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Posts Tagged ‘David Fonseca’

Patch Dumps One of Its Fiercest Local Champions

On May 15, Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch editor Anthea Raymond was enlisted to do what many in the hyper-local network have been recently: front for an adjacent geographical hub. She welcomed Beverly Hills Patch readers to the new site design, touting a spiffy Opinion board, Announcements board and more.

Exactly a week later, Raymond – a veteran LA journalist with many years of service at KCRW and in college classrooms – had a different message to share via her Patch site’s Facebook page:

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Highland Patch Scores with Solid Main Street Journalism

If anyone can beat cancer at age 73, it is Hervey Chapman, co-owner with older brother Wayne of the Verdugo Pet Shop on York Blvd. in Highland Park.

Per a heartfelt and emblematic local reporting piece by Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch editor David Fonseca, the septuagenarian has participated in nearly two dozen such races over the years, along with 143 half-marathons. Before being diagnosed with leukemia over the Christmas holidays, Chapman was set to compete in the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon in March.

Wayne added that Hervey never needed to train for his races, as his regiment of lifting 50 pound bags of chicken feed at the pet shop kept him in great shape. “He never practices,” said longtime friend Susan Levine. “He just goes out and does it.”

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