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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS Fn,DAY March 8, 2013 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 10 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS ............................................ Daylight savings Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, when everyone should turn their clocks ahead one hour. CHOICES meets March 9 Catalina CHOICES will hold a stra- tegic planning meeting from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in the Catalina Conference Room at the Catalina Canyon Resort. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, but organizers ask that interested participants RSVP to Rhonda at (310) 848-4381. See story, page 5 Kids Run set for March 9 A Kids Run will be held as part of the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon on Saturday, March 9. The Kids Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sumner, will go up near Sand Trap, then return to the fin- ish line on Sumner. For more information, call Mindy Malan at (310) 592-0073. St. Patrick's Day Dinner The annual corned beef and cab- bage dinner prepared and served by Caf~ Metropole thatwill ben- efit Catalina Kid Ventures will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Thrift store succeeds The new temporary location of the Avalon Hospital Auxiliary thrift store has received positive responses from the public. See story, page 7 Catalina Art Show and Sale Nationally acclaimed plein air (open air) artists will display their interpretations of Catalina's rug- ged wildlands as well as Avalon and Two Harbors at the third annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. TED conference honors for- mer Island resident Former Catalina Island Conservancy employee Carlos de la Rosa was one of the hon- orees at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference in Long Beach last week. See story, page 6 Catalina Kid Ventures students and teachers posed on Wednesday for the Catalina Islander. At left is teacher Suzanne Wisniewski and new CKV director Elizabeth Madden. The preschool has been evolving as it has become under the operation of a non-profit, rather than being ove(s~en by the city of Avalon. It is the only regular preshool available on the Island. Photo by Dennis Kaiser CKV's new director settles into job and full-time Island life BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina Kid Ventures, the only regular preschool in Avalon, has been through many changes over the past couple of years. In 2012 it changed from being a city-run program to one 'that was overseen by a non-profit. It also got a new director, some new students and a new financial structure. Elizabeth Madden Now that the dust has the changes overall seem settled, to have been for the better. However, in the midst of the preschool finding its legs it has faced the change of its director, as Sarah Perez, who started the job enthusiastically last year, decided she needed to give up the job to spend more time with her own children and family. Perez' stepping down might have shook the preschool to its core - she was well-qualified, an Island resident, and has children of her own. However, her depar- ture made way for the preschool's board of directors to hire Elizabeth Madden last November. She brings Please Re Preschool, page 11 i Fire Chief Steve Hoefs plans.to retire from part time post BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon officials will be looking for a new city manager. Part time City Manager Steve Hoefs announced his plans to retire from the part time position at the Tuesday, March 5, City Council meeting, said City Attorney Scott Campbell. According to Campbell, Hoers aims to leave the post at the end of the month. Hoefs is also the Avalon fire chief. For approximately three years, Hoefs shared the job of running Avalon with Chief Administrative Officer Charlie Wagner for a year. Wagner was compelled to leave his Avalon post earlier this year because the California Public Employees' Retirement System allows retired workers, such as Wagner, to work temporarily. When City Manager Pete Woolson announced his retirement to a closed session of the City Council in July 2009, Hoefs was appointed interim city manager. Eventually, city officials hired Hoefs and Wagner, a retired city manager himself, to share the posi- tion. According to the International City/County Management Rease see Council, page 11 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Hot On The =Overtown" Trail Again, for those of you unfa- BY JIM WATSON miliar with the term, the word "overtown" is the local Islanders' In the past two years or so that word for "the mainland," and can I've been writing in this column, be heard around Avalon just about I would have to say I have gotten any day of the week or hour of more response from the column day. regarding the mysterious origins About two weeks ago I got of the word "overtown" than any around to writing a column on other I have written, just exactly where this word came This input from our readers has from and who was the first to use come through telephone calls, e- it. If you've been following the mails and even friends buttonhol- shenanigans, you know I've been ing me on the street and giving me their two-cents' worth. Please see Watson, page 8 The city of Burnley in England's county of Lancashire was the birthplace of Judge Ernest Windle and perhaps one of Catalina's most enduring mysteries. Photo by Tim Green ql