2017

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...

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 ...

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 fin...

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...

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...

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 heal...

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 martia...

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 600,92...

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 sinc...