Past Stories
Military service members enjoy a pre-deployment meal provided by local hotels and the USO

A season for celebration and giving: Local hotels feed troops, EmpowerTech toasts success and a Boy Scout uses bicycles to change lives

By Geoff Maleman Area hotels banded together on Nov. 13 to feed more than 300 military service members deploying across the U.S. and around the world at the Bob Hope USO facilities at Los Angeles International Airport. Chef Cha...


LAX Coastal Chamber honors business leaders: Public safety summit planned, Playa del Rey Toy Drive warms up, foundation supports Healthy Start and Lions roar at wellness event

By Geoff Maleman The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of innovative Los Angeles-area leaders at its annual City of Angels Awards gala on Nov. 5 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. I was th...


Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Executive Director Lisa Fimiani, left, presents an award to Karen Dial during Moonlight on the Marsh.

Dinner with the “Rep-Dials” Friends of Ballona Wetlands honor Ken and Karen Dial; Garcetti comes to LMU, Westchester plans park upgrades and senior program gets a boost

By Geoff Maleman The advocacy group Friends of the Ballona Wetlands honored Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation trustees Ken and Karen Dial during their 8th annual Moonlight on the Marsh event on Oct. 19 at the CenterPointe...



FLIGHT PATH President Rowena Ake will be awarded the museum’s third annual “Guiding Light Award” at a gala Oct. 10.

Playa Boy Scout creates bikeshare program benefiting transitional housing; Pothole repairs; Flight Path gala; Westchester Playa Village events

By Geoff Maleman It was Scout Night at the Oct. 1 meeting of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa. Playa del Rey resident Diego Binatena, a 17-year-old Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 927 in Westchester, unveiled his b...


THE VENICE MARINA LAX LIONS CLUB recently presented the Airport Marina Counseling Service in Westchester with a $500 check. Pictured are, from left, Venice Marina LAX Lions Club President Sara Clark; Eden Garcia-Balis, executive director of Airport Marina Counseling Service; and club member Mary Ellen Cassman, one of the founding members of the clinic.

Fall Prevention Awareness Week programs to be offered in Westchester Lions support counseling service; Chamber hosts blood drive; Councilman Bonin to hold community clean-up

By Geoff Maleman In California alone, 1.3 million older adults experience an injury due to falling each year, according to the Fall Prevention Coalition-Los Angeles (FPC-LA). An older adult is admitted to an emergency room ever...


OUTGOING CLUB PRESIDENT Angie Mahboob (left) and incoming president Sara Clark share a moment at the recent Venice Marina LAX Lions Club 
installation event.

Jet to Jetty to mark 29th year benefiting counseling service

Silver Seminar Series; Rotary to honor Bonin; LAPD pancake breakfast; Kentwood Players auditions; Lions Club awards By Geoff Maleman Saturday, Aug. 24 will mark the 29th running of the Jet to Jetty 5K/10K run/walk for mental he...



THE KENTWOOD PLAYERS theater group is presenting Lend Me a Tenor at the Westchester Playhouse through Aug. 17.

Silver Seminar Series to address senior volunteer opportunities

Silver Seminar Series to address senior volunteer opportunities Westside Voices concert; Lend Me a Tenor; Visitation School food truck night By Geoff Maleman Four local non-profits have teamed up to provide local seniors with a...


WESTCHESTER LUTHERAN SCHOOL’S float depicting a soaring eagle carrying a bag of seeds won the Best Overall award at the 2013 Westchester Fourth of July Parade.

Emerson Avenue Community Garden to hold dinner fundraiser Boys & Girls Club of Venice to honor Voss; July 4 parade float winners

BY GEOFF MALEMAN Emerson Avenue Community Garden in Westchester will host an event Saturday, July 20 featuring live music, a dinner, a silent auction and giveaways. The dinner, which begins with an appetizer and salad course fe...


ROAD TO DISCOVERY bike rider Greg Crawford will pay a visit to the Westchester home of Jessica Leoni, who is afflicted with the rare genetic disease known as Neimann Pick Type C. Above, Leoni is shown with her parents, Anthony and Lisa.

Road to Discovery bike ride fundraiser for rare disease to stop in Westchester

By Geoff Maleman Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science of Notre Dame University, is kicking off his Fourth Annual Road to Discovery bike ride. Each year, he bikes across the United States to raise awareness and research...



Westchester volunteers help make over home of family facing struggle Westchester Playa Village pitches in for residents; Courageous Citizens Awards

By Geoff Maleman Behind every home there is a story, and the story of Karen Ricks and her family can be considered both uplifting and heart-breaking. For many years, Karen and Tim Ricks and their three children were intimately ...