The Editor Discovers Her Remarkable Ancestors

The Editor Discovers Her Remarkable AncestorsI was born out of wedlock in 1951 to a beautiful Latvian immigrant woman, Inta Penka. In 1940 when the Russians invaded Latvia, my mother, a young teen, was immediately sent home from her ballet school in the city but the boat she took did not drop her off at her…

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Rosie Brown

Rosie BrownOn any given day and especially Sundays, Rosie Brown, Jefferson Park resident and United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (UNNC) Outreach Chair can be found driving around the UNNC footprint and beyond using the free MyLA311 app to report illegal dumping and graffiti.  Long before 311 came along she was reporting…

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STEVE AND LISA VASQUEZThis Mid-City power couple and their children, work hand in glove to help their community. TNN: How long have you been married? Lisa:Thirty-one years. TNN: What drew you to each other when you first met? Steve:Lisa was beautiful and she still is, just a beautiful woman, and just a great…

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HUMMING ALONGThis April, long-time Lafayette Square resident Jennifer Johnson held a benefit luncheon at her home to raise money for her foundation, Hummingbirds, a philanthropic group founded by Johnson and her best friend Cathy Vanderford. It is composed of women and girls interested in promoting the wellbeing of children and women around…

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Wally Matsuura Life Long Kinney Heights Resident

Wally Matsuura Life Long Kinney Heights Resident TNN:   Wally how long have you lived in this house and how old were you when you moved in? Wally: Well we moved in, let's say '38 October, so I was about 7, I believe. TNN:   What was the racial mix of the community? Wally:There was covenant so only…

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JEWEL'S CATCH ONE NIGHTCLUB CLOSINGIt isn't often that a nightclub and a health clinic influenced by Eastern medicine are cordial neighbors, but that’s what residents will find on the corner of Pico Boulevard and Norton Avenue, just east of Crenshaw in Arlington Heights. Both businesses are owned and operated by long-time community member Jewel…

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How Conrad Jones is Making a Difference

How Conrad Jones is Making a DifferencePhotos by Dawn KirkpatrickThey practice at Queen Anne Park in Mid-City. They travel to events at various recreation centers throughout Los Angeles after being challenged by other teams. They are Mid-City’s Finest, a multi-ethnic basketball team composed of ten 9 and 10-year olds and one 11-year-old - Johnny Alvarado, Deshawn Dow, Paul…

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Wren T. Brown Co-Founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre

Wren T. Brown Co-Founder of the Ebony Repertory Theatre{jcomments off} The first thing you notice when you meet Wren T. Brown is his gorgeous deep, full voice and the way he uses it to shape words and thoughts in a courtly and beautifully cultured manner.   So it comes as no surprise to discover his family history has deep…

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Pete Carter, A Film Historian in Mid-City

Pete Carter, A Film Historian in Mid-CityMore than 40 years ago, Pete Carter settled into the Mid City neighborhood having migrated here from Trenton, New Jersey. Pete is known for his astonishing collection of African American films covering the period of 1902 to1951 which marked the end of the Oscar Micheaux era – the African American author,…

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Blaire Baron Larsen & The Los Angeles Drama Club

Blaire Baron Larsen & The Los Angeles Drama Club All The World's A Stage and All The Children Merely Players “Away! Thou’rt poison to my blood.” “Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.” Visit the multipurpose room of the Baldwin Hills Library any Friday afternoon and you will undoubtedly hear youngsters ages 7 to 14 hurling such insults at one another.…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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