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Norwalk family competing on Food Network show

NORWALK -- Growing up in a household dominated by females, Javier Crespo Jr. says it was only natural that his formative years were mostly spent in the kitchen, cooking authentic Mexican ...


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Downey fire union alleges harassment in latest lawsuit

DOWNEY − The Downey fire union filed a lawsuit against the city of Downey last month citing allegations of harassment, retaliation, and breach of contract since members voted no ...


Downey High School’s new engineering building, pictured above, will be open for a community open house next Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with official ceremonies at 6 p.m. Guests can tour the facility and get a first-hand look at some of the new technology being implemented in Downey schools. 
The 19,500 sq. ft. building is two stories tall. The first floor includes four labs, a regular classroom and eight work bays. This will be the main site for all Career Technical Education (CTE) engineering programs, including automobile repair, product design, a Project Lead the Way engineering class, a robotics lab, and a technology engineering class. 
The second floor will also be used for advanced physics courses. 
A second open house will be held Sept. 24 to celebrate the grand opening of Building A and William H. Walker Hall. This building is in the final stages of completion and will house new technology-equipped classrooms, removing 30 bungalows from the campus. 
The grand openings come at the closing stages of Measure D, a school bond measure that was passed by voters in 2002.
The Class of 2030

DOWNEY – In the coming weeks, all across America, the Class of 2018 will be stepping onto their respective high school campuses as another school year begins. These kids seem like ...


‘Poetrypalooza’ comes to Downey

DOWNEY – Running informally for several years, “the green salon” evolved into a Downey Arts Coalition event to simplify the monthly meeting of local artists, poets, musicians, and ...


This rare 1890 photograph of Los Nietos Valley Land and Water Association was taken of the northeast corner of what is today Firestone Boulevard and Downey Avenue. This is where Stay Gallery and Simply Elegant stand today. The famous “Indian Joe” sits at left. Harvey Gray stands in the doorway, and the bewhiskered Dave Smart leans on a porch post. Smart and Gray were officers of this real estate venture. Benbrook’s saloon is on the corner. This photo will be on display during “‘The Avenue”: Historical Photographs of Downey Avenue,” which opens this Friday, Aug 22 at 8PM @ Stay Gallery. Photo courtesy Larry Latimer and Downey Historical Society
Bringing back Main Street (Downey Avenue)

DOWNEY – I don’t have a clue why I obsess about this particular little street that many in the world don’t even know exists. I never paid attention to it until I returned home after ...


Community

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Police expands canine force

DOWNEY – The Downey Police Department has expanded its canine program with the addition of a new canine handler, Cpl. Ed Hano, and his police service dog, Dani. Dani is a 3-year-old ...


St. Pius has record enrollment

DOWNEY – One year after becoming a co-ed high school, St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy was forced to establish a waitlist after reaching a record number in the amount of applications, ...


‘50s sock hop at senior center

DOWNEY – Cafe Quill at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center is hosting a 50’s-style sock hop Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 (cash only). Guests are ...


Features

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Coming Home: Nick Velez

DOWNEY –  “The Iraq War began in 2003 and that motivated me” states Nick Velez about his reason to join the United States Marine Corps. Nick’s military interest began when at ...


Setting boundaries in property line disputes

When facing a property line dispute, take a deep breath before jumping to conclusions. Remember that you still have to live next to your neighbors, but don’t let property line ...


Author Helen Hampton (right) at a boarding school in Maine where she spent three years in order to catch up on her studies after a year-long illness.
Boarding School

As a single, working parent in rural Maine, Helen Hampton’s mother made the courageous decision to put Helen in a boarding school so that Helen could catch up on her studies after a ...


Obituaries

January 11, 1923 to August 17, 2014
Wilbert G. Lidtke

Wilbert G Lidtke (Bill) returned to his heavenly father on August 17, 2014. He was 91. He passed away peacefully in his Downey home of 60 years looking forward to being reunited with his ...


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Angelo D’Eramo mourned

DOWNEY – Angelo Carmine D’Eramo, 83, passed away July 18 of natural causes. He died in Downey with family at his side. Born in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 1930, he served his country in ...


April 7, 1931 to July 17, 2014
James G. Mann

Jim Mann passed away suddenly on Thursday 7/17/14 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield due to a brain aneurysm. Jim was born in Van Buren, Arkansas, the only surviving son of ...


National News

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