The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has named Howard Pollack the 2007 Howard Drollinger Achievement Award winner and will honor Pollack at the inaugural dinner of the City of Angels Awards, formerly known as the Business Recognition Dinner.

The award is named after Westchester developer and philanthropist, Howard B. Drollinger, who passed away in August at the age of 84. Drollinger was known and admired for his dedication to the area surrounding the airport and he exemplified strong business ethics, balanced with a strong belief in supporting the community.

Pollack, owner of Rainbow Acres for the past 26 years, embodies the spirit of the Drollinger award due to his entrepreneurial spirit and his dedication to community service groups, the chamber said.

Pollack was born an entrepreneur; he began selling bags of candy for a five-cent profit at the age of eight. By 1967, Howard had started a natural foods business out of the kitchen in his home, mixing natural ingredients into what he called “chunks o’ health.”

For the last 26 years, Pollack has owned and operated Rainbow Acres, located at 13208 W. Washington Blvd., which has grown into what is described as the largest independent natural food distribution company in the country.

Pollack is not only a proud business owner, but a proud contributor to many of the area’s local community groups. He is past president of the Venice Rotary Club and a member of the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club. He has served on the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and was recently appointed to the board at the Airport Marina Counseling Center.

“Whether it has been the support of our youth through the Venice Boys & Girls Club, the Rotary Teacher Mini-Grant Program or even the ever-present meal that quietly arrives for a meeting, Howard is always giving,” said community activist Judith Ciancimino.

The City of Angels Awards will be presented Tuesday, February 13th, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 West Century Blvd., Westchester.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Along with Pollack, Andy Roeser of the Los Angeles Clippers, Jim Collins of Collins Food, Ruth Lansford of Friends of Ballona Wetlands, and Wendy Greuel, president pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council, will be honored with awards.

Seat, advertising and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Claudia Humes at (310) 645-5151.

LMU WORKING GROUP — Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office will host the second meeting of the Loyola Marymount University – Community Working Group (Ad Hoc Committee), formed from interested parties who attended the Town Hall meeting October 12th.

The meeting will be held at the Westchester Community Room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8th, at 7166 Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

Councilman Rosendahl’s Westchester field deputy, Isaac Lieberman, will attend, as will Clarence Griffin, LMU director of community and local government relations. Representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, the City Attorney’s Office, Parking Enforcement, and additional LMU staff, students, and community members will also attend.

The group will continue its discussion of strategies to improve neighborhood relations and solve community concerns raised at the earlier Town Hall meeting. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

A MALE MALEMAN — We are proud to announce the arrival of Ethan Matthew Maleman, who entered the world at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, January 25th. The little guy weighed in at seven pounds, eight ounces and measured 20 inches.

We expect him to be the first U.S. President to be both a baseball Hall-of-Fame and a Nobel Prize winner. (No pressure there, huh?)

Mommy and baby are at home and doing fine. Big sisters Caitlin and Sydney are already big helpers, and we appreciate all the warm wishes from everyone. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends and family.

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