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Downey’s float wins National Trophy at Rose Parade

DOWNEY – Downey’s self-built entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, a 53-ft. long structure featuring a real ice skating rink, smoking chimney and more than 6,000 roses, […]


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At Downey High, special ed students don’t eat alone

Downey High’s Amigos Club encourages socializing between general and special education students. Only four years old, it has already become largest club on campus.


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Vocational nursing graduates earn diplomas

Downey Adult School students qualify to take state exam, become vocational nurses.


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Downey Museum of Art announces first show of 2015

DOWNEY – The Downey Museum of Art has announced its first exhibition for 2015, “Vic Joachim Smith – Early Work,” opening Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at […]


“Off Kilter,” a short play by Downey resident and playwright Alistair Hunter, premieres Jan. 10 at South Gate Museum and Art Galleries.
Short play to premiere at exhibit opening

SOUTH GATE – The Other Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a specially commissioned new “work in progress” 15-minute play, “Off Kilter”, by Barry Slater. Produced and […]


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Downey sci-fi author publishes collection of short stories

Science fiction author published a collection of 50 science fiction short stories.


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Norwalk gets 15 acres for park space

NORWALK – President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week which includes an amendment that facilitates the transfer of a portion of the […]


Crime Report

Thursday, Dec. 11 At 5:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Ryerson Street and Imperial Highway regarding a robbery investigation.  Officers spoke with the victims who reported […]


The music of Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, is used in “In My Life.”
Beatles musical coming to Downey Theatre

“In My Life” recreates the Beatles’ rise to fame in the 1960s, all the way to their final live performance.


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New hotel may be coming to Firestone Boulevard

DOWNEY – The city of Downey is progressing in plans to develop a parcel of publicly-owned land on Firestone Boulevard into a name-brand hotel and banquet facility. Developers […]


Councilman Fernando Vasquez is issued the oath of office by his wife, Donna. Vasquez was elected to a second four-year term last month. Photo by John Zander
Fernando Vasquez reflects on his year as Downey mayor

Hello Downey! My term as Mayor has come to an end and as I reflect back on this last year, I am very grateful for the opportunity to […]


Lakewood Blvd. street repairs expected to last through January

Local business owners fed up as construction delays stretch into next year.


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Foundation donates 50K books to Downey schools

  DOWNEY – A local nonprofit group donated more than 50,000 children’s books to the Downey Unified School District last week. The books range from board books for […]


The Downey Rose Float Association’s float passed final inspection by Tournament of Roses Parade officials last week. The parade, which is seen on television by an estimated 39 million Americans and millions more around the world, is Jan. 1 in Pasadena. Photo by Linda DeKay
Downey float passes last round of testing

DOWNEY –The Downey Rose Float Association passed the final series of inspections mandated by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade last Satruday. The last in the series of […]


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Downey student wins prize for medical invention

DOWNEY – Johns Hopkins University student Luis Herrera, of Downey, was part of a team that won $10,000 at a national innovation competition last month. Herrera, Anvesh Annadanam, […]


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An open letter to Mario Guerra: Downey still needs you

Dear Mario: I’m hoping you read this letter. I know you’re a faithful reader of the Patriot, but just to be sure I’ve got your attention, I’ve placed […]


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Eight years later, Mario Guerra says goodbye

Two-term councilman reflects on eight years as a city representative.


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Ernie Brace, Vietnam POW, dies

DOWNEY – Ernest Brace, a civilian who was captured during the Vietnam War while flying supplies for the CIA and who later tapped code through a wall to […]


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For Meg Zeleny, music is what defines her

Music director of Downey Master Chorale, finds motivation and inspiration in music.


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Carlo’s Pizza marks 50 years

DOWNEY – The Downey Conservancy congratulates Carlo’s Pizza House on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in business. A celebration marking the event will be held this Sunday, […]