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You Probably Never Heard of the Most Influential Woman of the 20th Century

By Roger Linnett What woman would you say had the biggest influence on 20th Century America? Susan B. Anthony? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks? Marilyn Monroe? Helen Gurley Brown? Gloria Steinem? Jacqueline Kennedy? Not even close. Her name was Frances Perkins, and she changed the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans. Born Fannie Coralie Perkins...

Theatrical Review: “Awake in a World that Encourages Sleep”

Reviewed by Roger Linnett From the beginning of Raymond J. Barry’s “Awake in a World that Encourages Sleep” at the Electric Lodge, the audience is subjected to a lurching, frenetic exposition of the tormented lives of three people on the edge, presented by a top-flight trio of actors fused into a powerful ensemble. The play...

Health Care Coming This Year!

By Roger Linnett The following is part of a continuing series, summarizing the benefits that will go into effect in 2012 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Unless otherwise noted, benefits take effect as of Jan. 1. As in the previous article, benefits are categorized under three headings: Increasing Access to Affordable Care Accountable...

Big Blue Bus Shrinks in Venice

As of August 28, the #2 Big Blue Bus no longer runs through Venice, but will end its run at Main and Hill Sts. in Santa Monica. The #1 Bus’s route has been extended to cover the part of the #2 route from the Circle to Venice HIgh School with the following changes. The most noticeable change...

Sewing Club! In Venice!

By Roger Linnett Five members of the Venice Boys & Girls Club’s Sewing Club were invited to exhibit their creations for the 700 plus attendees of the annual conference of the American Sewing Guild on Friday, August 19 at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. They were there as special guests of the ASG as a demonstration of the wonderful...

Oakwood Barbecue Draws Hundreds

By Roger Linnett The 5th Annual Venice Community BBQ and Picnic held at Oakwood Park July 16 was acclaimed a rousing success by all who attended. In addition to tons of great food and equally tasty music there were games and races and a jumper for the kids, a tug-of-war, a watermelon-eating contest and a...

Poets Honored by Beyond Baroque

By Roger Linnett On July 17, a dinner at the Church in Ocean Park was the setting for the presentation of the inaugural George Drury Smith Award, named for the founder of Beyond Baroque. Smith presented the award to long-time Venice resident and distinguished poet David St. John in recognition of his prodigious body of work over the...

Community Pressure Saves Vera Davis Center

By Roger Linnett The City tried to push one past the Oakwood Community, and the Community pushed back. The result is that the city’s “done deal” of turning the social service center into an art gallery run by the Cultural Affairs Department (CAD) won’t be happening. Instead, the Community Development Department (CDD) will continue as...

Neighbors in an Uproar Over Condo Development

By Roger Linnett A meeting, June 20, between prospective developers of the property at 522 So. Venice Blvd. (across from of the Abbot Kinney library) and neighborhood residents went pretty much as one might expect. The meeting room at The Bible Tabernacle Church on Washington Way was charged from the get go. The developers were introduced by...

Community Pressure to Save Vera Davis Center Services Intensifies

By Roger Linnett The reassignment of the Vera Davis Center to the auspices of the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department is proceeding apace despite the hue and cry of Venice residents that both use and support its many charitable services. However, the city miraculously found $60,000 to pay for keeping the Center open during the coming...
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