Articles from the May 5, 2016 edition


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  • NBA Announces Early Entry Candidates

    May 5, 2016

    The National Basketball Association announces that 162 players -- 117 from colleges/post-graduate institutions and 45 international players - have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Players wishing to enter the 2016 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 24. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET...

  • Rams Launch Inaugural Season Ticket Campaign Today

    May 5, 2016

    The Los Angeles Rams will launch their inaugural season ticket campaign for the 2016 season today. The Rams will play nine home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this year, with more than 56,000 fans placing deposits for season tickets. "We are excited to begin the process of building our season ticket fan base and creating the best home field advantage in the National Football League," said Rams Vice President Jake Bye. "Our goal is to reciprocate the passion demonstrated by our fans...

  • Rams Hold Rookie Minicamp

    Fred Altieri|May 5, 2016

    The Los Angles Rams held their rookie minicamp on Friday and Saturday, May 6 – 7, at the Residence Inn River Ridge in Oxnard this weekend. The Ram NFL draftees as well as 19 signed rookie free agents and a couple of tryout players participated. Ram Head Coach Jeff Fisher addressed the media following Saturday's minicamp session: "We just finished our second practice with the rookies. They've done a really good job, just really impressed with the whole group." "We've got a lot accomplished. As w...

  • With Civility and Respect Vice Mayor Weissman Bids Farewell

    Andy Weissman|May 5, 2016

    Editors Note: Below is the text of retiring Councilman Andy Weissman. A remarkable speech, he continued his theme and commitment during not only his eight years on the council but throughout his 32 years of public service: Congratulations, Meghan on your re-election. Congratulations Thomas and Goran on being elected to the City Council. Being an elected official is a tremendous honor and carries with it an awesome responsibility. My best wishes for your success. I speak tonight with very mixed...

  • Sharks End The Kings' Season

    Steven Lieberman|May 5, 2016

    It was a dogfight to the end of the regular season between the Kings and the Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, with the Ducks barely reigning victorious by one point. That meant that the Kings were to play the Sharks, their fierce rival, in the first round of the playoffs. The Sharks made it very difficult by stealing the first two games on the Kings’ home ice, taking away home-ice advantage. The Kings won the next game in San Jose, but the Sharks would g...

  • Culver City Teacher of the Year Honored at Culver Studios Gala

    Carole Bell|May 5, 2016
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    Win-Win was the music of the night for honored teachers and supporters of Culver City schools at the Culver City Education Foundation's (CCEF) splendid 18th Annual Tribute to the Stars gala fundraiser. It was a night of love from, and for, Culver City. What an evening! A cocktail hour was followed by the awards presentation, followed by a live auction. And then there was a huge street party with food from more than 20 Culver City's best restaurants. After that, dancing under the stars, the real...

  • Theatre: Endgame Endears with Exceptional Ensemble and Bizarre Humor

    Carole Bell|May 5, 2016
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    Endgame, the new Samuel Beckett play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, is absurdly witty. Bizarre is a good description for both the humor and the situation the audience gets to see. The acting's exceptional. Do you know anything about Theatre of the Absurd? Most people in the opening night audience loved this play. They laughed - a lot - at the craziness of the characters and the dialogue; theatre of the absurd has its moments of comedy. Certain plays of absurdist fiction are called "Theatre of the...

  • For the First Time Since 2012 Culver Baseball Sweeps Santa Monica

    Fred Altieri|May 5, 2016

    It's full steam ahead as Culver City High baseball is rolling through the 2016 Ocean League schedule. The Centaurs completed their first two-game sweep of Santa Monica High since the 2012 baseball season, 9-4 and 3-0 last week. 2012 was also the last time that Culver City won the Ocean League title with a 10-0 record. The team is now 6-0 in league with four games remaining: two against Hawthorne High this week and two against Beverly Hills High next week. Pitching and defense prevailed once...

  • Fun Events Planned At Culver Library

    May 5, 2016

    The Friends Knitting group started up again on Monday, May 2.It will meet from 2:30 pm to 4 on Monday afternoons as a regularly scheduled activity. All ages and ability levels are welcome. This was conceived as a program for teens and tweens, but we have expanded to include everyone. It's a great opportunity to learn to knit or crochet, to hone your skills, or just to enjoy crafting with others. Materials and instruction are provided by the Friends. Join us! The Friends brought back the popular First Tuesday storytime on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 pm...

  • Rams' Draft Focuses On Offense

    Fred Altieri|May 5, 2016

    The Los Angles Rams focused on the offense as the dust settled following the 2016 NFL Draft that concluded on Saturday, April 30. The team chose one quarterback, four receivers and one linebacker for its six choices in this year's draft including the league's No. 1 selection: Round 1 (#1): Jared Goff, quarterback, California Round 4 (#110): Tyler Higby, tight end, Western Kentucky Round 4 (#119): Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver, South Carolina Round 6 (#177): Temarrick Hemingway, tight end, South C...

  • Fred Altieri Will Cover The Rams For Observer

    Mitch Chortkoff|May 5, 2016

    Before I write anything else about this I want to assure you readers that Fred Altieri will continue to provide his exceptional coverage of Culver City High sports for The Observer. Having said that I'm announcing that Fred has been chosen over several other candidates to become our Rams beat writer. Because local coverage is essential to a community newspaper we didn't want to take Fred off the Culver City High beat. And he didn't want to give it up. "I enjoy high school sports," said Altieri....

  • Luke Walton Has Good News And Bad News

    Mitch Chortkoff|May 5, 2016

    Luke Walton called Steve Kerr last Friday afternoon. “I have good news and bad news,” the Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach told the head coach. “Start with the good news,” Kerr said. “The Lakers have offered me their head coaching job,” Walton said. “That’s great,’ replied Kerr. ‘I’m so happy for you. What’ the bad news?” “The bad news is I took it.” That conversation sums up the fact that Walton, who played for the Lakers in nine mostly successful seasons and had a 39-4 record this seas...

  • Champagne Brunch at Petrelli's Steakhouse for Mother's Day

    May 5, 2016

    Where Everyone is Treated Like Family For Mother’s Day Petrelli’s will be offering a special brunch menu designed for every taste. The three course champagne brunch starts with a choice of appetizers: Caesar Salad, The Wedge salad, Shrimp Cocktail or a fruit dish. While famous for their steaks, Petrelli’s has expanded their Mother’s Day offerings to include a mouth watering choice of Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Salmon, Pork Chops and Eggs, Honey Cured Ham or Baked Lamb Shank. A delicious Grilled Salmon with rice pilaf and vegetables will satisfy...

  • New Veterans Cemeteries Are Being Planned

    Neil Rubenstein|May 5, 2016

    The State of California will open the third veterans’ cemetery on 78 acres at Seaside in Monterey Country. Planned for 5,000 burial sites on the old Ford Ord reservation, it’s free for the veteran, but to bury a spouse or dependent children of an eligible veteran, a fee will apply. Sacramento is in the planning stage for the fourth cemetery, which will be in Southern California. Currently there are nine national cites operated by the Federal government, five of which are open for burials. Cal...

  • Local Resident Sczesniak Dies at 80

    May 5, 2016

    Nettie "Chris" Sczesniak passed away on Sunday, April 24. She was born at home in McAlester, Oklahoma on December 29, 1935 to Francis and Nora Rollings. She had two older brothers. The family moved to Northern California when she was five years old where she grew up in Gilroy. After graduation she married and had three daughters. In the mid-fifties her family relocated to Los Angeles. On April 24, 1965 she married Raymond Sczesniak Sr., who had an adult son, Ray Jr., from his previous marriage. They were married until Ray Sr.'s death in 2012....

  • Bruin, Trojan Track Teams Ready For Conference, NCAA Meets

    Steve Finley|May 5, 2016

    The UCLA and USC men and women’s dual meet that took place last Sunday proved that both schools are ready for the tough competition in the Pac-12 and NCAA championships. The Pac-12 meet starts Saturday and Sunday and continues the following weekend on May 14 and 15 in Seattle. The NCAA meet will start with the west regionals in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26, 27 and 28 and finish with the finals in Eugene, Oregon on June 8-11. The men’s and women’s team from both schools hope to be at the top of th...

  • Celebrate Mothers Day at Culver-Palms

    May 5, 2016

    Culver-Palms United Methodist Church invites you to join us for Mother's Day Service, Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 am followed by a reception after the worship at noon. For additional information, please contact the church office at (310) 390-7717 or culverpalmsumc@yahoo.com. The church is located at 4464 Sepulveda Blvd (4 blocks south of Culver Blvd.) in Culver City....

  • John Wooden's Final Recruit Carries His Legacy

    Bosmat Eynav|May 5, 2016

    (EDITOR'S NOTE; While UCLA DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR THE NCAA TOURMANT THIS SEASON WE OFFER A HEARTWARMING STORY TODAY ABOUT A FORMER BRUIN STAR) By Bosmat Eynav Sports Columnist This is a story of a remarkable soul, Raymond Townsend, the first Filipino-American to play in the NBA and the legendary John Wooden's last recruit before retiring. For me it's inspiring to see how a retired NBA player merges into their life after the playing career. How are all those skills transformed to leadership? Raymond,...

  • First Time Since 2012 Culver Baseball Sweeps Santa Monica

    Fred Altieri|May 5, 2016

    For the First Time Since 2012 Culver Baseball Sweeps Santa Monica By Fred Altieri Sports Reporter It's full steam ahead as Culver City High baseball is rolling through the 2016 Ocean League schedule. The Centaurs completed their first two-game sweep of Santa Monica High since the 2012 baseball season, 9-4 and 3-0 last week. 2012 was also the last time that Culver City won the Ocean League title with a 10-0 record. The team is now 6-0 in league with four games remaining: two against Hawthorne...

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