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YIR From page 4 ate emotional connection she felt for Avalon students and how she felt at home in this small school setting. While I depart from our school and town with a touch of sorrow, I am excited that the school and community will con- tinue to have a leader who will be immersed in the unique culture that defines Avalon. I could not be happier for the Avalon students and staff, and Gonzalez." Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the Museum The Catalina Island Museum held an opening reception for the "Before She Was Marilyn: Mari- lyn Monroe on Catalina Island" exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m. on Satur- day, Aug. 6. The exhibition was be on view from Aug. 6 through Oct. 31 at the Museum. "Before She was Marilyn" was the first major exhibition docu- menting the year Marilyn Monroe lived on Catalina Island. The can- did and often disturbing exhibi- tion brought to light documentary evidence and photographs that re- veal the pivotal importance of this period in understanding the trou- bled psychology of a woman who would become an icon of popular culture. Born to an emotionally unstable mother who was often institution- alized, uncertain of her father's identity, she was shuffled off to live with relatives and in a succes- sion of foster homes. To escape the miseries of yet another foster home, she con- vinced a reluctant neighbor boy, James Doughtery, to marry her. She was only 16. Through diary entries, letters and photographs that have never before been assigned to Marilyn Monroe's life on the island, the exhibition revealed a playful, even girlish Norma Jeane Doughtery. The exhibit probed deeply into a woman who, by her own admis- sion, did not feel married and en- joyed playing with neighborhood children until called home late in the evening by her husband. Only months after leaving Cata- lina Island, she was discovered by a photographer whose remarkable photographs launched her film ca- reer. Las Vegas honors for Watson and 'Wings' Local filmmaker and Catalina Islander columnist Jim Watson received honors at the Las Vegas Film Festival last Sunday at the Las Vegas Hilton for his documen- tary "Wings Across The Channel: 1946-Present." The film, which follows the post-war seaplane his- tory on Catalina, was recognized as an "Official Finalist" in the annual festival. The award was given "In Recognition of Superior Fihnmaking" and was awarded by festival director Milo Kostelecky. While Watson was successful in receiving the award and in making contacts with prominent distribu- tion and media personalities, he only "broke even" at the tables, he said. August M~l~lo Field gets $150K The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 2, authorized staff to apply for a $150,000 grant to further improve Joe Machado Field. "The city was notified that Su- pervisor (Don) Knabe has assisted in securing $150,000 in grant funds from the Los Angeles Coun- ty Regional Park and Open Space District to use for park recreation, open space or improvement proj- ects," wrote Administrative Ana- lyst Audra McDonald in her staff report to the council. "The previous grant funds assisted in the current improve- ments, however additional site work included in the original bid had to be shelved due to the lim- its in funding," McDonald wrote. "The city has an opportunity with these additional grant funds. Marin: OMest Island native At 91 years old, John Marin, is thought to be the oldest living Avalon resident this summer who was bom on Catalina. Marin was born on March 30, 1920, to Mike "Flying Fish Mike" and Mary Marincovich, who also had Marin's siblings Nick, Vince, Mitch and Kay. The family's home was built in 1929 on Marilla Street, which was once known as Vinegar Hill. Marin worked for the Harbor Department as a patrolman. "I made $350 a month," he said. "I also worked for the Island Compa- ny in the Utility Department doing engineering work." Matin, who had changed his surname from Marincovich so that his students could pronounce his name, joined the Torrance Uni- fied School District and taught for 40 years. During the summer he would work on the glass bottom boats. These days Matin finds peace of mind walking through town with his cane, finding a cool, shady spot or just sitting on his porch and tell- ing stories and sharing memories with acquaintances who stop by to say "hello." Avalon's political boundar- ies may shift If the latest draft of electoral boundaries are finalized on Mon- day, Aug. 15, Catalina Island and San Clemente Island will shift from the 27th Senatorial District of Alan Lowenthal to the new, pre- dominately coastal, 26th Senato- rial District presided over by Ted Lieu. (The Web site for the State Senate still lists Catalina as part of Lowenthal's 27th District). Currently, Catalina is grouped into a vertical column of relatively landlocked cities including Arte- sia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Florence-Graham, Hawaiian Gar- dens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Para- mount, Signal Hill, South Gate and Willowbrook. The only other city in the 27th District on the wa- ter is Long Beach. The proposed 26th Senatorial District included Rolling Hills Es- tates, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica. The dis- trict then takes a sharp turn east to include Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Every 10 years, following the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Con- gressional, State Senate, State As- sembly and State Board of Equal- ization. Under Prop 11, redistricting was taken away from the politi- cians and given to the Citizen's Re- districting Commission comprised of 14 members from varied ethnic backgrounds and geographic lo- cations in the state. The commis- sion includes five Democrats, five Republicans, and four "Decline to State." Catalina visitors increase Catalina Island experienced a substantial increase in visitors this summer. Even though tempera- tures have been below normal, the sunshine has been abundant, the marine layer minimal, and wa- ter temperatures have hugged the lower 70s for several weeks. After struggling the past few years due to the national recession, coupled with a cold and dreary 2010 summer, the current surge of visitors has re-energized local businesses who depend on tourism for revenue. In addition to favor- able weather, one of the newer attractions, the Zipline Eco Tour, YIR, Page 6 We've partnered with HealthStream, a national organization with an excellent reputation for collecting information about patient experiences. They may be contacting you via telephone about your experience at Catalina Island Medical Center. The survey will take about 10 minutes. Your answers are confidential. The survey can be conducted in English or Spanish. Your privacy will be completely respected. The person who calls is not a medical professional and caller ID will identify the call as Healthstream Research. If you have any questions about the survey, please call (310) 5io-o7oo. Car lna - Island Medical Center (310) 510-O7OO 1OO Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 www.ClMedicalCenter.org THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, December 30, 2011 5