Lions Club awards; food truck event and movie screenings

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa recognized local Stars of the Neighborhood at its meeting earlier this month.

Council President Cyndi Hench and Outreach Committee chair Sibyl Buchanan presented certificates of commendation to the Stars, each of whom was nominated by the public for voluntarily performing good deeds that serve the needs of their neighbors and the community.

The honorees included Westchester resident Shawn Crum, who serves as a Neighborhood Watch block captain; Westchester resident Antoinette Pleshe, a local special education teacher; Westchester resident Lourdes Russell, a longtime volunteer at Visitation School who donated her time and talent as an interior decorator to the Rotary Home Makeover project; Playa del Rey resident Jeff Geremia, who built the website to promote Playa del Rey; Cantalini’s restaurant owner Lisa Schwab, who previously served as president of the Ladies Elks Club and the Playa-Venice Sunrise Rotary Club; Playa del Rey resident Carol Tanner, who works with Westside German Shepherd Rescue to place puppies and dogs in homes; Westchester resident David “Duke” Whale, who cleans graffiti and trash on the bluffs beneath Loyola Marymount University; Westchester resident Joanne Poyourow, founder of Environmental Change Makers at Orville Wright Middle School; Westchester resident Linda Berri, who founded Westchester-Playa Village, an organization aimed at helping local seniors remain independent and residing in their own homes; and Westchester resident Joan Conca, who has been a longtime volunteer with the Airport Marina Counseling Service.

In addition, the neighborhood council honored Playa del Rey resident Steve Rhodes as its 2011 Star of the Neighborhood among all the nominees.

As the ambassador for the Westchester Town Center Business Improvement District (BID), Rhodes spends most days patrolling Westchester Town Center on his bicycle, but on March 9 he discovered a woman passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of her car.

He called 911, gained entry to the car and cooled off the unconscious woman until paramedics arrived. The woman survived the ordeal, and the neighborhood council honored Rhodes with the crystal award, placing his name on a perpetual plaque that will be hung in the community room of the Westchester Municipal Building.


The Venice-Marina Lions Club recently honored outgoing president Jann Brauer, who had served for two years, and installed 2011-12 president Angelica Mahboob.

In addition, a number of club members received awards at the annual Installation Dinner.

The Lions International Foundation presented Mahboob and her husband, Azim, with the Melvin Jones Fellow for supporting tsunami relief in Japan. Lions Faridieh Monghate, Jann Brauer, Jane Bright, Patrick O’Neill, Sue Levitt, Sara Clark and Leon Felus were honored with the Donald Baker Fellow for supporting Lions Camp at Teresita Pines.

Monghate was also honored with the Walter Cornell Fellow for her service to the Lions’ Low Vision Services program. Buchanan received the Fred Smith Fellow for her work with the Lions Student Speaker Foundation and was named the club’s Lion of the Year.


Fifteen food trucks will gather for an event from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Visitation School, 8740 S. Emerson Ave., in Westchester. Among the trucks will be The Grilled Cheese Truck, Go Country Chuck Wagon, Canter’s Deli, No Jodas, and Ahn Joo.

The event will also include a variety of entertainment from the bands Good Cop Bad Cop and Fantastic Fig, while Newton the psychic magician will stroll the area performing magic for the crowd.

Baked goods and ice cream treats will be available at Visitation’s “Dessert Stop Caf/” and O’Malley’s Pub will serve beer, wine and margaritas.

In addition, free movies will be shown in the school’s auditorium. The film “Aladdin” will be shown at 6 p.m., and “Back to the Future” will be shown starting at 8 p.m.

Free street parking is available. For more information, (310) 994-9904 or