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President’s director of Faith-Based Initiatives visits St. Joseph Ctr.

The director of President Bush’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Jim Towey came to the St. Joseph Center in Venice to serve hot meals to 100 homeless men, women and children at the center Bread & Cafe Friday, June 18th. Representatives of the Faith-Based center in Washington, D.C. visited St. Joseph Center last November and called the Venice center “a model of innovative and comprehensive human services provided by faith-based social agencies in Los Angeles County,” according to Rhonda Meister, St. Joseph Center executive director. “I’ve never seen anything like this before and it’s great,” Towey said during his visit to the St. Joseph Center. Towey brought his nine-year-old son Joe to help serve meals. “The sense of community at the Cafe and the gratitude of the clients is tremendous,” Towey added. “What an honor it is to be recognized for our years of work on behalf of working poor families and homeless persons,” Meister said. “Our programs will certainly benefit from the support of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,” she added. St. Joseph Center provides emergency services, childcare, case management, employment training and senior services to more than 8,000 annually. Information, (310) 396-6468 or...

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Big turnout for San Diego race over July 4th weekend

— BY LYNNE HAMMETT The 37th annual Marina del Rey to San Diego Race celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in style and growth. The annual yacht race is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) in the Marina and the Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC) in San Diego. The year’s event began with an 11 a.m. start Saturday, July 3rd, off Marina del Rey. With the generous assistance of Pusser’s Rum and a lot of diligent work by the various “volunteers” to the race, this “granddaddy “of our local races enjoyed a 24 percent increase in entries from last year. In 1967, John Hammett of the then-Windjammers Yacht Club and Dr. Buford Saul of Southwestern Yacht Club — along with several others from both clubs — shared a conversation about putting together a long-distance race over the Fourth of July. There was great applause and some groans, as there were other local events on the race calendar and this additional event might impact the participation in the other events. The gentlemen sat and discussed and agreed. This event would be special, so “Let’s go for it.” And the race has survived. One year the race attracted 350 boats and you could walk across “G” Basin on boats that had been rafted. It took several hours to get the “raft” separated and the boats to the start line....

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More boats expected this weekend in Marina-San Diego Race than last year

The 37th annual Marina del Rey to San Diego yacht race is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 3rd, in Santa Monica Bay off Marina del Rey. The annual event is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and Southwestern Yacht Club of San Diego. The Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club traditionally hosts the race “send-off” and the Southwestern Yacht Club hosts “welcome” events in San Diego for participants. Race officials expect more boats to be in the race this weekend than showed up at the start line last year. The two sponsoring yacht clubs present “Down the Coast” trophies to both PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) and Cruisers Classes in the Marina del Rey to San Diego Race. A pre-race outdoor barbecue is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 2nd, at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. There will be dancing and entertainment until 10 p.m. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required at (310) 827-7692. Prior to the race, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, David Phelps will head a crew from the International Order of the Blue Gavel — a group of former yacht club commodores — who will prepare a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for the racers and others who show up at the yacht club. The price is...

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Rich Musella new president of Rotary Club

Rich Musella, former executive director of the Westchester- /LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, was installed as president of the Rotary Club of Westchester during ceremonies Sunday, June 27th, at the Marina del Rey Hotel. The event also honored outgoing club president Geoff Maleman during what was billed as “an annual demotion party.” Other Rotary Club officers installed include: Tom Fiebig, vice president; Kay Munger, secretary; Heather Martillo, treasurer; John Ramey, sergeant at arms; Diane Barretti, director, club service A; Roxana Lewis, director, club service B; Barbara Yamamoto, director, community services; Laurie Hughes, director, youth service; Warren Bobrow, director, international service; and Gary Frei, director, vocational service. Maleman was installed as immediate past president. Board of trustee members installed include Jim Ferro, Paul Maynard, Bob Smith, Maleman, Patrick Davis, Cozette Vergari, Chuck Cameron and Dick Moon, foundation accountant. Numerous awards were presented, including Rotarian of the Year to...

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Incorrect information was distributed on city ‘no dog’ law change

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station last week distributed incorrect information regarding a City of Los Angeles ordinance amendment regarding dogs on Venice Beach that set off a storm of protest from local dog owners. The incorrect information implied that the city’s ban on dogs along Ocean Front Walk and Venice Beach during weekends and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day had been expanded by a city ordinance to include the area between Pacific Avenue in Venice Beach and the ocean. That information was incorrect. What the ordinance amendment did was simply extend through Halloween the period during which the earlier ordinance regarding dogs at Venice Beach is in effect. An article in last week’s Argonaut regarding a geographical expansion of the “no dog zone” was based on the incorrect information disseminated by the LAPD. The amended “no dog zone” ordinance applies only to the Venice Beach boardwalk and adjacent greenbelt area west of Ocean Front Walk, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day through...

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