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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRiOAY November 29, 2013 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 48 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER,COM BRI[FS ....................................... Body composition test available at Medical Center "Stepping Into Health," a program sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center, has a new DEXA scanner, which is used to mea- sure bone density. Bone density has been determined to be the most accurate and precise meth- ods of measuring body fat. See story, page 2 Avalon Boys Basketball gets ready for new season The Avalon Boys Basketball pro- gram is ready to start the 2013- 2014 campaign with a bang. Many of the players have been conditioning and practicing during the off-season, honing their skills and improving their play. See story, page 4 Awarded jewelry designer Wong is commissioned Buoys & Gulls has commissioned award winning Hawaiian jewelry designer Denny Wong to create beautiful Catalina Island mother of pearl jewelry. See story, page 2 Rest in Peace: Jolene King Jolene Rose Arno King passed away in Long Beach, on Nov. 1, 2013 after a short illness. See story, page 7 On The Water The Catalina Islander's On The Water columnist reflects on pas- sion, the key to staying relevant. See story, page 4 Fred "Pops" Lauro memorial A memorial for Fred "Pops" Lauro, whose obituary was in last week's Catalina Islander, will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at St. Catherine's Church. Catalina Rediscovered Chuck Liddell looks back at Island life in 1891. George Shatto had to have realized that this was going to be his most difficult financial year since he took possession of Catalina Island in July 1887 from the "James Lick Trust." See story, page 3. 'Shop At Home' Night Shop At Home Night, a one-night shopping extravaganza with holi- day discounts, strolling carolers and prize drawings, kicks off Dec. 7 with a holiday tree lighting cer- emony on Wrigley Stage at 5 p.m. Get your picture taken with Santa when you bring two canned goods for a food drive to El Galleon from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For more infor- mation, call (310) 510-1520 or visit ( Left to right ) Rose Ellen Gardner, Linda Salo and Kathy Moritz greet guests at the Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch last year. the event will be held this year from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Tremont Hall. As Usual, it will include a holiday message, a delicious meal, music, door prizes, games, singing and other surprises. Admission is $5 and tickets are getting close to being sold out. For information and/or reservations, please call Sue Cheek at (310) 510-9680 or see Judy Hibbs at the Steamer Trunk on Saturday or Sunday. The event started in 2004 but skipped one year (2006) because organizer Judy Hibbs was busy planning'her daughter's wedding). So this is the ninth time the event has been held in Avalon. ~Courtesy photo Meet the Conductor of: "A Classical Christmas" COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM An ensemble of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra will be featured in the Catalina Island Museum's first Holiday Concert on Dec. 13 in the Avalon Casino Theatre. Thanks to the museum's members and sponsors, this con- Catalina Island Museum cert is being offered at no charge. Assistant Conductor of the Stanford University Orchestral Studies Program, Anna Wittstruck, will be director of the 13-member ensemble comprised of Stanford University undergraduates, gradu- ate students and community play- ers. Ms. Wittstruck recently spoke with the Catalina Island Museum during a brief interview. At what age were you intro- duced to symphony orchestra? I began playing cello in the local youth symphony in sixth grade. This was my first hands-on experience in a symphony orches- Concert, Page 6 hotel tax income Transient occupancy tax revenue is up from last year BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon faces a 1.7 million defi- cit. However, there is some good financial news for the city. Avalon took in more hotel bed tax money last year than the year before and staff expects to make another $50,000 next year, according to Project Manager Gina Schuchard. Hotel taxes on the rise . That's important because in Avalon the hotel bed tax--offi- cially known as the transient occu- pancy tax--is more important to city revenues than sales tax rev- enues, according to City Manager Ben Harvey. The sales tax news was not so good, as Avalon took in less sales tax money during the second quar- ter of 2013 than in the same period of 2012, according to Schuchard. In every city, the fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. As of June 30, 2013, Avalon had received slightly less than $4.1 million in transient occupancy taxes, according to Schuchard. The exact figure was $4,052,947. That was an improvement over 2012, when Avalon took in $3,830,949 or $3.8 million. Schuchard said Avalon staff is projecting $50,000 more in hotel Hotel Tax, Page 9 Catalina's facts, folklora and fibs This Week: Prohibition Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on the history of smuggling on Catalina Island. BY JIM WATSON As we approach the end of yet another year, we also approach the end of our town's centennial cel- ebration. It was in 1913 that the City of Avalon was officially incorporat- ed in the County of Los Angeles. This much you probably already knew or were able to calculate on your own. But what you probably don't know is the whole back story to this incorporation and its relation- ship to the bitter struggles in those days between the pro-liquor crowd and the "dry" crowd. The short version of this story is that the Banning family, which owned the Island in those days, was intent on keeping Catalina Is- land an alcohol-free environment. The townspeople who lived here and operated business here, how- Watson, Page 11 Our Fallen The statue of a military boot at left has been seen in the window of the Santa Catalina Island Company for about two weeks now. The artwork was given to SCICo by the Honoring Our Fallen charity from Orange County and- SCICo sponsored bring- ing familiy members of military people killed in the recent war to visit Catalina as a way for them to meet each other and heal from their Josses. Courtesy photo