Jan Molinaro and Jason Cierpiszewski

Jan Molinaro of CB Realty has been named Realtor Broker of the Year by the Downey Association of Realtors. Jason Cierpiszewski, of Century 21 My Real Estate, was honored with the Realtor Associate of the Year Award. ********** Published: November 17, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 31

Data protection hugely important for small businesses

Small or large, domestic or international, modern businesses run (or fail) on data. If you're a small-business owner, data - from customer email addresses to your bank account numbers - is vital to your company's success. Protecting data is as important as generating sales.Many small-business owners already know this; in fact, in a recent survey by Carbonite Inc., a provider of online backup solutions, 81 percent of small-business owners said they consider data their company's most valuable asset. Yet the same survey found that more than half (57 percent) have no plan in place if something disastrous happens to their data. And nearly half (48 percent) of small businesses with two to 20 employees have already experienced data loss, according to a separate Carbonite survey. A third of those never recover their lost data. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never re-open after a data disaster," says Peter Lamson, a small business expert for Carbonite. "Small businesses that plan ahead and take key steps such as protecting their valuable business data will be in a much better position to get their businesses back up and running when disaster strikes." So how can you protect your company from some of the most common causes of data loss? "The single most important thing small businesses can do to protect their data is to back it up every day," Lamson says. "We know from our research, however, that while some small businesses perform daily backups, many don't. And of those that do, many are using antiquated methods or are only partially backing up primarily due to the time or costs associated with business backup." Most small businesses that back up their data rely on physical devices, like external hard drives, USB/flash memory sticks or CDs/DVDs. Physical devices require business owners to keep track of them, manage the backup process, and assign an employee to this task. Furthermore, backup copies are often stored on-site and exposed to the same risks as the original data. Many small businesses are turning to online backup services to safeguard their data and streamline the backup process. Services such as Carbonite Business provide online backup that meets the ease-of-use and budget needs of small businesses. Not only does online backup add a layer of security by storing valuable data off-site, it also allows for automatic and real time backup. If a business' computers are connected to the Internet, then its data is backed up automatically. Here are some common causes of data loss and how you can help protect your company from them, in addition to backing up: Cause: Hardware/software failure (54 percent) Protection: Do regular maintenance tasks for hardware and software. Most operating systems now come with built-in disk clean up and diagnostic functions. Run them regularly to help keep your software in good shape. Keep an eye on hardware too, with simple steps such as checking power cords periodically to ensure they're OK. Cause: Accidental deletion (54 percent) Protection: Accidents happen and sometimes data that you mean to preserve gets lost or deleted. This is when having an instantly accessible backup is vital. Ready access is another advantage of online backup. Rather than having to go track down an external hard drive or call your IT person, online backup allows you to access your preserved data in real time, so that you can be back up and running quickly. Cause: Computer viruses (33 percent) Protection: Software to protect your PCs and system from viruses and malware is essential. Keep your virus protection software up to date to help ensure you maximize your ability to block viruses. Make sure employees know never to attempt turning the software off, and direct them to avoid opening email attachments unless they are confident of the source of the email. Cause: Theft (10 percent) Protection: Thieves don't only target big companies. In fact, small businesses can be particularly appealing targets for data thieves since they often have fewer safeguards in place than do larger companies. In addition to a firewall and secure Internet connection, your prevention measures should include steps to keep thieves from stealing hardware such as flash drives, external drives, data tapes and even the PCs themselves.

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Arc changes name, unveils logo

DOWNEY - The Arc Los Angeles & Orange Counties is proud to unveil an adjustment to our name and a new logo.Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County has expanded to provide support and hope for many people in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County region. We are now officially The Arc. Our new logo reflects our energy and commitment for the rights of people with disabilities. The Arc's national organization and 800 chapters throughout the country are adopting the new logo. Arc is not an acronym and should be spelled out - it is just a word. We simply provide advocacy and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The history of our names spans the decades of growth of an organization that for 56 years has served people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. In the 1950s-60s, our name was Association for Retarded Children; in the 1970s-80s our name changed to the Association for Retarded Citizens. Our name changed once again in 1993 to Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County. This was an important change because participants in The Arc voted to eliminated the "R" word from the name and just call the organization Arc. The "R" word was eliminated forever because of the degrading nature of its use and even the federal government passed a law changing all documents to be people with "intellectual disabilities." The new brand and identity will take us forward as a movement and command the kind of respect and recognition on a regional basis that the people we serve deserve. The respect and recognition, in turn, will allow us to continue to achieve our goals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, contact The Arc at (562) 803-4606, ext. 223, or go to TheArcLAOC.org. -Contributed by The Arc

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Don't let holiday calories add up

DOWNEY - As we enter the holiday season, many of us stress out about gaining weight with all the holiday parties and family gatherings.No need to worry - it's still possible to have that piece of pumpkin pie and still lose weight and stay healthy. Here are a few tips to help you during the holiday season: •Make a goal to do something active for 30 minutes per day, six days per week (walking, jogging, weights, exercise DVD, etc.). •Give yourself a cheat day to enjoy your favorite holiday foods (but remember everything is in moderation). •Don't keep those tempting foods laying around. Carl Causly is a certified trainer and teaches a body sculpt class at the Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center, and a fitness boot camp at Downey Adult School. E-mail him at trainwithcarl@aol.com.

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Church concert Saturday

DOWNEY - Organist Chris Martin will perform at a concert Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Downey.Martin will be playing music of Bach, Mozart, Bruhns and more. The concert is free and starts at 7 p.m.

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Bunco fundraiser at Woman's Club

DOWNEY - The Woman's Club of Downey will host a "Thanksgiving Gourmet Bunco" fundraiser Monday from 6-9 p.m. at its clubhouse.Cost is $10 and anyone who prepays receives a ticket to participate in a drawing. The event is open to the public, and Woman's Club members will bring a potluck dish to share. To purchase tickets, call Marie at (562) 884-5799 or Linda at (562) 864-3084.

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City OKs street closures for parade

DOWNEY - The Downey Chamber of Commerce got the go-ahead from the City Council last week to host its Christmas Parade on Dec. 4 on Downey Avenue.The annual parade, previously known as the Holiday Lane Parade, begins at 1:30 p.m. The parade route starts at Lexington Road and heads south on Downey Avenue before disbanding in the Civic Center. Downey Avenue will be closed from 12:30 to 4 p.m., along with the eastern-most portions of Lexington Road, Cherokee Drive, and 7th, 6th and 5th streets at Downey Avenue, and 11th and 10th streets between Birchdale and Brookshire avenues. Northbound traffic on Downey Avenue will be redirected at Firestone Boulevard and southbound traffic at Florence Avenue. The Chamber will pay the city $10,400 for police, fire and public works personnel staffing the parade. The chamber also provided proof of insurance. The parade, now in its 60th year, is expected to include 200 pieces, including bands, color guards, floats, equestrians, clowns and marching units.

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Nurse trainees save a life at Mimi's Cafe

Four emergency room nurses went out for lunch yesterday and ended up saving a life in the process. Jennifer Lorenzetti, Kimberly Valencia, Nicholas Morales and Michael Angcaco, emergency room trainees at Downey Regional Medical Center, were at Mimi's Cafe on Tuesday at 1 p.m. on their lunch break. As they were eating, a customer rushed over to the group, who were dressed in their scrub attire with DRMC nametags, and asked if they could help a man who was turning blue on the other side of the restaurant. When they arrived on scene, Valencia immediately "threw the bus boy off the unconscious man and started performing CPR," hospital officials said. Lorenzetti took over after a few minutes and brought the man back to consciousness. By the time paramedics arrived, the man had been revived. Toni Simmons, director of emergency nursing at DRMC, and Bertha Somoano, ER nurse educator, said they were "very proud" of their new trainees. "It was truly an extraordinary example of DRMC meeting the healthcare needs of the community," the hospital said in a statement.

Downey resident gets overdue Congressional Gold Medal for WWII service

DOWNEY - Downey resident Kenji "Ken" Sayama, 96, was one of 772 World War II Japanese-American veterans who received the Congressional Gold Medal in person on Nov. 2 at the U.S. Capitol for their, in the words of retired U.S. Army General, current Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and keynote speaker Eric K. Shinseki, "service and sacrifice during World War II."The honorees last Wednesday belonged to three units-the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), to which Ken was assigned. The 442nd RCT was the renowned "Go For Broke" regiment later dubbed the most decorated combat team in WWII. In all, some 19,000 Japanese-American soldiers served in the honored units. The gold medal recipients who were able to show up at the special ceremony held at Emancipation Hall were in their '80s and '90s. Sharing the spotlight were family members and friends. Accompanying Ken was wife, Hatsuko ("Everybody calls me 'Sue'"). A sentiment long shared by many is that the honor was long overdue. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. authorities viewed Japanese-Americans with suspicion and sent them unceremoniously to internment camps. An estimated 120,000 Japanese-Americans, citizens or otherwise, who resided along the Pacific Coast were sent to ten of these "desolate" internment camps. Ken, his younger brother (who has since passed away), and his mother found themselves in a 'relocation center' in Rohwer, Arkansas, some 110 miles southeast of Little Rock. (His father was working in Salt Lake City, where there wasn't much anti-Nisei feeling at the time; his mother and brother would later join him after they were released from camp). If those were trying times, Ken didn't show any outward emotion. Instead, as he would later tell in his 'autobiography'-actually an interview about his life--conducted by Cal's Dan Cheatham, he was "able to accept the order without bitterness." In fact, at the first opportunity, he would (voluntarily) enlist in the Army. He would eventually serve four years in the military. His draft classification was 4C, 'enemy alien'. A bright spot was Cal mailing in his bachelor's (in zoology) diploma to his designated reception center (where mail was processed) in Santa Anita a few months into his incarceration in Arkansas. The 1942 diploma was based on the results of his mid-term exams. After receiving his security clearance, and inducted into the MIS, Ken first attended a 12-month Japanese language class in Minnesota, focusing on learning military terms needed to translate captured documents and to interrogate prisoners. Halfway through the course, the training moved to Fort Snelling, which was about 20 miles closer to Minneapolis. Then it was on to Alabama for basic training. It was upon returning to Fort Snelling afterwards that he met future wife Sue, who had been interned at the Manzanar relocation center in California. After another training stretch, this time at Officers Candidates School at Fort Benning, GA, it was back to Fort Snelling. By this time, the war in Europe and the South Pacific had ended; Ken's commission called for overseas duty with the Occupation Force. Before a two-year tour of duty in Japan was to commence, he and Sue got married in Minneapolis. One of his first assignments upon arrival in Japan was as interpreter for a study of the Japanese police system instigated by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He thus had occasion to visit several Japanese police stations in various prefectures. In between he was able to visit his parents' ancestral home in Sendai. He was discharged in 1947. On the GI bill, he earned a master's in 1950 and a PhD in 1953 from Cal, both in zoology. In 1957 he won an appointment as chief laboratory technologist in a lab owned by the Gallatin Medical Group on Paramount Blvd. "I worked there for 39 years," he said. Meanwhile, he and former Cal classmate Leonard Yamasaki studied for and got a Bioanalyst license, required to own and operate a medical laboratory. In 1969, they did just that, forming a partnership, and started the Centro Analytical Medical Laboratory on Telegraph Rd. Ken served as its director of laboratory operations till he retired in 1997. Among Ken's many other prestigious appointments and accomplishments over the years was an appointment, in 1980, to serve as member of the State of California Medical Technologist Advisory Committee; he also sat in on oral examinations required of candidates applying for their Bioanalyst license. In September of 1992, a special convocation was held at Cal to honor the members of the 1942 graduating class. Ken was among the eighteen who wore the traditional cap and gown which they should have worn fifty years before. Looking back over a full, productive, and for a while not-so-smooth life, Ken takes a long perspective in his 'autobiography' which, by the way, is to be found in the Cal Bancroft library archives: "My parents set me in the right direction early in life emphasizing the importance of an education. They gave me the encouragement and financial assistance and left it up to me to make the best of this opportunity. Transferring to Cal Berkeley as a sophomore [he went first to the Los Angeles City College] was a step in the right direction. Here I found an institution that was able to provide me with a broad education that enabled me to evaluate every situation that presented itself objectively and react accordingly. My first big test came when the U.S. Government incarcerated all people of Japanese descent who lived on the Pacific Coast for security reasons. Although I realized that this was a grave injustice that being inflicted on us, I was able to accept the order without bitterness. Letters of encouragement from my former roommates, Bill Rockwell and Walter Shoup, during these dark days certainly helped me keep my perspective and when the first opportunity presented itself to undo this wrong, I seized it and enlisted in the Army. Ultimately I found my goal in life, which proved to be challenging and satisfying." As defined, the Congressional Gold Medal is an "award bestowed by the U. S. Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. The decoration is awarded to an individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States. American citizenship is not a requirement." The earliest recipient was George Washington. He has since been joined in the roster by the likes of Thomas A. Edison, Irving Berlin, Robert Frost, Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill, John Wayne, Joe Louis, Frank Sinatra, Mother Teresa, Arnold Palmer, and, now, the 'Nisei' units. The Congressional Medal of Honor, on the other hand, is a "military award for extreme bravery in action. Another similarly named decoration is the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, presented by NASA for extraordinary accomplishment to the mission of United States space exploration." He and Sue have three daughters (Kathryn Manell, USC grad and a dental hygienist); Joanne Sakai, (California Institute of the Arts grad and production manager for a graphic advertising/design company; and Dorothy Sayama, UC Irvine grad as well as from the Gemological Institute of America and is now a gemologist), four grandsons, two great grandsons, and one great granddaughter.

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Rancho artists turn tragedy into triumph

DOWNEY - More than 500 people viewed the inspirational artworks of nearly 50 Rancho Graduate Artists at the 16th annual Art of Rancho Exhibition Wednesday night on the campus of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center."Our patients show us their skill, they show us their heart, and they give us all hope with the masterful artworks they create," said Rancho CEO and noted artist Jorge Orozco. "We are very proud of the Art of Rancho program and the Don Knabe Pediatric Arts program, which inspire our patients and the members of the community with the courage and creativity of our artists." "I don't think there's another program with this many exceptional artists at any healthcare facility in the world," said Rancho Graduate Artist Steve Clay. "I can't tell you what an honor it is to be part of something that has positively transformed so many lives, including mine." Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, who sponsors Rancho's Arts programs with the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, had high praise for the artists of Rancho. "I know most of the artists personally, and it is exciting to see the growth in the quality of the art at this show each and every year. We are all so proud of what the Rancho artists accomplish, and how they boldly step forward to take on new challenges," he said. An excellent example of an artist who is spreading her wings this year is Cassandra Tang, who for many years has shown her embroidery masterpieces that are so detailed they almost appear to be paintings. "This year, Cassandra painted her first canvas, and this artwork is so incredible that Cassandra is our featured artist for 2011," said Rancho Director of Volunteer Services Debbie Tomlinson. Here, in her own words, is Cassandra's story, followed by those of the six new Art of Rancho graduate artists. CASSANDRA TANG "I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and am the eldest of three sisters. I came to the United States in 1980. On June 11, 1992, I earned my A.A. degree in Business Administration. Exactly one year later, my sister and I were victims of gun shots which left me paraplegic. My sister, Anh, was less fortunate. She lost her life and did not have a chance to finish her education at UCLA. "I was rehabilitated at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where I am currently an outpatient. Special thanks to my physical therapists Joseph Damiani and Jan Furumasu, and my recreation therapist Adam Wilson. I am grateful to have received superb care from my doctors, nurses, therapists, driver training team and the rest of the staff. I'd like to thank the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation for the privilege of displaying my painting and embroidery work alongside the inspirational artists of Rancho. "I'd also like to thank my parents, sister Josephine and brother- in-law Jason for all their love and support. I am proud to have earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles. My most passionate accomplishment is being a volunteer. I find it to be very rewarding and self-satisfying. Having gone through the experiences that I've had, I've learned that life is a gift. I live each day to the fullest and make it as meaningful as it can be. Through me, my younger sister Anh still lives." JONATHAN ALVARENGA "I was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Los Angeles as part of a family of four. As a child I was always the ill one. Who knew I would have so many obstacles to overcome? "Raised in the 1990s in a gang-and-drug infested neighborhood, as a child I would see prostitution, shootings, drug deals and police racing to crime scenes. It all seemed so normal. As I reached my early teens, I was intrigued by money stacks, hip-hop knowledge and graffiti on walls, so I hustled with my middle-school friends selling drugs and writing music until my graffitti hobby became an addition. "I no longer sold drugs and I had stopped writing music. I just painted walls with streaks, battery acid, shoe polish and spray paint cans. Soon graffiti became all about turf. Now people started getting hurt, because it was all about knives, bats and guns. I was arrested twice as a young teen, was run over by a car and then shot several times. The shooting led to my rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos, where I was given the time and opportunity to really get in touch with my artistic side. Now I am focusing on my music and my art, and what is possible. "I wish to thank all my friends at Rancho for the time and effort invested in me, which helped me overcome all the boundaries I have and gave me the tools to deal with the ones that will surely come." JASMIN AMADOR "I was born with congenital Muscular Dystrophy. I was able to walk until I was eight years old, then never again. I always thank God for giving me the opportunity to experience what it means to walk. "I focus on the things that I can do, such as art. Art is my passion! It gives me a meaningful way to express myself. This year I decided to attend the Don Knabe Pediatric Arts classes at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. I loved the entire experience, and my teachers were especially amazing. They were very encouraging to me, and I am very happy to show my artworks at the Art of Rancho show. "Rancho is a fascinating place with people who fight with you and help you to achieve a better life. My art teachers are people like this...encouraging and inspiring me every step of the way!" WILBERT ANTHONY ARIAS "On June 24, 1989, I was shot through the back with a .22-caliber rifle, which severed my spinal cord and caused me to start a new way of living as a quadriplegic. During my 10 months at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, I had the very best rehab possible. Everyone at Rancho has always had words of encouragement, wisdom and praises that I have kept with me always. "In 2003, I came face-to-face with death again because of medical complications. As I was fighting for my life, I began drawing so that there would be something tangible for my family and children to hold onto and see besides memories. Spurred by my faith in God and my doctors, I survived the crisis. "My passion for art was rekindled during my readmission to Rancho for a flap surgery in August of 2010. During my four-month stay, I was introduced to the Art of Rancho program that I am honored to be a part of. "Thanks to Rancho's excellent rehabilitation services, one can excel in life. You just have to set your mind to do so! JOEL CASTRO "I was born just three weeks before Christmas in 1985 in Guatemala. I moved to El Salvador two years later, then was brought to the United States. "School was not a problem for me. I graduated from high school in 2004, and my life changed because I had no more friends to talk to. It was also time for me to work. I started working for minimum wage. Suddenly, my life was very different. I was up at 7 a.m. each day, and wouldn't return home until 8 p.m. I didn't have a car, so I rode my bike everywhere. "Soon I was working two jobs. Sometimes my bike would have a flat tire and I had to walk long distances. I tried working the overnight shift but that wasn't any better. Finally I got a job as a driver at FedEx. "I was able to move out on my own and buy a car, because now I had a good job. But it seemed like I was working 24/7. Then as unbelievable as it sounds, I had a stroke, was paralyzed and was hospitalized for almost a year. Thank God for this gift of art. It has helped me find a new purpose in life. Thank you, Rancho, for giving me my life back!" JUAN LAGUNA "I was born with spina bifida and have been constrained to a wheelchair since birth. For the first ten years of my life, I lived in a hospital due to many surgeries and complications related to my condition. "As I grew up, I attended a special education magnet school in Los Angeles. It was here that I first began to paint and draw at the age of 14. However, it was not until I was a student at Long Beach City College that I became serious about my painting. "Painting has been a great passion in my life. It gives me an outlet to do something fulfilling and productive while having hours of enjoyment. As an artist, I see the world differently by focusing on the simple beauty all around me. "But without the strength to paint, I would not have progressed as an artist. I have been receiving medical support from Rancho since age 18. The Rancho staff has helped me learn to live strong with my condition, and I wish to thank each and every staff member for always being there for me." ARTURO REYES "I was born in Santa Monica, and as a youth I excelled in sports. In high school, I won all-city honors in football. However, I always had an eye for the visual arts. I was deeply impressed by the vibrant colors and expressive quality of the masters of Impressionism such as Monet, Pissarro and Van Gogh. "In the ensuing years, I turned to photography and later the computer and Photoshop as the perfect way for me to create the visual, psychological and lyrical images that make up what I describe as 'The Reyes Method.' Certainly the work of Ansel Adams, the writings of Carl Jung and even the music of Led Zeppelin were also influences. In order to fully express my artistic vision, The Reyes Method uses it all! "A serious leg infection that brought me to Rancho Los Amigos has only reinforced in me the necessity of a life led in the spirit and pursuit of creativity. Such inspiration and optimism is nurtured at Rancho through a culture of dedication, skill and professionalism. I feel ready, willing and able now to share that creative spark that lies within us all and thereby fulfilling my creative possibility of inspiring the world with my art." Rancho artists continue to inspire people not just in Downey, but throughout the world, as they turn their personal trials into triumph through the Art of Rancho program. For further information, call the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation at (562) 401-7053 or visit rancho.org, facebook.com/rancholosamigosrehab or twitter.com/ranchorehab.

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Free flu vaccines offered Saturday

DOWNEY - The city of Downey and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will offer free flu vaccinations this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downey Theatre.The clinic will provide seasonal flu vaccines for residents of all ages. It will be held rain or shine. Kaiser Permanente and Downey Regional Medical Center will assist with logistical support while nursing students from Rio Hondo College will be the primary vaccinators. Los Angeles County Public Health nurses will also be on-hand to answer questions from the public. Volunteers from Warren High School, along with the Downey Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Preparedness Committee, will handle registration, logistics and patient flow. Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to avoid the complications of influenza. Every year, thousands of people with chronic health conditions contract the flu and risk serious health complications like pneumonia. Flu vaccines have an excellent safety record. Millions of Americans receive a flu shot every year. Flu vaccines cannot give you the flu; they are made from killed or weakened influenza viruses. Most people do not have any complications as a result of their vaccination. When side effects do occur, they are generally mild and include redness or soreness at the vaccination site. Occasionally, a sore throat, runny nose and rarely a fever occur after the use of the nasal spray vaccine. The rare consequences can be inconvenient and uncomfortable but are still milder than a base case of the flu and resolve quickly in comparison. The following people are considered to be at especially high risk for complications from influenza: •children ages 6 months to 4 years and their household contacts and caregivers •adults over 50 years old •healthcare personnel •pregnant women •those with chronic health problems (pulmonary, cardiovascular, etc.) and their caregivers •residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities and their caregivers Questions or comments can be sent to ready@downeyca.org.

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The history of Veterans Day

World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words: Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday-a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on Oct. 8, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible." On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee. In 1958, the White House advised VA's General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee's chairman. The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. - Courtesy U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Raytheon upgrades technology in patrol cars

DOWNEY - Salon Relini is hosting a fundraiser Nov. 20 to benefit a captain in the DOWNEY - Raytheon announced this week that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicles equipped with new mobile data computer systems are now rolling out on the streets, protecting residents.LASD patrol cars, motorcycles, prisoner transport vehicles and SUVs outfitted with the Raytheon-integrated computer systems were unveiled at a news briefing in Los Angeles. The computer systems will enhance the access of more than 2,400 field units to new public safety technologies. Deputies will now be able to utilize the Sheriff's Data Network, Intranet and other criminal databases from their vehicles with the state-of-the-art mobile data computers., officials said. They can also access a variety of law enforcement information including fingerprint databases, Global Positioning System (GPS) expedited routing to emergency calls, and other critical resources peace officers need to efficiently serve the public. Sheriff Lee Baca, whose agency is the largest sheriff's department in the nation with a county population of more than 10 million, said, "Raytheon worked closely with our sheriff's deputies, engineers and technicians to integrate the latest public safety technologies and capabilities into our vehicles. This new mobile data computer system will greatly increase the efficiency of deputies in the field, providing them more knowledge at their fingertips, and enabling them to do more for the public now and in the years ahead." The LASD will have the added benefit of using Raytheon's new Public Safety Regional Technology Center, opening in Downey this winter, to maximize the capabilities of the system as new technologies become available. This is in addition to Raytheon's laying the foundation for the new UCLA Center for Public Safety Network Systems that will create a collaborative research forum that brings together academia, industry and public safety agencies. The $19.9 million investment with Raytheon by the LASD and the County of Los Angeles will dramatically upgrade the 1987 mobile digital technology currently in use and is important to the future of public safety for the millions of people living in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Eric Pierce will wed Nicole Fresquez

Eric Pierce and Nicole Fresquez will be married Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey. Nicole is the daughter of Greg and Maria Gonzalez and is a medical receptionist at a physical therapy office in Long Beach. Eric is the son of Oscar and Carmen Pierce and is editor of The Downey Patriot. The couple will reside in Downey after the wedding. ********** Published: November 10, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 30

JFK items on sale inside library

DOWNEY - The Friends Book Store inside the Downey City Library has for sale various John F. Kennedy books and magazines, with proceeds benefiting the library.Items include "Death of a President" by William Manchester, printed in 1967. No reprints were allowed by the Kennedy family and copies of the book are becoming rare; "Why England Slept" by John Kennedy; and various special magazine editions on the assassinated president, including editions from Life, Look and the Saturday Evening Post.

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Senior swindling season is upon us

To the honest, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is a lovely time of year bringing beautiful seasonal changes, but to the unscrupulous, it's a window of opportunity to prey on seniors and get them to add a Medicare Advantage plan they might not need or change one they already have for no other reason than to wring more commission money out of them.Even though Medicare is a federal program, the state of California 's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has an agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to investigate instances of Medicare Advantage fraud as the state regulator of these products. To help Californians guard themselves against these and other public safety hazards, state law enforcement has launched a unique website: CSLEAFoundation.org. Unique because the information it provides comes directly from people whose daily job it is to fight fraud and crime with the most current information available. In one of four inaugural videos, DMHC Supervising Investigator Kim Scherer tells seniors how to avoid Medicare Advantage scams. A two-page hand-out can also be found on the website, also tips on how to protect against identity theft, unhygienic beauty and barbers shops-and even how to make a 911 call. More videos will be added in the coming months. Contributed by Department of Managed Health Care

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St. Andrews Golf Course

In between shots on the 18th hole at St. Andrews Golf Course, Rotarians Larry McGrew and Richard Strayer and their wives, Chris McGrew and Gloria Strayer, display the Patriot on their recent trip to Scotland. The boys played both the Old (500 years old) and the New golf courses, while the wives went shopping. ********** Published: November 10, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 30

Yolanda Mattei Rushing mourned

DOWNEY - Yolanda Mattei Rushing passed away peacefully in her home in Santa Paula on Oct. 24.Her father, Caesar Mattei, an Italian immigrant, was known as the "Music Man" in Downey due to his many years conducting local bands and for instructing hundreds of music students. Rushing was a graduate of Downey High School, class of 1945. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Robert Rushing, who graduated from Downey High School in 1944; sister, Yvonne Mattei Toney; sister and brother-in-law, Lois Jean Mattei Fults (husband Jon); brother-in-law Charles Rushing plus sons Mel and Scott Rushing and their families. A memorial service will be held in Santa Paula on Dec. 10. For details, contact Scott Rushing at scottrushing00@gmail.com.

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