A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- Whether or not you can pay, a Boyle Heights hospital now offers an extensive medical and dental clinic. ABC 7
- Milton Chortkoff – of the iconic Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners and Tailoring Center in Burbank – has died at age 88. He started in the dry cleaning business in 1946, at age 17, delivering laundry and cleaning around Echo Park and Silver Lake for his father’s business, Hollyway Cleaners. LA Daily News
- A portrait of Echo Park resident Letisia Ruiz, once a troubled teen who dropped out of school and became a single mother – now an LAPD sergeant who mentors troubled teens. NBC LA
- A Boyle Heights family lost their home on Echandia Street when it was gutted by fire on the morning of Christmas Eve. An online fundraiser has been organized. Boyle Heights Beat
- The bike-share station at Echo Park Lake seems to be doing all right a few months into a pilot period. The Eastsider
- Police said two car club picnics and informal shows planned for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in Elysian Park are not permitted and that cars “deemed illegal” will be towed and impounded. LAPD Northeast
- The SWAT team was called in after police said they saw a man who appeared to be holding a gun and another suspect run into an apartment building near Olympic Boulevard and Lorena Street in Boyle Heights. One person was apprehended after an hours-long standoff. CBS2
- Retail and restaurant real estate on the Eastside in 2017: The year in review. The Eastsider
- Comedian Chris Hardwick is in the process of buying the 1920s-era Bekins Estate and using it for special events. The property was put back up for sale at an asking price of about $5.6 million after a deal fell through to use the property for a Catholic priest retreat. Curbed L.A.
- You know that gift-wrapped box of horse manure that someone left at U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s house? It supposedly came from an Eagle Rock resident – a 45-year-old child psychologist named Robby Strong. “One thing leads to another. You’re having a couple of drinks and you’re like ‘let’s do this!'” Strong said. KPCC & CBS2
- Cal State L.A. in El Sereno has been echoing with 350 high school students playing brass and percussion instruments as they prepare to perform and march in the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The Eastsider
- Cynthia Szukala, the 69-year-old woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights, was remembered as a skid row bride and a woman who volunteered at her church. Police said they have identified the big-rig truck that struck Szukala and the trucking company that owns the vehicle but provided no other information. L.A. Times
Photo of the Week
Jims, Boyle Heights | Daniel O.
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