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Fireworks Dirty Heads SUP REAL ESTATE From page 1 From page 1 From page 1 tar through Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto, said that according to his conversations with the company, and as Kennedy suggested, a faulty shell or mortar most likely caused the explosion."It is the first time that I have seen this happen in the 23 years I've been doing this," Hoefs said. Kennedy said the basic design of the barrel held true and that the explosion probably could have been much worse. Cruise From page 1 not have to use tenders. "Surveys conducted in Caribbean ports show that cruise ship passen- gers who are able to walk on and off the ship at a cruise ship destination spend 20 percent more time ashore and spend up to 30 percent more money in the port," Griffin said. "It would be advantageous to our local economy to receive the full benefits of a cruise ship in Avalon." The city approved a study to de- termine the feasibility of a cruise ship berthing facility that would allow people to walk from the ship to the Mole and into Avalon. "It cost $30,000 and was paid for by the city of Avalon, the Chamber and a cruise line," Grif- fin said. "Each paid $10,000." The results of the study, per- formed by Ports & Maritime Group Int. with MAC Maritime Ltd and URS recently became available. The study showed three scenarios that would accomplish the goal. Griffin said most people who have seen the study lean toward the third option, which is the least ex- pensive and would have the least visual impacts. That option calls for a floating pier in three linked sections ultimately attached to the Mole. According to the study, their third option would have "virtu- ally no environmental impact" and could be folded and parked on days when their would be no cruise ship in Avalon Harbor. It would cost about $14.15 million. Percussionist Jan Olazabal, drmn- mer Matt Ochoa, and bassist David Foral were later added to the lineup to further define the band's sound. With a full band the members start- ed taking their craft seriously and began recording. The band blends a melodic style that includes hip hop, punk and ska genres. Their debut album Any Port In A Storm, was released on Sept. 23, 2008. The group is perhaps one of the most prominent groups in a sub- genre ofreggae, which is heavily in- fluenced by the original incarnation of Sublime. The group first came into prominence within the rock/reg- gae scene when their song "Ring the Alarm" was chosen as the first song on the very first Pier Sampler, an of- fering of free songs that is available for a limited time four times year. The band started out touring heavily in California, Arizona, and some parts of Mexico before it be- came a national touring act. "We were last there at Descanso Beach for Bushnell's bachelor party a few months ago," Watson said. "We are excited to play on Catalina Island. We are going to bring our families, friends and fans." Museum From page 1 Since the appointment of Dr. De Marsche as the executive director of the Catalina Island Museum in 2010 the Museum has quickly evolved into a "must see" attraction that has garnered national and international attention. Its recent special exhibi- tions include Chicago Cubs spring training on Catalina, photographs of the "Beatles and Eric Clapton" by Pattie Boyd and the "Before She Was Marilyn: Mafilyn Monroe on Catalina Island." This success is ulti- mately demonstrated by the amount of people visiting and supporting the museum through purchases in the museum store where revenues have more than doubled and through membership, which has been grow- ing at an unprecedented rate of about 100 new members per month. The project, if and when itswould The~,Cata!ina Island Museum is be built, Griffin said, woul~i~ Avalon s ~ole/institution devoted for by the city of Avalo~ to art, culture and.the rich history said the next step is to se~'i~he : of Santa Catalina island. It is lo- berth can actually be built ~ ]~on- cated on the ground floor of Ava- ferring with various regulatorU~d Ion's historic Casino, and is open permitting agencies. "While ~ willseven days a week, from 10 a.m. to be expensive, it is within the~rea!m 5 p.m. For more information, call of possibility that it can be financed (310) 510-2414 or visit Catalina- Demos of SUP boards and supplies were held along Crescent Avenue. A Saturday Island Luau Party capped off Saturday night, Oct. 1, before racing resumed on Sunday. "SUP is the fastest growing water sport in the United States today," said Brandon Van Guenthner, director of sales for the Santa Catalina Island Company, sponsors of the event. "In 2010, more stand up paddle boards were sold than surfboards." He said that Catalina's natural shelter from prevailing winds and calm waters were perfect for the sport. "If Vale, Colorado didn't have skiing, and someone were to introduce the sport to Vale, that's what stand up paddling is to Cata- lina," Van Guenthner said. What helped fuel registra- tion was the 4th Annual Battle of the Paddle the weekend before at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Vet From page 1 able to save it. Saldana,who had received a first medal for a previous injury, never re- ceived a second purple heart, which would include an oak leaf cluster for subsequent injuries in battle. Fam- ily members and friends wrote let- ters for a long time but to no avail. Meanwhile, Saldana struggled to get on with his life. Then, 40 years after that fateful day, Saldana was notified that he had been awarded the second Purple Heart medal. 'Tm glad I got it, that's all," Sal~ dana said. "I'm thankful to all the people who wrote letters for me." It was golf, in addition to family and fi'iends, that helped sustain Saldana. According to Saldana's brother Lolo, who runs a barbershop in Avalon, Silky Reyes, who was the pro at the golf course when Sal- dana was a youngster, encouraged him to try and hit some golf balls. Saldana discovered he could actually hit the ball by balancing the club with the stump where his hand had been and using his good arm to swing the club. He started to play golf regularly. He has set a record for hitting hole in ones on the Avalon golf course. He has a total of 24 hole-in-one shots. Saldana is the son of Martan Saldana, a gardener, who moved to Catalina from Mexico in 1919. He met Margarita Mesa a year later, and they were married. All of their and can be done," Griffin sai~.~ . 11 children stayed on the Island. BIRTHDAYS: Friday, Dec 23 Chrystal Vega Aaron Troy lan Pinkham Jan Meadows Chris Clasen Hunter Lee Erik Alcala Saturday, Dec 24 Richie Ponce Sunday, Dec 25 Bill Leonhardi David Gotti Mark Saldana Doug Shelton Laurie Hernandez Michael Sally iMonday, Dec 26 Art Jimenez Tuesday, Dec 27 Miguel Rodriguez Wednesday, Dec 28 Gall Fornasiere Tom Bennett Alison Adkins Bart Glass Thursday, Dec 29 Jennifer Lavelle Shaun Johnson Nicole White Travis John McKay Francisco Bravo Friday, Dec 30 Darlynn Hubert Gilbert Hernandez Betty Jo Garcia THE CATALINA ISLANDER Jim Felix II Saturday, Dec 31 Bill Garcia Andrew Hobbs Sunday, January 1 Rachel Alegria Kathleen Machado Andrea Castarphen Greg Miller Monday, January 2 Renton Minuto Laura Tucker Tuesday, January 3 Nicole Cruz Fletcher Canby Sebastian.Sanchez Thursday, January 5 Holly Holt Robert Morison Grace Saldana Reina Alcala Alyssa Hart Dave Hubert DRE Lkense#OI39't874 ~'l~ Oecembei 30, 2011 342 Sumner- Charming Beach Collage, 2 BE, 2 BA, Furnished. $499,000 351 Catalina- 6 BD, 6 BA. 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Priced $639,000; $659,000 & $699,000 Villa 1-59 - 2 BD, 2 BA, Incredible View. Vocation Rental Permitf $499,000 217 Beacon A - 3 BR, 3 BA. View, Vacation Rental Permit. Descanso - Spacious F! H~. 4 BD, ANNIVERSARIES: Tuesday, Dec 27 Jonny & Megan Hooikaika Thursday, Dec 29 Virgie & Jim Felix Thursday, January 5 Steve & Jennifer Smith :~ CHECK OUT THESE GREAT OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES! Villa 1-53 ~ 1 BD, 2 BA, Custom Design,Ocean Views! 5550,000 Villa 9-60 ~ Top Corner of Bldg. Immocdnte, Smart Car Ind. S675,000 VNla 2-47 .. 20 steps to property. End Unit w/vac rental permit. 5625,000 Villa 2-27 - 2 BD, 2 BA, Great Views of the Ocean! 5549,000 Villa 1-57 ~ 1 BD, 1 BAw/views! Beautifully Appointed! $399,000 Villa 10-77 ~ 2 BD, 2 BA, Includes tmdPmdmsel 5524,000 Villa 17-80 - 2 BD, 2 BA, I~e Includes Land Purd~! 5699,900 Villa 10-66 - 3 BD, 3 BA. Least expensive 3 BD in HO S984,000 191 Lower Terrace- 5799,500 Villa 2-32 - 5379,000 Villa ! 0-78 -$299,000 227 Beacon A- $740,000 333 Cladssa - $84g,000 ! 17 Vieudulau - 5925,000 257 E. Whittley - $699,000 354 Descanso - 5560,000 87 Sol Vista - $305,000 226 Clarissa - .$899,000 38 Rockinghorse - SI,399,000 324 Eucalyptus - 5599,000 348 Sumner- $52S,000 B46 Bahia Vista- S424,000 Hamilton Cove 3-19 - $620,000 3 Fariview Terrace - $699,000 310 Clarissa - $825,750 Friday, December 30, 2011 ! 3