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Wilshire Softball ties to UCLA are an inspiration

Wilshire Softball ties to UCLA are an inspiration

Established in 2002, Wilshire Girls Softball has become the premier girls fast-pitch league in the Hollywood-Mid City area of Los Angeles, said league president Adam Glickman. Despite its success over the last decade, including winning the 10U Burbank City title this fall, there was a sentiment within the league that mommy and daddy coaches can […]

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Residents urged to start preservation process

Residents urged to start preservation process

Miracle Mile will be requesting the city for an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) to protect their 80 and 90-year-old properties from McMansionization. Nearly 65 residents learned the steps necessary to create an HPOZ at a morning meeting sponsored by the Miracle Mile Residential Association on Jan. 10 at Leonardo’s nightclub. Board member Mark Zecca […]

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Bungalow appeal denied; heading to City Council

Bungalow appeal denied; heading to City Council

The owner of the Larchmont Bungalow was denied an appeal for a zone change Jan. 27 by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. Committee members Jose Huizar and Mitchell Englander upheld an earlier decision by the Central Area Planning Commission who denied the request for a zone change in October. The matter is expected […]

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Meet new neighborhood prosecutor at Town Hall meeting Jan. 21

Meet new neighborhood prosecutor at Town Hall meeting Jan. 21

Larchmont’s new neighborhood prosecutor Steve Houchin was at a town hall meeting Wed., Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave. Based out of the L.A.P.D. Olympic Division, Houchin oversees some 13 areas including local neighborhoods. “The great thing about this position is it depends on the relationship […]

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Art Deco Society hosts dance class, dinner at Ebell

Art Deco Society hosts dance class, dinner at Ebell

Learn dance styles of the 30s, then put them to use at a dinner dance on Sat., Feb. 14 sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles at the Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Ave. Walter Nelson will conduct a class on the fox trot, tango and waltz as well as a few jazzy […]

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New movie museum stars in area drama

New movie museum stars in area drama

Premieres, galas and exhibits are expected to draw celebrities, tourists and cars, cars and more cars once the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens at 6067 Wilshire Blvd. The impact of the six-story movie museum and “entertainment center“ is not being addressed in a draft Environmental Impact Report on the 208,000 square foot project, said […]

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Girasole to re-open with new name, Vernetti

Girasole to re-open with new name, Vernetti

If you passed by the old Girasole restaurant recently, you noticed that there’s a whole lot of hammering and sawing and banging going on. Girasole closed its doors in September to undergo a complete remodel. The owners, Steve and Joanna Vernetti, are combining the space next door to upgrade and expand the kitchen, create a […]

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Landis General Store in Larchmont Village has reopened

Landis General Store in Larchmont Village has reopened

Landis General Store is one of those storefronts that defines the character and history of Larchmont Boulevard.  Harkening back to a simpler time, family-owned, always someone who knows your name—this is a store that time forgot. Lucky for us, the store, located at 142 N. Larchmont Blvd., recently underwent a “freshening up” and is reopen […]

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Valentines speak of chance encounters, whirlwind romances

Valentines speak of chance encounters, whirlwind romances

Couple brought together by riots Jack Merrick is fond of saying that Rodney King brought he and his wife Margot—”the love of my life”—together. “It was under the duress of the curfew imposed after the L.A. riots that I had the bright idea to head to Palm Springs with some buddies,” he recalls. “Within three […]

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Boy inspires sporting goods drive for youth center

Boy inspires sporting goods drive for youth center

Taking note of the obsolete sports equipment that was piling up in the garage of his family’s Windsor Square home, St. Brendan fifth grader Hunter Campen had an idea. “There must be kids somewhere who could take advantage of this stuff we outgrow,” he told his Dad, Chase. “The conversation quickly grew from that to […]

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Harold Henry Park named for former area councilman

Harold Henry Park named for former area councilman

Harold Henry Park, tucked away in the quiet Windsor Village neighborhood, is being renovated to the applause of a grateful community. But many people are unclear of just who Harold Henry was, and the many things he did for Los Angeles that directly affected its growth, beauty and livability. Henry was born in Virginia City, […]

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‘Larchmont Walking Ladies’ keep in shape while feeding their soul

‘Larchmont Walking Ladies’ keep in shape while feeding their soul

Every weekday, come drizzle or shine, a group of local women who call themselves the “Larchmont Walking Ladies” gets together to do just that­­­—walk. And walk they do for two-and-a-half miles per day. The tradition started back in 1990 when Marion Plato, Lisa Avazian, Gloria Flores and Inez Aguirre were raising children. They needed an […]

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CIM airs plans for new homes at Farmers property

CIM airs plans for new homes at Farmers property

Brookside residents heard plans for the future of the Farmers Insurance 10-acre property from Clyde Wood and Johannes Van Tilburg, representing the CIM group, new owners of the property. The plans include converting the offices of the nine-story former headquarters building into 54 luxury condominiums, and erecting 65 single family homes and duplexes on the […]

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Tour landmarks of Sycamore Square

Tour landmarks of Sycamore Square

Sycamore Square often flies under the local radar, much less famous than its adjacent communities of Miracle Mile, Hancock Park and Brookside. A one-hour tour on Sun., Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. will introduce walkers to the neighborhood, which is bordered by Wilshire Blvd., Highland Ave., Olympic Blvd. and La Brea. The recent demolition of […]

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Cosmetic surgery on your lawn can pay off big time

Cosmetic surgery on your lawn can pay off big time

Artificial turf is like cosmetic surgery for your lawn. You get it hoping it will look great but if it goes wrong, it can look just awful. Whether under the knife or under the spade, you can spot a bad job a mile away. A stroll through the plastic faces and puffy lips of Beverly […]

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Fickett built ‘palatial’ homes for everyone

Fickett built ‘palatial’ homes for everyone

Edward Fickett built “palatial” homes for the middle class, world-class resorts, a residence on Switzerland’s Lake Geneva for Charlie Chaplin and renovated an historic L.A. Fire Station, for which he won one of his many awards. A book about his 50-year career was recently published by Rizzoli, “California Moderne and the Mid-Century Dream: The Architecture […]

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CIM airs plans for new homes at Farmers property

CIM airs plans for new homes at Farmers property

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brookside residents heard plans for the future of the Farmers Insurance 10-acre property from Clyde Wood and Johannes Van Tilburg, representing the CIM group, new owners of the property. The plans include converting the offices of the nine-story former headquarters building into 54 luxury condominiums, and erecting 65 single family homes and duplexes on the […]

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Tour landmarks of Sycamore Square

Tour landmarks of Sycamore Square

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sycamore Square often flies under the local radar, much less famous than its adjacent communities of Miracle Mile, Hancock Park and Brookside. A one-hour tour on Sun., Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. will introduce walkers to the neighborhood, which is bordered by Wilshire Blvd., Highland Ave., Olympic Blvd. and La Brea. The recent demolition of […]

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Wilshire Softball ties to UCLA are an inspiration

Wilshire Softball ties to UCLA are an inspiration

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Established in 2002, Wilshire Girls Softball has become the premier girls fast-pitch league in the Hollywood-Mid City area of Los Angeles, said league president Adam Glickman. Despite its success over the last decade, including winning the 10U Burbank City title this fall, there was a sentiment within the league that mommy and daddy coaches can […]

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Art Deco Society hosts dance class, dinner at Ebell

Art Deco Society hosts dance class, dinner at Ebell

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Learn dance styles of the 30s, then put them to use at a dinner dance on Sat., Feb. 14 sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles at the Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Ave. Walter Nelson will conduct a class on the fox trot, tango and waltz as well as a few jazzy […]

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