Betty Lukas

Key to our heart sweethearts: Carol and Chuck Drexel

Key to our heart sweethearts: Carol and Chuck Drexel

The memories of their first meeting don’t match, but in other aspects of their nearly 47 years of marriage, Carol and Charles Drexel have set records for harmony. The couple has been selected as this year’s Kenneth T. Norris Key to Our Heart nominees and will receive their award Sunday, Feb. 9, at the 24th […]

 Betty Lukas

True to Her Commitment

Janet Baszile brings community together By some reckoning, the Ford Motor Co. plant in Ferndale, Michigan, is a far piece from the elegant, art-filled home in Lunada Bay where Janet Baszile lives. But not to her. Ferndale is her birthplace. “My grandparents and those of most of my friends in the Detroit area all were […]

 Betty Lukas

Trudy Park heard the call to service and she heard it early

Trudy Park heard the call to service and she heard it early

  This charter member of the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic was among about 30 young matrons recruited in 1952 to help a struggling Los Angeles Symphony (its then name) pay its bills. And she’s been with the Committee ever since, serving as president in 1956-1957, and subsequently filling any tasks she was assigned with […]

 Betty Lukas

Peninsula pioneer puts his stamp on first-class bash

Peninsula pioneer puts his stamp on first-class bash

Long-time Peninsula real estate entrepreneur Ray Burns hosted a big birthday party for 38 of his closest friends and more than 150 other guests on June 15 in the patio of a special structure he owns on a leafy little side street in Malaga Cove Plaza. “We’re celebrating the 50th year of existence of the […]

 Betty Lukas

Cancer Support Community’s Judith Opdahl knows her business

She speaks from experience Back in 1994, in the middle of a wide-awake moment during a restless night, Judith Opdahl knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. And not long after, her prescience came true. She was selected as executive director of the South Bay’s Cancer Support Community. “With 40 […]

 Betty Lukas

She speaks from experience

    Cancer Support Community’s Judith Opdahl knows her busines Back in 1994, in the middle of a wide-awake moment during a restless night, Judith Opdahl knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. And not long after, her prescience came true. She was selected as executive director of the South […]

 Betty Lukas

Emergency Preparedness – Providing Security on All Fronts

Carol and John Holmes are a South Bay couple who take security seriously—their own and the security of others. She promotes domestic security, and he’s in charge of the bigger picture—national security. In each case, they say, security is based on being prepared for any of the unexpected, unknown natural or manmade assaults on personal […]

 Betty Lukas

Norris Valentine Ball honors Marylyn Ginsburg and Chuck Klause

Norris Valentine Ball honors Marylyn Ginsburg and Chuck Klause

Caption: Neither admits to being on the lookout for a new spouse, and neither remembers exactly how that first meeting occurred, but one thing Marylyn Ginsburg and Chuck Klaus agree on is they were at the same place at the same time. That place was Syracuse, New York, where she was attending a concert sponsored […]

 Betty Lukas

Yule Parlor Parade Decorates for 55th Year

Yule Parlor Parade Decorates for 55th Year

Cathy Gillman unpacked her 17 boxes of Christmas decorations and five big bags of artificial greenery early this year—and for two good reasons: She’s expecting her first grandchild soon, and her home will be one of the stars in Neighborhood Church’s 55th annual Yule Parlor Parade set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, […]

 Betty Lukas

No small wonder

If she hadn’t lost all her toys during the family’s move to California when she was 4, Bernice Baird-Browning might not have picked a toy store when she decided to apply her remarkable energy to the business world.

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Melanie MacLean readies Portuguese Bend National Horse Show to ride with children

Melanie MacLean readies Portuguese Bend National Horse Show to ride with children

Melanie MacLean’s father did the fatherly thing for his little girl when she was seven. He bought her first pony ride. Several years later he did another fatherly thing when he invited his 22-year-old daughter to join him at a dinner he was hosting for an out-of-town client. In both cases, she fell in love. […]

 Betty Lukas

‘Improbable Gateway’ Explores Roots of Los Angeles Harbor

‘Improbable Gateway’ Explores Roots of Los Angeles Harbor

The Banning Museum’s new exhibit examines the legendary vision of Phineas Banning “All aboard!” It can’t be soon enough for some people. There’s a small band of professional and volunteer supporters of the Banning Museum in Wilmington that has been waiting for at least five years to hear those go-ahead words. And come noon on […]

 Betty Lukas

Rolling Hills Couple to Host ‘Chefs and Cellars’

Rolling Hills Couple to Host ‘Chefs and Cellars’

When Debi and Tom Thomas started remodeling their Rolling Hills home three years ago, they never dreamed it would be the centerpiece of a major fundraiser for the Palos Verdes Art Center. But that’s what’s happened to the dynamic couple who has lived in its newly refreshed home for less than a year. The two […]

 Betty Lukas

Peninsula Charity A Tradition of Dedication

Martha Molina Bernadett, MD, MBA is the daughter of parents who made education the top priority for their five children. And she’s never forgotten their message.  Today, her multifaceted life reflects the results of that emphasis. Dr. Bernadett has used her advance-degree medical skills as a family physician, and more recently, she has focused her […]

 Betty Lukas

This Old House Is His Old House: Palos Verdes restoration part of Historic Homes Tour

This Old House Is His Old House: Palos Verdes restoration part of Historic Homes Tour

John Phillips has spent more than two years with a new love in his life, and now that she’s presentable, he wants everyone to meet her.  Wife Carmen hasn’t minded at all.  That special introduction will occur between 10 and 4 on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, when Philips’ love will debut as […]