Wednesday Morning Report, May 6

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Warren High School is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame. You can nominate an alumnus Here.

2.) A GoFundMe page has been set up for Esther Kim, a 23-year-old Downey native who is currently hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Kim attended middle school and high school in Downey before moving to Henderson, Nev., as a pharmacy student.

“[One] month before she was scheduled to start rotations, Esther suffered a stroke and is now in the hospital in critical condition,” the GoFundMe page states. “Please help us raise money to help Esther’s family with the hospital costs. Her family is also asking for prayers while she recovers.”

You can donate, and read more details, Here.

3.) Former real estate broker Margie Anne Richey passed away April 29 at PIH Hospital in Whittier. She was 88.

Margie married her high school sweetheart, Raymond Richey, in 1944. She worked in the state employment office while Raymond was stationed in the South Pacific.

After raising their family, she got her real estate license, and later her broker’s license, leading to their two Red Carpet Richey Real Estate offices in Downey.

Funeral services will take place Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at Imperial Highway Church of Christ. A full obituary will appear in this week’s paper.

4.) Longtime Downey resident W. Alden “Stubby” Wright passed away at home April 29 after a long illness. He was 63.

Born in Honolulu, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, and taught middle and elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District before retiring.

A private gathering will be held May 9. A full obituary will appear in this week’s paper.

5.) Letter to the editor from Jorge Montero, about his recent experience in Downey’s CERT training:

“I recently concluded the Spring C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) training, designed to better prepare the citizens of Downey for a major catastrophe.

“I am now very aware of how poorly prepared I was to respond to a major emergency. The CERT training is very rigorous and teaches you how to prepare, what to do and more importantly what not do in case of a major catastrophe.

“I am very impressed with the professionalism displayed by the Fire Department members who taught the program and with the volunteers who donated their time (for 3 consecutive Saturdays) to make a success of the program. I am equally impressed with the Warren High Humanitarian Society students who participated as simulated victims for the training. It shows that our youth get it and are willing to donate their time for the benefit of their city.

“The recent news about earthquakes should get us thinking about the big one that is coming. It is not a question of if but of when and unless we get out of our lethargy and prepare for that catastrophe the consequences will be more dire. I urge all citizens of Downey to investigate the CERT training and enroll in the next program that will take place in the early fall.”



Looking ahead:

Saturday, May 9:
Kids Day, Apollo Park

Monday, May 18:
Downey Adult School golf tournament, Rio Hondo Golf Club, noon

Monday, May 25:
Memorial Day commemoration, Downey Cemetery, 11 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7:
Downey Greek Festival, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church