A teacher at Coeur d’Alene Elementary School in Venice has won $5,000 and been selected as a national finalist in the 2004 Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year Search. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Barbie Brand, a charity arm of toymaker Mattel, selected Viktoriya Babchenka Monday, June 7th. The teacher search recognizes outstanding arts teachers nationwide whose talent and creativity have a lasting impact on children. Babchenka will receive a $5,000 grant for her arts education program at the Venice school, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. If she wins the final competition, she will receive an additional $10,000 grant for arts education. She was selected as a finalist, thanks to an inspirational essay sent by one of her students, Maya Schulefand. Schulefand’s essay was one of 20 entries picked from the more than 6,000 essays submitted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education Initiative. Schulefand will be awarded a $100 prize package from Mattel. The national teacher of the year will be announced in September. The Barbie Brand has committed $2 million to the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education...Read More
The Venice Gang Coalition has scheduled a meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 15th, at the Vera Davis McClendon Community Center, 610 California Ave., Venice. A guest speaker will help the group form goals and desires for the Venice Gang Coalition, according to community resource specialist Aaron Gross of the Safe Neighborhoods Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said. Information, Aaron Gross (310)...Read More
A woman has been arrested in connection with the homicide of 43-year-old Kenneth Bradford at around 8 a.m. Monday, May 17th, in the area of Sixth Street and Brooks Avenue in Venice. According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Area Community Station Detective Mike DePasquale, Bradford and the woman were engaged in an argument, when the woman allegedly shot Bradford with a handgun. DePasquale alleged the confrontation may have been over narcotics. Bradford was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. Monday, May 17th. Witnesses to the crime said they saw the woman flee after allegedly shooting Bradford. She was arrested Wednesday, May 19th, and is being held on $1 million...Read More
A group has been formed to plan 100th anniversary observ-ances of the founding of Venice of America by Abbot Kinney in 1905. Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski and her Venice deputy Sandy Kievman are active in the effort. The group is seeking a non-profit agency with administrative capabilities to handle its money. Local nonprofit groups are invited to assist. Information, Gwendolyn Howard and Suzanne Thompson, (310) 314-6916. A Tuesday, June 15th, deadline for responding has been...Read More
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