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Larchmont Chronicle

vol. 54, no. 8

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Sample cuisine at 25th Taste of Larchmont Annual event is Aug. 28

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Hope-Net’s “Taste of Larchmont” celebrates its 25th anniversary on Mon., Aug. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. when attendees will sample food from the boulevard’s restaurants. The neighborhood event brings the community together while supporting the HopeNet food pantry mission. In addition to food from local eateries, a dessert pavilion will offer delicious pastries, cheeses and coffee. The event includes a silent auction and raffle. Prizes include dinner for two at 12 restaurants. Douglas Ferraro, Hope-Net executive director, said the event last year raised nearly $50,000 and helped Hope-Net provide supplemental food for more than 350,000 persons in our local area. Committee members inSee Taste, p 2

Ford Theatres make debut under open sky By Suzan Filipek “Welcome to the new Ford,” a staff member says as you climb the steps to the restored John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, nestled in the Hollywood Hills at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. State-of-the-art acoustics, 522 new light fixtures, a “sound wall” and the Ford’s intimate outdoor setting were heralded at a civic ceremony July 14. “This is a great jewel in the cultural crown of L.A. County,” said retired county supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “It will be around for another 100 years, and that was not something that was assured before we started this project…” Built in 1931 after a brush See Ford Theatres, p 4

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TASTE OF LARCHMONT brings the community together each year and supports local food pantries. Above, attendes at a recent Taste event gather at dessert pavilion. This year, it's Aug. 28.

New leaders named for Junior League's 92nd year Empowering women, communities among goals By John Welborne Katie Young McCullough is the new president of the Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA). The league, now in its 92nd year, is headquartered on Larchmont Blvd., almost next door to the Larchmont Chronicle. In an interview about her goals for this year, President McCullough first stressed the League’s essential mission of empowering women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. See Junior League, p 21

NEW DIRECTORS of the Junior League of Los Angeles are, first row, L-R: Karla Sayles, Katie Young McCullough (president) and Katherine Dru, and back row, L-R: Kelly McFarren, Elaina Graham, Sydney Johnson, Dara Beer, Maria Jones, Christine Neuharth and Elizabeth Svatek. Not pictured are Katharine Newman, Samantha Silverman and Samantha Zachrich.

Showdown set for Bungalow in criminal court Mrs. Mizrahi named By Suzan Filipek The Larchmont Bungalow is scheduled to be back in criminal court Mon., Aug. 7 with a new defendant — Renee Mizrahi, wife of the deceased owner. “That’s the drop-dead date when they’re supposed to be either in compliance by that date or close the restaurant. This has gone on long enough,” said Todd Maland, investigator with the city Dept. of Building and Safety. Last month the city attorney’s office was set to file a criminal complaint against Mrs. Mizrahi for violating a city order for illegally operating the Bungalow as a restaurant. Court Commissioner ElizaSee Bungalow, p 5

Sicilian carts are at Italian American Museum Local connection during World War II By John Welborne One of the newest museums in Los Angeles is IAMLA — Italian American Museum of Los Angeles. Located in the historic Italian Hall on Main St., backing up to Olvera St., the museum opened to the public in 2016. However, its gestation goes back almost as far as I can remember. Certainly to about 1978, when I first met the late Gloria Ricci Lothrop, professor of history at Cal Poly Pomona. Professor Lothrop served on the history committee for the Los Angeles 200 Committee SICILIAN CART is one of two on loan to the Italian that oversaw the celebration of the bicenten- Museum of Los Angeles, adjoining Olvera Street, See Sicilian carts, p 8 from Museum of Sicilian Cart in Taormina, Sicily.

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Community Comment

'Where do you like to take out-oftown guests?'

By John Welborne

That's the question inquiring photographer Nina Adams asked passersby along Larchmont Blvd.

Women, politics, and summer recesses We have a wonderful group of women in and around Larchmont. The population of women here is slightly more than 50 percent (as in the City of Los Angeles, generally). That’s about the same across the country. However, our elected representatives do not include many women. Only 13 percent of the City Council (two members) are female. For the State Legislature, the number is 22 percent female. For Congress (the House and Senate combined), only 19.6 percent of these representatives are women. We would be better off if there were more. But, for now, we will get some relief from all the tes-

tosterone-inspired governing. That’s because it’s summer! Maybe one reason that small businesses (and maybe big ones, too) can enjoy summer fun is recesses. That’s not “recessions,” but recesses. The Los Angeles City Council took a recess in July. Congress has an August recess. (After all, Washington D.C. is hot and muggy in the summer.) Our State Legislature has a month-long recess that ends Aug. 21. That all means relief! Relief from unceasing partisan bickering (as compared to reasoned debate designed to reach a synthesis), relief from last-minute legislation not disclosed to the public in a timely fashion, and relief

Sidewalks and Your Parkway Trees As part of the Sidewalks LA Repair Program and to bring our sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the city is evaluating our parkway trees. If a tree is determined to be dead or dying (with no prospect of recovery), or if the tree is tearing up the sidewalk such that the sidewalk isn’t accessible and there is no safe way to trim the tree’s roots, the city will initiate the process for removing the tree. As part of this process the tree is evaluated by a city arborist, and the Office of Historic Resources and the HPOZ Board review the evaluation. Then the Council Office consults with the Association, and the Association has our arborist do a second evaluation. This is to ensure that every possible effort will be taken to save the tree. If a tree must be removed, it will be replaced. There has been some misunderstanding recently that the City is engaged in wholesale tree removal without review or input and that’s not the case. Last year, in the process of doing much needed tree trimming, the City took it upon themselves to cut down trees that many of us believed were salvageable. The Association, the Council Office, the Office of Historic Resources, the HPOZ Board, and the City’s Department of Urban Forestry have worked together to develop a process where no parkway tree is removed unless removal is unavoidable for safety reasons. If you do know of a dangerous sidewalk and want an immediate repair, or if you’re disabled and there is a broken sidewalk, call 311 or file a request at the Safe Sidewalks LA website — http://sidewalks.lacity.org/ So, if you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry (kimberly.henry@lacity.org) to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/hancock-park There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process (http://preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/initial. screening.checklist) Unfortunately, crime continues to be a problem, so be sure to lock your car, secure your house and, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, 31646@lapd.lacity.org, with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s AntiGraffiti Request System: anti-graffiti.lacity.org and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

from burdening, “one size fits all” laws. The latter type of enactment is exemplified by Senate Bill 1818, a statewide law that was first adopted by the State Legislature in 2004. You read in Billy Taylor’s article in our July issue how a majority of the 120 legislators in Sacramento decided that it is they who should set the ground rules for the most local of local legislation — the planning and zoning laws for our individual neighborhoods. How is it that a legislator from Lassen County or Oakland or Bishop is setting the standards for heights of buildings adjacent to Wilshire Park or Larchmont Village? That, like the matter of “Vision Zero” (mentioned in June’s editorial) — which is increasing citywide traffic congestion and arguably creating safety hazards for children on small, local streets (now the favored routes of Waze) — perhaps should be issues of concern for people seeking local office. Actually, the traffic issue was discussed often in the two recent Los Angeles City Council campaigns (won in June by Monica Rodriguez and Gil Cedillo). When we get to the next city elections, maybe there will be some local candidates who believe that they and their neighbors know more about their own neighborhoods than do 51 percent of the 120 State Legislators in Sacramento. Maybe some of those successful campaigners will be women. Larchmont and the city would benefit!

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Calendar Sat., Aug. 5 — Volunteer appreciation barbecue at Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., 4 to 6 p.m. alexandriahouse.org. Wed., Aug. 9 — Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. greaterwilshire.org. Mon., Aug. 28 — Taste of Larchmont, fundraiser for Hope-Net, 6 p.m. Larchmont Blvd. Thurs., Aug. 31 — Delivery of the September issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Mon., Sept. 4 — Labor Day Sun., Oct. 29 — Larchmont Family Fair, noon to 5:30 p.m., on Larchmont Blvd., between Beverly Blvd. and First St.

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(Continued from page 1) clude Laurie Brown, Patricia Carroll, Steve Tator, Brian Milder, Jane Gilman and Bill Gaddy. The event was originated in 1993 by the Larchmont Chronicle to celebrate the newspaper’s 30th anniversary. In 1988, a collaboration of Los Angeles area religious congregations had founded Hope-Net to address hunger and homeless needs. First opened in the Wilshire Center area of Los Angeles, the agency now encompasses Koreatown, Figueroa/Adams, Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Silverlake. Tickets are $40 each. Call 213-389-9949, or visit hopenetla.org.

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CORRECTION In last month’s article on “The High Art of Riding Low,” the curator’s name was incorrectly written as Denise Salvador. Her name is Denise Sandoval. Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

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BOULEVARD NEWS

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Grab your tacos and go or stand at the bar at Tu Madre, the newest spot to open in the Village at 203 N. Larchmont Blvd. "It's that perfect blend of authentic and new and different," said a recent customer. Breakfast burritos are made with scrambled eggs, truffle guacamole, crispy tater tots and queso panela. Vegan dishes, carne asada tacos and ahi tuna burritos are also on the menu as are crispy rice bowls and red velvet churros. Order outside and eat at the bar, below a neon Make Tacos

By Nina Adams When asked what a store named, “Good Night Naturals” sold, many people thought of Not War sign. Josh Pourgol also owns Bardonna coffee shop at 139 N. Larchmont. This is his third taco location with partner Oliver Mateen. Others are in Westwood and Los Feliz. Another is planned for downtown. Tacos Tu Madre replaced the former Pinches Tacos space last month. Hours are 9 a.m. to midnight.

night creams or pajamas. In reality, Good Night Naturals, on Third St. between Fuller and Martel avenues, sells natural bedding and has been doing so for 25 years. Good Night Naturals offers 100-percent organic mattresses and bedding made from latex, cotton and wool. The store was co-founded by awardwinning documentary maker, Paul Hirschberger, after experiencing success with his store called Earthsake in the Bay Area in 1995. With an increase in health awareness, Hirschberger saw a void in natural bed and bath products and decided to capitalize on the organic health trend. Good Night Naturals started as an online venture and has since expanded with the store at 5979 W. 3rd Street, near The Grove. For information visit goodnightnaturals.com.

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Ford Theatres (Continued from page 1)

fire destroyed the original 1920 wooden theater, the site was in disrepair with nearly 100-year-old infrastructure. “We now have hot and cold running water,” marveled Yaroslavsky. The Ford now joins the ranks of the Hollywood Bowl, Natural History Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — all remodeled within the past two decades, added Yaroslavsky standing on the Ford’s new Edward D. Edelman Stage, named after the former county supervisor and arts supporter,

who in the 1970s named the theater after another county supervisor and arts supporter, John Anson Ford. The arts are needed more than ever, said Yaroslavsky. “It falls on the arts to help us understand one another, especially now in our country… Intelligent messages in an atmosphere like this make people start thinking about what life is all about. That’s what’s important about music and art and dance.” Dancers and musicians from the Viver Brazil troupe enlivened the ribbon cutting ceremony on the Brazilian walnut two-level stage, which

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replaced the former concrete. “This is the very best 1,200seat amphitheater in the country,” said Olga Garay-English, interim executive director of the Ford. The new sound wall at the rear of the three-story theater muffles noise from the outside including the roar of the 101 Freeway. Once inside, “you can hear the birds chirping,” plus the performers, said Garay-English. The ribbon cutting also was attended by County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl who credited Yaroslavsy for paving the way for the $72.2 million county project, also supported by private monies, including a donation from the Ahmanson Foundation. Other additions, all elevator accessible, include the 2,300-square-foot Zev Yaloslavsky Terrace, called “The Zev.” A modern kitchen will allow hot food to be prepared on site for the first time. The vendor is Crumble Catering. A grab-andgo marketplace is behind the Amphitheatre’s almost 12-foothigh historic front doors. An attached building adjacent and north of the stage adds another 11,055 square feet. Bedrock was excavated to enlarge green rooms, dressing rooms, artist storage and backstage spaces. The task was to preserve the historic integrity and natural beauty of the theater while creating a state-of-the-art venue, said Brenda Levin of Levin & Associates Architects who designed the project along with Mia Lehrer + Associates landscape architects. The fragile hillside was sta-

DEDICATION ceremony. Photo Gennia Cui / Future Collective 1929 FIRE, below. Herald Examiner Collection, LA Public Library

bilized and native landscape was planted. Stone staircases traverse the back of the stage and further add to hillside stabilization. Soil and erosion control included a drainage and storm water management system that directs rainwater away from the structures.

In the next few years, a one-mile trail loop boasting 360-degree views will be built from the Ford, located in a 32-acre County regional park, said John Wicker, director of the Los Angeles County Dept. of Parks and Recreation. “It’s going to be an amazing addition to this park facility.” (Please turn to page 5)

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(Continued from page 1) beth Harris continues to oversee the case, which originated when the late Mr. Albert Mizrahi opened the eatery as a take-out in 2009 with tables and chairs. In a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury and prior to the opening, he had acknowledged specifically that the facility would not have tables and chairs. The number of restaurants on Larchmont Blvd. is restricted under zoning laws. The restaurant limit was reached years ago, and only new take out establishments are allowed. As a result of Mizrahi’s commencement of business as a restaurant and not a take-out, the city almost immediately revoked the location’s required certificate of occupancy, and the restaurant and its owner and the city have been mired in civil and criminal lawsuits for nearly eight years. Mr. Mizrahi and the restaurant have lost every case so far. The criminal complaints were filed in 2010 against both Mr. Mizrahi and his business entity, Larchmont Village Partners, LLC. The three criminal counts are for violating an order to comply with city codes, providing false information on required documentation, and operating without a permit. Mr. Mizrahi did not waiver from his initial “not guilty” plea,

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but his business entity did not contest the charges and was convicted in March 2016. The prosecutors agreed to probation for Mr. Mizrahi if the offenses were corrected. But the illegal restaurant continues to operate still. That original criminal case, in which there was a plea agreement with the two parties, was

interrupted by Mr. Mizrahi’s death in August 2016. Initially, after the death, criminal defense attorney Richard Hirsch argued that the co-defendant, Larchmont Village Partners, LLC, was without a chief executive officer. Then, in March 2017, after city officials were notified that Miz-

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The Music Center, LA Opera and more. The summer season continues through Mon., Oct. 16, and includes Grammy Award-winning Senegalese vocalist Youssou Ndour performing Fri., Aug. 25 at 8:30 p.m. For a full lineup, visit fordtheatres.org.

(Continued from page 4) Summer concerts The inaugural Ignite @ The Ford! series of concerts is a collaboration with The Lincoln Center Festival and New York’s Apollo Theater,

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rahi’s wife would be taking over, the officials again inspected the Bungalow, at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. Finding tables and chairs, the city issued an order to comply to the LLC and to Mrs. Mizrahi, city investigator Maland said. City officials returned in April 2017, and there still had been no compliance. In court in April, Bungalow attorneys said they would either comply or close by the August deadline. At that

hearing, Commissioner Harris dismissed the case against the late Mr. Mizrahi. “The case against the LLC is not dismissed. The court only dismissed the case against Mr. Mizrahi.  The rest of the case continues.  The case will end in August,” said deputy city attorney Serena Christion. Maland said the case soon would be settled in court, one way or another.

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Religion played an early role in Ford Theatre’s history The outdoor amphitheater that is today the John Anson Ford Theatre was originally built in 1920 as the site of “The Pilgrimage Play.” Its author, Christine Wetherill Stevenson, an heiress to the Pittsburgh Paint fortune, found the rugged beauty of the Cahuenga Pass a dramatic outdoor setting for her play. Together with her wealthy friend Marie Rankin Clarke, she purchased this land west of Cahuenga Blvd., as well as the land on which the Hollywood Bowl now sits. A wooden, out-

door amphitheatre designed by architect Bernard Maybeck was built, and “The Pilgrimage Play” was performed every summer until the original structure was destroyed by a brush fire in October 1929. In 1931, the newer facility opened. Constructed of poured concrete it was designed by architect William Lee Woollett to resemble the gates of Jerusalem. The “Pilgrimage Play” resumed until 1964 when a lawsuit forced its closure due to its religious nature.

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Burglaries and gun-related crimes continue to be an issue WILSHIRE DIVISION RobbeRY: Three victims were approached by a dark colored Toyota Corolla in a parking lot near the corner of S. Sycamore Blvd and 2nd St. One of the two suspects inside the car brandished a handgun and demanded the victims’ cell phones on July 14 at 11:45 p.m. bURGlaRieS: A suspect smashed the rear window of a house, ransacked the interior and stole a watch from the property on the 100 block

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entered while the victim was sleeping on the 600 block of N. Sycamore Ave. on July 11 at 4 a.m. A suspect entered a property through a rear laundry room and attempted to enter the house through the back door before fleeing on the 500 block of N. Las Palmas Ave. on July 13 at 2 a.m. A victim returned to his home on the 600 block of Wilcox Ave. to find his passport and money missing on July 13 between 2:30 and 6 p.m.

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the victim to lie down on the ground while he grabbed a camcorder, cell phone and computer before fleeing on July 24 at 12:35 a.m. A victim and his acquaintance were sitting in a car, parked on the 300 block of N. Van Ness Ave., when a suspect approached the driver side window and demanded the victim’s watch at gunpoint. In fear, the victim complied and the suspect fled on July 15 at 4:30 a.m. A victim was walking near the corner of 3rd St. and Western Ave. on July 21 at 1 a.m. when a suspect appeared and snatched her cell phone and ran away. bURGlaRY: Camera equipment, a computer tablet and money were stolen from the 4000 block of W. Maplewood Ave. between July 11 at 1 p.m. and July 12 at 12:30 p.m. tHeFt: A package was stolen from the front porch of a property on the 500 block of S. Irving Blvd. on July 21 between 12:00 and 5:30 p.m. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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New rides, talent, costume contests at Larchmont Fair It’s that time of year again. The Larchmont Family Fair is coming to town Sun., Oct. 29. New rides for kids and teens, foods from around the world and a costume contest are among features of the small-town style Larchmont Boulevard Association event. Larchmont Blvd. will be closed to traffic for the fair, which will take place from noon to 5:30 p.m. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. Bubble rollers, bungee jumpers and bounce houses will entertain. The children’s

costume contest is at 1 p.m. Larchmont’s Got Talent contest for all ages takes place at 2:30 p.m. Korean barbecue will be offered by St. Brendan’s School, an In-N-Out Burger truck will be parked at the site, and “local restaurants will remain open and are always a great option,” said fair co-chair Vivian Gueler. Email Betsy@betsymalloy. com for booth applications. Corporate sponsors can email vgueler@pacifictrustgroup. com.

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Lenin sculpture saved, and on the market By Suzan Filipek The artists and owners of a shiny, 20-foot-tall sculpture of Vladimir Lenin’s head were able to remove it from its longtime home at 400 S. La Brea Ave. just in time. “Luckily, they managed to gain custody of the sculpture just before the clock stopped ticking,” said Drew Hammond, consulting exhibitions director for Ace Gallery. He added, the sculpture is private property of a friend of the artists’. “It has not yet sold, but I’m sure it has good sales prospects.”

The future of the towering chrome sculpture, which stood for years in front of Ace Museum (a separate corporate entity from Ace Gallery, at 5514 Wilshire Blvd.), was in jeopardy after the museum at Fourth and La Brea was evicted. (The museum never actually opened to the public.) The sculpture was created in 2008 by Chinese artists and brothers Gao Zhen and Gao Qiang. When the eviction took

place in June, the La Brea building’s owner told them to move the piece within 10 days. “I have heard that they have found a temporary place for it in Ventura County, and that they are entertaining sale prospects. I think there are a few potential collectors already interested,” Hammond said. A tiny figure sits on his head of Lenin, appropriate to the sculpture’s full and official title, “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head.”

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(Continued from page 1) nial of the founding of the City of Los Angeles, observed in 19801981. Lothrop had a vision of restoring the 1908 Italian Hall at the Pueblo and converting

part of it into a museum celebrating the long history of the industrious Italian immigrant community in Los Angeles. Her vision was realized. Learn more at italianhall.org. Sicilian carts A new exhibit just opened at

Beachwood project appeal to have a public hearing An appeal filed by local residents who oppose the Los Angeles Planning Commission’s approval of a controversial mixed-use development in Larchmont Village has been granted a public hearing. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee of the Los Angeles City Council (PLUM) will consider the appeal Tues., Aug. 8 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Room 350 of City Hall, 200 N. Spring St. The project is a five-story building planned for the corner of Beachwood Dr. and Melrose Ave. to include 52 residential

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units and 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Larchmont Village resident Tracey Clarke, who is one of the appellants, tells the Chronicle that she hopes that those neighbors with concerns about the project will attend the public hearing to make their voices heard. According to Clarke, issues such as parking availability and noise from a pool and rooftop deck have not been adequately resolved, and the apartment building’s proposed height of 56 feet (five-stories) is unacceptable to neighboring residents.

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One memorable afternoon in the mid ‘seventies, Catherine Crahan came down the staircase in her Windsor Boulevard home and encountered an intruder, standing in her front hall. Shocked, she yelled at him to leave, which he hastily did. Neighbors heard her and joined her in a brief pursuit of the would-be burglar, but he disappeared and never was apprehended. Mrs. Crahan was a board member of the revived Windsor Square Association (which originated in 1925), and she and her fellow board members decided it was time to take steps to improve the security of the neighborhood. At that time, the only “patrol service” consisted of one man, who rode a bicycle around the area, checking on houses and looking up at the chimneys to see if any of the red alarm lights were on (if you look hard, you can still see some of these old light fixtures in the neighborhood). Mrs. Crahan and her colleagues decided Windsor Square deserved something more comprehensive. The board interviewed several Los Angeles patrol service companies and selected one, known then as Westec. After the WSA board members lobbied enough of their neighbors to join them in signing up, Westec began patrol service with an assigned car for Windsor Square. Westec later expanded to Hancock Park and elsewhere nearby. Westec provided patrol service as well as alarm systems. Westec has transformed over the years into ADT, which still is a major provider of both alarm systems and patrol services in our neighborhood. A few years ago, a new company, SSA, founded by two retired police officers, has added its welcome presence to our communities. The company does not install or monitor alarm systems, but works closely with alarm service providers. In addition to being able to respond quickly to subscribers, just the presence of SSA’s and ADT’s patrol cars, which you have no doubt seen on our streets, creates a significant deterrent effect. If you are concerned about security for your home, your block, and the neighborhood, consider signing up for patrol services with one of these companies if you do not subscribe already. The more subscribers that the services enroll, the more patrol cars they can deploy on our streets. The Windsor Square Association is proud of its long-term role in making our neighborhood safer. While the association does not endorse any particular company, we do recommend that homeowners consider subscribing to a patrol service. You will no doubt gain peace of mind, and the entire neighborhood will benefit as well. To contact ADT, call 800-806-2129. To contact SSA, call 818-773-5600.

the museum, which is entered from Main St. just across the street from the largest Olvera St. parking lot (adjacent to the original Plaza Church). At 644 N. Main St., take the stairs or the elevator, and you’ll easily be able to experience the entire museum on the second floor of Italian Hall because the collection is relatively small. Included in a couple of rooms is the new exhibit, available until Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibit features the famous painted carts of Sicily. Used for transport of people as well as goods, these carts have an especially warm spot in my own memory bank, even though I never have been to Sicily. When I visited the museum recently, it was the first time I actually saw one of the real carts, about which I have heard family stories because of my mother’s experiences overseas in World War II. History of the carts As noted in an exhibit poster, among the island of Sicily’s “most recognized symbols of folk iconography is the carretto sicilano, an ornate horseor donkey-drawn cart that emerged in the early 1800s as a means of transportation. “The carts’ illustrations of historic events, literary works, and religious matter imparted knowledge to a population that was often illiterate and assisted the transmission of culture.” Although the carts ultimately were replaced by automobiles, “the carts continue to occupy a revered place within Sicilian popular culture and serve as an excellent guide for understanding the island’s history,” continues the poster for the first-of-its-kind exhibition in Los Angeles that was made possible through the financial support of Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana. Mom, Sicily and WWII Accompanying this story is an image of a “censored” personal communication sent home to her parents by my mother, Pauline (Polly) Schoder, in April 1944. For two years, 1943-1945, my mother was overseas as an American Red Cross volunteer serving with the 59th Evacuation Hospital that followed right behind General George Patton as he moved from North Africa to Sicily, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. My mother arrived for duty in Sicily in Nov., 1943, and she stayed there until her unit deployed to Italy in May of 1944. During the war, in any communications home from “the front,” no personnel were allowed to indicate their locations. Communications were reviewed and censored before dispatch. My mother and her parents had been in Sicily before the war. A few days before she sent one missive home, Polly had been visiting Taormina in Sic-

CENSORED message sent home in April 1944 alerted the parents of American Red Cross volunteer Polly Schoder to their daughter’s European whereabouts.

ily. She always told me that she was sure her parents would know where she was when they saw the cartoon of the cart.

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Get Involved with Your Neighborhood Council Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact info@greaterwilshire.org or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. 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 meetings: Second Wednesdays, 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. Wilshire United Methodist Church Assembly Room 4350 Wilshire Blvd., 90005 Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004 Sustainability Committee meetings: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004 Transportation Committee meetings: Monday, August 21st, 7:00 p.m. Marlborough School Collins Room – D200 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 90004

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Janet Clayton looks to the future of energy; Pulitzers are in her rear view By Suzan Filipek Janet Clayton tends to be where the action is — from Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the “Los Angeles Times” to being at the forefront of new technologies as head of corporate communications at Edison International.

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market, from battery storage to solar panels, there will be more of a mix,” says Janet. As senior vice president, corporate communications, her challenge is “to make it understandable.” She has a staff of 59 and advises even more, and she oversees the company’s philanthropic side; Edison donates $20 million a year to Southern California charities. After her decade-long beat as a general and political reporter at the “Los Angeles Times,” she went on to be editor of the editorial pages and the California section, where she managed the largest news staff at the newspaper. She edited three Pulitzer Prize-winning series: one on the homeless mentally ill in 2002; another on the dysfunction of California government in 2004: and an investigative series on problems leading to needless deaths at King-Drew Medical Center. She’s most proud of an oped piece on the Iraq War. The “Los Angeles Times” was only one of two newspapers in the country that came out against the Iraq invasion, she said. She eventually left journalism to head up ThinkCure. The Los Angeles Dodgers community-based nonprofit raises funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope. While she’s proud of her journalism achievements and work in philanthropy and fundraising, Janet had wanted to be an artist. But that dream faded when she took an art class in high school “and realized I wasn’t very good.” An aptitude test showed her talents laid in journalism. “I can talk to people and write about it and get paid to do this?” she thought. “I loved politics anyway,” and her future course was set. She got her first civics lessons from her dad, who was an elevator operator for the thencalled County of Los Angeles Hall of Administration. He would take riders like Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, up and down the elevator. (Today it is called the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.) City leaders “would speak quite freely…” amongst each other, not noticing the elevator operator. “He would come home and tell us there’s going to be a new park… I loved knowing ahead of time,” said Janet. Clayton received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism, Phi Beta Kappa, from USC. She also met her future husband Michael Johnson on the campus. They first lived in West Adams, and, just when they

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had completed restoring their 1912 home, they moved, she laughs. Michael had set his sights on a fixer-upper in Hancock Park on Rimpau. By now the couple had two small children and needed more room. (Jocelyn is now 28, and Aaron, 23.) But the English Countrystyle home was in bad shape, from the grungy pool to the yellow-and-pink Formica in the kitchen. Even the realtor advised against buying it, said Janet. Michael persevered. “He saw the bones of the house. All I could see were the problems. But fortunately he persuaded me. It’s a great neighborhood,” she says. The house was featured in “Architectural Digest” the year it was built, 1928. One year, as a Christmas present, Janet had research done on the house and the article was unearthed. “It was very cool.” Their children attended Pilgrim, St. James Episcopal, Immaculate Heart and Loyola High schools, and Michael was a Wilshire Little League coach for many years. Daughter Jocelyn graduated from Northwestern and Claremont Graduate schools and is the data manager at Larchmont Charter Schools. Aaron attended Santa Clara University and he works at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park. The couple recently hosted a reception for an opening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, where Michael is on the board. The two ride bikes to Larchmont Blvd., which, Janet happily notes, has kept its smalltown charm. The neighborhood has also retained its historical beauty. Gone are the days when you’d drive by a home and the next day it would be gone. “Protections are in place to keep people from midnight demolitions,” says Janet. The couple are members of the Hancock Park Home Owners Assoc., and while Michael is more plugged in on community issues, Janet keeps an eye on the neighborhood as well as staying busy leading us into a bright new future.


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‘Not your mother’s Ebell,’ says board member Janna Bodek Harris By Billy Taylor Longtime Windsor Square resident Janna Bodek Harris has a message to all of the young women reading this: join the Ebell of Los Angeles. “The club is a jewel in our community,” says Harris, who serves on the board of directors for the organization. “Really, I feel like every woman in this neighborhood should be a member.” Born and raised on the Westside, Harris left Los Angeles as a young woman to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After graduating with a double major in American studies and film, she relocated to New York City, where she lived for nearly six years before meeting her future husband James Harris, who, coincidentally, also is a native Angeleno. “I would probably still live in NYC if I hadn’t met my husband. He dragged me back,” Harris says with a laugh. “The deal was we would try living back in Los Angeles for two years, and if I wasn’t happy, we would try somewhere else.” Returning to the West Coast, the couple first lived in Cheviot Hills. It was then that Harris, who says she has always had a passion for architecture, renovated a house in West Adams as a business project. While working in the area, it didn’t take Harris long to discover the well-preserved homes in the historic neighborhood of Windsor Square. Shortly after, the couple sold their Westside property and moved to Norton Ave., where they lived for 15 years, and for the past 12 years, the couple has lived on Lucerne Blvd. “I love that it’s a real community. That you can walk along Larchmont Blvd. and run into people you know,” says Harris. Having raised two children in the neighborhood, Harris can recall many wonderful memories walking up and down Larchmont to grab supplies or heading a bit further to play a match at the Los

Angeles Tennis Club. “It’s wonderful having Chevalier’s Books so close,” she adds. “When my kids were little, it was nice to be able to walk them over for events and story hour.” When Harris talks about the things she loves best about the Larchmont community, the Ebell Club is near the top. “Most people don’t know that the Ebell does impressive educational and philanthropic work,” she explains of the organization, which was founded by local women in 1894. To all the younger women living in the neighborhood, Harris explains: “This is not your mother’s Ebell anymore.” And with annual membership fees around $270, there’s no excuse not to join, she notes. “There aren’t many clubs that you can join for that.” Recruiting Ebell Club members is important, according

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to Harris, because the club needs to survive to allow for its many philanthropic endowments to continue. In 2012, Harris was tapped to be the club’s program chair, a role she took seriously. “I really wanted to make the programming as diverse as possible to try and appeal to our diverse membership.” Harris points out that the

Ebell’s membership “is pretty unique” in that it is made up of women from many backgrounds, young and old, working and stay-at-home moms of all races. As program chair, Harris resurrected a long lost Ebell tradition to give members the opportunity to do hands-on activities to help the non-profits that the club supports each year through the Rest Cottage Endowment Fund. “It’s a wonderful way for our members to work together to help women in need.” These hands-on activities have previously included members knitting squares that are then put together to make blankets they donate to breast cancer patients at Good Sam Hospital, donating cooked dishes so members can bring dinner to residents at Alexandria House once a month, and donating personal hygiene items for the resi-

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dents at Teen Project. Harris’ approach to programming was to try and encourage as many people as she could to get involved and share ideas. “What I found is that if we created program series, then it’s pretty easy to plug things in,” says Harris. And from 2012-2016, that’s exactly what she did, organizing lunch speakers and ongoing events like the “Live in the Lounge” and themed wine pairing dinners. Although Harris is no longer the program chair — “There’s a terrific woman doing programs now,” she says — Harris now serves as the club’s treasurer. And she continues to promote Ebell membership. “It’s a wonderful community of women," she says. "I’ve met some amazing people who I otherwise would never have met, worked with or had fun with.”

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years [at Las Madrinas] is that the amount of money you raise is overwhelming.” This is a good thing, as the need at CHLA is so great. Many of the children there are from the inner city and don’t have access to health care. “Children’s Hospital swoops in and helps them,” she says. Besides “fundraising like crazy” and getting to “see the amazing things the doctors do,” members of Las Madrinas “work with the hospital to find priorities” for where best to channel the raised money. Las Madrinas’ focus this year is to endow the CHLA Neurolo-

gy Chair and Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program. Some of the past endowments previously raised by the CHLA affiliate, of $5 million each, support autism and simulation research. Hawley says that the effort has been gratifying beyond knowing she’s part of a larger effort to help countless children. “Along the way, I have found dear friends in all of our members — whose mission is to ‘do good’ in our community. I am forever inspired by these ladies!” The mother of four worked in the private sector, lastly at the Disney Channel, until

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after her third child was born. “I always knew I’d want to stay home and raise my kids,” she said, at her 1922 Colonial Clapboard home on Plymouth Blvd. last month. “It has good vibes, and, we try to keep it super original,” she says. (Prior owner Sue Betty Hillman was a wellknown neighborhood figure.) Diane and her husband Vic have raised four children: Jack, 25, Victor Jr., 23, Veronica, 21, and Nell, 15. The oldest two are Notre Dame graduates; Veronica is in her senior year at the university, and Nell is a sophomore at Marlborough. Diane’s dad, a son of immigrants, went to night school to get a master’s degree in electrical engineering; her mother was an orphan who also persevered and became a nurse. Their work ethic and family values (her parents are celebrating their 60th anniversary) were passed on to their daughters. “As one of four girls in my family, there was no doubt that, through hard work in school, we could achieve our dreams.” After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked as an internal auditor at National Steel Corp. Tired of being on the road, a boss suggested she get a master’s degree at Harvard, which initially seemed like a long way from the small town she grew up in near Pittsburgh. But, off she went, and it was at the Ivy League school that she met her future husband, who would eventually bring her to Windsor Square, where Vic and his seven siblings were raised. “I feel very local, but I’m not the original. He’s the original,” she smiles, her blue eyes shining. (Vic’s parents Phil and Mary

Hawley raised their family on Plymouth and Hudson; two of his brothers John and George also live in Windsor Square.) As her children grew, Diane was involved in their schools, eventually leading her to Marlborough, “a top-rated school nationally — right in our neighborhood!” As a trustee (and big cheerleader), she works on issues from fundraising to the buildings and grounds. “I have been inspired by the ability of this educational institution to help young women achieve their dreams and be the best they can be. How lucky we are to have this gem in our neighborhood. “The lovely thing about it is, there’s still a great core group of girls in the neighborhood who go there.” Hawley shares camaraderie with the women she has befriended since she moved here 32 years ago, from needlepoint circles and the Los Angeles Cotillion at the Ebell, where she was chairman and patroness for many years, to a longstanding membership in the Hancock Park Garden Club. She finds solace in her front and back yards, which she designed, trimming back the grass before it was fashionable. “I did the gravel before the rebate,” she notes, praising the Garden Club for its guidance. Inspired by her father’s victory garden, she shows her cucumbers during a tour in her white tennis shoes and summer dress, her golden retriever, Captain, at her side. She is a hostess at the Annual Assembly, an autumn whitetie dinner dance held in Los Angeles each year since 1931. She notes that the Assembly is not a philanthropy; it’s strictly for fun, she laughs. She and Vic are also members of the California Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum and the California Art Club. A painting of a seated young girl hangs in the hallway, her large brown eyes full of hope and promise. The painting spoke to her and Vic, she says. “I feel supremely lucky to be able to stay home and pursue all the priorities that are near and dear to our hearts: children, education and the arts,” she says, almost all in one breath. The community, too, is lucky to have her here.

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Travels around the world led Sheri Weller back home

By Suzan Filipek A professional public speaker, with a degree in business and broadcasting, Sheri Weller traveled 300 days a year during the dot.com days and later for Nissan and other company conventions and trade shows. After the birth of her son, Teddy, now 5, she continued her life on the road, with her son and her own mom in tow, but she was becoming more and more drawn to her volunteer work at Wagon Wheel preschool. One day, while at her Hancock Park condo — in a historic French Normandy style building — Weller turned her sights across Melrose Ave. to Hollygrove, the Los Angeles organization founded in 1880. “I had lived here for 20 years and I had never heard about that place,” she said of the former orphanage, Hollygrove, that once was home to a young Marilyn Monroe and occupied an entire block east of Vine, between Waring and Gregory avenues. Today, the nonprofit social services agency, is part of Uplift Family Services and offers afterschool and summer programs for kids mostly living in gang-infested neighborhoods. Three years ago, Weller and Hancock Park neighbor Julia Connolly plus Sarah McTeigue founded the Hollies, a 60-member-and-growing support arm of Hollygrove. Weller also has joined the board and she chairs the annual spring gala. Fundraising, after all, “is in my blood,” says the former Miss Georgia USA and clogger. (Her sister runs the National Clogging and Hoedown Council). Weller’s talents, honed in the small farming town where she grew up, (“clogging, cheering and community service” is what you did,) have come into good use at Hollygrove, where her involvement started when a parent asked her to help make baskets filled with goodies for the agency. The two moms were dropping off the baskets when Weller asked about volunteering. When she was told that Hollygrove lost funding for a volunteer coordinator, she thought of the “many great families” she knew at Wagon Wheel. As she expected, her friends, and the community, have stepped up. When the agency’s summer movie night was approaching, she reached out to Para-

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mount Pictures for donation of a screen. Oinkster restaurant across the street served the food. Weller “walked down Larchmont handing out flyers” to rally the neighbors to attend. This year’s community movie screening is planned for Sat., Sept. 30. On another visit, Weller stumbled upon Hollygrove camp’s Olympic-theme day, and she was blown away by what she saw. The kids wore hand-made decorated T-shirts, walked in a procession of their chosen country and performed in field events. “It was so overwhelming. These kids put so much work into this, and I was the only one to see it. I decided we needed to staff at least a day or two of the camps... even if we’re only holding the tape for them to run through.” Initially there were about

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eight to 10 Hollies, and “the kids had a blast… everyone likes to be cheered on.” Soon, parents were donating sunscreen, beach blankets and water. Someone set up an Amazon account to purchase supplies. “We needed 50 of everything, crayons to T-shirts.” The last day of each camp

week, the group heads to the beach, which for most of the kids is a first. One child remarked of the sand, the surf and the sea gulls, “’It smells exactly like I imagined.’” Besides the weeklong camp offered for 50 children in the summer months, “Endless Summer,” serves 50, 5- to 12year-olds three times a week during the school year. In another program, volunteers serve meals and find speakers during the twice-aweek parent institute. Most of the children are referred from local schools, Family Children Services or the police. They live in an area spanning Fairfax to Western avenues and Sunset to Wilshire boulevards, an area home to “eight very, very active gangs... A lot are working for gangs for $1,200 a week to sit on the corner” as police lookouts, says Weller.

Weller’s face brightens when she tells of the miracles that she’s encountered. One boy came back at age 13, now sober, to say how Hollygrove turned his life around. His father, after two prison terms, attended the parent program, aimed to break the cycle. “You parent how you were parented,” Weller explains. She’s preparing for her son’s entry into St. James’ elementary in the fall. Her earlier life, when she acted in commercials and soap operas is a distant memory. But it was on the set of a movie 21 years ago where she met her husband, producer/director Peter Weller. Now she travels to meet up with him on location — they never like to be more than two weeks apart as a family. But otherwise “I’ve got this whole community here,” she smiles.


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, Save the date for JLLA s 18th Annual Harvest Boutique: where giving is always in style on December 3rd 2017 at JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer Ester Poe teaches a combination of yoga, tai chi and aerobics at her fitness classes at 415 N. Larchmont Blvd., 2nd floor. “The goal is for you to be better at life… to be able to pick up your suitcase, stand up straight and fall prevention,” among other things, said the all-around athlete and former swimmer in the former USSR (now Ukraine). “She’s amazing,” said Ruth Leibowitz, a retired dancer and choreographer, who walks from her home on Arden Blvd. to take the class three times a week. “She’s made me so much stronger in my upper body,” said Leibowitz after a recent workout. “The thing I like about it is you never know what’s going to happen,” said Jim Montgomery, a medical equipment salesman who walks to the class from his Beachwood Ave. home. “This is the most important thing I do,” added the cycler and hiker. “I’m getting older and the flexibility is going. This has brought it back.” “Our bodies should be able to do everything a child does, including putting its foot in its mouth,” Poe said in her usual comical, light-hearted tone to a recent class of eight students. This is a large class, remarked Montgomery, “usually there are fewer people and you feel like you’re taking a private class.” “They’re fun, too,” adds Poe. The small group sometimes socializes outside of the class. After a 10-minute warm up, the one hour+ session can include weights (under 20 pounds), aerobic exercises, and deep squats followed by stretching and self-massage of the head, feet and hands. Demonstrating, Poe places her thumbs at the back of her head and gently massages her skull. “All the wires get dusty and need to be unplugged and then get plugged back in again,” she explains. “Our skull needs to breath too. We want to make sure it’s open and wake it up.” Ester Poe’s fitness classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at MUSA Martial Arts Academy, 415 ¼ N. Larchmont Blvd. Visit wellbalancedbootcamp. com for more information.


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THE WOMEN OF KW LARCHMONT CELEBRATE GRATITUDE 118 N Larchmont Blvd. LA CA 90004 | 323-762-2600

Bates | Hennington

Eva Kwag

Mary Woodward

Jen Stein Realty

experts@bateshennington.com 323-356-3675

evakwag@kw.com 213-446-5685

mary@thewoodwardteam.com 323-762-2571

"I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work in an incredible community with wonderful people around me— family, friends, colleagues and awesome clients!"

“I am grateful for growing up in our neighborhood with deep family attachments, hysterical memories of Larchmont in days of yore, and architecture of immense beauty.”

jen@jensteinrealty.com 310-386-6697 “I am grateful to be able to do what I love everyday. Real Estate!”

“We are grateful for our family, friends, and loyal clients!”

Portia Park

portia@portiapark.com 310-801-6873 “A two time cancer survivor, I am grateful everyday to have gone beyond survival to thriving, and the opportunity to help "pay it forward" for other woman.”

Star Jasper star@kw.com 323-273-3336

“To have gratitude is to be thankful, which I am...for the positive people that surround me daily!“

Marianne Simon MarianneSimon12@gmail.com 310-497-6112 “I am grateful for my dear family, close friends, clients who become friends, and amazing opportunities that extend from living in Hancock Park .”

April Bella

April@April-Bella.com 213-278-6200 "I am thankful for the gift to connect with others from the heart and the ability to work in a career that transforms lives. I am grateful to those that help in my most passionate cause of rescuing doggies."

Mary Anne Singer

masinger@earthlink.net 213-910-5937 “I'm grateful for the history, the personal bonds and the strong sense of family that remains at the heart of our ever growing, vibrant and diverse community.”

Jan Hohenstein

Julie Roy

julieroyRE@gmail.com 323-244-7212

janhohenstein@kw.com 323-428-2845

“I am most grateful for the ability to connect with people using various media, especially staying connected with my family around the world and back home in Canada.”

"I am filled with gratitude for my clients, friends, and real estate family that have embraced and supported me since 1999."

Dragana Popovic

Anna Lee

dragana@kw.com 323-823-8797

annalee@kw.com 213-675-6407

“I am grateful for my beautiful family, the team at KW Larchmont, and the amazing Larchmont community. MANY thanks to my dear clients and friends for your trust and referrals!!! It’s so rewarding to do what I love with people I care so much for.”

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with my clients & for my family & friends who push me to be the best I can be everyday!"

“I am grateful for the women in my life who inspire me everyday.” Joey Sacavitch Team Leader


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Directory of Who's Who

The following organizations involve many Larchmont people. If your group is not listed, please write to “Who’s Who Directory,” circulation@larchmontchronicle. luncheon and fashion show and operation of LAS FLORISTAS com or call 323-462-2241, ext. 13. The Colleagues Boutique, a designer resale Linda Cappello, president. 50 members. Meets and vintage clothing store at 3312 Pico Blvd. once a month, Sept. to June in members’ 213-260-7621; thecolleagues.com. homes. Purpose: support children’s charities ALEXANDRIA HOUSE at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation COLLEAGUE HELPERS IN Michelle Tonn, executive director; Judy Center including wheelchair sports, scholarPHILANTHROPIC SERVICE (CHIPS) Vaughan, founding executive director. PurAnne Marie Scibelli, president. Purpose: sup- ships, recreational therapy, adolescent suppose: a transitional residence for single womport Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work. port, robotics research and therapy. lasflorisen and women with children in the process Fundraising and volunteer efforts include tasinc@gmail.com; lasfloristas.org; facebook. of moving from emergency shelter to permaan annual fashion show, boutique fashion com/Las-Floristas-Inc-114777528580122. nent housing. Volunteer and donation opporLES AMIES CHILDREN’S events, hosting special children’s activities, tunities include playing “top chef” for a night, and donating and distributing toys. 213-260INSTITUTE, INC. a thrift sale every 2nd Sat., and hosting fund7621; thechips.org. Susan Armistead, president. Purpose: support raisers. 213-381-2649; alexandriahouse.org. Children’s Institute, Inc. with its work to help CUISINE Á ROULETTES ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL Daryl Twerdahl, volunteer contact. Cathie children affected by violence, abuse and other Jenny Chow, president, 7 members. Purpose: White, membership chair. 120 members. trauma. Fundraisers include theater recepChartered in 1938, serves and provides supTwo general membership meetings yearly tions, an annual holiday dinner and other acport to School on Wheels, Good Shepherd at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, open board tivities. 213-260-7621; childrensinstitute.org. Shelter for Homeless Women, Braille Instimeetings monthly. Purpose: FundraisNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE tute and Hope-Net. 213-810-8791; districteing and support for St. Vincent Meals on LOS ANGELES FOUNDER CHAPTER leven.altrusa.org. Wheels. 213-484-7112; stvincentmow.org; C. Suzanne Boone, president. 539 members. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE dtwerdahl@stvincentmow.org. Purpose: mother-daughter philanthropy OF LOS ANGELES DIDI HIRSCH MENTAL HEALTH organization. Annual benefit in December. Lisa Wierwille, president. Melanie Merians, Timeless Treasures Thrift Shop open TuesSERVICES chief executive officer. 600+ members. PurChristopher J. Harrer, board chair. Kim Kowsky, days, Fridays and Saturdays at 9441 Culver pose: Established in 1919 to improve the qualdirector of development and communications. Blvd, Culver City.   323-665-5981; nclla.org. ity of the lives of at-risk children and their Established in 1942. Purpose: To provide menNATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE families by providing social services in the tal health and suicide prevention services to CORONET DEBUTANTE BALL BOARD Los Angeles community. Local auxiliaries and communities in and around Los Angeles. Sup- Alice W. Gould, ball director. Purpose: Antheir chairs include: Anne Banning Auxiliary, port groups for people who have attempted or nual Coronet Debutante Ball in November at Shelagh Callahan and Kiel Fitzgerald; College lost loved ones to suicide. Several fundraisers a the Beverly Hilton.  Event fundraising supAlumnae Auxiliary, Mary Toolen-Roskam; Hillyear. 310-390-6612; didihirsch.org. ports philanthropic projects of the National toppers Auxiliary, Mary Kaufman; Mannequins EBELL OF LOS ANGELES Charity League, Los Angeles Founder ChapAuxiliary, Melly Lindsay; Nine O’Clock Players Loyce Braun, president.  450+ members.  A ter. 323-665-5981; nclla.org. Auxiliary, Dee Nasatir; Pre-School Auxiliary, club for today’s woman. Its philanthropNEEDLEWORK GUILD OF Yvonne Cazier; Founder Assisteens Auxiliary, AMERICA, HANCOCK PARK Laura Bauer Yani Buchanan and Nicole Kim. ic,  cultural and educational programs support 20 charities that help women and chil- Beverly Brown, president. 85 members. The 323-469-1973; assistanceleaguela.org. dren, grants over 50 college scholarships Needlework Guild meets monthly. Purpose: AVIVA CENTER each year, holds gourmet lunches with guest improve the quality of life of economically STERLING ASSOCIATES speakers, wine and dine dinners, barbecues, Regina Bette, president. Genevieve Haines, art receptions, dances, holiday events, play disadvantaged individuals in the community board chair. Purpose: fundraising group for readings, film screenings, book clubs, and by collecting, purchasing, and distributing Aviva Treatment Center for Abused Children, crafts workshops in a National Register new clothes, linens and personal care items through the seven local agencies supported. which provides compassionate support, ther- historic Italian Renaissance building.  Call 310-339-2212. apeutic services and guidance to at-risk chil- membership director Meredyth Deighton ORPHANAGE GUILD dren and families, including “wraparound” for information.  323-931-1277; ebellla.org. Mary Anne Atkisson, president. Purpose: raise community mental health, foster care, adopFREEDOMS FOUNDATION funds for Maryvale, oldest residential treatment tion and residential treatment services. ConAT VALLEY FORGE agency in Los Angeles, which provides residentact Elizabeth Rulon, development associate, Diane Deshong, president. 95 members. Purtial care for girls ages 13 to 18, mental health at 323-876-0550, ext. 1107, or erulon@aviva- pose: raise funds to provide scholarships to services for individuals and families, and an center.org, or visit avivacenter.org/volunteer. students and accredited teachers to participate emergency placement center for children ages BIG SUNDAY in the Foundation’s educational programs. 6 to 12. 626-280-6510; laorphanageguild.com. David Levinson, founder and executive direc- 310-275-1039; freedomsfoundation.org. ORPHANAGE GUILD JUNIORS tor. Mission: Big Sunday connects people by GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER FOR Bette Baer, president. Meets eight times a providing a wide variety of opportunities and HOMELESS WOMEN AUXILIARY projects that bring people together to im- Annemarie Howse, volunteer contact. Pur- year. Purpose: mentorship through activiprove lives, build community and give people pose: assist at four centers for the homeless ties and outings for residents at Maryvale. laorphanageguild.com/jua sense of belonging. Board of directors meet and raise funds. 213-235-1962; ahowse@gs- 626-280-6510; nior-guild. betteannbaer@gmail.com. 4 times a year. 6111 Melrose Ave., Los Ange- chomeless.org. PEGGY ALBRECHT les, 90038. 323-549-9944. bigsunday.org. HOLLYWOOD WILSHIRE YMCA

Philanthropic

BLIND CHILDREN’S CENTER

Danette Beck, board president. Scott Kassel, director of development and communications. Purpose: Provide family-centered early intervention and adaptive education services for children birth through second grade who are visually impaired. Golf tournament fundraiser in Nov. and other times of year. Volunteer opportunities available year round. 323664-2153; blindchildrenscenter.org.

CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S LAW CENTER

Betsy Butler, executive director. Purpose: Break down barriers and advance the potential of women and girls in California for more than 30 years. Activities include education and support services; impact litigation; and policy advocacy. CWLC emphasizes on effecting change for low-income and indigent women and girls. 323-951-1041; cwlc.org.

CHILDHELP

Loretta Sturla, president. 100 members. Meets every 2nd Thurs. except July, Aug. and Dec. Purpose: address the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The Los Angeles Chapter will host its annual Wonderland event Dec. 10 at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, as well as other fun events throughout the year. 760-674-9400; childhelp.org.

THE COLLEAGUES

Cara Esposito, president. 65 members. Nine meetings a year. Purpose: Supports Children’s Institute, Inc. to help children affected by violence, abuse and other trauma. Fundraising activities include annual spring

FRIENDLY HOUSE

David Almaraz, chairman. Purpose: Strengthening the community through Peggy Albrecht, board chair. Bill Cunninghamyouth development, healthy living and social Corso, board president, Monica Phillips, executive director. Founded in 1951 as the first home responsibility. 323-467-4161; ymcala.org. for women recovering from alcohol and drug HOPE-NET Douglas Ferraro, executive director, 200 vol- addiction in the USA. Purpose: provide an opunteers. Board meets bi-monthly. Purpose: portunity for women to recover physically, spirhelp eliminate hunger through area food itually and emotionally from drugs and alcohol pantries and to provide low-income housing in an atmosphere of love, compassion and supto families and individuals in the Wilshire port. 213-389-9964; friendlyhousela.org. P.E.O., GU CHAPTER Center and Los Angeles metro area. Taste of Larchmont this year is Mon., Aug. 28. 213- Elizabeth Schwalm, president. 16 members. 389-9949; hopenetla.org. Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Wilshire Country Club; meets two times in Jan. JEFFREY FOUNDATION Alyce Morris Winston, founder and CEO. and Sept. P.E.O. is an educational, philanthropPurpose: provide services for special needs ic organization that provides scholarships for children and their families, typically chil- women and owns and maintains a women’s libdren from 12 months through age 18. 323- eral arts college in Nevada, MO. 213-245-4844; 965-7536; thejeffreyfoundation.org. easchwalm@aol.com. peointernational.org.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES

Katie McCullough, president. 1,200 members. Founded in 1926. Seven general meetings Sept. to May. Purpose: promote voluntarism, develop women’s potential and improve the community through effective action and the leadership of trained volunteers. 323-957-4280; jlla.org.

JUNIORS OF SOCIAL SERVICE

Theresa Harris, president. Purpose: Fundraising and other support for Regis House Community Center owned and operated by the Sisters of Social Service. Annual fundraiser is in November. Group meets approximately four times a year.  2212 Beverly Blvd., LA 90057. 213380-8168; regishousecommunitycenter.com, regishousecc @att.net. 

Civic

ARCS FOUNDATION, INC. LOS ANGELES FOUNDER CHAPTER

Donna Tohidi Anderson, president. 68 members. Meets monthly Sept. through June. Purpose: ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) advances science in America by raising scholarship awards for outstanding undergraduate and graduate medical students and postdoctoral fellows  in the fields of science, math, engineering and medical research. 310375-1936; arcsfoundation .org/los_angeles

BANNING RESIDENCE MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS

Janet Akman, president. 500 members. Meets once a month. Purpose: to support the Banning Residence Museum. 310-5487777; thebanningmuseum.org.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, LOS ANGELESESCHSCHOLTZIA CHAPTER

Jan H. Gordon, chapter regent. 110 members. Meetings alternate 2nd Wed. and 2nd Sat. monthly, Sept. to May. Purpose:  The D.A.R., founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.  Contact: LAHawki@aol.com or follow on Facebook.

FRIENDS OF THE FAIRFAX LIBRARY

Patricia Walker, contact. Book sales are Wednesdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Meets 2nd Tues., of the month. Always looking for more volunteers. Purpose: to support the library acquisition fund and various programs, including the children and teen summer programs. 323-936-6191; lapl.org.

FRIENDS OF THE JOHN C. FREMONT LIBRARY

Thom Garbrecht, president; David Kendrick, vice president and co-treasurer, Ruth Roberts, co-treasurer. Five members. Purpose: to support the library. Holds book sales on the first Friday and Saturday of the month to support the library. Always looking for more volunteers. 323-962-3521; lapl.org.

FRIENDS OF THE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Samantha Anderson, president. Purpose: focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs; stimulate gifts of desirable collections, endowments and bequests. Book sales Tuesdays and Saturdays. friendsofmemoriallibrary@gmail.com. 323-938-2732; lapl.org.

HOLLYWOOD BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN

Marjory Hopper, president, 15 members. Purpose: Achieve equity for individuals in the workplace through advocacy and education. Meets 2nd Sat. for monthly luncheon at the Preston in the Loews Hollywood Hotel. 562-699-6288; mjhop6334 @aol.com; bpwcal.org/ /hollywood-club.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, LOS ANGELES CHAPTER

Martha Sklar and Maria Montero, co-presidents. 500 members. Meets monthly Sept.May. Purpose: non-partisan organization to inform citizens about government. 213-3681616; lwvlosangeles.org.

LOS ANGELES GARDEN CLUB

Nora Leibman, president. 60 members. Meets 2nd Mon. of the month at Visitors’ Center, Griffith Park at 9:30 a.m. Sept.–June. Purpose: to increase knowledge and love of gardening and support philanthropic causes. Toy collection / monetary donations in Nov. for Homeless UPLIFT FAMILY SERVICES AT Health Care Los Angeles. A horticultural scholHOLLYGROVE arship for a college student and assisting HabiBrad Slocum and Peter Brown, co-chairmen. tat for Humanity with landscaping are other Purpose: a family-centered community orga- civic projects. Spring and winter fundraisers. nization serving abused and neglected chil- 818-236-3641; losangelesgardenclub.org. dren to age 18, and those at risk of abuse or NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN neglect or in poverty. 323-463-2119; upliftfs. BUSINESS OWNERS, LOS ANGELES org/about/hollygrove. Hilary Lentini, president. Purpose: propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social WOMEN’S CANADIAN CLUB and political spheres of power through advoOF LOS ANGELES Elizabeth Abugayda, president. Meets for cacy, innovation and community. 213-622lunch 1st Thurs. most months. Purpose: 3200; nawbola.org. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH Contributes to four charities a year. Hosts a holiday luncheon and an annual tea at the WOMEN, LOS ANGELES SECTION home of the Consul General. 818-368-2429. Helen Davidov, board president. Purpose: to


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IN Our COmmuNIty

improve the quality of life for women, chilORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE FOR dren and families and to ensure individual CHILDREN (OIC) rights for all. Operates several thrift stores dbarrios@mednet.ucla.edu; ortho-institute. and a talkline. 323-651-2930; ncjwla.org. org.

TOWN AND GOWN OF USC

Pat Whitman president. 870 members. Established in 1904. Purpose: Engage women in philanthropy, provide academic scholarships to students at USC, make building and campus enhancements, and engage in cultural programs. president@townandgownofusc.org; pdwhitman@roadrunner.com; townandgownofusc.org.

• CHARITABLE CHILDREN’S GUILD (CCG)

Purpose: support OIC’s charitable care program with financial resources and volunteering. Main fundraiser is the “It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop” on the Orthopaedic Institute campus. 213-742-1478. • LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE ORTHOPAEDIC GUILD AUXILIARY OF THE CCG

Joan Cleven, president. 30 members.  Meets 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: support OIC’s charitable care Patrick MacKellan, president. 54 members. program with financial resources and volunMeets Wednesdays at  11:55 a.m.  at The teering. Main fundraiser is a Book & Author Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Luncheon held on a Tues. in October. Purpose: “Building friendships and tackling • LAS AMIGAS DE LAS LOMAS community challenges — for 85 years.” AUXILIARY OF THE CCG Contact Ben David, membership chair: ben- Stella Chang, president. 25 members. Meets david.rotary@gmail.com, wilshirerotary.org 2nd Mon. of the month. Purpose: support the or facebook/wilshirerotary.com. OIC’s charitable care program with financial resources and volunteering. Main fundraiser WINDSOR SQUARE-HANCOCK is held in October in conjunction with Las PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Judy Zeller, president, 236 members.  Board of Madrecitas. 2017 Fundraiser theme is KenTrustees meets quarterly at members’ homes. tucky Derby.  Visit lasamigas.org or facebook. Researches and preserves historical informa- com/lasamigasdelaslomas. tion on Windsor Square, Hancock Park and • LAS MADRECITAS AUXILIARY OF THE CCG Greater Rancho La Brea. Historical tours, so- Jennifer Robbins and Kym Smitham, cocial events and annual Homes / Gardens Tour. presidents. 140 members. Meets 1st Thurs. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: Contact: wshphs@gmail.com, wshphs.org. WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE support OIC’s charitable care program. Main Margot Bennett, executive director. Ann Re- fundraiser is held in October in conjunction iss Lane, founder. Purpose: prevent gun vio- with Las Amigas de Las Lomas. 2017 Fundlence by educating the public, policymakers raiser theme is Kentucky Derby.  • LAS NINAS DE LAS MADRECITAS and the media about the human, financial and public health consequences and dangers Emily Warter, president. 70 members, girls grades nine through 12. Meets 2nd Wed. of of firearms. 310-204-2348; wagv.org. WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION the month Sept. through June. Purpose: volunteer at OIC and in the community; fundraisOF LOS ANGELES Kay Burt, executive administrator. 1,200 mem- ing projects include a spring fashion show and bers. Board meets monthly. Purpose: promote Christmas See’s Candy Sale; presentation of full participation of women lawyers and judges seniors at Annual Evergreen Ball. • LOS AMIGOS AUXILIARY OF THE CCG in the legal profession, maintain integrity of Hans Khoe, president. 50 members. Meets legal system by advocating principles of faironce a month. Purpose: volunteer at OIC and ness and equality, improve status of women in society, including exercise of equal rights and in the community; support Las Amigas de reproductive choice. Does not give referrals or Las Lomas through volunteerism at the Fall Fundraiser event in October. do pro bono work. 213-892-8982; wlala.org.

WILSHIRE ROTARY CLUB OF LOS ANGELES

Hospital-Medical

CEDARS-SINAI WOMEN’S GUILD

• SEARCHLIGHTERS

Anne-Marie Peterson, president. 20 members. Meet 1st Tues. of the month (Sept. through June). Purpose: provide funds to support medical research and education for OIC. Main fundraiser is an “Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction” event in the fall.

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Medical Center through volunteer work and seum of Women in the Arts and to increase donations. 323-226-6941; lacusccares.org. public awareness of the work of California women artists locally and nationally. Sponsor exhibits, support educational programs, visit women artists’ studios and galleries THE BLUE RIBBON Kimberly Linares, senior coordinator, 468 and tour private collections. 323-656-9271; members. Meets on a special events basis nmwa.org. by invitation only at various cultural institutions. Purpose: Founded in 1968 by Dorothy Chandler, this independent charitable BUCKLEY SCHOOL support group is comprised of outstanding PARENTS ASSOCIATION women leaders in the Los Angeles communi- Purpose: to support the policies of the school ty. Funds raised go to its education programs in maintaining The Buckley School’s high and resident companies — Los Angeles Op- standards; support the school’s academic era, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles and administrative functions; assist in the Master Chorale and Center Theatre Group. school’s social and cultural activities; create 213-972-3348; klinares@musiccenter.org. a closer relationship among the school, the BARNSDALL ARTS / FOJAC students, and the parents; and assist in funShelah Leher-Graiwer, executive director. 14 draising. 818-461-6770; buckley.org. board members. Purpose: provide quality art CATHEDRAL CHAPEL SCHOOL PTO education and exhibitions that nurture creBOARD ativity, the acquisition of artistic skills, and Purpose: fundraising events for Cathedral the aesthetic appreciation of art and build Chapel School and general support of school. community through access and engage- 323-938-9976; cathedralchapelschool.org. ment. 323-363-4629; barnsdallarts.org. FRIENDS OF HANCOCK PARK

Art-Music

Education

HOLLYWOOD BOWL SOCIETY

Van Kantor, president. 50 members. Meets monthly over the summer. Purpose: support the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic and youth music education programs. 323-850-2166; hollywoodbowl.com.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART COSTUME COUNCIL

ELEMENTARY

Shanon Trygstad, president. Schedule is posted on website. Purpose: fundraising and implementing projects. hancockparkschool. com/friends-of-hancock-park-school.

FRIENDS OF THIRD STREET

Quarterly meetings held each year in the school auditorium; please see calendar on Anne Landsberger, contact. 50 members. Board website for dates and times. Purpose: raise meets six to eight times from Sept. to June. money for enrichment programs. 323-939Purpose: acquisitions and special project sup- 8337; friendsofthird.org. port for the Costume and Textile Department HARVARD-WESTLAKE SCHOOL of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 323PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION 857-6558; costumecouncil@lacma.org. Jackie Klein, president. 1,400 members. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM Meets six times yearly. Purpose: Support OF ART DOCENT COUNCIL school and build school community. 818Emily Craig, docent council coordinator. 487-6611; hw.com. 431 members. Purpose: volunteer educaIMMACULATE HEART tional services for students and adults in the PARENTS’ COUNCIL form of tours, lectures, and informal conKen Reichman, president. Board meets triversations. 323-857-6109; lacma.org. annually. Purpose: sponsors high school and LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF / or middle school parent socials and parent ART MUSEUM SERVICE COUNCIL information nights. Major events include faTim Deegan, chair. 150 members. Annual ther / daughter picnic in October, the walk meeting at museum. Purpose: Guest servic- in November, faculty appreciation luncheon es. 323-857-6228; tdeegan @lacma.org. in February, the mother / daughter luncheon LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC in March, and the used uniform sale in AFFILIATES May. 323-461-3651; immaculateheart.org. Becky Novy, chair. 1,000 members. Meets 10 LOYOLA HIGH MOTHERS’ GUILD times yearly. Purpose: support the Los Angeles Mona Schlater-Hewitt, president, 40 board Philharmonic Association and youth music ed- members who meet quarterly. Purpose ucation programs. 323-850-2166; laphil.com. is hospitality and fundraising for faculty LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC salaries. Annual spring luncheon. 213-3815121; loyolahs.edu. COMMITTEE Karen Growdon and Pam Thompson, coMARLBOROUGH PARENTS’ presidents. 90 members. General memberASSOCIATION ship meets six times yearly in members’ Kara Corwin and Amanda Mansour, co-preshomes. Purpose: raise funds to support the idents. 1,000 members. Purpose: provide Los Angeles Philharmonic and endowment leadership and involvement opportunities. for youth music education programs. Invita- 323-935-1147; marlborough.org. tion only. 323-850-2166; laphil.com. ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL

Gina Furth, president. 400 members; 3,000 constituents. Board meets six times a year. Purpose: support Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, primarily through fund-raising, support programs, research and education. 310-423-3667; SISTER SERVANTS OF MARY GUILD womensguildcs.org or womensguild@cshs.org. Denise Nighman, president. 165 members. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGE- Purpose: fundraising to assist sisters in carrying out their mission. The sisters are RNs, LVNs, LES ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES Bonnie McClure, chairman. 38 Guilds and Aux- CNAs who provide care to patients in their own iliaries. Purpose: raise money for Children’s homes regardless of illness, race or religion, LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC Hospital Los Angeles. 323-361-2367; chla.org. free of charge. This year, the annual benefit luncheon will be Sat., Oct 7 at the Luxe Sunset INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE GOOD SAMARITAN Hotel. 818-763-0970; dnighman@gmail.com. Rabab Ashley, president. 50 members. HOSPITAL AUXILIARY ST. ANNE’S GUILD Meets once a month, Oct. through May. Mahlon Lawton, president. 150 members. Dolores Bononi, president. Esther Clark, as- Purpose: encourage attendance at Los AnGeneral meetings Oct., Feb. and May. Pursociate director of special events and volun- geles Philharmonic performances; raise pose: Philanthropy, staffing of the Good Sateers. Meets two times a year. Purpose: serve funds; build bridges between cultures and maritan Gift Shop and public relations. 213at-risk, pregnant and parenting teens, young 977-2414; goodsam.org. countries through the International Ball women and their children. Thrift shop at 155 LAS MADRINAS N. Occidental Blvd. Fashion show is Thurs., once a year; provide sponsorship to chilLisa Brandt, president. 175 members. Kris- Sept. 21. Christmas boutique is Sat., Nov. 4. dren and their families to attend concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 323-850-2166; tin Harrison, public relations chair. Meets 213-381-2931 x341; eclark@stannes.org. three times yearly.  Purpose: Improve and ST. JOHN OF GOD HELPER’S CLUB laphil.com. enrich the Southern California community Purpose: Raise money for St. John of God MUSES OF THE CALIFORNIA with commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Retirement and Care Center through apSCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION Angeles and other philanthropic enterprises. peals and popular events such as the an- Patricia Torres, president. 115 members. Through members and debutante families, nual “Charity Golf Classic,” the “Classic Car Meets 2nd Mon. of the month Sept to June. honor those who have shown exceptional Show” and the “Brothers Night.” The Help- Purpose: supports and promotes the Calicommitment to the community. lasmadri- er’s Club also sponsors the Foundation’s fornia Science Center and its education nassecretary@gmail.com.  Newsletter. 323-731-7141; info@hospitaller- programs for youth. Provides fundraising and volunteer activities for the Community LUMINAIRES, FOUNDER CHAPTER foundation.org. Elizabeth Schonk, president. 160 members. ST. JOHN OF GOD WOMEN’S LEAGUE Youth Programs, the California State Science General meeting four times a year. Purpose: Margaret Cherene, president. 100 members. Fair and the Hands-On Science Camp. Membenefiting vision research at Doheny Eye In- Purpose: volunteering and fundraising to as- bership open to men and women.  310-529stitute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein sist patients in St. John of God Retirement 7540: prtorres617gmail.com. Eye Institute. 323-342-7101; doheny.org. and Care Center. 323-731-7141; info@hospi- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS COMMITTEE, tallerfoundation.org. LUMINAIRES JUNIORS Stacey Henning, president. 130 members. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA USC MEDICAL CENTER General meetings six times a year. Purpose: Janet Barnet and Marilyn Levin, co-presiCARES AUXILIARY benefiting vision research at Doheny Eye In- Mindy Halls, president. 200 patrons. Board dents. 75 members. For membership constitute, now affiliated with UCLA’s Jules Stein meets monthly Sept.-June, brunch in Dec. tact Margaret Black. Meets 8 to 10 times a Eye Institute. 323-342-7101; doheny.org. Purpose: support Los Angeles County / USC year. Purpose: to support the National Mu-

PARENT BOARD

Diedra Hoye, president. 226 families. Board meets 2nd Tues. of each month. Purpose: fundraising, communication forum, support of co-curricular activities and welcome for new families. 213-382-7401; stbrendanschool.com.

ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL PARENT ASSOCIATION

Meets monthly, year-round. Purpose: community building, fundraising and hospitality. 213-233-0133; sjsla.org.

THIRD STREET PTA

Emmy Kirkley, president.  Meetings held the first Friday in Aug., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr., and May.      Purpose: to promote and build parent/family engagement and work with Friends of Third to raise funds for enrichment and curricular programs for Third Street Elementary students.  323-939-8337;  thirdstreetpta.org.

WILSHIRE CREST PTA

Phylicia Patterson, president. Purpose: Fundraising and support for school and student needs. 323-938-5291, info@wilshirecrestpta.org.

WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL PTA

Hannah Ye, chair. Gabby Meoli, treasurer. 120 families. Meets monthly Sept.–May. 323-939-3800.

WILTON PLACE SCHOOL PTA

Call for more information. 213-389-1181.


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Faith, family and friends is ‘secret’ to Olsens’ 75th Ken (99) and Dickie (96) Olsen of Muirfield Road will have been married 75 years this November. The couple credit "faith, family and friends" as the secret to their long marriage and to life. The couple raised

seven children and volunteered countless hours to St. Anne’s Home, Loyola High Mother’s Club (which Dickie’s mom, Linda Luer Von der Ahe, founded), and others. After her own children left home, Dickie started volun-

teering at local schools to read to children. “She was very unassuming and genuinely kind,” says her daughter Jodi Kelly. Dickie was a Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont in 1982.

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Dickie and Ken met through Dickie’s brother, a Jesuit, who was living at what was then called Loyola University, and today is Loyola Maryount University. Ken, a native New Yorker, was in the U.S. Army 7th Regiment which was sent to Los Angeles — his first trip west. Having never been here and arriving in the dark of night, he staked out quarters for his troop on the bluff at Loyola. “He had no idea, of course, and the next morning he was confronted by Fr. Karl about what he was doing there. Eventually, that same priest asked if a couple of soldiers might want to go to his parent’s house in Hancock Park for dinner, and the rest is history.” Dickie was attending USC and majoring in music at the time. Ken’s parents “were poor immigrants, and dad learned early and well the value of a dollar and the rewards of hard work,” said Jodi. Dickie’s mother was also a native Los Angeleno. Her father was from the mid-west and rode the rails to Los Angeles. “Dad worked for Standard Oil,” said Jodi, “a company that tried to woo him back to the east coast after the war. He was also pursued by the Army that promised him ranks beyond his captain status. “But he was smitten not only with Dickie, but also with California with its warm weather. He brought his dad and sister out west to join him because he accepted his father-in-law’s offer to work at Von’s Grocery.” He worked his way up from meat cutter / butcher through multiple positions to president and CEO. During his ten-

FOUR GENERATIONS celebrated Ken Olsen's 99th birthday. Dickie is seated, right.

ure as president, Von’s and he were recognized by the Pulitzer Prize of the food industry — the Sidney Rabb Award. Dickie isn’t as mobile these days, so Ken attends daily mass and brings his wife com(Please turn to page 19)

Olsens and Kellys top 200+ years The Olsens' 75th wedding anniversary in November is not their only cause for celebration. Five of their seven children chose to get married (two bachelors are still holding out), and those marriages are still going strong. If you add up all the years, it tops 200+ years, estimates Jodi Olsen Kelly. Not just stability, but longevity, is a recurring theme in their family. For example, 25 years ago, four Kelly children had the unusual privilege of attending not one 50th anniversary, but two — the Kelly grandparents (Van Ness Ave.) in June of 1992 followed by the Olsen grandparents in November of that same year. “And, now, they get to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee,” says Jodi.

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FAMILIES will be honored at Children's Hospital Los Angeles debutante ball in December.

Las Madrinas announces 2017 debutantes at tea Las Madrinas has announced the 28 families and their daughters who will be honored for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball on Thurs., Dec. 21. The debutantes and their families gathered at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on May 10 for an introduction by Paul Viviano, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He spoke to the families about the impact that giving to Children’s Hospital has both for research and patient care. Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., MD then spoke about the new project that Las Madrinas is funding, The Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurollogical Institute Epilepsy Program — a first of its kind program that brings together experts to provide comprehensive treatment. A month later, the debutantes, their mothers and their grandmothers were guests of honor at a Tea given by Las Madrinas at the home of Mrs. James Francis Fla-

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Dr. Neville Anderson Dr. Anderson grew up in the Windsor Square area. She attended St. James’ School and Marlborough School. After graduating from Stanford University, she was an assistant teacher at Bing Nursery School. She went to the University of Rochester for medical school and then did her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she received the Victor E. Stork Award for Continued Excellence and Future Promise in the Care of Children. For 7 years, she practiced in La Cañada at Descanso Pediatrics. She then decided to open her own practice on Larchmont Boulevard. She was named a Top Doctor in Pasadena magazine and a Top Rising Super Doctor in Los Angeles magazine for multiple years. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Los Angeles Pediatric Society. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, going to the beach, reading, and playing tennis.

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LADIES with a local Larchmont connection include, L-R, Katherine Ann MacPherson, Christine Garland Babcock and Margarita Clark Higgins.

herty III. The president of Las Madrinas, Mrs. Wayne Martin Brandt, formally welcomed the families and thanked them for their contributions and commitment to the Southern California community. Among the Las Madrinas members greeting the June 14 guests were debutante chairman, Mrs. Patrick James McRoskey and Ball Chairman, Mrs. John Ledlie Rouse.

Established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Las Madrinas honors families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the annual Las Madrinas Ball. Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled the group to complete ten major endowments and capital projects at the hospital since 1988.

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(Continued from page 18) munion. “He wasn’t always a Catholic. Sometime in his 40s, he came home and announced he was converting. “Mom had no idea. He’d been researching the idea and praying over it for years because he was motivated by ‘the good person your mother is,’” he told daughter Jodi. Dickie and Ken were married in 1942 at Cathedral Chapel where all seven children attended grade school as well as St. Brendan’s – “the same church where Tom Kelly and I got married almost 43 years ago and where my brother Ken married his sweetheart two years ago,” concluded Jodi.

Dr. Alex is a board certified general pediatrician with a special expertise in pediatric dermatology. She enjoys working in a small practice and getting to know her families and patients. She practices compassionate, family-centric, and common sense based pediatrics, hoping to guide and support families through the many challenges of parenthood. She joined the Larchmont Pediatrics in December 2014. Originally from Chico, California. Dr. Alex received her medical degree from St. George’s University in 2005. She completed her pediatric residency at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of New York. She then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She is one of the founding members of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Health Network and is currently an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alex and her husband, Dr. Sherman, relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with their two little boys in the summer of 2014 and were blessed with the latest little addition, a girl, in December 2016. So not too much free time to speak of but loves to hang with her boys at the beach and snuggle with the littlest every chance she gets.

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Lisa Beiras Director of Admissions, Hollywood Schoolhouse Lisa Beiras has been in admissions since 2000. Being at Hollywood Schoolhouse for the last eight years, Lisa has been involved with ESAD, the Elementary School Admissions Directors Association, and has recently taken on the position of Co Chair of the steering committee. Lisa loves admissions because she has a genuine interest in meeting families, making personal connections, and helping families through the admissions process. At Hollywood Schoolhouse, finding the right family for the program is key and Lisa has not only the skill but the experience at HSH to know what that right fit is. For Lisa, building these relationships is the cornerstone of admissions and doesn’t end when a student is accepted. Helping students and families feel a part of the community is essential. Lisa has said, “I came to Hollywood Schoolhouse for the opportunity to be a Director but I stay because of my colleagues and the diverse community of families and educators that surround me.” Lisa is a California native and currently resides in Studio City. In her spare time, Lisa is likely to be traveling. 1233 N. McCadden Place • 323-465-1320 • lisa@hollywoodschoolhouse.org

Heather Duffy Boylston President, The Duffy Co. Congratulations to the Women of Larchmont. Thank you for all your meaningful work! President and founder Heather Duffy Boylston, a native Angelino and a long-time Larchmont resident, brings a career in public relations, marketing communications and community relations to The Duffy Co. A full-service public relations firm, The Duffy Co. can help you solidify and communicate your company mission and brand. We tell your story in a way that engages your target market and grows your business. We approach our communication strategies using today’s advancements in technology while still valuing longterm personal relationships. Our goal is to make a positive difference for our clients and our community. The Duffy Co. areas of expertise include: Media Relations • Media Training • Crisis Communications • Brand Strategy and Image Building • Event Planning and Management • Community Outreach • Social Media • Campaign Launches • Strategic Partnership Development • Reputation Management

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Angelique S. Campen, MD Esthetic Medicine Specialist and ER Doctor Angelique S. Campen, MD is a mother of three, an Emergency Medicine Physician, an entrepreneur, and an expert in the field of esthetic medicine. As a graduate of Marlborough, Georgetown University, and UCLA School of Medicine, Angelique is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Providence St Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and practices as faculty in emergency medicine at UCLA. She also owns an esthetic medicine practice, “The Best Kept Secret in Larchmont.” She offers in-home confidential botox and fillers. You have likely seen many of her clients either on the big screen, TV, or along the streets of Larchmont, but you would never know it (with her talent for achieving the natural look.) She is founder of Vital Medical Services which provides medical clearances and DUI blood draws at law enforcement facilities and thus reduces ER overcrowding. In her “free time” she travels on medical missions to Peru, Guatemala, and Ecuador, and is a member of Wilshire Rotary and The Ebell of Los Angeles.

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Patricia Carroll President Hollywoodland Realty Patricia Carroll grew up in the real estate business as the daughter of Hollywoodland owner Ed Carroll. She is now president of the firm her late father operated in two offices, since the 1940’s on Larchmont Blvd. and Beachwood Dr. Patti actively works for preservation, and is the Treasurer for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, where she also serves on the Land Use and Outreach committees. She is a member of the Ebell Club, SASNA, Friends of Hope-Net and is on the board of the Anderson-Munger YMCA. She also commutes to Paris and Majorca with her husband Mark where they served for many years as directors of international marketing for French Vogue and French Architectural Digest magazines. Her new address is in the orginal Hollywoodland Realty Office on Larchmont Blvd. … 584 N. Larchmont Blvd. 584 N. Larchmont Blvd 323 469-3171 2700 N. Beachwood Dr.

Careylyn Clifford Controller I am a Hancock Park native! My first jobs were on Larchmont Blvd. at My Favorite Place, Landis & Mail Boxes Etc. I am a blessed mother of 2. Noah, 9 years old, attends 3rd Street school with a passion for sports and plays for Wilshire Warriors travel team. Natalee Carey, 5 years old, is excelling in musical arts at Snooknuk and also plays baseball. Several years ago I earned my contractor’s license, MBE, SBA8(a) and took over my Dad’s company, Shawnee Pacific Construction. While I still enjoy coaching T-Ball, I have started a global Health & Wellness business as an independent consultant with Arbonne Int., offering beneficial plant-based nutrition, skin care, make up & an opportunity to change your life (www.careylynclifford.arbonne.com). I am an active member/volunteer with the National Women In Roofing organization providing mentoring and education for women roofing professionals. I have worked with Doug Ratliff, owner of Supreme Roofing on Gower, since 2004 and we are still enjoying working together. I have developed a new respect and admiration for roofers! While at Supreme Roofing, I implemented a new Safety, Injury and Illness program with a 100% success rate. I am most grateful for my children and the joy they have brought to my life. The person whom I most admire is Doug Ratliff at Supreme Roofing.

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Naomi Despres Outstanding Parent at Pilgrim School Naomi Despres is a busy producer and director, with over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry, as well as a devoted Pilgrim parent (with husband Arty Nelson) to Desi and Clyde. Naomi began her career working with Oliver Stone’s production company and is a principal and cofounder of Artina Films, where she is currently in production on Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. Although it is impossible to imagine how she finds the time, Naomi is always available whenever Pilgrim needs her support and has been involved in countless events over the years. Last March, Naomi turned a room at Pilgrim into a magical cabaret for Café Barnum, the annual faculty/student talent showcase. The Pilgrim community is greatly enriched by Naomi’s knowledge, passion, generosity, and huge heart. She gives more than 100% every day and that’s why she is a beloved member of our Pilgrim family, a Woman of Accomplishment, and so much more!

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Educating women was the goal of The Ebell of Los Angeles when it was founded 123 years ago. That objective continues with a calendar of activities that would make Adrian Ebell, founder of women’s clubs throughout the country, proud. Today’s Ebell members enjoy educational programs covering health, technology, cooking and poetry, to name a few. Speakers include city officials, historians, film producers, authors and wellness authorities. Dennee Frey, a member for 23 years, says the Ebell programs have grown in numbers, scope, diversity and sophistication in recent years. “Attending programs is a great way to meet members and introduce prospective members to our wonderful club!” A program that began several years ago is a collaboration with Women in Film’s celebrity spotlight series. Actress Angie Dickinson was guest speaker at the most recent event. The club hosts a playwriting contest, and the winner’s work is performed. Meetings also highlight the club’s philanthropies such as college scholarships and support of women- and childrenoriented nonprofit agencies. Family activities include a Supper with Santa that children eagerly anticipate. The Mother’s Day Brunch also is a favorite with moms and their offspring. Summer barbecues and bingo games also draw family members. Wine & Dine dinners showcase the chef’s cuisine. Well-known singers entertain at the monthly Live in the Lounge. Public outreach is another goal of the Ebell  programs, as exemplified by an open house scheduled Sun., Sept. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ebell, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd.

Feast to be served at Tex-Mex BBQ at Ol’ Ebell Ranch Come on down to the Tex-Mex BBQ at the Ol’ Ebell Ranch Fri., Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The annual barbecue is in the Ebell gardens, with Chef Ron cooking the brisket, spice-rubbed baby backs and mesquite-grilled chicken and all the fixins’. A corn on the cob bar and, for dessert, an ice cream sundae bar, are also on the menu. Co-chairs and ranch hands are Linda Myerson Dean, Peggy Giffin, Kristan Giordano, Randi Jones and Wendy Savage. The event is open to members, neighbors and friends. Tickets are $35 members and $40 nonmembers. The Ebell is at 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. Call 323-931-1277, ext 131 or email tickets@ebelloflosangeles.com

Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D. Dermatologist I always welcome the opportunity to reflect on the past year for the Women of Larchmont issue. I’m grateful for this chance to pause and consider all we’ve accomplished. I’m proud of staying ahead of the curve to offer our patients the latest and finest dermatologic treatments. This year we acquired the Profound laser and it’s yielding remarkable results. We like to think of it as “facelift lite”. We are one of the only practices in Southern California to offer Enlighten PICO Genesis. The revolutionary laser offers immediate improvement of sun spots, melasma, and tattoo removal. Angela Sarff, our talented RN, is going back to school to become a nurse practitioner. We’re delighted that she’ll still be providing treatments in our office while she attends classes. Speaking of our office, we’re looking forward to remodeling and adding additional treatment rooms this year. I’m happy to share that I traveled with my family to South East Asia and New Zealand to visit my niece who is studying abroad. Thank you to the Chronicle for this opportunity to take stock of the past year. Thanks to my dedicated staff & loyal patients who make every day unique and rewarding.

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Joanna Shewfelt-Girard Director of Operations Wilshire Escrow Co. Joanna Shewfelt Girard has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego. She worked for “I Have a Dream” Foundation as an Americorps volunteer after graduating from university, and then moved to Los Angeles to become Director of Operations for Wilshire Escrow Company, a prominent real estate escrow firm established by the Shewfelt family over 73 years ago. Wilshire Escrow is prepared to accommodate a broad range of client needs. She has worked for Wilshire Escrow for 15 years, and now splits her time between the office and enjoying her young family, comprised of two sons, Bobby and Jack James, and her husband, Bob Girard, who successfully launched his own law firm, Girard Bengali APC, last year. Joanna still finds time to be actively involved in charity work, including being on the Board of the Mannequins, an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Los Angeles.

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Vivian Gueler Chief Financial Officer, Pacific Trust Group Vivian Gueler is a Managing Partner and the Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Trust Group, a boutique mortgage bank/brokerage in Larchmont Village. She has been with the firm since 2002, prior to which time she ran the international marketing department for Virgin Records. Vivian has a solid foundation in both commercial and residential lending with an emphasis on working with first time homebuyers. She holds a bachelors degree in International Politics / Political Science from UCLA, is a graduate of the Executive Masters program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is a licensed tax preparer in the state of California. Vivian is active within the community, serves as a board member to the Larchmont Boulevard Association, and in 2016 was honored as a “Woman of Larchmont” by The Larchmont Chronicle. Vivian is currently co-chair of the Larchmont Family Festival and resides in Brookside with her five year old daughter, Nikka.

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Jennifer Kim

MS, CFP®, CMFC, ChFC, CLU

Senior Partner, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC (SEIA) Active Member of the Larchmont Community, PA Board Member, Wife, Mother Jennifer Kim is a native of Los Angeles and a resident of Larchmont for over 20 years. She received her BA degree in Economics from UCLA in 1992. Jennifer is a Senior Partner at SEIA where she customizes wealth and investment strategies for families and corporations. She has been in the securities and insurance business since 1993. Jennifer is married to Mark Kim, a Los Angeles, native and District Attorney in downtown, LA. Together they have four children ages 6-13. Sterling is attending Harvard Westlake High School. Fiona, Sullivan, and Remington attend St. James where Jennifer is on the PA Board. Jennifer’s family is also active at Marat Daukayev, Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, and in local sports.

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Patricia Klindworth Principal, Page Academy Patricia Klindworth is originally from the Midwest and has proven herself as an innovator and leader in the school administration field for over thirty-five years. She served as Senior Director for Page Academy in the Orlando, Florida-based schools for twenty-five years. The following two years, she served as an educational consultant for Page Academy before relocating to California last year. Ms. Klindworth is currently serving as the Principal of Page Academy Hancock Park as well as supervising the Beverly Hills campus. Her extensive experience will offer professionalism, innovative ideas and strong leadership. Her exceptional commitment has earned her many professional awards and certifications. She has chaired and co-chaired on a multitude of accreditation teams including, but not limited to, SACS, MSA-CESS, AI, and AISF. She is currently overseeing the renewal of Page Academy’s accreditation that will take place during the 2017-2018 school year. Page Academy looks forward to continue working with Ms. Klindworth and her never-ending dedication to the Community and Parent involvement.”

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Peggy Procter Head of School, Echo Horizon School Echo Horizon School is honored and excited to welcome Peggy Procter as the new Head of School beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. As the third Head of School at Echo Horizon, Peggy looks to honor the legacies of all of those who have built Echo Horizon School into a world class institution. Peggy has over 25 years of experience as an educator, and most recently served as Director of Upper School and Global Studies teacher at Windward School. During her tenure at Windward, she expanded curricular options, helped create world class Global, STEAM, and Entrepreneurship programs, and oversaw student leadership and health and wellness initiatives. Peggy is passionate about girls and women’s empowerment and leadership and serves as a facilitator for the CATDC Women Rising program for aspiring female leaders. Peggy has considered California home for the past 20+ years and enjoys reading, traveling, and camping with her husband and rising fourth grade daughter. She holds her BA from Dartmouth College in Spanish and Government and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid. Stop by Echo Horizon School for a tour, or meet Peggy at our booth at the Larchmont Fair! 3430 McManus Ave. , Culver City • 310-838-2442 • www.echohorizon.org

Jackie Smith The Agency A 16-year real estate veteran, Jackie brings a multifaceted vision of LA real estate to The Agency. With an eclectic background spanning industry lines and coastal cities, she serves her clients throughout every step of the buying and selling process. Born and raised in New York City, Jackie studied film and broadcast journalism at NYU before moving to LA to pursue an opportunity as a publicity and marketing director. It was in LA where she would discover her true affinity for real estate and design. After spending time developing single-family residences and spec homes with her husband, Jackie recognized her passion for finding and selling homes and set out to earn her real estate license. Leveraging her marketing expertise and development background with her natural talent for matching clients with their dream homes. Her tireless work ethic and keen negotiating skills have earned her the loyalty of a distinguished clientele who turn to her time and time again for their real estate needs.

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Julie Stromberg

Attorney, Activist, and Advocate An active community member, Julie serves on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) as the Windsor Village community representative, Budget Representative, Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is the founder and Chair of the Sustainability Committee. Julie is a delegate to the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 50. She serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles City College Foundation, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Women’s Political Caucus LA Westside, and the Miracle Mile Democratic Club. An Emerge California alumna, Julie also serves on the Community Forest Advisory Committee and was recognized as a “Woman of Larchmont” 2015. Julie is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School, and practices business litigation with Obagi Law Group, P.C. Although she takes pride in her civic service, she is most proud of her role as mother of two boys and three rescue dogs.

7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA (310) 299-2675 js@obagilaw.com

(Continued from page 1) She said that the new community impact statement created last year is being implemented now. Junior League is assisting its members in improving access to resources for Los Angeles area youth ages 18-21 who are transitioning out of foster care. Members also are working with underserved students seeking higher education. She says that these activities of League members “really speak to the work we currently are doing and hope to continue in the community.” She cited the ongoing JLLA partnerships with organizations such as United Friends of the Children and Alliance for Children’s Rights. New board The 2017-2018 board of directors includes: Karla Sayles, president-elect, Katherine Dru, president-elect-elect, Dara Beer, secretary, Christine Neuharth, treasurer, and Elaina Graham, Sydney Johnson, Maria Jones, Kelly McFarren, Katharine Newman, Samantha Silverman, Elizabeth Svatek and Samantha Zachrich. The new board serves through May of 2018. August is when the JLLA wraps up its registration for this year’s new member program, with Tues., Aug. 8 being the deadline to complete and return the membership application. A prerequisite is attending a New Member Orientation, and one is being held Sat., Aug. 5 in Larchmont Village. By becoming a volunteer with the JLLA, a woman has an opportunity to develop her skills and build friendships through the League’s structured and supportive environment while, most importantly, making a positive impact on the community. For example, Renee Capellaro joined JLLA last year to expand her network and to get involved in community service. “Along the way, I’ve met some pretty amazing women that I now consider friends. If you want to develop your leadership skills while making a difference in the community, I encourage you to attend one of our information sessions,” says Capellaro. Details about membership are at jlla. org/join.

Jan Daley album hits the Top 10

By Nina Adams Hancock Park’s Jan Daley’s jazz album “The Way of A Woman," featuring six self-written songs, hit the Top 10 on two Billboard Album charts. Daley passed Norah Jones, Thelonious Monk and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for her spot in 6th place. The artist's career has spanned over five decades. “This has been a long time coming," she said. “This is more than I dreamed of.” Daley’s single  “When Sunny Gets Blue”  can be downloaded on noisetrade.com.

Donna Trairat Long-term Cocktail Server, El Coyote Donna has devoted her life to serving others. Fortunately for El Coyote, where she has been a server for 39 years, her loyalty, dependability and skills have added to the restaurant’s success of 87 years. Donna’s talents extend to sewing beautiful costumes and creating the perfect meal for her friends. Traveling for Donna is determined by locations where she sees people in need. Typically, Donna’s trips involve going to her native Thailand to visit her son and discern the needs of students in schools where supplies are lacking. She then takes measures to make a difference. Her time and energy have been spent over the years assisting family members in becoming permanent U.S. citizens. She has been a proud citizen since 1988. With deep gratitude, Donna says, “I wish for the Coyote to go on forever. I feel everything good in my life has come from El Coyote.” Donna has definitely accomplished her mission of helping others. El Coyote congratulates Donna on her years of service to us and others.

7312 Beverly Blvd. • 323-939-2255 • elcoyotecafe.com

Kathy Whooley PT, OCS, CSCS, CPI, MBA Owner, Larchmont Physical Therapy “Physical Therapists improve the way you move” An accomplished physical therapist, Kathy Whooley has enjoyed serving the orthopedic and sports medicine needs of the community for over 32 years. LPT is known as a top notch outpatient practice where she oversees a dedicated team of professionals. Kathy’s goal is to ensure optimal results for a wide variety of clients with everchallenging sets of needs and goals. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Boston University Kathy holds a BS in Physical Therapy. After relocating to southern California she went on to earn her MBA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Several other credentials are listed below. Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification Certified Pilates Instructor USGFA Golf Specific Fitness Trainer Improve the way you move and perform today at Larchmont Physical Therapy

Kathy Whooley, PT, OCS • Larchmont Physical Therapy 321 No Larchmont Blvd #825 LA, CA 90004 • 323 464-4458

Leisha Willis CPCU, AU, API Owner & Agent Leisha opened her State Farm Agency in Larchmont Village in 2013 following a 22-year career in management with the organization. Prior to becoming a State Farm Agent, she directed human resources operations in California and led recruiting efforts in the southeast states for State Farm. A Michigan native, Leisha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with undergraduate studies at Oxford University as a Luard Foundation Scholar. Her professional accreditations include Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Underwriting (AU), and Associate in Personal Insurance (API). She is a Leadership America alumna and former board member for the United Way. Leisha holds her Life/ Health and Property/Casualty licenses and is a Registered Representative for State Farm VP Management Corp. In her spare time, Leisha enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family. She is active in community outreach organizations and is honored to have mentored many young people in their careers.

500 North Larchmont Blvd • 323-785-4080 • leisha@leishawillis.com

Alyce Morris Winston

CEO and Founder Alyce Morris Winston, CEO and Founder of The Jeffrey Foundation, has dedicated her life to specialneeds and low income children and their families for over 45 years. The Foundation recently celebrated its 45th anniversary! “Helping children learn, and cope with their disability and counseling their parents is truly my passion and makes me feel happy and fulfilled. I have been so blessed to have the support of the community in proving infant, toddler, afterschool, camping and recreation programs through The Jeffrey Foundation, named after my son Jeffrey who had Muscular Dystrophy. My dream has come true!” Alyce believes that working for the community, especially with children, keeps us young, happy and fulfilled. She was honored in 2003 as a Woman of Larchmont, and is extremely proud of her foundation’s accomplishments! For more information or to volunteer, please call 323-965-7536.

5470 W. Washington Blvd. • www.thejeffreyfoundation.com

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Charlotte Lipson, 100, daughter of Larchmont’s founding builder By Patricia Lombard Charlotte LaBonte Lipson, daughter of Larchmont’s founding builder Julius LaBonte, passed away at her home in Studio City last month, just one day after her 100th birthday. According to sources close to Mrs. Lipson, she died peacefully in her home, surrounded by people who cared for her. Charlotte LaBonte Lipson was born on June 28, 1917 in Traverse City, Michigan, the only child of Julius and Pauline (Leitelt) LaBonte, who moved to Los Angeles in 1920. Mr. and Mrs. LaBonte used to winter in Los Angeles and decided to settle here full time after selling the successful family business, Leitelt Iron Works and Foundry, the previous year. Charlotte grew up at 340 S. Arden Blvd. and later moved to 316 N. Rossmore Ave. Memories of her childhood

Lipson in an interview with the Larchmont Chronicle in November 1991. “When he arrived in Los Angeles, my father wanted something to do. He walked all around this area and met with a number of city planners and decided that commercial real estate was the way to go,” explained Lipson. With access provided by the streetIMAGE FROM the Larchmont Chronicle car line that was extended to run north November 1991. on Larchmont from are recounted in the book Third Street up Mel“Larchmont,” a pictorial his- rose to the Hollywood Mineral tory of the street: Hot Springs, LaBonte bought “It was a huge house, built up lots along the boulevard. by the Stanton Lumber heirs, In September 1921, The Los recalled…Charlotte LaBonte Angeles Times reported that

BUILDING AT 124 1/2 – 148 N. Larchmont was built by Charlotte Lipson’s father Julius LaBonte, developer of Larchmont Blvd. The original safe is still inside what is now Chevalier’s Books. The marble facade is still intact, too…though other elements of the building have been altered. (Photo courtesy of the Larchmont Chronicle.)

Julius LaBonte and Charles Ramson purchased seven lots on Larchmont Blvd. to create a business district of 30 stores between First Street and Beverly Blvd. He is credited with building 70 percent of the structures on the street as well as having the vision to

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create the first neighborhood shopping street in the city of Los Angeles that catered to the adjacent new neighborhoods of Larchmont Heights, now known as Larchmont Village, New Windsor Square, known simply as Windsor Square, and Hancock Park. According to the Times, every store was leased before the buildings were finished. Streetlights fitted to the railway power poles makes this “one of the best illuminated sections of the city.” “My father always had a very clear idea of what Larchmont Blvd should be,” LaBonte’s daughter Charlotte Lipson recalled. “He always saw it as a service street for the carriage trade of Windsor Square and Hancock Park. It was the first neighborhood shopping center in Los Angeles.” “J.J. LaBonte was the one who put the money together with the dream,” Lipson said. “except for one building at 124 N. Larchmont, which he built as an investment for his family, he financed the other buildings by selling their mortgages to his contacts in Michigan. His main contractor was Clarence Bean.” Lipson recalled, “my father stipulated that his buildings be constructed of brick because that was the material he was familiar with in the Midwest. He planned for a theatre, bank, grocery store, drug store, bakery, dry cleaners and a candy store, and always looked for continuity in the business of his tenants. He knew customers would come back to the same locations.” Luckily, LaBonte got out of the stock market six months before it crashed. But when the government closed all the savings and loans during the Depression, and the real estate bubble burst, he was forced to sell all his properties except the one he owned outright at 124 1/2 – 148, on the east side of the street, which Mrs. Lipson inherited when her father died in 1968. (Her mother, Pauline, died in 1951.) “My father went to the office every day of his life,” Lipson told the Larchmont Chronicle in an


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(Continued from page 22) article on the 70th anniversary of Larchmont Village. “He knew every tenant, and was very approachable, very available to everyone. He had lunch with his friends every day at the Wilshire Country Club. He was a dapper man — he walked with a cane, not because he needed it, but because it looked so elegant, and always wore a soft-brimmed felt hat or a Panama.” “He never had a son, so I was trained to follow in his footsteps,” she continued. “He always protected my mother, but he pushed me to be prepared for the world that he knew was coming: my mother never learned to drive because a lady didn’t do that in those days, but I had my license at 14.” Charlotte LaBonte attended Westlake School for Girls and the University of Southern California. In 1962, she married Jack Lipson, a plumbing contractor who rented office space from her father and did much of the work on her father’s buildings. “I had known him all my life — his office was in the LaBonte building,” she told the Chronicle. The couple never had any children. Over the years, Lipson remained committed to maintaining the last remaining building her father built on Larchmont. In 1982, she chose to save the building, renovate it and bring it up to seismic code, at great expense, rather than tearing it down. “I didn’t have the heart to demolish it,” she told the Larchmont Chronicle in November 1991, “I owed it to Larchmont not to.” Lipson was also committed to the shopkeepers who were her tenants on Larchmont, often offering much lower than market rate rents in order to preserve the small businesses that were so important to her father’s vision of Larchmont. She reportedly turned down several offers to sell over the years. According to those closest to her, Charlotte Lipson was a very private person. In her later years, she declined to be interviewed and preferred to communicate primarily through her attorney and trusted friend Eric Nelson. When the community honored her father with a plaque in 2012, Mrs. Lipson did not attend the festivities. Occasionally, she would stop in to visit her tenants, even climbing the stairs to visit those in the upstairs offices, recalled Judy Horton, a garden designer whose office is upstairs at 136 1/2 N Larchmont Blvd. Nelson told the Buzz that he met Mrs. Lipson in 1969 when he was leasing office space on La Brea from another attorney, having been unable to find space on Larchmont where

LARCHMONT BLVD. around 1920. Looking north, the LaBonte building is down the street on the right. The building in the foreground is no longer there. (Photo courtesy of the Larchmont Chronicle.)

LABONTE Building is featured in a scene from “Better Behave,” a short filmed on Larchmont Blvd. in 1928 by the Weiss Brothers.

a bookstore. Rather than try to extract the highest possible market rent, she insisted the community interest in maintaining the local feel of Larchmont trumped her interest in driving a hard bargain. It was Chevalier’s good fortune to have had our landlord be a great communitarian. She’ll be missed!” This article was originally published on the Larchmont Buzz July 7.

he’d always wanted to locate. It turned out Mrs. Lipson was a client of Nelson’s landlord, a sole practitioner. Upon his passing, Lipson became a client of Mr. Nelson, who had grown up in the area and shared Mrs. Lipson’s affection for Larchmont. “Charlotte Lipson was a local treasure,” Bert Deixler, co-owner of Chevalier’s Books told the Buzz. “It is because of her and her friend Filis Winthrop that our community has

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The Women of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Salute the

Women of Larchmont JUNE AHN

June Ahn is a top producing agent and an estate director with Coldwell Banker Hancock Park South. A member of the International President’s Elite, June has been recognized as one of the top 100 agents of Coldwell Banker in all of Southern California. She has earned many awards for her outstanding achievements. Please call (323) 855-5558.

BARBARA ALLEN

SUE CARR

After 33 years, Sue is a virtual computer: if you want to know the history of a property, she likely has the answer. Her credibility with industry colleagues often results in referrals & is given preview on exclusive properties before coming on the market. Her patience, humor & attention to detail are unparalleled. Call (323) 864-7406 www.LovelandCarr.com

JENNY CHOW

Over twenty years ago, Barbara relocated from Massachusetts with a Master’s Degree from Boston University’s School of Communications. She specializes in residential homes & residential income properties in the Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Silver Lake & Los Feliz areas. She’s a member of International Diamond Society. Call (323) 610-1781 www.BarbaraAllenla.com

A long-time resident of the area Jenny specializes in residential and commercial real estate. She has more than 23 years experience and is a consistent top producer. Jenny is a native of Taiwan & speaks three dialects of Chinese. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers & Altrusa International. She is married with two sons. (323) 460-7624.

ANNE AUSTIN

CECILLE COHEN

A Tradition Of Excellence, Integrity, Hard Work And Innovation. Among The To p R e a l E s t a t e A g e n t s From Hancock Park To The Coastline. Specializing In All Aspects Of Residential And Income Properties. Distinctive, Personalized And Attentive Service. Call Anne at (213) 718-1527

Cecille delivers results. Resolves problems. Reliable, responsive, effective. 30 years distinction. President’s Club. Top awards. She & her husband, are parents of 5 children who attended Yavneh, Toras Emes, YULA, Bais Yakov, Yeshiva Gedolah.

PEGGY BARTENETTI

Peggy graduated from UCLA with a BA in English; studied design at Otis Parson’s Art Institute for 3 years and completed a summer course in the Architecture of English Country Homes at Oxford University in England. Peggy has been selling real estate for 20 years with Coldwell Banker South on Larchmont & has been a resident of Hancock Park for 46 years. Peggy is involved in many community activities. (323)860-4250

VICKIE BASCOY

Victoria is a Los Angeles native and a long-time resident of Hancock Park/Windsor Square. Her real estate career spans 22 + years with such achievements as Rookie of the Year, Assistant Manager, Top Producer and Woman of the Year. She has sold from Santa Monica to Palm Springs & is a member of numerous charitable & religious organizations. (323) 823-6869.

SANDY BOECK

Sandy is dedicated to bridging the needs of buyers and sellers with personalized, one-on-one service from the starting line to the dotted line. She has the comprehensive knowledge, negotiating experience and marketing skills helping her clients since 1988 to achieve their goals. Sandy grew up in Hancock Park and has lived in Brookside for over 40 years. (323) 860-4240.

LEAH BRENNER

Leah has three loves: family, real estate and community. A proud grandmother to 17, resident of HP, supporter of local charities and a top producing CB, Leah has achieved many accolades over her 33-year career. Leah and her partner Naomi are members of prestigious Society of Excellence and earned a position on TheWallStreetJournal/REALTrends list of the nation’s top 1,000 REALTORS®. (323) 860-4245 www.naomiandleah.com

MARY LOUISE BURRELL Mary Louise is a caring, respected & experienced real estate agent who has beenservingtherealestatecommunity forthepast31years.AnativeCalifornian & an alumnus of USC, she especially enjoys working with first time home buyers, investors for income properties & finding the ultimate dream home! She can be reached at (323) 314-5718.

Hancock Park South 119 Larchmont Blvd. 323.462.0867

Call 213-810-9949 cecille.cohen@camoves.com

CINDY DEFATTA I am a neighbor. I love our neighborhood! I am passionate, ethical and smart. I do not take lightly the responsibilty that I am given. I do try to make every sale as stress free and yes..even fun and exciting. Call Cindy at (760) 703-3877

KATHY GLESS

Spanning 40 years, Kathy has represented both buyers & sellers in Hancock Park & Windsor Square. She is considered one of the most respected, experienced & successful agents at Coldwell Banker. Integrity & commitment to clients are her hallmark. She holds the title of Executive Sales Director & Global Luxury Specialist. Charitable activities include Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women, Meals on Wheels & Hope Net. (323) 460-7622.

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Maria, is a 37 yr Hancock Park Resident & a Top Real Estate Sales producer since 1995. Her specialties are Single Family, Multi Family, Short Sale, Bank Owned, (REO), Probate & Trust Sales. In 2016, Maria has been awarded the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award . Maria ranks in the top 3% Sales producer Nationwide. For a free and private consultation call Maria @ 213705-1603

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Bella Kay, with over 36 years of experience in the local real estate industry, speaks five languages fluently: English, Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish, taken courses in interior design. Known for her patience, persistence, and enthusiasm, she has a loyal following of satisfied clients throughout Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, & the Westside. (323) 972-3408.

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Sara provides the highest service to her clients that she serve, and she aims to provide absolute client satisfaction. Sara will assist her clients through every step of the transaction, making the process as effortlessly as possible. Her communication skills and ability to negotiate have allowed her to make the process of completing the real estate transaction more efficient and successful. Call (213) 273-6559

GRACE KIM Buying or selling a home on your own can be a challenge fraught with potential pitfalls. As an experienced real estate professional, I can manage the details and make your purchase or sale as smooth as possible. Your can relax knowing I will take care of your real estate needs every step of the way. Call Me! Let’s talk! (213) 700-6833

NADIA KIM “Nadia Kim looks forward to working with you now and in the future, handling all of your real Estate needs. She is fluent in English and Korean. In her first year with Coldwell Banker, she was honored to be recognized as “Rookie of the Year” and she has consistently built on that success each year. Her one goal is to insure that all of her clients achieve their Real Estate goals. Call Nadia at 213-700-3709.

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June has been a long-time resident and prominent realtor in Hancock Park meeting the individual needs of each client with her expertise and knowledge of the area. In each of her year’s affiliation with Coldwell Banker, June has been named to the International President’s Circle / Elite and is a certified Previews Property Specialist. (323) 860-4262.

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Betsy is a very trustworthy real estate agent. Her expertise in preparing a house for sale is incredible. She takes a marginal house and with minimal expense, turns it into a home where people put multiple offers to live in. She is a fullservice agent whose warmth and genuine caring has made her loved by all who know her. She is deeply committed to her clients getting them top dollar for their homes. 323-806-0203.

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Terri has lived in the Hancock Park area since 1971. She has been with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office since 1995 where she has been a multi-million-dollar producer. She specializes in Westside residential real estate to include Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. Please call Terri at (323) 460-7612.

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A forty-two year resident of Hancock Park, Mollie has been in real estate in the area for 39 years and 28 years with the Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North office which is recognized as being in the top 1% of its offices. She is also an Assistant Sales Manager. Call Mollie at (323) 460-7636

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Rangers won Bronco division championship

GOUCHER COLLEGE honors Clea Lerner as a key contributor to the equestrian team.

Local student recognized as distinguished athlete ing an eighth-place finish at the 2017 IHSA National Horse Show, where she secured Goucher’s highest finish on the weekend. Leading up to that appearance, Lerner competed at the Zone IV Regional I Championships, where she took home fifth place in the Novice Fences Division. Two weeks later, she took home first place in the Novice Flat Division helping the Goucher Gophers in securing Zone IV Reserve Champion honors. Lerner is a graduate of Renaissance Arts Academy in Eagle Rock, and she will be a senior this fall at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

The daughter of a local family has been honored by Goucher College for her contributions to the school’s equestrian team. Clea Lerner, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Lerner of Windsor Square, is the first student named to the AllGoucher First Team for the 2016-17 academic year. The All-Goucher Team is selected annually by a panel of athletic administrators and represents the 10 most distinguished student-athletes during an academic year. Lerner was a key contributor to her equestrian team this year, aiding the team’s earn-

Come in Today. Leave Happy.

By Sean Bello Rangers coach The Wilshire Warriors Pony Baseball recreational season concluded in June with the Bronco division championship. This game took place after a week of playoff games among seven Bronco teams at Pan Pacific Park. The Bronco division is compromised of 11- and 12-year olds who have been involved in the recreational program for a number of years. Thus, the division is quite competitive and provides exciting baseball games for our community.   This year’s Bronco champions were the Rangers.  Led by head coach Matt Tarses and assistant coaches Jason Pace and Sean Bello, the Rangers were the fifth seed team in the playoffs.   The Rangers beat the Mariners (1110) in their first playoff game, the Royals (15-2) in the semifinals game and the A’s (12-5) in the championship game. Led by fierce pitching and productive bats, the Rangers peaked at the right time after going 4-5-1 in the regular season.  The game concluded another successful season for the recreational program that is led by a dedicated group of parents who volunteer their time to ensure a safe space in the community for boys and girls to thrive on the baseball field. The Wilshire Warriors Pony program offers recreational baseball, travel baseball, clinics and summer camp for kids who are interested in playing the game. For more information about this program, visit wilshirewarriors.com.

BRONCO CHAMPIONS of 2017 Wilshire Warriors Pony Baseball were “The Rangers.” Top row, L-R: Guinness Tat, Roman Bello, Jake Grodner, Jake Pace, coach Jason Pace, Wyatt Aubrey, Aron Jung, Harry Tarses, Head coach Matt Tarses, coach Sean Bello. Bottom row: Levi Rice, Eric “EP3” Park, Lukas Roybal, Henry Boylston, Noah Berenbaum. Missing is Gabo Seraphine.

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Wilshire Warriors prepare to play ball in Cooperstown The Wilshire Warriors Pony Baseball League has two teams of 22 boys going to Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York for one week each, which is no small feat. In all, 100 teams from around the country will compete at the legendary site — where baseball reportedly started 180 years ago. Being invited to the summer games is an honor. “You have to have a serious baseball program and be invited to attend,” said board member and parent Heather Duffy Boylston.

The Blue Team 12U (meaning 12 and under) leaves Aug. 11. They have been playing together since they were 7. Their coach is Brandeaux Tourville. Managers are Michael Mahon and Mike O’Malley. The Orange Team left July 28. They have been together since they were 10 and are now mostly 12 and 13. Coach is Scott Hong, and the manager is Sean Bello. Both teams include many local boys, and they practice and play at Pan Pacific Park. While in Cooperstown,

they will have the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and attend games at Doubleday Field, the legendary home of baseball since 1839. “The Baseball Hall of Fame is a big part of the trip. The kids are very excited to go there,” said Boylston. To pay for registration costs, uniforms, equipment, travel expenses and umpire fees, the Warriors must raise $30k. To help, and/or to watch a video of the teams, visit gofundme. com/WilshireWarriors12ublue. Go Warriors!

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thing as simple as a state dinosaur to excite the minds and imaginations of students around the state,” said Bloom. The bill is now headed to a vote before the State Senate. In the meantime, you can find the only two known specimens of the dinosaur preserved at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Immaculate Heart Takes You Places! FOSSILS found in Fresno County nearly 80 years ago allowed scientists to reconstruct “Auggie’s” appearance.

Local lawmaker wants the state to have a dinosaur According to State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, it’s time for California to claim an official dinosaur. Bloom recently introduced AB 1504 to make Augustynolophus morissi — a duckbilled dinosaur that roamed California 66 million years ago — the official dinosaur of the Golden State. “Today, Augustynolophus morrisi, known by some as ‘Auggie,’ took one step closer to becoming California’s official state dinosaur and join-

ing the 39 other state insignia in California,” said Assemblymember Bloom following the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization’s July 11 unanimous approval. Augustynolophus fossils were first unearthed in 1939 in the Moreno Formation of Fresno County and have only ever been found in California. They roamed the region during the Maastrichtian Age, making it a contemporary of other well-known dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus and

Story of city’s mountain lion, P-22, told at NHM “The Story of P-22,” the tale of the mountain lion who traveled from Malibu to Griffith Park to make the territory around the Hollywood sign his home, was installed last month at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. The 500-square-foot installation includes camera trap foot-

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Loyola High names varsity football coach Flag football at Park La Brea raises funds for Alzheimer’s

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The sixth annual tackleALZ flag football game raised $60,000 for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles last month. The two competing teams are made up of 50 businesswomen from around Los Angeles, including Shanna Gilfix, Park La Brea. On hand to offer words of pre-game encouragement and join in passing drills and warm-ups was Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean McGrath. A football signed by the football player was raffled off during halftime. Pledges in support of the 2017 tackleALZ can be made at alzgla.akaraisin.com/tackleALZla2017.  Visit alzgla.org for more information.

Harbor cruise to foster friendships Big Sunday wants to facilitate connections among people across social boundaries with its “We’re All in the Same Boat” harbor cruise Sun., Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The nonprofit volunteer organization is inviting people from all walks of life to take in the sun, watch sea lions, eat donuts, drink coffee and meet at least one new person on the two–hour cruise. The boat departs from Ports O' Call in San Pedro. Guests of honor will include veterans, people with  disabilities and people who live in shelters. All ages are welcome.  For more information, email beenish@bigsunday.org.

World Elephant Weekend at Zoo Celebrate World Elephant Weekend from Sat., Aug. 12 to Sun., Aug. 13 at the Los Angeles Zoo. The event aims to spread information regarding the destruction of their habitats and sharp declination of their numbers. The Zoo will highlight its exhibit “Elephants of Asia,” and its three elephant inhabitants with features such as bathing pools. The exhibit seeks to provide aid for elephants and partners with the Cambodia Elephant Conservation Group.

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Local ballerina leaves Larchmont for Moscow State Theater

By Billy Taylor A young Windsor Village resident has been offered a position at the Moscow State Theater of Russian Ballet. Matisse Love, 17, will begin dancing in Moscow this month under the artistic direction of Vyacheslav Gordeyev. “I’m really excited,” says Love. “It will be a great opportunity to travel and experience new cultures.” A former student of Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, Love credits the local Miracle Mile studio for preparing her for such an honor. “I have always admired Marat, who is from St. Petersburg,” she says. “I trained with him for 10 years. And because I was Russian-trained, I knew Russian techniques very well.” Love left Los Angeles two years ago to study at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, where she quickly caught the eye of the school’s dance teachers. “I was so scared,” she says of her first few days in Russia. “I’d never been out of the country; I had never even seen snow!” It took Love over a year before she could communicate in Russian, making her first weeks of classes very difficult: “I remember shaking on the first day because I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, ballet is a universal language, so when my teachers would hit my leg, I knew I had

to do something with that leg.” Regardless of a language barrier, Love stayed focused on her training, which she says can occasionally get “emotional” and “hard.” All that hard work paid off. After the first year of the academy, she was invited to join the “Company Class” — a privilege reserved for the most advanced dancers. “They only asked the top students,” Love told the Chronicle. “Three of us were invited,” she says proudly. “I was dancing next to the main principals of the ballet.” In order to graduate from the Bolshoi Academy, Love was expected to take part in a final “state exam,” where she danced in front of all of the company’s directors. After the exam, Love learned she was being considered for a position at the Moscow State Theater of Russian Ballet: “They liked me and wanted to see me dance again,” she says.

After that second performance, she was offered a position. “Oh God! It felt like all of my hard work was finally being recognized,” Love says of the experience. The position comes with an apartment in Moscow, but Love has been told she won’t

have a lot of free time. “One of my teachers told me that I should be in good shape when I arrive because I’ll be dancing straight away. I think it’s going to be a challenging year,” she says. Although she is not completely sure what the next year

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Pastor Ralph returns for 30th year of barbecuing As he has every year for 30 years, Pastor Ralph E. Gipson, now from Houston, Texas, returned to Hollywood and to Hope Lutheran Church on Melrose Ave. He preached at the Sunday service, and then he demonstrated his culinary skills for all who came to sample his famous Texas-style barbecue in the church courtyard. It was at Hope Lutheran that the young Ralph Gipson received a helping hand that led to a fulfilling life for him. He told the Chronicle in 2012 that he “was going through some financial rough spots. We lost our house, and I was sleeping in my car while my wife and kids stayed with relatives.” Then he visited Hope Lutheran Church. Before long, Gipson landed a job selling cemetery plots, and his family was together again under one roof. He said: “I was thinking about all that Mark and the church had done for

AT THE GRILL are visiting Pastor Ralph Gipson and Hope Lutheran’s Pastor Mark Rasbach.

me, and I thought I could do a barbecue to say thanks.” Pastor Ralph subsequently completed Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and returned to Texas to lead churches there. His 2010 memoir, “Coming Full Circle,” was published by Tate Publishing and is available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Indomitable Bette McLaughlin By John Welborne Betty May Hale McLaughlin passed away peacefully July 10 at age 93. Mrs. McLaughlin was active in Los Angeles society and had wide-ranging interests — golf, skiing, dominoes, philanthropy, the French and their language, and traveling the world. A faithful Francophile, Mrs. McLaughlin was “Bette” to most of her friends. Mrs. McLaughlin was born to Newton Johnson Hale and Frances “Betty” Beatrice Hale in San Francisco in Nov. 1923. Betty

At the July event, Pastor Ralph was welcomed by Hope Lutheran’s Pastor Mark Rasbach. There has been a Rasbach at the helm of Hope Lutheran Church for 70 of the congregation’s 75 years. The 75th anniversary will be celebrated on Nov. 5 at the 10:30 a.m. service. For more information, go to hopelutheranchurch.net.

May attended Stanford University and, upon her marriage to Edward H. McLaughlin Jr., in 1945, moved to Los Angeles, where his family members were pioneers and where he led the Union Hardware & Metal Company that had been founded in the 1880s as the Schoder-Johnston Company. (The “Schoder” was this writer’s great-grandfather.) Mr. McLaughlin died in 1992. He and Bette were longtime residents of Windsor Square, in two houses on the same block of Plymouth Blvd., (Please turn to page 31)

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Locals fêted Heal the Bay in a carnival beach setting “And remember, mermaids smoke seaweed!” With that offbeat reminder, actress and honoree Sharon Lawrence brought Heal the Bay’s 25th annual “Bring Back the Beach” gala to a fitting close. Over 700 guests came to the deck of the historic Santa Monica Pier for a night of celebration and to renew the fight for clean oceans and inland watersheds. While a carnival atmosphere prevailed — stilt walkers, jugglers, popcorn, a spinning Ferris wheel — the true spirit of the event was one of resolve. Dr. Shelley Luce, new president and CEO, earned rousing applause for vowing to thwart the new Federal Administration’s plan to downsize the EPA and weaken the Clean Water Act. Sharon Lawrence, a long-time board member and public ambassador for the organization’s work, received the venerated Dorothy Green Award named after Heal the Bay’s founding president and presented to her by dear friend Ed Begley, Jr. Gracious as ever, Lawrence recognized by name the long lineage of female water warriors involved in Heal the Bay’s work. Her parents, Earlyn and Tom

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(Continued from page 30) where they raised three children by whom they are survived: Edward H. McLaughlin III (Denise), Richard H. McLaughlin (Hope), and Ann Ruttle (Paul). After she passed away, Mrs. McLaughlin’s family noted that she “will be remembered for her generosity, love of the arts and family, especially her ‘greats,’” of which there are eight, the offspring of her five grandchildren: Meegan Barrena Ferrari, Edward H. McLaughlin IV, Hughes P. McLaughlin, Caitlin Hale McLaughlin, and James A. McLaughlin. Bette also is survived by her sister, Dr. Janet Havard Mosser. “Indomitable” best describes Bette, who skied until age 86. Subsequently, when an outdoor observation deck opened 1,000 feet in the sky, near the top of the U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown, Bette was there to ride the glass “Skyslide” on the building’s exterior at age 92. She twice accompanied her great-grandchildren on the Radiator Springs Racers in

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Patty Hill Lawrence, who drove across the country to be present, beamed with pride. In between speeches and presentations, a lively mix of surfers, politicos, water policy wonks, and everyday ocean lovers mingled and schmoozed over a dinner of roasted beet salad and Aussie handpies washed down by blue Margaritas. A bevy of guest models came down the runway wearing “Beach Couture: A Haute Mess” featuring jaw dropping fashions recycled from ocean pollution designed by Marina De Bris and proving that “single use is so yesterday.” Attendees dug deep this year breaking the all-time record for live and silent auctions. Funds raised go directly to support Heal the Bay’s education and advocacy programs from field trips to the Santa Monica Aquarium to clean-ups and water quality monitoring at local beaches Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure, also just last year. Funeral Mass took place on July 19 at St. Brendan Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be directed to the Huntington Library (huntington.org), Verbum Dei High School (verbumdei.us), and Homeboy Industries (homeboyindustries.org).

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Tudor revivals awarded at WSHPHS annual meeting A talk on local Art Deco apartment buildings and a lively performance by mariachis were on the bill of the 41st annual meeting of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society June 25. “It turned out to be quite a lovely event and the Histor-

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Belden in 1923, it was designed by architect Raymond J. Kieffer, who built model homes for the Flintridge Company. He designed Italian, Spanish and English styles in the $30,000 to $100,000 price range at the time. Kieffer was later described as the “high society architect who built many Hancock Park and Beverly Hills mansions,” according to WSHPHS members Carol Henning and Carol Wertheim. Some of Kieffer’s homes are in their original condition, and many contain features that harken back to a bygone era, such as wrought iron staircases, stained glass windows and Batchelder fireplaces. Architect Caroline LabinerMoser and Dr. Franklin Moser acquired the home in 2004 and restored the original colors and features of the Tudor revival-style home. Another Tudor revival style The second Landmark Award winner was another 1920s Tudor revival-style home located at 501 S. Lucerne. Designed by architects Harley Corwin and Everett Merrill, the house is named the Wright/Moore house after R.S. Wright, a building contractor and the original owner, and Dr. Edward Moore, its second owner. Features include exterior walls of multi-hued brick   with half-timbering; a steeply pitched, multiple gabled roof, covered in slate tiles; diamond-paned and eight-light casement windows; a tall stepped-back brick wall chimney complete with chimney-pots and carved brackets supporting a slightly cantilevered second story. “A casement window set into the chimney provided a touch of whimsy,” wrote Carol Henning and Gary Marshall for the WSHPHS printed program. The owner of the home, Dave Goldstein, was the featured speaker at the meeting. Goldstein purchased the home in 2009 and undertook a complete renovation, restoring and upgrading the entire home. He also told the audience about his long experience buying, restoring and selling apartment buildings through

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his management company ArtDeco Apartments. Two of his buildings, the Mauretania on Rossmore, and one on S. Mansfield, have received Landmark Awards in the past. Also honored at the meeting was the former Gilmore Gas Station reborn as a Starbucks which received an award for Respectful Renovation and Adapted Re-Use. The former Art Deco-style gas station at 859 N. Highland Ave. was built in 1928 as a real estate office. The Gilmore Oil Company adapted the building in 1935 as a service station, one of the first constructed by the Gilmore Oil Company, according to WSHPHS member Carol Henning. In 1945, Gilmore Oil was bought out by Socony-Vaccuum which eventually became Mobil. In 1964, the station was modified by then-owner the Texas Company (Texaco) to a combination service station and auto repair facility. In 1992, the station was designated an Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles but shortly thereafter fell into disrepair. In 2014, Starbucks converted the historic gas station into a drive-through coffee store (Please turn to page 3)


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tion where cars would guzzle gasoline to a coffee shop where humans can guzzle frappuccinos,” wrote Henning. The next WSHPHS event is a tour of historic bungalows in St Andrews Place between 2nd and 3rd streets on Sun., Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit windsorsquarehancockpark.com.

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Staycation or road trip, explore California’s heritage Last month, we surveyed some coastal options for exploring California’s rich cultural venues located in historic places. But if the beach is not your thing, summer is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the gardens, cultural facilities and movie palaces that play such a big role in Southern California culture. Historic gardens such as the Huntington and Descanso have extended evening hours and have added outdoor concerts with picnic venues to tempt you after dark. The John Anson Ford Theatres continue their renovation of the historic Cahuenga Pass venue with the opening of an all new picnic terrace adjacent to the historic open air theater. The intimate canyon venue has been operating since the 1920s, although the decidedly Christian passion

plays have been replaced with an extraordi- McAvoy on nary array of Preservation multi-cultural by offerings: hip Christy hop, Latin jazz, McAvoy Celtic dance, samba, taiko drumming, and Bollywood. Savion Glover opened the season with a demonstration of an art form still popular with American audiences — a virtuoso display of tap dancing. August and September offerings at the Ford provide unforgettable music and dance in a setting that seems worlds away from urban Los Angeles. For those not wanting to hassle with the traffic, try the new shuttles from the Universal City / Studio City Metro station or ride-sharing services. On the opposite side of

Cahuenga Pass, summer traditions formed in the 1920s continue at the Hollywood Bowl. There you will find jazz, classics, fireworks, and the Muppets! It is easy to forget that two of the early shells were designed by Lloyd Wright, and that the formation of the Bowl was an integral cultural component of establishing Hollywood as an international destination. Hancock Park families such as the Tobermans and George R. Martins were critical to its development (and decades later, other local volunteers, like Dorothy Chandler, saw to its continuation). Try parking this year in Lot D on the east side of Highland, and enjoy a picnic near the

Hollywood Studio Museum, which recently unveiled a series of colorful interpretive signs to tell the story of Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky, and their first studio in Hollywood. Combining two Southern California passions — enjoying the outdoors and the movies — several venues have summer offerings that provide an alternative to the air-conditioned movie theater (although there is definitely something to be said for that time-honored tradition of summer, too). Paramount Ranch, where many Hollywood movies were made, now hosts Hollywood Heritage’s Silents Under the Stars, a great way to see silent movies with live accompaniment in an outdoor setting. Guided tours of the Ranch precede the screenings. On Aug. 20, the

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1926 “Irene” starring Colleen Moore will be on view. (hollywoodheritage.org) Closer to home, between Gower St. and Van Ness Ave. on Santa Monica Blvd., is the 1899 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, site since 2002 of the outdoor Cinespia summer movie series. (cinespia.org) Also closer by, the Montalban Theater on Vine St. has been showing movies on the roof at its Rooftop Cinema Court in the heart of Hollywood. This is a truly unique vantage point from which to view the intersection of old and new Hollywood. On Labor Day weekend, Cinecon, a film festival more than 50 years old, will host showings of rare films at the Egyptian Theater. The gathering features authors, collections and celebrities whose knowledge of the Golden Age of Hollywood is unsurpassed. (cinecon.org) Pasadena Heritage highlights the role of that city in film on Aug. 5 with its “Pasadena in the Movies Bus Tour.” (pasadenaheritage.org) The Chinese Theater continues to celebrate its 90th anniversary with an outdoor light show, playing nightly throughout the summer. This impressive display of movie images projected on the elegant façade of the building is not to be missed. Take a trip to the forecourt to see this free short presentation, which repeats every fifteen minutes or so after dusk. And “if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair,” and visit the DeYoung Museum’s “Summer of Love” Exhibition through Aug. 20. Many of us have trouble thinking of that summer as an historic event (was it a rite of passage?), but the cultural and music events in Golden Gate Park did lead to achievements that we celebrate today. And, while there is not a shortage of waterfront or historic accommodations in the City by the Bay, two of my favorites are in National Parks: the Inn at the Presidio and Cavallo Point, both with spectacular views of the Golden Gate and outdoor hiking opportunities perfect for the season. Both facilities are associated with the presence of the military in San Francisco, when securing the port was critical to the city’s economy. Now repurposed for recreation, the Presidio and Cavallo Point are exemplary and award-winning examples of adaptive reuse. Restaurant and museum opportunities are top notch, too! Too many choices. “Staycation” or road trip? Hope you have a great summer!


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LVNA Secretary Karen Gilman and Plymouth Blvd. resident Tracey Clarke greet arriving residents on behalf of the neighborhood association. CHILDREN and their guests enjoy games played during the 37th annual July 4th block party.

Larchmont Village hosts 2017 block party

Masselin’s July 4 party drew e-raves Children decorated bikes, and a piñata was part of the fun at the 37th annual Fourth of July block party of the Masselin Avenue Residential Association. Residents brought and shared dishes to the block party which took place on the 800900 blocks of Masselin. Other features included a S’mores table, temporary tattoo area and music and dancing. “It certainly ranks as one of the best, if not the best!,” wrote Fran Hentz in one of several emails praising the event. “We had a fabulous day and these emails came pouring in right after the street barricades came down,” said Carrie Muller. “Fantastic food, people and spirit! It was beautiful to see so many kids having a blast,” wrote Loly Perlmutter. the-sevens-larchmont.pdf 1 “It is a privilege to live with

BLOCK COORDINATOR Dena Berkin, center, with Hugh Mendelsohn and Susan Zachary.

SNOW CONES were enjoyed by Marianne Gregory’s grandkids, Ozzy and Bea Bates. Served with a smile by Kevin Fonteyne from Breezy Freeze, a vendor sponsored by Larchmont dentist Dr. Arthur Kezian.

By Billy Taylor More than 200 neighbors gathered one sunny Saturday afternoon last month on N. Bronson Ave. for the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) block party. Partygoers mingled over tables of free food and drinks while jamming out to classic rock music courtesy of The Encroachments, a band made up of local Realtors, including Bruce Walker, one of the party’s organizers.

CHEESE AND SALAMI served by Wally August, owner of Fancifull Gift Baskets, are sampled by Kathy Simanek.

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Coming soon to Hancock Park. LAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most coveted neighborhood. Tradition re-imagined. 12 high-end modern town homes. Designed locally by Venice Beach-based multidisciplinary design and architecture studio Electric Bowery. Construction commences this year. Information about reserving one of the 12 homes will be forthcoming. For further information, contact the developer:

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MMRA withdraws application for Nuisance house is demolished, another appeal filed more than a decade landmark status of 744 Ridgeley ofAfter neighbors’ complaints, The Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) withdrew an application to designate 744 S. Ridgeley Dr. as a City of Los Angeles HistoricCultural Monument (HCM) after the City Planning Dept. issued a final determination staff report that recommended against landmark status. Constructed in 1937, the six-unit property was designed in the Chateauesque style by one of the first female licensed architects in Los Angeles. In a letter to the Cultural Heritage Commission, MMRA president James O’Sullivan said he disagreed with the final staff report — “The MMRA feels that this build-

ing is worthy of HCM status” — but noted that the MMRA is “satisfied” that the property is adequately protected as a contributor to the neighborhood’s Historic Preservation Overly Zone. The Planning Dept. staff report, signed by Vince Bertoni, concludes that the property “does not appear to rise to the level of historic significance” to be eligible for designation as a HCM. The report says that the property exhibits “a common typology for this time period” and notes that there is a “plethora” of existing 1930s multi-family residences in the Wilshire neighborhoods.

cleanup is underway at the unsightly house at 610 S. Van Ness Ave. Surrounded by palm-frond fences, the derelict structure adjoins two lots previously filled with a collection of rusty old cars. In midJuly, demolition of the house finally was underway. When the three lots have been cleaned up, they will become a construction site for 12 new town homes being built by developer Michael Winter, with designs by Venice-based architecture studio Electric Bowery, all pursuant to the Park Mile Specific Plan. The Park Mile zoning in this block of Van Ness, south of Sixth St., is for low-density,

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multiple-family (RD-3) residences on both sides of the street. A town house condominium building across the street was built in 1980, following adoption of the Specific Plan. In Dec. 2016, the Park Mile Design Review Board (PMDRB) and city staff concurred that Winter’s project complies with the terms of the Specific Plan, although three units were added and six guest parking spaces were eliminated pursuant to a state law (SB 1818) that overrides Los Angeles zoning to promote construction of additional affordable housing units. The architects’ plans for the town homes feature units with three-bedrooms plus den and four baths; 11 of the units will have attached two-car garages (with the single “affordable” unit having two adjacent surface spaces). Sales prices have not yet been established; completion of construction is unlikely before the end of 2018. At the several PMDRB meetings held in 2016, the next-

DEMOLITION followed years of neighbor complaints.

door neighbor, Maria SountasArgiropoulos, objected to the project. After it was approved by the director of planning, she appealed his decision to the Central Area Planning Commission, and that appeal was denied on May 24. Subsequently, in early June, she filed a further appeal, this time primarily of the project’s environmental determination, with the Los Angeles City Council. No Council hearing date had been set as of press time.


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God’s work: Frank Lloyd Wright, quintessential American modernist The first time I became aware of the stunning power of architecture, I was 17 and walked into the terra-cotta cocoon of Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. The building sparked a life-long interest in architecture, “the great mother art,” as Frank Lloyd Wright called it. Wright used 57 shades of terra-cotta in the auditorium. He was a master of color. He was a master of almost everything. I noticed the carpeting, light fixtures, water fountains — and scallops and circles everywhere. How could all these things be so deliberate? Wright was born in Wisconsin 150 years ago this year, and it’s worth revisiting for a few minutes the master’s effect on American modernism, and his influence in Southern California and on his many architect-followers, among them  Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Bruce Goff, and by extension of Goff, Bart Prince. (An extremely abbreviated list!) Modernist design vocabulary came to the U.S. through the influence of late 19th- and early 20th-century European artists, designers, and architects. At the same time, Wright developed the elements of his philosophy of American mod-

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ernism to which he held fast for most of his career: the relationship between function and utility; and the use of sculptural, organic forms and modern materials and technology. He was wedded to natural materials, symbolism, site-specific design, and what he called spiritual integrity. “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you,” he wrote. He practiced his art for close to 70 years. Hollyhock House Among his early designs (1919-1921) in Los Angeles was Hollyhock House, built for Aline Barnsdall. Wright was busy in Tokyo, at work on the New Imperial Hotel, completed in 1922, and he left much of the Barnsdall project in the hands of Schindler and Wright’s eldest son, Lloyd Wright. (Lloyd Wright was the architect of the 1926 Sowden House on Franklin Ave. Better look up the chilling history of

this one on your own.) Hollyhock House is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is part of the Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood; if you haven’t visited since the completed renovation of the house (2015) – by all means do. This is the only one of Wright’s Los Angeles properties open consistently to the public. (Visit barnsdall.org.)   Next for Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles was a quartet of buildings made up of the 1923-1924 Ennis, Freeman, Millard, and Storer houses. They are known as the Mayan revival or “textile block” houses due to the patterns in the concrete blocks that make up the skins of the structures. The art and architecture preservation-minded community of Los Angeles is to be commended for its determination to keep these irreplaceable buildings intact for the future. The last and largest of the four textile block houses is Ennis House, in Los Feliz, made up of 27,000 patterned and perforated hand-made concrete blocks.   In 2005, Ennis House was endangered and deteriorating. The existing nonprofit organization of a previous owner was unable to assure the proper-

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A STUNNING 57 shades of terra-cotta color the Grady Grammage Auditorium.

ENNIS HOUSE is among the Mayan revival, or “textile block” style houses by Wright.

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kered a deal to raise funds to stabilize the house. The house is privately owned now — in the hands of a preservationminded steward, according to Welborne. Wright’s final commission in the Los Angeles area was

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the 1952 Anderton Court Shops in Beverly Hills. Look for Wrightian influence at one of my favorite buildings in Los Angeles, the 1988 Japanese Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the work of architect Bruce Goff (1904–1982). Wright was Goff’s mentor. In turn, Goff was mentor to

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the exhibit paid homage to the era of the low-rider by donning Chicano and Chicana clothing and hairstyles of the 1950s.

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The exhibit in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery at the Petersen runs through June 3, 2018.

Discover the Park La Brea Lifestyle GYPSY ROSE, (left) built in the 1960s and inspired by dancer Gypsy Rose, has been called “the most famous low-rider in the world.”

Chicano art fuels Petersen Museum's low-rider exhibit

A PINATA REPLICA of the Gypsy Rose.

graphs and paintings that show the widespread influence of low-rider culture. Douglas Miles’s black ink painting called “Chevrolet Apache” features three women on a banner-like canvas behind a lowrider truck. This piece is especially interesting because it was made in San Carlos, Ariz. on the Apache Reservation and shows the intermix of low-rider and Native American culture.

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By Nina Adams “The High Art of Riding Low,” an exhibit featuring low-rider cars and Chicano-inspired art at the Petersen Automotive Museum, opened recently and had a large turnout on opening night. Guests and artists alike brought their own outlook on low-rider culture. The event had a DJ who mixed Chicano music with modern rhythms and songs. The exhibit featured four low-rider cars as well as sculptures and paintings that highlight the process of creating a low-rider car. Some pieces in particular that stood out were a replica of an award-winning Chevy Impala low-rider called Gypsy Rose. The replica was made in the form of a piñata. In addition to the sculptures and cars, there were photo-


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Trek through Farmers Market ‘Taste’ held flavors of range and variety By Rachel Olivier More than 750 people braved 75% humidity on an otherwise temperate Tuesday evening in July to experience the 9th annual Taste of Farmers Market, where more than 50 vendors served up a variety of cuisines and flavors from around the world. Offerings ranged from couscous and crepes to cookie dough, candy and ice cream. Getting started Attendees were advised to arrive before the 5 p.m. start time to pick up their passports. There was free parking for the event, but I took a ridesharing service and was in line by 4:45

p.m. to pick up passports for my friends and myself. Passports were $35 if purchased ahead of time, and $40 at the event. Each passport holder was also given a plate and set of flatware, TaterWare, made out of plant-based materials. Although several vendors handed out food on little plates, it was these eco-friendly plates that each passholder was expected to use all evening. Several disposal stations were set up with separate containers for recycle, compost and landfill, as well as paper towels so people could occasionally wipe off the accumulated sauces,

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SINCE OCTOBER 1963, Doris Perez has served up fare at Farmers Market for as long as the Chronicle has been in business, and she continues at Magee's House of Nuts. Photo by Jim Kehl

LITTLEJOHN’S toffee provided a sweet break at the Taste of Farmers Market.

Photo by Jim Kehl

Since we were on the west end, it seemed a good idea to pause for a sample of wine at E.B.’s. Phew! After that we stopped at Zia Valentina’s for a mini coffee granita in a waffle cone and then onto Dragunara (Please turn to page 13)


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Fiction captures truth at Dunkirk, Valerian adventure

Dunkirk (8/10): Writer/ director Christopher Nolan interweaves three fictional stories, cutting back and forth among them, so that each lasts for the entire film to reveal the true story of the evacuation of 338,682 Allied soldiers who were stranded between the ocean and the Nazi army on a beach in Dunkirk in 1940, eventually

to be evacuated by an armada of 933 ships, approximately 700 of which were “small” private vessels. As readers know, I’m a stickler for accuracy when movies try to tell an historical story. But Nolan has done a terrific job of capturing what happened by fictionalizing three plot lines to represent what actually happened. My only criticism is that he

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for a sustaining sweet snack, then zagged over to Ulysses for one last gyro and popped over to Dylan’s Candy Bar to try a cookie dough cone. There were other stops in between, of course. And with all the giveaways for passportholders (from Kiehls, The Dog Bakery, Riceteria, Sticker Planet, etc.), and food, it was a full night. We only got around to taking advantage of about twothirds of what was available. There was one other thing we chose to do — we elected to take advantage of the warm night, walking from Farmers Market through the Grove and on home, giving ourselves a chance to enjoy the Los Angeles summer evening while walking off some of the food we had enjoyed during our adventure at the 2017 Taste of Farmers Market.

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Spice Bazaar to wash everything down with a thirstquenching sencha iced tea. Wilshire the Fire Dog By now, we realized we were late to see 12-year-old Wilshire the firedog, rescued by Station 29 when he was a puppy. Wilshire travels around with firefighters doing demonstrations for children on how to call 911, drop and roll, and crawl to safety. After saying hello to Wilshire, it was almost time to go, but there were a few more stops to make. It wasn’t quite 8 p.m., and the “Taste” was going on until 9 p.m., but vendors and attendees both seemed to be on their way out, and supplies appearing to have been greatly depleted from the start of the event. So, we zigged over to

should have put the facts I have in this thumbnail in a crawl at the end of the movie. Lady Macbeth (8/10): Dealing with themes like the subordination of women, life in the outskirts of society, and illicit sex, this Dostoyevsky novella was adapted into a Russian opera by Shostakovich in the ‘30s. It was immediately banned by Stalin for being “too subversive.” I haven’t read the novella and certainly haven’t seen the opera, but the movie is well done with good performances and some fine twists. War for the Planet of the Apes (8/10): These movies have all been pretty good, starting with the first one with Charlton Heston. The story has changed over the years and now the apes are the good guys, facing their Armageddon. As usual, the motion capture technology presents the apes as believable intelligent creatures, although Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the only one who can speak English. Even though it’s very long, it is entertaining. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (8/10): I dislike fantasies consisting of impossible characters who could never exist anywhere, dominated by visual effects.

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Tony Medley However, in this case, the visual effects (Scott Stokdyk) are stunning and should be a big Oscar contender. So, given my bias, it should be meaningful for me to state that this was a highly viewable adventure, despite a disagreeable performance by Cara Delevingne. It has tolerable pace despite the length. But unlike other films of its ilk, this has an adequate script and an understandable story that makes sense (for sci fi). Midnight Return (8/10): This is a fascinating documentary about the making and veracity of Midnight Express (1978), a film that supposedly told the true story of Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) and how he was arrested at a Turkish airport accused of smuggling what were alleged to be small amounts of dope into Turkey. In this film we meet the real Billy Hayes, not the Hollywood actor (which Billy himself tried to be after becoming famous) who played him in the film. Through interviews with lots of the people involved

in the film (like producer Peter Gruber, Oliver Stone, Ahmet Ertegun, Hayes and others) and showing Hayes going back to the prison and the places in Turkey that he visited, it is as much an indictment of Hayes himself as it is of Turkey. Atomic Blonde (7/10): Teeming with action and twists and brutal fights, this convoluted tale is a much more admirable film to provide women with their own action heroine than the imbecilic “Wonder Woman.” That, and looking at Charlize Theron and her amazing, constantly changing wardrobe for almost two hours, who’s to complain? Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (0/10): Instead of a good documentary based upon the trial of Hulk Hogan v. Gawker, the defamation suit arising out of Gawker publishing a sex tape exposing Hogan, this is a prejudiced, partisan, ham-fisted polemic, so biased it would embarrass Pravda. It’s not only a one-sided attack on Hogan, it’s an obsequious, fawning paean to the sleaze merchant who ran Gawker, before suddenly segueing into an attack on Donald Trump. This is a blatantly hypocritical disgrace to documentary filmmaking in general and to journalism in particular. Netflix.

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I love the colors of Indian food: the golden ochre curry, yellow-orange mango chutney, and red wisps of saffron threads promise vibrant flavors to match the vibrant hues. But so many of our local Indian restaurants are ordinary, so I was happy that a chance encounter at Spice Affair on La Cienega’s Restaurant Row woke up my senses. The giant restaurant and banquet hall looks like a glassencased office building, but the interior is beautiful in a highend hotel kind of way, complete with dark wood tables, tangled branch room dividers, decorative lighting, and a waterfall. We enjoyed the luxurious environment as much as we did the food. The $5.95 garlic naan was flavorful and toothsome. A $23.95 tandoori appetizer platter, with tender chicken tikka chunks, prawns and lamb sausage sheikh kebab, was a terrific group share, and a good example

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namon, ginger and coriander, $17.95. Indian food cries out for rice and instead of plain basmati, we ordered lamb biryani. The $29.95 rice was magnificently presented in a small cauldron topped with what appeared to be a pot-pie crust, which had sealed in the flavors and moisture during cooking. When the crust was peeled back tableside, a heady aroma of lamb and spices filled the air and the flavor lived up to that olfactory promise. One caveat for those used to inexpensive meals at their neighborhood Indian joint; you’re sure to spend more here. A small price to pay to beat mediocrity. Spice Affair, 50 N. La Cienega, 310-499-6800. • • • I love Korean barbeque spots, and Los Angeles is teeming with them, but there are other styles of Korean cooking to explore, including some marvelous braised and sizzling hot pot dishes, such as those at Soban. This small café is an attractive and hopping place in Koreatown, with great clarity about each item’s flavor profile. Whereas Spice Affair’s complex spices meld into a blanket of taste, Soban’s seasoning remains distinct: salty anchovies, sour kimchi, hot chili. Steaming pots of ginger-marinated pork fly by, as do plates of stir-fried octopus, pickled fresh crabs, and kimchi casserole. A $35 pot of short ribs braised with vegetables in a sweet soy sauce broth was earthy, fragrant, and wonderful. Another big winner were the seafood and tofu pancakes. Eight plump patties burst with minced shrimp and tofu. Meaty in the middle, crunchy around the edges, this $16.99 plate was completely satisfying. Soban, 4001 W. Olympic Blvd., 323-936-9106. Contact Helene at onthemenu @larchmontchronicle.com.

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Chinese tale, May-December romance Theater Review by

Patricia Foster Rye Anthony Minghella (Academy Award, Best Director “The English Patient”) were originally created as radio plays for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 in the late 1980’s. A conceit that director Michael Peretzian, has chosen to retain. Actors stand at music stands with scripts although most of the dialogue seems to be memorized. Performed in one act, the first play, “Hang Up,” is a phone conversation between He (Michael Balsley) and She (Molly Schaffer) who speak at cross purposes about their relationship, commitment, fidelity, life and other topics.

In “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” Gemma (Marwa Bernstein) has completely stopped talking to everyone: relatives, boyfriends, friends, for no explainable reason. Through a variety of different characters’ monologues, all of whom need her to communicate, we learn about Gemma’s life. Her wish to adopt a Vietnamese orphan, her admiration for a monk who died by self-immolation, her almost adoption of a homeless woman — a very funny riff as told by Rob (Matt Letscher). Ms. Bernstein as Gemma remains seated on stage throughout, waiting for her moment of summation. This is an excellent cast, all of whom have mastered the British accent. Through Sun., Sept. 10, Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, pacificresidenttheatre.com. 3 stars

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(Continued from page 18) but not over 1C-1D? The answer is because have a bid if you are 4-3 in the majors at the one level. You may bid your four card suit. At the two level, however, if you cannot make a negative double you cannot bid your four card major. So over this auction, with enough HCP (8) and 4-3 in the majors, you may make a negative double. If partner bids your three card suit, you pass and she’s playing it in a 4-3 fit. Worse things than that have happened in bridge. In fact, Alphonse Moyse Jr. liked playing in 4-3 fits so much that it is named after him, “a Moysian Fit.” Upper bidding limit for making negative doubles Negative doubles are generally played through bids of 2 Spades, but this is purely partnership agreement. I like to play them through 3 Hearts. But if you play them only through 2 spades, any double of an overcall over 2 Spades is for penalty. So, look at the following hand you hold: ♠ 86 ♥ KQJT ♦ A763 ♣ 874

This curious word was actually formed by English author Horace Walpole (1717-1797) from Serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka. In an ancient Persian tale, three Princes of Serendip were adventurous heroes who discovered in their travels, quite unexpectedly, great and wonderful good in the most unlikely of places. • • • Why is the opening at the front of pants called a “fly?” wonders Larry Bernstein. The association is with that ancient and most rudimentary of dwellings, the tent. You see, the flap covering the opening of these canvas shelters is known as the “fly.” Once

trousers were invented and required a buttoned flap or opening in order for the wearer, to you know... The leap was made. • • • When we toast someone why do we say “here’s mud in your eye?” queries Tom Stratton. In the Middle Ages, mud was very plentiful and was a common medicine used to staunch bleeding wounds and also a remedy against snake bite. To toast a person with the phrase meant you were wishing him good sight. The eye reference has also been attributed to the fact that King Harold was killed by an arrow in the eye at the Battle of Hastings and thereby the toast is a Saxon remembrance in the face of Norman occupation. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to willbent@prodigy.net.

The auction goes: Partner RHO You 1♠ 3♣ ? You cannot double the 3 Club bid here to show that you have four Hearts if you only play negative doubles through 2 spades (which is why I like to play them through 3 hearts). If you double 3 Clubs, partner will leave it in, probably, as a penalty double. However, the upper limit for negative doubles is by

partnership agreement. Many advanced players play them through 3 spades. I had a partner who liked to play them through 4 diamonds. Whatever you choose, just be sure you and your partner agree. That’s not all, folks. More next month. 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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