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The Heart of Downtown: From DTLA to the DR with Love From St. Brendan School Students

Images of the trip to the Dominican Republic. See for more pictures.
Images of the trip to the Dominican Republic. See for more pictures.

Downtown Los Angeles blogger ( and former Hancock Park residents Mary and Jay Fagnano are currently in the Dominican Republic on a mission of love, generosity and honor.

Follow them on their journey to the DR as they take on a challenge that was important to their son Nick, who was killed on July 27th at Venice Beach in a freak lightning strike. Nick loved baseball and held a baseball equipment drive for the children of the Dominican when he was 13. This trip honors Nick and some of the things that were most important to him. For those who know Nick, it’s hard to think of a more appropriate way to share his goodness and help kids who need some of his support.

The Fagnanos are in the Domincan Republic with a group of friends/volunteers. They brought 30 computers with them to install in an orphanage/school; 18 baseball gloves donated by players on the Notre Dame High School baseball team; and money (much of it donated by the St. Brendan School community) to use once they arrived…determining what can best help the young children with whom Nick felt such a strong bond.

Read about Mary and Jay Fagnano’s journey in Mary’s post today by clicking on this orange link to DowntownBoomer.


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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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