Author: geoffmaleman

Neighborhood council to hear talk on charter schools Rotary seeks community projects; Elks deliver dictionaries to third-graders

Jose Cole-Gutierrez will present information on converting public schools to charter schools to the Education Committee of the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday, February 27th, in the Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester. The public is invited to attend. Cole-Gutierrez is general manager for the Los Angeles area of the California Charter School Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He has a strong background in education planning and administration. As general manager, his duties at the California Charter Schools Association include coordinating assistance for teacher/ community-based efforts to convert public schools to charter status. The California Charter Schools Association is billed as the largest charter school support organization in California. Its president/chief executive officer Caprice Young is a former president of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board of education. Information about the California Charter School Association is available at www.charterassocia ROTARY SEEKS PROJECTS TO SUPPORT — The Rotary Club of Westchester is currently soliciting applications for community service grants. If your community service organization has a special project or need for which you would like the club’s support, you are encouraged to submit a written request. The Rotary Club of Westchester asks that your application: be received by Thursday, March 15th, this year; describe how the...

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Caltrans to hold public meeting February 28th about project to widen Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will hold a public meeting to provide information about a new project set to begin in March on Lincoln Boulevard between La Tijera Boulevard and LMU Drive. The project will widen lanes and sidewalks on Lincoln Boulevard in both directions, create four lanes northbound where there are now three, and modify signals at major intersections within the project limits. The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28th, in the Community Room of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office at 7166 Manchester Ave. For additional information about this meeting, contact Caltrans Public Affairs at (213) 897-3656. Interestingly, this meeting about a new Caltrans project comes at a time when many local residents are still up in arms about the current phase of the Caltrans project that has torn up Lincoln Boulevard from LMU Drive to Jefferson Boulevard for many months with no end seemingly in sight. Caltrans officials will also be in attendance at the March meeting of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey to address progress on the current phase of that project. The regularly scheduled Neighborhood Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6th, in the Community Room of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl at 7166 Manchester Ave. The public is invited to attend. Caltrans has asked that specific questions related to...

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Rotary seeks a worthy family for its 2nd ‘Making a Home for the Holidays’ project

Following its successful makeover of the Odom home last year, the Rotary Club of Westchester is now seeking worthy families for its second “Making a Home for the Holidays” project —Ýa sort of mini-home-makeover for one deserving family in the Westchester/Playa del Rey area. Involving a team of dedicated Rotarians, local business people and volunteers, Making A Home for the Holidays will endeavor to change the lives of one lucky family by conducting repairs, sprucing up their home and adding a few special surprises. With a much smaller budget than the folks at ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, Rotarians will spend the weekend before Thanksgiving doing what they can to give back to the community and improve the living conditions for one family. If you know a deserving family who should be considered for Making A Home for the Holidays, send their name, address and phone number to Making A Home for the Holidays, 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #526, Westchester 90045, including up to 250 words about why the family deserves a home makeover, whether the family owns or rents, and ages of children in the family, along with your own contact information as well. A panel of Rotarians will review the submissions and select the family. Submissions must be made by May 1st. In addition, if you are interested in contributing goods, services or even just your time to...

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Rainbow Acres’ Howard Pollack to receive 2007 Drollinger Award

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has named Howard Pollack the 2007 Howard Drollinger Achievement Award winner and will honor Pollack at the inaugural dinner of the City of Angels Awards, formerly known as the Business Recognition Dinner. The award is named after Westchester developer and philanthropist, Howard B. Drollinger, who passed away in August at the age of 84. Drollinger was known and admired for his dedication to the area surrounding the airport and he exemplified strong business ethics, balanced with a strong belief in supporting the community. Pollack, owner of Rainbow Acres for the past 26 years, embodies the spirit of the Drollinger award due to his entrepreneurial spirit and his dedication to community service groups, the chamber said. Pollack was born an entrepreneur; he began selling bags of candy for a five-cent profit at the age of eight. By 1967, Howard had started a natural foods business out of the kitchen in his home, mixing natural ingredients into what he called “chunks o’ health.” For the last 26 years, Pollack has owned and operated Rainbow Acres, located at 13208 W. Washington Blvd., which has grown into what is described as the largest independent natural food distribution company in the country. Pollack is not only a proud business owner, but a proud contributor to many of the area’s local community groups. He is past president of...

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Marty Francis donates $30,000 to Westchester YMCA in honor of her husband, Hugo Francis

Marty Francis, a longtime Westchester Family YMCA supporter and member of the YMCA Board of Managers, recently announced a $30,000 donation to the YMCA in honor of her late husband, Hugo Francis, one of the founders of the Westchester Family YMCA. Through fundraising efforts in the 1950s, Hugo was able to raise the $650,000 needed to build the Westchester Family YMCA’s first swimming pool, offices and meeting rooms. Hugo remained active in all aspects of the organization from serving as the chairman of the Board of Managers to selling Christmas trees in the YMCA’s parking lot, before passing away May 13th, 2003. Marty has continued to carry on Hugo’s legacy by following in his footsteps and serving actively on the Board of Managers. “The Francis name is synonymous with the Westchester Family YMCA, and we thank Marty for her very generous donation,” said executive director Lisa D’Angelo. “We continue to work hard at the Y to fulfill the vision Hugo and our other founders had when they built our Y of fulfilling unmet needs in our community and providing services and recreational opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds.” The money comes at a critical time for the YMCA, which recently purchased the former Westchester Woman’s Club site and is working on plans to enhance its existing facilities. D’Angelo said the money would go toward future capital improvements...

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