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Welcome to The Silver Strand News. We hope to keep all those who live in the Silver Strand in Marina del Rey, California, as well as those who simply appreciate the beauty of this area, up to date on neighborhood news and to encourage communication between those who interested in the area. You can sign up for an email subscription by entering your email address in the box on the upper right. You then will receive an email from  wordpress.com, our web host, asking you to confirm your subscription by clicking on “Confirm Follow.” Without this confirmation your subscription will not be activated.The Silver Strand News is an independent news source and all posts represent the opinion of the author.

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Sandra Starr (Author, Publisher and Editor)

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Highlights of the Silver Strand Art Group visit to Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium at the Getty ViIlla

   The Silver Strand Art Group toured the Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium, a critically acclaimed exhibition at the Getty Villa on July 28, 2014. While attendance was small, no doubt due to the fact that many residents go on vacation in July and August, the group had a wonderful time and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Getty cafe.


Nora Nicosia, a co-chair of the group, reports that: For me what make it different is that Marilee [Karlsen] gave us a tour of the newer gardens, a short history of what they plants meant to the period and what they used many of them for in their diet.  She is an excellent docent

Cassie Hermiston-Boyd said: I loved the private garden tour that Marilee gave us. She carefully explained how certain herbs were used to ease stomach pain and childbirth (yeah right on the childbirth). Some leaves we’re used as bandages in battles. The natural oils believed to suppress the bleeding and heal wounds.
I particularly found the Byzantine jewelry to be the most interesting. In Byzantine culture they held moralistic beliefs that extravagant lifestyles should be shunned. However the practice was very different among the elite who spent and lived lavishly by custom designing jewelry and mosaics for their magnificent villas.

Thanks to Clarissa Cervantes for her photograph.

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Friends of the Little Free Library on Outrigger Mall,Marina del Rey: We need your Help, the shelves are bare!!

   We have a problem. People are definitely using the Little Free Library on Outrigger Mall, but they are not giving back. The shelves need replenishing.

1) When you take a book, you should donate another book in exchange either on the spot or very soon after.

2) If you take a book and can’t replace with another book, please return the one you took to the box.

3) Everyone can help, by looking through your book shelves and donating books you no longer want.

If you don’t follow through on the basic concept, our Little Free Library will fail and that would be a shame since we have the only Little Free Library box in Venice south of Washington, the Silver Strand and Marina del Rey. Many people in the Silver Strand worked hard to make this happen, please help them and our children to sustain the dream. The program has been a nationwide success in cities large and small. There is absolutely no excuse for it not succeeding in our neighborhood. Let’s not disappoint our neighborhood kids.

Any book or CD suitable for kids up to 14 years old is welcome.

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The Little Free Library needs more Books

The Little Free Library at Outrigger Mall has been so successful that its shelves are now bare! Please walk down to the box and add books and DVDs so kids won’t be disappointed when they visit. With thanks for your help.

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Breaking news: 1 man killed and others injured in lighting strike on Venice Beach

An unidentified 20-year-old male died and at least 8 others were injured and taken to the hospital as result of  a lightning strike at Venice Beach at the 3800 hundred block of Ocean Front Boulevard at around 2:21pm today. Five others declined to be treated. All were in or near the water when the strike occurred. As a resident of the Silver Strand who was at home at the time, I can attest to the power of the lightning strike which felt like a WWII  bomb going off right over my head. The major weather services carried warnings about this storm early this morning. As the police captain in the TV series Hill Street Blues said: “Be careful out there.”

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The Silver Strand News is adding a Community Bulletin Board to our Site


Gustave Caillebotte (Fr.1848-1894). The Floor Scrapers, 1875. Courtesy and Collection Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

Silver Strand News is adding a Community Bulletin Board  to our site. We are starting small with home services and will see how it goes. We may expand to other things like items for sale or free, garage sales and so on. But for the moment….

Here’s how it works:

 1) Readers can contribute recommendations about various home services including termite exterminators,  plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters, handymen, floor repairs and installation, window washers, landscaping, gardeners, upholsterers, window shade and carpet cleaners, etc.

 2) Readers can ask for recommendations on services.

 3) Rules of the road: The Silver Strand News disclaims any and all liability for readers’ recommendations and does not endorse any particular recommendation. In other words, caveat emptor no life-guard on duty, swim at your own risk. If you are doing serious repairs, we highly recommend that you check the company’s business license, get several bids and detailed written estimates from each for the job.

 4) Hypothetical Post: We recently had to install new carpeting in our home. We used Expert Carpeting at 4500 Carpeting Lane, Carpetland ,CA…… Their website is:…………… (if they have one). Their phone number is:………………. Recommended contact:….. (if you worked with someone in particular). Their showroom had a great variety carpet samples in various price ranges. Their representative worked with us patiently, and came to our home to take measurements before submitting a bid. She also came at the completion of the job to make sure that all went well. We were thoroughly satisfied with their work which was completed in 1 day. They were timely and professional and the cost of the job including moving heavy furniture, removing and taking away the old carpet was fair and exactly matched their written bid. We were provided with instructions about how to care for the carpeting.

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Highlights of the Silver Strand Marina Homeowners Regular Board Meeting July 7, 2014


SSMHOA BOARD AT WORK: July 7, 2014. Left to right: SSMHOA Board Members: Mary-Dorothy Line, Richard Cervantes, Richard Lysle, Eric Beane, Fred Karlsen, Debbie Schneider and Sandy Gooch. Nora Nicosia seated in red chair, foreground.

Bali Management agreed to contact the City about repairing the bad pothole on Via Dolce and Roma.

Sandy Gooch, Chair of the Landscaping Committee, reports that she has been walking the Malls every week with Ray Garcia, SSMHOA landscaping contractor. The Spring planting and tree trimming have been completed. Artificial grass as been installed at the entrance to Quarterdeck Mall in addition to other Malls severely affected by residents allowing their dogs to urinate in those locations. Water-saving MP rotors have been placed on 8 Malls.

Nora Nicosia, Chair of the Block Captain Committee, said that this year’s mini-Block parties have been very successful. Still to come are the Bastille Day party hosted by Mast and Northstar Malls on July 14 and the Reef/Quarterdeck party on October 12, 2014. Outrigger and Privateer Malls have not yet set a date for their party.

Richard Lysle, Chair of the Street Committee, reports that the repairs to the brick paving on the Lighthouse mini-Mall have been completed.

Richard Cervantes, Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee said that they will have a table at the Silver Strand Annual Block Party on September 7, 2014. Richard, with the help of Bill Boyd, Penny Akashi and Nora Nicosia, organized two very informative meetings for homeowners earlier this year. A third meeting is being planned for October.

Eric Beane, Chair of the Kid’s Activities Committee reported that The Little Free Library on Outrigger Mall is now installed and open. He and Block Captain, Rachel Small, have been checking on the box and say that it is definitely being used.

The Kaplan twins

Fred Karlsen, SSMHOA President, said that the SSMHOA ANNUAL MEETING will take place on either October 1 or October 8, 2014, depending on the availability of the meeting room at Del Rey Yacht Club.

The next Regular SSMHOA Board meeting is scheduled for 7:30pm, Monday, September 22, 2014 at 131 Quarterdeck Mall. Agenda to be announced.

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Reminder: Upcoming Silver Strand Art Group Tour: Monday, July 28, 2014

 The Silver Strand Art Group will visit the Getty Villa’s exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium, on Monday, July 28, 2014.

 Christopher Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, gave this exhibition a rave review (April 18,2014):

   Think of Byzantium, and a color leaps to mind. That color is gold.

  The empire ruled from the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for a    thousand years between AD 324 and its final collapse in 1453. At the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, where a rare and stunning exhibition of Byzantine art recently opened, gold is everywhere.

  Byzantine art wrapped a linear style of powerful abstraction in gold. That’s beautifully encapsulated in the Getty Villa’s galleries, comprising what is reportedly the largest show of its kind ever to be seen in Los Angeles.

Getty iphoto correction

To reserve a space for the tour, please contact Marilee Karlsen (see list of Block Captains in your June billing statement), or leave a comment below.

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