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Helga Kasimoff at 88: Still in fine tune

Helga Kasimoff at 88: Still in fine tune

| October 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

Helga Kasimoff calls this — her 88th year — “my piano year,” after the instrument’s 88 black-and-white keys. Her favorite piano is a concert grand in her Kasimoff-Blüthner Piano Co. showroom. It was played at Duke Ellington’s funeral, she recalls, and also was featured on Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini and Barbra Streisand recordings. She counts […]

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‘Ankle’ mosquito is pesky, but not fatal

‘Ankle’ mosquito is pesky, but not fatal

| October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

There’s a new kid in town, and while not seriously dangerous, this mosquito is a pest. Called the aedes mosquito, it is small with black-and-white stripes and comes out in daytime as well as at night, and is said to fly and bite low. “We call him the ankle mosquito,” said Bob Saviskas, executive director […]

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Ebell celebrates 125th with scholarships, gala

Ebell celebrates 125th with scholarships, gala

| October 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

The Ebell of Los Angeles — the city’s longest-running social and philanthropic women’s club — is celebrating its 125th year. Celebratory events will be offered all year long and will range from a magic-themed holiday ball and a fashion show (drawing on the club’s 800-piece costume collection dating to the mid-1800s) to a primer on […]

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Home linked to ‘Jazz Singer’ on WS-HPHS home tour

Home linked to ‘Jazz Singer’ on WS-HPHS home tour

| October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society will hold its annual home tour this year on Rossmore Avenue Sun., Oct. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Five stately homes between Third and Sixth streets will be featured, including one once owned by Harry Warner, who mortgaged it to pay for the financing of the first talking […]

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First of its kind in Los Angeles, HAWK to dramatically cut accidents

First of its kind in Los Angeles, HAWK to dramatically cut accidents

| October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s called HAWK, short for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk, and it’s been proven to dramatically reduce the rate of accidents. The new pedestrian crossing and signal was unveiled last month on Sixth Street between Fairfax and Curson avenues. Also called a HAWK beacon and a pedestrian hybrid beacon, the device is the first of its kind […]

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2019 Chronicle sealed for posterity, or 99 years on

2019 Chronicle sealed for posterity, or 99 years on

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The April 2019 issue of the Larchmont Chronicle has been sealed for posterity or at least another 99 years, give or take. Alysoun Higgins hid the copy inside the walls of her 1911 Craftsman home in the Wilton Historic District. She was inspired by two nearly-100-year-old newspapers she discovered when remodeling her master bathroom — […]

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