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Veteran LAPD Captain Vance M. Proctor, 60

Captain III Vance M. Proctor, commanding officer of the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, passed away on April 27 in Woodland Hills. He was 60. He had undergone an emergency appendectomy on April 10. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1944, Proctor earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Cal State Northridge and a master’s degree in public administration at USC. He was appointed to the LAPD in 1967 and promoted to captain in 1986, serving in a variety of positions, including patrol, detectives, vice, traffic and transit operations. Proctor developed a number of innovative programs, including one to improve detectives’ interrogation methods and another that enlists citizen volunteers for criminal surveillance in the San Fernando Valley. He became area commanding officer for the West L.A. station last February. During his last year of service, Proctor was committed to maintaining two patrol cars in Pacific Palisades community and to reducing speeding. On April 29, the Los Angeles City Council adjourned in Proctor’s honor. Proctor is survived by his wife, Nina; daughter, Lisa Osborn; son, Todd; his mother, Helen; and two grandchildren. A graveside service was held May 7 at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, followed by a memorial service at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley.

Boys Volleyball

The Falcons’ season ended in the Junior Delphic League wildcard playoffs as sixth-seeded St. Matthew?s fell to third-seeded St. Mark, 25-18, 25-18. The Falcons held a lead in both games and were led by Matt Bagnard, Andrew Goldberg, Connor Gill and Logan Shoop. Coached by former Palisades High girls? coach John Caravella, St. Matthew?s finished 6-6 and beat Windward to make the playoffs after failing to win a league match last season. Team finished the season with a record of 6-6.

Calvary Christian

The Cougars’ co-ed soccer squad tied Brentwood, 2-2, and defeated Turning Point, 9-1, in Coastal Canyon League games last week. Against Turning Point, Cole Kahrilas, Lauren Peddicord, Vincent Luoh, Zach Hernandez, and Luke Mullan each scored while goalies Alec Kerbox and Tommy Sanford made numerous saves. Calvary Christian’s co-ed volleyball team defeated Brentwood and Carlthorp in Coastal Canyon League matches last week. Brian Alle took first place in Calvary’s golf victory over Oaks Christian in Van Nuys while the Cougars’ boys volleyball squad remained undefeated (11-0) in Junior Delphic League competition.

Archaeologist Reads Ancient Seeds for Clues

Palisadian and UCLA Ethnobotanist Dr. Virginia Popper examines ancient seeds and pods to learn more about the life and culture of ancient people.
Palisadian and UCLA Ethnobotanist Dr. Virginia Popper examines ancient seeds and pods to learn more about the life and culture of ancient people.
Photo by Rich Schmitt, Staff Photographer

”As with all good scientists, archaeologist Dr. Virginia Popper’s stock and trade is asking questions. Even when she is showing schoolchildren though her lab in the basement of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, she asks the simple question that is always her baseline. What did you have to do with plants today? ”Popper’s specialization is paleoethnobotany, which means she’s fascinated by how prehistoric people used plants. Were they used for foods, fuel, medicine, exchange or fibers? Did certain plants mark status, such as chocolate among the elite in Aztec culture? How did the diets vary among distinct workers in Peru, where the fisherman, weavers and farmers consumed different foods. ”’Every aspect of life required plants,’ the Palisades resident says. ‘Ancient people spent a lot of time collecting plants.’ ”Popper is director of the paleoethnobotany lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, which is a research unit that promotes the comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of the human past. Established in 1973, the Institute houses laboratories for regional field research projects, presents public lecture programs, publications, and research seminars as well as field research grants to its members. The Institute also trains professional archaeologists through an interdisciplinary graduate degree program. ”Dr. Popper specializes mainly in the Americas. For her doctorate project she examined the development of the floating gardens of Xochimilco, or chinampas, the intricate agricultural system that fed Mexico’s ancient capital city. ”In California, she has studied the Presidio system, which not only served a defensive function to protect Spanish towns, ranches and friendly Indians, but also became a place where Native Americans came to settle, receive protection and get gifts of clothing, food and other items. ”In this project, contracted by the State of California, Popper examined plant material mostly from trash pits and hearths to learn more about the way of life at the time. Were the officers, for instance, eating different foods from the enlisted men? What sorts of foods were available, and what did the Native Americans eat? ”’We know that when the Presidios were established in the late 18th century, the soldiers imported beans, corn, peas, wheat and barley seeds, which they later cultivated in the area,’ Popper says. ‘They also planted vines, figs and peaches. The Natives Americans, who lived outside the presidio walls, continued with their traditional methods of collecting seeds and acorns in order to supplement their diets.’ ”When addressing these myriad questions, archaeologists collect, study and organize huge amounts of data which they then analyze in the lab. ”Under normal conditions of weathering and erosion, plant materials will decay, unless they have been ‘fixed’ by removing degradable organic compounds during the process of charring by wildfire. ”So pay dirt for Popper is found literally in the dirt. She calls her lab ‘the dirtiest of all.’ Indeed, much of the plant material she finds is hidden in dirt from excavations of one sort or another. Plant seeds have been discovered in storage pits, middens or burial sites. ”The day I visited, Palisadian Carolyn Perry, a volunteer with the Friends of Archaeology, was studying a small pile of charcoal under the microscope, and removing extraneous materials from the charred seeds’dirt, chaff and even a small white worm that had wiggled its way into the sample. Other days, she and other volunteers sort archaeological samples, enter data on the computer or help with the comparative collection. ”Popper’s lab is simple. A long work shelf runs along one wall with several microscopes in place. On the opposite wall, cabinets with long, shallow drawers store what appear to be different sizes and shapes of charcoal. Upon closer examination, recognizable items such as charred corncobs, corn kernels or juniper berries appear. ”Part of her process of identifying archaeological plant material involves comparing it with modern specimens. And she has collected several thousands of comparative types of seed and woods. To help with comparisons Popper used a low-tech method. She takes a modern sample’a corncob for example, wraps it in foil and roasts it on her home barbecue until it is charred. ”These comparisons help her to determine if the seed or grass is the same as the archeological plant, and thus assist in establishing moisture patterns, migrations, and trade. ”’The more specifically I can identify seeds, the more information I can glean. For example, I might find seeds in a desert that used to grow in a wet environment. What other clues can I discover about the site? I did some work on Santa Cruz Island and found evidence of California lilac, which a botanist had told me just doesn’t grow there, but it must have at one time because I had evidence.’ ”Popper’s enthusiasm for archaeology came early. Her father was a diplomat, which resulted in the family living overseas for a time. ”’I lived in Cyprus and went on a number of digs, but mostly studied ceramics and lithics (stone tools and projectiles),’ she says. While at Harvard University, she took a year off in Chile, where her parents were then posted. She worked on a project in the Atacama (the driest desert in the world) in Chile that excited her and focused her interest on plant remains. ‘I saw mummies, wrapped in fabric with corn cob adornments, and surrounded by baskets filled with mesquite pods, corn cobs and squash seeds. I was amazed, and went back to college and took an economic botany class called plants and human affairs. I realized that by studying plants I could learn how a culture existed, and how they marked cultural events such as contact with foreigners, or how people had to change through time as populations grew and were forced to come up with innovative ideas. I liked the questions I could ask.’ ”Graduating with a degree in anthropology, Popper went on to the University of Michigan for her Ph.D. She and her husband Greg Morgan came out to California in the early 1990s, and in 1992, she became a research associate at UCLA. She also teaches a lecture/lab seminar for the Institute where she covers theoretical issues and methodology. ”’Every archaeologist has things they like looking at,’ Popper says. ‘I like looking at different seeds. Micro remains like pollen are too small, I have to be able to turn something over.’ ”While she loves wrestling with the more complex questions, such as those presented by her work with the California missions, Popper says that the biggest challenge these days is finding research projects. The National Science Foundation has a very tight budget. ”’Archeologists are always scrounging for grants; it’s a fairly expensive kind of work and quite labor intensive. After all, there is really no faster way to study things than with a microscope.’ ”Currently she is working on a burial site dating from about 700 to 1400 A.D. in Palmdale, where she is trying to figure out what the plants were used for. ”When not burning plants, Popper enjoys growing them in her backyard in the Palisades. She and her husband have two children, Emily, a sophomore at Harvard, and Peter, a sophomore at New Roads. ”For those who are interested in the The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, the Friends of Archaeology is hosting an open house on Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fowler Building at UCLA. A lecture on the archaeology of music by Dr. Julia Sanchez will follow at 7:30 p.m. ”Guests will be able to see ongoing research in the labs from ceramics and paleoethnobotany to rock art and zooarchaeology and learn about the volunteer opportunities in all the labs.

Students in National Arts Contest

Three Palisadians were among the 16 students, out of 65,000 initial entries from California, whose work in the arts was sent to the PTA National Reflections contest. Students entered the PTA’s Reflections in four categories’literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts’in four grade divisions, primary (preschool-grade 2), intermediate (grades 3-5), middle/junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12). Sixteen exceptional California students not only received Awards of Excellence on the state level, but were sent on to the National Reflections program for judging in May. The three Palisadians are Zoe Arrastia-Prince, a third grader from Palisades Elementary; Taylor Savage, an eighth grader at Paul Revere Middle School; and Lucy Schwartz, a freshman at Palisades Charter High School. Their work was inspired by the 2004-2005 theme, ‘A Different Kind of Hero.’ All three were honored at the State PTA Convention in Sacramento on April 30. Zoe’s work, entitled ‘Breeze,’ won in the intermediate division, visual arts section. She took pictures of trees from New Zealand and the Palisades and cut them, then put them back together to form a collage tree. Zoe has participated every year in Reflections. Not only did she receive the award of excellence, which is the highest rating possible, but she was surprised when principal Tami Weiser announced to the entire student body during assembly that her work had been judged as one of the best on the state level and was being forwarded onto national judging. ”Taking the award of excellence in the middle/junior level in musical composition was Taylor Savage. He wrote a four-minute orchestral composition: a semi-patriotic piece titled ‘Eagle.’ He feels that an eagle would be a ‘Different Kind of Hero’ because it represents noble values. When he started to compose he was looking for instrumentation that would begin quietly and then get louder and more soaring and heroic. Taylor started playing the piano when he was 5 years old and took up the trumpet when he was 9. Currently, he’s in the Advanced Band at Paul Revere. Orchestra and band teachers Lara Jacques and Kristina Gee were so enthusiastic about Taylor’s entry that they had the school’s symphony orchestra rehearse and perform it, so it could be recorded for the National PTA Convention. ‘I wished to express and write my own music, not just play that of other composers,’ said Taylor, who added that when he sat down, he simply started writing and the piece came together. ”When Lucy Schwartz was in fourth grade at Palisades Elementary, her musical composition won the national Reflections contest. As a ninth grader at Palisades High School, she once again finds herself in the position where that might be possible. Lucy’s song ‘On Our Way’ was inspired by the characters in the movie ‘Chocolat.’ The wandering spirits and gypsies are searching and creating new beginnings, which embody human longing. It seemed to Lucy as if they were a ‘Different Kind of Hero.’ Lucy started piano lessons when she was 5 or 6, and credits her music teacher Kia Colton for teaching her to improvise on the piano. At a recital two years ago several of Kia’s students played the songs with lyrics they had written, and Lucy was so inspired that she went home and wrote her first song with lyrics. She hopes to pursue the arts after high school, either in music or theater. ”This isn’t the first time that students from the Palisades were recognized on a national level. In 2003, Sean Friar from Palisades High School was recognized as one of the top four in the nation for his musical composition ‘Signs of Courage: Departing Home.’

Pali Film Fest Spends Time in ‘Purgatory’

By KAREN WILSON Palisadian-Post Intern Emeritus For Cindy Baer and Celeste Davis, it all started as a creative outlet. Family troubles had landed Davis, then 13, in a teen shelter, and Baer, who mentored her as part of the Big Sisters of Los Angeles program, suggested a fun project’crafting a short film about the girl’s struggles. ‘I wanted to give her something exciting in life… a reason to wake up every day,’ Baer says. ‘I believe creative outlets can save lives.’ Eventually, the project grew, culminating in the full-length feature ‘Purgatory House,’ which has screened at independent film fests around the country and, this Saturday, will land locally at the Pacific Palisades Film Festival. Featuring Jim Hanks (younger brother of Oscar-winning Palisadian Tom) and Disney Channel actor Johnny Pacar, ‘Purgatory’was penned entirely by Davis, now 14, who also headlines the film as a teen in crisis. Screening in the Palisades is a coming-home of sorts for the movie, which was filmed largely at Palisades Charter High School during the summer of 2001. ”Currently a resident of North Hollywood, the lively, vivacious Baer, speaking from home the day after her wedding, originally hails from Massachusetts, where at 14 she began acting and modeling. Those pursuits brought her to L.A., where she created Daizy the Clown and Company, a highly regarded children’s entertainment company; she is also a co-founder of the acclaimed Mosaic Theatre Company, with which she acts and directs. In 1997, Baer joined the Big Sisters of L.A., and was paired with young Davis. ‘Growing up I felt very alone, like there was no one there for me,’ she says.”And so when I got older I decided to find a little girl who needed someone, and be the support for her that I never had… Celeste liked to write, and I was an actress, and thus Big Sisters put us together.’ ”After convincing Davis to lengthen her ‘Purgatory’ script, Baer felt that, if produced, the movie could have a huge effect on teenage lives. ‘I felt like Celeste was speaking for a whole generation of kids who felt confused, lost and lonely in the same way she did,’ the director says. ‘Here was something about a teen’s life that was actually written by a teen.’I thought other kids would see this, and feel less alone. Also, I hoped that parents would see this, and have a better idea of what’s going on for teens today.” ”A labor of love, the film was made on a shoestring budget, with its novice writer/actress in the lead role. ‘I really wanted Celeste to be able to tell her own story,’ Baer says. ‘Meanwhile, we shot under the Screen Actors Guild’s limited exhibition agreement for low-budget films, and used Union actors for most of the main roles.’ Those actors included Hanks, Pacar and a gaggle of teenage newcomers. ‘It was really fun working with young actors who had not yet learned many bad habits,’ Baer laughs, adding that ‘most of our Union actors donated their pay back to the movie… and everything that wasn’t donated, I financed myself.’ ”In the end, ‘Purgatory’ was shot in 18 days at 26 locations, many of which were located at PaliHi. Initially, with the production’s start date nearing, Baer and her crew were having trouble finding a suitable school location. Associate producer Tracy Glodery, a PaliHi graduate, suggested her alma mater. ‘They came through for us,’ Baer says of the Pali administration. ‘I can’t imagine having used a different school. The place is just perfect.’ Cameras rolled on-campus in classrooms, bathrooms, stairwells’even the driveway. That footage was supplemented by over 200 visual effects, including, Baer says, blue and green screen composites, which took a year to complete. ‘Every single frame of the movie is digitally manipulated… it’s very exciting what you can do on home computers these days!’ ”Once finished, ‘Purgatory’ was released to independent film festivals across the country, and was recently nominated for a Prism Award, honoring films which accurately portray drug and alcohol use. National media outlets raved, including the Chicago Tribune, which said: ‘Like a passionately scribbled diary entry, this phantasmagoric tale brims with all the heartfelt spiritual bewilderment and deep thoughts that only a teenage girl would, or could, voice.’ Meanwhile, the levelheaded Davis is now a high school senior, and she and her mentor continue their friendship. ”Says Baer, ‘Film festivals are so much fun, and I hope everyone in the Palisades comes down to check out our movie… after screening at events around the country, and seeing how it’s touched people so deeply, I realized that this picture has more potential to heal people than I ever imagined. ‘Purgatory House’ is really about taking responsibility for our own attitudes towards life.’ ‘Purgatory House’ will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at the Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd. Tickets are $7.


Flute Quartet To Perform In Santa Monica The Los Angeles Flute Quartet will present ‘Rebels and Revolutionaries: Music by the Politically Incorrect’ on Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. The program includes the music of Gesualdo, J.S. Bach, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Mozart, Stravinsky, Brubeck and a commissioned piece by Los Angeles composer Paul Reale. Also featured is soprano Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh performing the aria from ‘St. Matthew Passion’ by J. S. Bach. Tickets are $15 and $10. Contact: 649-0690 or www.losangelesflutequartet.com Library Hosts Art Association Group Show The Palisades Branch Library is playing host to a group show of paintings and sculptures created by Palisades Art Association members. A reception and awards ceremony will take place at the library, 861 Alma Real Dr., from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The show continues through May 27. Contact: 454-3067. Orchid Society Focuses on Plants From Isle of Jersey The Malibu Orchid Society is hosting Georg and Gerlinde Stelzner, who will speak on their trip to the World Orchid Conference in Dijon, France and their trip to the Isle of Jersey, on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 901 Haverford. ‘The Kite Runner’ Author To Speak at SMC May 21 Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan-American physician and author of ‘The Kite Runner,’ will speak about his book at the Santa Monica College Pavilion, 1900 Pico Blvd., at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The novel is an epic tale of fathers and sons, loyalty and betrayal set against a backdrop of Afghanistan’s history over the past 40 years. The bestselling novel has captivated readers across the country and is currently the featured book for Santa Monica Citywide Reads. Born in Kabul, Hosseini was granted political asylum in America as a young man, and his own story is as riveting as the tale he weaves in his debut novel. The event features the author reading and discussing his novel, followed by questions and answers and a book sale and signing. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Contact 458-8600. Topanga Days Fest Set For Memorial Day Weekend Described as a down-home shindig, the 32nd Annual Topanga Days Country Fair and first annual Topanga Days Folk and Bluegrass Contest will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 29 and 30. This traditional fair, benefiting Topanga Community House, features nonstop diverse music, more than 75 unique artisans, activities such as hula hoopers, belly dancers, face painters and more. The musical line-up includes John McEuen (founding member, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Colin Hay (lead singer, Men at Work), Venice the Waybacks and Cecilia Noel & The Wild Clams. Details about the fair are at www.topangadays.com.



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PRESSURE WASHING. Driveways, patios, walk-ways, garages, dirt, oil, rust, paint and moss removal. Concrete, brick, natural stone. Clear and colored-stain sealers. Large/small jobs. Craig, (310) 459-9000 LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT firm w/ references will handle all rental & maintenance for your home or apartment. Competitive rates. Fees available upon request. (310) 230-9479 or (760) 318-8345


HOUSESITTING. Palisades resident, experienced, reliable, good with pets. References available upon request. Call Brian, (310) 433-7117


BE HAPPY TO COME HOME! Trusted house/pet care in & around Palisades since 1986. Educated responsible. (310) 454-8081 K-90272 MOBILE PET SERVICES. Grooming, customized to your pet’s lifestyle. Vehicle equipped w/warm water. Additional services: Pet sitting. Dog walking. Training. Transportation. Rebecca, (310) 238-2339 PET HEAVEN – TOTAL PET CARE – Training. Walking. Play groups. Does your dog need manners? Call (310) 454-0058 for a happy dog. POODLES TO BREED. Stunning, standard males. These boys are beautiful and of supberb AKC lineage. Contact (310) 576-3265


DO you NEED a RIDE? Friendly, safe and reliable, with local references. Call Catherine, (310) 927-7212


NORDIC WALKING. Nordic Walking burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking and is excellent for weight loss. Perfect for all ages. Makes a great gift and get the 1st instructional DVD in the U.S. for only $29.50! Personal Training walking classes and Nordic walking poles avail. Check at www.nordicwalkingonline.com or call (310) 573-9000 FITNESS FOR WOMEN. ZIMMERMAN FITNESS FOR WOMEN specializes in weight loss and body shaping. Our private studio near the village offers professional & individual services, using the finest equipment and products. This specific one-on-one training is safe, natural, efficient and exclusively for women. Appointment only. Local references. Call us for a free consultation: (310) 573-9000. www.zfit.com


SWIM LESSONS. Children. Mommy & Me. Adults. Over 14 years experience. Red-Cross certified. Private & semi-private lessons at your home. Call Brian, (310) 505-9231


INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION. EXPERIENCED TUTOR 20+ YEARS. Children & adults, 20+ yrs teaching/tutoring exper. MATH, GRAMMAR, WRITING & STUDY SKILLS. Formerly special ed teacher. Call (310) 313-2530. SCIENCE & MATH TUTOR, All levels (elementary to college). Ph.D., MIT graduate, 30 years experience. Ed Kanegsberg, (310) 459-3614 MS. SCIENCE TUTOR. Ph.D., Experienced, Palisades resident. Tutor All Ages In Your Home. Marie, (310) 888-7145 SPANISH TUTOR. All grade levels, conversational & all ages. Local refs, flexible hours. Please call Noelle at (310) 273-3593 CLEARLY MATH TUTORING. Specializing in Math! Elementary thru college level. Test Prep, Algebra, Trig, Geom, Calculus. Fun, caring, creative, individualized tutoring. Math anxiety. Call Jamie, (310) 459-4722 THE WRITING COACH: Student essays/homework/ reports/research papers (all subjects). Focus on detail, structure, technique, style, vocabulary, analysis. Improves skills, confidence, grades, scores. Also, college/private school application essays, counseling, prep. SAT/ISEE essays. Extensive experience, success stories. MA, Johns Hopkins; former LA private-school teacher & Hopkins CTY instructor; writer/consultant. Outstanding Palisades/Malibu references. (310) 528-6437 IN-HOME TUTORING, ALL SUBJECTS, K-12. Certified teachers come directly to your home. SAT, ACT & study skills. Affordable rates. (310) 550-0117 – www.clubztutoring.com SPANISH TUTOR, CERTIFIED teacher. Palisades resident. Over 14 years experience. All levels. Local references. Affordable rates. Marietta, (310) 459-8180


CUSTOM CARPENTRY – Entertainment Units – Cabinets – Libraries – Bars – Wall Units – Custom Kitchens – Remodeling – Designed to your Specifications – Free Estimates – CA Lic. #564263 – (310) 823-8523 CUSTOM WOODWORK AND CABINETS. Craftsmanship quality, 20 years experience, local resident. Local references available. General Contractor Calif. License #402923. Ron Dillaway, (310) 455-4462. rondillaway@yahoo.com


MASONRY & CONCRETE CONTRACTOR. 30 YEARS IN PACIFIC PALISADES. Custom masonry & concrete, stamped, driveways, pool, decks, patios, foundations, fireplace, drainage control, custom stone, block & brick, tile. Excellent local references. Lic. #309844. Bonded/insured/ workmen’s comp. Family owned & operated. MIKE HORUSICKY CONSTRUCTION, INC. (310) 454-4385 – www.horusicky.com ALAN PINE GENERAL Contractors. Remodeling, additions, kitchens, baths. Local resident. California License #469435. Call Alan, (800) 800-0744


PARADISE CONSTRUCTION Building Contractor – All Trades – Lic. #808600. Call (310) 383-1659 CASTLE CONSTRUCTION. New homes, remodeling, additions, fine finish carpentry. Serving the Westside for 20 yrs. Lic. #649995. Call James, (310) 450-6237 PALISADES CONSTRUCTION SERVICES. KEVIN B. NUNNELEY. (310) 454-5029 – 1 (877) 360-6470 Toll-Free. Local References Avail. Lic. #375858


PALISADES ELECTRIC, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. All phases of electrical, new construction to service work. (310) 454-6994. Lic. #468437. Insured. Professional Service ELECTRICIAN HANDYMAN. All Phases and General Repairs. Local Service Only (Not lic.). Please Call (310) 454-6849 or (818) 317-8286


THE FENCE MAN. 14 years quality workmanship. Wood fences – Decks – Gates – Chainlink & overhang. Lic. #663238, bonded. (818) 706-1996


GREG GARBER’S HARDWOOD FLOORS SINCE 1979. Install, refinish. Fully insured. Local references. (310) 230-4597. Lic. #455608 CENTURY HARDWOOD FLOOR. Refinishing, Installation, Repairs. Lic. #813778. www.centurycustomhardwoodfloorinc.com. centuryfloor@sbcglobal.net – (800) 608-6007 – (310) 276-6407 HARDWOOD FLOORING. Best pricing. Senior discounts, quality workmanship. Bamboo, maple, oak and laminate. Installation & refinishing. Call for free quote. Lic. #763767. Ron, (310) 308-4988 WILSON HARDWOOD FLOORS. Complete installation, refinish and re-coat. Fully insured. License #380380. Ask for Kevin Wilson, (310) 478-7988


HANDYMAN, Since 1975. Call for your free est. Local ref. Lic. #560299. Member, Chamber of Commerce. HOOSHMAN (310) 459-8009, 24 Hr. LABOR OF LOVE carpentry, plumbing, tile, plaster, doors, windows, fencing & those special challenges. Work guaranteed. License #B767950. Ken at (310) 455-0803 D.J. HANDYMAN. Fencing, painting, tiling. Just a few of my trades. No job too small. Competitive prices, local service. (Not lic.). (310) 454-3838 LOCAL RESIDENT, LOCAL CLIENTELE. Make a list, call me. I specialize in repairing, replacing all those little nuisances. Not licensed; fully insured; always on time. 1 Call, 1 Guy’Marty, (310) 459-2692 HANDYMAN, Comprehensive Home Repair – Improve – Build – Install – Repair – Professional Reliable Service – Happiness Guaranteed. (not lic.) – Daniel Howe, cell (310) 877-5577 PETERPAN – Quality Home Repair -Serving Entire Westside. (Not lic.) Ask for Peter, (310) 663-3633


SANTA MONICA HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING. INSTALLATION: New and old service and repairs. Lic. #324942 (310) 393-5686


PAUL HORST – Interior & Exterior – PAINTING – 51 YEARS OF SERVICE – Our reputation is your safeguard. License No. 186825 – (310) 454-4630 – Bonded & Insured TILO MARTIN PAINTING. For A Professional Job Call (310) 230-0202. Ref’s. Lic. #715099 MASTERPIECE PAINTING & DECOR – Specializing in Faux Finishes – Stenciling & Plaster Effects – Interior/Exterior – Free Estimate – Lic. #543487. Bill Lundby, MFA in Palisades, (310) 459-7362 SPIROS PAINTING, INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. Painting on the Westside since 1980. Lic. #821009. Fax and phone: (310) 826-6097. NO JOB is too small or too big for Spiro The Greek. SQUIRE PAINTING CO. Interior and Exterior. License #405049. 25 years. Local Service. (310) 454-8266. www.squirepainting.com PIERRE HOUSEPAINTING. Interior, exterior, plastering, drywall, tile, wallpapering and handyman work. Excellent work with references. I take pride in my work and I treat your home as if it were my own. (323) 461-2122


ROBERT RAMOS, Plumbing Contractor – Copper repipes – Remodels – New Construction – Service & Repair – Water Heaters – Licensed – Bonded – Insured – St. lic. #605556 – Cell, (310) 704-5353 BOTHAM PLUMBING AND HEATING. Lic. #839118. (310) 827-4040


KANAN CONSTRUCTION – References. BONDED – INSURED – St. Lic. #554451 – DANIEL J. KANAN, CONTRACTOR, (310) 451-3540 / (800) 585-4-DAN LABOR OF LOVE HOME REPAIR & REMODEL. Kitchens, bathrooms, cabinetry, tile, doors, windows, decks, etc. Work guar. Ken Bass, General Contractor. Lic. #B767950. (310) 455-0803 BASIX DESIGNS & REMODELING, INC. WE DO IT ALL – Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Specialist – Room Additions – Interior/Exterior Paint – Windows/Doors – Custom Carpentry – Plumbing – Electrical – Call For Free Estimate – Toll Free: (877) 422-2749 – Lic. #769443


DRIVERS: GREAT HOME time. Pay and benefits! Regional drivers make up to $55,000/yr. Team drivers make up to $150,000/yr. Werner Enterprises. Ph: (800) 346-2818, ext. 561 PRE-SCHOOL TEACHER needed who loves children, art, music. Team player with experience and 12 ECE units. Begins September, 2005. Fax resume: (310) 454-7203 OFFICE ASSISTANT. Busy chiropractic office needs p/t assistant must be friendly, professional & precise. Start $11/hr. Mon, Wed, 1-7:30 p.m. Fax resume, attn: Crystal, (310) 459-7804 PALI ASSISTANT NEEDED for high-level entertainment executive. Must be detail-oriented, ability to multi-task, handle phones, schedule meetings. Interest in music and/or radio a plus. Fax resume: (310) 454-5046 PALISADES DENTAL OFFICE. Receptionist needed. Dental background with computer experience preferred. Personable & energetic. Benefits. Please fax resume to (310) 230-3623 BRENTWOOD MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST needed. Full-time/part-time. Pediatric office. Please fax resume to (310) 231-0337


CASH FOR your CARS $. Foreign or domestic. Running or not. We come to you. We handle all paperwork. Friendly, professional buyer. Please call (310) 995-5898 INCLUDED in PALISADES ESTATE SALE below. 1961 Mark IX Jaguar, restored. FRI, SAT. MAY 13th and 14th. 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. 1350 El Hito Circle 2000 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY Series II SD Sport Utility. Silver with grey leather, dual moonroofs, multi CD, loaded. All service records. Like new, 87K miles. $12,500. (310) 459-0372 2000 FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK. Silver exterior. Gray-cloth interior. Manual trans. 20,600 miles. Excellent condition. $5,500. Call (310) 454-2363 or (310) 454-5713


LARGE BEDROOM FURNITURE. Dark wood, Calif. King w/ 4 poster frame (mattress set incl). 2 nightstand tables, 7 drawer chest & bench. Like new and beautifully kept. A must see! Call (310) 230-3340


QUALITY ESTATE SALE! High-end designer furniture, sofas, glassware, rugs, clothing, kids stuff, lamps, books, etc. Hurry! FRI.-SAT., May 13-14, from 8:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. 15000 Corona del Mar, Pacific Palisades. PACIFIC PALISADES ESTATE SALE. Eclectic mixture of furniture and accessories. Antique Chinese Malacca cabinet, carved display cabinet, hanging lantern; traditional dining table, chairs & display cabinet; antique and traditional sofas, chairs & tables; antique bedroom set; antique and traditional lamps, chandeliers and sconces; glassware; silver and china; Italian pottery; original art; garden furniture; vintage and contemporary designer clothing. 1350 El Hito Circle (from Bienveneda) FRI. & SAT., May 13th and 14th, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. PALISADES GARAGE SALE. 1353 Goucher St. SAT., May 14, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Household items, clothes, power tools, arc & gas welders, electrical equipment. Follow signs from Bestor & McKendree. PALISADES BACKYARD SALE. SUN., MAY 15, 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. 558 Via de la Paz. Sports, other collectibles, clothes & much more! Curio cabinet, $250.


KITTIES. I have some beautifully-trained brother & sister kitties, 1 year + young. I will adopt out to good home, either 2 together, or separately. Call to see: (310) 456-9810


DISNEY/FLORIDA BEACH vacation. 7 days & 6 nights. Travel is good for 1 year. Paid $600. Must sell for $199. Call (562) 492-0034


WANTED: Old tube guitar amplifiers, ’50s, ’60s, etc. Tommy, (310) 306-7746 – profeti2001@yahoo.com

YMCA Hires New Director

Carol Pfannkuche, the new executive director of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA.
Carol Pfannkuche, the new executive director of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA.
Photo by Rich Schmitt, Staff Photographer

Long before she accepted the position as executive director of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, Palisadian Carol Pfannkuche knew all about its importance to the community. After all, her two daughters, Molly (13) and Katie (10), have participated in several Y programs’much as Carol did herself during her childhood in Torrance. So her new job seemed like a natural fit. ‘Growing up, the local YMCA was the center of community life for me,’ Pfannkuche said. ‘Now, my goal is to see this Y grow to be that same thing for kids in the Palisades.’ An active volunteer in the community and at Palisades Presbyterian Church, Pfannkuche previously worked in public relations for the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills and believes her marketing skills will serve her well at the YMCA. ‘So far, I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn,’ she said this week, her second on the job. ‘But I believe building relationships is the first step. I’ve really made an effort to get to know our members. I love hearing their stories.’ YMCA Board Chairman Duke Ostendorf said of the hiring process, ‘We had about 15 people apply and from there we narrowed it down to five pretty quickly. We only interviewed the top three candidates and in my mind the choice was easy. Carol’s background makes her more than qualified, and she really understands how communities work together towards a common goal.’ Carol and her husband Tony bought a house in the Hollywood Hills when they were married but quickly discovered that that particular environment was not conducive to having kids. ‘There were no sidewalks, no schools nearby, there was no neighborhood feel to it at all,’ she said. ‘But we had friends who lived here [on Bienveneda] that we’d visit often on weekends. And the more time we spent here, the more obvious it became to us that this was the place we wanted to raise a family.’ Pfannkuche’s top priority is to increase membership at the Y by better publicizing its programs. ‘So many people are unaware of all we have to offer and the impact we have on the community. I’m really excited about our upcoming summer camps. They’re going to be better than ever.’ The first donation the Y received under Pfannkuche’s watch came Monday morning in the form of a $3,500 check presented by Marjorie Graham, Project Chair of the Palisades Junior Women’s Club, for maintenance of the Temescal Canyon pool and Y camps.

Council Urges ‘Bandit Barriers’ at Local Banks

Until recently, most Pacific Palisades residents didn’t know what ‘bandit barriers’ were. But after suffering four robberies in the span of two months, the Palisades community is speaking up and requesting heightened security at its banks. On April 29, Community Council vice-chairman Kurt Toppel sent a letter on behalf of the council to Bank of America corporate offices, asking that they ‘consider additional security measures such as the installation of ‘bandit barriers’ as a signal to our community that Bank of America cares and does what it can to enhance the well-being of customers and citizens at large.’ Bandit barriers are the bulletproof glass barriers on teller windows. The Palisades Bank of America branch on Sunset was robbed twice in March. One of these incidents involved a suspect who attached what he claimed was an explosive device to a female teller, and collected money from several tellers before fleeing the scene. The council decided to address bank safety following an LAPD Senior Lead Officer Summit in Brentwood in early April. Five council members and other concerned citizens attended this summit and were given updates on crime statistics, then asked to identify key problem areas. Toppel led the bank robbery action committee, which consisted of Senior Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale and 11 Palisades residents. Ragsdale told them that even though the Palisades had already suffered four commercial robberies this year, its overall crime was down 10 percent this year, after a 20-percent decline in 2004. Ragsdale said that the LAPD has suggested that Palisades banks install ‘bandit barriers’ to prevent further robberies, but that ‘some banks are resistant because the community is not receptive…it makes the bank look bad or appear more dangerous.’ The Community Council discussed this issue at its April 28 meeting and voted to bring the community’s concerns to Bank of America, as a start. ‘Based on substantial background information, the key conclusion of our group was that security in banks should be increased in order to deter would-be criminals and to reduce crime,’ Toppel wrote in his letter. ”Bandit Barriers’ were considered by LAPD to be the most effective devices.’ A copy of the letter was also sent to Ashley Gatlin, the new branch manager at the Bank of America. Tom Applebee of B of A’s corporate security office told the Palisadian-Post this week, ‘We have an armed security officer in front of the [Palisades] banking center now and we have also converted the rear door into an emergency exit only, which means that people cannot enter through that door; they can only exit that door during cases of emergency such as fire or earthquake. ‘That’s probably the extent that we’re going to go to at this particular time for security measures, not to say that a ‘bandit barrier’ is not a possibility down the road, but it’s just not on the table right at the moment.’ Applebee added that he had not seen a copy of Toppel’s letter. Meanwhile, the Palisades branch of Citibank on Sunset is planning to install ‘bandit barriers,’ according to manager Patrick Mautner. He said last Thursday that the bank was recently measured for bulletproof glass barriers, though he was not certain when they would be installed. ‘Several customers have made comments in favor of them,’ Mautner said. He added that the branch was first measured for ‘bandit barriers’ last year, following ‘a couple of incidents [of crime]’ at the bank. However, the bank opted not to install the barriers at that time. Following a ‘demand note’ robbery April 4, the Palisades Citibank reconsidered. The incident, in which an armed suspect approached a teller and demanded money, came just 10 days after the second Bank of America robbery and five days after an armed robbery at Mort’s Deli.