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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 19t4 FRIENDS tRIDA* February 8, 2013 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 6 Www.THECATALI NAISLANDER.COM BRIE[S Beach Cleanup Saturday The next volunteer beach cleanup is at 8 a.m on Saturday. Go to Ben Weston Beach, Cottonwood Beach, Little Harbor or Shark Harbor for a morning of sun and sand. The van leaves at 8 a.m. from Conservancy House, 125 Ctarissa Ave. Call Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Lazaris at (310) 510-2595, ext. 109 to make reservations. Celebration of Life for Keenan Machado There will be the following Celebration of Life Ceremonies for Keenan Machado on Friday: Remembrance Video at the Casino Theatre: 12:15 p.m.; Celebration of Life service in the Casino Ballroom from 1 to 4 p.m.; Continuation Gathering at The "M" by Zest Catering, food and memories hosted by family and friends until 8 p.m with a no host bar. There will be a paddle out at noon in Avalon Harbor with Aloha Lei's and flowers set free. Co-ed softball begins The Catalina Co-Ed Softball League swung back into action last week, with Straight Up Builders winning the first game of the sea- son and Bravo's Landscaping win- ning the second game of the night. The next double-header will be Thursday, Feb. 14. February Classic Movie vote ends today The deadline for voting for the monthly movie classic voting is today, Friday, Feb. 8. Voting takes place in the Avalon Theatre, in the Activities Office in the Island Plaza. See story, page 3 Lancers Boys lose three basketball games The Avalon Boys Basketball team lost games on Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and on Jan. 29. The third loss cost the Lancers an automatic playoff bid and took them out of third place. Poor rebounding cost them again. However, the team has been selected as a wildcard team. Their playoff hopes are in the C.I.F. Selection Committee's hands. See story, page 8 Friends of library launch membership drive The Friends of the Avalon Library organization is holding its 2013 membership drive. Both Avalon residents and Catalina Island visitors may join. For more infor- mation, call President Burney Ramming at (310) 422-1406. Consultant from Urban Futures, Inc to replace two former city officials BY CHARLES M. KELLY Romantic renewal of wedding vows done Island style On Saturday, Jan. 26, Bryan and Barbara Taylor celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows on the same beach in Avalon as they did 40 years ago. Over 35 people, family and friends, attended the event, including daughter Emily and her family Joe, Brianna and Joseph; and daughter Melissa and her family Chip, Sarnantha and Jacob. The ceremony was followed by dinner and reception at the M restau- rant. Bryan Taylor first came to Catalina as a young boy with his parents and sisters on the S. S. Catalina in 1959. He said he h'as fond memo- ries of diving for coins, staying at the St Catherine Hotel, The Mac Rae Hotel, Las Casitas and the Atwater Hotel. Barbara Taylor first came to Catalina with Bryan in 1971 flying over on the Catalina seaplanes. They were married in 1973 and decided to have their honeymoon in Catalina. They stayed at the Pavilion lodge. The Taylors are regular visitors to Catalina and vacation here several times a year. Courtesy photo m Chamber marketing Commercel The good news: that's likely temporary, as the Chamber director attributes. believes bad weather is the main decrease to-bad cause The monthly . visitor count weather this winter report for January 2013 has come out with bad news: the visitor count was down 5.4 percent from the same time last year. Donna Harris, Chamber direc- tor of marketing, said the January 2013 count was 1,225 visitors short of January 2012's count BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Catalina visitor count was own last month, according to the Catalina Island Chamber of "Usually, when the sun shines, the phones ring," Harris said. She said one or two boats to the Island had to be canceled last month Harris did not believe there were any cross channel cancella-, tions last year. Cross channel carriers brought 19,684 visitors to the Island last month Unfortunately, the carri- ers brought 20,809 in January of last year. Visitor Count, Page 7 The City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 5, approved a professional services agreement with Urban Futures Inc to be Avalon's chief financial officer The consultant's services were needed because of the recent depar- tures of two city officials: Chief Administrative Officer Charlie Wagner and Financial Consultant Dennis Muira, according to the staff report by City Attorney Scott Campbell Campbell told the Islander that the state of California said that Wagner couldn't work for Avalon any longer The " California Public Employees' Retirement System allows retired workers, such as Wagner, to work temporarily. Wagner had been Avalon's part time chief administrative officer for approximately three years. According to Campbell's staff report, a committee made up of City Manager Steve Hoefs, ]Campbell and Councilman Oley 101sen selected Urban Futures, Inc. I to be Avalon's new financial officer ] City Council, Page 6 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The 'Red October Tragedy' BY JIM WATSON Ever since the first motion pic- ture cameras began clicking and whirring in Hollywood, Catalina Island and the waters surrounding her have figured prominently into Tinseltown's filming locations. It is estimated that around 300 movies have been filmed in or. around Catalina since D.W. Griffith's "Man's Genesis" was filmed here in 1912. The vast majority of the films shot on Catalina harken back to the Silent Film era and odds are pretty good that just about any such film you see that features an exotic island or "South Pacific" location filmed on Catalina. ,: But Catalina wasn't just a film- ing location. It was also a major "relaxation" destination for the mbvie stars of yore. The great movers and shakers of Hollywood like Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson found Catalina to be the perfect place for both making money and spending Watson, Page 9 Sean Connery looks out from a poster for the film "Hunt For Red october."