Lisa D’Angelo is the new Westchester Family YMCA executive director, succeeding Tisha de Felice, who has taken a position with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

D’Angelo took over the top local Y position Thursday, October 27th.

“Lisa comes to the Westchester YMCA with a special mix of experience with the YMCA and for-profit businesses,” said David Gray, Y chair of the board of managers.

“Lisa’s YMCA experience spans 12 years, and she served as the executive director at two YMCAs in Houston, Texas.”

D’Angelo began her YMCA career as a senior director of health and fitness at the Downtown Houston YMCA for five years before becoming executive director of the North Harris County YMCA in 1991.

After building that Y’s annual budget from $550,000 to $1.07 million in three years, she was selected as executive director of the Northwest Houston YMCA, where she worked until 1998.

She is credited with turning around two struggling YMCAs that are now strong, valuable assets to the community.

She left the YMCAs for a career in the for-profit world, and worked with several national and local fitness organizations, including West Coast Road Runners in San Diego, where she organized and directed marathon and half-marathon training programs.

She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Texas State University and a teaching credential from the University of Houston.

An avid marathoner, D’Angelo has finished 24 marathons, including races in Boston, Paris, Alaska, and New York.

She has also competed in triathlons.

In February, the Westchester YMCA purchased the former Westchester Woman’s Club site at 8020 Alverstone Ave., adjacent to the existing YMCA facility.

Plans continue to determine the future use by the Y of the 1.42-acre Woman’s Club site.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Mary Ellen Cassman, former Y chair of the board of managers.

“We are very excited about the future of our YMCA, and we are pleased that we have been able to enter this agreement with the Woman’s Club.”

Gray added that the YMCA plans to work with the community to provide a facility that enhances the recreational experiences of children and adults throughout Westchester and Playa del Rey, and that D’Angelo will be a key figure in moving the project forward.

BASKETBALL TOURNEY — With the anticipation of another exciting NBA season, local athletes are itching to get back on the court.

From Friday, November 25th, to Sunday, November 27th, more than 400 basketball players from the Los Angeles area are expected to participate in the Second LAX West Coast Classic sponsored by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Independent All-Stars Athletic Associ- ation (IASAA) at three local area high schools, including Westchester High School.

Boys ten to 14 years old will compete in the three-day tournament. Play will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, November 25th, at West-chester High School.

Admission is $5 per person, with children under five admitted free.

“Southern California has so many talented athletes. We have been trying to bring a competitive tournament to this area,” said program director Thaddeus McGrew.

“With LAWA’s support, we have been able to make this dream a reality. This tournament gives these young athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills and play for local team supremacy.”

McGrew is still looking for teams interested in competing in the tournament.

Those with a team that might be interested in participating in the tournament can contact McGrew at (310) 916-3585 or at

ctsbasketball@earthlink.net

23RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR — The West-chester Mental Health Guild 23rd Annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 6th.

The event will showcase five Westchester/Playa del Rey area residences that vary widely in style and architecture:

n a home with traditional exterior and Italian-influenced interior, enormous yard with pool, sports court and pool house;

n a home with a Modern/Moroccan design with spectacular ocean view;

n a home that is newly remodeled and landscaped in a Craftsman design;

n a single-story with Spanish exterior, contemporary interior; and

n an Entrada-style home featuring extensive use of mosaic tile, and a spectacular office/library in the round.

Light refreshments and a gift boutique will be offered by The Guilded Cage from noon to 5 p.m. at the Westchester Family Y Annex, formerly the Westchester Woman’s Club, 8020 Alverstone Ave.

Event proceeds will support the Airport Marina Counseling Service, now in its 44th year of providing mental health care to the community.

The Westchester Mental Health Guild is principal supporter of the clinic.

Last year, the Holiday Home Tour earned $35,000 for the counseling service.

Tickets are $20 and available in advance at The Guilded Cage, 8917-B S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, in Mayfair Square.

Information about the Home Tour, (310) 641-7850.

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