After 14 years in the Westchester Triangle, the Westchester Certified Farmers Market is moving to a new location in Westchester Park beginning Wednesday, June 6th. The park is at Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard.

The market hours will remain unchanged, operating each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., rain or shine.

“We have always thought that Westchester Park was the perfect location for the Farmers Market and we are happy to finally be here,” said Renate Hild, president of Westchester Vitalization Corporation, which operates the market. “What could be better than taking a walk through the park and shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market each week?”

Hild acknowledged that the move was made as a result of a conflict between her organization and the businesses that use the parking lot where many of the farmers market’s customers parked. She added that talks are also under way to add a weekend farmers market at a location in the Howard Hughes Center.

At the Westchester Park location, market customers will continue to find an abundance of items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, dried fruits, nuts and KettleKorn from the same farmers and vendors who served them at the Triangle location.

Lunchtime customers can still enjoy their favorite lunch at one of the prepared-food vendors. There are also bakery items.

According to Heather Lemmon, Westchester Vitalization’s market administrator, it’s a good time to shop for strawberries, tomatoes, peaches and nectarines.

“They are ripe, delicious, healthy and wholesome,” she said. “What more could you ask for?”

The Westchester Certified Farmers Market will be on the west side of Westchester Park just off Lincoln Boulevard and adjacent to the park’s swimming pool. There is parking in the parking lot adjacent to the pool or on Manchester Avenue.

For 27 years, the members of Westchester Vitalization Corporation have worked to improve the local business environment in a manner that complements the strength of the residential neighborhoods of Westchester and Playa del Rey. The income generated by the farmers market is filtered back into the community, providing financial support for a variety of community projects, organizations and special events.

Information, (310) 568-9095.

RESTAURATEURS OF THE YEAR — Tony Palermo and Danny Ringwood, co-owners of Tony P’s Dockside Grill in Marina del Rey, were recently named the 2007 Restaurateurs of the Year by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association.

The association presented the award based on the duo’s longtime commitment to the community and their dedication to philanthropic giving. Over the past ten years, Tony P’s has donated more than $120,000 to a variety of local schools and nonprofit organizations through its Dockside Dollars fundraiser program.

In addition, Tony P’s Dockside Grill has been represented on the boards of the Santa Monica and LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, and Palermo is a founding member of the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club.

The restaurant was also honored as the LAX Coastal Area Chamber’s 2000 Outstanding Merchant, 2001 Outstanding Member and Friend of Education.

For more information about the restaurant and its community involvement and philanthropic endeavors, visit the Web site, www.tonyps.com/.

“The Restaurateur of the Year award is very special because it comes from our peers in the restaurant industry,” Palermo said. “We have always been dedicated to serving our community in addition to serving great food, so it is wonderful to be recognized in this way.”

Overlooking beautiful Marina del Rey, Tony P’s serves a variety of dishes from pastas and salads to fresh seafood and steaks; and Tony P’s Tavern, located within the restaurant, has previously been voted the Westside’s number-one sports tavern.

Formed in 1975, The Southern California Restaurant Writers Association is a nonprofit group of professional writers who seek to improve the quality of the restaurant industry by recognizing restaurants and individuals that exceed standards of quality. Award winners are chosen from among restaurants located from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and are scored from one to 100 based on food, ambiance and service.

Tony P’s Dockside Grill has earned the California Gold Award, given to restaurants that scored at least 90 points; and from these elite restaurants, Restaurateurs of the Year are selected using a criteria that also weighs the restaurant’s community, civic and philanthropic endeavors.

NEW CHARTER SCHOOL — According to a May 17th letter by Orville Wright Middle School principal Steve Rochelle posted to the school’s Web site, Bright Star Charter School is seeking to locate its operation on the Orville Wright campus.

“By law if an LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) school has classroom space, charter schools can submit a proposal to the district to use that space,” his letter said.

Bright Star, which currently houses a middle school on the Mark Twain Middle School campus, has expanded to grades nine and ten and would like to operate a high school of approximately 120 students and five staff members out of Orville Wright beginning in September.

“Tentatively, students and staff of Bright Star would use the Emerson (Avenue) gate to enter and exit campus,” Rochelle said. “The school would occupy the shop building classrooms and the portable bungalows (room 17 and 18). Students and staff of Bright Star will also have access to Orville Wright’s library, auditorium, gym and other common areas.

“Housing a completely different school on campus would be a new experience for the entire Orville Wright school community.

“It is important that all stakeholders be provided as much information as possible so that everyone might be informed of this proposal.”

Rochelle directed comments on the proposal to Local District 3 or area school board member Marlene Canter’s office at (213) 241-6387.

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