Virgil "Sunny" Julian, owner of Eco-Energia and 1945 graduate of Northeast High School, donated a solar panel system to Nueva Vida Church, 141 N. Lawndale Ave. Cost of the solar panel system and installation totaled about $100,000, but Eco-Energia's "Community Connection Program" footed the bill. "It feels good to give back," said Julian. "I decided that years ago in my life, my function for being here on earth was to make it easier for other people."
Walt Bodine, locally acclaimed broadcaster, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was 92 years old. Bodine attended Longfellow Elementary and Westport High schools.