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VOLUME 98. T00IL]P ]00SLI00nD00B SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 SSU 18 . FRiDA, May 4, 2012 BRI[F$ Film Fest weekend arrives The Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on Catalina, features more than 75 films, nightly events and enter- tainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina for inspiration. Stan Lee, the legendary comic book creator, will be honored at the festival. See story, page 2 Catalina skateboard classic returns on Sunday The 2012 Catalina Island Classic skateboarding event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. Event organizers will donate a ramp to the skate park of Avalon so that the local kids have some- thing new in the park to put their creative energy into. The first Catalina Classic was held in 1977. Exhibit reveals story of Avalon Casino murals The Catalina Island Museum's new exhibit provides a glimpse into the history of the Casino: "Fantasy Into Art: The Avalon Casino Murals of John Gabriel Beckman." See story, page 6 PTA b-day calendar available Avalon Schools PTA's Community Birthday Calendars have arrived. Pick up your calendar at the school office. Extra calendars are available for $7 each. Proceeds from calendar sales support the PTA's scholarship fund for the Class of 2012. Letters to the Editor CornerStone TeenCenter Kids and World Vision recently teamed up to fight world hunger dur- ing the annual 30-hour Famine. The Chamber Day event raised $134,783. See story, page 2 Rest in Peace Dick Stone's love of golf began at the age of 13 when he started playing with his dad. In later years when someone would ask how long he'd been at the game, he would say, 'Tve been playing all my life, but I never got any good at it." But anyone who ever played with him knew that wasn't true. See story, page 3 Inaugural Gran Fondo bike ride set for May 12 The inaugural Catalina Island Gran Fondo, non-competitive bicycle ride, will take place on Saturday. May 12. There are three separate rides to chose from; the 13 mile Ridge Route; the 35 mile Middle Island Route and the 55 mile Two Harbors Route. Ninety-five percent of the ride will take place on Conservancy Land outside of Avalon. There will be over 500 cyclists participating in the event. Youths from the CornerStone TeenCenter show their volunteer spirit. They recently joined with World Vision to fight world hunger and spend 30 hours on a juice and water fast. This year's funds will be used to feed kids in Haiti. See more on Page 4. Courtesy photo It. Douglas FetteroII settling in to Island life NEW UNIT COMMANDER FOR AVALON SHERIFFS STATION SAYS IT'S'A DREAM ASSIGNMENT BY DENNIS KAISER For Lt. Douglas Fetteroll of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's De- partment, coming to Catalina to head up the Avalon Sheriff's Sta- tion is a dream come true. "I've always wanted to live closer to the water," he said. Fetteroll grew up on the East Coast in Boston, Mass., far enough away from the Atlantic Ocean that his visits to it were mostly on youth field trips. He moved to California and joined the LA County Sheriffs Department 27 years ago. Although he did not necessar- ily pursue a position on Catalina, when his supervisors asked him what his interest would be in trans- ferring to lead the Avalon station, he said he told them it was "very high.,' "After discuss- ing itwith my Karen, we decided it was the perfect timing for us" he said. "Interviewed with the Avalon Lt. Douglas Fetterol City Council and everything went well. We feel very fortunate to be ale tocome here." Fetteroll earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University. In July of 1984, he began his career with the Sheriff's Department as part of Academy Class #224. As a deputy, he was assigned to Men's Cen- tral Jail, Carson Sheriff's Station, and Narcotics Bureau. During this time, he earned a mas- ter's degree in public - administration from the University of La Verne. In 1997, Fetteroll pro- moted to sergeant and was assigned to Men's Central Jail and Carson Sheriff's Station. In 2005, he promoted to Lieuten- ant and was assigned to Norwalk Sheriff's Station, Operation Safe Streets Bureau, and Field Opera- tions Region II Headquarters. Chief, page 9 FEE INCREASE ISSUE DIES IN COUNCIL MEETING SECOND LOOK AT ORDINANCE TO RAISE TRASH AND SALT- WATER CHARGE ENDS WITH- OUT A VOTE BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon City Council did not vote on a proposal to increase trash and saltwater fees at the agency's Tuesday, May 1 meeting. Denise Radde, city clerk and as- sistant city manager, said the issue was "dead." This was the second reading and second public hearing on the pro- posed ordinance, which would have raised saltwater fees 10 percent and trash fees 15 percent. The ordinance passed its first reading at the April 17 City Council meeting. "The lea- son for the proposed rate increase is to fund capital improvements to the (salt water) system, installing new valves and to commence a study on converting the salt water system to a reclaimed water system" wrote Chief Administrative Officer Char- lie Wagner in his April 17 staff re- port to .the council Wharfage fees Fees seemed to be a theme of the evening, as the council ap- proved an extension of the cruise ,. ship wharfage fee increase by 50 cents. The effective date of the in- crease has been extended to Oct. 1. Councilman Ralph Morrow asked for the item to be pulled off the Consent Calendar for a separate Council, Page 4 Silent Film benefit gets "Wings" EVENT CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR BY SHOWCASING SILVER SCREEN'S FIRST ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BY DENNIS KAISER The Catalina Island Museum's Silent Film Benefit will celebrate its 25th, or "silver," anniversary on Saturday, May 12. To help its fans enjoy the oc- casion and help the museum con- tinue its work, the benefit will in- dude a viewing of one of the silver screen's most famous gems and Hollywood's first blockbuster, the silent film classic "Wings." "The museum is thrilled to be showcasing Paramount's beauti- fully restored print of "Wings," said Gail Fornasiere, the muse- um's director of Operations. "It was the very first film shown for our Silent Film Benefit with live accompaniment by the legendary Gaylord Carter. One of the film's stars, Buddy Rogers, was even in attendance. This year we honor our 25th anmversary by showing Wings once again.,' The silent movie is famous not only for its production accolades, but also for launching the career of Gary Cooper and the perfor- mance of Clara Bow, who was said Clara Bow, the to have "it" during the silent film era. Unfortunately for Bow, when the "talkies" came along, what she had was a thick Brooklyn accent and "it" was the beginning of the end 'of her film career. Director William Wellman's career took flight with the release of "Wings." The film, set on the silent screen's "l,t" girl, in a scene from "Wings." front lines of World War I, won the first Academy Award for Best Pic: ture ira 1929. Much of its success is credited to Wellman's seem- ingly fanatical desire for reality. Howard Hughes would only later approach such attention to realism Wings, Page 4