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Vote now in our 2016 Best Of Readers’ Poll!

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The HomeTown News is proud to present its Fifth Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll! Show your support for your favorite businesses, restaurants, events and hot spots by voting today. Our Readers’ Poll is about celebrating local small businesses in Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Del Rey and Marina del Rey!

In the first round of voting, please nominate your favorites in each category. The top vote-getters will then move on to our second round of voting starting June 30.

This survey contains more than 90 categories and should take about ten minutes to complete. While you don’t have to vote for everything on this list, you must vote in at least five categories.

Feel free to encourage your fans, friends and family to vote, but you may only vote once.

Please click HERE to vote or visit 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/finalhtnbestof2016

The results will be published in our Thursday, August 4 edition!

Want to run for Neighborhood Council? Candidate registration opens February 21

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Calling all candidates! If you’ve ever considered becoming more active in the community and serving on the 31-seat Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (NCWP), now is your chance to get involved. With the election taking place in late spring of this year, the NCWP is currently looking for candidates to run for the 16 seats that are up for grabs for four year terms. Continue reading

Marina del Rey restaurateur to receive Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club’s highest honor

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In the 18 years since Tony Palermo, or Tony P as he known by his friends and family, has owned his namesake restaurant with business partner Dan Ringwood, he’s managed to donate more than $380,000 to the community and operate arguably the Marina’s most popular restaurant. For his philanthropic efforts, the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club is bestowing their highest honor on Palermo at their annual Cultural Dinner. At the Thursday, October 15 event at Playa Vista’s CenterPointe Club, Rotarians will present Palermo with the 2015 Sunrise Community Service Award, an accolade they present once a year to a deserving community member who has made a difference in the lives of others, gives back to the community and lives their life by the Rotary 4-Way test. This year’s theme is “Return to Italy,” an ode to Palermo’s and club president Tony Ciancimino’s Italian heritage.

“We couldn’t think of a more deserving honoree for this year’s service award,” said Cultural Dinner chair Gwen Vuchsas. “Tony has donated to practically every group in this community and he is especially generous with the local schools, from donating money and gift cards for raffles to inviting schools down to his restaurant to learn how to make pizza. He is a great example of someone who is dedicated to community service, both personally and professionally.”

Palermo, who lives in Westchester with his wife, Lauren, and two daughters, is also known around the community for playing Santa Claus for the Rotary-sponsored Santa Tour and for having one of the major float entries in the Fourth of July Parade. He is active in a variety of community organizations and currently serves on the Executive Board of the LAX Coastal Chamber and as the Board Treasurer for the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. No stranger to being honored, in the past Palermo has been awarded the Business of the Year award from Senator Ted Lieu, Restaurateur of the Year from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association and last year, he received the Kid’s Need Heroes Community Pillar Award from the Westchester Family YMCA.

At the dinner, the club will also recognize longtime Venice resident Ty Pennington, who transformed the lives of hundreds of deserving families on the hit ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Pennington inspired tens of thousands of volunteers across the country, as well as millions of television viewers worldwide, to give back to their communities, which is a cornerstone of the Rotary mission. Locally, the show helped inspire the Westchester Rotary’s Home Makeover Project, which has helped transform the homes of four local families and earlier this year, the Westchester Senior Center.

The Cultural Dinner is the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps the 60-member club, which meets every Wednesday morning at Whiskey Red’s, the ability to fund projects like the Teacher Mini-Grants, the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, feeding the homeless, scholarships and supporting local fire fighters. The club also holds a variety of community events throughout the year including pancake breakfasts in Westchester and Venice and a St. Patrick’s Day BingoFest.

“It is truly an honor to be chosen to lead Playa Venice this year,” said Ciancimino. “Our members represent the best in our community and our  events like Adopt a Family where we  provide a joyful holiday where there wouldn’t have been one, Teacher Mini Grants and youth scholarships, which enhance educational opportunities, all offer a hand up to those in need. We proudly live the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self.’”

Tickets to the event are $85 and include appetizers, dinner, a hosted bar and entertainment. 

For information, please call (310) 306-8525.

Home Tour raises money for charity while showcasing homes decorated for the holidays

hometourwebEver been curious about what your neighbors’ perfectly landscaped home looks like on the inside? The  Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Westchester Mental Health Guild, gives attendees the chance to take a look at some of these cute, unique or architectural homes all in the name of charity. Now in its thirty-third year, the Home Tour not only showcases these exceptional local abodes, but also helps neighbors get to know each other and brings people together to raise money for local nonprofit, the Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS).  Continue reading

Our Best Of results revealed…

Dear Readers,

The votes are in and we are proud to share the results of our 2015 Fourth Annual Best Of Readers’ Poll with you! Our neighborhood is made up of so many great restaurants, businesses and organizations, and we are honored to be able to recognize some of these outstanding community members every August in our “Best Of” issue. Continue reading

Gillis heads to the beach for its 45th anniversary

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An impressive view of the planes flying in and out of LAX and the calm waves of Playa del Rey’s Gillis Beach made it the perfect spot for locals to spend their weekends and summers. In the early 1970s, the beach was the popular hangout for students from Westchester and St. Bernard high schools who would spend hours body surfing, sunbathing and making new friends. The beach’s single volleyball court served as the location that the teenagers could take out some of their friendly high school rivalry and practice their serves, digs and spikes.

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