In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 28th, more than 1,200 runners and walkers are expected to descend on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey to participate in the Airport Marina Counseling Service’s 20th Annual Jet to Jetty fundraising event.

The Jet to Jetty will include a 10K run, a 5K run and a 5K walk.

New this year will be a one-mile Beach Walk for Mental Health, tailored to provide fun and exercise for families and children.

Businesses and other groups are encouraged to form teams to participate in Saturday’s Jet to Jetty and collect pledges to benefit the clinic.

There will be medals and trophies, team prizes, free T-shirts at registration, exhibitors, food and refreshments to highlight the day’s festivities.

Lance Lipscomb is chair of this year’s Jet to Jetty and chairman of the Airport Marina Counseling Service board of directors.

“We are pleased to have Robert Lawton, S.J., Loyola Marymount University president, joining us as grand marshal,” Lipscomb said.

“I urge the community to support Jet to Jetty by participating in the 5K, 10K or Beach Walk,” he added.

The Airport Marina Counseling Service — a privately-funded, leading mental health care clinic that has provided services since 1961 — uses the proceeds from this Jet to Jetty event to maintain the quality of its services.

“Bring the family, and help others while enjoying this fun morning at the beach,” Lipscomb said.

Jet to Jetty information, (310) 670-1410.

HAZMAT TRAINING — The airport area will soon have its own hazardous materials (HAZMAT) task force, says City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Battalion Chief Michael Reagan.

Firefighters at LAFD Station No. 95 on Century Boulevard are currently undergoing hazardous materials training as part of a federal grant.

Each firefighter must complete more than 160 hours of classroom study in chemistry and other subjects as well as field training before the station can be certified as a hazardous materials task force.

Reagan indicates that the training should be complete by the beginning of next year.

Despite the possibility of a hazardous materials event at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Reagan said the nearest LAFD hazardous materials task force is located near downtown Los Angeles.

Reagan added that by the time the new Fire Station No. 5 is completed at Emerson Avenue and Westchester Parkway, members of that fire station will be certified in urban search and rescue to respond to events such as major earthquakes.

Training for those firefighters will begin in October, he said.

LMU STUDENT NOISE — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will begin its fall schedule at the end of this month and that means more student parties in the community.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski reminds residents who hear excessive noise from student parties to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273).

The councilwoman says that officers will respond to the noisy party and will meet with you regarding the incident.

She suggests that residents also contact Senior Lead Officer Tony Ramos regarding any noisy party incident at (310) 622-3978.

‘STAR’ HONOR DEADLINE — Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista residents are reminded that Friday, August 27th, is the deadline to nominate a neighbor for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey “Star of the Neighborhood” honor.

The Neighborhood Council will honor a variety of local “stars” who are nominated by local residents.

“These are the people who don’t have all the awards hanging on their walls,” said Neighborhood Council president Gwen Vuchsas.

“We want to recognize the everyday stars of our neighborhood.

“The people who help you take your trash cans to the curb, the people who help pick up trash to keep the neighborhood clean, the people who help drive seniors who can’t drive themselves — we hope people all over Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista will recognize these real stars who don’t get recognized in other ways.”

The “stars” will be honored during the Neighborhood Council’s community-wide picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 11th, at Westchester Park, near Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard.

The picnic, being billed as the “Stars of the Neighborhood Picnic,” will include a free barbecue lunch, music, entertainment, games for children and a bake-off.

Nominees for community “stars” must be received by the Neighborhood Council by Friday, August 27th.

To nominate, send an e-mail with the nominee’s name, address, phone number and why you think they should be honored to staroftheneighborhood@yahoo.com

Nominations can also be mailed to Stars of the Neighborhood, 5602 Manchester Ave., Westchester 90045, but remember the mailed nominations must be received by the Neighborhood Council by Friday, August 27th.

Nominees must live or work in Westchester, Playa del Rey or Playa Vista.

Nominators should be sure to include their own contact information as well.

FLIGHT PATH — The Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California will present “Come Fly With Us,” a first birthday celebration, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 29th, at the Flight Path museum, 6661 Imperial Highway, Westchester.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, music by the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders and a number of presentations.

The event will also include the unveiling of new gallery rooms featuring airline memorabilia, LAX celebrity photos and displays of famous women in aviation.

Flight Path will honor three aviation pioneers whose plaques will be placed on the Flight Path Walk of Fame along Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester.

This year’s honorees will be

n the late Margaret “Peggy” G. Hereford, who was the first woman airport public relations director (1951-1977);

n Clay Lacy, a record-setting United Airlines pilot and pioneer in television and motion picture aerial photography; and

n Barbara Erickson London, the only member of the World War II Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) to receive the Air Medal.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit Flight Path, which is dedicated to recognizing and preserving Southern California’s aeronautical heritage and encouraging young people to pursue careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.

Information about the event and to order tickets, (310) 417-0949.

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