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November 08, 1996|David Wharton

Chic Charity: The American Cancer Society doesn't want anyone to mistake its newest Discovery Shop, opening today in Toluca Lake, for just another thrift store. . . . "It's very upscale. Ferragamo shoes. Perry Ellis. Armani," said Mitch Baker, a marketing director for the society. "We'll take anything. But any of the lower-end stuff, we donate them to another charity."

Gift of Hope: Bob Hope keeps a home not far from the new shop and has donated merchandise that apparently meets its criteria. . . . "Golf shoes, a pair of matching pewter rabbits, some really unique items," Baker said. Hope and TV weather forecaster Fritz Coleman, Toluca Lake's honorary mayor, are expected to attend the store's 10 a.m. opening.

Deaf Ref: Roy Lopaty, above, is one of only 20 or so deaf people who officiate high school and college games nationwide. A veteran of 16 seasons, Lopaty can read lips and also brings a pair of American Sign Language interpreters to each game (C10). . . . The back judge said: "If we have a conference about penalties or difficult situations, I ask them to help on the field."

Kind Words: Listeners have flooded KSCA-FM (101.9) with calls and letters ever since word got out that the Valley station might be sold to a Dallas-based media corporation that would switch it to a Spanish-language format. . . . KSCA currently offers a mix ranging from Sheryl Crow to XTC. "We're getting this outpouring of support from listeners who are offering to do anything they can to save us," said Nicole Sandler, the music director. "It's been great."

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