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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY December 7, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 49 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM l Shop At Home rings in holidays Autoette BRI[[S Classic film series to screen 'White Christmas' Avalon Theater's Classic Film pro- gram is taking a holiday turn this month as it screens the classic movie "White Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. See story, page 5 Catalina Flyer announces its winter schedule Catalina Flyer's winter schedule " begins this weekend. There will be no crossings beginning Dec. 10. Crossings resume Christmas week - Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. A shortened schedule begins Feb. 8, with crossings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. Normal season with daily cross- ings resume March 1, 2013. 'Magic of Harry Potter' Avalon's instrumental music pro- gram for grades 6 to 12 presents a variety-packed holiday program at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, in the School Auditorium. The con- cert features "The Magic of Harry Potter" and admission is $5. Santa is receiving mail Santa's mailbox is currently in the post office arcade through Dec. 19. Santa will respond to all letters that include a PO Box. Make this a fun tradition for all who believe in the spirit of the season. Holiday Tour of Lights The 2012 Avalon Christmas Tour of Lights, sponsored by the Cornerstone Teen Center, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22. For more information, call (310) 510- 1889. On the Water In this installment, the late actor Paul Newman and his daughter debate who deserves credit for catching a marlin With Capt. John. See story, page 4 Catalina Island Museum hosts Holiday Open House The Catalina Island Museum will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, featuring free admission to the "First Line of Defense: Catalina Island and World War I1" exhibition. See story, page 7 Film Society Screening The Catalina Film society will hold a screening at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Hotel Metropole at 205 Crescent Ave. of the not-yet released film "Kingdom Come." Santa cuddles up with an admirer during last Saturday's Shop at Home event that featured a tree lighting, photos with Santa and holiday music. Avalon charity and non-profit groups had booths along Crescent Avenue and participating merchants handed out holiday season discount tick- ets. Photo bY Jennifer Leonhardi. Football event tied to Island history Catalina's lore as Island of Romance lures couple to create football event BY DENNIS KAISER When Avalon hosts the Pacific West Football League champion SoCal Coyotes on Saturday, the event's promoters hope to connect. with some of Catalina's golden past. Specifically, the husband and wife team of Head Coach J. David Miller and SoCal Coyotes Senior Vice President Laurie Miller want to bring back the flavor of the days MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: THE HONORED DEAD, PART 1 BY JIM WATSON Previously in a Mysterious Island Column On February 20, 1941, the Catalina Islander began a weekly column that listed all of the Avalon residents who were serving in the armed forces. The first bombs would not drop on Pearl Harbor for another 10 months, but the winds of war were already blowing and American mer- chain seaman were already dying in the Battle of the Atlantic. We all knew it was just a mat- when William Wrigley's Chicago Cubs used Catalina as Spring Training Camp. "Catalina is literally our favor- ite place on earth," Laurie Miller said. "It's our home away from home. With this being our first an- nual seasonal kickoff, we will be the first professional sports team on the Island since the Chicago Cubs were here in 1951." It was during a recent visit to the Island that the Millers were in- spired to bring the football team to Avalon for an exhibition game. "We were at an Avalon High Football event, page 2 ter of time before the war came to America. In that February 1941 issue, the "Honor Roll" as it was called, featured a mere eight names. But by war's end nearly five years later, the list had grown to more than 150 names. As news of battlefield deaths trickled in to the Catalina Home Front, a srfiall star would be placed to the right of the individual's name, indicating that they had been "Killed in Ac- tion." As a final epitaph to this series on Word War II and its effect on Catalina, it was my de- Watson, page 11 permit rules to change City staff develop- ing new language to limit permits to some Avalon residents BY CHARLES M. KELLY The City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 4, directed staff to draft new language tO clarify the Avalon code dealing with autoette permits. The. decision came following a stud3; session on, autoette permits obtained by property owners for renters. Mayor Bob Kennedy said the new language would say that the occupant of a dwelling, not the owner, could have an autoette per- mit. Kennedy said the matter would come back to the next Avalon City Council meeting. According to the staff report by City Attorney Scott Campbell, the Hermosa Hotel and Cottages in March approached the city about applying for 32 autoette permits for the 32 units owned by the Hermosa. The cOuncil responded- by, placing a moratorium on issuing autoette permits to anyone other than the residents of dwellings. "The moratorium allowed resi- dents of dwelling units to obtain autoette permits, it just prohibited the issuance of'autoette permits (to) owners of dwelling units who would not be using the autoette permits for their personal use," Campbell wrote. According to his report, code 4- Council, page 4 Wesley Heyman's famous World War II-era poster featuring a lonesome pet and the "gold star" banner that hung in the homes of families which had lost a rela- tive in the war. Courtesy photo