Thursday morning report, July 23

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Last night's welcome ceremony for Ireland's Special Olympic World Games athletes was joyous, inspirational and mostly a lot of fun. In a ceremonial gesture, the athletes received the keys to the city.

If you missed it, here's a photo album by John Zander. Alicia Edquist provided phenomenal coverage on our Twitter and Instagram feeds, and there are more cool photos posted at

The athletes will continue training today before departing for Los Angeles tomorrow. A farewell ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Friday.

2.) Downey is making international news in Ireland, where our host town efforts seem to be greatly appreciated. 

From the Irish Times

"Downey welcomed the athletes in style this week printing the photos of all the competitors on the front page of the city’s newspaper, The Downey Patriot.

"Speaking at Wednesday night’s ceremony, [Irish Consul General Philip] Grant spoke of the special connections between Ireland and California, and how the host town was named after Irish immigrant John Gately Downey, the only governor of California — other than Hollywood star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger — not to have been born in the US."

3.) The Downey Police Department has been awarded a $47,879 grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to help prevent alcohol sales to minors. 

Last year, Downey Police conducted more than 40 inspections at liquor stores, bars and restaurants, and more than 30 "shoulder tap" operations. Eight store clerks and customers were cited. 

4.) On Twitter, a resident wonders when an extra utility pole at Lakewood and Gallatin is coming down. 

5.) A home at 12206 Caladre Ave. was yellow-tagged yesterday after a vehicle crashed into the home. The Downey Fire Department, which continues to excel at its use of social media, posted pictures on Facebook.