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Pro- 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the for School Library Avalon / Two Harbors will Your child must be 5 years old be having Kindergarten Pre- by September 1 Registration for the 2014-15 School Children with birthdates - Year on the following dates: September 2 to December 2 will Wednesday, April 9 and be placed in Thursday, April 10 Transitional Kindergarten I Will Bring my Personal Experience: 34-year resident of Catalina Island, Avalon Homeowner. I understand Avalon her people and their hopes for the future. Married 46 years to Judy Ramming; together we raised daughter Robin and son Ryan on Catalina Island. Now very proud to have a grandson attending Avalon High School. I Will Bring my Education: Undergraduate Degree from the University of Nebraska, Masters Degree from the Indiana Univer- sity. California CredentialedHigh school teacher for fourteen years, teaching eleven years in Palos Verdes and three years in the Avalon High School. I know how to communicate ideas So people remember and understand them. I Will Bring my Business Experience: Owned and operated the Catalina Island Post Card Company, the Catalina Vending Com- pany, the Catalina Mako Dive Charter Company and the Avalon Property Services Company. I understand employee obligation and compensation. The same local family members have been em- ployed by me for 23 years. I Will Bring my Community Service: Elected to the Avalon Community Church Board where I organized and started the Cor- nerstone Teen Center 27 years ago. Elected President of the Avalon Lions Club and elected President of the Avalon Friends of the Li- brary Group. Also Elected President of the Fairview Terrace Homeowners Association for the past four years. I believe in a teamwork approach to accomplish goals. (My presidential terms are over in June on the Library and Lions Boards.) I Will Bring my Commitment: Retired from business and teach: ing, I am willing and able to spend time working with Avalon Citi- zens the City Staff, City Council, City Business Leaders and to solve Avalon s present and future problems. ] 1) For 24-7 paramedics as Avalon fire Department staff 2) Against Deficit spending 3) For providing Avalon with a sustain- able working infrastructure 4) Against Avalon being known as a drinking town with a drug problem 5) For Effective Sherriff drug and alcohol abuse enforcement 6) Against a Mole Cruise Ship Dock 7) For rebuilding the gas dock area with a new revenue gen- erating restaurant 8) Against putting offproblems because we do not have money, bond money is available 9) For Choices Educa- tional Programs for kids and young adults 10) Against continuing the current finance department operations 11) For the new City Pool and recreation center 12) Against new taxes to pay for past mistakes 13) For the year-round falcon bird abatement program 14) Against someone other than the City of Avalon owning the Is- land water rights. Avalon must be in control of its water 15) For rebuilding the Mole and Boat Terminal with more revenue gener- ating businesses 16) Against more outdoor dining on Crescent Av- enue 17) For repairing all lateral sewage lines now 18) For a Pebbly Beach Cruise Ship dock with revenue generating busi- nesses 19) Against keeping public employees if they do not per- form adequately 20) For a City soccer field 21) Against New Building without adequate infrastructure contributions 22) For a City Liaison to the Island Company, Edison and Conservancy 23) Against the current field of dreams parking lot/junk yard 24) For improvements to the field of dreams skate park 25) Against being held hostage on City building by SCICO'S land ownership 26) For Catalina Kid Venture Pre School support 27) Against oversize ve- hicles 28) For a year round water rationing ordinance 29) For more citizen involvement in City Government 30.) Against good old boy hiring practices. Please bring the following with Registren su hijo/a temprano! Nifios con fechas de nacimien- you: La Escuela de Avalon va a to del 2 de septiembre al 2 de 1) Proof of Birth tener registraci6n para los nuevos deciembre ser~in registrados para 2) Immunization Record nifios que van a entrar a Kinder en el programa de Kinder-Transici6n 3) Your Child - An assessment septiembre del afio escolar 2014- Por favor traigan los documen- will be given at this time. 15. Marquen sus calendarios para tos: 1) Acta de Nacimiento We will check the records and las siguientes fechas, escojan una: 2) Verficaci6n de Vacunas indicate what you need to com- miercoles 9 de abril y jueves, 3) Traiga su hijo/a -Habra una plete for Kindergarten. 10 de abril, 2014 evaluaci6n If you have questions, please 5:00-7:00p.m. en la Biblioteca A este tiempo, revisaremos contact Cathy Moran at (310) 510- de la Escuela todos sus documentos y veremos 0790 ext 153. Su hijo/a debe tener 5 afios si est~in completos. Registraci6n para nuevos estu- cumplidas para el 1 de septiembre, Preguntas? Telrfono-(310)510- diantes del Kinder 2014-15 2014"* 0790 ext 155 Carmen Flores About 25 years ago I began ._ plished golfers, willing to take on teaching Spanish at AHS and it ~ their former coaches and even rob became the passion of my life. Coach's them of their hard earned money. However I was not able to put to I remember names like Casey rest my other passions, basketball Corner Moran, Francisco Bravo, Johnny and golf. Leonhardi, Bobby Leonhardi, So in addition to teaching Steve Hall BobbyKonigsmark, JonCampbell, Spanish I began my career as the Kevin Kilbride, Adam Nelson, JV basketball coach as well as Sean Sterling, Eddie Murillo, the Tournament Chairman for the end of our tenure in the Moore George Gemilere, Jorge Leiva, Catalina Island Men's Golf Club. League in 2007 we were able to and Fidel Rodriguez just to name In working at the golf course I defeat Lakewood, Poly, Millikan, a few. The list ends with Gabe began to see how golf was a great Jordan and Cabrillo High Schools. Hernandez; standing together on game to introduce to kids because The only school in the Moore the top of a mountain filled with it teaches so many of the impor- league we were never able to beat great golfers and more impor- tant life skills that are necessary was Wilson, a perennial power- tantly, great people. to succeed, skill such as patience, house in CIF Southern Section Our Knabe Cup Championship determination and proper behav- golf. in 2010 with Jose Pedroza, Rudy ior. People like Frank Saldana, Ed Our program was based on a Hernandez, Jesus Pedroza and Jordan, and Roger Upton, just to few important principals: First of Gabe Hernandez, where we name a few, impressed upon me all, you didn't have to be good to defeated 35 other golf teams from the importance of teaching not make the team. We wanted golf Los Angeles County was prob- only the proper skills of the game to be accessible to even kids who ably our best accomplishment. We but also the etiquette of the game. might not necessarily be super have many other fond memories They showed me how golf can athletic, as well, of a program that started make us act more honestly and We had golfers who came into small and inexperienced but has more gentlemanly, the program already accomplished now progressed into being a small Like my dad always told me "If as well as beginners who were school powerhouse. you really want to know a person, holding a golf club for the first Good luck to Michael Alegria then play a round of golf with time in their life. We wanted our our new coach. He is a great them and you'll learn a lot about golfers to take on the game for life choice and I'm sure that he will their character" ~- and to take it seriously, continue the program in the same So in that spirit I began work- We wanted out kids to get bet- quality fashion. ing with Jeff Lake, the manager of ter and keep practicing on their I say quality fashion not to pat ourselves on the back but only to the golf course back in 1990, on own, especially because golf is give thanks and appreciation to forming a local junior golf team. a difficult sport to learn to play, We started out small, but in many maybe the most difficult physi- the many organizations and indi- ways big. We just didn't know it at cally and mentally than any other viduals that have contributed to the time. sport. We also emphasized that our program over the years. We began with Jeff's two sons This too is a long list of names Brian and Jordan and local junior the etiquette of golf is as impor- including the Catalina Mens golfers Cole David, David Mello tant as the skill development. Golf Club, the Catalina Womens and Russell Poindexter. We were We wanted to make gentlemenGolf Club, the Catalina Island not an official CIF sanctioned out of all our golfers. Finally, we Golf Course, Mark Phelps, Brian team our first year or two but we always had the kids involved in Delamarter, Dave La Fatta, Swede did play some matches against fund raising since golf is such an and Marnice Foote, Don Diggins, a few other high school teams, expensive sport and we had to pay Ron Bevins, Mike Campbell, Ironically out first golf match ever for a lot of our own expenses. Geoff Knowles, Jim Johnson, was against Western High School Fortunately Avalon is an Sophie Tarbuck, Ellen Hodge, coached by Don Crosby, a good incredible community where Diane Stone, the Long Beach friend of Jeff Lake. many organizations and individu- Unified School District, Avalon The irony was that Eldrick als constantly demonstrate their High School, especially Patti Woods was on Western High generosity and willingness to Engel, all of my principals Jon School's golf team and so our first support our local youth and we Myer, Mark Ur, Howard Fineman, golf match ever included the soon- benefitted greatly from that gen- Matt Saldana, Sally Gregory, Joe to-be world famous Tiger Woods. erosity. From the Moore League, Carlson and Angie Gonzalez. He beat us on that day, but two where we captured 3rd place in The list goes on and on and years later Tiger lost his first and our final year, we moved on to my purpose for listing names is to only high school golf match to our the San Joaquin League where show the vastness of our program own local junior golf hero Cole we have won 5 consecutive league and the people who helped us out. David. We knew that Tiger was championships. It is not to slight those not men- good at the time but little did we This league is not as competi- tioned. There is not enough space know that he would eventually tive as the Moore League, but it in the paper to mention everybody come to be world renowned. Nice has been nice to hang a few ban- who has helped us but at least you job Cole! ners on the gym wall, honoring get the picture. We have been sup- The following year I was intro- the incredible accomplishments ported by many and we appreciate duced to Phil Riley, the golf coach of our junior golfers. More impor- it a lot. at Lakewood High School. He tantly, Coach Robison and I are We appreciate the Catalina brought his team over for a match proud of how we introduced such Islander and the Avalon Bay News and enjoyed the experience so a great game to so many wonder- for printing our articles over the much that he returned to the main- ful kids. I remember so many years as well. It has been a great land, called all the golf coaches in names. I remember Cesar Sillas, ride for Coach Robison and me. the Moore league and convinced one of my first favorite students of I already miss the smell of the them to allow AHS to enter into all time, taking his first swings in grass on the course and I miss my the league the following year and the practice cage. student athletes, you will still see begin to compete against some of I remember so many golfers me on the golf course trying to Southern California's finest golf- like him, who started out like work on my own game and help- ers, many of which are currently babies learning to walk, hack- ing out anyone else new to this on the PGA tour. ing and shanking through the dry great sport. Over the years Avalon Golf weeds that surround our beautiful "Coach" Steven Hall is a life- steadily improved so that by the course, only to end up as accom- time resident of Catalina 6 i Friday, April 4, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER