Hawthorne Happenings July 7, 2015

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks
How many M80’s and skyrockets have to be shot off to really celebrate our nation’s birthday?  Or is it a competition to see who can shoot off the most?  I’m sure if you were in town last weekend, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When a great number of residents are breaking the law and firing illegal fireworks up into the air, it is impossible for law enforcement to do much about it.  It’s similar to illegal drugs, unless the supply of black market fireworks is cut off, the “war zone atmosphere” surrounding Hawthorne’s 4th of July will continue annually.  My mother-in-law who lived through the beginnings of World War II in Germany commented that the bombs exploding over her house last Saturday night reminded her of her horrors seventy years ago.  I have a feeling that some people had a few too many “cold ones” during their day of barbeques and block parties which led to them to feeling no pain when lighting up blaster after big boomer.

World Special Olympics
Thanks to the generosity of Hawthorne businesses, the cost of being a host city for the upcoming World Special Olympics has been mostly covered.  We will host 100 special athletes from two different countries.  They will be staying in our local hotels, being treated to special dinners, working out at local venues and participating in some events while they are here the last week of July.  These athletes are serious about the competition and winning is everything to them.  It’s great the city of Hawthorne has stepped forward to help out a worthy cause. 

 Movies in the Park – Saturday, July 11th
The Holly Park Homeowners Association once again invites you to their annual “Movies in the Park” event to be held this Saturday, July 11 at Holly Park, which is located at 120th Street and Van Ness Blvd. on the east side of town. Go for the food and games prior to the feature movie that is shown on a big screen out on the baseball field. Bring a chair and/or blanket. Every year there is a large crowd of young and old folk like me. 

Hall of Fame Banquet – Friday, July 17th
The second annual Hawthorne Historical Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Friday, July 17 starting with a social hour at 6 p.m.   This year the banquet will be over at the Memorial Center’s Venus Room. Tickets are $30 per person and can be obtained by emailing hawthornehistorical@gmail.com or in person at the Hawthorne Museum. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees include: The Hawthorne Beach Boys, Reese Walton, Jim Thorpe, Carl Boenish, and Seers Lumber.

 Good Neighbors Day – Saturday, July 18th
It’s hard to believe that this will be our 5th Annual Good Neighbors Day. It will be held on Saturday, July 18th in front of City Hall on 126th Street.  The activities include a car show, three great bands performing on stage, vendors from a variety of organizations, and some food and games.  If you would like to be a vendor, please email me and we will include you.  The cost of being a vendor is $25.

Politically Correct?
Interesting times we are living through these days.  Just in the past few weeks, we have seen an Olympic champion male be praised for his courage after changing his gender.  We have heard Donald Trump insult pretty much the entire population of Southern California.  The highest court in the land has overruled the majority vote of the populace by legalizing the marriage of any two human beings regardless of gender. Finally, the Confederate flag has become the symbol of racism. How do we handle all of this?  How do I handle these changing times?  I turn to my spiritual faith.  Sin has been part of all of us since Adam and Eve.  We all do wrong.  I’m just as bad as the next guy.  We know that there will always be conflict and hatred and pride and arrogance.  Because I live in America, I can believe the way I want. I may lack “politically correctness”, but I place my trust in an even higher being than the supreme court.  Just as God loves us all, I try to love and respect all, but I just can’t go see myself becoming Norma instead of Norbert.   I think it’s time for a “cold one”!

Contact email:  norbhuber@gmail.com