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Five things to know this Wednesday morning:
1.) Heather Zegarra and Russell Asevo have been hired as officers by the Downey Police Department.
“Over the past year they attended a 6-month police academy, before receiving an additional 6-months of field training,” the department wrote on Facebook. “They are pictured with Chief Carl Charles. Welcome Heather and Russell, may you enjoy a long career with the City of Downey.”
2.) The 2014-15 DUSD calendar is out. Click here to read it.
3.) Guy Rex Gum, a community leader and volunteer in his younger years, died Saturday at age 82.
A 48-year resident of Downey, Gum was a U.S. Marine veteran who later became an aerospace engineer with Rockwell International. He volunteered with the Downey Civic Light Opera, Masonic Lodge, and other local groups.Services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at Miller Mies Mortuary on Downey Avenue.
4.) The city is reminding residents than anyone caught with illegal fireworks faces a minimum $2,000 fine. So-called “safe and sane” fireworks can only be discharged July 4 between 3-10 p.m.
5.) Don Barbara has been named varsity baseball coach at St. John Bosco High School. Barbara comes to Bosco from the University of Pacific in Stockton, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.
“I want to thank St John Bosco for giving me the opportunity to come run the baseball program,” Barbara said in a statement. “I come here with some goals that I would like to accomplish. One is to turn our baseball program into a nationally ranked program and to get our student athletes to the next level. I believe with all my experiences and the staff that we will have that we can accomplish these goals. I am very excited to get started and again thank for this opportunity to be your coach at St John Bosco. Go Braves”