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Five things you need to know this Monday morning:
1.) The Downey Rose Float Assoc. released a rendering of its 2015 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Titled “Home for the Holidays,” the float has a winter wonderland theme with a horse-drawn carriage and frozen lake.
The theme of the 2015 Rose Parade is “Inspiring Stories.” Louis Zamperini, a World War II prisoner of war, is grand marshal.
This is a good time to remember that the DRFA will be fundraising at the concerts in the park this summer, and they are also planning a casino night Saturday, Aug. 2, at Gold Rush Camp at Knott’s Berry Farm. Tickets are $40 (including dinner) and can be purchased by calling Jennifer DeKay at (562) 714-5658.
2.) Eileen Garrido, the 14-year-old Downey teen who has raised millions of dollars for children with cardiovascular illnesses, is resting comfortably after successful heart surgery last week.
Eileen was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, a condition in which the heart produces insufficient oxygen. Last November, doctors discovered complications with her pulmonary artery and valve, resulting in an enlarged heart. She underwent heart surgery June 10.
Her father, Carlos Garrido, said Eileen is “doing well and recovering nicely.”
3.) By nearly all accounts, the Rock ‘N Ride event Saturday was a huge success, with hundreds of bicycle riders and even more music fans filling Downey’s civic center and downtown. The band Chicano Batman was a crowd favorite, with audience members chanting for an encore at the end of their set.
4.) Former Warren High School standout running back Jesse Callier graduated from the University of Washington this past weekend.
5.) The L.A. Times reports that a Downey bus company was operating illegally when a teenage girl on her way to prom fell out a bus window last week.
There is so much going in Downey these days I’m trying out “morning reports,” a quick five-item bullet list of Downey-area news. I will try post these daily during the week. Please let me know if you like (or dislike) the idea.