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Joan’s Star-Studded Send-Off!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Star-studded and all the paparazzi a girl could want.  That’s what Joan Rivers got for her Sept. 7 funeral at the Temple Emanu-El in New York.


The beloved comedian and host of E’s “Fashion Police,” who died Sept. 4 after complications developed  from throat surgery, often joked about her death and planned her own funeral in great detail:

"When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action...I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.


“I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing "Mr. Lonely." I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."


It is not clear whether there was a wind machine or toe tag, but there was no shortage of star power.  Hollywood A-listers filled the temple to honor the life of the pioneering woman who paved the way for female comics in the 60s.  Outside, bagpipe players paid homage to the star as fans lined the street.


Radio “shock jock” Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, noted:  “She fought the stereotype that women couldn't be funny.  She was responsible for putting the red carpet into primetime.”


Daughter Melissa Rivers had the audience howling as she recalled a letter she’d written to her mother while she was still alive, according to People.


Other celebrities included Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne Barr, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Joy Behar, Paul Shaffer, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Giuliana Rancic, Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Deborah Norville, and Hugh Jackman.



In a press release issued today, City of Inglewood Mayor James Butts will hold a Town Hall meeting on September 13th to discuss the possibility of the NFL coming to Inglewood, public safety and the budget.  The meeting will be held from 11 – 1PM on Saturday, September 13th at 400 West Florence Ave at the intersection of Inglewood Blvd.  


In his semiannual address to the public, Mayor Butts will review this year’s accomplishments and share upcoming milestones in 2015. Agenda items include the city budget, major development projects, the possibility of bringing a national football team to the city of Inglewood, the Hollywood Park Project and jobs for local residents, the reconstruction of Centinela Hospital, and the redevelopment of Market Street in downtown Inglewood.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) will make a presentation on federal legislation issues relative to Inglewood residents and the Inglewood Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta will discuss public safety as well as crime statistics to date.  Members of the Inglewood City Council as well as the City Manager will also be present at the event.


Mayor Butts was first elected as the 12th Mayor of the City of Inglewood in 2011.  He has a combined 39 years of public service including two decades as an Inglewood police officer before ultimately rising to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. He served as the Chief of Police in the City of Santa Monica and retired as one of the longest serving police chiefs in the County of Los Angeles from the Los Angeles World Airports system where he was responsible for Public Safety and Counter-Terrorism.


Lcated in Los Angeles County, the City of Inglewood has a population of approximately 110,000 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census.


For more information on this meeting call (310) 412-5300 or visit



On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the City of Inglewood will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crozier Middle School, located at120 West Regent Street. The event recognizes and celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americanheritage, culture and contributions.


The festival will include performances by Grupo Folklorico Macias, Sonsoles and The Reel Band.HOT 92.3 radio personality Josefa Salinas will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the event.


“Inglewood is proud to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “We recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic andLatino Americans to the United States and we celebrate their rich heritage and culture.”


Family activities taking place throughout the day include carnival and interactive games, face painting, vendor and information booths, health screenings, authentic Mexican food and much, much more. The public is invited to come and enjoy this free, fun-filled event.


For more information about Inglewood’s Hispanic Heritage Festival, contact the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department at (310) 412-8750 or

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.


National Hispanic Heritage Month had its origins in 1968 when Congress authorized and requested President Lyndon Johnson to issue an annual proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.  By directing that this week should include September 15 and 16, this law celebrated Hispanic Americans and the anniversaries of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as well as Mexico’s independence on September 16.  


President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week, and Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan issued a series of annual proclamations between 1969 and 1988. Reagan expanded its length to cover a 30-day period, and Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. Mexico celebrated the bicentennial of its independence in 2010.



Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.


Contributions by Hispanic Americans are evident in every sector of society, as noted this month on; through a series of exhibits and events at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; and a month of television documentaries and specials on PBS, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Sept., 29, 2014 at 10pm.  Local celebrations include the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Festival in the City of Inglewood, September 20, from 11am to 4pm.There is much to learn and appreciate about Hispanic heritage and no better time to learn than during Hispanic History Month.


FIESTA! At the Adobe

Thursday, September 11, 2014


For the 15th year, the Historical Society of the Centinela Valley invites you to attend their Fiesta! on the grounds of the Centinela Adobe, the birthplace of Inglewood.  The free event is Sunday, September 14, Noon-4PM at 7634 Midfield Avenue, Los Angeles 90045.


Step back in time as you stroll the grounds and listen to Mariachis, watch Folklorico dancers, and enjoy the Piñata Party.  You will also see a bit of Rancho life in the demonstrations of lace making and wool spinning for clothing, and butter churning.   You can even have a taste of the fresh-churned butter that early settlers used. 


Enjoy authentic period foods (at very small prices).  There will be period authentic warm handmade tortillas, quesadillas, and pan dulce (sweet breads), just the way they were made in the Rancho days.


Tour the historic buildings, Machado Adobe, built in 1834, and the Freeman Land Office, from 1887. 


The Adobe is the birthplace of Inglewood, and the seat of Centinela Rancho, the name of the combined Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aquaje de la Centinela.  Originally part of Inglewood, the Adobe was cut off from the rest of our city by the construction of the San Diego Freeway in the 1960s.  Though it is still part of Inglewood, the Adobe now sits in the Los Angeles suburb of Westchester. 


Inside the Adobe you’ll explore how the residents lived in the Victorian era of the late 1800s.   The Adobe was continuously occupied for 141 years, from the Machado family who built it in 1834, through a succession of owners and caretakers into the mid-1970s.  The Adobe has been furnished in the Victorian style, as that was the period in which Daniel Freeman, founder of Inglewood, and his family lived there.


Attached to the Adobe structure is the Armed Services Memorial Room.  This room has photos and other fascinating memorabilia from American wars.


Step into the Daniel Freeman Land Office to discover what a land office of the period was like.  Also in the land office are artifacts of early Inglewood, among them, an 1888 map of the city, displays of the Inglewood Poultry Colony and Chinchilla Farm, as well as bits and pieces of various other early businesses.


If all this weren’t enough to entice you, displays of the beginning of the aerospace defense and exploration industry, right here in Inglewood, will be available for viewing.   


Inglewood has a marvelously diverse history and this is your chance to learn all about it.  So, gather the whole family and spend the afternoon at the Centinela Adobe Fiesta! 


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