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PARTYLINE

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SINGERS: Melinda Nicolet of Mutual 1 seeks cancer patients, cancer survivors, and relatives and caregivers of cancer patients who like to sing. Find the solace of friendship and therapy singing with the Celebration of Life Singers. The group practices on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 at St. Olaf’s Church in Garden Grove. Transportation is furnished from LW. For more information, call Melinda Nicolet, 598-4056 or 485-7246.

 

BOOK CLUB: Thomas Gan of Mutual 6 wants to start a book club. If you are interested, contact him at 248-8711 or tgan2000@yahoo.com. Club format, frequency and location will be discussed at the first meeting, which will be announced in an upcoming edition.

 

SHOPPING CART FOUND: Uva Cranston of Mutual 1 found a personal shopping cart in the vicinity of Building 23, Carport 11, in Mutual 1. If it’s yours, call 252-2084.

 

TRUST AGREEMENT: Lisa Dickson of Mutual 1 writes: It’s gratifying to note the GRF Trust Extension (The News, Jan. 16, Page 1) results were overwhelming. The extensive cooperation of the shareholders came through with flying colors.

 

RACE ON BASE: The City of Los Alamitos will host the Southland Credit Union Los Alamitos Race Saturday, Feb. 22, on Los Alamitos Army Airfield runways at the Joint Forces Training Base, courtesy of the California National Guard. Race on the Base events include a Reverse Triathlon, Jr. Reverse Triathlon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Mission:1K Kids Run, 10K Inline Skating and Wheelchair/Handcycle Race. For more information, visit the Race on the Base website at www.raceonthebase.com or contact the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at 430-1073.

 

COYOTE SIGHTINGS ON RISE

There has been an increase in recent coyote sightings throughout Leisure World, including in the greenbelt areas of Mutual 7, according to Jaime Guerrero, Leisure World Gates and Patrol chief; 23 reports of coyote sightings have come in since Jan. 29.

Tai Fulton, Gates and Patrol office assistant, said she saw a coyote on an evening walk last week. She wants to warn her neighbors to keep small pets indoors and avoid walking dogs when coyotes are most active, which is dawn and dusk.

Coyotes have also been recently seen in College Park West, Rossmoor, downtown Seal Beach and Los Alamitos.

There have been no reports of coyotes biting, stalking, chasing or attacking humans.

John Keisler, bureau manager of the Long Beach Animal Care Services Dept., says the animals are common in the area and have been active for decades. It is normal for them to begin to emerge from winter denning to look for food, water and shelter. It is abnormal for them to be out during daylight hours.

Coyotes primarily hunt rodents, squirrels, and rabbits, but they will eat almost anything. They take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food and domestic animals. Residents should take the following precautions to keep the coyotes away:

•Close the lids of the community garbage containers after trash is placed inside. This will eliminate a food source for the animal.

•Bring pets in at night, and do not leave any pet food or water in patio areas.

•Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.

•Loud noises will scare off the animals, which are typically frightened of humans and run from conflict.

•Don’t leave doors or windows open and make sure vents and screened, so there is no access to LW units.

Mr. Keisler said that if food and water are removed, coyotes will move on to more hospitable locales.

It is a violation of state law to feed wildlife because it alters natural behaviors. Report coyote sightings to Gates and Patrols, 431-6586, ext. 377.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting the California Department of Fish and Game website at www.keepmewild.org.

 

SB CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION PLANNED

In 2015, the City of Seal Beach will celebrate its centennial with ongoing annual events and unique special events, held in partnership with community organizations, businesses, schools and more. The city will also develop history projects to share Seal Beach’s story over the last 100 years. This is a great opportunity for people to get involved in planning the city’s 100-year birthday and to be active participants in the festivities. The following committees are seeking volunteers:

•Celebrations: Plan special events

•History: Create history projects

•Marketing: Promote and publicize the Centennial

•Merchandise: Help design and sell merchandise

•Fundraising: Raise funds and solicit sponsors for Centennial events

Those interested are asked to contact Administrative Manager Patrick Gallegos at 431-2527, ext. 1308, or email at pgallegos@sealbeachca.gov no later than Feb. 14.

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN LW

The Gates and Patrol Department received a report Jan. 27 that a young male had jumped the perimeter wall near North Gate Road. Staff immediately notified the Seal Beach Police, who quickly responded and arrested the person just outside Leisure World.

Observations made by Leisure World members are an important part of the community partnership to prevent crime. The information can be of great help to authorities who are trying to track down suspects. When reporting a suspicious person, it is important to take note of distinguishing features, including:

•Gender

•Race

•Approximate age

•Height

•Weight

•Hair color

•Clothing description (color, type, designs, logos, or lettering)

•Facial hair

•Scars, tattoos, or other features such as wearing glasses.

In addition to a person’s description, the direction of travel is also important to help authorities pinpoint a suspect’s location. These common landmarks may be used to help determine direction:

•The 405 Freeway is on the north end of LW.

•The power plant is on the west end of LW.

•Seal Beach Boulevard is on the east end of LW.

•The Boeing Building is on the south end of LW.

Vehicle information is also importany. If possible, take note of the make, model, color, how many doors, license plate number, and any identifiable items, such as stickers or dents, the vehicle may have.

People are asked to contact the Seal Beach Police at 594-7232 or the Gates and Patrol Department at 594-4754 to report suspicious persons or vehicles in the community.

 

IRS SEASON

The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2014 filing season by encouraging taxpayers to check out a variety of tax benefits, such as the often-overlooked Earned Income Tax Credit. Taxpayers have until Tuesday, April 15, to file 2013 returns and pay taxes. The IRS expects to receive more than 148 million individual tax returns this year.