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Longtime Beverly Hills Resident Gene Galen Dies At 84

Eugene “Gene” Howard Galen passed away at 84 in his Beverly Hills home on April 16 after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. A longtime Beverly Hills resident and a respected physician in the community for over 30 years, Gene was beloved by many for his passion and dedication to helping others. Read More

El Rodeo ‘Share Table’ Teaches Lessons In Giving

El Rodeo students Griffin Chirchigno, Tyler Emrani, John Kocinski, Stars Bekhor, Negin Piroan, Santiago Garcia, Mia Arnold-Kraft, Zoe Miller, Ameenah Huntoon, Olympia Lifson and Kiosks Bijari share the bounty at the Share Table. Thanks largely to the efforts of El Rodeo Principal Kevin Allen to inspire charity on a daily basis in the lives of the K-8 students he is tasked with educating, giving back is now a daily occurrence in the lives of the school’s youngsters five days a week. Read More

For The Love Of Children

Jane Seymour Jane Seymour received the Companion of Children Award during The Colleagues 30th Annual Spring Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire.  The Colleagues have raised millions for the Children’s Institute to look after vulnerable youngsters who have been harmed by violence, abuse or neglect. Read More

Honoring Henry – Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Monday honored longtime Beverly Hills optometrist Henry Oster in Sacramento

Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Monday honored longtime Beverly Hills optometrist  Henry Oster in Sacramento as part of the State Assembly’s 15th annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Monday honored longtime Beverly Hills optometrist  Henry Oster in Sacramento as part of the State Assembly’s 15th annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.  Oster and his parents were forced onto a train and sent to the Lodz Ghetto in October of 1941, when he was just 13-years-old. Henry was made to work 12-hour days in the fields and the local cemetery. Henry’s father died of starvation within six months. In 1944, Henry and his mother were deported from the Lodz Ghetto, forced into cattle cars, and transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. Upon arriving at the extermination facility of Birkenau, Oster was selected for slave labor and his mother was murdered in the gas chambers. He managed to survive three separate selections for the gas chambers. Read More

Happy Graduation – The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors.

IMG_0974 The final PTSA meeting of the 2017-18 school year included a bittersweet celebration that honored PTSA moms with graduating seniors. After upwards of 20 years in the school district, several of these volunteers are graduating out with their last child. The meeting also offered quite the suprise for co-president Jodi Galen - with a lifesize replica of the petite powerhouse volunteer! Pictured (top, from left): PTSA co-president Laurie Okum, Marjaneh Manavi, Jodi Galen (times two!), and Cindy Trost; (bottom, from left): “graduating moms” Rishelle Maman, Dorit Abramov, Doreece Artal, Eddie Rabin, Dagny Dubelko, Dori Kenneally, Fariba Khorshad, Nazy Yadegar, Jodi Galen and Laurie Okum. Read More

Plugged In Parents – More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann

Pictured (from left): Karla Mulholland, Ann-Marie Fine, Alisa Bozin, Anya Kamenetz, Lisa Bieler, Horace Mann Principal Juliet Fine (front), Bahare Yektafar, BHUSD Director of Technology Bernadette Lucas, Romi Azevedo (front), Kimberly Combs and Superintendent Michael Bregy. More than 200 BHUSD parents, kids and staff participated in the district’s second “Plugged-In Parents” event on Tuesday evening at Horace Mann to learn about navigating the challenges of screen time in the digital era. Featuring speaker Anya Kamenetz (author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life), the event was sponsored by PTA Council, Rocco’s Pizza, Virtual Room LA and San Wilshire Printing. To view the entire event, which was filmed by K-BEV, visit: tinyurl.com/BHUSDplugged2. Pictured (from left): Karla Mulholland, Ann-Marie Fine, Alisa Bozin, Anya Kamenetz, Lisa Bieler, Horace Mann Principal Juliet Fine (front), Bahare Yektafar, BHUSD Director of Technology Bernadette Lucas, Romi Azevedo (front), Kimberly Combs and Superintendent Michael Bregy. Read More