NORTH WESTDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
V O LU M E 3 1 , I S S U E 3
North Westdale News MARCH 2009
P.O. Box 642522, Los Angeles, CA 90064
SAVE THE DATE!
Inside This Issue!
From the President (page 1) MVCC Event of the Month (page 3) Next Meeting:
Composting Tips (page 1) Richland Avenue Elementary Update (page 3)
NWNA Dining Club (page 2) Upcoming CERT Trainings (page 4) Monday,
St. Andrews Happenings (page 2) Block Captain Vacancies (page 4)
Dues Reminder (page 2) Police Report (page 4) March 9
From the Desk of the President 7:00pm
and negative. We are always fighting for
your rights and the liberty of all our St. Andrew’s
neighbors. As always, I want to encourage
you to join us at St. Andrews Church to let Lutheran Church
your voice be heard about your concerns. on Federal &
For instance at our last meeting a Clarkson
concerned neighbor informed us about the
Internet Café on National Boulevard
adjacent to the 405 Freeway. This café has
Dear friends and neighbors,
been a source of blight with respect to all- Upcoming
We are in the middle of the
NWNA term and I am pleased to report we
hours partying complete with underage Meetings:
alcohol and drug use as evidenced by the
are making good progress this year with
paraphernalia and garbage remnants in the April 13
respect to our goals and neighborhood
improvement. We have strengthened our
parking lot. Items such as this will be a
hot item for the NWNA to eradicate with
relationships with key civic offices and
have our finger on the pulse of proposed
the help of the LAPD and we will stay on June 8
neighborhood developments both positive CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Agenda For Mar 9
Waste Not, Want Not 1. Subcommittee
Turn Kitchen Scraps Into Something Great for Your Garden Reports (Airport,
By: Lillia Singer, Bella Garden Design composting pile? Cut up the scraps into 1 Crime,
COMPOSTING your kitchen inch pieces and bury Outreach,
them in your flower or
scraps is a win-win situation. This scenario
works well if you have a lot of kitchen
scraps. Choose a hidden area in your back Cover well with 3-4 2. New Business
inches of soil.
yard. Dig a hole 2 feet deep. Add kitchen
Interested in the indoor
3. Open Floor
scraps; more finely chopped kitchen scraps
decompose faster. Cover it with several bin composting? Email
inches of soil or garden clippings – leaves for the instructions
and some grass . Continue to add to the hole (email@example.com).
until full, adding more garden refuse on the
top. Keep the pile moist. You may want to COMPOST DO’S & DON’TS
turn it occasionally. And then wait 6 DO:
months for it to decompose. Fruit and vegetable scraps
Want to compost your kitchen Egg and nut shells
scraps but don’t have room or time for a CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
NWNA Diners Heading Overland
Next Dining Club Meeting: Overland Cafe
A very special thank you to the block, so stop by for lunch or a snack
Mark and Elliot for keeping their lovely after you do your marketing!
Mar Vista eatery, The Curious Palate So what’s on the menu? In
open late to feed the North Westdale April, the dining club will take our taste
diners last month! And thank you also buds to:
to Lorraine Wells for making the
arrangements for last month’s dinner. Monday, April 6
Yours truly enjoyed her juicy Overland Cafe
meatloaf burger immensely as well as 3601 Overland Avenue
the homemade cookies, cheese and rich (south of Charnock)
hot chocolate. The homey atmosphere
was the perfect compliment to food To RSVP or join the club mailing list,
made from local produce, including email Lilia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
products from the nearby Mar Vista Suggestions for future restaurants are
Farmer’s Market held on Sundays. The So many great choices! Cheeses, fine
always welcome! chocolates and baked goods lined up and on
Curious Palate is conveniently just down display at the Curious Palate counter.
From the Desk of the Dues Reminder
President, cont. It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Dues In!
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The NWNA would like to thank Your dues help make our
top of this until it is made right. each and every one of you who paid neighborhood a better place to live.
Keep your eyes peeled for the dues for this year. For those who have They allow for this newsletter. They
Spring Fling event hosted by the St. not yet- shame on you! This will be the allow for a meeting room for us to
Andrews Church in May. Further last reminder. Please, please, please operate at St. Andrews Church. They
details will be forthcoming, but the more send your dues payment to NWNA, P.O. allow us to make donations to worthy
neighborhood involvement the better! Box 642522, Los Angeles, CA, 90064. local charitable causes such as a
So don’t be a stranger, come on out to Dues results: 180 of the computer lab for Richland Elementary,
our meetings, get involved and let your households have donated this year which support of LAPD events, and Airport
voice be heard. is only 20% response rate. We should be watchdog groups like C.R.A.A.P. We
at least double that level. This is a small subsist on a very tight budget and we all
$10 minimum ask from the people who work to fight for better roads, traffic
Tony work year round for your rights and
protecting our neighborhood.
improvements, urban forestry protection,
graffiti removal, and much more! Please
mail that check right now – no excuses!
A Message from the MVCC:
Support the LAPD, Attend the Pacific Area Spring Carnival!
12312 Culver Blvd, Come to the Pacific Area
Los Angeles, CA 90066 Spring Carnival and enjoy
food, fun rides and
March 20, 3pm-11pm games! Contact Pacific
March 21, 12pm-11pm Community Relations
March 22, 12pm-11pm Office at (310) 202-4524.
Pre-sale tickets available
($15 for 24 ride tickets).
The School Report: News & Events at Richland Avenue Elementary
Donate to the Silent Auction, Volunteer in the Garden, There’s So Many Ways to Help!
THANK YOU DISNEY path. Our garden is such a gem for our been scheduled for Saturday, March 21!
VOLUNTEARS FOR A school, we feel privileged to have such Bring the kids for a fun day and support
GREAT DAY IN THE a wonderful place for our students! our local school. If you would like to
GARDEN! donate an item or service to the silent
Disney VoluntEARS and ATTENTION 6th GRADERS! auction, please contact Kami Turrou at
Richland Avenue families Did you know Richland Avenue also email@example.com or (310) 575-
gardened together for a day on has a 6th grade? Please call the school 0058.
February 21. Over 60 teachers, parents to find out about our 6th grade
and students worked with Volunteers class. Richland provides a safe, small REMINDER!
from Disney to build new planter boxes, environment with a wonderful teacher SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMS
cut ivy, landscape the front of the school, for our 6th graders. Don’t forget there are many everyday
mulch fruit trees and clean up the ways you can support our local school:
garden. LAST CALL • Turn in receipts for Westside
FOR KINDER ROUND UPS Pavilion purchases at the Customer
The garden gets better and better with The last Kinder Round Up will take Service Desk (2nd Floor) for the
each work day! Students are getting into place later this month on: School Cents Program.
the garden to plant and grow vegetables, • Save Campbell’s Soup labels and
some of which are donated to the Thursday, March 19, 2009 General Mills Box Tops for
Westside Food Bank. A big thank you Education
goes to Connect L.A. for getting the The Round Up is held at 9am in the • Sign up your grocery store club
Disney VoluntEARS to our school and library of Richland Avenue Elementary cards or WAMU debit card (follow
to Whole Foods for donating lunch for School. For more information, contact procedures on their websites)
our volunteers. the school at (310) 473-0467. • Volunteer for the Wonder of
Reading program. Just
Our next big project for the garden is to INTERNATIONAL one hour a week can make
clean up and complete the path so all of FESTIVAL AND SILENT a huge difference for a
our students, including those who need AUCTION child!Contact school
mobile assistance, can have safe access MARCH 21 librarian Susie Moreno at
to the garden. We are still working hard Richland Avenue’s annual (310) 473-0467 for more
to raise $3500 to be able to purchase the spring event, the International information.
decomposed granite needed to cover the Festival and Silent Auction has
Waste Not, Want Not, St. Andrew’s Happenings
cont. 11555 National Boulevard
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Los Angeles, CA 90064
Coffee grounds* and tea bags Book Soup Nights
Leaves, bark and branches ½” diameter
or less Wednesday, March 4
Grass and plant trimmings Wednesday, March 18
Wood chips and sawdust*
Wood ashes* As the days lengthen and the nights get shorter, come to St. Andrew's to take
some time for slowing down and enjoying community. On Wednesday March
DO NOT: 4th and Wednesday March 18th, the St. Andrew's community will gather for
Pet waste simple soup suppers at 6:30 PM followed by Evening Prayer. At 7:30 PM on
All animal products – bones, meat, these Wednesdays we will be discussing The Great Emergence: How
poultry, fat or oil Christianity is Changing and Why by author and historian Phyllis Tickle.
Dairy product Please feel welcome to share in food, prayer and learning!
Crab or Bermuda grass
Diseased plants and weeds For more information, contact the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church office at
*Large amounts of these products can
alter the pH balance of your soil
North Westdale Neighborhood Association Thank you Bahaa Mikhail
President Tony Sanelli New block captain for 2500 Granville
Vice President Bahaa Mikhail
Secretary Amy Levy
Treasurer Lillia Singer
Webmaster Andrew Parke
Newsletter Editor Victoria Sanelli BLOCK CAPTAIN openings
If you have questions or would like to volunteer and get
more involved with the neighborhood association, contact
Tony Sanelli at (310) 694-0228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2600, 2800 Armacost 12100 Clarkson
2700-2800 Burkshire 2400-2800 Stoner
Have a story idea or event that might be of interest to the
neighborhood? Please email Victoria Sanelli at 2700-2800 Barrington 2400, 2600-2800 Granville
email@example.com. 2400 Bundy 2700-2800 Coolidge
Time commitment is just 15-30 minutes a month to make a difference to
our neighborhood! If you, or someone you know, would make a good
The North Westdale Neighborhood block captain, please let us know! Call Tony Sanelli at (310) 694-0228 or
Association (NWNA) serves the
community bounded by the 405
Freeway to the east, National Blvd
to the south, Centinela Ave/Bundy
Drive (Centinela north of Ocean
Upcoming Community Emergency Response Team
Park and Bundy south of Ocean (CERT) Trainings
Park) to the west, and the Santa FREE course taught by the L.A. Fire Department.
Monica Freeway to the north, Learn to protect yourself, family and neighbors in an
representing approximately 1,000 emergency situation. Get trained to put out small fires,
homes. All residents, both home assess injuries, provide basic aid, conduct search and
owners and renters, are members. rescue, support police/fire department efforts and more. Visit
There is an annual voluntary
www.cert-la.com for more dates and locations and general CERT
donation of $10 per household.
NWNA strives to improve our
neighborhood with activities UCLA Fire Station 43
ranging from crime watch to Student Activities Center, 1st Floor 3690 Motor Avenue
neighborhood beautification to 220 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90034
local school support. Los Angeles, CA 90095 Thursdays, 7pm-9:30pm
Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm Mar 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16. 23
Mar 12, 19, Apr 2, 9, 16 and 23 Contact: Marisa Stewart
Contact: Thomas Rodriquez firstname.lastname@example.org
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