U.S. Ambassador to Canada Presents Annual Leadership Award to Vermont Lt.Governor(BOSTON, MA) – U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci introduced VermontLt. Governor Brian Dubie to a full house of 85 New England and Canadianbusiness leaders Friday morning (9/17)at the New England-Canada BusinessCouncil’s (www.necbc.org(link is external)) annual Leadership Award breakfast atthe Fairmont Copley Plaza.Dubie addressed the group about his experiences over the past 20 monthsreviving relationships between Vermont and Canada in the areas ofcommerce, the environment, energy, education, transportation and bordersecurity. He concluded his remarks to a standing ovation.Paul Raymond, senior vice president for the Canadian informationtechnology firm CGI Group, Inc., is president and CEO of the Council. Hejoined Dubie and Cellucci at the podium to present the award to Dubie,which reads, “In recognition of your exemplary achievements with regard tointernational trade between Canada and New England.””NECBC presents this award annually to an individual who has displayedexceptional leadership in promoting economic, political and culturalrelations between Canada and New England,” said Raymond.As Governor of Massachusetts, Cellucci was the first recipient of theaward in 1999. Other previous award recipients include Nova Scotia PremierJohn F. Hamm, former Canadian Consul General to New England Mary Clancy,former Maine Governor Angus King, and President & CEO of ManulifeFinancial, Dominic D’Alessandro.
STUDIO CITY – It’s the gateway to the San Fernando Valley, a corner born of silent filmmakers that grew up to be a sushi magnet for Hollywood stars. As murals vanish across Los Angeles, Studio City’s vibrant past was unveiled Tuesday in a 60-foot-long historical tribute. “I think this is great, it’s fabulous,” said Mort Allen, a Studio City native and real estate agent for 40 years, after the mural’s wrapping was torn away at Studio City Hand Car Wash, 11514 Ventura Blvd. “It brings Studio City back to (its) roots, of keeping Studio City a quaint and romantic village like Westwood used to be.” Not to forget the Studio City Theatre, which opened its doors in 1938, and The Studio City Golf & Tennis, 17 years later. And schools, churches and businesses stemming from the rural Studio City village at the close of World War II. “A city isn’t a city without public art – and this is a challenge,” said the Rev. Julian Bull, headmaster of the historic Campbell Hall school. “Let’s take our barren walls, our high walls, and beautify them for this great city.” Ben Forat, whose Hand Car Wash has beckoned elite cars with a giant hand topped by a vintage Corvette roadster, commissioned the mural with Jack McGrath. Painted in oil and acrylic, it is the brainchild of Ernesto Cinzano, whose 500 murals dot Valley homes and businesses. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on a mural because of its significance,” said Cinzano, 32, of Sylmar, a teacher at Kid’s Art in Sherman Oaks. If anything, what’s missing are Studio City’s native American heritage and Spanish past. Such watering holes as the Tail O’ The Cock, which have gone by the wayside, made the mural as Bistro Garden. Art’s Deli, opened 50 years ago this year, didn’t make the wall. Neither did defunct businesses such as the recently shuttered Studio City Camera Exchange. And neither did any of the 14 sushi restaurants on Sushi Row for which Studio City has become famous among foodies. “It seems too folksy. It needs something with more excitement,” said Guy Weddington McCreary, owner of Weddington Golf & Tennis, official name for the Studio City Golf & Tennis Club; his family has owned the land for a century. “They could mention more of the old-timers, the John Waynes of the world.” Once the mural capital of the world with 3,000 documented murals, Los Angeles has lost that distinction. Nearly 60percent of them – about 1,800 – have been obliterated by taggers and vandals. There is little money to replace or restore them. The Studio City mural is a nod to the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a half-mile mural in the Tujunga Wash straddling North Hollywood and Van Nuys. Ray Franco, chairman of the Studio City Improvement Association, said he’d like to commission murals throughout the Studio City community. “I could do a whole mural on Anza,” said Franco, owner of TommyRays restaurant, referring to the de Anza expedition that decamped at the Tujunga Wash and the Los Angeles River en route to Monterey. “The history of California took a whole turn in Studio City. “I would love to commission more murals for Studio City. It’s just an incredible history here and most people don’t know about it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The mural, dubbed The Great Wall of Studio City, brightens a once-drab cinder-block wall between the carwash and an auto shop. Under a lush canopy of trees stands a pantheon of Studio City icons lined up along a sleepy Ventura Boulevard: The CBS Studio Center, home to movie studios dating back to the shooting of “The Keystone Kops” in 1928. The 62-year-old Sportsmen’s Lodge, a former trout fishing lake that became a watering hole for Clark Gable, John Wayne, Bette Davis and a saloon of cowboy movie gunslingers. The Little Brown Church, a 24-hour refuge since its founding in 1939, where President Ronald and Nancy Reagan were quietly betrothed.