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Smaller-scale “Sweeney Todd” proves 99-seat theater is alive, thriving in L.A

Brentwood resident Kristin Towers-Rowles has been a life-long Stephen Sondheim fan, appearing in many of his well-known musicals at various theaters in Los Angeles.  She has taken her knowledge and love of the great composer’s masterwork, [..]

Would you like some soggy fries with your greasy burger?

From my freshman year in high school in 1963 until I joined the Army in 1968, I worked at five different restaurants or snack bars. For those too young to recall, health department inspections were rare and cleanliness didn’t seem to be a prior [..]

Lodovica Borra celebrates a century

Isn’t it nice to grow up in a community where you really know people and see familiar faces on a regular basis?  Such is the case of Lodovica Borra, who turned 100 just last week! Looking back, we know that Italian-born Giuseppe Fea cam [..]

It is important to express yourself

“Insist on yourself; never imitate.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson This week a student walked into my lunch group and immediately started crying. It turned out that someone had gone into her backpack and taken several bites out of the sa [..]

Kentwood Players presents “4000 Miles”

Kentwood Players presents Amy Herzog’s dramatic comedy “4000 Miles” from Friday, May 15 to Saturday, June 20 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse located at 8301 Hindry [..]

March employment was weaker than expected

Last Friday the monthly U.S. government employment report for March was released, and the results were on the disappointing side.  Of the various economic reports, this one tends to be among the most widely followed. The actual number reporte [..]

Crimes against humanity

There are certain occasions or encounters in life that undeniably defy rational explanation and absolutely drive me crazy. As we proceed, raise your hand if you’ve committed one of these “crimes against humanity” in the past six mon [..]

When you shine light on your fear, it disappears

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had a wonderful meeting this week with a group of like-minded parents and colleagues.  Everything came toget [..]

Sellers should put all energy on getting home ready for showings

Dear Michael: For this coming summer our kids are asking for an in-ground swimming pool. A few neighbors have them, but most nearby houses do not. It would cost at least $35,000. Do you think a swimming pool would be a good investment and add value t [..]

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