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February 1, 1990 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first black to join the Van Nuys Elks Lodge after a monthslong controversy over its racial policies said he took the lodge's secret initiation rites this week because he wants to continue watching televised sports there as a member, not as a guest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1990 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first black to join the Van Nuys Elks Lodge after a monthslong controversy over its racial policies said he took the lodge's secret initiation rites this week because he wants to continue watching televised sports there as a member, not as a guest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1990
The Van Nuys Elks Lodge inducted its first black member Thursday after a months-long controversy that brought on a state investigation of the fraternal organization's racial policies. Ben Harvey, 41 of Pacoima, the manager of a laminating plant, received the lodge's membership badge--a gold lapel pin--after swearing eternal brotherhood with fellow Elks.
NEWS
November 4, 1993
An annual fireworks display to celebrate Bellflower's birthday has been canceled this year due to fire danger, a city spokesman said Wednesday. The fireworks show was scheduled for the Liberty Day Celebration Saturday, which commemorates the day the city was incorporated in 1957. But a call from the Los Angeles County Fire Department on Wednesday stopped the plan, city spokesman Ben Harvey said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2011 | By Meredith Blake, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It wasn't until the fourth grade that Jennifer Graziano, creator and executive producer of the VH1 reality series "Mob Wives," suspected that her father, Anthony Graziano, might be in an unusual line of work. "The teacher was going around the class, and everybody was reciting what their parents did for a living," Graziano, now 38, recalls. "I was like … 'I don't know what my father does.' And I didn't. I really didn't. " Graziano may have been in the dark about her father's alleged Mafia connections — according to prosecutors, he was for years the consigliere of New York's Bonanno crime family and is currently in prison — but these days Graziano has not only accepted her family's checkered past, she's used it to make the leap into a career as a television producer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach and City Light & Power have partnered with Southern California Edison in a LED street light pilot program to determine energy savings and receive input from residents. The project began a year ago, but it wasn't until last month that several of the high-pressure sodium lights in four different neighborhoods were replaced with Light Emitting Diode ones, according to Southern California Edison spokesman Ben Harvey. Southern California Edison provided about two dozen lights -- four different types for each neighborhood -- and paid for the installations, Harvey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1990 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A black man who was twice denied membership last year in the Van Nuys Elks Lodge, bringing on a state civil rights investigation, said Monday he has reapplied for admission to the fraternal organization, without the political connections he blamed for the failure of his first two attempts. Thomas J. Montgomery, 68, of Pacoima said he sent an application last week to a lodge member who agreed to sponsor him.
SPORTS
May 7, 1997 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The new kids on the tennis court, the Campbell Hall High Vikings, have already made a statement with victories over four ranked teams. After an 11-7 victory over Brentwood, they'll have to make room for a Delphic League title banner, which they clinched Tuesday at Cheviot Hills. The Vikings became the first boys' team in school history to win a Delphic League tennis title by completing a season sweep of the Eagles, perennial league powers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Van Nuys Elks Lodge, accused of racism in September for refusing to admit two black men, is scheduled to hold a closely watched vote tonight on another black nominee. At least one member, a past exalted ruler, has threatened to resign if Ben Harvey is not admitted. The two blacks rejected in September--the Rev. Jules S. Bagneris III and Thomas J. Montgomery--said Harvey's acceptance would encourage their plans to reapply in March. And Deputy State Atty. Gen.
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January 24, 1990 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Van Nuys Elks Lodge admitted its first black member Tuesday in a closely watched vote that members said cleared the fraternal organization of allegations of racism, currently the subject of a state investigation. The lodge accepted Ben Harvey at a closed meeting with 59 of its 300 members voting. The lodge did not reveal the result of the membership vote, but a two-thirds majority is necessary for admission.
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