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Friday, February 14, 2003 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 The Avalon Rotary Club welcomed new member, Pat Brown. She and her husband, Harry (on right), have the distinction of being the first husband and wife team in the club. Pat is a long,time resident, worked as a nurse and set up the Home Health Program at Avalon Municipal Hospital. She now swings a mean club and is a member of the Woman's Golf Club. In her spare time, she assists Harry at their pharmacy, Leo's. Photo by Marie Whittington I Busy Bee stu On Tuesday, Feb. 1 l, at 3:55 a.m a burglary was reported at the Busy Bee. The suspect made off with $1,000 in cash. An arrest was made on Wednesday and Steven Gonzales, 36, a male Hispanic and Island resident, was taken into custody. Another arrest was made for a reported felony assault and battery on a male resident on ng in burg Wednesday, Feb. 12. Andy Gonzales, 31, a male Hispanic and also a resident, was arrested at 6 p.m. the same day and booked in the crime. Gonzales is not related to Steven Gonzales. Both suspects were transferred, via Catalina Express to the Lakewood Sheriffs Station and were arraigned in San Pedro on Thursday, Feb. 13. Continued from pago 4 The Los Angeles man was hsses- sed, treated with supplemental oxygen and released at the scene. 12:40 p.m. - Baywatch Isthmus requested a meet with Baywatch Avalon to transfer an 86-year-old Los Angeles resident complaining of generalized fatigue and weakness. On arrival in Avalon the patient was taken to Avalon Municipal Hospital by Rescue 6 for further care. Sunday, Feb. 9- 11:23 a.m. - Rescue units responded to the corner of Crescent and Clarissa to assist a 14-year-old Camarillo resident who had injured her knee in an accidental fall. She was assessed, a splint was applied and she was transported to Avalon Municipal Hospital for further evaluation. Continued from page 4 me something about their Letters to the Editor policy. " Ann told me that if someone wants to thank someone for a :good deed, they should "buy a stamp or buy an ad." It wasn't appropriate to use the paper as a "thank you" note. I tried, during my brief tenure as Publisher, to follow that advice and added one of my own - keep it short and simple. It forces the writer to make their point quickly and concisely and more people will be inclined to read it. Kudos to your new "Opinion" policy. May it reign long and true. I II Chris Abel Long Beach, CA by Marie Whittington Karla Parsons, Social Worker Avalon is a microcosm of Dawn Sampson, Counselor everything that exists in larger Mindy Mueller, Jim Norman, numbers on the mainland. That Richard Hernandez and others. includes a growing involvement Findings of the survey of young people in substanceconfirmed a serious need for abuse and, like it or not, drug and intervention. This led to the alcohol use is a problem that needs to be addressed. The good news is that every- one has choices and, through the proactive involvement of commu- nity members and leaders, educa- tion, counseling, guidance and workshops are be'rag implemented. The new program, CHOICES formation of a Community Forum for the purpose of creating a Community Coalition under the guidance of Hazelden facilitators. An initial two-day workshop was held in July 2002 to develop goals and map out a plan of approacti which would guide students in-making healthy, (Citizens ~ Oar Island -informed choices. Children End Substance Abuse), Through a series of subse- has taken a lead in tackling substance abuse issues. Over the years, various attempts have been made to counteract substance abuse problems. Little success has been realized, partly, program; Project Northland, a substance abuse prevention curriculum for Middle School teachers; and a Sober Lunch Program with guest speakers once a month. Most importantly, all of the programs require sustained training. Hazelden offers a Professionals-in-Residence program at the Minnesota Chemical Dependency Treat- ment Facility in a recovery setting. Here the trainees "walk the walk" of the recovering substance abusers, getting a "down and dirty" picture of the turmoil and ravages of addiction. quent meetings set up by Three local Hazelden, questions were posed to students and provided a further road map for the program design. The mission of "Choices" is to encourage community involve- says School Nurse Karla Parsons, because "the programs have been sporadic, lacking continuity" Avalon School does have a drug counselor on site once a week, operating on a referral basis. Mindy Mueller, psycholo- gist and family counselor, has been treating parents and students for family issues. Avalon Sheriff's have offered an anti-drug program, the most recent being DARE, conducted by Deputy Burt Lyon. This was' discontinued last summer when Lyon suffered from health, problems. A new program, STAR' (Strength Through Awareness and Resistance), is set to start under the direction of Deputy Margie Sanders. The program will include safety awareness as well as drug awareness, focusing on gateway drugs, like marijuana, alcohol and.tobacco. . ~,~,:~ , In September 2001,: Avalon School Principal Howard Fineman was contacted by the well-known substance abuse organization, Hazeldon Publishing and Educa- tional Services, based in Minne- sota. Hazeldon had originally been contacted by the Oldfield Foundation, suggesting they might take a look at Avalon School's substance abuse problem among students It was decided that an initial assessment of needs be con- ducted, interviewing middle and high school students, parents, staff and key community leaders. Participating in that assessment were City Manager Rob Clark, Scott Schmeckpeper, Rachel Martine, Pastor Ron Eroen, teachers Wayne Herbst and Becky Davidson, School Nurse CATALINA COUNTRY CLUB Islander Specials Continue Sunday through Thursday Lunch Served 11:30 am to 2:00 pm Dinner Served 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Call for Reservations (310) 510-7404 Renaissance charm with garden terraces, harbor view. Tumbled travertine, chestnut casework within five one of a kind floor plans. Lock in the location of your part of heaven now. Mail inquiries to P.O. Box 2682, Avalon, CA 90704 ment in helping Island youth make resp0nsible choices about aicohol and substa .e abuse. Focus will be on preven- tion, intervention and support. Workshops and local media will :take on the task of educating community members on sub- stance abuse issues and availa- bility of local resources. Parent and peer support groups will be created. Two workshops have already been held involving Grades 9 through 12 with empha- sis on the 10th and 1 lth grade students as potential leaders. Upcoming programs include Peer Empowerment Training Camp, a three-day residential training for youth leadership desiring to lead a healthy, sober life; "Roots and Wings," a family residents have attended the program to date and two more are planning to attend. The Oldfield Foundation has generously funded the program for three years. Summing up the undertaking, Parsons says it is "one message, many messengers." The central theme is changing social norms by empowering the community. The next coalition meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Country Club Conference Room. If you are interested in participating in a committee, contact one of the following, Community Resources Committee Chairman Karla Parsons at 510-0440, Youth Activity Committee Chairman Dawn Sampson at 510-0520, Community Education Commit- tee Chairman Mindy Mueller at 510-7500, or Parent and Youth Support Group Committee Chairman Becky Davidson at 510-0440. If you're considering buying or selling any properties on Catalina please give me a call. 1 would be happy to pre- pare a market analysis on your property or keep you up to date on current Hsting. With interest rates being so low right now it is a great time to think of buying the home you've always wanted. Contact me todayl ! Cyndi Hoffman 310-941-3532 February 18 - 14 Beginning Tuesday, February 18th, the Chimes Tower Road will be closed from the card key gate down past the Chimes Tower for road repairs. Construction should be completed approximately March 14th. There will be two way traffic on Stagecoach Road between Avalon and the card key gate during this period. Please use caution at all times when traveling in this area. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY q-