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Dr. Hensel Pleads Not Guilty | Castellammare 

TV Doctor Bruce Hensel has pleaded not guilty on November 22 to a felony charge alleging that he asked an acquaintance’s 9-year-old daughter to send him sexually suggestive photos this August.

Hensel, 71, is charged with one count of contact with a minor for sexual purposes. He was arrested on November 13 by Los Angeles police in Beverly Hills and released that evening after posting bail.

Investigators with the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant on October 16 at Hensel’s home on Tramonto Drive in Castellammare.

A preliminary hearing date is scheduled to be set January 14 in Los Angeles.

City News Service contributed to this report.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Community Gathers to Honor Timmy | The Village

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Timothy “Timmy” Houston, a homeless member

Photo courtesy of Carol Sanborn

of the community, took place on Thursday, November 18, near Palisades Branch Library.

Rev. Bruce Freeman of the Parish of St. Matthew presided, and LAPD Officer Rusty Redican as well as other members of the community and the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness shared stories and remembrances of Timmy.

Timmy died on October 30 of coronary artery disease, according to a coroner’s report.             —SARAH SHMERLING


Palisades Cares Hosts Annual Toy Drive | Pacific Palisades

Palisades Cares is hosting its annual toy drive from December 2 to 16.

Donations can be made at CVS, Cypress Center, Palisades-Malibu YMCA and Regal Cleaners. Palisades Cares will be accepting new toys for all ages, including teenagers.

The donations will be given to children affiliated with One Voice and Happy Trails for Kids. One Voice assists Los Angeles families living in poverty, and Happy Trails for Kids is an organization that emerges children and teens into unique learning and extracurricular activities.           

— LILY TINOCO


Youth-Led Climate Strike on Black Friday | Santa Monica

A global climate strike will be held on Friday, November 29, following the strike that took place earlier this year in September. Cities all over the world are expected to hold demonstrations in hopes of shedding light on climate change.

Students from across the Westside will gather in Santa Monica’s Tongva Park to rally, before marching through Third Street Promenade as an effort to reject consumerism and wastefulness with the message “Don’t Shop! Strike!”

This youth-led strike, organized again by Palisadian Éva Milan Engel, will bring students together from Palisades Charter High School, Santa Monica High, Youth Climate Strike LA and more.

— LILY TINOCO

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