San Fernando Valley artist painted Jaycee Lee Dugard’s portrait 18 years ago

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John Paul Thornton painted this portrait of Jaycee Lee Dugard

BY JAMES HAMES It's a sensational story, made for tabloid TV: Jaycee Lee Dugard is abducted by a stranger as an 11-year-old girl and in the next 18 years her kidnapper fathers two children with her as she lives with her now-teenaged girls in a … [Read more...]

Mobile pet adoptions at local parks

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BY HANNAH COHEN If you're  looking for a dog or a cat, there are numerous opportunities for  adoption through various rescues  and shelters.   One local opportunity for finding a new pet is  Los Angeles Animal Services, which holds a mobile pet … [Read more...]

French and male: A different kind of Au Pair in the Valley

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BY ERIKA OBLEA Although Stephan Tempier picks up the kids from school, helps them with their homework, and watches over them like any other au pair, he is different from most others. He is not only a male working in an often female-sought position, … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Moorpark Village: Small Town USA

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BY KAREN YOUNG It's probably the closest thing to Mayberry R.F.D. in the San Fernando Valley. Okay, well maybe there is no Sheriff and the length of the whole place is a block long — actually, one and a half — if you count across the street.  … [Read more...]

Meet Ellie and Melissa: The Ultimate Event Planners

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BY JOANNE KIMES When Ellie Miller and Melissa Gould took their respective daughters to a princess birthday party three years ago, they expected to find Cinderella cupcakes and rhinestone tiaras.  What they didn't expect to find was the beginning of … [Read more...]

Nick Loren: On life, music and being Travolta’s stunt double

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BY ZACH GALE If you think you've seen Glendale resident Nick Loren before, you're probably right: he's acted in movies for years and has been John Travolta's stand-in and stunt double for more than a decade. His latest role is in the recently … [Read more...]

Inkwell author Cornelia Funke at Studio City Library

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BY KAREN PACKER June gloom may have ruled the weather outside the Studio City library on a recent Saturday afternoon, but inside Cornelia Funke cast a warm, sunny glow on fans of all ages as they listened to the German-born writer discuss fiction, … [Read more...]

Fundraiser celebrates adults with special needs

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BY RACHEL HELLER For most Valley families, a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo is a quick Sunday adventure, only a suggestion away. But for those with developmental disabilities, it's an all-too-rare occasion. Enter Chaverim ("friends" in Hebrew), a West … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks resident leads in midwifery at Cedars Sinai

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER As a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Sherman Oaks resident Deborah Frank knows about waiting patiently--a skill that likely came in handy over the past three decades as she waited for hospital privileges at Cedars Sinai Medical … [Read more...]