LWW Trans/Vie Ed. 05-13-21

May 6 2021

Paying Tribute to Mother

Perhaps Abraham Lincoln said it best: “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9. As the holiday approaches, the LW Weekly wants to take a moment to pay homage to motherhood and celebrate every selfless act that moms do daily for their families.Whether you are remembering a mama long gone or savoring a bygone season of mothering, we salute all mothers and mother figures today. 

Barbara Houck, Mutual 10

I remember Mother—We Were Not Allowed to Call Her Anything Else

My mother Lois Olive Warren (Pettit) Cowan, was an extraordinary woman. She was always the lady, and we were taught be the same.  

She was always well-dressed, fashionable and well-coiffured. In fact, she was a hair dresser for most of her working life. Mother would make sure we were dressed appropriately for school, with our hair in place. 

We lived on a farm with my step-father. She cooked for threshers, hunted eggs, worked the garden, and washed and ironed all our clothes, so they would be immaculate. And she would do all this, and still be very well-groomed.  

Years later, she moved to Lancaster, California, to be near me when my first daughter was born.

Some residents here might even remember her living in Leisure World. Before that she was living alone in Lancaster, which is about two hours away. In 1995, she had some medical issues. My husband and I thought it best for her to be nearer to us. We found an apartment a few buildings away and purchased it for her.

She lived there from 1995 until her death in 2006. She loved getting on the bus and going up to the market, where there were a few tables for the coffee spot. 

Mother was a flirt and loved chatting with the men who also gathered there.  She loved it here and went everywhere in her scooter, especially the shopping center.  And yes, she would still tell me if she didn’t think I was dressed right.

Cindy Gannon, Mutual 4

My Mother was the Light of My Life.

Geraldine Africa was the light of my life. She taught my brother David and me right from wrong. Growing up in the 1930s, lean times prevailed, but Mom always had food on the table. I wish Mother were here to tuck me in bed at night.

Good night, Mommy; see you soon.

Linda Allen, Mutual 4

My Sweet Mother

To my sweet mother, Polly Donley (Mutual 14): Thanks for teaching me to be my own unique self. You surrounded me with bright possibilities and gave me wings to fly. Happy Mother’s Day.

Daughters Barbara Smith, Beverly Morang and Susan Pullen

Our Mom is a Treasure

Our mom, Margaret Smith of Mutual 9, always had her daughters’ best interests at heart. She is always the first to help her neighbors. She loves cooking brownies, banana muffins and cookies, and she delivers them to lots of friends in Leisure World. 

We are so happy we get to spend quality time with mom and dad. My twin and I treasure each day we are with them. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! We love you.

Anna Derby, Mutual 5

My Mother was Wonderful

It has been already 16 years since my mother passed away in the summer of 2005 but sometimes I still imagine I would hear her voice if I called Korea.

My mother was born and raised in small town southwest of Seoul. She was one of six girls, who was not given a higher eduction because, at the time, it wasn’t deemed necessary to find a good husband and become wife and a mother. 

At age of 18, she married and at 19, she became a mother.

In all, she had nine children, losing two daughters in infancy. She did not have many resources or convenience in her life.

For her, being a mother was the most important role of all. 

My parents wanted their children to have as much education as they could afford, an opportunity they did not have.

Our middle class family—my mother and father and seven children—was happy growing up and then we lost our father to a heart attack. 

I was only 20 years old, and my mom was a widow at 49 years age. We didn’t have much to hold on to. The only sibling who had finished school was my oldest brother Bok Kyu. He had a good job at a bank in Seoul. With his sacrifice, the rest of us were able to finish our educations, and life went on. All of my siblings ended up settling in America, Germany and Vancouver, Canada.

My siblings and I missed our mother dearly as she stayed in Korea. We all called her weekly, but we had to make sure it was not during her prayer time. When she was 60, she converted to Christianity from Buddhism. She spent one hour a day praying for her children, grandchildren and their families. 

Throughout her 89 years life, we had many significant moments and family affairs. One of the happiest came in the summer of  2001. My daughter Jane was to be married in a one-of-a-kind wedding in Malibu.

My siblings and I weren’t sure my mother could travel. She was 85 years old, suffered from painful arthritis, and the flight would be  a grueling 11 hours. But I knew she wouldn’t miss her granddaughter Jane’s wedding, no matter how challenging it was to attend.  

Her once-in-a-lifetime experience began with rehearsal dinner to meet the groom’s family and friends. A beachside wedding was held the next day. It brought her to tears. After that there was sightseeing in LA, a trip to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, to Brentwood and a Getty Center visit, with each of nine family members taking turns pushing her wheelchair.

It was most precious to spend time with her as a family. We all got to tell her how much we appreciated all she had done for us. Our hearts were filled with joy that we were able to show her love. My mom was fragile and vulnerable, yet she was determined to spend every minute possible with her children. The memory of that trip persists to this day as I pay tribute to my amazing mother on this Mother’s Day.

Call in Mother’s Day guests early

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9, and it is the busiest visitor day of the year at the Main Gate. In the past, hundreds of residents have called Security at the same time—right before lunch—on Mother’s Day. The heavy call volume has slowed down gate entry.

This year, Security encourages residents to call in their guests early, even as early as today. 

  To help expedite service, people can call the Security Main Gate at any time starting today, May 6. Let Security know the names of guests entering the community, and they will be added to the board by Sunday. 

Residents who choose to wait until Mother’s Day to call in guests may experience delays.  

Security may be reached 24 hours a day at (562) 594-4754.

—Security Services Director Victor Rocha

SB resident scammed out of $140,000

A Seal Beach resident was defrauded out of approximately $140,000 after falling victim to a winning lottery scam, according to a Seal Beach police report.

On April 23, the Seal Beach Police Department responded to the call of theft by false pretenses. 

The elderly victim, who did not live in Leisure World, told investigating officers that in August 2020, he received a letter postmarked from Portugal informing him that he had won the lottery in Spain. The letter contained logos and images similar to the graphics used by the California Lottery. 

In order for the victim to claim his “winnings,” the victim would have to pay “upfront tax money.”

The victim initially sent money to the suspect via the United States Postal Service. However, the suspects continued to demand additional payments from the victim to secure the lottery winnings. Over the next several months, the victim sent cashier’s checks to multiple individuals both in the United States and in Portugal.

After sending approximately $140,000 and not receiving any money in return, the victim discovered that he had been the victim of a scam. 

The Seal Beach Police Department is currently investigating this incident and is working with the FBI and international officials in an attempt to identify the persons responsible for this scam.

“It is terribly sad that people will target the elderly in order to defraud them out of their savings,” said Seal Beach Chief of Police Philip L. Gonshak. “What makes matters worse is that because these suspects are located internationally, it will be extremely difficult for law enforcement to identify the persons responsible. 

“The best way to stop these types of scams is to build awareness and prevent them before they occur,” Chief Gonshak continued. 

“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  With that,  please be mindful and check in with seniors frequently to ensure they are not falling victim to financial crimes.”

For ways to protect yourself from scams such as this, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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

—from the SBPD

Conserve water and save energy

Much of the western United States has endured a record-dry April. In many areas, there was not a drop of rain, according to the National Weather Service. More than half of major climate stations in the West have set or tied records for the least amount of precipitation ever observed in April, and high temperatures have sapped the ground of what little moisture remains.

This has heightened concerns about what forecasters are predicting could be a severe fire season, as fuel moistures are what they typically are in June, according to the National Weather Service. 

   Los Angeles/Orange County are running an 8-inch deficit over the last year.

As dry conditions persist, the State Water Control Board has alerted 40,000 water rights holders that they need to start planning for potential water shortages. One of the biggest reservoirs in the California water project system, Lake Oroville, is only at 53 percent of average. The biggest reservoir in the state, Lake Shasta, is run by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and is only at 66 percent of average. 

With less water available through more cost-effective federal and state supplies, water customers like farms and cities may be more reliant on groundwater and water for sale on the open market, which may be more expensive if it’s available.

Water conservation efforts will likely be requested for all customers if drought persists.

Such measures can yield energy savings in addition to saving water, according to a March 4 story in the LA Times called “Want to save energy and fight climate change? Try using less water,” by Sammy Roth. An estimated one-fifth of electricity use in California goes to transporting, treating and heating water. And nearly one-third of non-power-plant natural gas use is water-related, primarily water heating.

A new study from UC Davis, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that paying for water conservation can actually be a more cost-effective way to slash energy consumption than paying for energy conservation.

Americans use more than 80 gallons of water per day, but there is plenty people can do to conserve water. In small everyday ways, individuals can help by:

• Washing  dishes by hand.

• Don’t leave the water running for rinsing. When washing the dishes by hand, use a minimal quantity of detergent as much as possible. This limits the rinse water needed. 

• Don’t defrost frozen foods with running water.

• Don’t run the faucet while you clean vegetables. This saves 50 to 150 gallons every month. 

Most Californians use more water outdoors than indoors. In some areas, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping.

So, paying attention to landscapes and sprinklers can save water on a larger scale. People and Mutuals can help in a variety of ways. 

• Plant drought-resistant landscape as was just done in Mutual 2’s green belt area. The low maintenance common area features cacti, succulents and California native, drought-tolerant, flowering plants.  and an 8-foot, 40-year-old Sego Palm. 

Nearly 5,000 square feet of turf was removed, which qualified the Mutual for a water-saving rebate from the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) for as much as $7,964. In this area alone, LW will save about 83,000-plus gallons of water every year. 

•Flooded sidewalks lead to wasteful runoff. SoCal Water$mart- recommends rotating nozzles, which use up to 20 percent less water than a standard sprinkler head by distributing water more slowly and uniformly to the landscape, while preserving plant health. In addition to reducing water use, water directed from these nozzles is less likely to mist, resists misdirection resulting from strong winds, and significantly reduces run-off onto streets and sidewalks with a more directed flow.

 SoCal Water$mart resident and commercial rebates are a cost-effective, water-saving option for every landscape. Find more about  rebates at socalwatersmart@com.

CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. 

Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods. 

CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership in Leisure World to help improve the health and nutrition of people with lower incomes.

Requirements to Apply:

• You must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in your household (including children).

• You may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full- or part-time job. 

• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.

• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.

• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill).

Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. 

For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to  https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/. 

—from the California 

Department of Social Services

Pet Safety

by Eloy Gomez

emergency/safety coordinator

The earliest probable domesticated dog remains found in America are approximately 8,700 to 14,000 years old. Other sources claim the earliest evidence for dogs in the Americas can be found in Danger Cave, Utah, between 9,000 and 10,000 years ago. 

While not all agree on the exact year dogs were domesticated, everyone can agree that  dogs have become humans’ best friends. 

Pets have become part of our lives and families. 

They guard our homes, protect their owners, are used to detect illnesses, guide the blind and give emotional support, among many other things.

But owning pets is a huge responsibility. 

Under GRF Pet Policy 50-1023-1, resident pet owners are required to:

• Register pets at the GRF Stock Transfer Office. Pet registrations are renewed annually in December-January. 

• Walk pets responsibly on a 6-foot leash to keep them safe.

• Use plastic bags or a poop scooper to pick up after their pets 

• Control their dogs’ barking and odor.

• Never ever leave their pets unattended outdoors.

In addition to the GRF Pet Policy, each Mutual has its own pet policies, so residents should check with their Mutual directors for more information. 

Also, the City of Seal Beach has a pet ordinance, found under Title 7, Chapter 7.05.005-.125,  that reinforces both the GRF and Mutual policies. For more information on that, visit www.sealbeachca.gov.

Pet owners must familiarize and abide by all applicable policies and ordinances as well as use common sense to keep themselves, their pets and fellow pedestrians safe.     

• Shorten your dog’s leash while near pedestrians.

• Be considerate; control your dog’s activities and barking indoors and outdoors.   

• Provide a clean environment for your pet.

• Don’t walk your dog over hot surfaces.

• Create an emergency preparedness kit for your dog. 

• Never leave pets unattended in vehicles.

For safety reasons, the GRF or your Mutual may ask you to surrender your pet if:

• Your dog becomes aggressive toward people.

• Your dog’s weight is more that you can handle.

• You can not care for your pet or yourself.

• You do not follow GRF, Mutual or city ordinances.

Residents are asked to report unattended pets or irresponsible pet owners to Seal Beach Police via the non-emergency number at (562) 799-4100 and Animal Control-Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387.

Letters to the Editor


Only in Leisure World—on Saturday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m., the toilet overflows, and there is wall-to-wall water! I placed a call to Leisure World Security.  Ten minutes later, Service Maintenance Plumber Jesus R. Gonzalez was at the door (mind you, I had just attended a virtual Mass). I’m in complete awe. Jesus heads for the bathroom, gets rid of the floor water, mops, sanitizes, fixes the problem and tells me to have a good day—these words after he has already had two other toilet overflows earlier in the morning. What a guy!

This GRF employee was truly a gift to me. Where else but in Leisure World would our cares and needs be addressed so quickly and with such grace? Thank you, Jesus!  Well done! You are my hero. 

Patricia Singer

Mutual 6


I appreciate the courage it took the Korean-American widow to notify authorities about a racist letter she received that deeply shocked LW. I proudly joined the hundreds of residents who left colorful palm prints on the unity banner now hanging in Clubhouse 6. It shows strong community unity against racism.

Lisa A.  Dickson 

Mutual 1 


The Mutual 2 greenbelt got a makeover (April 29), and copy cats are wanted. This should be a wow for Mutual 2 and a hint to other Mutuals to copy the wonderful idea. Not only do drought-tolerant plantings save a lot of water during our constant California droughts but they can also be eligible for rebates from the OC water district.

 Hurry funds may be limited.

 Min Chen

 Mutual 9 


This is to acknowledge the receptiveness of the Golden Rain Foundation Board and the Architectural Review Committee that have re-installed the donated sculpture of a couple sitting on a bench outside the Library. 

Kudos to Susan Hopewell and Linda Stone and the executive board members, as well as Irma Heinrich, chair of the Architectural Design committee, for their thoughtful action to relocate this statuary to a more sheltering and appropriate placement here in Leisure World.

We also hope that when decorative donations are made in the future, there can either be community input or more than just one Board reviewing the installation options.

The couple now seems quite content in their current setting! Job well done!

Mitzi Winks

Mutual 5

COVID Chronicles

by Joan Rose

LW contributor

Recently, I went to my dental hygienist to have my teeth cleaned. This is not something new to me because I have been going to her (or someone like her) every six months for…oh, like forever. I am very diligent when it comes to dental upkeep because I floss and brush after every meal. If this sounds like overkill, I am happy to report that at the ancient age of 83, my choppers are still in pretty good shape. It pays to be good to your teeth.

Due to the COVID pandemic, I had skipped my last cleaning, and I found that dental office protocol this year was a little different.  When I entered the dentist’s office, there were no patients in the waiting room. Before I could even sit down, however, I had to stop at a desk where the masked attendant asked me to fill out a form and she took my temperature.

Through my mask, I mentioned to her that I had received both my COVID-19 vaccines, but this fact didn’t seem to make her feel any different about the form that I had to fill out.  So I dutifully checked all the correct boxes and gave it back to her, whereupon she took it and fled to the glassed-in protection of the inner office.  

Presently, my dental hygienist came out, double masked and gloved, and motioned for me to come into her inner sanctum.  She motioned for me to sit down, and as I took off my mask and settled back in the dental chair, she lowered the chair and placed a tiny bib around my neck. As she turned on a blinding overhead light, I quickly shut my eyes, opened my mouth and prepared myself for the scraping of my teeth by her sharp, wicked little instruments.  

As I sat there, feeling every little poke and scrape, I tried to get my mind off what she was doing by thinking about what dental hygienist school must be like. What does it take to be a dentist or a dental hygienist? First, I’m sure that you would have to be certain that you would not be squeamish at the thought of putting your hands in other people’s mouths, bleeding gums or causing a little pain to someone.  

As I continued to daydream, I imagined that the class for dental hygienists would be held in a mock-up of a dentist’s office. There would be a dental chair and the dental tray with several stainless steel instruments laid out, all of which looked like miniature ice picks—shiny and sharp.

Mr. Ferguson was the wise, graying teacher, and I imagined that he would stand in front of a group of students, hold one of the ice picks up and say, “Now, class, this particular pick is for doing really deep work when the tooth has thick layers of tartar that you must scrape off.  Don’t be afraid of going underneath the gum surrounding the tooth and really work at it. Remember that tartar on teeth can cause inflammation and tooth loss, and we are here to do battle with it. There will be blood, of course, but that is what the water jet and the suction tube is for.  Use these tools to suck up the saliva and blood as you are scraping off the tartar.” Ferguson noticed that at the mention of blood, several of the students paled a little, inhaled sharply and took a step back.

Then the teacher looked seriously at his class and he warned, “ Now don’t be afraid to scrape with some force. Tartar is stubborn and may have been building up on these teeth since the Carter administration.”  

At this point, I imagined that a timid young lady would raise her hand and say,, “But, Mr. Ferguson, won’t all that digging under the gums hurt the patient?”  

Mr. Ferguson would smile and say, “Of course, my dear, but it will only be an occasional twinge, and the patient will shrug it off.  Don’t forget, if you really display some diligent, exuberant digging and scraping, the patient will think that you really are thorough and feel lucky that you are doing the job.”  The class smiled back and nodded.

My daydream was interrupted as I realized that my hygienist had finished her scraping and jabbing torture, and I was very relieved.  Next came the actual cleaning and for this, she used a round, spinning brush and some strange tasting, gritty toothpaste.  She went over each tooth with the brush and paste, pressing down hard.  However, I knew that no matter how hard she pressed with the brush, I would still have yellowish, old looking teeth at the end of the procedure -—but by God, they would be clean!  

Finally, she was almost through, but now came torture by dental floss as she patiently went over and around each and every tooth in my head with unflavored dental floss. At times, the floss would get  stuck in a crevice. My hygienist seemed to get angry at the stubbornness of the floss and she would then yank it out.

I was relieved when she put all her evil tools down on the tray and put my chair back into a sitting position. She handed me a paper cup full of water and a suction cup device. I rinsed my mouth out several times and spit into the suction cup which seemed offended as it took the water away very quickly with a loud gurgle. Then my hygienist took off my bib and at long last, I was done.    

“See you next time!” my hygienist said cheerfully through her mask as she helped me to my feet. Then she ushered me out of her torture chamber and handed me my little plastic goody bag, as she did every time I came in. I knew that the bag was filled with boring things such as a tiny container of floss, a miniature tube of toothpaste and a new toothbrush. Secretly, I always feel as if this little plastic bag is given to me as a reward for being such a brave little girl and hardly crying at all through the whole ugly procedure.

Then I stepped up to the counter and paid the bill for this bi-annual attack on my mouth.  As the receptionist behind the glassed-in enclosure made my next appointment, I was fervently grateful that I wouldn’t have to worry about this ordeal again for another six months. 

405 Improvement Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. 

Construction updates are as follows:

NB 405 On-Ramp to Close

  Crews will close the northbound I-405 on-ramp from Westminster Boulevard for approximately seven weeks to accommodate the freeway widening. 

Activities include removal of the existing ramp, excavation, placement and compaction of base material, rebar and concrete work, paving, drainage installation, electrical work and striping.

The NB I-405 on-ramp from Westminster is anticipated to close as early 10 p.m., Tuesday, May 11. 

SR-22 On-Ramp from Old Ranch Parkway Closed

The Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound SR-22 closed April 13 for eight months to accommodate freeway widening.

 Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, concrete pours and asphalt paving.

Work hours are from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m. Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

 Bolsa Chica Road Sidewalk Closure

 Crews closed the sidewalk at the intersection of Old Bolsa Chica Road and Bolsa Chica Road for sidewalk, curb, pedestrian ramp and traffic signal construction on April 6. The job is expected to last approximately two months.

Activities include k-rail placement, demolition and restriping on Old Bolsa Chica Road.

SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed

Crews closed the southbound I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica on Oct. 27 for approximately one year to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge.

Almond Avenue Update

Demolition and reconstruction of the sound walls along Almond Avenue in College Park East are anticipated to start soon. Crews will install a temporary sound barrier prior to demolition.

Bolsa Chica Road

Continuation of pile driving for the Bolsa Chica bridge over I-405 along the center median and southbound  I-405 at Bolsa Chica bridge. The work is ongoing 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately two months. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activities may occur from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. as needed.

Westminster Boulevard

Crews began working on the foundation of the retaining wall adjacent to Cascade Park along the southbound (SB) I-405 on-ramp from Westminster Boulevard. The foundation consists of approximately 80 cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles.

Work is ongoing from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, for approximately one month.

Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night. Intermittent nighttime closures of the southbound I-405 on-ramp from Westminster may be required.

Additional construction activities including rebar, form and concrete activities are underway, and backfill and block wall installation is anticipated in July and August.

The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule information in future alerts.

Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup. Email 405project@octa.net or call (888) 400-8994 for more information. The I-405 Improvement Project mobile app provides quick access to current traffic conditions, closures and detours, along with project updates and links to contact the project team. Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play.  

I-405 Improvement Project automated call and text alerts will now start coming to subscribers from the I-405 Project Helpline number (888-400-8994.) This will allow people to leave messages if they have  questions or concerns about the project.

Religion, page 9-10

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Sixth Sunday of Easter on May 9. The first reading is from Act s10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, and the second reading is from 1 John 4:7-10. The Gospel reading is from John 15:9-17.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the beautiful vocation of motherhood and the gift of life. It reminds people to cherish the gift of life that they receive from their mothers and also to pray for all women whom God has entrusted life. As Holy Family prays in thanksgiving for the gift of all mothers, it also specifically remembers mothers who are experiencing difficult pregnancies and pray they may find support and encouragement in choosing life for their children.

Novena of Masses for Our Mothers, Living and Deceased

 A spiritual bouquet for all  mothers, living and deceased, will be available at the parish by way of having a novena of Masses offered for all mothers whose names are submitted through the envelopes available in the church pews.  The Mother’s Day Novena of Masses will be from Sunday, May 9 to Monday, May 17.   

First Friday Devotion

First Friday Devotion is May 7, with the Mass at 8:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at 9:30 a.m.  

 Exposition of the

 Blessed Sacrament 

Join Holy Family as it loves and adores Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament today, May 6, concluding with Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m.    


To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at  www.holyfamilysb.com. 

The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m.,  and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.

Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield, sit socially distanced and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the building. 

Interfaith Council

Join the Interfaith Council of Leisure World for a National Day of Prayer Service in Veterans Plaza today, May 6, at 9:30 a.m.  This event gives all a chance to come together in prayer for the Leisure World community, nation and world.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s Zoomagogue community is growing, and Rabbi Galit Shirah invites all Leisure Worlders to join Beit HaLev for the Coffee Chavurah on Friday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. before the Shabbat Ma’ariv services, which begin at 6. 

Shabbat Shacharit (morning) services begin at 10:30 a.m. and the Coffee Chavurah will follow the service at 11:45.

 To join the Beit HaLev Zoomagogue community, go to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

 The Torah reading is from Leviticus 25:39-26:46; it is another double parashah, “B’har-B’chukotai,” more statutes concerning the treatment of bond-servants and reminders that when we occupy the land promised to our ancestors, we must adhere to the mitzvot to prosper—if we do not follow the commandments, we will suffer the consequences of exile and death. These are the final chapters in the book of “Vayikra” (Leviticus).

To worship on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/galityomtov. To watch services  on YouTube, go to https://www/youtube.com and search for “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!” Beit HaLev’s Festival prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

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 say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.

 Message of the Week

 Pastor Bruce Humes returns to the study in 1 Peter. The apostle Peter wrote this letter to those Christians who were suffering because of their faith in Christ.  Peter calls them “pilgrims of the dispersion” because they were forced from their homeland due to persecution. The purpose of the apostle’s letter was to teach them, even in times of suffering, to live a victorious life with hope, without becoming angry or bitter, and to continue trusting in the Lord while looking for his return.

Scripture of the Week 

“This I recall to mind; therefore, I have hope. The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23, NASB, Scripture submitted by Melli Herrara).


Saturday and Sunday services have the same message. Sunday is a traditional service, with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano. This week, Janet Ray will sing for the congregation. Sunday service times are from 9:30-10:45 a.m. (note that this is a different service time than before the pandemic). 

Saturday services are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45 a.m. (also a new time). 

 The Friday evening prayer meeting is from 6-7. 


First Christian will open its doors today, May 6, from 10-11 a.m. for the National Day of Prayer. Anyone from the LW community is welcome to join in on this special prayer time for the nation.  

On Saturday, May 8, the movie “I Still Believe” will be shown in the church sanctuary.  It is the true story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp, of musical stardom, the heights of love, the depths of loss, and the healing power of the Lord on the human spirit. Showtime is 2–6 p.m.

Anyone experiencing any coronavirus, flu or common cold symptoms should stay home.Those who have been in contact with anyone testing positive for the virus within the last 14 days are also asked to stay home.  

For more information, call (562) 431-8810. The church location is on Northwood Road behind Carport 125.

Community Church

This is week six of the seven Sundays of Easter. Community Church continues its soft opening with a goal of being open for those who are vaccinated on Pentecost on Sunday, May 23. Community Church expects to be open for everyone beginning in July in line with national guidance. 

 This week Pastor Johan Dodge will lead worship at church and preach from John 15:9-17, building off the message from last week about good fruit. Those who want to listen to past messages can find them on Facebook .

Community Church is open for limited in-person worship following CDC guidelines for those who have been vaccinated. Worship and fellowship via Zoom and Facebook is also available.  

Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call  (562) 431-2503 to listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.   

Call the church office at(562) 431-2503 or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com for more information.  

Congregation Sholom

Rabbi Eric Dangott will livestream services on Friday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.

New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive a Zoom invitation. Text Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or email him at jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.

Join Susan Michlin on Sunday, May 9, for Bingo at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Congregation Sholom has silk-screened, reusable Congregation Sholom of Leisure World masks for sale for $5 each or four masks for $18, shipping included. 

Email Murray Pollack at murrjet@yahoo.com or call (562) 331-3949. All proceeds will go to the general fund.

If you  know of someone who needs to be added or removed from the misheberach list, let the  rabbi know by Wednesday. 

Those who want to participate in the games, book club or other Congregation Sholom services that are livestreamed should contact Jeff Sacks to receive an invitation. 

Anyone who wants to participate in Congregation Sholom’s services on Zoom should call Howard Brass at (562) 764-9090.

Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s

Betty Hobbs, a resident of Leisure World for the last 40 years, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 21. The previous Sunday, she joined her St. Theodore of Canterbury’s Episcopal family, as well as her son, Howard Hobbs, for a glorious reception in the outdoor chapel of Redeemer Lutheran Church.  

She was feted with a beautiful declaration by the Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles “giving thanks for her, her life experiences and her dedicated service to the congregation for 40 years as a Bishop’s committee member, Lay Eucharaistic Minister, lay reade  and faithful parishioner.” Betty was also a reporter for the Leisure World News, reporting on Arts and Culture events.  


Come celebrate the Lord’s Day and Mother’s Day at Redeemer Lutheran Church (13564 Saint Andrews Drive). The outdoor service in the chapel courtyard begins at 9:30 a.m., and the service inside the sanctuary begins at 10:30 a.m.  

The indoor service will feature a performance of “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” by Beverly Anderson, Pastor Lynda Elmer and Kay Pushman, with Sharon Heck on organ.

Faith Christian Assembly

Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 9 with a special service

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9. To say that mothers are important is an incredible understatement. To say they shape and influence our lives, just doesn’t say enough. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”  George Washington remarked, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”  

Celebrate this special day with  Faith Christian Assembly at the  10:30 a.m. service. Members can invite family and friends  to this service that will honor the mothers attending. Pastor Sheri Leming will present a special Mother’s Day message. Be advised, there will be no evening service on May 9.  

Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door, be required to wear a mask before and after service, and sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should remain at home. 

Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Grief Share’s weekly meetings are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 

To receive more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net or email contact@fcachurch.net.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

In his recent April General Conference address, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “When we feel insignificant, cast off, and forgotten, we learn that we may be assured that God has not forgotten us—in fact, that he offers to all his children something unimaginable: to become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.

“It is so humbling to know that this magnificent and supernal future is possible—not because of who we are but because of who God is.”

Belivers should never forget the blessings that await if they remain true and faithful to the covenants they  made. The world’s threats cannot negate the heavenly father’s plan of happiness, which ensures eternal life with him. 

Children of the covenant know that all suffering and sorrows will be relieved through Christ’s atonement. They share in the savior’s promise made to the prophet Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail, “Peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high.”

Be advised that the Sacrament Meeting service is now held on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Atherton Chapel, or online at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/lbestake, select Atherton Ward.

Assembly of God

by Sheryl Franco



Lionesses live and travel in community with other lionesses. They hunt, sleep, travel and raise their cubs together. If a young one needs care, correction, feeding or protection, and mother isn’t available, another lioness steps in without hesitation to fill the need. Believers are better, stronger, and more effective together.  Jesus is the Lion of Judah, and as part of the church, his bride, we are lionesses.

It doesn’t matter if you have never gone through the physical experience of childbirth.  You are the aunts, sisters and friends who have come alongside those who needed the nurture, support and prayerful guidance of a mother.

Assembly of God will honor mothers by virtue of giving birth and by virtue of relationship on Mother’s Day, May 9, at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater. Pastor Chuck Franco will preach on the legacy of a godly mother, and every woman attending will receive a special gift. Invite family to join on this special day as Assembly of God celebrates mothers. 

Those who have questions about the church or have a prayer need should call the church office at (562) 357-4360, or email pastor Chuck at lwagpastorc@gmail.com.  

LW Baptist

The LW Baptist church family warmly invites LWers to join its 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 9, in the Amphitheater. The service’s theme will center on Mother’s Day and what great things Jesus does for mothers and their children in every generation. The Bible account under consideration is Luke 8:26-39, which shows the life transformations Jesus accomplished for a mother’s afflicted son. 

The discussion questions for this week are: Why is there such suffering in the world? Why are people unable to find help? Why is death no remedy? Why do some refuse the relief the Bible offers? Why is God’s answer to prayers at times no?

Among the selections, pianist Yvonne Leon at the grand will play “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought,” whose writer said, “God has something for me to do in brightening the experience of struggling souls…blessing my fellow men…in the name of God’s dear son, whose I am and whom I serve.”

For more information about the church, call (562) 430-2920.

Community, page 15-17

sunshine club

Learn about Medicare fraud

Carol Bond Chap from Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will present on Medicare fraud at the Sunshine Club’s next meeting on Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m.

 All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09. The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743, and the passcode is 508742.

Those who would like to get the Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, May 6, at 5 p.m. (texts only, no phone messages). 

Chap is the community education and outreach coordinator for HICAP and is responsible for coordinating and delivering program and Medicare-related education throughout Orange County. 

Chap brings her knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry, including coordinating activities and programming for elders, providing an excellent base to build and expand relationships with community partners. 

The club will have four speakers this month, including Chap. Bob Dabic, a  business and life coach, will speak on May 14; Dr. Mark de Dubovay from Advanced Wellness Center, May 21;and historian and writer Larry Strawther, May 28.

The Sunshine Club brings LW leaders to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites specialists from outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members.

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

Next Low-Cost Vet Care Clinic May 9

The Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department, in partnership with Vet Care, is offering a monthly drive-up, low-cost veterinary clinic at the Los Alamitos Community Center at 10911 Oak St. on various Sundays from 4–6 p.m. Listed below are the remaining dates for 2021:

• Sunday, May 9

• Sunday, June 6

• Sunday, Aug. 1

• Sunday, Sept. 26

• Sunday, Oct. 24

• Sunday, Nov. 21

• Sunday, Dec. 19

Services include dog and cat vaccinations, fecal exams, de-worming, physical exams, micro-chipping, nail trimming, prescription flea control, and diagnostic testing. Individual vaccinations, cost-saving vaccination packs and vaccination series are also available. A vehicle and face covering is required. 

For a full list of services, visit www.vetcarepetclinic.com or call (800) 988-8387. 

SBTV-3 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, May 6

4 pm MCC Summer Evening 


5:20 pm National Parks 2021

5:30 pm Thoughts About You

5:50 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021

6 pm McGaugh Fouth Grade Show

7 pm Life and Times in SB:

Virgina Haley

8 pm TO & Abilene Ranch 

Hand Roundup

9:40 pm Sea Inside

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Friday, May 7

4 pm Thoughts About You

4:20 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021

4:30 pm Oceanscapes #2

5 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show

5:50 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip

6 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018

6:35 pm Sea Inside

7 pm Cerritos Center–

Golden Acrobats

8:37 pm Sea Inside

9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


Saturday, May 8

4 pm TO & Abilene Ranch 

Hand Roundup

5:40 pm MCC Summer Evening 


7 pm McGaugh First Grade Show

8 pm LAUSD

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Sunday, May 9

4 pm Seal Beach City Council

Meeting Replay 4/26

4:30 pm Town Hall Pandemic 

Recovery 5/6

5:30 pm Porsche Club

5:40 pm Thoughts About You

6 pm Life and Times in SB:

Virgina Haley

7 pm Live at the Ford:

Lady Jazz

8:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

10 pm Cerritos Center-

Matt Mauser

Monday, May 10

4 pm McGaugh First Grade Concert

4:45 pm National Parks 2021

5 pm Life and Times in SB:

Lawhead Brothers

6 pm Ocean Perspectives

7 pm Seal Beach City Council


8 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021

8:08 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip

8:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes

9:30 pm Oceanscapes #2 

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, May 11

4 pm Oceanscapes #2

4:30 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes

5:40 pm Thoughts About You

6 pm Life and Times in SB:

Lawhead Brothers

7 pm Life and Times in SB:

Virgina Haley

8 pm Ocean Perspectives

8:30 pm Ford Theater:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

10 pm Cerritos Center-

Matt Mauser

Wednesday, May 12

4 pm National Parks 2021

4:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes

5:30 pm TO & Abilene Ranch 

Hand Roundup

7:10 pm Jellies

7:30 pm Sea Inside

8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Merry Wives of Windsor

10 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

*All programming is subject to change.

Senior Peace Club

Bethany Webb to speak on the Death Penalty on May 11

by Nancy Goldstein 

LW contributor

The Senior Peace Club’s next meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. This month’s speaker will be Bethany Webb of California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

In 2011, Webb’s sister Laura was killed and her mother, Hattie, was wounded in the Salon Meritage massacre in Seal Beach. Webb worked with the other victims’ family members to oppose the death penalty in the resulting trial, based on her opposition to the practice and on the fact that it would cause the families to incur a painful and unending litigation process. Webb even spoke to the then-Orange County District Attorney to let him know her opposition to the death penalty, although the District Attorney rebuffed her while still continuing to tout his “victims’ rights” bona fides. In 2017, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole because the judge presiding over the case found that the corruption in the Orange County District Attorney’s office and Orange County Sheriff’s Department had been so pervasive that he could not guarantee a constitutional sentencing hearing. 

In 2016, Webb was one of the most forceful campaigners for Prop. 62, a statewide ballot initiative that would have abolished the death penalty in California. It came very close to passing. She continues to be active in the fight to end the death penalty and to challenge corrupt prosecutors at the local level.

There will be a question-and-answers session after the presentation.

To participate in the meeting via Zoom, go to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86896188281?pwd=M0dCeklMR0dGdXBZZnJKNEg0RGo3UT09, or call 669-900-6833. The meeting ID is 868 9618  8281, and the password is 667699.

For more information, call Don Koepke at (562) 330-3397.

Find fresh dips from a family-owned business

by Ellen Branigan

LW contributor

“Get your dip on” at Native Farms, a small family-owned business from Riverside.  Patrick McGowan sells a variety of  fresh, healthy dips, spreads, salads and breads each week. He has lentil, pumpkin and other flavorful dips; garlic spreads; and cucumber, shrimp and other salads, all ready to eat with fresh pita bread or chips. Don’t forget the grape leaves and olives.

My favorite is a sun-dried tomato, basil and garlic dip on pita bread. It makes a nice meal along with a salad.

Say hello to McGowan and the other vendors on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-1p.m.  at the Farmers Market at the Seal Beach Village near Roger Dunn’s Golf Shop.

watch your step

Clear out junk mail solicitations Why are mailboxes constantly filled with unsolicited mail?

One  reason is because companies often pad their coffers by selling or renting customer lists.

The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year.Not only does junk mail clog up mailboxes, but it also wreaks havoc on the environment. Nearly half of the junk mail received annually (44 percent) ends up in a landfill. In addition, nearly $320 million in local tax money is used to dispose of junk mail, and more than 100 million trees are used to create pulpwood for paper products.

While the United States Postal Service does not have a one-stop method for reducing junk mail, there are many ways to reduce the amount received.

Many times stores and restaurants will ask customers to fill out a survey to receive a free gift or discount. However, in the fine print ,the survey is not being conducted by the business being rated, but by another company that then can sell the information to other parties. Remember, nothing is really free.

The key to stopping unwanted advertising mail is getting off the mailing lists. There are literally thousands of commercial lists out there.

Several actions are needed to stop the delivery of unwanted mail, and even after opting out, not all mail solicitations will end. Solicitations may still be received from local merchants, religious and charitable organizations; professional and alumni associations; politicians; and companies with which you do business.

Here are some steps to reduce unwanted mail:

• To opt out of receiving junk mail for five years, call  1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com. The phone number and website are operated by the major consumer reporting companies.

• To opt out permanently,  begin the permanent opt-out process online at www.optoutprescreen.com. To complete your request, you must return the signed Permanent Opt-Out Election form, which will be provided after you initiate your online request. When you call or visit the website, you’ll be asked to provide certain personal information, including your home telephone number, name, Social Security number, and date of birth. The information you provide is confidential and will be used only to process your request to opt out.

• Tell companies you do business with to remove your namefrom customer lists they rent or sell to other companies. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms, emails and websites.

• Consumers can register at the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) consumer website, www.DMAchoice.org, for a processing fee of $2 for a period of 10 years. Registering online is the fastest way to see results. DMAchoice offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they do and do not want.

In addition, DMAchoice offers registration for DMA’s email preference service  to reduce unsolicited commercial email. 

• 41pounds.org can help eliminate 80–95 percent of junk mailings by contacting dozens of direct marketers on your behalf. The one-time fee of $41 covers every adult in your household for five years, and more than a third of this fee is donated to the environmental or community organization of your choice.

• The Consumer Credit Reporting Industry’s Opt-Out Program stops credit card and insurance offers. All major credit reporting agencies, including Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion, participate in this program. Register online or call (888) 567-8688 to opt out of receiving these offers for five years. To opt out of these offers permanently, register online. If you have previously completed a request to opt out from receiving firm (pre-screened and pre-approved) offers for credit or insurance, you must complete a request to opt in to begin receiving offers again.

• Complete and file PS Form 1500 at the Post Office to prevent or stop receiving sexually oriented advertising in the mail. 

• Call the companies that send catalogs and offers and ask them to stop.

• Call (800) 645-9242 to be taken off the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Mailing list.

• Contact American Family at (800) 237-2400 to be removed from its sweepstakes mailing list.

• Remove your name from mailing lists at http://www.dmachoice.org. It can take up to 90 days for the flow to stop since many mailings are already in print or production.

Lw Birthdays

Mary Greytak celebrates 99th birthday

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

Mary Greytak of Mutual 6 celebrated her 99th birthday with her crazy, loving family. Mary’s birthday bash was held in Oceanside with her daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, granddaughters, great-grands and a few spouses. Although a small family, they make up for it with laughter and fun.

Born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, her first job was at the local newspaper, where she worked for five years as a reporter, office manager, daily columnist and society editor. 

She married her first husband of 40 years, Claude Cox, while volunteering at the USO. He was an army sergeant who had been stationed in Alaska during the war and was sent to Indiana with a group assigned to assist during a major flood.

They married and came to his home state of California in 1945. They settled in Baldwin Park, where they raised two children, including her daughter, Dee Harmon, who lives with her husband, Brian, in Mutual 12.

After retirement, she and Claude bought a motor home and traveled throughout the United States and Canada for three years.  

Over 20 years ago, Mary became a resident of Leisure World.  She has been involved with many of the clubs, her favorite being the Cribbage Club, for which she was president and held other officer positions for many years. This is also where she met two of her three husbands. 

She has a sharp mind and can still hold her owna in cribbage, as well as debate politics, the economy or insurance.

This exceptional woman has outlived three husbands: Claude Cox, Roger Weiber and Gary Greytak, as well as a son, Wayne, a navy chief who took her on a ride to Catalina on the nuclear submarine on which he served.

Democratic  Club

Outdoor club booth now open weekly at Clubhouse 6

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

On April 27, the LW Democratic Club officially reopened its voter registration booth in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6.  Ten club members participated in the opening day celebration.  A special thanks goes to Dave Silva, who coordinated setting up the tent. Due to concern for the well-being of visitors, the volunteers staffing the booth wore masks even though they had all been fully vaccinated. They also had pens in a bottle marked “clean pens” and made sure each pen was used only once. 

In addition to voter registration information, visitors to the booth had access to copies of the club’s latest electronic newsletter, membership application forms and the club’s newly updated brochure.  

Under the leadership of board member Racheal Lehmberg, the Democratic Club’s booth will be open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Volunteers interested in assisting in this effort should call Lehmberg at (562) 340-9816.


On Wednesday, May 19, the Democratic Club will welcome Orange County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ada Briceño as its featured speaker.  Briceño will update members on issues relating to the upcoming recall election. In addition, she will report on the election of the state’s Democratic Party leadership for 2021-2025 and what happened during the recently completed state Party Convention. She will also lead a discussion on any significant changes made in the party’s platform during that convention.

All Leisure World Democrats and supporters are welcome to attend the meeting on May 19 at noon.  Login information by computer or phone will be included in the club’s electronic newsletter. Those who are not already subscribed to the newsletter should call the club president, Mary Tromp, at (562) 412-0898 with their contact information and party affiliation in order to receive the login information.


Club members and supporters interested in receiving in-depth information about issues of concern to Democrats are invited to visit the newly-expanded resource section of the club’s website on a regular basis at  sblwdems.wordpress.com or by Googling “SBLW Democratic Club.”  

To subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter, call the editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.  Remember to include your full contact information.  This newsletter is available only to club members and their supporters although back issues are published on the club’s website.

For club membership information or to check renewal status, call (562) 431-7275.

Republican Club

Meeting changed to Wednesday, May 26

The Republican Club’s next Zoom meeting  will be Wednesday, May 26, rather than the usual third Wednesday of each month. 

People can email dharlow50@aol.com or call (714) 928-1050 to join the club. Club members are emailed the link to the next meeting, agendas, minutes and other information.

The club has tentatively scheduled a picnic for Tuesday, June 15, in the picnic area by Clubhouse 1 to honor and celebrate the volunteers who have worked so hard during the past year.

The last Repblican Club meeting in April featured a discussion rather than a speaker. The discussion, led by Brian Harmon, focused on a number of topics, including regulation of big tech, unlimited immigration, election integrity and Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict.

The guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for Killing George Floyd sparked considerable discussion. Some members were concerned about aspects of the trial including its publicity, while other’s supported the verdict, believing that the jury received information the public didn’t and  did the best they could with the information presented. 

A club member suggested holding a panel discussion on the larger issue of police violence and ways of preventing it in the future. The Republican Club’s president suggested inviting a police officer to speak to the club on the subject, from the perspective of being in a situation where life and death decisions must be made, sometimes in less than a second.


    The GOP club does not charge membership dues or impose any other financial obligation on members.


Emergency meeting on May 11

The Filipino Association of Leisure World is calling for an emergency meeting of all members on Tuesday,  May 11, at 5 p.m. at the Amphitheater. 

After a 15 month hiatus because of the pandemic, the club has so much to discuss about the future. It is imperative that members who are capable of participating attend. Everyone’s input will be held of  highest importance. Those who cannot attend should call: (562)493-1406 or (323) 854-6209.

Obituaries 17

Ock Sang Im


Ock Sang Im passed away on April 24, at the age of 87. She is survived by Suk Im, her husband of 62 years, their three children and three grandchildren. Ock was born in Korea and moved with her children to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1965 to join her husband, who was working toward a Ph.D. The family subsequently lived in Arizona, Michigan and Colorado. In 1979, the Ims returned to Korea, where Ock and her husband lived for the next 30 years. One of Ock’s proudest achievements was her 20-year tenure in the logistics division of the United States Armed Forces in Seoul, Korea.

In 2008, Ock and Suk moved back to the U.S. and settled in Leisure World. Ock’s life in Leisure World was one of the happiest periods of her life. She was involved in many activities including the Korean American Choir, Creative Writers Club and the classical music appreciation class. Her enthusiasm for golf led her to compete in tournaments. Ock’s creative talents were expressed in painting, creative writing, and gardening. Most of all, she loved Leisure World for its warm and diverse community. She valued friendship, and her many friends will greatly miss her.

A memorial service for Ock Sang Im was held on May 5  at the Korean Martyrs Catholic Center. 

The family requests that donations to the church be made in the place of flowers.


In Memoriam

Lois Rice 87

Laurence Goodhue 78

Timothy Robinson 58

Nigel Moores 57

Josefina Warnke 72

Alejandro Nonato 89

Cecil Edwards 84

Ruben Ramirez 63

Martin Jeys 75

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—Paid obituary


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An obituary with or withoutphoto is available free of charge for the first 250 words Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word.

• Send obituaries and photos in the form of jpegs to laurieb@lwsb.com, or call the news office at (562) 430-0534 for more information.



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LW Resident. (562) 419-3557


Gifts for Mother’s Day

Business License #WEL0015.  05/13


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Looking for someone to watch over my cat for a few months. 

714-452-4408.  05/06




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

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.  06/24



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


(562) 596-7757.  03/31/22


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Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 

40+ yrs in LW.


562-596-0559.  05/20


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.  05/27/21


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

CA State License #675336.  07/15


Affordable – Professional, 

Licensed and Insured. 

Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, 

cabinets. Senior discounts. 

Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. 

License #1049257.  06/24




Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. 

LW Decor Inc.

562-596-0559. 05/20




40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 

562-596-0559.  05/20




All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194. 07/08




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002.  06/03



WANT CLEAN WINDOWS? I Clean Inside & Outside Or… Clean Outside Only and Save $$$. (562) 600-0014. LW Resident, Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach Business License #LIV0004.  07/15




Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 

562-596-0559.  05/20

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) 296-5040, (562) 596-9906.


Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge.

Diane Hart 714-955-2885. 




Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. 

Also batteries. 562-431-6859.


Gardening services needed for LW resident, 2x month. Easy maintenance, check sprinklers, pull weeds & cut back roses. Please call 310-413-9208. Leave detailed message.  05/06



I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments and errands. 

Available 24/7. 949-899-7770.  07/15



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. 06/10/21


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.  07/01


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006.  06/17



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003  06/17


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

Gloria 949-371-7425.  07/08


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.  05/20


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 05/27


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. 

Call 949-899-7770.  07/15







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001.  05/27



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006.  06/03



We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613.  07/15


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 07/08


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425.  07/08


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.  07/08




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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 05/20/21


John’s Computer Services


Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident 

SB License FUH0001. 07/08



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. 06/03


4-wheel electric scooter (inside or outside use), 2-speeds (high/low), candy red apple, black interior, 2-new batteries, excellent condition $900 (original $3,200). 

562-431-7535  05/13.



Professional, Dependable. Transportation For Airport Travelers, Medical Patients. Vaccinated/Covid Safe.

Call James: 562-537-1298  5/13



2-wireless LAN phones $10/both. 3-Rustic Shutters (2×5) $15/each. 1-Room Divider (4-panel) $35. Assorted Elvis albums $10-$25 each. 714-469-7519.  05/06


Acoustic Guitar $250.00 Beautiful ebony Keith Urban guitar includes Road Runner gig bag plus new set of strings and guitar strap. Joan 562-597-6182   05/06


Medium car cover (used 1-time) $20.00.  562-431-7535  05/13


Very Nice Gray queen size Hide-a-Bed sofa. Call Joe 206-920-6349  5/06 


Multi-Unit Yard Sale. Lots of stuff (too much to list)! 13701 Alderwood Lane #29G-L, May 6th&7th, 

9am-3pm. Wear a MASK!  05/06


Free contact lens 180 count Acuvue  Moist Daily (+6.00). 



Free shower chair with back (like new). 760-660-3606