Hawthorne Happenings May 24, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Community K9 Dinner
The Hawthorne Presidents Council will be hosting a community BBQ dinner this Thursday, May 24 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hawthorne Memorial Center.  There will be a raffle and all funds raised the evening will go to the HPD’s K9 unit. The dinner ticket price is only $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Memorial Day
This Monday, we pay tribute to all of the men and women who have given the ultimate in service to our great nation, Memorial Day. This is not just a day to BBQ and have a cold one, this is a day to give thanks to God for the soldiers who have provided our country with freedom and peace.  The Hawthorne American Legion Post and the VFW Post will jointly host our Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. out in front of the Betty Ainsworth Center by the Memorial Center.  

Cougartown on Facebook
All of you alums of Hawthorne High now can post and communicate with one another once again.  Robert Jensen, a member of the class of ’71, has taken the time to start a new Facebook page entitled Cougartown.  Check it out.  The very popular posting site entitled cougartown.com had been closed down since the unexpected death of John Baker the originator and facilitator of the site.  It’s great to stay in touch with your classmates and friends from HHS.  Go Cougs!  

Holly Park Homeowner’s Association Pancake Breakfast
The Holly Park Homeowners will once again be hosting a pancake breakfast scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, June 16th at Olivet Lutheran Church.  Mark your calendars for this fun event.

How Do I Say Thank You?
I would love to invite my 19 loyal readers to a thank you party so that I can thank you personally for sticking with me and reading my column.  It would be a really honor and joy to have a cold one and some pizza together with some of you before I depart for greener pastures. Of course, ice tea or soda will be available for you non-alcoholic cold one drinkers.  This gathering of sorts will be held on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 5 p.m. at the Pizza Show on Hawthorne Blvd.  Please RSVP by emailing me back. Space is limited so the first 19 to respond get in. The deadline to RSVP is Thursday June 7th.  There is a $10 charge for your food and drink which you can pay that evening. Please use my special code when reserving your spot to prove that you are one of my readers.  The code is: “Have A Cold One!” Best of all, you will be able to meet the best thing Hawthorne has ever given to me, my ol’ lady.

I’m Not Dead Yet
The Hawthorne Historical Society honored two great men, a long-standing Hawthorne, family-owned business and a legionary service club last Saturday at their annual Hall of Fame banquet held at the Ayers Hotel.  Then they tried to remain the Good Neighbors Award after me by changing it to “Norb Huber-Good Neighbors” Award.  I appreciate the gesture but I had to remind them of an ordinance passed by the city council saying that anything in the City named after a person requires that person to be dead.  My ol’ lady might think I’m half dead but I don’t think I’m fully dead yet.  As City Clerk, I would indicate that this name change is not allowed.

Hawthorne Mall
Enough is enough.  When I moved to Hawthorne in 1977 the Plaza Mall was brand new.  It was only open for about 20 years and now it’s been closed for 20 years.  Last week we found out the owner was using anything possible to get someone to be a tenant. It’s time for the City and the powers that be to take direct steps to force the hand of the owner. Either he sells it or he must forfeit the property to Hawthorne.  We have lost millions of dollars in lost revenue over the two decades that it has been shuttered.  Hawthorne’s city center has been an eyesore far too long.  The good neighbors of Hawthorne deserve something better.  My idea of a terminal entry to the tunnel network being built by Elon’s Boring Company makes a lot of sense.  People could drive to the terminal, park their cars there and hop on to the fast, clean skates that will whisk them under our freeways.  Could someone ask Elon to help us out?

Life and Death
We just got word yesterday that a longtime church friend and fellow member of the Hawthorne Historical Society, Jim Weishaar, was found dead in his retreat home in the high desert area. He had been having some health issues recently but was still very active and had just returned from a two week driving trip across the country visiting friends and family with his son.  His death is a shocker to all of us.  But knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes our shock and grief manageable. Yes, death separates us from our loved ones, but we take comfort knowing Jim is reunited with his wife and home with his Savior.

Upcoming Events on Hawthorne’s Calendar      

May 24: K-9 Community BBQ Dinner. July - Kiwanis Club Annual Carnival and Good Neighbors Day  Email norb at norbhuber@gmail.com