Author: The Argonaut

Vandals cause destruction, disruption at wetlands site

Friends of Ballona Wetlands has its sign back where it belongs. The organization’s informational sign that normally sat alongside Culver Boulevard in the Playa del Rey area was vandalized and dragged to a creek in the wetlands. Volunteers Desmond Crumwell, Michael Beverly and Douglas Mercer — and led by Juan Alvarado — retrieved the sign from the creek. Sign painter Bud Harris of Bud Harris Signs cleaned the sign and the group reinstalled the sign where it had earlier been. “It must have taken three strong guys to lug that sign to the creek,” said Friends of Ballona Wetlands president Ruth Lansford. “Strong, but not too bright. In the process, they mowed down a swath of sensitive wetland vegetation.” The Friends organization has recently gone through a period of vandalism with its other informational signs. Signs required by the state Coastal Conservancy in compliance with a restoration grant have been stolen, Lansford said. A wetlands restoration trailer was also broken into and several dozen expensive binoculars that had been donated by supporters of wetlands restoration were stolen. Lansford suggests that the large Culver Boulevard sign that was lugged to the creek was probably too large to be loaded into a vehicle and taken away. Police reports have been filed on all losses and the police are taking an interest in continuing vandalism at the wetlands, Lansford said. The organization’s...

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Host families sought for foreign students

International Student Placements is seeking family hosts to provide a private bedroom and meals for foreign students who will be attending Santa Monica and West Los Angeles Colleges. Each student would pay the host family $700 a month for room and board. International Student Placements is a 12-year-old organization based in Los Altos, near San Francisco. “We have several international students who want to attend Santa Monica and West Los Angeles College this fall and we need an equal number of homes for them to stay in,” said Frances Sotcher, International Student Placements area coordinator. “It can be a very rewarding experience,” Sotcher said. Information, Sotcher, (310) 827-3618 or by e-mail to...

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Video games donated for use by hospital patients

Hospital stays for some children and teens can now be partially about fun and games at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Activision — a Santa Monica-based developer of interactive entertainment software — has donated many of its popular video game titles and ten television monitors and game consoles to the medical center’s pediatrics unit. Activision plans to supplement the donation with new software and may upgrade its donation when the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital — to be located in downtown Los Angeles — is completed and ready for occupancy in 2007. The response from patients at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center had been overwhelmingly positive, according to Graham Fewtrell, director of women’s and children’s services at the hospital. “It helps pass the time and can actually be therapeutic for the patients,” said...

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SM College students to receive $400,000 in scholarships

Santa Monica College (SMC) students will receive about $400,000 in scholarships at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6th, in the SMC Student Cafeteria, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Approximately 500 students, including incoming freshmen, have been selected for scholarships. Awards generally range from $250 to $2,000 each and are donated by area service clubs, businesses, government agencies and individuals. The largest scholarships are $2,000 each and are: – three Sydney Goldfarb Awards for Outstanding African American Students; – two Paul and Leslie Ridley-Tree Awards for Latinos; and – two Hilding A. Tegner Awards for Academic...

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Services Friday afternoon for Liz Taber; was widow of Marina lessee Lloyd Taber

Lelah Almeda Taber died at her Marina Peninsula home Thursday, May 27th. She was 84. Known as “Liz” Taber, she was the widow of Lloyd W. Taber, one of the original lessees of Marina del Rey. The County Marina del Rey Library is named for Lloyd W. Taber. The Tabers moved to the Marina area about 1971 and to the Marina Peninsula in 1976. Liz Taber was active in the California Yacht Club and a regular member of the yacht club’s Wednesday bridge group. She was active and served as an officer of the Assistance League of Santa Monica. For years, she volunteered for the league’s thrift shop and other activities. She was a longtime member of a local P.E.O. chapter before the chapter moved to San Diego many years ago. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica. With her husband, Mrs. Taber was active in Marina del Rey lessees activities and participated in many of the social events of the Marina community. She is survived by two daughters, Linda and Terri Taber. Services for Liz Taber are planned at 3 p.m. Friday, June 4th, at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 St., Santa Monica. The family suggests that those who wish to make memorials in the name of Liz Taber may make such memorials to the Friends of the Marina del Rey...

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