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Five things to know this Monday morning:
1.) What happened to Raytheon? Two years after opening its Public Safety Regional Technology Center at the intersection of Woodruff Avenue and Stewart & Gray Road, the building has been stripped of Raytheon signage and the property is listed for sale.
A Raytheon spokesman said last week they would get back to me with more information, but nothing yet. The center employed about 150 people.
2.) Virginia Mae “Cookie” York, a retired library assistant at Warren High School, died July 29 at her Downey home of natural causes. A preacher’s wife, York also was a preschool teacher and worked the Downey Civic Light Opera ticket office. A full obituary will appear in this week’s paper.
3.) The Downey Lions Club is accepting donations as it looks to fill up to 100 backpacks with school supplies for needy students.
“We are in need of monetary donations, school supplies, pencils, pens, paper, crayons, glue sticks, calculators, snacks, etc.,” club officials said. “Our goal is to provide 50-100 filled back packs which would include 10-20 of those students being given a $100 shopping spree for school clothing. Your support of this program would be very much appreciated.”
Checks should be made payable to Downey Lions Club. Club members will even pick up donations. For more details, call club president Lenora Perri at (310) 283-9825.
4.) The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with the Google Cultural Institute to “make a selection of images, ranging from space shuttles built when the city was home to vast aerospace manufacturing facilities to their state of the art learning center visited by thousands of students each year, accessible to a global audience.”
The digital exhibit launches Thursday at 10 a.m.
5.) Mark Gillaspie was sworn-in as Downey’s ninth fire chief during an emotional ceremony Friday at City Hall. “We are proud of our Downey Fire Department and have confidence Chief Gillaspie will do a fine job,” said Councilman Alex Saab.
Christian Brown will have a story in this week’s paper, along with photos from John Zander.