Author: geoffmaleman

Chamber Protectors Breakfast; CERT Class; LMU Alumni; CFT LA Walk 2007

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the community’s police, fire and other protective agencies at its annual Protectors Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 17th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5985 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester. The event, sponsored by Gateway to L.A., will feature as the guest speaker Erroll G. Southers, chief of intelligence and counterterrorism for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA, the agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport and the city’s other airports). Southers is responsible for the Homeland Security and Security Credential Sections of the Airport Police division, the nation’s largest aviation law enforcement agency. He is also an associate director of the National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California (USC) and an adjunct professor of terrorism and public policy. Southers was the former deputy director of the California Office of Homeland Security, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and responsible for the oversight of critical infrastructure counterterrorism policy and national pilot programs. His international experience includes counterterrorism studies in Israel, at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, and he is a former FBI special agent assigned to matters of counterterrorism and foreign counterintelligence, and a member of the bureau’s SWAT Team. Southers also served as a Santa Monica Police Department...

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Westchester/Del Rey All-Star girls top team in US; Chilton poised to lead U.S. Strategic Command; Otis College ‘Live Green’ Exhibit

The Westchester/Del Rey Junior All-Star softball team arrived as conquering heroes after establishing itself as the top U.S. team at the Junior Little League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington. The team, composed of 13- and 14-year-old girls from the Westchester area, represented 11 western states at the World Series and advanced through an international field to the championship game Saturday, August 18th. Though they fell 16-6 to the team from Puerto Rico in the final game, they were welcomed home as champions when their plane landed at LAX the following day. The lighted pylons at LAX glowed purple in their honor, recognizing the color they wore throughout the World Series. They received a police and fire escort from the airport to Nielsen Youth Park, where hundreds of cheering fans, mostly clad in purple, awaited them to celebrate. And even Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl showed up with a resolution honoring their performance. “Their accomplishment is truly a tremendous one,” said Keith Evans, whose daughter Brittany played on the team. “The team this year has played some of the best ball I’ve seen from their age group. They have also shared one common thread of many of our Westchester teams, and that is determination. They never give up.” Indeed, though the girls lost two games in pool play and advanced to the semi-final game thanks to a tiebreaker,...

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LAX Coastal Area Chamber installation Fundraiser for Detective Moro; Price is Right winner

More than 250 people filled the Marina del Rey Marriott ballroom for the annual LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce installation dinner. Featuring an Asian theme, the event saluted outgoing chairman of the board Steve Donell and welcomed new chairman of the board John Theuer, the chief financial officer of Panda Restaurant Group. The event also included the naming of this year’s Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award winners, Seymour and Monica Kahn. The Fritz B. Burns Foundation honored the Kahns for their service to the community over the past 25 years. Monica Kahn was the founder of Helen’s Room at Centinela Freeman Hospital, which provides free services (counseling, wigs, prosthetics, scarves, transportation, etc.) to people suffering with cancer. More than 2,000 individuals have received the support and nurturing provided by Monica and a staff of dedicated volunteers. In 2005, she was one of only 14 people to receive the National Lane Adams Quality of Life Award presented by the American Cancer Society. Seymour Kahn has played a key role in mobilizing local USO supporters and in helping to change the dilapidated USO center at LAX into a comfortable center that provides for thousands of military personnel who pass through the airport each year. The group has also created a USO facility at the Ontario Airport. The Kahns are also currently involved in a program to...

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Junior Marina Aquatic Center rowers win national title Town hall addresses LAX runways; Sights & Sounds Dusk Art and Musical festival

On Sunday, June 10th, Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing won the national championship in the men’s lightweight four at the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta on Harsha Lake outside of Cincinnati. The crew consisted of Santa Monica High School seniors Carl Nunziato and Gregory Masatani, Redondo Union High senior Jesus Tavarez, Culver City High junior Aki Edgerton and cox’n Hannah Shaw, an independent student in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Posting a winning time of 7:02:11, the Marina Aquatic Center crew pulled away from the eventual silver medalist Wayland Weston Crew of Boston in the final 500 meters of the two-kilometer race to win by just over six seconds. The win culminated an undefeated season for the Marina Aquatic Center’s most successful crew ever. The Marina Aquatic Center women had a successful outing at the national championships as well, finishing seventh in the overall standings in the quadruple sculls. The all-senior crew of Danielle Detloff of the Chadwick School, Megan Berry of Santa Monica High School, Mimi Newman of the Marlborough School and Samantha Richens of Notre Dame Academy won the second level, or “petite,” final in a stirring come-from-behind victory that saw them come off the line in third, but walk through the crews from Saugatuck Rowing Club of Westport, Connecticut, and the Springside School of Philadelphia, on their way to a three-second victory margin at the...

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Farmers market moving to Westchester Park; Tony P’s owners honored; new charter school

After 14 years in the Westchester Triangle, the Westchester Certified Farmers Market is moving to a new location in Westchester Park beginning Wednesday, June 6th. The park is at Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard. The market hours will remain unchanged, operating each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., rain or shine. “We have always thought that Westchester Park was the perfect location for the Farmers Market and we are happy to finally be here,” said Renate Hild, president of Westchester Vitalization Corporation, which operates the market. “What could be better than taking a walk through the park and shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market each week?” Hild acknowledged that the move was made as a result of a conflict between her organization and the businesses that use the parking lot where many of the farmers market’s customers parked. She added that talks are also under way to add a weekend farmers market at a location in the Howard Hughes Center. At the Westchester Park location, market customers will continue to find an abundance of items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, dried fruits, nuts and KettleKorn from the same farmers and vendors who served them at the Triangle location. Lunchtime customers can still enjoy their favorite lunch at one of the prepared-food vendors. There are also bakery items. According to Heather Lemmon,...

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