When the Neighborhood Was Filled with Nightclubs

Now get your memory cap on because we are going to go way back when. Let’s start with the RED HUT,located on the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Western Ave. These were the days when everything was open 24/7 and all the Jazzy People hung out for good meals, breakfast,…

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A Brief History Of the Clark Library

A Brief History Of the Clark Library The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located on the full block bounded by Adams, 25th, Cimarron, and St. Andrews, is a rare book and manuscript library that has been part of UCLA since 1926 (on paper) or 1934 (in fact). The Clark was founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr. (1877-1934),…

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Remembering Ira Westley and 23rd Street

Remembering Ira Westley and 23rd Street  In 1956 the sights and sounds of the neighborhoods we now call Kinney Heights and Western Heights were quite different.Even the reference name was different. Most people referred to the area bounded by Normandie, Arlington, Adams and Washington as Sugar Hill. Fruit trees, peach and orange, grew along the…

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In Memory of Inez H. Mogul

In Memory of Inez H. MogulOn December 16, Inez H. Mogul passed away, having just turned 96 years old.While on one hand we rejoice in her long life, her loss leaves the world a less kind, gracious, and interesting place. She was my mother, so you might expect me to speak of her in…

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In Memory of Leonard Cohen

In Memory of Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen, universally loved and celebrated poet and songwriter quietly passed away in his home in Mid-City at the age of 82. Although the notoriously low key artist had property in several places around the world he spent much of his time quietly and without notice within the TNN borders…

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Lee R. Chesney Jr. 1920 - 2016

Lee R. Chesney Jr.  1920 - 2016Painter, printmaker and educator Lee R. Chesney Jr., 95, whose longtime art studio is in Mid City, passed away on January 21, in Yucaipa, California from cancer. Family members have scheduled a public memorial retrospective exhibit of his work on Sunday, July 17, from 1 p.m. to 4…

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Portia Lea Solomon 1930 - 2016

Portia Lea Solomon 1930 - 2016Portia Lea Solomon was born on Easter Sunday April 20, 1930 to Lemule Larnson Martin Jr. and  Mildred Jean “Green” Martin in Spanishburg West Virginia.  She was the oldest of seven children, five brothers and one sister, and spent most of her childhood looking after her younger siblings while…

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Madonna Taylor 1938 - 2015

Madonna Taylor 1938 - 2015On December 9th, Madonna Taylor, our long-time neighbor and friend on Hobart, passed away after a brief illness.  This sudden loss shocked and saddened all who knew her.  Madonna and her husband, Ed, frequently hosted the Harvard Heights Cookie Wrap party every December to benefit our local police and fire…

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In Memory of Noah Davis

In Memory of Noah DavisFollowing a long battle with a rare form of cancer, local art leader Noah Davis has succumbed to the illness at age 32.  Passing away at his home in Ojai on August 29th, Davis is survived by his wife Karon Davis and their five-year-old son.Artist Noah Davis' Underground…

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In Memory of Officer Roscoe Jolla

In Memory of Officer Roscoe JollaThis story is about a man who was a good friend and co-worker for the past 20 years.  A man who was kind to everyone he came in contact with, regardless of your status in life.  Roscoe always had a kind word or the Word of God for you. …

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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