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-Island girl plays basketball in -Brazil Catalina's Joanna Chavoya took advantage of an oppor- tunity of a lifetime to play International Basketball in Brazil. She left July 29 for 10 days, three in Florida and seven in Brazil. When in Florida she trai ned , with over 200 other athletes who would be traveling all over the 'world represent-, she had an opportunity to ing the USA andcompete in see the sights and culture of International basketball At another country. "Seeing a 15, Joanna was the youngest different, culture and people - player there. She was trained ' is amazing," Joanna said. "I'm by some of the best in the very thankful to my fam!ly for field such as Gannon Baker giving me this opportunity to and Allen Stien and got to. go.I would like to also thank compete in front of college the community for supporting scouts. Her team that was me through fundraising which going to Brazilwon three of helped finance the trip. Most their four camp games, people down there don't have In Brazil Joanna.played in.two much and this trip really made. tournaments: one in Rio De : : me apprectete~where I'm from Janeiro and the other in San and whatl do have. Thank you Paulo. There her team took so much to my coach David second in Rio and won the. Hart, for helping me improve championsh p n San Paulo. my game and making me a Overall their record wasg~l, better person. I will never for- Besides playing basketbail,i ~ get this trip!" Fddav. Auaust 24 Beau Gardiner Danny Felix Jr. Richie Unatin Bobby Hernandez Sr. ChrisUe Love Samuel Opah Dana Rousso Ran Hoskin Debbie McDonald Dylan McBride Daniel Hemandez Tuesday. Aunust 28 Sarah Gallacher Daniel Varela Wednesday. August 29 Toria Richards Carrie Saidana Francisco Castellanos Thur~av. Auaust 30 Evan Felix Ken Nguyen TOby Lanz Alexis Romem Evelyn Ped . Friday. Auaust 24 Christopher & Edka P'Cdser Tue=dav. August 26 Joe & Amy Saldana Bill & Rosie Engel OUUU Monday. August 27 Sam & V' ky Hemandez Thursday. Auaust 30 Beta & Elaina Martin Josh & Sabdna Klelnman Dessert Island" 417 Crescent Ave Get a free Ice Cream Cone on your birthdayl (PiRatas Now Available/) Get one free Movie Rental on your birthdayl Must show valid Identlfio~itlon / proof" of birth date at each iocatiorL Offer valid between July 20, 2012 and July 19, 2013. CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOW CALLED 'UNCERTAIN' The revised version of Natalie Wood's death certificate is now a public record. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office recently amended the death certificate, changing the classification of her death from "accidental" to "uncer- tain." The medical Cause of her death remains drowning, not quite 31 years after Wood died off the shore of Catalina Island. According to news reports, the death certificate was amended weeks ago and the amended cer- tificate certified in early August. However, the death certificate did not become available to the public until recently. Internet searches for Natalie Wood have rariked among the highest this week. Generally speaking, in death investigations there are five man- ners or modes of death. The term varies with jurisdiction, but clas- s'ifications are pretty much the same everywhere: death by natu- ral causes, accidental death, ho- micide, suicide and unknown or undetermined. In 1981, then LA Coroner Thomas Noguchi concluded Wood's death was an accident. Cause of death- drowning. Nogu- chi's speculation on the circum- stances of her death essentially that she fell into the ocean while trying to board a dinghy while under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs--ultimately re- suited in Noguchi stepping down from his office. No one has explained why Wood. who was afraid of the wa- ter, would have tried to get onto a dinghy at night. Wood, her husband T-'Robert Wagner and fellow actor Chris- topher Walken were on board the yacht Splendor (named for Wo6d's film "Splendor in the Grass") the night of her death. The friends were vacationing in Catalina. In a 2008 memoir, Wagner said that he and Walken had an argu- ment that night. Wagner also said he argued with his wife. The argu- ment was apparently heated, for Wagner reported breaking a wine bottle during the argument. Last year, the yacht's captain. Dennis Davern. went public with a request that the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department re-open the investigation. In an interview with "48 Hours," Davern, who wrote the 2009 book, "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendor," with another writer, claimed Wagner was re- sponsible for Wood's death. The interview was broadcast around the 30th anniversary of Wood's death. The Sheriff's Department ho- micide unit has reopened the in- vestigation into Wood's death. The investigation is on-going. Robert C. Mead NOV. 13, 1951-JULY 30, 2012 Rob- ert C. Mead, also known as "B." grew up in Ava- lon, where he enjoyed diving for money or carrying lug- gage to make a few bucks to spend at the Mardi-Gras. "B" played lit- tle league, was in the school band, and finished high school in San l~edro in 1969. Moving back to the Island, he enjoyed playing golf. as well as playing the drums in several local bands. He even recorded a live al- bum-at the Chi Chi Club and per- formed in the Casino Ballroom. "B" loved cruising in the In- terior in his VW camper van. He drove taxis here, Worked at Zims. and then at the school until he re- tired six years ago. He leaves behind his daughter. Jade Lisa and two grandchildren, his mother Lee, sister Vickie, brothers Richard, Frank, and Mike, and his nieces and nephews. We will all miss his kind and gentle spirit. Services will be held at noon, Monday, Sept. 17. at the cemetery, followed by a celebra- tion of life at Steve's Steakhouse from I-3 p.m. Daniel David Lindsly MARCH 10, 1945-AUG. 6, 2012 D a n Lindslywas born in San Francisco. He moved to Oregon with his family as a child. After high school, he joined the Army. He moved back to California and then to Catalina Island. He fell in love with the Island and lived there for many years, only leaving when his wife became ill and needed to move inland. He had many photos and memorabilia of his beloved Catalina Island in his home. It was the place he loved the most and always wanted to return to. His hobbies included photography and precisely detailed models of ships, planes, cars, that were truly one of a kind. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, a son, and wife. He is survived by his sisters, Phyl- lis Cansler, Patricia Brockner, and Leslie Davis all in Oregon. MichaelLee Kennedy MARCH 8,1945-AUG. 1, 2012 Long time Ava- lon resi- dent and US Marine veteran Mi- chael Lee Kennedy passed away at Lo rlg Beach Veteran's Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 1, after a long battle with cancer. Memorial services were held on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Avalon Cemetery. A celebration of life fol- lowed at the City Park, next to the Catherine Hotel. - ~ -. -~ - ~ / 6 i Friday, August 24, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER