PAGE 1 MAY 15, 2014 BREAKING NEWS Long Beach and Orange County firefighters converged on the Los Cerritos Wetlands yesterday morning at press time to battle a wildfire. It threatened nearby businesses and closed streets at the Long Beach Marketplace and Seaport Marina Hotel near Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway, according to initial fire and police reports. Water-dropping helicopters were called in due to high winds and sweltering temperatures.
Oil fields in the vicinity were of concern, but the fire did not involve nearby Haynes and AES power plants as of press time.
In unrelated development, Gum Grove Park in Seal Beach has been closed until further notice due to high winds and record heat.
—Ruth Osborn, staff writer

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.

SIGN LANGUAGE: Donna Cooper of Mutual 15 writes: Sign language is great for hard of hearing and deaf people. If you want to learn how to sign or refresh your skills, come to the first class at 9 a.m., May 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

MUTUAL 11 LUNCH: Jackie Hildebrant of Mutual 11 invites mutual residents to a luncheon following the election of officers on May 22 in Clubhouse 4. There will be entertainment and a 50/50 drawing. The lunch will start at 11:30. Flyers with more information will be distributed.

POKER TOURNEY: Tickets are on sale for the Tournament Poker Club Hawaiian Gardens Tournament Saturday, June 14. Tournament entry includes a breakfast buffet. Friends and family are welcome. To register by mail, send checks for $15 per person made out to the Tournament Poker Club by Saturday, June 7, to Cleo Looney, 1150 Northwood Road, 166-F, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. For additional information about this event, call Cleo at 342-9400.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY: Joan Shramek of the Friends of the LW Library writes: Donations for the Friends Bookstore Boutique should not be left outside. A kind resident recently left a DVD player outside before the bookstore opened, and when she came back to ensure it was received, she learned someone took it. Donations are meant to benefit the whole community because proceeds are for the Leisure World Library.

BEACH CLEAN-UP: Save Our Beach will host a beach clean-up May 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the First Street Beach Parking Lot in Seal Beach.

GARDEN CLUB—To commemorate its 50th anniversary, the Leisure World Garden Club dedicated a landscaped installation featuring a seal at the entrance of the Leisure World Library May 12. Club Secretary Jonie Hatheway (l-r), President Maria Giegerich and Second Vice President Joanna Matos held the ribbon, while Golden Rain Foundation President Mario Michaelides cut it. The ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries and Golden Rain staff, including Seal Beach Councilman Mike Levitt, Golden Rain Foundation Executive Director Randy Ankeny and Friends of the Library President Dolores Parker. Landscape architect Don Hemry and Bill Jacobs of Total Landscape Co. attended, along with Garden Club members and friends. On Jan. 9, 1964, 38 plant-loving residents gathered in Clubhouse 3, and that was the beginning of the Garden Club; 50 years and 33 presidents later, the club continues to be a vibrant contributor to the spirit of the LW community.

A 1998 Toyota 4-Runner driven by a Mutual 10 resident crashed into a wall at the North Gate at about 10:25 a.m., May 11. The driver told Leisure World Security that he passed out, according to the accident report. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, according to LW Security Chief Jaime Guerrero. The 78-year-old driver was transported to Los Alamitos Medical Center with undetermined injuries.
The car demolished a section of Leisure World’s perimeter wall and the gate support posts. Temporary fencing has been erected to prevent intruders from entering Leisure World.
Repairs are under way and are expected to be completed by next week.
The collision also damaged a bike pedestrian gate owned by the City of Seal Beach, according to Chief Guerrero.
The North Gate opened as a third entrance to Leisure World Jan. 10, 2008, with an average of 2,000 vehicles a day using the road. In 2009, the Seal Beach City Council approved an upgrade to the road, then known as Beverly Manor Drive.

This month’s regular Golden Rain Foundation Board meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, has been changed due to a scheduling conflict. It will now be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, in Clubhouse 4.

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.
Joseph Garcia, commander, Department of California, American Legion, will be the keynote speaker.
He is the state leader of the American Legion.
All veterans, Golden Rain Foundation members and guests are invited to attend. Poppies will be provided to everyone at the door.
Donations will be accepted.
The program is sponsored by American Legion Leisure World Post 327 and Auxiliary Unit 327, in cooperation with the Golden Rain Foundation and Leisure World Recreation Department.
The program will begin with a concert by the LW Orchestra.
Chaplain Phil O’Malley will give the invocation, and Cmdr. Bud Sudbeck will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vern Jackson will sing “The National Anthem.”
Cmdr. Sudbeck will introduce his staff and Cmdr. Garcia.
The orchestra will perform the “Armed Forces Salute,” followed by a patriotic medley by the Chanteurs. The roll call of members who were transferred to “Post Everlasting” this year will be conducted by Adjutant Larry Norlander with Dave Luftiz, director.
Auxiliary Chaplain Darline Brogna will give the benediction.
At the 11th hour, buglar Lee Esslinger will play “Taps” to end the program.
Joseph A. Garcia was born in Rockford, Ill., and was raised in Pico Rivera, Calif. He graduated from El Rancho High School and attended two years at Rio Hondo College before entering the United State Army. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged with his highest rank as Sgt. E5. Joseph’s father and two brothers also served in the military.
Joseph has been employed for the last 19-plus years with Allied Mechanical as a CNC maintenance mechanic.
Joseph has been married to his wife, Esther, for 40 years. They have two sons, Ruben and Joseph Jr. and one daughter, Lisa. They have 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Esther is active in the American Legion Auxiliary, serving on unit, district and department levels.
Joseph joined the American Legion in 1995. He is dedicated to his family and The American Legion and all that it stands for. Joseph was awarded “Legionnaire of the Year” for 2010-2011 at the American Legion Convention in Ontario. He is a member of the Fontana Post 262, 25th District and the 5th Area.       
—Bud Sudbeck