Watch Your Step

by Jim Breen

staff writer

I have serious doubts about an email I received yesterday supposedly from Amazon.com, a brief message of thanks for “a recent visit” and invitation to a link:“Get your Amazon.com gift card for $25.”

I seriously doubted its legitimacy, especially since the sender’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) address was @electrifying health.

The authentic Amazon is well-aware of the ruse, with the warning: “If the from line of any e-mail contains an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than @amazon.com, then it’s fraudulent.

Amazon also reminds consumers not to open any attachments or click any links.

Amazon customers with concerns about the “recent visit” reference may not recall a recent purchase. To check, go to amazon.com and click on “your orders” to see if there is an order that matches the details in the e-mail.

If it doesn’t match, the message isn’t from Amazon.

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Syd Pomi is not happy with those who send flyers and mailers to her late husband Marcello. The material sent to her Mutual 11 home ranges from bingo scams to offers to buy bath towels, and she’s growing tired of it.

Two steps should greatly reduce the amount of residents’ junk mail:

• Residents should tell companies they do business with to remove their names from customer lists they rent or sell.

• Request that the Direct Marketing Association remove their name from national telemarketing, mail and e-mail lists by calling toll-free 888-370-6845.

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Mutual 8 resident Diane Kindberg was concerned by two recent phone calls in one day from a man with a heavy accent.

In the second call, he told Mrs. Kindberg that he wanted to refund the fee she had paid for technical support on her computer.

“I don’t even have a computer,” she laughed, “so I hung up.”

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to jimbreen@lwsbnews.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Historical Society

by Joan Shramek

LW contributor

The Leisure World Historical Society will meet at the new time of 10 a.m., May 28, in Clubhouse 1. The time change is to encourage attendance and make the later hour more convenient.

Guest speaker will be Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation. His topic will be “The future of Leisure World Seal Beach.”

For those who may have missed the opportunity to meet Mr. Ankeny or hear him present a program, this will be a good time to ask questions and hear about his plans for shareholders.

President Carole Damoci and the board will meet at 9 a.m., also a time change.

Refreshments are served at 10 a.m.

Those who have yet to renew their $5 annual dues can do so at the meeting.

The Historical Society is an important part of LW’s past and future.

The museum is in Clubhouse 1, and the hours are posted on the door. After the meeting, visitors can view the new displays.

The Society’s new website is http://www.lwhistory.org.

Visiting the site will save mailing the group’s newsletter.

Residents without computers should watch the Golden Rain News for information regarding updates and meetings.

Woman’s Club

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will meet at at 1:30 p.m., May 6, in Clubhouse 2.

The theme will be “May Flowers.”

Members and guests will be welcomed by Ann Hause and Bobbye Trent. Pat Kogok will entertain at the piano, and Jan Kuhl will officiate.

The tables will be decorated with spring flowers by Sally Fowler and Eileen Dohl. Donna O’Keefe, Americanism chairperson, will lead the flag salute and a patriotic song.

Eileen Dohl will read an inspiring thought for the day.

Jeanne Morris will discuss members who are ill or injured who she sent get well cards to in behalf of the club.

Philanthropy director Laura Sporcich will introduce a representative from We Care, a local group that provides food, jobs, clothing and shelter for homeless and low income residents who live locally.

Laura will present a check, this month’s charity donation, to We Care to help the group with its programs. Club members are encouraged to bring packaged food items to share for the group.

After the meeting, Jan will introduce Hitoshi Suzuki, a versatile cello and piano musician.

He will join his piano accompanist to play show tunes and classical numbers.

Renewal of membership dues, $20, may be paid at this monthly meeting. Checks should be made out to Leisure World Woman’s Club. To pay by mail, send a check, together with a self-addressed stamped envelope and this year’s yellow membership card, to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Dr., No. 8-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Tea hostess will be Jane Tachine.

– Ann Frambach

Senior Patriots for Peace

Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend the next meeting of Senior Patriots For Peace on at 1 p.m., May 9, in Clubhouse 4. Featured speaker will be Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out.

Pat will be joined by a panel of educators and activists in the community who work to educate young people about what it means to join the military today.

They will discuss existing policies that allow military recruiters access to students during the school day without parental permission, what needs to be done to protect the students’ privacy and local efforts to inform high school students about what it means to join the military today.

More than 400 military teens have died in recent wars. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace. The goal is elimination of the threat of violence and war.

To that end, the group focuses on issues of peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives.

For further information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin, 430-1047.

– Nancy Goldstein

Staff Spotlight

The Golden Rain Foundation welcomes two new staff members to its team: David Rudge, project coordinator/building inspector; and Julie Rodgers, purchasing supervisor.

David has more than 30 years of construction experience, including extensive knowledge in remodels, ADA upgrades, repairs and maintenance and property management support.

He was director of facilities for a country club for 17 years, with hands-on experience managing all phases of its construction projects.

He also has experience with building inspections and the repair work needed to be certain it complies with construction documents and applicable codes.

It is believed his level of expertise will be a great asset to the GRF and mutual corporations. David reports to the Community Facilities Manager Mark Weaver.

Julie comes to the GRF after working the last 10 years as the purchasing and procurement manager at a home improvement and automation products company.

She has a strong background in supply chain and inventory management, including the creation of “just in time” inventory levels to reduce inventory costs.

She is cost-conscientious and possesses strong negotiating skills. Julie’s background will allow her to jump into the position very quickly. Using her skill set, she’ll be able to create the procedures and controls needed while migrating to the new GRF computer system.

Her experience will be a great benefit to the purchasing team. Julie reports to the Controller, Carolyn Miller.

Elder Care Seminar

An elder care seminar “Raising up Your Parents” will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 10, at the Anaheim/Garden Grove Sheraton Hotel.

Susan B. Geffen, gerontologist, elder law attorney and author will share new information on elder care, assisted living, Alzheimer’s disease, how to pay for care, and related topics.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

To register, call 1 (800) 301-1326.

The hotel is located at 12221 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove.

Clutter Busters

Clutter Busters takes a broad approach to the problem of reducing clutter when the group meets at 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

Source material from books on the topic will be available at meetings, speakers will be featured and there will be a free exchange of ideas.

The group provides a caring atmosphere where people are free to discuss their clutter problems.

For more information, call Anne Shattuck at 799-7756.

– Anne Shattuck

Leisure World Incidents for March

March Incidents

3-1 Mutual 3 4:30 p.m.

An officer was dispatched to check on a relative staying in an apartment more than 60 days.

3-3 Accounting 11:07 a.m.

An officer was dispatched to assist employees with an irate member.

3-3 Mutual 1 11:10 a.m.

A member was upset when a caregiver walked a dog in front of his apartment, and the situation escalated. Police responded.

3-4 Mutual 7 1:55 p.m.

An officer counseled an executor on policies for occupancy, visiting pets and use of the laundry facilities.

3-4 Mutual 1 11 a.m.

A member’s son reported that two members took money from his mother after grocery shopping. Officers interviewed the members.

3-7 Mutual 4 10:40 a.m.

Contractors dumped debris on a neighboring porch without permission.The contractor removed it.

3-8 Mutual 14 6:43 p.m.

A member reported loud music and noise from the apartment behind hers.

3-9 Mutual 5 2:30 p.m.

A member bumped her head on a kayak that was sticking out on top of a vehicle parked in a carport.

3-9 Clubhouse 1 5:15 p.m.

A vehicle’s front window was smashed by a golf ball while parked in the west side of the parking lot.

3-12 Mutual 3 4:15 p.m.

A member received a phone call that was a scam. The caller wanted a credit card number.

3-12 Holy Family Church 2:50 p.m.

A couple was quarreling loudly in church. Police responded.

3-14 Mutual 2 8:15 a.m.

Someone turned the water on and aimed it at a patio door. The next week the water was turned on and left running.

3-14 Clubhouse 3 5:06 p.m.

Security was dispatched to request a group vacate a room reserved for another function.

3-15 Mutual 2 11:28 a.m.

A member called 911 to have the air conditioner turned on in her apartment. Police requested that Security assist the member.

3-15 Mutual 12 10:13 a.m.

A member whose items were taken in error called the estate sales representative and requested that the items be returned by noon. The representative used profanity. Items were returned at 11 a.m.

3-16 Mutual 17 12:32 p.m.

Security assisted a member with a caregiver situation.

3-16 Mutual 5 10 p.m.

A member and her caregiver saw a tall, middle-aged man with dark hair looking through the glass in the front door.

3-17 Mutual 1 4:55 p.m.

A member blocked sidewalk access to another member. This is an

on-going situation. An officer filed a report the next day.

3-18 Mutual 6 5:32 p.m.

A member reported that another member plays the clarinet daily and it disturbs her peace.

3-20 Mutual 1 12:01 p.m.

Security assisted guests to get clothes for a member at an assisted living home.

3-20 Mutual 10 12:41 p.m.

Security checked on a report that a member’s relative had been living in the apartment for three months.

3-20 Mutual 5 1:41 p.m.

Under the direction of a real estate agent, a cactus was erroneously removed by a landscaping company prior to escrow closing. The cactus was later returned.

3-22 Mutual 4 6:13 p.m.

Security stopped a vehicle that had rolled through a stop sign to issue a citation. The member became impatient and left without his identification.

3-25 Mutual 3 11:45 a.m.

A member reported that her garden sign and jewelry were placed in the dumpster. She recovered the garden sign.

3-27 Mutual 3 6:25 p.m.

Security responded to a report of loud music in an apartment.

3-28 Mutual 2 6:40 a.m.

A man was reported living in a van parked in LW. Security responded and spoke to a member’s daughter who had given him a guest pass and allowed him to stay in the van.

3-28 Mutual 9 8:26 p.m.

Security checked an apartment for an unauthorized visitor, and found a caregiver living there.

3-29 Mutual 3 8:47 p.m.

Security responded to a report of loud music in an apartment.

3-30 Mutual 3 8:16 p.m.

A member was asked to remove items that had overloaded the trash bins by the carport.