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vol. 47, no. 10 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile


Ceremony marks improvements to Burns Park Plaque dedicated

PETS OF LARCHMONT. 21-23 MIX with goblins in Wilshire Park. 8 CLIMBING top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 10 YARD SALE for ailing baby.


HOME TOUR visits historic sites. 17 NEW MUSEUM, new gallery. 18 HALLOWEEN fashion parade.


PRESCHOOL creatively.


Robert Burns Park is a play area for youngsters, a picnic area for families and an exercise locale that boasts a free yoga class. New playground equipment, fencing, shade trees, canopies, benches and a restroom are among the amenities recently added to the park at the southwest corner of Van Ness Ave. and Beverly Blvd. These upgrades, under direction of local resident Margy Hudson, were celebrated at a ceremony in the park Sept. 23 attended by Councilman Tom LaBonge, other city officials and neighbors. Many of these improvements have been financed by the city Department of Recreation and Parks. An improved irrigaSee Burns Park, p. 6

Dining out Restaurants are featured in our annual guide. Ad deadline is Mon., Oct. 18. Please call 323-462-2241, ext. 11 to reserve space.

THE BACKYARD of the Larry Guzin home drew block captains to renew acquaintances and hear from police and emergency preparedness officials.

L.A. High students score, school stays autonomous Improvement was highest in its rank By Suzan Filipek A celebratory mood is in full swing at Los Angeles High, since student test scores were released last month that saved

ART STUDENT honored in D.C. 33

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

NATURAL Kitchen. Book is more than about cooking. 6 EARTHQUAKE! Know the drill.


SOCIETY salutes Legion building. 5 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11

GEARING UP FOR the Larchmont Family Fair on Sun., Oct. 24 are front row, Jake Juno-Kasofsky; second row, Addison Kruse, Scotty, Michael and Julia Hanna; third row, Suzanne Phillips, Jill Kafofsky, Peggy Bartenetti, John Winther, Betsy Malloy and Michelle Hanna. Story on page 9

the campus from an outside takeover. “We’re really happy,” said school principal Elena Anthony of the results of the state Academic Performance Index released Sept. 13. Boosting spirits even more was the added news that L.A. High’s scores had improved 59 percentile points, more than any other traditional Los Angeles high school. The Olympic Blvd. campus was among five in the Los Angeles Unified School District under threat because of chronically failing scores. It was among campuses on a Public School Choice set for takeover or closure if test scores didn’t meet a 600 mark. Students’ scores in math, English, social science and science totaled 623. While still below the state’s target of 800, on a scale of 200 to 1,000, it is on an upward trend. “We’ve got to keep it up,” said Anthony. L.A. High alumni Bruce Corwin, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Theatres chain, presented the school’s testing coordinator Donna Spencer-Griffin with a plaque and $1,000 from the Harrison

Block captains learn safety procedures at area meeting In Windsor Square Sixty Windsor Square Association block captains and guests gathered at the S. Norton Ave. home of Larry and Wendy Guzin in September to improve their efforts to serve the community. Block captains are volunteer liaisons between their neighbors, the police and the board of directors of the Association. After a buffet dinner catered by Prado restaurant, a speakers’ program began with a welcome and thank you to the block captains by Association See Windsor Square, p. 11

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane The beat goes on… whether it’s lining up car pool schedules, settling youngsters in college or attending fundraisers, Larchmontians have been busy. *** We spotted Vince Bertoni in line at Peet’s

See LA High, p. 15 ~ Entire Issue Online!

See BLVD., p. 16


Larchmont Chronicle

October 2010


Community Platform

'What do you like best about your dog?'

Scene on Larchmont

By Jane Gilman

Study these measures

Here are some of the measures appearing on the ballot. They all deserve study before the election Tues., Nov. 2. Proposition 19 seeks to legalize marijuana. The bill would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Redistricting is the subject of Proposition 20 that removes elected representatives from establishing congressional districts, and transfers the authority to an appointed bi-partisan committee. If proposition 21 passes, it will establish an $18 annual vehicle license fee to help fund state parks. Vehicles that are charged will be granted free admission to all state parks.

Keep libraries open

Public libraries are community centers. In addition to volumes of books, the library holds classes, makes computers available, has story hours and is a resource for students. We are asking readers to contact the Mayor and all City Councilmembers to reinstate Sunday and Monday hours at every library. It’s a crucial investment in the welfare of all residents.

New parking hours

Be warned. Dining on Larchmont Blvd. on Friday and Saturday nights can be expensive UNLESS you feed your parking meter until 10 p.m. (formerly until 8 p.m.).

Thanks to Our Outstanding Community! The Association’s Annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, at 7PM at 3rd Street School. The agenda includes:

• Recognition of Outstanding Community Members • Security Report • LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Dave Cordova • Discussion of recent increase in crime activity in Hancock Park and how to keep our neighborhood safe • SSA Security and Bel Air Security • Patrol Activity in Hancock Park • C ouncilman Tom LaBonge - Q and A on Current Hancock Park Issues • M ayita Dinos Discussing Climate Appropriate Landscaping

Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and how you can get involved. If you observe or are the victim of a crime don’t forget to call 911 immediately to notify the LAPD as well as contacting your Security Company (if you use one). The LAPD contact numbers are: • D ave Cordova, LAPD Senior Lead Officer for Hancock Park – Cell Phone: 213-793-0650; email: • L APD Wilshire Division – 213-473-0476; http://www.

If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site,, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site and read the Preservation Plan. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office) Adv.

That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

OUR YEAR-ROUND SANTA CLAUS is UPS driver Ruben Misquez. He has been delivering packages to Larchmont customers for the past 10 years.

Police Beat Armed robberies, purse snatching OLYMPIC DIVISION


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo

Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova

OLYMPIC DIVISION STREET ROBBERY: A woman was attacked by four men near the corner of 6th St. and St. Andrews Pl. on Sun., Sept. 12 around 5:50 p.m. After the suspects approached the woman, they punched and kicked her several times before grabbing her purse and running away. BURGLARIES: A home on the 600 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. was broken into and property stolen between Mon., Sept. 6 at 11:30 p.m. and Tues., Sept. 7 at 7:15 a.m.

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 Publishers Jane and Irwin Gilman Editor Jane Gilman Associate Editor Suzan Filipek Assistant Editor Laura Eversz Advertising Director Pam Rudy Classified Manager Geri Freer Art Director Maria Bouniol Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Production Assistant Nancy MacCoon Accounting Yvonne Auerbach 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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Suspect pried a kitchen window open to gain entry. A burglary was attempted at a home on the 600 block of N. Beachwood Dr. on Tues., Sept. 7 at 12:30 a.m. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A brown, four-door 2009 Toyota Corolla was taken from the 300 block of N. Windsor Blvd. (Please turn to page 4)

"He's perfect in every way. He's very sweet and calm. I rescued him from the Krris Kelly Foundation. He goes everywhere with me, even to work." Katy Ladin with Chance Beachwood Dr.

"I love everything about her. She was homeless and had a tough life. But even though she's just a puppy, she's very smart and playful." George Kiraly with Ginger Koreatown

Find the star

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Look for this star in one of our advertisements. The first person to find it should call 323-462-2241 x 13. The winner will be pictured in the next issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Calendar Sun., Oct. 10 – Windsor Square–Hancock Park Historical Society Home Tour, 600 S. McCadden Pl. block, noon to 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 – Art Walk, Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. Sponsored by Mid-City West Community Council. Tues., Oct. 19 – Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting, Third Street School, 201 S. June St., 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 24 – Larchmont Family Fair, noon to 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 5 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle.

"He listens to me and he understands everything about me." Theresa Maday with Maddock Lucerne Blvd.

"His attitude. He's very calm, even with aggressive dogs. He's 12 years old and has never bitten anyone. He practically grew up on Larchmont Blvd. He's my best friend." Robert DeRosa with "G" Rossmore Ave.


Larchmont Chronicle

October 2010


Community Platform

'What do you like best about your dog?'

Scene on Larchmont

By Jane Gilman

Study these measures

Here are some of the measures appearing on the ballot. They all deserve study before the election Tues., Nov. 2. Proposition 19 seeks to legalize marijuana. The bill would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Redistricting is the subject of Proposition 20 that removes elected representatives from establishing congressional districts, and transfers the authority to an appointed bi-partisan committee. If proposition 21 passes, it will establish an $18 annual vehicle license fee to help fund state parks. Vehicles that are charged will be granted free admission to all state parks.

Keep libraries open

Public libraries are community centers. In addition to volumes of books, the library holds classes, makes computers available, has story hours and is a resource for students. We are asking readers to contact the Mayor and all City Councilmembers to reinstate Sunday and Monday hours at every library. It’s a crucial investment in the welfare of all residents.

New parking hours

Be warned. Dining on Larchmont Blvd. on Saturday nights can be expensive UNLESS you feed your parking meter until 10 p.m. (formerly until 8 p.m.).

Thanks to Our Outstanding Community! The Association’s Annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19th, at 7PM at 3rd Street School. The agenda includes:

• Recognition of Outstanding Community Members • Security Report • LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Dave Cordova • Discussion of recent increase in crime activity in Hancock Park and how to keep our neighborhood safe • SSA Security and Bel Air Security • Patrol Activity in Hancock Park • C ouncilman Tom LaBonge - Q and A on Current Hancock Park Issues • M ayita Dinos Discussing Climate Appropriate Landscaping

Please plan to attend and find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and how you can get involved. If you observe or are the victim of a crime don’t forget to call 911 immediately to notify the LAPD as well as contacting your Security Company (if you use one). The LAPD contact numbers are: • D ave Cordova, LAPD Senior Lead Officer for Hancock Park – Cell Phone: 213-793-0650; email: • L APD Wilshire Division – 213-473-0476; http://www.

If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site,, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site and read the Preservation Plan. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office) Adv.

That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

OUR YEAR-ROUND SANTA CLAUS is UPS driver Ruben Misquez. He has been delivering packages to Larchmont customers for the past 10 years.

Police Beat Armed robberies, purse snatching OLYMPIC DIVISION


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo

Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova

OLYMPIC DIVISION STREET ROBBERY: A woman was attacked by four men near the corner of 6th St. and St. Andrews Pl. on Sun., Sept. 12 around 5:50 p.m. After the suspects approached the woman, they punched and kicked her several times before grabbing her purse and running away. BURGLARIES: A home on the 600 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. was broken into and property stolen between Mon., Sept. 6 at 11:30 p.m. and Tues., Sept. 7 at 7:15 a.m.

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 Publishers Jane and Irwin Gilman Editor Jane Gilman Associate Editor Suzan Filipek Assistant Editor Laura Eversz Advertising Director Pam Rudy Classified Manager Geri Freer Art Director Maria Bouniol Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Production Assistant Nancy MacCoon Accounting Yvonne Auerbach 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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Suspect pried a kitchen window open to gain entry. A burglary was attempted at a home on the 600 block of N. Beachwood Dr. on Tues., Sept. 7 at 12:30 a.m. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A brown, four-door 2009 Toyota Corolla was taken from the 300 block of N. Windsor Blvd. (Please turn to page 4)

"He's perfect in every way. He's very sweet and calm. I rescued him from the Krris Kelly Foundation. He goes everywhere with me, even to work." Katy Ladin with Chance Beachwood Dr.

"I love everything about her. She was homeless and had a tough life. But even though she's just a puppy, she's very smart and playful." George Kiraly with Ginger Koreatown

Find the star

✩ LC

Look for this star in one of our advertisements. The first person to find it should call 323-462-2241 x 13. The winner will be pictured in the next issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

Calendar Sun., Oct. 10 – Windsor Square–Hancock Park Historical Society Home Tour, 600 S. McCadden Pl. block, noon to 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 – Art Walk, Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave. Sponsored by Mid-City West Community Council. Tues., Oct. 19 – Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting, Third Street School, 201 S. June St., 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 24 – Larchmont Family Fair, noon to 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 5 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle.

"He listens to me and he understands everything about me." Theresa Maday with Maddock Lucerne Blvd.

"His attitude. He's very calm, even with aggressive dogs. He's 12 years old and has never bitten anyone. He practically grew up on Larchmont Blvd. He's my best friend." Robert DeRosa with "G" Rossmore Ave.

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AROUND THE TOWN 36 ENTERTAINMENT 38 Theater Review - 38 At the Movies - 40

BLESSING all kinds of animals. Sect. 1, 35

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Notes From the


By John Winther

“Larchmont Has Talent” is coming to the Family Fair Sunday, October 24. Larchmont is bursting out with all this amazing ability and the Larchmont Boulevard Association is going to harness all of this unbridled talent. “Larchmont Has Talent” was conceived by Betsy Malloy and Suzanne Phillips, co-chair of this year’s Family Fair; your chance to see the performers in the middle stage will be at the Larchmont Boulevard Association Family Fair. Sign up at either of the Coldwell Banker Offices and get the try out dates and let the talent begin. The performances will be on the same stage that is also used by the children’s costume contest, which has a long tradition of fun and excitement. For more information on the costume contest which comes before the talent contest call Peggy Bartenentti at Coldwell Banker at 323-4620867 who chairs the contest or call either Coldwell Banker Office for more information. The Larchmont Family Fair is an event for the community and it features rides for the children, food, entertainment and information about non-profit organizations. Many schools, foundations, non-profit organizations and others have booths to provide information and help our community keep in the know. The stores and restaurants on the Boulevard are looking mighty fine these days – come take a look. The LBA has new members coming to Larchmont above Beverly Blvd. so keep your eyes open. Don’t forget Hope Net, which is so critical in these times. Visit our web site, www.larchmont. com and shop our members – the Larchmont Larder, Flicka, Cottage Antiques, and many Adv. many more.


Take-outs with ‘illegal’ tables, chairs cited




ANOTHER HISTORIC move. Sect. 1, 19

Peet’s Coffee at 124 N. Larchmont Blvd. has posted a sign requesting patrons not to bring their chairs out on the sidewalk. The sign is a result of notices distributed to Peet’s and 18 other yogurt, pizza and other take-out food establishments on Larchmont Blvd. that did not conform to city requirements. At Councilman Tom LaBonge’s request, city Bureau of Street Services sent inspector Leticia Reed to issue citations to businesses whose tables, chairs and/or signs were more than five feet from the building. LaBonge was acting on the urging of the board of the Larchmont Boulevard Association to investigate those take-outs, coffee shops and others whose street furniture presents a hazard to pedestrians. Larchmont Boulevard Assoc.

CHECKING LARCHMONT businesses on a recent visit were, from left, Carolyn Ramsay, Councilman Tom LaBonge's deputy; Tom Caraballo, city Bureau of Street Services inspector; LaBonge and Nikki Ezhrari, LaBonge deputy.

president John Winther said the LBA board has asked for enforcement to insure pedestrians can negotiate safely on Larchmont. “We have heard from many shoppers how difficult it is to navigate down the boulevard, dodging chairs, signs and umbrellas.”

Investigator Reed initially distributed nuisance notices to the offending businesses for out-of-conformance table, chairs, umbrellas and signs. She returned 14 days later to find firms receiving notices had moved their furniture and signs to comply.

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(Continued from page 2) between Fri., Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: Property was stolen from a car parked on the 400 block of S. Van Ness Ave. on Sat., Sept. 11. WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A woman and her friend were robbed in a home on the 400 block of S. June St. on Sun., Aug. 29 at 11:15 a.m. The suspect entered the home and used a replica gun to demand money before fleeing on foot. A man was robbed at knife-

point by two men near the corner of Third St. and Hudson Ave. on Fri., Sept. 3 at 12:50 p.m. One suspect demanded the victim’s money; the other drove the get-away vehicle. BURGLARIES: Tools were stolen from a residence on the 400 block of N. Mansfield Ave. between Tues., Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. Money, cameras, equipment and a cell phone were taken from a home on the 500 block of Lillian Way on Tues., Aug. 17 between 1 and 4 a.m. Suspect entered home by removing side window.

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A home on the 300 block of N. Arden Blvd. was ransacked and money taken on Mon., Aug. 23 between 2 and 6 p.m. Suspect entered residence by cutting through screen door. A computer was stolen from a home on the 100 block of N. Arden on Wed., Sept. 1 at noon. A rear door was pried open to gain entry. Money and jewelry were taken from a home on the 400 block of S. Arden Blvd. on Fri., Sept. 3 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Suspect pried open rear door to gain entry. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 1998 Ford Escalade was stolen from the 200 block of N. Rossmore Ave. on Mon., Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. A 2007 Dodge Caliber was taken from the 700 block of S. Mansfield Ave.on Sat., Sept. 11. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: An MP3 player was stolen from a car parked on the 300 block of N. Citrus Ave. between Fri., Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 4 at 7:30 a.m. A car parked on the 600 block of S. Sycamore Ave. was broken into and property stolen on Wed., Sept. 8 at 5 a.m. An MP3 player, auto parts and other property were taken from a car on the 400 block of S. Sycamore Ave. between Fri., Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180

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Meeting to cover keeping Hancock Park safe, green Security and greenery will be among the topics at the Hancock Park Homeowners Assoc. meeting at Third Street School, 201 S. June St., on Tues., Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Police officials and security firm representatives will talk on increased patrols in the

wake of the “hot prowl” burglaries in August in the area. “Hot prowl” means people were home when the crime took place, usually late at night while people are sleeping. Laptops, cameras, cell phones were taken. Representatives from SSA

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Security and Bel Air Security will speak on patrol activity in the area. Wilshire Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova is also scheduled. Landscape architect Mayita Dinos will talk on climateappropriate landscape. Maintenance of the Highland Ave. median and “reforesting,” replacement of missing parkway trees, also are on the agenda. Cindy Chvatal, president, said the Association also will be recognizing the outstanding work in the neighborhood by some of the residents. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky and Fourth District City Councilman Tom LaBonge will cover community issues including flooding problems on Rossmore Ave.

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CONGRATULATIONS for spearheading park improvements are given to Margy Hudson by Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Ceremony was held at Burns Park Association financed painting (Continued from page 1) tion system, estimated to save of the exterior fence. The ceremony culminated 554,000 gallons of water anin the unveiling of a bronze nually, has been installed, said plaque researched and doCouncilman LaBonge. Carl Cooper, supervisor nated by the Windsor SquareHancock Park with the city Historical Department of Society meRecreation and m o r i a l i z ing Parks, also adRobert L. dressed the auBurns, after dience, as did whom the park Jane Galbraith was named. with the Burns was a D e p a r t m e n t PLAQUE honors namesake. Fourth District of Water and councilman who served from Power. The Greater Wilshire 1929 to 1945. To view more photos from Neighborhood Council added the dedication, visit us at new park benches and trees, and the Windsor Square

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Windsor Village, Wilshire Park move closer in historic direction By Suzan Filipek Windsor Village, Wilshire Park and Country Club Park won initial approval last month to combine each area’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone with one board. “We are really pleased with this proposed arrangement, as we know all three communities have worked well together up to this point,” said Julie Grist, vice president of Windsor Village Association. Besides sharing geographic borders and similar historic styles of architecture, they have honed “resources, ideas and solutions,” Grist added. The city Cultural Heritage Commission and Planning Commission also okayed an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone for Country Club Park and Windsor Village. Wilshire

this month. City officials last month also agreed the three zones would share one Preservation Plan, tailor-made for the areas based on a city template. The idea of combining resources with the three historic areas is a new one in the city. “We are a prototype in a sense,” said Grist.

Five city planners will staff the 25 HPOZs citywide rather than the previous system which had as many as 16 planners devoting a fraction of their time to historic areas. Planners will report to the Office of Historic Resource’s manager Ken Bernstein, and will be under the direction of city planner Craig Weber.

ECLECTIC style of architecture is in Windsor Village.

Park had already the ordinance. The historic zone would protect Windsor Village homes and apartment buildings that date from 1910 and include French eclectic, Italian Renaissance


and Spanish Colonial Revival, Grist said. The next step is a hearing before the city Planning and Land Use Management Committee and a final vote with City Council, expected

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Westwood alternative favored at Metro subway meeting Speakers at the Metro meeting Sept. 20 favored the Westside subway extension plan #2, which goes from Wilshire and Western to Westwood/Veterans Administration Hospital. The meeting, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, covered the project’s draft environmental impact report. Stations proposed for Alternative #2 include Wilshire Blvd. at Crenshaw Blvd., La Brea Ave., Fairfax Ave. and La Cienega Blvd. Then the line continues to Century City and UCLA and a possible extension to the VA Hospital. Estimated cost of the project is $4.2 to $9 billion, and will be funded by a combination of Measure R and federal funding. The environmental study takes into account adjacent land use, hazardous materials, noise, vibration, safety, historic resources and archeological finds. Other alternatives were discussed at the public hearing, including a bus only plan and a study on the impact of no added surface transit. Written proposals may be sent to Metro by Mon., Oct. 18. The agency’s board of directors will decide on the preferred alternative by Thurs., Oct. 28. The board will then authorize preparation of the final environmental impact studies and authorize staff to begin preliminary engineering. A copy of the Westside Subway Extension report is at

Casden Properties’ up to 15-story-high development is still too tall, according to members of the Mid City West Community Council which sponsored a community hearing last month. More senior units were also requested than half of the 300 planned in the 395,362-squarefoot, mixed-use project, called Third Street Residences at the Ross Dress for Less site. The developer heard community comment at the Sept. 7 meeting. “We are looking at how we can incorporate their constructive comments,” said Casden spokesman Brian Lewis. “It

Pumpkin carving, haunted house at Wilshire Park mixer A Halloween party and neighborhood mixer, hosted by the Wilshire Park Association, is on the 600-800 block of S. Bronson Ave. on Sat., Oct. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Houses will be decorated and open for trick-or-treating, and many will offer Halloweenthemed carnival games. Several will have special activities, including a haunted house, scary hearse ride, a bouncer, and costume and pumpkin-carving contests. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity for us to get to know each other,” said WPA president Robby O’Donnell. “And other than food and a raffle, it’s free!” Prizes include an iPod Touch; food stations, entertainers, a WPA information table, as well as appearances by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Frank Ciezadlo and representatives from Firehouse 29 and the SSA Security Group, Inc. will be at the mixer. Wilshire Park boundaries are Wilshire to Olympic boulevards, Wilton Place to Crenshaw Blvd. For information, go to

ADT Partners with WSA to Handle Security for Robert Burns Park Robert Burns Park, on the corner of North Van Ness and Beverly Blvd., recently received substantial renovations and upgrades through the work of the WSA, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and the city, making it a popular stop for neighborhood families. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, but over the years, the closing of the park has often been a hit-ormiss situation, resulting in occasional gang activity and other mishaps. This has bothered the adjacent neighborhood as well as Windsor Square residents in general. To solve the problem, the WSA purchased heavy-duty locks for the three park gates and made arrangements with ADT to have their Patrol Service check the park after dark and lock the gates with the new locks. ADT is doing this as a service to the Windsor Square community, in appreciation for all its Windsor Square customers.

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WSA Board member Mike Genewick coordinated these arrangements with the Senior Lead Office for the LA Department of General Services, Office of Public Safety, and with ADT Patrol personnel. ADT has been performing the service since the first of September, and all parties seem happy with the new arrangement.

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The WSA would like to thank Mike and ADT for working together to create an elegant solution to a long-standing problem, and for helping to keep our newly-updated park clean and safe. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.

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According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, thieves and gang members are using different ways to get motorists to stop their vehicles. As a gang initiation, members have placed a car seat with what appears to be a baby in it by the roadside to entice passing motorists to stop and investigate. Do not stop, advise authorities. Instead, dial 911 and report what you saw. Another tactic is throwing eggs on the windshields of passing cars. When wipers are used, the windshield becomes cloudy forcing drivers to stop.

was a very productive session, and we will be coming back to them with revisions at some point soon,” he added. Casden seeks a zone change on the property at 6298 W. Third St. It has a cap of 216 units on five floors. “It’s too bad they can’t do more senior (units) with some kind of subsidy from public or foundation sources to meet more of the demand, and to bring the project more in line with the current zoning,” said Teresa Feldman, a member of the Mid City West Community Council. While senior housing is desperately needed, more condominiums or apartments in the area are not, said Jim O’Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Association. He added that the cap on the

number of units and height level should be enforced as it was agreed to by a former developer in exchange for building nearby residential developments. Under the 1993 Park La Brea Development Plan agreement, The Villas on 6th St. and Palazzo apartments on Third St.—a total of about 1,500 units—were allowed in exchange for agreeing to build senior housing at the Ross site. The cap of 216 units on five floors was set. “The city should do what is right. A deal is a deal is a deal,” said O’Sullivan. The MMRA, Mid City West Community Council and Fourth District City Council office are against the size and scope of the project as it stands. Area residents and members of the Hancock Park Elementary School have also expressed concern about the traffic impact.

Save the Date for Our Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, October 13th at the Ebell Questions about the city budget?? Ask our Special Guest Speaker: Ray Ciranna Assistant City Administrative Officer Recent news bites: • Council Member Tom LaBonge honored the GWNC at the July 15th groundbreaking ceremony for two new landscaped traffic islands at the intersection of Wilton Place with 1st and 2nd Streets. GWNC funds will help with maintenance when the project is complete. • The GWNC was honored again at Robert Burns Park dedication ceremony on September 23. The NC contributed funds for the new benches installed in the park’s remodeling project. • Stay tuned for details about our first monthly GWNCsponsored neighborhood-specific activity. FRee tRees!! Check out the GWNC booth at the Larchmont Family Fair on Sunday, October 24th. KYCC will be on hand with us to educate and distribute trees for your home or apartment. Upcoming Land Use issues include cell towers, renovations, liquor licenses and other items essential to all residents. The next Land Use meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th at 6:30 pm at the Wilshire United Methodist Church Assembly Room. HeLP wAnteD! Still looking for a few great neighbors to represent the following: Citrus Square: Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews: Director & Alternate Wilshire Park: Alternate Larchmont Village: Director & Alternate We-Wil: Alternate Windsor Square: Alternate Business: Alternate

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He reached Kilimanjaro summit and raised funds to save sight While many 12-year-olds were making plans for summer camp last spring, Jason Kontomitras had his eye on another goal: to climb the 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But the Turning Point School student, who lives in the Miracle Mile with his parents, Laura and Forrest, had another motivation: to raise funds for Vision for the Poor. Each year, the organization sponsors the climb and uses proceeds to pay for sight-saving surgeries for vision impaired and blind children in

Guatemala. Jason, whose group included five climbers from the U.S.— including his mom—and three from Ireland—found scaling the mountain far more difficult than he had imagined. In fact, three members of the group dropped out before reaching the top, including mom Laura. “I thought I was in really great shape until I met this mountain,” she said. “The altitude wasn’t so hard for me, and I had spent all summer training,” said Jason. The food, however, left much to be

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desired. Meals on the mountain were all cooked over an open fire using kerosene, and after a few days, everything began to taste like kerosone. “We were so hungry, so we just tried to use a lot of salt and pepper,” Jason said. Fortunately, he had done his research, and turned out to be the only one in his group that was savvy about water treatment. “My mom and I bought a Steripen that zaps the water with an electric current and kills the bacteria.” At night, the voyagers slept in sleeping bags and foam mattresses on the wooden floors of the camp huts. “A lot of people got sick, I think mostly because of the altitude, and we saw three people going down on stretchers,” Jason recalled. Insects were another problem. “We covered ourselves in repellent until we reached about 6,000 feet because there were malaria outbreaks in the country.” After four days of continuous hiking and climbing, they reached the base of the summit, where they rested before leaving at midnight for the eight-to-12 hour climb up the summit. “It was pitch black on the mountain and the only lights we had were our headlamps to see the trail.” After several hours, his mom, overcome by the cold and altitude, decided to go back down to the base camp. Jason continued to lead the group towards the summit.

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Jason Kontomitras, right, with fellow climbers, was the third youngest person on record to make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

“When we finally reached the top, we were so high above the cloud line. The sun started to come up and everything under the clouds was bright orange. It looked like a volcano was under there.” Following the climb, Jason and his mother spent three nights in the small, rural town about an hour from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, where they visited an orphanage and spent time with the children. “I was only with adults for almost nine days, so I was really happy to finally see kids again,” he said. “I had a blast playing with them even through some of them only spoke Swahili.”

Jason wants to set up a pen pal program with the kids at the orphanage, and has hopes of returning to serve as a volunteer in the future. As for more climbing? “This was a lot harder than I ever imagined,” he said. “I might do it again. But next time, I’d like to take my older brother who’s 18 and a few of the kids from my school who said that I would wimp out and not make it to the top.” In the meantime, “I’m seriously thinking about Everest.” For more information on Vision for the Poor, go to www.

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Block captains Nightmare on Lucerne Oct. 30 Theme of the 34th annual Halloween party on Sat., Oct. 30 learn safety from 2:30 p.m. to dusk, is “Nightmare on Lucerne St.” procedures The 600 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. will be blocked off during

The community is invited to browse through scores of pumpkins that will be for sale in the vacant lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. Sat., Oct. 16 through Sat., Oct. 30. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays; weekends 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the Wilshire Rotary Club effort will go towards scholarships and community service projects. “Fortunately for the Wilshire Rotary, our annual pumpkin patch has become the go-to place for local residents to get their pumpkins, and we’re thrilled about that,” said Chase Campen, past club president. “We love seeing all the families and their kids out there as they search for the ultimate pumpkin. The fact that proceeds go to a good cause is the cherry on

top of the sundae.” Wilshire Rotary’s Christmas tree lot will return to the same location on Sat., Nov. 27 through Thurs., Dec. 23. “We have the freshest and prettiest trees available in the area, and our proceeds go to support Wilshire Rotary’s local service projects and the projects of Rotary International,” said Scot Clifford, former club president. “Rotary provides clean water to those without it, feeds the hungry, battles crippling, debilitating and disfiguring diseases including efforts to eradicate polio, and helps people learn to read and write so they can compete in the modern workplace,” added Clifford, who is fundraising co-chair together with his wife, Wendy.

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(Continued from page 1) president Larry Guzin. An emergency preparedness talk was provided by block captain/coordinator Wendy Savage. Guests also heard advice by L. A. Fire Department speaker Kurt Howard, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor. Howard emphasized the importance of off-concrete home storage of at least one gallon of water a day for each resident for an estimated twoweek emergency period. Presentations on crime prevention methods were provided by LAPD Wilshire and Olympic commanders Captains Eric Davis and Tina Nieto, joined by senior lead officers David Cordova and Joe Pelayo. Other guests included the board of directors of the Association and former Association president Carolyn Ramsay, now deputy chief of staff for Councilmember Tom LaBonge. After the meeting, Dena Bloom, S. Irving Blvd. block captain, said “it was a wonderful event. Not only were we spoiled by the beautiful and gracious home and delicious food, but we were enlightened and energized.” Along with Guzin and Savage, Association directors Katie Jones-Badami, Andrew Woodward and June Bilgore helped organize the event.

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Neighbors, Village merchants rally to aid 'miracle' baby By Laura Eversz When their son Oliver was born in February of 2009 with three congenital heart defects, Geoff and Jennifer Thomas’ lives changed in ways they could have never anticipated. The infant had his first open heart surgery at Childrens Hospital when he was only eight days old, and another six months later, said Jennifer. Two days after the second surgery, Oliver went into cardiac arrest, and after 51 minutes he was revived. Following seven days on life support, the baby suffered a stroke and

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Oliver, who has developed an oral aversion after months of doctors gave him a one in 100 having a feeding tube in his chance of surviving. mouth and throat, will spend But a week later, his heart eight to 12 weeks at an outparegained function. "The ICU tient program at the Universidoctor's eyes filled with tears," ty of Miami Children's Hospirecalled Jennifer. "He had nev- tal with a feeding and speech er seen a baby's heart regain therapist to develop the motor function after such a long peri- skills necessary to eat. od of inactivity, and said this To help defray costs, the was nothing family's neighshort of a bors on the 100 miracle." and 200 blocks Oliver's of N. Irving condition have orgaremained nized a multicritical for home yard sale 81 days. on Sat., Oct. 9 Complicafrom 8 a.m. to 2 tions affectp.m. featuring ed his eyeantiques, colsight and lectibles, furnihand and ture, clothing DOCTORS and his parents say eye coordi- Oliver is 'a real fighter'. and more. nation. They also But his condition gradually solicited donations from improved; he regained his eye- Larchmont Village merchants sight and was able to clap his for items for a silent auction hands. After 117 days in the that day. hospital, Geoff and Jennifer "I was floored by the generbrought their son home the osity of boulevard businesses," weekend before Thanksgiving, said neighborhood organizer adding special meaning to the Kathleen Hoskanian. holiday, said his mom. Other events at "Oliver's However, more procedures Day" will include bake sales await, including another sur- and a 50/50 cash drawing. gery this month to repair a Donations may also be made leaking mitral valve in his in person at any Wells Fargo heart. Bank by mentioning "Oliver's After he recovers from that, Heart Fund."

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A team made up of Boy Scouts from the St. Brendan/ Hancock Park troop will be among participants in the Epilepsy Freedom Walk on Sun., Oct. 17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The team will join walkers including business and community leaders, civic officials, physicians, people living with epilepsy and their loved ones, and friends and supporters of the Epilepsy Foundation of

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Warning system aids flood control during rainy season Happy October! I hope you all are enjoying the cooler weather and the kids are gearing up for Halloween. We’re headed into winter and while torrential downfalls are not common in Los Angeles, we’ve certainly faced our fair share of flooding. Last year, days of heavy rain wreaked havoc on Rossmore Ave., Lillian Way, Cahuenga Blvd. and Wilcox Ave. near the intersection with Clinton Street. At a Rossmore condominium building, in particular, a perfect storm of factors—from the building’s failed floodgate to the natural rush of water to that location—sunk the first story of the building under six feet of water. Rushing waters picked up cars in the subterranean garage and swept away furniture in the basement. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but the flood at Rossmore was an event that required immediate action and long-range planning. Right away, officials from the Wastewater Collection Systems Division of the Bureau of Sanitation went to work, assessing the situation and determining best solutions.

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Tom LaBonge We’ve implemented a warning system so the residents of Rossmore and the adjoining blocks of what’s called “Little Hancock Park” will know in advance to take precaution. The SmartCover on Clinton St. was installed just outside of the subterranean garage entrance. A pendulum sensor hangs down from the manhole cover and sends readings of the water level in the storm drain to a system monitored by the City. When the water reaches near-threshold capacity, as determined by the Bureau of Sanitation, the sensor activates a reverse 9-1-1 call to the residents and the acting supervisor at the Bureau of Sanitation. This area has had issues with flooding since its development at the turn of the century because it is a natural watershed. With leadership from my office, the city and county

Every building on the Los Angeles County Art Museum campus will be open free of charge to visitors on Sat., Oct. 2 and Sun., Oct 3 from noon to 6 p.m. Newest arrival to LACMA, the 45,000 square foot Resnick Pavillion, will debut with exhibits featuring European art and fashion and ancient Mexican sculptures. Other art exhibits include works by Thomas Eakins, Catherine Opie and Tibetan furniture. Three Latin music ensembles will perform on Saturday. Story-telling will be featured on Sunday. Family art activities

will draw inspiration from the masks and make mini Olmec exhibitions and architecture heads. Free admission to the museof the new Resnick Pavilion. In artist-led workshops chil- um is also offered on the secLarchmont Chronicles dren will create and wear their ond Tuesday of every month. Friday, October 01, 2010 own powdered wigs and vests Target sponsors free admisas well as masquerade-style sion on holiday Mondays.

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worked together on solutions for this area. There will be a long-range plan enacted by Los Angeles County’s Flood Control District (FCD). With advisement by the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, the FCD is investigating alternative uses for the water, perhaps creating an alternate route so the water can be recycled. Also, the City is in the process of improving the wastewater system, ensuring that it functions to let the water run under the road instead of over it so the flooding at Rossmore won’t happen again. This is a tough problem. I want the people of Rossmore and “Little Hancock Park” to know we have solutions, and we’re enacting them. In the meantime, stay safe and as always, continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles.

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‘Everyone Wins’ in Levinson’s book Big Sunday founder David Levinson will be reading from his new book at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Wed., Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. In the book: “Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better Place,” the Hancock Park resident tells how “somewhere

between doing nothing and being Gandhi” is a place for everyone. A TV and film writer, he is the founder and executive director of Big Sunday, organizing 50,000-plus volunteers throughout California. He has been named Best Nonprofit Leader in California by Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

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Brad Lemark will sign his new book, “The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape” on Sat., Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Samuel French Bookshop, 7623 Sunset Blvd. An entertainment industry business manager, Lemack also will appear at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. on Thurs., Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.



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Overall, California students increased their scores on the index by 13 points, according to data from the state Department of Education.

SALUTE TO L.A. HIGH. Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction) joins L.A. High’s testing administrator Donna Griffin, alums Bruce Corwin, Joe Hooven and Ken Marsh, Jimmy Duong—from the Coro Foundation college internship program —and Los Angeles High School principal Elena Anthony.

L.A. High students score (Continued from page 1) Trust Foundation for her extraordinary accomplishments. “The Trust gave another $1,000 for her to use at her discretion…books, supplies, transportation, scholarships, whatever she deems appropriate in the best interest of the school,” said Corwin, who is also president of the Foundation. Also provided to every teacher were L.A. High sweatshirts as recognition of their efforts.

Free concert Conductor Manuel López leads the L.A. Philharmonic wind and brass ensemble on Sun., Oct. 3 in a free concert at 4 p.m. at McArthur Park Band Shell, 2230 W. 6th St. Works by Copland, Dvorak and Mozart are featured in the Neighborhood Concerts series.

To reach the results, students “studied better and more strategically,” said Anthony. Teachers addressed struggling students’ academic needs. Parents got involved; even students’ computer screen savers reminded them to do well. “We came together as a learning community, with teachers, parents and students,” explained Anthony. “We had an all-out campaign.” The news was a relief to all, including alumni of the oldest high school in Los Angeles, said Anthony. “They have great pride in our school.” The campus started on a traditional calendar this fall after many years on a year-round schedule, and with far fewer students, about 2,250, thanks to other schools opening recently. Also new this year were uniforms. “They come looking like they’re about business,”

Anthony said of the student body. “The school culture is vastly improved, so we are off to a great start this year,” said Steve Austin, L.A. High English language coordinator. Had L.A. High not met the required 600 mark, about five outside groups were readying plans to present to district officials to consider for take over management of the campus, said Anthony. Among them were charters, which are independently run, mostly non-union public schools that would have the option of replacing a school’s entire staff. Teachers and others can also bid for control of low-performing schools.

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Huell Howser at Bowers Museum 'Weird and Wonderful' exhibit “California’s Gold” television personality Huell Howser will be the special guest at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana during a tour of the “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit. The reception and dinner on Sun., Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. will follow a tour of the exhibit featuring 75 years of collecting. The museum has opened its storerooms to display rarely seen objects including a shrunken head from the Amazon, a bear trap, a 19th century shawl and a Peruvian headhunter’s tunic. Other items include theater costumes, dolls and paintings. The price is $75 per person. For more information call 714-567-3654.

Jenny Heitz loves to shop—for other people. As a result, she has gift ideas for all ages on her blog— Items range from a flying alarm clock with a helicopter-like propeller hat to a felt birthday cake that the recipient can decorate. “Most of my selelctions are under $200,” she explains. Once in a while she falls for a more expensive choice like the “Sous Vide” water-based cooking appliance at $450. The Hancock Park resident doesn’t buy them herself, but she surveys websites, stores and magazines to find unusual things. Every entry includes a link for easy shopping. Her friend JENNY HEITZ holds one of the three items on (Continued from page 1) Christina Simon her blog, a portioned lunch box. Coffee. He’s had a quiet sum- says “Jenny has mer but said plans are in the a carefully edworks for a trip to Italy later ited selection of amazing adult and kids’ gifts, all under $200, this year. with a link to each website for people to buy the item. Christina *** recently ordered backpacks and Bumblejax, an online photo orSamantha Wyman was elect- ganizing service, on Jenny’s recommendation. ed student body vice-presiWhen not cyber-shopping, Heitz teaches Pilates and tries to dent at MIT (Massachusetts keep up with her nine-year-old daughter Eva. Institute of Technology) this year, we heard from her parents Peggy Giffin and Bob Wyman, at La Bodega Marino. They are making plans to visit at Family Weekend. *** The two-story high “M” on the front of Salon Melange Beautiful, newly renovated auditorium is the work of Kyle Thomas, his mother Marilyn told us at space located in the heart of Hollywood! Hans Custom Optik. Kyle is a muralist and painter. *** Mary Rajswing attended the opera “Il Postino” and met the composer Daniel Catan. The opera was glorious, she commented at Chevalier's.

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Five McCadden Place homes on Society tour October 10 Life on McCadden Place will be explored during the walking tour of five homes on the Hancock Park street on Sun., Oct. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. McCadden will be closed between Sixth St. and Wilshire Blvd. during the 32nd annual home tour sponsored by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. An antique car show, music and refreshments will enhance the docent-led tours. Fluff McLean, chairman, said her home supervisors are Chris Blakely, Suzanne Bank, Juanita Kempe and Robert Ketch. Rita Bazeley is providing historic research. The street is said to be named for W. C. McCadden, a sub-divider, by his daughter Jennie McCadden. The Hancock Park area, which is bordered by Melrose Ave., Rossmore Ave., Wilshire Blvd. and Highland Ave.,

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Learn more about the Village by stopping by the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association booth at the Family Fair on Sun., Oct. 24. In addition to offering homemade baked goods, local history and neighborhood safety information, the LVNA will host a raffle for a handcrafted afghan or throw. Proceeds will support the group's efforts to maintain, protect and promote the Larchmont Village neighborhood.

Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony will kick off the 2010-11 season of the American Youth Symphony on Sun., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at UCLA Royce Hall. Music director Alexander Treger conducts Symphony No. 2 in the free performance by members of the 105-musician orchestra. Students from 22 schools participate in the tuition-free after-school program. Soprano Angel Blue, who is completing her residency with L.A. Opera’s Young Artist Program, joins mezzo Carin Gilfry and the Angeles Chorale in the opening program—dedicated to the late philanthropist Flora Thornton. The six-concert season will continue with Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, featuring Johannes Moser, and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” on Sun., Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for the concert only or as a gala dinner package. Proceeds benefit the AYS training program. Other season highlights include works by Californian composers, Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier,” and suites from films, such as “Poltergeist,” “Star Trek V” and “Legend,” says AYS executive director Janneke Straub, of Larchmont Village. Concerts are all free except for the Nov. 21 gala. For tickets to the gala call 310-470-2332. For a complete list of performances visit



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Almost 50 years since its humble beginnings, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will open in its high-tech, eco-friendly building Thurs., Oct. 14 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at 100 S. Grove Dr. The $20 million concreteand-glass building, which is largely underground and incorporated into the surrounding park, is adjacent to the Holocaust Memorial Monument. Designed by architect Hagy Belzberg, the 27,000-squarefoot museum features interactive technology as well as familiar exhibits from its former Wilshire Blvd. location. Some artifacts date back to the museum’s founders, a small group of Holocaust survivors who met in 1961 at an English class at Hollywood High School. Technology incorporates photographs and complements the about 200 artifacts on display from the museum’s collection of about 1,000, said executive director Mark Rothman.

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Adopt, shop, race, or walk with local rescue groups By Suzan Filipek While the statistics at area animal shelters are sobering, several local good citizens are striving one dog, and cat at a time to make Los Angeles a “no-kill” city. Shelter pets, from a cuddly puppy to a mature pet, have a way of rescuing you more than the other way around, say animal advocates. Race for the Rescues takes off October 24 Bring your dog along or adopt one at the fifth annual Race for the Rescues Sun., Oct. 24 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, starting at 8:30 a.m. A 5K walk/run with prizes awarded for top racers, a Halloween-themed fashion show and a Dancing with the Dogs demonstration will be featured. Jane Lynch, of “Glee,” will host a Rockin’ Adoption Show starting at 10 a.m. with pets featured from L.A. Animal Services and the Pasadena shelter. Carrie Ann Inaba, of “Dancing with the Stars,” and Danielle Fishel, of “The Dish” will also host the family-oriented day. A non-competitive Kids Fun Run will award an Animal Angel medal to partici-

pants. A pet-themed shopping spree, pet psychic and face painting are also planned. It’s all “to help save the lives of the overwhelming number of homeless and abandoned animals,” said Delilah Loud, a member of the board of Race for the Rescues and a Larchmont Village resident. Los Angeles has one of the worst pet overpopulation problems in the country, she added. A highlight of last year’s race “was not one dog or cat went back to the city shelter to face euthanasia.” Proceeds will support 10 non-profit animal rescue and wellness organizations, which, like the Rescue Train, have lost the majority of their funding because of cutbacks in donations. “We need the help of animal lovers like never before and are doing everything we can to keep our doors open,” Loud said. “I encourage everyone in our community to get involved, make a difference,” said Loud. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Pets brought to the event must be spayed or neutered and secured on a leash. Sign up at (Please turn to page 22)

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pets of larchmont Adopt, shop, race, or walk (Continued from page 21) Animal Advocates at Pan Pacific Park Need a best friend? Dogs and cats rescued from shelters are available for adoption from Animal Advocates Alliance twice a month. All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and ready to go thanks to Animal Advocates Alliance. The volunteer group holds a

fair usually every other Sunday, depending on holidays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., at the corner of Gardner. The Larchmont-based group rescues animals from city and county shelters. Many have been neglected, abused and injured requiring medical and/ or behavioral rehabilitation. AAA also works in tandem with other humane groups to promote spay/neuter education

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Granddaddy of area rescuers Under the tutelage of Polly LePorte, SavingGraceLA has grown into a formidable rescue operation since it started as a one-woman operation 20 years ago. Among its activities is pulling pets from shelters and setting up adoptions at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saving Grace member Nelia Southwick “‘shops’ at the pound almost every day. The group has “saved an estimated 500 innocent creatures from the jaws of death,” says Polly. A “trapper” for 20 years, Polly, Windsor Square, has done her best to cut down the unwanted cat population. “Cats, by law, can roam free, and there is no place to take them, so the only thing that can be done is trap and release.” Grace patron Kathleen Erickson, of June St., further rounds out the team, which feeds approximately 100 cats every day. Colleen Friend assists in socializing the timid cats, while Angie Rubin keeps up the website, savinggracela. org Or you can visit them on

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Facebook. “Since we got a Facebook fan page, we have people all over the country cheering us on. We show pets online that are about to be killed, so it is great to tune in to see if you

can save a life,” says Polly. Kibble and cash to help pay for medical expenses is always appreciated to help with the volume of animals this group rushes to rescue, sometimes against all odds.

Birds of a feather like to flock together and bathe, preen Birds, after cats and dogs, are the third most popular pet in the United States, according to the Humane Society. Complex, intelligent creatures, they need a healthy diet and clean environment as well as companionship. Here are some tips to keep your feathered friend happy: Make friends Many birds are happier with a partner or small flock. In most cases, male/female pairs will do the best together. Finches frequently live in flocks of 100 or more, so having just one finch is contrary to their nature. Behavior problems In general, the smaller domesticated bird species

(canaries, finches, cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds) are less likely to suffer from behavior problems than their wilder, more exotic counterparts. Bath time Most birds will bathe themselves vigorously if they have access to a shallow water bowl in their cages. This bowl should be separate from their drinking water. Preening is a bird's way of grooming and caring for his feathers. Sick days When birds are sick or injured, they will normally try to hide their illness. However, if they have closed or swollen eyes, diarrhea or exhibit other unusual signs or behavior contact your vet.

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very developed by the time they leave us,” states Ruth proudly. Lisa O’Malley, a parent who has put three children through the school, appreciates this learning method. “The teachers at Wagon Wheel foster a loving, nurturing environment by providing kids with a strong social foundation through play, which I believe is the most important building block for a child’s education.” Every month features a different theme at the school. The children receive visits from cultural and educational experts in the fields of everything from marine biology (sea creatures you can touch and feel!) to plant life (the school grows its own corn and tomatoes) to children of the world (Bollywood-style dancers have been a big hit). The teachers then connect the themes to their classroom projects through arts and crafts, cooking, singing and dance. Back in the late 1970s, however, this was a rather radical idea. “I remember very early on bringing in jazz musicians, and parents were thinking ‘what is she doing?’ laughs Ruth. “But today, parents are so open to that and aware of how to speak to their children. It’s such a pleasure.” Having traveled the world for so many of her early years, Ruth is now a stickler for stability. “When I bought the school from Tress, I really wanted to keep up the stability, so I kept the school’s name and the phone number. I wanted to make sure that some of her graduates could come back to me and find the school,” says Ruth. Her open-door policy has paid off. Many of the school’s 24 teachers have loyally taught at Wagon Wheel for more than 20 years, and the parental involvement is enviable. “I’ve made amazing friendships and met such interesting and beautiful families here,” beams Ruth. “Every time a generation leaves, they leave with self-assurance… and lifelong friends.” This is the second in a series on area pre-schools.

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Linda Guzman, who took the helm at St. Gregory Nazianzen School, is a Los Angeles native and product of the Catholic school system.

The goal of the Natural History Museum’s Spider Pavilion is to convey how harmless and gentle these creatures are. The Pavilion, which features a walk-through habitat, is open to the public every day through Sun., Nov. 7. Visitors can check out the spiders’ webs, participate in daily tours that explain web architecture and engineering, and watch spider “feedings." In addition, guided flashlight tours on Saturdays Oct. 9 and 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. lets guests watch the arachnids when they are most active. Visitors receive a free flashlight. In an effort to collect formerly under-represented local spider species, the Museum is asking people to set up traps in their yards to collect grounddwelling spiders living in leaf litter and mulch. Instructions on how to set up and monitor pitfall traps, how to collect the spiders and where to send them can be found at When specimens arrive, Museum entomologists will identify them, make a collecting record and place the spider in the collection. If requested, they will contact participants with information about their spiders’ identities.



“I believe a faith-based education is an essential factor in a child’s future, ” she said. Guzman has taught for eight years at the first-througheighth grade school at 911 S. Norton Ave. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s of art degrees from Mount St. Mary’s College in Political Science and History, where she minored in pre-law. One of her goals for the school year is to find benefactors who will aid prospective students who want to receive a Catholic school education. “Our school focuses on a faith based education with scholastic excellence,” she said. "Our diverse student body is disciplined and committed to their education. Our goal is for them to become socially responsible adults who express respect towards others. “I am extremely excited and enthusiastic about the coming school year,” she added.

Frank Kozakowski took over as principal of Loyola High School last year. He had acted as interim principal a few years before, but chose not to be a candidate because he couldn’t manage the extra outside school hours time commitment. But now that daughter Katie, a junior at Immaculate Heart High School, is driving, “she can help with shuffling herself and brother, Matthew to all of their activities.” Kozakowski, who lives in Culver City with his wife Jennifer and their children, earned a bachelor of arts and a master in arts of teaching from UCLA. He has held a variety of positions at Loyola, starting as a math teacher in 1978, and later as assistant principal for student affairs, curriculum and scheduling, and academic affairs. He has also coached football at St. Bernard High School, Glendale College and at Loyola from 1978 to 1994, and is currently a scout for the Loyola team.

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By sydney Gough 5th Grade The school year kicked off with the annual Curtis Family Picnic. It was nice to see old friends and meet new families. It’s basketball season for girls and football season for boys. Teams are being posted and we’re just finishing tryouts. In class, we’re doing a review of everything that we learned last year. After a long summer, you could always use a refresher! In the 5th grade, we are doing a lot of writing activities, and we’re also critiquing other random pieces of work with good writing traits. Everyone is getting ready for the upcoming Curtis Fair. This year, the theme is the Safari. Join us on Sun., Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is free. There will be rides, games, food, AND a silent auction for a Prius (plus more), raffle tickets, candy, face paint, temporary hair dye, a bake sale, and more.

IMMaCuLatE HEart By Jasmin Kim 11th Grade While some girls might be lounging on the beach or strolling down Melrose Ave. enjoying the summer sun with friends, Immaculate Heart students were already back on campus, welcoming a new school year. Our student body recently celebrated Welcome Day, an annual tradition that officially greets the new freshman class, along with any other new students, faculty and staff. This year’s event was dedicated to the Class of 2014, with the freshmen suitably dressed up as the New Kids on the Block Ninth graders. Welcoming them through songs and skits were the Spirit Trophy Sophomores, James Bond Juniors, and T-Bird Twelfth graders. During the past few weeks other activities have fostered the school’s sense of community. Clubs hosted Join Day to attract new members, the Welcome Dance got everyone on their feet, and the Pep Rally cheered on our fall teams.

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By Michael sapunor 10th Grade The Loyola Cubs began their 145th school year since its opening at the end of the Civil War. The freshmen began their year with student orientation, where they were paired with senior “big brothers” who gave them an idea of what life is like at Loyola. Also making his debut is first year football coach, Michael Christensen. He has already pitted his varsity gridiron team against two opponents, beating #20 Mira Costa, and losing to #1 ranked Mission Viejo. Varsity cross country began their season with a victory at the Cerritos Invitational. The Harriers are ranked first in the state and 14th overall in the country. All Loyola students are required to serve the community. To help students find opportunities to volunteer, Loyola is holding its annual Community Service Fair, where students can learn about service organizations. Loyola changed its website ( and made it more accessible to students. The website, “Cubview,” is based on the popular social networking site, Facebook, with the ability to join groups and view the profiles of both students and teachers.

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Center For early eduCation By elena DeBré 5th Grade In September, the chatter, laughter and excitement filled every hallway with anticipation. Some of that was captured in the Early Childhood hallway with the annual Welcome Home bulletin board, created by the Center for Early Education’s Diversity and Multicultural Committee. "Our goal is to show the diversity of our families at CEE through a series of photographs and quotations,” said a committee member. The quotes explain what CEE students are looking forward to this year. “I can’t wait to meet my new teachers,” says one. “I’m

excited to hand out hotdogs at hotdog lunch,” says a 6th grader about a 6th grade tradition. “I like eating lunch with all my friends,” writes another student. Next to the quotes are photos of CEE families taken during their summer trips in places ranging from Corona, California to Europe and Israel. Some spots families visited were linked to their family heritage—45 percent of Center students come from all different ethnic backgrounds!

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School has started and the fun has just begun! In October, please come by our booth at the Larchmont Fair for some scrumptious baked goods. The 5th graders love having a new cottage all to themselves. They’ve started a read-along of the cliff-hanger “Robinson Crusoe” and are getting excited about their civics performance. The 4th graders are getting busy in our edible garden while the 2nd and 3rd graders are doing reading and writing projects that will give them a sense of community in the classroom. K/1 kids are decorating their new tote bags and making new friends as they explore the Hollygrove campus! The 6th and 7th graders love their campus too! They have great, new teachers, a gym and lockers too! During their first week, students auditioned to form LCS’s very first chorus, comprised of sopranos and altos. Lastly, our school is very proud that our API score improved and now it’s at 908! Thanks to our amazing, wonderful teachers for helping us to accomplish this!

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St. JameS’ By eleanor hammond 6th Grade We at St. James’ were all very thrilled to be back at school! We welcomed our new interim head, Mr. Andrew Wooden, who most recently served as head of school at the Bosque School, a non-sectarian, independent, college preparatory school in Albuquerque, N.M. We also welcomed new faculty and staff to our campus: Theppong Sae-Low, associate teacher; Jonathan Dar, 2nd grade teacher; Theresa Masangkay, admissions coordinator; Sujata Alagh, associate teacher; Emily Cannon, playground supervisor and teacher’s assistant; Julie Amaya, playground supervisor; Lauren Rodrigues, science teacher; Alison McKee, assistant director of advancement and Kelly Basham, school nurse. On Field Day, parents didn’t have to worry about spending much money, as the 6th graders put together games and activities for families and students. There were also little sales, like the St. James’ Boutique, that raised money for a class gift for the school and teachers. We give thanks to last year’s 6th graders, whose parting gift was a Smart Board for the school.

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school news New director at Blessed Sacrament Lisette Erazo has been named director of Blessed Sacrament Preschool, a prekindergarten facility affiliated with the adjacent Blessed Sacrament School and parish at 6641 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The long-time educator began as a preschool teacher in the Monrovia school district and spent 14 years as a teacher at Saint Felicitas Perpetua in San Marino. Her private school career continued at St.

Martin of Tours in Brentwood and Corpus Christi in Pacific Palisades. “My specialty is in child development, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue my career in this field,” said Erazo. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she received her bachelor of arts in education from Cal State Los Angeles. Blessed Sacrament Preschool is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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By Patricia Manzanilla, 7th Grade Joseph Padua, 6th Grade “Outstanding, wonderful and great”—these words were from teachers and students describing the first month of school. Our Student Leadership “Back to School Liturgy” (with emphasis on Remembrance-Patriot Day) was very meaningful. ITBS testing started and students were reminded to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast and get a big hug from parents each day. Red Ribbon Week (drug awareness), Hispanic Heritage Month and Halloween make learning fun this month. Grandparents’ Morning brought smiles to the faces of our grandmas and grandpas as they visited classrooms, talked about their experiences in school, were served light refreshments and were entertained by classes. The junior high students went with their classroom teachers and our computer teacher, Ms. Moore, to the Police Academy for an inservice regarding internet safety. FBI agents, the city attorney representative and police talked about privacy issues, piracy, safety and the latest technology. We learned a lot!

By esther Kang 8th Grade Summer is over and the new school year is off to a great start. We said farewell to Dr. Kurban who retired, and we thanked her for her dedicated service these past 19 years. We welcomed our new principal, Mrs Anderson. Our new pastor, Monsignor Paul Montoya, celebrated Mass for the opening of the school year. We had a reception to welcome him after the Mass. All our parents came to BackTo-School Night to meet our teachers and hear their goals and expectations for the school year. The 8th grade students are looking forward to attending the six tutoring sessions at Loyola High School which will prepare them for their high school entrance exams. We will be hosting High School Night on Oct. 7. Representatives from 10 Catholic high schools will give presentations to junior high students and their parents to help them make informed choices. Football and volleyball seasons have started and students are practicing regularly in anticipation of their upcoming games.

By Paula Mendoza 8th Grade To kick the year off right, the Student Council prepared a special mass, and held its inaugural ceremony. Members pledged to be a light to the school, and to be a good role model for everyone. The beginning of the school year is always very busy. During Back-to-School Night, parents met their children’s teachers. It was a great way for the teachers to share their education philosophies. St. Brendan offers many exciting activities including the buddy program. The 8th graders are big buddies to the kindergarteners, and the 7th graders to the 1st graders. The buddies do things like walk to and from church and meet to read and help with school assignments. St. Brendan’s sports teams, including our football team, are enjoying the new green lawn in front of our school. As we look ahead, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills is coming up. This standardized test consists of the major subjects: reading, language, math, social studies and science. All schools in the Archdiocese must take it.

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Autumn Eve, the annual fundraiser for Christ the King Catholic Church and School, will be held on Sat., Nov. 6 at the Wilshire Country Club, 301 N. Rossmore Ave. The event kicks off with a silent auction, casino and no host bar at 6 p.m. Dinner, a live auction and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $115 per person. RSVP by Oct. 23 to autumneve. For more information, call Loraine DeJesus at 323-465-7605.


By Chloe Chais 11th Grade School is in full swing at Pilgrim. Everyone is excited about our Harvest Festival, which is open to the public, and will be held on campus Oct. 16 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food booths, an epic Battle of the Bands, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, wine tent, boutique, photo and art booths and lots of fun! Other exciting things include a visit from children’s writer Robert San Souci who is well known for his folk tales, including “The Talking Eggs.”  We also started the Visiting Writers series with a reading by Pireeni Sundaralingam who is a poet, scientist, and co-editor of a new anthology of poets with South Asian roots.   We’re also excited about our new Guest Artists program, which began with  Edith Abeyta. Under her direction, students from all grades made a giant weaving, which is installed outside

By the 6th Grade Class As the graduating class of 2011, we have so much to look forward to this year. So far we have been celebrating the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (a harvest festival.)  Starting the year with celebrations has been a bonding experience for our community. In 6th grade we get to be on committees that help out around the school.  We will lead morning line-up, give announcements, become buddies with our new kindergarten students and organize fundraisers that will benefit our community service projects. We will also help out in the local community garden and write about our experiences in newspapers like the Larchmont Chronicle and hopefully our own school newspaper.  Another exciting part of being in 6th grade is that we will be hosting friends from our sister school in Israel and we will be going to visit them.  We will be writing about all our adventures in the upcoming issues of the Larchmont Chronicle for you to enjoy.

Turning Point By Rebecca Muhlheim 6th Grade It has been a great first month for this year’s Turning Point students. All were excited to be greeted by the new building that had just been completed in August. It comes complete with three new computer labs, a giant auditorium, and a ton of classrooms, all with smart boards. In between the two buildings is a new playing field for recess or sports practices. The middle school set out for a W.O.L.F. camping trip to camp Hess-Kramer, where we did team building games and wilderness explorations. We also had an afternoon fair during which we got to use Native American techniques to do everything from starting a campfire to making medicine bags to grinding corn into corn cakes. Our annual back-to-school picnic was larger than ever due to the expanded campus. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining in the bright blue sky. It really felt like summer had never ended. Bounce-houses, inflatable

Young Musicians gala October 8 The Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) hosts its 56th anniversary gala benefit on Fri., Oct. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd. The evening begins with a silent auction and cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 8 p.m., followed by a performance by

the YMF Debut Orchestra at 9 p.m. The YMF supports academic and artistic development of youth ages eight to 25. Call 310-859-7668.

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‘Walk to School Wednesdays’ eases parking at Hancock Park

Experiences lead to caregiving book 'Clear & Simple' Cindy Laverty calls her new book a road map for baby boomers and caregivers. The book, titled “Caregiving: Eldercare Made Clear & Simple,” is a result of experiences caring for her aging father-in-law. A former Marlborough student, she is a member of the school’s Alumni Council. “We’re living in the Sandwich Generation,” Laverty noted. “My book explains easily all of the services needed to assist baby boomers, families and seniors in maintaining their independence and dignity while enabling them to continue living in their familiar environment.” Laverty donated 10 percent

MARLBOROUGH FRIENDS including Dr. Patricia McKeever, right, attended Cindy Laverty's book signing.

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Parking is at a a colloborapremium at Hantion between cock Park Elethe parents mentary School and teachers, at 408 S. Fairfax was institutAve. ed. “In the past, “Our parents have school is a been allowed n e i g h b o rto park in the hood commuRoss Dress for nity school, Less parking lot and we hoped briefly for drop that if people NO PARKING? No worries off and pick up,” walked on said Booster when you walk to school. Wednesdays, Club president they would Jessica Dabney. “But this sum- see how easy and fun it was, mer we were notified that we and they would walk on more would no longer be able to do days,” said Dabney. that.” “The teachers encourage Searching for alternatives the kids to walk on Tuesdays for parents, the club came up and then acknowledge the with two ideas. One was to students who have walked on beef up the morning drop off Wednesdays,” she added. line with increased volunteers Although the program has and supervision. just begun, “we are hopeful In addition, the “Walk To that this could be a real habit School Wednesdays” program, changer,” said Dabney.

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Wilshire Park wins field trip donation Wilshire Park Elementary School, 4063 Ingraham St., is the first recipient of the Field Trips Campaign for LA’s BEST students. Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa and Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST president, recently accepted a $35,000 contribution from Tom Dahlgren on behalf of Warren Resources, Inc. for the campaign. Recent education budget cuts have resulted in a 40 percent cut in transportation funding to send students to off-site educational and recreational programs. These include museums, cultural institutions and sporting and performing arts events, as well as citywide science and health fairs. LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) is an after-school education, enrichment and recreation program. It provides a safe haven for children ages five to 12 each day during the critical hours after school at no cost to parents. ART COMPETITION winner Julia Carroll and her father, George, met with Congresswoman Diane Watson.

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Julia Carroll, a senior at ners from other Congressional Marlborough School, has districts at a reception and won the 2010 Congressional ceremony at the Capitol buildArt Competition, said 33rd ing in June. Congressional District repre- She met one-on-one with Congresswoman Watson, sentative Diane Watson. The district extends from and, along with her father, George Carroll, was hosted on Mar Vista to Los Feliz. a behind-the The purpose scenes tour of of the comthe Capitol. petition is to In adrecognize the dition to her talents of the Congressional nation’s most award, she gifted high has won the school artNational ists, said her Scholastic Art mom, Laura P e t r u c c i . OIL PAINTING “Sophia” de- Competition Gold Key S u b m i t t e d picts artist’s best friend. Award as well artwork inas a merit cluded drawings, paintings and photo- scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of graphs. Julia, Fremont Place, won Chicago last summer. She is for “Sophia,” an oil painting also a graduate of the Ryman on canvas depicting her best Arts Foundation Program at friend, Sophia Apt of Hancock USC. Her artwork has been disPark. The painting will be dis- played in exhibitions at the played for one year in the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the California African Capitol building. She was flown to Washington American Museum and the D.C. and honored with win- Armand Hammer Museum.

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Brother's Memoir," by Mikhail Chekhov speaks on Tues., Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments and signing to follow. Teen Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday., Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. for community service requirements. Please RSVP. Teen Recorder Music Class: Learn to play the recorder with Dr. Rice on Thurs., Oct. 14 and 28 at 4 p.m. $5 for instrument plus $5 for book to start. Student Smart SAT Testing: Free test administered Sat., Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Follow-up session on Fri., Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Teen Read Week: Mon., Oct. 18 to Sat., Oct. 23. Special program just for teens on Wed., Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Lunch @ the Library: Memorial Old Time Picture Show presents "The ThirtyNine Steps" (1935), classic Hitchcock with Robert Donat, Thurs., Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m. Free popcorn. Bring a sack lunch. Origami with Bennett Arnstein: Sat., Oct. 23 at 1 pm. Tuesday Nights @ the Movies: "Iron Man 2" with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke on Tues., Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort Class: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Follow lessons online at: Mah jongg group meets on Wednesdays at noon. (Please turn to page 32) ©LC908

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ALL CREATURES great and small are invited to be blessed by Dr. R. Scott Colglazier at First Congregational Church.

Blessing of the Animals is Oct. 10 at First Congregational Cats, dogs, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds and more are welcome at the Blessing of the Animals at First Congregational Church on Sun., Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. Inspired by senior minister Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, the annual event is open to the public and takes place in the shade outside the church at 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. “To bless animals is a way of acknowledging that the creatures in many ways become our angels,” he said. “We bless them, because in truth, they have first blessed us.” Participants will receive a

personalized certificate and a portrait with their pets. Afterwards, guests can mingle with other pet-owners at an outdoor reception and festival with treats for all. “Blessing the animals is a celebration of creation, a humble but important declaration that god exists inside all living things,” added Colglazier. For more information, go to "I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." —Abraham Lincoln

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“Hope and Healing” was the topic of a talk heard by members of Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., Sept. 19 at the ninth annual Cancer Awareness and Support Service. Lori Splinter, vice president of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, spoke on her experiences as a cancer patient. Diagnosed with stage 3 bilateral breast cancer in April 2009, Splinter went through chemo and radiation therapy and surgery. Pastor Mark Rasbach said a show of hands revealed that each attendee had known a relative or friend who was a cancer victim. Vox Femina chorus entertained, and Street supplied refreshments.

Breast cancer forum Oct. 19 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and an educatonal forum will be held on Tues., Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Surgeons from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, breast cancer survivors and a licenced clincal social worker are among guests. Free. Bring a brown bag lunch. RSVP at 323-852-8503.

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Lars, Links celebrate, float designs viewed Pianist Lars Roos and his wife Estrelita invited 150 guests to their Irving Blvd. home on Aug. 21 to celebrate Lars’s birthday with their trademark largesse and je ne sais quoi. (That means it was a hoot, y’all.) Champagne flowed like Niagra and guests feasted on crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, Swedish meatballs ala Roos. All sorts of scrumptiousness swirled on silver trays before the official devouring of the smoked salmon began in earnest.

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Patty Hill And there was music—perennial favorites sung by perennial favorites Jim and Irina Gibbons. The heart-stopping favorite “Con te partiro” was sung by Swedish virtuoso John Klugan with an oh so mellifluous accompaniment from the

birthday boy at the Steinway. “Con te partiro” means “I will go with you,” explained rising young star Klugan—and wouldn’t we all? Later there was a glazed fruit birthday cake the size of Rhode Island and a special birthday rendition of “When I’m 64” revised especially for the occasion. Joining the chorus were: Kay Brown, Jane Sandler, Christina and Allan Johnson, Wilhelmina Diener, Carmena and Martin Glicklich, with son Sam and daughter Sofie, Fary (Please turn to page 37)

SPECIAL SONG commemorated Lars Roos birthday, shown with his wife Estrelita.

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AT THE LANDAY BRUNCH were John and Amy White with Raul Rodriguez.

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(Continued from page 36) Bjorlin and son Kaj, Helene and Olof Hult, Conny and Karl Bergstrom, Nicole and Johnny Muj, Katya and Gil Seton, Alyce and Edgar Winston, Suz and Peter Landay and Rafael de Marchena de Huyke. *** Speaking of birthdays… Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc. celebrated its 60th year with a seaside luncheon overlooking the marina at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Ray. The social and philanthropic powerhouse which began as an afternoon tea and cotillion has raised and distributed millions for health and education to such worthy recipients as the UCLA Minority Student Endowment Fund, Scholarships for Sickle Cell Summer Youth Camps, as well as the foster-care group, the Her–She Foundation. They also commissioned the Richmond Barthe bronze bust of Mary McLeod Bethune on permanent display at the California African American

Museum. Toasting all things Links were L.A. chapter president Nedra Austin along with luncheon co-chairs Jaqueline Ryan and Veronica Mc Beth. Dining on heirloom tomato salad, foccacia crumble, grilled chicken and vanilla bean crème brulee were 150 members and guests including: Denise Nicholas, Jasmine Bevers, Sandra Roussell, Anne Luke, De Lois Maddox, Glynis Morrow, Michelle Maddox, Laura Wiltz, Joyce Maddox Morandi, Melba Provost and Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. *** Rose Bowl float design legend Raul Rodriguez and Robert Cash revealed detailed preview sketches of 15 of Rodriguez’s 2011 Rose Parade Floats, a lovely surprise ending to a golden morning in the garden at the Irving Blvd. home of Peter and Suz Landay. Some of those nibbling toasted brie finger sandwiches, honey bacon and other gourmet wonders were: Jan Daley and Mark McNabb, Amy, John, Ian and Sadie White, Mike and Mary Nelson, Patricia

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and Aram Tomasian (Zadran Wali) has just brought his new mail-order bride, a teenage Seta (Olga Konstantulakis), to America to start a new life after fleeing the holocaust in their home country of Armenia. The tale enfolds with the help of an Older Gentlemen (John Cirigliano) who acts as narrator. This brilliant, prize-winning play reveals the lasting effects of the horrors that they endured, and how they are trying to come to terms with them in this new world. What makes this a not-to-be missed evening is the outstanding cast: Ms Konstantulakis is wonderful, maturing from a courageous, brash teenager to mature wife. Zadran Wali as Aram, brings just the right blend of austere husband desperate to replace his murdered family with one of his own, and vulnerable survivor. John Cirigliano also plays Vincent, a 16-year-old boy adopted by Seta. His transformation is amazing, and you believe his adolescent awkwardness and spunky demeanor. Directed by Paul Lampert with great sensitivity, this is well worth seeing. Through Sun., Oct. 17 Marilyn Monroe Theatre Lee Strasberg Creative Center 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-960-7784. 4 Stars *** Richard (Derek Webster), an upscale African-American

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Patricia Foster Rye Greek history professor, living in idyllic suburban America with Jean (Julia Campbell) his white wife and Melody (Rachae Thomas). his typically rebellious teenage daughter, has his world turned upside down when a new family moves in next door in neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Subtitled “A Play With Cartoons,” the new neighbors are a traveling troup of African-American performers in minstrel black-face and costume, with names like Mammy (Baadja-Lyne), Zip (Leith Burke), Sambo (Keith Arthur Bolden), Jim (James Edward Shippy) and Topsy (Daniele Watts). They are outrageous, loud, bawdy, intrusive and very funny. Racial perception seems to be the aim of this play and how we, of any race, attach stereotypes in knee-jerk fashion to those not of our kind. Directed by Nataki Garrett, this is a provocative romp of a play and very entertaining. Through Sun., Oct. 24, Matrix Theatre Co., 7657 Melrose Ave., 323-960-7774. 4 Stars

*** Two jail cells side by side. In one an antsy American soldier Bill (David Bennett), in the other a Muslim soldier, Ali (Bobby Naderi), deep in prayer. This is the beginning of Water by Marios Stilianakis. The location of the prison and the circumstances under which they’re being held, remain elusive until the end of the play when the mystery is finally revealed. Each cell has a water button that dispenses water bottles to the other cell and thus water becomes the currency for each prisoner’s survival. Water is traded for information and family histories that are revealed in a series of monologues. The political position of the play seems skewered a bit as the American is depicted as an under-educated, expletive-driven, heavy and the Muslim is depicted as a calm, self sacrificing, meditative, mature individual. Through Sun.. Oct. 17. The Lounge Theatre 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-960-7711. 3 stars *** The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is now a

comedy as conceived and directed by Gordon Edelstein, in this latest revival. For this theatergoer the poignant, bittersweet interpretation of the original productions will always remain treasured and favored. Of the cast, Ben McKenzie as Jim O’Connor, the gentlemen caller, comes closest to a viable new characterization while keeping the integrity of the play. Through Sun., October 17 Mark Taper Forum 135 No. Grand Ave. 213-628-2772. 3 Stars WaTCH FOr: Venice, a new musical by Eric Rosen, music by Matt Sax, and lyrics by Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, that tells a story of war, love, betrayal and the quest for peace. Opens Sun., Oct. 17 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

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Car chases among stars of ‘Town,’ Lennon is 'Nowhere Boy' The Town (9/10): This high-tension caper flick not only has terrific performances by writer-director-star Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, and Jeremy Renner, it has some of the best car chases since

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they can be. You Will meet a Tall Dark Stranger (9/10): One wouldn’t anticipate an involving tale about how lack of marital commitment can mess up lives to come from writer-director Woody Allen, whose own life is hardly the tablet upon which morality can be written. But that’s what we have here with fine performances from the A-list cast that Allen always lures; this time Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Gemma Jones. Sequestro (8/10): A stark tale of kidnapping, which is endemic in Brazil, told by a film crew that followed the police for four years with handheld cameras. This frank, tense film that listens in on conversations between kidnappers and the victims’ families, involves

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despite lots and lots of scenes of George Clooney thinking, walking, building a gun and brooding. nowhere Boy (7/10): The unusual relationship between John Lennon and his mother and aunt is examined by this film that is marred by the illadvised casting of Thomas Sangster as Paul McCartney. Sangster looks like a 12-yearold compared with Aaron Johnson as Lennon, even though in real life they are the same age, but this is a movie and appearance is everything. Even so, it’s a fascinating look at Lennon’s familial problems that shaped his life, and his relationship with McCartney and George Harrison before they became The Beatles and famous. Opens October 8. machete (7/10): Despite the fact that Danny Trujo as Machete is wielding knives throughout, director Robert Rodriguez is not of the Quentin Tarantino school that requires that every gross detail of onscreen mayhem be shown. An unlikely comedy that is politically biased and abnormally violent, it’s embellished by numerous scenes of a body double posing as a naked Lindsay Lohan. Heartbreaker (6/10): The tale told in this farce is convoluted enough that the couple who sat next to me confessed that they failed to understand some of the plot points, either, and one of them was French, so could understand the dialogue. As to that, the subtitles were inferior, often blending in with the background, which made understanding even more difficult. A farce depends mightily on the music to frame the action and this score (Klaus Badelt) isn’t up to the task, lessening the impact further. While it’s relatively entertaining, I’ve seen better. In French. Easy a (3/10): Emma Stone continues her scintillating march toward stardom in this high school farce based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” Director Will Gluck, painting with a wide swath, substitutes all Christians for Hawthorne’s Puritans as hypocritical zealots, and takes direct shots at traditional morality, as Stone makes clear in her closing soliloquy. While the format and music are entertaining fun, premise and moral are opaque. There’s a bit of truth in here somewhere, but whatever it is, it is obscured by Gluck’s bias. Read full reviews at www.


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exhibitions, artist talks, family workshops, music and more. The event is sponsored by MidCity West Community Council, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, THEMOJAMOJA.COM, Bear Flat Wine, Fusicology and Exotic Travel and Adventure Magazine. IN/EX Dance Project will perform at the Berlin Wall installation at the Ratkovich building, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., at 2 and 6 p.m. LACMA and the newly reopened A+D Architecture and Design Museum will offer free admission from noon to 6 p.m. Darrel Couturier will speak about Cuban photographer Jose Figueroa and his images of the social life of the 1960s in Cuba at Couturier Gallery at 3 p.m. LAUNCH LA will host an opening reception with artists Todd Carpenter and DJ Macaya from 6 to 10 p.m. A reception at ACME Gallery at 6 p.m. opens shows by Dario Robleto and Chuck Webster. A tour and talk with photographer Harry Langdon is at the Harry Langdon Gallery from 2 to 8 p.m. Among other events are a tea and meet and greet at the Loft at Liz’s from 4 to 5 p.m., an artist talk at Edward Cella Art + Architecture at 2:15 p.m. and live music at Norm Maxwell Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition will be Country Club projects L.A.’s tour of the RM Schindler Home from noon to 6 p.m. For addresses and an updated schedule, go to

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Performance explores green space at Berlin wall panel The first in a series of performances, allowing community members to see contemporary dance on Wilshire Blvd., will feature the IN/EX Dance Project. The company will perform at the Berlin Wall installation, located at the Ratkovich building at 5900 Wilshire Blvd., in conjunction with the quarterly Miracle Mile Art Walk on Sat., Oct. 16. Last fall’s installation of the Berlin Wall segments was the result of a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the Ratkovich family. The Wall Project commemorated the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the barrier separating East and West Berlin. Also scheduled to perform are Berlin movement artists Till Pohlmann and Tilman Bruno. “Using the Berlin Wall panels as a conceptual point of departure, the dancers will

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As the November draws near, everyone is talking politics, Ann Aber and Doug Steckler, at separate tables, chatting about Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders on a recent Saturday afternoon; John Welborne encouraging a Yes vote on ballot measures 20 and 21 and Steve Cooley for Attorney General, Eric Garcetti working precincts to get Jerry Brown elected Governor; Tom LaBonge catching up with Karen Bass, NPR interviewing Lucy on Jerry Brown and California politics.

explore themes of walls as barriers both personal and public while simultaneously highlighting the vitality of the green space site,” said Miracle Mile resident David Mann, who produces the event along with the Art Walk. “Unlike last year’s 20th anniversary ceremony, these performances are more relaxed and non-political,” said Mann. “It’s more or less an exploration of the green space in front of the wall, and a commentary on the wall disappearing through movement.” Councilman Tom LaBonge is scheduled to speak before the 2 p.m. performance; Kamilla Blanche, 4th District director of culture and art, will introduce a second performance at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Miracle Mile Residential Association, the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce and the Mid City West Community Council Arts Committee.


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Salads are meaty to vegan; 70 burger options offered

Salad lovers can rejoice as our local options to eat our greens continue to expand. In the heart of HollyDishing wood, tender Greens It opens its Out fourth locaby tion. With Amy 11 big salads Priore to choose from, everyone from protein loaders to vegans can find a tasty option from which to select. It could be the grilled flat iron steak with red and green butter lettuce, radishes, gold beets and horseradish vinaigrette or The Happy Vegan with cranberry and hazelnut farro wheat, quinoa, cucumber, beets, green hummus and tabbouleh. In nearby Koreatown, Saladfarm offers a

whopping 28 options including High Energy Salad with an assortment of veggies and tuna, a Philly Salad which is as it sounds, a Philly sandwich turned salad, as well as a salmon salad. Both restaurants also offer sandwiches, soups and more, so non-greens lovers will leave satisfied as well. tender Greens 6290 Sunset Blvd. 323-382-0380 Saladfarm 3675 Wilshire Blvd. 213-249-9835 *** Custom made burgers may not be a new concept, but the ever-growing chain the Counter serves up an impressive

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Diz White pens ‘Phantom’ ends thriller on history tour at Pantages The national tour of Andrew of Cotswolds To Diz White, the Cotswolds are the most beautiful part of England. Her new book, “Haunted Cotswolds,” covers her favorite region, and, she says, “contains spine-chilling stories of ghosts, ghouls and apparitions from every corner of the Cotswolds.” She covers King Charles I’s headless haunting of Chavenage House, the ghost of Warwick Castle and Guy Fawkes plan to blow up Parliament. Her husband Randall Montgomery shot the photographs that illustrate the book. The couple commute between the Cotswolds and their Plymouth Blvd. home where she has a career in Hollywood as an actress, and screenwriter. She will be signing her book on Thurs, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Samuel French bookstore, 11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is concluding its 17-year run at the Pantages Theater through Sun., Oct. 31. Los Angeles was the city chosen by “Phantom” to launch its first national tour in May 1989, and it is only fitting that the tour close in the city that embraced this show with open arms, said Benny Aguayo, Pantages spokesman. Also scheduled at the Hollywood theater are “West Side Story ” in December, “Hair” in January and “Spring Awakening” in February.

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The 77th annual Los Angeles Bach Festival, Bring it, Bach!, features the world's largest church pipe organ on Sun., Oct. 17 at First Congregational Church. Jazz is fused with works by the Baroque composer on Tues., Oct. 19, and KCRW's Tom Schnabel will host a preconcert party on Fri., Oct. 22 with a laser light show following. "The Passion According to St. John" closes the festival Sun., Oct. 24. Visit www.fccla. org for more information.


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Classic styles from the Arts and Crafts movement are on tour.

Children celebrate Halloween, make sun prints at the Arboretum.

Final days of the French monarchy to early Mexican sculpture on view.

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Hancock Park. Magnificent 3-sty mansion overlooking the golf course situated on a 38,000 sq ft lot. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949


Hancock Park. Fab Med on huge corner lot. 5 beds/4 baths/2 powders + pool & gst house. Amazing details! Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. This house was designed & built by the famed architect Paul Williams in 1932. Diana Knox 323.640.5473

Hancock Park. 5/5.5. Grand 1920’s home gated for privacy. Landscaped grounds, loggia, pool & BBQ. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617










Hancock Park. Traditional home awaiting restoration. Wrap around sunroom, 5bds 4.5bas. Make it your own! Kathy Gless/Rick Llanos 323.460.7622


Hancock Park. Sweet Spanish in the HEART of Larchmont Village. 4bds, 3ba, updtd kit & numerous amenities Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Miracle Mile. Impeccable 4 bedrm, 4 1/2 bath home + guest hse located on a large lot on a great street. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949


Miracle Mile. Charming Spanish Duplex on apx 7700 sf lot. 2+1 each unit. Office off garage. Central air. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. Designed by H J Knauer, this home exemplifies the Renaissance Revival style to the T. D Knox/B LaViolette 323.640.5473


Hollywood Hills West. Completely redone. Totally hip LA 4 bed & 2 bath house w/pool & view. Lease at 7500/month. B LaViolette/ D Knox 323.640.5473



Hancock Park. Super clean Spanish in great Hancock Park adj location. 3beds/2.5bas.Create a masterpiece. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626





Hancock Park. 5/5.5. Gourmet kitchen/family/breakfast rooms open to yard, pool, guest house & pavillion. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Majestic Medit in HP! 4 Bds + 3 bas up & 1BD + 1BA dn. Large yard w/sparkling pool & GH. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

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Hancock Park. Charming 3+1 Craftsman. Remodeled kitchen. A few short blocks to Larchmont Village! Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

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“Dia De Los Muertos,” the 3,000-year-old Aztec tradition also referred to as “All Souls Day,” will be celebrated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., on Sat., Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. until midnight. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the 11th annual event held in the historic final resting place for a number of Hollywood immortals. A procession begins with a ritual blessing, continues with a traditional “Oaxacan burial” representing the suffering of death, and concludes by wel-

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‘Drop, cover, hold on’ in an earthquake Official rescue teams, who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world, advocate the internationally recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes. These are:

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and

Weather, technology forecast in newest Farmer's Almanac A weak to moderate La Nina will develop for the winter of 2010-11, according to the weather forecast in new issue of the Old Farmers Almanac. Most of the eastern portion of the nation will have below-normal winter temperatures. Spring and summer will be relatively cool, the Almanac predicts. Forecasts are prepared as much as 18 months in advance and presented in each edition by region. There are 16 regions for the U.S. and five for Canada. The Fall edition, published in September, contains tide tables, planting charts, recipes and articles on gardening, sports, astronomy and farming. The book also features anecdotes and a section that predicts trends in fashion, food, home décor and technology for the coming year.

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crouch in an inside corner of the building. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table. These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions. The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one, so Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately. In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations. As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to

shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year. What NOT to do Do not get in a doorway. An early earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead. Do not run outside. Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

‘ShakeOut’ drill to prepare for temblor It's the third annual Great California Shakeout. Wherever you are on Thurs., Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m. you should "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. In 2009, nearly seven million people participated in the emergency preparedness drill held statewide on the third Thursday of October. The purpose of the drill is to practice how to stay protected during earthquakes, and how to get prepared at work, school and home. For more information, go to

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bring their household hazardous waste. Locations are in El Segundo, San Pedro/ Los Angeles Harbor area, East Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles (UCLA), and Los Angeles/ Atwater. For hours of operation, call 1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-9886942).

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GROUNDBREAKING was held in 1928 at the Highland site.

Celebrities, soldiers were frequent Legion Post guests American Legion Hollywood Post #43, built 1928 to 1929 at 2035 N. Highland Ave., won the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society’s Historic Landmark Award at its annual meeting in June. Many people became acquainted with the Hollywood Post when the play “Tamara” ran in the building for several years in the 1980s. The use of the Legion clubhouse as a theater was appropriate because the Hollywood Post was born, in a way, on the Lasky Studio lot after World War I. In 1916, Captain Taylor Duncan was given authority to recruit a California Coast Artillery Corps composed of motion picture employees. After the war, Duncan, an actor/extra, campaigned for an American Legion post to be established in Hollywood. World War I veterans from the movie industry started to meet at a grocery store on Hollywood Blvd. They moved to an Episcopal church on El Centro. Raised money for building Legion members undertook relief work, Boy Scout support, started a magazine, a drum and bugle corps, a rifle team and a baseball team. They raised money to build a new and permanent clubhouse. The post purchased land along the west side of Highland Ave., between Camrose and Franklin avenues. Commander John D. Home was in charge in 1928 when plans for the new clubhouse were implemented. Eugene Weston of the architectural firm of Weston & Weston led the building committee. Groundbreaking for the new clubhouse took place on Dec. 29, 1928. A Los Angeles Times article at the time said: “The new building has been designed as a memorial of a permanent character and something that will be a definite contribution to the community of Hollywood.” The edifice would “be approached over a broad paved terrace,” and on this terrace “the post

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Department after Germany’s surrender in World War I. The completed clubhouse’s dedication on July 4, 1929, was described by the Hollywood Daily Citizen as “one of the outstanding patriotic events of Independence Day.” The Egyptian Revival-style building is built of steel-reinforced concrete. All four styles of Art Deco can be seen in the clubhouse. The terra cotta on the facade was crafted by the man who did terra cotta work in L.A.’s main library. The interior windows and lamps are original. Many of the original hardwood oak floors remain. Charlie Chaplin had three stools reserved at the art deco bar downstairs. Clark Gable often occupied one stool, and Humphrey Bogart the other. The billiard room hosted eight world champions. This is one of the rooms reputedly haunted by the ghost of Marshall Wyatt (1910-2000). He was the bar manager, and (Please turn to page 10)


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Quiet food revolution brewing in Tull's new book, ‘Natural Kitchen’ By Suzan Filipek City girl, turned country girl and back to city again, Deborah Eden Tull has written a book about how to change your life

and help the planet from the homestead. “The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution” covers cook-

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ing and organic gardening, has suggestions on shopping and turns common tasks into thoughtful experiences that can have a profound impact on the world. She also encourages making the most of meal times, which she calls “a precious opportunity to step out of the business of our day and refuel, physically and spiritually.” Tull penned the Process Self-Reliance Series book after returning to Hancock Park. She had been living under blue skies at a Zen monastery in a forest for seven years. It was a sustainable community. There was little waste. There were few backyard food gardens when she returned to her home town, which she calls “the belly of the beast.” Sprinklers sprayed sidewalks, trashcans overflowed and lights shined throughout buildings day and night. Tull brought her own bags and even jars to the market, shunning take-out containers at restaurants. She became a sustainability coach and meditation teacher, giving classes and consultations, offering her knowledge gained living off the land. She taught how to make compost—“the ultimate giving back”—explained which

AUTHOR Deborah Tull is a sustainability coach and teaches organic gardening techniques and compositng in her classes.

herbs deter pests and talked about topsoil. It’s not very exciting, she writes, until you learn it takes 500 years to form one inch of mineral-rich clumpy soil. It’s eroding at an alarming rate worldwide, due to conventional agricultural practices. When you consider “healthy soil is our greatest asset as farmers,” the future starts to look pretty grim. There are statistics and problems enough to make the reader feel hopeless, but there are also plenty of simple things we can do, Tull says, bringing us back to the kitchen. Say no to paper towels; use a cloth instead, and get yourself a “good old-fashioned clothesline.”

City dwellers have been led to believe we are “separate from the natural world… consumers who simply turn on the tap, flip a switch, flush a toilet and dump our trash in a receptacle without thinking about where it goes.” She draws on experiences from travels to India and Nepal to living on a farm in the Arizona desert, and has come to see herself as an “earth steward.” The 250-page paperback included recipes (sun-browned brownies, crockpot chili), spiritual observations and advice: cook with iron pots, pass on wasteful Ziplocs and live a plastic-free life. (Please turn to page 7)

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home prices in August, the 3rd consecutive monthly drop, they reported a 4.7% increase compared to Aug 09, the 9th consecutive month of year over year gain. Unit sales fell 2.1% from July and 13.8% from August 09. In our sampling of some prime Los Angeles neighborhoods, we actually saw an increase in home prices, driven by the sales of much higher priced homes.We also saw an increase in the price per square foot. Unit sales were also up 19% over August 09. While the results are promising, the results are inconsistent and require a much more detailed analysis to draw concrete conclusions. It does appear that there is some short term stability in the local markets.


Observations: For this month, statistics include a much broader snapshot of Los Angeles West Side. While the LA Times reported a 2.4% drop in Southland

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‘Top Trail Los Angeles’ lists maps for hikers, bikers, runners are highlighted in the new edition, published in September by Wilderness Press. The guide includes directions to trailheads, detailed route maps and elevation profiles, “don’t get lost” milestones and difficulty ratings on L.A.’s trails. It also features commentary on each trek by

author and long-time hiker Jerry Schad. A “best time” to hike category tells the optimum season based on everything from rain and temperature to smog, visibility and autumn colors. Included are popular destinations like the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as Schad’s


Walk, bike, skate on seven miles of closed streets Natural Kitchen

(Continued from page 6) At least as much as possible. The book after all, is not a set of “green rules” to live by. But rather it is aimed “to inspire your own creativity based on an education in sustainability and a personal exploration of your relationship with food in the city. “It also might encourage you to invent new ways of doing things.” Deborah Tull will sign copies of her new book on Sun., Oct. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. Visit

Seven and one-half miles of city streets will be car-free on Sun., Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for people to walk, skate, play or ride a bike. Titled “CivLAvia,” the project involves street clearance from the Bicycle Kitchen at 706 N. Heliotrope Ave. near Los Angeles City College ending at Hollenbeck Park. “CicLAvia is a city-sponsored project modeled after Bogota, Colombia’s answer to congested streets. The Bicycle Kitchen is an educational shop where customers are taught how to fix their bikes. The shop is with tools and stands for working on bicycles.

favorite hidden trails, and several hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. The guide also includes campground, hotel, RV park, resort and facility information, as well as trail charts with information on child-friendly trails, wildflowers, scenic vistas and more.


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Whether you’re a hiker, biker or runner, there’s a trail for you in Los Angeles. The second edition of “Top Trails Los Angeles” shows you where to find it. The book offers something for all interests and abilities, from scenic half-mile strolls to full day hikes and challenging backcountry trips. A total of 57 trips and nine new trails

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New neighbors Kori Withers has purchased a home in Brookside. She is a business analyst who also has a career in music. She was represented by Teresa Mack of Keller Williams Westside Realty. It was the first sale of the home in more than 40 years. The seller was

represented by Sandy Boeck, Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park South. Susan Watanabe, her husband, David White, and their daughter have purchased a home in Brookside. Susan is a television writer, and David is national executive director of

the Screen Actors Guild. They were represented by Alissa Solomon of Teles Properties. The seller, who had lived in her home for nearly 40 years, has moved to Park La Brea. She was represented by Sandy Boeck, Coldwell Banker, Hancock Park South.

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Victorian-era homes will be at their ghoulish best The 1898 Victorian Grier Musser Museum will be dressed up in its ghoulish best for a haunted house tour on Sun., Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is at 403 S. Bonnie Brae St. Guided tours start at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Price is $12 adults and $6 children.

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room featuring bands led by Glen Miller and the Dorsey brothers. G.I.s on leave danced with volunteer starlets on the 2,000-square-foot oak dance floor. The library and museum are filled with World War I-era weapons, gas masks, torpedo housings, rare battle maps and memorabilia such as vintage photographs of Hollywood stars. The post is open to members who attend dinner meetings the first and third Mondays of each month.

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nance and more. Does converting a space from turf-centric to Californiafriendly really pay off in long term savings? Landscape designer Susanne Jett will answer that question and more at “Design Fundamentals for Native Plant Gardens: Small Spaces/Big Savings” on Sat., Oct. 23 fro 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Also that day is part one of “Chumash Healing with Native Plants” from 12:30 to

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Learn to grow seasonal flowers, attend a garden talk and plant sale or learn all about orchids this month at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Save money at the flower market by growing your own organic blooms. Urban farmer Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms shares tips for growing seasonal flowers that make beautiiful arrangements in the home on Sat., Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Take part in a communal artwork creating an outdoor botanical collage as part of the Big Draw L.A. on Sat., Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. Using the Rose Garden lawn as a living canvas, visitors will make their "mark" by placing leaves, twigs, flowers and other materials on the lawn to create a giant collage. Open to all visitors with general admission. Start planning and planting now for an abundant spring

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Why do we say “God bless you” to a sneezer? asks Joel Wachstein. In certain cultures of the world, mostly in Polynesia, sneezing is a sign that a beneficent spirit is within a person. This is because the Polynesians believe that the great creator god Tiki sneezed life into the first human. In Europe, however, sneezing was always traditionally associated with death, and it is to this sternophobic tradition that we Americans belong. A person who sneezed was thought to be close to death because the sneeze (which usually comes with scant warning) can expel the soul and/or life from the body. The verbal amulet “God bless you” or “bless you” is a charm against the danger of the sneezer ending up in the next world. *** If something is in a state of confusion it’s at “sixes and sevens.” Why? queries Michael Pinter. In medieval England, there was a popular dice game where the roller had to make his numbers (the total of his roll) in numerical progression. If the roller made a seven before a six he lost his wager. If he did it enough times, his finances and his life would undoubtedly be at “sixes and sevens.” *** How, why and where did the use of “like” and “go” become so corrupted? As in “I’d be like, ‘Wow, there’s Brian Wilson’ and then I’d go, ‘Whoa, that’s dad?’” wonders Gretchen Hohag. The slang of modern youth is almost impossible to rhyme or reason. In the case of “like,”


my inquiries lead me to the San Fernando Valley where valleyspeak seems to be the font of the bastardization of this word along with its frequent companion, “ya know.” The substitution of “go” for say or said is, according to my research, a literal transmutation caused by our increasingly rapid society and its method of speaking. *** If a bet is given a small chance to winning it’s a “long shot.” Why? asks Tony Marino. This expression comes from the long bow archery contests of England. The longer the shot, the less likely the bullseye. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to him at willbent@

Fifty works in Skirball exhibit

“Pieces of Me” at the Skirball Museum features close to 50 paintings, ceramics, and multimedia works by artists from L.A. GOAL. The non-profit agency serves adults with developmental disabilities. Artists were invited to reflect upon their ancestral roots, extended families, countries of origin, traditions and stories.


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Historic artifacts and technology featured in exhibits in largely underground building. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—Movies, art exhibits and cultural displays are featured. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141. ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Celebrate fall with workshops this month, from 2 to 4 p.m., making leaf banners Oct. 3 with scissors and paint; create colorful fish-

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An exhibit of prints and drawings by artists such as Francisco de Goya, Edgar Degas and Jacques Callot is at the Hammer Museum from Sat., Oct. 16 to Jan. 16, 2011. The display is curated by artist Frances Stark who selected works from some of the museum’s 45,000 prints, drawings and photographs from the Renaissance to the present. The Mandala Project opens Tues., Oct. 25. The project features the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by a team of trained Lamas visiting from the Thubten Monastery in Nepal. “Democracy for Sale: How to Make Elections about Candidates and Issues” is the title of a talk by Robert Edgar, head of Common Cause. Joining him at the Tues., Oct 12 discussion will be Jessica Levinson, director of political reform at the Center for Governmental Studies.

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213-268-4444 949-854-7710

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October 2010

Larchmont Chronicle

2010 - 10 Larchmont Chronicle  
2010 - 10 Larchmont Chronicle  

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