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Friday, May 8, 1998 Sewing Catalina Island and its Mainland Friends Every Week Since 1914 After prom planned The Prom is less than two weeks away and the planning for an "All Casino" evening is in high gear. After dancing the night away in the Casino Ballroom, students are invited to the "Casino Night After Prom" at the new Avalon Live (comer of Claressa and Cres- cent) for free food, sodas and gaming. American Casino Entertain- ment will assist students with blackjack, craps and roulette while the coolest chaperons deal poker and call bingo from mid- night to 3 a.m. This is a substance free party supervised by adults (not high school parents). Donations are still needed from parents and friends to insure this special option is available for Avalon students. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Avalon School Class of '98 Prom Break- fast, P.O. Box 557, Avalon, Ca 90704, or call Judy Hibbs 510- 1264 to help. Qualifying for the $25 commu- funds to subsidize the program under will be-igsued separate nity book subsidy just got a little and began issuing commuter book cards that are good x~y for the bit tougher, subsidy cards. To gef~, corn- purchase of a child's commuter Faced with using up the Metro- muters had to prove they lived on book. The subsidy rate for a politan Transit Authority grant the Island six months of the year child's book has also been before the end of the fiscal year, and were restricted to one subsidy dropped from $25 to $20. the city suspended[ the subsidy a month. Rather than issue separate program on April 28. By institut- At Tuesday night's City Coun- cards for the two cross channel ing stringent new regulations, ell meeting, the council approved carriers that are eligible for the there will be. enough money to five new requirements for subsidy program, one card will be issued resume the program on June 1. qualification, for both carriers. Each year, the MTA gives Under the new restrictions, the Eligible commuters will also Avalon $190,000 to subsidize residency requirement has been be listed on the back of each card. cross channel travel by residents: increased to nine months, in other action, council: Two years ago the city discov- Two of the new regulations Upheld a decision by the ered that it was using its own concern children. Kids 11 and Planning Commission to deny a by BURNEY RAMMING Vocational Education Teacher On Friday, May 1, 47 eighth graders, seven llth and 12th graders and six chaperones had a very exciting trip to the campus of Long Beach Community College. The students attended the 1998 Career/College Information Day. This was the first time Avalon students atten special 550 other Long Beach Unified School District Students for a morning of career workshops. This year's event was part of the Long Beach Unified School District's "Economic Literacy and Career Awareness" program. Upon arrival the students were Ireated to a inspirational welcom- ing presentation pointing out that each one of us has special talents and how important it is to discov- er and utilize these talents in our future careers. The speaker also related how a good education will provide more opportunities for students to find a job they really career seminar Avalon students, from left, Luis Cano, Ricardo Hernandez, Oscar Jimenez and Long Beach Community College. enjoy as a career. The Avalon students each attended two workshops which they chose as a possible choice for a future career. Some of the workshops were Architecture, Education, En gi- neering, Law Enforcement, Medi- Ramon Villar Escobar, Rens Perez check in at On Thursday, April 30, the materials and had to create a styi- monthly mentoring luncheon ish and unique fashion ensemble sponsored by the Catalina Island in only 15 minutes. Working with Women's Forum took a turn muslin, cotton, felt, lace, bal- towardfashion and fun. loons, paper plates and everything Twenty one junior and senior else in their kits, the girls had to girls and four CIWF mentoring design and pin together their out- members met to hear guest speak- fits quickly. Each team also wrote er Maggie Maki talk about how to their own narrative to describe the make a great impression in almost costume they created, and models any situation. Maki, who spent paraded and posed to the delight more than 30 years in the enter- of all in attendance. tainment business, spoke about There were outfits for any how to dress for a job interview occasion and the teams showed and how to develop goals, exceptional style and creativity in She gave valuable tips on how their use of unusual materials. All to decide on a career and how to of the girls received a prize for get the kind of job you'll really participating but winning the love. She urged all of the girls to grand prize drawing were Victoria have dreams and to work to Perez and her team, who each achieve them. received a free movie pass to the After a Buffalo Nickel sack Avalon Theater. lunch, Mentoring Chairman Judy The next mentoring luncheon Hibbs gave everyone instructions will be on Thursday, May 14. for an impromptu fashion show. CIWF extends an invitation to Students and Forum members sophomore girls to join the men- grouped into teams. Each team of toting program and attend the four received exactly the same "Last Blot Mentoring Luncheon" cal, Business, Legal and Perform- ing Arts. Avalon eighth grader Mitch Carol performed the roll of the Roaring Lyon in a comic interlude from William Shake- speare's A Midsummer Night's Dream a as a part of the Perform- ing Arts workshop he attended. conditional use permit for a tran- sient rental. The owners of the three-unit building, Doug and Regina Shel- ton, had planned to live in one of the units and rent the other two on a transient basis. They are also doing extensive renovation on the building. The Planning Commission granted one of the transient rental permits and denied the other because two of the units had been occupied by year round residents. Those residents were evicted just before the tri-plex was sold. in voting to uphold the deci- sion, council members focus, ed on the city's on-going housing short- age. Heard a report from United Water on repairs being made to the sewer outfall line. The council was told that the line is more cor- roded than previously thought and may have to be replaced. Declared the sludge dryer at the sewage treatment plant sur- plus. The sludge dryer, purchased in 1994 at a cost of $472,142, was ufacturer declared bankruptcy before it was installed. Parts of the dryer will be sold for salvage. * Authorized $20,000 for traf- fic control at the Pedestrian Mall Project. Authorized $4.800 in repairs at the Casino Way showers. Directed the City Manager to change the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors meetings to the third Tuesday of the month; add $4,000 to the budgel to video tape the council meetings, spend $400 to repair the council voting machine and work with the council on a monthly newspaper column. Models from left to right: Veronica Perez, Melissa Rodriguez, Emma Rodriguez, Nicole Cadman, Andrea Mortson and Katrina Ryan pose at the conclusion of their Women's Forum Fashion Show at the CIWF Mentoring Luncheon. of this school year. girls. Twelve senior girls have Those attending can look for- consistently participated in the ward to hearing guest speaker Dr. monthly mentoring events this Georgeanne Sanders, eatingyear. The Women's Forum looks lunches from Lori's Good Stuff forward to including the Class of and seeing special presentations 2000 in its future mentoring made to the graduating senior plans. 1T PAYS TO ADVERTISE IN THE CATALINA ISLANDER Call Su at(310) 510-0500