Maxie Floyd and All That Jazz

Maxie Floyd and All That JazzMaxie Floyd has lived and owned property in Mid City for over forty years.  A jazz enthusiast and historian, Max is known for his fine art photography of iconic photos of great jazz musicians and for his knowledge of the history of jazz in our community.   When jazz…

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James Carey, Local Theater Director, Gets Prestigious Opportunity in Zimbabwe

James Carey, Local Theater Director, Gets Prestigious Opportunity in ZimbabweWest Adams resident James Carey is taking his show on the road. Actor-director Carey is founder of the nearby Attic Theatre & Film Center. Located on Washington Blvd at Hauser, the Attic is a year-round, full-service theatre with a complete season of plays.  With a mission to present West Coast…

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Cooking With Gabby

Cooking With GabbyParents trying to cook at home for finicky kids who are constantly exposed to Ronald McDonald, the Colonel and every sugary concoction imaginable are in for a struggle to start with. But cooking healthy? As difficult as that may be, Los Angeles restaurateur Steven Vasquez and his family are on…

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Ron Finley Mr. Greenjeans of the 10th District

Ron Finley  Mr. Greenjeans of the 10th DistrictPerhaps many of you will remember the popular children’s television show, Captain Kangaroo; for those of you who don’t, it’s worth a Google!  Mr. Green Jeans was the Captain’s soft spoken sidekick and taught us about the importance of taking care of the earth by planting seeds. Ron Finley is…

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Eric Bronson Preservation Activist

Eric Bronson Preservation ActivistWest Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presented its annual Martin Weil Historic Preservation Award to longtime preservation activist Eric Bronson of Harvard Heights. Eric approaches historic preservation in a low key but effective manner.  He is always there when someone has a question whether it is the WAHA Board, the…

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Celia Bell Says Goodbye To Beloved Community

Celia Bell Says Goodbye To Beloved CommunityGracie Santana            Celia Bell Before her recent move to Las Vegas, forty-six year Council District 10 resident, Celia Bell, was a tireless community activist. Her work as creator and President of the Longwood Highland Neighborhood Watch, representative of Region 5 on the Mid City Neighborhood…

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Donna Jones, West Adams SheRo

Donna Jones, West Adams SheRoOn Sunday, May 15, 2011, West  Adams Avenue's Donna Jones was awarded the annual SHEro Award from Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. (26th Senate District). Donna was one of 26 women who received the honor based on her demonstrated leadership, volunteerism and commitment to her community. During the ceremony, Donna received…

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Grandmaster Walter Goode

Grandmaster Walter Goode    Teaching Kids To Master Themselves Behind the humble façade on Jefferson Blvd. you will find a humble man with a big name, Grandmaster Goode, founder and owner of World Championship Karate Sports Academy. But the self-effacing Walter Goode has every reason to crow. He holds black belts in four karate techniques,…

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Black History Month Leo Branton Jr.

Black History Month Leo Branton Jr.   Visiting with Lafayette Square resident Leo Branton feels like time-travel through landmarks of 20th century history. Branton, a famous civil rights attorney, served as defense counsel to Angela Davis, Hollywood blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, several Black Panthers, and innocent men arrested in the Watts riots. Branton was also one of the first African American…

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David Raposa, Restoring West Adams One Property At a Time

David Raposa, Restoring West Adams One Property At a Time Recently “This Old House” magazine sited West Adams as California’s best place to buy an old house. The revival of this historic community owes much to the efforts of local realtor David Raposa. As a young man growing up in Boston, David Raposa was always interested in architecture, checking…

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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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