Meet your July 4th Parade Grand Marshals: Steve & Linda Simon

The Valley Village Homeowners Association is proud to announce that Steve and Linda Simon will be serving as this year’s July 4th Parade Grand Marshals. Closing in on fifty years of living in Valley Village, they shared their thoughts and memories
We were so surprised and humbled when speaking to Dorothy Apple about a complete different topic and she revealed that we had been selected to be the Grand Marshalls for the parade.  Talk about shock – 
We purchased our home in 1974.   We Started doing ‘community’ service while our son Eddie  attended Colfax Elementary School.  Steve and I were instrumental in getting moms and dads to participate in cleaning up the school, weeding, painting the classrooms and the main office; painting and using a refrigerator box for a “Yellow Submarine” for the kids; arranging for the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile along with police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, etc. to join in on the Halloween parade in 1986 or 1987.
I was a volunteer at the Los Angeles Police Department offices on Burbank/Colfax for 12 years;  Steve was very involved from the beginning when it came time to celebrate Halloween at the LAPD by turning the the police station into a haunted house.  Along the way and with the assistance of neighbors, Steve put up many of the Neighborhood Watch signs.  We were block captains for many years, have been part of the July 4th parade since its inception so many years ago; we also have participated in the National Night Out.  We volunteer whenever help is needed for VVHA and NCVV.
Never did we ever want any recognition of the various things we enjoyed doing – the area is much the same as when we purchased our home with the exception of the newer homes being quite a bit larger than in 1974.  The community is still family oriented, people walk by our home all day long (benefit of living on a corner), everyone is friendly and always stops to have a conversation.  This little bit of Valley Village is compared to Mayberry (Andy Griffith show).  
Our thanks again for this honor.
Steve  & Linda Simon

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