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Firefighters fund drive through Sat. June 26th

Local firefighters will participate in a Fill-the-Boot drive from Thursday through Saturday, June 24th to 26th, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The county firefighters will be at various locations in the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., asking motorists to drop donations into their firefighter boots. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA outpatient clinics for people with more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. Firefighters have raised nearly $200 million nationwide for the MDA fight against neuromuscular diseases since 1954. Information, (310)...

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Del Rey Yacht Club begins plans for Feb. Puerto Vallarta race

It may be more than eight months before next February, but 21 boats and crews are already gearing up for the 2005 Del Rey Yacht Club Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta Yacht Race. The race is run every two years in odd-numbered years and is the longest international yacht race to be run on the West Coast. Jack Taylor’s Santa Cruz 50, Horizon, heads eager, early entries for the 18th biennial 1,125-nautical mile race, Del Rey Club officials say. Taylor won the annual 75-mile Around Catalina race from San Pedro to Dana Point on corrected handicap time. Although launched 20 years ago, Horizon won the PHRF-B (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) class in the last Puerto Vallarta race, held last year. The sleek white mini-sled from Dana Point Yacht Club has aged gracefully with strong maintenance and is faster than ever after technical upgrades, including asymmetrical spinnaker configuration, Del Rey Yacht Club race planners say. “We’ve been through the whole boat,” Taylor said. The first entries are split almost evenly between 11 in the Racing Division and ten in the Salsa Group — the division for skippers who prefer to cruise to Puerto Vallarta and break up the event into three legs. Horizon won last year after a come-from-behind battle of Santa Cruz 50s against Bay Wolf, sailing under charter by Richard Parlette from owner Kirk Wilson of Cabrillo...

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Argonaut to have earlier ad deadlines for July 8th issue

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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‘No dog zone’ expanded to Pacific Avenue until Halloween, Oct. 31st

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is reminding dog owners that dogs — even those on leashes — are not permitted between Pacific Avenue and the ocean in the Venice Beach area between Memorial Day and Halloween. Dogs have not been allowed on the sand of Venice Beach for some time, said LAPD Sgt. David Burris of the LAPD Pacific Area. A new city ordinance extends the “no dogs allowed zone” to the area between Pacific Avenue and the ocean. “The owner or caretaker of any dog found on Pacific Avenue or west of the street will be cited,” Burris said. Burris said police will allow no dogs on streets, sidewalks or the Ocean Front Walk west of Pacific Avenue until after Halloween. The ordinance is designed to mitigate the number of clashes between dogs and the large number of summer visitors to Venice Beach, police...

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Kiwanis and First Federal present 23 scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and First Federal Bank presented scholarships to 23 students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Wednesday, June 16th. Scholarships went to middle and high school students who participated in the club’s 55th annual vocal and instrumental music contest. Students who won first through fourth place received scholarships. Theodosia Roussos won two scholarships for placing fourth in both vocal and instrumental categories. First place winners are April Paik, Megan Gillespie, Alex Kim, Dasha Jensen, James Hodges and Ananya Kepper. Second place winners are Jerzy Fischer, Emma Korvin, Julianne Bruce, Alica Escarce, Christie Glaser and Tam Visher. Third place winners are Caroline Reilly, Illana Summers, David Litwak, Ivan Rodriguez-Pinto, Jarrett Furst and Maren Jensen. Fourth place winners are Carl Schoellhammer, Zachary Avshalomov, Brady Chiu and Madelyn...

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