Heat Wave Called Off, But Cooling Centers Staying Open

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With temperatures easing and some breezes rolling in, meteorologists have called of the heat wave. But cooling centers will still be operating this weekend, and until further notice, until the end of the month. So if you are unable make it to the beach this weekend, and the heat is still getting to you, there will still places in your area where you can escape. A few cool centers operating in our area that open during the weekend:

-Langley Center in Monterey Park will open as a cooling center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. from 8am to 5pm. There will be restroom facilities and drinking water available. 400 W. Emerson Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

-East Los Angeles Library will be open Saturday, from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.4837 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

-South Gate Senior Center is open 8am to 5pm both days this weekend. 4855 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA. Call (323) 358-9662 for more information.

Visit the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health website for information about more locations and hours, and check out some tips for keeping cool.

No beach plans this weekend? Try a cooling center.

Sandwich Shop Robbery Footage Released

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Police today released surveillance video of two armed suspects who robbed a sandwich shop in Boyle Heights and asked the public’s help identifying the men.

It happened about 1:35 a.m. July 2 at a restaurant in the 1800 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue, said Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“The first suspect jumped onto the counter as the second suspect pointed a handgun at the employees and a lone customer,” Faden said in a statement. “The first suspect jumped down and demanded money from the cash register while the second suspect continued to act as a look out.”

Faden said the two fled the scene after receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

The first suspect is black, about 30 to 40 years old, with acne scars on his cheeks. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

The second suspect is black, about 28 to 30 years old, with a goatee and black-framed glasses. He is about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds.

Detectives warned the two should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities urged anyone with information regarding this robbery or the suspects to contact Hollenbeck area robbery detectives at (323) 342-8988 or (323) 342-4101.

Link to Video: Restaurant Robbery Suspects Captured on Surveillance Video

Commerce to Hold Festivities in Honor Olympic Gold Medalist

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Olympic gold medalist Brenda Villa will be returning next Sunday to the pool where she first learned how to play water polo. The City of Commerce is holding a ceremony on Aug. 26 to dedicate the pool to Villa, who earned a history-making gold medal while serving as the captain of the US Women’s Water Polo Team at the London 2012 Olympics. Vila is also four-time Olympian. The event will take place from 4-8pm at Rosewood Park (5600 Harbor Street, Commerce, CA). There will be music by a live DJ and refreshments.

EGPNews update: Aquatics Center Named After Olympian Gold Medalist

EGPNews story on Villa’s latest Olympic achievement: Commerce Native Takes Gold In London

Past stories on water polo in Commerce:
Mexican Water Polo Team Aims For Olympics With Commerce’s Help
Proud City Supports its Olympians

Brenda Villa, left, celebrate four consecutive Olympic victories, capped of with a gold medal in London with long-time teammate Heather Petri, right.

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