Byron Dillon

November 26, 1921 - September 20, 2016

Byron Dillon was born in Harvey, Illinois 1921. During the Great Depression in 1935, his family migrated across Highway 66 to Los Angeles. He graduated from Poly Technic High School in Los Angeles, and went on to Loyola Marymount to receive his Biology Degree. He was drafted into the Navy during World War II and was stationed in San Diego. After the war he went to USC Dental School and graduated in 1948. Later he served as a captain in the Korean War. Byron practiced dentistry in Downey for 40 years. Byron was very active in the Downey community. He was a member of the Downey Elks Lodge, Exchange Club, and later in life active in Keep Downey Beautiful. Byron is survived by his loving wife Joan of 64 years of marriage. He has four children, Dr. Thomas Dillon D.D.S., Nancy Barras retired Downey teacher, John Dillon a pharmacist, and Dr. Donald Dillon D.D.S. Byron has seven grandchildren and 1 great grandson. The services will be held sometime in the near future at the Riverside VA Cemetery.

Patrick Joseph Hansen

October 13, 1948 - September 11, 2016

Pat Hansen loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully at his home in Downey, California on Sunday morning, September 11, 2016, surrounded with love after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.


Born in Fresno, California and raised in Pomona, California, Pat graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in physical therapy. Upon graduating he moved to Downey, California and worked for twenty years at Downey Community Hospital as Department Head of the Physical Therapy Department. He opened a successful private physical therapy practice, Downey Physical Therapy Services, Inc., which he owned and operated until 1998. He loved all kinds sports but especially baseball and football and was an avid collector of memorabilia. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diana (Johnston) Hansen and two sons, Shawn Patrick Hansen and Connor Joseph Hansen. In honor of our beloved Pat Hansen, an educational scholarship has been established and donations can be made to St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.

Long Beach’s International City Theatre releases 2016-17 schedule

LONG BEACH – International City Theatre has announced its 32nd season of plays at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, where ICT is the resident professional theater company. 

Set to open in February, the 2017 season ventures a look at the mysteries of life, love and the universe with two Los Angeles premieres and two crowd-pleasing revivals.

A fifth play will be announced at a later date.

Los Angeles premieres of “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons and “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson challenge us to explore the unknown — the former taking us into the future of artificial intelligence, the latter the true story of 19th century women “computers” who mapped the stars at the dawn of modern astronomy.

Audience favorites “Forever Plaid” by Stuart Ross (the beloved musical revue that has its four protagonists returning from the dead) and Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Crimes of the Heart” tap into enduring mysteries of life and love.

The 2017 schedule is as follows:

Feb. 17 – March 5 (previews Feb. 15 and Feb. 16):
Forever Plaid
— Miraculously revived from the dead, four young singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first-ever big concert get to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all – although it’s 60-plus years later and at International City Theatre!

Singing in close harmony, squabbling over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the “Plaids” will keep everyone smiling and humming along to some of the great pop hits of the ‘50s. Written by Stuart Ross and with musical arrangements by James Raitt, Forever Plaid was first produced in 1990, yet remains one of the most popular and successful off-Broadway musicals in history.

April 21 – May 7 (previews April 19 and April 20):
Uncanny Valley
— What does it mean to be human? Playwright Thomas Gibbons explores the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, as well as ethical questions about our own mortality and how far we’ll go to live forever, in what The Washington Post describes as a “fascinating [and] cerebrally challenging” new play about artificial intelligence.

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a neuroscientist works closely with an artificial being to teach him how to become more human and to grow beyond the “uncanny valley” — a term used to describe the discomfort we feel when we see electronic recreations of human beings that are oh-so-close, but just not quite right.

June 9– June 25 (previews June 7 and June 8):
Crimes of the Heart
— Meg just left a man. Lenny never had a man. Babe just shot a man. Warm-hearted, irreverent, funny and touching, Beth Henley’s first play examines the plight of three Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions as each is forced to come to terms with her “crimes of the heart.” Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play.

Aug. 25– Sept. 10 (previews Aug. 23 and Aug. 24):
Silent Sky
— A celestial romance and true story of discovery, this riveting new play by Lauren Gunderson explores the life and career of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) as she fearlessly asserts herself in the male-dominated world of early astronomy. Hired by the Harvard Observatory as a human “computer” to catalog the stars, Henrietta’s story plays out against a landscape of early feminism and universe-revealing science, reminding us all what we can achieve when we allow curiosity and wonder into our lives.

“Luminously beautiful… an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly.” raved the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Oct. 20 Nov. 5 (previews Oct. 18 and Oct. 19):
TBA

 

For more information about ICT’s 2016 season, and to purchase subscriptions or single tickets, call (562) 436-4610 or visit www.internationalcitytheatre.org

Letter to the Editor: Ear protectors

Dear Editor:

In 1997, Evander Holyfield fought Mike Tyson in a much publicized, hotly contested, heavyweight boxing match.  

Thinking it would be a relatively easy win, Tyson did not spend much time in preparation for the fight. He was the heavyweight champion, and Holyfield has been less than spectacular in his previous fights. 

As the match wore  on, however, it became more and more obvious that Holyfield was getting the better of Tyson.  Frustrated with his inability to take command of the fight, Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.  

The moral of the story: I highly recommend that Hilary Clinton wear ear protectors to the next debate.

Hal Nelson
Downey

Sports Briefs: Lady Vikings win SGVL cluster meet in La Mirada

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ cross country team won the first S.G.V.L. cluster meet last Thursday afternoon at La Mirada Regional Park. 

Downey runners finished fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth to finish with the lowest team score. In cross country, each team can enter seven runners but only the top five finisher times are counted in the final result.

Downey defeated Dominguez 15-50, defeated Gahr 15-42, defeated Lynwood 15-49, defeated Paramount 20-36 and narrowly defeated cross-town rival Warren, 25-30.

Downey senior Elsa Delgado finished fourth overall in a time of 19:46, junior Aadriana Higuera finished fifth in a time of 19:48, senior Morelia Venegas finished sixth in a time of 19: 52, sophomore Laura Velasco finished seventh in a time of 20:02 and senior Brianna Orozco finished eighth in a time of 20:12. Lady Viking runners finished in a total time of 1:40:07 and a team time of 20:01.40.

Downey’s sixth and seventh place runners were senior Alexandra Gurrola who finished twentieth overall in a time of 21:52 and freshman Jazmin Orozco who finished 28th overall in a time of 23:51.

Warren senior Trinity Gomez won the overall race in a time of 19:12, Warren senior Carlota Conant was second in a time of 19:33 and Paramount freshman Rebecca Mejia was third in a time of 19:46. 

■ The Warren High School boys’ cross country team won the first S.G.V.L. cluster meet last Thursday afternoon at La Mirada Regional Park.

Warren finished in first, third, fifth, seventh and tenth to seal the win. In cross country, each school is allowed seven runners to enter a race but only the five fastest times are counted in the final team time.

Warren defeated Dominguez 15-50, cross-town rival Downey 16-46, Gahr 17-45, Lynwood 15-50 and Paramount 23-32. Warren finished in a team time of 1:21:02 and an average time of 16:12.40.

Warren senior Daniel Ramos finished first in a time of 15:54, senior Alexander Garber finished third in a time of 16:06, senior Christian Gonzalez finished fifth in a time of 16:10, junior Emiliano Rodriguez finished seventh in a time of 16:17 and junior Adan Castellanos finished tenth in a time of 16:35. 

The Bears’ sixth place finisher was senior Kevin Antuna, 13th overall, in a time of 16:56 and seventh place finisher was sophomore Anthonie Avila, 16th overall, in a time of 17:07.

Paramount junior Diego Mejia finished second overall in a time of 15:58, Paramount junior Genobevo Franco finished fourth overall in a time of 16:10, Gahr senior Adrian Casa finished sixth overall in a time of 16:13, Downey senior Miguel Lopez finished eighth overall in a time of 16:24 and Paramount senior Alexis Vargas finished ninth overall in a time of 16:31.

■ The Warren High School football team was defeated by St. Paul at St. Paul last Friday night, 47-37. 

With the loss, the Bears are 0-4-1 and still seeking their first win of the season. The Bears concluded their preseason schedule at the conclusion of the St. Paul game. 

Warren has a bye this week in preparation for the start of S.G.V.L. play next week against Paramount at Paramount.

In the St. Paul game, the Bears were tied with the Swordsmen 14-14 at the end of the first quarter. St. Paul outscored the Bears 12-10 in the second quarter and took a 26-24 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. 

The Swordsmen outscored Warren 7-0 in the third quarter and led 33-24 entering the fourth quarter. St. Paul outscored Warren 14-13 in the fourth quarter and came away with the hard fought, 47-37 win.

Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 18/37 pass attempts for 233 yards. Venegas threw for three touchdowns and had two interceptions. Venegas completed passes to six different Bear receivers. Jordan Mayes led all Bear receivers with six catches for 35 yards and also had one touchdown.

The Bear ground game accumulated 191 yards on 36 carries. The Bears also had five different players carry the ball. Sebastian Valencia led all Bear rushers with 92 yards on 15 carries and also had one touchdown rushing. 

The Warren defense was led by Donovan Taylor’s four solo and three assisted tackles, Nicholas Cid’s four solo and two assisted tackles and M.J. Togafu’s two solo and four assisted tackles. 

■ The Downey High School football team defeated Chino Hills at Downey last Friday night, 42-22, improving to 4-1 on the season. 

Downey does not have a game tonight as they are in their bye week. They begin S.G.V.L. play next Friday night at home when they host Dominguez. 

In the Chino Hills game, Downey scored early and often and led 42-14 mid-way through the fourth quarter. Viking quarterback Trevor Hill completed 16/23 pass attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns. 

Downey’s ground attack accumulated 240 yards on 41 carries using six different ball carriers. The receiving corps amassed 177 yards on 16 receptions to seven different receivers.

Baraq Ross led the Downey running backs with 11 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Tony Ramirez led the Viking receivers with four receptions for 49 yards. Michael Cabrera led the Viking defense with five solo and seven assisted tackles. 

Malcom Perry had eight solo and two assisted tackles and Jack Chapman had three solo and seven assisted tackles in the strong defensive effort.

Shared Stories: A Day and a Lifetime

At first glance, Yolanda Adelé’s wedding day might not seem an auspicious start for a successful marriage; but there are lessons to be learned about the importance of love and commitment. Shared Stories is a weekly column featuring articles by participants in a writing class at the Norwalk Senior Center. Bonnie Mansell is the instructor for this free class offered through the Cerritos College Adult Education Program. Curated by Carol Kearns.


By Yolanda Adelé

Vic and I were married on July 2, 1962, while he was on a 48-hour leave from the Marine Corps after completing his boot-camp training at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif.

Vic was two months into his 19th birthday and I was two months into my 17th birthday. From the few snap-shots that were taken the day we married, I can see that we looked even younger than our tender years. 

Vic wore his Marine Corp uniform handsomely. When he removed his cap to kiss me, I noticed he had a picture of me taped to the inside of his cap (shown in the left photo). I remember how that sweet gesture made me feel so very special. I wore a white satin suit (size nine). It had not occurred to me to buy or borrow a hat or veil to wear for our wedding ceremony.

Neither Vic nor I owned a car. My father had a car, but he drove it to work that day. Consequently, my mother and 12-year-old sister took the short bus ride with us to South Gate City Hall. 

Only in retrospect does it seem odd to me that I did not question my dad or myself as to why he did not attend our wedding. There were no ill feelings between us for him not to want to be there. I know he liked Vic and loved me, so I can only surmise that dad could not afford to miss a day’s pay. In those days I was good at accepting things as they happened.  

We did not have an appointment with the Justice of the Peace. That was another thing that I did not think of, or knew to do. We were lucky after scouting around to find an official with some time in his schedule to marry us. Also, we needed to have another witness because my sister was a minor. The judge stepped out into the hall and asked a janitor to fill in. 

When I tried to put the wedding band on Vic’s finger I found that his knuckle was swollen and the ring did not slip on easily. I broke out in nervous giggles befitting the child–bride that I was. 

After the civil wedding ceremony my mother treated us to hamburgers at a café across the street from the city hall and close to the bus stop. I was filled with joyous emotion at being a married lady having my first meal with my husband.  Soon, we boarded the bus back to my parent’s home. 

The bus dropped us off on the corner of our street, several long blocks from the house. When I got off the bus I tripped, breaking my little toe. I was in pain as I hopped and limped, until Vic carried me the rest of the way. We never discussed where we would go, or what we would do after we got back from getting married. 

My mother walked to the local market. Within an hour she returned carrying a small white cake along with a little plastic bride-and-groom ornament to put atop the cake. 

Just before Vic and I posed for a picture with the cake, I remembered that my sister had a large bride doll complete with a wedding veil.

“Wait!” I shouted excitedly while I took the veil off the doll and arranged it on my head. It was a perfect fit, and it looked even better on me! I was so happy that the pain from my toe subsided, at least for a while. 

When my father came home from work my mother announced, “The kids are married.” He seemed genuinely happy, and hugged us.     

That night as I soaked my badly swollen, blue toe in a pan of water, my parents, sister, Vic, and I watched a popular suspense program, "Thriller," hosted by the legendary king-of-horror actor Boris Karloff. It was not at all thrilling to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

Neither Vic nor I wanted to go to bed before anyone else. It was our wedding night; we felt awkward spending it in my parents’ house. We did not have any resources to go anywhere else. Still, we were grateful to be together.

Our wedding is not a day that we look back on with the fondest of memories, yet I take solace in realizing that a wedding is only for a day, but a marriage is for a lifetime.

In 2012 we celebrated 50 years – our golden wedding anniversary. I reflect on our blessings, our two beautiful and accomplished daughters, their supportive soul mates, our six loving, talented grandchildren, and our soon-to-be great-grandchild. 

I also reflect on our hardships and trials, as well as the insights that molded our tenacity to weather life’s storms, much like we started out, but this time with the maturity that comes with a lifetime of experience. 

Our love has been, and still is our fortress, our stronghold where we renew the vows we made to each over a half century and a lifetime ago.  That is something to celebrate, on a daily bases. 

Happy 54th anniversary to us, 2016.

George Masciave mourned

DOWNEY -- George Franklyn Masciave, born to Michael and Mary Masciave on Sept. 27, 1954 in Hollywood, passed away Sept. 17. 

He grew up in Downey and never lived anywhere else. He had spoken recently of possibly retiring to Texas. 

The youngest of five children, he enjoyed working with cars: plastic models, slot cars and later the real thing. His father owned Arrington Square Barber Shop and George would earn extra money for his hobby by washing and polishing cars for customers, and also by shining shoes in the barber shop. 

George graduated from Ambassador High School in 1972. He went to Casa Loma where he learned dental technology and was a dental technician for 38 years. 

In 1974, he met his future wife, Devona. They were married July 31, 1977 in San Diego and had three children: Jennifer, George and Jacob. 

He is survived by his wife, Devona; daughter Jennifer and her husband, Paul; son George and his wife Cristen; son Jacob and his wife Beth; granddaughters Kailey, Allyssa, Hannah and Sierra; grandsons Cammron, Aaron, Kile, Noah and Joe; one brother; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

First presidential debate inspires Norwalk residents to register to vote

NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters on Tuesday held a voter registration event on the lawn adjacent its Norwalk office on Imperial Boulevard.

Brenda Duran, public information officer for the Registrar of Voters said, "The purpose of the day’s event was to celebrate National Voter Registration Day and to encourage people to register before the Oct. 24 deadline for the Nov. 8 general election."

Norwalk resident Phillip Cazares hasn't voted in 20 years, but that's all about to change. (Photo: Raul Samaniego)

Norwalk resident Phillip Cazares hasn't voted in 20 years, but that's all about to change. (Photo: Raul Samaniego)

"We’ve had 200 to 300 people come out today to register," she said.

Booths were set up to show off the newest voting technology, recruit potential volunteers to work the polls, describe accommodations made for voters with special needs, and plenty of new voter registration applications for those who wished to newly register or update their current status.

Plenty of food was available from mobile kitchens parked and providing attendees with various selections.

Music was provided by a local radio station and the media was present in numbers with cameras, microphones and video recorders making their way down the row of canopies and tables.

Sitting in the shade under a tree and filling out a voter registration application, Norwalk resident Phillip Cazares said, "I haven’t voted for 20 years."

Mr. Cazares had previously lived in Rosemead and hadn’t changed his registration address for two decades.

Having watched the presidential debate on Monday evening, Cazares continued: "I saw how belligerent Donald Trump was towards [Hillary] Clinton, and decided to come down today and register."

According to Ms. Duran, "As long as the application is in our office or arrives with a postmark no later than Oct. 24, you will be allowed to vote."

Regarding volunteering for the election, Duran said, "We are actively recruiting for poll workers for the general election."

While not an employee, poll workers deemed clerks receive up to a $105.00 stipend and a precinct inspector can receive up to $175.00 for his or her efforts.

"Check our website at www.lavote.net for all the details," Duran said. "And remember to vote Nov. 8."

Letter to the Editor: Misleading designation

Dear Editor: 

I'm confused. Why would a person use the term "Dr." in order to run for public office? Is it to trick us through deceit? 

There is a candidate, Tammy Ashton, who is using the word "Dr." before her name even though she is not a doctor. I looked her up and she went to law school but failed the bar exam. Thus she is neither a lawyer nor a doctor. 

Does she know that in America people that went to law school are not referred to as as "Dr."? She may have a law degree, but I've never met anyone that calls their attorney "Dr.", especially one that hasn't passed the bar exam. Does that give her a right to deceive voters in making them think that she is really a doctor? 

It's a sad day when candidates have to trick people into thinking they are something they are not just to capture their uninformed vote. 

Mrs. Ashton, just be honest with us and let us decide on the merits, not your deceit and false games. I know voters have become more uninformed recently, but come on, some of us actually pay attention. 

Robert Santana
Downey

Crime Report: Sept. 26, 2016

Thursday, September 15:
At 8:00 a.m., officers were conducting an investigation at several residences in Downey, during which time three arrests were made for illegal drug charges and a fourth man for a probation violation.


Friday, September 16:
At 7:30 a.m., officers responded to Golden Park regarding a robbery. A man had been standing in the north parking lot of Golden Park when he was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. They took the victim’s cell phone. Detectives are investigating.

At 7:00 p.m., officers responded to a theft at a business in the 7300 block of Stewart & Gray. A 17-year-old juvenile had entered the location and struggled with the clerk during the theft and fled. Responding officers located the 17–year-old suspect in a nearby neighborhood and arrested him without incident. He was booked and later transported to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.

Saturday, September 17:
At 6:00 p.m., officers responded to a theft at Stonewood Mall, where one of the suspects simulated having a weapon when security attempted to stop her. Officers were able to locate both of the suspects nearby and take them into custody without incident. The female who simulated the handgun was booked for robbery and the other female for shoplifting.

At 8:30 p.m., gang detectives patrolling an alleyway in the 12800 block of Paramount observed a man spray painting graffiti on a wall. The detectives arrested the man and booked him for vandalism.

At 10:00 p.m., officers responded to the 8100 block of Firestone regarding someone vandalizing the wall of a building. Upon arrival, officers detained a 25-year-old woman from San Bernardino who admitted to “tagging” several locations in the area. Officers found 10 locations that the suspect had “tagged,” resulting in approximately $4,000 in damages. The woman was booked for felony vandalism and transported to Los Angeles County Jail.

At 11:00 p.m., officers in the area of Lakewood & Rosecrans observed a motorhome that had been stolen approximately 30 minutes earlier from the area of Lakewood & Meadow. Officers stopped the motorhome and were able to arrest the driver, an adult male from the City of Norwalk, without incident. He was booked for grand theft auto and transported to LA County jail.

Sunday, September 18:
At 5:00 p.m., officers responded to an attempt burglary in the 11500 block of Rives. The suspect was attempting to gain entry through a rear door when he was frightened off by the homeowner. Detectives are investigating. 

Letter to the Editor: Tammy Ashton for Cerritos College board

Dear Editor:

As an educator in the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District, a resident of Downey, and the mother of three Cerritos College students, I have a strong vested interest in the quality of education provided at Cerritos College.

I have spent the last 30 years preparing my students and my own children to be successful and productive adult citizens. Cerritos College plays an important part in that preparation.

Many of my former students have attended Cerritos, as well as my own children. Just as we need knowledgeable and passionate educational leaders in our K-12 system, our community college needs a board of trustees who have the experience and the commitment to make sure that a quality higher education program is in place. It is our responsibility as residents of Downey to vote for people who can do that.

I whole-heartedly believe that Dr. Tammy Ashton is someone who can and will do that. Tammy grew up in Downey and continues to live here with her husband, Sean, and their three children. She is a graduate of Downey High School, Cerritos College, Cal State Long Beach, and Glendale College of Law. She has years of leadership experience in business and in community organizations. Tammy is highly-educated and extremely passionate about the needs and concerns of our community’s college and its students.

Please join me in supporting and voting for Dr. Tammy Ashton for Cerritos Community College Board of Trustees!

Kathy Perez
Downey

Cerritos College faculty, board agree on new contract

NORWALK – After nearly a year of negotiations, the Cerritos College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new contract for the Cerritos College Faculty Federation last week.

The CCFF has been a commonly heard voice outside of the Board’s meetings, as they have held several rallies in their pursuit for a contract. 

A tentative agreement between the CCFF and the Cerritos College district negotiation team was brokered in mid-August. Members of the union then went on to ratify the agreement –nearly unanimously – which was then presented to the Board of Trustees at Wednesday’s meeting.

The new contract will give full-time faculty a 10% raise over the course of three years, with part-time receiving 16.5% more over the same period of time. The number of paid office hours (including during summer session) are also increased.

The contract also includes an academic freedom article, regularizes funding for department chairs and program directors, and retains health and welfare benefits for full-time faculty. 
Despite its eventual approval, the contract still managed to create its fair share of controversy when it arrived on the Trustees’ desks. 

Many of the CCFF members were in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, clad in their usual red. 

Upon the Board’s arrival from closed session, Board President Dr. Sin Liu explained to the crowd that the Board had yet to come to a decision and wished to discuss the matter further. The board then went on to discuss the school’s budget for well over an hour. 

The obviously frustrated crowd of union members left the room, and it wasn’t long before the all-too-familiar chants of “What do we want” “A Contract!” echoed through the school’s halls once again.

The uproar successfully derailed the Trustee’s meeting; so much so that the Board was forced to go to recess until union members were able to settle themselves down. Eventually, the meeting was able to resume, and the Trustee Board was able to return to closed session to discuss the contract just a little bit more.

By night’s end President Liu announced that all seven members had voted to approve the contract. 

Reaction to the news by the union was eerily silent initially. However, as the CCFF members quickly exited the room, cheers of joy would soon be heard just outside of the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room.