Watch Your Step by Jim Breen
Shareholders should be aware of a new scam that mis-represents Florida-based Hubbell Funeral Home with fraudulent emails targeting people across the country.
The email, received at a co-worker at the Golden Rain News, expresses sorrow for the untimely death of a friend who lived in Florida.
To get details of funeral plans, they are directed to a link within the message. But when opened, malware (malicious software) is automatically installed on their computers for the purpose of stealing personal information.
It takes only seconds for a computer to be compromised, and clicking on the link is enough to expose most computers.
Malware can include viruses and spyware designed to damage computers and record keystrokes, capturing passwords and account numbers, credit information and other personal information stored on hard drives.
Representatives from the real Hubbell have received inquiries about the e-mail from thousands of people as far away as London, even from soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
Hubbell reported receiving more than 1,000 inquiries the first day the email blast was sent.
The use of Hubbell’s website and phone numbers is evidence of how far hackers are willing to go to sneak under the defenses of consumers. On its website, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers about the scam: “This scam is a new low.” according to an FTC advisory.
As a last minute reminder, representatives from the United States Postal Inspectors Service will give a presentation on foreign lotteries and illegal sweepstakes fraud from 10 a.m.-noon, March 18, in Clubhouse 2.
They will present information about foreign lottery and sweepstakes schemes that target older Americans. All are welcome to attend.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to email@example.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Disaster First Aid Class
The next Disaster First Aid class of the year will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.
Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class.
Residents can take only one of the three classes offered in 2014. The last remaining class after March 24 is May 17, in the same time frame.
Training is provided by the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA), a local non-profit disaster training organization.
Shareholders have been told that everyone will be responsible for themselves. Self-preparation is a must.
LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water. and keep emergency supplies up to date and available.
The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.
Outside help (Red Cross- military-etc) will not arrive with additional supplies and help for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.
Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.
Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or ( 951) 675-4271.
They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon on Friday, March 21, 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., March 18. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.
Members having a party of four and wishing to set up a new table should also call Judy at the above number.
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.
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 2012-2013 dues ($15) 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.
– Janet Carpenter
Golden Age Foundation
by Anna Derby
Most seniors know that eating properly and exercising regularly are important for good health.
But few may realize that seniors who volunteer actually live longer and healthier lives.
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) invites Leisure World residents interested in learning about volunteerism and healthy aging to a special event Saturday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m in Clubhouse 4.
Dr. Barbara White will discuss research that shows a powerful connection between helping others and gaining personal health benefits.
She is an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner, associate professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach; and director of the CSULB gerontology program. That program offers a certificate and master of science in gerontology.
Since 2009, she has been executive director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSULB, a center that offers non-credit classes for mature adults.
In addition to learning about how it pays to help, those who attend will hear about GAF service programs and how to become involved.
There will be an opportunity to speak with Dr. White and the GAF program chairs. Refreshments will be offered following the program and discussion.
Everyone is welcome. Those who plan to attend are requested to call Joyce Vlaic at 430-3844 or Anna Derby, 598-6796 and leave their names and the number of guests they will bring.
Lecturer Harold Walker will discuss how the yoga philosophy came to the west at 7:30 p.m., March 21, at Farmers and Merchants Bank Community Room, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd.
The lecture will be given as a community service without charge or obligation.
For further information, call the Theosophical Society at 430-3957.
GAF Tax Program
The Golden Age Foundation’s income tax program being offered free of charge will continue until April 10.
Volunteers working Monday- through Friday in the morning only and appointments are required.
Residents should call 596-1987 and leave their names and telephone numbers on the GAF answering machine. A volunteer will return calls to schedule appointments.
Residents must bring their Social Security cards and Leisure World IDs to their appointments.
Those who are married and filing a joint return must both be present to sign the return.
The following records should be brought to appointments:
• Copies of 2012 income tax returns
• All year-end income statements
• Year-end brokers’ statements
• Verification of the cost of any stocks or bonds sold by the shareholder or his/her broker
• Building contract for any 2013 installation of energy-efficient items
Only Leisure World residents can qualify for the program, and must have income under $75,000, file either as a single person or married, filing jointly, have no income from a business or partnership, and have six or less sales of stocks or bonds.
If residents plan to itemize deductions, they should prepare a list of all medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest, etc. Bring the list and accompanying receipts to their appointments.
More than $4,500 in such expenses are needed before residents can itemize.
To have refunds directly deposited, bring checkbooks.
Tax returns will be prepared upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Take the elevator or stairs to Room A, second floor, the tax preparation room.
For those with the necessary records, tax returns will be prepared while they wait. It will take about one hour for the review of records and preparation.
An alternate free tax preparation service is also provided by AARP on Mondays through April 14 in the community room adjacent to Fire Station 48 at 3131 North Gate Road.
Call 431-2527, ext. 1344, for appointments.
NA’ AMAT USA
N’AMAT USA will meet g at 12:30 p.m., March 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Guest speaker will be Melissa Carr, regional director of the Orange County/Long Beach Office the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
She will begin her presentation at 1:15. Her topic will be “Anti-Semitism, Here and There: a Perspective on a Timeless Problem.” Participants will explore how anti-Semitism is viewed in the community and around the globe.
Melissa oversees the League’s agenda to fight anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry in all forms. She also furthers ADL’s agenda by working to expose hate groups and trends in Orange County.
Senior Patriots for Peace
Well-known political activist John Goodman will make a presentation at 1 p.m., tomorrow, Friday in Clubhouse 4 titled “The Plutocrats Are Trying To Steal Our Democracy; Here’s What You Can Do To Stop Them.”
The speaker, the guest of Senior Patriots for Peace, will discuss the power and influence big money and corporations have on the government and how ordinary citizens can fight back.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
Residents are reminded to sign up for Dr. Don Schwartz’s four-week lecture series, “The History Of U.S. Policy In The Middle East” that starts April 7.
The other dates are April 14, 21 and 28, all from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
To reserve a seat, send a check for the $30 registration fee, payable to Dr. Don Schwartz, to Nancy Goldstein, 13391 Danbury Lane, No. 131-J, Seal Beach, CA 90740.
All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world.
It’s goal is the elimination of the threat of violence and war. To that end, the group focuses 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 at 896-8604 or Mary Larson, 296-8521.
– Nancy Goldstein
Members of the Open Forum will continue conducting a series of lectures and discussions on China’s early history when the Open Forum meets at 10 a.m., March 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
For the next few meetings, the club will focus on the religions and philosophies of Confucianism and Taoism (Daoism) and their cultural and philosophical beliefs.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m., on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
All are welcome; there is no membership or dues.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.
Y Service Club
The Y Service Club is grateful to Leisure World residents and their guests for supporting the club’s recent rummage sale. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s Kids to Camp program and service projects in Leisure World.
The club will meet March 19 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. A continental breakfast served by Roger Myrashiro and Alberta Karch is scheduled from 7:30-8 a.m.
President Margaret Humes will lead the meeting, and at 8:30, Vice President Joseph Chavez will welcome the speaker.