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Arc Walk for Independence: why I walk

I walk because I believe every individual should be treated with dignity and respect. I walk because people with disabilities have traveled a road that I cannot relate […]

Judge Phil Mautino delivered the keynote addresss at Gangs Out of Downey’s fundraising luncheon Wednesday. Photo by  Gabriel Enamorado
Gangs on the decline, but still a problem

DOWNEY – Los Angeles has been the mother of modern street gangs. Some of these gangs are made up of several hundred members and they are across the United […]

Aerojet Rocketdyne has contributed $15,000 to sponsor the Columbia Memorial Space Center’s City of STEM Science Festival scheduled to take place April 6-11. 
The contribution makes Aerojet Rocketdyne the lead sponsor of City of STEM, a six-day STEM festival that is the first of its kind of the Los Angeles region. 
During the week of April 6, the space center will present STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming to the community at various locations throughout Downey. 
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Space center hosting STEM Week

DOWNEY – The city of Downey will offer free admission to the Columbia Memorial Space Center from April 7-11 in celebration of the city’s first ever “City of […]

Violin soloist will close out symphony’s 2014-15 season

DOWNEY – Hao Zhou is only 18, but he plays violin like a master. Zhou will perform the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ beautiful and brooding Violin Concerto on […]

Norwalk High hosts expo for emerging careers

NORWALK – Hundreds of high school students and parents on March 11 attended a career expo designed to provide a glimpse into innovative and emerging career opportunities and […]

Hurtado finishes basic training

DOWNEY – Air Force Airman Tatiana Hurtado graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. She completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline […]

Michael Bakel dies at 64

BELLFLOWER – Michael R. Bakel, 64, a former exalted ruler of the Bellflower Elks before moving away to Bullhead City where he lived the past 10 years, passed […]

Larry Latimer to speak about Rancho

DOWNEY – Local historian Larry Latimer will be at the Downey City Library on Saturday, March 28, for a presentation on the history of Ranchos Los Amigos National […]

Textbooks open for review

DOWNEY – The public is invited to inspect math books the Board of Education is considering for adoption in high school and middle school classrooms. Copies of the […]

Local Obituaries

Irma Annette Garza-Garcia, 52 of Pico Rivera, died March 8. She was born on March 10, 1962 to Adelina Rojas and Severino Garza in Los Angeles. Irma was […]

Comedy show fundraiser

WHITTIER – A comedy show in Whittier this Saturday is helping to raise funds for a Downey youth soccer team that’s been invited to play in a tournament […]

Tax scams on the rise in California

SACRAMENTO – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is warning Californians about tax-related phone scams. The BOE has received multiple reports from taxpayers that received phone calls […]

Proposed legislation cracks down on elderly care agencies

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Tony Mendoza has introduced legislation that would require elderly care referral agencies to disclose any financial interest shared with a care facility, including all […]

Walk for Life

Approximately 400 people attended the fifth annual Walk for Life, held March 7 at Shoreline Park in Long Beach. The annual fundraiser was started by Downey resident Bob […]

Veterans event at Rose Hills

WHITTIER – Rose Hills will host its fifth annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day events this Sunday, March 22, starting at 2 p.m. The events will include a […]

Cruisin’ the Boulevard

Sharon Benson Smith is a native Angelino – born in East Los Angeles, and a regular at cruisin’ Whittier Boulevard. Car clubs were so big in the 1950’s, […]

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

DOWNEY – The Downey Lions Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at So Cal Pizza in Norwalk on Tuesday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. Dinner tickets are […]

Student arrested for posting online threat

DOWNEY – A Warren High freshman was arrested last week after threatening on Instagram that he would shoot up the campus. The threat appeared online March 11 and […]

October 26, 1932 to March 1, 2015
Frank Szechy

Loving husband, father and grandfather. Frank touched the hearts of all who knew him. Born in Hungary, Frank emigrated to Canada in 1956 and came to California in […]

Historian to speak on Edward Doheny

DOWNEY – Historian and biographer Nicholas Curry will be guest speaker at the Downey Historical Society’s next meeting March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara Riley Center. […]