The Greening of Topanga

Flavia PotenzaBy Flavia Potenza

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The Greening of Topanga
Some folks are celebratin’ “the Wearin’ of the Green,” but here in Topanga, Irish or not, we’re all “Livin’ in the Green” with the rains turning Topanga into the green hills of Ireland. Spring is almost here, a time of hope and promise. Why not start with an Irish jig and dance straight through to Topanga Days. There is so much for us to celebrate now and the Chronicle has some to share. Senior reporter Annemarie Donkin starts off this issue with coverage of an event sponsored by the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation who celebrated the first 100 days of our new Third District Supervisor Lindsey Horvath. (Page 4) Topanga Elementary students sprang into Garden Repair Day with dads lending a hand. (Page 6) The Topanga Sympony is back (Page 7) and Sarah Spitz reviews a sublime revival of the musical, The Secret Garden. (Page 10) In his column, Soul & Coffee, Rabbi Mendy Piekarski describes “The Joy of Purim” celebration that was held on March 7 and sends an invitation to attend an evening of Song, Storytelling and Inspiration with “Judaism: The Soundtrack,” later this month (Page 13). In the news, L.A. County is being sued over new wireless ordinances recently adopted by the LA County Board of Supervisors (Page 5); Paula LaBrot explains the dark underbelly of TikTok and the Info Wars (Page 11); and Joel Bellman tells his personal story about “cat theft,” stealing catalytic converters, where California is home to about 37% of cat thefts in the U.S. (Page 12) Our cover and center spread on Pages 8-9, features a new writer and photographer, Chris Conway, who, over two years, documented the regrowth around Eagle Rock (or do I see an elephant there?) in Topanga State Park following the Palisades Fire in 2021. What do you know about Elephant Rock? Wrapping things up on Page 14 are a number of events that will keep us occupied until the time arrives when it’s all Topanga Days all the time culminating in Memorial Day, a time of remembrance when we celebrate the lives of those who made the supreme sacrifice in times of war and pray for their souls. After that, we can take a deep breath and slip into the long, lazy days of summer.
Flavia Potenza

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March 17, 2023