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Nicholas Lagerfelt gets Eagle Scout recognition

Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Lagerfelt, a Santa Monica High School student, completed his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Palisades Lutheran Church Sunday, June 27th. He completed his Eagle Board of Review in February. His Eagle project was construction of a railed hiking trail in Franklin Park, Los Angeles. Lagerfelt has just completed his junior year of high school, during which he studied abroad in Sweden. He is the first member of his family to attain the rank of Eagle...

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State Senate committee supports Koretz bill to ban smoking on coastal beaches

On-again, off-again efforts to ban smoking on state coastal beaches are currently “on-again.” Tuesday, a State Senate committee approved an amended measure promoted by Assemblyman Paul Koretz of West Hollywood to ban smoking on state coastal beaches. Koretz’s earlier bill was turned back by the State Senate Natural Resources Committee just days after Koretz held a press conference on a beach in Santa Monica to announce his measure. Koretz’s original legislation would have included a $250 fine for smoking on a public coastal beach. After the proposed legislation was turned down by the State Senate Natural Resources Committee, Koretz amended his proposal, reducing the $250 fine and giving coastal cities and counties the option to pass tougher or weaker laws against smoking on coastal beaches. Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday, June 22nd, banned smoking on Mothers Beach in the Marina from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but allowed smoking to continue in adjacent parking lots. Koretz’s proposal would ban smoking on beaches in Santa Monica, Venice and Playa del Rey. Santa Monica had already passed an ordinance to ban smoking on Santa Monica...

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85-foot Rachel G enters Boat Parade; will feature 15-20 member jazz band

ENTERS MARINA HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE — River Galley Cruises is entering its Rachel G (above), an 85-foot, 149-passenger vessel in the 42nd annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, planned for Saturday, December 11th. River Galley Cruises plans to enter the music category. The 15-to-20-member Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) Jazz Band will perform on the boat during the boat parade. The band is led by music director Mark Monarch. “Director Monarch is already working out the holiday list of melodies to play,” said Diane Weissburg of River Galley Cruises. “They will play jazz before and after the parade and holiday music during the parade. The company that chartered the boat, City News Service, is very happy. LACES is a high-level, advanced magnet school.” A regular entrant in the annual Marina boat parade, Weissburg admitted that “best big band” is the only award that she has not won. Boat parade information, (310) 670-7130 or...

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Argonaut has earlier deadlines for July 8th

The Argonaut office will be closed Monday, July 5th, and the news department will be closed Friday, July 2nd, in observance of Independence Day. Advertisers are reminded that advertising deadlines for the Thursday, July 8th, issue — except for classified advertising — will advance one business day. Advertising deadlines for the July 8th issue will be: n Thursday noon, July 1st, for advertising in special sections, At Home section and What’s On section; and n Friday noon, July 2nd, for other display advertising in the front of the paper. The deadlines for classified line advertising and Internet advertising will continue to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 6th, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6th, for classified display advertising. The news department will be open Monday, July 5th, and observe regular deadlines for submitting letters to the editor, calendar items and news releases. Information, (310)...

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City Council okays David Voss on LAX commission

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday, June 30th, voted to accept the nomination of Marina del Rey attorney David Voss and two others to the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. The seven-member airport commission sets policy for four airports owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles — Los Angeles International, Palmdale Regional, Van Nuys and Ontario International. The city agency operating the airports is Los Angeles World Airports. Voss is filling a vacancy created by the resignation of former commissioner Ted Stein. Voss’s term runs until June 30, 2006. Tuesday Voss also completed a term as president of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as an member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey board. “The plans for the future of Los Angeles International Airport balance the needs and the safety of the traveler with the needs of our local community and respond to future regional demands for transportation,” Voss said. Voss has also been affiliated with the Venice-Marina Rotary Club and the Venice High School Circle of Supporters. This year, the Venice Boys & Girls Club honored Voss as the Community Leader of the Year. Voss is a graduate of USC law school and received a master’s degree in political persuasion from Occidental College. Also approved as airport commissioners were Walter Zifkin, chief executive officer of the William Morris Agency,...

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