Feb 3 2022
GRF Board Report
Leisure World’s 2021 board and management team delivered a $1.1 million budget surplus, Carolyn Miller, director of Finance, reported to board members during their monthly meeting Jan. 25.
The surplus in GRF’s $17 million annual budget resulted from lower-than-expected insurance costs and printing fees, as well as COVID-related personnel decisions. Additionally, GRF benefitted from significantly higher newspaper advertising income and other revenue.
After a state-required audit, GRF will determine priorities before distributing the surplus. It is anticipated a portion of the surplus will address compensation issues currently affecting GRF’s employee recruitment and retention efforts.
The Board also approved $74,496 to fund seven electric vehicle charging stations on GRF property outside the St. Andrews gate. The outside-the-wall location lets GRF claim a Southern California Edison grant paying for all the electrical infrastructure the stations require. The stations will be available to residents as well as the public, and GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver anticipates EV vehicle charging fees will pay for the site’s construction cost and then generate ongoing revenue.
In other technological decisions, Board President Susan Hopewell formed an ad hoc committee to explore options for Leisure World’s broadband and cable TV service. The current agreement with Superwire, which expires in June 2022 and has a transition clause through December 2022, offers a group discount to residents who subscribe to Spectrum’s cable TV through Superwire.
The growing number of options to cable make this a more complicated problem. Many of the 90 percent of California households that have home broadband service have “cut the cable.” Instead of a traditional cable provider, some now rely on streaming entertainment services via broadband.
The ad hoc committee, chaired by GRF Director Nick Massetti, a former engineer, will update information from providers. Initial discussions concerning group discounts have assumed all Leisure World’s 6,608 units will subscribe to a single basic cable package. However, the committee will explore possibilities for individual residents to opt out, or for a free or heavily discounted broadband-only offer that will let each resident access email and the internet. Then, residents could choose their own cable TV service, or assemble a streaming package of entertainment and news sources. Before any universal agreement can take effect, all 16 Mutual boards will have to agree with its terms.
In other action, the board took more steps to improve traffic safety. Directors approved funding for a required traffic study of the Northgate Road/St. Andrews Drive intersection and another study to locate speed cushions on Trust streets. Speed cushions are known as traffic calmers and help slow auto traffic like speed bumps, but do not impact emergency vehicle response time.
The GRF Board of Directors next meeting will be Feb. 22.
1-405 Closure Alert
The southbound I-405 on-ramp from Seal Beach Boulevard was closed Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. for approximately one month to accommodate the freeway widening.
GAF donates to MOW
More than 100 of Leisure World’s most vulnerable residents got some much-needed help to stay healthy during COVID-related restrictions, thanks to the Golden Age Foundation (GAF).
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the GAF, known for supporting all manner of helpful programs in LW, has contributed over $100,000 to support local Meals on Wheels programs. These programs provide isolated residents with nourishing meals and visits from friendly volunteers.
Last week, the GAF gave another $51,500 to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach and Orange County to help residents fight food insecurity.
Since March 2020, Meals on Wheels of Long Beach has delivered over 94,800 freshly prepared meals to LW residents.
MOWLB began serving LW residents in 2013. Over the past eight years, the service has steadily grown. MOWOC began service here in 2006. The two programs are separate but mirror each other in services provided.
About 120 LW residents receive two freshly prepared meals—a hot dinner, complete lunch, dessert and beverage—every weekday. Trained volunteers deliver meals and spend a little time with clients who are often isolated and alone.
The goal is to help everyone remain safe, socially connected and well-nourished at home for as long as possible.
The programs are available to all LWers who are having difficulty cooking or shopping for meals due to an illness, recent surgery or are homebound due the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations from the GAF are directed to the neediest residents in Leisure World, covering the daily fee for qualified, low-income residents.
Bill Cruikshank joined MOWLB in 2010 as operations director and has served as executive director since 2013. He began his nonprofit career over 40 years ago, working in administration with chemical dependency treatment and job training programs for adults and youth.
Darla Olson is vice president, advancement, of MOWOC. She reports that the nonprofit has been erasing hunger and isolation for at-risk older adults for 54 years. Its overall goals are combatting the three biggest threats to this group: malnourishment, isolation and loss of independence.
Older adults make up the fastest growing age group in Orange County, and by 2050, residents over 65 will account for nearly 25 percent of the county’s entire population, according to MOWOC.
In recent years, an alarming 29 percent of low-income older adults in Orange County have reported being food insecure, according to a 2016-2018 California Health Interview Survey.
Of all MOWOC clients, 77 percent live at or below the federal poverty level, 60 percent are disabled, and 52 percent live alone.
The MOW programs are grateful to the Golden Age Foundation for its partnership and support in providing the valuable service to their neighbors.
“No one should go hungry in our wonderful community,” said GAF President Anna Derby.
If you or someone you know is having an issue getting food, call Robann Arshat, GRF member resources liaison, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, for help.
For more information about the MOWLB program, visit MOWLB.org or call Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1.
Dog Heartworm has been found in Seal Beach
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed two mosquito species collected in 2021 tested positive for dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis).
In 2021, the OCMVCD laboratory expanded testing capabilities to include mosquito sample screening for dog heartworm. Due to this new testing process, these are the first positive dog heartworm mosquitoes collected in Orange County. The samples were collected from the cities of Seal Beach, Fullerton, and Huntington Beach.
“The detection of positive dog heartworm mosquitoes indicates that heartworm disease is active in Orange County. Residents need to be proactive in protecting their pets from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding sources,” said Amber Semrow, director of Scientific and Technical Services.
Heartworms can only be transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, the dog heartworm enters the mosquito’s system. The mosquito can then transmit the heartworm larvae into another animal once it feeds again.
“Heartworms are a preventable, but serious and potentially fatal parasite,” stated Monica Schmidt, assistant director of OC Animal Care. “As such, annual testing and prevention is key, and OC Animal Care recommends pet owners speak to their veterinarians about heartworm.” Heartworm preventative medication is a prescribed medication.
The Orange County Mosquito District staff will continue to conduct surveillance and test for diseases in mosquitoes. Residents can do their part by reducing mosquito breeding sources around their properties. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and develop through larval and pupal stages in the water before emerging as adults. The Aedes mosquito which, is a common backyard breeder, is a prominent vector of dog heartworm.
Checking for standing water and dumping it out at least once a week will interrupt the mosquito’s life cycle and prevent them from emerging as adults. OCMVCD provides a comprehensive backyard checklist for residents to use when looking for stagnant water sources. The checklist can be found at: https://bit.ly/MosquitoChecklist.
Mosquito control is a shared responsibility. Eliminating mosquito breeding sources and taking preventive methods to protect your dogs is critical to preventing the spread of dog heartworm.
To prevent mosquito bites, take action and follow these tips:
• Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week
• Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
• Dump water from potted plant saucers
For more information, visit www.ocvector.org.
Time to make tax appointments
The AARP Tax-Aide Program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) begins Monday, Feb. 7, and continues until Wednesday, April 13. Volunteers will prepare and e-file returns on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Residents must have appointments. No walk-ins will be allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
To make an appointment, people should call (562) 596-1987 and leave their name and telephone number on the GAF answering machine. A GAF volunteer will return the call. People are advised that the return calling number may not be familiar to them, but they should answer the call.
People can pick up their tax packets at the Leisure World Library. All forms must be completed before coming to appointments.
Masks are required at appointments. People will be interviewed on the patio of Clubhouse 3 outside of the Knowledge and Learning Center across from the LW Library.
After the interview, clients will be asked to wait in their cars or in an adjacent area while returns are being prepared and quality reviewed. After the return is completed, the GAF tax preparer will review the return with the client and secure his or her signature on the documents to allow for e-filing returns.
The following records should be brought to the appointment, if they are applicable to you:
• Social Security card
• Government issued ID or Leisure World photo ID
• Copy of 2019 and 2020 Federal and State returns
• Forms W-2
• Forms 1099 for interest, dividends, pensions, Social Security benefits, sales of stocks
• Forms 1095A/CA3895 Healthcare Subsidy Forms if you had Covered Care Medical Insurance through California
• Letter 6475 from IRS showing the amount of your 2021 Economic Impact Payment
• Amount of California Golden State Stimulus I and II Payment(s) received
• Copy of a voided check for those who want their refunds to be deposited or a direct debited to a checking account
GAF tax preparers cannot handle returns that are out-of-scope for the program. To qualify, people must be residents of California for the full year; if married, they must file Married Filing Jointly.
Returns with rental property, self-employed status with a net loss or expenses exceeding $35,000 and the sale of anything other than California residence, stocks, bonds and mutual funds cannot handled through this program.
Grant money remains for bathroom remodel
The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has grant funding to spend on improving accessibility and safety for Leisure World residents in 2022, so residents who could benefit from this should apply without delay.
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 for safer access. The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a custom glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models, and grab bars may be added if needed. In special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.
LWers with more than one bathroom are eligible. 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 below $75,300 if they live alone, or the limit is $86,050 per year for a two-person household. Savings do not disqualify anyone.
For over 15 years, the City of Seal Beach has offered the Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents modify their bathrooms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of this program has changed slightly. There are no in-person workshops. Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get personalized advice on how to complete an application. Simply email email@example.com for an appointment. People can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred. All information is kept confidential. “Many residents get confused about the application process,” said Monique Miner of CivicStone, which administers the program. “They 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 people apply for the completely free upgrade.” For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 364-9000.
by Eloy Gomez
Pedestrian safety comes into play every time you step out, so knowing how to mitigate risks helps everyone. According to the National Safety Council, thousands of pedestrians are killed and many more seriously injured across the United States yearly.
The GRF provides a host of pedestrian safety measures that are in place at the busiest LW intersections. They include an audible alert system for sight-impaired people at St. Andrews Drive and Golden Rain Road; a crosswalk with sensors that light up when people walk between the pool area and the Administration parking lot, and neon orange flags for walkers to hold aloft when crossing the street.
Whatever your destination, the follow simple steps will help you get there safely.
When you’re the pedestrian walking:
• Use sidewalks. With the ongoing pandemic, many residents are seen walking on the road to avoid close contact with other pedestrians. This is extremely dangerous as motorists may not see you on the road. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exposure to COVID from walking past another pedestrian is minimal to nonexistent. Please remain on the sidewalks, as they are the safest place to walk.
• Be visible. Wearing light colors and clothes with reflective materials make you stand out. If you walk in the early morning or evenings, you might want to carry a flashlight as well, to help see where you’re going and make yourself more visible.
• Stay alert. There are a lot of distracted drivers on the road, so always walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing or hats, or yourself to get distracted using your cell phone or other electronic devices. Make eye contact with drivers to have a sense of whether they see you and never assume that they have.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs. They can greatly impair your ability to walk safely and make good decisions. This also includes some over-the-counter medications. Read labels to be aware of side effects.
• Cross streets at a corner. While it may be tempting to cross mid-block, this is where most injuries occur. Using traffic signals and crosswalks is much safer, especially in high-traffic areas. Re
• Look both ways. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing. Keep your eyes open as you cross and be aware that drivers might not see you even though you can see them.
• Be especially careful at intersections. This is where many drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way while turning onto another street. If there is a pedestrian signal, watch and follow the pedestrian signal in favor of the traffic signal.
• Always avoid electronic devices while walking. When walking or crossing a street, avoid cellphone use completely so you are observant of your surroundings and to reduce risks and dangers. Texting and walking is distracting and makes it difficult to watch for traffic and obstacles in your path.
• Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be dangerous as most drivers have a limited view when backing out. Drivers are often not expecting anyone to be walking there and extra attention is always needed.
When you’re driving:
• Yield to pedestrians. When making a turn and waiting for an opening in traffic, be aware that pedestrians may have moved into your path. They always have the right-of-way.
• Be cautious around carport driveways. When entering and exiting, these can be very difficult places to spot pedestrians walking to the trash dumpsters or other vehicles backing into the driveway. Keep a close look out, and if you can’t see clearly, slow down.
• Reduce distractions. Spotting pedestrians requires your full attention. Using a cell phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers or changing the radio station only makes your driving more distracted, difficult and dangerous. If you are using a navigation app set your destination before you begin driving.
• Approach crosswalks carefully. If a pedestrian is crossing or about to cross, stop well back so drivers in other lanes also have time to yield. Do not pass another vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians.
• Follow the speed limit. Abiding by speed limit increases a driver’s ability to see and watch for pedestrians, to adjust for curves or objects in the roadway and to avoid dangerous situations. Be sure to plan ahead to allow for extra time to get to your destination, take time to call ahead if you’re running late and always follow the speed limit. Remember, speed limit in a residential area is 25 mph.
• Never drive while impaired. When you drink and drive or take certain medication, you’re compromising cognitive ability and responsiveness, which increases your risk of hitting someone or having an accident.
Remember, being aware of your surroundings is critical no matter how you get around. Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle, pedestrians have more at stake.
The pool renovation is progressing with current projects including ongoing deck and concrete construction and stucco installation, as well as the installation of wall board in shower rooms. Electrical and plumbing work, and equipment installation in the mechanical room are also underway.
The pool has been closed since November 2019, when potentially catastrophic defects were uncovered in the 1960s-era facility.
The project that started as a simple remodel soon morphed into a full-blown reconstruction.The facility will have a pool with five swimming lanes, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and a lounge area.
Spectrum Service Alert
Spectrum will be conducting maintenance on its equipment in Leisure World on Wednesday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 10 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The work could result in a loss of service for a short period of time, up to 15 minutes.
No road closures will be necessary.
NWS Security Exercise may cause noise, traffic
LW residents may see an increase in law enforcement activities in and around the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station through Feb. 11 as base personnel take part in an annual series of nationwide security exercises.
The exercises, collectively called Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022, will be conducted simultaneously on Navy bases throughout the continental United States. At the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, drills and training will be conducted on a wide range of potential security scenarios.
The exercises may cause increased traffic around the weapons station, delays in base access and temporary gate closures. The station’s “Giant Voice” mass notification loudspeaker and alarm system may also be used. Civilian boat traffic through Anaheim Bay and the new public boating channel should not be affected.
The drills are not in response to any specific threat but are part of a regularly scheduled annual exercise, developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security teams.
For more information about the exercise contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office at (562) 626-7215. Live updates will also be posted on the station’s Facebook page (search under “Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Detachment Fallbrook, Detachment Norco”).
Mask mandate remains in effect
The State of California has extended the its Dec. 15 mask mandate until Feb. 15, when the COVID-19 situation will be re-evaluated. Masks are required for the interior use of ALL GRF TRUST PROPERTY until further notice. This includes the Fitness Center, Table Tennis area, Woodshop, the LW Library, Shuffleboard Court, all clubhouses and all GRF offices.
To provide further clarification, the California Department of Health issued this statement:
“Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from Dec. 15, 2021, through Feb. 15, 2022 (surgical masks or higher-level respirators—N95s, KN95s, KF94s—with good fit are recommended).”
The GRF will enforce the mandate in venues where staff is present, however clubs and individuals reserving clubhouse space are responsible for their members and/or guests’ compliance. A club or private party may require stricter precautions, including:
• Wearing of medical grade masks (supplied by the club);
• Disallowing food consumption. If you choose to allow food, it should be consumed in a separate, designated area and not at tables where other activities are being conducted (card or game playing, for example);
• Suspending guest attendance at meetings;
• Other reasonable restrictions not in conflict with GRF policies.
The GRF reserves the right to cancel any reservation at any time of any club, organization or individual who refuses to comply or enforce this ruling.
Exemptions to Mask Requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times (examples that apply to LW community):
• People with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes those with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
• People who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, for which the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
The GRF Board of Directors thanks residents for spreading the word and for their cooperation in helping to keep the community safe.
For further information, contact email@example.com.
SBPD Crime Report
A 37-year-old Seal Beach woman was arrested last week after police searched a Crestview Avenue house and found evidence to suggest she was dealing drugs there, authorities said.
Seal Beach police officers served the search warrant on Jan. 27 in the 1700 block of Crestview Avenue after several neighbors had reported suspicious activity in and around the home, according to Lt. Nick Nicholas.
The warrant was issued to search the residence for potential narcotics. Officers also went to the house on a call of an alleged overdose a few days prior to the police search, according to Nicholas.
The alleged overdose victim, who was not identified pending notification of family, was transported to a local hospital and later died, according to a police report.
During the search of the Crestview home, police found a large quantity of narcotics. Investigators believe that drugs were being used on site as well as being sold, but there was no indication drugs were manufactured at the house, police said.
Amber Conley, 37, of Seal Beach was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale and operating or maintaining a residence for narcotics use or sales, Nicholas said.
In an unrelated incident, SBPD received a call Jan. 29 reporting a burglary at the Crestview location, which had been boarded up and secured. The caller reported hearing a woman screaming. A SWAT team responded to the residence and searched the property, but found no one inside, according to a press release.
“Seal Beach patrol officers learned that at least two suspects had forced entry into the vacant residence,” the release said of the Jan. 29 incident.
The department said two females were detained during that incident and “the investigation is ongoing to determine the most appropriate charges.” Their identities were not disclosed.
A man was a victim of a random assault with a deadly weapon when an unknown person allegedly held a knife to his neck on Jan. 28, according to a press release from Seal Beach police.
At about 8:15 a.m., the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 921 Pacific Coast Highway.
The victim, an adult man, told officers that he had parked and was exiting his car when he was allegedly approached by the suspect. The suspect produced a knife and held it inches away from the victim’s neck. The suspect did not say anything, nor did he demand money or property.
The victim feared for his life. Seconds later, the suspect withdrew the knife from the victim’s neck and entered the CVS Pharmacy. The victim was uninjured.
Officers contacted the suspect inside the store and took him into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Patino-Guzman, 20, of Arlington, Virginia. He was arrested for 245(a)(1) CPC, assault with a deadly weapon, and later booked at the Orange County Jail.
The suspect’s motivation for this seemingly random assault is unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Bruno Balderrama at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1109, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBPD reports crime is down
The City of Seal Beach recently released its annual crime statistics for 2021. Based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report standards, serious crime is down by 11 percent overall, with robberies down 25 percent and larceny, 12 percent.
“The safety of the community is of the highest concern for the City Council and all city staff,” said Seal Beach City Manager Jill Ingram. “I am proud of this drop in crime and the hard work of Chief Gonshak and the men and women of the Seal Beach Police Department.”
“The mission of the Police Department is to drive down crime and improve the quality of life in Seal Beach,” said Chief of Police Philip Gonshak. “Our goal is for residents, visitors and businesses to feel safe and secure in this community. Although there are several factors that influence crime rates, we know that this reduction of crime is likely related to having more officers on the street, the enhancement of our crime fighting technology, and the efficiencies created as a result of the recent Police Department Reorganization plan. None of this could have been possible without the support of the city manager, city council and city staff.
Historic flyover to be featured at Super Bowl
Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, and the matchup was set after two thrilling games last weekend. The Cincinnati Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs in an overtime thriller. On Jan. 30, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an interception on the opening possession, and Cincinnati never looked back. Cincinnati’s 27-24 win sent the Bengals to the Super Bowl. It will be the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1988 season.
On the other side, the Los Angeles Rams outlasted the San Francisco 49ers, sealing the 20-17 win after 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made a desperation throw that was intercepted by linebacker Travin Howard. It will be Cincinnati against Los Angeles at the Rams’ SoFi stadium in Inglewood on Feb. 13.
In addition to other highlights, an Air Force Heritage Flight flyover featuring five aircraft representing the Air Force’s 75 years as a service will be held during the National Anthem performance.
The Air Force Heritage Flight represents the service’s ability to innovate, accelerate and thrive since its evolution from the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1947.
The Heritage Flight flyover will feature:
• P-51 Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, Chino, California
• A-10C Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
• F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
• F-22 Raptor from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
• F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah
The U.S. Air Force performs close to 1,000 flyovers a year. They serve as a way to showcase the capabilities of its aircraft while also inspiring patriotism and future generations of aviation enthusiasts. These flyovers are done at no additional cost to the taxpayer and serve as time-over-target training for pilots, aircrew and ground control teams. The planes are being staged at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
Library has tax forms
The Leisure World Library has received tax booklets from the State of California for processing your own 2021 state taxes. People are welcome to stop by the library to pick up a 540 booklet.
Federal tax forms have not yet been received, but they are expected to start arriving over the next couple of weeks.
Library staffers are not tax professionals and cannot offer any advice or help with tax preparation (see page 2 for ways to get tax help in LW).
The library is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
OC Fair concert tickets going on sale
The OC Fair announced two more acts coming to its Pacific Amphitheatre this summer, including Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons July 22 and country star Brett Eldredge July 29.
Tickets to see Valli are $40-$75 and are $50-$90 for Eldredge. Both shows are happening during the official fair season, running July 15-Aug. 14, and include admission to the OC Fair.
Over in The Hangar, Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo & Danny Elfman tribute) will perform July 20; Wild Child (Jim Morrison and The Doors tribute) on July 22; and Queen Nation (a tribute to Queen) on Aug. 10. The Hangar shows are $20-$25 and also include admission to the OC Fair.
Tickets to all of the shows go on sale at 10 a.m., Feb. 5, at Ticketmaster.com. Advance ticket purchase is required.
The OC Fair previously announced an evening with Kool & the Gang and Sister Sledge on July 15 and comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline on Aug. 4.
Notary and Passport Services
The Copy and Supply Center in Building 5 next to the Security Decal Office, offers copy, notary and passport photo services to residents for a nominal fee.
Copy service costs 13 cents per color page; 8 cents, black-and-white; passport photos, $10 for two photos; and notary, $15 per signature (by appointment only). For more information, call Copy & Supply at (562) 431-6586, ext. 345.
CSULB Tax Program is open
College of Business students from California State University, Long Beach, are providing free virtual tax preparation assistance to families who make $58,000 or less, low-income students, the elderly, non-residents and individuals with limited English proficiency. All volunteer students are certified by the IRS.
The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic, an IRS-sponsored program.
Last year, student-volunteers filed state and federal tax returns during virtual interviews that resulted in more than $700,000 in refunds.
“VITA is win-win for our students and the community,” said Sudha Krishnan, faculty advisor for VITA.
“The students get hands-on experience while also helping those in the community who often do not have the disposable income to pay for a professional tax preparer.”
The VITA service is conducted through virtual walk-ins and appointments to ensure the safety of the community and student volunteers.
For more information, visit www.csulb.edu/college-of-business/article/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita-2022.
The service began Jan. 27 and will run through April 9. Appointments may be made Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (with the last reservation taken at 7 p.m.) and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Special tax days will be held on two Saturdays, Feb. 12 and March 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Participants must have the following original documents:
•Government-issued photo ID or driver’s license.
•Original Social Security card or documents of individual taxpayer identification number.
•All W-2’s and 1099’s (if any)
•Other income and expense information
•Total tuition fees and expenses paid (form 1098-T)
• Total expenses paid for child’s daycare, if any.
• Daycare or dependent care provider’s address, phone and SSN or EIN.
• Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of refund.
Last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required.
To file taxes electronically for a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
For more information, contact VITA coordinator Nguyet Ngo at email@example.com or (562) 726-2331.
Letters to Editor
The Orange County Human Relations Commission reports an astonishing and appalling increase of 1,800 percent in hate incidents directed at people perceived to be of Asian origin. That is not a typo. See https://www.occonmmunity services. org.
The commission describes bias-related incidents as “behavior that is motivated by hate or bias toward a person’s actual or perceived disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, but that is not criminal in nature. Typically these behaviors are protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.”
In LW, the recently promulgated GRF Code of Conduct acknowledges that hate incidents are increasing here and states a commitment “to ensuring a safe, secure and respectful environment for everyone.”
It expressly prohibits:
• Abusive language, including threats, slurs and profanity
• Sexual harassment
• Physical assault
• Physical intimidation
GRF further “reserves the right to take appropriate measures to address such behaviors on the premises, the phone, email or in writing.”
People who are victimized can report it to Security at (562) 594-4754 and/or incidents can be reported to the Seal Beach Police Department and through the OC Human Relations Commission confidential hotline at (714) 480-6580 or online at https://www.ochumanrelations.org/hatecrime report.
As 2022 begins, I hope residents will join me in reaffirming that we are all Americans and treat all people with kindness and consideration.
Unless one is a Native American, we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants, voluntary or involuntary, and hate has no place in a community of decent people.
SBLW Senior Peace Club
On my way to the Health Care Center on Dec. 22 in my wheelchair, I accidentally dropped my purse. I realized that it was missing before I came to the traffic light. I immediately turned around to go get it. I went all the way to my apartment without finding it. I checked my apartment and rechecked the ground on the way back to the Health Care Center for my appointment.
I called Security and inquired at the Health Care Center and the Administration Building since Lost and Found was closed.
I would like the thief to know of the huge inconvenience and sadness he or she made created my life.
I no longer have a driver’s license, Leisure World ID card, credit cards, insurance cards, a COVID vaccination card, an AAA card, a gift certificate for a friend or any money.
My replacement driver’s license was lost in the mail. Do you know how difficult it is to do almost anything without a license?
The DMV won’t let me reapply until Feb. 3.
Every day, I think of something else that was in my purse that I need to call about. I have spent countless hours on the phone and tears over the action of a lawless, greedy person.
I am a kind and generous person. I am sure that most people who live in Leisure World are kind and generous.
If you needed money so badly, you could have asked. I would have given it to you. You did not need to make my life a living hell.
The biggest loss of all is my faith in humanity.
I have Parkinson’s disease. PD is a progressive disease; that is, it doesn’t get better with time. Having said this, there are many ways to deal with, live with and, especially, combat this ailment.
These include medications, exercise and attitude.
Sharing one’s life experiences with others in the same situation has also proven to be a very helpful tool toward combating and dealing with the physiological as well as the psychological aspects of this condition.
Only those of us who share this disease can fully understand it. To that end, I would like to form a support group here in Leisure World for residents and their spouses who have Parkinson’s. This would be a safe place to frankly share experiences and offer support. The message would be, “I may have Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s doesn’t”t have me!” Those interested can call me at (562) 304-0880.
Seal Beach Leisure World is described on its website as “an oasis for seniors looking for a busy and satisfying life.” Indeed, when I moved here in 2006, the environment of the community was very friendly and supportive.
Over time, however, the regulations affecting our daily lives have become more restrictive, including rules regarding visitors and using on-site facilities.
Traffic, too, which used to be managed internally, has now been delegated to the Seal Beach Police Department, and the friendly warnings, flexibility and consideration of the past have been replaced by automatic tickets.
Accessing basic repair services has become particularly challenging.
Traditionally, residents experiencing an issue were able to contact their Mutual director, who would then contact the appropriate department and facilitate timely service.
Now, Mutual 15 residents are required to call a hotline where they are asked to leave a message and wait for a response.
The hotline system, which may be easier for the directors, is very inconvenient for me.
Those who are hold positions of responsibility within our community should be mindful of the purpose for which residents elected them. Their role is to try to accommodate, rather than exercise authority.
Seal Beach Leisure World is a nationally recognized active senior community, and residents join for its promise of “a busy and satisfying life.” It is the responsibility of the leadership to keep in mind both the purpose of our community and the individual responsibility they have as leaders within it.
Editor’s Note: From Jackie Dunagan, president, Mutual 15: Mutual 15 instituted its hotline several years ago. We were the third Mutual to do so, and several other Mutuals have now established their own hotlines as well. They have been a great benefit to the shareholders as well as to the Mutual directors. As the hotline is basically an answering service, shareholders can call seven days a week, 24 hours a day with their concerns. They don’t need to remember from Friday evening to call on Monday with an issue. Because of the various options (there are nine extensions), they are more likely to touch base with the appropriate director to help them. Perhaps the most important feature to the shareholder is that all extensions are constantly monitored. For example, one director had to leave town due to a family member’s death. Without the hotline, that director’s calls to a personal phone would have been overlooked. There is no way to alert all 502 units of a temporary change of phone contact at the last minute. Because the hotline number is constant, another director can pick up the messages without even a blip to the response time.
Overall, the hotline has been a great success as is evidenced by the adoption of so many mutuals. The number remains constant regardless of the changes in directors on the boards and their moment to moment availability.
Setting It Straight
The meeting date printed for the Laughing for No Reason Club in the Jan. 27 LW Weekly was incorrect. The first class will be Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Health Care Center Conference Room. For more information, see page 8.
An article called “Streaming in HD” on page 1 of the Jan. 27 edition incorrectly instructed readers to “click the arrow for the schedule of shows.” Instead, when people log on to www.sbtv.org to stream shows, clicking any of the arrows on the programming page will stream that program.
Notification of Proposed Changes to GRF Documents
Per the action of the GRF Board on Jan. 25, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of the following proposed changes to GRF Governing Documents. All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit comments by either emailing them to the attention of the GRF Board Executive Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending them via mail to: Golden Rain Foundation, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Attn: Proposed Document Revisions. The name of the governing document must be referenced on all correspondence. All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to the following at its regular March 22 meeting.
70-5563-1, Needle Arts Studio—Rules
The GRF Needle Arts Studio is meant to promote creativity, ingenuity, and community by creating opportunities for individuals to collaborate, innovate, and inspire one another. This space supports lifelong learning and the realization of ideas through hands-on fabrication.
1.1. Food or drinks are not permitted.
1.2. No smoking.
1.3. Pets are not allowed.
1.4. Facilities may not be used to conduct a business.
1.5. Purchase of a sewing kit from the Recreation Department is required to use a machine. Each user must have their own kit.
1.6. No tool or machine can be removed from room.
1.7. Guests are not allowed in the room unless accompanied by an Authorized Resident (ARs). The ARs is responsible for any damages caused by themselves or their guest.
1.8. All ARs must present their GRF ID card to the custodian when signing in with each use.
2. Sewing Machines
2.1. Before using equipment, always inspect for damage or disrepair, including power cord.
2.2. Make sure ventilation openings are clear of lint & scrap cloth.
2.3. Inspect all machines setting & adjustments and modify as necessary for sewing task.
2.4. Never use a bent, dulled, or damaged needle.
2.5. Malfunctioning or broken equipment must be reported to the Recreation Department immediately.
2.6. Use the proper type and size needle for the fabric being sewn.
2.7. Never sew across pins.
2.8. Always maintain a safe zone, of about one inch, where fingers never enter when in operation.
2.9. Never look away from the machine while sewing. If you need to look away, stop sewing first.
2.10. Always turn the sewing machine off.
2.11. Clean up the workspace when finished.
3.1. Follow instructions when filling and emptying the iron with water.
3.2. Be sure your hands are dry when handling iron.
3.3. Do not test iron temperature with your fingers or a drop of water.
3.4. Stand a hot iron on heel rest, not flat on ironing board.
3.5. Unplug the iron when not in use-pulling from the plug and not the cord.
Call for Candidates
Mutual and GRF election cycle begins
Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.
Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.
Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use; everyone has the ability to do and be the change for the benefit of all.
The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. It’s not an easy job; it takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.
As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Everyone should consider becoming a candidate for a position on their Mutual or GRF Board of Directors.
The schedule indicates the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Deadlines to apply for candidacy vary. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346.
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Health & Fitness
While LW Ballet Fitness instructor Milton Lockett is on sabbatical, experienced dancers such as Libby Bond (l), Mark Fantone (middle) and Dilara “Dila” Khaliova (on floor) have been helping their fellow dancers improve their skills. Besides being fun, ballet improves physical coordination, helps to better posture, brings grace, enhances mental strength and focus, and burns energy. All LWers are welcome to join the class on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Everyone should wear comfortable clothing and bring slippers or soft shoes. Masks and social distancing are required. Call (562) 252-9676 for more information.
The LW Bike Club usually rides on Wednesdays to Bolsa Chica State Beach and stops for delicious coffee on the return trip at the Surf City Cafe, located on PCH across from the water tower. Join the group at 9 a.m. at the North Gate on Sundays (includes a stop for breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Helmets and safe shoes are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more details.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Feb. 3: Turkey chili, cornbread and green beans with pimentos; applesauce; ham-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus three-bean salad.
Friday, Feb. 4: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, mac and cheese, and peas and carrots; fresh banana; spinach salad, with chicken, dried cranberries, Mandarin oranges, feta cheese and balsamic dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, Feb. 7: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, mashed sweet potatoes and creamed spinach; fruit cocktail; tuna salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade potato salad.
Tuesday, Feb. 8: Chicken noodle casserole, seasoned carrots and Brussels sprouts; chocolate cake; Greek chicken salad, with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.
Wednesday, Feb. 9: Lemon-pepper chicken, brown and wild rice, and green bean almandine; Mandarin oranges; roast beef and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus tricolor pasta salad.
Though the instructor is not currently available, Medical Qigong continues to meet Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. The club practices qigong with the help of a video; no fee is charged during this time.
Bev Bender invites all LWers wanting to cast their troubles aside and inject some positivity into their lives to “Laughing for No Reason” at the Health Center Conference Room on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Masks are required.
Bender, a gerontologist and certified laugh leader, says attendees will leave this free event feeling more energetic, with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts, thanks to laughing and being playful with others.
The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. Dues are 99 cents per year. For more information, call club President Tom Pontac at (562) 304-0880.
Steady yoga movements warm up muscles, and deep breathing increases blood flow. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6 on Wednesdays at 9 and 10:15 a.m. The cost is $8 per class.
Outdoor yoga classes cost $8 each and are held at Veterans Plaza on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Longtime local instructor Jenny Ahn leads classes via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $5 per class.
For more information, contact Connie Adkins at (562) 506 5063 (texts ok).
Arts & Leisure
Smooth sailing, mostly, for LWers’ return to cruising life
by Sandra deDubovay
It’s been more than two years since Joe DiDonato and I have gone on a cruise. It was one of our favorite means of traveling, and together, we’ve been on close to 50 cruises. But when COVID-19 struck, it put a big hit on everyone’s travels. In the past two years, four cruises we were scheduled to take were canceled.
When cruising became an option again, we were tempted, though a bit apprehensive. What pushed us into making a reservation was that we had credit with the Princess line of cruises, and we were put in a “use it or lose it” position.
With all the fun events happening around the holidays and all the things that must be done during such a busy time of the year, I was torn. But with the credit we had on the books, the cruise would only cost us an additional $65. Called a “sample cruise,” it would be a five-day trip that left from San Pedro and stopped at only two ports, San Diego and Ensenada.
Helping to alleviate our concerns were the ways the cruise line was dealing with COVID. Princess required us to show our vaccine cards, which made us feel more comfortable, knowing the other passengers would also be vaccinated. We had gotten boosters, and everyone onboard would have to wear masks. The cruise line also requested negative results from a COVID test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Upon checking in, however, we were notified that Princess had changed the COVID test requirement to one taken within 48 hours, so we had to go to another area at the dock for an instant test. It was a bit annoying, but at least they were accommodating.
The next day, I happened to look at my statement and was shocked to see we had been charged $150 each for the test. After explaining that we hadn’t been informed of the policy switch, Guest Services canceled the charges.
Since we last cruised with Princess two years ago, the company has come up with an innovative program called Medallion. You complete an application before sailing, and upon checking in, you are given a personal Medallion on a lanyard—and it’s amazing. For instance, when you get to the door of your stateroom, the door senses your Medallion and unlocks automatically—no more fumbling for your key. When you order a drink or purchase anything while onboard, the staff tap your Medallion, and no paperwork is necessary. Plus, all the information about anything happening on the cruise can go to your smart phone. We were totally impressed by all the modern technology.
We forgot how much we enjoyed cruising—the entertainment, the food, the fun activities, etc.—and we couldn’t wait to book another cruise. We are now going to Hawaii in March.
The winners from the Jan. 24 meeting of the Monday Bridge Club are:
First place: Lorna Binger
Second place: Sue Yokami
Third place: Marion Standish
The group meets every Monday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, contact Marion Standish at (562) 493-1236.
Saturday Social Bunco
The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is on Feb. 12 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m., with play starting at 1:30.
The winners from the Jan. 22 meeting are:
Most Buncos: Joanne Lester and Helen Sponsler
Most Wins: Joyce Ingram
Most Babies: Diane Seeger
Most Losses: Barbara Robarge
Door Prize: Betty Morgan
For more information, call club President Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.
Hui O Hula dancers look forward to sharing their aloha with the homebound inside and outside the gates. Meanwhile, they gather for regular practice at Veterans Plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to try hula, with its fun, gentle movements and use of hands and facial expressions to tell stories in songs. With Valentine’s Day coming up, the dances will focus on love. Call (562) 431-2242 for more information.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.
The solution to this week’s puzzle: The first move is queen to g8.
The White queen moves from c4 to g8, then Black rook from f8 to g8, followed by White knight from e7 to g6 and Black pawn from h7 to g6. The next move by White is checkmate.
The Chess Club meets every Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.
Join bingo players every Sunday in Clubhouse 2. The buy-in line opens at 1 p.m. and costs $5, with additional cards at $1 each. Calling begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp.
Games on the first Sunday of the month are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; those on the second and fourth Sundays are sponsored by American Legion, Post 327. The Filipino Association of Leisure World hosts on the third and fifth Sundays. After prizes are distributed, all proceeds support Leisure World charitable organizations, benefiting the community’s residents and veterans.
For more details, call Jean Sudbeck at (562) 594-0209.
Leisure Time Dancers
With the COVID situation improving, the Leisure Time Dancers hope to resume classes in Clubhouse 6 on Feb. 14 from 2-4 p.m.
The first hour will focus on salsa, while the second hour will be gaucho tango with Argentine styling. One hour costs $7, and two is $11.
All are welcome. Masks are required. For more information, call (562) 434-6334 or (562) 305-5359.
outside the gates
‘Wicked’ returns to OC stage
Grammy and Tony award-winning “Wicked” returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Feb 9.-March 4. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, then adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman, the popular musical is set before Dorothy landed in Oz, focusing on the onetime friendship between the bubbly, beloved and ambitious Glinda and the smart, passionate and misunderstood Elphaba, who later becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Joe Mantello directs Talia Suskauer and Allison Bailey in the lead roles of Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, as well as Broadway veterans Cleavant Derricks as the Wizard and Clifton Davis as Dr. Dillamond. The show also stars Sharon Sachs as Madame Morrible.
Stephen Schwartz’s score includes the now-well-known hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good.”
The show runs approximately two hours and 45 minutes and includes one intermission.
Attendees must wear a mask, as well as provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of performance or a negative Antigen test taken within six hours. Tickets start at $54.75 and are available via www.scfta.org/events/2022/wicked.
For more information, including details on the Segerstrom’s COVID safety proticols, visit www.scfta.org.
Dancing Feet Club’s “Cowboy Night” was held in Clubhouse 2 on Jan. 23, with club members performing “Cowboy Cumbia” and “Tango with the Sheriff.” The club has suspended its weekly line dance sessions, as well as its monthly social (ballroom) dance, until further notice.
Sheriff Ren Villaneuva, clad in a cowboy hat and holstered toy gun, was prepared to entertain at the annual Karaoke Country Western Jamboree on Jan. 26. Folks tapped their boots as he performed “Tennessee Whiskey.”
The full house enjoyed the banjo-and-guitar-heavy tunes, including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “All I Ever Need is You,” as sung by Walt and Margie Bier.
Pat Paternostra sang the Buck Owens hit “Together Again,” while Ray Greirman and Dorothy Ferrington had fun with “My Rifle, Pony & Me.” Rick Riley showcased his deep voice on “Swinging Doors,” and Essie Hicks did a fine “Desperado.”
Richard Yokomi had the beat with “Let Your Love Flow,” as did Karen Morris with “Walkin’ the Floor Over You.” And Ellen Brannigan performed a lively “South of the Border.” Vito Villamar chose “Texas When I Die,” and David Noble did “Amarillo by Morning.”
Singers and guests enjoyed sandwiches and chips.
Community Karaoke hosts parties every Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Everyone is welcome to select a tune from the big songbook or to relax while listening to others.
By-appointment auditions are being held for the Producers Club’s murder mystery show, to be produced in August. There are roles for both men and women; memorization is required. Call Toby at (562) 598-5242 or Sam at (562) 598-0880 for more information.
Golf League Results
On Jan. 21, 14 men, one woman and one guest of the Leisure World Golf League played at Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. The course has reverted back from its nine-hole modifications to its normal 18-hole configuration after being partially flooded by recent rainstorms. There is still more water than usual, but it is not flowing. Scores were excellent, with seven players at par or under par.
A Flight: First place: Stivers, a well-earned 6 under 64, plus fewest putts; second: LaCascia, a nicely done 4 under 66, plus a birdie; third: tie between Norihiro and Jim Goltra, a good 2 under 68; fourth: McKusky, Sam Choi and Gene Vesely. McKusky was also closest to the pin on the 140-yard second hole.
B Flight: First: Paternoster, a sweet 2 under 68; second: Ron Jackson, 1 under 69, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard ninth hole; third: Fischer, even par 70; fourth: Sommers, 1 over 71, plus a birdie; fifth: tie between Liz Meripol, Bob Meripol and Lowell Goltra, 3 over 73. Jackson and Lowell Goltra tied for fewest putts.
Playing at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Jan. 24 were 13 men and one woman. As was the norm recently, the morning was cool and very damp; the sun was welcome when it appeared mid-round. Scores were higher than normal, with only four scores at or under par.
A Flight: First place: tie between Choi and Stivers, a well-earned even par 70; second: Vesely, 1 over 71; third: Fujio Norihiro, 2 over 72, plus a birdie; fourth: tie between LaCascia, McKusky and Jim Goltra. Stivers also had a birdie, and he and Choi tied for fewest putts.
B Flight: First: tie between Paternoster and Fischer, a well-played 4 under 66; second: Lankford; third: Bill Zurn; fourth: tie between Liz Meripol, Munn and Lowell Goltra. Fischer had fewest putts, and Goltra was closest to the pin on the 140-yard seventh hole.
The golf league plays at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses are always quite full; reservations are available via a sign-up sheet at each round.
There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given in each flight for low net and fewest number of putts, as well as for birdies and closest to the pin on two par-3s. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. Anyone interested should contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.
Monday Night Bunco
Leisure World’s Monday Night Bunco will next meet on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. All players are encouraged to wear their favorite red-heart attire, anything from cute T-shirts to pajamas. There will be a themed drawing with a special gift.
The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. There is a halftime social. Contact Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346 with any questions.
The winners from the Jan. 24 meeting are as follows:
Most Buncos: Marianne Mathews
Most Wins: Diane Seeger
Most Babies: Barbara Robarge
Most Losses: Stacy Strout
Door Prize: Gail Levitt
Reviews in LW Weekly
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Joyful Line Dance
Shining a light on Connie Peck
Connie Peck of Mutual 5 joined Joyful Line Dance a couple of years ago, and now she leads the warm-up session at the beginning of every class, as well as a cool-down at the end.
As one of eight regular line-dance leaders, Peck also leads the class in “Honey Kiss Me Honey” and “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps,” among others. Her compassionate personality seeks out those who may be new or feel left out, and everyone says they appreciate her energetic, beautiful dancing.
The Joyful Line Dance class is every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Classes are currently limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Exercise shoes are recommended, but masks are mandatory.
For more information, send a text to (562) 301-5339.
Men’s Golf Club
Two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers vied on Jan. 26 for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle are rewarded) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges. A total of 51 golfers teed off at Leisure World’s Turtle Lake Golf Course, which is a 1,658-yard, par-54, 18-hole course that has great fairways and greens. The morning was cold, damp and extremely foggy morning, and the sun did not make an appearance until after the first group had finished. Only 20 golfers were net at or under par, but there were nine circle holes and, surprisingly, 42 birdies.
All scores below are net. A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7; B Flight is 8-11, and C Flight is 12-18.
A Flight: First place: Dong Kim, a nicely played 5 under 49; second: Jae H. Lee, a very good 4 under 50; third: tie between Ron Steele and Bill Lyons, a nice 3 under 51; fourth: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Andrew Kim, 1 under 53; fifth: Seung Lee, even par 54; sixth: Paul Alloway, 1 over 55.
B Flight: First place: Kyoo Choi, a tournament-best 9 under 45; second: Hyon Shin, an excellent 4 under 50; third: tie between Bill McKusky and Gene Archambault, a super 3 under 51; fourth: tie between Yoon Sup Yoon and Trai Nguyen, 1 under 53; fifth: tie between Dale Williamson and Dave Winn, 1 over 55.
C Flight: First place: Pat Paternoster, an excellent 6 under 48; second: Brian Tivnan, a super 5 under 49; third: Manny Miranda, a sweet 3 under 51; fourth: Roger Bennett, a fine 2 under 52; fifth: tie between Byron Schweitzer and Ben Benjamins, 1 under 53; sixth: tie between Joe Didonato, Rolando Ramirez and Bob Boyle, 2 over 56.
Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was Young Lee, and on the 17th hole, it was Bob Barnum.
The next Men’s Tournament will be on Feb. 9. Golfers should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play. Anyone who planned to play but cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible.
Art League Cancels Feb. 8 Meeting
The Art League has canceled its Feb. 8 meeting but is continuing with plans to meet in March. The group also intends to host another Spotlight on the Artists later that month to honor two fabulous artists. More details will be sent via email and published in the LW Weekly.
Women’s Golf Club
On a beautiful, sunny but cool Jan, 25, 48 golfers competed for low gross, low net and chip-ins. Eight Women’s Golf Club players chipped the ball from the fairway directly into the hole.
The winners were:
Flight A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 26; low net: tie between Ann Tran, Sandy Derouin and Hae Lee, 25; chip-in: Janice Turner (Hole 6).
Flight B: Low gross: Alison Kim, 30; low net: Judy Kim, 24; chip-ins: Young Hoon (Hole 2) and Sun Lee (Hole 9).
Flight C: Low gross: tie between Anne Walshe and Zoe Pickell, 33; low net: tie between Melinda Lee and Dale Quinn, 26; chip-ins: Helen Yoon (Hole 2), Liz Meripol (Hole 5), Melinda Lee (Hole 6), Dale Quinn (Hole 6) and Elizabeth Butterfield (Hole 7).
Flight D: Low gross: Patty Littrell, 36; low net: tie between Patti Smith and Connie Kang, 27.
January’s Scrabble Club Winners
The Leisure World Scrabble Club met on all four Wednesdays in January. The members posted 46 scores above 300 and 24 bingos (i.e., the use of all seven tiles in one move).
Diane Seeger scored above 300 nine times, partly thanks to five bingos; her high score was 396. Larry Edgar also had nine scores above 300; he counted four bingos, and his best game scored 398.
Suthy Chhoeuy posted eight totals above 300 and five bingos, with her best score totaling 418. Bob Ruderman had the highest score (419), as well as the most bingos (nine); he scored above 300 five times.
Wanda Bemben also had five games above 300; her best score was 334. Club President Maria Giegerich posted three totals above 300 and one bingo, with her best score at 307.
Sue Gass and Ruth Depuy each topped 300 three times. Gass’ best score was 356, while Depuy’s was 323. Club Vice President Sylvia Makus posted one score above 300, at 331.
The club meets every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. New members are welcome.
Cribbage Club Results for Jan. 25
On Jan. 25, 46 members of the Cribbage Club gathered to play in Clubhouse 1. Dave LaCascia and Myrna Baker tied for first place with a score of 826, while second place went to Linda Smith with 825.
Bea Lissow finished in third place with 824, and Joe DiDonato took fourth place with 822. Jorge Moy lost all seven games.
Play begins at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Dues for 2022 are $5. Anyone interested in learning or brushing up on the game can leave a message for Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.
Pinochle not only keeps the mind active, but also allows for socializing, as players converse and laugh with tablemates while arranging the 19 cards in their hand or bidding.
Joan Taylor, officer at large, will teach pinochle classes every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. starting Feb. 10. Anyone who wants to learn the game or brush up on their skills should call Taylor at (562) 240-5416 for more details.
Games are played every Monday, Thursday and Saturday in Clubhouse 1. Play starts at noon, but practice games are available before the official start. The club provides cards, score cards, pens, tablets and other equipment. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes. Club officers hope to resume providing a complete meal to players once a month once the COVID situation abates and restrictions are eased.
Anyone interested in playing can contact Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509 or (562) 430-5828 for more information.
At the Jan. 24 LW Bridge game, sitting in the north/south seats were Alan Olschwang and Ken Miller with a 63 percent game. Sitting in the east/west seats were Jeanette Estill and Diane Schmitz with a 67 percent game.
Beginning today, Feb. 3, American Contact Bridge League-sanctioned games are played in Clubhouse 1 on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check in begins at 11:45 a.m., and the game starts at 12:30 p.m. Call Linda Nye at (562) 453-6678 for reservations, and contact Sharon Beran at (562) 4038-7838 for more information.
Bidding hint from Eddie Kantar’s “52 Facts of Bridge Life”: “A direct raise of a second suit promises four card support (in blood). You hold: S. xx H. A10x D. A10x C. K10xxx. Partner bids 1 S. You bid 2 C. Partner 2 H. You? Rebid 2NT showing 11-12 high-card points. Don’t even think of raising hearts with only three.”
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Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Feb. 6. The first reading is Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8, and the second reading is1 Corinthians 15:1-11. The Gospel reading will be Luke 5:1-11
Day of Adoration of the
Holy Family will hold the day of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Feb. 6, after the noon Mass. Holy hour will be from 4-5 p.m.
Pilgrim Virgin Program
Holy Family invites prayer groups, families and individuals to take its Fatima Pilgrim Statue home to pray for peace, world consecration and vocations for one-week durations as often as possible throughout the year. Signups and instructions are available in the office.
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at www.holyfamilysb.com.
The church is operating at its regular Mass schedule. Father Joseph Son Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.
Community Church’s Missions Team extends its thanks to the residents and congregation for their participation in the drive-thru food drive on Jan. 27. This was the most successful drive to date. The food donations will help meet the emergency needs of at-risk people through the services provided by We Care of Los Alamitos and the Long Beach Rescue Mission.
You can find Community Church on Facebook for livestreamed services at @communitychurchleisureworld. Those who don’t have Facebook and want to join the Zoom meeting should call the church office at (562) 431-2503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. It appears the omicron wave is subsiding, and it is Community Church’s intention to return to in-person worship on Feb. 20. The church will continue to offer online worship for those who cannot attend in person or who do not want to risk exposure.
This week, Community Church will look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Luke 5:1-11 and think about what it means to move from “at” to “in.”
Those who are in need without another way to address it may call the church office to leave a message at (562) 431-2503.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m., followed in the second hour by Sunday school on the first and third Sundays. Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary Classes (for children) are held every Sunday during the second hour. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament service in person may request a link from the Bishop to watch services online from home.
The Newport Beach Temple is currently closed and scheduled to reopen March 7.
Assembly of God
Service/Gathering Times: Assembly of God meets Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing is canceled until further notice.
Sermon for this week: The familiar story of David and Goliath is the basis for the next sermon in the “How To” series. While modern Christians don’t face 9-foot Philistines, life’s problems often seem as overwhelming as a looming giant with a sword as large as a cross beam. The Bible passages from 1 Samuel 17:22-26, 45-50 reveals David’s thought process and actions that led to a miraculous victory. David, apart from partnership with God’s strength, would have become food for the buzzards, just as Goliath predicted. From a natural perspective, lacking experience in combat tactics and physical prowess, David was sure to fail. But when David invited God into his impossible circumstance, the supernatural took place; he won the victory and became an inspiration to unlikely heroes for the rest of time.
Bible Study: Session four of the “Living Victoriously When Life is Tough” series, taken from 1 Peter, will challenge students to trust that God is aware of current world events Peter was writing to believers who were subject to ridicule, persecution and martyrdom. Many of the same societal ills and chaos they suffered are occurring today. Peter’s message is encouraging to all who feel challenged for their stand for Christ.
Contact: More information about LW Assembly of God can be found at lwassemblyofgod.com.
Those who would like prayer, personal contact from a pastor, or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco at (562) 357-4360 or email@example.com. Carolyn van Aalst is also available to receive prayer requests at (562) 343-8424.
Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife app under the group “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.
Saturday and Sunday services have the same message given by Pastor Bruce Humes. Sunday services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are traditional, with hymnal music featuring Pat Kogok at the piano. Kogok will also sing a special solo this week.
Saturday services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment.
Friday evening prayer meetings are from 6-7, and weekly Bible study, led by Jack Frost, meets on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All events are open to anyone interested.
In wrapping up Chapter 3 of 1 Thessalonians, three themes were prominent: holiness, love and coming. Moving into Chapter 4, the apostle Paul will build on these themes.
In verse 1, Paul encourages believers in Thessalonica to “abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God.” He explains further in verse 3: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.” Sanctification used in this context means purification or holiness, with the idea of being set apart.
Leviticus 11:44 says, “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.”
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to live a life of holiness, setting themselves apart from former worldly desires to pursue a life God has called them to.
Scripture of the Week
Psalms is the biggest book in the Bible. The largest portion of the book is attributed to a strong king, a humble man who often sinned and a man who loved God.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalms 19-14).
Out of an abundance of caution, First Christian Church asks anyone who feels ill in any capacity to not attend service. Those who want to speak to someone at the church or have a need can call (562) 431-8810.
Congregation Sholom will hold Zoom services with Rabbi Mike Mymon on Friday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9:30 a.m.
New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks by texting (714) 642-0122 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.
The walking group walks 6 feet apart while wearing masks
every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Meet at the bus stop across from Clubhouse 3.
Lisa Brass is crocheting double-thick pot holders as a fundraiser for $18 a pair. Call (562) 794-9090 to order.
Congregation Sholom has silk-screened, reusable Congregation Sholom of Leisure World masks for sale at $5 each or four masks for $18, including shipping. All proceeds will go to the general fund. Email Murray Pollack at email@example.com
or call (562) 331-3949 to place an order.
Those who want to plant a tree in Israel for any occasion can contact Michele Vallens at (562) 230-7464 for more information.
Those who need to be added to the yahrzeit list should call Lisa Brass at (562) 794-9090 by Wednesday, Feb. 9, so she can inform the clergy.
Those who need to be added or removed from the misheberach list should call Darlene Rose at (562) 347-8088 by Wednesday, so she can inform the clergy.
Those who want to join the congregation should let Howard Brass know at (562) 794-9090.
To receive Zoom invitations to all Congregation Sholom events, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.
Beit HaLev will not hold in-person services until further notice due to the spread of the omicron variant.
Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom. To join the Zoomagogue community, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.
Livestream services on Fridays are at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Services are followed by the Coffee Chavurah social via Zoom.
The Third Triennial Cycle Torah reading this Shabbat is from Exodus 26:31-27:19. “Terumah,” gifts, are asked by HaShem of the Israelites in the form of materials for the building of the Tabernacle so that HaShem could dwell among the people. The building materials include precious metals of gold, silver and copper; yarns of crimson, purple and blue; wood, linen; animal skins; oil and spices for aromatic incense; and precious gemstones. They were asked to bring only what their hearts moved them to bring. The Tabernacle was designed for beauty, but it also needed to be able to be assembled and disassembled in order to be carried by the people on their journey to the Promised Land.
All Beit HaLev services use special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available for sale at in-person services.
Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid.
To request a membership form for Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Christian Assembly
When women’s ministry leader Linda Hernandez was approached more than 20 years ago to start a women’s ministry at Faith Christian Assembly, she felt it was a perfect fit since she had already formed a women’s group called Touch of Love.
Touch of Love is now FCA’s women’s ministry, where women find purpose, acceptance and prayer. One way women support one another is through having a “prayer pal.” Each month, the pals exchange prayer requests, and as a result, each woman knows that someone who cares about her is lifting her up in prayer. The cards, texts and calls that are exchanged are a great blessing to each person.
About 10 years ago, the women expanded into outreach, starting with a small ceramic bank and a request for all to bring change. The Lord brought so much change they were able to buy blankets, and combined with stuffed toys that were brought in, a donation was made to the SB police to give as comfort to children in crisis. From there, the Precious Promises Projects was born. Where there is a need, the women respond. The group has supported Orange County Rescue Mission and Village of Hope. Hundreds of handmade scarves are also given to others to share the love of Jesus. Together with the church, countless youth have been sponsored to attend the Grace OC Youth Camp.
Women interested in joining can come to the next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Garden Room.
Sunday morning service is at 10:30, and the evening celebration is at 5:30. The Sunday pre-service prayer is at 5 p.m. Wednesday morning Bible Study, taught by Pastor Sheri Leming, is at 11.
To receive a free newsletter or more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, email email@example.com or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study
Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Group will meet on Feb. 14 and 28 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is currently studying Chapter 7 in the book “Loving God with All Your Heart.” All are welcome to attend.
For more information, call Jean Davidson at (562) 431-0591 or Margie Robertson at (562) 594-6505.
Passion events shape LW Baptist’s 10 a.m. worship service in Clubhouse 4.
The gospel song for this week says, “Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned he stood/Sealed my pardon with his blood.”
The sermon will consider how God shows the whole world its sin in Jesus’ condemnation. This included Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the gentiles and the people of Israel. The Roman governor and the Judean king find Jesus innocent, not deserving of death. Then Pilate announces Jesus’ punishment and substitutes Jesus for the guilty. Jesus suffered in humanity’s place and took the world’s shame and penalty.
Michael Cohen of Chosen People Ministries will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
For more information on the church, call (562) 430-8598.
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Lana Nguyen turned 86 years old
Mutual 6 resident Lana Nguyen celebrated her 86th birthday on Jan. 13. Part of her birthday celebration was dinner at the Seafood Paradise Restaurant and dessert at the 85 Degrees Bakery Cafe with Mutual 1 resident Debbi Fudge.
Ruben Gonzalez is the speaker at Feb. 4 Zoom meeting
GRF Maintenance Manager Ruben Gonzalez is the speaker at the Sunshine Club’s next Zoom meeting on Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. Gonzalez will discus how the Service Maintenance Department can be of assistance to residents.
All residents are invited to join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.
Those who want to receive the Zoom link via email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls).
Gonzalez has been a GRF employee since 1973, and there isn’t much that has happened over the years that he doesn’t know about. The information he can provide has been accumulating for over 40 years.
As the service maintenance facilities manager, Gonzalez is responsible for overseeing the daily work of the Maintenance Department. One of the things that he will go over with the Sunshine Club is how to generate work orders and what services the technicians can provide.
Most Mutuals allow residents to contact the Maintenance office directly for priority issues, while other Mutuals require residents to contact his or her parcel director first. A quick way to find out about Mutuals’ operating procedures is to contact the Maintenance Department. The helpful office staff is knowledgeable on the policies and happy to steer a resident in the right direction.
Gonzalez understands residents may have questions about Leisure World and he hopes to be able to answer them for those at the meeting.
The Sunshine Club will host four speakers this month, including Gonzalez on Friday. Anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Dr. Nileskumar will be on Feb. 11, Falck Community Outreach Coordinator Lisa Carrillo on Feb. 18, and health educator for Independence at Home, Barbara Llamas on the Feb. 25.
The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced in the LW Weekly with the details of meeting and link information to join.
For more information, text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Senior Peace Club
First meeting will be on Feb. 8
The Senior Peace Club’s first in-person meeting of the new year will be held on Feb. 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, at 2 p.m. Steve Miller, who runs a volunteer outreach program to help Skid Row’s homeless, will be the featured speaker.
Miller has been doing mutual aid work at Skid Row for two years. What started out as a giveback effort one week has evolved into a twice-a-week event. He visits Skid Row to provide essentials to those in need. The community has come together to help with these efforts by providing food, drinks, clothing and more. Miller and his partner in the program, Heather Roberts, go every Thursday to Skid Row, bringing needed items; on Sundays, his wife and daughter, plus about 10 other volunteers, join in for a bigger event. Miller says that listening to people’s stories, while providing them with essentials in life, is a reward that cannot be matched.
The club would like to make a substantial donation of the times most needed and encourages people to bring their donations to the meeting where there will be a station set up to receive them or call (562) 357-9231 or (562) 896-4433 for more information on how to donate. The most needed items for the Skid Row community are new or gently used blankets, pillows, jackets, belts and shoes (athletic, durable shoes), as well as non-perishable food such as crackers, canned goods, tuna, chips and other snack items. All LW residents and their guests are welcome to attend the meeting. Masks will be required.
Korean American Classical Music Association
The Korean American Classical Music Assocaition will meet three times this month on Thursdays in Clubhouse 2 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. On Feb.10, the class will review Opera Aida, Acts 3 and 4. The class will go over Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and 2 on Feb. 17 and the choral music and songs of Stephen Foster and others on Feb. 24. Contact Grace Kim at (562) 431-3039 for more information.
Hands and Hearts United in Giving
Hands and Hearts United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. It accepts donations of clean used towels and new, unopened travel-size shampoo, soap, lotion and disposable razors. The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women.
To donate, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 or Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. People may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6-62A or Mutual 2-48A. Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families.
Y Service Club
The Y Service Club is selling Mirafiber cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals. The cost is $6 each or five for $25. To purchase a Mirafiber cloth, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040.
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, Feb. 3
4 pm LW Emergency Preparedness
4:45 pm LW Bike Club
5 pm 2021 Filipino Luau
5:39 pm Latino Club’s Christmas
6 pm A LW Christmas
6:15 pm LW Veterans Memorial
6:45 pm Rich Harbour Paddleout
6:50 pm Broadway in the Park
8 pm Live at the Ford–
Four Italian Tenors
9:30 pm Studio Cafe Nov. 2021
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Friday, Feb. 4
4 pm LW Winter Concert
5 pm Bike Club
5:15 pm Vinyl Rock– Toys for Tots
6:40 pm Spiritones 2021
7 pm McGaugh Fourth
8 pm On Q
9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
10:30 pm Cerritos Center–
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Saturday, Feb. 5
4 pm Vinyl Rock–Toys for Tots
5:45 pm Spiritones 2021
6 pm LW Veterans Memorial
6:30 pm LW Latino Club’s
6:50 pm Filipino Luau 2021
7:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
8 pm LAUSD
Sunday, Feb. 6
4 pm Vinyl Rock–Toys for Tots
5:45 pm Spiritones 2021
6 pm Broadway in the Park
7:15 pm Filipino Luau 2021
8 pm On Q
9 pm Studio Cafe
9:30 pm Cerritos Center–
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, Feb. 7
4 pm LW Bike Club
4:08 pm LW Yoga 2022
4:15 pm LW Emergency
Preparedness Expo 2021
5 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
5:30 pm On Q
6:30 pm Studio Cafe
7 pm Seal Beach City Council
8:30 pm LW Winter Concert
9:30 pm LW Latino Club’s
10 pm LW Bike Club
10:10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, Feb. 8
4 pm LW Emergency
Preparedness Expo 2021
4:45 pm LW Veterans Memorial
5:15 pm Filipino Luau 2021
6 pm LW Latino Club’s
6:20 pm Rich Harbour Paddleout
6:30 pm McGaugh Pagent of the Arts
7:45 pm Canadian Rockies/
8 pm Studio Cafe
8:30 pm Cerritos Center–
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Merry Wives of Windsor
Wednesday, Jan. 19
4 pm LW Veterans Day Memorial
4:29 pm Spiritones 2021
4:45 pm Bike Club
5 pm Filipino Luau 2021
6 pm Cerritos Center–
North River Chicago
7:30 pm LW Winter Concert
8:30 pm Vinyl Rock–Toys for Tots
10:15 pm LW Bike Club
10:30 pm Cerritos Center–
*All programming is subject to change.
LW residents David Harlow and Debbie Salling are now offering free God Bless America crosses to LW residents. Donations, which are used to buy materials, are appreciated but not required. To order a cross, call (562) 843-6963 and leave a message that includes your name and phone number.
Watch your step
How to protect yourself against email Phishing scams
Email Phishing scams are carried out online by tech-savvy con artists. Phishing emails and text messages may look like they’re from a company you know or trust such as a bank, credit card company, social media website, an online payment website or app, or an online store.
Phishing scams work by convincing you to click on a link and disclosing sensitive infomation like credit card numbers and passwords. Once you take the phisher’s bait, they can use the information to create fake accounts in your name, ruin your credit, and steal your money or even your identity.
Phishers often pretend to be legitimate companies. Their messages may sound genuine, and their sites can look like the real thing. It can be hard to tell the difference, but you may be dealing with a phishing scam if you see the following:
• Saying you must confirm some personal information.
• Including a fake invoice.
• Prompting you to click on a link to make a payment.
• Notifying you that you’re eligible to register for a government refund.
If you’re suspicious of whether or not an email or text message you’ve received is the real deal, check the following signals that are often a sign of phishing:
• Misspelled URLs or general spelling mistakes in the email.
• Lack of a personal greeting or customized information within a message. Legitimate emails from banks and credit card companies will often include partial account numbers, username or password.
If you think you’ve received a phishing email, never click on suspicious links or attachments. If you think the message could be legitimate, go to your web browser and search for the organization’s website or call the organization using a phone number listed on the back of a membership card or on a bill statement. If the suspicious message appears to come from a person you know, contact that person via phone call to confirm it.
If you’re suspicious that you may have accidently fallen for a phishing attack, here are a few things you should do:
• While it’s fresh in your mind, write down as many details of the attack as you can recall. Try to note any information such as usernames, account numbers or passwords you may have shared.
• Immediately change the passwords on those affected accounts, as well as anywhere else that you might use the same password. Create unique passwords for each account.
• Confirm that you have multifactor authentication (also known as two-step verification) turned on for every account.
• If you shared information about your credit cards or bank accounts, contact those companies as well to alert them.
• If you’ve lost money or been the victim of identity theft, report it to local law enforcement. The details in step one will be very helpful to them.
There are multiple companies that provide anti-spam and -phishing software that will filter suspicious emails into a spam folder before you even view it. Some phishing emails may still get through, but as long as you are aware of the signs, you can avoid getting scammed.
by Brian Harmon
Because of the new redistricting plan, LW Republicans will not be voting for Michelle Steel for Congress in the upcoming elections in June and November. Instead, Congresswoman Katie Porter will be on the November ballot, along with whichever candidate the GOP chooses in the June primary.
No one can be sure at this point, but the LW Republican Club believes that Scott Baugh will be the candidate most likely to run against Porter in the general election in November. Baugh has been a consistent conservative leader and spokesman throughout his career and has served Orange County in the past. Baugh was the first Republican candidate to announce his campaign.
Baugh was the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party from 2004-2015. He is currently the owner of a business law firm.
Baugh is the chairman of the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Program (OC GRIP). The group partners with the OC District Attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office, 300 OC businesses and numerous community groups to help kids stay out of gangs. The OC GRIP operates in over 60 schools countywide.
Baugh is the founding chairman of the OC Marathon Foundation, which has trained over 40,000 grade schoolers on nutrition and exercise. He is also a board member of the George T. Pfleger Foundation, which helps fund environmental research and other projects from health matters to drug addiction. Baugh is also a founding trustee of Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County.
The LW Republican Club will support OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who recently announced his campaign for re-election. Spitzer was first elected in 2018, when he decisively defeated the incumbent Tony Rackauckas.
Every Monday, the GOP Club’s hospitality and information booth collects signatures for the School Choice Initiative. If approved, the initiative would allow parents the opportunity to choose what school their children will attend by providing a family $14,000 for each child they send to a school that is not public.
On Monday, Feb. 14, the club’s booth will host a Valentine’s Day celebration with treats for all, while supplies last.
by Mary Larson
Twice in the past 30 years, California voters have rejected school voucher initiatives. Despite this, voters will likely once again be asked to vote on two similar measures in 2022. Both initiatives would reportedly divert billions that would normally go to public schools into private “education savings accounts” for parents.
Every student, regardless of income, would qualify for the funds (although one of the proposed initiatives would limit eligibility based on family income for the first four years it would be in effect). That contrasts with most other states, where school choice plans have been restricted to certain children based on family income, special education status and other factors.
Passage of these initiatives in California would require a change in the state’s constitution, which guarantees Californians a “free public education.”
Most, but not all, Democrats feel that the proposed initiatives commonly referred to as “school choice” have little to do with what is best for the state’s students. Critics contend that these programs would divert funds from traditional public schools, thereby generating unequal outcomes for students. In addition, supporters of the separation of church and state argue that school voucher programs direct tax dollars to religious organizations.
Resolutions similar to the proposed initiatives have been defeated in the California Legislature. The LW Democratic Club does not support the initiative, nor does it support petitions for the initiatives to be placed on the November ballot.
For more information about these initiatives and other issues, LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521. People are asked to include their full name, address and phone number, as well as party affiliation.
For Your Information
When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreement, or direct questions to their Mutual Directors or GRF representatives.
Centennials to be recognized
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is calling upon all LW residents who have reached the age of 100 or will achieve that fantastic milestone in 2022 to sign up for a special day to honor them.
The GAF, along with GRF, wants to recognize LW’s long-lived residents who have been witness to world events since 1922.
Help is needed in identifying and contacting LW centenarians in time for the April 20 celebration. On that day, friendly GAF volunteers will visit them with a warm smile and a special gift.
To participate, people need to call no later than Feb. 11 so plans can be finalized. Contact GAF President Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339 or Lita Fernando at (562) 296-5885 for more information and to sign up.
Animal Care Services
Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control issues, call the 24-hour animal services line at (562) 570-7387, or go online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report. Remember to not engage and give space to wild animals, strays and any sick or aggressive looking animal you come across.
Seal Beach Girl Scout troop 1097’s, Addison Kroese (l) showed her pride by displaying the many flavors of Girl Scout cookies to Mutual 14 residents. Her grandmother, Bev Nevin (l), was Addison’s driver, and her brother, Logan, also helped. Addison’s mother, Kenna Westmoreland (front, right), and sisters Carla and Ali were also visiting Addison’s other grandmother, Kaz (back, right), who is a new resident to Mutual 14.
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Theodore Wieber 89
Santiago Valencia 52
Marilyn Teague 69
Floyd Powers 77
Mary Sexton 80
Albert York 69
Agelina Valdez 89
James Yagle Sr. 64
Robert Sanchez 56
Norma Edelbrook 96
Families assisted by
The obituaries deadline is Monday at 1 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date.
Obituaries that are received later than Monday will go in the following week’s issue.
Email obituary notices to email@example.com with photos attached as jpg files.
The first 250 words, plus one picture, are free to publish in the newspaper; each additional word is 25 cents.
For more information, call (562) 430-0534, ext. 801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License BRN000. 6/30
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 Ken! Say this prayer nine times for nine days and your petition will be granted. Must promise publication.
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand-new. Convert to WALK-IN-SHOWER and/or raise seat. Nu Kote/562-833-3911
License 699080 Serving LW since 1999. 4/28
LW DECOR INC.
40+ years in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 562-596-0559. 2/10
GARDENING & LANDSCAPING
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, Clean-Ups, Fertilization, New Lawns, etc. Offering my services to every Mutual/Honest and Reliable. State Contractor’s License 779462. Call 562-863-7739,
562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 3/24
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License 393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (562) 596-7757. 3/31
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. 7/07
562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ years in LW.
LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559. 2/10
Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257. 3/03
562-596-0559 LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
License 723262. 40+ years in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primer only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. LW Decor Inc. 562-596-0559. 2/10
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002. 2/17
UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. 578194. 3/24
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 562-596-0559. 2/10
Leisure World Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (562) 431-4796.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge. Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
“ROLLIN THUNDER” GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859.
FREE PET PORTRAIT, Original Art By Noel
Free 4 “x 4” Custom Portrait of your Pet when you order our 8”x 8” Pet Portrait at a 50% Savings. Call Noel at 562-380-0949 or Visit
Leisure-World Resident looking for early-morning dog-walker for “Lucy.” Please call 562-594-0506.
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
I am an experienced housekeeper providing weekly-and-monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
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. 6/16
MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001. 6/02
Over 25+ years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 2/24
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 3/17
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006. 5/26
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set, Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard, #116. (714) 425-4198. 2/10
In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 3/03
Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! Seal Beach Business License AB0001. 3/24
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning. General housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. (562) 307-3861. 20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License GRA0006. 2/10
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.
Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic HER0008. 3/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7-days call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.
Call 562-505-1613. 3/03
LeeGee Cleaning Services. Move-In, Move-Out. Deep Cleaning and/or Recurring. General Housecleaning,Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. 7-Days Call/Text Lisa/714-916-7796. Seal Beach Business License LEE0004. 2/17
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001 2/17
John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193
Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident SB License FUH0001. 3/17
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. 2/10
ELECTRIC CARTS/SCOOTERS/MOBILE CHAIRS FOR SALE
Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/29/2022
Golf Cart Tires
Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “Specialty Tires”. All Standard Sizes and MORE! 1-800-847-9593 2/03
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 2/10
Rides by Russ 714-655-1544. 2/24
autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462. 3/24
MOVING, HAULING & STORAGE SERVICES
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan. 2/17
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618. 2/24
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Cemetery-plots at Westminster Memorial Park in Garden of Olive. Six-plots $10,000/each, seller will pay transfer-fee. Gary/951-490-1174. 2/03
Gardening/Work Gloves. Ladies and Men (Small/Medium/Large/Extra-Large) $5.00/each. Call cell 310-507-4795.
Estate-Sale. February/10th-11th, 9am-3pm. 1300 Weeburn Road/M3/Apartment-30A. All household goods, furniture, kitchen-ware, china/glassware, Yamaha-Piano, clothing/plus-sizes over 200-pieces new/like-new, shoes/purses, vinyl-records, Brown Saltman Mahogany Desk. 2/10
carports/carport lockers wanted
CARPORT-SWAP WANTED Mutual-14, Building-155. Will swap Carport-Space #22 for any space #1-18, plus $25.00/monthly. Call Anne/626-991-6529.
Carport-Locker ONLY. Prefer Mutual-3. Will consider other Mutuals also. 562-799-4181.
Leisure world apartments/want to rent
I would love to rent a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment. Roberta/714-307-4705.
Harmar AL100 Universal Scooter Lift. I want to donate this lift to anyone who needs one. You will need a hitch on your car/truck and I have everything else. The lift was on my car for 6-months. All automatic with a swing gate. Pam/928-716-7577.