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Volume 30 Number 1
Lakewood Chamber looks back at 2013 with a smile!
Fall Business Expo - great for local businesses to interact & sell their goods to the community.
Chamber Mixer & Game Night at Round 1 in Lakewood Center...Good Times!
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Centinela Feed & Pet Supply.
Outback Steakhouse hosted a Mixer for Chamber members. Good times, good food & friends!
Lakewood Chamber’s Softball Leauge starts back up in February!
Chamber’s Annual Summer Stampede Car Show is a great community event that draws thousands of fans!
Networking… From breakfast in the morning to appetizers and cocktails in the evening, a variety of networking opportunities are available for busy Chamber Members. Business Connections… The Chamber also hosts several special events that bring together community leaders as well as business professionals. The Annual Business Forecast Luncheon addresses issues
that are most likely to affect the business community. The Business Expo brings the business community together at the Lakewood Center. Businesses are given the opportunity to display and sell their products and services to the public. The Chamber also assists new local businesses with Ribbon Cutting ceremonies in order to help get the word out about the new business within the community. For the sports enthusiasts in your organization
the Chamber hosts it’s own softball league. Events… Aside from networking opportunities, in 2013, the Lakewood Chamber held many great events such as the muchanticipated Annual Summer Stampede Car Show. A new element was added to the show, a tribute to all veterans past and present. Car lovers from all over California came together to display their old cars for the community to
Find Volunteer Day homes that need help
On Saturday, April 26, hundreds of Lakewood residents will fan out across the city to spruce up the yard or home exterior of fellow Lakewood Community News #24 Lakewood Center Mall Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 531-9733
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private homes in Lakewood owned by a Lakewood resident. Recipients of help can be seniors or persons of any age who, because of disability or limited economic means, need some neighborly help to make their yard or home exterior a little nicer. Work can include gardening, yard clean-up or minor painting. Proposed project sites are reviewed by city staff for eligibility and suitability, and sites and teams are matched for compatibility. EDCO Trash and Recycling Company donates dumpsters to help. A project site might be your own home, that of a relative or family friend, or of a neighbor. Volunteer Day has been making a positive difference in Lakewood every spring for 18 years. Individuals and teams of volunteers from scout troops, schools, businesses, clubs and religious congregations assist (Cont’d. on Pg. 8)
admire. The Chamber also provided the opportunity for the community to attend a trip to Austria for the October Fest. The start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity to get involved, what are you waiting for? Become a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Give us a call at (562) 531-9733 to learn more about how your local Chamber of Commerce can help your business grow and prosper.
State of the City tickets now available
Lakewood’s annual State of the City Luncheon is set for Wednesday, January 29. Attendees will hear what Lakewood’s leaders are saying about the city’s upcoming opportunities and challenges. This annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakewood. Tickets are for sale online now at www. lakewoodcity.org/sotc. Held at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in the Weingart Ballroom, the program will review the accomplishments of the past year and feature the first showing of Lakewood’s always informative and entertaining annual report video, which will be played in the weeks ahead on CityTV Channel 31. The deadline to make reservations is Thursday, January 23. The luncheon and program run from 12pm to 1:30pm. For more information, call or email Nanette Davis at 562-8669771, extension 3123.
Public works group honors Diane DuBois
Lakewood Council Member Diane DuBois (center) receives the “Top Elected Official” recognition from the American Public Works Association - Southern California Chapter. She is flanked by APWA officials Bonnie Teaford and Ed Gottko.
Lakewood City Council Member Diane DuBois has been named “Top Elected Official” of the year by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The recognition was given at their recent annual luncheon.
The regional chapter honored DuBois for her 37 years of work in the public sector, her long-time commitment as a “champion of public works projects to maintain and improve local quality of life,” and for her leadership as the chair (Cont’d. on Pg. 10)
Plenty to look forward to in 2014 By Mayor Steve Croft
As the clock ticks down on the final hours of December, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s happened this year in Lakewood and what’s ahead for the year to come. The year 2013 began with Lakewood reaching a major milestone. In February, we hit the “100% completion” mark on our street repaving program. Every residential street in Lakewood— all 143 miles of them—was repaved over a 12-year period. That’s an achievement that few— if any—California cities have carried out. Those smooth, well-
paved streets are a legacy that will benefit our city for decades to come. The year also saw some significant park improvements in Lakewood. Mayfair Pool was refurbished with a new pool liner, concrete deck, patio furniture, plumbing and—a big favorite of mine— new diving boards. Bloomfield Park got a colorful, new tot-lot playground and picnic shelter. On opening day, my city council colleagues and I got a chance to check out the playground. It includes a host of new kinds of slides and play equipment designed to bring out the imagination—and smiles—in young kids. Lakewood residents are proud of our beautiful neighborhood parks, and my council colleagues and I continue to prioritize their upkeep and improvement, even in these still-tough budgetary times. We were able to secure a $1.4 million special state grant to complete the final phase of the San Gabriel River Nature Trail. The year 2014 will see the construction of that phase—
running from Candlewood Street south to Del Amo Boulevard. The community should be able to start enjoying it before the end of the new year. We’ll make some modest but helpful improvements in other parks, too. For example, Bolivar Park will get an attractive, new shade shelter for its tot lot playground, which parents will appreciate while their children play. The new year will see Lakewood hitting another big milestone—our 60th anniversary as a city! We’ll announce details in next month’s Lakewood Community News, but I can tell you to please “save the date” of Friday, March 21 from 5pm to 9pm for a community-wide, open-house celebration of our birthday at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. Starting February 1, advanced tickets will be available at www. lakewoodcity.org/60th or by calling city staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2123. The Centre will be decked out with galleries of historic photos, including many that Lakewood residents submitted online to us. I was pleased that we will include a special gallery of photos of Lakewood residents in military service over the years. Lakewood has always been a city that’s appreciative of the service and sacrifice of our military veterans, and we’ll maintain that community value during our 60th anniversary celebration. The year ahead in Lakewood will be full of fun activities and meaningful traditions. Helped by our wonderful fellow residents, the city council will continue working to keep Lakewood a special place in which to live in 2014 and into the future.
help, crafts, and sports instruction. Students will have a variety of things to participate in while parents can be assured that their children are properly supervised in a safe and creative environment. Program schedules are available online at w w w. l a k e w o o d c i t y. o r g / ZoneSchedule and can be picked up at Lakewood City Hall, all parks and city libraries. Hours of supervision at all city parks beginning on January 6 are: • Monday to Friday: 3pm to 5pm. • Saturdays: 9am to 5pm. Sundays and holidays: 12noon to 5pm. Parks are open additional hours for scheduled programs and permits. Call your local park for more information regarding supervision hours and the Activity ZONE program. Park phone numbers are at www.lakewoodcity.org/ AfterSchool. Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale Tickets for the 33rd annual Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be on sale at Lakewood City Hall starting February 3. The awards banquet is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza and will honor the 2013 Athlete of the Year and more than 25 other deserving athletes and coaches. If purchased by February 11, discounted tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students; if purchased between February 12 and 18, ticket prices are $34 and $24 respectively. Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408 for more information or to purchase tickets. Adult sports registration Adult sports information packets and roster forms will be available starting January
6 at Lakewood City Hall for upcoming adult sports programs. Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408 for more information. • Adult Softball, Men’s Slow Pitch, Men’s Fast Pitch, Women’s Slow Pitch, Ko-Rec Slow Pitch and Senior Slow Pitch. Registration dates for the spring season are January 6-16. League dates are March 2-May 23. Summer registration begins May 5. • Women’s Volleytennis is on Monday nights. Registration dates are January 6-16 and league dates are February 24May 5. • Teen and adult free play volleyball at Mayfair High Gym is ongoing, offered on Thursdays for teens from 6:30pm to 9pm and on Tuesdays for adults from 6:30pm to 9pm. • Teen and adult free play basketball at Mayfair High School Gym is on Mondays from 6:30pm to 9pm and is ongoing. Free play basketball is also offered on Saturdays: 5pm to 7pm from Feb 8 to June 8. Please check www. lakewoodcity.org/sports for gym closure dates. Spring recreation catalogs are ‘in the mail’ Resident mail-in registration and online registration starts when catalogs go out in the mail in late December. General registration for the public, including phone-in and walkin registration, begins Monday, January 13 at 7:30am at city hall. Most classes and activities begin the week of Monday, February 3. Online registration is fast, easy and convenient at www.lakewoodcity.org/ recreation. Call Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2408 for additional information.
C i t y Spotlight Afterschool Activity Zone begins in January Lakewood parks offer free after-school activities beginning the week of January 6. Activities include homework
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It’s tax time...changes that could impact your return The majority of this year’s key tax law changes were the result of two acts - the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known asObamacare, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is under $200,000 ($250,000 if filing jointly), you may benefit from several tax breaks that have been
extended or made permanent. • The standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly is now permanently increased and expands the 15 percent tax bracket. • The child tax credit is $1,000 for each child under age 17 on Dec. 31. The amount decreases at higher income levels. A portion of the credit also remains refundable
through 2017. In addition, the maximum amount of expenses for the Child and Dependent Care Credit has been made permanent at $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more children. • The American Opportunity Credit,-tuition deduction, student loan interest deduction, and$2,000 annual contribution limit to Coverdell Education Savings Accounts are still available for 2013. • Elementary and secondary educators can again deduct up to $250 in related job expenses, even if you don’t itemize deductions. Unlike most employee expenses, educator expenses are not reduced by 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. • If you pay mortgage insurance premiums, also known as private mortgage insurance (PMI), you
may be able to deduct premiums as mortgage interest. • The Alternative Minimum Tax was created to ensure wealthy taxpayers receiving large tax benefits pay some tax. It will now be adjusted for inflation each year so fewer taxpayers are subject to
the tax. The exemption amount rises in 2013 to $51,900 ($80,800 for married couples filing jointly). For married individuals filing separately, the exemption is $40,400. • You may qualify for a credit equal to up to $12,970 of your adoption expenses including fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expense and other expenses directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child. If your employer provides adoption benefits, you may also be able to exclude up to the same amount from your income. Both a credit and exclusion may be claimed for the same adoption, but not for the same expense. • For 2013, you can still deduct state and local sales taxes. You can take this deduction or a deduction for state income tax but not both. • Qualified dividends will be taxed at preferential capital gains rates rather than those used for ordinary income. • If your MAGI-is more than $200,000 ($250,000 if filing jointly), you may pay an additional Medicare surtax on earned income, as well as higher taxes on net investment income, long-term capital gains and qualified dividends. The amount of your personal exemptions and itemized deductions is also less starting this year. The marginal income tax rate for incomes above $400,000 ($450,000 if filing jointly) also increases from 35 percent to 39.6 percent for 2013. • One change affecting taxpayers of all income levels is the increased floor for deducting medical expenses. Taxpayers under the age of 65 can now only deduct unreimbursed medical and dental expenses that exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). The floor remains at 7.5 percent if you’re 65 or older.
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Lakewood resident attempts to conquer the impossible ‘Death Race’
Lakewood resident Matt Trinca trains for upcoming Spartan Death Race. The name alone would probably scare most people away. Not Lakewood resident Matt Trinca, who plans to compete on June 27th in the Death Race. The Spartan Death Race is an endurance event held biannually in Pittsfield, Vt. Summer races have been held since 2005, and the inaugural winter Death Race was held in February, also in Vermont. Endurance athletes Joe DeSena and Andy Weinberg founded the Death Race. The Death Race can last 24 to 48 hours, according to its aptly named website, youmaydie.com, but the 2012 race lasted more than 60. Up to 200 participants can enter the event, and there is a 15 percent completion rate. Participants must complete a series of physical and mental challenges in the woods of Vermont, all without sleep and all while being encouraged to quit by the race organizers who offer up food and coffee to those who withdraw. Trinca, 35, said he is participating “because it seems like my whole life has been leading up to this.” “Growing up, my parents taught me valuable lessons, like not complaining, finishing what I started, and the value of hard work. In addition, my time in the Boy Scouts and my experience hiking
and camping will also serve me well because of this year’s Death Race theme – The Explorer.” According to Trinca, to train for an event like the Death Race, you have to put yourself in situations that emulate the hardships you will face in the cold, damp, remote woods of Vermont. Typical training sessions include overnight hikes in the Angeles Forest, jumping into the water at Long Beach in the early morning, and running through local parks with a weight vest, carrying rocks and logs. “I enjoy training with kettlebells at NDS Athletics in Lakewood,” says Trinca. “And then I also like to mix it up, by jogging through Rynerson and Liberty parks, climbing trees, jumping from rockto-rock, and wading through the San Gabriel River.” The training draws some “weird looks”, says Trinca, but he knows
that it will come in handy for the unpredictable Death Race. Last year, he traveled to Vermont to act as “support crew” for his friend, Daren de Heras, during his fourth Death Race, an experience he credits with inspiring him to try challenge himself. “At one point in the race, I hiked alongside him for 18-hours straight. It was dark and muddy, our feet were aching, and we were tired and confused from several days of no
sleep. But through the frustration, we found an inner strength. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.” After 72-hours, the race directors finally notified the racers that they had reached the finish, and even then only a chosen few were deemed worthy of earning the title of “official finisher” and receiving their trophy – a cheap plastic skull. So, if you see a lithe runner dragging a car tire behind him on Del Amo, or army-crawling through the sand volleyball court at Liberty Park, rest assured it’s probably just Matt Trinca, preparing himself for the challenge of the Spartan Death Race.
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The Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting registration applications for their upcoming Spring Softball Season. Those interested in having a team can call Chamber Ambassador, Frank Cardiel, at (562) 531-9733, or email email@example.com, or come by the office - #24 Lakewood Center Mall, outside next to See’s Candies.
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Member Renewals With their renewal, the following businesses have celebrated another year as members of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. 25 Years 4 Years - Cerritos College - Lakewood First United 22 Years Methodist Church - Hap’s Auto Parts 2 Years 13 Years - AT&T - Lakewood Christ Presbyterian 1 Year Church - Bellflower Beauty College 9 Years of Lakewood - K.E.Y. Design
Dear EarthTalk: I saw an article on sugar’s effects on the environment. Has anyone ever compared different sweeteners (artificial or natural) for their environmental impacts? malt syrup, brown rice syrup,
The production of sugar has indeed taken a huge environmental toll. “Sugar has arguably had as great an impact on the environment as any other agricultural commodity,” reports the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), citing biodiversity loss as a result of the “wholesale conversion of habitat on tropical islands and on coastal areas” to grow sugar. WWF adds that the cultivation of sugar has also resulted in considerable soil erosion and degradation and the use of large amounts of chemicals across the tropics and beyond. Some natural food markets now carry sustainably harvested sugar that does not fit this profile, though sugar’s ugly history has led many eco-conscious consumers to look elsewhere to satiate their sweet teeth. Fortunately there are several natural and artificial options that are safe to eat and relatively benign for the environment. Perhaps the
Christmas trees, styrofoam and ‘bulky items’ If the New Year finds your home awash with holiday debris, Lakewood’s bulky item pickup program may be just the ticket. Use the free program to get rid of old appliances, electronics and furniture. Also, pesky Styrofoam that’s so much a part of holiday packaging can be put into your blue recycling cart. As in past years, trees should be left curbside on your regular trash day--not put into blue recycling or gray trash carts. The collection of trees for recycling is free and continues on your regular trash day until Friday, January 10. Tree recycling tips - Decorations (ornaments, tinsel, etc.) and metal or plastic stands must be removed. - Wooden tree stands can be left on the tree. - Flocked trees can be recycled, too. - The tree must not be in a bag. - Trees over eight feet tall must be cut in half. Over 10,000 Christmas trees are typically collected from Lakewood residents. They create more than 100 tons of useful recycled mulch. Schedule a bulky item pickup when the program begins its 2014 schedule on Monday, January 13. Call EDCO, the city’s trash contractor, at 562-531-3054 before 3:30pm, one day in advance of your regular trash collection day and ask for a bulky item pickup. For more trash information, recycling tips and to report trash skips, visit www.lakewoodcity.org/trash or call 562-866-9771, extension 2140.
most popular choice is stevia, a sustainably harvested herb from Latin America that is 30 times sweeter than table sugar but without calories. Other natural alternatives include coconut palm sugar, barley
agave nectar, maple syrup and raw honey. These choices may not save on calories like stevia, but they do sweeten without environmental guilt. As for synthetic sugar alternatives, there has been considerable talk of how dangerous they may be for our health, but little evidence of harm has actually come forth and their environmental impacts may be more reason for concern. Aspartame, for example, used in Equal and also in diet sodas, is made by fermenting corn and soy, the two biggest genetically engineered crops in the U.S. Environmentalists are concerned that such tinkering with nature could have unexpected and potentially disastrous results down the road. Another common sugar alternative, sucralose (trade name
Splenda) has its issues, too. A study released in 2013 by researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) found that the majority of Splenda used around the world ends up in the Gulf Stream, the fast-moving ocean current that starts in the Gulf of Mexico and flows into the Atlantic Ocean and beyond into the coastal waters of Europe and Africa. Saccharin (trade name Sweet’N Low) got a bad rap in the 1970s
when rats exposed to large amounts got bladder cancer, but it has since been vindicated: The Food & Drug Administration removed warning labels in 2000 and the Environmental Protection Agency removed it from its lists of hazardous constituents and commercial chemical products in 2010. Nonetheless, saccharin can cause problems for pregnant women and infants who consume large amounts, and also gets a veto as a petroleum derivative.
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Local students receive scholarships
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Students Jessica Balagtas of Lakewood and Catrina Sanchez of Bellflower received the $500 Perez-Medrano Scholarship, which was established in memory of Joe Medrano, father of Cerritos College Board of Trustee Marisa Perez. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding female STEM majors. Balagtas is a biology major who has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA and has plans of transferring to UC Berkeley. Sanchez is an engineering design technology major. She has excelled in AutoCAD and other design software and looks forward to a career in engineering.
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residents in need who are unable to maintain their properties themselves. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in helping people and in making their home better for them--and making our community better too,” said a recent teen volunteer from Mayfair High School. How to help: Suggestions for sites and offers to volunteer can be made online at www.lakewoodcity. org/volunteerday or by calling Lakewood’s Burns Community Center at 562925-7512.
The Cuddly Corner Hi there, I’m Audi. I’m an affectionate and playful dog. I am a ‘working breed’ so I need a lot of exercise to keep me happy & healthy! I get along well with some dogs and would probably do best in a home without cats. I also love kids! I’m housebroken and have an attentive personality...and I would do well in a basic obedience class. I’m also neutered, microchipped and current on my vaccinations. I hope to be a part of your family soon!
Adopt & Shop, located in Lakewood Center, is an innovative retail pet adoption center that showcases shelter animals in a bright, fun, one-stopshop for potential pet owners. Adopt & Shop features cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals available for adoption along with basic pet supplies and specialty items. All of the pets are sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption. If you’re interested in adopting AUDI, please contact Phillip Robb, Store Manager of Adopt & Shop at (562) 531-2871.
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Make sure your pet lives a long healthy life
Pet ownership is more than just a privilege - it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets’ lives. By committing your pet to a healthy routine, you can do your part to ensure they live the happiest, longest life possible. If you want the best for your pet, focus on these simple tips: Schedule annual checkups No one knows your pet as well as you do, but veterinarians are trained to detect diseases before they become costly issues for both you and your pet. Make it a habit to schedule an annual checkup for your pet every year, using your pet’s birthday or adoption date as a reminder. Provide a proper diet You love your pet and your pet loves treats, but feeding your pet an excessive amount of food and spoiling them with treats can lead to rapid weight gain. If you are not sure how much you should be feeding your pet, consult your veterinarian. Simple dietary swap-outs can help your pet maintain a healthy weight and decrease the chances of developing health complications.
Exercise regularly It seems like a simple thing to remember. However, busy schedules and daily stresses often cause people to either forget to exercise their pet or move it to the bottom of the to-do list. Commit yourself and your pet to a consistent exercise routine. Offer love and affection Anyone who has loved a pet can testify to the relationship’s emotional benefits. The warm welcome you receive at the front door after a long day at work, the wagging tail you hear as you prepare your pet’s dinner and the head nestled in your lap each night as you watch the news are only some of the rewards of being a dog owner. It is important to reciprocate this love even in small ways, such as a quick scratch behind the ears or tossing a tennis ball around the back yard. Caring for your pet with enduring love and affection will bring you happiness and help enhance your morale daily.
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Here’s to health and happiness in 2014!
Everyone has experienced that dreaded moment when the holiday festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you’ll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We’re bombarded with visions of steel abdominal muscles and gazelle-like limbs. For most people, however, achieving health can’t be reduced to a lower health club membership deal or a diet pill. Rather, the road to health is a lifelong journey encompassing mind, body and spirit. With that said, there are manageable steps you can take in your daily life to experience and sustain a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Most are common sense, however, it takes perseverance to maintain these steps over the long term. Everything in moderation Rather than swing between extremes, try to get into an easy routine and listen to your body. Be active, but also know when to rest. Eat healthy foods, but allow yourself the occasional indulgence. Walk daily Walking burns calories without putting strain on joints. A nice long walk also allows for some quiet time to process your emotions and events of the day. Floss your teeth Flossing your teeth prevents plague, which creates a toxin that your body has to work hard to fight, ultimately freeing up your immune system to fight other ailments. Eat a variety of fruits and veggies Fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients to keep people healthy. Studies have also linked eating more produce with improved mood. Drink water You should drink eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated, keeping the gears of your body detoxified and in motion. Whole grains
“May light always surround you; Hope kindle and rebound you. May your hurts turn to healing; Your heart embrace feeling. May wounds become wisdom; Every kindness a prism. May laughter infect you; Your passion resurrect you. May goodness inspire your deepest desires. Through all that you reach for, May your arms never tire.”
- D. Simone
Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Let’s raise a glass of water and toast to the New Year as we focus on our goal of a lifetime of good health!
Two chances at giving the ‘gift of life’ at Lakewood Center
Residents have two chances to give back to their community by donating blood this New Year. The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center, is holding a pair of January blood drives: Thursday, January 2 and Wednesday, January 8--both from 12noon to 6pm. The Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center is located near Target at 15 Lakewood Center Mall. Walk-in donors are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Appointments can be easily scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code LWSheriff, or call 714-4272605. Donations take about an hour. Participants are encouraged to drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal ahead of time and bring a photo ID. Residents unable to make the scheduled events can quickly
find other blood drives using easy search tools at the Red Cross website. Additional information on donations and volunteer opportunities at www. redcrossblood.org/volunteer are there as well. General donation requirements: • Donations acceptable every 56 days • 17 years of age - 110 pounds, 16 years of age with Red Cross permission slip • Good health the day of donation • 1-year deferral for a tattoo • No deferral for piercing if done in a sterile environment • Must have been in the U.S. three years • Most cancers are a 5-year deferral • You can donate if you have high cholesterol • You can donate if your diabetes or blood pressure is under control • For travel restrictions, call 800843-2949, extension 7066.
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Bring your toddler over to Lakewood’s Preschool and Information Fair
Local parents learn educational options for their children at the Mom’s Club of Lakewood’s annual Fair.
The MOMS Club of Lakewood will host its annual Preschool Information and Family Fair on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 10am to 1pm at the Youth Center at Del Valle park in Lakewood. Free and open to the public, the fair is a community event that offers parents in Lakewood, Bellflower, Cerritos and surrounding areas a forum to receive information about local preschools and arts, education, and sports programs for kids. Families can ask questions of school and program representatives, and sign up for classes and tours. Kids will
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of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. DuBois’ public works commitment includes her longstanding support for Lakewood’s 12-year, 143-mile effort to repave 100% of its residential streets. APWA also recognized DuBois’ deep public service roots, going back to 1977 when she was appointed to the Lakewood Planning and Environment Commission. She served for 28 years on that commission, including several terms as chair. Then, in 2005, her fellow Lakewood residents elected her to the city council. In 2009, she was elected to also represent Lakewood and the larger Gateway Cities region on the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
January 2014 board. She became its chair in July 2013 by a vote of her fellow board members. This was a first for a representative from Lakewood or any of the 28 cities of the Gateway region of cities. Metro is the third largest transportation agency in the United States, operating a large network of subway and light-rail lines and bus routes spread across the vast reaches of L.A. County. Metro also manages and funds the largest slate of public works projects in the nation, including multi-billion dollar projects for freeway modernization and subway/light-rail line extension. Despite the time commitment required to be Metro board chair and Lakewood council member, Diane continues to be active in many volunteer organizations in the Lakewood area, including Meals on Wheels, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Pathways Volunteer Hospice, Pan American Association, Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach, and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. APWA’s Southern California chapter includes 1,350 member professionals across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Nationally the group spans a network of 64 regional chapters and 28,500 public works professionals that include members from cities, counties and special districts.
Coaches needed for youth sports programs
Adult volunteers are needed to coach Lakewood Youth Sports basketball teams this season. Teams will practice and play league games on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings through March 8. Coaches volunteer an average of 3-4 hours per week. There are 1-2 practices and 1-2 games per week. No experience is needed. Coaches will receive training. Coaches are required to go through a mandatory background screening using Livescan. Check with your local park for details on how to get involved, or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.
Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of selfassessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. ~ Eric Zorn
New year’s resolution: Get emergency prepared
Lakewood’s “Survive for 7” program returns with a one-evening “jump start” for family emergency preparedness efforts. The workshop educates residents about actions they can take to protect their family and teaches skills needed to survive in the first week following a catastrophe. Learn more at www. lakewoodcity.org/7days. The free program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3 from 6pm to 7pm at the Lakewood Youth Center at Del Valle Park (Woodruff Avenue and Arbor Road). The workshop returns on May 5 and October 6. Register using the eCatalog at www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog. The February program is course #31062, “Survive for 7 Disaster Planning Program.” The session will be held at Lakewood Youth Center at 4658 Woodruff Avenue. Call Nancy Hitt at 562-866-9771, extension 2404 for additional information.
Advanced Emergency Response Training Lakewood residents wanting advanced disaster-prep training should join FEMA-certified instructors and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel this January for “CERT” training. It’s an in-depth 21-hour program over three days. It’s part of the countywide Community Emergency Response Team effort. CERT educates residents about disaster preparedness and disaster-response skills for dealing with serious crisis situations. The goal is to help residents become more selfreliant and better prepared for the aftermath of a serious emergency like a major earthquake. Training will be held at the Weingart Senior Center at 5220 Oliva Avenue from 9am to 4:30pm on three Saturdays (January 11, 18 and 25). Topics include search and rescue, triage, fire safety, team organization,
disaster medical operations and orientation about working with public safety personnel during a major crisis. The program is part of the Lakewood’s “Survive for 7” efforts. Disaster guides and how-to checklists are online at www.lakewoodcity.org/7days. Pre-registration is required. Call Nancy Hitt at 562866-9771, extension 2404 for additional information. Participants must attend all three sessions to receive certification. Participants must be at least 18 years old and pre-registration is required. Visit the Recreation and Community Services Department website to register online at www.lakewoodcity. org/eCatalog.
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Starting line at Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. The Lakewood Community Run returns on Saturday, March 8, 2014 when sheriff’s deputies, recreational runners, families and kids will gather at the starting line in front of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station to run the event’s 5K/10K course for time, or do the 1-mile “Fun Run” or a 5K walk. Lakewood’s tree-lined residential streets provide the
backdrop. The flat, “runner friendly” course is “fast” for practiced runners and comfortable for fitness fans and family members. All participants are directly supporting Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach and Lakewood Sheriff’s Station charity efforts while they pursue their personal best in the
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5K/10K for time, or run or walk for fun in this family-friendly event. The run homepage is www. lakewoodrun.com. Professional timing and online registration will again be provided by www. RaceWire.com. Register there before February 27 for $30 and for $35 on race day. To inquire about group rate entries or to get more event information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the day of the event, registration begins at 6:30am. The 5K and 10K runs start at 8am. The Fun Run begins at 9:30am. 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 Lakewood-area businesses.
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Help keep the El Dorado Nature Center a beautiful and healthy place for wildlife. A three-part training session will get you ready to plant and care for California natives on the trails. Monthly meetings, work parties and educational field trips throughout the year will provide ongoing opportunities to sharpen your skills, meet new friends, and increase your knowledge base. Applications due by January 3. Training takes place January 18, 25 and February 15, 9am-noon. Applicants must attend all three sessions. Call 562-570-1750 for an application packet.
Cal State Long Beach student earns cash prize and 3rd place honors
Jillian Maddox, a junior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) took third place in the 2013 International Student Design Competition held by the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE). Maddox placed third out of more than 500 entries representing 55 schools from five different countries. The competition was geared toward college-level students involved in retail planning, visual merchandising and interior design programs. Maddox, was competing in the Store Design Category. Her win earned her a monetary award of $1,500 as well as an additional $1,000 for the BFA program she represented because she finished in the top three.
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
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Fun ways to take New Year’s resolutions seriously This month, getting more fit and losing weight will top many a New Year’s resolution list. Lakewood’s recreation department has 195 acres of resources that can help. Neighborhood parks and miles of fitness routes are within walking distance of every Lakewood home. January is also when signups for 600-plus fitness and activity classes are underway for the recreation season starting in early February. New recreation catalogs were delivered to Lakewood homes in late December, and online and mail-in registration is underway. A printable PDF is online along with the searchable eCatalog registration system at www.lakewoodcity.org/ catalog. Walk-in and phonein registration starts Monday, January 6. Most classes begin the week of February 3. There’s no need to wait for classes to begin when the city website offers the updated “Park Finder” and “Trail Finder” pages of individual park profiles, CityTV video segments, Google maps and fitness route PDFs. See: www. lakewoodcity.org/ParkFinder and www.lakewoodcity.org/ TrailFinder. The trails page also shows cycling links and highlights about Rynerson Park. This 40-acre park is adjacent to the San Gabriel River and gives easy access to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail and offers walkers a one-mile trail within the park that includes fitness stations. Information on renting park facilities, picnic shelters and The Centre at Sycamore Plaza are at www.lakewoodcity.org/ Facilities. Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408 for more information.
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songs, Hispanic culture and culinary fun are also included. Ten-week classes are held on Saturdays, 10am to 11am. Beginning classes will start on January 25, intermediate on January 11. For more information call (562) 833-3115.
The Lakewood Women’s Club will hold it’s next luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 21, at the Sycamore Center. Social gathering is at 10:30am; meeting, 11:00am; luncheon 12noon, followed by the program at 1pm. The Club will be celebrating its 61st year in Lakewood. As part of the birthday celebration, past presidents will be honored and there will be a musical program. For lunch reservations or more information call Arlene Roos at (562) 863-4933 by January 13. Academic Learning and Languages is offering Two Spanish for Kids classes for Winter 2014. Kids ages 6 to 11 will learn basic greetings, verb conjugation, favorite childhood
Cerritos Wellness Priority One is sponsoring a weight loss lecture and more at 18000 Studebaker Road, 7th Floor in Cerritos, January 22nd, 2014 from 9am to 1pm. Hear Aurea Longenecker, R.N. on how she investigated and applies nutritional wellness over physical fitness as her more successful path to safely losing 46 pounds and keeping it off. Topics
include how weight loss fights degenerative disease, wellness as a disaster survival tool, and how important her very first step was to beginning her easier weight loss plan. Admission is free and registration is thru Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/l62c97b.
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Holiday Inn-Long Beach Airport (562) 597-4401 Long Beach Marriott (562) 425-5210
Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies (562) 212-1000 Found Animals Foundation (310) 574-5794 Your Lucky Pet Sitter (562) 682-8954
Newell, Curtis, Nelson & Burnight (562) 435-7471
Automobile - General Greg’s Collision Center (562) 531-6600 Lakewood Car Wash (562) 634-9020 Orozco’s Auto Service (562) 427-4256
Automobile-Dealer George Chevrolet (562) 925-2500
Automobile-Parts & Supplies Hap’s Auto Parts (562) 422-1201 Transamerican Wholesale (310) 900-5567
Automobile-Tires Allen Tire Company (562) 420-2269
AmericanWest Bank (562) 627-9804 Chase Bank-Lakewood Blvd. (562) 408-1506 F&M Bank (562) 602-8378 First Bank (562) 663-6500 LBS Financial Credit Union (562) 598-9007 NuVision Federal Credit Union (562) 375-8327
Beauty Salons & Spa Bellflower Beauty College (562) 421-1700
B&B Carpets (562) 428-7589
Lakewood Country Club (562) 421-0550 TGIS (Thank Goodness its Sofia) (562) 804-4434
Cash America Payday Advance (562) 630-8500
Child Development-Day Care ChildNet Youth & Family Services (562) 498-5000 Long Beach Day Nursery (562) 591-0509 Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA (562) 425-7431
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (562) 496-2319 Lakewood 1st United Methodist Church
(562) 425-1219 Lakewood Christ Presbyterian Church (562) 633-0749 Life Center Assembly of God (562) 866-9078
Harding Construction (562) 333-6392 K.E.Y. Design (562) 292-1217
Dentistry-Orthodontics Brodsky Orthodontics (562) 496-2000 Candlewood Smiles (562) 634-5042 Lakewood Modern Dentistry (562) 920-9050 Nguyen Dental (562) 634-2500 Raymond Manigigian D.D.S. (562) 429-2459 Seth S. Shimono, D.D.S (562) 867-4155
Department Stores Costco Wholesale (562) 630-2391 Lakewood Center Mall (562) 633-0437 Sam’s Club (562) 425-0662 Wal-Mart 2609 (562) 429-6239
ABC Unified School District (562) 926-5566 Bellflower Unified School District (562) 866-9011 Bethany Lutheran School (562) 420-7783 Cerritos College (562) 860-2451 Irvine University College Of Law, Inc. (562) 865-7111 Kumon Math & Reading (562) 412-6802 Long Beach Unified School District (562) 997-8242 Saint Joseph High School (562) 925-5073
Employment Development Ardan Staffing Solutions (562) 461-3711 Employers Group (800) 748-8484 SELACO WIB (562) 402-9336
Cal Bowl (562) 421-8448 Hawaiian Gardens Casino (562) 860-5887 Round One Bowling & Amusement (562) 408-2937 Seahawk Cocktail Lounge (562) 630-2649 The Rinks – Lakewood Ice (562) 429-1805
Equipment Rental Lakewood Rent-All (562) 421-4714
Appraisal Pacific Inc.
(562) 377-1000 Castlehead, Inc. Escrows (562) 809-7772 Team Escrow (562) 920-9611
Edward Jones Investments (562) 804-7994
Melinda McCoy’s Flowers (562) 424-0901 White House Florist (562) 925-1238
Grocery/Market Milk Barn (562) 425-3745
Health & Fitness Vital Fitness (562) 716-7064
AppleCare Medical Group (714) 443-4532 Bel Tooren Villa Convalescent (562) 867-1761 CareMore Medical Group (866) 622-2820 Conrad Cox M.D. Inc. (562) 461-8584 Healthcare Partners (562) 361-5650 Immediate Medical Center (562) 802-0208 Lakewood Primary Care (562) 630-3105 The Joint…The Chiropractic Place (562) 925-2114 The Oncology Institute of Hope & Innovation (562) 869-1201
Hearing Aids HearUSA (562) 303-1436
Community Hospital of Long Beach (562) 498-1000 Lakewood Regional Medical Center (562) 531-2550
Beth Bettger Insurance Agency, Inc. (562) 496-1000 Farmers Insurance-Mike Segura (562) 531-9199 Farmers Insurance Group (562) 989-8700 Gotz Insurance Agency, Inc. (562) 424-0726 Insurance Solutions for Healthcare (562) 400-0433
Friends of Lakewood Libraries (562) 866-1777
Mail/Shipping Services Lakewood Mail n’ More (562) 866-4239
Oil/Gas Industry Kuster Company (562) 595-0661
Organizations & Clubs Bellflower Soroptomist (562) 866-8899 Bible Believers
(562) 921-1980 Boy Scouts of America (562) 427-0911 Lakewood Artist Guild (562) 421-8212 Lakewood Women’s Club (562) 925-4405 Lakewood/Long Beach Soroptimist Inter. (562) 866-9771 Lakewood Knights of Columbus (562) 431-7703 Lakewood Lions Club (562) 421-9640 Lakewood Meals on Wheels (562) 925-8747 Lakewood Pan American Association (562) 421-0676 Long Beach State Athletics (562) 985-7441 National Pacific Islander Education Network (562) 496-2319 Pathways Volunteer Hospice (562) 531-3031 Rotary Club of Lakewood (562) 421-1213 Su Casa-Ending Domestic Violence (562) 303-1030
Fuddrucker’s (562) 408-1555 George’s Greek Café (562) 529-5800 Honeybaked Ham (562) 634-9711 Outback Steakhouse (562) 634-0353 Piazza McDonald’s (562) 497-0055 Pieology (562) 634-2625 Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes (562) 531-6778 Wienerschnitzel (562) 425-2535
Balloons by Victoria (562) 533-8154 BookOff (562) 531-6707 Thirty One Gifts (562) 706-3447
R.F. Dickson Company, Inc. (562) 923-5441
Ozonevo Protection Resources (562) 340-6386
Lakewood Self Storage (562) 627-1888
City Light & Power Lakewood, Inc. (562) 983-2000
Andazola’s Gallery (562) 427-3100
Downey Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning (866) 204-4068 G&A Heating & Air Conditioning (562) 533-7933 Pete’s Plumbing (562) 425-2373 West Coast Electric (310) 612-9449
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EDCO/BZ Waste & Recycling (562) 423-8161 Good Earth Recycling Center (562) 490-0072 SA Recycling, LLC (213) 222-2811
Buffalo Wild Wings (562) 220-2760 Chick Fil A (562) 924-9408 East Side Mario’s (562) 630-7600 Foggia Italian Market & Deli (562) 627-0987
Miller Tax Services (562) 424-2411
Transcom Telecommunications (562) 633-2034
SCE/Southern California Edison (800) 655-4555 Southern California Gas Co. (562) 803-7575
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