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Trimming of Larchmont Village trees completed

Police respond to concerns on crime activity n More officers in field

VALENTINES tell how they met. 10

TRAVEL near and far. Vacation Planning. 14

NEW BUILDING at school.


By Billy Taylor With residents feeling alarmed by recent increases in criminal activity, local divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department are taking additional measures to combat the problem. Speaking at the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Jan. 10 board meeting, Wilshire Division senior lead officer Dave Cordova acknowledged a 10 percent increase in crime from last year. In response, Wilshire Division recently reassigned 10 officers to help patrol the area. And it’s not just Wilshire. Cordova said that hundreds of officers last month were reassigned as patrol units in diSee Police, p 9

Traveling is not to be missed

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By Sondi Toll Sepenuk The reasons for travel take on many forms: adventure, exploration, to learn about different cultures, to visit family, to rejuvenate the soul, or just to lie on a beach with the love of your life. Whatever the reason may be, whether venturing 20 minutes or 5,000 miles from home, travel is essential. All inclusive For Laura Siegel and Bob Wenokur, traveling often means “getting away from it all.” Several years ago, before tying the knot, Bob and Laura See Traveling, p 14

Miracle Mile 2018

Our year-round guide to lifestyle, entertainment and business news, "Miracle Mile 2018," will be published with the March issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. To reserve advertising space, call 323-462-2241, ext. 11. Deadline is Mon., Feb. 12.

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n Mostly ficus were cut

GET YOUR COOKIES fresh on Larchmont Blvd. Above, in front of Chevalier’s Books: Maebel White, Charlotte Stern, Harmony Welton, Rebecca Lopez, Delali Suggs-Akaffu, Olivia Carson, Sarah Curtis. See story page 16. Photo by Talia Abrahamson

By John Welborne In January, private tree trimmers hired by the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District (LVBID) completed the annual trimming of the trees, mostly large and mostly ficus, in the main block of Larchmont Village, between First Street and Beverly Boule-

Park La Brea residents elect board, list goals for new year n Paving, safety improvements on Sixth Street By Gregory Cornfield Dozens of members of the Park LaBrea Residents Association (PLBRA) cast votes Jan. 14 for the new board of directors during the annual meeting in the Activity Center. All five candidates — Bernie Clinch, Col. Donald Harris, Kenna Marshall, Marc Sinnott and Thomas Goff — were elected to serve on the board for 2018. Clinch, who is president of the association, then reviewed the association’s accomplishments during 2017 and laid out goals for the new year.

Burroughs modernization moves forward

He explained that the association will continue vigorous support of Los Angeles’ rent See Park La Brea, p 30

‘Allegiance’ reflects actor George Takei’s early experiences n DTLA premiere Feb. 28

The Los Angeles premiere of “Allegiance,” the Broadway musical inspired by Hancock Park resident George Takei’s childhood experience, is coming to Little Tokyo. East West Players (EWP) will present the musical production at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre, 244 See Allegiance, p 29

CHAINSAWS wielded by tree trimmers thinned out Larchmont trees in January.

vard. In just several days, large crews, including chainsaw artists in four tall cherry picker lifts operating simultaneously on four trees at a time, cleaned out extra branches on the big trees. Heather Duffy Boylston, LVBID’s co-executive director and director of public See Trees, p 6

n Traffic a key concern

By Billy Taylor After months of work on a preliminary design concept, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is set to release updated plans on the modernization project of John Burroughs Middle School. District spokesperson Elvia Perez Cano told the Chronicle: “Los Angeles Unified’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety anticipates issuing the Notice of Preparation for this project in January or February.” See Burroughs p 25

WILSHIRE WARRIORS season sign-ups are underway. Above, Warriors 12 U Orange team after a win in Bakersfield Pony Tourney Summer 2017; left to right: Charlie Marcus, Charlie Hoge, Harry Tarses, Roman Bello, (obscured, Aron Jung) Jesse LaMon, Lucas Royal, Michael Johnson, Mikhi Varady-Brown. Story page 24. ~ Entire Issue Online!


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‘What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year?’

Community Comment By John Welborne Walk for your U.S. Mail?

What’s next for residents in single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses in our local communities? Walk two blocks to a “cluster mailbox” on a street corner…instead of having your mail put in your mail slot or your mail box at your residence with its individual street address? Problems for Park La Brea What the U.S. Postal Service’s local leaders are proposing for the historic and individually-addressed townhouse garden apartments at Park La Brea — if implemented — might also come to homes in Miracle Mile North, Hancock Park, Fremont Place, St. Andrews Square, and all the other historic local residential neighborhood served by this newspaper. Since the first lease was signed in 1943, one of the selling points for potential tenants of the Park La Brea garden apartments (1449 singlefamily, two-story townhouse residences) has been their individual street addresses, with U.S. Mail slots in their front doors. See U.S. Mail, p 28

That’s the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Boulevard.

Historic Mid-Wilshire

Who is State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco? Why does he know so much more than anybody else about zoning and land use in historic Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles? Sen. Wiener, 47, is a lawyer and former member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco. He was elected to the State Senate to represent San Francisco, Daly City, and nearby communities in 2016. He has proposed many bills that favor increased development over neighborhood protection. Developer donors He is the recipient of a substantial portion of his campaign contributions from donors in the development and construction industries. Among his top donors are the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, the California Association of Realtors, the Northern California Regional Council of Carpenters, the California Apartment Association and the See Sen. Wiener, p 29

La Brea-Hancock sets agenda for annual meeting

Keeping Hancock Park Safe

Plan to Be at the Security Meeting February 6th! Crime in Los Angeles, including Hancock Park, has seen a 10% increase in the last year. The LAPD will be adding 10% more police officers to every division in the city and the Wilshire Division, which is the LAPD Division that includes Hancock Park, will see an additional ten new officers. In addition the Wilshire Division is launching a new crime fighting unit that will target areas with surges in violent and property crimes. The LAPD says that property crimes, primarily car theft and break-ins of cars, are a big part of the increase in crime. They recommend video cameras at the front doors and apps that alert residents. However, as many burglars gain entry through the rear of the home, a secondary camera should be installed in the rear of the house. While adding police officers will help stem crime, fighting crime is also done by everyone in a community being aware and proactive. Remember to report any suspicious behavior to the LAPD, keep your doors and cars locked and, if you have an alarm, set it even if you’re in the house. If you think someone is trying to break into your home call 911 immediately. DO NOT CONFRONT THE PERSON YOURSELF! As part of increasing awareness and helping the LAPD and the private security services help us, the Association is sponsoring a Security Meeting on February 6th at 7PM at 3rd Street School. LAPD SLO Dave Cordova and our Private Security Companies SSA and ADT will be present to discuss the increase in crime, the addition of more LAPD officers and answer any questions you may have about improving security in our Hancock Park neighborhood. So, put February 6th on your calendar and join us! If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( before starting to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at There also is an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process: checklist. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

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Traffic safety and election of a new board are on the agenda of the annual meeting of the La Brea-Hancock Homeowners Association Sun., March 4 at 1 p.m. (A location still is to be determined.) “Topics will include: safety on Sixth Street and traffic mitigation initiatives,” said Cathy Roberts, secretary and also incoming member on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee. Other agenda items include addressing “efforts at the state level to supersede local zoning in order to build more housing near transit; rules and regulations regarding legal pot retail and election of board members for the next year.”

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Calendar Sun., Feb. 4 – NFL Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on NBC. Tues., Feb. 13 – Mardi Gras. Wed., Feb. 14 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day. Mon., Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day. Fri., Feb. 23 – NGA UnWINEd Gala, Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine St., 7 - 11 p.m. Thurs., March 1 – Delivery of the March issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., March 4 – 90th annual Academy Awards, Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Music, food at Mardi Gras at Farmers Market

Break out the beads, have gumbo and dance to zydeco tunes at the 29th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., beginning Sat. Feb. 10 at noon. The Market will be festooned with green, purple and gold decorations while celebrants sample traditional New Orleans fare, such as beignets, jambalaya, gumbo and more during the three-day event. All manner of costumed four-legged friends will strut their stuff at the Mutti Gras pet parade on the Market Plaza beginning at noon on Sat., Feb. 10. The Zydeco Mudbugs, Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Brothers and Bonnie Musique Zydeco will perform Sat., Feb. 10, starting at noon. The Mudbug Brass Band and Lisa Haley and the Zydecats play Sun., Feb. 11 beginning at noon. Hear Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Brothers Tues., Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Visit Write us at Include your name, contact information and where you live.

“I have plans, surprise plans, for the one I keep close to my heart.” Eddie Mitsou Pettersson Larchmont Village

“I want to go to Jeju Island in the south part of South Korea, because it’s very beautiful. Michael Jackson wanted to buy it!” and “In South Korea, the day is known as a gift-exchange day, so that’s what we will do.” Sang-ha and her mother Soi visiting from South Korea

“I’d like to take my date to Petit Trois, a wonderful small French bistro at Highland and Melrose.” Chris Gabriel Larchmont Village

“We will probably go up to Seattle to watch my son Tyler play some sports.” Giovanni and Breena West Los Angeles

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Metro Presidents’ Day closure near Wilshire, Western During the week following Presidents’ Weekend, there will be four weekdays of Wilshire Blvd. closure just west of Western Ave., at Manhattan Place. Usually, full street closures for subway construction take place only on weekends. However, the byproduct of these four days of weekday inconvenience should be a shortened schedule for completing the subway “decking” work that has been underway at this location since October 2017. At a community meeting held in the Penthouse of the Petersen Automotive Museum Jan. 18, Metro and its Purple Line subway contractor for Phase 1 (Western to La Cienega) an-


VALENTINES 10 AROUND THE TOWN 4 POLICE BEAT 8 Vacation planning 14 BOY SCOUTS 16 ENTERTAINMENT 18 Theater Review At the Movies 19 On the Menu 20 22 SCHOOL NEWS COUNCIL REPORT 31

nounced the plan for an extended closure to take place in the late-February period, Feb. 16 to 26. By doing this work continuously in late February, the contractor expects to avoid planned closures in the spring. The plan is for the WilshireManhattan intersection to close Friday night, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m., and to remain closed through Monday morning, Feb. 26, at 6 a.m. As has been the case for the 10 recent weekend closures of that intersection, local access will be maintained. Further information:

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Holidays fêted on Irving, Las Palmas wedding, arts party The Irving Boulevard home of Suz and Peter Landay was once again lit up for their postChristmas celebration on Dec. 28 as 100 guests were serenaded by a French Medieval duo before being led to the dining room for a sumptuous buffet. The annual gathering included neighbors and friends Laura and “Hiz Honor” Mike Abzug, Ramona Selby, Clara and Larry Yust, Christy and Stephen McAvoy, Betsy and Chris Blakely, Connie Richey, Fluff and Sandy McLean, Mary E. Nichols, Jane Gilman, Sandy and Bill Boeck, Tania Morris,

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present: Amy and John White with children Sadie and Ian, and Olivia and Kevin Pierce. • • • The New Year brought new Around beginnings of the love and hope for Rafael de Town Marchenawith Huyke and Patty Hill Erik Putzbach Bori as they held their nuptials on Jan. 6 at their Las Palmas Avenue home.   It was an intimate yet grand affair, with exotic flowers forming murals on the home’s walls and towering stairwell. Baritone Juan Carlos Heredia (who made his debut in “Carmen”) sang “Parlami d’amore Mariù” prior to the ceremony and gave a heartfelt “Amore vida de mi vida” to end a tearful and joyous event. A delicately decorated tiered wedding cake, a gift to the couple from the Los Angeles Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, was shared with guests following a reception buffet.  There to applaud the couple’s happy day were Rafael’s cousins from Barranquilla,

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CELEBRATING nuptials are Eric Putzbach Bori and Rafael De Marchena-Huyke.

LOS ANGELES ART SHOW, Scott Diament, Art Show president and founder (left) with Jon Hamm at opening gala.

LAUNCH LA’S James Panozzo with artist Tim Washington’s sculpture.

Los Angeles Art Show, Cheech Marin, art show director Kim Martindale, Launch LA’s James Panozzo and Merry Karnowsky of Merry Karnowsky Gallery. And, that’s the chat!

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Big Sunday will honor longtime Hancock Park resident and producer Marta Kauffman at the volunteer organization’s third annual gala Thurs., March 8. Kauffman, a writer and TV producer who co-created the sitcom “Friends,” is also the co-creator and producer of the currently streaming Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”  Kauffman has been involved with Big Sunday from its beginnings 17 years ago, and she also has served on its board. Based on the principle that everyone has some way to help another, Big Sunday promotes 2,000+ volunteer events annually and operates on a “haves-and-havemores” philosophy. In addition, the charity engages and unites 50,000 people of all ages and backgrounds. Founder and executive director is David Levinson, Hancock Park; its offices are at 6111 Melrose Ave. The March 8 gala also will honor Kaiser Permanente. Held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., this year’s gala will be at Candela, 831 S. La Brea Ave. For tickets, sponsorship, the Gala Tribute Book and more information visit bigsunday. org/gala/ or call 323-549-9944.

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The “Wolf Moon” of early January was an auspicious sign for Judge Michael Sauer, S. Citrus Avenue. His first grandson, Indiana Wolfgang Sauer Postes, was born Jan. 2. The happy parents are Jose and Michelle Postes of Stanley Ave. Sauer’s grandson joins his family of two daughters and three granddaughters. Editor’s note: The first full moon of the year is named after howling wolves, or a “Wolf Moon,” in some cultures.

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Relax at the NGA-Hancock Park annual fundraiser “UnWINEd,” Fri., Feb. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Taglyan Complex on Vine and Lexington in Hollywood. A wine tasting hosted by the Wine Warehouse and Larchmont Wine and Cheese, as well as an open bar, auction, dinner and dancing will be featured at the event, said Beverly Brown, president NGA-Hancock Park. Event chairs are Kiel FitzGerald and Olivia Kazanjian. Auction chair is Kathleen MacComber.  Money raised at the event pays for clothing, linens and personal care items for seven local charities: Alexandria House, Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, Aviva, Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, Imagine LA and McIntyre House. Early-bird tickets are available through Feb. 10. Visit The Needlework Guild began in England in 1882 following a mining disaster. Donors made garments for the children of parents who had died in the mine. In 1885, the project was brought to the U.S., and volunteers sewed for the needy with articles donated to hospitals and orphanages. NGA-Hancock Park is one of 33 chapters of the Needlework Guild of America and continues the tradition of providing new clothing, linens and personal care items to the less fortunate. In 2017, NGA’s 84 local members raised $63,652, provided 13,652 articles of clothing and linens, and served 5,291 people. For more information, visit

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Las Madrinas honored 28 families and their daughters in December for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The young women were presented at the annual Debutante Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 800 people celebrated with the debutantes, their families and the members of Las Madrinas (which means “The Godmothers”). Las Madrinas President Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt (Lisa) formally welcomed the families and guests in attendance and thanked everyone for joining with Las Madrinas in supporting the research programs at CHLA, including the group’s current project, a $5 million pledge to fund The Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program. Serving on the Las Madrinas Ball Committee was Mrs. Victor Follen Hawley (Diane), Windsor Square, who also was featured in the Chronicle 2017 Women of Larchmont issue. Patterson’s Topiaries, Pots and Teas designed the floral décor. The Wayne Foster Orchestra played the traditional father-daughter waltz. Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been supporting pediatric medicine and research there for 85 years.

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Trees trimmed (Continued from page 1)

“BEFORE” PHOTO shows the canopies of the Larchmont Village trees in early January, prior to their 2018 trimming.

for Prime Waterproofing & Roofing. He says that visitors will have access to the lower levels during the project. Marsh adds: “The main section of the parking surface will be worked on until complete. This will be blocked off by us using cones and red fencing along the driveway access into the subterranean garage. “The drive-through ramp into the garage will only be

Neighborhood Purpose Grants The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is now taking applications for their 2018 Neighborhood Purposes Grants. Grants with a maximum award of $1,000 each will be awarded to two groups serving the GWNC community and stakeholders. Applications are due on Friday, March 23, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. (PST). Finalists will be selected at the April 2018 GWNC Board meeting. Visit: http://www. to learn more and to download application materials, or email

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All GWNC meetings are open to the public Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings. Board of Directors meeting: Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles - Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church 6720 Melrose Avenue, 90038 Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meeting: Tuesday, February 13th, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 Transportation Committee meeting: TBD Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 (323) 539-GWNC (4962)

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Homeless survivors, mayor to speak at Ebell Meet some of the people who have survived homelessness at an event at The Ebell, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., on Tues., Feb. 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a hospitality hour. “Ending Homelessness: Stories from the Frontline” features talks by former homeless individuals who advocate as the voice for those who are most marginalized. The participants are members of “Speak Up,” a program sponsored by the United Way. Partnering at the event are NextLA and ImagineLA, homeless support groups. The program will include a

Father Greg Boyle returned to Chevalier’s

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“AFTER” PHOTO was taken when the January, 2018, treetrimming work was nearly complete.

“When I was a youngster living in the neighborhood, I often came to Chevalier’s and always was amazed that it was such a big bookstore,” said the Rev. Gregory Boyle, emphasizing the word “big.” His point was that he was little then, a point well received by one of the largest audiences to attend an author’s event at the venerable book store, 78 years old this year. Many of Boyle’s other remarks at the event brought some in the audience to tears, as he responded to questions from author Celeste Fremon who, in 1995, wrote “G-Dog and the Homeboys” about Boyle. Greg Boyle grew up on Norton Avenue in Windsor Square, attended St. Brendan church and school, and Loyola High School. He became a Jesuit and a priest thereafter. In 1988, Boyle and some caring business owners founded Homeboy Industries. It has become an extremely successful program to provide “hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to re(Please turn to page 9)

talk by Mayor Eric Garcetti on recent legislation to provide housing for the homeless. Marilyn Wells and Allison Schallert are co-chairs of the program.

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The Windsor Square Association has been dedicated to maintaining and improving the high quality of life in our neighborhood since 1925. Among our many areas of activity are: —Land Use: The WSA constantly monitors development projects to ensure that they are in compliance with zoning and land use regulations, to help keep our neighborhood livable and attractive. —Beautification: We spearheaded the creation of the medians on Larchmont Boulevard between 3rd and 1st Streets, and we pay for maintenance. We collaborated on the landscaping of the Norton Triangle, where Norton meets 6th Street, and we continue to maintain it. We sponsored the planting of hundreds of trees on Third Street and other streets some years ago. We recently took a complete inventory of all neighborhood trees and updated the list of permitted replacement trees, choosing varieties that will withstand drier conditions, insect infestations and disease. —Emergency Preparedness and Safety: Because a supply of water is essential in emergencies, the WSA has been offering residents the option to buy large, high-quality water barrels, at a very reasonable price, to encourage area preparedness. We also work closely with local police and private security companies, to help enhance neighborhood safety. —Communication: The Block Captain Network keeps the community informed and is a useful networking system that helps knit our neighborhood together. —Traffic and Parking: Our latest efforts involve studying the area’s changing traffic and parking patterns and working with the city to try to mitigate some of the concerns, using such tools as No Left Turn signs, parking restrictions, Stop signs, speed bumps, and more. Because a number of neighbors have expressed interest in creating preferential parking zones, we are undertaking a careful analysis of the zones’ pros and cons for our area. The Windsor Square Association is proud to contribute to keeping our neighborhood great. We encourage you to learn more or contact us through the website:

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relations and marketing, explained she heard much positive feedback last year from neighbors who approved of 2017’s similar selective trimming, as opposed to giving the trees “lollypop” trims only around their extremities. The resulting attractiveness of the more carefully trimmed trees can be seen in the accompanying photographs, with one photo from early January, just before the 2018 trimming, and the other photo being from after the big job was completed. Rite-Aid lot resurfacing In other LVBID news, Duffy reports that patrons of the City parking structure adjacent to Rite-Aid will see some work underway. The project to resurface the upper, outdoor parking area will take approximately four weeks to complete. “Only that top level will be 100 percent closed,” says Hank Marsh, project manager

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Mile Chamber honors former publisher Wilshire Country Club to host

By Billy Taylor Larchmont Chronicle cofounder and former publisher Jane Gilman was honored Jan. 11 at the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce board meeting. Recognized as a “trail blazer,” Gilman donned a Davy Crockett-style coonskin cap as she accepted the chamber’s first annual honoree award. “As Mae West said, ‘I climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong,’” said Gilman. “Fortunately, I have been able to do it right by right.” Accepting a bouquet of flowers from the Chamber, Gilman thanked “the many faces” in the crowd that she recognized, noting it brings back a lot of great memories.

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HONOREE Jane Gilman, in Davy Crockett hat, accepts flowers from chamber president Steve Kramer.

“I’m really flattered to be up here,” she confessed. Gilman helped revive the Miracle Mile chamber in 1996, said president Steve Kramer, who praised her years of com-

Art, photography, jazz events mark Black History Month at Ebell Sculptor Nijel Binns will describe his newest projects at The Ebell of Los Angeles annual Black History Month Salute on Mon., Feb. 12 beginning at 11:30 a.m. A native of England, Binns has created portraits of Africans and their contributions and inventions throughout the world. His sculptures and paintings also have depicted musical legends and entertainers like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Celia Cruz. Binn’s largest piece is a 16-foot-tall “Mother of Humanity” statue in Watts. “Sistahs of the Lens” photography will be on display

at an artists’ reception in the Ebell Art Salon on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The “Sistahs” is a group of African-American women who convene to increase their photographic skills. The Ebell lounge becomes a cabaret when jazz musician Charles Owen performs on Fri., Feb. 16, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Owen, featured in the film “La La Land,” plays both woodwind and brass instruments. The events at the Ebell, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd., are open to the public. For more information contact ebelleventtickets. com or call 323-931-1277.

mitment to the neighborhood. Next month, the Larchmont Chronicle will publish the 31st annual Miracle Mile edition, a tradition Gilman first started to promote businesses and serve residents in the Mile. The Chamber will meet on Thurs., May 3, for its annual “State of the Mile” luncheon, to which the public is invited. Visit for more information.

The LPGA is coming to Damus, president of Wilshire Wilshire Country Club the Country Club, said in a release on the website. week of April 16-22. A new ladies golf tourna- Damus added: “Hosting the ment, the HUGEL-JTBC Open, LPGA at Wilshire is a great will feature 144 of the world’s opportunity for golf enthubest female professionals siasts throughout Southern competing over four rounds California to witness the best female for a share of golfers a $1.5 million “Hosting the LPGA at purse, tourna- Wilshire is a great opportu- in the world.” ment organiz- nity for golf enthusiasts... ers announced to witness the best female Wilshire hosted last month. golfers in the world.” a 2001 Founded in 1919 in Hancock Park, LPGA event that was won by Wilshire is a links course Annika Sorenstam. The LPGA designed by Norman Macbeth. has not held a tournament in The course has hosted tour- Los Angeles since 2005. naments on the LPGA (Ladies “We’re very excited to take Professional Golf Association), the LPGA back to Los Angeles and historic Wilshire CounPGA and Champions tours. “Wilshire Country Club is try Club, adding to the Tour’s a strong proponent of wom- already prominent presence en’s golf, and our members in Southern California,” said are honored and excited about LPGA Commissioner Mike today’s announcement,” David Whan.

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Be alert: Criminal activity is up 10 percent this year OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARIES: Jewelry was stolen from a residence on the 300 block of N. Windsor Boulevard after a suspect smashed a kitchen window to gain access on Jan. 3 between 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A suspect unsuccessfully attempted to pry open a sliding door to a residence using a screwdriver on the 600 block of N. Irving Boulevard on Jan. 5 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Money and jewelry were stolen from a residence on the 500 block of N. Plymouth Boulevard after a suspect smashed a side window to gain access on Jan. 8 between 3 and 5 p.m. Money and jewelry valued at $27,000 were stolen from a residence on the 500 block of N. Gower Street after a suspect gained entrance through a dog-door on Jan. 9 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. Inside the house, the suspect locat-


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ed two safes and used an unknown tool to open them. A suspect entered a residence on the 600 block of N. Plymouth Boulevard on Jan. 13 between 4:25 and 4:45 p.m. It is unknown if the suspect stole any property, but a “yellowish substance” was left in the kitchen. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 2000 BMW Z3 was stolen while parked in a driveway on the 400 block of N. Wilton Place between Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. and Jan. 8 at 8:50 a.m. A 2002 Nissan Maxima was stolen from a parking lot on the 400 block of N. Van Ness Avenue between Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. and Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLES: Money, sunglasses and a camera were stolen from inside a 2016 Toyota Rav4 parked on the street near the corner of W. Fifth Street and S. Wilton Place after a suspect smashed a side window to gain access between Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 6 at 7 a.m. A backpack, iPod and documents were stolen from inside a 2017 Buick Encore parked on the street on the 500 block of N. Beachwood Drive after a suspect smashed a side window to gain access between Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. and Jan. 8 at 7 a.m. A backpack and camera were stolen from inside a 2000 Toyota Camry parked on the

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Multiple neighborhood associations in the area have scheduled community meetings to address an increase in criminal activity and discuss the security procautions you should take. Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association met at Van Ness Elementary School on Jan. 24, after the Chronicle went to press. Hancock Park Home Owners Association will meet on Tues., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Third Street School, 201 S. June Street. Brookside Homeowners Association will meet on Thurs., Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd.

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bers yet, but over 300 officers went back into the field starting Jan. 21,” public information officer Norma Eisenman confirmed to the Chronicle. According to Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo, the Mid-Wilshire area is experiencing an increase in residential burglaries and property crime. “I’ve never seen activity like this before,” he said. In an email to community leaders, Pelayo urged residents to get more involved, and he’s even willing to train interested neighbors on how to spot suspicious activity. “Olympic Area is working towards building a stronger

relationship with the community by making it easier for residents to report suspicious activity within their neighborhoods.” Officers are trying to utilize social media such as NextDoor, Pelayo said, to collect information about suspicious activity, and also to use it and other tech-based platforms to spread important updates on police enforcement. What, exactly, is suspicious activity? Pelayo said to keep an eye out for the following: • Truant juveniles with backpacks during school hours. • Loiterers in the area. • People checking car doors, looking through windows.


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out jogging during the morning or afternoon hours (when most burglaries occur), you can serve as our eyes and ears in reporting suspicious persons and activity,” said Pelayo. To help concerned residents learn how to better spot and report suspicious activity, Pelayo is in the process of planning a training day for the community. If you want to sign up or learn more about the training, contact Officer Pelayo at

• People knocking on doors to residential properties. • Vehicles following you while you are walking. • People acting as lookouts. • Suspects being dropped off and then picked up again at the end of the street. • Solicitors presenting an unknown charity. • People that sit in their cars for long periods of time. • Vehicles without front or rear license plates. “Whether you’re walking your dog, taking in nature or

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It was love at first sight for these two medical students

By Suzan Filipek Rossmore Avenue residents and Drs. Jason Montgomery Cuéllar and Vanessa Gabrovsky Cuéllar met in medical school at Stanford University nearly 14 years ago. “We met on the first day of orientation,” says Vanessa. They have been inseparable pretty much ever since. She says that, their first days at Stanford, they were paired “during a fun-filled week of ice-breakers and introduc-

tions for the incoming class. “My husband had just completed his Ph.D. at UC Davis (neurophysiology), and I my masters at UCLA (art history).” They were “fortuitously” placed on the same “team” and participated in all the activities together and joined the same study group. “Needless to say, it was love at first sight. “We have done everything together since, from medical school, to two different

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with the community here where we hope to stay.” The couple recently welcomed a baby boy, Constantine Nicolai Cuéllar, to the family. He enjoyed his first of many strolls on Larchmont when he was only two days old, said his proud mom. Besides medicine, the couple share many other interests: art, traveling, nature and wine, and are both musicians. And, as it turned out, the orthopaedic surgeons are able to share an office in Beverly Hills. Jason is a spine surgeon, and Van- THE CUÉLLARS were married in Vanessa’s parents’ Rossmore Ave. essa specializes in hand backyard. and wrist surgery. Editor’s note: Vanessa on to be Los Angeles’ Junior Gabrovsky was covered in the Miss and competed at the state Larchmont Chronicle as Miss level, earning scholarships for Teen L.A. in 1997. She went college.

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Sometimes a bad first date can make for a storybook ending

By Billy Taylor Were it not for the “obvious chemistry” between St. Andrews Square homeowners Ali Jack and Sean Conaty, the couple might not have survived its first night out together. “Our first date was a comedy of errors,” recalls Ali, who works as a real estate agent with Loveland Carr Properties. It all started in 2006 when Ali was working on a project and needed some expertise. “Long story short, I was producing a short film and didn’t know what I was doing. That’s when a friend recommended that I find a film graduate student to help with the project,” she explains. It was the early days of Facebook, but after a few quick searches, Ali found just the guy: a friend of a friend who had recently completed a masters of fine art (MFA) in film production from USC. “So I wrote to him,” she says. Shortly after, the two agreed to meet to discuss the project over dinner. Sure, he was single and handsome, Ali noticed, but her intentions were strictly business. However, when Sean arrived at Ali’s family home on Lucerne Blvd., where she was living at the time, it was clear that he had contemplated more than business. “He pulled up wearing a pressed shirt and khakis and asked to speak to my father,” says Ali, who was only in jeans and a T-shirt at the time. “He thought I had asked him out on a date,” she says with a laugh. After an awkward few minutes, the couple set off for dinner in Silver Lake. Sean, who was born in Los Angeles but left with his family at the age of nine, deferred to Ali for directions to the restaurant, a place she picked. But after 45 minutes of driving in circles, it was clear that Ali was not good with directions. “We got lost on the way,” says Sean. “So there we were, driving around town lost, but we were laughing and we had obvious chemistry.” Finally, the couple arrived at the restaurant, where things got really interesting. “As we were waiting for our table, in walks a group of people who Ali knows,” says Sean. “We are all standing there talking, when the host volunteered to seat us together.” Sure, Sean was disappointed to share his dinner date with random people, but he couldn’t have guessed then how uncomfortable it was for Ali. “It happened to be that I had

been on a few dates with one of the guys they seated us with,” says Ali. Even worse, she had a date scheduled with that man on the following night. “I was gobsmacked that they had put us at a table together,” Ali gushes. Throughout the dinner, conversation was friendly, but, at times, the two men, perhaps sensing competition, engaged in what Ali describes as “a pissing contest.” When the dinner finally ended, Ali and Sean decided to say goodbye to their unplanned dinner companions, but not before Ali’s cover was intentionally blown: “As we were getting up,”

explains Ali, “the other guy said: ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’ “Sean was good about it,” she quickly adds. Not wanting to end the night on that note, the two decided to grab drinks at HMS Bounty on Wilshire Blvd., where they talked for hours. As far as Sean was concerned, he wasn’t going to let an ill-timed run-in ruin his chances with Ali. He says he “for sure” felt an initial chemistry and wanted to see where it would go. “He wrote me an email the next day and said he would like to take me on a real date,” says Ali. She said yes — “I (Please turn to page 12)

NEWLYWEDS Sean Conaty and Ali Jack dance at their wedding reception, hosted at Ali’s parents’ Windsor Square home in 2012.

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Windsor Square family celebrates two marriages

Sometimes two can be better than one. “It’s a happy time,” said Susan Roberts, the Windsor Square mother of a recent bride and also a recent groom. Caitlin Roberts and Christian McCusker were married in her family’s Windsor Square home on S. Norton Ave. on Nov. 11.

Caitlin is the daughter of Susan and Doug Roberts. Christian’s sister Vanessa McCusker officiated. Groomsmen were Christopher Roberts (brother of the bride), Jamie Gollogly (best man), and the groom’s brothers Thomas and Dodge. The bride’s attendants were Alex-

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and Notre Dame Academy. They both attended UC Santa Barbara. Their honeymoon included a trip to the Grand Canyon and Santa Fe, NM. The couple now lives in Los Angeles; Katie is employed by BROOKLYN WEDDING took place Jan. 14 for Apple, Inc., and Christopher Roberts and Jessica Rothenberg. Christian works for Internet by Metro-North Railroad as a Archive. mapping analyst; Jess pracKatie’s brother, Chris Rob- tices at Mt. Sinai Hospital as a erts, wed Jessica Rothenberg licensed clinical social worker. Jan. 14 at Deity in Brooklyn, Chris and Jess reside in New NY. Katie and the bride’s broth- York City. er Danny Katch officiated. Chris attended St. Brendan and Loyola High School. He studied at McGill University and has a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College. Jess is the daughter of Fred and Stephanie Rothenberg of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She matriculated at Brandeis University and obtained a master’s degree from New York University. Chris is employed

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Kims won each other at bachelor / bachelorette auction

By Suzan Filipek Jennifer and Mark Kim, Hancock Park, met during a bachelor / bachelorette fundraising auction, where, in a funny turn of events, they both bid on each other anonymously. “We didn’t know who we were bidding on,” said Jennifer, who was then president of the now-defunct Young Professionals Club. Mark Kim, attending his first meeting, was encouraged by a friend to write a brief story on what he would do on his first date. Two women must have liked what they heard, as not knowing who the author was, they each offered the $5 opening entry bid. When their callouts reached $120, Jennifer joined the bidding in hopes of getting the two to increase their bids. When the bids reached $130, “they both stopped bidding, and I was the one holding the bag,” said Jennifer. When it was Jennifer’s turn to write her anonymous “date” story, Mark “ended up buying me, so we bought each other that night! “That was how we first met, and then started to date.” Both children of immigrants and raised in the U.S., they shared the same last name, “Kim,” which isn’t so unusual as it’s a common Korean name, explains Jennifer. The couple now stay busy with their four children, and

tice run before we had our wedding here,” explains Jennifer. The second wedding was Sept. 8, 2001, three days before 9/11. “We were actually flying to our honeymoon and in the air at the time 9/11 hit, and what was so weird was that I was watching a movie about the exact same story of a plane

trying to crash into the Pentagon, which was released about a week before the actual event occurred,” she tells. A resident of Hancock Park since 1994, Jennifer instantly fell in love with the area, and says she wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else. The family is temporarily relocating three blocks away to Brookside

while they demo their home and build a larger one on site. “I figure, if we do not build a new place now, when the four kids are younger, then we will not need to do so after they are all gone, so we have to do it now.” All in all, that fundraising auction turned out to be a good event for the Kims!

NEWLYWEDS Jennifer and Mark Kim.

Jennifer, who manages on four hours of sleep a night, is a senior partner with Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC. The power couple give back to those less fortunate; she’s also on the Finance Committee at Aviva Family and Children’s Services and a member of NGA of Hancock Park. Together they support Covenant House. Mark is an attorney for Los Angeles County in the child support division, where he works with 2,000 families each year. “He often jokes that I cannot leave him with our four children, since he can make all the claims on me!” says Jennifer. The couple actually married twice. “My father moved back to Korea several decades ago, and he wanted us to have a wedding in Korea, so it was a good prac-

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(Continued from page 1) saw a Sandals Resort television commercial. Later that night, they booked their first “all-inclusive” vacation. The trip took them to the Royal Bahamian Spa Resort on the island of Nassau in the Bahamas, where they were wowed by the locals and the abundance of activities. “We fell in love with the idea of all-inclusive and how easy it all is,” says Laura. The “all-inclusive” package included their room, food, drinks, activities (including water sports, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, ping pong, shuffle board, etc.). “Our hardest decision each morning was ‘do we sit at the pool or the beach today?’”

laughs Laura. The now-married couple has continued to return to the Sandals resorts on several occasions, including a trip to Antigua and to St. Lucia, also in the Caribbean. They love meeting people from Florida, New York, Texas and other parts of the world, including Great Britain and Canada. But most of all, they love being together. “We are now a combined family of seven, and between work, family and the rat race, we like to get away completely and celebrate being together,” says Laura. “We appreciate the time we have together with just the two of us.” Seat-of-your-pants As a complete counterpoint to the “all-inclusive” travel method, there’s always

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LONDON CHARGES Milo and Monty of Battersea Park.

Not wanting to waste a single moment of our precious time, we visited museums (British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, The Royal Albert Hall, Tate Modern), hit the shopping districts (King’s Road, Harrods, Brick Lane, Burrough Market) and even managed to fit a few family events into the mix (ice skating at the Natural History Museum on Christmas Eve, a classic British Pantomime in Richmond, and High Tea at the

THE WRITER, Sondi Toll Sepenuk, top left, and her family enjoy a whirlwind holiday trip to London and Paris.

London Savoy Hotel). For an excursion, we ventured out with England Experience Tours to visit Stonehenge, Avebury (largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe), Lacock (untouched rural medieval village owned by the National Trust) and Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The small group tour was ideal for my father, who is hard of hearing and would have hated a big bus tour. Paris New Year’s Eve When we originally planned the trip, my 14-year-old daughter, who is learning French, asked, “Can we go to Paris while we’re there?” At first I said no, but then — when I realized how silly it was to be so close to Paris (two hours by Eurostar train) and to not take the opportunity — I reversed course. New Year’s Eve at the Eiffel Tower is one of those bucket list items that can’t be missed, so we sped off to Paris. During our quick, 48-hour Parisian New Year’s Eve getaway, an artist drew my daughter’s portrait in Montmartre, my son bought a Saint-Germain football (soccer) jersey, we explored the Catacombs under the streets of Paris (six million people, dating back to Medieval times, are buried down there), staggered from the rain into the Musee de l’Orangerie to view Picasso, Monet and Renoir paintings and ate our way through every crêpe stand, boulangerie and café we could hit. As noted, there are many different types of travel. Whether you travel with one person or 50, whether you lie on a beach and sip drinks all afternoon, go camping an hour from home, or decide instead to hit the ground running and pack in as many sites and sounds and foods as possible, the point is — do it. Travel is essential to the soul, and you’ll come back with new insight, new friends, a new attitude, and quite possibly even a new you.

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Vacation Planning

Staycation where the magic happens: Hollywood

HOTEL ROOSEVELT opened its doors in 1927.

Sometimes called “the entertainment capital of the world,” Hollywood has a lot to offer Larchmont-area residents who are looking for a chance to unplug without the downsides of a lot of travel. Step back into the golden age of cinema with a stay at one of Hollywood’s oldest and most iconic hotels, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Aside from the breath taking Spanish Colonial lobby of the Roosevelt’s main tower, the hotel boasts a cocktail

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views and plush bedding. It’s also within steps of entertainment and sporting venues and a short drive to Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center with the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and the home of Los Angeles Opera, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Nearby, Ford’s Filling Station offers American cuisine with a Southern influence. The LA Live promenade serves Japanese and Latin fare, and has a steakhouse and wine bar and more. JW Marriott rates start at $260. Set atop Bunker Hill at California Plaza, Omni Hotel Los Angeles, 251 S. Olive St., is a neighbor of the 117-year-old Angels Flight Railway and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. The Omni has several special offers available including the Standing Ovation Package, which includes pre-concert champagne cocktails at Disney Hall. Ask about the Curator & Artist Package and City of Stars; the latter includes tickets to The Grammy Museum. More packages await in the (Please turn to page 21)

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Girl Scout cookies will be sold on Larchmont Blvd.

By Talia Abrahamson Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs — everyone has a favorite Girl Scout cookie. Get your favorite from door-todoor sales beginning on Sun., Jan. 28, with booth storefronts starting on Thurs., Feb. 9, and lasting until Mar. 11. Girl Scout troops, including St. James’-based Troops 1125 and 2115, will begin selling cookies around the neighborhood in front of US Bank, Chevalier’s Books, and Rite Aid on Larchmont Blvd. Other booth locations are at Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s at Third and La Brea and the Ralph’s on Wilshire and Hauser, according to Celia Lopez, the Girl Scout Cookie program chair for Girl Scouts in the Hancock Park / Larchmont / Beverly Hills / Hollywood area. Cookie flavors are the same

SELLING COOKIES: Rebecca Lopez, Delali Suggs-Akaffu, Olivia Carson.

as last year, featuring the tempting Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles, as well as the limited gluten-free Toffee-tastic and non-GMO Girl Scout S’mores. Girl Scout Cookies are $5 per box, except for the Toffee-tastic and non-GMO Girl Scout S’mores, which are each $6 per box. Customers also have the option to donate money toward the Gift of Caring program instead of buying cookies, which donations will send cookies to overseas soldiers and local nonprofit organizations. All of the cookie sale profits will stay with originating councils and troops. Troops receive about 10-20% of the sales proceeds, which help to sponsor fun and meaningful experiences chosen by the Girl Scouts. Troop 2115 did not spend last year’s profits and chose to combine some of their savings with this year’s profits. Rebecca Lopez, one of the troop’s third-grade Brownies, who attends St. James’, wants to give the money that they earn to those less fortunate. “I want to give it out to charity,” Lopez said. “We have a sister school, of my school,

PACK 10 Webelos Cub Scouts with cubmaster Patrick Walling (fourth adult from the left) last summer at Camp Cherry Valley on Santa Catalina Island.

in Haiti. We donate money there because there’s a lot of money here.” Delali Suggs-Akaffu, also a Brownie in Troop 2115, echoed the same charitable hopes for the troop’s profit expenditures. “I would probably want to give some for an orphanage, to help them,” Suggs-Akaffu said. “I was going to say go to Hawaii, but that might be too expensive,” she added. Troop 1125, a first-grade Daisies troop, is discussing a different plan for its profits this year: day camp. Troop members Charlotte (Please turn to page 28)

Area Scout Troops, Packs

Boy Scouts Troop 10: Meets at St. James’ Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd. Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Partners with Cub Scouts Packs 10 and 16. Cub Scouts Pack 10: Meets in basement at St. James’ Church; 3903 Wilshire Blvd. Dens meet alternate Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pack meetings are Fridays once a month. Cub Scouts Pack 16: Meets at St. Brendan School 368 S. Manhattan Pl.

Busy year for Cub Scouts Pack 10 Cub Scouts Pack 10 has had a busy year, new cubmaster Patrick Walling reports. “In addition to our annual Christmas Carnival and Cub Olympics pack meetings so far this year, our Webelos scouts (grades 4 and 5) took a trip last summer to Camp Cherry Valley on Santa Catalina Island,” Walling said. The boys are also designing their cars made of pine and plastic, and are otherwise gearing up for the annual Pinewood Derby race.

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Celebrating 108 Years February 4 Thru 10

Troop 10 celebrates its 103rd year, and its Eagle Scouts Boy Scouts Troop 10 is the oldest continuously sponsored troop in the nation. Founded in 1914, the St. James’ Episcopal Church chartered organization is celebrating its 103rd year, said scoutmaster Matt Rauchberg. Its 50 members come from a variety of schools and neighborhoods including Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, Fremont Place and Koreatown. Schools include St. James’, St. Brendan, Loyola, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Harvard-Westlake, Los Angeles High and others. Troop 10 is partnered with Cub Scouts Pack 10 of St. James’ Church and Pack 16 of St. Brendan Church. They each run separately and have their own Cubmasters.  By tradition Troop 10 is partnered with or affiliated with both Packs and each year the Webelos (5th graders) from each Pack celebrate a “bridging ceremony” where they “cross over” from the Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts and become new members of Troop 10. Activities abound “We typically conduct nine to 10 overnight campouts

EAGLE SCOUTS from the Class of 2017 at their Eagle Court of Honor in St. James’ Church on Dec. 17. From left to right are Ryoma Urasaki, Montgomery Greene, Simon Lee and Andrew Jeon.

per year, seven to 10 local hikes (including clean-up events with former Councilman Tom LaBonge in Griffith Park), and one to two summer camps,” said Rauchberg. Recently the Troop has been asked to “adopt” the Griffith Park Bird Sanctuary (still recovering from the 2007 fire) and conduct a series of restoration and beautification projects. Last summer, the Troop attended Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island for the 34th consecutive year. “In addition to our monthly weekend camp-outs and our summer camp on Catalina, this summer Troop 10

took a three-night, 20-mile backpacking trip through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest near Sequoia National Park,” said Rauchberg, in his third year as Scoutmaster. Darleen Stoker is the Troop Committee Chair. In its long history, Troop 10 has had thousands of Scouts, including more than 300 Eagle Scouts. Many Troop 10 Scouts have gone on to become prominent civic leaders, including heads of major banks and other corporate institutions. “Troop 10 is extremely proud of this year’s four Eagle Scouts,” said Rauchberg.

IN SEQUOIA, left to right, are Spencer Isbell, Max Rauchberg, Jerald Shin, Alex Rice and Luke Gil.

The 2017 Eagle Scouts are Ryoma Urasaki, Montgomery Greene, Simon Lee and Andrew Jeon. “To achieve the Eagle rank, the highest honor in Scouting, takes years of hard work and dedication,” according to Rauchberg. Candidates must become proficient in a broad range of outdoor skills, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position in the troop, and execute a service project for the benefit of the community. “In addition, they must

demonstrate the highest moral character and a sense of service to the community, and demonstrate to a board of review from the Greater Los Angeles Area Council that he lives his life according to the high ethical principles enshrined in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.” The troop meets every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at St. James’ Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd. Age range is 11 to 18.  For more information, visit home.

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Lewis and Freud discuss God; Trump fallout in 2418

Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain is suggested by the book “The Question of God” by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. The play imagines a meeting between Sigmund Freud (Martin Rayner) and C.S. Lewis (Martyn Stanbridge), author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” among other works. The time is September 3, 1939, the day England entered World War II. The radio broadcast of the English monarch George VI committing the country to war is reproduced. The conversation between Freud and Lewis takes place in Freud’s office in London (excellent scenic design by Pete Hickox). The subject of the discourse between newly converted-to-Christianity Lewis, and atheist Freud, is God’s existence. But much more of their lives is covered in the play as these two characters engage in a range of topics from love and sex to family history laced with intelligent humor and wry, witty jokes. Resolutions are hoped for as Freud’s endstage cancer of the mouth intensifies. (He ended his life on September 23, 1939.) This is a totally engrossing one-act, thanks to this superb script, the excellent direction by Robert Mandel and actors Mr. Rayner and Mr. Stanbridge. They give nuanced performances that are exceptional and seamless and allow the audience to concentrate on the content of the play. This really is not-to-be-missed — a fascinating and stimulating evening at the theater, a history lesson, and an insight into the hearts and souls of these two largerthan-life characters of history. Through March 4. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 310 4777-2055, Ext. 2, 5 Stars • • • Trump In Space, book and lyrics by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey, music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides, is billed as a musical comedy and is a production of the famed Second City troupe. With studios in Chicago and Toronto as well as Hollywood, Second City is known for their cutting-edge satiric revues as well as the starstudded list of alumnae: everyone from Joan Rivers to Stephen Colbert and more, starting from their establishment in 1959. “Trump In Space” takes place in 2418 on two opposing space ships. The fallout of the Trump administration has left humans in search of a new planet because the earth has exploded. Capt. Natasha Trump, a direct descendant of the current POTUS, has been tasked to find a new planet and has zeroed in on planet Polaris Four. Also headed for Polaris Four is the spaceship California, the crew designated by blue uniforms. They

spend a lot of time as prisoners of Natasha. A Darth Vader-type villain enters the scenario, and a surprise character appears at the end. The ensemble cast is earnest and works hard to put this over. Specific roles are not attributed to specific perform-

Theater Review by

Patricia Foster Rye ers. A 2017 Fringe Festival winner, the musical’s approach seems juvenile and not up to the cutting edge of previous Second City productions. There are a few laughs. Through April 27. Friday nights only. The Second City Hollywood Studio Theatre, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., 323 464-854, shows/hollywood/trump-inspace. 3 Stars

My star system

A clarification for the New Year: 5 Stars: All aspects of the show (writing, direction, performers, production elements, etc.) are above average and the show is very entertaining. Rarely given. 4 Stars: One or two of the above aspects of the show may be weak but the show is still intriguing or very entertaining. Worth seeing. 3 Stars: Flawed, but there are some values (mentioned in the review) that make it worth seeing, or it’s just entertaining. 2 Stars: A train wreck in the making. 1 Star: Never should have opened. Rarely given.

‘Winter Gets Hot’ book signing at Farmers Market

Author David M. Hamlin’s sequel to “Winter in Chicago” will be featured at an Open Books launch and signing Thurs., Feb. 8 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Original Farmers Market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave., on the upper deck above Gate One. The sequel in the Emily Winter series, “Winter Gets Hot,” picks up Emily’s quest for justice and equality two years later when the feisty news reporter is first on the scene at a gruesome murder at one of Chicago’s leading civic organizations. Former “Los Angeles Daily News” reporter and LAPD Wilshire Division Det. Brent Hopkins will conduct an interview and Q & A with the author. Reservation required. RSVP to 323-804-3102 or

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Most enjoyable movies of 2017, ‘Van Gogh’ to ‘Zookeeper’

Here is my list of the 20 most enjoyable films I saw during 2017. The films are rated solely on how much I enjoyed them, not rated as I would rate an Oscar winner. But don’t look for any of these among nominated films because I rate them on how well they are made and how entertaining they are without respect for how The Academy judges them, which is more often than not influenced more by political correctness these days. This was the worst year in my memory for movies. However, I didn’t see everything. 1. Loving Vincent: How good is this? I avoid animated films like the plague. So for me to name this, purporting to reveal the real story of the demise of Vincent van Gogh animated by oil painters in the style of van Gogh, as the best of the year, it’s gotta be something special! 2. Maudie: Sally Hawkins is getting all the Oscar raves for “The Shape of Water” but you’ll never see a better performance than what she gives in this, a film so good it blew me away. 3. Rebel in the Rye: A compelling portrait of the elusive J.D. Salinger that had me mesmerized. 4. I, Tonya: Gives a completely different take on Tonya Harding but worth seeing also for the supporting performance of Paul Walter Hauser who plays a villain dumber than a rock. 5. The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee: If you pay attention to this fascinating documentary, you will realize that, hidden by his charm, he was not an admirable man or an honest, unbiased newspaperman. 6. Paris Can Wait: Like a fine

wine, this ages well. The more I think about it, the better I like it. 7. Wind River: The only movie I paid to see, and it was worth every penny. 8. 13 Minutes: The unknown true story of an heroic attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939. 9. The Promise: Finally, Hollywood shines a spotlight on the shameful Turkish genocide of over one million Armenians during WWI, something that is a fact of history but which the deceitful Turks deny, just as the Japanese deny their equally despicable “comfort women” program that confined hundreds of thousands of Asian women to sexual slavery in the ’30s and ’40s. And it’s a good, suspenseful movie to boot. 10. The Journey: This fictional dialogue between Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the closedminded leader of the Protestants, and Martin McGuiness

(Colm Meaney), the leader of the Irish Republican Army, who had never met but hated

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Tony Medley each other, does what movies should do; it educates and entertains at the same time. 11. Thank You For Your Service: This is a brilliant film with realistic battle scenes at the beginning and important revelations that finally leaving the battle and returning home is actually just the beginning for our brave warriors, rather than the end of the strife. 12. Only the Brave: An eyepopping movie about what it’s really like to fight a fire.

13. The Greatest Showman: Good music and dancing, and I came out of it feeling good, even though I knew the story was Hollywood Hokum. 14. Marshall: A charming young Thurgood Marshall before joining the U.S. Supreme Court and as you’ve never seen him. 15. Downsizing: I went into this thinking it was really a dumb idea and not expecting much, but as it turns out it is believable enough to tell an interesting story. 16. The Dinner: A psychological thriller about two couples with a lot of problems; for a fairly long film full of talk, the pace is outstanding. 17. Beatriz at Dinner: What sets this film apart is the party dialogue of the exceptional script. Most movies that try to display slice-of-life dialogue fail dismally because it is so stilted and phony. But the dialogue in this film is so true to the char-

acters’ respective personalities that it expertly displays a realistic interaction of such a group. 18. American Made: Based on a True Lie: The lie is that this is a true story; but, regardless, this is an entertaining, wellmade film, with good pace and action. 19. Beauty and the Beast: Despite lots of flaws, an enjoyable trip. 20. The Zookeeper’s Wife: Notwithstanding being a calculatedly sexist movie (made entirely by women) that purposefully minimized the heroism of the husband, it’s still a fine movie and a good entertainment. Also worth seeing: “Live by Night,” “The Lost City of Z,” “A Woman’s Life,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Baby Driver,” “The Comedian,” “Lady Macbeth,” “Midnight Return,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Victoria and Abdul,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”



LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: YEAR OF THE DOG: Sunday, January 28, 12-5pm: Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Gilmore Lane with martial arts & cooking demonstrations, cultural performances, live music, crafts and befitting the Year of the Dog – a giant cake for dogs and pet adoptions!

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION: Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, All Day & Fat Tuesday, February 13, 6:30-8:30pm: L.A.’s favorite Mardi Gras celebration features Cajun and Zydeco bands galore, down home Southern cookin’, the Mutti Gras Pet Parade, bead throwing and much more.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: Saturday Evening, March 17: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with traditional Irish food and live music. Magee's Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Green Beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B's and Bar 326.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AT THE MARKET: Friday Evenings, May 25–August 31, 7–9pm: Free concert performances every Friday on the West Patio featuring L.A.’s best musicians.

24TH ANNUAL GILMORE HERITAGE AUTO SHOW: Saturday, June 2, 11am– 5pm: Nearly 100 breathtaking American classics are on display throughout the Market; everything from customs, hot rods, trucks and more! This year's theme is Low & Slow – A Tribute to American Lowriders. TASTE OF FARMERS MARKET: Tuesday, July 24, 5-9pm: For one evening only, our merchants take you on a strolling gastronomic and shopping adventure throughout the Market, letting you enjoy delicious food and live music. Ticket info will be available on in early June. M E T R O P O L I TA N FA S H I O N W E E K C O S T U M E D E S I G N E R S COMPETITION: Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm: Join us as Metropolitan Fashion

NEW YEAR festivities last year at the Farmers Market included colorful dragon dancers and martial arts demonstrations.

Year of the Dog at The Grove, Farmers Market

Party like it’s 4716! Celebrate the new lunar year — the Year of the Dog — at Farmers Market and The Grove on Sat., Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Martial arts demonstrations, lion and dragon dances and live music will be featured. Themed crafts, cooking demonstrations and pet adoptions and pet-themed events will be also offered. Red lanterns and mandarin orange trees will decorate the sites in honor of the Eastern calendar new year, which takes effect Feb. 16.

Week hosts the opening ceremony to its annual costumer designer's competition in the Farmers Market Plaza. Our trolley tracks will transform into a fashion show runway, and you, the audience, will pick the winning design!

FALL FESTIVAL: Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, All Day: A favorite event since 1934, Fall Festival features a bounty of live music, a petting zoo, arts & crafts for kids, world famous pie-eating contests and more! HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: Sunday, December 2, 2:30-5 pm: Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant Lego menorah, music and arts and crafts.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES: December 19-24: The Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate the holidays with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, Dickensian carolers and more.


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Has anyone not heard about Cronuts? The sweet mashup of cream- or jelly-filled donut and croissant was created in 2013 by James Beard Awardwinning New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel, and it immediately caused a worldwide social media storm. Impostors sprang up, but now Los Angelenos can experience the real thing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a whole lot more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Anselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first full-service restaurant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big leap from pâte Ă choux to confit duck leg, but 189 by Dominique Ansel does a credible job of cross-

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(Continued from page 15) spa. The Harmony includes 90-minute massages for two and herbal foot care; $325. Rooms start at $177. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., has dazzled guests — the Prince of Wales, Rudolph Valentino and Eleanor Roosevelt — since it opened in 1923. (The Larchmont Chronicle publisher’s maternal grandparents are front and center in the mural-sized photo of


(Continued from page 20) a fifth-story heated pool with stunning views across the city. Step outside the hotel and discover what the Hollywood and Highland Center — home of the Academy Awards — has to offer. The shopping and entertainment complex includes the Dolby Theatre and over 70 brand-name retailers from Louis Vuitton to L’Occitane. Not to mention restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café and California Pizza Kitchen, as well as nighttime venues like Dave & Busters and Lucky Strike Lanes. Room rates for a weekend stay in February start at $243. • • • Opened in 2010, the W Hol-

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opening night on the wall of the Galleria.) Enjoy the Biltmore’s Beaux Arts surroundings and indulge in high tea under the Moorish-style beamed ceiling in the Rendezvous Court or take a dip in the indoor Roman-style pool. Five restaurants serve an array of cuisine from fresco Italian to Singaporean-Chinese; relax in the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room. Rooms start at $240. The tallest structure in the city skyline is the brand new lywood is a stylish hotel that exudes the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s past. Located right next to Hollywood and Vine, and above that Metro Red Line subway station, the W has a spiral grand staircase in the lobby, illuminated by an 18-foot crystal chandelier, the hotel makes a nice first impression. The views only get better at the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. Also on site is a restaurant and lobby bar. While you’re there, catch a stage show at the Pantages Theatre, located just across the street from the W Hollywood, or get brunch nearby at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Room rates for a weekend stay in February start at $292.



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Other sites to take in while downtown are Los Angeles City Hall, Grand Park, Union Station, El Pueblo de Los Angeles (Olvera St.) and the 1893 Bradbury Building. Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have history?

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IMMACULATE HEART By Lena Mizrahi 11th Grade

Immaculate Heart’s first semester has officially come to a close following the conclusion of the school’s firstever Cumulative Assessment Program. During a two-week period, students were assessed on the semester’s material with various projects and tests. With great relief and accomplishment, students finished the program and then took advantage of a restful break.

Along with their studies, students have enjoyed success in other endeavors in recent weeks. The winter sports teams continue to have great achievements, bringing home wins consistently. For example, our varsity basketball team championed the Malibu Tournament, and two senior athletes recently signed their intent to colleges after receiving athletic scholarships. Additionally, the debate team has had a strong semester. Danielle Dosch, class of 2018, is currently the country’s top-ranked debater in Lincoln Douglas — a tremendous feat! Having launched our second semester, Immaculate

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The willows By Greer Morgan 8th Grade

January held one of the most anticipated middle school events at The Willows. Students collaborated in an annual weeklong event called “Intersession,” during which all students choose to work on one of the five projects created by our teachers, relating to our school-wide theme: Reach. This year, students could either participate in “Poetry Seen,” “Reach for the Stars Wars,” “Dungeons and Dragons,” “The Reach of a Good Meal,” or “Design (Thinking) Within Reach.” This year, I participated in the “Poetry Seen” project. Twenty other middle school students and I partnered with a shelter for homeless youth called My Friend’s Place, to write a poem that would accompany a short film we would write, act in, produce and direct during Intersession. We used the poem as a foundation around which we wrote other poems and dialogue, choreographed dances and made short animations that would all be incorporated into the film which was shot in one beautiful take. “Poetry Seen” turned out to be a truly apt title for this class and one of the best experiences in my years at The Willows.

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St. James’ School has announced that Peter Reinke will replace Debbi David as the next head of school. Currently serving as assistant head at Buckley School, Reinke will bring to St. James’ over two decades of experience working in education. A 10-member search committee at St James’ tapped a search firm to help identify qualified candidates. After a three-month process, the committee made a unanimous decision to offer the position to Reinke. “Mr. Reinke’s knowledge of the intricacies of the Los Angeles independent school community and his enthusiasm for our community and mission at St. James’ made it apparent that he was the natural and best fit for our school,”


By Eleanor Renfrew 7th Grade Dr. Michelle King announced Jan. 5 her reasoning for being absent and told the world that she has been diagnosed with cancer and will be retiring in June. In case you don’t know who Michelle King is, she is the first African American woman to become a superintendent in L.A. Unified, which is the second largest school district in America. She has been the District superintendent for two years now. She has done so much for not only the District, but also for my school, GALA. There were many challenges that came with starting the first Los Angeles public allgirls STEM school, but Michelle King helped our principal, Elizabeth Hicks, make her dream come true. Michelle’s announcement to retire stated, “I have had the honor of serving as the superintendent of LA Unified for two years, although I have been challenged by medical issues for the last several months. During this time, I have been undergoing treatment for cancer. Now, with the progression of my illness, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to retire by June 30. Until then, I will remain on medical leave.” In my homeroom my fellow classmates and I are making “thank you” and “we are thinking of you’’ cards to send to Dr. King. When our homeroom was discussing what to write, we all said how much she has changed the gender roles for females to be in power in our district. She has especially empowered many women of color. On the first day of GALA’s orientation and ribbon cutting Michelle King spoke and officially helped open our school! Many people in the Los Angeles community have spoken about

ST. JAMES’ new head of school, Peter Reinke, is to start work in June.

said board president William Walton. After serving seven years as the head of school, Debbi David will retire on June 30 following the end of the 2017/18 school year. Michelle King how much she has dedicated her life to education. Michelle finished out the news statement saying, “I am honored to be a graduate L.A. Unified and to have served this amazing District for the last 33 years. With the collaboration of our students, parents, employees, board members, and community partners, our District will continue to close the opportunity and achievement gaps and provide a high-quality education for out future leaders.’’ As we have recently honored another ceiling-breaking Dr. King in January, we honor our Dr. King for her commitment to education and the future of female leaders.

THIRD STREET By Oliver Barnes 5th Grade

Third Street School has an amazing drama program. It has definitely been very helpful for kids who want to be actors or performers. But it’s great for all the students, too. I know that, because I’ve been in many Third Street productions. In fifth grade you get to do a Shakespeare play. This year it was Macbeth. The fifth graders had a new teacher named Mrs. Jill who taught them drama classes. Mr. Pratt directed the play. Both teachers did a very good job helping the students perform this complicated play. Using Shakespeare’s language was hard but a lot of fun. The play is about the King of Scotland who, after the war, becomes a murderer in order to stay the King. In the end, his plan didn’t work out very well. There is a superstition that you are not supposed to say the name Macbeth in the theatre unless you are saying it while you perform or rehearse the play, or the play will be cursed. That’s why people call it “the Scottish Play.”

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Signups underway for Wilshire Warriors — it’s more than baseball

By Suzan Filipek Batter up! Wilshire Warriors’ new season is on the horizon. Opening weekend begins Fri., March 16 at Pan Pacific Park field. The 10-week season ends June 10. The 500-person league of boys and girls is broken down

into age groups, four through 14 years old. That’s right, four-year-olds are up to bat, says League president Mike O’Malley. Established 50 years ago, the league is much more than baseball, he adds. “There are so many people

dedicated to this neighborhood…. We’ve really tried to tailor the experience to not be about super competition — sure, there are rules, there are umpires — but to foster an environment of fellowship. “I think we’ve succeeded,” says O’Malley.

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Volunteers are always needed and, as players grow through the league, younger players and parents step in. League leaders say that the opportunity allows one to spend time with one’s children, their friends and other parents. Every year a child plays with different teammates, and the parents’ and children’s circles of friends grow. Eventually “you go to a game and it’s a party. You know all the kids and all the parents,” said O’Malley. The Hancock Park resident, who has three kids in the league has been a coach, commissioner and more the past seven years. “What’s so fun about coaching is you have set time to be with your kids, you’re out in the fresh air and you see them achieving.” Benefits are not just for the president of the board but any parents who show up and cheer their kids on. Sign up To sign up, determine your child’s category based on age. Spirit, Shetland, Pinto, Mustang, Broncos and Pony are the age groups on the website, Affiliated with the national youth baseball league, PONY (Protect Our Nations Youth) Baseball, the league has a new birth date cutoff of Aug. 31 for the 2018 season. It was implemented to parallel school-year age cutoffs. Some children have been “grandfathered” to soften the blow, the board of directors states on the website. Practices are held midweek, and games are on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays at Pan Pacific Park and John Burroughs Middle School.

CELEBRATION in Bakersfield. Mike Johnson in Catcher’s gear, Roman Bello, Charlie Hoge, (obscured behind them Aron Jung, Sean Bello), Jesse LaMon, Mike Varady-Brown.

A new board was elected in mid January. In addition to president O’Malley, they are: vice president, recreation, upper divisions, Tom Eisenhauer; vice  president,  recreation, lower divisions, Luke Schugren; vice  president,  club program, Brendan  Malloy; operations chief, Cris D’Annunzio; special events chair, Susie Balaban; secretary, Jack Mansour; treasurer, Frances  Hoge; director of advancement and fundraising, Chris Williams; outreach director, Karen (Goldie) Goldberg; and president emeritus, John Wells. New baseball field Also set to debut this season is a new field at Pan Pacific Park, paid for with a $1 million grant; More information will be coming soon, added O’Malley.

League scores at St. Brendan

The St. Brendan Basketball Association started its 2018 season Jan. 13 with four divisions — Alligators, Bobcats, Cobras and the D-League. Serving boys 6 to 14, the recreational league serves Mid-Wilshire neighborhoods. Games are played in the school’s gym, 238 S. Manhattan Place, during the season that runs to March. All divisions except Alligators, ages 6 and 7, practice for one hour during the week; Alligators practice prior to their games on Saturdays. Alligators, Bobcats and Cobras play on Saturdays. DLeague plays on Sunday afternoons. Questions? Email

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yet indicated plans to improve the sound barrier between the school and area homes. Perhaps most importantly, traffic issues relating to student drop-off and pick-up have not yet been addressed. “We feel while [the district is] looking at this opportunity to improve classrooms, they are missing an opportunity to A DESIGN CONCEPT unveiled last year of the John Burroughs campus includes construction of multiple multi-story buildings.


(Continued from page 1) According to Cano, release of the document will initiate a 30-day scoping period, during which the Initial Study will be available for public review, followed by a community meeting. “The community meeting will also include a design update from the project architect,” said Cano. Following the conclusion of the scoping period, a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will be prepared and made available for public review and comment, along with an additional communi-

page academy By Sasha Lester 4th Grade

Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s the month of love and friendship, so happy February to you! Although it is a short month, it will be filled with fun activities at Page Academy! On one of my favorite holidays ever, Valentine’s Day, the school will get to wear free dress (which means the students and teachers get to wear whatever they want) as long as the clothing has Valentine’s Day colors including pink, red, purple and white. We will have a Valentine’s Day breakfast where you can invite your family to eat breakfast with you. The school will also be selling candy grams! Sometimes the candy grams aren’t only candy. They can be toys! To top that all off, we will not do physical education that day because we will go straight to lunch to have a potluck. It’s one of my favorite parts that day because Ms. Pat hosts a Valentine’s Day dance! She and student council make the decorations, make a guest list, get the food, and choose some songs to be all ready for the party. There will also be something called Enrichment Week where students have free dress all week (no specific colors) and learn about presidents, black history, and dental health (in a fun way of course). School will be closed on the Feb. 19 this week in recognition of Presidents Day. We also have a fundraiser called Art to Remember, where kids create fun art like paintings and drawings. The children’s art can get printed onto knickknacks like mugs, aprons and even luggage tags! There will be a field trip to the Getty Museum

ty meeting during the 45-day DEIR review process. Community concerns There are still unresolved issues that have some local residents concerned, according to Dave Jadda, who serves as the school committee chair for the Hancock Park Home Owners Association. Jadda says that some of the school’s neighbors question whether a smaller historic building on the campus should be demolished and replaced by a two- or three-story building, which creates “line-of-sight issues” for abutting properties. Other residents, he says, are disappointed that the District hasn’t because who doesn’t love art? Then the school will be organizing a fun event called Jump Rope for Heart where kids do super fun exercises for other kids in need and raise money. Finally, there will be a dental health presentation to help give kids information on how to keep your mouth healthy and clean. It only takes a teaspoon of happiness, a quarter of kindness, and three cups of love and friendship to make a recipe for a perfect month. I love you all!

Bernstein celebrated by American Youth Symphony Feb. 17 American Youth Symphony and resident conductor Juan Felipe Molano celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein with two free performances Sat., Feb. 17 at UCLA Royce Hall. Preceding the evening performance is a 2 p.m. educational journey through selections from the evening’s repertoire, with guiding narration from Maestro Molano. The full Centennial Concert is at 7 p.m. Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein served as music director of the New York Philharmonic. His “Young Peoples’s Concerts,” a CBS show that began in 1957, featured Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic and teaching viewers about classical music. Both concerts will feature works composed and inspired by Bernstein, including pieces by Aaron Copland and Charles Ives and Bernstein’s “Divertimento”  and  “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.” Concerts are free; guests may reserve space at


improve traffic,” said Jadda. While officials have been good about listening to resident concerns, according to Jadda, they haven’t been transparent on whether an issue is being considered or not: “I’ve reached out to them a couple of times and they’ve not offered any feedback on what they’re doing.”

Jadda says that residents are eager to finally see a draft environmental report: “That’s when something is on paper as a matter of public record and we can effectively seek changes, if necessary. “Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised that [the District] accepted our recommendations, but I’m not that naïve.”

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By Christopher Woods 8th Grade Hello everyone, happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone finds a chance to spread the love over this holiday, and for all time. At Pilgrim we are blessed to have the opportunity to have visiting artists, writers, and even math magicians. The amazing Arthur Benjamin came to our school to show us how great he is at mental math, and his love for magic in a combined art form he

titles “mathmagic.” It was truly remarkable to see how he is able to calculate all these crazy equations faster than a calculator, all in his head. Thank you so much to Mr. Benjamin for sharing, and we all hope you come back soon. The second graders have been working so hard on creating the annual Grade Puppet Show. They get to build a set, make their own characters, build the characters with plaster and beads, and they even get to write their own story as a class. I had so much fun doing this project, and now my sister is fortunate enough to be doing this as well. Ms Alexy, our fantastic art teacher, has been so incredible giving us the ability

to express our thoughts through art. Visiting artist Eric Ernest Johnson is a really cool guy and he has been helping out this year with the project. Thank you Ms. Alexy, and good luck to all the great second graders! It is officially basketball season at Pilgrim, with the high school boys’ and girls’ teams, along with the middle school boys’ and girls’ teams starting their seasons. I am playing Center on the middle school boys’ team, and I am happy to report that we won our first game! The high school soccer team has also put a solid start to their season with a nice win as well. Good luck to all of our athletes, and GO PATRIOTS!



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J a n u a r y brought much fun to St. Brendan School. From learning how to simplify exponential equations with negative exponents and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s contributions to civil rights in America to victories on the basketball court, students worked hard inside and outside the classroom.  However, efforts were rewarded with a fun-filled week called Catholic Schools’ Week Jan. 26 to Feb 2.  Each day has a different activity.  From having an award ceremony thanking our teachers and a candy raffle at an assembly held every day, to a lively volleyball game where the faculty plays against the eighthgrade class on Feb. 2, the whole school is full of spirit!  On Student Appreciation Day, each class chooses a theme where students step out of their typical uniform and into a themed costume. The week is not just about having fun but taking time to appreciate and give back to our community. 

This month at Yavneh, the eighth grade students learned about the importance of giving and appreciation by helping out the Tikun Olam Organization. One day during school, we went to the Tikun Olam building in West LA and helped serve food to the poor. The students also had a chance to bond with the people there and learn more about them.  We really enjoyed this heartwarming experience and reflected on how appreciative we should all be.  In addition, this month was the launch of “Choose Kind,” a new 4th and 5th grade program encompassing the meaningful messages portrayed throughout the film “Wonder.” Once a week during their lunch break, the students have speakers who inspire them about true kindness.  The program’s first speaker was Mark Goffeney, a man who was born without arms.  Mark spoke to the students about his childhood and how he was able to overcome his challenges growing up.  He ended off the presentation with his incredible talent of playing the guitar.  Finally, we ended the month with the victory of our JV Basketball team in their season championships; we are beyond proud of their constant efforts throughout the season!

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Hey everyone. Here’s the student insight on what we Lions are up to for the New Year. After a relaxing three-week break, we are back with a bang! As basketball season heats up the boy’s team has traveled from Ohio to Seattle to Hawaii winning majority games. This month, the team played University High School winning with a final score of 77-54. The Girls team won against our rivalry school Westchester 57-39.   The second annual Fairfax Blood Drive will be taking place on Feb. 1 in partnership with UCLA, each student who donates receive a free movie ticket to AMC Theatres, thanks to Fairfax ASB Leadership for sponsoring this event, ASB organizes schoolwide events and games. The journalism class is working rigorously on their monthly paper “The Colonial Gazette.” This month’s theme will be “How to be a Basic Teen” and it consists of tips on doing your best in high school.

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January brought with it many learning opportunities for Turning Point students. Newly back after Winter Break, our sixth grade Humanities class learned about Three Kings Day on Jan. 6. Students happily feasted on “rosca de reyes” or Three Kings cake, while learning the traditions of Epiphany. The seventh graders were busy working on their Community Redevelopment Projects in math class, and our school community came together to participate in “Family Day” where students discussed what makes us different and unique.   Students then made self-portraits that will be donated to the Facing Difference Challenge, and are currently on display on campus.

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Center for Early Education celebrates new building, first phase of plan By Billy Taylor The Center for Early Education “cut the ribbon” on a new instruction and administrative building Jan. 8 to mark the opening of the first phase of its Campus Enhancement Plan on La Cienega Blvd. The 28,500-square-foot building houses “smart” classrooms, a gym and a boardroom that opens onto a terrace overlooking West Hollywood. The building also will feature a custom public art installation by Friedrich Kunath on the street level. At the event, head of school

Mark Brooks welcomed students, staff members and friends of the school to the new building, and offered thanks to those who made the project possible. “This new building marks completion of the first phase of our Campus Enhancement Plan that will redefine the Center’s present and future, and create the most dynamic early education learning environment in California,” said

Brooks. “We wouldn’t be here today without the help of so many people, and it’s our job today to thank them for all their hard work.” Retired head of school Reveta Bowers, who helped set the plan in motion a decade ago, also attended the event.

Hollywood location in 1945. The school broke ground on the current enhancement plan in 2016, and the construction will continue through January 2020 on another new building on Clinton and Alfred streets. For more information, visit

Brooks and Bowers were joined by West Hollywood mayor John Heilman. The Center originated as a playgroup in a Hancock Park neighborhood in 1939. Formalized as The School for Nursery Years in 1941, it moved to its present West

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Wintertime at Hollywood Schoolhouse always brings new entertainment for all. For instance, the Winter Show is an event that showcases an assortment of songs that relate to holidays near the winter season, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the Lunar New Year. Personally, I enjoy this event because it displays many celebrations from all around the world. Science and history are some of the most enjoyable academic subjects we have at our school. One of the most anticipated projects this school year has been our mummification and frog dissection assignment. What better way to learn about the Ancient

Egyptians and the ways of mummification than experiencing it for yourself! Recently, the sixth grade class has taken our first steps with Place Out Of Time. Place Out Of Time (POOT) is an online classroom experience provided by the University of Michigan. The animating idea of Place Out Of Time is “What if the wisdom of history could be brought to bear on a problem of our day?” Well, the Place Out Of Time website is a space where great women and men from across the range of human history, as well as contemporary characters, gather to decide the outcome of a trial that is linked to a controversial issue of our day. How do these figures appear? They are portrayed by students—ours, and our university mentors at the University of Michigan. I am hoping to portray Hercule Poirot, Richie Tozier, or Chandler Bing. I will know for sure by my next article submission, so stay tuned!

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Cutting mail carrier jobs To eliminate some or most of the jobs of six full-time mail carriers, the local Postal Service leadership recently proposed that the residents of these 1449 individuallyaddressed townhouses should walk or drive each day, sometimes three or more blocks, to access 1449 new “cluster mailboxes” to be positioned all around Alandele Circle in the heart of the Park La Brea townhouse garden apartments area. Street hazards Imagine the traffic jam every day (except Sunday, and

maybe, someday, Saturday). Think of the inconvenience, especially for older residents who maintain their tenancies (many for 20 years and longer) at Park La Brea partly because of the convenience of the single-family home nature of their historic townhouses. Even worse, think of the increased traffic’s added danger to children coming and going from the common play area in the center of the Circle. Apparently, the local USPS leaders have expressed a willingness to compromise a bit — by shortening the required walk to about one block or less — by placing the “cluster mailboxes” in the townhouse park-

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ing areas or next to the garbage bins there. (Residents already report the recent loss of a couple of scarce parking spaces in each of the townhouse parking areas — for the new and badlymanaged “RecycLA” monopoly trash pick-up system. But that is another story.) As goes Park La Brea . . . What is the difference between Park La Brea’s 500 S. block of Sierra Bonita Avenue and the 500 N. block, north of Beverly Boulevard? What are the differences among the 300 S. block of Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park…or the 300 S. block of Irving Boulevard in Windsor Square — and the 300 S. block of Genesee Avenue within Park La Brea? Nothing. All of those historic Los Angeles blocks have individuallyaddressed single-family residences, some as townhouses, and some on individual lots. It seems that Los Angeles Post Office leaders soon may want to reduce the number of mail carrier jobs on all individuallyaddressed residential streets. Or…maybe the Post Office actually just wants to help our physiques by requiring us to walk a block or more to get our mail! Call Congress? If you think this is taking the “service” out of the U.S. Postal Service, then contact your U.S. Representative in Congress. For these individually-addressed residential areas, Rep. Ted Lieu represents Park La Brea and west of Larchmont generally. He has colleagues in Washington: Jimmy Gomez (east of Larchmont generally), Adam Schiff (north


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CLUSTER MAILBOXES, about eight times as many as shown here, would be needed for Park La Brea townhouse residents.

of Rosewood generally) and Karen Bass (south of Wilshire generally). Don’t be surprised if their staffs give you a do-nothing reply saying that the elected representatives in Washington cannot do anything because “USPS is an independent agency.” But surely, telephone calls from Reps. Lieu, Gomez, Schiff and Bass — to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan of that independent agency — will have more impact than one of us local residents trying to get through to Ms. Brennan. This reduction of direct-todoor delivery is a national issue, not just one for Park La Brea and surrounding communities. It even was an issue in Canada. Read this report if you want to start researching more information: To share with your representative your concern about Park La Brea’s townhouses losing direct-to-door U.S. Mail delivery — and your own single-family residence possibly losing direct-to-door delivery next — I suggest you skip the U.S. Mail and use a telephone to contact Congressional staff

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(Continued from page 16) Stern and Harmony Welton, who are working on achieving their gardening badges, want to spend their cookie profits at the day camp Tumbleweed. “It has the kinds of things that are really fun for kids,” Stern and Welton said together. But for Sarah Curtis of Cadette Troop 16525, just selling cookies came with its own profitable experience. Curtis was one of the six local Girl Scouts to sell over 2,000 boxes of cookies last year, which earned her a limo

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members at their local offices: Ted Lieu: 323-651-1040 Jimmy Gomez: 213-481-1425 Adam Schiff: 323-315-5555 Karen Bass: 323-965-1422

Here is a chance for Congressman Lieu and his colleagues to be heroes to local constituents…by keeping U.S. Mail delivery coming direct to the doors of our individuallyaddressed single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses in the historic MidWilshire parts of Los Angeles. Call today to help our Park La Brea townhouse garden apartment neighbors…and to help ourselves. ride and lunch with the Girl Scouts’ CEO. “It was really fun!” Curtis said. In addition to earning experience through sales, selling cookies creates a unique way for Girl Scouts to become more involved in the neighborhood. “It’s just kind of fun,” Stern said. “And I love being a part of our community.” For more cookie information, and maybe even to send a troop to Hawaii, be sure to check out cookies/all-about-cookies.html. Talia Abrahamson, Plymouth Blvd., is a sophomore at Marlborough School.

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(Continued from page 2) California Building Industry Association. According to, Sen. Wiener’s 2016 campaign received contributions amounting to one-fifth of the money he raised from these nine categories of donors: finance, insurance and real estate, $278,500; general trade unions, $145,950; lawyers and lobbyists, $114,845; general contractors, home builders and construction, $33,700. Sen. Wiener clearly appears to be a good friend of developers; not so much for residents of historic urban neighborhoods. Local leaders must act Action is needed now from our Los Angeles City Council and the city’s Sacramento advocates, plus from our local members of the Assembly and State Senate, from the League of California Cities, and from Mayor Garcetti, among other leaders. All of them should work with members of the Senate and Assembly to limit the continued local zoning overreach coming from Sacramento — especially what is contained

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in Sen. Wiener’s S.B. 827, introduced on Jan. 3. The bill would allow increased development within one-half mile and one-quarter mile of transit stops and bus corridors, respectively. Residents in Citrus Square, Hancock Park, Melrose Hill and Lafayette Square certainly live in California. But, primarily, they live in Citrus Square, Hancock Park, Melrose Hill and Lafayette Square — all in our City of Los Angeles. The most-local of elected representatives, Paul Koretz, David Ryu, Mitch O’Farrell and Herb Wesson, and their City Council colleagues, can best design the rules to achieve the goal of increasing needed housing while still protecting Historic Mid-Wilshire. “No” on S.B. 827 All who are local elected leaders should urge the Legislature to vote “no“ on Senate Bill 827. It is bad for Historic Mid-Wilshire. While maybe good for apartment builders, the Wiener bill is bad for Los Angeles residents. The specific locations for increased density near local transit should be determined locally, not in Sacramento, and not by a politician from San Francisco.


Cohen, 99, celebration to be at Village Pizzeria

Jerry Cohen’s life will be celebrated at one of his favorite Larchmont establishments — Village Pizzeria — on what would have been his 100th birthday on Wed., Feb. 7 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. “My dad, who meant the world to me, did not make 100 years old,” said his son Steve Cohen, founder and owner of Village Pizzeria, 131 N. Larchmont Blvd. Born in 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, the elder Cohen was a photographer by trade and by hobby. He died Nov. 21 at CedarsSinai Medical Center. In addition to the informal gathering of loved ones on Larchmont, the family will scatter his remains in Brooklyn, San Francisco and other “favorite” spots. “Husband, father, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, ‘great’- great grandfather, friend, neighbor and allaround wonderful and warm and kind-hearted, loving, caring ‘do gooder’ and a ‘giver’ — has passed on to be with my mom,” said Steve. Harriett, Jerry’s wife, died in 2004; they are survived by two sons, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. “He will be missed on Larchmont, sharing stories about life, love and the pride he had knowing Village Pizzeria has


(Continued from page 1) S. San Pedro St., in Little Tokyo. The musical will run from Wed., Feb. 28 to Sun., April 1, with preview shows available Wed., Feb. 21 through Sun., Feb. 25. The show’s original run on Broadway in 2015 to 2016 was well received. Video of that production has had multiple

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showings in movie theaters since. This is the first live theater revival since the original Broadway presentation. George Takei, known for his founding role as Mr. Sulu in the television series “Star Trek,” will reprise the roles of Sam Kimura and Ojii-Chan, which he originated in the Broadway production. He will be joined by Broadway cast members Elena Wang as Kei Kimura, Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, Scott Watanabe as Tatsuo Kimura, and Janelle Dote as Hanako. “Allegiance” tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and


120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting in the war, his sister, Kei, protests the government’s treatment of her people. Music and lyrics are by Jay Kuo, and the book is by Mark Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione. EWP’s producing artistic director Snehal Desai will direct this new production, with Marc Macalintal as music director and Rumi Oyama as choreographer. Tickets start at $25. Visit

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Peggy passed away on December 27, 2017. As a native Angeleno, she was the daughter of Dorcas M. and Charles E. Donnelly, Jr. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers George S. Donnelly and Charles E. Donnelly III, and her husband Angus M. McLeod. Peggy is survived by her children: Susan K. Willen, Robert E. Kendig (Sue), Richard C. Kendig, and Margaret K. Brown (Scott), and the seven grandchildren she adored: Glenn and Alex Willen, Libby and Robby Kendig, and Molly, Casey, and Chris Brown. She was a proud graduate of Marlborough School and Pomona College, where she nurtured her love of the sciences. She loved paddle tennis, swimming and sailing, all learned during childhood summers spent at her family home on Balboa Island. In addition to devoting herself to her family, Peggy devoted herself to the service of others, volunteering throughout her life. She began as a young wife and mother, going door to door for ‚ the March of Dimes, then gave her time to the Children s Hospital and the Assistance League. She served as President of the Junior League of Los Angeles and gave countless hours of energetic service to Good Samaritan Hospital, which culminated in many years as a member of ‚ the hospital s Board of Trustees. She thoroughly enjoyed her membership at the Wilshire Country Club, where she would meet regularly with her many friends. On special occasions and holidays Peggy would host celebrations there with her family. Private family services were held. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations ‚ in Peggy s name to her beloved Good Samaritan Hospital, 1225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Adv. CA, 90017.

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Traffic safety improvements underway on Sixth Street In mid- to late January the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services repaved portions of Sixth Street between La Brea and Fairfax avenues in advance of installing new road improvements. Initial improvements include installation of lefthand turn pockets and continental crosswalks, the extension of the single eastbound traffic lane from Fairfax to Curson avenues. and the extension of red curbs to increase visibility at corners for north- and southbound traffic. These improvements received the greatest support from the 712 residents who responded to a community (Please turn to page 31)

SIXTH STREET repaving closed the thoroughfare on two weekend days in mid-January.

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(Continued from page 1) stabilization ordinance and will maintain opposition to short-term renting through online platforms such as AirBnB — which is a violation of the lease agreements for Park La Brea residents. Clinch also hopes to increase awareness to improve security and emergency preparedness. “A lot of people don’t know

we have full emergency plans,” he said. “I think those should be publicized a little better this year.” The association also will push the U.S. Postal Service to continue door-to-door delivery at the community’s garden apartments. Clinch explained that the post office wants to use cluster boxes instead. In 2017, the association sent out petitions to Park La Brea residents to gather input.

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IMPROVED paving is a precursor to restriping and new crosswalk painting on Sixth Street adjacent to Park La Brea.

Bloom high “As a result, lighted a we’ve kind of package of brought the housing bills post office to he worked the bargainon that set ing table,” aside funds Clinch said. for afford“They’re still able housing really against production. delivering Bloom said door-to-door, the legislabut now will we have a COLONEL HARRIS and Assembly- tion ”to chance to tell man Bloom. Photo by Greg Cornfield begin address the them where very grave housing crisis that we want packages placed.” The association’s secretary- developed in California, and treasurer, Col. Harris, ex- particularly in Los Angeles,” plained that PLBRA’s fiscal which also contributes to the footing remains strong with growing homeless population. “We’ll be doing more of that no debts outstanding. “I can state, without res- in the upcoming year as well. ervation, we are in good fi- We’re really just scratching the nancial health,” he said. surface,” he said. “People are Assemblyman Richard Bloom falling into homelessness faster — noted by Col. Harris as than we have been able to proa graduate of Fairfax High vide housing for them. That’s School — was the guest speak- why you’re seeing an increase er for the fourth year. He up- on the street. There’s still much dated residents on work com- more work to do on that issue.” pleted in Sacramento last year, He added, “it’s an expensive and he described the challeng- problem, it’s a difficult one es ahead in the new legislative and it’s a complicated one, but we have to keep at it.” session, which started Jan. 3.

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2018: Tackling outstanding issues and some big challenges ahead It’s only one month into 2018, and there’s already a lot of work going on in our community. And things to look forward to in the new year. Traffic safety improvements began on Sixth Street between La Brea and Fairfax avenues in January, with the entire stretch of the street having been repaved between Jan. 13 and 21. Included in the repaving was the extension of red curbs, the installation of a left-hand turn pocket at Hauser Blvd., and painting of continental crosswalks at seven intersections. Continental crosswalks are more visible than traditional crosswalks, and they set the motor limit line back to give pedestrians more space. These improve-

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(Continued from page 30) survey released by Councilmember David Ryu in October. “After much discussion with the community and receiving over 700 responses to our Sixth Street survey, I’m glad to see this work to improve traffic safety on Sixth Street begin,” Councilmember Ryu said in a released statement. “These sensible improvements will save lives and are a direct response to the kinds of accidents we have been seeing on Sixth Street.” Following the repaving, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will be restriping and installing road improvements, including the continental crosswalks at seven intersections between Fairfax and La Brea avenues.

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David E. Ryu ments were called for by respondents to a community survey released by my office in October, and the improvements are responsive to the kinds of accidents we’ve seen on this stretch of Sixth Street. Safety for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike is central to these improvements, with more improvements to come further into 2018. • • • Parking concerns are as central to Los Angeles as sunA continental crosswalk, also known as a “zebra crossing,” has repeated white bars that are more visible to pedestrians and motorists than the standard crosswalks currently on this portion of Sixth Street. The new crosswalks will be more visible. Also, the motorist limit line will be moved back to provide more room and security for pedestrians. Further improvement work has not yet been scheduled, but it will be coming to this portion of Sixth Street later in 2018, Ryu’s office said.

shine and palm trees, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about them. Repaving work on the parking structure at 218 N. Larchmont Blvd. has been completed, The surface on the subterranean levels provide roughly 25,000 square feet of public parking to neighbors and visitors to Larchmont. • • • The second phase of our concrete streets pilot project is nearly done on McCadden Place between Second and Third streets, where con-

tracted crews are laying down a new concrete street. The first phase of the pilot project employed city crews to do similar work, and my recently approved City Council motion asks the city staff to evaluate the success of these alternate delivery methods, including doing a cost analysis of city versus contracted crews doing the repaving. Many of our streets in Los Angeles are in disrepair, with some concrete streets near the top of the list. Our concrete streets have been ignored for far too

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SurveyLA heralds achievements of African Americans

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to our community. The physical history of African Americans in Los Angeles is chronicled in the places where people lived, worked, worshipped and fought for civil rights and made notable cultural achievements. Late last year, the City Planning

Department’s SurveyLA completed its African American context statement, a document designed to highlight the contributions and legacy of this significant group. Mid 19th century to 1980s My thanks to the team that worked so hard on this — the firm of Galvin Preservation Associates led by architectural historian Teresa Grimes with the contributions of histori-

an Alison Rose Jefferson. The document (available at on the Los Angeles Citywide Historic Context Statement: Context African American History of Los Angeles) presents important themes in the history of the African American community in Los Angeles from the mid 19th century through the 1980s.  It identifies designated his-

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ing Studios, for instance. The Dunbar, a significant hub of Central Avenue, housed musicians and celebrities who could not find accommodations in the segregated city of the 1920s-1960s.  Met spiritual needs The Angelus Funeral Home was founded by community businessmen to meet the needs of the community, as was Golden State Mutual Life Insurance. As for churches, Bethlehem Baptist (designed by R.M. Schindler), Second Baptist, McCarty Memorial, and First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) all met the population’s spiritual needs while also playing significant roles in the civil rights movement.  Ray Charles and other entertainers enriched the city’s major industry of music, radio, television and motion pictures.  All of the above buildings have been designated as Historic Cultural Monu(Please turn to page 3)

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(Continued from page 2) ments, along with over a dozen others. Residences of the community’s leaders, among them Ralph Bunche, Claude Hudson, Nat King Cole, Leo Branton, Gilbert Lindsay, Betty Hill, Paul R. Williams, Lou Rawls, Ruby Dandridge, and others are designated landmarks or contributors to the Hancock Park, Country Club Park, or West Adams area Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZ). Williams designed city The contributions of architects Paul Revere Williams, James Garrott, Robert Kennard and Norma Sklarek are catalogued.  Williams played a

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‘Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps’ and the making of L.A.’s contemporary art scene

Three point six miles separate Larchmont Boulevard and 736 La Cienega Blvd. My computer computes that this trip along Melrose Ave. would take, I suppose in some alternate universe, 15 minutes. In 1957, when the artist Ed Kienholz found “a big barnlike artist’s studio with high ceilings and whitewashed walls, in the back half of a one-story building” at the La Cienega address, the ride might have taken — who knows? But it was here that the young and curious curator Walter Hopps (1932-2005) and Ed Kienholz (1927-1994) opened Ferus Gallery, the

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now-famous incubator of the L.A. art that eventually made its way around the world. The two young men had signed a contract to work together — at Pink’s. They wrote the contract on the stiff paper that held their hot dogs. “We both signed it,” says Hopps, “and Ed kept it.”

PINK’S HOT DOGS was the setting where a legendary contract by Walter Hopps and Ed Kienholz was signed on paper that held their hot dogs.

“The Dream Colony: A Life in Art” (Bloomsbury, 2017) by Hopps and edited by Deborah Treisman and Anne Doran, is a memoir of Hopps’s brilliant, charismatic, and complicated life as a curator that ranged from Ferus and the Pasadena Art Museum (where he famously shepherded a 1963 Marcel Duchamp retrospective into being) to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston. (“Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps” is the 1959 Kienholz sculpture featured on the cover of the book.) Anne Doran, an artist and writer, recorded Hopps recalling his life and work in more than 100 hours of interviews. The results were to have been edited with Hopps, but he died just before his 73rd birthday, in 2005. The result, however, is catnip for devotees of contemporary art and especially the contemporary art born in L.A. in the late 1950s and 1960s. Hopps was a superb storyteller, and his voice on the page is a great seduction. I read some sections twice. Delicious stories abound of the collector Edwin Janss, the artists Wallace Berman, Kienholz, John Altoon, Craig Kauffman, Ed

MEMOIR is of Hopps’s life as a curator that ranged from Ferus Gallery and the Pasadena Art Museum to the Corcoran and Menil Collection.

Moses, Duchamp, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Barnett Newman (an astounding person in this telling), Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg — and the gallerist Irving Blum, who replaced Kienholz as partner in Ferus, and, incidentally, later married Hopps’s first wife, a fact Hopps does not mention here. Hopps does not spare himself in these recollections. A famously wild as well as brilliant man, he was a devotee of speed and alcohol and perhaps other substances I may have

forgotten. He would disappear from his jobs for days at a time, and then reappear and work day and night to hang a show, and expect others to do so, too. Unpredictable, unreliable, he has been called “one of the past century’s most eagleeyed and accomplished curators” by Los Angeles writer and curator Michael Duncan. Is Hopps a reliable narrator on these pages? I can’t begin to judge. Artist Ed Ruscha, foremost among the artists who brought Los Angeles to the international stage, writes an illuminating introduction to this book. But elsewhere, he says in a recent interview on a Getty Arts & Ideas podcast, when he met Hopps in 1960 or 1961, he could immediately see that Hopps had “some kind of communication with the universe.” Hopps could make a “spectator sport of talking,” Ruscha says; “he had an immense memory.” When he was preparing himself to talk, he would take a deep breath before he began to answer a question. “Then he would begin to pace — he sort of glided across the floor,” according to Ruscha. “It gave me the idea that he could walk on water.”

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‘Love, Scandal and Tea’ are on the menu at Fremont Place

Historian Mark Wanamaker and the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society are presenting “Love, Scandal, and… Tea” Sun., Feb. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be held in the Beaux Arts Grand Ballroom, a detached pavilion at silent movie star Mary Pickford’s onetime home at 56 Fremont Pl. Founded in 1911, the gated enclave Fremont Place is one of the city’s original exclusive communities. “Wanamaker, expert on all things Hollywood, will talk about stars, scandals and real estate, all in the context of the exploding movie industry of the early 1900s,” said WSHPHS spokesperson Myrna Gintel.

TEA AND SCANDAL will be served in the detached Beaux Arts Grand Ballroom pavilion at 56 Fremont Place.

Spicy stories will be told about Pickford and her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks, and Pickfair — their Beverly Hills mansion, where they

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her mother moved into the home after Pickford. The original owner was Miss Helen Mathewson. “The true trailblazing divain-residence was the woman who built it,” according to the notes regarding 56 Fremont Pl. “In terms of her personality, the indefatigable Miss Helen Mathewson fell, by all accounts, somewhere between firebrand and huge pain in the ass, though one with great purpose.” Seating for the Feb. 11 event is limited to 80 and the Chronicle learned before press time that the event has sold out.

Vintage to contemporary Classic Photographs at West Coast Fair Michael Dawson, of Michael Dawson Gallery — and formerly longtime fixture on Larchmont at his family’s bookshop before its closing — is co-founder of Classic Photographs Los Angeles 2018. The free, three-day West Coast Fair is Fri., Feb. 2 to Sun., Feb. 4 at Bergamot Station, Building G, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Vintage, modern and contemporary photography will be on display. The exhibit features 30 dealers from the U.S., Canada and Japan. The annual event began in 2010 with an intimate photography show when the Michael Dawson Gallery was still at 535 N. Larchmont Blvd. Michael’s grandfather Ernest Dawson started Dawson’s Book Shop in downtown Los Angeles in 1905. The shop settled on Larchmont Blvd. in

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Scottish Rite leader visits Marciano Art Foundation

R. Stephen Doan remains one of the most active Masons in California, if not the nation. A R. Stephen Doan Southern California lawyer, Doan has been active in the movement since he was 14. A holder of the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite, one of Doan’s many past leadership roles included overseeing the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Wilshire Blvd. in Windsor Square. Doan and Larchmont Chronicle publisher and friend, John H. Welborne, toured the re-purposed building in January, and Doan — (Please turn to page 13)

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THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is more commonly known as The Scottish Rite. Recently visiting the new Marciano Art Foundation in the former Scottish Rite Cathedral in Windsor Square was R. Stephen Doan, who noted that the Marciano collection’s “Untitled #549-E” by Cindy Sherman, hanging in the building’s lobby, actually shows the artist with an Oddfellows, not Masonic, emblem on her bodice.

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Irish eyes crying with closing of historic pub, Tom Bergin’s

By Rachel Olivier Irish hearts (biological and adopted) shattered throughout Miracle Mile and beyond when news broke Jan. 16 that Tom Bergin’s Public House was closing its doors the following week. At 5:25 p.m. that day, when I arrived, regulars were filtering in, but within an hour, there was a steady stream of customers coming by the restaurant and bar to have an Irish coffee or raise a pint. As I sat at my table sipping my Guinness and having a Scotch egg, I overheard several conversations in the packed dining area focusing on the landmark bar’s news. Later that evening, Larchmont Chronicle publisher John Welborne came in to partake of a pint of Guinness. It was 9 p.m. before a table was available, and then he was informed the kitchen was closed. “We ran out of food,” he was told. So what happened? The many fans of the neighborhood local wanted to know why the pub was closing now, after being “saved” last time it closed in 2013. Derek Schreck, co-owner who runs the pub with his management team of Jason Dechert and Joe Tower, pointed to a number of factors, including the closing of Fairfax Avenue many weekends in a row when Metro did subway construction last year. While he welcomes the new subway, Schreck said that weekends were the pub’s prime time for business; the Metro work really cut into their revenue. In the meantime, patrons, including regulars, found other places to go. And because the pub was not on Wilshire Boulevard, Schreck noted, Tom Bergin’s did not qualify to receive hardship help from Metro, as was offered to merchants situated along Wilshire. Despite the initial closing announcement, I learned that night that the bar will continue with limited hours, open only Thursdays through Saturdays, 5 p.m. to midnight, until at least St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

RAISE a toast and have a pint of Guinness at Tom Bergin’s while you can.

“Shock to the system” “It’s a shock to the Los Angeles system for this place to close,” Schreck said, as well as being a hardship for all his employees. But closing the kitchen now, and having the bar remain open limited hours through St. Patrick’s Day, will allow for patrons to come by and say farewell, and also allow him to pay severance to his employees and help them find work at other venues. “These are the best employees to have and the best team I could have asked for,” said Schreck. He and his management team run the bar themselves now. In an interview with the “Los Angeles Times,” Schreck said they would “push through as long as we can.” And they still plan to have a big party on St. Patrick’s Day. One couple, he said, who are in their 90s, met at the bar and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary there. Schreck says that is just one of the many stories he has heard about people who met, dated and brought families to Bergins; some of them even have shamrocks up. What about the shamrocks? There are reportedly 6,000 shamrocks on the ceiling and walls of Tom Bergin’s. According to Schreck, at first the shamrocks were put up for Bergin’s friends and regulars. The older shamrocks are in the dining area, and many of them only have last names (albeit familiar neighborhood names), assuming, possibly, that everyone knew who they were.

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Later, there was a punch card system — if someone came through so many times, he or she got a shamrock put up with his or her name on it. Over the years, it has become a rite of passage. If everyone who works at or frequents the pub knows your name, then, so the theory goes, you deserve to have your name on a shamrock plastered to the ceiling. Schreck, who was a bar regular before buying Bergin’s, has his own shamrock up. Not surprisingly, Tom Bergin’s served as the inspiration for the TV show “Cheers,” where “everyone knows your name.” History Established in 1935, the story goes that Tom Bergin, a lawyer, drove to a Tudor building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, unlocked the door and tacked a liquor license to the wall. So began Tom Bergin’s Old Horseshoe Tavern & Thoroughbred Club (named for the horseshoe-shaped bar). And the license is now reportedly the second oldest in Los Angeles County. Incidentally, it is also known as the “House of Irish Coffee,” and is famous for that beverage. The neon sign has been up since the 1950s. The historic tavern, which moved down the street in 1949, has been a regular haunt for many Angelenos, including celebrities Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, John Wayne, Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts.

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Contemporary Clay opens, Valentine’s print workshop at CAFAM CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—“Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay” opening reception is Sat., Jan. 27, 6 to 9 p.m. The group show features 22 artists. $12 entry fee; free for members. Ends May 6. • Melting Point artist Wayne Perry will be at the pottery wheel Sundays Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and Wed., Feb. 7, 1 to 4 p.m. • Make baskets in a “Fiber Coiling Workshop” with Mimi Haddon Thurs., Feb. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. • “Ruskin and the Re-Framing of Art: Lecture and Conversation Featuring Timothy Holton and Gabriel Meyer” is Sun., Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. Free. In collaboration with the Ruskin Art Club, formerly at 800 S. Plymouth. Learn about the philosophy and history of John Ruskin and William Morris, inspiration behind the early 20th-century Arts and Crafts movement. RSVP. • “Hammering Plants & Printmaking” workshop is in time for Valentine’s Day Sun., Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;; free on Sundays. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—“An Evening of Puppet Shows with One Grain of Sand Puppet Theater” is Fri., Jan.

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Visit museums free RUSKIN ART CLUB was founded in 1888 and was housed on the corner of Eighth Street and Plymouth Boulevard from 1926 to a few years ago. Above are club namesake John Ruskin (left) and William Morris.

26 at 7:30 p.m. • Winter Olympics Movie Night, screening “The Cutting Edge,” is Thurs., Feb. 22 at p.m. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—“The Porsche Effect” celebrates the legendary car’s 70th anniversary. Exhibit opens to the public Sat., Feb. 3. Ends Jan. 2019. • Enzo Ferrari’s birthday will be celebrated with a cruise-in car show and contest Sun., Feb. 25, 8 to 10 a.m. • “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” ends July 15. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; ZIMMER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM — Celebrate Rosa Parks and her commitment to fight injustice in the Art Studio Feb. 4. Decorate festive masks at a kid-friendly Mardi Gras Feb. 11, and welcome the

Year of the Dog with arts and crafts Feb. 18. All events are Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; JAPAN FOUNDATION— Join artist Nobuo Anzai in “Still Life Coffee Painting Workshop,” Tues., Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP. • Have a lunchtime sound bath with the Tibetan singing bowl and its Japanese counterpart at “Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl” Wed., Jan. 31 at 12:30 and 1 p.m. Free. • “Migrating Dreamscapes: Nobuo Anzai,” ends Feb. 6. Free. Works from the painter's series: “Brazil,” “Columbia” and “Madrid.” Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—“Painted

in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici” ends March 18. • “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985,” ends April 1. • “Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos” ends April 15. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg — John Ford, Samuel Fuller, Geroge Stevens,” on exhibit. Docent-led tours are Sundays at 2 p.m., followed by a Holocaust survivor speaker at 3 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Always free. LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM—“Titans of the Ice Age: The La Brea Story in 3D" screens daily. Encounters with a (life-size puppet) sabertoothed cat are featured Fri-

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The auction: You LHO Pard RHO 1C P 1D P 1N P P Dbl P 2H P 2N P P P Question: What do you lead? Your partner has not supported your suit, Clubs; she bid diamonds. But she did not double the 2N contract, indicating she did not want a dia-

mond lead. But with this hand it does not matter what your partner does. Even if partner doubles for a diamond lead, you have only one lead. This brings up the first basic rule in defending no trump. All the other rules are subservient to this. No matter what partner has done, if you have a better lead in your own hand than what partner suggests, lead it.


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Unfortunately, East partner thought she should lead her partner’s suit, so she led the QD. Her lead had the deleterious consequence of her partner returning a diamond when she got the lead since she had no idea of her Club holding. She could have four little clubs with her points elsewhere. Then it's too late for the Clubs because Declarer's three diamonds set up. It doesn't matter what you hold here in determining what to lead. If the club queen is led, Declarer must take the King. When leader’s partner finally gets the lead with one of her Aces, she then knows to shoot back a Club and Declarer is history. You get four club tricks and two aces, minimum, for down one. Plus, her KT of spades is well situated for another trick for down 2. Here are the rules for leading against no trump. The card you should lead is in bold face:

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lead, for example, the Jack from AJT9 and declarer takes the king or queen in his hand and the other isn't on the board, when partner gets in she will lead your suit back through the remaining honor in declarer's hand and you have a very good chance of taking three (or four if you have a five card suit) tricks unless declarer started with four cards in the suit. If you are leading the Queen from KQT9, partner must drop the jack if she has it. Why? Because a savvy declarer who has AJx will hold up on your queen lead and if you continue, will take two tricks. So partner must drop the jack if she has it if you lead the queen on opening lead. That allows you to continue leading the suit without worrying about giving declarer an extra trick. In fact, with any of these

leads, if you have an honor, you should play it on her lead, for the same reason. It sets up the rest of her hand and allows her to continue the suit if Declarer ducks. Another thing to remember about these leads is that if partner leads the Queen and you have the Jack, you know what she's got. Similarly, if she leads the King and you have the Queen, you know that she should be holding AKJx. In both cases, you can freely play your honor without concern that you're giving up a trick. If, however, partner leads the Ace and you have the Queen, don't drop it because she should be denying AKJ. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.


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Why did we sing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve? asks Claire Davenport. Singing at the end of a party or celebration (usually accompanied by joining hands in a circle) is a custom that originated in Scotland during the latter part of the 18th century. The version of the song that we just sang to commemorate the end of the year was written in 1788, by Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, but his was not the first version. The melody is a traditional Scots folk tune, but the words evolved starting with Sir Robert Aytoun, a contemporary of Shakespeare, and were gradu-



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