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April 23, 1993

Freda and Myer Badnin are recipients of a 1993 National Community Service Award from the American Assn. of Retired Persons. They are members of Torrance Chapter 1878 and were selected by that chapter's board of directors for their volunteer contributions to the community.

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Torrance Police Department has announced that Theodore J. "Ted" Litvin is the 1992 Torrance Police Officer of the Year. Litvin is involved in community service as a member of the PTA and was the motivating force behind the development of the Bicycle Rodeo Program, a bicycle safety program for youngsters. He developed the concept of the "Bucklesaurus," which has become the mascot for a child safety program in the Torrance school system.

When Litvin recognized a growing trend of homeless people living in their vehicles in city parks, he saw the need to do more than simply enforce the law and tell people to move on. Instead, he developed a warning and referral process which provides aid and support for the homeless. He has been with the Torrance Police Department for 25 years, 15 of them as a motor officer.

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Hawthorne Police Chief Steve Port has been honored by the National Conference of Christian and Jews for his contributions to improving police-community relations and intercultural communication. Port has worked with volunteers from the justice system and with National Conference staff to sponsor human relations workshops and training programs for criminal justice professionals. The programs are designed to enable participants to understand and better relate to immigrants and people of ethnic and racial minority groups when they encounter them in their everyday work.

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