Author: The Argonaut

Coeur d’Alene teacher wins $5,000 art award

A teacher at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice has won $5,000 and been selected as a national finalist in the 2004 Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year Search. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Barbie Brand, a charity arm of toymaker Mattel, selected Viktoriya Babchenka Monday, June 7th. The teacher search recognizes outstanding arts teachers nationwide whose talent and creativity have a lasting impact on children. Babchenka will receive a $5,000 grant for her arts education program at the Venice school, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. If she wins the final competition, she will receive an additional $10,000 grant for arts education. She was selected as a finalist, thanks to an inspirational essay sent by one of her students, Maya Schulefand. Schulefand’s essay was one of 20 entries picked from the more than 6,000 essays submitted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education Initiative. Schulefand will be awarded a $100 prize package from Mattel. The national teacher of the year will be announced in September. The Barbie Brand has committed $2 million to the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education...

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Barretti to be installedm chamber pres. June 18 president Fri., June 18th

Diane Barretti, vice president and director of sales for Sievers/Burnett Press, will be installed as president of the Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce during an installation dinner Friday, June 18th, in the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. The black-tie affair will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will celebrate the chamber’s 50th anniversary. Barretti will succeed Marina attorney David Voss as chamber president. During the event, Voss will present awards to chamber members for their service during his chamber administration. The chamber’s annual Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service Award will also be presented and Barretti will announce her choice for honorary mayor during her administration. Barretti graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 1974 and moved to Los Angeles in 1978, working in the fashion industry at the California Mart until 1984. She then was owner of Printing Unlimited until 2004, when she joined Sievers/Burnett Press. She joined the then-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce in 1985 and has been active in local and Chamber affairs. She has received a half-dozen awards from the Marina del Rey Chamber and the Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber and served on their boards. She has also served on the boards of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area...

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Venice Gang Coalition meets Tues., June 15th

The Venice Gang Coalition has scheduled a meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15th, at the Vera Davis McClendon Community Center, 610 California Ave., Venice. A guest speaker will help the group form goals and desires for the Venice Gang Coalition, according to community resource specialist Aaron Gross of the Safe Neighborhoods Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said. Information, Aaron Gross (310)...

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Jane Harman praises ex-CIA chief George Tenet

Congresswoman Jane Harman, who represents Venice in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has praised George Tenet in response to his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Tenet resigned from his CIA director post Thursday, June 3rd. “Tenet has much to be proud of as he leaves one of the longest tenures in CIA history,” Harman said. “He restored morale and provided stability and continuity at a crucial time.” Tenet was in charge of the CIA during the current campaign against terrorism and military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I have been critical of prewar intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and ties to terror, as well as failures leading up to the attacks of September 11th,” Harman said. “With Tenet’s departure, the President has the opportunity to fix these problems by transforming the job that Tenet held,” she...

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Free lunches for youths starting at rec centers

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will serve free lunches this summer to youths at various locations in the city. Two of those locations are in Venice: n 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave.; and n 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Penmar Recreation Center, 1341 Lake St. Mar Vista has one location: n 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Mar Vista Gardens Recreation Center, 4901 Marionwood Dr. The program begins Monday, June 21st, and ends Monday, August 30th, and provides lunch to youths age 18 and younger. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture through its Summer Food Service Program. Information, (818)...

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