On Friday, January 14th, the Rotary Club of Westchester and the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce made plenty of local teachers happy as the groups doled out more than $12,000 in Teacher Mini-Grants.

Funding for the grants came in the form of donations from a variety of sources, including the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Wells Fargo Bank, LAX Kiwanis Club and more.

In addition, Lance Lipscomb, who last year was honored with the Fritz B. Burns Community Service and Leadership Award, donated a portion of the funds he received from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation to the cause.

The grants go to local teachers to support classroom projects for which they would otherwise not have funds, including field trips, science projects, reading materials and more.

St. Bernard High School was the big winner, as nine grant applications were funded for a total of $2,650.

Also receiving grants were teachers at St. Jerome School, Open Magnet Charter School, Orville Wright Middle School, Paseo del Rey Elementary School, Visitation School, Westchester Emerson Adult School,

Westchester Lutheran School, Westchester Neighborhood School, Westport Heights Elementary School, St. Anastasia School, Escuela Elementary Center, and Kentwood Elementary School.

All told, 89 grant applications were submitted, representing 140 teacher-sponsored programs. Of those, 44 grants were funded.

A panel of Rotarians reviewed each grant and ranked the quality of the application. The ones with the highest scores were funded.

BOAT SHOW WRAP UP — The sun was shining brightly as the newest and biggest boats cruised into the Marina del Rey harbor Thursday through Sunday, January 13th to 16th, for the largest in-water boat show in Los Angeles.

Boating enthusiasts from all over came to see what the industry had to offer at the Marina del Rey Big Boat Show, which was held in January for the first time instead of the traditional June.

“There were high-quality boats on display and a good flow of traffic on the docks,” said Steve Curran of H&S Yacht Sales. “As a company, we did very well, closing one deal, with several others quickly on the way.”

The event, presented by the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, was produced by ADS Productions for the first time, and brokers and attendees alike were impressed with the professionalism of the show.

“This was an absolutely fantastic boat show,” said Jim Bohart of Sailboats Inc. “The quality of people at the show was amazing.

“We did more business at this show than any of the June shows combined. We have never had this much success at the L.A. Convention Center.

“We want to continue to grow and expand and this show did exactly what we wanted it to.”

COMMUNITY LIAISON — Good luck to Bob Gilbert, who was recently selected by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners to serve as the interim stakeholder liaison for the airport on the implementation of the LAX master plan.

Gilbert will be responsible for meeting with community groups and individuals to provide information and address concerns related to the master plan’s implementation.

He has announced that he will hold a community meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 3 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. He said representatives of the airlines and concessionaires will also be in attendance.

Gilbert said he encourages people to contact him with any comments or concerns at (310) 337-8412, but he added that that number will soon change to an 800 number when his offices move from their current location in the Imperial Terminal within the next six to eight weeks.

NPR SPEAKER — Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will present Michael Shuster, a National Public Radio foreign correspondent, as part of its 89.3 KPCC Broadcast Journalist Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 24th.

In his presentation, Shuster is scheduled to discuss the issues of diplomacy and terrorism in the Middle East.

Admission to the event, in the Ahmanson Auditorium, 1 LMU Drive, is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, call (310) 338-5278, and for more information, visit www.kpcc.org

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