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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

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.  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. 5:39 pm Read More

Pet Care Foundation – The Pet Care Foundation, founded by late Courier owner Paula Kent Meehan, held its first Spay and Neuter clinic in Pasadena

V-Petcare The Pet Care Foundation, founded by late Courier owner Paula Kent Meehan, held its first Spay and Neuter clinic in Pasadena and it was a big success, with more than 38 cats and dogs being treated. A team of staff and volunteers were on hand with pet goodie bags, flyers, tags and registering microchips. “Everything went so smoothly and fun thanks to all the support and efforts,” said Pet Care Foundation Director Bill Crowe, who went on to thank the backing of the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation. 5:19 pm Read More

Volunteers Are A City’s Angels, And Beverly Hills Is Particularly Gifted – The City Coucil recognized Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Leuning with a proclammation

Pictured (from left): Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Mayor Julian Gold, Volunteer Supervisor (and Recreation Supervisor) Jennifer Leuning and City Councilmembers Lili Bosse, Bob Wunderlich and Les Friedman. The City Council recognized April as “Volunteer Month” at Tuesday night’s meeting and honored Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Leuning with a proclammation for her efforts as Volunteer Supervisor in the City. Pictured (from left): Vice Mayor John Mirisch, Mayor Julian Gold, Volunteer Supervisor (and Recreation Supervisor) Jennifer Leuning and City Councilmembers Lili Bosse, Bob Wunderlich and Les Friedman. 5:18 pm Read More

Little Miss Mayor – Little Natalie, spent spring break in Beverly Hills and jumped at the chance to meet the Mayor Julian Gold

L-ChildMayor Little Natalie, the 10-year-old relative of Planning Commission Chair Lori Greene Gordon, spent spring break in Beverly Hills and jumped at the chance to meet the mayor. Mayor Julian Gold spent several minutes talking to Natalie and even let her sit in his seat, much to her delight. After her tour of City Hall, Natalie said that meeting the mayor had been “even cooler” than meeting Jimmy Kimmel and “almost as cool” as meeting Barack Obama. 5:44 pm Read More

Welcome To The BHPD – The Beverly Hills Police Department welcomed two new officers Friday, at their graduation from the Police Academy

Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood, left, Lieutenant Scott Dowling (second from right) and Sergeant Todd Withers (far right) welcome Officer Jesse Lyga and Officer Sydney Burke (second and third from right) to the BHPD family. The Beverly Hills Police Department welcomed two new officers Friday, at their graduation from the Police Academy. Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood, left, Lieutenant Scott Dowling (second from right) and Sergeant Todd Withers (far right) welcome Officer Jesse Lyga and Officer Sydney Burke (second and third from right) to the BHPD family. When Chief Sandra Spagnoli came to the City of Beverly Hills two years ago, there were only 116 officers. These graduations brings the total number to 135 sworn officers. 5:40 pm Read More

Young Scholars – To celebrate this year’s Beverly Hills High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists a special dinner was hosted at Fogo de Chao on La Cienega

Pictured (from left): Board of Education member Isabel Hacker, BHHS PTA co-president Laurie Okum, Mayor Julian Gold, student Brian Harward (accepted to Rice and UCLA), student Jamie Kim (accepted to Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Duke), Julian Javor, BHHS Principal Mark Mead, student Jonathan Artal (accepted to Stanford, Harvard, and USC), Board of Education VP Noah Margo, student Jason Harward (accepted to Northwestern and UC Berkeley), and Superintendent Michael Bregy. To celebrate this year’s Beverly Hills High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists, on Wednesday evening Julian Javor (a onetime finalist) and his mother, Kathy Javor, hosted a special dinner for this year’s student finalists and a few select City and school district officials at Fogo de Chao on La Cienega. At the dinner, the Javors revealed that each student would be given a $1,500 scholarship to use for the school of their choosing from their foundation, the Kobor Family Foundation. Pictured (from left): Board of Education member Isabel Hacker, BHHS PTA co-president Laurie Okum, Mayor Julian Gold, student Brian Harward (accepted to Rice and UCLA), student Jamie Kim (accepted to Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Duke), Julian Javor, BHHS Principal Mark Mead, student Jonathan Artal (accepted to Stanford, Harvard, and USC), Board of Education VP Noah Margo, student Jason Harward (accepted to Northwestern and UC Berkeley), and Superintendent Michael Bregy. 5:36 pm Read More

BHPD Officer Receives National Recognition – BHPD Officer Karly Loberg was honored for dedicated service as a first responder

v-police Each year, The American Legion gives its National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement. The award, which especially takes into account heroic acts, is presented annually at the Legion's national convention. BHPD Officer Karly Loberg was honored for dedicated service as a first responder. Pictured from left: American Legion District Commander  Michael Hjelmstad, Treasurer Ruth Hackney, Officer Karly Loberg, Law and Order Chairman Tim Carr and Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli. 5:59 pm Read More

Victory Garden – Beverly Hills, will offer a “Grow LA Victory Garden” workshop for four Sundays from April 8-29, 12 – 3 p.m. at Greystone Mansion

v-Victory-Garden-at-Greystone Beverly Hills, in partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), will offer a “Grow LA Victory Garden” workshop for four Sundays from April 8-29, 12 – 3 p.m. at Greystone Mansion and Gardens. Taught by Master Gardener George Pessin and other certified master gardeners, instruction will cover planning, seeding, plant selection, tools, mulching, irrigation, pest management, composting, organic pesticides, seed saving, harvesting and a host of other relevant information. Each class is $15, ($12 for Beverly Hills residents), or $56 for the entire series ($45 for residents). Those who take all four classes will receive a certificate of completion. 5:57 pm Read More

Work Has Begun – Tourists were not discouraged by the fencing that has enclosed the Lily Pond at Beverly Gardens Park

v-BevGardPark Tourists were not discouraged by the fencing that has enclosed the Lily Pond at Beverly Gardens Park. They continue to take photographs in front of the iconic sign. Rehabilitation of the decomposed granite and adjustments to protect the famous sign are expected to take about three months. Other renovations have begun on the easternmost parks, and will result in a refreshed landscape and facelift. 5:03 pm Read More

MorTorq – The Beverly Hills High Robotics Team, MorTorq, won the Entrepreneurship Award for the first time ever

Pictured (from left): Elfego Cruz, Tiffany Chieu, Ariel Young, Jett Barber, Nick Colins, Sasha Kubichka, Ariella Simoni, Lion Li, Raul Ramirez, Michael Newman, Sam Stahl, Alex Faraj, Henry Grote, Ethan Bootehsaz, Gabe Goldstein, Silvia Diaz, Noah Danesh, Jack Schmidt, Eva Danesh, Alex McDermott, Maya Luong, Ali Hakim, Donya Noubaharestan, Evan Aizenman, Victoria Martinez, Maxbryan Cosmosse, and John Castle. The Beverly Hills High Robotics Team, MorTorq, won the Entrepreneurship Award for the first time ever at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Pomona Fairplex from March 14 - 17, and was the only team to receive this award out of the 54 teams competing at the annual Los Angeles regional competition. The Entrepreneurship Award "celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage and achieve the team’s objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program." Pictured (from left): Elfego Cruz, Tiffany Chieu, Ariel Young, Jett Barber, Nick Colins, Sasha Kubichka, Ariella Simoni, Lion Li, Raul Ramirez, Michael Newman, Sam Stahl, Alex Faraj, Henry Grote, Ethan Bootehsaz, Gabe Goldstein, Silvia Diaz, Noah Danesh, Jack Schmidt, Eva Danesh, Alex McDermott, Maya Luong, Ali Hakim, Donya Noubaharestan, Evan Aizenman, Victoria Martinez, Maxbryan Cosmosse, and John Castle. 4:42 pm Read More

Last Walk – Lili Bosse hosted her final “Walk With The Mayor” on Monday, with about 500 of her friends in attendance

v-Lili Lili Bosse hosted her final “Walk With The Mayor” on Monday, with about 500 of her friends in attendance. Walkers were treated to a fête featuring food and beverages from all the restaurants that Bosse had visited in the previous year, a DJ and an array of garb emblazoned with the names of every business the Walk visited since she became Mayor. Many won prizes worth up to $500 in merchandise by collecting “Beverly Hills bingo” stickers at local businesses. The Walk will continue to meet every Monday at City Hall, led by a group of residents. 4:40 pm Read More