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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week'- since 1914 r.m,,A, NOvember'30, 201.2 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 48 Www.THECATALi NAISLANDER.COM BeI[FS ........................................... Shop at Home Night Avalon Shop at Home Night will be held 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. The annual "Shop At Home Night" includes a holiday tree light!ng ceremony on Wrigley Stage, live music, community group booths photo ops with Santa and discount shopping opportunities. See story, page 6 High Surf Advisory The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for Catalina Island on Thursday morning which is expected to remain in effect until 10 p.m. on Sunday. The backside of the sland will be most affected with waves at 6-15 feet. The larg- est surf is expected to arrive on Saturday. Pointsettias on sale The group "Avalon Goes" is now selling Poinsettias for their Christmas fundraiser to help the school group earn enough money to be able to travel to Broadway later next year. $10 each, gift cards and delivery are available for an additional dollar. Call Julie for more info at (310)429:3680. Santa's Mail Box is here Santa's mail box has arrived in the Post Office Arcade. Any child wishing to write Santa will receive a reply in they include their return PO Box. Ladies Christmas Brunch The Catalina Ladies Christmas brunch will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the M Restaurant. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Sue Cheek for more information at (310)510-9680. Catalina Film Festival launches Film Institute Organizers are calling the first Catalina Film Institute a suc- cess. The Catalina Film Festival launched the inaugural Catalina Film Institute last weekend, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25. The Film Institute was a hands-on filmmaking workshop, helping groom future filmmakers of Hollywood. See story, page 5 Toys for Tots drive Bring a Toys for Tots donation to the Wrigley Stage.from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday, December 1st during Shop at Home Night, and receive a baked goodie. AvalonLs Boy Scout Troop 400 will be col- lecting the toys which will all benefit local children. II II ll II Chamber's Griffin attributes most items to conversion of the El Encanto market place into day spa BY CHARLES M. KELLY Leslie Grange, Django the dog and two of the store's biggest fans inside Island Toy Store & More. Photo by Dennis Kaiser Grange family of usual these days as the magic dance moves he recently learned. of Christmas Day approaches. Meanwhile, other children search Sumner Avenue Probably it's because no one in the aisles for new and fascinating takes command of town might have a more direct arrivals among the store's expand- line to Santa and his elves than ing stock. Island Toy Store Leslie Grange, who with her hus- Mostly, however, it's a toy band Michael, recently took over story. You might say that toys are BY DENNIS KAISER ownership of the formerly titled inGrange's blood. Island Toy Store from the previous "My first fulltime job was with Shortly after Avalon School owner, Fred Bogenschutz. Mattel Toys," she said. "My room lets out in the afternoon these Grange and her store manager, worked as a toy tester for Mattel days, you can bet your disposable Andrea Morison, welcome theand my brother is a big collector income on a bunch of kids flock- kids as they arrive. One little boy of Hot Wheels." ing to Island Toy Store & More. of about 5 years old near the front Grange's knowledge of what Perhaps they come more than door shows off the new break See Toy Store, page 2 Five of seven public hearings on the Wednesday, Dec. 5, Avalon Planning Commission agenda are business related. The Santa catalina Island Company has submitted permit applicatio.ns to add a pedestrian bridge across Descanso Canyon, to add a juice/coffee bar to 125 Sumner Ave., and to convert stor- age space into retail space at 210 Metropole Ave. Steve Bray of Steve's Steak House is expanding the restaurant. In another item, the Catalina Land Company has applied for a permit to have a restaurant at the hotel on Maiden Lane. The other applications are the city's request for a permit to install a pole to support an antenna for monitoring the sewer lift station at four locations on city property and for Ken and Sondra Goldman, and others, to convert a storage space to a density bonus unit. When he was asked if the changes were simply because this was the season for expansion or if it was a sign the local economy See Business, page 11 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs_ ThisWeek: Natalie and Doug Thirty-one years ago this month, the body of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood was dis- covered in the chill November waters of Isth- mus Harbor. This week's column features an interview with long-time Islander Doug Bom- bard, who made the discovery. BY JIM WATSON " While Catalina Island generally receives favorable press worldwide and is looked upon as a happy place, free of the world's cares, from time to time an event occurs on the Is- land that generates tragic.headlines. Such an event was the untimely death in 1981 of Hollywood movie legend Natalie Wood at Two Harbors on Catalina's West End. According to offi- cial accounts of the event, at 3 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1981, Wood was said to have disappeared after going onthe deck of the yacht belonging to her and herhusband, Robert Wagner. Actor Christopher Walken Was also on board. Several witnesses on other boats in the area reported they heard arguing board Wagner's vessel earlier that night. Wagner himself told police the two had had an argument but had "calmed down" before going to bed. At some point during the night, Wood went up on deck; She did not return. Noticing their small inflatable dinghy gone, Wagner went See Watson, page 11 The late Natalie Wood. Courtesy photo