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Celebrate July 4 safely! Don’t use ‘Shop Lakewood’ moves its deals to Facebook illegal fireworks! Summer evenings, hot dogs and July 4 celebrations are Lakewood staples. The evening of July 4 is also a time of stepped-up law enforcement presence to protect residents from the dangers of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks are unsafe and hazardous to users, crowds that gather and nearby residents. This July 4, the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station will put additional deputies in patrol cars with emergency lights flashing and a mandate that illegal fireworks and their users get “zero tolerance.” Residents are encouraged to do their part to keep Lakewood safe. Property owners should remember that they can be held responsible if illegal fireworks are used on their property or if illegal fireworks are in the possession of others on their property. Lakewood has some of the strictest fireworks regulations in California, limiting the use of legal, Safe and Sane fireworks

to one day only – the 4th of July – and only between 10am and 11pm. Legal fireworks can be possessed in Lakewood only between July 1 and July 4. All fireworks are illegal to use or possess on all other days. The only legal fireworks in Lakewood are those sold at a community organization stand. (State and federal laws prohibit individuals from importing fireworks or selling them door-to-

door.) If you know where illegal fireworks are being sold or used in your neighborhood (or anywhere in Lakewood), call the tip hotline at 562-866-9771 extension SAFE (7233) to make a confidential report to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. If you observe criminal activity on July 4, including the sale or use of illegal fireworks, call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at 562-623-3500.

WHEN USING “Safe and Sane” FIREWORK S, REMEMBER: • Always read directions and use common sense • Use outdoors only, away from buildings, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable objects • Don’t give to young children under any circumstances • Never attempt to re-light or fix malfunctioning fireworks • Have a bucket of water handy for dousing misfired and spent fireworks

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Never alter or take apart Have an adult present at all times Keep others at a safe distance Light one at a time, then move away quickly • Never point or throw at another person

The “Shop Lakewood” message that shopping locally helps the Lakewood community has “gone social.” The two-year program that grew to over 170 participating businesses is now highlighting its discount deals on its own Facebook page. “The goal of Shop Lakewood is to connect Lakewood residents with local businesses,” said Lakewood Senior Management Analyst Paolo Beltran. “Our merchants can share with the community, and residents can easily share with one another on home computers, tablets and smartphones. Go to www. shoplakewood.org, and you’ll be automatically directed to the new Shop Lakewood Facebook page. There, residents can “like” shopping in Lakewood to find deals, comments and shopping tips from other residents. When visitors “like” the page, they will be able to view special offers, coupons, and discounts that are local. The page is updated multiple times per day, and there are several coupons on the site,

as well as other promotions from local businesses…and the number grows all the time. The city and the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce’s combined efforts to promote “shopping local” is working. “According to the most recent survey in Lakewood, 80% of respondents have heard of the Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal program, and 60% of respondents said that the message persuaded them to shop in Lakewood when they otherwise would have gone elsewhere,” Beltran added. “We want the community to know that there’s great value (Cont’d. on Pg. 9)

Men’s Wearhouse opens on Candlewood Street

Lakewood aquatics and park wading pools help keep it cool

Everyone loves Lakewood pools!

Both Mayfair and McCormick pools are open and Lakewood aquatics programs Lakewood Community News #24 Lakewood Center Mall Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 531-9733

have shifted into high gear. As the hottest days for summer are upon us, recreational swimming is ongoing seven days a week PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE

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through Monday, September 2. Open recreational swims include 90-minute sessions each day from 1pm to 2:30pm and 2:45pm to 4:15pm. The cost for residents for each 90-minute swim session is $1 for ages 17 and under, and $1.50 for 18 and over. Only cash can be accepted, and a Lakewood swim card is required. (To get a card, bring proof of Lakewood residency to the pool your first time, or bring your old card to renew it.) Participants at Mayfair Pool are enjoying the benefits of an $855,000 renovation project just completed that included new diving boards, fiberglass pool liner, concrete deck, lifeguard towers/ chairs, patio with furniture, plumbing and underwater lighting. Lakewood’s free park wading pools are also open to help battle the summer heat with some splashy fun. Daily schedules alternate at various parks. They are open from 11am to 4pm for youngsters ages 3-7 until September 2. Get information about swim sessions, lessons and other aquatic programs at www.lakewoodcity.org/aquatics or by calling 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Find classes and sign up online at www. lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog.

Pictured from right: Lakewood Mayor, Steve Croft; store manager, Louis Carpentier; Council Members, Diane DuBois and Ron Piazza. Men’s Wearhouse has returned to Lakewood, and store manager Louis Carpentier is excited to be back in the city. He grew up in Long Beach and says he is very familiar with the community after managing the company’s previous location on Lakewood Boulevard in the mid-1990s. He has a passion for Lakewood’s 1950s homes and history and hopes to move into the area now that the store has re-opened. Carpentier expects to become active in the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Specializing in the sale of men’s suits and clothing, the store also offers on-site tailoring and while-you-wait suit pressing

for free--including for clothing not purchased at the store. They also do tuxedo rentals, with an emphasis on fast service. The store is expected to employ a staff of 15 and covers nearly 7,000 square feet of the former Hollywood Video location at 4447 Candlewood Street. The new location is in the midst of Lakewood’s “Restaurant Row” among the “Candlewood Shops” on the mall’s north side. They are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturday from 9:30am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Their phone number is 562-4084657 and they are online at www. menswearhouse.com.


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Lots of ways to ‘stay connected’ in Lakewood By Mayor Steve Croft

So much of the news we read or hear every day relates to matters far from us. It can be very important to us as citizens of our state and our nation, but I also try to regularly look for news that relates to what I can do right here in my own neighborhood and community of Lakewood. If you want to get that localized information too, here are a few suggestions. First, keep reading the Lakewood Community News! You’ll find lots of good information and news about events and topics relating to our town. Second, consider subscribing to the City of Lakewood’s free Lakewood Connect eMagazine, which will get delivered to your email inbox once a week on Wednesdays. Over 18,000 Lakewood residents already subscribe—one of the largest subscription rates of any city in

our region. That shows you how valuable residents find it. The eMagazine will alert you to fun and helpful events around town, new city services, holiday schedules for trash and street sweeping (always important), construction updates that will affect traffic, and nextday summaries of city council meetings. You can read the current edition at www.lakewoodcity. org/emagazines. Click the “Subscribe” button to give it a try. If you later decide it’s not for you, you can always “unsubscribe” and city staff will remove you from the distribution list quickly. The city’s website at www. lakewoodcity.org is another great tool to stay connected and access city services and news about Lakewood. Find out about recreation programs (and sign up online) and learn about the rules for trash and recycling, street sweeping and parking. New this year is smartphone apps that let Lakewood residents quickly report issues, ask questions and give input. Links and information about the apps for iPhones and Android phones are at www.lakewoodcity.org/ apps. Prefer to speak to a live person for information? Lakewood prides itself on having a dedicated team of customer service staff ready to listen to your comments

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and act on your requests for service. Give them a call at 562-866-9771, extension 2140. Lakewood city customer service staff are available from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30am to 5pm on alternate Fridays. City hall is closed every other Friday. If you can’t call during the day, that’s OK. Leave a phone message at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 anytime that will be acted on the next business day. Or e-mail our customer service team at service1@lakewoodcity.org. If you see an after-hours emergency like a street signal outage or water main break, you can select a special feature that will forward your message to our 24-hour, on-call staff. Remember, if it’s a police or fire emergency, always call 911. If it’s a non-emergency law enforcement matter, you can call the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station business line 24 hours a day at 562-623-3500. There are lots of ways to stay connected in Lakewood and take full advantage of all that our community has to offer.

C i t y Spotlight Kris Kringle Golf Tournament Support Lakewood Project Shepherd by participating in the Kris Kringle Golf Tournament held on Friday, July 19 at the Lakewood Country Club. The Shotgun Start is at 1pm and is a new summer format 4-person scramble. Only $100 per person includes golf, cart, contests, lunch, range balls and 19th hole. To sign up or become a sponsor of the tournament call 562-866-9771, extension 2408. ‘Finally it’s Friday’ Lakewood’s long-standing commitment to fun and affordable

events for families expands this summer with the “Finally it’s Friday” event series. There are four free or affordably priced programs which run Friday evenings beginning July 12 through 26. Four additional events will take place in August. Activities include family swim, game night, theatre and a “FUNTastic Family Night” event which pairs live entertainment with dinner. Registration is required for most events. Many are free. Sign up through eCatalog at www. lakewoodcity.org/recreation. For complete event information and details about each program, pick up the Finally It’s Friday brochure/flyer at any city facility or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Teen Happenings in Lakewood Teens looking for a volunteer opportunity this summer should contact the Lakewood Youth Center at 562-429-7472. Free teen programs are offered in July at two locations. The Lakewood Youth Center, in Del Valle Park, 562-429-7472, will feature the following programs: Fusion Fridays every Friday night in July from 3:30pm to 8pm. A special BBQ Fusion Friday Night with a Dodgeball Tourney will take place on Friday, July 26. The Teen Resource Center, at Bloomfield Park, 562-8651717, will feature the following programs: Book Club, Sundays, 3pm to 7pm. Wii (Fit)-ness Class, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5pm to 6pm. Super Saturday Activities, Saturdays, 5pm to 7:30pm. Gaming Tournament and Pizza Party (TRC vs. LYC) – Friday, July 20, 7pm to 10pm. Camps for kids this summer There are many choices of camps for kids this summer in Lakewood. Details can be found in the Summer Recreation Catalog. For more information, call 8669771, extension 2408 or register online through eCatalog at www. lakewoodcity.org/recreation.

Youth excursions Exciting excursions are planned for children ages 8 – 13 on Wednesdays during the month of July. Children 8 – 10 will be under the direct supervision of a recreation leader. Fees include transportation and admission. Sign up early because there’s limited space. • Bolsa Chica Beach, Wednesday, July 3, $20 • Soak City, Wednesday, July 17, $38 • Angel Game, Wednesday, July 24, $21 (includes hot dog, soda and visor) • Boomer’s Irvine, Wednesday, July 31, $36 For more information, call 8669771, extension 2408 or register online through eCatalog at www. lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog. Lollipop Lane Application Available in July Craft vendors interested in selling at the 21st annual Lollipop Lane Craft Boutique on October 19 can print an application and instructions from the city’s website at www.lakewoodcity.org/ recreation starting in July. For more information or to have an application mailed to you, please call the city’s Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Lakewood Equestrian Center The 19-acre Lakewood Equestrian Center offers yearround riding lessons, horse boarding, pony rides, a petting farm and summer activities for kids. Located on Carson Street just west of Studebaker, the rustic atmosphere is an escape from the city. Open seven days a week. 562425-1905.


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Your financial life after graduation By Jason Alderman

Help a child start the school year off right.

As summer warms up, Lakewood’s Project Shepherd program is breaking a sweat to help needy local students be ready for the fall term. They are collecting backpacks and school supplies for kids to have when they return to classrooms. The program is asking for donations of new book bags and school supplies for all school-age children. They can be dropped off at the Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Avenue, (just north of Candlewood Street) from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and from 7am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Lakewood retailers will soon be featuring back-to-school sales. Shoppers are encouraged to use the sales to purchase “just a little more” and donate the needed supplies as part of a tax-deductible donation. Lakewood children will be sure to wear big smiles while carrying their new backpacks to school. For more information call Project Shepherd at 562-925-7512.

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16th Annual Summer Stampede Car Show Sunday, August 18th 9am-2pm Mayfair Park

Interested Car Owners & Vendors call/email us at: (562) 531-9733 info@lakewoodchamber.com

To the millions of college and high school seniors who recently graduated (and to their parents, who weathered the ups and downs of reaching that summit): congratulations on a job well done! After the celebration dies down, you’ll no doubt be eager to embark on life’s next chapter, whether it’s finding a job, preparing for college or enrolling in military or community service. Before you jump in feet first, however, let me share a few financial lessons I learned the hard way when I was just starting out. They might save you a lot of money in the long run and help you get closer to your life goals, whether it’s buying a house, starting a family or even retiring early – as far off as that may sound. First, pretend you’re still a starving student. After landing your first full-time job, the urge to go on

a spending spree for new clothes, a better apartment and a car from this decade will be irresistible after surviving on ramen noodles for four years. But unless you had generous scholarships or a rich aunt, you’re probably already saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. After you’ve factored in rent, car payments, renter’s and car insurance, credit card charges, student loan balances and other monthly bills (not to mention payroll taxes such as Social Security tax, which went up 2 percent this year), your new salary probably won’t go as far as you’d like, especially if you’re trying to save for one of those life events. That’s where a budget can help. There are numerous free budgeting tools, including interactive calculators. Next, know the score, creditwise. Many people don’t realize until it’s too late that a poor credit

July 2013 score can trash your financial future. After you’ve missed a few loan payments, bounced some checks or exceeded your credit limits, you’ll probably be charged higher loan and credit card interest rates and offered lower credit limits (if not denied credit altogether), unless and until you can raise your credit score. You may even have to pay higher insurance rates and harm your ability to rent an apartment or get a cell phone. To know where you stand, review your credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to find out whether any negative actions have been reported and to look for errors or possible fraudulent activity on your accounts. You can order one free report per year from each bureau if you order them through www.AnnualCreditReport.com; otherwise you’ll pay a small fee. You worked hard to graduate. Just make sure you don’t sabotage your efforts by starting out on the wrong financial footing.


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Lakewood shooting victim remembered as sociable person By Brian M. Cuaron

Cyrus Elva: October 16, 1993 - May 30, 2013 Even from an early age, Cyrus Alva moved around a lot. The youngest of three children, Cyrus was born in Kuwait before moving to India — his family’s home country — about five years later. That didn’t last too long, as Cyrus would move to Abu Dhabi in 2001 before arriving in the United States in 2004. During his middle school years, Cyrus experienced difficulty making friends as he transitioned to living in America, said Suraj Alva, 23, his older brother. “Then, afterwards, he was just a social animal,” Suraj said. Cyrus Alva, 19, was shot to death on May 30 at about 1:45 p.m. in front of his Lakewood home on the 3700 block of Arbor Road. Two male Hispanic

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suspects approached him, and at least one of those men shot him before fleeing westbound a short distance on foot. The suspects eventually got into an older model, white four-

door car, which was possibly a Toyota Camry. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau at (323) 8905500. Information may be given anonymously by dialing (800) 222-TIPS or by texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You may also anonymously contact authorities via the Crime Stoppers website. Mourners have scrawled dozens of messages on posters displayed on a tree in front of Cyrus Alva’s home. They include notes on how the engineering student at Long Beach City College will be missed and that his life ended too soon. Even people who never met

Cyrus bemoaned his death. Describing his brother as quiet around those he didn’t know, Suraj said that Cyrus became hyper and talkative once he got to know people. He also hated down time, doing multiple things on his iPhone when that happened. Cyrus Alva’s history of moving around carried over into his intellectual pursuits. Growing up, Cyrus loved to play video games, but eventually put that away, Suraj said. So he got into reading when he was around 13 and eventually dove into books by Russian authors. He later put his reading down, after seeing no point in it, before he picked it up again just before he turned 18, Suraj said. After checking the family’s Netflix library on TV, Suraj found that a documentary by National Geographic entitled ‘Africa’s Lost Eden’ was the one last watched by his brother. A fan of computer science and electrical engineering, Cyrus’

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plans were to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in about a year, Suraj said. He wanted to be an electrical engineer and go work in the Persian Gulf. It would have been a homecoming of sorts. Henry Alva, Cyrus’ father, worked in the Persian Gulf doing clerical work. He sent his kids to India for school in 1998 and originally planned to raise them there, before moving to the United States. “But coming here, we lost my son,” Henry Alva said. Suraj said that he believes the outpouring of support has given his parents joy that so many people liked their son. “Cyrus, you were a wonderful student; funny, full of life. I will miss your smile,” one of the notes said. Brian Cuaron publishes the Lakewood News Reporter at LakewoodReporter. com - a news blog that covers Lakewood and Hawaiian Gardens.

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Senate Committee approves legislation to make passage of new taxes easier Source: CalChamber

Four California Chamber of Commerce-opposed “job killer” bills that will make it easier for lawmakers to approve new taxes recently passed the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. All the measures propose amending the State Constitution to lower the vote requirement for tax increases from two-thirds to 55%, thereby adding complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners. SCA 3 (Leno; D-San Francisco) gives school districts and community colleges new authority to enact a parcel tax for education programs through the lowered vote requirement. SCA 7 (Wolk; D-Davis) gives local governments the new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, to finance library construction. SCA 9 (Corbett; D-San Leandro) gives local governments the new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, to finance community and economic development projects. SCA 11 (Hancock; D-Oakland) simply gives local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes,

through lowering the vote threshold. A chief concern with these proposals is that they provide blanket authority to the local government entity, school district or community college district to impose the designated tax. There are few parameters or restrictions under which the tax may be imposed, other than that the revenue be used for the designated purpose. With such broad discretion in the type or scope of the tax to impose on real property, the concern is, that the constitutional amendments could lead to targeted taxes at the local level against unpopular taxpayers, industries, products or property. For example, a parcel tax could be disproportionately directed at commercial property within the local jurisdiction, thereby potentially undermining Proposition 13 protections and discriminating against commercial property versus residential. David Wolf of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. opposed the measures as “a direct attack on Proposition 13,” the ballot measure approved by California voters in 1978 requiring a two-thirds vote for tax increases. Similarly, a special sales tax

could be imposed solely on sweetened beverages or high calorie items. The current two-thirds vote requirement for taxes provides a mechanism by which voters can still approve tax increases while protecting the interests of a small minority of taxpayers. Reducing the threshold for voter approval of a new tax increases the threat of unfair and economically harmful targeted taxes. The measures will now go to the Senate Rules Committee.

Become a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and see all the ways we can help you get more exposure for your business. Call or email: (562) 531-9733 info@lakewoodchamber. com

2012-2013 Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Officers and Board of Directors

John Kelsall President/CEO Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 24 Lakewood Center Mall Lakewood, CA 90712 562-531-9733 Fax 562-531-9737 John@lakewoodchamber.com www.lakewoodchamber.com www.lakewoodnews.org

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Keller Williams Realty

Cogburn Miller Realty, Inc.

Allison Van Wig 4439 Village Rd. Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 882-1581

Robert Campinelli 5545 Woodruff Ave. Lakewood, CA 90713 (562) 866-4239

Joshua Orthel 10001 Artesia Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706 (562) 925-5005

Member Renewals

With their renewal, the following businesses have celebrated another year as members of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. 47 Years 9 Years F&M Bank Holiday Inn-LB Airport 27 Years Community Hospital of Coast Water Technologies Long Beach 15 Years White House Florist Souplantation 6 Years 13 Years AppleCare Medical Group Wal*Mart #2609 Conrad A. Cox, MD 10 Years 1 Year National Pacific Islander Insurance Solutions for Educator Network (NPIEN) Healthcare (M. Segura) SeaHawk Cocktail Lounge

Congratulations & Thank You!

Mark Perumean ~ Chairman EDCO Waste & Recycling Services P.O. Box 398 Buena Park, CA 90621 714-522-3577 mperumean@edcodisposal.com

Patrick Houston Lakewood Regional Medical Center P.O. Box 6070 Lakewood, CA 90712 562-602-0083 Patrick.Houston@tenethealth.com

Doug Roscoe Lakewood Center 500 Lakewood Center Lakewood, CA 90712 562-633-0437 Fax 562-633-1452 Doug.Roscoe@macerich.com

Mike Segura Farmers Insurance 2725 Candlewood Street Lakewood, CA 90712 562-531-4980 msegura@farmersagent.com

Joy Janes Behavior Safety Associates 5710 Harvey Way Lakewood, CA 90713 562-531-9733 Fax 562-531-9737 Joyjanes@yahoo.com

Glen Patrick Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA 5835 Carson Street Lakewood, CA 90713 562-425-7431 Glen.Patrick@lbymca.org

Larry Kirk F&M Bank 5101 Lakewood Blvd. Lakewood, CA 90712 562-602-8378 Fax 562-633-3012 larry.kirk@fmb.com


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Taking care Dear EarthTalk: What is the “All One Ocean” of houshold campaign? - Bill O’Neill, Los Angeles, CA sand and in the surf. The idea is to hazardous and empty any garbage into a trash can somewhere (so it can find its way to a other waste landfill instead of out into the ocean)

and then ideally return the bag empty to the box. Each clean-up station also provides a sign with information on the extent of the problem and other ways individuals can help. The idea,

Litter on a beach...before clean-up.

Lakewood residents can drop off their paints, toxic chemicals, e-waste, sharps, used cooking and motor oil once a month at the EDCO Recycling & Transfer Station in nearby Signal Hill, at 2755 California Avenue. Just 1015 minutes from the Lakewood Civic Center, it is open every second Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm. Oil recycling kits are available for free at Lakewood City Hall at the public works counter in the north end of the building. The kits make the job of transporting used oil easy and spill free. Used oil can be taken to Autozone, Jiffy Lube, O’Reilly Auto Parts and the Mountain View Tire/Goodyear store in Lakewood. Plastic battery collection containers can also be picked up at the public works counter in city hall. The free green collection containers can be used to gather spent household single-use and rechargeable batteries ONLY. They can later be dropped off at city hall and many electronics retailers. Free, state-approved “sharps” containers are also available at city hall to help keep these hazardous items out of normal trash. Typically sharps are hypodermic needles, intravenous needles and lancets used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications-often for insulin. Like used oil collected in recycling kits, sharps must also be taken to designated disposal stations. For drugs and sharps, the Sheriff’s Department has a dropoff solution. There are three white mailbox-styled containers for anonymous and secure drop off at the front of Lakewood Station. They provide a safe way to dispose of these hazards.

Advice from the Ocean Be shore of yourself Come out of your shell Take time to coast Avoid pier pressure Sea life’s beauty Don’t get tide down Make Waves!

“All One Ocean” is a non-profit campaign launched in 2010 by longtime author, activist and organizer Hallie Austen Iglehart, with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic and other trash that ends up in the ocean where it compromises the health of marine wildlife and ecosystems. Iglehart was incensed to learn that a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die each year from ingesting plastic in the water column. That’s when she created “All One Ocean” - to do something about it. Contrary to popular myth that most ocean pollution is oil spilled from ships, most of it is land-based litter. “The most dangerous litter is our throw-away plastic because of its longevity and capacity to increase in toxicity, eventually returning to the human food chain in a more lethal

form,” reports Iglehart. “Much of our plastic ends up in the ocean in giant collections of trash called gyres, created by circular ocean currents,” she adds. “They trap debris for decades where it continues to break into ever smaller, more toxic pieces, never fully biodegrading.” Of particular concern to Iglehart is the fact that much of this carelessly discarded plastic winds up in the bellies of marine life, contaminating not just ocean ecosystems but in some cases the very seafood on our dinner plates. The main project of “All One Ocean” is the creation and maintenance of permanent, community-supported ‘Beach Clean Up Stations,’ which are essentially boxes containing reusable bags for beach visitors to use in picking up trash during their time on the

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according to Iglehart, is to provide “a simple, doable way for people to have fun cleaning up trash as they enjoy their beach activities.” She would like to see Beach Clean Up Stations in place at coastal and even freshwater beaches all around the world, but for now the group is starting out in Northern California. Iglehart hopes the campaign will encourage people to reconsider their consumption of single use plastics.


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Is your child ready for a pet? In a recent survey, adults were asked if kids should have pets and if so, at what age should the child be, and what type of pet is best. Parents submitted over 600 responses through social media and email. Although every single response suggested that having a pet was good, the vast majority was more concerned about how the parents and the rest of the family would react to having a pet in their house. Even though

the child would be responsible, experience has shown that that is not always the case. Below are the results of the submissions: • The best age for a child to have a pet starts at 5 years old. The best pets for this age group are “lower” maintenance type such as fish, caged birds and caged animals such as gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs. • At the age of 8 years, pets such as puppies, kittens and rabbits are

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www.lakewoodnews.org a good choice. The overwhelming benefit of having a pet is its ability to teach the child responsibility. There will be times when the kid is busy and just won’t feel like feeding or watering the pet but they must learn that if they don’t, the pet will suffer, and may even die. The kids will ideally learn that even if they don’t feel or want to do something, they must if they value the pet. In some cases however, the kid has lost all interest in the pet and the responsibility falls onto the parents to look after it. Many parents also believed that having a pet, especially a dog or cat, is beneficial to strengthening

a child’s immune system. The biggest drawback however for kids, who are responsible pet owners, is when the pet dies. Most parents use this time to explain life and death that may help them deal with death later on in life. The benefit of having a pet however far outweighs the inevitable end. It’s also important to keep the following facts in mind when considering bringing home a new pet: • Parents must assume that THEY will be looking after the pet and that IF the kid does take responsibility then it’s a bonus. If the parent doesn’t have the time or interest to look after a pet, then they shouldn’t get one. • Parents must also consider the expense associated with getting a pet. A few examples include:

Equipment: Cage and accessories, toys, crate or bed, litter box or dog house. Veterinary Fees: Checkups, vaccinations, injuries and medications. Food: Regular pet food, specialized and dietary food, treats. Time: Walking the dog, cleaning the cage, tank or litter box. Noise: Barking, bird singing, nocturnal wheel running. Location: Is there enough room for a dog, a cage or tank? Travel: Will the pet travel with you or will you need a sitter or boarding service. Determining if your family is ready for a pet is a big decision, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. But if it’s made with both kids and parents on the same page, then everyone will be ready for a new furry member of the family.

Bring your pet to Bow Wow and Meow Day!

From Labradoodles to Labradors, and Persian to Ragdoll—all come to Bow Wow and Meow Days. Convenient pet licensing and pet care are the focus of the next Bow Wow and Meow Day coming Saturday, July 20 from 9am to noon. It will be at the usual location at the northeast corner lot at Clark Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard near the Lakewood Civic Center. This is an easy one-stop event

for pet licensing, vaccinations at a discount, and microchipping. Flea control products and information regarding low-cost spaying/ neutering and health care for dogs and cats will be available. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted for vaccination services and products--cash and check only for dog licensing. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in secure carriers. Pet owners get savings on required rabies vaccinations, priced at $6 each. (Additional vaccinations are available for a fee.) Owners of dogs with current licenses may renew their dog license from License Inspectors at the clinic. New licenses can also be obtained. Click www. lakewoodcity.org/pets for more information about pet services and pet adoption.

On Sunday, August 18th, the community is invited to the 2nd Annual “Bark for Life” Walk (an American Cancer Society Event). It will be held at ‘Your Elegant Pet, 4332 South St. in Lakewood. The walk will take place through part of Lakewood neighborhoods from 1-4PM. Set up will be from 12noon to 12:45pm.


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Hang out at the park and Two Lakewood High Valedictorians listen to some cool music named President’s Scholars

Doo-Wah Riders are next on stage at Del Valle Park. Concerts run through August 8. The Lakewood community’s popular summer concert series continues on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm through August 8. The concerts feature a changing variety of music styles. All provide residents a relaxing evening of family fun in the grove at Del Valle Park at the intersection of Woodruff Avenue and Arbor Road. The Doo-Wah Riders, performing on July 11, add a Cajun flair to their highenergy country sound. They have appeared in concert with performers such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Brooks and Dunn. Dinner and refreshments will be sold at each concert, or attendees may bring their own picnic basket. The July 11 event features Mr. B’s Kettle Corn selling kettle corn and shaved ice. Summer Concerts in the Park are solely supported by area businesses and concert patrons. Please support the volunteer organizations by purchasing from them. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Pets, barbeques or alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

‘Shop Lakewood’ moves its deals to Facebook

(Cont’d. from Pg. 1) shopping right here in their backyard. You don’t have to leave Lakewood to find some of Consumer Reports’ top retailers, get a deal and good service,” says chamber president John Kelsall. “It’s the customer’s choice,” says Kelsall. “They can pick a big-box retailer like Costco Wholesale at Lakewood Center, Sprouts Farmers Market at Carson Street and Woodruff Avenue or any number of small businesses throughout Lakewood.” Kelsall wants Lakewood residents to remember that every purchase made at a Lakewood business, restaurant, gas station or movie theater comes back home as sales tax dollars to pay for Sheriff’s patrols, parks, road repaving and youth programs. Kelsall adds, “Putting your money where your house is directly impacts your community in a good way.”

7/11-Doo Wah Riders (Country) 7/18-Hot August Nights (Neil Diamond)

7/25-Rodeo Drive (Country) 8/01-The Whooligans (Irish) 8/08-Knyght Rider (80’s)

Two valedictorians from Lakewood High School— Amanda A. Martinez and Carlos A Vergara—have been named a 2013 President’s Scholar with the incoming freshman class at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As such, both graduating seniors have been awarded full, fouryear scholarships from the university worth about $70,000 each. Martinez, the daughter of Rosa Martinez of Lakewood, is planning to major in psychology at Cal State Long Beach with hopes of a career as a family and marriage therapist. Vergara, the son of Maria Vergara of Long Beach, has declared a major in aerospace engineering. “The President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Long Beach is recognized as the premier scholarship program

Amanda A. Martinez

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of its kind in California, and it is extremely competitive,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We received more than 700 applications for these scholarships this year, but only 25 students were selected to be part of this incoming group of academically talented students.” To be eligible for the program

and scholarship, students must be a senior class valedictorian or ranked No. 1 at their high school, a National Merit finalist or semi-finalist, a National Achievement Scholar or a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

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Take a trip to Getty Museum with Lakewood historian

Don Waldie

Lakewood residents have a chance to get a close look at a new Los Angeles architecture exhibit at the Getty Museum that features their city. This unique glimpse at L.A.’s past will be guided by Lakewood’s own historian emeritus Don Waldie and includes convenient and affordable bus transportation from Lakewood to the Getty and back for only $20. The exhibit, “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-

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1990,” highlights the boom in construction in and around Los Angeles in the post-War period, of which Lakewood was a major part. Lakewood is featured in the exhibit as it relates to the planned communities that popped up in L.A.’s suburbs. Lakewood historian emeritus and retired deputy city manager, Waldie has offered to guide those interested through the exhibit. Waldie is a renowned author and some of the photos on display come from his personal collection. A lifelong Lakewood resident, Waldie’s

award-winning memoir, Holy Land, is about his experience growing up in Lakewood. He was instrumental in the creation of Lakewood’s official history book published as part of the city’s 50th anniversary. You can view the book at www. lakewoodcity.org/lakewoodstory. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, July 20. The $20 cost includes transportation to the Getty as well as the option to take a guided tour with Don Waldie. There is no additional charge to enter the Getty. The trip will depart from the Burns Community Center at 9:30am. Registration can be done online with eCatalog using class #32636.

Lakewood student runs for the gold!

Janelle Wilson, a third grader of Lakewood, participated in the annual city track meet at Lakewood High School. She placed first in the 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash and the long jump, which qualified her for the recent Bay Area & Southeast 2013 Association Track and Field Qualifying meet. Janelle once again placed first in the 50 (7.78 seconds) and 100 (15.00 seconds) meter dash. These times qualified her for the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Track & Field Championship that took place on June 2, 2013. Once again, Janelle brought home the gold - winning both the 50 and 100 meter dash, which qualifies her to run in the California State Games (July 11th - 14th) which she will attempt to win the 100 meter dash and bring another gold medal back to the city of Lakewood. Congratulations Janelle Wilson and good luck at the California State Games!

Recognize your neighbor’s home

Do you have a neighbor who has taken extra steps to beautify their home and yard? Wouldn’t it be nice to say thanks or good job by nominating them for a Lakewood Beautiful Home Award? It can be done quickly online at www.lakewoodcity.org/ beautifulhome (where you can also view last year’s awardees) or by leaving a message 24 hours a day at the Community Relations Office message line at Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2160. If you don’t know the name of the neighbor, that’s OK. Just give city hall the address and they’ll take care of the rest. You can even nominate your own home. The submission deadline has been extended to July 12.


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Looking simply fabulous in that summer swimsuit

Here we are looking summer square in the eye and undoubtedly, you have some occasion coming up in the near future to wear your bathing suit. You may have already taken out last year’s model and tried

it on, what… to small! That can’t be. But unfortunately those bulges and bumps don’t lie. It’s too late now for the what if’s… What if I chose the salad instead of the double cheeseburger or what if I joined the gym and followed through with my new year’s resolution? You wonder how you slipped into these bad habits, more importantly as you’re looking into that tell all mirror, what are you going to do now that summer is here? Don’t have a self-esteem melt down, there is still time. The most important thing is that you’ve realized the error of your ways and want to do something about it. First of all, losing weight does not have to be complicated. Simply start with a healthy eating plan and add some regular exercise-whatever fits your

lifestyle, whether it’s an early morning trip to the gym, a walk around the block during your lunch hour or a quick run with your dog when you get home from work. Change your eating habits by making the following adjustments: • Look for low calorie substitutions that don’t sacrifice taste. Try mustard instead of mayonnaise on your sandwich for a big calorie savings • Don’t go it alone… losing weight with a friend or group of friends really helps. • Try putting a napkin over your plate as soon as you’re full and walk away from the table. • Get rid of all unhealthy food from your freezer and pantry. If it isn’t in the house you can’t eat it. • Always reward every weightloss goal with a non-food prize. How about a new bikini? • Write down what you’re eating every day to help keep you on target. • Try to stay away from eating out for the next few months it’s easier to keep an eye on calories if you eat at home. If you have to eat out choose grilled meats with vegetables and fruits. Stay away

from fried foods, cream sauces and yummy deserts (it will be well worth it in a few weeks!) • Wear something you feel fabulous in. The best appetite suppressant ever is a compliment on how great you look. Rather than jumping from one unsuccessful diet to another, it’s far better to fine-tune weight management so that initial strategies are consistent with long-term goals. This way, the positive changes that are made as weight progresses become

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incorporated into your life, setting up the framework for sustainable weight loss. So, follow these guidelines, slip back into that swimsuit and enjoy the summer!

Lakewood First United Methodist Church Sunday School at 9am Youth Group at 9am & 4pm Children’s Church 10:15am Infant care provided Sunday Worship Service 10:15 am Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30pm Thursday Devotional Study 10am Broken Loaf Food Pantry Saturday 9am - 11am

Rev. Dr. Lui Tran Senior Pastor

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The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is offering a 9-Day trip to Austria and Germany! Departure Date is October 1, 2013

$2,899 pp/double

($500 single supplement)

Deadline to Sign up:

Monday, July 15th Call the Chamber for more information: (562) 531-9733

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Soroptimists give thanks and honors at annual luncheon Since their club’s inception, almost 60 years ago, the women of Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach have had one goal: to improve the lives of women and girls, locally and throughout the world. Each year they work tirelessly and with cheerful hearts to raise money that they then put back into their community through donations to charitable organizations, as well as with scholarships and grant monies given to deserving young women and single mothers. For the past eight years, the partnership between SI of Lakewood/Long Beach and the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station has proven to be a fundraising success. This year, the Lakewood Community Run raised more than $50,000.00. The Sheriff’s portion of the proceeds went to benefit “999 for Kids” and the Lakewood Station Employee Relief Fund. The Soroptimists’ share of the profit is put back into the local community. Charitable donation recipients this year included Pathways Volunteer Hospice, Weingart Family YMCA, Lakewood Meals on Wheels, the Girl Scout Council

Lakewood Soroptimists present a check to the Lakewood Sheriffs Dept. for their share of proceeds from the Lakewood Community Run. Pictured left to right: SI, President-Elect Sonia Southwell, Capt. Merrill Ladenheim, Sergeant Steve Moses, SI President Joy Janes, and Lieutenant Joshua Stahl. of Greater Long Beach, Lakewood Artist Guild, Lakewood High School AVID Program, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Long Beach Junior Concert Band and the Ronald McDonald House. The ladies of SI of Lakewood/ Long Beach celebrated their club’s success this year at their recent Annual Awards Luncheon. They bestowed awards to several

deserving recipients. Soroptimist means “best for women”, and this is what the organization strives to be - women at their best helping other women to be their best. Anyone interested in joining SI of Lakewood/Long Beach, may contact Dr. Michelle Litzinger at (562) 408-1140 to receive membership information.

Congenital cardiac surgeon performs life-saving heart surgery

Shaun Setty, M.D., medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial traveled to India in April 2013 to teach local surgeons how to repair pediatric congenital heart defects.

Known for healing little hearts

at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, Shaun Setty, M.D., medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, traveled to Raipur, India to save the lives of eight pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. “The operations started soon after I got off the plane, and continued until I left for the airport,” says Dr. Setty. “In a span of five days, eight cases were done, with each of the patients doing very well. These patients would have never received treatment if the cases were not set up by the caring staff of the host hospital.” Congenital heart defects require surgery to repair the problem and to avoid complications in the future. Dr. Setty operated on patients ranging from 6-months-old to 22-years-old, with varying heart defects. Each operation was performed at Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Raipur, India – a hospital that provides free care to its community. “These are the first pediatric heart cases this hospital has done,” says Dr. Setty. “This was a starting point, and they’re going to evolve from here. It’s nice to have been part of that starting point.”


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Lemonade for life What you should know before

On cold, dreary, overcast days, do you dream about trading the chilly weather for a gorgeous day under azure blue skies and perfect temperatures? That wishful thinking is a positive way to look at the world. The good news is it’s more than wishing you had better weather, positive thoughts are good for your mental and physical health. Use a positive approach by taking the bitter moments of life and mix them into your “lemonade pitcher.” Make a virtual pitcher of lemonade out of bitter lemons and you’ll be doing yourself a favor in more ways than one. For one thing, you’ll be protecting yourself from the harmful effects of stress. Stress is nearly impossible to avoid. As we age, the effects of stress take a greater toll on our health and can disrupt our sleep. Positive thinking is not just window dressing for a problem; it is a management technique and potentially a lifesaver. Effective stress management is an important life skill for all of us to learn how to incorporate into our daily routines. Why do positive thinkers often experience health benefits? Several studies have suggested that people with positive outlooks are able to cope better with stressful situations and that reduces the harmful effects of stress on your body. These are other direct benefits

from optimistic thinking: • Increased life span • Greater resistance to common colds • Lower rates of depression • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease One of the great things about thinking happy thoughts is that you can do it without special equipment or training. Anybody can focus on positive thinking. It takes some practice but the more you make a conscious effort to think positively, the easier it becomes. In today’s world, many of us lead busy hectic lives. We’re running from one thing to another, and consequently, we may neglect our emotional well-being and that’s when we can start to feel rundown and negative. Optimistic thinking is about finding good in negative situations, keeping an open mind when things go wrong, and approaching challenges with a focus on positive outcomes. We all have some narrative running in the back of our minds. If your internal dialogue is negatively based and often focused on failure, chart a new course. Here are some ways you can do that: Listen for Negativity: Find one place in your daily routine where you often run into negativity. Listen for the internal voice emerging with potential news of failure. Ignore it. Change the channel and find a new internal voice saying, “This could work.” Live for Wellness: When you feel good you’re much more likely to want to avoid negativity and not get bogged down in muddy thoughts. Exercise has a profound effect on ability to cope with stress. It elevates our moods and helps fuel positive thinking. Learn to laugh: Laugher is one of the most enjoyable ways to let the day’s stressors melt away. Humor has been studied extensively for its major effect on our wellbeing. As social beings we thrive with positive contact with others. Positive people are contagious.

you start juicing

green lettuce leaf; 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic; 1/2 fennel bulb and fronds; 1 lemon, peeled if not organic. Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Wrap watercress in lettuce leaf and push through the juicer slowly. Juice all remaining ingredients.

People from all walks of life are looking for ways to lose weight, energize, sleep better, strengthen their immune systems, and have brighter skin and a younger appearance. They’re also juicing to help their bodies heal from a variety of ailments. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been juicing awhile and want to optimize the experience, here’s some important pointers that will help. Fruits & veggies happiness studies: Plenty of new research shows that adding more produce to your daily diet can benefit your mental health and sense of wellbeing. “Do I need to juice; can’t I just eat produce?”: This is a common response, but the reality is that most people in today’s society – especially those who are booked from morning to evening with a busy lifestyle – rarely get an optimal amount of produce throughout the day. A half-cup of veggies is a serving and 3/4 of a cup of juice equals one serving; eating seven to eight servings of produce every day requires much more effort and time than drinking fresh juice for some of the servings. An exotic example: A fennelwatercress-cucumber blend juice is an excellent way to mix up your typical cocktail. It includes: 1 handful of watercress; 1 dark

Drink immediately; this portion serves one. Juicing isn’t about just using common fruit ingredients – spice it up and experiment with healthy vegetables, you may find this is a fun way to eat all your vegetables!


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Around Town in July Lakewood

• Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers. Volun­ teers range in age from teens to seniors, and they help with everything from driving and deliv­ e ring meals to making sandwiches and packag­ i ng the meals. You don’t have to drive to help out. Volun­ teers are needed for as little as two hours for one day a week between Monday and Friday, or on a substitute basis. To learn more about donating, volunteering, or becoming a client, call Lakewood Meals on Wheels at (562) 925-8747. • YMCA Camp Oakes provides the experience of a lifetime for nearly 3,300 campers each summer. Weingart Lakewood

YMCA will have it’s camp from July 20 – July 27. For more information call (562) 425-7431.

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Air conditioned facilities provide heat relief for seniors

Long Beach • The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. will have it’s meeting on Friday, July 26 at 11:30am at the California Heights United Methodist Church. For more information call Christa at (714) 345-2338. • Questing Heirs Genealogical Society is holding their monthly meeting on Sunday July 21 at 1pm. The location is Resurrection Lutheran Church Parrish. For more information call Liz Myers at (562) 5983027.

High humidity and triple-digit temperatures typically blanket Southern California each summer and into the fall. Older residents can feel more distress from heat and humidity and often have fewer options for beating the heat. The City of Lakewood wants to remind seniors that the air-conditioned Weingart Senior Center is a comfortable oasis, especially during the hottest time of the day--from noon to 4pm. Seniors can use the free DASH Transit service as transportation to Weingart if they can’t drive or don’t have a ride. For more information on DASH call 562924-0149.

Weingart Senior Center is located at 5220 Oliva Avenue and can be reached at 562-6306141. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5:30pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 1:30pm. The facility is closed on Sundays. Additional information and a list of other air conditioned centers are available at www. lakewoodcity.org/cooling.

Thanks to our JUNE Sudoku Sponsors

Congratulations to Sergio Sandoval, Paul Kautto and Donna Black! They are all the lucky winners of the June Sudoku contest. Out of 123 entries, they won a meal. What are you waiting for? Pick up your pencil and put your brain to work! To be eligible, print your name, address and phone number on a letter size (8 ½ x 11) piece of paper, tape the puzzle cut out from the newspaper with all the answer boxes completed onto the paper. Mail entries to: Lakewood Community News P.O. Box 160, Lakewood, CA 90714. Or drop it by the Chamber office at 24 Lakewood Center Mall (right next to Sees Candies.) The winners are drawn by random. One entry per household; the answers must be postmarked no later than Monday, July 22, 2013. The winners will be drawn; Tuesday, July 23rd the call to the winners will be made the same day. If a message is left, the prize must be claimed by return phone call within 48 hours (business days) or a new winner will be chosen. The name of the winners will be published in the August issue, along with a new Sudoku Puzzle.

This nation will remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave.

~Elmer Davis


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Make it hard for the bad guys to break in to your home

10’ X 14’ $2,175

10’ X 12’ $6,995

It seems all around Lakewood, residents are on a heightened alert for bad guys lurking our friendly streets. There have been a been a few car thefts, and home burglaries lately, so it’s best to be reminded of some burglary prevention basics: • Make your home look occupied, and difficult to break in. • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors. • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening, and off during the day. • Keep your garage door closed and locked. • Don’t allow deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you’re away. Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time. • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. • Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. One of the most valuable tools

the Sheriff’s Department has to keep Lakewood safe is the eyes and ears of Lakewood residents looking out for their neighborhood. If you see unusual activity in your neighborhood, call the Sheriff’s Station. Their business line, which is perfect for reporting unusual activity, is staffed 24 hours a day at 562-623-3500. And, if it’s a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1.

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Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness, and courage to be the secret of liberty.

~Louis Brandeis


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