Dr. Norbert Hillecke passes away

DOWNEY - Norbert A. Hillecke, MD, passed away June 6 after a long illness.Hillecke was a resident of Downey since 1956 and was a board-certified family physician, practicing in Downey and on the staff of Downey Regional Medical Center until his retirement in 1994. He was born in Berlin, Germany and attended medical school at the Freie University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He was an associate clinical professor of family medicine at UC Irvine. Hillecke was a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He served on the board of directors of the California Academy of Family Practice and was a member of the Commission on Continuing Education of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also served as commissioner of the Medical Board of California. Hillecke was past president of the Southeast Los Angeles Rotary Club and was a past member of Rotary Club of Downey. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Ruth.

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Dear Editor:Yet another elected official admits to lying to the American citizens, admitting he did, in fact, lie about his involvement with women via the Internet and photos sent to them by him. This seems to be a popular trend. Commit the act, lie about it time after time, then later admit it was all a lie, become apologetic, and all is supposed to be forgiven. It worked for Bill Clinton and several others before and after him, so why shouldn't Weiner give it a shot? This is just another example of why (I suspect) the general public does not believe or trust those elected officials whom are supposed to be "our" elected officials and representing our best interests. To me, a liar is no better than a thief. Neither can be trusted. As a rather recently proud retired police officer and retired Vietnam veteran, I really hope I live to see the day strict penalties are applied to all elected officials, whether or not they are local, county, state or federal level. I only mention being a retired police officer for one simple fact: in a police career, if an officer is caught lying about anything, he or she will be faced immediately with termination. Why? It comes down to credibility. If an officer who has been given the responsibility of public trust lies, then his or her credibility is lost and they can no longer serve the public. This is how it should be and also be applicable to all elected or appointed officials. So many of these people lie to American citizens, it has become almost second nature to do so with no regret or little repercussion. As an additional item, I have and continue to disagree with our troops being deployed in the Middle East (another Vietnam), however, I am proud to see how they are being treated by the majority of American citizens. It is a sharp contrast to the way Korea War and Vietnam War troops were treated. I'd much prefer to see troops deployed to our borders to augment the Border Patrol. -- David Abney, Downey

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Paging Dr. Frischer - Warts

You just finished a wonderful, relaxing bath, and while drying off you notice a new rough-appearing growth on your skin. It's quite possible that this new intruder is a wart. No…you didn't kiss a frog. But where did it come from, and how do you get rid of it?Warts are caused by a virus, and just like the common cold virus, a wart is contagious. The virus enters the body by direct exposure to another wart, through small breaks in the skin. There are about 130 strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which produce 10 different types of warts. The most common type of wart is considered the most harmless. Some of the other strains of HPV are associated with cervical, vulvar, penile and oral cancers (for example, strains 16 and 18 cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer). The typical wart is a raised, round or oval growth on the skin with a rough surface, and its color may be light, dark, or black. A common wart tends to cause no discomfort unless it is in an area that is subject to friction or pressure. Plantar warts, for example, can become extremely painful because they are located on the bottom of the foot, and can cause difficulty with walking or running. Some warts simply disappear without treatment, although it may take months or years. However, since the virus can still reside within the body, a wart may reappear in the same spot or even spread to new areas of skin that are exposed to the virus from one part of the body to another. Typically, the diagnosis is made simply by inspection of the skin, noting the location and appearance of the lesion. A biopsy is not usually necessary, but can be done to diagnose or confirm the initial finding. There are a variety of treatments for warts. Topical treatments containing salicylic acid have the most support in the literature, and a cure rate of roughly 75%. These can be purchased over-the-counter in a variety of brands, and come in the form of adhesive pads or a bottle of concentrated solution. (Salicylic acid is also a common, effective, and safe acne treatment.) An alternative treatment, perhaps less effective, is silver nitrate, sold over-the-counter in the form of a caustic pencil. Therapies performed by a doctor include removal by freezing (cryotherapy) or electrical current (electrodessication); surgical removal; laser treatment; and immunotherapy, where a substance is injected that results in a local allergic reaction. Some consider another treatment: duct tape! Duct tape occlusion therapy (DTOT) endorses placing a piece of duct tape over the wart for six days, followed by soaking the area in water and scraping it with a pumice stone or emery board. Study results are quite mixed, with some concluding that duct tape therapy is not much better than placebo. The common wart is indeed annoying, but it has no long-term health impact other than appearance and being contagious. As noted above, however, some of the other strains of HPV can lead to cancer, and prevention is critical. For example, Gardasil is a fairly recent vaccine, recommended to young women for the prevention of some strains of cervical cancer. (It has no impact on other strains of HPV, however, including warts.) Speak with your doctor about whether this vaccine is appropriate for you or a love one. Treat your common wart early, before it grows or spreads. Good health to you all! Dr. Alan Frischer is former chief of staff and former chief of medicine at Downey Regional Medical Center. Write to him in care of this newspaper at 8301 E. Florence Ave., Suite 100, Downey, CA 90240.

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Teen pregnancies cost taxpayers

Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $10.9 billion in 2008, according to an updated analysis released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.State costs in 2008 ranged from $16 million in North Dakota to $1.2 billion in Texas. These public sector costs would have been even higher had it not been for the one-third decline in the U.S. teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008. The estimated national savings to taxpayers in 2008 alone due to the substantial decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008 is $8.4 billion -- ranging from $3.4 million in Wyoming to $1.4 billion in California. "Reducing teen pregnancy not only improves the well-being of children, youth, and families, it saves taxpayer dollars," said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. "At a time when policymakers and others are intensely focused on cost-saving measures, funding proven efforts to reduce teen pregnancy is important, timely, and should be a high priority." Most of the public sector costs of teen childbearing are associated with negative consequences for the children of teen mothers. These costs include public health care (Medicaid and CHIP), child welfare, incarceration, and lost tax revenue due to decreased earnings and spending. The new analysis updates research originally conducted by Saul Hoffman, Ph.D. of the University of Delaware and released by The National Campaign. The new analysis provides a conservative estimate of the costs of teen childbearing and is based on the increased risk of adverse consequences faced by teen mothers, fathers, and their children as compared to mothers having children at ages 20-21, controlling for many other factors. Please visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org/costs for more information about the public costs of teen childbearing, including information for every state and the District of Columbia. This analysis was funded in part by a grant from the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of DRH. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.

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Services next week for Joanne Annis

DOWNEY - Local resident Joanne Annis passed away June 3.She was born July 17, 1920 in the farming community of Bruno, Minn. After graduation she moved to Southern California and lived in Long Beach before moving to Thunderbird Villa in South Gate. She worked as a dental receptionist for Dr. Peter Mocciaro until her retirement. She is survived by her sister, Viola Demaris, of Duluth, Minn; daughters, Chloe Mocciaro and Debbie Russi; grandchildren, Steve Mocciaro and Christina (John) Argerich); and great-granddaughter, Sophia. A memorial service will be celebrated June 17 at Miller-Mies Mortuary at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the hospice program at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier.

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DREAM Act is an amnesty bill America cannot afford

President Obama and the liberal open-border leadership of the Democratic Party are pushing for passage of legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. They are doing this despite the fact that this costly legislation will make a difficult job market worse, will place a higher tax burden on Americans, will ensure greater difficulty in balancing budgets on the state and federal level, and will undermine respect for our nation's immigration laws. -- Congress should wake up from this nightmare by defeating the DREAM Act.In November, voters' concerns about the weak economy and the poor job market contributed to the election of a large Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Voters understand, even if the Democratic leadership doesn't, that granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will make it even more difficult for unemployed Americans to find work. With the unemployment rate at 9.8 percent the last thing American job hunters need is millions of DREAM Act amnesty recipients competing with them for work. The DREAM Act not only undermines economic opportunities for Americans, it also makes it less likely that either state governments or the federal government will bring their budgets into balance. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a report indicating that this amnesty bill will cost state and local taxpayers over $6.2 billion annually, not per decade as Congressional budgets are calculated, because state universities and local community colleges will be forced, by law, to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition discounts. The DREAM Act does not provide federal funding to cover these costs, meaning Americans will be required to pay higher taxes and higher tuition rates. Providing facts about tuition fees provides insight into the magnitude of this unjust benefit being given to illegal aliens under the DREAM Act. At the University of Iowa, an in-state resident attending the College of Business pays $3,894 per semester while an out-of-state resident pays $12,068 per semester. At Iowa State University, an in-state resident pays $3,566 per semester to attend the College of Business, while an out-of-state resident pays $9,347. Other public universities show similar multipliers. In fact, in the University of California system, in-state residents pay no tuition at all, while out-of-state residents pay a non-resident tuition fee that costs $22,021 per year at all University of California campuses. This tuition treatment creates a moral conundrum for DREAM Act supporters. What does one say to the widow or widower who has lost their husband or their wife in Iraq, or the child who lost their mother or father in Afghanistan, who is paying out-of-state tuition premiums while they are sitting at a desk next to someone who has received amnesty and a de facto scholarship under the DREAM Act? Further, the deficit spending federal government will face huge spending increases under the DREAM Act. When amnesty proponents point to a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis to claim that the DREAM Act has a short-term positive effect on budget deficits, they do so in an attempt to distract American taxpayers from the long-term negative effects on the budget that are much more pronounced and severe. CBO found that deficit spending on welfare programs would increase by at least $5 billion, and possibly much more, after 2020 as a result of granting DREAM Act amnesty. As bad as the costs revealed by the CIS and CBO analysis are, it is likely that they are vastly understated because each analysis was based on the assumption that 1.1 million illegal aliens would receive DREAM Act amnesty. Other versions of the legislation currently before Congress (there are 4 versions that the Democratic leadership is circulating to confuse the issue for voters) are estimated to grant amnesty to over 2.1 million illegal aliens. Further, neither analysis includes the estimated impact of the costs to be incurred by the "backdoor amnesty" the bill provides for the family members of illegal aliens. Many do not realize that illegal aliens who receive amnesty under the bill become eligible at the age of 21 to sponsor members of their family for citizenship too. The cost of "chain migration" will be enormous. There is also an additional cost for passing amnesty. It is the cost incurred when respect for the Rule of Law is undermined. It has been 24 years since a "one time only" amnesty bill was signed into law and, millions upon millions of illegal border crossings later, it is clear that the 1986 legislation only served as an incentive for further lawbreaking. In addition, since the DREAM Act prevents the federal government from deporting anyone who applies for amnesty under it, anyone who can sneak into the United States and file a DREAM Act application will have an automatic and legal stay of deportation until the already overloaded courts can make a decision.-- The result will be millions of bogus DREAM Act filings and the function will be a de facto visa to stay in the United States. The DREAM Act is an amnesty bill that America cannot afford. It is unjust to those who have played by the rules in order to come into the country legally, and it is unjust to American taxpayers who will be asked to shoulder the costs of rewarding illegal immigrants for ignoring the law. Americans should demand that it be defeated.

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Crime Report

Thursday, June 2At 8:30 p.m., a Downey man was robbed by three males as he was fishing at Wilderness Park. The suspects hit and kicked the victim before stealing his wallet and cell phone. The victim was not seriously injured. Saturday, June 4 At 2:30 a.m., officers arrested a 23-year-old Rialto woman during a traffic stop at Downey and Lyndora. The woman lied about her name then ran when officers learned of her true name through a portable fingerprint device. She was quickly captured and determined to be a parolee at large. At 10:00 p.m., officers arrested a 57-year-old Downey man at his home in the 7200 block of Adwen after he attempted to stab his adult son with a knife during an argument. Nobody was injured during the incident. The suspect was booked for aggravated assault. Sunday, June 5 At 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Barlin & Lyndora after receiving a call of gunshots being heard in the area. Though no shooters were found, officers did locate numerous 9mm shell casings in the street. No injuries or damage was reported. Tuesday, June 7 At 10:15 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 7600 block of Rundell when a 22-year-old male victim was approached by two suspects. One suspect pointed an unknown object against the victim's ribs while the other suspect searched his pockets. Both suspects fled westbound Rundell with the loss. The victim was not injured during this incident. At 12:50 a.m., officers arrested a 25-year-old robbery suspect in the area of Paramount and 7th street. The suspect entered Yum Yum Donuts, at 7410 Florence and jumped the counter brandishing a knife, taking money from the register and fleeing on foot. Officers captured the suspect who was positively identified by the victim. Officers recovered the knife and the money at the scene and arrested the suspect for armed robbery. Wednesday, June 8 At 6:55 p.m., officers spotted an individual walking near Brookshire and Imperial who was wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect saw the officers and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was apprehended and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Information provided by Downey Police Department.

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Helen Clark, 87, was city employee

DOWNEY - Former Downey resident Helen Clark passed away June 5 at age 87.A resident of Henderson, Nev., she was married to the late Joseph Clark and together they raised five children. They resided in Downey for more than 50 years, where she was employed by the city of Downey for over 30 years. She is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two grandchildren. A viewing will be held June 10 from 6-8 p.m., with a vigil at 6:15 p.m., at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. A funeral Mass is scheduled the next day at 8:30 a.m., also at All Souls.

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Brianna Avila

Brianna Avila, a 11-year-old student at Maude Price Elementary, poses with The Downey Patriot while on a family vacation in Orlando, Fla. ********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Auto professor named Teacher of the Year

NORWALK - Richard Aragon, a Buena Park resident and automotive professor at Cerritos College, received the Los Angeles County Industrial Technology Education Association (LACITEA) Community College Teacher of the Year Award.The annual award is among the highest honors given to a technology education community college teacher and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. "His dedication to the program and most importantly his students' success is the driving force behind his commitment," said Steve Berklite, instructional dean of the Technology Division at Cerritos College. "He works tirelessly to improve instruction and to advance the technology he teaches. This is a well-deserved honor." Aragon, who also serves as the college's Chrysler College Automotive Program coordinator, has taught in the Cerritos College automotive technology program since 1994. Hundreds of students have filled the need for qualified technicians in local Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships. Aragon is also responsible for the facility and instruction in the area of brakes and suspension within the automotive program. "Richard was the most outstanding instructor I ever had," said automotive program graduate Gerardo Oka. "He absolutely deserves (the award), not only for his knowledge but also for his kindness and commitment to students. I wish I were there to congratulate him in person."

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Henriquez finishes basic training

DOWNEY - Air Force Airman 1st Class Dennis A. Henriquez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base.Henriquez completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. He also earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. The son of Downey resident Adalberto Henriquez, he earned a bachelor's degree last year from Cal State Northridge.

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Joan Martin

Retired Price Elementary principal Joan Martin recently returned from a vacation to Paris, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. She is pictured above at Stonehenge in England. "It was very windy there," she says. ********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Downey Adult School

Downey Adult School held its eighth graduation and pinning ceremony for its vocational nursing program on May 12. The event began with an opening speech by Phil Davis, director of support programs at DUSD, and a salutation by assistant principal Blanca Rochin. Awards were given to students for perfect attendance and outstanding clinical performance, in addition to the salutatorian and valedictorian awards. The graduation ended with a candle-lighting ceremony, during which all nurses in the audience joined the graduating class in reciting the nursing pledge. ********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Oscar Mariscal

Downey resident Oscar Mariscal recently traveled to Costa Rica with some of his cousins, and took a copy of The Downey Patriot along. Along with Oscar, Alejandra Mariscal, Stephanie Mariscal, Susan Mariscal and Eduardo Lemus toured the country. ********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Red light cameras save lives, group says

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is condemning the "regrettable" decision by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners to put money before safety in its vote to end the city's successful red light safety camera program."Ending this very successful and effective program will put innocent lives at risk," said David Kelly, president and executive director of NCSR and former acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "There is a mounting body of evidence showing red light safety cameras change dangerous driver behavior - saving lives and reducing injuries in Los Angeles and across the country. Los Angeles residents and officials need only look at the local and national results to see the positive effects of these safety programs." A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 676 people were killed and 113,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running in 2009. Two-thirds of the victims in these crashes were pedestrians, bicyclists or occupants of vehicles hit by the red light runners. The study also showed red light safety cameras helped save more than 150 lives in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities from 2004 to 2008. Had the cameras been operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations more than 200,000, more than 800 lives could have been saved. "It's unconscionable for the board to put money before safety in Los Angeles," said Kelly. "We must do everything in our power to protect innocent motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and prevent senseless deaths from reckless red-light runners. Red light safety cameras are proven to change dangerous driver behavior and reduce red-light running." Contributed by the National Coalition for Safer Roads.

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Downey Amateur Radio Club

The Downey Amateur Radio Club celebrated its 60th year of operation by operating from the newly-installed radios in the Downey Fire Department's Emergency Operation Center. Pictured above are Tom Van Buskirk, of Downey, and Ray Wheatley, a La Mirada resident. Club members contacted stations in 13 states and Canada during the celebration on June 4. ********** Published: June 9, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Community rallies around resident dealing with tragedies

DOWNEY - The United Developmental Football League will hold two games June 25 at Downey High School, with all proceeds benefiting Downey resident Trevor Morales.About three months ago, Morales' father died. While still grieving, he learned that his mother was very ill, so Morales traveled to Florida to be with her. Morales spent three days in Florida visiting with his mother. When he returned home, he realized his house had been burglarized. The thief ransacked the home, taking the majority of his valuables. Among the items stolen was a safe containing cash he and his fiance had been saving for a wedding this summer. Two days later, his mother died. "Through all of this, Trevor has shown those that work with him just how resilient, positive, dedicated, understanding, compassionate, forgiving, focused (I can go on and on) he really is," said Geoff Slayer, distribution center manager at Coca-Cola in Downey. "Trevor is a true role model to his peers, direct reports and those around him, which is the reason why he has so many people willing to help him in his times of tribulations." On June 25, residents are invited to watch two football games at Downey High, with event proceeds going to Morales. Organizers hope to raise enough money to pay for the couple's wedding this summer. The first game starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $10.

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