News

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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Blue Cross Pet Hospital to Close

For 16 years, veterinarian Dr. Debbie Oliver has been tending to Palisadians’ furry, scaled and feathered friends, but that will soon come to an end. Oliver has announced that she will be closing the Blue Cross Pet Hospital. The final day of business will be Thursday, May 15.  “I need a change. I need to […]

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Local Grief Expert: Supporting a Grieving Family

In light of the ongoing coverage of the hit-and-run that resulted in the death of Palisadian David Pregerson, the Post asked Palisadian grief specialist Susan Whitmore for tips on how to support a family going through the devastating loss of a child. Read more about Whitmore in this week’s Pali Life section. The death of […]

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Lieu Wins Dem Club Endorsement

On Sunday, April 13, the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club hosted a lively forum featuring four Democrats in the race for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat in Congress. Making presentations were State Senator Ted Lieu, former Los Angeles city controller and councilwoman Wendy Greuel and two first-time candidates – radio talk show host, author and Palisadian Matt […]

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Palisadians Provide Clues to Homicide Detective in Pregerson Hit-and-Run

On Tuesday afternoon, West Bureau Homicide Detective John Skaggs told the Palisadian-Post, “”In the last 24 hours, I’ve gotten four or five clues” about the December hit-and-run that killed Palisadian David Pregerson. The information came in response to the release of LAPD’s description of the vehicle suspected in the case, which the Post sent to […]

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Palisades Flag-Raising Ceremony This Sunday

At high noon in the Village Green this Sunday, April 13 – which happens to be Thomas Jefferson’s birthday – Honorary Mayor Jake Steinfeld will present flag contest winners Sean Lim and Will Dintenfass with a giant flag-sized check for $1,000. An additional $1,000 is being given to a charity of their choice. They will […]

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Taxes, Business, at Candidates’ Night

With just two months before the statewide direct primary elections, Republican candidates vying for various positions spoke at the Pacific Palisades Republican Club’s Candidate Night last week to garner support. Club member Sarah Piehl addressed the three candidates and the crowd of some 80 people in attendance at the Palisades Lutheran Church the evening of […]

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Lifestyle

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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Adderley Stars Shine Bright

When parents mention musical theater training in the Palisades, the next word out of their mouth is Adderley. Janet Adderley’s after-school performing arts program has been spreading joy and enriching the lives of children in this community for over 20 years! With a new location at The Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club and several performances for […]

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Farm to Table: Know Your Farmer

New light was shed on the food culture in America at the “Farm to Table” event at Kehillat Israel on Sunset. Presented by Palisades Cares, and largely sponsored by the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, “Farm to Table: Eat Local and Know Your Farmer” kicked off a series of discussions and events that will provide insight […]

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GriefHaven Offers Hope for the Journey

Palisadian Susan Whitmore, “Erika’s Mom,” Supports Families After the Loss of a Child  From a tiny corner office at her home in the Highlands, Susan Whitmore is busy at work doing a job no one would envy. Surrounded by achievement awards and photos of her daughter Erika, she pours herself into the lives of grieving […]

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PPWC Introduces New Board

The annual PPWC meeting on April 6 ushered in the Club’s new Board of Directors. PPWC members donned old-fashioned springtime finery with lovely hats, and gathered for their annual meeting to thank outgoing Club leadership and hear from the new Board of Directors. Outgoing president Kristin Sibson welcomed new Board President Terri Lyman who will […]

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Cafe Del Rey

  Our dinner at Café del Rey in early March was an earth-shattering experience, literally. As the ground jolted and the windows rattled I thought, “Well, this would be the way to go. Good company, good food and a beautiful…” And then before I could finish my thought the quake was over. “…A beautiful view” […]

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KIDS PAGE: Piggy Nation Comic Caption Contest

Hey kids! Submit your caption for the Comic Caption Contest. Our favorite entry will be featured on the Kid’s Page and the winner will receive a signed Piggy Nation Prize. You can enter as many times as you wish. Captions should be 65 characters or less. Email your entries to sierra@palipost.com with the subject “Comic […]

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Sports

Still Thriving on Throwing

No matter how successful we may become in life, it’s important to remember our roots. A shining example of someone who knows where he came from is Jim Vatcher, President of Jaeger Sports, a Southern California-based organization dedicated to developing athletes in the three most neglected aspects of baseball: arm conditioning/strength, mental training and flexibility/balance. […]

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Loyola Sticks to Plan

Coach Bryan Cuthbert was hoping last Wednesday’s tangle with Thacher School of Ojai was the right tune-up for the Palisades High varsity lacross team’s game the next night against Misson League powerhouse Loyola. In the end, the Cubs proved much too strong, building a 12-0 lead and cruising to a 15-2 victory at Stadium by […]

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PaliHi’s Williams Clocks Personal Best in Arcadia Invitational Race

Marissa Williams has logged a lot of mileage since winning the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in record time at the City Section track and field finals last spring. Big races once stressed her out, now the same can be said of SATs and AP tests. “I don’t get as nervous before races as I used […]

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PTC Juniors Shine at Easter Bowl Tourney

One of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world took place last weekend at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, where 64 of the best United States juniors in each age group took the courts to battle it out at the same venue where many of the world’s top professional layers […]

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jack Cortese

Jack, a freshman long stick middie for the Loyola High junior varsity lacrosse team, helped lead the Cubs to a 10-1 nonleague victory over Palisades last Thursday. He learned the sport from co-founder Charlie Meister in the Los Angeles Lacrosse League. A lifelong Palisades resident, Jack lives in the Huntington, played flag football, soccer and […]

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Tennis Routs Venice, Gets Ready for Ojai

No opponent has come close to defeating the Palisades High boys varsity tennis team in Western League play this season and that trend continued last Friday  as the visiting Dolphins lost a total of three games in 14 sets, blanking archrival Venice 7-0. Ben Goldberg won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, RJ Sands won […]

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PaliHi Spikers Avenge Early Loss to Gondos

In its most important match of the season, Palisades High’s boys varsity volleyball team rose to the occasion last Thursday, rallying past Venice, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19, to move into a first-place tie in the Western League. Galen Dodd led the way with 12 kills and two blocks, George Mitchel added 10 kills and one […]

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Bats Come Alive Against LACES

Too many times this season, hits have been hard to come by for the Palisades High varsity baseball team. Last week against LACES, however, the Dolphins came out swinging and produced 22 hits in back-to-back victories that vaulted them into second place in the the Western League.    Holt Maybank set the tone last Tuesday […]

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Softball Back on Track

Losing streaks have a way of demoralizing even the most confident teams and after three consecutive defeats, the Palisades High varsity softball squad was looking to break out of its hitting slump last Thursday against visiting LACES. Did it ever.  Stephanie Boorstin, Daisy Jones, Lily Lack and Sarah Cortez each had two hits, Boorstin had […]

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Harvard-Westlake Ties Loyola in Extra Innings

Two of the best high school baseball teams in California went head-to-head Monday when Studio City Harvard-Westlake hosted Mission League rival Loyola at O’Malley Family Field in Encino  and fans on both sides were treated to the matchup of the year. The game was halted because of darkness with Loyola batting in the top of […]

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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

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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RAINBOW BRIDGE: Clementine

Clementine June 20, 2000 – March 27, 2014 You put a smile on everyone’s face that was lucky enough to meet you and a tickle in their hearts. How grateful I am to have known you! I’ll see you on Rainbow Bridge, Clemmie! Wait for me there! I love you, Denise

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Rosetta Mary Wittorf, 97

Rosetta Mary Wittorf passed away on March 14 at the age of 97.  She lived in Pacific Palisades for 60 years where she was actively involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Rosetta had a great love of family, friends, and music.  She played the organ at the LDS temple for […]

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