New LAX noise complaint number; Westchester First Fridays

The local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to equip citizens with basic training to effectively serve as first-responders to disaster or emergency situations. Taught by highly experienced Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighters, CERT training includes earthquake preparedness, light firefighting, triage, first aid, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

Sign-ups are now being taken for a class that will be held in the Community Room at Los Angeles Fire Station No. 5 at 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.

The classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 22, and will be held for six consecutive Monday nights (Aug. 22 – Oct. 3). There will be no class on Labor Day. Class time is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the classes are offered free of charge by the LAFD.

A second, daytime class will be offered at Otis College of Art and Design at 9045 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester. That class will begin on Monday, Aug. 22, and will be held for six consecutive Mondays (Aug. 22 – Oct. 3). There will be no class on Labor Day. Class time is from 9 a.m. to noon.

To sign up for either class, please call Firefighter Willis at (818) 756-9674.

Information, www.cert-la.com/cert-syllabus.pdf.

LAX CHANGES NOISE PHONE NUMBER

On Monday, Aug. 1, the area code for the Los Angeles International Airport 64-Noise Complaint Line phone number – (310) 646-6473 – will change from 310 to 424 to accommodate a new phone system at the airport. The community still has the option of reporting noise complaints via the LAX website wherein members of the public can view the aircraft flight track data and submit noise complaints for specific operations.

To view aircraft operations and submit noise complaints at LAX Web Trak, www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=792.FIRST FRIDAYS ARE A HIT

Merchants along W. 87th Street, between Truxton Avenue and Sepulveda Eastway in Westchester, are keeping their doors open later into the evening on the first Friday of every month to celebrate First Friday – an evening of discounts, special promotions and, a collection of some of L.A.’s gourmet food trucks.

“It’s a very nice, all-family kind of event and people seem to be receiving it wonderfully,” said Pat Lyon, owner of Westchester Watchworks on 87th Street. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out to see their neighbors and friends and have a good time.”

Organizers say the event has helped attract more attention to the businesses that line 87th Street in The Triangle neighborhood. Since First Friday began, hundreds of people have visited the area, which includes a collection of neighborhood-friendly shops that cater to everything from framing needs to baked goods.

“The events have brought a lot of new shoppers out to see the stores and what they have to offer,” said Don Duckworth, executive director of the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District.

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