OC Health Officer issues new guidelines
In light of recently issued industry guidance by the California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA regarding places of worship and hair salons, the County Health Officer issued amended orders and strong recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County as more businesses move toward re-opening.
The following orders revise and supersede the May 23, 2020, orders and recommendations.
Effective May 29 and continuing until further notice, the following will be in effect in unincorporated and incorporated territories of Orange County:
1. Self-isolation of persons with COVID-19: All county residents who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19, as defined below, shall immediately isolate themselves in their home or another residence under the following criteria, as applicable:
» Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves until: (i) at least 3 days (72 hours) after they have recovered, meaning their fever has resolved without use of fever-reducing medications and their respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved; AND (ii) at least 10 days has elapsed from when their symptoms first appeared.
» Individuals who have a positive COVID-19 PCR laboratory test result and are without COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves for 10 days from the date when the specimen for the positive COVID-19 PRC laboratory test result was obtained.
This self-isolation order DOES NOT in any way restrict access by first responders to an isolation site during an emergency.
2. Self-Quarantine of Persons Exposed to COVID-19: All county residents who know that they have been in close contact, as defined below, with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 shall take the following actions:
»Quarantine themselves in their home or another residence until 14 days from the last date that they were in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
» Exposed persons shall self-quarantine themselves for the entire 14-day COVID-19 incubation period, the typical time between exposure and when symptoms and signs of the disease may develop. They may not leave their place of quarantine except to receive necessary medical care or to obtain such other goods or services necessary for their basic subsistence.
This self-quarantine order DOES NOT in any way restrict access by first responders to a quarantine site during an emergency. This self-quarantine SHALL NOT APPLY to health care professionals and law enforcement personnel.
All businesses, industries and entities listed on the State’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ and at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ that reopen in Orange County as part of Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap shall post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.
In addition to the foregoing industry-specific checklist, all businesses, industries and entities shall post a document at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property that specifically includes an attestation by the business, industry or entity owner and/or operator that it has:
• Performed a detailed risk assessment and implemented a site-specific protection plan;
• Trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them;
• Implemented individual control measures and screenings;
• Implemented disinfecting protocols; and
• Implemented physical distancing guidelines.
3. Cloth Face-Covering: All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering outside their home when they are not able to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or does not reside in the same living unit. The cloth face-covering order SHALL NOT APPLY to the following persons:
» Children under the age of 2;
» Anyone who has trouble breathing, or who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance; or
» Persons with a medical or mental health condition or development disability that prevents wearing a cloth face-covering.
Residents are encouraged to read the Health Officer’s amended Orders and strong recommendations (as well as related FAQs) in their entirety at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com and clicking on “Headline News” as there is greater detail that will help provide necessary clarification.
For more information and resources about COVID-19, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus.
—from the Orange County Health Care Agency
GAF mask giveaway is June 12
Golden Age Foundation will host its second giveaway of washable face masks from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at Veterans Plaza between Clubhouse 3 and the LW Library.
Each resident will receive one packet on a first-come, first-served basis.
People will be required to wear face coverings, whether a mask or scarf, and stay socially distant while in line, which should not form before 1:30 p.m.
This is the second mask give-away hosted by the GAF in an effort to help shareholders to protect themselves and others from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The first giveaway was held May 15, with over 650 face masks made by fellow LWers distributed. The June 12 event will give away 500-plus cloth masks.
The Golden Age Foundation and Diana Harrison, who co-chaired with Anna Derby, oversaw the effort of about 45 volunteers to make 1,000 masks. Volunteers served as sewers, fabric and elastic cutters and runners to get supplies to volunteers.
The Golden Age Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to serving Leisure World shareholders. Its purpose is to make the community a better place in which to live.
Because Golden Age Foundation has been certified as a nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, contributions made to it qualify for exemption from income taxes, in most cases.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Sewer Replacement Project on North Gate Road
The City of Seal Beach was expected to start the first phase of a sewer replacement project on Old Ranch Parkway around June 1.
Construction will impact North Gate Road, starting around June 22. These dates are tentative. The contractor anticipates that all project construction should be complete by mid- to late-September.
SoCalGas is replacing pipes on North Gate Road, which has been intermittently closed since March. Residents may have noticed a gas smell this week as a result of the project.
The North Gate remains closed because of a reduction in Security personnel due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The North Gate pedestrian gate is open for residents.
RV Lot is now open
Temporary office hours have commenced for the GRF RV Lot. Walk-ins will be accepted weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-noon. Masks will be required, and only one person will be permitted in the office at a time.
Inquiries during GRF business hours may be directed to Tommy Fileto, recreation manager, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 373, or email@example.com. For information on other LW facilities, see page 2.
Shredding event is moved to July 9
The GAF shredding service originally set for today, June 4, has been postponed to July 9 from 10 a.m.-noon. It will be held in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot. Residents may drop documents and go; there will be no line and no wait. Documents must be in paper or plastic bags, no boxes. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. GAF volunteers will monitor bags until papers are shredded.
GAF Tax Program is closed for season
Due to COVID-19, the AARP Tax Program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation in Leisure World will not reopen in 2020. It does not appear that any other sites will be reopening in the surrounding area.
The deadline to file and pay your 2019 federal and California state tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020. The IRS offers an online filing tool that can be found @irs.gov. If your income is less than $69,000, the service is free. You can find a similar state filing tool at ftb.ca.gov, where the free filing income limits are much higher. You can also purchase commercial computer products that are user friendly.
Form 4868, Application for Extension, can be used to request an extension to file your federal return to Oct. 15, 2020, but it must be filed by July 15, 2020, and include the payment of any estimated tax liability. California grants an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15, 2020, as long as the tax is paid in full by July 15, 2020, with Form FTB 3519, Payment for Automatic Extension for Individuals.
The GAF is sorry for the inconvenience. For more information, call GAF Mobility Aid line at (562)431-9589.
—Diana Lambert, GAF Tax Committee Chair
The outbreak of COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China late last year. Updated information from the CDC and other authorities, in addition to the latest guidance and reminders of how residents can protect themselves, will be provided in this column.
What Is It?
The World Health Organization describes the novel coronavirus as a member of “a large family of viruses” that cause everything from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover. State and local officials have put social distancing policies in place to slow the spread of the virus. Seal Beach has 23 reported cases as of presstime, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
COVID-19 Testing at Home
If you’re interested in taking a free COVID-19 test in your home in Leisure World by licensed, trained lab personnel, contact Reddy Urgent Care in Hunington Beach by email at Reddyurgentcare@gmail mail.com, attention: Helen and Minerva, who will send you information. Required is a copy of your I.D. card and insurance information, and they will schedule an appointment at your home.
Insurance will be billed if it covers the test; if not, there is no charge.
Usha Rani K. Reddy, M.D., is a board-certified emergency room physician working with Long Beach Emergency Medical Group. His group provides physician services at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach and Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro.
He also owns and runs three urgent care centers that provide medical services comparable to an emergency room visit. Currently COVID-19 testing and blood draws for the anti-body test are being done at all the centers; for general information, visit reddyuc.com.
Reddy Urgent Care Centers are located at 123 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90802, (562) 726-1383; 4237 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90807, (562) 336-1656; 7772 Warner Ave., Suite 103, Huntington Beach, 92647; (714) 916-0241.
Thank you to LWer Donna Sprow for providing this information.
CVS on PCH has COVID-19
CVS, 921 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, now offers limited testing for the COVID-19 virus. Go online and schedule an appointment time. At the drive through, you will be given a self test to take and then return it to a kiosk outside the store.
People must follow online instructions, register, schedule a time for the drive through and then follow instructions for the self test.
Limited appointments are available to patients who qualify. Patients being tested are required to stay in their vehicles and surfaces are sanitized after each visit. To learn more, visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
GRF amenities are starting to reopen
The LW Golf Course, hitting cage and putting green are now open as is Veterans Plaza by reservation only for qualifying exercise clubs. Mission Park, which includes pickleball/ multipurpose courts, is scheduled to reopen later in June. All participants will be required to wear masks, and in some cases gloves, as well as maintain social distancing.
Recreation has coordinated with ICS, the custodial contractor, to clean all touch surfaces at 20- to 30-minute intervals (depending on the venue).
While some restrictions may seem cumbersome, GRF’s priority will always be the safety of its members. Specific guidelines for each amenity are as follows:
• All rounds will be booked through the golf starter by email only and no walkups will be allowed at any time. The hours of play will be from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
• All golfers will be limited to one round per week with no exceptions.
• No tournament play will be allowed at this time.
• Golfers will be required to book the day before their actual tee date and time by email only at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Only rounds of one or up to three golfers will be permitted and the names of all golfers must be summitted at the time of booking with Mutual and apartment number.
• Golfers must state three tee times, in order of preference, in case their first choice is not available
• Golfers may not arrive sooner than 10 minutes before their tee times, and all tee times will be spread 15 minutes apart.
• Masks and six-foot distancing will always be required.
• No gathering will be permitted before or after rounds have been played.
• No golfer may touch any other golfer’s equipment, including golf balls.
• The Starter Shack will be closed to all gatherings and will only be available for restroom use.
• The Starter can only be addressed through the protective window area.
• Hitting cage and putting green areas will also be open with all required restrictions.
• The Golf Starter will have the final say in all matters.
• The following are additional restrictions on the course: No score cards will be provided; no posting of scores; ball washers will be removed from the court; the shoe cleaning station will be off limits due to touch surfaces; flag sticks to remain in the hole and a suitable method to fill the cups so that golf balls are readily accessible -No food or beverage services allowed
-Patio chairs and benches will be removed to prevent
gathering of groups and to maintain social distancing
The Recreation Department has begun reserving Veterans Plaza for certain dance and exercise clubs, in good standing, where physical contact is not involved. Clubs may book the space, which now has shade cover, for 1-½-hour sessions, once a week. Group sizes may have to be reduced to meet the social distancing guidelines.
• All classes will be booked through the Reservations Office in the Recreation Department by email at email@example.com.
• No unscheduled event will be allowed at any time.
• Masks and six-foot distancing will always be required.
• All classes are self-managed and must provide their own equipment
• No tables or chairs can be provided
• Pickleball play must be booked through the Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. No unscheduled games will be allowed.
• Pickleball games are limited to one hour of play per group (four players per court).
• Pickleball players must provide their own paddles, and gloves must be worn when handling the ball.
• Masks and six-foot distancing will always be required.
• No gathering will be permitted before or after games.
• Bocce ball play must be booked through the Recreation Department at email@example.com. No unscheduled games will be allowed.
• Bocce ball players must provide gloves, which must always be worn when handling the balls.
• Masks and six-foot distancing will always be required.
• No gathering will be permitted before or after games.
• Only four players per one-hour session; no spectators are permitted
• Chairs and benches will be removed from the park
• The RV Lot office is open for service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
• Masks are required in the office, and only one lessee is permitted at a time.
The Golden Rain Foundation is working to open all its facilities to shareholder use as efficiently as possible and still meet changing local and state guidelines.
The GRF may find it necessary tighten amenity restrictions if users don’t comply with state orders and recommendations as specified here.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
At the conclusion of a year’s Operating Budget (fiscal period), an audit of the financial statements is performed.
The year’s performance can then be measured against the budget to determine whether performance exceeded budget, resulting in excess income.
The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) is required to eliminate its excess income from the operating budget at the end of the fiscal year by:
1. Funding requirements under 40-5540-1, Contingency Operating Fund; or
2. Refunding the entire amount to the Mutual Corporations; or
3. Transfering to reserves; or
4. A combination of options 1, 2 or 3.
*(Governing Document 40-5528-1)
—GRF President Linda Stone
OC Vector Control—Keep mosquitoes at a distance
—from OC Vector Control
On a warm and sunny day, you are out on a walk or sitting on your porch with a cup of coffee. You realize you have been bitten by a mosquito. How does this happen? Where are these mosquitoes coming from? Well, there is a new mosquito—called the ankle biter or the Aedes—in town. This black-and-white striped, daytime biting mosquito is now in every city in Orange County, including Seal Beach.
Inspectors from the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District routinely treat larger spaces like the flood channel that runs through LW. But residents are responsible for the smaller water sources around patios, yards and indoor spaces because mosquitoes only require a cap full of water to complete their life cycle.
Aedes mosquitoes are efficient at transmitting Zika, chikungunya and dengue fever viruses; other species of mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, which can cause serious flu-like illness in 1 in 150 people.
“All of us in Leisure World have been overwhelmed by our recent medical emergency,” said Seal Beach Councilwoman Sandra Massa-Lavitt. “Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus are issues on a much smaller scale. But it nevertheless requires attention.
“You are less likely to become ill from a WNV-infected mosquito, but we can still have a traumatic episode or death from a bite. My friend that I’ve known since high school died from WNV. I’ve met others who had been bitten and luckily did not die. But their lives will never be the same from the residual after-effects,” she said.
Take Charge of Your Yard:
• Indoor plants can play a key role for Aedes mosquitoes. They thrive indoors and can lay eggs around containers, vases and even bamboo plants.
• Check your pet’s water dishes and clean them every other day.
• Do not overwater your plants. Keep saucers dry to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.
• Protect yourself. Use EPA-certified mosquito repellent and use before going outside.
• Wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent bites.
• Spread the word among your neighbors. Don’t give mosquitoes a biting chance. Make source reduction a weekly routine.
• Only the female bites. They need blood to produce eggs
• Females can lay up to 300 eggs at a time
• Aedes eggs are laid around manmade containers and can stay viable for years
For more information, visit ocvector.org.
Katella Deli joins lineup
The Recreation Department is excited to welcome Katella Deli to the weekly line up of onsite food services at Clubhouse 6. Well known and loved by locals, Katella Deli is offering an extensive menu for those who preorder (see page 11). Those who prefer to buy onsite will have four hot entrees from which to choose. They will change weekly, according to General Manager Adam Spicer. Katella Deli will at Clubhouse 6 from 4-6 p.m., starting this Sunday, June 7; preorders may be placed until noon on that day.
For more information or to give feedback, contact email@example.com or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398. For orders, call (562) 594-8611 or order online at www.katellabakery.com.
North Gate Road Construction Notice
So Cal Gas is working on North Gate Road this week, replacing gas lines. Residents could smell gas as a result of the work, which was expected to last through today, June 4.
405 Freeway Update
The northbound I-405 off-ramp to Seal Beach Boulevard is scheduled to close for about one month this summer.
The ramp will be reconstructed as part of the 405 Freeway Improvement Project to widen the freeway.
The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide a detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts.
Crews closed the NB I-405 loop off-ramp to Westminster Boulevard. The ramp will be closed for about 12 months to construct new walls and ramps at this location in one stage, eliminating multiple traffic shifts and confusion for motorists.
The duration of this work may change depending on site conditions.
Work may be loud. Dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.
Crews have begun installing piles for the foundation for the new Bolsa bridge.
The $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project will add one regular lane in each direction between Euclid Street and I-605, and a second lane in each direction in the center of the freeway from SR-73 to I-605 that will combine with the existing carpool lanes to form the 405 Express Lanes.
This 16-mile segment of I-405 is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in the nation.
For more information about the I-405 Improvement Project, visit octa.net/405improvement.
Bus service suspended
Effective June 1, the City of Seal Beach Senior Transportation Services will be provided by California Yellow Cab. This service change was a result of the unexpected closure of the Keolis’ Orange County facility, which was contracted to operate the city’s senior shuttle and dial-a-ride program. The Keolis Orange County facility was scheduled to close May 31.
As a result, the Thursday Shopper Shuttle Service (downtown Seal Beach) and the daily Senior Nutrition Shuttle/Rossmoor/North Seal Beach Community Center will be suspended until further notice; however, the Dial-a-Ride services will be expanded as follows with California Yellow Cab:
• Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling toll free (877) 224-8294. Reservations made less than 24-hours in advance cannot be guaranteed.
• Only registered eligible riders can partake in this service. To be eligible, the rider must be a Seal Beach resident 60 years and older.
• To confirm whether you are already registered, call California Yellow Cab – Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle at (714) 427-2555.
• To register as a new rider, contact Iris Lee at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, or firstname.lastname@example.org or email AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
• There is no cost to use this service.
• Transportation services will be provided to any location within Seal Beach city limits, and up to three miles outside city limits and within Orange County for non-emergency medical purposes. Users may also elect to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach.
—Patrick Gallegos, assistant city manager
Perspectives, page 4
How to feel better in the storm
by Cindy Tostado
GRF member resources and
We are all anxious to return to our normal lives as they once were before COVID-19. Some are so anxious to get back to normal activities and events that their zeal can override caution. The reality of our world situation and what we are witnessing each day should be cause for concern. We have all been affected by this virus, and there continues to be more positive cases and deaths.
As the world slowly opens its doors, one at a time, it is even more prudent for us to exercise patience and caution by:
• Staying home if possible.
• Washing your hands often.
• Wearing a mask in public.
• Taking every day precautions to keep space between yourself and others (stay six feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
• Keeping away from people who are sick.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
• Calling your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.
We all need to learn from this crisis and be cautious. There are many fellow human beings who are sick, isolated, and afraid. Other diseases and conditions have not gone away. We are still relying on the experts to guide us. A vaccine will take time.
With all of these unknowns, it’s time to practice compassion. Be kind to one another, live simply and be patient with yourself and others during these turbulent times.
Patience is the ability to defer gratification and endure hardship without losing hope. If we act too quickly and without foresight, we could lose sight of the long run. Instead, sit with the discomfort, knowing that this too shall pass, that things will get better.
So, wear those masks, keep your distance, follow health orders—enduring discomfort now will lead to a safer tomorrow.
And practice compassion. It unites us in our distress—it is the root of human connection. Others need our support as we need theirs. We are all in this together.
There are ways to safely show up for others:
•Use technology like video conferencing, phone calls, social media or even text messages to check in on your neighbors. See the Arts section for a list of classes on how to use video conferencing apps like Zoom.
• Play an online video game with the young relatives you might be missing because you can’t visit them.
• Take the time to acknowledge the people you see when you’re out of the house with safer greetings.
• If you have a surplus of critical items like cleansers, paper products or non-perishable foods, consider donating them to a shelter or food bank for our vulnerable neighbors who may not be able to afford them.
The COVID-19 crisis has distilled all our lives down to a simple essence—family, home and community safety.
So today and moving forward, we can show up as a community of strength, practicing compassion simplicity and patience.
Credits and Kudos
Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.
Katie Hamilton of Mutual 12 writes: As a recent participant in the online Beginners Zoom course led by Miryam Fernandez and Bonnie Z. Cooper, my main takeaway was the knowledge that I could still learn new skills!
Through their patient and expert guidance, our class learned how to use a variety of Zoom tools for optimal participation in all Zoom meetings. Leading by example, they taught us Zoom etiquette in a courteous and respectful forum. I am so inspired, I will now try to host my own future Zoom meetings. Thank you Miryam and Bonnie for gifting us with your time, knowledge and friendship.
Letters to the Editor
About seven years ago, LWer Mitzi Winks started a group to crochet plarn (strips of plastic from plastic grocery bags) into sleeping mats for the homeless. I took over the task when Mitzi left, and at one time, there were more than 30 people involved. Then California passed a law banning plastic bags from the grocery stores.
One of the purposes of the project was to keep plastic out of landfills. For the last two years we have not had any Leisure World people making mats, but I have been recycling them to a senior complex in Huntington Beach that has a different way of using the heavy plastic bags.
In the last three months of lock-down, people have been cleaning out their units and bringing me plastic bags.
Since I do not have a place to use plastic anymore I am asking if anyone has found a use for the heavy plastic bags. If you want to have the ones that I have, please call, (562) 431-8240, and I will get them to you. Please do not leave bags on my patio.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the project over the years, but this is a different time and our lives are changing.
The Fitness Center project was discussed at the GRF BOD meeting on May 26. The electronic agenda described the project. Last fall I wrote the Recreation Committee to recommend two changes: move the desk attendants so they face the shareholders exercising and replace the hard floor. The current flooring is so hard it could seriously injure anyone who fell on it. The online plans showed both changes. Google describes the flooring as a fall friendly product for gyms something similar the 24 Hour Fitness rubber mats, just what we need. I feel the expense is well worth it to protect us. It would have helped if questions by the GRF representative were answered by someone in the room familiar with the product. Sadly, the first GRF board member recommended delaying the project. Thank you to the other GRF representatives who spoke up in favor of approving the funding motion.
People with physical limits should have an amenity to use like the other shareholders who can golf, walk, run on beach sand, or swim in the ocean—activities I cannot do. I have rare birth defects that have caused multiple muscular skeletal deficiencies/limits.
Access to a stationary bike is important. Reasonably priced home stationary bikes are gone. Pools are closed Many doctors promote stationary bike riding, and other gym activities as good exercises for people that have joint issues or arthritis. To me it is essential that the Fitness Center renovation be completed ASAP.
I have a concern about an ad I’ve seen in the last two issues of the Leisure World Weekly. All of the scam articles I read in this paper are very helpful; however, it would appear to me that the ad in the Classifieds about “Looking for someone with $25,000 hid under their mattress” is very suspicious.
The ad on Youtube.com is 41 seconds long and certainly would not be something I would invest in.
Editor’s Note: The GRF will not knowingly publish any advertisement it deems to be untruthful or misleading.
News staff takes precautionary measures to identify inappropriate or fraudulent ads. In this case, staff asked the advertiser to provide additional information (patent, letters, product information) to verify his information.
Readers are encouraged to use their best judgment when responding to any ad and to remember that the publishing of advertisements in any GRF publication does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the product or service therein.
Government page 5
GRF Committee Meetings
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information):
Thurs., June 4 ARDC
Clubhouse 3 1 p.m.
Fri., June 5 Roundtable
Zoom conference call 2 p.m.
Tues., June 9 GRF Board Meeting, special
Clubhouse 4/YouTube 10 a.m.
Tues., June 23 GRF Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Schedule of Mutual Meetings
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the meeting schedule is subject to change.
Mon., June 8 Mutual 9
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Wed., June 10 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9:15)
Zoom conference call 9:30 a.m.
Thurs., June 11 Mutual 12
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Fri., June 12 Mutual 3
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Mon., June 15 Mutual 15
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Tues., June 16 Mutual 14
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Wed., June 17 Mutual 5
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Wed., June 17 Mutual 7
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Thurs., June 18 Mutual 2
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Thurs., June 18 Mutual 11
Zoom conference call 1:30 p.m.
Mon., June 22 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)
Zoom conference call 9:30 a.m.
Wed., June 24 Mutual 10
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Thurs., June 25 Mutual 1 (open forum, 9 a.m.)
Zoom conference call 9:15 a.m.
Fri., June 26 Mutual 6
Zoom conference call 9:30 a.m.
GRF Board Agenda
GRF Board of Directors Agenda
Clubhouse 4, Tuesday, June 9, 10 a.m.
Via Live Stream
To view the live GRF Board meeting:
• Go to www.lwsb.com
• Click on the Live GRF Board meeting tab.
• The tab will be active at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the meeting
• The live streaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting
1) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
2) Roll Call
3) President’s Comments
4) Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update
5) Health Care Advisory Board Update
6) Shareholder/Member Comments
a) Written, submitted prior to meeting
b) Verbal, via live streaming
Note: Foundation Shareholder/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:
• 4-minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers
• 3-minute limit per speaker, 16-25 speakers
• 2-minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers
7) Consent Calendar
a) GRF Board of Directors Minutes, February 25, 2020
b) Accept Month of February-April Financial Statements for Audit
c) Review of the Actions of the Essential Emergency Review Committee
8) New Business
a) General Committee
i) Approve CARE Ambulance Contract
ii) Reserve and Capital Funding Requests—Fitness Center Expansion, Phase I (Physical Changes and Interior Finishes)
9) Board Member Comments
10) Next Meeting/Adjournment
GRF Board of Directors meets next on June 23, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 4.
Arts and Leisure pages 10-12
LWer’s website features Merchant Marines
LWer Ron Stahl has a website, littleships.org, that features short stories with audio, many of which document his experiences from the World War II era.
For 40-plus years, Stahl has been associated with the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. These men are all volunteers and have successfully restored the S.S. LANE VICTORY, a World War II Victory Ship, into a fully operational U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ships-certified vessel for limited passenger service.
The stories on his website are personal recollections about the little known quasi-military organization that he served with, its ships, and the men that sailed them.
For more information, email him at email@example.com.
The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Use the following guidelines:
• Call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m.
• Use Channel 13/0.
• Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial, and mutual: example John S., Mutual 13, checking in. Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.
If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
—Kathy Almeida, Emergency Information Council Chairperson
Grab ‘n’ Go Schedule
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Monday: Food service to be determined
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., no pre-orders
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 4-7 p.m., pre-order by calling (323) 833-1213
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3:30-7 p.m., (562) 493-2212
• Friday: Koffel’s Food Service –special Friday menus weekly, cash, cards accepted, 5-7 p.m.
• Saturday: Lucille’s Smokehouse-Barbecue, salads, sandwiches, no pre-orders, just show up, 4-6 p.m.
• Sunday: Katella Deli debut, extensive menu (see below) offering appetizers, salads, hot entrees, 4-6 p.m.; call ahead, (562) 594-8611 or order online www.katellabakery.com (specials of the day available onsite).
All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people will line up in Clubhouse 6. People are asked to keep a six-foot distance and wear a mask. For information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service available from 4:30 p.m. when regular service ends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
For more information or to make a suggestion, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at http://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
Rollin Thunder Cart Club Service Day
by Mike Levitt
The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club has scheduled its quarterly Air & Water Day on Saturday, June 6, but not at the usual place. In keeping with safety guidelines to maintain social distancing, the popular cart maintenance event will be held in the parking lot of Clubhouse 4.
Entrance to the cart line-up will be on the exit/alley roadway that connects Northwood Road and North Gate Road on the east side of Clubhouse 3. People must wear face coverings to receive cart service. Cart inspections will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m.
Even though our lives are different right now, cart maintenance is required for safety.
Volunteers will check cart batteries, tires and look for other safety issues. These is never a charge for this valuable service, and all LW cart and scooter owners are welcome to participate, whether or not they are club members.
For further information, call club president Tom Davis at 431-6859.
Food Resources during COVID-19
The Leisure World Recreation Department has compiled the following information on senior grocery hours, grab ’n’ go meals delivered daily onsite and local restaurants that deliver or have curbside pickup.
This information is updated weekly to help people stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grocery Store Hours for Seniors
• Gelson’s Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for seniors 65 and older. One caregiver per shopper is permitted, proof of age required.
• Ralph’s is open from 6-7 a.m. for seniors. Traffic is restricted to 50 people at a time so occasionally there are lines.
• Sprouts is currently restricting quantities of certain items and bulk items are now sold prepackaged. It doesn not have senior hours but delivers through Instacart or you can order ahead, and store staff will hand pick your order pick up.
• Trader Joes is open from 8-9 a.m. for people aged 60 and older. The store limits the number of shoppers inside to 50. It is well stocked but limits eggs, milk and paper products.
• Costco is open from 9-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities effective May 4. Guests will not be admitted. Costco delivers through Instacart with store hours from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
•Target is open on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. for seniors only. (some stores are temporarily closed due to the curfews imposed after looting in wake of George Floyd protests last week).
• Smart & Final stores are open 30 minutes early, from 7:30-8 a.m. to accommodate seniors 65 and older, those with disabilities and pregnant women. ID may be requested.
• Stater Bros. Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for people 65-plus.
Other Local Food Options
The Farmer’s Market is open at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at Seal Beach Village parking lot.
The Primrose Restaurant in the same shopping center offers a pop-up mini market daily in the parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It offers dairy products, eggs, fresh produce, paper goods and a few sundry items.
Grab n’ go Onsite Food Options
There is onsite food service available daily at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot at a Grab n’ Go event. In case of long lines or warm weather, lines will form inside Clubhouse 6. Vehicles should be parked; golf carts will not be permitted in line. Mobility aids are allowed (see page 11 for the Grab n Go schedule).
All information is subject to change. Information will be posted daily on the electronic marquee at the corner of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive.
Two new grocery delivery systems will be offered in June. Both are tweaking their websites and ordering processes to provide ready-to-serve meals as well.
All information is subject to change as the food services are dependent on their suppliers. There may be longer wait times and a limited amount of meals. Information will be posted daily on the electronic marquee at the corner of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive.
The Downtown Café in Building 5 has vending machines that are restocked daily with food and drinks for take-out. Due to social distancing rules, the tables and chairs have been removed to discourage lingering.
Local Restaurant Delivery and TakeOut
Several local restaurants have reached out to us who now offer pickup and delivery service, some with specially priced menus with lower prices during this difficult time.
For a list of local restaurants that deliver, visit https://www.sealbeachca.gov and click on “Support Local Business.”
This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.
On a high mountain ledge in the Range called Rocky
There lived an old goat by the name of Stocky.
This smelly old buck had a flock of does
Who found his scent as sweet as a rose.
And twenty-three kids called Stocky their sire
As they balanced on rocks by chasms dire.
One day as the goats were chewing their cud,
Stocky saw some non-goat tracks in the mud.
Assigning flock guard to his favorite mate,
He ascended the mount to investigate.
He climbed and climbed ‘til he came ‘round a bend
Where he almost bumped a lynx’s rear end.
The startled cat snarled and launched for a spring
Meaning to land on the goat’s back and cling.
But Stocky had opposite plans in his mind—
To teach a lynx a lesson—and all of its kind.
As the cat attacked with claws like thorns,
Stocky lowered his head and used his horns.
Over the cliff the shocked cat sailed
‘Til he caught in the fork of a tree and bailed.
Meanwhile our Stocky returned to his flock
To stand even prouder on his pinnacle of rock.
Video Producers Club Zoom Classes
The Video Producers Club is offering free Zoom classes at 10 a.m., Monday-Friday, and a Zoom Party Social on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Classes are as follows:
•Monday, 10 a.m., intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
•Monday, 2 p.m., Zoom class for iPad and Mac users with Fred Carpenter, host. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Tuesday, June 9, 10 a.m., features guest lecturer Miryam Fernandez with Bonnie Z. Cooper. The Zoom on Windows 10 will start Tuesday, June 9, at 10 a.m.
Email email@example.com for an invitation.
•Wednesday, 10 a.m., beginners Zoom class Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, 10 a.m., beginners Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with Joseph Valentinetti, host. For an invite to his clas, email email@example.com.
•Friday, 10 a.m., guest lecturer Bob Cohen in Friday Morning Tech Talk; learn more about technology each week.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite or visit the calendar at www.bobology.com.
• Saturdays, 5 p.m., Zoom Party Social, hour open to all residents, hosted by Joseph Valentinetti.
For an invite to the party, email email@example.com.
Free Technology Classes
Free technology classes are offered by Bob Cohen. All classes are taught via Zoom. Register in advance for the meetings by emailing Bob Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The next meeting—Blogging Basics— will be held on June 5 at 10 a.m.
For more information, email Bob Cohen at email@example.com.
Zoom classes with Miryam and Bonnie
Miryam Fernandez and Bonnie Z. Cooper will host a series of Zoom/technology classes on the Zoom platform on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
There are many devices that can be used to Zoom, so the class on Tuesday, June 9, will focus on Windows 10 (PC) users only.
Other classes will be announced soon. Email Miryam at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie at email@example.com for an invitation and to suggest other topics of interest.
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Leisure World Library volunteers will deliver a bag of books for $5 to residents upon request. People can ask for their favorite authors or genre and volunteers will deliver them. There is a large collection of large print books featuring favorite authors and different types of fiction. The Friends exist to help fund the LW Library and provide two library science scholarships to local schools.
To order a bag of books for $5, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 350-7682 and let her know your favorite authors and kind of book (i.e. romance, mystery, historical fiction, etc.).
Sewing Room available at make masks
The GRF is offering the use of the Sewing Room in Clubhouse 3 to make face coverings under strict guidelines:
• Only two people at a time will be permitted in the Sewing Room.
• The hours will be between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays.
• Mask makers must reserve their time with the Reservations Office by emailing email@example.com.
• Each person will be permitted 2 hours of sewing machine use per shift unless there are no other reservations.
• If you have not purchased the required sewing kit, GRF will lend one to you.
• People must sign in and sign out with the custodian each time.
• Fifteen minutes between reservation slots are allotted for the custodian to sanitize the touch surfaces.
For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos will reopen its garden spaces to the public starting June 10. Hours are Wednesday-Friday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. with extended summer hours on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Visiting the site will still be free, but visitors must reserve a timed ticket online at RanchoLosCerritos.org/Reserve in advance to ensure a safe capacity. Tickets will be emailed to each guest.
Health center begins to move to Phase 2 of renovation plans
By Grecia Nunez
The renovation at the Health Care Center continues! To learn more about what’s been going on, and what is in store in the upcoming months, I checked in with Charity Kopp, practice manager at the HCC.
How is the renovation coming along?
Charity: The HCC renovation is going very well. The specialty care space was completed in April and it was exciting to see the transformation It was the first phase of major interior work to be completed. The construction team did a great job creating a modern space for patients and providers.
What is the construction team working on now?
Charity: They’re currently working on phase 2, which is the primary care space. The exam rooms will be like those on the specialty side: larger, modernized, and easier for people of all mobility needs to get in and out.
Will construction affect patient access to care at the HCC?
Charity: No. We are still seeing patients. Many people are choosing virtual care now because of the COVID-19. Even though we love seeing everyone at the HCC, we want to make sure people are getting care while keeping up physical distancing.
When will the primary care side be completed? And what follows?
Charity: We’re hoping to be moved back into the Primary Care space in mid-June and then begin phase 3, which includes the lobby, lab and radiology areas in mid-to-late June. The main lobby and front desk will have a bold new look. And yes, we are keeping the aquarium! The fish will be temporarily moved off-site during construction to keep them safe, but will be back as soon as possible. We’re also planning to donate some of the existing lobby furniture to the Golden Rain Foundation in July or August.
When is the renovation expected to be done?
Charity: Assuming things stay on track with construction, after the lobby, the renovation will move to the conference rooms. We’re looking at everything being completed in September.
What are some things everyone should know, especially given the pandemic?
Charity: The HCC is still open, but we encourage residents to use virtual visits if they can. The virus can spread easily, so the more we follow physical distancing, the faster we can get back to normal. We know it hasn’t been easy, but we are going to get through this together.
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How to keep vigilant as things open during the pandemic
As businesses begin to open up, it is important we continue to keep up our vigilance. As of June 1, there have been 23 cases reported in Seal Beach
This isn’t the time to let down our guard. Here are some important things to keep in mind as we adjust to the new normal:
COVID-19 is highly contagious: The virus is primarily spread by respiratory droplets. When a person coughs, sneezes or speaks, they spread respiratory droplets. When you wear a face mask or scarf over your nose and mouth, you protect yourself and others against breathing in these droplets, which is why experts recommend keeping at least six feet of distance between people. Keeping space between yourself and others makes it less likely you’ll breathe in these droplets.
Some people don’t have symptoms: COVID-19 affects people differently. Some have severe symptoms, while others don’t have any. Even if you feel fine, it is important to follow public health recommendations. This isn’t just to protect yourself from the virus; it is also to protect your family, friends and neighbors.
Check with your doctor about testing: Many people want to get tested right now, but tests are limited. They are best reserved for people who are showing symptoms or have likely been exposed to the virus from someone who has tested positive. If you’re in these categories, look for testing in the area. If you don’t have any symptoms, keep up with public health recommendations on social distancing. Keep in mind that a negative test result doesn’t mean you are immune to the virus. You could still contract it later.
Test results are confidential: If you test positive for coronavirus, the information is only shared with Orange County Public Health. Public health officials then give you information on how to self-quarantine and protect others. This information is not shared with anyone else. You don’t need to share your test results with anyone, either. We encourage you to discuss it with your primary care doctor so they can help manage your care. Remember: your doctor can’t share your health information with anyone.
Turn to credible sources for information: There’s a lot of information out there and a lot of it is not correct. Turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or Orange County Public Health for the most accurate information. Stay informed by using those credible websites rather than turning to social media, even from friends and family, that claim to have cures or secret information about coronavirus.
Turn off the news: If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything, turn off the news. Focus on positive things you can do around your house, like new art projects or some late spring cleaning. A phone call or virtual call with loved ones can lift your spirits. If you don’t want to talk about the pandemic, tell them you want to talk about something else.
By staying vigilant, we can protect everyone. It may not feel like it now, but this pandemic will pass. Let’s all do our part by:
Continuing to practice social distancing, and avoiding being in large groups.
Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, coughing and sneezing into your elbow or tissue, and refraining from touching your face, eyes or nose.
Wearing a mask or face covering when outside of your home if you will likely come in contact with others.
Staying home if you aren’t feeling well and calling your doctor if symptoms are getting worse.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), delivers freshly cooked meals daily, Monday–Friday, between 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and 8oz. carton of 1 percent milk. Cold lunch may be an entree salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. A diabetic dessert is available. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day or later, you must contact Caron before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, June 4: Beef stew with potatoes, celery and carrots and corn, whole grain roll, fresh orange, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad.
Friday, June 5: Breaded oven baked fish with tarter sauce, potatoes au gratin, sauteed cabbage, peaches, entree chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing and crackers.
Monday, June 8: Roasted pork loin adobo, oven browned potatoes, zuccini medley, chocolate pudding, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, carrot and raisn slaw.
Tuesday, June 9: Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, rice pilaf, brussels sprouts, fresh peach, entree pasta and veggie salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, dressing and crackers.
Wednesday, June 10: Turkey chili with beans, cornbread, green beans with pimentos, cubed watermelon, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy coleslaw.
Rabbi Galit Shirah is exploring the Zoom world since the coronavirus opened up a new method of communication for those who are sheltering in place. Anyone interested in joining the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew lessons, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 for access.
Beit HaLev offers interactive livestream services for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. To attend, go to Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Evening services begin at 6 and morning services begin at 10:30.
A census of the Levitical clans is given in “Naso” (lift up), to provide the workforce needed that will serve in the performance tasks of the Tabernacle. Moses directs the priests to bless the people with what is known as the “Priestly Blessing,” a blessing that is given during the Amida prayers. This blessing is not only an integral part of Jewish worship, but also a blessing given in Christian settings. The focus of this parashah in on purity and it includes a ritual for the ‘sotah’, a wife who is suspected of committing adultery.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the Online Synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To count the Omer, say Kaddish, pray for healing or to hear a spiritual message, go to: SimShalom.com.
Rabbi Galit Shirah also teaches (currently) online Hebrew (Prayerbook and Conversational) and Cantillation (Torah chanting) for anyone who wants to learn something new. Contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
A perfect brightness of hope
by Jim Greer
In the most General Conference held in April, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles reminded us that during this pandemic we should retain a “Perfect Brightness of Hope.” He acknowledged that we are waging an “all hands on deck” war against COVID-19, while we pray for those who have lost loved ones, are infected or at risk, and those on the front lines providing care for the suffering.
Elder Holland encourages us that “when we have conquered this—and we will—may we be equally committed to freeing the world from the virus of hunger, freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty. May we hope for schools where students are taught—not terrified they will be shot—and for the gift of personal dignity for every child of God, unmarred by any form of racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice.”
Beneath all this is the foundational hope of receiving heaven’s blessings as we obey the two great commandments of loving God and loving our neighbors by showing kindness and compassion, patience, and forgiveness. These blessed directives are the source of that perfect brightness of hope that we can make this a better world.
Retaining that brightness of hope is essential if we are to overcome the challenges we face now, and in the future. We all recall that Abraham was able to hope against hope and believe that he and Sarah could conceive a child at a time in their lives that seemed utterly impossible. And yet they were blessed, and we all share in the blessings promised to the children of Abraham.
Elder Holland went on to ask, “If so many of our hopes could begin to be fulfilled, why should we not hope that righteous desires and Christlike yearnings can still be marvelously, miraculously answered by the God of all hope?”
In quoting a phrase from the hymn “Abide With Me,” Elder Holland reminds us “So, when our backs are to the wall and, ‘other helpers fail and comforts flee,’ among our most indispensable virtues will be this precious gift of hope linked inextricably to our faith in God and our charity to others.”
And so, to receive our heart’s desires we must do as the prophet Nephi admonished, “Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. If ye shall saith the Father: ye shall have eternal life.”
Elder Holland shared this challenge, “May we press forward with love in our hearts, walking in the ‘brightness of hope’ that lights the path of holy anticipation. I testify that the future is going to be as miracle-filled and bountifully blessed as the past has been. We have every reason to hope for blessings even greater than those we have already received because this is the work of Almighty God, this is the Church of continuing revelation, this is the gospel of Christ’s unlimited grace and benevolence.”
Holy Family Catholic Church
Next Steps: How we plan to reopen
by Juan Caboboy
The Diocese of Orange announced that public celebration of Mass can begin in Orange County on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 14 (including Saturday, June 13 Vigil Mass). Everyone will still need to observe the guidelines on social distancing to protect everyone. Bishop Kevin Vann extends a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until such time as it is deemed safe to have large gatherings at Mass.
There will be a limited number of parishioners allowed in the church at each mass and the maximum number of attendees we can have is 100. We will have the same schedule for weekday and weekend masses (www.holyfamilysb.com). I am looking forward to welcoming you all.
For the safety of everyone who comes to church we need to observe the following:
Follow strict guidelines for social distancing and sanitization.
Those with underlying health condition are encouraged to consider not returning to Mass yet.
Anyone showing symptoms of illness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing symptoms of illness, should not come to church.
The church will be sanitized/cleaned after each service. Holy water fonts will remain empty.
All local safety orders specifically relating to proper face covering (face mask) will be followed.
Parishioners will be instructed to not engage in any physical touch, such as greeting one another. The sign of peace at mass will be suspended.
Ushers will lead you to your seats when you come in at the front door. I encourage one household to sit together in the front pews.
When you come up for Holy Communion you need to remove your face mask and observe the 6 feet distance to the person in front of you in the line. The usher will give you a sign when to come to the center isle to join the line for Holy Communion.
The ushers will have the offertory baskets at the door as you exit after mass and you can pick up a copy of the parish bulletin at the door. We will be using side doors near the altar for exists at the end of the mass.
When the church is vacated, people who are interested can help the ushers in wiping or sanitizing the pews.
Feeling down? Have a need for prayer? Maybe a desire for a spiritual guide at this time? Or maybe just want to pray with someone? Call the Spiritual Guidance and Prayer Helpline to talk and pray with a religious, priest, deacon or other lay spiritual guides.
Call (844) 279-0105
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Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly partakes in Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Jesus said in 1 Corinthians 11:25, “As often as you drink from it, keep doing this in memory of me.” Pastor Vaughn gives valuable insights into communion each and every time we take it. This is something that is never rushed, and is a special time for people of faith. It is not necessary to be a member to join in Communion, as long as Christ is your Savior.
To participate in Faith Christian Assembly’s conference calls during service times, call (425) 436-6371 – access code: 576671#. Out of an abundance of precaution, when tit is possible to meet in person, all who attend will have their temperature taken at the door, asked to wear a mask and sit socially distant from others.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having its regular ministries at this time, but we will resume as soon as possible.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit our website at www.FCAchurch.net.
By Rolland Coburn
God is still on the throne! In times of trouble, we may wonder if we have his attention. So he asks us (Isaiah 40:21-31): “Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?”
Then he reminds us he is the creator, our creator. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? He it is who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”
Everything is under his control, even earth’s rulers. “He brings the rulers to nothing. He makes the judges of the earth useless. Scarcely shall they be planted, scarcely shall they be sown, scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, when he
will also blow on them, and they will wither; and the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.”
He is not like us. He is infinite, eternal and unchangeable. “To whom then will you liken me, or to whom shall I be equal? says the Holy One.”
The stars remind us what a great God he truly is. “Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things. He brings out their host by number. He calls them all by name. By the greatness of his might and the strength of his power; not one is missing.”
It is impossible for our creator to forget or lose track of us his creatures. “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.”
We are weak, but he is strong. And the measure of strength we have he gives us each day. “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength.”
Not just seniors, but all God’s mortal creatures are weak, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.”
But such is his compassion, mercy and grace that he gives added strength to those who put their trust in him. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”
Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed. “His love has no limit; his grace has no measure/ His power has no boundary known unto men/ For out of his infinite riches in Jesus/ he giveth and giveth and giveth again.”
By Bruce Humes
Psalm 63 was written when David was in the Judean wilderness fleeing from King Saul. This was a time of great distress for David and those with him who were uprooted from their normal daily activities. They were constantly in a state of fear, stress and wondering if King Saul would find them. Psalm 63 gives us a look into the heart of David when things in his life are in disarray.
“O God, you are my God; early will I seek you; My soul thirsts for you;My flesh thirsts for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So, I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your glory.”
These two verses speak to us about David’s faith. Only a man of faith recognizes God as his God, and seeks after him early. David shows an desire to be in fellowship with God in all his circumstances, even while hiding in the barren wilderness of Judea. David tells us that his soul thirsts for God just as his flesh would thirst in a land without water.
“Because, your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.”
Think about that statement for a moment, David sees that God’s love, caring and kindness is better than life itself. All David can do is praise God.
“Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.”
Blessing and lifting up hands are both forms of worship. For David, worship and fellowship with God was better than having the finest of meals, and it brought him great joy regardless of his circumstances.
“When I remember you on my bed, I meditate on you in the night watches. Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of you wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind you; your right hand upholds me.”
Even when resting, David’s thoughts and meditation turned to God, recognizing that it’s God that brings us the help we need, so it’s in his protection that we put our trust.
“But, those who seek my life, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for the jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.”
David certainly had his enemies and they were out to destroy him. But, just as this psalm tells us, his faith was in God. He had complete trust in God knowing that he would deal with his enemies justly.
Just as David looked to God for protection against his enemies, so should we seek God when we each go through those times of hardship. David’s son, Solomon, wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”
If you wish to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, please call the First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810.
The church community is still active
Pastor Johan Dodge of Community Church has recently started serving with Meals on Wheels in Leisure World. With the move to online worship and fewer ministries taking place in the facility, the church has continued its mission by moving into homes — worship is on Facebook and fellowship will soon be on Zoom – but it is from our homes that the work of the church is currently taking place. Prayer shawls are being knit, food is being prepared and distributed to those in need in our community. The building is still closed and Community Church is waiting to celebrate the reopening in a grand fashion, but until then, the church was never closed and the people have only become closer and more active.
If anyone is in need and without another way to address that need, call the church office at(562) 431-2503
Worship starts every Sunday morning at 9:50 on Facebook live @communitychurchleisureworld. Those without a computer or Facebook can still call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening as it takes time to edit and post the audio.
St. Theodore’s and Redeemer Lutheran
by Lisa Rotchford
Every day seems to be a national holiday. If we celebrate our fallen American soldiers on Memorial Day, and we celebrate our red, white and blue flag on Flag Day (June 14th), its somehow appropriate that we celebrate National Donut Day right in between these two patriotic days!
Since 1938, the first Friday in June–June 5 this year—is known as National Donut Day. People may celebrate with a tasty fried fried treat, not know that by doing so they are honoring women from The Salvation Army who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI. These women went to the very front lines throughout Europe to serve home cooked foods to boost the morale of the soldiers. Some say that the American’s earned their “doughboys” nickname because some soldiers used their metal helmets to cook the oil for their doughnuts. And why was it established in 1938? It served as a fundraiser for those in need during the great Depression.
People can honor the brave women who boosted the morale of our soldiers and by buying a donut on this day. Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Episcopal churches will be have their bi-weekly “Pick up Your Spirits with Prayer and Communion” Sunday event out in front of the church (13564 Saint Andrew’s Drive) from 10 a.m.–noon. In honor of these women, stop by (with your mask) for a donut (sanitary gloves will be provided) and all money raised will be for sent to our relief agencies that are providing food to those in need during this time of pandemic.
Assembly of God
As it gets closer to the time when the city of Seal Beach and Leisure World reopen fully, people can use it as a reminder that God provides what everyone needs to meet life’s challenges. It’s difficult to wait for some businesses like hair salons to open. But hardships have a purpose to cleanse selfish attitudes and mixed-up priorities; to be more compassionate and to bring comfort to others; and to relearn God’s promise that he will make a path through any trials.
Psalm 91:9-10 says, “If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the Lord, who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.”
A quote that can help through these times is, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s learning to dance in the rain.” God provides a way for us to live that heightens our awareness of those around us and of His mighty power.
“I will not be in chaos; God is my calm. I will not fear the storms, God is my shelter. I will not live in panic, God is my peace.” The peace of God passes all understanding.
Pastor Sam Pawlak continues to videotape the worship service every Sunday morning with a small number of church members participating using social distancing. DVDs are distributed to all the worshippers. He also brings a short devotion on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sundays, which is viewed by many in Leisure World and beyond.
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Eating their way through Maui
When Anna Derby saw an article in the April 21, 2019, L.A Times Sunday Food section titled “Eat Your Way Around Maui,” she knew she had to go.
She and Michael Oh booked the trip in January so that they could experience the adventures and local restaurants highlighted in the article.
During their time in Maui, Anna and Michael stayed with Anna’s niece, Elizabeth Bowden near the Kapalua Golf Course rom Jan. 2-5 while her niece vacationed in Los Angeles.
Once Michael and Anna got there on Jan. 2, they watched the Sentry Champions of Tournament while they stayed in Napili, which is close to where the Kapalua Golf Tournament was being held. During their time in Napili, they tried the famous Maui tacos, but didn’t have a chance for more adventures until they moved on to South Kihei.
Both Michael and Anna said that south Kihei was one of their favorite places they visited because the restaurants and shopping areas were easily accessible and they could catch a beautiful sunset during their daily walks along the sand. They said that sometimes they would see humpback whales migrating while walking along the shore.
They met up with Michael’s longtime friends, James and Young Kang, who had moved from Portland to Maui. They caught up over dinner at Cafe O’Lei in South Kihei. Café O’Lei is a casual place with great seafood. It has a nice vibe inside, it’s right across from the beach, and they have a raw bar on weekend nights. They are famous for their Maui Onion Soup dish, which the chefs make from Maui onions and top with a fresh pastry. Unfortunately, by the time the group arrived, the restaurant was out of the soup for the day.
Anna ended up ordering the Opah Fish dish and Michael got blackened mahi mahi.
Elizabeth moved to Lahaina to teach ESL to local children. She suggested they try Merriman’s in Kapalua before Anna and Michael headed home. Merriman’s is a restaurant in the Kapalua Resort in Maui. It is a farm-to-table restaurant, which means at least 90 percent of the ingredients in the kitchen are locally grown or caught, using only sustainable methods.
Anna said it was amazing to dine at the Merriman’s Maui location overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Kapalua. While four of them were dining, they watched a storm blow through and a couple get married. The restaurant is open concept and did not have any walls, so the staff did its best to protect its guests from the storm by lowering awnings. The storm disrupted an otherwise perfect night. The spectacular secluded location and view made it a most memorable dining experience.
Michael and Anna ventured to only two of the 10 local restaurants highlighted in the LA Times article but they enjoyed their time at Cafe O’Lei in South Kihei and Merriman’s in Kapalua. When it is safe to travel again,they hope to try more locals’ favorite places that Anna has saved for the next trip’s guidebook.
Editor’s note: For the next few weeks the community section will highlight past trips from community members. All trips were taken before the stay-at-home orders were in place. LW Weekly and the Traveling Tigers club does not encourage traveling at this time, but looks forward to when everyone can explore new places with friends once again.
By Mary Larson
Even if this period of self-isolation extends through Nov. 3 here in Leisure World–if not the country or state as a whole–we can be thankful that Californians can all vote by mail. However, having the right to vote by mail is not enough, especially if we, as Leisure World voters, don’t participate in the election.
The reality is that only 4,064 of the over 6,000 persons registered to vote in Leisure World actually voted for their presidential preference in the recently completed primary. There were over 200 more persons who voted for a candidate of their choice in the 72nd Assembly District race but that was not a surprise, considering how contentious the election was.
Given the situation, the Democratic Club leadership is in the process of determining how best to increase the number of voters in the General Election. It is very unlikely that there will be any face-to-face club meetings or door-to-door canvassing before Nov. 3, due to our continued self-isolation. A scheduled Town Hall for September featuring our Congressman Harley Rouda has also been canceled.
The club will send its usual letter to all registered Democrats and No Preferred Party voters in Leisure World. Plans are also being considered that would involve expanding our current “calling” list participants to reach voters, whether or not they are club members. Club members who have other ideas are urged to share them by phoning our Vice-President Kathy Moran at (562) 596-0450 or emailing email@example.com .
If you want to stay informed and are interested in receiving the Club’s electronic newsletter on a regular basis, email the editor, Mary Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Paws, claws and beaks
Holly is June’s pet of the month
Marina and Holly Tesla are so grateful for each other during this time of social isolation. Holly, a Rag Doll mix, was rescued from the bushes in Florida shortly after she was born, then flown here to Leisure World. The two have been the best of friends for 10 years now. Holly gets her exercise by going outside and chasing squirrels, catching lizards and playing fetch with Marina. She loves to be brushed, pet by visitors and cuddling up with Marina to watch “Animal Planet”
AA Friends meetings are continuing in Leisure World during the shut down of its clubhouse meetings. Those who would like to recieve the online Zoom meeting codes, call (562) 500-5105 or (213) 248-0539.
For your information:
All mail left at the LW Post Office by the Amphitheater or any LW postal box prior to the last pick-up of the day will be processed the same evening at the main Long Beach Post Office.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, June 4
4 pm K9 Corner
5 pm Life and Times:
6:30 pm SBCC Budget Workshop LIVE
8 pm On Q—8bit Jazz Heroes
9 pm Americana Awards
11 pm Ocean Perspectives
Friday, June 5
4 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:15 pm World’s Fair Newsreel 1964
4:30 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:45 pm Wally Schirra
5 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:15 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
6 pm LW Mystery at the Theater
6:40 pm Abilene Ampitheater
8 pm Life and Times- Lawhead Brothers
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
10:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
Saturday, June 6
4 pm Wally Schirra
4:15 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:30 pm K9 Corner
5 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show
5:45 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Weather Show
6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!
7:15 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
7:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
8 pm LAUSD
10 pm Cerritos Center-Matt Mauser
Sunday, May 17
4 pm SB City Council Meeting replay 6-4
6 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
7 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm History of Seal Beach
8 pm Wally Shirra/Newsreel 1964
8:30 pm Riders in the Sky-Cerritos Center
10:15 pm Abilene Ampitheater
11:35 Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, June 8
4 pm Harmonize Humanity
4:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
5 pm Vintage Vehicles
6 pm McGaugh’s 3rd Grade Show
7 pm SB City Committe
8:30 pm Beginning of LW
8:45 pm World’s Fair Newsreal 1964
9 pm LW Special Olympics
9:15 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
9:30 pm Cerritos Center-
In the Mood
11:40 pm National Parks/Drone Club
Tuesday, June 9
4 pm Harmonizing Humanity
4:30 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:45 pm World’s Fair Newsreel 1964
5 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
5:15 pm McGaugh – Go West!
7 pm Abilene Ampthitheater
8:30 pm Cerritos Center-Matt Mauser
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Wednesday, June 10
4 pm LW’s Special Olmpics
4:15 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:45 pm McGaugh’s 1st Grade Show
5 pm National Parks/Drone Club
5:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
6 pm History of Seal Beach
6:30 Spirit of Seal Beach
7 pm Seal Beach City Limits-
8 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobatics
9:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
*All programming is subject to change.
paws, claws, and beaks
Vet care clinic rescheduled to July 16
LW Community Church (14000 Church Street) is hosting a Vet Care Clinic on Thursday, July 16, from 9–11 a.m. It is first-come, first-serve to this low-cost dog and cat vaccination clinic. Nail trimmings, glands and blood work, heart guard, flea and tick medicine distributution services will also be available at the clinic.
Residents must wear masks, gloves and stay six feet apart from each other.
July 4 Veteran’s Picnic postponed
The Filippino Association of Leisure World’s orignially scheduled July 4 Veterans Picnic hs been indefinitely postponed for another date due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Club President Renato Villanueva will announce the rescheduled date when it is possible to gather again.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 issue, the Sunshine Club canceled its scheduled meetings for June. The three planned speakers, Tina Schaffer, Dr. Roger Moon, and Anne Stone will be rescheduled to speak at another meeting in 2021. The club will meet again when it is safe to do so and will announce its return through the LW Weekly.
The club invites LW community leaders and representatives to talk about their organizations. A wide variety of specialists are also invited to share their experiences and ideas with club members. The Sunshine club is proud to help newcomers become familiar with the community they live and make new connections and friends.
For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Calling for recipe submissions
Since most people are not eating out anymore, many people have used the opportunity to sharpen their home cooking skills.
Do you have a favorite recipe that is is requested at every party or event?Have you finally mastered a once-intimidating recipe during quarantine? Or are you needing some inspiration to start cooking new meals for you and your household?
Share your favorite recipe with your neighbors by emailing email@example.com with photos attached as jpeg files.
Golden age foundation
Ralph’s Reward Program can now be completed over the phone
Since March 16, the LW community has been asked to stay home and practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. It made cooking from home an essential way of life and now there’s a bigger need for grocery shopping than before for each household. While many shareholders spend a lot of money on groceries, there’s a way to help to donate to GAF while grocery shopping.
One of the ways that people can help GAF is through the Raph’s Community Rewards Program. Sign up on www.ralphs.com. People will need their Ralph’s Rewards Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account.
Those who don’t have access to the Internet can sign up by phone registration. Ralph’s Rewards registration number is (800) 443-4438. Be sure to let them know the GAF non-profit organization (NPO) number with Ralph’s is FS 519.
This is a great opportunity for residents to help GAF as it works to enrich the lives of other Leisure World residents. Just by signing up and doing their normal grocery shopping at Ralph’s, LWers can help GAF obtain a portion of these funds at no additional cost.
For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
PAWS, CLAWS AND BEAKS
Avoid leaving your pet in a hot vehicle during the summer months
The Paws, Claws, and Beaks club wants to remind the LW community about the dangers of leaving your pet in a hot car. Below is information provided by the City of Long Beach Recreation Department on what can happen to a pet in a hot car, and the signs of heatstroke.
Leaving your pet in a parked vehicle can be deadly to your pet, and it is against the law. Common sense tells most people that leaving their pet inside a parked vehicle on a hot, summer day could be dangerous after an extended period of time. But most people don’t realize that the temperature can skyrocket after just a few minutes. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does little to alleviate this pressure cooker.
On a warm, sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle and pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels on an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car packed in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute and quickly become lethal.
It’s Not Cool to Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car
Pets, more so than humans, are susceptible to overheating. While people can roll down windows, turn on the air conditioner or exit the vehicle when they become too hot, pets cannot. And pets are much less efficient at cooling themselves than people are.
Heatstroke symptoms include exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, tongue and lips red (which may eventually turn bluish in color), convulsions or vomiting, collapse, coma and death.
If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke follow these instructions:
Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place
Wet the dog with cool water
Fan vigorously to promote evaporation. This process will cool the blood, which reduces the dog’s core temperature.
DO NOT apply ice, this constricts blood flow which will inhibit cooling.
Allow the dog to drink some cool water (or lick ice cream if no water is available)
Take the dog to a Veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment
Veterinarians may apply supportive measures such as intravenous fluids to rehydrate the animal and oxygen to prevent brain damage.
Make sure that you are going to dog-friendly places that will allow you to take them inside so you don’t have to worry about them in the hot car. It’s safer for your dog, and will give you a peace of mind knowing that they won’t suffer from heat-stroke.
Joseph J. Capra
Joseph J. Capra, age 99, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22. He was born in Akron Ohio to a family of 11 children. Joseph and his twin brother were the only boys in the family.
He was a proud veteran and served six years in the Navy as a chief petty officer. He ran a dental clinic during his time in Australia as a medic. When talking about his time in Australia, he would say that he was at the first MASH unit, but unlike the TV show, there were no female nurses.
After the Navy, Joseph moved to Long Beach, California, and met his wife, Jean. They met at a dance and continued a long marriage of dancing and traveling together for over 60 years.
After moving to Leisure World 22 years ago, Joseph started to volunteer for the Golden Age Foundation. He started by volunteering with his wife in hospitality, serving coffee and pastries in the mornings. After Jean had passed, he would go to Sprouts three days a week to pick up items to distribute to LW residents. He had mentioned several times that he hoped to live to age 100, as there are so many people that needed his help. He even continued his volunteer work until two weeks prior to his death. Joseph logged over 12,000 volunteer hours for the Golden Age Foundation. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way and touched many lives with his generosity and passion for life. Joe always had a caring and friendly heart and was liked by all who met him.
When he was not volunteering, you could find Joseph playing pinochle several times a week, and he was a past officer in the Italian American Club. He would always say that pinochle was serious business! He had a passion for music, playing cards and helping people. And if you were lucky enough, he would even sing to you!
Joseph is survived by his daughter, Debbie Kruger, and stepdaughter, Linda Sheehy. He had three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
There will be a funeral sometime in the future when it is safe to gather. A notice will be posted when the arrangements are made.
Gaetana “Tana” Accardi
1920 – 2020
Gaetana Accardi (née Marino) was born April 26, 1920, in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and passed away on May 4, 2020, at her home in Seal Beach, California.
Tana (as she was affectionately known) spent her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Tana was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, godmother, grandmother,great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend. She worked as a junior high school cafeteria manager, supervisor at LA county mental health and hygiene social work, and was a student at the Braille Institute.
When she lived in Leisure World, she was a member of Italian club and quilting club. She enjoyed ,crocheting baby blankets, baking cand decorating cakes, gardening, telling stories, traveling, taking the bus and daily walks.
She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Teresa Marino (née Bisso), brothers Philip Marino and Ray Marino, her cousin “Uncle Sal” Salvatore Marino and her beloved husband, Joseph Accardi.
Tana is survived by her sons Philip Accardi (wife Barbara Sardella) and Charles Borges Accardi (wife Millicent Borges Accardi), her sister Mary Ellington and sister-in-law Pauline Marino.Her grandchildrenVanessa Accardi and fiancé Jorge Beliz; Jennifer Pruitt and husband, Matthew Pruitt; Maria Accardi and wife, Constance Merritt; Angela Gering and her husband, Christopher Gering and Joseph Accardi with his wife, Miranda Accardi. Great grandchildren Tori Tana Lawler, Chloe and Ryan Pruit, Francis and Constantine Gering, Milo Stratton and Salvatore Accardi.
She will be laid to rest in a private service alongside her husband Joseph Accardi at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, California. A celebration of Tana’s life will held at a later date.
Charles Marra 73
Walter Roach 85
William Cameron 91
Rebekah Doane 29
Joseph DeFelice 23
Luis Berneo Cueva 63
Phoeung Meas 72
Gina Joya 32
Joseph Grasty 89
Theresa Odenigbo 79
Glen Rogers 86
Mary Taylor 79
Olivia Jaspar 73
Ruby Polizzi 79
Sondra Sapolsky 87
Benjamin Prado 67
Frances Harding 97
Narcisa Williams 78
Mary Carron 78Families assisted by
LW Resident. (562) 419-3557
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FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
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LW DECOR INC.
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CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
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Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
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Trailers FOR SALE
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Looking for Bose radio.
(951) 306-5002. 06/04
Antique coins (100 years old & under) or comic books. Call between 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for appointment. LW residents only. (562) 594-3975. 06/04
I would like to rent a carport & storage space in Mutual 8.
(949) 735-0273. 06/11