2017

November 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

L’Atelier in Riviera Village Draws Close-Knit Community of Craft Lovers

Step into the warmly– lit embrace of L’Atielier in the Riviera Village and you’ll hear the soothing sounds of chatting, laughing and the clicking of wooden needles as able hands knit works of art. The clientele here will readily admit to being hooked on knitting, an ancient handicraft with millions of devotees and a plethora of benefits. Owned by Karen Damskey for the past 41 years,... Read more
October 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Riviera Resident Leah Lewis is the New Rabbi at Temple Menorah

Riviera resident Leah Lewis does not fit the profile of a typical rabbi. In fact, this young female rabbi is among the growing ranks of women rabbis in the U.S. Women still make up a small percentage of rabbis in Judaism -- only 35 percent of reform rabbis and 17.5 percent of conservative rabbis. The orthodox movement does not ordain women. But in a trend that is gaining speed, women rabbis are... Read more
September 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Building Castles in the Sand A Labor of Love for this Riviera Resident

Todd Vander Pluym was born to play in the sand. The creator of Sand Sculptors International, Todd recalls how his parents would put his crib on the beach when he was just a few months old, only to find him reaching between the bars to grab fistfuls of sand. Seventy-fiveplus years later, Todd has made a career out of turning sand into works of art. As one of the world’s premier sand sculptors,... Read more
August 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Reaching for the Stars: An Interview with the Riviera’s NASA Man, Jim Montgomery

Of the more than 7 billion people on this earth, Hollywood Riviera resident Jim Montgomery is one of the fortunate few who gets to explore the wider universe, and get paid for it! A senior engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Jim was a member of the team that delivered the 2,000 pound Curiosity Rover to Mars in 2012, and is now working on robotic missions to Mars and... Read more
July 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Riviera Resident Turns Adversity to Strength

Sometimes, horrible situations actually become a blessing in disguise. Such was the case for Riviera resident Peggy Maddox, who was given only two months to live when she was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma in 1983. The mother of two young boys at the time, the diagnosis upended Peggy’s life, but ultimately helped her dig deep within to find courage and the desire to help others... Read more
May 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Riviera Resident Teaches the Art and Science of Self-Healing

Though he’s a Boeing engineer by trade, Amean Hameed’s life’s work involves more than just designing aeronautics. Amean is a founding member of HealingPAQ, a non-profit organization that promotes healing ourselves, others and the earth with love. After using self-healing measures on himself for many years, Amean created HealingPAQ in 2006 to help others access love, joy, peace and... Read more
April 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

UFC Star, Karate Champion Opens Academy in South Bay

Growing up in Brazil, the son of a renowned karate master, Riviera resident Lyoto Machida was destined to become a karate champion himself. And that is exactly what he did. A professional mixed martial arts fighter, Lyoto is a superstar of the UFC (United Fighting Championship). Known as “the dragon,” Lyoto is the 1st UFC fighter to win a perfect record and is noted for his semi-orthodox... Read more
March 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Community Event Saves Lives

It’s that time of year again – time to lace up your athletic shoes and get ready to join in the fight against cancer. In 2017 there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US according to the American Cancer Society. Which is why it’s more important than ever for communities to come together for The American Cancer Society’s Relay... Read more
February 16, 2017 in 2017 Blog Newsletter

Riviera Teen Excels in Autocross

The family that races together stays together. That could be the motto or the Christopher family, Riviera residents for the past 11 years. Kencey Christopher, who is 17, has been autocross racing since the age of 9. Her dad, KJ, has raced most ofhis life. And her mom, Stacey, used to race herself. Kencey started her racing career in junior karts, as do all those who pursue this sport... Read more