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[caption id="attachment_365617" align="alignnone" width="265"] Grandparents Jesus and Acacia Garcia at the turn of the century, 1919.[/caption]   Yolanda Adele is a Norwalk girl ...


Downey’s International Food Festival is Saturday

DOWNEY – The city’s International Food Festival, previously known as the Taste of Downey, will take place this Saturday night in Downtown Downey. In addition to local restaurants, ...


Joyce Sherwin, E. J. Ball, and Don Marshall, members of the Board of Directors of the Downey Symphonic Society, with Sharon Lavery, Music Director of the Downey Symphony Orchestra, prepare to serve the “Flapjack Fundraiser” breakfast at Applebee’s in Norwalk this past Saturday.
Preparations underway for symphony’s 2014-15 season

DOWNEY – September 2014 is not only the current “kick-off” time for every football program across the land, it is also the “start-up” time for fundraising events in preparation ...


091814-04-01
Pat Gomez-Pratt dies at 71

DOWNEY − Patricia Gomez-Pratt was the first woman ever asked to join the Rotary Club of Downey. And at first glance, it’s not hard to see why. “She was bigger than life,” said ...


Jacob Cook: paying it forward on and off the field

DOWNEY – Most kids look for excuses. Reasons why they weren’t able to do something to the best of one’s capabilities or why they failed. But every now and then you meet a kid who just ...


Community

St. John Bosco president Paul Escala is congratulated by Downey councilmen Mario Guerra, Alex Saab and Luis Marquez. Photo by John Zander
St. John Bosco switches to solar power

BELLFLOWER – St. John Bosco High School on Thursday switched on its new solar power facility which had been under construction since May. As a result of this installation, up to 80% of ...


Discussion on space collecting

DOWNEY – Dr. Jim Busby will lead a discussion on space collecting this Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, as part of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation’s regular ...


Christian club meets Oct. 8

DOWNEY – The Downey Christian Women’s Club will meet Oct. 8 at Los Amigos Country Club. The buffet luncheon will feature a “country fair sale” and begins at 11:30 a.m. Guest ...


Features

091814-08-01
Coming Home: Hector Gomez

DOWNEY – A strong desire to serve is an accurate description of United States Marine Corps veteran Hector Gomez. Hector is a Downey native and graduate of Warren High School. At the ...


ESSAY: Valentine’s Day in China

DOWNEY – A Chinese member of the Downey Toastmasters Club recently gave a speech describing Chinese Valentine’s Day. The speech is reprinted with permission: Does anyone know which ...


The Bloom of Hope

Asha Ramnaney was born in India with serious facial deformities that prevented her from speaking and attending elementary school. Today she is a doctor, a wife, and a mother. Her loving ...


Obituaries

091814-04-02
Lois Waters was school volunteer

DOWNEY – Lois Waters died peacefully on Sept. 14 after a long battle with cancer. Lois lived in Downey for 38 years and volunteer taught at Rio Hondo Elementary for 30 years. She is ...


091814-04-03
James Allen passes away

DOWNEY – Downey resident James R. Allen passed away Aug. 27 while on a cruise to Alaska. He was born in Sevier County, Tenn., on Nov. 4, 1931 and served his country during the Korean ...


September 10, 1923 - August 28, 2014
Robert Russell Colley

Bob peacefully passed away on August 28, 2014 in his Downey home with family present as he had wished. Having been born in Terre Haute, Indiana on September 10, 1923, he was 90. Bob's ...


National News

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