October 16, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

Happy Birthday to Three Riviera Centenarians!

Life was a lot different 100 years ago. Just ask best buddies Maxine Dineen and Juanita Truman, who turned 100 three days apart from each other in August. Or Sally Silver (my wife’s aunt), who turned 101 in September. All three of these beautiful centenarians are long-time Hollywood Riviera residents who wouldn’t want to grow old anywhere else. Maxine and Juanita’s 30-year friendship... Read more
September 13, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

Living and Working in the Riviera is Barre-None the Best Combo for this Resident

When Diane Numark signed up for barre classes 6 1/2 years ago, her goal was simply to work out a couple of times a week to get into shape post-pregnancy. But two workouts a week soon turned to five. And much to Diane’s surprise, the benefits of barre went far beyond firmer muscles to include clearer thinking and an overall feeling of well -being. That’s when Diane knew she was... Read more
July 8, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

The Story Behind Betty’s Bench, a Lower-Riviera Landmark

For those who live in the lower part of the Hollywood Riviera – or anyone driving to El Retiro Park and Library -- a familiar sight is the long wooden bench at the corner of Via La Circula and Camino Del Campo. A decorative plaque on the bench reads: “Betty’s Bench, In Loving Memory, 1920-1998.” But who was Betty? And who made this beautiful bench for her? The answer goes back... Read more
May 9, 2019 in 2019 Blog Newsletter

Riviera Native a Chart Topper

The hills of the Hollywood Riviera have always been alive with the sounds of music for the Quillin family. That’s because dad Bruce, a pianist, and percussionist who performed with the San Diego Youth Symphony, passed his love of music down to his and his wife Annie’s, three children when they were very young. For those of us who had kids at Riviera Elementary in the early 2000s, one of... Read more
April 10, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

Riviera Resident Opens Craft Workshop: Reconnect With Your Creative Side

In this non-stop digital era, nothing can be more therapeutic than escaping technology and using our hands for something other than touching a keyboard or screen. Which may be why more and more people are turning to do-it-yourself crafts, such as sewing, wood working, beading and embroidery. In fact, nearly two-thirds of U.S. households participate in at least one crafting hobby. Riviera... Read more
March 7, 2019 in 2019 Newsletter

Why Do You Relay? Annual Fundraiser Touches Lives in Our Community

When Riviera resident Hope Witkowsky first participated in the Torrance Relay for Life more than 15 years ago, her goal was to support a fellow city council member whose relative died of cancer. Little did she know that in 2013, her fight against cancer would get personal. That was the year that her husband, Mike, was diagnosed with lung cancer, and only nine months later Hope was diagnosed with... Read more
February 1, 2019 in 2019 Blog Newsletter

Birds of a Feather Flock to Local Retailer

One of the nice things about living in the Hollywood Riviera is the wide variety of birds in our area, including the house finch, goldfinch, sparrow, towhee, scrub-jay, phoebe, mockingbird, hummingbird and more. If you want to draw more of these feathered friends to your backyard, you can find a variety of ways to do so at a nearby retailer, Wild Birds Unlimited. You may be familiar with Wild... Read more
January 17, 2019 in 2019 Blog Newsletter

It Takes a Village to Support Our Seniors

For most seniors, living comfortably in their own home while continuing to lead active lives is a priority. But due to various circumstances, that’s not always possible, and many seniors find the only option is to move to an assisted living facility. Thanks to South Bay Village, now there’s another option. South Bay Village is a volunteer-run service that helps seniors stay in their homes,... Read more