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THANKS TO ST. HEDWIGS: Lisa Dickson of Mutual 1 reports that the St. Hedwig’s Christmas party was terrific. LWers were among the huge number of guests socializing and feasting on delicious turkey and ham with all the trimmings. Everyone had fun opening gifts. Thanks to St. Hedwig’s for the kindness and generosity of the volunteer parishioners who made the day possible.
LANGUAGE CLASSES START: Kuniko Okamoto of Mutual 2 will teach two language classes starting this month. The Nikkei Club is sponsoring a beginning Japanese language class, starting Jan. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn conversational Japanese and some Japanese characters. Registration fee is $30, which includes two books. The weekly lesson fee is $1. For more information and the location, call Dr. Carolyn Mottola of Mutual 11 at 446-0436. The Sunshine Club will sponsor an English Speech and Language Acquisition class, starting Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. The class is for foreign-language speakers and stoke recovery patients who want to improve grammar and clarity of speech. Mrs. Okamoto is a language expert with degrees in speech/language pathology. Seats are limited. For more information, call Anna Derby at 598-6796.
LEARN BRIDGE IN A DAY: Judy Carter-Johnson of Mutual 4 writes: The Learn Bridge in a Day program is to bring new players to the game in a fun way. People will start playing, bidding and scoring, and be exposed to enough bridge in one day to let them make informed decisions on whether it’s the game for them. Children, grandchildren, and friends are invited. No partner required. The program will be held at the Long Beach Bridge Center, 4782 Pacific Coast Highway, Sunday, Jan. 26, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided). Cost is $20; $10 for people who ask for the “Friends and Family Discount.” Reservations are required by calling 498-8113.
Trust Extension vote passes
On behalf of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that the Trust extension measure passed. Over 4,700 ballots were counted at a special GRF Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 4.
Ballots were mailed to all Foundation members, just over 6,600 households. A quorum of 2,203 members, or 33-1/3 percent of the membership, was required before the ballots could be counted. Fifty-one percent of the membership, or 3,305 yes votes, was needed to pass the proposed Trust extension.
Accurate Voting Services served as the inspector of elections and announced the final tally: 4,642 yes votes; 84 no votes; and 42 abstentions.
I extend my sincere thanks to the Foundation members for their participation in this election. You have voted to keep what we know and love. Thanks also to the volunteers for their efforts; you are a true example of COMMUNITY UNITY!
Further information on the election and what this vote means will be published in next week’s edition of the News.
MUTUAL POLICIES ON CONTRACTORS
To start the New Year in a proactive direction, the Gates and Patrol Department reminds members of the current polices related to the working hours of contractors in the community. They have been put in place to preserve the peace and quiet of Leisure World. Ensuring that the contractors and members abide by these policies is a priority for the Gates and Patrol Department.
Many LW mutuals have adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402 “Working Hours-Contractors,” while others have made slight amendments to better suit their needs. These policies not only apply to contractors, but also members who are remodeling themselves. A common requirement among the policies is that work on Sundays is not allowed.
The following is mutual specific information:
•Mutual 1 adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402.1, which states that remodeling, installation/removal of appliances and equipment is permitted between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work is permitted on Saturdays if:
•Prior permission is obtained from the mutual president or other officer
•The work involves no noise
•The work is done between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mutuals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16 have adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402 that states contractors can only perform work between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Mutual 7 has made an amendment to this policy by reducing the work times from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The mutual does allows work on Saturdays if the project will not require the inspection of a GRF Physical Property Department inspector and as agreed upon by the mutual and Physical Property supervisor.
Mutual 12 has adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402.12, which states that remodeling, installation/removal of appliances and equipment is permitted between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Work is permitted on Saturdays if:
•Prior permission is obtained from the Mutual president
•The work involves no noise
•The work is done between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mutual 14 has adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402.14, which states that contractors are allowed to perform remodeling, removal/installation of equipment and appliances between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This includes Saturdays as long as the work does not create noise.
Mutual 15 has adopted Mutual Operations Policy 7402.15, which states that remodeling, installation/removal of appliances and equipment is permitted between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Noisy work is not permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. Work on Saturdays is permitted if permission from the Mutual president is granted.
Mutual 17 amended Mutual Operations Policy 7402 by requiring that construction not be done in the hallways of Mutual buildings. Workmen are to clean up after themselves.
Policies above have been summarized for this article; mutual policies are available for review in their entirety. People who want to report policy violations should contact the Gates and Patrol Department at 594-4754 or the GRF main business line at 431-6586, ext. 377.
GOLDEN RAIN ROAD CLOSED JAN. 10
On Friday, Jan. 10, paving repairs will necessitate the complete closure of eastbound Golden Rain Road between El Dorado and St. Andrews drives. In conjunction with the closure, access to Golden Rain Road via Cedar Crest Drive and/or Thunderbird will also be restricted.
For available detours around the construction zone, refer to the inset Construction Detour Map in the Government section on page 10. Maps are also available and can be obtained at Clubhouse 5 Physical Property Department located on the second floor.
Be alert and obey all construction signage, posted speed limits, pedestrian and vehicle detour signage and construction traffic control flag personnel.
GAF TAX SERVICE TO START
Golden Age Foundation volunteers will prepare income tax returns for eligible residents beginning Feb. 10 through April 10, weekday mornings only.
Specific information on how to make appointments for the free LW service will be published in upcoming editions of the News.
The Leisure World Library is closed through Jan. 11 for inventory. The library will reopen on Jan. 13 at regular business hours.