Shoe store for men & women debuts on the Boulevard.
Senior officers meet and mingle with the WS-HPHS.
Local News Schools Halloween & Harvest
Early intervention can be a lifesaver. Page 15
New landmark at Wilshire Boulevard Temple inspires.
Section 2 OCTOBER 2021
HANCOCK PARK • WINDSOR SQUARE • FREMONT PLACE • GREATER WILSHIRE • MIRACLE MILE • PARK LA BREA • LARCHMONT
Festivities at Larchmont to celebrate 100 years on Oct. 24 On the Farmers Market n Cake-cutting at the clock Boulevard in time for fall By John Welborne Things are n Pumpkins, live music
By Nona Sue Friedman Halloween will be enhanced this season with Mr. Jack O’Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St. The pumpkin spirit starts Sat., Oct. 16 and continues throughout the month. Indulge in pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, animal feeding and viewing, a candy cornhole and a bouncy house. Most activities require individual tickets, but some events are free. For more inSee Farmers Market, p 16
Restaurant and entertainment news will be featured in our Fall Dining Guide in the November issue. Larchmont Chronicle advertising deadline is early: Mon., Oct. 11. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323-462-2241, ext. 11.
The celebration of the 100th anniversary of establishing the original Larchmont Boulevard shopping block will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 (the day originally planned for the traditional Larchmont Family Fair that has, like last year, been postponed, according to Larchmont Boulevard Association [LBA] president John Winther of Coldwell Banker Realty). Winther says there still will be significant celebratory opportunities that same Sunday — just with a smaller crowd and with the street not fully closed. At a stage near the flagpole and Wilshire Rotary clock, in front of the Sunday Farmers Market at 209 N. Larchmont Blvd., LBA and community leaders will gather with neighbors to cut the birthday cake. Also being planned is a tree planting for the empty sidewalk spot near Tailwaggers at 147 N. Larchmont Blvd. Organizers say, “Come celebrate Larchmont on the 24th!”
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FESTIVITY PLANNERS for the “Larchmont 100” celebration include Boy Scouts and the Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA). At the Rotary Clock are Scouts from Troop 10, including from left: Michael Hanna, Eagle Scout Alex Rice, Jacob Prior, assistant scoutmaster Don Rice, George Nason, LBA president John Winther and assistant scoutmaster Scott Hanna. Photo by Bill Devlin
By John Welborne Things are looking up … on the northwest end of the Boulevard, south of Beverly. What a difference tenants make! Two long-vacant storefront spaces now are bustling with customers. One is the restaurant, Great White, occupying the distinctively remodeled longtime home of Prado Restaurant. Co-owner Sam Trude told the Chronicle last month that he is very proud of how the project, conceived and constructed by him and his business partner, Sam Cooper, turned out. In response to a question, Trude confirmed that the pandemic caused them to change the original design a bit, making the entire wall on the sidewalk one that would pull back to make even the See On the Blvd., p 4
‘Modified,’ but still scary, Haunt in Wilshire Park n Ghoulish time is Oct. 20
ACADEMY MUSEUM main entrance is at the Walt Disney Company Plaza beneath the massive spherical building housing the 1000-seat David Geffen Theater. Escalators and gallery lobbies on all five levels are bathed in natural light behind the tall glass wall.
Academy Museum — open at last!
By John Welborne Following a week of Oscar Ceremony-worthy press previews, a glamorous Donor Gala (Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga!), and member preview days, the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened to the public — at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire — on September 30. The Sidney Poitier Grand Lob-
by on the museum’s first floor may be entered at no charge, from either the Walt Disney Company Plaza on the north or through the original May Company doors on Wilshire Boulevard on the south. To learn about ticket information and to see a few photos from last month’s press frenzy and the gala, plus images of some of the new Academy Museum facilities, turn to pages 14 and 15 of Section 3.
By Suzan Filipek Halloween returns to Wilshire Park this year, albeit as a modified version of its former scary self. But scary enough, for sure. The popular 11-year-old Halloween Haunt will return as the first annual Halloween Neighborhood Walk on Sat., Oct. 30 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. A “Twilight Zone”-themed haunted house will join other holiday favorites at the event, including a haunted cemetery, carnival games, bouncer, trickor-treating and a food truck. Meet your neighbors in your front yard and on the autumn walk, all dressed up for the ghoulish event, which will take place in Boulevard Heights, which is on Wilshire See Haunt, p 17
WILSHIRE ROTARIAN volunteers — Elsa Gillham, Pam Rudy, Louis Schneiderman, Wendy Clifford, Janice Prior and Christopher Cox — help out at the group’s pumpkin patch last year.
Rotary Pumpkin patch, Tree Lot open 15th year on Blvd. n Maze and a scavenger hunt for prizes at the Patch
By Rachel Olivier The Wilshire Rotary Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Lot that appear annually at the vacant lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. each October and December celebrate 15 years on Larchmont this year!
The pumpkin patch will be open Sat., Oct. 9 through Sat., Oct. 30 (or until they run out of pumpkins). Hours are Monday to Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See Pumpkin Patch, p 17
By John Welborne
100 Years! “Happy Birthday,” Larchmont Village shopping district! A 100-year anniversary certainly is a special one. This issue of the Larchmont Chronicle also is special, in many ways. As we did in 1971 — 50 years ago — your local newspaper is publishing a special section, a “Souvenir Collector’s Edition,” to salute this major anniversary of the founding of today’s wellknown and popular Larchmont Village shopping district. We believe that this special section is full of stories that you will enjoy — recounting 100 years of this remarkable commercial block and the historic neighborhoods surrounding it. This special section brings us up-to-date on much of what’s transpired around here during Larchmont’s most recent 50 years (as well as reporting on the first 50). As always, we at the Larchmont Chronicle are grateful to the paper’s advertisers. Not only do they provide wonderful services and products for the community; they also make possible (for 59 years!) the publishing of this community newspaper. Thank you! In addition to publishing the Souvenir Collector’s Edition, we also have prepared and are enclosing something else that we believe is special — a keepsake booklet, “Larchmont Boulevard: Then and Now.” This is our Centennial gift to the neighborhoods surrounding Larchmont. Note that this photo-collection booklet only covers the original one-block commercial section south of Beverly Boulevard. Read Patty Lombard’s book, “Images of America — Larchmont,” to learn more about the three blocks north of Beverly! Finally, and to paraphrase — slightly — the paean to Los Angeles often heard from our late City Councilmember, Tom LaBonge: “Let’s continue to enjoy and love Larchmont!”
Surrounding Larchmont Village, the Windsor Square Association salutes our local shopping district on its 100th anniversary.
Sat., Oct. 9 to Sat., Oct. 30 – Wilshire Rotary Pumpkin Patch, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., wilshirerotary.org. Mon., Oct. 11 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Wed., Oct. 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting via Zoom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check greaterwilshire.org for login. Mon., Oct. 18 – Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting via Zoom, 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 23 and Sun., Oct. 24 – The Original Farmers Market Fall Festival at 3rd St. and Fairfax Ave. farmersmarketla.com. Sunday, Oct. 24: LARCHMONT 100: Centennial celebration of the shopping district, including ceremony and cake-cutting in front of the Sunday Farmers Market, 209 N. Larchmont Blvd., 11 a.m.
By Billy Taylor California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month signed into law controversial legislation that essentially abolishes single-family zoning in the Golden State. Signing SB 9 just two days after surviving a recall election, Newsom has welcomed development of up to four residential units on single-family lots across California. Newsom also signed SB 10, creating a process for local governments to streamline new multi-family housing projects of up to 10 units built near transit or in certain
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‘What are you planning to do for Halloween?’
That’s the question inquiring photographer Caroline Tracy asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.
Thurs., Oct. 28 – Delivery of the November issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., Oct. 30 – Wilshire Park Assoc. Halloween Haunt, Bronson Ave. between Wilshire Blvd. and 9th St., 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., wilshirepark.org. Sun., Oct. 31 – Halloween!
“I’m going to a party. Everyone will be vaccinated. I don’t go to parties where people aren’t vaccinated. I’m dressing as a sexy butterfly — butterfly top with wings, a pink tutu, fishnets and tons of butterfly clips in my hair.” Noah Johnson Junior at Marlborough
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urban areas. In August, the Los Angeles City Council passed resolutions in opposition to both SB 9 and SB 10. “SB 9 and 10 are the third attempt by San Francisco Sen. Scott Wiener to destroy local control over multi-family and singlefamily zoning in the state of California. This council has unanimously voted to oppose essentially the same bills twice before, and we should do it again,” said the sponsoring councilmember at the time. Read more about how both bills could impact Greater Wilshire neighborhoods on page 9 of Section Three.
Council redistricting moves forward
By John Welborne As of the press deadline for this month’s paper, the appointed City Council Redistricting Commission and its staff and consultants were coming up with some fairly specific recommendations for new boundary lines for the city’s 15 council districts. The general distribution area of the Larchmont Chronicle, the circa-1920s part of Los Angeles, is now divided among Council Districts 4, 5, 10 and 13. Stakeholders throughout most of our Greater Wilshire community — generally the neighborhoods north of Olympic Boulevard and south of Melrose Avenue, between Western and La Brea avenues (Please turn to page 22) Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.
“We will probably attend a ‘trunk or treat’ with members from our school community. She attends Micheltorena in Silverlake. All of the families drive to a parking lot and load their trunks up with candy. This way it’s controlled, but they still get to have fun.” April Belford and Charlie
“We used to go to a friend’s house for a party, but she moved, and now I’m not sure what we’re doing because of COVID. I guess it’s a wait-and-see situation. It’s a bummer that the Larchmont Family Fair isn’t happening. The kids miss it. It’s been a long two years without.” Emily Duvall and Conrad and Violet Hancock Park
“Athena has already decided what she wants to be, and she’s wearing her costume right now. She’s going as Catwoman. I’m thinking of taking her to the ‘Carved’ Halloween event at Descanso Gardens.” Leah Amaya and Athena Hancock Park
Mile residents await study on Cochran parking lot development
COUNCILMEMBER Mark Ridley-Thomas, left, at the dedication for Gramercy Place Apartments, top.
Permanent supportive housing opens between Gramercy and Wilton
By John Welborne Yet another needed facility featuring permanent supportive housing, this project focused on seniors as well as those formerly experiencing homelessness, has opened nearby. It was celebrated at the end of August by 10th District City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, with the participation of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the sponsors of the new facility, Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC). Named the Gramercy Place
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Apartments, the project is between Gramercy Place and Wilton Place on Washington Boulevard. It opened to residents in May, and it provides 64 units of housing for seniors age 55 and over. Of the 64 units, 32 are available to low-income seniors who were formally unhoused. Residents have access to on-site case management, health and well-being management, vocational train-
ing and educational services throughout their tenancies. At the opening event, Councilmember Ridley-Thomas said that “this project is a fulfillment of promises to some of our unhoused neighbors” ... to provide “a place that they can call home. This project is a testament to what Measure HHH funds can do.” HCHC explains that its mission is to transform commu-
nities by creating affordable housing that achieves design excellence and environmental sustainability, while at the same time respecting the history, culture, and architecture of the communities served. This property, designed by architect Kevin Daly, is equipped with solar panels and rooftop vegetable gardens. Learn more at hollywoodhousing.org.
By Billy Taylor A feasibility study is underway following City Council approval of a motion proposed by Councilmember Nithya Raman to analyze the feasibility of converting a city parking lot in the Miracle Mile into affordable or permanent supportive housing. The Los Angeles City Council on Aug. 25 approved the motion, which will study an existing 41-vehicle parking lot at 728 Cochran Ave. to assess if the lot is suitable for such housing. The lot is located directly across from a retirement home and a K-8 school, which depends on the lot for parking, as do retail businesses on Wilshire Blvd. It is the last public parking lot in the area. President of the Miracle Mile Residential Association (Please turn to page 19)
(Continued from page 1) inside of the restaurant feel like part of the outside world. Read columnist Helene Seifer’s review on page 12 of this section of the paper. Almost next door, the longawaited second Los Angeles location of the shoe store
Rothy’s opened at the end of last month as well. The bright, open space — with pale walls displaying colorful shoes and accessories — has been welcoming customers every day since it opened. This month is the community’s celebration of 100 years of stores on Larchmont Boulevard. A retrospective photo-
graphic look at the storefronts on the street — during the past 100 years — comes in the “rotogravure” magazine insert accompanying this issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Titled “Larchmont Boulevard: Then and Now,” the booklet is the newspaper’s centennial gift to our community.
Wilshire Rotary’s Pumpkin Patch Comes to
ROTHY’S, whose colorful shoes and other fashion items are made from recycled plastic waste, opened last month.
Rothy’s shoes are stylish and washable — and on Larchmont
By Suzan Filipek Stylish and sustainable lifestyle brand Rothy’s opened its newest shop Sept. 23 in Larchmont Village at 248 N. Larchmont Blvd. The shop carries both men’s and women’s washable footwear and accessories, and this location will serve primarily as a men’s flagship. The shoe store is in the former location of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and, before that, longtime shop Village Footwear. Among offerings at the Rothy’s store are sneakers, flats and loafers in a wild variety of colors and styles. The new store launches some new styles, too — Women’s Driver, Sporty Duo and Men’s Varsity Collection — and it debuts a men’s wallet,
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carryall and card case. The Larchmont Village shop opens on the heels of six other retail locations in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles (Melrose Place). Since launching in 2016, the company claims on its website to have repurposed nearly a million water bottles and 275,000 pounds of oceanbound marine plastic to produce its footwear at its factory.
Irwin Gilman 1932 — 2021
Irwin I. Gilman, husband of former Larchmont Chronicle publisher Jane Gilman, died September 26 of natural causes. He was 89. Born in New York City in 1932, he graduated from the University of Denver and served in the US Army. A Certified Public Accountant, he was a partner in Henig & Gilman and later had his own firm. In addition to Jane, to whom he was married for 62 years, he is survived by a cousin Joel, sister Sylvia, nephew Clifford and niece Elena. Donations in his name may be sent to www.kidney.org.
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Remembering 9-11 at memorial
First-In Fire Foundation In Fire Foundation president honored those who perished on Lyn MacEwen Cohen. The Miracle Mile Milestone 9/11 on the 20th anniversary of the tragedies at the Pentagon remembers American Flight 77 Capt. Charles Burlingame and World Trade Center sites. A memorial in Miracle Mile and his crew and passengers salutes all who were affected on that fateful day. He was the by the events on Sept. 11, 2001 brother of Brad Burlingame, a and its aftermath, including Mile resident at the time. first responders and their families. The memorial includes the Miracle Mile Milestone monument and a grove of trees. “May we never forget 9/11 and how we transform our deep sorrow into what MIRACLE MILE MILESTONE honors is most touching American Flight 77, which was crashed into and beautiful in the the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The stone words ‘United We was installed in 2008 on the grounds of the Stand,’” said First- La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.
Parks Foundation coming up roses Los Angeles Parks Foundation will host its 10th Annual Rose Award luncheon and ceremony on Thurs., Oct. 7 at Expo Center’s Rose Garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diana Nyad, a long-distance swimmer and inductee into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, is the recipient of the 2021 Rose Award, and Gillian Zucker, Los Angeles Clippers President of Opera-
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SALUTING Mary Nichols at a belated birthday celebration are a group of friends and admirers, including Ann and Robert Ronus, Hancock Park.
Neighbors are getting out again By John Welborne Well, there seems to be a bit more socializing going on, as local residents find ways to deal with the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, most of the gatherings are outdoors (or masked, indoors).
MARY NICHOLS, Windsor Square, was celebrated on an outdoor terrace downtown.
A case in point was a wonderful (and naturally, pandemic-belated) birthday tribute to Windsor Square resident Mary Nichols, the retired chair of the California Air Resources Board, given by her friends Michael Peevey, Diane Wittenberg and Amy Holm on August 31. A large number of Mary’s local friends and fans were on hand, on the outside terrace on the Third Floor of The California Club, including Hancock Park’s Ann and Robert Ronus and Larchmont Village’s Rev. Betsy Anderson. Also there to honor Mary was the senior local Episcopalian, the Bishop Diocesan, Rt. Rev. John H. Taylor. Among the speakers and well-wishers was former Gov. Gray Davis. The event also provided support for theclimateregistry.org, with which Nichols works to reduce the carbon footprint and fight climate change.
LISTENING to former Gov. Gray Davis and other speakers are Rev. Betsy Anderson of Larchmont Village and, standing behind, Bishop John H. Taylor.
Two days earlier, and also outdoors, the annual meeting of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society took place in the lovely garden of member and Windsor Square resident June Bilgore.
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Philanthropists honored at Holocaust Museum gala Oct. 21
Three community leaders and philanthropists will be honored at the 13th Annual Gala of the Holocaust Museum LA on Thurs., Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
The event, “Ensure the Truth Survives,” will be held virtually. Honoree Andrea Cayton, vice chair of the museum, also is on the board of the Cayton
Temple completes Audrey Irmas Pavilion
By John Welborne For the past two years, on almost a monthly basis and through the eye of photographer Gary Leonard, the Larchmont Chronicle has been documenting the construction of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s just-completed Audrey Irmas Pavilion. Situated on the Temple’s campus comprising a full city block, specifically on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Harvard boulevards, the 55,000-square-foot new building is impossible to miss.
Designed by the New York office of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s Office of Metropolitan Architecture, specifically by architect Shohei Shigematsu, the building is that firm’s first cultural building in California. The architect and client say that the new building is “intentionally designed to be in dialogue with the Temple’s historic and stunning 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary.” (Please turn to page 21)
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Youth Leadership School. Also being honored is photographer, humanitarian and philanthropist Judy Glickman Lauder. Melissa Rivers is host of the event. Proceeds will support free Holocaust education to help eradicate hatred, bigotry and
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ing as a youth pastor prior to working in non-profit organizations. St. Vincent Meals on Wheels was founded in 1977 by Sister Alice Marie Quinn, and has grown into one of the country’s largest privatelyfunded senior nutrition programs.
Get ready for ShakeOut Day, Oct. 21
It’s time to brush up on your drop, cover and hold and other prepardness exercises. International ShakeOut Day is Thurs., Oct. 21, and Caryn Schuster wants you to be ready for the next Big One with her two-hour disaster preparedness course. Her course will take place in the waiting area of the dental office of Dr. Nicole Farr, 427 N. Larchmont Blvd. Schuster has a master’s degree in public health and 30 years of experience working with the American Heart Association, fire departments, doctor and dentist offices, gyms and trainers and others in CPR, earthquake and other disaster preparedness. The courses being offered on Larchmont can be designed for families with young children and seniors, said Schuster, whose home collapsed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Luckily, she and her
family survived. To set up a time for the free course, call 310-991-5698. Schuster is also available for house calls (for a fee). To learn more about International ShakeOut Day visit shakeout.org.
Election, homeless were discussed at Wilshire Park
Wilshire Park Association’s annual meeting Sept. 18 was well-attended as residents elected new board members and Council District Four Field Deputy Kevin Sanchez-Morales updated the community. Progress on a parking permit application, resources for homeless concerns, sidewalk repairs, Senate Bills 9 and 10 and city council redistricting were among topics discussed, said WPA board member Lorna Hennington.
Board election, land and zoning issues at HPHOA meeting Oct. 18 The Hancock Park Home Owners Association (HPHOA) will host its annual meeting via Zoom later this month where residents will hear committee updates on land use and zoning issues as well as infrastructure repairs in the neighborhood. Details on how to join the Zoom webinar on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. can be found at the group’s website (hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org). Members in good standing will receive ballots for the Association’s Board of Directors election at the meeting.
Local physician Dr. Patricia Gordon named a CNN Hero
Beverly Hills radiation oncologist Dr. Patricia Gordon was featured in a segment of CNN Heroes last month. As the founder of CureCervicalCancer, she travels with teams of medical professionals to train others on how to screen and treat women in the developing world for precervical cancer. Gordon, Hancock Park, founded the organization in 2013 after a trip to Senegal in 2012 where she saw how many women were dying from cervical cancer, which is a preventable and treatable disease. She and her group have traveled to 10 countries — including China, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Vietnam — using a “See and Treat” low-tech model along with what they call a “Clinic in a Suitcase” to deliver screening, training and supplies to clinics around the world. In October, CureCervicalCancer will travel to Kenya to introduce its HPV Testing & Treatment Mobile Clinic. Visit curecervicalcancer.org.
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The House of Lebanon, 4800 Wilshire Blvd., is having a Halloween Social for young adults Sat., Oct. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. The evening will feature food, games and a costume contest (no costume masks or weapon props are allowed). Tickets are $30. RSVPs are required; the cut-off date for making reservations is Mon., Oct. 11. For more information, or for day-of-entry availability, email hol@houseoflebanon. com or call 323-965-8000.
Larchmont Chronicle CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION By Ren Lisenbery 5th Grade
The beginning of school is always a big deal, and this year was even bigger because of COVID. The Center did a great job at making coming back to school on campus fun and safe. Even though some things are familiar, some things are different. Every day we take our temperature before we can be on campus. Another big difference now is that students have to wear a mask and a device called a “mini” that keeps track
CATHEDRAL CHAPEL By Kennedy del Pozo 5th Grade
Chapel students are very glad to be back to school in person this year. Everyone logs into DrOwl before entering campus to check their temperature and answer questions. All of our teachers and staff are fully vaccinated, and we haven’t had a single case of COVID-19. Every Wednesday we have COVID testing to make sure that we remain healthy and safe in
of who we have been near. Last year, a lot of school was virtual, so we could not connect as much with friends, but now we have all already made new friends. In the classroom, even though we sit at separate desks, we can still chat together and play fun group games. It’s been a crazy transition, but everything is starting to work out well. Students have lots of mixed emotions, but a big one is the joy of being able to be with friends. Things have changed, but it’s great being able to learn how to navigate around the changes and make the best out of the situation. We hope that COVID does go away so life can return to some kind of normal. However, as long as we can go to school, COVID and life with friends will be pretty great. our bubble. Welcome to Mr. Jabra’il Sutton, our new 5th grade teacher, and Mrs. Khisna Holloway to our office staff. We would also like to thank Mrs. Karen Hall for her many years of service to our school in our school office. Mrs. Hall retired in June and moved to Lake Arrowhead. We just completed our Student Council Elections and our new Student Council is eager to build school spirit through a variety of school activities. We will soon begin our daily canned food collection for HopeNet that helps Blessed Sacrament Church feed those in need. Happy September!
OAKWOOD SCHOOL By Scarlett Saldaña 11th Grade
Due to remote learning last school year, many of the usual in-person events were either cancelled or held virtually. At Oakwood, beloved traditions such as the Arts Festival, an event where students exhibit visual and performing arts all over the school, was limited to a Zoom meeting. Even Immersion, a long-awaited program that allows students to gain hands-on experiences without the bound-
BUCKLEY SCHOOL By Jasper Gough 12th Grade
There will be a parade in honor of Founder’s Day at Buckley on Oct. 1. This is a school-wide event and notably has floats from the different grades and sports teams. Even the relatives of our school founder, Isabelle Buckley, will have their own float. Students in the Upper School may opt to take the SAT on Oct. 2 at test centers located around Los Angeles. The next week, Buckley will host a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion symposium where teachers and students will tackle social issues. After that, our exciting alumni basketball games
aries of a classroom, was cancelled altogether to abide by COVID safety protocols. While it was disappointing to be unable to fully experience Oakwood’s usual on-campus traditions, now that students have returned to inperson learning, Oakwood has planned several class trips and all-school events for this year. During the middle of October, the 8th graders plan to head to Kings Canyon National Park to make up for their missed camping trip in 7th grade. I have always cherished these experiences at Oakwood, and the Kings Canyon trip is memorable for me as I made lifelong friends and connected with classmates and
teachers. Lastly, on October 28, the secondary school will host a Halloween event. Although details have yet to be finalized, students usually come to the event dressed in their Halloween costumes prepared to dance, play Halloween-related games and watch movies. While all of these in-person events and trips are certainly exciting news, since we are still in a pandemic, Oakwood continues to ensure that the entire school abides by the safety guidelines of wearing masks and keeping a healthy distance. Taking this into consideration, it’s great to be able to participate in these activities once again, after learning virtually for so long.
will resume on Oct. 13. Masks will be required by all those participating in the tournament. Buckley will host an open house for the Lower and Upper School on Oct. 16. Students will be able to show their parents around the campus, guiding them through what school life is like. They can go to their favorite classes and show their parents projects they’ve completed. Later that night is the Senior Dance. Seniors will go to a location chosen by the BSC (Buckley Student Council). Students can either go
alone, with friends, or with a date, although we can’t bring someone who doesn’t go to Buckley. Lastly, on Oct. 28-29, Buckley parents will have the opportunity to have conferences with the teachers.
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Spooky times at Zoo, Griffith Park
The Halloween spirit returns this year with Boo at the Los Angeles Zoo, whcih features a Spooky Stroll, an extinct-animal graveyard and more. Visit lazoo.org. Also back, Haunted Hayride is at Los Angeles Griffith Park. Visit losangeleshauntedhayride.com.
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It has been about three months since Melrose has fully opened, and there has not been a single case of COVID among Melrose students. We are still taking safety precautions, wearing masks, sanitizing and washing our hands often. Melrose is also resuming old activities that we did before, such as dance, garden ranger and music. But this year, we will have chorus classes outside instead of in
IMMACULATE HEART By Kellyn Lanza 11th Grade
Adjusting to in-person classes after being online for a year and a half has been challenging, but Immaculate Heart is doing an amazing job helping students readjust and feel comfortable. And since starting the new school year in mid-August, we have also celebrated being together through school traditions, community-building events and extracurricular activities. One of Immaculate Heart’s most cherished days, Welcome Day, kicked off the school year
the auditorium. And as Halloween comes close, most of us are looking forward to the Harvest Festival. Traditionally at the Harvest Festival, students and teachers dress up in costumes and have a parade. Last year, we had a Zoom Harvest Festival, and we shared our costumes, made slime and had a treasure hunt. This year, due to coronavirus, we will have part of the Harvest Festival on Zoom and part of it on campus, even though the final decision has not been made. There will be lots of spooky decorations, and we can’t wait to see what kind of costumes there will be this year! with the student body welcoming the freshman class, transfer students and new faculty and staff. It’s a day to show off your school spirit, too. Each class creates a skit, dance, song and poster based on a theme. This year’s themes included The Fresh Prince of BelAir Freshmen, Superstar Sophomores, Jack Sparrow Juniors and School of Rock Seniors. Students also competed in games for spirit points, and the seniors and sophomores are currently tied for first place. Our annual luau brought families together for a fun Saturday evening to raise funds for our athletic department. This year’s event was organized by our new high school athletic director, Chris Rodgers.
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Every year at the Episcopal School of Los Angeles, our seniors are free to decide (via voting) on a theme that adds color to their year. Last year, the seniors chose their theme to be the ocean, so they received custom sweatshirts, which they designed and bought with school funds, with an ocean-based design: in their case, navy blue with a deep-sea fish emblazoned on the back. Also written on each sweatshirt was a fun, ocean-themed nickname for its owner; for example, mine might hypothetically read, “Harpooner Hank” or “Beachboy Bauer.” This year, my grade is in conflict over the front-running themes of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Las Vegas,” and most of us have strong opinions about one or the other. Some of my peers appreciate Alice in Wonderland for its surrealism, while others think of it as a cliché; similarly, Vegas is treated as both a gleaming city of culture and excitement, but also a center of debauchery. All of us seem willing to accept defeat gracefully: in the words of one of my peers, “No matter what the theme is, the 19 of us will find unity somehow.”
Last month, Saint Brendan School enjoyed so many new things! One being our first day of school assembly for the school year, and welcoming our new kindergarten class of 2029. We also started some of our varsity sports — football, volleyball and golf. Our teams are looking very strong, and we’re looking forward to winning
NEW COVENANT ACADEMY By Dale Lee 11th Grade
The first month of inperson classes is over! Both students and teachers are loving the fresh change back to learning at school, and everyone is making sure to follow strict COVID-19 protocol. Students and teachers are required to wear masks, frequently wash and sanitize hands and maintain social distancing, and daily temperature checks are administered. Although these rules may seem tedious, it allows us to have a safe and healthy learning environment. One exciting event students
some games and tournaments. The time is ticking down for my 8th grade class to begin high school applications. Mrs. Reilly is doing a great job preparing us and helping us get rid of the high school jitters. This month we are looking forward to Halloween. We also have an amazing Halloween parade! The 8th graders will perform a fun and enthusiastic play and will run a super fantastic and competitive costume contest! We can’t wait to take on this promising and exciting year. Thanks for tuning in to St. Brendan School in the Larchmont Chronicle! and parents can look forward to is our Back-to-School Night. This will be an in-person event where parents can meet with teachers and discuss the curriculum and see just what their kids are learning. Students can help teachers to post projects, portfolios and maybe something special they’ve been working on. Make sure to join us on campus and maybe even receive some extra points in your grade book! NCA has a tradition of going on seasonal camping trips to give students a break and allow them to build a stronger bond with friends and teachers. For this year’s Fall Camp, we traveled to Campus by the Sea, located on Catalina Island. We enjoyed a thrilling boat ride to camp and were able to see fish and even some dolphins along the way.
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THIRD STREET By Nikka Gueler 4th Grade
Hello, readers. I am Nikka Gueler, a fourth grader at Third Street Elementary. I look forward to writing this column alongside Coco Min, who is in the fifth grade. After a long year and a half of virtual learning, it’s wonderful to be back on campus with my fellow students, teachers and administrators. We are all back to in-person learning; however, everyone has to wear a mask and all students must take a weekly COVID test at school. This year, Third Street Elementary is proud to launch its gifted
magnet program for third to fifth grades. The program is open to any qualified student in LAUSD. In its first year, the program has already received many applicants. In addition to the new magnet program, Third Street Elementary continues to offer ETK (early transitional kinder), TK (transitional kinder) and KDLP (Korean dual immersion). The Korean dual immersion program at Third Street is especially popular, teaching in both English and Korean to stu-
dents from kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to these great programs, students can look forward to participating in the science lab, tech lab, drama, music and dance. The after-school programs Kids Kor and Beyond The Bell include science, chess, volleyball, soccer, basketball, karate, yoga, ballet, and more. The school is especially proud of its technology program, where kids are already learning to code on Apple computers, and its science lab, where they create experiments. We are looking forward to a great school year with a lot of activities to come.
HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE By Sienna Light 6th Grade
Hello, my name is Sienna Light. I am a 6th grader at Hollywood Schoolhouse, and 10 years have passed since I walked through the gates of the HSH preschool yard. I like to read new books, play numerous sports, and, most of all, I love to write. I am a proud animal lover, and have three dogs. I take charge, and I am a leader. I owe much of that to HSH. Ever since I first came to this school, I learned that HSH’s main approach to learning is for students to become more academically strong, artistically proud, physically active and socially grounded. Hollywood Schoolhouse also makes sure that students and teachers always pro-
MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL By Avery Gough 10th Grade
The past month has been especially exciting for Marlborough students. We went back to campus on August 31. During our very first All-School Meeting of the year, the teachers choreographed and performed a dance in front of the whole school in order to get us excited for the upcoming school year. It was so much fun to see all of my friends, grade, and school once again, and school is finally feeling normal again. Marlborough has begun its Community Days, which fall on either Wednesday or Friday; there will be six every semester. These Community Days include
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Page Academy has a long history and was founded in 1908. It’s hard to believe that we have already celebrated 113 years! I have attended Page Academy since I was two years old and I will be graduating middle school this year. When COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and all schools shut down, it resulted in Zoom classes becoming the new normal. The teachers helped us stay connected and positive dur-
mote and carry out tasks with fearless curiosity and inspired learning. This means sharing our values and donating our time to communities in need. As a 6th grader, I will be introduced to many new field trips and events. Even though COVID is continuing to threaten our country, I know that the HSH community will continue to carry out these activities with utmost safety. For example, we will always be socially distant indoors and outdoors, wearing a mask over our nose and mouth at all times and sanitizing/washing our hands constantly throughout the day. I am very excited to participate in all the surprises that the school will offer to me. activities by grade or those with the entire school. For example, the last Community Day was divided by our class advisory and it was a writing seminar to help us compose our personal story in college apps. Varsity and JV sports, including tennis and volleyball, which had their tryouts at the beginning of August, have begun regular practice. We have already had preseason games, and matches and games have already begun to fill up our weeks. The middle school’s White and Purple teams had their tryouts in the first few weeks of school, so they too can begin practice soon. For reference, the White team is the more novice and the Purple is more advanced. In recent weeks we have celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Labor Day and Yom Kippur. We have also paid tribute to those who died twenty years ago on 9/11 and recognize their bravery and heroism. ing that time, but the students still missed our on-campus activities, especially the ones our student council organized. Now that we are back at school in-person, we were able to hold our student council elections once again this September. It’s amazing to hear all the fresh ideas that the student council members are discussing! The excitement is flowing through the halls and has really uplifted the students as well as encouraged optimism within the student body. I look forward to giving you updates throughout the year, and wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!
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By Helen Hartung “We now know that dyslexia is a very common problem, affecting one out of every five children — 10 million in America alone.” So states Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, in her best-selling book, “Overcoming Dyslexia,” now in its second edition. Dr. Shaywitz has reached this conclusion after many years of research and testing along with her husband and co-director, Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, and colleagues at the Yale Center. In fact, it was the work of Dr. and Dr. Shaywitz that prompted Congress to declare each October “National Dyslexia Awareness Month” beginning in 2015. So October is the perfect time to learn more about dyslexia. Dr. Shaywitz, a pediatrician, began to learn about the subject in 1978. Not much was understood about this problem then, so, in 1983, the Shaywitzes and their Yale colleagues began a study of 445 kindergarteners from 24 randomly-selected Connecticut public schools. The boys and girls who began the study have been regularly monitored over the years, and this longitudinal study has provided a wealth of information on dyslexia and its long-term effects. The central finding of their years of research is that children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences can be helped. Early intervention is key, especially since undiagnosed children can suffer years of needless struggle and experience shame. So what should a parent or teacher of a young child look for? Early indicators First, dyslexia is not simply reversing letters, reading “dog” instead of “god,” for example. The condition can be genetic, and it has nothing to do with intelligence. In fact, often dyslexics are blessed with remarkable creativity and entrepreneurial drive. For example, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Jennifer Aniston and Henry Winkler are among many well-known
people who have thrived despite — or because of — their dyslexia. Some indicators in early childhood might be if a child is late learning to talk or has difficulty pronouncing or rhyming
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To learn more about dyslexia, the screening test and Dr. Shaywitz’s work, go to dyslexia.yale.edu. Her informative book, “Overcoming Dyslexia” (Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books, 2020), is widely avail-
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words. The child may omit or misread little words and have trouble decoding longer words. In later childhood, the dyslexic may struggle with handwriting, spelling or copying words; have a poor sense of time; or appear inattentive or even “lazy.” Some children may even be perceived as stupid, or be bullied, and begin to act out in their deep frustration. Early intervention But it’s not only parents who may not understand the source of their child’s issues. Many teachers are not wellinformed about dyslexia and how to help. For that reason, the Shaywitz Dyslexia Screen, a user-friendly tool for K-3 students, was created to help teachers easily and quickly diagnose children with suspected learning differences. Because early intervention can be a lifesaver, Dr. Shaywitz is a passionate supporter of specialized schools, including a local one, Park Century School (PCS) in Culver City. (Many local neighborhood children have attended PCS over its 50-year history.) Dr. Shaywitz serves on the board of PCS and particularly admires its commitment to providing each child with the specific, individualized instruction needed. As Head of School Judith Fuller told Dr. Shaywitz, “For me,
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Spooky outdoor movie to screen at Hollygrove Oct. 30 Uplift Family Services invites you to a movie night under the stars on Sat., Oct. 30 at its Hollygrove campus, located at 815 N. El Centro Ave. Gather your family and some blankets for a “spooktacular night of pre-Halloween fun” with an outdoor movie night. The event will include food, fun and a screening of “Hotel Transylvania,” with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the privately funded programs at Hollygrove, which are designed to provide
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This year the City of Los Angeles is not allowing pumpkin patches to have bounce houses, carnival games or food sales; however, there will be a hay bale maze and a scavenger hunt for prizes. The 25,000 pounds of pumpkins and gourds will be from a farm in the Santa Paula area. Tree lot opening The Christmas tree lot will open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the heat wave in Oregon in June caused severe damage to Christmas trees, which means there may be a tree shortage and prices most likely will be higher. Sales of the pumpkins, gourds, trees, wreaths and other craft items made from them has helped the Wilshire Rotary raise several hundred thousand dollars for service
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COVID-19 masks and social distance. Last year, because of the pandemic, the neighborhood held an “in-your-own-frontyard” picnic and a scavenger hunt, and the event featured a ghoulish storefront of d’See’s (“deceased”) Candies. WPA Treasurer Roberta O’Donnell researched the history of Mrs. See and her choc-
olate empire (the first shop was at 135 N. Western Ave.) to mimic the store’s iconic black-and-white décor. But, the treats at d’See’s were bugs and frogs made of Styrofoam and brown caulk. Modified or not, this year’s event promises to be a thrilling, scary time, said Hennington. For more information, visit wilshirepark.org.
Maintaining Marlborough School tennis tradition takes a lot Tradition can be a difficult thing to sustain, and nobody understands that more than the Marlborough School Mustangs’ head tennis coach, Paolo Caoile. “It’s tough to make this team,” admitted Caoile. Caoile has been coaching tennis at Marlborough for five years. He was initially hired as the JV coach, but took over as head four years ago. Marlborough School is a private girls’ academy for grades 7-12. The website describes Marlborough as a collegepreparatory secondary school, and this was certainly the case for last year’s star Mustang player Arianna Stavropoulos. Stavropoulos received a tennis scholarship to compete for UC Davis. She’s a college freshman this year, and will likely play in the No. 2 position. Her time at Marlborough was a series of tennis highlights. She arrived on the Mustang tennis team the same year Caoile began coaching at Marlborough. “Arianna was a tough cookie,” he said. “I had a great freshman class that year.” Tradition’s weight Era-Stavropoulos will be a tough act to follow. As a freshman, Arianna was league dou-
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Jim Kalin bles MVP, and won singles MVP honors the following three seasons. But it wasn’t just about an individual player. On May 21, the team captured its first CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section Division 1 Championship in school history (in 2006, the Mustangs won a title in Division 3). The road to the finals was not easy. Seeded No. 3 after finishing the regular season undefeated at 8-0, the Mustangs narrowly defeated Yorba Linda and Martin Luther King high schools in the opening rounds. “After that MLK match, this team found themselves,” said Coach Caoile. “It was a breeze the rest of the way.” In the championship game, Marlborough defeated topseeded Beckman High School 12-6 for the title. Because of COVID-19, the CIF pushed several traditionally fall sports back from 2020 to last spring. Tennis was one of those. This year, it’s a fall sport
again, though that doesn’t indicate that things are completely back to normal. The school still monitors its students, and weekly COVID-19 tests are suggested. On the tennis court, doubles players are required to wear masks during competition. Rebuilding Marlborough presently is undefeated at 4-0. “I have a better team than last year,” said Coach Caoile. “It’s more complete, and all the holes are filled.” Marlborough’s tennis team runs with 28 players; 14 on varsity, and 14 on JV. “We had close to 40 girls try out for the team this year,” said Caoile. One of those players who tried out — and made the cut — was Larchmont resident Abby Byrne. She’s a 9th grader at Marlborough. “It was awesome to make the JV because I spent so much time practicing to do it,” said Abby. “The thought of actually having to play against other teams was also a little nerveracking, but it’s been a fun experience.” Marlborough is a private school, though it doesn’t recruit athletes, which is impressive, considering the
MUSTANGS from Marlborough pose together as the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section Division 1 2021 Spring Season championship team.
tennis team’s success. “We don’t always get the top athletes, but once they make the team, the bond created transforms them into good players,” explained Caoile. Part of the reason is co-captains Megan Wong, Ella Perry, and Tori Hickey. All three girls are seniors, and have contributed to their team’s previous success the past few years. The girls understand that maintaining tradition requires
inclusion. “The camaraderie is great,” said Abby Byrne. “The upperclassmen have been so welcoming and helpful.” Coach Caoile has been at it a long time. As a youth, he practiced on the Victoria Park Courts in Carson, when Venus and Serena Williams played there. He knows what it takes. “I want my players to buy into the tradition,” he said. “That’s the most important thing.”
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By Caroline Tracy A local chapter of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is officially up and running. For AYSO Region 78, practice and (notably) games
commenced in mid-September at Fairfax High School. While a smaller operation took place last fall with practices only, the full-scale opening is a welcome affair
for many young players in our area. “We are starting a little later this year as Los Angeles Unified School District office that permits the use of fields, closed since March 2020, just re-opened,” explained Region 78 league commissioner Kurt
Muller. “We also had to make some adjustments to COVID protocol, so things just took a little while to get off the ground. Thankfully, our families have been patient, as they know this is a volunteer-driven community effort.” While player and volunteer
numbers are down from 2019, the league has a registration of about 600 players and 100 volunteers. “Our boys’ and girls’ teams have started practicing, and they are undoubtedly ready to play and make up for lost time on the pitch,” said Muller. Visit ayso78.info for more information.
PLAYERS run drills during practice at Fairfax High School.
(Continued from page 3) (MMRA) Greg Goldin told the Chronicle last month that the group’s board members are withholding judgment on the proposal until they read what the study says. “That said, however, we are in no way opposed to finding solutions to the housing needs of our neighbors who suffer the misfortune of living on the streets and sidewalks of our city. This is a national disgrace, and a local disgrace, and the MMRA wants to see real-world solutions emerge.” Goldin said that the MMRA supports building housing that is appropriately scaled, that fits the design of the historic neighborhood and that will provide high quality homes to those in need. Council District Four “The MMRA has urged CD4 to consider this site for supportive or truly affordable housing — preferably for older residents who might be the most vulnerable. We’ve also urged CD4 to make this process open
to community input in a way that pays more than lip service to neighborhood concerns. We are hopeful that a neighborhood-wide alliance can emerge that, working with the council office, will find the best way forward for the parking lot,” said Goldin. Nevertheless, he notes that the MMRA shares concerns of nearby school Cathedral Chapel as well as the other businesses that rely on the lot as a necessity. Raman’s office, when contacted, declined to provide an updated statement, instead directing the Chronicle to the councilmember’s Aug. 15 press release, which reads: “In the weeks and months to come, our office will continue to engage constituents to share information on this process, gather questions and comments and ensure the feedback is provided to the CAO’s [City Administrative Officer’s] office to consider as part of its feasibility study.” Raman’s motion calls for the CAO to review the property and report back to City Council within 45 days.
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(Continued from page 8) Commander Shannon Paulson. She recently was promoted to her current rank and has become assistant commanding officer of the CounterTerrorism and Special Opera-
tions Branch, following her successful tenure as captain of Wilshire Division. Also from the LAPD and attending as guests of the Society were: Commander Paulson’s replacement at Wilshire Division, Capt. Sonia Monico and, from the LAPD’s very senior
LAPD BRASS at the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society annual meeting include, from left, Capt. Sonia Monico, Commander Shannon Paulson and Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, seated with Society president Richard Battaglia.
leadership, Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, who directs the Office of Operations for LAPD. The Society’s many speeches, elections and interview with Alison Martino were followed by a delicious buffet lunch. On a more somber note, but with loads of bright colors as the deceased would have wished, a number of locals headed south to Santa Ana on Sept. 12 for a
HILARY CRAHAN and Roski’s “Waiting for the Angels — Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,” 2001.
Larchmont Chronicle pandemic-delayed celebration of the life of artist Gayle Garner Roski, who died in October of 2020. Raised on Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park, Gayle went on to an adult career of family raising (primarily in Toluca Lake), followed in later years by much exotic world travel LOUISE and STEVE GRIFFITH and Roski’s “An Out-of-this-World View — Griffith and — significantObservatory,” 2018. ly for all who are enjoying her artistic legacy chase from the museum or — painting, especially images from Gearys (gearys.com and documenting her beloved City bit.ly/3zQJaJ3). of Los Angeles. Locals Cheryl and Bob Baker, Hancock Park; Hilary Crahan, Windsor Square; and Louise and Steve Griffith, Hancock Park, were among the hundreds of people who gathered with Gayle’s family to celebrate her life and work and also to view the exhibition of her paintings now installed at the Bowers Museum (bowers.org) through November 7, 2021. Many of the exhibited images are from Roski’s extraordinary, large-format book, “The Gift of Los Angeles: Memories in Watercolor,” published following her death. The book includes so many scenes that “LET’S GET ICE CREAM — are familiar to Larchmon- The Original Farmers Market” tians. It is available for pur- by Gayle Garner Roski, 2018.
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(Continued from page 9) The contrast is clear. Wilshire Boulevard Temple is the oldest and largest synagogue in Los Angeles. The new building features flexible spaces that will allow the Temple’s members and other organizations and community groups
to host events, meetings, and programs. The interior rooms vary greatly in scale, and the Temple states that the spaces are “ideal for gatherings large and intimate.” The spaces literally open up the new building to the world outside (and the historic Temple building on the west). On the groundlevel first floor, the Grand
Ballroom takes most of the space. Upstairs is a smaller chapel / event space with a sunken garden above that. At the very top is a landscaped roof terrace with views over the city. Learn all about it at: audreyirmaspavilion.org.
William J. Flaherty, Jr. January 9, 1938 – September 13, 2021
SECOND LEVEL chapel / event space is a trapezoidal room that frames the stained-glass windows of the historic Temple.
William J. Flaherty, Jr., 83, of Los Angeles, California, passed away peacefully on September 13th surrounded by his family after an heroic battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 29th. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bonnie. He is also survived by his six children, twenty-two grandchildren and his sister, as well as a large extended family and cadre of friends. Bill was born in Southern California to Agnes Manning and William J. Flaherty on January 9, 1938. He graduated from Loyola University and entered the United States Marine Corps before marrying his beloved Bonnie Camero. Bill enjoyed an extraordinary professional career. He began his business career in 1964 with Northwestern
Mutual as an insurance agent. In 1966, he founded W.J. Flaherty & Associates, providing insurance and investment services to his clients. He then co-founded EAC Securities in 1976 which later merged into The Grant Nelson Group. In 1995, when The Grant Nelson Group was acquired by Century Business Services (CBIZ), he was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, a position he held until April 2011, when he retired. In his free time, Bill was dedicated to his family, his faith and his friends. Bill was always extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and was never happier than when the family was together for Sunday night dinners, holidays or the annual family vacation on Balboa Island. His booming laughter exemplified his abundance of joy and love for life. His ebullience
was infectious. Bill was passionate about volunteer-ing his time and talents with many ministries and charitable causes. Bill’s generosity knew no bounds. The family wishes to extend its appreciation to everyone who offered support, love and care to Bill. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Mission Doctors Association (missiondoctors.org).
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George Beattie Stoneman February 18, 1940 - August 27, 2021
George Beattie Stoneman, M.D., a fourth-generation Angeleno, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2021. He left this life surrounded by family at Good Samaritan Hospital, the same hospital where he was born on February 18, 1940, and where he spent almost four decades practicing medicine, mentoring, and advocating for the hospital’s patients and staff. Earlier this year, at age 81, he was still practicing medicine, playing tennis at the LATC, and exploring California on weekend road trips with family. He was the kindest man one could know, adored by his family, respected by his peers, trusted by his patients, and loved by all who knew him. He grew up in Hermosa Beach, CA, the son of George and Frances Stoneman, attended Mira Costa High School and spent many years bodysurfing in the waves off 22nd Street. He went to Stanford University as an undergrad, followed by USC Medical School, where he earned his M.D. in 1965, and, after two years as a flight surgeon in the Air Force, went on to complete a residency in Otolaryngology. Since 1972, Dr. Stoneman has been the ear, nose, and throat doctor to countless loyal patients at Good Sam, St. Vincent Medical Center, and Keck Medicine of USC. As an “old-school” doctor, George would often make house calls to neighbors on his way home, staying a bit longer for a glass of wine and a nice chat. George was dedicated to philanthropy, and for many decades he generously supported mentoring and fundraising for Keck School of Medicine at USC and Good Samaritan Hospital. George was a loyal participant and supporter of many organizations, including the LA Zoo, several botanical gardens, and the U.S. Adaptive Recreational Center in Big Bear Lake. George married his wife and lifelong adventure partner Laurie Pallette in 1968. In 1974
they moved to June Street, where they recently celebrated their 53rd anniversary. George embraced his new Hancock Park neighborhood and became active in several local organizations. In the ’70s, he was chair of the Bicentennial Committee of the newly formed WSHP Historical Society to help plan the city’s 200th birthday on September 4, 1981. The committee organized a Children’s Fair, a Family Bicentennnial Party, “Retrospect Tours” of homes in the Rancho La Brea area, and a Time Capsule that lies buried under a plaque at the entrance of the US Bank. George’s many interests included skiing, boating, nature travel, gardening, Trojan football, and especially photography (check out his photos at georgestoneman.photodeck.com). He was passionate about his family history, giving enlightening talks on his great-grandfather General George Stoneman, who fought for the Union in the Civil War, finishing his career as commander of Drum Barracks in Wilmington, California. In 1871, General Stoneman and his wife Mary settled on a ranch in the San Gabriel Township (now Pasadena and San Marino). He later became the 15th Governor of California from 1883 to 1887. George was a sincere and soft-spoken man who made a big impact on the people who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife Laurie, son Josh, daughter Heather, brother Bob, and so many extended family members, friends, colleagues, and patients, all of whom he cared about deeply. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting: the Keck School of Medicine scholarships at bit.ly/GeorgeStoneman; Good Samaritan Hospital at memorialgifts-pihhealth.funraise. org and specify “Chaplaincy Program in memory of Dr. George Stoneman;” or a charity of your choice. Thank you. ADV.
Kazor, 81, led creation of the Wilton Historic District
Preservationist and Wilton Place resident Virginia “Ginny” Ernst Kazor died Sept. 8 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was 81. She came to local and national prominence by halting a proposed highway through her neighborhood. If approved, the plan, proposed in 1972, would have wiped out six homes on Wilton Place’s signature curvy road. Kazor’s efforts led to the creation of the Wilton Historic District, which cut federal funds for the project and saved the early neighborhood, which dates to the early 20th century. The 10-year effort to receive a National Register of Historic Places designation is credited with helping mobilize the city’s preservation movement. Kazor, who lived in a Craftsman home on Wilton Place, also founded the Ridgewood Wilton Neighborhood Associa-
tion; she was on the board at the time of her death. A graduate of Marymount High School and USC, Kazor studied art history and architecture. After graduation, she worked in the modern art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She worked under influential curator Maurice Tuchman, and she was cast as a socialite in Edward Kienholz’s life-size work, “The Beanery.” Kazor went on to a 40-year career with the City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs. In 2002, she received the Wright Spirit Award for her word in preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2019. In 2010, she was curator of Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. Her first husband, Gene Kazor, died in 1994. She is survived by her second husband, Tom Koester.
properly understand their long-established communities of interest and may cut them up or cut them apart from other Greater Wilshire communities on the west side of Wilton Place. The elected members of the Los Angeles City Council ultimately will decide — supposedly by the end of the year — the actual changes in boundaries, if any, for the coming decade. To learn what is the most current thinking of the Commission, which has been meeting often and publicly (via Zoom) for the past month, go to its website: redistricting2021.lacity.org
(Continued from page 2) — have been generally satisfied that their communities of interest have been fairly represented by the existing council district maps. However, because there now is vigorous debate about how to make the long-needed correction to end the existing split (into three separate council districts) of the “Koreatown” neighborhoods — to Greater Wilshire’s east — local residents, especially in the St. Andrews Square, RidgewoodWilton and Wilshire Park communities, are concerned that the city mapmakers may not
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