Lakewood Community News - November 2022

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Volume 42 Number 11

Lakewood wins prestigious award

The League of California Cities has awarded the City of Lakewood with its “Helen Putnam Award for Excellence” in enhancing public trust for Lakewood’s community-wide race, equity, diversity and inclusion plan. Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the City of Lakewood initiated a Community Dialogue designed to listen to residents and create or enhance city efforts that “build on all the good in Lakewood and make the community the safest, most welcoming place it can be, for everyone.” Hundreds of residents took part in discussions and recommendations, resulting in a council-approved Action Plan

in early 2021 that called for: • A multicultural food and music festival, called the Lakewood Fest-Of-All. The second annual Fest-Of-All was held on Oct. 8, 2022, with over 7,000 residents and guests in attendance. • Increased opportunities to meet with Sheriff’s Department personnel, such as Coffee with a Deputy, Ice Cream with a Deputy, and National Night Out. • Ongoing opportunities for residents to meet and discuss diversity-related issues with fellow residents and city leaders. The most recent gathering was held Oct. 20. • Recognition of commemorative calendar days and months that celebrate the many people

Lakewood honors “Native American Heritage Month”

America includes many cultures and peoples dating back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of this land. In November, Lakewood is joining communities around the nation in honoring Amer-

ica’s indigenous peoples and sharing their history, culture, struggles and accomplishments. A key element of Lakewood's award-winning Community Dialogue on Race,

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and cultures who call Lakewood home. Lakewood is considered one of California’s most broadly diversifying communities, with a population of people from all over the nation and world that closely mirrors the diversity of Los Angeles County as a whole. “I’m extremely proud of our residents and our city for winning this award, which is known as the Academy Awards of city government in California,” said Mayor Steve Croft. “It’s a testament to the contributions from a lot of people and organizations who are working together in the spirit of enhancing peopleto-people relations in our community and keeping Lakewood a great place to live. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in developing our Community Dialogue Action Plan and to everyone who continues to be a good, friendly and welcoming Lakewood neighbor.” Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence is given annually to just 12 cities to recognize outstanding achievements among California's 482 municipalities. The purpose of the award is to promote innovative solutions by city governments. See a short video from the League about why Lakewood was selected for the award at Learn more about Lakewood’s Community Dialogue Action Plan at ♦

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating the diversity of people and cultures that Lakewood is proud to have as part of our community. On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Steve Croft recently signed a proclamation declaring November as “Native American Heritage Month” in Lakewood. See a special Lakewood CityTV video that highlights the Native American people who lived in the LakewoodLong Beach area, including the Tongva people at www., where you can also get links to information and the history of Native Americans from the L.A. County Public Libraries. ♦

New “Pillars of Community” is unveiled for the public

Lakewood City Council cuts the ribbon for the new exhibit.

A new Pillars of Community memorial to honor the “Legends of Lakewood” was made public for the first time on Sept. 27 at The Centre during a Lakewood Celebrates community reception. Starting with Lakewood’s 50th anniversary in 2004 and continuing every five years since, the Lakewood City Council has named as “Legends of Lakewood” individuals, groups of people, organizations and programs that have made significant, lasting contributions to the development and progress of Lakewood. The Legends of Lakewood are recognized and named on the

Pillars of Community. The new Pillars of Community artwork makes use of video technology and historic and contemporary photographs to tell the story of Lakewood and the people and organizations who have helped build and sustain the community. See a Lakewood CityTV video describing the new Pillars of Community, or come visit the Pillars in person during business hours at The Centre. You can also learn more about the Pillars and the Legends of Lakewood at www. ♦

Drive with extra caution on Halloween

The City of Lakewood asks drivers to please remember that on Halloween children may be running unexpectedly across streets. Please drive extra cautiously, especially on residential streets where excited kids may dart out at any time. And parents, please remind

your children to be careful crossing streets. Always do so only at crosswalks…not in the middle of a street…and only after checking both directions carefully. Put reflective tape on dark costumes and give your children a flashlight or something to illuminate them when crossing streets. ♦



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Want to help in your community? By Mayor Steve Croft

This coming holiday season…or any time of the year… please consider volunteering or, if your pocketbook allows, donating to help in our community. Our city is home to many non-profit organizations and clubs, with hundreds of volunteers and dedicated staff, who provide service and care to local residents in need…and they are always looking for extra volunteers or financial support to expand the good work that they do. These organizations are involved with our libraries, hospice care, meal deliveries to the homebound and many other helpful services. You can also volunteer

through youth organizations like the Boys and Girls Scouts, Little Leagues and Pop Warner Football, or through a religious congregation or the city-organized Neighborhood Watch program. You can also assist our youth through donations to local educational foundations, such as those that provide added support to elementary and high school education, and those that provide technology, food and other help to college students, including those experiencing homelessness but still going to school. For college students, you can donate to student emergency funds at Long Beach City College, Cerritos College (both of which can direct funds specifically to Lakewood students in need), or California State University, Long Beach. To learn how to volunteer or donate to the above causes and more in Lakewood, go to or One other way that you can show that you care, even from the comfort of your own

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home, is by taking part in Lakewood’s annual “Thank a Servicemember” campaign, where residents are encouraged to write postcards or letters of appreciation to send to American military personnel serving overseas during the holidays. We’re collecting cards and letters now through early December. For details, go to or call City Hall at 562-866-9771 ext. 3123. A wise and timeless adage is that when you volunteer, you not only help someone else, but you help yourself through the act of giving and caring. The volunteer spirit is a key part of what has made Lakewood the friendly, neighborly and safe community that we all know and love. And the coming holiday season is a great time to renew that spirit of volunteerism and helping. As you and your family prepare for the holiday season ahead, my colleagues on the Lakewood City Council and I wish you the very best and thank you for being great Lakewood neighbors! ♦

City Spotlight Save the date for the Tree Lighting Lakewood residents are cordially invited to join in the city’s annual Tree Lighting ceremony and community gathering on Friday, Dec. 2 outside The Centre at 5000 Clark Ave., next to City Hall. Carnival games and food trucks will be on the scene starting at 4:30 p.m. Santa will be ready to hear your children’s holiday wishes and take photos (with your own device) from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The official tree lighting program starts at 6:30 p.m. Festivities wrap up at 8 p.m. Fun features include: • Lots of falling snow • Holiday Musical Group • Plenty of food trucks located in the parking lot behind City Hall where there is more room to spread out and relax. • Wonderful and free family holiday photo opportunities. Costumed characters will help with several holiday photo scenes, including one with Santa and two large sleighs. Parking will be available behind The Centre and in the large, gravel parking lot at the corner of Del Amo Boulevard and Clark Avenue. The parking lots immediately in front of and behind City Hall will be closed for use in the event. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. For more information, visit www. or call 562-866-9771 ext. 2408. Teen centers offer after-school options Lakewood’s two teen centers offer safe, fun and positive ways for teens to spend their free time after school. At the Lakewood Youth Center at Del Valle Park and the Teen Resource Center at Bloomfield Park, they can socialize with friends, do homework, and play video games while in the company of outgoing and responsible recreation staff. Each center offers different Friday or Saturday night social events for teens, such as movie nights,

flag football tournaments, gaming tournaments and excursions. On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4-8 p.m., teens can participate in a Nintendo Switch Tournament at Bloomfield Park, 21420 Pioneer Blvd., and on Fridays, Nov. 4, 11, and 18 beginning at 3 p.m., the Lakewood Youth Center at 4658 Woodruff Ave. will host a series of trivia competitions. For more information, Bloomfield Park can be reached at 562-8651717 and the Youth Center can be reached at 562-429-7472. Teen centers offer educational opportunities, too. The Teen Resource Center has weekday programs including Job Assistance and Homework Assistance. Teens interested in volunteering can get an application and project information at either teen center. The Lakewood Youth Center is open Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. The Teen Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. Play softball to help Project Shepherd Residents are asked to get on base with Project Shepherd by playing in or sponsoring a softball team in the annual “Turkey Tournament,” hosted by the City of Lakewood. There will be two tournament divisions offered: co-ed division and men’s division. Games for both divisions will be played Saturday, Nov. 12. The co-ed tournament will take place at San Martin Park, and the men’s tournament will be played at Palms Park. Games begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. Registrations are due by Nov. 9. For more information or to inquire about signing up as a team or sponsor at 562-866-9771 ext. 2408. Teams • Team fee is $350 • 3-game guarantee • ASA Bats • Custom Dri-FIT jerseys will be given to the 1st place team Sponsors • Sponsors get a field sign for $100, highlighting your business in front of 120 ball players and fans. Now in its 50th year, Project Shepherd provides food and gifts during the holiday season and throughout the year to Lakewood residents in need. The City of Lakewood and the Rotary Club of Lakewood organize the efforts of volunteers and the donations of food, toys, clothing and cash to make Project Shepherd a success. Over 400 families, including 1,500 youth and adults, were helped in 2021. Family Game Night Gather the whole family and join your neighbors for a night of family fun on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at your neighborhood park. Kids versus parents, family versus family, trivia, charades and more, are sure to make this an action-packed evening of fun. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration required. Go to (Cont'd. on Pg. 3)



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Luncheon to honor those who protect Lakewood

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Every November at the Award of Valor Luncheon, Lakewood invites residents and community leaders to take time to recognize deputy sheriffs, firefighters and fellow residents who have demonstrated heroism and outstanding service to the community. This year will follow that tradition, with a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Centre. The Award of Valor annual luncheon brings together over 400 people, including Lakewood residents, civic and business leaders, public safety professionals, Neighborhood Watch block captains, Sheriff’s Station volunteers and Volunteers on Patrol. Top officials from the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments will speak and join the Lakewood community in a show of support and appreciation for local heroes and public safety personnel. “This event is a great opportunity to say thank you to the deputy sheriffs and firefighters who work hard every day protecting and serving us, and to the community volunteers who have gone above and

beyond in the cause of public safety in Lakewood,” said Mayor Steve Croft. “If you are able, I hope you can join us at this wonderful and meaningful annual city event.” Reservations are required. Tickets are $32 each and tables of nine are available if purchased by 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. After that, tickets will be $42 each. Seats are not guaranteed after Nov. 8. Checks should be made payable to the City of Lakewood and mailed with names of attendees to: Lakewood City Hall, c/o Community Relations Office, 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood, California 90712. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.lakewoodcity. org/AOVtickets. Contact 562866-9771 ext. 3123 for more information.

Award of Valor is sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors Rotary Club of Lakewood Gold Sponsors H & H Nursery Lakewood Family YMCA Lakewood Pan American Association Water Replenishment District Director John Allen

(StatePoint) As you make your way to holiday gatherings this season, be sure to show your hosts gratitude for opening their homes to you. There are many thoughtful ways to thank a holiday host, but the best gestures are those that include personalized touches to leave an impression on the recipient. For example, don’t just bring a bottle of wine with you to the party. Share on the label why you selected that particular variety for your host. Sending thanks the next day? Go above and beyond a regular message with something unforgettable, like a video greeting from SmashUps by American Greetings, which features celebrities and fun characters and can be personalized. While gifts for hosts don’t need to be grand gestures, showing your appreciation for holiday hospitality is a great way to leave an impression and score an invitation to next year’s party. ♦

cal park and register. LYS Basketball Registration Sign-ups for Lakewood Youth Sports Basketball will be available online Dec. 3-17. Go to and click on the “Sports” tab at the top of the page. Lakewood residents can also visit their local park to register. The co-ed Rookie and Smurf Divisions, for ages 4-5 and 6-7, emphasizes instruction using a smaller ball and modified rules to promote fun and minimize competition. The Competitive Divisions are for ages 8-17, with 15-17 Boys and Girls divisions playing a 3 on 3 format focused on providing a fun, social atmosphere. There is no registration fee for Lakewood residents. Non-resident registration is $20 and can be paid online any time. Players will be instructed to present a birth certificate to verify age classifications on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Teams practice weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, beginning Dec. 26. League play begins Jan. 21 and concludes March 11. Playoffs will conclude by March 18. For more information, call 562866-9771 ext. 2408.

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Lakewood Youth Sports volunteer coaches needed Volunteer coaches are needed for basketball teams for the upcoming season at Lakewood parks. Although parents of players make great coaches, it’s not required to have a child playing to be a volunteer. Volunteering to coach is a rewarding experience, and anyone that wants to be involved is welcome. No coaching experience is necessary. City staff will provide the appropriate training. Inquire at any Lakewood park for complete details or call 562-866-9771 ext. 2408. Drive-in Movie at Lakewood Center The city will offer a Drive-in Movie at Lakewood Center, in the northwest parking lot near El Torito restaurant, on Saturday, Dec. 9 featuring Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. with car staging beginning at 6 p.m. Residents will be charged $10 per car and nonresidents will be charged $15 per car. Pre-registration is required and is open to 100 cars. Participants can register at www.lakewoodcity. org/ecatalog using activity #23710 beginning Dec. 3 for residents and Dec. 5 for non-residents. ♦

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New Farmers Market opening soon City service changes

Shoppers can browse a variety of fresh foods, crafts and more.

A new Lakewood Farmers Market will soon open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the city property at Del Amo Blvd. and Clark Ave. The Farmers Market will feature California-certified fresh produce, crafts and pre-

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packaged goods, with 20-30 vendors joining throughout the month of November as the market grows in size. Items will include hot prepared foods, organic chicken, fresh fish, eggs, honey, hummus, vegan dishes, baked goods,

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nut butters, juices, coffee and iced coffee drinks, with a shaded dining area for customers. The market will be run by the operators of a longstanding successful Farmers Market in Long Beach (at Clark Ave. and Spring St.). At the end of each market day, Lakewood Meals on Wheels will collect produce and prepackaged donations from the vendors. A grand opening event for the Farmers Market will take place after Thanksgiving, with special giveaways for attendees. Details will be announced in late November on the City of Lakewood website and weekly eMagazine. To subscribe to the free eMagazine, visit ♦

for Thanksgiving

City Hall is closed for the November holiday, but service is still available.

Lakewood City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. NO trash pick-up will occur on Thursday, Nov. 24. Trash pickup for Thursday and Friday will be delayed by one day. That means pickups normally scheduled for Thursday will happen Friday, and Friday’s normal pickups will occur on Saturday. There will be NO residential

street sweeping Thursday and Friday and no makeup sweep. Therefore, there will be NO residential street-sweeping parking tickets issued during those two days. Street sweeping and related parking enforcement will be normal on the Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. DASH Transit will be closed on Nov. 24-25. When City Hall is closed, here is how you can report a non-emergency issue: • Call and leave a message for the city’s customer service staff at 562-866-9771 ext. 2140 or send an email to service1@ They will answer messages on the next business day. • Submit a non-emergency service request online at www. • Use the Lakewood Connect app for your smartphone to report an issue, ask a question or give input to the City of Lakewood. The app is available from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store as a free download. For emergency city service requests, like downed tree limbs, traffic signal outages or water main leaks, call 562866-9771 and follow the instructions to page a 24-hour city emergency worker. For questions or requests regarding trash and disposal services, contact EDCO Disposal at 562-531-3054. ♦

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Five ways to help Project Shepherd As the holiday season quickly approaches, we are reminded of those who are less fortunate. Over 1,500 individuals living in Lakewood, many of them children and seniors, will not able to enjoy the holidays without the food, gifts and toys that many of us have come to take for granted. With your help, Project Shepherd will ensure there’s enough joy for everyone in Lakewood during the holiday season. Here are five ways you can contribute to the program: 1. Make a donation by check Mail a check to Lakewood Project Shepherd, c/o Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712. Or, put the check in an envelope addressed to Project Shepherd and drop it off in the utility payment box outside City Hall. 2. Fulfill a child’s wish on a Teddy Bear Tree • See the Teddy Bear Trees displaying paper ornaments from Wednesday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Dec. 2 at the Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Ave. and at Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Ave. in the Recreation and Community Services Dept. • Select a paper teddy bear

ornament with a specific holiday wish for a child in need, purchase that gift, and return the ornament with the item to City Hall or Burns by Dec. 5. 3. Visit Project Shepherd’s gift registry on Amazon to purchase a gift and have it sent directly to the program. Starting Nov. 16, visit the link to Project Shepherd’s gift wish list on Amazon at PSAmazon. 4. Support the Virtual Canned Food and Toy Drive Sponsor 1 to 35 canned goods for holiday meal baskets or donate to provide a toy for a child in need – or do both! It’s easy using the secure online form at 5. Donate $10 Grocery Gift Cards Next time you’re at the market, pick up a $10 grocery gift card or two to donate. Please drop off gift cards to the Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Ave., Lakewood before Dec. 5. Project Shepherd is operated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. For more information, call 562-925-7512 or visit ProjectShepherd. ♦

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New playground opens in Lakewood

Children, parents and city council open up San Martin tot lot.

Kids ages 2-5 have a new playground to enjoy in Lakewood, with many exciting features …and shade shelters for parents and kids. Features of the new “tot lot” playground at San Martin Park include: • “Rock’N Slip Glider Ship," on which little ones can “sail” the seven seas with friends. This is the centerpiece of the playground. • Swing set which features access for all ages and abilities with bucket seats and straps. There are also “ParentAnd-Me” swings where children can ride while engaging with mom or dad, swinging

together. • “Turnabout Spinner” that offers children a taste of the merry-go-round many parents enjoyed as youth, but with a safer experience. The small in-ground spinner provides the sensation of spinning at ground level while maintaining a comfortable rate of speed. • Shade shelters spread throughout the playground under which children can play…and parents can get some well-deserved, cool relaxation! The playground was designed to provide key elements of play crucial to this

age group—climbing, spinning, balancing, sliding and swinging. These skills promote healthy growth and challenges for developing young bodies for a lifetime of physical fitness. “Whether you live in the San Martin Park neighborhood or elsewhere in Lakewood, come on by with your young kids and give Lakewood’s newest playground a try,” said Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft. The just-finished San Martin Park improvements also include new picnic shelters and improved disabled parking access. The improvements are the latest to be funded by Lakewood Measure L, with enhanced funding coming from a state parks grant secured by Assembly Member Anthony Rendon. See a Lakewood CityTV video about the San Martin Park improvements at www. ♦


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Lakewood Run registration is open for 2023!

Avid runners, fitness athletes, families and kids are welcome.

Save the date for the 32nd annual Lakewood Run, “Warriors Building Healthier Communities,” on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Deputy Sheriffs, recreational runners, families and kids will gather at the starting line in front of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station to walk, roll,

ruck or run the event’s 5K Run/Walk/Ruck or the 10K Run course for time. In addition to the 5K/10K Walk and 10KRun, new this year is the 5K Ruck in honor of our military warriors. Rucking is the action of walking with a weighted rucksack (backpack) on your back. Rucking is a low-impact exercise based on military training workouts. Lakewood’s tree-lined residential streets offer a flat, “runner friendly” course that is fast for practiced runners and comfortable for fitness fans and family members. Check out the Lakewood Run website and register online now at All participants will be supporting Soroptimist International of Lakewood/ Long Beach and Lakewood Sheriff’s Station charity efforts while they pursue their

personal best in the 5K/10K event for time or just for fun in this family-friendly event. Early bird registration fees are in effect through Jan. 31. The fee is $45 for the 5K Run/Walk, $50 for the 5K Ruck, or $50 for the 10K Run. Professional timing will be used. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each category of the 5K and 10K running events. All finishers for the 5K/10K will receive finisher medals. For participants and spectators, the day includes a fitness expo and displays of public safety equipment and programs. There is also live entertainment and special giveaways from Lakewoodarea businesses. To inquire about group rate entries or to get more event information, email info@ ♦


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Don’t trim trees in the parkway; call the city instead

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The parkway is the area between the sidewalk and the street in front of a residence. The City of Lakewood plants the trees in that area. They are city property and it is the city’s sole responsibility to trim them when needed. Residents should not trim the tree on their own. There have been cases of residents (or their gardeners) doing their own trimming in a way that is harmful to the tree or to the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Lakewood is proud to have a “Tree City USA” designation, and the city trims every parkway tree on a rotating, four-year cycle for the health of the tree. However, the city will send out a crew to trim more fre-

quently if: • The foliage of the tree is too thick. • The tree is growing too close to the house. • There is “sucker” growth out of the base of the tree. • The tree is overhanging the sidewalk or street dangerously. For more information or questions, contact City Hall customer service staff at 562866-9771 ext. 2140 or Trimming a city tree without permission is criminal vandalism and can lead to a large fine. Please do your part to keep Lakewood’s beautiful street trees in good shape. For tips on watering your street tree properly, go to www.lakewoodcity. org/TreeCare. ♦

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Register for Project Shepherd assistance

The holiday season can be tough for some Lakewood households, including those who have faced unemployment or underemployment for many months. If you are a Lakewood resident facing tough economic times, your Lakewood neighbors want to help. You can register to receive help from Project Shepherd for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Call now to make an appointment for the registration period of Nov. 2-16. For an appointment time, call the Burns Community Center Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 562-9257512.

Visit www.lakewoodcity. org/PSRegistration for additional information. Eligibility requirements: • Lakewood residents only. • Those who are low-income, unemployed or on public assistance. To register, bring the following: • A current utility bill (water, gas, electric) or government award letter. • Identification for each person in the household, including children. Project Shepherd would like to thank our platinum sponsors Macy’s and Lakewood Jaycees for their generous support this holiday season. ♦


SH P LAKEWOOD City service changes for Veterans Day Lakewood City Hall will be closed on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. • Trash service will continue as usual, picked up on your regular day. • There will be no street sweeping and no makeup sweep in residential areas. • Commercial sweeping around parks, schools and major streets will continue. • The city will not issue street-sweeping related parking tickets in any area. • DASH Transit will not be available. When City Hall is closed,

you can call and leave a message for customer service staff at 562-866-9771 ext. 2140 or send an email to service1@ City staff will answer messages on the next business day. For emergency city service requests, like downed tree limbs, traffic signal outages or water main leaks, call 562866-9771 and follow the instructions to page a 24-hour city emergency worker. For questions or requests regarding trash and disposal services, contact EDCO Disposal at 562-531-3054. ♦

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Teddy Bear Trees make shopping special

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Thanksgiving holiday sales offer some of the best deals of the year at Lakewood Center. They also provide an affordable way to fulfill the holiday wishes of disadvantaged children living in Lakewood. Many of the 1,500 residents that Lakewood Project Shepherd serves during the holidays are kids—kids who could really use a toy for the holidays. Since 1995, chil-

dren from families enrolled in Project Shepherd have hung their holiday gift wishes in the form of paper bear ornaments on “Teddy Bear Trees” in the hopes of having them filled by an anonymous “Santa.” Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16, Teddy Bear Trees will be displayed in the Recreation and Community Services Dept. at City Hall as well as the Burns Community Cen-

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ter. Here’s how the program works: • You select an ornament with a child's name, age and wish (for a reasonably priced toy) and then shop for the gift that will fulfill that wish. • Bring the unwrapped gift with the matching “ornament” to the donation box at the City Hall or the Burns Community Center during business hours prior to Monday, Dec. 5. • All of the unwrapped gifts go to children registered through Project Shepherd, which is Lakewood’s homegrown charity to assist local families in need. Or, you can fulfill a child’s wish online by visiting Project Shepherd’s Amazon gift registry starting Nov. 16 at www. There you can choose a gift to purchase and have it sent directly to the program. Project Shepherd is operated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. For more information, call 562-925-7512, or visit ♦

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Tips for Finding a Medicare Plan That Works for You (StatePoint) Feeling overwhelmed by your Medicare options? There’s a good reason for that. With more than 3,000 Medicare Advantage plans, over 700 Part D Prescription Plans available and an array of carriers offering Medicare Supplement plans, there’s a lot to consider. “Whether this is your first time enrolling in Medicare or you’ve been through the process before, it’s easy to get confused by the big picture, not to mention all the details,” says Ryan Kocher, Medicare growth officer at Cigna. This Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), Kocher is demystifying the enrollment process by sharing the same tips he offers to his own friends and family members: 1. Don’t wait. Understanding Medicare can protect your health and finances in the years to come. If you are transitioning from a commercial plan, work with an expert with your company’s insurance plan to avoid gaps in coverage as well as late penalties. 2. Nail down the basics. There are many different plan types. Here’s a breakdown: • Original Medicare, offered through the U.S. government, includes all providers who agree to participate in the program. • Medicare Supplement plans are plans offered by many private insurers that complement Original Medicare. For an additional premium, these plans cover costs such as copays and coinsurance not covered by Original Medicare. There are a number of standardized options available. • Standalone Prescription Drug Plans, offered by private insurers for a monthly premium, provide drug coverage not covered by Original Medicare or Medicare Supplement. • Medicare Advantage (MA) plans cover everything covered by Original Medicare, and most also include dental, vision and hearing benefits. They often include prescription drug coverage, and other extras like overthe-counter drugs, transportation to doctor’s visits and pharmacies, and fitness plans. MA plans are often available at no extra cost. 3. Review your plan annually. During the AEP (October 15-December 7), it’s important to review your current Medicare plan, even if you like it. This is because plan details are subject to change every year. Review the Annual Notice of Changes,

which is mailed to you by your insurer each September. This document spells out plan changes for the upcoming year. 4. Compare all the costs. Be sure to factor in all the associated costs of a given plan, not just the monthly premium. Outof-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, should also be considered. Additionally, note the prices and rules around the prescription drugs you take. 5. Check network requirements.

Before signing up for a particular plan, check to make sure that your favorite health care providers are in its network. While you may be able to go out of network for care, be prepared to pay more if you do. 6. Ask questions. Don’t settle on a plan until you understand it. If you have questions, reach out to your broker, insurer, physician and even those friends and family members who have Medicare for help.

7. Use your plan. Now that you have a plan, make the most of its benefits. Schedule all the screenings, vaccines and other preventive health measures recommended by your doctor. Early intervention can help detect conditions early when they can be


more effectively treated. For more information about Medicare, visit, Cigna’s website at or the state health insurance assistance program in your area. ♦


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Remind holiday visitors of street-sweeping days

Read the tips for avoiding tickets.

Family and friends visiting Lakewood over the holidays may be unfamiliar with Lakewood’s parking and street-sweeping schedules and regulations that help keep neighborhoods clean and safe for everyone. Help your visitors enjoy a joyful celebration and avoid tickets by sharing these tips: • Check the street-sweeping schedule in advance. For Thanksgiving, there will be no residential street sweeping on Thursday or Friday, Nov.

24-25, and no street-sweeping related tickets will be issued those two days. However, street sweeping will be normal on Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 21-23, so be sure early visitors know where they can safely park on those three days to avoid getting cited. Street sweeping and enforcement will resume Monday, Nov. 28. • On your street-sweeping day only, parking is allowed on the front and side lawns. • Any day, parking is allowed

on the apron, which is the sloped area between the street and the sidewalk leading up to your driveway, as long as the vehicle does not overhang the sidewalk. • Don’t obstruct or overhang onto the sidewalk. When parking in your driveway or on the apron any day of the week, including street-sweeping day, it is important to NOT obstruct or overhang onto the sidewalk. That creates a dangerous obstruction for pedestrians and violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state parking laws. • Citations are issued only when a vehicle is immediately in the way of the sweeper. (Parking enforcement vehicles follow directly behind the sweeper.) That means you can park on the street before and after the sweeper passes your home during the posted times in your neighborhood. • Help get a clean sweep by keeping the path clear. Don’t make leaf piles or leave trash

November 2022 in the street. Put small fallen branches into your green waste cart if you can. Remove larger branches from the street if you can. Street sweeping is cancelled when city staff determines it is raining enough that water is pooling or flowing in gutters throughout a neighborhood, which prevents effective sweeping. (Sweeping still occurs during a light sprinkle.) In the case of a rain cancellation, sweeping in that neighborhood is postponed until the

regular sweeping day the following week. For example, the cancellation of a Friday sweep means the next sweep in that neighborhood is the following Friday. No sweeping-related parking citations are issued on rain cancellation days. Call or email customer service to verify if sweeping has been cancelled due to rain. If you have any questions, please contact Lakewood customer service staff at 562-8669771 ext. 2140 or at service1@ ♦

Girl Scouts Troop 70233 take part in "Clean Air Day Pledge"

Girl Scouts Troop 70233, composed of eleven 4th 7th grade girls from the cities of Lakewood, Bellflower and Long Beach, participated in the 2022 Clean Air Day Pledge at the City of Lakewood’s multicultural celebration, Fest-Of-All, held on October 8, 2022 at the Lakewood Center. At Fest-Of-All, the girls passed out air-purifying plants to residents, distributed a “Top 10 Actions to Clean The Air” bookmark, and collected signatures for the Clean Air Day

Pledge. The girls’ initiative stemmed from a 1989 NASA study that demonstrated that house plants have the potential for improving indoor air quality. The plant distribution is funded with a grant the troop secured from the Coalition for Clean Air, whose mission is to protect public health, improve air quality, and prevent climate change. The Clean Air Pledge allows individuals and organizations to commit to do their part to clear the air, through actions big and small. California Clean Air Day is a project of the Coalition for Clean Air. Girl Scouts Troop 70233 encourages all to “Take the Clean Air Pledge at” ♦


Around November 2022

Expert Tips to Organize Your Home for Fall

(StatePoint) From the walkin closet to the kitchen pantry, catch-all spots make all the difference in daily routines -- but only if they’re kept neat and tidy. Family organizing expert Jessica Litman, also known as “The Organized Mama,” is on a mission to help families declutter and stay organized. She’s sharing her pro tips for getting your home in shape for this busy time of year. Clear Away Cabinet Clutter. ‘Tis the season for autumn chili, stew and other comfort foods. That means it’s also time to put your essential slow cookers and pans where you can reach them, so food prep will be hassle-free. “When the weather starts to cool, I swap out summer cookware for winter bakeware,” says Litman. “I put the grilling items in the back of the cabinet and pull the turkey roaster and baking dishes to the front.” For added storage, Litman recommends using a shelf rack or vertical organizer to keep cutting boards and pie pans neatly upright and easily accessible. Prep the Pantry. Create a system that gives grab-and-go snacks and cooking necessities a home. This will help keep the kitchen tidy in the midst of busy work and school schedules. “Do a pantry cleanout,” Litman says. “Remove everything from the area and wipe down the shelves. Take the canned goods you didn’t eat and donate them to a local food bank.” Use a combination of Duck brand’s Clear Classic EasyLiner shelf liner and new containers to restore order to the space. Measure the shelves, cut the liner to length and then lay it flat. The shelf liner is durable, waterproof and designed to keep surfaces dry while making them easy to wipe clean. Use the measurements to get an idea of what size bins will best fit the area. Store crackers, cereal, oats and pasta in clear containers with labels, and put spices and seasonings in a slim organizer. “Set up items similarly to grocery store shelves by placing like items together,” Litman suggests. “When you do this, it's

like you are shopping in your pantry instead of hunting for things.” Out with the Old. Before pulling out your fall wardrobe, declutter the piles of “stuff” from the closet. This will make your space seem bigger and more organized. “Remove clothes from this past season,” Litman recommends. “Look through each garment. If you didn’t wear it, donate, toss or sell it.” Now that there is more room, hang an over-the-door shoe rack for rain boots and work shoes and use a closet organizer to store accessories, such as belts, purses and scarves. Litman also

recommends dry cleaning winter jackets now so they’re ready to wear when cold weather comes. Find Balance in the Bathroom. Whether it’s the primary bath or the kids’ washroom, make the most of your space by organizing everything into different categories, like towels and haircare. Once everything is grouped, you can decide what will be kept where based on the available areas. Use a tray on the counter and bins in pullout drawers. Litman says to wipe and line surfaces, especially under the sink, with Solid Grip EasyLiner with Clorox before putting essentials away. Antimicrobial agents inhibit mold and mildew growth to protect the liner, and will catch makeup smudges and water spills to give the area an extra clean feeling. She also recommends waiting until after the organizing process to buy bins and caddies, so you know exactly what you need. Once these organizing projects are complete, your home will be ready for all the fun fall festivities and family gatherings. ♦

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