Hawthorne Happenings April 12, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Hawthorne Parks Foundation Golf Tournament
It’s not too late to play in the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament to be held this Monday, April 16th.  This year’s tournament is being played at the Industry Hills "Babe Course". The schedule is as follows: 10 am Registration, 11 am BBQ Lunch, 12 noon shotgun start, 5 pm dinner. If you are interested in playing or your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Dick Huhn at 310-643-9157. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to the installation of new lockers at the Hawthorne swimming pool.  

Upcoming Events on Hawthorne’s Calendar
April 21: Earth Day/Service Providers Fair at Memorial Park; April 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day at Memorial Center – 2 p.m.; April 28: Relay for Life 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hawthorne HS Track (12 hours only this year); April 28: Resolve to Rise Workshop; May 12: Hawthorne 5K Run and Health Fair at Hawthorne HS Track; May 19: Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet – Ayres Hotel; May 24: K-9 Community BBQ Dinner. There are a lot of activities coming up in Hawthorne, get out and participate.

The End is In Sight
I’ve always tried my best to be transparent in my writing of this column and in my city clerk’s duties.  I like to “tell it like it is” and be “real” and be straight forward and not beat around the bush and not be a “typical politician” that tells you half truths or fake news to get you to think that I’m the one to vote for in the next election. So, here we go.  Rather than conduct a news conference at City Hall, I will break the news to my loyal readers first through this outlet: I will not be seeking re-election this coming fall.  In fact I won’t be living in Hawthorne this fall.  As you know, I’m concluding my teaching career in June and will be retiring.  Our love for our family has led me and my ol’ lady to decide to purchase a “retirement home” in Orangevale, CA, which is located 20 miles Northeast of Sacramento.  Our daughter, son-in-law, and our two grandchildren moved to that area last summer.  So, it is the love of being there for the grand kiddos and watching them grow up that has trumped my love for you my dear reader/friends and my love for Hawthorne.  I have enjoyed writing this column and sharing my wit and nonwisdom with you the past eight years. All good or bad or stupid things have to come to an end sometime.  Maybe the newspaper will let me continue to ramble on even in my physical absence from this local. It will be hard to replace me since I have no idea what I’m trying to say the majority of the time.  No, I’m not leaving or stopping to write immediately.  I just wanted to give you a heads up, all eight or ten or twelve of you. Do me a favor, don’t let your tears of joy or sadness spill into your cold one and ruin a good brew, just enjoy life.  I’ve heard it said that I should get out while the going is good, retire at my peak. When I started out low and sunk even lower, I can see the writing on the wall, it’s time. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life.

 Graffiti Removal
If you see graffiti in Hawthorne, call our hotline:  310-349-1632.  Our goal is to remove any graffiti on public property or assist private property owners and have it removed with 48 hours of notification. If you see it, report it and discourage more graffiti from taking over our city.  Let’s keep Hawthorne clean.

 National Night of Prayer
The Hawthorne/Lawndale Ministerial Association invites you to attend their annual National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 3 at the South Bay Celebration Assembly beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for the service this year is Unity in faith based on Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Hall of Fame Banquet
The Hawthorne Historical Society will be holding their fourth Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, May 19th at 6 p.m. at the Ayres Hotel located at 14400 Hindry Avenue in Hawthorne. The class of 2018 inductees include:  Joe Contestabile, The Hawthorne Kiwanis Club, Phillips Plumbing and Heating, Chet Pipkin, and Emitt Rhodes.  The MC for the evening’s program will be Christina Pascucci, KTLA anchor.  It looks like another great event for the residents of Hawthorne to celebrate the accomplishments of some great people and organizations. For more information: hawthornehistorical@gmail.com.

 Email Norb at norbhuber@gmail.com