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COMMUNITY NEWS : BOECKMANN FAMILY HONORED FOR ITS SUPPORT OF VALLEY YOUTH WORK.

Byline: Stacy Brown

State Attorney General Dan Lungren joined the board and staff of New Directions for Youth at the ITT Sheraton Universal Hotel in University City on Friday night to present the agency's Humanitarian Award to the Boeckmann family, owners of the Galpin Motors chain.

The event featured a silent auction comprised of several unique and priceless items.

New Directions for Youth is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for youths who come from disadvantaged backgrounds - children dealing with poverty, abuse and who have the potential to get involved in gangs, said Carla Glasbrener, vice president of New Directions for Youth.

``We operate school-based counseling programs in 25 Valley schools, offer job training for youth and adults and operate the largest anti-graffiti program in the city of Los Angeles, covering six council districts in the Valley,'' she said.

Among the items for sale Friday night in the silent auction were autographed sports memorabilia, autographed movie scripts, jewelry and Elvis Presley and ``Star Trek'' memorabilia.

New Directions for Youth was founded 21 years ago and relies on government funds, grants and private donations to support its services and programs.

``We try to select people within the community who have done good things for families and children in the Valley,'' Glasbrener said.

The honorary hosts for the dinner were Gov. Pete Wilson and his wife, Gayle.

In addition to the Boeckmann family, other award recipients this year included GTE, Sally Thompson, America West Airlines and children's advocate Emma Mackey.

The awards are given to individuals and groups who have given tirelessly and unselfishly in their efforts to provide a brighter future for Los Angeles' at-risk youths and their families.

Through their personal and corporate contributions to agencies such as New Directions for Youth, award recipients help eradicate poverty, stem illiteracy, prevent drug and child abuse, deter gang affiliation and fight unemployment through their support of programs which provide counseling, parenting education, vocational training and job placement, alternative schooling, community service and Valleywide graffiti removal.

``If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters.'' That's what the 1984 hit song by Ray Parker Jr. says.

But if there is too much graffiti in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Graffiti Busters

The Mid-Valley/Panorama City Graffiti Busters is looking for residents to supervise its graffiti abatement program.

Volunteers will be asked to work one Saturday every six to eight weeks. Their job responsibilities will include transporting, instructing and supervising community service workers as they rid Valley communities of graffiti.

All supplies are donated by the city, county and area businesses with monetary donations from citizens going to purchase supplies not available from other agencies.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Mid-Valley/Panorama City Graffiti Busters, call the Chamber's Graffiti Hotline at (818) 594-1828.

Woodland Hills resident Paul Jarrett has been selected to receive the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor award from France later this month.

Jarrett, 101, is a veteran of World War I, and the town of Neuviller les Badonviller, France, has named a street after him.

In a letter to Jarret, President Jacques Chirac said Jarret will be presented with the honor by the person of his choice.

The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802, as a general military and civil order of merit conferred without regard to birth or religion, provided that anyone admitted swears to uphold liberty and equality.

Admission into the order, which can be conferred posthumously, requires 20 years of civil achievement in peacetime or extraordinary bravery and military service in times of war.

The legion has five classes - grand cross, grand officer, commander, officer and chevalier, also known as knight. Napoleon himself was said to have made some 48,000 nominations.

The first Marjorie Troum Mah Jongg tournament will be held at the Woodland Hills Hilton the weekend of Nov. 8-10.

The tournament, organized by Travel Wizard of La Mesa and Marjorie Troum, will begin at 9 p.m. Nov. 8.

Mah Jongg games were featured in the movies, ``The Joy Luck Club'' and ``Driving Miss Daisy.'' They are played in groups and as series.

There will be an awards luncheon following the tournament on Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.

To enter the tournament, contact Travel Wizard at (800) 708-7677.

A legal representative of Bet Tzedek, the House of Justice, will visit the Owensmouth Garden, 6300 Owensmouth Ave., Woodland Hills, on Oct. 31.

This is part of a program, sponsored by the city of Los Angeles, to bring free legal assistance to needy seniors in their own neighborhoods.

Bet Tzedek specializes in problems with SSI, Social Security, Medi-Cal/Medicare and other government benefits such as consumer fraud, home equity fraud, landlord-tenant issues and long-term care issues.

Interested seniors must make an appointment by calling the Senior Center at (818) 347-3336. All residents of Los Angeles who are needy and at least 60 years old are eligible for free legal services.

Bet Tzedek, the House of Justice, is a nonprofit law center specializing in the legal problems of the poor, elderly and disabled. Legal help is not limited to information and advice.

MEMO: Do you have news in your neighborhood? If so, please send the information to Stacy Brown, Daily News editorial department, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91365-4200. Fax: (818) 713-0058.

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PHOTO Brett Boeckmann, left, his wife, Betty, John Glenn an d LaVerne Boeckmann visit at the New Directions for Youth annual awards dinner at the ITT Universal Sheraton.

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