News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber
Good Neighbors – Good Day
It was a good day in Hawthorne last Saturday. The 7th Annual Good Neighbors Day was just a good event on a good day. The weather was good. The car show guys showed up early with their nice cars. The variety of music was a good mix. The grand opening of the new Hawthorne Museum was well received with a large crowd viewing the displays following the ribbon cutting. Thank you to the volunteers and city leaders who made it all possible. The City of Hawthorne is leasing the Jim Thorpe building to the Historical Society so that the museum can continue to provide a good place for the citizens of Hawthorne to gather and celebrate our rich history. The Museum’s hours now will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. If you didn’t make it over to see the new site last Saturday, you are encouraged to stop by any Tuesday or Saturday. The address is 14100 Prairie Avenue.
At a planning meeting one of the Historical Society members asked if we could conduct a 50-50 during Good Neighbors Day. To my surprise, there were quite a few members present who didn’t know what a 50-50 drawing was. If you’ve been to a little league game, car show event, or a minor league baseball game, you might have heard that they were selling 50-50 tickets. It’s a fundraiser. Simply put, tickets are sold, you get a raffle ticket and if your number is drawn then you get half of the “pot” and the sponsoring organization gets to keep half for their cause. It’s not like you have a 50% chance of winning. Your odds are determined by the number of tickets sold. The more tickets sold, the bigger the pot. To tell you the truth, I would rather spend my money at the concession stand buying an overpriced cold one. That’s money well spent. No 50-50 for me.
On Sunday, October 1st, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., we will have the opportunity to experience the flavor of our Cuban friends. Great music, food and fun are all on the agenda. The annual Cuban Festival will be held at the Sociedad Jose Marti which is located at 12141 Prairie Avenue. Parking is limited to street parking so plan to get over there early to avoid searching for a spot. Admission is $10 for adults.
High End or High Density?
Next Tuesday, the Hawthorne City Council will be voting upon a development project slated for Crenshaw Blvd across from SpaceX. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Council votes. Like most controversial projects, there are two sides to the argument. The people in favor of the Green Line Mixed-Use Project, as it is being called, look at the development as a plus for the city. It’s touted as “high end” luxury apartment living for the young professional who can hop on the Green Line and take it to most anywhere now in LA County. Those opposed to the project look as it as another “high density” apartment complex adding more cars to our already crowded streets and not really servicing the real needs of the city.
A Loyal Reader
Well, oh well, oh well, would you believe that one of my readers admitted to reading my column each week? She came up to me last Saturday and told me that she not only reads them, she saves them and has a stack in her home that is getting higher by the week. Can you imagine what joy this brings me? They say that if you have one or two true friends in your life time then you are blessed. Well, if I have one or two readers who are just waiting to read the latest nonsense that I spit out each week, then I feel extremely fortunate, lucky, blessed and enthralled by the mere thought of a neighbor taking the time to read and digest my musings. Thankfulness and gratefulness are two wonderful ways to live life. If we look at our beer mug as half empty we get sad, but if we look at it and say it’s half full then we see the positive side of life that we can still enjoy right until the very last drop. To tell you the truth, my mug has been full and overflowing all of my life. God has blessed me beyond my wildest sips or gulps. It’s all about what direction we look. I know a lot of times I only look inwardly towards myself and my own worries and problems. If I look outward, I see others and their needs. I see how I can help by simply smiling and saying hi. The best direction is to look upward. By looking up to see God and his love for us. It’s true, God loves us. He cares for us. He wants the best for us. Our beer may run out, but God’s keg never runs dry.
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