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SAMOHI Senior Among Those to be Given TeenNick HALO Awards this Friday

Please tune in to your TV sets this Friday December 11 at 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9pm (PST) to watch Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, Labron James, Alicia Keys, and Nick Cannon give HALO Awards to four amazing teens across the US who have made a positive impact in their community. Samohi senior, Megan Kilroy, is among the award recipients for her environmental work and inspirational leadership. Megan was awarded $20,000, half for her college education and the other half for her continued work with Samohi’s Team Marine.

Council Member Bloom Appointed to Coastal Commission

Council member Richard Bloom has been appointed to the 12-member California Coastal Commission this last Tuesday, December 8. Bloom was chosen from three final candidates; Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor and Long Beach Council member Gerrie Schipske. The Coastal Commission meets monthly for three days going over various coastal issues such as land use and development.

Pugh + Scarpa Architects to Receive 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) voted today for Pugh + Scarpa Architects to receive the 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The distinction is based on its 18 years of consistent excellent work, including its seamless blending of architecture, art, and craft; community involvement; attention to sustainable design; and nurturing of in-house talent.

The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

Founding partners Gwynne Pugh, AIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, and Angela Brooks, AIA, who became a partner in 2001, are known for forging a broad, inclusive, experimental approach to socially and environmentally sensitive urban planning and design.

Venice Neighborhood Council to Start Recruiting Candidates for April’s Board Elections

A recruitment project to attract candidates to run for the Venice Neighborhood Council Board will kick-off at the VNC’s December 15th Board Meeting. Twenty-one board members will be elected to two year terms at elections on April 11, 2010. Candidates are being recruited for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Outreach Officer, Communications Officer, and LUPC Chair, as well as 14 Community Officers. The focus of the project will be to find candidates who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Venice while reflecting the diversity of the community. Additional information can be found at www.VeniceNC.org/BoardElections.

The project and election timeline will be discussed at the VNC Board Meeting on December 15, 2009, starting at 7pm in the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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