Oct 29 2020
Page 1, General News
Exercising Rights with Respect for Each Other
by Susan Hopewell
For those of you who have not yet voted, please remember to exercise this important right. The Voting Pop Up Center will be near Clubhouse 3 and Veterans Plaza on Oct. 30. Additional bus service will be offered that day. Please check the LW Weekly and LW Live blasts for more information. The Orange County Ballot Drop Box is in the Amphitheater Parking Lot to drop in your mail-in ballot. Please make sure the ballot is pushed all the way through the slot.
There has been mistrust and intolerance in politics for too long, from both sides of the political aisle. It does not matter which side you sit on; if mistrust and intolerance are your foundation, you have already lost.
We all have lost.
Many in this community honed their political activism during the 60s. We know the power of standing up and speaking out. Thank God, we live in a country that was founded and has moved forward on exercising these rights. To those who served, fought and died to preserve these rights, we owe you so much, and we are grateful every day for your service and sacrifice. Over the years, we seem to have lost our ability to listen to one another, not just hear, but truly listen. We need to keep an open mind to different points of view if we are ever to find our common ground. We seem to have lost our ability to speak out civilly. Again, to find common ground, we need to speak our truth and not rely on rhetoric. No matter what the outcome of this election, we all need to remember these rights come with personal responsibility.
Let us take personal responsibility and exercise these rights with respect as we move forward as a community and as a nation.
Cuddling with Clover, the Therapy Dog
From the moment Clover Patrick enters a room, the mood changes. Eyes focus on him, and smiles spread as the little white Coton de Tuléar offers a caring canine connection to everyone he encounters.
Clover will be two years old on Dec. 26, but already he has found his calling as a therapy dog. He is certified by the American Kennel Club to visit people who are lonely, depressed or stressed, and impart a sense of reassurance and calm as they pet and hold him.
Clover’s breed is named for the city of Tuléar in Madagascar. His ancestors are thought to have originated from a group of small white dogs who swam across the Malagasy channel following a shipwreck, according to Wikipedia.
Clover himself loves to visit ships and marinas, according to Leslie Parker of Mutual 2, who is Clover’s person. He loves to run and fetch balls, and is crazy about his loud piggy-toy.
Best of all, he excels at healing hearts, a great asset for a therapy dog.
Studies have shown that something as simple as petting a dog can reduce stress, stabilize heart rates or even lower blood pressure. (Therapy dogs are not service dogs, which are specifically trained to perform a task or tasks to assist a person with a disability or impairment).
Due to COVID-19 shut-downs and safety protocols, Clover has not been able to serve in his usual way. Normally he is a member of the Pet Prescription Team, visiting hospitals and assisted care facilities, among other venues.
But that won’t stop him and Leslie from helping people celebrate the holiday season, starting with Halloween. Leisure World residents who could use a friendly visit are welcome to call and make reservations for Clover to come over. During the Halloween season, he will have a special treat just for his new friends.
Masks and physical distancing are required for the humans, but Clover is free to come close and cuddle. He can make birthdays, holidays and just plain sad days a lot brighter. To make a reservation, call (562) 357-4433.
In his short life, Clover has already uplifted the spirits of many, having worked at Redeemer Lutheran’s Alzheimer’s Respite Care Center, which is closed indefinitely due to the pandemic.
Clover’s ability to calm people during hard times first came to light just after Leslie adopted him. She had a neighbor in excruciating pain due to lung cancer. During visits, Clover would sit on her lap, and his presence seemed to dampen the pain and give her peace.
The holiday season will soon be here. It’s going to look and feel different than any other. A visit with Clover could well be the anecdote to the sadness and loneliness of letting go.
2020 holidays won’t look the same
by Cindy Tostado, LCSW
GRF member resources/assistance liaison
This year has certainly been challenging in the face of a deadly virus, civil unrest, fires and political uncertainty. We have all had to change the way we live, work, learn, worship, engage with others and stay healthy.
In 2020, some of us have found that staying healthy and protected have also isolated us from relationships and connections to others. As we cautiously tiptoe into the holiday season, we may be wondering what that is going to look like for us.
In the best of years, holidays can be isolating, and with the COVID protection mandates, older adults may feel even more alone and isolated.
Humans are social beings. Maintaining and fostering social connections infuses life with meaning and joy. These days it’s imperative to creatively find ways to celebrate the holidays and each other in a safe way. Here are some suggestions:
•If you know of someone who is isolated, has limited family and friends, or is physically unable to get out, reach out. Call the person or leave a note at their door with your phone number.
•Offer to drop off a holiday treat or meal.
•Plan a socially distanced meal with your neighbors or family.
•Use the power of positive thinking to help prevent and reverse loneliness.
•Remind yourself that the current situation is temporary.
•Consider decorating for the holidays and let your neighbors enjoy the results of your labor.
•Drop a letter in the mail to family and friends referencing past holiday memories that you shared with them.
•Create a gratitude list.
•Connect with others using the technology of face time, Skype and Zoom.
•Participate in virtual holiday events that are hosted in your community.
The CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial or tribal health and safety laws, and rules and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel or limit the number of attendees. Read more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.
OC Sanitation Update
The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) will be working at night along Seal Beach Boulevard between North Gate Road and Westminster Boulevard. Crews will be onsite to perform utility investigation for the planning and design for the future Seal Beach Pump Station Project.
What to Expect
Utility investigation, or potholing, is the practice of digging a test hole to expose underground utilities. Residents may notice a slight increase in noise and activity as crews perform these work activities in the area. This work will be performed at night to minimize traffic impact and risk to construction crew with fewer drivers on the road.
Lane closures will be in place, but there will be at least one lane of travel open in each direction.
About the Seal Beach Pump Station Project
OCSD is in the design phase of a project that will replace the Seal Beach Pump Station located at the corner of Seal Beach and Westminster boulevards. The project is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2023. The project will replace the existing pump station within the current site and demolish the old pump station when the new one is completed.
Pump stations are needed to lift flow from a low point to a high point when the lay of the land is not suitable to rely on gravity.
In this case, the Seal Beach Pump Station lifts the flow of wastewater to large regional sewer lines where wastewater eventually continues its way by gravity to OCSD’s facility in Fountain Valley.
There is current related construction on Westminster Boulevard.
That project is replacing three miles of regional sewer pipelines that start at the Seal Beach Pump Station and end at Rancho Road/Hammon Place in the City of Westminster.
Visit www.ocsd.com/westminster for more information about that specific project.
The OCSD is a public agency that provides regional wastewater collection, treatment and recycling services for approximately 2.6 million people in central and northwest Orange County.
OCSD operates two facilities—Reclamation Plant No. 1 in Fountain Valley and Treatment Plant No. 2 in Huntington Beach—and 15 pump stations and treats an average of 189 million gallons of wastewater each day.
GRF Amenity Update
The COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee has passed several Emergency Operating Procedures to continue safely reopening Leisure World amenities. At its Oct. 21 meeting, the committee approved the 120-day emergency procedures for 10 additional amenities and sent them to the board for approval at its Oct. 27 meeting. The results will be posted on the website.
Once the GRF Board has approved the policies and start dates have been determined, the rules will be published in the LW Weekly. For more information regarding specific policies, contact email@example.com.
CalFresh Can Help
Do you need assistance with food? Get CalFresh, which can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables. Recipients receive a card that works like a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods. CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership to help improve 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.
Income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128, gross monthly income; two-person household, $2,874, gross monthly income.
• Seniors, those on SSI, or those with disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh
• You will need these documents to apply: photo ID, a Social Security card, proof of income, 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, call Daisy Diaz at (714) 897-6670, ext. 3606.
Leisure World residents can get help and information by calling Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, at 431-6586, ext. 317.
GRF Construction Projects Update
GRF projects are underway around the community despite slowdowns attributed to the COVID-19 repercussions. This column will update residents on the progress of various construction projects. The information is provided by GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver and Physical Property Manager David Rudge.
LEISURE WORLD POOL
The GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver expects redrafted plans from the architect to be coordinated with plans from the pool engineer within the next couple of weeks. Once they are received, the plans will be submitted for plan check with the City of Seal Beach and with the Orange County Health Care Agency. When the agencies having jurisdiction approve the plans and issue permits, a construction schedule will be coordinated with the contractors and posted on the website.
The COVID-19 crisis has heavily impacted response times, including scheduling work with major utilities. Southern California Edison engineering has set up a time this month to meet the electrical contractor for the new metered electric service panel at the Mini Farm site and installation of a metered electric service panel for the lake pumps on the golf course that will be on a special pump rate. Southern California Gas Company will also be on site for the relocation of the gas meter at the pool within the next 4-6 weeks.
Physical Property staff share the community’s frustrations on delays.
The project was originally planned as a renovation, but as underlying foundational defects were uncovered, it quickly became a complete replacement requiring extensive new plans that must be compliant with all new codes.
LEARNING CENTER KITCHEN
Work at the Learning Center kitchen is almost finished. All fixture, tile and foundation work is complete. Appliances are being installed. The Learning Center kitchen is designed to host cooking classes and provide a dining space.
OC Voter Pop-Up Center
The Orange County Registrar’s Office will host a Pop-Up Vote Center at the Clubhouse 3 circle tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
People are welcome to cast votes in person, then enjoy Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que for lunch and welcome LW’s newest treat truck, Scooter’s Italian Ice and Desserts.
The trucks will be near Clubhouse 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Check LW Live for menus. Both accept cards and cash.
People who want to vote in person but will not be able to at- tend the LW Pop-Up Vote Center on Oct. 30, can cast ballots at Fire Station 48, located at 2121 North Gate Road.
It is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 30, through Monday, Nov. 2.
On Election Day, Nov. 3, the center is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Pop-up centers include voter registration, secure vote-by-mail ballot dropoff, accessible voting, in-person voting, replacement ballots and voter assistance.
For more information, visit ocvote.com.
Perspectives, Page 4
Letters to the Editor
The LW Weekly should be saluted by all fair-minded people for at least three of its policies, all of which others might well emulate.
While other media outlets politicize the COVID19 pandemic turning Democrats against Republicans and vice versa, this paper has repeatedly, every week, called on all of us to come together as a community to fight this plague with a unity of purpose.
Other newspapers, radio stations and television channels tend to consistently support either one party or the other, but the LW Weekly does the opposite.
Every week readers see an article supporting the Democratic and the Republican clubs’ points of view, often next to each other.
Even though people today spend time attacking the actions and views of the opposite party, the Weekly allows only positive comments.
The Democratic Club says what they are doing, who they support and why, and the Republican Club does the same.
Imagine if others followed these three principles.
It would not bring heaven on earth, but it might help us not to be so angry at one another all the time.
I plan to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) soon, but my inability to charge at home is fast becoming a real concern.
Unlike the golf carts, I am unable to park in front of my house to charge up.
Sustainability is extremely important to me, but rather than rattle off a laundry list of reasons why installing EV charging stations would benefit me, I’d like to discuss how EV charging can help us all.
First, electric cars are becoming more common. Like me, a lot of people are concerned about climate change and pollution, and we want to do our part, plus the potential savings over a gasoline powered vehicle helps all of us who are on a fixed income.
GRF has been doing this by replacing its gasoline-powered vehicles with electric ones.
Second, people want to live in green communities. Most people want to live near those who share their values.
Just like the amenities that we currently enjoy, being able to charge an EV within the complex could increase the property values for the whole community.
Finally, incentives like rebates, grants and tax credits can help offset the cost of the infrastructure.
Companies like ChargePoint and Volta can point you to incentives available in California.
For those reasons alone (more EVs are coming, people want to live in green communities, and it’s more affordable than you might think), I hope you’ll consider offering EV charging at Leisure World Seal Beach.
Thank you so much for the front page article regarding the Monarch Waystation in the Oct. 22 edition of the LW Weekly.
As a resident of Mutual 2, I have enjoyed seeing the monarch butterflies every spring and summer fly by my garden area.
I know that Mutual 2 Landscape Chairwoman Christine Harris has been nourishing the monarch for a long time now.
Also, as a member of the National Wildlife Federation, there is much said about the ongoing need for monarch waystations everywhere.
Here is what was stated in the last issue: “We Need Wildlife And Wild Places—Now More Than Ever.”
My thanks again to Christine Harris for making the Monarch Waystation possible.
Carol Franz, Ph.D
When This Is All Over
by Jim Greer
When the election is over and the banners and yard signs have come down, will we have a more civil society? When the pandemic has subsided and we’re no longer living under CDC-recommended restrictions, will all suffering end? Who will we be when this is all over?
On Aug. 5, 2010, part of the San Jose copper mine in northern Chile collapsed underground, turning 33 men into prisoners. These Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity, surviving for more than two months after being trapped deep below the Atacama desert.
The news reports told how it took 17 days to find them still alive nearly 2,000 feet below the surface. It was another 52 days before we saw them hoisted to safety through a narrow hole.
For the first 17 days of their ordeal, they survived on two spoons of tuna and a half-glass of milk every 48 hours, living in the humid darkness in temperatures up to 95 degrees. They exemplified the resolve and discipline to survive, so much so that they still had two cans of tuna remaining when brought to the surface.
“One of the things that helped us the most was humor. Even in the worst moments, we laughed. We had a great time down there. We sang, we daydreamed, we made democratic decisions, and no one went overboard,” recalled survivor Mario Sepulveda.
Under the pressures of a contentious general election on top of the daunting restrictions of the pandemic, we feel buried under a heavy layer of anxiety, wondering when we will once again return to the surface.
Like the Chilean miners, the key to our survival and rescue will be maintaining a sense of humor, living democratically and ensuring that no one goes haywire.
All our resolve and discipline will be needed if we intend to implement the lessons we have learned during this experience. Once we reach the surface again, we must live peacefully and support one another as we all adapt to the new normal, whatever that may be.
Martin Luther King Jr., the venerated civil rights leader who overcame the most challenging opposition, recalled, “As my sufferings mounted, I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation—either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
We, as survivors of 2020, have the same choice as Dr. King. We can react with bitterness, as many have already, or we can live joyfully and transform our suffering into a creative force.
We are blessed to have seen this creative force already in our community. Service and religious organizations and caring neighbors have sewn and donated thousands of facemasks, contributed funds and food, shared words of love and compassion with those who suffer.
We needn’t wait until the election and pandemic are over to act. We must resolve now to transform our present anxiety and suffering into forces of compassion, creativity, and caring.
Setting It Straight
A political ad placed by the Republican Club in the Oct. 22 edition did not include the disclaimer “paid political ad” as is called for by GRF policy. Any public communication made by a political group must display a disclaimer stating who paid for the advertisement.
Government, Pg 5-7,
GRF Board Recap, Oct 27
Approved Consent Agenda
MOVED and duly approved the Committee/Board meeting minutes for the month of September 2020, the minutes of the September 29, 2020 Board meeting, the minutes of the October 5, 2020 Special Board meeting, the October GRF Board Report, dated October 27, 2020, and acceptance of the Financial Statements, September 2020, for Audit.
General – Approve 70-1448-3D, Emergency Operational Procedures – Amphitheater, Phase One
MOVED and duly approved to reconsider approval of 70-1448-3D, Emergency Operational Procedures – Amphitheater, Phase One, based on information provided by the Orange County Health Authority, which will allow the use of the Amphitheater for religious services provided that hand sanitizer is provided or attendees bring their own individual hand sanitizer.
MOVED and duly approved to reopen the Amphitheater for religious services as soon as staff can accommodate the terms of the Emergency Operational Procedure.
General – Establishment of Ad hoc Committees
MOVED and duly approved and thereby established the AB 3182 Ad hoc Committee and granted to the Ad hoc Committee limited authority specifically stated within the GRF governing documents, and policies or other authority as granted by the BOD or as stated within this policy, pursuant to state statute (Corp. Code §7210; Corp. Code §7212(c)) and Article VII of the Bylaws of the Golden Rain Foundation.
MOVED and duly approved the appointment of Carole Damoci, Chair, Marsha Gerber, Kathy Rapp, Paul Pratt, and Paula Snowden to the AB 3182 Ad hoc Committee.
MOVED and duly approved and thereby established the
Bulk Cable Ad hoc Committee and granted to the Ad hoc Committee limited authority specifically stated within the GRF governing documents, and policies or other authority as granted by the BOD or as stated within this policy, pursuant to state statute (Corp. Code §7210; Corp. Code §7212(c)) and Article VII of the Bylaws of the Golden Rain Foundation.
MOVED and duly approved the appointment of Nick Massetti, Chair, Lee Melody, Carole Damoci, Paul Pratt, Larry Slutsky, and Paula Snowden to the Bulk Cable Ad hoc Committee.
General – Approve 30-5095-4, Fitness Center Release/Waiver
MOVED and duly approved the newly revised Release of Future Claims/Hazardous Activity document (governing document # 30-5095-4), for the use in the Fitness Center.
Architectural Design & Review Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Carwash/Service Maintenance Area, Replace Landscaping
MOVED and duly approved the replacement of landscaping at the Carwash and Service Maintenance areas per Exhibit A in the agenda packet, at a cost not to exceed $5,690, Reserve Funding, and authorize the President to sign the contract.
Communications/IT Committee – Capital Funding Request – Paramount WorkPlace Solutions
MOVED and duly approved the purchase of the Paramount WorkPlace software, in the amount not to exceed $41,220, Capital funds and $3,780, Operating funds and to authorize the President to sign the purchase agreement.
Approved Consent Agenda
MOVED and duly approved to -1448-1, Emergency Operational Rule, 70-1448-3E, Emergency Operational Procedures – Pool and Spa, Phase One, 70-1448-3F, Emergency Operational Procedures – Fitness Center, Phase One, 70-1448-3G, Emergency Operational Procedures – Friends of the Library, Phase One, 70-1448-3H, Emergency Operational Procedures – Leisure World Library, Phase One, 70-1448-3J, Emergency Operational Procedures – Clubhouse One and Two, Poolrooms, Phase One, 70-1448-3K,– Clubhouse One and Two, Woodshops, Phase One, 70-1448-3L, Emergency Operational Procedures – Clubhouse Three, Sewing Room, Phase One, 70-1448-3M, Emergency Operational Procedures – Clubhouse Four, Art Studio, Phase One, 70-1448-3N, Emergency Operational Procedures – Clubhouse Four, Ceramics Studio, Phase One, 70-1448-3O, Phase One and 70-1448-3P, Emergency Operational Procedures – Veterans’ Plaza, Phase Two.
MOVED and duly approved to refer 70-1449-1, Emergency Operational Rule – Face Mask to the COVID-19 Ad hoc Committee for review.
MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1448-3O, Emergency Operational Procedures – Clubhouse Four, Lapidary Studio, amending the maximum number of members to six.
Finance Committee – Approve RV Lot Lease
MOVED and duly approved to refer Leisure World Trailer Club lease, for the period of August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021, for $1.00 to the Recreation Committee for review.
Adopt 40-5523-2, Accounts Receivable Collections – Fees
MOVED and duly approved to adopt 40-5523-2, Accounts Receivable Collections – Fees, as presented, removing the fees from 40-5523-1, Accounts Receivable Collections.
Finance Committee – Amend 40-2920-3, Budget Controls
MOVED and duly approved to amend 40-2920-3, Budget Controls, restructuring the document language in a more concise form, as presented.
Finance Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE – Amend 40-5061-2, Fees
CONCURRED to remove this item from the agenda packet.
Finance Committee – Amend 40-5115-3, Finance Committee Charter
MOVED and duly approved to amend 40-5115-3, Finance Committee Charter, revising the procedure to appoint a Vice Chair and clarifying the duty of the Committee regarding review and analysis of funding requests, as presented.
Finance Committee – Amend 40-5523-1, Accounts Receivable Collections
MOVED and duly approved to amend 40-5523-1, Accounts Receivable Collections, updating GRF Committee name (Communications/IT) and referencing governing document 40-5523-2, Accounts Receivable Collections – Fees, for returned check fees, as presented.
Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Amphitheater Loft Location
MOVED and duly approved to award contracts to Schlick Services, $12,522, Custom Glass, $2,935, Cornerstone Flooring, $6,543 and Projector Screen Store (material, shipping, and tax) $2,000, adding a project contingency of $6,000, for a total cost not to exceed $30,000, for the upgrades to the Amphitheater Loft, Capital funding, and authorize the President sign the required contracts and/or the Executive Director to initiate the purchases.
Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Clubhouse Three, Storage Closet Addition
MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Bruno Alvarez, General Contractor, for the addition of approximately 190 to 200 square feet to Clubhouse Three, for the purpose of storage of Trust property, in the amount of $37,000, and add a $3,000 contingency, for a total cost not to exceed $40,000, Capital funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.
Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Paving Project, Foxburg Road
MOVED and duly approved a change order to MJ Jurado, for the complete grind and overlay of Foxburg Road, the removal of roots, and the replacement of flow lines and gutter, in the amount of $96,225 and a $10,000 contingency, for a total cost not to exceed $106,225, Reserve funding, and authorize the Physical Property Chairperson to sign the change order.
Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Trust Property Improvement, Safety Fence Replacement
MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to MJ Jurado, for the replacement of Trust Property pedestrian safety fences, located at St Andrews and Clubhouse Three, in an amount not to exceed $21,465, Reserve funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.
Recreation Committee – Cancellation of Scheduled and Budgeted 2020 Recreation Programs Due to COVID-19
MOVED and duly approved the cancellation of all Recreation Department events for the remainder of 2020, including the Amphitheater season, as well as GRF and Library events and excursions, Exhibit A in the agenda packet, as amended.
Recreation Committee – Approve Naming of Golf Course
MOVED and duly approved the naming of the Trust property known as the Golf Course to Turtle Lake Golf Course and further approve awarding a $250 gift card to the shareholder/member who submitted the winning name.
Recreation Committee – Approve Mini Farm Lease/Plan
MOVED and duly approved the Mini Farm Lease Agreement, as presented.
Recreation Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE – Adopt 70-1451-1, Fitness Center Rules
MOVED and duly approved to refer 70-1451-1, Fitness Center Rules to the Recreation Committee and to corporate counsel for review.
Recreation Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE – Amend 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use of Trust Property – Rules
MOVED and duly approved to refer 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use of Trust Property – Rules, to the Recreation Committee for review.
Recreation Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE – Amend 70-1412-2-1, Smoking Prohibition
MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1412.02-1, Smoking Prohibition, expanding the smoking prohibition to all GRF amenities and including “vaping” to products prohibited at all GRF amenities, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on November 24, 2020.
Recreation Committee – Amend 70-1422-3, Marquee Usage
MOVED and duly approved to refer 70-1422-3, Marquee Usage, to the Recreation Committee for review.
Recreation Committee – Amend 70-1423-3, Bulletin Board Usage
MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1423-3, Bulletin Board Usage, updating the bulletin board locations and advising that any additional bulletin board locations will be determined by the Recreation Committee, as presented.
Recreation Committee – Amend 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm – Rules
MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm – Rules, establishing that Mini Farm plots holders must be GRF Members in good standing, adding a prohibition against alcoholic beverages, animals (excepting Qualified Service Animals), firearms, and radios, establishing rules for the length of leases, plot abandonment, lessee responsibilities of the plots, lessee guests, establishing plot maintenance expectations, establishing conditions for vacating a plot, establishing lease non-compliance actions, and informing plot holders that the Recreation Department has the right to review and adjust operating rules and to enter any plot at any time, as amended (increasing the Annual Plot Lease Fee to $100).
Recreation Committee – Amend 70-2609-1, GRF Equipment
MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-2609-1, GRF Equipment, establishing that custodial staff will monitor and document GRF equipment usage and establishing the conditions of loss of Clubhouse privileges, as presented.
Security, Bus & Traffic Committee – Adopt 80-1930-1, Traffic – Rules
MOVED and duly approved to refer the following governing documents to the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee for review: 80-1930-1, Traffic – Rules, 80-1930-3, Traffic – Procedures, 80-1937-1, Traffic – Rules, 80-1920-1, Traffic Rules and Regulations, 80-1925-1, Traffic Rules and Regulations – Enforcement on Trust Property, 80-1925-1, Parking Rules for Trust Property, and 80-1928-1, Golf Cart and Low Speed Vehicles Rules.
Website Ad hoc Committee – Capital Funding Request – Approve Contract with StormBrain
MOVED and duly approved the service proposal from Storm Brain, for the website redesign project, in an amount not to exceed $57,930, Capital funding, and authorize the President to sign the proposal.
OCTA 405 Improvement Update
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:
The Edinger Avenue bridge over I-405 has closed for 18 months as of Oct. 22 for demolition and reconstruction.
Crews will demolish the bridge over two nights to accommodate the freeway widening. This work will require full closures of northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) I-405 between Beach Boulevard and Bushard Street.
Additional nighttime demolition will occur for several weeks under freeway lane closures. Some daytime demolition also is anticipated.
Sign up to receive updates specific to Edinger bridge construction via email, call or text at bit.ly/405-signup.
Coming Soon: Harbor Boulevard Falsework Installation
Crews will be constructing the falsework for the I-405 bridge over Harbor Boulevard. This work will require full closures of Harbor.
Southbound I-405 Loop Off-Ramp to Beach Boulevard is PERMANENTLY CLOSED
The SB I-405 loop off-ramp to NB Beach Boulevard is permanently closed. Motorists will use the Beach Boulevard/Center Avenue off-ramp from now on to access NB and SB Beach.
The loop off-ramp was eliminated to accommodate the widening of Beach and of the freeway. The Beach/Center off-ramp and Center are being reconstructed to accommodate the change in traffic volume.
The 405 Community Outreach Team is Still Working
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 400-8994 for more information.
The I-405 Improvement Project mobile app includes quick access to current traffic conditions, closures and detours, along with project updates and links to contact the project team.
It’s available for download on the Apple Store or Google Play.
GRF Policy Review
The Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors has given tentative approval to the following policies, which are reprinted here to provide a 28-day notice prior to final approval at the Nov. 24 GRF Board meeting. Instructions on how to provide feedback follows each policy.
70-1412-1, Smoking Prohibition
Per the action of the GRF Board on October 27, 2020, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval of Amendment of 70-1412-1, Smoking Prohibition, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members:
All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:
Smoking refers to inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco/marijuana product, as well as non-tobacco smoking substances and smoking instruments.
1. Smoking is prohibited in all GRF amenities the Amphitheater area, including the stage, rest rooms and sound booth.
2. Smoking is prohibited in all Trust buildings and within twenty feet of all Trust Buildings.
3. Smoking is prohibited on the golf course, in the interior of the golf starters’ area, and rest rooms.
3. Smoking or other use of tobacco and/or marijuana products (included, but not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vaping, pipes, cigars, hookahs, snuff, all forms of smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco) is not permitted.
Smoking refers to inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco/marijuana product, as well as non-tobacco smoking substances and smoking instruments.
• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at email@example.com; please include in the subject line “70-1412.2-1, Smoking Prohibition” or
• Mailing comments to:
Golden Rain Foundation
P. O. Box 2069
Seal Beal, CA 90740
Attn: Proposed Document Revisions
Please reference 70-1412-1, Smoking Prohibition on any correspondence you submit. All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-1412-1, Smoking Prohibition at its Nov. 24, 2020, meeting.
70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm – Rules
Per the action of the GRF Board on October 27, 2020, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval of Amendment of 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm – Rules, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members:
1. GENERAL REGULATIONS
The Recreation Department is responsible for the fair and equitable use of the Mini Farm area also known as the 1.8 acres. The Recreation Department will also be responsible to ensure that all of the conditions of these rules are followed.
1.1. The Mini Farm plots are for Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Members in good standing only. Only one plot shall be assigned per household.
1.2. No vaping or use of any type of tobacco products will be permitted within the Mini Farm areas at any time. The Mini Farms are a non-smoking, tobacco-free, vapor-free, drug-free environment.
1.3. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Mini Farm area.
1.4. No animals allowed in the Mini Farm area: exception Qualified Service Animals will be allowed in the garden if staying with their owner only.
1.5. Lessee may not carry, use, or store firearms or weapons of any kind in the Mini Farm area.
1.6. Radios are not allowed. If you would like to use your music devices, headphones are required.
1.7. Spaces shall be leased on an annual basis or a maximum of six consecutive years for a period of six years. Upon the completion of the sixth a six year lease, Lessee must relinquish their plot. The Lessee can go back on the waiting list. Effective January 1, 2021, all plot holders in excess of six years still have a remaining year must relinquish their plot.
1.8. Plots shall not be abandoned, traded or given up to another GRF Member by the Lessee. If you choose to relinquish your space, you must notify the Recreation Department and your space will be reassigned to the next GRF Member on the waiting list. No refunds shall be issued for any monies paid to GRF.
1.9. Plots must be worked by the GRF Member only. Lessee is responsible for the planning and management of their own plots, including providing seeds, plants, amendments, and any tools. Plots must be worked solely by the Lessee. Exception: In case of an injury or temporary illness, Lessee shall notify the GRF Recreation Department in writing and other arrangements may be made a “garden angel” can be assigned to care for your garden for up to 2 (two) weeks with the approval of the Recreation Department.
1.10. Lessee may bring a guest, including children, into the Mini Farm area, provided that the guest complies with the code of conduct. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
1.11. GRF Members and their Guest may not enter other plots or harvest fruits or vegetables produce in plots assigned to other GRF members without explicit written permission from that plot’s Lessee.
1.12. Lessee will keep clean and neat any common areas, such as pathways. Lessee will promptly report any concerns about safety of the garden to the GRF Recreation Department. The pathway along the wall bordering Nassau Drive and all walkways must always be kept clear of gardening tools and plant materials from the plots.
1.13. Storage containers made of metal or wood are not permitted; storage container must be the type approved by the Recreation Committee and the storage container and tools must be kept within the boundaries of the designated plot. No metal or wooden storage containers are permitted.
1.14. Neither trellises nor fences may exceed 7 feet in height to avoid shading a neighbor’s plot. Structures or decorations shall not conflict with community standards.
1.15. Structures to encourage vertical growing, including arbors, trellis, tree branch frames, and cages are only allowed during growing season if they are functional, orderly, safe, and do not conflict with community standards.
1.16. GRF does not permit the construction or existence of permanent shelter structures within the individual plots, including personal sheds, storage, or shade units.
1.17. One faucet and hose are is set up for up to four plots for watering. The plots that are assigned to that area have exclusive use of the water fixture. when the plot is being worked.
1.18. Automatic sprinklers and soaker hoses are forbidden. GRF Members Mini Farmers must turn off water faucet or valve before leaving the plot. Mini Farmers shall not leave watering unattended at any time.
1.19. Crushed rock or gravel is not permitted inside the plots. Any existing crushed rock or gravel must be removed from the plot upon vacating.
1.20. No wood treated with wood preservative shall be used in any plot.
1.21. No piles of wood, brick, pipes, hoses, or fencing shall be stored in plots.
1.22. The use of ““scrap” materials, such as broken bricks or pavers, scraps of wood, metal, or plastic is not permitted
1.23. Items not authorized must be disabled and removed from the plot by required compliance date.
1.24. All trees, miniature trees, shrubs or bush type fruit trees must be potted with a solid base underneath, and not exceed 7 feet tall. Existing trees or shrubs cannot extend over walkways or exceed 7 feet in height during any month of the year. Any existing tree shall be cut down when a lot is vacated before being assigned to a new GRF Member. No more than 10% of plot may be planted in flowers, the remaining balance shall be used to plant produce.
1.25. The Recreation Department may order the forfeiture of a plot when any Mini Farmer does not maintain His/her plot as described in the rule. Failure to plant at least 75% 60% of a plot for three (3) months of the four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter, shall be sufficient cause to forfeit the plot.
1.26. If a plot appears untended (overgrown weeds, unharvested), you will be issued a violation notice. If the violation is not remedied by the required compliance date, the GRF Recreation Department may evict Lessee upon three violations.
1.27. GRF Members shall park in designated parking spaces only.
1.28. Dumpsters are available for the disposal of green waste and regular trash. The removal of discarded items from the dumpster will not be permitted at any time.
1.29. Plots must be cleared of all vegetation and weeds before vacating plot. Failure to clean plot for final inspection will result in loss of lease deposit and Mini Farm future privileges.
1.30. If the Mini Farmer fails to comply with any terms of the lease within the allotted compliance time, then garden plot will be immediately forfeited with no refund of fees, nor will they be entitled to any payment or reimbursement from the GRF for any materials planted, growing, or otherwise located within the Community Garden or for any improvements made on the premises. All or any part of such material and improvements shall become the property of the GRF.
2. HOURS OF OPERATION
7:00 a.m. to dusk seven (7) days a week.
3. MAINTENANCE OF PLOTS
3.1. To prevent the breeding of flies, harboring of rats, or air contamination, all decaying compost or newly delivered fertilizer shall be properly cared for by effectively sealing in plastic bags, or by turning it under in the plot within 48 hours.
3.2. Remove all garden trash, spent plants, clippings, and leaves from the plot daily in the provided green waste bins.
3.3. Keep all plots, including the area to the center of the adjacent pathways, free from all grass and weeds through the year, whether or not the garden is planted or fallow.
3.4. Use care and caution while watering in order to keep from flooding neighboring plots and pathways.
3.5. Use care when spraying or dusting for bugs, snails, and other garden pests. Members must make every effort to ensure there is no drifting of pesticides to adjoining plots. GRF does not permit the use of Roundup on Trust property. See addendum A for approved pest control.
3.6. Store only the garden material necessary to supporting, staking or containing the plantings, neatly within the perimeter of one’s assigned garden plot. No plants or vines shall be allowed to grow past a fence or property line, over walkways or sidewalks. No exterior fence will be used as a trellis on which to grow plants or vines.
3.7. GRF is not liable for loss or damage to personal property, vandalism to the garden parcel, and/or destruction of crops due to disease, pests, rodents, gophers, or inclement weather.
3.8. All items stored within the garden plot must be essential to gardening. Pesticides of any kind may not be stored at the Mini Farm. Items such as wooden stakes, tomato cages, etc. must be kept in a neat and orderly manner. Materials may not be stores against either the perimeter fencing of the plot or Mini Farm.
3.9. GRF is responsible for the maintenance and pest control of the common areas. Lessee is responsible for maintenance and pest control within their plot.
3.10. Lessee is responsible for the cost, installation, and maintenance of fencing. Staff must approve any fence or other structure prior to installation and follow GRF guidelines. Staff will provide written approval/permit for installation. This permit must be displayed at the plot for 30 days. See addendum B for approved fencing.
4. CORRECTIVE ACTION
4.1. The Recreation Committee may order the forfeiture of any plot when the GRF Member fails to comply with this set of rules or any action in violation of the established Code of Conduct policy.
4.2. The Recreation Department reserves the right to review and adjust the operating rules to accommodate the needs of the community at any time. The Recreation Department also reserves the right to enter any plot at any time.
All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:
• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at firstname.lastname@example.org; please include in the subject line “70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm-Rules” or
• Mailing comments to:
Golden Rain Foundation
P. O. Box 2069
Seal Beal, CA 90740
Attn: Proposed Document Revisions
Please reference 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm-Rules on any correspondence you submit.
All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm-Rules at its November 24, 2020 meeting.
Smart Phone Training
People who are having difficulty hearing or seeing on their smartphones are invited to attend a free workshop on how to make them work better for you.
Training covers making smartphone volume louder and easier to hear; sending text messages, connecting Bluetooth devices, using basic functions and more.
This is a two-part online training. To participate, you need a computer
To schedule a smart phone training, call (866) 271-1540 or email email@example.com.
City of Seal Beach Bathroom Improvement Upgrade
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, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get individualized advice on how to complete applications. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Residents can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Any Leisure World resident who has trouble stepping into the shower for any reason is likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade.
The Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant converts the tub/shower combination into a shower-only unit for safer access. The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed.
Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models and grab bars may be added as needed.
The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and the City of Seal Beach. To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have an annual income as follows: One person, $71,750; two people, $82,000; and three people, $92,920.
The City of Seal Beach hired CivicStone 14 years ago to administer this program.
“Many residents get confused on the application process,” said Monique Miner, program administrator. “Others don’t realize you can have substantial savings and still qualify for the free upgrade. We are just a phone call away and can help residents apply for the completely free upgrade. But don’t delay completing your application, because funds are limited.”
For more information, email email@example.com or call (909) 364-9000.
Residents are reporting coyote sightings on El Dorado and Oakmont roads, and in Mutuals 3, 4, 5 and 6, among other locations, according to recent social media posts.
A pack of three was seen running between Buildings 40 and 76 in Mutual 4. A lone coyote was recently discovered sleeping on a front porch on Martha Ann and Main Way in Rossmoor. Social media reports have also put them in the Old Town area, with at least one spotted near Main Street.
Increased coyote sightings may be due to excessive heat, as the animals look for water and shade. The removal of brush due to freeway construction has eliminated cover for coyotes and the animals coyotes prey on.
Another major reason for the presence of coyotes is likely the abundance of food available outside. Coyotes primarily hunt rodents, squirrels and rabbits, but they will eat almost anything. They take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food and domestic animals.
California law prohibits the feeding of coyotes.
The Seal Beach City Council has a coyote management plan that was adopted in 2015. The plan emphasizes educating the public on how to avoid attracting coyotes and on hazing, which instills a fear of humans in coyotes.
Residents can lower chances of coyotes in their area by picking up fallen fruit in their yards and securing trash in bins with tight-fitting lids. Feed pets inside or if the animal must eat outside, remove leftover food as soon as possible. If food and water are removed, coyotes will move on to more hospitable locales.
Hazing, which uses scare tactics repel coyotes, includes the following techniques:
•Yell and wave your arms while approaching a coyote.
•Use noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, bells or soda cans filled with pennies to scare the coyote.
•Use projectiles such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls to throw at the coyote.
•Use hoses, water guns or spray bottles.
Cats and smaller dogs should be monitored by owners, especially between dusk and dawn. For more information, visit the California Department of Fish and Game at www.keepmewild.org.
CAP Food Program
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4.
The next food distribution will be Nov. 19.
Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).
People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.
State releases new COVID-19 guidelines for holiday gatherings
With the holiday season approaching, California last week released new guidelines for socializing that prohibit gatherings among more than three households.
Officials are emphasizing the importance of maintaining health safety measures as COVID-19 cases are spiking in some areas and among some demographics, notably older Californians.
Flu season is expected to bring added challenges to fighting COVID-19, as well as the arrival of colder weather that may prompt people to spend more time indoors.
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission, the state had previously banned all gatherings of any kind as well as any mingling of households.
The latest guidelines are slightly relaxed:
Gatherings that include more than three households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. The smaller the number of people, the safer. Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.
• Gather Outdoors
Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.
Gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75 percent) are open to the outdoors.
A gathering of no more than three households is permitted in a public park or other outdoor space, even if unrelated gatherings of other groups up to three households are also occurring in the same park or other outdoor space. If multiple such gatherings are occurring, mixing between group gatherings is not allowed. Additionally, multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time — this would constitute a gathering exceeding the permitted size.
• Don’t Attend Gatherings if You are Sick or High Risk
Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell) must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside his or her household. Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings.
• Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene
For any gatherings, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a six-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times. Seating must provide at least six feet of distance (in all directions — front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households.
Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.
Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.
• Wear a Face Covering
When gathering, face masks must be worn in accordance with the California Department of Public Health guidance, unless an exemption is applicable. People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least six feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.
• Shorter is Better
Gatherings should be two hours or less. The longer the duration, the risk of transmission increases.
• No Singing, Chanting or Shouting
Singing, chanting, shouting and physical exertion significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air.
Discuss holiday protocols ahead of the season
Not giving Grandma COVID-19 is this holiday season’s best gift, according to experts. Now is the time to discuss how to say no to gatherings when safety is not a priority.
When family members disagree about COVID-19 safety precautions, planning holiday celebrations is fraught with conflict and potential health risk. And with the recent spike in positive cases of the virus, should we be gathering at all?
“If an extended family member insists on dismissing guidance, it’s OK to sit out this year’s family gathering. It’s really sad and difficult, but we have to think about our own core values,” said Northwestern Medicine psychiatrist Dr. Aderonke Pederson. “If you start from a standpoint of, ‘My number one core value is doing my part to protect my family,’ that’s the greatest gift you can give your family this holiday season.”
• Have smaller, socially distanced gatherings
“Here’s the main question: Are you going to blow up your Thanksgiving dinner because Uncle Johnny won’t wear a mask?” Singer said. “We’ve learned shaming people into following social distancing and mask guidelines doesn’t help, so here’s what’s reasonable: have gatherings with fewer people. If I had to give a number, I’d say 10. Nine is better than 10, and six is better than nine. If you’re around a table, you can’t eat with a mask on, so try to separate people out as much as possible.
“While it’s unusual, the safest Thanksgiving dinner may be remote, with households each having their own celebrations and connecting with others via technology.”
• Reassure family you still love and care about them
“Gathering is a way to reassure each other,” Pederson said. “You spend your Thanksgiving and Christmas with the people who are most important to you. Family members need reassurance that you really do still value and care about them, because the difficulty is the fear that by isolating from them, it means you don’t care about them anymore. Bring that to the front and center of the conversation, and tell them, ‘You’re really important to me and I’m going to miss spending this holiday with you.’”
• Have planning conversations ASAP
“These conversations need to happen early on before plans are set into motion or solidified,” Pederson said. “We want to put our voices into the conversation about safety measures for holiday gatherings with extended family before expectations are set. You may even tell your family about conversations you’ve had with your direct primary care physician and introduce those recommendations to your extended family.”
• ‘Complete isolation is also dangerous’
“I’m not saying don’t interact with anyone,” Pederson said. “Complete isolation is also dangerous. The holiday season can be very isolating to begin with, and now we have to consider the impact of the pandemic, racial issues and the election season upon us. We are a divided nation right now. But extreme situations in which family members think COVID-19 isn’t real and is ‘fake news,’ it’s a very difficult situation and disagreements would be unavoidable. Rather than saying, ‘I’m not going to be able to celebrate at all,’ maybe consider having a Friendsgiving with people who will be consistent with your safety guidelines.”
•Masks, hand washing and flu shots
“The same rules we tell people to follow in public, like masking and social distancing, also apply to visiting family members you haven’t seen in a while, because they may as well be strangers with respect to their risk of having COVID,” Singer said. “Masks are particularly effective in preventing spread to another person if you’re asymptomatic. That’s a fact whether people believe it or not. There’s a small amount of protection that masks provide for the wearer, too. There’s so much focus on COVID, that people may forget the other really important thing they can do to protect their families is getting a flu shot.”
—Northwestern Now, Northwestern University, https://news.northwestern.edu.
LW Profiles—TousVanKijkerk does a good deed
by Donna Gambol
While a good many folks are complaining about the late delivery of the mail in recent weeks, George TousVanNijkerk, Mutual 1 director, noticed that the U.S. Postal mailbox at the Golden Rain Road and Burning Tree Lane was soiled. Under the cover of darkness, he took the time to clean the exterior of the box.
The postal service has been delayed, with carriers working overtime, due to the extraordinary increase in mail, both with the election promotional materials as well as the ballots and voter information materials.
That, coupled with a number of carrier reassignment and illness, has delayed our carriers. Almost all of the carriers who service routes in Leisure World of late have been doing “extra duty” taking on not only their regularly assigned routes but also substituting for others.
Sola lights in your Home
by Jaetaik Yoo
In 1879, Thomas Edison developed an electric light bulb which could be used at home, and he brought the electric light to the public masses. Currently we can’t live even a day without electricity to light our homes. So Edison is one of the great figures in human history in the fields of science and culture. He also invented the phonograph and moving pictures. Thanks to him, we can enjoy films and videos today. He also contributed to the development of human life by inventing a lot of new items as well.
More than many other things, the invention of electric light created tremendous momentum in transforming human life and culture. Under the electric lights, we can read books and newspapers and watch TV. First of all, the electric light is brighter than other lights, convenient to use and environmentally friendly, without smoke or gases.
I am also using another light, the Sola light, which is an economical way to get energy because it is powered by sunlight.
Sola energy is a great revolution in terms of energy, especially when considering possible shortages in other types of energy. Sola energy is becoming an alternative to oil and other energy materials.
Sola lights are all over, even in Leisure World. There are many sola lights placed around the flower beds and homes. Sola lights are very easy to use. They just need to charge in the daytime. They are economical because we don’t need money to charge it. There is no danger of fire and it doesn’t cause gas or smoke. We don’t need matches or lighters to ignite it. It is safe even in the wind and therefore, useful at home.
Older adults usually get up at night and they need lights that are dimmer than electric lights. Sola lights are just bright enough for seniors’ eyes.
You can buy small Sola lights for 99 cents. I keep them in the bedrooms and restroom. We are free from the electric or other kinds of lights from now on. It is worth to try it as it’s very easy, safe and economical.
JFTB houses world’s largest helitanker
From jet fighters to transport aircraft, the Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos has played host to a variety of aircraft since it was first established as a Naval Air Station in 1942.
As of this month, the airfield also serves as home base for the world’s largest helitanker, which will work from the airfield for the remainder of the year.
As part of a robust partnership between the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California National Guard, the largest and most capable heavy-lift helicopter in the world is supporting 24/7 firefighting efforts as Southern California enters the peak of the unprecedented wildfire season it is currently experiencing..
Operated by Coulson Aviation, Inc., the “Very Large” CH-47 Chinook Helitanker (VLHT) is equipped with a state-of-the-art Retardant Aerial Delivery System (RADS) and can deliver a payload of 3,000 gallons of water or retardant in a single pass over a wildfire. Its capabilities also include day and night vision goggle firefighting operations, infrared technology and the ability to hover-fill, even at night.
“Joint Forces Training Base is extremely proud to support this endeavor, and our state agency partners that are working in support of the Governor’s priorities to protect lives and property across the state,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Leeney, JFTB installation commander. “We look forward to timely and successful firefighting operations being conducted from the base through this program for as long as there is a need.”
—from the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base
Seal Beach Senior Services
The City of Seal Beach offers a host of senior services, including:
• Senior Transportation Services
• Meals on Wheels
• Discounts on utility bills, parking and pet licenses
• Senior tax assistance
• Bathroom remodel program
• Friendly visitor program
This service change was a result of the unexpected closure of the Keolis’ Orange County facility, which was contracted to operate the City’s senior shuttle and dial-a-ride program. The Keolis Orange County facility closed in June.
As a result, the Dial-a-Ride services has been expanded as follows with California Yellow Cab:
-Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30p.m.
-Reservations must be made 24-hours in advance by calling toll free (877) 224-8294. Reservations made less than 24-hours in advance cannot be guaranteed.
–Only registered eligible riders can partake in this service. To be eligible, the rider must be a Seal Beach resident 60 years and older.
–To confirm whether you are already registered, call California Yellow Cab, Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle, at (714) 427-2555
– To register as a new rider, contact Iris Lee at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
– There is no cost to use this service.
– Transportation services will be provided to any location within city limits, and up to three miles outside City limits and within Orange County for non-emergency medical purposes. Users may also elect to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach.
Seal Beach / OC Meals
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seal Beach Meals on Wheels program has become the lifeline to many seniors by being the sole source of free meal delivery in Seal Beach. The City of Seal Beach Meals on Wheels is offered in partnership with OC Meals on Wheels.
Both homebound meals and congregate meals are available. The homebound program is for seniors who are unable to pick up meals and need assistance with meal delivery and the congregate lunch program is now available for seniors who are able or prefer to pick-up meals (five frozen meals). If seniors are interested in participating in either program, they must register first by calling the City’s Recreation Department at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1344.
For homebound individuals 60-plus years of age who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves, the City of Seal Beach delivers three meals directly to their home: breakfast items, a cold lunch, and a frozen dinner. These meals, which provide 100 percent of the U.S Nutritional Recommended Dietary Allowance, are available five days per week at no cost to the community.
“This program is a testament to the incredible commitment of our staff team which provide the highest level of essential and vital services to our community in need during a major crisis,” said Seal Beach City Manager Jill Ingram.
For more information about this program, contact the city’s Recreation Department at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1344.
Discounts for Seniors on Utility Bills,
Parking and Pet Licenses
There are discounts available for seniors on utility bills, parking and pet licenses. Pet licenses have a 50 percent discount. Most utility bills have a 15 percent discount, and there is a discount for parking.
When you pay or sign up for these services make sure to reach out to the city to see what discounts are available.
• Parking Contact: (562) 431-2527, ext. 1310, or via email at email@example.com, new parking permits and renewals can be processed online through the following link: https://www.citationprocessingcenter.com/citizens/sealbeach/permits
• Pet License Contact: (562) 570-7387, pet licenses are processed through Long Beach Animal Care Services at www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/licensing/
Utility Bills Contact: (562) 431-2527 Ext. 1309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Tax Assistance
Seal Beach offers free assistance for low-income seniors in preparing State and Federal income tax returns. Tax assistance is offered at Fire Station #48, Community Room, 3131 N. Gate Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740
At tax time, appointments are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. They are scheduled for Monday mornings ONLY from February-April. For more information, call (562) 431-2527, ext. 1344.
Seal Beach recently launched a new program called SeniorCityzen to support and check in with seniors who are socially isolated as a result of the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
The resource allows Seal Beach seniors to connect with city staff (volunteers) who may schedule a call to receive regular check-ins via telephone to chat and/or to receive referrals to community resources during this difficult time.
Seniors that are interested in participating may email SeniorCityzen@sealbeachca.gov or call (562) 431-2527, ext. 1600.
Seniors are asked to leave their name and phone number, and staff will return emails and calls to set up a chat and/or answer any senior resource related questions.
SeniorCityzen is geared toward people 60 and above who are facing social isolation and are looking for someone to talk to, along with getting referrals to other senior-centric organizations.
For more information about SeniorCityzen, contact Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos at email@example.com or (562) 431-2527, ext. 1308.
Leisure World Bathroom Remodel Program
For more details on the bathroom remodel program, visit the City website at www.sealbeachca.gov/City-Services/Senior-Services.
Leisure World residents are living in historic times as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around the world. Residents are welcome to share their experiences, observations, opinions and insight with their friends and neighbors in this occasional column. The deadline is Thursday for the following week’s publication. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are subject to editing for clarity and brevity.
by Joan Rose
Is it just me, or does it seem like television commercials are taking up a lot more of our time while watching TV? Homebound as we are, I spend a lot of time in front of the tube, and I’ve noticed that no matter what station you turn to, there is a commercial running and two or three more appear after that before you can get to the program you wanted to watch.
The nightly news is a good example. On all three major channels in the evening, there is a show about the national news. Some overpaid newscaster is reading the news to you in little snippets, punctuated by two or three or four commercials. At first, the newscaster entices you by reading the more important news of the day and after a few minutes, he or she starts to say, “When we come back….” and you know that the rest of the half hour is going to consist of mostly commercials.
Oh, I know that the TV commercials are vital to the business and they pay the newscasters their outrageous salaries, but enough is enough.
When you think about it, it seems that television commercials show us life in a parallel universe. In television’s Commercial Land, no one wears masks except for workers at fast food places and then they throw the pizza (or whatever) in the back of your car and you happily drive away.
In Commercial Land, everyone is young, thin, healthy, beautiful, rich and no one works. They all seem to be on perpetual vacations, and we are treated to scenes of beautiful forests, meadows and mountains where these fortunate people are running or biking or driving the latest cars.
These enviable people are sometimes alone, but more often they are in big groups of happy, peppy people. No social distancing for them! They are in Venice with a significant other, drifting through the beautiful canals or they are paddle-boarding in beautiful, deep blue lakes or hiking through the majestic redwoods.
No one in Commercial Land is overweight but should they feel the need for a workout at a gym or in a home gym, the commercial shows us that these people are all slim and smiling, peddling on their stationery bikes in their size 0 workout clothes.
A lot of people in Commercial Land are very concerned with food preparation, and they are always seen working in a happy group of people, making their pizzas together in a lovely kitchen or being swept into ecstasy over a boxed dinner.
In a lot of commercials, while the people in Commercial Land are laughing and riding bikes down a mountain trail or dancing the night away in a nightclub, the announcer is telling us that in order to help our constipation (or whatever ailment we have), we should try their pills. The announcer tells us how wonderful the pills are and the commercial even shows a cartoon diagram of the pills going down our throats and into our stomachs.
Then comes the bad news. The announcer advises us that, as with most drugs, if you take them, there could be serious side affects which include hair loss, astigmatism, dry skin, tooth decay, athlete’s foot, sibling rivalry, bankruptcy, hangnails, hammer toe, bleeding gums, pernicious anemia, coma and possibly death. Then the announcer gives us even scarier news that this list of side effects is incomplete and there may be more!
You can bet that I will always say “Uh, no thanks!” to these pills, should my doctor every prescribe them!
So, I guess what we should do, while we are being isolated due to the pandemic, is to watch these relentless TV commercials with the sound and the close captioning turned off.
This way, we can enjoy watching all the breathtaking scenery and the wonderful locales that the beautiful people in Commercial Land inhabit without knowing what they are selling. Then we can smile and think to ourselves, “That’s okay, beautiful people…our turn is coming.”
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First Christian Church
By Bruce Humes
Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.” It seems the psalmist had a clear understanding of Genesis 1:1, which says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the biblical view of creation and life.
The psalmist continues his thoughts in verse 7, “He gathered the waters of the sea together as a heap; he lays up the deep in storehouses.” In these two verses, we see the sovereignty and power of that creator God being displayed through that which he created.
Knowing all this, how should we as people and a nation acknowledge the sovereignty and power of this creator God? The psalmist tells us in verses 8-9, “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants stand in awe of him. For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” As inhabitants of his creation, our response or acknowledgement of this creator God should be with a reverent fear, awe and respect. I believe there is great comfort knowing that God is in control and not man, and that the best laid plans of nations and man will not thwart God’s plans, he will always prevail.
Ephesians 1:11 says, “In him (Jesus) also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel (plan) of his will.” Just what is our relationship with the creator God like? Are we a people and nation that is under God, or a people and nation that has rejected him?
If you want to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the church office at (562) 431-8810.
Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit Shirah invite all to attend the Zoom services every Shabbat evening and morning. Anyone interested in joining the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew classes can contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888. Beit HaLev continues to livestream on Facebook as well. To attend, go to galityomtov.com or Facebook.com/galityomtov. Evening services begin at 6 and morning services begin at 10:30. A link to the PDF version of each prayerbook, “Lev L’Lev,” is provided at each service.
This week’s Torah portion, “Lech L’cha” (Genesis 14:1-15:21), narrates the battles and victories of Avram (later to become Avraham); at the end of last week’s Parashah we are introduced to Avram and his wife, Sarai, who are instructed by HaShem to leave their birthplace.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
Rabbi Galit Shirah’s Zoom classes will resume in November after Election Day. It will continue with Prayerbook and Modern Hebrew classes; a Talmud class is also being planned. For information, contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or email@example.com.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
“Faith is as essential as food,” said Sister Sharon Eubank at the Oct. 17 G20 Interfaith Forum. Sister Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and director of Latter-day Saint Charities, spoke on the commitment of faith networks to disaster risk reduction.
Latter-day Saint Charities mounted its most enormous response to COVID-19 and the food crisis by coordinating with trusted governments, communities and other faiths. “Supply chains were shriveling, and traditional community networks were strained,” Sister Eubank stated. “However, those old networks found creative new combinations.”
Hundreds of the Latter-day Saint charity projects bring food to families like the one in Iran, whose father and 8-year-old son collected scrap metal. When the father died of COVID-19, the boy and his sister couldn’t gather enough metal to buy food. Latter-day Saint Charities provided funding to Mothers Without Borders, who provided a month’s food supply.
Sister Eubank affirms that families and communities should focus on long-term preparedness.“Communities that do these small things build self-determination. They don’t have to necessarily wait for agencies,” she said
Eubank suggested that policy makers should form councils of local leaders and faith stakeholders to coordinate during a disaster. Councils encourage households to have emergency food and water for at least 72 hours. They work together to arrange back-up power, provide health facilities, arrange for alternate transportation and communication, and designate command centers and shelters. They test emergency plans to minimize hunger and suffering.
This preparation process develops personal relationships of trust and respect between faith communities, governments and NGOs. These efforts affirm the words of King Benjamin: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
By Johan Dodge
At Community Church, we are changing things up! This Sunday will be the last Sunday of this Christian year. The Christian calendar doesn’t follow the Roman calendar; it begins with the season of Advent, the preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Our theme for next year is “Carved by Love: A year of Good News” so it is fitting that we end the year by looking at what Jesus taught about blessings. Who are those who are blessed now and in the coming Kingdom? We’ll look at those questions this week as we conclude this Christian year.
To hear this teaching as well as worship music, tune in Sunday morning at 9:50 on Facebook live @communitychurchleisureworld. To join virtual fellowship, call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening
Community Church will offer Communion at 1 p.m. outside in front of the church. The elements are pre-sealed for safety and the liturgy is part of the morning worship on Facebook. Those who come to receive Communion must wear a mask and maintain distancing.
As always, if you are in need without another way to address it, call the church office at (562) 431-2503.
The Missions Team is sponsoring the annual “Sock it to Em” sock drive for Veterans. Donations of new white men’s or women’s socks (or monetary donations) will begin on Nov. 2. The church office will be open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Contact the church office at (562) 431-2503 to have the donation picked up.
Rabbi Rachel Axelrad will stream services on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9:30 a.m.
Request the Zoom invitation with a text to Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122, or you can email email@example.com.
Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the password is 8ZYy69
Congregation Sholom will host a game afternoon on Zoom led by Sandy Geffner on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time so he can send a Zoom invitation.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, Congregation Sholom will have a Zoom challah bake. Cost for supplies is $15. RSVP to Susan Michlin to receive a kit by Nov. 6. You can pick up your kits on Nov. 11. Check with Jeff Sacks for a Zoom invitation.
Electric Shabbat candles are available for $8. Contact Carol Levine if you want a set.
Anyone who wants to participate in the live-streamed services and events can call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
Assembly of God
By Norma Ballinger
The Book of Psalms is the hymn book of the people of God. In the original Hebrew text, the book as a whole was not named, although the title of many individual Psalms contain the word “mizmor,” meaning a song sung to the accompaniment of a stringed instrument.
Psalm 104:33 says, “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” We can never outgrow the wonder of God or his miraculous hand over our lives.
Search through this book in the Old Testament and find a renewed sense of peace in these troubled times.
Pastor Sam Pawlak will record a message on Sunday morning and lead the people in Communion on the DVD that will be distributed on Monday. He also is on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sunday with words of encouragement.
Faith Christian Assembly
On the first Sunday of each month, Faith Christian Assembly partakes in Holy Communion. Pastor Vaughn gives valuable insights into Communion each month. You don’t have to be a member to join, as long as you have accepted Christ as your Savior.
Out of an abundance of caution, Faith Christian Assembly will take your temperature at the door, and you will be asked to wear a mask, especially before and after service, and sit socially distant from others. If you are ill, we ask that you stay home.
The midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. Grief Share meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. To receive more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s
All Saint’s Day will be celebrated at a combined service of Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Episcopal churches on Nov. 1. We remember all who have gone to heaven before us into eternal life.
Weather permitting, there will be an outdoor service at 8:45-9:15 a.m. and from 9:30-10. The indoor service in the sanctuary will be from 10:30-11 a.m., social distancing and masks are required.
Holy Family Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Solemnity of All Saints on Sunday, Nov. 1.
The First Reading is Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14 and the Second Reading is 1 John 3:1-3. The Gospel reading will be from Matthew 5:1-12A.
All Souls Novena
Nov. 2 is All Souls Day, the commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. Holy Family Parish will have a Novena of Masses from Nov. 2-10. If you would like to include your family members or friends who have already departed, complete the envelopes that are in the church pews and drop them off in the parish office or Sunday collection basket.
If you would like to receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, you can sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.
The church is open to public entry and has returned 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.
Those who attend must wear a mask or face shield and sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the building.
By Rolland Coburn
We all need wisdom every day. We have experiences in life that leave us not knowing what to do. What does God promise about giving us wisdom? Ask God, and he will give it, James 1:5.
Wisdom comes from God. Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
It pleases God when we ask for help. He delights in meeting our needs. When Solomon asked for wisdom, the Lord answered, “Behold, I grant you a wise and discerning heart like no one before you nor after you” (1 Kings 3:10,12). As a result the whole nation respected Solomon’s wisdom.
God gives heavenly wisdom, not worldly wisdom. Paul and Timothy told the believers, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of your faith, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Holy Spirit gives,” Colossians 1:9. The Lord promises, “I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict” (Luke 21:15).
The ultimate reason to ask God for wisdom is found in Christ’s example. We remember that he prayed, “Father, not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). This same prayer should be ours regarding every decision every day. He certainly knows what is best.
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Patty Mouton is this week’s speaker
Patty Mouton, vice president of Alzheimer’s Orange County, will present an informative Zoom speech discussing why we have to adapt during COVID-19 and why it is so important to have advance care planning in place. She will also speak on the importance of taking especially good care of our brain health during this unusual time.
To join the Zoom meeting, type https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82119904568?pwd=dkVmOVowRU1uQXRNb2QveFdFSHp4Zz09 into your browser. The meeting ID is 821 1990 4568.
All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting.
If you would like to get a Zoom link by email, text your email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside to share their experiences and ideas with club members. The club always welcomes new people.
The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced in the LW Weekly with link information to join.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Low-Cost Vet Clinic will be on Nov. 19
Community Church is hosting a low-cost Vet Care Clinic on Thursday, Nov.19 from 9-11 a.m. This is a clinic for both cats and Dogs. Bring dogs on leash and put cats in a crate for their safety.
Contact Elaine Miller with questions and concerns at (925) 997-3412.
Grace Kim’s niece completed her first novel
By Grace Kim
My niece, Julie Lee, published her first novel titled “Brother’s Keeper.”
Julie was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in history. After working in market research in Manhattan for more than 10 years, she decided to pursue writing full time. Julie currently lives in Georgia with her physician husband and three daughters.
The book “Brother’s Keeper” is about the Korean War and an escaping refugee. During the war, many families escaped from North to South Korea for freedom. There were many lives lost by Russian, Chinese and North Korean armies during the attempted escapes. Some families were separated from one another during the bombings.
Haunting, timely and beautiful, this harrowing novel is inspired by the experiences of the author’s mother.
“I’ve never read anything quite like this story. Unbelievably powerful, this hauntingly beautiful story was so intense that, at times, it had me afraid to turn the pages. I never knew what to expect around the corner,” said Linda Williams Jackson, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honoree and author of “Midnight Without a Moon”.
I myself experienced crossing the 38th parallel with my family. I have seen many refugees who were killed and children separated from their parents. I was only 14 years old and very nervous and scared.
Fortunately, my family arrived to South Korea safely. But four years later, just as we were finally settling down in the South, early on the morning of June 25, 1950, a well trained North Korean Communist Army made a surprise attack on South Korea. They were trained and supported by the Soviet Union to attack South Korea with the plan to create a unified Communist country.
I could not put down this book, I finished it in one day, and all of the memories of my own struggles and hardships I had to endure came back.
You can purchase “Brother’s Keeper” at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other places where books are sold.
Reserve your spot for the celebration
The Filipino Association of Leisure World is preparing for the annual celebration of Simbang Gabi in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. The holiday is from Dec. 16-24. Usually the Christmas season in the Philippines ends in the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6.
Father Juan Caboboy, pastor of Holy Family Church, will celebrate the mass inside the church on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Mass is limited to 100. Those who want to attend the Holy Mass must call and make a reservation. It will be first call, first seated, no exemptions.
For reservations, call Dove Sonza at (562) 477-5541, Aida Jose at (201) 566-3184 or Ren Villnueva at (562) 493-1406.
Shredding Service is on Nov. 5
The Golden Age Foundation will sponsor a shredding service event in the Clubhouse 2 parking from 10 a.m.-noon. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Residents will drop and go. Masks and social distancing is strictly enforced.
Residents are asked to put documents to shred in plastic or brown bags that can be recycled. Cardboard boxes will not be accepted. GAF volunteers will guard bags until a truck arrives to pick them up.
The Golden Age Foundation also disposes of household batteries. Bring spent batteries to the shredding event for disposal.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves.
White moves first. Any answer by black, the white’s third move is checkmate.
The Chess Club is unable to play together because of the COVID-19 shutdowns.
The chess puzzle will appear in the LW paper weekly.
Solution to this week’s puzzle is first move bf6 – The white Bishop moves from a1 to f6.
Club gives $20,000 to Meals on Wheels Orange County
By Tim Kelsey
SB Recreation Manager
The city of Seal Beach operates a meal program for seniors at the North Seal Beach Community Center through partnership with Meals on Wheels Orange County. The program offers home-delivered meals for residents who are in need of meal delivery. The program also consists of congregate meals available for seniors on-site at the North Seal Beach Center. All meals provided through this program meet federal standards for nutrition and are free to residents.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, the City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels were required to make changes to continue to provide meals.
The primary change was to cancel all congregate meals at the community center. These meals were transitioned to a delivered frozen meal program that was delivered by city staff weekly.
As a result of the stay at home order, many residents did not access to food. Meal deliveries increased from roughly 30 meals to over 200 meals. Roughly 120 Leisure World residents are receiving meals weekly through this program. This program was only able to be sustained through the support of community and groups such as the Golden Age Foundation.
In April, GAF made a generous donation of $20,000 to Meals on Wheels Orange County to support meals to Leisure World residents. Through this donation the city and Meals on Wheels Orange County were able to deliver 8,377 meals between May 1-June 30.
As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt by residents throughout California, the GAF has once again stepped forward to make an additional donation of $20,000 to continue to support the necessary program and make it available for all Leisure World residents.
The City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels OC estimate this will purchase an additional 4,500 meals for Leisure World residents. The City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels Orange County are very appreciative and fortunate for the support they have received from the GAF.
By Mary Larson
California Sen. Tom Umberg recently joined Democratic Club members in a discussion on two matters of concern to Leisure World, namely Assembly Bills 5 and 3182.
AB 5, which went into effect in 2019, was designed to codify a California Supreme Court ruling that imposed a strict test to decide whether self-employed workers should be considered employees.
Proposition 22, currently on the 2020 General Election ballot, is an attempt by the companies that control the for-hire transportation industry to be declared exempt from AB 5.
The nominating committee presented its list of recommendations for the club’s 2021-2022 Board. The list is posted on the club’s website, https://sblwdems.wordpress.com. Nominations “from-the-floor” for any open position will be received up until Nov. 3 by emailing email@example.com.
The Board also presented Kathy Moran and Galit Levy-Slater with Certificates of Appreciation. Moran was the organizer and coordinator of the club’s project to get out the 2020 vote. Galit acted as her co-coordinator and is credited with suggesting the name “Operation Pony Express” for the project to reach out to Leisure World Democrats.
If you need assistance on any issue relating to the election, call (562) 296-8521, (562) 596-0450 or (562) 412-0898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the club, subscribe to the free electronic newsletter by emailing the editor at email@example.com or by calling (562) 296-8521 with your contact information.
By Brian Harmon
Councilman and former Mayor Thomas Moore spoke at the Republican Club Zoom meeting on Oct. 21. During the meeting, Moore went over his campaign and the policies that he is most focused on such as public safety, underfunded mandates, and financial responsibility, as well as past decisions he made during his time as councilman.
Moore also touched on the police, “Violence cannot be tolerated,” he said, “I stand with the police officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.
“When police officers break the law, they should be punished” he said, “but defunding the police is not the answer.”
Club President Harlow thanked all volunteers who contributed by setting up and manning the booth for the past four months. They registered over 270 voters, handed out signs and raising over $8,000 by selling political merch as well a donations. The booth will now be open Monday- Friday before the election.
For those who have not voted in the General Election yet. The Republican Club endorsements are as follows:
Donald Trump for President
Michelle Steel for Congress
Senator Janet Nguyen for Assembly
Councilman Thomas Moore for City Council
YES on Proposition 20 and 22
NO on all the others
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, Oct. 29
4 pm LW Radio Club
4:08 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Show
4:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2010
5:01 pm Anna Derby 71st Birthday
6 pm Ocean Perspectives
7 pm Back to Bourbon Street
7:40 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist
8:30 pm Cerritos Center-
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Friday, Oct. 30
4 pm Dr. N Alzheimers
4:24 pm Albuquerque Hot Air
4:31 pm Judge Carolyn John and Richard
5:30 pm Free Kosher Food
5:44 pm Aliens Among Us
6 pm Jazz Holiday with Hank Barto
7:15 pm Hot Air Balloon/Radio Show
7:30 pm Life and Times in SB:
8:30 pm Harmonn Islanders
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
Saturday, Oct. 31
4 pm Healthy Brain Aging
4:40 pm Free Kosher Food
5 pm Judge Carolyn John and Richard
6 pm Harmonn Islanders
6:30 pm Beginning of LW
6:45 pm Back to Bourbon Street
7:30 pm The Bug Guy
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, Nov. 1
4 pm Seal Beach City Council
Meeting Replay 10/26
5:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
6:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
8 pm LW Radio Club
8:08 pm Anna Derby’s 71st Bithday
9 pm Abilene Ampitheater
10 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
10:46 pm Aliens Among Us
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, Nov. 2
4 pm Mystery at the Theater
4:31 pm Head Master
4:41 pm Sea Inside
5 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
5:46 pm Free Kosher Food
6 pm History of Seal Beach
6:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7 pm SB City Council Meeting– LIVE
8:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018 V3
9:05 pm Vinyl Rock Valentine Concert
11:20 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Tuesday, Nov. 3
4 pm Dr. N Alzhiemers Family Center
4:30 pm Cypress Senior Chorus 2018
5:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers
6:05 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons
6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
7 pm Alaska Final Frontier/ Radio Club
7:15 pm Flamingo Party
8 pm The Bug Guy
8:30 pm Life and Times in SB:
9:30 pm Cerritos Center–
11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Wednesday, Nov. 4
4 pm Tina and Tommy Oct. 2019
4:45 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
5:30 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
6:45 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
8 pm Life and Times in SB:
9 pm Cerritos Center:
Golden Dragon Acrobatics
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
*All programming is subject to change.
Celebrate with Dorothea Nov. 6
Dorothea Moll from Mutual 10 was born on Nov. 6 in Cleveland, Ohio, and was raised in Northern Michigan. She was the fourth of 12 children before marrying and moving to California to raise her family. She has 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Dorothea retired to Leisure World in the 90s, joining bicycling and shuffleboard clubs. While no longer participating in organized clubs, she enjoys going to lunch and visiting with family, which she values very much. Come and wish Dorothea a big, happy 103rd birthday at 13260 St. Andrews Drive, K255, and pick up a cupcake from 2-3 p.m. Bring a mask and keep socially distant.
Maxine Wells Celebrates 102 years
Maxine Wells from Mutual 8 celebrated her 102nd birthday with a small gathering of family and friends. She attributes her longevity to having good genes, a positive attitude, bridge, and a little whiskey. Happy birthday Max and many more.
Anna Derby from Mutual 5 finds enjoyment in the midst of the pandemic by working on her Minifarm plot. Anna planted Brussels Sprouts a couple of years ago and finally got the abundance of the first harvest in September. They look healthy and nutritious and it is one of her favorite vegetables. She said that taking care of the vegetables has been a source of fun and self care. All the work she puts into maintaining her plot is worth it when she finally harvests the priceless pieces of homegrown organic vegetables to enjoy at home.
Leonardo Llerena 52
Amado Espino Sr 66
Charles Merrill 86
Guy Cognein 92
Johnnie Rabaca 74
Blessing Okafor 56
Sharon Morales 36
Suzanne Cablayan 72
Kay Tortorice 79
Patsy Ryan 83
Darrell Allen 89
Ellen Lomas 93
Ronald Belcher 86
Virginia Quevedo 94
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May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored and glorified, loved, honored, praised and preserved now and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us: Please pray for my family. Say this prayer nine times of day for nine days and your petition will be granted. Must promise publication.
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OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 12/10
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 10/29
Affordable – Professional,
Licensed and Insured.
Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing,
cabinets. Senior discounts.
Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931.
License #1049257. 01/07/21
Interior Flooring Solutions
Hardwood floors, carpet,
laminate, vinyl planks.
25 years experience.
Contractor License 1043763. 12/24
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.10/29
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/17
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. 11/05
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Part Time Driver Needed
Mon. – Fri. 9am to 1pm
Must Have: Good driving record
Box Truck Experience
Ability to lift (minimal) for pickups & deliveries
B&B Carpets & Flooring
(562) 428-7589. 10/29
Cat sitter needed for two cats.
Call 562-481-2290. 11/05
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. 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. 12/31
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
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
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
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 12/31
Do you need help getting things done? Call “your personal concierge.” Home organization, running errands, house/pet sitting, personal shopper, post ofice services and more! Reasonable rates.
Call or text Lisa (949) 432-1877. 11/26
Experienced caregiver, CNA, medication management, dementia, diabetic care, doctor appointments, errands, companionship, cooking & cleaning. Overnight care available. (714) 719-4951. 11/19
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. 01/14/21
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. 11/26
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 10/29
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 12/10
Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning.
Call 949-899-7770. 12/31
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal
Beach License LUC0001.12/31
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 12/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 11/05
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 01/14/21
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.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 10/29
House cleaning/Eco-Friendly products. I’ve been working in Leisure World since 2004 and can provide references.
Lori 949-275-8165. Seal Beach Business License SAG0003. 10/29
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 11/12
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training,
Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 01/21/21
ANY KIND OF CAR
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. 01/14/21
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
PHOENIX HD 4 Electric scooter, 3 yrs. old w/brand new cover. Selling for $1,000. Call Judy (925) 918-0414. 10/29
Pride Victory scooter. 3-wheel, red, like new tires, new batteries. $550. (562) 596-3429. 10/29
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 10/22
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
I also make & sell face shields for $6.
Russ 714-655-1544. 10/22
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 12/17
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 12/17
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
PRIVATE SALE – Oct. 29,30,31.
Apartment full of furniture and household goods. . Bedrooms, living room, dining room. Following COVID-19 protocol for safe distancing. Mask must be worn. 1190 Northwood, 165J Mutual 7. PLEASE CALL GLINDA DAVIS (714) 943-1818 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
King size headboard, black w/silver trim, new twin memory foam mattress, still in box. Antique mailbox, small organized boxes, laundry baskets, Carex hinge toilet seat, Shirley Temple child pictures, two sets of end tables, white wicker trunk, Tiffany-like hanging-like fixture. Picture frames. Call Laurie for more items (562) 843-6963. 10/29
Excel 396 magnetic stationery bike. Good condition. $100. Ask for Tammy (714) 272-7448. 10/29
Sewing machine that is! Come see this historic beauty, the last treadle model before going electric. Beautiful wood cabinet and all attachments plus owner’s manual. Call Terry, Mutual 7, at 714-394-5885 for appointment to see. 10/29
Buying old sports cards (baseball; football and basketball) that you might want to get rid of. Looking for cards in good condition from the 1960’s or earlier. Jeff 562-413-0517
Wanted Big Shot Sizzix machine. Call Betty: 562-296-5401. 11/05
Stationary recumbent bike. You haul away. Mutual 6. 562-240-5309.
CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE
For Sale – Two (2) side by side
cemetery plots located in “Garden of Remembrance” Westminster Memorial Park. $8800 for both.
Regular price for 1 is $9300 a plot. Call/Text (323) 854-0007, ask for Keli Taylor. 10/29