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Community 30,000 delivered to Lakewood and portions of Long Beach

Official publication of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

Volume 29 Number 5 /

May 2013

Celebrate and have fun at Lakewood remembers Lakewood’s Pan Am Fiesta! on Memorial Day

Lakewood’s longest-running community event begins its threeday celebration at Mayfair Park on Friday, May 10 at 5pm. The family-friendly Pan American Fiesta continues on Saturday and

wraps up Sunday evening. The festival dates back to 1945 when Dr. Walter Montano, the former Bolivian Consul to Los Angeles, and Jesse Solter, a local schoolteacher, shook hands over

a backyard fence and pledged to begin a program to foster good relations with Lakewood’s Latin American neighbors. Today, Lakewood’s fiesta is the nation’s only community-wide celebration of the Pan-American culture outside of Washington, D.C. The fun begins with carnival rides on Friday evening from 5pm to 10pm, and continues on Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 9pm. Food booths are open from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The fiesta’s traditional pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Pan American Association, will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 10:30am for $5.00. On Sunday—Mother’s Day— breakfast and a gift are free for all moms, along with live entertainment and fun shopping at the fiesta’s craft booths. Carnival rides, food, art, music and dancing More than 60 arts and crafts dealers will bring their wares to the fiesta. There will also be an art demonstration by members of the Lakewood Artist Guild. In the Children’s Cultural Booth, kids can have a free, hands-on cultural experience featuring activities (Cont’d. on Pg. 4)

For the love of Country and City By Robin Vanderwerff

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The story of an American’s quest for freedom can be wrought with many twists and turns, as it is with the story of Lakewood’s own John Jansen. The sun was in its full afternoon glory on that fateful July afternoon in 1944. 23-year-old, John Jansen reported for duty with the U.S. Air Force ready to conquer the world. Quickly, he found himself

Lakewood residents are invited to join in the city’s annual Memorial Day tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces, as well as to members of our local veterans’ organizations who have died during the past year. The Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 11am on Monday, May 27 at the Veterans Memorial at Del Valle Park, adjacent to the airplane. The park is located on Woodruff Avenue, between Henrilee Street and Arbor Road. The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial and remarks from Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft and other dignitaries. This year is the 21st anniversary of the placement at the memorial of the poem, “The Boys of Del Valle Park,” authored by Lakewood resident Dennis Lander. The stirring, Lakewood-influenced poem will once again be read as part of the among the Bombardiers fighting in WWII. Jansen’s team’s mission was to bomb an oil refinery in Germany. During the journey his plane was hit with five bombs blasting through the right wing. Against all odds the plane was still in flight and began to head south towards Italy with German fighters trailing behind. The team made it as far as Hungary before the German fighters attacked them. They were forced to bail out of the plane, John taking a gun shell to the neck. Luckily the wound was not life threatening and his parachute brought him safely to the ground. After he landed, John and nine other American men found themselves in the middle of a Hungarian wheat field. They were taken to town and put in a barn to spend the night. Thinking they had escaped the worst, John and the other men were horrified the next morning when they woke up to German soldiers who forced them on a train to Germany, the very place they had been instructed to bomb. They were locked up in a boxcar with 40 other people. Hearing the deafening sound of bombs being dropped while gravel and shrapnel cascaded against the side of the car, John was unaware (Cont’d. on Pg. 3)

ceremony. Lakewood City Council Members will attend along with hundreds of local residents and members of American Legion, Post 496; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post 8615; Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 19 and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 756. A musical tribute to those who have served in the armed forces and a stirring rendition of “Taps” will be performed by talented young musicians from local schools. The nationally recognized Lakewood High School Naval Junior ROTC will present our nation’s flag. Parking will be available along Woodruff Avenue, as well as on Arbor Road and Henrilee Street. Neighboring residents are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the park. This event is free and is open to the public.

Spring Business Expo Saturday, May 18th 10am-2pm

Lakewood Center

(Centre Court-Near Macy’s)

Members: $150 NonMembers: $200 Cost includes: 6-foot table with Tablecloth & 2 chairs


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A city with a strong community spirit By Mayor Steve Croft

I’m Steve Croft, and I’m honored to be starting a one-year term serving my fellow Lakewood residents as mayor. City council members in Lakewood alternate as mayor annually, starting at the end of every March. I’m very grateful to have been nominated and approved by my council colleagues to serve in this role until March 2014. I’ve been on the city council since 2005, and this will be my second time as mayor. While serving as mayor, you’ll see me speaking at lots of city events, chairing city council meetings and performing other city functions.

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One of the special qualities of Lakewood that I’ve always appreciated is that we’re a strong, caring community where people are supportive of one another. Our city government helps with that, but the key ingredient is the network of community organizations and active residents and business people that we are so fortunate to have. We have hundreds of community members who volunteer, be it regularly or once or twice a year, making Lakewood the special city we know and love. We’ll see that spirit in just a few days at the Pan American Fiesta and later in May at the Relay For Life, which supports the fight against cancer. If you’re one of those many volunteers who help make Lakewood a strong, caring community, thank you for everything that you do. I look forward to continuing to support your efforts in my mayoral role, just as my colleagues before me have so ably done. To support the Lakewood Relay For Life, I’ve decided to issue the “Shear the Mayor Challenge” in solidarity with those fighting

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cancer. Help the Relay reach its fundraising goal, and during the closing ceremony I’ll get my hair cut close to a buzz cut, like I had for the first 15 years of my life. That’s me from my buzz-cut days in the photo below. In addition to all the volunteer efforts by residents in Lakewood, our community spirit is

enhanced by the many businesses that “give back” and sponsor or support local community events and causes. Let those businesses know that you appreciate what they do for Lakewood. Their support and their economic vitality are key to making Lakewood a great place to live and raise our families. In my year as mayor, I look forward to working with my city council colleagues and our community as a whole to preserve and enhance the quality of life for our fellow Lakewood residents. We’ll work hard to enhance public safety, keep our parks and recreation programs top-notch for residents of all ages, and keep our city looking good and working well. Our efforts will be enhanced immeasurably by the volunteer work of hundreds of Lakewood residents and dozens of local businesses who give our city its special strength and community spirit.

C i t y Spotlight Summer recreation catalog coming; ‘Finally it’s Friday’ returns The new Summer Recreation Catalog will arrive in Lakewood homes later this month. It offers many fun and fitness opportunities along with special events such as Concerts in the Park, the Civic Center Block Party, and the aquatics program. Finally it’s Friday events are a series of nine family programs planned on Friday nights throughout the summer. Outdoor movies, swim nights, dinner and entertainment, a game night and more. Priority mail-in registration and online registration for Lakewood residents begins as soon as residents receive the summer catalog. Online registration is fast, easy and convenient. Over 500 programs, camps and classes are available. Most classes and activities begin the week of June 24. For more information call 562-866-9771, extension 2408. Register online at eCatalog. Family Camp ‘under the stars’ at Monte Verde Park Families can spend a night out “under the stars” at Monte Verde Park at the Family Camp overnighter event on Saturday, May 18, 1pm to Sunday, May 19, 12 noon. Activities include games, crafts, nature walks, a marshmallow roast and singing around the campfire. Camp guides will help families set up ‘camp’ and help children enjoy the experience. All meals and snacks are prepared so parents can sit back, relax and enjoy nature. For parents and children ages 3–11, registration fee is $17 per couple ($8 for each additional person). A materials fee of $16

per couple for meals ($8 for additional person) is payable to the instructor at camp. To register, call 562-8669771, extension 2408 or go to eCatalog. Mayfair Pool offers presummer swim opportunities Swim Lessons: Mayfair Pool pre-summer swim lessons will take place Tuesday, May 28 to June 7. Online swim lesson priority registration for residents begins May 7 at 7pm. Non-residents may register online beginning May 14 at 7pm. Participants may sign up at eCatalog. Walk-in registration will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, May 25. Youth instruction classes are offered Monday through Friday every half hour between 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Recreation Swim: Pre-summer recreation swims will take place at Mayfair Pool weekends only, beginning May 25 to June 16 from 1pm to 2:30pm and 2:45pm to 4:15pm. Resident fees are $1 for children and $1.50 for adults (age 18+). Water Aerobics: Both Shallow and Deep Water Aerobic classes will take place from 6pm to 7pm beginning May 28 at Mayfair Pool. Participants may choose either Mon/Wed or Tue/ Thu classes. Sign up at www. Mayfair Pool is located at 5720 Clark Ave. For complete information, please call 562866-9771, extension 2408. Lakewood Youth Sports volunteer coaches needed Volunteer coaches are needed for baseball, softball and T-ball teams for the summer season at Lakewood parks. Although moms and dads of players make great coaches, it’s not necessary to have a child playing to enjoy the volunteer experience. No coaching experience is necessary. City staff will provide the appropriate training. Inquire at any Lakewood park for complete details or call 562866-9771, extension 2408. LYS softball/T-ball signups Signups for Lakewood Youth Sports baseball, T-ball and softball teams will take place at all Lakewood parks between May 18 and 25. T-ball teams are for boys and girls ages 6-7 and baseball and softball teams are for boys and girls between the ages of 8–17. There are no team fees for Lakewood residents and proof of residency is required. The non-resident registration fee is $20. Birth certificates are required. For more information call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.



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Lakewood residents are recognized with special awards

Pictured L to R: Mrs. Randee Chambers, Caitin Bolt Chambers, and Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft. Lakewood resident Caitin (Caitee) Bolt Chambers was the recent winner of the 2013 Young Woman of Distinction Award. She also received a certificate given to her by Mayor Steve Croft. Caitin had perfect attendance from Kindergarten through High School. She was recognized by her School District and L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office for this outstanding feat. Caitin is currently attending Long Beach City College and is now serving on the school Senate, to help improve relationships between students and administrators. Caitin has proven to be an excellent citizen of Lakewood. This award recognizes her exemplary character and outstanding citizenship. Lakewood resident, Mrs Randee Chambers, received a Nomination award from Assembly Member Anthony




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“For the Love of Country & City” (Cont’d. from Page 1)

It is the Soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag. - Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

of his fate. After the ride that seemed to last forever, Jansen was told to walk; they walked west towards France having to sleep in wooden shacks with 20 people to a room, some men sleeping in straw bags on the floor. Day after day they would wake up, forced to walk for months. Jansen dreamed of being freed and reunited with his young bride who was awaiting his return in their new home back in Lakewood. He longed to see the shores of the U.S. again. Finally his dreams were within reach in May 1945 after almost a year of confinement and agony. Jansen woke up and found that the German soldiers were gone. Standing outside the barn bewildered, John and the others were thrilled to see an English jeep coming towards them from up the road. The English had made his dream a reality...they had freed him from the horrific ordeal he had been forced to live through. John and the other men were liberated and taken to Brussels Belgium, ending up at

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“Lucky Strike” camp. They were then cleaned up and given a good meal, after months of eating barely enough to survive. Jansen was given a new uniform, which he proudly and gratefully wore. Finally, after arriving home, he was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his heroic deeds. At 94 years old, John has a very long memory. He vividly recalls the past and a dreadful time for our country. Home. A word so often taken for granted, but for John it’s a place of peace, love and family. Lakewood is John’s home. He married his second wife Flora, and has been active in many organizations in the community throughout the years. The community should take heed to John’s words of wisdom, “There is no more patriotism for the country. People don’t think of the U.S. as a great place to live. I don’t know if we will ever get it back again.” He also added, “Do away with cell phones and computers…all the button pushing. People need to start thinking again.”


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You landed the interview now ace it! Making it to the job interview stage can seem like a triumphant feat, in and of itself in this tough job climate. However, it also means your skill set and resume have caught the interest of a potential employer, who now wants to determine if you’ll be a good fit as an employee of a company. Now comes the crucial task of acing the interview. This is essential if you want to convince

the employer that you’re the right person for the job. As you will quickly learn on the grueling path to employment, employers want to bring in several candidates for job interviews. The pressure is on…you have one opportunity to make the best first impression. The employer will determine fast if you are a good fit for the company or if they should keep looking.

Take the following tips into consideration, they may ensure that you walk away from your job interview and receive either a call back for a second interview or a job offer: Practice makes perfect Hundreds of websites provide traditional job interview questions, so think about what kind of answers you’d give for these questions. For example,

“What is your worst quality?” could be turned into an opportunity to show your future employer

you identify your faults, but are able to recognize opportunities to improve, with examples of how you’ve already taken steps in this direction. Employers ask these kinds of questions in many different ways, so think of actual examples and prepare mini-sound bites to describe your skills. Be yourself Although the interview is a great time to sell yourself to a potential employer, be careful not to go overboard. Embellishment may be tempting - particularly for young graduates, but employers want to know what you’ve really done. Communicate any career training you have and how it relates to the position. Every interaction counts Anyone you encounter within proximity to the interview setting can have a direct influence on its outcome. Having a positive and respectful attitude creates a more welcoming environment all around you and sets you up for success during the interview. Follow-up Good follow-through is important and shows a potential employer that a candidate cares about the opportunity. Be sure to send a note to everyone who interviewed you thanking them for their time and consideration. Remember, the interview is a formal process, so hand-write a thank-you note and send it through the mail. If you don’t receive a second interview or even a call back to say the position has been filled, don’t get discouraged. There may be many interviews before the perfect fit is found.

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and arts and crafts from across the Americas. Organized activities will run from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Free entertainment begins on Saturday at 11am with a Mayfair High School youth band and choral group. The fiesta’s opening ceremonies are scheduled for noon. Music and dance— including Latin Jazz, Country Western, Salsa, Top 40 and a Polynesian Revue— will continue on the fiesta’s main stage throughout the weekend. There will be lots of opportunities for Lakewood residents of all ages to try out their dance moves—or just listen—to many kinds of music. For a complete schedule of fiesta events, times and ticket prices, go to www. or call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.


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Mayfair Pool refurbishment gets ready for swimmers

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A new concrete deck is installed at Mayfair Park. Workers are busy finishing up the city’s $677,500 refurbishment of Mayfair Pool that includes a new fiberglass pool liner, diving boards, lifeguard towers/chairs, concrete deck and patio outside of the activity room. The work is set to be completed in time for the start of pre-summer swim programs that begin Memorial Day weekend on May 25. Signups for pre-summer swimming begin online for residents on May 7 and for non-residents on May 14. Registration for these early programs is only available online at www.lakewoodcity. org/eCatalog. Lakewood’s full complement of aquatics fun will be available for signups with the release of the summer recreation catalog in late May. Summer aquatics programs start the weekend of June 22 with swim activities. Weekday lessons and water aerobics begin Monday, June 24. Mayfair Pool and McCormick Pool will be open for recreational swimming seven days a week from Saturday, June 22 through Monday, September 2. There are two 90-minute sessions each day from 1pm to 2:30pm, and 2:45pm to 4:15pm. Post-summer recreational swimming continues on weekends at Mayfair Pool through September 29. Lakewood’s free park wading pools open to help battle the summer heat with some splashy fun starting June 17. Daily schedules alternate at various parks. They are open from 11am to 4pm, for youngsters ages 3-7 until September 2. Added information is at www.

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Check out the Chamber Business Expo at Lakewood Center

On Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 2pm, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Business Expo” in the exclusive Center Court at Lakewood Center. The 2013 Business Expo is a perfect opportunity for both local businesses and consumers in the surrounding areas to connect. The Expo is the only

one of its kind to be supported by Lakewood Center and is an exclusive opportunity afforded only to the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Business Opportunities: Showcase and sell your goods and/or services and reach an audience of thousands! The Expo allows vendors to actually sell their product right in the middle of the mall! An 8’ x 10’ space includes one six-foot table with two chairs and the investment is only $150 for Lakewood Chamber Members, and $200 for NonChamber Members. (Electricity is available for an additional $25.) Call (562) 531-9733 for additional information, or to reserve your space.

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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.

58 Years - Southern CA Edison 32 Years - Piazza Family McDonalds 26 Years - Lakewood Lions Club 14 Years - City Light & Power - Prudential CA Realty (Kathy Apples) 12 Years - First Bank 5 Years - Farmers Insurance 4 Years - Denny’s Restaurant 3 Years - George’s Greek Cafe - Safety Dynamics Group

Become a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Call or email for more information: 562.531.9733 or

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

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

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

Doug Roscoe Lakewood Center 500 Lakewood Center Lakewood, CA 90712 562-633-0437 Fax 562-633-1452

Mike Segura Farmers Insurance 2725 Candlewood Street Lakewood, CA 90712 562-531-4980

Joy Janes Behavior Safety Associates 5710 Harvey Way Lakewood, CA 90713 562-531-9733 Fax 562-531-9737

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

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


May 2013 Dear EarthTalk: My kids just want to play video games and watch TV all day. Do you have any tips for getting them outside to appreciate nature more? ~ Sue Levinson

Getting kids away from computer and TV screens and outside into the fresh air is an increasing challenge for parents everywhere. Researchers have found that U.S. children today spend about half as much time outdoors as their counterparts did 20 years ago. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids aged eight to 18 spend on average more than seven and a half hours a day—or some 53+ hours per week—engaging with so-called entertainment media. Meanwhile, the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), a non-profit founded by writers and educators concerned about “nature deficit disorder,” finds that, in a typical week, only six percent of American kids aged nine to 13 plays outside on their own. According to Richard Louv, a founding board member of C&NN and author of the book, Last Child in the Woods, kids who stay inside too much can suffer from “nature deficit disorder” which can contribute to a range of behavioral problems including attention disorders, depression and declining creativity as well as physical problems like obesity. Louv blames parental paranoia about potential dangers lurking outdoors and restricted access to natural areas— combined with the lure of video games, websites and TV. Of course, one of the keys to getting kids to appreciate nature is for parents to lead by example by getting off the couch and into the outdoors themselves. Since kids love being with their parents, why not take the fun outside? For those kids who need a little extra prodding beyond following a parent’s good example, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), a leading national non-profit dedicated to preserving and appreciating wildlife, offers lots of suggestions and other resources through its “Be Out There” campaign. One tip is to pack an “explorer’s kit”—complete with a magnifying glass, binoculars, containers for collecting, field guides, a notebook, bug repellent and band-aids—into a backpack and leave it by the door to facilitate spontaneous outdoor adventures. Another idea is to set aside one hour each day as “green hour,” during which kids go outside exploring, discovering and learning about the natural world. Researchers have found that children who play outside more are in better shape, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration than their couch

potato counterparts—and that the most direct route to environmental awareness for adults is participating in wild nature activities as kids. So do yourself and your kid(s) a favor, and take a hike!


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Save hundreds on a new electric lawn mower The AQMD mower exchange program is coming to Long Beach on Saturday, May 4. Lakewood residents can save hundreds of dollars by trading in an old gas-powered mower for a new electric mower. Discounts are 50-70% off retail pricing. Residents must register in advance to trade in their polluting, gaspowered lawn mower for a new cordless, rechargeable mower at a significant price break. To register, call 888-425-6247 or visit www. Additional events will be held on May 25 in Pasadena, June 8 in Riverside and July 13 in Anaheim. Once registered, residents can RSVP to attend one

of several trade-in events to be scheduled this summer. The mower-swapping program is conducted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). This is a high-demand

program and registration should be done promptly. Go to the html to learn more about the mower program, registration and upcoming events.


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May 2013

Shelters fill with unwanted animals in spring

Over 25,000 animals per year go through the animal care center of the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) in Downey, which provides animal care and control

services to Lakewood and other cities in our region. In the spring, the number of stray and unwanted animals grows in the community and, sadly, the population increases in animal shelters.

It’s a good time to consider adopting a new pet and bringing a four-legged friend home from the shelter to provide joy to your family. There are two locations where you can adopt animals from SEACCA’s shelter: SEACCA headquarters 9777 Seacca Street, Downey, CA 562-803-3301 and www. Adopt and Shop store at Lakewood Center mall (Just west of the Costco food court) 562-531-2871 and www. At the websites above, you can view photos of some of the

pets available for adoption. In addition, Lakewood’s CityTV has started running a monthly feature highlighting SEACCA pets available for adoption. You can view it at CityTVlakewoodca. If you’re unable to adopt a pet but would like to help shelter animals in need, you can volunteer with or donate to SEACCA by calling them at 562-803-3301, extension 221 or visiting

LB Turt le and Tortoise Care Socie t y

will be having their 18th Annual Turtle & Tortoise Care Expo, Sunday, May 19th, at the El Dorado Community Center (2800 N. Studebaker Rd., LB). Show is from 10am-4pm. Donations accepted at the door. Live animals on display and Q&A on turtles & tortoises. Bring your family for a day of fun & education. Go to ttcs for more info.

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‘Vacation check program’ puts more eyes on your home for peace of mind Lakewood Station Commander Merrill Ladenheim is encouraging residents to call the station to report anything unusual. “’See something, Say something’ is huge in helping us be proactive in stopping property crimes like home burglaries and people breaking into cars,” says Ladenheim. “Residents should call the Lakewood Sheriff Station’s 24-hour business line at 562-6233500 without hesitation to report

anything out of the ordinary.” Ladenheim also wants residents to call to use the station’s “vacation check” program. “Letting the station know you’ll be gone and what patrol staff should look for is another key way to keep your home and property safe.” “Giving the station commonsense telltale signs like how many cars should be in the driveway, and which lights should be on helps deputies and Volunteers on

Patrol know if something is out of place,” says Maricela Montenegro who helps coordinate Lakewood’s Neighborhood Watch program. “Keeping your block captain and close neighbors in the loop is important, too,” says Montenegro. “They can all be on the lookout for suspicious activity around your home while you’re away. And, they’ll be especially sensitive to what’s normal on your block.” Making your home look

occupied is a key to vacation preparation. Put timers on interior lights and a radio on a talk station, request a stop on your mail and

newspapers, or have a friend or a trusted neighbor pick them up. Consider having a friend or family member “house sit” if you are gone for more than a few days. The city’s crime prevention unit has brochures on how to harden your home to thwart burglars. For additional information, call them at 562-866-9771, extension 2114.

Free paper shredding returns

Identity theft is a growing problem, and the risks to one’s financial security are real. The City of Lakewood and EDCO Waste Services are teaming up again to help Lakewood residents safely and effectively dispose of documents containing sensitive information like old bank statements and tax records. The “Lakewood Shreds” event returns to the city on Saturday, June 8 with a free shredding service and added features like a mulch giveaway and e-waste drop off. The drivethrough drop-off location will be behind the Iacoboni Library from 9am to 12 noon. (Enter from Civic Center Way off of Del Amo Boulevard or Candlewood Street. The exit for the event will be the driveway to Clark Avenue.) You can dispose of up to three boxes of documents, which will be safely and securely shredded on-site by a professional shredding company. No CDs, DVDs, diskettes or other media can be accepted for shredding. Household batteries and electronic waste, such as TVs, computers, keyboards, printers and cell phones, will be collected for disposal. However, hazardous waste will not be accepted. Residents interested in mulch can get up to two 30 lb. bags free, while supplies last. As a courtesy, Lakewood employees will shovel the mulch, but residents must bring their own bags or cans. A number of freebies will be distributed, including a used oil container and battery box, and each vehicle that brings material to shred will, in turn, get a free, sturdy Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal bag, while supplies last. This event is for Lakewood residents only. Be prepared to show proof of residency, either with a driver’s license or utility bill. For more information, please call EDCO at 562531-3054 or Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.

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May 2013

Winners of Pan Am Poster and Poetry Contest

Pictured is Mrs. Cummings’ fourth grade class from Craig Williams Elementary School. “Volunteering in Lakewood” was the theme of the annual Pan American Association Poster and Poetry Contest to all the elementary schools located in Lakewood. The outstanding class mural was awarded to Mrs. Bodnar’s fourth

grade class from Saint Pancratius. Riley Elementary, Mrs. FormanHill’s fourth grade class, submitted 6 poems that expressed different forms of poetry. It was Craig Williams Elementary School that took the majority of awards at the Pan Am Celebration from three classes. Mrs. Cummings’ fourth grade class took 1st, 2nd, 3rd and two honorable mentioned in poetry and the same numbers in posters. The number one student, Leo Trujillo Royas placed 1st in both

categories. Mrs. Sanzaro’s fifth/six grade class had five award winning works in both grades in the poetry division. It was a real treat when the first graders from Mrs. Omura’s class performed their award winning poems to the audience of about 200 spectators at the Mayfair Park Award’s Ceremony. Visit the History Room at Mayfair Park during the Fiesta to view the work of the 2013 contestants and previous years.

Take the new City of Lakewood opinion survey To help maintain high-quality service to residents, the City of Lakewood regularly conducts a survey of local households for their opinions on city services and issues. New this year, the survey will be conducted online, which will enable more residents to conveniently

participate. To take the survey, go to If you don’t have computer access, call city hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 and they’ll be glad to mail you a survey to fill out. The last day to take the community survey will be Monday, May 27.



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McDonald’s celebrates 2013 All-American Games player

A little appreciation goes a long way! It takes very little to show compassion for a fellow human being—a smile, a simple hello. But becoming involved in the life of another person, taking care of them, talking to them, visiting with them, takes a special kind of person. When someone volunteers to be a friendly visitor, to an elderly person, a hospice companion, or a bereavement facilitator, they donate a part of themselves—allowing

Since 1982, Ronald Piazza (far left) has been honoring outstanding student athletes as owner/operator of the McDonald’s retaurant in Lakewood. Lakewood McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Ron Piazza, recently hosted a celebration for local McDonald’s All American player, Isaac Hamilton of St. John Bosco High School. Hamilton was joined by his family, teammates, coaches, and even Ronald McDonald for a recent event at the McDonald’s located at 4848 Woodruff Ave. in Lakewood.

Community Run now in photo gallery

Runners started on Clark Avenue in front of Lakewood Sheriff’s Station. Nearly 1,000 runners and walkers participated in this year’s Lakewood Community Run. Hundreds of youngsters and their families joined in the “fun run.” A link to official timing records is at www.lakewoodrun. com. A gallery of photos can be seen at communityrun. Proceeds from the event directly support the charitable efforts of Soroptimist International of

Lakewood/Long Beach and the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Employee Assistance Fund. “We are happy about this year’s turnout, and our Lakewood Station partners have been wonderful,” said Joy Janes, President of Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach. “The money raised supports local Soroptimist efforts to improve the lives of women and girls through scholarships, education programs and local non-profit organizations.”

their heart to be open to someone else’s life. It was with great privilege

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that Pathways Volunteer Hospice honored its volunteers with a special night full of fun, food and music. The annual Pathways Volunteer Appreciation Dinner honored volunteers whose service to the organization has made a remarkable difference in people’s lives. Pathways Volunteer Hospice provides compassionate care to those living with illness and loss. All Pathways services are free of charge. If you would like to become a Pathways volunteer, please contact the Pathways office at (562) 531-3031.


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Finding ways to improve our community The Weingart-Lakewood YMCA recently recognized National Volunteer Week – a time to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen their communities. “Volunteering and giving back are critical to helping more individuals and communities be healthy, connected and secure,” said Beth Freeman, Member Engagement Director at the Lakewood YMCA. “At the Y, volunteers help drive our cause

of strengthening community by nurturing the potential of youth, improving the nation’s health and well-being and supporting our neighbors. The programs and services we offer to men, women and children of all ages are made possible in large part by volunteers who donate their time and talents.” The Y, one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, offers individuals and families

May 2013 opportunities to volunteer in ways that let them connect and develop meaningful relationships, all while making an impact in communities they care about. Here in Lakewood the Y’s volunteers helped with our Annual Giving Campaign, Golf Tournament, Healthy Kids Day and many Y events that go to benefit scholarships and programs. Many more opportunities exist for others to help make a difference. Each year, more than half a million people volunteer their time to the Y. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policy makers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people deserve. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Lakewood Y, contact Beth Freeman at 562-425-7431 or email: beth.

Participate in ‘Relay For Life’

Relay participants in the 24-hour event against cancer.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s overnight event held at sites across the nation to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer. Relay for Life is returning to Lakewood, starting Saturday, May 18, at 9am, at Stephen Foster Elementary School at 5223 E. Bigelow Street in Lakewood. The 24-hour event will wrap up the morning of Sunday, May 19. Teams of families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, school and church groups will keep at least one member walking the course during the relay “because cancer never sleeps.” People gather at the relay to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer and fight back against the disease. More than 500 participants and 40 teams are expected at the Lakewood event. All cancer survivors and those battling cancer are invited to walk in the opening “Survivor’s Lap.” Take the ‘Shear the Mayor Challenge’ To inspire additional residents to support Relay for Life, Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft has issued a “Shear the Mayor Challenge.” If the Lakewood community is able to help Relay for Life reach its local fundraising goal, Mayor Croft will get his hair cut close to a buzz cut during the closing ceremonies of the event at 8:30am on Sunday, May 19. (See a photo of Mayor Croft in the “Lakewood Today” column with a buzz cut from his early days.) Lakewood teams and volunteers for Relay for Life are organizing now. The official website offers signup information at www. American Cancer Society staff partner Christina Berry is available to assist you at 310947-2887 and at Christina.


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Saving water Local student named pays in CaliforniaNational Lakewood Geographic Bee Semifinalist Lakewood water customers can earn up to $915 in credit on their water bill if they take advantage of the city’s outdoor water conservation program. And, installing water-saving irrigation devices is a “gift that keeps on giving.” Roughly calculated, over a year’s time a typical Lakewood home might save anywhere from $40 to $65 a year on their water bills once the devices are in use. And that’s on top of the initial rebates. Two types of rebates are available. Outdoor water-saving device rebates Homeowners can earn over $100 toward the cost of items like modern water-saving rotor sprinkler heads, hose end timers, drip irrigation kits, irrigation timers and drip line emitters. Residents need only purchase items listed on the approved device list and install them. Turf removal project can save hundreds Thirsty lawns are a big reason most residences use 70% of their water outside on their yards. Installing new water-wise landscaping, irrigation and waterpermeable surfaces can earn a property up to $800 in rebates from the Lakewood Department of Water Resources. Residents can save $1 for each square foot of turf removed by applying for a Turf Removal Rebate. Projects must be approved BEFORE a yard makeover begins. Sample plans, application forms and FAQs are online at waterrebates or by calling 562866-9771, extension 2700.

The Better Prize

I see you’re tired when I get home. You feel some days you’re all alone. But what you’re doing is priceless, dear, And one day you’ll look back–one year. Far from now when these kids are grown, You’ll remember the days you spent at home. Wiping noses, washing dishes, Having tea parties, getting kisses. Playing ball and tying shoes, Dressing dolls and kissing boo-boo’s. Then you’ll look at me with tearful eyes, and know you got the better prize. -Author Unknown

Wed., May 8th @ 6PM

Purple Sage 4015 Orange Ave. Cypress, 90630

Gather household items and bring them to our next meeting. teaming with

Keith Naqvi, 6th grade student attending Stephen Foster Elementary School, has been named California National Geographic Bee Semifinalist By National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has notified Keith that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2013 California National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 score.

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For more information, call Marjean Clements at (714) 737-8750



with Robin Vanderwerff

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Around Town in MAY Lakewood • The Lakewood Garden Club will host its garden tour and plant sale from 9am to 3pm Saturday May 18. The self-guided tour will begin at 5646 Lakewood Blvd ad will include gardens in Lakewood, Bellflower and Cerritos. A plant sale will also be held at the first location. Tour donation is $10.00. For more information call (562) 634-4580. • The Lakewood Garden Club

will be meeting on Thursday may 23rd 11:30 at Del Valle Park. The topic will be on Begonias. • Join The Summer Celebration with the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA at their Healthy Kids Day on May 4 from 9am to 12noon at Heartwell Park. For more information, call (562) 425-7431. • First Baptist Church of Lakewood is having a “Summer Promo.” come and get all the information on

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what’s happening this summer at 1BL for your kids. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 8pm. Come for a chance to win a free trip to camp. For more information, call (562) 420-1471.

Cerritos • Family Worship Center will be having a craft boutique on May 4 from 9am to 5pm at the Vintage Cerritos Rose Garden (11000 New Falcon Way.) There will be over 50 hand made and homemade vendors selling their items. Admission is free.

Thank You to our Sudoku Sponsors!

Congratulations to Larry Barron, Noel Heddon, and Laurie Eveland. They are the lucky winners of the April Sudoku contest. Out of 133 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, May 20, 2013. The winners will be drawn Tuesday the 21st; 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 June issue, along with a new Sudoku Puzzle.


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Steps to being your own health guru

Do you ever feel like you’re at odds with your body? Medical advances have given us the potential to live quite a long time. For most people, however, aging gracefully while feeling great doesn’t come naturally. Do you treat your car better than your body – choosing the perfect gas, oil and water for your car’s engine? The human body is a supercharged vehicle. But unlike your car, replacement parts are not readily available for your body. Functional wellness means taking ownership of the vehicle that is your body. You can choose to speed up aging, or slow it down. The freedom of “owning” your body is that you can choose how fast or slow you age, and what “speed limits” you impose on yourself. Our bodies talk to us continually. But, we’re not taught to listen to our bodies’ messages of what we need at any given moment. All day long our bodies send signals, telling us what we should be doing for our health. No one knows your body like you do, and no one can take care of you like you can. A healthy lifestyle is really just little tiny habits repeated all day long. It is NOT a super complicated all-or-nothing program that you can’t follow or sustain longterm. Here are five simple Tune Up steps that you can implement in just a few seconds. Believe - Whatever you believe

is right. If you believe you’re powerless over the aging process and that decline is inevitable, that is true. If you believe age is just a number and how you age will depend on the choices you make today that is also true. Judge your Body Kindly – Do you look in the mirror and judge how baggy, saggy and draggy you are? Or, do you feel gratitude for all your body does? Nurture and respect for the amazing machine that is your body is the fastest way to be in healthy alignment. Laugh Out Loud – Laughter dissipates stress. Watch a child laugh. Laugh with friends, or at the antics of a pet. Laughter really is “the best medicine.” Move – Your body likes to move. Have you asked your body what it would like to do today? Do something you love to feel more energized: walk your dog, garden, play with a child, dance in your living room . . . Keep a Gratitude Journal – Jot down one or two things for which you are grateful daily. The simple act of being thankful brings perspective and calm, and opens the door to more abundant health. Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to have the very best health insurance program: Prevention!

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Residents get another chance to ‘Survive for 7’

To Learn More: Thursday, May 9th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

4117 Woodruff Avenue Lakewood, 90713 (562) 421-9200 GUEST SPEAKER:

Wendy Wise, CCN

Wendy began her healthcare career 20 years ago and is highly trained in multiple disciplines. Feel free to contact her by calling (714) 851-8899.

Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states and its earthquake-like damage should remind Californians that they will have very similar needs following the “big one.” To help residents, the City of Lakewood is presenting another free “Survive for 7” disaster-preparedness seminar on Tuesday, May 7, from 6pm to 7pm. Sign up at The convenient one-hour program covers emergency preparedness and teaches skills needed to survive in the first week following a catastrophe. Learn more at or call Karen Plantz at 562-8669771, extension 2404.

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