Category: Local Heroes

Local Heroes 2015

Our Annual Spotlight on People Making a Difference Real heroes don’t wear capes. Some run into burning buildings or bust bad guys, but most exhibit a quieter form of courage and resolve. They don’t just imagine a better world, they work to make it happen. Real heroes help others without expectation of recognition or reward. This work is often difficult and rarely glamourous, but it’s important. The Argonaut’s eight Local Heroes of 2015 sacrifice their time and comfort to feed the hungry, help sick people and animals, keep public spaces safe and clean, or help shape kids into solid...

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Celebrating Local Heroes 2015

Peter Wallerstein A Man for Animals No sick or injured sea animal is too big or too small for Peter Wallerstein to save. The one-man army behind Marine Animal Rescue has brought more than 4,000 ocean mammals to lifesaving care over his three decades patrolling Westside and South Bay beaches, but never so frequently as this year. Since January, Wallerstein has rescued a record 475 marine mammals — mostly starving sea lion pups unable to find food in unusually warm El Niño waters, but also fur and elephant seals, a couple of dolphins and a whale tangled in a...

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Local Heroes 2014

Heroes, like the problems they solve, come in all shapes and sizes. Not all heroes are the kind who rush into burning buildings or conquer seemingly superhuman feats. More often than not they are otherwise everyday people who do the always difficult, sometimes tedious and typically uncelebrated work of improving the lives of others. The Argonaut’s nine Local Heroes for 2014 mix hard work with altruism to do just that — whether it’s feeding the homeless, aiding in the recoveries of trauma survivors or simply stepping up to make their communities better places to live. Photographs by Ted Soqui...

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Westsiders making a difference 2013

Antoinette Reynolds: Taking over for parents behind bars The late Mildred Cursh set a strong example of service for her daughter to follow. Cursh volunteered for years with Prison Fellowship International, an international organization that provides chaplain work for prisoners and services for the families they leave behind. She also worked with the Concerned Parents Group of Venice’s Oakwood neighborhood, formed in the 1980s to combat the proliferation of drugs in the area at the time — for many, a pipeline into the criminal justice system. When her mother died 11 years ago, Antoinette Reynolds established the Mildred Cursh...

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