2016

December 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Resident Finds Perfect Harmony in Local Chorus

Sometimes when we meet up with the month’s newsletter raffle winner to present their gift certificate and take their photo, we realize what a great story they have to share with our community. Such was the case with last November’s winner, Konnie Kenny, who let us know about a show  performed that month by the L.A. South Towns  Chorus at the James Armstrong Theater. It turns out that... Read more
October 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Hollywood Riviera’s Celebrity — Rosemary DeCamp

One of the most famous residents of the Hollywood Riviera is, no doubt, actress Rosemary DeCamp who lived here for almost 60 years, until her death in 2001. Rosemary and her husband, Judge John Shidler, purchased a Hollywood Riviera house on Camino de las Colinas in 1945  (when there were only three houses on the block) for the price of $22,500. Here they raised their four daughters: Margaret,... Read more
September 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Hollywood Riviera Residents Love this Park to the Moon and Back

While there are many wonderful parks in Torrance, only one has panoramic views from the ocean to the mountains – plus its own rocketship. Los Arboles “Rocketship” Park is a Hollywood Riviera jewel loved by young and old alike for more than fifty years. Located on 6.3 acres at 5101 Calle de Ricardo (donated by developer H. Kessel), groundbreaking on the park took place in 1960... Read more
August 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Local Resident Stands Up for Victims

Growing up in Guatemala in a home with domestic violence, Riviera resident Ericka Gonzalez vowed at the age of 8 that she would do something about it. And she has. In fact, Ericka has done so much to help domestic violence victims that she was honored recently as Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Ericka’s work with domestic abuse victims began decades ago... Read more
July 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Getting to Know Your Riviera Neighbors: Lisa Lunzer and a Life-Long Career in Insurance Sales

When Lisa Lunzer graduated from college she knew she wanted a career that would allow her to work flexible hours and earn a fair living wage. She also knew she wanted a career that involved a product or service she truly believed in. A job selling health and life insurance fit the bill to a tee. “My parents and grandparents all suffered from major illness, so I knew firsthand the... Read more
June 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Hollywood Riviera Resident’s Board Game Introduces Youths to Yoga

Remember the days before computers, tweeting and Instagram? The olden days, when people made eye contact around the kitchen (or restaurant) table instead of staring at their screens? When families communicated face to face instead of text to text? Hollywood Riviera resident Amy MacConnell is on a mission to help kids get a taste of what life was like before technology took away... Read more
April 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

The Doctors Will See You Now: Riviera Residents Put Patients First with Concierge Medicine

When is a waiting room not a waiting room? When it’s in a concierge medical practice, like the one offered by Riviera residents Thomas LaGrelius, MD and his partner, Nicole Lawrence, MD, at Skypark Preferred Family Care. Preferred Family Care. Unlike traditional medical offices, concierge practices allow doctors to limit the size of their client base to a few hundred rather than... Read more
March 16, 2016 in 2016 Blog Newsletter

Community Event Saves Lives: 14th Annual Torrance Relay for Life

April 23-24 at South High The statistics from The American Cancer Society are grim: About 1,685,210 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, with some 595,690 Americans anticipated to die of cancer this year. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. The lifetime risk of developing cancer is 42% (almost 1 in 2) in men and... Read more