The Mets

The Mets are champions after winning Northwest Downey Little League's Major division. The kids are now representing Downey in a tournament of champions against other city little leagues. Players kneeling (from left): Sebastian Valencia, Alexander Duran, Justin Lubetski, Brian Russell, Matthew DeForest and Xavier Valencia. Standing: Sebastian Guerrero, Michael Ravelo, Kevin Boudreau, Sergio Benitez, Samuel Zazueta and Hunter Rios. Adults in back row: coach Rick DeForest, manager Rick Valencia, team mom Layne Lubetski, coach Edgar Dominguez and coach Sergio Zazueta. ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07

Downey United 14u girls soccer team

The Downey United 14u girls soccer team won their seventh tournament of the year after finishing first in Cypress's Memorial Day Classic. Downey defeated Ontario 1-0, tied Temecula Matrix FC 1-1, tied Los Alamitos Lacarra-Plaff 2-2 and beat Corona/Norco in penalty kicks. They played Los Alamitos again in the finals, this time beating them 1-0. The team dedicated the championship "to all those brave Downey men and women who have given their lives." ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07

Gender bender comedy opening in Long Beach

LONG BEACH - "Leading Ladies," a comedy about two down-on-their-luck actors who dress as women to con a dying woman out of her millions, opens June 8 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.Produced by International City Theatre, previews are June 5-8. Described as a cross between "Twelfth Night" and "Some Like It Hot," the comedy finds two actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable, so down on their luch that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Mayhem ensues when they find out that the relatives aren't nephews - but nieces. Tickets are $37 for Thursday night performances, and $55 for Friday through Sunday. Tickets are discounted to $29 for preview performances. For tickets or more information, call (562) 436-4610 or go online to internationalcitytheatre.org.

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Murder mystery urges audience participation

LONG BEACH - The murder mystery dinner comedy "Exit Stage Death" will be presented at the Long Beach Playhouse June 3 and June 10.In "Exit Stage Death," a revival of the classic musical "South Atlantic" is being staged at the Dick Dodgers Theatre and every egomaniacal actor and actress is vying to be part of the production. Unforutnately, one of the greatest stars in the world is murdered before the first course is served. Enter one zany redhead named Lucy - to serve as the detective - and the audience will die of laughter as she tries to solve the comical case. Hors d'oeuvres, salads and dessert will be served between acts. Audience members can try to figure out the "who done it" over dessert. Performances start at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 for the show and three courses. For tickets, go to lbplayhouse.org or call (562) 494-1014.

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'The Addams Family' at Pantages

HOLLYWOOD - "The Addams Family," a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, will makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages Theatre for a two-week engagement"The Addams Family" features an original story and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Orchestra level tickets start at $25. The musical is recommended for ages 7 and up. For tickets or information, go online to broadwayla.org or call (800) 982-2787.

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SEAACA to host adoption event

DOWNEY - The SEAACA animal shelter in Downey is dropping the adoption fee for adult cats to only $9 during an adoption event June 30.Adoption fees for kittens will be $30 while Chihuahuas can be adopted for $50. Each adoption comes with 10 pounds of dog or cat food, pet toys, collars and information on how to keep your pet comfortable in the heat. For more information, visit seaaca.org or call (562) 803-3301.

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Christian club meets at Sizzler

DOWNEY - Ernelyn Carpenter, a former longtime Whittier resident active in several church and business groups, will be guest speaker when the Christian Business Men's Club meets June 7 at Sizzler.The meeting starts at noon and is open to men and women. Carpenter is a "police widow," losing her first husband, a police officer, to heart-related complications. Carpenter's second husband, Ernie Carpenter, also had a heart attack and was supposed to die soon after the couple was married but "through prayer and natural remedies they were able to enjoy 22 years together." For more information, call chairman James Vanlengen at (562) 310-1335.

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Ford dealer donates $5K to Warren High

DOWNEY - Central Ford of South Gate, a fairly new car dealership located on Firestone Boulevard, donated more than $5,000 to Warren High School last week to enhance student activities.The donation marked the culmination of a fundraiser in which Ford donated $20 for every person who test-drove a vehicle from Central Ford. More than 350 local residents took a test-drive. Henry Ford III, the great great-grandson of Ford's founder, presented the check worth $5,080 last week. Huntington Park High School also received $2,820. "Participants had the chance to take a fun, casual drive in one of our vehicles, while lending our students and community a much-needed helping hand," said Jerry Feldman of Central Ford. Warren High principal John Harris called the donation "a blessing." "With all the cutbacks in school budgets, finding creative ways to fund-raise is imperative," Harris said. "What they're doing is a blessing for our students and it says a lot about who they are as a company. The money...will help our school tremendously."

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Rabies vaccines only $6

NORWALK - Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are only $6 at a rabies clinic planned June 7 from 5-7 p.m. on the Norwalk City Hall lawn.Another rabies clinic is scheduled for July 13. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Individual vaccines, micro-chipping and flea control products will also be available. Residents can also renew their dog licenses by bringing their renewal alerts. For more information, call the city's Dog Licensing Dept. at (562) 929-5711.

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Shear Vanity opens June 7

DOWNEY - Shear Vanity Inc., located at 11019 Myrtle St. in Suite 101, will celebrate its grand opening June 7 at 4:30 p.m.The business is owned by Nency Sandoval and Esther Higgins. The grand opening celebration is coordinated by the Downey Chamber of Commerce.

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Donations sought for female troops

DOWNEY - Soroptimist International of Downey has adopted an additional 18 overseas female troops to support.Soroptimist is a supporter of Ladies of Liberty, a program that focuses on the needs of deployed female servicemembers. The club adopted 16 troops last year and 14 recently returned home. The club is accepting donation items for care packages, including travel size toiletries and snacks such as cookies, crackers, protein bars, Crystal Light, chips, candy, etc. Collection bins are at Bob's Big Boy, the Downey YMCA and at Saywell Florist. For more information, call Lindey Louder at (310) 415-9406 or Mia Vasquez at (562) 806-3217.

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Kotze-Ramos honored by small business group

DOWNEY - Patricia Kotze-Ramos, president and CEO of private investigation firm Diversified Risk Management, has been announced as the "Women in Business Champion of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration.The honor was announced last week during National Small Business Week. The SBA honors 13 entrepreneurs and small business owners each year for their role in "driving the regional economy and accelerating economic recovery." "I congratulate each and every award winner for their amazing accomplishments," said Victor Parker, Los Angeles SBA district director. "These entrepreneurs, champions and resource partners are writing the comeback story for the American economy...they are a tremendous example for other entrepreneurs." Kotze-Ramos is also active in the community, volunteering with the Downey Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International of Downey. She is also a candidate for state Assembly.

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Free CPR training at hospital

WHITTIER - Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier is offering free hands-only CPR training June 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.CPR instructors will demonstrate the proper techniques of hands-only CPR. Training will be done in 15-minute increments. Training will not result in CPR certification. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of victims get CPR from a bystander. Using hands-only CPR, bystanders can act to improve the odds of survival. For more information about the free training, call Carole Snyder at (562) 698-0811, ext. 17684.

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Crime Report

Friday, May 25At 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the Downey Regional Medical Center in regards to a gunshot victim. The victim was dropped off at the hospital and was suffering from a gunshot wound. Initially it was believed the incident occurred in Downey however, after further investigation it was discovered the incident occurred in the city of Bell Gardens. Bell Gardens Police Officers responded and handled the investigation.

At 11:25 p.m., officers responded to the 7600 block of Firestone in regards to an attempted robbery. The suspects drove up to the victim and demanded property. The suspects were unable to obtain any property and drove away in a vehicle. Officers spotted the vehicle and after a brief pursuit the suspects were arrested without incident. They were identified and arrested for robbery. Investigation is ongoing.

Monday, May 28 Officers, using the license plate, reader located a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Paramount Blvd @ Melva St. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which was being driven by an adult male. After a brief pursuit the suspect was arrested and booked for grand theft vehicle.

At 12:20 p.m., officers responded to the 8400 block of Iowa Street in regards to an attempted robbery. The victim reported approached by 2 suspects who demanded property. The suspects were unable to obtain any property and ran away without any loss. Detectives are investigating.

Tuesday, May 29 At 4:00 p.m., officers responded to the area of Paramount Blvd @ Gardendale Rd., in regards to a robbery. The victim reported he was knocked off of his bike and the suspect stole his backpack and bicycle. The suspect fled the area with the loss. Detective are investigating. Infromation provided by the Downey Police Department

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Norwalk man allegedly sold machine gun to undercover agent

NORWALK - A Norwalk man was one of three people arrested last week after allegedly selling high-powered weapons - including a machine gun - to undercover federal agents.The undercover operation began in May 2010 when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allegedly purchased six firearms, including a machine gun, a sawed-off shotgun and a stolen .50-caliber handgun. The undercover agents purchased the weapons after using an informant to infiltrate a group that was allegedly selling the guns in Norwalk and Bellflower. Federal agents arrested David Martinez, 28, of Norwalk; Gerardo Perez, 27, of Bellflower; and Francisco Jimenez, 22, of Bell Gardens. All three were charged with conspiracy to sell firearms without a license. Martinez and Perez face additional charges of possessing an unregistered firearm - the machine gun. If convicted, Martinez faces 40 years in prison, while Jimenez and Perez could receive 20 years.

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Carlos Galvan Jr.

Downey resident Carlos Galvan Jr., pictured above in front of the White House, returned from Washington, D.C. last week where he participated in the White House Business Council's "Business Forward" briefing. Galvan, who is vice president and CFO at La Amapola Inc., was part of a coalition of California business executives meeting with senior administration officials about entrepreneurship, small business, job creation and economic competitiveness. ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07

Downey High School Senior Awards Night

More than 130 Downey High School seniors were honored at the school's annual Senior Awards Night on May 17. The event was well-attended by faculty, parents and school board member Bobbie Samperi. ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07

Gourmet Bunco Section

The Woman's Club of Downey - Gourmet Bunco Section - has chosen the Friends of the Downey City Library and the Downey Symphony to honor with $400 donations. Pictured above are bunco players and guests from their May 21 meeting. The bunco group meets the third Monday of each month. "It is a wonderful way to make new and good friends (and) have fun while doing good for others," said president Cheryll Olson. For information on joining the group, call Marie Augiemeri at (562) 884-5799. ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07

Maria Cabrera

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard thanked Downey resident Maria Cabrera for her service in the congresswoman's Los Angeles office. Cabrera, left, is working toward her master's degree in Social Work at USC and has been interning for Roybal-Allard for the past nine months. ********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07