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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY March 7, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 10 Www.THECATALINAiSLANDER.COM BRiEF8 ........................................ Spring forward Don't forget to set clocks ahead one hour at2 a.m. Sunday. Candidates' Question The Islander asks City Council can- diates a question each week. Next week's question is: "How would you balance the city's budget?" See this week's answers starting on page 6. The Babies Of 2013 The Islander is seeking photos of babies born in 2013 with one or both parents, full names of the parents and the baby and the baby's date of birth. Send to: edi- tor@thecatalinaislander.com. February visitor counts rise February 2014 saw a 34 percent increase in the overall number of visitors to the Island compared to February 2013, according to figures released by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. There was a 10.7 percent increase in cross-channel traffic and a 101.6 percent increase in cruise ship visitors. Families of students asked for "We Can" response A letter for parents was sent home from Avalon School recently from CIMC's "Stepping Into Health's WE CAN" program. Healthy nutrition and physical activity for kids ages 8-13 will be available in an after school format that requires paren- tal permission.Parents should return the form no later than Monday, March 10. School's Garden Party Celebrate the "first day of spring" with Avalon School's Garden Party fundraiser at the BlueWater Avalon Restaurant on Thursdayl March 20 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $40. For more information call Michelle Bray at (310) 510-8920. See stor~ on page 2 CIMC offers free 'Obamacare' counseling Catalina Island Medical Center's Sandy Gutierrez is a certified enrollment counselor with Covered California, the state component for what is commonly called "Obamacare." Weekday and evening appointments are avail- able. Please call (310) 510-0700. March 23 is the deadline for reg- istration. Participants in the Avalon Sheriff Station's Baseball Clinic on Feb. 22 at Avalon High School's baseball field. Participants developed batting, fielding, and pitching as well as all other aspects of the game with the best coaches on the island and others from MVP Baseball, the leader in player development and college placement. Photo courtesy of Avalon Sheriff's Station a The kids received a lot of event was coordinated by Richard school's principal, arranged for STAFF REPORT individualized and small group Hernandez, who also donated a lot the event to be held on the school's instruction from the coaches, of his time in helping to make this field. Everyone who attended this Avalon Sheriff's Station Youth some of whom had previously event a huge success. At the onset free event was treated to a bar- Activities League made arrange- played baseball profess, ionally, of the event, special recognition becue lunch prepared by Margie ments with MVP Baseball to bring The coaches seemed to enjoy the was given to Lolo Saldana for all Wahl. a team of professional scouts and clinic as much as the kids did. that he has done for the youth in "The event was a tremen- coaChes to Avalon Feb. 22. Everyone just had a great time, the community, dous success as it showed all the MVP Baseball is owned and said high school baseball coach The event was made possible kids who attended how many operated by Harry Grumet who Richard Hernandez. by donations and sponsorships of people in the community care donated not only his time, but Although the deputies assigned the Catalina Express, the Hotel about them and are willing to made the event possible by dedi- to the A~,alon Sheriff's Station Metropole, Santa Catalina Island help them achieve their dreams," cating his team of prbfessionals made the connection with MVPResort Services, and the Lions said Captain Doug Fetteroll of the for thenon-profitevent. Baseball, the majority of the Club. Angelica Gonzalez, the Avalon Sheriff's Station. Proposal to eliminate assistant chief taken off council agenda BY CHARLES M. KELLY A staff proposal to eliminate the assistant chief's position from the Avalon Fire Department was removed from the Tuesday, March 4, City Council agenda following a closed session discussion of the was glad that the proposal had applauded. issues raised, been removed, but he did not want According to Mayor Bob The council directed staff to the issue to return to the city coun- Kennedy, the council discussed work with the Fire Department. cil in the next couple of weeks, the matter in closed session Avalon has a projected $1.6 City Attorney Scott Campbell because there were a lot of legal million deficit, said the council voted unanimous- and personnel issues raised in the The council chambers were ly to work with Hoefs and thestaff report for "item 12." filled with visitors Tuesday night, firefighter's union to address the City Manager Ben Harvey At times members of the public issues raised. Campbell" said the wrote the staff report that pro- shouted at council members and item was off the agenda for the posed eliminating the assistant the city manager, night, fire chief's position. Fire Chief Steve Hoefs said he Some.members of the audience . . Council, Page 3 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Catalina's 'Great' Eclipse of 1923 Editor's note: Jim Watson is ing enough the author of "Mysterious Island: ish them all Catalina," available on Am- azon, Kindle and stores all over Avalon. If you're like me, you keep a "bucket list" of sorts in your head or, in my case, on an actual Excel spread- sheet sortable by priority, to-do date, etc. The items on this list are kept within reason ("visit the moon" is not one of them), yet challeng- once" seven) guages to where I won't fin- too early and end up spending the rest of my life twiddling my thumbs. Generally speaking, most of the items revolve around travel or quests that in sortie way or other uire travel to complete, such as "visit every con- tinent on earth at least (I've got four out of the reach proficiency in 10 lan- I'm four for 10 on that), be Watson, Page 8 Child movie star Jackie Coogan, swho starred oppo- site Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin's famous film =The Kid," and who went on to play Uncle Fester in the series "The Addams Family," peers through a telescope on Catalina Island shortly before the total solar eclipse of 1923. Courtesy photo