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CROSS IS READY: Phil Ayars of Mutual 7 asks: Will the lady barber who came to Woodshop 1, saw crosses I made and wanted one for her daughter call 493-1238? Your cross is ready.

BUDDY SYSTEM: Gene Nardo of Mutual 5 wants to find two or three people he could rely on to give him a ride if he gets stuck somewhere. He would return the favor, providing a ride if they should need it in an emergency situation. If you’d like to try this buddy system, call hin at 240-7396.

GIVING HHUGS:Hearts and Hand United in Giving (HHUG) donates clean used towels and washcloths, new disposable razors, toothbrushes, travel size shampoos, lotions, bath soaps, and toothpaste to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center which provides a variety of services to homeless men, women and families in the community. HHUG makes two deliveries every month. If you have any of these items to donate, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer at 430-3214 for pick up or leave on the porch, Mutual 6, 1320 Mayfield Road, 62A, or Mutual 2, 1503 Merion Way, 48-A.

HCC VOLUNTEERS: The Health Care Center needs lobby volunteers to assist patients in getting where they need to go and take blood pressures. Shifts for both jobs are two-and-a-half hours in the morning or afternoon. They can be regularly scheduled or on call. The blood pressure volunteers will use an electronic machine to take blood people’s blood pressures. No medical background is necessary, and shifts are available in morning or afternoon. Call Terri Furlow, HCC administrator and interim volunteer coordinator, 795-6278, to sign up.

CITY OF SEAL BEACH: Administrative offices are closed through Jan. 2. The police and marine safety departments remain open.


The West County Connector project, which includes building the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge, is entering its final year of construction. When construction began in fall 2010, the list of milestones to be completed was staggering. Crews were to reconstruct six bridges, re-align three freeway connectors, reconstruct numerous on- and off-ramps, widen the roadway to add an additional carpool lane in each direction and build two flyover carpool connectors, with as little disruption to traffic as possible, along one of the most traveled stretches of freeway in the nation.

After three years of seemingly round-the-clock construction, four of six bridges have been completed (Valley View Street, 7th Street, southbound I-405-eastbound SR-22 and 7th Street/eastbound SR-22/northbound I-405), all three of the connectors have been realigned and the I-405 freeway has been widened to accommodate new carpool lanes.

In 2014, the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) will work to finish reconstruction of the Seal Beach bridge and complete the new SR-22/I-405 and I-405/I-605 carpool connectors.

The WCC team recognizes that construction is never easy, and it is thankful to all of the residents, business owners and commuters who’ve made the accomplishments possible.

For more information on the project, see

The freeways were open over the Christmas holiday, but nightly closures resumed today. For detour maps, see

—from the OCTA


THE LEISURE WORLD LIBRARY will be closed Jan. 8-11 for inventory. The library will reopen Jan. 13.

ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY Engine 48 and other companies were in Leisure World last week to investigate possible fire-fighting scenarios in unusual venues. Firefighters checked out a multi-story building in Mutual 17 (above, lower right) and running hoses at the RV lot (lower left). Firefighters were escorted across St. Andrews Drive to check out the basement of Redeemer Lutheran Church (below).


In observance of New Year’s, Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Gates and Patrol will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The Leisure World Library will be closed.

On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, the Minibus will run on the Holiday “D” schedule. The Access (handicap) bus will also be on a holiday schedule, operating from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.

The Health Care Center and Physical Therapy will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The bus to the Los Alamitos Medical Center will stop after the 2 p.m. run. The pharmacy will remain open until 4. The HCC and Pharmacy are closed on New Year’s Day.


New Year’s Eve dances will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, as follows: Mel Branham will call square dances and cue round dances in Clubhouse 1 at 7:30 p.m.; The Jim Gilman Band will provide music in Clubhouse 4 at 9 p.m.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis in Clubhouse 4, Sections A and C, and Section B will be used for dancing. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and reserving tables is not allowed. Items left unattended prior to 9 p.m. will be removed.


Due to the holiday printing deadline, the editorial deadline for the Jan. 2 edition is 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26.

The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27.


Shareholders are now receiving by mail year-end payment packets containing the monthly carrying charge payment information for 2014. Also included are four 2014 guest passes, 12 carrying charge payment coupons, or a direct debit statement, and property tax information. See page 7 for complete information.