Tuesday morning report, May 24

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) Longtime teacher Mary Lash officially retired yesterday from Paramount High School. She tried to finish the school year but retired early on doctor's orders. 

Her age is unclear but Lash -- who lives in Downey -- started teaching in 1950, before Paramount High was even built. She was an original staff member when Paramount High opened in 1953 and had remained in the same home economics classroom all these years. 

Here is a nice write-up on Paramount High's website. 

2.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Here's the agenda

It looks like a fairly routine meeting, but there are a couple of interesting items council members will be considering: 

City staff is asking the council to appropriate $550,000 from reserves to fund improvements at the Downey Civic Theatre, namely new interior and exterior lighting fixtures and repairs to the outdoor courtyard's concrete surface. 

A community-wide approach to disaster planning, called the "Downey Resiliency Project", needs approval from council members. 

3.) Downey High won "Best Public Service Announcement" at a solar-powered boat competition hosted by the Central Basin Municipal Water District  this past weekend. 

Thirty-eight teams competed in this year's tournament, which is now in its 14th year. 

4.) Warren High's class of 1966 will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Eagle's Nest Ballroom in Cypress. Dress is surf/beach casual.

Tickets are $100 if purchased before Aug. 1 and include dinner, DJ, pictures and memory book. For more details, contact Carolyn (Barton) at adcsret@aol.com or Sue (Pace) at ohsueg@aol.com. 

5.) Interested in applying for a Habitat for Humanity home? Information sessions will be held May 31 at the Barbara J. Riley Center and June 8 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, both from 7:45-8:30 p.m.