Dennis McCarthy, L.A. Daily News

Dennis McCarthy

L.A. Daily News

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Recent articles by dennis:

Larry Maxam is still the real meaning of Memorial Day

Larry Maxam is still the real meaning of Memorial Day. This Burbank hero died in a place our nation has tried to forget, Vietnam → Read More

Eight bookstores saved this ghost town, now alive with avid readers

If there is a protagonist in this tale it’s Adams, a retired physician who moved from Manhattan to tiny Hobart in rural upstate New York, and with his wife Diana helped turn a forgotten town into a… → Read More

A small amount of American Red Cross volunteer time makes a big help to disaster-hit people

David Aks and Ann Baltz signed up for a “meaningful challenge” as volunteers for the Red Cross. Little did they realize that by helping others in an emergency, the experience gave the c… → Read More

Saying a final goodbye to a sweet – but a tough cookie – of a mom – Daily News

Remembering a woman whose dreams of fashion design school were set aside to help her family during tough times, and later, a no-nonsense mom who instilled valuable life lessons to those whom she lo… → Read More

The ups and downs of playing fair are sometimes revealed to kids baseball games

Sometimes meanness triumphs, but sometimes the keyboard is mightier than some jerk. → Read More

Sage advice from a ‘centenarian plus’: Enjoy the time you have – Daily News

Conversations, friendships and a bit of indulging in an alcoholic drink may be secrets to living a long life if Delores “Dee” Armstrong is an example. → Read More

Joe Romero built ball fields for his kids and cemented a loving bond that endures for years

Newly-minted centenarian Joe Romero, a World War II veteran, recounts a sweet story about going the extra mile for his baseball-loving children back when G.I.s like himself settled in the San Ferna… → Read More

Meet Hans, Encino’s one-man anti-litter crew. His tale will pick up your spirits – Daily News

Norwegian-born, now Encino resident, Hans Svanoe picks up neighborhood litter on his walking exercise route as well as demonstrating a neat-and-tidy attitude to his neighbors. → Read More

Non-veterans earn their ‘wings’ as they help with Wings Over Wendy’s mission of education

He never served a day in the military as a young man, but Howard Swerdlick is serving now as he helps the aviation veterans group Wings Over Wendy’s with their weekly meetings and military se… → Read More

Family comes first – but vaccinated and masked when it comes to holiday get-togethers – Daily News

It’s much more fun to celebrate the holidays with family but due to COVID-19 pandemic, the admonishment “be careful out there” applies in 2021. → Read More

LA Valley College: It worked for this columnist in the ’60s — and it still works – Daily News

Students of any age looking for higher education options should scrutinize what community colleges have to offer. They may be pleasantly surprised by the solid educational grounding they receive. → Read More

Even a small donation of money or your time volunteering counts on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30

Save out a bit of your holiday gift-giving budget and make a donation – or pledge to volunteer – to your favorite charity on Nov. 30, Giving Tuesday. → Read More

Bob Hope’s WWII letters from USO tours reveal laughter and sorrow alike – Daily News

Comedian Bob Hope was a trouper when it came to entertaining troops during his World War II USO tours, but the up-front laughs hid his tears after the shows. → Read More

Library preserves legacy of WWII journalist Ernie Pyle’s honest, graphic reporting – Daily News

The gritty truth of war was respected journalist Ernie Pyles forte in his World War II reports from the front. → Read More

‘Taps’ and a salute for last active member of Valley’s Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

The 80th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be observed on Dec. 7 this year, but this year there are only the memories of the date’s first-person stories told by members the San Ferna… → Read More

Kaye’s Music Scene in Reseda plays out its ‘swan song’ before closing in October

Customers bemoan the store’s closure after five decades but are happy for owner George Kaye upon his retirement. → Read More

Home movies enthusiast took camera along to WWII service and now it’s a documentary – Daily News

Few, very few, enlisted men went to war carrying a 16-millimeter camera with them. Andy Bystrom’s father was one of them. → Read More

Keeping a promise to never forget the victims of Sept. 11 attacks

Emotions were high on the first anniversary of 9/11 as pilots and passengers flew state flags on 50 private planes to a New York City ceremony on the USS Intrepid. → Read More

A lesson in love and keeping a promise from a San Fernando Valley Santa Claus

Whenever the late Lou Marino had a personal burden, he thought back to his role-playing Santa Claus visit to a filled-with-love little boy who had cancer. → Read More

Retired NYPD cop remembers fateful day as 9/11’s 20th anniversary draws near – Daily News

Don’t tell Marc Manfro, a retired New York City Police Department officer, to forget the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He was there and now bears witness to the dead and the heroism of all first… → Read More