PAGE 1 2014 PARTYLINE REMEMBERING BRIAN: A gathering to remember Brian Marineau of Mutual 2 will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 31, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Carol Franz and Edmund Loritz are hosts.
MUTUAL 8 LUNCH: Ruth Mullins of Mutual 8 invites mutual shareholders and members to the annual meeting and luncheon, Tuesday, May 27, starting at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. On the agenda is a review of 2013 and a discussion of plans for 2014. Meet and greet the new board members and enjoy a catered lunch.
TV INSTRUCTIONS: Marlene Robinson of Mutual 17 wants the person who took her TV at the E waste site April 27 to call her, 431-5658. She has the instruction book to give you.
MUTUAL 6 DINNER: Mutual 6 will host a country-western dinner dance June 14 in Clubhouse 2 at 5:30. Naples Rib Company will cater the dinner, with music by Terry Otte & Abilene. Guests from other mutuals are welcome. Mutual 6 residents cost $12.50; guests, $20. There will be line dancing, food, music and surprises. Mutual residents should contact their building captains or directors; all others, contact John Garret, 431-2663, or Carol Burge, (714) 345-1520, for tickets (no tickets will be sold at the door).
CAT NEEDS HOME: Joan Larsen of Mutual 10 knows of a declawed cat that needs a home after the cat’s LW owner died. Call the SB Animal Care Center, 430-4993, to meet Dinah, a beautiful tabby female; adoption fees have been waived.
BEREAVEMENT HELP: Clarence Hoffman of Mutual 7 writes: Have you lost a loved one? People are welcome to join a bereavement group to talk with fellow residents who are grieving. Call Les Feller, 431-4871, or Clarence, 493-0256, for more information.
AUDIO ALERT SYSTEM CUTLINE
A NEW AUDIO ALERT SYSTEM was installed last week at Golden Rain and St. Andrews, thanks to funding provided by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) for the betterment of all, especially visually impaired LWers. Inspecting the new system Monday were Tony Davis, with his dog (front) with GAF members Anna Derby (l-r in red vests), Carole Damoci and Carol Piepenburg, and Vision Impaired and Hearing Club members Ruby Takemoto (l-r at back), Juanita Townsend, Don McCallum and Sharon Kohn.
AUDIO ALERT SYSTEM AIDS PEDESTRIANS
The light poles at the intersection of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive have been equipped with a new pedestrian audio alert system, which features a locator tone, an easy-to-activate ADA button with raised arrow, and an audio message giving pedestrians walk phase instructions.
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) provided $11,895 for the new Polara Navigator Audible Pedestrian System installed last week. As pedestrians approach, they hear a unique locator tone, which is familiar to the visually impaired. The pedestrian can then locate the push button, activating the voice module to hear navigation instructions for safe passage through the intersection.
GRF President Mario Michaelides and GRF Executive Director Randy Ankeny thanked the GAF for its generous contribution of the new system.
Carole Damoci, GAF special projects director, was largely responsible for spearheading the project.
LW resident Tony Davis, who is visually impaired, checked out the new system Monday. He said it’s a great addition for visually impaired people in LW and essential for their safety.
Sharon Kohn of the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club got the project rolling 3-1/2 years ago.
The club meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The Visually Impaired Edition (VIE) of the Golden Rain News is read at meetings. This service is offered to all residents.
FULL MILITARY HONORS—Betty DeKlyne, Mutual 11, attended the memorial service for her brother-in-law at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. After the service, she and her daughter Leslie Juchna, Mutual 11, spent time visiting the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For the complete story see page 21.
GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) needs volunteers to help run its Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 on weekdays from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers serve coffee, tea and cookies to residents five days a week in two hour shifts. The program needs six needs substitutes and regular volunteers. To volunteer, call Sandra Massa-Lavitt at (714) 325-0292 and leave a message for more information.
GRF TO CLOSE FOR MEMORIAL DAY
In observance of Memorial Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, May 26.
The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.
NEW MEETING DATE FOR GRF BOARD
This month’s regular Golden Rain Foundation Board meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, has been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. It will now be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, in Clubhouse 4.
AMERICAN LEGION TO HOST MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
The annual Leisure World Memorial Day observance ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 26, at Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 9 a.m. Cmdr. Joseph Garcia, American Legion, Department of California, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, see page 2.
DUI CHECKPOINT IN SEAL BEACH THIS WEEKEND
The Seal Beach Police Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m., May 24, to 3:30 a.m., May 25, in the city limits The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely, according to a SBPD press release.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed lives and resulted in numerous injury crashes harming our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Phil Gonshak.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
CONSTRUCTION NEWS—FREEWAYS OPEN
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no local freeway closures Friday night, May 23, through Monday night, May 26. Closures will resume Tuesday night, May 27.
Construction on the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge is ongoing. Falsework removal will continue this week and center median barrier construction along the I-405 north and south of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge.