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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS* every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98. ISSUE 14" F.IoAV April 6, 2012 BRI[FS Avalon Sheriff's Station commander Donahue is allegedly under investigation Mainland news media have reported that Capt. Jeff Donahue, the commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station, is being investi- gated by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for allegedly taking golf lessons from an inmate of the city's jail. The commander is reportedly on medical leave. The story broke.Thursday, April 5, while the Islander was in produc- tior. The Islander was not able to onfirm the report as of press tim, Eas ter Egg Hunt The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at te Pitch n Putt, in the area betveen the Sand Trap and the sch )o1. Meet at the school audi- torium. The event only lasts about 10 minutes, so be sure to arrive early. Ducky Derby rescheduled to Saturday, April 7 The 15th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby, which was to be held on April 1, was rescheduled due to high winds. The event will now be held on Saturday, April 7, on South Beach. The first race is at noon. This family friendly event has food and great souvenirs. Catalina Film society to screen "Eco-Terrorist' flick The Catalina Island Film Society will screen "Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist" at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Hotel Metropole Conference Room (right behind the M restaurant). See story, page 12 City Election set for April 10 As we quickly approach the date of Avalon's next City election, the Islander gave each candidate one final opportunity to address the community. See story, page 4 Lecture and balloon launch Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki will give a lecture in the school auditorium at 4 p.m. today about her experience on the Discovery STS-131 mission. This event will be followed by a historic "space balloon" launch between 7 and 8 a.m. on Saturday at the beach near the pier. The . balloon will travel 20 miles high recording images of the earth. Third Annual Caf6 Art Fair and Exhibition Front street will be taken over by more than 40 artists and chari- table organizations this weekend during the 3rd Annual Caf Art Fair. The event willbe held Friday through Sunday and will be open 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily. Erik Alcala, left, pounds out the tuba tunes as trumpet players Johan Rabin, Justus Ramming, ChaseAtchison, and Clark Morris keep the beat. The free Front Street concert was played with Avalon's school bands that joined in concert with Sonora musicians. The Avalon School Band made up of students in middle school and high school is lead by David Markowitz who started the current mustc program 10 years ago. See story on page 8 Photo by Burney Ramming Stan Lee to be feted at ,film fest "Spiderman" creator to be honored at Island's Film Festival BY DENNIS KAISER If you grew up in the classic age of comic books, or if you are a fan of the genre, the name.Stan Lee is legendary. Lee, who co-created Spiderman and other "Marvel-ous" comic book characters, has been the fg- cus of TV documentaries and com- ic book conventions for decades. Yes, someone else created Su- perman, The Tick, and a string of other comic book favorites, but Lee's creations and his prolific output of work have put him on top of the pantheon of comic book creators' hallowed hall of fame. Lee will appear and be honored at the 2012 Catalina Island Film Festival, which swings from its web from May 4 through 6. The legendary writer, editor and pro- ducer will be on the Island to ac- cept the festival's Ronald Reagan Great Communicator award. The festival's beneficiary is the Cata, lina Island Conservancy. During the festival, films are screened at multiple venues around the Island. From Charlie Chaplin tO Mari- lyn Monroe, celebrities and film- makers have flocked to Catalina for inspiration. The Island's clear blue water and coastal breezes provide - See Film Fest, page 12 _1 Express keeps boats full without San Pedro A terminal in San Pedro will reopen on Memorial Day BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina Express customers who prefer to go to and from the Island through Catalina Landing in Long Beach have a lot more choices than they usually do for travel times. The ExpreSs' schedule is cur- rently expanded at the Landing and the boats are keeping filled, thanks in part to the current spring break for many students. Some of the brisk business out of the Landing may also have to do with the fact that the company is in the process of moving its San Pe- dro terminal to a new location near the one it had been using. However, according to Frances Cong of Catalina Express, the com- pany always increases its number of trips during this time of year." The new San Pedro terminal is scheduled to begin operation by Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. By then, Catalina Express' new schedules will go into effect for May 25 though June 2 l. According to the newly released schedule, the number of trips to and from the Landing will decrease Express, Page lO MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Fibs De-Fibulated, Part 2 The foUowing is the second part of a series during "April Fools' Month" debunking various Cata- lina Island myths. BY JIM WATSON Among the myriad of myths surrounding Catalina Island. no doubt the most prevalent one is the notion that the Avalon Casino was once (or perhaps still is) a gam- bling casino. Imagine that. While I've never known any Is- landers who believed that, it's cer- tainly not unreasonable for visitors to assume it's true. After all, why else would anyone call a building a "'casino" if there wasn't gambling within its walls? "I'11 bet you twenty bucks there's never been any gambling in this building," is usually my initial answer when asked this question. After the guffaws have stopped, I explain that there is not now, nor has there ever been, gambling al- lowed in the building and that it is used today in much the same way as it was the day it opened: a mag- nificent ballroom at balcony level and a fabulous movie theater at grotind level. But the question lingers, why Thou shalt gamble not: The hallowed halls of Avalon's Casino building have never been used for gambling, but as "a gathering place." Courtesy photo the name "casino"? I've never really felt that this re- The boilerplate answer we give sponse goes far enough because, to the puzzled visitor is that the the Italian word "casino" actually word "casino" is an Italian word that means "a gathering place." Watson, Page 9