The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will honor longtime resident and public school activist Terry Marcellus with the Second Annual Howard Drollinger Achievement Award Wednesday, January 30th, at its annual City of Angels Awards dinner.

Marcellus will be honored alongside baseball icon Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and his wife Bobbie, and Panda Restaurant Group, the county’s largest woman-owned business.

The event will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester and will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Attendees can join a VIP reception that includes hosted cocktails and appetizers, with the honorees beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Seats are $125 per person or $250 per person including tickets to the VIP reception. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available by calling the chamber at (310) 645-5151.

Marcellus was nominated by chamber members and selected from a field of finalists by the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, which will also present him with $5,000, to be given in his name to the charity or charities of his choice.

Marcellus has been a vital and vibrant part of the Westchester community for nearly his entire life.

He was student body president at both Airport Junior High School, which no longer exists, and Westchester High School, and in the years that followed, he has been active as a parent volunteer at both Orville Wright Middle School and Westchester High School.

A tireless advocate for public schools, he has spent several years as the president of the Westchester High School Boosters Club and was integral in the school’s planting of more than 300 trees on campus.

His commitment to academic excellence can be seen in the creation of the “Academic Jacket Night,” a special program that he created more than 20 years ago, in which seniors at Westchester High School who maintain an “A” average receive a custom letterman jacket and are honored at an annual awards ceremony.

In addition to his work with the Booster Club, Marcellus has also been instrumental in the development and continued growth of the Westchester/Playa Education Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Westchester and Playa del Rey parents to serve as an active arm to assist neighborhood schools. As a board member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/ Playa del Rey, he chairs the Education Committee and continues to be an outspoken advocate of public education.

Marcellus is also past president of numerous organizations, including the Westchester/LAX Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Vitalization Corporation and the Westchester Family YMCA.

E-WASTE ROUND-UP — Gateway to L.A. will sponsor an “e-waste round-up” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24th, where residents and businesses can safely and conveniently dispose of old computers, printers, cell phones and other electronics free.

The round-up will be held at 9750 Vicksburg Ave. in the parking lot on the northwest corner of West 98th Street and Vicksburg (behind the Courtyard by Marriott).

This is an opportunity to save landfill space, keep ground water clean and create new products all at the same time.

Information, SoCal Computer Recyclers, (310) 626-8180.

The event is also sponsored by WallyPark and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.

SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT — If you’re the kind of person that knows that “ba” is a real word — the eternal soul in Egyptian mythology — you’re not only scary, you’re Challenge material. The Westchester and Venice Rotary Clubs are hosting the Inaugural Westchester Scrabble Challenge, open to Scrabble players of all ages.

The winner will have the hon-or of being the first person to have his or her name engraved on the fabulous Scrabble Gold Cup.

The Challenge will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15th, with a buffet dinner at the Westchester Family YMCA Annex, formerly the Westchester Woman’s Club, at 80th Street and Alverstone Avenue.

Entry fees are $20 per person, $15 for players who bring their own board. The fee includes food and beverages, and all proceeds will benefit Rotary’s youth programs in the area. Checks should be made out to the Westchester Rotary Foundation.

The Challenge will use the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition.

Information, tournament director Edgar Saenz, (310) 753-1668.

PLAN THE CITY’S PARKS — The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is conducting a citywide needs assessment to help the city plan for the future and protect and expand the city’s 15,000 acres of parkland.

The city will hold a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17th, at the Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 Manchester Ave. in Westchester, which will include a presentation and an interactive work session. Refreshments will be provided.

This is the public’s opportunity to help plan the future for the city’s parks.

Information, Melinda Gejer, (213) 928-9136 or www.laparks .org/.

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