News

Eggstravaganza Draws Crowds

More than 1,000 Palisadians turned out for the third annual Eggstravaganza at the Palisades Recreation Center on Saturday, according to event organizer Susan McInerney.  Kids and their parents enjoyed the eggs-citing festivities, including bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, arts and crafts and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. The Easter Bunny made a […]

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Rabbi: Anti-Semitic Incidents Appear Isolated

Local Jewish leaders have not noticed an increase in anti-Semitism in Pacific Palisades despite a few recent incidents  which have raised alarm. An Anti-Defamation League report released this month shows anti-Semitic incidents nationwide decreased 19 percent last year, while California saw an even greater decrease. However, the report also highlighted a growing trend of epithets […]

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Crystal Ball Predicts Fire in Paseo Miramar

I have a one-room cottage and music studio on Paseo Miramar on the west end of the Palisades that I inherited from my parents in 1981 (our family moved to the Palisades in 1952 when I was 9). On Wednesday, March 12, the cottage caught fire. Here is what happened. I was having new ultra-clear picture […]

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Progressive Speaks at Palisades Library

Touting that she does not aspire to be a career politician and “money in politics is the cancer eating our democracy,” independent candidate for the 33rd Congressional District Marianne Williamson spoke to nearly 50 residents at the Palisades Branch Library on Wednesday, April 16. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) is vacating the high-profile seat. The […]

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PaliHi Grad Trades Sax for Submarine

For 2013 Palisades High School graduate Keondre Manansala, Navy boot camp was a lot like marching band.   “Being at attention and working as a team was pretty easy for me,” Manansala told the Palisadian-Post. “My first impression was that it was something familiar and not too strange,” he added. Manansala played tenor saxophone in […]

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Palisades Dem Club Endorses Lieu

On Sunday, April 13, the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu to succeed retiring Democratic congressman Henry Waxman in the 33rd Congressional District following a candidates forum at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club. The free public forum was attended by over 120 people and included four of the 10 Democrats (there are […]

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Swarthmore Stores Moving: Ready for Caruso Cleanup

Swarthmore retailers Michele International Hair and Beauty Products, Carly K and Palisades Playthings are gearing up to move.  The three stores are all located on the north side of Swarthmore and are situated closest to the soil contamination caused by a former dry cleaner on the street. The beauty supply store will be taking over […]

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Search Narrows for Suspect Vehicle in Pregerson Hit and Run

On Wednesday, April 9, a trio of Palisadian women gathered on Chautauqua Blvd. north of Borgos Place to listen in as Fox 11 TV news reporter Tony Valdez interviewed West Bureau Homicide Detective John Skaggs about the David Pregerson hit-and-run case. Pregerson was struck by a car while walking on Chautauqua around 3 a.m. on […]

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Palisades Flag Raised With Great Fanfare

More than 200 VIPs (Very Important Palisadians) gathered at the Village Green on Sunday, April 13, to celebrate the raising of the new Pacific Palisades flag.  As the Pacific Palisades Oom Pa Pa Band played, Honorary Mayor Jake Steinfeld introduced the flag contest winners, Sean Lim and Will Dintenfass. “We had over 230 entries in […]

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Post Hosts ‘Blast Off to Summer’ Block Party

FREE Fun for the Whole Family Get ready for summer with the Palisadian-Post’s ‘Blast Off to Summer’ Block Party on Sunday, April 27. Antioch St. between Via de la Paz and Sunset will be blocked off to traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the event. This FREE community event will include music, science, […]

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Lifestyle

60 Couples Renew Vows At KI

When Didi and I got married the first time (to each other, that is), she came up with a creative way to keep our marriage fresh and constantly renewed. “Let’s just get remarried every five years,” Didi said, “and of course get new rings each time as well.” Leave it to her to invent a […]

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From Cockpit to Shotgun: Palisadian Pilot Featured on ‘5Minute Drive’

Palisadian Alberto Diaz is no stranger to high-speed travel. A Cuban-born former Navy fighter pilot, the Marquez Knolls resident has been flying jumbo jets for United Airlines for almost 20 years. In a recent chance of pace, Diaz stepped out of the cockpit and into the passenger seat of the 2014 BMW 3 Series Wagon […]

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Palisadian Listed Among Top Advisors

Highlands resident Leonard Brisco, Jr. was recently named to Barron’s National Top 1200 Advisor list for the fifth consecutive year. With more than 34 years of experience in the financial services industry, Brisco has been with Merrill Lynch for 27 years. He received both his undergraduate and MBA Degrees from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode […]

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Ask BBB: Parenting Advice from Betsy Brown Braun

QUESTION: Our 12-year-old son loses everything – his backpack, his baseball glove, his sweatshirts – and doesn’t think it’s a big deal. How do we make him understand the value of these things? BBB: Losing possessions and not appreciating the value of things may or may not go together. There are some people who would […]

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Palisadians Wise Up To Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and Kevin and Jennifer Sabin, owners of the yogurt shoppe and founders of Encino clinic Working With Autism, invited the Palisades community to their “Go Blue or Go Home” picnic and fundraiser on April 12. “Autism is a condition that knows no socioeconomic, geographic or ethnic boundaries. The rise in […]

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Big ‘Thanks’ To Mack-Costello

Palisadian Lynn Mack- Costello lives and breathes Girl Scouts. This month, in correlation with National Volunteer Month Mack-Costello, who makes her home in the Bienveneda Bluffs, was awarded the Thanks Badge, the second highest award an adult volunteer can get in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles celebrated 102 years of Girl Scouting […]

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Morning Glory At Calvary Christian

“It was a morning our students, parents and faculty will never forget. To be in the presence of these incredible people who have transformed their lives through faith and perseverance and have come to Calvary to share their stories was transforming for our audience,” said Vince Downey, Head of Calvary Christian School, following the event. […]

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Learn To Surf LA Summer Camp

Learn to Surf LA surf camp is the experience of a lifetime!  It’s a great way for kids to spend the day playing and relaxing while learning how to handle themselves competently in the surf. Our professional instructors are CPR and First Aid certified – safety is top priority.  We provide safe foam surfboards, bodyboards […]

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Resilience Rewarded At Science Fair

If you’re as determined as Jack Standish and at first you don’t succeed, you try, try again. The young Palisadian, an eighth grade student at Portola Highly Gifted Magnet, was awarded first place at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on March 29, but his victory was no easy feat. His project in the earth/space […]

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Students Donate 4,000 Books

During a two-week book drive hosted by the Palisades Elementary BookEnds Ambassadors, more than 4,000 books were collected for donation. In their tenth year partnering with BookEnds, 28 fifth grade students from Pali Elementary loaded eight cars with the donated books and delivered them to Parthenia Street elementary school on April 4. The students from […]

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Sports

Dolphins Get Little Rest over Break

Palisades High’s Varsity Baseball Squad Wins Two and Loses Two at Last Week’s San Diego Lions Tournament Sure there were no classes, but last week’s Spring Break was no vacation for the Palisades High varsity baseball team, which geared up for the home stretch of the season by traveling south to the San Diego Lions […]

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Palisadians Brave Boston Marathon

Monday marked the 118th running of the Boston Marathon and among the approximately 36,000 registered participants were nine Palisadians who finished the historic 26.2-mile race. The local runners in order of finish were Brian Temple, 47, who ran the course in 2:59:47 to place 174th in  his age division;  Gary Bub, 48, who clocked 3:06:53 […]

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Spikers Win Culver City Tournament

Before his team even took the floor for Saturday’s Culver City Tournament, Palisades High Coach Carlos Gray knew it would take a supreme effort for the Dolphins to win without their normal lineup.  The situation grew even more dire when starting middle blocker George Mitchel got injured on the third point of PaliHi’s first match, […]

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Boesch Gets First Hit with Angels

Brennan Boesch recorded his first hit for the Los Angeles Angels in last Wednesday night’s 5-4 extra-inning triumph over the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Boesch signed with the club as a free agent in January and was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace injured outfielder Kole Calhoun. In his first plate […]

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Optimist/YMCA Track Meet Is Sunday at Palisades High

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA and Palisades Optimist Club will co-host the 42nd annual Optimist/YMCA Youth Track Meet this  Sunday, April 27, at Palisades High’s Stadium by the Sea. The event will be from 11:30 a..m. to 2 p.m. and participation is open to boys and girls ages 3-15. Running events will include 25, 50 and 100-meter […]

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PTC Summer Camp Registration Starts

Registration has begun for the Palisades Tennis Center’s summer session, which begins June 9 and runs through Aug. 29 on the courts at the Palisades Recreation Center. The PTC will offer a Big Hitters and Junior Development camp for players ages 4-13 Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Academy 1 camp, […]

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Williams Doubles at South Bay Meet

It certainly wasn’t her customary way of running, but the end result was the same as it usually is for Palisades High junior Marissa Williams in the 800-meter race at last Saturday’s South Bay Track & Field Championships in Torrance.   After cruising to victory in the 1,600 by almost 16 seconds in a time […]

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Marquez Tennis Teams Keep Rolling in League

The action was fast and furious on the upper courts at the Palisades Tennis Center on Saturday, where the Pacific Palisades Elementary School Tennis League’s spring season resumed with a pair of close matches. Marquez 1, the defending league champion, kept its winning streak alive with a 2-1 victory over Corpus Christi. Marquez 1 dropped […]

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Drew Pion

Drew, a senior outside hitter for the Windward School varsity volleyball team, was unstoppable in the Wildcats’ two Alpha League matches last week. Against Crossroads, he pounded 29 kills on 65 swings, with 25 digs and five blocks. Two nights later he had 16 kills, nine digs and two blocks in a three-set victory over […]

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Boys Tennis Clinches Another League Title

There was little celebration Monday afternoon at the  Palisades Tennis Center after the Palisades High boys varsity tennis team clinched the Western League championship with a 7-0 shutout of visiting Hamilton. It marked the 34th league title for Coach Bud Kling since he took over the boys program in 1979. In singles, Ben Goldberg, Daniel […]

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Business

New Business Ships Into The Palisades

Just in time for the New Year, Ramanjeet Singh opened the doors to Pacific Palisades’ newest business, InstaMail Office – a one-stop shop for shipping, packing and business needs like printing and supplies. “After working at UPS for almost three years, I noticed a real need in the community for better customer service through easier […]

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Hollyway Cleaners to Offer Earth-Conscious Alternative

Clean clothes are soon to be synonymous with clean air in Pacific Palisades. Forerunners in the green revolution, Hollyway Cleaners will open a third branch of their environmentally friendly dry cleaning business on Sunset next month. Stemming from a decades-long history of family-run dry cleaning, Hollyway Cleaners is owned and operated by Amin Amersi and […]

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Kourosh Gohar Develops a Personal Assistant App

Who says you have to be an A-lister to have a personal assistant? Thanks to an app called kuyam, you can have your very own “PA” in your pocket or purse. Best described as a mobile and online scheduling platform, kuyam is the brainchild of L.A. local Kourosh Gohar and partners Tony Rhoton and Todd […]

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Happy LA Celebrates Sixth Year in the Highlands Village

Happy LA, the women’s clothing boutique in the Highlands Village off Palisades Drive, celebrated its sixth anniversary last Wednesday with wine, champagne, savories from nearby Taste restaurant and music from DJ Margot Lox. Customers also received 10 percent off and were given a VIP card that allows 20 percent off a future purchase. The mood […]

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YMCA Will Hold Special Fundraiser

What’s your Palisades-Malibu YMCA story? Did you go to camp here? Learn to swim? Were you a Y Guide?  Did your children play iddy-biddy sports at the Y? Palisadians, young and old, are invited to become Sustaining Members with a minimum donation of $200 per family and attend a special event at Simon Meadow on […]

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Butter Super Soft Opens On Montana Avenue

Just as summer was winding down for many local kids, Shelly Banton opened her Butter Super Soft store at 1107 Montana Ave. on August 20. Half of the store is devoted to the Butter line, which is popular with girls and teens because of the material’s soft feel. “It’s warm and yummy,” said Banton, who […]

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Fight For Air Walk Sunday

The American Lung Association in California will host its fourth annual Fight for Air Walk at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The 2.5-mile route begins and ends at the Promenade, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard, and will feature a silent auction and festival-type atmosphere. Lung […]

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Project Cuddle Will Host Spooktacular

Project Cuddle will host a Halloween Spooktacular 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, in Pacific Palisades. Ticket sales directly benefit Project Cuddle and its mission to provide safe and legal alternatives to baby abandonment. The event will feature cocktails from Karma Tequila, wine from Glacier Peak Winery and a dinner buffet prepared by Chef Kevin […]

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St. John’s Presents ‘Pink Ribbon’ Panel

Saint John’s Health Center will present its fourth annual Pink Ribbon lecture on “Vitamins, Minerals & Hormones in Breast Health and Cancer,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, and 2 to 4 p.m. on October 16 in the Santa Monica Public Library auditorium. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. Phone: (310) […]

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BreitBurn CEO Hal Washburn Supports the Children’s Bureau

Palisadian Hal Washburn, co-founder and CEO of BreitBurn Energy Partners, is an active member of the Children’s Bureau board and a member of the committee organizing a Celebrity Chefs Wine Tasting on October 10 to benefit the Children’s Bureau. Other committee members include Palisadians Kris Losito, Ceci Dean and Denise DeSantis. “This will be a […]

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Real Estate

HOME SPOTLIGHT: Montecito-Style Home: 5-Star Living at Its Best

If you long for luxurious days at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara, you’ll feel right at home in this standout Montecito-style custom home designed by Grant Kirkpatrick and Erik Evens of KAA. This expansive 18,000-plus square-foot property featuring privacy, flat green lawns and sycamore trees was completely reimagined in 2007 when this immaculate 6,400-plus square-foot […]

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Only One Palisades Home Listed Under $1 Million

As of March 31, 2014, 82 single-family Palisades residences were listed in the Multiple Listing Service (M.L.S.). The current level of inventory is 22 percent higher than last year’s March 31 available inventory. A total of 62 homes sold in the Palisades in the first quarter of 2014. Median sale prices were up by 1 […]

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Tips For Sellers of “Teardowns”

There are many misconceptions about selling a house that most people would consider a teardown. In the first place, a surprising number of potential buyers for such houses want to buy it as their own home.  Although they may not be all-cash buyers like developers tend to be, often they are willing to pay a […]

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Your Home Inspections Primer

Home inspections offer the best possible opportunities for buyers to protect themselves from the often costly and time-consuming surprises of home ownership. Here’s a quick guide to types of inspections that are advisable.  General Physical Inspection This basic inspection is recommended for anyone placing an offer on a home. What it detects: The major operating […]

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Palisades Celebs on the Move

Rihanna has listed her Rivas Canyon home for sale. The approximately 11,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 9-bath estate is touted as a “triumph to modern architecture.” The songstress is asking $15 million for the home, but is also offering it for lease at $70,000 per month. This is not the first time Rihanna has shopped the property, which […]

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REAL ESTATE Q&A: James Respondek

James Respondek of Sotheby’s International Realty exudes a quintessential Southern California vibe, but the surfing aficionado didn’t set foot in the Golden State until he was 25 years old. By then, he had already bought and sold his first property – at a profit – and traveled the world. Respondek, who started selling real estate […]

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6 Biggest Mistakes Listing Agents Make And How They Cost You $

1. Not countering all offers  In this hot seller’s market it is common to get multiple offers on a home. In fact, a majority of all homes on the market are getting more than one offer. It is very important to maximize the highest return for the seller. When a lower offer comes in, some […]

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MOVIE STAR HOMES: Rita Moreno and a Westside Home Story in the Riviera

Actress Rita Moreno is best known for her role as Anita in the 1961 film West Side Story.  The Puerto Rican-born beauty is also known in the Palisades for having nearly a two-decade run, high up on Amalfi Drive in the Riviera. That is where Moreno and her husband, cardiologist Dr. Leonard Gordon, lived in […]

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Let Your Home Be the Star in Film or TV Productions

What do “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Baywatch” and “Freaky Friday” all have in common? They were all filmed in Pacific Palisades. On our streets and in our neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to see TV shows, movies and commercials being filmed.   Have you ever wondered what it takes to rent out your home for the sake […]

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HOME SPOTLIGHT: Gated Architectural Compound Offers Ultimate Lifestyle

Cruise through the gates high atop Paseo Miramar and you’re transported to a private sanctuary where breathtaking views stretch from snow-capped Mt. Baldy to the sandy beaches of Santa Monica all the way up to Malibu. With seamless indoor-outdoor flow and a jaw-dropping 2,500 square-foot rooftop deck, this one-of-a-kind architectural smart home is an entertainer’s […]

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Obituaries

Marjorie Leona Hansen, 97

Marjorie Leona Hansen passed away at her home in Westwood on March 26, 2014, one month before her 98th birthday. She had a long life and was an inspiration to all who knew her because of her intelligence, grace and strength of character. Miss Hansen was the daughter of Edward and Ida Hansen and was […]

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Philip Wechsler, 58

Philip Stuart Wechsler, who was raised in Pacific Palisades, died April 7, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 58, and he had battled his illness for 20 years. Phil was born at Temple Hospital in Los Angeles on October 7, 1955. His family lived in Westchester at the time, but before his second […]

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Dr. Allen E. Puckett, 94, Aerospace Engineer

Dr. Allen E. Puckett, the pioneering aerospace engineer who once led Hughes Aircraft Company, died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades, where he had been a resident for 39 years. He was surrounded by loving family. He was 94. Allen Puckett was born on July 25, 1919 in Springfield, Ohio to Roswell C. […]

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Joanne Cullen, 95

Joanne Dena Cullen, well-known artist and longtime resident of Pacific Palisades, Calif., passed away peacefully March 30, 2014. Joanne was born Dec. 11, 1918, in St. Paul, Minn., to Simon and Nell Lasker. She studied art at the Art Students League in New York City and worked as a draftsperson during World War II at […]

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Robert Gerald Peitzke, 71

Longtime Palisades resident Robert Gerald Peitzke, known to family and friends as Bob, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 16, 2014. He was 71. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bob was a kind, contagiously optimistic man who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Bob was a Los Angeles native, growing up in […]

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Helen Boyce Sweeters, Advocate for Children with Special Needs

Helen was born in 1922, the youngest of four siblings.  She lived her earliest years in New York City before moving to Scarsdale, N.Y., a place of great memories for her.  She graduated from Catholic schools, including the Ursuline School and the College of New Rochelle.  In her senior year of college, at the height […]

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Alexis Doose, Former Deputy District Attorney

Alexis Reichert Doose passed away peacefully at home in Pacific Palisades on March 30, 2014, after a long battle with lymphoma. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Reichert and a 1961 graduate of Black River Falls, Wisconsin High School. She was a 1965 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where […]

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Emil Peter Wroblicky, 89, Citizen of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year

Emil Peter Wroblicky of Pacific Palisades passed away March 22. Emil was born in Harvey, Ill., on Aug. 12, 1924. He graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1942. He served in the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific during WWII at Roi Namur and Kwajelein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Later he was transferred […]

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Mary Sturhahn, 74

Mary Sturhahn passed away on March 30, 2014, from cortical basal degeneration, a rare disease of the brain. While her thought process and memory remained intact, her body over the course of seven years slowly failed her. Mary was born on May 1, 1939, and lived in Veblen, South Dakota, prior to moving to Laguna […]

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Martha “Carroll” Smith Lewis, 88

Martha “Carroll” Smith Lewis, 88, of Roseville, Calif., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 9. Born Dec. 9, 1925, in Rockville, Ind., to William F. and Catherine M. Smith, she was the eldest of two children. As the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, she and her family moved several times to Kentucky and Tennessee. After high […]

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