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We affectionately call it The Hill<br />

Let me conduct a tour of the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>, consisting of four incorporated<br />

cities, two unincorporated areas, one annexed<br />

area. Building requirements<br />

consider lot coverage, air space, views,<br />

privacy, and neighborhood compatibility.<br />

We call it “The Terraced Land”.<br />

Let me show you why.<br />

• “A Village”, parklands, open space, no congested<br />

cities, traffic, or parking meters<br />

• Thirteen micro-climates from which to choose<br />

• Views are common here: Mighty Pacific, City<br />

Lights, Pastoral, Ocean Cliffs and Coves,<br />

Canyons, LA Harbor and most are without<br />

power lines!<br />

• Public schools are rated Top 10 - website:<br />

www.pvpusd.k12.ca.us<br />

• Three High Schools, Three Intermediate Schools,<br />

11 neighborhood Elementary Schools, transitional<br />

Kindergarten. Highly rated Private Schools<br />

• Two nearby beaches off the beaten track, tide pools<br />

• Four Golf Courses, Tennis Clubs, Athletic Clubs<br />

• Active <strong>Peninsula</strong> Senior Center, Three beautiful<br />

Public Libraries<br />

• Horseback Riding Stables, Ice Skating Rink,<br />

Sports Parks (soccer, baseball), Toddler Parks,<br />

Dog Park, countless Hiking/Walking Trails<br />

• Norris Theatre for Palos Verdes Performing Arts,<br />

Palos Verdes Art Center<br />

• Regal 13 Cinema, plenty of easy parking, seating<br />

• 45 minutes to LAX (in traffic)<br />

• Three major hospitals within a 15-minute drive<br />


Interested yet? Let me show you around. Resident<br />

since 1977 and a Certified Palos Verdes Specialist<br />

P.S. Neighbors, any additions to brag about?<br />

Just email me.<br />

LINDA CAVETTE, Realtor Lic. 01294734<br />

Coldwell Banker Palos Verdes and Beach Cities<br />

(310) 544-8455 LKCavette@aol.com<br />

www.LindaCavette.com<br />


Volume XXII, Issue 2<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y<br />


Jumpstart CEO David Lord.<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />


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Lord of Jumpstart<br />

by David Mendez David Lord’s computer games are<br />

designed to do more than entertain and now have over five<br />

million monthly users. Next up, China.<br />

26 Produced and then published<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski <strong>Peninsula</strong> novelist Jennifer Irwin’s<br />

controversial, but unpublished novel is soon to be a major<br />

motion picture.<br />

32 <strong>Peninsula</strong> paradiso<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian Jean and Charles Shriver made<br />

an offer for an Italian villa that wasn’t for sale. Four years later<br />

the owners responded to their offer.<br />

58<br />

San Pedro soul food<br />

by Richard Foss Chef Dustin Trani’s family’s restaurants<br />

have nourished the soul of San Pedro for nearly a century.<br />

62 Schwartz’s baby<br />

by Esther Kang Over the past three decades, Dr. Jerry<br />

Schwartz has led the ongoing technological innovations at Torrance<br />

Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.<br />

65<br />

De-stress the start of school<br />

by Dr. Greg Allen The start of a new school year can lead to<br />

stress for both kids and parents. Talking about it helps.<br />


8 Stormstock Woodstock revival<br />

12 Jester & Pharley<br />

16 Harbor Interfaith<br />


39 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

66 <strong>Peninsula</strong> health guide<br />

68 Around and about<br />

73 Home services<br />

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Teri Marin<br />


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Stormstock<br />

A Woodstock Revival<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic held its newest<br />

fundraiser Stormstock, a Woodstock Revival, on a sprawling grass<br />

lawn in Rolling Hills, generously hosted by Claudia and Tom Grzywacz.<br />

The 240 guests dressed in bell bottoms, miniskirts with crazy flowered<br />

prints, long-haired wigs and tie-dyed T-shirts. Psychedelic art beckoned<br />

guests to a “selfie station.” The entertainment highlight of the evening<br />

was Andy and Renee and the Hard Rain Band with a little help from<br />

Chef Michael Shafer of Depot Restaurant. Andy and Renee took guests<br />

down memory lane with a sing along and dancing under the stars. The<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee supports the LA Philharmonic and youth music<br />

education in the South Bay.<br />


1. David and Kei Benoit, Cheryl Graue<br />

and Lisa Zagha.<br />

2. Chef Michael Schafer singing along<br />

with the band.<br />

3. Elizabeth Burns and Dominique<br />

Claessens.<br />

4. Joellen Alflen and John McBeth.<br />

5. Greg and Natasha Finn.<br />

6. Dave Jones, Marian Hall, Tammy<br />

and Mark Tucker.<br />

7. Karen and Jeff Hogue.<br />

8. Chip and Pat Zelt, Dave and Debra<br />

Schinnerer.<br />

9. Sisters Claudia Grzywacz and<br />

Elizabeth Storm McGovern.<br />

10. Brian Higa, Tammy Tucker,<br />

Marian Hall and Dali Higa.<br />

11. Marian Duntley, Lu Takeuchi,<br />

Jane Beseda, Lisa Sierveld and Jann<br />

Feldman.<br />

12. Claudia Grzywacz, Daniela Garcia<br />

and Tom Grzywacz.<br />

13. Paula DiFiore (seated), Vivien<br />

Murtha and Sharon Guthrie.<br />

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Jester and Pharley<br />

Create Joyful Phundraiser<br />

or the last 22 years, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle has given me strength<br />

“Fand courage,” said Jesse Hernandez. Now 27, Jesse told his story at The<br />

Jester & Pharley Phund Taste of the South Bay Soiree. “That book changed my<br />

life. You read the book to me when I was 5 at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long<br />

Beach,” he told Barbara Saltzman, mother of the late Palos Verdes author-artist<br />

David Saltzman. “Thank you for giving me hope then– and now.” The Phund’s<br />

founder read her late son’s book to Jesse shortly after its release in late October<br />

1995 and hadn’t seen him since. Hernandez’s mother Joann had been told her son<br />

wouldn’t live to be 8. The “Phundraiser” on July 21 at Alta Vista Park in Redondo<br />

Beach included the 5th Annual Jester Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament and<br />

Food and Wine festival, sponsored by Big 5 Sporting Goods, Premier Bank of Palos<br />

Verdes and the Original Red Onion. Visit www.thejester.org for more information.<br />


1. Barbara Saltzman with Jesse<br />

Hernandez and Madison Radlein.<br />

2. Adam Jonas MD with wife<br />

Julie Noble MD.<br />

3. Joe Saltzman and Norman<br />

Panitch MD.<br />

4. Nickie Lennertz and son<br />

Harrison Lennertz.<br />

5. Susan Dalton, Denise Vega<br />

and Jennie Speciale.<br />

6. Richard Gridley, Brandon<br />

Stokes and Aime Claire Lager.<br />

7. Chair Heidi Grimm presents<br />

trophies to Janice Bittker and<br />

Michael Lopez.<br />

8. 1st Place Winners-Addie<br />

Soltani and Lanana Goldstein.<br />

9. 2nd Place Winners-Lou Stokes<br />

and Rebecca Clites.<br />

10. Aime Claire Lager swing.<br />

11. Heidi Grimm, Bob Oster,<br />

Larry Styza, Yaz Nakamoto and<br />

Deborah Ford.<br />

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JumpStart CEO<br />

David Lord cuts<br />

loose in his<br />

Torrance office,<br />

with help from<br />

his JumpStart<br />

characters.<br />

Photo by<br />

David Fairchild

Lord goodGameS<br />

of<br />

For many years, David Lord’s morning routine was to walk from his<br />

Terranea condo to the trail along the ocean bluff and walk several miles<br />

listening to Boston sports radio over headphones.<br />

“Boston sports radio,” the New England native said after a moment,<br />

laughing in spite of himself. “I liked to get clarity on the sports scene, and<br />

I wouldn’t be able to check in all day,” said the Boston native and CEO of<br />

Torrance-based, education software developer JumpStart.<br />

The past season belonged to Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas,<br />

the 5-foot-8 basketball superstar who seemingly scored at will against much<br />

larger competition.<br />

“He’s a fighter, and that’s Boston at its core – just a bunch of dopey, working-class<br />

people. I’m the same way,” Lord said. “There are no blue bloods<br />

in our family.”<br />

Lord cashed in on a tech startup at the height of the late 1990s dot-com<br />

bubble, helped build a major ticket reseller, and most recently, helped lead<br />

JumpStart through a six-month-long acquisition negotiation with Chinabased<br />

game developer NetDragon.<br />

Lord is no longer living at Terranea, the sale to NetDragon closed this<br />

month and the youngest of his three daughters has moved out. But he isn’t<br />

slowing down.<br />

“I’m still hungry,” Lord said.<br />

Lord is the son of a factory worker. He spent his youth playing football<br />

and Lord graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in accounting.<br />

Through there, he found his way into tech.<br />

“After college, I went with a reengineering group, doing tech accounting,”<br />

Lord said. “The first eight to 10 years of my career led up to when the dotcoms<br />

were starting.”<br />

After a year of incubating the idea, Lord helped to found Toysmart, an e-<br />

commerce company that specialized in developing educational, or what<br />

Lord calls “good” toys, as opposed to Barbies and Hot Wheels. To keep<br />

prices down they marketed directly to consumers, rather than through retailers.<br />

But they had a problem.<br />

“I was there at the beginning, when you couldn’t convince investors that<br />

people would buy online,” Lord said.<br />

Fortunately for Lord, concerns that consumers wanted to touch what they<br />

bought and wouldn’t wait for a product to be shipped, passed.<br />

“It got to the point where we had term sheets (investment agreements)<br />

rolling in, each one with a $10 million higher valuation of the company<br />

than the one before it,” Lord said. “All the biggest leaders in [venture capitalism],<br />

everyone wanted to invest. It was an unbelievable time.”<br />

Those were the Wild West days of the web, when companies such as<br />

About.com, Yahoo and Pets.com were booming. New initial public offerings<br />

for companies were hitting the stock market every day, starting at $15 a<br />

share and increasing in value by 2,000 percent by day’s end.<br />

In August 1999, Disney bought a majority stake in Toysmart for $45 million.<br />

In May 2000, eight months after the acquisition, Toysmart shut its<br />

doors. The company lagged behind its contemporaries, eToys and Toys-<br />

RUs.com. Lord left Toysmart in August 2000.<br />

He worked for three years at Intel as the President/CEO of its New Business<br />

Ventures department. But the transition, he said, was rough.<br />

“Going from a start-up back to corporate…that was a punch in the nose,<br />

after working at a dot-com,” Lord said.<br />

In 2004, Lord began re-exploring the world of startups, and found an opportunity<br />

with Razorgator, a then-minor player in the nascent world of online<br />

ticket reselling.<br />

He began as a consultant while still working on the East Coast. At the<br />

time, the secondary ticket market was illegal in Massachusetts.<br />

“There were plenty of scalpers, but you couldn’t do it online and get away<br />

with it,” Lord said. “No one cared, but it wasn’t legal, so a corporation<br />

wasn’t going to work.”<br />

by David Mendez<br />

David Lord conquered the educational software markets in North and South America and Europe. Now he’s targeting China.<br />

Investors were eager to work with the company though. Razorgator drew<br />

interest from major venture capital firms, such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield<br />

& Byers, and Oak Investment Partners.<br />

“When you get a blue-chipper like that [backing you], you have to go for<br />

it,” Lord said. He and his family moved to Agoura Hills. Within four years,<br />

the annual sales hit $150 million and it became the official ticket reseller<br />

for the NCAA.<br />

“Our first big event was the Rose Bowl — and it happened to be the USC<br />

vs. Texas Rose Bowl,” Lord said.<br />

The game was an instant classic, a 41-38 shootout between star quarterbacks<br />

Matt Leinart, of USC, and Vince Young, of the University of Texas.<br />

The game’s final scoring play, with 19 seconds left on the clock, sealed a<br />

three-point victory for Texas at one of college football’s most historic venues.<br />

And though the loss was hard for the newly-minted Californians, Razorgator<br />

was thrilled with the association.<br />

But Lord was unhappy. He and Razorgator’s investors had irreconcilable<br />

difference of opinion over the company’s future. Time with his family over<br />

the holidays in 2007 led him to move on.<br />

“I hate seeing you so miserable – why’re you doing this?” Lord recalled<br />

his father saying. “You should consider other things.”<br />

Four months later, in April 2008, Lord joined JumpStart.<br />

It was a natural fit for Lord. He was able to apply lessons learned and relationships<br />

developed with Toysmart. He brought his team from Razorgator<br />

along with him.<br />

“It goes back to those days at Toysmart — we called it ‘good toys,’ and it<br />

felt like we did something worth doing,” Lord said.<br />

He and his team were focused on making learning fun for kids, building<br />

on their Knowledge Adventure, JumpStart and Neopets brands.<br />

Jumpstart now has over five million monthly users in North and South<br />

America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.<br />

Key to the company’s success was building a partnership with Dreamworks,<br />

that allowed JumpStart to build the “School of Dragons” series<br />

around Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise.<br />

The demographics served by “School of Dragons” are unusual: Ages 7-13<br />

make up 50 to 55 percent of the player base. The rest is made up by players<br />

aged 13-25.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> get associated with a brand at age 10 and they stay loyal to it,”<br />

Lord said. “It’s an interesting phenomenon.”<br />

Just as interesting is getting feedback on the way kids interact with their<br />

games. The “Dragons” games are based on the scientific method: pose a hypothesis,<br />

test it, interpret the results and duplicate the results.<br />

“We got the perfect review: a kid wrote ‘I was having so much fun, until<br />

I realized I was learning.’” Lord recalled. “We checked, and the kid had been<br />

playing for six months. It just clicked.”<br />

New owner NetDragon focuses on mobile application development and<br />

online multiplayer gaming. The company offers JumpStart the opportunity<br />

to move from selling solely to consumers to working with schools.<br />

JumpStart, he said, has the opportunity to become the biggest educational<br />

brand in China, where education providers must be approved by the government.<br />

“No one is doing what we’re doing over there,” Lord said. “The gaming<br />

market is unbelievable and NetDragon has an incredible portfolio.”<br />

Lord is staying on as CEO of JumpStart, where his daughter who just<br />

moved out will be joining him and her older sisters.<br />

Having kids, Lord said, is the perfect training for being a CEO. “You’re<br />

always sleeping with one eye open,” he explained.<br />

Though still hungry, his goals have changed.<br />

“I’m in a different place than I was five years ago. I like mentoring. Watching<br />

them be successful is awesome,” Lord said. “I don’t base success on revenue<br />

and losses anymore. But people, that’s what matters.” PEN<br />

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Sexand the<br />

Singular<br />

Girl<br />

Jennifer Irwin. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Jennifer Irwin wrote about a sex addict, and her novel will soon be a film<br />

The road to becoming a published author has changed dramatically in<br />

just one or two decades. The Internet now provides endless opportunities<br />

for anyone with chutzpah to get their manuscript noted, increasing<br />

the chances of seeing it into print. With a unique angle or storyline,<br />

and a gift for self-promotion, writers can draw attention to themselves and,<br />

if truly fortunate, their book-to-be will generate a buzz before it’s even<br />

boxed up and shipped out.<br />

Jennifer Irwin has navigated herself into that enviable position. The film<br />

rights to her novel, “A Dress the Color of the Sky,” have been bought for<br />

$250,000, despite the book still in its final edits.<br />

As the saying goes, Timing is everything. The Palos Verdes resident<br />

showed her manuscript to an agent who also lives locally. As Irwin recounted<br />

it, he told her, “Your book is very of-the-moment because it has a<br />

flawed female character who does bad things but you can root for her.”<br />

What sort of bad things? Book Reader Magazine, an online publication,<br />

ran a brief Q&A with a synopsis, the gist of the latter being like this: “Prudence<br />

Aldrich, wife and mother, pulls up her jeans in the miniscule bathroom<br />

after yet another random sexual encounter… After several dangerous<br />

liaisons, Prue’s therapist advises her to get serious help. Her diagnosis: sex<br />

addict.”<br />

It’s an attention-getter, all right. Prudence checks herself into the Serenity<br />

Hills rehab center for a five-week stay, her contract stipulating that she is<br />

to abstain from all sexual relations, and she is even forbidden to have or<br />

perhaps to nurture sexual thoughts (yeah, good luck with that). Five weeks?<br />

I’m reminded of Wing-Foot’s comment on fasting in Jorge Amado’s “Shepherds<br />

of the Night”: “Without food, drink, and a woman, nobody could live.<br />

True, there were men who could go for a month without a woman; he had<br />

heard tell of them.”<br />

The novel has an elegant and poignant title, and the story edges back and<br />

forth between Prue’s stint in rehab and her life as a child and young<br />

woman, which will gradually lead the reader into an understanding of who<br />

Prudence is and how she ended up where she does.<br />

And, by the way, the book is about more than sexual addiction and abuse,<br />

but we’ll get to that later.<br />

I mentioned timing. Another factor that has helped propel the story is<br />

the resurgent interest in books and films about empowered women. Of particular<br />

note is Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine production company.<br />

Witherspoon was behind “Gone Girl” and “Wild” (both box office<br />

hits). Among other women-penned novels that Witherspoon has scooped<br />

up for potential films we find “Luckiest Girl Alive,” “Eleanor Oliphant is<br />

Completely Fine,” and “Something in the Water.”<br />

Although there is always the risk of market oversaturation, the people<br />

and the company who have acquired “A Dress the Color of the Sky” are<br />

banking on the continued viability of this genre, niche or trend. Now, if<br />

you’ve noticed me skirting around proper names and identities that’s because<br />

it’s all hush-hush for another month or so. The cat isn’t being let out<br />

26 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong>

of the bag just yet. But let’s take a<br />

step back and look at how Jennifer<br />

Irwin reached the point where she<br />

is today.<br />

Read it and rate it<br />

Something or Other Publishing<br />

holds an annual contest. “My book<br />

was the most voted on book in the<br />

history of this publishing contest,”<br />

Irwin said. What’s involved, however,<br />

is more than just a high vote<br />

tally. Contestants also have homework<br />

to complete. “Part of the<br />

homework was they taught you the<br />

importance of marketing and the<br />

importance of the author being extremely<br />

involved in promoting the<br />

book. Even if you publish with a big<br />

five publisher, they expect you to<br />

put the money they give you up<br />

front for the book and invest that in<br />

marketing. They taught me how to<br />

utilize and market on Twitter, they<br />

taught me how to get the right audience<br />

following you, and I found the<br />

author community on Twitter extremely<br />

supportive.”<br />

One may ask, supportive of what?<br />

since none of them have seen the<br />

book. What they’ve seen is a brief<br />

synopsis and excerpts of the reviews.<br />

Reviews? But how can that<br />

be? Irwin explained:<br />

“Early on I went to friends and<br />

people I knew who were big readers,<br />

and I asked them to read the<br />

manuscript, even in its earliest<br />

stages. And I was able to get reviews.<br />

On my website I have all<br />

these reviews that are just amazing.<br />

I would take snippets of the reviews<br />

on Twitter and use them for posts.”<br />

These reviews are also posted on<br />

Instagram and on Irwin’s Facebook<br />

page.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> see the review, or they see<br />

just a sentence, and they’re intrigued;<br />

and they want to know<br />

more about the book.”<br />

“A Dress the Color of the Sky” is<br />

being published by Glass Spider in<br />

the fall.<br />

“I have a list of bloggers and reviewers<br />

who have asked for advance<br />

copies, and they’re<br />

committed to [submitting] their reviews<br />

within 30 days because my<br />

book goes to pre-order in October.<br />

So, in <strong>Sept</strong>ember the reviews will<br />

come out from these really prominent<br />

book bloggers. That’s kind of a<br />

really important time for me.” Furthermore,<br />

Irwin noted, there are<br />

“hundreds of thousands of readers<br />

following these different bloggers.”<br />

She also pointed out that she’s<br />

been “marketing the book for two<br />

years,” which on the one hand can<br />

be seen as diligent and savvy, but<br />

more like hype on the other since<br />

there is no product, only a synopsis.<br />

But, as I said, the road to publishing<br />

(and being noticed) has drastically<br />

changed. New age, new tactics.<br />

Sex cells<br />

Irwin was raised in New York and<br />

attended Denison University where<br />

she earned a BA in Cinema. Actor<br />

Steve Carell was a classmate; Jennifer<br />

Garner and Hal Holbrook are<br />

alumni. While in college, Irwin<br />

wrote a screenplay. After graduation<br />

she worked in advertising and later<br />

married. Over the course of a 20-<br />

year marriage she and her husband<br />

had three sons, moved to Lunada<br />

Bay in about 2000 (all three children<br />

attended Palos Verdes High School),<br />

and eventually divorced. Irwin has<br />

been with her attorney boyfriend<br />

for six years now, in one of the<br />

winding housing tracts that overlooks<br />

Trump National Golf Club.<br />

Irwin retired from fulltime work<br />

after her third son was born, and a<br />

couple of years later became a Pilates<br />

instructor. “That was,” she said,<br />

“a good job for me to do and still be<br />

a mom.<br />

“Teaching private Pilates is like<br />

being a hairdresser; you hear a lot of<br />

stories. You share with them and<br />

they share with you, and I had all<br />

kinds of clients, not just PV moms.<br />

It got me interested in women and<br />

how they think and how they fall in<br />

love, and how some women choose<br />

the right man and some women<br />

don’t. Is that luck? Or does that<br />

have to do with your childhood or<br />

having a good father figure?”<br />

Irwin ceased writing after she<br />

married and began a family. But<br />

after her divorce she returned to<br />

some former ideas, “and a little bit<br />

is part of the screenplay that I wrote<br />

back in college. The story just got<br />

bigger and bigger and [began] taking<br />

on a life of its own. Whereas I’d<br />

started to write it to heal from my<br />

own pain and my own relationship,<br />

all of a sudden I was letting people<br />

read it and they were really encouraging<br />

me that there was something<br />

big there and that I should keep<br />

going with it.”<br />

Film rights to the book were sold<br />

“almost immediately” after Irwin<br />

won the publishing contest. One<br />

can again point to Reese Witherspoon<br />

because, after Irwin opened<br />

her Instagram account to the public,<br />

Witherspoon’s book club began following<br />

her online. It was around<br />

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this time that the agent (the one who<br />

told Irwin, “Your book is very of-themoment”)<br />

informed her that Witherspoon’s<br />

production company “was<br />

looking for meaty roles of flawed female<br />

characters, whether likeable or<br />

not,” and snatching up the film rights.<br />

The stars must have been aligned,<br />

as they say, because Irwin then gave<br />

her manuscript to what in Hollywood<br />

is known as a private money investor,<br />

someone (or some group) with deep<br />

pockets who puts their money behind<br />

potential film projects. Presumably<br />

aware of the trend towards projects<br />

with strong or singular women at<br />

their center, this producer liked the<br />

gist of what she read and acted on her<br />

gut instincts.<br />

Irwin initially thought that what the<br />

private money investor wanted to purchase<br />

was merely an option on “A<br />

Dress the Color of the Sky.” Many<br />

books are optioned for film, and many<br />

books sit on shelves for a couple of<br />

years until the option runs out. Some<br />

of course do get made into films, just<br />

as some baby turtles do make it to the<br />

shoreline and into the water.<br />

“She said No, I don’t mean option, I<br />

mean purchase,” Irwin recalled. “I<br />

want to buy this manuscript for a feature<br />

film whether or not your book is<br />

ever published. I want the story.”<br />

Not to demean the novel in any<br />

way, but at that point it was the subject,<br />

the concept, the themes, that<br />

were the basis for the sale.<br />

Irwin was given a good faith deposit,<br />

which she invested in a writing<br />

coach. The manuscript evolved from<br />

having flashbacks to being linear, to<br />

again toggling between events past<br />

and present.<br />

“After I finished working with my<br />

writing coach I landed an agent in<br />

New York,” Irwin said, “which is<br />

every author’s dream.” Agent Karen<br />

Gantz also represents Alec Baldwin,<br />

who recently published his memoirs.<br />

Now, because the film rights have<br />

been sold, and because Irwin already<br />

has a following on social media, Gantz<br />

encouraged Irwin to go with a small<br />

publisher, ostensibly because the author<br />

would have more control over<br />

when the book would go to print. One<br />

Irwin cont. on page 60<br />

The cover of “A Dress the Color of the Sky,” forthcoming from author Jennifer Irwin, and<br />

soon to be made into a feature film.<br />

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<strong>Peninsula</strong> paradiso<br />

The rear of the Shriver residence shows architraves or moulding around the windows characteristic of Italianate design.<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Back in the early 1930s Frank Vanderlip’s<br />

attorney E.D. Levinson walked on these<br />

now worn paver stones leading to the front<br />

yard gardens and courtyard.<br />

The Italian villa wasn’t for sale. The Shrivers made an offer, anyway, with fortunate results.<br />

Charles and Jean Shriver waited four years to hear from a sealed bid<br />

they submitted in 1980 for a sprawling, Portuguese Bend compound.<br />

They came across the property on a class tour for new appraisers.<br />

The house was not for sale. The class was there to learn how to appraise.<br />

A friend of Jean’s had invited her to join the class for the day, so she could<br />

see the secluded home. Neither she nor her husband were in real estate.<br />

Jean was a Manhattan Beach librarian and Charles an engineer. They were<br />

living on Paseo Del Mar in Lunada Bay.<br />

Four years after the tour, the property owner, Seymour “Skip” Warner<br />

and his wife Virginia unexpectedly accepted the Shriver’s offer. The time<br />

was serendipitous. The Shrivers were about to begin a remodel of their<br />

residence. Instead, they moved into what Jean describes as her “dream<br />

family farmstead.”<br />

The Italianate residence was built for E. Douglas Levinson, the attorney<br />

for <strong>Peninsula</strong> founder Frank Vanderlip. Levinson’s wife never visited the<br />

property because it required taking a train from Los Angeles, then the Red<br />

Car to Redondo Beach and then a mule over the hill to the residence.<br />

In 1931, Levinson hired architect Gordon Kaufmann who, at the time,<br />

was also working on the Hoover Dam. Kaufmann’s other notable works<br />

include the Doheny Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building,<br />

Scripps College and the Santa Anita Park Clubhouse.<br />

Charles and Jean met in the late 1940s when he attended the then all<br />

male Princeton and she attended the then all female Vassar. Albert Einstein<br />

Photos by Tony LaBruno<br />

Jean and Charles Shriver in the home<br />

they’ve owned for over three decades.<br />

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One of the two living rooms with a wood burning fireplace and original furnishings passed down from both sides of the Shriver family.<br />

The cornerstone of the home with the<br />

initials of the first owner, E.D. Levinson,<br />

dating back to 1931.<br />

lived in Jean’s neighborhood, where he attended the Institute of Advanced<br />

Studies, along with Robert Oppenheimer, the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.”<br />

Einstein planned to return to Germany but it was wartime, and his summer<br />

home had been taken over by the Nazis, so he stayed in the United States.<br />

“Einstein was a regular figure amongst us,” Jean said. “But I never spoke<br />

to him because what do you say to someone of such a grandiose, mathematical<br />

mind?” The town of Princeton was small at the time, with only<br />

about 10,000 residents. “Everybody knew each other,” said Jean, who authored<br />

a book about her famous neighbor, ”The Einstein Solution.” She<br />

also wrote a novel, “Mayflower Man,” about a teenage boy’s efforts to save<br />

the family farm.<br />

The Shrivers’ two story, 4,900 square foot, sprawling, Italian farmstead<br />

has seven bedrooms, two kitchens, two offices, two living rooms, four bathrooms,<br />

an attic and a basement. As you travel up the private, gravel road<br />

you hear the shrill screams of peacocks and the neighs of horses. The<br />

sweeping courtyard is flanked by Roman columns. During the holiday season,<br />

the courtyard is the venue for the annual Portuguese Bend Arty Party,<br />

which attracts hundreds of residents for wine and cheese and to enjoy local<br />

artisans’ wares. Horse stalls line the back of the courtyard. The Shrivers’<br />

son Steve, an accomplished artist, recalled that during the filming of<br />

“Rumor Has It,” starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston, ”The set<br />

painters had so many tricks up their sleeves that they were able to transform<br />

objects in an instant to create a point in time.” They worked with<br />

A old crank pencil sharpener in Charles’s<br />

office, next to a 1930s photograph of the<br />

peninsula, in which the Shriver home<br />

is pictured.<br />

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The courtyard entry to the Shriver home is flanked by columns. Projected eaves along<br />

the roofline are supported by corbels, common in Italianate architecture.<br />

Steve Shriver with a self portrait in his studio.<br />

paint and muddled graphite over conduit to make the bars in the stable appear<br />

rusted. During the filming of “A Walk in the Clouds,” starring Keanu<br />

Reeves and Debra Messing, Jean said, “The set designers spent 10 days<br />

preparing the property, including installing a pool in the courtyard and only<br />

seven days doing the actual filming. “We were thrilled. Anthony Quinn was<br />

here. He was old and funny.”<br />

Although it was exciting having celebrities on their property, “none of the<br />

movies were any good,” Jean said, candidly.<br />

Both Jean and Charles keep offices by the stables, each with an exterior<br />

entrance. Jean’s office has floor to ceiling shelves, teeming with books of<br />

every genre. Above her desk is a trap door leading to an attic with old, fabric<br />

and leather bound books, some with gold leaf letters.<br />

The family’s furnishings have been passed down from both sides of the<br />

families. Jean said that they have purchased maybe two pieces of furniture.<br />

Everything else is an heirloom with a provenance. A bathroom has the original,<br />

small teal tiles from the 1930s. There is a nod to history everywhere,<br />

including old photographs of the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, classic automobiles, renaissance<br />

style art of a medallion with the the Virgin Mary and Jesus (original to the<br />

exterior of the house) and even an old crank pencil sharpener affixed to the<br />

wall in Charles’ office.<br />

But not everything evokes the past.<br />

In Steve’s studio there is a large oil on canvas self portrait. “It’s not a typical<br />

self portrait,” he said. The portrait shows him under a freeway overpass,<br />

juggling eggs, naked. PEN<br />

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The shaded path along the side of the home leads you to gardens and an idyllic natural pond.<br />

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550 Silver Spur Rd. Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275

eventcalendar<br />


Compiled by Teri Marin<br />

You can email your event to our address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com<br />

All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.<br />

Saturday, August 26<br />

Annual Rummage Sale<br />

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Lots of garage, yard and estate sale items.<br />

Held in the “Family Life Center” room and upper patio area, directly opposite<br />

the parking lot. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 301 Avenue D, Redondo Beach. There is<br />

a parking lot opposite the church on Avenue D. For more information go to:<br />

sntandrews.org.<br />

Bee knowledgeable<br />

Join Nicole Palladino, Founder, Beequilibrium to celebrate National Honeybee<br />

Day. She will explain the importance of bees to the food chain. 11 a.m.<br />

at White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve. 1600 W. Paseo del<br />

Mar in San Pedro. Free. RSVP to (310) 541-7613 or go to: pvplc.org: Events<br />

& Activities/Whitepoint Presentations.<br />

Medicare 101<br />

Do you have questions about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment windows, cost sharing<br />

or “Extra Help”, the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare<br />

Advantage and Supplement Plans? Carol Clement, (CA License 0H80524)<br />

will answer all your questions. Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District, this<br />

informational seminar is free and open to the public. 3 p.m. at the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Center Library Community Room. 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Questions? Please contact Mary Cohen at mcohen@pvld.org or 310-921-<br />

7519. Palos Verdes Library District, (310) 377-9584, pvld.org.<br />

Summer Music Series at Nelson’s<br />

Enjoy fantastic food,<br />

drinks, entertainment and<br />

scenery at Nelson’s Sunset<br />

Bluff every Saturday and<br />

Sunday throughout the<br />

summer. The culinary<br />

team will be offering po’<br />

boy and beer pairings, as<br />

well as specialty Bluff<br />

cocktails. Gelato,<br />

smoothie, and nitro coffee<br />

available on Sundays.<br />

Saturdays 6 -10 p.m. Sundays<br />

1 - 5 p.m. For more information call (310) 265-2836 or go to: terranea.com/events.<br />

Sunday, August 27<br />

FRAMfest<br />

FRAM is the only competitive soccer club in Palos Verdes and has 50 competitive<br />

youth soccer teams with over 750 kids ranging in ages 7-18. This all<br />

day event will feature team booths, a coaches game, silent auction, dunk<br />

tanks and much much more! Nansen Field, 15 Hidden Valley Road, Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. For more information call (310) 418-3708 or email:<br />

admin@framsoccer.com.<br />

Garden Concert Series<br />

St. Luke’s third free Garden Concert features The Firebird Quintet and their<br />

repertoire that ranges from traditional Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European<br />

songs, to well-known classics and original compositions. Come early to<br />

picnic in the lovely garden. During intermission, dessert and coffee are hosted<br />

by St. Luke’s. 5 - 7 p.m at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For<br />

more information call (310) 377-2825 M-F, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m or go to: stlukespres.com.<br />

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eventcalendar<br />

Monday & Tuesday, August 28 & 29<br />

Calling All Singers<br />

Allan Robert Petker, Director of the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, is holding<br />

auditions for the <strong>2017</strong> - 2018 season starting at 6 p.m. at Hope United<br />

Methodist Church, 3405 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. To make an appointment,<br />

contact Lorraine Pickus at (310) 377-4978 or email: auditions@lcmasterchorale.com.<br />

For more information go to: lcmasterchorale.com.<br />

Friday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 1<br />

Seaside Beaders<br />

A special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. This meeting<br />

continues work on a miniature bead embroidered chair that is a pincushion<br />

and needle keep. Visitors are welcome. You can always bring your own project<br />

to work on. 9:30 a.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos<br />

Verdes Estates. For more information, please call Idele (310) 540-6104 or<br />

visit www.azureverdeega.com.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 2<br />

Coffee & Cars<br />

All Senior (55+) car hobbyists & enthusiasts - Bring your Hot Rod, Custom,<br />

Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, Classic, Exotic, or other Special Interest Car<br />

or Truck, or just yourself to this free event in the parking area between Starbucks<br />

and Burger King of the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Shopping Center. Meet and socialize<br />

with <strong>Peninsula</strong> Seniors members and guests, and other enthusiasts. First Saturday<br />

of every month from 7:30 to 9 a.m.<br />

Monthly Beach Clean-Up Day<br />

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium monthly Beach Clean-Up Day. Learn about coastal<br />

habitat, the growing amount of marine debris within it, and the benefits of<br />

protecting this ecosystem. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. 8<br />

to 10 a.m. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. For additional information,<br />

group reservations, or to receive a calendar of events, call (310) 548-<br />

7562 or visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org.<br />

First Saturday Family Hike<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy at George F Canyon, 27305 Palos<br />

Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates, 9 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist<br />

guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon<br />

with amazing views of the city. Free. All ages welcome. For more information,<br />

contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At Portuguese Bend Reserve, Ishibashi Trail, RPV., 9 a.m. – noon Help restore<br />

important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view! Sign up at<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Sea Salt Workshops at Terranea<br />

Explore Terranea by Land and Sea with an experience highlighting the resort’s<br />

farm-to-Terranea philosophy. Sea Salt Workshop attendees enjoy an intimate<br />

workshop, salt pairing, wine and learn about the resort’s salt harvesting<br />

process with Terranea’s award-winning chefs. The first Saturday of each month<br />

at 10 a.m. $70 per person, per workshop. The Sea Salt Conservatory is located<br />

adjacent to the Palos Verdes Ballroom Terrace. Ages 21 and up. Advance<br />

reservations required. For more information please call (310) 265-2885<br />

or go to: terranea.com/events.<br />

Bill Engvall at The Norris<br />

Palos Verdes Performing Arts opens the season with one of the country’s most<br />

popular comedians. Bill Engvall makes a stop at the Norris Theatre on his “Just<br />

Sell Him for Parts” tour. 8 p.m. 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Tickets $165 - $185. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (310)<br />

544-0403 or go to: palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

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"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"<br />


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Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 3<br />

Full Moon Hike<br />

At George F Canyon with the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy. Explore<br />

nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist under a full moon at the George<br />

F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Ages 9 and up. $12 per person. For reservations (required) and time:<br />

pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Monday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 4<br />

Labor Day Concert<br />

Enjoy the sounds in the beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden. The Palos<br />

Verdes Symphonic Band consists of about sixty musicians, including school<br />

music teachers, engineers, physicians, homemakers, as well as current and<br />

former professional and amateur instrumentalists. Concert starts at 5 p.m. Tickets<br />

available at the entrance. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

For more information call (310) 377-2442 or go to: pvsband.org.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 6<br />

Pen Seniors lecture series<br />

Local author Christopher J. Lynch talks about what he considers to be the<br />

“Greatest Adventures” of his life, the challenges, the perceptions and finally,<br />

the shattering of the word “dis-abilities”. Ongoing Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.<br />

Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information<br />

call (310) 377-3003 or go to: pvseniors.org.<br />

Full Moon Yoga<br />

In celebration of the full moon, yoga<br />

enthusiasts of all levels are invited to<br />

practice yoga under the warm summer<br />

night sky while the bright full<br />

moon shines above. Please bring<br />

your yoga mat and a $20 charitable<br />

donation. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 100<br />

Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Space is limited, and reservations<br />

must be made by calling The Spa at<br />

(310) 265-2740.<br />

Friday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 8<br />

Classical Crossroads<br />

Joanna Lee on violin, Tanner Menees<br />

viola, Bingxia Lu cello and Sung<br />

Chang on piano, performing Robert<br />

Schumann’s Romantic-era masterpiece<br />

Piano Quartet in E-flat Major,<br />

Op. 47. Starts at 12:15 p.m. with a<br />

complimentary reception to follow.<br />

First Lutheran Church and School,<br />

2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance.<br />

Admission is free. For more information<br />

call (310) 316-5574 or go to:<br />

palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/FirstFridays.htm.<br />

At Play in Creation<br />

This retreat will focus on the period<br />

of Thomas Merton’s life when he encountered<br />

Sophia, Holy Wisdom, in<br />

the depths of his heart. This led him<br />

to an intense study of the Russian<br />

mystical writers. This in turn formed<br />

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the backdrop of his remarkable prose poem Hagia Sophia. Learn to appreciate<br />

what Merton has to say in this profound work as well as in related works<br />

from this fruitful time in his life as he discovers Wisdom at play in creation. 7<br />

p.m. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Call Marlene Velazquez at 310.377.4867 x234 for reservations or information.<br />

Online Registration is available at www.maryjoseph.org.<br />

Ricky Nelson remembered<br />

In a unique, multi-media entertainment event, twin brothers Matthew and Gunnar<br />

Nelson perform the hits of their legendary father, Ricky Nelson - the Rock<br />

n’ Roll Hall of Famer who shook up music charts. The retrospective is heartfelt<br />

and full of laughter. 8 p.m. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. Tickets $70 - $80. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (310)<br />

544-0403 or go to: palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9<br />

Preschool open house<br />

Come check out Ascension Lutheran’s innovative preschool and transitional<br />

kindergarten programs. Spaces still available for children ages 2 thru 5 years<br />

Morning or full day sessions 26231 Silver Spur Road, RPV, (310) 373-<br />

3083;www. ALCPreschool.Org<br />

Channel Islands adventure<br />

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) is offering a Channel Island Adventure to<br />

Santa Rosa Island. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Ventura and board a high speed<br />

catamaran for an early morning crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel returning<br />

at approximately 7 p.m. The fee is $82 adults, $74 seniors, $65 children<br />

($70 Friends members) and pre-registration is required. On the island,<br />

participants will follow along on a naturalist-led hike to learn about past human<br />

occupation and observe the diverse coastal habitats, amazing geologic formations<br />

and panoramic views that this unique island has to offer. Please note:<br />

Island activities are very strenuous. For more information, reservations or to<br />

receive a calendar of events, please call (310) 548-7562 or visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org<br />

Team Leader training<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy Team Leaders provide support and<br />

oversight during Outdoor Volunteer Days. Learn more about native plants,<br />

habitat restoration and growing plants in the nursery through exclusive training<br />

workshops held throughout the year. 9 a.m. – noon Ages 16 and up. RSVP<br />

to: www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Stories, Songs and More<br />

Families can share the joy of storytelling and nature with retired Children’s Librarian<br />

Carla Sedlacek. All ages are welcome. Free. Reservations appreciated<br />

but not required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection. 10 a.m.<br />

White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

R.S.V.P. to: pvplc.org, Events and Activities.<br />

Make and Take: Fairy Garden<br />

Flap your fairy wings and sprinkle some magic dust to join a wonderful day<br />

in the Gift Shop where you will make your very own garden fairy habitat. All<br />

materials provided, including a pot, soil, plants, top dressing, and an enchanted<br />

ornamental inclusion to help dress up your habitat. Upgraded pots<br />

and décor will also be offered. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged.<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Visit are website: southcoastbotanicgarden.org/<br />

or (310) 544-1948.<br />

Guided walk<br />

Hike while admiring picturesque ocean views and restored seaside buckwheatcovered<br />

bluff tops that support the recovery of the rare El Segundo blue butterfly.<br />

This is a moderate walk. Free and open to the public. 3 p.m. Pelican<br />

Cove, 31300 Palos Verdes Dr. S, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information,<br />

contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at www.pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.<br />

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AAUW / PVP<br />

Fall Fling is the American Association of University Women, Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>’s festive and fun event to start off the year. Reconnect with friends<br />

after the summer and hear about the variety of activities planned for the coming<br />

year. It is the one time when all of the projects and interest groups and are<br />

gathered in one room and the full scope of branch activity is on view. Members,<br />

prospective members, and guests are all welcome. 1-3 p.m. Hesse Park,<br />

29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $15 for members. Prospective<br />

members and guests are free. Reservations are required. For information and<br />

reservations, call 310-377-5252 or go to palosverdes-ca.aauw.net.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>. 10<br />

White Point Home Tour<br />

Unforgettable homes reveal unique<br />

stories and designs at the White<br />

Point Home Tour. Lovers of art, architecture<br />

and nature will relish in the<br />

opportunity to tour six homes on the<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>, which feature<br />

a range of architectural, landscaping<br />

and design styles. Enjoy the<br />

self-guided tour before relaxing at a<br />

private Reception and Silent Auction<br />

at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Tickets<br />

are $65 in advance or $75 the<br />

day of the event. Self-guided tour<br />

from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Registration<br />

begins at 11 a.m. at White Point<br />

Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo<br />

del Mar, San Pedro. Reception and<br />

silent auction from 4:30 p.m. - 7<br />

p.m. For more information call (310)<br />

541-7613 or go to: pvplc.org.<br />

Rock, Paper,<br />

Masterpieces!<br />

Join an artistic game of row-shambow<br />

at this month’s Kids Club, where<br />

families will explore the intersection<br />

of nature and art together. Grab a<br />

paint brush, paint a rock and set<br />

your imagination free as you hide<br />

them in the Garden for future visitors<br />

to find. Capture the beauty of the<br />

Garden alongside master plein air<br />

artists with your own pastel painting,<br />

and help create a group masterpiece<br />

using your own nature paint.<br />

1-4 p.m. Free with Garden admission.<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos<br />

Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>; southcoastbotanicgarden.org<br />

or (310) 544-1948.<br />

Spiritual Eco-action<br />

Is God the ultimate environmentalist?<br />

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God’s creation in a new light and<br />

identify your impact on it. Enjoy nature,<br />

moments of silence, experiential<br />

activities, and group discussion. You<br />

may wish to bring a journal. 1- 4<br />

p.m. $10. Part 1 of a 3 Part Series<br />

exploring issues critical to our community.<br />

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available at www.maryjoseph.org.<br />

Second Sundays concert<br />

Catherine Gregory on flute and David Kaplan on piano. Starts at 2 p.m.<br />

sharp! Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. Admission is free. For more information call (310) 316-5574 or<br />

go to: rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.<br />

An Enchanted Evening at Villa Narcissa<br />

Join the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Friends of the Library at the historic Villa Narcissa, 5:30 to<br />

8 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks, with the music of Gershwin and Porter. Watch<br />

the sunset from the Villa patio and imagine the early days of the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> when Villa Narcissa was created. Attire from the 1920s is welcome<br />

but not required. Valet parking. Reservations $150. For more information or<br />

to make a reservation, please call (310) 921-7505, or (310) 921-7503.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 12<br />

Advance Care Planning for Smarties<br />

5-part series to help you gain a better understanding of the people, process<br />

and paperwork involved in successful advance care planning. Presenters Edward<br />

Long, JD and Ellen Gorbunoff, RN (board members of Caring House),<br />

have years of practical experience with both successful and failed advance<br />

care planning. Free and open to the public. Join one or all sessions. No RSVP<br />

necessary. 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library Community Room,<br />

701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Questions? Please contact Deb<br />

Ripley at dripley@pvld.org or (310) 377-9584 x217.<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 13<br />

Pen Seniors lecture series<br />

Brett Arena, archivist for the A.F. Gilmore Company, owner of the original<br />

Farmers Market, manages an eclectic collection of artifacts, photographs and<br />

documents. “Welcome to Gilmore Island” is an overview of the long history<br />

and varied activities of a family-owned enterprise that continues to leave an<br />

impression on generations of locals and visitors from around the world. 10:30<br />

a.m. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more<br />

information call (310) 377-3003 or go to: pvseniors.org.<br />

Friday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 15<br />

RHUMC concert<br />

Accomplished concert soloist, recitalist and opera singer Jessie Tisdale, will<br />

perform. 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church,<br />

26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. Admission is free & donations<br />

are welcome. For more information call (310) 377-6771 or go to:<br />

rhumc.org.music.asp.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 16<br />

Coastal Clean-Up at Abalone Cove<br />

Join the Los Serenos docents and the community for the annual International<br />

Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring friends and family to clean up Abalone Cove 9<br />

a.m. to noon. Gloves and trash bags provided, or bring your favorite trash<br />

bucket and trash picker! Trail to the beach is moderate to strenuous. Please<br />

wear sturdy shoes; part of the walk will be on cobblestones. Parking fees<br />

waived up to 45 minutes prior to the event and 30 minutes after. Postponed if<br />

there is rain. (310) 377-5370 or visit losserenos.org.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At Alta Vicente Reserve, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore this unique canyon habitat,<br />

home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. 30940<br />

Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, Sign up at<br />

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Malaga Cove Lawn Show<br />

Last weekend for the summer art show, Saturday and Sunday. Over 30 talented<br />

artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center<br />

gather on the lawn in Malaga Cove Plaza, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. The Plaza offers<br />

plenty of free parking. With<br />

the support of Palos Verdes<br />

Art Center and the City of<br />

Palos Verdes Estates, the<br />

shows have been a tradition<br />

in the community for over 60<br />

years. The artists have created<br />

a variety of original artwork<br />

including paintings,<br />

ceramics, jewelry and photography<br />

and are happy to<br />

chat about their work and its<br />

creation.<br />

ArtWalk Experiment<br />

The San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Development District in collaboration<br />

with San Pedro Waterfront Arts District announce an experimental Third<br />

Saturday ArtWalk. Explore galleries and artist lofts, dine in unique eateries<br />

and stay for a show or listen to music at local bars and restaurants. Free<br />

guided ArtWalk tours will be offered at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., leaving from<br />

Sirens Java and Tea, 357 West 7th Street. For more information and an Art-<br />

Walk Guide contact: Joe Pielago jpielago@sanpedrobid.com, (310) 832-<br />

2183, Linda Grimes, lgrimes@ix.netcom.com. SanPedroWaterfrontArts<br />

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Make it a Habit<br />

Little Sisters of the Poor Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser benefits the Jeanne Jugan<br />

Residence. 5:30 p.m. no host cocktail reception; 7 p.m. dinner followed by<br />

live auction. DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.,Torrance.<br />

For more information (310) 548-0625 or www.lspsocal.org.<br />

Benefit Concert<br />

Richard Sherman Trio with Bili<br />

Redd. Tickets are $25, tax deductible<br />

and benefit the Seaside<br />

Church. 7 p.m. James Armstrong<br />

Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr.,<br />

Torrance. For more info: Richard<br />

Sherman (310) 378-5813, Shermanpianoman.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 17<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Seniors Homes Tour<br />

This Capital Campaign fundraiser features three private estates, never before<br />

open to the public, each valued at more than $6,000,000! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br />

$100 includes a gourmet luncheon. Get your tickets before Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>.<br />

14! No tickets will be sold at the door. Call (310) 377-3003 or mail your<br />

check to <strong>Peninsula</strong> Seniors, 30928 Hawthorne Blvd. Rancho Palos Verdes,<br />

CA 90275.<br />

A Fall Fete<br />

Enjoy cocktails in the garden, a silent auction, entertainment, an elegant dinner,<br />

and stunning sunset views from a historic <strong>Peninsula</strong> home overlooking the<br />

ocean. 4:30 p.m. Reception in the Garden and Silent Auction. 5:45 Musical<br />

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Palos Verdes. Information: (310) 202-6234 , (310) 210-0523,<br />

ETC.Theatre.Company@gmail.com or www.ETCtheatre.org.<br />

Grand Annex concert<br />

Award-winning South Bay rockers, Andy & Renee return to the Grand Annex,<br />

434 6th Street, San Pedro, for a riveting tribute to The Band’s legendary Last<br />

Waltz concert. 7:30 p.m. www.grandvision.org/grand-annex/events.asp.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 19<br />

Advance Care Planning for Smarties<br />

This 5-part series will help you gain a better understanding of the people,<br />

process and paperwork involved in successful advance care planning. Presenters<br />

Edward Long, JD and Ellen Gorbunoff, RN (board members of Caring<br />

House), have years of practical experience with both successful and failed advance<br />

care planning. Free and open to the public. Join one or all sessions.<br />

No RSVP necessary. 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library Community<br />

Room, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Questions? Please contact<br />

Deb Ripley at dripley@pvld.org or (310) 377-9584 x217.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 20<br />

Wild Birds Walk<br />

Wild Birds Unlimited leads a special guided bird walk at White Point Nature<br />

Preserve. Explore the birds now making a home in the restored habitat at the<br />

preserve. On 3rd Wednesdays starting 8:30 a.m. The program is free and<br />

open to the public. All ages are welcome. Binoculars are available. Reservations<br />

appreciated but not required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun<br />

protection. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP to:<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com. For more information got to: pvplc.org.<br />

Pen Seniors lecture series<br />

Back by popular demand! Anthropologist Dr. Roberto Frisancho is returning<br />

with “Grandmothers’ and Grandparents’ Role in Human Evolution”. The<br />

award-winning doctor was named the Arthur A. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology<br />

in 1999 for his distinguished teaching record. 10:30 a.m. Hesse Park,<br />

29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call<br />

(310) 377-3003 or go to: pvseniors.org.<br />

PVP 4-H CLUB Community Meeting<br />

4-H is an organization for youth ages 7-19, that promotes hands-on learning<br />

and is based on parent and volunteer participation. 4-H welcomes all youth<br />

(and adult volunteers) from all backgrounds. 4-H offers such a wide range of<br />

projects, programs and activities that every member can benefit from involvement.<br />

Monthly meetings held at Rolling Hills Estates City Hall Council Chambers,<br />

4045 Palos Verdes Drive North Rolling Hills Estates, 7 - 8 p.m. For more<br />

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Farm and Vine at Mar’Sel<br />

Enjoy rare vintages from premier wineries at Terranea’s signature restaurant,<br />

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specialty tasting menu from an iconic California farm. $195+ per person.<br />

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Friday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 22<br />

Beauty of Nature film series<br />

Based on a New Yorker essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the<br />

Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe.<br />

Songbird populations have been drastically declining for decades, with<br />

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Celebration of Food and Wine<br />

The grandest yet, this year’s event at Terranea Resort features multiple daytime<br />

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Farm-to-Terranea Dinner, Breakfast at the Cove, two tasting menu lunches complete<br />

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and attend a naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about<br />

the plants, animals, restoration area and more! White Point Nature Preserve<br />

located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information<br />

kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310)<br />

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Attack of the Killer Algae<br />

Presentation and book signing with author Eric Noel Munoz about an exciting<br />

success story against invasive algae in our oceans. Free. 11 a.m. White Point<br />

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Eff You En<br />

Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County<br />

Spelling Bee”. Runs through October 1. This hysterically funny tale will have<br />

you rooting for the unlikeliest of heroes. 2 p.m. 27570 Norris Center Drive,<br />

Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets prices are $30 - $70. To purchase tickets, call the<br />

box office at (310) 544-0403 or go to: palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Grand Annex concert<br />

An annual Annex sell-out! All-star ensemble of top LA musicians, celebrating<br />

the memory of the Father of Cuban Salsa, Arsenio Rodriguez. Co-sponsored<br />

by KXLU’s Alma Del Barrio radio show. 8 p.m. 434 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.<br />

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Experience an elegant dining experience with fine wines and education on<br />

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Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 24<br />

Music On the Meadow<br />

Join the Corelli Ensemble on the Upper Meadow for an enjoyable afternoon<br />

of Baroque music. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free with admission. South Coast Botanic<br />

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A unity of themes<br />

Chef Dustin Trani’s family has operated local restaurant for nearly a century.<br />

Still, even J Trani’s traditional fare has a modern flair<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

One of the modern memes in restaurant design is the deliberately inappropriate<br />

space. Trendy Italian in a warehouse, Korean food in a<br />

British pub, Southern traditional in an austere space reminiscent of<br />

a hospital, they’re all a thing in greater LA. It’s ironic humor expressed in<br />

architecture, and when done well it can mess with your expectations in an<br />

amusing way.<br />

I generally prefer harmony of décor and dinner, environments that seamlessly<br />

put me in another world or perhaps another era. On days like that,<br />

I’m likely to end up at J. Trani’s, a San Pedro classic. I admit a level of nostalgia<br />

here. My parents took me here as a child when it was Peppy’s steak<br />

and seafood house. When the Trani family took the place over in 1989 they<br />

converted a charming but relatively conventional place into a retro mountain<br />

lodge with English baronial touches. If you’re the kind of person who<br />

grooves on architecture you can wander around and notice details like the<br />

spokes radiating around the ceiling of the bar. If you aren’t, you can just<br />

luxuriate in the atmosphere of vintage cool.<br />

It’s pretty clear which camp I’m in. On a recent visit I spent quite a while<br />

viewing the place from all angles while waiting to be seated. Once ensconced<br />

at a table in a corner by the bar we spent some quality time with<br />

a pair of cocktails while examining the menu. The Sunken City (a renamed<br />

Gold Rush) was well-made, but the Black Tie Affair was more innovative<br />

and better. The mix of dry vermouth, chartreuse, Aperol, and chamomileinfused<br />

brandy had harmonious spicy and herbal flavors. San Pedro is short<br />

on craft bars, but these drinks make the case for Trani’s as the local leader<br />

in the field.<br />

With regard to the food, Chef Dustin Trani could be forgiven if he served<br />

nothing but steaks, seafood, and pastas as dated as the architecture. His<br />

family has operated local restaurants for over 90 years. However, even the<br />

traditional offerings have a modern flair. A case in point is the cold smoked<br />

swordfish carpaccio, which is tossed with olive oil and lemon and served<br />

on a board alongside a basket of toast. It’s a classic smoked fish appetizer,<br />

but the sprinkling of smoked red onion and radish sprouts adds a spicy tang<br />

to the old favorite.<br />

On another evening I tried their “new style” calamari. It’s tossed with<br />

greens, Thai-spiced aioli, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkle of black<br />

sesame seeds. The greens and sesame add flavor and varied textures to an<br />

item that is often just an excuse to eat crunchy batter. I would certainly<br />

order this again.<br />

After the “new style” calamari, we considered ordering the “old fashioned”<br />

navy bean soup, but decided on the Trani’s salad instead. It’s just<br />

greens with fresh mushrooms, red onion and feta with an herb-mustard<br />

vinaigrette, but sometimes you just want simple flavors minimally accented.<br />

The only flaw was the bread that came with it, which was dense and characterless.<br />

It was fine toasted with the fish carpaccio, but with all the good<br />

Italian bakeries in town that can deliver good crusty bread there isn’t a reason<br />

to serve this.<br />

For main courses, we decided on swordfish milanese and a sausagestuffed<br />

pork chop with roasted root vegetables. Milanese on a menu usually<br />

means a thick breading on something pan-fried – a schnitzel by another<br />

name. It was breaded fish, but with a light crust of herbs and panko crumbs,<br />

and it suited the meaty, mild fish nicely. The filet had been topped with<br />

fresh green, yellow, and red cherry tomatoes and a bit of balsamic and olive<br />

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Experience Handcrafted<br />

Fine Mexican Cuisine<br />

Filippo Trani, founder of the four generation restaurant family, left the island of<br />

Ischia for San Pedro, where he opened the Majestic Cafe in 1929. Photo by Brad<br />

Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)<br />

oil, and served over mashed potatoes with asparagus, making a pretty<br />

and varied plate.<br />

The stuffing on the pork was a thin layer that seemed to be more<br />

breading than actual sausage, but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment<br />

of that item. It was a good quality and very large piece of meat that had<br />

been rubbed with a slightly salty herb mix before being grilled, and it<br />

usually arrives topped with a rosemary demi-glace. I asked for this on<br />

the side because my wife sometimes finds these heavy, and I liked it<br />

both with and without it. The medley of carrots and parsnips sweetened<br />

when roasted and were a good companion. Along with the mashed potatoes<br />

it made a fine meal.<br />

We had been seated in the bar rather than the main dining room and<br />

as we ate we realized what a gathering place for the community this is.<br />

Just about everybody there had a greeting, hug, or handshake for Marco<br />

the bartender, and there was a lot of table-hopping. This isn’t surprising<br />

given J. Trani’s long history, but it’s nice to know that places like this<br />

still exist.<br />

I had enjoyed the tiramisu on a previous visit but on this day we were<br />

too full for dessert. So after I finished the last of the glass of Chianti I<br />

had ordered with dinner we made our exit. Dinner for two with two<br />

cocktails and one glass of wine ran $128. It was money well spent. J.<br />

Trani’s is a slice of history. The bust of the founder in the lobby looks<br />

on approvingly as his legacy continues in high style.<br />

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Irwin cont. from page 28<br />

might think, Why not try for Pantheon or Scribner? Glass Spider, which<br />

bills itself as “A Boutique Editing and Publishing Service,” seems like a minnow<br />

in an ocean of giants. When asked why them, Irwin replied, “I chose<br />

Glass Spider for a variety of reasons, the main one being trust.”<br />

Arousing finale<br />

We should circle back to why it is that “A Dress the Color of the Sky”<br />

seems to have grabbed people’s attention and fueled their curiosity. Irwin<br />

tells me about an interview she did with a book publicist in which “fifteen-hundred<br />

people tried to call in and talk with me… And why? Because<br />

people are interested in knowing the story of this person who’s a sex addict<br />

and what happened.”<br />

Is it partly autobiographical?<br />

“No.”<br />

Not at all?<br />

“No.”<br />

It’s all made up?”<br />

“Yes.” Irwin paused. “All writers write about what they know. Can I write<br />

about a marriage crumbling? Yes. Can I write about what it’s like to be<br />

married to the wrong person or to date the wrong guy? Yes. I did a lot of<br />

research for the book, obviously on addiction and recovery. I went to a lot<br />

of meetings and talked to a lot of addicts, and my dad was an alcoholic<br />

and a recovered drug addict, so I know what that’s like.”<br />

Also, as mentioned, there were many contemporary issues that Irwin<br />

wanted to explore, one of these concerning the reports of date rapes on<br />

and off campus. “I had to put this into my book because, as a mother of<br />

boys, I wonder where we’re going wrong. I don’t know about the girls because<br />

I don’t have a daughter, and I don’t know about raising a girl.” She<br />

added that she’s spoken to her sons about this subject. “I tried to have them<br />

understand women and how to respect women. I’m sure my kids aren’t<br />

perfect, but it was really important to me.”<br />

This is, in a way, related to the title of the book, which is taken from a<br />

late 17th century fairy tale by Charles Perrault called “Donkeyskin.” The<br />

fairy tale hints at sexual abuse and incest. The donkey skin, Irwin said, “is<br />

what we cover ourselves in to have people not really know who we are.<br />

It’s our protective shell.”<br />

The novel gives a full account of the fairy tale.<br />

“There isn’t a lot of gratuitous sex in my book,” Irwin continued, “but<br />

there is some sex and there’s also discussion of sex and abuse. So, it’s not<br />

for the faint of heart, but at the same time it’s not graphic. It’s not a ‘Fifty<br />

Shades of Grey’ or anything like that.”<br />

One of Irwin’s sons is in his late teens, the others in their early 20s.<br />

When she was writing the book was she thinking what their reactions<br />

might be when they read it?<br />

“Yeah. That was a little hard,” she admited, “and as a matter of fact my<br />

youngest son has been embarrassed about the subject matter of the book.<br />

I definitely did think about that and I definitely was worried about that.”<br />

However, “He’s a big advocate of me being a writer and me writing this<br />

book.” She laughed. “But he doesn’t want to read it.”<br />

Writing “A Dress the Color of the Sky” has, after all, pulled Jennifer Irwin<br />

out of her comfort zone, and she’s aware that not everyone’s going to sing<br />

its praises once it’s published. In some ways she’s steeling herself for that.<br />

That said, she’s had quite a bit of help and support along the way, from<br />

book publishing veteran Edward Young, whom Irwin refers to as a writing<br />

mentor, to her publisher Vince Font, her boyfriend and her sons, her agent<br />

and her many readers, and now the producer and director of the film,<br />

which is scheduled to go into pre-production in January. That’s quite a<br />

backup team, and we can be certain there are others.<br />

And afterwards? Is this the end of the line for sex addict Prudence<br />

Aldrich?<br />

“I’m going to be starting my second book soon,” Irwin said. “At the end<br />

of the book there’s a place where you can go, Oh my god. Now I need to<br />

see what happens next.” PEN<br />

60 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong>

Dr.<br />

Delivery<br />

Dr. Jerry Schwartz, head of Torrance Memorial’s neonatology department. Photo by Esther Kang<br />

Torrance Memorial neonatology director Dr. Jerry Schwartz brings multidisciplinary<br />

teams and newest technology into the delivery room<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

Inside his quiet office on the fifth floor of Torrance Memorial’s Neonatal<br />

Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Jerry Schwartz recalled in a soft voice a delivery<br />

last Christmas Eve that was unprecedented in his 29-year career as the<br />

department’s medical director.<br />

Schwartz, who is Jewish, works a 24-hour shift every Christmas. On this<br />

particular evening, a mother began experiencing the acute onset of severe<br />

fetal distress. The fetus’ heart rate was dropping to dangerously low levels.<br />

As nurses wheeled the mother into the operating room for an emergency<br />

C-section, he learned the situation was more dire than usual. The mother<br />

was having an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare condition during childbirth<br />

when the amniotic fluid enters the mother’s bloodstream. The result can<br />

be multiple organ failures.<br />

Within moments of entering the operating room, the mother went into<br />

full cardiac arrest. While the code blue team began performing CPR on one<br />

side of the table, Schwartz and his labor and delivery staff performed a C-<br />

section on the other side. There were about 18 people in the operating<br />

room. It was like a ballet, Schwartz said.<br />

“The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Not a word was spoken."<br />

The baby was born without a heartbeat and required a full resuscitation.<br />

The mother, after being closed up, was wheeled into intensive care.<br />

“Both survived,” he said. “I’d never seen this in 29 years, a full maternal<br />

arrest leading to fetal distress.”<br />

Schwartz prides himself on the efficacy of his multi-specialized neonatal<br />

team. The team includes six board-certified neonatologists, approximately<br />

50 labor and delivery nurses and several in-house obstetrician-anesthesiologists.<br />

During his nearly three decades at the helm of the department, the<br />

Palos Verdes resident has bolstered the unit’s resources to include advanced<br />

technologies not commonly found in community hospitals. These include<br />

high-frequency ventilators, non-invasive nasal mechanical ventilation<br />

equipment, inhaled nitric oxide therapy and therapeutic hypothermia.<br />

These resources enable the team to treat most high-risk newborns.<br />

Soon, Torrance Memorial’s neonatal unit will move to the newly completed,<br />

$450 million Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower. The tower’s<br />

new neonatal unit includes 23 private rooms with around the clock ameni-<br />

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ties for entire families and rooms designed for sick newborns. Proceeds<br />

from the 31st annual "Honda Evening Under the Stars” Wine Festival on<br />

Saturday, August 26 will help underwrite the new neonatal unit.<br />

Schwartz, 60, was born in Philadelphia. His father, a Navy Air Force engineer,<br />

and his mother, a junior high school teacher, raised him to be a doctor,<br />

he said. He graduated first in his pre med class at La Salle University<br />

and went onto the University of Maryland’s medical school. In 1989, following<br />

his pediatric residency at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children<br />

in Philadelphia, he moved to Southern California to accept a combined fellowship<br />

in neonatology and pediatric pulmonology at the Children’s Hospital<br />

of Los Angeles.<br />

“After the fellowship, I stayed in Southern California,” he said. “It’s a<br />

hard place to leave.”<br />

Following a brief stint at Tanzania Regional Medical Center, Schwartz<br />

answered an ad seeking a medical director for neonatology at Torrance<br />

Memorial. He was just 31 years old when he was offered the job. Under<br />

his direction, the hospital has received about 10,000 babies in the Neonatal<br />

Intensive Care Unit.<br />

“Our hospital invests a lot of money in making sure our babies get what<br />

they need,” Schwartz said. “And that’s based on what we tell them, using<br />

evidence-based research. I was always passionate and aggressive in bringing<br />

state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care. That’s why they hired me.”<br />

“One thing about being a neonatologist is that every time our in-house<br />

phone rings, it could be an ordinary call or it could be the start of something<br />

extremely intense,” Schwartz said.<br />

Schwartz moved to Palos Verdes in 1989. He has three daughters, ages<br />

26, 20 and 17. The youngest is a senior at Palos Verdes High School.<br />

“I felt Palos Verdes had the best schools in the country,” he said. “It was<br />

beautiful, low crime, great sense of community. I went there for all the<br />

usual reasons people move to PV.”<br />

Schwartz is a supporter of the Palos Verdes Education Foundation and<br />

the Palos Verdes Junior Women’s League, where he volunteers his piano<br />

chops at some of their events. He was an auction item a few years ago for<br />

a Christmas party. His primary instrument, he said, was the trumpet,<br />

which he began playing in second grade. He played with local jazz quintets<br />

and the Philadelphia Jazz Band, but when he received his fellowship in his<br />

late 20s, he gave up the instrument due to lack of time.<br />

In October, some 300 people will gather for the annual NICU staff and<br />

grad reunion.<br />

“We get to see the children grow up,” he said. “There are a lot of families<br />

that were not critical, but there are also families who had extremely premature<br />

twins or triplets and you just see them running around the room.”<br />

Schwartz said the celebration is his favorite night of the year.<br />

The 31st annual “Honda Evening Under the Stars” Gourmet Food and Wine<br />

Festival takes place Saturday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the American<br />

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Easing back to school stress<br />

by Dr. Greg Allen<br />

Many kids and parents experience anxiety over going back to school<br />

from the morning rush, the homework, and the quicker pace of<br />

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‘back to school’ time brings (new teachers, new classmates, new material)<br />

can lead to increased stress. Here’s what young adult novelist Elizabeth<br />

Scott and I recommend parents can do for their kids and themselves to relieve<br />

back to school stress.<br />

Get enough sleep<br />

Over the summer, most families take their cues from the sun and and<br />

stay up late. With the start of school, adjust bedtime schedules and try to<br />

have everyone eat on a regular schedule. This advice isn’t just for little<br />

kids. Teens and adults need quality sleep for proper functioning, as well.<br />

Be ready<br />

Set aside a specific study area for your child, even for kindergarteners,<br />

most of whom have homework these days. Preparing that area can be a<br />

shared project. You may also want to get your routines ready ahead of time,<br />

such as having your kids lay out their clothes the night before and keeping<br />

their shoes by the door so they can find them in the morning.<br />

Talk<br />

One of the best ways to relieve back to school anxiety is simply to talk<br />

to your child about what he or she may be feeling. Let your child tell you<br />

what’s exciting about school as well as what may be anxiety-provoking. If<br />

your child expresses negativity about school, don’t discount his or her concerns.<br />

Instead, focus on validating their feelings. Then help find solutions<br />

to whatever is challenging to them. It may be another student, a teacher<br />

or coach, a subject, peers or even how they feel about themselves.<br />

Seek to understand what the main challenges are. It will be different for<br />

each kid and for each school year. Add in some more positive focus, like<br />

seeing friends, covering exciting new material, and growing up. These conversation<br />

times can also be a time to discuss important topics like how to<br />

handle bullies and peer pressure. Letting your child know you’ll be available<br />

for support. Open discussions can be a crucial to your relationship,<br />

as well as to your child’s success in school.<br />

Balance responsibilities<br />

Managing school is a shared task. While you don’t want to take away responsibility<br />

from your child or teen for managing their schedules, your<br />

support and guidance can be a positive motivator to your family functioning.<br />

Dr. Greg Allen, LMFT is a therapist with a group practice in Palos Verdes<br />

Estates and Hermosa Beach (drgregallen.com). He is the founder and director<br />

of Freedom4U, a non-profit organization focused on creative arts, life skills,<br />

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at multiple convenient locations that offer the latest technology and one<br />

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gical Institute on site. Complete Women Care serves over 40,000 patients<br />

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20% of the American population has hearing loss but only 20% of those<br />

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Residents urge support for PVE Police<br />

n Residents who support keeping an independent Palos Verdes Estates Police Department<br />

are urging fellow residents to send letters of support for the police to cityclerk@pvestates.org.<br />

Last March, residents voted down Measure D, which would have extended the<br />

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is facing a nearly $5 million budget deficit. A study about how to fund the police<br />

department will be presented to the city council in <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Moana at the South Coast Botanic Garden<br />

Globe’s PV Hill gets local<br />

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movie night July 28 to a<br />

sold out crowd. Hundreds of<br />

ticketholders began arriving at<br />

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of Moana that started at 8<br />

p.m. with festivities beforehand<br />

that included Polynesian<br />

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beers. The gardens were in full<br />

bloom and picnicking families<br />

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Globe CEO Matt Hill and Globe riders and staff celebrated the August<br />

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brothers Steve and Peter founded the now global lifestyle company in<br />

1994. Hill came to the U.S. in 1995 to attend USC film school but soon<br />

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30 Year Anniversary<br />

The Palos Verdes Flower Talking Clock donated by<br />

Michel Medawar and his family, celebrated its 30th<br />

Year on the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

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Olde Time Barbershop Quartets Host Ice Cream Social<br />

n The South Bay Coastliners, The Westminster Chorus and guest quartets hosted<br />

an afternoon ice cream fundraiser at the First Methodist Church in Torrance. Guests<br />

were able to take a step back in time and enjoy music of a bygone era while taking<br />

a break from the summer heatwave. The Coastliners perform a weekly chorus<br />

rehearsal at the Redondo Beach Salvation Army Community Center, 125 W. Beryl<br />

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Concours continues tradition of elegance & speed<br />

n The 1964 Ford Fairlane 427 “Thunderbolt” Drag Racer, one of 100 ever produced,<br />

will represent Motor City’s Glory Days at Palos Verdes Concours Sunday,<br />

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Louis Zamperini Field in Torrance. This stock, builtfor-speed<br />

Fairlane is owned by John Karelius of Dove Canyon, California, and<br />

boasts its original engine, body, and chassis. This marks the first time for this “Thunderbolt’s”<br />

appearance in the Concours. The car was originally delivered to Max<br />

Larson Ford in Coldwater, Michigan, on Dec. 26, 1963, and resold to Jack Mefford<br />

Ford in Springfield, Ohio, on April 21, 1963, where it campaigned throughout<br />

the Ohio Valley. Jack Lindeman of Jack Mefford Ford reported to Lee Iacocca<br />

every Monday morning about the T-Bolt’s weekend victories and sometimes losses.<br />

Originally produced with an automatic transmission, this car was quickly converted<br />

to a Ford “Toploader” four-speed. This common conversion to the “Thunderbolt”<br />

model created a very competitive car in the Super Stock classification.<br />

The pair, Iacocca and Lindeman, it is said, battled constantly about switching over<br />

to a manual transmission. The many successes that followed confirmed that swapping<br />

the automatic transmission for the “Toploader” four-speed was the right decision.<br />

This year’s show will feature the marques of Packard and Porsche. In addition,<br />

there will be a total of 19 classes of automobiles representing the finest in craftsmanship<br />

from all over the world and for the first time there will be historic aircrafts<br />

on display as well. Ticket holders will be able to tour the Western Museum of<br />

Flight located at Zamperini Field at no additional charge. Proceeds will benefit<br />

the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor and the Western Museum of<br />

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Portuguese Bend Horse Show Poster Contest<br />

In anticipation of the 60th Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

8-10 at Ernie Howlett Park, high school students across the <strong>Peninsula</strong> were<br />

invited to participate in a photography contest showcasing the heart-rending relationships<br />

between horses and people. The winner would receive a monetary<br />

award as well as the honor of having his/her photo piece used for the show’s<br />

promotional posters. The contest was sponsored by Lisa and Chuck Noski of Palos<br />

Verdes and the Art Department of <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School received a $1500 prize<br />

as did the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in honor of <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School’s<br />

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