PAGE 1 MAY 29, 2014 PARTYLINE FRIENDS OF LIBRARY: Joan Shramek of the Friends of the LW Library writes: Donations for the Friends Bookstore Boutique should not be left on top of the Friends donation box. Bring items when the bookstore is open. A kind resident recently left a DVD player outside before the bookstore opened and when she came back to ensure it was received, she had to be told someone took it. Donations benefit the whole community because proceeds benefit the Leisure World Library.

 

FRIENDS BOOKSTORE:

Effective Saturday, May 31, the Friends of the Library Bookstore will be closed on Saturdays due to lack of volunteers.

 

SEAL BEACH SUMMER: The Seal Beach Summer Shoreline activity guide is now available on the city website at www.sealbeachca.gov/departments/community/, and hard copies will be available within the next week at all city facilities. This year’s cover is a tribute to the Seal Beach Lions Club for 75 years of dedication to the Seal Beach Community.

 

DEMOCRATIC CLUB: Due to an error at the printers, return envelopes enclosed in a recent mailing sent to Democratic voters had an incomplete address. The building number was omitted. The correct address is: 13381 El Dorado, 202-H. For more information, call Charlene Haws, 296-8722.

 

NEW STOP COMING

A new 3-way stop will soon be installed at St. Andrews Drive and Interlachen Road. Drivers should use caution as construction will take several weeks. Work is expected to begin next week.

The traffic change is being instituted to enhance safety at the intersection.

Pedestrians, cyclists and scooter drivers should use extreme care at the new stop until everyone adapts to it.

 

DOWNTOWN CAFE MEETS WITH FAVORABLE RESPONSE

by Anne Seifert

LW contributor

 

From opening day March 17 to the present, the Downtown Cafe in Clubhouse 5 is eliciting favorable response from Leisure World shareholders.

Many coming for the first time are reminded of the old Horn & Hardart Automat days, popular in New York during the 1940s and 1950s. Food was placed behind a glass window that opened upon purchase. The cafe vending machines are similar in nature, but rely solely upon electronics. Once the money is placed in the machine, the item is selected by punching a code, and then the consumer can open the window. At first this requires some study, and the five indoor machines are all slightly different to operate. Those who go to the cafe for the first time and have difficulty understanding the instructions should ask another shareholder who might know. And if for some reason the machine malfunctions or doesn’t return change, the GRF Recreation Department on the second floor of Clubhouse 5 will help. Remember that change is sometimes given in dollar coins that look like quarters.

People who are handicapped or need an extra wide entry should use the main entrance of Clubhouse 5 where there is an automatic sliding glass door and a large hallway that leads to the cafe. There is a hand sanitizer in the hallway by the cafe entrance. There are table-wipes inside the cafe affixed to the wall. Shareholders are asked to leave the tables clean. Paper towels are also provided.

The food items change from week to week; the vendor states that some items are seasonal. However, use the suggestion box on the wall for special requests. The box is between the doors that lead to the outside patio. Plastic utensils and paper plates donated by fellow shareholders are located in a small cabinet against the wall.

Food items are rotated on a regular basis and the vendor assures that the food is fresh. There is a money-back guarantee if there is a problem with food quality. Occasionally one of the machines may not work properly or a soda may not drop into the window slot correctly. Make sure to get a refund and report the malfunction. Also, the vending machines take credit cards and debit cards; sometimes the connection fails, so be aware that cash will be needed to make a purchase when that happens. Learning to use the vending machines is fun, and shareholders are often amazed at the sophisticated automation involved. Some prices are displayed digitally, and keypads used for selecting the codes for items.

The cafe is intended for shareholders to enjoy. For the comfort of others, no pets (except service animals) are allowed. There is also no smoking in the patio area outdoors. Shareholders are asked to assist others who might need help accessing food items.

Twelve percent of gross sales go to the Golden Rain Foundation on purchases of non-perishable items, so LW patronage defrays costs.

The cafe is open every day from 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

GARDEN CLUB CELEBRATES 50—The Leisure World Garden Club has spent the last 50 years beautifying the LW community; among its most ambitious projects is the rose garden at the LW Veterans Memorial between clubhouses 3 and 4. The garden encircles the Veterans Memorial, dedicated Nov. 11, 2004, after the American Legion Post 327 raised more than $80,000 for the project, which stands as an everlasting tribute to all who served. The American Legion hosted a Memorial Day service in LW May 26. For photos, see page 22.

 

SEAL BEACH BUDGET WORKSHOP TO BE HELD TODAY

The City of Seal Beach will present its 2014-15 draft general budget in a community workshop today, Thursday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 211 Eighth St., Seal Beach. On June 2 at 5:30, the draft budget for the city’s capital improvement plan (CIP) will be discussed. All are welcome to attend both presentations.

 

TIME WARNER TO GO ALL DIGITAL

On June 3, Time Warner is going all-digital to bring customers the clearest picture and best sound quality possible.

People do not need to take action if all of their TVs have digital equipment (e.g., a digital set-top box, retail cableCARD™ device or digital adapter). They will automatically receive this improved experience.

This will affect only those people whose cable line is plugged directly into TVs, VCRs or DVD recorders. For each of these TVs, people will need to order a digital adapter to avoid losing their picture.

Time Warner will provide these adapters free of charge to customers through Dec. 31, 2015. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, each adapter will cost $1.50 a month.

For more information, call Superwire at 735-0368 or 735-0366 or Time Warner at 866-550-3211.

 

LONG BEACH CONSIDERS NEW PROJECT NEARBY

The City of Long Beach is considering a project to demolish the deteriorating Seaport Marina Hotel on Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street and construct a commercial and restaurant development. The project could include a 1,044 space, three-level parking structure and 128 surface parking spaces facing Pacific Coast Highway.

The site plan shows several small- and medium-sized attached and detached retail pads with at least one anchor tenant estimated at 40,000 square feet.

Seal Beach city staffers are reviewing a Notice of Preparation (NOP) prepared by the City of Long Beach informing neighboring cities and state agencies of the project and that it will be evaluated through an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR will also analyze an alternate site plan that includes more restaurants than commercial and may include two 40,000 square-foot anchor tenants.

Seal Beach staff will coordinate with the city engineer and director of public works to analyze potential traffic impacts that may spill over into Seal Beach.

 

GRF BOARD MEETING TODAY AT 10

This month’s regular Golden Rain Foundation Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. today in Clubhouse 4. The meeting was rescheduled from May 27. See today’s Government section, page 5, for the tentative agenda.