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New hotel may be coming to Firestone Boulevard

DOWNEY – The city of Downey is progressing in plans to develop a parcel of publicly-owned land on Firestone Boulevard into a name-brand hotel and banquet facility. Developers have ...


Councilman Fernando Vasquez is issued the oath of office by his wife, Donna. Vasquez was elected to a second four-year term last month. Photo by John Zander
Fernando Vasquez reflects on his year as Downey mayor

Hello Downey! My term as Mayor has come to an end and as I reflect back on this last year, I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve our City. It has been a GREAT year and together ...


Lakewood Blvd. street repairs expected to last through January

DOWNEY – Besieged by delays, road work on Lakewood Boulevard will continue until at least late January, city officials said this week. The $3.9 million street improvement project got ...


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Foundation donates 50K books to Downey schools

  DOWNEY – A local nonprofit group donated more than 50,000 children’s books to the Downey Unified School District last week. The books range from board books for ...


The Downey Rose Float Association’s float passed final inspection by Tournament of Roses Parade officials last week. The parade, which is seen on television by an estimated 39 million Americans and millions more around the world, is Jan. 1 in Pasadena. Photo by Linda DeKay
Downey float passes last round of testing

DOWNEY –The Downey Rose Float Association passed the final series of inspections mandated by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade last Satruday. The last in the series of three ...


Community

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G.O.O.D. toy drive

Gangs Out of Downey is collecting donations for its annual toy drive, benefiting Downey children and their families. “We could still use some more toys for G.O.O.D.,” said former ...


Christmas trees should be placed curbside

DOWNEY – CalMet Services will pick up Christmas trees Saturday, Dec. 27, through Jan. 16. Before placing trees on the curb, all decorations and tree stands must be removed. Trees ...


Stauffer MS selected for pilot program

DOWNEY – Stauffer Middle School is one of only 12 schools nationwide selected to receive 35 Samsung Android tablets as part of a new  pilot Introduction to Computer Science ...


Features

A Mitzvah on Christmas Eve

Dora Silvers is a longtime Norwalk resident who grew up in New Jersey. In this piece, Dora recalls one year when Hannukkah and Christmas Eve coincided, and her description gives an intimate ...


Lost in Los Angeles

Noemi Rabina looks back with humor on what became an exhausting ordeal as she and her husband  tried to drive home after paying their property tax in person. Shared Stories is a weekly ...


Is it legal to eat roadkill?

Q: A friend recently hit a deer, causing about $1,200 damage to the vehicle. He picked up the deer and put it in his truck to take home for food. He was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy who ...


Obituaries

September 22, 1936 to December 5, 2014
Colleen Roberta Lumley

Colleen Roberta Lumley, age 78, of Downey, CA, passed away December 5, 2014.  She was a very  loving devoting mother, grandmother, sister and friend, always putting others before herself. ...


March 29, 1936 to December 4, 2014
Hugh Thomas Hoskins

Hugh Thomas Hoskins, 78, a longtime resident of Downey, California passed away on Thursday December 4, 2014. Hugh was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 29, 1936 to parents Hugh Adam Hoskins ...


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Colleen Lumley mourned

DOWNEY – Downey resident Colleen Roberta Lumley, born Sept. 22, 1935, passed away Dec. 5. She was 78. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leona and Harold. She is survived by ...


National News

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