LWW Trans/Vie 07-23-20

General News

California DMV extends licenses for seniors

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a non-commercial driver’s license with an expiration date between March 1-Dec. 31, 2020. This action delays the requirement for this population to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DMV previously provided 120-day extensions to senior drivers with non-commercial licenses expiring in March-July. While the new extensions are automatic, drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. As an option, drivers can now request a free temporary paper extension online  through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document the extension, though it is not needed to drive. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.

California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license but gives the DMV authority to issue extensions. The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions. The TSA accepts driver’s licenses for a year after the expiration date.

Commercial licenses, including those for drivers 70 and older, expiring between March and September are extended through September 30, 2020, to align with federal guidelines.

The one-year extension for senior drivers is the latest action to help Californians avoid or delay a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DMV has issued extensions for expiring driver licenses and permits, expanded eligibility to renew a driver license or identification card online or by mail, and created new digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit. The DMV continues to streamline its processes to limit the time customers spend at an office. Customers are encouraged to fill out the online application and upload their documents before they come to the office. 

The DMV is also contemplating other ways to safely serve seniors. For more information, visit dmv.ca.gov.

—from the California DMV

Suspect arrested after brief chase in LW

A 22-year-old Seal Beach man was arrested after leading Seal Beach police on a short vehicle pursuit that ended in front of Clubhouse 6 on Golden Rain Road on July 20. The suspect driver was identified as Gabriel Alejos. He was charged and taken into custody without further incident.

At about 11:01 a.m., a Seal Beach police officer in Leisure World to conduct traffic enforcement saw a Honda Civic turning onto Seal Beach Boulevard as it left the community. The officer attempted to stop the car after noticing a violation of the California Vehicle Code. 

The driver refused to yield and led officers on a brief pursuit.

As the driver continued to attempt to evade officers, he drove back into Leisure World and ran the gate. 

The  pursuit came to an end when the Honda collided with a truck occupied by two people. The occupants in the uninvolved vehicle were unhurt, according to the police report. Just after the collision, officers with guns drawn exited their vehicles and ordered the suspect to surrender, according to a witness, and he was taken into custody without incident, police reported. 

The collision rendered the suspect’s vehicle inoperable, and traffic was detoured off Golden Rain Road at St. Andrews for about an hour until the scene was cleared.

A search of the vehicle revealed the suspect was in illegal possession of marijuana for sales. He was charged with transporting marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sale, felony evading, being an unlicensed driver, and several other California Vehicle Code violations. 

He was later transported to the Orange County Jail for booking.

The driver complained of pain as a result of the collision and was transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective J. Ainley at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1113, or jainley@sealbeachca.gov.

OptumCare will offer limited testing

The Health Care Center will begin offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet specific criteria. Dr. Al Pita, a medical director for Optum, asked Leisure World residents to be conscientious of the needs of the entire community due to the limited supply of tests. There are many residents who may not be able to access central Orange County testing sites, so the HCC seeks to offer appropriate testing within the community despite the current challenges in terms of test supplies and long delays in obtaining results.

“This is not open to everyone and we cannot test anyone that simply shows up without an appointment. We have a very limited number of tests, so we need to use them wisely,” Dr. Pita said. “You don’t need to be a patient here at the HCC. But you need to have an order from your primary care doctor and meet our screening criteria.

Dr. Pita acknowledged the concerns many residents have about COVID-19, but urged everyone to exercise caution ahead of testing. “We don’t have many tests, so we need to use them sparingly,” Dr. Pita said. “We wish we could do more right now, but it was difficult to get a small supply.” Testing is not widely available in general, and many labs are reporting long delays in processing results.

The most important thing for everyone to do is keep follow-lowing public health guidelines. “Wear a face mask if you are out in public. Wash your hands frequently. Keep distance between yourself and others. It should be part of our new normal now,” Dr. Pita said. “If you think you have been exposed to the virus, but you don’t have any symptoms, stay home for at least 14 days and call your primary care provider if you have any questions.”

Testing also isn’t a clean bill of health. “All the test does is tell you if you do or do not have the virus at that particular time,” Dr. Pita said. “A negative test result doesn’t mean you are safe. You can still get the virus at any time. That’s one of the reasons we strongly encourage everyone to take precautions and only get tested if they have symptoms.”

If you believe you have been exposed to Covid-19, call your primary care doctor immediately. 

“Please don’t show up to your doctor’s office and ask for a test,” Dr. Pita said. “If you do have the virus, you could risk spreading it to others by entering your doctor’s office.” Dr. Pita said the HCC is trying to get more tests: “We are trying to get more so we can meet the community’s needs, but at this point, we only have so many tests. And once we’re out, we’re out.”

GRF employee reports BB gun attack

On July 20 at about 8:30 a.m., someone fired a BB or pellet gun at a Service Maintenance vehicle that was southbound on St. Andrews heading toward Golden Rain Road parallel to the Administration/Clubhouse 6 parking lot. The Service Maintenance employee was not hurt but the vehicle had three hits on the driver’s side storage area and one BB was embedded in an orange safety cone in the back.

The Seal Beach Police Department is actively investigating this attack on a GRF staff member. 

Anyone with information that might be helpful to this investigation is asked to contact GRF Director of Security Victor Rocha at victorr@lwsb.com.

NOCE registration online

The North Orange Continuing Education is hosting online classes for Fall 2020. To find out more, visit the website directly for information and registration. All in-person registration and classes in Leisure World have been canceled until further notice. For NOCE registration, noce.edu/admissions.

WNV Activity in Orange County

West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes have been detected in the following Orange County cities, according to OC Vector Control:

• Fullerton

• Huntington Beach

• Seal Beach

• Westminster

The virus has been confirmed in the following cities:

• Anaheim

• Cypress

• Garden Grove

To learn more about West Nile virus, visit bit.ly/WNVinOC.

Mosquito control is a shared responsibility.

Orange County residents need to do their part to control mosquito breeding around their properties and prevent bites. Eliminating mosquito breeding sources is critical to preventing the spread of West Nile virus. To prevent mosquito bites, take action and follow these tips:

• Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week

• Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly

• Dump water from potted plant saucers

For more information on how you can help reduce the risk of WNV in your community, visit www.ocvector.org.   

by Eloy Gomez

GRF emergency/safety coordinator

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, we look to the helpers all around us and wonder how we too could do more. 

Everyone Has a Part

We all have a part to play in helping resolve this crisis. First, we must follow the practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat the spread of the virus.

This means maintaining a social distance of six feet whenever possible when you must go out; washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or using hand sanitizer; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and covering your mouth and nose with face mask, and what’s even harder, we must stop socializing in person.

No At-Home Gatherings

This includes stopping all in-person gatherings in your units to hold card games, book clubs or other meetings. Only socialize with members of your immediate household.

There are currently no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat COVID-19 approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and with the number of infected people increasing on a daily basis, Leisure World Shareholders must take COVID-19, pandemic illness caused by a coronavirus, seriously.

Best Prevention is to 

Avoid Exposure

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed (or exposing others) to this virus. We are calling on every shareholder to do his or her part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

To that end, the Golden Rain Foundation has has covered all public water drinking fountains throughout the community. 

In addition, there has been an increase in the use of face shields without face masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of  face shields for normal everyday activity or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. This is because face shields are designed to protect people from liquid splashes but may not offer much protection from the respiratory particles, which are the primary mode of transmission of COVID-19. Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use

The GRF recommends that people who wear face shields should also wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth.

It’s true that face masks aren’t always comfortable. Just ask the nurses and health care workers who’ve been wearing them for years. Face masks can fog up glasses, make it difficult to breathe and even cause painful friction behind our ears. There are solutions to make wearing masks more comfortable. 

To avoid fogged glasses, make sure masks fit well to prevent your exhaled breath from reaching your glasses and misting them up. Try placing a a folded tissue between your mouth and the mask. 

The tissue will absorb the warm, moist air, preventing it from reaching your glasses. Also, make sure the top of your mask is tight and the bottom looser, to help direct your exhaled breath away from your eyes. 

As for behind-the-ear friction, try switching to a tie-back mask,  which won’t pull at the backs of your ears. 

Or try a headbands, caps and strap extensions made with buttons that are placed just behind your ears, then slide your face mask’s elastic ear straps over the buttons, alleviating the pressure that normally would be applied behind your ears.

Additionally, there are S-hooks and plastic clips that you can place at the back of your head and hook your straps onto. There’s even one with a hole for your ponytail. You can make your own headbands or buy them from a variety of sellers, including  at Etsy.com for about $8-12 each.

A Message from SBPD Part 1

Editor’s Note: The following is an overview of the resources, training, services and statistics related to the Seal Beach Police Department. SBPD Chief Philip L. Gonshak submitted the comprehensive review to serve as context in the midst of nationwide calls to defund police departments. Most citizens don’t understand the broad reach that local law enforcement provides in areas of community care or the extensive and specific training that officers receive. Chief Gonshak’s overview will be printed in two installments due to its length. Part II will run next week. It covers police officer training and statistics.

Due to the current calls for police reform and/or defunding in a number of communities around the nation, as chief of the Seal Beach Police Department, I felt it critical to share the following information with City of Seal Beach community partners.

The information below will give a general overview of what the SBPD has done in the past, continues to do today and plans on doing in the future. The City of Seal Beach Police Department seeks to be aligned with community needs and expectations.

The department offers many platforms and social programs to victims of crimes, the youth, the homeless population, the mentally ill, police department staff and/or any others who seek assistance from the City of Seal Beach.

We are extremely proud of the fact that our city has already taken a proactive approach, prior to recent events, and will continue to look into opportunities in which we can improve and progress. 

Several of the programs below are either items already included in our budget or are offered by the county for free. We contract for these services to ensure we are providing our community with the resources necessary, regardless of whether the call is criminal in nature.

We ensure our officers receive the maximum amount of training our budget allows so they can utilize informed and well-practiced decision making under the most unusual of circumstances.

I cannot stress this enough: Your police department staff is comprised of highly compassionate and professional mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, and brothers, who are not only ready to take on this opportunity for change, but adapt to these times of increased accountability being requested of each of them. With that, I am certain we will all rise to this occasion. 

 —Chief Philip L. Gonshak

SBPD Contracted/Regularly Used Resources

• Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)

TIP is a group of specially trained volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are called by police officers, firefighters, paramedics and hospital personnel to assist family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide. SBPD most frequently uses TIP when making death notifications and offers it to the families who have lost loved ones; budgeted by the SBPD.

• Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Team is an “in-house” resource/program consisting of sworn and professional SBPD and West-Comm employees. The purpose of the program is to provide all employees with personal, one-on-one peer support and referral assistance during time of personal or professional need.

• SBPD Chaplain Program

Police chaplains, composed of various faith-based leaders, assist the community by providing a more emotional, social or spiritual response while the officers handle the tasks that are directly related to law enforcement. By having the police and clergy working together during times of crisis or incidents, a more comprehensive response is provided to those in need. The police chaplain provides support for both police officer and civilians in their needs. Chaplains are there to provide appropriate assistance, advice, comfort, counsel and referrals to those in need who may request support.

• Psychiatric Emergency and Response Team (PERT)

PERT members are mental health clinicians who ride along with assigned law enforcement officers to address mental health-related calls in the assigned city. PERT conducts risk assessments, initiates involuntary hospitalizations when necessary and provides resources and education. The program also provides outreach and follow-up services to ensure linkage to ongoing services.

The Seal Beach Police Department was one of the earlier agencies in Orange County to take advantage of the PERT program. It currently has one PERT member ride along with officers one day each week, to assist with calls related to mental health. Additionally, the PERT member follow ups on individuals who officers have contacted on days when the PERT member is not present or individuals appear to exhibit signs of mental health distress.

• Crisis Intervention Team (CAT)

CAT provides 24-hour mobile response services to any adult experiencing a behavioral health crisis. CAT conducts risk assessments, initiates involuntary hospitalizations when necessary, provides resources and linkage, and conducts follow-up contacts for individuals assessed. 

Most often, CAT is utilized for individuals experiencing suicidal ideations or who may seem temporarily unable to properly care for themselves.


Works to build safer communities by helping individuals make their way through conflict and crisis to a place of strength. Waymakers assists with redirecting youth offenders, helping sheltered children get back on track, unifying troubled families, resolving community conflicts, and assisting victims of violence. Waymakers has been a great resource for the county as they offer resources to such a wide variety of clients.

• 2-1-1

2-1-1 is an often-utilized resource by many of SBPD officers for citizens in need, as it is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information, an all-inclusive resource guide.  Citizens can call, text or chat online to speak with a community resource specialist who can assess the services and resources available for that individual and their specific needs.

They are able to make connections for almost any need, including but not limited to: supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utilities assistance, employment and education opportunities, services for veterans, health care, vaccinations, health epidemic information, addiction prevention and rehab programs, re-entry help for ex-offenders, support groups for individuals with mental illness or special needs, domestic abuse assistance, disaster relief and emergency information.

• Internet Crimes Against Children 

A national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and involving the internet. 

• Casa Youth Center

Serves and nurtures youth in crisis with shelter, counseling, and support services, empowering them to come through their crisis with increased confidence, stability, and tools for continued growth.

•Homeless Liaison Officers

Seal Beach co-founded the Orange County Community Officers Homeless Working Group workshop, which seeks the best ways for officers to deal with the homeless and their specialized needs. Additionally, Seal Beach has a Homeless Liaison Officer program, with several members dedicated to addressing the homeless needs in the community and resources with which to help those individuals – from meals, bus tickets, shelters, mental health programs, etc. Seal Beach has also reunited several homeless citizens with their family members, who often live out of state and would not have the resources or means to provide the assistance themselves.

• Crisis Negotiation Team Officers

Seal Beach currently has two officers who maintain specialized training to assist in criminal, domestic or mental health incidents that require advanced expertise. These officers specialize in tactical communication with high risk individuals who may be threatening violence (workplace, domestic, suicide, etc.), including barricaded subjects and hostage takers, and/or who may be having a  mental health crisis. These officers train regularly with the SWAT Team to ensure their readiness in the most extreme situations.

—Next week: More on Resources, and police training and statistics

LWSB ranked in top 10 of great places to retire

Leisure World, Seal Beach, made the top 10 of great places to retire in a story called “The 10 Most Affordable Beach Towns in America for Retirees.” The story, written by Sara Ventiera, was published on June 11 at marketwatch.com and originally appeared on realtor.com.

There are more than 74 million boomers—of which 10,000 per day are hitting age 65, according to the Pew Research Center. And as they shift into retirement mode, many are migrating toward the beach. According to United Van Lines National Movers Study, in 2018, 39 percent of the retirees they moved had their GPS systems locked on to Florida. 

And other warm, active-lifestyle destinations are also on the list, which was compiled by data experts looking more than 1,300 towns at the coast. 

They cut the selections to one place per state, for a wider variety of options. The ranking was based on the population of residents aged 55 and over per capita, affordability based on median list price, access to hospitals and other health care facilities, the number of amenities like golf courses (for low-impact exercise) and country clubs (for the social scene), as well as marinas and water-recreation businesses like boating and fishing, for that all-around beach town experience.

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, was named No. 1. Just 15 minutes south of the bustling tourist shops, boardwalks, and mini-golf courses of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet offers retirees a quiet respite from that popular vacation town.

It was followed by  Venice, Florida.; Morehead City, North Carolina; Lewes, Delaware; Toms River, New Jersey; Coos Bay, Oregon; and then Seal Beach, Leisure World.

Leisure World made the list because, contrary to popular belief, Southern California does have affordable retirement homes, and they are in Leisure World. The story says LW is “a gated retirement community located just 12 minutes from the sands of Seal Beach that offers some serious deals. A renovated one-bedroom cottage is listed for just $199,999 and a two-bedroom at $225,000.

“The large community has various purchase restrictions, including a minimum age, and in some cases requires all-cash transactions; but to buy in another part of the desirable beach town would cost at least $700,000. And locals are willing to fork over that kind of money for a reason. The laid-back city boasts a restaurant—and shop-lined Main Street, which spills out to a nice pier and beach.”

Leisure Worlders know all the other perks of living seaside. And now lots of other people do to.

Rounding out the list was New London, Connecticutt;  Rockport, Texas; and Hyannis, Mass. ext to downtown can be purchased for just $249,900.

Battery Recycling Information

The Golden Age Foundation sponsors a battery recyling program in Leisure World that used to have various drop-off locations. Since COVID-19 shut-downs in March, LWers have been unable to access those locations, which included the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center and GRF News office.

After the GAF shredding service on July 9, it became clear that a new central location was necessary to help people recycle spent batteries.  

With the cooperation of GRF Recreation Department and GAF sponsors, shareholders can now bring household batteries to the back door of Building 5’s Copy and Supply Center, which is in the alley outside (not inside the hallway). No ink cartridges or printer toners can be accepted. 

The GAF asks shareholders to hold following items until offices are open to the public again: Fluorescent/LED bulbs, computers and monitors, televisions, microwave ovens, hair dryers, telephones and other electronic waste (e-waste).

In ordinary times, the GAF would ask shareholders to drop off recyclables at the Maintenance Yard or a collection truck outside of Maintenance Yard, but due to COVID-19,  these services have been suspended until further notice.  Furniture, mattresses and other large items may be disposed of at bins located at the northwest corner of L.W Go North on Oak Hills Drive. Turn right into the Mini Farms and use the resident recycling containers. Make sure items are placed in the bins. There is a $35-per-item fine for refuse left in and around bin areas. If in doubt, ask a building captain or a mutual director.

More information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Credits and Kudos

Susan Shaver of Mutual 11 writes: I would like to thank the GRF Recreation Department for all the wonderful food trucks they have procured for us.

They offer delicious and healthy choices at very reasonable prices. I know that any day of the week, I may chose not to cook!

I’m sure that many residents share in my appreciation, based on the lines I’ve waited in! Thank you for a job well done! 

Linda Johnson of Mutual 15 writes: With all of the COVID-19 virus sheltering-at-home direction that we have been given, I would like to give a kudo to another “unsung hero.” John Hlavac, a Golden Age Foundation volunteer, is the chair of the Mobility Aids program.  During this difficult time, John and his phone volunteers have tried to keep up with the needs of the community.  I think that we all know just how important volunteers are to our Leisure World community.  Thank you to John and his volunteers for keeping this vital program working during this period of isolation.

Scam Alert

Gail Morrison of Mutual 2 recently received a postcard that read:

Dear Mercedes-benz Owner.

Our records indicate that you have not contacted us to have your vehicle protection activated.  This notice is to inform you that your 2010 Mercedes-benz is in need of vehicle protection in order to ensure its continued safe operation. Please Call us today at 1-888-642-9034. By neglecting to activate your protection program you will be responsible for paying out of pocket.”

She doesn’t have a warranty on her car, so she contacted her son, who advised her to disregard the message. 

That’s good advice for almost any unsolicited contact. The Federal Communications Commission warns people to watch out for predatory marketing that offers extended warranties over the phone and in the mail. 

The FCC calls these aggressive  tactics a scam. If you own a vehicle and a phone, you will likely receive calls from scammers posing as representatives of a car dealer, manufacturer or insurer telling you that your auto warranty or insurance is about to expire. The call will include some sort of pitch for renewing your warranty or policy.

Do not provide any credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, bank routing numbers or any other type of financial information, warns the FCC. 

At best, you will have signed up for a service for which you already may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. At worst, you could be providing credit card information to a criminal, according to the FCC. Criminals may engage in caller ID spoofing—deliberately falsifying  information transmitted to your Caller ID display to disguise their identity.

Here are some general tips to avoid scam:

• Con artists force you to make decisions fast and may threaten you.

• Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller IDs.

• Con artists sometimes pretend to be the government (e.g. IRS).

• Con artists try to get you to provide them personal information like your Social Security number or account numbers.

• Beware of free travel offers.

Financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and this estimate is likely low as often seniors do not report fraud.

Setting It Straight

An article on Zoom tips in the July 16 edition was incorrectly attributed. The OLLI National Resource Center should have been credited.

Letters Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Communications and Technical Director.  Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be delivered to LW Weekly by email and must be of general interest to the community.

Letters to the Editor


(On July 20) at around 11:20 a.m., I was sitting in my patio, which faces Golden Rain Road across from Clubhouse 6, when I heard and saw the crash of a small gray vehicle being pursued by the SBPD. 

The gray vehicle hit a white truck. Immediately the police took the appropriate position behind their car doors with their guns out and a loud speaker giving specific instructions to the driver. Not knowing if the driver was armed, I went inside my home right then. Viewing from inside I could see the driver was cooperating. 

This occurred on Golden Rain right next to Clubhouse 6 so a number of people who happened to be in that parking lot up to the short block wall at the scene. 

Am I shocked? No. Disappointed? Yes. Does anyone think the police can protect lookie-loo’s and safely apprehend a suspect? What is the priority here? There were five police cars, and I believe I could hear one of the officers telling folks to get back. How about supporting the police doing their job safely and fairly by staying away and not compromising a potentially dangerous situation. They had cameras. If someone can’t observe from a safe distance, then please stay away. 

Kathy Almeida

Mutual 1


I was emptying my trash and wearing my mask. A man came around the corner with no mask on and I said “Stop, you don’t have a mask. Please don’t come any closer.”  He continued to come toward me as I backed up.

All residents living in Leisure World are in a high risk category just by virtue of our age. Many of us have other risk factors in addition to our age. If you choose not to wear a mask and ignore science, then please stay away from people that do and certainly honor their requests to keep your distance. 

Jane Hamel

Mutual 4


A letter to the editor (July 2) to the LW Weekly suggested that visitors to Leisure World have their temperatures checked upon entering, as a simple precautionary measures against spreading the  COVID-19 virus to our vulnerable population. 

To this, I strongly concur with. Before entering my doctor’s office yesterday for an appointment, a simple digital thermometer was placed to my forehead that gave an instant readout. I see this as a simple measure not unlike requiring a mask be worn to shop at our local stores. After all we are a particularly susceptible group and must take precautions that reflect that fact, whether we like it or not.

Stevin Cohen 

Mutual 14

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Wed., July 22 Mutual 16, annual

CH 4/virtual 2 p.m.

Thurs., July 23 Mutual 1

Zoom conference call 9 a.m.

Thurs., July 23 Mutual 11, annual meeting

CH 4, virtual 10 a.m.

Fri., July 24 Mutual 6

canceled 9:30 a.m.

Fri., July 24 Mutual 9 annual

CH 4, virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., July 27 Mutual 8, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 4 Mutual 16

Zoom 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 4 Mutual 17

canceled 1:30 p.m.

Thurs.,  Aug. 6 Presidents’ Council

Zoom 9 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 7 Mutual 6, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 10 Mutual 9

oom 9 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 10 Mutual 1, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 11 Mutual 5, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 12 Mutual 4

conference call 9 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 12 Mutual 3, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Thurs., Aug. 13 Mutual 12

canceled 9 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 14 Mutual 2, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 14 Mutual 3

canceled 9 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 17 Mutual 15

Zoom 1 p.m.

Tues., Aug 18 Mutual 14

Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 19 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 19 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Aug. 20 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Aug. 20 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 21 Mutual 15, annual

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Aug. 24 Mutual 8

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 25 Mutual 17

CH 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Wed., Aug. 26 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Aug. 27 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Fri., Aug. 28 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.





Foundation members are advised that there will be limited seating at the Golden Rain Foundation Annual Meeting of the Members on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Members are encouraged to view the meeting via the live stream link on lwsb.com.

Remember to complete the “What is Your Question?” form (at right), to submit a question or comment to the Board during the Annual Meeting.  

Suzanne Fekjar, 

Corporate Secretary

Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information). Strict public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, there will be limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4.  Physical distancing and wearing a face mask will be required:

Tues., July 28 GRF Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom/live stream 10 a.m.

Tues., July 28 GRF Board Executive Session

Zoom 2 p.m.

Tues., Aug. 4 Special GRF Board (election/ballot counting)

Clubhouse 4, Zoom, live stream 10 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 4 GRF Annual Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom/live stream 10:45 a.m.

Tues., Aug. 4 Special GRF BOD (election of officers)

Clubhouse 4/Zoom/livestream 1:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 7 Special GRF Board Meeting 

Clubhouse 4/Zoom/livestream 1 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 7 GRF Board Executive Session

Zoom 2 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 17 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom/livestream 9 a.m.  

GRF Board of Directors


Clubhouse 4

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 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 9:45am 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

a) Announcements

4) Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update 

5) Health Care Advisory Board Update (n/a )

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) Committee/Board meeting for month of June

i) Minutes of the June 15, 2020, Finance Committee Board meeting 

b) GRF Board of Directors Minutes, June 23, 2020, 

GRF Board of Directors Minutes, June 30, 2020 (Special) 

d) Accept Financial Statements, through June 30, 2020, 

for Audit 

e) Approve Reserve Funds Investment Purchase 

8) New Business

a) General 

i) Establish an Ad hoc Committee

ii) Reserve Funding Request-Trust Property

Streets, Phase IV

iii) Reserve Funding Request – Fitness Center, 

Phase I – Flooring Preparation

iv) Reserve Funding Request – Clubhouse Two – 

Landscaping Replacement

v) Approve Opening of Golf Course 

vi) Approve Opening of Veterans Plaza

vii) Accept Donation from the Golden Age Foundation 

for the Knowledge and Learning Center

9) Board Member Comments

10) Next Meeting/Adjournment

Next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 4

GRF Board

Executive Session

2 p.m., 

Friday, July 28, 2020

Virtual Meeting, 

in accordance with with 

applicable codes

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935

A. Call to Order

      President Linda Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E. Personnel

F. Adjournment

Agenda is subject to change.

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Sunshine Club holds impromptu mask giveaway

The Sunshine Club gave away cotton face masks on July 17 as part of its effort to support Leisure World’s “Community Strong” campaign encouraging everyone to wear a face covering in public.

Hundreds of masks were handed out in the Mutual 5 greenbelt in the impromptu giveaway, which only publicized by word-of-mouth.

A week ago, Gov. Newsom announced he was requiring all counties to close their restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, wineries, zoos and bars for indoor service.

In June, he required all Californians to wear face coverings in high-risk settings as the state seeks to slowly reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

To that end, the Sunshine Club is working to make sure everyone has a mask. The club thanks  Randy Oh, Michael Oh’s brother,  for his generous donation that allowed the club to provide the masks. Michael Oh is a longtime member and supporter of the Sunshine Club. 

And thanks to the Mutual 5 Board, which allowed the Sunshine Club host the event.

People should wash masks before using. Masks may have a pocket on the inside to accommodate a coffee filter. Using a filter may increase the effectiveness of the mask. Paper towels or napkins can be used in place of coffee filters.

Masks should be washed daily. If you are not using a washing machine, the easiest way is to  put very hot water and soap in a baggie with your mask. Agitate by hand. Let your mask sit in the baggie for five minutes. Rinse in hot water and hang to dry.

Event coordinator Anna Derby asked shareholders to honor social distancing  while in line and everyone who came to this event  covered their mouth and nose with scarves or handkerchiefs if they didn’t have masks. 

The Sunshine Club began January 2012 to read the LW Weekly for information about the community. Members use the newspaper as a text book to review all the community news and happenings. 

The club is designed to help  different ethnicities get along and for neighbors to have better communication to get the best out of living in Leisure World. 

LW community leaders and club representatives give presenations when the club is able to meet in person. Guest speakers from outside LW are also invited to share.

With the continuing shut-down of clubhouses, Zoom meetings will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 31.  The first presenter will be Beatriz Nunez. 

Her topics will include Medicare coverage related to COVID-19, expansion and relaxing of benefits, fraud and scams targeting beneficiaries and how to protect oneself. There will be time for questions and answers.

For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Men’s Golf

The Men’s Monday Golf League played on July 13th Meadowlark Golf course in Huntington Beach. Nine men, and one woman challenged the par 70, 5600-yard 18-hole course. A warm start turned into a hot late morning and the wind picked up dramatically. Meadowlark has several water hazards and tricky, sloping greens. The course is in great shape which promoted several low scores and 2 birdies.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20, B flight higher than 20.

A Flight Winners:

• First Place: Bill McKusky, 3 under 67; second: Dave LaCascia, 2 under 68 plus a birdie; third: Fujio Norihiro; fourth: Sam Choi; fifth: Gary Stivers. Bill had fewest putts. Sam had closest to the pin on the 150-yard par 3 sixteenth hole and Gary was closest on the 140-yard par 3 seventh hole.

• B Flight Winners:

First Place: Bob Munn, 1 over 71 and fewest putts; second: a three-way tie between Bill Zurn, Liz Meripol and John Meyer, 2 over 72; fourth: Tom Ross; fifth: Lowell Goltra. John also had a birdie.

Friday Golf Results

The Men’s Friday Golf Club played at Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana on July 17. Eight men, one woman and a first-time player Gene Vesely contested the par 71, 6000-yard course. An overcast start  turned into a delightfully sunny and warm late morning. The greens are in particularly good shape and the fairways were well watered. Willowick is the oldest club in Orange County and a challenge to the competitors because of its length. The course is unusual in that it has no water hazards. With good playing conditions there were two birdies and several below par scores.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A Flight Winners:

• First Place: tie between Jim Goltra and Dave LaCascia, 1 under 70; second: Bill McKusky, even par; third: Fujio Norihiro, 2 over 73; fourth: Sam Choi. Newcomer Gene Vesely performed well even though he had not played the course in quite a while. 

Dave LaCascia had fewest putts and was closest to the pin on the par 3—145-yard fourth hole. Fujio and Jim each had a birdie and Fujio was closest to the pin (actually just inches from a hole-in-one) on the 140-yard par 3—12th hole.

B Flight Winners:

• First Place: Liz Meripol, with a 5 under 66; second: Bob Munn, 1 under 70 plus fewest putts; third: tie between John Meyer and Lowell Goltra.

Friends, ladies, spouses, and family are all welcome to play and/or join.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. 

The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. 

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts in each flight. 

Holes-in-One, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Bill McKusky, (562) 430-8618, or Dave LaCascia, (801) 674-5975.

The Men’s Monday/Friday league is looking for golfers (men and women) to join the league during the local course shutdown. 

Handicaps can be determined using our local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Dave for more information.

—Dave LaCascia

Connect with the LW Weekly 

The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Staff is working on-site to produce the LW Weekly. Editors can be reached by phone and email. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses. People may drop hard copy into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. The deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. For more information, call (562) 472-1277. All classified and display advertising will be accepted by telephone at (562) 430-0534. The Weekly can accept credit or debit payments over the phone or people can put checks through the slot.

Bocce Ball

It seems that a lot of veteran and new bocce ball players are suffering from bocce cabin fever. Many cases have been reported and a cure is now in sight. If you’re missing Bocce or want to learn more about the game, veteran player and Zoom master Fred Carpenter will be hosting a Zoom meeting to talk about all things bocce and how much players miss their tournaments. 

The virtual meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28, at 5 p.m. Feel free to send your e-mail address to Fred at sail1942@gmail.com, and he’ll send you an invite to the meeting.

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free weekly Zoom classes at 10 a.m. 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 joosuna29a@gmail.com.

•Monday, 2 p.m., Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email sail1942@gmail.com.

•Wednesday, 10 a.m., beginners Zoom class Windows and Android users with host Joe Osuna. For an invite to his class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

• Thursday, 10 a.m., beginner’s Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to his clas, email 0501042@gmail.com.

•Friday, 10 a.m., guest lecturer Bob Cohen hosts Friday Morning Tech Talk on a variety of topics. Email bob@bobology.com for an invite.

• Saturdays, 5 p.m., Zoom Party Social, hour open to all residents, hosted by Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to the party, email 0501042@gmail.com.

Gentle Flow Yoga 

Join Monarch Healthcare and Alignment Healthcare for a virtual Gentle Flow Yoga series via Zoom. Certified yoga instructor Holly Robinson will guide participants through a series of poses and stretches to help feel more at ease. This class is suitable for all levels and abilities. All you need is a mat and an open mind.

A class will be held from 2-3 p.m., Monday, July 27.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend at no cost.

RSVP for Gentle Flow Yoga by emailing Grecia Nunez, senior ambassador at the Health Care Center, at gnunez@mhealth.com. Include the day you would like to attend and we will send you your Zoom link.

Balance and Stability

A Landmark Balance and Stability class is offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Zoom 

The instructor teaches the free 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. 

She is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and a ACE Group exercise certificate.

To join email her at arosenfeld1@verizon.net and she will send you the link to join to group.

Or people can join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530.

Grab and Go Meals

July 23-29 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

• Thursday:  Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212; Mandi’s Candies Ice Cream Truck, 4-7 p.m.

• Friday: Katella Deli; extensive menu—deli favorites from appetizers, salads, hot entrees, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611 or order online www.katellabakery.com, specials of the day available onsite, cash/cards.

• Saturday: Naples Rib Company, barbecue, salads, sandwiches; new hours, 3:30-5 p.m.; order ahead online for faster service, www.ribcompany.com/LW or (562) 439-RIBS; cash/cards

•Sunday: Berg Catering—Freshly prepared meals with a healthy gourmet touch, 3:30-5:30 p.m., pre-order at (562) 663-2038 or online at www.bergcatering.com (LW Menu) or buy onsite, PayPal, checks, cash, cards. 

• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck – Chicken or meat kabobs, Gyros, Falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696 for preorders or buy onsite. Mention LWSB, cash/cards.

• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no pre-orders.

• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 4-6 p.m., pre-order by calling (323) 833-1213; cash/cards 


 All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people line up inside Clubhouse 6. People should 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 https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.

Radio Club

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World—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, rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.

Zoom Classes

Zoom Classes

The following classes are offered through the Zoom platform. If you are a beginner to Zoom, download the Zoom App to make logging into the session easier. If you need help setting up microphone and/or video or have any other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Z. Cooper at (562) 822-6358  before the class begins.

For an invitation, email Miryam Fernandez at mzzmimm@gmail.com and include what device you’re using. 

Class Schedule:

• Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m.—Learn Zoom on PC or MAC

Instructors: Miryam Fernandez, Bonnie Cooper, Virginia Olejnik

• Tuesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m.— Zoom on iPad

Instructors:  Miryam Fernandez, Bob Cohen, Fred Carpenter

• Tuesday, Aug. 11 10 a.m.— Email Basics

Instructors:  Miryam Fernandez, Bonnie Cooper, Virginia Olejnik

—Miryam Fernandez

Senior Transportation

The Senior Shopping Shuttle to Ralphs, Target and Sprouts has been canceled until further notice. Dial-A-Ride service is available for shopping rides to any location within the City of Seal Beach.

Service is available at no cost Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required by calling (877) 224-8294. 

Cindy Tostado, GRF member resources and assistance liaison, is available to help people register  for the Senior Transportation Service by appointment. 

To make an appointment, call 431-6586, ext. 317. 

For additional information on the program, contact Iris Lee at Seal Beach City Hall, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, ilee@sealbeachca.gov or AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.

Global Market Kitchen Food Delivery

Global Market Kitchen is now accepting orders for free weekly delivery to the Clubhouse 4 Parking lot. First orders will be delivered on Thursday between 2-4 p.m., July 30.

WHAT: Grocery, household necessities and meal kit delivery

WHERE:  Clubhouse 4 Parking lot drive-through

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, between 2-4 p.m.

HOW: Order online at https://squareup.com/store/GDBROGMK/ or by phone at (562) 661-9776 by tomorrow, July 24.

There is a selection of fresh produce, dairy products, pantry staples, deli meats, bakery goods, beverages, and prepared meal kits updated regularly according to market availability.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com or contact the vendor at gdbrox@gmail.com.

LW Poetry

This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. 

Heavenly Lights

It’s night and all around the misty clouds hang low, 

brushed ruddy from the city’s glow.

But standing beside my Leisure World home

the night sky blooms with stars,

Orian’s belt and Venus, ages old, brilliant still.

And were that not enough

a new light shines in the Western sky,

The International Space Station glows.

 —Phyllis Poper

Bicycle Club

Join the Leisure Bicyclists Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9 a.m. at the North Gate for a ride to Long Beach, Huntington Beach or Eldorado Park.  

Ride at your own safe speed and use any make of bicycle: Treks, recumbents and electric bicycles, etc., are all welcome.

Helmets and safe shoes are a must. 

Safe distancing and masks are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for further details.

—Mary M. Romero

Bathroom Access Grant

The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has been approved for another cycle of funding. This means that from July 2020-June 2021, the City can spend $145,000 on grants to Leisure World residents to continue the Bathroom Accessibility Program.

For over 14 years, the City of Seal Beach has offered the Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents in Leisure World modify their bathrooms for safer access. 

For the 2020-2023 funding cycle there have been some exciting changes. Residents who have more than one bathroom are now eligible. Furthermore, in special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.

Due to the threats of COVID-19, CivicStone, the administration of the program, will be changing the way it operates. It will not hold a workshop in any clubhouse for Leisure World residents this year. Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, exhaled breath from reaching your glasses and misting them up. Try placing a a folded tissue between your mouth and the mask. 

The tissue will absorb the warm, moist air, preventing it from reaching your glasses. Also, make sure the top of your mask is tight and the bottom looser, to help direct your exhaled breath away from your eyes. 

As for behind-the-ear friction, try switching to a tie-back mask,  which won’t pull at the backs of your ears. 

Or try a headbands, caps and strap extensions made with buttons that are placed just behind your ears, then slide your face mask’s elastic ear straps over the buttons, alleviating the pressure that normally would be applied behind your ears.

Additionally, there are S-hooks and plastic clips that you can place at the back of your head and hook your straps onto. There’s even one with a hole for your ponytail. You can make your own headbands or buy them from a variety of sellers, including  at Etsy.com for about $8-12 each.

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Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s

By Lisa Rotchford


Summertime childhood memories of playtime outside during long sun-filled days might include games of tag, races and other pastimes that began with the phrase “Ready….Set…Go!”  As the worldwide battle with a relentless coronavirus continues, our summer days may also be sun-filled, but now long and not always joy-filled. We are ready to get back to a sense of “normalcy.” We are set in our sanctuary to worship God together again. Yet we are called to wait! As Christians we are called to remember that there is joy that can be found in waiting.

When we turn to Scripture, we are often told to “wait upon the Lord.” It is a consistent theme of both our Old and New Testaments. Human beings are naturally an impatient lot who don’t like to wait. So we join our biblical ancestors in trying to wrap our minds and our hearts about living through this time when our lifestyles are asked to slow down, hold on, and pause. We are all, worldwide, being called to be quiet. Can we use this time to listen to what the Lord may be saying?  

As we sit and wait in this pandemic, we can turn to the prophet Isaiah’s well-known encouragement for solace and strength, “but they who wait for 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.” (Isaiah 40:31)  All of us can use a little time to recharge our batteries and rest. What if God is using this time to strengthen us so we are prepared for whatever lies ahead? The Lord is with us; fighting for us.  

One of my favorite promises of God is found in Isaiah’s writings 10 chapters earlier: ”Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (30:18) 

Isaiah reminds us in both of these passages that we get our strength from our Lord. In addition to his resolve which can get us through anything, we are shown God’s grace and compassion and we are called to know and demonstrate that same grace and compassion to one another. Be strengthened and ready. Be set in compassion and grace. And be blessed in waiting.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev is now conducting services on Zoom. The coronavirus has opened up a new method of communication for those of us 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 and instructions on how to use Zoom.

Beit HaLev is continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube as well.  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 link to the PDF version of each prayer book is provided at each service.

“Devarim,” (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-2:1, is the first chapter in the final book in the Torah; it is all the Hebrew name for the Book of Deuteronomy. It includes the setting and introduction of Moses’ final address to the Children of Israel; a review of their journey from Mt. Sinai, the appointments of tribal leaders, the episode of the scouts and peaceful encounters with the tribes of Edom, Moab and Ammon.  This Shabbat is also Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of Vision; it is the Sabbath that precedes Tisha B’Av, the mournful fast day upon which every catastrophe that befell the Jewish people occurred. Tisha B’Av eve is Wednesday, July 29; Rabbi Galit Shirah will conduct a special livestream observance at 6 p.m.

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 duets@icloud.com.

Assembly of God

God gives comfort to his people

By Norma Ballinger

LW Contributor 

Comfort is certainly something we crave during these trying times. The 40th chapter of Isaiah is remarkable in that the prophet is offering comfort to God’s people and the promise of deliverance; these verses are so applicable today. 

The first is a reminder that God is eternal, (verses 6-8). He is unchanging with no beginning and no end, providing us abiding fellowship with him.

God is also sovereign, the supreme ruler, the ultimate power. One definition of this word is “the absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure.”  No power on earth–whether it’s a pandemic or Satan’s attacks–will be able to take control of our lives (verse 10).

The tenderness of God is noted in Isaiah 40:11, “He tends his flock (that’s us) like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart, he gently leads those that have young.”

And, finally, in this chapter, is God’s assurance that he will definitely “… give strength to the weary, and increase the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope (wait on) the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Live each day with these promises in mind.

Pastor Sam Pawlak is diligent each Sunday at 10 a.m. in delivering a message of love and hope on Facebook. Special thanks goes to Richard Ryals, who faithfully videotapes each worship service as Pastor Sam preaches from God’s word. 

This Sunday Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead the worship and singing a solo. The DVD’s are duplicated and delivered to each member’s home at the first of the week.

Community Church

By Johan Dodge


As I write this, the governor has ordered churches to close again and so I take this time to remind us that the church is not the building. There is an old children’s song I have been playing over and over in my head these past months:, “I am the Church, You are the Church, We are the Church together. The church is not a building. The church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.”  

The church is a people and as such it is never closed. Our virtual worship service has now grown to include a virtual fellowship time and we have been blessed to have the fellowship of church members who have moved out of Leisure World and even out of state. Our worship on Facebook continues to grow and we are drawing worshippers from around the globe. If you have not yet worshipped with us, this is a great time to try it out. We also have the announcements, Scripture, message and anthem available on our phone system to listen to.  While we are safely worshipping in our homes we enjoy the opportunity to worship and fellowship with a church community that is now spread all over the globe. I wonder, in the midst of openings and closings where have you found new and even surprising blessings? 

As always, if you are in need without another way to address that need, you may call the church office to leave me a message (562) 431-2503

I invite you to tune into worship Sunday morning at 9:50 on Facebook live,  @communitychurchleisureworld. If you want to join us for virtual fellowship you will need to call the church office or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com.  If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, you can still call in to our phone system at (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.

First Christian Church

By Bruce Humes


Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome, specifically chapter 12:9-11, gives believers clear instruction on what their conduct should look like when it comes to fellow believers and also those in unbelief. Let’s review those verses. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Paul continues in verse 12 saying, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” 

The apostle Paul speaks to us of rejoicing, or being joyful in our hope. What hope are we taking joy in? In Luke 10:20 we get the answer, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you (Jesus had given the apostles authority over all the powers of the enemies) but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” The hope believers have is not simply hoping for something, yet further, of a surety, a confidence of our place in heaven. Remember in John 14:2b, Jesus told us, “I go to prepare a place for you.” This is the hope that we rejoice in, that brings great joy despite our tribulations.

 Paul continues by instructing us to be “patient in tribulation” meaning to “persevere” through those difficult times. In Romans 5:3-4, Paul tells us not only to be patient in our troubles, but to also glory in them. Let’s look at those Scriptures, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, (why?) knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, (endurance, patience) and perseverance, character, and character, hope.” The hope, a surety of that heavenly mansion Christ promised us in John 14:1-2, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions (dwellings); if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

Then Paul tells us to “continue steadfastly in prayer.” Prayer is a personal link we have as believers with the Lord who sits at the right hand of God, interceding for each one of us to the Father. Prayer is the process that gives us the power to preserve and endure the difficult trials, tribulation, and testing we will encounter as believers in Christ.

In verse 13 the apostle Paul continues his instruction, “distributing to the needs of the saints, (fellow believers) given to hospitality.” Remember in verse 10, Paul wrote, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Being hospitable to one another in the faith is the message here, but we as followers of Jesus must take these instructions from the apostle Paul beyond the body of believers, and to those in unbelief also, how else are we to fulfill the great commission of taking the gospel, the good news to those who need to hear. Jesus, just before he ascended to heaven spoke these words to his disciples, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name “to all the nations,” beginning in Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things,” (Luke 24:46-48).

 Rejoicing in our hope, showing patience in tribulations, praying continually, meeting the needs of others first, and being given to hospitality are all traits that born again believers should exhibit, but our greatest love for others is exhibited in us taking the good news to those who haven’t heard.

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. Leave a recorded message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. 

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The Lord will sustain you

By Rolland Coburn


A school friend reading the Psalms once commented, “This guy sure had a lot of problems!” 

“Can’t you identify?” I asked.

 “I definitely can,” he replied.

Discouragement is not unusual in the Christian life. Great people of faith like David, the psalmist, experienced it. So did Peter and Paul in the New Testament. Each of these believers had words of help for us when we feel down.

For example, Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Yes, God is near, with you, always there.

More help comes in Psalms 40:1 and 145:18. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” The Bible says he wants us to come to him at the throne of grace. He is ready and waiting, and hearing every prayer.

The New Testament reinforces these promises with the assurance that God is faithful and true to his Word. “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

Both testaments remind us of our Lord’s tender care. “Casting all your care on Him, because He cares for you,” 1 Peter 5:7. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken,” Isa 55:22. “The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down,” Psalm 145:14.

One of the church’s songwriters lyricizes these thoughts: “He is always there hearing every prayer faithful and true/ Walking by our side in His love we hide, all the day through/ When you get discouraged just remember what to do/ Reach out to Jesus, he’s reaching out to you,” (Ralph Carmichael). 

If you know the tune, sing it to yourself. We all need the promise.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

July 24, 2020, marks the 173rd anniversary of the Saints entering the Salt Lake Valley.  President Thomas S. Monson explained, “that first trek of 1847, organized and led by Brigham Young, is described by historians as one of the great epics of United States history. Mormon pioneers by the hundreds suffered and died from disease, exposure, or starvation. There were some who, lacking wagons and teams, literally walked the 1,300 miles across the plains and through the mountains, pushing and pulling handcarts.

“We each can learn much from our early pioneer ancestors, whose struggles and heartaches were met with resolute courage and abiding faith in a living God. Youth and children were among the thousands who pulled and pushed handcarts or walked along that pioneer trail, just as they are among the Saints today who are pioneering in their own areas throughout the world. I think that there is not a member of this Church today who has not been touched by the accounts of the early pioneers. Those who did so much for the good of all surely had as their objective to inspire faith. They met the goal in a magnificent manner.

“Time-marked pages of a dusty pioneer journal speak movingly: ‘We bowed ourselves down in humble prayer to Almighty God with hearts full of thanksgiving to him, and dedicated this land unto him for the dwelling place of his people.

“The crude homes were described by one who was there as a small boy: ‘There was no window of any kind whatever in our house. Neither was there a door. My mother hung up an old quilt, which served as a door for the first winter. This was our bedroom, our parlor, our sitting room, our kitchen, our sleeping room, everything in this room of about 12 by 16 feet. How in the world we all got along in it, I do not know. I recollect that my dear old mother stated that no queen who ever entered her palace was ever more happy or proud of shelter and the blessings of the Lord than was she when she entered that completed dugout.’

“Such were the trials, the hardships, struggles, and heartaches of a former day. They were met with resolute courage and an abiding faith in a living God.

“We honor those who endured incredible hardships. We praise their names and reflect on their sacrifices.

“What about our time? Are there pioneering experiences for us? Will future generations reflect with gratitude on our efforts, our examples? You can indeed be pioneers in courage, in faith, in charity, in determination.

“You can strengthen one another; you have the capacity to notice the unnoticed. When you have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel, you can reach out and rescue others.”

“Turning the pages of scriptural history from beginning to end, we learn of the ultimate pioneer —even Jesus Christ. His birth was foretold by the prophets of old; his entry upon the stage of life was announced by an angel. His life and his ministry have transformed the world.

“One sentence from the book of Acts speaks volumes: Jesus ‘went about doing good for God was with him’.

“His mission, his ministry among men, his teachings of truth, his acts of mercy, his unwavering love for us prompts our gratitude and warms our hearts. Jesus Christ, savior of the world —even the Son of God —was and is the ultimate pioneer, for he has gone before, showing all others the way to follow. May we ever follow him.”

-Reprinted from www.churchofjesuschrist.org

Conregation Sholom

Rabbi Karen Isenberg will stream Friday night services at 6:30 on July 24 on The Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Facebook page. To join, select the “Rooms” tab, then click on “Jewish Activities” and “Join to Restart.”  Rabbi Isenberg will also be on Facebook for the Saturday morning services at 9:30 on July 25.

Congregation Sholom will host a special game of Scattergories on Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. with Sandy Geffner. The game will be hosted in the Bingo room on Facebook. To participate in the game, go to Facebook, search for Congregation Sholom, click on rooms, then click on Bingo. Do not go directly to Congregation Sholom, because there will not be a way to access the rooms. After logging in at 4 p.m., Sandy will give game rules, directions for making a game card and how to play Scattergories in an online environment. You will need a paper (8½ x 11 is probably best) and a pencil.  

To participate in Congregation Sholom’s games, book club or live streamed services, call Susan Michlin at (805) 501-5268 to be added to the rooms.

Those who are interested in taking a safe, socially distanced boat ride around Seal Beach call Willard Michlin at (805) 501-5268.

Congregation Sholom will have a membership drive in August. More information will follow in the weeks to come.

Those who want to become a member to participate in the live streamed services on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page, can call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.

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zoom Club

Virtual Meeting Continues Growing as 

Clubhouse Gathering Suspention Streches on

The Zoom Club started in April, right after all gatherings were suspended with an expectation that things might return to normal in a few months. The meeting has now become a staple for socializing for club members as gatherings in person continue to be restricted. 

An average of 16 people participate in the online meeting every Thursday at 10 a.m. to talk about COVID-19, local news, and how they are spending their time at home. The participants are also advising each other what to do during and after they go out in public for essential errands.

 The meeting usually runs about 90 minutes long. The attendees say that the meetings provide them the same camaraderie as when they are in a pub or in a salon.The group even sets aside a 10-minute break in the middle so that members can have a chance to make and bring their beverages from the kitchen.

republican club

Booth helps register its 100th voter

By Brian Harmon

LW contributor

For the past month,  the LW Republican Club’s booth has been distributing free, comfortable face masks every Monday courtesy of Michelle Steel, President of OC Board of Supervisors and candidate for Congress. The club reached a milestone when this year’s 100th voter was registered. The Republican Club has raised over $600 overall in the last four weeks.


The Republican club sent out an email to all members covering its position on a number of issues, including ballot propositions.

Historically, voters have complained about ballot propositions being confusing. An example would be when a proposition was to eliminate a program such as rent control, voting “yes” meant you  don’t want rent control and voting “no” meant you do.

Another example of a confusing proposition in a California ballot was Proposition 6 in the 2018 election.

Proposition 6 would have eliminated the gas tax increase enacted by the state legislature the previous year. That increase had raised the gas tax to 95 cents a gallon. 

The official ballot summary stated that the proposition “Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s tax and fee provisions that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways, and public transportation” and “Requires the Legislature to submit any measure enacting specified taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or on the privilege to operate a vehicle on public highways, to the electorate for approval.”

This happened because all statewide positions are held by members of the same party, as is a wide supermajority in both houses of the legislature. When one party has complete control of a government, it makes it difficult to see issues from every angle.

SBTV Listings

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, July 23

4 pm Beginning of LW

4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club

4:30 pm LW Entertainment

4:41 pm Lyon Air Museum

5 pm Life and Times:

Seal Beach Police Department 

6:30 pm The History of Seal Beach

7 pm The Spirit of Seal Beach

7:30 pm   World’s Fair Newsreel

7:45 pm Wally Schirra

8 pm On Q—8bit Jazz Heroes

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Matt Mauser

Friday, July 24

4 pm Beginning of Leisure World

4:30 pm Lyon Air Museum

4:45 pm Wally Schirra

5 pm Beginning of Leisure World

5:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club

6 pm Harmonn Islanders

6:30 pm Back to Bourbon Street

7:10 pm Velvetones 

8 pm Life and Times:

Seal Beach Police Department

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Golden Dragon Acrobats

10:37 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

Saturday, July 25

4 pm Wally Schirra

4:15 pm Lyon Air Museum

4:30 pm Harmonn Islanders

5 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show

5:40 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Show

6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!

7:15 pm Back to Bourbon Street

7 pm LAUSD

10 pm Cerritos Center–

Matt Mauser

Sunday, July 26

4 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1

5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2

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 Cerritos Center:

Riders in the Sky

10:15 pm Abilene Ampitheater

11:35 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Monday, July 27

4 pm LW Entertainment

4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club

5 pm Vintage Vehicles

6 pm History of Seal Beach

6:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

7 pm SB Planning Committee LIVE

8 pm World’s Fair Newsreel

8:15 pm Beginning of LW

8:30 pm Life and Times:

Seal Beach Police Department

9:30 pm  Cerritos Center-

In the Mood

11:40 pm National Parks/Drone Club

Tuesday, July 28

4 pm Beginning of Leisure World

4:15 pm World’s Fair Newsreel 1964

4:30 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment

4:45 pm LW Hula Dance Club

5 pm LW Entertainment

5:15 pm McGaugh – Go West!

7 pm Back to Bourbon Street

7:40 pm Velvetones

8:30 pm Cerritos Center:

Matt Mauser

10:30 pm  Bob Cole Conservancy

Wednesday, July 22

4 pm LW’s Special Olmpics

4:15 pm Beginning of Leisure World

4:30 pm World’s Fair Newsreel

4:45 pm Lyon Air Museum

5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1

6 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2

7 pm Seal Beach City Limits:

Seal Beach Police department

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.

Democratic Club

Voting registration booth moves to individual appointments

The SBLW Democratic Club board held its first meeting by Zoom on July 14.  The meeting focused on developing plans for involvement in the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election. Membership meetings, which will resume via Zoom in August, will feature programs relating to candidates running for election to the Seal Beach City Council, Los Alamitos Unified School District Board, House of Representatives and California Assembly.  The 12 propositions that will appear on the ballot will also be addressed. Club members without access to computers should contact Mary Tromp at (562)-412-0898 for information as to how they can participate in the meetings by phone.

Members are also looking forward to the possibility of a series of debates between the candidates vying for election. Congressman Harley Rouda has urged his challenger to engage in eight debates between mid-August and late October. Constituents would be allowed to physically attend such debates only if it is deemed safe under COVID-19 prevention safety measures. The debates would be open to the public through television or live-streaming services. Rouda has outlined other conditions that would need to be agreed to before he would participate. They include having no debates occurring in the same city over three times; a neutral and agreed to moderator; and agreement as to topics to be covered.  He also wants at least two debates to focus on issues facing the Vietnamese and Latinx communities, respectively.

Congressman Rouda has continued to work tirelessly to assist local health care workers to get the protective equipment they need. He has also been reaching “across the aisle” to lead on commonsense, business-friendly policies.  As a result, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded him the Abraham Lincoln Leaders for America Award in June.

During its recent meeting, the Democratic Club’s board also agreed that it would be extremely difficult to maintain COVID-19 prevention safety measures if they opened the voter registration booth at Clubhouse 6 during this period of self-isolation. In its place, board members are available to assist anyone on an individual basis who wants to register for the first time, change address or register in a different party.  Call Kathy Moran at (562) 596-0450 for details and/or an appointment. The Board also adopted a number of new policies and procedures, copies of which are available to any member requesting them.  Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

Board members are closely watching a number of bills working their way through Congress, including S.1397, which would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to provide for a national Federal absentee ballot. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced S. 3529, which revises and establishes voting procedures for federal elections. Specifically, her bill requires each state and jurisdiction to establish and publish a contingency plan to enable voters to vote in federal elections during an emergency.


Anyone who wants to stay informed and is interested in receiving the Democratic Club’s electronic newsletter on a regular basis can email the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com with their contact information.


Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless in our community.

HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels, new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap or lotion. New socks are the only clothing donation that HHUG accepts. 

Those who wish to donate can contact Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up.  Donations can also be left on her patio at Mutual 2-48A.  To learn more about HHUG, visit www.hhug.org.

Golden age foundation

Ralph’s Rewards Program can now be completed over the phone

In order to provide services, the Golden Age Foundation needs to raise funds. There are two easy ways to donate funds to GAF without any cost to donors. 

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.

Ralphs has announced that it is committed to giving $2 million to NPOs over the next 12 months through its Community Contributions program. 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. 


Shirley Harper

Feb. 1935 – June 2020

Shirley Harper passed away on June 28 after a 25 year long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She was born and raised among 17 brothers and sisters in farm country in Butler, Pennsylvania. She was the 14th sibling and is survived by two older and two younger siblings. She was a graduate from Bulter High School and Muskingum College.

Shirley’s first job was at Joseph Horne Department store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as an assistant buyer in housewares and jewelry.

Her plan was to marry neither a doctor nor a traveling salesman, but she married a salesman once she met John Harper. They were married in Pittsburgh on Sept. 12, 1959 and drove through Route 66 to California for their honeymoon, stopping to visit the Grand Canyon on the way.

Soon after Shirley became pregnant with the couple’s first child, John D. III, and then their daughter Cynthia. Shirley became a stay-at-home mom. Twice during their childhood, the family would spend a month traveling by car on the east coast visiting the Pittsburgh area and John’s hometown in Rochester NY. The family moved to Seal Beach around 1972, where both kids would graduate from McGaugh Grade School.

Around the time the kids were in high school, college, Shirley decided to open up The Wishing Tree, a children’s clothing store on Main Street in Seal Beach. The store lasted for some time but she finally closed it when the “big box” stores commanded retail sales. After The Wishing Tree closed, she continued to work in retail sales in department stores. Shirley was always pleased that she was able to help put her son through Occidental College and her daughter through Pepperdine College, just as it opened in Malibu.

The couple moved into a condo in Huntington Beach after their children had left for college and moved to Leisure World in 2003 after Shirley could no longer climb the stairs. She and John enjoyed their time living in Leisure World and found plenty of things to do. 

When Shirley was 60 she was diagnosed with dementia and five years later she suffered a stroke. The two diagnoses were the beginnings of her health struggle for 25 years.  

Unfortunately her dementia evolved into Alzheimer’s and five years ago she moved into Seal Beach Health & Rehabilitation where she lived until her passing.


Bob Thompson

Sept. 1932-June 2020

Bob Thompson  passed away on June 24 at the age of 87 in Los Alamitos.

He was a staple at the gym, he also loved yoga, biking, the library, and getting lunch with friends.

There will be a celebration of life on Aug. 2 in a shaded area near Leisure World. Call and leave a message for Jim Yoshhawk at (562) 296-5644  by Aug. 1 if interested in receiving more information or an invitation to the ceremony. •••

In Memoriam 

Leland Brown

Edna Copeland

Daniel Juremka

Howard Wills

Rita Ellithorpe

Emerald Touya

David Ward

Paul Albus

 Howard Wills Jr

Jose Farjas Prieto

Maria Aniceto Ibanes

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

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Sleep wellness

Tips to help you get better and deeper sleep

Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy and alert. However, many older adults don’t sleep well. Waking up every day feeling tired is a sign that you are not getting the rest you need and might need to speak with a doctor.

Sleep and Aging

Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults, 7–9 hours, each night.There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may feel irritable, have memory problems or be more forgetful, start feeling depressed or have more falls or accidents.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Being older doesn’t mean you have to be tired all the time. You can do many things to help you get a good night’s sleep. Here are some ideas:

Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends or when you are traveling.

Avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening, if you can. Naps may keep you awake at night.

Develop a bedtime routine. Take time to relax before bedtime each night. Some people read a book, listen to soothing music, or soak in a warm bath.

Try not to watch TV or use your computer, cell phone, or tablet in the bedroom. The light from these devices may make it difficult for you to fall asleep. And alarming or unsettling shows or movies, like horror movies, may keep you awake.

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, not too hot or too cold, and as quiet as possible.

Exercise at regular times each day but not within three hours of your bedtime.

Stay away from caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate) can keep you awake. Remember, alcohol won’t help you sleep. Even small amounts make it harder to stay asleep.

Insomnia is Common in Older Adults

Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in adults age 60 and older. People with this condition have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.Those who have insomnia may experience taking a long time to fall asleep, waking up many times in the night, waking up early and being unable to go back to sleep, waking up tired or feeling sleepy during the day.

Often, being unable to sleep becomes a habit. Some people worry about not sleeping even before they get into bed. This may make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Some older adults who have trouble sleeping may use over-the-counter sleep aids. Others may use prescription medicines to help them sleep. These medicines may help when used for a short time. But remember, medicines aren’t a cure for insomnia.Developing healthy habits at bedtime may help you get a good night’s sleep.

Tips to Help Fall Asleep

You may have heard about some tricks to help you fall asleep. A classic trick you could try is counting slowly to 100. Some people find that playing mental games makes them sleepy. 

Some people find that relaxing their bodies puts them to sleep. One way to do this is to imagine your toes are completely relaxed, then your feet, and then your ankles are completely relaxed. Work your way up the rest of your body, section by section. You may drift off to sleep before getting to the top of your head.

If you feel tired and unable to do your activities for more than 2 or 3 weeks, you may have a sleep problem. Talk with your doctor about changes you can make to get a better night’s sleep.

– from www.nia.gov

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), delivers freshly cooked meals daily,  Monday thru Friday, between 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and 8oz. carton of one percent milk. The cold lunch may be an entree salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. A diabetic dessert is available for those in need. 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, you must contact Caron before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.

Thursday, July 23: Roast turkey with sage gravy, herb and cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, fresh banana, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tri-color coleslaw.

Friday, July 24: Curry chicken, oven browned potatoes, zuccini medley, fresh orange entree chicken taco salad, tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing and crackers. 

Monday, July 27: Beef Teriyaki, brown and wild rice, Oriental vegetables, fresh plum or peach, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, homemade potato salad. 

Tuesday, July 28: Baked chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned green beans, vanilla and chocolate swirl pudding, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinagrette dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, July 29: Stuffed bell pepper, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, seasoned carrots, fresh pear, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and raisin slaw.



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/31/20




LW Resident. (562) 419-3557


Cosmetics, fragrances,

Hand sanitizers available.

Business License #WEL0015. 07/23



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.


Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. 


(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22





New triple pane windows,

laminate flooring, carpet patio

tile/carpet. Painting ceilings

made smooth, ceiling lights.

Exterior windows, 

refaced kitchen cabinets, 

refaced granite quartz countertops.

Lic. #723262. 07/02




JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021



General Contractor

Specializing  in  remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate. 


License #954725. 04/22/21


We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.

Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.

Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 

Serving LW since 1999. 09/17


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 08/06




Only premium paints,

Ceilings made smooth.

New handles-hindges

Cown moulding installed.

License #723262.


 40 years in LW.

562-596-0559. 07/02



LW Decor Inc.

Laminate, Vinyl, Plank, Patio tile and Patio carpet.

License #723262.

40 years in Leisure World.

562-596-0559. 07/02



Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/24



All Year Carpet Cleaning

We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisure World…

Would you like yours cleaned too?

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

Since 1988. 

State Contractors Lic. #578194.07/30




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 09/24



Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262. 


562-596-0559. 07/02



I Clean Inside & Outside Or…

Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.

(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,

Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach 

Business License #LIV0004. 07/23

Leisure World 

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.




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.



Maria’s experieced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments, and errands. Available 24/7. 949-899-7770. 10/01



Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/10/20



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 09/24


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. 

Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17


MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/31/20


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 09/03


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 07/16


Get the beautiful hair at home. Countless happy clients with good referrals. Gabriel (562)708-3170  License #B50551. 08/06


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal

Beach License LUC0001.07/16


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning. 

Call or text 714-496-2885. 

Bus. Lic #HER0008. 07/16



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 09/23




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. 

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 08/20


John’s Computer Services


Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 08/06



Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 07/30

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services. 714-292-9124. 05/13/2021


Pride Go-Go mobility scooter. 4-wheels. New batteries. $450. 

(562) 431-6859.


Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 07/23


Rides by Russ, 

With the personal touch.

For over 5 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 08/13


Trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 09/03


5th wheel trailer, 94 Savana, 2 new batteries. 4 new tires. 5 yr roof. Side  rm & skirting. Everythign works. Excellent shape. $5,000 OBO. Call 562-714-4648 Mike. 08/07




No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License

BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 09/24



Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 09/17


For Sale – Queen La-z-Boy sofa bed, recliner, full size headboard, curio, tiffany style lamps, trumpet, vintage typewriter, Dyson and Roomba. Call to see (714) 514-8232. 


Women’s 26” silver bicycle w/thorn proof tire & tube liner. Also has basket & padded seat. Like new. $140. (562) 230-5302.


Bike for sale. Red tricycle, Summit, very clean. Kept inside the house, like new. Has a basket on the back & the front. $275. (714) 315-1472.


Antique hat rack/umbrella tree. 27” wide by 6’ tall. $70. Wall mirror 2’ by 3’ w/stained glass. $30 OBO. (562) 879-1494.


Stand-up paddle board. Great shape, w/paddle & bag. For sale. Call John (562) 761-0465.


Christmas decorations, Collectible Starbucks and many Mugs, Lenox and Crystal items, Clocks, framed Pictures, Toys Cars, and other fun items. Couch 6 foot, Bedroom set.

After 8:00am. 714-749-4932.


2 Blue swivel armchairs for sale $30.00 each. Brighton jewelry for sale also. 562-596-1432.


3-wheel adult bike. Older model preferred. Ok if needing TLC. Susan (LW Resident). (213) 265-5568.


I will be replacing my motorized retractable patio awning within the next few weeks.  It is about 10 feet wide, and it extends out about 9 feet. It is in good working condition. It is about 9 years old, so it is soiled with the dust of Leisure World. 

If you would like to have this awning, call me, come take a look, and I will then notify you when the installers take it down. 

Phil (562) 936-0150 


Free TV armoire, solid wood. Has 3 glass shelves with cabinet doors on the bottom. Sofia (714) 317-4864.                                                                                                                       


Condo for Lease, Mutual 17. 

2 Bedroom/2 Bath, 1160 SF. Top Floor w/AC, Full Kitchen. Deck/Balcony, Storage & Parking. $2100/month, Call 562-714-4790. 07/23