Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy

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  • Memorial Day

    Thank you to the unsung heroes, so we can live free: Dennis McCarthy

    His legacy was found in an old, brown paper bag stuck in the back of an empty storage bin.Howard Suer, owner of the Van Nuys storage company, took it into his office and scattered its contents across his desk, and then he sat down hard in his swivel chair.“This isn’t right,” he said to himself. “This just isn’t right.”Scattered across his desk was a Purple Heart, a Silver Star, and a Good Conduct Medal awarded to a Cpl. Myron H.

  • Features/People

    A ‘Pretty Blonde Nurse’ basks in the glow of Florence Nightingale – and rightly so: Dennis McCarthy

    It was the last newspaper clipping in a dusty, discarded scrapbook found in the bottom of an old file cabinet at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Sylmar a few months back.“Pretty Blonde Nurse Selected as Finalist,” the slightly sexist, but true headline in the old Valley News & Green Sheet read. Vibeke “Veba” Gerkins, 38, was a knockout.It was August of 1970 and she had been chosen as one of 25 nurses from different area hospitals to vie...

  • Veterans

    An ‘old-school’ vet finds new spark after life of sacrifice: Dennis McCarthy

    “We’re a light at the end of the tunnel for a lot of old veterans.” — Art Sherman.The letter arrives by snail mail, handwritten in blue ink. Pen to paper. Complete sentences and spelled out words. Old school.It’s from Marge Callahan, a Northridge resident, who’s taking care of her 91-year-old husband, Bob, battling some serious health issues.With the help of her four daughters, she’s trying to make his final years...

  • Local governments

    Hey, LA County supervisors – this woman has her eyes on you: Dennis McCarthy

    The bumper sticker on Genevieve Clavreul’s electric scooter tells you all you need to know about this straight​-​talking, no​-​nonsense 76-year-old retired nurse.“Don’t mess with me, I get paid to stab people with sharp objects.”For the last 18 years, Clavreul’s been surgically stabbing members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with sharp objects every chance she gets - which is a lot considering...

  • News

    Final arrangements are in the mail: Dennis McCarthy

    “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” — Woody Allen.The mail Monday brought one of those “sleep with the fishes” letters from the Neptune Society reminding me the clock is ticking so I better stop screwing around and get serious about making my final arrangements.It’s always inspiring to kick off the week with an advisory from your local undertaker.I...

  • Violent crime

    Somebody’s got to help assault victims. These people are doing it: Dennis McCarthy

    The words are so jarring you think maybe you heard them wrong so you ask Joni Novosel to repeat them, and she does — word for pathetic word.“The youngest assault victim we’ve seen was 27 days old,” says the director for the Center for Assault Treatment Services. “The oldest was 96. At what point do you stop violating a person?”At the point we take violent abusers off the streets and put them away so they can never hurt an...

  • Education

    Taking your eyes off the cellphone is a matter of life and death: Dennis McCarthy

    This is where it happens, where you finally reach them.A young trauma nurse stands in the back of a darkened high school classroom Wednesday morning watching the reaction of three girls sitting together in the front row to a graphic film on texting and driving.Earlier, they had raised their hand when asked who in this class of seniors had a driver’s license.“Look at how focused they are,” the trauma nurse, Christian Diance,whispers to me.

  • Journalism

    A last cheer from one of the ‘Watergate babies’ for Jimmy Breslin: Dennis McCarthy

    As a kid, I used to hawk newspapers in the mid 60’s at a corner newsstand in Glendale every weekday night selling late editions to people driving home from work.A “getcha paper here” kid.Most people who pulled to the curb flipped me a dime for the local paper, but more than a few transplanted New Yorkers wanted to read what their guy back home, Jimmy Breslin, was writing in today’s edition about their old neighborhood.I’d get to the...

  • Features/People

    How to hit a real home run (in life): Dennis McCarthy

    The director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers stood outside the team’s batting cages at it’s spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona, Tuesday morning offering some advice to all the kids who go to bed at night and dream of being the next Corey Seager or Clayton Kershaw.“Never stop dreaming,” said Gabe Kapler, who went from being the smallest kid on his Reseda Little League team to playing 12 seasons in the major...

  • Museums

    Where you can still find the spirit of Hollywood’s greats: Dennis McCarthy

    They say spirits come back to places they enjoyed in life, so that may explain why actress Bette Davis, who died in 1989, was seen smoking a cigarette up on the third floor of the Hollywood Museum late one night not too long ago.Either that or the guy working on a new exhibit, who smelled smoke and turned to see her spirit puffing away in the corner, was smoking something stronger himself.Davis, like most leading ladies of her era, spent a lot of time in this building getting...