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MAGICAL AFTERNOON: The Mary Wilson Library will host a free afternoon of magic and comedy Sunday, Jan. 12. The event will be from 3-4 p.m. in the community room at the library, 707 Electric Ave. in Old Town, Seal Beach.


GLASSES FOUND: Dorothy Schwartz of Mutual 11 found a pair of women’s prescription glasses with pink frames near the Christmas bears at 285 E in Mutual 11. If they are yours, call (909) 993-4311.


SBTV DIGITAL: SBTV-3 has gone digital on Time Warner Cable. People who have digital TVs will find SBTV-3 is now on Time Warner channel 15.102. People with old analog TVs will need digital adapters. They can be ordered free from Time Warner and installed free by the Superwire office in Leisure World. Call Superwire at 735-0368 for information Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


JAPANESE CLASS: A beginning Japanese language class for adults, sponsored by the Nikkei Club of LW, will begin Jan. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn conversational Japanese and some Japanese characters. Registration fee is $30, which includes two books. The weekly lesson fee is $1. Instructor is Kuniko Okamoto. For more information, call Dr. Carolyn Mottola of Mutual 11 at 446-0436.


CAT FOUND: Eleanor Johnson, 795-5923, recently found a young, emaciated black-and-white cat. She says it’s a sweet one. Call her for more information.


SAFETY FIRST: The most common causes of bicycle injuries are crashing without a helmet, cycling on the wrong side of the street and not following traffic signs and signals. Cyclists are obligated to follow the rules of the road, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.



Pile driving is now under way on the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. The work will continue intermittently for the next two months. Pile driving activity is typically conducted weekdays between 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; however, depending on the contractor’s progress some work may be required at other times. 

Landscape maintenance is ongoing adjacent to the College Park West community and the southbound I-405/westbound SR-22/7th Street connector. Crews are removing dead trees, brush and other shrubbery and cleaning out the nearby drainage channel. Chainsaws, weed whackers and a bobcat are being used to clear the area and perform general maintenance activity. This work is expected to take place weekdays between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and will continue for approximately four to six weeks, weather permitting. The work may be loud and disruptive due to equipment noise and debris removal.  

Pile driving is ongoing for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector in the center median of the I-405 freeway, just west of Valley View Street. Pile driving will not begin until 7 a.m. and is usually conducted between 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pile driving for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector will be ongoing intermittently for the next few months.

Construction dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

For additional information regarding the West County Connectors project, visit and follow all closure alerts and detour information at


ISLAND MAILRoger Bennett of Mutual 7 puts a post card (inset at right) into the Island Mail Box to be delivered back to him in Seal Beach by a future visitor to the Galapagos. It truly is a small world as evidenced by the identity of the visitor who ended up delivering the postcard. For the complete, and amazing, story, see page 18.


by Mario Michaelides

GRF President


On behalf of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Accurate Voting Services (the Board-appointed, professional Inspector of Election) has received over 4,500 Trust Extension Ballots. Thank you to those members who have submitted their ballots! To those who haven’t, it is not too late to mail your ballots, and we ask that you do so as soon as possible.

A board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 9 a.m. at which time Accurate Voting Services will tabulate the ballots and announce the vote results. The meeting will be held in Clubhouse 4 in public view, as required by law. Foundation members may turn in their ballots or vote in-person on Jan. 7 between 8:30-9 a.m. at which time the polls will close, and the ballot counting will start.

The counting will take approximately three hours. The election results will be published in next week’s edition of the News.

Again, if you haven’t mailed your ballot in, please do so as soon as possible!



Shareholders should have received in the mail the year-end payment packet 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.

People who do not receive payment information and guest passes by Jan. 7 should contact the Stock Transfer Office for assistance.  

There will be no late charges or finance charges for January to assure that all shareholders have received their payment coupons and payment information. 

For more information about monthly carrying charge payments for 2014, contact Stock Transfer at 431-6586, extension 346, 347 or 339.



The Leisure World Library will be closed Jan. 8-11 for inventory. The library will reopen on Jan. 13 at regular business hours.



The Golden Age Foundation recycles spent batteries; drop off old batteries in marked containers at the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 from 9-11 a.m., weekdays, and the Golden Rain News Office.