FREE CTAP PHONES: The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP), offers free specialized phones that make it easier to hear, dial and call. Bring a completed application to the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club meeting from 2-4 p.m., May 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, to receive the free phone. Anyone who has landline services and has difficulty moving, seeing, speaking, hearing or remembering qualifies for the easy-to-use phone. Applications must be signed by a doctor, optometrist, audiologist, physician’s assistant or hearing aid specialist. The orange-and-white CTAP applications are available at the LW Health Care Center or download an application at For more information, contact Terri Howell, CTAP outreach specialist, at (951) 236-3050.


SCAN OFFICE HOURS TO CHANGE: Starting May 23, The SCAN office in the Health Care Center will be closed Fridays. The hours for Monday through Thursday will remain 8 a.m.-noon. 

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Lisa Dickson of Mutual 1 writes: The Leisure World Library has a good selection of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. I find most of the true stories touching and worth reading.


STAMP OUT HUNGER: The 22nd Stamp Out Hunger national food drive — the largest one-day food drive in the U.S.—will be held May 10. The drive, led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from other postal employees and volunteers, has yielded more than one billion pounds of food in 20 years. Carriers will collect non-perishable donations left by mailboxes Saturday and deliver them to local food banks and shelters. To donate, place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox and carriers will do the rest. More than 50 million Americans face hunger every day; one in three are children.



by Katie Hamilton

LW contributor


The Garden Club will host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday, May 12, on the patio between the Leisure World Library and Friends of the Library Bookstore.

The club will unveil its 50th golden anniversary gift to the LW community. As a remembrance of past members and to continue its legacy into the future, the Garden Club adopted the motto “Fifty Years and Still Growing.”

In this spirit, the Garden Club is giving the community a newly landscaped entrance way to the LW Library and Friends of the Library store. The club thanks Don Hemry who donated an artistic, watercolor rendering of its proposed design. The club commissioned the Bill Jacobs Total Landscape Co. to bring it to life. LW residents are invited to attend the commemoration of the club’s past history and to see its ongoing efforts to enhance the LW community. The Garden Club was established in 1964 to promote interest in plants, gardens and beautification of the LW common areas. The Memorial Rose Garden adjacent to the library is another example of club-initiated projects.

Maria Giegerich, president of the LW Garden Club, and Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation, will preside at the May 12 dedication ceremony.

Also attending will be the Board of Directors of the Garden Club; GRF President Mario Michaelides, GRF Community Facilities Manager Mark Weaver and GRF Physical Property/Recreation Supervisor Terry DeLeon. After the ceremony, light refreshments will be served on the patio.

People who cannot attend the ceremony are welcome to come by later and see the new entrance way. They can take the opportunity to walk through the lovely Rose Garden Memorial, visit the LW Library, and browse through the Friends of the Library store. Thanks to every member and supporter of the Garden Club for the past 50 years and for all the years ahead.



HAYNES GENERATING STATION—Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) spokesman Albert Rodriguez confirmed that overheated oil caused thick black smoke to billow from one of the new stacks at the Haynes Generating Station near Leisure World May 5 at about 11:20 a.m. There was no fire, no injuries and no damage to equipment, he said. Firefighters responded as a precaution.



The City Council has given the go-ahead for a $2.5-million restaurant complex at the end of the pier to replace Ruby’s Diner, which closed more than a year ago.

City Attorney Quinn Barrow announced that the owners of The Original Fish Co. in Los Alamitos will take over the site. The deal was unanimously endorsed April 30 in a closed session before the regular city council meeting. The restaurant will be called Off the Hook and will feature a bar, an oyster bar, an outdoor patio and entertainment in a new building.

Wendy Rothman and her daughter, Vanessa Travis, owners of The Original Fish Co. in Los Alamitos, were in the audience when the announcement was made. People broke into applause and cheers, many of whom attended previous meetings to support Off the Hook.

The Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, Seal Beach Lions Club and other local organizations voiced support for the proposal at a council meeting April 16.

Council members are not allowed to publicly talk about negotiations, which are held in closed session, until the proposal goes to the council for a vote during a regular council meeting.

Ruby’s closed last January after the city found multiple structural deficiencies, such as deteriorated and cracked floors that expose asbestos-containing materials. The city has a lawsuit pending to recover the cost of repairs.



Former Golden Rain Foundation President Addison M. Arnold, Mutual 6, passed away on the evening of May 1, 2014.

Mr. Arnold was elected to the GRF Board in 2010 and served as the chair of Security, Bus and Traffic; vice chair of Publications; and as a member of Physical Property committees his first year.

He was president of the GRF from 2011-2012, and a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Arnold was born Sept. 22, 1927, in New Castle, Pa. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, and served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was part of the initial occupation of Japan. It was during his enlistment that he met the woman who would be his wife, Ruth Ann Schrodt, in Los Angeles, Calif. They married May 18, 1946, and went on to have four children.

After the war, Addison”Eddie” to his friends and family, stayed in California where he held a variety of jobs, including prospecting for uranium using pack mules for a year with Power Resources Corp. and owning his own janitorial supply and service business.

In 1959 he went to work for Container Corporation of America, where he was employed for 30 years. He was a representative to the United Paper Workers Union and served as union president for 12 years. He was also recording secretary, treasurer and chief steward for the union prior to being president.

Mr. Arnold retired from the paper mill in 1989, and built his dream house in Pinon Hills, Calif.

After eight years in Pinon Hills, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Leisure World, where he worked patrol for the LW Security Department for 10 years.

In 2007 he was elected to the Mutual 6 Board of Directors where he served until being elected to the GRF Board in 2010.

He had a great love of life. He enjoyed numerous hobbies including oil painting, rock hounding and building model ships. He spent years volunteering for youth organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed traveling, camping and gardening.

Addison is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Ann; their three children, Mary Angela, Patricia Louise and Mark Everett; niece Clare Cecilia; five grandchildren, Brian Montgomery, Tracie Diane, Anne Elizabeth, Joseph Alexander John and Emma Kathleen; and his brothers Wayne and Carl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Eva, and his son Richard Joseph.

A memorial service was held May 7.


SILVER FOX CLASSIC CAR CLUB will host its third annual car show May 10 in the Clubhouse 6 parking area from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The club expects 60-70 classic cars, including several Mustangs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A. All are welcome to admire the cars and sample barbecued hot dogs and more. There will be door and raffle prizes and trophies. For the complete story, see page 22.



More than 1 million programmable thermostats sold in the United States and Canada since 2006 are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire. The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including ComfortSentry, DICO, Emerson, Frigidaire, Maytag, Nutone, Partners Choice, Rheem, Ruud, Unico, Water Furnace, Westinghouse and Zonefirst.

The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.

The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

More than 40 utility companies distributed thermostats to consumers nationwide who participated in energy conservation programs. Various HVAC wholesalers also sold the units for about $150 each.

Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen. If the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. CT Monday-Friday to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.

—from a prepared release