Hawthorne Happenings February 25, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Finally. Maybe?
s this for real?  Is it finally going to happen?  After nearly 20 years, just maybe, the old, shuttered Hawthorne Plaza Mall property may finally be developed?  Maybe we will no longer have to answer the question, “When is the mall going to be reopened?” Maybe friends of ours who live outside of Hawthorne will actually consider coming to Hawthorne to shop or dine.  However, and it’s a big however, there are close to 600 condos being proposed in the recently released drawings for the mall site.  Many citizens have raised questions about constructing that kind of development with the plan that includes commercial outlets and an office complex.  One of these days, we will all be amazed when we finally have something else to look at instead of an eyesore.

Lions Club Citizen of the Year
onight at 6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, the Hawthorne Lions Club will be honoring HPD Sergeant Chris Cognac as their Citizen of the Year.  Sergeant Cognac has done many great things for the City and for his country.  He was one of the originators of the nation-wide program, “Coffee with the Cop” and has brought many positive programs to the city through his contacts with organizations and corporations.  Besides all of this, he has taken the time to build personal relationships with many individuals in our community many of which were in need of a friend.  Sergeant Cognac is not just a good officer, he is not just a good neighbor, he is a great neighbor and someone working hard to make Hawthorne great.

Pancake Breakfast – THIS SATURDAY
The Hawthorne Historical Society will host our “Hawthorne Hometown” Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, February 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hawthorne Museum.  The hot cakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee will all be ready for the large crowd that is expected.  There will be plenty of good, neighborly conversation, music and raffles going on that morning.  Come on down to 12622 S. Grevillea Avenue, right across from the County Library and enjoy the good times.  Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Golf Anyone?
The 27th Annual Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 11th at Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton.  Annually, this tournament raises a lot of money to provide programs and services to the residents of Hawthorne.  We are always looking for additional golfers and sponsors.  If you wish to have your company sponsor a foursome, or if you simply wish to join up with another foursome you are welcome to participate and support a great cause.  For more information please contact, Dick Huhn at 310-643-9157. Lunch and dinner are both included with your entry fees.

I may teach Math but my main job is to try to motivate young people.  It’s a real challenge to have students work hard to achieve.  They have grown up around instant gratification.  They are used to getting things fast.  Technology is fast and this generation has been raised on technology.  We may have all gotten a little like my students. We are impatient when standing in line.  We don’t like it when others seem to be wasting our time.  We want things now. A lot of times we don’t like to spend time listening to others talk.  It’s hard to develop relations with others if we don’t invest some time getting to know each other.  We are surrounded by people, but we may not really know anyone.  When everything is said and done, it’s those relationships we build with others that are most meaningful.  Do we care enough about others to listen, really listen?  By investing a short bit of time, we tell them we care.  So, try to listen more this week. Next thing you know, you’ll be enjoying a cold one with a newly found friend. Please let me know when this happens, I’ll be there.

Email me at: norbhuber@gmail.com