Longtime Pac Pal resident Robert “Bob” Heilemann has passed away peacefully on November 3, 2019, from heart disease complications.
Bob was born in Rimbey, Canada, and moved to Santa Monica in the early ’60s to join a few of his siblings to begin his California dream. Bob attended SMC and was a member of the volleyball team that won the National Championship in 1964.
Bob was a renowned locksmith that worked for Ace Lock & Key for over 50 years. Bob had served on the Lock Museum of America Board of Directors. He had written many articles for publication, and his reputation as an expert restorer of locks was known both here and in Europe. On a recent trip to Austria he was given a private tour of the Hanns Schell Museum in Gratz.
Bob was a passionate mountain biker and runner. He participated in the annual Pac Pal 4th of July 10 k race. He and his wife, Donna, were a regular fixture on the 4th of July parade route. His famous 4th of July burgers, aka “Bob’s Burgers,” will be missed.
Bob was the Assistant Scout Master for the local 233 troop. He was also a leader in the Indian Guides and The Indian Princess’. He was on many trips with the groups and was a great asset to all the clubs.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years Donna, son Michael, his wife Danucia, grandson Robert, daughter Renee, grandson Dylan and granddaughter Celeste, as well as siblings Norbert, Alf, Louise, Arnold, Marg and Lennie, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life at Corpus Christi Church on January 25 at 10 a.m. All family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association.
Thomas Duncan Dunsmuir, aged 81, passed away peacefully at home on December 30, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Joan; his four daughters, Katie, Ryan, Sara and Maggie; his sons-in-law Jayme Younger and Eugene Cho; his four grandchildren Tallulah, Bodhi, Beatrice and Roland; his sister Jean and her husband David Donahue; his sister-in-law Nancy Gourley; and his many nieces and nephews.
Tom was a 44-year resident of Pacific Palisades, moving here from Mamaroneck, New York. He was born in Rochester, New York, where he met and married his wife Joan in 1964. He graduated from Georgetown University and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
Tom was an award-winning copywriter for advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles. As a writer with the Children’s Television Workshop, his songs and stories for “The Electric Company” and “Sesame Street” earned him four Emmy Awards. He authored several children’s books, including “You Can’t Milk a Dancing Cow,” “There’s No Place Like Home,” “Love of Chair” and “A Cure for the Meanies.”
Tom was beloved for his humor, gregariousness and open-hearted nature. These qualities, along with his innate understanding of and love for children, were cherished not only by family and friends, but also by young viewers and readers of his work.
In his later years, Tom developed dementia and was fortunate to be able to remain living at home, cared for by his wife and by skilled and loving caregivers. He attended Opica Adult Day Care for eight years, where he received outstanding memory care support and was encouraged to express his creativity through painting as his language skills declined.
A memorial for Tom will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, located at 901 Haverford Ave. in Pacific Palisades. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Tom’s memory to Opica Adult Day Center online at opica.org.
Growing up in Pacific Palisades, Amanda Steinberg shared that her family always had an interest in healthy living. Her father trained for Ironman races and her mother kept up on the latest cooking gadgets and trending diets, preparing healthy options for the family.
First, they lived in The Highlands, until they moved when Steinberg was around 10 years old, to a house off of Bienveneda.
“I loved it,” she shared of her childhood. “It’s such a nice, quaint town.”
Steinberg recalled that she and her friends would walk around the Village area without their parents because they felt so safe. They’d grab smoothies at Robeks or get a “fun” drink at Starbucks, then head over to CVS to buy makeup.
“It was great,” she continued. “It felt so safe and I loved it.”
Though Steinberg now lives in Venice, her parents still live in the Palisades—and now, inspired by her childhood, she is helping people in the Palisades and beyond discover their own path of nutrition.
“There was just some slight misunderstanding,” Steinberg explained of her family’s relationship to nutrition. “We didn’t quite understand fully the whole scope of nutrition, but we all had an interest in it.”
After attending school at Kehillat Israel, Marquez Charter Elementary School, Summit View and Westmont, Steinberg headed to the University of Arizona to earn a degree in nutritional science with an emphasis in dietetics.
After working at an eating disorder rehab and as a dietician technician at Cedars-Sinai, she completed 1,200 supervised hours with dietitians in order to become a registered dietitian nutritionist in May 2019.
“I love helping people, I love volunteering,” Steinberg shared. “I knew that helping people was something I needed to do in my career, so it seemed like such a great match to help people through nutrition and understand that whole scope.”
She also wanted to help her family better understand nutrition—helping her dad with athletic competitions and her mom understand all of the latest diet trends, “because those can get really tricky and confusing.”
She said that it seemed like a very useful career to her, her family and her future family, allowing her to have a great impact when working with people.
“Ninety-five percent of diets fail,” Steinberg explained. “It’s important for people to understand that it’s not them—it’s not them that fails, it’s the diet that fails them.”
She said that new diets that pop up can be so restrictive that they take over a person’s life.
“I don’t believe in dieting,” Steinberg added, “I believe in making healthy lifestyle changes that will work with your life, so you won’t fail them and you can do it lifelong. It’s not hard to incorporate, it’s easy and it works with you.”
Steinberg now operates a private practice with an office in Westwood—but she is able to do home visits with Palisadians or consultation online and over the phone.
She also recently completed two corporate wellness events with about 200 people from each office, which she explained was really rewarding.
“It was really rewarding to have an impact on such a big level of people,” she shared. “In such a short amount of time, I could have an impact on so many people, teaching them how to eat a little healthier.”
She added that the most rewarding aspect of her job is giving people what they need to be healthy long term.
And if you’re looking for advice on how to jump start better eating habits in 2020? Steinberg said that nutrition is very individualized, so it would depend person to person, which is why she tailors her program to each client based on their needs.
Members of the National League of Young Men and their mothers joined a “Giving Spirit” event for homelessness at Brentwood Presbyterian Church where they were joined by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Pictured, moms: NLYM Board President Shawn Silltetti and Philanthropy Chair Lee Anne Sanderson, both Palisadians.
Scheid Family Wines, founded in 1972 by Palisadian Al Scheid and located in Monterey County, recently received Global G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practice) re-certification from SCS Global Services after earning a score of 99.4%—making it one of a few vineyards in the U.S. to receive this certification.
Two Paul Revere Charter Middle School seventh-graders, Leena Adeli and Katie Lee, who are members of the school’s orchestra as well as LA Youth Orchestra formed a duet, Take Two, and performed holiday pieces in the Village area in mid-December in order to give back to the community.
Collar & Leash Palisades hosted a fundraising silent auction in December, Pups and Cups, benefitting Los Angeles Fire Department Stations 23 and 69. The store partnered with Starbucks, who provided coffee and puppuccinos.
The Explorers group of Newcomers and Friends of Pacific Palisades enjoyed an insider tour of Disney Hall—from parking facilities to uppermost levels and remote corners of the building. The next outing the group will take is a private tour of the Griffith Park Observatory.
Pacific Palisades’ Izzy the husky earned the top prize at “Good Morning America’s” inaugural Pet of the Year Awards in December 2019.
Izzy, a 5-year-old female husky, and her human companion, Melissa Foster, moved to the Palisades from El Paso, Texas, in May of last year.
Foster shared that a longtime dream of hers was to live by the ocean, so she chose the Palisades—and has been absolutely loving it.
“Of all areas I looked at in LA, I feel the most at peace surrounded by the serene and breathtaking views of Pacific Palisades,” Foster shared. “The weather is superb, all of the people I have met have been so welcoming, I’m so joyful and grateful that I was able to move here.”
Foster and Izzy began working as a pet therapy team in 2016. When they moved to LA, they looked for ways to continue giving back to the community.
“As soon as we moved here, we knew we wanted to continue being a pet therapy team, so we did everything we needed to do,” Foster said.
Together, they joined UCLA People-Animal Connection in August 2019. PAC is a renowned Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activity program that allows dogs and their human partners to offer their company to ill children and adults each month.
Every other week for two hours, Izzy and Foster visit with patients who request pet therapy at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Mattel Children’s Hospital. Izzy enjoys stopping by the children’s floor first, then making rounds to other patients over the course of her two-hour visit.
“It’s not just for the patients—when we’re at the hospital, she brings joy to visitors of the patients, the staff, doctors, nurses,” Foster said. “She brings happiness to everybody.”
Foster had the idea to nominate Izzy for “Good Morning America’s” Pet Awards after hearing about the competition in early October; pet awards was something new to the duo. After submitting Izzy’s nomination and telling “Good Morning America” why Izzy deserves the prize, she began to receive emails from the producers requesting more photos and details about Izzy’s story. Before she knew it, they were being flown to New York City as finalists.
“It was amazing,” Foster shared. “They paid for our round-trip airfare, our hotel, which was two blocks from the studio, they were so nice about everything.”
Finalists were awarded on Friday, December 13, at “Good Morning America’s” studio in Times Square, with categories such as “Most Instagr-animal,” “Most Tail-ented,” “Odd Couple” and more.
Earlier in the competition, Izzy won the “Underdog Award,” an award for an inspiring pet who overcame its own challenges.
“She’s been through a lot,” Foster explained to the Palisadian-Post. Izzy was born with hip dysplasia, an abnormal development of the hip joints, as a result of inbreeding. But Foster was able to rescue her from her breeder, get the right assistance and help treat her.
And most notably, Izzy won the top prize and was named “Good Morning America’s” Pet of the Year. Izzy bested the finalists: Buddy the beagle, Herbee the hedgehog, Waffles the goose and Hemingway, a miniature horse.
“When she received Pet of the Year, it’s so funny, because they said her name and the camera was on her, she was surprised like, ‘What? Who? Me?’ It’s super cute,” Foster shared about Izzy’s response to winning the top prize on the show.
Foster added that they do not plan on submitting an entry for next year’s competition.
In 2019, I faced many challenges and turned them into accomplishments. There were many things that weren’t easy, but I got through them and have benefited in so many ways.
I have had accomplishments with friends, running, writing, starting a new school, getting good grades and making good choices. Two of my most difficult challenges turned into the biggest accomplishments.
First, I had an argument with one of my best friends. Let me tell you, having an argument with a best friend is not something enjoyable. There was a lot of anger, hurt and resistance holding me back from talking it out. I was in a state where I felt like maybe I would never talk to her again.
After a while, it was hard to bear with others involving themselves by coming up to me bothering me about what happened and mean looks shot around. My teachers talked to me about her, referring to her as my best friend, not knowing we are in an argument. Yet, I missed her and realized that having a good friend is very valuable and I need to be courageous to save our friendship.
I decided I was going to get over my resistance and hurt. We agreed to meet and talk. After talking for two hours and listening to one another, I had my best friend back. That was quite an accomplishment.
I also learned a lesson: I learned that it is important to keep a good friend and invest in a good friendship, even if it means overcoming obstacles, because a friend is a big part of your life and if you invest in one, they may be there your entire life, supporting you.
My next challenge and accomplishment was in the running field. Leaving fifth grade, I was not the fastest runner; my sister, on the other hand, has gotten a medal at almost any event she has run. She motivated me and took me on runs herself.
Once I came to Paul Revere, I got the chance to run a mile a minimum of once a week. I pushed myself to another level that was extremely difficult and took a lot of effort, and I ended up improving every mile. I joined the school running team, and got extra practice and training.
I still have a lot to improve, but I am proud of improving by about two minutes and getting a medal. I learned that if I put my mind on something and put in all my effort to excel, maybe not right away, but with persistence, it will definitely excel. I have a goal to get a mile under six minutes and 30 seconds in the winter of 2020.
In 2020 I plan to push myself to excel in more and follow my heart to do what I am meant to do. Some people may say “Happy New Year,” but I know that even in the new year there will be challenges to face and at some points it won’t be happy, but if I make the right choices, life will be better than it was before the challenge.
The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5 showcased a bevy of nominees from Pacific Palisades and a lifetime achievement award to cultural icon Tom Hanks.
Hanks accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award with an emotional speech.
“I have a cold the size of Merv Griffin’s ‘Jeopardy’ royalties,” Hanks explained.
Hanks shared his wisdom about being an actor in the film and television industry, and how at the end of the day, it’s important to be on time and hit your mark.
Hanks thanked the family members who joined him at the ceremony.
“A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that,” Hanks shared.
Family members included his wife, Rita Wilson, and children, Colin and wife Samantha, Chet, Truman, and Elizabeth.
Hanks showed appreciation for the loving “group of people” who put up with his long trips away from home.
“Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be standing here if they didn’t have to put up with that,” he told the room. “So, I can’t tell you how much your love means to me.”
Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
Former Honorary Mayor and Palisadian Anthony Hopkins was a nominee in the same category for the film, “Two Popes.” The winner was six-time nominee Brad Pitt for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Local resident Bill Hader was up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for “Barry” for the second year in a row. Yet, newcomer Ramy Youssef took home the award for the series, “Ramy.”
“Barry” was nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, but “Fleabag” won the category.
Palisadian Reese Witherspoon and former Palisadian Nicole Kidman were both nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama—Witherspoon for “The Morning Show” and Kidman for “Big Little Lies.” Olivia Colman picked up the winning prize for “The Crown.”
Both series were nominated for Best Television Series – Drama, with the Golden Globe going to “Big Little Lies.”
Palisadian film composers Randy Newman for “Marriage Story” and Thomas Newman for “1917” were nominated for Best Original Score in a Motion Pictures, with Hildur Guðnadóttir winning the Globe for “Joker.”
I, too, was sorry to see Norris Hardware close down. Yet now we are presented with an opportunity to bring an independent film theater to Pacific Palisades at last!
There certainly would be a large audience for it. Something tells me that among the thousands of people in Pacific Palisades and in my community, Topanga, there are others who have wondered this same thing. I also have a hunch I’m not alone in bemoaning the fact one needs to travel far and wide to find independent films, documentaries, Live From the Met venues, etc. when preferring not to watch a great film from home.
I’ve talked to others about the idea of putting an independent film house where Norris Hardware once was and, with the exception of most of those under 12 years of age, the idea has been met with enthusiasm. I may not be alone, as well, in having become weary of the meager offering of six films that are all shown in lock-step unison in the theater in Calabasas, West Hills, Woodland Hills and, alas, the Pacific Palisades.
Is there anyone out there who is good at doing this kind of thing? e.g. making a possibility an actuality? I’m not so good at that, but not too bad in the inspiration department. What do you say?
Hopeful in Topanga, Jeanne Dancs Arthur
Three Cheers for Palisades Music School
For many years I have wanted to learn how to play the piano. I took lessons briefly as a boy, but gave it up as my interest switched to sports. I tried again when I was in my 30s, but my progress was slow and unsatisfactory, so I quit for a second time.
But my love for the sound of the piano never abated. After I had retired, with lots of leisure time at my disposal, I decided to try again. I signed up for a free introductory session at the Palisades Music School and learned about its unique approach to teaching piano, called “Simply Music.”
This program teaches you to play kinetically, by memorizing finger patterns on the keys, rather than by reading the notes on a musical staff (you do eventually learn to read music). I went home from my first lesson able to play a simple, but lovely, melody called “Dreams Come True.”
I’ve been in the program now for two-and-a-half years. Along the way I’ve learned to play pieces by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as jazz, blues and pop songs. Practicing has become the highlight of my day.
Learning to play a musical instrument at any age is a marvelous growth experience, good for both cognitive development and physical coordination. I especially recommend it for seniors as a way to stay young at heart and sound of mind. If you’ve got time on your hands, put them on the keys at Palisades Music School.
I’m sorry, but I have to draw the line in my utmost respect and support for our veterans (have you contributed to the Palisades Veterans Garden yet?) before voting for a bureaucrat like Sanders. If you think you’re currently paying Obama’s “your fair share” between California’s onerous and federal taxes, just wait until old socialist Bernie gets into your pocket!
Happy 2020 let’s mind our own business everybody and not harass poor gardeners about gas leaf blowers and snitch on them to the city.
There’s been a few bad accidents across the Palisades the past few weeks, most recently on Palisades Drive. Let’s all take a moment to slow down, pay attention and stay safe.
Has my eyesight suddenly improved or have you increased the font size for the 2 cents column? I suspect it’s the latter, and probably because the most avid readers of 2 cents are old codgers like me with thin skins and thick glasses.
(Editor’s note: The font size varies slightly, so you caught it on a larger-font week.)
Woo-hoo! The giant pothole on Temescal has been filled.
I’m looking forward to having Malibu Coast in the Palisades! I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Malibu location.
We are so blessed to have beautiful sunsets all year, but especially in the winter. I love seeing the photos across social media, please keep them coming!
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Popular NBC sitcom “Saved by the Bell” is coming back this spring—which means students are returning to Bayside High School, a fictional school based in Pacific Palisades.
In the reboot, a group of low-income high school students in California are transferred to Bayside High as part of a program designed by California Governor Zack Morris.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar will reprise his role as Bayside alum, Zack, as Elizabeth Berkley returns to her role as Jessie Spano and Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater.
The original series, a retooling of the Disney Channel’s “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993.
Although the series was primarily shot in Hollywood, the sitcom featured many ties to the Palisades: A final TV movie, “Wedding in Las Vegas,” filmed the front of Palisades Charter High School to represent Bayside High and Zack’s house was filmed on Frontera in The Huntington.
The original creator of the show, Sam Bobrick, recently passed away on October 11, 2019, at age 87. Producer Peter Engel developed the series.
One of the spin-offs, “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” ran seven seasons from 1993 to 2000, and followed a new group of students at Bayside High.
This reboot cast transgender actress Josie Totah as the lead. The California native will be playing the role of Lexi, the most popular student at Bayside High. The 18-year-old has already appeared in numerous film and television hits, including “Glee,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Disney Channel’s “Jessie.”
Totah came out as transgender in a 2018 essay for Time Magazine: “I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy.”
Emmy Award-winning Tracey Wigfield (“The Mindy Project”) is a producer for the series.
Though there is no exact date for the show to return yet, the single-camera comedy will be streamed on NBCUniversal’s new service Peacock, which is set to launch in April.