Watch Your Step

 

by Jim Breen

staff writer

 

Much has been written about the Microsoft Windows scam recently, so two more reports from shareholder were no surprise.

What is diffefrent about the last two reports is the way thein tended victims are beginning to fight back at their tormentors.

Resident Larry Lowman took five callers on last week and even threatened to call the police.

On July 24, the calls came into his Mutual 14 home. Even though he has caller ID, their numbers were not available.

When Mr. Lowman answered, the caller identified himself as a Microsoft representative calling about the LWers’ computer.

“On each call, I told them that I knew this was a scam call and fraudulent, and I would have the call traced,” he said.

The result? Each one hung up immediately, and no further calls were made. The threats worked.

“Of course I was not having the call traced,” he said. ”If they can lie to me, I can lie to them.”

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A determined man from Mutual 9 reported the identical scam and has been called at least 100 times in the last 1-1/2-years.

He believed some calls originated in Russia, India and China and others in New York and Phoenix.

The Mutual 9 resident asked that his name not be used in this report.

“I knew right away that he was calling with the Microsoft Technical Support scam I read about” he said.

The man was in a playful mood and decided to have some “fun on the phone” with his caller.

He was told to sit down and his computer, start it and begin inputting instructions. “I told him I was ready to begin, even though I don’t even have a computer,” he said.

The man asked the LWer a series of questions, but when he suspected he was being verbally played with, his mood turned ugly.

“He told me to do something that was anatomically impossible,” he laughed.

 

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to jimbreen@lwsbnews.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

Historical Society

 

The Leisure World Historical Society will meet at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 27 at Clubhouse 1. August is the Society’s traditional ice cream social month, so root beer floats will be available.

Sharing the podium will be Maureen Habel, president of the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), and Ronde Winkler, president of the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF).

In Leisure World, a frequently asked question is to explain the differences between the two. The meeting will provide answers to that and other questions.

Board members will meet at 9.

 

Woman’s Club

 

W contributor

 

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon Friday, Aug.15, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, priced at $9 per person, will be served at noon.

Lunch tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m.

Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m. Aug. 12. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.

Members with a party of four who want to set up a new table should also call Judy.

Those tables needing a substitute player for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitute players who can be contacted.

Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club.

Membership cards should be taken to all these events.

A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.

Members may pay their 2014-2015 dues ($20) at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Lane, 8-C, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check

 

Children--A-Priority (CAP)

by Joan Shramek

LW contributor

 

Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet today Thursday in Clubhouse 4. A board meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon then a talk by guest speaker Lorraine Goldman.

Lorraine, head physical therapist at the Health Care Center, who will discuss balance, a concern to many shareholders.

As people mature, balance in walking, getting up from sitting and climbing stairs can become difficult.

Lorraine will provide new insight on balance in seniors and will take questions following her talk.

The physical therapist has a post-graduate physical therapist PD certificate, and has worked at Memorial, Community and Los Angeles County Hospitals. She is now at Seniors Choice PT, Leisure World.

CAP’s aim is to benefit the children of southern California area with financial support.

 

American Legion

The American Legion Post 327 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., Aug. 16 in Clubhouse 2.

Those who attend will have something new: a choice of biscuits and gravy or pancakes. Both will be served with sausage, orange juice and coffee.

Tickets are available by calling Larry Norlander at 296-8392.

They will also be sold at the door the days of the breakfast.

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Aug. 14 is the 69th anniversary of the day World War II ended. Official titles for the day are VJ Day or Victory in the Pacific Day.

Shareholders are reminded to fly their flags that day.

For more information, call Bud Sudbeck, commander, at 594-0209.

 

Lecture Series

 

Dr. Don Schwartz, professor emeritus from California State University, Long Beach, will present a new four-lecture series, “Founding Fathers, Revolutionary Mothers, and the U.S. Constitution,” beginning Sept. 8. The lectures will focus on those who fought for independence and created a new nation.

A major emphasis will be on how the founding fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States.

The lectures will be held on consecutive Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 6, Room A.

The fee is $30 per person for all four lectures.

To reserve space, send a check for $30 payable to Dr. Don Schwartz and mail it to Nancy Goldstein, 13391 Danbury Lane, No.131-J, Seal Beach 90740.

Registration is open to LW residents and guests.

For more information, call Nancy Goldstein, 896-8604.

 

Vietnamese-American

 

The City of Seal Beach officially recognized the Vietnamese Freedom and Heritage flag as the official flag of the city’s Vietnamese residents on July 25.

The Freedom and Heritage flag has a yellow field and three horizontal red stripes, which symbolize the unifying blood running through northern, central, and southern Vietnam.

The flag was the flag of the former State of Vietnam, the French-controlled areas in both northern and southern Vietnam, from 1949-1955 and later of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) from 1955 until April 30, 1975.

The current Vietnamese flag is often considered offensive by refugees, for being representative of the current Communist regime.

In the United States, at least 13 state governments, seven counties and 85 cities in 20 states have adopted resolutions recognizing the yellow flag as the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag.

“More than 450,000 Vietnamese live in California, with the largest concentration of Vietnamese found outside Vietnam living in Orange County,”writes Jill Ingram, city manager. “The combinations of Vietnamese-Americans have been many, overcoming social, economic and language barriers of great magnitude.

“The City also embraces all contributions our Vietnamese residents have made to our community.”

The Vietnamese-American Club sent a letter to the city requesting that the flag be recognized as the symbol of Vietnamese-Americans living in Seal Beach.

The club thanks City Councilman Michael Levitt and City Manager Jill Ingram for their efforts in securing this recognition.

 

Legion Auxiliary

 

The American Legion Auxiliary ladies are making poppies from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6.

Veterans need help with the project and encourage volunteers to help.

Help is also needed to prepare food for the homeless vets at the Pier Center at the VA hospital.

Members cook at 11 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Preparing casseroles takes about 90 minutes.

To help, call Pat Miller at 596-4154.

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Members of the Post have requested the Auxiliary to assist them with their pancake breakfast Aug. 16.

They are needed at 7 a.m. in Clubhouse 2.

For more information, call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209.

 

Senior Patriots for Peace

 

by Nancy Goldstein

LW contributor

 

Residents and guests are invited to attend the Senior Patriots for Peace meeting at 1 p.m. Friday in Clubhouse 4. “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” a film by Robert Greenwald, will be screened.

Mr. Greenwald, a political activist and award-winning filmmaker, has produced and/or directed more than 65 TV movies, miniseries and films as well as major theatrical releases.

“Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” investigates the impact that U.S. drone strikes have across the globe.

It focuses on drone warfare, international law, the loss of life, the implications for the communities located under the drones, and the resulting blowback faced by the United States.

The filmmaker traveled to Pakistan and interviewed more than 35 victims, witnesses, psychiatrists and Pakistani leaders.

He makes a case that drone strikes create more instability than peace.

After the film Jeff Merrick of Military Families Speak Out and Veterans for Peace will give a brief presentation on his firsthand experience working with drones and answer squestions.

Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world.

The organization focus on issues of world peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come.

For further information, call Nancy Goldstein, 896-8604.