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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Do You Like Garlic?


The Brandeis Men’s Group meets the third Wednesday at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on Overland and Culver Blvd. Listen to dynamic speakers discussing very interesting topics. We fund scholarships for research projects at Brandeis University in Boston. On April 18: Breakfast 9 a.m., speaker Rich Richman, graduated from Harvard and NYU Law school; practiced for 30 years.

Then on May 16 Lunch Meeting 11-2 p.m .: Speaker Thom Mason. He founded the USC Department of Jazz. He was chairman 1983-1996. A professional musician and played with almost all the famous singers and bands from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. June 20 Breakfast 9 a.m. with speaker Ed Asner-actor activist voice actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in over 50 films and over 100 TV productions. Come and enjoy the lox, bagel, fruit, muffins $15.00 all are welcome.

Every year on the last full weekend in July the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World” welcomes thousands of visitors from around the global to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. July 27-29, 2018.

According to the NEA in fiscal year 2016-2017 the average teacher salary was $78,711 in California, the second highest in our county. State spending per student $10,467. New York was number 1 with an average of $79,637 and state spending per student $21,206.

Located on the Southside of Los Angeles International Airport, the Fight Path Museum is worth a visit. Dedicated to pioneers of flight and the importance of Southern California to aerospace history, the museum is home to memorabilia from the golden years of flight. The museum provides a prime viewing location to watch planes take off and land. Free admission, open Tues-Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For info:

A while back I discovered the red-light camera on the East side of Overland between Washington and Venice was in Los Angeles, but because it is monitoring traffic in Culver City its legal.

I just know you all read about the healing process after breast cancer surgery which may trigger cancer to spread. USA Today, April 11, 2018. A new study suggests the wound healing that follows surgery may trigger this spread. As the immune system works to heal the surgical scar, it stops restraining cancer cells that have wandered far from the tumor site. Without this brake those cancer cells are free to become new, more dangerous tumors. The same study suggests a simple solution: taking an anti-inflammatory drug continuously a few days prior to the operation kept the immune brake engaged in Mice and prevented spread. (Science Translational Medicine.) Before you see your oncologist, read the study and give the doctor a copy of the article.

Did you know the City of Hawthorne has one of the largest model railroad clubs in the South Bay? These hobbyists have been having fun for forty years at their warehouse at 14009 South Crenshaw Blvd. They have over 2100 square feet of HO standard and narrow gauge on their layout.

Sad, but true, global consumption of alcoholic drinks fell by 1.3 percent in 2016 says International Wine and Spirit Research. Here’s which drinks fared better and worse:

Tequilla +5.2%

Gin +3.7%

Wine -.1%

Hard Cider -1.5%

Beer -1.8%

Mother always said, “When you had to wash your hands-always use hot water and soap.” A study in the Journal of Food Protection found washing hands in cold, lukewarm and hot water removed bacteria equally well despite the fact hot water is commonly believed to be better at killing germs.

If you think rents are high here – look at New York City. Studio – median rent in 2017 $2465 per month

1 bedroom $28457

3 bedrooms $3725

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