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SECTION ONE B ack T o S chool Larchmont chronicLe • 2009
Wilshire/La Brea project okayed by Commission Vote was 9 - 0
Front row: Katie and Alex Andrade, Tommy Golin and Shane Blacklock; back row: Hazel Drymon and Mimi Golin
BACK TO SCHOOL special section. 15 - 30 SIDEWALK sale sneak peek. 7 75 YEARS of Vine American. 9 FILM, art, music at Tar Fest. 10 BUNNY hops red carpet at Chevalier's. 12
VACATION photos of local kids. 22 OLD TIME radio show at Ebell. 43
SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden
ART DECO building shows off its historic side. 3 VINTAGE postcards in new book. 7
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By Suzan Filipek BRE Properties’ proposed mixed-use development at the southeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. was unanimously approved by the city Planning Commission last month. In a 9-0 vote, the Commission okayed the sixstory residential-and-retail development. It next goes to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee and the City Council. The developer agreed to slash a few penthouses on the top floors that could be seen from homes on Sycamore Ave., tapering the development to a total of 482 units. “At its tallest point, the building is six stories in height, stepping down to three stories along Sycamore Ave.,” said company spokesman Tom Mierzwiński. The apartment development had originally stood 22 stories, but was cut back following input from neighborhood meetings,” said Renee Weitzer, chief of staff for Councilman Tom LaBonge. Features include 20-foot wide sidewalks, double rows of trees to protect against traffic See Wilshire/LaBrea, p. 13
T-Mobile denied cell towers in St. Andrews Square Sets a 'precedent' By Suzan Filipek A city zoning administrator denied T-Mobile a new cell tower base station in St. Andrews Square in a 22-page report released last month. "The overwhelming number of letters and e-mails bear testimony to the pervasive sense that T-Mobile's proposed structure would not be beneficial, but on the contrary, detrimental to the character of the community," wrote city Associate Zoning Administrator Maya Zaitzevsky. Upon hearing the Aug. 12 decision, Patricia Carroll, a See Cell towers, p. 35
TaSTE OF LaRCHMONT went Hawaiian its 17th annual year. The crowd sampled food, wine and desserts. Clockwise, Councilman Tom LaBonge congratulates Hope Net director Douglas Ferraro and Larchmont Chronicle’s Pam Rudy and Jane Gilman, sponsors; at balloon arch, Tim Wood, Hope-Net president, John Wagner and Walt Engler; the Byrnes family; Cub and Boy Scouts helping out, ukulele player serenades baby. See page 6.
New business seeking to open as restaurant 'do we really want Larchmont Blvd. to be a food court?' Takeout or sitdown? That’s the question concerning a new eating place planning to open at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. If it’s a sitdown restaurant, it would violate the city’s Q condition, which limits the number of restaurants to 10 on Larchmont Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and First St. The building owner had requested a permit for a takeout, but has now submitted a request to the city Building and Safety Dept. to open a res-
taurant instead. What the owner would need is a zoning change, said Cindy Chvatal, president of the Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc., adding she is against adding an illegal 11th restaurant on the boulevard. “Do we really want Larchmont Blvd. to be a food court?,” said Chvatal. “Don’t we want to encourage a mix of shops needed to serve the neighborhood?” She has asked Councilman
'Subway to sea' traffic on agenda Crenshaw stop on purple Line opposed By Jane Gilman
Residents expressed concerns about traffic impacts and lack of parking at stations during Metro’s newest series of hearings in August on the Westside Subway Extension Project, also known as the “subway to the sea.” The meetings covered the information compiled from public scoping meetings held earlier this year and solicited new testimony. The information will help to shape the
BROOKSidE Neighborhood Assoc. president Owen Smith.
Draft Environmental Impact Report. Station locations are being considered along the 17-mile See Subway, p. 35
Tom LaBonge to issue a stop work order to halt construction. “All too often people build what they want without a permit and later ask the city for forgiveness,” she added. The restriction on number of restaurants has forced others to locate elsewhere. Katie See New business, p. 39
On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane School is back in session, and Larchmontians now have schedules and carpooling duties after enjoying a leisurely summer vacation. *** Muirfield Road’s David statues received jackets in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday. It was also Norwood Young’s birthday, so he threw a party to celebrate and invited a slew of celebrities. *** We talked with Ann Mehren at La Bottega Marino. She is enjoying down time after the wedding of her son Edward in See BLVD., p. 37
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Enforcing zoning Larchmont Village’s ambiance with its trees, pedestrian activity and sidewalk tables is often compared to Parisian boulevards. That is why it is important to prevent our boulevard from becoming nothing but food establishments. The Q condition, which limits the number of restaurants to 10 on the street between Beverly and First St., insures its mix of retail and services. The Q condition needs to be enforced, and it’s time to define what constitutes a “take-out.” We need to limit new businesses that clearly are restaurants dressed up in take-out clothing.
"How do you feel about going back to school?" That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked kids along Larchmont Blvd.
Inviting crime Can you believe that people aren’t locking their back doors or their car doors? Neither could a senior lead officer who told us about the number of burglaries in the neighborhood because of carelessness. Please harden the target, keep your doors locked. "It followed me home, mom. Can I keep it!"
Marty Murphy dies As we went to press, we learned of the death of our cartoonist Marty Murphy. Although Playboy Magazine discovered his talents long before we did, we are very grateful to have had Marty’s creative contributions these many years. His obituary will be in our next issue.
Police Beat Woman dragged 40 feet during street robbery OLYMPIC DIVISION
Board of directors election and saving water The HPHOA, est. 1948 Board of Directors Election process is underway. The first step is the nomination of candidates for the Board of Directors. All dues paying members should have received a mailing listing the Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee as well as information on the process for nominating other members in good standing. Nominations must be made by separate petition signed by twenty-five members in good standing and filed with the President of the Association no later than August 26, 2009. The candidates proposed are: Craig Gering, Rudolph Gintel, Greg Glasser, John Rolf, Sheldon Goodkind, Susan Grossman, Cami Taylor, Ben Thompson and James Wolf. Ballots will be mailed on or before September 15th and the Annual Meeting, where the ballots will be counted and the election results announced, is Tuesday, October 20th, at Marlborough School at 7PM. Please see the website for more information. As the years long drought in California continues along with mandatory restrictions on landscape gardening many of you are thinking of changing your landscaping to something less water intensive. If you want to keep a lawn consider drought tolerant grasses such as Tall Fescue, Bermuda Grass, Zoysia Grass. A number of organizations sponsor workshops on drought tolerant landscaping, including the California Native Plant Society www.cnps.org ; LA Chapter www. lasmmcnps.org. These classes lead by Lily Singer and cover taking out the lawn and replanting with California natives. The Department of Water and Power is offering free Drought Tolerant Landscape Design workshops. To find out more go to website: www.ladwp.com/ladwp/ cms/ladwp012460.pdf Be sure to check your sprinklers (if you have them) and make sure they’re working correctly and not watering the pavement; and mulch landscape plants. Finally and most importantly, don’t forget to deep water trees. Our trees help to clean the air, and cool temperatures and are under stress. They need a deep watering once every other week.
If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a committee, or if you have a question or concerns please visit our website: www.hancockpark. org or write the Association at 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004. For security questions or concerns please contact Craig Gering (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’re planning changes to your house be sure and review the Preservation Plan for Hancock Park which is available on the HPHOA’ 48 web site, www.hancockpark.org, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz/la/ hancock-park or you can obtain a copy from the Planning Department by calling Jason Chan, our Hancock Park Planner at 213-978-3307. The Graffiti Committee asks that graffiti sightings be reported both to the City by calling 311 or at website: www.lacity.org/bpw/ocs/grsr.htm Also, report graffiti sightings to Graffiti Committee Co-Chairs Pam Newhouse at 323-939-5681; email address email@example.com or Serena Apfel, 323936-4928; email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Other public funded Graffiti removal services are: Operation Clean Sweep, 800-611-2489 or Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. For questions regarding filming contact the Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office).
Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 OLYMPIC DIVISION STREET ROBBERIES A woman looking for items in the rear seat of her car was approached from behind and punched on the forehead by a suspect on the 400 block of S. Norton Ave. on Aug. 13 at 9:45 p.m. The suspect attempted to pull the victim’s purse from her shoulder; the victim resisted and was dragged 40 feet. Fearing her safety, she released the purse to the suspect, who
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"Actually, I'm really excited. But it's also going to be a little nerve-wracking being in a new class. Oh, and I found out there's a new kid in my class named Sammy, and I don't know if it's a boy or a girl." Lulu Sacavitch Genesee Ave.
Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 fled on foot. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings, especially at night. If approached, try to remember details that will help police with making an arrest. BURGLARIES Jewelry, computer equipment and other property valued at $77,000 was taken from a home on the 100 block of N. Windsor Blvd. on July 29 between 4 and 8:30 p.m. The resident’s dog walker had locked the residence; when the victim’s brother returned, the front door was pried open and the home was ransacked. Computer equipment and jewelry valued at $5,350 was (Please turn to page 4)
Community Calendar Wed., Sept. 9: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 25 - Sun., Sept. 27: TarFest cultural, cinema and music festival includes a 5K run and Grand Prix. See page 10. Fri., Oct. 2: Neighborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Oct. 4: Los Angeles Triathlon. Sun., Oct. 11: Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society home tour, noon to 5 p.m.
"I'm very scared. I'm moving to New York City to go to school, and it will be quite a culture shock!" Julia Warner Maplewood Ave.
"I'm kinda happy and kinda not. My mom says I'll have to do two pages of math every day. But we get Subway for lunch at school once a week!" Francis Kim "I like school, but I'll be busy this year with sports and homework. I want to do a trapeze act with my friend, but I don't think I'll have time. Mostly, I'm excited to go back and see my friends." Zoe Kim Ridgewood Place
"I'm pretty ready. I'm a little
done with summer, and I'm really excited about starting sixth grade. It's the last grade at my school, so I'll be one of the 'big kids.'" Katie Colick Arden Blvd.
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AROUND THE TOWN 38 ENTERTAINMENT 40 Theater Review - 40 At the Movies - 41
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that those who are frightened My husband and I have add exterior lighting to their lived on S. Beachwood for 22 own homes and take the time years. I have taken our dog(s) to report streetlights that are for long walks virtually every out. Susan Bjerre night, generally after 11 p.m. S. Beachwood Dr. Never have I felt unsafe, nor have I observed any of the ruWhat about singles? mored criminal behavior. There is plenty of light on ev- In response to the letter ery street in our neighborhood entitled “Apartmentlandia,” (I never have trouble picking (August issue), kudos to the up the you-know-what), and writer and to the Chronicle for when it seems somewhat dark printing an important viewit’s because the lights are out point. and/or a tree blocks the light. I have always supported and We already have too much lived within an urban, mixedlight pollution—we can bare- zone, multi-cultural neighborly see stars and bright light hood. And while I applaud your paper for printing the letter, I shines into our bedrooms. I am strongly opposed to the don’t feel your paper’s content proposed lighting plan. The supports this viewpoint. cost to those of us in Area C Page after page after page would be $10,340 for an un- are listings for family activinecessary “improvement?” We ties. What about Larchmont live in a city. Crime will hap- singles? I’m an unmarried pen, and it hardly ever happens woman without children— in Windsor Square. I suggest by choice. More than half of
the tenants in my building, (a wonderful 1930s seven-story tower surrounded by lovely craftsman homes), and the majority of my friends, are also single without children. All of us patronize Larchmont Village and the surrounding area, and have done so for many years. A little more ink and space for us singles please. Many thanks. S. McCormack Gramercy Place
Pets of Larchmont Our debut special section will feature dogs, cats and all kinds of critters who live in our neighborhood. Read all about it in the next issue. Advertising deadline is Sept. 15. Call 323-462-2241, ext. 11.
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Popular wisdom is that man’s best friend is his dog. And no where else can you see that more clearly than on Larchmont Boulevard. We have dogs in all different shapes, sizes, colors, temperaments and fur lengths all competing for that space on the sidewalk or next to the chairs at the restaurants. Unfortunately, as we do provide trash receptacles and facilities for humans there is nothing for the dogs but the trees between the street and the sidewalk – where the children love to play. Please take this into consideration when you are with your dog and pick a more out of the way spot. Everyone deserves a pleasant experience in the Village – please respect each other as we enjoy the Boulevard. This month was the annual Hope Net’s Taste of Larchmont on the Boulevard and it was a roaring success. Many volunteers donated their time to make this event a huge success. Hope Net’s mission statement is “because none of our neighbors should go hungry”. They feed the needy from locations in the Hancock Park/Wilshire area and the volunteers who work so hard are to be praised and commended. There are many other volunteer organizations that affect our street – everything from the Historical Society, the Garden Club, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts, and so many others who contribute to the quality and beauty of the street. The expression “it takes a village” should be amended to add “it takes a huge village”. How lucky we are to have this charming Village right on our doorsteps. Please visit us at www.larchmont.com for all your needs and services. Adv.
Councilmember LaBonge and Bureau of Street Lighting To Try New Approach
GREATER WILSHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 7pm at the Wilshire Ebell. Parking is available in the lot on Lucerne.
On August 13, 2009, in a meeting in Councilmember LaBonge’s office, the City rejected the approach that Windsor Square community members have been following since May of 2006. There now will not be the anticipated “straw poll” of property owners as a step toward obtaining needed street lights. The straw poll originally was expected to take place in January of 2009. Moving toward this straw poll was an effort on which neighbors had been working with the City’s Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) since late 2006. In the straw poll, the City was to gauge directly our community’s desire for improved ornamental street lighting on the streets where light now is lacking (primarily portions of First and Second Streets, plus Fourth and Fifth Streets). For the past several years, the community’s expectation had been that, if our straw poll response showed the BSL that we want (and are willing to pay for) improved lighting on the streets that now are dark, the City would move forward with calculating the detailed costs. With those detailed costs in hand, the affected residents were to have been given a second chance to vote on whether they wanted the projects to be implemented. All of this was to have been done pursuant to the assessment procedures of the California Municipal Improvement Act of 1913 and the more recent (adopted by the People in 1996) Proposition 218. Now, it is the opinion and decision of senior BSL staff and some deputies in the City Attorney’s Office that Proposition 218 actually prohibits us in Windsor Square from voting to show that we want to assess ourselves to pay for the needed new street lights. This opinion is in spite of Proposition 218 being titled “The Right To Vote on Taxes Act.” Despite this bad news for Windsor Square, Councilmember LaBonge and his Council District 4 staff strongly urged, at the August 13 meeting with BSL and the Deputy City Attorneys, that something must be done to get the needed lights. As a result, BSL, with the guidance of the City Attorney’s Office, is willing to embark upon a different approach. Under the leadership of the Councilmember and his staff, working with the BSL (and the City Attorney’s Office as necessary), the City now will seek financing for the needed Windsor Square street lights pursuant to techniques set forth in the "Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982." It is uncertain how much more time this fresh approach will take, but the Council Office says it is working hard to keep the needed project moving. The Windsor Square Association thanks Councilmember LaBonge and his staff for taking over this effort.
The July meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) featured one of the hottest issues in our city today: medical marijuana dispensaries. Joe Espositio, Head Deputy, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Major Narcotics Division, gave a brief history of the city’s legal struggles with prosecution of illegal dispensaries, saying different interpretations of medical marijuana laws, among different branches of city government, have made the issue difficult to deal with. Mr. Esposito also addressed a number of stakeholder queries about marijuana dispensaries, including the question of why medical marijuana cannot be distributed through standard pharmacies. His answer was that pharmacies are obliged to abide by all state and federal laws, and federal laws prohibit the distribution or sale of marijuana. The Land Use committee was also busy with reviewing several matters. Agendas and minutes will now be posted for these meetings as we do for our general board meetings on our website www.greaterwilshire.org We welcome Stakeholders to attend the next Land Use committee meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 7 p.m., Wilshire United Methodist Church, Assembly Room. Items on the agenda for our upcoming September 9 meeting to be held at 7pm at the Wilshire Ebell (corner of Wilshire & Lucerne) will include: • a greeting from Mike Feuer’s new field representative • confirmation of next spring’s GWNC election details • proposed changes to Historic Preservation Ordinance • CUP for nightclub at 4653 W. Beverly Boulevard • Cell phone tower application at 535 S. Grammercy • BRE, Wilshire- La Brea project update • Memorial Library beautification plans • Robert Burns park beautification update • Swearing in of new alternate GWNC directors Please note mandatory water conservation is still in effect. You may NOT: • Use sprinklers on days other than Mondays and Thursdays • Water landscaping, including lawns, between the hours of 9am and 4pm • Water using sprinklers for more than 15 minutes per watering station • Use water on any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways or parking areas • Allow runoff onto streets and gutters from excessive watering • Wash vehicles without using a hose with a shut-off nozzle
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(Continued from page 2) taken from a home on the 200 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. between midnight on Aug. 3 and 1:40 p.m. on Aug. 4. The suspect entered the backyard through the side gate, and used a hard object to smash the rear glass door window to gain entry. An Apple MacBook valued at $1,200 was taken from a home on the 500 block of N. Irving Blvd. on July 30 between 12:45 and 1:05 p.m. A suspect entered the rear of the victim’s yard and used an unknown object to smash the glass door and gain entry. Computer equipment and other property valued at $3,700 was taken from a home on the 300 block of Irving Blvd. on Aug. 4 between 2 and 10:05 p.m. The suspect entered by prying open the window screen to the dining room
window. GRAND THEFT AUTO A 1994 Honda Accord was taken from the 100 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on Aug. 14. A 1997 Honda Civic was taken from the 400 block of Wilton Pl. on Aug. 24. THEFT FROM VEHICLE Aug. 6: A passenger window was smashed on an automobile parked near 6th and St. Andrews. Aug. 13: A suspect smashed a window and stole a GPS from an automobile parked on the 200 block of N. Ridgewood. Aug. 14: A suspect entered through an unlocked door of an automobile parked on the 200 block of N. Manhattan Pl. PREVENTION TIP: Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in plain view; this includes purses, wallets, briefcases, computers, cell phones, iPods, CDs, cam-
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eras or shopping bags. Park in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian traffic. Park in well-lit areas at night. WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES Money was taken from a victim who was hit in the back of the head while removing boxes from the back seat of a car on the 200 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. on Aug. 20 at 7:55 p.m. A purse containing money was taken by force from a victim on the 600 block of S. Rossmore Ave. at 9 p.m. on July 30. GRAND THEFT AUTO A 1988 Ford parked near 3rd St. and McCadden Ave. was taken on Aug. 21 at 5 a.m. A 2007 Toyota Prius was taken from the 400 block of N. Orange. Dr. between 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 11 a.m. on Aug. 3. A Toyota Tacoma was taken from the 600 block of N. Sycamore Ave. between 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 3 p.m. Aug. 8. BURGLARIES Computer equipment and firearms were taken from a home on the 400 block of S. Highland Ave. on Aug. 22 between 2 and 10:30 p.m. The suspect gained access through the side window. Tools were taken from an unsecured backyard on the 200 block of S. Hudson Ave. at 11:30 a.m. on July 29. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180
Murder suspect in custody following anonymous tip LAPD Wilshire homicide detectives have arrested David Gardiner in connection with the shooting death of a security guard in October at the LaBrea Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary at 812 S. LaBrea Ave. Detectives received an anonymous tip after Gardiner was profiled on Fox 11’s news show “LA’s Most Wanted.” Capt. Eric Davis, commanding officer of the Wilshire Community Police Station, said four members of the
Harlem Rollin 30s Crips gang were involved in the botched robbery attempt that resulted in the shooting death of unarmed security guard Noe Gonzalez. Two suspects are already in custody. Brandon Daniels, aka Brandon Stanton, remains at large. At a press conference last month, a $50,000 award was offered by Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the arrest and conviction of Gardiner and Daniels.
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Neighbors said 'aloha,' raised funds at Taste of Larchmont The theme was Hawaiian, and the food tasted as good as it looked when restaurants opened their doors for the 17th annual Taste of Larchmont Village. "Tasters" sporting Hawaiian shirts and leis strolled down Larchmont Blvd., greeting neighbors and sampling food and wine from 12 restau-
rants, while performers played "Island" music The event benefitted HopeNet, a non-profit that provides food, homes and care for those in need. Camden Asset Management, Paramount Pictures, Olympia Medical Center and Mercury Insurance were major sponsors.
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Italian mules were $285, now $143 at Village Footwear, 248 N. Larchmont.
Nutritionist, life coach opens Larchmont office Certified nutritionist and life coach Annamaria Poluha has opened Breathe, Bloom, Blossom at 447 N. Larchmont Blvd. A UCLA graduate, Poluha customizes structured health programs for clients that she says will lead to permanent results. She teaches about the quality of foods, how to grocery shop and spot good food, portion size, and frequency of meals. Using six components—sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise, supplementation and water, Poluha helps clients structure a lifestyle program they can take with them. “It promotes a higher quality of life, more energy, less cravings for sugar and salts, and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure." Most clients work with her for three to six months, “then they can do it on their own.” Breathe, Bloom, Blossom, 447 N. Larchmont Blvd., www. thebloomprinciple.com, 323931-9116.
Dress was $118, now $99 at Nicole, 137 N. Larchmont.
Boys & girls' shoes were $42, now $24 at Flicka, 204 N. Larchmont.
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Baby toys were $24, now $14 at Landis Labyrinth, 140 N. Larchmont.
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IT’S OFFICIAL. Councilman Tom LaBonge, right, welcomes Keller Williams Realty to 118 N. Larchmont Blvd. at a ribbon cutting in August. Also on hand were Cynthia Sau, office administrator, and Ophir Adar, team leader. Both residential and commercial agents from other areas are now in the local office.
City denies permit for parking lot A request for a conditional use permit by the owner of the See's Candy building on Western Ave. has been denied by the city. The owner planned to tear down a single-family home on an adjacent property at 132 N. Manhattan Place and convert it into a public parking lot. St. Andrews Square Neighborhood Assoc. opposed the permit, saying the lot would be a "commercial infringement in a residential area."
Rotary garage sale to support ‘End Polio’ drive In an effort to help raise money for the “End Polio Now” campaign, Wilshire Rotary Club will host a garage sale on Sat., Sept 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 210 N. Van Ness Ave. A portion of the proceeds will go towards supporting polio immunization campaigns in developing countries, where the disease continues to infect children.
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Wrapping up TarFest 2009 will be the Miracle Mile Grand Prix on Wilshire Blvd. featuring a 300-dash for kids, onemile and 5K races on Sun., Sept. 27. The mile run begins at 10 a.m. at Sycamore Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. and ends at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. The 5K, starting at 9 a.m., consists of three loops on the same course. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners based on combined 5K and one-mile run times. First prize is $250; second, $150; third, $100. A free Kids Fun Run 300yard dash for youngsters 10 and under begins at 10:30 a.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits. Everyone who finishes the race will receive an award.
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in CD4 are on Wilshire Blvd., at La Brea and at Fairfax, estimated to be completed in 2019. The MTA outlined the preliminary analyses underway including environmental impact studies, geotechnical testing, Measure R funding, and logistical factors. There is overwhelming support for the project, though community concerns were raised. Issues of traffic and noise mitigation, disposal of excavated material, and safety were addressed. The MTA is committed to maintaining open communication on every phase of planning and construction. Wilshire Boulevard to be repaved Urgently needed pavement repair to Wilshire Boulevard will begin, improving the traffic flow along the three mile section between Western and Fairfax Avenues. The badly
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Triathlon bike segment to roll through area Residents will have a birdseye view when the 10th annual L.A. Triathlon races through local streets on Sun., Oct. 4. The event involves swimming, cycling and running. It starts at 6:45 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach, and transitions to the bicycle stint up Venice Blvd. to Fairfax Ave., then east on Olympic Blvd. The running course starts at Disney Concert Hall and ends at LA LIVE Nokia Plaza.
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on the former “Pit” site. It is also a disappointment, said O’Sullivan. “They did a schlock job.” Setbacks and landscape at the 284-unit, five-story building have been issues, agreed Weitzer. However, the community approved it, it is fully leased and a sushi restaurant is scheduled to open on the ground floor.
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Wilshire/La Brea project okayed by Commission (Continued from page 1) on Wilshire and a small park on Eighth St. and Sycamore, she added. Area residents had hoped for a larger park, more landscaping and a less-dense building. “Obviously our association asked for certain things not to be approved, that’s a disappointment. But we’ll see how it goes,” said Liz Fuller, president of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. The project should have never been approved at more than 300 units, said Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. “This is much too big. It’s going to dwarf everything. I’m extremely disappointed with the Council office.” Area residents disputed the
zoning changes and variances that increase the density of the block-size development “This block is supposed to be a transition to a lower density area; this undoes that in a big way. It’s 50 percent larger than anything on the Mile,” said Fred Pickel, president of the La Brea Hancock Homeowners Association. Also, the building will stand too close to the residential area—only 50 feet as opposed to 135 feet before the zoning changes. "Changing that block’s zoning threatens similar blocks in Miracle Mile and up to Highland,” Pickel added. Council District Four backed the project, as Wilshire Blvd. is approved for tall buildings. “The sky’s the limit… It went
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Parents who receive a “fat” envelope in the mail from a school where their child has applied are ecstatic. The bulging envelope means the youngster has been accepted, and it contains the necessary papers to be filled out for admission. For a child to succeed in being accepted, she or he must
go through a process similar to auditioning for a movie role. “Beyond the Brochure: An Insider’s Guide to Private Elementary Schools in Los Angeles” is the book Christina Simon and her co-authors have written to provide parents with the right ammunition to have their child accepted in the school of choice. It was five years ago that Simon first went through the rigors of applying to kindergarten at several private schools. She wanted to find the right school for her daughter, Ryann Perlstein, and she didn’t want a long commute from her Mansfield Ave. home. Simon applied to four schools, but ruled one out when the parent interview went poorly. Parents as well as their offspring have to pass tests with school officials. After a series of interviews and “auditioning” by Ryann, Christina received an acceptance letter from the school she preferred. Parents need a roadmap to follow as they navigate through paperwork, deadlines and interviews at the city’s top private elementary schools, so Simon decided to write a book. The book’s goal, said Simon,
is to help the parent find the right school for his child and to know what to anticipate. Her co-authors are Anne Simon, her stepmother, who heads a private school in Virginia, and Porcha Dodson, a faculty member at the Curtis School in Los Angeles. Kaisa Daum, a child and family psychotherapist and admissions consultant, also contributed to the book. “Our book covers applications for kindergarten primarily since that is the point of entry to private elementary schools for most families. But we also discuss what is required when parents are applying for first to fifth grades (it gets more rigorous the higher the grade level). “We also cover when to consider applying to developmental kindergarten (DK) which some schools offer (that’s the level before kindergarten),” explained Simon. Her father was a teacher at Hamilton High, and Christina
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HANCOCK PARK Swim Club Sharks who competed this summer in the Junior Olympics are, left to right, Sam Berdichevskiy, Josh Kim, Claire Funderburk, Bryanna Lee, Emily Lambert, Helen Keys and Brennan Lee. Not pictured are Maire Burschinger, Max Grinfeld, Eric Johnson and Alex Lambert.
Swim Club competes in Olympics; begins fall season Twelve members of the Hancock Park Swim Club Sharks swim team competed in the Summer Junior Olympics held in Santa Clarita. Swimmers had to meet qualifying time standards that place them in the top five to 10 percent of swimmers in the southern California and Nevada region in order to compete in the annual fiveday event. The Olympians are part of the 45-member team who swam for HPSC during the
spring and summer season at Los Angeles Tennis Club and Marlborough School pools, said coach Peter Lambert. He also serves as head swim coach for Marlborough’s swim teams. Lambert says he’s looking forward to the competitive season that starts up in September. “We have great momentum with this team. Each of them has specific goals that they are trying to accomplish. I really respect that.”
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We are excited to have MacBooks in class! We still have our computer lab with flat panel PC’s, and we love the projects (i.e. SLE movies, business projects, power points, etc.) that we do with our computer teacher, Ms. Moore. But now we have a class set of laptops that we share. Congratulations to our Pentel Art winners. The U.S. sent in 2,000 entries to Japan; 20,000 entries came from all around the world. The U.S. won 260 awards, and 16 of those were from Precious Blood School. The student council gave each teacher flowers and a welcome card the first day of school. A special welcome to our new kindergarten teacher, Ms. Paras and to our new 7th grade teacher, Mr. Wong. Patriot Day was marked with peace projects, letters to veterans and prayers. Grandparents’ Morning takes place this month. Food, fun and entertainment will be ready for our grandparents, who love to tell us about the “good old days.”
By Serena Jamison 6th Grade Last year we had fun community events like the pizza boogie and the annual Jog-athon where kids helped earn lots of money for our school. We also had special clubs during recess, like the basketball leagues, where 4th-and5th grade teams faced off against one another. It was truly a fun year for Larchmont Charter students. The year was great, but alas, it ended one sunny day in June after a final picnic where all the boys and girls with their families celebrated the last school day together. After that, I imagine everyone enjoyed their summer swimming or playing sports, maybe going away on vacation or watching a lot of movies. But our summer break is now over and we’re all ready for another great year! Returning in September, students might notice a couple of minor changes. One is that we have a new principal. Dolores Patton is taking Wendy Zacuto’s place, so let us all welcome her into our wonderful school. Also, 6th grade (my grade) has been added.
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Sleepover amid Ice Age life, spinning spiders, pow wows Tour galleries, explore ancient fossils and take an upclose-and-personal look at some of their living relatives at a sleepover at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Bring a sleeping bag, air mattress and flashlight, and fall asleep surrounded by animals in the museum’s diorama halls. Participants must be at least five years old. Groups of 10 or more required. Other events for youngsters this month include a Native American pow wow at
While gas prices are down, the cost of driving kids to and from school can still take a bite out of family budgets. A solution: join Metro’s School Pool free carpool program. Encourage your school to sign up for either the confidential matching service or the carpool directory, which is a school-specific student directory sorted by street to help parents find potential carpool partners.
If your campus has joined the program, you can sign up at school. To participate in the matching service, fill out a short form and return to school administrators. Families then receive a list of others at their school interested in carpooling, by general location. Home addresses are confidential and only phone numbers are provided. Parents can contact families on the list to meet and establish pick-up
and drop-off points, carpool cost-sharing and driving responsibilities. If the carpool directory is a better option for your school, Metro will assist in formatting it so that parents can more easily find other parents interested in carpooling in their own cities or along their route to school. For more information, call Metro Commute Services at 213-922-2811 or go to www. metro.net.
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the William S. Hart Park and Museum, 24151 Newhall Ave. Music, dance, art and cuisine is featured at the event, on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Call 661254-4584 for information updates. Hundreds of arachnids of all shapes and sizes will be busy spinning their webs inside a Spider Pavilion opening Sun., Sept. 27 at the Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. Ends Nov. 8. For more information, visit nhm.org
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By Caroline Wade 11th Grade Dr. Mark Brooks updated families on the new art center. “We’re ahead of schedule and under budget,” he relayed on Pilgrim School’s Facebook, Twitter, and school website. A cameraman took pictures of families as they arrived at the
family picnic in August. The children immediately ran to greet each other and play, having not seen many of the familiar faces since school ended in June. There were also some new faces, who were greeted by student ambassadors who answered questions and familiarized the new students with other students their age. That was just the lovely beginning to a year that will be filled with celebrations of Spirit Days, Founder’s Day, new laptops for every student, school sleepovers and much, much more.
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“Art, music and physical education, which are pivotal parts of the academic program, give kids another means of expression.” Patton points proudly to the Larchmont Charter’s edible schoolyard. Children keep a garden journal and grow their own vegetables from seeds they plant. There are raised beds for every classroom, and a variety of gardens including native, five senses and butterfly. “It gives children a recognition for the fact that their food
is connected to something, and beautifully prepared food shared with others is meaningful.” The kids build the garden, are involved in cooking, and can look at what eating seasonal, healthy foods has to do with their own health, she added. “It’s a meaningful component of the academic day.” Patton says she’s really excited about the opportunity to lead the school. “I’ll be able to draw on many (Please turn to page 20)
IT’S A RENAISSANCE time in education, said Larchmont Charter School principal Dolores Patton.
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By Laura Eversz Larchmont Charter School’s new principal, Dolores Patton, has an impressive resumé. She holds three degrees from California State University: a master’s in both educational leadership and policy studies, and social and philosophical foundations of education; and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Patton, who resides on Norton Ave. with her husband, William, a law professor at Whittier Law School, is the mother of two grown children. Bryan recently graduated from NYU; daughter Alison is a doctor . Patton has been a teacher at the Open Magnet Charter School, L.A.’s first charter school and a California Distinguished School. In addition, she has worked with the Cotsen Foundation, an organization that coaches teachers into mentors, and as
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Corn mosaic and harvest wreath workshops at Zimmer Corn comes in a rainbow of colors: blue, purple, green, and white. Learn about Colorful Corn in a mosaic workshop on Sun., Sept. 6 at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100. All Sunday drop-in programs run from 2 to 4 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Two art projects—sweet smelling apple charms and decorated honey dishes— will herald in the New Year’s Festival Sept. 13. Celebrate the bounty of
Sukkot designing Harvest Wreaths filled with fruits and flowers to take home on Sept. 27 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Workshops are free for members and $3 per child for non-members in addition to the entrance fee: $8 for adults and $5 for children 3 and over. Children 2 and under and grandparents are free. Sunday hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Visit zimmermuseum.org or call 323-761-8984 for further information.
CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL (Continued from page 17) of the things I've done over the years." Goals include establishing a middle school—hopefully next year, said Patton. "It's in the development stages.” For now, she says she has plenty to keep her busy. “One of the experiences I’ve had is that if I get stressed out
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Back to School Students awarded in art competition Sixteen first through seventh grade Precious Blood students won awards in the recent “Pentel 39th International Children’s Art Exhibition.” The students from the elementary school at 307 S. Occidental Blvd. were among 240 from the U.S. who received awards in the competition that
drew more than 200,000 creations from around the world. “At a time of major budget cuts of fine arts across all school districts, Precious Blood School knows that the limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition,” said principal Dottie Bessares, Windsor Square.
Create treasure maps at Huntington Kids can sip tea with Beatrix Potter, explore floral design, or learn about pirates at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, 11151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Children ages five and up will enjoy tea and hear tales with Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter, portrayed by actor Judith Helton, on Sat., Sept. 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Children seven-to-12 can create treasure maps and get a glimpse of pirate-related treasures from the Library’s collection on National “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Sat., Sept. 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Exhibit to feature handmade toys by youth in need ChildFund International will host a handmade toy exhibit, “The Power to Play— from Trash to Treasure,” on Sun., Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. The exhibit, to feature handmade items made from scrap by disadvantaged children around the world, is intended to depict the social, economic and political conditions in which children live. Guest speakers include Shauntay Hinton, former Miss USA and a former sponsored child with ChildFund, and Anne Lynam Goddard, ChildFund International president and CEO. For more information, send an email to Ellie Whinnery at EWhinnery@ChildFund.org.
Budding young floral designers, seven-to-12, can learn how to create traditional “nosegay” bouquets in a hands-on workshop on Sat., Sept. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, or for more information, call 626-405-2128.
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Back to School . . . . . their time over the summer
FINDING RELIEF from the heat were Beanie Boylston and Elizabeth Vuckovich, swimming at the Los Angeles Tennis Club.
THRILLSEEKERS Mary Abzug and Oliva Holabird spent the day at Knott's Berry Farm.
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PITCHING IN the high school summer baseball league for Notre Dame is Nick Fagnano.
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL TO ALL OUR NEW AND RETURNING HANCOCK PARK FAMILIES ENJOYING an ice cream at Huntington Beach were Halle and Samantha Hutchinson.
NATHAN WARD took in the scenery at Seaside Beach in Monterey.
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Back to School Paradise is within reach at Camp Hollywoodland During the summer I went to a little place I like to call “Paradise.” It’s actually called Camp Hollywoodland—a sleepaway camp for girls. Campers go Monday to Saturday morning each week and that’s all summer long. You can go one, two or all weeks. Camp Hollywoodland was opened in 1926 and is located in Griffith Park between the 101 freeway and the I-5. It is owned and operated by the city Dept. of Recreation and Parks. You would never know it’s there, right under the Hollywood sign. Last summer was the first time I went with three of my friends. I was really nervous about sleeping away from my house for a whole week, but my friends told me how fun it was and told me about all the things they do there: campfire, rock wall climbing, swimming, and of course the great food. So I was willing to give it a try. I packed my bags and off I went to camp. Once I saw my friends there I felt much better and I knew I could do it. I said goodbye to my parents and sister and that was it. When my family came to pick
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me up I wanted to go back for more, and I did. I’ve stayed at Camp Hollywoodland four more times since, and every week there was something new to do. During an activity called “ice blocking,” you ride down a hill on a block of ice. We performed skits, and each week has its own theme such as Mystery Madness, Planet Hollywoodland, and Pirate Week, just to name a few. Each week, campers go on a different trip. One week we went to the beach, another a pirate show, and also Universal Theme Park. The camp has 10 cabins, and the girls’ ages range from six
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Mickey Mouse will be in the house for a Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show at Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Ct. Show dates are Sat., Sept. 26 at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sun., Sept. 27 at noon and 3 p.m. The show stars characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald, who head off for an adventure as children in the audience are encouraged to sing and dance along to the songs. Tickets are $65, $35, $25, and $20. To order, call 800745-3000 or go online at ticketmaster.com. For more information about Disney Live! visit www.disneylive.com
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Creative writing workshops; author, acupuncture talks, old-time picture shows FAIRFAX LIBRARY Friends of the Library meet to plan programs and book sales on Tues., Sept. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Get Lit: teens meet to perform poetry and spoken word on Saturdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ongoing Monday Morning Storytimes for babies and toddlers includes stories, songs and fingerplays on Mondays from 11:30 to noon. Baby storytime featuring rhymes, songs and fingerplays for ages six to 24 month meets on Mondays, September 14, 21 and 28 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Learn computer basics with hands-on training Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY Friends Book Sale: Fri., Sept. 4 and Sat., Sept. 5 from noon
to 4:30 p.m. Teen Library Council meets on Tues.. Sept. 22 at 3:3 p.m. Adult Book Club meets on Tues.. Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Call for selected title. Ongoing Grandparents and Books: vollunteer Adrienne reads to children on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Grandma Janie turns the pages on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Joyce reads on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Toddler Tuesdays: Storytime beginning 11:30 a.m. LACMA Art Classes: Artist teaches children hands-on art on Thursdays 4 to 5 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY First Friday "Mysterious California" film and book discussion program features "Sharpshooter" by Nadia Gordon on Fri., Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.
St. James’ Episcopal Preschool Early childhood education in a nurturing community for children ages two-and-a-half to five. • Children — Respected for their wonder and creativity, ability to do meaningful work, individual perspectives, and ability to play. • Families — Respected for their roots and traditions, loving companionship, commitment, and dreams for their children. • Staff — Respected for their vision, delight in children, teaching skill, knowledge of age-appropriate curriculum, commitment to families, and sense of fun.
Teen volunteer orientation: Thurs., Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Silly Second Saturdays for kids features craft activities on Sat., Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. Monday author talk: Carolyn See, author of "There Will Never Be Another You," and Lisa See, author of "Shanghai Girls," will discuss these and other books on Mon., Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Coffee, conversation and book signing will follow. Teen Advisory Council meets to help choose materials and plan events on Wed., Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. Family story time offers fun for young and old on Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: Learn about the history of Eastern medicine and the benefits of acupuncture on Mon., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Lunch @ the Library: Memorial Old Time Picture Show screens "Second Chorus" starring Fred Astaire with Paulette Goddard and Artie Shaw on Thurs., Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bring a sack lunch; library will serve coffee and cookies. Origami craft-making for the family with Bennett Arnstein is on Sat., Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort Class meets on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Grandparents and Books: Ms. Sylvia reads to to children on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Grandma Bobbie on Wednesdays at 3
p.m.; Grandma Sel on Fridays at 3:45 p.m. and Ms. Claire on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Mah Jongg group meets on Fridays at noon. Knitting Circle meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY Creative writing workshop with author Delta Wiliams explores the art with teens 13 and older. Meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 9 and 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Earthwatch volunteer Muriel Horacek will show slides and
discuss her experiences and travels around the world on Thurs., Sept. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m. DVD screening of John Medina's book "Brain Rules" is on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort Class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. Storytime for kids meets on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. Grandparents and Books: Grandpa Sam reads to kids on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
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“Our six children not only received a top rate academic education at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, but the security of a ‘second home’ for 13 years of their lives. They made wonderful lifelong friends from worldwide cultures, learned tolerance of diversity and became sophisticated beyond their years. They truly experienced all of the benefits of an elite private school education.”
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Back to School Back to school without heavy text books
By Leslie Meredith College textbooks are a backbreaking weight and a budgetbusting expense. Nineteen million students will spend an average of $500 for books this fall, that’s $9.5 billion. If there’s a way to save, you can bet resourceful students will find it. University of Utah engineering major, Jack Furbush cut his book expense down to $300 last semester. He went online for used books. He was forced to buy some at the University bookstore, usually not the cheapest place to buy books, but it may be the only place if the book is published by a campus professor. He shared a calculus book with his roommate. Electronic books? Jack shrugs, “They sell codes for electronic books at the bookstore, but they’re only about $20 cheaper than a used book. I’d rather have a physical copy I can mark up.” This year there may be an alternative. For the first time, a handful of lucky students will receive the Kindle DX, Amazon’s large-sized ebook reader, designed specifically
for larger format material like newspapers and yes, college textbooks. Approximately 300 students from Princeton,
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University of Virginia, Arizona State, Case Western Reserve, Reed College, University of Washington and Pace University will participate in a pilot program sponsored by Amazon to test the usefulness of this textbook substitute. The pilot program masks two hurdles facing ebook readers, both of which must be overcome before they can become a campus mainstay rather than a student novelty: price and publishing. After the pilot program, Kindles won’t be free. The Kindle DX retails for $489,
pricey for the average student. Today, digital textbooks are only discounted about 20 percent off hardcover copies. Students would have to buy two years worth of ebooks for their book savings to equal the cost of the device itself. Less expensive readers are available, some as low as $200, but screens are half the size of the Kindle DX. The second problem is the very few number of titles available for any ebook reader. Sad to say, I was unable to find an eTextbook in the Kindle Store. And because there is no standard file format for ebook readers, it may be some time before publishers can agree on a publishing standard, let alone a reasonable price. Amazon’s ebook format is proprietary, but Kindle books can be read on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, products that are already student favorites. My bet is on Kindle’s file format. Capturing an exclusive in the lucrative textbook market would be quite a coup and Amazon is in a position to do it. Amazon is not alone in the ebook reader arena, but it is the only one under $500 with a large screen and wireless book downloads. Sony is moving in the right price direction with two new ebook readers priced at $199
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dents. Wireless? No. All Sony ebook readers must be connected to a computer to download books. Unfortunately, it’s too early for most students to replace their heavy books with ebook readers. But make no mistake. Even at this early stage, the ebook reader is perfect for literature majors and for anyone who loves to read. Leslie Meredith is managing editor of TopTenReviews, which covers electronics, software and web services.
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and $299, slated for release at the end of the month. The higher priced Sony model features a touch screen unlike the Kindle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swiped at the Kindle screen even after using the levers and toggle. Because of the touch screen, Sony users will be able to highlight important passages and take notes with their finger or with a pen-like stylus included with the device, edging its functionality closer to familiar margin note taking, an important feature for stu-
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Back to School Dodgers to host free Dodger Dog night Sept. 14 The Los Angeles Dodgers will offer fans a free Dodger Dog, courtesy of Farmer John, on Mon., Sept. 14 when the Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. Farmer
John and the Dodgers will distribute vouchers to all fans good for one Dodger Dog as they enter the turnstiles. The Dodgers will also have a hot dog eating contest in which
fans will have the chance to win a seat upgrade and passes to a DodgerLIFE “Under the Lights” event where they can take batting practice on the field.
Wilshire Private School 2008 Best Private School in Los Angeles Award by USLBA Oldest Korean American School in the United States Founded in 1985
“South Korea has the most effective education system in the world’s richest countries… and the United States and Germany near the bottom, a United Nations study said….” - by Cosgrove-Mather (AP), CBS News World.
Wilshire Private School has successfully adapted a Korean education system for American children that will not only challenge but inspire your kids to reach greater heights. We pride ourselves in preparing our children for global citizenship in this ever expanding international climate. Join us in enriching our world! Accepting applications for Fall 2009, K-6. Financial Aid Available.
FILMMAKERS Abby Fuller and Ivy Dickerson met at USC.
Documentary to show blind teens’ dreams… in color
By Suzan Filipek What started out as a documentary about blind people’s nighttime dreams has evolved to include the conscious kind as well, says filmmaker Abby Fuller, Wilton Place. Nine teens will be featured in the partly animated film, “Do You Dream in Color?,” produced and directed by Abby and Ivy Dickerson. The film “bridges the gap between the blind and sighted worlds by animating the dreams of extraordinary blind teens,” according to the production website. It borrows from mythology, as blindness represented “inner sight… the blind person is the one who sees the clearest,” says Abby. And, the film aims to help “break the stereotype that these people are different,” adds Ivy. And yet, the blind people in this film, at least, are different. The ambitious, talented group were honed from hundreds of interviews of students statewide. The film will follow Anthony, a wrestler, seeking a regional championship for his high school, who is also aiming to do judo in the Paralympics in London 2011. On the website, doyoudreamincolor.com, he tells of his dream wrestling a giant. An animated vibrant blue shadow of a man stands over him. Naomi “perceives color as energy.” A motivational speaker who lives in Sacramento, the 17-year old senior works in the State Capital for disability rights. Blind at three from a type of cancer, she also hopes to one
day have a mobile clinic in Africa to help prevent the disease, which can lead to death if not detected, explains Abby. The film has become something of a dream for the USC graduates as well, who, like their subjects, will persevere toward their goal whatever their obstacles—which have already been a few. The Helen Keller National Blind Assoc. was poised to help with a chunk of the film’s $600,000 shoestring budget, until the sour economy left its coffers dry. Miraculously “an angel” appeared in the form of a professional camera man, Arthur Yee, who has signed on to work for deferred payment, as has the rest of the skeletal crew. The young women have flexible day jobs: Ivy is a production assistant for “Criminal Minds” TV show; Abby writes freelance for shows on the Outdoor Channel. Shooting began last month at the Junior Blind of America camp in Malibu. It will wrap up at the same location next summer. In between the crew will follow the lives of the students. They also include award winning poet Shelby, 16, who is finishing her first novel. Sarah hopes to be a foreign exchange student in Portugal. A Cambria resident she sings cumbia and is fluent in Spanish, though she is not of Latin descent. Special effects and the animation will be added in post production, says Ivy. Their budget? Thus far it’s “a lot of love and compassion,” says Abby. For more information visit www.doyoudreamincolor.com
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Directory of public and Prices subject to change PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 Penny Cox, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 1/2 years. 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Full or half days. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT CENTER 3903 Wilshire Blvd. 213-388-2350 Leilani Bland, director. Ages 6 wks. to 2 yrs. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15 students. ST. JAMES’ PRESCHOOL 4270 W. 6th St. 213-738-7871 Katarina Matolek, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 yrs. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eleven-month tuition is $11,800/yr., closed in Aug. Yoga, music, African dance and Spanish. NAEYC accredited. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 6 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 75 students. $1,400/mo. WESTSIDE JEWISH NURSERY SCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2531, ext. 250 Ellen Greene, director. Ages 2 to K. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 120 students. Call for rates. WILSHIRE PRESCHOOL 711 S. Plymouth Blvd. 323-931-0546 Myrna Velasquez, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 5 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer program. 30 students. Call for rates.
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7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. 9th to 12th grade. 300 students. $14,200/yr. CAMPBELL HALL EPISCOPAL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 Julian Bull, headmaster. K to 12th grade. K to 6th: $21,265/ yr.; 7th to 12th: $26,285/yr. CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 Tina Kipp, principal. K to 8th grade. 303 students. NonCatholic, $4,050/yr.; Catholic, $3,500/yr. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Reveta Bowers, head of school. 2 yrs. to 6th grade. 500 students. Call for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 Mary Kurban, principal. K to 8th grade. After-school supervision until 6 p.m. 250 students. Call for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Paula Dashiell, head of school. Pre-K to 6th grade. 300 students. Call for rates. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 Thomas Hudnut, headmaster. 7th to 12th grade, middle school and high school are separate. 1,200 students. $25,000/yr. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 Stephan Bloodworth, head of school. Pre-school to 8th grade. Pre-school supervision
until 6 p.m. 280 students. IMMACULATE HEART 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Virginia Hurst, principal. Ann Phelps, director, middle school. Girls only. 6th to 12th grade, middle school and high school separate. 710 students. $8,600/yr. LE LYCEE FRANCAIS DE LOS ANGELES Main Campus: 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 M. Anselme, directeur and head of high school; M. Cole, directrice adjointe and head of elementary school; Mr. Hill, head of middle school. Pre-school to 12th grade. Five campuses. Bilingual, French system education. Call for rates. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121 Fr. Charles P. Tilley, S.J., principal. Boys only. 9th to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Starts at $13,240/yr + fees. MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 Barbara E. Wagner, head of school. Girls only. 7th to 12th grade. 530 students. $28,950/ yr. MARYMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL 10643 Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Jacqueline L. Landry, head of school. Girls only. 9th to 12th grade. 400 students. $24,600/ yr.
THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 Joan Beauregard, head of school. K to 6th grade. 145 students. $16,500/yr. PACIFIC HILLS 8628 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood 310-276-3068 Rich Makoff, headmaster. 6th to 12th grade. 270 students. $19,500 + books & fees. PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL OF HANCOCK PARK
565 N. Larchmont Blvd. 323-463-5118 Earle Vaughan, area mgr., Connie Rivera, dir. 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pre-school to 8th grade. 200 students. Preschool $985/mo. Pre-K to 5th grade $11,902/yr. 6th to 8th grade $14,971/yr. PERUTZ ETZ JACOB HEBREW ACADEMY 7951 Beverly Blvd. 323-655-5766 Rabbi Shlomo Harrosh, principal. 100 students. K to 8th grade. Call for rates.
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private area schools Rabbi Shlomo Harrosh, principal. 100 students. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. PILGRIM SCHOOL 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-385-7351 Mark A. Brooks, head of school. Preschool to 12th grade. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 350 students. Call for rates. PRECIOUS BLOOD SCHOOL 307 S. Occidental Blvd. 213-382-3345 Dottie Bessares, principal. K to 8th grade. 235 students. Call for rates. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. ST. GREGORY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
911 S. Norton Ave. 323-936-2542 Zulay Chavez, principal. 1st to 8th grade. 180 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 Steven Bowers, head of school. K to 6th grade. 300 students. Call for rates (includes extended care). TEMPLE EMMANUEL ACADEMY DAY SCHOOL 8844 Burton Way 310-288-3737, ext. 244 Doris Finestone, principal. Pre-school to 6th grade. 110 students. Call for rates. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 Rachel Lewin, principal. K to 6th grade. After school supervision until 5:30 pm. 180
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students. Call for rates. TURNING POINT 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 Deborah Richman, head of school. Pre-school to 8th grade. 335 students. $20,000$24,000/yr. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Pre-K to 8th grade. 425 students. Tuition for Pre-K to 5th is $21,840/yr; 6th to 8th grade tuition is $24,960/yr. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 Dr. Steve Han, head of school. K to 6th grade. 80 students. 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. K is $6,500/yr. 1st to 6th grade is $7,500/yr. After-school and summer programs. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster. 465 students. Call for rates.
and 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6407 Dolores Patton, principal. 260 students, 2 campuses. St. Ambrose Primary Center at Fairfax Ave., K to 1st grade. Hollygrove on El Centro, 2nd to 6th grade. MELROSE AVENUE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275 Bernadette Lucas, principal. K to 6th grade. 8:06 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 310 students.
THIRD STREET 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337 Dr. Suzie K. Oh, principal. K to 5th grade. 700 students. VAN NESS AVENUE ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 Katty Iriarte, principal. Pre-K to 5th grade. 300 students. WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 Joan McConico, principal. (Please turn to page 30)
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School to start Sept. 9 at former Ambassador Hotel M BOOKSHOPS The Ambassador school site will open Wed., Sept. 9 with 800+ kindergarten to fifthgraders at two pilot campuses on the grounds of the former hotel site on Wilshire Blvd. between Mariposa and Catalina avenues. The “New Open World Acad-
emy” (NOW) and “UCLA Community School” are among a total of six pilots that will be at the 3,800-pupil, kindergarten through 12th grade campus. It is the only model in the U.S. based all on pilot schools, said Edmundo Rodriguez, director of pilots for the Los
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SCHOOL DIRECTORIES plays published by (Continued from page 29) Pre-K to 5th grade. 300 students. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 Enrique Franco, principal. K to 5th grade. 503 students. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 Jung Hae Kim, principal. Pre-K to 5th grade. 1,100 students.
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cipal. 6th to 7th grade with 8th grade added next year. 75 students per grade.
The other elementary pilot, the 360-student UCLA Community School is a dual-language program of either Spanish or Korean and English. Principal is Georgia Lazo. The school's name will be decided within a few weeks by the Kennedy family, in honor of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy who was slain at the site in 1968, said Rodriguez. The middle and high schools will
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Olympia adds sterilization system for operating areas A Los Angeles hospital is pioneering germ-killing technology in its operating areas. Olympia Medical Center, 5901 W. Olympic Blvd., is using the Tru-D Rapid Room Sterilization System to disinfect air and surfaces. “Olympia is the first medical center in Los Angeles to use this state-of-the-art equipment,” said John Calderone, Olympia chief operating officer. “This technology gives us additional means to provide our patients with an even higher level of security and peace of mind,” he said. The robot-looking device nicknamed “Trudy” uses a metered dose of germicidal energy to disinfect surfaces. It is a non-chemical process that is safe for patients with allergies. Gary Morganstern, Olympia director of Environmental Services, said the five-foot tall device decreases any pathogens left alive. “Its 48 ultra violet tubes insures an extra level of sterilization,” Morganstern added.
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Fountain of youth is in the wine, grapes and resveratrol By Suzan Filipek Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon could have stayed home and enjoyed a glass of vino rojo. It turns out the fountain of youth is in the wine. To be specific, it’s in the resveratrol, says Barry Yarkoni, vice president of marketing for Vinomis Laboratories. The company recently launched “as close a miracle pill” as you can find in its bottle of VinDure 900. Each pill is a blend of grape extract and red wine extract—from the Bordeaux region of France— fortified with Resveratrol and Quercetin—polyphenol antioxidants that activate genes linked to longevity. A tablet a day, the recommended dose, is equivalent to more than 100 bottles of red wine, minus the alcohol, sugar and calories, he says. It also contains resveratrolrich Giant Knotweed, a medicinal plant used for thousands
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By Lesley Goldberg thirst on a hot day, It seems as though but to stay hydrated somewhere along the because not only is it way, exercise became the number one rule hard to even think of survival, it is also about. The meaning the key to weight conof getting fit took on trol, skin appearance a whole different defiand other organ funcnition. tion. And, oh, by the By the time way, proper hydration September rolls also helps keeps our around, our fitness brain alert. mindset depends But, with on whether we’ve PERSONAL TRAINER Lesley Goldberg and Mary no two lifestyles or indulged our taste Fagnano at The Little Gym. schedules being alike, buds and relaxed our how can anyone go a hill! workout schedule, or made But wait, there’s good news. about starting and sticking to the most of the long days and It’s never too late, and by do- an exercise program? I have great weather to keep our bod- ing a little, you can absolutely, four criteria: ies moving . 1. Find someone—a friend, positively change a lot. For some of us, by the time From birth, your body is de- spouse or trainer—who can be we’ve made it through the signed to grow strong bones supportive and encouraging. softball and baseball team par- and joints. It also has the 2. Motivation and knowing ties, graduations, a wedding or ability your limits are to two, Father’s Day and Fourth become exkey factors to “Just the body's of July, we’ve given up on our tremely agile maintaining physiological changes best intentions. We convince and flexible. any routine. alone, after 40, are ourselves as soon as school Somewhere 3. Find activiincredible.” starts we’ll find the time to get between the ties you enjoy in some exercise. that are fun and ages of 30 Working as a personal train- and 40 however, lifestyle, na- simple to do. er and fitness consultant for ture and our friend, genetics 4. Carve out 30 minutes a over 20 years, I’ve followed my start to kick in. couple of times a week in your clients through all phases of At this stage we’re doing re- schedule to take care of your their lives. What I have learned sistance training and taking in health and peace of mind befrom them is that being fit calcium, not to build strong cause those are your most imand over 40 means something bones, but to keep bone from portant assets. completely different than be- becoming porous. We stretch What should one’s fitness ing fit and under 30. Just the after exercising not to become goal be? In my book, it’s to be body’s physiological changes more flexible, but to avoid be- fit for life. The process is what alone, after 40, are incredible! ing sore or injured. And we I call “lifestyle exercise.” You can feel it. There really is drink water not to quench our Thirteen years ago, Peter, a film industry executive, came to me at his wife’s request. He was about to turn 50 and his MEDICARE CERTIFIED wife was concerned about the ACCEPT MOST MAJOR PPO INSURANCES health of his heart.
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Blog presents honest look at actorâ€™s diet, burgers and all By Laura Eversz Lynn Chen canâ€™t say enough about her new movie, â€œWhite on Rice,â€? a comedy opening Fri., Sept. 11 at Laemmleâ€™s Sunset 5 theatre in West Hollywood. â€œThe director, David Boyle, is youngâ€Ś itâ€™s only his second film. But his talent is so obvious. Heâ€™s a guy to watch.â€? But a year ago, the 32-yearold Larchmont Village resident, best known for playing â€œVivian Shingâ€? in the feature film â€œSaving Face,â€? wasnâ€™t sure she wanted to continue acting. As a child, Chen performed with the Childrenâ€™s Choirs at the Metropolitan Opera House, where her mother was a singer. She made her acting debut in the New York State Theater production of â€œSouth Pacificâ€? at Lincoln Center, and went on to star in televisions shows, soap operas and feature films.
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â€œBut after devoting six or seven years to acting, and doing three films back to back, I decided to take a break to see what else I could do with my life,â€? says Chen. It was a soul-searching year, after which she decided noth-