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
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
February 16, 2016 in Blog Newsletter

Getting a Read on a Local Treasure: The El Retiro Library

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” In this age of computers and online resources, one could add, “there is no search engine as competent as a librarian.” Before the days of Google and Yahoo, before paid advertisements followed you every time you sought answers using a keyboard, there were librarians. Librarians – those hard working public... Read more
January 16, 2016 in Blog Newsletter

Housing Market Forecasts and Predictions

It is that time of year again. The time of year when the real estate industry tries to prognosticate what the housing market will look like for the new year. Here are the best (and maybe the worst) predictions for 2016: Home prices will rise more slowly in most U.S. cities: Over the last couple of years, we have seen home prices rise rapidly in many parts of the country. This was often the... Read more
January 16, 2016 in Blog Newsletter

Spicy, Sweet and Undeniably Delicious: Local Favorite Has a Loyal Following

When it comes to Cathy and Miguel Esquivel, you can have your cake and eat it too. And your carnitas. And your quesadillas.  In fact, any cuisine prepared by the Esquivels' capable hands is simply delicious. Which is why Mexican Riviera Restaurant and Cake Art by Cathy are Riviera treasures. Where The Food is the Fiesta  Since 1989, Mexican Riviera restaurant has been the go-to spot for... Read more