Judy Rae

Around and About June 2018 Peninsula

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New Eagle Scouts Honored

Earning an Eagle Scouts honor requires at least 21 merit badges and only 4% of Boy Scouts of America are granted this prestigious rank of “Eagle” according to Rancho Palos Verdes Scoutmaster, James Hecker.

Caleb Scow and Aidan Lam were presented with their Eagle Awards at a Court of Honor held with friends, family and members of their Troop, 134, Boy Scouts of America, looking on. The troop is sponsored by the Palos Verdes Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Aidan, 15, is the son of Jeremy and Julia Lam, and Caleb, 16, is the son of Rob and Leslie Scow. Both new Eagles are students at Peninsula High School and both families are residents of Rancho Palos Verdes.

For his project, Aidan chose what he terms “an improvement in school spirit and safety” at Ridgecrest Intermediate school. To enhance their visibility he painted nine basketball poles bright colors, alternating green and yellow bands. He also stenciled the school acronym, “R. I. S.” over the painted portions.

Caleb also chose school improvement for his project. He observed that the area around the amphitheater, where notices and posters are hung, was in need of rejuvenation. He then organized the purchase of boards that he and co-workers cut to size, painted and installed. As they finished the installation, he noticed that ASB officer candidates stood waiting to attach their posters to the improved boards.

Don Crocker-artist.

Art by the Sea with Poetic Expression

This annual free event hosted by Wayfarer’s Chapel is a breathtaking venue by which to take in the art and the sea. April being National Poetry Month and the 22nd being Earth Day is how this event idea came into being. Poetry readings were done in the chapel from 1PM to 2PM and an open microphone poetry session entailed from 2PM to 3PM. There was a yoga demonstration on the chapel’s front lawn at noon. The VIP guests included Eric and Mary Wright and special artists in attendance included Don Crocker (Pictured), Kathryn Stinis and Trish McCoy. Other artist booths included handmade jewelry, candles and even dream catchers. Children were entertained with face painting, animal balloons and a rock painting table where they could paint a rock to then take home with them.

Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

Rolling Hills businessman Arun Bhumitra with presidential candidate Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican convention, where Bhumitra was a California delegate. Easy Reader file photo

Bhumitra bases US Senate run on business, world experience

by Kevin Cody

In the mid 1970s, when he was 25, Arun Bhumitra left a coveted managerial job at the Bombay Marine shipyard for New York City, where he spent the first week sleeping in Central Park. He soon used his mechanical engineering degree to land a job with Northrop in Torrance. In the mid 1980s, he left his well paying Northrop job to sell cell phones that were the size of small toasters and cost $4,000. Over the next two decades he opened over 200 cell phone stores in 12 states.

Now, the Rolling Hills resident is stepping back from his retail and real estate businesses to run for U.S. Senate. Among the 32 other Senate candidates on the June 5 primary ballot are incumbent Diane Feinstein and termed out California State Senator Kevin DeLeon.

“I’m running because this country has been good to me and I’m ready to give back. I’m also running because neither of the two leading candidates have business or international experience,” he said.

Bhumitra was a California delegate pledged to Donald Trump at the 2016 Republican Convention. That year he told Peninsula magazine , “I saw what Trump did on the Riverside South waterfront project in New York. He stood up to the bureaucrats. He pacified the unions and the mafia and helped resurrect New York City.”

Today, he says of Trump, “If you don’t understand business, you don’t understand what a great job he is doing.”

But he’s not in lock step with the President. “I’d ban assault rifles. There’s no place for them in a civilized society,” he said.

On immigration, the once illegal immigrant said, “We need immigrants, we need farm workers, information workers, doctors. And we need to legalize DACA immigrants.”’

Bhumitra is endorsed by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Rolling Hills Mayor  Jeff Pieper and has served on U.S. business advisory commissions under four presidents.

For more about his positions, visit ArunBhumitraForUSSenate.com. 

New Eagle Scouts Honored

Earning an Eagle Scouts honor requires at least 21 merit badges and only 4% of Boy Scouts of America are granted this prestigious rank of “Eagle” according to Rancho Palos Verdes Scoutmaster, James Hecker.

Caleb Scow and Aidan Lam were presented with their Eagle Awards at a Court of Honor held with friends, family and members of their Troop, 134, Boy Scouts of America, looking on. The troop is sponsored by the Palos Verdes Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Aidan, 15, is the son of Jeremy and Julia Lam, and Caleb, 16, is the son of Rob and Leslie Scow. Both new Eagles are students at Peninsula High School and both families are residents of Rancho Palos Verdes.

For his project, Aidan chose what he terms “an improvement in school spirit and safety” at Ridgecrest Intermediate school. To enhance their visibility he painted nine basketball poles bright colors, alternating green and yellow bands. He also stenciled the school acronym, “R. I. S.” over the painted portions.

Caleb also chose school improvement for his project. He observed that the area around the amphitheater, where notices and posters are hung, was in need of rejuvenation. He then organized the purchase of boards that he and co-workers cut to size, painted and installed. As they finished the installation, he noticed that ASB officer candidates stood waiting to attach their posters to the improved boards.

Photo by Joan Behrens

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