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Calling all participants, volunteers and sponsors! It’s parade time!

Preparations are currently underway for the 2016 Fourth of July Parade! This year’s theme is, “Our Little Piece of Paradise: Celebrating 75 Years of Westchester!” and applications are now available for groups wishing to have a float or march in the parade. Continue reading

Charter school hopes for a miracle to find space in Westchester

Opening up a successful sixth through twelfth grade charter school where students could flourish in academics and the arts, and teachers and administrators would be able to make decisions without LAUSD red tape to bring in rich programming and community partnerships, was a dream Westchester Secondary Charter School (WSCS) principal Janet Landon fought for years to achieve, but the school’s future is now uncertain.

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Parade to celebrate 75 years of Westchester, National Anthem singer sought

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Get ready to celebrate! This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first foundations being poured in the little piece of paradise we call Westchester. From bean fields and farmland, Westchester has grown into a thriving neighborhood with a world-class airport, prestigious universities and a sense of community unrivaled by even the smallest close-knit towns. Whether you’re lucky enough to live here, work here or own a business here, it’s easy to fall in love with this community whose unofficial motto is “a small town feel within a big city,” where everyone knows their neighbor and is working together for the greater good. Continue reading

Calling all Super Moms!

Do you know a mom from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista or Marina del Rey that deserves to be recognized for being awesome?

The HomeTown News is asking our readers to nominate super moms who are making a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, careers, local schools and/or neighborhood. Please email your Super Mom nominations to westchesterhometown@yahoo.com. Include your contact information and don’t forget to let us know what makes your nominee a Super Mom! We will feature some of these inspiring local moms and their stories in our May edition in honor of Mother’s Day.

Our featured 2016 Super Mom honorees will be treated to having their photo taken by Ballerini Cooley Studios in Playa del Rey, as well as a gift bag with items from local businesses.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 18.

Updated: Thursday, April 14.

It’s about getting involved, staying involved for Rotary’s Citizen of the Year

Smith-webChances are if you’ve ever been involved in a project, an activity or a group with the goal of bettering the Westchester and Playa del Rey community, you’ve met Garrett Smith. His love for the community and contagious can-do attitude is exactly why the Rotary Club of Westchester is honoring him this month as their Citizen of the Year at their annual Night of Comedy fundraiser. While typically a committee chooses the honoree, this year’s selection process was much easier according to event chair and Rotarian Cindy Williams; before a committee was even formed, she had received numerous nominations for Smith citing his exemplary involvement and service to the community.  Continue reading

The Spirit of Giving

The holidays are quickly approaching and while our focus turns to decorating, family gatherings, food and gift buying, many are also taken with the “spirit of giving–” a desire to give back to the community, the less fortunate and to nonprofits whose missions’ resonate with our hearts. While there are many worthy causes to give back to, here is our round-up of local opportunities to help spread some good cheer this holiday season: Continue reading