Author: geoffmaleman

Congresswoman Waters earmarks funds for local projects; Paseo del Rey mural unveiling; hazardous waste roundup

Congressional earmarks may have received a lot of negative attention lately, but there are at least two Westchester groups that are all for them. As part of a nearly $7 million package of earmarks (money allocated for a specific thing) for her district, Congresswoman Maxine Waters announced on February 22nd a $1 million award to Loyola Marymount University and another $1 million award to the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association (WSIA). Funding for both projects was included in the fiscal year 2008 appropriations legislation passed by Congress and recently signed into law by President George W. Bush. “I worked with leaders in Congress to make sure that the highest level of scrutiny was given to each project funded this year and am confident that this money will be put to good use in our community,” Waters said. “I am pleased with the progress we are making in improving the lives of our residents, and I will continue to work to ensure that we have all possible resources available to continue this progress.” Waters announced the awards during a ceremony at the Flight Path Learning Center. LMU will use the funds to renovate and equip existing lab and classroom space, expand its innovative Rapid Prototyping and Nanotechnology research programs and construct the new Frank R. Seaver Science and Engineering Complex on the Westchester campus. Fr. Robert Lawton, the university’s president, was...

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Rotary holds Scrabble Challenge; Guilded Cage says thank you; Wednesday Farmers Market going strong in Westchester Park

Thirty players tested their spelling and strategy mettle in the first Rotary Westchester/ Playa del Rey Scrabble Challenge at the Westchester Family YMCA Friday, February 15th. Contestants played three rounds of one-on-one matches, with the highest cumulative total point scorer taking home the title. The evening’s winner was Jim Laris, who won all three games with a tournament-high cumulative score of 1,184 points. In second place was Peggy Lunden with 1,092 points. Kathy Saenz was third. The youngest player was just two years old. Players were treated to a buffet-style dinner and dessert, and a number of door prizes were also awarded. Laris will have his name engraved on the rather substantial Players’ Cup, a Stanley Cup-style perpetual trophy that will tour various public venues in the coming year. Edgar Saenz of the Rotary Club of Westchester and Gisele Rebeiro of the Venice-Marina Rotary Club organized the event. “The players had a relaxed and enjoyable time,” Saenz said. “I know I had a good time directing. For three hours, a roomful of people entertained themselves with their minds in friendly competition, a regrettably rare event these days.” Among the challenges during play were the words “ZOB” and “KA.” The former is not a real word; but the latter is. “KA” is an ancient Egyptian religion. GUILDED CAGE “THANK YOU” SALE — Shoppers at The Guilded Cage will be treated...

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Terry Marcellus to be honored by Chamber of Commerce ‘E-waste’ roundup; Rotaries host Scrabble tournament; park planning workshop

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will honor longtime resident and public school activist Terry Marcellus with the Second Annual Howard Drollinger Achievement Award Wednesday, January 30th, at its annual City of Angels Awards dinner. Marcellus will be honored alongside baseball icon Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and his wife Bobbie, and Panda Restaurant Group, the county’s largest woman-owned business. The event will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester and will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Attendees can join a VIP reception that includes hosted cocktails and appetizers, with the honorees beginning at 5:30 p.m. Seats are $125 per person or $250 per person including tickets to the VIP reception. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available by calling the chamber at (310) 645-5151. Marcellus was nominated by chamber members and selected from a field of finalists by the Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation, which will also present him with $5,000, to be given in his name to the charity or charities of his choice. Marcellus has been a vital and vibrant part of the Westchester community for nearly his entire life. He was student body president at both Airport Junior High School, which no longer exists, and Westchester High School, and in the years that...

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Annual City of Angels awards Wednesday, Jan. 30, to honor Lasorda, Parks couple and Panda Group

At its annual City of Angels Awards, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor baseball icon Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and his wife Bobbie, and Panda Restaurant Group, the county’s largest woman-owned business. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 30th, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester, and will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Also, for an additional charge, attendees can join a VIP reception that includes hosted cocktails and appetizers with the honorees beginning at 5:30 p.m. Seats are $125 per person for the dinner, or $250 for the dinner and tickets to the VIP reception. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available by calling the chamber at (310) 645-5151. “This is our opportunity to recognize those individuals throughout Los Angeles who have made a meaningful and positive impact on our city,” said chamber president and chief executive officer Christina Davis. “We have an outstanding line-up of honorees who have, each in their own way, made their mark on Los Angeles, and we are excited to honor them.” In addition to these honorees, the chamber will honor a local leader with the annual Howard Drollinger Achievement Award, recognizing an individual or company that has made a significant contribution to improving the Westchester community. That honoree will be...

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Rotary honored Bev Moore; Orville Wright school tour; Messiah concert; Holiday Tea

The Playa Sunrise Rotary Club honored one of our community’s jewels, Bev Moore, executive director of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau, with its first Sunrise Community Service Award at a dinner Thursday, November 15th. The event, dubbed “An Italian Evening,” attracted more than 170 people and raised more than $5,000 for club projects, including Teacher Mini Grants, the club’s holiday giving program in which nine needy families are adopted, and a campaign to provide books for sick children at County USC Hospital. Moore was honored for her commitment to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and for her ethical business practices. With more than 30 years of experience promoting travel and tourism destinations, her distinguished career includes extensive expertise in creating “destination marketing start-ups.” Since 2001, Moore has served as the executive director of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. She implemented a complete overhaul of the community’s tourism promotion efforts and is the powerhouse behind the redevelopment of the area’s hospitality industry. Previously, Moore implemented and spearheaded the City of Santa Monica’s efforts to promote tourism through the formation of its Convention and Visitors Bureau. She created the bureau and served as executive director for 18 years, helping to transform Santa Monica into an internationally renowned destination. During her time there, tourism spending grew from $140 million to over $700 million a year...

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