Hawthorne Happenings September 8, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Sad Day

Attending a friend’s funeral is not a real happy time. That’s what many of us did last Saturday.  There were over 400 people who attended the memorial service for Don McIntire, a former City of Hawthorne public works employee.  Don was born in Inglewood and worked for 31 years with the City of Hawthorne.  He coached Little League baseball and Junior All-American football for about that same length of time. He was well liked, had a great sense of humor, and loved to talk.  Don talked to, with, and at anyone who cared to listen.  I lived around the corner from him and he was an active member of the Hawthorne Historical Society.  He would always love to come into the Hawthorne Museum because he knew he could find someone to talk with. He would lead visitors around the museum showing them every photo or item of memorabilia giving a detailed story about each one.  Don is survived by his wife, Marsha, and will be sorely missed by all who had a chance to know this man with a big, lovable heart.

Sadder Part of Day

I had just gotten home from Don’s service when I received a text from the Hawthorne Police Department telling me that they were investigating a major traffic accident at the corner of 133rd Street and Hawthorne Blvd. Our main artery would be closed for four hours while the investigation into a vehicle verses a pedestrian traffic accident was studied.  I decided to walk over to the scene and saw a baby stroller torn up in the middle of the street with other bits of evidence close by.  As most of you know the 15 month old child did not survive the crash caused by an elderly lady allegedly driving under the influence.  The 15 year old aunt of the baby was taken to the hospital with major injuries.  It was terrible to see what had happened just minutes before.  It is even more horrible to think of how this poor, innocent baby died. My friend had 80 years to live, this child had just a little more than one year.  We really never know how many days or years we have to live.   

The End of a Good Thing

With the approval of the two Marriott Hotels going into the site of the old police station, the Hawthorne Historical Society was given notice to vacate the premises by the end of September.  The Hawthorne Museum has been a great thing for the residents of the city to enjoy.  It has been a gathering spot for many on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Now with the new development coming in, the Museum will have to move. The HHS operates the Museum.   We are currently looking for a new site.  If you are aware of any vacant building the HHS could move to please let us know as soon as you can. We would like to find another location at which to display the colorful history of the City of Good Neighbors.

Road Rage Endangers Lives           

Seems like road rage was the cause of an accident on Wednesday late afternoon by the corner of 126th and Hawthorne Blvd.  Two cars were chasing each other after colliding on the 105 freeway.  Both cars hit several other cars and a street sweeper.  The lead car eventually landed upside down in the middle of the street. This reckless behavior endangered the lives of other motorists and people on the sidewalks and streets.  One City worker had to jump out of the way of the speeding car.  (See photo)

Upcoming Events:   City Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 13 – 6 p.m.     Job Fair – Thurs. Sept. 29 – Memorial Center  

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