A Piece of Paradise

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Westchester Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the grand opening of their new office in 1964.

Get ready to celebrate! This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first foundations being poured in the little piece of paradise we call Westchester. From bean fields and farmland, Westchester has grown into a thriving neighborhood with a world-class airport, prestigious universities and a sense of community unrivaled by even the smallest close-knit towns. Whether you’re lucky enough to live here, work here or own a business here, it’s easy to fall in love with this community whose unofficial motto is “a small town feel within a big city,” where everyone knows their neighbor and is working together for the greater good.

In honor of this milestone birthday, a Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee made up of residents, local business owners and community leaders, has been created and is hard at work planning commemorative events to celebrate the occasion.


ABC7's Jovana Lara as the 2014 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal.
ABC7’s Jovana Lara as the 2014 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal.

Westchester’s largest event, the Fourth of July Parade, will serve as the kick-off celebration for anniversary festivities. This 17th annual parade will take place on Monday, July 4 at 11 a.m. along Loyola Boulevard in Westchester and this year’s theme is “A Piece of Paradise: Celebrating 75 Years of Westchester.” This year’s theme was inspired by the submission of longtime Westchester resident, Dorothy Rose, who has lived here since 1954.

To create a year full of anniversary events and activities, the Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee is looking to partner with local organizations, nonprofits and businesses that wish to participate in the celebration. The official commemorative event, a cocktail reception at Loyola Marymount University, will be hosted by the LAX Coastal Chamber later this year, and the HomeTown News will also publish a special 75th Anniversary edition of the paper, taking a look at Westchester’s past, present and future and highlighting the people, stories and businesses that help create this special community. Information on additional anniversary celebrations will be available in the HomeTown News and at thehtn.com. For more information on getting involved, send us an email.

The Westchester 75th Anniversary Committee is excited to share this special occasion with this community and hopes that you will join us in celebrating. Happy Birthday, Westchester!

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