2022 Budget Perspective Every January, the governor is required by the California Constitution to release his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. It’s his chance to lay out priorities for spending across a multitude of programs and services that Californians depend upon. In lean years, it can be a grim document full of painful […]

Michael A Barbarino

Sept. 24, 1928 – Jan. 5, 2022 Michael was born on Sept. 24, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York and moved to California at the age of 17 where he met and married his wife of 62 years Denise.   He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Denise. He is survived by his […]

Letters to the Editor

 Mask? The big question … do masks really protect us? It seems to be debatable! If you’re a sports fan and watch baseball, football, soccer – that is any sport being played in a stadium indoor or out – and if you attend the event, you most likely will be sitting next to someone who […]

Healthy Living 2022: Mailbox Toluca Lake ‘Doctor’ is Here to Help

Though customers of Mailbox Toluca Lake expect to see countless mailboxes, greeting cards and typical postal service products, like FedEx, they might be surprised to also see remedies for ailments affecting the throat. Mailbox Toluca Lake owner Jonathan Kramer, known informally as “Doctor Voice” to the superstars, has been helping his clientele battle laryngitis, hoarseness […]


 Are You at Risk for Gastric Cancer? As we age, our cancer risk factors change. But age isn’t the only factor that determines your risk for gastric cancer. Age, sex, diet and family history can impact your risk. While it is true that men are at slightly higher risk than women to develop some form […]

Questions About Today’s Real Estate? Ask Phyllis!

How Long Will It Take To Sell My Home? Dear Phyllis, My company is relocating to Florida, and they will be paying my selling expenses. I have been reading your column for so many years, I feel as if I know you. Unfortunately, for us to obtain the full transfer package we need to use […]

Strolling Through the Gardens

Strolling Through the Gardens

The La Crescenta Woman’s Club meets on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. to walk Descanso Gardens. The Club welcomes potential new members to join them on Saturday mornings for a little exercise and a lot of “chit chat.” Those interested can leave a message on the clubhouse phone (818) 957-9806; also check out the website […]

Healthy Living 2022: So You Had COVID: Now What?

Healthy Living 2022: So You Had COVID: Now What?

By Charly SHELTON With the recent spike of COVID-19 cases over the holidays, it is very likely that every person in Los Angeles County knows someone who contracted the virus. With daily positive case counts more than double the previous peak of the pandemic last January, and more than 3500% of when the first shutdown […]

Scene in LA

By Steve ZALL and Sid FISH  January 2022 Well, the New Year has finally arrived, but the omicron variant of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc with new case numbers doubling almost every day, causing many major venues to cancel their productions until further notice. The smaller venues that are brave enough to stay open are enforcing […]


She tried to cancel her Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan tickets because of COVID. Then this happened. Tricia Lewis cancels a Dave Chapelle and Joe Rogan show in New Orleans because of surging COVID cases. Vivid Seats refuses her request for a refund. Is there a way to get her money back? Q: I’m trying […]