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January 22, 2018 - 4:51am

Articles by Darren Fraser

Every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting), the Catalina Island Conservancy and its volunteer cohort storm the beaches of Catalina and clean.

Turning out to volunteer

Planning Director Amanda Cook says the Vons building project is on schedule. “They’re halfway through the preliminary grading,” she says. “They should be done next week and then they’ll let it sit 30 days for compacting.” Once the ground compacting is complete, work on the foundation can commence. Cook says the project should be completed by December 2018.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Avalon station rings in the New Year by ensuring residents and the nearly 3000 visitors that descend upon the island stay safe while enjoying the festivities.

Hugh Carson is a civilian dispatcher at the Avalon station. Carson has been on the force since 2003. He says the department beefs up patrols on New Year’s Eve by adding two deputies.

Avalon’s iconic Casino Ballroom plays host to the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration this Sunday.

The event is sold out, of course (reservations went on sale last August).

The evening kicks off at 6:45 pm. Dinner will be served from 7 to 8:30. Xceptional Music Company New Year’s Eve Band will provide the music. The band will play Big Band tunes and hits from the 60s to present day. Music starts at 9 and continues until 1 am. Balloons will drop at precisely midnight.