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Wilshire Park School principal retires after 33 years of service

Wilshire Park School principal retires after 33 years of service

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Enrique Franco has gained loads of admirers in his 33- year career with the L.A. Unified School District. So it was no surprise that they came out in droves, along with family and friends—and even the family dog, Dino—to bid him farewell at a recent ceremony at Wilshire Park Elementary School marking his retirement. Franco […]

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New friendships are bonus of ‘Over the Hill’ activities

New friendships are bonus of ‘Over the Hill’ activities

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 1985 sci-fi classic film “Cocoon,” a group of senior citizens take a dip in an alien pool and emerge feeling young and frisky again. One rejuvenated couple, played by Wilfred Brimley and Maureen Stapleton, discuss the miraculous results: “So you think we’re cheating nature?” “Yes.” “Well, I’ll tell ya, with the way nature’s […]

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Art museum is second home to tour guide Patsy Palmer

Art museum is second home to tour guide Patsy Palmer

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

If your child was one of the 25,000 students who visits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art each year, he or she was treated to a docent tour. One of those docents is Patsy Palmer, who gives a tour to a group of students 14 times during the school year. The Windsor Square resident […]

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Family-owned  firm Lester Carpet boasts three generations

Family-owned firm Lester Carpet boasts three generations

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a customer went to Lester Carpet for a floor covering in a small area in his house, he was treated as if he were furnishing a castle. He is among the many satisfied clients who have been served by three generations of the Lester family, beginning with Larry Lester, founder of the carpet company […]

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Janneke Straub heads Ojai Music Festival’s 68th year

Janneke Straub heads Ojai Music Festival’s 68th year

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The natural beauty of the Ojai valley is worthy of the new music and traditional performances scheduled at the Ojai Music Festival. Just ask Janneke Straub, who has been commuting from her home in Larchmont Village since she took the reins of the 68th festival earlier this year. She is executive director of the four-day […]

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Nat King Cole documentary reveals Hancock Park’s racist past

Nat King Cole documentary reveals Hancock Park’s racist past

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following is from an article on the documentary that aired in May on BBC Four. Nat King Cole, the first black American TV star and a friend of President John Kennedy, conquered hearts and minds across the world with a string of hits in the 40s and 50s. But behind the singer’s ever-present smile […]

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