After taking the fall semester off to focus on Ivy League applications, Beverly Hills High School Speech and Debate Team Captain William Lee tied for second place in Impromptu Speaking at the January 12-13 Peninsula Invitational at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates. William did not compete last semester and thus his last impromptu speech competition was last April in the semifinal round of the state championship.
The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday honored Antoine’s Tailoring, which was founded in 1974 by Antoine Osmanian and has been providing quality service to the City for nearly 45 years. For many years, Antoine worked alongside his son Gary in the shop, before Antoine’s third cousin, Rose Pananyan, came aboard in the 1990s as head seamstress. Gary and Rose continued the business after Antoine passed away and, a few years ago, prior to Gary’s retirement, Rose’s daughter Violet joined the team – transforming Antoine’s from a father-son operation to a mother-daughter shop. Antoine’s Tailoring is located at 415 N. Beverly Dr. Pictured above (from left): Rose and Violet Pananyan, Mayor Julian Gold, councilmember Lili Bosse, Vice Mayor John Mirisch and councilmembers Les Friedman and Robert Wunderlich.
Beverly Hills City Councilmember Robert Wunderlich and his wife Andrea Spatz visited the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala last month as part of their Holiday vacation. They made sure to bring along their copy of the Courier to read in their downtime. To join Robert and Andrea in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself holding the Courier on your next trip and email it to email@example.com.
Realtor and philanthropist, Michael J. Libow, brought along The Beverly Hills Courier to the remote Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Beijing, China last month to illustrate that the free press can survive sub-zero weather, wind gusts, and mountainous heights amongst many other obstacles. To join Libow in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself on your next trip and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, the Beverly Hills City Council honored Anto Beverly Hills, which is celebrating 40 years in the City, with its Legacy Business Award. Anto Sepetjian was a master tailor from Beirut who began shirtmaking in 1955. He came to the United States in 1976, and opened his own shop in Fresno, before a friend convinced him to move to Beverly Hills. Two years later, he opened his first small shop on Brighton Way and quickly developed a reputation for custom-making exquisite dress shirts. Anto ended up moving to different locations in the City multiple times to accommodate his growing business. In the 1980s, his sons Jack and Ken took up the craft and not long after, joined the business. Today, Anto Beverly Hills, located at 258 N. Beverly Dr., continues Anto’s long-standing tradition or providing top-flight tailoring and ready-to-wear clothing. Pictured, from left: Luis Solis, Alec Sepetjian, Sevag Sepetjian, Anthony Sepetjian, Ken Sepetjian, Haiganoush Sepetjian and Jack Sepetjian.
Beverly Vista families The Crows and the Margo’s brought in the new year in Ojai Valley. Noah Margo is the Beverly Hills Board of Education president. Alana Crow, Andrew Crow, Alyla Crow, Reese Margo, Noah Margo and Laura Margo
The City of Beverly Hills held a dedication ceremony on Thursday for Tom Friedman’s “Takeaway” – the newest addition to the City’s Public Art Collection. “I’m honored that the City of Beverly Hills commissioned this piece to add to their Public Art Collection. It’s important for me to spark people’s sense of wonder,” said Friedman. “I don’t look for specific meaning with my pieces, I leave that up to the observer.” Pictured, from left: Fine Art Commissioner Deborah Frank, Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Fine Art Commissioner Carolyn Hiller, Mayor Julian Gold, Friedman, past Fine Art Commissioner Alan Kaye, City Councilmember Lili Bosse, Fine Art Commission Vice Chair Stephanie Vahn, City Councilmember Les Friedman, City Councilmember Robert Wunderlich, Fine Art Commission Chair Zale Richard Rubins.
Beverly Hills Community Service’s Winter Camp at La Cienega Park kept kids busy during the Beverly Hills Unified School District’s holiday break. It was a week filled with arts and crafts –colored snowflakes, picture frames, beaded key chains, book markers – along with dance, obstacle course games and a “pajamarama” Friday breakfast to conclude camp. Pictured, in alphabetical order: Ilya Balashov, Victor Benaim, Ava Benayoun, Elior Benayoun, Liram Benayoun, Jonah Samuel, Sophia Biase, Seung Ah Chung, Yundan Dong, Isabella Eghbali, Adam Golbari, Cyrus Golshani, Chloe Gonzalez, Ariela Hen, Tyler Thomas Ip, Dylan Janfaza, Ella Janfaza, Mia Kerrigan, Nicholas Kerrigan, Ashton Khorshidi, Mia Khorshidi, Ethan Knothe, Ella Lee, Vinny Mir, Noah Nassir, Dara Navizadeh, Ava Plaxen, Emma Plaxen, Felix Sawyer, Beau Sherry, Raymond Song, Thomas Taylor, Luciana Unda, Joseph Vivanco, Diana Walters, Arthur Weiser, Tom Weiser and Isabella Xiong. Recreation leaders: Nolberto Bautista, Andrew De Leon, Marcy Flores, Trent Graham, Elissa Ibara, Harim Lee and Diane Miller. To enroll a child in Spring Camp during the spring holiday break, visit www.beverlyhills.org/bhrec or call 310-285-6850
Longtime Beverly Hills residents, the Gordon family, traveled to New York City last week to attend the International Debutante Ball, but made sure to bring along a little piece of home with their copy of the Courier. Pictured, from left: Victoria Gordon, Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Lori Greene Gordon, Neil Gordon and Natalie Gordon. To join the Gordon’s in the Carry The Courier Club, snap a photo of yourself holding the Courier on your next trip and send it, along with caption information, to email@example.com.
With 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings, one of the premier New Year’s Eve parties will be welcomed in under a canopy of twinkling lights.