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Page 8 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 24, 1998 )))))))~)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) , ',| i PERMANENT MAKE.UP PAT KINDER, R.N. Licensed Estheticia n ~ C rtifled Dem Technologist 307 Main St Beach (562) 596-9373 (562) 431-7188 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISING pROTECTS YOUR R GH7 TO KNOW I Esthel O oi, Sales Associate Kathy Mead: Realtor Associate . Raymond C. Beach, les Associate Located high above the picturesque Bay of Avalon. The ',Island of Romance." The panoramic views will send your heart soaring!This beautiful duplex built in 1974, on double wide lot, boasts alarge living area with suspended fireplace, beautiful decks and serene atmosphere. Main house is 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. Guest house or rental unit is 1 Bedroom/1 Bath. . Offered @ $800 ;g)0 now $849,000 ,i,f, Catalina C/'uises is proud to announce our new Avalon to Two Harbors Coastal Shuttle Service You can now enjoy the rustic beauty of Two Harbors without endurin8 a 2-hour bus ride. Our 70 passenger shuttle can 8el you there in about 1 hour. We offer convenient departure times that allow day visitors to return to Avalon in the afternoon or evening, and overnisht visitors to return :the following day. Coastal Shuttle schedules are available at the Catalina Cruises ticket window. For more information call (562) 491-5559 /.nrgest 13oa . Lowest Fares, Most Fun. Where the Fun. Begins! w w w. c a t a I i n a c r u i s e s. c o m i I I ~ ii iii ,ll I to the Recently several people have phoned me, clearly disturbed by two alleged incidents. First, some young children took a rabbit from its cage and beat it to death before burying it. The rabbit did not belong to them. Second, some young children threw rocks into a neighboring yard trying to scare a dog. The stated intent was to draw the dog out in order to throw larg- er rocks at it. When children do not treat life-all life-as sacred, it is because they are not being taught to do so. Children need. to understand that living creatures keep a precious balance to our earth and that unnecessary destruction of life upsets that balance. We seem to be the only species foolish enough to destroy our own home. Children need to be taught to plant plants, cherish pets and preserve our wildlife. We need to teach these things in our homes and in our schools. Secondly, it needs to be clearly stated by parents that harming property or other human beings is not acceptable. Every minute of the day a child is making choices. Each choice has a consequence-some are positive, some are negative. The child needs to hear that there will be a consequence for any choice that harms property or human life. Parents are understandably embarrassed when a child does house and even the rear gate? Why do I now remove ever&thing removable from the exterior of my house, even if I am gone for only a short time? I still love Avalon an.d I always will, but it is a new Avalon. Somehow I feel my old wagon is still here on the Island-it isn't easy to take such a large and dis- tinctive wagon from the Island. To whomever is responsible for the wagon: please, please bring it back. I will give a reward with no questions asked. If only I could give the reward to you without any embarrassing sit- uation---I would. If anyone else finds it, please bring it back for t'ts and I will give you the reward. Ray Otto Avalon This letter is to bring to atten- tion the problem(s) that have been occurring on the Catalina Express and have escalated over the years. Almost everyday, the Catalina Express is the transportation for Avalon school kids to and from the mainland. In other words, we are the school bus on the sea. These kids along with teachers and/or parents have been traveling with us for years. They definitely should know the routine by now. On the last few occasions we crew members have noticed the situation has gotten out of hand. Letters policy All letters must include name, address and phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous let- ters will not be accepted; however, names may be withheld from publication upon request. Send letters to The Catalina Islander, P.O. Box 428, Avalon, Calif. 90704; or fax to 510-2882. Several passengers that were not a part of this group complained of the noise level and disruptive behavior. When" the group got off the boat, it was completely trashed. There were sunflower seed shells inside on the carpet and all over the decks. It took the crew an entire half hour to clean up the mess. This whole situation could have been avoided. There is no reason why these passengers should act with such disrespect. All the crew asked was for the kids not to run and yell on the boat, not to spit sunflower seeds on the floor, to pick up their trash and to show some dignity to other passengers and crew members. How would they like it if we went to their family's businesses, stores, restaurants and hotels and completely disrespected them? The parents and guardians of something destructive. It is easy Usually the groups take up most these children need to assist the to move into denial,"My child of the boat or at least l;hree- crew in controlling the kids. We wouldn,fd0 fifl, roarilis:bfthe is g ii 'f 'tilit tll' ' fOt finin 'h"pHs6 or ti/g What needs to be remembered is that when a parent fails to serve a consequence for a choice, the child gets an okay message to continue that behavior. Every seri- ous act of violence began with some small, seemingly meaning- less act. And, as acommunity, it is far more constructive to become teachers to all of our children instead of joining the judgment group. Judgment destroys, love heals. Let's love each and every one of our children as we teach them how to live in the world. Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel, FACE coordinator Newport Beach Wagon gone Will whoever is responsible for taking the wagon on Fourth of July weekend please return it? This wagon was stolen from the alley behind 324 Catalina Ave. and across from 327 Deseanso Ave. For almost 50 years this wagon sat in the rear of my yard during the summer season. It has carried a boat to Guion's, groceries from Vons and Safeway and luggage from the steamer and the mole. With my wife's infirmity, it is still vital to us. Our family is four generations in Avalon. We never locked any- thing until recently, when a cap- rain's chair disappeared from our front porch and an old comforter was quietly removed from our clothesline. Now our wagon of almost 50 years was taken from our backyard. Where is the Avalon of old- when no door was locked? Why do I now lock every door in the there is still one-fourth of the boat to prevent anyone from having a that are also paying customers, good time. However, it is increas- I don't think it's fair for the ingly difficult when the parents or other passengers, who are trying guardians ignore what is happen- to enjoy a nice trip to the Island ing and then become upset at the (possibly their first), to have to crew for trying to control the chil- put up with such disruptiveness, dren. If they wish for our crew to The problem that I am talking leave the children alone then they about is that of the Avalon kids must take some responsibility for that think they can come on the their children while in transit. boat and run, jump, yell, scream, Nothing is more frustrating or throw things and leave huge embarrassing than being yelled at messes. Not only is this behavior by a parent after reprimanding a intolerable but it is an embarrass- child who was endangering him- ment to our operation and the rest self or other passengers on the of the passengers, boat. Once again, safety is our The last episode that took primary concern. The crew needs place was the worst we have ever support, not opposition. experienced. It started at the Long In closing, I would like to Beach terminal. 130 Islander kids thank all the citizens of Avalon who were coming back from a who, over the years, have treated Dodger game were waiting to get CCE and its employees with on the boat. They were standing respect and loyalty. I realize that on the tables in the patio area, you have a choice in service to yelling and screaming, showing Catalina and I don't wish to dis- no respect or consideration to the courage anyone traveling with other people waiting. Catalina Express. They would not listen to the At the same time, this doesn't dock person and he was not able give these children and their par- to control them. Where were the ents the right to disobey the rules parents or guardians? and disrespect the crew with their When it was time to board the ongoing abhorrent behavior. boat they ran on the dock These frequent travelers should (although they were told to walk) respect the company and crew and and immediately took over the the job we have to do. They entire upstairs. They were stand- should realize that they are lucky ing on benches (we asked them to to reach their homes quickly, in sit) and they were yelling at comfort, in safety and in style. everyone getting on. I would also like to add, please Once underway, the kids were don't give them crew a hard time acting like they had never been on when we ask you to put a muzzle the boat. They were running, on your dog. We are doing it for jumping and sneaking out on the your protection and that of the bow, an area which is closed for other passengers. We are not try- safety reasons. They were pur- ing to be mean. We are just doing posely trying to get wet. our job and it doesn't need to be The crew was <0nstantly hay-eXplaincA every time. ing to reprimand tfte kids. We never saw any adults that ere Name withheld by request the group fry to control the kids: Palos Verdes Estates