is dedicated to the preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby and an American thoroughbred horse racing museum. When you visit the museum you’ll find two floors of exhibit space, including a 360-degree theater that shows the HD video “The Greatest Race.” Through the film and exhibits, you can learn what goes into breeding and training of a young foal and the path it takes to the Kentucky Derby’s winner circle. In the Warner L. Jones Time Machine you can watch any Kentucky Derby from 1918 to the present day. Exhibits highlight the stories of owners, trainers and jockeys. Interred on the grounds of The Museum are four past Derby winners whose original graves were threatened by land development. The 2006 Derby winner Barbarro is interred in a location just outside the museum so his admirers would not have to pay an admission fee. For more details go to

THE INTERNATIONAL GAME FISH ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: Located in Dania Beach, Florida, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum contains the world’s most comprehensive assemblage of sportsfishing information, exhibits, educational classes, fishing demonstrations, interactive displays and virtual reality fishing. This museum’s 60,000-square-foot home includes 170 species of game fish that earned world record status and are suspended overhead with informational plates on date of the catch, the angler and the place displayed on the floor under each fish. The largest mounted fish is Alfred Dean’s 2,664-pound great white shark caught in Australia in 1959. In addition the museum houses the E.K. Harry Library of Fishes which is a permanent repository for angling literature, history, films, art, photographs, and artifacts. For more information go to NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: Located in New Orleans, the National World War II Museum was founded by American historian Stephen Ambrose, who believed the U.S. needed a museum to honor the soldiers who gave their lives during the war. The museum vault currently houses more than 100,000 artifacts, including allied and Axis uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, medals, diaries, letters, artwork and photographs. Items include a PT-305 boat built by Higgins Industries, numerous artillery pieces, a German staff car and a Dodge ambulance. The Solomon Victory Theatre shows the 45-minute “fourdimensional” film Beyond All Boundaries. Upon entering the museum you’ll find a large atrium where aircraft and other items are suspended from the ceiling. Tours are self-guided and I recommend that you begin on the top floor and work your way down towards the ground floor. The museum devotes a special section to the Normandy Invasion and also a section on the Higgins Industries (of New Orleans) that designed and built the landing craft which General Eisenhower said won the World War II for the Allies.Throughout the museum you’ll find a variety of multi-media displays. There is a gift shop as well as dining facilities. For further information visit the

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: This museum is named after New Orleans real estate developer and philanthropist Roger Ogden who, in 1944, gifted his collection of about 1,200 works to the University of New Orleans. The permanent collection has now grown to more than 4,000 works through donations across the United States. Paintings, prints, watercolors, photos, ceramics, sculpture craft and design are among the media featured. In 2003 the Stephen Goldring Hall, a 47,000-square-foot, five-story glass and stone building houses the 20th and 21st century exhibitions, the art vault, administrative offices, the museum store and the Center for Southern Craft and Design. There are more than 25 galleries where exhibits are presented in a chronological and thematic manner. On the fifth floor there is a large hall with changing exhibitions that usually features major national traveling exhibitions. Recently opened is the second phase that showcases southern works of art from the 18th and 19th century. On Thursday nights, the museums hosts Ogden After Hours, a concert series that features blues, jazz, R & B, country, folk, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, swamp pop and rock music. It is on these Thursday nights that Southern musicians have an opportunity to showcase their new work or break into the New Orleans music scene. For further details go to

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The 3rd Annual Surf City Surf Dog Surf Competition kicks off in Huntington Beach on Sept. 23, and to start things off on the right paw, pet-friendly boutique hotel The Shorebreak will host the Doggie Couture Fashion Show on Friday night. At 6:30 PM, local fashionistas and their canine companions will strut down the runway, modeling some of Dog is Good’s latest and greatest in doggy duds. The Doggie Couture Fashion Event marks the kick-off weekend for the 3rd annual Surf City Surf Dog Event where pooches will be able to “hang 20” in surfing competitions and strut their stuff in a variety of dog-gone fun activities and contests - all while raising funds for animal welfare organizations. Additionally, The Shorebreak Hotel is showing some serious puppy love with the launch of their Dog is Beachin’ VIP Package. Starting now, when booking a hotel room for two (2) nights, Friday through Sunday (September 23-25, the weekend of the Surf City Surf Dog Event), guests and their canine companions receive perks that are sure to make tails wag. A portion of the package sales go to a variety of pet-related charity partners. The package includes: * Room Accommodations * A Spot as one of our judges of the “Pawabunga” Costume Contest on Saturday nightDog and Owner get a 1 hour private surf lesson that include the cost of the board and wetsuit * A $100 credit to Zimzala Restaurant (which features a gourmet dog menu) for a doggie/human dinner date * Registration for both Surf and Costume Contest * 5 Raffle Tickets for a chance to win fabulous prizes including a stay at Shorebreak with your furry friend, a shopping spree <> , and more * Two (2) “Never Surf Alone” Dog is Good© T-Shirts * Dog is Good© Dog water bottle * Dog grooming session at the hotel to get glam for the Dog/Human Fashion Show on Friday night * For the Human, a blowout/hair styling session to get glam for the Dog/Human Fashion show on Friday night * A photo shot by Photo Lab for dog and owner at the Fashion Show * Private A “Pet Pawtrait” painting of the dog by SoCal-based pet painter (a photo from the Photo Lab photo shoot may be submitted) * Special doggy amenities including a soft in-room dog bed, dog bowls, treats and more * Daily newspaper, Evening Wine Hour and Access to the 24-Hour Fitness Studio Proceeds will go to benefit the following Charity Partners: Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Surf Dog Riochet, OC Humane Society, Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond, and Huntington Dog Beach. Offer valid September 23, 2011 - September 25, 2011 (two night minimum stay only). Two (2) days advance purchase required. Rates subject to space availability. Taxes and gratuities not included.

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SHERMAN OAKS, CA -- The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign 10 pieces of legislation and veto 11 bills that made it through the Legislature as the regular session closed last week. Brown has 30 days from the end of the session to act on the bills that reached his desk. “These pieces of legislation are vitally important to the business community and VICA encourages Gov. Brown to carefully consider our recommendations,” said VICA Chair Daymond Rice. “VICA has actively worked with our elected officials throughout the year to debate the merits of these bills. We hope our advocacy efforts will pay off for business, and the overall economic recovery of our state.” VICA urges the Governor to sign the following bills: * AB 91 (Portantino): Establishes a three-year pilot program to increase community college student awareness of and participation in state and federal financial aid programs. * AB 306 (Gatto): Institutes a pilot program to install pressure sensors on two strips of California highway to access their potential as a form of renewable energy. * AB 427 (John A. Pérez): Authorizes the California Emergency Management Agency to reallocate unused Mass Transit bond proceeds from the Transit System Safety, Security, and Disaster Response Account to shovel-ready renovation projects, including intercity railway systems. * AB 696 (Hueso): Requires the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) to develop a process for projects to receive Infrastructure State Revolving Fund Program (ISRF) support based on the project’s economic benefit. * AB 1069 (Fuentes): Extends the California Film Commission annual allocation of tax credits to qualifying motion pictures through July 1, 2015. * AB 900 (Buchanan): Creates expedited judicial review procedures under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for various types of LEED silver-certified infill site projects. * SB 14 (Wolk): Requires the Governor’s budget proposal to include performance-based budgeting practices, and establishes the legislative review process to be based on program performance. * SB 15 (DeSaulnier): Requires biannual state budgets, and revenue and expenditure projections for the three subsequent years. * SB 292 (Padilla): Establishes expedited judicial review procedures under CEQA for the proposed downtown Los Angeles Farmers’ Field football stadium and convention center project. * SB 619 (Fuller): Exempts flight instructors and flight schools from regulation by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), if the instructor or school does not require upfront payment of tuition or fees, and does not require students to enter into a contract of indebtedness. (The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit for more information.)

Pictured above: Dr. Hong Beom Rhee, president of the Los Angeles-based non-profit Global Campaign for Freedom, with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. An Op-Ed on Japan’s Claim to Tokdo Island (...Continued from page 2) Tokdo is an important location for power struggle in the Far East and we have to consider today’s international situation surrounding Korea. Japanese ultra-nationalists think that the United States is suffering financially and militarily, and American leadership in Asia and the world is declining. Chinese power is rising and expanding towards Korea and the Pacific. Today’s situation may be similar to the Japanese expansion into Korea and Asia in alliance with Britain and the U.S. against the Russian expansion towards the South in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After Japan became a power, she attacked America in 1941, 35 years after Japan occupied Tokdo in 1905. We have to learn a lesson from history. We must not allow Japan to repeat her war crimes. Another hidden motive of Japan’s claim to Tokdo is to

agitate her ultra-nationalism to reform the “Japanese Peace Constitution” in favor of a strong army. In rearmament, Japanese ultranationalistic militarists have not forgotten the aim to take revenge on America for dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The samurai spirit attacked Pearl Harbor with suicide bombings. Japan is now building a strong military with powerful industrial and economic strengths. They have not given up their dream of the “Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” against the West. They are working for a revival of power and glory of the past Japanese Empire against the Koreans, Americans, the Jews, and Japanese people who love peace. We know many historical wars have been started by small numbers of warlike leaders like what Japanese militarists have done. Today, they must stop their unreasonable claim to Tokdo. They must find it in their heart to apologize for

their war crimes, and not to make it an international territorial dispute issue which may cause a great modern war tragedy to destroy peace. The best way for national security of the U.S., and peace for the world, would be for the U.S. to play a leadership role to help Korea maintain a balance of power between China and Japan in East Asia. In that way, no single powerful country would emerge to conquer Asia, America and the world. The U.S. should be the leader of great freedom, peace, and democracy for all. Dr. Hong Beom Rhee is an Ivy League-educated professor and businessman, owner of several institutes of higher learning, and president of the Los Angelesbased non-profit Global Campaign for Freedom. He is also a California State Commissioner in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown, and a member of President Barack Obama’s “Kitchen Cabinet.”

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Pacific Edge, Joie de Vivre Hotels’ Laguna Beach property, unveils The Deck, the ultimate beachfront dining experience. Located literally steps from the sand with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this relaxing, 160 seat open-air restaurant offers a food and beverage menu specializing in classic beach fare in a breathtaking setting. The Deck, which gives guests a front row seat to watch surfers, paddle boarders, dolphins and sunsets, captures the unrivaled feeling of escaping to a faraway place, right in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach. “Laguna Beach is the quintessential casual, laid-back California beach town with a touch of urban sophistication, incredible weather and pristine beaches,” said Bill Tremper, general manager of Pacific Edge. “Our goal was to create a place that embodies the culture of the community, where people can unwind while enjoying quality food and great service. We want to give locals and visitors alike an unforgettable Laguna Beach experience.” Pacific Edge Hotel is a Joie de Vivre managed oceanfront retreat set on 280 feet of one uninterrupted mile of beach in downtown Laguna Beach. Included are 27 comfortable family suites, 104 deluxe guestrooms, two heated swimming pools, a private Jacuzzi, and access to both a spa and fitness center within close walking distance. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails are served daily at the two on-property restaurants.

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Facts about the human body: ~ Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of mucous. ~ Humans can use sound to sense objects in their area using echolocation. It is thought that those who are blind develop this ability to heightened effectiveness. ~ It is possible for your nose to identify and remember more than 50,000 smells. ~ An average adult produces about half a liter of flatulent gas per day, resulting in an average of about 14 occurrences of flatulence a day. ~ On a pound for pound basis, babies are stronger than oxen. ~ You are taller in the morning: Throughout the day, the cartilage between your bones is compressed, making you about 1 cm shorter by day’s end. ~ Only humans shed emotional tears. Every other animal that produces tears has a physiological reason for doing so. ~ There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world. ~ In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12 percent of body weight. ~ There are about 9,000 taste buds on the surface of the tongue, in the throat, and on the roof of the mouth. ~ The heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. ~ Children grow faster in the springtime

CALABASAS, CA -- H.O.P.E. UNIT FOUNDATION has announceds a groundbreaking new live production about restoring a vibrant life after loss, to be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, Burbank. The matinee took place on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. “SEQUEL: Life Begins Again” was written, with music and lyrics by June August, and additional lyrics by Sonny Fox. The production’s director is Ava Benedict. The actors and singers are top-notch talent, touching the hearts of the audience through the inspiring story, music and lyrics. The H.O.P.E. UNIT FOUNDATION is a non-profit foundation, and these productions are for the benefit of this very worthwhile organization, as well as to bring a very inspirational event to its audience. Tickets for general admission are $35, students $25, sponsors $100. Group rate tickets are $25 each for groups of eight or more. For more information, call Sonny Fox at (818)515-3737.

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