PAGE 1 JUNE 19, 2014 PARTYLINE FUN WITH MUSIC: Flo Dartt of Mutual 14 invites everyone to “A History of American Popular Music,” taught by Professor Jim Spencer. The class will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays, in the Clubhouse 4 Art Room. Cost is $5 a week for the interactive class of lecture, media, discussion and concerts.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY: Ellen Larsen of Mutual 14 wants people to know that the LW American Legion Auxiliary support the Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach by collecting the tabs you pull to open sodas, soups and other aluminum cans. The House is located on the Long Beach Memorial Hospital campus and provides low-cost temporary housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Miller Children’s Hospital and other nearby medical facilities. The funds generated from recycling these pull tabs help offset House expenses. Ellen will pick up donations. Call her at 596-2904 to make an appointment.
TRAVEL PARTNER: Michele Vallens of Mutual 3 seeks a female travel companion available for international travel in July. For more information, call Michele at 230-7464.
ART FOR EVERYONE: An art sale sponsored by the California State University, Long Beach, Art Museum Docent Council will be held Saturday, June 28, from 2-5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to cover the cost of a new front for the museum. The groundbreaking was held May 29, and most of the money has been raised. Long Beach and Leisure World artists will be featured. Have some wine, a bite to eat and go home with an original piece of art. Art will be raffled and auctioned off and be available for sale. The auction will be held at the John Sanders Studio, 2828 E. 14th St., corner of 14th and Gladys, Long Beach. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLY FOR A BATHROOM UPGRADE
Leisure World residents who have trouble stepping into the shower could be eligible for a free bathroom upgrade. The City of Seal Beach has secured $180,000 in federal money to continue a bathroom accessibility program specifically targeted for income-qualified residents. The program has improved the bathrooms of more than 760 residents. Applications are currently being accepted by mail, and funds are limited. Phase 1 applications are due July 29; Phase 2, by Oct. 7. Applications are available on the City of Seal Beach website at www.sealbeachca.gov/News.aspx?id=1940. For people who need help, an application workshop will be held Thursday, July 17, in Clubhouse 4, Section A, from 2-5:30 p.m. To expedite the application process, bring your latest IRS tax return (if applicable), most recent bank statements and investment statements.
Over the past eight years, the City of Seal Beach has applied and received federal grant funds through the County of Orange and from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funds are used to cut the wall of the existing tubs to a few inches. The tubs are refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed.
The process converts the tub/shower combination into a shower only and eliminates the need for seniors to lift one leg up and over the tub wall, which is especially precarious when standing barefoot on a wet surface. In addition, the grant funds can also be used to replace an existing toilet with a high-boy toilet; further assisting seniors. To qualify, applicants must meet certain income guidelines.
All applicants must be over 55 years of age and have a gross household income less than or equal to the Orange County levels as follows: One person, $50,600, maximum gross annual household income; two people, $57,800; and three people, $65,050.
In addition to the income requirements, a licensed medical doctor must complete the Doctor’s Analysis Form (included in the application) that rates the physical condition of the applicant with respect to mobility problems, pain with movement or trouble with balance. This rating allows the most needy applicants to receive top priority.
The bathroom improvement process is coordinated by CivicStone, a company hired by the City of Seal Beach to review all applications and manage the construction improvements with the approved contractors. Once approved for the program and scheduled for work, the improvements usually take less than a week to complete.
The 2014-2015 program begins July 1. For more information and to start the application process, contact CivicStone at (909) 364-9000.
RULES FOR GUEST ADMITTANCE AT MAIN GATE
With the summer season in full swing, the volumw of visitor traffic that comes through the Leisure World gates increases significantly. “Our goal is to make sure you and your guests enter the community safely without any delays,” said Security Chief Jaime Guerrero. “Here are some helpful tips that will ensure your guests arrive in a timely manner.”
When calling into the Main Gate to register a guest, provide the mutual and unit numbers, which will let Security locate an electronic record and input the guest information. To verify identity, a Security officer will ask for the resident’s name and the answer to a confidential question that only he or she would know. Residents must also provide the guest’s name and time of arrival. Residents have the following options for their guests:
•In and Out: This option allows guest to come in and out of the community throughout the day until 11 p.m. This is for family members or contractors who may need to intermittently leave the community to purchase goods, go out for lunch, or simply run an errand. It eliminates the need to call numerous times for the same day.
•Directions: This option alerts Security that guests will need directions to the resident’s unit. Security staff will direct guests using the LW map and give them a copy to take with them.
•Call First: Security will call the resident before granting guests entrance to LW. Security officers will try to reach residents by phone as requested when guests arrive. If there is no answer, the guests will not be allowed into Leisure World.
•After 11 p.m.: Annual guest passes are not valid after 11 p.m., so residents will have to call Security if guests are expected between 11 p.m.-6 a.m.
•Additional Days: Residents may keep guests registered for entry up to 30 consecutive days.
Security requires that guests have a resident’s last name, first name, mutual and unit numbers when they arrive at the Main Gate.
If guests arrive without all the information, they will have to come into the Security office while staff confirms their visit with the LW resident.
Guests who do not have guest passes are required to enter through the Main Gate. If they attempt to enter the St. Andrews Gate or the North Gate, they will be re-directed to the Main Gate. The satellite gates are only for vehicles with valid resident/employee decals or persons with guest and service passes.
Visitor Pets Restriction
Mutual Policy 7501 restricts non-resident visitors and guests from bringing pets into the community. Residents should let guests know in advance that they will have to arrangements with an offsite pet sitter or kennel.
Member Vehicle Decals
Members must have current vehicle resident decals. The Security Office issues decals seven days a week from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., except on rainy days. If decals are expired, Security officers will provide a courtesy notice.
Residents using Leisure World ID cards to enter LW should use the Main Gate “Visitors Without Passes Lane.” This allows staff at to safely verify the resident’s identity. For more information, contact Chief Guerrero at 431-6586, ext. 279.
GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION LUNCHEON
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is preparing to host its 16th annual luncheon to honor an army of volunteers who support a wide range of programs in Leisure World. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 26, in Clubhouse 2. Volunteers have received complimentary tickets.
Chairmen Gail Levitt and Carol Piepenburg have created eye-catching decorations to showcase this year’s theme of “Thanks A Million.” Ren Villanueva, ticket master and program designer, has chosen a million dollar background to carry out the theme.
The GAF is grateful to this year’s luncheon sponsor, DLD Insurance Brokers, longtime friend and supporter of the GAF’s mission to serve the members of Leisure World.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in the 1970s, the GAF is dedicated to serving the specific needs of LW residents, making the community a better and happier place to live.
The work of volunteers is visible everywhere, especially in the primary programs sponsored by the GAF: the Hospitality Cen ter in Clubhouse 6, the environmental program that recycles batteries, the annual flu shot clinic, Lifeline service, the loan of mobility aids and the annual tax preparation service. Nearly 200 volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to staff these beneficial programs.
GAF services are made possible by the generosity of residents through donations and bequests, all tax deductible. For more information, to donate or to become a volunteer, call 431-9589. Leave a message and a GAF volunteer will return the call.
WEST COUNTY CONNECTOR CONSTRUCTION
Paving activity is ongoing for retaining walls for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector, along the eastbound SR-22 freeway near Valley View Street; this work will continue for the next few weeks. Paving activity is also under way in the center median of the I-405 near the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector.
Nightly closures are scheduled through Saturday, June 21, and will include portions of the westbound SR-22, southbound I-605, northbound I-405 and southbound I-405 freeways, Seal Beach Boulevard and Old Ranch Parkway.
The work is part of the West County Connectors (WCC) project that will link carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
For the complete schedule of this week’s closures, including recommended detour routes, visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap.
After placing the new curbs and gutters on the east-half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge, the contractor is scheduled to begin concrete paving activities on portions of the new half of the bridge. Crews will also install fencing along the east-half of the bridge. A “closure pour” to connect the new east half of the bridge with the west half is scheduled for mid-July.
Falsework construction on the SR-22 / I-405 carpool connector is ongoing as crews construct the bridge support structure from both sides of the I-405 freeway. In the coming weeks, crews will prepare to conduct two remaining deck pours and two remaining stem and soffit pours on the carpool connector.