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Are more changes in store for the beloved neighborhood boulevard?

Founder of the Craft and Folk Art Museum is featured in a new short film.

Pumpkins are on the boulevard until Halloween, or they run out.

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Lipson owner-tenant relationship frays as construction kicks off By Billy Taylor Tension between tenants of Larchmont’s historic Lipson Building and its new owner Christina Development came to a head after a block of parking spaces facing the property was reserved in October for construction. “COVID has made our lives difficult enough without losing parking spots as well as visibility,” said Edie Frère, owner of Landis Gifts & Stationery in an Oct. 10 email to Councilman Ryu’s office inquiring on the loss of parking. Ryu’s office confirmed that the application for the use of parking meters was made by Christina Development and its onsite construction team,

BARRICADE construction began Oct. 20 on the Lipson Building.

Del Amo Construction. They also confirmed that “they will be constructing a pedestrian walkway there for safe passage” for construction set to start imminently. Construction it seemed would begin sooner than tenants thought, which raised a sensitive subject for several tenants still operating, and paying rent, in the historic building. Lipson Plumbing owner Bob Vacca told the Chronicle that Christina tried to “strongarm” him into letting the construction team begin building a barricade to his storefront before his lease ends (on Dec. 31), but Vacca pushed back. Other shops were also approached with the proposal. Del Amo Construction Construction Superintendent Shane Aeshliman with Del Amo Construction now has an onsite office within the Lipson Building, where his team is preparing for construction. “The plan is to start barricading only those units that are empty, starting at the north end of the property. As the barricading works its way south, so will the block of reserved parking spaces,” Aeshliman told the Chronicle. “The City rejected the first plans for the barricade, so

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new plans are underway,” he explained. One week later, Oct. 20, construction began on the barricades and pedestrian walkway skipping the Lipson Plumbing storefront, starting with the building’s next vacant space to the south. Christina Development In an Oct. 8 press release from a Christina representative, the company publicly confirmed its lease agreement and repair plan. A statement read, “The previous owner of our property set all tenant leases in the building to expire on or before Dec. 31, 2020. This simultaneous expiration of the tenant leases was intentional so that the building could thereafter undergo

necessary repairs, which were, and are, long overdue. … “Upon our taking ownership of the property, we began the planning process for completion of the repairs. While our desire was to keep the building occupied to the greatest extent possible during this repair work, it has been determined that the noise and disturbances will be too disruptive for our tenants to continue to operate.” Chevalier’s feels betrayed “You know that’s bullsh*t, right?” Chevalier’s Books Coowner Bert Deixler told the Chronicle in response to the statement. The Dec. 31 date “has nothing to do with upgrading, nothing like that.” To the contrary, Deixler says that the

year-end date was picked by the former owner’s trustee as a way to protect tenants and their rents as long as possible. According to Deixler, Christina Development’s owner Larry Taylor had personally suggested assurances that Chevalier’s Books would be protected from renovation work, and that the city’s oldest independent bookstore would remain at that location. Negotiations between Christina and Chevalier’s went on for months: “They even talked about naming the building “Chevalier’s,” said Deixler. “But Larry would never give us a written proposal.” In August, Deixler said that Chevalier’s was told that Christina would begin construction in December and that all tenants must be out. When Deixler asked for a 90-day extension, it was denied. “We don’t know what to do,” admits Deixler. “We don’t want to shut the thing down.” “The whole thing is crazy. Christina has these insane views of the value. Larry has a list of chains he wants for the building, like Versace — it’s preposterous,” said Deixler. Vincent has a plan “I saw the writing on the wall,” admits Vincent De Mar(Please turn to page 3)

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SALON OWNER Vincent De Marco stands ready to move into a new location, seen here over his shoulder, following the end of his current lease.

Lipson (Continued from page 2) co, owner of the eponymously named salon in the Lipson Building. “When I first took over the space [previously Haas & Co Hair Design], I understood that I needed four years to make this a destination, in order to survive what would come next.” He could foresee the day when the building would have a new owner and rents would quadruple. “But I thought we could just give up half of the space, and still stay in the same location,” said De Marco. For months he waited for information from Christina Development, with no luck. Finally, a representative for the company casually offered to rent the salon a space in another building on Third

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Street. De Marco took that as a sign they would not be able to stay in the Lipson Building, in a smaller space or not. “At first, I was nervous about the overhead, and whether or not it was going to be too expensive for me to stay on the Boulevard, with our prices and the level of business that we’re doing,” said De Marco. After COVID-19 hit, Vincent Hair Artistry was closed for months due to restrictions on salons. He has built an outdoor space in his current location to accommodate clients, but it has nevertheless been a challenging year. Then, De Marco’s luck changed last month. After a chance encounter on Larchmont Boulevard with property owner David Adelipour, Vincent Hair Artistry now has a new home at 140 N. Larchmont Blvd., directly across the street from his current location. “Working with David has been a total contrast to working with Christina Development,” admits De Marco. “He was willing to negotiate.” The new salon is smaller than his current location, but the interior design will maximize the size and promote good lighting. De Marco has tapped Peter Vracko, known for his work on West Hollywood’s The Abbey, to design

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a “modern industrial” space complete with stylist stations that hang from the ceiling.

“It’s a better solution,” De Marco says of his new home. “I actually think we’re going to

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Walking and Seeing: John Stilgoe’s “What is Landscape?” I would guess many readers are feeling as anxious as I am, here in early November of this astonishing, unpredictable year. I take some small comfort these days at looking at words and revisiting writers who can take me down the rabbit hole of fresh meaning, which sounds like quite a good place to be. Almost daily, as I try to walk out my unease, I think about the origins of the words bosque, brushland, bushwacking to help make connections to the actual world under my feet. In his book, “What Is Landscape?,” John Stilgoe, a Harvard professor of landscape studies, opens an inquiry into the meaning of landscape-related words, and the gorgeous linguistic byways of these mostly everyday words will surprise and, I think, delight. Takenfor-granted English words such as field, furrow, gutter, guzzle, gateway are as complex as human culture. This book is an exploration through language into history, and through Stilgoe’s nimble, imaginative mind. Hitchhiker, for example, “harks back to harness, wagons, lifts, teams hitched to whiffletrees and neaps*, the equipage of long-distance travel before railroads.” The discussion takes

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a “byeway” (also defined) to the human significance of inns in the landscape. We readers are on a wild ride here. Making The book is divided into nine sections. In “Making,” the first, Stilgoe contends that we all make our own landscape by the way we see and perceive. Here Stilgoe weaves together fires, candlelight, headlights, sun, sky, clouds, screens, color, photography, the German writer Goethe, the Upper Paleolithic, and the 1859 solar flare that frightened people in the United States and Great Britain beyond measure. Stilgoe asks us to imagine how different our own perception of landscape would be if we were completely earthbound, without any locomotion other than our own feet. What if we had never seen the Earth from an airplane? Or had never seen our planet, through images, from the perspective of the moon?

Stilgoe often draws a direct line — 500 years, perhaps — to the present. It is a thrilling gallop. The word glade begets two-and-a-half-pages of discussion through the Nordic languages, to Old English and Old French, to the poet Spenser (1596), before settling down on lawn and land. Stead In the section called “Stead,” in which he discusses the roots of what became the American suburban house, Stilgoe posits that its wholeness, its completeness, “reveals the deep power of being established, living in place, being stable, and living in light.” (That’s one way to think about lockdown.) John Stilgoe has written many books and articles; among them is a two-page introduction to another of my

Lipson (Continued from page 3) venue for the general public.” De Marco expects to welcome clients into the new space in January 2021. Not another Rodeo Drive “It’s a very difficult moment for everybody. There’s going to be major change coming,” said Dalia Moretti, owner of CH Boutique, a 16-year tenant

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BOOK opens an inquiry into the meaning of landscaperelated words.

cellar and garret,” writes Bachelard, using his prodigious power of imagery. Stilgoe, too, goes high and low in considering words that describe the land and our human place on it. I particularly admire how Stilgoe ends “What is Landscape?” “Landscape designates something so complex and rich and overwhelming it is best not to take one’s inquiries too seriously. Inquiring into landscape is often an excuse for a walk, a rewarding walk. “This book is no field guide. Close it now, put it down, and go.”

touchstone books, Gaston Bachelard’s 1964 “The Poetics of Space.” I can see how Stilgoe has been influenced by the French philosopher: “Words are little houses, each with its

* whiffletree. Crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which a harness is fastened to pull a cart. neap . The pole or tongue of a cart.

of the Lipson Building. Currently, Moretti does not have a plan for what comes next for her boutique, but she also worries for what will be forever lost on Larchmont. “If you bring big chain stores here, Larchmont will lose all of its charm,” Moretti warns. The longtime shop owner says that it’s sad to see such beloved places that are not going to be around anymore.

And she is convinced that residents nearby don’t like it. “People don’t want Rodeo Drive on Larchmont. Those stores are all exactly the same. Residents don’t want that here. The old money in this neighborhood likes to keep a low profile, and they like the European charm that unique boutiques bring to the block. “It’s so sad to see what’s going on,” concludes Moretti.

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Short, short tale of loss is a big winner ally took the helm of The Ebell’s monthly writing class — which she also helped instigate. Based on an in-class exercise that used the phrase “the last time I saw her” as a prompt to unblock students’ creative juices — Seifer wrote the short, rough piece in 10 minutes. Months later, the writing group agreed to situate their earlier stories in a train station, or on a train or subway. “I dug out my old beginning, combined the concepts, and completed the winning story.  It’s the first story I ever sent for judgment outside of my writing group and family, so I’m very excited by the library’s response!” In the story, the narrator describes the last time she saw her dearest, closest college friend — across the train tracks in a Parisian train station.  “… She didn’t notice me, across the tracks in my tweed coat and angora beret, dressed a little too warmly for the unseasonably mild Parisian day. She, on the other hand, was noticed by everyone, as she had always been. Raven curls, sparkling green eyes, lips upturned in per-

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petual laughter. And the red scarf. Always the red scarf. Even at — what were we then? — 50? — She was the woman every man noticed. And every woman, too, for that matter.” The college friend in the story is fictional, Seifer says, although some of the details were true, such as Seifer has been to the Paris train station, the Gare du Nord, and, like the narrator, she did carry Modigliani posters of “thin-necked blank-eyed women” to school. Anthology forthcoming Seifer has recently joined two other writing groups and a poetry-reading class. One of the groups, Western Edge Writers, offered through Eagle Rock Branch Library, is self-publishing an anthology of coronavirus-related work. Seifer will have several stories and poems included in the anthology,   “Viral Voices: Creativity in the Time of Coronavirus.” (She wrote the Gabriel García Márquez-inspired title.) It will be available on Amazon in 2021. To read her winning LAPL entry, as well as other contest winners and learn more about the LAPL program, visit lapl.org/shortstories.

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By Suzan Filipek A story inspired by a writing exercise in a class taught by Helene Seifer at The Ebell is among winners in the Summer 2020 Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) Short Story Contest. Seifer’s story, “The Last Time I Saw Her,” was one of 12 winners from among 265 entries. The winners are posted on the library’s online short story portal — sharing ranks and posterity with the works of Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. In 740 words, Seifer’s tale tells of friendship, memory and loss. “The story is an example of Flash Fiction, which is a short, short story,” Seifer adds. Seifer is on staff at the Larchmont Chronicle, where she also writes a dining column, “On the Menu.” She also has penned newsletters for The Ebell and Westside Jewish Community Center, and she worked for many years in the television industry producing and writing for talk shows, children’s programs and women’s series. Writing class The short story format is a new one for Seifer, who ventured into creative writing a few years back and eventu-


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ac ueline tewart na e Jacqueline Stewart has been named chief artistic and programming officer for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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The scholar, programmer, and educator will join the museum in January 2021. The museum is set to open in April 2021 at the corner of Wilshire

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Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. Stewart will lead strategy and planning for the Academy Museum’s curatorial, educational, and public programming initiatives. “Jacqueline Stewart is a powerful leader in the film world. Her inspiring history of scholarship, teaching, programming, building community partnerships, and archival work combined with her dedication to inclusivity and accessibility make her an ideal leader for the museum,” said Bill Kramer, director and president of the Academy Museum. “As a scholar who researches, teaches, presents, and archives films, I see how cinema shapes our understandings of history and culture, of other people and ourselves, in profound and enduring ways,” said Stewart. “I am excited to join the Academy Museum team at this critical moment for the institution, and for our world.” Stewart joins the Academy Museum from the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies, where she teaches American film history, specializing in African American cinema. She serves on the curatorial advisory committee for the Academy Museum’s upcom-

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SCHOLAR Jacqueline Stewart will join the Academy Museum in January 2021. It is set to open in April 2021.

ing exhibition “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971,” which explores the visual culture of Black cinema from its early days to just after the civil

rights movement. An awardwinning writer, Stewart is author of “Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity.”

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by many movie stars. Neff, a prominent resident of Pasadena, died in 1982 at 87. The new book is available at angelcitypress.com now and on Amazon Jan. 1. Paul Williams, the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects, will be featured in the next volume of the Master Architects, which is due out spring, 2021.

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Edith Wyle changed the art scene in Los Angeles forever when she founded the Craft and Folk Art Museum, now called Craft Contemporary. The artist will be featured in a free online screening event Thurs., Nov. 12 at noon by “Look What SHE Did!” — hosted by The Ebell of Los Angeles. Three new films will be pre-

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miered from the nonprofit’s “Artists of Los Angeles” series, which features artists from each City Council district speaking about a woman who inspires them. Mask maker Judy Leventhal will talk about Wyle in a short, under four-minute, film during the hour-long screening Wyle introduced folk art, masks and giant puppets during the city’s Festival of Masks, a multi-cultural parade and arts celebration. The Folk Arts Research Library at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is named after Wyle, who was a mentor for many, including Leventhal. Also featured in a short film will be poet Shoeleh Wolpe, speaking about Iranian filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad, and rock drummer Lisa Marie Maestas, talking about drummer Viola Smith.

Library poetry writing workshop People of all ages can participate in a poetry workshop through the Los Angeles Public Library via Zoom Thurs., Nov. 12 at 6:15 p.m. To RSVP and get the link, please email nohlwd@lapl.org at least one day before the meeting.

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SOLD: This home at 267 S. Windsor Blvd. in Windsor Square was sold in September for $4,500,000.

Single-family homes $11,500,000 101 N. Hudson Ave. 6,700,000 200 N. Irving Blvd. 4,500,000 267 S. Windsor Blvd. 4,005,000 631 S. Arden Blvd. 4,000,000 332 S. Lucerne Blvd. 3,600,000 230 S. Irving Blvd. 3,200,000 634 N. Cherokee Ave. 2,925,000 642 S. Sycamore Ave. 2,800,000 507 N. Gardner St. 2,555,000 850 Masselin Ave. 2,425,000 106 N. Vista St. A Special Lease 2,417,000 617 Lillian Way Private 1-story ranch house at the top 2,300,000 203 N. Gower St. of Mandeville Canyon 2,289,085 111 N. Irving Blvd. $25k/Month Furnished 2,270,000 151 S. Citrus Ave. www.MandevilleRetreat.com 2,155,000 130 S. Highland Ave. 2,080,000 111 N. Beachwood Dr. 1,905,000 341 N. Poinsettia Pl. 1,875,000 648 Lillian Way 1,850,000 1042 S. Dunsmuir Ave. 1,764,000 627 N. Gower St. 1,750,300 5422 Edgewood Pl. 1,711,000 160 S. Gardner St. 1,650,000 525 N. Gardner St. Sold Listed 1,580,000 121 S. Gardner St. 110 S Martel Avenue* 930 N Wetherly Drive #304 1,395,000 972 Westchester Pl. Cut through the noise. Stunning Estate Property w/Guest House & Pool www.930NorthWetherly.com Sold Listed 1,320,000 403 N. Beachwood Dr. There is a lot to discuss 110 S Martel Avenue* 930 N Wetherly Drive #304 about the market today. Stunning Estate Property w/Guest House 6215 Drexel Ave. www.930NorthWetherly.com 1,305,000 & Pool 930,000 5315 Clinton St. Happy to be your resource. Coming Soon Condominiums ONE OF THE INTERIOR SPACES of the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Photo by Gary Leonard, October 8, 2020

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David Ryu’s tenure has been a boon for preservation in CD4 2015, Councilman Ryu’s office shepherded through the creation of two HPOZs — Sunset Square and Miracle Mile; he has overseen the nomination of more than 50 applications for Historic-Cultural Monument status, the vast majority of which were approved; and he was the driving force behind the “Baseline Mansionization Ordinance” that has helped mitigate the growing population of “McMansions” (or “BWBs”—“Big White Boxes”), particularly in areas such as LaBrea Hancock and west of Fairfax Ave. There were some notable

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losses such as the failure to designate as HCMs the Bob Hope estate in Toluca Lake, the Lytton Savings building on the Sunset Strip, and the historic multi-family buildings at 412 and 424 N. Norton. The loss of these choice few is far outweighed, however,

by the citywide protection of nearly 1,500 significant historic structures through HCM designation and HPOZs. Highlights among the significant sites designated during Councilmember Ryu’s tenure in the neighborhoods served by this paper are: CBS Television City HCM 1167 : Designed by William Pereira, whose nearby LACMA campus was recently demolished, CBS Television City was completed in 1952 and houses eight studios. Still in operation, Television City was the home to some of the

most iconic sitcoms and game shows such as “All In the Family” and “The Price Is Right.” Tom Bergin’s House of Irish Coffee HCM 1182: This neighborhood institution nearly met the wrecking ball after it closed in 2018. Designated as a legacy business, the Irish pub was proven to have a “significant association with the commercial identity of Los Angeles.” In operation from 1936 onwards, it holds one of the two oldest liquor licenses in the city. Howard Hughes Residence, 211 S. Muirfield Road (Please turn to page 15)

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Impressive country English home just around the corner from Larchmont Village. Wonderful home featuring a large living room with fireplace, equally large dining room, family room with fireplace and doors out to the yard, sunny newer eat in kitchen, home office and laundry room. Upstairs is a sumptuous master suite with a “WOW” bathroom plus 2 additional bedrooms with private baths & a bonus room. Beautiful gardens with room for a pool plus guest house above a 2 car garage.

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527 N. Cherokee Ave. — $2,499,000 Located on one of the best blocks, this wonderful Spanish home has been with the same family for almost 45 years. Lovingly maintained over time, this home features a 2 story entry with sweeping staircase, large living room formal dining room, kitchen with breakfast area and large family room plus separate laundry area and powder room. Upstairs is the owner’s suite with office area and bath plus 3 additional bedrooms and 2 more baths. The private yard features an entertaining deck, pool, outdoor kitchen and permitted guest house plus single car garage. This is a great opportunity.

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508 N. June St. — $4,995,000 Overlooking the Wilshire Country Club, charming English home welcomes you with a dramatic living room, large dining room that opens out to the yard, family room, updated kitchen plus a maids room & bath. Second floor landing leads you to the master suite with balcony overlooking the gardens as well as 3 additional bedrooms, 2 additional baths plus a home office with views. Great entertaining gardens with a pool, outdoor lounge with fire pit plus a home gym all overlooking Wilshire Country Club.

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In last month’s edition, this paper went on record supporting the election of City Councilmember David Ryu to serve a second term. While Ryu has been reported upon in this paper for his work on an array of issues including homelessness, affordable housing, crime, etc., I decided to do a survey of his record on historic preservation. What I discovered was a solid history of advocacy and achievement in the preservation and protection of the historic resources of Council District 4. Since assuming office in


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Pumpkins, Christmas trees bring old-time cheer to Boulevard “We plan to close the Pumpkin Patch at the end of the day on October 30, but if we still have a good supply of pumpkins left and customers are pouring in late on Friday the 30th, we might persuade our staff to stay open on Hallow-

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een morning,” Scot Clifford, chair of the Wilshire Rotary Foundation, told us. The Hoedown at the Pumpkin Patch, at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., was cancelled this year, but plenty of pumpkins and colorful gourds were delivered soon after the Wilshire Rotary Club received its permit to operate on Oct. 2. “The city doesn’t always grant these permits,” Clifford said, and, because of the coronavirus, the process took considerable time to get the A-OK via an email. (Because the October edition of the Larchmont Chronicle hit the newsstands and neighbors’ doorsteps Oct. 1, we missed telling our readers about the popular fall tradition ahead of time.) Permit in hand, Rotarians Wendy Clifford and Larry and Elsa Gillham drove north to Santa Paula, where the Cliffords’ son helped pack and truck back more than 18,000 pounds of pumpkins and gourds. While children miss the usual bounce house and petting zoo, also cancelled because of the pandemic, a maze made of hay bales adds to the old-fashioned fun, Clifford told us. Plenty of hand sanitizer is available, as well as gloves and masks, for anyone who forgot to bring theirs. The good news is that the Pumpkin Patch permit also applies to the Christmas tree lot, which will be at the same location — as it has been for the past 14 years. (Please turn to page 13)

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ic curbed travel plans. “Our trees, if they are cut on a Monday, are on our lot Wednesday, and we put them in water as quickly as we have the manpower to do it. “You’re going to get a much fresher tree at a lot like ours.” The tree lot may be even more popular than the Pumpkin Patch, judging by the calls Clifford gets. Some residents, so eager to

TALKING TREES, cot Clifford left stands amon future Christmas trees in re on ith ro er Andy Au ust .

Pumpkins (Continued from page 12) “Top-of-the-line” Douglas firs and noble trees are expected to arrive around Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, silvertips are not available from the supplier this year. “Deliveries are never exactly precise. The growers cut the trees immediately before the 24-hour trip from Oregon. Sometimes there are delays. Typically we aim to open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said Clifford. Wreaths, mistletoe and reindeer and snowmen made from

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cut trees will also be for sale. The trees brought to Larchmont are “top-of-the-line, high-quality premium trees,” said Wendy Clifford. The Larchmont lot only carries “plantation trees,” which are sustainably grown on a farm in Oregon. Unlike a wild tree, these are fertilized and shaped, creating a thicker trunk than a tree you might find in the forest, and making for not only a beautiful tree, but also a fragrant one, added Scot. While in years past the Cliffords have traveled to Oregon to view the trees, the pandem-

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get their trees, call him on his cell phone about arrival times. “Some people like Christmas trees more than I do. And I like them a lot,” he said. Trees for a good cause Profits from both the Pumpkin Patch and the tree lot support charities and schools locally and around the world. The Wilshire Rotary Club recently purchased hardback dictionaries for elementary

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students, and the group sponsors field trips to the Pumpkin Patch and tree lot for visually impaired students from Van Ness Elementary, as well as supports that school with donations. Fighting polio and providing necessary food and water are among causes Rotary International supports. “We think we do a good job with our charities,” Scot said.


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How to minimize ‘cheap hands’ and go home a winner Starting Hands You have no control over the cards dealt out during the hand; but you are the only one who can make the choice. As you peek at your two hole cards, decide if this is a starting hand worthy of your investment.

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raises, have due respect for his bet; chances are he has a strong starting hand. Whereas, a loose-aggressive opponent could be raising with almost anything. If he does that often, consider him a “maniac” and call his raise. Chances are you will beat him out. In fact, consider re-raising to thin the field and play heads-up against him the rest of the way. To make it easier in selecting starting hands pre-flop, there are charts available from various sources. I prefer to use the Hold’em Algorithm. (See my book, “Hold’em or Fold’em? — An Algorithm for Making the KEY Decision.”) Next Column In our next column, we will take the next step to decide whether to continue in that hand post-flop, or muck your cards. We label that the “twostep process.” George Epstein, a long-time local resident, is the author of three poker books and currently is writing “Win More in Texas Hold’em.”

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This nautical phrase is used for objects that are clean, like new How come something very clean is “spic and span”? queries Jay Capaul. Actually this saying refers to not only clean but also shiny — like new. The origin is nautical. In the days of sail, a spic was a spike or a nail, and a span was and still is a rope or chain with both ends fastened. So, a “spic and span” ship was one in which every nail and piece of rope or chain was spotless — clean like new. • • •

Professor KnowIt-All Bill Bentley Why, when we are happy, are we in “seventh heaven”? ponders Margaret Lannister. The Hebrew Cabbalists (a Jewish mystical system of theology and metaphysics) as well

as the followers of Islam maintained that there are seven heavens, each rising above the other with the seventh being the abode of God or Allah and the highest class of angels. • • • How come an overly zealous actor is a “ham”? wonders Connie Smith. This universally used term originated with the strutting, bellowing, blackfaced performers of the minstrel shows of the mid-1800s, who removed

their heavy makeup with lard or hamfat. This somewhat unconventional face cream was featured in a popular minstrel song, “The Hamfat Man.” Because minstrels used outlandish gestures and shamelessly overacted, the shift to “ham actor” was inevitable. • • • Why is someone with news called a “harbinger”? asks Hal Needham. When nobility traveled in medieval times, a servant

called a harbinger (from the French vauntcourier, which means one who runs ahead) galloped a couple hours in front of the noble party to arrange food and lodging for the night. This job was highly prized because innkeepers were always very hospitable to these men. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to willbent@prodigy.net.

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5156 W. La Vista Court HCM 1143 : Among Greater Wilshire’s most unique homes, the Finn Frolich House was built on a residential alley off Van Ness Ave. Home and studio of beaux arts sculptor Finn Haakon Frolich, the house is notable for its bas relief depicting author Jack London. The narrow three-story house is reminiscent of seaside houses on the Mediterranean. 226 S. St. Andrews Place HCM 1119 : This important Japanese Craftsman home

was built in 1914 for portrait photographer Albert Witzel, who moved from Deadwood, South Dakota to Los Angeles in 1898 and became one of Hollywood’s earliest celebrity photographers, supplying photos of stars to the “Los Angeles Times” and movie magazines. A friend of Charlie Chaplin, Witzel also photographed the likes of Theda Bara and Harold Lloyd. Thank you for helping save our history, Councilmember Ryu!

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RICHARD AND GLORIA PINK and staff members show big smiles (behind the masks) in support of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 World Series.

HCM 1123 : Designed by master architect Roland E. Coate in 1926 for socialite Eva K. Fudger, the house was leased, then purchased by Howard Hughes in 1929. During his time on Muirfield, Hughes produced several of his most famous films, including “Hell’s Angels,” and lived in the house for a period with Katherine Hepburn. Finn Frolich House, 5152-

Dodgers in Series (again), Pink’s went blue (again) By John Welborne Honoring the Los Angeles Dodgers’ latest trip to the World Series (playing all games against the Tampa Bay Rays in Texas — ah, coronavirus!), the Pink family again decked out the iconic hot dog stand in Dodger Blue for late October. Pink’s also featured a special price for its “Blue’s Bacon Chili Cheese Dog.” The discounted price ($2 off) for the all-beef stretch dog was $4.88 (with the “88” being an homage to the last time the Dodgers won the World Series). Pink’s donated 100 percent of the special dogs’ sales proceeds to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. The promotion was scheduled to extend until the Dodgers won the World Series ... but that outcome was still unknown as the Larchmont Chronicle’s November issue went to press! Go Dodgers!

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HAN O SOOOO CH t was such a pleasure wor ing with you two. new we were in great hands and was very appreciate that you always ept us in the loop via email. Thank you for all of your hard work. Once the pandemic began, was worried lic er would sit on the mar et. can t believe how uic ly you got it sold once it was listed, and to great buyers as well han you for everything. he whole process was incredibly smooth and m grateful for the guidance both of you provided throughout. And than you for using the PS to locate the penguin statue Audrey Wayne & Charlotte Wayne 9222 Flicker Drive, Los Angeles

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