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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 11 /

Tick Tock it’s twelve o’clock... it’s time to shop until you drop!

Stuffing and pumpkin pie take a back seat to early-bird deals at Lakewood Center when it opens its doors for “Midnight Madness” holiday shopping at 12:01am Friday morning, November 29. “Black Friday is ‘Day 1 of the

holiday season’ for us and we want shoppers to come out,” said Lakewood Center spokesperson Annette Norwood. “Special drawings and holiday deals will help our customers complete their holiday shopping list early.”

On November 29 there will be a DJ in the center court along with coffee and pastries from Panera Bread. All mall stores are expected to be open, including the Community Safety Center. Lakewood Center, L.A. County’s

Lakewood takes care of its own through Project Shepherd

Project Shepherd volunteers get food together for families in need. Project Shepherd are swinging into gathering donations Lakewood families

volunteers high gear to assist in need.

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served. They’re asking for community support to do it again this year. Monetary help is needed, as are simple food staples like canned meat and fish, canned fruit, pasta, rice and cereal, peanut butter and canned soup. Basics like toilet paper, laundry detergent and toothpaste are also welcome. The Lakewood community’s tradition of neighbors-helpingneighbors makes a huge difference during Project Shepherd’s seasonal push. It’s also a key to sustaining the program’s everyday mission of a year-round emergency food pantry providing emergency assistance to Lakewood families in tough circumstances. Efforts in 2012 helped 1,980 individuals living in Lakewood, many of them children. They were able to enjoy the holidays when they otherwise lacked the food, gifts and toys that many of us take for granted. Please help families this year by making donations of food and toys, including participation in the Project Shepherd Teddy Bear Tree program, or volunteer by calling the Burns Community (Cont’d. on Pg. 10)

second largest mall complex, is also offering “no fees” on gift card purchases from midnight to 3am. There will be hourly gift card giveaways with the WAVE radio station from midnight to 4am. Along with Black Friday deals from national chain stores, dozens of Lakewood Center merchants are offering deals like free gifts and discounts of 15% to 50% off. Deals will be on hand from traditional department stores like Macy’s and J.C. Penney to discount outlets like Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack and Forever 21, to family shopping destinations like Target, Sports Authority and Costco. The center’s 100-plus smaller retailers will be vying for local “Shop Lakewood” business too. Check the mall’s website for news on deals and event information at www. It features a special page of specials and sales that includes both retail establishments and restaurants along “Restaurant Row.”

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Holiday events at Lakewood Center Santa’s Arrival

Saturday, November 9th, 9am at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Restaurant Have breakfast with Santa and support Lakewood Project Shepherd. Red Robin and Lakewood Center have teamed up to support our local food bank. Your $5 donation, along with a canned good donation, goes to support Lakewood families in need. Your donation entitles you to a Red Robin goodie bag and one free photo with the big guy from the North Pole! Purchase tickets while they last at Guest Services located near Macy’s. For more information call 562-633-0290.

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November 9th to December 24th The mall’s Center Court features a chance to visit Santa and create a lasting memory with a photo with Santa! (Cont’d. on Pg. 11)

Lakewood youth beats odds and looks forward to college

Sheriff Leroy Baca and Lakewood Resident Stephany Ruiz at the recent Sheriff’s Youth Foundation’s 28th Annual Gala.

Stephany Ruiz was determined to rise above the label of “at-risk youth,” creating a positive life for herself, thanks to her involvement with the Lakewood Youth Activities League (YAL). Because of that determination, Ruiz has earned the inaugural Sheriff Leroy D. Baca Youth Scholarship Award, receiving $1,000 to help pay for post-high school education. Before her participation in YAL activities, Ruiz led a chaotic life and suffered both emotionally and mentally when her father came back into her life. Since then, Ruiz says the YAL has given her a sense of relief and the strength to work through these difficult times. She now looks forward to attending college and hopes to thank all those that helped her through the struggles of her teenage years. Ruiz was one of 15 honorees to be awarded scholarships at the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation’s 28th annual “Salute to Youth” Gala.


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Lakewood thanks its veterans By Mayor Steve Croft

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation expanding the holiday of November 11 from its original focus on Armistice Day for World War I to a broader day of recognition and thanks to American military veterans of all conflicts and all eras of service to our nation. Thus began our

nation’s commemoration of Veterans Day. As Veterans Day approaches this November 11, we should all take the time to stop and show appreciation, in our own way, to the veterans around us who have served our nation and have put their lives on the line to protect us. Lakewood residents have a strong tradition of giving thanks to our military veterans. Lakewood is home to an annual Memorial Day tribute at our city’s veterans memorial at Del Valle Park. Several thousand people pay honor to our veterans at the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce car show every August, which includes a veterans and military appreciation theme. Over a thousand residents attend the city’s annual Patriot Day

commemoration and concert on September 11. And Lakewood veterans groups organize Veterans Day events that are attended by many local residents every November 11th. This year, with Veterans Day just around the corner, I was pleased to join my fellow city council members and residents in expressing gratitude to several of Lakewood’s remaining World War II veterans at a “Lakewood Celebrates” community gathering before a city council meeting on October 22. Each World War II veteran was presented with a proclamation from the Lakewood City Council. It was quite moving to see these members of the Greatest Generation be honored for their service and their role, nearly 70 years ago, in a major chapter in

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the history of our nation and our world. In my current term as Mayor of Lakewood, I want to do what I can to add to the appreciation that we give our veterans and to the help that we provide them. As we hear all too often, some of our veterans face challenges— be it physical, psychological or economic—when they return from military service, and as a nation we don’t always provide them with the range of assistance that we should. That’s one reason I’m pleased that in just over a month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will bring a Mobile Medical Bus to Lakewood to provide free health screenings and benefits assistance to eligible veterans. The bus will be at the Weingart Senior Center (4233 Oliva Avenue) from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, December 7. The day of the VA medical bus visit—Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—is a fitting one on which to honor our Lakewood veterans and provide them with a useful set of services. If you are a veteran (or know someone who is) and might benefit from the services provided by the Mobile Medical Bus, please come on out on December 7. I’d love the chance to meet you and say hello. And if you have any questions about the bus’s visit, please give Lakewood city staff a call at 562-866-9771, extension 3123.

C i t y Spotlight FUN-Tastic Family Nights on November 1 Enjoy a great evening with your family and Lakewood neighbors at FUN-Tastic Family Nights at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. You’ll get a light dinner and entertainment that promises to be enjoyable for the whole family. The November 1st event is a magic show with magician David Skale. The show will feature amazing sleight-of-hand as well as David Skale’s patented humor and wit. It promises to be an awe-inspiring night of laughs, surprises and entertainment. Chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, lemonade and dessert will be served prior to the show. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 5:45pm. Registration is limited and must be received by October 29. The fee is $8 per person. To register, please call 562-866-

9771, extension 2408 or register online at www.lakewoodcity. org/recreation. Flu shot clinic on November 12 A walk-in, flu shot clinic will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 1pm to 3pm at the Weingart Senior Center at 5220 Oliva Avenue in Lakewood. The clinic is free, and is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Health Department and the City of Lakewood. It is geared toward adults over age 50, but anyone age six months and older may receive a shot, while supplies last. For more information, call the Weingart Senior Center at 562630-6141. LYS Basketball Sign-ups Sign-ups for Lakewood Youth Sports Basketball will take place November 16-23 at all Lakewood parks. The co-ed Smurf Division, for ages 6 and 7, emphasizes instruction using a smaller ball and modified rules to promote fun and minimize competition. The Competitive Division is for ages 8 to 17. Players must bring a birth certificate and submit a signed registration card. There is no registration fee for Lakewood residents, but proof of residency is required. Non-resident registration is $20 and takes place at Palms, Del Valle, Mayfair and Bolivar parks on Saturday, November 16 from 9am to 1pm, Wednesday, November 20 from 5pm to 8pm, and Saturday, November 23 from 9am to 1pm. Teams practice weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, beginning December 11. League play begins January 11 and concludes March 1. For more information, please call Lakewood city staff at 562-8669771, extension 2408. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

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Learn how to avoid becoming a victim this holiday season Keeping your home and identity secure, your shopping safe and thwarting sticky-fingered swindlers are the focus of free classes being held in November and December. The programs are hosted by the Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center and the City of Lakewood. They’re taught by savvy Sheriff’s Deputies and the city Neighborhood Watch team. Sign up using www. or call 562-866-9771, extension 2403. More information is online at SafetyClasses. Preventing Residential Burglaries This class teaches simple and cost effective techniques to help residents protect their homes from burglars. Course #33543 on Tuesday, November 5 from 6:30pm to 8pm - Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center at the Lakewood Center mall. Don’t be swindled! Two editions of this program teach how to avoid getting swindled by fake charitable organizations and scammers. Course #33541 on Wednesday, November 6 from 3:30pm to 5pm - Burns Community Center. And Course #33542 on Thursday, November 14 from 6:30pm to 8pm

- Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center. Holiday personal safety plan Whether you’re a bargain shopper or a last-minute shopper, participating in this class will keep you safe throughout the holiday shopping season. Learn key elements in protecting yourself while navigating the “holiday madness.” Course #33544 on Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Lakewood

November 2013 Sheriff’s Community Safety Center. NOTE: Lakewood shoppers can feel safe while shopping during the holiday season. Extra law enforcement is always provided during this time. If you need assistance to your vehicle, escorts are available. Call Lakewood Center security at 562-637-3497. Identity Theft: Protecting your privacy Don’t become a victim of this growing crime. Learn how to make yourself less vulnerable and what to do if you become a victim. Course #33540 on Thursday, December 5 from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Lakewood Sheriff’s Community Safety Center.

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Get motivated and move Knowledge is power when it comes to caregiving yourself to health!

Fall is the perfect season to turn over a new leaf and take the first step to a new healthy version of you. As Halloween and all the tasty treats that come with it are behind you, and staring you in the face is turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, the setting may seem less than perfect to begin a transformation but don’t be dismayed… now couldn’t be a better time. Don’t fall into all the old excuses, such as the “I don’t have time” trap. Time is arguably the most precious commodity any individual has – and that means life span. Don’t have time to chop veggies before dinner or work out after work? Then make time! You will almost certainly live longer by following a healthier lifestyle. Need more incentive than a vague sense of health? How about avoiding the lifestyle restrictions imposed by diabetes, or the medical interventions necessitated by a heart attack? If you think you’re going to happen upon a miracle diet, you might want to think again…. they don’t exist! Keep in mind the intake/output principle. While some people can burn calories more easily than others, it ultimately comes down to what you put into your body and what you do with that energy. If you want to lose or maintain weight, think of a 360-calorie muffin as a loan you have to pay back with 35 to 40 minutes worth of jogging, or a 55-minute walk. Remember what it was like to be a kid? It wasn’t that long ago, that simply running around during a game of tag was a blast! It’s never too late to turn exercise into play. Try snowboarding, dancing at a club, hiking a beautiful landscape or taking a bicycle ride with the family. Everyone is different so you need to find the motivator that works for you. Many people find a partner helps them stay motivated to exercise. If you’re not inclined to walk in the morning, but you don’t want to let down your walking partner, then you’re more likely to walk anyway. The same goes for a dog that needs to be walked. However, the most dependable person to keep you motivated is you. If your routine is getting dull, locate your favorite music on your phone, put the headphones on and get moving!

Pathways Volunteer Hospice is pleased to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to present the “Savvy Caregiving” Class this November! This course will benefit caregivers with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, or who care for Alzheimer’s patients. The course is fashioned to teach caregivers how to take into account a person’s disease stage, and how to help that person become and stay involved in daily activities that enable them to be comfortable

and content throughout their day. This program will also cover essential self-care skills, which includes learning how to navigate family issues that may come up when providing care. The “Savvy Caregiving” course will be offered at the Pathways facility, 3701 Michelson St. in Lakewood. The course runs for three consecutive weeks starting on Wednesday November 6th, 13th and 20th, from 9am – 12noon.

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Please call Pathways at (562) 531-3031 for reservations or more information.

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With their renewal, the following businesses have celebrated another year as members of the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. 19 Years 2 Years Boeing Co. Donna Miller Tax Services 8 Years Lakewood Car Wash Office Max 1 Year 3 Years Cruise Planners Trans American Auto Parts

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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Marjorie Anderson, a financial advisor in the Lakewood office of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently announced her retirement after 14 years of service with the firm. Anderson’s retirement becomes effective November 29, 2013. Carol Otters will be replacing Anderson. “When I joined this firm 14 years ago, I knew I was making the right decision,” said Anderson. “Now I can say that I truly enjoyed working with the people of this community to serve their financial needs. I wish the best to Carol as she continues the tradition of top-notch service to our clients.” Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that American kids are going through puberty earlier today than in previous generations, and are there any environmental causes for this? ~ Paul Chase, Troy, NY Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals is at least partly to blame, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why our bodies react in certain ways to various environmental stimuli. Researchers first noticed the earlier onset of puberty in the late 1990s, and recent studies confirm the mysterious public health trend. A 2012 analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that American girls exposed to high levels of common household chemicals had their first periods seven months earlier than those with lower exposures. Earlier puberty isn’t just for girls. In 2012 researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) surveyed data on 4,100 boys from 144 pediatric practices in 41 states and found a similar trend: American boys are reaching puberty six months to two years earlier than just a few decades ago. African-American boys are starting the earliest, at around age nine, while Caucasian and Hispanics start on average at age 10. One culprit could be rising obesity rates. Researchers believe that puberty (at least for girls) may be triggered in part by the body building up sufficient reserves of fat tissue, signaling fitness for reproductive capabilities. Clinical pediatrician Robert Lustig of Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco reports that obese girls have higher levels of the hormone leptin which in and of itself can lead to early puberty while setting off a domino effect of more weight gain and faster overall physical maturation. Some evidence suggests that “hormone disrupting” chemicals may also trigger changes prematurely. Public health advocates have been concerned, for example, about the omnipresence of Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical in some plastics, because it is thought to “mimic” estrogen in the body and in some cases contribute to or cause health problems. BPA is being phased out of many consumer items, but hundreds of other potentially hormone disrupting chemicals are still in widespread use. Parents can take steps to reduce our kids’ so-called “toxic burden”: Buy organic produce, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy and all-natural household cleaners. And keep the dialogue going about healthy food and lifestyle habits so kids learn how to make responsible, healthy choices for themselves.

American girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals is at least partly to blame.


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Get rid of hazardous materials and e-waste

Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm, Lakewood residents can take their hazardous and e-waste to EDCO’s large transfer facility at 2755 California Avenue in Signal Hill. The facility is only 10-15 minutes from the Lakewood Civic Center. The next free event is Saturday, November 9 and will accept household toxics like paints, insecticides, chemicals, e-waste, sharps, and used cooking and motor oil. As we near 2014, EDCO reminds Lakewood residents they are entitled to six free bulky item pickups a year at their home. To schedule a pickup, call EDCO at (562) 531-3054 by 3:30pm the day before your normal trash pickup.


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“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

The Cuddly Corner Gabriel

Hi there, I’m Gabriel. My friends here at Adopt & Shop are helping me come out of my shell. I came in nervous, but I hear that I’ve been doing much, much better lately. I love having play time and cuddle time with my human friends and my other dog friends as well. I’m crate-trained, but I will benefit greatly from an obedience class to help build up my confidence. Once I get to know you and you get to know me, we’ll make a great pair! 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 GABRIEL, please contact Phillip Robb, Store Manager of Adopt & Shop at (562) 531-2871.

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Are you ready for a new furry family member? Adopting a pet, whether it’s a giant dog or tiny kitten, is a big decision that requires a lifelong commitment—but when you find the right fit, adopting a pet also provides a life full of love. Pet Points To Ponder If you’re considering adoption, here are a few things to keep in mind: Space: Do you live in an apartment or a house? Do you have a big backyard? Different types of dogs and cats require different amounts of exercise and space. Time: Decide how much time you can dedicate to caring for a dog or cat. Cats can be more independent and often require less time for daily exercise. Dogs require a lot more of your time for walks and play. Children: Make sure you are aware of the pet’s temperament. A shelter worker may be able to say how a pet gets along with children.

You might even consider creating a special area in your home just for your pet, so he has a safe place to go if children are running around the house. Resources: Ensure that you have the appropriate resources to care for a pet. Creating a budget for things like food and veterinary care is a good place to start. Adoption is a commitment for the pet’s entire life.

You’ll think these animal facts are fiction • Snails can’t hear • Snakes smell with their tongue • The brain of a cockroach is inside its body • Spiders have 8 legs and 48 knees • Penguins can jump 5 feet straight up • A bear can run more than 30 miles per hour • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear • One of the strongest animals in the world is the Rhinoceros Beetle. They can

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Shop Lakewood...Stay Lakewood Loyal for the holidays!

Keep track of local bargains during the holiday season at Shop Lakewood’s Facebook site at www.shoplakewood. org. Updated 2-5 times a day, the site is an excellent resource to find local deals and discounts. The Shop Lakewood… Stay Lakewood Loyal effort, run by the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Lakewood, features all kinds of Lakewood businesses--from large chains to local mom-andpop shops and professional services. Coupons and special deals span the city’s more than 20 shopping areas--from neighborhood plazas to the regional Lakewood Center mall and “Restaurant Row” on Candlewood Street. The Shop Lakewood mission is to remind residents that buying in Lakewood helps keep sales tax dollars local and supports Lakewood park programs, law enforcement services, beautiful trees, wellmaintained streets and more. Lakewood Center (L.A. County’s second largest mall) also lists local discounts at w w w. s h o p l a k e w o o d c e n t e r. com on its “Sales” page. The site highlights specials (including holiday shopping sales and discounts) for both retail establishments and Restaurant Row. Its “Events” page lists special family, recreational and charity happenings. The mall features a broad selection of traditional department stores like Macy’s and J.C. Penney, and discount outlets like Nordstrom Rack and Forever 21. Family shopping destinations include Costco, Target, Big 5, Sports Authority and over 100 other smaller retailers. 5 Reasons You Should Shop Lakewood…Stay Lakewood Loyal! 1. You save money shopping in Lakewood. With the free Facebook site at www. and, you can save lots shopping locally. 2. Supporting Lakewood businesses supports your neighbors. Many businesses in

Lakewood are owned, managed or staffed by local residents. And when companies thrive in Lakewood, more jobs are created locally. 3. Lower gasoline costs and lower environmental impact. Shopping local reduces automobile use and pollution. 4. Less stress on you. Shopping local means less time driving, less stress, and more time to do what you want. 5. Money spent locally, stays local. By shopping in Lakewood, a portion of your sales tax dollars stays right here in our city to pay for parks, roads, law enforcement and all the services you value in your community. Mall hours for Friday, November 29th: 12:01am - 10:00pm

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Project Shepherd Lakewood residents open new (Cont’d. from Pg. 1)

Center, 562-925-7512. Financial contributions can be made by check to: Lakewood Project Shepherd, c/o Rotary Club of Lakewood, 5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, 90712. With your help, Project Shepherd will ensure there’s enough joy for everyone in Lakewood during this holiday season. Donation of non-perishable food and grocery staples can be made at most city parks and facilities. Suggested drop-off locations are: Burns Community Center at 5510 Clark Avenue Lakewood City Hall at 5050 Clark Avenue Weingart Senior Center at 5220 Oliva Avenue Palms Park and Community Center at 12305 207th Street near Del Amo Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard. Since 1972, Project Shepherd has been a locally-organized way for Lakewood residents to help their neighbors in need. Project Shepherd is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood, and combines the efforts of individuals, businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations throughout the community who volunteer their time and make donations. With your help, Project Shepherd will ensure there’s joy for everyone in Lakewood during this holiday season.

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Lakewood Mail n’ More is located at 5545 Woodruff Avenue in Lakewood. Lakewood Mail n’ More is the city’s newest full service mail and shipping store. The store is owned and operated by Lakewood residents Robert and Jane Campanelli. Robert is a lifelong resident of Lakewood and he and Jane are devoted to bringing first-rate service to all of their customers as well as the community. As a full service shipping store some of the services that are offered include: shipping services by Fed-Ex, USPS and International Shipping by DHL. Other services include Notary, Fax, Copy and Scanning Service, Passport Photos and Key Cutting services. They also have a rental computer that you can download your files and print, fax or scan and send to another destination. They also offer a full stock of office, shipping and packing supplies, gift bags and cards for sale. Need a Mail Box? You can rent a mailbox that has a real street address and not just a PO Box number. The advantage of a street address is that will be able to have packages delivered and receive an email notification to pick it up. You wont have to waste time checking. This service comes with all 12-month rentals at no additional cost. Lakewood Mail n’ More is located at 5545 Woodruff Ave in the Lakewood Marketplace

Shopping Plaza on the SW corner of Woodruff and South St. The store hours are Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm. (562) 866-4239. Stop by and see all the great services they have to offer, you’ll be glad you did. Check out their web site at www.



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Looking for photos of Lakewood residents in uniform! When Lakewood holds its 60th birthday party next year, a display of historic photos will be part of the celebration. One of the displays will be entitled “Honoring Lakewood’s Military Members and Veterans.” For this collection, the city is seeking photos of Lakewood residents in military uniform and military settings over the years, from World War II through Iraq and Afghanistan. Lakewood was founded in 1954 largely by World War II and Korean veterans and their families. Appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our military veterans remains an enduring Lakewood value. If you have a photo of yourself or a family member from Lakewood during their military service, please consider sharing the photo so it can be part of the display at the 60th anniversary commemoration. If you have the photo already scanned, you can upload a copy to If you don’t have it scanned, don’t worry. Just give city staff a call at 562-866-9771, extension 3123 and they can discuss with you how they might make a copy of your original photo for the anniversary. The deadline for photos is November 12. Lakewood thanks you for your service to our nation, and they’d love to have a picture of you at the city’s birthday event.

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Each child will receive a free gift with each visit. Hours: MondaySaturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm, and on Christmas Eve from 10:00am to 5:00pm. “Santa Paws” pet photo sessions with Santa Three Mondays: December 2, 9 and 16 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Photos with Santa aren’t just for kids anymore! Bring your furry friend for special photo nights with Santa and receive a free goodie bag from Adopt & Shop, located near the Costco end of the mall.

CHIPS4Kids Toy Drive

The California Highway Patrol helps local kids in need each holiday. You can pitch in by donating a new unwrapped toy that will go to local kids who might otherwise not have toys this holiday season. Bring toys to the Lakewood Center Guest Services office located in the Center Court (near Macy’s).

Holiday Canned Food Drive

Help families in need this holiday by donating items that will benefit families in our community. Drop off canned goods items at Guest Services from November 10 to December 11. All donations will go to support Project Shepherd.

Don and Tom Sorensen of Lakewood in 1966 at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego.

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Help a child have a happy holiday by granting their gift wish Thanksgiving holiday sales offer some of the best deals of the year at Lakewood Center. They also provide an affordable way to fulfill the holiday wishes of disadvantaged children living in Lakewood. Many of the 2,000 residents Lakewood Project Shepherd serves during the holidays are kids—kids who deserve a toy for the holidays. Since 1995, children have hung their holiday gift

wishes on “Teddy Bear Trees” in the form of paper-bear ornaments in the hopes of having them filled by an anonymous “Santa.” Trees hung with wishes will be on display well ahead of Black Friday bargains. Starting Monday, November 25, Teddy Bear Trees will be in Lakewood City Hall, the Burns Community Center and Weingart Senior Center. In December trees will be available at Shop Lakewood businesses

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like Chase Bank, Macy’s and Walgreens Pharmacy. Visitors can select a wish ornament and grant a child’s wish for a reasonably priced toy or clothing. Bear ornaments, along with their accompanying gifts, can be returned to the Rotary Club booth in the Center Court at Lakewood Center on the weekend of December 7. Rotary volunteers, many of them Lakewood business and civic leaders, will help mall visitors new to the program choose a paper bear from the tree and will later accept the affordable gift items returned to the booth. Gifts can also be dropped off at most City of Lakewood facilities during business hours prior to Tuesday, December 10. The unwrapped presents will go to individual children registered through Project Shepherd, which

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The gift wishes of needy children hang on “Teddy Bear Trees.” is Lakewood’s homegrown need. Project Shepherd is operated charity to assist local families in by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. For more information about Project Shepherd, call 562-925-7512, or visit ProjectShepherd.

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Lakewood pizzeria celebrates 50 years of great food, family and friends!

On November 13, 2013 MeN-Ed’s Pizzeria will celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The community has had the privilege over the many years of enjoying the hometown goodness that is associated with Me-N-Eds. However, most people don’t know the history of how the pizzeria became an integral part of Lakewood. In 1963 Bob and Janet Baldwin dared to open one of the very original Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria franchises here in Lakewood. Some 10 years later, their son Steve was called home from

missionary work by his father to help operate the Pizzeria. Steve worked side by side with his father for 20 years, with his two sister’s working in the kitchen and at the bar, with his Mom at the register it was a great place to learn and accomplish all the facets of running a restaurant. Making hand-crafted pizzas, leading a great team of crew members, operating a clean and safe premise, and providing a great family hospitality to their guests. Steve and his wife Judy raised 6 children, each of whom worked in the Parlor, gaining life skills that have allowed them to be successful in their own right. Now with families of their own, especially the kids who live out of state, the first place they want to stop after landing at the Long Beach airport is “The Parlor.” The Baldwin’s would like to thank their ambassador and dear friend “Big Al” for his music on the piano every Friday night, for over 25 years. To all the different Blue Grass Bands who play the best toe tapping music in town. A special thanks to their General Managers Ian Draper and Tom Gasper who oversee the operation, to make sure the food is scrumptious and the customers are happy. Also gratitude to their

managers, Darlene Rymarz and Danielle Sereno and the crew, past and present, who have helped to maintain an exceptional pizza for 50 years. Of course, most of all, Steve and Judy thank all of their customers young and old for making their job so much fun!

Thanks for the memories, Lakewood!

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Take a trip to the Palm Springs Tram; Newport Boat Parade

Lakewood’s recreation department is continuing its tradition of offering affordable, family-friendly travel programs with two upcoming trips. On Saturday, November 9 ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s rotating car as it ascends to 8,516 feet above the valley floor. Weather permitting, visitors are welcome to bring snow play equipment and should dress appropriately for play or hiking. Attendees may bring their lunch or dine on their own using mountain amenities. The cost of the trip is $50. Register at www. using class #33535. Fee includes bus travel and tram ride. Space is limited. Register ASAP. Added tram information is at Also, celebrate the holiday season in style with a trip to attend the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. On December 19, travelers will board a chartered boat and take a 90-minute cruise of the harbor in full holiday regalia. The cost of the trip is $33 and includes bus travel and boat ride. Register at using class #33537. Parade information is online at Space is limited so please register early.



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Around Town in November Lakewood Sycamore Centre. Social gathering Lakewood Chamber is at 10:30am; meeting, 11am; • SSS Good Samaritan luncheon 12noon; followed by the Association is having their early program at 1pm. All Federation Mixer & 7 annual Thanksgiving Feast For Chairman from Los Cerritos Hope on November 23 for families District are invited to this meeting Game Night in the community that are having a and musical entertainment will



hard time providing food for their families. A full Thanksgiving meal will be provided along with a food basket of can goods. Location is in the parking lot of 5035 Hedda St. from 10am to 3pm. Non-perishable foods and warm clothing donations are welcomed. For more information contact Ane Malesala at (562) 607-8750. In honor of National Hospice Month, Pathways Volunteers are holding a rummage sale on November 9 at 8am at 3632 Michelson St. Because of their surplus of durable medical equipment they would like to give the community a chance to own some of these much needed items including commodes, walkers, etc. For more information call (562) 531-3031. • Calling all Lakewood High School Lancerette Alumni please join us for this year’s Homecoming game on November 1 and perform with the current Lancerettes. Please call Ms. Shapiro at (562) 425-1281 for further information. • The Lakewood Women’s Club will hold its luncheon meeting on Tuesday, November 19, at

be by singer Richard Balling. For lunch reservations call Arlene Roos, (562) 863-4933, please call one week ahead. Jr. Lancerette Drill Team Youth Clinic Fundraiser girls and boys (ages 5-12) $25.00 per person. November 2 from 9am-1:30pm and November 6 from 5pm-7pm. Perform with the LHS Drill Team Pre-game on November 8. Please contact Ms. Shapiro at (562) 4251281 for further information. • The Lakewood Garden Club will have a program on all garden plants presented by the Friends of Arboretum. They meet at Del Valle Park in Lakewood. There will be a light lunch and a plant sale. All are welcome.

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Congratulations to Jim Tanner, Jocelyn Chibley, Candace Linn and Lisa Arcuri! They are the lucky winners of the October Sudoku contest. Out of 122 entries submitted, they were chosen and have gift cards. To be eligible, print your name, address and phone number on a letter size (8½ x 11) piece of paper, cut the finished puzzle from the newspaper and tape 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 See’s Candies). The winners are drawn by random. One entry per household; the answers must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 15th 2013. The winners will be drawn on Monday, November 18th and 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 (two business days) or a new winner will be chosen. The name of the winners will be published in the December issue, along with a new Sudoku Puzzle.

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The Bellflower Civic Chorus will be having interviews and auditions until the end of the year. Previous experience is not necessary. Men and women 18 years and older will be welcome. The chorus is a well-established group of 44 men and women who love to sing. They rehearse at Simms Park, 16614 Clark in Bellflower every Tuesday evening from 6-8:15pm. They perform three concert/shows every year, May, September and December at the Wm. Bristol Theater in Bellflower. For more information, (562) 866-4664, (323) 569-5930 or alicepagal@


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Undocumented immigrants eligible for CA driver licenses Source: CalChamber Undocumented persons who meet certain requirements may be eligible to obtain driver licenses under a bill Governor Brown recently signed into law. AB 60 (Alejo, D-Salinas) requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver license to undocumented persons who can prove identity and California residency, and meet all other licensing requirements, such as the written and behindthe-wheel exams. The card will have a notation on it stating that it is not acceptable for federal purposes, such as verifying eligibility for employment; in other words, it is not acceptable for I-9 verification. Quick Facts Some quick facts about AB 60: AB 60 is not operative until January 1, 2015, or on the date the director of the DMV executes a specified declaration, whichever is sooner. The DMV is required to begin the process of adopting regulations to implement the new law, including documents acceptable for the purposes of proving identity and California residency, as well as procedures for verifying authenticity of documents. AB 60 requires that the card specifically include the following notation: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits.” The card will also bear a mark stating “DP” instead of “DL.” AB 60 makes it a violation of law to discriminate against an individual because he/she holds or presents a license issued under AB 60. The law specifically prohibits the use of the license bearing the DP mark and notation as a basis for a criminal investigation, arrest or detention. For employers who hire commercial drivers, AB 60 states that its provisions do not authorize an individual to apply for, or be issued, a commercial driver’s license without submitting his/her Social Security number with his/ her application. Unanswered Questions Until the regulations are released, there are unanswered questions regarding the implementation of this law and any potential conflicts with federal law. There also may be legal challenges to AB 60.

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How to register for Project Shepherd assistance With the economy still in difficult straits, the 2013 holiday season will be tough for some Lakewood households, including those who have faced unemployment or underemployment for many months. If you are a Lakewood resident facing tough economic times, your Lakewood neighbors want

to help. The registration period to receive help from Project Shepherd runs from November 4 to November 17 at the Burns Community Center and Palms Park Community Center. Registered families will be notified in December of the time and place to pick up assistance. Eligibility is for: • Lakewood residents only. • Those who are low income, unemployed or on public assistance. To register, bring the following: • A current utility bill and

a valid driver’s license or government award letter. • Identification for each person in the household. Registration hours at the Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Avenue, are Monday through Friday 10am to 6:30pm, and Saturday 8amto 11am. Closed Sunday. Registration hours at the

Palms Park Community Center, 12350 E. 207th Street, are Monday through Friday, 2pm to 5pm, Saturday, 1pm to 5pm, and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. For more information, call the Burns Community Center at 562-925-7512, or Palms Park Community Center at 562-865-6414.

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Lakewood Rotary Club The Best Club

Project Shepherd is a community program sponsored by the Lakewood Rotary Club and the City of Lakewood Help support needy children, families, and seniors in Lakewood

Stop by the Teddy Bear Tree or the Youth Center December 7th & 8th Teddy Bear Tree at Lakewood Center Mall. Come buy a gift for a child in need and make a Merry Christmas for them.

December 10th The Warehouse opens. We will need help sorting cans. The Warehouse is located inside the Youth Center on Woodruff. The 4-Way Test of things we think, say or do...

First...Is it the TRUTH? Second...Is it FAIR to all concerned? Third...Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? Fourth...Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? *******************************************

The Rotary Club of Lakewood P.O. Box 367 Lakewood, CA 90714 (562) 925-6825

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