In this issue: A new shop brings inclusive lingerie to the neighborhood. Workers collected tons of trash following the closure of Echo Park Lake. And a bar owner is back in business.  

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Thanks to Serena Montenegro Jensen for sharing her photo of a pair of baby owls looking down from a tree in Elysian Park. So cute!

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News & Notes

More than 35 tons of waste have been collected from the grounds around Echo Park Lake since the park was closed in late March. The west side of the lake, where a homeless encampment spread over the course of the pandemic, had the largest number of sharp objects, drug paraphernalia, corrosive materials, and human waste.

Chelsa Hughes has created an inclusive line of lingerie that is now featured in her new Echo Park store -- Cantiq. Including plus-size and gender-fluid fashions into her lingerie line has given Hughes a unique edge in the fashion world and attracted the attention of big retailers, reports The Eastsider.

Residents who live near Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue spent most of Mother's Day without water after a water main broke overnight. While residents in a 75-unit apartment building at the intersection were left without water, there was plenty of water, as well as mud and rocks, outside  the building where the main had burst. Southbound Glendale Boulevard was also shut down as crews worked to repair the break.

Papa Cantella's, a sausage manufacturer based in Vernon, has been making the Dodger Dogs sold at Dodger Stadium this season. Longtime Dodger Dog supplier Farmer John and the team were unable to reach a new agreement following the 2019 season. So the Dodgers have announced a multi-year partnership with Papa Cantella's. Dodger Dogs continue to be one of the best-selling concession items in professional sports.

While some bars were wary about reopening last week, Bar Bandini was ready to serve customers indoors after pandemic restrictions on businesses were relaxed. “I look forward to seeing the community back together,” Bandini’s owner, Jason Piggott, told The Eastsider. “I know, speaking for myself, that I'll be more grateful and much more aware of the gifts of being around other people and socializing. I'm sure I'm not alone in that sentiment.”

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Crimes this week included a rape in the 1400 block of Allison, a robbery in the 1000 block of Sunset, and a vehicle theft at the 1400 block of Lemoyne, according to

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